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Friday, 31 July 2020

Sean conquers the English Channel

Milford on Sea resident, Sean Willson completed his epic swim across the English Channel yesterday and arrived in France from Dover in a fantastic time of 13 hours 22 minutes.

So far he has raised £6511 for charity which is in the memory of his nan and uncle, - and he has also lost half a stone in weight!

Sean's family & friends, and no doubt the whole village, are very proud of his significant achievement.

Well done Sean, you have justifiably earned your place in the record books.

To read more about Sean's challenge; please click here.


PS: Even though I could do with losing that amount of weight, this method seems a bit too extreme to me!

Our Village Crest Explained

Do you know what the images represent on the Milford on Sea Village Crest?

Well, the article below was published in July 2014 and we thought you might like to see it again:


No doubt someone from the Milford on Sea Historical Society can enlighten us, and perhaps even throw light on the crest's origin.

When faced with a question like this is, my approach is to make up the most inappropriate answer, and then wait for a grown up to provide the real facts.

So, here goes:

The Milford on Sea Crest contains two men standing on a set of scales representing how people in the village are quite good at balancing. The first man holds a sythe representing a rice worker from the paddy fields around Sturt Pont, the second man is a tall boy scout, his wellington boots and fishing net in hand illustrate how they used to wade into the sea to catch shrimps. Both men following the village tradition of wearing trousers a size too large, hence the need for both a belt and braces.

The crest itself is headed by a Keyhaven longboat, reminding us of our shipbuilding heritage and of the time when our forefathers set sail to conqueror the Isle of Wight. The Crown provides a memory of the former name of the village pub now known as The Smugglers Inn, and finally the red rose of Lancashire represents all that have settled in the village from the North of England.

It is possible that all of these facts may be not be completely accurate, so if you can throw any light on any inaccuracies, please get in touch.

Following publishing the article above, regarding the Milford on Sea Village Crest, we had an interesting reply from Bob Braid of the Milford on Sea Historical Record Society:

Bob, who is blighted with a similar sense of humour to my own, speculated with wry smile; "The bloke on the left actually has a pickaxe & represents the men who dug the network of smugglers tunnels around the village. The ship is a poor representation of a Viking long ship and refers to the great battle between the Saxons and Danes when the stream ran red with blood and from which Danestream gets its name. The crown refers to Charles 1 imprisonment at Hurst Castle on passage to his trial and execution in London. The flower is not a rose, but the elusive Milford Pimpernel, also known as Paddy's Pride, which used to grow on the cliffs, hence Paddy's Gap." Mixing a few facts with some myths is a great way to create history!

Fortunately, he also has a more factual story. Bob explained that the Milford on Sea Village Crest first appeared on souvenir china in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. During those times, souvenir china was all the rage and it is extremely collectable today.

Bob said; "The first pieces were sold in Mrs Christie's shop and then soon taken up by other village shops. (Christie's was firstly located opposite where Verveine now is, and later where New Seasons Florists are and next to the old Post Office) 

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Bob continued; "As far as we know, and we are willing to be convinced otherwise, you could select your design from elements in a pattern book and we think it was dreamt up by Telford Stone, the printer and stationer in the village." 

Interestingly, the Truro coat of arms has a remarkable resemblance to our own, which makes this final explanation all the more likely.



Milford on Sea Historical Record Society 

Shorefield Holidays Awarded Gold David Bellamy Conservation Award

Shorefield Country Park has once again been awarded the gold accolade for its dedication to the environment and Britain’s’ wildlife. 

The picturesque, family-run holiday park located in Milford on Sea is one of Shorefield Holidays' eight holiday parks in the South Coast, set in a beautiful spot within the New Forest with easy access to the scenic coastline and just a short walk from the beach. 

The David Bellamy Conservation Award Scheme is one of the longest running green tourism awards in the UK. They have been described by David Bellamy himself as the 'Green Olympics' for holiday parks and campsites. The awards are decided using several criteria, including managing land as a haven for wildlife, reducing water usage and other resources, supporting local communities and reducing the use of energy. 


Simon Pollock, Chairman and Managing Director of Shorefield Holidays says “We are immensely proud to have once again been awarded the gold accolade for the 23rd consecutive year, proving that we’re doing all we can for conservation and supporting Britain’s wildlife. 

