Have your money ready at Bristol Airport

Once upon a time you could happily drive into Bristol Airport and drop off or pick up passengers for free.

There was outrage when they started charging £1 to deposit or collect a passenger. In October 2019 it went up to £3.00. Now it has gone up to £4.00 for a maximum 10 minute stay.

It seems grossly unfair that one should be charged at all for the privilege of simply dropping off or collecting people at a public airport for a few moments. The same principle applies to any public transport hub, such as railway or bus stations.

Bristol Airport has spent hundreds of thousands of pounds on new barriers, payment systems, number plate recognition and all the paraphernalia of the Big Brother society. Someone has to pay for it -You.

If you want to avoid the charge you can park for nothing in a waiting zone near the Silver Zone Car park, where there is (allegedly) a courtesy bus to the terminal. We have doubts about its frequency or availability before dawn or in the middle of the night, when many holiday flights arrive and depart.

Or you can simply not travel. Why leave Somerset at all?

The Blackmore Vale Magazine is dead. Long live “The Leveller”

So farewell then, the Blackmore Vale Magazine, the local house hunters’ bible and the one place to look for gardeners, tilers, garden machinery and old cars. Oh, and the dating page, which used to have some of us in stitches in the pub on Friday nights.

But rejoice. A replacement is at hand. Enter “The Leveller”, which claims to be Somerset’s largest circulation newspaper, based in Langport.

It’s a monthly, and the latest edition is just out. Each copy has been treated with an anti-bacterial agent, so you have nothing to fear.

Unlike the BVM, The August edition of ”The Leveller” is packed with hard-hitting news and editorials.

  • The sudden cave in of Somerset’s District Councils in favour of a single unitary authority for Somerset.
  • The case for a single unitary authority
  • The Collapse of the planning departments in SSDC and SWAT
  • The questionable results of SSDC’s “transformation programme” and its budget overrun
  • Dubious behaviour by councilors in Wells over planning issues
  • The ongoing soap opera of Wincanton Town Council
  • The sale of Viridor (who collect your rubbish) to an American venture capital company
  • Somerset’s limited response to climate change
  • And much more

You would never find this kind of serious local journalism in the dear old BVM (or any  of its sister journals published by its owners Reach plc, who seem intent on putting all its publications on line in an annoying clickbait format which has alienated readers. The BVM was becoming increasingly advertising-driven, with the editorial team having a very minor seat at the bottom of the table. Sadly, they have all lost their jobs, which we regret. But in the blog’s view, the writing had been on the wall for years.

So we welcome “The Leveller”, and hope its talented editor Andrew Lee and team will continue the fight to hold the people who govern us to account. And lets have some ads for animals, old cars, garden sheds. Mowers, plumbers, plasterers and all sorts. No dating though.

You will find The Leveller in most of the places you would have picked up the BVM

The on line edition is here https://leveller.live/

It’s also on Facebook and Twitter.

Horsington Open fully booked with a record entry

A record 72 people will set out in pursuit of the coveted Claret Jug in the 9th Horsington Open at Henstridge Golf Club on September 5th. This is the maximum number the course can accommodate in two “Shotgun starts” – where everyone begins simultaneously on different tees.

The competition was fully booked two and a half weeks before the Off, another record.

Last year the Open raised £950 for local charities Wincanton Live at Home and St Margaret’s Hospice. This year organisers Richard Gaunt and David Blake are hoping to raise considerably more.

Good luck to all competitors. And remember to maintain a proper distance at all times. No jokes about touching the wrong balls -Ed

Half Moon Opening hours in August

Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Tuesday

It was lovely to see so many of you on Sunday for the first time in ages! Here are our new opening hours. Booking for food is essential either via Facebook or by calling 01963 370140- Andrew

Friday 6-11pm – food served 7-9pm
Saturday 6-11pm – food served 7-9pm
Sunday 12-5pm – food served 12-2pm
Tuesday 6-10pm – food served 7-9pm

Every Tuesday in August is Steak Night! Using your Eat Out To Help Out concession, 2 x 10oz Rump steaks with all the trimmings for just £15! Yes!