Milverton, Somerset

Christmas vouchers 2022

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 supplied to the Rev Preb Maynard for the Milverton Charities by W. H Westlake & Son Ltd, of High Street, Taunton (Tailors, Clothiers, Hatters, Hosiers and Outfitters – Agents for Jaeger’s Underwear and Burberry’s Weatherproof Coats) for the sum of £7-10-0.

Since then the Welfare State has come into being and, although there is still need, it is mostly met from State Funds. The Trustees 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 25 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 is now eligible).

Jean Ainsworth-Smith
(Clerk to the Trustees) Milverton United Charities