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A cloudy but warm Saturday 24th June 2017 saw many villagers attend the annual Church Fete at The Lodge. Visitors were provided with a coconut shy, bouncy castle, tombolas, raffles, refreshments, book stall, cake stall (sold out almost immediately!) refreshments and ice cream cones. They were also entertained by a local band, who got everybody's feet tapping :)

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Over 700 vistors attended the Open Gardens event on Sunday 4th June 2017, raising over £5000. In spite of the soggy weather, each of the 15 gardens looked absolutely glorious - a real testament to the hard work put in over the last few months. 

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2017Election result

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Steeple Ashton Parish Council Election – 4 May 2017

A message from the Candidates

Dear Resident,

The current term of your Parish Council ends in May this year and because there are thirteen candidates and only nine seats, an election is required. The election will be held on Thursday 4 May 2017, alongside Wiltshire Council Unitary Elections. All candidates have worked together with an independent co-ordinator to produce this short information sheet so that you are aware of who is standing and their background. The aim is try to avoid overloading you with separate information sheets. However, this does not prevent any of the candidates supplying you with more information, should they wish to do so. The candidates are listed in alphabetical order and you will have the opportunity to vote for up to NINE candidates on the ballot paper. We hope that you will find this information useful. Please feel free to contact any candidate individually should you need more information from them.

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News – Melksham Our Community Matters

Bringing you all the latest news and updates from Melksham Area Board

Melksham’s Market Place transformation begins in the new year
Melksham’s Market Place transformation begins in the new year Work to transform and improve Melksham’s Market Place will begin at the end of next month (January 2017) – as part of Wiltshire Council’s commitment to develop local facilities, services and community areas. The works, expected to be completed in around six months, will enhance the attractiveness of the space; provide a pedestrianised zone and a read more... (

Register now for Melksham ‘Our Community Matters’ event
The Melksham ‘Our Community Matters’ event is on Wednesday 18th January 2017 at the Assembly Hall, Market Place, SN12 6ES. Doors open at 6.30pm and the event starts at 7.00pm. Refreshments will be available. Click here to sign up for a ticket. What has changed in the Melksham Area over the last two years? A brand new read more... (

Significant passenger growth continues at Melksham Station
Significant passenger growth continues at Melksham Station Melksham Station has seen a significant 17% increase in the number of rail passengers over the last 12 months. The number of passenger entries and exits has continued to increase at a substantial rate, reaching 60,676 this year. For comparison the station usage in 2012/13 was 12,080. There are a number of exciting proposals to read more... (

People urged to attend free NHS Health Check when offered one
People urged to attend free NHS Health Check when offered one People aged 40 and over are eligible for a free NHS health check and are being given a simple message – please take up the offer. The NHS Health Check programme, commissioned by Wiltshire Council and provided by local GP practices, helps to check people’s risk of developing life threatening conditions including heart disease, type read more... (

Volunteers for West Wilts Multi Faith Forum
Volunteers for West Wilts Multi Faith Forum We are looking for volunteers to join our team, who enjoy helping others to get grip with learning to speak, read and write English. We have teachers to lead and guide the classes but some of the best learning takes place when we just talk and share with one another. Classes are on Wednesday mornings read more... (

Melksham Contact the Elderly
Melksham Contact the Elderly Supported by a network of volunteers, Contact the Elderly organises monthly Sunday afternoon tea parties for small groups of older people aged 75 and over, who live alone, offering a regular and vital friendship link every month. In Melksham, local coordinator Martin Elson, is currently looking for more older, lonely people who may wish to read more... (

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Christmas Waste 2016 times

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Dear all 

The Parish Council have submitted the Acreshort Lane Project to Aviva's Community Funding campaign. If we are successful, then we could receive up to £10,000 which can be put towards the development of the area. 

The Parish Council currently have £8,000 set aside for the scheme, but in order to develop the site fully for the benefit of the whole community, we need nearer to £30,000; play and fitness equipment and it's installation doesn't come cheap. 

The Aviva Community Fund gives us the opportunity to get the community involved in the voting process and if we get enough votes, hopefully we stand a chance of receiving some money. 

