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Newsletter - 27th January 2018

Currently, many of the items on the news pages contain information which is relevant for more than one month or has deadlines just into March, hence there is quite a large spread of dates mentioned in this newsletter. We hope this helps rather than hinders the appreciation of what is going on in our village.

At the start of the month on 1st February, the half-muffled bells of the Parish Church will again ring out to remember the debt the village owes to one of its number killed in WWI. Edward Ham died on this day in 1918.

On 9th February, a film of an epic story of the second world war can be seen when “Dunkirk” will be shown as part of the Moviola series.

The gardening club have published their complete programme for the year and the second of their meeting will be held on 13th February.

The Church year is moving towards the season of Lent, and as usual, this will be accompanied by the informal, simple “Lent Lunches” starting on 16th February, with donations going towards Christian Aid.

The WI have a multitude of events in the coming weeks, with their winter warmer on 31st January and a shopping trip on 15th March. Read about this and more on their news item.

The Heritage group will be holding a meeting on 19th which will be of interest to all railway enthusiasts when the history of the railways in and around Milborne Port will be charted.

Whilst on the subject of heritage, the primary school has a new acting head who is also very keen for the children to learn more about the history of the village.

The Spirit of Milborne Port report on their plans for 2018, specifically for the summer fete.

The Friends of Milborne Port Library talk about their regular activities in the library but also mention the very serious threat to the library with the cost cutting measures that SCC are planning. A consultation is in place and this extends into April but with a consultation event on 6th March in the Camelot room of the Village Hall.

The boundary commission has draft proposals on the new ward boundaries for South Somerset. This consultation, which can be found here will end on 19th March.

Turning back to February, there will be a peal attempt at St. John’s Church. For those of us who love the sound of the Church bells, then a treat is in store as a peal will last, typically, for over three hours. For those who do not find this an attractive proposition, then a visit to the shops is on the cards!

Again, at the beginning of March we will have another live music concert at the Village Hall with the Neil Maya Quartet on Friday 2nd March. Looking a little further into March, Church House will be hosting a get together for all newcomers to the village where various village groups will be on hand to help people who want to know what is on offer in our bustling society.

Have a look at the diary for more regular activities, be it bridge, bowls or badminton. There is much to do in Milborne Port, as ever, if you think we should include other things, please do get in touch

Newsletter - 26th December 2017

We hope that our subscribers are having a good festive season, though writing this on boxing day, the weather is not very festive and people may already be thinking of clearing up after the holidays are finished. Some help is at hand as with previous years, SSDC and your Parish Council have teamed up to provide a tree recycling service. See this notice for details.

The Parish Council will be holding its first meeting of 2018 on 2nd January and notes from the December meeting last year, either as the council’s information “News from the Council Chamber” or the formal minutes can be found on their pages.

We understand that the Spirit of Milborne Port are looking for further volunteers to help make their events such as the Christmas lights switch on and the fete go with a swing.

Our regular readers will have the “Remembering” series of articles, each on commemorating a fallen soldier from the first World War. The articles on the website were seen by someone in Canada, a relative of Arthur Harold Parsons. They have sent further information on Pte. Parsons which is recorded this month.

The Friends of Milborne Port library report that they will be starting a new Story and Rhyme Time during the school term, and they also note an upcoming visit by a local author. For this and other news, please look at their full article here.

The WI report that they are getting ready to celebrate 100 years of activity in Somerset.

Moviola returns to the Village Hall in January with a screening on 26th January, of “Victoria and Abdul”, starring Judi Dench as Queen Victoria.

Following the survey earlier in the year as part of the Parish Plan update where over half the respondents said they would like to see the village hall used for film, theatre and concerts, the Village Hall have been very active in recent months in promoting a range of entertainment in addition to the club based use of the hall throughout the week. Early in December the New Scorpion band returned to the hall and the following day, a screening of ”The Audience”, a stage play starring Hellen Mirren was shown. Two more live concerts are planned for 2018 so far, starting on March 2nd with the Neil Maya Quartet.

This has been a brief look at events in January. There will be much more going on, so please do look at the news pages as the month evolves and also keep looking at the diary pages. As ever, if you know of other things which should be reported here, please contact the website.

Newsletter November 2017

Our monthly round up of forthcoming events and happenings from the recent past. If you know of other things happening, please do get in touch. Do also look at the diary for your favourite or new activity.

At the beginning of the month, the school had its “welly walk", giving children the opportunity to explore the adjacent countryside whilst raising month for the Charity “Farm Africa”.

Some of the children had also been involved earlier in the year in helping to decorate the newly refurbished bus shelter by the Crackmore garage. This became part of the exhibit for the South West in Bloom (SWIB) competition. The village managed a silver gilt award for the competition as a whole, but also managed to claim the Serco cup for the work on the shelter. You can see pictures of the presentation ceremony and pictures of the work on the shelter in the gallery pages. Well done to all who contributed.

There are a number of events this coming week. Firstly on Wednesday 1st there will be a public meeting hosted by Sarah Dyke. On Friday, the latest in the Moviola series of films will be screening “Churchill”, a film about the last phase of WWII. On Saturday, also at the village hall, Richard Duckworth will be holding one of his occasional presentations about the history of Milborne Port.

The Friends of Milborne Port library report on a busy time for them including a meeting with the county library service and the Parish Council.

