November Diary

Regular activities (Village Hall unless stated).
Mondays         Pilates 6pm
Tuesdays         Upholstery 10.30 am , Badminton 8pm,
Wednesdays  Adult tap dancing 10am
Thursdays      Art 10.00
Fridays            Art 10.00

Other Events

Mon 2nd      Ladies lunch Group  Half Moon, Sherborne 
Tues 3rd       Blackmore Vale U3A Henstridge Village Hall: Talk by Jenny Peet 2.30pm
Wed 4th      Music Night  Half Moon Inn 8.30pm
Thurs 5th     W.I .  Life as a live aboard on a small yacht  Village HALL 7.30pm
Tues 10th     North Cheriton Gardeners Society North Cheriton Village Hall 7.30pm.
Tues 12th     Parish Council Meeting.  Village Hall 7.30pm
Tues 17th     Film: The Theory of Everything  King Arthurs School 7.30pm
Sat 21st       Home Farm Trust Christmas Bazaar Wincanton Memorial Hall 10am – 1.30pm
Sun 22nd    Talk on Battle of Waterloo and Cream Tea Horsington Church 3 pm
Tues 24th    Wincanton Christmas Fair  Wincanton racecourse 10am – 4 pm    

Future Events

Saturday 5th December Defibrillator Fund Bake Off Competition White Horse Inn
Saturday 5th December Horsington School Christmas Fayre
Sunday 13th December Wincanton Choral Society Christmas Concert

St John’s Church services

1st November        9.15am Holy Communion with Sunday School
3 pm Service of Remembrance and Thanksgiving for Loved Ones Departed
8th November       11 am Act of Remembrance at War Memorial followed by Service of Remembrance in Church at 11.15am
15th November       9.15am Holy Communion
22nd November     8.30am Holy Communion (BCP)
29th November      10.30am Benefice United Service Templecombe URC

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Treat NHS survey reults with suspicion

NHS logoWe have received three personalised requests via email  to take part in a survey on local health services by an agency working for  the NHS.

The Blog uses surveys and we value the results. So we have done the survey only once and claimed the Amazon voucher (yet to arrive). But there would be nothing to stop me doing this 3 times (or more if the invitations keep coming in), collecting the vouchers and completely skewing the results.

More worryingly still, there is nothing to stop people inside the NHS submitting multiple questionnaires and also skewing the results.

Without proper controls and sampling the results of these surveys are worthless and we should treat them with due suspicion when they are published.

What a waste. No wonder the NHS has no money.

We will publish the results of our broadband survey shortly If you have not completed it you can do it here.

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Winterborne’s latest Wincanton selection for TODAY

Winterborne’s Late Wincanton Wire: 3.30 WhataKnight.

We hold our breath and look forward to the confoundment of the cynics! Ed

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Winterborne Longjohns marks your Wincanton card

Wincanton Races have a meeting on Thursday 19 November. Winterborne Longjohns has kindly sent us this dispatch:

MICK JAZZ was a grievous disappointment to favourite followers at Cheltenham last weekend. As Pelham Grenville* might well have put it “The stable is far from sanguine” at the moment . However at Wincanton tomorrow the Harry Fry yard has four runners and on paper at least might well be expected to enjoy at least two winners.

SHUIL ROYALE , a possible Grand National contender in the 1.50 pm and then little more than an hour later, the very useful last time out winner BLUE BUTTONS who must have an outstanding chance of making it two from two winners in the four runner field at 3.00pm.

Meanwhile anything trained by Kim Bailey whose happy horses are jumping out of their skins at the moment should be supported at Huntingdon on Friday.

*PG Wodehouse

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Free delivery of local meat for Christmas

Harry Street with some of his beef cattle

Harry Street with some of his beef cattle

The Horsington Blog has negotiated free delivery of fabulous farm-reared Christmas turkeys and other meats from Harry Street Meats, a small family-run business in Dorset.

They rear beef, lamb, turkeys and veal – all naturally grown, – on Bradford Farm in the heart of East Dorset, less than 30 miles from Horsington.  They have Holstein Friesian calves, Angus beef cattle and Herefords, a flock of Suffolk Texel Cross sheep, and of course, Bronze turkeys.

All animals are reared on Bradford Farm so they control exactly where they come from and how they’ve been produced – allowing you to buy with confidence. The farm is RSPCA and Red Tractor assured, so they can guarantee that the way their animals are reared, transported and slaughtered is in line with welfare standards.

HarryStreet prices


You can order on line at or via

To qualify for free delivery you must mention the “Horsington Blog” AND live in the Horsington area, which includes the Cheritons. Free delivery is normally  only available within a 20 mile radius of the farm. (So Templecombe, Henstridge and Stalbridge are covered)

We had one of their turkeys and other meats last year. We have also visited the farm. Excellent, highly reccommended -Ed

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And Holton too!

