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Friday, 18 August 2017

Job Opportunities at La Perle

An exciting opportunity has arisen to join the ambitious young team at the award winning La Perle restaurant in Milford-on-Sea, working with the Head Chef/Patron who trained under Raymond Blanc. 

The restaurant is currently rated in the top 5 restaurants in the New Forest by Trip Advisor, and Sam & his team will continue to push for accolades and awards.

The successful applicant will be encouraged to stamp his/her identity on the menus and to drive the kitchen forward. The ethos of the restaurant is 'Seasonal, Local, Ethical' so expect to cook beautiful British cuisine using fresh, local ingredients.

Benefits: Excellent rate of pay and gratuities; Sunday, Monday and Tuesday lunch off; Meals provided on duty and a very friendly place to work!

There are also vacancies for other important team members:

Front of House Waiting Staff
La Perle are looking for enthusiastic part time waiting staff to join the expanding business. Hours to include day time, evening and weekend shifts. Some experience is required but a great personality and a 'can do' attitude will go a long way to securing the job.

Benefits include: Excellent gratuities; No Sundays or Mondays; Meals provided on duty and a very friendly place to work!

Kitchen Porter
La Perle are looking for a reliable person to join the small team at an award winning restaurant in Milford-on-Sea, working as a kitchen porter. Full training will be given.

Benefits include: Excellent gratuities; No Sundays or Mondays; Meals provided on duty and a very friendly place to work!

To apply, or for more information, please contact Sam or Bonny on 01590 643557 or email

La Perle 
60 High Street, Milford on Sea, SO41 0QD

Milford Music Festival - Your Feedback

The organising committee would like to ask all villagers and partakers of the Milford Music and Arts Festival to give them feedback on the festival by kindly completing the following survey. 

The Festival Team are really keen to know what is loved and what they could do even better. (If that's possible!)

The Milford Music and Arts Festival
Next Festival - 16th to 22nd July 2018

Harissa burgers at The Wash House

The Wash House micro ale pub has teamed up with La Perle Restaurant in Milford on Sea High street to offer the harissa burger to enjoy with your drinks. The spicy burger comes in a brioche bun, served with a home made coleslaw and chips. 

The burgers are available: 
Tuesday to Sunday: 12noon to 2.30pm and 6pm to 9.30pm 
Saturday: 12noon to 2pm and 6pm to 9.30pm. 

Price: £9.95.
Sam and the team at La Perle have been hugely supportive since Duncan opened The Wash House, and they are delighted to be able to work together filling their customers hunger pains!

The Wash House
27 High Street, Milford on Sea, SO41 0QF

St Barbe needs extra volunteers

Due to the overwhelming success of the re-opening of St Barbe Museum and Art Gallery in Lymington, the Museum is seeking more volunteers every day of the week for weekly or on-call ‘front of house’ duties. 

In particular it needs people to act as stewards in the museum area and in the art galleries themselves. So these vacancies would suit people who are good at dealing with the general public and who enjoy art as well as those who love local history. 

There are also vacancies for volunteers to work partly at the reception desk, where they will use an electronic till and also be involved in giving tourist information. 

Volunteers work for half a day a week and are part of a team, so the work is sociable.

Details of these roles and application forms are available from the reception desk at St Barbe or by emailing

St Barbe Museum

Thursday, 10 August 2017

Hillyfield's first annual BBQ

Hillyfield Rest Home have started a new tradition, they have just had their first annual BBQ! 

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Sara Phillips, Registered Manager at Hillyfield Rest Home said; "With extreme luck with weather, our friendly Chef from The Pig in Brockenhurst in charge of the food, music by Retro Rita and amazing friends, family and community turn out we consider our first annual BBQ a huge success and we can’t wait for the next one!"

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Wednesday, 9 August 2017

Everton Hyundai Open Triples Competition

On Sunday Milford on Sea Bowls Club held this years Everton Hyundai Open Triples Competition.

It is a round robin competition between 12 teams from Milford and other clubs in the area playing through 3 heats to reach the semi finals.

It was day of close matches with the Lymington Team of Ngao & Geoff Mapes and Vernon Cox beating the Milford club team of Tim Capron, Bob Ward and Peter Brett in an exciting final.

Thanks as always goes to Everton Hyundai for their sponsorship of this competition and to Sean Willson for his help and trophy presentations..

