Milverton, Somerset

Auction of promises

Saturday 30 October, Tithe Barn, Fitzhead

  • Raising money for St James Church, Fitzhead and Tithe Barn, Fitzhead
  • Doors open 6.30pm and auction starts at 7.15pm
  • Auctioneer, Revd Andrew Norris
  • Tickets £10 sold on first come, first sold basis. Tithe Barn capacity is 80
  • Tickets include a winter cocktail, jumbo hot dog, pudding and entry to the raffle. Please state if a vegetarian option is preferred at time of booking
  • Tickets need to be booked and paid for in advance, for collection on the evening from Abi Wickham. Confirmation via email
  • Ticket payment and successful bids can be made via BACS directly into the Fitzhead Fete account, by cheque or cash on the night
  • BACS payment must include your surname and initials as reference
    • Account: 39687068
    • Sort code: 30-90-89
    • Cheques payable to: Fitzhead Fete
    • Address for sending cheques available on request
  • Any tickets not collected on the evening by 7.30pm will be re-sold and the initial purchase considered as a donation
  • Jumbo hot dogs at 6.30pm and puddings will be served during refreshment break during the auction
  • Sausages kindly donated by Thorne’s Butchers, Wiveliscombe
  • Cash bar
  • Contact Abi Wickham for more details at

List of pledges

  1. Half a trailer of logs, delivered by Nick Wickham – Andrew Westcott 
  2. A glass fusing experience – Helen Dysart. A 3-4 hour, one-to-one glass fusing taster experience with Helene Dysart in her home studio (Rydon, Donkey’s Knapp). No experience required. Design and make your own, unique piece of fused glass art. A suncatcher, or maybe a Christmas decoration. All tools and materials included. Just bring along ideas and enthusiasm
  3. A traditional Christmas cake – Sandra Wickham
  4. A pair of wooden bird boxes – Bob Dysart. Two super sturdy, long lasting handmade wooden bird boxes for your garden. These will be made to suit your choice of small bird, according to RSPB guidelines. These would be ready and delivered locally within 7-10 days following the event
  5. 4 homemade wood fired pizzas, with home delivery in Fitzhead area – the Burtons 
  6. Voucher for a bouquet of flowers – Nicky’s Flower Studio
  7. Chocolate almond torte – Sue Mitchinson
  8. Top to Toe Treatment – Julia at Willow Grace Holistic Therapies
  9. Up to 3 lovely laying hens – Roger Shapland
  10. A Simnel cake for Easter – Carry Clear
  11. 3 x 1 hour 1-2-1 swimming lessons/coaching sessions for adults at King’s College – Lyndsey Hollands. Perfect for anyone who perhaps has always wanted to learn to swim, or is not confident around water – or perhaps anyone who might like to try a different sport or improve their fitness
  12. 3 Ton Digger for 4 hours with driver – Martin Irish
  13. Handmade greetings cards – Mandy Bool
  14. A basket of autumn preserves – Janet Weeks
  15. An assortment of smoked fish – Frank Houlding Fresh Fish
  16. A hand thrown piece of pottery – Nicola Werner
  17. 1 weekend of dog walking – Connie Burton and parent
  18. Dinner for two at Woods Bar and Restaurant, Dulverton – Paddy Groves
  19. Tea for Two at Oddettes Tearoom, Wellington – Oddettes
  20. An 18 hole round of golf with John Clear at Enmore golf club – John Clear
  21. 2 guitar lessons (up to intermediate level) – Colin Weeks
  22. 2 buckets of cooking apples (in apple season) – Nick Wickham
  23. Some venison (TBC) – Peter Hurman
  24. A half term of children’s swimming lessons, at King’s College – Lyndsey Hollands. Our swimming lessons are on Monday and Wednesday afternoons and also Saturday mornings
  25. A three course dinner for up to eight people with Prosecco and canapés followed by wine with dinner hosted by Alex McLoughlin
  26. Breakfast for two – The Coffee Engine (by the Sawmills), bacon bap and a coffee
  27. Making or altering a set of curtains – Helene Stainer, measurements and fabrics and tape etc offered by customer…
  28. Voucher to claim a transit load of woodchip (approx. 3 cube) including delivery within 10 miles of Milverton; arrange delivery before 30 October 2022
  29. A six week beginners’ yoga course – Karen Patterson. The recipient will then need to contact me to find out when the next course starts and reserve their place. The courses book up quite quickly so they should contact me as soon as possible
  30. Hire of the Fitzhead Tithe Barn for a day – Fitzhead Parish Council. Usual conditions of hire apply 
  31. A cushion in a lovely Voyage fabric – Lizzie Osvorne at Swathed, Cullompton
  32. Two framed photographs (Fitzhead Trees) A3 size printed on art paper – Anthony Cox
  33. Any two pairs of leggings from items in stock at Dizzy Legwear and Yoga Pants – Dan Day-Robinson and Loulou Stirrup
  34. A voucher for a reflexology session – Claire Fisher
  35. 1 hour of Shiatsu massage – Shatsi
  36. A single tier, 6 inch celebration cake of any chosen flavour – Camilla Hickman
  37. 3 hours of garden labour – John Murphy
  38. A greetings card for a special occasion – Heather Catchpole. This to be a light-hearted picture, created around your own ideas.
  39. £40 voucher for The Barn @podshavers
  40. A quarter peal for a family celebration – the Bell Ringers
  41. 2 tickets to a 20/20 Somerset game 2022 season – Mary Elworthy
  42. 2 hours of gardening – Lucy MacLeod

