Milverton, Somerset
15/07/2024

Victoria Rooms June update

The Milverton Street Fair on Monday, 1 May saw the village packed with people, all enjoying the atmosphere and we were so lucky that the weather was kind and the sun shone.

The Victoria Rooms was buzzing with activity – the main hall was full of stalls selling a variety of goods and all the traders appeared to be doing a brisk trade. The Reading Room was home to Victoria’s Café where the choice of delicious homemade cakes was amazing and The Old Vic was on the forecourt selling beer, cider, wine and soft drinks and doing a roaring trade – in fact they ran out of both cider and keg beer before 4pm! It was great to see people sitting on the forecourt of the hall relaxing and listening to the excellent live music which had been arranged by Milverton Music. The Management Committee would like to extend a big thank you to everyone who helped and supported the Victoria Rooms at the Street Fair and also to the Milverton Trust for all their hard work in making the Fair happen.

Unfortunately, we have had no response to our plea for people to come forward to fill the Trustee vacancies on the Management Committee. If you feel you could help with the running of our village hall we would love to hear from you. If you don’t feel you have time to become a Trustee, perhaps you could volunteer to become a Friend of the Victoria Rooms, which entails helping out at the monthly market and fundraising events by setting out or clearing away chairs or helping with an occasional tidy up– the more Friends we have on board the less there is for each person to do. If you feel you could help in any way, please contact Philip on 01823 400609 email at philipjknowles@btinternet.com.

Renewals for the 2023/2024 Victoria Rooms’ 100 Club are continuing to be received. However, if you are new to the village, or feel you would like to take part, please contact Sue on 01823 400609 or email at sueknowles14@btinternet.com 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! Although there was no monthly market in May the 100 Club draw still took place and the lucky winner this time was Diana Tymoshenko – well done Diana.

Our next monthly market will be on Saturday 3 June, when there will be 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. If you are interested in having a stall at a future market, please contact Sally on 01823 400320 or email at barnyackland@hotmail.co.uk to check on availability.

The Victoria Rooms’ gazebos are available for hire at a very reasonable cost 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.

Check out what is happening in our village hall on Victoria Rooms Facebook page. 

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

Victoria Rooms 100 Club

The first draw for the 2023/24 100 Club will take place at the August monthly market, so there is still plenty of time to take part. Renewal forms have already been sent out to previous subscribers and new members are always welcome.

It only costs £12 per year and you have a one in a hundred chance each month to win the £50 monthly prize as well as raising funds for the upkeep of our village hall.

If you would like to take part please contact Sue on 01823 400609 or email at sueknowles14@btinternet.com for a form.

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

Victoria Rooms July update

Following the announcement on 14 June that Covid Restrictions will now continue for a further four weeks this obviously affects the numbers who can attend events at the Victoria Rooms. It will just be a case of ‘watch this space’ and check for regular updates on the Victoria Rooms’ page of the village website and posters outside the village hall.

As the planned monthly market on Saturday, 3 July, cannot now take place, the first monthly market for almost 18 months will take place on Saturday, 7 August, providing the Regulations allow, so, again, ‘watch this space’.

We are still looking for more volunteers to help at the Community Market and Victoria’s Café and if you are able to spare some time on the first Saturday morning of the month and would like to help, please contact Sally on  01823 400320  or email barnyackland@hotmail.co.uk if you could help with the setting out or packing away of the tables or contact Chris on 01823 400872 or email field524@btinternet.com if you would like to help at Victoria’s Café.

We have had some encouraging news in that Milverton WI have decided to use the main hall at the Victoria Rooms for their monthly meetings and it is hoped that, by meeting in a central location, more new members will come along. Welcome!

If there are any other clubs or groups who would like to book either the Reading Room or main hall for their meetings, please contact our Bookings Secretary, Geoff, on 01823 401365  or email geoff.elson@xini.com who will be more than happy to help. The Rooms are also available for private parties (once these are allowed to take place) and, again, please contact Geoff to check available dates.

