Horsington Open Golf Competition – save the date – 2nd September

The fourth Horsington Open Golf Competition will be held on Saturday 2nd September 2017 at Henstridge Golf Club.

Keep the date free’

Full details and entry forms will be available nearer the time. Start practicing your swings!

Cheltenham: the reckoning

Sadly Winterbourne – and most British punters –  were completely wiped out on Friday at Cheltenham. Winterbourne comments: “16 Bets. 4 Winners. 5 other placed horses.  25 per cent  Strike Rate. Overall loss of £12.50 on a total of stake of £325. at £20 per race and a £25 Treble. Not Clever!”

Here is the reckoning:
Tuesday 14 March
Wednesday 15 March
DEBUCHET 2nd 10-1
Thursday 16 March
JURY DUTY 3rd 9/1
LETS DANCE  Won 11/8
Friday 17 March
Winterborne’s Treble
ALTIOR,  Won 1/4
£25.00 Treble. Lost

Horsington cricket picture gallery 2016

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Umpire Chris Bailward
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Umpire Phil Bennett
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Belinda Mann, Phillipa Tarling, Mardi Bennett and Libby Gaunt
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Horsington’s young batting stars Sam Rose and Michael Tarling
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Horsington XI and the Tabard Pilgrims after the match

Horsington loses in fine style (again)

The annual cricket match between Horsington and the Tabard Pilgrims, from West London, took place on Bank Holiday Sunday in perfect conditions – sun, a light breeze to cool things down, two full teams of sporting gentlemen and a significant crowd of spectators enjoying the cricket and their various refreshments.

Despite some exceptional batting and fielding, Horsington failed to gain a victory and were overtaken by the visitors in the second innings, with only a few overs left to play.

Chris Dean and captain Christian Bennett were the star batsmen from Horsington, backed up by two very promising youngsters,  Michael Tarling and Sam Rose, who both put in a sterling performance.

Tom Walker and Chris Heal bowled very well, ably assisted by Charles Mann with his slightly unorthodox bowling action.

Chris Dean pulled off a spectacular stunt, bowling and catching a surprised Tabard Batsman.

Ollie Tremlett, not the tallest man on the pitch, excelled in the fielding department. No surprises there, as he is a member of the Tremlett cricketing dynasty. His uncle played for Hampshire, Surrey and England.

The crowd was kept amused by the extraordinary number of wides, byes, no balls and run-outs. Some of this was down to the eccentric behaviour of the pitch, and the ball tended to do its own thing once it had left the bowler’s hand.  Blame for this can be laid at the door of the mean, disgusting, dishonest lowlifes who stole the elderly but very effective Atco mower from Rob Hoddinott’s hut, leaving him to prepare the pitch by hand, and without an effective roller.

The delicious tea was provided by Libby Gaunt, Mardi Bennett and Belinda Mann and was much enjoyed by the players. Pitchside refreshments were provided by Andrew Tarling of the Half Moon.

A huge round of applause goes to the two umpires Chris Bailward (who gave up a day immediately before he left for Carlisle to begin his epic cycling tour) and Phil Bennett.

See the picture gallery

Horsington prepares for annual cricket battle

The weather looks reasonable for the bank holiday Sunday, the pitch has been mown by Hoddy, and a reasonable quorum of players has agreed to turn up for the annual cricket match of Horsington v The Tabard Pilgrims, a London pub touring side.

Judging by previous years, the game will be a hard-fought fun game of village cricket at its best.

Kick-off is at 2 pm, and the match will be followed by the usual shenigans at the half Moon, which is also holding its traditional Bank Holiday Sunday quiz.

Able bodied cricketers seeking a game should contact Andrew Tarling at the Half Moon to see if there are any vacancies to fill – on either side.

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An action shot from last year’s match – Horsington captain Christian Bennett clouts a ball to the boundary.

Best yet Horsington Open raises £600 for charity.


The 2015 Horsington Open – the third competition in this series – was the biggest and best yet. 42 golfers of varying abilities took part for fun and charity at Henstridge Golf Club on Friday 23rd October, enjoying a good day’s sport, making new friends and raising a grand total of £607 for the St Margaret’s Hospice charity. AND it didn’t rain.

The competition was won by the narrowest of margins by Tony Brodie from Henstridge,  coincidentally the oldest player. Henstridge also won the team event, again by the narrowest margin. But why not? After all it’s their home course, and some of them play virtually every day.

