Latest News in Shrewton

The Public Meeting March 18 2015 will be held at Shrewton School from 7:30 – get there early to get a good seat! Presentations are about this website, the Neighbourhood Plan and Traffic Management and you will have the opportunity to ask any questions you may have. All very important issues for our community. See you there!

Parish Council pages linkHere are the Minutes for Shrewton Parish Council January 2015 and the Draft Minutes for Shrewton Parish Council February 2015. There is a lot happening with significant effects on our community. Read these meeting minutes to stay in touch and if you have an opinion to share then come along to the next meeting on 4th March from 7:00pm at the Methodist Hall.

There are an increasing numbers of large lorries using London Road, the High Street and Sailsbury Road. These are exceeding the weight limits for these roads and there is some thought to introduce Lorry Watch. Click the link to read more about it but briefly it is a community scheme to report offenders so that action can be taken. Would be very helpful.

A helpful reader sent a note of interest to other residents of Shrewton. He had noticed BT doing a lot of work in the village recently and checked the WiltshireOnline website where it states that fibre is not expected until 2016. However, the BT site states that it is “Coming Soon” (within 6 months). An email to WiltshireOnline confirmed that. About time too. (And the interest shown by the contributor is appreciated!)

Here is the agenda for the February meeting of Shrewton Parish Council. The meeting will be held from 7:00pm in the Methodist Hall where planning applications can be discussed (9 Hilltop Close and see new cricket ground item below) followed by the formal session starting at 7:30pm. The meeting is open to everyone and you would be most welcome to come along.

The planning application for the proposed new cricket ground will be considered by the Planning Committee on the 5th February from 6:00pm at City Hall. If you have an interest in this you should attend. If you’d like to see the application, it can be found on  Wiltshire Council’s site and you need to click on the link or look for application 14/06488/FUL.

Link to list of crime in ShrewtonThe Neighbourhood Policing update is online and again there are a few crimes reported – so read the note and follow the advice to keep you and your possessions safe.

The A303 resurfacing and closure plans should be read! Most of the work will be carried out during February and at quiet times at night so the amount of diverted traffic will be fairly low. You have been warned!

Methodist ChurchThe Methodist diary for February 2015 is now available. You should also nip into the Oasis Coffee Bar for a good cup of coffee and catch up on what is going on.

Parish Council pages linkThe Shrewton Parish Council meeting on 7th January covered a host of topics including traffic and you can see the Draft Minutes for Shrewton Parish Council January 2015 here. The approved Minutes December 2014 can also be seen here along with the Chair report for January 2015. If you want to know more about what is happening in Shrewton or want to have your say about planning applications, the state of the roads, footpaths or anything else in Shrewton, you really should come along. Next meeting is Wednesday 4th February from 7:00 at the Methodist Hall.

Here is a most interesting article about Shrewton Traffic Issues – an update for January 2015 which includes support (or mostly lack of it) from Wiltshire Council and the plans of the very active group in the village. It is very well written and covers the situation very well. Make sure you read it!

Parish Council pages linkHere is the January 2015 agenda for the Shrewton Parish Council meeting from 7:30pm on the 7th at the Methodist Hall. The meeting is open to everyone and you would be most welcome to attend. Note that Traffic Management is on the agenda – item 6.

Shrewton United LogoYou should know that Shrewton United play in the Wiltshire County Premier League on Saturday afternoons. Their home ground is Shrewton Recreation Ground.
Their aim is to promote football at a local level, to encourage young players and to build up family following. They have an active group of supporters who regularly accompany the team to away games.
Saturday afternoons at the rec is a good family event, with young and old watching the game and catching up in the bar after home games. Follow them on Twitter @ShrewtonUnited

Reviews of the first four Moviola films for 2015 are now on line. Looks to be a very good line up indeed.
Please come and support this unique community effort. All profits go towards the upkeep of the Village Hall so you can see where your money goes. These film nights can only continue at Shrewton village hall with your support, so please encourage your friends, neighbours and relatives to come along and enjoy what is usually an entertaining, and sometimes thought-provoking, evening. 

