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Thursday, 11 January 2018

Free Minibus Service to continue in 2018

The Milford on Sea Charitable Trust is continuing to run the free minibus service between Milford and Everton, on Tuesday mornings, with two trips each way. Residents can travel in either direction with pick up points by arrangement. Just ring to arrange. 

Please feel free to use the service and encourage others to do so. Local groups can also use the minibus by arrangement.

The Milford on Sea Charitable Trust are grateful to the generous support of Hillyfield Rest Home for the use of their bus. The Trust are raising funds for a permanent minibus for the village if this trial is successful. Donations are welcome.

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Sophie Launches New Catering Business

Milford on Sea resident, Sophie Bence has launched a new business; 'Sophie the Private Chef', offering fresh home-cooked food delivered to your door for every occasion. The service is ideal for birthday celebrations, dinner parties to fuss-free mid-week dinners you can pop in the oven.

Trained at Bath School of Cookery, Sophie who has lived in the village for more than fivw years has a particular passion for creating home-made simple but flavoursome food, catering for any dietary requirement.

Sophie said; "I can provide anything from restaurant quality food within the comfort of your own home, to buffet food, cakes and desserts, private dinner parties on yachts and cookery demonstrations.

To find out more about Sophie's business contact her below: 

Sophie the Private Chef
01590 643820 or 07931 578696

Music Festival Help Needed

The Milford on Sea Music Festival Committee are struggling to find someone who can provide a risk assessment for the festival and they welcome anyone who could help them out.

If you can help, please contact: Nova Milesko, Committee Chair at

Milford Arts & Music Festival

Wednesday, 3 January 2018

Discover the history of Milford on Sea

One of the oldest societies in the village is The Milford on Sea Historical Record Society which was formed in 1909. 

The purpose of the society is to research local history and preserve records of Milford on Sea. They have wealth of records in various forms: maps, photographs, books & transcripts of early records.

The society meets on a regular basis throughout the year, and have a number of excellent speakers already booked for this year.

Everyone is welcome to go along to the meetings which are held at All Saints Church Hall, Greenbanks Close Milford on Sea at 7.45pm. Complimentary Coffee, Tea or Soft Drinks are available from 7.15 pm.

Membership of the Society is open to all and the Annual Subscription, covering all Talks is great value at £10 per year. Visitors are charged £4.00 per visit.

Why not pop along and discover some fascinating history of this historic village.

For more information please contact:
Mark Clayson: 01590 642186 - 07778 395472 -

Milford on Sea Historical Record Society Programme 2018

Thursday 25th January
Annual General Meeting followed by talk on ‘Bringing History Home’ by Chris Sanders

Thursday 29th March
‘Local Tithe Maps’ by Geraldine Beech & Pauline Shirley

Thursday 31st May
‘Destination Disaster’ by Jill Daniels. The drama of the Titanic, Southampton, the tragedy, the heroes

Thursday 5th July
Summer Outing to Wakehurst Place, Ardingley, W.Sussex. A National Trust Property which also hosts the RHS Seed Bank

Thursday 27th September 
‘Admiral Sir Richard Holmes 1668-1692 Captain-Governor of the Isle of Wight’ by Kevin Shaw

Thursday 29th November 
‘The End of World War I and its repercussions’ By Chris Hobby & Bob Braid

Thursday, 21 December 2017

Milford RNLI Launch Programme of Events

Anyone that is already a member of the Milford on Sea branch of the RNLI will know it is a very active and social group who raise funds for a worthy cause whilst having a good time.

Below is their list of events for 2018, and if you would like to join, membership is just £5 per household.

For more information please contact Membership Secretary; Daphne Jones on

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Milford Gardeners' Club Publishes 2018 Programme

Milford Gardeners' Club have published their Programme for 2018.

