August Diary

Regular activities (Village Hall unless stated).
Mondays         Pilates 6pm
Tuesdays         Upholstery 10.30 am , Badminton 8pm,
Wednesdays  Adult tap dancing 6.15pm
Thursdays      Art 10.00
Fridays            Art 10.00

Other Events

Sat 1st            Open Garden at The Grange 3-5pm
Mon 3rd        Ladies Lunch Group Chetnole Inn, Chetnole
Wed 5th          Music Night Half Moon Inn 8.45 pm
Thurs 6th      W.I Gluten free cookery  Village Hall 7.30pm
Thurs 13th       Parish Council Meeting.  Village Hall  7.30pm

St John’s Church services

2nd August         9.15am Holy Communion with Sunday School
9th August       11 am Morning Prayer
16th August        9.15am Holy Communion
23rd August       8.30am Holy Communion (BCP)
30th August       United Service at Templecombe 10.30am

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New SW train services will revitalise Templecombe

New services to begin on 14 December
A massive upgrade to Templecombe train services   has been announced by SW Trains, including extra seating capacity, a half hour service and connections to Yeovil Pen Mill. Templecombe passengers can now travel to Weymouth, Dorchester, Westbury,  Bath and Bristol.

The new services will provide:

  • Half-hourly train services from London to Tisbury, Gillingham, Templecombe, Sherborne and Yeovil Junction between 15:20 and 19:20*
  • 10 trains every week day connecting Yeovil Junction and Yeovil Pen Mill
  • Two new daily services connecting Bruton directly with London for the first time
  • Two new daily direct services between Castle Cary and Frome and Basingstoke, Woking and Clapham Junction
  • Yeovil Junction, Sherborne and Templecombe have two additional trains in the mid-afternoon – 13:50 from London Waterloo and 16:07 from  Templecombe
  • Yeovil Pen Mill will have six direct trains from and two trains to London Waterloo each week day

Templecombe highlights
Additional weekday service to London Waterloo at 16:10
Half hourly service from London between 15:20 and 19:20
Three additional services from London, departing Waterloo at 13:50, 15:50 and 18:50
Five direct services each weekday to Yeovil Pen Mill

As well as the new and increased services, South West Trains has also introduced a rolling programme to refurbish all 30 of the class 159 trains on the West of England route. The diesel trains, which are the most reliable of their kind, will provide an improved quality of service and comfort.
Extended services – details:
12:50 Waterloo to Salisbury is extended to Yeovil Pen Mill via Frome
16:48 Yeovil Junction to Waterloo via Frome (attaching to 16:25 Exeter to Waterloo at Salisbury)
16:18 Gillingham to Waterloo starts from Yeovil Pen Mill at 15:45
13:50 Waterloo to Gillingham is extended to Yeovil Pen Mill
15:50 Waterloo to Gillingham is extended to Yeovil Pen Mill
16:50 Waterloo to Yeovil Junction is extended to Yeovil Pen Mill
17:50 Waterloo to Yeovil Junction is extended to Yeovil Pen Mill
18:50 Waterloo to Salisbury is extended to Yeovil Pen Mill
New services – details:
16:30 Yeovil Pen Mill to Yeovil Junction
18:30 Yeovil Pen Mill to Yeovil Junction
19:26 Yeovil Pen Mill to Salisbury***
20:27 Yeovil Pen Mill to Salisbury***
21:30 Yeovil Pen Mill to Yeovil Junction
*** Service still subject to agreement by the Rail Regulator
All information provided by SW Trains

Sadly the new services will not be steam-driven, but you can’t have everything!

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Take the plunge and join the Opera.

Rehearsals for Milborne Port Opera’s next show “The Sorcerer” by Gilbert & Sullivan start on Thursday September 3rd.

Don’t be put off by the name of the company. “Opera” sounds a bit pretentious, but as anyone who has seen a show will tell you, it’s far from it.

This is your chance to be in at the start! If you want to appear in the chorus, or play a character part, come along to Milborne Port Primary School on the 3rd at 7.45. Don’t worry about singing – we’ll lick you into shape!

Rehearsals are a weekly commitment – just a couple of hours on Thursdays. The first month is spent singing, an exhilarating and fun experience. Auditions take place sometime in October, and they start blocking the moves and the dialogue from November onwards.

You will need to reserve the week  11th-16th April 2016 for final rehearsals and performances.

Join this award-winning, friendly company and give some meaning to your life during the winter months.

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Enjoy the Grange’s garden on the First of August

Horsington Grange

Horsington Grange

Peter Longman, owner of the Grange, one of Horsington’s nicest and largest houses, is generously opening the lovely garden to the village for the afternoon of Saturday 1st August, in aid of the Horsington Parish Church.

The garden opens between 3 and 5 pm.

There will be a tombola and a raffle, refreshments,  an exhibition by local artists, and live music played by David Jones, former resident and pupil of Horsington School.

If you are driving, you can enter from the A 357, but it might be safer to park in the village and walk up Rectory Lane, which is barred to cars for the afternoon.

Entry is by a suggested donation of at least £2.00. Children 12 and under go free.

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Last chance to see “House” and “Garden”

If you despair of the TV schedules this summer, then get over to Shaftesbury Arts Centre and have a very entertaining evening watching some fine actors perform 2 plays by England’s most prolific  (and funniest) living playwright Alan Ayckbourn. House and Garden play until Saturday 18th July, and if you’re lucky, you may still grab a ticket.

The plays, on separate evenings, share the same cast, characters and simultaneous action.