Parking at Musgrove Park Hospital

Somerset NHS Foundation Trust announced that following a Government commitment, car parking at Musgrove Park Hospital will be free of charge for the following groups of people:

  • Disabled people – holders of a valid Blue Badge attending hospital as a patient or visitor
  • Frequent Outpatient attenders – all patients who attend Musgrove Park Hospital at least nine times within 90 days
  • Parents of sick children staying overnight – parents or guardians of a child or young person under 18 years, who is admitted as an in-patient to hospital overnight. They will receive free parking between 7.30 pm and 8.00am while visiting the child. This applies to a maximum of two vehicles per patient.

For more information about the changes, please visit getting here and where to park.

Supporting local industry, Milverton Sawmill

Milverton have been lucky enough to have a sawmills in the village since 1906.

Wadham Fencing Ltd took over the site, re-employed the mill staff and turned the saws back on in March 2018 and we have not looked back.

At Milverton Sawmills not only were we able to continue milling locally sourced wood but we also brought our knowledge and expertise of fencing and landscaping of over 30 years.

The Mill now processes a large quantity of different materials and products for trade and private customers. These include fencing materials, treated sleepers, fence panels, bespoke sheds, fire wood, trellis, gates, garden furniture and pointed round treated stakes etc.

The fencing and landscaping side of Wadham Fencing Ltd is able to help with anything from private domestic projects to large housing developments, from erecting environment fencing, construction security fencing and finally domestic fencing before new customers take up their new homes. The most recent large project being the Bovis site in Rockwell Green, Wellington.

As a family run business we pride ourselves in providing employment to local people, covering a large range of skills. We actively help our staff achieve their full potential and encourage them to learn new skills within the company. We are also very conscious of environmental issues and achieve an almost zero percent waste from processing our products. The logs are brought from managed forests within the South West, cut into our products and all the sawdust and woodchip by product being sold to home owners and local farmers.

We are always looking to improve what we provide to our customers and recently took up a site in Chelston, Wellington where we have a large amount of our products ready for sale. With some supplies being hard to source in the pandemic we have taken on producing pointed round treated stakes ourselves as the demand was so great. And as of this week we have taken delivery of a new horizontal bandsaw in the Mill, this joins machinery that has happily been running at the Mill for over 60 years and still going strong.

If you have never visited us, please call in and see what we do, we are a very unique site and one of only a few sawmills left running in the South West. There is no job that we would not be happy to talk through with you and with the knowledge that our staff have, we can assist in all projects that you have in mind.

Somerset highways advance notice

Somerset highways warn of planned temporary road closures in Milverton.

Silver Street, Sand Street and Fore Street from the junction of North Street to junction with Butts Way will be closed on 11 and 12 September for ‘micro-resurfacing work’.

No parking along the road.


Milverton WI September update

Milverton WI were blessed with sunshine for their first meeting, after so long, on 12 August which was held in Julia and David Hatfield’s beautiful garden. We were delighted to welcome Helene, the Vicar, as our guest. We celebrated with a cream tea with homemade jam, scones and delicious cakes all made by the Committee! Pretty vases of flowers, picked and arranged by a Committee member, were on every table.

Members had much to discuss having been deprived of meetings for over a year. Some members brought along projects they had worked on during Lockdown – a wealth of beautiful stitching and knitting. Our heartfelt thanks and appreciation go to Julia and David. Diana Smith and Sheila Hummel have worked extremely hard to arrange a series of very interesting speakers for future meetings.

The September, October, November and December meeting dates were listed in last month’s parish magazine – please note that ‘Christmas in the Work House’ will be held on December 2, not as published.

We look forward to the meeting to be held on 2 September 2021 in the Victoria Rooms when we will hear of ‘Tales from the Antiques Trade from a Craftsman’. Details will be posted outside Milverton Stores and the Victoria Rooms and visitors will be warmly welcomed.

Thank you

A huge thank you to all the many very kind friends in Fitzhead, Milverton and Weekmoor who have ferried me to and from hospital in Taunton for a couple of eye operations in July.

All now well. It is a great privilege to live in such wonderful villages.

Frances Vail