April Diary

Regular activities (Village Hall unless stated).

Monday Pilates 1

Pilates 2

5.30 -6.30pm

6.45 – 7.45pm

Tuesday Upholstery 10.30am
Badminton 8 pm
Wednesday Free
Thursday Art 10am
Friday Art 10am
Saturday Free

Other activities

Mon 3rd Ladies Lunch Group. Three Horseshoes, Batcombe Lunch
Wed 5th Music Night, Half Moon Inn 8.30pm
Thurs 13th  Annual Parish meeting and Parish Council Meeting 7.30pm

Wed 19th – Sat 22nd

Milborne Port Opera Into the Woods Milborne Port Village Hall 7.30pm
Wed 19th W.I – Teaching in Kathmandu. North Cheriton Village Hall 7.30pm
Fri 28th Wincanton History SocietySailing a Brixham Trawler from Cape Town to Acapulco. Memorial Hall, Wincanton 7.30pm
Sat 29th Moviola A United Kingdom Milborne Port Village Hall 7.30pm
St John’s Church Services
2nd April Holy Communion with Sunday School 9.15am
9th April Morning Prayer 11 am
16th April Easter Sunday – Holy Communion 9.15am
23rd April Holy Communion BCP  8.30am
Churchwardens Anne Jones 370626
Rosemarie Wigley 371478

MPO now sold out

Milborne Port Opera’s “Into the Woods” is now sold out, unless you bag the 2 remaining tickets at Waynes, Milborne Port.

The company would like to thank everyone from Horsington who came and supported the show, particularly the coach party from the Half Moon. We hope you enjoyed it.

For those who missed it, there’s a brilliant review in the Fine Times Recorder. Read it, and make a note to book early next year. The Week after Easter.

They can’t wait to entertain you.

Into the Woods – 2 nights to go and you can see it -if you’re quick!

MPO’s “Into the Woods” has played to delighted audiences since it opened on Wednesday.

Milborne Port Opera’s “Into the Woods” is now firmly in its stride. The Audience reaction has been great (see video), and there is still time to book to see this adventurous show, very different from MPO’s usual offering of Gilbert and Sullivan.

“Into the woods” intertwines the magical fairy tales of the Brothers Grimm with some dark themes and some wry comedy, all staged with the stunning accompaniment of Stephen Sondheim’s spellbinding music played beautifully by MPOs resident band.

There are only a few tickets left on line, and at Wayne’s butchers at Milborne Port. www.thelittleboxoffice.com/mpo

It may be possible to squeeze in a few extra seats, so it could be worth turning up at Milborne Port Village Hall at around 6.45 to see if there are any returns or no shows

Here’s the audience reaction on the first night.

Off to the Woods in Milborne Port

Milborne Port Opera’s “Into the Woods” by Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine opens tomorrow, Wednesday, in the Milborne Port Village Hall. It runs until Saturday. There are still a few tickets available on most nights – www.thelittleboxoffice.com/mpo. Don’t miss this spellbinding show from a company which had five nominations for awards last year, and won three – Best Sound, the “Show Stopper” and best small venue.

Peter Mumford ,Alison Gosney and Mark Blackham in Milborne Port Opera’s “Into the Woods”

See www.milborneportopera.com for more details.

The Half |Moon is organising a coach party on Thursday 20 April. Be there!


Get your tickets for “Into the Woods”

Milborne Port Opera, Horsington’s favourite musical theatre company are now close to their final rehearsals for their next show “Into the Woods”, by Stephen Sondheim (West Side Story, Sweeny Todd, Gypsy etc.) It plays in Milborne Port Village Hall (winner of the “Best Small Venue” prize in Somerset’s David Beach Awards for musical theatre) from April 19-22, the week after Easter.

The Milborne Port Company are flying high after their other successes in the awards, organised by the Somerset Fellowship of Drama. They won the “Best sound” award for their last show “The Sorcerer”, and the “Show Stopper” award, for the best musical number.

“Into the Woods” will show a different side to Milborne Port Opera’s talents, highlighting their ability to master complex musical numbers while pushing a plot along at a terrific pace. Gilbert & Sullivan it is not.

There are some familiar faces – Mark Blackham, Jessie Stones, James Craw and Lloyd Davies. Several players have stepped up into big new roles – Gemma Kiddle, Niki Porter, Sukie Read and Ruth McKibbin, and there are a number of highly talented newcomers. The show is directed by Candice Marcus, with musical direction by Caroline d’Cruz.

“Into the Woods” is a wonderfully imaginative take on all those fairy tales – Little Red Riding Hood, Jack and the Beanstalk, Rapunzel, and Cinderella. Anything can happen when they intertwine in the dark mysterious woods! All set to Sondheim’s spellbinding music and performed by the award-winning MPO. The moral of the piece is “Be careful what you wish for”.

