Local Milford on Sea News Story Archives
19th November 2009: Fishy changes at Monks.
Over the past months I suspect that we have all spotted the ongoing changes to Monks Fishmongers. Since Stacey & Dave took over ownership from Chris Monk, who of course has long been a stalwart of the village, our local fishmongers has been slowly evolving. Having seen the building work progress & most recently a painting makeover take place, I decided it was time to find out exactly what was going on. Now, I already knew that there were plans to open a restaurant at the rear of the fishmongers shop, but how this would all look cannot be seen from the front. I then had a brilliant idea, and decided that I would carry out a ninja operation in a ‘milk tray’ style, I had a black shirt & black trousers in the wardrobe, a black briefcase, a torch & gaffer tape which I could use to stick the torch to my head. (I am not sure what I needed the briefcase for?!) To get over the back fence I decided to take our two dogs, then when in position I would stand one on the other, to create a canine ladder to scale the wooden obstacle. My wife had decided she wanted no part of this particular escapade, and just said she wouldn’t visit me in hospital (or prison) when it all went wrong. Undaunted my plan remained intact, but I decided that I had better add some gloves ‘so I left no ‘dabs’. To complete the outfit for my undercover spying raid I decided the final component was to wear a pair of my wife’s shoes to leave confusing footprints. (Which should be fun as she is a size 6, & I am a size 12). Once over the fence, I could then quickly see the results of the building work & then return the way I came. (That is as long as I didn’t break a heel). My mission complete, I would then report back to you all without anyone knowing I had even been in there. I was proud of my meticulously thought out plan, but to carry out such an operation it was obviously necessary to ‘case the joint’ first. So, I popped in to Monks on the pretext that I wanted to buy some cockles. As I chatted to Stacey I inadvertently asked how the building work was going? My ‘ninja plan’ was wrecked when she asked if I wanted Dave to show me! All that planning for nothing, plus a missed opportunity to wear my wife’s shoe was destroyed. I managed to hide my distraught state of mind & accepted Stacey’s unexpected offer. Dave then took me on a tour of the construction site, he showed me where the new open plan kitchen would be, and the new intimate restaurant area, describing in such detail how everything would be that it almost seemed to be there. Anyone who has had a conversation with Dave will recognise that this is never a short experience, but boy!, is this guy passionate. He is passionate about the food he is going to cook, passionate about service standards & passionate to ensure everyone has a great time when the restaurant opens. As I also know Stacey, what you might not know is that Dave is an accomplished chef & is itching to get behind a stove cooking for the good people of Milford on Sea. The new restaurant will be at the rear of the existing fishmongers, the plan is to open the new restaurant in the early months of next year & I for one am looking forward to tasting Dave’s creations.
19th November 2009: The police are after you!
I was contacted by the police tonight. My first reaction was of course, that they had heard about my recent escapade investigating Monks on your behalf. Whilst I was rapidly considering how I would get out of my latest scrape, it soon became apparent that they were not after me, but they are actually looking for you. Neil Chippindale, our local Safer Neighbourhood Sergeant, is looking for local people to join a database of community contacts, who will receive a bi-monthly e-mail bulletin relating to Milford on Sea. The bulletin would cover local beat reports, and requests for feedback of areas of concern. To register please contact the New Milton Safer Neighbourhoods Team on email@example.com . Ideally they would like your name, address (so they know to keep you informed about Milford on Sea.) All E-mail addresses will be protected.
19th November 2009: The White Horse rides again!
Our local Milford on Sea village pub not only took part in the recent New Forest Bike & Hike Charity Challenge, but they also managed to raise an amazing £10,028 for Oakhaven Hospice. The sterling efforts of landlady Pat Ogden again represented the village admirably, as her team, plus around 25 regulars & local kids took part in the various day’s events. Jackie, who spends most of her time behind the bar, was resplendent in her shorts as she attempted to remember how to ride a bike rather than a horse. Jo kept her amused throughout their ride together, particularly when she fell off her bike twice, when actually standing still. Fortunately, they both sustained their energy to the end with copious amounts of chocolate. Chris Smith was the leading fund raiser from the pub and Sharon Parr was the first girl to reach the finish line. It probably won’t surprise you that Jackie & Jo reached the end quite a while later! We also hear that Bob had some ‘undercarriage problems’, but we felt it was best not to investigate this further. Anyway, it seems everyone had a great time for a good cause, with the day coming to an abrupt end, when the beer tent run out of ale! - a problem you never have at the White Horse. Well done all!
