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Newsletter - 28th September 2019

The general feeling of this month’s news is one of the year moving past summer to autumn and beyond.

If you read this soon enough (before Sunday morning), you will see that a harvest breakfast is being held at Church House on Sunday. We note also that there will be a harvest supper at Church House on 5th October.

The Church are holding a pumpkin festival on 26th of the month and the WI’s monthly contribution notes that they will be doing the judging for this competition. They also mention their Christmas shopping trip (beyond autumn) and their October meeting. Also looking towards Christmas are the Spirit of Milborne Port who make note of the Christmas lights switch on in late November.

The friends of Milborne Port library hang on to the summer theme with a discussion of the children’s summer reading challenge and party. The also highlight the operation of the new temporary library facilities.

The heritage group have their next meeting on 14th October when a local metal detectorist will be holding a quiz. Information on the heritage pages will be updated shortly, so do check back in a few days for more information.

The Parish Council’s latest news contains considerable information about SSDC local plan review and they will be holding their normal meetings this month as well as an HR meeting in addition.

This newsletter receives weekly reports on roadworks in the village and where they are likely to cause major disruption in the village, we post a note on the news pages. Please keep checking back through the month to see if there are any new reports. 

With kind permission of the Milborne Port magazine, the redeveloment of the Medleycott centre is also reviewed as it nears completion.

On 17th October, we note from the Primary School’s diary feed, that there will be an official opening of the new Wheathill classroom, now well integrated into the school’s operation.

Moviola is back. For some reason we missed last month’s notice (sorry about that), however, this month on 25th the film Red Joan, starring Judi Dench will be screened.

Looking over the turn of the month into November, we note the church are back to the theme of food with a quiz night and fish and chip supper at the village hall.

Finally, if we have missed anything you believe we should be reporting, please do get in touch.

Newsletter - 1st September 2019

Listening to the BBC weather forecasts in the last day or so reminds us that the weather is set to change, and we are also about to enter autumn. As I compose this September newsletter, a number of items remind also of the passing seasons.

The diary shows us that the Primary school is due to start back in the first week of September and I see that the new classroom looks to be complete for the start of the new year. On 14th September, the school will be celebrating the summer reading challenge with a party at the school. The Friends of Milborne Port Library tell us more about the success this summer of the challenge. They also welcome the arrival of the “Jolly book bus” as the temporary home of the library at the East Street car park.

The Parish Council have been very active, not least with the appointment of a new clerk. You can read about this and other activities of the council on their website. We see from their latest minutes that the opening hours of the office to the public are set to change.

The council have also sent us a newsletter from Somerset waste partnership.

There is significant disruption to the road network in Milborne Port at the moment, with general maintenance as well as work on services needed for the Bovis Homes, Co-op and restaurant developments at Gainsborough.

The History and Heritage group continue to be very active and will start their autumn programme on 16th September with a talk on James Thornhill. More about their programme can be seen on the heritage pages of this website.

The WI are preparing for there periodic special coffee morning in support of the MacMillan charity. Read about this, their regular coffee mornings and other activities here.

The gardening club are starting the autumn season with a talk on 17th September, arranged together with Charlton Horethorne by the estates manager of Stourhead on this magnificent local resource.

Of course there is much more going on in our village as a look at the diary will show. Church House seems particularly busy and a harvest breakfast and an archaeology course being two single events on 29th September in addition to the many regular events such as the Tuesday Luncheon Club, table tennis and Brownies.

If you know more of what is going on that we have not mentioned or you are planning something which you would like to publicise, please get in touch.

Newsletter - 25th July 2019

Apologies that there was no newsletter last month since the editor was on holiday and could not find anyone willing to take up the reins for the period of absence. This is a perennial problem, hence if you know of anyone who would be willing to help, please encourage them to get in touch.

We attempt to keep the on line diary up to date, but are dependant on clubs, organisers to let the website know if they change. If you do spot anything that is not correct, please do get in touch. Happily, two sets of diary entries are managed by others and that is the Church House and School calendar and are automatically fed to the diary on this website.

You will see from the dairy that school is now out for the summer, however, activity on the site has not ceased. No doubt with the hot weather, the swimming pool will be super busy. Also, the builders are continuing to work at pace to finish the new classroom in time for the Autumn term.

Gainsborough is also the subject of much activity with the old school redevelopment being revealed, work having started on the Bovis homes development and also work having started on the site for the new CO-OP. Inevitably this is causing some traffic disturbance and congestion, particularly as main services are laid on to the new sites.

The judging for the South West in Bloom competition has been done and the team are keenly awaiting the results which will be announced in the autumn.

Improving the environment is also the theme of the “plastic free” initiative, backed by the Parish Council and reported on this month.

The friends of Milborne Port library report on the closure of the old library and the summer reading challenge, activities surrounding this will take place in the Camelot room of the village hall.

The Parish council are now advertising for a new Parish Clerk, with applications closing on 30th July.

The WI report on their activities and upcoming is a meeting at Church House, whilst the gardening club are planning a trip to Wells in August which is open to non members.

We note that there is to be a tea party for Christian Aid volunteers and the sports and social club have live music and bingo in August.

Newsletter - 30th May 2019

This month sees the annual summer fete and Party @ the Port at the Springfield Road recreation ground this coming Saturday June 1st. As usual this is organised by the Spirit of Milborne Port, who are aiming to make it better than ever.

If you are looking for some quieter entertainment, on the 7th June there will be one of a series of organ recitals at the organ museum on Chapel Lane, and on 15th June there will be a concert at St. John’s Church.

Last month saw the annual meeting of the Parish Council at which, following elections, the new council was installed. You can read about the make up of the council in their “News from the Council chamber” series of articles. We notice that the Council have placed “gates”, at each of the main entrances to the village which are intended to help moderate traffic speeds as does the recently commissioned SID (speed indicating device) which will be rotated around the same three entrances.

The Church will be holding a Safari supper at Church House on 8th June with proceeds in support of the Church.

The History and Heritage group continue with their talks and walks and this month, the talk will be on “Gerald Daniels legacy” on 17th of the month. They will also be conducting their monthly short summer evening walks again this year.

Outside the village we have also heard of a garden open for viewing on 16th.

The Primary School reports on its excitement and the start of the build of the new classroom, scheduled to be ready in the autumn.

More summer news from the WI who are planning their outing on 27th of the month.

The library will soon move to its temporary location at the East Street car park and they are celebrating the 30 years of it being housed at Cross Cottage with an open morning on 28th of the month. In their monthly letter, the Friends of Milborne Port Library also talk about a range of events including the children’s summer reading challenge.

There is of course much more going on in our village as a browse of the on line diary will show. If we have missed anything that you think should be reported now or in the future, please do get in touch.

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