Milverton, Somerset
20/06/2024

Milverton and Fitzhead Society April update

At our last very well attended meeting, we were treated to another fascinating talk by archaeologist Bob Croft on “Recent Archaeology in Somerset” focussing on local finds. We would now like to invite you all to the last talk of the season on 14 April at 7.30pm in the Methodist Chapel.

This will be the AGM followed by a talk by Nigel Phillips on the subject of “Wildlife on the Somerset Levels & Moors” and he will also refer to the introduction of beavers at Holnicote.

Everyone is, as always, very welcome.

Village Agent April update

It has somewhat damp in Somerset, but good news is spring is on its way! Bringing longer, lighter days, milder weather and hopefully… a much-needed dose of vitamin D. Get ready for spring adventures and outdoor fun with Get Outside in Somerset. From activities to events and challenges, you can find a roundup of the latest stories and all the great stuff happening near you.

Do you want to find things to do in Somerset this Spring? Find activities for all abilities? Need some help setting a goal? There are lots of interesting blogs, along with opportunities to volunteer and ways to be active. All information can be found on the website or social media channels. 

Many Talking Cafes have returned, and you can just drop in. Find Talking Café on our Facebook page or  or find weekly Talking Cafes LIVE on Facebook where we have guests talking and answering questions.

Could you REHOME your old phone? By donating an unused phone to us, YOU can help reduce loneliness and isolation, as well as helping in everyday lives with things like shopping online and staying connected to friends and family.

We will: refurbish the phone remove any personal data provide the new owner with a SIM card support them to use the phone with video tutorials and install apps that will help them to keep in touch with their loved ones.

Check your ‘bits and bobs’ drawer where old devices lurk waiting to be loved again!
To donate, please contact your local Village Agent.

Community Cafe April message

The Milverton Community Cafe continues to meet each wednesday in the Methodist Chapel. With fresh coffee, home made cakes and plenty of chatter.

On the last Wednesday morning of the month, we also have soup and pudding, so don’t wait, join the chatter and enjoy the cafe.

Easter Egg rolling

Easter egg rolling

Free to enter Easter Egg rolling on Monday 18 April at 2.30pm at Parsonage Lane, Milverton.

Bring your own decorated hard boiled egg to roll down Parsonage Lane. Meet opposite the top of the Vicarage driveway.

  • Children’s race (up to 16 years old)
  • Adults race

Followed by an Easter egg hunt for the young at heart in the churchyard or in the church if wet, and cake and squash.

Donations welcome.

Year 6 visit Charterhouse

The Year 6 residential trip to Charterhouse involved some interesting and fun activities. Our favourite activity was the gorge walk as it included teamwork, getting muddy and wet doing an underwater limbo! Another one of our class’s favoured activities was caving. This was because you had to crawl through small spaces such as the cracks of doom, the superman and the diagonal drainpipe.

In between all the entertaining events we had dorm inspections and cake time! Overall, it was a brilliant trip that we all thoroughly enjoyed. Thank you to Mr Penny, Mrs Pyne and Mrs Lapthorn for organising the trip and looking after us.

Sophie L and Anya

Set up Council Tax direct debit for energy refund

Somerset West and Taunton Council is urging bill-payers to set up a direct debit to pay their council tax, to ensure they get their £150 energy rebate payment as quickly as possible.

The energy rebate scheme was recently announced by the Chancellor Rishi Sunak to help people with rising energy bills. This includes those who already receive assistance in paying some or all of their council bill through local council tax support.

All eligible households in England in council tax bands A to D, should get the £150 payment from their District Council from April this year.

Around 78 per cent of households in Somerset West and Taunton pay their council tax by direct debit and will receive the payment into their bank account without needing to take any action.

However, that leaves around 20,000 households who do not currently pay their council tax through this arrangement and getting the rebate money to them will take longer as they will need to go through a claims process.

Milverton Music April update

This is an amazing booking for the club since you rarely get to experience the magic of this outstanding group of musicians unless you are in a large concert hall or at a music festival main stage.

With the flutes and whistles of Brian Finnegan and Sarah Allen, the guitar of Ed Boyd and the bodhran of John Joe Kelly, this iconic band weaves and spins traditionally rooted tunes into an enthralling sound with agile but tight rhythms and virtuoso improvisation. Flook possesses a rare blend of fiery technical brilliance, delicate ensemble interaction and a bold, adventurous musical imagination. Tickets £20 and nearly sold out.

In March we enjoyed an excellent evening of music and song with a traditional folk style theme. Thanks to all who played and sang, also special thanks to Martin and Celia from Foxwillow for the lovely guest spot.

In April we are looking forward to some great music from:

  • Bob Antell
  • The Silver Street Band
  • John Middleton
  • Paul Hampson
  • Peter Krijgsman
  • Nick Girone Maddocks
  • Jules Bushell and others

Phone 01823 400416, email milvertonmusicclub@gmail.com or for more information visit Milverton Music.

