Situation vacant: pub quiz team

A vacancy has arisen for a talented, knowledgeable, well-read, erudite polymath of any gender to join an established pub quiz team for Sunday night competitions in Milborne Port, following the impeding departure of the present incumbent on a year-long yacht cruise.

A working knowledge of the celebrity sections of the tabloid press and modern pop music would be a distinct advantage, since the existing team members are devoid of talent in this area.

This team came within a gnat’s whisker of winning the £135 jackpot in last week’s quiz.  This could be your big chance.

Apply to the editor in confidence –

We are delighted to report that someone has come forward, but we can still accommodate 1 more. Don’t be shy. -Ed

Horsington’s Mark is ready for it – whatever it is!

Mark Tucker on Great Britain. Note the size of the fearsome steel shroud he is hanging on to.

Horsington parish councillor, diver, Glastonbury entrepreneur, pub quizzer, and now – sailor – MARK TUCKER is about to embark on a trans global adventure as part of the Great Britain Team in the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race.

This is one of the toughest endurance challenges on the planet. At 40,000 nautical miles long and taking almost a year to complete, it consists of twelve teams competing against each other on the world’s largest matched fleet of 70-foot ocean racing yachts.

There are 712 crew, representing 41 different nationalities. Crew can choose the entire race or one or more of its eight legs, but our Mark has signed up for the entire 11-month trip. He has been appointed a coxwain.

The Race sets sail on Sunday 20 August from Liverpool’s Albert Dock, and the route takes in Uruguay,  South Africa, Australia, Tasmania, China, The USA, the Panama Canal and Ireland, returning to Liverpool in July 2018.

Sleeping quarters on Great Britain. Not that you will get any any.

The Blog had an exclusive preview of Great Britain in dock at Gosport. It’s a spartan, cramped, comfortless sardine tin housing 22 people (half of whom will be on deck, so they will be “hot bunking”) with no privacy, alcohol, heating (or cooling). Take a good supply of wet wipes Mark, because there will be no showers until you reach port. Each leg takes between 4-6 weeks.

On deck, there’s precious little shelter. The sails, which must be constantly changed and trimmed according to conditions, weigh a ton. They also occupy a third of the accommodation below deck. The ropes are huge, the winches fearsome and the steel shrouds, which hold the rigging together, are bar-tight and would support a cable-car.

Mark in the gelley. Imagine an operating angle of 45 degrees at sea

The whole machine will slice through the waves at about 14 knots, the speed of a cruising merchant ship. They will encounter extremes of everything – hot-cold, wind-calm, elation-depression, confidence-fear. They will become very, very tired. And smelly.

Mark has decided to support UNICEF, the Round the World Race official charity. He writes:

“In a few weeks’ time, I’ll be stepping onto a 70 foot racing yacht and won’t set foot again on UK soil for over 11 months and having covered 40,000 miles of ocean. It’s going to be awesome but it’s also going to be tough, it’s going to be cold and it’s going to be uncomfortable.

“Children around the world live their whole lives in much tougher, harsher and more uncomfortable environments however – UNICEF are working in the UK and around the globe to improve living, health and educational conditions and I’d be overjoyed if you’d find it in your hearts to make a small donation to help make someone’s life just a little easier.”

You can donate to Mark’s cause by visiting his “Just Giving” page

£850 has been raised so far. Come on Horsington! We have something and someone to be very proud of.

Note: money raised will go straight to the charity, Mark is funding his own expenses. Ed

Marcus at Felthams Farm shortlisted for cheese award

Marcus Fergusson with a batch of Renegade Monk cheese.

Vote for Feltham’s Farm in the Great British Cheese Awards 2017

Blog readers and cheese fans are being urged to vote for Feltham’s Farm in Horsington, which has been shortlisted in the 2017 Great British Cheese Awards in two categories – Best Artisan Cheese and Best Soft Cheese for its Renegade Monk cheese.  The Great British Cheese Awards recognise, promote and reward excellence in the artisan cheese industry, dominated by small, independent cheese makers.

Renegade Monk is a soft blue cheese, rind washed in ale from Frome’s Milk Street Brewery, and made using organic pasteurised cow’s milk from Bruton Dairy.   It is one of twelve shortlisted cheeses in each category out of 500 nominated cheeses by the public nationwide. No other cheese award gives the general public such a large voice in choosing the winners.

The Great British Cheese Awards don’t rely on tastings by a panel of judges but instead bring together hundreds of thousands of people online.

You can vote online for Feltham’s Farm’s Renegade Monk until 12th August at

Marcus Fergusson, Cheese maker at Feltham’s Farm says “We could only have managed this with the wonderful partners and retailers  who have supported us from the start  The Great British Cheese Awards are exciting for us because they are voted for solely by the public .  If we win the cheese will get national recognition and we can expand our business”.

You can buy Renegade Monk from the Village shop in Charlton Horethorne. Please buy some and vote -Ed.

Meet Gainsborough the musician in Horsington church

Tomas Gainsborough was also a gifted musician

Horsington Church is staging a concert on Sunday July 16th with an interesting and unusual theme – Thomas Gainsborough’s Musical Friends.

Thomas Gainsborough was an accomplished musician as well as an artist, and painted many of his musical friends and acquaintances, including Charles Frederick Abel, John Christian Bach, John Stanley and members of the Linley family. He played the violin and the harpsichord but had a particular affection for the viola da gamba or bass viol and the lute, then both rare instruments.

