Milverton, Somerset
20/06/2024

Pick up the poo!

Dog poop
Dog poop

There is no way of trying to be delicate about it……when you see dog poo in the street, it is offensive and totally unnecessary. In the same way as you wouldn’t neglect to feed your pet, there is no way you should neglect to pick up the result of that food, from the road or the footpath.

Anyone who fails to clear up after their dog can be issued with a Fixed Penalty Notice of up to £100. If the case goes to court this could cost the owner or person in charge of the animal up to £1,000.

The law states that being unaware a dog has fouled or not having a suitable bag is not a reasonable excuse.

Please be considerate. Pick up the poo!

Village litter pick

Litter pick 2022
Litter pick 2022

Volunteers are need for the village litter pick on Saturday 25 March.

Meet at the Victoria Rooms at 10am for an hour’s litter pick and then return to the Victoria Rooms for refreshments and cake.

We would love for you to join us. For more information call Anita on 01823 401014

Quiz night

Twinning quiz nightMilverton and District Twinning Association are hosting a quiz night on Friday 24 February in the Victoria Rooms. Doors open at 7pm. Tickets are £10 each and include a ploughman’s meal. Teams of 6.

For more details or to book your place email Geoff on geoff@xini.com or phone 01823 401365

Food Bank reminder

Non-perishable food items or other items such as shampoos and shower gels can be donated at the church for the Food Bank for those in need. The drop-off point is located just inside the main door.

Thank you

The Pavilion opening hours for February

The Pavilion at Milverton Recreation Ground, Butts Way is open during February:

  • Wednesday 1 February 4.30pm
  • Friday 3 February 4.30pm – food Friday
  • Wednesday 8 February 4.30pm
  • Friday 10 February 4.30pm
  • Wednesday 15 February 4.30pm
  • Friday 17 February 4.30pm
  • Wednesday 22 February 4.30pm
  • Friday 24 February 4.30pm – food Friday

Music Club February update

Stonegallows
Stonegallows

Guest night on Friday 17 February we present The Stonegallows. This is the final world tour for this Wiltshire supergroup. Over the years they have played all over the country at major folk festivals, clubs and concerts, and supported bands including The Strawbs, Steeleye Span, Gallagher and Lyle.

The picture shows the 1972 line up with Tony Batten, Alan Briars, John Alderslade and Richard Williams.

Tickets now available £10 each. Doors open at 7.30pm and there will be a bar. Support spot from the Silver Street Band.

We also look forward to seeing you on Friday 3 February for our open mic sessions when we have the pleasure of presenting:

  • The Silver Street Band
  • John Middleton
  • Drew and Maggie
  • Paul Matthews, Lionel Took
  • Ian Mawby
  • Trevor Lloyd and Paul Ewing
  • Paul and Chris

Thanks to all who played in January and kicked off the twenty-seventh year of Milverton Music.

For tickets call 01823 400416 or email milvertonmusicclub@gmail.com. For more information visit Milverton Music Club

Make buses better!

Are you’d up with the lack of buses in and out of your village? Have you often stood in the wet waiting for buses that were late or, even worse, didn’t show up at all? Are you wanting to do your bit for climate change by leaving the car at home but the bus won’t take you where you want to go? Dying to get into town at the weekends but no bus to get home? Car driver? We need your views too.

Help us make our buses better by completing the short make buses better survey.

Your views are needed. Together we can make buses better!

Phone 01823 4000054 or email bus@milvertonpc.org.uk

Parish Council

Ring for the King!

An appeal to recruit bellringers for the Coronation

Ring for the King
Ring for the King

Next year will feature a rare and important occasion in British life – the coronation of King Charles III. The bell ringing community is putting out an appeal to recruit more ringers so they are trained in time to ‘Ring for the King’. More information on the national appeal website Ring for the King.

The Milverton Benefice ringers would like to play their part and train some new ringers for this important occasion and we’d like you to consider joining us. The importance of exercising both body and mind is often spelt out on TV and in the media and bell-ringing ticks all the boxes. As a ringer you join a UK wide community who will make you welcome wherever you go. And for the more adventurous there are many ringing communities in other countries like Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the US.

We are confident that you can join us and be an independent ringer in time to ‘Ring for the King’. To help you decide whether it is something that you will enjoy, we are planning an open tower and taster session at Milverton Church on the morning of Saturday 25 February. The session will include a brief introductory talk, viewing the bells in action, a visit to the top of the tower to see the views, a chance to ring a bell with help of course!

If you would like to come along on the 25 February or would like more information, please contact Heather at heather.davis62@icloud.com or mobile 07966 421950.

Hedgerow Chaplain in February

As we move into February the second month of the year, what are we thinking? Have we been looking at ‘where we are in life’ or ‘where we would like to be’. Have we been carrying out those 1 January New Year resolutions? The diets, garage clearing, exercise, stop smoking, drinking?  Yes, sort of, or not even started with them yet?
 
God’s Nature waits for the ‘right’ time to grow and start to move forward, not just moving because it is the first of whatever date in the calendar!
 
As I have been suggesting before, maybe like in nature, we should just hold back, like the seeds below ground in the dark that have been starting to develop, being nurtured into life, before they finally push through the soil into the spring sunshine and a revitalised new life.
 
It has also been during this time of darkness for you, one of planning, of new ideas, playing with them, adjusting before you dream them into existence which should then be actioned at the right time. God’s nature knows when that time is and with more experience than us, let’s follow her.
 
Forgetting 1 January, during February let’s listen to nature and see what is coming out and breathing new life into this amazing planet God has made us a part of. Many buds are appearing, catkins, daffodils are pushing through, snowdrops, crocus, iris are also surfacing to create new life and colour. So maybe now it really is the proper time to take on those tasks and challenges, totally in line with nature and that new and fresh outlook on life and all the opportunities God gives!
 
5 February 1828 GMT brings us the ‘Snow Moon’ which is a Micro Full Moon so called because of its furthest distance away from earth. The New Moon on 20 February at 0705 GMT is a Super New Moon, meaning it is at a very close distance to the earth.

February’s Pilgrimage Walk

Saturday 11 February at 10am and Tuesday 21 February at 10am, starting from Lydeard Hill car park on the Quantocks! A walk of 3.5 miles taking 2.5 to 3 hours
 
To contact and let me know your chosen day, or if you have any questions email stevenwort@hotmail.co.uk, mobile   07557 958013 or phone 01823 400232
 
Remember, a good and happy feeling is only a good walk away!
 
Steven Wort

February news from The Milverton Trust

The Milverton Trust operates for the benefit of the village of Milverton and surrounding area; raising funds in support of community projects in and around the village, including development of this website.

Activities

The Milverton Trust runs the annual Street Fair of Milverton which takes place on the first May Bank holiday and organises other fund-raising events. Last year it supported the Queen’s 70th Platinum Jubilee celebrations and is currently holding funds for a suitable memorial being chosen to mark both this event and her Majesty’s passing.

Again the tree opposite the Milverton Stores was turned on — thanks to Sheila Williamson — and you may also have noticed the lights adorning the front of the Victoria Rooms, to bring some cheer during the gloomy weather!

Keen to support, The Milverton Trust has just granted £1500 towards the refurbishment of the Recreation Ground public toilets and is currently publishing the booklet Peter Hutchinson has compiled on the history of St. Michael’s Church pew ends, which has been brilliantly researched and written by Peter and includes the wonderful photographs of David Leyland.