Thursday 16 May 2024

Our usual round-up of  local news includes a new Mayor, a gentle walk, Bach, grant applications, herbs and a dig.  See also below for community notices and news from your local council.

Upcoming Marlborough area events include choral concert and ecstatic dance. See below for details, plus regular events and group activities.

• Phantom roadworks

A wonderfully feisty article here in Marlborough News which takes what seems to be a well-deserved pop at two of the town’s perennial bogeymen – seemingly pointless traffic delays and Thames Water. This took place last Saturday but this is not, as the author is quick to point out the first time and it probably won’t be the last.

The problem was on the A4 (Bridewell) near the College where there were all the trappings of major road works but no work actually being done. The article admits that Thames Water, like all utilities, does have the right to do such works and the author refers to the One.network site to show the details of the works. “But it doesn’t,” he adds through gritted teeth, “say anything about setting up lights to stop traffic just for the sheer hell of it.” This is, he goes on to point out, “in addition to Thames Water’s exploits dumping raw sewage into the Kennet and charging us all ridiculous amounts for the privilege of their incompetence and lack of concern for their customers.” Ouch…

The article also refers to its previous coverage of similar issues which resulted in the troubled water giant having been fined for exceeding approval times. There is indeed something very galling about being held up for no apparent reason by seemingly non-existent road works conducted by a company which is currently the area’s number-one pariah. Marlborough News is right to highlight such issues. Who knows, maybe someone senior from Thames Water will read that article, or this one, and realise that the company must do better in every regard, including this one. There’s a long way to go but every little nudge helps.

• Other news

Marlborough Town Council has welcomed its new Mayor, Councillor Kym-Marie Cleasby and Deputy Mayor Councillor Emily Trow this week . They will be representing residents for the 2024-2025 period.

• To celebrate International Compost Awareness Week, Our Wiltshire have teamed up with Great Green Systems to offer Marlborough residents subsidised hot composters, called a Green Johanna, for only £68 (subsidised from £144.99).To find out more and claim yours, click here.

• A heads up that if your organisation needs funding support for an upcoming project, there is still time to make a grant application to Wiltshire Council Area Boards. The Marlborough Area Board grant deadline is approaching, so contact them here before Tuesday 21 May.

• The local branch of Citizens’ Climate Lobby UK is delighted to launch their election-year climate campaign with a screening of the astonishing film, 2040, which illuminates the brilliant possibilities of a post-carbon future. The film will be shown on Thursday 23 May at Marlborough Town Hall, 18 years – almost to the day – since Marlborough hosted the first big public meeting on the climate crisis, with a presentation by the much-admired and passionately committed MP, the late Michael Meacher. See here for more details and how to book.

Crofton Beam Engines invites families to their Teddy Bears picnic this Saturday 18 May to explore the site, lawn games and story and craft sessions. Entry is free and you are encouraged to bring your own picnic.

• Discover some of the history of Marlborough on a gentle walk along the margins of the River Kennet and through ‘Treacle Bolly’ – with Wiltshire History Man aka Nick Baxter on Monday 3 June. Nick will tell you the fascinating tales linked to Treacle Bolly – an ancient footpath which was bordered by fields, once the site of a great medieval castle. The castle motte, in the grounds of Marlborough College and known locally as ‘The Mound’, overlooks the margins of the Kennet. Tickets available here.

• Music lovers don’t miss the Complete Bach Orchestral Suites arranged and performed by Maggie Faultless on Friday 24 May in Great Bedwyn Church. This is an opportunity to hear all four suites together in a single concert. Fautless is the holder of the Becket Chair of Historical Performance at The Royal Academy of Music, a Professor of the University of London and an Honorary Fellow of Birmingham Conservatoire, and Musician in Residence at St John’s, Cambridge. Book your tickets here.

• A reminder for those of you with felines in the family, that from Monday 10 June, your cat must be microchipped. This new law cites that if you do not microchip and register your cat on a database by the time they are twenty weeks old, you can be fined up to £500. See full details here.

• For an overciew of the finds from Operation Nightingale‘s recent archaeological dig in Aldbourne in connection with the 101st Airborne (Band of Brothers), visit facebook.com/aldbourneheritage.

Packaging Not Included zero waste shop in Hughenden Yard is offering free herbs that are growing infront of their popular refill grocery store and they invite local residents to come and help themselves.

Savernake Parish Council invites all residents to its Annual Parish Meeting at 7.30pm on Wednesday 22 May at the Marlborough Community & Youth Centre, St Margaret’s Mead.

Marlborough Cricket Club is appealing to 5 to 8 yr olds to get involved with cricket. All Stars cricket sessions on Friday evenings are keen to invite youngsters to join in.  Places still available.  To book your place, click here.

• Marlborough Library is excited to be offering an online course Supporting Myself to Support My Child on Friday 7, 14 and 21 June from 10am to noon. To book email familyandcommunitylearning@wiltshire.gov.uk or call 01225 770478.

Wiltshire Council Area Boards are encouraging Wiltshire residents and partner organisations to look at the Community Area Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (CAJSNA) data & complete a short survey on what’s important to you. The survey ends on Sunday 5 May so check it out online here.

Wiltshire Regional Talent Centre is calling all aspiring female footballers to join their open sessions exclusively for girls, led by UEFA B coaches. If you’re looking to add an additional session to your training schedule and take your game to the next level, this is your chance.  Email griff@wiltssrtc.com for more information and session registration details.

2nd Marlborough Scout Group is honoured and extremely grateful to be part of the Tesco blue token scheme, in the Marlborough store. This scheme will help them to subsidise group camp this year. If you put one token in their box every time you shop, they would be extremely grateful.

• Businesses have until 14 June to apply for Vibrant Wiltshire’s vacant unit grants programme, aimed at supporting businesses in the county to reinvigorate empty shops and commercial areas. See here for full details.

• For latest news from Aldbourne Deli, Store and Post Office, visit their facebook page for mouth-watering photos of Eddie’s amazing menus (take-away and eat-in) and the lovely Wiltshire 2024 calendars now in stock.


Community notices

Have your say on current consulations by Wiltshire Council. Parish and town councils also run consultations from time to time: see the appropriate website/s below under Council contacts.

Marlborough Police would like to encourage people to join one of the many watch groups available through Wiltshire and Swindon Community Messaging. Farm Watch is the most appropriate for farmers and those living in rural areas of our beautiful county to receive alerts and crime prevention advice in real time for the area you live. It is a free service and you can join here.

