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Thursday, 31 October 2019

Milford Student's Charity Launched

People from across the New Forest, educational, sporting and musical communities turned out to support the launch of a new charity ‘Olivia Inspires’ to enable the spirit of Olivia Burt to live on. 

Olivia, from Milford on Sea, was a gifted and beautiful young woman who inspired others. Only 20 years old, she was killed in February 2018 in a horrendous incident at Durham, where she was a first-year university student studying natural sciences.

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She was just embarking on a journey that would have doubtless seen her leaving a lasting mark on our world. But more than this, everyone who knew Olivia remembers her smile and her kindness, and how she inspired others.

Olivia Inspires aims to allow her spirit to live on by helping young people aged 11 to 18 years, whose families live in the New Forest District Council area and who are facing financial hardship. Grants will be provided to help them develop their potential in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics), the arts and sport. 

The charity, set up by Olivia’s parents Nigel and Paula, was launched on Thursday (3 October 2019) at Lymington Town Sailing Club, where Olivia, who sailed for Great Britain, was a member. 

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The evening included speeches from Nigel in which he said: “I will finish with a thought from Charles Dickens that Olivia would have agreed with: The most important thing in life is to stop saying 'I wish' and start saying 'I will.' Consider nothing impossible, then treat possibilities as probabilities.” Nigel was followed by Olivia’s friend and British Sailing Team member, Sam Whaley. Sam recounted how Olivia had encouraged him to take the step from being a club sailor to competing nationally which has now led to him challenging for a place in the Olympics. The formal part of the launch concluded with Sarah Le May, the High Sheriff of Hampshire explaining just how important to the New Forest, Olivia Inspires will be. 

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The evening concluded with an auction of lots on the theme “Things Money Can’t Buy”. Lively bidding saw lots snapped up including: 
  • A tour of a nuclear submarine hosted by a serving Rear Admiral 
  • 3 paddock passes for the 2020 British Grand Prix
  • Dinner for 10 at Palace House Beaulieu 
  • A cricket bat signed by the England and Pakistan sides in 2019 
In total the evening raised in excess of £7000 for young people in the New Forest. 

Further fundraising events are planned, but the priority now is to get the message out to young people, that Olivia Inspires might be able to help them achieve their dreams. 

To find out more, apply for assistance or donate to the charity please visit:

You can follow them on Facebook @oliviainspires or Twitter @olivia_inspires. 

Olivia Inspires 
Nigel Burt 
07715 124946 

Monday, 28 October 2019

Fundraiser for The Big Learner Relay

Since 2014, local driving instructor Louise Walsh, and founder and organiser of The Big Learner Relay has raised an astonishing £400,000 for Children in Need - and the team are looking to make that half a million at least by the end of this year’s relay.

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Louise lives locally and is the daughter of Sue Whitlock who many at the Community Centre will know.

Fundraising is nationwide with many people involved. Milford on Sea will be involved when local musicians, GO GO 5 are having a Band Night Event on November 9th at the Community Centre in aid of Children in Need and The Big Learner Relay.

This is the sixth national relay that Louise and her sister Amy have organised. This year they start at Lands End on November 1st and will finish at the Leicester Space Centre on November 15th having covered the entire country right up to the north of Scotland transferring the Pudsey top box from one learner car to another. Look out for spotty cars!

A spotty car will be at Milford School at 3:15pm on Friday 8th November. The children will be able to sign and sponsor a spot for £1. 

Go Go 5 Band Night tickets are available from the Community Centre Box Office at £12.50 each. There will also be hot dogs available in the interval and Pudsey Bear will make an appearance. 

Well done Louise and everyone who got involved, the results all all the hard work are massively impressive.

Big Learner Relay

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Hone your cooking skills in Milford

Did you know that Milford on Sea has its own Cookery School?

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The Granary Kitchen is the brainchild of Christian Rivron who has spent many years working and training in a variety of different establishments including country parks, hotels, and restaurants in Lymington and the surrounding areas along the south coast. 

He has gained knowledge and experience of using the fresh, local and seasonal produce available in the New Forest, Hampshire and Dorset. Christian is now excited to share his passion, enthusiasm and creativity, to help people increase their confidence in entertaining guests in the comfort of their own homes.

The Granary Kitchen have launched their new 2019 Cookery Course dates which can be viewed or booked on: - or call 07886 241317 or 07977 786755.

The Granary Kitchen also offer Private Dining & Event Catering, Private Dining events, Private Cookery School, Corporate Team Building and Gift Vouchers, so take a look at the website to see how any of these might suit you.

The Granary Kitchen
Newlands Manor Farm
SO41 0JH
07886 241317 or 07977 786755

Thursday, 24 October 2019

The Poppy Appeal in Milford on Sea

The Royal British Legion 2019 Poppy Appeal begins in Milford on Sea on Saturday 26th October 2019. 

Although door to door collections no longer take place in all but a few roads in the village, there will once again be trays of poppies in most of the village shops, and volunteers doing street collections, at  hope, many times over the two week collection period. 

