Milverton, Somerset

Safe families for children

Can you imagine what it feels like to be all alone, with no one to turn to?

Can you imagine feeling like a failure as a parent – just because you are exhausted and at the end of your tether?

There are many, many parents in our community in Somerset who feel like this – they are isolated and desperate for someone who understands. Could you be that someone?

Safe Families is a national Christian charity, that enables and empowers people to reach out into their community, making a difference in the lives of others in as little as an hour a week.

Safe Families equip and empower volunteers to come alongside families and children to befriend them, support them and encourage them. They provides a safe structure and backup for those volunteers, linking them with families in the community.

You could be married, single, old, young, working, a student or retired, with or without children – you can be as flexible as you like.

We welcome anyone who is willing to come alongside and support an isolated family who are going through a difficult time.

You never know – you might make a friend!

For more info email, call our office on 02382 250131 or take a look at the Safe Families website and apply online.

Katherine Lyddon, Children and Families Rural Pioneer, Tone Deanery

Milverton United Charities

Christmas vouchers and the foodbank

Thank you to all the kind recipients who donated their Milverton United Charities Christmas vouchers to the Taunton Foodbank.

£930 was raised which allowed Emma and Russell of the Milverton Stores to purchase more than a thousand tins or cartons of food. A wide variety of goods were bought including tinned meat, tinned fruit, tinned vegetables, cartons of long-life milk and fruit juice, and rice pudding.

Milns Priscott very kindly transported the food to the Foodbank.

Bench end tour for Milverton History Group

The History Group were treated to a tour of the bench ends in Milverton Church at the March meeting.

Peter Hutchinson had researched each of the bench ends and was able to point out those of interest.
Also on display by computer were the Carvings of the Apostles on the Choir pews.

Maggie Dinning had several files of interest and Gill Lumby had also brought along the wonderful book of photographs and studies of the bench ends made some time ago by Jonathan and Ben Lumby

The Church will be the focus at the Heritage Display in May during the Street Fayre .

For more information contact

Milverton Community Primary School

Anti-social behaviour

Over the years we have experienced anti-social behaviour from trespassers during times when the school is closed. This has led to various problems including vandalism, graffiti, broken play equipment and smashed glass, which staff have had to clear up to make the site safe for our children. Over the past few weeks the trespassing has increased, and we have involved the police who have been very supportive in helping us to deal with the issue. We hope it has now stopped. However, the Governing Board are currently looking into the installation of CCTV cameras to help us respond even more effectively.

It is distressing that the school and the staff have had to deal with this unpleasantness and it is to be hoped that there are no further problems.

Mr Stead, Head Teacher