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.

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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

Forget Ruby Tuesday – It’s Khymer Saturday

The Half Moon, famed for its legendary Tuesday curries is branching out into delicious Cambodian Food. The  successful Horsington-based business, KHYMER KITCHEN, which has been wowing them in Bruton and Wincanton with their pop-up restaurant during the summer is coming to Horsington’s Half Moon.

Make a note in your diary. Reserve a table. It’s a 3-course Cambodian Tasting Menu at only £25 a head. Saturday evening, 20th January 2018

Khymer Kitchen is the brainchild of Simon Allen and his Cambodian wife Neang. They write:

“Khmer Cuisine is the food of The Kingdom of Cambodia. If you were to imagine a cross between Thai, Vietnamese and French cuisine’s with influences from Southern India, Sri Lanka and Mainland China you might begin to imagine what’s in store for you.

Khmer Cuisine is less spicy than Thai food. The Khmer prefer their hot chilies on the side. Also the presence, for over a century, of French colonial rule has introduced aspects of French cuisine to the Khmer palette. The Khmer now have a hundred year old tradition of Baguette making, among other things.

At Khmer Kitchen we have taken a selection of the best loved Cambodian food and, without loosing authenticity, have expanded upon it to incorporate the kind of choice that British food lovers expect.

They include: Dumplings, Noodle Dishes and Soups, Curries, (Amok and Lok Lak etc), Salads, Khmer Baguette sandwiches, Rice flour Doughnuts, BBQ Chicken and Seafood, Fish and Chicken balls and tasty Vegan and Vegetarian options

Our fruit and vegetables and our meat and fish are sourced locally whenever possible and our chicken and eggs are free range. We grow many of our own herbs ourselves as these extraordinary Khmer flavors would not otherwise be available.

There will be some staple items like Dumplings and Noodle Soups and then new things that will change each week.  – All our food is prepared freshly which means sometimes it may take a little longer to reach you.  We hope you enjoy your meal.”

Here’s the deal:



Rice Flour Dumplings steamed and then Pan- fried – Crunchy on the outside soft and squigy on the inside and filled with: CHICKEN Sweet Onions & Khmer Chives,

Served with Sweet Chilli dipping sauce and two Asian Salads 

Chilled noodle salad, with thin rice noodles, mixed with jullienne of green & red and yellow Bell peppers, carrots, thin strips of white cabbage, cucumber and garnished with fresh corriander, mint, spring onions, roasted peanuts and roasted garlic, in a lemon and sesame oil dressing with:  CRISPY TEMPEH (Vegan).


Our own homemade spring rolls in a crispy pastry with Sweet Potatoe, Red Onions, Bean Sprouts and Khmer Chives. Served with a sweet Chilli dipping sauce. 


Cambodia’s National Dish – a Thick CHICKEN Creamy Coconut Curry made with Egg, Sweet Potatoes, Carrots, Peppers and Aubegine.

Served with Khmer Red Rice

Yellow Coconut FISH curry flavoured with Lemon Grass and Star Anise with Toasted Shallots Aubergines, Sweet Potato and Carrots Served with Black Sticky Rice

Egg Noodles, stir fried with vegetables, Bean Sprouts,

Khmer Chives and Egg and topped with CHICKEN.

Slow Cooked Lamb in cocunet and its own juices with a mixture of herbs and spices including Khmer Parsley. Served with Carrots and a side of Bean Sprouts, Khmer style

Served with Egg Noodles

Large bowl of Egg Noodles in broth with bean sporuts and salad leaves. Garnished with a hard boiled duck egg , Fresh Coriander and mint and peanuts and crispy red – With Fish Balls

French Beans in Oyster Sauce
Mange Tout in Ginger Soy Sauce
Neang’s Garlic and Chilly Pickle


Literally ‘Bracelet Cake’ – What we would know as Donuts but made with Rice flour and glazed in crunchy caramel topped with white and black sesame seeds and Ginger Cordial

Frozen Bananas and Mango covered in Organic Vegan dark chocolate.

All for an incredible £25.00 per head. When reserving please mention any allergies you may have


Saturday evening, 20th January 2018
To reserve – call the Half Moon on  01963 370140.

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


Sat 3rd Village Hall Dinner.                                       John Macdonald 370444 Postponed
Mon 5th Ladies Pub Lunch.  Black Dog, Chilmark Lunch
Tues 6th Blackmore Vale U3A.  Life of a TV Cameraman on location. Henstridge Village Hall 2.30pm
Wed 7th  Music Night at the Half Moon 8.30pm

Thurs 8th

Parish Council Meeting 7.30pm

Thurs 8th

WhereWestBegins  Film: Suffragette.  followed by a panel on Women’s leadership in our Community.        Wincanton Town Hall 6.30 – 9.30pm
Sat 10th Film: Breathe  Milborne Port Village Hall 7.30pm
Sat 10th National Trust Association.  Talk by Emily Utgren on the Remarkable Trees at Stourhead.  Digby Hall, Sherborne 2.30pm
Thurs 15th W.I Joint Meeting with North Cheriton.  North Cheriton Village Hall                              Jackie Pine 01963 370713 7.30pm
Fri 30th Wincanton Museum and History Society .  A talk by Derek Hudson on a momentous marriage between an African Chief and a white Englishwoman. Wincanton Memorial Hall 7.30pm
St John’s Church Services
4th March Holy Communion with Sunday School amd baptisms. 9.15am
11th March Morning Prayer. 11.00 am
18th March Holy Communion 9.15am
25th March Holy Communion 8.30am
30th March Last Hour at the Cross 2.00pm
Churchwardens Anne Jones 370626
Rosemarie Wigley 371478