This is the website for Milford & Makeney

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.



For brief report and more photos, click here


Thanks to Sarah in Sunny Hill who took this terrific shot with a long lens from The Chevin

Memorial Service for Jeni Mobbs

Derwent Avenue resident Jeni Mobbs passed away suddenly in QMC Nottingham on 26th February, following a serious accident at home. Jeni was a very active and diligent member of Milford Baptist Church for the last 15 years, a past Governor of Milford Primary school, former Chair and Vice Chair of Milford and Makeney Village Committee, and a good friend to many local residents.
There will be a memorial Service on Saturday 1st June commencing at 2.30 pm at Milford Baptist Church to celebrate her life.

Heritage Walks 2019

There’s a whole series of walks along the Derwent Valley organised by Strutt’s North Mill.  Walks range from short
tours around Belper to longer rambles into the countryside.  There is a walk around Milford on Sunday, May 5th with Brian Deer.  Click here to download the leaflet: Heritage Walks 2019  

New Inn Lives On as Angelo Moves on 

Angelo and Carly, who have been at The New Inn since 2006, are now enjoying a new lease of life in Duffield with Angelo’s Bistro, which is located to the side of the Kings Head Hotel in Duffield.  
Angelo’s Head Chef Kyle has taken over the running of the restaurant and will be operating under the name of The New Inn.  It opened on April 19th.  To read more, click here
Webmaster Ashley Franklin will have his Derbyshire landscapes on the walls.  The smaller restaurant space will become the Milford Room, with framed pictures like this:

Book Club

A new book group has started up at the Re[Space] café on the last Thursday of the month, 10:30 – 12:20 am. The next meeting will be on Thursday 30th May, discussing Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire by Amanda Foreman. To read more, click here.
A Craft Group is also starting – on Tuesday mornings 10.30 to 12.30 am.  Everyone welcome – bring your own craft.

Derwent Valley Cycle Safe Ride

As you may be aware, there is a campaign to establish a safe, dedicated off-road cycleway along the Derwent Valley from Derby to Cromford which would come through Milford & Makeney.  In order to raise awareness, a Cycle Safe Ride will take place on Saturday, May 18th.  There will be a ride from Derby to Matlock for experienced riders on the A6 or on the cycleway from Rowsley to Matlock for families.  
Register at

School Wall to be made safe

You have probably noticed that the stone wall on Chevin Road, adjacent to the school building, is still bulging despite remedial work several years ago to rectify the problem.  Milford Primary is once again working with Heritage England to agree measures to make the wall safe.  It is likely that it will have to be taken down and rebuilt.  Detailed plans have been drawn up and sent to planning for approval. It is hoped that work will start during the school summer holiday.  

Monthly Music Nights at Holy Trinity

Encouraged by the Holy Trinity Open Day – click here to read more – a series of Friday folk/acoustic music nights are to take place at the church.  The next one is on May 17th with KEVIN HEWICK.  To read more and to find out how YOU can perform or help out, 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  

New Restaurant Soi Kitchens now open

A new ‘World Kitchen’ restaurant – Soi on the Weir – has finally opened in the old Mill House pub building.  According to their website, you can ‘explore a world of flavours all under one roof’ with a menu ‘inspired by the delicious dishes you will find served by street vendors all over the world and especially in South East Asia.’
To see their opening times and opening discount offers, click here for their website:
There are still vacancies for various positions.

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
 Social Club - Milford 001Milford 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.


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:
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.