Milverton, Somerset

Coronation celebration barn dance

Arthur and Christine Whittle have very kindly given up one of their barns for the village to hold another barn dance on Friday 5 May. Great live band with Ceilidh music, a food stall courtesy of the Milverton Saw Mills and a licensed bar.

Tickets are £8 each with under 12’s free. Email or call 07771 888240 to purchase your wristband ticket. Early booking recommended.

Coronation cream tea

Cream teaBook your place for the Community Cafe’s Coronation cream tea with savoury option on Saturday 6 May at Milverton Methodist Chapel.

There are two sittings, 3pm to 4pm or 4.30pm to 5.30pm. Cost is £5 per person. Booking is essential. Phone Claire on  01823 401521 or mobile 07852 218646.

Last month, the Community Cafe donated £500 to DEC Turkey and Syria Earthquake fund.

Burns Night supper

On Wednesday 25 January over 50 members of the local community celebrated a hugely successful Burns Night Supper hosted by Torquil Buist in the Victoria Rooms.

The evening  began with Scottish reels followed by a bagpiper Alastair Caygill piping in the entrance of the haggis. David Hatfield eloquently read the famous Burns poem ‘Ode to a haggis’. A delicious supper of haggis, tatties and neeps and Cranachan was served and enjoyed by all the guests.

To host your own event in the Victoria Rooms, contact Geoff on 01823 401365 or email

Coronation memories

Young Queen
Queen Elizabeth II

You have to be in your late 70s and 80s to remember the last coronation and what happened in Milverton. We hope some of today’s children will be able to ask you for your memories. Few people had television then so how did you see it? Were you given a mug or some souvenir of the occasion?

We also want to hear from those who lived elsewhere as all school children were likely to have been given a school project to do about the Coronation. So into drawers and trunks for photos or artefacts we could put on display.

Any such information and stories please contact Elizabeth McDowell by email or phone 01823 400149

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 or mobile 07966 421950.

Organic Herb Trading celebrates 40 years

Organic herbs, spices and botanicals – grown, sourced and supplied in Milverton. 

Nestled down a track on the edge of Milverton, many would be forgiven for not knowing there was a thriving business, celebrating its fortieth anniversary in 2022. Since 1982, Organic Herb Trading has firmly established itself as one of the leading businesses in organic herbs, spices and botanicals.

Founded in 1982 by Mike Brook as Hambleden Herbs, Mike began growing herbs in a field near his home in the Thames Valley. Quickly realising that he wouldn’t be able to meet demand, he began searching for products abroad, and built up a large portfolio of suppliers around the world.

Hambleden Herbs launched its own ranges of pre-packed herbal teas and culinary spices, the first organic products of their kind to ever be available in the UK. To support the growing demands for space, Mike and his family relocated to Milverton in 1994, renaming its bulk trading division to The Organic Herb Trading Company in 2000, and later selling the Hambleden Herbs retail brand.

The business has paved the way for organic herbs, spices and botanicals in the UK, and now source and supply over 500 products, from more than 60 countries around the world from suppliers with whom they have built longstanding relationships. Mike led the way for introducing new products, including bringing organic Cocoa powder to the UK for the first time in 1999. The company’s customers range from individual herbal practitioners to the most respected global organic brands including Yeo Valley, Pukka Herbs, Neal’s Yard Remedies and Riverford Organics. Its commitment to fair and ethical sourcing policies and high-quality ingredients, means that product integrity and authenticity remain at the core of the business.

Now with manufacturing, export, NPD and consultancy services embedded in the company, Organic Herb Trading holds its position as one of the most highly regarded businesses in the industry. They provide blending and milling services to some of the world’s leading tea suppliers, including Pukka, and sell a wide range of medicinal and culinary herbs – ranging from 250g bags to pallet orders of several tonnes.

Organic Herb Trading is a significant local employer with more than 50 members of staff at their HQ, which is also home to a beautiful two-acre biodynamic herb field, where more than 60 herbs are grown. The herb field is a small but intrinsic part of the business, and supplies both fresh and dried herbs to a range of customers including distillers and beauty manufacturers. They are using a number of their own fresh botanicals to create a new range of more than 90 organic herbal tinctures which have launched as part of their 40th anniversary.

To find out more about Organic Herb Trading, you can visit their website. They would also be very happy to arrange site tours (by appointment only), please contact or call 01823 401205 to make an appointment.

Queen’s Platinum Jubilee four day celebration

May I extend heartfelt thanks to all the sponsors and all those who gave their voluntary time and effort, over the celebrations of the Bank Holidays and also over the months of tireless preparation prior to the event.

Thanks goes first to Somerset Community Foundation and Arts Council England for their bounteous grant and to all the Councillors of Milverton Parish Council for their generous donation too. We have Lee Wadham of the Milverton Sawmill to thank as the events’ main sponsor. We thank Eric Chant and Jackie Cooke of Mounts Vets for their sponsorship, support and judging of the Milverton Dog Show. HRG Services Ltd kindly sponsored our Windows Competition.There was further sponsorship from Bradley Clapham of BWC Traffic Management and advertising from Exmoor Ales, Webbers, RGB, Pets at Home and White Post Café.

