5 May 2013
Wiltshire Council have initiated a Parish Improvement Grants Scheme (PIGS) - more details via the link.
23 April 2013
Age UK is running a campaign to ensure more elderly people get the benefits they're entitled to. Details can be found by telephoning 01380 735500 to speak to one of their trained advisors.
30 May 2011
St Andrew's Church, twinned with Trinity, one of our sister churches in Market Lavington, celebrated the major refurbishment of its main sanctuary over the weekend of 28/29 May 2011. The false ceiling has been removed, opening up the original wonderful ceiling, a new wooden floor has been laid, and the pews removed and replaced with soft individual seats. In addition, a new organ has been fitted and various new wooden furniture such as the altar table and the cross have been made from some of the original timber.
Undoubtedly the highlight of
the weekend was the visit by Darvey Gritzmacher from USA, the minister from 2000-2003, who preached most inspiringly on both Saturday and Sunday.
The picture shows her, together with Chris Cory, the current minister, and Tom MacMeekin, who had been Darcey's predecessor.
27 April 2011
You may have seen the flyer in the Echoes from Jo Loring-Fisher, who is the Good Neighbour Co-ordinator for our village - in case not, have a look at the 'Local Businesses' Page and click on 'Good Neighbours'.
Christian Aid Week takes place from 15-21 May - please see the Community News Brochure for details.
23 April 2011
Do please look at the St Barnabas page to see the range of events which are taking place at our Church this month - and note that this will be a regular feature.
22 April 2011
Royal Wedding Plans confirmed - see image.
18 April 2011
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LATEST UPDATE ON VILLAGE PLANS FOR THE ROYAL WEDDING DAY
The Village Fare on 30th August was hugely successful - see Echoes for details. As a result, there is approximately £3600 available for village causes. Bids for this money should be made to David Green on 812527. Decisions will be made at the next Forum meeting on 22nd November.
Are you interested in having an allotment?? If so, contact the Parish Clerk on 813488 to register. The Parish Council are "testing the waters" to see whether there is sufficient demand to justify further investigation.
Flu Clinics These will take place at Market Lavington Surgery from 0830-1230 and 1330-1800 on 8th and 22nd October and 5th November.
29 April 2010
The Village Forum met on Tuesday 27 April in the Royal Oak. The main item for discussion was the planning for the Country Fair on Monday 30 August 2010. If you have any ideas
of things you would wish to see take place at the Fair, or if you can help in any way, please conatct david Green on 01380 812527.
The other item was the potential amalgamation of the Village Hall Organising Committee and the Forum - this will be further debated at the next Forum meeting on Tuesday 27 July 2010, again in the Royal Oak.
9 October 2009
Please see the Newsletter from 'Walking For All' in the 'Clubs and Organisations' page of the website - maybe someone would like to take this on?
The Forum would like to pass on a huge vote of thanks to everyone – organisers, helpers, stallholders, trade stands, participants and everyone who came and contributed to make The Fair and the Rock and Race Night such a success. There is now £3000 that can be made available for the benefit of the village. Organisations who would like to bid for financial support should email/telephone/write to Gordon Somerville at
firstname.lastname@example.org or tel 812538 or at 22 White Street, Easterton, no later than midday on Monday 12th October 2009, with their bid and an outline of the supporting reasons.
A Forum Meeting is scheduled to take place at 6 pm on Wednesday 14th October 2009 at The Royal Oak. The meeting is open to all villagers and all bids received will be considered and allocated at this meeting.
26 April 2009
It is with great regret that I have to announce the resignation of David Green as the Chairman of our Parish Council. David has been a hugely positive influence since he retired from the Army and took on this role. He intends to remain fully involved in Village life through his chairmanship of the Village Forum; we wish him well and a long involvement.
30 April 2009
The next meeting of the Village Forum will take place at 7pm on Tuesday 14th April at the Royal
Oak. The agenda will include discussion of Village events and projects for the year, including the Rock and Race Night and the Country Fair. The Forum would like to see more village organisations represented at the Fair, so please do come along and join the discussion.
16 March 2009
I thought that I would contact you all and request that you pass this warning on to all your scheme coordinators and their members.
Over the past few days there have a been a number of reports of persons receiving unsolicited telephone calls / doorstep callers from persons stating that they represent particular security companies. They are offering either a free alarm system or free monitoring and half price installation. What they do not tell you is that you will sign up to a 5 year contract and if you take up the offer of a free alarm system there is a DAILY charge of £1.60.
is concerning that these companies can purchase a database containing personal details.
The calls are considered to be in response to the Home Secretary publicly stating that Burglaries were on the increase.
I would recommend that if contacted by these companies you obtain the company details and telephone number and then inform them that you will be reporting the matter to Trading Standards. Trading Standards will be able to take the complaints up the the regulatory body for the Security Industry.
