If you’ve ever wondered what a High Commissioner does, get down to the St John the Baptist Parish Church on Friday April 8th at 7.30 pm. Sir Anthony Goodenough, KCMG, CMG, former High Commissioner to Ghana from 1989 to 1992, and High Commissioner to Canada from 1996-2000, will be giving an illustrated talk on his time in Ghana.
Sir Anthony is a very distinguished diplomat, so no doubt he will be very discreet. So it’s up to the audience to bowl a few bouncers at question time to get him to spill a few beans!(Shocking mixed metaphors –Ed)
Entry by donation to the Parish Church – £8 please.
The popular, friendly and relaxed Half Moon Music Night continues on Wednesday the 6th April at around 8.45 p.m. in Horsington. Please come and join us to play, sing and say whilst enjoying a beer; it is completely free apart from the drinks. Further details from Anna 01963-370749.
Horsington Cricket team is looking for players for a match on Sunday 29 May –the late May Bank Holiday weekend.
The opponents are a London pub side – the “Tabard Pilgrims”. They are making a return visit, having enjoyed themselves so much last year.
Part of their enjoyment stems from the fact that they snatched victory following a miraculous catch on the boundary by one of their players with the implausible name of “Juggs”*, and went on to beat us by 35 runs.
This year we have to get even. So dust of your pads, start exercising your bowling arm, and volunteer to play. There will be a full social programme after the game, including attempts by the visitors to retain their place in the loo seat trophy hall of fame in the Half Moon (you have to drink a half from every tap in the pub). Despite photographic evidence to the contrary, we believe they will dress normally this time!
We need you! Those interested should contact Andrew Tarling, Landlord of the Half Moon. email him
This match is an important event for Horsington. If the cricket pitch is not used, then we lose the legal right to play there – ever.
It was a headline we couldn’t resist. This post is about a group of ladies who meet in the village hall every Tuesday to rescue old (sometimes antique) furniture and restore it under the watchful gaze of master upholsterer Hugh Pamplin.
The cover-up in question is the transformation which takes place when the final layer of new material is carefully stitched in place.
There are a few vacancies for new members. So if you have the odd bit of Chippendale, or failing that, Parker Knoll, which deserves a new lease of life and pride of place in your sitting room, please come along, and learn as you go. No previous experience required.
There is a small charge to cover the cost of the village hall. And of course you need your own chair, pouffe or whatever, materials and tools, but Hugh can advise on these.
Sunday’s quiz, which was won by a team including the Landlord, raised about £75 for the Lions and will be put towards supporting local charity initiatives. They particularly want to support the Air Ambulance and are running regular quizzes around the area to further their aims. The next quiz at the Half Moon will be Easter Sunday April 24th.
Landlored Andrew Tarling, who often sets the questions, wishes to make it clear that he had nothing to do with the questions in this quiz!
Vicky Franklin writes: Enjoyed your blog, don’t know much about blogs, this is the first one I’ve read.
I would like to mention an attack by dogs that took place on our land at Coldhills, Horsington, leaving an inlamb ewe traumatised and bleeding in the hedge. She was making a recovery when attacked again on the other leg. I have now had to remove her from the field.
We have a footpath going through our land, please will users keep their dogs on leads and if you let your dogs out at night, make sure you know where they are.
I am told I should be reporting this incident to the police.
Safety-conscious Horsington mower relaxes
after a hard morning’s work
Here’s a real turf war.
The South Somerset District Council has suddenly started taking an interest in Horsington Parish churchyard and the surrounding grass areas.
They abruptly stopped maintaining it in 1991 without explanation or consultation, and the Parish took it over, mowing it to a very high standard, thanks to the noble efforts of two parish councillors.
Faced with job cuts, and threats to their livelihood, the jobsworths from the SSDC turned up unannounced at the last Parish Council meeting in a bid to secure the work.
The Parish Council said it was more than satisfied with the work and there was no need to change anything. Then the SSDC played the elfin safety card. Apparently Somerset’s hospitals are clogged with mutilated graveyard mowers, and only registered contractors have the necessary skills and insurance cover to carry out this task without causing carnage.
The SSDC kindly offered to take over this dangerous work at, it is rumoured, more than double the cost, passing on the extra burden to Horsington’s residents and without any guarantee that the churchyard would receive a trim and tidy up before each wedding or baptism, as it does at present.
The Parish Council was unmoved, and the work will continue to be carried out beautifully and cost-effectively by our own very skilled and well-insured people. Well done!
PS. The last time the SSDC insisted that only registered contractors could work in Horsington, the Village School received an expensive and substandard kitchen, despite the willingness of many skilled local volunteers to do the work.