The club meets on Wednesday evenings at 7pm (unless otherwise stated) at All Saints Church Hall, Greenbanks Close, Milford on Sea, SO41 0SD. New members are always warmly welcomed.
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For more information, please contact club secretary for more details: 
Jean Robinson: 01425 612287 -

Milford Bauble Competition Winners

Six budding artists from Milford on Sea Primary School can look forward to extra presents this Christmas after winning a competition to design a festive bauble for a local estate agents.

Collins & Butler set youngsters the challenge of creating a unique festive decoration to adorn their office Christmas tree for a chance to win a selection of toy vouchers.

Jason Withers, of Collins & Butler, said: “Altogether we had around 50 baubles created by the children and we were very impressed with the standard of entries. It was a very difficult job choosing the winning six designs.”

The competition was run in two sections for infant and junior-aged children, with three prizes of £50, £25 and £15 in each group. 

The winners were Martha Morley, India Vane, Jodie Back, Frances Waters, Gabriella Nicholson and Elsie Smith.

Saltwater Cafe Open Boxing Day

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Saltwater Cafe in Milford on Sea High Street will be open on Boxing Day from 9am to 1pm.

Why not pop in for a tasty breakfast, morning coffee with a treat, or a light lunch.

What can be better than a wander around the village after the Christmas festivities, the exercise will be just what is needed after Christmas Day!

Saltwater Cafe
106 High Street, Milford on Sea, SO41 0QE
01590 643518

Thursday, 7 December 2017

Verveine Cookbook Coming

It has long been an ambition of David Wykes, the exceptionally talent Chef/Patron at Verveine to write his very own cookbook

We have spotted on social media that David is now looking publish his first book with specialist book publisher RMC Media in mid-May 2018.

The exact concept is being kept secret for now, but rumour has it that this will be a real eye-catcher - and we have no doubt that demand will be high to discover just how he works his magic!

Verveine Restaurant
98 High Street, Milford on Sea, SO41 0QE
01590 642176

Carols on the Green is this Friday!

Carols on the Green is one of the village's very special evenings, and it is on this Friday!

To get yourself prepared below is the Carols on the Green Songsheet and the programme.

Have a great time! - click here to download songsheet

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Carols on the Green with Santa's Grotto

5.45pm Windmill band starts playing
6.15pm The choir starts singing
6.30pm Carol service starts
7.00pm Carols finish, Santa arrives
Santa's Grotto: Open 5.45pm to 7pm

Also, Late Night Shop Opening.

Everyone invited!

Milford Festival Seeks Volunteers

The organisers of the annual Milford Arts & Music Festival are once again planning this fabulous event for the village. Every year this event offers an opportunity for young and old to connect over their shared love of music and art.

The theme for 2018 is "The year of the poppy" in remembrance of the centenary of the first world war.

This year the festival plans to include poetry, talks, readings, music, comedy, and a new kids area, but to do this, the committee we will need all the help that it can get. 

They are also in need of some storage space for a few festival items, if you have a space or know of any, or would like to help out in the organisation in any way, please email,

Urgently Needed

Volunteer co-ordinator, Programme designer, Graphic Designer, Social Media and Press writer, Acts Fluffier, Comedians, Bands, Writers, Poets. 

At Festival Time 

Volunteers, Bar Staff, Barriers, Programme Sales Stalls Manager, Kids Zone Acts and Stalls, Stalls help.

If you have any time to spare, and would like to help out this important village event, please get in touch with the organisers.

Milford Arts & Music Festival 

Wednesday, 6 December 2017

Pop up Restaurant Evenings at Hurst on the Hill

I know, I know, we don't do advert or events on the news. But I'm a bloke and therefore inconsistent, as well as easily swayed when it comes to food!

More importantly, it is also hard to resist supporting such an entrepreneurial idea.

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Young and talented Head Chef at Hurst on the Hill, Jesse Wells will be demonstrating his passion for food by creating delicious dishes at his Hurst on the Hill Pop Up Restaurant Evenings below.

All evenings are BYO, so grab a bottle (or two!) and make sure you book early to secure your place.

