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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


June 2015

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:


June 2015 Newsletter


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 .


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 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.



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 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.




Senior Training Safety Officer Salisbury Plain

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From: John Aeberhard

01380 870602                                                             



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,

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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:

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 : 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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Melksham Our Community Matters

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

Run England – Wiltshire
Run England – Wiltshire The Run England project in Wiltshire continues to grow from strength to strength with new beginner runners getting involved all the time! The latest newsletter is now available to download with information on Leadership in Running & Fitness courses, the informal workshop programme that was delivered this year to coaches and run leaders and then read more... (

Walking works – with Get Wiltshire Walking!
Walking works – with Get Wiltshire Walking! With the spring time well and truly set in, now could be the time you join one of our active walking groups in the county! We have at least one walk operating in every community area in the county and we know that walking works as a means of supporting a healthier lifestyle! It makes read more... (

The Goldies Sing and Smile Charity
The Goldies Sing and Smile Charity The Goldies Sing and Smile Charity was started by local music man Grenville Jones seven years ago. The Goldies daytime singing and activity sessions have developed across Wiltshire and are brightening the lives of hundreds of older people who attend. The Charity also runs a successful schools community programme and the website tells you read more... (

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... (

Community Event—With Focus on Carer Support
The start time may change slightly. Free refreshments will be available Venue: Spencers Sports Club, Melksham The focus is to inform community members how to get support when looking after a child, parent, husband, wife, a friend or a relative suffering from disability or specific need or illness. Carer support will be holding one to read more... (

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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... (

Bowerhill Residents Action Group noticeboard
Bowerhill Residents Action Group noticeboard Bowerhill Residents Action Group (BRAG) have had a lectern style noticeboard erected by their picnic area in Bowerhill. The information panel shows the flora and fauna that can be seen in the area and was designed by BRAG members and built and erected by Arien Designs in Cheddar. The project costs came from a Melksham read more... (

Happy Easter from SHINE Wiltshire
Happy Easter from SHINE Wiltshire SHINE Wiltshire has finished for Easter. Fifteen families have been attending SHINE since January and have been exploring different tips and topics to help them improve their healthy eating and healthy lifestyles. Easter is coming!!! On average each child in Britain receives eight Easter eggs each year…. Why not balance Easter out and encourage your little read more... (

Life IS better with trees
Life IS better with trees Research by the Woodland Trust shows that less than 17% of the population of England has access to local woodland within 500m of their home. In Wiltshire this figure is even lower at 9%. Providing more accessible trees, woods and green space can therefore provide a critical link to healthier lives in Wiltshire and, consequently, read more... (

Keeping Wiltshire Healthy and Safe
Keeping Wiltshire Healthy and Safe Two years ago responsibility for Public Health transferred from the NHS to Wiltshire Council. Since 2013 our team of specialists and consultants has integrated with a broader team of experts in Public Protection, Occupational Health and Safety as well as Leisure and forms part of the wider Council family. Through effective integration and work with read more... (

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... (

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... (

Slamdunkz Basketball Easter Camps 2015
Slamdunkz Basketball Easter Camps 2015 2015 Easter camp schedule 31 Mar – 2 Apr St John’s School, Marlborough 10am – 3pm £45 31 Mar – 2 Apr Olympiad Leisure Centre, Chippenham 10am – 3pm £45 7 Apr – 9 Apr Trowbridge Sports Centre, Trowbridge 10am – 3pm £45 7 Apr – 9 Apr Sarum Academy School, Salisbury 10am – 3pm read more... (

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Wiltshire Council promotes Community Clear Up Day


Wiltshire Council is supporting the Government’s first ever Community Clear Up Day which will take place this Saturday (21 March).
The Government is asking everyone to take part in a national spring clean on the first day of spring, with the aim of sprucing up the country’s high streets, residential and business areas, villages and parks. This follows a significant increase in littering across the country.
There are already many community and corporate groups around the county involved in regular litter picking activities. It is hoped this national initiative, being delivered in partnership with Keep Britain Tidy, will help give these groups the recognition they deserve and encourage other groups to help reduce litter issues in Wiltshire.
Philip Whitehead, cabinet member for highways and transport, said: “We are delighted to support the national Community Clear Up Day, and I would like to make 2015 the year of clean streets. The clear up day is the start of this year’s drive to achieve this, and we would like to help local communities in their litter picking activities on the day and throughout the year.
“Any community group, business or resident wanting to work with us, can get in touch and we will assist wherever we can.
“The key message is that if we all do our bit by not littering our streets and get involved by keeping our communities clean we can make a big difference. Dropping litter is unacceptable.”
Wiltshire Council wants to extend this day to run throughout the spring and summer to make a real change across Wiltshire, not only in the removal of litter, but also in a reduction of litter dropped in the first place.
Following the Community Clear Up Day Wiltshire Council will be meeting with local town and parish councils, and any other litter collecting communities, to explore future litter initiatives.
The Government and Wiltshire Council are also urging the manufacturers of items commonly associated with littering to join in and contribute to the clear up of our streets and public places.
Enforcement action will be taken against businesses which do not meet the existing statutory requirements. The council will shortly be arranging a local business event to look for business sponsorship of kit and equipment to further support local groups.
There is a free, downloadable government tool kit and information pack which includes customisable posters, leaflets and banners available at People can get tips for carrying out a litter pick, register an event, and find out about other clear up activities going on in their area from Keep Britain Tidy at People can also follow #ClearUpDay on Twitter or find more information on Facebook at:
To support local groups the council has a limited amount of litter equipment it can loan out. It will also be pleased to supply black bags and the collection of litter waste following an event. Any group in need of support can contact the council on 0300 456 0105.

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