Best ever Horsington Open raises £781

44 players took to the field to battle it out for the coveted Claret Jug in the Horsington Open at Henstridge Golf Club on Saturday September 2nd. The weather was sunny and warm, the course beautifully prepared, and nothing could go wrong. And it didn’t.

The event raised £781, to be shared between St Margaret’s Hospice and Wincanton Live at Home, thanks to the generosity of the players, sponsors and prizegivers. The Open also received generous donations from potential competitors who were unable to play this time.

As usual the competition was stiff and the winning scores very close. Some very good golfers turned out and the Henstridge course, thought to be rather easy by the unknowing, served up several traps for the complacent, as demonstrated by the lost ball count – 40.

A special mention goes to the Ashford Family, whose team Wrong Direction played impeccably, but were beaten for honours by the handicap system. Elizabeth Ashford, aged 12 and playing off a handicap of 10(!) achieved the longest drive by a lady. Ron Ashford achieved the longest drive by a man, on the tricky  dog-legged 7th hole.

Edward Malcolm of Gnashers United achieved the Nearest the Pin prize with a spectacular shot on the short 8th hole, which was as close to a hole in one as it was possible to be.

Horsington Open Winner Jon Banfield collects the Claret Jug from organiser Richard Gaunt

The Overall Winner was Jon Banfield of the White Horse Wishfulls, which also won the team prize with 50 points. Jon achieved 26 stableford points off a handicap of 28. (Report to the handicap secretary -Ed).

The Claret Jug will now reside in the White Horse until the next competition. Go and check it out, Steve has got some decent beer in.

Second was Lynne Williams of the SLAGS (Sherborne Ladies Amateur Golfing Society, in case you wondered), with 23 points off a handicap of 19. The Sherborne ladies all played impeccably, and came second in the team competition, with 49 points

Third was Steve Penny from Henstridge A with 21 points off a handicap of 18. Henstridge A Team also came third, with 48 points. Steve also collected the lost ball lottery, correctly guessing 40 balls would be lost. Funny, he also walked off with this prize a week earlier at the Henstridge Open.

At the prizegiving at the Half Moon Mark Warren generously bid for the foursome at Woodbury Park. Exeter, kindly donated by Hunts Foodservice..

Many thanks to The White Horse, the Half Moon and Henstridge Golf Club for a very successful day and the best Horsington Open yet.

Full Results and Prize list
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Horsington Open 2017 – All the action

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Full Report
Final amount raised

Sean Riordan,Mark Warren,David Blake and Phil Warren of Hackers Galore
The SLAGS (Sherborne ladies Amateur Golfing Society): Sylvia Blackwell, Jenny Scarth, Carol-Anne Raisbeck and Lynn Williams
Teabags: John Scarf, Bryan Stringer, Martin Coulsey, Mike Davies
Peter Garbo, Neil Edwards, Ray Phillips and Richard Gaunt of The Beggars
George Wagland,Chris Bailward, Chris Ralston and Peter Gripper of the half Mooners
The Whippets: David Shephard, Anthony Ward,Peter Munro, Ken May
Andre Blond and Jon Banfield of the White Horse Wishfulls – winners of the team and individual competition
Horsington Open Winner Jon Banfield collects the Claret Jug from organiser Richard Gaunt

Round the World: Mark’s team Great Britain now in second place

Horsington’s  Mark Tucker is taking part in the Clipper Round the World Race, now in its 9th day.

The Round the World Fleet. Great Britiain is the Dark Blue boat in second place

The fleet is heading south in mid Atlantic, west of the Straits of Gibraltar. Mark’s boat, Great Britain, has stormed from 11th to second place, having taken a westerly course to pick up more wind, and is now pursuing the leader, Qingdao, out of sight but less 20 miles ahead.

So far there have been no major incidents (although one boat has put ashore for a crew injury), but the crews have been frantically busy with sail changes to meet the varying weather conditions which can change minute by minute.

Only 4750 miles or so to the finish of the first race in Punta d’Est in Uruguay. In a week’s time they will be near the equator and the dreaded doldrums, where fortunes can be reversed in the tricky light, or non-existent winds.

The GB team has played its “Joker”. Teams can do this one only during the entire race. It means that at the end of this leg, whatever points they score will be doubled, so there’s everything to play for

Conditions on board are tough, but the crew seem to be melding together, and their dramatic improvement in position will have raised their sprits enormously.

You can follow the race on the Clipper website. Each ship reports daily, with every crew member taking turns to write the diary. Mark has yet to make his debut.

Current position and chart. (In real time)
Crew diaries 

Mark is supporting  UNICEF, the Round the World Race official charity. You can donate to Mark’s cause by visiting his “Just Giving” page.

Only a week to the Horsington Open and you can still enter

Entries are flooding in for this year’s Charity HORSINGTON OPEN on Saturday 2nd September 2017 at Henstridge Golf & Leisure Centre.

There is still time to enter. All welcome. Why not form a team?

Full details are on the Horsington Blog .

This year you can enter on line and pay on the day. You are one click away!
Or you can pick up an entry form from our two village pubs, which are generously sponsoring the event – Horsington’s Half Moon, and South Cheriton’s White Horse. Also the Henstridge Golf Club.