“Lots of efforts have been put in place by Ian Colverson, Head Gardener at Shorefield Country Park, to ensure that the impact the on the environment is minimal. We continue to house bees in hives on site, with extra efforts to plant and grow more wildflowers to provide nectar, which as a result has seen the park earn the David Bellamy Honey Bee Friendly Status.” 

Sustainability has also been a huge focus throughout, and Shorefield Country Park continues to hold a strong, positive relationship with the surrounding community. The Country Store on site sells locally sourced produce as well as swimwear made from recyclable waste and plastic-free crabbing line. 

Each year, the awards focus on a specific area or topic and previous years' achievements have included the Hedgerows Challenge and the Wildflower Initiative, all of which Shorefield Country Park has successfully secured. 

As a result of the challenges faced due to Coronavirus, the conservation focus for 2020 has been to Protect Tourism Jobs, something Shorefield Holidays are passionate about and hugely supportive of. 

Simon added: “The current situation has highlighted how important family time is and with some of the most stunning natural landscapes, beautiful coasts and unspoilt countryside right here in the UK, a staycation provides the ideal escape. Now more than ever we understand how important it is to ‘postpone, don’t cancel’ and ‘enjoy summer safely’ in order to help get UK tourism back on track.” 

Shorefield Holidays is one of the leading holiday park businesses in the UK, with eight holiday parks across Hampshire and Dorset. New social distancing measures, contactless check-in and a range of new cleaning procedures mean the company is set to provide safe, socially distanced getaways in some of the south’s best locations. 


For more information about Shorefield Holidays’ eight locations, please visit www.shorefield.co.uk


 

Milford on Sea Album: Village at War

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

Milford on Sea Album: Village at War 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.

Thursday, 30 July 2020

Sean commences English Channel Swim

Sean Willson, Milford on Sea resident and manager at Everton Hyundai has commenced his epic swim across the English Channel at 6.30am this morning on his support boat, Sea Leopard. (Thursday 30th July 2020)

He is taking on this challenge for The Brain Tumour Charity and The Alzheimer's Society, two charities close to his heart. 

We will let you know how he does when we hear, in the meantime enjoy the pictures below and wish him luck.

To read Sean's story or to support him; please click here.

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Monday, 27 July 2020

Ray's reopen restaurant for inside dining

We are very pleased to pass on this message from Stacey at Ray's Italian Restaurant in Milford on Sea high street:

We are pleased to announce that we are going to open Ray's Restaurant for inside dining (in addition to our garden dining) from Wednesday 5th August. Our opening times will be:
  • Lunch: Thurs, Fri & Sat: 12 to 2pm (Last orders) 
  • Evenings: Weds, Thurs, Fri & Sat: 5.30pm to 9pm (Last orders)
  • Plus: Takeaways 
Pre-booking is Essential due to the current restriction and guidelines that we have to adhere to. We will require a £10 per head (adults)/ £5 per child deposit due to limited numbers available in-house following the 1 metre plus ruling. We will be running a reduced menu at this time also. 

We are constantly reviewing how we operate and considering everyone safety and we ask for your understanding and patience whilst we all get used to the new norm. 

Our popular takeaway service will still continue and there will be a new menu available from Wednesday 5th August. Due to the restaurant opening and staffing restrictions we will no longer be able to deliver outside of the Milford on Sea, Keyhaven and Downton area. However you will be able to collect direct from us. 

Thank you so much for your continued support and we look forward to welcoming you back soon.


To see Ray's latest Menus: please click here.



Ray’s Italian Kitchen
11 High Street, Milford on Sea, SO41 0QF
01590 645300


Milford on Sea Library Update

As users will be aware, Milford Community Library has been closed since 20th March. 

The team running the library have not been idle and have been discussing when and how they can reopen safely. Realistically, as it is in a multi-use hall, this will not be until September at the earliest.
 

In the meantime, they need to retrieve all the books that have been out on loan as Hampshire County Council will be recommencing fines for overdue items from 1st August. 

Books/CDs etc. can be posted through the library letterbox at any time (if they will fit). The library has also been open the last few Fridays for the return of larger items and will again be open for returns this Friday (31st July) from 10am until 12.30. 

If you cannot return your books by then or wish to renew them, you can do this online by clicking here. If you need a PIN for your library account, this can be obtained by phoning HantsDirect on 0300 555 1387 or by visiting Lymington or New Milton libraries. If you’ve forgotten your PIN, you can reset this online. 

