New – On line booking for Horsington Open

Open logoBook 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).

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October Diary

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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

Wed 1st  8.45pm Music Night Half Moon Inn
Thu 2nd  7.30pm WI
Sun 5th Harvest Festival – St John’s Church, Horsington
Mon 6th Ladies Lunch Club – Coppleridge Inn, Motcombe
Thurs 9th 7.30pm Parish Council Meeting ”
Thursday 16th  2.30 First Wincanton Races meeting 
Wed 22nd Film: 12 years a slave – King Arthurs school
Thurs 23rd 7.00pm First Aid Course
Sat 25th 7.30pm Talk: Who do you think you are? – St John’s Church
Monday 27th The Horsington Open charity golf tournament, Folke Golf Centre

St John’s Church services

5th Oct         9.15am Harvest Thanksgiving
12th Oct       11.00am Morning Prayer
19th Oct       9.15am Holy Communion
26th Sept     8.30am Holy Communion (BCP)



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Horsington Open Golf – 27th October

Horsington Open poster

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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.

Map for Folke here:

Link to last year’s successful event


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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.

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Have Clacton reverberations reached Horsington? Take part in our instant poll

Have the seismic waves emanating from Clacton, Essex and Heywood, Lancashire reached Horsington? Will UKIP’s victory in the former, and its rattling of Labour in the latter, make people more or less likely to vote for them in a General Election?

Take part in our anonymous, confidential survey.

Horsington Blog Political Pulse
If there was a General Election tomorrow, how would you vote?

Has UKIP's recent by election success made you more or less likely to vote for them in the next General Election?

Email the link below for this post to your friends so we can get a  decent sample.

The Blog will up its local political coverage as we get nearer the election next May.

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The fair Season starts soon

The clocks haven’t changed yet, but the Christmas fair season is getting under way with the announcement that Somerton & Frome Conservatives are holding their annual Early Christmas Fair at Wincanton Racecourse on Tuesday 21st October from 10 am until 3.30 pm.

Lots of stalls, raffle, tombola and café.

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Musical thrills them in Yeovil

The Blog’s drama critic, Walter Plinge writes. . .

Yeovil Amateur Operatic Society (YAOS) are currently staging the musical thriller – almost a melodrama – Jekyll & Hyde. A talented cast of singers, actors and musicians wrings every ounce of high drama and pathos from this classic Robert Louis Stevenson tale of a chemically-induced split personality (or the battle between good and evil –Ed) . There are some great show-stopping numbers and some amazing performances from the principals, especially Jekyll/Hyde and Lucy Harris, his ill-fated love interest.

Staging and musical direction are superb, as you would expect from a company with professional standards and big budgets.

Worth seeing. Octagon Theatre, Yeovil, 7.30, until Saturday 11th October

Book tickets

Read a longer review in the Fine Times Recorder

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Winterbourne Longjohns looks forward to the jumps

Winterborne longjohns, the Blog's racing correspondent

Winterbourne Longjohns, who seems to have undergone a sartorial makeover

It’s  two weeks to the start of the National Hunt season at Wincanton, and we have received a portrait of none other than our winning jumps correspondent Winterbourne Longjohns.

He claims that, like the stream, he is peculiar to the chalk, which is so porous that when the water level drops or the season changes, the winterbourne or stream, also disappears beneath the ground surface in the upper reaches  of its valley. However like his namesake, Winterbourne is about to re-emerge after the summer break.

Once again our readers will be following the fortunes of the fifty-horse Harry Fry stable at Seaborough, and should particularly look out for the following early sorts:

Activial who is being aimed at Cheltenham’s mid November Greatwood Hurdle, Sir Ivan, Vivant Premio, Assam Black, Blue Buttons and the Hazard Racing Syndicate’s son of Derby winner Generous, General Ginger. Wincanton will hopefully open Winterbourne’s next profitable jumping season in but a fortnights time.

Wincanton races starts on Thursday October 16. First race  2.30 Book in advance and save a fiver

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Editor to the rescue of Mrs Badger

Mrs Badger writes . . .

Dear Editor,
It seems ages since I last wrote to you.
I wonder if you could bring your considerable wisdom to bear on an etiquette issue? I have two young friends visiting for the weekend, and unfortunately they are both smokers. I feel I should furnish them with a room in which to enjoy their disgusting and antisocial habit, but I am stumped for a suitable decorative theme. Can you help?

This ceiling painting is ideal. Any local artists want to volunteer? -Ed


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Horsington Open – quick links

Email Richard Gaunt,
 Download a poster here
Download more info and an entry form here.
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)
Folke Golf Club
Map for Folke here:
Link to last year’s successful event

Link to the 2014 Horsington Open

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