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Wine and Cheese Evening

Over 50 people attended our Wine and Cheese Evening in Laverstock & Ford Village Hall on Saturday 12th November. 

We sampled a variety of cheddars, blue cheeses, bries and other hard cheeses provided by Maul's Wine and Cheese Bar, and Waitrose. The wines, mostly from Majestic Wine, came from England, France, Argentina and Australia.

As well as guessing the countries of origin of our cheese and wine pairings, there was also a tabletop quiz and a raffle. 

An enjoyable evening that we hope to repeat next year.

              Have a go at the MAPG Wine & Cheese Quiz

Planting of the Oak Tree

Our magnificent English oak tree to commemorate the life and service of the late Queen Elizabeth II, has now been planted in Whitebridge Park. 

A team of seven volunteers spent a Saturday morning carrying the 14 foot tree from its delivery site and then planting it in an area approved of by Laverstock and Ford Parish Council. Councillor Nick Baker made a short speech before unveiling the brass plaque attached to the tree guard. 

Many thanks to all those who helped raise funds to buy this wonderful tree.

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Record Turnout for Milford Area Preservation Group Litter-Pick

We had a fantastic response to our appeal for helpers with nearly thirty volunteers scouring the streets of Milford and part of Laverstock on 3rd September. Many of the bags, boxes, and wrappings we collect in our regular ‘picks’ are dropped by customers of local fast-food outlets. We filled dozens of black bags thanks to the efforts of our wonderful volunteers. It was especially gratifying to see young people coming out on a Saturday morning to help.

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The MAPG acknowledges the assistance of Salisbury City Council in supplying ‘pickers,’ and the essential black bags.

“The SCC also collects the filled bags for disposal,” says litter-pick organiser, Julie Eastaugh. “They could not have been more helpful.”

Visit to Kew Gardens

Our recent trip to Kew Gardens proved to be very popular with 17 local residents filling the mini bus and many more on the 'waiting list' - we will definitely hire a coach next time!

Interested in hearing about similar planned trips or MAPG events? Email us to be added to our contacts list.

Milford Hollow Information Board

Our new information board s now in place in Milford Hollow

MAPG Quiz Night

Over 50 people took part in our very first MAPG Quiz Evening in Laverstock & Ford Village Hall on Saturday 21st May. 'Her Majesty's Platinum Jubilee', History, Sport and Literature were some of the rounds as well as a 'Name the Politician' picture challenge and a music round. A fish and chip supper, cash bar and raffle all helped the evening to be a great success. The Silverwood Book Club stormed ahead to win the prize of a large tub of 'Heroes'.

We plan to make this an annual event so ... watch this space for news of the 2023 MAPG Quiz. 

Fancy having a go at the 'Name the Politician' Challenge?

Email your answers to milfordpreservationgroup@gmail.com

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Serious faces as Question Master David Lovibond tests our local knowledge.

All smiles from the winning team, 'Silverwood Book Club'

Litter-picking in Milford

Saturday March 19th

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On a perfect spring morning, our team of MAPG members was out in force again clearing litter from the streets of Milford and parts of Laverstock. Several rubbish bags were filled and the area is now looking much cleaner.

Many thanks to all volunteers and particularly to Julia for organising the event. 

The Milfordian 2022
Copies have now been delivered to Milford residents
Click on the image to open the brand new edition.

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Saturday 16th October saw 20 volunteers working on our new project in Milford Hollow.

For more information see our Milford Hollow Page 

Click here to see the Salisbury Journal article.

Salisbury MP John Glen plants a holly tree in Milford Hollow

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September 2021 AGM

Our first 'live' AGM for two years was held on 23rd September at the Bourne Community Farm and was attended by about 40 or so local residents. The new constitution was passed with a couple of amendments, the main one being a slight change to the group's name: Milford Area Preservation Group. The Chair as well as a number of committee members reported on projects old and new, and there were briefings from local Councillors Ian McLellan and Charles McGrath. One of the highlights was an interesting talk by Nick Wilson from Wiltshire Wildlife Trust Water Team. Click here to view the presentation slides

 

 

The minutes of the meeting are attached here

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There is now more information on the Milford Hollow Page. See link below

We are soon to start our new rewilding project in Milford Hollow.

The site is an area of land to the immediate left of the Salisbury side of the railway footbridge in Milford Hollow. Salisbury City Council has kindly given their permission and support to restore this site as a wildflower haven.

