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Sunday, 28 October 2018

Rock Anthem for the Village

When jazz, blues and rock musician Ivan Chandler moved to Milford on Sea in April 2016, he thought it was the place to be. He loved the people, the pubs, the shops, the village green, the sea and the beach so much he decided it was something to sing about.

He was sitting in the Needles Eye Cafe one day when something caught his eye. It was a tea towel displayed on the wall that said, quite simply, 'Milford on Sea - The Place To Be.'

The words kept going over and over in his mind and soon he’d formed a tune for a rock anthem called 'Milford on Sea – Place To Be'! 

The foot-stomping song mentions many of the local shops, businesses and attractions. Its catchy chorus will soon have listeners singing along, it’s very rock’n roll. 

Ivan “Chuck” Chandler
Keyboard player Ivan recorded the song with his band, The Go Go Five, at Sunshine Corner Studios in Fleet. The CD is due to be released on 1st November 2018 and will include a bonus karaoke version, the lyrics of the song as well as a Milford on Sea map showing the locations of the places mentioned. It will be on sale for £3 cash in the local shops and via the band's website - a share of profits will be donated to local charities. 

Says Ivan “I used to be a radio promotions manager for record companies so I think I know what makes good airplay – and 'Milford on Sea – The Place To Be' seems to be just perfect!” 

About Ivan: Ivan “Chuck” Chandler started piano lessons when he was 8. By the time he was 18, he was playing keyboards for Dusty Springfield, Lulu, Cat Stevens and was musical director for Kiki Dee. 

He went on to hold senior management positions in the music industry at Motown International, Elton John’s Rocket Music company and Paramount Pictures publishing company. He formed his own Music Copyright & Licensing Consultancy company, Musicalities Ltd in 1994. 

The Go Go Five are playing live at The Red Lion in Milford on Sea on Saturday 3rd November. Showtime is 8.30pm, copies of the CD will be on sale – so don’t hesitate to turn up! 

About The Go Go Five: The band was formed in 2003 in Camberley, Surrey featuring a mix of Motown, ‘60s Soul, Jazz, Rock and Blues and plays regular gigs in many venues, including Milford on Sea! Check out: for more info. 

The Go Go Five opened the Milford on Sea Music & Arts Festival this July where they first performed 'Milford on Sea – The Place To Be', the audience were soon singing along to the chorus! 

The band’s co-founder Jonathan MacDonald has played guitar for the Brand New Heavies, Jamiroquai and Madness. Jonathan is also one of the world’s most highly rated inspirational speakers and the author of “Powered by Change”, a Sunday Times Bestseller 2018. 

For more information, call or text Ivan on 07915 662030. 

If you’d like to simply buy one of the limited edition 500 CDs, you can obtain a copy in the village shops from the 1st November 2018. 

Saturday, 27 October 2018

Chris Packham backs village housing protest

The local A&T newspaper has reported that TV Naturalist Chris Packham is supporting SLAM, the Milford on Sea group opposing the new MOS1 housing development in the village. The article can be read below.

The SLAM School Lane & Manor Road group are also organising a Banner Photo Shoot with a press photographer from the New Milton Advertiser on Saturday 3rd November at 10.30am.

You can find out more by contacting:

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SLAM group

Wednesday, 24 October 2018

Lunch for The Big Learner Relay

This November 2018 will be The Big Learner Relay’s 5th year.

In that time it has become a significant and important fundraiser for Children in Need and is the brainchild and organised by Louise Walsh, a Milford on Sea resident.

Please see below on how you can enjoy a lunch and get involved for just £6.

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The Big Learner Relay

Monday, 22 October 2018

Milford on Sea Beach Huts Win Climate Resilience Project Award

Milford on Sea Beach Huts have won the Climate Resilience Project Award 2018 which is presented by the British Construction Industry Awards.

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Friday, 19 October 2018

Milford Explorers get a good Ofsted Report

Following on from their last Ofsted Inspection in October 2017 Milford Explorers Day Nursery & Pre School had a further inspection in September 2018 and are delighted with the report.

To download a copy of the full Ofsted Report please click here.

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Milford Explorers Day Nursery & Pre School
The Old Bank House, 5 High Street, Milford on Sea, SO41 0QF
07927 717018

Ellie wins another golf competition

Ellie Mans & Emma Appleby
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Local village girl, Ellie Mans (13) & her good friend Emma Appleby (14) partnered up as an “All Girl” team on Saturday 29th September in the Clive Cargill 4BBB Stableford Men, Ladies & Juniors at Brokenhurst Manor Golf Club.

