Milverton, Somerset
17/06/2024

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 lindsayfortune99@gmail.com. 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 lindsayfortune99@gmail.com

Jubilee events at the Victoria Rooms

As part of Milverton’s extensive Platinum Jubilee celebrations, on Thursday, 2 June, the Victoria Rooms in Fore Street will play host to the many talented artisans who live in this lovely village, whose work will be on display at the Made in Milverton Exhibition.

There is no charge to visit the exhibition, which is open from 11am until 6pm, although some of the pieces will be on sale. There will be a wide variety of work on display, including paintings, wooden pieces, stained glass, patchwork and a whole lot more. There will also be the opportunity to meet some of the artists and craftspeople and, possibly, commission your own unique piece.

Light refreshments will be available between 11am and 4pm at Victoria’s Café in the Reading Room.

On display during the Exhibition, and at various times throughout the month of June, will be the photographic pageant of our Queen’s reign created by Milverton’s Bev Blackmore together with the opportunity of having your photo taken with the Queen!

Also on the 2 June, between 2pm and 5pm is our Walking Treasure Hunt around the village. This consists of photographs of features and buildings in the village, often taken in close-up, together with written clues – all you have to do is locate the features and buildings in the photographs and answer the questions! There is no charge to enter and The Globe have very generously offered a £50 voucher to the winning team. Pick up your question sheet from the Victoria Rooms from 2pm and make sure they are returned by 5pm so they can be marked and the lucky winners announced.

Do come along to the Victoria Rooms on Thursday 2 June – you won’t be disappointed!

Jubilee photographic display

As a forerunner to the celebration of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee in June, there will be a display in  the Reading Room of Victoria Rooms for all of May of photos taken in Milverton at the time of the 2012 Diamond Jubilee. These photos were taken by several village residents who contributed to a photobook which was compiled to record the village celebration ten years ago.

Looking ahead, it is proposed to produce a similar photobook of Milverton’s contribution to the Jubilee celebrations again this year. All Milverton residents will be invited to submit photos they take during this year’s activities. Full details of how to submit photos will be included in the June news post.

Jubilee Walking Treasure Hunt

Walking photo treasure hunt
As part of the Jubilee Celebrations, there will be a walking photographic Treasure Hunt around the village on Thursday 2 June, starting and finishing at the Victoria Rooms.  
 
There is no charge to enter and the prize for the winning team is a voucher towards a meal at The Globe. This is a great opportunity to take a walk around our delightful village and match the photos (often taken in close-up) with the features and buildings in the village – all you have to do is answer the questions relating to the photos – simple!
 
Entry forms will be available at the Victoria Rooms from 2pm and all papers need to be returned by 5pm for marking and for the winner to be announced. This is a good opportunity to visit the “Made in Milverton” exhibition, enjoy some refreshments at Victoria’s Café and enter the Treasure Hunt, with the added bonus of the chance to win a great prize.

Victoria Rooms May update

Our craft fair on the 19 March was very well attended, by both villagers and people from further afield – thanks to the power of the local press and Facebook! There was a wide range of crafts on sale including stained glass pieces, turned and carved wooden items, paintings, homemade fudge and a whole lot more – there was certainly something for everyone. Victoria’s Café was open throughout the event and did a very brisk trade serving an array of delicious cakes and savoury snacks.   It is hoped to hold another craft fair later in the year – the perfect opportunity to purchase unique Christmas presents! If anyone is interested in having a stall at the autumn fair, please contact Sue on 01823 400609 or sueknowles14@btinternet.com.
 
At the craft fair, tickets were sold for the raffle of a sculpted cloth doll and bids taken for the silent auction for a painting, both in the colours of the Ukraine flag, to raise funds for the DEC Ukraine Appeal. Tickets were also available at the monthly market on 2 April when the draws were made. The winner of the doll was June Cox and the highest bid for the painting was from Ian Tapner. The funds raised from the raffle and the auction, together with the sale of badges raised £500.00 which has been sent to the DEC Ukraine Appeal. Many thanks to everyone who contributed. 
 
Don’t forget that the market on 4 June will have a few little extras to mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee and if you would like to be part of this special day, please contact Sally on 01823 400320 to see if there are any stalls available.  
 
As usual, the draw for the 100 Club took place at the market and the winner this time was Malcolm Rotherham. Congratulations on your win, Malcolm.  
 
There has been a very good response from local artists and craftspeople wishing to display examples of their work at the “Made in Milverton” exhibition which is taking place as part of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations in the Victoria Rooms on Thursday, 2 June. However, there are still a few spaces available and if you would like to take part, please contact Sue by email at sueknowles14@btinternet.com giving contact details and a brief description of your craft. If you can attach a photo of your work to the email that would be appreciated. The exhibition will be for one day only and will run from 11.30am until 6pm, with set-up available the day before. There will be no charge for exhibiting. All we ask is that exhibitors spare an hour of their time during the exhibition to act as a steward. Light refreshments will be available during the day at Victoria’s Café in the Reading Room. The number of pieces of work each person can display will depend on the number of artists and craftspeople interested in exhibiting as this will dictate the amount of space available per person. We hope this will be a great opportunity to show off the wide variety of artistic talent that there is in our village.
 
On display during the Made in Milverton Exhibition, at the Jubilee Market and at other times as indicated on the poster outside the Victoria Rooms, will be The Queen’s Photographic Jubilee Pageant – an amazing photographic compilation of the many momentous events which have taken place during the 70-year reign of our Queen and find out what was happening in our village of Milverton at the same time. This beautiful collage has been carefully planned and presented by Bev Blackmore and is most definitely worth a visit. 
 
As part of the Jubilee Celebrations, there will be a Photographic Treasure Hunt around the village on Thursday 2 June, starting and finishing at the Victoria Rooms. There is no charge to enter and the prize for the winning team is a voucher towards a meal at The Globe. This is a great opportunity to take a walk around our delightful village and match the photos (often taken in close-up) with the features and buildings in the village – all you have to do is answer the questions relating to the photos – simple! Entry forms will be available at the Victoria Rooms from 2pm and all papers need to be returned by 5pm for marking and for the winner to be announced. This is a good opportunity to visit the “Made in Milverton” Exhibition, enjoy some refreshments at Victoria’s Café and enter the Treasure Hunt, with the added bonus of the chance to win a great prize.
 

Jubilee bellringing opportunity

Church Bells will be sounding out in all of our four churches as well as nationwide and YOU could be one of the bellringers performing for this unique event!

This is an all age opportunity and if you are interested full training will be given.

There would be no obligation to continue bellringing after the celebrations, but you will probably be so enthralled by it all you probably will!

In the first instance please contact Keith Beale on 07754957158 for further information

Milverton goes platinum!

Milverton Big Jubilee Celebration festivities take place from Thursday 2 June to Sunday 5 June. There’s lots to see and do over this exceptional weekend when we celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

There are exhibitions, competitions, dancing, food and drink as well as performers and entertainment for everyone.

Check out the Milverton Big Jubilee Celebration programme coming through your door or the details on this website.