Horsington’s golfers performed extremely well. John Macdonald came a close second, beating David Blake, George Wagland  and  Peter Gripper by a tiny margin. George Wagland, John Macdonald and Richard Gaunt all  improved their scores considerably over last year, and Paul Mann won the “Nearest the pin” competition on the 8th hole. Sadly Chris Bailward, playing for the first time for many years, was pipped for the “Putt of the day” competition, putting from off the green on the 8th, having tonked his previous two balls into the lake. He was beaten by  Henstridge’s Mike Baker, who putted off green for a birdie. (No I don’t understand  either- Ed)

The Half Mooners team, led by landlord Andrew Tarling were in the frame to win the team competition but failed due to what was described as, ahem, “putting failure” by the , er, ahem, team captain.

The competition was so close that the scorers had to take into account performance on the last six, and then the last 3 holes to decide a winner. There were 7 players contending for the first 3 places with 3 points between them. This may be a testimony to the accuracy of the handicapper or the skill of the players. Or maybe the organisers need to look more closely at the handicaps.

A special mention should be made of the Foresters team, of Joan Palmer, Bob Foot, Joy Crabb and Kath Rolls. These brave souls had never been on a golf course in their lives, and although they came last, it was no humiliation, and we observed them executing several spectacular cover drives. The cricket club secretary has been informed and will no doubt be recruiting them next year.

Anthony Yateman, another golfer making his debut (he claims), won the best dressed golfer award, resplendent in plus fours and a bow tie. We hope  competitors will take note for next year.

The amount raised for charity was far in excess of previous efforts, helped by the generous donation of a foursome at the championship golf course at Woodbury Park, Exeter by Hunts Foodservice Ltd. This was auctioned at the prize giving, with Howard Bentley-Marchant from Yenston  providing the winning bid of £110.

Thanks to everyone who took part, donated, catered, scored or bid – see you again next year.

Prize list

Full Results

Photographs (Click on a picture to see full size)

The Winning Team from Henstridge GC - Tony Brodie, Steve Penny, David Constable, Mike Baker
The Winning Team from Henstridge GC – Tony Brodie, Steve Penny, David Botterill, Mike Baker
The Half Mooners - David Blake, George Wagland, Peter Gripper and Andrew Tarling
The Half Mooners – David Blake, George Wagland, Peter Gripper and Andrew Tarling
Previous Winner Chris Dibben with Richard Walker, who came 3rd this year
Previous Winner Chris Dibben with Richard Walker, who came 3rd this year
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Andrew Lakeman and Andrew Gordon of the Fifehead Follies
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Liz Bentley-Marchant
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The Foresters team, making their golf debut: Joy Crabb, Kath Rolls, Bob Foot and Joan Palmer
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Anthony Yateman, Horsington,s best-dressed golfer
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David West, the fastest golfer in the competition
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Prizewinner William Wallace
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James Gordon and Hutch Wright of the Wright Stuff
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Howard Bentley-Marchant, Glynn Parry and Colin Constable
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Sally Ward, Ladies’champion


Horsington Open Results

Open 2015Poster A4The Horsington Open at Henstridge Golf Club on Friday 23rd October was an intensly fought competition, with scarcely a hair’s breadth between the main contenders. 42 players took part. A full report will follow shortly, but here are the results:

Horsington Open 2015– Prizes

1st  Tony Brodie  22 pts
2nd John MacDonald 21 pts
3rd Richard Walker 21pts

There were 5 players with 21 pts,  and 1 with 20. Results were decided on the  last 6, and then the last 3 holes.
David Blake, and Hutch  Hutch Wright  also had 21 points,  Previous winner Chris Dibben  had 20 points

Team Prize : There were  3 Teams with 65 points – Henstridge, The Half Mooners and the Wright Stuff.
Prize goes to Henstridge, on the basis of last 6 and then the last 3 holes’  performance.

Longest drive Richard Walker
Nearest the pin  Paul Mann
Putt of the Day Mike Baker putted off green for a birdie (hotly contested by Chris Bailward  who putted off green having put 2 previous balls in the lake and Tony Brodie who achieved a 24 ft Putt)
Best Lady Sally Ward
Best Newcomer  Tony Brodie

Most improved players
Richard Gaunt +3
George Wagland + 7
John MacDonald +7
But the prize goes to Glynn Parry +10 (on a lower handicap)
Wooden Spoon – William Wallace and a special award to  The Foresters – First time on a Golf Course.
Best Dressed Golfer Anthony Yateman.

Thanks to everyone who took part. We raised a considerable sum -at least £500- for the St Margaret’s Hospice, and will report further when the accounts have been done.

Thanks to all sponsors, donors, and the Henstridge Golf Club management and members for the smooth running of the event.

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“They’re off” on Friday 16th!

WealthThe Blog’s editorial team are getting excited about  the start of this season’s national Hunt Racing at Wincanton on Friday 16th October.

