December 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

Mon 1st         Ladies Lunch Group  King’s Arms, Charlton Horethorne
Tue 2nd Blackmore Vale Lions with Father Christmas
Wed 3rd          Music Night  Half Moon Inn 8.45pm
……………………………Tea and Chat Half Moon Inn 3 pm
Thurs 4th       W.I  –  Christmas Party   Village Hall 7.30pm
Sat 6th       Horsington School Village Fayre Gartell Light Railway 11am – 3pm
Wed 10th  Film: The African Queen King Arthur’s 7.30pm
Thurs 13th     Parish Council Meeting Village Hall 7.30pm
Sun 14th     Wincanton Choral Society Messiah Wincanton Sports Centre 7.30pm
Fri 19th      Horsington School Term ends
Wed 24th      Carols by Candlelight St John’s Church, Horsington 6pm

St John’s Church services

7th December           9.15am Holy Communion with Sunday School
14th December Morning Prayer
21st December          9.15am Holy Communion
24th December          6pm Carols by Candlelight
25th December          Christmas Communion for all ages 9.15am
28th December          United Service in Templecombe URC 10.30am

If you would like to attend First Communion of Christmas you are spoiled for choice. Within the Benefice there are services at 1130pm at both St Nicholas, Henstridge and St Mary the Virgin, Templecombe or there will be the usual wonderful singing to lift your soul in the first Eucharist of Christmas at Sherborne Abbey, also at 1130pm.

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Winterbourne Longjohns picks some likely Christmas winners

Or not -ED. W.J., our resident racing correspondent ,writes. .

B.B.S.S. and Forgive us our Christmases for those who Christmas against us. This might well be  Winterborne  Longjohns’ Festive message, for he is once again is forced to camp out while having his ceiling repainted for the third time in as many years, which, as he says , does concentrate the mind wonderfully.

To Ascot, in fact on Saturday, where he hopes to see Harry Fry’s (20 Winners from 74 Runners and a strike rate of just over 27 percent), ACTIVIAL win the Ladbroke Hurdle at the end of the afternoon having been backed down from 14/1 to his present market position of 5/1 favourite over the past forty eight hours.This yard seems to be attracting the attention of some serious heavy bettors at the moment. So if you follow the money its best to follow Harry !  Do remember that this horse was first tipped to the readers of this column in October. Maybe though a saver on SHELFORD, trained and ridden by Dan and Harry Skelton would not go amiss.

Those taking the air at Wincanton on Boxing Day should not miss out   on Hazard Chase Racing’s gallant little hurdler GENERAL GINGER, second here at Wincanton behind a Paul Nicholls hotpot in early November, who has been prepared with this race in mind for some time now. Don’t expect a big price  though ! VUKOVAR ,mind how you pronounce it , may provide that at Kempton that same afternoon. 40/1 is currently on offer and should be considered.

ROCK ON RUBY very much the stable hero at Seaborough should win again at Cheltenham on  New  Years Day which should start 2015 off on a prosperous note for all followers of the Harry Fry yard.

LATE NEWS – Monday 22 December: Actival came 3rd at Ascot on Saturday, Shelford came 4th

Thanks and Happy Christmas, Winterbourne, though we are still mystified  by B.B.S.S. What can it mean?

You can follow the discussion on BBSS and its meaning in comments on the Post “Has Winterbourne Longjohns lost it? -Ed.

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Alterations to refuse and recycling collection dates 2014-15

Alterations to refuse and recycling collection dates 2014-15

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Mark Hoddinott

Revised, 12 December 20014: The Blog is very sad to record the death of Mark Hoddinott – “Niddy” to his friends – who passed away in his sleep on Sunday 7 December in The Mellowes Nursing Home, Gillingham, after a difficult illness.

Niddy was born in Templecombe and lived locally all his life, apart from a spell in the army. He will be missed at the Half Moon, where he  regularly sat at the corner of the bar.

He was a very sociable man, and had a word with everyone.