Lymington L-R: Geoff, Vernon, Sean, Ngao
Milford L-R: Bob, Peter, Sean & Tim
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Explore the Hurst Lighthouses

International Lighthouse Heritage Weekend (ILHW) is a time set aside to promote awareness of all Aids to Navigation (AtoN), which include lighthouses, lightvessels and buoys. Over this particular weekend, as many lighthouses as possible will be opened to the general public, not only in the UK but also throughout the world.

International Lighthouse Heritage Weekend will be held at Hurst Point Lighthouse on Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th August 2017.

The event spans the whole of the weekend and, at Hurst Point lighthouse, which is located by Hurst Castle at the end of the shingle spit, will be celebrated on both Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th August. 

On each day, members of the Association of Lighthouse Keepers (ALK) will be available in the ALK Museum Rooms at the far end of the west wing to answer visitors’ questions. 

Tours will be provided giving explanations of all the five lights at Hurst Point and how the acetylene gas was made and used to light the lamps in both the tall lighthouse and also the steel lighthouse on top of the castle wall. One tour will take place mid-morning and another mid-afternoon on both days. The tours are free of charge but a small donation towards the upkeep of the Lighthouse Museum within the castle would be very much appreciated. It is regretted that the lighthouse tower will not be open due to health and safety reasons.

Both the ALK Lighthouse Museum and the Trinity House exhibition rooms within the castle will be open on both days but normal entrance fees to the castle will apply. Light refreshments will be available from the Castle café on both days.

Travel to the Castle on the ferry [at Cost] – first ferry at 10.20am - or you can walk to the Castle via the 1½ miles long shingle spit.

Entry to the Castle is at cost. Free to members of English Heritage or the Friends of Hurst Castle

Lighthouse tours are free and start from the Lighthouse Museum at the far end of the West Wing in the castle.

There will be two tours each day at 11.30am and 14.30pm. (Tours will include the Acetylene Room but regrettable NOT the lighthouse itself due to health and safety reasons.

Over this same weekend the Christchurch Amateur Radio Society will be operating within the castle as part of the International Lighthouse and Lightship Weekend (ILLW). This is also a worldwide event where attempts are made to communicate by radio with as many lighthouses as possible. So why not visit the castle to see, first‑hand, just how many contacts have been made.

If you would like to know more about lighthouses and the ALK during this weekend, then please contact the ALK Hurst Castle Project Manager, Keith Morton, at or on 01329-843883. Also, take a look at the ALK website

Friday, 4 August 2017

Great Taste Awards for Keyhaven Lamb

Several months ago we sent Keyhaven lamb, hogget and mutton off to be judged for the Great Taste Awards 2017. Here are the results and some of the judges’ comments:

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Shoulder of Keyhaven Mutton - 3 stars 
"Judges were jostling to photograph and eat this. Melt in the mouth, tender, moist without being fatty with crisp skin. A stonking piece of lamb"

Rack of Keyhaven Lamb - 2 stars 
"Extremely tender with sweetness in the meat and the fat. Rounded flavour with the herbs from pasture coming through at the end. Cuts beautifully. Very moreish".

Leg of Keyhaven Hogget - 2 Stars
"Lovely smelling, extremely tender lamb. It was so easy to cut. Its beautifully strong, full flavour had a hint of gaminess and its savoury tasting, crispy fat was a delight. We would absolutely go back for more".

Keyhaven Barnsley Chops - 1 star 
"The aroma coming off this gleaming meat with its lovely strip of fat was heavenly. It cut beautifully to reveal tender and succulent meat that had a rich, long lasting lamb flavour. The fat was also sweet and melted in the mouth. A truly lovely piece of meat".

To put this in context there were 12,366 products with only 165 foods achieving the highest and most coveted rating, three stars, 1011 foods grabbing 2 stars and 3171 were awarded a 1 star. That means only 35% of entries were accredited.

The competition was tough and Lisa, Simeon and Keith (In picture) are delighted to receive this national recognition and it is great testimony of the hard work put in by the whole Lisa's Larder team.

They are planning a celebration when they open again on the 22nd & 23rd September and they will have news of their new online shop very soon.

It is official, Keyhaven Lamb tastes great! 

Lisa's Larder (Pop Up Farm Shop)
Aubrey Farm, Keyhaven Road, Keyhaven, SO41 0TH

Milford to soon have Monsoori Heights

New shop front signs have gone up on the old Zaika curry house, and it looks like it is going to be called Monsoori Heights.