Our racing correspondent Winterborne Longjohns is surely sharpening his pen and his wits to bring you the very best racing information as we write this. (He has been very quiet during the summer.)

Every year optimism triumphs over experience. Modest sums are lodged with Paddy Power and William Hill, and we convince ourselves against all the odds that that Messrs Tizzard, Nicholls, Hobbs and Fry can land that elusive 25,000-1 Yankee.

Watching the racing at the course is great fun. There is a band of regulars who are very welcoming, and there are many local people there.

It costs £20 for a Premier enclosure ticket on the gate, but you can save a fiver by booking in advance at http://wincanton.thejockeyclub.co.uk/events-tickets/whats-on/under-starters-orders.

Or you can pay £23 in advance and get a “Premium Punters ticket”, which provides entrance, a race card with Timeform ratings, a pint of lager or a glass of wine and a £5.00 food voucher. Great value, since the extras alone will set you back about £12 if you bought them separately.

There are further race meetings  on October 25th and November 7th.

See you there.

Sign up for the Horsington Open – now in its 3rd year

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Entries are invited for the third “Horsington Open” , to be played at Henstridge Golf Club on Friday October 23rd 2015.

The 9-hole charity competition is in aid of local charities, and is open to all comers. Ladies and non-handicappers are welcome. Entry is just £15 per player, including green fees.

The prize (as befits an “Open”) is a claret jug, plus many other prizes generously donated by local businesses and suppliers to Horsington’s Half Moon and South Cheriton’s White Horse pubs.

The competition tees off just after 10 am. The prize giving will be held in the White Horse, South Cheriton  at 6.30 pm, when there will also be a charity raffle.

This competition is now in its third year. It provides an opportunity for players at all levels to get together for a fun day of golf and raise money for charity. The field normally includes some really good golfers, some desperately bad golfers, many ladies and several beginners.Whitehorselogo

South Cheriton’s White Horse pub has generously agreed to sponsor some prizes and to host the prize giving. The Half Moon has volunteered its customary support, with players and prizes.signpost2

Entry forms  and more information can be obtained from the Half Moon, the White Horse, Henstridge Golf Club, or downloaded here. ALL WELCOME!

The competition is organised by Horsington’s Richard Gaunt, with the help of George Wagland and Phil Bennett.

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Previously. . . . .

Horsington Open Golf Tournament
Horsington Open poster




Forget the New Zealand debacle – Horsington can really lose in style!

A great day's fun cricket, enjoyed by everyone
A great day’s fun cricket, enjoyed by everyone

Horsington’s fixture against the Tabard Pilgrims from Chiswick, West London, ended in a good humoured defeat after an afternoon of slightly damp, but very entertaining cricket. The teams played 2 innings, reversing the batting order for the second. Local rules meant there was no LBW, and “golden ducks” were banned.

Both teams were refreshed by a liberal supply of Butcombe Rare Breed, generously supplied by Andrew Tarling of the Half Moon, who also umpired throughout, assisted by Chris Bailward and Richard Gaunt (who was thankfully not called on to make a decision).

Horsington, captained by Christian “Snoopy” Bennett, fielded some very fine young cricketers with genuine potential for the future – Michael Tarling, Samuel Rose and star batsman Jake Cockerel. Nick Mattravers and Stuart Lane tonked a few braces of sixes before falling to some beguiling bowling.

Joe Davidson had a spectacular catch, Tom Appleby, who has just taken over the Charlton Horethorne Stores, bowled with great pace and skill. Kevin Lane played with his usual style.

Charlie Mann and Josh Dare-Cullen bowled with an unconventional action with some success.
The view from the pavilion was that this is a team with great potential. If only they could play together more often, they might put Horsington on the village cricket map.

A great day, in steadily improving weather. Horsington were overtaken by the Pilgrims with 3 overs left.

Then it was back to the Half Moon for refreshment and the traditional Bank Holiday Quiz, won by the Pilgrims in a tie-break with the Moonies. The winning team conveniently had a veteran of several TV quiz shows in their team, one Bill Rodwell, still bowling at 82!

Thanks to Rob Hoddinott for preparing the pitch,  Belinda Mann and Philippa Tarling for the tea and cake. And thanks to the Pilgrims for coming. See you next year.

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Nick Maltravers faces the bowling
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Slogger Charlie Mann strikes out
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Horsington pad up in the magnificent 19th Century pavilion
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Joe Davidson, who enjoyed a spectacular catch in the second innings
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Stuart Lane clips a neat shot behind
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Classy batting action by Horsington Captain Christian Bennett


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. . . and he’s off!

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