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Sunday, 29 September 2019

'Walk for Wellness' and 'Jog for Joy' Update

The meeting point for 'Walk for Wellness' and 'Jog for Joy' has now changed from The Needles Eye to the Community Centre Cafe.

The free community walk or jog exercise groups started in mid-August and now has 8 regulars on Mondays and 4 on Wednesdays. Anyone is welcome to join in, simply come along.

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The purpose of the regular free sessions is to help people of any age keep fit, as well as to have some fun social interaction doing what is generally acknowledged as a very effective health improver. While the group is exercising there will be the opportunity to pick Melissa’s brains and to discuss health generally, nutrition and exercise – and of course just have a good old natter and some socialising. 

The actual walks/jogs run for about an hour (covering approx. 3 miles for the walkers). All abilities and beginners welcome and those that want to try to jog will be given some targets to reach. 

The groups meet at:
  • 10am Mondays: Walk for Wellness and
  • 10am Wednesdays: Jog for Joy
Meet at The Community Centre Cafe in sea Road, MoS.

About Melissa

Melissa Page moved to Milford on Sea village in May last year and she has been regularly volunteering in the Community Centre Café. She would now like to use her particular skills in doing more for people in the village.

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Melissa was a lawyer for 20 years before deciding to follow her passion for fitness and retrain as an accredited personal trainer. As a fairly inactive child and young adult Melissa, in an attempt to lose weight for her wedding, took up running and quickly became a dedicated gym bunny. She has run 4 marathons, the last of which she finished in 3 hours 37 minutes (coming 10th in her age group). Before moving to Milford she used to train people privately although she hasn’t done this since moving here. 

On arrival in Milford she completed her charitable fund raising commitment to run 50 kilometres every week for 50 weeks despite a prolonged knee injury. Over the last year Melissa realised how important running was, not only to her physical, but also her mental, health. At 51 she remains relatively fit and loves exercise, running & walking regularly with her husband. She is not intending to carry on with her personal training business for income but would love to help others in the community benefit both physically and mentally from regular outdoor activity and to enjoy some good company and chats with a group of like-minded people. 

More Information

Please do remember that Melissa is doing this entirely on a voluntary basis to facilitate people coming together and any participation is at people’s own risk. 

For more information on the sessions please contact: Melissa Page on or call 07712 164310.

Favourites back at La Perle!

La Perle brings back two favourites for the Autumn - Sunday Lunches and French Tuesdays! 

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La Perle is now offering Sunday Lunches every weekend, including Jazz Sundays on the last Sunday of the month featuring the ever popular Rachel More Duo. Plus French Tuesdays return in October - a special three, four or five course French Tasting Menu. 

Example menus can be found on their website: and booking is recommended. 

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

Local support sought for The Boltons Green Space

The Boltons Green Space Preservation Group is looking for signups to save the footpaths and green space surrounding The Boltons development, off Westover Road, Milford on Sea.

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The landscaping, originally designed by the world renowned landscape architect Professor Derek Lovejoy, is at risk from being annexed into private gardens and we are looking for people to sign up to our website to protect it as public amenity green space with public footpaths running through it. 

By signing up local people will show their support in Keeping The Boltons Open for All. 

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The footpaths are shown in the yellow dotted line in the image to the right and have been adopted by Hampshire Highways, and the group want to keep them. 

Shorefield Country Park have contributed with a newly refurbished bench, now the group need to mobilise all the local authorities who are obligated to keep open The Boltons green space. 

If you would like to get involved, the form is located on

Friday, 27 September 2019

Discover the Clubs & Societies in the Village

Everyone in the village is invited to the The Village Exhibition which takes place on the 12th October 2019 in All Saints' Church, people can come along anytime from 2.30pm to 4pm. This is a great opportunity to discover Milford on Sea Village Clubs, Societies and Associations. You may even find something that interests you, but you don't realise what it is yet!

Please come, you will be amazed what goes on in the little oasis by the sea.

For more information please contact: Ruth Bufton on: or 01590 641875.


NB: Following The Village Exhibition is the Newcomers Supper which is an invitation only event.

About the 'Newcomers Supper'

The ‘Newcomers Supper’ is held annually to welcome all newcomers to the village in All Saints Church Hall in Milford on Sea.

Anyone that was new to the village during the year are able to apply for an invitation, - and the event is entirely free.

