Milverton, Somerset
15/07/2024

Village and Community Agents November update

Staying warm and well this winter

This year, more than ever, many people will be extremely concerned about the rise in fuel costs and the coming winter months. Please do get in touch if you are struggling with fuels costs – we want everyone to be warm and well this winter! Alternatively, you can contact the Centre for Sustainable Energy and their Home Energy team on 0800 082 2234. They are on hand to deal with fuel debt, help find cheaper fuel, aid in switching suppliers and much more. Watch this recent Talking Café for fantastic tips and advice for saving money on your fuel bills and keeping a warm home. 

Are you are over 60, or rely on electricity for medical or mobility reasons or have a hearing or visual impairment or a long-term health condition? Sign up for the priority services register. There is advice on the website for registering with your other utilities too such as water and gas.

Crisis Fund appeal

The CCS Crisis Fund is distributed by our Village and Community Agents to help people in crisis situations. A small grant can make a huge difference in a person’s life – and we need your help now more than ever!

Please visit Somerset Crisis Fund to find out more. You can donate to a county-wide ‘pot’ or text CRISIS to 70580 to donate £10.

If you think your local CCS Village Agent help you in any way, please call 01823 331 222 or visit agent call back and request a call back.

The Big village clean-up

We had a very good turn out for the village clean up on Saturday 21 May. 20 volunteers came along to help pick up litter in the village.

Although the sky was grey, our volunteers were enthusiastic, and after their litter picking rounds they all enjoyed refreshments and cake and having a chat. Several new people to the village came along and it was good to meet them. Now the thank yous to the volunteers:

  • Special thanks to Karen and Gary Baker for helping organise this, and serving the refreshments and cake to the volunteers. We were very happy to welcome four children who enjoyed hot chocolate and marshmallows with their cake! 
  • The ladies who made the cakes, you know who you are!

Thanks also go to the:

  • Victoria Rooms for letting us use the Reading Rooms and the kitchen
  • Parish Council for supplying tea, coffee and milk
  • Milverton Trust for extra high viz jackets

I would also like to thank the Somerset West and Taunton Council for supplying the litter picking kits which were delivered and collected promptly.

Anita Dakowski

So long, farewell…

Sue and Allen Kloeden
Sue and Allen Kloeden

Farewell to Sue and Allen Kloeden from Queensland, who been here for five months visiting their daughter and grandchildren who moved into Milverton last year.

Sue and Allen have been regular customers at the Community Cafe between trips around the UK and were welcome volunteers at the St. Michael’s church stall at the Street Fair. They have enjoyed their visit here and village life and we will miss them and send them our thanks and best wishes.

Looking for Summerhayes

Jane Langridge from Reading, Berks is looking for family graves. ‘Summerhayes’ was the family name, her grandfather having left farming here to join the railway in London and then Reading.

Jane would be interested in hearing from anyone who would remember the Summerhayes. Her contact details from Eliz McDowell on 01823 400149.

Get involved in village life

Are you looking to be involved in village life?

The new term for Parish Councillors has begun and there are vacancies that present an opportunity for people to get involved and help deal with issues that crop up. No previous experience is necessary, just an enthusiasm to work on behalf of everyone to look after and improve the things that make this a great place to live.

If you are interested in finding out more, please contact any of the Councillors or the Clerk, or come along to one of the monthly meetings, next one 9 May, at the Victoria Rooms at 7pm.

Tim Payne
Clerk to the Council
Phone 01823 432959 or email clerk@milvertonpc.org.uk

Annual Milverton village parish meeting

The Annual Village Meeting returns after its break for Covid on Wednesday 6 April at 7pm in the Victoria Rooms.

Village groups will have stalls so you can see what they get involved with and hopefully there will be reports from several about what they’ve been up to over the last two years and their plans for the future.

It is also a forum for the residents to discuss any issues affecting Milverton.

Village Agent April update

It has somewhat damp in Somerset, but good news is spring is on its way! Bringing longer, lighter days, milder weather and hopefully… a much-needed dose of vitamin D. Get ready for spring adventures and outdoor fun with Get Outside in Somerset. From activities to events and challenges, you can find a roundup of the latest stories and all the great stuff happening near you.

Do you want to find things to do in Somerset this Spring? Find activities for all abilities? Need some help setting a goal? There are lots of interesting blogs, along with opportunities to volunteer and ways to be active. All information can be found on the website or social media channels. 

Many Talking Cafes have returned, and you can just drop in. Find Talking Café on our Facebook page or  or find weekly Talking Cafes LIVE on Facebook where we have guests talking and answering questions.

Could you REHOME your old phone? By donating an unused phone to us, YOU can help reduce loneliness and isolation, as well as helping in everyday lives with things like shopping online and staying connected to friends and family.

We will: refurbish the phone remove any personal data provide the new owner with a SIM card support them to use the phone with video tutorials and install apps that will help them to keep in touch with their loved ones.

Check your ‘bits and bobs’ drawer where old devices lurk waiting to be loved again!
To donate, please contact your local Village Agent.

Wivey welcomes refugees

How can we best help the Ukrainian people in their hour of need? There are many ways, and already in the Wivey area a lot of money has been raised, plus 70 boxes of essential supplies gathered and shipped to Poland.

Now that the Government is asking people to accommodate refugees in their spare rooms, (subject to checks), there are many reasons why it would be good to coordinate this in our area. It would be less traumatic for refugees from a particular area to be housed near each other, and coming from a war zone they may have many and complex needs: alongside the immediate need for shelter there will be needs for clothing, to learn English, make friends, find work and schooling, etc. The hosts may also need support at times: this is unknown territory for everyone.

A few of us are looking to set up a group with the working name of ‘Wivey Welcomes Refugees’ in close consultation with Wivey Cares, the Wivey Area Partnership, the Town and Parish Councils, schools and churches, and Taunton Welcomes Refugees. Our hope is to come under the umbrella of an existing local charity so we can accept donations of money and ensure we comply with relevant legislation. Our intention is to cover the twelve parishes served by the 10 Parishes and Wivey and Hills Benefice.

If you have already registered with the government, or are thinking of offering to host some refugees, or could help with coordination, we’d love to hear from you. At a later date we will be appealing for other practical help once the needs are identified.

The fantastic community spirit in the Wivey area and existence of organisations such as the Food Project, Wivey Cares and the Grow Project mean the area is well placed to do its bit to help refugees.

Peter Pearson, Mirren Boyle, Julia Hatfield

Wiveliscombe town square consultation

Following our survey to collect ideas last October, five options for improving The Square and town centre in Wiveliscombe will be presented and discussed on 28 and 29 January. Consultation events take place from 5pm to 7pm on Friday 28 January and 9am to 1pm on Saturday 29 January at Wiveliscombe Community Centre.

Proposals for The Square include improving pavements, reducing clutter, new seating and a small portico for the Town Hall. Traffic options include both less or more central parking, a delivery bay, a one-way system and a raised road surface.

There will be talks on the proposals at 5.45pm on 28 January and 10am and 11.30am on 29 January. There will be displays for the options to view anytime and the opportunity to give feedback. There will also be an online survey from 28 January to 4 February. Further details are available at Wivey Square and Town Centre. Our website includes reports on the initial surveys.

The project is led by a local steering group with Town Recovery and Welcome Back funding from Somerset West and Taunton Council, the European Union and the Government.