Milverton, Somerset

Victoria Rooms May update

Somerset Opera’s performance of The Gondoliers went down really well with an enthusiastic audience. Despite ticket sales starting off slowly, the Victoria Rooms was full and the audience enjoyed a colourful and energetic performance. £250 was also raised towards our funds, so a big thank you to everyone who supported the evening.

As mentioned last month, there are still a couple of vacancies on the Management Committee for new Trustees and if you are interested in helping with the running of our village hall, either as a Trustee or as a Friend, please contact Philip on 01823 400609. In particular, we are looking for an events’ organiser to plan fundraisers throughout the year. If you are able to help in any way, please let Philip know.

Renewal forms for the 2023/2024 Victoria Rooms’ 100 Club have now been sent out to all past subscribers and over a third of people have already responded – many thanks. However, if you are new to the village, or feel you would like to take part, please contact Sue on 01823 400609 and she will send you an application form. Entry costs just £12 a year for 12 monthly draws which means there are 12 chances of winning the monthly prize of £50 and, with only 100 members, the odds for winning are much better than the National Lottery! The draw takes place at the monthly market and the winners for the April draw was Wendy Jones – well done Wendy!

The monthly market takes place on the first Saturday of the month, with a variety of stalls in the main hall and Victoria’s Café in the Reading Room selling delicious cakes and coffee. The market and café are open from 10am to 12 noon. While there will not be a market in May as the first Saturday of the month is the date of the Coronation of King Charles III, the 100 Club draw will still be made and the winner advised. The next monthly market is on Saturday 3 June. There may be tables available at this and future monthly markets and, if you are interested in booking one, please contact Sally on 01823 400320 or email to check on dates.

Monday 1 May is Milverton Street Fair and the Victoria Rooms will be at the centre of events with the main hall home to over 20 stallholders, Victoria’s Café in the Reading Room selling delicious cakes and hot drinks and The Old Vic on the forecourt selling beer, cider, wine and soft drinks, where, thanks to Milverton Music Club, there will also be musicians providing great entertainment throughout the day. All profits from the Café and the bar go towards the upkeep of our village hall.

It will soon be suitable weather for outside gatherings and the Victoria Rooms’ gazebos are available for hire if you are hosting an outside event and think you may require some shade from the sun! If you are interested, please contact Philip on 01823 400609 to check availability.

Keep saving your postage stamps! So far, the sale of stamps has raised in excess of £200. Please contact Maggie on 01823 400142.

To hire the Victoria Rooms please contact Geoff on 01823 401365 or email