Cuckoo’s back

Mrs Badger Writes. . .

Dear Mr Editor,

May I once again claim the hospitality of your esteemed blog to report that I heard the first cuckoo of the summer whilst walking my dog Winkle on the marsh.

The time was precisely 10.55 this morning, Saturday 21 st April.

This has put a spring in my step, and I hope it does the same for you, as the Blog has been very quiet these past few months.

Yours ever,

Amelia Badger (Mrs)

MPO show opens to rave review


Richard Gaunt and Oscar Shave step out in “Murder at Shakerley House”

What the “Fine Times Recorder” said about the MPO’s double bill, playing until Saturday 7th April at the Milborne Port Village Hall.

“Two of the silliest musical tales ever put on stage get a rousing, vivacious and thoroughly enjoyable performance by Milborne Port Opera”

Trial by Jury is “a delight from start to finish.”

Murder at Shakerley House is “all very silly and very funny”.

“Hats off to MPO for a double-bill of musical delight.”

Read the full review here

Book your tickets at Just a couple of clicks away from a delightful evening.

Trial By Jury – a delightful musical gem.

April 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 4th Milborne Port Opera. Trial by Jury and The Murder at Shakerley House.   Milborne Port Village Hall 7.30pm
Wed 4th Music Night at the Half Moon 8.00pm
Thurs 5th Milborne Port Opera 7.30pm
Thurs 5th  W.I.  Donkeys, dolphins, foxes and fish. Kevin Little 7.30pm

Fri 6th

Milborne Port Opera 7.30pm

Sat 7th

Milborne Port Opera 7.30pm
Mon 9th Ladies Pub lunch. Manor House, Ditcheat Lunch
Thurs 12th Annual Parish meeting followed by Parish Council Meeting.  All welcome. 7.30pm
Thurs 12th  Parish Council Meeting 7.30pm
Fri 13th Moviola Film: The Mountain between us. Milborne Port Village Hall 7.30pm
Sat 21st Where West Begins Film: King Kong (1933) Westlands Leisure Centre with animation workshop by Jim Parkyn (Aardman animation) 3.00-5.00pm
Sat 21st Film: Journey’s End (2017) Westlands Leisure Centre followed by Q&A with Producer Guy de Beaujeu 6.30-9.00pm
Fri 13th Film: Whatever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962) Wincanton Town Hall followed by mentoring workshop with Lynne Franks 7.00-9.30pm
Fri  27th Wincanton Museum and History Society .  Mothers, mistresses, wives and Queens. Women of consequence in the 12th century a talk by Brian Garton.  Wincanton Memorial Hall 7.00pm
St John’s Church Services
1st April Easter Sunday Holy Communion with Sunday School 9.15am
8th April Morning Prayer. 11.00 am
15th April Holy Communion 9.15am
22nd April Holy Communion 8.30am
29th April United Service. Holy Communion Milborne Port 10.30am
Churchwardens Anne Jones 370626
Rosemarie Wigley 371478


MPO show is the week after Easter

“Trial by Jury” Dress rehearsal. Photo by Paul Gumbrell, Milborne Port

It’s not too late to book tickets for the Milborne Port Opera’s double bill – G& S’s “Trial by Jury” and Neil Edwards “The Murder at Shakerley House”

The show runs from the 4-th-7th April at the Milborne Port village hall.

The Half Moon is organising a coach party on Thursday April  5th. Contact Andrew Tarling 01963370140 or

Or book direct on Very simple and painless booking process.

More here:


MPO to stage a comedy double bill after Easter

Milborne Port Opera is staging a musical comedy double Bill at the Milborne Port Village Hall from April 4th-7th – the week after Easter.

Gilbert and Sullivan’s Trial by Jury needs little introduction: a musically brilliant courtroom skit featuring a prosecution for Breach of Promise of Marriage. With a none-too-innocent blushing bride, a philandering fiancé, a judge with an eye for the ladies, and a decidedly biased jury, the stage is set for legal mayhem!

More mayhem is in store in their second mini-opera, this time of a murderous nature.  Murder at Shakerley House was created by Neil Edwards in 2010 as a full-length operetta; a 15-minute version was performed at The Giant Coarse Acting Festival at the Questors Theatre, Ealing, last November, where MPO was awarded the coveted prize for Best Production by chief judge Timothy West. Now Milborne Port audiences have the chance to see a one-act version, performed in our inimitable Coarse Acting style: When Opera goes Wrong!

Chris Bailward

The cast includes Horsington residents Chris Bailward and Richard Gaunt (a 3-time winner of the Coarse Acting Competition).

Performances are at Milborne Port Village Hall, 4th – 7th April 2018 at 7.30 p.m.

Tickets £12.00, concessions (Weds only) £10.00, available from Wayne’s Butchers, or online from or the Milborne Port Opera Facebook page.

The Half Moon is organising a coach party on  Thursday 5th. Tickets available at the Bar. Let Andrew know if you wish to come.

The Milborne Port Opera’s players welcome you to an evening of great entertainment. Book now!

Village Hall supper

For all sorts of good reasons lots of people in the two villages are unable to come to the biennial fund-raising supper on 3rd March so the Village Hall Committee have decided to postpone the event until later in the year.  Apologies to, and commiserations with, those who have already said they would attend but, hopefully, you’ll be able to make the re-arranged date.

This is a useful source of income for the Village Hall so a good attendance is important.  Please try to come to the event: it’s a great opportunity to meet new people, see old friends and have a relaxed and enjoyable evening.

Village Hall supper

St Margaret’s Hall Committee will be holding it’s popular Village Hall fundraising supper on the evening of 3rd March 2018. Since the date is the nearest to St. David’s Day, there will be a Welsh theme.

Grab a Golden opportunity to meet new people in the villages of Horsington and South Cheriton or reacquaint yourself with old friends.

A ticket costs £15 a head for three courses. Please bring your own bottle(s)

Book your seat at the table with John Macdonald on 01963 370444. Tickets are available now.

Meeting with Police

Are you concerned about policing in the area?

Come and talk with your local bobbies and other interested parties at the Wincanton Rural North and South PACT meeting at Ansford Academy main Hall, Castle Cary on Tuesday 20th February between 7 and 9 pm.

Get Involved: the world is run by those that show up

Films for the curious at Bruton

There are  two great film events coming up as part of a new exhibition at Hauser & Wirth Somerset :  (Bruton)

The Levelling – Saturday 27 January – 4-6pm –  A drama about the Somerset floods, with a showcase of short films from the Harvest Film Festival screened before the main feature.  Mark Kermode gave The Levelling five stars and called it “A tremendous debut” for writer/director Hope Dickson Leach.

Buy tickets here :

Watership Down – Saturday 3 February – 10-12pmFamily Saturday – Based on Richard Adams’ acclaimed novel, Martin Rosen’s animated film tells of the adventures of Hazel (voiced by John Hurt), Fiver (Richard Briers) and a group of rabbits in search of a new warren.

Following the screening, families can take part in creative activities inspired by the themes of the film, including making rabbit shadow puppets.

A free event – but mail to ensure a place (there are only 60 and it’s already popular

WhereWestBegins have other events coming up over the half term: Charlie Chaplin and circus skills at Port Regis school; Studio Ghibli’s The Red Turtle with Workshop at Bootmakers in Wincanton; The Wizard of Oz with a dance workshop from Just Dance; West Side Story with a dance workshop from Lexy Robertson).

During March there are a number of film events celebrating 100 Years of Suffrage and  Women’s Leadership in the Community with Lynne Franks and the Power Of Women.

All welcome

More details at