Latest News in Shrewton
You may remember that Wiltshire Council was to review the Connect2 Wiltshire Taxibuzz and the population of thousands in the Amesbury area of which Shrewton is a part was asked to comment. Well, 28 people did. Better than none! Anyway, as a result, there is a New Timetable and I also attach a copy of the results of the consultation. I hope the views of those who responded have been listened to!
An updated plan for the Laundry Site will be available at 7:00pm 4th December at the Methodist Hall for you to look at and comment on. Note that the informal meeting on the planning application for the Grain Silo will be at the same time. Come along – and please tell others about this too.
Community First, who provide many services throughout Wiltshire, have made their 2012–2013 Annual Review giving information available on their website – click here to view this latest publication.
We have had a friendly piece of advice that the very useful Range Opening Information line (01980 674763) is under review. Those who want it kept should contact Lt Col Nigel Linge on 01980 674679 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
An informal meeting is to be held on Wednesday 4th December from 7:00-7:30 pm at the Methodist Hall about the planning application to extend the grain silo. Since this will affect traffic flows, I suspect this might be of high interest! My curiosity also makes me wonder what effect the mess on the A303 will have on planning here at the silo and also Solstice Park and the returning miliatary personnel.
There is a vacancy for a Councillor on the Parish Council! If you would like to get more involved and make a difference on local issues that directly affect you, then take a moment to read the Poster for Parish Councillor vacancy November 2013. You can contact directly by phone or by using the contact form.
And if you were wondering what goes on, take a look at the minutes which are published every month.
The Methodist Church has supplied us with their diary of events for this December and January of next year. You can see that along with their November diary HERE.
Hannah has provided an update on her Save Our Swings effort – funds raised and design options.
The Co-op have run a raffle and raised £450 towards the fund – brilliant result. Also there will be a display of the 3 different designs for the new play park in the School Hall on 21st November starting at 2.30 and running throughout the afternoon. Everyone welcome.
The Army will be bringing some 4000 extra personnel to the area over the next five years. They will be sending out a monthly newsletter detailing those planes – and the first of these, the October 2013 Rebasing Briefing has been issued. As there will be some impact affecting Shrewton – housing, traffic – I am sure there will be considerable interest! Stay up to date with Shrewton.com.
The 70th anniversary of the clearance of Imber is on 1st November – an important date to some of our residents! The MOD Newsletter November 2013 gives details of what is going on now. There will be a Service of Rememberance in the church on 9th November – details of how to get there are in the newsletter.
A Village Clear Up day has been organised by the WI. They need your help! So this a great opportunity to come along and do something positive! You don’t need to stay long – any help would be very welcome. Click on the small image to see the full size poster.
English Heritage is holding some drop in sessions in order to hear your views on the Stonehenge And Avebury World Heritage Sites - the poster gives details of those meetings. There is also a lot more detail on the plan HERE. You can use this link to web pages on Stonehenge and Avebury and this link to the National Heritage Collection.
As the winter draws in I am sure many of us will be checking the levels in the oil tank and wondering how much it will cost to fill it! Well, the Shrewton Oil Sheiks may well be able to help reduce those costs – at least a little. Check out the details and how to join here.
I am delighted that the Methodist Church Diary for November 2013 has been sent in. I hope to add a Methodist Church page shortly.
STAG has changed it’s name to Stonehenge Traffic Action Group – as the impact of the traffic issues on the A303 affect a large area centred on Stonehenge. Click to see the latest information.
I hope you participated in the Shrewton housing needs survey some months ago. The report has now been published on the Intelligence Network. From that link, just click on ‘Rural Needs Surveys’ and Shrewton can be found in the list. Interesting results!
English Heritage has sent an Ambassador newsletter covering events they are organising.
It’s official – Shrewton has cultural assets! The list includes buildings and historical properties, visitor attractions and the activities delivered through these sites. The current Cultural Table can be viewed here. Do please take a look and if you are aware of other buildings and activities that you think should be added, please let us know.
One such area is “U3A”. I needed an education on this. The U3A is a system for older people to educate themselves by sharing their expertise with each other informally. Many towns have introduced a U3A on various topics, from walking groups, to choirs, folk dancing as well as the usual more educational themes such as local history, geology, etc. I just wondered whether Shrewton had the beginnings of such a group – and if so please contact us.