• Marlborough Community Fridge in the Community Room in the George/Figgins Lane Car Park (just behind the public loos) is free to all and a good way to use up surplus food from supermarkets and businesses that would otherwise go to waste. See their facebook page for details.

Girls Rugby is really taking off in Marlborough and there are lots of opportunities to get involved as players, sponsors or volunteers. See here for more details and how to sign up for the Monday evening training on the common.

Burbage Primary School hires out an eco-friendly party kit hire to reduce waste and help the planet. Click here to apply.

Bruce Boats fully accessible canal boats based in Great Bedwyn are looking for more volunteers and have a wide range of interesting roles available.

If you spot a fallen tree, an obstruction or any debris on the roads, please report it via Our Wiltshire and drive to the conditions at all times. Report now here.

All dogs are to be kept on leads at all times when at Stonebridge Wild River Reserve, Marlborough. This refers to the whole site for bird nesting season and the designated wildlife site also has a breeding population of water vole, as well as many other vulnerable species.

If you spot an Asian Hornet please report it here or email alertnonnative@ceh.ac.uk.

1st Marlborough Rainbows is looking for volunteers. Please get in touch here if you are interested in helping four to seven year olds on their adventures.

• Wiltshire Connect buses now cover Marlborough For more information on the service and to download the Connecting Wiltshire booking app click here.

• Merlin’s Mound history and information can now be found at marlboroughmoundtrust.org.

Reading Well book collection at Marlborough Library supports children and teens’ positive mental health. Chosen by children and teens themselves with health experts these books are free to reserve and borrow from any Wiltshire library.

• Love Marlborough Kids makes sure all Marlborough children have access to free meals as required. No fuss, no forms, no referrals. Just meals for families who need them. See here for how to apply.

Friends of the Victorian Cemetery are looking for more volunteers to join their existing group. Please email margaretrrose@hotmail.co.uk or check out marlborough-tc.gov.uk/the-victorian-cemetery

Wiltshire Household Recycling Centres (HRCs) locations and opening times.

• Marlborough Fire Station is looking for new on-call recruits, ideally those who live or work within 5 minutes of the station. Parttime, paid, only responding to emergencies when their alert goes off. Please see Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue to find out more and fill out and application.

For the latest information on rail services between Bedwyn, Newbury and Paddington we strongly recommend following the Bedwyn Train Passenger Group.


Local events and activities

For more information on events and activities across the Penny Post area, see the website calendar.

• Dates for the Diary

• Sat 18 May Choral Concert for Macmillan Cancer Support  St. Mary’s Church.

• Tues 21 May Ecstatic Dance Unshackle Marlborough Town Hall.

• Thu 23 May Screening film ‘2040’ Marlborough Town Hall.

• Fri 24 May Bach Orchestral Suites by violinist Maggie Faultless, Great Bedwyn.

• Mon 27 May Tom Odell Memorial Hall Marlborough College

• Mon 27 May One-day exhibition and tours of the Marlborough Mound

• Thu 30 May Saltlines – Marlborough Folk Roots  Memorial Hall Memorial College

• Sat 1 Jun Stonebridge Mural Opening  Stonebridge Wild River Reserve

• Sat 1 Jun Elcot Festival – Live Down the Lane  Marlborough Football Club

• Mon 3 Jun Guided History Walk  George Lane Car Park Marlborough

• Fri 7 Jun Salisbury Big Band at the D-Day Celebrations The Barleycorn Inn, Collingbourne Kingston

• Fri 14 Jun Open Texas Scramble Marlbrough Golf Club

• Sat 15 Jun Greatwood Family Fun Day Rainscombe Hill Farm

• Regular events

• Kennet Vale Table Tennis Club at Kennet Valley Hall. Juniors meet on Fridays from 5.45 to 7 pm and they are always on the lookout for adults to play socially or competitively. Call Richard on 07568 648468 to book a space.

• Sing-a-long and Social at St Mary’s Church Hall every Tuesday from 6pm to 7pm. No need to be alone/lonely come and have some relaxed fun with tea and biscuits. Call Anna on 07852 191378 for information.

• Walking Rugby at Marlborough Rugby Club. Email simon.barter1@btinternet.com for full details or call him on 07734 724139.

St Mary’s Marlborough Bellringers welcome new members (no previous experience required). Contact marlborough.branch@outlook.com or phone Julie on 07392 768266.

• Marlborough Walking Football offers exercise and friendship. Ideal for the over 50s, meeting on Mondays at 6pm for more details see here.

• Carer Café  at the Jubilee Centre, 28 Marlborough High Street on the fourth Tuesday of the month, from 10:30am to noon. No Booking required. Join in on a relaxed chat over a hot drink with other carers and support workers or volunteers from Carer Support Wiltshire.

 Rhyme Time for babies and toddlers, every Wednesday and Friday 11am 11.30am at Marlborough Library. If you don’t already have a library membership, please sign yourself and your child up before you attend.

• Great Bedwyn Stay And Play is on Mondays term time 1pm to 2.30pm at Great Bedwyn Village Hall. There are games and free play with lots of themed music to enjoy with your little one. All are welcome. Prices for sessions can be found on their Facebook page.

Transition Marlborough Hub Group meets on the second Thursday of the month at 7.30pm currently by zoom. To get involved please email enquiries@transitionmarlborough.org.

• Marlborough Park Run is a free, weekly, timed five km walk, jog or run at 9am every Saturday. Open to all ages and abilities. Organised entirely by volunteers. Click here to see their Facebook page.

• The Stroke Association monthly drop-in support sessions at The Jubilee Centre for stroke survivors, their families and carers on Monday mornings. See here for the next date. For more details contact Katie Fielding on 07908 952740 or katie.fielding@stroke.org.uk

• Marlborough Floral Club meets 2pm on the first Thursday of the month at the Mildenhall Village Hall. For details please see here or call Micky Graham on 01672 514301.

• The Menopause Matters Marlborough facebook group provides a forum for women in Marlborough and the surrounding areas to access information and support relating to menopause.

• The White Horse Bookshop is offering workshops until the end of the year, click here for the full list.


News from your local councils

Note: “the most recent meeting” refers to the most recent one for which minutes (in some cases draft) or some other summary is available. Other meetings may have taken place since. Some councils publish minutes more promptly than do others. If the link is scored through this may be because draft minutes have been replaced by approved ones and the drafts file deleted. If so, please follow the links provided to the council’s website.

