May 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
Tues 3rd     Blackmore Vale U3A talk on Citizen’s Advice Bureau,  Henstridge Village Hall  2.30pm
Ladies lunch Group. Tea at Cole Manor 3pm                                             N.Cheriton Garden Society Discount shopping at Castle Gardens, Sherborne 7.30pm                                                                                        Wed 4th       Music Night  Half Moon Inn 8.30pm
Thurs 5th      W.I .  Deirdre’s Buckingham Palace Garden Party  7.30pm                             Wincanton races – Evening Meeting 4pm                          Tues 10th May   Wincanton Races Ladies Day 12pm
Thurs 12th     Parish Council Village Hall 7.30pm
Sat 14th     Children’s Society Coffee morning  Village Hall 10-12pm                                Yarlington Plant Fair, Yarlington House 10-4pm                          Wed 18th    Film:45 years King Arthur’s School 7.30pm                                Sat 21st  N.Cheriton Garden Soc. Plant sale Horsington Village Hall 10am      Sun 29th  Horsington XI v Tabard Pilgrims.  Cricket Field  2pm onwards                      Quiz at Half Moon TBA but about 830pm

St John’s Church services
1st May        9.15am Holy Communion with Sunday School
5th May      Deanery Ascension Day Service, North Cadbury 7.00pm        8th May        11 am  Morning Prayer
15th May       9.15am  Holy Communion  (Pentecost/Whitsun)
22nd May       8.30am  Holy Communion (BCP)  (Trinity Sunday)                  29th May    United Service.  Milborne Port Parish Church  1030am


Sherborne Abbey Festival looms

The annual five day Sherborne Abbey Festival begins on Friday 29 April.

There is a veritable feast of all kinds of music, words and fun. Download the programme here . You can book on line or in person at the Tourist Information Centre in Digby Road, Sherborne.

Kieran White, a brilliant singer and friend of the editor (he also appeared in “Hot Fuzz” as a delinquent), is giving a recital in Cheap Street  Church with the lovely Charlotte Hewitt  at 3pm on Friday 29th April. Entry is free.

The programme will be some Handel, Britten and Purcell. The centre piece is the song cycle by Britten called a birthday hansel. The cycle is a Scottish cycle and accompanied by harp. The harpist is a fellow student at the Royal Academy of Music. Caroline D’Cruz, musical director of the Milborne Port Opera is the pianist.

But there’s also plenty of other stuff, from Jazz, through James Galway, to wonderful choral music in the Abbey.

Milborne Port Opera thanks Horsington

BloggoVisionThe cast, orchestra and crew of Milborne Port Opera has asked the Blog to thank all the kind people from Horsington who came to see “The Sorcerer”. The show played to three full houses, with a 70 per cent capacity on the first night.

22 people came in a party organised by the Half Moon and numerous other villagers made their own arrangements.

Judging by the comments in the media and on Facebook, the show was enjoyed by everyone.

If you’ve ever wondered what happens when the audience leaves after the final performance, watch this video. It gives a clue to why the Fine Times Recorder, the on line arts blog, described MPO as “remarkable”.

Leaked memo from Milborne Port Opera reveals all

Vintage bra ad from 1958
Vintage bra ad from 1958

Milborne Port Opera’s “The Sorcerer”  opens tomorrow. The show is set in 1958.

The Blog has intercepted a confidential memo from director Linda Mumford to the ladies in the cast. She writes . .

“I am trying to put this delicately… the 1950s was not a time for wearing an apologetic or minimising bra!  . . . .feel free to make the most of your assets! ”

Should be an uplifting experience for everyone! -Ed

Still tickets available, on line and in Milborne Port’s shops, but they’re selling fast.

Milborne Port Opera tickets selling fast

Milborne Port Opera has shared a Facebook post with us:

“Tickets are going fast.

According to our wonderful ON LINE system powered by The Little Box Office we have the following availability for The Sorcerer:

(As at 20:00 Sunday 10 April)
Wednesday 13th April 16 tickets
Thursday 14th April 31 Tickets
Friday 15th April 20 tickets
Saturday 16th April 54 tickets (Strange that, since Saturday is the worst night on the telly)

There are still tickets to be had from Waynes (great meat!), The Post Office and the Tippling Philosopher, Milborne Port, but we don’t know how many.
(The Tip is a good bet)

When they’re gone, they’re gone. ”

Book online at https://thelittleboxoffice.com/mpo/

Winterborne Longjohns in the National – 2nd Place

Our exclusive racing correspondent Winterborne Longjohns picked six horses for Blog readers to  back and boost their fortunes in the Grand National on Saturday. Here’s how they fared:

Out of 39 entrants, 16 finished.

The last Samuri, which ended up as the 8-1 joint favourite, came 2nd.
Holywell fell at the 2nd fence
St Are was in the lead for a period, but faded
The Druid’s Nephew pulled up at the 21st fence.
Kruzhinin pulled up at the 27th fence
Many Clouds finished 16th

A modest £2.50 each way bet on each horse would have cost £30 and returned £10.

As the advertisements say, when it stops being fun, STOP.

But Winterborne will be back with more selections soon – we hope. -ED

PS Your editor recouped his losses – and more- by successfully betting Winterborne on the name of the celebrity involved in the much-hyped “three in a bed scandal”. Payment is eagerly anticpated.