Jon Pickard in concert

Guitar and ‘Harp-Guitar’ to celebrate St Patrick’s Day (Solo Recital)
St. John the Baptist Church, Pilton, BA4 4BE
Friday 15th March 2019, 7.30pm (doors open at 7pm) Entry £8 on the door (portion to church funds)
Any questions contact Jenny 01749 890 465

A beautiful mix of music from Classical & Spanish Guitar favourites to music inspired by St Patrick and St Tugual, original compositions and other Irish folk themes played on the amazing 23-string Harp-Guitar – an instrument with a fascinating history and an exciting future.

Jon Pickard is a Classical Guitarist with a difference. Having spent decades performing on guitar for concerts and events he is now branching out on the most extraordinary instrument many people have ever seen or conceived – the Harp-Guitar.

A Harp-Guitar by definition is any guitar-like instrument that also includes any number of un-fretted (harp-like) strings – part Guitar and part Harp rolled into one, if you like. These exotic looking instruments come in many shapes and sizes and have been around for up to 300 years, pre-dating 6 string guitars.

On learning about the existence of Harp-Guitars Jon designed and commissioned his own 23-string version – with the 6 strings of a guitar surrounded by 7 sub-bass and 10 super-treble strings. You have to see it to believe it – and then you’ll hear it! The extra strings add both range and resonance and create new worlds of textural and musical possibilities simply impossible to achieve on any ‘normal’ guitar.

Due to their originality and distinctiveness Jon’s compositions and performances have recently been featured on Classical Music TV cable channel, broadcast in over 150 countries.

Although the Harp Guitar is a new experience for most people, it has a history spanning about 3 centuries and is currently enjoying a huge surge in popularity across the world as many players and makers continue to explore and refine
them. Audiences describe the experience with words like ‘beautiful’ ‘spellbinding’ and ‘mesmerising’. You’ll have to see it for yourself to really appreciate its beauty.

St John's Pilton

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Sing Song Merrily on High

SING SONG MERRILY ON HIGH a Christmas Celebration for the whole family

Singing, Dancing, a Band and a Bar, Tinkling on the Ivories, Circus Skills and Blazing Braziers.

What more could you wish for ? !

V V Poster.

The members of Village Voices Community Choir invite you and your family and friends to Pilton Tithe Barn on Saturday 22ndDecember from 6.30 to 9.00pm for an evening of singing, entertainment, refreshments and dancing to a great band.
This will be a memorable evening of guaranteed fun to start off your Christmas.

Do come along and support us.
Free entry – all welcome
Don’t miss this wonderful event.

Emma Wheat

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Save the Children

Christmas Quiz
on Tuesday 11th December
at 8.00pm
at The Crown
in aid of Save the Children Christmas Jumper Day. Includes a raffle
and a prize for the best Christmas Jumper.

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A number of villagers have contacted the Parish Council over recent months, concerned that the A361, Neat Lane and B3135 crossroads, at the top of Whitstone Hill, is very dangerous, and asking that we try and improve the situation. In fact, an accident with four vehicles has occurred there in the last few weeks, involving all three emergency services and closing the road for a period.

Avon and Somerset Police have recently inspected the crossroads and approved a monitoring site for Pilton Speedwatch to collect weekly data nearby. Our initial data from our first sessions there, show a large amount of high-end speeding that must be contributing to the frequency of accidents at the junction.

We are hoping that our weekly presence will, over time, reduce the speeding and therefore the frequency of accidents.

Joe King, Pilton Speedwatch Co-ordinator

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Seasonal Celebration – 3rd December

THE SOMERSET RUSSETS. A Seasonal Meeting for All !

A group of West Country musicians, the Russets combine words and music to recreate the sound and spirit of the village bands of old. The Russets have performed at many West Country events such as the Priddy Folk Festival and have a reputation for great entertainment. Expect wonderful music, some history about the village bands of the past and a bit of audience participation; provided with a seasonal twist as well. To be followed by mulled wine or juice and mince pies ! This event will be open to all. Please spread the word ! Entrance £2 for non-members. N.B. This time we are in the Parish Church.


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Local Artists work selected for RWA

Dante Turner’s painting “Albion” has been selected by the Royal West of England Academy for its 166th annual open exhibition in the magnificent RWA, on Queen’s Road, Clifton Bristol BS8 1PX which is on from 7th October to 25th November 2018, closed Mondays.

This is the second year running that Dante’s work has been selected and hung in the RWA’s exhibition

Dante and Albion at the RWA Open 2018


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Pilton Village Trust AGM and Election of Trustees



The Trustees ensure the Playing Field and Village Hall building are maintained and developed for the use of Parishioners. Nominees, proposers and seconders must live within the parish of Pilton as at 11thNovember 2018 or be an Honorary or Life member of Pilton WorkingMen’s Club as at 31st December 2012 and be over the age of eighteen as at 18th November 2018. An eligible person may propose not more than one nominee and second not more than one nominee.

Trustees are elected for one year.
Nomination forms and ballot box will be available at the Post Office from Sunday 21st October and completed nomination forms and resolutions for discussion at the AGM must be posted into the ballot box by 7.30pm Sunday 11th November.
Do consider helping to maintain our village assets for future generations and stand as a Trustee.
We hope to see you at the AGM. Pilton Village Trust

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Pilton Show Calendar

Next year’s calendar on the theme of The Seasons is now available, priced at £5.50 from Pilton Post Office when open, or from Jenny (890465). Including images by prize-winners or judges at the Show past or present, the printers thought it the best we’d produced yet!

For 2020 the theme will be the Show itself as it celebrates its 50th anniversary on the Playing Field in 2019. Please look in your old albums or archives and let us see what might be available. Any suggestions in small files/low res only to


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Monday 5th November 7.30pm in the Village Hall
“Recollections of a Somerset Farmer” with Peter Tinney.

Peter comes from an old Somerset farming family. He will be telling us of memories and tales of his farming life, and those of previous generations; recollections of when cows had names and horses provided the power.

Peter is a gifted speaker and this evening will be full of nostalgic entertainment. Visitors are welcome.
On December 3rd, get ready for music and words from the ‘Somerset Russetts’, to take place in the Parish Church. Details to follow.

Steve Tofts

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It is the time of year when advertisements in the colour section and in Small Ads are being drawn up for the next year (2019).
Colour page Ads: 1/6 page cost £35 p.a. and 1/3 page cost £70 p.a. For information about the colour pages please contact Gail Milne (890670) or The magazine is distributed to every home in Pilton, Croscombe, Dinder and Dulcote (almost 900 copies).

Please use the usual address: for Small Ads on the white pages.

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