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Newsletter - August 31st 2017

After a wonderful bank holiday weekend, it is time to look at what is happening in our village in the coming month. We can only pass on information that we have so if you see anything in error or miss something that should be there, please do get in touch. Keeping the diary up to date is a particularly difficult thing!

The last Sunday opening of the season of the Heritage museum will take place on Sunday 3rd September, and the group will be concluding its guided walk series with an intriguing one called “Mayhem and Murder in Milborne Port” on the following day.

The Parish Council will meet on Tuesday 5th September for its monthly full council meeting. The agenda can be found on the Parish Council pages of this website. Also, there can be found various information about the council and how it operates and a monthly report of some of the items discussed, called “news from the council chamber”. This of course supplements the formal minutes.

The village hall will be starting its Moviola screenings starting with “Their Finest” on 15th September. Note that this is a Friday as the village hall has managed to move away from the less popular Saturday evening screenings. As usual, tea, coffee and wine will be available for purchase.

The Moviola film concerns the second world way, but a few days later on 18th September, the Milborne Port bell ringers will again honour two villagers lost in WWI, with a half muffled ring.

On 15th, the regular coffee morning of the WI will be holding a cake sale and raffle in aid of MacMillan cancer support. You can read about this and all the other WI news here.

On the 23rd September at the Village Hall, the “Kings Command Performance” takes centre stage, featuring local talent in a fund raising event.

The summer reading challenge, where 60 children have signed up for our library’s engagement with this national activity has been part of the activities and you can read about this and the financial challenges that the library face in their monthly report.

Taking a look further forward, on 3rd October the National Blood Transfusion Service will be at the village hall for donations of blood.

On 20th October, the first of a series of live concerts in the coming months will feature the Somerton Festival Band. Other forthcoming events will be a return of the New Scorpion Band in December and the Neil Maya quartet in March of next year.

All this in addition to the regular clubs and society events held at various locations, around the village. Have a look at the diary for what’s on.

Newsletter - August 1st 2017

A brief look at news and events at the end of July.

We have been disappointed to report some vandalism on the newly erected community swimming pool roof at the Primary School. The cost of necessary measures needed to prevent a recurrence will delay the finishing touches planned for the pool.

On a much more positive note, we see that the bus shelter by Crackmore has been given a new lease of life with willing help from village residents as well as children from both the Gryphon school and our own Primary School. A picture gallery of the work that has been done is also available.

The WI also report on this work as the original construction was supported by the WI. They also report on the forthcoming activities including an August barbecue for their members.

August sees a number of heritage walks by the history and heritage groups as well as themed opening days of the cemetery chapel museum on each Sunday. You can read more about what is planned on the heritage pages of the web site or the diary pages.

Along with a book review this month is a reminder of the book reading group which meets in the library each month on a Tuesday evening. Also on library subjects, FOMPL report on a Somerset libraries meeting, the summer reading challenge and a user satisfaction survey.

Once again, the bellringers of Milborne Port will be holding a half muffled ring in tribute to the life of Joseph Hewlett, a soldier lost to the Great War. We were struck, whilst watching the commemoration of the battle of Passchendaele that the picture accompanying the article of the Tyne Cot cemetery does not begin to show the awful scale of that battle.

Moving on from that sobering thought, we wish all our readers an enjoyable remains of the summer, and if there is any news or other items you wish reported, please contact the administrator.

Newsletter - 30th May 2017

Our monthly round up this month starts with the reminder, if you ever needed one, that the Village Fete, organised by the Spirit of Milborne Port takes place on Saturday 3rd June, starting at 1pm and followed by the Party @the Port in the evening.

Many groups will have a presence at the fete including the Heritage group who will be opening the museum each Sunday in June. Have a look at the newly created Heritage pages on the website for more information. They will also be having a tour of our Church on 19th June.

Women’s tennis, organised by SSDC will start on 6th June. The women’s theme continues with the Women’s Institute report on their activities. They will be holding their next meeting on 8th June.

The 8th June will see the return of voters to the Camelot room of the Village Hall to cast their ballot at the general election.

