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Tuesday, 25 June 2019

Courtyard Garden opens at Ray's Italian

The new courtyard garden is opening at Ray’s Italian Kitchen this Friday (28th June) for pizzas and small plates. No pre-booking required, so every reason to give it a go!

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To book a table in the restaurant please call 01590 645300
or email:

Ray’s Italian Kitchen
11 High Street 
Milford on Sea 
SO41 0QF

Cornwallis Remembered: The Admiral's Heritage Trail

As part of the Cornwallis Remembered celebrations and to create an ongoing legacy, The Admiral's Heritage Trail has been launched.

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The trail takes you through a map to visit many local interesting places of historical importance to the Georgian Navy.

Copies of The Admiral's Heritage Trail are free and available from the newsagent shops in Milford on Sea as well as the Parish Council offices.

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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!

Discover Wynford - The Eco-Friendly House

Local residents, Chris & Sue Sanders of Wynford, Barnes Lane, Milford on Sea are opening the doors of their eco-friendly and ultra modern house as part of the Big Green Weekend on 29th to 30th June 2019.

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Wynford is a four bedroom, three storey detached house built in 2011, constructed of ICF (insulating concrete formwork), with further insulation that makes this property very thermally efficient. EPC rating is A 93. A 4000L tank captures rainwater which is used to flush toilets and supply the washing machine. Solar photovoltaics, solar thermal, a woodburning stove and air source heat pump provide space heating, hot water and electricity. To maintain the high thermal efficiency and air tightness of the building a whole house ventilation system is used to provide fresh air. 

The “Big Green Weekend” Event, which is being run by the New Forest National Park Authority, aims to reduce carbon emissions in the area. People can visit a number of customised properties throughout the Big Green Weekend.

There will be a chance to find out about a range of energy saving measures, including solar panels, efficient lighting, wood burning stoves and rainwater harvesting.

Entry to all the houses is free and no booking is required, with home-owners on hand to answer any questions on the pros and cons of their property’s environmentally friendly features.

Milford participants, Sue and Chris will be happy to talk about their experience with energy conservation measures including Air Sourced Heat Pump, solar thermal panels, photo-voltaic panels, rainwater harvesting and energy efficient design.

To see a map of all the properties and find out opening times and the details of each one, please click here.

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Bowls Club Needles Trophy Pairs Winners

Milford on Sea Bowls Club annual Needles Trophy club competition was played on Friday. With 20 teams of players taking part in a great day of competitive bowls.

John Kitcher, Ann Noris, (winners)
with Martin Scott. 
The long day ending with an exciting final played between the teams of John Kitcher & Ann Norris and David & Sheila Hall.

John & Ann were the eventual winners after a closely fought match and were presented with The Needles Trophy by Martin Scott of Hayward Fox who kindly sponsor this event.

Sheila and David Hall (runnersup)with Martin Scott.

Milford Festival Update

The Milford Festival starts at 4pm on the village green on Thursday 11th July and runs until Sunday 14th July. As well as enjoying the music, why now come down and take advantage of the great food stalls and bar. 

Help still need: 
The festival team are still in need of lots more volunteers to help with the festival, especially on the Saturday which is the busiest day.

If you're 16+ and think that you may be able to help with any aspect of the festival this year, then please get in touch at or just sign up directly by clicking here

Festival programmes are on sale in various Milford Shops and contains a full rundown of bands, acts and their stage times.

The programmes are £3 which is a major contribution to help to fund this free event, so please buy one. 

The raffle has some really great prizes too including weekend breaks in Plover Cottage and New Forest Escapes, dinners at most restaurants in the village, and spa treatments plus much more.They will be available to buy on the green during the festival. 

We look forward to seeing you down in the village this July. 

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Cornwallis Remembered: HMS Pickle coming to Lymington

HMS Pickle intends to be arriving in Lymington Harbour on the afternoon of Thursday 4th June, and it will remain in dock on the 5th and 6th July.

The story of HMS Pickle “shifts the focus of naval warfare in the age of Nelson from great fleets, frigate actions and outsize heroes to the essence of sea power, the quiet connections that linked admirals to the Admiralty, fleets to bases, and defeated the greatest of Napoleon’s schemes without firing a shot.” Andrew Lambert.

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In 1803 Pickle was attached to the fleet of ten sail of the line and some frigates under Admiral William Cornwallis, Commander-in-Chief of the Channel Fleet, which sailed from Plymouth with orders to cruise off Ushant and watch the French fleet in Brest Harbour.