While marriages fall apart and political careers get ruined in the House, other mayhem is happening simultaneously in the Garden. (Don’t ask what, your reviewer won’t see Garden until tonight.)

This is live theatre at its best. Great characters, a very funny plot and some wonderful moments of farcial chaos. But it will also make you think. Ayckbourn has mastered the art of putting the English middle classes under the microscope, prodding them with a hot needle and then recording with relish, and humour, what makes them tick – and us squirm. Yes, we’re all there.

Performances begin at 7.30. And there’s an excellent Indian restaurant in the car park for a great meal afterwards. Perfect!

Shaftesbury Arts Centre  01747 854321


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Good reviews for House and Garden

House and Garden, 2 connected plays by Alan Ayckbourn, playing at the Shaftesbury Arts Centre until Saturday 18 July have received great reviews from the Fine Times Recorder, the on line arts magazine for Somerset and Dorset.

Read the review House and Garden.

Some tickets still available for Thursday and Saturday – Book here


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Libby Gaunt has 4 kittens available early September. 3 girls and a boy. Cutie cutie!

Telephone 01963 371572

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July Diary

Regular activities (Village Hall unless stated).
Mondays         Pilates 6pm
Tuesdays         Upholstery 10.30 am , Badminton 8pm,
Wednesdays  Adult tap dancing 6.15pm
Thursdays      Art 10.00
Fridays            Art 10.00

Other Events

Wed 1st          Music Night Half Moon Inn 8.45 pm
Thurs 2nd     W.I Tai-Chi  Village Hall 7.30pm
Mon 6th        Ladies Lunch Group The Acorn, Evershot
Wed 8th       
Pins and Needles. Springfield, Horsington Marsh 2pm Tel.371215
Thurs 9th       Parish Council Meeting.  Village Hall  7.30pm
Wed 15th        North Cheriton Gardener’s Society

St John’s Church services

5th July         9.15am Holy Communion with Sunday School
12th July       11 am Morning Prayer
19th July        9.15am Holy Communion
26th July       8.30am Holy Communion (BCP)


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Shaftesbury lays on fun in House and the Garden

Alan Ayckbourn’s two interconnecting plays House and Garden, directed by Mark Blackham will be Shaftesbury Arts Centre’s Summer production this year, running from Friday 10 to Saturday 18 July.

The two plays, originally written to be performed simultaneously in two adjoining  spaces with the same characters, are played by the same cast, and set in a present day country manor HOUSE and its GARDEN.

In the GARDEN, frenzied preparations are underway for the annual village fête. Just how famous is the beautiful French actress who is opening it? Is there someone sinister lurking in the bushes? And exactly what does go on in the fortune teller’s tent?

In the HOUSE, Teddy has dreams of a bright political future as the new local MP. The only thing barring his path is an urgent need to clean up his private life before the Prime Minister’s special envoy arrives.

At Shaftesbury the plays will run one after the other, on successive days, with Saturday matinees enabling people to see both on the same day. The same cast performs in both plays – their characters remain the same throughout!

The two plays are classic Ayckbourn, funny, poignant, full of accurate observations, and are equally valid on their own or in either order. There is no need to see both, but the audience is encourage to do so because it is only on seeing the second play that the ‘full picture’ is revealed – and that is where the real magic, and Ayckbourn’s talent as a playwright, lies.

Helen Purdue

Helen Purdue

To see both plays, come the same time/day each week, or on two successive evenings – with £1 off each ticket if you book for both.

Mark Blackham has most recently directed Art and Educating Rita at Shaftesbury, Five Kinds of Silence, Gillingham Arts Workshop’s semi-finalist entry in the All England Festival of Theatre. His previous Ayckbourn experience includes directing Absent Friends and appearing in Absurd Person Singular. Blog readers will know him as a consummate performer in Milborne Port Opera’s HMS Pinafore and Iolanthe.

Marie Stubbs and Stephen McDaddThe cast of 14 includes Dominic Burd (Nicholas Nickleby, Macbeth, Not About Heroes), Alex Chase (Blackadder, Much Ado About Nothing, Aladdin) , Joni Clowrey (Daisy Pulls it Off, Godspell, Going Going), Stephen McDadd (Art, South Pacific, Carousel, Educating Rita, Run for your Wife) and Janine Rutter (Wait Until Dark, Lark Rise to Candleford).

There are only 4 performances of each play – don’t miss it!

Performance dates and times:
Friday 10 July, 7.30pm – Garden
Saturday 11 July, 2.30pm – Garden
Saturday 11 July, 7.30pm – House
Wednesday 15 July, 7.30pm – House
Thursday 16 July, 7.30pm – Garden
Friday 17 July, 7.30pm – House
Saturday 11 July, 2.30pm – House
Saturday 18 July, 7.30pm – Garden

Shaftesbury Arts Centre
Box Office: 01747 85432


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Triumphal re-entry into village

The Bailward tour  de France

The Bailward tour de France

Well, he made it! Chris Bailward strolled into the bar of the Half Moon, Horsington on Thursday 25 June, punctual to the second, after a gruelling 1894 mile “Tour de France” alone, unaided, and self-funded, in aid of the Disasters Emergency Committee.

His journey had taken him to the Alps, the Mediterranean, the vineyards of Bordeaux and the Loire, and the battlefields of Normandy. He planned the trip meticulously, and made every single one of his stages.

A tremendous achievement, and we are sure all Horsington and South Cheriton residents will feel  vicarious  pride in his considerable feat.

Do take the trouble to read the full account of his  travels on his very entertaining blog.

And please, please, donate if you can – online -via Just Giving.

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