Applications are now being taken for the second round of the Police and Crime Commissioner’s £1 million Innovation Fund. Application for second Commissioner’s fund can be found here.
John Glen MP met with Mrs. Janice Hassett of S.T.A.G. – Shrewton Traffic Action Group on Friday 29th September. The picture shows (clockwise from front left) , Jonathan Rogers, Mrs. Janice Hassett of S.T.A.G., John Glen MP, Councillor Ian West, Carole Slater Chair Shrewton Parish Council,Sam Shepherd Chair Orcheston Parish Council and Gail Lovett.
Mr. Glen was able to hear at first hand the local concerns from Shrewton, Orcheston, Winterbourne Stoke, and Berwick St. James regarding the traffic congestion, and ‘rat running’ through these villages, which has increased to an intolerable level since the recent “improvements” to the A303 trunk road, including the closure of the A344 at Stonehenge.
The Neighbourhood plan moves on – here is the update for September. Do please come along to the meeting at 7.30pm on 10 Oct at the School.
Support for STAG continues to grow – pictures of the traffic chaos have now been viewed a hundred times! The group has added plenty of new material to the website – don’t forget the Petition signing on 5th/6th October. Alternatively, sign petition online now
The WI meeting in September looks to have been a good one – take a look at the meeting report. Volunteers to help tidy up Shrewton and support for the Primary School would be very welcome.
A record number of people attended the Amesbury Area Board Meeting on the 19th September at 7:00pm at the rec. All of the topics related directly to the Shrewton community but unsurprisingly, traffic issues dominated the meeting.
- A discussion on traffic problems, especially ‘rat-running’ and the disruption from travellers diverting from the A303
- Super-garrison plans
- To hear expressions of interest for small grant funding
Rollestone Manor is holding an event to raise moey for the Shrewton Shines charity – which in turn plans to fund events next year to celebrate the centenary of the start of WWI. It is on during the afternoon of Sunday 29th September. Click on the poster to see a larger version which gives details of where you can buy tickets. See you there! And YouTube has a video to watch.
An eager reader of information on the English Heritage site came across this quote – “Improvements will be made to the existing road junctions of the A303/A360 (Longbarrow Roundabout) and the A303/A344 (Airmans Corner) to accommodate the re-routed traffic. The improvement at Longbarrow in particular will ensure the traffic will be able to negotiate the junction without any delays increasing significantly, beyond those that would be experienced in any event with the A344 remaining open.” Hmm. You can read this item on the English Heritage website. Any red faces out there?
The Amesbury Area Board meeting to be held on the 19th September at the Rec will have as its main agenda item the problems of the traffic created by the closure of the A344. Take a look at the Amesbury Area Board public meeting poster and come along. It would be good to see the Rec Hall full of people to make the Councillors and Board aware of the issue and how it is impacting on the village. There is also £5000 up for grabs!
Shrewton and Till Valley Horticultural Society has a new page! They are also having three Gardening Talks for the Autumn over the coming months. These meetings are open to all – see the Diary for dates and the Society’s page for full details.
Shrewton has a new Flood Warden – Den Parrett. Hopefully he will have very little to do! However, this site has quite a lot of advice on what to do to prepare for flooding as well as some information on the nature of the winterbourne that is the River Till and the dates of it’s rise and fall over the past few years.
Four more films have been added to the list from Moviola They are The Great Gatsby for September 9th, Hitchcock for October 14th, Behind the Candelabra for November 11th and Hyde Park on Hudson for December. The Moviola page has details of the Director, Sars and a review of the film. The Diary has the times of these films. Do come along – great evening for all and local!
The Police and Crime Commissioner for Wiltshire and Swindon Angus Macpherson is holding a meeting at the Red Lion in Salisbury on Tuesday 10 September from 5pm to which you are invited. Click here to see more about the PCC meeting in Salisbury. He is also holding a Police and Crime Commissioner Business Crime Forum on the 6th September in Devizes.
We have had an interesting item about a car meet in the Catherine Wheel carpark sent in by someone from Norfolk! Since it took place in 1939 it is just possible someone actually remembers this. Did these events happen at other times and did they continue after the war when petrol rationing came to an end. I wonder!
