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Thursday, 26 July 2018

Fantastic Music Festival!

If you missed last weeks Milford on Sea Music & Arts Festival, you missed something very special.

As one of our readers put it:

"WOW! How fantastic was that?

The Music and Arts Festival was bigger than ever. 

The range of venues across the village made the Festival more accessible to more people, so much so that choosing was very difficult!

The range of music from classical through folk to rock to avant-garde was brilliant.

The range of arts from the poetry readings to the poignant “Remembered” - very moving.

Well done and a very big "Thank You!" to Nova and her team!"

I am sure many of us with add to those congratulations.

If you would like to see some picture from this excellent event: please click here.

Ellie wins Junior County Handicap Championship

Congratulations to Milford on Sea’s Ellie Mans (12), who is now the 2018 HLCGA Junior County Handicap Champion.

Ellie putting for birdie on Needles 9th
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It might have been the final day of the 147th Open Championship at Carnoustie last Sunday but Barton on Sea links course invited the creme de la creme of Hampshire girl golfers for their annual Championship.

A slight breeze in the morning challenged some of the girls and with a lot of run on the ball it was easy to find the occasional bunker or long rough. At the half way point Ellen recorded a strong nett 70, and lay in 2nd place, by just 1 shot. 

However with another 18 to go anything could happen. As anticipated, the breeze did pick up in the afternoon making conditions quite different and arguably trickier.

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Ellen clawed back the 1 shot deficit to lift the trophy with a nett 75 & a combined 145.  

Ellen is a member of the U18 Hampshire Performance Team and is under the tutelage of BOSGC Head Pro - Pete Rodgers.

Tuesday, 24 July 2018

Milford Flower & Produce Show Review

The Milford Flower & Produce Show took place on 21st July and featured a particularly impressive input from local children's groups who produced very realistic plates of clay vegetables and beautiful miniature gardens.

There were also exceptional successes for Hilary Sullivan in the fruit and vegetable sections and Alison Abrams in floral art. This year's newcomer's award was won by Angela Hockham.

Despite the prolonged hot and dry weather, which particularly affected floral entries, exhibitors provided an impressive range of quality produce. 

Full list of award winners:- 
  • Challenge Cup (most points in show) - Hilary Sullivan 
  • Weatherhead Cup (most points in vegetable classes) - Hilary Sullivan 
  • Joanne Weatherhead Cup (best entry in vegetable classes) - Brian Kesby 
  • Polson Cup (most points in fruit classes) - Hilary Sullivan 
  • Jim Asher Cup (best entry in fruit classes) - Hilary Sullivan 
  • Liz Jones Cup (best entry by a newcomer) - Angela Hockham 
  • Margaret King Cup (best entry in rose classes) - Dennis Eason 
  • Fairbairn Rose Plate (best entry in specimen rose class) - Carol Dickman
  • Presidents Cup (best entry annuals grown from seed) - Christine Twyford 
  • Dorothy Nightingale Cup (best entry in remaining flower classes) - Dennis Eason 
  • Lucey Bowl (floral art arrangement 'all things bright and beautiful') - Alison Abrams 
  • Molly Miller Cup (floral art 'by the sea shore') - Alison Abrams 
  • Danby Cup (floral art 'enchanted reflections') - Alison Abrams 
  • Paterson Produce Cup (most points in produce section) - Diana Cobbett
  • Helen Cookson Cup (most points by a children's group) - Milford Brownies Pixies
  • John Pither Cup (most points in handicrafts section) - Joyce Grainger 
  • George Dowland Cup (most points by an individual child) - Lilly Smith 
  • The Photography Frame (most points in photographic section) - John Brooks

Monday, 23 July 2018

Missing Engagement Ring

We have been contacted by a reader whose friend has this weekend lost her engagement ring in Milford on Sea, either in the Needles Eye Car Park, the Café or on the promenade between the car park and the pill box by The White House.

It is a yellow Gold (18 Carat) diamond solitaire. It is 40 years old and obviously has a lot of sentimental value. 

If you can help please contact David on and we will let them know.

Friday, 20 July 2018

Milford Explorers head for the beach

Milford Explorers children's nursery (Little Wrens) in the High Street, Milford on Sea are soon to be beach school accredited so that they can teach under 5’s on the beach.

The children get to learn all sorts of things including details about the environment and how to look after it. They also will learn about weather, tides, sea animals and the land.

Eventually, Milford Explorers would like regular access to a beach hut if anyone has one available too!

Milford Explorers are currently open for summer camps including adhoc childcare of spaces available.

Milford Explorers is a small, friendly childcare provider offering fun, friendly care and education for young children. Situated in Milford, the nursery is easily accessible from Lymington, Pennington and surrounding areas, including Sway, Everton, New Milton and Milford on Sea.

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You can find out more at: 

Milford Explorers
5 High Street, Milford on Sea, SO41 OQF

Needles Trophy Winners

Sunday saw Milford on Sea Bowls Club "Needles Trophy" with 14 pairs of players competing all day in this popular round robin competition. 

