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.


Milford Mill development – latest planning application

The new owners of the Milford Mill complex, Chevin Homes, have recently put in a planning application to Amber Valley Borough Council (AVA/2020/1199) to demolish the industrial buildings on the site by the end of 2021.

The site, bounded by the River Derwent, A6/Derby Road and Milford School buildings on Chevin Road is quite extensive, as can be seen in the picture below. The old Dye House (the stone buildings facing the A6 at the top of the picture) and the chimney are all listed and are not to be demolished. In the latest planning application they are planned to be converted into offices and retail units. Also in this application the remaining more modern warehouses, which cover the bulk of the rest of the site and have been derelict for some time, will be demolished and 69 houses built in their place. For more details, please see the article here

Milford Mill Complex

Third lockdown in Milford

In common with the rest of England, Milford entered the third coronavirus lockdown on the 6th January 2021. There have been several Covid 19 infections in the village recently and we obviously need to stay safe and follow the government guidelines. Most of our pubs and cafes are continuing to offer a takeaway service for food, but unlike previous lockdowns, alcohol cannot be served. The Holly Bush is offering a takeaway food and hot and cold drinks service Thursday – Sunday, 12-3pm – see here for details. The Strutt Arms is offering an extensive takeaway food menu, opening times Thursday to Saturday 5:30-8pm, Sunday 12-4pm – see here for details.  Finally the Just Ice café is offering a delivery service on a Friday – details here

Milford Community GreenSpace

December update

Despite the wet weather, the Milford Community GreenSpace, with the help of the volunteers, has continued to be developed at quite a pace since our last update in October (see here).
Chipped bark mulch paths have been laid throughout the site, a raspberry bed created, and 6 fruit trees (provided by Blooming Milford with a grant form Belper Town Council) planted by the Milford Primary School children. For more details, please see the December update article here.

Milford School children planting fruit trees in December 2020

Hydroelectric power station in Milford is upgraded

Many of you may have noticed the cranes unloading strange looking equipment at the back of the Strutt Arms in September. This is a new hydro-electric turbine being installed by Derwent Hydro, replacing the old one dating from the 1930’s.

New turbine runner for Milford HEP plant being delivered September 2020

For more information on this upgrade, please see the article here.

A New Start for The New Inn

The New Inn has just re-opened – and it’s returned to being a traditional pub, complete with pub grub, snooker table, fruit machine and large-screen TV.  To find out more, click here.

Makeney Hall Hotel

The leisure chain Suite Hospitality which runs Makeney Hall Hotel along with two other hotels, has collapsed leaving workers facing potential job losses.  It is reported that administrators have been brought in.  However, if one clicks on the hotel website, there is a message writ large saying: ‘We are still open.’  

Milford & Makeney adjusts to the ‘New Normal’

The last 3 months have been difficult times for the village. We all will have faced some personal difficulties and some will have to have coped with the loss of loved ones in the most trying of circumstances.

A local resident provided Belper Town Council with this ‘NHS We Thank You’ flag for the Triangle during lockdown

Village social events such as the May Fair were cancelled and the pubs and cafes were closed. Even in the depths of the lockdown there were signs of hope though.  Many streets in the village enthusiastically took part in the Thursday evening 8.00pm “clap for carers” and there were many examples of people helping out those who were having to self isolate. A welcome side effect of this is we have all got to know our neighbours much better, in what was already a close knit village. We also will have realised we are very lucky to live in a village surrounded by such beautiful countryside, which we have had time to explore more than ever before, in some of the most glorious spring weather for years.

Strutt Arms floral display July 2020

Maids of the Mill – Virtual May Day Dance

We may have missed out on May Day but the Maids of the Mill decided that the show must go on and created an ‘isolation lockdown dance’ based on the Speakeasy theme that was originally planned for for this year – “in the hope that it may bring a smile during these stressful times.”   With apologies to the Maids for the late insertion of this video.  It will, though, eventually be lodged on a website page in perpetuity.

Milford slowly returns to life

With the easing of restrictions from the 4th July, many of the pubs and cafes in the village have re-opened, whilst taking great care to minimise the risk of infection and keep their customers and staff safe.  The Strutt Arms (see website here for details) is back open. You can order food in the pub or snacks from the “barbecue shack” in the garden of the Soi Kitchen.   The Strutt has increased the seating outside as shown, and has kept up its floral displays despite lockdown. Meanwhile the Holly Bush (see website) takeaway beer service went on throughout lockdown and proved highly popular. This continues, but in addition tables have now been set out in the car park for a sit down service.

Extra outside seating The Strutt Arms July 2020

Customers enjoying the sit down service outdoors at the Holly Bush July 2020

The Milford Social Club (website here) took the opportunity of the lockdown to completely replace all the roofing slates and upstairs windows and is now also open for business.

Milford Social Club July 2020

The William has used lockdown to repaint their sign and door, and reopened on Saturday 1st August. There may be a booking system installed – please see their Facebook page for details ( It is rumoured that the New Inn, which closed before the pandemic, is going to be reopening on the 1st August too, as a pub rather than a restaurant.

The William – with repainted sign and door – now open 4 pm to 10 pm each day

Finally the Just Ice café (website here) has now reopened for business, offering a takeaway service on Saturdays as well as weekdays.

Strutt Arms Bus Shelter Returns

Without warning over a year ago the old wooden shelter  (picture below) to catch Derby bound buses near The Strutt Arms vanished (taken away by Amber Valley Borough Council) and was feared to have gone forever.
After lobbying by local residents and councillors, a new one was promised (paid for by a combination of Belper Town, Amber Valley Borough and Derbyshire County councils) but its installation was delayed by the lockdown. On Wednesday 15th July 2020 the new shelter finally arrived, complete with lighting, and will be very welcome on rainy days!

Blooming Milford is Back!

Now lockdown is easing, Blooming Milford has re-started its activities, in close collaboration with Belper Town and Amber Valley Borough councils and you should hopefully see evidence of this round the village and in the photos below. Please see the post here for more details.


There has been a transformation since the New Year in the green space by the River Derwent in Hopping Mill Meadow. Thanks to the efforts of Amber Valley Borough Council, the Milford Litter Picking Group and The Environment Agency, the overgrown brambles have gone, the grass has been cut, the view to the river restored, the rubbish left from the floods removed and the crumbling river bank strengthened.

Hopping Mill Meadow after Amber Valley Borough Council clearance

For more detail about Amber Valley Borough Council’s clearance of Hopping Mill Meadow see the article here, and for the Milford Litter Picking Groups removal of the flood rubbish, read the article here.

The first 15 litter picking volunteers – within 10 minutes they were joined by another 10

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.
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 and David Moreton for sponsoring and managing the site.