Milverton, Somerset

Milverton Garden Club April update

On 15 March we enjoyed a very entertaining talk from Paul Hending entitled ‘Organic Gardening including pest control’. We learnt much about the structure of soil and the benefits of organic matter. And then came ’pests’. To mitigate disease, crop rotation is used and the best way to control pests is vigilance, rapid response “when you see em, bash em,”physical barriers, timing of crops and avoiding crops that consistently succumb to pests and disease.
We are planning a trip to Rosemoor on Thursday 30 June during the Rose Festival. More details to follow.

Next month, 19 April we welcome Gavin Haig, who will be speaking about “creating a wildlife garden.”

Same time, same place, put it in your diary.

Ruth Beaumont

Murder at the Allotment – the plot thickens

On the day of the annual fete in the village of Thorny Bottom it’s Hosta La Vista for local businesswoman Bella Donna-Twigg when she is found dead in her shed on the allotment. The police suspect unnatural causes.

This is the most shocking thing to happen in the village since the badgers broke through the fence and stole Basil Leif’s prize beetroot.

Murder at the allotmentWhich of her fellow allotment gardeners killed her?

Was it Hazel Twigg, chairwoman of Thorny Bottom Women’s Institute?

Was it Mari Gold, carer for her elderly mother?

Was it Dahlia Smith, widow of a man with a shady past?

Was it Rosemary Sage, botanist and budding entrepreneur?

Thankfully, Detective Inspector William Sweet and Sergeant Kay Anne Pepper are here to grasp the nettle and solve the crime. Let’s hope they can do it in thyme.

This is your chance to use your powers of deduction, follow the clues and help our detectives solve the crime. There will even be a prize for the person who correctly identifies whodunnit!

Don’t miss out on what promises to be a fun evening. Supper is included in the event, so advance booking is essential.

Friday 8 April  at 7:30pm in the Victoria Rooms, Milverton tickets £10 per person including supper. 

Tabletop Gaming Club

We are the Milverton Tabletop Gaming Club and as such welcome all, regardless of the games, periods, or styles played.

We have suffered some difficulties in the past few weeks because of work and family commitments and have not been able to meet every week. We have therefore decided that we will now meet on the last Thursday evening of the month retaining our 6pm start time. We are pleased to be hosted in the excellent facilities of the Recreation Ground, Butts Way, Milverton.

As always, we continue to seek new members to swell the ranks and look forward to anyone interested coming along to see what we are about.

For more details contact Alan Davidson on 01823 400095 or 07552218250

Hedgerow Chaplin April update

Welcome to this wonderful month, when spring is really singing its’ happy tune! Or, rather the birds are!  Dawn choruses abound in the hedgerows, up in the trees, with morning and evening being the best times to hear them.
There are two new moons this month, on the 1 April and the 30 April. The first is in Aries, which is thought to pertain to creativity, fun and courage. 1 April, April Fools Day. This is the day for pranksters…beware!
Palm Sunday on the 10 April takes us into Holy Week with Lent ending on 14 April and Good Friday 15 April.
The Full Moon is on 16 April at 1955 and called the Budding, New Shoots or Seed Moon. Names all relevant to the growth and vitality of what is happening in nature this month. It is also called the Paschal Moon, the time in the calendar to decide the date for Easter Day, which is the first full moon after the Spring or Vernal Equinox, from which Easter is then celebrated on the first Sunday after the Paschal full moon! There you have it!
Easter Sunday 17 April one of those really special moments! Up at dawn, standing alongside the Easter fire, watching the sun rise, the feeling that something special is happening. Lighting the candles and processing into the church to  celebrate the new dawn, the new beginning!
The Queen’s Birthday is on the 21 April born 1926 and she will be aged 96. The 23 April is both St George’s Day and Shakespeare’s Birthday.
The second new moon on 30 April at 9.28pm in Taurus, suggests that it is a good time to plan practical projects!
Have a wonderful month and enjoy the newness and growth all around!
The Pilgrimage Walk for April will be on Tuesday 19 April at 10.30am. Meet at St James Fitzhead for a walk of 4 miles and around 2.5 Hours. Please call me to let me know you are coming or if you have any questions.
Steven Wort

Milverton History Group April update

What a treat to have Bob Croft in the village giving a talk at the Milverton and Fitzhead Society! His knowledge and presentation is unbeatable. Following on one item he mentioned the track ways now used today as public footpaths can be traced back using old maps to show their original purpose.

When everyone travelled on foot or horseback or carriage these now footpaths lead to old farms and dwellings now long gone. In particular using the Day and Masters maps from 1782, it is possible to see the alternative route to Wellington from the Globe Inn.

Starting at the Globe down Burgage Lane into the field along the footpath and through into the next field and into Huntash Lane. [ WG7/17]

Cross the lane and in the 18th Century, there used to be a track (no longer in use), alongside Leys bungalow and down across the fields behind Smallbrooke to the Point to Point field and joining the Wellington Road through the second gate opposite the start of the Young Oak wood on the right of the road and then on to Chipley.

