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EADlINE news from George Osborne’s budget in March was that the 3p per litre increase in fuel duty, planned to take effect in September, has been scrapped. News that didn’t make the headlines emerged in early April from the Department of Energy and Climate Change. Forecourt fuel sales have dropped in the last five years, from 37.67 billion litres in 2007 to just 34.16 billion in 2012. While diesel sales showed a small increase, petrol sales plummeted. If you’ve got a very long memory you will probably recall the Earth Summit at Rio de Janeiro in the mid-1990s. In its wake, with worries about global warming, the Conservative government decided that tax on petrol and diesel should be increased progressively to encourage us to reduce our mileage, buy fuel-efficient vehicles instead of ‘gas-guzzlers’, use public transport wherever possible, and adopt practices like car-sharing. For about 20% of fossil fuels – the main source of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere – are used in transport, and the greatest source of air pollution in Visitorland is from road transport. This policy was continued by the labour governments of Tony Blair and Gordon Brown to the point where around 90% of the price of a litre of fuel goes to the government in duty and VAT. Yet the volume of traffic on the roads continues to rise every year, adding to congestion and air pollution. But if overall fuel consumption is dropping then the high tax regime is achieving precisely what it set out to do – to reduce the environmental impact of the motor car. But it will have done nothing to reduce Visitorland’s dependence on this means of transport. In much of our area motor vehicles are usually the only option. Many rural services have been centralised – the closure of local magistrates courts, village schools, sub post offices and neighbourhood shops are just a few examples – requiring us to make more longer journeys. There is often no easy alternative way of getting to

the shops or the doctor, of visiting friends or going to work. Nowadays few people live on the doorstep of their workplace. And many of our local businesses are dependent on road transport to bring in their supplies, raw materials, staff and customers and to take away their products. Yet according to the Automobile Association, three quarters of its members are having to cut back on journeys, household expenditure or both, due to the high cost of fuel. It claims that 800,000 households nationwide are spending more than a quarter of their income on operating a vehicle. If rising running costs force lowpaid workers in the public and private sectors to give up their cars it will have a knock-on effect throughout the economy. So the challenge is to find ways of reducing not only the environmental impact of the motor car but also the financial impact on the driver, but there are no easy answers. NN.


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letters To the Editor Thank You

Sir, Thank you very much for printing my letter in the March issue of your Visitor Magazine. I have received a very pleasing response from some of your readers. The stamps are always needed and are very much appreciated. Once again, thank you sincerely. Mr. J. McDowell 28 Oakhouse Drive Chorlton Manchester M21 8EN

Complaint 1

Sir, I have just seen your "amusing" cartoon about "gypsies". What next? Something about black people? Jews? Asians? I hope to see a disclaimer in your next edition - or perhaps I just won't pick up your magazine any more. Nigel Gann Old Hay Barn Chiselborough TA14 6TW

Complaint 2

Sir, The cartoon on page 47 of The Visitor, Issue 353, April 2013 can only be described as a racial slur on gypsies and as such I find it utterly inappropriate for publication. I was deeply shocked when I saw it, and I hope you will issue an apology in your next edition. Mrs A Coombs Email

The Royal British Legion Batcombe Branch

Sir, A charity lunch in aid of the RBL and Care 4 Causalities (The local Rifles Regimental Charity) will take place at The Three Horseshoes Inn at Batcombe on 9th June. It will be a Sunday roast and pudding. The cost will be £15 per head (£10 for under 10s). Through the generosity of the landlord, Kav, we will be able to recover £10 from each adult ticket for the two nominated charities above. There will also be a raffle at each sitting for a Cash first prize(depending on take), second prize a bottle of whisky and third prize a bottle of wine. The two sittings will be from 12noon - 1.30pm and 1.30pm 3.00pm. To book your place call the

Three Horseshoes Inn on 01749 850359. When doing so state your name, the number of people in your party, which sitting you prefer and which charity you wish to support. As places are inevitably limited booking sooner rather than later is advised. This is a chance to support these two worthwhile charities and save someone in the family having to cook Sunday lunch! Niall Warry RBl Membership Secretary Batcombe Branch

Heigh ho, they're off !

Sir, I read with interest the covering letter and literature of the liberal Democrats claiming that the County Elections were a two horse race. I always thought that was a determination of the electorate? Perhaps in this race Democracy isn't to be considered or even running in the view of the liberal Democrats? A lot has changed in the political landscape over the last 4 years: Party runners failing to live up to their promises; fallen riders; blatant misrepresentation of form; regularly finishing in lower positions around the country than forecast; continuing to disappoint the punters who backed them, as shown in numerous polls. Previous poor judgement when in County in decision making which has cost local punters dearly and continues so to do, i.e. interest still being paid on loans undertaken to indulge bad judgement. Given the track history, and the rough going to come, Democracy may well decide that enough is more than enough and decide a change of colours are long overdue. Saddle up, someone's fast approaching! Colin McNamee UKIP Candidate Mendip South 4 Neville Park Baltonsborough BA6 8PY

convicted and fined up to £5,000 for not checking that it would be legally removed to a suitable place by a registered carrier. Yet there is a simple defence that could also leave Somerset a cleaner and safer place: whenever any tradesperson or business offers to take away your waste, ask to see their waste carrier licence, and where the waste will go. If they take away waste, good builders, gardeners, plumbers, electricians, and that man-anda-van, will all have a waste carrier licence, and be happy to produce it. No licence? Don’t use them. And there is even a simple, discrete way to check if a business or trader is registered: just call 03708 506 506 with the business name to discover if they have a licence, or look them up online by searching for ‘public registers’ at No licence? Don’t use them. As NN suggested, that building rubble, garden waste and old furniture is coming from somewhere, perhaps even from you, but a quick question could be all it takes to fight fly-tipping. Nick Cater Senior Communications Officer Somerset Waste Partnership

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Sir, Please could you make it known through the pages of your magazine that my son-in-law Mike lock and myself have started an informal Backgammon club, meeting at two venues namely the Rose & Crown Bradford Abbas, and Bradford Abbas Sports & Social Club. We meet on the first Tuesday of the month at the pub and the third Thursday at the club, and interest has been very encouraging after only a couple of get-togethers. We start at 8pm and there is no payment required. We are enthusiasts and certainly no Omar Sharif and all are welcome of whatever ability, or indeed if you are just curious to find out about this ancient and fascinating game that has stood the ultimate test - the test of time! I also learn that Mary, landlady at the pub, is getting a team together for the Yeovil Crib league, and we wish her luck with this, prospective players please get in touch with Mary at the pub. Call in or ring 01935 474506. Thank you in anticipation. John Penny Bradford Abbas Dorset

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Fight fly-tipping: just ask ‘em!

Sir, As your correspondent NN suggested (In Passing … March), fly-tipping is a serious environmental crime. But there is plenty we can do in Somerset to deter or catch those responsible. Apart from keeping a careful eye out to report fly-tippers to district council customer services, each of us – householder or business – has a duty of care over our waste, even after it has left our premises. If your waste is dumped illegally, you could be charged,

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Dispatches Chelsea Flower Show 2013 21st – 25th May

Gnomes are to be allowed in at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show this year, 21st - 25th May, for the first time in its 100 year history. Gnomes have been denied entry up until now because it is thought their bright colours would detract from the plants and

gardens on display. Celebrities, such as Dame Maggie Smith and laurence llewelyn-Bowen, have been invited to paint and decorate gnomes which will feature at the show before being auctioned to raise money for the RHS Campaign for School Gardening. After this years show normality will be resumed, and entry will once again be forbidden for gnomes!


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Show Time Again

Despite adverse rumours, the Gillingham & Shaftesbury Agricultural Show will be held as usual - this year on Wednesday 21st August. 2012 was not the best year for the G&S Show (and most other outdoor events too), and it will go down in the record books as the wettest year, but the rain and mud did not deter Show visitors. Investment in drainage and track and the hard work by the team of volunteers paid dividends and the showground stood up to the deluge extremely well. Regrettably the car parks proved a new experience for many visitors! Plans for August 21st 2013 are now well in hand. New classes, new displays, bigger marquees, more attractions and events for all the family. The Gillingham & Shaftesbury Agricultural Show will be held at the Turnpike Showground, Motcombe, near Shaftesbury. For schedules or trade applications call 01747 823955 or email: enquiries@ or see the web site: for more information. See the advert in the Gillingham Feature.

Langport welcomes the largest Multi Use Games Area in South Somerset

Following years of hard work and fundraising the community of langport was delighted to see the opening ribbon cut on an exciting new £130,000 Multi Use Games Area (MUGA) on Easter Sunday. The MUGA, which includes floodlit facilities and markings for a full size netball court, five-aside football pitch, two tennis courts, cricket practice and a basketball court, has been led by langport & Huish Memorial Field Management Committee together with the support of South Somerset District Council’s Play & Youth Facilities Team. The MUGA will provide a free, open access sport and leisure facility which will benefit future generations in and around langport and Huish Episcopi.

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Castle Cary & District Preservation Society

Castle Cary Museum is now open for the new season and visitors will be treated to some wonderful displays. New exhibits include: 1963 Toys; 1953 Queen Elizabeth II Coronation; New Acquisitions. Other exhibitions include: Douglas Macmillan; Parson James Woodforde; John Boyd Textiles, plus other interesting items relating to agricultural, home and local industries. The Museum is open Monday to Friday 10.30am - 12.30pm and 2pm - 4pm, Saturday 10.30am 12.30pm.

A Family Atmosphere at Chilton Cantelo School

It’s often commented by school parents that Chilton Cantelo

School’s family atmosphere is the main reason they chose this school over others. Near Sherborne and Yeovil, Chilton Cantelo is the most recent independent school in the area to become ‘all-through’ with a new Reception and Sixth Form. Affordable fees include free: after-school clubs, learning support and weekend trips for boarders. Boarding is flexible with termly, weekly and ad hoc. There are no Saturday morning classes so terms are longer than other independent schools. In 2012 95% of GCSE pupils achieved A*- C in Maths with 53% achieving either A* or A. 92% of pupils achieved A* - C in Science. 100% of pupils passed Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Statistics, Drama, Music, Art and German GCSEs.

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Langport residents gathered on Easter Sunday to see the opening of the largest Multi Use Games Area in South Somerset.

and is open to anyone between the ages of 18 - 45, so if you would like to raise money for charity and have fun along the way,

please feel free to talk to them at Sherborne Country Fair. YRT often raise in the region of 20K a year.


local businessman Ashley Helyar of Simply Bathrooms & Bedrooms in Sherborne heads up Yeovil’s Rowers of the Round Table team entered in the Dragon Boat Race taking place on Sherborne Castle’s lake during Sherborne Country Fair on Spring Bank Holiday Monday 27th May. Yeovil Round Table raises money throughout the year for various charities - St. Margaret’s Hospice, Dorset & Somerset Air Ambulance and Fiveways School to name but a few. This is the first time that they have entered a team in the race. Being a member of the Round Table is hard work but lots of fun


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Business & Professional Robert Stone & Co  Chartered Accountants and tax advisers in Ilminster answers questions from small businesses in Somerset Q1. I have put my hairdressing salon up for sale as I can't face the hassle and cost of RTI. I am selfemployed and not VAT registered, but the proceeds from the business sale will take me over the VAT threshold. Do I have to

register for VAT and charge VAT on the sale of the business? Robert Stone replies:

If you sell the business assets and goodwill together, so that the purchaser can pick up where you stop and carry on the business, it will be treated as being a transfer of a going concern and outside the scope of VAT. So you don't have to charge VAT on the business sale or register for VAT. More information about transferring a business as a going concern is given in the VAT leaflet no. 700/9: Transfer of a business as a going concern.

