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Newsletter 4th January 2015

For this first newsletter of 2015, may I begin by wishing all readers a happy and peaceful year ahead.

The Christmas festivities are now over but the lead up in the village was fantastic, with the lights switch on and the Christmas tree festival held by the Church. Click here to see photographs of the trees and switch on. On Saturday 10th January, the Christmas trees lining the High Street will be removed. If anyone wishes to help, I am sure Claire Andrews would appreciate that, starting at 1000 hrs at the Weighbridge.

One tree which will not be coming down, however, is the ornamental pear tree donated to the village by the WI and which now stand proudly at the East end of the High Street. The WI had a busy time before Christmas, with shopping trips and a visit to Wells Cathedral. Also visiting Wells Cathedral, were the children of the Milborne Port School choir, as one engagement in their busy schedule before Christmas.

The Gardening Club and the Friends of Milborne Port Library have also been busy and you can read of their work by clicking the links.

On 16th January at the Village Hall, the National Blood Transfusion Service will the present to take donations from those will to give blood. On 20th there will be a full council meeting. Keep checking on the home page of the website for a link to the agenda for the meeting which will be put up in due course.

Moviola returns to Milborne Port on 22nd January with a film called "the 100 year old man who jumped out of the window and disappeared". That title must surely peak the curiosity of all movie fans so why not go along. There will be further films in February and beyond.

At the end of the month, live music will again be heard at the Sports and Social Club.

There is also some further information on the plans that the Milborne Port bellringers have to remember those who lost their lives in the great war.

We hope that this round up of news and events is useful. If there are things missing or other things you would like included, please do not hesitate to get in touch here. For those who use an electronic diary, any of the diary entries can be transferred to you diary with a simple click on the "Ical" icon on the detail page of each entry. Finally, if you are a Twitter user, don't forget that new articles are posted on the twitter account @milborneevents.

Newsletter November 27th 2014

With the lights twinkling on the trees adorning the High Street, and the large tree by the Town Hall, Milborne Port seems to be getting ready for Christmas. So this latest round up of news and events will have a significant festive theme.

On Friday 28th November (tomorrow as I write this), there will be the grand Christmas lights switch on, with stalls, Santa, food and all the fun which will start with a procession of lights from the Church with the Children of the village. Look here for more detail. Also during this evening, the public toilets, recently purchased by the Commonalty charity will be reopened by Revd Sarah Godfrey.

Throughout the weekend, there will be the Christmas Tree festival, organised by the Church, and this will include a craft market.

In the first week of December, there will be another Moviola production at the village hall on 4th December and on Saturday 6th, there will be hog racing at the sports and social club.

Of course, the business of the village goes on and the next full council meeting will be on Tuesday 16th December.

If you look on the news pages of the website, you will see reports from the gardening club, WI and several other articles.

Towards the end of the month, there are a number of Church services to mark the approach of Christmas, beginning with a carol service for the children of Milborne Port Primary School on the 18th December. Then on 21st December there will the united Churches carol service in the early evening and in the afternoon of Christmas Eve, there is the crib service.

So a final plea that if you have any other news or if there are diary entries missing, please do get in touch. In the meantime may I wish all a happy and peaceful festive season.

Newsletter 4th October 2014

Our monthly roundup of diary activities and other news in the village. If you wish to comment or have more information of note, please contact the site administrator.

Much has been happening in the village that involves our children. Read about the summer reading challenge organised by the Friends of Milborne Port library. The community swimming pool at the school has had major work and is now back in commission, and you can see from Suzie’s school report that some of the children have been involved in fund raising for the pool.

Elsewhere on the news page, you can find reports from the gardening club and the WI with a note that the latter have a theatre trip to Salisbury at the end of the month.

As summer fades into memory, we are pleased to report the outcome of a silver gilt award for the village in the SW in bloom contest.

As usual, this month is packed full of activities in the village. In addition to the regular classes and clubs, there will be a litter pick on Saturday 11th October. All who want to keep our village tidy are invited to take part. On the same day, there is live music at the social club

There will be a charity ball at Bowling Green County House on 18th October

The monthly Parish Council meeting, which is a meeting open to all, will take place on 21st of the month. Have a look at the council pages for agendas, minutes and other information about the Parish Council. Previous meetings have seen considerable discussion about various planning applications in the village.

On 23rd October, film night comes back to the village with a Moviola production. The film being shown is A Promise. There is a Bavarian themed night of fun at the social club on 25th October.

Slipping over into November, on Saturday 1st at the village hall, there will be a quiz night .

Newsletter 30th October 2014

Here is our Monthly round up of activities and events in our village.

You may have noticed BT Openreach activity in the village placing new telephone cabinets which are there to support fibre optic broadband. Although the date on the site (www.connectingdevonandsomerset.co.uk) suggests that it should now be ready, BT can say nothing about when it is actually going to be available. Perhaps registering interest on the BT website might help speed things up.

This coming Saturday will be the quiz night at the Village Hall, with proceeds in aid of the Church.

In both the morning and afternoon sessions on 12th November, the Milborne Port Primary School will be having an open day. All are welcome to go along and see what is happening at our growing local school.

The next full Parish Council meeting will take place on the 18th November. In recognising that there will be elections for the PC next May, you can find out about what it means to be a councillor here.

On the 20th November, Moviola returns to Milborne Port with “Jersey Boys”, directed by Clint Eastwood. At the beginning of December, there will be a further film night.

Although it is some time since Mandy Forsey has been our PCSO, she is back on 23rd November with her annual craft fair at the village hall. An early chance to buy gifts and treats for Christmas.

The switch on of the Christmas lights will take place at the weighbridge again this year on the evening of 28th November. This year, it will be followed on Saturday and Sunday by a Christmas tree festival, including a market in Church House.

During the evening of the lights switch on, the newly refurbish toilets, purchased by the Commonalty charity will be reopened.

In addition to all the specific events, there are reports from the WI, gardening club and of course the Friends of Milborne Port Library. These can be found on the news page.

Finally, the MilbornePort sports and social club are getting into the Christmas spirit with Christmas hog racing on the 6th December.

Newsletter 30th August 2014

Our monthly roundup of diary activities and issues of note in the village. If you wish to comment or have more information of note, please contact the site administrator.

Look here for a note of thanks to all who helped make the village fete a success from the Spirit of Milborne Port committee.

There is the monthly craft market on 13th September at the Primary School.

On Friday 26th September, the WI coffee morning will be a special fundraiser for Macmillan cancer care. You can read of this and other WI news here.

On 27th September there is a newcomers welcome at Church house. Please let anyone new to the village know about this event. On the same day, the “Kings Command Performance” will take place at the Village Hall.

We note from the latest council minutes that there is a planning application for a solar farm on the outskirts of MilbornePort. In other infrastructure developments, the latest estimate for the roll out of high speed broadband is now October of this year.

The bellringers of the village are trying to gather information about locals killed in the First World War as part of their efforts to support the commemoration of this terrible conflict. Any knowledge you may have can help.

The Friends of Milborne Port library as ever have their monthly news report

On transport, the periodic appearance of the speed monitoring devices at the end of July have produced their usual mass of data which is summarised here. On the subject of public transport, I had cause to search out various local services during the summer and came across an App for my I-phone, the “traveline SW journey planner” which will give you up to date possibilities for getting from A to B. It is also available on Google play for Android.

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