Whiteparish is an attractive small to medium-sized village centred on the A27, in South-East Wilts;
surrounded by farming country and woodland; and near to the border with Hampshire. According to Wiltshire Council, our population in early July 2015 was 1504; and our nearest towns/cities are Romsey, Salisbury, and Southampton. Click here for more about the locality, and here for more about Whiteparish's history.

Nowadays many villagers work in the nearby towns or further afield (commuting to London or to Bristol, for example). However, there are also several local employers within the village; and quite a few one-person businesses. Click here for a list of some local businesses.

We have a church (C of E); a village shop/Post Office; a go-ahead primary school; a flourishing and forward-thinking medical practice; a filling station (at least we used to—it's not currently selling fuel); many village clubs, societies, and organisations; sports clubs; the Memorial Ground (a large recreation ground with a childrens' playground and facilities for tennis, football and cricket); and in one corner of it our new multipurpose Memorial Centre, combining the functions of a sports pavilion and village hall. Last, but definitely not least, there are two pubs!

As you may be aware, having purchased land for a potential extension to the burial space in Whiteparish which is now not immediately needed, Whiteparish Parish Council are looking at alternative uses for the land.

One potential use we are investigating is providing allotments for Whiteparish residents to rent.

Before we commit time and funds investigating this option, we would like to evaluate the level of interest within the village in having allotments. If you would be interested in renting an allotment, please contact the Parish Clerk at clerk@whiteparish-pc.gov.uk

At this stage we are not seeking any commitment, just an indication of interest. Once we have any further information, we will communicate both directly to interested parties and to the community.

Whiteparish Surgery is currently going through a particularly challenging time due to circumstances outside their control, such as unforeseen delays in flu vaccine deliveries (forcing the delay of all planned flu clinics); and a global shortage of blood-testing equipment (restricting the number of blood tests that can be done). Plus some staff members have recently tested positive for Covid-19 and have been obliged to isolate themselves. For more details, see the Surgery Website and/or its Facebook page.

The Clarendon Churches (which include All Saints’ Church, Whiteparish) are looking to recruit a Team Administrator to support the ministry team. For more details, click here.

As previously advised, the car park used by the Memorial Centre and Ground users and the Surgery will be resurfaced. The contractor has now advised that he plans to begin work on WEDNESDAY 25th AUGUST 2021, and it is anticipated that the work will take five to ten days to complete. For more details, click here.

The Parish Council have issued an update to previous statements about cemetery land requirements in the village. For details, click here.

(and have a bit of a flutter at the same time!)
June sees the start of the year for the village 100+ Club—a village lottery which raises vital funds towards village facilities such as the playground, MUGA/tennis courts, playing field and Memorial Centre. Also this year a major resurfacing of the car park is planned at a cost of over £30,000, so new funding is vital. If you are not yet a member, please join to help raise funds for these facilities from as little as £15—none of them receive any funding from Wiltshire Council.

Please click here to find out how you can help.

The most recent month’s 100+ Club draw results are available here.

Ahead of the changes to social distancing measures on 19 July, Wilts Council are hosting a live online webinar to update you with the latest COVID-19 information in Wiltshire. The Webinar starts at 6pm, and requires the Microsoft Teams app. You can join it tonight (Thursday 15 July) at 6pm.

Wiltshire Council Leader Cllr Richard Clewer will be joined by Terence Herbert, Chief Executive of Wiltshire Council and Kate Blackburn, Director of Public Health for Wiltshire and Gill May from the Bath, Swindon and Wiltshire Clinical Commissioning Group to talk you through the latest information and answer your questions.

To join the webinar, click here. (Sorry if you are seeing this too late to join—we only saw the notice from the council on the day scheduled for the webinar. dh)

If you missed the live webinar referred to in the last box, you can see a recording of it on YouTube by clicking here.

Whiteparish GARDEN & HOBBIES SHOW, 17 August


As well as the traditional flowers and produce, there are MANY OTHER CLASSES to demonstrate your creativity and skill, including Art, Photography, Crafts, Cookery and Children’s sections.
EACH MONTH before the show, look in Steeple & Street for IDEAS TO "HAVE A GO" AT.
PLEASE JOIN IN, even if you put in JUST ONE ENTRY.
Full schedule in July’s Steeple and Street.

Photography Competition for Under-16s with CASH PRIZES!
Themed "Get Out, Get Active": A Sports or other Action Pic

Family Entry "Bug Hotel" – build a Bug Hotel – any materials, any size (but must be portable by one person). Prize: Family Entry Ticket to Paultons Park, value over £115.



The sale is on Saturday 15th May, between 09.30 and 12.00, at the Parish Lantern, where you can buy FLOWER PLANTS, VEGETABLE PLANTS, and SALAD PLANTS FROM GARDEN CLUB MEMBERS’ GARDENS


Terence Herbert, the Chief Executive Officer for Wiltshire Council—and, as it happens, the Returning Officer for today’s elections—has recorded a short youtube clip for those eligible to vote, which you can see by clicking here!


Wiltshire County Council have designed a "Re-opening Roadmap" which summarises how far the county has travelled towards resumption of county services to pre-Covid levels, and provides links to more detail on the items described. You can find a link to it on this page of the Wilts Council website click here!


If you aren’t already registered (and are eligible to do so), the deadline to register to vote in the upcoming elections is today (Monday 19 April) at 11:59 pm.

It literally only takes a few minutes to register to vote. You only need to register once—not for every election, so you may already be registered. (You’ll need to register again if you’ve changed your name, address or nationality.) For more information about the elections, including how to register, click here.


The Memorial Trust has kindly released an outline of when they expect/hope to be able to allow various activities to resume on the Memorial Ground and in the Memorial Centre in the course of the next few weeks. Click here to see their notice about this. Please note that resumption dates and other factors mentioned in the notice are all subject to review and possible change.


The Whiteparish Community Speedwatch team urgently needs more volunteers. Unless we get additional volunteers it is likely that we will not be able to maintain the regular checks made to slow down traffic in Whiteparish along the A27 and Common Road.

For more information, click here.


Messages referenced here may have been originally published elsewhere (such as Facebook) but are included in this website to help as many patients as possible to be aware of them.

[14 January 2021: More news (originally published via Facebook) from the partners at Whiteparish Surgery, dispelling some myths about COVID-19.] To aee the whole message, click here.]

[5 January 2021: Some alarming news from the partners at Whiteparish Surgery (originally published via Facebook) which we are including on this website for any patients who may not have been able to read it elsewhere:] "As you are all aware COVID-19 cases have increased considerably since the beginning of December. We wanted to highlight this fact by making you aware of this shocking statistic - Whiteparish Surgery has recorded 38% of their total number of positive cases, since the pandemic began, in the last two weeks."

The full message goes on to list a few simple ways that patients can help surgery staff to deal with their requirements as efficiently as possible during this difficult time. To see or download the full message, click here.

virus.  Not absolutely sure it's the one in question . . .

[To jump to other (non-Covid-related, or at least not wholly Covid-related) news, click here.]

The rapid spread of the COVID-19 virus (a new type of coronavirus) in the UK in early spring of 2020, and the government's plans to try to mitigate its effects, inevitably caused a lot of village activities planned for the following few weeks and months to be curtailed, deferred, or cancelled altogether. Hopefully the affected period won't extend to years, but that remains to be seen. In the meantime, we will try to keep a "broad-brush" summary of the main effects here on the website's home page, and in the course of time we will hope to update the website's inner pages (club programmes, etc) as necessary to record detailed changes caused by the virus, which has now been recognised as a global pandemic.

The terms COVID-19 and coronavirus are often used interchangeably in the media, but they are not really the same kind of thing, as these definitions from the New Scientist website explain.

For the latest Government rules and guidance on how we can all help to control the virus, click here.

For guidance from the NHS on how to check if you or your child has coronavirus (Covid-19) symptoms, click here.

Hot off the [electronic] press! Perhaps anticipating a panic-driven shortage of face coverings after publicising its new requirement that anyone visiting a shop should wear one, on 15th July 2020 the Government put new instructions online for making your own face covering! To see them, click here.

Wiltshire Council to broadcast a live public COVID-19 update on Tuesday 3 November, 5pm

Wiltshire residents are invited to join the council for a live public COVID-19 update on Tuesday 3 November at 5pm.

The online broadcast will feature Wiltshire Council Leader, Cllr Philip Whitehead, Terence Herbert, Chief Executive of Wiltshire Council and Kate Blackburn, Director of Public Health for Wiltshire.

They will be providing an update on the latest number of positive cases and the rate of COVID-19 cases in Wiltshire, and the arrangements in place to mitigate the spread of the virus. There will also be details on how schools, care homes and council services are responding to the situation and planning for the coming weeks.

We want to hear from you.

You can submit your questions about COVID-19 and the local response in advance by emailing communications@wiltshire.gov.uk no later than 5pm on Sunday 1 November.

The live briefing will be broadcast via Microsoft Teams and you should use this link to access the broadcast.

For Full Details on the live public COVID-19 update, click here.

In their online "Wiltshire News" pages, Wiltshire Council provide links to various county-level services and sources of information on recommended (and/or compulsory) ways of coping with the threat of Coronavirus/Covid-19.

Mew Covid cases in Wilts during December 2020 to March 2021.

Also in "Wiltshire News", most issues now include a table of COVID-19 stats for the preceding seven days. We have put some of these together to give an indication of how the number of new cases has moved over a longer period. This example shows new cases between the end of Novermber 2020 and the second week in March 2021. Looks like the bulge over Christmas and New Year may not have been as bad as many feared, and was followed by an even bigger fall in new cases as we edged towards early Spring. Well done, everyone!

The next chart (not to the same scale) shows how the number of new cases per seven-day period altered between where the previous chart left off until mid-July 2021. The two charts overlap by seven days.

Mew Covid cases in Wilts during March 2021 to July 2021.

At the time of writing (20 August 2020) life is beginning in small ways to return to something a little closer to what it used to be (thank goodness), and our local organisations (clubs, committees, sports teams, etc) can look forward to resuming regular meetings and other activities, using local facilities that in some cases have only very recently become available again (albeit with some restrictions). Wiltshire Council have published a useful "toolkit" which aims to assist such groups "return to the community" by providing Things-to-Do lists and links to where further guidance can be found. To see/download the toolkit in pdf format, click here.

The Government have a beta section within their "Coronavirus (COVID-19) in the UK" website which provides an overview and more detailed information on a number of topics related to COVID-19 within an area identified by postcode. At the time of writing (mid November 2020) the beta code bundles the postcode that you specify with quite a lot of other postcodes surrounding it, but perhaps later it may be possible to narrow down its searches to a smaller area. For example, clicking this link displays data that you would see by specifying the postcode of the Whiteparish Memorial Centre, but the data shown actually relates to Whadddon, Whiteparish, and Winterslow (and presumably all points in between). So you may find this feature interesting, but it will probably be even more useful when its search area can be defined more closely.



The Memorial Centre Trustees regret that due to Wiltshire's updated Tier level (now up to Tier 3) they have beem obliged to close the Memorial Centre again until we get back to Tier 2 or similar. All gatherings or groups of people inside are now banned until further notice.


The Memorial Centre Trustees are pleased to confirm that the Centre will reopen from Wednesday 2nd December for bookings which comply with the Tier 2 rules - essentially activities which allow people to remain 2 meters apart. Socialising events such as parties are not yet allowed.

The MUGA will re-open for tennis and bookings for football are also being taken.

Please Note: Apologies for the fact that this section of the website has become quite a confusing mess, due to the number of COVID-related restrictions that have been imposed, removed, re-imposed, added to, removed again, etc. It all needs re-organising to make more sense—and will be—but this may take a little while.
DH 30 Nov 2020


The Playing Field and Childrens Play Area will remain open but the MUGA (Multi-Use Gamest Area) and Skatepark has had to be closed.

Memorial Ground
The recreation ground (Memorial Ground), as a whole remains open subject to the social distancing measures required.

The Children’s Play Area is open but please take special care when using the playground and the play equipment during the Covid-19 period. This play area is not supervised and equipment is not regularly cleaned, so please wipe down surfaces before using and use hand sanitiser frequently. Only one child is allowed on each piece of equipment at any one time. Wash your hands and your children’s hands with soap and water when you get home. Observe all relevant government regulations. Details of social distancing regulations currently in force can be found at https://www.gov.uk or via the above QR code.

Please contact the Memorial Trust on
whiteparish.memorial.booking@hotmail.com if you have any questions.

The Whiteparish Memorial Charitable Trust (Registered Charity No. 282528)

Note: At the time of writing, the renewed closure of the Memorial Centre, restrictions on use of the Memorial Ground, and national restrictions on travel and social distancing will presumably once more have serious effects on the activity programmes of many—if not all—of our village clubs and other organisations. Any activity diaries included in this website for individual village organisations may therefore need to be considered as out of date or possibly suspended until further notice. Will clubs and other organisations please keep us informed about any new plans.

School Closure

Whiteparish All Saints’ CE Primary School is the only school within Whiteparish itself, and we understand that any new arrangements will be detailed on the school’s own website very soon now. The government advises that although in general all schools will be closed after Friday 20th March 2020 for an indefinite period, the children of certain key categories of workers (such as frontline health and social care providers) may continue to be schooled on school premises so that their parents are able to keep important services running, rather than look after children at home.

For government guidance on personnel who may still be able to send children to school during the pandemic, click here. For the latest news from the school, see the school website (link above).

STOP PRESS: We understand that the school will be open as from Wednesday 3rd June for Reception, Year 1, and Year 6 children, along with the key worker and vulnerable children who have been able to attend all along. That’s good news!

County Library and Leisure Centre Closures

Following government advice and to help stop the transmission of COVID-19, Wiltshire Council took the decision in March 2020 to close all its libraries and leisure centres until further notice. At that time, Cllr Philip Whitehead, Leader of Wiltshire Council, said: "All Wiltshire Council leisure centres and libraries are closed indefinitely to protect the health of the public and our staff during this time. This includes the leisure centres managed on behalf of the council by Places Leisure." The Mobile Library service will also be suspended until further notice.

By autumn 2020 a programe of re-opening these facilities was nearing completion. But the new lockdown that has since been announced (starting 5th November 2020) will or may presumably have some effect. We’ll include the latest advice when we have it.

All Saints’ Church

On the 25th March 2020, it was announced that church services were to be cancelled until further notice. It had been hoped that the church could be kept open during the day, but following advice from the Bishop of Salisbury, Rev Jane Dunlop wrote to church members as follows:

". . . I have put a notice on the Church door that says that the Church has to be closed because of COVID-19. I am very sorry to have to do this, especially at a time when people find much solace in going to Church to pray, when they have to deal with difficult and dark times in their lives. But If you are in need of prayer, please do not hesitate to phone me on 884793 or email me on fjdunlop@hotmail.com."

UPDATE on 13 June 2020: Rev Jane was able to write to church members that " . . . there are green shoots on the horizon. One of these is that the Church can now open for private prayer. We are hoping to open from Monday 15th June and are working towards that by putting in place the required safety measures. The hours you will be able to come into Church to pray are 10am to 6pm, Monday to Saturday and 9am to 6pm on Sunday.  . . .  Funerals are also being allowed to be held in Church, but with limited numbers only. We are still not allowed to hold weddings in Church although there have been indications made that this may be allowed from 4th July along with other services."

UPDATE from Church of England website on 23 June 2020: "Places of worship in England will be allowed to reopen on the 4 July, after the latest easing of lockdown restrictions was announced earlier today.
Churches were previously permitted to open for private prayer, but regular church services will now be allowed, as long as appropriate social distancing measures are applied. Weddings can also take place again, although numbers will be restricted to a maximum of 30."


Churchwarden Jane Legat sends the following news about services in July 2020 (in case you miss the posters that are already in place in the village):

All Saints’ Church is OPEN for WORSHIP on:

July 12th at 9.30am
July 19th at 11am
July 26th at 9.30am

For the text of a letter from Rev Jane setting out the measures that she and the PCC have put in place to make the re-opened church as safe as possible, plus some guidelines, click here.

And for the text of a follow-up letter from Rev Jane looking back on the first service held in All Saints Church for 16 weeks (on the 12th July 2020), click here.

King’s Head and Parish Lantern

We were delighted to be able to record that after three-plus months of closure due to the initial Covid-19 lockdown, both of Whiteparish’s lovely pubs reopened on the 4th of July. But unfortunately the second lockdown, starting on 5th November 2020. means that for a limited period, at least, they have had to close again. For details of any other services that they may plan to offer in the meantime, check their facebook pages.

Local Support During the Coronavirus Crisis

The C19 Support Group is a loosely affiliated group working alongside the Surgery and the Church to coordinate what support we can to others in our community during the coronavirus crisis. It is coordinated by Maria Pennington (Parish Clerk), John Herrett and Mike Hayday (Parish Councillors) and David Guild, with support from Revd. Jane Dunlop, Zoe Clewer, Jane Legat (All Saints' Church) and backed up by many other volunteers.

Maria has been working very closely with Hilary Jenkins at the surgery setting up the prescription distribution for Whiteparish and outlying villages.

Leaflets have been distributed giving contact details for volunteers offering support during the coronavirus crisis. The e-mail address of the group is whiteparishC19@yahoo.com: any requests for assistance may be sent to this address and will be assigned to an appropriate supporter.

The Supporting Each Other leaflet. This useful leaflet (full title: Supporting Each Other in Whiteparish through the Coronavirus Crisis) can be viewed, downloaded, or printed via the above link. It provides contact information, web addresses, etc for a host of local services or sources of help for getting through these trying times. We suggest you keep it somewhere where you can easily refer to it.

Another useful document, which can be viewed, downloaded, or printed via the following liink, is Safer and Supportive Salisbury, which is put together by a local (Salisbury-based) networking group who aim to "deliver small practical projects that make a positive difference". It, too, provides contact information, web addresses, etc for a host of local services or sources of help, not just within Salisbury but also much further afield.



At frequent (but sometimes irregular) intervals, mostly about once a week, Wiltshire Council distributes an email bulletin titled "Wiltshire News", and sometimes subtitled "COVID-19", containing the council’s latest news and advice on coronavirus (COVID-19), as well as some more general material on other subjects. For the benefit of households or individuals who don’t already receive these bulletins, the following links display recent bulletins which have been released from 25th March 2020 onwards (in newest-first order). If getting info about these and related topics regularly would be useful to you, you can subscribe directly via a link towards the top of any of the e-bulletins.

