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Thursday, 21 November 2019

Milford Cards & Occasions celebrate first year

Milford Cards & Occasions in Milford on Sea high street are celebrating their 1st year anniversary on the 24th November 2019.

The shop specialises in greeting cards and small gifts with something suitable for every occasion. They currently have a wide selection of Christmas cards and gifts available.

Owners, Sinan and Kayleigh Hisim has dropped us a line and said: "We would love the opportunity to thank everyone for welcoming us into the village and we are very grateful to all our customers for their support in the past year."

Milford Cards & Occasions
35 High Street, Milford on Sea, SO41 0QF

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Nordic Walking in Milford

Nordic Walking Brockenhurst have been operating in the Milford on Sea and surrounding areas for nearly six years now and have established a club which offers members a full body workout combined with a safe, green and extremely sociable environment.

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Members very quickly notice a change in their shape, increased stamina and love the fact that they see parts of the Forest and coastline that they didn't even realise existed! 

The walks cover an area from Brockenhurst, Sway and Lymington along the coast to Milford on Sea, Barton and Christchurch. 

What is Nordic Walking? 

It's an enhancement of ordinary walking - it makes something we learn to do as babies twice as effective! 

Nordic Walking uses poles in order to add two major benefits to walking: 

- The use of poles means the upper body muscles are used as well as the legs 

- The poles help to propel the walker along - this means he/she works harder than usual yet the support given by the poles makes it feel easier! 

Nordic Walking is a specific fitness technique and is not to be confused with trekking or hill walking as the poles are not planted in front of the walker but in a specific way that increases the use of the upper body. It can be done by anybody, anywhere and should be learned correctly if the participant is to get the most out of the activity. 

Benefits include: 
- more calories burned than ordinary walking 
- works the whole body and strengthens the core 
- is easy to learn 
- lessens the impact on joints 
- great for posture (neck, shoulders and backs) 
- embraces the great outdoors! 

Nordic Walking Brockenhurst do regular free taster sessions for anyone who'd like to find out for themselves what it's like - why not go along to Barton on Sea on 4 January at 12.00 to kick start a healthy New Year?!! 

For further information, please contact Suzanne on 07903 772181 or visit the website:

Nordic Walking Brockenhurst 
Suzanne Madden 
07903 772181 - 01590 622787 

Wednesday, 20 November 2019

Paid vacancies at Dementia Action Group

The Miford on Sea Dementia Action Group have decided to appoint a Coordinator to support the activities for people affected by Dementia in the local area. They would also like to find someone to offer Admin Support. The two roles could be combined. 

Good organisational and IT skills are required for both roles and local knowledge is desirable. We would like to appoint during December. 

The Coordinator Role requires a background in the social care sector and knowledge of dementia. 

The role has two parts.
  • 1. To co-ordinate, organise and facilitate, in partnership with volunteers, the successful and safe provision of activities provided for people affected by dementia.
  • 2. To signpost people affected by dementia and/or their families/carers to the activities provided and to other opportunities for support and assistance. 
The Admin Role is to support the work of the committee. 

Both posts are hourly paid on a contracted service basis. 

Coordinator: 12 – 15 hours per month. £10.50 per hour 

Admin Support: 10 hours per month, on a flexible basis. £8.50 per hour 

If you are interested, please email Jenny for a job description:

Tuesday, 19 November 2019

Armistice Day at Milford on Sea War Memorial Hospital

On the morning of 11 November a group of about 20 gathered around the War Memorial in the foyer of Milford on Sea War Memorial Hospital for a brief ceremony of remembrance, conducted by Canon Ray Hubble, and wreath-laying.

The ceremony takes place every year, however, in view of the current uncertainty about the future of Milford on Sea War Memorial Hospital, it remains unclear how this may continue in years to come.

Milford on Sea War Memorial Hospital was built thanks to generous donations from the local population and was opened on 7th May 1930 by Lady Powell. The hospital still serves as a war memorial to the 267 local men who served in the First World War, including 37 who lost their lives.

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Pictured are: Peter Gibbs, acting Chair, Milford on Sea Royal British Legion,
Gloria Grantham Hill, President, Milford on Sea Royal British Legion Womens’ Section
Col. John De Candole, President, Milford on Sea British Legion
Julia Badham, Chair, Milford on Sea Hospital League of Friends
Chris Hobby, representing Walter Hobby and Peter Woodd, who died in World War 1
David Graham, Milford on Sea Branch Standard Bearer
Karen Graham, Milford on Sea Branch Womens’ Section Standard Bearer

Photo: Bob Braid

Violet inspires poppy fundraising

Knitting two Remembrance Poppies, one each for herself and Violet her daughter led to a lot more knitting for Milford on Sea mum Kirsty Long.

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On being told of the significance of the Remembrance Poppy from her mum, Violet had the idea that maybe more Poppies could be made and donations requested for 'The War Men' as she touchingly described them. 