Tony 

From the Vicarage in April

As I am known for my positivity…hurray, Spring is sprung! It is a joy to see the wonder of God’s creation bursting forth, longer days, warmer nights, summer celebrations like the May Fair, Flower Shows, Fetes and Jubilee celebrations planned.

As I write this however, I am also conscious of the doubts and fears that surround us at this time.

In St Michael’s Church, Milverton, from 28 March to 10 April we have the Threads Of Survival Exhibition, a set of 20 plus quilts stitched during the pandemic celebrating the NHS, and drawing attention to some of the frustrations also expressed during the past 2 years. But it is not over yet…the NHS faces a lot of challenges to come and continue to need our support. Whether you like needlework, love art, feel political or want to be reminded about how we have pulled together over the past 2 years, do come along, it is free and open every day from 12 noon to 4pm. I was reminded of how very grateful I was for the vaccination programme, when I caught Covid and managed to ride it out at home, although I certainly would not describe my experience as “just like a cold or flu”, A reminder that we must continue to keep ourselves and each other as safe as we can.

We cannot, nor should we not, ignore the conflict in Europe between Russian leaders and the people of Ukraine. At the worst of times, we also see people at their best. We have seen people suffering, filled with fear, with nothing but what they stand in; and then we see others rushing to their aid, with equipment, creature comforts, medical equipment, food and water and offers of hospitality. The Donations to the DEC have been phenomenal.

Where is God in all this? This is often a cry from those moved by these events.

God is in the wonder of this planet, God is with those who suffer, God is with those who make their voices heard, God is with those who silently pray, God is with those endeavouring to help. God is with Irina who lives near Chernobyl with her 80yr old mother, God is with them as they make themselves as safe as possible, they have made an altar in their shelter, using their national flag as a backdrop, an icon to focus on and candles to light in prayer. Irina has sporadic Wi-Fi and recently sent an email thanking everyone for caring and praying.

April brings the season of Easter, which is a time when we reflect on Jesus’ suffering, dying, and coming to life, new life, as a message of hope to us all, to Irina and her mother, to all those struggling at this time.

So I say, “hurray, Spring is sprung”, which is announced on Easter Day as, “Alleluia, Christ is Risen” and the response is, “he is risen indeed, Alleluia”.

Helene

Avon and Somerset Police theft alert

An outbuilding/stables have been subject of an attempted theft between 3pm and 4pm on the 15 March in West Bagborough. The offenders gained entry and removed a quad bike into a yard, where it was later discovered abandoned nearby.

Any information please contact the Police on 101 quoting reference number: 5222062334 stating NHW release or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. Thank you for your support.

 

Avon and Somerset Police payment diversion fraud alert

Payment Diversion Fraud, spikes annually in March because of increases in business activity associated with company’s financial year-ends. The aim is to raise awareness of this type of fraud and deliver key protect messaging to potential victims.

Payment Diversion Fraud (PDF), also known as Business Email Compromise (BEC) or Mandate Fraud, affects businesses and customers where electronic financial transactions are taking place.

Criminals will contact businesses or customers via email, usually claiming to be from a company that the business or customer has been dealing with. They will request a payment to be made often or inform the recipient of a change of bank account details.

Criminals will often create fake e-mail addresses which are very similar to genuine business or customer addressees and send over fake invoices to make it more believable. All of this leads to payments from businesses and customers directly into bank accounts controlled by the criminals.

Criminals are experts at impersonating people and will spend hours researching you for their scams. Stop, think and follow the Take Five to Stop Fraud advice as it could protect you and your money.

Take Five to Stop Fraud advice

Advice for individuals

Criminals are experts at impersonating people, organisations and the police. They spend hours researching you for their scams, hoping you’ll let your guard down for just a moment. Stop and think. It could protect you and your money.

STOP: Taking a moment to stop and think before parting with your money or information could keep you safe.

CHALLENGE: Could it be fake? It’s ok to reject, refuse or ignore any requests for your financial or personal details. Only criminals will try to rush or panic you.

PROTECT: Contact your bank immediately if you think you’ve fallen for a scam, don’t feel ashamed or embarrassed – you are not alone.

Report it to Action Fraud online at  or by calling 0300 123 2040.

Advice for businesses

Criminals are experts at impersonating people, businesses and the police. They spend hours researching your business for their scams, hoping you will let your guard down for just a moment.

STOP: If you receive a request to make an urgent payment, change supplier bank details or provide financial information, take a moment to stop and think.

CHALLENGE: Could it be fake? Verify all payments and supplier details directly with the company on a known phone number or in person first.

PROTECT: Contact your business’ bank immediately if you think you’ve been scammed and report it to Action Fraud.
Advice can be found on the Take Five website addresses here:

Improve your cyber security with NCSC Cyber Aware

Use the 6 NCSC Cyber Aware actions to keep yourself safe. Further details of these are available at Cyber Aware these are:

  1. Use a strong and separate password for your email.
  2. Create strong passwords using 3 random words.
  3. Save your passwords in your browser.
  4. Turn on two-factor authentication (2FA).
  5. Update your devices.
  6. Back up your data.