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Sunday, 26 February 2017

New Style Menu coming at Zaika

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Changes are afoot at our popular village Indian Restaurant, Zaika.

Signs currently on the window say 'Opening soon, New style of Indian food with highly skilled Indian chef.'

You editor has no idea what the new menu might be, nor when it opens, so a pretty pointless article, other than to say that is sounds worth visiting when Zaika re-opens.

Zaika Indian Restaurant
69-71 High Street, Milford on Sea, SO41 0QG

Vacancy at Village Charity Shop

The Community Centre Charity Shop in Church Hill is looking for a Part time Deputy Manager.

The role is for 14 hours per week with a salary £6420pa and bonus scheme.

If you would like to apply, please send your CV to:
Bob Bishop, C/O Community Centre, Sea Raod, SO41 0PH

*Closing date for applications 13th March 2017.

Friday, 24 February 2017

Would You Like to Meet Your Neighbours?

Annie Corder Mills and her husband, Tony Mills, moved to Milford on Sea three months ago and they are keen to meet others living in the area. They held their first social in January at The Smugglers Inn which was very successful. 

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They are now organising another Milford on Sea Social Get-Together at 2pm on Sunday 5th March at The Beach House, Park Lane, Milford on Sea, SO41 0PT.

This will be an informal gathering, meeting for drinks and open to anyone living in or near to Milford on Sea. If people enjoy it, Annie & Tony hope they can make it a regular monthly event. 

You can find Annie on Nextdoor, or contact her by email ( if you have any questions.

Otherwise, just go along to The Beach House and find them there.  If you are a bit shy, don't worry, Annie will help you feel relaxed and part of the group.  

You will find the group in the lounge area.  

Annie & Tony also like to support local businesses, so please feel free to bring your business cards / leaflets.

Sunday, 19 February 2017

20th Anniversary for Gardeners' Club

Milford on Sea Gardeners' Club are celebrating their 20th anniversary this year and have a really exciting programme of events planned.

One of the clubs big time speakers, Derrie Watkins is visiting to talk to the members on Saturday the 18th March in All Saints' Church Hall. 

Derrie has a Specialist Nursery near Bristol, is a well respected gardener and nurserywomen and she will enlighten all on her move from America to this country to start her famous garden - her talk will be entitled a 'Derelict Hill Farm to Garden in a year or two or - twelve'.

Tickets will be available on the door, (Club members £1 - visitors £4 refreshments included.) Doors open at 2pm and talk starts 2.30pm for anyone who would like to go along.

Monday, 13 February 2017

Can you make a Video Film?

Are you a dab hand with a video camera?

If so, would you be prepared to help The Community Centre, who would like to have a rolling video on the television screen in the foyer.

The idea is to have a video film which shows what the Centre volunteers do. The video could then also be used at village events such as the Newcomers' Supper.

Is this something you, or anyone you know would be happy to help with? 

If so. please contact Ann Houlihan at

Friday, 10 February 2017

No. 64 Biscuit House Opening Soon

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Anyone wandering down Milford on sea high street in recent months cannot fail to have noticed the impressive renovations taking place at what was formally Gwen's Ladies Fashions.

The refurbishment is now complete, and preparations are now underway to open No. 64 Biscuit House on Saturday 25th February.

Interior styling expert Clare Southcombe-Holmes and Glenn Harrison are excited for you to see some of the beautiful items Clare has selected from across Europe for her store.

The new website for No64 is now online for you to take a look:

No. 64 Biscuit House
64 High Street, Milford on Sea, SO41 0QD

Tuesday, 7 February 2017

Creeks and Saltmarsh – Guided Bird Watching Trip

Wildlife enthusiasts have been able to enjoy a unique glimpse of over 40 bird species currently residing in Keyhaven’s creeks and saltmarshes during a special trip organised by Milford Conservation Volunteers (MCV).

Travelling on a Dory (ideal for shallow water operations), passengers were taken on a spectacular journey around areas not usually navigable by normal boats.
The range of species included Brent Goose, Curlew, Black tailed Godwit, Teal, Dunlin, Turnstone, Grey Plover, Knot, Oystercatcher, Ringed Plover, Shelduck, Cormorant, Eider, Little Egret, Greenshank, Redshank, Red- breasted Merganser, Little Grebe, Great Crested Grebe, Lapwing, Great Black-backed Gull, Grey Heron, Wigeon, Mute Swan, Mediterranean Gull, Peregrine and Raven.

The overriding sense on board was the sheer number of birds being seen – over 1,500 Brent Geese, 100 Black-tailed Godwits, 2,000+ Dunlin and the associated winter bird calls. The moody atmosphere was enhanced by the rising sun and low level mist.

This type of trip is a perfect way to see our local wildlife at close quarters and observe some of the bird behaviours. With skipper Jason Crane from Hurst Castle Ferries visiting the more inaccessible creeks, the bird watchers were treated to a memorable journey, along with the opportunity to learn more about bird identification.

The idea now is to schedule additional trips with MCV and Hurst Castle Ferries. Anyone with an interest in local wildlife is most welcome to enjoy the ‘Creeks and Saltmarsh’ experience. The trips are scheduled to last for about 1.5 hours and the cost will be £12.50 per person. 

Full details are available from Keith Metcalf – just email him on or call 01590 645825. 

Information about the Milford Conservation Volunteers, and how to join, can be found on the website at

Public Exhibition of School Lane Housing Development

Pennyfarthing Homes are holding a public exhibition to discuss residential and public open space proposals for land north of School Lane, Milford on Sea. 

This will be your opportunity to meet with the Pennyfarthing team and hear about the proposed scheme, provide your feedback and have any questions you may have answered. 

The event is being held: 
Between 3pm to 7pm on Thursday 9 February 2017
at Milford on Sea Baptist Church Hall, The Manse, Wayside Close, Milford on Sea SO41 0RN 

You can go at anytime between 3pm and 7pm. 

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What is proposed? 

As you may be aware, the land north of School Lane has been allocated by New Forest District Council for housing and public open space provision. Working to produce a scheme that aims to delivers the aspirations of the Council, Pennyfarthing Homes proposes: 

• 46 high quality new homes, of which 14 would be starter homes and 9 affordable rent 
• 2 hectares of formal open space 
• 5 new allotments 
• A safe new drop off/parking area for Milford Primary School 
• Significant landscape planting 

Please see the suggested site layout on image to right, which indicates the areas proposed for the new housing, public open space, allotments and school drop off zone. 

The scheme would also deliver new homes catering for affordable homes and first time buyers through to larger family homes, with many benefiting from filtered views to the Isle of Wight.
Should you have any questions ahead of the public exhibition please don’t hesitate to call the Freephone Community Information Line on 0800 294 1304 and the Pennyfarthing team will be happy to help.