March Diary

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
Mon 2nd         Ladies Lunch Group  Stag’s Head, Yarlington
Wed 4th          Music Night  Half Moon Inn 8.45pm
Thurs 5th       W.I    Talk on Linen, flax and sailcloth by Mr Allwood. Village Hall 7.30pm
Thurs 5th Wincanton Races.  First race 2.20pm
Thurs 5th Men in General. Male voice ensemble. A Capella. Comedy. Great Songs. Charlton Horethorne Village Hall 7.30pm
Fri 6th Women’s World Day of Prayer. St Mary’s Church, Templecombe
Sat 8th Charity Quiz Night. White Horse, South Cheriton 7.30pm
Wed 11th Horsington Pins and Needles. Springfield, Horsington Marsh 2pm Tel.371215
Thurs 12th     Parish Council Meeting Village Hall 7.30pm
Thurs 12th Gardening talk by Charles Dowding. Sports and Social Club, Templecombe 7.30pm
Tues 17th       Film Mandela King Arthur’s School 7.30pm
Sat 21st Barn Dance in aid of Walk the Walk. Cucklington Village Hall 7.30-11pm
Sun 22nd Wincanton Races.  First race 2.20pm

St John’s Church services

1st March           9.15am Holy Communion with Sunday School
8th March Morning Prayer with Baptism
15th March        9.15am Special Service for Mothering Sunday
22nd March        8.30am Holy Communion (BCP)
29th March        12.30pm Baptism

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February Diary

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
Mon 2nd         Ladies Lunch Group  White Lion, Bourton
Wed 4th          Music Night  Half Moon Inn 8.45pm
Thurs 5th       W.I    Margaret Harper making Faced Glass Jewellery . Village Hall 7.30pm
Thurs 12th     Parish Council Meeting Village Hall 7.30pm
Sat 14th           Wincanton Races.  First race 1.20pm
Wed 18th      Film The Invisible Woman King Arthur’s School 7.30pm
Wed 25th      Wincanton Races.  First race 2.10pm

St John’s Church services

1st February           9.15am Holy Communion with Sunday School
8th February Morning Prayer
15th February        9.15am Holy Communion
18th February        7.30pm Holy Communion (Ash Wednesday)
22nd February       8.30am Holy Communion (BCP)


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Winterbourne’s tips of the day

Winterbourne Longjohns, our resident racing correspondent writes:

Very enjoyable day in miserable weather at Sandown yesterday, where I learnt that CROCO BAY was strongly fancied to win the 3.05  at Wincanton  this afternoon . I am assured that the owner and all the connections are all supporting  his chance .Other fancies for the day include P’TIT ZIG in the 3.50 at Ascot and Harry Fry’s  FLETCHERS FLYER in the 4.00 at Haydock, where doubtless the going will be hock deep.

Please assure Mrs Badger that indeed a visit to Wincanton is being thought about for either February 25th or March 5th  DV, and that it is indeed a good thing that I have in my possession an original vinyl recording of Guy Hands ‘Loving You Has Made me Bananas” since the link on the Horsington Blog is unfortunately merely a black hole !

If you receive the blog via email, the link may not function. Click on the heading and you will be taken to the blog itself, where everything works. – Ed

Late Update: Croco Bay, came 3rd, P’tit Zig fell, and Fletcher’s Flyer  came 2nd. -Ed

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Valentine’s day -Poet’s Corner

A local poet has written:

My heart is beating,
Inflamed by love’s forces,
Have a nice day,
I’m off to the horses!

See you at Wincanton, then -Ed


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Valentines Day – Love is in the air

Mrs Badger writes:

St Valentine’s day is here, and spring cannot be far away. I have a feeling love is in the air already, as a spy tells me that your nice Mr Winterbourne Longjohns will be visiting soon.

Perhaps you could be kind enough to play a record request on your radio station to entice him hither? I know he is a fan of sophisticated nightclub music, so could we please hear “Loving you has made me bananas”?

Certainly ma’am, it’s a great pleasure. Just turn the sound up and click on the link below:


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Racing prospects at Wincanton and elsewhere

There is a good card at Wincanton on Thursday 29 January. Winterbourne Longjohns, the Blog’s resident racing correspondent, has sent us this dispatch:

Having drawn a bank, – in point of fact made a loss, – with an over ambitious each way double at Cheltenham on Saturday Winterbourne is hopeful that Harry Fry’s  BLUE BUTTONS will compensate for this unlocked for reverse by running his usual genuine race in the 3. 40 at Wincanton on Thursday.

Meanwhile and more immediately, AROSEFOROSCAR* is expected to confirm the favourable impression he made at Exeter last week by defeating DANCING SOLO in the first at Taunton This afternoon.

Should weather conditions allow and for the moment this looks no more than even money, then ACTiVIAL, who ran so well for us at Ascot last time out, looks like the proverbial**  good thing at 8/1 in the Betfair Hurdle at Newbury on Saturday week on February 7th.

*Aroseforoscar did indeed beat Dancing Solo, but still only came 3rd at 2/1 -Ed.
**I think the proverb is “Never look a gift horse in the mouth” -Ed.

