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Monday, 14 September 2020

Chris & Archie report on Seafront Repairs

Chris Mabey and his faithful dog Archie, have been giving regular reports on the repairs to the Milford on Sea seafront.

Great work has been done by both of them in recording the progress, if you would like to take a look please join the 'We Love Milford on Sea' Facebook Group, then click on one of Chris's links and you will find all of his videos in one place. Please click here.

Seafront Repairs by Archie Photography

Milford Explorers set for primary school

Milford Explorers Day Nursery and Beach School have had a 'Preschool Graduation' as they said goodbye to the children moving onto to primary school.

To read more; please click here.



Get your flyer or advert to Village Newcomers

Ruth Bufton is offering to distribute flyers or advertisements for village clubs, classes, voluntary activities, as well as local commercial businesses.

These will be added to 'welcome Bags' which will be delivered to all Newcomer's when they arrive to join our village community.

To get involved please provide Ruth with at least 50 copies of what you would like circulated and leave them in the front porch of 15 Hurst Road (On the seafront between Needles Eye cafe and The Lighthouse restaurant.) 

Enjoy the free advertising!

To contact Ruth please call 01590 641875 or click here to contact.

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Update on welcoming Newcomers to Milford

Dear Newcomers Exhibitors and Milford folk, 

Well as you can imagine we will not be doing a Newcomers Supper this year. I thought about doing an exhibition on the Green and tried to think of ways to welcome Newcomers to the village but as things stand it is not possible. 

So perhaps next Spring we could have a Newcomers Event which might not be a supper. With the various estates being built in the village and quite a lot of sales of houses plus the extra time between Newcomers events I am thinking we may have too many people to accommodate for a supper. We might just go for an exhibition of clubs and activities people might like to join - using both the church and the hall so you can have as much space as you need. 

However I do need to know what you think about this idea please? 

I have advertised for several years for volunteers to run this event with me, with the view of taking it over in a year or two, but have not had any offers so perhaps it is time to change how we welcome newcomers to the village or maybe have a break from tradition and drop the supper. It seems that younger people don't have the time to help run clubs yet they want what the clubs offer. Look at the RNLI where would the sailors in our community be without the wonderful service the RNLI offers? Yet our local branch has struggled to get anyone willing to be on a committee. 

If there is anyone out there who would like to help with welcoming the Newcomers to the village just give me a call 01590 641875 or click here to contact.

I would welcome any ideas you have so we still make Milford a lovely place to live and welcome newcomers to this friendly and vibrant village 

With best wishes, Stay safe and well. 


Ruth Bufton


Family Rental Property required in or near village

We have been contacted by Cathryn Atkin, her daughter, family and their 6-year old Labrador are moving back to the UK from South Africa as soon as they can get flights. They have sold their house and are keen to settle in or near Milford on Sea so need a property to rent while they look for a house to buy.

If you are able to help please contact: cathryn.atkin@aol.co.uk

Monday, 7 September 2020

Eat Raspberry Cheesecake for Girls Cricket!

The Under 11's Girls Milford on Sea Cricket Team needs help fundraising. Sam and his team at La Perle have kindly agreed to make delicious homemade Raspberry Cheesecake and 100% of the profit will go to the newly formed cricket team. Priced at only £4.95 and available from Monday to Sunday this week.

The team, made up of 19 local girls aged 8-11, was only formed in March and has been a lifeline for these children and their families during these unprecedented times so lets help keep this group going. 

Many Thanks from The Coaches, the Girls and all their families!

You can order your Raspberry Cheesecake here: www.laperle.co.uk


Update on welcoming Newcomers to Milford

We have received the message below from Ruth Bufton, who for many years has selflessly organised and run the Newcomers Supper each year.

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Dear Newcomers Exhibitors and Milford folk, 

Well as you can imagine we will not be doing a Newcomers Supper this year. I thought about doing an exhibition on the Green and tried to think of ways to welcome Newcomers to the village but as things stand it is not possible. 

So perhaps next Spring we could have a Newcomers Event which might not be a supper. With the various estates being built in the village and quite a lot of sales of houses plus the extra time between Newcomers events I am thinking we may have too many people to accommodate for a supper. We might just go for an exhibition of clubs and activities people might like to join - using both the church and the hall so you can have as much space as you need. 

However I do need to know what you think about this idea please? 

