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Newsletter 29th April 2016

May is a busy month in prospect in Milborne Port. The Parish Council meeting will be as usual on May 3rd, the first Tuesday in the month and there will also be the Parish Council annual meeting on 17th May; this is where the council choose its chairman for the following year. You can read more about the Parish Council activities in our regular feature; “News from the Council Chambers”.

Elections for the Police and Crime Commissioner for Avon and Somerset will be held on 5th May. The polling station will be as usual, the Milborne Port Village Hall. There are seven candidates for this role including two independents as well as political party candidates.

On 7th May, our District Councillor will be holding one of her surgeries at the Town Hall. That evening, if you are thinking of heading out, two opportunities are available in Milborne Port, a race night at the Sports and Social club, and a quiz night at the Village Hall.

11th May is the next date for the Spirit of Milborne Port meeting where they no doubt will be making final plans for the fete in June. Leading up to the fete day of 4th June will be the scarecrow competition, which this year has the theme of cartoon characters.

Also preparing for the day of the fete are the group of volunteers working on the revision to the Parish Plan. The fete will present a major opportunity for villagers to put forward their ideas in a “planning for real” exercise. The recently formed History and Heritage group are planning a history festival starting on Bank Holiday Monday 30th May and leading up to the fete in June.

On 12th May, the WI will be holding its AGM. It would seem to be the month of AGMs as on 23rd May the Village Hall Charity Trust will be holding its AGM.

Circle Dance will start again after a short break with an extension to its timings.

On Saturday 21st May will see the last Moviola presentation of this season, with the film remake of that popular TV series, Dad’s Army. Earlier on that day, the gardening club will be holding its plant sale outside the town hall.

At the end of the Month (29th), the English Organ School and museum will have a second open day where this gem of a museum of many old and modern working organs will be open.

Of course there are the regular clubs and societies events during the month, and reports of activities such as the Friend of Milborne Port library, bellringers and the gardening club are reported in addition to beekeepers and more. Gardeners are also sought to help with a school gardening club.

There is also the prospect of a bridge for beginner’s club at the village hall.

The Alzheimer’s Society in Langport is looking to set up a new service in Milborne Port and is looking for volunteers. See the news pages for more details on these last two themes

Finally, do not forget to look at our diary pages to see upcoming events including the regular meetings such as the badminton clubs and exercise classes. This can be seen here. If we have missed anything, please let us know by mailing the administrator.

Newsletter 31st March 2016

Time to review again what has been and what is about to happen in our village. Of course there was a huge turnout to witness the planning appeal about the proposed Gainsborough housing development. Read a summary here. At the time of writing, there has been no decision on this. Also on planning, we have heard that permission has been granted to construct a roof structure over the swimming pool at the Primary School.

The litter pick in March was successful with many bags of litter picked up. Wouldn’t it be nice though if it was not dropped in the first place? Also the ranger which the Parish Council has contracted, has been busy tidying up the public spaces, including the ball court so it really is time for us all to be sprucing up our gardens, bearing in mind that we have our South West in Bloom competition just round the corner. Phil Lock is still looking for more volunteers to help with the campaign.

We have just heard of some very negative part of our rural scene with an enormous amount of bagged dog excrement just being dumped in the hedgerows!

Staying with Council related issues, the next full Parish Council meeting will be on Tuesday 5th April at 7pm, and don’t forget the annual village meeting on 19th.

The next gardening club meeting will also be on 5th April in the Camelot room of the Village Hall.

Our district Councillor, Sarah Dyke-Bracher will be holding some surgeries in the Town Hall next month starting on 12th April.

Milborne Port Opera will be holding their annual production at the village hall on the nights of 13-16 April. This year it is a production of “The Sorcerer”, last performed by the group in 2000.

The next WI meeting on 14th April should be a very interesting one when they will learn about the various search and rescue services that support those getting into difficulty around our coasts and hillsides.

The heritage group is proving popular and has outgrown the library and its next meeting will be held at Church House on 18th April, whilst a new craft group has also been formed and will meet each Thursday in the WI room. Of course the Friends of Milborne Port Library are still very activ and you can read about a visit from the school children and plans to comemorate Shakespere's birthday.

After the very successful showing of “Lady in the Van”, the next Moviola will be on 21st April when the film “Brooklyn” will be shown.

On 26th April, the bellringers of Milborne Port will again pay their respects to the loss of another soldier of the great war, George Bewsey Dyke who died on that day 1916.

Did you know that we have an organ school and museum in the village? They will be having open afternoons on the last Sunday of the Month through to the end of June.

Finally, do not forget to look at our diary pages to see upcoming events including the regular meetings such as the badminton clubs and exercise classes. This can be seen here. If we have missed anything, please let us know by mailing the administrator.

Newsletter 4th January 2016

As the village comes back to life after the holiday period, this is a somewhat shorter newsletter than normal. First to note that the Christmas lights switch on was still well attended despite the rain and wind which tried, unsuccessfully, to dampen enthusiasm. I have received several comments from visitors over the Christmas period on how well it makes the village look.

During the lights switch on, your Parish Council took the opportunity to start the consultation regarding the Parish Plan refresh on the lines of “if we had lots of money” (which we do not), how would you want to shape the village. You can read the results of this engagement here.

We also have noted in the past, the search for speedwatch volunteers. A rush of volunteers towards the end of the year means that this project can now go ahead and training for the volunteers will be arranged shortly. Also on community involvement, the December litter pick attracted new volunteers including several Children.