In the exciting and entertaining final John Kitcher and Ann Norris just managed to beat Peter Thorogood and Stewart Poulson to claim the Trophy and keepsakes which were presented by Martin Scott of Hayward Fox who kindly sponsor this event. 

Winners John & Ann with Martin Scott
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Runners up. Peter & Stewart with Martin Scott
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Village Charity Shop Sale

The Village Charity Shop is having a Clothing Sale this weekend.

Why not pop in when you are visiting the Music Festival on the village green.

Wednesday, 18 July 2018

Pssst: take peak at the Festival's Timetable

As you may know, the main income to fund the Milford on Sea Music & Art Festival is the programme, which contains details and times of all that is on and when.

This year the organising committee have allowed the programme to be published on these news pages.

You can click below to find out all that is happening, but please still buy a programme in the village shops to help fund this fantastic event anyway. There are a lot of costs to cover for this free event!

To view full Festival programme please click here.

Milford Music and Arts Festival
18th to 22nd July 2019

New Italian Restaurant Opens This Friday

A new Italian restaurant, Piccolo's, opens in Milford on Sea village this Friday, and the concept is to be family orientated during the day and early evening, and then intimate for couples and groups later in the evening.

Well I say new, but Piccolo's is in fact a reincarnation and reinvention of Piccolo Mondo which preceded Le Perle in the village centre a number of years ago. The owner is Jon Crouch a well known local restaurateur, who was also involved in founding Verveine, and is the current owner and mine-host at The Cave.

The new Piccolo's can be found in the High Street at the previous home of The Raft. 

When Piccolo's opens for their soft launch this Friday they will be serving tasty nibbles, Italian classics and favourites including pizza and pasta, plus desserts and a full drinks menu - and there will be a warm welcome for everyone!

The restaurant has undergone a complete change to reflect the new offering and when the full menu is launched it will include meat, fish and more.

Piccolo's Open This Weekend: 
(No booking, just come on in)

Friday 20th July 2018 - 5pm to 9.30pm

Saturday 21st July 2018 - 12noon to 9.30pm

Sunday 22nd July 2018 - 12noon to 6pm

Opening weekend menu: click here to download.

PS: It is the Milford on Sea Music & Arts Festival this weekend, so a great opportunity to grab a bite in Piccolo's before or after you enjoy the music on the village green!

PPS: Piccolo's are not taking bookings this weekend, but you will be able to book from next week and full details will appear on this news site.

11 High Street, Milford on Sea, SO41 0QF

Message for Friends of the Festival

We have been asked to publish the message below from the Festival Organising Committee to all Friends of the Milford on Sea Festival:

"We couldn’t be more grateful for your support of the Milford on Sea Music and Arts Festival 2018 which celebrates and promotes our beautiful village and vibrant community.  

To thank you for your contribution, loyalty and generous support we would love you to join us for our official celebratory opening on Thursday evening from 6pm in the marquee on the green and how better to show our appreciation than with a complementary glass of Prosecco when you present your Friends of the Festival Loyalty Card.  As a further thank you we invite you to keep your reusable glass to continue to enjoy drinks throughout the festival weekend and to keep as a souvenir.

We couldn’t stage this event without your support, so thank you again and we look forward to celebrating with you the official opening of this year’s wonderful festival."

The Festival Organising Committee went on to say;

"We are so proud of the whole line up including the new venue on the Sunday finishing with the NFO Proms Finale in the church which will have fabulous acoustics and the bonus of seating not to mention some shade and cakes."

Music Festival in Full Swing 

The Milford on Sea Music Festival is about to get into full swing, so get along to enjoy this fantastic village event organised by enthusiastic local volunteers.

You can help support the costs of the free events by buying a programme in the village shops, and you can also click here to take a look online to see what is happening.

The focus turns to the Village Green this weekend, so let all hope for sunshine!

Enjoy this very special village event, there are numerous musical events and there really is something for everyone!

Milford Music and Arts Festival
18th to 22nd July 2019

Friday, 13 July 2018

More history on Historical Record Society Website

The Milford on Sea Historical Record Society (MOSHRS) excellent new website has some new content and it is certainly worth a look and rummage around. 

There's a new video clip of the village green ten years ago and you can see what has changed by clicking here

If anyone has old videos of the village and would like to add them to the website records please contact MOSHRS by clicking here.

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Pete Warne has added a couple of comments and would like some help identifying faces in the 1959 Milford Carnival photograph which you can view by clicking here - Can anyone help? (Please send any info to:

One event not to miss is Chris Hobby's talk next week as part of this year's Music and Arts Festival. It's entitled "Milford in the Great War" and you can find more information by clicking here.

Finally, more records have been added to the archive catalogue, this makes fascinating viewing for anyone interested in Milford on Sea of the past - simply click here and take a look around.

The Milford on Sea Historical Record Society will be bringing more history home soon.

Milford on Sea Historical Record Society (MOSHRS)

Hurst Castle comes alive with music

The eagerly anticipated Milford on Sea Music & Art Festival start next week (16th to 22nd July - click here for more info.)