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of blogs, websites and online presentations, is that treated as the sale of a capital asset in my hands subject to capital gains tax? If so, can I sell such intellectual property every year for £10,000, so the gain is covered by my annual exemption and I pay no tax? Robert Stone replies: 

There are two reasons why your plan won't work: i. You and your company are connected parties. Any transactions between you and the company must be valued at open market value. Is your blog etc., really worth £10,000 on the open market? ii. The Taxman's view is that transactions involving copyright will generally fall to be taxed as income receipts, not capital gains.

per week of tax free vouchers. The company must offer childcare vouchers to all it's employees who work at the same site, it cannot exclude any employees, but employees can opt out. However, only parents with children aged under 16 can qualify for childcare vouchers. There are a number of other rules which are set out in the HMRC booklet E18: How you can help your employees with childcare. If you have an urgent query, do not hesitate to contact Robert Stone on 01460 55661 or email your questions to: info@thevisitor

Q3. Our son is now old enough to attend nursery. Can my company, as my employer, help out with the nursery fees? Robert Stone replies:

Your company can provide you with childcare vouchers to be redeemed at registered child care providers, and the first £55 per week of vouchers will be tax and NI free. If both parents work for the company they can each get £55 worth of child care vouchers per week. However, if you pay tax at 40%, you can only receive £28 per week of vouchers tax fee. Those that pay tax at the new highest rate of 45% (from 6 April 2013) can only receive up to £25

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Hayley’s Hair Design, a family run business, offers a professional service in a relaxed

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Jeans of Mere is a longestablished family-run business and as part of the Euronics buying group are able to offer their customers a wide choice of appliances at competitive prices. You will find a range of the latest televisions on display but if you find yourself confused by all the latest technology their engineers are always happy to offer advice. A delivery and installation service is available, including Sky, Freesat and home entertainment systems. Their shop on Salisbury Street stocks a wide range of personal and household items - kettles, toasters, vacuum cleaners etc. and if you can’t see what you want you can browse through their catalogues and they will try and order it for you. light bulbs in all styles and wattages (up to 200w) are also available. Personal Service and After Sales Care is paramount and the on-the-premises workshop undertakes repairs on most makes of appliance. So whether you want an aerial fitted, salt for your dishwasher, Calor gas for the barbecue or a state-of-the-art television, visit Jeans of Mere. All major credit cards accepted.

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Jenna Evans Superfoods – Part 29

PICKING UP OUR superfoods series again, this month we’re taking a look at mushrooms. Prized as a valuable source of food and a potent medicine for


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thousands of years, there are many varieties of mushroom available. Edible mushrooms are all packed with nutrition and in this article we’ll focus on the basic button mushroom as well as three popular ‘medicinal’ varieties – maitake, reishi and shiitake. Button – The mushroom we are probably most familiar with. The term ‘button mushroom’ may apply to white, brown and Portobello types. A food source since prehistoric times, these mushrooms have been prized by the ancient Egyptians and Romans. Mushrooms are often associated with super human strength, power and even immortality. Although I doubt they’ll make you live forever, they could help you live better. Mushrooms are packed with minerals including copper, potassium, selenium and zinc, as well as B vitamins, anti-oxidants and phytochemicals. Most of the attention mushrooms have received has been in the research of their anti-cancer potential. This is often attributed to their betaglucan content, thought to pack a powerful immune boosting punch.

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0800 731 7078

Monday - Friday 9.30am - 5.00pm, Saturday 9.30am - 12.30pm • Closed Bank Holidays Other times by appointment • Tel: 07917 145839

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Attractive necklace and earrings in vibrant jewel colours to compliment any outfit, available from Maya of Langport. Maya have an exciting range of separates and dresses in stock from leading fashion houses such as Adini, plus a colourful range of accessories. Do call in. See advert on inside cover.

Maitake – These mushrooms have demonstrated pronounced immune enhancing ability and anti-carcinogenic activity. As well as being a potent cancer prevention food, maitake mushrooms also have a reputation for helping the body cope with the side effects of conventional medical cancer treatments such as nausea and pain – although always consult with your physician if you would like to include these in your treatment. reishi – A primary longevity tonic in traditional medicine. Reishi are valued as an all round health booster. With anti-oxidant, antimicrobial, anti-allergenic and anti-inflammatory effects you can see why. Reishi has also been

used to support the liver and as a treatment for hypertension, joint problems and asthma. shiitake – These mushrooms have been used medicinally for more than 6,000 years. They contain a compound called lentinan, known to fire up the immune system, lower cholesterol and have anti-cancer properties. Often used in traditional remedies for colds and ‘flu, why not try a nourishing broth with added shitake mushrooms next time you feel the sniffles coming on? All of the mushrooms mentioned here should be easily obtainable in health foods stores as dried products or as supplements. © Jenna Evans 2013

Karla Howes Hypnotherapy Anxiety ★ Stress ★ Unwanted Habits Phobias ★ Sleep Problems ★ Smoking Cessation ... plus many more frEE iniTiAL ConSULTATion including rELAXATion CD

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PITHER’S YARD natural health clinic

Gardening aches and pains? Winter blues? Can we help? We offer a wide range of therapies ... Massage • Acupuncture • Bowen • Reflexology • Counselling Sports Massage • Indian Head Massage • Craniosacral • Zero Balancing Pithers Yard Clinic, High Street, Castle Cary BA7 7AN  01963 350405 Monday to Friday 8am - 7pm • Mobile: 07891 747239 Appointments available Monday to Saturday • Evening Appointments also available

LOOKING GOOD & FEELING FINE Never dramatically change your diet or take supplements without the guidance of your health professional, especially if you are taking medication or have any existing health conditions. Ceres Natural Foods in Yeovil can provide you with any of the supplements mentioned as well as further information.

Needful Things - Castle Cary

At Needful Things this Spring, they have the most delightful range of ladies clothing; unusual gifts and exquisite home furnishings. Clothing brands such as Pomodoro, InTown and Miss Baron are complemented by Ochre cashmeres, Ella Moda Linens and a very popular and reasonably priced selection of scarves, bags and fashion jewellery.

Fashion Targets Breast Cancer 2013

Fashion Targets Breast Cancer 2013’s online Look Book showcasing the exclusive designs on sale for this year’s collection. Now in its seventeenth year, it is the UK’s leading charity fashion campaign raising vital money for Breakthrough Breast Cancer. Items especially designed by Marks & Spencer, my-wardrobe. com, Coast, laura Ashley and Debenhams are all included in the Look Book, along with products from River Island, Warehouse and Topshop. The campaign was launched on 22nd April and items are on sale for six weeks. See the Look Book at www. /lookbook The range is full of exclusive pieces that can be teamed up for any occasion - day or night, home

or away, rain or shine – with prices to suit all budgets. Each year 50,000 women in the UK are diagnosed with breast cancer. ‘Wear Your Support’ for these women with the Look Book 2013 collection.

Just two items from the Look Book collection. Marks & Spencer T-shirt, rrp £12.50, and Coast Chancey dress £180, both with 30% donation going to Fashion Targets Breast Cancer.


The Barber’s shop WINCANToN Memorial Hall Mondays 1.00pm – 5.30pm thursdays 9.00am – 5.30pm Saturdays 8.00am – 12noon MILBoRNe PoRT Town Hall *Wednesdays 10.00pm – 6.00pm *Please note new time

sPARkFoRD Village Hall Fridays 12.45pm – 5.45pm This Janome sewing machine model 2032 is priced at just £99. It comes with 14 stitch options; Auto 4-step buttonhole; Variable stitch length; Convertible free arm and Quick change snap on feet. Visit Hanson’s Fabrics & Crafts in Sturminster Newton for a wide selection of machines suitable for all abilities.

The Dress Circle Dress Agency

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We are pleased to welcome back senior stylist Dawn Ginger (over 25 years experience) THE VISITOR May 2013 11

STOCKWOOD Business Park is conveniently situated along the Fosse Way at Pylle. Here you will find a variety of businesses including Jon Thorner’s farm shop, two antiques outlets, a saddley, a joinery, a delightful coffee shop in which to tarry, and more. The busy village of Ilchester

situated on the River Yeo is home to a large cheese making company and has a diverse choice of hotels and restaurants to choose from. Next time you are passing through take advantage of the free car park and have a look around - you’ll find hairstyling and beauty, a kitchen showroom, a post office that sells

Debbie Allen proprietor of the Mane Event Saddlery on the Stockwood Business Park, Pylle. Here you will find everything for horse and rider, of all ages, plus dog food and accessories spread over two showrooms.

Mane event Saddlery Everything for horse & rider

Stockist for: toggi – Champion Mark todd – airowear – Wetherbeeta Shires – Charles Owen ... and much more

Children and adults of all riding ability catered for

neW in stock: royal Canin James Wellbeloved – Barking Heads

Dog food and lots of toys & accessories for your canine friends! Also ...

✽ Wild Bird Food now in stock ✽ Poultry Feed & accessories Mane event Saddlery, Unit 5a Stockwood Business Park Pylle, Shepton Mallet, Somerset, Ba4 6ta tel: 01749 830706 • email: Open 7 days a Week monday – saturday 10am – 5pm sunday 10am – 4pm

Along The Fosse almost everything and a florist and wedding accessory shop, to name just a few of the businesses.

Pylle Emporium and Gallery

Situated on the main Fosse Way (A37) a couple of miles from Shepton Mallet the Pylle Emporium and Gallery is an antique centre well worth visiting. There is a diverse range of collectables and antiques displayed in 6 showrooms and there is something to suit every taste and budget. Quality furniture such as dressers, tables and chairs, chests of drawers, desks, and wardrobes are on sale. The Emporium also has books, porcelain, glassware, silver, and many vintage items. A recent addition is a variety of hand painted vintage furniture which is proving very popular, and just arrived is a wonderful collection of Bakelite telephones. There are now more cabinets displaying individual dealers’ stock which makes for an interesting mix. Cabinets are also available for rent.

Hammond’s Joinery SpEcIALIStS IN ...

✳ Period Property restoration ✳ Bespoke Carpentry & Joinery ✳ Bespoke Fitted Furniture and Staircases 8 Stockwood Farm, pylle, Shepton Mallet, BA4 6tA

01749 838913 / 07838 184407 email:

Inspirational ideas at

Pylle emPorium & Gallery antiques Centre Antique & vintage Furniture - Art Deco Jewellery - China - Porcelain - Chinese Jade Art - Watercolours - Prints - Silver Collectables ✳ Cabinets aVailable tO rent ✳

Units 3a & 4a Stockwood Business Park Pylle, (on A37) Shepton Mallet, BA4 6TA Tel: 01749 838783 Visit our website: Email: “Our stock changes constantly” 12 THE VISITOR May 2013

Do call in, the stock is changing regularly. There is ample free parking outside the door, and Jon Thorner’s farm shop and café are next door.

Hammond’s Joinery

Hammond’s Joinery is a family run business with a workshop at Pylle. Chris Hammond has over 30 years experience and has worked on prestigious projects such as laycock Abbey and Winchester Cathedral. A bespoke carpentry and joinery service is offered covering everything from period house restoration and staircases through to hand-crafted radiator covers and sash windows. Perhaps you are looking for a fitted kitchen/bedroom or a bespoke piece of furniture - then look no further than Hammond’s Joinery. Visit their website for full details or telephone to discuss your requirements.

Ilchester Town Hall & Community Centre

Ilchester Town Hall & Community Centre, The Square, Ilchester BA22 8NQ - offers a first class venue for your business or social function with a choice of four rooms. The main hall holds 100 people seated, the courtroom seats 40 people, while the committee room seats 12. The Community library is open whenever the hall is open. There are two kitchens; the hall has facilities for the disabled and a lift. The Museum opens from Easter until the end of September every Thursday and Saturday from 10am until 4pm, entry is FREE! For further information please contact the caretaker on 01935 841247.

Ilchester Post Office

The Post Office Stores is the hub of village life and Ilchester Post Ilchester Sports Field Fund

CHARITY CAR BOOT SALES EvEry Sunday gates Open 7am for Sellers 7.30am for Buyers Off A37 / A303 Ilchester Roundabout Sellers: from £4 per Car or £7 Car and trailer or Van per Pitch Buyers: 50p per Car 07967 280754 (weekends only)

and Ilchester

giftwrap and partyware. They also offer fresh bread from West Camel, Dorset Delight Cakes and meat from Jon Thorner’s Butchers. You can now buy your National Lottery Ticket at the Post Office. Good luck!

outside the door. Why not make an appointment today – and get a fresh new look for spring?

Tina’s Hair Studio

Outside the A P Kitchen Solutions Showroom in Ilchester. Situated on the main road the showroom has over ten kitchens on display. Proprietor Adam Porter will be pleased to discuss your kitchen requirements, from a refurbishment through to a completely new kitchen. Adam offers a personal service with a free no obligation quotation. Adam will be at the Bath & West Show later this month.

Office is no exception. Run by Peter and Viv Batten, the Post Office offers a wide range of services which means that you don’t have to travel - savings accounts, personal banking, household bills payment facilities,


Post Office Stores

insurance, rod licences, car tax, and euros and dollars on demand - you can even send flowers. The store has plenty of gift ideas too - jewellery, including Byzantian crystal, toys, baby gifts, confectionery, plus cards,

High Street

iLCHESTER 01935 840225

For all your Post Office needs: car tax, travel insurance, euros & dollars on demand, plus fresh bread & groceries It could be YOU! Don’t forget your Lottery Ticket!

