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

Cheltenham: Winterbourne’s day 4 fancies

Winterborne longjohns, the Blog's racing correspondent
Winterbourne Longjohns, 

The Blog’s exclusive racing correspondent Winterbourne Longjohns writes…

Final day and having missed LL ROCKERFELLER (2nd @33-1 -Ed) by concentrating on his guests at lunch,  today Winterborne will be again entertaining three distinguished racing enthusiasts , one of whom has flown over for Cheltenham Week from the Argentine.

He hopes to be lucky with WINTERS ESCAPE each way in the 2.10, WORLDS END in the 2.50, DJACKADAM, and MORE OF THAT in the Gold Cup, SWEET AS A NUT or possibly ASK DADDY in the 4.10 and finally DADS IN TROUBLE in the 4.50. So enjoy yourselves and be lucky !

Cheltenham: Winterbourne’s late wire

The Blog’s exclusive racing correspendent Winterborne Longjohns has sent us a late wire from his London HQ:

After Cause of Causes’ spectatular win, Douvan’s downfall and four agonisingly close seconds,  Winterbourne is backing Top Notch, Jury Duty Uxiandre and Let’s Dance to give Ruby and Willie a much needed winner. Good Luck !

Your editor is also on Jury Duty.

Winterbournes’s Cheltenham selections

Cheltenham: Winterborne Longjohns returns to the Blog

Winterborne Longjohns, the Blog’s exclusive racing correspondent, has emerged from a long silence to favour us with his Cheltenham thoughts. Get your Visa cards out. Good luck everyone -ED

Winterborne has had a holiday away from the horses for the last three months following a financially disastrous eight weeks following a self created and totally deranged betting system which saw him lose a years winnings in but nine weeks. However a visit in the sunshine to Sandown Park on Saturday and the victory of  MINELLA  AWARDS at   8/1 encouraged him to tentatively take up arms again at Cheltenham.

His Old Mucker the one time owner of BARACCUDA, has backed APPLE JADE in Tuesdays Mares Hurdle and the well supported CAUSE OF CAUSES in Wednesdays Cross Country event. Other advised bets are LETS DANCE each way in Thursday’s opener, YANWORTH in the Champion Hurdle. PROJECT BLUEBOOK e.w. at 16/1 in Wednesday’s Fred Winter and DEBUCHET in the same days Bumper while fearing the Milbourne Port pair in the Gold Cup DJACKADAM may still do the business on Friday. Although MORE OF THAT may still spring a big priced surprise here.

Finally for those intrepid punters whose approach to following this four day meeting is more akin to that of a Building Society, Bank or Mortgage Broker ALTIOR, DOUVAN and UKNOWHATIMEANHARRY should all win their respective races and pay rather more than even money to a £25.00 Treble.

Thanks Winterborne. Your editor is on Colin Tizzard’s Native River in the Gold Cup, which he managed to secure at 16/1 some weeks ago.

Say Cheese! Feltham’s Farm has started production

Marcus Fergusson in his Cheese Room at feltham’s Farm

Marcus Fergusson at Felthams Farm has started making a delcious organic cheese called “Renegade Monk” Now read on.

Marcus Fergusson (who is married to Penny Nagle down on Horsington Marsh) has converted the old Marsh Meadows nursery school at Feltham’s Farm into a thriving organic cheese business.

Marcus says: “I’ve always been obsessed with cheese and making my own cheese seemed a logical (if financially precarious) step. I spent much of last year training as a cheese maker at Bath Soft Cheese, while developing and testing my own recipe. Construction work on the cheese room and maturing room started in the Autumn and was completed in the New Year. There were also a lot of regulatory hoops to jump through before I was cleared to sell my cheese to the public – so at least everyone will know that it is safe!

“Our smallholding is too, well, small for us to milk our own herd. Instead, I am buying in organic cow’s milk from Bruton Dairy (who supply Godminster cheese as well). The whey from the cheese making ( a by-product) is then used to feed our pigs: they seem to like it, we had 22 piglets last weekend!

Say Cheese. The renegade Monk looks delicious

“The first cheese I’m launching is called Renegade Monk. It’s a soft, blue cheese (but not that blue) – and the exterior of the cheese is then rubbed with beer every couple of days, to encourage the growth of friendly cultures and moulds on the surface that soften and sweeten the cheese and deepen the colour of the rind. The beer comes from the Milk Street Brewery in Frome – so, what with the milk coming from Bruton, this is definitely a homegrown Somerset cheese!

“Rubbing the cheeses with alcohol is known as rind-washing, a process employed by monasteries across Europe since the Middle Ages – hence the ‘Monk’ in the cheese’s name. However, the addition of blue (from a mould called Penicillium Roquefortii) and various other techniques I am using makes this cheese something of a hybrid – hence ‘Renegade’.