The library hopes to be able to offer some kind of Click and Collect service once they reopen. Details are still being worked out, and if you would like to be kept informed, please send your name, address, and email address to mosclibrary@gmail.com and they will keep you up to date with our plans. 

 
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Sorry, the library is currently closed until further notice. 

Milford on Sea Community Library 
The Village Hall, Park Road, Milford on Sea SO41 0QU

Sunday, 26 July 2020

Sam at La Perle turns 40

Sam from La Perle turned 40 on Sunday 26th July. In true Sam style, he wouldn't take the day off but did finish early at 3pm to join friends & family on the green for a social distance celebration!

We hope he had a great time after all the hard work he had put in to support and feed the village over the lockdown period. We also thank Kerry for sending the pictures of Sam in his earlier years for us all to enjoy.

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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 to SO41 and BH25 areas

  • 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, 25 July 2020

Milford on Sea Album: Holiday Parks

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

Milford on Sea Album: Holiday Parks 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, 24 July 2020

MOSHRS Podcast: All Saints' Church-Part 3

Milford on Sea Historical Record Society have launched their latest podcast, this time the subject offers more stories relating to All Saints' Church.

In 19th Century England the Anglican Church was home to two opposing forces: the Evangelical Revival and the Catholic Revival.

In the latest video podcast you can find out how these rival revivals confronted each other in Milford. 

Also hear about adjusting the time on the church clock and washing hymn books.


MOSHRS would like to share the video with the whole village.

To view the podcast, please click here.

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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. To visit the website; please click here.

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





Field of Hope Outdoor Concert


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The Good News Newsletter: No.18

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

Tuesday, 21 July 2020

Community Centre Trustee Applications Closing


Milford on Sea Community Centre is seeking a new member to join our board of trustees. The ideal candidate will have financial experience including cash handling and banking procedures. 

Trustees meet each month and are all actively engaged in making the Centre a success.

For further information please contact the Chair: Linda Bagnall on 07957 365505 or by email trustees@moscommunitycentre.org.uk

Applications should be made in writing by 27 July to: 

The Administrator, Milford on Sea Community Centre, 9 Sea Road, Milford on Sea, SO41 0PH or by email office@moscommunitycentre.org.uk

Monday, 20 July 2020

£2000 donated to New Forest Basics Bank

Becton & District Rotary Club working with the volunteers of the New Forest Sewing for the NHS, which includes makers in Milford on sea, has resulted in a massive donation of £2,000 to New Forest Basics Bank. 

The money was raised by the masks made by the sewing volunteers being displayed at collection points around the area, including our village, for members of the public to make use of them. The masks were free but recipients were invited to make a donation in aid of a local charity. It is heartening to see that even in these difficult times the generosity of the public surpasses expectation with a sum of £2,000 being raised for NF Basics Bank. 

Keith Williams, President of the Rotary Club
presents the cheque for £2,000 to
Chairman of NF Basics Bank, Oliver Stanley. 

During a visit, Chairman Oliver Stanley identified Tinned Meats, Fairy Liquid and J Cloths as being urgently required. If you can help with these or any other long dated non perishable food items then please contact the Basics Bank to discuss how you can donate the food. 

It appears to be generally accepted that the current circumstances are going to be with us for some time so demand for the services provided by Oliver and his team can only increase. 

President Keith Williams of Becton Rotary said “Rotarians and those who share our ideals have always cared for and supported those less fortunate than ourselves, we will make every effort to provide what help we can.” 


For further information on the work of New Forest Basics Bank and how you can donate or volunteer your help please click here.

Further information on Becton Rotary can be obtained from Larry Anthony, secretary@bectonrotary.org..uk

Saturday, 18 July 2020

Social Groups & Clubs welcome back at South Lawn

It has been two weeks since The Cedar Tree Restaurant reopened in the Marquee and Gardens at South Lawn Hotel, and after a steady start the team are pleased to see an increasing number of familiar faces.

Owner, Tim Wedgwood has given us his thoughts; "Whilst many guests first trip out may have been a nervous experience it's reassuring to see that many keep returning. It delights us to know that our guests have the confidence to return and we appreciate the kind comments about how secure people have felt. We are blessed with so much space indoors and out and our Marquee has become very popular with small groups of up to 6 people from multiple households.


