Jubilee weekend preview

The first weekend in June  is the Jubilee weekend when we celebrate 60 glorious years of her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. As befits the occasion, the village is staging  a massive weekend of events, so don’t go away. Invite your friends down to stay instead.

The provisional programme is:

Friday 1st June Beer festival at the Half Moon (until 5th, or when the beer runs out, whichever is soonest)
Sunday 3rd June  Village Street party, with a large ox roast
Monday 4th June Cricket Match against the Tabard Pilrgims, our regular visitors
from London
Tuesday 5th June A bank holiday on which to recover. Beer festival ends.

More details nearer the time.

Six Nations Rugby at the Half Moon

You can enjoy all the RBS Six Nations action down at the Half Moon on match weekends during February and March.

Dates and times are listed below:
Sat 11th Feb 16:00 Italy v England
Sat 11th Feb 20:00 France v Ireland
Sun 12th Feb 15:00 Wales v Scotland
Sat 25th Feb 13:30 Ireland v Italy
Sat 25th Feb 16:00 England v Wales
Sun 26th Feb 15:00 Scotland v France
Sat 10th Mar 14:30 Wales v Italy
Sat 10th Mar 17:00 Ireland v Scotland
Sun 11th Mar 15:00 France v England
Sat 17th Mar 12:30 Italy v Scotland
Sat 17th Mar 14:45 Wales v France
Sat 17th Mar 17:00 England v Ireland

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Some bank Holiday Suggestions

Milborne Port’s first annual Beer & Cider Festival at the Tippling Philosopher on bank holiday Sunday and Monday from 2pm. There will be 10 West Country Real Ales and two award-winning British Isles ales, five ciders from the South West, a barbecue provided by Asian Thai Catering and music from local blues band Riverside Blues as well as entertainment from local DJs and buskers. All the festival beers and ciders are £2.50 a pint.

Buckhorn Weston Cricket Club are at home to an armed forces side on Bank Holiday Sunday. Play starts at 11 am. There is a bar, cream teas, a junior match and a rare performance by the legendary “Red Barrows” – Formation Barrow flying at 4.15 pm. The mind boggles. Admission is free, but various activities will aim to raise money for Help the Heroes.


The Half Moon, Horsington, is hosting its usual Bank Holiday charity quiz on Sunday 28 August at 8. 30 pm. Teams of 3 or more, £1 per head. You know the rest.

Gartell Light Railway will be in steam on Bank Holiday Sunday and Monday. This marvelous local attraction provides a great day out, with its array of working  half size steam and diesel locomotives which haul passenger trains up and down the old S+D Railway. Common Lane, off the A 357 between Templecombe and Henstridge . Catering, bookshop and picnic area.


Horsington wins a stunning victory against London invaders

Paul Mann & Ian Hervey
Paul Mann and Ian Hervey

The Sunday bank holiday cricket match against the Tabard Pilgrims from Chiswick, West London, resulted in a 4-run victory for Horsington, after a thrilling finish.

The home team opted for a 15-over,  two-innings format, with the batting order reversed in the second innings. This provided insurance against rain, and gave everyone a decent crack at batting. There were some thrilling catches and run-outs, numerous boundaries  and sixes and some “interesting” bowling. It was also enormous fun, and the good-natured game was enjoyed by both sides.

Ed and Dave White

The Pilgrims batted first and scored 116 for 9 wickets. Notable Horsington wicket takers were Nigel Cockerell and his son Jake, “Accurate” Dave and Ed White and Kevin Lane who, although he arrived late, took a wicket with the first ball he had bowled for two seasons

Horsington cricket match
"Snoopy" Bennett and Patrick Legge

Horsington responded with 107 for just 2 wickets,  Stuart Lane retiring with 50, his best score ever, with his father Kevin Lane backing him up well with 19.

Horsington elected to have their second innings straight after the(delicious) tea interval, and knocked up a 93 for 6.

The Pilgrims needed 85  to win, and 15 overs to get them. Their batsmen were pinned down by accurate bowling from Jake Cockerell and Paul Mann and were left needing 14, with two overs to go. Despite some desperate slogging, they failed to meet their target and handed Horsington a well-deserved victory.

Stuart & Kevin Lane
Big thanks to  everyone who helped – Rob Hoddinott for the

perfect pitch and imperial pavilion, Mardy Bennett, and Belinda Mann for the tea, Chris Bailward and Phil Bennett for umpiring,  (Chris also reared, cooked and carved the delicious hog roast after the game) and Andrew Tarling, who organised the whole thing.

Same time next year?

It was there a moment ago; Andrew Tarling prepares to walk

Cricketers – where are you?

We still need  cricketers for the match at Horsington against the Tabard Pilgrims on Sunday May 29. OK, it’s still 2 months away, but it’s never too early to commit.

Come on! Get those old white trousers out and get that bowling action working again!

The groundsman, Rob Hoddinott, has already been lovingly trimming every blade of grass to its regulation length and mowing the outfield.

Our opponents are scraping the barrel and employing foreign players, according to their latest blog post (although it was posted on April 1!). So we must show them what a home-grown side can do. Unless anyone knows Shane Warne….?

Horsington gears up to avenge cricket defeat

Members of the Pilgrims team relax BEFORE the game in 2010!

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.

*All the Tabard Pilgrims have implausible names. Read their report of their time at Horsington last year.