This informal evening is great to meet other new people to the village & a selection of village people. (That's residents, not the old pop group!)

The Milford on Sea Newcomers Supper evening consists of two parts: 

Village clubs & Associations Exhibition where you can wander around informally meeting representatives from the many clubs, associations & organisations in the village. They can tell you anything you want to know, and if you fancy getting involved you can.

Free Sit Down Supper with the chance to meet new people and have a bit of fun.

If you are a newcomer to the village, come and enjoy a free drink and supper meal, together with entertainment, lots of fun and laughter, and which ends with the Milford song!

Most years the event has over a hundred people attending, and it is a great way to meet new people, and to get a warm welcome to your new home. The village is full of friendly people and the ‘Newcomers Supper’ is a fast-track way of getting to know all about our village life.

The ‘Newcomers Supper’ is funded and hosted by all of the churches in the village & tirelessly organised by Ruth Bufton.

The event is by invitation only, so if you are new to the village this year and would like to come along (Adults only), all you need to do is to contact: Ruth Bufton on: or 01590 641875.

Thursday, 26 September 2019

The Milford on Sea Minibus is coming!

Plans are now well underway to provide a low cost community minibus service for residents of in Milford and the surrounding area, following a well attended meeting in July, organised by the Milford on Sea Charitable Trust. Ivan Chandler, the Project Coordinator said “there was a consensus that a small minibus, which could take up to eight passengers, was the best option to begin with. It will help to make Milford “greener” by encouraging residents to use their cars less. In time the project would like to look for grants to provide an electric vehicle”.

A “Help Team” of enthusiastic volunteers are currently contacting local organisations to discuss in detail how they might use the minibus. Suggested uses include transport to and from events or activities in the village, such as the Community Centre, the library and lunch clubs. Groups could use the bus for shopping and leisure trips, both during the day and in the evenings. Use by all ages is being encouraged. Many organisations are interested, including the WI, Milford Primary School, the Conservation Volunteers, the U3A and the Dementia Action Group. Jenny Whitley, Chair of the Charitable Trust added that this initiative could make a huge difference to the lives of residents, particularly in providing social support for residents who have no other form of transport available. 

More help is needed. If you have a little time to spare, the project team would love to hear from you. In particular, the team are looking for someone to take on publicity and more volunteers for admin roles. After the initial planning stage Ivan will be looking for more drivers too. 

Over half of the money has already been raised, so there is now a big push to raise the rest. South Lawn Hotel is backing the project with sponsorship, and is supporting a big fundraising event: The Minibus Fun & Fundraising Event, an exciting and entertaining evening featuring (amongst others!) The Rambling Men, Strumpets, Belly Dancers, Romeo Valente and surprise guests, who are all performing for free. It’s on Saturday 16th November at 7.30pm at South Lawn Hotel. There are only 100 tickets available at £20 each, with the hotel providing both the venue and a pie and mash supper for free. It promises to be a brilliant evening! All of the proceeds will go directly to the funding of the Minibus. Tickets will be on sale from Tuesday 1st October at South Lawn Hotel (cash only) or from Ivan. 

If you would like to get involved, find out more about the project, or buy a ticket for the event, contact Ivan: 07915 662030

Wednesday, 25 September 2019

Update on Making Milford more Magical this Xmas

Tracy has give us an update on how this project is progressing 

As we have less than 100 days to Christmas, Tracy Haupt and Diana Brushwood continue their task in contacting various organisations so as to generate interest and support. So far they have raised £800 through an online Just Giving page (click here) and a donation box in the Parish Council, but would like to encourage further donations of any size, from the community.

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They have many ideas of how to decorate the village and are thrilled in having already received support from the Parish Council, Guides, W.I, U3A, Milford Gardening Club, Milford Flower Club and South Lawn Hotel, to make it all happen.

Tracy and Di are really keen to get children involved this year, so are providing a forest of trees on the green, for the local schools and nursery and other youth organisations to decorate. Not surprisingly, they’ve received lots of interest to date. But…it’s not too late for others to help the ladies out, so please contact Tracy (click here) if you can assist in any way.

Click here to read original article.
Please note: The account will close for donations on the 3rd November 2019. 

Tracy and Diana would like to thank everyone for their support.

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

Volunteer with village kids for rewarding results

The village needs volunteers to help run our busy Beaver Unit (age 6 to 8 years) and assist with Cubs and Scouts. 

