Milverton, Somerset
17/06/2024

Victoria Rooms January update

Our Mince Pies and Merriment evening was a sell-out! Despite it being a really cold evening outside, the atmosphere in the Victoria Rooms was warm and cosy, with lots of happy chatter and the spicy aroma of the hot, mulled wine.

Curtain up for mince pies and merriment
Curtain up for mince pies and merriment

The audience enjoyed a great mix of seasonal songs, readings and poems, and rounded off the evening with some carol singing, ably led by Tom Morrell on piano and Tony Batten on guitar – we didn’t quite raise the roof, but got pretty close! Thanks to all who performed or attended our fundraising event in the run up to Christmas.

A date for your diary – as you may remember, Somerset Opera were due to perform Iolanthe in the Victoria Rooms during March 2020 but, due to the pandemic, this, like everything else, had to be cancelled. We are delighted to say that they are back! This time, they will be performing The Gondoliers and will be at the Victoria Rooms on Saturday 25 March. Further details to follow next month, but if you would like to reserve your tickets before they go on general sale, please ring Sue on 01823 400609.

Our last monthly market before Christmas on Saturday 3 December saw a steady stream of customers. As in previous years, there will not be a market in January, so make sure you come along to the first market of 2023 on Saturday 4 February. As always, Victoria’s Café will be selling the usual delicious array of homemade cakes to accompany a cup of coffee and a chat. There may be tables available at future monthly markets and, if you are interested in booking one, please contact Sally on 01823 400320 or email barnyackland@hotmail.co.uk to check on dates. The monthly draw for our 100 Club winner will take place at the market. The winner of the December draw was Molly Burton – well done Molly.

Following our pleas over the last few months for volunteers to become Trustees of the Victoria Rooms, we are very pleased to welcome Helen Burton onto the committee. Helen has only recently moved to the village but comes with a wealth of experience in managing and running village halls and will be a great asset to the Victoria Rooms.

The Victoria Rooms’ AGM will be held on Tuesday 24 January commencing at 7pm, and all are welcome to attend. Do please come along and hear what plans there are for the future of our village hall and maybe even sign up to become a Friend of the Victoria Rooms.

Please continue to save your postage stamps from your Christmas cards (and indeed any post throughout the year) and donate these to the Victoria Rooms. They can be left in the pouch in the Reading Room if the hall is open or placed in an envelope and put in the postbox on the wall outside the hall. This is not just a Christmas initiative and stamps are welcome all year round – it is a great way of raising money from something we would normally throw away!

Check out what is happening in our village hall on Victoria Rooms Facebook page.

To hire the Victoria Rooms please contact Geoff on 01823 401365 or email geoff.elson@xini.com.