Parish Council meeting dates have been changed this year so that the full council meetings are now on the first Tuesday of the month and the committee meetings on the third. This had been done so that any news which the council wishes to communicate can be done in a more timely manner via the Milborne Port magazine as well as the “hopefully” always timely notifications on this website. So the first full council meeting is on Tuesday 5th January at the earlier time of 7pm. The agenda can be found on the council pages of the website

Our very active Friends of Milborne Port Library have important news about proposed changes to library opening hours and a request for you to make your views known either at the library of by filling in an on line form at

The increasingly popular Moviola film nights will be showing the film Suffragette on 21st January.

On the following day Friday 22nd January will be the latest opportunity to give blood at the village hall. If your energy has recovered from either the blood donation or the Christmas period, later that day the first “swing your partners” of 2016 will take place.

The news pages of this website also reports other news as we receive it and you will see a mention of our new bus shelter which was installed just before Christmas.

Please keep the reports and notification of events coming as we try to compliment the Milborne Port magazine with this electronic newsletter. Don’t forget that all our articles are tweeted on our Twitter feed @MilborneEvents.

Newsletter 28th February 2016

There is a huge amount going on at the moment in our village. If you do not want to wait for this newsletter and cannot remember to look at the website every day to search out new news, then remember that links to all articles are sent to our Twitter feed @MilborneEvents as they are published.

March’s full council meeting will be this coming Tuesday 1st March. You can see the agenda and last month’s draft minutes on the Parish Council pages of this website, as well as informal highlights of the last meeting. The Council is also asking for help from businesses in the village to update details for the Parish Plan refresh.

Looking to village infrastructure, Bathwell Lane will be closed for some work for a few days and there will be an appeal meeting in the village hall regarding the planning refusal for the property development application at Gainsborough.

We may be just turning into March, but the Spirit of Milborne Port will be holding their next meeting on 9th March where they will be full on planning for the summer fete.

The Moviola screening in March will be “The Lady in the van”, starring Maggie Smith on 17th of the month. This is expected to be a very popular film.

The following day, you can visit Sherborne to hear Milborne Port’s own Michael Partington play guitar. Michael’s mother, Christine is as you will know, a leading light in the Friends of Milborne Port Library and she reports about their activities last month.

On 19th of March will be the spring litter pick, getting the village spruced up for spring. This is especially important as the South West in Bloom team are really aiming high this year.

Also on March 19th, will see one of Richard Duckworth’s historic film shows at the village hall. Proceeds towards the Church. Villagers will also have a chance to learn more about its past with a talk about the gloving industry with the Heritage group on 21st March. Last Month’s meeting of this group learned from Naomi Thorp about the work she has done in learning about the villagers, fallen in the first world war. The next commemoration will be on 29th March when the half muffled church bells will again be heard to comemorate the passing of Ivor Davis.

The gardening club’s February meeting is discussed and there is an opportunity for a visit to RHS Wisley announced for June.

Not that far ahead, but April will see the Milborne Port Opera’s production of “The Sorcerer” at the village hall and also the Annual Parish Meeting on 19th where you can learn more about the village groups. This will be the first annual meeting since the new council was elected last year.

Finally, do not forget to look at our diary pages to see upcoming events including the regular meetings such as the badminton clubs and exercise classes. This can be seen here. If we have missed anything, please let us know by mailing the administrator.

Newsletter 26th October 2015

Looking at the next few week’s diary tells us that Christmas is around the corner, but let us first catch up with some of the autumn activities! On Saturday 17th October, volunteers from the South West in Bloom and Spirit of Milborne Port got together with children, to plant bulbs up towards Crackmore. We have created a gallery of pictures of this activity for you to look at. On Thursday 22nd, the children from the Primary School attended a Harvest service at our Parish Church.

We note that South Somerset Council are looking for volunteer drivers to help transport the elderly. You can read more about what is needed here. Also if you are looking for volunteer opportunities, the Parish Council is looking for a cohort of people to act as a community speedwatch team.

Recently, the planning application for a solar farm at Old Bowden way was narrowly rejected by the Area East planning meeting; although this will mean the loss of some potential income to the village, it will undoubtedly please many. Whilst on the subject of planning, a building control application has been made (though not yet a planning application) for some 85 houses on Golding’s lane.

There are more updates from the Council’s activities here, including the beginning of a task to update the Parish Plan which was completed five years ago. We have created a new menu item on the website for you easily to be able to track and contribute to this work.

November starts with a Quiz night at the village hall, with proceeds in favour of the Church, whilst the WI will be holding their quiz night for members on 13th at Church House. Also there on 11th will be the AGM of the Royal British Legion. Of course a few days before that on Sunday 8th November will be the annual remembrance service at the Church. This starts at 10:50 am.

The next film in the Moviola series at the Village Hall will be held on 19th November when “45 years” will be shown. If you have not been, come along; it is very relaxing to sit with a cup of coffee or glass of wine in hand whilst watching the film.

It is on 27th November that Christmas events start, with the annual lights switch on. As usual there will be food and stalls at the weighbridge. For the children will be story time at the library, a procession form the Church and of course Father Christmas. Keep an eye out for the flyers or check back with the website for more details. Leading up to this, there will also be a Christmas tree festival at St. John’s Church.

Following this, there will be two Christmas markets, one at Church house on 28th November and the craft and food market organised by former PCSO Mandy Forsey at the village hall on 29th November.

All this in one month of our busy village, in addition to all the regular activities of the different groups such as the WI and Friends of Milborne Port Library (FOMPL). We note that there will be Spanish conversation meetings starting at the library under auspices of FOMPL. Check back on the website for updates and of course we are bound to have missed something. If you know of anything we have missed, please let the web team know.

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