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Sunday, 28 August 2016

Fire at Mr Pink's

Lovers of the Great British classic fish & chips meal will be disappointed when they discover that Mr Pink's in Milford on Sea has had a fire and is going to be closed for the foreseeable few weeks.

As the chip shop team prepared to open for the evening on Wednesday 24th August 2016 the oil in one of the chip pan vats caught fire. Taking place at the height of the holiday season, and with the village hostelries and holiday parks full of families, means lots of disappointed customers and of course a significant loss of trade for our local chippy business.

Fortunately no one was hurt in the incident, although there was substantial internal damage including to the ceiling.

The Fire Service were quickly on the scene with five crews attending from Lymington, New Milton and Brockenhurst. The crews used breathing apparatus to go inside to gain control of the blaze and to minimise damage or spread to neighbouring buildings.

A sign now sits in the shop door window informing customers the chip shop will be 'Closed until further notice.' We hope that they will reopen soon - Milford on Sea without its chippy just doesn't feel right!

Monday, 22 August 2016

Sue on her bike from London to Windsor

Local Milford on Sea resident, Sue Forward is embarking on a 29 mile cycling challenge from London to Windsor in aid of Oakhaven Hospice Trust on 4th September 2016.

Lymington's Oakhaven Hospice offers loving support to so many, and Sue is aiming to raise money in the memory of Robin Murray-Walker a wise and supportive true gentleman.

If you would like to sponsor Sue, please click here.

Friday, 19 August 2016

A Pink Place Lunch

Milford on Sea is of course as good a place as you can get to live, but sadly this does not make people immune from personal tragedy. 

Sonia Sewell, a stalwart volunteer for several causes and events in Milford on Sea, is also very close to The Pink Palace, a Hampshire based breast cancer charity set up by her daughter, Julia Dingwall. Tragically Julia was taken by this awful condition, but thankfully the good work of her charity carries on. 

To continue to raise funds for this very worthy cause, Sonia will be running a Charity Lunch in aid of The Pink Place on Friday 2nd September at 1pm at the Community Centre. The lunch cost £5pp.

Please wear something pink!

The lunch is the latest in the First Friday Lunch programme which runs regularly at the Community Centre. At each lunch a local charity or good cause is invited to be the hosts and beneficiaries, and over the years many thousands of pounds have been raised.

Go on, give it a try, eating and doing good is just my type of charity work!

The Pink Place

Milford Artists by the Sea

In the late nineteenth century Newlyn and St Ives in Cornwall became famous for attracting artists who enjoyed painting in the  impressionistic style on subject matter drawn from scenes of local life.

Today it appears Milford on Sea attracts and inspires many artist who record the beautiful area we  are so fortunate to live in.

If you would like to see their work, then you can meet many of them when The Hampshire Open Studios runs, once again, from Saturday August 20th through to Bank Holiday Monday 29th August 2016. This is an annual art trail where local residents and visitors can meet the artists in their homes, studios, local halls and galleries. Milford on Sea and Keyhaven has 8 venues:

Eileen and Peter Sey are exhibiting from ‘Coppins’ in Barnes Lane, Jules Carpenter and Guests from Downlea at 23 Downton Lane, Mary Williams, Christine Calder and Joyce Grainger in All Saints Church Hall, George Woodford at 14 Champion Close, the Splinters group at the Community Centre whilst Kate and Laura Danby are at Church Hill Studio, Old Walls, Church Hill.

There is also Christina Young at Creek End on Saltgrass Lane, Keyhaven and Keyhaven Artists are at the Scout Hut Hall.

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Kate Danby’s paintings are dominated by local landscapes mainly worked in acrylic and mixed media. Prints and cards are also available. Laura is a printmaker inspired by iconic Scandinavian design and the bold colours of the 1950’s. You will find a unique selection of bright cards, gifts, colourful animal illustrations and acrylic animal jewellery. Church Hill Studio is open 11am to 5 pm.

Full details are available at: or pick up a brochure in one of the participating venues.

Thursday, 18 August 2016

Dancing Cows on TV with Pig the Dog!

Milford on Sea resident and local master brewer, Richard Baker had a surprise visit to his Dancing Cows brewery/distillery on Wednesday last week.