The footpaths at Weekmoor had the same function. The Footpath No WG7/4 which went from Weekmoor Farm to Bickley and then to Nynehead and was called Bickley Turner Lane as can be seen from the 1832 enclosure maps.
So when you walk these public footpaths, remember those folk who did it every day not for enjoyment, but with a purpos !

See you on 31 March in the Victoria Rooms.

Maggie Dinning

Milverton WI April update

Members were happy to welcome Lottie Dale who came to speak on her nursing career – ‘Treading the Wards, a Nurse’s Tale’. She nursed at St Bartholomew’s Hospital in London. There were many amusing anecdotes and her talk was well illustrated with photographs; these underlined the huge difference in nursing between then and now – nurses wore caps and starched uniforms, and Matron was revered! Lottie is still in touch with her fellow nurses and keeps the friendship and camaraderie alive. Thank you, Lottie. Members enjoyed tea and biscuits and the chance to chat to Lottie, some members telling her their own nursing stories.

We meet again on 7 April at 2.30 pm at the Victoria Rooms when the speaker will be Zoe Fox from a well-established local charity ‘School in a Bag’. This charity is currently supporting children from Ukraine, and elsewhere, who are in desperate need. They provide educational matter for poor, orphan, vulnerable, disadvantaged and disaster affected children – hope and a lifeline. We look forward to supporting their essential efforts to help in this appalling crisis.   

Milverton wonderful window dressing

Window dressing

Looking for the best (royally) dressed window

Please accept this invitation to enter the Milverton Wonderful Window Competition. The theme will be Her Majesty the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee and judging will take place on Saturday 4 June from 10am with the First, Second and Third Prizes awarded at The Big Jubilee Lunch on Sunday 5 June.

Please indicate your willingness to participate by emailing Katherine Botes or calling or texting on 07887 712223 so that your name and address can be included in the judges’ list and your window will be assessed accordingly.

Also please confirm if you are happy to have your window photographed so that these can be added to the Milverton Archive and on the Milverton website so that we have a wonderful record of this historic occasion.

Milverton Big Jubilee celebrations

Milverton Big Jubilee celebrations

These are the initial announcements for the Milverton Big Jubilee Celebration from Thursday 2 June to Sunday 5 June when we celebrate with the Queen in our own special way. Here are some dates so that you can plan ahead. More details to follow …

Thursday 2 June

  • Fun and events at the Globe
  • Village treasure hunt
  • Made in Milverton exhibition at Victoria Rooms
  • Refreshments at the Methodist Chapel

Friday 3 June

Jubilee breakfast at Methodist Chapel

  • Live streaming Service of Thanksgiving from St Paul’s Cathedral at St Michael’s Church
  • 3pm onwards at the Recreation Ground – Ernie’s Journey, a performance by Clementine Live Arts followed by a workshop of circus skills, SkinTight Samba performance and workshop and then a Family Disco
  • 8pm Open Mic at the Victoria Rooms 50’s theme

Saturday 4 June

  • 10am to 12pm Community Market and Café (50’s style) Victoria Rooms
  • 10am onwards judging for the best (royally) dressed Window Competition
  • 3pm to 5pm Ritz style tea at the Methodist Chapel
  • 7.30pm to 10.30pm (details of tickets to be confirmed) The Barnstormers Band with caller at the marquee at the Recreation Ground

Sunday 5 June

  • 11am onwards setting up your pitch at theRecreation Ground
  • 12pm Gorgeous Gazebo judging begins
  • In your 50’s dress
  • Music and fun
  • AmDram Entertainment
  • Milverton Jubilee Fun Dog Show
  • Prizes Prizes Prizes to give out

Annual Milverton village parish meeting

The Annual Village Meeting returns after its break for Covid on Wednesday 6 April at 7pm in the Victoria Rooms.

Village groups will have stalls so you can see what they get involved with and hopefully there will be reports from several about what they’ve been up to over the last two years and their plans for the future.

It is also a forum for the residents to discuss any issues affecting Milverton.

Milverton Parish Council March meeting

A summary of the meeting held on 7 March 2022:

  • Dan Cox (Milverton resident and Highways Officer with Avon and Somerset Police) spoke about road safety matters, with a few ideas on options that could be taken to improve road safety in the village. The topic is a ‘regular’ for the Council so this was of certainly of interest
  • The Council resolved to support planning applications in respect of Kingsland and Higher Bickley Farm (both works)
  • The Council received details of the events planned over the extended Jubilee weekend in June from representatives of the organising committee and agreed to provide a grant of £1,800 towards the costs of putting on the proposed activities
  • It was noted that adverts had been placed inviting expressions of interest from contractors to undertake the internal works in the toilet block, for which the plan is a two- cubicle option within the existing ladies section. (At the subsequent date of the deadline for responses in mid- March, four firms had come forward and the spec will be sent round shortly, with estimates of the work to be received thereafter)
  • SCC Highways advised of a delay to the posts for the Speed Indicator Devices being erected, the works are now scheduled for April 2022
  • The three containers which will enable water collection at the Allotments have been delivered so this should enable the system to be operational before the summer drought. Improvement works around the entrance have also been completed
  • The only current footpath issue was the effects of storms Dudley/Eunice resulting in two trees down over footpaths

Full minutes will be posted on the Parish Council website.

The next meeting will be held on Monday 4 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