Saturday 9th December from 7pm - Smokehouse Night

A three-course, good old American south Smokehouse Night. Lovingly slow-cooked meats infused with tone and flavour to give that distinctive smoky taste, plus amazing sides and dessert.
£25.00 per person - booking essential.

Wednesday 13th December 7pm - Take the stress out of Christmas Lunch Masterclass
A two-hour interactive, tasting lesson from Head Chef, Jesse. He’ll share his top tips on how to prep before Christmas Day Lunch, the perfect gravy and create some delicious alternatives to the traditional accompaniments.
£20.00 per person, limited availability – booking essential

Saturday 16th December from 7pm - Jesse’s Festive Selection
A three-course festive dinner featuring turkey - but with a twist on the traditional and much more.
£25.00 per person - booking essential

Friday 22nd December from 7pm – Cheese Tasting Evening
It’s all about cheese – informative, tasting evening trying the best of the best cheese and understanding its origin and how it’s made.
£25.00 per person, limited availability – booking essential

Friday 29th December from 7pm - Burger Night
Not a turkey in sight… but a three-course fusion of unique burgers, tasty sides and delicious dessert.
£25.00 per person - booking essential

4 Church Hill, Milford on Sea, SO41 0QH
01590 643837

A Concord Connection in Milford

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Village resident Sally Armstrong is appearing on Channel 5 in the second part of a two part series on Concorde next Monday at 9pm.

Sally worked on the aircraft for 7 years and have made several TV appearances mainly because of the book she has written called ‘Vintage Champagne on the Edge of Space’, which is about her life on that wonderful aircraft.

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To buy a copy of: Vintage Champagne on the Edge of Space: The Supersonic World of a Concorde Stewardess - please click here.

Signed copies are also available through Sally at - could be a nice Christmas present for Concorde lovers!

Gold and Diamond Hoop Earring Found

One of our readers have found a rather nice (and potentially valuable) gold and diamond hoop earring with a makers Milford on Sea.

The earring was found near the seafront. Yasmin knows exactly where, and will need to be told for the owner to identify ownership.

Please contact: Yasmin at:

Monday, 4 December 2017

Plans for New Development in Village Centre

An application for development of land at Merlin, Lymington Road, Milford on Sea, SO41 0QR is currently underway. (Approximately located behind the Dental Practice.)

The proposed development would comprise of one terrace of 4 houses and 1 detached house after the demolition of the existing property
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You can review the plan and submit your thoughts by clicking here and entering the reference: 17/11537
A decision planned by the 18th January 2018.
  • Alternative Reference PP-06487636
  • Application Received Fri 03 Nov 2017
  • Application Validated Thu 23 Nov 2017

Thursday, 30 November 2017

Historical Record Society wins National Lottery Support

Milford-on-Sea Historical Record Society [MOSHRS] has won National Lottery support for its Bringing History Home initiative.

Bringing History Home is focused on making over 100 years of local records readily accessible to the community of Milford-on-Sea as well as for those around the world who have connections with Milford-on-Sea. 

The initiative, which has been awarded an £8,700 Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) grant, is made possible through money raised by National Lottery players, together with contributions from the Parish Council and from MOSHRS itself.

The MOSHRS shall use presentations and displays to familiarise our community with on-line access to their catalogue using their new website. Local organisations will have the opportunity to learn about the MOSHRS archive, how to access it and how to contribute to it. The MOSHRS website will also provide downloadable guides for locally important historical buildings and trails. 

All those interested in being part of this exciting initiative starting early in 2018 should contact Chris Sanders at

In 2019, Milford-on-Sea will mark the bi-centenary of the death of our most famous resident, Admiral the Honourable Sir William Cornwallis, who was Commander-in-Chief of His Majesty’s Channel Fleet during the critical months leading up to the Battle of Trafalgar. 

The MOSHRS records provide some insights into the circumstances of Milford at that pivotal time in our nation’s history. Making those records more accessible to our local community will enhance understanding of our heritage..

“We are delighted to have received the support of National Lottery players as well as our Parish Council. We look forward to Bringing History Home to all our community.” said Chris Hobby, chairman of MOSHRS.

