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Newsletter, 25th November 2015

As Christmas looms, there is so much going on that it is difficult to know where to start in this last newsletter before Christmas.

First to note, is of course the big Christmas lights switch on this coming Friday 27th November organised by The Spirit of Milborne Port. Of course it is much more than just lights. There will be lantern making in the Church and procession to the Weighbridge for the Children as well as a Christmas Storytime at the library. There is also the tree festival at the Church for the second year running.

During the lights switch on, the Parish Council will be having a display in the council chamber, where villagers can make their views known regarding our Parish Plan refresh. Please take five minutes out of the festivities to have a look.

Also during the evening, the WI will be serving coffee. You can read more about the WI recent activities here.

The day after the Lights Switch on, the Church will be holding a Christmas market at Church House and the day after, the big Christmas craft fair and market at the Village Hall will be held.

Your Parish Council has been asking for volunteers for a community speed watch. If no more volunteers come forward, they will not be able to move this scheme forward. The deadline for this is Friday 27th November.

Whilst still on transport, there will be some road closures in early December as the A30 is resurfaced. Read about the effect on the village and public transport here. Also the council have set up a consultation on bus subsidy which we have written about.

Our District Councillor writes about the availability of Welfare advice, whilst the regular News from the Council Chambers, reporting on the council meetings talks about the budget for next year and the interesting training that has been undertaken. We also note that the December Footpaths meeting will not be held.

As we move on through December, the Village Hall will be holding two Moviola film showings, the first on 3rd December where “Mr. Holmes” will be showing, and then on the 12th December, “Cinderella” will be shown in the late afternoon, hopefully to the delight of families. Tickets for this latter event are also available from the School.

Before going to see Cinderella, why not step out in the morning for the litter pick to help keep our village tidy.

On the 17th December, the Children of the Primary School will be heading to Church for their Christmas carol service at 10:30hrs.

With the winter heading our way, thoughts of indoor pastimes may come to the fore. The library has an amazing range of jigsaws for loan. You can see the catalogue here. We have also put a gallery of some winter scenes in Milborne Port, courtesy of Richard Duckworth.

We hope you find this newsletter worthwhile, with this and the website generally being complimentary to the Milborne Port Magazine, depending on how you like to read your news. If there is anything we have missed, or if there is anything else you would like to see, please contact the webmaster.

May we close by wishing everyone a merry Christmas and a peaceful New Year.

Newsletter 1st October 2015

This little Indian summer we are enjoying is very pleasant, especially after the poor showing of the sun in July and August. Those visiting our website will see that you can now track the weather forecasts on the home page and we have made other changes too; consolidating picture galleries as well as making the Council pages easier to navigate and bringing this newsletter to the home page. We hope you like the changes and would be happy to receive comments on this or anything else, including any content we have missed. You can do this by e-mailing the administrator here.

If you are quick, there is still time to join the barn dance this coming Saturday, 3rd October at the village hall. Proceeds in favour of the Church.

Further remembrance of those from Milborne Port who fell in the Great War will take place on 13th October with a muffled ring of the Church bells, which the anniversary of the passing of Frank Talbot.

The Great War had one very positive and long lasting outcome; the formation of the Women’s Institute. They report on their centenary celebrations here.

Milborne Port has a long history and Steve Underwood is trying to start a history group to continue to celebrate the village’s heritage. Anyone interested should contact Steve directly.

An inviting prospect on 15th October is the screening of “The 2nd Best Marigold Hotel” at the village hall as part of the Moviola Series.

The friends of Milborne Port library reports on the success of the children’s summer reading challenge and also the fact that free Wi-Fi has arrived at the library.

The gardening club report on their summer activities, including the visit to a stunning garden in Bruton, whilst the village’s combined efforts in horticulture have netted a silver gilt prize in the South West in Bloom competition.

Continuing the theme of nature’s bounty and of “all good things around us”, a school harvest service will take place on 22nd October at 10:30 am at the Parish Church.

Doing something good? Those involved with voluntary work may be interested in a community fair which will be held in Yeovil on 27th October.

We also look at some of the items that your Parish Council have been discussing, with our series “News from the Council Chamber”. This mentions the desire to form a community speedwatch group and there is also a call for volunteers here.

If we turn the page over and peek into November, the village hall will again host a quiz night on 1st November.

Newsletter 26th August 2015

As this summer starts to fall away to autumn and organised activities ramp up again, here is the latest of our periodic newsletter to keep you informed of what we know about village activities.

It may still be the summer holidays, but many children have been busy at the library. As the FOMPL report shows

One staple of the village heralding the autumn season is the start of the rehearsals for the next Milborne Port Opera production.

As many will be aware, our long standing district councillor, Lucy Wallace was defeated in the elections in May and the new councillor is Sarah Dyke-Bracher. She introduces herself and her view of her role in a short article. We also continue our “News from the Council Chamber” as a report on some of the discussions of your Parish Council.

The main hall of the village hall has been rendered out of use with damage to the floor, though it is hoped that repairs will have been effected so that the hall can be used again by the beginning of September.

The hall will certainly be required when the “Core and Flexibility” classes start on 7th September, whilst the second season of Moviola film screening gets underway on 17th after the very successful first season. Four films will be shown before the year end with the first of these being “Still Alice”, a multi-award winning film about a linguistics professor struggling to come to terms with Alzheimers disease.

The following day, the 18th September, the national blood transfusion service will occupy the hall for the periodic blood donation day.

Swing your Partners” starts up again in Church House after its summer break on 25th September. On the same day, the WI will be holding its periodic McMillan Cancer care coffee morning in the WI room in the Town Hall. Also at Church House, “Circle Dance” starts up again on 9th September.

The Parish Church open day will be taking place on 26th September, with a very full programme based around the Church and Church House.

If you know of more things happening in the village, please let us know by contacting the web team.

Remembering three soldiers of WWI

poppyMay sees the first of the WW1 commemorations by the bellringers of St John's here in Milborne Port. The muffled ring will take place on Friday, 29th May at 6pm when the men whose lives we remember are: Richard Empson, Alfred Ford and Arthur Harold Parsons. Read on for an account of the circumstances of their deaths, where they are buried or commemorated and their links with the village.

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Newsletter 24th July 2015

Things are a little slow at the moment; apart from regular events in the village, after the successful summer fete, organised by the Spirit of Milborne Port, it seems that villagers have been thinking more about their summer holidays than organising events for the village. Much of this newsletter, is therefore a look back.

However, there are some exceptions. The Friends of Milborne Port Library have been busy as ever and you can read their latest news here.

Towards the end of June, the bellringers finally had a successful peal attempt.

A race night at the Social Club garnered welcome funds to support the community swimming pool, which is now open and there is a summer swim school for the youngsters of the village to improve their skills. This will take place in the middle of August.

Moviola had a great first year back in the village with interesting and popular films being shown. The village hall team will be presenting a new suite of films starting in September and a preview of the titles suggests it will be a great next season.

In the middle of July, our South West in Bloom entry was judged and we will know the outcome of this in September.

The new Parish Council continues to settle into its role and as well as publishing the minutes on this site we have begun to write up items that we think will be of interest in a more narrative form, entitled “News from the Council Chamber”. We hope your appreciate this new venture.

For those who were expecting a newsletter in June, apologies as your editor was away on holiday. This newsletter is somewhat shorter than normal given the low level of activity in the summer. As ever, if we have missed anything, please let us know.

Also, for those using social media, we will be making some changes to the Twitter account and adopting a new Facebook entry for the community shortly. Keep a lookout for these changes.

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