For each of the links listed below, we’ve summarised the items in the referenced e-bulletin that deal in any way with Coronavirus/Covid-19 (and a few that don’t) so that you can decide whether or not there are items in any particular bulletin that would or could be relevant to you.

NOTE: There seems to be a coding error in the WILTSHIRE NEWS e-bulletins, especially if you view them in your browser. At the top of the e-bulletin you may see a link with which to display a list of links to past issues. But if you click on it, the displayed list doesn’t contain links to issues of WILTSHIRE NEWS, as you would expect, but to a similar series of e-bulletins—also prepared by Wiltshire Council but aimed specifically at businesses, and titled BUSINESS NEWS. We’ve submitted a comment pointing out this problem.
20 August 2021: The number of cases in Wiltshire continues to be below the national average but has increased this week—from 1327 new cases to 1424 new cases, and the rate of cases per 100,000 also up from 254.3 to 282.5; Residents again encouraged to keep washing/sanitising hands, get first or second doses of vaccine when offered, and book a test and self-isolate if they experience COVID symptoms;
How to find a walk-in coronavirus vaccination site; All care-home workers and volunteers must be fully vaccinated by 11th November, so the latest date for the first dose (of two) is 16 September; Statement by Richard Clewer, Council Leader, in response to the situation in Afghanistan; Parents of 16+ year olds are urged to confirm to HMRC whether the young person in question is staying in full-time education or training beyond that age, in order to continue receiving Child Benefit; Online content created by our libraries during the pandemic reaches 200,000 views! "Fulltone Nusic Festival" coming to Devizes on August 28th and 29th, tickets available online (not sure what this has to do with the Council—maybe they’re subsidising it?); Reminder about how to keep up-to-date with (road) improvement works; "Let’s keep life moving" reminder graphic.

13 August 2021: The number of cases in Wiltshire continues to be below the national average but has increased again this week—from 1303 new cases to 1327 new cases, and the rate of cases per 100,000 steadied from 256.9 to 263.3; Residents are again encouraged to keep washing/sanitising hands, get first or second doses of vaccine when offered, and book a test and self-isolate if they experience COVID symptoms; Once again the Council provides a link to measures in place to keep you safe while you vote in the Police and Crime Commissioner Election on 19 August, with a reminder to take your own pen and mask when you vote;
New changes to self-isolation law will apply from Monday 16 August; "Nearly 18s"can now book COVID-19 vaccinations online; Latest advice for those travelling to green, amber, and red countries; Options for students whose exam results are not what they were hoping for; Council again asks us to help them to shape the future of local bus transport by completing a survey; Reminder about how to keep up-to-date with (road) improvement works; "Let’s keep life moving" reminder graphic.

6 August 2021: The number of cases in Wiltshire continues to be below the national average and has decreased this week—from 2070 new cases to 1303 new cases, and the rate of cases per 100,000 down from 413.2 to 260; Residents again encouraged to keep washing/sanitising hands, get first or second doses of vaccine when offered, and book a test and self-isolate if they experience COVID symptoms; The Council thoughtfully provides a link to measures in place to keep you safe while you vote in the Police and Crime Commissioner Election on 19 August;
Guidance for workers who may be exempt from self-isolation; Suggestion that residents should make voting in the PCC election part of our summer plans, with link to guidance on arranging a postal or proxy vote; Council asks us to help them to shape the future of local bus transport by completing a survey; Sunday 8 August is closing date for residents’ views on Melksham bypass; Coming weekend is last chance to take advantage of Council’s best ever leisure membership offer; Top class health and leisure facilities now in one location in Salisbury; Public Health England launch new Better Health campaign; New Wiltshire Youth Hub can provide face-to-face advice for 16- to 24-year-olds about next steps into emplyment, apprenticeships, or further learning; Reminder about how to keep up-to-date with road improvement works; "Let’s keep life moving" reminder graphic.

30 July 2021: The number of cases in Wiltshire continues to be below the national average but has increased again this week—with 2070 new cases (believed the highest so far this year), and the rate of cases per 100,000 also up from 294 to 414; Residents again encouraged to keep washing/sanitising hands, get first or second doses of vaccine when offered, and book a test and self-isolate if they experience COVID symptoms; Guidance for workers who may be exempt from self-isolation; Suggestion that we should make voting in the PCC election part of our summer plans, with link to guidance on arranging a postal or proxy vote; Council asks that we hellp them to shape the future of local bus transport by completing a survey; Sunday 8 August is closing date for residents’ views on Melksham bypass; Coming weekend is last chance to take advantage of Council’s best ever leisure membership offer; Top class health and leisure facilities now in one location in Salisbury; Public Health England launch new Better Health campaign; New Wiltshire Youth Hub can provide face-tofaceadvice for 16 to 24-year-olds about next steps into emplyment, appreenticeships, or further learning; Reminder about how to keep up-to-date with (road) improvement works; "Let’s keep life moving" reminder graphic.

23 July 2021: The number of cases in Wiltshire continues to be below the national average but has nevertheless increased again this week—with 1465 new cases, and the rate of cases per 100,000 also up from 179 to 293; Residents encouraged to keep washing/sanitising hands, get first or second doses of vaccine when offered, and book a test and self-isolate if they experience COVID symptoms; Guidance on travelling abroad; Parents of children at secondary school or college should encourage them to keep testing and reporting twice a week during the summer holidays, and report results; Candidates confirmed for the re-run of the Police and Crime Commissioner Election, with links to more information about both the election and the Commissioner role; Link to website about "Future Chippenham" scheme, including feedback from recent consultations; warning of heavy rain on 24/25 July; Childcare ideas for the holidays; Information about "Shake Up Your Summer" campaign with the aim of heping children get more active during the holidays; How to keep up-to-date with (road) improvement works; Opprtunity to have your say about proposed improvements to the A350 at Melksham, and the proposed development of Silverwood school into a SEND school campus for 350 students; "Let’s keep life moving" reminder graphic.

Please note that case-number totals and/or rates included in these summaries, and in the line graphs elsewhere in this section, are taken from the full e-bulletins distributed weekly by Wilts Council. These sometimes include small discrepancies between (for example) what was shown as the latest figure for a particular metric in one bulletin, and what is shown in the following week's edition as "last week’s" figure for the same metric. We’re not sure why these differences occur—perhaps when late adjustments have to be made?—but they are too small to be significant in what is only intended here to provide a rough indication of trends.

16 July 2021: The number of cases in Wiltshire continues to be below the national average but has increased again this week, and the rate of cases per 100,000 has gone up from 144.2 to 177; It’s vital that we all keep following the restrictions that are still in place ahead of any changes that may come into force on 19 July; COVID-19 Live Update Webinar took place on 15 July when Council Leader Richard Clewer was joined by Chief Executive Terence Herbert, County Director of Public Health Kate Blackburn, and Gill May from the Bath, Swindon, and Wiltshire CLinical Commissioning Group—a recording of the webinar can be viewed on YouTube by clicking here; Reminder graphic about playing your part to help ocntrol the spread of COVID-19; some changes that will apply after July 19; Link to update from Caninet mmeting on 13 July, from Cllr Richard Clewer; Polls set to open on 19 August for the Police and Crime Commissioner Election, with link for further informaiton; warning about high temperatures expected this weekend, with reminder to keep vulnerabble children and oldr folk cool and hydrated; New "best ever" promotion for membership of Council leisure centres; Childcare ideas for the holidays; Need to keep up to date with road improvement works; reminder to have your say about various ongoing consultations; "Play your part" reminder graphic.

9 July 2021: The number of cases in Wiltshire continues to be below the national average but has increased again this week, and the rate of cases per 100,000 has gone up from 73 to 143.8; It’s vital that we all keep following the restrictions that are still in place ahead of any changes that may come into force on 19 July; COVID-19 Live Update Webinar scheduled for Thursday 15 July at 6:00 pm when Council Leader Richard Clewer, Chief Executive Terence Herbert, and County Director of Public Health Kate Blackburn will answer questions; Reminder to check in with the NHS COVID-19 app to help stop the spread, with link for downloading the app, and reminder about following COVID-secure rules; Alert about road resurfacing and other works taking place in several towns across Wiltshire during next four months, with links for further info and a map showing all roadworks; Eight-week gym membership deal for students; Request for comments on several proposals and projects: Salisbury junctions, Melksham bypass (including "flypast" of the proposed route); Funding and provision for SEND students; 25 foster carers needed in the Trowbridge area; Reminder graphic about playing your part.

2 July 2021: Yet again the number of Wilts COVID-19 cases is below the national average but continues to increase with the rate of cases per 100,000 up from 45 to 73, making it vital that we continue to follow the restrictions—link included to video by Director of Public Health Kate Blackburn to provide more context; Reminder that all adults in England can now book their COVID-19 jabs; encouragement to check in with the NHS COVID-19 app to help stop the spread, with link for downloading the app, and reminder about following COVID-secure rules; reminder about the Think twice campaign; Also reminder that local test and trace system is still in place, with link to more information; Council’s Cabinet has approved next steps for the Wiltshire Local Plan; 25 foster carers needed in the Trowbridge area; Reminder graphic about playing your part.

25 June 2021: Number of Wilts COVID-19 cases is still below the national average but continues to increase making it vital that we continue to follow the restrictions, link included to video by Director of Public Health Kate Blackburn to provide more context; "Think twice" campaign— to emphasise the need to take both first and second vaccinations and a twice weekly lateral flow test if symptom-free; Reminder to renew or sign up for garden waste collections by 30 June; Reminder about consultation re improvement of road junctions in Salisbury, which runs until 18 July; Have your say about the next stage of the Melksham bypass, also about two proposed cycling schemes; Fostering information session moved from 29th June to 30th June; Vacancies (presumably paid) on the Council’s Health Protection Team for two Project Officers and five Assistants; Reminder graphic about playing your part.

18 June 2021: As forecast, Wilts COVID-19 case numbers have continued to increase but are still below the national average; All over-18s are now eligible to book their COVID-19 vaccinations—no need to wait to be contacted by thei local GP—link provided within Wiltshire News; Annual process of ensuring the county’s electoral register is up to date is under way, with link to further info and FAQs; Webinar for 18 to 24-year-olds about employment opportunities scheduled for 24 June, 4.00 pm; Don’t forget to renew or sign up for garden waste collections; Reminder about consultation re improvement of road junctions in Salisbury, which runs until 18 July; Precautionary COVID-19 measures taken at Calne Community Hub and Library’will be closed until 25 June; Survey about cycle route between Chippenham and Calne, available online until 2 July; Reminder graphic about playing your part.

15 June 2021: As forecast, COVID-19 case numbers have increased again recently—residents are asked to continue with those same basic behaviours that have been in place for over a year and to get vaccinated when offered (including a second dose), and keeping windows open when possible; Public are reminded to keep following the rules following Government roadmap delay—the majority of the current restrictions to remain in place for the time being; more detailed advice is provided for businesses, funerals and weddings, care homes, school residential visits, booking vaccinations, with links to further info online; reminder graphic about playing your part.

11 June 2021: The number of cases in Wiltshire continues to be well below the national average and numbers were expected to increase as restrictions are lifted—link to comments from Public Health consultant Rachel Kent (no detailed stats with this edition); People aged over 25 can now book their COVID-19 vaccine; Residents asked to be team players and support their communities during the Euros—with link to suggestions how; reminder that garden waste collections need renewing or signing up dor by 30 June; Engagement to start soon on plans to improve three Salisbury-area junctions (Exeter Street roundabout, Harnham Gyratory, and Park Wall junction) for motorists, cyclists and walkers; Reminder that there are fewer than 30 days left for applying to the EU Settlement Scheme.

4 June 2021: The number of cases in Wiltshire continues to be below the national average and remains steady. The rate of cases per 100,000 has gone from 6.8 to 7.0; The Council thanks residents for our continued support, and asks us to keep playing our part to help keep case numbers low; 24% more collected waste is being recycled since introduction of the new kerbside recycling service last year; About 12% of households will have a change in collection day or timing later this year—affected households will be notified by letter; All Wilshire Council leisure centres to be brought under council management from October; Deadline for applying to EU Settlement Scheme is 30 June, so less than 30 days left; More volunteers needed for Independent Visitor Scheme (helping young people in care); Reminder graphic about playing your part.

27 May 2021: The number of cases in Wiltshire continues to be below the national average and has decreased from 74 to 33. The rate of cases per 100,000 has gone from 12.4 to 6.6; The Council thanks residents for our continued support, making "a huge difference", and urges us to keep playing our part to help keep case numbers low; People aged 30 or over can now book their COVID-19 vaccine; Check before you travel this bank holiday weekend; A reminder to stick within the guidance over half-term; Changes to the COVID-19 testing site at Devizes Leisure Centre; Reminders about renewing garden waste collections, waste teams will be collecting as usual this bank holiday, and that we should enjoy the Bank Holiday safely.

21 May 2021: The number of cases in Wiltshire continues to be below the national average but has increased slightly this week. The rate of cases per 100,000 has gone from 13.6 to 14.8; The Council asks residents to keep playing their our part in helping to keep case numbers low; Explanation of the Traffic Light System for International Travel; Reminder about renewing garden waste collections; Museums in Wiltshire are re-opening, with link for finding out which museums are open in your area; Reminder about Foster Care Fortnight—link to an online information session on 25th May; Reminder graphic about playing your part.

14 May 2021: After a mini-spike the previous week of 96 cases, the corresponding cases in the last 7 days" figure of 68 cases in the latest Wiltshire COVID-19 cases report, as of the 10th of May, shows a return to a steadier reduction in total cases, still below the national average, and the rate of cases per 100,000 also decreased from 19.2 to 13.6; The Council thanks residents for playing our part in helping to keep case numbers low; The Council also asks us to stay safe and keep following the rules until restrictions change on 17 May, with a link to what we can and cannot do after that date; A Mobile Vaccination Bus is currently touring areas of the county where uptake of the coronavirus vaccine is low and/or where it is believed there may be some level of vaccine hesitancy—healthcare professionals will be stationed at the bus to discuss any concerns; Face coverings no longer required in schools and colleges from Monday 17 May; 10th to 16th May is Mental Health Awareness week, and 10 to 23 May are Foster Care Fortnight; Reminders about renewing your garden waste collections and about how Wiltshire needs you to play your part to help control the spread of COVID-19.

6 May 2021: Election day edition. Very similar content to the previous report, but no COVID-19 statistics.

30 April 2021: The latest Wiltshire COVID-19 cases report, as of the 26th of April, shows the number of cases down compared with the previous report, still below the national average, and the rate of cases per 100,000 slightly decreased from 15.2 to 14.2; As usual, the Council thanks us all for playing our part in helping to keep case numbers low; there are slightly updated (?) versions of the previous report’s information on polling stations, postal votes, and safety measures in polling stations; Wiltshire Council lateral flow collection sites will be closed on Bank Holiday Monday, 3rd May, so will Wiltshire libraries and Leisure Centres, but waste collections will be carried out as usual; Reeminder graphic about playing your part to help control the spread of COVID-19.

29 April 2021: One week to go until election day, with information on postal votes, Keeping safe at polling stations, the candidates, and when the results will be declared; "Wiltshire needs you to play your part" graphic.

23 April 2021: The latest Wiltshire COVID-19 cases report, as of the 19th of April, shows the number of cases slightly down, but still below the national average, and the rate of cases per 100,000 has decreased from 17.4 to 15.2; As usual, the Council asks us all to play our part in helping to stop the spread of coronavirus; Symptoms of COVID-19, and how to book a free test; How many people are registered to vote in the upcoming May elections, displaying lists of candidates, and more; COVID-19 measures to keep you safe in polling stations; How to help end Child Poverty with the new campaign Full Time Meals launched by Tom Kerridge, Marcuss Rashford, and the Child Food Poverty Taskforce; Parents and carers are asked to share their experiences of health visiting and children’s centre services.
19 April 2021: For those who haven’t already done so, this is a reminder that the deadline for registering to vote in the upcoming elections is today (Monday 19th April), with a summary of the elections taking place and the attributes that make one eligible; Also that the deadline for registering to vote by post (the council's preferred method) is 5.00 pm on 20th April; Finally a slight redesign of the Hands/Face/Space/Fresh Air graphic.

16 April 2021: This issue of Wiltshire News starts with some times and dates about various aspects of the funeral of the late HRH Prince Philip, which takes place tomorrow (Saturday 17 April). The Council mentions that the Union Flag has been lowered to half-mast on all of its buildings as a mark of respect. Other items include a reminder of deadlines associated with forthcoming votes; and the "Wiltshire needs you to play your part" graphic.

13 April 2021: This issue of Wiltshire News starts with a portrait photo of the late HRH Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh, with a link to an online book of condolence. These are followed by the latest Wiltshire COVID-19 cases report, as of the 12th of April—The Council asks us all to play our part in helping to stop the spread of coronavirus; from Friday 9 April, everyone in England are eligible for free rapid COVID-19 tests, twice a week. (Alongside the roll-out of the vaccine, regular testing is an essential part of the easing of restrictions, helping identify variants and stopping individual cases from becoming outbreaks. With one in three people with coronavirus showing no symptoms and potentially spreading it without knowing, rapid lateral flow tests are a vital tool in helping to identify cases of coronavirus we would otherwise not find.); Covid restrictions eased yesterday (Monday 12 April) including table service at outdoor hospitatlity venues, with a link to full guidance on the easing of restrictions; Also on 12 April all 20 leisure centres across the county re-opened, as did the county’s libaries and the Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre; reminder of new role for Wiltshire Wellbeing Hub; Elections update: Candidates confirmed, apply to vote by post if you can, poll clerks wanted (with link for more information); Deadlines for various aspects of voting; Some reassurances for Moslem residents about aspects of vaccination; "Wiltshire needs you to play your part" graphic.

9 April 2021: This issue of Wiltshire News was entirely devoted to a tribute to the late HRH Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh.

1 April 2021: Latest Wiltshire COVID-19 cases report, as of the 29th of March, shows the number of cases slightly up at 146 (from 136), but still below the national average; The Council asks us all to play our part in helping to stop the spread of coronavirus; A caution—not to meet anyone indoors unless you live with them—added to those about meeting outdoors in the preceding week’s graphic; More details about the easing of the first stage of lockdown with link to full guidance; Request from the council that residents follow the new guidance to minimise travel and stick to the rules on social distancing and group size; New Wiltshire online digital directory launched which "signposts businesses affected by COVID-19 to local, regional or national support or alternative solutions to help them survive"; Poll cards start to be posted out with elections on the horizon; Council's waste collections to operate as normal over the Easter weekend; Wiltshire Wellbeing Hub to have extra role in supporting those needing to self-isolate due to a positive test, or being a close contact, with no friends or family to help; Census 2021 Guidance for people who own a UK property but for various reasons can’t collect or complete a census form for it; Online fostering information session scheduled for 7.30 pm, 7th April, includes joining link; Hands/Face/Space/Air reminder graphic.