Parish Council pages linkThe draft minutes of the December meeting and the approved minutes for November 2014 of the Parish Council are now available. The next meeting will be held on January 7th at the Methodist Hall from 7:00pm. This meeting is open to all and if you want to know more about the community and have your say on how things get done, come along!

Obviously, we all hope not to have a repeat of last years deluge but in the event that we do, you might need a sandbag or two for emergencies. Attached here is Wiltshire Council’s Sandbags Policy – take a note of the contact detail.

Wiltshire Council has sent a letter to Shrewton Parish Council about a consultation over the World Heritage Site that Stonehenge is a significant part of. The process runs through to March. If you have any opinions, take a look where you will find links to the detailed documentation as well as dates where you can see the documents and meet some of those involved and get your questions answered. You are encouraged to use their portal.

If you are 13-19 and want to find stuff to do in Salisbury, then take a look at the leaflet for the Unit which tells you more of what you can do and when. The Unit is also looking for adult volunteers to help out – if interested read through the letter from the Unit. Your support would be most welcome.

The NHS is consulting on where to permanently locate a specialist dementia care unit. It is currently within the Odstock Hospital grounds. If this affects you, take a look at the consultation notice and have your say. The consultation runs until March 10th.

The Mobile Library timetable January to June 2015 is here. Make sure you don’t miss it!

Parish Council pages linkThe Parish Council meeting agenda for December Wednesday 3rd is now available. The meeting is open to everyone, so please come along to express your views and hear what is going on in the community. The meeting starts at 7:00pm for planning applications and the formal meeting follows at 7:30.

The latest issue of Intelligencer from the Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre is available. Has many interesting items to read through and is well worth a visit to find out more about our local history.

We received a note from a lady called Caroline researching her father’s family tree. His name was Alfred Raymond Witt, whose family were long time residents at Shrewton living in which was the Post Office. Caroline nee Witt has been very successful with the older Witt families from Alfred Stephen 1834 onwards, and would love to hear of any information about his children—Alfred; Fredrick; William;Victor;Edith; Alfred and Raymond who was her Grandfather. If you have any knowledge that might help, please contact her using our contact form.

Link to Shrewton and District WI websiteThe notes from the November meeting of the WI can be seen on their page here. Click on the WI icon to visit their own webpages.
Sounds like they all had a good time – making brooms it seems!

Recycled Laptops – Wiltshire Online has announced that refurbished laptops and ready to use, are available for under £60. Those eligible include the over 60s, those with a disability, read more… (
Obviously, the people who could take advantage of this offer won’t be reading this! So please, if you know of someone who can benefit from this brilliant offer, let them know. Read the item above for details on how to make an application – get to it and help our community.

Link to list of crime in ShrewtonWe have not heard much from our local police recently – due to sickness and losing their people to the regular police. Well, they still seem to be coping and we have received an update. Fortunately there was not too much crime in Shrewton over the past month other than the theft of a quantity of keys from a motor vehicle in Shrewton on the 16th. Let’s keep it quiet!

Methodist ChurchThe Methodist Diary for December 2014 and January 2015 can be seen – although from the sound of it some more will be added in January.

Link to Shrewton and District WI websiteThe Approved Minutes for Shrewton Parish Council October 2014 are online. The draft Minutes for Shrewton Parish Council November 2014 are also available – subject to change of course.

The notes from the October WI meeting are now online. Sounds like they all had an interesting time with some good puddings to enjoy.

Parish Council pages linkThe Shrewton Parish Council Agenda for November 2014 is on line. Everyone is welcome to attend. If you have something you wish to have something done about, come along and have your say. If you are curious about what the Parish Council does then definitely come and listen.

Defense Infrastructure Organisation newsletter

The SPTA Newsletter November 2014 from the DIO is now available and has details of all the activity – and there is a lot! – during November. The Salisbury Plain Training Area (SPTA) is obviously divided by roads and you can also see which of these will be affected by convoys. Give them a bit of space!
And talking of space, here is the Army Rebasing Newsletter October 2014 including information on schooling.

Methodist ChurchThe Methodist Church diary for November 2014 is now on line. Take a look and see what is happening and where you can join in.Shrewton Neighbourhood Plan site link

The first draft of the Neighbourhood plan is now available – and the group encourage your feedback to reach them by the end of October. Click on the icon to see more about the groups activities and the intent of the Neighbourhood Plan.

