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Monday, 29 April 2019

No64 Biscuit House nominated for Best Interiors Store

We have received the note below from Clare and Glen at No64 Biscuit House in Milford on Sea High Street. If you can give them a vote the village may get an award!

"We're super-proud to have been nominated in the 'Best Interiors Store' category of the Muddy Stilettos Awards 2019 for Hampshire and the Isle of Wight and so, if you think us worthy, we'd love it if you'd vote for us?

Muddy Stilettos is the biggest lifestyle site for urbane, fun loving women outside London, and they do more than any other lifestyle site to support, promote and celebrate the best independent businesses, and the high streets, than any other!

Their Muddy Awards are now in their seventh year and they cover 21 counties across the UK. Voting is now open for this year's awards for the Hants & IoW region and we'd be delighted if you would take a few minutes and vote for us in the 'Best Interiors Store' category.

All you need to do is click hereIt's quick, easy, and secure.

Please support us, and Milford on Sea, and vote No64 for best Interiors Store!

Thank you so exciting!


Sunday, 28 April 2019

Opportunity to become a chef at Hurst on Hill

Hurst on Hill in Church Hill, Milford on Sea are looking for a full time cook/chef. 

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The role will involve cooking the normal menu plus specials, and also holds the opportunity to progress on to doing the fine dining pop ups with chef/patron Jesse. Jesse is classically trained having learnt his skills at excellent restaurants which include Verveine and the two Michelin star L'Enclume in Cumbria.

The hours of work are daytime in the summer with some occasional evenings in the winter for the pop-up diner nights. There are two weekends off a month. 

This is an ideal position for a young chef and Jesse would love someone who wants to learn and take on the wealth of knowledge and experience that he has gained. In winter the restaurant uses a lot of local game, foraged products and preserved items, which is very exciting for a new chef to learn.

The Hurst on Hill team is like one big family and this a chance to become a valued team member with input into what happens whilst learning exciting skills.

To find out more, or to make an application please contact Jesse at Hurst on the Hill below: 

Hurst on the Hill
4 Church Hill, Milford on Sea, SO41 0QH
01590 643837

Hurst on the Hill makeover & new menu

Hurst on the Hill in Church Hill, Milford on Sea has had a makeover & launched a new menu.

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The cafe has added an additional bench seating area and the bar also has new seating where you can watch all of the cooking. If you fancy watching the world go by, there is also a new outside seating. 

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You can see the new menu and an example of the weekly specials by clicking the image below.

The ingredients have also been revised to include produce from some great local suppliers. The tea is also being changed over to tea from 'Dorset Tea' to support another small local business. 

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On top of all of that, Hurst on the Hill have switched to 100% compostable take away cups and lids, wooden spoons & forks and recycled napkins in an effort to reduce their single plastic use as much as they possibly can.

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Bring your own cup!
To encourage the customers to bring their own cup a 25p discount is offered off of all hot drinks.

It is astonishing to hear that 16 billion take away cups are used every year, and there are only 7 billion people in the world!

Hurst on the Hill
4 Church Hill, Milford on Sea, SO41 0QH
01590 643837

Saturday, 27 April 2019

Deny reopens at The Raft in Christchurch

We wouldn't normally promote any business outside of the village, however Deny did a lot for the community when he had The Raft and Raft Rocks in Milford on Sea and we have now heard that he has started a new venture in Christchurch called The Raft CX.

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Anyone who has dined with Deny before knows that his menus were always tasty & interesting, there was always a warm welcome, and the place carried a cool vibe. His new venture offers the same, whether you simply want to pop in for a coffee or a full meal.

So, we hope anyone venturing Christchurch way will pop in the see him.

To visit The Raft CX Facebook Page please click here. (Please note: The Facebook page has his old address, his new one is below.) 

The Raft CX
9 Castle Street, Christchurch BH23 1DP (Next to Christchurch Castle and near The Kings Arms)

Opening Hours:
Sunday to Thursday 9am to 6pm
Friday & Saturday 9am to 10pm
Closed Tuesday

Friday, 26 April 2019

Open Morning at Milford on Sea Bowls Club

The magnificently positioned Milford on Sea Bowls Club on the seafront has one of the highest rated greens in Hampshire and fields teams at all levels in New Forest and Bournemouth leagues.

The club is is now in its 86th year and they will be holding an Open Morning on Wednesday 1st May from 10.30am to 12.30pm where men and women can come along and try out the sport for free.