For those that love spice in their life (or more importantly on their plate) this is excellent news.

No idea who is operating the restaurant now, or when it opens, but who cares - the most important thing is appears that 'Milford's getting a curry house back!'

The Wash House Opens

A new micro-ale bar launched in Milford on Sea this week, further reinforcing the village’s reputation as one of the best places to drink and eat in the New Forest. The Wash House, aptly named due to the building being a former launderette, formally opened on Wednesday 26th July with the aim to provide a little oasis for craft beer, wine and gin lovers looking for a different experience. 

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Working in close partnership with some of the region’s leading artisan producers, The Wash House is independently owned by Joe Woodsford and Darren Spinks and will be managed by Duncan Broomfield. The idea behind the micro-ale bar is to offer beer lovers something different from the standard pub offering. The Wash House team are also huge supporters of local producers and want to put the bar at the heart of the local community. 

The Wash House will stock craft ales, lagers and ciders from a range of producers across Dorset, Hampshire and the south coast. Alongside awarding winning Pothecary and Conker gins, Dancing Cows, Broken Bridge, Beavertown and Vibrant Brewery cask ales will be stocked throughout the summer, but, being independent, the guys plan to have an ever-changing selection of ales throughout the year. 

With the help of Lymington based wine merchants, Solent Cellar, they have developed a balanced wine list from both new and old-world vineyards. Their coffee will be freshly roasted by Coffee Monger’s and over the coming weeks Duncan hopes to introduce a range of pastries, cheeses and bar snacks that complement the drinks offering. 

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Commenting on the launch, Wash House manager Duncan Broomfield said; “After months of planning and refurbishment on the bar, we are excited about opening our doors to both Milford locals and visitors from further afield. We have taken time to source a fantastic range of craft ales and spirits to ensure we’re offering beer lovers a new and more authentic experience.” 

“We are in the process of finalising a range of bar snacks and nibbles that will be perfect with a beer or a morning coffee. We won’t ever have a fully operational kitchen, but if people want to enjoy a take-away from one of Milford’s restaurants they can bring it into the bar and we’ll provide plates and cutlery. The bar is also available for private hire and can accommodate up to 40 guests, making it the perfect place for a celebration or event, especially as we can work with outside caters to take care of your every need.” Concluded Duncan. 

The Wash House will be open from 10am – 11pm, Sunday to Monday, serving alcohol from 11am. For more information or to stay updated on news please visit, Facebook or Instagram @thewashhousemilfordonsea

The Wash House
27 High Street, Milford on Sea, SO41 0QF

Thursday, 3 August 2017

Another Successful Flower Festival

The Milford on Sea Flower Festival, which was a collaboration between Milford Floral Art Club and the Flower Arrangers of the Churches of Milford and Everton, took place in All Saints’ Church, Milford on Sea over the weekend 28th to 31st July 2017, and run alongside another very successful Art and Music taking place on the Village Green. All proceeds were divided equally between Oakhaven Hospice Trust and All Saints’ Church Building Repair Fund.

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Ladies, Children and Men (!) produced a total of thirty designs using as their theme something which had ‘inspired’ them – hence the title of the Festival - 'Inspirations'. The titles of the ladies’ designs varied from biblical quotes through musical themes, pastimes and paintings to a very moving tribute to the 100th Anniversary of the Battle of Passchendale.

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The men used stepladders and old paint pots to depict their title ‘Gone to Lunch’ whilst the children used old pairs of ‘wellies’ into which they inserted plastic bottles and garden flowers to depict their title ‘Puddle Jumping’.

To add to the beauty of the flowers and the building musical interludes were included each day, consisting of flute groups, singers, recorder groups, harmonicas, organ music and even traditional jazz.

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Refreshments were available every day provided and served by a wonderful team of volunteers.

The event was staged with much enthusiasm, laughter and thought hence producing an unforgettable, beautiful and successful weekend.

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Wednesday, 26 July 2017

Another Flower and Produce Show Success

The annual Milford Flower and Produce Show was held at All Saints’ Church Hall, Milford-on-Sea on Saturday 15th July 2017.

This year’s show was very well supported and there were more competition entries than last year.Once more there were a lot of entries by children, including the Guides, Cubs, Brownies, Rainbow and Milford Preschool. 

