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Thursday, 29 June 2017

The Wash House is looking for Bar Staff

The new Wash House Micro Ale Bar in Milford on Sea high street is well on the way to opening, and now needs some lovely people to prepare serve an enthusiastic group of thirsty customers!

We hear that full and part time positions available for the right candidate. Experience is essential for full time position, experience preferred but not essential for part time positions. 18+ a must.

If you, or anyone you know may be interested, please email a CV to Duncan at:

The only thing better than working in a bar, is standing the other side drinking!

The Wash House Bar
27 High Street, Milford on Sea, SO41 0QF

Saturday, 17 June 2017

Beautiful Demoiselle Spotted by the Dane Stream

An eagle eyed reader, Eric Lewis spotted and captured these excellent photographs of a Beautiful Demoiselle whilst in the woods by the Dane Stream in Milford on Sea.

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The beautiful demoiselle (Calopteryx virgo) is a European damselfly. It is often found along fast-flowing waters where it is most at home. Click here for more information.

Friday, 16 June 2017

The White Horse Opens a Tea Room

Paul Rand, the landlord at The White Horse in Milford on Sea has opened a Tea Room, alongside its usual pub activities.

You can visit the The Tea Room any Monday to Saturday from 9am to 6pm, and a copy of the menu is below.

To celebrate, Paul is offering today and tomorrow (Saturday 17th June) a free tea or coffee when you buy a sandwich or premium cake.

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The pub also has an beer garden with a childrens' play area.

If you fancy some weekend entertainment, this Saturday The White Horse has live music with the Blue Quays from 9pm to 11.30pm.

£3 million Montague Dawson Art Sale

The Daily Echo has reported that A £3 million collection of oil paintings by Milford on Sea based and great marine artist, Montague Dawson, is being sold this month.

The art collection includes a £120,000 picture, The Stricken Kelly, which features the ill-fated Hampshire warship HMS Kelly, commanded by Earl Mountbatten of Burma.

Two other Dawson paintings – The Silver Moon-Nocturne and Trimming The Sails – will be offered for sale at £375,000 and £200,000 respectively.

Collectively the  art collection could reach a sale value of £3m for the lucky owner.

Montague Dawson, F.R.S.A., R.S.M.A. (British, 1895-1973) once lived at 1 Hurst Road, Milford on Sea, SO41 0PY, and a plaque sits on the white walls of the property today.

Stricken Kelly

The Silver Moon Nocturne

Trimming the Sails
To read the full Daily Echo  article please click here.

No64 Biscuit House in Hampshire Living

No64 Biscuit House once again find themselves in the news, this time with a three page article in this month's Hampshire Living, part of Hampshire Life.

The front cover heading is "Living the Danish Dream: Interior Styling with Clare Southcombe-Holmes" and talks about Clare's career, new home and business.

To read full article, please click here.

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No64 Biscuit House
High Street, Milford on Sea

Saturday, 10 June 2017

Vote for our village businesses in Muddy Stilettos Awards

Four of our village businesses have been shortlisted as finalists in the The Muddy Stiletto Awards, and your vote can help them to win.

No64 Biscuit House are in the best interiors shop category - 

Sam's Bar at The Cave
 are in shortlist of five for best bar -

Lisa's Larder are competing in the farmshop/deli category

Verveine are also up for an award in the best restaurant category -

The voting opens from midday today (Saturday 10th June) for one week.

To vote in The Muddy Stilettos Awards please click here. A great time to show our local businesses that we love them!

Ed's Note: Seems that the voting closed before lunchtime on Friday 16th June  (Today). No idea why the closed early!!

Weird World of MoS Souvenirs

Over the decades holiday makers have bought some very strange souvenirs from Milford on Sea. I suspect that visits to our great range of village pubs may have contributed to the decision making process!

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To take a look at a lot more of the Weird World of Milford on Sea Souvenirs - please click here.

Hugh Retires from Hugh Whitlock Solicitors

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It’s all change at Hugh Whitlock Solicitors. You may have noticed the new signage - ‘Dagless and Whitlock Solicitors’. After 45 years as a Solicitor, 25 of them in Milford on Sea sole practitioner Hugh Whitlock has retired - as you can see he is rather relaxed in the photograph!

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Hugh is also known in the village in various disguises from a sleazy car/cow dealer to this year’s Genie of the Lamp in the village pantomimes.