The use of our function facilities are still restricted and it is anticipated that conference and banqueting facilities will reopen for larger parties in September. So for now we have a huge function suite that seats 150 feeling very empty. 

So we have an idea which we hope will be helpful. We appreciate there are many small groups and committees of larger groups that are fed up of Zoom meetings and want to get together. Committee meetings are vital for the many social groups and organisations to get back together, so:

Cornwallis Suite - Before Covid changes
We have arranged our function room for how we anticipate our regular clubs might meet when restrictions are lifted. The Cornwallis Suite which seats 150 in normal times is laid with 8 round tables of 6 and a top table of 2 all one metre plus spaced. The rules now allow for a table of up to 6 people inside but from no more than 2 households. So assuming that no members of a committee live in the same household each table can accommodate 2 people. From now up until September we want to make this facility available to any club or committee whether they normally meet at the hotel or not. So if you have a meeting you would like to organise 18 people from 18 households can meet here and up to a maximum of 30 can meet if enough of you share households or social bubbles. 

Just call the hotel to check availability and make your booking and on the day please ensure your organiser arrives in good time ahead of the rest of the guests so we can open up and brief you. All attendees should arrive direct to the Cornwallis suite entrance as access is not available through the hotel. We will even provide tea and coffee facilities with a discretionary honesty box. We will not staff the room but are available to help if needed. 

There is no charge for this facility which we hope will help all our important groups start to get back to normal."

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To see South Lawn Hotel's new Mon to Saturday Menu: please click here.

To see South Lawn Hotel's Sunday Menu: please click here.

To see South Lawn Hotel's At Home delivery 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



Friday, 17 July 2020

Milford on Sea Album: Village Churches

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

Milford on Sea Album: Village Churches 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.17

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

Monday, 13 July 2020

Milford in pictures during Lockdown

Graham Wiffen is a retired semi-professional photographer and during lockdown he has been taking some stunning photographs of Milford on Sea, Keyhaven and the New Forest.

Graham has always been interested in photography and has some early vague memories of mixing chemicals and working in a friends darkroom in his early years. He was also a member of camera/photographic club in Essex in the 80's and produced his own prints for a while.

After years in the corporate world, he moved on to sailing around the world, capturing many thousands of images. He then returned to the UK and has regularly had his images in the local and National press and various glossy magazines and even received a 'Commended' for one of his images in the Landscape Photographer of the Year competition.

With the Lockdown in place Graham started a new gallery, showing images of the local area to help those in complete lockdown, who couldn't get out and about to enjoy this stunning area.

To view Graham's Lockdown Gallery; please click here.



Graham Wiffen Photography

Thoughts from the owner of Fuel Hair Mechanics

Thoughts from Simon Digweed of Fuel Hair Mechanics in the village:

On July 4th our local holiday parks, campsites, caf├ęs, restaurants, bars and barbers opened their doors to the general public for the first time since lock down began. But are they the same businesses we know? 

As businesses and their customers start to emerge from an unprecedented event both professional and personal to them, there is legislation in place to adhere to which has changed the way they can operate. 

They have lost revenue, employees, and in some cases had to close completely. The already strained local independent high street shop is under increasing pressure to exist at all, there has never been a more critical time to support local businesses and encourage UK tourism than now. They are doing everything in their power to still provide a service to the community, let's get behind them. The battle to rebuild has just begun. 

Barbershop businesses who previously operated a sit and wait system have had to implement an online booking system. Legislation dictates salons have to keep a record of clients information (name and number) as a track and trace method in case of cross infection. Shops not complying can face heavy penalties and even closure. Fuel Hair Mechanics in Milford on Sea (a barbershop of notoriety both locally and across Hampshire) were ahead of the pack in this respect and had already implemented an established operating system accessed through their website, Instagram and Facebook page. A business must always look ahead to survive and being ahead of the game is a distinct advantage in our recently adapting world. 

So no matter what the size of the business, or the sector, we all face similar challenges that we can support each other with. Be it just a bit of advice on the minefield of legislation, the recommendation of a local supplier or simply providing some PPE, let’s get together and help each other to ensure that we are all here to face whatever challenges may come our way in the future and stand together as local businesses.

Editors note: Hopefully all of our local shops will get all of the support they need, they have had things tough enough already.