With a better ball score of 9 under par (45 points) they won this prestigious competition.

Their Names will now appear on the Honours Board at the club along side Justin Rose, who broke the course record there in 1996 and Emma’s Mother and father who won this same competition in 2001. 
Trophy Presentation
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Thursday, 18 October 2018

Prestigious Award for The Bay Trees

Mark and Sarah Clayson, owners of The Bay Trees situated in the pretty village of Milford on Sea, are delighted to have been awarded the coveted 2018 VisitEngland Rose Award in Recognition Of Service Excellence. 

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This VisitEngland award is given annually to just 100 VisitEngland quality assessed accommodation businesses that go the extra mile in order to provide excellent customer service. This award that can only be won once. 

Nominations for this award are made following the annual VisitEngland quality assessment and the observations of the assessor. Other evidence, including online customer reviews, is taken into account. The final judging panel also look for innovation that sets the business apart. This includes facilities or services offered to make the guest’s stay really special. 

The awards were announced today at the Independent Hotel Show taking place at Olympia. 

The Bay Trees, an elegant house, which dates back to the 17th century, is steeped in history; over the years the former village “Poor House” has been home to a number of owners and trades including a drapers shop, lodgings, guest house, bank, restaurant and latterly a successful B&B. 

Mark and Sarah moved to the iconic Bay Trees in August 2011 and have worked hard to achieve the top commendation from Visit England – Five Stars, Gold Award and Breakfast Award – The only B&B in the New Forest to attain these awards. They are also listed in the esteemed Alistair Sawday guide, 'Special Places to Stay'. 

Sarah, who was born in Lymington, said "We are really passionate about our business and want our guests to have a great stay. This award is really exciting for us, great for the Village and for all our visitors.” 

To find out more about The Bay Trees and see pictures of the rooms and gardens please visit their website

The Bay Trees 
Mark and Sarah Clayson 
8 High Street 
Milford on Sea 
SO41 0QD 

Tel: 01590 642186 

Saturday, 13 October 2018

Michael Turner's latest sculpture

Local Milford on Sea resident and extraordinary sculptor, Michael Turner has revealed his latest work entitled; Gorilla 'Just Cruising'.

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The silverback Gorilla has all the attitude needed to stop you in your tracks. The motorbike, based on a vintage Harley Davidson, has been painstakingly hand crafted by Michael, who is always keen to get every detail and aspect right.

All of Michael's sculptures are hand crafted and each individual piece is totally unique. Michael uses high grade 316 marine stainless steel for all of his sculptures, these are able to withstand the most harshest of weather elements, making the sculptures perfect for your garden.

To see more of Michael's fabulous creations please click here.

If you would like any more information on the Gorilla or to commission a piece similar to this, then please do get in touch with Michael.

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Michael Turner Stainless Steel Sculpture
07773 220186 / 07976 7138126

Friday, 12 October 2018

Nights Out with the Milford Festival

Due to a love of a night out, the Milford Festival is putting on a few special events in the next couple of months to help to make this already fabulous village a tiny bit more brilliant.

Starting with another comedy night on the 21st of Nov 2018 which will feature all new stand up acts. 

Then, on the 1st Dec 2018 they will have a wonderful Tenor Andrew Morris and guitarist Will Scott who will light up the All Saints Church with a wonderful set of classics and some truly moving less known gems. 

You can book tickets today via the Milford on Sea Community Centre Box Office.

Milford Festival
01590 642020

SLAM School Lane & Manor Road-Part 2

Following on from our recent article about SLAM School Lane & Manor Road (click here to read) we have been asked to publish below:
MOS1: Appeal by the Developer, Pennyfarthing

Pennyfarthing have made an appeal against the NFDC’s Planning Committee’s decision to refuse their planning application, 17/10606, to build 42 homes on the land north of School Lane.

Appelant’s Name: Mr Holmes - Pennyfarthing Homes
Appeal Reference: APP/B1740/W/18/3209706
Appeal Start Date: 07/09/18
Deadline for Representations: 19/10/18

If you wish to make new comments online (if, for example, you did not post an objection to planning application 17/10606), or amend or withdraw comments you have already made, you can do so at:

You can access the appeal by entering the last 7 digits of the Appeal Reference; 3209706, which then eventually leads you to a form where you can enter and send your comments online.

Thursday, 11 October 2018

Help out with Poppy Appeal

Jan England is again organising the Milford on Sea village Poppy Appeal and she needs a hand from existing and new volunteers.

If you might like to help with the Poppy Appeal by offering to do an hour or so doing a street collection in the village centre (not house to house unless you would prefer that) she would love to hear from you.