The Parish Council have had a spate of resignations from the Council and it is expected that these will be filled by co-option. Unfortunately, because of the process which has to be followed, these vacancies cannot be filled all at once.

The Royal British Legion local branch will be holding its AGM on the 9th November and on that same day, the Church bells will again be sounding a half muffled ring to commemorate the passing of another soldier of the Great War. At the remembrance service on Sunday 12th November, his name will be read out, as will all others from the village who gave their lives in the service of the country.

The Heritage group will also be considering conflict past with it presentation of the village in wartime on 20th November.

Towards the end of the month, the village starts thinking about Christmas, with the now traditional lights switch on organised by the Spirit of Milborne Port on 24th November. At this event, the WI will be serving refreshment as they report in their piece on the news pages.

On the following day, the village hall will be holding a Christmas Fayre, where there will be lots of ideas for Christmas presents. There will also be an opportunity to see the brand new kitchen at the hall.

Following the survey as part of the Parish Plan work earlier in the year, the village hall is making tremendous efforts to promote live entertainment at the hall in addition to Moviola Hence, following on from the Somerton Festival band concert last month, on 8th December, the New Scorpion band will be performing in a return concert after last year’s successful gig. The following day will see a screening of a stage play, “The Audience” at the hall.

Newsletter - 25th November 2017

With the lights switch on at the weighbridge taking place on November 24th, organised by The Spirit of Milborne Port, the Christmas season is almost upon us and it will soon be winter as we move into December.

This year, December sees a number of entertainments in the village, starting with an Alan Bennett monologue “Bed among the lentils” which takes place at the Parish Church on Friday 1st December, accompanied by Tumlyn Brass.

A week later, the village hall hosts the return of the New Scorpion Band for a Christmas themed gig on 8th December, followed a day later by “The Audience”, a stage play starring Hellen Mirren which has been filmed and will be shown as a stage on screen event. Both these Village Hall events are in part a response to the Parish Plan survey earlier in the year where respondents asked for more live entertainment at the village hall.

The Friends of Milborne Port Library were also part of the lights switch on and also report on recent meetings with county library service and the upcoming visit of a local author, Caroline Newark.

The WI report on their activities including success at a group quiz and the preparations for their fish and chip supper on the 14th December and their shopping trip to Exeter. The Gardening club look forward to welcoming new members at their forthcoming meeting.

To supplement the formal minutes of the Parish Council, have a look at our regular “News from the Council Chamber” which highlights some of the months main issues. This month, two planning applications loomed large as did the co-option of three new councillors.

Longer term planning is also in the news as SSDC are reviewing their local plan and there will be a series of walk in sessions to view and comment on these as it evolves.

Your Parish Council has recently completed the installation of new swings at the Gainsborough playground including one especially designed for children with a disability.

As we move towards Christmas week, there will be a series of special services to mark the nativity including a united carol service on Sunday 17th December. Some of these extra services are shown on the diary.

We have no doubt that there is even more going on in our village than we have recorded here. If you know of anything that is not mentioned either here or in the diary, please get in touch. In the meantime, may we wish our readers a very happy and peaceful Christmas and new year.

Newsletter October 2017


As the summer recedes, many will look to see what indoor activities there are to offer, and this roundup of the month of October in prospect aims to help with that.

On Tuesday 3rd October, the blood transfusion service will again be in the Village Hall to take donations of this precious resource.

Also on 3rd October will be the full Parish Council meeting which will be followed by the committee meetings two weeks later. You can look at the agendas and minutes on the Parish Council pages of this website. These pages also contain a summary of the previous business in the Council’s regular “News from the Council Chamber”. We note that there is a Parish Council vacancy and the council is seeking enthusiastic people to fill this role.

On 7th October, the Flatland Boogie Band will be entertaining those at the Sports and Social Club.

On 13th October, the second Moviola screening of the season, which takes its new regular spot on Friday is “Denial”; an all too recent battle for truth against the Holocaust deniers.

The 16th October sees a further half muffled ring of the St. John’s Church bells to commemorate two more lives lost to the first world war. This day also sees the Heritage group’s meeting where it tackles the subject of local boundaries. Interesting timing as the boundary commission is just beginning a review of our current council and ward boundaries. Look for more activities on the Heritage group’s pages including a visit to the Guildhall.

Friday 20th will see the Somerton Festival Band playing at the Village Hall. This is the first of several live concerts this season in response to the stated desire for this in the recent Parish Questionnaire. Priced at a modest £7.50, this should be an entertaining evening and as with the Moviola, beer and wine will be on sale in the hall.

On the news pages also, you will find a plea for someone new to spearhead the litter pick in the village. The Wi also report on their recent and forthcoming activities and they are even mentioning Christmas.

The Friends of Milborne Port Library report on the party held for children who took part in the summer reading challenge and talk of their forthcoming activities including a drop in session for people wanting to know more about IT.

If we look at the calendar, if is full of activities for those autumn and winter evenings with activities ranging from the energetic sounding “flexercise” and Badminton to the brain focussed Bridge club. Have a good look, you will be surprised at what you find. As you look around the diary, you will also see red colour coded events. This is a direct feed from the new Primary School website and shows the fantastic range of things that the school are involved with.

As ever, if we have missed something or you have something interesting to report, please get in touch.

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