25 March 2021: Latest Wiltshire COVID-19 cases report, as of the 22nd of March, shows the number of cases down again at 136 (from 175), with the rate of cases per 100k down to 27.2 (from 35.2)—; The Council notes that case numbers continue to move in the right direction, and thanks us all for making "a huge difference";From 29 March either two houxeholds or up to six people can gather outdoors, including in private gardens; Some outdoor sports facilities can reopen, there is advice on organised litter picks and a notification that the requirement for and shielding the clinically extremely vulnerable ends on 31 March; Unpaid carers now invited to have COVID-19 vaccination; Volunteers needed for election roles, some of which are paid (links to further information provided); The council requests as many as possible of us vote by post, due to the pandemic; Reminder about completing the Census form, with link to support services; Childcare during the Easter holiday (council recommends parents to consider forming a local childcare bubble), with link to downloadable directory of local providers; Reminder graphic with "Air" (i.e. fresh air) now added to the previous trio of Hands, Face, and Space.

21 March 2021: Unlike most recent issues of "Wiltshire News" this one contains very little about COVID, most of it being taken up by a Q-&-A about Census Day. But it does finish with a Hands/Face/Space reminder graphic, just for old times’ sake.

19 March 2021: Latest Wiltshire COVID-19 cases report, as of the 15th of March, shows that the number of cases here is once again down at 175 (from 207), with the rate of cases per 100k down to 35 (from 41.4)—so the rate of decrease seems to be slowing. The Council thanks us for making a difference, but also asks us to keep playing our part; Businesses of all sizes, now including those with fewer than 50 employees, can register to order free lateral flow tests for their employees; current advice from the British Islamic Medical Association is that having the vaccine does not invalidate fasting, and all practising Muslims invited to be vaccinated in the coming weeks of Ramadan should do so; Key dates concerning the forthcoming elections during April and May; Importance of completing your 2021 Census form on 21st March; Food Standards Agency encourages young people to "Speak Up For Allergies"; Advice on Easter holiday childcare for parents; Reminder about online fostering information evening on Thursday 25 March about overnight short break care; Plus a graphic reminder re Hands, Face, and Space.

12 March 2021: Latest Wiltshire COVID-19 cases report, as of the 8th of March, shows that the number of cases here is once again below the national average and rates have also fallen again, with the rate of cases per 100k down from 78 to 41.4—but as before there’s still a long way to go; So the council asks us to keep playing our part this Mother’s Day, with a pointer to a slight change in the restrictions that came into effect on 8th March; Update on Targeted COVID-19 rapid community testing for asymptomatic people; A warning about not stopping to chat to other parents when dropping off or picking up children from school; Stopping smoking during COVID doesn’t have to be stressful—advice on making today the the day for taking the first step on your journey to quitting; Online fostering information evening on Thursday 25 March to find out more about overnight short break care; Plus a graphic reminder re Hands, Face, and Space.
11 March 2021: All about Census 2021. The information in this Wiltshire Council e-bulletin seems mostly to be at a national "gov.uk" type level applicable everywhere, but there is some Wiltshire-specific advice, such as links to contact details for the Wiltshire libaries that are providing support for residents needing help with completing the census forms (due to lack of a digital device or lack of confidence). Plus a reminder about Hands, Face, and Space.

5 March 2021: Latest Wiltshire COVID-19 cases report shows that the number of cases here is below the national average and rates have fallen again, with the rate of cases per 100k down from 101.6 to 78.0—but there’s still a long way to go; Reminder that recent public update webinar can still be viewed online; School staff are ready to support secondary schools as pupils go back to school next week—pupils will need to take twice-weekly tests; Wiltshire Library Service is inviting children and young people to take part in a global challenge to read for 200 million minutes, with link to further details; A free holiday activity and food programme, being promoted as "FUEL", to be available during 2021 Easter, Summer, and Christmas school holidays to children receiving free school meals; People with time to spare and/or thinking of a career in social care are invited to find out more about a career opportunity in this area; Reminder graphic: Hands, Face, and Space.

3 March 2021: Notification that if you missed the previous day’s COVID-19 public update webinar, it can be viewed on the Council’s youtube channel; plus a reminder to keep to the rules about masks, washing your hands, and social distancing.

26 February 2021: Another COVID-19 public update webinar will be run from 5.30pm on Tuesday 2 March, to provide the latest update on COVID-19 in Wiltshire and to answer your questions; Reminder that Wilts Local Plan is still open for consultation until 9th March; More about targeted testing for asymptomatic people—which is not to be confused with surge testing—you can now book appointments at Devizes, Salisbury and Chippenham; and finally a reminder to keep to the rules about masks, washing your hands, and social distancing.

18 February 2021: Latest weekly COVID-19 figures in Wiltshire (as at 15 February) show continuing good news in the rate of cases per 100k: down again from last week’s 140.8 to 116.2. The compilers of this material again remind us that "there’s still a long way to go" and we should all continue to play our part; Wiltshire Council's Chief Executive, Terence Herbert, and Director of Public Health, Kate Blackburn, have spent an afternoon volunteering at the Salisbury City Hall vaccination centre; Targeted COVID-19 rapid community testing now underway for asymptomatic people; If you’ve received a letter saying you’re at high risk (clinically extremely vulnerable) from COVID-19, you could be eligible for free daily vitamin supplements. However, as the deadline for applying was 21 February you may be too late . . . On 6 May 2021, all eligible residents in Wiltshire will be invited to vote in a number of elections and referendums, including Wiltshire Unitary, Town, and Parish elections. Prospective candidates and agents were invited to a webinar to be held on 24th February. Again rather short notice but maybe there will be a repeat offering?; Consultation on the Wiltshire Local Plan is open until 9th March; Residents are reminded that "safeguarding is everyone's business" as lockdown has an impact on reporting concerns on child abuse; and finally a reminder to STAY AT HOME during the current lockdown.

11 February 2021: Latest weekly COVID-19 figures in Wiltshire (as at 8 February) show continuing good news in the rate of cases per 100k: down again from last week’s 182.4 to 140.8. (At the beginning of January it was 245.2.) But as the compilers of this material quite rightly feel obliged to repeat: "there’s still a long way to go"; More about support bubbles—families urged to keep following the rules and stay safe at the coming half term; Eligible unpaid carers in Wiltshire can now apply for PPE, following government announcement; Local help available during Children's Mental Health Week; Mental health forum members have produced a guide to local support services, available to download via a link; More than 1,300 people attended the Council’s Local Plan review engagement sessions, and the consultation continues; The Council have received a Green Homes Grant of £546,500 which will go towards the cost of delivering their Housing Energy Efficiency programme; And finally a rather sweet little graphic . . .

4 February 2021: Latest weekly COVID-19 figures in Wiltshire (as at 1 February—with the further good news that the rate of cases per 100k has again decreased (from 268 to 182.4)—however "there’s still a long way to go"; Support for people who need transport to get to their vaccination appointment; Half term holiday childcare for parents working to support the COVID-19 response; Local help available during Children's Mental Health Week; Residents are urged to vote by post and have their say in a safe way, with a number of elections and referendums due to take place later this spring; Reminder to have your say about the Wiltshire Local Plan (consultation is open until 9 March); Wiltshire Council supports National Apprenticeship Week; STAY AT HOME reminder graphic.

29 January 2021: Latest weekly COVID-19 figures in Wiltshire (as at 25 January—with the good news that the rate of cases per 100k has decreased from 357.6 to 264.2—note that corresponding weekly stats for earlier in the month don’t seem to have been included in some preceding issues of "Wiltshire News"); Repeat of report on the "Wiltshire COVID-19 Public Update—Live!" broadcast that took place on Wednesday 27th Janurary and a reminder that the update is available for watching on the Council’s YouTube channel by clicking here; Childcare during half-term holidays, and some rules and link to further guidance concerning "childcare bubbles"; Bus pass time restrictions temporarily lifted in Wiltshire from 1 February; To help keep our electoral records up to date, enquiry forms have been sent to every household in Wiltshire; Reminder not to forget to have your say on future developments in Wiltshire—consultation on the Wilts Local Plan is open until 9 March; Wiltshire Citizens Advice drop-in services are still closed, but advice services are still available via phone and email—however there are some changes to the detail of how these services are accessed; STAY AT HOME reminder graphic.

28 January 2021: A report on the "Wiltshire COVID-19 Public Update—Live!" broadcast that took place on Wednesday 27th Janurary, including an apology to some residents who were apparently unable to join the update due to technical difficulties (the update is available for watching on the Council’s YouTube channel by clicking here; STAY AT HOME reminder graphic.

25 January 2021: More details about the forthcoming "Wiltshire COVID-19 Public Update—Live!" broadcast scheduled for Wednesday 27th Janurary 2021, at 7pm; STAY AT HOME graphic.

22 January 2021: Wiltshire Council thanks all residents for playing their part during this national lockdown, and asks us to keep it up!; Latest weekly COVID-19 figures in Wiltshire (as at 18 January); Announcement of fourth live public Covid-19 update from the council on 27 January, for which questions need to be submitted by 5 pm on 25 January—with link to more details; Ways you can help your local NHS; "Jog on" and think carefully about where you exercise; Tips about visiting shops and supermarkets; Bus pass time restrictions to be temporarily lifted in Wiltshire from 1 February; Salisbury and Bath to host large-scale vaccination centres; Plea for volunteers to help at SDH or City Hall Vaccination Centre; Warning of possible travel disruptions due to snow and ice around 22/23 January; "Every mind matters" campaign to relax more, achieve more, and enjoy our lives more; Vaccine information for older adults; Could you help transport people to get their COVID-19 vaccination?; Reminder about having your say on future developments in Wiltshire, via the Wiltshire Local Plan review; Public webinar about "distributor road options" that are planned for Chippenham (webinar is scheduled for 28th January); STAY AT HOME graphic.

13 January 2021: Notification that the consultation periods for the Wiltshire Local Plan and for the Wiltshire Gypsy and Travellers Plan, giving residents the opportunity to have their say about these proposals, both began on 13 January 2021, and will both end on Tuesday 9th March 2021, with links for further information; STAY AT HOME reminder and graphic.

08 January 2021: Graphic reminder to keep playing your part during the lockdown because local Covid-19 cases are still rising, with link to more details on the national restrictions and guidance on shielding; Summary of 6 January public update, with link to YouTube recording; Order and collect service and bookable computers to be available at some libraries in the county, with links to library locations and availability and more details about order & collect; How to wear a face mask; New Year sees arrival of more vaccination sites with link to details; Vaccination progress; Mandatory Covid-19 testing introduced to bolster border measures; Wilts Council spending £1.1m on laptops and digital devices so struggling families can access remote education; Wiltshire Wellbeing Hub still providing support to those who need it; Warning about Covid-19-related scams; Council thanks residents for recycling at Christmas, with info about catch-up collections in early January and Garden Waste collections restarting on 9th January; Department for Education starting "An Hour to Skill" campaign for learning online with the Skills Toolkit; Invitation to residents to sign up for online events to review Wiltshire Council’s Local Plan; Consultation on Wiltshire Cycle Lanes now over but a link provides further information; STAY AT HOME graphic.

06 January 2021: Invitation to Covid-19 Live Public Update to be broadcast that evening—, includes a link to a recording of it on YouTube; "STAY AT HOME" graphic.

05 January 2021: National lockdown announced, effective from 5 January 2021, with link to what restrictions apply; Guidance on shielding the clinically vulnerable; Latest weekly COVID-19 figures in Wiltshire (as at 04 January); Announcement of Wiltshire COVID-19 public update to be broadcast on 6 January at 7.00 pm; How the lockdown will affect: Council Services, Schools, Early Years Settings, Library Service, Leisure Services, and Household Recycling Centres; Grants for closed busineses; Scam alerts re government grants fake NHS Covid-19 Vaccine Text Messages; Information about the real vaccine programme; Wiltshire Wellbeing Hub with support contact numbers; "STAY AT HOME" graphic.

31 December 2020: Wiltshire Council wishes all residents a Happy New Year, with graphic about seeing in the New Year safely at home, and link to detailed guidance about Tier 3 Covid measures/restrictions; Librariea to continue operating as they were during Tier 2; Wiltshire Council leisure and sports facilities remain open but the Council requests you do not visit them if you live in a Tier 4 area; Schools returning in January: latest guidance (as at 31 December), with graphic and link to more information; Graphic about supporting local businesses and shops, and link to "Shop Local" Directory.

30 December 2020: Wiltshire is moving into "Tier 3: Very High Alert" as from 31 December 2020, with link to applicable restrictions; Most primary schools to return on 4 January, for secondary schools, exam years (Year 11 and 13) and vulnerable and critical worker children will return on 11 January, the rest will have remote learning and return on 18 January; Cold weather means Severe Weather Emergency Provisions for rough sleepers are triggered—with telephone numbers and link to more information; Join a leisure centre in January and save £20; Reminder of revised waste and recycling collection days over the Christmas/New Year period; Government awards over £25 million to Future High Streets Fund for Salisbury and Trowbridge; Council Services and Facilities to be closed on New Year bank holiday; Opening times for Wiltshire Wellbeing Hub; Invitation to residents to take part in Wiltshire Local Plan consultation; Graphic on seeing in the New Year safely at home.

23 December 2020: Wiltshire remains in Tier 2: High Alert, with link to list of Tier 2 restrictions, but all surrounding areas to be in Tiers 3 or 4 as from 26 December, so residents warned not to travel to these areas; Latest government advice on Christmas and Christmas bubbles; Latest weekly COVID-19 figures in Wiltshire (as at 21 December); Revised waste and recycling collection days over the Christmas/New Year period; Availability of Council Services at Christmas/New Year; Wiltshire Wellbeing Hub remains available Monday to Friday; Government grant to help people stay safe, keep warm, and fed this winter; Merry Christmas from Wiltshire Council; Graphics on High Alert Tier and seeing in the New Year safely at home.

18 December 2020: [NOTE: Some of the content of this (18 December) edition of the Wiltshire News is very similar, possibly identical, to articles in the 17 December edition. In these cases, it may be best to assume that the later edition is authentic.] Wiltshire to remain in Tier 2: High Alert, with reminder of measures still in place; Government confirms Christmas bubbles will remain, but urges residents to plan carefully and be cautious, with link to full announcement; Revised waste and recycling collection days over the Christmas/New Year period; Availability of Council Services at Christmas/New Year; Invitation to take part in the Wiltshire Local Plan review consultation—and sign up for online engagement events; County Council receives extra cold-weather funding to help rough sleepers this Winter, with link to info on how it will be spent; update on the five-year housing land supply in the county; Graphics on High Alert Tier and Christmas/New Year waste and collection day changes.

17 December 2020: Wiltshire to remain in Tier 2: High Alert, with reminder of measures still in place; Latest weekly COVID-19 figures in Wiltshire (as at 14 December); Government confirms Christmas bubbles will remain, but urges residents to plan carefully and be cautious, with link to full announcement; Reminder to keep wearing face coverings; Reminder about how you can help control the spread of COVID-19; Graphic about the High Alert Tier.

10 December 2020: NHS COVID-19 Vaccination Programme is Starting, with link to more information about the roll-out; Latest weekly COVID-19 figures in Wiltshire (as at 07 December); Reminder to keep wearing face coverings; Council urges eligible residents to apply for the Test and Trace Support Scheme; Shop Local, Support Wiltshire Directory; Explore Salisbury with the new Salisbury Trails App; Lifetime Skills Guarantee, a major expansion of adult education and training—Gain new skills tieh free courses; Christmas arrangements re coronavirus to include "Christmas Bubbles", with link to full announcement; Government’s COVID-19 Winter Plan; Reminder about how you can help control the spread of OVID-19.

04 December 2020: Confirmation that Wiltshire is now placed in "Tier 2: High alert", with list of measures in place and link to full list of restrictions; Latest weekly COVID-19 figures in Wiltshire (as at 30 November); Guidance about "support bubbles" and "childcare bubbles"; Details of Wiltshire Council’s live public update on COVID-19, scheduled for Tues 8th December; Reminder about the COVID-19 Test and Trace Support Payment scheme which can help eligible residents who are out of pocket through needing to self-isolate; "Make space for another place" scheme for people who might be interested in training to be a carer as part of the Overnight Short Breaks Scheme; Have your say on proposed cycling schemes; Six museums in Wiltshire, including Salisbury Museum, have re-opened, but check for hours and prebooking requirements—link to further information; Don’t give COVID-19 for Christmas! keep playing your part.

26 November 2020: Wiltshire has been placed in "Tier 2: High alert", with link to full list of restrictions; Update from Wiltshire Council Chief Executive Terence Herbert; Latest weekly COVID-19 figures in Wiltshire (as at 23 November); Update from Wiltshire Council Chief Executive Terence Herbert; Impact on Wilts Council Services; Wiltshire Wellbeing Hub still operating for phone or email ocntacts during office hours and between 10am and 4pm at weekends; Council’s Business Support website; Wiltshire COVID-19 second public update to be broadcast on 8 December, with Wiltshire Council Leader, Cllr Philip Whitehead, being joined by Terence Herbert, Chief Executive of Wiltshire Council and Kate Blackburn, Director of Public Health to help guide you through the latest information and regulations; Christmas arrangements re coronavirus to include "Christmas Bubbles", with link to full announcement; Government’s COVID-19 Winter Plan; Reminder about how you can help control the spread of OVID-19.

20 November 2020: Latest weekly COVID-19 figures in Wiltshire (as at 16 November); Local COVID-19 test and trace service launched; Could you be a #WiltshireTogether Champion (in a network that shares accurate and factual guidance and advice, which will help counter misleading and inaccurate information being spread through social media and word of mouth)?; Updated COVID-19 Community Packs now available; Three new creative competitions, with prizes for different age categories between 4 and 18 years; "People Friendly Salisbury" scheme to be suspended indefinitely; Drive to encourage more people to consider fostering teenagers; and a link for downloading the NHS COVID-19 App.

