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Salisbury Plain Training Area

Newsletter

July 2015

www.gov.uk/government/publications/salisbury-plain-training-area-spta-newsletter

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 handle #modontheplain. This account now has over 1000 followers.  If you’d like to follow us go to: www.twitter.com/mod_dio

 

July 2015 Newsletter

TRAINING

General Overview:

 

July will be a very busy month on the Plain with 8 Armoured and Armoured Infantry sub-units conducting low and intermediate level armoured manoeuvre training in a series of 2 week exercises. In addition the Plain will see the largest Armoured exercise in the calendar Ex LIONS STRIKE involving the Combined Arms Tactics Course using the Imber and Larkhill dry training areas from 18th – 23rd July. At the same time four of the Royal School of Artillery courses will combine for their largest training exercise of the year Ex CROSSED CANNONS during which AS90 and Light Gun live firing will take place. As a consequence Armoured vehicle usage of the tank crossings on the A360, A345 and A338 will increase and with dry weather conditions dust clouds may produce a hazard at these crossings.

Information about low flying is available from the MOD Low Flying Advisory Service (0845 600 7580) or on line at www.gov.uk/low-flying-in-your-area .

 

Artillery Live Firing Days from Areas 6, 7 and 8 on the21st, 22nd and 23rd July 2015

 

Artillery Live Firing days on Salisbury Plain (East) 21st July 2015

 

Late firing on Larkhill/Westdown Danger Area: 2nd, 7th, 9th, 14th, 15th, 18th, 21st, 22nd, 28th

and 30th July 2015

AS90 Firing from Tilshead, Chitterne, Shrewton triangle:   Nil

Non-firing days on Larkhill/Westdown Danger Area: 4th , 5th, 11th, 12th, 25th and 26th July 2015

Non firing days on Bulford Ranges: 4th, 5th, 18th, 19th, 25th and 26th July 2015

 

Note:

Ex Crossed Cannons 20th – 23rd July

Complaints/Enquiries should be made to 01980 620819.

 

Upcoming Major Exercises. During exercises access may be restricted on Larkhill Ranges and in the Chitterne – Shrewton – Tilshead Triangle north of the B390.

 

ACCESS

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) 67 4763.

Imber Ranges. The public are excluded except when the roads are specifically opened. Planned open dates for 2015 are as follows:

Event                                                  Open                                              Closed

 

Summer                                 1800hrs Fri 7 Aug                               0800hrs Mon 24 Aug

Remembrance Sunday          1800hrs Fri 06 Nov                            0800hrs Mon 9 Nov

Christmas                               1800hrs Fri 11 Dec                             0800hrs Mon 4 Jan 16

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.

WHAT CAN YOU DO TO REDUCE CRIME ON SALISBURY PLAIN?

 

If any crime is taking place call 999 and do not under any circumstances challenge the offenders.

Report suspicious activity to PLAINWATCH (01980 674700) or PLAINWATCH@landmarc.mod.uk. 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.

S J MADEN

WO2 (CSM)

for

Senior Training Safety Officer Salisbury Plain

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SSE – Priority Services Register

We all rely on electricity day to day for various things, but for some, a power cut can be particularly distressing and difficult. That’s why Scottish and Southern Electricity offer extra help and support during a power cut. Registering for our Priority Services helps us to help you when you need it most. All our priority services are free.

Benefits of joining our Priority Services Register

We can’t promise your electricity will never go off, but if it does, we will do what we can to make sure you have the support you need, when you need it.

Our service offers: 

  • Dedicated 24 hour priority services phone number.
  • Priority updates during a power cut.
  • Nominate someone for us to contact on your behalf.
  • Provide information in the format you need, for example Braille or audio CD.
  • Security password to keep you safe.
  • Are dependent on electricity for home medical care, for example a kidney dialysis machine or ventilator.
  • Have a chronic illness or short term medical condition; for example you are recovering from a major operation.
  • Are disabled.
  • Have special communication needs; for example because you are blind, partially sighted, deaf or hard of hearing.
  • Have a young baby.
  • Receive a state pension.

Who is eligible to join our Priority Services Register?

You can join our Priority Services Register if you:

We recognise some of our customers may need support in other ways during power cuts. If you have other needs and feel you will need extra help in the event of a power cut, please contact us to discuss. 

Kelly Murray-Fagan, Customer and Community Advisor, Melksham Depot| 61 Spa Road, Melksham, SN12 7NU (T) 01225 898643 (M) 07876 837313

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Flood prevention

The Parish Council has recently taken delivery of sandbags, flood signs, and high viz jackets which are now placed in the village lock up for use in an emergency situation. Currently keys to the lock up are held by Andy Wyborn (13 High Street) and Jeremy Cottle (Manor Farm). Sandbags deteriorate over time, so there is not much point in pre-filling lots of bags now. We have a supply of gel sacks in the lock up which can be used in an emergency, whilst sand bags are being filled. The actual sand is being stored at Manor Farm. If you feel that your property is at high risk of flooding and you would like to hold a key, then please get in touch with the clerk.