• The most recent full meeting of Marlborough Town Council for which minutes are available took place on 25 March and you can read the minutes here.
To see the dates, agendas and minutes for future Town Council meetings (including any committees), please click hereClick here for the latest on Marlborough’s neighbourhood development plan.

• The most recent meeting of Aldbourne Parish Council for which minutes are available took place on 1 May and you can read the minutes here.  Items covered included: the election of the Chair and Deputy; financial matters; the subscription to WALC; policies and procedures; the Clerk’s report; Councillors’ reports; the proposed 20 mph speed limit; tree planting; and play-area inspections.
To see the dates, agendas and minutes for future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click hereClick here for more information on Aldbourne’s neighbourhood development plan (which has now been ratified).

• The most recent meeting of Wanborough Parish Council for which minutes are available took place on 22 April and you can read the minutes here. Items covered included: a report from the ward member; planning matters; financial matters; Hooper’s Field; repairs and maintenance; and D-day
To see the dates of future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here. To see the agendas and minutes, please click here.

• The most recent meeting of Ramsbury & Axford Parish Council for which minutes are available took place on 15 April and you can read the minutes here. Items covered included: correspondence; planning matters; financial matters; rights of way; play areas; the PC’s committees; a 30mph (possibly) in one of Axford’s ditches; the need for a new councillor; highways and footpaths; a possible 20mph zone; the allotments; the best-kept village competition; repairs and maintenance; D-Day; parking problems; and the Recreation Centre.
To see the dates of future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here. To see the agendas and minutes, please click here.

• The most recent meeting of Bishopstone and Hinton Parva Parish Council, for which minutes are available took place on 8 April and you can download the minutes here. Items covered included: planning matters; a report from the ward member; speeding; highways and footpaths; debris on the pond; and GDPR.
To see the dates and agendas for future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here.

• The most recent meeting of Ogbourne St Andrew Parish Council for which minutes are available took place on 8 April and you can read the minutes here. Items covered included: repairs and maintenance; flooding; a councillor vacancy; roads and footpaths; planning matters; and financial matters.
To see the dates of future Parish Council meetings and agendas, please click here. To see the minutes, please click here.

• The most recent meeting of Great Bedwyn Parish Council for which minutes are available took place on 15 March and you can read the minutes here.
To see the dates, agendas and minutes for future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here

• The most recent meeting of Ogbourne St George Parish Council for which minutes are available took place on 14 March and you can read the minutes here.
To see the dates, agendas and minutes for future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here.

• The most recent meeting of Chiseldon Parish Council for which minutes are available, took place on 11 March and you can read the minutes here.
To see the dates, agendas and minutes for future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here.

• The most recent meeting of Savernake Parish Council for which minutes are available took place on 10 January and you can read the minutes here.
To see the dates, agendas and minutes for future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here

Click here for a list of current consultations being run by Wiltshire Council.

• Marlborough area council contacts

Parishes: Marlborough Town CouncilAldbourne Parish CouncilRamsbury & Axford Parish Council, Great Bedwyn Parish CouncilSavernake Parish CouncilChiseldon Parish CouncilOgbourne St George Parish Council, Wanborough Parish CouncilBishopstone and Hinton Parva Parish Council  and Ogbourne St Andrew Parish Council.

Wiltshire Council: click here to visit the website.


News from other areas

• Penny Post area – please see the following separate sections: Hungerford area; Lambourn ValleyNewbury area; Thatcham area; Compton & DownlandsTheale area; Wantage area.
• News and views from across the area and beyond: please see the most recent Weekly News with Brian column.

Thursday 9 May 2024

Our usual round-up of  local news includes a dig, free herbs, volunteers, sewage and tours of the mound – plus, in the company of Marlborough News, a look at a very old tree which s not living up to its name.  See also below for community notices and news from your local council.

Upcoming Marlborough area events include live music and car boot sale. See below for details, plus regular events and group activities.

• The King of Limbs

An interesting article here in Marlborough News written by David Oliver on the subject of the “veteran trees” in the Savarnake Forest, not all of which are in the condition that they could or should be. His central thesis is that up until about thirty years ago a combination of professional managers and, before that, experienced “old-school arborists” maintained the ancient forest to a pretty good state of repair. Since then, he claims, the Forestry Commission has allowed this rather to crumble apart; and some of the trees likewise. He points to several examples of venerable inhabitants like the Crockmere and Big Belly Oaks which have either fallen or are in danger of doing so.

He also refers to the another once-magnificent oak, the King of Limbs, whose name is, he points out, no longer accurate “because they’ve all fallen off.” He suggests it’s about 1,130 years old which would mean that Alfred the Great might have passed by it as a sapling, en route from Wantage to burn his famous cakes in the Somerset Levels. What’s more certain is that it’s the only tree to have inspired the title of a Radiohead album. This article in The Guardian suggests that the tree “has been shedding branches, rotting down slowly for decades, possibly centuries.” If this is the case and it’s all part of the natural but slow circle of arboreal life, should we be bothering to intervene?

David Oliver’s point is that we should – partly because humans in general have, through our impact on the climate, already intervened. He suggests that the as the unusually warm, wet and windy weather that we have almost certainly contributed to becomes more normal, so the process of decay speeds up. It’s also the case that we don’t have many of these forests left and those that remain deserve our special care. Each tree supports an eco-system the complexity and fragility of which we will probably never fully understand. Now is no time to let them wither away.

He ends by saying that he is “awaiting a response from Forestry England”, adding that he “sort of blackmailed them a bit” my mentioning he’d already written to the King on the subject. Time was when the landowners, chief of whom was the king, had sweeping and increasingly unpopular powers over everything that fell under forest law. Those days are long gone: but perhaps a little of the old royal power and magic still remains…

• Other news

Operation Nightingale team is carrying out another archaeological dig on Aldbourne’s football field and within Rectory Wood to see what further artefacts they can find in connection with the 101st Airborne (Band of Brothers).  The digs will take place between 8-15 May and there is a village open day on Sunday 12 May, from 11am to 3pm for everyone to come and see what has been found, and to share any items and information you may have with the dig team.

Packaging Not Included zero waste shop in Hughenden Yard is offering free herbs that are growing infront of their popular refill grocery store and they invite local residents to come and help themselves.

Savernake Parish Council invites all residents to its Annual Parish Meeting at 7.30pm on Wednesday 22 May at the Marlborough Community & Youth Centre, St Margaret’s Mead.