Do send in your memories too along with pictures – they make very good reading.
The Friends of St. Mary’s have updated their pages. There are many reasons why you might wish to become a Friend – take a look at the Friends Membership Application and Standing Order Form.
Take a look at the new visitors centre on the 27th or 28th September. Vinci, the developers, are opening their doors for a sneak pre-view – but you need to book. Click on the LINK to make that booking.
I understand a group called STAG has been started – Shrewton Traffic Action Group. You’ll know why! Unbelievable! And today – the start of the bank holiday 23August with accidents on the A303 – every road is jammed. Madness. You can see pictures of some of these miserable souls here. And since many of these people are delayed, irritated and impatient then pedestrians, horses and other normal users of the roads in the area are not considered. Combine harvesters, tractors, buses – and today steam driven traction engines as well! – are given just a little more room. Nasty stuff. Do something – join! Click the link to their S.T.A.G. open letter to see how. I am reliably informed that S.T.A.G. is politically correct – so female STAGs are as welcome as male ones! See the Diary page for details of the meeting.
Do you remember that great Flower Show a while back? Were you there? Well, here is a link to the Shrewton Flower Show – Report 2013 where all of the prize winners are mentioned. This really is a big event and the show is a brilliant example of English Country Shows – long may it continue. Grateful thanks to all the organisers and volunteers who make it work as it does. With a bit of luck, I am hoping for a few photos as well – words are a bit boring on their own – so if you have a few, send ‘em in, and we will add them to the Horticultural Society area. Could be good!
Details for the St Giles day service at Imber Church for September 21st have just changed. The Newsletter gives details of how you can get there.
Users of Salisbury Plain can now get up-to-date information about the training area thanks to the launch of the MOD’s new ‘hashtag’ #modontheplain – that’s Twitter by the way. The new hashtag will also communicate other information including: firing times, access news, updates on range fires and other public safety issues.
The Beer Festival, with a huge selection of beers to drink while listening to some great music, is On At The George over the Bank Holiday Weekend.
New Vicar for Shrewton
Following a lengthy search and an absence from our parish of 2 years, a new vicar is being appointed to Shrewton. Subject to formalities being completed, the Bishop of Ramsbury has invited the Rev’d Eleanor Rance to be the new Rector for the Salisbury Plain Benefice. She will serve the villages of Shrewton, Orcheston, Chitterne and Tilshead and be based at the vicarage in Shrewton. We understand that she is married to Sean and have a 4 year old son. We are hoping that she will be with us by early autumn.
The Wiltshire Bobby Van Trust (WBVT) provides a home security service for elderly, vulnerable and disadvantaged people throughout Wiltshire. The charity operates two Bobby vans that provide mobile workshops for Bobby operators. They help prevent crime, improve fire safety and give reassurance to victims of crime. Take a look!
The August 2013 Newsletter from the MOD is here. A major exercise will temporarily close the “permissable” areas near Shrewton from late August. And the more observant who noticed the grass fire last month can now get an update on that. It is out by the way! They also tell me that the BBC Radio 4 Open Country programme on Salisbury Plain will be broadcast on 1st August 2013 at 15:02 and repeated on Saturday 3rd August at 06:07. Listen out for it.
The July 2013 Intelligencer is here. Newsletter looks at the history of Wiltshire and this month includes an item on a new Folk Music archive.
Some news on improving internet speeds in Shrewton. First is that work in an area that includes Shrewton will begin early next year. A lot more detail including a map is available in the first of the quarterly updates from Wiltshire Online. That information will be kept up to date – but if you want to be emailed with news of updates you can sign up here.
Fund raising is often an essential part of running organisations in a sustainable manner. But where do you turn? The RSN (Rural Services Network) which is available on our Useful Links page, has produced a really useful list of where grants can be found. If you are involved in running an organisation in Shrewton you should read this list!
And on that subject Hannah, who has a “track record” of fundraising is at it again with the Save Our Swings campaign. Hannah was the force behind the fabulous BMX track – a very popular feature of the Rec. With the difficult financial situation the Rec committee are facing, she is again at the fore of a large fund raising campaign. Everyone can help. It is our community that will benefit.
