Milverton, Somerset
17/06/2024

Milverton United Charities February update

People often ask about the Milverton United Charities (not to be confused with the Milverton Trust which is another village organisation). Many years ago land and money was left by parishioners to different charities in the village. These charities were amalgamated some time ago into one charity, the Milverton United Charities (MUC). The money that was left in these bequests forms the capital and the interest from the capital is used for specific purposes, mainly for the elderly people of Milverton. We have documents going back to the beginning of the twentieth century for payment for shawls, cloaks, overcoats, etc. for the poor and deserving individuals of the parish. Before the NHS was set up the MUC would also help with medical expenses.

The MUC is administered by a group of Trustees who all have a particular expertise in the village of Milverton. The interest payments to the MUC are then used for charitable purposes such as Christmas vouchers to be spent in the Milverton Stores for those people over 65 who have lived in the village for more than five years, and also vouchers which may be used for the Wivey Link. Many people feel they do not need their Christmas voucher for themselves and food is bought for the local foodbank in lieu. On occasions the Trustees will award small amounts of money for deserving causes such as a carer providing end of life care for a parishioner.

If someone requests money for a specific purpose this is looked at carefully by the Trustees and, provided it falls within the remit of the Charities, we have often been able to help. The MUC is overseen by the Charity Commission and we have to adhere to their stringent rules and regulations.

Jean Ainsworth-Smith
Clerk to the Trustees, Milverton United Charities

Milverton United Charities food bank donations

The Trustees of the Milverton United Charities would like to thank all the people of Milverton who donated their Milverton United Charities Christmas vouchers to the Food Bank and also Emma and Russell Jenkins of the Milverton Stores who made it possible. Thanks to their generosity, over £1000 worth of food and other essentials was transported by Milns Priscott and Arthur Whittle to the Food Bank in Taunton

The Trustees would also like to thank all the distributors of the Christmas vouchers whose help is greatly appreciated.

Wivey Link

If there are any Milverton residents (who have lived in the village for more than five years and who use the Wivey Link) who need vouchers for this wonderful enterprise please contact Jean Ainsworth-Smith at Knutsford Cottage in North Street.

Jean Ainsworth-Smith
Clerk to the Trustees, Milverton United Charities

Food bank vouchers thank you

Food bank collection
The Trustees of the Milverton United Charities would like to thank all the kind people who donated their Christmas vouchers to the Food Bank.

Emma and Russell Jenkins at the Milverton Stores very kindly purchased 505.1 Kg of food for the Food Bank (worth over £1,000) and this was transported to the Food Bank by Milns Priscott and Mr and Mrs Mathers. This donation made a big difference to local people in crisis.

Very many thanks to everyone for their part in this.

Jean Ainsworth-Smith
Clerk to the Trustees of the Milverton United Charities

Trustees of the Milverton United Charities

The Trustees of the Milverton United Charities are very grateful to David Mellor for renovating and refurbishing the bench in the Jubilee Gardens. The Mellor family kindly gave this bench in memory of Ena Mellor who lived in Creedwell Orchard. It is a lovely place to sit and enjoy the peacefulness of the Jubilee Gardens.

Jean Ainsworth-Smith
Clerk to the Trustees, Milverton United Charities

Milverton United Charities October update

Christmas vouchers 2021

There are charities in the village, some of which were set up hundreds of years ago to help needy parishioners particularly in the winter months. There is an invoice in the records, dated Christmas 1920, for “3 fancy cloth overcoats @ 52/6 each supplied to the Rev Preb Maynard for the Milverton United Charities” by W.H. Westlake & Son Ltd (Tailors, Clothiers, Hatters, Hosiers and Outfitters – Agents for Jaeger’s underwear and Burberry’s waterproof coats) of High Street, Taunton, and paid for by the Milverton United Charities.

Since then the Welfare State has come into being and, although there is still need, it is mostly met from State Funds. The Trustees of the Milverton United Charities decided some years ago that vouchers, to be spent in the Milverton Stores, should be given at Christmas to parishioners of Milverton (and Preston Bowyer).

The vouchers are available for anyone who is 65 and over who has lived in the parish for at least five years. Anyone who is eligible should apply to Jean Ainsworth-Smith at Knutsford Cottage in North Street by Friday 5 November. There is no need for anyone already on the list to apply again, but please let us know if there has been a change (perhaps a partner has died or someone is now eligible).

Jean Ainsworth-Smith
Clerk to the Trustees