Action for the River Kennet (ARK) is devastated to report that the Marlborough sewage treatment works is once again discharging untreated poo straight into the River Kennet. The current duration is 15 hours and still going. The Winterbourne Stream (which flows into the Lambourn, which in turn flows into the Kennet) is currently at a staggering 1,057 hours of receiving continuous untreated and still going.

Age UK Wiltshire’s new Marlborough shop is recruiting volunteers. If you can spare a regular morning or afternoon weekly, they would love to hear from you. You will be joining a brand new team of friendly volunteers. Please pop in to the shop to find out more or apply online here.

Marlborough Cricket Club is appealing to 5 to 8 yr olds to get involved with cricket. All Stars cricket sessions on Friday evenings are keen to invite youngsters to join in.  Places still available.  To book your place, click here.

• Marlborough College and the Mound Trust are hosting another one-day exhibition and tours of the Marlborough Mound on Monday 27 May. There are 4 tours throughout the day, limited to 25 people at each for safety and conservation reasons. The tour times are 9am, 11am, 1.30pm and 3.30pm.The event is free but only people who have pre-registered and secured a ticket can attend – there will be no entry without a pre-booked ticket. Click here to book your FREE ticket now.

• Marlborough Library is excited to be offering an online course Supporting Myself to Support My Child on Friday 7, 14 and 21 June from 10am to noon. To book email familyandcommunitylearning@wiltshire.gov.uk or call 01225 770478.

The Barleycorn Inn has announced a fabulous and free family event on Day 2 of the D-Day 80th Anniversary Event in the grounds of Collingbourne Kingston Village Hall on Friday 7 June. The Salisbury Big Band will play nostalgic WW2 music for two hours, from 6pm to 8 pm. Go along with your blanket, picnic basket, and picnic, then kick back and relax.

Wiltshire Council Area Boards are encouraging Wiltshire residents and partner organisations to look at the Community Area Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (CAJSNA) data & complete a short survey on what’s important to you. The survey ends on Sunday 5 May so check it out online here.

Wiltshire Regional Talent Centre is calling all aspiring female footballers to join their open sessions exclusively for girls, led by UEFA B coaches. If you’re looking to add an additional session to your training schedule and take your game to the next level, this is your chance.  Email griff@wiltssrtc.com for more information and session registration details.

• A quick reminder that Our Wiltshire Connect on-demand bus service which operates in the Pewsey Vale and Marlborough areas is offering fares for just £1 for all rides booked until Saturday 29 June. Find out more here.

• Please support Aldbourne Youth Council’s Community Market on the Village Green this Sunday 5 May to raise funds for their vital charity which provides a welcoming, safe, warm environment for many young people 10 to 18 years old. There will be lots of stalls including plants, food, drinks and crafts, Morris Dancers, BBQ, tea and cakes.

2nd Marlborough Scout Group is honoured and extremely grateful to be part of the Tesco blue token scheme, in the Marlborough store. This scheme will help them to subsidise group camp this year. If you put one token in their box every time you shop, they would be extremely grateful.

• Please think about signing up for The Wiltshire Three Peaks Challenge on Saturday 8 June. Run, jog or walk either a 10km or a Half Marathon trail route to raise funds for local young people.  To find out more, click here.

ARK – Action for the River Kennet are looking for keen volunteers, who can make a long-term commitment to about 2 hours a month every month (site conditions permitting) to be a riverfly monitor. Currently they are looking for volunteers for sites just to the east of Marlborough, in Hungerford and Shalbourne. Full training and kit provided. To find out more visit online here and contact anna@riverkennet.org to express your interest.

• Businesses have until 14 June to apply for Vibrant Wiltshire’s vacant unit grants programme, aimed at supporting businesses in the county to reinvigorate empty shops and commercial areas. See here for full details.

• For latest news from Aldbourne Deli, Store and Post Office, visit their facebook page for mouth-watering photos of Eddie’s amazing menus (take-away and eat-in) and the lovely Wiltshire 2024 calendars now in stock.


Community notices

Have your say on current consulations by Wiltshire Council. Parish and town councils also run consultations from time to time: see the appropriate website/s below under Council contacts.

Marlborough Police would like to encourage people to join one of the many watch groups available through Wiltshire and Swindon Community Messaging. Farm Watch is the most appropriate for farmers and those living in rural areas of our beautiful county to receive alerts and crime prevention advice in real time for the area you live. It is a free service and you can join here.

• Marlborough Community Fridge in the Community Room in the George/Figgins Lane Car Park (just behind the public loos) is free to all and a good way to use up surplus food from supermarkets and businesses that would otherwise go to waste. See their facebook page for details.

Girls Rugby is really taking off in Marlborough and there are lots of opportunities to get involved as players, sponsors or volunteers. See here for more details and how to sign up for the Monday evening training on the common.

Burbage Primary School hires out an eco-friendly party kit hire to reduce waste and help the planet. Click here to apply.

Bruce Boats fully accessible canal boats based in Great Bedwyn are looking for more volunteers and have a wide range of interesting roles available.

If you spot a fallen tree, an obstruction or any debris on the roads, please report it via Our Wiltshire and drive to the conditions at all times. Report now here.

All dogs are to be kept on leads at all times when at Stonebridge Wild River Reserve, Marlborough. This refers to the whole site for bird nesting season and the designated wildlife site also has a breeding population of water vole, as well as many other vulnerable species.

If you spot an Asian Hornet please report it here or email alertnonnative@ceh.ac.uk.

1st Marlborough Rainbows is looking for volunteers. Please get in touch here if you are interested in helping four to seven year olds on their adventures.

• Wiltshire Connect buses now cover Marlborough For more information on the service and to download the Connecting Wiltshire booking app click here.

• Merlin’s Mound history and information can now be found at marlboroughmoundtrust.org.

Reading Well book collection at Marlborough Library supports children and teens’ positive mental health. Chosen by children and teens themselves with health experts these books are free to reserve and borrow from any Wiltshire library.

• Love Marlborough Kids makes sure all Marlborough children have access to free meals as required. No fuss, no forms, no referrals. Just meals for families who need them. See here for how to apply.

Friends of the Victorian Cemetery are looking for more volunteers to join their existing group. Please email margaretrrose@hotmail.co.uk or check out marlborough-tc.gov.uk/the-victorian-cemetery

Wiltshire Household Recycling Centres (HRCs) locations and opening times.

