Milverton, Somerset
Victoria Rooms

Victoria Rooms May update

Our craft fair on the 19 March was very well attended, by both villagers and people from further afield – thanks to the power of the local press and Facebook! There was a wide range of crafts on sale including stained glass pieces, turned and carved wooden items, paintings, homemade fudge and a whole lot more – there was certainly something for everyone. Victoria’s Café was open throughout the event and did a very brisk trade serving an array of delicious cakes and savoury snacks.   It is hoped to hold another craft fair later in the year – the perfect opportunity to purchase unique Christmas presents! If anyone is interested in having a stall at the autumn fair, please contact Sue on 01823 400609 or
At the craft fair, tickets were sold for the raffle of a sculpted cloth doll and bids taken for the silent auction for a painting, both in the colours of the Ukraine flag, to raise funds for the DEC Ukraine Appeal. Tickets were also available at the monthly market on 2 April when the draws were made. The winner of the doll was June Cox and the highest bid for the painting was from Ian Tapner. The funds raised from the raffle and the auction, together with the sale of badges raised £500.00 which has been sent to the DEC Ukraine Appeal. Many thanks to everyone who contributed. 
Don’t forget that the market on 4 June will have a few little extras to mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee and if you would like to be part of this special day, please contact Sally on 01823 400320 to see if there are any stalls available.  
As usual, the draw for the 100 Club took place at the market and the winner this time was Malcolm Rotherham. Congratulations on your win, Malcolm.  
There has been a very good response from local artists and craftspeople wishing to display examples of their work at the “Made in Milverton” exhibition which is taking place as part of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations in the Victoria Rooms on Thursday, 2 June. However, there are still a few spaces available and if you would like to take part, please contact Sue by email at giving contact details and a brief description of your craft. If you can attach a photo of your work to the email that would be appreciated. The exhibition will be for one day only and will run from 11.30am until 6pm, with set-up available the day before. There will be no charge for exhibiting. All we ask is that exhibitors spare an hour of their time during the exhibition to act as a steward. Light refreshments will be available during the day at Victoria’s Café in the Reading Room. The number of pieces of work each person can display will depend on the number of artists and craftspeople interested in exhibiting as this will dictate the amount of space available per person. We hope this will be a great opportunity to show off the wide variety of artistic talent that there is in our village.
On display during the Made in Milverton Exhibition, at the Jubilee Market and at other times as indicated on the poster outside the Victoria Rooms, will be The Queen’s Photographic Jubilee Pageant – an amazing photographic compilation of the many momentous events which have taken place during the 70-year reign of our Queen and find out what was happening in our village of Milverton at the same time. This beautiful collage has been carefully planned and presented by Bev Blackmore and is most definitely worth a visit. 
As part of the Jubilee Celebrations, there will be a Photographic Treasure Hunt around the village on Thursday 2 June, starting and finishing at the Victoria Rooms. There is no charge to enter and the prize for the winning team is a voucher towards a meal at The Globe. This is a great opportunity to take a walk around our delightful village and match the photos (often taken in close-up) with the features and buildings in the village – all you have to do is answer the questions relating to the photos – simple! Entry forms will be available at the Victoria Rooms from 2pm and all papers need to be returned by 5pm for marking and for the winner to be announced. This is a good opportunity to visit the “Made in Milverton” Exhibition, enjoy some refreshments at Victoria’s Café and enter the Treasure Hunt, with the added bonus of the chance to win a great prize.