Grab a prizewinning Horsington cheese for Christmas

Blog readers can take advantage of an exclusive offer, courtesy of Marcus Fergusson, who makes the award-winning “Renegade Monk” cheese in Horsington.

This cheese scooped FOUR presitigious awards this year:

Gold – Global Cheese Awards (Frome) for Best Artisan Soft Cheese
Runner-up – Great British Cheese Awards for Best Soft Cheese
Silver and Bronze – World Cheese Awards for Best rind-washed cheese and Best cheese by member of Specialist Cheese Makers Association

You can buy a freshly-made cheese for just £5.00 (normal price ££6.00 to £7.50) in time for Christmas.

Collect from Felthams Farm, on Horsington Marsh.

Please order beforehand by emailing Marcus on


Date for your diary – Beer and cheese on February 13th

Make a note in your diary. John Sansom is organising a beer, cheese & pancake evening at Horsington Grange  on Tuesday 13th February 2018 ( Pancake Day). Mark Woodhouse will be giving a talk. (His last one was excellent, and so was the beer.)

Entry £8 on the door
7 for for 730
Proceeds in aid of  RDA & Horsington Play Area.


Horsington’s champion Coarse Actors*

The MPO’s Coarse actors at Ealing – Jessie Stones, Oscar Shave, Richard Gaunt, Sukie Read, Gemma Kiddle, Tony White (kneeling), Linda Mumford. Neil Edwards, Neil Harrison, Peter Mumford, Matt Baker and Chris Bailward – on the floor, dead.

The Milborne Port Opera, Horsington’s favorite local opera company,  has just won the World Coarse Acting Championship at the Questors Theatre, Ealing. Featured in the cast was Horsington’s Richard Gaunt, who also directed the play, and Chris Bailward, who played the title role.

Chris Bailward

Other cast members will be familiar to the many Horsington regulars who support the company every year.

The competition took place on Saturday 25th November.

The award was made to a delighted cast by Timothy West, the chief adjudicator. The MPO team won against competition from 7 other groups, including one professional company. The evening was a hilarious assortment of different acting styles and genres as each act vied with the others to create on-stage mayhem with well-intentioned performances which go awry.

The MPO’s challenge was to write and produce a spoof 15-minute “Coarse Operetta” in which everything which can, does, go wrong. MPO’s Neil Edwards  distilled his show “The Murder at Shakerley House” into the world’s first bite-sized drawing room whodunnit operetta, which the company proceeded to ruin with wrong notes, missed entrances, over (and under) acting and general incompetence. One actor, Tony White, stole the show with his inability to rise from a kneeling position – he was marooned on stage until the intermission, when he was rescued by the stage manager.

Richard Gaunt with Jessie Stones

Richard Gaunt is a veteran “Coarse Actor*” who was in the play which won the first World Coarse Acting Championship back in in 1972.

The competition was to celebrate the 90th year of author Michael Green, whose hilarious book “The Art of Coarse Acting” (still in print after 52 years) inspired the genre.

“The Art of Coarse Acting” inspired three successful Edinburgh Fringe shows (Richard Gaunt appeared in 2 of them), tv spin-offs by Morecambe and Wise and the Two Ronnies and of course “Acorn Antiques”. Lately, “The play that goes wrong” has been enjoying enormous success in theatres around England, including a successful run at Salisbury.

*Coarse Acting – A Coarse actor is one who knows the words, but not the order in which they come – Michael Green.


White Horse serves the best lunches in the locality

The White Horse in South Cheriton is going from strength to strength with its set lunches. They are delicious, and at  only £6.50 they represent unbelievable value.

The latest addition to the menu is a delicious bowl of mussels in a red Thai sauce, which is more like a sumptuous, slightly spiced soup. You get a nice doorstep of freshly-baked brown bread to mop up the sauce. Fabulous for a cold autumn day.

There are plenty of other dishes on offer, plus a menu of pub standards for those who want that sort of thing.

The pub is getting busier by the day, so it may  be a good idea to book during the run up to Christmas. 01963 370394.

Curry night is back – on Wednesdays

The ever-popular curry night is back at the Half Moon. Andrew Tarling has switched the day, and it is now on Wednesdays, starting tonight, 9 November and continuing until he says it’s over.

Over the years the Half Moon’s curries have become something of a legend, and the focal point for a village social get together. Long may it continue.

Revitalisation of Horsington Playground

The proposed Playground rotator – all the way from Finland. Surely a British company must make this sort of thing?

Horsington Parish Council has put together what they think is a realistic proposal for the refurbishment of the playground, condemned by “Elfin Safety” in our small, rural parish.

Many thanks to everyone who responded to the Wigley Family letter which has raised an
amazing £2000.

Combined with the Capital Fund from the Parish Council and the £5000 pledged from South Somerset District Council, they have the £16,000 needed to replace at trade price plus fitting, the activity centre (one that fits on our original base), the see-saw, the spring horse and to renovate the swings and existing surfaces.

It is a sad fact that new surfaces cost more than new equipment and have no play value to their users.

One thing that came up in discussions with the SSDC play and facilities team, is that one vital element of play is missing………..some form of rotation.

The Parish Council is currently seeking to raise the extra £7000 to buy and install a Lappset Xspeed rotator (see picture) suitable for 4 children up to the age of 14, complete with safety surface. If you feel you are able to help towards this, cheques can be made payable to Horsington Parish Council or would like further details, please contact the Clerk, David Chapman 01963 370527.

November Diary

Regular activities (Village Hall unless stated).

Monday Pilates 1

Pilates 2

5.30 -6.30pm

6.45 – 7.45pm

Tuesday Upholstery 10.30am
Badminton 8 pm
Wednesday Free
Thursday Art 10am
Friday Art 10am
Saturday Free

Other activities

Wed 1st Ladies Lunch Group. Fox and Hounds, East Knoyle Lunch
Wed 1st Music Night, Half Moon Inn 8.30pm
Thurs 2nd W.I  talk on Scarf Tying by Janet McNeill. Village Hall. Drinks and Nibbles served 7.30pm

Wed 6th

Music Night at Half Moon Inn 8.30pm
Sat 4th National Trust Association. Mediaeval Masons and Tumbling Towers. Digby Hall, Hound Street, Sherborne 2.30pm
Tues 7th Charlton Horethorne and District Gardening Club. Daisy Lee Christmas decorations. Village Hall CH 6.45 for 7.15pm
Thurs 9th Parish Council Meeting 7.30pm
Sat 18th Home Farm Trust Christmas Fair. Wincanton Memorial Hall 7.30 pm
 Fri 24th  Wincanton History Society. Talk on Kingston Lacey. Power to Piracy. Wincanton Memorial Hall.  7.30pm
St John’s Church Services
5th November Holy Communion with Sunday School 9.15am
12th November Remembrance at War Memorial followed by Service of Remembrance in Church 10.50 am
19th November Holy Communion 9.15am
26th November Holy Communion (BCP)  8.30am
Churchwardens Anne Jones 370626
Rosemarie Wigley 371478


Moscow Drug Club at Compton Dunton – Friday 10th November

Still a few tickets left. You will be seated at large tables. Welcome drink, nibbles and bar throughout.

Tickets £17.50 – to include a welcome drink and canapes
To Book: Or phone 01278423110 to book and pay by credit card