I have advertised for several years for volunteers to run this event with me, with the view of taking it over in a year or two, but have not had any offers so perhaps it is time to change how we welcome newcomers to the village or maybe have a break from tradition and drop the supper. It seems that younger people don't have the time to help run clubs yet they want what the clubs offer. Look at the RNLI where would the sailors in our community be without the wonderful service the RNLI offers? Yet our local branch has struggled to get anyone willing to be on a committee. 

If there is anyone out there who would like to help with welcoming the Newcomers to the village just give me a call 01590 641875 or click here to contact.

I would welcome any ideas you have so we still make Milford a lovely place to live and welcome newcomers to this friendly and vibrant village 

With best wishes, Stay safe and well. 

Ruth Bufton


Community Centre celebrates 10 years in current building

Milford on Sea Community Centre are celebrating their 10th Anniversary in its current building.

Of course they cannot have the usual gatherings to celebrate, but the Trustees have come up with a souvenir, a challenge and an appeal, all in a celebratory spirit, naturally.

10th Anniversary Booklet

A potted history of the past 10 years with contributions from some of those who set up the original Centre in 2007 and those who oversaw the creation of the current building in 2010. 

Plus some volunteers’ memories and appreciation of the Centre. This will be available from the Charity Shop and the Centre (mornings only) and some other local outlets (to be confirmed – check our website for latest info). It is priced 50p.

Decade 10x Challenge

Open to all ages, the Challenge is to make something with 10 items or do something 10 times. 

This may be making 10 Anniversary cupcakes, or dancing for 10 mins, running/walking for 10km or 10 miles, doing 10 press-ups, making a flower arrangement using 10 flowers/plants, composing a 10-line poem, writing down 10 memorable events you have attended at the Centre during the past decade, or anything else that inspires you!

All we need is a photograph, or sheet of paper for written material, which will then put on the website.

At the end of September, the Trustees will select two winners – under and over 16 years old, who will receive a special prize – please send your entries marked “Challenge” to trustees@moscommunitycentre.org.uk or if on paper, pop it in an envelope and post through the Centre’s letterbox. 

It is hoped that this challenge will be fun and will inspire residents of Milford on Sea and the surrounding area.

“£10 for 10” Appeal

If you have visited the Centre in the past decade, you are asked to consider making a £10 donation towards the next 10 years, hopefully all virus-free. Please click here to donate, or put your donation in an envelope and post through the Centre’s letterbox. Thank you in anticipation! 


Milford on Sea Community Centre
Sea Road, Milford on Sea


Thursday, 3 September 2020

Milford on Sea Album: Photos through the years

If you enjoy seeing old pictures of Milford on Sea you may enjoy having a trip back in time here:

Milford on Sea Albums: Photos through the years - Click here to see all albums 



Book your Flu Jab today

The flu season is fast approaching, and it is particularly important this year that as many people as possible receive the flu jab. Below is a copy of an email sent to all Milford and Wistaria patients who have signed up to receive email regarding the over 65 vaccinations.

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You are now able to book you flu appointment – please check the table below before booking. All patients can attend either site, Wistaria or Milford. 

If possible, please book your appointment online using your Patient Access account – this will help take the pressure off reception at this busy time of the year. 

If you cannot use your online access account for any reason we would prefer you to email the Surgery for an appointment at this busy time - whccg.wistariapractice@nhs.net. Alternatively you can call for an appointment - please phone 01590 643022 (preferably in the afternoon) and press option 0 to be taken through to our dedicated flu line. 

Before you attend you should read the patient information leaflet for the vaccine which is available online as we are not able to hand out laminated sheets this year. Visit our new website www.wistariaandmilford.nhs.uk/flu to find links to these leaflets. 

FLU CLINICS FOR PATIENTS OVER 65 

Saturday 19th September: Milford 

Sunday 27th September: ​Wistaria 

There will be further dates available for those who cannot attend the above clinics. 

Please read the following information carefully to ensure you attend safely on the day of your flu jab. 

Things will be different this year due to COVID – please listen to our staff carefully. 

