All change at Waterloo

 The Royal Scots Greys, 2nd Dragoons go into battle at Waterloo
The Royal Scots Greys, 2nd Dragoons go into battle at Waterloo

The Battle of Waterloo in 1815 changed everything in Europe. 200 years later we can see it in perspective.

Talk: Waterloo – Battle For Europe
North Cheriton Village Hall
Saturday 20th June, 6-9 pm

To mark the 200th Anniversary of this great battle, Patrick Mileham of North Cheriton, former soldier, military historian and university lecturer has very kindly agreed to give a fully illustrated and exciting presentation.

The whole evening will be a celebration of the event with the hall suitably decorated to reflect the event and its era. Patrick’s one hour talk will take full advantage of their new
multi-media facilities and is designed to accommodate all levels of interest, from school children to the Chief of the Defence Staff! The event will commence at
6pm when a welcome drink will be served, in tune with the 1815 ambience.

The talk will start at 6.30pm and afterwards there will be soup and roast beef
sandwiches available at a reasonable cost.

To test guests on their listening and learning skills, there will be a fun quiz, £1 per entry
set around this historic event and the prize will be a book on the battle for the winner.

Prior booking only. Tickets are £5.00 each (children £2.50) and
bookings should be made before 12th June. ‘Phone Lesley on 33718, or email to secure your place.

This is a fund raising event for North Cheriton Village Hall. All proceeds will be put towards the continuing renovation and future running of the Hall.

Bank Holiday Barbeque and Quiz at the Half

signpost2There will be a traditional pub quiz at the Half Moon on Bank Holiday Sunday. Usual rules -teams of 4-ish, the more the merrier. start.

The Quiz follows a cricket match against the Tabard Pilgrims from Chiswick, West London. Spectators welcome from 2.30. These matches normally run to a thrilling , nail-biting finish at around 7 pm.

There is a barbeque at the pub afterwards, to which everyone is welcome.

Horsington will jump to Bertie’s Big Band

signpost2Saturday 9 May will be very special in Horsington. In order to celebrate and remember VE day, when hostilities ceased in the Europe in WW2 ,John Samson and the Half Moon are putting on a special music night featuring BERTIE’S BIG BAND – The South West’s foremost big band, plus many other entertainments, starting from 5 pm

Bertie's Big Band
Bertie’s Big Band

Every performance by Berties Big Band is a feast of entertainment and fun. Audiences are treated to the whole range of Big Band music from Glenn Miller right through to modern day arrangements.

This is a real coup for the village. Tickets are £10.00 on the door or £8.00 if you book in advance at the Half Moon before May 7.

The Band plays from 8 pm, but there will also be supporting musical acts throughout the day. Andrew Tarling will be putting on a Barbecue and some special beers.

A great opportunity to have some fun, and get over the election results gloom!

Profits from the evening will go to the Horsington and South Cheriton defibrillator project

May Diary

Regular activities (Village Hall unless stated).
Mondays         Pilates 6pm
Tuesdays         Upholstery 10.30 am , Badminton 8pm,
Wednesdays  Adult tap dancing 10.00 am
Thursdays      Art 10.00
Fridays            Art 10.00

Other Events

Mon 4th       Ladies Lunch Group (Note TEA not lunch)  Cole Manor tea Rooms
Tues 5th       North Cheriton Gardener’s Society Discount evening Castle gardens
Wed 6th       Music Night Half Moon Inn 8.45 pm
Thurs 7th    Wincanton Race evening meeting. Wincanton Racecourse 4 – 8.20 pm
Sat 9th           Badminton Horse Trials Cross-country day. Coach Trip. Tel. Alison 370990
Sat 9th           V.E.Day celebration. Half Moon Inn, Horsington 5-10.30pm
Tues 12th     Wincanton Races . Ladies day. Wincanton Racecourse 12 – 5.05pm
Wed 13th       Pins and Needles. Springfield, Horsington Marsh 2pm Tel.371215
Thurs 14th     Parish Council Meeting Village Hall 7.30pm
Fri 15th          W.I 90th Birthday party Village Hall 7.30pm
Fri 15th          Renewable Energy Talk by Chris Maltin St John’s Church 7.30pm
Sun 17th         Wincanton Choral Society Wincanton Sports Hall 7.30pm
Tues 19th      Film “The Book Thief” King Arthur’s School 7.30pm
Sun 24th        Cricket against the Tabard Pilgrims CC, cricket ground 2.30pm
                         Barbeque, followed by Quiz at the Half Moon