As a side effect of digging up the roads for the new Stonehenge Visitor’s Centre, Airman’s Cross was removed. Once restored it will be put back in a slightly different place – not to everyone’s approval! Air Vice-Marshal Barry Newton CB CVO OBE has written a piece Relocation of Airmans Cross which gives both background and justification to the change.
As another side effect of digging up roads, a fair number of people found the London Road and Salisbury Road as handy cut throughs. Some also seemed to find the adventure as a way to find out how fast their cars and trucks could go! Well, take a look at the latest POLICE_BULLETIN_July 2013 - let’s hope peace and tranquillity return! There is more – including low cost alarms for garden sheds which it seems have been a recent target.
You probably know that the Mobile Library visits Shrewton regularly – but do you know when or indeed where? Well, here we go for dates through to the end of the year.
Two places are visited - Shrewton Scout Hut, off Maddington Street where the library is available from 2-4pm once a week -
Jul 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 Aug 7, 14, 21, 28 Sep 4, 11, 18, 25 Oct 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 Nov 6, 13, 20, 27 Dec 4, 11, 18
and Hindes Meadow where it is available from 1.30-1.45 every other week -
Jul 3, 17, 31 Aug 14, 28 Sep 11, 25 Oct 9, 23 Nov 6, 20 Dec 4, 18
Please spread the word to those who might be interested in borrowing books or making use of the other items available – such as audio books and DVDs. There is wheelchair access and a hearing loop so there is nothing to stop you visiting. Full information is available here Wilton_Mobile_Library_timetable_July to Dec 2013.
Newsletters covering local activities and news are updated on our website – you can find them on the Useful Links page. If you have not seen them before, take a quick look. The MOD newsletter – July_2013_Newsletter - covers all the activity on Salisbury Plain including training, so you can know what all the bangs and aerial activity is for! The Intelligencer newsletter – June 2013 Intelligencer - is an engaging series covering the history – ancient and modern – across Wiltshire. They regularly run events, talks and tours that you can attend. Happy reading!
Over the past year Wiltshire Council, has launched the Our Community Matters websites. The 18 sites correspond to each community area – ours being Amesbury. You can find the sites here: www.ourcommunitymatters.org.uk - just click on the list on the right hand side to get to the website you are interested in.
The sites offer a great opportunity to post local information, ideas, news and also offer a forum for feedback from the community on any current issues or popular topics and as a forum to use in any newsletters or communications. Registration on the sites is a straightforward process after which users can log on and post information as and when they like.
And, of course that SAME information can be posted here on an even more local site!
The road works are ending! With the replacement Longbarrow roundabout and the new one at Airman’s Cross open, the next stage known as “Stopping up the A344” will happen soon after the Solstice. I am sure we will all be pleased when traffic returns to “normal”.
A national campaign on Village Halls is being launched and we are urged to lobby our MP. Just in case you are interested, here is a link to John Glen’s site – http://johnglenmp.com/ - and there is a link there so you can contact him and lobby him for action. The campaign is needed to provide help for these buildings that are increasingly used for community events. At the end of the attachment is a list of uses Village Halls are put to – including health, arts and retail.
Taxibuzz is being reviewed! If you use the Taxibuzz – or know someone that does or is considering using it – please read the Taxibuzz consultation and respond to them. To find out more about how to book and use this service along with the current timetable please click on this connect2wilts-shrewton-taxi-service.
Police and Crime Commissioner for Wiltshire and Swindon, Angus Macpherson, launched a £1 million Innovation Fund on 7 June. He is looking to fund community and voluntary initiatives throughout Wiltshire and Swindon which will help towards achieving his six main priorities as set out in his Police and Crime Plan. Click here for more information on the Police and Crime Commissioner Innovation Fund.
You should have received a Housing Needs Survey recently. Do please fill it in quickly and return, or get on the Wiltshire website and answer the questionnaire on-line. The on-line version at http://www.wiltshire.gov.uk/hnsshrewton.htm is quick to do and all responses are to be treated in the strictest confidence. Getting a good response rate is crucial if the data is to mean anything useful – so please get on and do it! The deadline has been put back to June 14 – but don’t delay, do it NOW!