Please support your Local Post Office Open Monday – Saturday Closed Lunchtimes and Wednesday & Saturday Afternoons

Tina Bonello has successfully run her own hair studio in Ilchester for six years, ably assisted by senior stylist Charlotte. Tina has nearly 30 years experience in the hair styling profession and specialises in long hair and hard to manage hair. The Salon uses only quality L’Oreal products which can also be purchased for home use. The products are designed to treat specific hair conditions – such as volumising for fine hair and serums for frizz-free hair. Fully trained, Tina and Charlotte can advise on the best product for your individual requirements. Tina’s Hair Studio offers a Loyalty Card Scheme – each time you visit your card is stamped and on the 10th visit you receive £10 discount. late nights Friday until 7.30pm. Free parking

Just Maria for a wonderful choice of flowers - unusual gifts and cards - vintage clothing and wedding accessories. Maria, pictured, will be holding a floral workshop in May, please call for details.

Unique and lovely ... stunning flowers for every occasion FreSH and Silk BloomS Beautiful Bridal accessories: Wellies, Brollies, etc. Vintage Clothing ✳ Shabby Chic Furniture decorative door knobs ✳ Floral Sundries Unusual & imaginative gifts & Cards

The old Chapel, Church street, ILCHesTeR Tel: 01935 706121 • Mobile: 07837 385734

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QUALitY KitChenS

Tina (proprietor) & Charlotte look forward to welcoming you

For a professional and friendly service A L’Oreal Salon • Loyalty Card Scheme • Wedding and Prom Packages ✳ LATE NIGhT FrIDAy ‘til 7.30pm ✳

Northover, ILChESTEr, nr. yeovil, BA22 8LD Tel: 01935 840423

why look further? No obligatioN quotatioNs to discuss your requirements call Adam

01935 849559

or visit our showroom AP Kitchen Solutions, Northover, Roman Road ILCHESTER BA22 8LD THE VISITOR May 2013 13

Leisure & Tra vel Yarlington Fringe

It's a Yarlington Fringe year! Clear your diaries from Friday evening 3rd May to Sunday evening 5th May for a weekend of familyfriendly, unpretentious, all-day laid-back fun. All events are free this year, funded entirely - they hope - by their food and drinks sales! Throughout the weekend: the Chapel Cross Tearoom On Tour provides delicious food from breakfast with music to late at night; local beers and local ciders are available from the bar; West Camel Acoustic Night revisits

Yarlington with a succession of talented local and not-so-local musicians; Karen Gillingham will bring Rossini's Barber of Seville to life from scratch in this year's opera workshop, another amazing opportunity for anyone over age 8 to work in a small group with this charismatic home-grown professional opera animatrice / director. This year three venues including the nation's most original re-use of an old phonebox - host exhibitions of art, photography and ceramics, and there are real archaeologists doing a real archaeological dig (and identifying

6th YARLINGTON FRINGE Friday 3rd May – Sunday 5th May A Festival of Art, Music, Drama, Dancing & Beer “Top family entertainment in a bucolic setting” Talks  Demonstrations  Workshops Childrens Entertainment  Varied Live Music All Day All EvEnts FrEE Jane / Dave 01963 440660

Antiques & Collecting An Evening of Antiques

Find out more about Antiques with Richard S. J. Bromell of Charterhouse Auctioneers and Valuers, Sherborne, at an

Beaminster Antiques, Vintage & Collectables Fair Saturday 18 th May Public Hall Beaminster Dorset

Evening of Antiques on Tuesday 7th May at 7pm in the Reading Room, Hillway, Charlton Mackrell, TA11 6AN. Tickets costing £10, to include a supper of Curry or Casserole, can be obtained from the Post Office in Charlton Adam or by ringing 01458 223227 or 01458 224099. There will be a licensed bar. Tickets must be booked by Saturday 4th May. Proceeds in aid of Charltons Churches.

Gold & Silver Jewellery Wanted

9.30am – 4.00pm

✱ Next Fair ✱ Saturday 13 th July

Best prices paid for wedding rings, pendants, chains, bracelets, and broken items, etc.

Bookings & Enquiries Meadow Fairs 01297 24446

Phone Jenny Martin Castle Cary

01963 350733

PASTIMES of Sherborne We pay TOp pRIcEs for OLd TOYs - any condition Trains • Cars • Lorries • Soldiers • Etc. Britains * Dinky * Corgi * Hornby Meccano * Tri-ang * Etc. Shop Open Mornings 9.30am - 1.00pm Monday to Saturday

Tel: 01935 816072 Mob: 07527 074343 HOME vISItS BY ARRANGEMENt

3 Westbury, Sherborne, Dorset DT9 3EH 14 THE VISITOR May 2013

Events in the marquee at Yarlington Fringe always attract the crowds.

MISTERTON VILLAGE FETE Sunday 9th June, 12noon – 4pm at the Village Hall, Unity Lane, Misterton, TA18 8NA Great Family Day Out with an ART Theme, Live Music, Stalls, Children's Entertainer, Displays, Tractors, Inflatable Slide, Archery ... and much, much more! Great Selection of Hot and Cold Food. FREE ENTRY & PARKING ★ Enquiries  Diane Bradly 01460 76761

If Carlsberg did Dog Trainers they’d probably be ... the besT Dog TraIners In The worlD!

The Pet Experience

TPE Training & Behaviour LTD Sarah Linehan CoPAS GoDT IACP Member

Dog & Puppy Training – Group classes or 1-to-1 Next group courses starting Saturday 1st June at Charltons Community Hall in Charlton Adam.

Behaviour Counselling – Dogs, Cats, Parrots Qualified and highly experienced trainer and behaviourist Phone now on: 07769 705807 Or e-mail:

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FINNIAN McGURK - Quicksilver Mail, Yeovil CHARLIE SAYS (duo) - Rose & Crown, Bradford Abbas DAVE CURTIS - Wyndham Arms, Kingsbury Episcopi THE INTRUDERS - Muddled Man, West Chinnock DESIGN - Rose & Crown, Bradford Abbas TONED ‘F’ - Lord Nelson, Norton Sub Hamdon RAY JONES BAND - Wyndham Arms, Kingsbury Episcopi BEN JORDAN - Phoenix, Gillingham BLACK MAGIC WOMAN - Quicksilver Mail, Yeovil HOBO JONES & THE JUNKYARD DOGS - Rose & Crown, Bradford Abbas THE INTRUDERS - Rose & Crown, Bower Hinton NO FIXED ABODE - Rose & Crown, Bradford Abbas THE VAN GRAHAMS - Quicksilver Mail, Yeovil US - Lord Nelson, Norton Sub Hamdon FULL TILT - Phoenix, Gillingham WISE INTENTIONS - Rose & Crown, Bradford Abbas BELL STREET JAZZ BAND - Montague Inn, Shepton Montague ALICE IN THE ATTIC - Quicksilver Mail, Yeovil An Advert TIM BASSETT Elvis Tribute - Natterjack, Evercreech Junction in the and with BASSET’S ALLSORTS pub pAgeS DUB LIBERATORS - Rose & Crown, Bower Hinton enSureS MAY CONTAIN ROCK - Phoenix, Gillingham A Free BOOTLEG BLONDIE - Lord Nelson, Norton Sub Hamdon MentiOn MATTHEW ROCK - Quicksilver Mail, Yeovil here

Leisure & Tra vel any unearthed treasures you care to bring along); crafts and storytelling in the Children's Zone enables the creation of future treasures by your little treasures. Day by day highlights as follows: Friday 3rd May evening concert/dancing with our great local band Kangaroo Moon, and the gala opening of the Art Exhibition. Saturday 4th May the famous Duck Race; stand-up comedy; archive Somerset film in the pub; am-dram and demos; and in the afternoon / evening jive/lindyhopping 'crash course' followed by 50's-themed Dance. Sunday 5th ukulele workshop and performance, plus the Langport Mummers in the morning; Chapel Cross Choir and Norton Radstock Silver Band, English folksongs sung by Mark Chichester-Clark lead up to performances of The Barber of Seville in the early evening. Visit: for up-to-date info on times and events. Yarlington is somewhere off the A371 between Castle Cary and Wincanton, and even has its own exit off the A303 eastbound! Postcode BA9 8DG. Or ring Jane Braybon on 01963 440660.

Come and Sing!

Wells Cathedral Oratorio Society invite you to Come and Sing on Saturday, 4th May in St. Cuthbert’s Church Wells, from 9.30am - 6.00pm. A day of singing Stainer's Crucifixion under the baton of one of the leading choral directors in the country, Matthew Owens. This Come and Sing day is a wonderful opportunity to enjoy this much-loved musical meditation, which is both dramatic and deeply moving. Why not join them to discover your confidence and love of singing? Open to all, the cost of the day is £15 and scores can be hired for £5 (with £4 refundable deposit). Refreshments available for a modest charge. Bring lunch or enjoy one of the many delightful eating places within easy reach. Book in advance on www.wcos. or pay on the door. Further information from: Robin Duys on 01749 871105.

Craft & Garden Fair at Sherborne Castle 4th 5th 6th May

tranquil grounds of beautiful Sherborne Castle for the Craft & Garden Fair over the three-day May Bank Holiday weekend. In large marquees erected on the lawns craftworkers will gather to show their latest designs. Woodturner Peter Thomas, who has won many prizes for the beautifully designed silky smooth bowls he so lovingly makes, will display a large selection of his work. Mark Evans will demonstrate chainsaw carving, Robert Cutler will be working with metal, Somerset sculptor Melanie Deegan will show her sculptures and Elizabeth Welch will exhibit her blown glasswork. A large selection of handmade jewellery, handbags, designer hats and a host of other crafts will be on display to delight the visitor. Many of the craftworkers will demonstrate their skills and will be happy to give advice on how to take up a new hobby. Claire Beale will demonstrate the ancient craft of pole-lathe turning. A fascinating craft brought to life, Claire’s work is a delight to watch.

Plants, garden ornaments and garden tools will be of interest to gardeners. Wiltshire honey and bee products, chocolate and fudge will tempt most of us. Children will be entertained by Mr Merlin and OkeyDokey the Dragon. This popular pair have tricks to amaze and gags to amuse the young. They have even performed in front of Royalty! A choice of refreshments will be available everyday and there’s plenty of space for picnics. Entrance is only £5 and includes the Gardens and Grounds as well as the Craft & Garden Fair. Children under fourteen go FREE. With plenty of free parking near the show, parking and facilities for the less able, the Craft and Garden Fair at Sherborne Castle is an event for all the family to enjoy. Open on Saturday 4th, Sunday 5th and Bank Holiday Monday 6th May from 10am to 6pm. Dogs are welcome on a lead.

Fund Raising Events

Two events to raise funds for St. Michael's Church, Seavington, are taking place during May.

Craftworkers and garden suppliers will gather in the

So, you think you know your pop music, do you? By John Osborne • Answers can be found on page 47 1.

Who was the classically trained keyboard player that joined ‘Yes’ in 1971 2. Opening lyric; ‘We skipped the light Fandango’ Name the song. 3. Name both years that the Beatles had a hit with ‘Paperback Writer’ 4. Who said ‘Wherever I Lay My Hat’ in 1983? 5. Gaynor Hopkins is, quite possibly, better known as whom? 6. Which instrument did Little Richard play on stage? 7. Which band said ‘Papa Was a Rolling Stone’ in 1973? 8. Name the song title shared by Donny Osmond, Bronski Beat, Annie Lennox and Michael Jackson. 9. ‘Who sang ‘Arthur’s theme’ for the film ‘Arthur’, which starred Dudley Moore? 10. Who asked us to ‘Jump’ in 1984? Bonus Question Finish the title of this Elton John album ‘Don’t Shoot Me …’ Extra Bonus Question ‘It’s Been a Hard Day’s Night’ quoted one Beatle after some grueling gigs. Which one? Question Impossible Name the American band that went to No. 44 in the U.S. charts in 1965 with ‘Bye Bye Baby’ later turned into a big hit for the ‘Bay City Rollers’ ten years later? Great Quotes in Music (64) “Eventually you'll take the phrases and rhythm patterns you’ve copped and begin to put your own mark on them” – Eddie van Halen

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Leisure The first, an evening of music performed by the brilliant Avon & Somerset Constabulary Male Voice Choir, takes place on Saturday 18th May, 7pm for 7.30pm at South Petherton Church, St. Peter & St. Paul's. Tickets £7 from 01460 241977, 01460 241762 or N&D News, South Petherton. The second

event, a Flower Festival, takes place in St, Michael’s Church at Seavington over the end of May Bank Holiday, Saturday 25th, Sunday 26th and Monday 27th from 11am - 5pm daily. Flowers, tea, cake, and while you’re in the village join in the fun and see if you can spot the scarecrows dotted around the village!

Home Farm Festival Chilthorne Domer

Tickets for the Piers Simon Appeal’s annual Home Farm Fest went on sale on Thursday 11th April. This year’s event will be bigger than ever before with 3 stages and over 50 bands, while the ticket price has been reduced to make it more accessible for all. For more information visit: www.