As you are aware, there is a lot of enthusiasm in the village, stirred up in part by STAG, to see the A303 dualled and keep the passing traffic flowing. The Department for Transport commissioned a feasibility study on the subject and a summary from Wiltshire Council of the outcome of stage 2 is online for your information.
The final stage of the study should be completed by October 2014 and an announcement by government of a shortlist of road improvement schemes expected before end of the year. Oh, let’s hope. Mind you, that still does not mean it’ll get built.

The Village will need a bit of path maintenance in 2015 and beyond! Click to see the Job Description for Village Maintenance. Do note that this is a self-employed job and will start from 2015.  A tender for the one year contract needs to be made to the Parish Council – and thereafter annually. Payment is made quarterly.

Village Clean Up DayREMEMBER – Village Clean Up Day is the 25th September. Please try and come along – it need not be for long, every bit helps. Let’s make us proud of our village of Shrewton! See the VILLAGE CLEANUP POSTER for full details.

You will of course have seen the note about the Post Office closure (if not the item is lower down the page). The Parish Council asked for details of the impact on services as they will be provided by the check out staff of the Co-op. Well, a letter has been received and I include it here for your information.

Link to editions of ArrowheadThe latest issue of the Arrowhead is online. The October issue is, as always, full of information and stories that are well worth a read. This time around, the link is to a file sharing service – so please do make sure to return back to this site when you are done reading. Click the icon to see this and older issues plus an opportunity to give some feedback.

Parish Council pages linkThe Draft Minutes September 2014 for Shrewton Parish Council can be seen here. The agenda for the October meeting is now also available. At that meeting on 1st October – and everyone is most welcome to attend – many of the issues that affect Shrewton will be discussed.

Oasis Coffee BarNote that the Oasis coffee bar will open at the Methodist Church on the 1st October. It will then open on Saturdays – so from the 4th October onwards. See Oasis coffee bar poster for more details.

Link to Till Valley pagesdriver appeal has been made by Till Valley Link. This charity organisation provides invaluable transport when requested to and from hospitals, doctors, dentists and shopping because, as you all know, buses are few and far between and do not often run at suitable times to keep appointments or, in the case of going to Larkhill and Durrington, not at all! However, a shortage of drivers threatens this fabulous service. If you think you can help, give them a call!

There has not been an Intelligencer added to this site for some time. This provides a real insight to the history of Wiltshire and they hold many events throughout the year. Here is the latest one – as a pdf. For a word version – better if you want to use the links – then that can be accessed from our useful links page or from their own pages HERE where you can find older issues as well.

Shrewton Country MarketShrewton Country Market will be at rec every third Saturday of the month from 10:00am to 4:00pm, where you will find a varied array of home made cakes and savouries, produce, plants, crafts etc. All made in the local area. That’s the 18th for the month of October.

Also note there will be a Christmas Craft Fair at Atrobus House from 10am – 4pm Saturday 8 November 2014. There will be 30 Stalls of locally produced unique items suitable for the home and as gifts. Free parking and free entry. Refreshments available.

Defense Infrastructure Organisation newsletter

The October 2014 Newsletter is here with details of a very active month! The newsletter includes warnings not to stray from the allowed paths and be aware of a lot of vehicles using the tank crossings.
Don’t forget that the Military Musical Pageant 27 Sept 2014 will take place in Tidworth.
For those following the Army Basing plan, there will be no Newsletter until October – the link is to a letter that provides a brief update for September. The last Army Rebasing Newsletter August 2014 link is here for reference.

A new Shrewton walking group is to start from September 30th, meeting in the Sports and Social club car park at 9:30am. See their poster for more details and contact.

Methodist Church

Link to Shrewton and District WI website

The Methodist Church diary for October 2014 is now online with details of the Alpha course and the Oasis Coffee bar amongst other activities and events.

The WI REPORT ON SEPTEMBER 2014 MEETING is now online. Their October meeting, to be held on Wednesday 8th at the Methodist Hall at 7.30pm, is titled Poems, Prose and Puds’ when members will entertain each other with informal readings, before tucking into the sweet trolley. Yummy! New members are always welcome. More can be seen on their page or click the WI icon to visit their own pages.