You will remember that a Police and Crime Commissioner was elected earlier this year and the first meeting is being held in Trowbridge on June 4th. Click to see further details of the time and place for the first Police and Crime Commissioner meeting . You’ll be most welcome to attend.
The latest MOD Newsletter for June has details of training and firing expected in the coming weeks. They are also repairing damage done by four wheel vehicles over the winter and erecting a new fence with a kissing gate so as not to alter rights of way. All the information can be found in the Newsletter June 2013.
The subject of dog fouling has arisen again. This time there is something you can do about it. Amesbury Area Board is offering training to people interested in taking action – the short note Are you Responsible? gives more information. One very good idea is that patrols will be done where you are not resident – avoiding neighbour quarrels! Volunteers from other areas would then run patrols around Shrewton. Hopefully our paths will become cleaner for all to use. And for reference, please remember that waste bins can be used for bagged dog waste.
Cider time! The fourth George Annual Cider Festival is to be held from 4pm on May 24th. It should be great. See the diary page for more details. If you are holding an event in Shrewton then do take advantage of this FREE service to promote it.
Note that Cubs has moved to Tuesday nights. Start time remains as 6:00pm and finish at 7:30pm. Avoids a clash of times with the Scouts.
Party Time! The Big Lunch Street Party is to take place on June 2nd – with Salisbury Road closed from 11:00am – 6:00pm. There will be others – and the diary will be updated as information is gathered! Fingers firmly crossed for warm sun.
Ian West was re-elected at the beginning of May in the local elections. Click for details. For anyone that comes to the Parish Council meetings (first Wednesday of each month at the Methodist Hall), you will know that Ian is a regular visitor and often helps out with issues that arise.
Good news of a sort – no additional delays to the roundabout building! However, the Traffic Management (traffic lights) problems encountered between Friday 19th and Monday 22nd April “were caused by excessive traffic volumes, which resulted in frustrated drivers ignoring red lights causing the lights to switch to ‘safe mode’ i.e. red lights in all directions”. Well, you cannot argue with that – but did anyone else notice “excessive traffic”? “Frustrated drivers” though are a common enough sight!
More good news – the burger van on the lay-by between Shrewton and Tilshead has had it’s planning application granted – so for at least the next ten years you can stop to eat and, if needed, find welcome relief. Thankyou to everybody involved in getting the approval.
The rec is holding an AGM – and a very important one – on the 25th April. They are in need of some support! Please do go along as this will give you a much better picture of the financial issues they face and what they are doing to rectify the problem. They provide a very important resource for all of us – so this subject is relevant to us all. Click to see the Poster_for_AGM_2013.
A Housing Needs Survey is underway – and it is Shrewton’s turn to send in our opinions on what housing is needed within Shrewton over the coming years. A paper copy will be delivered to you shortly – please do take the time to fill it in. An on-line version is available at the Wiltshire Council site for the more “connected” in our community. This is the link www.wiltshire.gov.uk/housingneedssurvey
Carole Slater has written a note giving background to this survey.
Last year, an Annual Public Meeting was organised by the Parish Council. The minutes of that meeting are available here now. It is proposed to hold a similar meeting this year on May 29th – do please come along to hear about some of the interesting and useful activities in the village. The minutes include four reports - Community Speed Watch Report, Recreational Charity Report, Chairs Report and First Responders Report.
The Parish Council held a well attended meeting on 3rd April. This also marked the last meeting of the current council – existing councillors and aspiring new members put their name forward if they wished to form part of the new council. There were nine applicants – and since there is a maximum of eleven seats, they were New Parish Councillors from May 2013. The first meeting of the new council will be held Wednesday 15th May – of course everyone is welcome to attend.
This does mean there are two seats that need to be filled – if you are interested, contact the Parish Council.
If you were not aware, there are Unitary elections will also be taking place soon. Here is the poster Unitary Elections 2 May 2013 with details of those standing for election.
The roadworks and road closures information has been updated. We’ll have to keep an eye on what actually happens! The next update is promised at the end of May.
