The purpose of this site is to provide useful, important and interesting news, information and insight for residents and visitors, with the hope of enriching the life of the village, and the aim of bringing our community closer together. Want to be involved? Help with maintaining the site would be very welcome.
CHRISTMAS SWITCH ON THIS FRIDAY!
The Milford Christmas light switch-on is this Friday 29th November. Be at the triangle by 4:25 pm when children from Milford school will sing some festive songs before Santa, his elves and the Mayor switch the lights on at about 4.45. Everyone is invited to the Social Club afterwards where Santa will give all children a free gift. (Many thanks to Milford School and the Social Club for their help in this annual community event.)
BUS SHELTER – GOOD NEWS
We are pleased to report that Belper Town Council will fund the replacement of the Milford Strutt Arms bus shelter, including having lighting installed. Thanks to everyone who helped lobby the council. The photo right shows the old one.
JUST-ICE AT LAST FOR MILFORD
Just-Ice, a unique Derby-based company founded only 18 months ago, is now ensconced inside the old Milford Store – Flumina House – and ready to dish up ethical artisan ice cream, along with breakfast, brunch, cakes, waffles and milkshakes. To read more and see more photos, click here
IS THIS THE END FOR MILFORD’S CHURCH?
The Church Commissioners have served a draft notice proposing the closure of Milford’s historic church and a merger with Hazelwood Parish. The public is invited to make representations For or Against this proposal by emailing email@example.com before November 18th.
STRUTT ARMS NOW OPEN
After lying empty and neglected for nearly a decade, Milford’s historic inn has now been re-opened by the company who run Soi Kitchens adjacent to the Strutt. The refurbished pub has enough space for 200 covers and 11 bed and breakfast rooms upstairs.
MILFORD FEATURES IN BELPER CALENDAR 2020
Three of the 12 pages of the new Belper Calendar – April, June & November – were taken on The Chevin in Milford with Gill Thompson’s award-winning front of house garden (next to the King William) sharing the August page with a Belper front garden. The calendar is on sale locally at the King William, the Holly Bush and Milford Social Club – £9.95. To see all 12 images in the calendar, click here.
MILFORD WINS THREE BELPER IN BLOOM AWARDS
Well done to Gill Thompson, who lives in The Bike Shop near the King William on the A6, for winning Best Hanging/Wall Basket in Belper in Bloom 2019. Gill’s frontage will be featured in the 2020 Belper Calendar. Milford Social Club won Best Commercial Premises, and the Holly Bush won Best Public House. Congratulations to all three.
MILL DEVELOPMENT – IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT
As a result of recent informal contact with Clowes Estates, it has been made clear that they are in active discussions with Amber Valley Borough Council planners and intend bringing this site forward for development, potentially in a different format to that which was originally put to the village and for which planning permission was originally obtained. In view of this it would seem beneficial that we revive the Milford and Makeney Community Group, which has not been meeting for some years. We are now seeking to fill some places on the group as it will be a useful vehicle for our discussions with Clowes Estates. We also have issues relating to the removal of the Strutt Arms bus shelter. If you are interested, please respond to the firstname.lastname@example.org
NEW INN RECEIVES FAVOURABLE REVIEW
In the July edition of Country Images magazine, a review of The New Inn declared that: ‘The unhurried atmosphere, the smiling, uniformed staff and Kyle’s memorable dishes made the evening one that we want to experience again.’ To read the full review, click here
New Visit Milford and Visit Belper pages on Facebook
Local man Andrew Huskinson has set up a Visit Milford in Derbyshire DE56 Facebook page as well as one for Belper in order to promote both places as a tourist destination. This idea was sparked when Andrew attended a Belper Vision meeting and a B&B owner said there was not much about Belper on the web.
To view the Milford Facebook page, click here
To view the Belper Facebook page, click here
Milford Flood – Ian and Cathy thank all who helped
A sincere thank you to everyone for their thoughts and best wishes following the flooding at 1 The Bridge. Many people have dropped by with offers of help and this is greatly appreciated. Severn Trent have been fantastic and are in to the process of cleaning up. It will probably be a couple of months until we are right but we will be at home. Flowers still available through Cathy!
Very best regards, Ian and Cathy
Dramatic film from Ian’s own phone moments after the mains burst
The Webmaster has created a page under the History menu as an archive of this momentous event which saw Milford & Makeney hit the national headlines.
For BBC report and pictures, click here
For video of the scenes around Milford & Makeney, click here
For videos on Twitter, click here
Did Rod ‘Strutt’ his stuff in Milford?
Do you remember live music at the Strutt Arms in the 1960s? It’s reported that Rod Stewart sang there. Bryan Bennion has some choice memories of seeing Gary Farr – and even Alan Price of Simon Smith & The Amazing Dancing Bear fame. Read more here
The King William has a QUIZ NIGHT every Wednesday at 9.00 pm and Live Entertainment at 9.00 pm on Mondays, Saturdays and Sundays. To see this month’s line-up, click here
Milford Social Club has fortnightly Live Entertainment on a Saturday and Sunday: All 9 pm start on Saturday and 3 pm on Sunday (unless specified). Free admission.
Have a need? A want? A sale?
This website has always been a resource where we can help you with a particular appeal. For instance: Do you need a recommendation for a good plumber?Would you like help with sponsorship for a charity? Are you keen to form an activity group within the village? Want to sell some horse manure for the garden? Just go to this page by clicking here and fill in the contact form. Click here to read about a garden plot to let.
WHAT’S ON THIS WEBSITE
The News & Events box to your left will keep you up to date with what is going on – and coming up! The Menu tabs above open up lots of ‘sub-menus’, extra pages which fall under the main menu headings. For instance, hold your cursor on the Information tab (or the box to the right) and you will see pages which, with one click, will lead you to information about essential and useful resources provided in the village and beyond e.g. schools, shops, pubs, public footpaths, churches, restaurants, residential homes, places to stay, doctors’ surgeries and MP surgeries, bus times and businesses. The Activities tab will reveal all the organisations and interest groups in the village – everything from Maypole Promotions to the Knit Knatter Club. The History tab mines the area’s rich heritage seam and we hope, in time, to make this area of the website a substantial archive. Bear with us! At the moment, the site is not fully developed. We have a lot of information to insert and will be working hard to continually add fresh pages. Which takes us to this… Appeal Please let us know if there any inaccuracies to this website. We would also like to hear from you if you can help in any way to improve the site. Is there some useful information you can add? Maybe you run a business or are part of an activity in the village that we ought to know about? Perhaps you have some reminiscences of Milford and Makeney life along with some old photos? Here is the webmaster’s email address again: email@example.com
With thanks to the Milford & Makeney Community Group for promoting the establishment of this website and to Ashley Franklin for sponsoring and managing the site.