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  • Countryside around Milborne Port from the air

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  • Wild flowers in Grove Garden

Newsletter - 27th May 2018

A mixed bank holiday weekend of weather, but let us hope that the promised fine afternoon for Saturday 2nd June is fulfilled so the village can make the most of the village Fete and Party @ the Port, starting at 1pm at the Springfield Road rec., but with a fancy dress judging at 12:15 at the Primary School.

After the dust has settled, there is much more going on in our village in the month of June in addition to all the regular clubs and classes which you can see in the diary.

On 11th June starting at 10am, there will be a presentation at the village hall to help drivers keep up to date with changing roads and cars. Called Route 60+ it is aimed at more senior drivers, but you do not have to be in this age bracket to come along and benefit.

The WI discuss their goings on and look forward to a talk about Jonathan Toogood, who founded the Bridgewater Hospital.

The heritage group will be learning about Goathill on 18th June and of course, the heritage museum at the Milborne Port cemetery is open every Sunday in the summer.

The friends of Milborne Port Library have their AGM on 20th June at the library, by which time the consultation on the uncertain future of county libraries will have closed, to at the moment there is still time to have your say. They also report on ill deeds and murder at the library!!

Around the corner from the library, clog dancing at the Tippling Philosopher is there to get your feet tapping on 25th June.

Finally in the diary, Jo Burt will be performing at the Village Hall on 30th June in the latest of a series of live music events there.

The news pages are continually updated with information about the village as are the Parish Council Pages. On the news pages there is currently information about road closures, the new General Data Protection legislation (GDPR) and how to prevent cyber scams.

Looking over the month end, if you are a fan of fetes, the Church fete will take place in July.

Newsletter - 28th April 2018

There is lots going on as always in our village in May and we have picked out many of the things extra to the routine, below. We start with a warning, that in the first week of May, part of Gainsborough will be closed to traffic.

The Parish Council annual meeting, where the council elects its chairperson for the year will take place on May 1st. you can see the agenda, minutes of the previous meetings and summaries in the form of our “News from the Council Chamber” on the Parish Council pages.

The Parish Council receives some thanks from the Milborne Port Primary School as they report on a very busy time.

On May 3rd, the bells will again sound to commemorate a soldier lost in the Great War, this time, Thomas Richard Bliss.

Still thinking about the past, the Heritage Museum will begin its summer opening and on 6th May will display “the High Street through the years”. They have also a full programme of talks and walks, with Cadbury Castle being the focus on 21st May.

The WI report on their activities and the upcoming AGM on the 10th of the month.

Saturday 12th May promises to be a busy day, with the gardening club have their plant sale by the weighbridge, after which you can pop to Charlton Horethorne for a ploughman’s lunch with our MP, David Warburton, and then back to Milborne Port for an evening concert at the Village Hall played by the band of HMS Heron (RNAS Yeovilton).

If you have stamina after that, on Sunday evening, the Mill Singers, along with the Braintree male voice choir will be performing in our Parish Church.

Yet another AGM on the 16th May with the Village Hall AGM at the Camelot room of the Village Hall.

The final concert of the month will take place again at the Village Hall when Canadian singer Ian Sherwood will perform there.

Of course, the Village Hall is not all about performance as many clubs and societies meet there including a series of clubs for the younger members of the village with Wiggles & Giggles and youth groups to name but a few.

For people who wish to be active outdoors there are the regular health walks in addition to the heritage walks but as we move towards summer, the cricket club list their early fixtures following their successful jumble sale.

The Friends of Milborne Port Library remain exercised about the library consultation and remind us that it is not too late to have your say.

The diary is available to update you on the regular and one off events in the village. Finally, the May edition of this newsletter would not be complete without reminding everyone of the Milborne Port Fete and Party @ the Port which takes place on Saturday 2nd June.

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.

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