We will be clearing land for the planting of enchantress nightshade, herb bennet, celandine, wild garlic, wood anemone, ferns, woodruff, foxglove, willow herb, bluebells, and primroses. There will also be a specially laid path. 

We need as many volunteers as possible – ideally equipped with spades, garden forks, wheelbarrows…

If you are able to help, please email us on milfordpreservationgroup@gmail.com

Repair work (again…) on the island below Milford Mill Bridge Saturday June 19th

Foolish of us to think that restoration work on the River Bourne could ever be ‘completed.’ Since last October and the massive efforts by MAPG volunteers to clear the blocked bridge channels, reinforce the riverbanks and build wildlife-friendly sanctuaries, the flood waters rose, and the wind blew. Our carefully constructed ‘berms’ – the build-outs to narrow and oxygenate the river – were stripped of their interiors, and the channels through the bridge were blocked again.

Armed with sickles, saws and diminishing strength, five of us spent a June Saturday morning in intensive and deeply satisfying activity. We opened-up the bank-side approaches to the river and used the felled timber we found both there, and on the island, to restore the berm interiors. We lifted and hauled huge branches, flung them from the bridge parapet to startle the fish, and used the river to float them downstream to those of us working on the banks of the Bourne.  And we did all this with minimum disturbance to the riot of Hemlock that filled the island with its deadly blooms.

In a fistful of hours, we set all to rights – until next time.

With heartfelt thanks to Andy Howard, Peter Hicks, Cllr Charles MacGrath – and special thanks to Tony Goddard for the signboards and the plank walkway.

Thanks also to Louise Hicks for the coffee and biscuits.

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The Milfordian 2021

3rd April, 2021

The 2021 Milfordian has now been delivered to all homes in the area and can be viewed by clicking on the link below.

My thanks to all contributors – and especially to our wonderfully supportive advertisers, without whose backing this magazine would not have been possible. Thank you.

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THE Milford Preservation Group (MPG), in partnership with the Wiltshire Wildlife Trust, has completed Phase Two of the major restoration project on the River Bourne and on the island below the Milford Mill Road bridge.

 

 

 

The £4000 project has restored the open setting of the Grade 1 Listed medieval bridge and will allow local people to properly see the beauty of the Bourne for the first time in decades.

This river crossing has been in continuous use since the Roman occupation, and the present bridge dates from the 1490s. But in recent years the island below the bridge has been colonised by willows and obscured with underbrush.  This has encouraged the dumping of litter and other rubbish. Volunteers from the MPG, working under the expert supervision of the Wiltshire Wildlife Trust, have transformed the island and riverbanks into places of beauty and wildlife habitat – a corner of old England in a busy world.”

Nick Wilson from Wiltshire Wildlife Trust was project manager of the restoration work, and said: “By pollarding the large crack willows on the island we’ve built three woody habitat structures into the river. This will increase biodiversity around the island by improving the habitat quality for fish, water voles, and many other plant and animal species.”

Mr Wilson said that pollarding improves the longevity of the trees, which will vigorously regrow in the spring. He added: “More light has been let into the understory vegetation, enhancing wildflower growth and diversity. Kingfisher perches have been created and the woody structures have been placed in such a way to work with, and enhance, the natural processes of the river to increase sinuosity within the channel, and allowing the river to support a greater abundance of wildlife.”

The project was made possible by grants from Salisbury Area Board, Southern Wiltshire Area Board, Laverstock and Ford Parish Council, and Barchester’s Charitable Foundation.

On behalf of the Milford Preservation Group, we would like to thank the invaluable support these bodies have given us. This important project would not have been possible without it.

For information about Phase One, see our River Bourne page

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Sunday 9th August, 2020

 Rubbish Collected by Members of Milford Preservation Group Along Petersfinger, Salisbury,Over One Weekend

As we slowly ease out of Lockdown, there has been an increase in litter deposited along Petersfinger and Milford Mill Road.

This weekend, we collected two full bin liners of rubbish, including 30 larger cans from alongside the boardwalk.

When anyone comes across fly tipping or accumulations of litter, could we ask you to report the incidents to: http://www.wiltshire.gov.uk/mywiltshire-online-reporting 

The more of us that make these reports, the more certain is action to remedy the issue.

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Second World War Gun Emplacement

 

This remnant of a presumed Second World War gun

emplacement is on the top of the railway bank currently being reinforced by Network Rail.

This fragment of our recent history overlooks the Milford Mill Road ‘heritage’ field, where the County Sites and Monuments Record reports an anti-tank trench of the same period.

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