Milverton, Somerset
22/06/2024

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.

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

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.

Victoria Rooms May update

Somerset Opera’s performance of The Gondoliers went down really well with an enthusiastic audience. Despite ticket sales starting off slowly, the Victoria Rooms was full and the audience enjoyed a colourful and energetic performance. £250 was also raised towards our funds, so a big thank you to everyone who supported the evening.

As mentioned last month, there are still a couple of vacancies on the Management Committee for new Trustees and if you are interested in helping with the running of our village hall, either as a Trustee or as a Friend, please contact Philip on 01823 400609. In particular, we are looking for an events’ organiser to plan fundraisers throughout the year. If you are able to help in any way, please let Philip know.

Renewal forms for the 2023/2024 Victoria Rooms’ 100 Club have now been sent out to all past subscribers and over a third of people have already responded – many thanks. However, if you are new to the village, or feel you would like to take part, please contact Sue on 01823 400609 and she will send you an application form. Entry costs just £12 a year for 12 monthly draws which means there are 12 chances of winning the monthly prize of £50 and, with only 100 members, the odds for winning are much better than the National Lottery! The draw takes place at the monthly market and the winners for the April draw was Wendy Jones – well done Wendy!

The monthly market takes place on the first Saturday of the month, with a variety of stalls in the main hall and Victoria’s Café in the Reading Room selling delicious cakes and coffee. The market and café are open from 10am to 12 noon. While there will not be a market in May as the first Saturday of the month is the date of the Coronation of King Charles III, the 100 Club draw will still be made and the winner advised. The next monthly market is on Saturday 3 June. There may be tables available at this and future monthly markets and, if you are interested in booking one, please contact Sally on 01823 400320 or email barnyackland@hotmail.co.uk to check on dates.

Monday 1 May is Milverton Street Fair and the Victoria Rooms will be at the centre of events with the main hall home to over 20 stallholders, Victoria’s Café in the Reading Room selling delicious cakes and hot drinks and The Old Vic on the forecourt selling beer, cider, wine and soft drinks, where, thanks to Milverton Music Club, there will also be musicians providing great entertainment throughout the day. All profits from the Café and the bar go towards the upkeep of our village hall.

It will soon be suitable weather for outside gatherings and the Victoria Rooms’ gazebos are available for hire if you are hosting an outside event and think you may require some shade from the sun! If you are interested, please contact Philip on 01823 400609 to check availability.

Keep saving your postage stamps! So far, the sale of stamps has raised in excess of £200. Please contact Maggie on 01823 400142.

To hire the Victoria Rooms please contact Geoff on 01823 401365 or email geoff.elson@xini.com

Learn to dance the Maypole!

Come and join us on Saturday 22 April at 10am when Maypole aficionado, Brian Heaton, will be teaching us all the many weaves and dances needed to dance the Maypole on 1 May at the Milverton Street Fair. By kind permission of Dan Davies and Sally Churchyard up on the lower lawn of The Old House, Parsonage Lane, Milverton.

Everyone welcome.

Julian Dakowski
Mobile 07711 048001

Learn to dance the Maypole

Milverton street fair 2023

The Milverton Trust’s major fundraising event during the year is the ever popular annual May Bank Holiday Street Fair. This is an enormous organisational and logistical activity which this year we hope to expand and we desperately need helpers on the day itself.

If you were able to give up an hour or so to help us in some capacity then we would be very grateful to hear from you. After all, a successful Street Fair means that we are able to channel more funds back into the community!

Please email the milvertontrust@gmail.com if you would like to be part of this wonderful event and can give us some of your time.

Victoria Rooms June update

After the enforced two-year break due to the pandemic, Milverton Street Fair returned on 2 May and it was brilliant to see the village buzzing with people, despite the rather dreary weather. Victoria’s Café and The Old Vic were kept busy throughout the day, with standing room only in the Reading Room on occasions. The committee would like to thank everyone who worked so hard in both the Café and the Old Vic and also to all those who supported us which enabled us to raise nearly £1,000.00 towards the running costs for our village hall. The main hall was also a hive of activity with loads of stalls selling a wide variety of items. It was a great day – the only thing that could have made it even better would have been a bit more sunshine!

We are now looking forward to the Platinum Jubilee celebrations taking place in the Victoria Rooms. On display throughout the Bank Holiday and at various times during June, 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.

The Made in Milverton exhibition takes place on Thursday, 2 June from 11am to 6pm. This is the chance to view the work of local artisans – everything will have been made by Milverton residents, proving what a talented village we live in.

Also taking place on Thursday, 2 June is the Photographic Treasure Hunt. Entry forms can be collected from the Victoria Rooms from 2pm and need to be returned by 5pm for marking and for the winner to be announced. 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 and collect a few items of treasure along the way.

In addition to the above, Victoria’s Café will also be open on the 2 June between 11am and 4pm serving drinks and delicious homemade cakes.

The market on 4 June will have a few little extras to mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee and there will be a definite red, white and blue theme. There will be the opportunity to watch the Coronation on the TV in the Reading Room while enjoying coffee and cake at Victoria’s Café and it is hoped that there may even be a photo opportunity with the Queen and Prince Charles!

The 100 Club winner drawn at the May monthly market was Lindsey Carden. Well done Lindsey. 100 Club forms will soon be available for the next twelve months and, if you have not entered before, please contact Chris on 01823 400872 who can give you more details and provide you with a form.

To hire one of the Victoria Rooms’ gazebos this summer, please contact Philip on 01823 400609.