The Milverton Trust June update

Milverton Street Fair and the Coronation barn dance

The Maypole 2023
The Maypole 2023

This is the land of heritage: May Day and Maypole in the heart of our countryside village, what better combination. Blessed by the sunshine we were and it gave us a very entertaining and successful Milverton Street Fair event. So many came and so many left happy, having enjoyed the stalls, the food, the music and entertainment, the Maypole and, above all, their own community. And the further stretch of street closure better wrapped in the Pub, to add a new zone of entertainment and activity. A good day had by all.

We are delighted in the response for Street Fair Volunteers and have all of the following to thank: Mike and Cathy Sheppard, Dave Pritchard, Bryony Dunk, Nick and Jane Argles, Gary Whittaker, Patrick Storer, Claire Fisher, Anita Dakowski, Heike Bernhardt, Carole Young, Garry and Karen Baker, Lucy Mcloed, Geoff and Sue Hill, Frances Medvedev, Shaun Mears, David Hatfield, Katherine Botes. Special mention to Torquil Buist, bunting hoist extraordinaire and Claire Townsend who we have crowned Milverton’s Recycling Queen; diligence beyond call. Thanks also to our photographer Nick Thomas and Vicar, Helene Stainer for Hat Judging and along with Ruth Beaumont and Sarah Smith — Maids of the Maypole?— we intend to set up a team to teach the art of Maypole dancing in sessions to all comers; more news in the year. Apart from all entertainers who made the day so enjoyable we extend a special thank you to Maypole and Squeeze Box aficionado Brian Heaton and to the generosity of Dan Davies and Sally Churchyard of The Old House, all without whom this revival of tradition would not have begun.

Finally, we can not overlook the wonderful barn dance at Houndsmoor Farm that followed on the Coronation weekend. It astounded all expectations: wonderful music, amazing turnout, amazing dancing, all thanks to the generosity of Arthur and Christine Whittle for loan of their land and farm barn and there is talk of this becoming an annual event. Roll on next year for more fun.

The Milverton Trust is to hold this year’s AGM on Monday 19 June at The Victoria Reading Rooms all welcome to attend.

Signing off for the last time, Julian Dakowski TMT Retiring Chair. Enjoy your lovely village. You lucky people!

The Milverton Trust Reg. Charity No. 1061407