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Wednesday, 26 July 2017

Another Flower and Produce Show Success

The annual Milford Flower and Produce Show was held at All Saints’ Church Hall, Milford-on-Sea on Saturday 15th July 2017.

This year’s show was very well supported and there were more competition entries than last year.Once more there were a lot of entries by children, including the Guides, Cubs, Brownies, Rainbow and Milford Preschool. 

The Challenge cup for the overall winner with most points this year was David Badham, who also won the Weatherhead cup for most points in Vegetables. the Joanne Weatherhead cup for the best exhibit for Vegetables was awarded to Tony Hales, a newcomer.

In the Fruit section the most points scored was for Hilary Sullivan who was awarded The Polson cup. Sue Tennant had the best exhibit and was awarded the Jim Asher cup

There were several new entrants this year and the Liz Jones Cup for newcomers was won by John Welsh

In the Flower section section the Dorothy Nightingale cup was awarded to Christine Twyford, the overall winner. The Margaret King cup for best 3 Rose stems was won by Carol Dickman, while the Fairbairn Rose plate for the best single Rose bloom was won by Peter Beasley. The best exhibit in Flowers was Diana Cobbett who won the Presidents cup.

The Floral Art section had 8 lovely contributions. The Lucey Bowl for ‘A Midsummer night’s dream’ was awarded to Sue Erler who also won the 

Danby cup for her ‘Alpine miniature’ For ‘Dining in Style’, Carole Barnett was awarded the Molly Miller cup. The Hatchard bowl was awarded to Christine Calder for ‘Alice through the Looking Glass’.

There were many entries for the Coffee and Walnut cake, in the Produce Section and the winner was Sue Digby. A good number of children entered the Chocolate brownies and men entered the Rock cakes.The overall winner was Diana Cobbett who won the Patterson Produce Cup.

There were several entries for the Childrens’ section and the Scarecrow this year was won by Milford Rainbows for ‘Mary Mary Quite Contrary’ complete with Silver bells and Cockle shells. They were awarded the Helen Cookson cup.

The prize for the best child’s entry, The George Dowland cup, was awarded to Lucy Webb.

For the most points in Handicrafts particularly the Pottery class Marie Rooney won the John Pither cup. Of the several lovely paintings of ‘Coastal’ the winner was Joyce Grainger.

Lucy Webb won the Photography Frame for the best entry in the photography section,a good achievement as she entered in the adult part of the section. 

At the end of the show the chairman thanked everyone who supported the show and all the entrants for their considerable efforts. He also thanked his hard working committee and all the helpers who made the show great success again this year.

Bowls Club Needles Pairs Competition Winners

In spite of cloudy conditions for the start of Milford on Sea Bowls Club annual Needles Pairs Competition a good day was had by all with the sun finally coming out for the exciting final between Judy Spooner & Phil Freeman and Stuart Poulson & Peter Thorogood.

Judy Spooner & Phil Freeman
with Martin Scott of Hayward Fox
A large number of players stayed to watch the closely fought final which in the end was won by Judy & Phil.

The Needles Trophy and the glass keepsakes were presented by Martin Scott of Hayward Fox the kind sponsors of this competition.

Milford on Sea Bowls Club have Presidents Day next Sunday so club will be busy again.

Stuart Poulson & Peter Thorogood
with Martin Scott of Hayward Fox

No.64 to stock Annie Sloan Paints

No.64 Biscuit House, the homeware boutique in Milford on Sea high street have recently been accepted as a UK Stockist for Annie Sloan paint. (

Annie Sloan paints as described on their website: "By leading the decorative painting revolution over the last three decades, Annie Sloan is widely recognised as one of the world's most respected experts in paint and colour. As well as authoring 26 internationally sold books, Annie Sloan transformed the world of furniture painting with the creation of her own brand of decorative paint, Chalk Paint®, in 1990. Annie’s fine-art background and contagious enthusiasm for decorative painting has motivated both home painters and experienced professionals, unlocking countless creative potentials over the last 30 years." 

The new paint range will be on the No.64 Biscuit House shelves / website by early August.

Also, there will be Annie Sloan Paint Workshops to be announced later this year.

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

Thursday, 20 July 2017

The Wash House Micro Ale Bar Opens

The Wash House Micro Ale Bar, based in the old launderette, will be opening next week.