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Unannounced, they were invaded by a television crew filming actress Sarah Parish walking along the coastal path between Lymington and Keyhaven with her dog called Pig.

After a friendly welcome, they all picked some angelica on Lower Pennington Lane, tasted the botanicals going into the new foraged rowan berry and oat gin and then sampled a few measures of different spirits….and all before 10am!

The Channel 4 TV programme is called ‘Coastal Walks with my Dog’ featuring a different celebrity each week with technological highpoints including a ‘dog-cam’ to show the walk from the pooch’s perspective.

It is not very known when the programme will be screened, but we will let you know when we find out.

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Dancing Cows
make a full range of tasty craft beers and their really popular Lymington Gin which is distilled to 43% with juniper, coriander seeds, angelica root and seeds, orris root, bitter orange peel, cardamom, fresh lemon zest and sweet almonds. The finished gin is then infused with hops to give a heady aroma, increased texture and a flavour that really goes well with lime.

If you would like to find our more about Dancing Cows beer or spirits, please contact Richard Baker below:

Dancing Cows Ltd.
Sadlers Farm Workshops, Lower Pennington Lane, Lymington.
07952 639465

Dancing Cows Brewery/Distillery
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Objection to Housing Development Housing Plan

A number of local residents are commencing an action group campaign to object to the Milford on Sea sites which ave been ear-marked for housing development in District Council Local Plan review

The New Forest District Council has earmarked two sites in Milford-on-Sea for possible housing development (270 homes on sites north of Manor Road and west of Barnes Lane) over the next 20 years as part of its Local Plan review. 

The public consultation started on 15th July and runs until 16th September. Plans are available to view in the Parish Office or through New Forest District Council’s website. click here.

Andrew Peters, together with other residents have set up 'The Save Milford' website. (Which should be up and running by Monday afternoon.) The website will assist villagers with concerns and how to go about voicing them in the correct way. 

For those interested there is a Parish Council Meeting: 15th August at 6.30pm in Village Hall, the agenda is to include housing development plans.

Save Milford Action Group (Housing Development Objection)

Tuesday, 16 August 2016

Support for People with Sight Loss

Visual impairment is a difficult thing to live with and it really useful to know about all the equipment and information that can help out on a daily basis.

A 'Sight Loss Information Day' is being held at the Community Centre, and if you know of anyone who may benefit from this we would appreciate you letting them know please.

At the ‘Sight Loss Information Day’ you can see the latest smart phones and tablets specifically made for those with sight problems and there will be all manner of aids for the home. Exhibitors of holidays and retreats that cater for blind and partially sighted guests will also be on hand and an audio library will be present.

On this special day you can also see demonstrations of an exciting new intuitive wearable device which has a smart camera fitted onto spectacles. It has been designed to help people who are blind, visually impaired, or have a reading disability. You can go to to see how this appliance will read text after being instructed by a pointing gesture from the user. It will read newspapers, books, road names, product labels, shop names etc. This new device can also be trained to recognise people who are familiar to the user. Further development of this product to become interactive could be a real break through for those with sight loss.

This is a great opportunity to try a vast range of aids and equipment for the visually impaired, so get the details below in your diary! 

SIGHT LOSS INFORMATION DAY: Exhibition of Information and Equipment
Tuesday 13th September 2016 - Milford On Sea Community Centre - Drop in any time between 10am to 3pm. Free Entry, Refreshments available.

Action for Blind People - RNIB
Associated Optical – Eschenbach Magnifiers
Calibre Audio Library
Dolphin - Assistive Technology for Life
Macular Society
Open Sight
Optima - Low Vision Experts
Pamtrad – Products for Blind People
Professional Vision Services
Sight & Sound Technology
Synnaptic – Tablet Computers
Talking News – New Milton
*Torch Trust for the Blind – Christian Books & Holidays
Vision Hotels – For Visually Impaired Guests

*Local Milford on Sea resident, Sinclair Campbell is also a volunteer with New Forest Torch Fellowship which meets monthly on third Saturdays at New Milton. (Torch Trust is a Christian organisation with a worldwide vision for people with sight loss. For more information you can contact Sinclair on 01590 644926 -

For further details on Exhibition:

Open Sight
Pam Bateman


Monday, 15 August 2016

A Chance to Discover More About Hurst Lighthouse

The lighthouse at Hurst Point is always a great photo opportunity, but getting the chance to find out about its history is  special occurrence.