Any person who is considering having an Intruder Alarm fitted is advised, in the first instance to contact their Police Crime Reduction Officer who will provide relevent advice. Crime Reduction Officers can be contacted through 0845 408 7000. David J Budd Crime Reduction/Neighbourhood Watch Liaison Officer Wiltshire Police
16 March 2009
PRESS RELEASE Release No: 10/09 18 February 2009
MILITARY EXERCISE ON SALISBURY PLAIN
Up to 2,000 troops and 100 vehicles are to take part in a major Army exercise on Salisbury Plain Training Area to ensure that soldiers are sufficiently prepared for deployment to the Middle East in May. The Mission Rehearsal Exercise (MRX) will take place from 9 to 22 March and will involve local units from Bulford- based 12 Mechanised Brigade. The exercise will involve aircraft – fast air and helicopters, life firing and increased military traffic on roads on Salisbury Plain. Every effort is being made to ensure minimum disruption to local residents and other public road users on Salisbury Plain. Activity will mainly take place on training areas and will avoid public roads wherever possible. Local MPs, parish councils, police and other interested parties have been contacted in advance of the exercise.
The police have been made aware of vehicle routes and timings. During the exercise convoys will be
limited to a maximum of twenty vehicles in each group to minimise the impact on local traffic. Principal roads used will be on Salisbury Plain although one section of the A338 from the crossing point DD, north of Tidworth and crossing point CC, just south of the A342, will also be used. Traffic Controls will be placed at these crossing points and use of this section of public road will be confined to outside rush hour traffic times.
Details of the low flying aspects of the exercise will be posted on the website www.mod.uk/issues/lowflying.
Brigadier David Cullen, Commander of 12 Mechanised Brigade said “Elements of the Brigade are deploying to Iraq and Kuwait in May to support the drawdown process associated with the reduction of UK force levels in the region. This exercise is the culmination of an intensive period of training and preparation and offers an excellent opportunity to place the deploying troops under conditions similar to
those they are likely to encounter on operations. “Whilst training of this nature and scale will inevitably involve an amount of disruption to the local community we will make every effort to ensure that this is kept to a minimum. As a local brigade we are very grateful for the support and patience of the community that allows us to train effectively for operations.” ENDS
20 September 2008
The Rock ‘n’ Race Night and the Country Fair have both been hailed as successful village events, not least because we have raised about £2400 for the village. The first attracted about 170 revellers and well in excess of 500 attended the Fair. The Gazette and Herald has already published a detailed account of the events and so I will not expand further. But I must add my thanks to all those who worked so hard to make these events happen. Of particular note was the input received from (to me) the younger members of the community, who
came up with great ideas and practical input and help. And we must also thank our numerous sponsors and supporters, many of whom were acknowledged in the Fair programme. A few were missed, in particular L&J Plants, so my apologies to them and any other omissions.
16 August 2008
The Country Fair will be opened at the village hall and field at 2pm on Monday 25th August. Gates open at 1.45pm. Parking will be available in the adjoining field. Entrance is £1 per family by numbered programme at the gate. There will be a prize for the lucky programme. There is some great entertainment lined up for the afternoon in two arenas and in the field and hall. Arena events will include falconry, carriage driving, Pirelli schooling, a cavalcade of cars, archery and the ever popular fun dog show. The Corsham Town Band will play throughout the afternoon and there will be many attractions including the bottle stall, book/CD/DVD stall
(contributions for both these stalls would be most welcome), ice creams, hot dogs, smack the rat, teas, Pimms stall, the ever popular cake stall, produce and the human one armed bandit. The Children’s Corner will include Punch & Judy, face painting, a bouncy castle and Kookie the Clown. There will be trade stands from Comfy Critturs, Sew Fantastic, the Wiltshire Fire Service, Pots & Planters, and stands by the Territorial Army and the Army Cadet Force. The prize draw will take place at 4pm. Since the demise of the Church Fete, this is the first all-village summer event. Do come along and support these events and help us to raise money for worthy village events and projects.
10 August 2008
Saturday 9th August saw around 170 people enjoying the Rock 'n' Race Night at the village hall. The doors and bar opened at 7pm and the ferret racing (sponsored by Richard Hartley Arboriculture) kicked off at 7.30. Most enjoyed a delicious
hog roast accompanied by apple sauce and stuffing, and some enjoyed the veggie alternatives. Music was provided by Road Star disco and live band 3rd IDEA and dancing continued until midnight. Huge thanks are due to the organisers, led by Amanda Palmer, and all our supporters and helpers. The evening raised over £1,000 towards village funds.