· You may need to queue – it might feel a little like a visit to the supermarket 
· You must have no symptoms - such as temperature, a new cough, change in taste or smell 
· Attend on your own or only with your household if they are having the flu jab too 
· Flu jab information will be sent to you regarding the ingredients and any contraindications 
· Please remember your clinic colour 
· Try and walk if you can, the car park will be busy 
· Please arrive on time and DO NOT come early 
· Please wear a face covering 
· We will take your temperature on arrival and ask you to use hand sanitizer 
· Minimise outdoor clothing, wear short sleeves or be ‘rolled up and ready’ 
· Outdoor clothing must be removed before entering the surgery - you cannot leave these in the waiting room as you will be leaving by a different exit 
· We will arrive you at reception and give you a coloured card 
· Please listen to our staff who will assist you whilst you are on the surgery premises 
· You will need to follow a ‘one way’ route around the practice – this will be socially distanced 
· After having your jab please leave the surgery premises without delay via the exit shown to you 


Milford Medical Centre
Sea Road, Milford-on-Sea, SO41 0PG 
01590 643022

Wistaria Surgery
Wistaria Court, 18 Avenue Road, Lymington, SO41 9GJ
01590 672212

Helping Hands supporting families in Milford on Sea

Helping Hands, Open Arms is a local charity who support families by offering food parcels to people who are struggling, they can also help new mums & dads with nappies, formula and baby clothes.

Jaynie Haines is the coordinator for Milford on Sea and happy to help anyone in need, or take local donations.

To find out more about Helping Hands, Open Arms please click here.

To contact Jaynie for help, or to make any donations please call: 07838 227383 - or drop her a line via a Facebook direct message, please click here.



The Good News Newsletter: No.24

To view of the latest edition of The Good News Newsletter: please click here.

To subscribe to get a regular copy please email: mosclibrary@gmail.com


About The Good News Newsletter


An enterprising group of local people have put together a 'Good News Newsletter' with the aim of keeping everyone informed and amused during this difficult time.

The Good News Newsletter has been created by Milford Library, Milford Mutual Aid Group, The Village Voice and MoS News Bulletin.

We will be publishing a copy of each edition here online and for those in the village who do not use digital communication, the Parish Council are printing some paper copies which will be available in some village shops and some distributed by volunteers.

To subscribe to get a regular copy please email: mosclibrary@gmail.com

Friday, 28 August 2020

The Good News Newsletter: No.23

To view of the latest edition of The Good News Newsletter: please click here.

To subscribe to get a regular copy please email: mosclibrary@gmail.com


About The Good News Newsletter


An enterprising group of local people have put together a 'Good News Newsletter' with the aim of keeping everyone informed and amused during this difficult time.

The Good News Newsletter has been created by Milford Library, Milford Mutual Aid Group, The Village Voice and MoS News Bulletin.

We will be publishing a copy of each edition here online and for those in the village who do not use digital communication, the Parish Council are printing some paper copies which will be available in some village shops and some distributed by volunteers.

To subscribe to get a regular copy please email: mosclibrary@gmail.com

Thursday, 27 August 2020

South Lawn raises over £3,000 for Oakhaven with Shortbread

We are pleased that Tim at South Lawn has sent us the following update: 

"As September approaches we would like to update you on our Shortbread for Oakhaven fundraising initiative. 

You will recall that during Lockdown we decided to bake shortbread biscuits to help support Oakhaven, every penny from sales went to the hospice and we were supported by the local community buying butter from us/for us as the main ingredient. It was a superb success that allowed everyone to contribute to the cause.

In the first week we were able to raise a whopping £1017 which followed with a further £1000 over the following few weeks. We kept the initiative going all through the summer and had planned to run this through to September.

We are absolutely delighted to tell you that we have just hit another £1000. Thank you so much for everyone that was able to support us in achieving a massive total of over £3,000 for this very worthy cause.

This total also includes some cash donations from locals and also from the hotel as a gesture of thanks to the entertainers that have played in our garden each Sunday afternoon throughout July and August."

Tim, Nikki and the Team at South Lawn

"PS: Our delivery service is still up and running and as popular as ever, we have loads of regulars. Please don't hesitate if there is anyone who cant get out or just fancies an English, give us a call. We are also still more than happy to help anyone in need so if we can help with anything just let us know. Menu attached for daily bakery and meal deliveries."

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To see South Lawn Hotel's latest Take Away Menu: please click here.


The South Lawn Hotel
Lymington Road, Milford on Sea, SO41 0RF
01590 643911
events@southlawnhotel.co.uk
www.southlawnhotel.co.uk



MOSHRS Podcast: John Peyton and the Battle of the Nile

Milford on Sea Historical Record Society have launched their latest podcast, this time the subject John is: Peyton and the Battle of the Nile.