The village hall held its AGM on 24th May at which Cathy Lancaster was re-elected as chair. As well as AGM business, the plan for the village hall to put on live shows was discussed. Watch this space for more details.

The Friends of Milborne Port Library report positively on their activities including the recruitment of new staff to the library.

The community swimming pool, now with its new roof is gearing up for the new season including a separate booking website, and the School will be holding its Summer Fayre on 17th June.

Your Parish Council has met as usual for its full meeting at the start of the month and committee meetings in the middle of the month. Draft minutes are available on the council pages as are a summary of items that council thought to be of more general interest in its “News from the Council Chamber” article.

Towards the end of the month, there will be an evening of Music and Poetry at the Church.

Well that completes our round up of specific events that we are aware of. These are in addition to the weekly list of things going on, the calendar for which can be found here.

If we have missed anything, please contact the administrator.

Newsletter - July 1st 2017

Our usual round up of village life as reported to the website. Following the successful Fete in June, things seem to be moving at a more leisurely pace as villagers prepare for their summer holidays.

I guess, however, it will not be too leisurely at the Tippling Philosopher on Monday 3rd July when a Morris dancing team perform there.

Throughout July, the Heritage museum at the cemetery chapel will be open during the afternoon with a series of exhibitions. You can read more about the work of the Heritage group on their pages of this website.

The WI review their activities and are planning for a meeting discussion the life of a Victorian London policeman at their meeting on 13th July. Of course, policing and the way of finding out about police matters has changed hugely in recent years and today, you can find out about local issues on line.

On 15th July, let us hope for good weather for the Church fete, which has all your favourite stalls and games to enjoy with cream teas and ice cream, not forgetting the grand prize draw.

The Friends of Milborne Port Library are busy preparing for the children’s’ summer reading challenge which will start in the middle of July with the hope of a record attendance by our village children.

The Milborne Port School will break up on 21st July for the summer. It has been a busy year at the school with the new roof for the pool, a successful Ofsted inspection and recently, the children have been involved with pupils of the Gryphon school in refurbishing the bus shelter at Crackmore.

The Parish Council continues its full and committee meetings on a biweekly basis, with minutes on the Council pages, supplemented by the “News from the Council Chamber” report.

As mentioned at the start, a short report this month, but if you think of other things that should be reported, please get in touch. Much of the creation of news articles and this newsletter is done by a very small group of people, often with one person taking the lead. This gives a certain vulnerability to absences. If you would like to help with this website, please contact the administrator in the first instance to discuss.

Do have a good summer and come back for more news from the website.

Newsletter 2nd May 2017

Our monthly collation of news and events around the village. We hope you find this useful. If you have any other events or news that we have missed, please contact the administrator, and it you are sending information about the village for publication in the magazine, why not send to the website as well?

Following the Milborne Port Opera’s production of “Into the Woods”, which was as usual a great piece of entertainment but very different from their normal fayre, the Village Hall returns to its normal self as venue for badminton, short mat bowls and the like.

However, there are other one offs at the village Hall during May. On 4th May, the local government elections will be taking place to elect our county councillor, and on 9th May, the blood transfusion service will be present for those wanting to donate.

As we move into late spring, we note that some tennis sessions for ladies will be available from 16th May and the gardening club will be holding its latest plant sale on 20th May. They also are preparing for their summer garden visits, and will be holding their next meeting on 9th May.

The WI will be holding their AGM in May and the Friends of Milborne Port library review their activities for the last year.

Following the successful opening of the heritage museum at the cemetery chapel in April, the group’s next meeting will be on metal finds in Milborne Port on 22nd May.

Thinking of others is a feature of many activities in our village and the Give Life Live Life charity, who’s ball last October raised some 16,000 report on their cheque presentation ceremony.

Also on the theme of others, there will be a quarter peal of the Church bells on 27th May supporting the “Strike Back Against Blood Cancer” appeal, and a few days later, the half muffled ringing of the bell will again commemorate one of the fallen of the great war.

On Council matters, draft minutes of the latest meetings, including the annual Parish meeting are on the website as is our regular “news from the council chamber” where the council have highlighted some items under discussion at the last meeting. The May full council meeting on 2nd May is where the chair and committee members are elected for the year.

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