Mark Tims, David Chadwick & Mick Brearey have expressed their thanks to all those that helped do some restoration work on Maddington Hall, aka ‘Scout Hut’, back in August. Click Maddington Hall overhaul to read a little of the history of the building as well as some pictures taken on the day.
Mick also would like to hear from Shrewton residents with memories (and ideally pictures) of events held there – he has heard of Christening parties, birthday and Christmas parties and wedding receptions – so please send in your stories using the feedback sheet as well as correcting any errors in the short history.

Parish Council pages linkThe approved minutes of the Parish Council for August and the Draft Minutes September 2014 are now online.

This years Senior Well Being Day for the over 50s will be held at the Fire Station in Ashley Road, Salisbury on 7th October. Click HERE to see the poster with full details.

You could get your electric blanket tested – at no cost and in the same place – on the same day. Appointments can be made from 9:30am to 15:30 by calling 01225 713557 or email

Link to the Cricket Club siteThe Shrewton Cricket club has submitted a planning application for their new ground at Clancy Field. There will be an open meeting at Maddington Hall, Tuesday 9th at 7:30 when the plans will be available to study and comment on. If you simply cannot wait to see the plans check out the online version HERE.

Post Office Consultation 3Post Office Consultation 2Post Office Consultation 1Shrewton is losing the Post Office in October. The services will continue to be provided by the staff at the co-op at the tills. However, Kurt, having provided years of excellent service, will be retiring at the same time . You can read the “consultation” document – three pages – by clicking on the images to the right. It does allow for feedback but the result remains clear!

New Mobile Library - introductionThere is a New Mobile Library. It is apparently 60 years since mobile libraries were first introduced – an impressive history! The letter gives a short introduction and a lot more can be found on the mobile library pages.
Parish Council pages link

The approved Minutes July 2014 and the Shrewton Parish Council Agenda for September 2014 are here along with the Draft Minutes August 2014Planning applications will be available to look at and make comments on from 7:00pm, while the meeting itself starts at 7:30pm. Everyone is welcome to come along.

Wiltshire Council is considering changing the times that bus concessions (passes) can be used. The Ian West note about the Bus Consultation describes the proposed change and includes a letter from a resident – none too happy! Wiltshire Council currently allows bus passes to be used (on most routes) at any time but are proposing limiting use from April 2015 to either start from 9:00 or 9:30 (9:30am is the basic national start time). Take a look – if you don’t approve, pop your head over the parapet and say something. You can comment on the consultation using this LINK.

Defense Infrastructure Organisation newsletter

The September 2014 Newsletter is here with details of the limited training for September but warning of a lot more to happen from October onwards! In September the Military Musical Pageant 27 Sept 2014 will take place in Tidworth. The Army Rebasing Newsletter August 2014 gives a timetable of the major building activities planned from 2016.



This website is managed by Shrewton Parish Council.   The council meets on the first Wednesday of every month and you are most welcome to attend. Your help is sought to expand and improve the site. Blue Dog IT kindly took over the stewardship of the  website when the site was relaunched in April 2012. Please use the “Contact us” page if you’d like to see your organisation mentioned, have interesting news, want to tell others of you planned events, have ideas on new information to add or to comment on any of the existing content. Use that page as well if your organisation wishes to apply for a grant from the Parish Council or you wish contact the Council on any matter relevant to the local community.
Shrewton has a long history and Stonehenge, a World Heritage site since 1978, is just four miles to the east and brings many visitors to Shrewton. Much of Salisbury plain is also now part of the Defense Training Estates and used for military training. Shrewton also has an old round “Blind House” used to house prisoners overnight when being moved – pictured at the top of the page. Other places to see include St. Mary’s Church and the birth place of Cecil Chubb who donated Stonehenge to the government in 1918. The village of Shrewton has a population of approximately 1,700 and is situated in the Till valley on Salisbury Plain, twelve miles north of Salisbury in the county of Wiltshire. Shrewton lies on the old coach road from London to the West Country between Amesbury and Warminster. The Parish of Shrewton was formed with the joining of four settlements – Shrewton, Maddington, Rollestone and Homanton. We hope you find the site of interest.


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