Fuel Hair Mechanics
61 High Street, Milford on Sea, SO41 0QG
www.fuelhairmechanics.co.uk
01590 718992


Saturday, 11 July 2020

The Good News Newsletter: No.16

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

Milford on Sea Album: Houses, Hotels & Hospital

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

Milford on Sea Album: Houses, Hotels & Hospital - 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.

Milford Baptist church services return

Milford Baptist church is starting worship services again.

After almost exactly four months of online worship, the Baptist church is restarting services on Sunday 19th July at 10.30am

The plan is to start the service outside the front of the church, but if (when?) the weather lets everyone down the service will move into the building. It won’t be quite the same as before lockdown, as obviously social distancing must be maintained, refreshments can't be served, and sadly singing is not allowed. 

The church aims to live-stream the services so that those who have to keep shielding, or who simply don’t feel ready for that kind of gathering just yet, will still be able to join in. And all services are, as usual, open to all!


Milford on Sea Baptist Church
Barnes Lane, Milford on Sea, SO41 0RN
01590 645469



07704 170419

Friday, 10 July 2020

Add recipes to the Lockdown Cookbook

We have been contacted by Jonathan, an artist working with SPUD in Sway (a community arts charity) on a project called The Lockdown Cookbook, which is a cookbook for, and by, the people of the New Forest, particularly Sway, Milford on sea & Lymington. 

Jonathan is looking to get in touch with members of the community who would be interested in contributing recipes to the cookbook, as well families and younger members of the community who would like to cook one of these recipes. 

The cookbook is inspired by his great-grandmother's handwritten cookbook, which was passed on to him, and contains all sorts of weird and wonderful recipes collected from the wireless, family, friends and - most intriguingly - strangers. It's a community cookbook written before, during and after the war. 


Nowadays, in a period of scrambling around for flour and eggs in the supermarket, Jonathan wants to create a culinary time capsule of a country kept indoors by the pandemic, and the food they ate. 

He is keen to reach as many people as possible in all generations, but especially older, more isolated people, who might not have Facebook, or email. 

To join in, or for more information about getting involved with the project can be found by clicking here.

Thursday, 9 July 2020

New Doughnut Boxes from Robyn

Robyn, owner of RED party supplies has just launched some new flavours for her doughnut treat boxes.

The new Doughnut Boxes cost £15 and are available with free delivery or collection.

Each box contains:
  • 3x Millionaire shortcake: 
    Chocolate iced rings topped with butter shortbread biscuit & drizzled with caramel sauce 
  • 3x White chocolate & raspberry: White chocolate iced rings sprinkled with flavoursome raspberries 
  • 3x The party ring: A bright and colourful ring decorated with fondant icing & party ring biscuit 
  • 12x Cinnamon sugar doughnut bites: Mini doughnut bites- a fluffy centre coated with a crunchy cinnamon sugar coating



To see Robyn's full menu, please click here.

To order or find out more, please contact Robyn below:

robyn.dowse@gmail.com

Tuesday, 7 July 2020

Local inventor makes good

Roger Davison lives in Milford on Sea and is a very good amateur cook. Seven years ago he was looking for a means of cooking chicken in a better way, and finding nothing on the market decided to invent his own system. The result was the COQOPAN® a new and fully patented method of cooking chicken in half the normal time by steaming the bird from the inside whilst roasting it on the outside all at the same time. 


After years of design, prototypes and testing he finally developed a successful working 
model which he presented on the Channel Four television programme “Buy it Now for Christmas in October 2019”. On the show were buyers from Amazon, Lakeland and JML who after his demonstration all gave the product the thumbs up and placed orders on, the spot. Roger came away from the show with orders valued at £50,000. 

Since then things have gone from strength to strength with the COQOPAN®, largely through Amazon, is now selling not only in the UK but throughout Europe and The Coqopan® Company is now featured on YouTube, Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter and LinkedIn. 

And what of Roger himself? Well he is not an engineer but a professional musician, who plays in theatre orchestras in London and but for Covid-19 would be the leading keyboard player for Mary Poppins at the Prince Edward Theatre in London.

Check out the Coqopan on Amazon, currently under £15. click here.


Sean to Swim the Channel - & Cakes!

Sean Willson, Milford on Sea resident and manager at Everton Hyundai will be swimming the English Channel for two fantastic charities in August. (It was originally July.) - Also, if you like cakes, there is some good news at the end of this article!

