Welcome to the website for Milford & Makeney

MMCG LogoThe 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.  Email webmaster@milford-makeney.org




 Welcome to Nicky Fenton who will be taking services at Holy Trinity, Milford following her appointment as Priest in Charge of the benefice that also includes the churches at Holbrook and Hazelwood.  As she told this website, she is delighted to be here and is looking forward to meeting parishioners.  Don’t offer her tea or coffee, though: she doesn’t drink either.  However, she loves cake – and usually carries round a lemon drizzle sponge!  To read more about Nicky, click here



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Sadly, there will be no Milford & Makeney Calendar for 2017.  Webmaster Ashley Franklin, who has produced a calendar since 2012, says the closure of the Milford Store makes it impossible.  As he explains: ‘On average, I have sold around 150 calendars each year but more than 85 sales were made in the store.  I get support from the two pubs, Social Club, school and Chapel but with the small amounts they sell, I can’t take the risk.’  Maybe someone could take over the store?…     

Want to take over the village store?

A notice has appeared in the window of the former Milford Store. The building that housed the store is now a part of Derwent Hydroelectric Power Ltd (DHPL). This local business, which owns and operates 13 hydropower stations (including one at Milford) generating and selling renewable electricity, is using the lower floor office space.  The upper floor is untouched.  This is the notice DHPL have put up:
‘The shop is now to let and we are keen to find a tenant who will benefit the local community.  If you have any ideas or interest in running a business from this location, please contact us (0845 680 2942 or email info@derwent-hydro.co.uk) or oour agent BB&J on 01332 292825.’
The webmaster writes: Might there be interest in creating a community shop?Read more here.

Have a need?  A want?  A sale?

garden_with_dadThis 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.
TC vol 2 no. 7-1More Treacle City Newsletters to view.  Click here




Social Club - Milford 001Milford Social Club has fortnightly Live Entertainment on a Saturday: 3rd December Joggers & Folkers.  All 8.30 pm start.  Free admission

Photos of Milford May Day

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Milford May Day 2016 036See report and more photos here



Sarah Stanton Longdon 005Belper Arts Festival Trail revealed the talents of Milford photographer Sarah Stanton Longdon (pictured below next to her photo of The Chevin).  To read more about Sarah’s photography, click here 



Jacci-WoodcockMilford woman’s ‘Dying to Work’ campaign gains national attention
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Strutt Arms ‘re-opening in September as an Italian restaurant’

You might have noticed that workmen are back at the Strutt Arms site.  The webmaster has heard that the pub is re-opening as an Italian restaurant.  A local resident informed the webmaster that he was dining at Salva’s Trattoria & Pizzeria – the Italian diner beneath the King’s Head in Duffield – and the owner Salvatore informed him that he had taken over the Strutt and would be opening in September, with over 100 covers.  Watch this space…

 ‘Gateway’ to Milford officially open

Gateway Visitor Centre - Models 029Cromford Mills has officially opened its Gateway Centre which invites visitors to explore the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site.  Read more here

Concern over Belper Mill

East Mill DecayYou only have to look at the photo above, taken by our webmaster in the summer of 2015, to see that Belper’s East Mill is degenerating.  A BBC East Midlands TV Inside Out programme highlights the plight of the mill.  Click here: BBC TV Inside Out – Belper East Mill to view the programme.  The feature on the mill is just over 20 minutes in.


Paula Fox talks about her first year as Headteacher at Milford Primary – ‘Very busy but successful and rewarding.’  Click here for more.
Derby Telegraph’s ‘Beerhunter’ Colston Crawford has named the Holly Bush as his Pub of the Year, applauding it as ‘a magnificent pub in many ways.’  Read more here
 Angelo’s win Derby Food & Drink Awards.  Click here
For the latest Planning Applications, click here
Chevin Green Farm now has a bespoke hairdressers in its grounds.  Read more here
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: webmaster@milford-makeney.org
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.