Local musician Janet Coles, an accomplished and well-known cellist, is joined by David Jewel on the Flute and John Davenport on the Spinet (an 18th Century harpsichord) to play a selection of music which would have been enjoyed and played by Gainsborough and his chums.

Readers may recall one of Janet’s earlier concerts, a musical exploration of the life of Parson Woodford. This time the audience will be spared a ham actor impersonating the venerable subject, and instead will see a slide show illustrating aspects of Gainsborough and his life.

A delicious cream tea will follow.

Sunday 16th July, 3pm
St John’s Church, Horsington
Suggested donation £8.00, in aid of church funds.

About Thomas Gainsborough (Wikipedia)

Thomas Gainsborough FRSA (14 May 1727 (baptised) – 2 August 1788) was an English portrait and landscape painter, draughtsman, and printmaker. He surpassed his rival Sir Joshua Reynolds to become the dominant British portraitist of the second half of the 18th century. He painted quickly, and the works of his maturity are characterised by a light palette and easy strokes. He preferred landscapes to portraits, and is credited (with Richard Wilson) as the originator of the 18th-century British landscape school. Gainsborough was a founding member of the Royal Academy.

Get the de-mob suit out – its the Blackmore Vale Revival


The very successful Blackmore Vale Revival – a classic vehicle and vintage show, will this year be held on Saturday 1 July 2017 at Henstridge Airfield. Last year this exciting event helped raise over £5000 for CliC  Sargent, Future Roots and the Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance plus many other local charities. This year more local charities and good causes are included.

The organisers are  expecting over 250 classic and vintage cars and a number of vintage commercial and military vehicles. There will be a fly past of one of the last remaining WW2 Lancaster Bombers and a Swordfish together with a group of WildCat Helicopters.

You can take a 20min helicopter flight around the local area for a small fee.

A new addition is a model railway exhibition by kind permission of the Mere Model Railway Group led by Tom Snook. This will include a large trade stand of Model Railway equipment and literature. This promises to be a knockout as it will take up the whole area of one of the buildings in the centre of the arena.

Classic cars and vintage planes

The 2017 event will have more trade stalls,more vehicles, more entertainment (including an enormous Bouncy Castle and Steve Burrows’ circus skills for children)

If you prefer a more relaxed afternoon, there is lots of live music to suit everyone of all ages in the Beer Tent.

There will also be a prize for the best dressed person in vintage dress (judged this year by the ex BBC Blue Peter presenter Valerie Singleton) and a host of raffle prizes including a fantastic cake in the design of an Austin Healey 3000 classic car.

For more information please go to our website –

Put the date in your diaries – July 1st at Henstridge Airfield

Horsington play area – The Parish Council reports.

Written by Angela Clayton on behalf of the Parish Council…

.“The Horsington play area is inspected every year by an independent inspector for health & safety and insurance purposes.This year several pieces of equipment were found to be unsafe and beyond repair.

They will have to be removed immediately.

The Parish Council have limited funds to replace and repair existing apparatus but will be reviewing and considering how to manage the play area in the longer term.We will provide more information and issue regular updates throughout this financial year.

We have removed the main multi play unit from the play area, the PC have taken this action  to ensure the safety of the children on the play equipment.”



Election crisis: Winterborne speaks

Winterborne Longjohns

The Blog’s exclusive racing correspondent Winterborne Longjohns has send us a dispatch from somewhere in France . . . 

After a disastrous Derby having incurred large losses laying the winner to a fellow house guest at 40/1, Winterborne has temporarily fled his home stable for sanctuary in France until after the election and a new Government having hopefully been formed. He has a strong financial interest in Boris being installed as our next Prime Minister and really hopes this will come to pass sooner rather than later . Any price above 5/1 should be taken whilst it is still available. Meanwhile his (Winterborne’s, not Boris’s -Ed) followers are reminded that it is also Royal Ascot where there will be further opportunities to follow Dame Fortune next week.

You need to keep up. I doubt whether you will get 5/1 anywhere. You should have taken our advice yesterday and had Boris at 5/2. The odds have now halved to 9/4, and it looks like the bandwagon has left the station. Will it  get as far as Upminster or will he get off at Barking?

Ascot? Give us some winners then.  For everyone’s sake, we hope you fare better on the flat than over the jumps -Ed.

Blog triggers a political betting storm

The Horsington Blog’s picture of Boris Johnson parachuting in after the election seems to have triggered a betting landslide.

Paddy Power now has him favourite to be the next prime Minister after Theresa May at odds of 5/2. Get it while you can, is our advice.

Jeremy Corbyn is second favourite at 10/3, followed by David Davis at 9/2.

In brexit betting,  you can get 4/1 on the UK having a second referendum on the terms of an eventual brexit. Grab it.

Significantly, no UK bookie (or none that we could find) is offering odds on brexit not happening at all (i.e.the UK remains in the EU)

Will anyone take the editor’s fiver at 20/1?

The most sensible solution to the current political chaos would appear to be a  National Government of all the parties, followed by a general election once Brexit is sorted.  Not available on Paddy Power or elsewhere, so will anyone take the editor’s fiver at 10/1?

(Where are you, Winterborne Longjohns? -Ed)

 Best quote of the day – From novelist Robert Harris writing in the “Sunday Times”

“How did a stable, prosperous parliamentary democracy, granted a unique set of favourable opt-outs with the largest trading bloc in the world, including on the single currency and travel, throw it all up in the air on the basis of a 52-48 yes/no vote in a referendum – a margin not normally wide enough to change the constitution of the average golf club?”