Volunteering for Scouting is easier than you think. You need to be aged 18+, with an interest in helping kids develop skills, make new friends and experience outdoor and water adventure activities. 

The other leaders provide training and support. Interested? 

To help the kids out, please contact Lee Snook, Milford on Sea Group Leader - click here.

Help give Shoeboxes for kids at Christmas

The charity, Samaritans Purse are organising 'Shoeboxes' to give under privileged children a gift this Christmas, and they would like you to get involved. You can do this in three ways:

By donating a variety of items suitable for children aged 2-14, such as: cuddly toys, hygiene items (but no liquids), school supplies including pencil cases. Fun toys such as football with pump or jewellery for little girls. 

They also need monetary donations as it costs £5 per box to send overseas. 

Finally, you can volunteer to come to the workshops to fill the shoeboxes. These take place at All Saints' Church Hall between 2-3pm on 16th October, 30th October and 13th November 2019.

If you are not sure what items to buy, come to the first workshop to see what we do and then you can bring your donations to the next two.

To find out more, or to get involved, please contact: Beverley Smith  at

Wednesday, 18 September 2019

What’s Going On Next Door?

We have been sent the following article which features in the new Milford on Sea Primary School newsletter:

Shortly after we returned to school, Head of Construction, Steve Tyrell and Head of Health & Safety, Sean Barry, from Pennyfarthing Developments came into school to talk about the building project in the fields surrounding our school. Lots has gone on over the summer and the school will be receiving regular updates as the work develops. We learned about the work on the site, the dangers on site and looked at an artist’s impression of the finished project. It was great to hear that Pennyfarthing have taken on board the suggestions put in writing by our Y3/4 pupils to support local birds and wildlife:

Lots more trees and hedges will be planted using indigenous species and bird and bat boxes will be dotted around the estate and open area.

A school ‘Construction Team’ is being assembled to make visits to the site and help to report back progress too.

Shorefield refurbished bench at The Boltons

A expertly refurbished bench has been completed at The Boltons courtesy of Shorefield Country Park.

Dr Robert Pollock started Shorefield holiday park in 1958 and he donated this bench for the use of the public. Local residents asked the family who still run Shorefield whether they would care to refurbish it and here it is in all its spendour sitting on the corner of The Boltons amenity land.

A big thank you goes to Shorefield for making the green space look nice again.

Shorefield Country Park

Tuesday, 17 September 2019

MacMillan at Holly Gardens Coffee Morning

For the past five years, the residents of Holly Gardens Milford on Sea have held a Macmillan Coffee morning in their central gardens, to raise funds for Macmillan Cancer Support. Last year alone the total they sent to Macmillan was over £1,000

Once again, a collection of families in Holly Gardens, will be opening their lovely communal garden supporting the Macmillan World's Biggest Coffee Morning by on Saturday 28th September from 10am to 1pm.

This is a true community effort to make a special morning, and everyone is welcome to come along.

At the coffee morning there will be coffee or tea, some fine cakes. Book stall, plant stall, Bric a Brac Raffle etc.

Over the years they have raised an impressive amount to donate to this worthwhile charity, why not pop in. Nice work guys!

Thursday, 12 September 2019

Plastic Free Milford-on-Sea Beach Clean

Plastic Free Milford-on-Sea and Milford-on-Sea Parish Council have organised another Beach Clean on Saturday 21st September at 10.30am until 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 and sturdy footwear. 

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The Clean follows a very successful event in April which launched the initiative. Over 45 people turned up and collected lots of rubbish from beach, including food wrapper, plastic bottles and even an old rusty saw. 

The campaign has been organised 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. 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. 

For more details contact Sarah Pitt at the Parish

Opportunity to Learn Italian

Great opportunity to learn/improve your Italian in a relaxed, fun environment with a qualified, experienced language tutor.

Classes will be on Friday lunchtimes at Milford on Sea Community Centre. 

Prices will depend on the total number of attendees, but will range from approximately £6.50 to £10 per person weekly which also includes the room hire. 

For further information please contact: Sue Mitchell on

Group aiming to save The Boltons

A local community group has been formed to try to protect the open amenity space in The Boltons, Milford on Sea.

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This land is under threat from a company who purchased it for £1,000 from The Duchy of Lancaster.