In particular though we have all the Queen’s Jubilee Celebration Committee to thank, for indeed much work was proposed and certainly achieved. In particular we thank: Jilly Rumble for her amazing, fundraising; gaining certainly the single most substantial contribution of funding from Somerset Community Foundation and Arts Council England. Karen Baker for her persistent and consistent input: collating, designing and producing two promotional brochures together with posters for a number of the events. Garry Baker too for IT and support. Torquil Buist and Jenni Orme for organising and running the Milverton Dog Show. Chris Saunders and the Trustees of the Recreation Ground for their kind permission to be on their land. Katherine Botes for drumming up not just sponsorship and advertising but donations for the Auction of Promises too. Phil Chambers for the Family Disco and all the Sound and PA systems. Nick Argles for handling and delivering the Auction of Promises. Mark and Adele of The Globe for that great reunion of a Street Party. Sue Knowles for the Victoria Rooms, the Market and Café, for the Made in Milverton exhibition and her extraordinary Village Treasure Hunt. Bev Blackmore for his historical photographic legacy. Ginney May and Bek Beard of AmDram for delivering their warming 50s’ nostalgia radio sketch. Jo McMahon for the Gazebo and Tent Picnic Competition. Kirsty Harris for Social Media feeds. Chris Mann for services beyond duty in the rain at the Dog Show. Arthur Whittle for straw bales, arena posts and haulage. Tom Brazier for saving us the day the rain came in. Broken arm Jack Clements we thank for all the many chairs; and Tangareen and Jacob Hi-Ho for standing in for Jack. Thank you Skin Tight Samba for challenging the rain. Hilary Wickham for the very youthful High Park and the older Wind Section. Thank you the Barn Stormers for the bestest of ‘everyone was dancing!’ nights. The staging was on loan from Wellington Choral Society. And thank you Kwabana Lindsay for dancing and fiddling in the rain — on slack rope. Thank you Milverton Music Club for hosting such amazing talent. Thank you the Methodist Chapel and all who prepared the Big Breakfast and the very particular Ritz Tea. Thanks also to Becky Hards and Tamsen Mace up at the Pavilion.

Lost amidst all this is a white elephant in the room: the wonderful Grand Marquee. Jon Coward of The Bear — licensee of the Pavilion — bought it allowing The Milverton Trust to hold certain events in it free of charge. We owe Jon and Millie Coward a debt of enormous gratitude for having the marquee erected for this event. We all need to work hard to keep it.

Last and certainly by no means least, we extend the most heartfelt thanks to the man who, after only a few months in this village, foolhardily stuck his hand up at the JubCom’s first meeting offering to run all the Queen’s Jubilee events that we had proposed. What you see here above, is without question all down to the dogged persistence and personable skills of one person. He who encouraged and cajoled a disparate but willing group to come up with the goods and we did. That man is Gary Whittaker and on behalf of The Milverton Trust we extend

Julian Dakowski
On behalf of The Milverton Trust 

Contribute to a book of the Jubilee memories

The great village get-together to celebrate the 70-year reign of Queen Elizabeth is now only a memory. However, there is a plan to produce a photobook recording all the activities which took place in the village during the four days. For this we invite all residents to submit copies of photos taken during the celebration for possible inclusion in the book. Copies of the finished photobook will be available later this year at the cost of production.

Several people have already contributed photos but more are needed, particularly of the activities in the marquee at the Recreation Ground such as the Family Disco and the Barn Dance and also street parties. Please send contributions to Lindsay Fortune email Images in .jpg format are preferred. If you need help in providing copies of your photos, ring Lindsay on 01823 400890.

Platinum Jubilee bellringing

Benefice of Milverton, Ash Priors, Fitzhead and Halse Plans for bellringing are now coming together so I just want to alert you to the proposals which will give every ringer the opportunity of ringing for the Jubilee.

Friday 3 June – Halse at 2.30pm (as part of the afternoon events in the church) we are giving a 30 minute presentation of bellringing. This will be a brief introduction of the history of the bells followed by an explanation of how the bells are rung, using the Fitzhead model bell. Then raising the bells and demonstrating call changes, plain hunt and method ringing. Anyone wishing to ‘have a go’ will be able to ring backstroke only, obviously under close supervision. Following that the bells will be lowered and ‘that will be all!’ I shall require at least six ringers in addition to myself.

Saturday 4 June a Quarter Peal Day with ringing of a quarter peal in each of our churches. Proposals at present Fitzhead 9.30am, Ash Priors 10.30am, Milverton 3.30pm and Halse 5pm. If you wish to ring one or more quarter peals please let me know which towers you are available for.

Sunday 5 June, in addition to any service ringing – we shall have general ringing during the Big Lunch. The ringing need only be for 30 minutes at each tower. I suggest the ringing is from 12 noon starting at Milverton then Fitzhead 12.45pm, Ash Priors 1.30pm and finishing at Halse 2.15pm. If you are prepared to ring I must have confirmation of which tower(s) you will definitely ring at! Just remember you will never have this opportunity of ringing for a Platinum Jubilee again!

Saturday 4 June – I have kept the best bit till last!
Heather has kindly invited us to a social get together in her garden after the quarter peal at Halse – so from about 6pm.

Keith Beale
Mobile on 07754 957158


Memories of the Jubilee Celebrations 2022

Undoubtedly cameras will be snapping during the Jubilee celebrations in the village. It is planned to produce a photobook comprising an edited selection of the many photos which will be taken. The photobook will be available then for all village residents to buy for the cost of production.

Lindsay Fortune, who compiled a photobook covering the Diamond Jubilee celebrations in 2012, has agreed to assemble a book again this year. He will need photos taken at every event to ensure there is a comprehensive coverage of the event. Photos should be submitted in JPEG form and sent during June to