From the Journal of Captain John Peyton aboard HMS Defence – Official No. 9707 

August 1st 1798 

At 7 o'clock, came to an anchor with the sheet cable out of the gun-room port and engaged our opponent until 10:00 o'clock, when she ceased firing, being totally dismasted. At the same time our fore topmast went over the side. At 5 minutes past 10, veered away on the sheet cable, in order to get alongside the next ship of 80 guns. At 20 minutes past 11, the 80 gunship hailed us to say that she had struck. Sent the 1st Lieutenant on board and took possession of her.” 

In 1800 Captain John Peyton purchased Priestlands partly using prize money from the Battle of the Nile. 

To view the podcast, please click here.

Also, a new page has been added to the MOSHRS Podcasts section on the website, it offers the opportunity to provide some feedback about the fourteen podcasts that have published since lockdown. 


MOSHRS would like to share the video with the whole village.
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The Milford on Sea Historical Record Society has an excellent website with a lot of information and old pictures of Milford on Sea in the past. 

The MOSHRS meet 5 times a year where you can hear an interesting talk and meet people from across the village. There are also annual visits to places of interest. Membership is just £10. To find out more; please click here.


MoS Historical Record Society





Let La Perle feed you this Bank Holiday

This Bank Holiday Sunday La Perle are introducing a Barbeque Bonanza in addition to a 2-course Sunday Lunch for 4.

Sunday Lunch for 4 is £19.95 per person and can be delivered between 12 noon and 2.30pm.

The Barbeque Bonanza is collection only from 4pm to 8pm. 


To order Sunday Lunch please click here.

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To see La Perle's menu and order your dishes please click here.

Opening Hours and La Perle Home Delivery: 
  • Mondays from 4.30pm (Fish & Chips only)
  • Tuesdays to Saturdays from 4pm
  • Sunday Lunch
  • La Perle Deli: 11am to 8pm Monday to Saturday. 

Please Note:
  • Please order via the La Perle website
  • Delivery only service, no collections.
  • Please order in advance if possible and they will do their best to deliver at your preferred time.
  • Deliveries to the SO41 and BH25 areas. 
  • Minimum order for delivery £15, delivery charge £2.

La Perle
60 High Street, Milford on Sea
01590 643557
info@laperle.co.uk
www.laperle.co.uk
www.twitter.com/laperlemilford
www.facebook.com/laperlemilford

Monday, 24 August 2020

Fun at 'A Field Full of Hope' Concert

We were pleased to receive the press release below following the successful 'A Field Full of Hope' Concert:

On 22nd August 2020, at Barnes Lane Recreation Ground, 170 people attended an outdoor, lunchtime concert organised by the Milford on Sea Community Centre and their amazing volunteers. 

A fully Covid-19 compliant event, it showcased the talents of Colin Judson, Michelle Stone and Mark Stone accompanied by Richard Black. The programme ranged from Verdi to Gershwin, Vaughan Williams to Mozart and with songs “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” to “I’ll be seeing you”, aptly finishing with “You’ll Never Walk Alone”! 

The field was marked out with shapes to suit groups of 2-6; a covered stage was created; the sound system was excellent; and marshals greeted and escorted attendees to their “pods”. A break for a picnic lunch was the interval and the weather was kind – if a little windy! All in all, a wonderful break in these uncertain times. 


Storm Ellen swallows last beach hut

Storm 'Ellen' hit Milford on Sea at the weekend and the combination of the high tide & 60mph winds battered the coastline.

As a result, the final beach hut standing on the cliffs next to the White House was swallowed by the sea.

Local photographer, Graham Wiffen captured the dramatic pictures before and after.

Ironically, the Milford on Sea Parish Council have recently advised that New Forest District Council are about to start works on repairing the seawall. To read more please click here

click images to enlarge 






Saturday, 22 August 2020

Milford on Sea Album: Postcards

If you enjoy seeing old pictures of Milford on Sea you may enjoy having a trip back in time here:

Milford on Sea Album: Postcards - Click here to view the album 


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Milford on Sea Villagers on their Doorstep Album
Coronavirus Lockdown Time! - A village record of people 
on their doorsteps taken by villagers whilst on daily walks.

click here to view album

If you would like to add your doorstep pictures, please send to: click here.

