Milverton, Somerset

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

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.

Milverton Trust window box competition

Worthy winners of this year’s Window Box competition were:

  • First prize went to Barry and Sue Cottrell of Friday Cottage, Silver Street
  • Second prize went to Bill Wolton of Highcroft, High Street

Highly commended were:

  • Westgates, Windyridge, Butts Way
  • Lindsay Fortune of Fox’s Hollow, Wood Street

Thanks are due to the Judges, Micky Pine and Peter Hutchinson, and to the Milverton Trust, which once again has provided the prizes and Certificates.

The Judges noted that there were several properties which had beautiful boxes, which had not been entered for the competition.perhaps they will do so next year if only for the generous prize money!

Milverton photographers on show

Bird in flight
Taken by Nick Thomas, after a pre-dawn four hour wait at Rutland water

The annual exhibition by Milverton photographers is on display in the Victoria Rooms until the end of September. The theme this year is ‘The Natural World’ with seven photographers contributing. In the main hall the exhibits are from Wendy Hopper, Keith Jennings and Bev Blackmore while in the Reading Room, Nick Thomas, Trish Batten, Lindsay Fortune and Tim Bidlake-Corser are exhibiting.

The exhibition can be viewed at any time that the hall is open or by ringing Bev Blackmore on 07812574583 who will arrange a private viewing.

Win £1000 for Victoria Rooms!

Have you taken a photo which shows what makes Milverton a special place in which to live?

Allied Westminster, the company through which Milverton’s village hall is insured, is running a photographic competition with the theme Britain’s ‘Wonderful Villages’.

Winning entries will earn awards for both the village hall and the photographer.

  • 1st prize – £1,000 for Victoria Rooms and £500 for the photographer
  • 2nd prize – £500 for Victoria Rooms and £250 for the photographer
  • 3rd prize – £250 for Victoria Rooms and £125 for the photographer
  • 4th prize – £100 for Victoria Rooms and £50 for the photographer
  • 5th prize – £50 for Victoria Rooms and £25 for the photographer

Photographs will be judged on how well they capture a sense of village life and community spirit. Entries are required by 21 November 2021. There may be opportunities to take a photo as we come out of lockdown, but there is no requirement that the photo should be taken this year.

Anyone interested in participating can obtain an entry form with all details from Lindsay Fortune on 01823 400890 or email