The opening hours will be Monday to Sunday from 9am to 11pm when they will be serving craft ales, lagers, spirits, wines, soft drinks, coffee and bar snacks.

We will let you know when their new website is launched, but in the meantime pop in to check it out.

The Wash House Micro Ale Bar

27 High Street, Milford on Sea, SO41 0QF

Road Closures in Milford on Sea

Just in case someone hasn't seen the advanced warning notices or received the letter to local residents and retailers around the green.

Advanced Road Closure Notice

Church Hill will be closed on Saturday 29th July from 6pm until 12 Midnight.

Milford on Sea High Street will be closed on Saturday 29th July 2017 from 9am until 12 Midnight and Sunday 30th July 2017 from 9am until 8pm.

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

MoS Tennis Club hosts Touchtennis

Milford on Sea Tennis & Squash Club are hosting a Touchtennis Tournament in August.

Touchtennis is a modified version of regular tennis, played on smaller courts and with shorter rackets (21" rackets) and foam balls. It's tennis' version of 5-a-side football. 

The use of smaller courts and foam balls creates and even playing field meaning all abilities can play together fairly. Touchtennis is a more lighthearted, fun and friendly version of tennis, and is a form of tennis which is designed to increase the number of people playing some form of tennis. 

At the Tennis Club, they are ideally looking for 35+ players of all abilities, however, anyone 16 and over is more than welcome to come play (Not younger I'm afraid.) Its a great way for both adults and seniors to become more active, and is not strenuous in the slightest.

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Milford on Sea Tennis & Squash Club has been given a grant of £300 by the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) to buy brand new kits and equipment for this tournament, use of which is included in the £1 entry fee. This includes the use of kits, balls and courts.

Click here to register.

The tournament is scheduled to start at 10am and finish at 2pm at Milford on Sea Tennis Club, again we will be welcoming all abilities, even if you've never picked up a tennis racket in your life they would be happy for these players to come and be introduced to Tennis.

Here are the rules for Touchtennis to grasp a better understanding:
  • Played with normal tennis scoring but with sudden death on every deuce point with receiver to choose side
  • Serving can be overarm or underarm and the serve may not be volleyed back by the returner. One serve only.
  • ‘If you throw it you must hit it’ – on throwing the ball up to serve, the server must hit it, letting it drop/catching it will result in loss of point.
  • Sets are to 4 games, and you must win by 2 clear games. If the score is 4-4, a tie break to 5 points will take place.
  • No let rule – if the ball clips the net and lands in correct service box, the ball counts as ‘in play’.
Sounds fun, why not give it a go!

Milford Tennis & Squash Club

Tuesday, 18 July 2017

A Thank You to Our Shops

We have received the message below from Ian Pearson.

Ian was born in Milford on Sea and now lives in Paynesville City, Victoria, Australia.

"I don't know if my message is appropriate for your page, if not, I understand, but if so, please feel free to copy and paste the following..........

I've recently returned from Australia to the village into which I was born to care for my terminally ill father and to organise care for my mother who now has advanced dementia.

They have lived in Milford for nearly sixty years - immigrants from the grim north!

All I wanted to say is a heartfelt thank you to many of the shops in the village. Due to her condition, she had often been found confused and a little lost in the village, and was helped by so many local traders. To them.....known and unknown, I would like to extend my thanks for the many examples of kindness and help they have given.

The sense of community and the uniqueness of the village obviously still burns as strongly as it did in my childhood and for generations before.

Be proud, genuine villagers. You have something unique and very special. 

My life has taken me across the world, but I will still always consider this to be home. 

So, to those who have helped - known and unknown. Thank you. From the bottom of my heart."

Friday, 14 July 2017

Community Centre Buys Adjacent Land

The Milford on Sea Community Centre is set to expand having purchased adjacent land in Sea Road .

The Community Centre is now considering how best to extend the accommodation to meet demands that are constantly increasing. The building is currently used by many groups including those providing help and activities for the elderly and the young, theatre, many different day time and evening classes, musical and comedy evenings, and support groups such as stroke and dementia.

