Blog triggers a political betting storm

The Horsington Blog’s picture of Boris Johnson parachuting in after the election seems to have triggered a betting landslide.

Paddy Power now has him favourite to be the next prime Minister after Theresa May at odds of 5/2. Get it while you can, is our advice.

Jeremy Corbyn is second favourite at 10/3, followed by David Davis at 9/2.

In brexit betting,  you can get 4/1 on the UK having a second referendum on the terms of an eventual brexit. Grab it.

Significantly, no UK bookie (or none that we could find) is offering odds on brexit not happening at all (i.e.the UK remains in the EU)

Will anyone take the editor’s fiver at 20/1?

The most sensible solution to the current political chaos would appear to be a  National Government of all the parties, followed by a general election once Brexit is sorted.  Not available on Paddy Power or elsewhere, so will anyone take the editor’s fiver at 10/1?

(Where are you, Winterborne Longjohns? -Ed)

 Best quote of the day – From novelist Robert Harris writing in the “Sunday Times”

“How did a stable, prosperous parliamentary democracy, granted a unique set of favourable opt-outs with the largest trading bloc in the world, including on the single currency and travel, throw it all up in the air on the basis of a 52-48 yes/no vote in a referendum – a margin not normally wide enough to change the constitution of the average golf club?”

Dead cat found and buried in South Cheriton

Stuart Jackson, of South Cheriton reports…

Sadly a dead cat was found at the the top of Cheriton Street, South Cheriton on Friday 2nd June.
A lovely large male with a tabby/tortoiseshell coat.
Despite much effort made by neighbours, the owner could not be found.
He has been buried in my paddock.
I hope the owner will be comforted by the fact that it has been laid to rest.

Thank you, Stuart -Ed

We have no idea!

Alert readers have pointed out that yesterday the Blog emailed them with details of Patrick Mileham’s talk in the church, which took place 2 weeks ago. (And very interesting it was- Ed)

We apologise. We have no idea how it happened. These things are managed by the Blog’s automatic publishing system, and Ed has no idea how it works, or which buttons to press.

This also explains how emails go out with appalling spelling mistakes and grammatical errors – sometime the first draft gets published, but the final version is re-worked several times over.

So, Dear Subscriber, it always pays to look at the real Blog on line, rather than the email version, which is really there just to alert you.

All you have to do is click on the story headline on your email and wham! – you are in.

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Does anyone remember the Italians?

We have had a request from reader Clare Collins, who asks…

“Has anyone any records, information or photos of Italian prisoners of war that lived and worked in Horsington in the Second World War?”

If you can help, leave a comment or contact her via the Blog’s Facebook page.

Cricket’s off. Quiz is on

Sadly the annual game against the Pilgrims has been cancelled. The visiting side has been unable to raise a team. A great pity, particularly as Horsington was well placed to field a winning side.

However, the Pub quiz on Bank Holiday Sunday is still on. teams of 4.

Start is 8 pm.

William Wallace to chair Somerset County Council

William Wallace, who was recently elected as County Councillor for Horsington, as part of the Blackmore Vale Ward, has been chosen as Chairman of Somerset County Council.

His appointment will be confirmed at the first full meeting of the County Council after the recent elections, on May 24th.

William has been a district Councillor since 2003, and a County  Councillor since 2005. He has also been chairman of finance for the  Avon and Somerset Police Authority and chairman of HR for the Devon and Somerset  Fire Authority.

For the past 4 years he has been Somerset County Council’s cabinet member for Adult Social Care, a highly sensitive and very difficult post in which he has had to balance the conflicting pressures of reducing costs, improving care and integrating with other health services providers.

The Blog congratulates William on his new role, a fitting pinnacle to a distinguished career in local government. If we have been unkind to him in the past, we apologise unequivocally, but point out that this has been in the interest of  treating all political candidates objectively and fairly  at election time.

(Or unfairly -Ed).

Get out more- there’s nothing on telly!

We are happy to welcome Fanny Charles, Editor of the Fine Times Recorder  as a guest columnist. She writes …

WHEN I sat down to write this, the news of the Manchester Arena attack was dominating the media. There are no words to describe the horror and cynicism of such a terrorist bombing at a concert for teenage fans in the middle of an election campaign. And of course it was right for the party leaders to immediately suspend campaigning.