Milford on Sea’s very own contemporary choir, Total Voice is set to rock the castle on Saturday 21st July with a concert at Hurst Castle. 

The choir will perform a selection of upbeat summer songs at 4pm in the grounds of the castle for 45 minutes as part of this year’s Milford on Sea Arts & Music Festival. 

Free entry into the castle will be given to those who present the Milford on Sea Arts & Music Festival programme (free entry for up to two people with every programme shown). This applies to any time on Saturday 21st July only. 

Ferries will also be running from Keyhaven from 10.15am and then approximately every 20 minutes. A large ferry accommodating up to 90 passengers will be available at 3pm during high tide. Normal ferry admission prices apply. 

“Friends of the Festival” will be entitled to free return ferry on Saturday 21st July only (proof of being a “Friend” must be shown).


Enjoy this very special village event, there are numerous musical events and there really is something for everyone!

Milford Music and Arts Festival

Local New Housing Proposals

Many local residents have been concerned about a local house building proposal on what became known as the 'MOS1 & MOS2 sites.'

MOS1: The District Council has now refused Pennyfarthing’s planning application for 42 homes on land north of School Lane (MOS1). The District Councillors voted unanimously to reject the plans in their planning meeting yesterday. More info can be found by clicking here.

The developer could appeal the decision but the Parish Council will keep the community informed if this is the case. 


MOS2: The District Council has launched the next round of consultation for their revised Local Plan.  
This puts forward a site north of Manor Road for “at least 110 houses” (MOS2). 

The Parish Office has the District Council’s plans available for people to look at and paper copies of the forms, both are on their website ( and Facebook page from today. 

Full plans and online comments can be accessed from NFDC’s website by clicking here

The closing date for comments is 12th August 2018. The item will be discussed at the Parish Council meeting this Monday 16th July, 6.30pm in the Village Hall.

Milford on Sea Parish Council 
01590 644410
The Old Clock House
22 High Street
SO41 0QD

Smile for Isla

Village Charity Shop manager ,Caroline Taylor has sent us some details of a campaign close to her heart.
Smile for Isla is a little girl with a very rare form of cancer, and she has  simple wish in wanting everyone to smile.

Caroline tells us that today, one of the Village Charity Shop's customers came in today and gave this clown stone which she had painted for Isla.

One of our volunteers has now taken the stone , on its next journey.

If anyone else would like to paint a stone for Isla, Caroline would be happy to place them in the shop window.

Isla's Smiles

Thursday, 5 July 2018

Royal Academy of Arts' Exhibition for Milford Artist

Local Milford on Sea artist, Bridget Harrison-Jeive, has had her painting  selected to feature in the 250th Royal Academy 2018 Summer Exhibition. As this was selected from 10,000 applications, it is a significant achievement and lifetime ambition of many artists. 

Her artwork is entitled: The Girls.

The Girls - Bridget Harrison-Jeive
Picture from Bournemouth Echo
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A full article can be read in the Daily Echo by clicking here.

Bridget's painting is currently on display at the Royal Academy of Arts in Burlington House, Piccadilly, London, W1J 0BD

Explore Engineering Walk

Milford on Sea has an interesting event coming for anyone interested in local engineering.

The Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) celebrates its 200th anniversary in 2018 and they are putting on a series of events to demonstrate the benefits Civil Engineering has given to the public. 

This walk gives an opportunity to see two separate Civil Engineering projects that have reduced the risk of damage in Milford-on-Sea. Civil Engineers who have been involved will talk about the details and generally how Coastal and River works are planned, financed and constructed. 

The walk will be around 5.5 miles from the beach huts next to Hurst Road West Car Park on Thursday 26th July at 3pm, and will feature Milford Beach Huts Milford Flood Alleviation Dam.

These events are open to all, but numbers need to be limited so please email Anne Qualters: to secure your place(s).

For any further details please email Tim Kermode at:

Sunday, 1 July 2018

Bike Hire in the Village

Milford on Sea has itself a new bike hire business. Situated close to the seafront, just around the corner from Hurst Road and near The White House, in Westover Road.

Coastal Bike Hire is a friendly local business, located in the village. The business allows you to hire a good quality mountain bike and equipment so that you can enjoy a day out locally. 

Karen operates the bike hire 7 days a week and can be contact by phone or email as below.

The bikes hire is £13 per day and helmets, high visibility waistcoats, spare inner tubes, tool kit and padlocks are provided.

What could be better than bike rides with scenic sea views, you could cycle from Milford on Sea along the clifftop taking in the views of the Isle of Wight and The Needles. ​Follow the sea wall past the old salt marshes from Keyhaven to the yachting town of Lymington, or stay local and cycle around Sturt Pond, along to Keyhaven and into the village where you can stop for a lovely lunch in a cafe, pub or restaurant. 

All of the details are below, so just get pedalling!

Coastal Bike Hire
Tel: 01590 642376 - 07759 738994
Newholme, Westover Road, Milford On Sea SO41 0PW 
Westover Road, Milford on Sea