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3rd May - Quicksilver Mail

FOr FULL LiNe-UP See WeBSite

adults - £6 until the 1st June ... £10 after 5 – 15 - £2 Under 5’s - Free

Cycle-Babble IF ASKED I don't suppose many of us would remember exactly what we were doing in the early evening of Monday 27th July 1998. I do. I was sat in the living room of my inlaws home, glancing up every now and again from a newspaper to the television in the corner of the room. On the television was a bike race and a diminutive Italian, clad head to toe in multi-coloured lycra, head hidden beneath a bandana, was rocketing up a mountain in quite atrocious conditions. My glances became more frequent; my interest piqued. This was sport unlike anything I had seen before. This was not just man against man, it was man against nature. I became transfixed as the Italian rode to victory, the paper long since discarded. Yes, the evening of Monday 27th July 1998: I know where I was; know what I was doing; know what happened. That was when Marco Pantani made me fall in love with the mountains of the Tour de France. And I'll never forget it. I became obsessed. I sought out and devoured every book I could on the great race. Hitherto unfamiliar names: Coppi, Garin, Bartali, Merckx, Hinault, Fignon, Van Impe and many more; became like old friends. 16 THE VISITOR May 2013

Mountains I had never heard of: Tourmalet, Aubisque, Galibier, Ventoux; became sporting arenas to rank with Wembley, Lords, Wimbledon. I immersed myself in the history of what was fast becoming to my mind the world's greatest sporting event. If asked I don't suppose many of us would remember exactly what we were doing the morning of Monday 17th July 2006. I do. I was busy realising a dream. A dream that I'd held ever since that July evening in 1998. On Monday 17th July 2006 I rode the Col du Galibier for the first time. It was my first experience of cycling up a mountain. It was an emotional experience. I knew the place that this great mountain had in the history of the race. I knew that it was the first high Alp to be crossed, way back in 1911; I knew that it was the favourite mountain of Tour founder Henri Desgrange. And I knew exactly where Pantani had launched his blistering attack in 1998. It was also a humbling experience. The Galibier is long and hard. You pass through lush meadows, riding through the treeline, emerging into a barren, rock strewn, desolate space. The climb

is 18km long but it is the last nine that are the toughest; relentlessly steep with barely a section upon which to catch your breath. Towards the top I was so tired I fell off. Eventually I picked myself up. I got back on my bike and slowly made it to the top. And there I stood, overjoyed, posing for the obligatory photograph underneath the sign that denotes the top of the pass. I couldn't quite believe I had cycled the legendary Galibier. I had followed where Pantani had led. And I'd loved every single minute of it. That day on the Galibier sowed an idea inside me. Of all the books I had read none had taken the famous climbs of the race and described what it felt like for a normal person to ride them. I wanted to go and ride more of these great mountains, to follow in the wheel-tracks of the race's greatest riders. I wanted to see where Eugene Christophe had been forced to mend his bike in a pyrenean forge in 1913; where Wim Van Est had careered off the Aubisque in 1951 before being rescued by his team. I wanted to pay my respects to those who had paid the ultimate price on the mountains of the Tour: Tom Simpson on the Ventoux and Fabio

Casertelli on the Portet d'Aspet. I wanted to go to these places and more. I wanted to ride them. And I wanted to tell people what it was like. It took me five years to eventually pitch the idea to a publisher but luckily the first one I approached shared my enthusiasm for the idea. I was left to pick 25 of the Tour's greatest climbs and to go and cycle up them. So last summer I spent five weeks doing just that and then another three months writing about it. Naturally the riding was tough – these mountains can be brutal - and came not without incident: from getting fogged in on the Tourmalet to nearly being run off the road by a huge plastic container rolling down the JouxPlane. But rarely is anything worth doing easy. I was fulfilling a long-held aim, chasing the legends of the Tour and writing about it. And it was one of the most rewarding things I have ever done. Mountain Kings: Agony and Euphoria on the Peaks of the Tour de France by Giles Belbin (ISBN 978-1906889593) Punk Publishing; is published on 1st May 2013. Available from all usual outlets. RRP £16.95. Giles Belbin.

National Vegetarian Week 20th - 26th May 2013

IF YOu THINK that the slaughter of around two million land animals a day in the uK alone to put into the food chain is far too many, you may be considering vegetarianism. If this is the case, it’s important to find a way that suits you best. If you don’t feel you can go veggie all at once, that’s fine. Stop and think about what you eat, and feel good about what you are doing to reduce your intake of meat and fish. It’s not difficult to be a vegetarian, but if you’ve eaten meat all your life it is different. You won’t be healthy if you just swap meat or fish with lots of dairy products for example. Going vegetarian is exciting and adventurous but it's also a big step. The Vegetarian Society helps with lots of advice and resources for new veggies, you can also find help, support and

Wine & Dine, Farm Shops and Local Produce answers to your questions in their forums. You might also find it useful to talk to friends and acquaintances who are vegetarian. If you find it difficult at first or slip up, don't be too hard on yourself, and remember all the great reasons for being vegetarian. Just give it another go. Here is a tasty recipe to get you going. Makes 4 servings.

Simple Vegetable Curry

Ingredients 1 tblsp vegetable oil 1 large onion, chopped 1 yellow and 1 red pepper, deseeded and chopped 2 tsps fresh root ginger, shredded

TRUFFLES RESTAURANT & BISTRO 95 High Street, BruTOn BA10 0Ar Authentic French Themed Menu Open Lunch: 12pm – 2pm • Dinner: 6.30pm – 9.30pm Tuesday – Saturday, Closed Mondays


2 cloves garlic, crushed 1 tblsp curry powder (mild, medium or hot, according to taste) 500g potatoes, peeled and diced 225g cauliflower florets 850ml vegetable stock 110g red lentils, rinsed 150g green beans, trimmed and cut in half Freshly ground black pepper Chopped fresh coriander Method 1. Heat the oil in a large saucepan and add the onion. Cook for 2 minutes then add the peppers and cook for a further 2 minutes.

2. Stir in the ginger, garlic and curry powder and cook for 30 seconds before adding the potatoes and cauliflower. Stir to coat the vegetables with the spice mixture then add the stock and lentils to the pan. 3. Stir well and season. 4.Bring the mixture up to simmering point, cover and cook for 10 minutes. 5. Stir in the green beans and cook for a further 10 minutes. The lentils should have broken down to thicken the sauce. 6. Spoon into bowls and sprinkle with the chopped coriander. The Vegetarian Society provides a complete information service and can be contacted at Parkdale, Dunham Road, Altrincham WA14 4QG.

Bower Hinton Farm Shop - Martock OPEN DAY: Saturday 1st June 10am – 2pm Fine Food Tastings ... Locally Sourced Wine - Cheese - Sausages Cakes - Fudge - And More HoME Grown STrawBErriES ... available 3rd week in May Local Asparagus - arriving shortly OPEN: Monday - Saturday 10am - 6pm

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MOTOR VINTAGE Motor Cycling THE ENGLISH OBSESSION with the weather continues with me again this month. I write these words just before the Easter holiday and it is jolly cold but dry. Not usually motorcycling weather but I have done a few events since Christmas and all have been held in freezing conditions. Some have been very well attended which is a credit to those riders and organisers. Although Spring is officially here I just wish it would perhaps make an actual appearance soon. Last weekend the Sunbeam Club was to hold its annual Pioneer Run, which is the motorcycling equivalent of the London to Brighton car run. Alas there was snow and ice making the roads dangerous, and so the organisers had no option but to cancel the event. A great shame when entrants had travelled from abroad and all over Britain to take part, but safety must always be paramount. During May riding events and club life really picks up. The Somerset Section will have a guest speaker at its club night on the 2nd. On the 16th they have an evening meet at Compton Dundon and on the 26th they have the All Day Breakfast Run from Spaxton. Dorset also has a guest speaker on the 8th and this is followed by their biggest event of the year. Starting on the 19th with the Weymouth Run and the

Weymouth Week continues for another five days of riding all over the County of Dorset. The WessexVeteran and Vintage Section has its club night on the 13th. Advance warning now of the Ilminster Four Day Festival which includes an old vehicle show on the 9th June. From 9am to 4pm this show usually has around 100 cars and bikes on display. For more details Google the Ilminster Experience. On the same day the Wells Classic Motorcycle Club has its Tortoise and Hare Run from the Wells City Football Club. Two routes enables a shorter run for the early or low powered machines (Tortoise) and a longer route for the later faster machines (Hares). This means everyone should have an enjoyable ride so why not give it a try? Further details on all the above available by ringing 01935-872528. As I travel around the countryside I am appalled at the shocking state of our roads. Very rough surfaces and potholes big enough and deep enough to cause danger to all road users, and specially to us two wheeled riders. I know every government department is desperately short of funds, or at least that’s what they tell us, but when you consider the amount of taxes raised from the motorist then it seems we motorists are getting a raw deal. In my local area I know of specific pieces of road where I have to swerve around potholes in the fashion of a slalom skier. Anyone seeing me would assume I am mental or drunk or perhaps

GLIDEROL GARAGE DOORS all garage doors are different, so as a roller door specialist, (i don’t replace windows, etc.) i can survey, quote and install to your requirements and make the most of your garage opening, as generally no frame is necessary. with the option of automated operation with remote control, a top quality garage door need only be a phone call away.

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realise that I need to take these actions to stay safe. Now if I can see these potholes, and you the motorist can see them, then surely the powers that be can see them as well. But have they been filled and sorted – no. Some potholes I am aware of are very large and been there all the winter, they are deep and could easily cause an accident. I am not suggesting we make a fuss over every minor fault but where an element of danger creeps in then I would urge all motorists to report these matters. Most counties use the ‘Clarence’ scheme which is a scheme where faults can be properly reported. I suggest we should all make use of this service in an attempt to get the worst of these problems put right. When reporting such faults I suggest you use words like ‘possible danger’ or ‘actual danger’ because I believe the local authority are then obliged to do something about it, without such words all you will see is the proliferation of holes with white paint sprayed around them. Remember that even small defects can quickly grow into larger problems if left unattended, so keep an eye on the situations. Many classic clubs have a problem enticing young people to join. Perhaps it’s understandable in that most seventeen year olds want a scooter or small machine for transport to college or work. Financial constraints would preclude other activities. As soon as they are able most youngsters promote themselves to four wheels. The real growth in motorcycling is in the slightly older age bracket of 35 to 50 when people are generally more established and perhaps the kids have flown the nest and the mortgage has become more manageable. Then is the time that people can return to motorcycling, probably not as a

means of everyday transport, but more as a leisure and social activity. It is these people that classic clubs should be targeting as potential new members. The VMCC is actively pursuing this age range with various incentives to increase membership. Most clubs have seen a decline in membership over the last ten years but luckily the VMCC has seen numbers steadily grow during this period. One incentive which has proved popular in recent years has been our Vintage Training Days. On these days anyone (member or not) providing they hold a motorcycle driving licence can attend a Vintage Training Day. There is a small charge (to cover insurance costs) and usually entry is limited to about fifty persons per session. Members provide a suitable machine for use by the students, and stay to provide riding instructions, and to supervise the use of their machines. There are usually 20 to 25 machines taken along and those receiving instruction can go from bike to bike learning the differences and gaining valuable experience. Only machines made before 1940 are used so all have hand change gear selection and most have lever throttles and some have hand lubrication pumps for the engines. By doing these training days we can encourage new members to join our club and also encourage existing members to ride the older machines. Many experienced motorcyclists are fascinated to ride bikes using these old fashioned types of controls. You might want to give it a try. My picture this month shows two students having received their instruction and now riding round in circles to practice. I bet every student has a smile from ear to ear. Rod Hann.

YEOVIL independent traders Azest Interiors

Azest Interiors of Yeovil continue to source fresh and exciting ways to dress your windows. They have new ranges of sumptuous fabrics and now new bold wallpapers in stunning colour ways. If you have a passion for your home and want to give it a makeover Azest Interiors is the place for you. Azest offers a made-to-measure service for curtains, loose covers

and all blinds including high quality vertical, Roller, Venetian and the New no screw Perfect fit blinds. Azest is a family run business that takes pride in the quality of their craftsmanship and customer service. They will help develop your own ideas by matching exciting fabrics to your own style and budget. They offer hundreds of inspiring fabrics to choose from

and can complete the look by offering a range of stylish curtain poles, tracks, cushions, holdbacks, trimmings and decorative accessories. Instead of wandering around the shops, Azest offer free home visits, measuring and quotations - a hanging/fitting service is also available. Seeing large samples in the comfort of your own surroundings and with expert

advice makes achieving your desired look so easy. Alternatively, you can visit Azest's studio on Preston Road in Yeovil and see for yourself what is on offer, you can also order fabric by the metre and all workroom accessories if you desire. Call today on 01935 420200 or visit for more information. Enhancing your home with style ...