Friday, 21 August 2020

The Good News Newsletter: No. 22

To view of the latest edition of the The Good News Newsletter: please click here.

To subscribe to get a regular copy please email: mosclibrary@gmail.com


About The Good News Newsletter


An enterprising group of local people have put together a 'Good News Newsletter' with the aim of keeping everyone informed and amused during this difficult time.

The Good News Newsletter has been created by Milford Library, Milford Mutual Aid Group, The Village Voice and MoS News Bulletin.

We will be publishing a copy of each edition here online and for those in the village who do not use digital communication, the Parish Council are printing some paper copies which will be available in some village shops and some distributed by volunteers.

To subscribe to get a regular copy please email: mosclibrary@gmail.com

Wednesday, 19 August 2020

Sunday Lunch for 4 delivered from La Perle

Sam at La Perle is now offering a weekly changing 2-course Sunday Lunch for 4 delivered hot to your door.

Serves four people, although for parties of two, half can be refrigerated for the following day. Please order by Friday for delivery this Sunday.


SPECIAL INTRODUCTORY PRICE: 2 Course Lunch for 4 – £19.95 per person

This Week's Main Course: Harissa Roasted Chicken, Rosemary & Garlic Jersey Royals, French Beans, Confit Shallots with Toasted Almonds, Isle of Wight Roasted Garlic Aioli. (4 Portions)

This Week's Dessert: New Forest Berry & Vanilla Cheesecake. (4 Portions)

Optional: Bottle of House Wine (70cl) for the special price of only £14.95 / Lunetta Prosecco for the only £19.95

To order Sunday Lunch please click here.


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To see La Perle's menu and order your dishes please click here.

Opening Hours and La Perle Home Delivery: 
  • Mondays from 4.30pm (Fish & Chips only)
  • Tuesdays to Saturdays from 4pm
  • Sunday Lunch
  • La Perle Deli: 11am to 8pm Monday to Saturday. 

Please Note:
  • Please order via the La Perle website
  • Delivery only service, no collections.
  • Please order in advance if possible and they will do their best to deliver at your preferred time.
  • Deliveries to the SO41 and BH25 areas. 
  • Minimum order for delivery £15, delivery charge £2.

La Perle
60 High Street, Milford on Sea
01590 643557
info@laperle.co.uk
www.laperle.co.uk
www.twitter.com/laperlemilford
www.facebook.com/laperlemilford

Saturday, 15 August 2020

Milford on Sea Album: Souvenirs

 If you enjoy seeing old pictures of Milford on Sea you may enjoy having a trip back in time here:

Milford on Sea Album: Souvenirs - Click here to view the album 


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Milford on Sea Villagers on their Doorstep Album
Coronavirus Lockdown Time! - A village record of people 
on their doorsteps taken by villagers whilst on daily walks.

click here to view album

If you would like to add your doorstep pictures, please send to: click here.

New Positive Milford on Sea Facebook Group Launched

 A new village Facebook Group has been launched by Annie Corder-Mills.

As Annie explains; "If you are looking for positive news and views from Milford on Sea, then the very new Milford on Sea Positive News Facebook group is for you. (www.facebook.com/groups/milfordonseapositivenews)

No moaners and dog poop stories. Just good news stories, photos and other positive stuff about the lovely village of Milford on Sea."

To read or join this page please click here.


Wednesday, 12 August 2020

The Good News Newsletter: No. 21

 To view of the latest edition of the The Good News Newsletter:

To subscribe to get a regular copy please email: mosclibrary@gmail.com


About The Good News Newsletter


An enterprising group of local people have put together a 'Good News Newsletter' with the aim of keeping everyone informed and amused during this difficult time.

The Good News Newsletter has been created by Milford Library, Milford Mutual Aid Group, The Village Voice and MoS News Bulletin.

We will be publishing a copy of each edition here online and for those in the village who do not use digital communication, the Parish Council are printing some paper copies which will be available in some village shops and some distributed by volunteers.

To subscribe to get a regular copy please email: mosclibrary@gmail.com

Community Centre Limited Reopening Update

The Milford on Sea Community Centre has a dilemma; "To Open or Not To Open…..?"
Some would say “open in September” as that was one of the early Government Guidelines regarding Community Centres during the Covid19 months since March. 

