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JUNE 2020

Apparently it depends who you are, but sensible people will remain alert, avoid long journeys and mixing with others, with the expectation that the virus will eventually die out and allow us, once more, to socialise

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There are several food businesses in the area offering delivery and Takeaways including The White Horse, South Cheriton who are offering both food and drink. 01963 370394

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Evening Prayer daily at 7pm
Sunday service at 10am
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Horsington and South Cheriton pubs open from this weekend

Both our local pubs are opening, but with different times. Listen carefully, we will say this only once

The half Moon: Sundays, Fridays, Saturdays. No food to start with

Andrew Tarling reports…

The Half moon , to be known henceforward as the “New” Moon will reopen for drinks only, on Sunday at 12 noon. There will be entertainment such as Track and trace cards to be filled in, One way systems to master and of course clean hands for all!

We hope that all popular drinks will be available, but sourcing a drinkable selection of real ales is proving a challenge. Initially, we shall be open Sunday lunchtimes til 5 pm and just Friday and Saturday nights. Once we have gauged the level of support for the pubs reopening from our ever-supportive  villagers we will start food service and possibly extend our hours.

Love it, use it or lose it!

White Horse: All day   Weekends, 5-11pm weekdays. Food and takeaways

Justine Kemp reports …Yes, we are opening on Saturday, midday. Off the top of my head this is what we will be doing.

At this stage booking is not required for drinking but advisable for eating.

Our new menu will be available to take away for those who prefer not to eat on the premises.

Sanitisation point on entry, with signage.

Sanitisation procedures in the toilets. Both ladies toilets have been refurbished so little more civilised…..

Basically anything that needs to be used by another group of customers will be sanitised between use.

No standing at the bar after being served.

Tables in the new courtyard area and up in the garden. Tables inside for those that are happy to be inside.

Contactless payment available, along with cash.

A log of entry will be kept so we know who was present, when, with contact details.

We ask that people are sensible and respect others.

Dogs are still welcome but must be kept on leads and under control at all times and not wander around the pub, courtyard or garden.

 We will look at any further measures we may have to implement, remembering we are a local pub for local people and not a big town establishment.

We are looking forward to welcoming our regulars and local residents.

Our hours will start off as

Friday, Saturday and Sunday all day opening 12-11pm – Food 12 to 2.30pm and 6 to 9pm (No food Sunday evenings)

Monday to Thursday 5-11pm – Food 6 to 9pm

These will be extended as time progresses, should people want to arrange something outside the above hours then we are more than happy to take bookings.

I hope this helps, any specific questions let me know and I will try to answer them. 01963 370394

Sir George exits stage left

Our exclusive and aristocratic flat racing correspondent Sir George Paddock has let himself down badly today with a miserable return on investment on the third day of Royal Ascot. Sir George, explain please -Ed

 Well, that’s racing for you! Despite the best efforts of my team here and at Ascot, harvesting some of the best racing information its possible to obtain and distilling it into a shortlist of likely winners, the omens were against us. The rain, the thunder and the water laying on the track did nothing to improve the performance of our selection and St Leger, the patron saint of racing, did nothing for us either. Our result was as follows:

1315 Global Storm 3rd

1350 Fox Tal 6th

1500 Modern News 5th

1640 Seperate 11th

The return on our investment of £15 was a handsome 90 pee, not quite enough to buy a packet of Cheeselets in the Half Moon, if only you could. Still, what’s done is done. Better luck tomorrow, what?

There is no tomorrow. You’re fired! -Ed

Sir George Paddock, not amused, captured at an earlier
race meeting when his horse failed to win

Today’s Ascot selections from Sir George

Sir George is a little late with his selections today. But nevertheless, good luck foolish people -Ed

Today’s racing is tricky, but as I pointed out yesterday, Royal Ascot always is.

It’s akin to looking for a needle in a haystack, but here are my selections for a lucky 15

1315 Global Storm (William Buick) 4/1

1350 Fox Tal (Silvestre de Silva) 3/1

1500 Modern News (William Buick) 7/2

1640 Seperate (Sean Levy) 50/1

This little lot will deliver £4,406.94 if everything wins!

The each way returns will be paltry, unless Separate delivers the goods. I wish you all the best of luck!

Thanks, we will need it -Ed

If you get the blog by email, you will probably receive this tomorrow after the race. But we also post on Facebook, where it appears instantly.-Ed

Marginal loss at Ascot

As small improvement from Sir George at Ascot this afternoon. But we’ll let him tell the story…

Sir George Paddock Bt writes…

Well, that’s racing for you! Today  we had one winner at 12/1 and a place at 8/1, resulting in a return of £13.92, a small loss of £1.08 on a total bet of£15. One of our two losing horses, Mighty Gurkha, missed out on the place money by a smidgen. So not an entirely bad result for Team Paddock.

I defy the editor chappie’s scorn by pointing out that the Royal meeting pitches the best bred and trained horses in the world against each other in fiercely competitive racing. Picking one winner is hard enough, let alone four, don’tcha know?

Being above all a gentleman, I might also point out that our selection Mighty Gurkha politely and loyally made way for her majesty’s Horse, Tactical, who achieved a popular win in the 4.10. God Bless your Majesty!

I’ll be back tomorrow with some more Ascot selections. Third time lucky

Thank you Sir George See you tomorrow -Ed

More Ascot action from Sir George Paddock Bt

Our exclusive racing correspondent Sir George Paddock continues to blunder and bluster his way through the Ascot card. Today he believes he can win you £4000 for a modest outlay. Fools and their money ! -Ed

I have to take exception to your headline in yesterday’s Blog. To my racing colleagues a mere £7.50 loss against a £9.50 return is akin to a victory. Think of the excitement, the thundering hooves and the lovely Francesca Cumani, all thrown in for nothing!

However, if you don’t succeed, change your tactics, and that’s what we’ll do today. My selections yesterday were mainly favourites or second favourites, so today we’ll be a little bolder and stalk some meatier odds.

I’m  still sticking with Frankie Dettori . We’re only asking him to land one winner today.

Here are my four lucky 15 selections – several bookies are paying extra places, so bet each way.

1315 Alternative Fact (Frankie Dettori) 8/1

1535 Dark Vision (William Buick) 12/1

1610 Mighty Gurkha (Hollie Doyle) 15/2

1640 Ranch Hand (David Probert ) 9/2

A 50p each way lucky 15 will set you back £15 and if all 4 come up you stand to win £4400 – or around  £100 if they are all placed.

Each of these is worth an individual each way bet, but be prepared to spend more than 50p!

As my colleague Mr Swinley Bottom observed, bet like a man!

And as I observe, Carey Street* is littered with failed betting geniuses -Ed

*Where the bankruptcy courts used to be, an address familiar to Sir George and his pals

Not a good start, Sir George

 Our racing correspondent Sir George Paddock’s boast of winning £26,000 on a £17.00 bet came to nothing. His lucky 15, plus a £1 each-way accumulator, returned a very modest £9.49, a loss of £7.51 overall. No doubt he will say “That’s racing for you”. Over to you, Sir George…

Sir George Paddock writes

Yes indeed, that’s racing for you! We chalked up 1 winner and two places, which is not bad going in these highly competitive fields. However the odds were very slender and the each way returns negligible. Our star turn, Daarvik, in the 1.15 had a bad hair day and came 19th out of 23 Runners. Stewards’ Enquiry! But that’s enough of that. You got some money back.

 I will publish my selections for Wednesday at around 8 o clock  tomorrow morning.

Look out on the Blog and Facebook . You can find it here. Make sure you “like” and follow it. -Ed