November 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

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
Tues 18th     Film: The Wolf of Wall Street King Arthur’s 7.30pm
Wed 19th     Public meeting “Challenge David Warburton” at Henstridge village hall 6 pm
Sat 22nd         Home Farm Trust Annual Bazaar Wincanton Memorial Hall From 10am
Tues 25th      Wincanton Christmas Fair, Wincanton Racecourse, from 10 am

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

Posted in Events | Leave a comment

A chance to challenge the Conservatives at Henstridge – 19 November

David Warburton, Conservative parliamentary candidate for Somerton & Frome, will be holding a public meeting in Henstridge village hall on Wednesday 19 November at 6 pm.

The meeting – “Challenge David Warburton” is open to all comers, not just the Blues, and is your chance to grill the man on his own and his party’s politics. There will be plenty of opportunity for questions from the floor.

Free of charge and open to all.

The election is nearer than you think!

David’s website

Posted in Events, News | Leave a comment

Wincanton racing prospects

Winterbourne Longjohns, our resident racing correspondent writes  . .

With four winners on the first four days, November has certainly started well for Harry Fry’s Seaborough yard and its supporters.

While the weather forecast is not exactly encouraging for Saturday’s Badger Brewery meeting at Wincanton with its first race being scheduled for 12.20pm if either ASSAM BLACK or  ZULU OSCAR go to the post then they should be supported. BLUE BUTTONS is also down to run in the 1.30pm and the somewhat disappointing OPENING BATSMAN in the 2.40. ROCK ON RUBY  however is the star we have all been waiting for and he should running in the 3.15. It is hoped that the Hazard Partnership’s GENERAL GINGER will make it a winning reappearance in the closing race of the day at 3.50.

Good luck to all. A fool and his money are easily partied -Ed

Posted in Comments | Leave a comment

Horsington Open Photo Gallery

This gallery contains 12 photos.

Here is a line up of photographs from the Horsington Open. Click on an image to see full size.

More Galleries | Leave a comment

Sign up to Pilates in Horsington or North Cheriton

Have you ever thought about giving Pilates a try?

Pilates is great for improving your core strength, flexibility, coordination and balance. Whether you’re rehabilitating from an injury and would like to get moving again, or are fit and healthy, Pilates has something to offer everyone, of any age and gender.

Kate Jeans, an IPTA qualified teacher who trained under Suzanne Scott at The Scott Studio, runs a matclass in North Cheriton Village Hall on Thursdays at 3.30pm. The class is open to Beginners and Improvers. Class sizes are kept to a maximum of 12 so that individual attention can always be given, and modifications cued whenever necessary.

If you’re interested in giving the class a try please give Kate a call on 07884 105 336 or email Also have a look at Kate’s website to find out more about Kate’s background and Pilates.

In fairness, we ought to mention that Horsington has Pilates on Mondays at 6pm and 7pm  in the village hall, Contact Carol Pirie, 07885 798032


Posted in Sport | Leave a comment

Curry is back at the Half Moon

Half MoonThe Half Moon’s popular curry night – or “Ruby Tuesday” as it is know is back. The first one is on Tuesday 4th November, and will continue until landlord Andrew gets bored, or has a better idea.

Andrew’s curries are delicious, and winter Tuesdays have  become  a village social event with those not socially engaged enjoying a communal table. See you there.

Posted in Events | Leave a comment

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 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. 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 hare short sighted, here it is again. –

Posted in Arts & Entertainment | Leave a comment

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

Posted in Sport | Leave a comment

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


Posted in Events, News, Sport | Leave a comment

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.

Posted in Sport | Leave a comment