The Blog send its condolences to his daughter Rachel, who was by his side when he died, and the rest of his family.

Niddy’s funeral is on 22 December at 11am in Horsington Church.

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Has Winterbourne Longjohns lost it?

We have received a mysterious communication from our racing correspondent, Winterbourne Longjohns. It is headed “B.B.S.S” and says:

“Winterborne Longjohns is most concerned by the repeated rumours that the editor  of the Hoisington  Blog has sold the publication to a  group of West Somerset investors led  by Rupert  Murdoch and the Half  Moon Inn.  White Horses should only be followed at Cannotwin when they have been stabled at Uncle Toms Cabin.

Can anyone interpret the great man’s words? Or name the region and and vintage of whatever he imbibed before composing this? What does B.B.S.S. mean? The editor may award prizes.

We hope Winterbourne will be well enough to tell us the winners at Cannotwin before the  Boxing Day meeting starts.

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Half Moon Christmas Hours


Christmas Opening hours
Tuesday 23rd 12 – 3,  6- 11
Wednesday 24th 12 – 2,   6- 12 midnight
Thursday 25th 12 – 2
Friday 26th 6 -11
Saturday 27th 12 – 2, 6 – 11
Sunday 28th 12 – 4,  7 -10.30
Monday 29th, Tuesday 30th, Wednesday 31st  CLOSED
Thursday 1st January 12- 3,  6 -10

Let’s hear from the White Horse! Ed


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Double your Money at at the Half Moon in January

signpost2The Half Moon has come up with a novel way to stretch the Christmas budget – Buy a voucher for £12.50 in December, and enjoy £25 worth of food and drink in January. It’s a simple as that! The voucher must be used for a meal, with or without a drink.

Available from the bar now.

Double up promotion at the half Moon Horsington

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Christmas at the Half Moon


The Half Moon is gearing up for a truly festive Christmas. Some suitably wassailing ales and food have been promised, plus the usual feast of entertainment.

Christmas Eve. Carols and mince pies from 8pm. Bring the family. Sing.

Christmas Day. Bar only, 12-2. Escape from the mayhem at home and have a pint with your friends; spill something on your new M&S Christmas jumper.

Bhaji night at the Half moonBoxing Day Bhaji Night kicks off from 7 pm with that most traditional of delicious Christmas dishes, the pub curry. Regulars will know that Andrew has excelled himself during the recent, very short, Tuesday curry night season, so stand by for some wonderful antidotes to cold turkey leftovers.

Sunday 28 December. The pub’s traditional Christmas Quiz. Teams of 4 –ish. 8 pm. All welcome. Surely someone can beat the Moonies?

Monday 29 December –Wednesday 31 December – CLOSED

New Year’s Day – Brunch from 12-3. Feed that hangover!

Enquiries and bookings – 01963 370140

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F. Christmas to appear in Horsington and South Cheriton

Blackmore vale Lions Christmas float

Father Christmas is on his merrie way!

Ho Ho Ho! The Blog has learnt that  a Mr F. Christmas will be visiting Horsington on his sleigh on Tuesday 2nd December at around 8.30- 9 pm. There will be treats for any children lucky enough to catch him. We hear he will stop for much-needed refreshment at the Half Moon at around 9 pm.

Not content with that, he will visit South Cheriton on the following day, Wednesday 3rd December  at roughly the same time, but stopping for refreshment at the White Horse.

Both events are organised by the Blackmore Vale Lions, who will be collecting for local causes.

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A chance to challenge the Conservatives at Henstridge – 19 November

David Warburton, Conservative parliamentary candidate for Somerton & Frome, will be holding a public meeting in Henstridge village hall on Wednesday 19 November at 6 pm.

The meeting – “Challenge David Warburton” is open to all comers, not just the Blues, and is your chance to grill the man on his own and his party’s politics. There will be plenty of opportunity for questions from the floor.

Free of charge and open to all.

The election is nearer than you think!

David’s website

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