November 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

Mon 3rd           Ladies Lunch Group  Hunter’s Moon, Middlemarsh
Wed 5th            Music Night  Half Moon Inn 8.45pm
Thurs 6th         W.I  –  Christmas Customs   Village Hall 7.30pm
Sat 8th               Village Hall Dinner 7pm
Thurs 13th       Parish Council Meeting Village Hall 7.30pm
Tuesday 18th  Film: The Wolf of Wall Street King Arthur’s 7.30pm
Sat 22nd            Home Farm Trust Annual Bazaar Wincanton Memorial Hall From 10am

St John’s Church services

2nd Nov           9.15am Holy Communion with Sunday School
……………………..3pm Service of Remembrance in Henstridge Church
9th Nov           11.00am Act of Remembrance at War Memorial followed by
…………………….11.15am Service of Remembrance in St John’s Church
16th Nov          9.15am Holy Communion
23rd Nov          8.30am Holy Communion (BCP)
30th Nov           Advent Sunday 6.00pm Taize Evening Worship with Pilgrim Singers

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FTR -the place for arts and culture

FTRWe  remind readers that a complete digest of arts and culture in Somerset & Dorset is published every Friday in the Fine Times Recorder.

This entertaining blog contains far more information and reviews than the Blackmore Vale Magazine can fit in, and is a must for anyone who wants a good night out  in a theatre or concert hall.

One of the wonders of this area is the enormous breadth of cultural activity available. As we have said before – Get out More!

You will find the FTR has a permanent link in our “Blogroll” listed on the right.

But for those who are short sighted, here it is again. –

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Kevin Wagland wins Horsington Open

Horsington Open Golf

Kevin Wagland (winner) and Phil Bennett from the Half Mooners

The Horsington Open was held for the second year running on Monday 27th October at Folke Golf Centre, Alweston.

This fact alone gives the organisers the right to call it Horsington’s “Annual” golf charity event. The event is billed as a fun day for all-comers.

18 Golfers took to the course to battle it out for the coveted Horsington Open Claret Jug over 9 holes, on a pleasant early autumn morning, which meant that fallen leaves were a minor factor.

Chris Dibben gets ready for the off

Chris Dibben gets ready for the off

Chris Dibben, from the Winky Seniors had the task of defending his title against some stiff and keen opposition. Some people had even trained for the event! The course was in beautiful condition, but was a more difficult challenge that last year’s venue, Henstridge.

The eventual winner was Kevin Wagland from the home team, the Half Mooners(Handicap 28), with a score of 21 points under the Stableford System. He narrowly pipped last year’s winner Chris Dibben (Handicap 23) by 1 point. Kevin has not played for several years, but we wonder what his handicap was before he took a break.

Third was Frank White (Handicap 9) from the Winky Seniors with 17 points. The Winky Seniors also took the team prize, with a total of 67 points.

Other prizes:
Longest drive AND nearest the pin – David West (handicap (14), who also came 4th
Putt of the Day – Neil Edwards (Handicap 28)
Best Newcomer John Macdonald (Handicap 28) with a score of 14
Best injured player Howard Bentley – Marchant (Handicap 28) – 11 points.
Wooden Spoon – Paul Mann (Handicap 28). This was despite having briefly been the holder of the nearest the pin prize AND beating event organiser Richard Gaunt by 2 points. Richard claimed the organiser’s right to award a prize to whomsoever he wanted to and to demonstrate there was absolutely no favouritism when it came to awarding prizes.

The Horsington Open made a small profit of £64.00, which has been donated to St Margaret’s Hospice.

Well done to all competitors, and thanks to Folke Golf Centre, who were excellent and generous hosts.