Extending the Centre will be a significant, challenging and exciting project. So, the Community Centre would like to know the views, preferences and priorities of their users, and the wider community. If you would like to express your views you can do so by completing the questionnaire on the following weblink:

Thursday, 13 July 2017

New Meet Up Group

There is so much to enjoy in the lovely village of Milford on Sea, and local resident Annie Corder Mills, has felt inspired to create a 'Meet Up Group'. Click here to visit website.

It is a website that is free to join, and it's aim is to connect people who are interested in attending or running holistic and spiritual events in the village.

If you run a class or workshop in Milford on Sea that you feel resonates with what this group is about, then Annie invites you to become a co-organiser and post your own events to her calendar. You can contact Annie at and meet to discuss what you may like to create together.

Sunday, 9 July 2017

New Village Veg Shop

Milford on Sea once again has its own greengrocers.

New owner, Nick Munnik has run a successful greengrocers (Village Veg) in Brockenhurst for eight years, and has now opened a fully refreshed and well-stocked shop, also named Village Veg.

The new shop will be managed by Kirsty Munnick, and is located in the same premsies of Milford's previous greengrocers, Marjorie's. 

The Village Veg opened in Milford on Sea on Saturday 8th July 2017, and they are now looking forward to welcoming you to try their range of fruit and veg.

You can even order fruit and veg boxes online at:

(Sadly, they don't sell chocolate, but banana fritters are a treat worth having!) 

Village Veg
Church Hill, Milford on Sea, SO41 0QH‎

Correction to the Milford Festival Programme

The Milford Arts & Music Festival committee have just been made aware of an error in this year's programme. 

The Jazz Night at South Lawn Hotel on Tuesday 25th July at 6:30 is not a free entry event. It is a fund raiser for local charities including Oakhaven and is £16 per head including a hog roast or vegetarian BBQ.

The committee apologise for any confusion and all remaining programmes are being corrected. 

They say that this was an error on their behalf and nothing to do with South Lawn.

PS: I say; These guys give their time, expertise and effort for free on behalf of the community, and they should not feel bad about this small error. In fact this significant and enjoyable village event is normally a seamless success and they deserve the thanks of us all.

PPS: Sod's law says; 'What can go wrong, will go wrong!'.

Milford Arts & Music Festival

New Forest Tour Recommences

The New Forest Tour begins operating again on the 8th July and runs the three daily bus routes across the Forest until 10th September 2017.

If you fancy a day out from Milford on Sea you can hop on to enjoy The Blue Route which takes you from Milford on Sea seafront (or Keyhaven) to: Lymington – Brockenhurst – Burley – New Milton – Barton-on-Sea and then back to Milford on Sea. Plus of course, you can hop off and hop on whenever you like.

The complete tour has an approximate duration of 2 hours 5 minutes.

You can also purchase a Brand New Forest Card from Milford News in the village to redeem numerous offers as you travel around the New Forest.

New Forest Tour 

Thursday, 6 July 2017

Bruce Connell: Remembered In Pictures

Friends of the late Milford on Sea artist Bruce Connell are organising a retrospective exhibition of his paintings in the village Community Centre to celebrate his life and talent. 

Bruce specialised in sculpture in art school in the sixties and though he always loved to sketch came to painting relatively late in life when he moved to Milford and found inspiration in the local coastline.

He captured the colour and variety of beach-life in works exhibited with Milford Art Group, of which he was, for a time, a member, and at several one-man shows in Lymington, Highcliffe Castle and the Milford Community Centre.

But Bruce refused to follow the commercial route of working in the same ‘photographic’ images and developed an equally popular ‘comic book style’ adapting landscapes here in Hampshire, Devon and in Brittany where he and his wife Carolyn recently spent a large part of their summers.

The couple met through their involvement with the annual Milford-on-Sea Art and Music Festival for which Bruce used to organise the novel ‘mosaic’ backdrop for the main stage on the village green. Locals, the talented and not-so talented, painted small sections of a picture on individual canvases finally hung together to reveal the completed design on the festival weekend.

The exhibition is entitled Bruce Connell R.I.P. - Remembered In Pictures. He was working on sketches for a French commission until days before his admission to Rowcroft Hospice in Torquay in May. Proceeds from his picture sales will be donated to hospice funds. 

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The exhibition will be open to the public from 2pm to 4pm on Sunday 23rd July 2017, and from 10am to 4pm on Monday 24th July 2017. 

