Milverton, Somerset
13/07/2024

Street Fair volunteers

Nicole Werner pottery street fair 2022
Nicola Werner pottery

I’m writing this on the 7 February, and it looks like the count down to the Annual Milverton Street Fair has begun… I make it 2 months and 22 days till the big event. This year the team are planning a slightly bigger event and all stall holder invites should be arriving in your inbox by the end of February . If you haven’t received yours by the beginning of March and you would like to have a stall please get in contact with us. Entertainment is starting to be arranged with the Skintight Samba band set to perform. 

We do need volunteers to help this year as we are short on the rota currently, if you think you can manage an hour on the day then we need help with stewarding during the day, setting up and clearing away. We are also cooking burgers this year if you fancy helping on the bbq. You can let me know if you can help via the face book site or via phone call or text Kirsty 07801 199739 . On May Day weekend and beyond we will have some yarn bombing in the village! Can’t wait to see the creations made for Milverton by our Milverton residents.

Kirsty Harris 



Help at the Street Fair

Volunteers are needed to help first thing in the morning of the Milverton Street Fair on Monday 6 May to help ensure an orderly set up of stalls, general support during the day helping visitors and car drivers on a rota basis during the day. Full briefing will be provided.

If you can offer an hour or more on Monday 6 May please text Kirsty on 07801 199739 or send a message on Milverton Street Fair Facebook page.

Milverton King’s Banner

Milverton King's banner
Milverton King’s banner 2023

Just after the death of her late Majesty Queen Elizabeth’s on 8 September 2022 and her son, Charles was pronounced King, several of us were in church clearing flowers when the Rev. Helene Stainer said we would need a banner to mark the occasion.

In January 2023, after discussions, the materials for making a banner had been acquired by Rachel Bidlake-Corser who had organised the embroidering and making up of the wonderful kneelers in Milverton church. She applied the design of the new King’s cypher onto canvas and added the first stitches.

By late January and February the banner began to be circulated for others to add stitches including a weekly outing at the Community Cafe where others added stitches. It naturally evolved into a ‘Stitch for the King’ project to which Milverton Court Leet generously donated £100 towards costs of the wool.

Eventually 186 people added stitches, the youngest 3 years old and the oldest 96 years old and both our wonderful Ukrainian refugee families eagerly added their stitches. So important a community project did it become many clamoured to add more stitches.

Lady Susan Lethbridge generously donated the wonderful silk brocade with which it is backed and Mrs. Edwina Pugsley donated the cord for the piping that surrounds the banner. Kirsten Horton came across a pole that had been used for a previous banner. It was the exact size we needed and Milns Prescott was able to buff up the original brass knobs at the end and so it is now on show again with a new banner!

And so, this little wish expressed by the Rev. Stainer has shown how the community came together without the need to advertise and produced this amazing ‘Stitch for our king’ banner. A list of all those who stitched along with many photographs of stitchers will eventually be available in the church.

The Milverton Trust June update

Milverton Street Fair and the Coronation barn dance

The Maypole 2023
The Maypole 2023

This is the land of heritage: May Day and Maypole in the heart of our countryside village, what better combination. Blessed by the sunshine we were and it gave us a very entertaining and successful Milverton Street Fair event. So many came and so many left happy, having enjoyed the stalls, the food, the music and entertainment, the Maypole and, above all, their own community. And the further stretch of street closure better wrapped in the Pub, to add a new zone of entertainment and activity. A good day had by all.

We are delighted in the response for Street Fair Volunteers and have all of the following to thank: Mike and Cathy Sheppard, Dave Pritchard, Bryony Dunk, Nick and Jane Argles, Gary Whittaker, Patrick Storer, Claire Fisher, Anita Dakowski, Heike Bernhardt, Carole Young, Garry and Karen Baker, Lucy Mcloed, Geoff and Sue Hill, Frances Medvedev, Shaun Mears, David Hatfield, Katherine Botes. Special mention to Torquil Buist, bunting hoist extraordinaire and Claire Townsend who we have crowned Milverton’s Recycling Queen; diligence beyond call. Thanks also to our photographer Nick Thomas and Vicar, Helene Stainer for Hat Judging and along with Ruth Beaumont and Sarah Smith — Maids of the Maypole?— we intend to set up a team to teach the art of Maypole dancing in sessions to all comers; more news in the year. Apart from all entertainers who made the day so enjoyable we extend a special thank you to Maypole and Squeeze Box aficionado Brian Heaton and to the generosity of Dan Davies and Sally Churchyard of The Old House, all without whom this revival of tradition would not have begun.

