October Diary

Regular activities (Village Hall unless stated).

Monday Pilates 6pm
Tuesday Upholstery 10.30am
Badminton 8 pm
Wednesday Adult Tap dancing 10am
Thursday Art 10am
Friday Art 10am
Saturday Free

Other activities



Mon 3rd Ladies lunch group – Beckford Arms, Fonthill Gifford Lunch
Wed 5th Music Night – Half Moon Inn 8.30pm
Thur 6th W.I.:  Pandas – Talk by Miss Angela Pitt 7.30pm
Thur 6th Ecco Gelato, Sherborne opens for business 11am
Tues 11th North Cheriton Gardener’s Society – Low maintenance gardening. North Cheriton Village Hall 7.30pm
Wed 12th Film – Star Wars: The Force Awakens – King Arthur’s School 7.30pm
Thurs 13th  Parish Council Meeting 7.30pm
Fri 14th  Titanic – A talk by Historian, Author and TV Presenter Tim Maltin. St John’s Church 7.30pm
Wed 26th  Beer and Cheese Evening – Horsington Grange.  Talk by Mark Woodhouse, Chairman of Hall and Woodhouse in aid of the Horsington Defibrillator Fund. Tickets £5 from Half Moon Inn or White Horse Inn 7.00pm
Fri 28th  Wincanton Museum & History Society. Charles Buckler – a talk on Thomas Hardy. Wincanton Memorial Hall 7.30pm
St John’s Church Services
2nd October Holy Communion with Sunday School 9.15am
9th October Morning Prayer 11 am
16th October Holy Communion 9.15am
23rd October No Service
 30th October  United Service at Templecombe United Reform Church  10.30am


Free riding in exchange for morning feeding

Lovely local person (Horsington area) wanted to feed horses in the mornings for frantic busy owner.

In return for riding whenever they would like on any of the lovely well behaved horses and ponies.   Other paid jobs available on occasions and holiday cover sometimes.  call Lucy on 01963 370423 or 07932 165718.

The Beggars Opera in Shaftesbury

Hogarth’s painting of a performance of The beggars opera in Lincoln’s Inn Theatre (1731)
Hogarth’s painting of a performance of The beggars opera in Lincoln’s Inn Theatre (1731)

Readers on Facebook will know that Mark Blackham, a follower and a prodigious blogger himself, bemoaned the fact that there was only one published review of the Shaftesbury Music & Drama Group’s production of “The Beggar’s Opera”, which ended on Saturday at Shaftesbury Arts Centre.

So we asked Walter Plinge, our resident drama critic to oblige on behalf of the Blog.

The Beggars Opera was originally performed in London in 1728, and tells a sordid tale of robbery, betrayal and London low life against a Hogarthian background which is colourful, squalid, gin-sodden and violent.  The author, John Gay, conceived it as a “ballad opera”, where the majority of the songs and choruses were based on popular English, French and Scottish ballads of the day, many of which are still entrenched in our folk repertoire. “Mack the Knife”, from Berthold Brecht and Kurt Weill’s 1928 German adaptation is still hugely popular.

Shaftesbury Arts Centre chose to revive Benjamin Britten’s operatic version, penned in 1948. Britten fans may well have loved it, but if you prefer melodious tunes with decent four or six part harmonies to anguished howling in a minor key, this show is not for you.

Which is a pity, because this imaginative production, set in a waste recycling centre,  was terrific, with wonderful sets, costumes and some brilliant character performances by leading and supporting actors. The choruses provided some high points, as the cast of criminals, harlots, jades and paupers sang their hearts out.

We have to mention one performance. The narrator was attended by his dog throughout the show, which the animal well and truly stole. (This same dog, Tiffin, starred in their recent production of “Oliver”)

On Saturday a  well-dressed man in the front row started to eat a pork pie (Surely not -Ed). At the first crinkle of wrapping paper the dog was alert and transfixed, and remained so, drooling, while the pie was slowly consumed with great relish. A non-thespian canine would have left its post and begged for some pie.  Did this one? No. Good boy!

Verdict: Great acting and production, defeated by the difficulty of the music. Perhaps they should have chosen one of the other versions.

But full marks to Shaftesbury for their courage and enterprise in staging a difficult and demanding show. They nearly pulled it off.

Stave off a heart attack with beer and cheese

Horsington is staging a beer and cheese evening in aid of the defibrillator fund on Wednesday 26th October at the Grange  from 7pm. Come and support this event to ensure that you will survive succumbing to a stroke as the result of a surfeit  of these  substances!

Mark Woodhouse will give a talk on Brewing and Hall & Woodhouse’s Blandford brewery. Hall and Woodhouse  are the brewers of the excellent “Badger” beer, and no doubt there will be an opportunity to sample some.

Tickets are £5 in advance from from John Sansom, Sunnyside Bungalow, by the pond, the Half Moon, or £7 at the door on the night.

Tickets are also available from Mark Tucker at 23 Horsington (01963 370910).

All money to go to the Horsington defibrillator fund.

