Milverton, Somerset

Milverton United Charities October update

Christmas vouchers 2021

There are charities in the village, some of which were set up hundreds of years ago to help needy parishioners particularly in the winter months. There is an invoice in the records, dated Christmas 1920, for “3 fancy cloth overcoats @ 52/6 each supplied to the Rev Preb Maynard for the Milverton United Charities” by W.H. Westlake & Son Ltd (Tailors, Clothiers, Hatters, Hosiers and Outfitters – Agents for Jaeger’s underwear and Burberry’s waterproof coats) of High Street, Taunton, and paid for by the Milverton United Charities.

Since then the Welfare State has come into being and, although there is still need, it is mostly met from State Funds. The Trustees of the Milverton United Charities decided some years ago that vouchers, to be spent in the Milverton Stores, should be given at Christmas to parishioners of Milverton (and Preston Bowyer).

The vouchers are available for anyone who is 65 and over who has lived in the parish for at least five years. Anyone who is eligible should apply to Jean Ainsworth-Smith at Knutsford Cottage in North Street by Friday 5 November. There is no need for anyone already on the list to apply again, but please let us know if there has been a change (perhaps a partner has died or someone is now eligible).

Jean Ainsworth-Smith
Clerk to the Trustees