Milverton, Somerset
15/06/2024
Victoria Rooms

Victoria Rooms November update

First of all, the Management Committee would like to repeat its request for people to come forward who would be willing to act as Trustees. With one or two exceptions, all our current Trustees are ‘of a certain age’ and many of them have served on the committee for in excess of ten years. It is, therefore, time for some new blood to step in to continue the smooth running of our village hall for many years to come.   
 
We don’t want to get to the situation where, for various reasons, our remaining Trustees need to step down which could then leave the hall at real risk of closing.   So please, if you feel you could spare some time each month to assist with the running of our village hall, then contact our current Chair, Philip Knowles on 01823 400609 or email philipjknowles@btinternet.com. Alternatively, if you don’t feel able to commit to becoming a Trustee straight away, perhaps you could consider becoming a Friend of the Victoria Rooms, helping out at the monthly market and fundraising events by setting out or clearing away chairs or helping with an occasional tidy up – the more Friends we have on board the less there is for each person to do. 
 
Chris has a great team helping to run the café at the monthly market but still wishes to hand over the reins for the overall management of the café. Again, if you feel this is something you could do, please contact Chris Field on 01823 400872  or email field524@btinternet.com who will be delighted to give you more information.
 
The winner of the 100 Club for October, which was drawn at the monthly market, is Rachel Rossiter – well done Rachel.  
 
The next monthly market will be on Saturday 4 November, between 10am and 12 noon, when Victoria’s Café will also be open in the Reading Room. There may still be stall availability at this market and if you are interested in having a stall at this or a future market, please contact Sally on 01823 400320 or email barnyackland@hotmail.co.uk to check on availability.  
 
Our pre-Christmas event, Mince Pies and Merriment is on Friday 8 December. This will be a brilliant evening of music, readings, poems and sketches, all with a Christmas theme, ending with everyone joining in to sing some of our favourite carols. Tickets are £7 each, which includes mince pies and a glass of mulled wine. There will also be a bar.  Doors open at 7pm and tickets are available by contacting Rebecca on 07946 627987 or by email milvertonamdram@gmail.com. Last year this event sold out very quickly, so advance booking is advised. Do put the date in your diary – this will be a great way to kick off our Christmas celebrations.
 
Details of our joint fundraising evening with St Michael’s Church to be held on Saturday 6 April 2024, when Taunton Deane Male Voice Choir will be singing will follow in the New Year. 
 
As Christmas is fast approaching, don’t forget to save your postage stamps as these can be sold to help raise funds for the village hall. They can be left in the pouch in the Reading Room when the hall is open or at the Post Office.  Alternatively, please contact Maggie on 01823 400142 or email maggiedinning@gmail.com.
 
Check out what is happening in our village hall on Victoria Rooms Facebook page.
 
To hire the Victoria Rooms please email Geoff at geoff.elson@xini.com or on 07482 459096.