Please try and get your poppy in the village rather than in neighbouring places, it helps the village total and custom for the shops who make space for the boxes! 

Most boxes have some 2019 dated metal poppy pins in, and Mark at Village News will also have a supply of these available. 

If you would like to help with the Appeal in any way it's not to late to offer, or if you would like a poppy wreath, please contact: - 01590 642291

The various Remembrance Services in the village are listed below:

Sunday 10th November
  • 10.50am: St Mary's Everton 
  • 2pm: Remembrance Day Wreath laying at Keyhaven War Memorial followed by a Royal British Legion & local Scout Group Parade to:
  • 3pm: Remembrance Service at All Saints Parish Church
Monday 11th November
  • 10.50am: Remembrance Day Gathering & Service on the Milford Village Green, after which a wreath will be laid at Milford War Memorial Hospital.
  • 11am: Two minutes silence will be observed at  St Mary's Church Memorial Stone, Everton

Wednesday, 23 October 2019

Imperial War Museum is looking for Eve

In November 2015 we published an article about a former Milford on Sea resident and author, Eve Warton who had published a new book entitles Brave Faces (under the pseudonym Mary Arden). Click here to read article

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We have recently been approached by Vikki Hawkins, a curator working on the redevelopment of Imperial War Museums’ new Second World War Galleries. Vikki has been doing some research on WRNS, looking for a personal story from the time, and came across our original article on Eve’s book. Vikki would like to get in touch with Eve to speak to her about including an image of her in IWM’s new galleries. 

If you know where Eve may be, or can help in any way please contact Vikki as below:

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Vikki Hawkins 
Curator, Second World War Galleries 

Imperial War Museum London
Lambeth Road, London SE1 6HZ
0207 416 5283 

Tuesday, 22 October 2019

Making Milford more Magical this Xmas! - Update

In recent news articles we have written about a small group of enthusiastic people led by Tracy Haupt and Diana Brushwood who are determined to make Milford on Sea village centre magical this Christmas. Click here to read previous article

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The project has been progressing well, although the funds required are still £250 short of the £1000 target, and the online crowd funding ends next week on the 3rd November.

There is also a collection box in the Parish Council office in the High Street.

The organisers have asked us to pass on their thanks to all who have so generously donated so far.

To date, Tim and Nikki at South Lawn Hotel have generously agreed to fund the forest of trees on the green and at the moment there are 9 trees confirmed, but could have 10 in total. 

The U3A Craft Group, WI Craft Group, Flower Club, Gardening Club and various local residents, are all helping to create the decorations for the village, plus the organisers have met with an electrician who is lending them his lighting equipment to make the village green look more ‘magical’. So all is getting very exciting now. 

It is still not too late to donate on the Just Giving page (click here) a donation of any size is gratefully received.

It is also not too late for others to help the ladies out, so please contact Tracy (click here) if you can assist in any way.

Please click here to donate to Village Christmas Decorations  
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 -

Click here to read original article.

Editors Note: We have just heard that the Just Giving page deadline has been extended to until 17th November 2019.

Friday, 11 October 2019

Fuel Hair Mechanics going strong

Fuel Hair Mechanics celebrated its first full year of trading on the 3rd October this year. Situated in the heart of Milford, on the High Street, the village's full service traditional barbershop has embraced the changing face of male grooming offering a range of services from precision cutting and styling to beard shaping and traditional hot towel shaves.

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Owner and master barber Simon moved to Lymington in 2014 where he set up and owned a successful barbershop franchise adding his own unique touches. After progressing the business to new heights, it was time to strike out on his own, allowing him to bring his exclusive brand Fuel Hair Mechanics to life and more importantly to the village.

Simon is Joined in the chop shop by long term friend Ian, an educator and master of barbering in his own right and the shop has now quickly established itself within the community. Their Love of cars (make sure you check out their ‘Chop Gear’ feature on Facebook and Instagram), music and traditional styling spurned the interior design of the shop that features American number plates, a Mark Knopfler signed guitar and a signed CD by Joe Strummer are amongst the many oddities that can be found adorning the walls.

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Fuel is the perfect place for gentleman to relax, enjoy complimentary beverages including freshly ground coffee, soft drink or even a beer, listen to eclectic music, whilst being expertly looked after by master barbers that are setting the standard for male grooming in the New Forest. There is even their own bespoke grooming product range to maintain your look when you get home. Available from the shop and now on Amazon, each product has been tried, tested and refined on the shop floor, each one customised until perfected. All made and produced here in the U.K.

Did someone mention that Christmas was coming? Fuel’s unique and bespoke product Christmas gift sets and vouchers are available and are perfect for the man that has everything or for those that could do with a style tune up.

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The shop has been well received locally, with an ever-growing fan base both in the village and from further afield, bringing new trade into an already bustling village. 

If you ever frequent some of the local hostelries, you may have seen the shops very own beer mat, with one side depicting a map of Milford’s local bars and cafes (so you don’t get lost), distributed all around the surrounding area. A gesture of thanks to a very welcoming community.