After much knitting, about sixty Poppies were produced, and in addition to advertising them on Facebook and taking orders, the Poppies were also available in Village News in Milford on Sea, where proprietor Mark and his customers are always very supportive of the Poppy Appeal. 

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Purple versions of the poppies, which commemorate the horses and other animals which died in war service were also available. 

Violet's idea has resulted in an extra £176 in donations for this years Poppy Appeal in Milford on Sea, so a big 'well done' and thank you is due to Violet and mum Kirsty. 

Violet is currently learning to knit, in time for next years Poppy Appeal!

Tuesday, 12 November 2019

Magical Christmas decorations coming

The 'Making Milford More Magical at Christmas' project is about to see the results of the efforts of Tracy Haupt and Diana Brushwood (plus other volunteers and generous donators).

The new Christmas decorations will be going up in the village on 2.30pm on Sunday 1st December with Xmas wreaths, garlands and arrangements. 

This will be a truly community event with children from Sea Horses Play Group, Milford Explorers, Rainbows, Brownies, Guides, Pre-School and Primary School, Youth Football Club, Youth Club and Beavers and Cubs who will arrive, to decorate their allocated tree. At dusk all Xmas lights will be switched on!

Do pop along to Milford on Sea village green and see your village being decorated (and if you can, perhaps lend a hand). 

Making Milford More Magical at Christmas - Fundraising

To date 80% (£1,202) of the £1,500 target has been raised on the Just Giving Page by 44 supporters.

Click here to read original article.

The Just Giving fundraising page closes on Sunday 17th November 2019, so if you want to contribute please do it now: Please click here to donate to Village Christmas Decorations.

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

For more information, or to volunteer to help put up the decorations please contact:
Tracy Haupt -
Diana Brushwood -

Monday, 11 November 2019

Jabulani Gallery to close

Sally Hamilton of Jabulani Gallery in Milford on Sea high street has taken the decision to close her charming village shop to retire and focus on painting.

Sally writes...

Painting by Sally Hamilton
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It is with great sadness that I will be closing the doors on Jabulani gallery and gift shop at Christmas, as the time has come for me to retire and to put my focus on my painting. 

It has been a wonderful seventeen years for me where I have forged great friendships and enjoyed continued support from the villagers and visitors alike. I am particularly grateful to all who have supported my art during this time. I shall open on the odd occasion for private views when I have a body of work for exhibition, and I will always be available to anyone wishing to purchase prints and cards, so do please just knock and I'll be happy to oblige. 

Seventeen years is a long time in business during theses challenging times, but for me, whilst I have faced the usual trials and tribulations that come with running a business, the success of Jabulani has been down to all of you in the village, and I remain incredibly grateful.

Editors Note: Without doubt the closing of Jabulani Gallery will be a loss to the charm of the village. We are pleased to hear that Sally will still be painting as she is a talented artist. Along with many who have the pleasure to know her we wish her all the best in her retirement.

Sunday, 10 November 2019

Men meet at MenMeet

MenMeet is a place when men can meet in Milford on Sea.

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The group is open to all men in the village and the organisation is done by some friendly guys who happen to be from the local churches. The gatherings are of general interest, and you do not have to be a church goer to come and meet more local men.

MenMeet get together on the third 3rd Thursday in the month at 7:30pm (usually in The Beach House) where they can enjoy informal talks in a varied programme.

The next talk is on Thursday 21st November. All men in the village are welcome, so just pop along.

Friday, 8 November 2019

Christmas Shopping Event at Ray’s

Christmas is starting early at Ray’s Italian Kitchen as it hosts a Christmas shopping event with Stary Eyed, a boutique home and giftware company on Friday 15th November from 11am. 

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Shoppers will be treated to a complimentary glass of fizz whilst they browse a range of goodies, handpicked by the super stylish, Stary Eyed gals, Gemma and Claire. 

Why not stop for a bite of lunch after and try Ray’s Italian Kitchen’s new lighter lunch menu, starting at £5. It is advisable to book a table for what looks like a popular event. 

To book call 01590 645300.

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

Tuesday, 5 November 2019

Thanks from Glenn at No64 Biscuit House

We have been sent the following piece by Glenn Harrison at No64 Biscuit House:

I’d like to say a few words many suggest are the hardest to say, ‘Thank you’ and ‘sorry’!

Thank you
Glenn - No64
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Thank you for coming to our Christmas Launch last night, it was an absolutely fabulous evening and we really hope you enjoyed yourselves.

Clare & I got up this morning to loads of email messages of thanks, what a lovely way to start our day, we truly didn’t expect such a lovely response, so personal too.

But it isn’t just 2 hours of us taking money from you (which wasn’t the idea at all)…..

So that 2 hours last night actually started almost 3 years ago when we first opened our doors when you, our lovely customers, friends & family started to come in, and I started to build our customer database.