• Marlborough Fire Station is looking for new on-call recruits, ideally those who live or work within 5 minutes of the station. Parttime, paid, only responding to emergencies when their alert goes off. Please see Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue to find out more and fill out and application.

For the latest information on rail services between Bedwyn, Newbury and Paddington we strongly recommend following the Bedwyn Train Passenger Group.


Local events and activities

For more information on events and activities across the Penny Post area, see the website calendar.

• Dates for the Diary

• Sat 11 May Hangover Sessions, New Lamb Inn, Marlborough.

• Sat 12 May Marlborough Common Charity Car Boot Sale Marlborough Common.

• Sat 18 May Choral Concert for Macmillan Cancer Support  St. Mary’s Church.

• Tues 21 May Ecstatic Dance Unshackle Marlborough Town Hall

• Thu 23 May Screening film ‘2040’ Marlborough Town Hall

• Fri 24 May Bach Orchestral Suites by violinist Maggie Faultless, Great Bedwyn

• Thu 30 May Saltlines – Marlborough Folk Roots  Memorial Hall Memorial College

• Sat 1 Jun Elcot Festival – Live Down the Lane  Marlborough Football Club

• Mon 3 Jun Guided History Walk  George Lane Car Park Marlborough

• Fri 7 Jun Salisbury Big Band at the D-Day Celebrations The Barleycorn Inn, Collingbourne Kingston

• Fri 14 Jun Open Texas Scramble Marlbrough Golf Club

• Sat 15 Jun Greatwood Family Fun Day Rainscombe Hill Farm

• Regular events

• Kennet Vale Table Tennis Club at Kennet Valley Hall. Juniors meet on Fridays from 5.45 to 7 pm and they are always on the lookout for adults to play socially or competitively. Call Richard on 07568 648468 to book a space.

• Sing-a-long and Social at St Mary’s Church Hall every Tuesday from 6pm to 7pm. No need to be alone/lonely come and have some relaxed fun with tea and biscuits. Call Anna on 07852 191378 for information.

• Walking Rugby at Marlborough Rugby Club. Email simon.barter1@btinternet.com for full details or call him on 07734 724139.

St Mary’s Marlborough Bellringers welcome new members (no previous experience required). Contact marlborough.branch@outlook.com or phone Julie on 07392 768266.

• Marlborough Walking Football offers exercise and friendship. Ideal for the over 50s, meeting on Mondays at 6pm for more details see here.

• Carer Café  at the Jubilee Centre, 28 Marlborough High Street on the fourth Tuesday of the month, from 10:30am to noon. No Booking required. Join in on a relaxed chat over a hot drink with other carers and support workers or volunteers from Carer Support Wiltshire.

 Rhyme Time for babies and toddlers, every Wednesday and Friday 11am 11.30am at Marlborough Library. If you don’t already have a library membership, please sign yourself and your child up before you attend.

• Great Bedwyn Stay And Play is on Mondays term time 1pm to 2.30pm at Great Bedwyn Village Hall. There are games and free play with lots of themed music to enjoy with your little one. All are welcome. Prices for sessions can be found on their Facebook page.

Transition Marlborough Hub Group meets on the second Thursday of the month at 7.30pm currently by zoom. To get involved please email enquiries@transitionmarlborough.org.

• Marlborough Park Run is a free, weekly, timed five km walk, jog or run at 9am every Saturday. Open to all ages and abilities. Organised entirely by volunteers. Click here to see their Facebook page.

• The Stroke Association monthly drop-in support sessions at The Jubilee Centre for stroke survivors, their families and carers on Monday mornings. See here for the next date. For more details contact Katie Fielding on 07908 952740 or katie.fielding@stroke.org.uk

• Marlborough Floral Club meets 2pm on the first Thursday of the month at the Mildenhall Village Hall. For details please see here or call Micky Graham on 01672 514301.

• The Menopause Matters Marlborough facebook group provides a forum for women in Marlborough and the surrounding areas to access information and support relating to menopause.

• The White Horse Bookshop is offering workshops until the end of the year, click here for the full list.


News from your local councils

Note: “the most recent meeting” refers to the most recent one for which minutes (in some cases draft) or some other summary is available. Other meetings may have taken place since. Some councils publish minutes more promptly than do others. If the link is scored through this may be because draft minutes have been replaced by approved ones and the drafts file deleted. If so, please follow the links provided to the council’s website.

• The most recent full meeting of Marlborough Town Council for which minutes are available took place on 25 March and you can read the minutes here.
To see the dates, agendas and minutes for future Town Council meetings (including any committees), please click hereClick here for the latest on Marlborough’s neighbourhood development plan.

• The most recent meeting of Wanborough Parish Council for which minutes are available took place on 22 April and you can read the minutes here. Items covered included: a report from the ward member; planning matters; financial matters; Hooper’s Field; repairs and maintenance; and D-day
To see the dates of future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here. To see the agendas and minutes, please click here.

• The most recent meeting of Ramsbury & Axford Parish Council for which minutes are available took place on 15 April and you can read the minutes here. Items covered included: correspondence; planning matters; financial matters; rights of way; play areas; the PC’s committees; a 30mph (possibly) in one of Axford’s ditches; the need for a new councillor; highways and footpaths; a possible 20mph zone; the allotments; the best-kept village competition; repairs and maintenance; D-Day; parking problems; and the Recreation Centre.
To see the dates of future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here. To see the agendas and minutes, please click here.

• The most recent meeting of Bishopstone and Hinton Parva Parish Council, for which minutes are available took place on 8 April and you can download the minutes here. Items covered included: planning matters; a report from the ward member; speeding; highways and footpaths; debris on the pond; and GDPR.
To see the dates and agendas for future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here.

• The most recent meeting of Ogbourne St Andrew Parish Council for which minutes are available took place on 8 April and you can read the minutes here. Items covered included: repairs and maintenance; flooding; a councillor vacancy; roads and footpaths; planning matters; and financial matters.
To see the dates of future Parish Council meetings and agendas, please click here. To see the minutes, please click here.

• The most recent meeting of Aldbourne Parish Council for which minutes are available took place on 3 April and you can download the minutes here. Items covered included: outstanding issues; flooding and sewage; play area inspections; repairs and maintenance; tree planting; a police consultation; a report from the County Councillor; and a litter pick on 13 April. The annual parish assembly took place on 24 April and you can read the minutes here.
To see the dates, agendas and minutes for future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click hereClick here for more information on Aldbourne’s neighbourhood development plan (which has now been ratified).