Jan has also had a computer problem and lost all of her usual volunteer email addresses, so if you have helped before, can you please get in touch with Jan.

If you can help out, please contact Jan on:

One for the diary:
Remembrance Concert by the Bournemouth Male Voice Choir on Friday 9th November at 7pm at All Saints' Church. 

Free Entry with Retiring Collection for Poppy Appeal at door.

Around the Green Photo wins competition

'Around The Green’ by John Wilson
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The Intermediate Class of a photographic competition by Ludshott Photo Club saw the top image being awarded to ‘Around The Green’ by John Wilson. 

Mr Wilson’s image was of the village green at Milford-on-Sea, taken as a 360° panorama using software that produced a perfectly circular picture. 

For more information, visit

Free to Learn and Explore at Milford-on-Sea Primary School

At Milford-on-Sea Primary School they have a ‘Classroom without Walls’ approach to their learning and embrace the great outdoors as part of the rich and exciting curriculum. 

The school provides Forest Schools for all children from Reception to Year 4. The forest school philosophy is to encourage and inspire positive outdoor experiences and we provide this through our very own ‘Little Wood’ in the grounds of the school. Children have the opportunity to learn about the natural environment, how to handle risks and most importantly to use their own initiative to solve problems and co-operate with others. 

Younger students get creative
in MoS School ‘Little Wood’.
A typical afternoon in the ‘Little Wood’ might see children whittling wood, making miniature animal creatures out of clay, role playing in the ‘mud kitchen’, climbing trees, building dens and enjoying a hot chocolate by the campfire. It is no wonder that they wanted to extend this exciting curriculum and philosophy by offering Beach School to older pupils. 

Year 5 and 6 enjoy a
blindfolded sensory experience
on a blustery Milford Beach
Every week at Beach School, a group off Year 5 and Year 6 students spend their afternoon studying the coast, marine life and conservation. They are also able to link activities to curriculum areas like literacy, art, science and geography. Children enjoy paddling in the sea, creating sculptures from driftwood and foraging for interesting materials. Children have even started to make a ‘Beach School Museum’ collecting all the weird and wonderful things they find at MoS beach – which is serving to highlight the increasing problem of plastic pollution and waste in our oceans. An important part of the beach school philosophy is about sustainability and looking after our coastline. 

Children are taught to treat the beach environment with respect and to leave the beach as they find it. Each session always finishes with a litter pick to ensure that the children are giving something back to the community for their time on the beach. Beach schools is all about exploring and gives children freedom to learn in a wonderfully, stimulating environment. The fresh sea air and exercise has a positive effect on children’s well-being and self- esteem. The teachers often see a completely different child down on the beach, to how they are in the classroom. Beach school gives children the opportunity to be independent and assess risks for themselves. It is fantastic to hear children sharing advice on how to stay safe before embarking on activities, instilling them with the necessary resilience and skills to take on risk and challenge in their future lives. 

The school has been incredibly lucky with some fantastic weather so far this year but autumn is well on the way and the wind and rain is around the corner. You can be sure to still see the enthusiastic students in waterproofs and wellies, ready to embrace the ever changing beauty of our great outdoors! 

Beach School is looking for volunteers

If you have a free afternoon and would like to offer your time please contact: or call the school on 01590 642945.

SLAM School Lane & Manor Road

We have been contacted by a local group, SLAM who are proposing an alternative plan for how affordable housing could be built in Milford on Sea without concreting over the Green Belt as is currently planned in MOS1 and MOS2. 

They have infomred us that their is a deadline for people to make comments to the Government Inspector on Pennyfarthing's appeal against NFDC's refusal of their planning application for MOS1. 

The deadline is next Fri 19th October

The SLAM group has sent below message to more than 100 local residents who object to MOS1 to try and maximise the number of comments sent to the Government Inspector. 

From: SLAM School Lane & Manor Road
Date: Wed, 10 Oct 2018 at 15:48
Subject: MOS1. Time for Action!! Deadline Fri 19th October

"Hi, there is only just over a week left to let the Government Inspector know what you think about Pennyfarthing's appeal against NFDC's decision to refuse their planning application, 17/10606, to build 42 homes on the land north of School Lane. 

If you have not yet sent your comments to the Government Inspector and wish to do so, please see in attached message detail of how to do this and some suggestions on the issues you might want to raise. 

Time is running out!! Act now to help Milford on Sea's future. 

Can We Help? If you need any support or advice, please send an email to and we will do our best to help." 

