Plenty of advanced notice that St Margaret’s Village Hall Committee have fixed the date for the annual supper for 24th September 2011. The theme has yet to be officially announced but the Blog’s stringers say that it may have something to do with rowing all depends upon how you pronounce it (Ed)
An interesting but alarming situation is developing on Horsington Marsh. If you drive from Horsington to Buckhorn Weston you will see, if you look left just after you turn right out of Batchpool Lane on to Moor Lane, that 2 green shipping containers have arrived to join the caravan that has been sitting in the field for some months. A large hole has also appeared in the hedge making a new access. It seems that Masha Estates who operate from Barry in South Wales have, quite legitimately, purchased the 22 acre field at auction: however what they are trying to do with it is at best immoral and, at worst, illegal. If you look at their website http://www.mashaestates.com/index.php?option=content&task=view&id=135 you will see that they are selling 400-500 square metre plots with the inference that, at some point in the future, these will be serviced with roads (see the small map) and may be able to be built upon. However caveat emptor for the small print at the bottom of the page says
“Masha Estates Ltd do not operate a Collective Investment Scheme as defined in Section 235 of the United Kingdom Financial Services and Markets Act 2000. Masha Estates Ltd do not provide planning permission, estate management or any such related services on behalf of purchasers. All Plots sold without the benefit on any current planning or development permission or any future guarantee thereof. Planning.
Head Office: Masha House, 47 Tynewydd Road, Barry, CF62 8AZ, UK, Company Reg No: 5475680
At least four plots appear to have already been sold to gullible investors who seem to be trying to proceed with some sort of development, hence the containers.
not least because Horsington Marsh has that name for a good reason (Ed).
Fortunately Senior Enforcement Officer for SSDC, Mr Roger Wotton has been alerted to the situation and placed a Temporary Stop Notice of 28days on Masha and anyone else who is contemplating any sort of development. What this means is that it is now a criminal offence for any further development to take place and the police will take action if alerted. Mr Wotton now plans to implement a full Stop Notice and Enforcement Order and to explore any other legal remedies against Masha Estates and other parties.
So if you happen to be driving along the road, day or night, and see anything untoward happening please telephone the Police on 999 or 0845 4567000.
Masha Estates are definitely operating at the seedy end of the property market. It’s just a shame that there are purchasers out there who are foolish enough to fall for their pitch and pay over £6,000 for a 500 square metre plot of land that can never be anything other than agricultural. If Masha are able to sell all the plots they will clear a cool million pounds over the purchase price. The Blog certainly hopes that Masha catch an almighty cold and the wrath of those who have already parted with their money.
Remember. If you see anything please ring the Police
A magician worked on a cruise ship. The audience was different each week so the magician did the same tricks over and over again.
There was only one problem: The captain’s parrot saw the shows each
week and began to understand how the Magician did every trick.
Once he understood, he started shouting in the middle of the show,
“Look, Its not the same hat!” or, “Look, he’s hiding the flowers
under the table!” Or “Hey, why are all the cards the ace of spades?”
The magician was furious but couldn’t do anything. It was, after
all, the Captain’s’ parrot.
Then one stormy night on the Pacific, the ship unfortunately sank,
drowning almost all who were on board.
The magician luckily found himself on a piece of wood floating in
the middle of the sea, as fate would have it … With the parrot.
They stared at each other with hatred, but did not utter a word.
This went on for a day… And then 2 days. And then 3 days. Finally
on the 4th day, the parrot could not hold back any longer and said…
“OK, I give up: so where’s the ruddy ship?”
The Half Moon’s Beer Festival has been postponed for the simple reason that there is so much else going on 18 June – The fete and the Barnados re-union to name but two.
Don’t panic. The pub will still sell beer. And everything else.
So it’s nothing to do with the fact that I said I had a prior engagement that day, then? (Ed)
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.
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 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.
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 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!
There has been much talk of superinjunctions in the blog bunker. Who has issued them? Is The Blog subject to them? What does the Mail on Sunday mean when it says actor Hugh Bonneville “is known to fellow thespians as the Ryan Giggs of the showbusiness world, after the famously family-orientated footballer”?
None of this has anything to do with Horsington of course, so we won’t be covering it. But if you want to know where most of the information currently in the newspapers is coming from, look here.
feet with an agonized howl, grabbing my leg and hopping around like a mad thing. At the same moment my unbraced trousers fall to my knees. “It’s a man!”cries one of the girls, and they all take up the chorus like a treeful of jays. It’s a man! It’s a man!