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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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
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.