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.



Owing to the latest advice from the Government, it has been decided that the Milford & Makeney May Day on May 16th is cancelled.  The Just Ice Book Group is cancelled until further notice and the WI has cancelled its events. We have been informed that all East Midlands in Bloom (EMIB) competitions have been cancelled this year and so Milford & Makeney will not be entering best kept village.


These are difficult, taxing and unprecedented times. If you know of anyone in the village who is elderly or at risk due to underlying medical conditions or those who are self isolating or alone during the coronavirus outbreak, please keep a look out for them and maybe offer to at least do some shopping for them. There are already groups popping up in the village to do just this – Bank Buildings on Chevin Road have set up a Covid 19 WhatsApp group for example. If you know of any other groups being set up, please let us know.


It’s also important we try to keep our spirits up during these difficult times – especially with the pubs closed and social activities outside the home severely restricted. It has been suggested that we in Milford & Makeney could put out our Christmas lights (maybe without the Santas, snowmen and reindeer!) to give some cheer.

The Holly Bush is selling (to take away) craft ales at £2.50 a pint and remaining cask beers at £3.00 a pint from the hatchery in the conservatory – bring your own containers. Finally Blooming Milford managed to plant up a large spring garden in Hopping Mill Meadow just before the social distancing restrictions came in. This should brighten the gloom at this time of year for many years to come. See here for more details.

Here’s a photo to raise the spirits.  Just before the government advice to stay at home, co-webmaster Ashley Franklin went for a walk round the village to capture the daffodils and the spring garden. To see more photos, click here



The New Inn, which re-opened as a restaurant shortly after Angelo’s moved to Duffield, is now closed and on the market again.  The restaurant opened last spring and was well attended early on, also receiving good reviews.  However, in recent months the number of diners had dwindled.




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


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.


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.