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There have been five lighthouses at Hurst Point and the team would like to tell you their story and also that of the historic Acetylene Room (Which is now found within Hurst Castle.). 

The lighthouse exterior will be open to the public on Sunday 21st August when the Association of Lighthouse Keepers are celebrating International Lighthouse Heritage Day at Hurst Castle. (Sorry, access into the lighthouse is not allowed.)

Tours start from the ALK Museum Rooms within Hurst Castle at: 11am, 12pm, 1.00pm, 2pm, 3pm and 4pm.

Tours are free but Hurst Castle and ferry fees apply and there is no public entrance to any of the lighthouses. The Acetylene Room can be visited separately from the Castle.

There will also be an ex-lighthouse keeper on site who can give a first-hand account of what it was really like.

The Christchurch Amateur Radio Society will also be operating from within the castle on Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st August as part of International Lighthouse and Lightship Weekend and attempting to contact as many lighthouses as possible

Come and see them in action from 10.30am to 5.30pm.

Saturday, 13 August 2016

Give a Fun Fruit Bouquet

A innovative new business, run by a familiar face has started at Braxton Courtyard.

Inger-Lise, the original founder of Inger-Lise's Coffee Shop in Milford on Sea village is now making and supplying fresh fruit bouquets. The edible bouquets feature fresh fruit arranged like flowers, and the mouth-watering and eye-catching bouquets can be made with or without chocolate.

They of course make perfect gifts, ideal for weddings, and just about any occasion. There is even a range for kid's birthday parties.

Whatever you choose to give one for you are guaranteed to be delighted with these healthy, tasty, fruit flower arrangements!

Please visit the website to choose your fresh fruit bouquet.

Fruit Temptation – Fun Fruit Bouquets
Unit 2, Braxton Courtyard, Lymore Lane, SO41 0TX | Contact:, call 01590 643578 or visit.

Tuesday, 9 August 2016

5th Most Expensive Seaside Homes in UK

The Daily Echo this week published an article stating that Lymington (including Milford on Sea) has been named the fifth most expensive seaside town in Britain, with the average property selling for £426,112.

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It was reported that three years ago the average house price in the area stood at £340,944 – with the average property now selling for £426,112.

The average cost of homes in seaside communities across the UK is said to have risen by 32-per-cent since 2006.

Sandbanks in Poole has the dearest homes at £664,655, but regional variations mean Port Bannatyne in Scotland has the cheapest at £77,132.

Sadly, this makes things even harder for local youngsters to get on the property ladder.

To read the full Daily Echo article; please click here.

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Top 10 Expensive Seaside Town
(Research by Halifax)

1. Sandbanks, Dorset, £664,655

2. Salcombe, Devon, £539,950

3. Padstow, Cornwall, £443,396

4. Aldeburgh, Suffolk, £439,379

5. Lymington, Hampshire, £426,112

6. Dartmouth, Devon, £401,361

7. Fowey, Cornwall, £379,003

8. St Mawes, Cornwall, £373,746

9. Wadebridge, Cornwall, £373,351

10. Budleigh Salterton, Devon, £360,984

Monday, 8 August 2016

Yellow Line Frustration

Local resident, Rob Askin has felt provoked to write in order to highlight what he considers a ridiculous waste of public money on double yellow lines where they are not necessary, and ignoring the real points of need. 

Rob explains: “I have been trying to get double yellow lines at the eastern end of Whitby Road for some time, due to the parking on both sides of the road of cars associated with St. Georges. I have been advised that there is not a road safety issue that would justify this, despite several near misses of both myself and my neighbours exiting our drives.

I have now learnt that the local council are proposing to impose additional parking restrictions in De La Warr Road, a quiet road with hardly any traffic, due to road safety issues. This follows the painting of double yellow lines half way up Church Hill at the gated entrance to 4 houses, where there is patently no parking space to be protected. Similarly when Victoria Road, a wide, quiet road, was recently re-surfaced parking restriction yellow lines were immediately re-painted despite there again being no real justification or need.”

