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  • Milborne Port Town Hall at sunset

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  • Countryside around Milborne Port from the air

  • Children's playground at Gainsborough

  • Wild flowers in Grove Garden

Newsletter - 27th March 2018

The heavy (in Somerset terms at least) falls of Snow in March took their toll of activities, with the School being closed early on world book day, curtailing the celebrations. It also meant that the Jazz concert planned at the village hall was also cancelled. Hopefully, as we move to spring, we can hope for less disruption. Not to do with the weather, but in the second week of April, Church House will be closed for some refurbishment.

The 4-7th April sees the return of Milborne Port Opera to the Village Hall for their annual performance, this year of Trial by Jury.

The week after this, the last Moviola of the season will take place on 13th April with a showing of “The Mountain Between Us” starring Kate Winslet and Idris Elba. Moviola will return in the autumn, however.

The Parish Council’s regular “News from the Council Chamber” contains, amongst other items, a brief note on the library consultation and this is further expanded upon in the Friends of Milborne Port Library report.

In addition to Full council and committee meetings on the first and third Tuesday of the month, April 10th at 7pm is the Annual Parish Meeting, which is a public meeting for members of the public, council and community groups to exchange information about the past year. The council will be serving wine and nibbles from 6:30pm, before the event.

The half muffled tolling of the Church bells will again be heard on 13th April when the passing of Edwin Abbott will be remembered. These commemorations will continue until the 100th anniversary of the armistice by which time a further 6 souls will be remembered.

The History and Heritage group will meet on 16th April at Church House and they are currently preparing to reopen the museum at the Wheathill Lane cemetery starting in April.

The WI will be having their next meeting on April 12th when they will be having a talk on “Spitzbergen and the High Arctic”. Hopefully by then, our winter will be but a fading memory.

The Milborne Port Primary School has a new headteacher after the appointment of Mrs. Eyres. Some of the children were involved in that selection process, and they have also been busy learning about the Bloodhound SSC project, when a team from Rolls Royce visited the school. We note that the school Board of Governors has a vacancy for a parent Governor. The School website has contact details if you are interested in this important role.

Looking past April, May will see the visit of Canadian Singer Ian Sherwood to the Village Hall on May 18th.

All this in our village as well as the regular sports and social activities on the sports fields, Village Hall and Church House. Have a look at the diary to see the plethora of activities on offer. We might have missed something. If we have or you want to mention something else, please get in touch.

Newsletter - 23rd February 2018

Wow, what a busy month in store for us in addition to all the normal clubs, societies and sporting events.

It is not too late to get along to the Village Hall on Friday 2nd March for the Neil Maya concert. You will not be disappointed. The following week, on 9th March, the next Moviola presentation “Breathe” will be shown, also at the Village Hall.

Another performance event will take place on 17th March at the Parish Church when Michael Partington will return.

There are a number of active consultations which will come to an end shortly. On 6th March there will be a chance to attend a pop in session at the Village hall on the future of our library, and the Friends of Milborne Port library comment on this. The consultation on the A303 upgrade closes on March 9th and the boundary commission review will finish on 19th March.

Lent lunches will be held on Fridays during the whole of March; a chance to eat simply, helping the waistline, but more seriously to think about those less fortunate than ourselves.

There will be a newcomer’s event at Church House on March 10th where people new to the village will be able to learn about the village. If you know someone new, please let them know. Those not new to the village will know of the half-muffled ring of the Church bells to commemorate one of the fallen of the first world war. The next such ring will take place on March 21st.

On 24th March, the cricket club will be holding a jumble sale and the heritage group will hold their next meeting on 26th March. Details will appear shortly on the Heritage Group pages.

The WI seem to be having a busy and fun time and the School children will be dressed as their favourite book character on March 1st, world book day.

Of course, regular activities such as the meetings of the Parish Council take place on the 1st Tuesday of the month and you can have a look at items the council mentioned in their regular “News from the Council Chamber”. The council will also be holding an annual parish meeting on April 10th.

Right at the start of April, of course will be the Milborne Port Opera production. Don’t forget to get your tickets.

A busy month indeed. Please keep looking back at the news pages and calendar of the website for things that we may have missed and if you know of other things worth reporting, please get in touch.

2015 Fete - how it went

The morning of Saturday 6th June was bright and breezy, ideal Fete weather, and in the village the scarecrows were resplendent and the bunting immaculate. The sports field was a hive of activity with some of the 40+ stalls arriving, the arena being assembled, and advertising hoardings being blown down.

By midday the classic and unusual cars were regimentally aligned and crowds happily enjoying themselves at the various entertainments especially the tinies on the Bouncy Castle which did a roaring trade and we must not forget the ladies doing the raffle.

All the committee were working flat out as they had for weeks with only Claire giving orders and we are all happy about that.

Within the marquee the cider judging was taking place and enthusiasts having the chance to taste the entries.

By early evening all of us, committee, stall holders, entertainers , and the supporters who turned up in great numbers were exhausted and happy to either stagger home or into the Marquee where the Party was beginning. This also was very well attended with 3 bands that giving an excellent evenings entertainment.

This event was great fun for the village community and others and turned out to be a very successful fund raising project as we managed to raise approximately Four Thousand Pounds.

I am sure we all look forward to next years fete.

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