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Salisbury Plain Training Area

Newsletter

June 2015

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/salisbury-plain-imber-range-perimeter-path

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 handle #modontheplain. This account now has over 1000 followers.  If you’d like to follow us go to: www.twitter.com/mod_dio

 

June 2015 Newsletter

TRAINING

General Overview:

Training levels on the Plain in June will be average for this time of year. Armoured training by the Kings Royal Hussars, 1st Battalion The Royal Welsh, 1st Battalion the Yorkshire Regiment and 1st Battalion the Mercian Regiment will be concentrated in the first 2 weeks and the last 2 days of the month with Challenger and Warrior sub-units conducting Armoured manoeuvre training. The 2nd week of June will see the Armoured and Armoured Infantry courses from the Land Warfare Centre conducting their final exercise TEAM SPIRIT in Challenger tanks and Warrior armoured fighting vehicles across the full length of the area together with the Armoured Cavalry course Ex BADGERS STRESS in CVRTs. The last 2 weeks of June will see the Field Training Unit training 1st Battalion The Rifles using the Army Weapons Effect Simulation system on Exercise WESSEX STORM. As a light role infantry unit 1 Rifles will be conducting training mainly on foot and in wheeled vehicles.

Information about low flying is available from the MOD Low Flying Advisory Service (0845 600 7580) or on line at www.gov.uk/low-flying-in-your-area .

 

Artillery Live Firing Days from Areas 6, 7 and 8:Nil

 

Artillery Live Firing days on Salisbury Plain (East) Nil

 

Late firing on Larkhill/Westdown Danger Area: 2nd, 4th, 9th, 11th, 13th, 16th, 18th, 23rd, 25th

and 30th June 2015

AS90 Firing from Tilshead, Chitterne, Shrewton triangle:   Nil

Non-firing days on Larkhill/Westdown Danger Area: 6th , 7th, 20th, 21st , 27th and 28th June 2015

Non firing days on Bulford Ranges: 6th, 7th, 13th, 14th, 27th and 28th June 2015

 

Complaints/Enquiries should be made to 01980 620819.

 

Upcoming Major Exercises. During exercises access may be restricted on Larkhill Ranges and in the Chitterne – Shrewton – Tilshead Triangle north of the B390.

 

ACCESS

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) 67 4763.

Imber Ranges. The public are excluded except when the roads are specifically opened. Planned open dates for 2015 are as follows:

Event                                                  Open                                              Closed

 

Summer                                 1800hrs Fri 7 Aug                               0800hrs Mon 24 Aug

Remembrance Sunday          1800hrs Fri 06 Nov                             0800hrs Mon 9 Nov

Christmas                              1800hrs Fri 11 Dec                             0800hrs Mon 3 Jan 15

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.

WHAT CAN YOU DO TO REDUCE CRIME ON SALISBURY PLAIN?

 

If any crime is taking place call 999 and do not under any circumstances challenge the offenders.

Report suspicious activity to PLAINWATCH (01980 674700) or PLAINWATCH@landmarc.mod.uk. 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.

S J MADEN

WO2 (CSM)

for

Senior Training Safety Officer Salisbury Plain

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From: John Aeberhard

01380 870602

Aeberhard@btinternet.com                                                             

STEEPLE ASHTON’S

INDEPENDENCE DAY FROLIC

A combined church organ concert and picnic in the Manor gardens – billed as a summer frolic - is to take place in Steeple Ashton on Saturday, July 4, American Independence Day, in aid of the village’s church preservation trust.

Peter King, Bath Abbey organist acclaimed as “a virtuoso of world class standing” (BBC Radio 3 CD Review), will showcase American organ music during a concert on the recently re-built Bryceson & Ellis organ in St Mary’s Church at 6.30pm, followed by an open house, bring-your-own picnic at the adjacent 17th century Manor and its featured gardens.

Music by American composers from John Philip Sousa to Scott Joplin, from Dan Locklair to Arthur Foote, David N Johnson and Dudley Buck, will share the programme with 19th century European composers such as Brahms and Liszt contemporary with the time the St Mary’s organ was built.

Included will be tunes played at the funeral of President Reagan (Locklair’s Rubrics) as well as the wedding of President Nixon’s daughter (Johnson’s Trumpet Tune). Sousa’s Washington Post and Liberty Bell will ring out alongside Joplin’s Rag, The Entertainer and Harmony Hall Waltz, together with variations on Buck’s tear-jerker, Home Sweet Home.

The audience will be able to see the organist displayed on a large screen in the church.

This will be a return visit to Steeple Ashton for Peter King who gave a recital in the church early last year when he expressed his delight in the quality of sound from the organ, one of the finest in Wiltshire.