If you would like to express your point of view, please post a comment by clicking the 'comment/no comment' link at the foot of this article.

Beach Hut Rebuild Start Date

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The Council have contracted Raymond Brown Construction (of Ringwood) to carry out the seafront work and they are due to start early in September 2016 once the schools' summer holidays are over. 

While work is ongoing access to the seafront will be blocked from the path to the west of The White House and the western Hurst Road Car park closed. Pedestrian access to the toilet block will be maintained but both promenades shut from The White House to the slipway by the seafront shelter. 

If the weather permits building work to continue through the autumn and winter the contractors expect to have finished by February 2017.

Sunday, 7 August 2016

Jazz Sundays at La Perle

Jazz Sundays are back at La Perle throughout August. 

If you enjoy dining with a bit of mellow background music, then Sam's classic Sunday Roast with fantastic live jazz duo will be for you.

A Three Course Sunday Lunch is available for just £29.95.

Tables are available from 12pm, with the live jazz from 12:30pm to 3pm.

Book now to avoid disappointment!

La Perle
60 High Street, Milford on Sea SO41 0QD
01590 643557

Tom's Channel Relay Swim

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Tom Chamberlain from Milford on Sea was part of a small team of swimmers who embarked on a Channel Relay Swim from Dover to France on Saturday 30th July 2016.

Although 21 miles in a straight line, the tide dictates a large ‘S’ shape curve that is ultimately and unavoidably followed and consequently the distance is more like 40 miles in length. Whilst big swells were present, conditions were generally favourable and Team Tiger Fish completed the iconic swim, wearing just swimming trunks and goggles (no wetsuits allowed) in just over 13 hours.

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“I have wanted to swim the English Channel for many years now”, said Tom “and have had a pot of Goose Fat sat in the house as a half joke/half incentive. To be part of a small team of like-minded swimmers made the challenge less of a lonely experience, although still an incredibly physical and mentally challenging one.” Tom’s intensive training involved swimming several times a week, often in sea temperatures of only just over ten degrees and night swimming in the darkness of Milford on Sea.

Swimming the English Channel is considered by many to be the ultimate long distance swimming challenge. It isn’t just the distance that is the challenge, but the variable conditions, cold water, jellyfish and the passing traffic of 600 tankers and 200 ferries daily. Needless to say, when Tom landed in France it was to the cheer of a welcoming French crowd and with just enough time to grab a handful of French sand as a keepsake, he dived back into the water to the support boat waiting to take him back to Dover.

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Tom has raised £2,650 for the spinal cord injury charity Aspire. Every eight hours someone in the UK is paralysed by Spinal Cord injury. Disability is expensive and Aspire gives grants and temporary housing so that people can lead more independent lives. The charity visits newly injured people in hospital to offer support, advice and training, with on-going support once they are back home.

To top the experience off, Tom got to sign his name on the walls of the world famous pub, “The White Horse” in Dover; a privilege that only those who have swum the English Channel have the honour to do.

And so for the next challenge? “Who knows”, says Tom, “I’m sure they’ll be something, but in the meantime I’m enjoying getting back to swimming “just for fun”.

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Milford on Sea Community Library Update

An update from Jill Neill, Volunteer Coordinator – MOS Community Library

Have you ever asked the question “What happened next?”  Like many people, your answer will have been “yes”, because lots of us have an abiding interest in what makes human beings tick, why they do the things they do and what happens to them afterwards. It is the stuff of many novels, plays and films. So, to cut to the chase, as they say in all good movies, this is the latest chapter in the life of Milford on Sea Community Library.

It was in April 2015 that Hampshire County Council relinquished both financial support and the day to day running of what is now Milford on Sea Community Library. I must say that Hampshire’s Community Librarians were an inspiration and a lifeline in the early days, training volunteers, answering endless queries, suggesting strategies and keeping us supplied with many lovely books for our readers. Thank you, Sharon and Ann.

Being a Community Library means that we have to pay rent for our premises and provide volunteer staff to cover all shifts, whilst Hampshire continues to rotate our stock and send a visiting librarian once a week. So our interesting story began with the Milford Village Association giving us a rent free year in which to raise funds and learn how to be a library! 

