June Diary

Regular activities (Village Hall unless stated).

Monday Pilates 6pm
Tuesday Upholstery 10.30am
Badminton 8 pm
Wednesday Adult Tap dancing 10am
Thursday Art 10am
Friday Art 10am
Saturday Free


Other activities

Wed 1st W.I outing to Exmouth All day
  Half Moon Music Night 8.30pm
Sat 4th South Cheriton Music Festival and Craft Fair

White Horse Inn

Mon 6th Ladies Lunch Group.

George Inn, Longbridge Deverill

Thurs 9th Parish Council.  Village hall 7.30pm
Sat 11th Horsington Summer Fete. School Field 2-5pm
 Tues 14th North Cheriton Gardener’s Society.

North Cheriton Village Hall

Wed 18th Film.  The Danish Girl  King Arthur’s School 7.30pm
St John’s Church Services
5th June Holy Communion with Sunday School 9.15am
12th June Morning Prayer – Celebrating the Queen’s Birthday 11 am
19th June Holy Communion 9.15am
26th June Holy Communion (BCP) 8.30am


Bailward bikes on! – Nearly there.

Chris bailward
Chris Bailward

Chris Bailward’s third* epic cycle ride – 2016 miles back and forth across England in aid of Sport Relief- is nearly over. He was last seen in Exeter and now faces 100 miles across Dartmoor in bloody awful weather to reach Truro in Corwall and complete his mission.

If you have not been following, his mission has been to visit every “county town” – the old or existing administrative headquarters of the  counties- in England, all 48 of them from Carlisle to Truro.  This has involved criss-crossing the Penines several times, and sweeping eastwards and then westward to take in every single county.

Chris Bailward's oddesy - 2016 miles in the saddle
Chris Bailward’s odessy – 2016 miles in the saddle. Ouch!

The Map shows Chris’s route.

This is a fantastic achievement, 80-100 miles a day, totally alone, without support, and apart from a few nights staying with family and friends, enduring local B+Bs and hotels of varying quality. And all at his own expense.

There’s a full account on his fascinating Blog.

All being well, Chris will arrive Back in Horsington on Thursday night, and after a day or R+R will be in the Half Moon, Horsington on Friday night from around 7pm. It would be nice if his many well-wishers and donors could join him, buy him a pint, and welcome him home.

If you have promised to donate and have forgotten, please do it now, or you can sign up in the pub on Friday.

All welcome.

Chris’s Blog
Donate Here -any amount, large or small will help an important cause, and every penny raised will go to the charity
Why Sport Relief?

*He has also cycled from Lands End to John o’Groats(2014)  and a circular  (1800 mile) tour around France (2015).


Make a date with the Pepys Ensemble

If you love cream teas and music, this is for you.

The Pepys Ensemble, which includes Horsington’s Janet Coles on the Cello will be playing in Horsington Church on Sunday July 10th at 3 pm.

The programme will include quartets by Fiala, Mozart and Francaix.

The concert is in aid of Church funds, and you will be provided with a delicious cream tea. You are asked to donate £8.00

The other members of the ensemble are Laura manning (oboe and cor anglais), Sarah Drury (violin) and David Lyon (viola), all professional musicians of some repute.

Janet Coles teaches music at several local schools and also plays in several orchestras. Those who enjoy the annual carol singing at the pub, where she plays the piano, will have a chance to see her in a much more serious and professional role.

The Pepys Ensemble will be playing a different repertoire on Sunday 24 th July at 6 pm in the delightful tiny church at Stock Gaylard.  Tickets for this concert, in aid of Homestart,  from Mrs Langmead 01963 23511

Please write in to support the Horsington Pond project

The project to revitalise Horsington’s pond needs your moral as well as financial support.

Charles James, who is leading the project, is seeking funds from various grant providers, but he needs evidence of support from the village in order to back up his application,

Please take a few moments to send Charles an email  to express your support for the project.

If you are stuck for words, here’s a basic template you can adapt:

“Dear Mr James,

I am writing on behalf of myself and my family to express our  support for the Parish Council’s project to revitalise the Horsington Pond.

The Pond is one of the village’s most valuable amenities, and the scheme put forward by the council is imaginative and also very clever.