The Challenge cup for the overall winner with most points this year was David Badham, who also won the Weatherhead cup for most points in Vegetables. the Joanne Weatherhead cup for the best exhibit for Vegetables was awarded to Tony Hales, a newcomer.

In the Fruit section the most points scored was for Hilary Sullivan who was awarded The Polson cup. Sue Tennant had the best exhibit and was awarded the Jim Asher cup

There were several new entrants this year and the Liz Jones Cup for newcomers was won by John Welsh

In the Flower section section the Dorothy Nightingale cup was awarded to Christine Twyford, the overall winner. The Margaret King cup for best 3 Rose stems was won by Carol Dickman, while the Fairbairn Rose plate for the best single Rose bloom was won by Peter Beasley. The best exhibit in Flowers was Diana Cobbett who won the Presidents cup.

The Floral Art section had 8 lovely contributions. The Lucey Bowl for ‘A Midsummer night’s dream’ was awarded to Sue Erler who also won the 

Danby cup for her ‘Alpine miniature’ For ‘Dining in Style’, Carole Barnett was awarded the Molly Miller cup. The Hatchard bowl was awarded to Christine Calder for ‘Alice through the Looking Glass’.

There were many entries for the Coffee and Walnut cake, in the Produce Section and the winner was Sue Digby. A good number of children entered the Chocolate brownies and men entered the Rock cakes.The overall winner was Diana Cobbett who won the Patterson Produce Cup.

There were several entries for the Childrens’ section and the Scarecrow this year was won by Milford Rainbows for ‘Mary Mary Quite Contrary’ complete with Silver bells and Cockle shells. They were awarded the Helen Cookson cup.

The prize for the best child’s entry, The George Dowland cup, was awarded to Lucy Webb.

For the most points in Handicrafts particularly the Pottery class Marie Rooney won the John Pither cup. Of the several lovely paintings of ‘Coastal’ the winner was Joyce Grainger.

Lucy Webb won the Photography Frame for the best entry in the photography section,a good achievement as she entered in the adult part of the section. 

At the end of the show the chairman thanked everyone who supported the show and all the entrants for their considerable efforts. He also thanked his hard working committee and all the helpers who made the show great success again this year.

Bowls Club Needles Pairs Competition Winners

In spite of cloudy conditions for the start of Milford on Sea Bowls Club annual Needles Pairs Competition a good day was had by all with the sun finally coming out for the exciting final between Judy Spooner & Phil Freeman and Stuart Poulson & Peter Thorogood.

Judy Spooner & Phil Freeman
with Martin Scott of Hayward Fox
A large number of players stayed to watch the closely fought final which in the end was won by Judy & Phil.

The Needles Trophy and the glass keepsakes were presented by Martin Scott of Hayward Fox the kind sponsors of this competition.

Milford on Sea Bowls Club have Presidents Day next Sunday so club will be busy again.

Stuart Poulson & Peter Thorogood
with Martin Scott of Hayward Fox

No.64 to stock Annie Sloan Paints

No.64 Biscuit House, the homeware boutique in Milford on Sea high street have recently been accepted as a UK Stockist for Annie Sloan paint. (

Annie Sloan paints as described on their website: "By leading the decorative painting revolution over the last three decades, Annie Sloan is widely recognised as one of the world's most respected experts in paint and colour. As well as authoring 26 internationally sold books, Annie Sloan transformed the world of furniture painting with the creation of her own brand of decorative paint, Chalk Paint®, in 1990. Annie’s fine-art background and contagious enthusiasm for decorative painting has motivated both home painters and experienced professionals, unlocking countless creative potentials over the last 30 years." 

The new paint range will be on the No.64 Biscuit House shelves / website by early August.

Also, there will be Annie Sloan Paint Workshops to be announced later this year.

No.64 Biscuit House
The High Street, Milford-on-Sea, SO41 0QD

Thursday, 20 July 2017

The Wash House Micro Ale Bar Opens

The Wash House Micro Ale Bar, based in the old launderette, will be opening next week.

The opening hours will be Monday to Sunday from 9am to 11pm when they will be serving craft ales, lagers, spirits, wines, soft drinks, coffee and bar snacks.

We will let you know when their new website is launched, but in the meantime pop in to check it out.

The Wash House Micro Ale Bar

27 High Street, Milford on Sea, SO41 0QF

Road Closures in Milford on Sea

Just in case someone hasn't seen the advanced warning notices or received the letter to local residents and retailers around the green.

