Milverton, Somerset

Country matters from your Hedgerow Chaplin

Welcome to the Merry Month of Maying or Beltane.

This is a season of high spring, and the coming of summer. May Queens abound along with Jack-in-the-Green, also associated with the Green Man.

The month of Hawthorn, the traditional tree of May with the beautiful white blossom. Earthworms come closer to the surface as the ground has warmed up, followed by the moles.

The full moon on 26 May, known as the Milk Moon, will be the closest super moon of the year. It is known as this due to the abundance of flowers and grass available for the cows to produce extra quantities of milk.

This is a great time to start re-developing our natural instincts for nature and creation and to truly appreciate this wonderful time of growth.

Look and feel for those spiritual opportunities that nature and God encourages within us all.

Try using your natural instinct of sound, not just vision, to identify different birds, deer shuffling in the woods, rabbits and the many other woodland and hedgerow animals. Put your nose to the air, how many natural smells can you detect?

Holy Wells played a significant part in ceremonies through May alongside the Sun, or the element of fire from the sky. As their powers unite on Earth in a sacred marriage the results being, the fertility of every living thing!

These ceremonies have been around from ancient religions and when you understand them, it all makes sense even in our modern world!

We all have that inbuilt desire to keep in touch with our natural self and creation, be it in the garden or taking those walks.

Strangely enough, May also happens to be Garden for Wildlife Month and National Walking Month!

It has been frustrating for me as your Hedgerow Chaplain not to be in your company on these walks.

However, as the rules change from 17 May, I will organise our first Group Hedgerow exploration and the spiritual opportunities that nature and creation offer us.

Meanwhile, do take up the second walk in the series, available in St Michaels Church porch from 30 April. Free of charge with map and full route directions.

God Bless and enjoy the walk!

Steven Wort
Hedgerow Chaplain
Mobile 07557 958013
Phone 01823 400232

Spring awakening

One of the wonderful beauties that all of us living in Milverton wake up to every spring, even during a lockdown, is that bucket full of daffodils standing outside the village shop. They come to us courtesy of Milns Priscott, who lives down along Mill Lane. In our part of England, spring is a dance in slow motion. Whether in pots or the garden, those daffodils start their bloom in February and are still beautiful into early April! With nighttime temperatures in the single digits and days in the teens, it’s like being in a floral cooler for them, and they crawl slowly towards summer.

During the Lenten season, Milns tutored us in the ways of the English garden. I had the good fortune to be the daffodil picker, roaming daily through his garden and orchard. The daffodils took their turn on the spring stage. Starting the season with 5 or 6 dozen a day, the numbers grew to more than 400 dozen in all! These included some heirloom narcissus which are fragrant and ethereal. I tried to paint these—and what you see here is the outcome, but how do you paint a fragrance? I call it ‘Spring Awakening!’

Mark Hakomaki lives here in the village where he paints and gardens.

Methodist Chapel April update

Normally the Chapel gives daffodils on Mothers’ Day, but as we are not currently meeting we thought that it would be a good idea to share them with the village. Bunches of daffodils were left on the railings outside the Chapel for people to help themselves with a note saying ‘please help yourself’, and people did!

A good result and nice to share with others. A sincere thank you to the Chapel from all the lucky recipients.