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.


Christmas Lights Switch On in Milford 26th November

This year’s Christmas light switch on takes place on Friday 26th November. Children from Milford School will sing outside the school at 4:15pm and then the lights on The Triangle will be switched on at 4:45pm by Belper Mayor John Porter. Milford social club will have Santa and gifts for all the children afterwards. Hot chocolate will be provided courtesy of Milford PTA and sweets from Milford School Council.

Posters advertising the event have been designed by the Milford school children and put up all around the village. This is the one on The Triangle.

Xmas lights poster on The Triangle

Please note – Chevin Road by the triangle will be closed to traffic from approximately 4:30 to 5:00pm on Friday 26th November.

Fire pit completed on Milford Community GreenSpace

The creation of the fire pit after 4 months of work is a major achievement by the Community GreenSpace volunteers and we hope it will become a focal point for the Milford school children and the wider community in the future. For more details see the November GreenSpace update here. If you want to come along and see it yourself why not join us around the fire pit for our winter gathering on 3pm on Sunday 19th December where mince pies, mulled wine and hot drinks will be served? (Details here).

Children having a Forest School class in the fire pit, with head teacher Cathy Kinsella and the GreenSpace committee

Milford Craft Group hard at work in the village

You may have noticed the beautiful knitted scarlet poppies around the war memorial – thanks to the hard work of Milford Craft Club.

They’re also hard at work on their next project – watch this space – the usual illuminated snowman Christmas decoration for The Triangle is going to be replaced with a creation from the Craft Club. 

New Welcome to Milford sign on the A6

Belper Town Council have updated the Welcome to Milford sign on the A6 near The Strutt Arms bus stop to reflect our gold award success in the East Midlands in Bloom competition, as shown below.

New planter installed by Blooming Milford near Children’s Play Area on A6

For this and other news from Blooming Milford over the past 2 months, see the update here.

Completed new planter filled with shade loving perennials

Milford Mills Development – latest news

For latest news on the progress of the redevelopment of this site, please see the article here.

East Midlands in Bloom – Milford gains gold award!

At the East Midlands in Bloom (EMiB) awards ceremony for 2021, held in Grimsby town hall on 22nd September, Milford gained a gold award in the mid sized village category. This is the highest level possible awarded by the EMiB judges and the village should be very proud. In addition, the judges gave a discretionary award to Milford Community GreenSpace. A great deal of effort by Milford residents, Blooming Milford, the GreenSpace volunteers, Belper Town Council and Amber Valley Borough Council was put into preparing the village for judging for the competition (see here), which took place on 12th July, and it has clearly paid off. The award certificate for the village will be framed and displayed in Milford Social Club and the judges comments and copies of the certificates can be found here.



The final service at Holy Trinity, Milford on Sunday, September 26th attracted over 60 worshippers.  the service, led by The Rev. Geoffrey Marshall – vicar of Holy Trinity 40 years ago – was a poignant celebration of over one hundred years of worship at this wonderful Strutt-built church in Milford. All the cakes were eaten, too.


Derwent Valley Cycleway meeting in The Holly Bush judged successful by organisers

A public information session by the organisers of the proposed Derwent Valley Cycleway, which will run through Milford and Makeney, was held in the Holly Bush on Sunday 8th August – see here for background detail of the project.

The meeting was deemed successful, with a largely positive response from the public. The proposed route has also been clarified as follows: enter the Chevin Homes Mill site from the A6, cross the river at the northern end (below the weir), at the north end of the Hopping Hill development it would cross back to the west bank and proceed north through the fields of Strutts Estate (farmed by Michael Jordan), under the railway bridge, then on to the water treatment works, continuing on the west bank up to Belper Mill, before joining Wyver Lane.


Milford Mill development – demolition approved subject to conditions

In February we described that the new owners of the Milford Mill complex, Chevin Homes, had put in a planning application to Amber Valley Borough Council (AVBC) to demolish the industrial buildings on the site by the end of 2021 in a detailed article here. Many of you will have noticed the Chevin Homes signs that have appeared on the site announcing the demolition. This was indeed approved on the 30th April 2021, but is subject to 66 planning conditions. FYI, these have now been added to the bottom of the original article. If you have any queries please contact AVBC or our local AVBC councillors  (details here.)

Milford Mill Complex


Milford Community GreenSpace to receive grant from Belper Town Council

The Community Greenspace, two allotments above the Holy Trinity Church on Hopping Hill developed since last summer as a green space for the children of Milford School as well as the whole community, was very pleased to receive a generous grant from Belper Town Council to improve the site further.

For details on what the plans are for the grant, and improvements to the site already made this month, please see the April GreenSpace newsletter here

Community orchard of 30 trees planted in Milford

Following a very generous grant from Belper Town Council to Blooming Milford, 30 fruit trees were purchased and on 17th April 2021 a dozen volunteers planted the trees in the Hopping Mill Meadow area. This brings the total number of community fruit trees in Milford to 35, the fruit from them is free for Milford & Makeney residents to pick and use. More details please see the article here.

       Milford to enter East Midlands in Bloom competition 

Milford is entering the East Midlands in Bloom (EMIB) competition again this year (last year’s competition was cancelled due to the coronavirus). Judging will take place sometime between the 5th and 16th July 2021. For more details of the competition, the route, and how you can be involved, see the article here. Below is a selection of photos of spring blooms in the village taken in the past couple of weeks, which will feature in the portfolio we will be submitting to EMIB beforehand.

Belper Town Council planter near the Just Ice Cafe

Forsythia and daffodils on The Triangle

New Blooming Milford Spring Garden, Hopping Mill Meadow

Triangle bulbs & flowers March 2021 with daffodils on A6 verge beyond

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.

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.  
 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.