The water in the Till is slowly going down – a relief to most of us. However, you may well be interested to hear about the borehole at Tillshead. This monitors ground water levels – the source of most of the water in the streams and the reason for flooded meadows and other lower ground plus springs on sloping ground. Earlier this year, it nearly reached the highest ever recorded – some 20cm short of it. Since then the level has very slowly declined and is now 72cm below the record. You can monitor this level – it will give an idea of impending floods which we all hope won’t happen – at the Environment Agency’s site.
Well, you were warned! The road closures are more complicated than the earlier note. Please click here for the details of the road closure north of Airman’s Cross to the Packway.
URGENT! The next Parish Council meeting is scheduled for this Wednesday – and will start at 7:00 with an opportunity to view the new plans for the laundry and other planning applications. Also, members of the Rec Committee will give a presentation.
The Full Planning Application (S/2103/406/FULL, for Shrewton Steam Laundries Ltd) can be found on the Wiltshire Council Planning website - and you will need the application number.
These are open meetings – if you can spare the time, do please come along. The formal council session will start at 7:30 as usual.
The saga of the roads is set to continue! Current plan is as follows – but subject to changes (other than the solstice I imagine!).
- 6th June – Longbarrow completion
- 16th June – Airmans Corner completion, major works will be complete by the 10th with Road Safety Audit programmed for the 12th and 14th June.
- 21st June – Solstice
- 24th June – A344 Stopping up commences, Atkins Skanska will shortly be erecting signs advising of the A344 Stopping up.
Good news is that only road closure will be the A360 North of Longbarrow for 3-4 nights beween 29th May to 7th June for surfacing at Airmans. Otherwise, we will just have to endure the traffic management system!
The Public Meeting of 19 March 2013 was a great success – with over 60 people listening to what was said about the history of our village, the Royal British Legion and the Neighbourhood plan. Carole Slater has provided a short summary – worth a read! Shrewton Charitable Trust was also represented explaining plans for the Queens Celebrations in May.
The Police Bulletin No28 March for March included theft of oil in Shrewton – some useful advice is included.
The WI meeting for March, included a presentation the subject of birds in our gardens – quite a large number it seems.
One bird not included in the list was the Great Bustard – now found in several counties and even as far as France. Wow! The organisation now also organises sighting visits. Anyone found a very large visitor in their garden? If so, send in the picture!
Age UK is looking for volunteers to help in their invaluable work in our community. Do take time out to look at the AGE UK volunteer recruitment advert.
The road works at Airman’s Corner are coming to an end at the end of May but…..
To finish it off the roads will be closed – the A3086 north of Airman’s Cross from late April to end of May and the A360 just south of that for a short while at the end of May. Read the gory detail of the A3086 and A360 road closures here!
Community First have launched an appeal called Waste Not Want Not for more furniture and household goods to be donated to them for distribution to the disadvantaged and Senior Citizens that they support. In recent times many of these items are donated to charity shops which these people cannot access. Take a look – and consider your options!
Police and Crime Commissioner for Wiltshire and Swindon Angus Macpherson has launched a public consultation on his draft Police and Crime Plan. From now until Sunday 10 March 2013 members of the public can read the draft plan and give their views on the Commissioner’s website – www.wiltshire-pcc.gov.uk. There is a link to the draft plan here.
Wiltshire Online is a place to watch for improvements to broadband speed in Wiltshire! The promise is that by 2015 everyone will be able to have broadband access of at least 2Mbps, with at least 85% (and the hope is 91%) with superfast broadband access of over 24Mbps. There is a FAQ section there as well.
Shrewton is surrounded by a lot of MOD land – and a good few of us take our dogs for walks on the plain. Great idea. A leaflet you.and.your.dog.in.the.countryside has a lot of good advice on where you can go as well as tips on staying safe. Do take a look.
More generally, there are many rights of way in and around Shrewton. This link takes you to an interactive map of all the types of public rights of way in Wiltshire. The site is maintained by Wiltshire Council – so is always up to date. Take a look to find new places to roam! And also use if in doubt as to whether a track is public or private.
You are probably also aware that the Department for Transport (DfT) has made guidance for reducing speeds on our roads. The motto is “20′s plenty”. Quite an issue. Here is a useful link – to a supportive cycling website - and that site has a further link to the governments statement.