Azest Interiors

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• Made to Measure • Curtains & Blinds • Decorative Accessories • Curtain Poles • tracks • Fabrics by the metre • Wallpapers We are a family business offering you the complete service including advice on StYLeS, deSignS, cOLOurS • Expert Hanging Service also available • Buy with confidence • Free home visits Dave Cumberbatch (right) and Tommy Butler of T. R. Autos in Yeovil. T. R. Autos - for servicing, MOTs and Parts - specialising in VW, Audi and Saab - visit their recently opened premises on the Houndstone Business Park.

Quality Servicing at sensible prices!

T. R. AUTOS opened their new premises on the Houndstone Business Park, Yeovil in September. Owned and run by business partners Tommy Butler and Dave Cumberbatch, T. R. Autos was originally started by Tommy several years ago and run from premises in Halstock until he was joined by Dave, and the business expanded. The refurbishment of the new premises has been a real family affair with both dads helping to ensure a perfect finish.


Unit 5, Higher Preston Farm, Preston Road, Yeovil Tel: 01935 420200 or 07969 229540 • Email: •

Tommy and Dave have combined experience of over 20 years in the motor industry and are both fully trained mechanics learning their skills in main dealerships – including VW, Audi and Saab. T. R. Autos offer servicing and repairs on all makes of car but specialise in VW, Audi and Saab – offering a quality service but at a saving of around 50% on main dealer prices! The workshop is fully equipped to service both current and older models, with the latest diagnostic equipment and welding facilities. A full supply and fit service for tyres is also available as are MOTs and air condition servicing. In addition to cars light

commercial vehicles can also be serviced and fleet enquiries are welcome. Over the years T. R. Autos have built up a large range of spare parts from older models which come in very useful as recommission and light restoration work is now a growing section of the business. With the summer holidays approaching it’s time to start thinking about getting your car in good working order for the longer journeys – so now is the ideal time to book a service or get that tow bar fitted! T. R. Autos are open 8.30am until 6pm Monday to Friday. Saturdays and other times by appointment. A free local delivery / collection service is available – also a courtesy car on request. Ample free parking outside the door. T. R. Autos for a friendly and professional service at a price you can afford. A Visitor Profile.

T. R. AUTOS, Unit 1, Technine, Guard Avenue Houndstone Business Park, Yeovil Somerset, BA22 8YE Tel: 01935 422364 • Email: Website:

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YEOVIL independent traders Aurora Care More about Home

Home is very important to all of us and there are few of us who would choose to leave the home we have known and loved for many years. When the time comes to do so, it’s vitally important to be able to make the place we go to our home once more. At Aurora Care we do everything we possibly can to help you make Hendford Care Home your own home. The room you choose is your room. If you want to bring your own furniture, we’ll remove ours

to make room for yours. If you want to put up shelves, pictures and so on, you’re welcome to do so. We positively encourage you to make holes in the walls! It’s your space – you do as you choose with it. Please don’t ask us what the visiting hours are – there aren’t any. It’s your home – your visitors come and go as you please. If your relatives would like to take a meal with you, just let us know the day before. There’s no charge – it’s entirely complimentary. And by the way, telephone calls are normally free of charge at

Hendford Care Home as well. But when all is said and done, what makes home home, is how you’re treated there. That’s why we’re very choosy indeed about the people we employ. Not everyone at Hendford Care Home starts out as an experienced

person – some gain their experience with us and many never leave us. But what we do ensure is that everyone, from the most junior to the most senior, shares a vocation to care, to give and to love. It’s what makes us who we are.

The Tile Market

Open Bank Holiday Monday 10am – 4pm

Ceramic Tile Specialists ◆ Wall and Floor Tiles Unit 1 Brympton Way Lynx West Trading Estate


◆ Marble / Mosaic / Granite / Travertine Limestone / Slate ◆ Full Range of Adhesives / Sealants and Tiling Accessories in stock  SHOWROOMS OVER TWO FLOORS 

Open Monday - Friday 8.30am - 5pm, Saturday 9am - 4pm

Tel: 01935 426737

The Tile Market on the Lynx West Trading Estate offers an excellent choice of wall and floor tiles. Don’t forget to visit their upstairs showroom for a selection of mirrors and showers.

Private Nursing Care from £750.00 per week the Aurora Care Group offers private nursing care in our Somerset nursing homes at prices from £750.00 per week 166 Hendford Hill, Yeovil, BA20 2RG 01935 470400 20 THE VISITOR May 2013

Our homes are spread across south Somerset and variously offer: ● 24 hour nursing care in purpose built accommodation ● Large single en suite rooms with ensuite wet rooms ● Comprehensive social programmes with several activities a day, designed to stimulate physically, intellectually and socially ● Restaurant standard dining in own rooms or dining rooms ● Frequent trips out in our own minibus ● Beautiful landscaped gardens with breathtaking views over the Somerset countryside Hurst, Martock, TA12 6JU 01935 823467 Higher Holton, nr. Wincanton, BA9 8EA 01963 33370

YEOVIL independent traders Martin & Co.

Having now been open for a year, Pete and Emma Higgins, directors of the franchise of the nationwide chain of lettings specialists Martin & Co., have much to celebrate. With their business growing from strength to strength over the past 12 months, the message of Emma’s strong belief and adherence to excellent

customer service for both Landlords and Tenants seems to be getting out there. Based in Princes Street, Yeovil, Martin & Co offer Landlords a fresh app roach to p rop erty letting, concentrating on giving you value for money with the highest standard of attention to detail in everything they do with friendly, helpful service at all times.

Ward & Sibley Jewellers in Middle Street offer a repair service and valuations for insurance and probate, plus of course, jewellery and gifts for all occasions.

Puffin Cleaners

Puffin’s latest money saving promotion is 25% off all curtains when cleaned and finished. This offer is due to run until May 31st. Free collection and delivery is also available on all orders over £20.00 for customers within our weekly collection service area.

Also, considerable savings to be made on cleaning and finishing of all loose chair and settee covers and cushion covers where 25% will also apply if they are brought in at the same time. Customers using the Yeovil shop will find the short stay car park to the rear of the premises very handy as a drop off point.

Ward & SiBley

The Jewellers of Yeovil Repair service on jewellery clocks and watches valuation for insurance and probate Engraving Commissions undertaken

Direct sale only - not available through agencies Maximum discount available is 25%. This offer cannot be used in conjunction with any other promotion or discount. All items must be prepaid under this offer.

PUFFIN CLEANERS 17 / 18 Bond Street, Yeovil • tel: 01935 421238

THE CASkET 103 MIDDLE STREET YEOVIL  01935 474065 Car parking at rear for customers whilst visiting the shop

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YEOVIL independent traders The Bed Specialist

A good night’s sleep is priceless – so choosing the right bed is an important decision. At The Bed Specialist in Yeovil you can be sure of a quality bed at a sensible price. A family-run business for over 46 years they stock only leading brands such as Myers, Hypnos and Vi-spring. Whether you are looking for a stylish sleigh bed, a drawer divan or perhaps bunk beds for the kids, The Bed

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Specialist can help. They offer unbiased, friendly and helpful advice. Delivery is free (40 mile radius), your new bed is assembled and your old bed disposed of – plus a price match promise. Mattresses can be purchased separately. In addition to beds a range of chairs and sofa beds from Sherborne upholstery are also available. Find them at Huish opposite the Yeovil Mail Sorting Office – ample free parking outside the door. Visit their website for further details.

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“Thank You” - “Well Done” - “Congratulations”... BOUqUETS • ARRANGEMENTS • PLANTS as an extra treat why not add a Box of Chocolates or a teddy?

Andrea’s of Yeovil 78 Middle Street, Yeovil BA20 1LT FREEPHONE: 08000 92 93 50 Telephone: 01935 706526

Monkeys, pigs and teddy bears in amongst trailing foliage, all go to make another eyecatching window display at Andrea’s Florist in Middle Street Yeovil - plus flowers and soft toys for all occasions.

Hinton Harvey Employment Agency Limited

FormEd in 1995, Hinton Harvey Employment Agency Limited has grown to be the leading LGV driver agency in the mid-south-west of England. With many drivers of all classes available (including forklift & Hi-ab), we support a wide range of customers across the logistics sector providing temporary and permanent cover for holidays, sickness, authorised absences etc. We pride ourselves in being able to offer flexible and tailored solutions to meet your precise requirement and can provide experienced and specialist drivers for specific sectors, including Bulk Milk Transportation (Tankers), Bulk Milk Farm Collections, Bulk Blowing (Powder), Bulk Blowing (Animal Feeds), Temperature Controlled Deliveries, Hi-ab & Fork-Lift, Roll-On – Roll-Off, Multi-Drop (Pallet), Multi-Drop (Retail), Van and Warehouse Storage.

Hinton Harvey Training Limited

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EstAblishEd in march 2007, Hinton Harvey Training has an extended range of JAUPT approved (mandatory 7 hour minimum) Driver CPC courses available. These courses include subjects such as Drivers Hours Law Workshop & Digital Tachograph; Customer Care & Fuel Efficient Driving; Emergency First Aid at Work; Fire Safety & Manual Handling; Driver Wellbeing, Diet & Nutrition and Safe Driving Technique’s, Hazard Perception & VOSA Update. All courses are scheduled to be held, all days of the week (including weekends), throughout the year at competitive rates.


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YEOVIL independent traders Over the years they have built up an enviable reputation through recommendation and word of mouth. This can only be achieved by constantly providing a high standard. Kitchens & updates have a huge choice of kitchens to suit all budgets – with currently 400 individual kitchens available, from foil and vinyl wrapped solid wood and painted – high gloss and more. Visit their showrooms to see their full range, or ring for a free home visit.

year has acquired Victoria Road Motor Services of Yeovil, taking over both their client base and their telephone number 01935 471328. Yeovil Auto Tuning is a family business run by Colin Frost, his wife Anita who deals with the reception and office work, plus mechanics Jamie and Ross. This small friendly team offer general servicing specialising in VW T4 and T5 vans, MOT’s and repairs. They also offer tyres and tracking and are stockists of Winns specialists products. For a professional service at competitive prices visit Yeovil Auto Tuning.

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Yeovil Auto Tuning celebrated 30 years of business in 2012 and this

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Looking for a new carpet or rug? Visit Walter Wall Carpets in Princes Street for a wide choice and professional advice.

Crossroads Pet Supplies

A visit to Crossroads Pet Supplies is a must if you have a pet of any sort or if you like to feed the wild birds. Situated on the Causeway between Yeovil and Sherborne there is ample free parking right outside the door. The shop is filled from floor to ceiling with all leading makes of pet and animal feed, plus toys, beds, hutches etc. Prices are competitive with discounts on bulk purchases. Whether you are looking for worming tablets for the dog or a flea collar for the cat - do call in. They have a good selection of bird feeders and food too!

Kitchens & Updates

Kitchens & updates in Yeovil boasts 2000 sq ft of showrooms located in a barn studio at Preston Road just down the road from Asda. Proprietor Neville Yeo has over 30 years in the industry so can offer invaluable advice on design, products etc. Kitchens & updates offer a full range of installation solutions

from simple door and drawer front changes to complete projects, including plumbing, electrical work, plastering, tiling and the fitting of gas appliances by Gas Safety engineers.

eStaBLiSHeD Over 30 yearS

Repairs and Servicing Specialists MOT Testing • Engine Tuning Brakes, Clutches, Gearboxes Competitive Rates Professional, Reliable, Friendly Service Specialising in VW T4 + T5 Vans Revo Engine Re-Mapping (VW & Audi Group)

alexandra road, yeovil Tel: 01935 426515 / 01935 411946

✔ Recomendations - The vast majority of our customers  come from recommendation by happy customers

✔ Quality - All our kitchens are of the highest quality  ✔ Choice - We have over 400 Kitchens to choose from. 

A dedicated Granite Room & Replacement door department.

✔ Value - All our Kitchens are competitively priced  ✔ Design - We design your kitchen the way you want it  based upon your individual requirements

✔ Installation - We have some of the finest Kitchen 

installers and associated trades to be found locally

✔ Experience - Together we have over 500 years experience  ✔ Showroom - You can visit our 2500 sq ft showroom  on Preston Road Yeovil - FREE OFF ROAD PARKiNG OPEN 6 DAYS A WEEK

✔ Honesty - Good old fashioned honest prices ... 

No ‘permanent sales’, ‘free fitting’ or other over-used sales gimmicks WhY nOt put uS tO the teSt?

01935 472100

Higher Preston Farm, Preston Road YEOVIL, BA20 2ET (Just down from ASDA)

 100s of rugs

in stock  Extensive range of quality carpets  Natural flooring specialists . . . do call in !