Finally, we can not overlook the wonderful barn dance at Houndsmoor Farm that followed on the Coronation weekend. It astounded all expectations: wonderful music, amazing turnout, amazing dancing, all thanks to the generosity of Arthur and Christine Whittle for loan of their land and farm barn and there is talk of this becoming an annual event. Roll on next year for more fun.

The Milverton Trust is to hold this year’s AGM on Monday 19 June at The Victoria Reading Rooms all welcome to attend.

Signing off for the last time, Julian Dakowski TMT Retiring Chair. Enjoy your lovely village. You lucky people!

The Milverton Trust Reg. Charity No. 1061407

Fitzhead Fete 2023

Whether you’re a Fitzhead Fete stalwart or you’ve never been before, you’re in for a treat. So save the date for this lovely, traditional event, to be held at Fitzhead Cricket Ground on the afternoon of 22 July.

Entry and parking are free, and there will be a host of stalls from great clothes bargains and books, to homemade cakes and jams. You can sit at tables with friends and enjoy delicious cakes and teas; listen to Wiveliscombe Town Band, enjoy the beer tent and a barbecue. You can take part in fun races for children and adults, enter a prize draw, have fun at the ducking stool, and more.

Plus there’s a traditional flower show tent, with a chance for people of all ages to show their best flowers, fruit and vegetables, crafts and cakes.

On Sunday the 23 July there will also be a fun duck race. It’s part of the fete weekend, and is held at Holcombe Farm at the bottom of Tyler’s Lane. Children and adults alike enjoy running alongside the river and watching a sea of yellow plastic ducks bobbing along. And there’s always tea and cake on the lawn to console yourself if you haven’t won.
People come from miles around to enjoy the Fitzhead Fete, which has been going for decades and has a great reputation.

Please put the date in your diary, or if you’d like to get involved in helping, contact organiser Abi Wickham email at abiwickham@gmail.com or call 01823 400418.

Free Coronation celebrations!

Come and enjoy a jacket potato with a choice of fillings, tea, coffee or soft drinks and cakes at the Methodist Chapel on Monday 8 May from 12 noon to 3pm.

There will be a free family quiz, free under-13s competition, pre-loved book, CDs and DVDs sale.

Stitch for the King

There is still time to add your stitches to the Coronation banner being prepared for St Michael’s Church. So far nearly 80 people, young and old have added stitches.

If you wish to add yours then the banner is at the Community Cafe in the Methodist Chapel on Wednesday morning. Come and have a delicious coffee and cake and chat in a friendly atmosphere and add your stitches or call 01823 400149 to arrange a time.

Very grateful thanks to Milverton Court Leet, who have offered £100 and also other donors, who have contributed towards the cost of making and framing the banner.

Elizabeth

Waste collection changes

For the week of 1 May Silver Street and Fore Street only will have changed collections to 2 May to avoid the waste collection vehicles being held up by stall holders setting up for the Street Fair.

Waste collection crews will collect on bank holiday Monday 1 May as normal for those streets with a usual Monday collection.

There are no waste collections on Monday 8 May. All collections will be a day later for the rest of the week and include collection on Saturday 13 May.

Recycling sites will open their usual opening hours. Check you waste and recycling collection days.

The Milverton Trust Street Fair update

This year our annual Street Fair actually falls on the very first day of the month of May and traditionally for that we have our very own Maypole erected again to crown the festivity and fertility of the season.

This year we have extended the Fair to at last include our pub and can enjoy it and its forecourt area for activities and live music. The new closure will mean that on Fair day from early morning until 4.30pm, all Creedwell traffic will have to follow the access and exit route using Rosebank Road, Houndsmoor Lane and Turnpike. Apologies for the temporary inconvenience. There will be stewards at all critical points.

We are delighted in the response to our request for volunteers on Fair day, but we are still looking for more. Just an hour or two during the day to steward the street would be invaluable. Please email The Milverton Trust at themilvertontrust@gmail.com or call 07711 048001.

Finally, just a little taster, for the Coronation weekend, Arthur and Christine Whittle have very kindly given up one of their barns for the village to hold another fun barn dance. Great live band with great Ceilidh music, food stall courtesy of the Sawmill and a licensed bar. Wristband tickets are £8 each and can be purchased by email at themilvertontrust@gmail.com or call 07771 888240. Under 12’s go free.