Milverton, Somerset

Wivey Food Project February update

The freezer in Milverton Church has now been in place since November 2022

The freezer is installed just inside the large west door entrance, where you will find frozen meals, clearly labelled, on the shelves. They include soups, pasta meals and meat; fish and vegetarian dishes have been proving popular. We would love to see more local people taking advantage of this service.

If you have been able to make use of the food project which is offered on a “Pay as You Feel” basis, with a suggested donation of £2 per meal, please let others know who might wish to benefit from good wholesome meals at a minimal cost.

Wivey Food Project

Wivey food project crate
Wivey Food Project in Milverton

Milverton are very fortunate to shortly have a Wivey Food Project freezer in St Michael’s church, by the west door.

We would be very grateful to all who have spare fresh vegetables and fruit to give to the food project to please leave it in the 2 black crates by the Methodist Church on any Wednesday 10am till 5pm and also up at the allotments where you will find a crate. They will be collected that day and cooked the very next.

A very big thank you to all who can help.

Lucy MacLeod

Beaujolais Nouveau evening

Milverton and District Twinning Association invites you to join the Beaujolais Nouveau evening at the Victoria Rooms on Friday 18 November at 7pm.

The evening includes a superb three course meal and glass of wine for £18 per person. A bar will be available.

Tickets available from Milverton Stores or by calling on 07982 805682

Organic Herb Trading celebrates 40 years

Organic herbs, spices and botanicals – grown, sourced and supplied in Milverton. 

Nestled down a track on the edge of Milverton, many would be forgiven for not knowing there was a thriving business, celebrating its fortieth anniversary in 2022. Since 1982, Organic Herb Trading has firmly established itself as one of the leading businesses in organic herbs, spices and botanicals.

Founded in 1982 by Mike Brook as Hambleden Herbs, Mike began growing herbs in a field near his home in the Thames Valley. Quickly realising that he wouldn’t be able to meet demand, he began searching for products abroad, and built up a large portfolio of suppliers around the world.

Hambleden Herbs launched its own ranges of pre-packed herbal teas and culinary spices, the first organic products of their kind to ever be available in the UK. To support the growing demands for space, Mike and his family relocated to Milverton in 1994, renaming its bulk trading division to The Organic Herb Trading Company in 2000, and later selling the Hambleden Herbs retail brand.

The business has paved the way for organic herbs, spices and botanicals in the UK, and now source and supply over 500 products, from more than 60 countries around the world from suppliers with whom they have built longstanding relationships. Mike led the way for introducing new products, including bringing organic Cocoa powder to the UK for the first time in 1999. The company’s customers range from individual herbal practitioners to the most respected global organic brands including Yeo Valley, Pukka Herbs, Neal’s Yard Remedies and Riverford Organics. Its commitment to fair and ethical sourcing policies and high-quality ingredients, means that product integrity and authenticity remain at the core of the business.

Now with manufacturing, export, NPD and consultancy services embedded in the company, Organic Herb Trading holds its position as one of the most highly regarded businesses in the industry. They provide blending and milling services to some of the world’s leading tea suppliers, including Pukka, and sell a wide range of medicinal and culinary herbs – ranging from 250g bags to pallet orders of several tonnes.

Organic Herb Trading is a significant local employer with more than 50 members of staff at their HQ, which is also home to a beautiful two-acre biodynamic herb field, where more than 60 herbs are grown. The herb field is a small but intrinsic part of the business, and supplies both fresh and dried herbs to a range of customers including distillers and beauty manufacturers. They are using a number of their own fresh botanicals to create a new range of more than 90 organic herbal tinctures which have launched as part of their 40th anniversary.

To find out more about Organic Herb Trading, you can visit their website. They would also be very happy to arrange site tours (by appointment only), please contact or call 01823 401205 to make an appointment.

The Pavilion weekend menu

Come and join us at the Pavilion, Milverton Recreation Ground, Butts Way on Friday 10 June. Booking is essential, please call or message on 07595 483090 to reserve a table.


Pork medallions

Tenderloin of pork in a creamy Madeira and mushroom sauce served with dauphinoise potatoes and fresh vegetables £12

Cod and chips

Homemade beer battered cod with garden or mushy peas, chips and homemade tartare sauce £10

Burger and chips

Served in a brioche bun with chips, homemade onion rings, salad and homemade coleslaw £10

Ham, eggs and chips

Thick cut local butcher’s ham, fried eggs and chips £8

Veggie burger and chips

Served in a brioche bun with chips and homemade spicy tomato salsa £10

Wine tasting for Ukraine

Wine tasting for Ukraine
Wine tasting for Ukraine

Support Ukraine charity wine tasting ‘ old world versus the new world’. Minimum donation of £40 per head includes 10 wines and tapas.

With Jeroboams’ wine director and former wine producer Micheal Robins who has previously worked on the production of wines in South Africa and New Zealand as well as studying his post graduate the University of Adelaide in wine marketing.

Limited number of tickets. 100% of you donation goes to Ukraine. The Globe is providing the food and the selection of wines has been donated.

To book your place please email or visit The Globe.

Pop-up cafe

Pop-up cafe

On Mondays in term time refreshments will be served in the church porch between 3.30pm and 4.30pm for those getting off the school bus.

There will be no charge.

It will be a chance to chill for as little or long as you like with your friends before going home.

Any questions please get in touch with Julia Hatfield on 07761022673

Busy Bees November update

September harvest

In September, the Busy Bees met in our garden at Cobbleside. The theme was Harvest, and we had many willing hands to help pick fruit and vegetables. A scavenger hunt served as an introduction to the garden and the vegetables being grown. As well as harvesting, the children did some planting, ate apple cake, discussed Fairtrade, bobbed for apples and enjoyed ‘welly wanging!’

October bread making

The October session was led by Mike Lusmore, many of you may have already sampled his delicious sourdough. This was a hands-on experience of the art of bread making, and we all learnt a lot. As you can see from the photographs the children had a happy time making and cooking their own flatbreads on a fire in the garden.

If you are interested, please get in touch to find out more. The next session is on Sunday 21 November. If you are interested, please get in touch to find out more.

Julia Hatfield
Call on 07761022673
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