About Milford-on-Sea Historical Record Society [MOSHRS] 

The Society was founded in 1909 and is proud to be one of the oldest local history groups in England. We are custodians of nearly 10,000 records of Milford. Many of these are original historical documents including letters, house deeds, rate books, newspaper cuttings, postcards, photographs, paintings, drawings and maps.

The Society's Research and Discussion Group provides a forum for the interchange of ideas and information, leading to articles on matters of local historical interest being published in our Occasional Magazine.

About the Heritage Lottery Fund

Thanks to National Lottery players, the Heritage Lottery Fund invest money to help people across the UK explore, enjoy and protect the heritage they care about - from the archaeology under our feet to the historic parks and buildings we love, from precious memories and collections to rare wildlife. Follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram and use #HLFsupported.

Further information

Chris Sanders:
Bob Braid:

Milford Charity has a Fundraising Challenge

Milford on Sea based charity, Freedom to Learn is launching an exciting fundraising challenge to raise a total of £4,000 from 40 donors in just 31 days with Global Giving, the largest crowdfunding community platform. 

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The charity, which works to improve the quality and access for some of the most vulnerable children in Nepal, has been selected by the GlobalGiving Foundation to take part in its Accelerator programme. 

This programmes requires charities to raise £4,000 from 40 donors throughout the month of December, in order to be permanently featured on the GlobalGiving’s website. 

Project Manager of Freedom to Learn, Joey Owen said: “This is an amazing opportunity for us and an opener to get into one of the world’s largest community crowdfunding websites.Freedom to Learn is launching a new fundraising challenge this Friday (1st December). I have attached a press release which details the challenge.

“We need to raise £4,000 from 40 donors in 31 days for us to secure a permanent spot on this website, which will enable us in the long term to benefit from corporate relationships, connect with new donors and access valuable online fundraising tools.” 

To help Freedom to Learn reach its £4,000 target, please donate between the 1st to the 31st of December. Please click here.

Freedom to Learn works to improve the quality and access to education for some of the most vulnerable children in Nepal, helping more than 5000 children each year. 

It has supported 12 schools in Nepal since 2012 by providing: 
· Clean water and sanitation
· Bikes to school 
· Teacher training 
· School meals, materials and running costs 

For further information about Freedom To Learn please visit or find them at: 

Facebook: @freedomtolearnuk 
Twitter: @ftluk 
Instagram: freedomtolearnuk

Thursday, 23 November 2017

New Minibus Service to Everton from Milford on Sea

A New Minibus Service has been launched for local residents to and from Everton Post Office and Everton Garden Centre. 

The service runs:
  • Every Wednesday morning from 29th November until 20th December.
  • Leaves Milford at 9am, 10am and 11 am from Danestream House, opposite village car park. (Other pick up places can be arranged) 
  • Returns at 9.45, 10.45 and 11.45 am. 
There is limited seating, so booking is advised.

To book, and if you need special assistance please contact: Tony Harrison on 01590 645404 or 

This service is organised by Milford on Sea Charitable Trust (charity reg 1172750) with generous support from Hillyfield Rest Home.

St George's 1940's Open Day

As you may know, we don't normally promote events on the news, as they are covered on  

However, on this occasion we are making an exception having received a letter from a fellow resident:

"I have attached a notice promoting a fun event that St Georges Care Home are holding. I was hoping it might also be of interest for your webpage.

My mother was in St Georges most of this year and passed away there in September. I have to say the care and expertise they showed in looking after her and in talking to me and the rest of the family was above and beyond anything I could have asked for."

You will find the details of the 1940's Open Day below and in the village calendar, so pop along, meet the team, explore, and enjoy the music.

Friday, 17 November 2017

Final Survey on Childrens Play Seafront Facilities

The Milford on Sea Parish Council are entering the final round of consultation for the proposed play facilities at the Sea front.

You can read a full explanation of the plans, and take part in the survey by clicking here.

The survey runs until 8th December 2017.