Milverton, Somerset

Some unsung heroes

These have been very difficult times for everyone. Village life in many ways came to a halt. The village shop and the Post Office have been life-lines and their support to the community obvious to all. What also impressed us was the constant and unstinting contribution made to village welfare and well-being by Adele and Mark, and their team, at ‘The Globe’.

Introducing, very early on in the pandemic, a take-away menu and delivery service has been a boon, especially to the elderly and infirm. It has also allowed them to keep an eye on frailer villagers. On-site services, as restrictions gradually lift, have included outside drinks and meals and splendid menu changes (such as the excellent tapas). Now that we are back to inside opening, drinks and evening meals with friends and family, and the really excellent Sunday roasts are helping to restore a feeling of normality and cautious optimism. The Italian evening, the day after ‘re-opening’, was uplifting to say the least!

Thank you all for your splendid support to the community and for showing us what village pubs and shops and their owners are all about – reminding us that British customs and institutions need our future support and nurture in return.

Sue and Jim Murray

Wivey WiLDCATS zero to hero charity swim

Nine young children from throughout the 10 Parishes are training to swim 12km from Westbay to Lyme Regis, hoping to raise money to help secure the future of the Wivey outdoor pool. None swim with swimming clubs, most have learned to swim in Wivey pool itself.

After 4 months of no swimming, due to Covid 19 lockdown, they started training in April and have been hard at it every Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday. They will attempt to complete the swim in 4 relays of 2/3 persons. They will swim for approximately 60 minutes each to replicate an English Channel relay crossing and are being coached by Wivey Lifeguards, Hamish and Emma, who are experienced Channel swimmers, as well as qualified open water swimming coaches.

The young children, aged 11-14 will brave jellyfish, the cold and tides in Lyme Bay with the weather window being set for the start of August. They attended their first ever sea swim training session on Sunday 13th June.

The open-air swimming pool, a registered charity, is still operating well below its normal levels after being closed because of Lockdown. Consequently, revenues are down because of its adherence to the Covid 19 government guidelines. We don’t qualify for government support so we are all doing our best to help secure its future. Raising monies to help re-tank the pool not only helps keep the water in but will go a long way to ensuring the pool can go on serving the community for another 94 years.

They have set up a Go Fund Me Page

Benefice services

All our churches are open for private prayer:

  • Ash Priors – every day during daylight hours
  • Fitzhead – every day during daylight hours (door can be stiff, give it a shove)
  • Halse – every day during daylight hours
  • Milverton – Sunday to Thursday 9am-1pm

We are planning to gradually reintroduce services into our churches:

  • 28 March 11.15am outside St James, Fitzhead. Palm Sunday
  • 29, 30 and 31 March 8.30pm St James’, Halse. Compline
  • 1 April 7.30pm St. Michael’s Milverton Maundy Thursday. Communion and Watch
  • 2 April 11.15am St James’ Fitzhead. All age worship for Good Friday (with chocolate)
  • 2 April onwards Halse Churchyard. ‘Stations of the Cross Prayer Trail’
  • 4 April 6.30am Milverton. Communion in the vicarage garden and taking the Easter light into church
  • 4 April 9.30am Ash Priors. Easter Communion
  • 4 April 11.15am Halse. Easter Communion (it is hoped to live-stream or record this service for those staying at home)
  • 11 April 9.30am Ash Priors. Communion Easter 2
  • 18 April 9.30am Milverton. Communion Easter 3
  • 25 April 9.30am Fitzhead. Communion Easter 4

Changes to local government

As you know there is an ongoing proposal to create a Unitary authority in Somerset and there are two proposals:

  • One Somerset – promoted by Somerset County Council to create a single new authority for the present county of Somerset
  • Stronger Somerset – promoted by the four District Councils (Somerset West and Taunton, Sedgemoor, South Somerset and Mendip) which would lead to two new Unitary Councils based on the boundaries of Somerset West and Taunton/Sedgemoor and South Somerset/Mendip

Consultation is open to all.

These proposed changes to our local democracy represents the biggest Council change since 1974 so it is important that everyone interested has the opportunity to have their say.

To find out more and register your view go to the ‘proposals for unitary local government‘ website. Consultation closes on Monday 19 April.

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

Milverton United Charities update

Because of the circumstances created by the Corona virus pandemic, and after much consultation, the Trustees of the Milverton United Charities have decided not to distribute Christmas vouchers this year. They are sorry if this causes disappointment.

Fingers crossed for next year!

Jean Ainsworth-Smith, Clerk of Trustees, Milverton United Charities

Mindline Somerset

Mindline Somerset have extended their phone line opening hours to support people’s emotional health needs during coronavirus.

Call 01823 279892


  • Monday to Friday 9am to 11pm
  • Saturday and Sunday 8pm to 11pm

Please note: this is not a general health phone line

Council offices closed

Somerset West and Taunton Council announcement

Following the latest government advice to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus Somerset West and Taunton Council has closed its offices to protect our community and staff.

Many of our services can be accessed on the SWT website.

If you still need to see someone face to face please call our customer services 0300 304 8000 between 8am – 6pm to make an appointment.

If you have a homeless emergency please call the free phone number 0808 164 5186

This way we can keep you and our staff safe.

Customers can help us through this unprecedented time by using our online services and not communicating via paper post as far as possible.

This is particularly important for the planning service where we would encourage you to use the Planning Portal to submit applications or email for advice.

Leader of the Council, Cllr Federica Smith-Roberts said: “The health and safety of our staff and our residents is our top priority. We are following advice from Public Health England daily and understand that this is a worrying time but be reassured that we will communicate with you effectively and maintain core services.”

For quick up to date information regarding SWT services please follow us on Facebook or Twitter @swtcouncil

Please see our dedicated coronavirus webpage for updates.

If you have concerns about your own health and coronavirus please visit the NHS website.

Milverton Parish Council meeting report

March 2020

Under Planning For Parish Council Comment was a notification to fell one deciduous tree (species unspecified) within the Milverton conservation area at The Manse, Fore Street, Milverton. The Parish Council unanimously supported the application.

No candidates have come forward for the two Councillor Vacancies for Co-option. Councillors will continue to ask residents who might wish to be co-opted. Please contact the Clerk if you would like to become a Councillor.

It was passed by a majority of councillors that the public toilets would be refurbished to include a single unisex toilet block with disabled access and an archive room. It was also decided that the Parish noticeboard will be located on the exterior of the building and will display the village footpaths and parish council documents.

A temporary repair has been carried out on the gate into the allotments and quotes are being obtained for improving the entrance.

It was unanimously agreed that three speed indicator devices will be purchased and installed in the village to help make the village safer from speeding vehicles. The devices will be located on Wood Street, Sand Street and Station Road. It was also agreed that a further device will be purchased and installed in the 2021/22 financial year and will be located in Butts Way.

The Parish Council has also agreed to purchase and install a new dog bin in the High Street.

The Parish Clerk will be attending the Community Cafe from 10:30am – 12:00 noon on most Wednesdays. Please come along and say hello. Alternatively, you can contact the clerk by email

The next Parish Council Meeting will be held on Monday, 6 April in the Victoria Rooms at 7pm and the Annual Parish Meeting will be taking place in the Victoria Rooms on Monday, 27 April at 7pm.

Clare Winter, Parish Clerk