19th November 2009: Open Meeting for Food Week next Wednesday – Come & join us!
We would like to invite you to the launch of Milford on Sea Food Week next Wednesday at South Lawn Hotel. This is an additional meeting you can attend if you missed the initial launch last Friday. The Food Week event is new for our village & is being organised by the Milford on Sea Community Tourism Group. We are hoping that every place to eat, village shop, school, club and organisation in the village will participate in some way, hopefully by coming up with an idea for a food related event they can host, or participate in. We also want to let all of the villagers know our plans & you can join in if you wish. Our village has twenty two places where we can eat, dozens of clubs, great shops, excellent places to stay - & we would love everyone to participate in some way. We hope that you can find the time to make the meeting, but if not, please feel free to send a representative. Also please invite anyone else you feel would be interested in participating in, promoting, sponsoring, or simply hearing about our new village event.
Time & place:
3pm: Wednesday 25th November 2009
South Lawn Hotel,
Lymington Road, Milford on Sea, SO41 0RF
Tel: 01590 643911 | *We expect the meeting to last approximately one hour.
You may have heard that we were very pleased with the positive response we received at last Friday’s launch & we already have 32 village businesses onboard. We are now getting into full swing to get everything in place. If you would like a sneak preview of the website, you can see the initial ideas we have had for activities so far (Now we are looking for volunteers to do them!). All we need now is your help to make these ‘real events!’, and for more ideas that you may have that can be added. Throughout the Food Week we are hoping to encourage local people & visitors alike to enjoy a great choice of dining experiences, and to attend the numerous & varied food related fun & educational events we hope to create together. (There will be a variety of events for both adults & kids.) This new event, is fundamentally not a fund raising activity, it is something for all of our local community to enjoy & to boost trade within our village. Any profits made will be donated to the Community Centre.
If you have any questions at all please e-mail me on: firstname.lastname@example.org
We look forward to seeing you, anyone else you think might want to get involved, or those that just simply want hear what we are doing on Wednesday. www.milfordonseafoodweek.org
21st November 2009: Blimey, we have been shortlisted in the Hantsweb Awards!
Following on from our recent nomination in the Hantsweb Awards 2009, we have just discovered that we have been shortlisted in the Best Tourism and Leisure website category. I am not quite sure how this has happened, as it appears that we are up against many professional organisations that do this for a living, and ours is just me, my keyboard & a regular refreshment of scotch & coke. Perhaps the judges like our quirky little village, or possibly they like the strange view we take in our news, or perhaps they simply consume more scotch & coke than me? Either way, 147 Hampshire website builders will now no longer visit Milford on Sea, as we somehow got their place in the final ten! Not really what I set out to do when starting this site, but who wants sulky people visiting the village anyway. Ah well, as the famous Irish philosopher (Ronan Keeting) said ‘ life is a roller coaster’, and while our local community website is on this ride in the final ten we will enjoy it. I expect the ride will end here, but it’s been fun!
Hants Web Awards website: www3.hants.gov.uk/hantswebawards.htm
25th November 2009: A new art gallery for the village
We have a new art gallery opening soon in Milford on Sea village. All the works featured in Landfall Gallery are from local artists, or to be more specific, artists who Sally can reach in a cycle ride. Fortunately for Sally (& her legs) she is also featuring artisans from within our own village. This concept for product selection intrigued me, & I considered whether I could open a village shop on the same basis. To test Sally’s concept I squeezed myself into my wife’s lycra yoga outfit, or was it spandex, I never can tell. Anyway, I found my bike & set off pedalling to see how far I would have to travel for the stock for my new shop. However, struggling to breathe & conscious of bulges which I had never noticed when my wife wore this outfit, I only reached the Pleasure Gardens before the police stopped me. They returned me home, but only after my wife promised that she would not let me out again in her attire. I wasn’t really bothered anyway, as I couldn’t see much of a market for large trees & shrubs inside a village shop. Not unusually I digress, so back to the real story. Sally’s new gallery opens on 1st December & after having had a sneak preview, I can confirm that it is worth a visit. The new gallery will feature paintings of local scenes, pottery, cookware, hanging glass, ornaments, presents, gifts, cards & crafts. The newly renovated shop breathes new life into 98 High Street (next door to Monks), which has been empty, & in a sorry state for several years. Sally is not new to the area, as was once a pupil at Priestlands school & she is excited to also now be living in the village. Good luck Sally & thanks for choosing Milford on Sea for your new venture.
