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.


Community Engagement Event for Proposed Cycleway

A Community Engagement Event for the proposed Derwent Valley Cycleway through Milford & Makeney will take place at The Hollybush in Makeney 4.30pm – 9.30pm on Sunday 25th July. Your chance to discuss the proposal with the organisers, the Derwent Valley Trust, who will be in attendance. For background on the proposal please see this article posted on the website back in January.







Milford undertakes big clear up ahead of East Midlands in Bloom judging on 12th July 2021

The judging of Milford for the East Midlands in Bloom (EMiB) competition, entered by Blooming Milford earlier in the year, took place on Monday 12th July 11.30 – 12.30. This was preceded by a frenetic 3 week effort by Blooming Milford, Milford Community GreenSpace, Belper Town Council, Amber Valley Borough Council and all the residents along the route to get the village ready for judging. Although the result of the judging won’t be known until September, many of you will no doubt have noticed the improvement in tidiness in the village and the beautiful flower displays throughout. Whatever the result, the undoubted pleasure this is bringing the residents is worth the effort, and Blooming Milford would like to say a huge thank you to all those in the organisations described above and all the private residents for all their hard work. A detailed report of all the work involved along the judging route can be seen here.

Blooming Milford Triangle work party 22nd June 2021

Maids of the Mill celebrate May Day virtually


  The famous Dalek Maids of The Mill from last decade

It would have been the Milford & Makeney May Day parade today, but if you are still pining for the event, the Maids of The Mill, who usually dance for us on the day, have done a virtual dance for you to enjoy this year which can be seen here.

Two pots of gold in Milford this May!

Bank Buildings resident and co-webmaster Ashley came out of his house and quickly captured both ends of a spectacular rainbow which appeared in the afternoon of May 3rd.

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

Hang out the bunting – it’s May Day!

Although the Milford and Makeney May Day parade has been cancelled this year, many Milford residents are still carrying on the traditions of the day elsewhere – see here for details.

May Day Bunting on The Triangle

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.

Pubs open again in Milford & Makeney

After being closed for 5 months due to the coronavirus restrictions, apart from takeaways, two pubs in Milford & Makeney, The Strutt Arms and The Holly Bush, took advantage of the easing of restrictions on 12th April 2021 and opened their doors to customers seated outside.

Strutt Arms reopened to customers seated outside 12th April 2021

The Holly Bush opens its doors to customers (and dogs!) seated outside 12th April 2021

       Both pubs have extended their outdoor seating capacity considerably since the last lockdown easing. The Strutt Arms has tables on a large part of its car park, a new covered area nearer the pub and individual tents to the side. The Holly Bush car park is also full of seats, with a marquee to the right. Despite the chill, it can be seen that customers are making the most of the sun and both places are very busy. More details on opening times, booking etc. can be seen on the pub websites (see here for The Strutt and here for The Holly Bush). 

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

Milford & Makeney May Day Celebrations Cancelled

A major event in the Milford & Makeney calendar, the annual May Day procession and celebrations, has been cancelled for a second year due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Although it is hoped that the current lockdown restrictions will have been eased somewhat by May, the May Day committee thought that large gatherings will probably still be prohibited, and so with a heavy heart decided to cancel the event in 2021. The committee hopes the event will be back with a vengeance in 2022, to make up for the two lost years. 

Montage of pictures from the May Day celebrations 2019

Derwent Valley Cycleway – Proposals for Milford

A multipurpose, dedicated, route for cyclists, pedestrians, pushchair and wheelchair users is being planned to run as close to the Derwent as possible, avoiding the A6, from Derby town centre to Chatsworth House. Known as the Derwent Valley Cycleway, it is already complete from Derby town centre to Darley Park and from Duffield Church to Eyes Meadow, and will of course pass through Milford.

North of the A6, Chevin Homes, the new owners of the Milford Mill site (see here for article), have agreed to the cycleway passing through their development but beyond that a proposed route was to go along the west bank of the Derwent along the bottom of the gardens of Bank Buildings on Chevin Road. A Zoom meeting was held between the Bank Buildings residents and the Derwent Valley Cycleway organisers on 5th December 2020 and the residents expressed serious misgivings about this proposal – at least 4 metres would be shaved off the bottom of their gardens and for some this is the only garden they have. The preferred route is now to build a bridge over the Derwent at the northern end of the Milford Mill site near the weir, crossing to the bottom of Hopping Mill Meadow, following the existing pathway which has plenty of room to be widened, then crossing the river to the west bank via another bridge at the top of Hopping Mill Meadow. Should it come to pass, the lower of those bridges has been a longstanding goal of many Milford residents, it would provide a fantastic view and would connect the two sides of the village together, reducing the need to walk by the A6.

John Hambley, of the organising committee for the project, has kindly written an article (link here), detailing the project in general and the proposals for the Milford section in particular. Further Zoom meetings, or preferably if restrictions allow, a physical meeting in the spring, will be organised by John to discuss the proposals in more detail.


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.

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!


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.