But, trite as it sounds, life must go on. The need for democracy has never been greater, and the imperative to keep doing what we do is an absolute. We should still go to concerts and football matches, street markets and supermarkets, the theatre and the park. When we are paralysed by the fear of what might happen, the evil of the terrorists has done its work.

So, at what seems an awkward time to encourage people to get out and celebrate our beautiful region and the creativity of its people , that’s what we are doing.

It’s festival time. Bath’s new look festival, combining the music and literature festivals, has started and there are lots of exciting and unique events. And the city’s vibrant Fringe Festival brings some of the best street theatre and music to the city.

Open For Art, the open studios event in Dorchester, Weymouth and Portland, runs to 4th June.

Salisbury’s international arts festival, one of the most varied in the country, begins this coming weekend, as does Wells Comedy Festival and one of the region’s biggest open studio events, the Wylye Valley Art Trail.

The late May bank holiday weekend also includes Lyme Regis Jazz and Blues Festival.

Chalke Valley History Festival, one of the world’s biggest events dedicated to every aspect of history – from the archaeology beneath our feet to wartime planes in the skies above – is back for the seventh year, at a new venue.

Among the outstanding productions at the theatre, we urge you to get to Bristol Old Vic to see the re-imagining of Euripides’ Medea. This story as old as time gets a shocking and profound contemporary reworking.

Bridport’s first community opera, Flea, is on at the Electric Palace this week – it sounds huge fun and we’re looking forward to seeing it at the weekend.

We have an interview with Marta Fontanals Simmons, the brilliant young mezzo from Castle Cary, who makes her debut as Cherubino in The Marriage of Figaro at Garsington Opera, one of the best of the country house opera festivals.

Finally, we’ve been doing some judging for the Great Taste Awards, run by the Guild of Fine Food (which is based at Gillingham in Dorset). So we end with a spirited offering – our new Nine Things, later this week, is a list of some of the region’s best distilleries, most of them small batch, artisan businesses that are putting flavour and passion back into gin and other spirits. Enjoy!

Keep in touch – you can email us at with news and previews, and check out The Fine Times Recorder for regional arts, food and environmental news, travel and more.

Fanny Charles, Editor,
The Fine Times Recorder

There is a permanent link to the Fine Times Recorder on our “Blogroll”.
You can also subscribe to receive their regular newsletters – Ed

Pub quiz is back

Was it a co-incidence? A sign announcing “Pub Quiz Bank Holiday Sunday” appeared at the entrance to the village a few hours after the Blog’s lament that The Half Moon seems to have dropped the traditional Bank Holiday Quiz. Certainly there was nothing at the New Year or Easter.

But now, it seems, the quiz is back, and will be welcomed by the many local teams who vie with each other for the coveted winners title. Let’s hope Andrew continues to allow us to exercise our brains at Bank holiday time. It will round off the cricket nicely.

Pub Quiz
8.00 pm
Bank Holiday Sunday
Teams of 4-ish.

Horsington gears up for annual cricket battle – Cancelled

This game has been cancelled.

The cricket season looms. Pads and boots are being whitened, trousers pressed and bats oiled. Yes, it’s time for Horsington’s annual match against the famous Tabard Pilgrims, a pub touring side from Chiswick, West London, the former home of at least two Horsington residents.

The match takes place on Bank Holiday Sunday, starting at 2 pm, at the cricket ground next to the village hall.

Horsington’s captain Christian Bennett has selected a team he believes can trounce the London invaders. His side features a number of erstwhile hockey players, so we should see some big hitters. Charlie Mann, with his “interesting” bowling action is in the team, along with Nick Mattravers and the two Lane brothers.

Horsington has won only one game out of the series, now in its seventh year. Will 2017 be the year the tables are turned?

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

Spectators are very welcome. The match always attracts a good crowd, and a thrilling finish is usually guaranteed. This is relaxed, informal village cricket at its best.

There will be the usual post match gathering, with food and a pub quiz at the Half Moon.  Get a team together and join the fun.