Your editor apologises for a lengthy absence, but he doubts if anyone has really missed his impertinent posts.

We seem to be in line for a decent summer at last. Fingers crossed. Enjoy! Get out more, support your local enterprises.

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Horsington has a defibrilllator – now the training starts

Charles James reports:
The Defibrillator is up and running and the training for the team of responders will be taking place this Thursday (20 June), I am then just awaiting the final registration for t he VETS scheme and all will be complete.

Moving on from there Sonya and myself are now organising for the first Aid courses that will be taking place in the Village hall at a date to be announced, the cost of which will be £30, it is hoped that the funds raised from the music festival will subsidise this and bring the price down to  £20 per person (or maybe less dependant on numbers), anyone is welcome to attend but the subsidy will only be available to village residents.

The “Essential First Aid All Ages” course will cover the following.

  • Communication and casualty care
  • Looking after yourself and the casualty
  • Adult resuscitation
  • Treatment of choking in adults
  • Treatment of severe bleeding and chest pains
  • Treatment of an unconscious casualty.

Could you please pass this on ,  spread the word please  and ask any interested parties to contact me or Sonya on 01963 371166 or by email at

We need to start gathering names and numbers..
We are also in the process of organising (early days) a special first aid course delivered by St Johns to all the school children which hopefully will be delivered this summer, (liaison with the school is underway)

This scheme will save lives – and it could be yours. Please support. – Ed


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Defeat, snatched from the jaws of victory

Mark Tucker reports:

Sunday saw the eagerly awaited latest fixture in the 2014 Half Moon Quiz Series.  Turnout was good with, we suspect, many hoping to witness a historic third successive victory by The Ted Banks Appreciation Society.  The questions, posed by landlord Andrew, were as varied as they were challenging.  The defending champions battled heroically and at the half-time point were romping away with a convincing one point lead.

Despite an encyclopedic knowledge of the boroughs of New York and the facial peculiarities of Caroline Quentin, the champions put in a poor second half performance and, at the final whistle, a four-point victory went instead to The Moonies.  A spokesperson for The Ted Banks Appreciation Society said “It’s a huge disappointment for us all – you build yourself up to it and then to fall at the final hurdle is a massive blow.  We’ll be back stronger, leaner and fitter for the next fixture though – those Moonies better watch out!”.

Thanks must go to all at the Half Moon for organising the prestigious event which raised a tidy sum of money for the King Arthur’s Camps International trip to Tanzania.

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Farewell to Winterbourne Longjohns for the summer

Our racing correspondent Winterbourne Longjohns bids us farewell for the summer with this valedictory piece on prospects for the 2000 and 1000 Guineas on Saturday and Sunday, and races at Punchestown and Sandown.

Winterborne Longjohns will shortly be handing over this racing column to Swinley Bottom who is feeling quietly optimistic about the chances of Aidan O Brian’s Australia in next Saturdays 2000 Guineas. His contacts at Coolmore and at Ladbroke’s describe the horse as ‘a cast iron each way bet’ so ever cautious Swinley has acted accordingly. He has also and somewhat earlier backed Clive Brittain’s Rizeena at 8/1 and Lucky Kristale at 14/1 for the following days 1000 Guineas.

But back to Winterborne for the time being. Harry Fry’s strike rate on which so much relies has certainly slowed up over the past month with but two winners from seventeen stable chances. However Harry’s entries at Punchestown should be worth more than just a passing glance while Opening Batsman might provide his sporting connections with some compensation for a hitherto disappointing season if he runs in the Gold Cup at Sandown tomorrow

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Utopia: still some seats left for Saturday

utopia-poster“Utopia” at Milborne Port Village hall seems to be going down very well, judging by the comments.

Thursday was a sell out, and Friday is fairly full. But there are still tickets for the last night on Saturday, which is often regarded as the best night.

This is probably your only chance to see this rarely-performed comic opera.

Go to original story to see all the comments -Ed


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Curry is back

Half MoonDue to popular demand, Tuesday curry nights at the Half Moon will re-start on Tuesday 29 April and continue until Andrew decides to do something else. The curries get better and better, and, at a tenner for 2, this represents stunning value.

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Another quiz victory

Ten teams lined up for the Half Moon’s Easter Sunday Quiz, well organized by the Blackmore Vale Lions. Victory –their second consecutive one – went to the Ted Banks Appreciation Society, who came from behind to win by 2 points. Is there any limit to the towering intellect displayed by these giants? We shall see. The next quiz is over the bank holiday at the end of May.

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Blog History

The Blog has been going for four years, and we’ve had a few laughs (Really? -Ed)

One of our readers has discovered the Flipboard  app, which allows you to consolidate material from diiferent parts of the internet in one handy place.

Click in the image to see the web magazine

Click in the image to see the web magazine

He has put together a collection of our April Fool stories to save you  the trouble trawling back through the archive. You didn’t really believe them, did you?

If you click the link from a phone or a tablet, when prompted “get the App”. say yes. It looks great.

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Wanted: A new Parish Councillor

The Parish Council is looking for one new member and co-option will take place at the meeting of the Parish Council to be held on Thursday  8th May 2014  at 7.30pm  at St Margaret’s Village Hall, Horsington.

Anyone  from  Horsington or South Cheriton wishing to be considered for co-option onto the  Parish Council should contact the Clerk Mr D Chapman,  7 Slades Hill, Templecombe,
Somerset BA8 0HF.

 Or email
Telephone 01963 370527 by Friday 2ndMay 2014

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Racing news from Winterbourne Longjohns

Other than Balthazar King,  (which I had at 20-1!- Ed) this years Grand National brought very little joy and even less profit to us all on Saturday. Except perhaps to those of you who had been fortunate enough to follow this column’s advice to back Peter Hobbs’ runners on an each way basis and who were rewarded with a gratifying 12/1 winner in Duke of Lucca.

So onto better things with other horses and courses. This country’s most promising young trainer, Harry Fry from Seaborough, just south of Crewkerne, is sending two horses up to Scotland on Saturday. Mendip Express is likely to start favourite at 10/1 or thereabouts for the Scottish Grand National at Ayr while on the same afternoon and at the same meeting Bold Chief , a winner last time out , is likely to start at a somewhat shorter price in the three mile chase at 5.05pm.

This same yard has a number of entries for Wincanton on Sunday and should be supported if they run Fair Dreamer and Vauban du Soleil in the 2.50pm  , Presenting the Way in the 4.30 and or Oscars Lad in the 5,05pm race. While Sir Ivan may run in the bumper at 5.40pm.

Proper flat racing is usually believed to start with the Craven meeting at Newmarket on Wednesday of the following week from where I shall expect my ever hopeful colleague Swinley Bottom to have gleaned some useful insights into likely future winners when he makes his debut before the Horsington Blog’s faithful readers later in the month.

He hasn’t mentioned Mrs Badger, so it seems that she is probably a non-runner. Many of our readers, (including the editor) are possibly more interested in this match than in the four-legged wonders -Ed.

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