• The most recent meeting of Great Bedwyn Parish Council for which minutes are available took place on 15 March and you can read the minutes here.
To see the dates, agendas and minutes for future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here

• The most recent meeting of Chiseldon Parish Council for which minutes are available, took place on 11 March and you can read the minutes here.
To see the dates, agendas and minutes for future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here.

• The most recent meeting of Ogbourne St George Parish Council for which minutes are available took place on 11 January and you can read the minutes here.
To see the dates, agendas and minutes for future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here.

• The most recent meeting of Savernake Parish Council for which minutes are available took place on 11 October and you can read the minutes here.
To see the dates, agendas and minutes for future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here

Click here for a list of current consultations being run by Wiltshire Council.

• Marlborough area council contacts

Parishes: Marlborough Town CouncilAldbourne Parish CouncilRamsbury & Axford Parish Council, Great Bedwyn Parish CouncilSavernake Parish CouncilChiseldon Parish CouncilOgbourne St George Parish Council, Wanborough Parish CouncilBishopstone and Hinton Parva Parish Council  and Ogbourne St Andrew Parish Council.

Wiltshire Council: click here to visit the website.


News from other areas

• Penny Post area – please see the following separate sections: Hungerford area; Lambourn ValleyNewbury area; Thatcham area; Compton & DownlandsTheale area; Wantage area.
• News and views from across the area and beyond: please see the most recent Weekly News with Brian column.

Thursday 2 May 2024

Our usual round-up of  local news includes sewage, fabric scraps, sports funding, tours of the mound and priorities – plus Marlborough’s market and ARK & the anglers write a letter.  See also below for community notices and news from your local council.

Upcoming Marlborough area events include Aldbourne Community Market, Marlborough dachshunds walk and sports festival. See below for details, plus regular events and group activities.

• Marlborough’s market

We mentioned last week (see below) that one idea raised at the recent Town meeting was that Marlborough’s market be transferred from the control of Wiltshire Council to the Town Council. This was reported in an article in Marlborough News. The idea seemed to be an interesting one. However, I wasn’t sure if this was merely the view of a few people of something Marlborough TC was actively considering.

I spoke to the Town Clerk on 2 may who agreed that there had been some initial interest in this. He stressed, however, that no transfer of any service from one local authority to another at a different level is ever straightforward and there were a number of things that would have to be looked at to see whether it would be a better solutions and one that financially viable for MTC. I understand that an interim report will be drafted for the Council to consider and discuss perhaps as early as its June meeting. We shall know more after that.

• ARK and the Anglers

Staying with Marlborough News, a good article here describing an “urgent appeal” which The Angling Trust and Action for the River Kennet (ARK) have made “to the water services industry regulator OFWAT, the Environment Agency (EA), and Steve Barclay MP, the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA over significant concerns regarding ongoing sewage pollution issues in the Kennet, Lambourn and Pang river catchments.” The article also has a link to the full text of the letter.

The article goes on to list several complaints and representations made by a number of groups in recent months. “Notable areas of concern,” the piece states, “include the River Lambourn and the River Pang, both of which have suffered extensively due to inadequate infrastructure and operational oversight.” The last five words sum up the situation pretty well. “Financial instability” could perhaps have been added.

Of course, we’ve heard these matters raised before. I don’t know how many times I’ve typed the word “sewage recently. It’s perhaps not quite as many as 16,990 (the number of sewage spills Thames Water was responsible for in 2023) but out almost feels like it. But, you’ve just got to keep banging away, haven’t you? organisations like ARK and The Angling Trust do so on a daily and probably hourly basis. The problem will recede as the groundwater levels do: however, that’s the worst time for us all to take our eyes off the problem as that’s the best time for TW to do the repairs, so we all need to make sure that this happens – if it hasn’t gone bust, of course…

• Other news

ARK – Action for the River Kennet is devastated to report that the Marlborough sewage treatment works is once again discharging untreated poo straight into the River Kennet. The current duration is 15 hours and still going. The Winterbourne Stream (which flows into the Lambourn, which in turn flows into the Kennet) is currently at a staggering 1,057 hours of receiving continuous untreated and still going.

• As reported above, our rivers are in trouble and ARK is asking for your help by joining the The Rivers Trust #BigRiverWatch this Bank Holiday weekend between Friday 3 and Monday 6 May. By reporting what you see in your local river, you’ll be contributing to the citizen science survey and help paint a big picture of the health of our rivers in the UK and Ireland. The more that we know about them, the better we can restore our vital waterways and demand action for rivers. Search for ‘Big River Watch’ in your app store or click here to download and get started.

Age UK Wiltshire’s new Marlborough shop is recruiting volunteers. If you can spare a regular morning or afternoon weekly, they would love to hear from you. You will be joining a brand new team of friendly volunteers. Please pop in to the shop to find out more or apply online here.

• Year 2 pupils at St Michael’s School Aldbourne are about to begin a sewing project and would love donations of fabric scraps, felt , buttons, sequins, old shoelaces,  as well as cord etc. that can be used to add decoration. If you have anything you could donate, please do pop into school.

• Don’t forget to register for the Marlborough Sports and Activity Festival on Mon 6 May.The Youth Centre will also be open from 10am to 2.30pm for the sale of drinks and cake to raise money for Marlborough Community Youth Project.

Marlborough Cricket Club is appealing to 5 to 8 yr olds to get involved with cricket. All Stars cricket sessions on Friday evenings are keen to invite youngsters to join in.  Places still available.  To book your place, click here.

• Marlborough College and the Mound Trust are hosting another one-day exhibition and tours of the Marlborough Mound on Monday 27 May. There are 4 tours throughout the day, limited to 25 people at each for safety and conservation reasons. The tour times are 9am, 11am, 1.30pm and 3.30pm.The event is free but only people who have pre-registered and secured a ticket can attend – there will be no entry without a pre-booked ticket. Click here to book your FREE ticket now.

• Marlborough Library is excited to be offering an online course Supporting Myself to Support My Child on Friday 7, 14 and 21 June from 10am to noon. To book email familyandcommunitylearning@wiltshire.gov.uk or call 01225 770478.

Marlborough Town Council is asking people to share their key concerns about Marlborough to help to inform Wiltshire Council’s planning for the coming years and also help to shape Marlborough Area Board’s priorities for the coming year, to channel resources into making changes where they’re wanted. The survey is open for the next two weeks and will close on Tuesday 7 May.

