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Tuesday, 19 May 2020

Happy Birthday to Us!

We launched our first Milford on Sea village website on 20th May 2008. It is now twelve years old & and I don't look a day older!

From day one we have always loved our independence, and as we take no revenue from anyone this means we can say & do exactly what we like!

Milford on Sea Website: When we decided to create our first village website, it was purely as a hobby and to provide some more local information about the village. The site became pretty dated in style and content, so it now links to MoS News.

The www.milfordonsea.org website has had 2,068,185 visitors to date. 
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Milford on Sea News was launched in 2011 and we are now on No.548 of our weekly News Blog which keeps people informed of village stories. Some are factual, other embellished, and others simply made up!

To date there have been 1,317,780 page views, and an average of around 29,000 page views per month.

Since February 2020 at the start of the Coronavirus Crisis, and the greater number of articles being published, the page views have increased over 80,000 a month  - and it seems most people choose to come back!
www.milfordonseanews.org
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Milford on Sea Calendar: This website details anything we hear about that is happening in the village, plus things that may be of interest nearby. The calendar also contains sections of 'Clubs & Classes', and 'Church Services'.

As you may expect, there is not much going on at present!
www.milfordonseacalendar.org
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Village Events: In 2010 the first Milford on Sea Food Week took place with celebrity shows in the Cookery Theatre, over 100 food related events involving all of the local eateries and village groups & organisations, and a Sunday Food Market in the village green and streets.

Food Week also took place in 2011, 2012, 2104 and 2016.

From 2013 to 2015 the Great Dining Bus took groups of diners for separate course in a variety of restaurants across the village.

In 2015 there was Love Milford Week with scores of events with promoted local shops, trade services, small businesses and community groups. These was also an Exotic car Show on the seafront.

Photos from all of the events can be found at:
www.flickr.com/photos/milfordonsea/albums

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Village Publications: In 2010 the first Where to Eat & Stay Guide was launched, this was expanded to various Village Guides from 2012 and 2015 which included where to eat, shop, stay, visit and what to do.

In 2010 and 2103 there was a Community Directory which featured local clubs, organisations, events, home services, charities, churches, kids stuff and lots more. In 2015 a separate Village Tradesmen & Services Guide was published.

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Village Photo Albums: In 2020 over 4000 historic photos from Milford on Sea were loaded to a Village Photo Album, this includes many photos from years gone by, as well as a number of past village events. During this year the world was devastated by the Coronavirus pandemic and the Doorstep Photo Album contains pictures of over 200 villagers showing humour and defiance as they were locked down in their homes for many weeks.

See Village Photo Albums here: www.flickr.com/photos/milfordonsea/albums

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Connecting the Village: We have 1,898 local people who regularly receive our e-mail News Bulletins, and know of some people who don't want it at all! (Milford on Sea's total village population is circa 5000)

We never really considered that people would enjoy what we built, however it is satisfying to provide a service to the local community which a number of people seem to enjoy.

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Join Us!: We are always looking for more village people to join us (That's people who live in the village, not the YMCA pop band!), so if you can spread the word to any friends, family or neighbours who you think would like to get our newsletter, please ask them to complete the form here: www.milfordonsea.org/join-us. We can then ensure all of our community are kept informed of local news, which on some occasions contain actual facts!

Thanks for your support and for as long as you keep reading, I’ll keep writing!

2 comments:

  1. Congratulations, David - you do a brilliant job without expecting any thanks. It is so much appreciated - especially for someone like me - now living in Winchester, so I can keep tabls on what's going to help me decide whan to visit my flat (illegsal at the moment unfortunately!!). Keep up the good work - it's very much appreciated by all. Cheers! NIcky

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  2. Thanks Nicky, your thoughts are appreciated. Just a bloke behind a keyboard really. Hope you can get back soon, - when it is legal :-)

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