Winter Draws on!*

The clocks are about to change, and we predict an outbreak of jerseys, to be followed by a rash of Christmas jumpers.

Here’s a few things to keep you amused during the autumn.

The White Horse, South Cheriton (still the only pub in the parish) is holding a Race Night on Saturday 4th November.

If, like your editor, slow horses and fast women led to your downfall, you will find them a’ plenty in the bar.

The evening consists of televised English horse races on the big screen. Come and have a flutter with pretend money, exchangeable at the bar.

Ther cost is £12.50, to include some food. From 7 pm. First race 8 pm

Should be fun. Must Book  – at the bar or phone  01963 370394.

The White Horse also hosts a popular monthly quiz on the second Sunday of the month. The next one is on the  11th November. Teams of 5 max. 7.30 pm.

The Horsington Community Market & Kitchen  got off to a great start last month. November’s market is on the 4th November at the village hall (and on the 1st Saturday of the month thereafter.)

Local produce, cheese, meat, flowers, plus wonderful Sicilian olive oil. 9-30 -11 am. Got somewthing to sell? Bring it along.

Horsington Church
Horsington Church, painted by Philp Rawlings

Horsington Church is hosting a concert by The Mill Singers, a male voice choir featuring Horsington’s own Bob Jones on Sunday afternoon, 19 November at 3 pm.

Entry is by a suggested donation of £8.00, (cards accepted) and all profits will be for the church’s funds.  The concert will be followed by refreshments. 

They  sing quite light stuff on the whole, songs from the shows, folk-songs,     light-opera, Sea Shanties, all generally easy listening.  And FUN! 

*Winter Draws On! Listen: http://*

Eggs wanted for the Horsington Community Market

The horsington Community Market and kitchen starts on Saturday 7th October, and continues on the first Saturday of each month.

All villagers with any produce are invited to bring it along to sell.

The venue is the Horsington Village hall. 9.30-11 am.

20 per cent of the proceeds go to help Horsington Church School.

The school PTFA is looking to bake some delicious cakes for sale. Can anyone donate 18 eggs? Please!

Contact Penny Nagle –

07768 832954)or mail
Social Media: @HorsingtonCommunityMarket

Attention Marshy dogwalkers

There will be a clay pigeon shoot on Horsington Manor’s lands on Saturday 20 September from noon till aroud 4pm.

The manor’s lands are basically within the circle of Batchpool lane, Marsh Lane and Lower Road.

If anyone woukd like to join the Horsington shoot next seson (and/or take part in the clay shoot), please contact Alec davis on 07852 111909

Clay pigeon shoot on Bank Holiday Sunday

The Horsington Shoot is having a clay pigeon shoot this Sunday 27 August, between 4 and 7 pm on the Horsington Manor estate. In other words, inside the ring formed by Lower road, Batchpool Lane and Marsh Lane.

They hope to keep disturbance to a minimum, but it might be as well to keep your pets in if they are nervous of gunfire.

Anyone interestied in joining this small, fun, shoot next autumn/winter, should contatct the editor (, who will forward any enquiries to the shoot organisers.

Stay Awake for the election next Thursday

It’s election time again. Yawn. Next Thursday we go to the polls to elect a successor to the disgraced Tory ex-MP David Warburton.

Judging by the number of posters to be seen in our villages, there is little enthusiasm. The Libdems seem to have the most, but even they are few and far between. The Tories have none, and a source tells us that none have been distributed!

Maybe there are posters in far away Somerton or Frome, after which this huge constituency is named.

The bookies have the Libdems as odds on favourites. We find this surprising as Sarah Dyke had a disastrous interview with the Guardian, during which she professed no knowledge of Somerton or of economic conditions in this area. A Somerset councillor since 2022, she spearheaded the cancellation (or is it the postponement?) of the Wincanton regeneration scheme. She shouts a lot.

