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Two lovely kittens available

Two lovely new kittens will be available in a few weeks to a caring home. Owner Susan Maltin would prefer the two ginger pussies, believed to be male, to go to the same home as a pair. They are delightful.

Contact Susan on 01963 371400

Defibrillator action

At approx 10 am on Sunday 8 January a call was received on the village Emergency telephone system and our responder Kev Wigley responded to a person who had collapsed at Templecombe church. They took the defibrillator and arrived at the same time as the paramedics so in fact the defibrillator was not deployed.

It is reassuring to know the system works, and that all the team’s hard work and dedication ensured an efficient and professional attendance.


Paul Mann Funeral address

Paul Mann

Paul’s funeral was on Tuesday 10th January. The church was packed  for a very moving service given by Peter Hallett, with tributes and music from family and friends. Paul’s testimony was surely the large number of people who turned up to say farewell. The text of the tribute to Paul Mann is available here.

Afterwards in the Half Moon, his favourite pub, there was a toast to Paul and a heartfelt rendition of “Always look on the Bright side of life”.

Last week was not a good week for funerals. The village also said goodbye to Elfriede Scharf and Bob McCreery.

Elfriede’s Funeral – 11 January

There will be a Requiem Mass for Elfriede at the Church of St Luke and St Teresa, South St., Wincanton on Wednesday 11 January at 12 noon.

She wasn’t a Catholic but went to Christmas and Easter Mass with Toni and Father Louis knew her well.  She will be buried in Horsington Cemetery immediately after the Mass and there’ll be a buffet lunch in St Margaret’s Hall.

People will be welcome to attend the burial but may go straight to the hall after the service if they prefer.  The caterers will be ready.

January Diary

Regular activities (Village Hall unless stated).

Monday Pilates 6pm
Tuesday Upholstery 10.30am
Badminton 8 pm
Wednesday Adult Tap dancing 10am
Thursday Art 10am
Friday Art 10am
Saturday Free

Other activities

Tues 3rd U3A Down the Amazon. Henstridge VH 2.30pm
Wed 4th Music Night – Half Moon Inn 8.30pm
Sat 7th Blackmore Vale and Yeovil National Trust Association. Mark Sedwill, Home Office – Keeping People Safe. Digby hall, Sherborne 2.30pm
Mon 9th Ladies Lunch Group. King’s Arms, East Stour Lunch
Thurs 12th  Parish Council Meeting 7.30pm
Thurs 19th  Pantomime. Charlton Horethorne Village Hall 7.30pm
Fri 27th  Wincanton Museum & History Society. Ed Highnam – Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance 7.30pm
St John’s Church Services
1st January Benefice United Service 10.30am
8th January Morning Prayer 11 am
15th January Holy Communion 9.15am
22nd January Holy Communion BCP  8.30am
29th January Benefice United Service. Templecombe Parish Church  10.30am
Churchwardens Anne Jones 370626
Rosemarie Wigley 371478

Paul Mann Funeral

The funeral of Paul Mann will be held in St John’s Church, Horsington, at 1.30 pm on Tuesday 10th January 2017.

The Half Moon Inn will be open afterwards to enable friends to share their memories of Paul. Refreshments will be served.

There will be an opportunity to make donations in memory of Paul, and details will be announced  later.

Bob McCreery

More sad news. Bob Mcreery, the successful horse breeder and former champion amateur jockey has passed away.

The Blog would welcome a contribution from anyone who knew him well enough to contribute an appreciation of his life. Contact the editor –

2016 ends on a sad note

The year 2016 ends with some very bad news, alas. We have lost some  very important and highly valued people.

The Blog is very sad to report the death of Horsington resident Paul Mann on the night of 26th December, a few days after his 62nd birthday. Paul put up a brave fight against cancer, which was diagnosed too late to do anything about it. What makes it even sadder that that his wife Belinda, to whom we offer sincere and heartfelt condolences, was given the “all clear” after some grueling treatment just a few months before Paul himself was diagnosed. Paul’s own diagnosis and treatment raises some serious questions about local  healthcare, which we will return to later.

Paul Mann.
Paul Mann at the wheel of his beloved Mercedes
Paul Mann and John Macdonald at the Horsington Open

Paul was a much loved, husband, father and friend, and will be badly missed by all who knew him. His kindness, tolerance, generosity and understanding were legendary. He worked and played hard, he was fun, articulate, warm, a devoted fan of rock music and good ale, a generous host and a dutiful son.

Paul was a real “village man”, a stalwart of the pubs, and a supporter of many local  activities. We are sure the entire community in South Cheriton and Horsington will send their deepest sympathies to Belinda, Jemima, Guy and Charlie at this difficult time. And his many friends will mourn his passing. He will be missed for a long time.

Paul’s funeral will be held in Horsington. More details when we get them -Ed

Another sad departure was long term Horsington Marsh resident Elfreide Scharfe who died in her 88th year early in December, following a spell in hospital. She refused treatment.

Elfriede Scharfe being interviwed for the Horsington Jubilee video

An 11-year old refugee who escaped the Nazis in September 1939 on the Kindertransport, Elfreide went on to become a highly qualified and celebrated nurse and carer for others. She progressed from a SRN to Ward Sister in London, and then Matron of the Wincanton Memorial Hospital following her move to Horsington in 1972.

She was also a stalwart of the local community and a supporter of many local clubs and societies.

In a profile of her in the “Villager Magazine”, published in May 2013 she was described as “generous of spirit. . . with courage, determination and positive resolve”.

The Blog sends its sincere condolences to Toni, and Elfriede’s many friends

Talking of which, we must also mention Elfriede’s close neighbor Valerie Pratt, who has been in Hospital for a few weeks. We send her our best wishes, and hope she returns soon.

This is an updated version of a previous post -Ed