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MILFORD - Everyone's place

Full House in Milford…

Your monthly update from Murray Hill, Manager of the Milford Business Association.

The full house sign is out in Milford now. All retail space is taken for the first time in a long while – proof of the confidence retailers have in the business district.

Latest arrivals include the well-known specialty book retailer, The Booklover, who has relocated from Takapuna to their new store in 'Up Town Milford', round the corner at No.1, Milford Road. We welcome Tom and Helen and their team to Milford and know with the reputation their business has, you will all be flocking to their store to get that special book.

Another Takapuna business to relocate is the fashion store, Minty Meets Munt, which is now in the Milford Centre Mall along with new stores Andrea Moore, Fibre and Trenery – all great stores adding to the fantastic fashion offering we now have in Milford.

Perfection Nails & Spa have opened a nicely fitted out store in the old ANZ Bank building, next to Arazzo and Digispace is the place to go for all your IT requirements having opening their new business in completely refurbished premises next to Visique, in ‘Downtown Milford’.

The Hospice will be opening a new store in Shakespeare Road, in the old butchery soon (Dad's first new Four Square grocery store, opened way back in the late 1950's) and we have superb new specialty food store, The Cheese Room, opening next to the Milford Butcher – operated by David, an artisian Cheesemaker. Watch out for this very different and exciting new business.

Also keep an eye out for Pepitos Tapas Bar due to open soon! Yet another unique offering joining the Milford community.

WOW! It's all happening in Milford! Maybe that's why we call it – "Milford, Everyone's Place!"

Milford Town Centre Plan

Work is progressing quickly on the Town Centre Plan and we hope to have a document out for public consultation in October. All I can say is the planners have listened to our requests and the work done by all the local organisations through the Milford Vision Forum, has really paid off and the plan is an excellent blueprint for our future. I will notify the date(s) of public meetings next month plus they will be on our website as well as the Milford Residents Association one.

Cycle-Friendly Milford

We now have more cycle stands in Milford as a result of working with the Auckland Transport Cycle team. They are positioned as follows: One each on both sides of the crossing outside New World; Two outside Crafty Knitwits; Two outside Sushiwa & Monthien Restaurant; Two in the Village Square.

We hope you enjoy cycling around the district and don't forget you can now fill up you water bottle at the new fountain in the Village Square.

Milford Centre Fashion Show - Thursday 
11th September

Ladies, mark this on your calendar now and come along to the best mall on the Shore for this show of the outstanding fashion you will find for sale in Milford. Milford Stylist, Trudie Van Zyl will be present to offer her advice. There will be spot prizes, bubbles and you can take part in the VIP Sale of up to 30% off!
Date: Thursday 11th September, 5.30pm to 7.30pm
Where: The Milford Centre, Milford Road

Milford Tennis Club Fund-raiser

Our local tennis club is having a serious fund raising effort to raise funds to build a new club house – a must for safety reasons. The club has over 535 members and is used by over 1000 visitors annually. They will be holding a major fund raising event, “End of an Era” Dinner Dance and Auction on 1st November. 
Help is required as follows:
• Goods/vouchers which can be auctioned on the night.
• Wine, beer, food to be consumed/sold on the night.
• Items to decorate the hall – floral displays, table decorations.
Contact: Catherine Woodward, Phone 410-6626 or 027-327-0868
Sandra Brooks, Phone 962-7727 or 021-280-9745.
Or email: milfordtennisnz@gmail.com

Theft of Silverware from St Paul's Anglican Church

I am dismayed to report that some low-life stole a quantity of silverware from one of our local churches in broad daylight when the office was unoccupied for a short time. It happened at 1.31pm on Tuesday, 12th August. The person was caught on camera, and described as a tall large man - so will no doubt be sweating when he reads this. Police have been notified, but if anyone in our tightly-knit local community has any information, please contact the Police at Albany.  Apart from the silverware being stolen there is a much greater story (significance) in that most of it was presented to the church by local families with a huge sentimental value attached to the items.The best outcome would be it's return.

We are thinking about holding an event one Saturday Morning to raise some funds towards the replacement as I am advised that as always with insurance, there is an excess to be paid. This church always participates in our local activities and to me it is just one way we as a community can show we care about each other.

Hope to see you in Milford soon!

by Murray Hill

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