The Tory candidate, Faye Purbrick is an experienced Somerset councillor, and probably a safe pair of hands. She inherited a massive 19,000  majority from David Warburton, but can she hang on to it?

Labour’s Neil Guild is running a very low key campaign, and judging by the party’s track record in Somerset, is unlikely to make an impression at the ballot box.

So that’s the big three. But what about the outsiders?

Voters should remember that whoever is elected will only be in parliament for just over a year before the scheduled General Election. After which, the constituency will be split,  with a different demographic mix, and we start all over again. The new MP will unlikely  be able to change anything in Somerset or Westminster, since the Tories will still have a good majority in Parliament.

So why not tick the “None of the above” box and vote for one of the outsiders?

You have a wide choice – The Greens (who already have four seats on Somerset Council), UKIP, Reform UK , Christian Peoples’ Alliance and an Independent candidate (an ex-labour RMT member).

It would send a strong message to the Government and the  established parties to get their act together before the next big election.
The full list of candidates for the Somerton & Frome by-election is:

  • Lorna Corke – Christian People’s Alliance
  • Martin Dimery – Green Party
  • Sarah Dyke – LibDem
  • Bruce Evans – Reform UK
  • Neil Guild – Labour
  • Rosie Mitchell – Independent
  • Faye Purbrick – Conservative
  • Peter Richardson – UKIP

Each of the candidates have set out their stall in interviews in “The Leveller” available free from the usual outlets.

Voting is at St Margaret’s hall in Horsington. Don’t forget to take some photo identification with you.

Nice little Sunday job at the White Horse

The White Horse, South Cheriton has a job vacancy for a server on Sundays during the lunch period 12-4

  • The job entails:
  • Taking food & drink orders
  • Delivering food & drinks to tables
  • Customer interaction
  • Clearing plates, collecting glasses
  • Cleaning & relaying tables
  • Keeping areas clean and tidy
  • Provide a positive and friendly experience for customers.
  • Experience not essential as training will be given.
  • Skills: Positive attitude, personable, attention to detail.
  • Pay according to age & experience. 15yrs +

Please call 01963 370394 or email

D-Day lecture at Horsington Church

7.30, Friday 14th April

St Johns, Horsington is hosting a talk on

Allied and German logistic systems and their effect on the battle,

The lecture is by Brigadier John Smales (retd), a lecturer in military history.

Refreshments afterwards

A donation to the church of £8.00 per person is suggested (you can pay by card)

“Everything Goes!” gets the thumbs up

If you want to know what going on in the arts, you should consult the Fine Times recorder, an on line bible for performances, exchibitions and good eating in our area and beyond. If you were at Milborne Port opera’s first night for “Everything Goes!”, you know you should get out more.

The aforementioned FTR has published a review of the show- , and very good it is.

There is still a handful of tickets left for Saturday (Moral: book early!) at

“Anything Goes” in Yeovil, “Everything Goes!” in Milborne Port

You may have missed Milborne Port Opera’s sell-out performance of Cole Porter’s “Anything Goes” in 2019, when it harvested a crop of musical theatre awards, but there’s a chance to see an excellent production in Yeovil by the amazing YAOS- Yeovil Amateur Operatic Society.

It is on till Saturday 1st April at the Octagon, and if you rush, you may still get a ticket

There’s an excellent review on the Fine Times Recorder

This is the last YAOS show before the Octagon closes for a 2-year refurbishment.

Closer to home and a couple of weeks later, MPO are staging “Everything Goes!” in the Milborne Port Village Hall. This dazzling show has nothing whatsoever to do with “Anything Goes”, but is a backstage musical celebrating 100 years of musical theatre with a number of hit musical numbers performed by MPO’s talented singers and dancers.

Tickets are selling fast, with the opening night (Wednesday 12 April) and the Friday (14 April) perfmances very busy,but with some capacity on the other nights (Thursday 13 and Saturday 15 April). Performances start at 7.30. Book at

More details

Dont forget – get a discount or a free drink if you eat before the show.


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