13 November 2020: Latest weekly COVID-19 figures in Wiltshire (as at 10 November); Video update re COVID-19 from County Director of Public Health Kate Blackburn; COVID-19 testing available seven days a week—More info and how to book a slot; New Local Restrictions Support Grant scheme for businesses opens for applications; Happy Diwali; Tips for improving your mental health and wellbeing/Alcohol Awareness Week; and a link for downloading the NHS COVID-19 App.

06 November 2020: New national restrictions now in place, to be observed until Wed 2nd December, with link to full government guidance; Latest weekly COVID-19 figures in Wiltshire (as at 4 November at 4:00pm); link to list [possibly updated?] of services at county level that that are set to continue or stay open, and those that will close temporarily; list of stats re COVID-19 cases in Wiltshire for preceding week; Short report on Wiltshire Council’s 3 November "Covid-19 Public Update" with link to a recording on You-Tube of that "webinar" and a link for providing feedback; Reassurance that the Wiltshire Wellbeing Hub is still accessible; "Affordable" rented and shared ownership houses available this winter—links for brochures; Wiltshire mum gains royal recognition; COVID-19 effects on Remembrance Sunday; and a link for downloading the NHS COVID-19 App.

04 November 2020: Wiltshire Council services—updates and changes in the light of the Government’s new 4-week lockdown starting on the 5th November; this lists services at county level that that are set to continue or stay open, and those that will close temporarily; also provides links to new national restrictions now applying; to a recording on You-Tube of Wiltshire Council’s 3 November "Covid-19 Public Update" webinar; plus guidance on shielding and protecting people who are clinically extremely vulnerable from COVID-19 Wiltshire Council; and a link for downloading the NHS COVID-19 App.

30 October 2020: Latest weekly COVID-19 figures in Wiltshire (as at 4:01 pm 28 October), with link to how you can play your part; Wiltshire Council to broadcast a live public COVID-19 update on Tuesday 3 November; Ways to celebrate Halloween safely; Book [a taxi] ahead and stand out from the crowd; Don’t Forget to Make Space This Bonfire Night—for a fun and safe bonfire night; Link for downloading the NHS COVID-19 App.

22 October 2020: Summarises Halloween-themed events and activities around this time of year with a special emphasis on safety, both generally and with respect to COVID-19. Topics covered include: Stay Safe This Halloween; Things to do This Halloween; Dressing Up to Scare, [but] Know What To Wear; And Local Activities—including "Spooky Old Sarum", 24 October to 1 November (tickets for this must be booked in advance, which you can do online).

16 October 2020: Local alert level for Wiltshire is currently "medium" (Tier 1), with brief explanation of the restrictions that apply and link to more detail—also, additional guidance for those deemed clinically extremely vulnerable; Summary of HRH The Duchess of Cornwall’s visit to Wiltshire Council, with video clip and link to further details; Scheme for £500 lump sum payment to financially support eligible people on a low income who have to self-isolate; More Wiltshire libraries reopening— Pewsey (27 October), Wilton (29 October), Mere (30 October, Cricklade (3 November), Downton (6 November), with COVID-19-related details that will apply; Also, Mobile Library Service is back on the road as from 20 October, with list of applicable COVID-related rules; Free permits now available to allow some vehicles (with Blue Badged owners) to enter Salisbury's Low Traffic Zone under the "People-Friendly Salisbury" scheme; Link for information about autumn half-term listings for holiday childcare and activities for 5-12 year olds; Salisbury’s City Hall to remain closed until "the industry is on a surer footing";Over 60 new courses have been added to The Skills Toolkit; Link for downloading the NHS COVID-19 App.

9 October 2020: Self-isolation—you could be entitled to COVID-19 Test and Trace support payment scheme; Tidworth Library providing order and collect service; Five steps to wellbeing – how to improve mental wellbeing on World Mental Health Day; New Wiltshire Health Improvement Hub; Eligibility for a free flu vaccination; Unlock opportunities with free courses from "The Skills Toolkit"; Link for downloading the NHS COVID-19 App.

2 October 2020: More about the NHS COVID-19 App—14 million downloads already, with links to video on how the process works; Financial assistance for people who have to self-isolate; Changes to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme; Eligibility for free flu vaccinations; Black History Month onlineconference (Tuesday 20 October); Have you considered fostering as a career?; "Stoptober" campaign to help people to give up smoking; Reminder about Green Homes Grants.

24 September 2020: NHS COVID-19 App launched, with links to how the process works and detailed guide with FAQs; 10pm curfew for pubs and other hospitality venues; Update on face coverings, with link to other new government measures; Reminder about regional campaign to encourage people to foster with their council (Wiltshire hopes to recruit 100 foster carers over three years); Guide for parents and carers about what to do if you think your child may have COVID-19 symptoms; Reminder, with more details, about the Hands, Face, and Space campaign.

18 September 2020: NHS COVID-19 App to be launched on 24 September, link to help with downloading it; MyWilts online reporting system to go online on Tuesday 22 September, for reporting issues like abandoned vehicles, weather emergencies, dog mess, etc, includes link to video overview of system features; Reminder about availability of Green Homes Grant Scheme for help with energy-saving costs; Reminder about regional campaign to encourage people to foster with their council (Wiltshire hopes to recruit 100 foster carers over three years); Guide for parents and carers about what to do if you think your child may have COVID-19 symptoms; Reminder: Protect yourself and others during the pandemic by attention to Hands, Face, and Space.

11 September 2020: New "Rule of 6" law for social gatherings, with link to full details; More Wiltshire libraries to open, providing an order and collect service: Amesbury, Bradford on Avon, Calne and Marlborough from 14 Sept, Royal Wootton Bassett, Westbury and Melksham from 21 Sept, Malmesbury from 28 September (with links to more information on the re-openings, and a video on the libraries order and collect service; Admissions window now open for primary and secondary school places, with link for more information and deadlines; Wiltshire helps launch regional campaign to encourage people to foster with their council (Wiltshire hopes to recruit 100 foster carers over three years); Kickstart Scheme now open for applications; Community Governance Review recommendations for changes to some town and parish boundaries, and governance arrangements, agreed by full county council on 9 September; Protect yourself and others during the pandemic by attention to Hands, Face, and Space.

4 September 2020: Advice for those travelling abroad to check the list of travel corridors and to check the need for self-isolation on your return (with links) before finalising travel plans; Some warnings about acess to Covid-19 testing; Advice on car sharing (again); As Wilts Council launch a programme to bring more services online, you may need to reset your password for accessing HRC bookings; Validity of driving licences due to expire between 1 Feb and 31 December 2020 will be extended by 11 months; Homeowners and landlords can now apply for the government’s "Green Homes Grant" to cover up to two-thirds of the cost of insulation and double glazing, with link to the detail of what improvements are covered; Government launches consultation on pavement parking; Reminder to take our litter home.

28 August 2020: Advice for families on school transport as back-to-school preparations begin, with links to downloadable booklet and info on school transport; Advice on car sharing to and from school and work; "Normal" time restrictions for concessionary bus passes return from 1 September; More about the redesigned Wilts Council website; Independent retailers, cafes and restaurant and other businesses across Devizes to take part in "indieDAY" on Saturday 5 September to promote and boost the town post-covid; Telephone numbers that between them are available 24/7 if you’re affected by domestic abuse; How working parents could save up to £2,000 per child per year towards after-school clubs and other childcare services, with links to Childcare Choices website and Childcare Calculator; Reminder to follow tough new guidance on social distancing, illegal raves, and illegal gatherings generally; The council reports that despite challenges still ahead, the COVID-19 overspend is now expected to be considerably less than early estimated, with links to further info and a full report; Salisbury District Hospital is working hard to get back to providing its regular services, following the peak of the COVID-19 outbreak; And finally a reminder to take our litter home . . .

21 August 2020: More libraries (Corsham, Devizes, and Warminster) to re-open in week beginning 24 August; Wilts and Swindon History Centre to re-open on 25 August; Support for students re their GCSE results; Back to School booklet with tips for parents, also info about school transport; Updated design coming for Wiltshire Council website; More about "People-Friendly Salisbury" survey; Child Trust Funds—first teenagers to get access to their money—note that some teenagers may not know they have a fund; Getting help applying for Universal Credit; Respect those who can’t wear a face covering.

13 August 2020: A-level results day; Shop Local Week; VJ Day; Advice on car sharing (basically, avoid if possible, but with guidelines for when you can’t); Reminder about renewing your garden waste collection; New maternity app launched by Royal United Hospitals Bath NHS Foundation Trust; Temporary closure of A245 and nearby minor roads in villages between Upavon and Durrington for tree felling; Reminder—if you’re feeling unwell, get [Covid] tested.

5 August 2020: more information about the Eat Out to Help Out scheme, now that it’s been launched; Vital business grants funding closes soon—apply by 24 August 2020; Downloadable "Please give me [social distancing] space" ] badges; Remnder about feedback needed by Thursday 13th August re Salisbury’s "People Friendly" project; Museums in Wiltshire are re-opening; Reminder fromm the Department of Transport that mandatory MOT tests were reintroduced from 1st August 2020; Supporting your recovery after COVID-19; Another heatwave expected; Reminder—if you’re feeling unwell, get [Covid] tested.

30 July 2020: Eat Out to Help Out (eat out at a discount, with participating restaurant finder); Salisbury, Chippenham, and Trowbridge libraries to re-open as from 3 August; Also Leisure Centres, including Salisbury (Five Rivers) and Corsham, to re-open as from 3 August—others scheduled for phased re-opening later; Updated HM Government guidance on using public transport (including compulsory facemasks; Feedback requested on Salisbury’s People Friendly project; Bikeability programme needs vanues and instructors; Better Health campaign from Public Health England, with link to full details; NHS notice reminding us to self-isolate if alerted via Test and Trace system

23 July 2020: (Update to item in previous e-bulletin) Face masks and coverings to be compulsory in England’s shops AS FROM THE 24th JULY, with links to guidance on making and wearing face coverings; Please contact your local GP if you feel unwell (but first contact should always be made by telephone); Back on the road—advice for those returning to driving, or increasing their driving, following a period off the road; Free interactive "webinars" for job seekers during July and August; Support for people using prepayment gas and electricity meters.

15 July 2020: Face masks and coverings to be compulsory in England's shops, with links to guidance on making and wearing face coverings; Disposing of face coverings and PPE; How to get tested for coronavirus; Young people encouraged to use Early Mental Health and Counselling Support Service; Leisure services update; Update on carbon reduction progress; Melksham Community Campus timeline revised.

9 July 2020: Government plan to help Britain bounce back; Summer holiday activities for five- to 12-year-olds; Annual canvass exercise to check who is eligible to register to vote; Council tax reminder letters; End of consultation period on Community Governance Review; Latest shielding guidance for children; Local hospitals urge patients to attend outpatient appointments; Council still faces financial challenges despite government funding announcement; Wiltshire Wellbeing Hub contact details and further information.

1 July 2020: Dismissal of misleading media reports of new Covid-19 cases in the county; Update on Pillar 2 testing from county Director of Public Health; Your views sought on plans to reopen county library services safely; Terence Herbert appointed Chief Executive of Wiltshire Council; Pubs and other businesses to reopen from Saturday 4 July, with link to further information; Also from 4 July, marriages and civil partnerships of more than 30 people will be permitted but only in certain public places as set out in law; Wiltshire Wellbeing Hub hours have changed; Reminder about renewing or signing up for garden waste collections (existing subscriptions will have expired on 30 June).

24 June 2020: Lockdown changes—what you can and can’t do after 4th of July; Important changes to shielding guidance from 6th July; Public Health England’s guidance on staying safe in the heat, for people shielding and vulnerable groups; Update on grant schemes for local businesses; Link to information about the Countryside Climate Network; Time to renew or sign up for garden waste collections (existing subscriptions expire on 30 June); For EU citizens living in the UK—information about applying to the EU Settlement Scheme to protect your rights (if applicable); Wiltshire Wellbeing Hub contact details and further information.

19 June 2020: Reminder about new Discretionary Grant Scheme, only a few days left now for applications from small and micro businesses, with links to guidance, FAQs, and application form; Stonehenge and Avebury remining closed for summer solstice; Registration service has re-commenced face-to-face appointments for registering births, and can now arrange notices of marriage or civil partnerships again; Council tax payments resume for those who deferred; online fostering Q&A session on 23 June; Domestic abuse out of hours helpline; Child Employment Permits now required again as lockdown eases; Wiltshire Wellbeing Hub contact details and further information.

12 June 2020: "Support bubbles" for single adult households; non-essential shops can re-open as from 15 June; face covering must be worn on public transport from 15 June, including guidance on how to wear and make them; quarantine rules for when you travel to the UK; registering births and notices of marriage; shared lives carers hold virtual tea parties; reminder about online booking for HRC visits.

09 June 2020: Stay alert to keep the "R" metric down; new Discretionary Grant Scheme now open for applications from small and micro businesses, with links to guidance, FAQs, and application form; Young Work Wiltshire for 16- and 17-year-olds; Carer Support Wiltshire gears up for Carers Week; reminders about handwashing and safe-distancing; new £33m investment in special schools.

05 June 2020: More about the online booking system for HRC visits; NHS Test and Trace Service; more about the new rules for meeting up with (now up to six) friends and family outdoors, with link to updated FAQs; "Silly Squad" summer reading challenge; National Volunteers Week; looking after your mental health; how to access NHS services online; support for lonely people.

02 June 2020: New online booking system for HRC visits; booklet to help families prepare for return to school; new rules for meeting up with (now up to six) friends and family outdoors; people shielding can now spend time outdoors, with some restrictions; coronavirus drive-through testing site in Salisbury open from 30 May; revised opening times for Wiltshire Wellbeing Hub from 6 June.

29 May 2020: NHS and key care workers will continue to be exempt from parking charges; warning re extreme risk of wildfires during the coming weekend; WILTS COUNCIL-RUN markets open next week with full range of products (Note: Salisbury may differ); guidance on coping in the heat.

28 May 2020: Staying alert and safe; how NHS test and trace works; reintroduction of parking charges; HRCs update: information and FAQs; Retail stores and shops set to reopen next month; Social distancing guidance for young people; downloadable Active at Home booklet now available for older adults; 3000 hnd sanitisers being donated for local schools; timings to change at pedestrian crossings; First reward paid under "We’re Targeting Flytipping" (WTF) campaign.

22 May 2020: Staying alert and safe; how to wear and make a cloth face covering; safe disposal of your PPE; enjoy what's on your doorstep; HRC information and FAQs; Pick for Britain campaign; SlowDownSaveLives campaign (keep to speed limits); Safe Working webinars; Eid—reminder that distancing rules still apply; domestic abuse—new out-of-hours helpline.

19 May 2020: Latest info about household recycling; take a fresh look at fostering, with details of a webinar; young people share wellbeing tips; Five steps to mental wellbeing (this being Mental Awareness Week); support food banks at your local supermarket; updated advice about coronavirus symptoms, with link to book a test; old CDs and DVDs wanted for art project.

15 May 2020: More about household recycling, warning they will be very busy in initial phase of re-opening (as from 18 May), and more detailed guidance on initially acceptable materials; link to govt guidance on staying safe outside the home; coronavirus FAQs; sharing your lockdown experiences; link for latest COVID-19 Community Pack; grasscutting to resume.

12 May 2020 (first update since the "Stay Alert" change of policy): Government guidance on staying safe outside the home; Coronavirus FAQs; confirmation of HRCs re-opening from 18 May; preparatory guidance from government about wider opening of schools; information about Foster Care Fortnight and fostering in Wiltshire generally; impact of Covid-19 on county council finances.

7 May 2020: Topics that may be of most interest are: Community Group Directory and Volunteer Group Information Pack; online active communities resources; free online volunteer wellbeing training; bereavement advice and support; COVID-19 testing for keyworkers and volunteers; free black and white leaflet printing available for community groups; help for struggling farmers; guidance for supporting people with dementia, during coronavirus.

6 May 2020: Status of Wilts Household Recycling Centres; VE Day message from Lord Lieutenant of Wiltshire on behalf of HM The Queen; Changed opening times at Wiltshire Wellbeing Hub on Fri 8 May due to Bank Holiday; Further top-up funding available to support small businesses nationally; "Coronavirus Bounce Back Loan Scheme" for small businesses launched; Self-employment Income Support Scheme to open on Wednesday 13 May.

1 May 2020: Pack available re celebrating VE Day at home, while social distancing still in place; letter of thanks to 400+ volunteer groups supporting communities during COVID-19; Council and Wilts Police campaign against fly-tippers; reminder about appeal for volunteers to serve on the Council’s Independent (education) Appeals Panel; info about how leisure, library, heritage, and arts services continue to support Wilts residents despite the current crisis obliging the associated buildings to be closed; "Create to Connect" campaign providing downloadable activity packs during May.

28 April 2020: Virtual tour of Salisbury Cathedral, on its 800th birthday; "At home party toolkit" with advice on celebrating VE day at home; message from HM Lord-Lieutenant of Wiltshire; appeal for volunteers to serve on the Council’s Independent (education) Appeals Panel; how Council staff are being redeployed to key roles in response to Covid-19; how Wiltshire Council were able to help Bath’s Royal United Hospital over a shortage of PPE equipment; downloadable posters for self-isolating householders and the #InItTogether campaign already mentioned.

24 April 2020: #InItTogether campaign about respecting key workers; appeal to shope and businesses for donations of bedlinen to help with short supplies; another reminder to businesses not to miss out on business grants; "Ask the athlete" videos launched by the sports development team; advice for Muslim communities about the need to stay and comply with distancing rules during Ramadan; a letter of thanks to unpaid carers; a new helpline for children and young people during the Coronavirus outbreak.

21 April 2020: BBC Bitesize sessions for children; the Take Extra Care initiative to keep roads safe and protect the NHS; info about the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme and the COVID-19 Business Grant Scheme (apparently about 3.000 eligible businesses have not applied for the grant yet); links to translated government coronavirus guidance about self-isolation and social distancing in Arabic, French, Mandarin, Cantonese, Polish and Welsh; arrangements in supermarkets and other food providers to support the elderly, the vulnerable, and volunteers; RSPCA advice on caring for pets when social distancing or staying at home.

17 April 2020: Reminder about the availability of the Wellbeing hub, with links, support number, and stats; a thank-you letter to care providers; info about "Walkie Talkie", an initiative from the council sports development team to help walking-group members communicate; availability of activity packs aimed at specific audisnces; launch of Public Health England’s "Looking Out for Each Other" campaign; RSPCA posters to help arrange for pets to be looked after in an emergency; NHS "One You" service to help you keep to sensible drinking limits.

