May Diary

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

Other Events

Mon 4th       Ladies Lunch Group (Note TEA not lunch)  Cole Manor tea Rooms
Tues 5th       North Cheriton Gardener’s Society Discount evening Castle gardens
Wed 6th       Music Night Half Moon Inn 8.45 pm
Thurs 7th    Wincanton Race evening meeting. Wincanton Racecourse 4 – 8.20 pm
Sat 9th           Badminton Horse Trials Cross-country day. Coach Trip. Tel. Alison 370990
Sat 9th           V.E.Day celebration. Half Moon Inn, Horsington 5-10.30pm
Tues 12th     Wincanton Races . Ladies day. Wincanton Racecourse 12 – 5.05pm
Wed 13th       Pins and Needles. Springfield, Horsington Marsh 2pm Tel.371215
Thurs 14th     Parish Council Meeting Village Hall 7.30pm
Fri 15th          W.I 90th Birthday party Village Hall 7.30pm
Fri 15th          Renewable Energy Talk by Chris Maltin St John’s Church 7.30pm
Sun 17th         Wincanton Choral Society Wincanton Sports Hall 7.30pm
Tues 19th      Film “The Book Thief” King Arthur’s School 7.30pm
Sun 24th        Cricket against the Tabard Pilgrims CC, cricket ground 2.30pm
                         Barbeque, followed by Quiz at the Half Moon

St John’s Church services

3rd May         9.15am Holy Communion with Sunday School
10th May Morning Prayer
17th May        9.15am Holy Communion
24th May       Pentecost  8.30am Holy Communion (BCP)
31st May        Trinity Sunday United Service in Henstridge Church 10.30am

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Superfast broadband: Blog reader spots the “cabinet”

Is one of these innocent-looking boxes the long awaited superfast broadband  "cabinet"?

Is one of these innocent-looking boxes the long awaited superfast broadband “cabinet”?

Our last post got an immediate response.

Brett Dorney reported that, according to the Connecting Devon and Somerset Programme, Horsington will go live with Superfast Broadband in January 2016. They point out that timescales may change, and there is no indication how far the broadband will reach. Marsh dwellers, be warned.

Eagle eyed John Macdonald, chairman of the village hall committee, thinks he’s spotted the “cabinet”. He reports,  “Wandering round town the other day, I enquired of the gents pulling wires down holes if this was the much vaunted fibre optics we had been waiting for? No such luck, These are the conduits for the fibre optics. At least it is a step in the right direction. And I notice they have been laid all the way down to Templecombe.

cabinet 300“There is a ‘cabinet’, in fact two, (look for a green box about a metre long by half a metre high) for Horsington itself on the main road by Horsington House Lodge opposite  the entrance to Stowell Lane. I would imagine there must be one somewhere in South Cheriton.” (We can’t find it -ED)

Thanks everyone. This is exactly what the Blog is for. Let us know what’s going on and we’ll report it. Ed


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Bank Holiday Barbeque and Quiz at the Half

signpost2There will be a traditional pub quiz at the Half Moon on Bank Holiday Sunday. Usual rules -teams of 4-ish, the more the merrier. start.

The Quiz follows a cricket match against the Tabard Pilgrims from Chiswick, West London. Spectators welcome from 2.30. These matches normally run to a thrilling , nail-biting finish at around 7 pm.

There is a barbeque at the pub afterwards, to which everyone is welcome.

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Superfast Broadband could benefit the village

There is hope on the horizon if you suffer from chronically slow broadband speeds

The average UK residential fixed line broadband speed is 22.8 Mbit/second (Ofcom November 2014). This is nothing like the dismal speeds we achieve in Horsington, which are often under 1Mb per second.

The Connecting Devon and Somerset Programme aims to give 90% of the area superfast speeds of 24 Mbs by end of 2016. The signal will be delivered by superfast fibre optic cables, and will be available to everyone who lives within 1 ¼ miles of a local connection node, known as a “ Cabinet”.

You will of course have to pay for this.

However, they will not evaluate us and the “cabinet” until next year. They won’t tell us where the “Cabinet” is (Templecombe?).  And it won’t get upgraded if we don’t have enough people to justify the cost.

Penny Nagle, who lives at Felthams Farm on Horsington Marsh, is getting up a petition to try and accelerate the evaluation process.
You can sign the petition on the Church notice board or by emailing her –
“We really want to have superfast broadband here in Horsington Village and Marsh” to

If you live too far away from the “cabinet” you will not benefit from superfast broadband, but if 80 people or more express an interest, Wessex Internet will consider erecting a wi-fi tower to broadcast a high speed signal. You can express an interest with no obligation here:
It will be approximately the same price (we don’t have details). But sign up anyway as this will be a good back up option if we are not part of the Programme or too far away from that darned “cabinet” .

Luckily you don’t need supefast broadband to download your Horsington Blog!