St John’s Church services

3rd May         9.15am Holy Communion with Sunday School
10th May Morning Prayer
17th May        9.15am Holy Communion
24th May       Pentecost  8.30am Holy Communion (BCP)
31st May        Trinity Sunday United Service in Henstridge Church 10.30am

April Diary

Regular activities (Village Hall unless stated).
Mondays         Pilates 6pm
Tuesdays         Upholstery 10.30 am , Badminton 8pm,
Wednesdays  Adult tap dancing 10.00 am
Thursdays      Art 10.00
Fridays            Art 10.00

Other Events

Wed 1st        Music Night  Half Moon Inn 8.45pm
Wed 1st        Wincanton Races.  First race 2.20pm
Thurs 2nd   W.I   Mrs Margaret Harper: fused glass jewellery Village Hall 7.30pm
Wed 8th       Pins and Needles. Springfield, Horsington Marsh 2pm Tel.371215
Wed 8th       Milborne Port Opera “Spring Fate” until Saturday 11th 7.30pm More . . .
Thurs 9th     Parish Council Meeting Village Hall 7.30pm
Mon 13th       Ladies Lunch Group  Three Horseshoes, Batcombe
Tues 14th       North Cheriton Gardener’s Society
Sat 19th         Wincanton Races. Children’s Day from 1100am
Wed 22nd     Film “The Lady” King Arthur’s School

St John’s Church services

2nd April          Maundy Thursday 7.30pm Holy Communion at Templecombe
3rd April          Good Friday 7.30pm: a Service of Hymns and Readings
5th April           Easter Sunday 9.15am Holy Communion with Sunday School
12th April Morning Prayer
19th April        9.15am Holy Communion
26th April        8.30am Holy Communion (BCP)

Engage brains – Easter Sunday Pub Quiz at the Half Moon


The traditional Half Moon Inn Easter Holiday Quiz will be held on Easter Sunday, 5th April, at 8pm. Usual format. Teams of 4 -ish. Leave your mobiles at home.
This Easter the quiz will be set by Andrew Tarling, who has recently returned from a weekend in the Baltic. Better mug up on Latvian mythology, pop charts and football results!.

Security lecture will set the scene for Deverill talk

Mark Sedwill
Mark Sedwill

A talk by senior Home office official Mark Sedwill at 3 pm on Sunday 22 March at Fifehead Magdalen Church will provide a useful companion to the talk on recent developments in the Middle East by Brigadier John Deverell  a few days later in Horsington. Mark Sedwill is the current Permanent Secretary to the Home Office and was previously Ambassador to Afghanistan and Senior UN Civilian Representative. The talk will be in aid of Church funds, and will be followed by refreshments.  For catering please confirm if you are able to attend either to 01258 821111 or by e-mail

Donations in aid of St Mary Magdalene Fifehead Church Funds


Mark took up the post of Permanent Secretary at the Home Office on 1 February 2013. He was previously Director General (political) at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office and the Prime Minister’s special representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Mark studied at St Andrews and Oxford universities before joining the Foreign & Commonwealth Office in 1989. His first overseas posting in 1991 was as a Second Secretary in Cairo, followed by First Secretary in Iraq, then in Nicosia. Subsequent positions are as follows:

  • Private Secretary to the Foreign Secretaries Robin Cook and Jack Straw in the run up to the 2003 Iraq invasion
  • Deputy High Commissioner to Pakistan, 2003 to 2006
  • Deputy Director for the Middle East and North Africa Department, 2006
  • International Director at the UK Border Agency up to 2008
  • Ambassador to Afghanistan, 2009
  • NATO Senior Civilian Representative to Afghanistan, 2010
  • Director General Afghanistan and Pakistan, 2010 to 2012, now expanded to include the rest of South Asia.

Get the inside story on the Middle East

Brigadier John Deverill
Brigadier John Deverill

If events in the Middle East are beyond your grasp, then come to Horsington Church on Friday 27 March.

Brigadier (retired) John Deverell CBE MPhil(Cantab) is giving a talk on “People and Events in the Middle East today”.

With 10 years’ experience in the Middle East as an army Officer,  a diplomat, and  as a businessman, Brigadier Deverell will talk about his experience of this most topical and complex region

He has enjoyed postings with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in Saudi Arabia, Jerusalem and Yemen.

