Milverton, Somerset
19/06/2024

JOIN YOUR LOCAL CLUB!

Ash Park Rangers Football Club are looking for new players to join the team for the upcoming ‘Somerset Sunday Football League 2024-25 season. Open training sessions start on Sunday 23rd June. 10:30 am at Milverton Recreational Ground, the home of Ash Pork Rangers. There will then be a week’s break before a full month’s training every Sunday until August. starting 7th July. Some sessions in July will be held in Taunton. Contact Mark: 07720 749 834 or Dave: 07577 050 800

Ash Park Rangers FC (Somerset Sunday Football League Division Two Champions 2023-24)

Victoria Rooms April update

Taunton Male Voice ChoirA quick reminder of our joint fundraising event with St Michael’s Church on Saturday, 6 April which is being held in the Church. Taunton Deane Male Voice Choir will be singing a selection of songs from their repertoire, together with a guest appearance by local singer/songwriter, John Hartoch. Tickets, priced at £10 each are available in advance by phoning Philip on 01823 400609 or email at philipjknowles@btinternet.com, by phoning the Choir box office on 01823 432495 or on the door on the night from 7pm. The concert starts at 7.30pm and there will be a bar.

The 100 Club draw for March was made at the monthly market on 2 March and was won by Sally Ackland – well done Sally!

While still a few months away, renewal forms for the 2024/25 100 Club will be emailed out to existing supporters towards the end of May. However, if you haven’t taken part before or are new to the village and would like to support this fund raiser for our village hall, please contact Sue at sueknowles14@btinternet.com and request a form.

Thinking ahead to the warmer weather, the Victoria Rooms gazebos are available to hire for a small fee, if you are having a family get-together and want somewhere to shelter from the sun. If you are interested, please contact Philip on 01823 400609 in good time as these do get very popular during the summer months.

Check out what is happening in our village hall on the Victoria Rooms Facebook page.

To hire the Victoria Rooms please contact Geoff on geoff.elson@xini.com or at 07920 188612.

Milverton Archives April update

Milverton is very fortunate that the villagers back in 1923 purchased land to create a recreation ground, which they did with the help of the British Legion on the land off Buttsway.

The very active cricket club created a building in the 1980’s which now belongs to the Trustees of the Recreation Ground. It is a really useful asset, but it comes with responsibilities and running costs.

The Milverton and District Archive hopes to create a home at the Pavilion in the Recreation Ground. We can create not just a home for the history items of our village and surrounding area, but a community hub for the villages.

We hope to hear soon that our lottery grant application has been successful to take the MDA to the next stage with proper storage and to display items.

Open days will be advertised.

A big thank you to all who have supported the new home of the Milverton and District Archives at the Pavilion.

Volunteers are now needed, so if you have an in interest in the history of your village and its surrounding area, please get in touch.

Milverton Local History Group at milvertonarchive@gmail.com

WI April update

Milverton WI members were treated to a surprising and interesting talk by Sally Kershaw, her subject being ‘How to enter and win competitions’.

Sally is also a member of her local WI and her enthusiasm was palpable. The number of competitions she has entered either in magazines, newspapers and other publications is legion – and she has won amazing prizes. Sally explained how easy it is to compete, and she pointed out the pitfalls to be avoided.

Members and guests enjoyed tea and biscuits and the chance to pick up more tips from Sally. The next WI meeting will be on 4 April 2024 at 2.30 pm in the Victoria Rooms. Alastair Oxberry from The Foot and Gait Clinic in Taunton will be the speaker. Guests are very welcome.   



Community Review Project 2024

The Community Council for Somerset (CCS)  is undertaking a Community Review Project to enable parish councils to engage with their communities in an inclusive and meaningful way to create a Community Plan to address the needs and ambitions of the parish. 

We are pleased to announce that Milverton Parish has been selected to participate in this process. This will commence in the Spring of this year and conclude in the Autumn – it will involve forming a ‘Steering Group’ of around six to eight volunteers from within our community. All aspects and issues affecting our community are up for discussion – be it traffic, parking, public transport, amenities such as a youth club, environment, education, new development, etc. 

We are looking for volunteers from around the parish of all ages and interests to participate. There will be some online training (with flexible timings) and we have already been allocated an advisor to help us through the process. The idea will be to put together a Community Survey for distribution mid Summer to all parishioners. The results of the survey will be collated and analysed  and, in conjunction with the Steering Group, 

CCS will produce a Community Review Report and an Action Plan incorporating recommendations for projects within our community as well as potential funding streams to help finance these projects. 

If you would like to know more and/or volunteer for this project please contact Milverton Parish Council at clerk@milvertonpc.org.uk  no later than Friday 5 April.



Milverton Lunch Club April update

The weekly Lunch Club will be starting on Thursday 4 April. It will be held in the Victoria Rooms until mid-June at which point it will transfer to the Recreation Ground for the summer months.

Doors will open at 10.30am and we will offer coffee and biscuits, followed by entertainment or a quiz.

Lunch will be at 12.30pm and we finish by 1.30pm.

A raffle will be included. Everyone will receive a ticket. There will be one prize, which will be provided by the Club.

Wivey kitchen will provide meals for £8 as soon as they are settled into their new commercial kitchen, meanwhile, delicious soup and pud will be provided for £6.

If you need transport, Wivey Link will expect your call.

Additional helpers are very welcome. Please do come forward, even if it is only for a few times per year. Call Sue on 01823 400609 or Julia on 01823 401082



Parish Council March meeting summary

 Summary of the meeting held in March 2024 is as follows:

  • The Council agreed to support the applications for Listed Building Consent in respect of 3/4 Chapel House and Little Carlton House, though the latter being conditional on several suggested amendments being made
  • The Council is to push for Somerset Council to undertake the CCTV inspection of the culvert that would highlight any deficiencies needing to be addressed as well as improvements to the grill by Woodbarton. The Council is willing to consider making a financial contribution to these works if it would enable them to be actioned sooner rather than later
  • There is no news on when works will be undertaken to deal with water appearing from a well by Jubilee Gardens which causes the run-off down to the carpark. This too is being chased though will be impacted by the monies set aside for such works by Somerset Council
  • Whilst the Parish Council was looking to prune the tree outside the toilets, this was in fact cut back by persons unknown. It remains to be seen if this will regrow from its reduced size

Full minutes of the meeting will be posted on Milverton Parish Council.

The next meeting will be held on Monday 8 April at the Victoria Rooms.

If you have any queries on any Parish Council matter, please let me know.

Tim Payne
Clerk to the Council
Phone 01823 432959 or email clerk@milvertonpc.org.uk

Parish Council vacancies

There are currently two vacancies on the Parish Council which gives an opportunity for new blood to get involved and contribute to the future well-being of the parish.

Given the issues being presented as a result of the problems with Somerset Council, it is even more important for residents to be aware of and take decisions on matters that the parish is faced with.

If you are interested in finding out more about the role of a Councillor, please contact either me or any Councillor. 

Tim Payne
Clerk to the Council
Phone 01823 432959 or email clerk@milvertonpc.org.uk