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

Telephone 01963 371572

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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 www.shaftesburyartscentre.org.uk


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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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It’s that man from the “Telegraph” again. We’re all doomed!

The much-respected Jeremy Warner of the “Daily Telegraph” still holds the view that a financial crash is on the way. The trouble is, he doesn’t know when.

His analysis is persuasive, with the conclusion that “the most likely corrective to bubble-like conditions in asset prices is an American boom, which through higher rates would in turn cause capital flight from the developing world and might therefore also trigger another emerging market crisis.

“Either that, or the now in my view inevitable correction will come from a clear blue sky – a completely unanticipated event.”

So now you know. Be prepared!

Read the full article here
Previous post on this subject

As Warren Buffett remarked – “There are two kinds of investor. Those who don’t know, and those who don’t know they don’t know”. -Ed

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End of the line for CeeBee?

If all goes well, Chris should hit Horsington some time on Thursday afternoon, 25 June, after 25 days in the saddle, some 1800 miles on sometimes perilous roads, and altitudes up to 2642 metres (8668 feet).

He says he will be in the Half Moon for a well-deserved pint from about 6.30 onwards. Do come.

Check the Horsington  Blog to see if this changes.

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Have we got Cranes on the Marsh?

A crane - tell us if you see one

A crane – tell us if you see one

Robin reports” I have it on good authority that Cranes (long legged birds) were heard on the marsh near Maltkiln recently and towards the A30. Any other sightings?”

Yes – I saw what appeared to be a very young one on the road to Compton Pauncefoot on Monday June 15th. I thought at first it was a heron, but it was clearly very young and a new flyer, and was much too large  to be a heron. Keep your reports coming in. – Ed

Since 2010 , the Great Crane Project on the Somerset levels has focused on the reintroduction of cranes into the Somerset Levels and Moors – 60,000 hectares of floodplain dominated by extensive mixed pastures, meadows and wetlands. Could it be that these sightings indicate they are spreading?
Luckily they don’t live in hedgerows! -Ed

More about the Great Crane project here
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The Bailward biking gallery

This gallery contains 6 photos.

A selection of pictures from Chris Bailward’s French trip. Click to enlarge. Follow Chris’s blog Donate

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Chris is homeward bound

Chris 5Chris Bailward’s epic jouney through France continues successfully, and adventurously. Read his Blog!

He is now only a few days from home, but there is still time to donate to his chosen charity, the Disasters Emergency Commitee via Just giving.

We are not sure exactly when Chris will arrive home – Thursday or Friday -, but we hope many will turn out to welcome him home to Horsington  with a decent pint of beer. So watch the blog for the latest update.


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White Horse will roll out the barrel

WhitehorselogoThe White Horse, South Cheriton, is holding its  first Beer Festival on the weekend of June 27th and 28th.
There will be live music on both evenings, a bbq, charity skittle tournament, Face Painting, craft lagers, ciders and of course lots and lots of Beer!

Sounds like a winner.





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