In Iraq he was instrumental in disproving the pre-war intelligence on the weapons of mass destruction WMD) as the senior British officer in the Iraq Survey Group. He presented his findings on the TV programme Panorama.

In Libya he advised the Gaddafi regime on how they would benefit from giving up their WMD programmes.

In Yemen his work with local officials helped avoid war in the wake of 9/11.

In the Palestinian Territories he was the only British government servant to live and work full time.  He was at the forefront of US and British efforts to reform the Palestinian security sector as a basis for a Two-State Solution. In this role John worked alongside Quartet Representative Tony Blair and General Jim Jones, thereafter the U.S. National Security Adviser.

John has spent time in almost every Middle Eastern country and, since leaving the Army, continues to work in the region – most recently in Lebanon.

He now runs Deverell Associates, working with commercial companies to advise them on Enterprise Risk Management and crisis management at home and abroad. He summarises his work as being about “the Prepared Mind”.

The talk is at 7.30.

The proceeds from the talk will be divided between
UNWRA for Palestinian refugees – and Horsington Church
A donation of £8.00 is suggested and will include refreshments

contact: Rosemarie Wigley 01963 371478 or Jane Jones 01963 370562

There is a related talk the previous Sunday on National Security issues at Fifehead Magdalene Church by Senior Home Office man Mark Sedwill. See separate post– Ed

March Diary

Regular activities (village hall unless stated).
Mondays         Pilates 6pm
Tuesdays         Upholstery 10.30 am , Badminton 8pm,
Wednesdays  Adult tap dancing 10.00 am
Thursdays      Art 10.00
Fridays            Art 10.00

Other Events
Mon 2nd         Ladies Lunch Group  Stag’s Head, Yarlington
Wed 4th          Music Night  Half Moon Inn 8.45pm
Thurs 5th       W.I    Talk on Linen, flax and sailcloth by Mr Allwood. Village Hall 7.30pm
Thurs 5th Wincanton Races.  First race 2.20pm
Thurs 5th Men in General. Male voice ensemble. A Capella. Comedy. Great Songs. Charlton Horethorne Village Hall 7.30pm
Fri 6th Women’s World Day of Prayer. St Mary’s Church, Templecombe
Sat 8th Charity Quiz Night. White Horse, South Cheriton 7.30pm
Wed 11th Horsington Pins and Needles. Springfield, Horsington Marsh 2pm Tel.371215
Thurs 12th     Parish Council Meeting Village Hall 7.30pm
Thurs 12th Gardening talk by Charles Dowding. Sports and Social Club, Templecombe 7.30pm
Tues 17th       Film Mandela King Arthur’s School 7.30pm
Sat 21st Barn Dance in aid of Walk the Walk. Cucklington Village Hall 7.30-11pm
Sun 22nd Wincanton Races.  First race 2.20pm
Friday 27th Talk: People and Events in the Middle East Today by Brigadier John Deverill. Horsington Church 7.30  £8.00  More. . .

St John’s Church services

1st March           9.15am Holy Communion with Sunday School
8th March Morning Prayer with Baptism
15th March        9.15am Special Service for Mothering Sunday
22nd March        8.30am Holy Communion (BCP)
29th March        12.30pm Baptism

February Diary

Regular activities (village hall unless stated).
Mondays         Pilates 6pm
Tuesdays         Upholstery 10.30 am , Badminton 8pm,
Wednesdays  Adult tap dancing 6.15
Thursdays      Art 10.00
Fridays            Art 10.00

Other Events
Mon 2nd         Ladies Lunch Group  White Lion, Bourton
Wed 4th          Music Night  Half Moon Inn 8.45pm
Thurs 5th       W.I    Margaret Harper making Faced Glass Jewellery . Village Hall 7.30pm
Thurs 12th     Parish Council Meeting Village Hall 7.30pm
Sat 14th           Wincanton Races.  First race 1.20pm
Wed 18th      Film The Invisible Woman King Arthur’s School 7.30pm
Wed 25th      Wincanton Races.  First race 2.10pm

St John’s Church services

1st February           9.15am Holy Communion with Sunday School
8th February Morning Prayer
15th February        9.15am Holy Communion
18th February        7.30pm Holy Communion (Ash Wednesday)
22nd February       8.30am Holy Communion (BCP)