Thanks to Hall and Woodhouse Brewers, Wyke farms and Dike & Sons, Stalbridge, and Peter Longman for the use of the Grange.

Horsington turns out to Ecco Gelato preview party


The Blog brings you live coverage from the opening party of Ecco Gelato in Sherborne, where the village turned out in force to welcome the new venture. Our ace cameraman Tjden lane was there to capture the event for us.

Late wire from WW for Wincanton opener on Friday

Winterborne Longjohns, the Blog’s exclusive racing correspondent has emerged from his summer  sojourn to give us his thoughts on Wincanton’s opening National Hunt meeting on Friday 14 October.

We were hoping that the great man would grace us with his presence, but owing to communications glitches, crossed emails and double-booking at the editorial chambers,  he was unable to make it down here, no doubt much to the chagrin of Mrs Badger.

His message to his followers is uncharacteristically terse:

“Winterborne cautiously advises Hint of Mint in the 2.25 and Muirfield in the 4.35 from the Harry Fry yard. Any Tizzard runners from  Milbourne  Port should be watched rather than supported for the time being.”

Your editor has not had a bet since last May, so will probably have a splurge and lose his shirt.

See you at the races, the Wincanton Carnival and the talk on the Titanic in the church – We believe  it is possible to cover all three, and still have time for a late pint in the Half Moon.


National Trust member? Join the Blackmore Vale and Yeovil National Trust Association

Stourhead in Autumn (Photo- National Trust)
Stourhead in Autumn (Photo- National Trust)

Robin Worsley, who volunteers at Stourhead writes:  The majority of National Trust members are unaware of the existence of the National Trust Association. We form a network across the National Trust. We are independent with a common constitution approved by the National Trust which we support but are not a part. The Associations promote the work of the National Trust and make membership and volunteering more enjoyable, allowing their members to share their interests with like-minded people in their area.

We run an organised year long programme of talks, trips to National Trust or other properties, holidays, social events and walks allowing members to make friends learn about the National Trust and its properties and raise money to support its work.

Our Association serves an area from Shaftesbury to Crewkerne and Sturminster Newton to Castle Cary.

We produce a Spring Newsletter in January containing details of the functions and trips during the summer. Bookings are opened on March 1st at random with no priority for early applications.

The Autumn Newsletter contains details of our Autumn/Winter functions and talks which are held in the Digby Hall, Hound street, Sherborne at 2.30 on Saturday afternoons. Entrance is £3.00 for members and Visitors are welcome for a charge of £5. Tea/Coffee and biscuits included.

It is not necessary to be a member of the National Trust to join single £5 or £8 at the same address.

Further details https://BVYNTassoc.wordpress.com

Ecco Gelato opens in Sherborne

The crowd tucks in to delicious gelato
The crowd tucks in to delicious gelato

Philippa Tarling of Horsington’s Half Moon has branched out and has started Sherborne’s first-ever Gelateria,- ECCO GELATO, which opened its doors to the public on Thursday 6th October.

Judging by the traffic on Facebook, it has been a roaring success.

Villagers and friends had a chance to sample the delights on the Tuesday before the opening, and unanimously pronounced it – excellent!

Ecco Gelato is in Long Street, at the bottom of Cheap Street. It will sell a large variety of fabulous home-made gelatos, sorbets, and coffees, accompanied by very cool music from a state of the art music system. A powerful free wi-fi will make it an ideal place to relax, browse and catch up before or after shopping, or after school.

Ecco Gelato will be open from 11 am until 10 pm every day.

Ecco Gelato has been a team effort for several Horsington residents.
Phil Warren and his boys did the building and fitting out; George Matthews provided the identity and signwriting, Brenda Boyce did the upholstery, Kelly Chmielewski, Charley Walker and Lauren Burpitt from the Half Moon have joined the staff,  Richard Gaunt did the PR and promotion, and Tjden Lane took the photographs.

Philippa Tarling put herself through an intensive course at the Gelato University in Bologna, Italy, to learn the complexities of the art of making high quality gelato.

What is gelato exactly? Gelato is a high quality milk based “ice-cream” that is made and sold fresh. It is not actually ice-cream and an artisan Gelatiere would be insulted if their product was labelled as such. Gelato is made from milk, and is softer, contains less fat and air , is denser, and has a warmer feel as it is served at minus 10- 12 Centigrade.

All the varieties on sale at Ecco Gelato will contain locally-sourced milk and fresh fruits from local markets when in season. The products on offer will vary according to season and availability but will include gelato, sorbettas (made from fruit) 5 coffees, mocca, hot chocolate and tea. Everything will be freshly made on the premises.

Philippa is in charge of production. Her “Lab” at the rear of the premises is in full view of the customers who will be able to observe closely how gelato is made.

Get down there and give your taste buds a treat!

Ecco Gelato
Salcombe House
Long Street
Tel 01935 813659

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/Ecco-Gelato-1712609348980336/

Website – http://www.ecco-gelato.co.uk