Tickets for the combined organ concert (centre aisles) and entry to the Manor gardens, with a welcoming glass of fizz and, as befitting the American theme, apple pie and cream to close the evening, cost £20 each. Tickets for the concert alone (side aisles) are offered at £10 each.

Picnic tables and chairs will be available on a first-come basis and wine for sale will also be available. Picnic set up from 5.30pm onwards.

Contact: 01380 870602, Aeberhard@btinternet.com.

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Garden waste collections are changing!!

From 15th June 2015 a charge of £40 per bin, per year will be introduced for the fortnightly collection of garden waste.

The service is optional, you will need to sign up to receive a garden waste collection. Free collection will stop from 15th June 2015, to continue to receive the service you will need to sign up and pay.

There are three ways to sign up and pay:

1. Online using a debit or credit card: www.wiltshire.gov.uk/gardenwaste

2. Over the phone: 0300 456 0102

3. Post a cheque made payable to 'Wiltshire Council' to Waste Management, Wiltshire Council, Bythesea Road, Trowbridge, Wiltshire, BA14 8JN. (Please write yur name, address, post code, phone number, email address and garden waste on the back)

If you don't sign up to continue to receive this service, you do not need to contact the council and you may keep your garden waste bin. You can request your bin is collected online at : www.wiltshire.gov.uk/gardenwaste or call 0300 456 0102. However, if change your mind within 12 months and you want to sign up for the service,  there will be a delivery charge of £25.

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County Hall Visitors to sign in for free parking from 13 April

 
Visitors to County Hall in Trowbridge will now be able to park much more easily thanks to a new electronic permit system which is being introduced on Monday 13 April
 
People will be able to park in the designated visitor bays for up to two hours, but, having parked, will need to register their vehicle in reception using the designated screens.
 
All parking at County Hall will remain free of charge and the new regulations will prevent visitor spaces being occupied by other vehicles.  This will ensure it is simpler for visitors to use the facilities and meet people at the council offices.
 
Philip Whitehead, cabinet member for highways, said: “County Hall is a community space and we want to encourage more people to drop in. Enabling visitors to park for free for two hours will mean that anyone coming to the building for meetings, or to use the facilities such as the café and library will be able to park free of charge provided they log their vehicle registration number onto the designated screens in reception.
  “We hope this process will be fairer to all and ensure the free movement of visitors to and from County Hall 

"We made the changes as we were aware that the situation had become quite difficult recently as more services and staff are based in the building as well the building becoming a community space encouraging more residents to come and spend time in County Hall. 

"This new system will improve things greatly but visitors must remember to register on arrival using the designated screens.”
 
The new system will now be monitored to ensure that it works for everyone. Visitors need to register their vehicle and staff will need permits.  Anyone who doesn’t could receive a penalty charge notice.
 
The electronic parking permit system will be enforced 
from 8am to 6pm, Monday to Friday.
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Run England – Wiltshire
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Walking works – with Get Wiltshire Walking!
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The Goldies Sing and Smile Charity
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New programmes, grants and network launched
New programmes, grants and network launched New opportunities funded by the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) that help you to take control in your neighbourhood launch on 1 April – today! The programmes opening on My Community are:Our Place Want to put communities at the heart of service delivery in your area? Our Place helps you work with local people read more... (http://melksham.ourcommunitymatters.org.uk/news/new-programmes-grants-and-network-launched/)

Community Event—With Focus on Carer Support
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Melksham Area Board – 15 April 2015 @ 7pm
Melksham Area Board – 15 April 2015 @ 7pm Come along to Melksham Area Board on Wednesday 15 April, at the Semington Village Hall. This interactive session will provide an opportunity for you to keep upto date with what is happening locally and help shape your local community. The agenda will be available online from next week. Key topics to be covered are: Melksham read more... (http://melksham.ourcommunitymatters.org.uk/news/melksham-area-board-15-april-2015-7pm/)

Bowerhill Residents Action Group noticeboard
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New European funding for Swindon and Wiltshire
New European funding for Swindon and Wiltshire Working with the Swindon & Wiltshire Local Enterprise Partnership, the National Lottery has joined forces with the European Union to launch a new funding scheme for social inclusion and employability. Are you a Wiltshire and/or Swindon based organisation helping people back into training, work or volunteering? Do you support socially excluded groups? Can your organisation read more... (http://melksham.ourcommunitymatters.org.uk/news/new-european-funding-for-swindon-and-wiltshire/)

Sloggerz Cricket Easter Camps 2015
Sloggerz Cricket Easter Camps 2015 2015 Easter camp schedule 30 Mar – 1 Apr Bishop Wordsworth’s School, Salisbury SP1 2ED 10am – 3pm £45 7 Apr – 9 Apr Chippenham Sports Club, Chippenham, SN15 1NG 10am – 3pm £45 A 50% reduction in fees may be available when families are in receipt of certain benefits. Please contact Karlene Jammeh, Sports read more... (http://melksham.ourcommunitymatters.org.uk/news/sloggerz-cricket-easter-camps-2015/)

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