The Blog says goodbye

The Horsington Blog, which has been serving the local community with news, gossip and jokes (sometimes) since 2011, is closing down its online version , but will continue on Facebook.

The reason is the arrival of Wessex Internet’s new fibre broadband service, which means our free publishing platform, provided by is no longer available.

A lot has changed since 2011. The Half Moon has gone and will shortly be followed by South Cheriton’s White Horse, and these closures have severely dented the Parish’s community spirit. And there is less to write about.

Over the years The Blog had warned if you don’t use it, you’ll lose it, and you’ve lost it.

In it’s13 years of existence the Blog has supported and sponsored numerous village events – The annual cricket match against a London side, The Horsington Open Golf, and numerous events at the Half Moon and latterly the White Horse. It has published stories holding local government to account, some breaking news stories and  very funny April Fool spoofs.

Sadly, t’s time to call it a day.
However we will continue to publicise events on FaceBook

And we highly recommend the fairly new Horsington & South Cheriton Community public  on Facebook, run by Steve Miles, which is doing an excellent job.

For a trip down memory lane, have a look at one of the Blog’s earliest attempts to entertain people. Still as relevant today, except there are no pubs to go to!

Goodbye from Silas Silage, Winterborne Longjohns, Mrs Badger, Sir George Paddock and Claire Voyant, our esteemed correspondents


Get down to the White Horse for some charity Rock’n roll

It’s a rock n’roll weekend at the White Horse. Some great bands playing to support bone cancer charities. They were jiving last night and tonight will be even better! Come on down.

Tickets selling fast for Broadway Hit

Milborne Port Opera’s next show, the Broadway hit “The Drowsy Chaperone” is playing in Milborne Port Village Hall the week after Easter, Wednesday 3 April to Saturday 6th.

Regulars will know these shows are always fun and that they tend to sell out.

So don’t leave it too late – book a ticket.

The Fine Times Recorder, a highly respected independent arts blog wrote:

“MILBORNE Port Opera has chosen a show that won five Tonys and seven Drama Desk Awards on Broadway, but is rarely performed in this country. So audiences are in for a treat when the company stages the Canadian musical, The Drowsy Chaperone, at Milborne Port village hall from 3rd to 6th April.”

It’s a very funny musical send up of 1920s Hollywood musicals. Lots of laughs, great music and dancing, from a talented cast which have been working hard all winter. Don’t miss

Breakfast, coffee, cream tea and light lunches at the “Antico” at the White Horse

The White Horse, South Cheriton (still the only pub in the parish) has diversified into a new venture, the Antico Caffe, serving breakfasts, morning coffee, light lunches and afternoon teas from Mondays to fridays from 9.15 am.

Eat in or takeaway.

Horsington Community Market & Kitchen

St Margaret’s Hall Horsington – 4 November (and monthly)

All villagers with produce invited to bring along to sell -20% of income donated to Horsington Primary School and the Village Hall.

Food resilience and supporting local farmers and food producers has never been more important in a cost of living crisis against a background of climate change, Brexit, and pandemics. This is a new Community Market and Kitchen to connect local producers with the local community, generate additional income for producers, villagers, and the Primary School.

Proper coffee, tea and cake will be available. Card payments taken. WhatsApp group – ask to join (Penny Nagle 07768 832954) or mail

Facebook Social Media: @HorsingtonCommunityMarket – Producers, farmers and local businesses confirmed so far : –

Feltham’s Farm – multi award winning organic cheesemakers, selling cheeses, organic fruit, vegetables and sheepskins.

Blooming Wild – Cabbage Lane’s growers of perennial flowers, grasses, and wildflowers, selling plants. Not here for November (as taking a well deserved break) but back in December.

Baglio San Felice – tastings of their Sicilian olive oil, available to pre-order direct from the producer for the 2023 harvest .

Lovington Bakery Sourdough bread will be available for sale, and collection.

And most of all YOU – anyone with excess veg, fruit, eggs, cakes, breads, pies, meats, jams, chutneys, homemade crafts, please come! This is YOUR Community Market and Kitchen. Just let us know if you are coming for numbers

Penelope Nagle

Local buses under threat

Use it or lose it is the message from our local bus operator. The 58 and the 58A, which connect Wincanton to Yeovil in an hour-long trip via Henstridge, Stabridge and Sherborne, are under threat due to falling passenger numbers.

This is despite bus fares pegged at £2.00 per journey until december 2024.

(This applies to other bus services in Somerset, including cross country services to Bristol, Taunton and Bridport.)

The Somwerset Bus partnership have launched an advertising campaign which boasts it costs less than a latte to use the bus. Also less than using expensive fuel and running up parking charges!


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