You will enjoy an entertaining morning’s golf in aid of local charities – St Margaret’s Hospice, which has helped so many people in the village, and Wincanton Live at Home, which helps elderly people to lead independent lives at home.

If you would like to provide a competition or raffle prize it will be most gratefully received. Please contact Richard gaunt – or co-organiser David Blake –
Please enter – you are one click away!

McDonalds fines pensioner £100 for overstaying

Macdonalds can be bad for your financial Health

Richard Gaunt writes…
I have been charged for overstaying in a McDonalds car park on the A12 in Essex – £100! Outrageous. I have appealed both to McDonalds (I was in the “restaurant” the whole time), and MET Parking, who manage the car park.

It was a “free” car park. The owners claimed there were time limit and penalty notices displayed, but none of our party saw them. There were certainly none in the restaurant where we were seated for the duration of our visit.

Surely there was no contract between us? If I had seen the notice I would have observed the terms and conditions. Only a fool would agree to pay £100 to park there.

I am outraged and really want to fight this.

I appeal to the Blog’s readership – do I have a chance in court?

See the detailed letters to McDonalds and MET Parking

If any of m’learned friends are readers, perhaps they could post a comment.

In the meantime – Avoid MacDonalds!

Local advice surgery – Friday 11th August

Our two South Somerset District Councillors William Wallace and Hayward Burt are holding advice sessions on Friday 11th August.

The first one is at Holton Village Hall from 12.30-1 15 pm

The second is at Henstridge Village Hall from 1.30-2.15 pm

If you have local concerns about planning, roads, rubbish collection, or council policy generally, this is your chance to tackle them head on.

No appointment necessary, just turn up.

This is a great initiative. Your editor apologises for the short notice, but his in-tray is bulging and he’s away a lot. If more meetings are scheduled, we will put them in the diary in future -Ed

Valerie Pratt

Toni Salmonson writes. . .

I am very sad to tell you that Valerie Pratt, of Hearne Cottage, Horsington, died peacefully at home this morning, Sunday 6 August, at 9.40.  She had been suffering from motor neuron disease.  Please tell people who knew her who might not see this blog.  There will be a notice in the Blackmore Vale Magazine with details of the funeral arrangements.

We were very sorry to hear that Valerie has passed on. She was a formidable character and a much loved and respected resident of Horsington. We invite people who knew her well to post tibutes. Please contact -Ed

Horsington’s secret rock chick get a million hits on Spotify

Toby Butler and Liela Moss, who perform in the duo “Roman Remains”.

Liela Moss, who lives in Horsington House, has notched up considerable musical success with her duo Roman Remains’ song “Killing Moon”, which has received over 1 million hits on the music streaming website Spotify. The song was the title track in the Netflix hit series “13 Reasons Why”.

We realise many Blog readers, still tuned into the Home Service, will be mystified by this. Spotify and Netflix are  internet-based portals where you can listen to or watch anything at a click of a mouse. With the demise of high street record shops they are, along with Apples’s iTunes, the principal means of distributing music and video these days. One million hits is a hell of an achievement (the Blog get around 150!) Spotify is where musical reputations get made and broken.

Liela and her partner Toby, the other half of the duo, also perform in The Duke Spirit , a successful English Rock band which they co-founded. This has toured the UK and overseas for many years. They are possibly better-known in the USA, where they have  performed regularly on TV.

We think it’s rather good, and well worth a listen.

readers can listen here

Something else for Horsington to be proud of.

Meet Mark Tucker in the Half Moon on Friday 28 July

Mark Tucker, soon to depart on the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race, will be in the Half Moon Inn, Horsington, from 9 pm onwards on Friday 28th July. This will be one of his last appearances before he vanishes for a year, and this is an ideal opportunity for people to meet him, thank him for his service as a parish councillor, and wish him bon voyage.

See you there.

Get ready for the Horsington Open 2017

The Horsington Open is back, bigger and better, at a date and time which will be more convenient for many players.

This year’s competition will be played at Henstridge Golf Club on Saturday September 2nd 2017.

The 9-hole competition is in aid of local charities, and is open to all comers. Ladies and non-handicappers are welcome. Entry is just £15 per player, including green fees. Individuals and teams of 4.

The prize (as befits an “Open”) is a claret jug, plus many other prizes generously donated by local businesses.

The competition tees off just after 10 am. The prize giving will be held in the Half Moon, Horsington at 6.30 pm, when there will also be a charity raffle.

This competition is back after a year off in 2016. It provides an opportunity for players at all levels to get together for a fun day of golf and raise money for charity. The field normally includes some really good golfers, some desperately bad golfers, many ladies and several beginners.

The Half Moon, Horsington, has generously agreed to sponsor some prizes and to host the prize giving.  South Cheriton’s White Horse pub has volunteered its customary support, with players and prizes. Henstridge Golf Club have been generous and wonderful, as usual.

The easiest way to enter is to book on line  Pay on the day.

Or you can get an entry form  and more information from the Half Moon, the White Horse, or Henstridge Golf Club,  ALL WELCOME!

The competition is organised by Horsington’s Richard Gaunt and David and Tricia Blake.

Thanks to the estate of the late, celebrated cartoonist, HM Bateman for permission to use his cartoon in our poster. We will be offering one of his famous prints as a prize.

Download a poster

Re-live last the 2015 competition won by Tony Brodie, of Henstridge