Massive cover up at the village hall

Re-birth of a dining chair

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.

Tuesdays – 10.30 am.

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Sunday quiz raises £75.00 for local causes

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!

Please keep your dog under control

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.

We hope you will – Ed

Get off our lawn – Horsington PC sees off an attack by South Somerset Council

 

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.

Did someone say “Big Society”- Ed

Bus Services hit by cuts

Many Wincanton and Somerton buses will no longer run after Somerset County Council cut £3.6 million – half the County’s  bus budget – from subsidies as part of its economy drive.

As a consequence, First, will stop or curtail many of its services from Sunday, April 17. Among services being totally withdrawn is the 901 Wells to Wincanton via Shepton Mallet and Castle Cary Station.

The 58 Yeovil to Wincanton evenings, Sundays and public holidays service will also be reduced.

Simon Cursio, commercial director of First Bristol, Somerset and Avon, said: “We have done what we can to minimise the impact of the changes, taking some risk in running some of the journeys on a commercial basis ourselves”.

This is undoubtedly bad news for bus users, although it has to be said that many buses seem to run around empty, or with just a few people in them. We also notice many “Not in Service”, which in reality could easily pick up passengers.

If Somerset County council has more than £7 million to spend on bus subsidies every year, it might be time to “Think outside the box”. Maybe empty buses trundling around the countryside are not the best solution to rural transport problems. Minibuses and taxis providing an on demand service within specified hours might be a cheaper  and more efficient way forward.

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New Bathtub test for entry to care homes

Will you pass the test?

During a visit to my doctor, I asked him, “How do you determine whether  or not an older person should be put in an old people’s home?”
“Well,” he said, “we fill up a bathtub, then we offer a teaspoon, a  teacup and a bucket to the person and ask them to empty the bathtub.”  
“Oh, I understand,” I said. “A normal person would use the bucket  because it is bigger than the spoon or the teacup.”
“No” he said. “A normal person would pull the plug. 
“Do you want a bed  near the window?”

More seaside violence

Crowd apalled at anarchy on Weymouth seafront

I’m just back from Weymouth, inspecting the Olympic facilities.
On the seafront I saw a man and woman having a shouting match until the woman suddenly  smacked the bloke on the head and they started fighting.
A copper turned up but instead of calming things down he started to hit the guy with his truncheon.
Then the guy got the truncheon off the copper and started hitting him AND his wife!
Then this crocodile turned up and stole all the sausages.

Madness! What’s the world coming to?