Please can you take the time to register using the link below; you will then be given 10 votes which you can use across any of the schemes in the campaign, or hopefully (!) use ALL 10 VOTES on the Steeple Ashton project. 

Please use the link below to vote and please forward this email onto any friends and family so they can cast their votes or even register more than one email address.



Look out for more information relating to the project in the Parish Magazine over the forthcoming months.  

Many thanks

Steeple Ashton Parish Council 

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            Salisbury Plain Training Area


                NOVEMBER 2016

This Newsletter can be found at the above link


The DIO runs a Twitter account for news and updates on the Salisbury Plain Training Area using the Twitter hashtag #modontheplain. This account now has over 3450 followers.  If you’d like to follow us go to:


November 2016 Newsletter


November is the start of EX WESSEX STORM, 1-20 Nov, with 4 SCOTS, a mechanized BG. They will be exercising from Warminster West to Tidworth East conduction challenging operations. There are also infantry company and armoured squadrons excercising at varying times during the month: a very busy time on the plain.

Safety is all important. There is live firing from all weapon systems including AS90 from 19 Regiment, Royal Artillery and various infantry sections of mortars. It should be noted that late night firing on Tuesday and Thursday evening will finish at 2100hrs.

Safety: The public should be aware that tank crossings over the A360, A345, A338, B390, and the C22 (Tilshead to Chitterne) roads will be very busy and if conditions are wet mud clearance parties will be working on the crossings. Notice is also given that the training areas in the Copehill Down and Bourne Valley (SPTA East) areas will be heavily used over this period and that recreational use of the Salisbury Plain military lands is to be restricted to public rights of way only as per the byelaws.

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Related Links

A leaflet on public access to Imber is available online and should be read in advance of any visit:

Information about low flying is available from the MOD Low Flying Advisory Service (0845 600 7580) or on line at .





01, 03, 08, 10, 15, 17, 22, 24, 26, 27

05, 06, 12, 13, 19, 20,


05, 06, 12, 13, 26, 27


Note: Due to Exercise Wessex Storm Range 2 Flags will be flown from Thu 03 – Mon 21.


Note:   All Complaints/Enquiries should be made to 01980 620819.



Access to SPTA is regulated by Salisbury Plain Military Lands, Bulford, Larkhill and Imber Range Byelaws. Always comply with local signs and flags. Rights of way in Range Danger Areas are closed when red flags are flying.

This Newsletter is published up to 6 weeks before the event and changes may occur. Access timings for the next week can be found on the SPTA Walks Line: (01980) 674763.

Imber Ranges. The public are excluded except when the roads are specifically opened. Planned open dates for 2016 are as follows:


Event                                                  Open                                              Closed


Remembrance Sunday

(Imber church only)               09.00hrs Sat 12 Nov 16                      13.00hrs Sat 12 Nov 16

Christmas / New Year                        18.00hrs Fri 16 Dec 16                       08.00hrs Mon 03 Jan 17

1.   Even when roads are open the village and buildings remain out of bounds to the public.

2.   Dates may change if operational training needs dictate.



If any crime is taking place call 999, (or 101) and do not under any circumstances challenge the offenders.

The new Rural Crime Partnership for Wiltshire and Swindon (hereafter ‘the Rural Crime Partnership’) has been established by Wiltshire Police in consultation with the Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) for Wiltshire and Swindon to provide governance for, and oversee delivery of, rural crime strategy.  It provides coherence, direction and guidance to the delivery and apportionment of rural policing resources across the county in the context of the Community Policing Model.  The first meeting was held at Wiltshire Police Headquarters on 18th October 2016; this is seen by Headquarters SPTA as a positive initiative in order to prevent crime and anti-social behaviour on Salisbury Plain.

Members of the Rural Crime Partnership for Wiltshire and Swindon

Report suspicious activity to PLAINWATCH (01980 674700) or The more information received the better, e.g. time, place, vehicle registration, description of individuals and vehicles.


Health and Safety reminder for all Military Training Areas and Ranges:


  • Do not touch or tamper with Military debris.
  • Wash your hands before you eat.
  • Clean your footwear before you enter your car or home.

Jim Russell



Senior Training Safety Officer Salisbury Plain

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