Whether ‘new to the sport’ or an established player - you are warmly welcomed to go along, meet the members and try the green. 

The club's coaches will be there to advise you – and you can use the club's bowls and shoes. 

The Club is on the sea front in Hurst Road (SO41 0PY) between the Needles Eye Café and Hurst Road West , Public Car Park. 

For further details contact 07725 715781.

Ellie Mans England Golfing Update

At her first England Golf Competition 13 year old Ellie, with a handicap of 7, scored 168 gross over 36 testing holes on lightning greens at the beautiful Hawkstone Park Golf Club (home to Sandy Lyle in the 1980’s) in the Midlands U16 Amateur Strokeplay Championships on Tuesday missing the cut by 5 shots.

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On Wednesday she entered her “golf zone” & shot 79 gross with 9 pars and 2 birdies to score 37 points in the Girls U16 Stableford Competition.

She came 2nd, losing out on count back on the very last hole! With a CSS of 74 a healthy handicap cut is anticipated.

Ellie made some super new friends, learned loads about England Golf and can’t wait for her next competition - the Dorset Ladies County Championship at Knighton Heath Golf Club.

Home golf club is Barton on Sea where she is coached by Head Professional Pete Rodgers & is a member of their competitive Junior Academy. 

She is a member of Dorset U18 1st team and current U18 Hampshire Handicap County Champion.

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Wednesday, 17 April 2019

MoS Library launches activities for children and adults

Milford on Sea Community Library is now 4 years old, and they have launched their latest programme for both children and adults. There is a lot going on, so please take a look at the details below to see what you would like to do, or for way to keep the kids amused.

Milford on Sea Community Library is run by village volunteers and Hampshire County Council support the venture by providing the stock and limited librarian support.

Our local MoS Community Library Committee and volunteers are responsible for staffing the library and raising enough money to cover the rent and other expenses. Any donations towards the running of the library are always welcome and there is a collection tin in the library.


Latest MoS Community Library Events

Storytime with Sheila
Second and fourth Tuesdays of the month 3.30-4pm (term time only). FREE

· 23rd April
· 14th May
· 11th June
· 25th June
· 9th July

Storytime for pre-school age children
Every Monday 2-2.30pm (term time only). FREE

· 29th April
· 13th May
· 20th May
· 3rd June
· 10th June
· 17th June
· 24th June
· 1st July
· 8th July
· 15th July

Milford Community Reading Group 
Third Tuesday of month 1.30-3.30 pm £1.50 per person to cover costs.
Contact Jill Neill 01590 644592

· 16th April
· 21st May
· 18th June
· 16th July
· 20th August
· 17th September
· 15th October
· 19th November
· 17th December

Cards and craft workshop – 3D cards and more…
Wednesday 24th April 2-4pm.
£5 including materials and refreshments

Tea and Quiz
Wednesday 22nd May 2-4pm
£3 including refreshments


Milford on Sea Community Library
The Village Hall, Park Road, Milford on Sea SO41 0QU

Library opening times:
Monday and Tuesday 2.30—5.00pm
Wednesday, Thursday and Friday 10am—12.30pm

Tel: 07950 941818

Friday, 12 April 2019

Cookery Demonstrations at La Perle

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Sam and Kerry at La Perle are offering a unique, fun and informal way of learning how to cook delicious food. 

Suitable for anyone, from complete beginners to the most experienced cooks, their informative yet relaxed demonstrations aim to improve your culinary skills and hopefully you will leave with lots of inspiration to go home and get cooking! 

Forthcoming dates for 2019

  • 19th May: Lobster and Asparagus
  • 30th June: Spring Lamb
  • 21st July: Crab
  • 18th August: Best of British Summer
  • 15th September: Wild Mushrooms
  • 13th October: New Forest Game
  • 17th November: Slow Cooking
  • 1st December: Christmas 

Why not buy as a gift? A Cookery Demonstration Gift Voucher is a wonderful present for the person with everything!

For full details, please click here.

La Perle
60 High Street, Milford-on-Sea, SO41 0QD
01590 643557

Tuesday, 9 April 2019

Beach Clean Success

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The first Plastic Free Milford-on-Sea beach clean proved to be a great success on Saturday 6th April, with 45 people aged 6-76 turning up to help clean up the beach. 

The group collected 3 large sacks of rubbish which were then kindly collected by the NFDC Streetscene team for recycling and disposal. 