We have already had one successful hiring of one of the gazebos – originally it was booked in case it rained. As it turned out, the gazebo provided welcome shelter from the hot summer sun! If you are planning to hold a small gathering outside and would like the comfort of some shelter from the great British weather, please give Philip a call on 01823 400609 and he can let you have some more details.

Our 100 Club winner for the June draw is our very own Bev Blackmore – well done Bev – small recompense for all your hard work for the Victoria Rooms over the years!

One other way you can support our village hall without leaving home is by purchasing a ticket for the Somerset West Lottery and selecting the Victoria Rooms as your chosen charity. For each ticket purchased, the Victoria Rooms receives 50p. During May, one of our supporters won £25.00 on the Lottery and most generously donated her winnings to the Victoria Rooms – thank you so much. To purchase your tickets, go to the Somerset West Lottery website and search for Milverton Victoria Rooms. Good luck!

Victoria Rooms June update

The Victoria Rooms was the venue as the polling station for the Police and Crime Commissioner elections on Thursday, 6 May, and it was good to see the hall being used again. The one-way system and Covid procedures all worked well.

We are looking forward to welcoming back the Keep Fit Class, the Bridge Club, the History Group, Milverton Music Club, the Sunday Quizzers, the AmDram, the Garden Club and the Parish Council. The Garden Club has also made a booking for their 2022 Flower Show – it is good to plan ahead! We are sorry to say goodbye to the Friday Club who are moving on to pastures new, but are pleased to welcome the Cello Group to their regular monthly slot. If there are any clubs or groups who would like to book either the Reading Room or main hall for their meetings, please contact our Bookings Secretary, Geoff, on 01823 401365  or email geoff.elson@xini.com who will be more than happy to help.

Subject to any change on Covid regulations the first monthly Community Market will take place on Saturday, 3 July, when we look forward to welcoming back our stallholders and customers. The majority of the stalls for this market are already booked, but if you would like to reserve a slot for a future market, please give Sally a call on 01823 400320 to check availability. As well as the monthly market, Victoria’s Café will be open for business where you can stop for a cuppa and a slice of delicious cake.

We are looking for more volunteers to help at the Community Market and Victoria’s Café and if you are able to spare some time on the first Saturday morning of the month and would like to help, please contact Sally on  01823 400320  or email barnyackland@hotmail.co.uk if you could help with the setting out or packing away of the tables or contact Chris on 01823 400872  or email field524@btinternet.com if you would like to help at Victoria’s Café.

Now that we are able to meet outside in small groups, you may wish to hire one of the Victoria Rooms’ gazebos, just in case the British weather lets us down – if you are interested, please give Philip a call on 01823 400609 and he can let you have some more details.

Our 100 Club winner for the May draw is Jim Farrant – well done Jim!

One other way you can support our village hall without leaving home is by purchasing a ticket for the Somerset West Lottery and selecting the Victoria Rooms as your chosen charity. For each ticket purchased, the Victoria Rooms receives 50 pence. During May, one of our supporters won £25.00 on the Lottery and most generously donated her winnings to the Victoria Rooms – thank you so much. To purchase your tickets, go to the website and search for Milverton Victoria Rooms. Good luck!

100 Club application form

Registered with Somerset West and Taunton Council under Lotteries and Amusements Act 1976 Licence No: 1000051

The Victoria Rooms Committee is again organising a 100 Club to raise funds for the maintenance of the building which hosts so many village events. To join all you need to do is make a payment of £12 before 1 August 2021. In return you will be given a ticket with a number between 1 and 100.

On the first Saturday of every month the Committee will hold a draw and, if your number is chosen, you will win a £50 prize. Tickets are valid for a year, which means that you get 12 chances to win!

Draws will only start when all 100 tickets have been sold and no cheques will be banked more than 2 weeks before the first draw on 7 August at the Community Market.

To be in with a chance complete an application form from Christine Field at field524@btinternet.com, on 01823 400872 or from Spring View, 12 Woodbarton, Milverton TA4 1LU.

Thank you for your support.