Landfall Gallery website: www.landfall-gallery.com
4th December 2009: Where has the Milford on Sea Beach gone?
Anyone who has visited the beach since the recent storms will have noticed that most of the stones from the beach have disappeared. Well not actually disappeared, they have just decided to take themselves to barricade the beach huts, or to add a new layer to the car parks. It was fun to watch people steadfastly braving the beachfront as the stones hurled at them hidden in the massive waves. Of course it is very funny to see someone get an unexpected soaking, particularly when it was my wife & our two straggled dogs. The prime views of the storms were of course from the cars at the sea edge in the Hurst Road car parks. Most sat with the obligatory bag of fish & chips from Mr Pinks (I suppose it is a bit like going to the cinema with popcorn), and some, I am convinced, watched happily as their bonnets & windscreens were peppered with pebbles, occasionally commenting to each other, ‘not to worry dear, it will be covered by the insurance’. Nothing stops us Brits from being by the sea! Last summer the council spent months laying hundreds of tons of stones to the beach, but a load of the little blighters have now done a runner. Long term this must be a concern to people more sensible than me, and thankfully there help is at hand! Colin, our intrepid reporter, had discovered something quite interesting, & your incompetent story writer failed to publish this information for you in time. Anyway, just to tease you about what you missed, there was a Shoreline Management Plan Roadshow held at 'The Beachcomber' at Barton on Sea, last Tuesday. The event showed anyone who attended, (None of us I guess, as I didn’t let you know), about the plans for Milford on Sea’s beaches in the future. The good news is they are holding another roadshow in Christchurch, the bad news is it was last Monday. (He,he,he, you have missed that too!) Feeling slightly guilty, I felt it my duty to find out what the plan was, so I asked Colin. As he is much more studious than me, he discovered that the plan recommends maintaining the existing shoreline, so it looks like our ‘pebble replacement teams’ from the council will have plenty of work for several years to come. If you have time on your hands & can be bothered to trawl through ‘council speak’, you can read the Shoreline Management Plan yourself, this can be found on the Two Bay website: http://www.twobays.net
4th December 2009: It all happening with Milford on Sea Food Week.
Since the launch of Milford on Sea Food Week a few weeks ago, things have really take off. We now have scores of events being planned, spanning across the whole week, and we have loads of local businesses, clubs & individuals which have already volunteered to join in. Throughout Food Week the village will be alive with dining offers & themed events, cookery experiences & demonstrations, educational events & talks, children’s fun cooking competitions, & the chance to buy local produce at our very own food market. There are events for every age group run by various local eateries, clubs & organisations. We are going to put on some great entertainment for everyone in the village throughout the week, & hopefully also draw in plenty of visitors to boost our local village trade. The plan is to finalise the events before Christmas & then to start our publicity campaign in the new year. We are also looking for your favourite recipes to add to our online ‘Recipe Book Page’, simply e-mail your recipe to me & I will add it. We are hoping we can collect enough recipes to print a ‘village recipe book’ for the year after our first Food Week. You can also donate your old recipe books with Lesley at Sullivan Mitchell Estate Agents, Lesley already has recipe books there for people to now swap or buy, with all profits going to the Community Centre. If you want to add a new event to Food Week, it’s not too late to join us, simply let me know that you would like to get involved, we are up for any ideas! Finally, If you are planning to go away next Easter why not change your plans, the Food Week starts on Easter Bank Holiday Monday & events run every day through to the following Sunday, when the finale is a Food Market in the High Street. Why not stay at home & join in the events – it will be fun! To see what we have planned so far please visit Milford on Sea Food Week website: www.milfordonseafoodweek.org