To find out more, please click link below:

The Boltons Green Space Preservation Group

Saturday, 7 September 2019

Success for Milford Art Group

Barbara Jones, Chairman of Milford Art Group would like to say a big ‘Thank You’ to the people of Milford for their continued support for our annual exhibition. Thanks to you, and all our other visitors, we had an extremely successful event. 

We thought you might be interested to know the results of the votes held during the exhibition, which many of you participated in, and these were: 

The Colin Christmas Trophy, voted for at the Preview Evening was won by Sylvie Jennings with her painting ‘Otago Autumn’. 

Gillian Key
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The winner of Best in Show, chosen by local Artist Helen Talbot, was Gillian Key, with her painting ‘Life on the Green’. This painting was purchased by someone from the village who was moving away and said it would remind her of very happy days. Runners up were Jan Hawker, with her painting ‘Dark Mooring’ and Cathy Beggs with ‘Spotty Jug’ 

Everyone who attended the Exhibition was asked to vote for their favourite painting and the winner of this vote was local lady, Maryvonne Hallett, with ‘Rocky Shoreline’. 

We would again like to give everyone our sincere thanks and we look forward to seeing you again next year.

Thursday, 5 September 2019

More Lip Reading Courses in October

Beginners Courses for Lip Reading in Milford on Sea have been running on Friday mornings since Spring 2018 and have proved lively occasions with the motto. "No-one can fail a Lip Reading Course".

The next course begins on October 11th. (and before that a Taster session on Friday September 13th)

The Lip Reading Course is designed to help the 1 in 6 who suffer from hearing loss. Joining a class is a significant step towards enhancing life with hearing loss and is very entertaining.

With the guidance of a lively tutor whose motto is "No-one can fail a Lip Reading Course". People who attended last time were by the end more confident in asking people to speak more slowly or look at them and help them to hear in other ways (in this way reducing their sense of isolation). They also learned not to apologise for their hearing loss and most importantly, to develop skills in interpreting/understanding what people might be saying.

This course is highly recommended for those living with hearing loss, and it is also helpful for couples to learn together.

For more details contact Christine Luxon at 01590 719286

Monday, 2 September 2019

Readers Offer on New Tapas Menu at The Cave

Milford on Sea's popular wine bar has launched a new tasty Tapas Menu with a lot of delightful food to go with the well stocked bar.

As a special treat for you guys Jon has offered:

10% Discount on your total bill during the month of September if you mention ‘Mos News Bulletin’ when ordering your food. Minimum food order to qualify is £15.

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

Rocketman Flies from Hurst Castle

BBC News have reported that a British inventor, Richard Browning has taken up the challenge to deliver a letter from Hurst Castle to the Isle of Wight crossing across open water wearing a jet engine-powered suit.

The journey was inspired 85 years after the idea of rocket post failed for German entrepreneur Gerhard Zucker,

The distance from Hurst Castle in Lymington to Fort Albert in Freshwater is 1.3 km, and is the furthest Richard has ever flown.

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Ellie Mans - South West U18 Girls Nett Champion

Ellie Mans (just 14) from Milford on Sea is the 2019 South West U18 Girls Nett Champion. She shot +1 (74) and +3 (76) at Filton Golf Club and was nett -6 for the tournament. 

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She won U18 Nett Salver for Best Nett & the Fraser Evans Bowl for Best Nett Overall. She also won the Best Team Scratch Trophy with Dorset pal Chloe Haesler & Harriet Taversham. 

The South West Championships attracts the top 60 Lady & Junior players from Cornwall, Somerset, Wiltshire, Devon, Gloucestershire & Dorset. The format is 36-hole strokeplay competition for the championship with the overall winner returning the lowest gross score over 36 holes. 

Ellie’s Handicap has been cut to 4 for the very first time. 

She has enjoyed a terrific 13th year on the golf course as she is the Dorset Girls Nett Champion, Girls Nett & Gross Champion at Ferndown and Brokenhurst Manor. The Champion of Champions at Sturminster Marshall & won the Autumn & Clive Cargill Trophy at Brokenhurst Manor GC. 

She came 2nd in her first England Golf U16 Open Amateur Strokeplay Championship stableford competition at Hawkstone Park GC in April & was the youngest member of the Winning Dorset Intercounty Championship Team 2019 & member of the U18 Dorset Girls 1st Team 

She is a member at Brokenhurst Manor Golf Club & Barton on Sea Golf Club, which is home to her coach is Pete Rodgers.