It looks like a bumper Bank Holiday in Horsington. Not only is there a cricket match in the afternoon. Not only are Bragatanga playing in the evening at the Half Moon. Now Muddy Wallow Pigs will be providing a hog roast at the Half Moon after cricket on 29th May. An inflation-beating £4.00 for a roll full of delicious rare breed pork, bred and reared here in Horsington, with help yourself Apple Sauce and stuffing. Mmmm!
We agree, it is hard to muster any enthusiasm at all after what must be the most lacklustre election campaign in history. Tomorrow we go to the polls to elect our district council. Does anyone care?
Please do exercise your democratic right, and remember, you have two votes. Make sure you use them both.
There is also a referendum on the alternative voting system. Another lacklustre and confusing campaign. There is a very good, unbiased explanation here. Hope it helps.
Sunday May 29th is the Bank Holiday cricket match against the Tabard Pilgrims from Chiswick, West London. There should be a lively social scene in the Half Moon afterwards, helped by a BBQ, some decent guest ales (Please, some ESB -Ed) and a new band, Braga Tanga, making their first appearance at the HM. They have very bravely asked to appear on BloggoVision, in the full knowqledge that this clip will either reel the punters in, or keep them away. (If it helps, I liked it -Ed)
Underneath there are sterner warnings.
“Use only the designated footpath”.
“All dogs to be kept under close control”.
I asked Mr Rhys, the agent for the land, owned by Horsington Manor, about the conservation work, but have not had a response.
The site was assessed back in 2002/3 when it was given Local Wildlife status because of the important veteran trees, but it appears the site has not been re-visited or assessed since that time. Veteran trees are conserved because they are particularly valuable for wildlife and in Somerset there is a Somerset Wood Pasture, Parkland & Veteran Trees HAP ( Biodiversity Action Plan for Veteran Trees).
No public money has been spent on this site, but ownership of one puts you well up the queue for other grant support, if available.
But if you go near a veteran tree, tiptoe carefully!
The popular Half Moon Curry Night returns on Tuesday 10th May until the end of the month. (Tuesday 31st May). Then it’s goodbye ruby Tuesday until the autumn. Whatever will the regulars do on Tuesdays?
The deal is £10 for two. A selection of delcious home made curries (Onion baji, naan bread and extra poppadums incur a small additional charge). Drinks not included.
It has been very quiet on the election front in Horsington. No sign of the candidates, and very few posters around. In Wincanton the feathers are beginning to fly over the issue of parking charges, and it is very difficult to discover what is really going on. More from the Wincanton Window.
The winning team, The Moonies, was booed (albeit in a very light hearted way) because they always win. Actually, they dont. They have taken the top position once more after two quizzes in outer darkness. There is even a rumour that question-setters have taken pity on them and are now setting dolly-drop questions. Surely not!
Thanks to Wincanton Phoenix for organising, and Andrew and Phillipa for hosting, an excellent evening.
It’s all happening at neighbouring Yarlington this weekend. The Yarlington Fringe kicks off with a royal wedding extravaganza at Yarlington House, where you can watch the proceedings on a big screen.
There is a production of Puccini’s La Boheme, which you can join in, or see the performances on Sunday evening.
There’s a barn dance, duck racing, art exhibition, a circus, morris dancing, plenty of live bands, a beer festival, childrens activities – in fact something for everyone.
We are just over two weeks away from the District Council elections AND the referendum on Alternative Voting.
The two current Blackmoor Vale councilors, Tim Inglefield and William Wallace are standing again, in a five-candidate field. Remember – every voter has two votes, so don’t waste the second one.
The Blackmoor Vale candidates are:
Richard CRABB Lib Dem (lives over the border in Sherborne)
Tim INGLEFIELD Conservative (present incumbent, lives Horsington)
David NICHOLS Independent (lives Henstridge)
Jo PENBERTHY Labour (lives Cucklington)
William WALLACE Conservative (present incumbent, also a County Councillor, lives Yenston)
South Somerset District council has 60 Councillors. It is currently controlled by the Lib Dems, with 37 seats, against the Conservatives 17, and 6 independents.