16 April 2020: Reminder that despite current difficulties with waste disposal, flytipping will still not be tolerated; an update about the business government grant scheme; encouragement to "Quit (smoking) for COVID"; an update about the Wiltshire Wellbeing Hub; assurance that the county’s domestic abuse services are still available; two items to help with keeping fit while isolated at home, and "rhyme time sessions" for children, being run in our libraries.

12 April 2020: An online Easter card from Wilts Council, this edition of Wiltshire News seems to contain mostly republished items, articles, and links from the previous several issues, though some links may be to new or updated material.

10 April 2020: New Active Communities resources; Easter Egg hunts you can help create; the Young Ambassadors Easter Festival Takeover running between the 6th and 19th April; keeping fit and healthy at home; more tips on taking care of your mental health; and a challenge from the Fire and Rescue Service: Can you be a C19 Superhero?!.

9 April 2020: How Wiltshire’s beauty spots aren’t going anywhere (!); waste collections over Easter; elections and referendums in Wilts postponed by COVID-19; helping our waste and recycling teams by not disposing of items in the wrong bins, and the need to store large items until the recycling centre is back in action; tips on taking care of your mental health; and a poster about staying home this bank holiday weekend.

6 April 2020: contains advice to Wiltshire businesses on applying for grants and business rates payment deferments.

2 April 2020: contains articles on Business Advice; the newly-set-up Wiltshire Wellbeing Hub, with advice to beware of misinformation, and busting myths about coronavirus; availability of a Covid-19 Volunteer Pack; a new GOV UK coronavirus information service on WhatsApp; and some notes about coronavirus and food markets.

25 March 2020: A Coronavirus Community Toolkit; staying home and away from others; face-to-face services at Council hubs; closure of all household recycling centres (HRCs); and notifications about the closure of all Wiltshire play areas and outdoor gyms.

In addition to the "WILTSHIRE NEWS" ebulletins summarised above, Wiltshire Council distribute a similar series of ebulletins aimed specifically at keeping Wiltshire businesses informed about the effects and considerations that must be borne in mind concerning Coronavirus/COVID-19 in the business sphere, and services that the council can offer to help businesses though these difficult times.

If you want to be on the mailing list for these business-oriented e-bulletins, with the latest news and advice for Wiltshire businesses on COVID-19, click here.

And it seems that the answer is "No", (or not for the time being, at least). According to Councillor Philip Whitehead, Leader of Wiltshire Council, as reported in the Salisbury Journal, the council "don’t see any evidence to suggest that we need them. All the people in Wiltshire have been very good at social distancing, shops and businesses have been excellent so we can’t see the need for Covid marshals."

He went on: "However, I do understand that in Birmingham or Leeds they might well want Covid marshals, given the amount of people they have.” If marshals became necessary in the future, Cllr Whitehead said, "I would want to know who’s paying for it".

[Currently, marshals have no powers to enforce Covid-19 regulations or issue fines to rulebreakers.]


Some Whiteparish residents, particularly if they are relative newcomers to the village, may not be aware of a link between our village and viruses of the coronavirus class, one of which is responsible for the infectious illness COVID-19 (the name comes from COronaVIrusDisease) which is causing so much havoc around the world at present. That link is via the distinguished medical research scientist: virologist Dr David Tyrrell, who lived in our village (with his wife Dr Moyra Tyrrell) from 1981 until his death in 2005.

For many years Dr David Tyrrell ran the Common Cold Unit (CCU) at Harnham Down, west of Salisbury, where he and his colleagues investigated the causes and many other aspects of the common cold, establishing that there was no single cause, and that the multitude of causes that could be responsible for any instance of a cold were all (or mostly) viruses.

In the course of some of his investigations, Dr Tyrrell collaborated with distinguished electron microscopist Dr Joan Almeida, and the two of them are generally credited jointly with first identifying and photographing the coronavirus class of viruses, so named because of the crown-like appendages around their periphery. And one of which eventually turned up as the cause of COVID-19.

While leafing through some old copies of STEEPLE and STREET recently I came across the July 2005 issue containing Dr Tyrrell’s obituary, and have included it in the website in case it’s of interest in our current circumstances.

Whiteparish GARDEN & HOBBIES SHOW, 17 August


As well as the traditional flowers and produce, there are MANY OTHER CLASSES to demonstrate your creativity and skill, including Art, Photography, Crafts, Cookery and Children’s sections.
EACH MONTH before the show, look in Steeple & Street for IDEAS TO "HAVE A GO" AT.
PLEASE JOIN IN, even if you put in JUST ONE ENTRY.
Full schedule in July’s Steeple and Street.

Photography Competition for Under-16s with CASH PRIZES!
Themed "Get Out, Get Active": A Sports or other Action Pic

Family Entry "Bug Hotel" – build a Bug Hotel – any materials, any size (but must be portable by one person). Prize: Family Entry Ticket to Paultons Park, value over £115.


The most recent month’s 100+ Club draw results are available here.


[Notice from the Whiteparish Memorial Ground Charitable Trust]
The car park used by Memorial Centre and Ground users and Surgery visitors is being resurfaced. It is anticipated that work will take 5 to 10 days to complete. The car park will be closed for most of the time. The Surgery Practice management, the Trust and the contractor will work together to provide parking as far as it is possible to do so during the works. If the weather is dry, the Trust will allow car parking along the church wall at the edge of the cricket boundary during weekdays. We hope a portion of the car park will be complete by Saturday 28th so as to allow weekend parking for both Surgery and Memorial Ground and Centre users. Pedestrian access to the surgery will be clearly marked. We ask that Memorial Centre visitors use the Romsey Road pedestrian entrance to reach the centre during the period of the works.

We request that any persons using the car park overnight remove their vehicles for the duration of the works and that all users limit parking to essential Surgery and Memorial Centre visits only.

Pedestrian access to the Surgery will be clearly marked. Patients are asked to take additional care when visiting the surgery. The Surgery and the Trustees apologise for any inconvenience.

In January 2021 the Parish Council announced that it had purchased land for a cemetery. This was because back in 2019 we had been advised in writing, by the church and a local undertaker, that there was no more than 5 years’ capacity at that time. Acting in good faith, the Parish Council spent a considerable amount of time and money searching for land for a new burial ground within the parish as a consequence of the information supplied to us by the Parochial Church Council.

Since the land was purchased, the Parochial Church Council has revised its estimate of remaining burial capacity in the churchyard and now estimates that there is sufficient space for a minimum of 10 years and possibly 20 years.

At this stage the Parish Council is not minded to proceed with a planning application for a cemetery as it would be very difficult to prove a need.

While the Parish Council does not have a statutory duty to provide a cemetery it is our current intention to retain this land for this potential use, subject to planning consent. However, circumstances may change and the Parish Council may review its decision. The Parochial Church Council has been advised that, should there be a substantive change in the remaining burial capacity, planning consent is not guaranteed, the process is not straightforward, and a sufficient lead time would be necessary.

The Parish Council is considering alternative uses of its field including letting the land out, in its current state, for animal grazing. If any resident is interested in renting this land from the Parish Council for this purpose, please contact the Parish Council Clerk (clerk@whiteparish-pc.gov.uk).

Ahead of the changes to social distancing measures on 19 July, Wilts Council are hosting a live online webinar to update you with the latest COVID-19 information in Wiltshire. The Webinar starts at 6pm, and requires the Microsoft Teams app. You can join it tonight (Thursday 15 July) at 6pm. Wiltshire Council Leader Cllr Richard Clewer will be joined by Terence Herbert, Chief Executive of Wiltshire Council and Kate Blackburn, Director of Public Health for Wiltshire and Gill May from the Bath, Swindon and Wiltshire Clinical Commissioning Group to talk you through the latest information and answer your questions.

To join the webinar, click here. (Sorry if you are seeing this too late to join—we only saw the notice from the council on the day scheduled for the webinar. However, a recording of the webinar is now available on Youtube via this link.)

The History and Environmental Group’s Zoom meeting at 7.30 pm on Thursday 15th March will be a talk by Steve Herra on "Cunard History and Glamourous Stars", featuringthe history of the Cunard Line from 1840 until the present day, including some of the more famous liners (not all of them though, because there were nearly 250!). For more information, click here.

The History and Environmental Group’s Zoom meeting at 7.30 pm on Thursday 18th February will be a presentation by Michael Foster about two families—the Eyres and the St Barbes—who became established in Whiteparish in the latter part of the 17th Centrury and early in the 18th century, respectively, forging connections that would "survive the centuries" that followed. For more information, click here.

The History and Environmental Group will continue to meet remotely and our next meeting (the first of 2021) will be via Zoom. The date is 21st January and Dan Miles of Historic England will give an illustrated talk on RECORDING THE SCARS OF THE ENGLISH CIVIL WAR IN WILTSHIRE—A talk about what archeology can tell us about the sieges and battles of the English Civil War in Wiltshire.

Full details will be sent to all members. Non-members are welcome to join the meeting for a small fee (£4.00)—please contact our Treasurer Graham Lee at grahamlee07@btinternet.com for the details and meeting link.

Councillor Richard Britton has cascaded the following warning from Wilts Council: "Please be aware that there is a widespread scam whereby a telephone call purports to be arranging a vaccination appointment but require various items of personal information . . . We can be assured that a genuine NHS or GP caller will not require any personal information."

For changes to normal collection day schedules applying between 24 December 2020 and 11 January 2021, click here.

Wiltshire Council has recorded that 149 new Covid-19 cases were reported in the 24 hours of 23rd December, 2020, the biggest increase of daily cases in the county (less the Swindon area) since the start of the pandemic.

Despite the decision to suspend the controversial PFS scheme "indefinitely", as mentioned a couple of paragraphs ago, Salisbury City Council voted in a special meeeting on 14 December to support it after all, by 12 votes to 10. Subsequently, as reported in the Salisbury Journal online on the 21st December, a group of residents established a People Friendly Salisbury Support Group (PFSSG), which expressed delight that Salisbury City Council had voted for the project’s reinstatement. For more information there is a facebook page: facebook.com/PeopleFriendlySalisbury.

Members of Whiteparish’s History & Environmental Group were treated to what sounds like a very interesting talk about one of our neighbouring counties on the 19th November via a Zoom meeting. For more information about that evening and the forthcoming December meeting, click here.

Wiltshire Council’s conntroversial scheme for cutting down and rerouting traffic in central Salisbury is to be dropped as from the end of November 2020—hardly a month since its introduction. The county council blames Salisbury City Council’s refusal to confirm their continued support for the scheme, as well as a request from Salisbury Business Improvement District (BID) that the scheme be suspended. In the County Council’s e-bulletin "Wiltshire News", Cllr Philip Whitehead, Leader of Wiltshire Council, said:
"We are very disappointed and surprised that Salisbury City Council will not offer their continued support for People Friendly Salisbury. The scheme delivers to the objectives of the Central Area Framework for people friendly streets as well as the city council's climate change ambitions. The city council were pivotal to the scheme being introduced and previously provided clear backing for this important scheme.

The People Friendly Salisbury initiative was implemented as part of the council's wider strategy to support Salisbury and was an excellent way to help reduce traffic within the city, improve air quality and give pedestrians priority in the city centre. It was designed to help transform the city, making it a more attractive place to visit, shop and work. Early evidence proves that the scheme is having a positive impact with equal number of shoppers visiting the centre whilst the traffic is halved. As with other such schemes elsewhere in the UK, more time would have been required to see all the economic, social and environmental benefits.

We know that many residents and businesses are advocates of this initiative and Wiltshire Council remains committed to the scheme. However, unfortunately without the continued support of partners and stakeholders, at this time we cannot continue with People Friendly Salisbury."

(For more about the People-Friendly Salisbury project, click here. For more about the County Council’s announcement of its being suspended, click here.)

Carer Support Wiltshire have announced that for the eighth year running Whiteparish Surgery have been recognised for their work in support of local unpaid carers—and for 2020 it’s yet another platinum award (the highest level).

For nearly all of that period the role of "Carer Lead" at the surgery was filled by Kim Munro of the Reception Team, who was largely responsible for getting the surgery’s quarterly Carer Coffee Mornings off the ground, and then running them (including organising guest presenters) until her recent retirement. Unfortunately Covid-19 has interrupted that programme, but the surgery remains committed to supporting carers and the role of Carer Lead is now fulfilled by Paula Wilson, also of the Reception Team.

For more information about Carer Support Wiltshire, click here.

[From an appeal distributed by Wiltshire Police via NeighbourhoodAlert on 17 November 2020]
"We're appealing for witnesses after a series of burglaries in the Whiteparish and Nomansland area of south Wiltshire. We've received several reports of outbuildings, garages and some vans being targeted by thieves. Items stolen include garden machinery and power tools.

We would like to hear from anyone who may have CCTV or was travelling through the area between 1am and 2.30am on Thursday 12 November and may have dash cam footage to help with our enquiries. We'd also like to hear from anyone, again with CCTV or dash cam footage, who was in the area around 11.30pm on Sunday 15 November and noticed anything suspicious. If you can help in any way, please contact PC Rachel Gunn on 101 quoting crime reference number 54200114088. Alternatively, you can report anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

For crime prevention advice, please visit our website: Protecting Outbuildings and Vehicles."


Wiltshire Council have issued some serious advice for county residents about enjoying Halloween safely during the COVID-19 pandemic, in quite a jolly format that looks like it’s from the same stable as their regular "Wiltshire News" e-bulletins. For details, click here.

Neighbourhood Alert have also chipped in with some further Halloween advice, emphasising police activities which will include extra patrols on the date. For more details, click here.

Don’t forget to put back any clocks and watches that are not self-adjusting by one hour this weekend. Practically speaking, for most of us that will be at bedtime on the night of Saturday 24th October, but if you’re a stickler for getting this kind of thing right, it’s technically supposed to happen at 2.00 a.m. on the 25th (the last Sunday in October).

As part of Wiltshire Council’s programme of restoring services (where possible) that had to be suspended following the start of the COVID-19 emergency, the Mobile Library Service will resume visits to Whiteparish as from Saturday 24th October 2020. This does not mean that we’re out of the woods as far as the virus is concerned (in fact at the time of writing infections seem to be increasing again), but the library service have put protocols in place regarding distancing etc to protect customers and staff. To quote Cllr Ian Pilling, Wiltshire Council Cabinet Member for Libraries:

"Our libraries team has worked incredibly hard and in partnership with our volunteers to get the next set of libraries in Wiltshire reopen and get our much loved mobile library service back up and running.

Our library service has adapted so well throughout the pandemic and it's great to see people continually embrace what we've been able to offer. It's good to see the mobiles back on the road again, serving the rural areas of Wiltshire and the most vulnerable."

More details can be found at this link.

Congratulations to Whiteparish’s Ben Fisher who recently joined the ranks of England’s first-class cricketers by taking part in this year’s Varsity match between Oxford and Cambridge universities, becoming an Oxford blue in the process. Currently a member of Calmore Sports Club, Ben had previously played for Whiteparish and South Wilts before going up to study biochemistry at Magdalen College, where he is now in his second year.

The team at Whiteparish Surgery and the Whiteparish C19 support group coordinators would like to express their thanks to all of the volunteers who came forward and delivered medicines to higher risk patients in Whiteparish during the COVID 19 lockdown. Over 30 volunteers came forward and in all 146 deliveries were made to 29 patients on 49 separate days. So a very good job by all concerned.

Going forward, for any patients who need help there will be alternative arrangements available via the national NHS Volunteer service. NHS volunteers website is https://volunteering.royalvoluntaryservice.org.uk/nhs-volunteer-responders and the phone number is 0808 196 3646. If in any difficulties, contact the surgery.

Wiltshire Council has distributed a press release outlining its initial designs for what they describe as "the exciting and ambitious People Friendly Salisbury project . . . [which] . . . will help to transform the city of Salisbury, making it a more attractive place to visit, shop and work; and improving air quality.".

Due to problems we won’t bore you with, this information unfortunately didn’t find its way on to the website until after the day when the council required any comments to be submitted, so it's now too late to send in initial reactions to the initial designs. However, the project has been well publicised in other local media, and perhaps there might be further opportunities to comment on it in the future. To find out more about the project, including FAQs, click here.

You may have caught this striking news item on local radio or other medis recently. According to claims statistics by county published by the NFU Mutual Insurance company in their Rural Crime Report 2020 titled "A Challenging Time for the Countryside," Wiltshire had the second biggest increase (102%) in rural crimes in 2019, compared with the previous year. Nationwide, " . . . for the second year running the sharp rise was driven by thefts of high-value tractors, quad bikes and other farm vehicles. Livestock theft also increased in 2019, with organised gangs taking large numbers of sheep, which are thought to be entering the food chain illegally."

To see the rest of the report, click here. (Of course there are other insurance companies, and mention of NFU Mutual here does not imply any endorsement.)

Of course, most of Whiteparish is within walking distance of the New Forest, and many of us know (or might claim to know) most of these "dos" and "don’ts" for when we go onto forest land. But here’s a handy reminder, which could also be useful to visitors.

Family and Community Learning is part of the workwiltshire initiative, and offers learners of all ages and backgrounds the opportunity to gain a new skill, reconnect with learning, prepare to progress to formal courses, or learn how to support their children better, via long term, planned programmes with clear progression pathways. Courses can lead to qualifications, employability skills, jobs and volunteering. For more information, click here.

The Rural Community Energy Fund (RCEF) provides non-capital grant funding to help community organisations with the development of a renewable energy project. It is open to a wide range of community organisations, and the final round of funding has a deadline for applications of 14th September 2020. For more information, click here.

Neighbourhood Watch are currently publicising their new "Safety in Neighbours" campaign aimed at helping prevent burglaries this summer. For more information, including free resources to use and share, click here.

According to a NeighbourhoodAlert message there has been a recent outbreak of attempted thefts of catalytic converters in Salisbury and surrounding areas, including Redlynch. The thieves seem to have concentrated on converters from Honda’s Jazz model, though other makes and models have been attacked. For police advice on protecting vehicles against this kind of crime, click here.

Highways England have notified the Parish Council of the following works, which will cause A36 traffic to be diverted onto the A27 (and through Whiteparish) on the dates and times specified below.

"We will be repairing and upgrading drainage on the A36 between Romsey Road roundabout and Shelley Lane, to improve capacity for increased annual rainfall. In order to carry out the works safely we will close the road in both directions between these points. Works will take place overnight when traffic flows are at their lowest. Please accept our apologies in advance for any disruption this may cause.
Start: 27 July 2020
End: 15 August 2020
Hours of work: 8pm to 6am, Monday to Friday.