“In terms of taste, think of a Cambozola (itself a hybrid between Camembert and Gorgonzola) – but then imagine the outside of a Vacherin or Epoisses. To the uninitiated, it might look slightly alarming – but fear not, its bark is worse than its bite!

“I will be selling Renegade Monk at the Frome Food Assembly every Wednesday evening and from April at the farmers’ markets in Poundbury and Bridport (Somerset Farmers’ Markets are full for the moment). However, some local shops and delis have expressed an interest, so I hope it will be available closer to home very soon. And, if you’re really keen to try/buy some, just stop me and ask (if you know me – or even if you don’t) or email me at I’d love your support”.

This  looks fabulous. Look forward to seeing on the menu at the Half Moon and the White Horse. Local landlords take note -Ed

Milborne Port Opera wins THREE Awards

Some good news at last.

Milborne Port Opera, Horsington’s favourite local musical theatre company, has scooped three out of the five awards for which they were nominated in the prestigious David Beach Awards for musical theatre. Some 33 companies across Somerset competed in this hotly-contested annual competition, organised by the Somerset Fellowship of Drama.

Milborne Port Opera’s nominations and wins were:

Best Sound  (Musical director Caroline d’Cruz) – WON!
This is a remarkable win. MPO does not use any amplification at all. The award was for “a pure, beautifully balanced sound”.
Best Set Design (Naomi Booth and Trevor John)
Best Actor (Mark Blackham as John Wellington Wells in “The Sorcerer”)
The “Show Stopper” award for the best musical number (entire company)
Best Small Venue
(Milborne Port village hall) WON!

The awards were all for MPO’s last production “The Sorcerer” by Gilbert & Sullivan, directed by Linda Mumford, which played to packed houses in April last year.

MPO has form in this area. They have now won the “Show Stopper” award twice and the Best Set award once.

Sukie Read, Alison Ruddy and Nicki Porter try out their costumes for the Ugly Sisters in “Into the Woods”

Rehearsals are now in full swing for the 2017 production “Into the Woods” by Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine, which intertwines traditional fairy stories into a spellbinding musical with a few twists and surprises thrown in. “Be careful what you wish for”, as they say.

The show will be a stunner. It plays in the Milborne Port Village hall from April 19-22. Book now – or via the MPO’s Facebook page.

Tim Inglefield

Tim Inglefield

The stream of bad news is continuing.

The Blog is very sad indeed to record the untimely demise of Tim Inglefield on Monday 27th February. He died suddenly at home in Horsington and was suffering from a chest infection.

Tim was a hard- working and very effective member of the South Somerset District Council whose efforts were much appreciated by the community.

He moved to Horsington 13 years ago and became a councillor in 2007

The Blog sends its sincere condolences to Felicity and his family.

The funeral is at Horsington church at 1 pm on Thursday 16th March.

We invite anyone who knew Tim well to contribute an obituary for publication in the Blog. Please contact the editor on

March Diary

Regular activities (Village Hall unless stated).

Monday Pilates 1

Pilates 2

5.30 -6.30pm

6.45 – 7.45pm

Tuesday Upholstery 10.30am
Badminton 8 pm
Wednesday Free
Thursday Art 10am
Friday Art 10am
Saturday Free

Other activities

Wed 1st Music Night – Half Moon Inn 8.30pm
Thurs 2nd W.I – Birthstones – Daphne Atkinson 7.30pm
Sat 4th Blackmore Vale and Yeovil National Trust Association. Volunteering: Mark Crosby Digby Hall, Sherborne 2.30pm
Mon 6th Ladies Lunch Group. Queen’s Arms, Corton Denham Lunch
Thurs 9th  Parish Council Meeting 7.30pm
Sat 18th Film A Street Cat Named Bob. Milborne Port Village Hall 7.30pm
Fri 31st  Wincanton History Society. Somerset and Dorset Railway around Wincanton. Mike Beale.  Wincanton Memorial Hall 7.30pm
St John’s Church Services
1st March Holy Communion at Templecombe – Ash Wednesday 7.30 pm
5th March Holy Communion with Sunday School 9.15am
12th March Morning Prayer 11 am
19th March Holy Communion 9.15am
26th March Holy Communion BCP  8.30am
Churchwardens Anne Jones 370626
Rosemarie Wigley 371478

Horsington Church School

Have a vacancy on their Governing Board

A challenging and worthwhile job, they are looking for someone with an enthusiasm for the education of children.

Financial skills will be an advantage, as will availability during the school day. Full meetings of Governors happen on Tuesday evenings six times a year.

Phone the school on 01963 370358 for further information