Sean explains how he comes to be taking on such an arduous challenge: When I was 15, I was lucky enough to have taken part in a cross channel relay with my school. Ever since then I have had a desire to swim the same stretch of water, solo. I had a chance meeting at a charity talk, where I started talking to someone sat on our table. He went on to tell me about his channel swim, this then spurred me on to pursue my dream of doing the same. So in 2019 I took the plunge and booked my swim across the channel. I started training, swimming in lakes, sea, swimming pools and paddling pools! Taking my training seriously I swam 11 miles in Lake Windemere and have had specialist intensive sessions with Swim Canary Wharf. My training was going well and I was making good progress when Corona Virus struck and lockdown kicked in. This left my dream hanging in the balance, would I be able to swim the channel or would this be another event cancelled in 2020? Good news when lockdown was relaxed I was able to recommence my training in sea locally off Milford and I am due to swim late July 2020 and have been training ever since!!

Unfortunately my fundraising events have not been able to go ahead due to social distancing, therefore I am asking you to dig deep and sponsor me! I have chosen to support The Brain Tumour Charity and The Alzheimer's Society as both charities are very close to my heart. Thanks in advance for your support!! 

Wish me luck :-)
Sean.

If you would like to support Sean; please click here.

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CAKE SALE

To further support Sean, his neighbour, Amanda Maidment who also lives in Whitby Road, is to hold a cake sale on her driveway this Saturday 11th July from 11am to 3pm at 36 Whitby Road all money raised will go to his chosen charity.

Amanda is an accomplished cake maker and no doubt there will be some delicious treats to buy and enjoy at home. Just pop along!


Monday, 6 July 2020

South Lawn reinvents itself again

Tim has given us another exciting update on new dining services from South Lawn Hotel and Cedar Tree restaurant:

We have spent the last couple of weeks preparing to re open our doors to the public and we are delighted to welcome so many new and familiar faces back over the 1st weekend with a soft re opening that allowed us to iron out any niggles with our Covid secure operating procedures. 

South Lawn is blessed with loads of space and we have designed an amazing venue to keep our guests as safe as we can. Each of the three areas we have focused on are broken down into Inside, Outside and Marquee. Dining and lounge furniture is all spaced to conform to government guidelines and we have achieved the Visit England We're Good To Go status alongside many of the venues in the New Forest Area, Our aim is to provide an as near normal experience as possible with due consideration to being as Covid secure as possible. In addition to the very strict cleaning protocols in place we are also using a Virucidal Disinfectant Fogging machine in public areas and guest rooms. 

Access is via the hotel reception as usual and in busy times we have a separate entrance through our Marquee. We chose to use a Marquee because it provides many of the benefits of being outside that you don't have from being in a restaurant or bar. Small groups of up to 6 are able to meet at the same table outside from multiple households. We have a number of different styles of seating in our Marquee which include Dining, Lounge and Poseur and we are very happy for small groups to join us for a sociable drink, snack or a full meal. The Marquee does provide somewhere dry if the weather lets us down but can be noisy in heavy wind and rain! 

Outside we have the usual offering of dining furniture. Inside the restaurant looks very similar to before but with less tables and 1m+ spacing. Anybody is welcome for a meal, morning coffee, afternoon tea, a snack or just a drink and you can book a table in the Restaurant or Marquee or just turn up. We don't take bookings for garden tables but if you've booked a table inside and decide you prefer to sit in the garden when you arrive that's absolutely fine. 

Tables cannot be laid up formally for now so we've changed the style of our menu to suit a much more casual dining experience, all the usual offerings are included but are complimented with some less formal but very tasty dishes. The new Monday to Saturday Menu and also a Sunday Lunch Menu are available from 12noon to 8pm. (See all the menus below)

We are still really busy with deliveries and we intend to keep our 'At Home' delivery service going for as long as we can as we appreciate how important this has become to many people in our community. 

If anybody wishes to discuss their concerns or individual needs please don't hesitate to call us on 01590 643911. 

Many thanks 

Tim, Nikki and all the team.


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To see South Lawn Hotel's new Mon to Saturday Menu: please click here.

To see South Lawn Hotel's Sunday Menu: please click here.

To see South Lawn Hotel's At Home delivery 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