Hugh qualified as a Solicitor in 1972 and worked with Richards Butler in the City of London before moving to Winchester and taking a partnership with Shentons. He then moved to the village to set up his own practice, first from a small office in the High Street and then moving to the existing offices at number 44. He was delighted to take on a partner - Louise Allonby – who had first worked with Hugh as a student on a work placement from university. Louise was with the practice for several years until she left to have her first baby - she now has three! So Hugh became a sole practitioner again.

Three years ago Niels Dagless joined the firm as an assistant Solicitor always with succession in mind. So, from the end of April of this year Niels has taken over, given the practice a new look along with an established staff of Billie, Ellie and Otillia and Hugh has become a consultant to the firm, working on a part time basis for the next year. Hugh will be pleased to see old and new clients and is delighted to be supporting the Dagless and Whitlock practice as a consultant. Not sure about next year’s pantomime though!

Scammers target Zaika

A reader has let us know of a scam phone call they received the other night.

The caller offered them the opportunity to buy some sort of VIP card for £55 which would give them various extras at Zaika Indian Restaurant in Milford on Sea High Street. 

Obviously they expressed surprise as the restaurant is currently closed, which the caller was unaware of.

The caller was ready to take payment over the phone on a card, but they wisely declined!


The fate of Zaika Indian Restaurant remains a mystery. 

For some months now the window has carried a sign saying a new chef is on the way with an exciting new menu.

We have tried to contact the restaurant, but with no success. So, the news is that we have no news! (Quality journalism from these pages as always!)

I guess the new chef has either got lost on his way, or is still looking for ingredients for his new menu. - Either way, not having a curry house on the doorstep is giving me significant withdrawal symptoms!

Thursday, 8 June 2017

Belle Epoque Reopens

The quirky Belle Epoque has reopened at the previous high street location of The Raft (which is now located at The Marine on Milford on Sea seafront, and serving great food and drinks all day and evening.)

Belle Epoque has a eclectic range of second hand and antique items for sale alongside a new lunch menu.

Belle Epoque
11 High Street, Milford on Sea, SO41 0QF

Thursday, 1 June 2017

Milford Artist's painting sells for $32,000

A painting by a famous Milford on Sea resident has fetched $32,000 at a Christie's auction in the Rockefeller Center, New York on 23rd May 2017.

Montague Dawson, F.R.S.A., R.S.M.A. (British, 1895-1973) once lived at 1 Hurst Road, Milford on Sea, SO41 0PY, and a plaque sits on the white walls of the property today.

The artwork is entitled: Bowling Along - 'The Glorious Lightning'.

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An interesting article appeared in The Daily Echo which told more about the life of Montague Dawson:

Food was so scarce in some parts of Hampshire during the Second World War that at one point artist Montague Dawson survived by living on soup made from lawn cuttings and nettles.

Mr Dawson survived this hardship and went on to become, in the 1960s, one of the world’s highest paid artists.

He enjoyed an annual income of £100,000 when in 1967 the average Southampton house cost £4,050.

Montague Dawson died at the Western Hospital, Southampton, on May 21,1973. He was buried at Boldre Church, Lymington.

You can read the full Daily Echo article by clicking here.

The latest book in The Hurst Chronicles

This time last year Robin Crumby launched a new book series 'The Hurst Chronicles' set at Hurst Castle in the aftermath of a flu pandemic. 

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Robin said; "The book seemed to strike a chord with locals who sent me several suggestions for historical references to include and plot lines for future books." 

He has just published book two in the series, titled 'Sentinel' which is now on sale. You can read the blurb and first few reviews by here clicking here

Robin also did an author interview which gives some interesting background. Please click here to see interview.

Robin Crumby (Author)

No64 Biscuit House wins Shop of the Month

No64 Biscuit House in Milford on Sea High Street has won Coast Magazine Shop of the Month.

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This exciting and stylish new shop has only been open for 12 weeks, so it is pretty cool to get recognised so soon. 

If you haven't been inside the new shop yet, you can take a look at their range by clicking here.

Coast Magazine publishes a physical magazine and also has an online version that you purchase/subscribe to. Please click here.

No64 Biscuit House
64 High Street, Milford on Sea, SO41 0QD - Don't forget to visit the No64 Online shop!
01590 643765