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Newsletter 9th November

Local markets are gaining in popularity, judging by the evidence from the latest farmers market. Have a look at the report on this and pictures of the event. The next market will be a Christmas craft market on 25th November at the Village Hall. Put it in your diary and come along. For those of you who use an electronic diary, you can now transfer website diary entries to your favoured electronic diary by clicking on the calendar icon below the venue map.

If you go along to the Christmas craft market, you will be able to see some of the refurbishments at the hall, but you can also look at what has been happening by attending the village hall open day on 17th November.

Open days seem to be a theme this month as the village school has just celebrated its open day.

What remain firmly closed, however, are the public toilets on the High Street. You may have seen reports in the Western Gazette and Blackmore Vale magazine following the petition raised by “The Spirit of Milborne Port” and this petition will be presented to the Parish Council at their meeting on 20th November.

Although the church bells have fallen silent for the time being, fundraising for their refurbishment continues. The Mill Singers concert was the last event and the next one will be a quiz night on 17th November at Church House.

Later that week will be the grand switch on of the Christmas lights on 30th November. Christmas will be just round the corner by then and the school will be holding its Christmas Fayre on 7th December at the school.

In December also, more news about the library future may be forthcoming as reported by FOMPL.

Whilst the art group at the Methodist centre no longer operates following the departure of Sarah Choi, the new Methodist team are looking for other opportunities.

Have we missed anything? If you see things missing from the village diary please send an e-mail to let us know.

Newsletter 24th September

September closes out with a few busy days. The Michaelmas market takes place in the High street on Saturday 29th September, and an exhibition and sale of hand made items in Church House is on the same day. Also on the evening of that day and the day before, the King’s Command Performance at the village hall promises to entertain all who come along to the evening.

As we move into October, Screen bites on 4th October is Milborne Port’s first foray into a film and food festival experience. Continuing the food theme, Mandy’s regular farmers market is this month on the 7th October.

At the village hall, a traditional harvest supper and barn dance will be held on the 12th of the month.

The male voice choir, the mill singers will perform a recital in the Parish Church on 20th October, and on the same day, a volunteer litter pick has been organised to help keep the village clean and tidy.

Finally, if you think we have missed anything that needs reporting, please send an e-mail to the site administrator.

Newsletter 30th August

As the autumn calendar starts to take hold, we are all left wondering what happened to summer, but putting that aside, there is lots to look forward to in the village. As mentioned last month, an organ recital in the church on the 5th September will be a wonderful start to the month for those who enjoy listening to great music. For those wanting to take a more active and light hearted part in the musical life of the village, the Milborne Port Opera start up their rehersals this month.

Whether churchgoer or not, the sound of church bells is a staple of rural life, particularly the Wednesday practice. However, the bells will fall silent early in September as they are taken down for restoration. Hopefully the sound of their ringing will return in the late autumn. Many events have been staged with proceeds going  to fund this restoration and a Sunday Luncheon party on 16th September is one such event.

Trying to ensure we continue to have a library in the village, the Friends of Milborne Port Library continue to be active and have a fund raising Gardeners' question time on 19th September . Also at the Queen's Head the next Farmer's market will be held on 2nd September.

On the same theme of food, Screen Bites, the UKs food film festival comes to Milborne Port on 4th October to screen Babette's feast at the Village hall, where a bar will be available. Later in October on 12th, the village hall will host the harvest supper and barn dance.

The Parish council continue to meet on the third Tuesday of the month and then next council meeting is 18th September. These meetings are open to the general public and there is space at the start of each meeting for a public question time. A new face will be seen at the meetings and in the council offices in the guise of our new Parish clerk, Mrs. Emma Curtis.

Finally, if you think we have missed anything that needs reporting, please send an e-mail to the site administrator.

Newsletter 15th October

The Michaelmas market, organised by "The Spirit of Milborne Port" team was adjudged a great success; the weather was kind and many residents turned out. A tidy sum was raised during this day. For a report on this and an indication of the destination of the money raised, click here.

This market was the first such event for many years. Another first was the Screen Bites festival on 4th October. Click on the link to read more about this event.

Another fund raiser, was the WI Macmillan coffee morning which has raised over £300.

The implementation of the Parish Plan, of which this website is one part, has been underway for a couple of years now. We have prepared a short review of what has so far been achieved and a request for your feedback on the efforts so far.

Your last chance to get tickets for The Mill Singers on 20th October is fast approaching. If that is not your thing, then a race night, with proceeds in aid of the community swimming pool also takes place on that evening. If you enjoy using your own voice, then before these events, on Tuesday 16th October is a songs of praise at the Church to celebrate 100 years of the church organ, which if you remember, had its cobwebs blown away in a recent recital by Michael Bawtree.

Looking ahead into November, and thoughts of rememberance, there will be a rememberance service at the Parish Church on 11th November.

Towards the end of November, there will be a Christmas craft and food market and not forgetting the grand switch on of the Christmas lights.

Have we missed anything? If you see things missing from the village diary please send an e-mail to let us know.

Newsletter 12th June - Jubilee edition

The dust (or should that be mud) has now settled on the playing fields after the celebrations of the Jubilee weekend. The first Milborne Port village fete in a number of years proved to be a great success, with attractions for young and old. Various estimates suggest that upwards of 1500 people attended over DSC05113 low resthe afternoon. Jubilee mugs, tug of war, zumba and many other attractions all vied for attention. For those who sought refuge from this hurley burley, cream teas could be enjoyed in the village hall whilst looking at artwork or listening to a woodwind quartet.

The final figure is not yet in but it is estimated that over 10,000 pounds was raised on the day. For a more extensive report and to see some pictures, have a look here

The weather held fine for the fete but for the evening entertainment, we were not so lucky and rain which ranged from drizzle to downpour and at times had the security detail sheltering under umbrellas, tried to dampen enthusiasm. The band and the refreshment marquee were shelter enough, however, and many people continued to enjoy the festivities and the hog roast.

Once the evening sky took hold, we were able to view the beacon that was lit on East hill, though perhaps not all revellers paid too much attention. They had an additional chance on Monday, however, as at 22:01; Milborne Port’s contribution to the national beacon chain was lit.

The bellringers played their part in the celebrations also by ringing a quarter peal first thing on Saturday 2nd June. Here is their full report.

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