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Newsletter – 30th November 2018

As we approach the festive season, a round up of news from and events in the village. It does feel a little like “end of term” as we bring the year to a close. Talking of end of term, the Primary school will start its Christmas holidays after 21st December.

The website administration still struggles for support in managing the site; it you would like to help, please get in touch. Also many people forget the website as a channel of communication, so if you are sending articles to the Milborne Port Magazine, please do not forget us. We are grateful to Linda for keeping us abreast of things we may have missed. We also note that the magazine editor is looking for photographs of the village to adorn future magazines.

After a considerable amount of planning and a number of false starts, the Springfield Road car park (Village Hall) will be closed from 3rd December to allow car park safety lighting to be installed. Hopefully it will be open again in time for the last Moviola of the year, “The Happy Prince”.

There is a considerable amount of news from the Parish Council. In addition to their monthly “News from the Council Chamber”, there has been an election for a further Parish Council vacancy which has been filled by Austin Fletcher. Also on Council news, the District Council have approved the planning application for new houses on the junction of Wheathill lane and Springfield Road. The spirit of Christmas has affected the council office also as it will be closed from 21st December, reopening on 4th January.

The Friends of Milborne Port library discuss the future of the library and the WI prepare for Christmas.

There are articles from the History and Heritage group and Spirit of Milborne Port as well as one from Robin Bawtree. These discuss a variety of matters, but all mention the recent armistice commemoration.

Other articles and diary entries mention Art classes organised by Artslink, supporting carers of young children and those experiencing memory loss.

Finally, the Sports and Social Club will have live music on 21st of the month

Please browse the website articles and diary for anything that is there which we have not caught in this brief review. As ever, there is much going on in our village.

Newsletter 30th October 2018

Quite a body of news to report this month and in the first period, much of it connected with remembrance. On 6th November, the final “half muffled” ring to commemorate the death of William Merritt. Then on the morning of armistice day, the bells will ring similarly and then following the remembrance service, will sound in full for a period. If you visit the Church, there will be a display of knitted poppies inside the Church. You will also be able to view the war memorial, newly cleaned in time for the armistice commemoration.

On the morning of Saturday 10th and the afternoon of 11th November, the Heritage group will have an exhibit in the Town Hall, looking back at the village at the time of the Great War.

As well as the formal minutes, the “News from the Council Chamber” article reports on some key issues. The vacancy on the Parish Council has been filled by a by-election (uncontested, so no actual vote), however, there is now a further vacancy reported here.

The Co-op will host a consultation session in the Council Chamber on the 8th November about their plans for a new store in the village.

The Friends of Milborne Port Library ruminate about the ongoing struggle to keep the library open and the WI give us their news about their recent light hearted meeting.

We have heard about an interesting series of talks at Church House, entitled “Facing the Past”, looking at the role of facial reconstruction in archaeology.

During the final weekend of the month, there is much activity in the village beginning with the Christmas lights switch on during Friday evening. This is followed by the latest Moviola showing at the Village hall.

The village hall is again the centre of attention on Saturday with a Christmas Fayre in the afternoon and a quiz night with fish and chip supper in the evening.

If we have missed significant news, please do get in touch here.

Milborne Port Newsletter 28th September 2018

There is an awful lot going on at the moment and in this newsletter we will attempt to relay what we know. As ever, if you know more, please let the website know.

The first piece of news is that the vacancy on the Parish Council created by resignation of a councillor will be filled by election. See the announcement here. The information came too late to be included in news from the Council Chamber.

Turning to more ordinary matters, The Spirit of Milborne Port report on recent and future events and are keen to find more supporters. If you want to help, go along to their next meeting.

The gardening club, which meets at the village hall (October meeting on 9th) are looking forward to their Autumn season, whilst the WI discuss their programme and note their next meeting is on October 11th.

The Friends of Milborne Port Library report on a very successful children’s summer reading challenge and note that the Friday storytime is back up and running at 2.30pm each Friday.

There are many groups which meet at the Village Hall; short mat bowls, badminton and U3A and the Bridge club is keen to attract you to their Monday evening sessions.

Moviola is settling into their regular Monthly Friday evening film show at the Village Hall and on October 19th, ”The Hatton Garden Job” will be screened.

The Royal British Legion consider the continued sacrifice made by many in the protection of our country and as the four year project draws to a close, the bells will again peal on 23rd October to remember three Milborne Port men lost towards the end of WW1.

The Heritage group also have a talk on 15th October about the commemoration project and will be staging an exhibition on remembrance weekend in the town hall regarding Milborne Port life during the war years.

Over the border in Sherborne the life of Sir Walter Ralegh is also being celebrated by walks and talks.

That about concludes this month’s look at our village. A plea in last month’s newsletter for people to come forward to help manage the content of the community website remains unfulfilled so if anyone is interested, please get in contact.

Newsletter 31st August 2018

As the summer winds down, the long hot days a thing of the past, for now at least and parents are thinking of their children’s return to school, it is time to look at what next month will bring for our village and its residents.

First though, the editor’s absence in the summer meant finding someone to manage the content of the website on an ad hoc basis and even with this help, the August newsletter was missed. A plea, therefore, for anyone who can help to manage the website content, to let the administrator know.

Good news was received from the Parish Council that it had received a donation from Canadian Solar following long months of negotiation with them. Other news of PC activities can be seen in the minutes of meetings or in their “News from the Council chamber” regular review.

Early Autumn sees the gearing up of the Milborne Port Opera for their new production. This year it is to be “Anything Goes”. They are always seeking new recruits so have a look at what they have to offer.

Summer sees the reading challenge for children. Friends of Milborne Port Library report on this and much more.

The WI have also had a busy summer with celebrations and visits. They are now looking forward to their September meeting entitled “behind closed doors” on 13th September.

The Heritage group meet on 17th of the month and have their last walk of the summer on the following day.

The regular WI coffee mornings continue of course and the one on the 21st will be their regular cake sale in support of Macmillan cancer support. On the same evening, Milborne Port Village Hall opens up their new season of Moviola screenings, starting with “The Guernsey literary and potato peel pie society”.

Finally, on 29th of the month, St. John’s Church will be open for a display of local craft talent in the Village.

If you know of more things in the village please let the website administrator know and if we have made errors, also let us know. We look forward to hearing from you.

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