Booking is recommended but not always essential, that said appointments do avoid disappointments. Simply visit to reserve a seat, choose a service or MOT and let the experts take care of the rest.

Fuel Hair Mechanics
61 High Street, Milford on Sea, SO41 0QG
01590 718992

Opening hours:
Tuesday 13.00 - 20.00
Wednesday 12.00 - 20.00
Thursday and Friday 10.00 - 20.00
Saturday 09.00 - 16.00
Sunday 09.00 - 14.00

Thursday, 10 October 2019

New lunchtime menu at Ray’s Italian Kitchen

Ray’s Italian Kitchen is hitting the lunch market with a new lighter menu from Tuesday (15th October), featuring the Italian Combo Lunch set to be very popular among diners. 
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Priced at £9, the Italian Lunch Combo will consist of a sandwich, soup of the day and fries, neatly presented on a wooden platter for diners to tuck into and enjoy. 

Smaller lunchtime offerings of Margherita flatbread (£5), soup of the day with artisan bread (£5) and three small plates at £12 will also be available. 

Stacey Crouch, proprietor of Ray’s Italian Kitchen said: “People definitely want something lighter to eat at lunchtime but they don’t want to compromise on taste." 

Our new lunchtime menu is providing people with a quicker and lighter lunchtime option that is all about taste and quality.” 

Ray’s Italian Kitchen is open for coffee and cake from 11am and lunch is served from 11.30am to 2.15pm (last orders) from Tuesday to Saturday.

Wednesday, 9 October 2019

New dance class in Milford on Sea

I am not sure if you are aware of the  that the Royal Academy of Dance have set up an initiative called 'Silver Swans' for adult learners so they too, can take part in ballet classes. Whether you’re an experienced dancer, have briefly dabbled or are a complete novice, all older learners of any ability are welcome to try out Silver Swans classes. 

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The classes have been specifically designed for the over-55s. Anyone is welcome to join, whatever their age. 

Stephanie Constantine-Smith is the local licensee of Silver Swans and she has a class starting at Milford Community Centre on Monday 14th October. Classes will run in the dance studio on Mondays from 11.15am to 12.15pm. 

For more information about Silver Swans via the Royal Academy of Dance, please click here.

Silver Swans
Facebook page: @swanswithstephanie

Thursday, 3 October 2019

Goodbye Bay Trees

After eight successful and enjoyable years as owners of Milford’s top quality award winning B&B, Sarah and Mark have decided it’s time to move on and Dorset was the favourite next destination.

The last guest has now checked out and packing has begun. The house has been sold to a large family who are moving in next week and, importantly, Bay Trees will no longer be offering B&B accommodation. 

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The Bay Trees has been providing hospitality to Milford on Sea’s residents and visitors since 1935 when two ladies, Mabel Windeler and Florence Beech from London set up a Tea Shop in the building that was originally the Village Poor House. In the intervening years Bridge House, as it was then known, has been a Tea Shop, a Restaurant with rooms and since the turn of the century a Guest House. It was first referred to as ‘The Bay Trees’ in 1959 and had many operators as a Restaurant until the late 1990s when it was refurbished and converted to a B&B. 

Sarah and Mark have enjoyed being part of the village and running a thriving business, being involved in Food Week with ‘Teas on the Terrace’ and the Open Gardens Days. They have entertained guests from all corners of the UK and around the world. They have gained many awards and thank those businesses and individuals that have helped create this successful enterprise. The Bay Trees has been an important asset for the village, which they are sure will be sorely missed, 

Sarah and Mark say “We are sad to be leaving Milford, it is a vibrant village and we have made many friends, remembering that ’Milford on Sea – Is The Place To Be.”

Tuesday, 1 October 2019

Beer Tasting and Live Music at The Cave

The village's favourite wine bar has a fun programme of entertainment running up to Christmas, so why not get some of these dates in your diary!

The Cave have a Krombacher Tasting on Thursday 24th October at 7pm. On the evening Declan Walsh from Krombacher will go through the history of this iconic brewer whilst you enjoy tastings, traditional bratwurst and fries. 

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Krombacher is the authentically German beer. Beer lovers around the world recognize in Krombacher the authentic flavor of Germany. Brewing beer for their enjoyment is our passion. 

Ever since 1803, the beer has been exclusively brewed in the picturesque village of Krombach, strictly according to the German Beer Purity Law of 1516.

Ticket price is £12.50 including traditional bratwurst and fries. Not one to be missed, only 24 tickets available, 1st come 1st served - Call The Cave on 01590 642195 to book. 

Sunday Afternoon Live Entertainment:
From this Sunday and on a number of dates in the run up to Christmas The Cave will be hosting a variety of live musical entertainment from 4pm to 7pm.

Entry is free, so just check out the dates below and pop along to relax and enjoy the music with a wine, gin or beer!

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You can also find all of the dates in: 

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

New application for houses at White Horse

The Bournemouth Echo have reported that developers have have launched a new attempt to build homes behind a Grade II-listed pub in a Milford on Sea village.

Bayview Developments has submitted a revised scheme for derelict land next door to the White Horse Inn in Keyhaven Road.