Traffic Management
The A36 will be closed in both directions between Romsey Road roundabout and Shelley Lane. A signed diversion will be in place via the A3090 Romsey Road, with motorists following the A27 to Brickworth Road, where they will re-join the A36. Please note, Shelley Lane to Brickworth Road will remain open for access to local traffic.

We’ll make every effort to ensure the impact on motorists and the local community is kept to a minimum. We always aim to work to the programme; however unforeseen circumstances or adverse weather may mean changes to it. We’ll keep you updated of changes in the programme via advance roadside warning signs. For up-to-date information on all our closures, please follow us on Twitter at @HighwaysSWEST If you have any questions or comments about the work, or would like further information, please contact Highways England Customer Contact Centre (open 24/7) on 0300 123 5000 or by email at: info@highwaysengland.co.uk"

With the traditional holiday period now under way, a Community Messsaging alert from Wiltshire Police reminds us to be vigilant about any suspicious activities near or around properties whose owners may be away; also to let the police know about anybody who may be vulnerable to radicalisation.

To read the whole of quite a lengthy alert notice, click here.

According to ActionFraud/NeighbourhoodAlert, almost 34% of all retail sales during May 2020 were carried out online, and new research suggests that only 16% of UK consumers intend to return to their old shopping habits post-lockdown. ActionFraud received over 16,000 reports relating to online shopping and auction fraud during the lockdown [presumably also up to the end of May?], only to have the items never arrive. with losses totalling over £16m.

Choosing where to shop: If you’re making a purchase from a company or seller you don’t know and trust, carry out some research first. For example, by checking to see if others have used the site and what their experience was.
Email accounts: Use a strong, separate password for your email account. Criminals can use your email to access other online accounts, such as those you use for online shopping.
Scam messages: Some of the emails or texts you receive about amazing offers may contain links to fake websites. Not all links are bad, but if you’re unsure don’t use the link, go separately to the website. And remember, if a deal looks too good to be true, it probably is.
Payment method: If you decide to go ahead with the purchase, use a credit card if you have one as other payment providers may not provide the same protection.

What to do if you’ve fallen victim to online shopping fraud
We all make mistakes, and these days the scams can be incredibly convincing. If you think you’ve visited, or made a purchase on, a bogus website, you should, first, take a note of the website’s address, then close down your internet browser. You should then report the details to Action Fraud and contact your bank to seek advice.

Whether you’ve been a victim of fraud will depend on how much information you’ve provided to the website, so keep an eye on your bank transactions, if you can. Contact your bank immediately about anything that you don’t recognise, even small amounts.

For more information about how to stay safe online, please visit www.actionfraud.police.uk/cybercrime

The Trustees of Whiteparish Memorial Trust would like to pay tribute to Chris Moore who has tirelessly worked during the COVID-19 lockdown to remove litter from the Memorial Ground.

In the weeks since the June relaxation of the lockdown regulations, we have seen increasing amounts of litter around the Grounds, especially in the Skatepark and in the recently reopened children’s play area. Chris has removed an astonishing 18 bags of litter, beer bottles and broken glass from the grounds.

We appeal to those who use and enjoy the grounds to PLEASE take their rubbish away with them. This will help ensure everyone’s safety and not detract from the pleasant environment that Chris works so hard to maintain. Thank you again, Chris.

The Trustees of the Whiteparish Memorial Trust

CARER SUPPORT WILTSHIRE Seeks Fundraisers and Donors.
Carer Support Wiltshire, the charity that supports unpaid carers in Wiltshire, has launched a ‘Time for Carers Appeal’ to raise money that will allow carers to take a break. Carers often struggle to find time for themselves; for hobbies and to socialise with others. They may not be able to leave the person they look after on their own at home, or they feel guilty taking time to enjoy themselves. Many have been hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic as the closure of day centres and other groups have meant they are caring more than ever, in more difficult circumstances with little or no support.

Research shows that 40% of carers haven’t taken a day off from their caring role in over a year. Yet taking regular breaks has been shown to be the most effective way to reduce feelings of loneliness and isolation and promote good mental health. Previous appeals have enabled all sorts of breaks, by providing cinema memberships, climbing sessions, spa days and counselling sessions. It has also been used to pay for respite care.

So Carer Support Wiltshire are looking for individuals, businesses and local groups to help to raise funds for the appeal or to donate. For more information, click here.

Carer Support Wiltshire logo

You’re probably familiar with some of the ways in which fraudsters approach and attempt to lure in their victims, such as emails, texts, phone calls, letters and traditional doorstep scams. But did you know that social media is also a favourite place for scammers? With billions of people using social media every day and the trust many place in the platform and in fellow users, it shouldn’t come as a surprise. Plus, at the moment, most of us have a lot on our minds; so it could be easy to drop our guard.

For some recent advice from Neighbourhoodalert on precautions to take and things to avoid, click here.


Your local Link Scheme needs you! Demand for the service is growing and we urgently need new volunteers to support the service. Your mileage will be paid. If you could spare some time, or for more information, please contact us on 01380 722241; or email linkproject@communityfirst.org.uk.

If anyone would like to find out more about Neighbourhood Watch, and see a sample issue of their "Our News" e-newsletter (this one is for July 2020), click here.

Wiltshire Council is seeking the views of residents and library users to help with its planning for reopening library services safely in the county during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Wiltshire Library Services were temporarily closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic on 20 March 2020. The existing eBooks, eMagazines and eAudio service continued providing access to reading material, and on 27 March a new service launched via Facebook offering rhyme times, tea and chat, bedtime stories and online book groups. At the start of June, a Home Library service was launched, serving library members shielding and without digital access to download books; this service is currently used by approximately 100 people. The online library content produced since lockdown has so far generated more than 83,000 views.

To make sure the library services they provide meet the needs of people safely and are as innovative in their delivery as possible, the council would like to hear the ideas and feedback from the public on how to reopen the services . . .

To read in full the Council's press release on this subject, click here.

A new service has been launched that aims to support 16- and 17-year-olds who are not in education, employment or training (NEET).

Three dedicated Education, Employment Advisers will be getting alongside our young people to help them access opportunities to help them towards successful working lives. These young people may face multiple barriers preventing them from participating in EET and need a different type of support. For some young people support is provided by other Local Authority Teams, specifically the SEND service for young people with an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) and those working with the Youth Offending Team (YOT).

Young Work Wiltshire can provide one-to-one support for young people who need help to find the right opportunity for them. This is currently provided over the phone and online, but eventually we hope to do some face-to-face/outreach support.

This support includes:

  • Engaging a young person in understanding the provision available.
  • Finding and applying for a suitable education or training course.
  • Finding and applying for an apprenticeship.
  • Support in transitioning to the new opportunity.
  • Tracking & reducing the number of young people without a known post-16 destination.

For more information about the aims of Young Work Wiltshire, click here. For a downloadable poster/flyer, click here. For a "Hot Opportunites" e-Bulletin introducing the Young Work Wiltshire team and other useful information and links, click here.

You can also contact the team by:
Phone: 01225 716890
Email: workwilts@wiltshire.gov.uk

Young people can register by completing an online form on the website

Well it’s nice to write about something other than coronavirus for a change! You might have seen a recent episode of BBC’s Springwatch programme where Chris Packham opened the show by wandering about holding an impressively large male stag beetle. May/June/July is the season when we are most likely to see them, typically from late afternoon to dusk. If you’re lucky, you might see one in flight, when they can look a bit out of control. But as Chris P emphasised, these magnificent beasties are quite harmless. The "antlers" from which they get their name (though they are actually modified mandibles) are used by the males mostly for wrestling with other males and presumably to impress lady stag beetles.

The photo is of a male resting on our coalshed wall in 2008 (females have much smaller antlers). After that we had no more sightings until this year (2020), when apart from seeing one or two in flight, we also keep finding odd bits of stag beetle (mostly heads and thoraxes) on the lawn, presumably left over from stag-beetle suppers that had been enjoyed by maybe a fox or a magpie. Other stag-beetle predators mentioned on the web include mice, hedgehogs, badgers, and shrews.

Stag beetles are a "priority species" in the UK, listed in Schedule 5 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981, with population density varying across the country. Whiteparish is on the front line between a relatively dense population in Hampshire with 1362 sightings recorded in a 2018 survey (thanks largely to the New Forest, where there is plenty of rotting wood for the beetle larvae to feed on); and Wiltshire (with different terrain, and just 9 sightings in the same survey). For more information about the survey, and stag beetles in general, without getting too deeply into the entomology, click here.

If Covid-19 has kept you off the road recently and you’re going to need to resume driving (or driving further) soon, Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue’s "Back on the road" leaflet may be just what you need. As its introduction says:

"If you’ve been working from home with the odd trip to the shops or to care for a vulnerable loved one, the chances are you may feel a little nervous getting back on the road. Your vehicle may also need a little more TLC than usual, especially if it’s a second family vehicle you may have on the drive, your young driver’s run-around, or a fleet vehicle you have access to at work. We have all seen and heard an increase in traffic on our roads in recent weeks as lockdown restrictions have eased. Whether you are returning to the roads for work, for the school run, to reconnect with family and friends, or for any other reason, we have written this digital leaflet to help keep you as safe as possible.".

A recent alert from Neighbourhood Alert and ActionFraud (dated 16th June 2020) says that to date the latter had received reports from 2,378 victims of Coronavirus-related scams, with total losses reaching over £7 million.

In addition to general advice about watching out for scam messages, shopping online, and unsolicited calls and browser pop-ups that offer you tech support, the alert provides specific advice about dealing with scammers who pretend to be calling on behalf of the NHS Test and Trace service, with a list of things that the service will never do. To see the alert in full, click here.

At the time of writing, due to the current COVID19 lockdown, the Memorial Centre, the Children’s Play Area and the Skatepark are all closed. [Mote: Skatepark is now open.] The Memorial Ground itself is open for villagers to use for relaxation and exercise provided the social distancing regulations and guidance published by the Government are observed. The Multi Use Games Area (MUGA) has recently been reopened for Tennis only, subject to users observing the social distancing regulations and guidance.

The Trustees have agreed that the Annual General Meeting scheduled for June 6th will be postponed. We hope to reschedule this for later in the year, possibly in the autumn, in the hope that the current social distancing measures have been relaxed by then.

If this is not the case the Trustees will consider alternatives such as cancelling the AGM for 2020 or holding a video-enabled meeting (Zoom, Skype etc.). Regular Trust meetings have been suspended, Trustees are communicating via email, we will consider resuming management meetings as and when required and allowed.

For the whole of the Chairman’s interim report for the Trust year 2019–2020, click here.

WHITEPARISH 100+ Club: Support your Village facilities whilst winning cash prizes!
It is that time of the year again for existing club members to renew your club numbers and an opportunity for new members to join this Club to raise vital funds to maintain the village facilities on the Memorial Ground—specifically the children’s playground, the MUGA (multi user games area) and the Memorial Centre.

Club members participate in the Club Lottery with a monthly prize fund of £90 as well as the special Christmas draw with prizes of £300. Over £2,300 was raised from the lottery last year.

Participation in the lottery starts at just £15 for one entry into each of the 13 draws. You can buy as many ticket numbers as you wish. Please consider helping to fund our village amenities in this way—the Memorial Centre, MUGA and playground receive no help from Wiltshire Council.

If you are already a member and are one of the 70% + who completed a standing order, then you don’t need to do anything. Your standing order should go through in June and your number(s) will continue for another year. If you would like an additional number(s) then please contact Richard below.

If you are a member not paying by standing order, then you will receive a renewal invitation letter shortly—please follow the instructions in the letter. If you have not received a letter or lost it then please contact Richard/Mike below. If we have your email address, then the letter will be emailed to you—PLEASE GIVE US YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS IF YOU’VE NOT DONE SO and remember to tell us if your email or home address changes.

Our contact details:
Richard Burr: richardjburr@gmail.com, telephone 884002
Mike Hayday: mike.hayday@btinternet.com, telephone 884110.

PLEASE NOTE: The graphics that were previously included here under the same heading are now out of date. For the latest information, see these FAQs on the Wilts Council website.

Welcome news from Wiltshire Council: "Most of our 10 household recycling centres (HRCs) will reopen for essential waste only from Monday 18 May. Due to the limits on the number of vehicles on site, Stanton St Quintin HRC will remain closed until further notice. All other HRCs will have different opening hours from usual, so please check before you travel. Full details on opening times will be available later this week.

Residents should only travel to HRCs to dispose of waste that cannot be stored safely at home without causing risk of injury, health or harm. Social distancing measures will be in place at all sites. "
Source: Wiltshire News e-bulletin dated 12 May 2020.

The following events planned for the next few months in South Wilts and nearby areas are either cancelled or postponed due to precautions to prevent the spreading of Covid-19 infections. We’re sorry we can’t include the originally scheduled dates, but if you had one of these in your diary, you’ll know!

Downton Cuckoo Fair
Victory in Europe Day celebrations
Salisbury Schools Mini Marathon
Fabulous Family Fun Day
Salisbury International Arts Festival
Amesbury Carnival
The Vintage Nostalgia Festival - Moved to August 14 to 16
Five Rivers Festival
Chalke Valley History Festival
Larmer Tree Festival
St. George's Day celebrations
The Five Valleys Motorcycle Run
Salisbury Charter Market
Evening at Salisbury Racecourse with Scott Mills
Fordingbridge Festival
New Forest and Hampshire County Show
Frogham Fair
ReCreate Festival
Salisbury Car Fest
Salisbury Pride - Moved to September 26
BRICKLIVE at Salisbury Museum
Weekly Parkrun
Salisbury Live - Anniversary event now scheduled for August 28 to 30, and 'Live @ The Farm' for September 19
Salisbury Street Food Monday
Salisbury Race for Life - Moved to August 16

(Source: Salisbury Journal website, 2 May 2020)

New cPAD installed on the east wall of the Parish Lantern As some of you may have been aware, the village Community Public Access Defibrillator (cPAD) housed at the Parish Lantern was reaching the end of its serviceable life and needed replacing. THANK YOU to the many villagers and businesses for their donations, and to everyone taking part in the recent Quiz fundraiser.

The funds raised enabled us to purchase a new cPAD and a shiny new cabinet to house it in. This is now all up and running, linked to the ambulance service and available as a valuable village resource 24/7 in the event of a medical emergency. In such an event, the cPAD will be activated by the ambulance service during a 999 call, when full instructions will be provided. The new cPAD is the latest model and comes with a service contract ensuring it is maintained in the years to come.

Our THANKS to Paul & Lorraine for kindly continuing to host the box on the wall at the Parish Lantern (we will be back supporting the pub as soon as the current difficult circumstances are behind us), to Martin, Mel & Ben Fisher for the massively successful quiz evening, and to Kev Edwards our local electrician, for kindly ensuring the new cabinet was fitted and wired in with the lighting and heater to keep the cPAD cabinet heated in cooler weather.

As ever we hope the cPAD is never needed to be activated, but great for the village to know it is there if needed.

Wishing you all well, and stay safe.

More from Neighbourhoodalert, this time warning about scams via your phone.

Scams over the phone are nothing new, but, in the current climate, they are being adapted. Criminals are exploiting the need to keep ourselves safe and take protective measures during the COVID19 pandemic so are reinventing their scams to use Coronavirus as a hook. Any unsolicited phone calls should be treated with extreme caution, and if they’re asking for payment details it’s highly likely to be a scam.

Face masks, hand sanitiser and other protective products are in high demand, and fraudsters know this. We’ve also seen lots of activity online with many offering these products to lure people in but the true reality is that they don’t have these products and never will do; it’s all a scam.

If you are looking to purchase these items, don’t panic or rush. Do your research into who you are buying from and look for reviews, this can help determine whether it’s a legitimate company or not. Most importantly though, never give payment or personal details during any unsolicited calls, emails or text messages. If you think that you may have done, contact your bank immediately, change any passwords you may have divulged and report the incident to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or online at www.actionfraud.police.uk.

Another message from Neighbourhoodalert reports that between the 13th and 19th of April, 2020, Wiltshire Police:
– Recorded 58 incidents linked to COVID19.
– Recorded 6 crimes linked to COVID19.
– Issued 47 Fixed Penalty Notices.
– Made 4 arrests linked to breaches in the COVID19 national guidelines.

Assistant Chief Constable Mark Cooper, who was on-call over the weekend, said: "The vast majority of people within our communities are adhering to the Government guidance which is in place to save lives. We are focusing on engaging with people in our city, towns and villages – ensuring they are aware of the restrictions. Only when absolutely required have we enforced these rules by issuing fines. To date, we’ve issued around 130 fines since the new policing powers came into effect which clearly represents a tiny percentage of our total population here in Wiltshire.

We know people are starting to feel fatigued by the restrictions and by social distancing but we have to remember the fundamental reasons we are doing this—to slow the spread of the virus, protect the NHS and save lives. Over this past weekend, we saw relatively low numbers of crimes being committed and people not adhering to the current restrictions. On behalf of Wiltshire Police, I would like to thank each and every person who is staying at home, protecting the NHS and saving lives for the part they are playing in the national effort to tackle this unprecedented public health emergency."

Police and Crime Commissioner for Wiltshire and Swindon Angus Macpherson said: "Once again, I have been pleased to see relatively small numbers of fines being issued and arrests made. On the whole, people are acting in a responsible and respectful way by adhering to the restrictions which are in place to save lives. As we continue through the next few weeks, I know we can count on the vast majority of people in our communities to carry on doing the right thing and only leaving their homes when essential to do so. We all have a role to play in the fight against this infection. We must all continue to adhere to the very latest advice from the Government—this is about saving lives.

The latest guidance can be found at www.gov.uk"

A message from Neighbourhoodalert warns us that the Coronavirus/Covid-19 pandemic, and the natural anxieties that people are experiencing about it, provide new opportunities for the criminal fraternity to exploit via phishing emails, websites, and text messages designed to scam us out of large sums of money and sensitive information. Neighbourhoodalert urges the public when online to remember a three-part plan:
STOP and think a moment before parting with any money or information.
CHALLENGE the origin of your email, text or website. Could it be fake? Check with the sender using another method of communication.
PROTECT yourself with added security measures where possible and report anything suspicious to your bank (or other financial institution) or Action Fraud (0300 123 2040).

Reports from the public have included online shopping scams where people have ordered protective face masks, hand sanitiser and other items which have never arrived, and offers of testing kits that have turned out to be fake. Criminals are sometimes using Government branding to try to scam people, including false offers of financial support through unsolicited emails, phone calls and text messages. In reality, the Government has only sent one text message to the public regarding new rules about staying at home to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Any others claiming to be from UK Government are false.