34 Princes Street, Yeovil • Tel: 01935 478100

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• Pet Foods • Bird & Pigeon Seeds • Full range of Toys, Hutches, Accessories ... all at competitive prices Ample FREE PARkING outside the Door Find us at Forward Garage on the main A30 between Sherborne & Yeovil

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YEOVIL independent traders Hider Heating

Hider Heating, established since 1973, is an expert in the plumbing and heating sector,

working with estate agents, letting agents and the general public in the Somerset area. They offer their customers all

aspects of plumbing and heating including: full central heating installation; boiler repairs and servicing; bathrooms; landlord gas safety certificates and general plumbing. Their Gas Safe registration number is 700 so you can see that they have been in the business a long time, giving you confidence that only the highest standard of workmanship is offered as standard - they also have great testimonials.

Norris Body Repairs Ltd

Pictured here is Jessica Harmer, Senior Consultant for Red Berry Recruitment in Yeovil and Rosie Stevens, Industrial and Technical Recruitment Consultant for the Yeovil Office. Every Easter, Red Berry Recruitment collect Easter Eggs for a particular charity, and this year they chose the Salvation Army. Over 40 Easter Eggs where kindly donated by the businesses they supply staff to, candidates and the general public, so a huge thank you goes to everyone who helped put a smile on the children’s faces.

Norris Body Repairs is a familyrun business near the town centre which carries out car body repairs and re-sprays. If you have an insurance claim you can choose where your car is repaired and Norris Body Repairs offer a friendly alternative to the larger body shops. Richard Norris has over 20 years experience in the industry and will ensure you receive individual attention – together with a free estimate and highly skilled repair. They also specialise in vehicle

restorations offering a chance for the customer to inspect and instruct as the restoration is carried out. Norris Body Repairs carry out welding work on vehicles that may have failed their MOT and also offer a 24hour recovery service. Call Mary Norris to book your car in for repair today!

Taylors Coach Travel

Taylors Coach Travel has been offering unrivalled excellence for over 50 years and they would like to invite everyone to their Open Day which takes place on Saturday 27th April from 10am 4pm. Find out about their taster trips, vintage vehicles, wedding services and more. Enter the raffle, enjoy the refreshments and take advantage of the special offers whilst supporting St. Margaret’s Hospice at the same time. You will find Taylors Coach Travel at Boundary Way on the Lufton Trading Estate, Yeovil BA22 8HZ.

John Hamblin

John Hamblin has a wealth of experience in the restoration of furniture and particularly of antiques. He offers a French polishing service, the re-leathering of desk tops and refinishing of table tops. If you have experienced flood damage to furniture in the recent

JOHN HAMBLIN Specialists in the Repair and Restoration of Antique Furniture Bespoke Furniture • French Polishing UNIT 6, 15 OXFORD ROAD PEN MILL TRADING ESTATE YEOVIL, SOMERSET, BA21 5HR Tel: 01935 471154 Cabinet Makers • antique Furniture restorers


Specialists in Installation & Service All TYpEs of pluMBInG Central Heating Systems, Boiler Replacement Landlord Safety Checks and Servicing Gas and Oil Established over 40 Years Rely on us for all Plumbing & Heating Needs Specialist in Bathroom Designs including all tiling & Electrics

reg. no. 700 Tel: 01935 426209 • Mobile: 07836 773152 11 Hillgrove Avenue, Yeovil, Somerset

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NORRIS BODY REPAIRS LTD ■ Insurance Claims ■ Private Jobs ■ Restorations ■ Resprays ■ Welding Work 24 Hour Recovery: 07792 380275

South Street • YEOVIL • BA20 1QQ Tel: 01935 411095

Email: • Fax: 01935 473119

YEOVIL independent traders spate of bad weather – John is just the man to see. In addition to repairs John also offers a bespoke furniture making service and has undertaken a wide variety of commissions from dining sets through to cabinets for individual collections.

Yeovil Hydraulics

Established since 1968 Yeovil Hydraulics on the Lynx Trading Estate offers a professional hydraulic and pneumatic service to both the agricultural and

industrial sector. Hose assembly is available while you wait. They also offer a gas delivery and installation service for central heating systems. This service covers most of the South West. Make sure your vehicle’s air conditioning service is working properly. At Yeovil Hydraulics they recharge air conditioning units. The garage side of the buisness offers a full servicing programme on all makes of vehicle and is a MOT Testing station.

The sleek lines of a contemporary kitchen. Intoto Kitchens in Princes Street have all the latest designs in modern kitchens. Traditional kitchens also available.

SALE NOW ON 44 Princes Street, YEOVIL Somerset BA20 1Eq Tel: 01935 473638

yeOviL HyDraULiCS • MayFLOWer HyDraULiCS Do you hate cleaning your oven? Call Ovenu, they will have it looking like new in no time. See House & Home for more information.

• Fluid & Air Power Centre • Hydraulic Equipment Manufacturers • RAM Makers and Repairers • Stockists of all your Hydraulic & Pneumatic Needs • Suppliers of all types of industrial Hoses • Manufacturers of High Pressure Hoses - while you wait!


ENGINEERING SERVICES • mot testing • car servicing and repairs • all makes and models • brakes, tyres, clutches, exhausts • air conditioning

01935 475959 tel: 01935 472233 Fax: 01935 431211

Part of vGG Ltd

14 Gazelle Road, Lynx Trading Estate, Yeovil

tel: 01278 450226 Fax: 01278 446670

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The name of the trading estate off Station Road is a reminder that this was once the site of Gillingham’s busy cattle market.

Carewatch Wessex is celebrating 17 years of delivering quality care in North Dorset.

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The arrival of the railway in 1859 is often said to have been the making of Gillingham. The station was built in open countryside some distance to the south of the town, away from any existing roads or tracks, so it was necessary to construct a new thoroughfare linking it to Newbury near the eastern end of what is now known as the high Street. and Station road quickly attracted all sorts of development. One of the first was the Gillingham and Blackmore vale Market Company which established its yard and market hall close to the station next to the newly-built South Western hotel.

GillinGham close Gillingham market and concentrate sales at their yard in Sturminster Newton. The market hall was eventually demolished in 1972 and the entire market site has since been redeveloped as the Old Market Centre trading estate, now the home of several of the town’s thriving small businesses. among the other 19th century businesses attracted to set up on the new Station road were the Oake Woods bacon factory, the Gillingham and Semley Dairy, hudson and Martin’s sawmills and Charles Maloney’s corn mill and subsequently his glue-making works. These, along with the railway goods depot and sidings, employed a substantial proportion Shops alongside the Town bridge stand on the site once occupied by the Regal Cinema.

The market hall became an important local asset, being used for many public meetings and entertainments including Walford’s electric Picture Palace where from the early 1900s local people could for the first time see films. The cinema moved in 1911 to the upper floor of the newly-built Constitutional Club on nearby Buckingham road, known nowadays as the Coronation Club, until 1933 when the purpose-built regal Cinema opened on the high Street next to Town Bridge. in postwar years television proved to be the death blow for many cinemas, and the regal closed in the early 1960s and was subsequently demolished. riverbridge Parade was built on the site and most of it is now the showrooms of Gillingham Suite and Bed Centre. The livestock market was another victim of post-war changes. in 1959 the auctioneers decided to

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of the town’s workforce and the area must have been a hive of activity in its heyday. Bustling, noisy and smelly – especially the glue factory! Some reminders of these old industries remain. The offices of long-established J h rose and


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The offices of J. H. Rose occupy the sole remaining building of the former Oake Woods bacon factory, once one of Gillingham’s major employers.

Sons, purveyors of a broad range of materials for construction and garden projects, occupy the sole remaining building of the former bacon factory, the abattoir i’m told. Some remnants of the dairy factory still stand, now used by the Sandy Group furniture warehouse, and the former South Western hotel outside the station has been renovated and converted into flats

and is well worth a look. Not, i think, the work of Sir William Tite who designed the station buildings opposite but a handsome building nonetheless. Completion of the much-needed le Neubourg Way relief road in 1989 changed the face of Station road, splitting it into two distinct parts. Nowadays the road junction is surrounded by retail outlets – an aSDa supermarket and the Original Factory Shop on the north side, Bakers garage and car dealership and a small modern block of shops on the south. These house Wheels, packed with bicycles and cycling accessories, and the 918 Coffee Company. apparently the business roasts its coffee beans in one of the units at the Old Market Centre just round the corner. So Station road is once again a hive of activity, and the frequent train service to london via Salisbury, andover and Basingstoke ensures that there is a steady stream of travellers walking to and from the station. Off Station road countless attractive new homes have been built in recent years on the odd-shaped plot of land between the river Stour and the railway line. handy for the station and the shops and with pleasant views across the river

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GillinGham since Saxon times although the present building is the result of extensive rebuilding in the 1830s. Behind the church on Queen Street near St Martin’s Square are The Barton dating from the early 17th century and lime Tree house which is early 18th century, and opposite the bottom of Queen Street stands the red lion inn, a former coaching inn which in the 19th century had its own brewhouse at the back. and on The Square itself is the Phoenix, originally an important 17th century coaching inn and now partly surviving as a pub with a good reputation for food.

This part of the high Street is home to several specialist shops and small businesses, among them Scenes with its fine selection of paintings and prints and

One of an extensive range of RailWay PRintS Artists include: Terence Cuneo Barry Price & David Weston

The western end of the High Street is home to the Phoenix Inn (above) and several specialist shops including a florist and Scenes (below) which stocks everything the budding artist could need. Sunday at Salisbury by Chris Woods Limited edition Print

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meadows, i suspect they are proving popular. it’s easy to forget that Gillingham existed for centuries before the coming of the railway. and fragments of the old town still survive around the western end of the high Street and beyond on Wyke road. For example, behind the Phoenix inn is South Street which probably had its origins in medieval times and was formerly known as Back lane. here stands the town’s 19th century lock-up, a grim reminder of how offenders were incarcerated before appearing in court or being taken to jail. it was in use until a new police station opened in 1890. The vicarage Schoolroom on Queen Street appears to have medieval stone walls and the parish church of St Mary the virgin has stood on the site overlooking The Square

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GillinGham everything the budding artist could need, and the long-established Mayflowers florist full of cut flowers and plants. it’s worth calling in for a whiff of the heady scent. Strolling back to Station road i noticed that the new all-weather path across Town Meadow from the high Street to the footbridge over the river Stour and Waitrose supermarket is now being well

used and the area is beginning to look much more inviting. i noticed, too, that the town’s post office at Cheapside house has just been extensively refurbished and appears to be more spacious. Both are signs that Gillingham is preparing itself for the anticipated economic upturn, whenever it eventually comes. Roger Richards.

A new all-weather path has been laid across the Town Meadow linking the High Street with the footbridge over the River Stour to the Waitrose supermarket and the library.


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allum & Sidaway are delighted to have been short listed as finalists in all three categories entered in the 2013 uK Jewellery awards. Sponsored by leading industry magazine Retail Jeweller, these awards acknowledge the very best jewellers and jewellery designers the uK has to offer. These elite awards include independent retailer of the Year, employer of the Year and retail

Star, for Salisbury store Manager abigail Stradling. Winners will be announced at a ceremony at london’s Natural history Museum on July 4th.

alfest music Festival 2013

a group of parents from Wyke School are organising a very special Music Festival over 4th and 5th May (gates open at 11am) in support of 5-year-old Gillingham boy alfie O’Neill. alfie suffers from cerebral palsy, and to have the

surgery he needs to enable him to walk, a total of £50,000 needs to be raised. Alfest, which will take place at the Gillingham & Shaftesbury Showground, has something for everyone, from bouncy castles, entertainers and face painting for the kiddies, to craft stalls, plenty to eat and drink, and of course, excellent music for all. Make sure you enter the Prize Draw for a chance to win a weeks

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GillinGham House & Home hire of a Series 3 convertible BMW, which will be on display. The organisers of Alfest would like to thank the local businesses and organisations for their overwhelming support, enabling

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as evenings become lighter, households across the country will be preparing for spring cleans to get homes in shape for the summer. even for enthusiastic spring cleaners, donning rubber gloves and cleaning the oven is still one of the most hated chores. Martin McNeill and his team at Ovenu Yeovil can solve this dilemma, leaving ovens glistening through their environmentally friendly oven valeting service, ensuring it will perform at its best and prolonging its life. The Ovenu process involves dismantling key components of an oven including the door, interior panels, fan and shelves and placing them into design-


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in the interiors department of Needful Things this Spring you will find everything made to measure for your home; Curtains, Blinds, Cushions, as well as

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House & Home moonraker Beds

Wiltshire-based Moonraker Beds passionately believe in quality and service and their current range encompasses their beliefs. Since the company's inception in 2003 they have grown into an important

The Excelsior 1400 features a 1400 Spring count pocket fitted with Edgemaster springs. This luxury mattress contains polyester, polycotton and blended wool fibres under the highest quality soft feel knitted fabric, with contrasting damask borders. For more information on Moonraker Beds contact Gillingham Suite & Bed Centre on 01747 822724.