How about a petition to do something about our pathetic mobile phone reception? -Ed

Update 20 May 2015: Horsington & South Cheriton may go superfast in January 2016. See story

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Brilliant Winky Choir sets off BBC charter demand

BBC Radio 4 must bring back the “UK Theme” before the morning shipping forecast

Sunday 17 May saw the Wincanton Choral Society (featuring several Horsington residents) in excellent form for their 25th anniversary concert. The choir seems to have recovered its former spirit, and gave us a wonderful performance. They would be truly brilliant if we could hear the words a bit better.

The choir was augmented by a larger than usual orchestra, which added a certain majesty, making a reasonant sound which filled the packed sports hall at the Leisure Centre. Their opening number was the “UK Theme”, which used to herald the start of the day before Radio 4’s early morning shipping forecast. Until they killed it.

This is a glorious piece of music, much loved by fishermen, yachtsman and seafarers, (and, we suspect, landlubbers.) Hearing it brought back many happy memories of steadying oneself on the oggin, nursing a mug of tea, pencil stub in hand, trying to jot down the details before going on deck to tell the crew what was about to befall them in Lundy, Fastnet and Fitzroy.

Loyal readers will recall that your editor offered to rescue the crisis-ridden BBC when they “lost” their director-general in 2012. The offer still stands, with the additional proviso that the “UK Theme” is re-instated before the shipping forecast.

Readers may wish to write to their new MP, that nice Mr Warburton, demanding that reinstatement must be a condition of renewing the BBCs Charter, which comes up next year. Let’s go viral with this one!

Listen to the UK Theme, arranged by Fritz Speigl, performed by the BBC Symphony Orchestra.

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All to play for at Bank Holiday Cricket Extravaganza

The May Bank Holiday looms, and the thoughts of all decent men turn to cricket. Forget the West Indies, and our upcoming battles with New Zealand, this is about saving the Horsington Cricket Pitch.

After a year’s absence, our friends the Tabard Pilgrims CC from Chiswick, West London, are returning to Horsington to play our village team. The match is very important as staging a game on the village pitch continues the legal right to use the field as a cricket pitch in future years.

But we need a team. The nucleus is there, but we could do with some more players. If you are handy with a bat or a ball and own, or can borrow, some white trousers, we need you! Contact Philippa Tarling at the Half Moon. – Tel 370140

The match will be played on Sunday 24 May – first ball at 2.30.

There will be a barbeque afterwards at the Half Moon, followed by the traditional Bank Holiday Pub Quiz.

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VE Music night was a great hit

Congratulations to everyone involved with the Horsington VE Day celebration on Saturday 9 May. The music night, with Bertie’s Big Band, was an outstanding success.

Thanks to John Samson, who organised the event and provided the marquee, Andrew and Philippa Tarling at the Half Moon, Charles and Sonia James, Jackie Pyne, Mark Tucker, the Half Moon staff, and everyone else. It was a terrific evening, with some great music from a talented 20-piece orchestra. What a sound!
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BloggoVision Extra – Live from the election count

BloggoVisionThe Blog’s fearless camera crew infiltrated the election count in Yeovil to record the historic win by Councillors Wallace and Inglefield, who both increased their majorities. Mrs Wallace reports on her bad luck to her father.


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Blackmore Vale re- elects Inglefield and Wallace with increased majorities

SSDC-iconBlackmore Vale’s two conservative Councillors William Wallace and Tim Inglefield have been re-elected with increased majorities.

There is now no overall majority at the previously Lib Dem-led South Somerset District Council.

The Lib Dems have lost two seats and now have 29. Conservatives gained three seats and have 28. Independents lost one seat and now have three.

Two sitting Tory Councillors failed to submit their papers in time, denying them full control of the Council. Piss ups and breweries spring to mind.

In neighbouring Wincanton, Conservatives  Colin Winder and Nick Colbert were both elected. Lib Dem deputy leader Tim Carroll failed to gain a seat.

Lucy Wallace, William’s wife, was unlucky down the road in Milborne Port. She lost by ONE VOTE after 3 recounts to Sarah Dyke-Brache, a Lib Dem.

SSDC results 1


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Horsington will jump to Bertie’s Big Band

signpost2Saturday 9 May will be very special in Horsington. In order to celebrate and remember VE day, when hostilities ceased in the Europe in WW2 ,John Samson and the Half Moon are putting on a special music night featuring BERTIE’S BIG BAND – The South West’s foremost big band, plus many other entertainments, starting from 5 pm

Bertie's Big Band

Bertie’s Big Band

Every performance by Berties Big Band is a feast of entertainment and fun. Audiences are treated to the whole range of Big Band music from Glenn Miller right through to modern day arrangements.

This is a real coup for the village. Tickets are £10.00 on the door or £8.00 if you book in advance at the Half Moon before May 7.

The Band plays from 8 pm, but there will also be supporting musical acts throughout the day. Andrew Tarling will be putting on a Barbecue and some special beers.

A great opportunity to have some fun, and get over the election results gloom!

Profits from the evening will go to the Horsington and South Cheriton defibrillator project

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