September Diary

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Regular activities (village hall unless stated).
Mondays Pilates 6pm
Tuesdays Upholstery 10.30 am , Badminton 8pm,
Wednesdays Adult tap dancing 6.15
Thursdays Art 10.00
Fridays Art 10.00

Other Events

Tues 2nd 3.30pm Ladies Lunch Group (please note time) Cole Manor Tea Rooms
Wed 3rd  8.45pm Music Night Half Moon Inn
Thu 4th  7.30pm WI ”
Sat 6th  2.00pm Horsington Show Half Moon Inn  CANCELLED
2.30pm N/C Gardening Club Annual Show North Cheriton Village Hall
Thu 11th 7.30pm Parish Council Meeting ”
Sat 20th    7.00pm Village Hall Fundraiser DinnerPOSTPONED UNTIL 8TH NOVEMBER
Tue 23rd 7.30pm Film: Philomena King Arthurs

St John’s Church services

7th Sept       9.15am Holy Communion with Sunday School
14th Sept    11.00am Morning Prayer
21st Sept      9.15am Holy Communion
28th Sept     8.30am Holy Communion (BCP)

           Future Event:
Harvest Festival 5th October at 9.15am in St John’s Church.

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Horsington Open Golf – 27th October

Horsington Open poster

Click on the image to download a full size poster

Attention all golfers (and aspirant golfers) at all levels. Put Monday 27th October in your diary. It’s the date of second charity HORSINGTON OPEN golf tournament, to be played at Folke Golf Centre, near Sherborne, a 20-minute drive away from Horsington. The tournament is a 9-hole 4-ball competition.

As the title implies, it is open to all, including ladies and non handicappers. The entry fee is £12.50 per player and the proceeds will be donated to local charities.

Tee off is from 10 am.  The prize giving will be at the Half Moon at 6.30 when the coveted Claret Jug trophy will be awarded to the winner. There will be plenty of other prizes.

There will also be a raffle in aid of the charities.

You will be welcomed with coffee and a bacon roll, and a light lunch will be available to those requiring it.

If you would like to sponsor a golf prize or donate a raffle prize please contact Richard Gaunt, who is organising the competition with George Wagland and Phil Bennett.

You can download a poster here to send to your friends who perhaps don’t read the blog

Download more info and an entry form here. All welcome, the more the merrier.

Last year’s event was a great success, despite the weather, and the organisers look forward to welcoming old friends and new at the tournament.

Map for Folke here:

Link to last year’s successful event


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Horsington Open – quick links

Email Richard Gaunt,
 Download a poster here
Download more info and an entry form here.
Folke Golf Club
Map for Folke here:
Link to last year’s successful event

Link to the 2014 Horsington Open

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Scottish Referendum: Horsington speaks for the nation

A readers’ survey conducted by Benchpoint for the Blog showed that nearly 87% of readers believe Scotland should remain in the UK. 13% believe it should be an independent nation.

The same proportion (87%) believes that the “No” vote will carry the day in the actual referendum.

23 people took part in the survey, a remarkable result given that the blog has been asleep for most of the summer. One response came from Canada, the other from Germany, so thank you, our foreign readers.

You can look at the results in detail here. . .

We know of one Horsington resident who, tempted by the odds on offer from the bookies, put his shirt on a “yes” vote. Who? Our lips remain sealed.

Meanwhile the media has begun to report a serious backlash against the result (whatever it is). It started with a fake frontier post on the border, and then escalated as these exclusive previews show. And it’s still 7 months to April 1st!Scottish TelegraphScottish DM

Scottish Sun

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Horsington Blog Referendum

Horsington Blog readers have a chance to take part in their own referendum on Scottish Independence.
The survey is anonymous.
There are just 2 short questions

Click here to take part.

The results will be published on Thursday

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4 days left to save the union – or should we let them go?

You are probably bored to death with this by now – but it is fundamental and crucial.

For a controversial view of why it’s best to let them go, click here.

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New date for Village Supper – 8th November

John Macdonald, chair of the village hall committee writes . . .

Due to unforeseen consequences the Village Hall dinner has had to be postponed. The new date for the dinner will be the 8th of November. We are hoping for our usual numbers of supporters of upwards of sixty people. We will be providing the usual fare. There will be a starter, the main course is going to be casserole and puddings will be provided. As the date is near Guy Fawkes day the suggestion for the theme of the evening is ‘sparklers’. We are aiming for ticket prices of £12.50 person. (No inflation over our last occasion). There will be raffle and all the proceeds of dinner and raffle will go towards Village Hall funds. The Village Hall is a charity run by volunteers and although our day-to-day costs are generally covered by our regular users we need to bolster our funds for things such as as the recent maintenance and decoration of the outside of the building. Bookings can be made and tickets will be available from John Macdonald on 01963 370444”.

Come along, meet your neighbours and  catch up on the latest gossip.This is normally a great  occasion and an opportunity for newcomers to meet the village – Ed

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The Blog is back! As the days shorten, gardens and boats beckon less, the National Hunt season looms, and it’s time to blow the dust off the computer keyboard and get back to work.  Much to your editor’s surprise, several people have asked “What’s happened to the Blog?” John Macdonald, chair of the Village Hall Committee has kicked us into action by asking for an important story to be posted. So, watch this space, as they say . . .

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Horsington has a defibrilllator – now the training starts

Charles James reports:
The Defibrillator is up and running and the training for the team of responders will be taking place this Thursday (20 June), I am then just awaiting the final registration for t he VETS scheme and all will be complete.

Moving on from there Sonya and myself are now organising for the first Aid courses that will be taking place in the Village hall at a date to be announced, the cost of which will be £30, it is hoped that the funds raised from the music festival will subsidise this and bring the price down to  £20 per person (or maybe less dependant on numbers), anyone is welcome to attend but the subsidy will only be available to village residents.

The “Essential First Aid All Ages” course will cover the following.

  • Communication and casualty care
  • Looking after yourself and the casualty
  • Adult resuscitation
  • Treatment of choking in adults
  • Treatment of severe bleeding and chest pains
  • Treatment of an unconscious casualty.

Could you please pass this on ,  spread the word please  and ask any interested parties to contact me or Sonya on 01963 371166 or by email at

We need to start gathering names and numbers..
We are also in the process of organising (early days) a special first aid course delivered by St Johns to all the school children which hopefully will be delivered this summer, (liaison with the school is underway)

This scheme will save lives – and it could be yours. Please support. – Ed


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Your editor apologises for a lengthy absence, but he doubts if anyone has really missed his impertinent posts.

We seem to be in line for a decent summer at last. Fingers crossed. Enjoy! Get out more, support your local enterprises.

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