The strangest item found was a rusty saw, but the most common items were plastic food wrappers. The Plastic Free Team would like to thank everyone which took part, as well as Milford-on-Sea Parish Council, NFDC and Plastic Free Lymington for their support and more beach cleans will be taking place later this year.

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Sunday, 7 April 2019

Milford Music Festival News

The team behind Milford on Sea’s annual Music Festival has announced this summer’s event will be more family-focused with a greater emphasis on promoting and supporting local and new musicians. 

Under changes due to be implemented this year, live music on the village green will conclude by 10pm each night, in a bid to be more considerate to neighbours.

The Milford Music Festival team said: “We wanted to look for a way to wind the festival down more gently in the evenings so there is less disturbance for local people living close to the village green. 

“We have decided that we will stop the music at 10pm but the bar will stay open later for anyone who wishes to use it. We are hoping that this change will mean crowds disburse more gradually rather than leaving in large numbers.” 

The Music Festival will take place from 8th to 14th July, with this year’s theme inspired by the 50th anniversary of the Flower Power movement and the first moon landing. 

Last year some festival committee members were left cleaning and tidying the village green until the early hours of the morning so this year and outside company has been brought in to operate the bar. 

They said: “We really want to take the festival back to its roots of showcasing local music and being a family-friendly festival. There will be an intentional shift this year to make the festival safer, and better.” 

However, the new arrangements means the festival team must raise money throughout the year in order to finance the week-long event. 

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Plans include holding a number of festival events throughout the year, ranging from movie nights and recitals to comedy and casino nights (next is on the 18th May, tickets on sale now at the MoS Community Centre).

“We love arts and music and wanted to promote it year-round in this wonderful village,” said the team. 

“We are asking anyone who loves the festival to come along and support our events, and also to consider becoming a “friend” of the festival which gives you discounted tickets to our events and a 10% discount at many local businesses, cafes and restaurants throughout the year.” 

The new Friends of the Festival scheme allows supporters to pay an annual subscription of £30 or more in exchange for a discount card which can be used in shops and businesses around the village. 

They said: “We need your help to make this year’s festival even better by adding venues, and reducing our impact on the green by downsizing the stage and marquee.” 

There are plans to add a safe area for disabled users, fund disabled toilets and raise money for local conservation schemes. 

Participating pubs and restaurants include The Wash House micro pub, The Beach House, Saltwater Cafe, Hurst on the Hill, Britannia Thai, Ray’s Italian Kitchen, Monsoori Heights and Verveine Fish Restaurant. 

Cardholders can also claim money off at Tu Sei Bella beauty salon, Timeless Fabrics, New Forest Paddle Sports Company, Moss on the Green and Hollands. The discount card runs until February 2020. 

Nova added: “We really want to maintain the variety of the acts, and continue to present high quality music, comedy, talks and arts. Developing a core of committed friends will help us do this.” 

Full details and payment options can be found by clicking here, alternatively, please email:

Milford on Sea Music Festival

Thursday, 4 April 2019

Village Charity Shop seeks Supervisor

The Milford on Sea Charity Shop is seeking a part-time Shop Supervisor to assist in operating the Village charity Shop.

Daily hours are 9.40m to 5pm, and the position is for a minimum of two days (14 hours) per week, at a rate of £8.80 per hour.

Flexibility in both hours and days worked would be an advantage. The role will include frequent Saturday working.

Applications in writing to John Nicholas (Trustee) at the Community Centre, who can provide further details if required.

Closing date: Monday 15th April 2019

Wednesday, 3 April 2019

Cornwallis Remembered Celebrations: Rear Admiral John Peyton Memorial

As part Cornwallis Remembered Celebrations to take place in July, the Milford on Sea Historical Record Society have provided this article on one of 'The three Admirals'.

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John Peyton (1752-1809) came from a naval family: his grandfather, father, and two brothers (one of them quite undeservedly) all achieved flag rank. He was the most distinguished of them all, although a nephew in some ways surpassed him. His fame nonetheless is immortal: he was one of the ‘Band of Brothers’, the fifteen Captains at the Battle of The Nile in 1798, the first of Nelson’s three great naval victories.

In October 1807 it was announced that Captain J Peyton had been passed over for promotion and retained on the list of superannuated captains, but allowed the nominal rank of rear admiral. Twelve days later, the Morning Chronicle expressed concern that a hero of The Nile should be treated this way. In fact, John Peyton was already a Rear Admiral at this date, and the officer who had been passed over was his undeserving brother Joseph.

