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Newsletter February 8th 2014

The Friends of Milborne Port Library continue to be very active in the battle to save our library. You can read about them here and also learn of a recent bequest to the Library.

It seems like many organisations in the village are gearing up for the new year as both the WI and the Gardening club have published their 2014 programme. The WI will be holding their annual dinner for members on 20th of February.

Also hotting up are the rehearsals for the Milborne Port Opera’s productions of “Utopia” which will be staged in the village hall in late April.

You can read a review of last year’s activities of Spirit of Milborne Port and of course more volunteers are always welcome. The next meeting of the group is this coming Wednesday in the Town Hall WI room.

At the beginning of March, the periodic craft market will be held in Church House on the 8th and the School PTFA car boot sale on the following day.

Finally, looking all the way to the 22nd March, there will be a guitar recital in the Church by Michael Partington. The last one was well received.

If you look around the website, you will see we have started to publish the council minutes and agendas. Council meetings are open for anyone to attend and they start off with a public question time.

If I have missed any significant diary dates or other news, please get in touch and we will do our best to keep up to date.

Newsletter 16th January 2014

Not quite 12th night, but Saturday 4th January saw a hardy band of volunteers braving the rain to take down the Christmas trees and pack away the lights for another year. These trees and lights, organised by the Spirit of Milborne Port had for over a month brightened our high street.

The Spirit of Milborne Port is now busy planning the programme of events for 2014, and these are listed here. Please note that the date of the spring market has been moved to allow it to coincide with a craft fair being held on the 12th April. This will give villagers a greater range of stalls to browse through.

Although this is some way in the future, the craft fair has become a regular event at Church House, the next one being on the 8th February, and there is the by now regular car boot sale at the school, organised by the PTFA on the following day.

You can also read about the Friends of Milborne Port library and their ongoing battle to keep our library open. It is not all about this battle of course as you can also read about the exciting computer courses being organised by them.

It might seem that after Christmas, with few “special’ events on, and the awful weather we have been having recently, that the village has gone into hibernation. Nothing could, however, be further from the truth as a glance at our on line diary will confirm. There are upwards of 25 events per week going on in our village, from fitness and dance classes, opera rehearsals and the like, not to mention the more serious business of Parish council meetings and Church services. It is sometimes difficult keeping up with all that is going on, so if you note any mistakes or omissions, please get in touch.

Newsletter 6th November 2013

We have been recently trying to improve the value of the website and those of you who regularly surf to the home page will see that there is now a “today’s events” column which gives easy access to what is going on in the village.

Turning to village events, in case you have not heard, this summer’s efforts with the hanging baskets and verge planting have borne fruit (excuse the pun) when Milborne Port’s entry into South West in Bloom was recognised with a silver award. This entry was organised by The Spirit of Milborne Port and their activities continue to make a positive impact on the village. Nicki Else has recently taken over as chair and the next event under her watch will be the Christmas lights switch on which will take place on November 29th. This organisation has also commissioned a calendar with artwork from the Children of Milborne Port School. These will soon be on sale in the village.

Before we get to the Christmas lights switch on, there are many more special events in the village. On 9th November, Jo Creighton has organised a craft and flea market at Church House. On the following day, there will be a car boot sale at the Primary School, with proceeds going towards the swimming pool roof fund.

Following remembrance weekend, the local branch of the Royal British Legion will be holding their annual dinner, also at Church House.

The Village hall plays host to the SK8pipedream annual Christmas craft fair. This has been organised by our ex PSCO, Mandy Forsey.

On 20th November, the WI are getting set for Christmas with a shopping trip to Cribbs causeway in Bristol and two days later they will be holding a quiz in Church House. We have also heard that Becky Birch is organising a similar trip to Bath on 3rd December. Places are limited on this so first come first served to Becky.

The final event of the month, as noted at the start of this newsletter, will be the lights switch on, taking place at 6:30pm on 29th November.

If this round up is incomplete or inaccurate, please let the website administrators know.

Newsletter, 1st December 2013

The Advent season arrived a little early in Milborne Port, when on Friday 29th, there was the switch on of the Christmas lights outsied the town hall. This event was again well attended and you can learn more of the evening, here. Before the switch on, the Friends of Milborne Port library held their Christmas story time for the children of the village in the library.

Much of the rest of the newsletter contains information about the build up to Christmas, but there are a couple of other items of note. The new Rector for the Church in Milborne Port has been announced. It is to be Sarah Godfrey who is currently associate priest in Puddletown. Sarah and her family will take up her ministry in Milborne Port in June of next year. It has been announced that the Methodist Centre is to close as the building will be sold. Its future use is not yet known.

The School has been busy this term and Suzie Milligan has writtten about this.

A new dance based fitness class is starting on Thursday evenings at the village hall. The regime has been developed by Ian Waite, Natalie Lowe and Mark Foster of Strictly come dancing fame and is probably what we all need to attack the excesses of the Christmas period.

The first of several craft and Christmas fairs this month is tomorrow, Monday 2nd at the Tippling Philosopher. It is followed on Friday with the School Christmas fair

Becky Birch is organising a shopping trip to Bath this coming Tuesday. It timed so that parents who want to go will be back in time to collect their little ones from school. Proceeds from thsi will go towards the new school library.

There will be open air carols heard around the village on 14th December as the Churches together organise a walking tour of the village for this purpose. A more formal Christmas concert will be held at the Church on Saturday 21st December. Tickets are available from Wayne Pullen.

the final events to bring in Christmas, will be based around the Church, with a crib service in the afternoon of 24th December, followed by the traditional midnight communion starting at 11pm.

May we wish you a very merry Christmas and a peaceful new year. We hope that you enjoy reading these summaries of Milborne Port life. If you do, please tell your friends. As you know, sign up is easy and you will not be troubled by any advertising, just a gentle summary of the village goings on.

Newsletter 8th October 2013

Sorry this newsletter is a little late, but I have been struggling to keep up to date with all that is happening in our village. If you know of anything going on that I have not mentioned, then please do sent a message to the admin account to get our diary updated.

As usual, the Friends of Milborne Port Library (FOMPL) have been active throughout the summer where many children took part in a reading challenge. Click the link to read more on this story.

There have been changes at the bowls club where Susan Pinkawa has taken the lead as captain of the club.

This coming weekend on 12th October, there will be a beetle drive and harvest supper at Church house. Tickets are available from the Post Office or Wayne’s butchers. On the following day, there will be a car boot sale at the school. Another school related event will be on 19th October when a race night will be held at the Social club, with proceeds for the swimming pool roof fund.

On 17th October, Screen Bites, the food film festival returns to Milborne Port. Come along to sample local food followed by a film. Last year’s inaugural event was hugely successful.

There will be a barn dance at Church house on 18th and more energy is needed for those helping with the litter pick on the 19th.

Towards the end of the month on 26th, there will be a Jumble sale and the AGM of the bell ringers.

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