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Milborne Port Opera up for 4 awards

Milborne Port Opera,  Horsington’s favourite local amateur group, has been nominated by the Somerset Fellowship of Drama for 4 awards in the annual David Beach Awards for musical theatre.  (Somerset’s answer to the Oscars –Ed)

The nominations are for the group’s last production, the rarely-performed “Utopia Limited” by Gilbert & Sullivan. They are:

Best Cameo:  Former Horsington resident Andrew Armstrong as Mr Goldbury
Show Stopper:  Whole company for “Eagle High”
Best Musical Direction:  Caroline D’Cruz
Best Small Venue

The nominations are made by an expert panel of adjudicators who see each show. The winners will be  announced at a dinner in Taunton on Saturday 14th March .

There are 25 award categories in total, and 82 groups across the county competing to win them.

“Utopia Limited” was a landmark production for Milborne Port Opera, as it completed their ambition to perform every single Gilbert and Sullivan Opera.

The next show at Milborne Port Opera is an original work, “Spring Fate”, a comic opera written by MPO member Neil Edwards, who also directs. It is his third show for the MPO.

Performance is 8 to 11th April, the week after Easter. Tickets go on sale in March. More about this show soon.

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Your chance to sing Gershwin -just turn up


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Winterbourne Longjohns picks some likely Christmas winners

2 January: This Post has been updated with the latest results – a 34 -1 treble!!! -ED

W.J., our resident racing correspondent ,writes. .

B.B.S.S. and Forgive us our Christmases for those who Christmas against us. This might well be  Winterborne  Longjohns’ Festive message, for he is once again is forced to camp out while having his ceiling repainted for the third time in as many years, which, as he says , does concentrate the mind wonderfully.

To Ascot, in fact on Saturday, where he hopes to see Harry Fry’s (20 Winners from 74 Runners and a strike rate of just over 27 percent), ACTIVIAL win the Ladbroke Hurdle at the end of the afternoon having been backed down from 14/1 to his present market position of 5/1 favourite over the past forty eight hours.This yard seems to be attracting the attention of some serious heavy bettors at the moment. So if you follow the money its best to follow Harry !  Do remember that this horse was first tipped to the readers of this column in October. Maybe though a saver on SHELFORD, trained and ridden by Dan and Harry Skelton would not go amiss.

Those taking the air at Wincanton on Boxing Day should not miss out   on Hazard Chase Racing’s gallant little hurdler GENERAL GINGER, second here at Wincanton behind a Paul Nicholls hotpot in early November, who has been prepared with this race in mind for some time now. Don’t expect a big price  though ! VUKOVAR ,mind how you pronounce it , may provide that at Kempton that same afternoon. 40/1 is currently on offer and should be considered.

ROCK ON RUBY very much the stable hero at Seaborough should win again at Cheltenham on  New  Years Day which should start 2015 off on a prosperous note for all followers of the Harry Fry yard.

LATE NEWS – Monday 22 December: Actival came 3rd at Ascot on Saturday, Shelford came 4th.

EVEN LATER NEWS – Friday 2 January:Hope you and the Horsington  followers were on Winterbornes  new year Harry Fry treble. Thomas Browne  won the first at 5/1 followed Assam black at 11/4 and then another outstanding win by the stable favourite Rock On Ruby at 5/2. All in all a very satisfactory day !  WJ

Combined odds for a treble were 34 to 1! -ED

Thanks and Happy Christmas, Winterbourne, though we are still mystified  by B.B.S.S. What can it mean?

You can follow the discussion on BBSS and its meaning in comments on the Post “Has Winterbourne Longjohns lost it? -Ed.

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Get out and sing in 2015

It’s official – singing is good for you. A number of scientific studies from around the world have demonstrated singing – especially in a choir with other people-  has a number of definite health benefits. More.

You have missed your chance to join Milborne Port Opera this year (more about their upcoming show soon), but there is a local choir in Wincanton which ticks all the boxes.

Spectra Musica, which rehearses in Wincanton Methodist Church on Tuesday evenings,  came together at the beginning of 2006 and, over the years, it has steadily grown and has developed a wide repertoire.

This chamber choir is building a reputation for the refreshing diversity of its programmes and the quality of its performances as shown by the enthusiastic reception of its audiences.  In addition to the three concerts presented each year, the group has also enjoyed performing at charity and private events and recently hosted another successful “Come and Sing” day.

Spectra Musica rehearse on a Tuesday evening in the Methodist Church in Wincanton, and are always ready to welcome newcomers, particularly basses. If you would like to know more, contact Elizabeth Carter: 01747 841431.

On February 28th 2015 there will be a wonderful opportunity to meet their new Musical Director, Peter Leech when he takes the next ‘Come and Sing’ Day in the Cheap Street Church in Sherborne.  Peter is an extremely talented and experienced musician who will be leading us in Lotti’s Requiem and Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess. The Requiem is not a very well known work but is a sublime piece.

Registration will start at 9am and the cost is £15 including music. For more details contact Sarah Bignell  or .

Peter’s first concert with Spectra Musica will be on 21st March 2015  in the Wincanton Catholic Church. The choir will be accompanied as usual by concert pianist Anita D’Attellis who will also be performing. For further information do contact one of the above.


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