Since the virus took a hold in the UK there have been more than 100 victims of Coronavirus related fraud, with losses of almost £1m already recorded. So don’t get conned. Stop, Challenge, and Protect!

DON’T FORGET "Spring Forward!".
British Summer Time starts on Sunday the 29th March, 2020. So don't forget to set your clocks one hour forwards before retiring for the night on Saturday 28th March. (Unless it's a clever clock that does that sort of thing for itself, of course!)

According to Southern Wiltshire's "Our Community Matters" email bulletin for 14 February 2020, it's been estimated that there may be 10,000 miles of rights of way over historic paths that could be lost forever unless they can be identified and mapped. The Ramblers (formerly known as "The Ramblers' Association") are hoping to build a movement of "citizen geographers" to help find all these missing rights of way before it's too late, via a new "Don't Lose Your Way" online mapping site they have just launched. For more information, click here.

Wiltshire Council claim that they will soon be making it even easier for us to use their kerbside recycling collection service. The way in which recyclable materials are collected will change and this means that for many of us our collection day will change. The council will be informing all households of any collection-day changes by letter at the end of February. Also, we will be able to put more materials in our blue-lidded bins. For more information, click here.

The next meeting of the Southern Wiltshire Area Board (SWAB)—on the evening of 30th January 2020—will be in the Whiteparish Memorial Hall, where a headline topic will be "Tackling antisocial behaviour in the villages of Southern Wiltshire". Click here to view the relevant poster. For a link to the agenda, click here.

The Whiteparish Memorial Trust were delighted to be able to announce that the fourth annnual Winter Ball (held on 30th November, 2019) raised over £3000!

The money raised will be used to make improvements to the Memorial Centre and grounds. A programme of redecoration has already been completed in The Cowesfield Room and Entrance Hall. This work will continue around the Centre. The Memorial Trust also continues to make improvements and carry out essential maintenance on the Play Area and MUGA.

The Trust would like to thank everyone in the village who contributed and gave items to the wonderful hampers for the raffle which raised, in itself, almost £800! The Winter Ball has become a very successful and popular event, raising vital funds for the Memorial Centre.

The normal Friday Black Box & Blue Bin collection will take place on Friday 20th December. The next collection of any kind will be another Black Box & Blue Bin collection on MONDAY 6th January, with a Waste Collection (Black Bin) on SATURDAY 11th January. After that the rota returns to the normal pattern of alternating Fridays, starting with a Black Box & Blue Bin collection on Friday 17th January.

We have been asked to publicise that a cat was run over on the road directly opposite Abbotstone House this afternoon (on Thursday 28th November). It was a small, possibly female, brindle cat. If you or a neighbour has lost a cat of that description, please contact Sue Jones on 01794-884362.

If you were not already on the Electoral Register by Tuesday 26th November, you won’t be able to vote in the 12th December General Election. However, if you’re over 16 years old and meet one or two other requirements, why not register anyway? Once you’re on the register, you won’t need to register again, and you’ll be all set to vote in any applicable elections or referendums from now on—apparently it only takes about five minutes to register online. For more information, go to this link: https://www.gov.uk/register-to-vote.

"MEET THE CANDIDATES" (in the Journal).
If you haven't already decided who will get your vote in the forthcoming General Election, the 14th November issue of the Salisbury Journal has a handy "Meet the Candidates" feature on page 14 giving names, parties, photos and a few paragraphs about each of them. We don’t often get political on the website—to tell the truth, we hardly ever get even a teeny bit political. But this one’s important. Choose well.

2019 FIREWORKS, 9th November.
Despite initially unpromising weather, this year’s Fireworks Display, kindly staged and sponsored by Pains Fireworks, for the benefit of Whiteparish All Saints School, took place in dry conditions and was thoroughly enjoyed by a substantial audience in the fields behind the Parish Lantern. For more information click here, and for a photo gallery click here.

NeighbourhoodAlert has circulated a warning about a current outbreak of garage thefts (though the alert doesn't specify whether the outbreak in question is local or national.) Whichever, a near neighbour of ours unfortunately suffered a garage break-in during the same week that the alert was distributed, so it seems this kind of thieving is definitely happening in the Whiteparish area at the moment. The alert includes some precautions you can take to safeguard equipment in garages; click here to view it.

The following alert has just been distributed by neighbourhoodalert.co.uk, timestamped 17.34 on 1st November 2019:

"We have closed the A36 Salisbury Road to motorists in both directions to safely carry out urgent repairs to our gas network. Salisbury Road is now shut between its junction with A27 at Whiteparish and Romsey Road at Ower. Signed diversions are in place for traffic in both directions. Southbound motorists will be diverted via the A27 through Whiteparish. Northbound motorists will be diverted via A3090 Romsey Road. We’re working as quickly and safely as possible to make this repair, but expect this work and our closure to last into the weekend."
Message Sent By Ben Tarrant-Lewis (SGN, Incident Support, sou)

Nathan, the secretary of the Whiteparish & Downton Charity Darts League, has asked us to publicise the fact that the league is looking for local worthy causes to which the league could donate some money they have collected. (If you apply, no doubt Nathan will provide further details about any conditions that applied re eligibility, etc.) If you or your organisation would like to be considered, please email dwartsleague@gmail.com, or for more information about the league see their facebook page.

A new "e-newsletter" from Wiltshire Council came thudding onto our electronic doormat (and quite likely yours as well) on the 28th October, promising to provide "news and information about the services we provide and things happening across Wiltshire. It will be issued fortnightly, but in addition you can opt to receive information about specific topics and areas of interest to you by completing the preference form." If you haven’t received your own copy of the e-newsletter yet (there’s no indication of how widely it is being distributed), you can see this first issue by clicking here.

The same e-newsletter just mentioned includes some tips for staying safe at Halloween, and a link to a downloadable poster that you can display if you would rather not be trick-or-treated. To quote the e-newsletter:

"Not taking part in Halloween?
If you don’t want to be bothered by trick or treaters this Halloween, you can print off our "No trick or treaters" poster, and place it in the front door or window of your home. Click here to download the poster.
Please respect those that have chosen not to take part in Halloween by not calling at houses displaying this poster. While lots of people enjoy trick or treating, some people—particularly the elderly or vulnerable—might be distressed by seeing strangers knocking at their door."

We are grateful to Richard Stevens for sending us this light-hearted account of some of his impressions of Whiteparish after moving here over fifty years ago. We hope soon to add contemporary pictures of some of the characters mentioned.

Wiltshire Council have given notice that the A27 will be closed to all traffic from Brickworth Cottage eastward for about 1,705 metres between the hours of 09:00 and 16:00 on the two above days to enable work on the carriageway, etc. For a more detailed description, including a telephone number for further information, click here. For a plan showing the affected section of the A27, with diversions, click here.

Richard Maryon passing microphone to spaceman Rory for official fete-opening Hopefully better late than never, some photos taken at the 2019 Whiteparish Fete (15th June) have finally found their way into the website’s Galleries section; and you can see them by clicking here. This one shows joint MC Richard Maryon (he shared duties with Phil Brown) passing the microphone to spaceman Rory who made an excellent job of officially opening the fete. Glancing through the gallery you might get the impression that the fete was not very well attended, but this is because, due to time constraints, most of the photos in the gallery had to be taken during the first hour or so, before the rain stopped and before the more cautious fete-goers had arrived. (And there wasn't time to photograph everything, as we’ve tried to do in most previous years.)

However, and despite the weather, overall attendance was probably almost as high as in 2018 (when we had enjoyed warm sunshine throughout), with almost as much (£7,976.90) being raised for the good causes that benefited. We hope to add a few snaps taken at the Bands Night, soon.

The Annual Garden & Hobbies Show was held in the Memorial Hall on 17th August, and enjoyed by competitors and spectators alike—many attendees being both, of course—with numbers well up on the previous year. The heavy overnight rain that preceded it must have presented problems for both organisers and competitors, though after that the day itself was both warm and dry. For a short report and a list of some of the award winners, see the Garden Club page; and for a fine set of photos kindly contributed by Keith Hobbs, see the website’s Galleries section.

It had been a while since we last received any aerial views of Whiteparish, but Michael Thorne recently sent us one captured in July from a glider. It joins earlier photos in the Galleries section from other contributors that were taken in 2005, 2006, and 2008 (two from light aircraft and one from a balloon, respectively). Together they make an interesting record of how the village changes over time. Click here to see the new photo.

Wiltshire Council are consulting on developing proposals for "an exciting future for Salisbury", which they’re calling the Salisbury Central Area Framework. This consultation will inform development proposals for the city centre and they’re asking for your feedback on what you’d like the city centre to look like in the future.

"When completed," (to quote the press release) "the Salisbury Central Area Framework will set out a strategy that will be deliverable and will bring positive change to create a more vibrant city centre. As part of this, we want to ensure that the traditional aspects of heritage, green space and community are enhanced and encouraged. The Salisbury Central Area Framework will build upon previous consultations and bring together many different projects and initiatives under one single document. This will form an important part of the evidence base to inform the emerging Wiltshire Local Plan Review and Salisbury Neighbourhood Plan."

Paper copies of consultation documents about the framework, and response forms, are available during normal opening hours from local libraries including the Salisbury Library, and from the Wiltshire Council offices at Bourne Hill. Comments about the framework can be made until 5.00 pm on Friday the 9th August, either online at the Council’s Consultation Portal, by email to FutureSalisbury@wiltshire.gov.uk, or by visiting one of the venues already mentioned and filling out a paper survey form that can be sent by post to Major Projects, Wiltshire Council, The Council House, Bourne Hill, Salisbury, SP1 3UZ.

Wiltshire Neighbourhood Watch will be holding their Annual General Meeting on Saturday 13th July 2019, from 10:30am until 12:30pm, in The Bay Window Room at Wiltshire Police Headquarters, London Road, Devizes, Wiltshire, SN10 2DN.

The guest speaker will be Chief Constable Kier Pritchard, who will be giving a talk on Modern-Day Slavery. The complete agenda can be seen on the Wilts Neighbourhood Watch website: click here. All Neighbourhood Watch Members and all interested parties are very welcome to join us.

According to signs very recently erected alongside the A27 at the Eastern side of the village, the resurfacing work referred to in the next story will now start on the 17th June. So hopefully the work will not impact traffic or parking at all for the Hog Roast/Bands Night (evening of 14th June) or Village Fete (15th June).

Simon Price, the "consultant representative" for Wiltshire Council in connection with the A27 resurfacing work during Fete Week, has written to the Parish Council as follows:
"As consultant representative for Wiltshire Council, I write to inform you of an amendment to the carriageway resurfacing works programmed along the A27 Romsey Road, Whiteparish. Unfortunately the Contractors have required to postpone the works by a day, due to delays at another site. The works will now commence on 13th June. Additionally the works will now be undertaken between the hours of 09:00 and 15:45, to allow the school bus access.

I would like to take this opportunity to apologise for any inconvenience this movement of the programme will cause but trust you will appreciate the necessity for these essential works to maintain Wiltshire’s highway network. Should you require any further information please do not hesitate to contact me on the details shown below [tel 01225 730 381]. If you wish to discuss the works whilst they are in operation, please speak to a member of the workforce who will direct you to the appropriate person."

100+ CLUB: Support your Village facilities whilst winning cash prizes!
With the end of the Club year fast approaching it is time to renew your numbers and an opportunity for new members to join this Club to raise vital funds to maintain the village facilities on the Memorial Ground—specifically the children’s playground, the MUGA (multi user games area) and the Memorial Centre.

Club members participate in the Club Lottery with a monthly prize fund of up to £100 as well as the special Christmas draw with prizes of £300. Over £2,200 was raised from the lottery last year including £500 from the Christmas party. Participation in the lottery starts at just £15 for one entry into each of the 13 draws. You can buy as many ticket numbers as you wish. We will shortly be delivering a leaflet through your door with details of how to join or increase your membership. Please consider helping to fund our village amenities in this way—the Memorial Centre, MUGA and playground receive no help from Wiltshire Council.

If you are already a member and are one of the 50+% who completed a standing order then you don’t need to do anything. Your standing order should go through on 15th June and your number(s) will continue for another year. If you would like an additional number(s) then please contact Richard below.

If you are a member not paying by standing order then you will receive a renewal invitation letter shortly—please follow the instructions in the letter. If you have not received a letter or lost it then please contact Richard/Mike below. If we have your email address then the letter will be emailed to you—PLEASE GIVE US YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS IF YOU’VE NOT DONE SO and remember to tell us if your email or home address changes. Finally, if all else fails then come and see us at our table at the Village Fete on 15th June and we’ll get your membership up and running.

Our contact details:
Richard Burr  richardjburr@gmail.com  telephone 01794 884002 or
Mike Hayday  mike.hayday@btinternet.com  telephone 01794 884110.

Wiltshire Police have issued the following alert via the Action Fraud Community Messaging service:

"We are receiving lots of calls from people who have received letters from someone purporting to be from HMRC with a demand for money. A phone number is provided to call, which will connect to Wiltshire Police so appears genuine. This is a scam, and people receiving these letters should be aware that Wiltshire Police will only provide the 101 number for members of the public to make contact in these circumstances. Do not call the number in the message nor attempt to make contact with the sender.

If you have received one of these letters there is no need to call Police, but we would encourage you to report it to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or online at https://www.actionfraud.police.uk/ as a phishing scam. You can find more information and advice here."

As many will already know, Wiltshire Council is working on a "masterplan" for The Maltings and Central Car Park, Salisbury, which is being prepared to guide the redevelopment of the site. As part of this exercise (writes their Major Projects dept), "in order to ensure that the public have a meaningful input into the production of the masterplan, the Council are carrying out a public consultation on a draft masterplan that has been prepared," which was made available in mid-April 2019 via the Council’s Consultation Portal, while paper copies are available during normal opening hours at local libraries and at the Bourne Hill council offices in Salisbury. The period available for comments ends at 5.00 pm on Friday 24th May 2019.

Comments can be made: online via Wiltshire Council’s Consultation Portal; by email to majorprojects@wiltshire.gov.uk; or by post in writing to: Major Projects, Wiltshire Council, The Council House, Bourne Hill, Salisbury, SP1 3UZ.

All comments received during the consultation period will be taken into consideration before the masterplan is finalised and presented to the Council’s Strategic Planning Committee for endorsement.

Should you require further information on the consultation, please email: majorprojects@wiltshire.gov.uk, or telephone 01722 434354.

We must apologise to anyone who has tried to send in a new entry for the website's list of Whiteparish-based businesses recently. The hosting company we use has made some kind of change at their end that has stopped the submission form working—and we thank those who brought this to our attention. We’re trying to get to the bottom of this problem and fix it ASAP, but in the meantime we can add new entries or update old ones "manually". Send us an email to feedback@whiteparish.co.uk (that's not a link, you’ll need to copy and paste it), providing the same information that's asked for on the form. Please note though that the business listing facility is available only to people who live in, or whose business is based in, Whiteparish itself—that is, within the parish boundary..

At the time of writing, Wiltshire Council's online calendar of Rubbish and Recycling collections is out of action, but the relevant web page has this notice: "Please note there is no change to collection days over the Easter period." So there will be a rubbish collection as usual on Friday 19th April 2019 (Good Friday).

The Southern Wiltshire Area Board (SWAB) will be holding one of their regular meetings in Whiteparish’s Memorial Centre on the first of May 2019, starting (or doors opening—not sure which) at 7.00 pm.. These meetings are open to the public, so why not come along and hear more about what this body gets up to? (SWAB was brought into being in 2009 when the much-missed Salisbury District Council was done away with, its former responsibilities were gobbled up by Wiltshire Council, and a complete layer of local democracy disappeared.)

One item on the agenda which may well be of interest is entitled "The do’s and don’ts of using southern Wiltshire’s rights of way, which will include up-to-date information regarding landowner and user rights and responsibilities in southern Wiltshire; the opportunity to raise your queries and concerns about rights of way and permissive paths in your village; and hear about Grimstead’s Circular Walks initiative. There will also be the opportunity to have your say on new proposals to fund youth activities for 2019/2020 in Southern Wiltshire.

Angus Macpherson, Police and Crime Commissioner for Wiltshire and Swindon, has decided not to stand for re-election to the post of PCC in 2020. The position of an elective PCC was created to replace Police Authorities in 2012. Mr Macpherson, who served as a magistrate member on the local Police Authority for seven years prior to the change, was elected as Wiltshire and Swindon’s PCC in 2012 and then re-elected in 2016. He will be stepping down from the position in May 2020 once a new PCC has been chosen by the public.

For more information, see this Community Messaging item.

The enthusiastic volunteers who run Whiteparish’s "Parish Pictures" were delighted when their 6th April showing of Bohemian Rhapsody attracted a full house of 80 keen movie-goers (or Queen fans—or both) on a drizzly Saturday night. This was by far the biggest attendance yet for one of their popular movie evenings, and we noticed a fair sprinkling of folk from surrounding villages in the audience. Perhaps we can look forward to further offerings in the same genre?

These Saturday-night picture shows are not just good fun and of commendably high quality but it’s all in a good cause, because as described on the website's Parish Pictures page, "surplus funds may be used for improvements to our presentations and for donations to local charities". After the show, Parish Pictures’s John Herrett told us "It’s very rewarding for us to get that sort of turnout, and I hope that it will translate into more customers for the less well-known films too".

Adam Weymouth receives Lonely Planet Adventure Travel Book of the Year award Following his recent award as "Young Writer of the Year" for 2018 (as we reported earlier), Adam Weymouth (on the right in the photo, holding his trophy), son of Whiteparish residents Keith and Sally Weymouth, has now also won the Lonely Planet Adventure Travel Book of the Year (2019) award for his book Kings of the Yukon (published by Particular Books). The Lonely Planet Adventure Travel Award is one of a number of travel writing awards in various categories that are sponsored by Edward Stanford Ltd.

A notice from Action Fraud warns that fraudsters are posting advertisements for non-existent animals and pet accessories online. Action Fraud have received thousands of reports with victims reporting a total loss of over £3 million. For more information, click here.

The Whiteparish Memorial Ground Trustees have asked us to bring to your attention a way of supporting this local charitable trust at no cost whatever to yourself, as long as you are an Amazon customer. For more information, click here.

