Mobile Phone reception survey results update

Updated 9 September: Mobile Phone reception can be very poor in Horsington and on the marsh. So which Phone network gives you the best coverage?

The Blog surveyed its readers. 30 people have taken the trouble to respond –thank you. The results are inconclusive, but this is what we found for INDOOR coverage.

Horsington The only networks used by survey respondents  appear to be Vodaphone, Orange and BT Mobile. Vodaphone and Orange reception ranges from “excellent” to “very poor”. The one  respondent on BT mobile describes it as” intermittent”.
Our verdict: Vodaphone has the edge –just, but there is a dead patch where reception is very poor.

Horsington mobile phone coverage
Vodaphone is top, but still with dead patches

Horsington Marsh Some people will be surprised that they  have mobile phones down there, but they do! Only Vodaphone gets a” Quite good” rating for indoor reception. Everyone else is varying degrees of rubbish.
Verdict: Vodaphone,  or go outside to make or receive calls.

Horsington Marsh mobile phone coverage
Vodaphone is "Quite good", but nothing else works indoors

South Cheriton Only 2 responses here. Both rate Orange and Vodaphone with “Excellent” reception.
Verdict: Insifficient data, but Vodaphone and Orange appear to be top.

North Cheriton No responses. Can someone go and wake them up?

In general so-called smartphones (iPhone,Blackberry, Samsung Galaxy etc) have much worse reception than their conventional counterparts – but they can pick up the wi-fi network in the pub.

We can hardly claim that this is a scientific survey, as the data is a bit sparse. The only way to be sure is to test friends’ phones on different networks, and see which works best for you

Click here to see the complete results in real time (For the very curious)

Parish Council Agenda for Thusday 8 September

The Horsington Parish Council monthly meeting is at 7.30 on 8th September in the Village Hall.

The meeting starts with an open forum,  and will then  discuss the latest planning applications, including the solar panels at Horsington Manor.

Other items include  the  play area, the   cemetery / churchyard, footpaths, the
horse pond, the Villager magazine and the apoption of telephone boxes.

All welcome, and there’s nothing much on television, so give it a go.

Learn how to make award-winning cider Saturday 24 September 2- 5pm

Blackmore vale ciderAward-winning cider maker Alan Berry from Templecombe will be taking a cider-making workshop on Saturday 24  September. Alan is a regular at the local agricultural shows where he has beaten stiff competition to take some of the top prizes for cider-making.

Alan has turned his hobby into a successful business. His small brewery, Blackmore Vale Cider, was set up a few years ago.  He makes a range of traditional ciders including sweet, medium and dry, plus an apple juice, all of which are sold locally. All of his apples come from unsprayed orchards within few miles of Templecombe. One of the keys to his success is the careful selection of apples. They have to be fully ripe, so he never uses apples picked from the tree, instead waiting for them to fall to the ground.

Alan’s workshop takes place at Empire Farm, Templecombe, which is hosting the event, and at his own workshop in the village, where participants will see the whole process of cider making and the equipment involved. The cost is £30.00 per person.

Contacts: Sally Morgan, Empire Farm, Templecombe, Somerset BA80HR
01963 371 6812 /

Alan Berry 01963 370716


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September 3rd -PawFest will rock ’em in Wincanton

PawFest, at  Somerset and Dorset Animal Rescue, based on Balsam Farm on the outskirts of Wincanton, on Saturday 3rd September will be a rock festival to remember. with the famous Steve Harley and Cockney Rebel. The lineup also includes Jim Penfold and the Hollywood Killers, Hobo Jones and the Junkyard Dogs, Felix Fables, Full Tilt and Theya Fowler.

There will also be a bar and food stands including Honeybuns’ cakes. Gates open 12 noon. Adults £16 in advance or £20 on the day. Children under 11 free. Tickets available from Totally Floored, Wincanton.

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Chicken course on September 3rd at Empire Farm, Templecombe

Sally Morgan will teach you about keeping a few chickens in your garden

A lot of topics are covered, including the different types of egg-laying chicken and where you can buy them, housing and runs – various options and the pros and cons of each, feeding your chickens, disease, worming, dealing with mites and lice, protecting your chickens from the fox, introducing new chickens, as well as handling chickens and clipping their wings.

The course lasts three hours, morning courses start at 10 am and finish about 1 pm, while afternoon courses start at 2 pm and finish at about 5 pm. Part of the session is spent outside looking at the chicken pens. Outdoor shoes or boots are advisable, with a change of footwear for inside the teaching room. Everybody gets to take away a set of notes and some fresh eggs. Children are welcome.

The price includes all tuition, course notes, light lunch and refreshments during the day. Adults are £30, and children under 15 years of age £12. A ticket for a family group of two adults and up to 3 children is £65.

Empire farm is an organic farm which specialises in education – butchery, smallholding, preserving including cider (Silas Silage please note), and gundog training. There a loads of different courses.

Also meat and livestock for sale.
Contact Sally Morgan 01963 371681

Food gong for the Old Inn

The Old Inn at Holton has won the south west region of the Great Pub Awards dining pub of the year competition, and  has been mentioned in The Indepedent’s list of the top 50 gastropubs in Britain.

As well as the specials and an imaginative “fine dining” a la carte, the Old Inn has plenty of pub favourites and regular affordable choices – steak on Tuesday, simple suppers (two-courses for a set price) on Thursdays), a £5 fish and chips deal always on offer, and a Sunday main-course roast (beef, lamb or chicken) for £7.50.

The 16th century pub had an extensive renovation in 2009. Well worth a visit.

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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.