Advanced Road Closure Notice

Church Hill will be closed on Saturday 29th July from 6pm until 12 Midnight.

Milford on Sea High Street will be closed on Saturday 29th July 2017 from 9am until 12 Midnight and Sunday 30th July 2017 from 9am until 8pm.

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

MoS Tennis Club hosts Touchtennis

Milford on Sea Tennis & Squash Club are hosting a Touchtennis Tournament in August.

Touchtennis is a modified version of regular tennis, played on smaller courts and with shorter rackets (21" rackets) and foam balls. It's tennis' version of 5-a-side football. 

The use of smaller courts and foam balls creates and even playing field meaning all abilities can play together fairly. Touchtennis is a more lighthearted, fun and friendly version of tennis, and is a form of tennis which is designed to increase the number of people playing some form of tennis. 

At the Tennis Club, they are ideally looking for 35+ players of all abilities, however, anyone 16 and over is more than welcome to come play (Not younger I'm afraid.) Its a great way for both adults and seniors to become more active, and is not strenuous in the slightest.

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Milford on Sea Tennis & Squash Club has been given a grant of £300 by the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) to buy brand new kits and equipment for this tournament, use of which is included in the £1 entry fee. This includes the use of kits, balls and courts.

Click here to register.

The tournament is scheduled to start at 10am and finish at 2pm at Milford on Sea Tennis Club, again we will be welcoming all abilities, even if you've never picked up a tennis racket in your life they would be happy for these players to come and be introduced to Tennis.

Here are the rules for Touchtennis to grasp a better understanding:
  • Played with normal tennis scoring but with sudden death on every deuce point with receiver to choose side
  • Serving can be overarm or underarm and the serve may not be volleyed back by the returner. One serve only.
  • ‘If you throw it you must hit it’ – on throwing the ball up to serve, the server must hit it, letting it drop/catching it will result in loss of point.
  • Sets are to 4 games, and you must win by 2 clear games. If the score is 4-4, a tie break to 5 points will take place.
  • No let rule – if the ball clips the net and lands in correct service box, the ball counts as ‘in play’.
Sounds fun, why not give it a go!

Milford Tennis & Squash Club

Tuesday, 18 July 2017

A Thank You to Our Shops

We have received the message below from Ian Pearson.

Ian was born in Milford on Sea and now lives in Paynesville City, Victoria, Australia.

"I don't know if my message is appropriate for your page, if not, I understand, but if so, please feel free to copy and paste the following..........

I've recently returned from Australia to the village into which I was born to care for my terminally ill father and to organise care for my mother who now has advanced dementia.

They have lived in Milford for nearly sixty years - immigrants from the grim north!

All I wanted to say is a heartfelt thank you to many of the shops in the village. Due to her condition, she had often been found confused and a little lost in the village, and was helped by so many local traders. To them.....known and unknown, I would like to extend my thanks for the many examples of kindness and help they have given.

The sense of community and the uniqueness of the village obviously still burns as strongly as it did in my childhood and for generations before.

Be proud, genuine villagers. You have something unique and very special. 

My life has taken me across the world, but I will still always consider this to be home. 

So, to those who have helped - known and unknown. Thank you. From the bottom of my heart."

Friday, 14 July 2017

Community Centre Buys Adjacent Land

The Milford on Sea Community Centre is set to expand having purchased adjacent land in Sea Road .

The Community Centre is now considering how best to extend the accommodation to meet demands that are constantly increasing. The building is currently used by many groups including those providing help and activities for the elderly and the young, theatre, many different day time and evening classes, musical and comedy evenings, and support groups such as stroke and dementia.

Extending the Centre will be a significant, challenging and exciting project. So, the Community Centre would like to know the views, preferences and priorities of their users, and the wider community. If you would like to express your views you can do so by completing the questionnaire on the following weblink:

Thursday, 13 July 2017

New Meet Up Group

There is so much to enjoy in the lovely village of Milford on Sea, and local resident Annie Corder Mills, has felt inspired to create a 'Meet Up Group'. Click here to visit website.

It is a website that is free to join, and it's aim is to connect people who are interested in attending or running holistic and spiritual events in the village.

If you run a class or workshop in Milford on Sea that you feel resonates with what this group is about, then Annie invites you to become a co-organiser and post your own events to her calendar. You can contact Annie at and meet to discuss what you may like to create together.