Milford: Surrey village life
Retaining a strong village atmosphere, even including a Post Office (important), Milford is perhaps best known as the home of the historic Secretts Farm Shop, as well as its award-winning farmers' market
Getting there:Just 15 minutes from Guildford by train and just off the A3 by car.
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Originally published in Surrey Life magazine February 2011
Retaining a strong village atmosphere, even including a Post Office (important), Milford is perhaps best known as the home of the historic Secretts Farm Shop, as well as its award-winning farmers’ market
Did you know?That Witley and Milford Commons were used as army camps during both World Wars. This flat area served as a parade ground, which would have been used by 20,000 soldiers based here. The Free French also had their headquarters at Milford Court, with General de Gaulle said to visit regularly. The commons also feature some Bronze Age burial mounds and iron workings from the 16th and 17th Centuries.
Village voice: “Milford still has a very strong village atmosphere and we’d like to feel that Secretts plays its part in that,” says Greg Secrett, owner of Secretts Farm Shop, which also has a garden centre, flower shop and farm. “A third generation family business, we moved to the present site of Hurst Farm in 1937 and have been here ever since – we even produced a ros� table wine for three years in the Nineties. It was a very proud moment when the farmers’ market that is held here won best in the country last year.”
@ the village hallThe Earthways healing group, which practises a selection of alternative therapies, runs every Tuesday of the month, bar the fourth.
Making the headlines…Last year, Farma (the Farmers’ Retail and Markets Association) named Milford Farmers’ Market as the best in the country. The market is held at Secretts on the third Sunday of every month and beat off stiff competition from over 800 farmers’ markets across the country.
Did you know (part 2)?Milford Cricket Club plays in the I’Anson cricket league, believed to be the oldest continuous village cricket league in the world.
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Grab a bite…On Portsmouth Road, The Refectory (01483 413820), originally a cattle barn for Milford House and then a tea shop and antiques shop, is now a top class pub. Alternatively, pop into the nearby White Lion pub (01483 421116). As well as being a haven of fresh produce, Secretts is home to Eliza’s, a delightful recreation of a 1930s tea room.
Something to take home:Now with over 120 members, the Surrey Guild of Craftsmen promotes the work of professional craftspeople across the county and provides a showcase for members’ work through exhibitions and its co-operative gallery/shop in Milford.
In the spotlight:Parliamentarians Peter and Virginia Bottomley live in the village.The acclaimed actress Penelope Keith also calls the village home.Part of the recent Robin Hood film was shot at the nearby Oxenford Grange, home of the Baker family, long-established local farmers.