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Newsletter April 27th, 2019

On May 2nd, there will be elections for the District and Parish Councils, with the Camelot room acting as polling station. For the Parish Council there are 19 candidates for the 13 places. There will be an informal meeting with candidates at 7pm at the Tippling Philosopher this coming Tuesday 30th April.

Several councillors turned up at the spring litter pick a couple of Saturdays ago, and with over 30 people “picking”, many bags of rubbish were harvested, and several reported that there seemed to be less litter in the village than historically has been the case, though the outskirts did not fair so well. It is a good start, anyway for the South West in Bloom campaign which the village is entering again this year. Thinking of plants, the gardening club will be holding their spring plant sale on 18th May outside the Town Hall.

The East Street Car Park has new residents in the form of two, 22kW electric vehicle charging points which went live earlier in April.

The monthly series of Organ Recitals will continue on 3rd May at the English Organ School.

The WI will hold their next meeting on 9th May and they also report on their AGM, whilst the Friends of Milborne Port Library report on their continuing activities to ensure that we still have a library after the reduction of support from the County Council.

The Primary School are seeking an additional Governor to fill a vacancy at an exciting time in the history of the school as it is about to gain an additional classroom.

The Sports and Social Club will be holding events toward the end of May including live music on 24th and bingo on 30th of the month.

We could not close this newsletter without mentioning the summer fete and party at the port which will take place very early this year on 1st June.

Of course there are many more things going on in our village as a look at the diary pages will show.

Newsletter – 31st March 2019

After a cold and wet start to March, in the closing days of the month, spring appears, at least temporarily, to have sprung. On the topic of weather, we are aware that the weather display on the home page of the website has failed and are searching for a solution to this.

The Parish Council, in addition to its normal news from the council chamber, has been advertising the fact that there will be an election on 2nd May. Nomination forms can be found here and the last day for nominations to be submitted to the District Council office in Yeovil is Tuesday 3rd April.

As well as the normal Parish Council meetings during the month, there will be the annual Parish meeting on 9th April at the Town Hall.

The Social club have a number of live music events through the month on 6th and 13th, and of course the big live music show this month is the Milborne Port Opera production of “Anything Goes” from 24-27 of the month.

Also at the Village Hall this month will be the screening of the film “Peterloo” on 12th April. This film by Mike Leigh about the infamous 19th century massacre cannot be ignored in today’s world.

Sadly, another event at the village hall, art for parents has had to be cancelled due to lack of support.

The Spring litter pick will take place on 13th April. If you want to take part, please e-mail the council chairman, John Oldham at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

There are, of course, the usual updates and activities for groups such as Spirit of Milborne Port, the History and Heritage group, the Friends of Milborne Port Library and the WI.

Henstridge Parish Council have advised that they are holding an information evening event on staying safe online. Have a look here for details.

Of course, we are now in the period of Lent, and the Church will be holding their Lent lunches and seminars on Lent during this period.

Of course there are many other regular events going on; please check the diary for more. If you see anything missing or incorrect, please get in touch.

Finally, in case the grapevine has not reached you yet, the planning appeal for housing development at Station Road has been dismissed.

Newsletter - 25th February 2019

Being a short month, February has raced to its close almost before the dust has settled on the February newsletter, but here is a summary of what we have learned about village life in March and beyond.

To kick off, Church House will be holding its AGM on 4th March, and it will be home to the Lent lunches from 13th of the month and a supper and Lent course during the period of Lent. In addition, of course there will be the normal Church House activities of Pilates, brownies, toddlers and the like, not forgetting the ever popular Tuesday Luncheon Club.

The gardening club report on an increase in membership and detail some of their events for 2019 including a members only private shopping trip to Castle Gardens on March 12.

Meanwhile, the WI celebrated Valentine’s day with a fun evening and are looking forward to their annual dinner at Church house on March 14th.

A day after, on March 15th will see the Moviola screening of the Oscar winning “Bohemian Rhapsody”. Visual and musical entertainment is not limited, however, to Moviola as on 8th March, the sports and social club will host “The Badger Boys”, the first of a number of events in March.

If classical works are more to your taste then earlier in the day on March 8th, there will be one of the series of Organ recitals at the English Organ School, given by Margaret Phillips. Later in the month (22nd), the school will play host to the well known viol consort, Fretwork.

On the business side of the village, the Parish Council have their “News from the Council Chamber” and are also wishing to promote interest in the upcoming Parish and District Council elections in May. Elections were last held in 2015, though for the Parish Council, there was no ballot as too few candidates stood, and the Parish Council are hoping for greater interest this year.

Looking further ahead, April will see this year’s performances by Milborne Port opera of “Anything Goes” and there will be the spring litter pick and the Annual Parish meeting at the Town Hall.

Newsletter -26th January 2019

As we move into February with the nights starting to become lighter and thoughts maybe turning to spring, the signs of fresh shoots of activity in the village pervade this brief summary.

First a look back; many will be interested in the planning appeal recently conducted and we have a short report of this here to begin this newsletter.

The Parish Council have their usual brief report on the Parish Council website which mentions the work to save the library and this is expanded upon in the Friends of Milborne Port Library article.

The Sports and Social Club will be having their members party on 9th February and a bingo evening is planned for 28th.

Artslink report that they are continuing to run their popular “Art for Parents” session in the village hall on a Thursday morning, but their other venture, art for memory has moved to Sherborne.

The history and heritage group report on their upcoming activities and their next meeting is on 18th February at Church House. The WI also report on their recent and forthcoming activities including their next meeting on 14th February.

A few days before that, the next presentation in the Moviola series, “The Children Act”, with the incomparable EmmaThompson will be shown at the village hall on 15th February.

The Parish Council have placed a notice on this site about how it will decide on the use to which a donation from Canadian Solar will be used and are seeking ideas.

There are a couple of forward notices; the bellringers will be holding a peal attempt in early March, and the Spirit of Milborne Port announce plans and are seeking help for the fete this year. Milborne Port Opera are also looking to their performance of “Anything Goes” in April.

Other notices seeking help are the Royal British Legion, who’s local branch is seeking a new secretary, and the Primary School seeking a new Governor.

As ever, if you have some news of village events or would like to make comment, please get in touch.

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