Milverton, Somerset

Street Fair volunteers

Nicole Werner pottery street fair 2022
Nicola Werner pottery

I’m writing this on the 7 February, and it looks like the count down to the Annual Milverton Street Fair has begun… I make it 2 months and 22 days till the big event. This year the team are planning a slightly bigger event and all stall holder invites should be arriving in your inbox by the end of February . If you haven’t received yours by the beginning of March and you would like to have a stall please get in contact with us. Entertainment is starting to be arranged with the Skintight Samba band set to perform. 

We do need volunteers to help this year as we are short on the rota currently, if you think you can manage an hour on the day then we need help with stewarding during the day, setting up and clearing away. We are also cooking burgers this year if you fancy helping on the bbq. You can let me know if you can help via the face book site or via phone call or text Kirsty 07801 199739 . On May Day weekend and beyond we will have some yarn bombing in the village! Can’t wait to see the creations made for Milverton by our Milverton residents.

Kirsty Harris 

Victoria Rooms March update

There is still time to purchase your tickets for the Somerset Opera performance of W S Gilbert “This is your Life! “ on Saturday 16 March by calling Bek on 07946 627987 or by email at

Doors open at 7pm with the performance commencing at 7.30pm. Tickets cost £10 each and there will also be a bar available before the start of the performance and during the interval. This show is something slightly

different for Somerset Opera being a medley of favourite songs and melodies from Gilbert and Sullivan’s extensive repertoire which have been brought together in a new, mad-cap story by D’Oyly Carte’s own Robert Traynor. Definitely one not to be missed for G&S fans.

Another date for the diary is Saturday 6 April when our joint fundraising event with St Michael’s Church is being held in the Church. Taunton Deane Male Voice Choir will be singing a selection of songs from their repertoire, together with a guest appearance by local singer/songwriter, John Hartoch. Tickets, priced at £10 each are available by calling Bek on 07946 627987 or by email The concert starts at 7.30pm and there will be a bar.

The 100 Club draw for February was made at the monthly market on 2 February and was won by Gillie Goodbody, well done Gillie!

Don’t forget that, even though Christmas is over, your used postage stamps are still very welcome. Maggie does a great job sorting them out and sending them off to her contact in exchange for money. So far, she has raised over £200 towards hall funds – well done Maggie. Stamps can either be left in the pouch in the Reading Room, if the hall is open or, alternatively, please give Maggie a call on 01823 400142.

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

To hire the Victoria Rooms please contact Geoff at or on 07920 188612 .

Parish Council vacancies

Due to a resignation last year and more recently Helen Burton stepping down in February, there are currently two vacancies on the Parish Council. Thanks are due to Helen for her work whilst on the Council but this does give an opportunity for new blood to get involved and contribute to the future well-being of the parish.

Given the issues being presented as a result of the problems with Somerset Council, it is even more important for residents to be aware of and take decisions on matters that the parish is faced with.

If you are interested in finding out more about the role of a Councillor please contact either me or any Councillor, see contact details in the magazine.

Tim Payne
Clerk to the Council on 01823 432959 or email at


Update on the buses

Subsequent to the February meeting, First Bus announced cuts to the #25 bus service from April 2024, though the proposed new schedules have not yet been confirmed. DIscussions were also due to take place with Somerset Council before any final decision is taken.

If you have any queries on any Parish Council matter, please let me know.

Tim Payne
Clerk to the Council on 01823 432959
 or email at

Milverton WI March update

The ladies of the Milverton W.I. had a splendid talk from Sue Williams entitled “Turn Right at the Piano and other tales of an itinerant English teacher”. This talk was both informative and entertaining. She talked about her time teaching and travelling in such countries as Nepal, India, Laos, Cambodia and Sri Lanka, illustrating her adventures with beautiful photographs. She described the geography of some of the regions where she worked and visited, as well as describing some of the various methods of transport she used, such as tuktuks, cars, buses, boats and especially motorcycles (many accommodating whole families and their goods on one motorcycle). We were intrigued by her title and eventually she was able to tell us that this was a description of how to get around a hospital when she was a patient there. We all enjoyed Sue’s talk which gave us much to think about and discuss over the tea and biscuits which followed.

Our next meeting is on Thursday 7 March at 2.30 p.m. when Sally Kershaw will talk about how to enter and win competitions.  

Visitors are always very welcome at our meetings.