The Barleycorn Inn has announced a fabulous and free family event on Day 2 of the D-Day 80th Anniversary Event in the grounds of Collingbourne Kingston Village Hall on Friday 7 June. The Salisbury Big Band will play nostalgic WW2 music for two hours, from 6pm to 8 pm. Go along with your blanket, picnic basket, and picnic, then kick back and relax.

Wiltshire Council Area Boards are encouraging Wiltshire residents and partner organisations to look at the Community Area Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (CAJSNA) data & complete a short survey on what’s important to you. The survey ends on Sunday 5 May so check it out online here.

Wiltshire Regional Talent Centre is calling all aspiring female footballers to join their open sessions exclusively for girls, led by UEFA B coaches. If you’re looking to add an additional session to your training schedule and take your game to the next level, this is your chance.  Email griff@wiltssrtc.com for more information and session registration details.

• A quick reminder that Our Wiltshire Connect on-demand bus service which operates in the Pewsey Vale and Marlborough areas is offering fares for just £1 for all rides booked until Saturday 29 June. Find out more here.

• Please support Aldbourne Youth Council’s Community Market on the Village Green this Sunday 5 May to raise funds for their vital charity which provides a welcoming, safe, warm environment for many young people 10 to 18 years old. There will be lots of stalls including plants, food, drinks and crafts, Morris Dancers, BBQ, tea and cakes.

2nd Marlborough Scout Group is honoured and extremely grateful to be part of the Tesco blue token scheme, in the Marlborough store. This scheme will help them to subsidise group camp this year. If you put one token in their box every time you shop, they would be extremely grateful.

• Please think about signing up for The Wiltshire Three Peaks Challenge on Saturday 8 June. Run, jog or walk either a 10km or a Half Marathon trail route to raise funds for local young people.  To find out more, click here.

ARK – Action for the River Kennet are looking for keen volunteers, who can make a long-term commitment to about 2 hours a month every month (site conditions permitting) to be a riverfly monitor. Currently they are looking for volunteers for sites just to the east of Marlborough, in Hungerford and Shalbourne. Full training and kit provided. To find out more visit online here and contact anna@riverkennet.org to express your interest.

• Businesses have until 14 June to apply for Vibrant Wiltshire’s vacant unit grants programme, aimed at supporting businesses in the county to reinvigorate empty shops and commercial areas. See here for full details.

• For latest news from Aldbourne Deli, Store and Post Office, visit their facebook page for mouth-watering photos of Eddie’s amazing menus (take-away and eat-in) and the lovely Wiltshire 2024 calendars now in stock.


Community notices

Have your say on current consulations by Wiltshire Council. Parish and town councils also run consultations from time to time: see the appropriate website/s below under Council contacts.

Marlborough Police would like to encourage people to join one of the many watch groups available through Wiltshire and Swindon Community Messaging. Farm Watch is the most appropriate for farmers and those living in rural areas of our beautiful county to receive alerts and crime prevention advice in real time for the area you live. It is a free service and you can join here.

• Marlborough Community Fridge in the Community Room in the George/Figgins Lane Car Park (just behind the public loos) is free to all and a good way to use up surplus food from supermarkets and businesses that would otherwise go to waste. See their facebook page for details.

Girls Rugby is really taking off in Marlborough and there are lots of opportunities to get involved as players, sponsors or volunteers. See here for more details and how to sign up for the Monday evening training on the common.

Burbage Primary School hires out an eco-friendly party kit hire to reduce waste and help the planet. Click here to apply.

Bruce Boats fully accessible canal boats based in Great Bedwyn are looking for more volunteers and have a wide range of interesting roles available.

If you spot a fallen tree, an obstruction or any debris on the roads, please report it via Our Wiltshire and drive to the conditions at all times. Report now here.

All dogs are to be kept on leads at all times when at Stonebridge Wild River Reserve, Marlborough. This refers to the whole site for bird nesting season and the designated wildlife site also has a breeding population of water vole, as well as many other vulnerable species.

If you spot an Asian Hornet please report it here or email alertnonnative@ceh.ac.uk.

1st Marlborough Rainbows is looking for volunteers. Please get in touch here if you are interested in helping four to seven year olds on their adventures.

• Wiltshire Connect buses now cover Marlborough For more information on the service and to download the Connecting Wiltshire booking app click here.

• Merlin’s Mound history and information can now be found at marlboroughmoundtrust.org.

Reading Well book collection at Marlborough Library supports children and teens’ positive mental health. Chosen by children and teens themselves with health experts these books are free to reserve and borrow from any Wiltshire library.

• Love Marlborough Kids makes sure all Marlborough children have access to free meals as required. No fuss, no forms, no referrals. Just meals for families who need them. See here for how to apply.

Friends of the Victorian Cemetery are looking for more volunteers to join their existing group. Please email margaretrrose@hotmail.co.uk or check out marlborough-tc.gov.uk/the-victorian-cemetery

Wiltshire Household Recycling Centres (HRCs) locations and opening times.

• Marlborough Fire Station is looking for new on-call recruits, ideally those who live or work within 5 minutes of the station. Parttime, paid, only responding to emergencies when their alert goes off. Please see Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue to find out more and fill out and application.

For the latest information on rail services between Bedwyn, Newbury and Paddington we strongly recommend following the Bedwyn Train Passenger Group.


Local events and activities

For more information on events and activities across the Penny Post area, see the website calendar.

• Dates for the Diary

• Sat 4 May Marlborough Downs Challenge  Marlborough Downs

• Sun 5 May Community Market Aldbourne Village Green

• Sun 5 May Dachsunds of Marlborough Walk  Marlborough Common

• Mon 6 May Sports Festival Marlborough Rec

• Mon 6 May Fun Dog Show  Coombe End Court

• Sat 12 May Marlborough Common Charity Car Boot Sale Marlborough Common.

• Sat 18 May Choral Concert for Macmillan Cancer Support  St. Mary’s Church.

• Tues 21 May Ecstatic Dance Unshackle Marlborough Town Hall

• Fri 24 May Bach Orchestral Suites by violinist Maggie Faultless, Great Bedwyn

• Thu 30 May Saltlines – Marlborough Folk Roots  Memorial Hall Memorial College

• Sat 1 Jun Rave Against the Regime  Marlborough Football Club

• Fri 7 Jun Salisbury Big Band at the D-Day Celebrations The Barleycorn Inn, Collingbourne Kingston

• Fri 14 Jun Open Texas Scramble Marlbrough Golf Club

• Regular events

• Kennet Vale Table Tennis Club at Kennet Valley Hall. Juniors meet on Fridays from 5.45 to 7 pm and they are always on the lookout for adults to play socially or competitively. Call Richard on 07568 648468 to book a space.