Best regards 

Andrew, Monica, Maggie, John, Anna, Luca 

SLAM group

Thursday, 4 October 2018

Freedom to Learn seeks new Treasurer

You may know of Freedom to Learn, an education charity based in Milford on Sea that is working to improve access to and quality of education for some of the most marginalised and vulnerable children in rural Nepal. 

The board of trustees is looking for a new Treasurer as their long standing Treasurer is standing down this month. The role will require someone who has great organisation skills, and experience in dealing with financial management as they will be overseeing the financial administration of our organisation. They would also need to attend 3 Trustee meetings year. All in all it will take an average of around 3 hours of volunteering per month.

The role of Treasurer is vital to Freedom to Learn's success as a charity in supporting some fantastic teachers and students in Nepal. Please do get in touch if you are interested. 

You can find out more about the work at, email at: or call Joey Owen 01590 644961

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Freedom to Learn
Joey Owen, UK Project Manager


Monday, 1 October 2018

Spectacular Verveine Cook Book launched

David Wykes, patron/chef of the excellent Verveine Restaurant in Milford on Sea High Street has launched his own cook book entitled 'Verveine'.

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The book is packed full of amazing recipes, flavour guides and incredible photography. 

It is unlikely that we can all have the pleasure of eating at Verveine daily, so it is great that everyone can now enjoy Dave's passion and talents in pictures. The food at Verveine is art without a doubt.

It has long been Dave's dream to create a cook book, and it is a pleasure to see his dream realised, particularly as he has created this whilst being full-time in his restaurant kitchen delighting diners on a daily basis.

If you are looking to cook something wonderful at home, or to create a dish to impress friends at a dinner party, then look no further.

It would also make a great Christmas Present!

Dave can deliver the book anywhere in the UK for a total price of £40. Just give them a call to order your copy today on 01590 642176. 

The book is a must for any keen cook, food or photography lover. 

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98 High Street, Milford on Sea, SO41 0QE
01590 642176

La Perle opens a new Cocktail Bar

The Team at La Perle is excited to have opened a new Cocktail Bar in their Restaurant. You are now welcome to enjoy an aperitif prior to eating, or to round off your meal with a coffee or digestif in the bar area. 

La Perle has also launched a new Grill Menu with a selection of starters, steaks, burgers, fish, sharing platters and tasty nibbles. There's is something for everyone as a snack or meal.

You can take a look at the new menus on the La Perle website. Please click here to see new menus.

You can also take advantage of La Perle's Happy Hour between 5pm and 7pm Tuesdays to Thursdays when you can 'Buy 1 Get 1 Free' on Cocktails, Beers and Wine by the Glass! 

La Perle 
60 High Street 
Milford on Sea 
01590 643557 

Hattie is off on her bike

Last Saturday Hattie's Soup Lunch event went really well even though it was a very wet Saturday - but then again, perfect for a warm bowl of soup.

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Hattie and her mum Rachel, were hugely grateful to the Village Veg (greengrocer in village) for super quality vegetables and to everyone who attended and was so helpful and supportive. They are now thinking of holding another Soup Saturday in January 2019.

In the meantime Hattie carries on at a pace with her fundraising to secure her place on the African Adventures trip to help a Kenyan childrens' charity.

She is next undertaking the round the Isle of Wight cycle route (70 miles) on Saturday 13th October 2018.  Training has been going well in the Forest but she knows after riding on the flat, how challenging the hills will be on the Island.

If you would like to sponsor Hattie you can do so by clicking here.

Peter publishes new Railway Cranes Book

Peter Tatlow, an author and resident of Milford on Sea has published another book entitled: Railway Cranes, Volume 3, hand, steam and diesel rail-mounted travelling cranes of Great Britain.

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As a sequel to his two previously published volumes on Railway Breakdown Cranes, Peter Tatlow’s new book looks at the smaller cranes used by the engineers’ and other departments mostly on trackwork, though sometimes they operated at stations on other duties. Peter’s background as a professional engineer lent considerable weight to these works, both of the earlier ones having received unqualified praise from reviewers. 

The book is in A4, with 224 pages and priced at £35 £22.75 on Amazon. click here for more information

In series with his two earlier volumes, the book’s detailed text is accompanied by numerous colour and monochrome illustrations and the author’s meticulous drawings mostly reproduced to 4mm to 1-foot scale making them ideal for the modeller. The narrative transcends BR region and railway company boundaries and records the history of these smaller cranes from the earliest days up to the huge self-propelled machine of the present. 

Like the two previous Railway Breakdown Cranes volumes, this new book covers a subject never before tackled and so will be welcome by railway enthusiasts, historians and modellers across the board.