Pickle had three main roles: communications - carrying despatches between Cornwallis and the Admiralty; work with the Channel Fleet’s Inshore Squadron both close observation of the enemy and interception of the enemy’s coastal craft; and finally rescue – coming to the aid of damaged and stricken ships in Cornwallis’ fleet such as the Atalante and the Magnificent. 

Admiral Sir William Cornwallis was Milford’s most distinguished resident and his outstanding achievements are being commemorated on 5th July in Milford-on-Sea in a programme of events called Cornwallis Remembered. There will be a commemorative service at All Saints Church followed by refreshments and entertainment on the village green where it will be possible to enjoy a recreation of the arrival of news of the victory at Trafalgar with a two-horse post chaise. Incidentally, that news was first carried from Trafalgar by HMS Pickle.


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!

Thursday, 20 June 2019

New Head Chef & Courtyard Garden at Ray's Italian

Milford on Sea restaurant, Ray’s Italian Kitchen is expanding after less than seven months of opening, with the appointment of Head Chef, Thomas Boyce and the re-modelling of its courtyard garden. 

Thomas has more than 18 years of experience in the hospitality industry, with past roles that include The Waldorf Hotel, London and the Master’s Builders Hotel, Beaulieu. 

Thomas is working alongside owner, Stacey Crouch and chef, Ryan Light and comes at a time when Stacey is launching the opening of the restaurant’s courtyard garden on Friday 28th June, after its refurbishment, serving small plates and pizza. 

Stacey said: “Thomas joins us at a very exciting time, as we open our sunny courtyard garden, creating an informal space that will increase our covers by 30. 

“His appointment also gives us the opportunity to add to our already popular menu, with new dishes such as Ravioli Al Pollo and Pancetta, Pizza Fiorentina and Fritto Misto.” 

Thomas added: “It’s wonderful to join a small team who are so passionate about the food they serve and to be part of an exciting local business, who are definitely marking their mark on the local food scene.” 

The restaurant which is named in memory of Stacey’s father opened in December 2018 and showcases the best in local produce, creating food with great flavour, alongside a selection of fine wines. 

Ray’s Italian Kitchen is open every Tuesday to Saturday with lunchtime and evening service.

Advanced bookings are recommended for the restaurant (bookings are not needed for the courtyard garden) and can be made by calling:
01590 645300 or email

Survey for Village Christmas Decorations

Having brightened the village Christmas decorations last year, local residents, Tracy and Diana supported by the Parish Council and other volunteers are looking to take the decorations to another level this year.

They would love your view, so please click here to complete a survey before the end of this month - or better still, complete it now!

For more information or to volunteer to help please contact:
Tracy Haupt -
Diana Brushwood -

London IP Ltd Moves to Milford on Sea

London IP Ltd, a firm of chartered patent and trademark attorneys is re-locating from Lymington to an office at 100 High Street, Milford on Sea. (Next door to Verveine)

From fledgling start-ups to large corporations, London IP works with clients in the UK and from overseas to assist them with the complex process of registering and enforcing intellectual property (IP) rights, including patents, trademarks, registered designs and copyright. 

The company was founded in London in 2009 and an office in Lymington was opened in 2016. With a presence in the New Forest the company has already helped several local businesses with IP issues. 

Case studies relating to two local companies, Forest Whole Foods and Pitch Saver can be read on the London IP blog. 

The company offers a free initial consultation on any IP matter, and appointments can be booked by contacting them through their website at:

Having a window on the village High Street will allow the company to provide some entertainment for residents with a frequently changing display of patented inventions dating back to the 1800s. 

These will range from household items that you may be surprised to see were patented to more unusual items such as an automatic apple peeler, a massage device promoted by an infamous Victorian doctor, and an ‘upside down’ smoking pipe used in the WW1 trenches. 

A Double Sporting Celebration

Local girl, Ellie Mans, 13, playing a year up for Talbot Heath’s U15 team, has been selected to represent England in the Netball World Cup in Loughborough this weekend June 23-25th. The tournament will feature 38 top netball teams from around the world all vying to become World Champions.

Following her Girls Nett & Gross win at Ferndown Golf Club, Ellie with a current handicap of 5.8, also heard this week she has again gained entry into the Abraham Trophy - England Golf’s competition aiming to find England’s most improved girl golfer. 

The competition will be on August 5th, the day before she plays in the English Girls U16/U14 Golf Championships at Gerrards Cross GC.  Good Luck Ellie!

Wednesday, 19 June 2019

Fancy learning to play the harmonica?

If you have ever wanted to play the harmonica, now is you chance.

