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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.

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 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 www.somerset.gov.uk/hubsandlibraries

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 30th November 2016

This year’s lights switch on was an altogether “dryer” affair than last year. Although there was a nip in the air, there was a great spirit as villagers came to sample the food delights, see Father Christmas, the twirlstars, School Choir and not forgetting the actual switch on of the lights. The friends of Milborne Port library have a write up on their part of the activity and continue with the super news that the post left vacant by the retirement of Sue Morse will be filled. They are also looking to get a new story and rhyme time going in the new year.

Also waiting until the new year to restart is the “Simply Core and Flexibility” class at the village hall.

This coming Saturday 3rd December, there will be a pre-Christmas litter pick from 1000 hrs starting at the Gainsborough pub.

We have heard, though it is not yet in the diary, that the football club will be holding a pre-Christmas bingo at the village hall on Sunday 4th December. Doors open 6:30pm, eyes down 7:30 pm.

The next meeting of the Parish Plan group will take place at the Town Hall on Monday. The existing plan is some five years old and the group are hoping to build on the work done at the fete this year. If you think you can contribute, please do think of coming along.

The next meeting of the Parish Council takes place on the following day on Tuesday 6th December. The agenda can be found here and the minutes of the last meeting and the council’s “notes from the Council Chamber” highlighting what the council believes will be the issues of most interest can be found on the council pages.

On the Council pages, you can also see a note about the closure of the office during the Christmas period.

Following the hugely entertaining screening of “The Golden Years”, the 10th December will see the next Moviola presentation – Absolutely Fabulous. Moviola is proving a great way to chill out, have a couple of drinks and watch a movie in a relaxed atmosphere. If you have not been, give it a go!

On 16th of December at Church House, there will be a Christmas Hootenanny for all. Not exactly Jules Holland, but close!

Those who like to hear our Church Bells ring out will have listened to the half-muffled ring that has periodically sounded since 2014 to commemorate those who fell in the Great War. Sadly this will continue for a further two years, but the data put together by Naomi Thorp has been published as a book by the heritage group and they have kindly allowed this website to display a virtual copy .

Not to miss out on the Christmas festivities, both the Gardening Club and the WI have their own festive meetings.

Finally, we note that Wheathill Lane will be closed for a couple of nights from Sunday 4th December.

A diary of the full month can be found here.

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