It will improve the village and at the same time aid conservation and bio-diversity, and provide a much needed educational resource for the village school.

We hope you will be able to raise the necessary funds, and you may count on our support.

Yours sincerely,”

Details of the pond proposal here


It’s over. What’s next?

The people have spoken. We’re out.

Results57 per cent of the people in South Somerset voted to leave and have got their way. Such a tiny majority for such a big decision.

Those who voted as a protest or to” give Cameron a bloody nose” will no doubt we getting to grips with reality after a monstrous hangover.

And now it’s up to our political leaders and the Civil Service to manage an orderly exit under the best possible terms. Oh dear.

Bailward’s bike busts in Cheltenham but he hits Trowbridge on time

Chris Bailward outside the Council House, Bristol.
Chris Bailward outside the Council House, Bristol.

Chris Bailward, Cycling back and forth across England in aid of Sport relief, has now completed 21 days in the saddle, and was last heard of in Trowridge on his easterly leg towards London and Kent.

He had a hiccup in Cheltenham, where his gears disintegrated, but he was uninjured, and repairs were made with only a morning’s loss of time.

When we say “last heard of”, anyone with an eagle eye might have spotted him in Horsington, because he spent Tuesday night at home, having been collected and re-delivered to Trowbridge by son Rob.

He will be intrigued to learn that the Tuesday night regulars in the Half Moon were wondering where he was. If only they knew. . .

Chris is continuing eastwards towards Tunbridge Wells, before hitting the south coast and heading west for Devon & Cornwall.

Chrismap day 21
The miles clock up – Day 21

Please donate. If you have already, thanks.

You can read all about it on his blog.

Rattlin’ Boys gig at the Half Moon raises cash for the pond

Ted Banks reports. . .
There was an absolutely fantastic turn out at the Half Moon on Saturday night (over 200 bodies)and friends old and new that “THE RATTLERS” had not seen for years…AND the Half Moon has not been that packed out since we last played there !!! Anyway Mr Editor, I had the idea( as it was a free gig) to go round the audience and do a bucket collection of people’s loose change for The Horsington Pond renovation ! We collected the princely sum of £82:85 .Could you please notify who is ever in charge, that that sum is awaiting to be collected from the 1/2 moon, towards that cause .Many thanks.

Well done, and thanks to everyone. CHARLES, go and collect!

If anyone took any photos, email them to editor@Idnet.com

10 days in the saddle – Chris plugs on

Ten Days in, and Chris is somewhere south of Liverpool
Ten Days in, and Chris is somewhere south of Liverpool

We have lost touch with Chris Bailward, but readers of his excellent blog will know that he was last heard of in High Peak on Thursday night, 9 June, and tonight, if all goes according to plan he will be somewhere near Bangor on Dee, a few miles south of where he was 5 days ago, but having traversed the Pennines twice during the intervening days.

Chris has covered around 600 out of his 2016 miles, so he still has a long way to go. On Saturday he turns south, then east, heading towards Uttoxter and Oakham on his epic journey in aid of Sport Relief.

If you haven’t already done so, please donate. If you have, thanks.

You can read all about it on his blog. There will be no more reports on the Horsington Blog until the middle of the week after next.



Village fete news!

Thanks to Penny Nagle, who contacted us, we have news of the Fete-or at least a small part of it.

Penny is running a “Vintage and Egg” sale this Saturday at the Fete.  100% of proceeds will go to the school.  Two parts of this:

(1) Please bring in for Friday : –

– anything good and second hand that you think will sell (this includes books, clothes, earthenware, furniture)

– any eggs (there is a nice side line in eggs for sale she feels)

– any other produce that you think will sell – Penny has  10 x bags of home grown, organic mixed salad leaves (mizuna, rocket, pak choi, mibuna).  So anything else that is ready and good to go – rhubarb, honey, small bale hay bales.   If it’s perishable find Penny on the day.

2) Silent Auction for 2 x Cinema Tickets to see David Suchet in the award winning “Importance of Being Earnest” on Wednesday 29th June at 19.00.  The auction will be running on Saturday afternoon and the winner will be announced at 5pm by text.  All proceeds of course to the school.

So there you are – these two, plus the pond presentation are reason enough to go. But we are sure there is plenty more going on.

But don’t ell the editor! He’s going on holiday. Ed