Milverton, Somerset

Future development of Kingsmead Academy

Kingsmead is an Academy Trust in Wiveliscombe serving a large rural catchment area and has been the main provider of secondary education for the area since the early 1950s. Much has changed in that time but in September a replacement school building will open, offering up to date accommodation and facilities and an enhanced hall that will hopefully be available for use by the wider community. It will mark a new and exciting opportunity to take the school forward.

The existing Governing Body is looking to recruit new governors with the skills and enthusiasm to support the school through the changes ahead. Across the Governing Body we aim to have a range of skills and professions and people from the local business communities. The Full Governing Body meets six times a year in the early evening and in addition Governors are encouraged to sit on one or more subcommittees which deal with more detailed aspects of school life and development.

No previous experience is needed and training will be given. If you are interested and would like to know more please email the Clerk to the Governors Rob Trowbridge on with a phone number and some one will call you to discuss further.

Mobile Jewellery School comes to Milverton

A silver jewellery making course comes to the Victoria Rooms on Tuesday 1 March.

Open to complete beginners, you will make you own piece of beautiful sterling silver jewellery using traditional silversmith techniques and hand tools.

Learn how to cut, bend, hammer, shape, stamp patterns, solder, file and polish.

You can choose from a wide range of ideas including earrings, pendants, rings or bangles.

Spaces are limited, so please book early. £70 for two and a half hour session includes all material.

Book online to request your place.

Call 07979 644658 or email

Visit Mobile Jewellery School for more details.

Community and Village Agents April update

Spring is in full swing and so is the COVID-19 vaccine roll out! Hopefully mid-April will see the 40-50 year group invited to have vaccinations. If you’re an unpaid Carer you may eligible to be vaccinated now:

  • Somerset Carers. Please do ensure you register with your surgery to let them know you’re an unpaid Carer
  • For those still shielding and extremely isolated until restrictions are further eased, have you thought about joining a Befriending Service? CCS has a new project called Chat to Connect for Clinically Extremely Vulnerable (CEV) people. Complete the short online registration form and we’ll match you with someone with similar interests and hobbies. We’re also offering one to one virtual support with phones, tablets, laptops, downloading apps, Zoom and Whatsapp
  • Other options include:

Many organisations have also moved online:

2021 feels much more optimistic as things slowly return to normal – why not use these last few weeks of lockdown to explore some hobbies or interests? You never know what new friendships you may find or a new interest that puts a spring in your step!

Somerset Support Service

I live in Milverton and I work as a Somerset Supporter Coordinator who runs the Taunton and West Somerset, Supporter Service.

We are part of Somerset County Council’s Children Services and are trying to recruit some more Somerset Supporters. Somerset Supporters work with children who have been assessed as needing help to access their community and build their social and life skills.

We need more Somerset Supporters to help our local disabled children.

For further information, please contact Fiona Hennessy, Somerset Supporter Coordinator:

mobile 07811 313001
phone 01823 358117

Thank you.

Milverton Primary School December update

This week was Class R’s first ever Forest School!

We were very lucky to have such a beautiful, crisp Autumn day for our first adventure. We started by learning the rules of the fire circle to keep us safe before going on a mini-beast hunt around the school grounds using our forest feet and forest voices. We found 8 little creatures!

We had a great time playing ‘1,2,3 Where are You?’ before enjoying our snack and hot chocolate by the fire.

Virtual careers fair for the care sector

A virtual careers fair for the Care Sector has been arranged for 24 November 2020 from 11am to 1pm, via Zoom, where organisations, businesses and training providers will be sharing their opportunities.

Youtube videos from each participant are now available in preparation for the actual event. On the day of the event organisations, businesses and training providers will host a virtual room for discussions with those who are interested to have an informal chat. Tickets can be booked via this Eventbrite link

Somerset Education Business Partnership

Building the workforce of the future

Somerset TalentED Academies help young people to gain an understanding of different key Somerset employment sectors by providing insights into and connections with a wide range of employers. The opportunity to do this in a different way was just too good to pass up, so they have gone virtual and teamed up with Learn Live UK to deliver bespoke input on 10 industry sectors that can be found in Somerset.

The broadcasts start with construction on Wednesday 18 November at 4pm. Students will also be able to access information on the potential next steps into that industry and other relevant information on the Learn Live website.

STEP-UP Employment and Skills Broadcast

  • Thursday 19 November at 6pm
  • New Futures – employment and redundancy support

To find out more information about this broadcast and to register go to the step-up employment and skills broadcast webpage.

Somerset Skills and Learning

Under the new restrictions the Government does not require schools, colleges or universities to close, and that includes Somerset Skills and Learning (SS&L). They will be continuing to support all their existing and new students during the latest period of lockdown and will continue to provide high quality teaching. Courses will continue in person, via distance learning and blending learning as they have done since September.

With the lockdown bringing uncertainty to many, SS&L hope the community learning offers will provide improved wellbeing, improved confidence, and new skills and knowledge for learners at this uncertain time.

Community learning workshops and courses

SS&L are also offering a bumper month of Community Learning Workshops and Courses which are free for anybody aged 19+ who lives in the Somerset area and has resided in the UK for at least three years. Please go the the SS&L website to find out more and book your place!

  • Self care – 16 November
  • Getting to know social media better – Facebook – 16 November
  • Getting to know social media better – Linkedin – 16 November
  • Getting to know social media better – WhatsApp – 16 November
  • Introduction to using English in the workplace (ESOL) – 16 November
  • Developing emotional resilience – 16 November
  • How to use Zoom (Taunton) – 16 November
  • Digital career searching – 18 November
  • Feel happier – 18 November
  • Childcare taster session – 18 November
  • Creating and Managing a Budget workshops – 18 November & 20 November