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.  If you have any information you’d like to add to the website or updates you’d like to make, please contact the webmasters (click ‘contact’ tab above).

Huge efforts in Milford to prepare for East Midlands in Bloom Judgement Day, 6th July

Hopefully many of you in Milford will have noticed the improved neatness along the route the judges took for the East Midlands in Bloom competition on the 6th July. This is thanks to the sterling efforts of the QTS contractors and the volunteers of Blooming Milford and the Milford Community Greenspace. For more details of these efforts, see the article here.

The QTS lads ready to start work 27th June 2022

Milford Community Greenspace update

Read all about the continuing improvements to the site since the last report in February – the addition of a wildflower garden, “Tinker Zone”, giant solitary bee house, native tree hedge, permanent gravel paths and more, here.

Giant solitary bee house

Mart’s Meadow

Many will have noticed the huge improvement in the appearance of the allotments between the Derwent and the A6  just south of Hopping Mill Meadow but might be intrigued to hear the story behind this transformation. Read here to find out more.

Mart’s Meadow 2 years ago

Bank Buildings residents defy the weather to hold Jubilee Party

Despite the cold and drizzle on Sunday 5th June, the residents of Bank Buildings and others along Chevin Road still held their planned street party to celebrate the Queens Platinum Jubilee. Permission had been granted from Amber Valley Borough Council to close the road, which meant plenty of safe room for the children and dogs to run free. Meanwhile the adults were treated to tressle tables heaving with lovely home baked food, and a good time was had by all!

Milford Mills Development – May news

There have been some significant changes in the development of this site in the past month. Chevin Homes, the current site owner, are now going to concentrate their efforts on renovating the listed parts of the site (the Dye & Pattern House at the front near the A6), whilst handing over the development of the rest of the site for housing, now the demolition is complete, to Wavensmere Homes. 

In March and April there was a press release followed by several meetings with local interested parties. Since then formal planning applications are now appearing for the development. As a consequence of the press release, the meetings and the planning applications, quite a detailed picture of the latest plans for the site is now emerging and can be found here.  To view the planning application by Chevin Homes for the proposed indoor cricket club and community facility, please see link here, and type in the application no. AVA/2022/0371.  Chevin Homes have also submitted a listed building consent application (same link as above, application no AVA/2022/0252) for removal of the all the roof covering of the Dye House and for it to be re-roofed.  Chevin Homes state that it was not originally planned to replace the roof, but the timber is in good condition and they will re-use as many slates as possible and use reclaim slates where possible to match the existing. Waiting for approval for that and carrying out the work is bound to significantly delay the works.

Regarding the indoor cricket centre application, objections were raised on 19/5/22 regarding the lack of parking for the proposed indoor cricket centre, access onto the A6, lack of proper consultation regarding this facility and lack of a provision for a general purpose community centre and playing field for the school, which the community had in the past made clear it had a need for. Note, the deadline for formal objections to the planning applications to Amber Valley Borough Council is 6th June 2022.

For the history of the progress of the redevelopment of this site, please see the past articles on this website here.

QTS contractors on Swainsley Bank help in village tidy up

As residents will be well aware, Chevin Road has been closed, near the railway bridge towards to top of Swainsley Bank, on and off for over 2 months March – May 2022, due to strengthening work on the nearby railway embankment, as can be seen in the picture below. For more detail and pictures click on this link.

QTS, the contractors doing the work, are well aware of the disruption this has caused so have very kindly offered their services for various tidying jobs around the village as a way of saying thank you for our patience. This May they have already cleared the verge at the bottom of Jackson’s Lane, improving visibility, cleared areas of undergrowth along the riverside in Hopping Mill Meadow that Blooming Milford plan to develop later in the year and completely tidied the historic sluice gate mechanism platform nearby.

QTS workers about to start on riverside clearance

With their superior tools and expertise they have done in a day what would have taken many days for local volunteers and we are very grateful for their help. For more detail and pictures, see article here.

Milford & Makeney May Day Parade 7th May 2022 

The first May Day Procession in 3 years took place in Milford & Makeney on Saturday 7th May 2022. The event has traditionally run annually for the past 40 years and is one of the highlights of the social calendar for the village, but the Covid pandemic caused the cancellation of the 2020 and 2021 events. Today it was back with a vengeance and, helped by lovely weather and a huge turnout, was undoubtedly a success, with great fun had by all.

For a more detailed write up and more photos, please see article here.

Milford’s chimney undergoes annual inspection

The giant chimney on the Milford Mills site, an iconic symbol of Milford’s past, is listed and has periodic inspections to check its integrity. Local photographer Sarah Stanton-Longdon has captured some great photos of the steeplejacks at work during the recent inspection on 30th March 2022.

Steeplejacks at work on 30th March 2022

For more photos of the work see article here.

Hopping Mill Meadow Flooded Again

Following three severe storms in just a week, the river Derwent burst its banks again in Hopping Mill Meadow on 21st February, only just over two years since the last bad flood in November 2019.

Floods in Hopping Mill Meadow 21st February 2022

Although the flood levels were even higher than November 2019, thankfully no properties were affected and most of the various flower beds, bulbs, orchards and benches emerged unscathed. The top orchard near the flats was completely submerged but speedy work by Blooming Milford volunteers restored it once the floods had receded. For more on Blooming Milford’s efforts since November, read the article here.

The New Inn reopened as The Palfrey on 4th December 2021

Extensive refurbishment of the former New Inn on Hopping Hill (car park on Derby Road/A6) has been taking place for the past 6 months. Passers by will have noticed the sand blasting and removal of old signage etc. to reveal the beautiful golden millstone of the original structure, and the tidying up and tarmacking of the car park. The inside has been extensively remodelled. The premises finally reopened, with a new name, The Palfrey, on 4th December. It promises “a unique and contemporary pub restaurant, where we aim to provide a relaxed and friendly environment for our customers.” More information and booking details can be found here.

Passers by will have also noticed the arches area below the main restaurant, for years blocked off and closed to the public, has been opened up. The Palfrey owners are hoping to open this soon as a real ale bar, also selling simple wholesome food (pork pies, fish and chips etc) to complement the more sophisticated fare of the main restaurant. A more detailed article can be found here, with more photos of the inside and outside, and a biography from Head Chef Daniel Cain and General Manager Tom Dempsey.

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 in 2021, as shown below.

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 framed gold award certificate is 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


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.

       Hydroelectric power station in Milford is upgraded

Many residents noticed the cranes unloading strange looking equipment at the back of the Strutt Arms in September 2020. This was 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.