The Trustees have been keeping up to date with all the Regulations and Guidelines over the past months and would really like to open the Centre, even for a few days a week. However, this will not be “back to normal” overnight as there is a limit on the number of people per size of room, how each room may be used and ensuring the premises are Covid safe. 

Having completed Risk Assessments, etc, and bought the necessary sanitising products and equipment, an offer has been made to a few of the regular exercise classes with the opportunity to trial a couple of classes in the main hall, free of charge, during August. Obviously, attendees would bring their own mats for floor work and the Centre will have someone monitoring the ease of use in such a situation and getting feedback from attendees and leaders. Indeed, the Guidance that came out last week was that face coverings must be used in indoor places, including Community Centres. However, they may be removed during exercise classes. If these trials go well the aim is to resume as much of a “new normal” diary of events and hiring from September, Covid19 and Government Guidelines permitting.

A trial movie is also being considered with more limited numbers than normal, given maximum allowed in the hall. Equally important is whether sufficient people, including volunteers, attend. 

Sadly, the cafĂ© and bar will still be closed as per current Guidelines. 

The Trustees hope the Community will support them in these extraordinary times and hope the “new normal” will not be too far away. 

Check the Community Centre new website for latest updates:

Join in the Ride and Stride

All Saints’ Church, Milford on Sea is delighted to announce details of this year’s Ride and Stride for the Hampshire and the Islands Historic Churches Trust, which is taking place on Saturday 12 September, 10am-6pm. 

Families and individuals are invited to take part in this sponsored event to help raise money for the preservation of the historic churches and chapels of all denominations, which are so precious to our communities. This event is also a wonderful opportunity for families and friends to enjoy a day together and discover the rich heritage of our historic church buildings. 

Whether you attend a church regularly or not we encourage you to walk, cycle, drive, ride or run to as many churches in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight as you wish. Users of vehicles for the disabled are also encouraged to take part – you can even use your Bus Pass! 

Half the sum you raise goes to the church you nominate for their own projects. 

To register your interest to take part please contact us at office@allsaintsmilford.co.uk, or sign up via the events page of our website so we can send you relevant follow up information. 

For further information about Ride and Stride or Hampshire and the Islands Historic Churches Trust (Registered Charity No. 1181370) please take a look at their websites: 

Ride and Stride


Saturday, 8 August 2020

Simon sets sights on 2022 Para Commonwealth Games

Milford on Sea resident, Simon Heaps has a dream to represent England in Wheelchair Table Tennis at the 2022 Para Commonwealth Games in Birmingham and more.

As Simon explains; "I am 64 yrs old and lost my right leg last year. I have a dream to get to the 2022 Commonwealth Para Games and play for England in wheelchair Table Tennis. I believe I can do it. But, I desperately need funds to get me there and I need a Corporate Sponsor that will back me on my journey. If you or anybody you know is willing to put their faith and cash in me then please contact me. With a sponsor I can achieve it."
To find out more about Simon, or to see how you can support him, please click here.

Ever-growing snake spotted in Milford on Sea

We do not know who has done this, but an enterprising family or group of children have come up with a novel idea to give passers by a smile.

The 'Milford Rock SSSnake' is growing daily, and can be found in Carrington Lane, Milford on Sea heading towards the park.

To join in, simply decorate a rock and add them to the snake!


Milford on Sea Album: Famous Residents

If you enjoy seeing old pictures of Milford on Sea you may enjoy having a trip back in time here:

Milford on Sea Album: Famous Residents - Click here to view the album 

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Milford on Sea Villagers on their Doorstep Album
Coronavirus Lockdown Time! - A village record of people 
on their doorsteps taken by villagers whilst on daily walks.

click here to view album

If you would like to add your doorstep pictures, please send to: click here.

The Good News Newsletter: No. 20

To view of the latest edition of the The Good News Newsletter:

To subscribe to get a regular copy please email: mosclibrary@gmail.com


About The Good News Newsletter


An enterprising group of local people have put together a 'Good News Newsletter' with the aim of keeping everyone informed and amused during this difficult time.

The Good News Newsletter has been created by Milford Library, Milford Mutual Aid Group, The Village Voice and MoS News Bulletin.

We will be publishing a copy of each edition here online and for those in the village who do not use digital communication, the Parish Council are printing some paper copies which will be available in some village shops and some distributed by volunteers.