“Into the Woods” is like a liqueur chocolate – delicious, with a sharp intoxicating taste when you get inside!

If you go down to the woods tonight… prepare to be entertained.

(Suitable for children)

The show last year was a sell-out

How to book:

On line at https://thelittleboxoffice.com/mpo (24/7) Quick simple, the easiest way
In person at Waynes Butchers in Milborne Port
Or telephone the box office 07926 983585(Afternoons 4-7 pm)

More details on www.milborneportopera.co.uk

Andrew Tarling of the Half Moon is organisising a coach party on Thursday 20 April

Horsington tickled pink in national Parish competition

Residents of Horsington and South Cheriton stand to gain substantial benefits if the Parish, currently shortlisted for the L’Oreally Parish of the Year Competition, is successful in the finals.

The competition, sponsored by the famous French/Irish cosmetics company, is for the parish in the UK which best exemplifies civic virtues, is attractive and well-kept, has a pub (we have two), a pond, a blog, and has every front door painted in the colour of the sponsor’s latest lipstick colour ” Cauchemar Cerise”.
A typical workman’s cottage in Horsington, showing the attractive front door colour.

The prizewinning village will trouser a prize of EUR 50,000, to be spent on a civil project to be decided by the  parish council.

But it gets better. If, in a second referendum on Brexit, the village votes to remain in the EU, there will be:

Annual income of EUR 25,000 per resident household, tax free.

A free pony for every child

A charter flight every year to visit Horsington’s twin town in the wine-making district of Haut Cotes de Poubelles  in the Rhone area.

A big Christmas party with champagne and an Irish band

A wine allowance for every resident, to be served in either the White Horse or the Half Moon.

A new cricket pavilion

A car and a tax-free allowance for the editor of the village news medium (of course, this means the Blog -Ed).

Free repainting of every front door in the latest lipstick colour every 6 months.

The Blog has learned that the panel of judges will be visiting Horsington and South Cheriton on Saturday April 1st, and everyone is asked to be on best behaviour, smile at strangers, not put washing out or beat carpets, and keep car washing to an absolute minimum.

Come on everyone, we can do it! Your editor needs a new car! Ed


Under Milk Wood

Prepare yourselves for an evening of music, laughter and pathos as familiar and new faces from Shaftesbury Arts Centre portray the ghoulish, scabrous humour and eroticism of Dylan Thomas’s radio play. The Rabelaisian romp will be fully staged and costumed and runs nightly at 7.30pm from 25th-29th April. There is a well stocked licensed bar and drinks can be taken into the auditorium in plastic containers. Hot drinks and ice creams are also for sale.

See Horsington’s own Chris Bailward multi-tasking as love-lorn draper Mog Edwards, serial spouse Mr Waldo and PC Attila Rees.

Don’t miss it.

Book now at http://shaftesburyartscentre.savoysystems.co.uk/ or telephone the Box Office 01747 854321

Win a pair of Gins in our Withnail competition

Withnail and I plays at Wincanton Town Hall on April 8th.

Blog readers can win a free drink of Gin or Cider at the screening of “Withnail & I” at Wincanton Town hall on Saturday 8th April. The film is accompanied by a talk by the Actor Scott Handy (who also doubles as head of drama at Eton). Oooh- Ed

He will talk about how “Withnail & I” is a peculiarly British film that has shadowed his professional life, from encounters with “I” and “Uncle Monty” to his choice of drama school, and working with the original “Withnail” who inspired writer and director Bruce Robinson.

The lucky winner of the competition gets a pair of free gin and ciders (ice in the cider optional) at the screening to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of Withnail & I on at Wincanton Town Hall (First Floor) on Saturday 8 April at 6.30pm.  

In order you win, you have to

Buy a pair of tickets to the screening at http://wherewestbegins.org.uk £8.00 (or £4.00 concessions)
Email  us with your nomination for the film you’d like to see again at Wincanton Town Hall best film of all time.

There are many other exciting events on offer at local venues – Wincanton Town Hall, Hauser & Wirth, Bruton, and the newly re-developed Westlands Centre in Yeovil See the website for details.

Horsington Open Golf Competition – save the date – 2nd September

The fourth Horsington Open Golf Competition will be held on Saturday 2nd September 2017 at Henstridge Golf Club.

Keep the date free’

Full details and entry forms will be available nearer the time. Start practicing your swings!

Urgent: Sheep missing from Horsington Marsh

Penny Nagle reports: We have lost five sheep overnight – 3 black face, 2 white face from Felthams Farm on Horsington Marsh.  If anyone finds them please text Penny on 07768 832954.  Thank you!

We hope this is nothing more sinister than a combination of adventurous sheep and insecure fencing -Ed