• Sing-a-long and Social at St Mary’s Church Hall every Tuesday from 6pm to 7pm. No need to be alone/lonely come and have some relaxed fun with tea and biscuits. Call Anna on 07852 191378 for information.

• Walking Rugby at Marlborough Rugby Club. Email simon.barter1@btinternet.com for full details or call him on 07734 724139.

St Mary’s Marlborough Bellringers welcome new members (no previous experience required). Contact marlborough.branch@outlook.com or phone Julie on 07392 768266.

• Marlborough Walking Football offers exercise and friendship. Ideal for the over 50s, meeting on Mondays at 6pm for more details see here.

• Carer Café  at the Jubilee Centre, 28 Marlborough High Street on the fourth Tuesday of the month, from 10:30am to noon. No Booking required. Join in on a relaxed chat over a hot drink with other carers and support workers or volunteers from Carer Support Wiltshire.

 Rhyme Time for babies and toddlers, every Wednesday and Friday 11am 11.30am at Marlborough Library. If you don’t already have a library membership, please sign yourself and your child up before you attend.

• Great Bedwyn Stay And Play is on Mondays term time 1pm to 2.30pm at Great Bedwyn Village Hall. There are games and free play with lots of themed music to enjoy with your little one. All are welcome. Prices for sessions can be found on their Facebook page.

Transition Marlborough Hub Group meets on the second Thursday of the month at 7.30pm currently by zoom. To get involved please email enquiries@transitionmarlborough.org.

• Marlborough Park Run is a free, weekly, timed five km walk, jog or run at 9am every Saturday. Open to all ages and abilities. Organised entirely by volunteers. Click here to see their Facebook page.

• The Stroke Association monthly drop-in support sessions at The Jubilee Centre for stroke survivors, their families and carers on Monday mornings. See here for the next date. For more details contact Katie Fielding on 07908 952740 or katie.fielding@stroke.org.uk

• Marlborough Floral Club meets 2pm on the first Thursday of the month at the Mildenhall Village Hall. For details please see here or call Micky Graham on 01672 514301.

• The Menopause Matters Marlborough facebook group provides a forum for women in Marlborough and the surrounding areas to access information and support relating to menopause.

• The White Horse Bookshop is offering workshops until the end of the year, click here for the full list.


News from your local councils

Note: “the most recent meeting” refers to the most recent one for which minutes (in some cases draft) or some other summary is available. Other meetings may have taken place since. Some councils publish minutes more promptly than do others. If the link is scored through this may be because draft minutes have been replaced by approved ones and the drafts file deleted. If so, please follow the links provided to the council’s website.

• The most recent full meeting of Marlborough Town Council for which minutes are available took place on 25 March and you can read the minutes here.
To see the dates, agendas and minutes for future Town Council meetings (including any committees), please click hereClick here for the latest on Marlborough’s neighbourhood development plan.

• The most recent meeting of Ramsbury & Axford Parish Council for which minutes are available took place on 15 April and you can read the minutes here. Items covered included: correspondence; planning matters; financial matters; rights of way; play areas; the PC’s committees; a 30mph (possibly) in one of Axford’s ditches; the need for a new councillor; highways and footpaths; a possible 20mph zone; the allotments; the best-kept village competition; repairs and maintenance; D-Day; parking problems; and the Recreation Centre.
To see the dates of future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here. To see the agendas and minutes, please click here.

• The most recent meeting of Bishopstone and Hinton Parva Parish Council, for which minutes are available took place on 8 April and you can download the minutes here. Items covered included: planning matters; a report from the ward member; speeding; highways and footpaths; debris on the pond; and GDPR.
To see the dates and agendas for future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here.

• The most recent meeting of Ogbourne St Andrew Parish Council for which minutes are available took place on 8 April and you can read the minutes here. Items covered included: repairs and maintenance; flooding; a councillor vacancy; roads and footpaths; planning matters; and financial matters.
To see the dates of future Parish Council meetings and agendas, please click here. To see the minutes, please click here.

• The most recent meeting of Aldbourne Parish Council for which minutes are available took place on 3 April and you can download the minutes here. Items covered included: outstanding issues; flooding and sewage; play area inspections; repairs and maintenance; tree planting; a police consultation; a report from the County Councillor; and a litter pick on 13 April.
To see the dates, agendas and minutes for future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click hereClick here for more information on Aldbourne’s neighbourhood development plan (which has now been ratified).

• The most recent meeting of Wanborough Parish Council for which minutes are available took place on 25 March and you can read the minutes here. Items covered included: lorries; allotments; a new clerk. the ward members’ report; planning matters; financial matters; Hoopers Field; social-media policy; repairs and maintenance; D-Day; and the annual parish meeting.
To see the dates of future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here. To see the agendas and minutes, please click here.

• The most recent meeting of Great Bedwyn Parish Council for which minutes are available took place on 15 March and you can read the minutes here.
To see the dates, agendas and minutes for future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here

• The most recent meeting of Chiseldon Parish Council for which minutes are available, took place on 11 March and you can read the minutes here.
To see the dates, agendas and minutes for future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here.

• The most recent meeting of Ogbourne St George Parish Council for which minutes are available took place on 11 January and you can read the minutes here.
To see the dates, agendas and minutes for future Parish Council meetings (including any committees), please click here.

Click here for a list of current consultations being run by Wiltshire Council.

• Marlborough area council contacts

Parishes: Marlborough Town CouncilAldbourne Parish CouncilRamsbury & Axford Parish Council, Great Bedwyn Parish CouncilSavernake Parish CouncilChiseldon Parish CouncilOgbourne St George Parish Council, Wanborough Parish CouncilBishopstone and Hinton Parva Parish Council  and Ogbourne St Andrew Parish Council.

Wiltshire Council: click here to visit the website.


News from other areas

• Penny Post area – please see the following separate sections: Hungerford area; Lambourn ValleyNewbury area; Thatcham area; Compton & DownlandsTheale area; Wantage area.
• News and views from across the area and beyond: please see the most recent Weekly News with Brian column.

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