What winds you up?


Do you have an issue you would like to share with the North Miller’s Dale community. Potholes, traffic, parking, hedges, rats…… whatever it is we would like to hear from you. Our next newsletter comes out in May and we are hoping to resurrect our letters section which used to be a lively element of the Miller’s Tale in past years. Equally, if there is something positive you would like to share with our residents then we would be happy to publish that too.

You can contact us by

  • adding your thoughts to the comments section on this page,
  • commenting on our Facebook page,
  • by emailing editor@nmdca.org.uk
  • or by mailing to

‘The Editor’, 8 Weavers Place
Chandlers Ford
SO53 1TU

So get out your pen and paper, keyboard or smartphone and get in touch!!



Local Students Aid Sri Lanka


Local Miller’s Dale Resident Amélie Puddicombe is fund raising for a charitable expedition to Sri Lanka. She has a Facebook Page (Amélie’s Expedition) and is holding an Easter Fair in the North Miller’s Dale Community Hall on Good Friday 30th March. Please go along and support her if you can. She wrote:

In the summer of 2019 I will be joining a team in partnership with World Challenge in Sri Lanka. While there we will work on various community projects such as renovating a local school. I will be doing lots of jobs and activities to help me fundraise the £3200 needed for the trip. My Facebook page  will keep you updated on my progress and any upcoming events.
Thank you, Amélie

NMDCA Book Club

book clubAre you interested in joining a North Millers Dale book club? We would like to start a reading group for local residents. Our starting point would be a meeting on 15th March 19:30 at the Editors house or the Hiltonbury Farmhouse depending on the number of people who are interested. Our first meeting will be to decide:

What type of group should it be? What kind of books should we read? How many members should we invite? How often should we meet? Where and when should we meet? How do we keep in touch?

Please come to the first meeting with ideas for books we could read.

If you are interested in joining us please send your contact details to editor@nmdca.org.uk or ring or text Gillian on 07917858752

What a difference a couple of days make!

walk.jpgAfter the bitterly cold weather and the snow we were wondering how popular our first outing of the North Millers Dale Walking Group would be, but thankfully the temperature rose and the snow disappeared. Twelve hardy residents turned up to take part in a three mile local walk taking in some of Valley Park’s lesser known footpaths. For the time being it was decided to keep off the muddier routes in favour of tarmac but I think many people found themselves in some unfamiliar places. It was agreed to try and make the walks a monthly event and the walkers seemed keen to repeat the experience.

Dry Route

Bin Collection

Severe weather update

Update on Council services during the current adverse weather conditions, Friday 2 March 2018


Following last week’s adverse weather conditions please find an update for residents:

  • Black bin collections scheduled for Friday 2 March will be now collected on Monday 5 March
  • Green bin collections scheduled for Friday 2 March and Monday 5 March have been cancelled and will be collected on your next scheduled green bin collection day
  • Food waste will be collected next week with your black bin
  • For garden waste collections scheduled for Friday – please leave your bin out and we will collect as soon as we are able to
  • Clinical collections scheduled for Thursday 1 March will now be collected on Tuesday 6 March
  • For glass collections – please leave your glass box out and we will collect as soon as we can


Neighbourhood Watch Newsletter


If your street is in the Neighbourhood Watch scheme you may have been sent this Newsletter. If not or you have mislaid it here is a link to the PDF

A message from Neighbourhood Watch

Neighbourhood Watch isn’t just about preventing crime – we’re a movement with neighbourliness at our heart and with this cold weather dug in we wanted to send a friendly request to our supporters to check on any elderly or vulnerable neighbours if you can.

Many people are waiting out the weather at home and some won’t have been able to get out for several days now so a friendly knock from a neighbour is welcome. Maybe they need a pint of milk or a can of beans to get them through to the thaw, or a path swept or their dog walked?

Of course your safety is important too – so please think about that and only venture out if you can do so safely.

Thanks to all our supporters for your neighbourliness and all that you do – in good weather and bad –  for your communities.