This was initially daunting, but we experienced such huge support from both village residents and organisations that we were able to start paying hall rental in 2016. So thank you to all those people who sang in concerts, donated money, time or expertise, came to coffee mornings, entertainments,  bag sales, cake sales, book sales, plant stalls, dinosaur and “Revolting Recipes” afternoons – we could not have done this without you.

The “community” part of our title is important, so we have welcomed both Rainbows and school reception classes. In addition we were thrilled when Churches Together in Milford suggested we should open during their regular Thursday coffee morning. This means that we are open every weekday and generally on the first Saturday of each month. On Mondays “Knit and Natter” meet during the Library session and a number of these ladies are also volunteers.

Quite simply, our Library could not function without the volunteers who work regularly on a day which suits them. We have a four monthly rota, a system of team leaders for each day and an organising committee of seven people. The system is designed to cover holidays and emergencies and whilst we have had the odd glitch, it is settling down. If you’d like to help, please give me a ring!

One of the things many volunteers really enjoy is getting to know our readers. Some people keep meticulous records of every book they have ever read and eagerly await a new publication by a favourite author. Others ask our advice, or give us theirs. Sharing reading likes and dislikes forms a major part of our library interaction.  Recently, we have set up a reading group and the four books we have read so far have yielded interesting discussions on slavery, female emancipation, forensic science and brittle bone disease.

On 10th September 2016 we are planning a new venture – a writers’ workshop. This whole day event (10 – 4 p.m.) is for aspiring authors seeing to unlock their creative potential. Leading the day is Sandra Cain, Founder-Director of Wordshaker UK and Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing; she is a regular contributor at writing festivals and international conferences. So do join us for an inspiring day: Cost £30, including tuition, lunch, refreshments and a useful information pack with Sandra’s tips on where to begin, writing techniques, how to get published and so on. Further information and booking forms are available from Milford on Sea Library or you can email and we will send you the details.

What happens next? Who knows? But you can find out more on our Facebook page: or simply drop in to see us!

Jill Neill, Volunteer Coordinator – MOS Community Library.

Library opening times: 
Monday and Tuesday 2.30—5.00pm
Wednesday, Thursday and Friday 10am—12.30pm
First Saturday each month 10am—12.30pm (except January and November)

Milford on Sea Community Library
The Village Hall, Park Road, Milford on Sea SO41 0QU
Tel: 07950 941818 (Opening hours only)

£10 Paddle Board Taster Sessions

Since opening last year, The New Forest Paddle Sport Company in Milford on Sea High Street has been going from strength to strength.

Due to increasing demand and popularity they have now added more taster sessions during August.

Why not book into a Kayak or Paddle Boarding Taster session? The cost is just £10 per person for 1 hour, with Taster Sessions running almost everyday.

To see the available Taster Session please click here, If there is no time slot online that suits you please contact Sean and he will see what we can offer.

The New Forest Paddle Sport Company 
46 High Street, Milford on Sea, SO41 0QD - 01590 645270

Pikemen at Hurst Castle

This year is the 30th Anniversary of The Friends of Hurst Castle, and as part of the celebration the friends have arranged for The Company of Pikemen and Musketeers Display (The Ceremonial Bodyguard to The Lord Mayor of London.) to give a display of their drill and uniforms at Hurst Castle

The display is free at 3pm Saturday 24th September 2106, but normal ferry and castle charges will apply.

This is a unique opportunity to witness part of our countries heritage, and to see a bit more of the good work the The Friends of Hurst Castle do.

Friends of Hurst Castle

Friday, 5 August 2016

Fancy Playing Chess?

Do you enjoy playing chess?

Local Milford on Sea resident, Peter Ashwood organises New Milton Chess Club who welcome players of any standard for enjoyable games in a friendly setting.

The Club meets at the Conservative Club, Station Road, New Milton, on Tuesday evenings from 7pm. and Thursday afternoons from 2pm. The would be delighted for anyone who fancies a game to go along.

We are also running teams in Division 2 and Division 4 of the Bournemouth and District Chess League in 2016-17. 

More information is available from: Peter Ashwood: 01590 644876 or Barry Jolly: 01425 291122