Parish Council February meeting summary

summary of the meeting held in February 2024 is as follows:

  • The Council agreed to support the planning application in respect of 3/4 Wood Street  (building works) but did not feel that it had been shown conclusively that the criteria required for allowing conversion of Higher BIckley barns under Class Q had been met
  • It was also noted that the solar farm on Preston Farm had been approved by Somerset Council’s Planning Committee (works are scheduled to commence later in 2024)
  • A preliminary report into the 2023 flooding should be available for review in March
  • There had not been any significant information made available from Somerset Council as to what precise cuts in service would be made therefore the PC resolved to set the 2024/25 precept level at £50,200. This is effectively a 60% increase but as noted previously, it is felt that the PC has to be in a position to pay for essential services that could be cut by Somerset Council. At the time of writing there is still no clarity but the position will become clearer in the coming weeks and months, enabling the PC to plan for these services to be continued where possible. It is reiterated that if expenditure is not made at the levels per the budget, any underspends will be taken into account in setting the next year’s budget
  • The Annual Parish Meeting was set for Tuesday 21 May at the Victoria Rooms

Full minutes of the meeting will be posted on Milverton Parish Council.

The next meeting will be held on Monday 4 March at the Victoria Rooms.

Tim Payne
Parish Council Clerk
Email at or on 01823 432959


Future of the Friday Club

It is very much hoped that the weekly lunch club will be resurrected, although it may not be entirely in the same form, or on a Friday!  
Past members, and those interested in becoming part of the group, met in the Methodist Chapel for a lovely afternoon tea last month to chat and meet some of the volunteers who have kindly offered to help make this initiative possible.
If you would be interested in joining the team, or would like more information as to what would be involved, please get in touch. You would certainly not be expected to volunteer weekly! If you would like to join or know someone who might benefit from being a member, again, please let me know.
Sue Knowles on 01823 400609 or at is organising a rota for ‘entertainment’ and would be grateful to hear from anyone who has any good quality board games such as Scrabble, Bingo or playing cards they could give us; nothing that takes too long, so we have back up if we do not have a speaker. I have spoken to some people in Milverton who have offered to give a short talk with photos to the Club. If you think you could offer to speak or some other kind of entertainment maybe sing or play an instrument or demonstrate a craft, do let either me or Sue know.
Contact Julia Hatfield on 07761 022673  or at

Gardening Club March update

Highgrove GardensThe meeting of the garden Club this month is on Tuesday 19 March in the Methodist Chapel at 7.30pm. The subject is ‘Vegetables’ with John Addison. We look forward to seeing you there. 

A reminder of the plant sale on 19 May, if you are splitting plants or sowing seeds, please think of us, further details next month.

The Garden Club is very pleased to advise you that we have the necessary interested 26 Members and villagers and have reserved a Group Tour of Highgrove Garden for Wednesday, the 29 May, 2024. The coach will leave from the Victoria Rooms at 9am  Further information from Sue Rotherham.

Ruth Beaumont

From the Vicarage in March

From the M5 in appalling weather heading for The Vicarage…

It is 13 February 2024 and I am musing about community Spirit whilst travelling home after visiting my little brother in his nursing home and talking with my sister-in-law about the wonderful love and support she receives from the care home staff, her neighbours in her village and the special friends surrounding her. At 5pm the shaken newsreader on Radio 2 announced the breaking news of Steve Wright’s sudden death, and radio presenter Sarah Cox then had to deal with a complete change of mood on her radio show along with her own grief, and later in the show, as tributes to Steve Wright poured in she thanked everyone and said, “We are one big family here at BBC Radio we are a community sharing our grief and our happy memories with love and care for each other”.

In times of celebration and times of sorrow our villages pull together and support each other. When the first refugees arrived from Ukraine our communities reached out to them and welcomed them into our homes and lives. Now many of those refugees are in their own homes, fully integrated into our schools, colleges, churches and workplaces, and are part of our communities of support and care.

We are so very fortunate to be part of community life when we hear of so many people and places where people feel isolated, alone, afraid and unknown.

As we travel through Lent to Easter we hear, once again, the stories of Jesus teaching, ministering, and caring for all those he met. In all of his ministry what kept Jesus strong and focused on God’s work were his growing crowd of friends, disciples and supporters. These people sustained, supported and cared for Jesus, not just in the good times, but in the toughest times as Jesus faces opposition, accusations, crucifixion and, despite the fear they felt at losing their Messiah, they regrouped and greeted Jesus at his Easter resurrection. A true community of love and care, a community of hope.

I hope and pray that we can all celebrate being loved, cared for, supported and encouraged by those who form our communities of hope.