John Peyton Memorial
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Ill health affected Peyton at The Nile, but his ship, Defence, was still able to engage with the slightly larger French 80 gun Franklin, taking the surrender after a four hour duel. In the aftermath of the battle he wrote to his wife – a wealthy widow in her own right – to say that he expected to receive prize money of two thousand pounds, about a quarter of a million pounds today.

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Unwell, he was forced to return home, and retired to Priestlands House, Pennington. On his death, his widow erected a memorial in All Saints Church, Milford, which has recently been restored by Milford-on-Sea Historical Record Society and the 1805 Club. 

To find our more about all of the Cornwallis Story and the Cornwallis Remembered celebrations, please click here.

Milford-on-Sea Historical Record Society:


Cornwallis Remembered Weekend: 

Friday 5th July 2019: includes a family friendly celebration on Milford on Sea village green and much more. Keep the date free!

Easter for kids at Hurst Castle

Children visiting Hurst Castle this Easter can earn their chocolate reward by completing a step count challenge that will see them burning off excess energy around the castle. 

The Easter "Step Challenge" will take place from Saturday 6th April to Monday 22nd April and is designed to get visitors to explore and enjoy the castle's open spaces. 

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An additional cost of £1.00 will be charged for the step challenge and includes a pedometer and reward. Arts and crafts activities will also take place at the castle and these will be included in the admission price. 

Jason Crane, director of Hurst Marine, who manages the castle on behalf of English Heritage said: “Our Easter activity this year is all about getting children active by taking part in some fun physical challenges to earn their reward!” 

The castle will be open seven-days-a-week from 10.30am to 5.30pm until the 1st November. Access to the castle is via ferry from Keyhaven from 10.15am, then approximately every 20 minutes. 

Castle admission prices are £5.50 adult, £5.00 concession, £3.50 child and £17 family (2 adults and 3 children). 

Hurst Castle

Monday, 1 April 2019

Plastic Free Milford-on-Sea launches with Beach Clean

Plastic Free Milford on Sea is a new community campaign to free where we live from single-use plastic.
It has organised its first Beach Clean on Saturday 6th April at 10.30am to 12 noon - meet outside the Needles Eye Café at Hurst Road. Everyone is welcome and all kit will be provided but bring your own protective gloves if you prefer and wear suitable clothing. 

The campaign has been kick-started by the Parish Council along with the Milford Visitor and Business Group and local businesses such as New Forest Paddlesport Company. New Forest District Council is providing the beach cleaning equipment as part of the New Forest Spring Clean Campaign. Together we’re tackling avoidable, throwaway plastic, from our beach, rivers and green spaces. 

It's not about removing all plastic from our lives. It’s about stopping using single-use plastic and changing the system that produces it. Being a Plastic Free Community does not mean there is no plastic. Being a Plastic Free Community means we are starting work to turn the tide on plastic pollution. It means we are pulling together different aspects of our community; collaborating and including everyone to bring about the culture change we need to see. We are also part of a national network of communities all doing the same, backed up by the national campaigns and actions of Surfers Against Sewage. Milford is linking with the Plastic Free Lymington group who are also organising local beach cleans at on this day at Lepe and Tanners Lane. 

For more details contact Sarah Pitt at the Parish Council – or message @plasticfreemilfordonsea

Calling Local Classic Cars

Toby Sears is looking for classic or vintage cars to join a display at the Everton Recreation Ground on Saturday 15th June (which is open to the public 11.45am to 5pm) as part of the week-long Everton Arts Festival 2019. 

Toby needs to know numbers in advance to make sure they have space and so that in the event of changes/cancellation he can contact any participants! Please let Toby know if you would like to bring your classic or vintage car.

The day will also include music from various bands, a car boot sale,  Zumba display, T'ai Chi display/workshop, children's marquee, artisan stalls, hog roast, beer tent, WI refreshments, photography display, art competition and display, wood turners, tombola, and a raffle with some good prizes.

The recreation ground will open for participating cars from 10.45am, entry via Greenmead Avenue, off Wainsford Road, SO41 0UF.

If you have a car to display, or can ask someone you know, please contact:

Toby Sears: Tel: 01590 644269
Email:  (please mark subject as “Everton Festival”)