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player with the uK retail and contract markets as well as establishing a small niche market overseas. They have explored virtually every available mattress and divan component to create a collection to suit all market needs. a heavy emphasis has been placed on the quality of the product which they produce. To ensure high levels of tailoring they employ experienced mattress and divan technicians with an average of over twenty ears experience within the uK bed manufacturing business. Their range takes advantage of new manufacturing techniques whilst maintaining a solid tradition at the heart of their products. Their range encompasses a host of divan options. Choose from reinforced platform top divan sets, reinforced platform top drawer divan bases, sprung edge divans (with or without storage), firm edge divans on legs, platform divans on legs or guest beds. They also offer the zip and link facility on the majority of their range to allow two single divan sets to be joined together to create a bed up to six foot wide. The Grand Elite Collection is a selection of hand-crafted products to suit all tastes. each model with this collection comes with a choice of co-ordinating divans. From the truly sumptuous Excelsior 1400 (pictured) through to the splendour of Opulence there is a model for everybody. each model automatically comes with a co-ordinating divan but the final choice of divan colour lies with the customer. all hand-tufted mattresses are fitted with pompom collars. each model within the range has a standard colour divan border, but can be supplied with a choice of fabrics. Oblong headboards in matching fabrics are also available. local stockist of Moonraker Beds is Gillingham Suite & Bed Centre, 5 riverbridge Parade.


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House & Home moduleo Flooring from S.J.h. carpets in Wincanton

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aMaziNG! a victory for common sense some might have called it, to actually do away with the beer escalator which pushed the price of yours and my pint up by 2% over inflation every year. This would have meant an extra 6p on our pint. Not only is this now a goner, but the price has been reduced by a whole 1p per pint. Or rather, it hasn’t. reason? Well having just popped in for a pint at my local i was somewhat surprised to find that the price had been raised by 5p! Not a fortune, one might think, but a

rise nevertheless. how did this come about? Well, on quizzing our landlady i discovered that the brewery had taken the opportunity to stick 8p on top of a pint, and our landlady, bless her – had decided that that was too much and made it 5p. i do not hold her responsible in any shape or form, indeed i sympathize, as whilst the brewers may have had increased costs in transport, power, raw materials etc., so has the pub, and there is a limit to how much can be passed on. Oh, and did i mention the demands of brewery shareholders? indeed, an added possibility. incidentally, the duty escalator was invented by the last government, so we can’t blame ‘this lot’ for it. Furthermore, in case you are wondering, the duty on a £3.10 pint amounts to 50p, excise duty, 52p, vaT, and not to mention employment tax of 18p and business rates of 12p. This means that since 2008 there has been a 40% rise in tax and more than a third of the price of your pint is now tax. Since 2004 duty has gone up by over 50%, however, beer duty revenue has only gone up by 10%, thanks to a drop of beer consumption of 23%! Not only this, but of course the result of these rises has been that 7,800 pubs have closed and a staggering


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way of life. On the day that i write this a relation is taking over the tenancy of the Kings arms at Bradpole, Bridport (on the left

soon after passing the turning to Colfox School) and i also learn that the ‘Cat head’ in Chiselborough is to reopen soon,

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Fresh Fish Day Friday with Homemade Beer Batter ThE MuddLEd MAn at West Chinnock were happy to support the village football team, West & Middle Chinnock F.C. with their annual charity night last November. Enough money was raised to give Yeovil District Hospital Flying Colours Appeal (special care baby unit) and St. Margaret’s Hospice, Yeovil, cheques for £1,106.00 each. The cheques were presented on Saturday 4th April. Pictured: (Left) Matt Alford presents the cheque for Flying Colours, on behalf of his son, to Sarah Cherry Y.D.H., and (Right) Olly Hutchinson, in memory of his Grandmother Fay (who was a big supporter of the club) presents the cheque to Andrea Ledger of St. Margaret’s Hospice.

78,000 jobs have been lost, of which 46% have been in the 18-24 age group. Gratifying isn’t it, that we are doing so much to help our beloved chancellor. in this way, the beer and pub sector continue contributing over £6 billion a year in duty and vaT, and over £21 billion to the uK’s GDP (source – CaMra, SiBa and the British Beer and Pub association). it is easy to see why beer is such an easy target for the chancellor when 68% of drink sold in pubs is beer, but only 12% is wine, 8% is cider and 12% spirits. 87% of that beer is brewed in the uK, whereas only 0.2% of wine comes from the home country. as a final statistic and before we drown in figures, it is worth noting that more people are employed in the pub and drink sector than the entire car industry. reading the latest ‘What’s Brewing’ the official CaMra organ, the headlines and statements from various people from within the drinks industry, one would think that the chancellors’ decision was going to revolutionize pubs overnight. Well a cut is better than a rise but it’s hardly worth gushing in the manner they have, although i believe that the CaMra campaign and petition (which i hope you all signed) did make a significant difference. Now there is a need to get a significant cut in duties, and i do mean a SiGNiFiCaNT cut. Over to you CaMra … i am at a loss as to understand the complexity of pricing

structures, and i understand that a pub has to make a margin on every drink (note: i refer to margin - a profit is after all the numerous bills are paid!) Nevertheless one can buy some beer in bottles at some supermarkets at 99p a bottle. indeed, we purchased a few ‘Double Stout’ bottles from a well known lower-end branded establishment recently. at 3.8%aBv it fills a gap if one fancies a quick pint, and it is from the old established brewery from Kent, Shepherd Neame. There are still people who believe that a pub is a great industry to be in, and that may be so – if you are to make it your

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too. i understand that this has been sold by the pubco to a private buyer and i hope it will not be long before we pay a visit there again. Years ago it was simply ‘Cat head’ and run by two elderly sisters if i recall (anyone help me out with more detail here or is senility setting in?) There was a curtain across the bar (which you could look over!) Your beer order was taken and then the person serving would troll out to the cellar (the next room) and pour your beer from the cask. it was quaint even then, which was the late 1970’s and the last place i paid under 50p for a pint!


Something tells me it will be slightly more than that next time … i wish them all the very best of fortunes. So the winter skittle leagues are coming to a shattering climax, or not, if one plays for our team. it has not been the most successful of years (an under statement) although on the whole we did enjoy it, which is what matters (apparently). Summer skittles is in the offing of course as well as the numerous knockouts, and as usual some have substantial amounts of prize money. also are the skittle nationals, again to be held at Torbay. For information Google ‘Shoot Out Club’ and perhaps we will see your team up there with the top ones in the country. We intend to get the great Kent game of ‘Bat and Trap’ going at our local pubs, which in my humble opinion is quite possibly the best out d oor p ub g a m e t here is. Without going into great detail here, i would recommend checking it out on Youtube, and to visit where rules and history can be

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found. The great thing about this game is that anyone can play irrespective of fitness or age. in fact one can even play with a pint glass in hand (it gets better doesn’t it?) For a pub game it has the right amount of skill - with a certain proportion of luck. last year in our all-too brief summer we paid a visit to the Prince of Wales pub, perched upon ham hill. i was delighted to

see Backgammon being played by a couple in the pub, which was very crowded indeed and hence we were unable to have more than a brief exchange with the players. This is a great pub game, with tactics and skill, as well as that element of luck, and one only has to visit various countries on holiday such as Greece, Turkey, Thailand etc., to see it being played in the sunshine outside their version of the pub. Since my last mention of Backgammon in these columns, a couple of enthusiasts have started a club which meet at the rose & Crown in Bradford abbas on the first Tuesday of the month, and the third Thursday at the village Sports Club - two wonderful facilities that are undoubtedly the envy of many villages. There are no fees, all welcome, just turn up from 8pm and meet likeminded people. i’ll see you there.

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h O U S e S iN MarSTON MaGNa it’s farewell and good luck to Sue and Dave and welcome to lou and Dean at t h e M a r s t o n i n n where you can enjoy a tasty Sunday carvery and where regular live music events are planned ... treat yourself to a Spring Break at the Queens arms, Corton Denham - book a two night stay between now and the end of May and get your room on the second night for half price - saving up to £60 on your booking ... Chris and Kevin are

your new hosts at skippers, in Sherborne ... alex hutton, pianist, will be performing at the Plume of feathers Jazz Club on Sunday 27th april ... if you’d like to join Mary’s Yeovil Crib League at the rose & Crown, Bradford abbas, you need to sign up by June (although it doesn’t start until the autumn) ... in Thornford, don’t forget to ask for your Loyalty Card at the lime tree ... Gale and Jules are your new hosts at the historic White Hart, Bishops Caundle where you can enjoy fresh fish on their tasty new menu ... and remember to cut out the coupon to take advantage of the May Promotion at the Phoenix, Gillingham. Bouncing on to Bruton we find

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They Say That in Castle Cary, it’s sad to see the closure of the longestablished family business of lush Butchers. That you can now take your laundry and dry cleaning into Jeans, the electrical retailers of Mere. That John and Sylvie hamblin of Yeovil recently celebrated their Golden Wedding anniversary with a ‘posh’ cake. That after an attempted abduction on the Dorchester bypass, Kernel from the 94 Club in Yeovil, is now escorted everywhere by fellow musketeers, Nick, robbie and Pompi John. That congratulations go to Nigel White of Street who is now known as Grampy. That Yeovil’s Clive White has passed his X-Factor audition and is now on his way to Plymouth for selection to the finals. That ansford’s alan hemsworth has taken up sheep-wrestling in his spare time, and is now considering entering the National Sheep Dog Trials. That the fourth musketeer John D’Artagnan Moreton, has been kidnapped by Susan of the bar, but the other three musketeers won’t pay the ransom. That Billy Clarke was the real star of the easter Weekend along with aidie and Woody Woodpecker, at Yeovil’s 94 Club. That when singer ed Sheeran paid a surprise visit to Wheathill Garden Centre in Milborne Port, he turned out to be a bit of a card! That Beryl Brunt of West Coker, who has been driving her silver Mini Special for 33 years, has, for a long time, been rather secretive about her age, but will now admit that she did celebrate her 90th birthday on 2nd april. That when choosing the right venue for Sunday lunch, lin Penn of Shepton Mallet and her friends can look decidedly youthful. That demolishing a farm building caused a stir at Bower hinton Farm Shop, Martock when the bomb squad had to be called in to dismantle a hand grenade that was uncovered - never a dull moment! That the dulcet tones of Sean O’Callaghan of The Montie at Shepton Montague, is a regular on BBC Somerset on the emma Britton Show. 42 The viSiTOr May 2013

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168 hendford hill yeOvIl “i sometimes wonder if i'll ever get the chance Just to sing to my children in a holiday jam Our lives seem petty in your cold gray hands Would you give a second thought, would you ever give a damn?” FiRST PeRSon to tell me the above song gets a free drink! Last month Steve or Shabba Ranks as he is known down at The Marine was first to identify ‘listen to what the man said’ by Wings. Well what a month. Exciting because of all the stuff that’s been going on here at the pub, and then tragic news about what has happened at The castle in West coker. Everyone here was shocked and stunned as the news travelled the few miles down the road. our hearts go out to mike and lainey who, as most of you know, were both regulars here at The Quick. Everyone here wishes you two all the best! We have had a great month here at The Quicksilver. Stephanie Burrows celebrated her BiG 5 ohh as did mark Rossiter. Both parties were great fun, some nice music, a few friends, some good food and a few drinks. What more do you want? Congratulations to you both! heidi Perry celebrated her 40th here in style, which surprised a lot of us here coz we all thought she was about 28! Well done Heidi, happy birthday X. And also this month we had a party with Disco and Bouncy castle for harry lambden who has now reached the grand old age of 11. I know where does the time go? We have just had our annual visit from the environmental health officer - and I am pleased to tell you that we passed muster with flying colours and were awarded 5 Stars. So a big well done to John and all the team in the kitchen. Keep up the good work! Next month we have some cracking things on for you. First Friday of the month we have Karaoke. On the 10th we have Black magic Woman. On the 17th we have The Van Grahams. On the 24th alice in the attic will be doing their thing. And last, but by no means least, on the 31st matthew Rock will be here live in the bar. You lucky people! And finally there was some sad news from The nestle factory today as a man was crushed to death by hundreds of boxes of chocolates. He tried in vain to attract attention but every time he shouted “The Milky Bars are on me” everyone just cheered.  TooT TooT!!!