6 August 2008
The Reverend Canon Michael Campell was licensed for the Benefice of the Lavingtons, Cheverells and Easterton on 5th August. Details can be found on the Church page, together with a photograph. More photographs will be posted soon.
10 July 2008
August will see two village events that will provide entertainment for all and, hopefully, generate some income to support village activities and projects. Tickets are already on sale for this year’s prize draw offering a massive first prize of £500 cash as well as many other great prizes. Sue Allen (T: 813603) is
organising the draw and tickets are available at £1 each.
The Rock and Racing Night takes place in the Village Hall from 7.30pm on Saturday 9th August. The Ferret racing will start at 7.30pm and this will be followed at about 8.30pm by an evening of great music by the Roadstar Mobile Disco with Mike Densley, and local band Third Idea. The Hog Roast is available to all and is included in the price of the tickets. There will be a licenced bar and a raffle on the night. For safety and licensing reasons, numbers are limited to 200. Tickets are £8 per person including hog roast supper and are available from Amanda Palmer (T: 732602), Karen Ashley (T: 812633), Tony Doyle (T: 813352) and David Green (T: 812527). Accompanied children under 12 will be admitted free, but must have a ticket in advance – available as above.
The Country Fair will be opened at the village hall and field at 2pm on Monday 25th August. Gates open at
1.45pm. Parking will be available in the adjoining field. Entrance is £1 per family by numbered programme at the gate. There will be a prize for the lucky programme. There is some great entertainment lined up for the afternoon in two arenas and in the field and hall. Arena events will include falconry, carriage driving, Pirelli schooling, a cavalcade of cars, archery and the ever popular fun dog show. The Corsham Town Band will play throughout the afternoon and there will be many attractions including the bottle stall, ice creams, hot dogs, smack the rat, teas, Pimms stall, the ever popular cake stall, produce and the human one armed bandit. The Children’s Corner will include Punch & Judy, face painting, a bouncy castle and Kookie the Clown. There will be trade stands from Comfy Critturs, Sew Fantastic, the Wiltshire Fire Service, Pots & Planters, and stands by the Territorial Army and the Army Cadet Force. The prize draw will take place
Since the demise of the Church Fete, this is the first all- village summer event. Do come along and support these events and help us to raise money for worthy village events and projects.
5th April 2008
A new set of pictures of the village have been added to the 'Views' page.
30th March 2008
THE APPOINTMENT OF THE NEW RECTOR FOR THE BENEFICE
The Benefice Council is happy to be able to announce formally the appointment of our new Rector for the Benefice of the Lavingtons, the Cheverells and Easterton. His name is the Reverend James Campbell and he comes to us from the parish of the Holy Cross, Binstead, which is near Alton in the Diocese of Winchester. He also serves another small parish in the area. James is married and he and Mary have four teenage children. They will live in the Rectory at Market Lavington and will be arriving here at the end of July. The
Licensing and Induction will take place on Tuesday 5th August at 7.30 pm, officiated by the Bishop of Salisbury, The Right Reverend David Stancliffe.
29th March 2008
A big thank you from the Parish Council to all the hardy villagers who turned out in the wet and windy weather today to clear up litter around the village. 15 plastic bags were filled and removed to landfill.
A new leaflet for the Village Hall has been posted on the web site - please see the Village Hall links in the index page.
12th March 2008
The "Slide Show" part of the web site is now active, with a few pictures of the village. I will change these on a seasonal basis, so if you have any nice views of the village, please send them to me.
Candidates for the vacant post of Benefice Vicar have been visiting all the villages, schools and churches in the Benefice, and it is hoped that an announcement of a successful candidate
will be made soon.
PLEASE COME AND HELP ON LITTER PICK UP DAY 29 MARCH. It starts at the Village Hall at 1000, and all equipment will be provided. Please come and lend a hand, your help will be appreciated and the village will look better for it.
4th March 2008
The Village Forum met last night in the Royal Oak pub, and the main subject was the 'Country Fayre' being organised for the August Bank Holiday (25th August for your diaries). A very eciting programme is being put together - watch this space for further news.
Keith Jenssen, our Neighbourhood Watch co- ordinator, reported some continued house burglaries, and advised everyone to take especial care to lock all doors and keep all ground floor windows shut. Keith can be contacted on 01380 812428, or at email@example.com.
3rd March 2008
Four candidates have responded to the advertisement for the vacancy caused by the Rev Harold Stephens' move to
Dorchester. Interviews will be taking place on 11th and 12th March, and the successful candidate is expected to take up post in late June.
Please see in the Diary Section that a concert will take place at Dauntsey's School on Sunday 16th March at 7.30pm. the main work is the Requiem by John Rutter which will be performed by the (adult) Choral Society; in addition to this wonderful piece, there will be other choral and solo performances. It is free, so don't miss a wonderful evening of music making.
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