It looks as if everyone is looking for Parish Clerks. Now North Vale Parish, which includes Holton and North Cheriton has entered the fray with a recruitment ad for a clerk.  An enterprising applicant might apply for both jobs, as the 2  councils meet on different evenings. Telephone Mr P Bourne on 01963 34282.


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Wanted – Parish Clerk for Horsington

David Chapman, clerk to the parish council, is stepping down after nearly 10 loyal and honourable  years in the job. An advertisement has appeared on the Village Hall website for his replacement.

No salary is mentioned, but totting up the quarterly sums in the parish council minutes indicates that negotiations would start around at around £1,600 a year for 15 hours work per month.

The advertisement states:

As Parish Clerk you will be required to attend and take the minutes of the monthly Parish Council Meetings. Other duties include production and circulation of monthly agendas and minutes, dealing with all correspondence and keeping the accounts up to date and submitting them for the annual audit. Applicants will need to be PC literate. Previous accounts experience would be an advantage. Please apply, enclosing a CV to or call 01963 370713.

Readers can access  monthly Parish Council agendas and minutes via the Village hall website -Ed

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Winterborne Longjohns picks some Majestic Winners of(f) course

Our racing correspondent Winterborne  Longjohns is spooked by the knowledge that Wincanton is an anagram for Cannot win. Moreover, he has gone down with a severe bout of food poisoning. Nevertheless, he has summoned up the strength to write for us from his sickbed.  But he seems to be wandering off  his usual subject. 

Sausages or Samphire ? Probably we shall never know. But whatever the food poisoning was, it certainly laid poor Winterborne low ! Today having seen TRIP TO PARIS,  Ed Dunlop’s fast fininshing  colt fourth in Tuesdays Melbourne Cup, supported for this race since September and at least returning something more than just the stake,  we should now be focusing on the jump season ahead and Wincanton’s Badger Ales meeting on Saturday.

However with winners emerging from the HARRY FRY stable as infrequently as reliable information  we may well have to cast our net more widely and quite possibly less frequently in order not to disappoint our readers, if they can be identified.

So for want of something better with Cannotwin’s big day coming up on Saturday, Winterborne has instead decided to publish his list of outstanding wines currently available in the Wincanton area. Here it should perhaps be mentioned that in an earlier and quite possibly more distinguished life Winterborne was better known for serving a ten year stretch* as Tasting Secretary of the Circle of Wine Writers and, as he would be the first to admit, old habits do die hard.

Majestic Wines are a source of inspiration, well supported , indeed directly favoured by the sainted one** whose bi annual shopping forays to France do so much to relieve his domestic budget , representing as they do, a prodigious saving to his annual accounts. Since their merger with Virgin Wines earlier this year Majestic (Yeovil and Calais) have come up with a selection of twelve own label wines which they call the DEFINITION range:

Pinot Grigio,
Provence Rose ,
New Zealand Pinot Noir,
Cotes du Rhone (All from the outstanding 2014 vintage)
2010 Montagne St Emilion Claret,
2009 Rioja Riserva
non vintage Prosecco
can all be confidently recommended  particularly if included in a mixed case of twelve at £120.00.

-Among the fifty four different wines tasted at the end of October others that stood out from Majestic were:

  • Sicilian Regaleali Bianco 2014-at£7.49
  • Peloponese Troupis Moscofilero 2014 at £8.49
  • The Romanian Incanta Pinot Noir 2014 at £5.99
  • The Portuguese Ramos Riserva 2013 from the Alentejo at £6.66

From 54 wines tasted, sixteen were recommended, giving a strike rate of thirty per cent, that being the figure that Winterborne aims to achieve with his racing selections.

Perhaps PAUL NICHOLLS will provide our followers with a winner this Saturday?

We shall see.

Your editor will be investing in The Ould Lad (Nicholls) and Monkerty Tunkerty (e/w), a nag with an irresistible name which has provided profitable  returns in the past.

Wincanton Races starts at 12.20 on Saturday, the big Race -the Badger Hadicap Chase – on Channel 4 Racing. Better to be there!

*We did not realise that prisons provide this recreational option. Very progressive!
**Believed to be an ironical  reference to the Editor of the Horsington Blog

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North Cheriton Christmas Fair – 14 November

NCheriton xmas

North Chriton Village hall has a Christmas Craft & Gift Fair 10.30am – 3.00pm on Saturday 14th November.
There are still a couple of stalls available at just £6.50 per 6ft table so if there are any craftspeople in Horsington that would like to apply they can call Sheila on 01963 32608 or email

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Should the Conservatives pledge to keep Wincanton Parking free?

We are experimenting with a new polling system. We would value your opinion.

Thanks Ed

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