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tasty Gants Mill lamb on the menu at truffles restaurant ... you can be sure of a well-kept pint at the Montague inn, SheptonMontague ... awardwinning accommodation at the natterjack inn, evercreech Junction where elvis is alive and kicking in May ... and welcome to new hosts at the Catash inn, North Cadbury. On to Over Stratton where the Apricot & Ginger Chicken has proved a winner on the menu at the royal oak ... £165 has recently been raised for the Childrens hospice South West

thanks to the Quiz and the Grand National Sweep Stake at the lord nelson, Norton sub hamdon, where a new menu has been launched to include tapas, chilli burgers, braised lamb with whole plums and almonds, and more ... the Cat Head inn in Chiselborough is due to re-open under new ownership, and with a complete refurbishment, the first weekend of May ... charity event with live music on the 4th May at the Muddled Man, West Chinnock, and the local football team will also be playing in the cup that day so go along and give

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them your support ... an interesting selection of twelve ales from Cornwall, Devon, Somerset and Dorset can be enjoyed at The Beer Festival to be held at the Wyndham arms, Kingsbury episcopi over the Bank holiday weekend ... don’t miss the BBQ at the rose & Crown, Bower hinton, in aid of Yeovil Freewheelers ... Pete’s jokes are improving at the Quicksilver Mail in Yeovil ... and finally, our commiserations and our good wishes go to Mike and lainey of the Castle inn, West Coker which recently experienced a severe thatch fire.

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opera Barcarola in Concert, Saturday 25th May at 7.30pm in Martock Parish Church, Ta12 6Jl. £10 on the door or £8 in advance from 01935 822706. Three international singers plus pianist, after over 24 concerts on cruiseship Minerva, return with well-loved arias and show tunes. See events.

GaRDEninG GaRDeninG monThly by Richard Cumming Orchard Park The GarDeN is full of blossom! But we are, by all accounts, three weeks behind the natural season. The long winter has eaten into our precious spring! it is a bit of a shaker to think that the longest day is only a matter of 6 weeks away and that we are still looking at relatively low soil temperatures. i am writing this without knowing exactly what the weather will be like when you read so please forgive me if nothing matches up with reality. But that's the way it goes. i have a day in the garden today and there is very little growing yet. The soil is more or less ready to sow and i'm dodging in and out between some really heavy rain showers which is not unusual for this time of year. all in all nature will catch up and bring everything into line at some point; day length is absolutely fixed and there's no way of fooling the earth in its orbit to get extra days of summer.

New shoots have developed, and the spring flowering Daphne, Forsythia, prunus and viburnums have done their bit. The earlier cold prolonged their display to some extent. The same is true for

many spring bulbs which has compensated for some of the long cold spell. Weeds are still growing; some real deep rooted perennials which must be dug out as well as annual seedlings that can be easily hoed off. i want to garden as ethically as i can with lots of organic matter and the minimum of artificial fertilisers or sprays being used. i do keep a spray bottle of roundup handy so that i can zap the hard to reach and difficult weeds.

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a talk, by Charles hazlewood, about his life and career, Friday 3rd May at 7.30pm, South Petherton Parish Church. Tickets £5. enquiries: 01460 249288. South Petherton art society Paintings exhibition 2013, Friday 24th to Monday 27th May, from 10am - 4pm daily, at the Blake hall.

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GaRDEninG While thinking about chemicals i have looked at the situation regarding Nicotinoids and the harmful effect that they have on bees. Gardeners have less

chemicals at their disposal each year but to be honest they don't need too many. Good gardening practices should mean that the soil is kept in good heart and the plants

are grown as well as they can be. We struggle with sudden invasions of pests and diseases although it would not be noticed if we weren't trying to work in a relatively

confined space. So we do need help from time to time. insecticides are bound to be a problem for all insects whether they are beneficial or not. The important thing is how

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This useful building was designed by Sparkford Sawmills - a car port/vehicle port with adjoining log store. The log store side panel is slatted to ensure good ventilation and the roomy port gives ample room for access to the store, even whilst vehicle is stored. The building is made of pressure-treated wood with a cedar shingle roof. Tailored to customer specifications - this is just one of many purpose-built buildings available. For further details give them a call - 01963 440414 - see their advert on the inside cover.

GaRDEninG they are used. all garden chemical packs carry detailed information as to how and when they should be used. The obvious rule is not to spray any plant when it is in flower as you will surely kill the insects that are visiting to pollinate your plant or just feed for their own benefit. Some of the things we use now will be withdrawn in time and better ones will come in their place. This will benefit both the gardener and the environment.

Plant of the month

Petunia! a really very popular and widely planted genus, which originated from South america, and is closely related to the humble potato. Petunias are ideal basket and container plants which can flower all summer long providing that you dead head them regularly. Petunias come in a variety of

blooms including single and double, ruffled or smooth petals. They can be striped, veined or solid in colour, with mounding or cascading habits. Most of the petunias sold today are hybrids developed for specific design purposes such as fragrance. The two oldest types of petunias are grandifloras and multifloras. Both types are mounding in their habit of growth, grandiflora has larger flowers whilst the multifloras perform better in wet conditions. Spreading type petunias which include the ‘Surfinia’ series are some of the most popular petunias because they do not need dead heading and they can be used as bedding plants, groundcovers or trailing in containers and hanging baskets. Calibrachoa or ‘Million Bells’ look like tiny petunias but are in

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GaRDEninG fact an entirely different species. Petunias can be grown in blocks, or mixed with other bedding plants to produce a vibrant range of colour and flower shapes. They need full sun and can tolerate a wide range of soils. Multipurpose compost is suitable when growing petunias in containers. They are not frost tolerant, so only put them out once all danger of frost has passed. They are useful in so many ways, tubs and baskets as well as borders. They mostly do best in warm sunny weather so fingers crossed we get some!

Jobs for the month

May is a manic month! everything growing and the weeds trying to outdo the plants you really want! You can sow virtually anything now and it will grow, just make

sure that the seed has enough moisture to keep it growing after the seed has actually germinated. Don't drown it but keep it moist. Some crops, and flowers, need longer than others to reach maturity so do read the seed packet to avoid wasting your energy on things that will never work. always time to sow salad and other leafy vegetables including spinach and so many exotic leafy crops that make exciting salads. it is not impossible but it is rare for there to be night frost in May in this part of the world so French beans, runner beans, peas, sweet corn should all be sown or planted out now. Courgettes should also be safe although young plants always need protection from cold winds. either a covering or a windbreak constructed from the

white horticultural fleece is ideal. leeks and winter brassicas should be transplanted. Potatoes should be growing away well now. last year was one of the most difficult for this important crop; prolonged wet weather allowed blight to get a hold. it is best if plants have space between them to allow the air to carry disease spores away, and that if you do water then do so early in the day rather than leave wet leaves overnight. That applies to pretty well most plants you might grow. Disease control is limited to a

preventative copper spray that prevents the blight spores from getting into the leaves, or removing any diseased leaves as soon as you see them. i do think it is worth persevering with potatoes; prices have gone through the roof this year and that effect will probably be felt for quite a while. all food prices are rising and grow your own, although by no means easy, makes so much good sense, whether it is in a small raised bed or huge allotment. Flower gardens bring pleasure to all of us and are relatively easy to create.

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If you would like to try your hand at flower arranging, Just Maria of Ilchester has a workshop on the 15th May - so call for details on 01935 706121. Maria also stocks a range of floristry items for sale such as oasis and raffia.

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There is still time to plant out dahlias. They do best with a decent helping of compost and will flower until the frosts come in late autumn. The lawn should have had an all over weed, feed and moss treatment to get it into shape. i try to avoid mowing too tight as that is the single most likely way of getting a mossy lawn rather than a nice green grassy one! if you have killed the moss and raked it out, then over sow with a general purpose grass seed mix to thicken the remaining lawn. Finally in the fruit garden, protect pear blossom if we do get a sudden frost (use fleece again) and prepare protection for bush and soft fruit from bird damage. Keep a hoe near the back door so whenever you walk round the veg or flower garden you can hoe a bit at a time - it really makes a difference to keeping the weeds under control. hope you make it through the month!

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Seavington Gardening Club are holding a Plant Sale at the Millenium hall on Saturday 11th May from 10am - all welcome.

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The Blackmore Vale Magazine team in Stalbridge appears to be on to a winner. last October it launched a new free monthly called Gillingham Matters, published in much the same format as the BVM except that it is a5 size rather than a4 and considerably slimmer at just 48 pages. it must have proved successful because hot on its heels in april has come Shaftesbury Matters. i haven’t seen a copy yet, but i’m told it will carry news of the town council and local groups, articles about local people and a directory of local traders, services and businesses. i wish it well, but i remember with some sadness the demise of the Fosse Way Magazine in the autumn of 2011. While it never grew to the size of its parent Blackmore Vale Magazine it was always an informative, authoritative and entertaining read. i know that recent years have been hard for weekly freebies but i had thought that the BVM was generating enough profit to see the Fosse Way Magazine through these hard times.

early in 2012 Glastonburybased publisher John Price launched a replacement Fosse and Mendip News as a free fortnightly magazine and i’ve been watching its progress with interest. i’ve just seen the 14th March issue and can report that it runs to 40 pages, is printed on heavy paper, makes plenty of use of colour and contains some interesting features and a useful ‘What’s happening’ listing that provides plenty of detail. it is really quite good but it can’t be cheap to print and distribute, so there must be sufficient advertising revenue to be drawn from its circulation area to allow it to survive where the Fosse Way Magazine failed. What does the word ‘victory’ mean to you? The Oxford reference Dictionary has it as the ‘process of defeating an opponent in a contest’, and Chambers states simply ‘a contest gained’ with a ‘victor’ being ‘a winner in a contest’. So what do you make of this report in the 3rd april issue of the Western Daily Press of a visit to Taunton by ukip leader Nigel Farage? ‘Still elated from the party’s victory in the eastleigh by-election, he jumped on a stone bench and told supporters: “We are launching the biggest-ever domestic election campaign for ukip”.’ Coming second in a by-election and relegating the Conservative into third place is indeed an achievement, but coming second in a by-election is not a victory. Coming first is a victory, and the victor was the liberal Democrat, much as the reporter and the



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proprietors of the newspaper would like readers to think otherwise. The 28th February issue of the Western Gazette carried an advert proclaiming that ‘we’ve teamed up with lynx Café in Yeovil to treat readers to a warming cup of tea or coffee absolutely free’ and telling them to ‘simply hand in this voucher to staff at lynx Café’ to claim their free drink. if they did they would have been in for a rude awakening – the voucher also states ‘Closing date: February 27’. i’m grateful to an observant Yeovil reader who spotted this howler and sent it to me. Which reminds me that it’s well over a year since i mentioned that your contributions to this column are always welcome. Simply send the details or a press cutting from any of our local or regional newspapers or magazines, quoting the publication name, issue date and page number, to me at The visitor, PO Box 1, Castle Cary Ba7 7BG. i look forward to hearing from you. Chronicler.

Answers to pop music quiz on page 15 1. Rick Wakeman 2. ‘A Whiter Shade of Pale’ – Procul Harum. 1967

3. 1966, 1976 4. Paul Young 5. Bonnie Tyler 6. Piano 7. ‘Temptations’ 8. ‘Why’ 9. Christopher Cross 10. Van Halen Bonus Question ‘I’m only the piano player’ extra Bonus Question Ringo Question Impossible ‘Four Seasons’

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8. 13.


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Plays frequently in wide avenue. [8] Dear Pa, please sort the procession. [6] Declare girl to have 480 grains? [8] Paste bits around fifty for important commodity [6] Hang around that is underwear! [8] First Ben calls and carries in. [6] Supersonic change with loud bangs. [10] Bathe? O true! Expire in confusion. [7,3] After short time, stare wideeyed (no good to start with): Then you can fasten your duffle-coat. [6] In Cuba, hear a barn-dance, but not right. [8] Some wash large dressed stone. [6] Learn about article made of tanned hide. [8] Met coming back, and put in where Daisy would look sweet. [6] Bloomer with short cycle? So be it! [8]

15. 16. 17. 19. 20. 21.

Star? Sounds like a Gaul! [8] A very quiet finish with nine: Supplement. [8] Level air in church service. [8] Lacy muddle about vicar's deputy: precisely! [10] Outline a British Standard area of land. [8] English briefly supports learner, then will grow. [8] Star-shaped, say about 3' 9". [8] Beyond returning French article, finding soft crayon. [6] Buy back in the name of Fred E. Emerson. [6] Can surrounding girl be cause of bitterness? [6]

Solution to crossword 318

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Part of necklace with the French mace-bearer [6] Some town in Glamorgan's possessing. [6] Bishop swallowing river got put out. [6] Mathematician dares chime when upset. [10]

THE WINNER of our Crossword 318 was Mrs. N. Pearson of Shepton Mallet, who chose to spend the £10 voucher at Street Pharmacy, Street.

The Visitor Magazine Issue 354 May 2013  

The Visitor Magazine Issue 354 May 2013