The Half Moon was heaving on Tuesday night when the regulars threw a surprise party for Andrew and Philippa Tarling, 25 years to the day after the pub re-opened under their ownership.
Hosrsington parish has two pubs, a rarity in this age when rural pubs are under severe pressure, and both are treasured by their regular customers.
The Half Moon serves excellent beers, and the Sunday roasts are the best in the area. The pub has made an enormous contribution to village life, having organised some spectacular village events in aid of charity.
Andrew and Philippa are starting an exciting new venture, Ecco Gelato in Sherborne, which will serve delicious hand made artisan gelato to eat in or take away.
We will bring you more details when the opening date is announced.
In the meantime, you can follow Ecco gelato’s progress on Facebook.
Horsington Parish Council has a vacancy for a parish councillor following the resignation of Steve Hawkins.
No previous experience is necessary, but you need to be “community minded” and prepared to attend a monthly meeting. The post is unpaid.
If you would like to put yourself forward, please talk to Jackie Pyne in confidence on 01963 370713.
The Parish Council is also looking to recruit a new Clerk. This is a modestly-paid job, requiring about 15 hours per month.
The Parish Clerk is required to attend and take the minutes of the monthly Parish Council Meetings. Other duties include production and circulation of monthly agendas and minutes, dealing with all correspondence and keeping the accounts up to date and submitting them for the annual audit. Applicants will need to be PC literate. Previous accounts experience would be an advantage.
Again, please talk to Jackie Pyne.
The parish council is an essential part of local democracy and has an important role in shaping the community by:
• giving views, on behalf of the community, on planning applications and other proposals
• undertaking projects and schemes to benefit local residents
• working in partnership with other bodies to benefit residents
• alerting relevant authorities to problems that arise
• and helping the other tiers of local government keep in touch with their local communities.
Parish councils have a wide range of powers which essentially relate to local matters, such as looking after community buildings, open space, allotments, play areas, street lighting, bus shelters, car parks and much more. They also have the power to raise money through taxation, known as the ‘precept’.
The Engine Shed at the East Somerset Railway in Cranmore is staging a fabulous rock gig on the August Bank Holiday Sunday from 6 pm.
There will be music from Si Wood on vocals and guitar, Steve Masters (A Half Moon regular and the other half of Kelly) on lead guitar, Bruce Hamilton on Bass and Jack Ingram on drums. The music will include a wide range of popular rock songs from Aerosmith, AC/DC, Dire Straits, Van Halen, Thin Lizzy, Foo fighters to name just a few.
This group are reputed to make an AWESOME sound, according to rehearsal spies.
With even more hi-tech lighting and a very impressive laser show already booked along with a top quality sound system it promises to be a spectacular event.
There will be a BBQ starting at 6pm and a licenced bar open all evening. The music starts at 8pm and there will be approximately two 1 hour sets.
There will even be a steam engine working outside before the music starts where you can have a go at driving it for just £10!
Please note: Originally, the United Service on 31 July was to be in Templecombe, and the last one should have been in Horsington. But because of the works taking place in Horsington Church they had to swap. So the United Service on 31 July is in Horsington Church and not Templecombe.
Chris Bailward has finished his cycle trek around England in search of County Halls. Well done!
He writes. . .”I’ve been on the road for 30 days, cycling every day for 29 and, by initial estimate, having deducted the 12 miles that I missed because of bike failure at Cheltenham, have cycled 2042 miles. I’ve shed a stone in weight, a tee shirt and a security cable for the bike.
I hope you’ve enjoyed following my journey. We’re not quite up to the £2016 I had hoped to raise for Sport Relief but there’s still time for you to donate if you haven’t already done so. Thank you so much to those of you who have already shown such generosity. It has helped keep me going even when things looked a bit grim. If you’re in the area, come and join me for a drink and chat at the Half Moon Inn, Horsington tomorrow night Friday 1st July from about 7pm.”
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Chris Bailward’s third* epic cycle ride – 2016 miles back and forth across England in aid of Sport Relief- is nearly over. He was last seen in Exeter and now faces 100 miles across Dartmoor in bloody awful weather to reach Truro in Corwall and complete his mission.
If you have not been following, his mission has been to visit every “county town” – the old or existing administrative headquarters of the counties- in England, all 48 of them from Carlisle to Truro. This has involved criss-crossing the Penines several times, and sweeping eastwards and then westward to take in every single county.
The Map shows Chris’s route.
This is a fantastic achievement, 80-100 miles a day, totally alone, without support, and apart from a few nights staying with family and friends, enduring local B+Bs and hotels of varying quality. And all at his own expense.
All being well, Chris will arrive Back in Horsington on Thursday night, and after a day or R+R will be in the Half Moon, Horsington on Friday night from around 7pm. It would be nice if his many well-wishers and donors could join him, buy him a pint, and welcome him home.
If you have promised to donate and have forgotten, please do it now, or you can sign up in the pub on Friday.