Then there’s the advance planning for the event, seeing if suppliers will contribute to our goody-bags, getting the drinks and food organised, hiring the glasses, organising staff, ordering the Christmas stock and ensuring it arrives mid-October, Clare’s incredible styling, etc.

Clare has to, literally, strip the whole shop and completely re-style it over 3 days, she does this for 14+ hours a day for those 3 days and do you know what, we actually had a couple of ‘visitors’ to the shop complain that room 2 was closed while she styled it! Bizarre.

In the shop, to help Clare & I ensure your evening went as enjoyably as possible, we had the wonderful Jo and her daughter, our close village friend Monica, and the Wash House’s manager, Becca (yep, she loves our shop so much she came to work for us for the evening!!).

Behind the scenes we had Clare’s Mum, Jo, and Clare’s best friend Sharon making the Glögg, pouring the drinks, serving & topping up drinks and serving mince pies, keeping some form of order in our kitchen, and looking after Bailey, Ralph, Ester & Erik!!

Within your goody-bags, which we hope you all took away with you, you will have found a beautifully handmade chocolate from the amazing Miss Witt, our amazing New Forest chocolate maker.

We MUST support our local businesses / entrepreneurs and Kerry works tirelessly building her business and we were delighted to support her – if you don’t know her, or are having an event that could benefit from chocolate, have a look –

And did you have a mince pie? Again local catering business entrepreneur, Fiona Hill, of Real Food New Forest (@realfoodnewforest on Instagram) made them for you and I hope you’ll agree they were delicious. Fiona does all sorts of amazing catering and so if you’re having an event…

Now I’m going to swear as then there’s Brexit! 

80% of our stock, as most of you know, comes from EU countries, Denmark, Sweden & Belgium for example. And so Brexit is more than just an awful bore to us, it’s affected our business, and our lives frankly. We’ve had to plan for it, we’ve even got one supplier levying extra shipping costs on us already, and so it’s been no fun for us and will continue to be of concern until these buffoons we call MPs grow up, stop squabbling amongst themselves, and stop this uncertainly they’ve caused. Nuff said. 

To make a joke of it: of the 3 things happening last night, October 31st, namely Halloween, Brexit, and the No64 Christmas Launch, one was organised & delivered as promised, one was really scary and involved a bunch of children making fools of themselves, and the other was Halloween!! 


We’re sorry if it got a little busy last night, at times! The idea was absolutely not that you came and spent money, we merely wanted you to see our Christmas stock and we wanted to say ‘thank you’ (oops, there I go again!) for supporting us by way of inviting you along, providing Prosecco and Glögg (did you all try some?), providing you with a goody bag to take away with you (have you checked yours by the way as we’ve already had the Gold candle / £75 voucher winner in today, that means the Silver (£50) and Bronze (£25) candles are still out there somewhere), and to hopefully bringing you all together for a social event.

What I’m trying to say is yes, there were queues at the tills at times but you should still have been socialising, your glasses should have been topped up, and you were supposed to be feeling (just a little) festive, despite it only being October!

I’m sorry also if this is a little boring too but, as well as thanking them personally, we wanted tell you about, and thank our team publicly as, without them, we couldn’t have done it.

I’ll finish by saying that we love doing this and we love the village. I think you know now that, even after 3 years, when you come to No64 Biscuit House either Clare or I, or both of us, will always be there to serve and entertain you.

But we can’t do it forever and as quick as our first 3 years has gone, the next 3 will go just as quickly and we’re not getting any younger!!

So, we wish you all to have a great Christmas and we thank you, from the bottom of our hearts, for your support. 

Glenn (& Clare) 

No64 Biscuit House
High Street, Milford on Sea, SO41 0QD
01590 643765

Help the final efforts to raise funds for the Bus!

The Milford on Sea Charitable Trust hope to be able to buy the Community Minibus for all residents of Milford, Everton, Keyhaven, Downton and Lymore very soon. 

Many local groups and organisations are enthusiastic about using the bus. The charity are delighted to announce their sponsors. Everton Hyundai are going to help us choose a vehicle and look after it. South Lawn Hotel are offering both the venue and food for free at their fundraising event, and then offering ongoing support. 

They just need your more help to raise the final bit of funding! 

Could you make a small donation? Contact charity treasurer, John Whitley for details: 

Or why not buy a ticket for their fundraising event on Saturday 16th November? 

The Minibus Fun & Fundraising Event

An exciting & entertaining evening featuring The Rambling Men, Strumpets, Belly Dancers, Romeo Valente, Fourfold, and surprise guests! - Plus a Pie and Mash Supper.

Saturday 16th November 2019 at 7.30 p.m. 

South Lawn Hotel, Milford on Sea SO41 0RF
01590 643911 

Tickets £20 available at: The Community Centre Box Office, South Lawn Hotel or from Ivan Chandler 07915 662030.

Milford on Sea Charitable Trust is a registered charity 1172750

Friday, 1 November 2019