Dennis Rigg is running weekly Beginners harmonica classes (6 to 7pm on Wednesdays) and Improvers harmonica classes (7.15 to -8.45pm on Wednesdays) at the Community Centre.

For more information please contact Dennis by clicking here.

Tuesday, 11 June 2019

Cornwallis Remembered: New Cornwallis Window is installed in church

As part of the Cornwallis Remembered Celebrations a new stained glass window has been installed in All Saints' Church Milford on Sea.

The stained glass window has been paid for by an anonymous donor and Milford on Sea Historical Record Society were involved in the design and wording of the details on the glass. 

The window was by crafted by Steve Sherriff Stained Glass Specialist and installed on Wednesday 5th June 2019. It is now sits gloriously commemorating the Three Admirals and Captain John Whitby.

The images below tell the story of the window's installation.

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The Cornwallis Window during installation
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The Cornwallis Window was made by Steve Sherriff Stained Glass Specialist

Steve Sherriff has run his own stained glass window company since 1988 and founded Steve Sherriff Stained Glass which is a family run company

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The first left hand image shows pieces of The Cornwallis Window having been painted and about to be fired in the kiln.

The right hand image shows glass cut and ready for painting on for a window depicting St Bernard which has been commissioned and will be installed by St Bernards Catholic Grammar School, near Slough, and Stuart, an ex student from 25 years ago and now our workshop manager cutting and fitting glass for another Stained and Leaded window design for a chapel.

The next image shows one of Steve's glass storage areas all waiting to be chosen. Each sheet of glass at least £50 and some well over £100 so quite an investment, and a picture of the mobile fitting workshop used by Nathan Sherriff for the onsite work.

Steve and Nathan Sherriff
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Steve Sherriff Stained Glass Specialist


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!

Hurst Castle continues D-Day celebrations with Land Girls concert

Hurst Castle is continuing its D-Day celebrations with a musical march down memory lane, with 1940s singing duo sensation, The Land Girls performing in the Garrision Theatre. 

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In the First and Second World Wars the castle was fully garrisoned, its searchlights and guns guarding the western entrance to the Solent against attack from the sea and air. It retained a limited military role until the abolition of the Coastal Artillery arm of the Army in 1956.

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The theatre constructed by the garrison at Hurst Castle is possibly the last such to survive from the Second World War. In 1939 the theatre producers Basil Dean and Leslie Henson set up Entertainment Nationals Service Association (ENSA) to bring concerts to the force. Many professionals gave their services, but so too did amateur groups.

The Land Girls concert will take place on Saturday 22nd June with two shows at 1pm and 3pm. The shows are included in the normal castle admission fee - £5.50 adult, £5.00 concession, £3.50 child and £17 family ticket (2 Adults & 3 Children).

Weather Note: If the weather is warm enough then the concert will be outside. (There will be chairs, but you might want to bring a picnic blanket).

For further information call: Hurst Castle on 01590 642500.

New book release from Milford author

Local Milford on Sea author, Sally Armstrong has had her third novel published by Grosvenor House Publishing after five years of writing. 

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The title; The Passions of Charles Kingsley is about the eminent Victorian, author, clergyman and social reformer. The novel traces the amazing life of Charles Kingsley driven by his social conscience and religious belief to change the poverty and disease ridden Victorian Industrial Age. 

Through his books he becomes a firm favourite with Queen Victoria and the Prince Consort and is appointed Chaplain to the Queen and also tutor at Cambridge University to the Prince of Wales, the future Edward V11. In later life he becomes Canon of Westminster. 

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The book tells the story of his life, of his ups and downs, his experiences of family bereavement as a young child and of riots in Bristol where he was at school. He is so driven in his work that he suffers from physical and mental collapses through his life. The novel also follows his great love affair with Fanny Grenfell whom eventually he marries.The book gives an insight into Victorian life and its concurrent theme is that of the sad existence of the young boy chimney sweeps. 

Charles Kingsley and his young family stayed in Milford one summer and he rode over to preach at the church in Pennington.

This month celebrates the 200th anniversary of Charles Kingsley’s birth and festivals are planned this weekend Eversely in Hampshire where he was rector for 30 years and also Clovelly where he spent his childhood. 

To buy a copy of The Passions of Charles Kingsley please click here.

Friday, 7 June 2019

Cornwallis Remembered: Command of the Seas Exhibition coming

As part Cornwallis Remembered Celebrations to take place in July, the Command of the Seas Exhibition is taking place at St Barbe Museum & Art Gallery in Lymington: 

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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!