To subscribe to get a regular copy please email: mosclibrary@gmail.com

Friday, 7 August 2020

Become a Parish Councillor

Become a Parish Councillor and help your community.

Milford-on-Sea Parish Council has two vacancies for Parish Councillors. If you would like to help make a difference to where you live, why not apply? Deadline is noon on Friday 28th August 2020.

For more details, please click here.
More information:

If by 26 August, 2020 14 days after the date of this notice excluding Saturdays, Sundays and bank holidays, a request for an election to fill the vacancy is made in writing to the Returning Officer, New Forest District Council, Appletree Court, Beaulieu Road, Lyndhurst, SO43 7PA by TEN electors for the Parish, an election will be held to fill the vacancy. 

If no request for an election is received the vacancy will be filled by co-option. 

Where ten valid requests for a by-election are received by the Returning Officer then under the provisions of the Coronavirus Act 2020 and The Local Government and Police and Crime Commissioner (Coronavirus)(Postponement of Elections and Referendums)(England and Wales) Regulations 2020 the by-election will not currently take place, and the vacancy will be held open until the by election takes place. 

The 2020 regulations provide for the by election to take place on the date for the Ordinary Election of Councillors due to be held on Thursday 6 May 2021. However, this date may be brought forward or deferred by the Government depending upon the circumstances. 

Any election that is in due course called will be duly publicised as required by law.

Tuesday, 4 August 2020

Olivia Inspires Supports Disadvantaged Pupils in Lockdown

Milford on Sea based charity, 'Olivia Inspires' has stepped in to help disadvantaged students in the district’s schools during the coronavirus lockdown. The lockdown and the resulting school closures have had a disproportionate impact on the learning of disadvantaged pupils and have resulted in an increase in the already wide attainment gap between the richest and poorest pupils. Olivia Inspires is working with the schools to help redress the balance. 

The charity has made a total of £15,750 available, £1,500 to each of the nine secondary schools in the New Forest district and £750 to each of the three non-mainstream schools (education centres and special schools). 

Nigel Burt, Olivia’s father and a founder of the charity explained: “We know that lockdown has been very hard on all students, but particularly those who are most disadvantaged. We have offered the schools this funding to use in the way that they think will best help individual students.” 

Many of the schools have used Olivia Inspires’ funds to provide laptops for pupils as so much learning has moved online during lockdown. The government has only provided laptops for disadvantaged students in Year 10, together with care leavers and those with social workers, so this means the majority of disadvantaged students have received no government help. 

New Forest Academy in Holbury has opted to use the funds to provide one-to-one specialist maths tuition for Year 10 students. Whilst four students from Greenwood School in Hythe will be benefiting from Equine Assisted Learning thanks to the Olivia Inspires funding. 

Priestlands headteacher Peter Main said: “We are delighted that Olivia Inspires has agreed to support our students with laptops. This will not only make a huge difference to them in enabling them to access the work and tutorials being set online through lockdown but longer term it will also provide them with a resource to really enhance their home learning and independence.” 

Priestlands headteacher Peter Main with
one of the Olivia Inspires funded laptops

Ringwood School’s assistant headteacher, Heather Jolly echoed these thoughts saying: “Thanks to Olivia Inspires’ generous donation, we have been able to buy seven laptops. These have gone to students who have worked exceptionally hard throughout these difficult last few months, despite having limited or no access to technology at home. This donation will mean they are able to access work from home, catch up on anything they have missed over the last few months, and continue to work hard towards their GCSEs and bright futures beyond. Thank you Olivia Inspires, you really are making such a difference in our local community.” 

Nigel concluded: “We are delighted that through Olivia Inspires we have been able to help these young people at such a difficult time and wish them success in the future. 

“It’s great to be able to help young people in this way because the applications for support from young people have dried up during lockdown. Like many charities the last few months have been difficult for us. There were a number of fundraising events planned and these have either been postponed or cancelled, so if anyone would like to do any fundraising for us that would be amazing. Now that things are starting to return to normal we would like to get the message out that we are here to support any young person who needs a helping hand in achieving their dreams and I would encourage them to apply.” 

To find out more, make an application for support or donate to the charity please visit: www.oliviainspires.org.uk

You can follow Olivia Inspires on Facebook @oliviainspires or Twitter @olivia_inspires. 



About Olivia

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

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 3rd October 2019 at Lymington Town Sailing Club, where Olivia, who sailed for Great Britain, was a member.