More of Bruce's work can be seen on his memorial website:

Happy Hours at The Cave

The Cave on Milford on Sea Green have introduced weekday happy hours.

A great value pint or glass of wine sounds my ideal way of starting any evening!

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The Cave
2 Church Hill, Milford on Sea, SO41 0QH
01590 642195

Apple Court Gardens Reopens After 4 Year Closure

Apple Court Gardens in nearby Hordle have new owners, Emma Taylor and Gavin Mann who live in Milford on Sea.

The nationally acclaimed Hampshire garden has now reopened after 4 year closure and is gaining fantastic feedback from locals and holidaymakers alike. Welcoming 250 through the gates in the first two weeks of opening. 

It is great that we now have another lovely place to visit right on our doorstep.

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Featured in various international magazines, and Alan Titmarsh’s “Love Your Garden” on ITV, the garden is packed with unusual flowers, shrubs and trees from around the world. Visitors can enjoy an authentic Japanese Garden, a circular White Garden, sub tropical planting and famous collections of hostas and daylilies. 

Originally designed by renowned horticulturists, Emma and Gavin are gradually improving each area and planting new species. 

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Tea, coffee and cakes are available to take to the lovely summer house or terrace.

Open 4 days a week, Thursday to Sunday, visitors can also buy plants, many of which feature in the garden. Free entry to the nursery, £5 to the garden itself. It is also part of the Gardeners World 2 for 1 offer this year. 

If you have never visited I can vouch that it is a tranquil place and joy to see. Why not take a trip along to see for yourself.

Apple Court Garden
Hordle Lane, Lymington SO41 0HU
Instagram: @applecourtgarden

Contact Emma Taylor 07971 882317

Monday, 3 July 2017

Outdoor Cinema at Chewton Glen

Chewton Glen have an outdoor cinema event taking place from 9th – 23rd July. 

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The Pop-Up Picture Company is presenting Rick Stein’s Sunset Cinema – a unique food and film experience in the stunning hotel grounds, you can find out more about the event here:

Sunday, 2 July 2017

Fancy Playing Chess?

Do you enjoy playing chess or perhaps you played in the past and are thinking of playing again.

Local Milford on Sea resident Peter Ashwood is a Committee Member of the New Milton Chess Club which welcomes players of all abilities whether you are interested in friendly social chess or more competitive play in the Bournemouth and District Chess League. The Club will be running teams in Divisions 2 and 3 in 2017/18.

The Club meets at the New Milton Conservative Club in Station Road every Tuesday at 7pm and every Thursday at 2pm.

For more information please contact Peter at 01590 644876 or John Belinger (Club Secretary) on 01425 280943 or visit the club's website at

Saturday, 1 July 2017

Help Out at the Community Centre

The Bar and Café in the Community Centre form an important part of the service that is provided to residents and visitors.

Each of these services is managed by a team of volunteers – led by two small groups who make sure that there are adequate stocks to meet demand, manage the rota and help introduce new volunteers to the job.

Both teams have a vacancy for which a volunteer is sought.


The bar is open only for events that are presented in the Community Centre and a person is needed to take over the volunteers rota - this is work that needs limited computer skills and can be done without leaving the comfort of ones own home! It involves

· Keeping the Bar events calendar up to date - gathering information from the Community Centre    Calendar, 'What's On" etc.
· Maintaining a contacts list of volunteers
· Contacting new volunteers and arranging their induction into the role.
· Intermittent emails to the volunteers to get them to look at the rota and sign up.
· Contact with event managers on the rare occasions when no volunteer is available to cover an event.


The cafe is normally open Monday to Friday only from 9.30 to 12.30 but occasionally for longer periods and on some Saturdays for special events.

The rota for cafe volunteers is currently run in a less high-tech way than the bar! A paper copy of the months rota is kept in the cafe and volunteers sign up. However, the rota person needs to have their own copy and to keep an eye on how it’s filling up. They must contact the volunteers, usually by email, to keep them informed about gaps that need filling. 

Someone taking over this task could, of course, find a more efficient way to ensure there is always a volunteer to staff the cafe!

For an informal chat about either of these roles contact Kathleen or Tony Hales on 01590 644481.