Horsington tickled pink in national Parish competition

Residents of Horsington and South Cheriton stand to gain substantial benefits if the Parish, currently shortlisted for the L’Oreally Parish of the Year Competition, is successful in the finals.

The competition, sponsored by the famous French/Irish cosmetics company, is for the parish in the UK which best exemplifies civic virtues, is attractive and well-kept, has a pub (we have two), a pond, a blog, and has every front door painted in the colour of the sponsor’s latest lipstick colour ” Cauchemar Cerise”.
A typical workman’s cottage in Horsington, showing the attractive front door colour.

The prizewinning village will trouser a prize of EUR 50,000, to be spent on a civil project to be decided by the  parish council.

But it gets better. If, in a second referendum on Brexit, the village votes to remain in the EU, there will be:

Annual income of EUR 25,000 per resident household, tax free.

A free pony for every child

A charter flight every year to visit Horsington’s twin town in the wine-making district of Haut Cotes de Poubelles  in the Rhone area.

A big Christmas party with champagne and an Irish band

A wine allowance for every resident, to be served in either the White Horse or the Half Moon.

A new cricket pavilion

A car and a tax-free allowance for the editor of the village news medium (of course, this means the Blog -Ed).

Free repainting of every front door in the latest lipstick colour every 6 months.

The Blog has learned that the panel of judges will be visiting Horsington and South Cheriton on Saturday April 1st, and everyone is asked to be on best behaviour, smile at strangers, not put washing out or beat carpets, and keep car washing to an absolute minimum.

Come on everyone, we can do it! Your editor needs a new car! Ed


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

Mon 3rd Ladies Lunch Group. Three Horseshoes, Batcombe Lunch
Wed 5th Music Night, Half Moon Inn 8.30pm
Thurs 13th  Annual Parish meeting and Parish Council Meeting 7.30pm

Wed 19th – Sat 22nd

Milborne Port Opera Into the Woods Milborne Port Village Hall 7.30pm
Wed 19th W.I – Teaching in Kathmandu. North Cheriton Village Hall 7.30pm
Fri 28th Wincanton History SocietySailing a Brixham Trawler from Cape Town to Acapulco. Memorial Hall, Wincanton 7.30pm
Sat 29th Moviola A United Kingdom Milborne Port Village Hall 7.30pm
St John’s Church Services
2nd April Holy Communion with Sunday School 9.15am
9th April Morning Prayer 11 am
16th April Easter Sunday – Holy Communion 9.15am
23rd April Holy Communion BCP  8.30am
Churchwardens Anne Jones 370626
Rosemarie Wigley 371478

Under Milk Wood

Prepare yourselves for an evening of music, laughter and pathos as familiar and new faces from Shaftesbury Arts Centre portray the ghoulish, scabrous humour and eroticism of Dylan Thomas’s radio play. The Rabelaisian romp will be fully staged and costumed and runs nightly at 7.30pm from 25th-29th April. There is a well stocked licensed bar and drinks can be taken into the auditorium in plastic containers. Hot drinks and ice creams are also for sale.

See Horsington’s own Chris Bailward multi-tasking as love-lorn draper Mog Edwards, serial spouse Mr Waldo and PC Attila Rees.

Don’t miss it.

Book now at http://shaftesburyartscentre.savoysystems.co.uk/ or telephone the Box Office 01747 854321

Win a pair of Gins in our Withnail competition

Withnail and I plays at Wincanton Town Hall on April 8th.

Blog readers can win a free drink of Gin or Cider at the screening of “Withnail & I” at Wincanton Town hall on Saturday 8th April. The film is accompanied by a talk by the Actor Scott Handy (who also doubles as head of drama at Eton). Oooh- Ed

He will talk about how “Withnail & I” is a peculiarly British film that has shadowed his professional life, from encounters with “I” and “Uncle Monty” to his choice of drama school, and working with the original “Withnail” who inspired writer and director Bruce Robinson.

The lucky winner of the competition gets a pair of free gin and ciders (ice in the cider optional) at the screening to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of Withnail & I on at Wincanton Town Hall (First Floor) on Saturday 8 April at 6.30pm.  

In order you win, you have to

Buy a pair of tickets to the screening at http://wherewestbegins.org.uk £8.00 (or £4.00 concessions)
Email  us with your nomination for the film you’d like to see again at Wincanton Town Hall best film of all time.

There are many other exciting events on offer at local venues – Wincanton Town Hall, Hauser & Wirth, Bruton, and the newly re-developed Westlands Centre in Yeovil See the website for details.

Horsington Open Golf Competition – save the date – 2nd September

The fourth Horsington Open Golf Competition will be held on Saturday 2nd September 2017 at Henstridge Golf Club.

Keep the date free’

Full details and entry forms will be available nearer the time. Start practicing your swings!

Urgent: Sheep missing from Horsington Marsh

Penny Nagle reports: We have lost five sheep overnight – 3 black face, 2 white face from Felthams Farm on Horsington Marsh.  If anyone finds them please text Penny on 07768 832954.  Thank you!

We hope this is nothing more sinister than a combination of adventurous sheep and insecure fencing -Ed

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