The Horsington Open 2014 – Order of merit
Kevin Wagland 21
Chris Dibben 20
Frank White 17
Mike Parfitt 15
Derek King 15
John Macdonald 14
David West 14
Colin Constable 14
Ray Phillips 13
Phil Bennett 13
Nick Maynard 13
George Wagland 13
Andrew Tarling 13
Neil Edwards 11
Howard Bentley-Marchant 11
Glyn Parry 6
Paul Mann 5
Richard Gaunt 3

John Macdonald and Richard Gaunt, the worst golfer in Horsington

John Macdonald and Richard Gaunt, the worst golfer in Horsington

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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

Book on line here But you must send a cheque for your entry(ies) to Richard Gaunt, Crossing Gate, Horsington BA8 0ER by October 23rd. (This is an automatic system, and you will not get an acknowledgment)

Download more info and an entry form here.  Hand your entry form in at the pub with cash/cheque. 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.

Match report

Map for Folke here:

Link to last year’s successful event


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Winterbourne Longjohns assesses jump prospects

Winterbourne Longjohns, the Blog’s resident racing correspondent reports . . .

Nothing for Wincanton on Thursday, but after cheering home Dashing Oscar  who won at 9/2 at Newton Abbot on Friday, Winterborne Longjohns is hopeful that the Harry Fry Racing Club will reward its followers with their first winner when the talented mud lover Highland Retreat  tackles fences for the first time at Cheltenham this coming Friday afternoon. Having already won in excess of £50k in prize money over hurdles, good things are expected of this fast and fluent seven year old in the months ahead.  Twice winning Henryville might also be considered should he run in a nominated race on this same card.

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Have Clacton reverberations reached Horsington? Take part in our instant poll

Have the seismic waves emanating from Clacton, Essex and Heywood, Lancashire reached Horsington? Will UKIP’s victory in the former, and its rattling of Labour in the latter, make people more or less likely to vote for them in a General Election?

Take part in our anonymous, confidential survey.

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Has UKIP's recent by election success made you more or less likely to vote for them in the next General Election?

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The Blog will up its local political coverage as we get nearer the election next May.

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The fair Season starts soon

The clocks haven’t changed yet, but the Christmas fair season is getting under way with the announcement that Somerton & Frome Conservatives are holding their annual Early Christmas Fair at Wincanton Racecourse on Tuesday 21st October from 10 am until 3.30 pm.

Lots of stalls, raffle, tombola and café.

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New – On line booking for Horsington Open

Open logoBook on line here But you must send a cheque for your entry(ies) to Richard Gaunt, Crossing Gate, Horsington BA8 0ER by October 23rd. (This is an automatic system, and you will not get an acknowledgment).

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Musical thrills them in Yeovil

The Blog’s drama critic, Walter Plinge writes. . .

Yeovil Amateur Operatic Society (YAOS) are currently staging the musical thriller – almost a melodrama – Jekyll & Hyde. A talented cast of singers, actors and musicians wrings every ounce of high drama and pathos from this classic Robert Louis Stevenson tale of a chemically-induced split personality (or the battle between good and evil –Ed) . There are some great show-stopping numbers and some amazing performances from the principals, especially Jekyll/Hyde and Lucy Harris, his ill-fated love interest.

Staging and musical direction are superb, as you would expect from a company with professional standards and big budgets.

Worth seeing. Octagon Theatre, Yeovil, 7.30, until Saturday 11th October

Book tickets

Read a longer review in the Fine Times Recorder

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October Diary

Anything missing? Email the editor

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

Wed 1st  8.45pm Music Night Half Moon Inn
Thu 2nd  7.30pm WI
Sun 5th Harvest Festival – St John’s Church, Horsington
Mon 6th Ladies Lunch Club – Coppleridge Inn, Motcombe
Thurs 9th 7.30pm Parish Council Meeting ”
Thursday 16th  2.30 First Wincanton Races meeting 
Wed 22nd Film: 12 years a slave – King Arthurs school
Thurs 23rd 7.00pm First Aid Course
Sat 25th 7.30pm Talk: Who do you think you are? – St John’s Church
Monday 27th The Horsington Open charity golf tournament, Folke Golf Centre

St John’s Church services

5th Oct         9.15am Harvest Thanksgiving
12th Oct       11.00am Morning Prayer
19th Oct       9.15am Holy Communion
26th Oct     8.30am Holy Communion (BCP)



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