On 30th March 2019, a cycling event with a title something like "the Wiggle New Forest Sportive 2019" will be passing through Whiteparish, taking in the A27 (Romsey Rd), The Green, Dean Lane, and Ashmore Lane. Exactly when the bulk of the participants will go through the village is difficult to say, but we're about a third of the way along a roughly circular route of 100 miles, and the event is scheduled to start at 0630. Apparently it won't cause any road closures, but we can probably assume that there might be some brief hold-ups to ordinary traffic during the period that the majority of riders will be passing through.

For a map showing the route, click here. For the Organisers' website, including a short description of the event (there are three different routes, the one that goes through Whiteparish being the longest), click here.

Healthwatch Wiltshire, the consumer champion for health and social care services in the county, is launching a small grants scheme to invest in projects that aim to improve the health and wellbeing of local people. The Community Cash Fund will enable groups to apply for up to £2,000 to start projects in their local community.

The scheme will help Healthwatch Wiltshire get more feedback on health and social care services from people it might not otherwise hear from. Healthwatch Wiltshire Manager, Stacey Plumb said: "This is a great opportunity for groups to get funding for projects that will really make a difference to health and wellbeing in their community. We are keen to hear from anyone who has an idea for a project, no matter how small. This scheme will help us gather more people’s experiences of local services, and help ensure that their voices are heard. We’re really excited to see what ideas people have and how we can help make them a reality."

It’s the first time Healthwatch Wiltshire has run the Community Cash Fund, but projects funded by other Healthwatches in the South West include: dance classes, art groups, health exhibitions, pop up cafes, support groups, music sessions and healthy eating cookery groups. For more information and an application form, click here. Simply fill in the application form and return it to Healthwatch Wiltshire; applications must be received by 5pm on Friday 29 March.

If you have any questions, please contact Jo Woodsford, Volunteering and Partnerships Lead, at joanne.woodsford@healthwatchwiltshire.co.uk or call 01225 434218.

The makers of the BBC2 series "Back in Time for Tea" and "Back in Time for School" are looking for a new family to immerse themselves in the past. On their website at the time of writing, applications are shown as still open, so if you are interested in volunteering to take part it may not be too late to apply. Brief details are on this poster, which also includes the address to contact for more information.

Wiltshire Council has notified that Common Road will need to be closed to enable the council to carry out "edge overrun works" and improve roadside verges. The work is scheduled to start on the 10th April 2019 and the road may need to be closed until 19th April.

Hopefully, most internet users these days are aware of the need to be always on the alert for people (and organisations) who may try to contact you using a false identity, gain your trust, and cheat you—but new and less experienced users can be vulnerable, and more so at particular times in their lives (or times of the year). Hence a recent press release from the police Action Fraud unit, issued the day before Valentine’s Day 2019! To find out how to avoid being a victim of "dating fraud", click here to read the press release in question, where there’s also a link to an example of a dating fraud letter.

Whiteparish residents are invited to come to the Annual Parish Meeting, which will be held on Tuesday 19th March at 7.30 pm in the Memorial Centre, and meet their Parish Councillors. Everyone is welcome. Although it is chaired by the Chairman of the Parish Council, the Annual Parish Meeting is just that—a meeting of the parish. If you have any concerns or wish to raise a particular local matter, then why not come to the meeting and have your say? If you are unable to attend but wish to raise any village matter, please inform the Parish Clerk at maria.pennington456@btinternet.com or telephone her at 01722 711858.

On 14th March 2019, at 7.00 pm, Wiltshire Council's Southern Area Board is hosting a public debate in Alderbury Village Hall (SP5 3AD) on the topic of local housing need. According to a poster about the event, attendees will be able to:

 – Have a say on what type and how much affordable housing is needed locally.
 – Receive information on what the council is doing to promote more housing.
 – Get an update on the housing waiting list, broken down per parish, how this is identified; i.e. neighbourhood plans, allocated housing sites, process for updating the core strategy.

For more information please contact karen.linaker@wiltshire.gov.uk or phone 01722 434697.

At a time when overall crime figures are increasing, it's good to find that Wiltshire Police were one of just four police forces nationally to see a reduction—only of one percent, but at least it's in the right direction. For comments by Wiltshire's Police & Crime Commissioner Angus Macpherson, click here. For statistics freaks who would like to study the full report from the Office of National Statistics, click here.

Wiltshire Council has notified that Moor Lane (Part of), Whiteparish, will need to be closed from its junction with Timberley Lane to its junction with the A36 from 11th February 2019, and it is anticipated that the closure will be required until 22nd March. This is to enable Southern Gas Network to install a new gas main. For further information, contact Sally Merrett (Southern Gas Network) on 02392 624120.

Kim Munro with 2018 Platinum Carers' Award presented to Whiteparish Surgery Whiteparish Surgery’s services for local carers have been recognised for the sixth year running with an award from the Wiltshire Investors in Carers GP Accreditation Scheme, and this time it's the recently introduced Platinum Award–the highest level–added to the scheme in recognition of the outstanding carer support provided by many Wilts GP practices. According to the citation, the award is for the "outstanding services and support that Whiteparish Surgery provides to carers". Just one example being the programme of quarterly Saturday-morning Carers’ Coffee Mornings held between 09:30 and 11:30 am—the next one is scheduled for Saturday 23rd February 2019.

The awards scheme is funded by Wiltshire Council and the NHS Wiltshire Clinical Commissioning Group and aims to raise awareness of carers’ issues in GP practices, with a system of awards to recognise support that the practices provide for carers. To achieve an award, practices need to be able to meet more than a dozen requirements that include maintaining an up-to-date carers’ register, have a Carers’ Lead, provide flexible appointments for carers, and hold a minimum of one carers’ clinic per year. The clinics are run in partnership with the CSW Community Connector Team. For more information about the surgery's services for carers, click here to go to the relevant section of the surgery website.

If you are a carer, there are many advantages in registering the fact that you fulfil that role. For further information please ask to speak to Kim Munro (Carers Lead) or Justine Parsons (Deputy Carers Lead).

The photo shows Carers Lead Kim Munro, who has been closely involved with the surgery's work for carers from the beginning, with the surgery's most recent Platinum Award.

The South Wilts Area Board (SWAB)—whose coverage includes the parishes of Alderbury, Britford, Clarendon Park, Coombe Bissett, Downton, Firsdown, Grimstead, Landford, Laverstock, Ford and Old Sarum, Odstock, Pitton and Farley, Redlynch, West Dean, Whiteparish, and Winterslow— will be meeting in the Whiteparish Memorial Centre on 31st January 2019, starting at 7.00 pm, with refreshments and "networking opportunity" from 6.30 pm. The Area Board welcomes and invites contributions from members of the public, and the chairman will try to ensure that everyone who wishes to speak will have the opportunity to do so. For the agenda, with links to other related information, click here.

Wiltshire Council welcomes the views of parents, carers, pupils, staff and the public on its vision to transform special needs education. The statutory consultation into the future vision for special schools in Wiltshire is now online. People are encouraged to send in their views on the council vision to transform special needs education. For more information, including links to ways to contribute your views, click here.

"Would you be prepared to pay an extra two pounds a month for more police officers?"  
That's the question being asked by Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) for Wiltshire and Swindon, Angus Macpherson.

PCC Macpherson is looking for the views of Wiltshire residents on the proposed average increase of £24 a year (for an average Band D property) to the policing precept.

The policing precept, which is collected with your council tax, goes directly to the Police and Crime Commissioner where 98% is allocated to the Chief Constable and the remaining 2% to the PCC’s office for commissioned services which includes supporting victims of crime and restorative justice. Currently, the average Wiltshire household contributes £15.19 per month to local policing, but if residents and local businesses back the proposal then this would rise to £17.19 per month.

The PCC said, "Last year, with residents’ support, I promised to maintain frontline policing numbers after several years of seeing a decrease. I also pledged to continue investing in mobile technology allowing officers and staff to work in the community. This year, if you agree to this precept rise, I will recruit 41 more officers and 2 dedicated cyber-crime staff."

For the full text of PCC Macpherson's message, including a link to the consultation survey itself, click here. (The survey closes on 31st January 2019.)

The police service "Action Fraud" has distributed the following Alert notice:
"Action Fraud has received more than 5,000 reports about fake emails and texts purporting to be from TV Licensing. The messages contain links to genuine-looking websites that are designed to steal personal and financial information.

Always question unsolicited requests for your personal or financial information in case it’s a scam. Never automatically click on a link in an unexpected email or text. For more information about how to stay safe online, visit cyberaware.gov.uk".

As from 7th January 2019, a six- to eight-week programme of refurbishment is ongoing at the surgery, to extend and refit the dispensary and replace all the sink units in the clinical rooms. According to Practice Manager Hilary Jenkins, the staff have planned carefully to minimise disruption to services: the surgery will not be cancelling any clinical sessions during the work, and will be able to offer the same number of appointments as usual. She comments that as with all building projects, the surgery are braced to expect that the unexpected may happen, but are confident that "the end result will certainly be worth it!"

photo of Adam Weymouth Adam Weymouth, son of Whiteparish residents Keith and Sally Weymouth, has just been named 2018 winner of the prestigious Sunday Times/Peters Fraser + Dunlop Young Writer of the Year award (in association with the University of Warwick), which recognizes the best work of fiction, nonfiction, or poetry, in the view of the judges, by a British or Irish author aged beetween 18 and 35.

Adam’s book Kings of the Yukon (published by Particular Books) describes a three-month canoe trip through the rugged and remote Yukon territory of northwest Canada, looking for the king salmon of the title. According to the award's website, the three judges backed the award with unanimous enthusiasm. Andrew Holgate, Literary Editor of the Sunday Times, said "It feels as if we have found, ready minted and hidden in plain sight, a really outstanding new contemporary British voice—one who literary editors . . . almost completely failed to spot on publication." He went on to say: " . . .Weymouth combines acute political, personal and ecological understanding, with the most beautiful writing . . . He is, I have no doubt, a significant voice for the future."

For the complete article, click here.

Wiltshire Council have distributed the following notice (in the form of a poster headed "Older persons' standard Wiltshire concessionary bus pass renewal") to parish councils in the county.)
From 1 January 2019, not all bus passes will be renewed automatically. This is because there are approximately 20,000 passes in circulation that have not been scanned on a bus prior to renewal, indicating that the pass has not been used. In these cases the passes will not be automatically renewed.

If your pass is not automatically renewed but you would still like to receive one to use in the future, please contact Wiltshire Council on 0300 456 0100 and we can arrange for your new pass to be issued. Wiltshire Council regrets that any charges which may occur on bus journeys are non refundable.

If you know of anyone who may be affected by this change in the renewal procedure and is unlikely to have seen either this notice or the poster, you can download the poster by clicking here, and give them a paper copy.

The South Wilts Area Board say "It would be great to see you at the Area Board on WEDNESDAY 28 November 2018" for their next meeting, which will be at Trafalgar School, Downton (so just down the road), starting at 7.00 pm. To see the agenda, click here.

Wiltshire Council have sent notice to the Parish Council of the closure of a 225-metre stretch of Newton Lane (from The White House in a north-westerly direction) on the 10th January 2019 for one day, though the duration of the closure may be affected by weather. The closure is necessary for renewal of a telegraph pole. For the full text of the notice, click here. For a map showing the affected section of roadway, alternative route, etc, click here..

On Saturday 8th December 2018, at 2pm, this £100,000 facility in the Whiteparish Memorial Ground will be formally opened by the young design team and Mrs Sarah Skeates, who initiated the project.

Everyone is invited to the opening, come along and enjoy this marvellous new facility, whether a beginner or expert. The grant-awarding bodies will also be invited, along with the press and Wiltshire Council representatives. The skatepark was designed and built by Gravity Skateparks. The Parish Council is extremely grateful for the help given by Mrs Sarah Skeates, a local resident, who worked tirelessly and with great enthusiasm and dedication to accomplish the funding for the new skatepark.

For the full text of this notice, click here.

Here's yet another current public consultation, this time being conducted by Salisbury City Council on the subject of the city's 11 public conveniences. The council are seeking feedback about charging for their use, which toilets people use, their current state, and what users expect. For a list of the conveniences that the council maintains, including facilities and opening hours, with a link to the online survey, click here. The survey ends on December 12th this year.

Whiteparish Surgery are organising a "How can we Help?" session to be held in the Memorial Hall on the morning of Saturday November 24th, between 9.30 a.m. and 11.30. Representatives from the following organisations (and more) will be providing advice and information: Parker Bullen (Will Writing and Power of Attorney), Extend Exercise, The Memory Box Project Group, Wiltshire Farm Foods, Travelling Dementia Suitcase, Healthy Landford Group, Wilts Fire & Rescue (smoke alarms), Carers' Support Wiltshire, Romsey Dementia Action, Music for the Mind, Admiral Nurses, Bobby Van (home security). Refreshments will be available.

A month or so ago a villager contacted us about a letter they had just received describing an initiative from an organization called nextdoor.co.uk, for setting up a kind of online neighbourhood network in Whiteparish. Our contact was particularly concerned because although the letter purported to be from someone at another address in the village (someone that our contact didn't know), it was preprinted with what looked like a second-class stamp and a postmark, rather than the real (stuck-on) stamp they would have expected to see.

Regular visitors to whiteparish.co.uk will know that we occasionally include advice about reducing the risk of being a victim of internet scams. However, despite our questioning some aspects of nextdoor.co.uk (as mentioned in the earlier story here), we're glad to report that as far as we can tell it doesn't seem to be one of these—it just has what might (generously) be described as an innovative method of introducing itself in new neighbourhoods as it grows. The preprinted envelopes are a legitimate Royal Mail product, and incorporate a so-called "digital stamp". So we've removed our earlier story. All the same, it seems unlikely that the folks behind nextdoor.co.uk will be setting up all these "free" neighbourhood networks out of the goodness of their corporate hearts! Best guess at the moment is that targeted online advertising will be introduced, perhaps sooner rather than later.

Another instance of South Wilts getting its turn in a county-wide public consultation will be held in the Banqueting Room of Salisbury Guildhall on November 29th, between 5.30 and 7 pm, when South Wilts residents will have an opportunity to join Wiltshire County cabinet members at a Focusing on the Future meeting. Subjects to be covered are:
Decision making – how we (the council) allocate your council tax to deliver services.
Diligence – how we spend wisely and balance the budget.
Difference – how we’re changing.
Digital – how we’re making it easier for you to book, pay and do on line – when you want to.
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Refreshments will be available. Please email the events team (events@wiltshire.gov.uk) if you're interested in attending.

Wiltshire Police are currently looking for feedback for developing their new Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion strategy, and to improve policing services in Wiltshire and Swindon. They have already held meetings in Swindon and Trowbridge, and are now taking bookings for a third public consultation meeting, for the South Wilts area, to be held in St Paul's Church Centre on the evening of Wednesday 21st November. For more information on this, including a facility for buying tickets and an online survey available for those who can't get to the meeting but would still like to provide input, click here.

"Trick-or-Treating" can be fun for both the trick-or-treaters and the householders they call on—but only if the householders are OK with being trick-or-treated! For householders who would prefer not to have trick or treaters call on the 31st October (perhaps if you’re elderly, or for any other reason), Wiltshire Police have made a poster available that you can put in a prominent position by your front door. To download a printable copy of the poster, click here; for general advice about halloween from Wiltshire police, click here.

John Herrett of Parish Pictures writes:
"The results of the film choice ballot (see Parish Pictures page) were clear: the most wanted film from the short list was The Post, so we shall be screening this on 13th October. This will be followed by Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri on 3rd November and Adrift on 8th December (provided it's been released by then).

Once again we have Tony’s Frying Machine (new van version) visiting after the film on 13th October. It would be very helpful, please, if you would indicate whether you are likely to be enjoying a fish and chip supper with us afterwards: this doesn't have to be a firm decision, but it will help inform Tony about the stock level he needs. (Especially let us know, firm decision, if you want Haddock!) If you're buying your ticket(s) at the shop, tell them and it will be noted.

As always, your feedback, comments and film suggestions are welcome."
Regards, John

Following the retirement from responding of founder Martin Fisher and founder member Sheila Campbell, Whiteparish's Community First Responders have some vacancies to fill! For more on this story, especially if you might be interested in joining Whiteparish CFRs and being trained to help others in a medical emergency, click here.

As part of Operation Sceptre—the national knife crime prevention initiative also launched this week (on Monday 17th September, 2018), bringing together police forces co-ordinating ways to tackle knife crime—Wiltshire Police are appealing for people to hand in unwanted or illegal knives and bladed weapons during the period of the amnesty: Monday 17th to Sunday 30th September.

Special amnesty bins are available at six locations across the county: Swindon's Gablecross Police Station, Marlborough Police Station, Melksham Police Station, Chippenham's Monkton Park, Trowbridge Police Station and the Temporary Police Station at the rear of Five Rivers Leisure Centre in Salisbury. The knife amnesty gives people the chance to dispose of knives and weapons by simply taking them to one of the specified police stations and dropping them into an amnesty bin.

During the period of the amnesty those handing in knives and weapons will not face prosecution for possession of a knife or weapon and can remain anonymous. For more details, and the background of Operation Sceptre, click here.

After keeping hire charges for the Memorial Hall and Cowesfield Room at the same level for four years, the Memorial Trust has been obliged to raise the cost of booking either of these two rooms from £10 per hour to £12 per hour for hires from the 1st of January 2019 onwards. The old price will still apply for hires up to the end of 2018. For more information about hiring memorial centre facilities, with links to conditions that apply, and a sample hire agreement, click here. (For more on the reasons for the increase, click here for the relevant minutes.)

On behalf of the whole village the Trustees of the Memorial Centre would like to express their heartfelt thanks to Hazel and Sid for almost 5 years of managing the Centre and the booking system.

Sid in particular has gone well beyond his normal duties in setting up and packing away furniture for all the events big and small over this period. His help will be missed by many. Enjoy your retirement, Hazel & Sid – and those well-deserved holidays!

Despite the challenging weather conditions, once again the 122nd village show — staged by the Garden Club in the Memorial Hall on 11th August — was a success. Well done to all of you who participated but we would like to see even more entries next year! Congratulations to all winners but especially to Malvin Ward who really stole the show this year; and to Alexander White who beat Hollie Smith by one point to win the Children's Cup. For the full list of award winners, click here. For a gallery of nice photographs taken at the event by Keith Hobbs (to whom many thanks), click here.

John Glen, MP for Salisbury and South Wilts and Economic Secretary to the Treasury, was profiled in The Guardian on 28th July in a longish article which understandably concentrated on his views about the recent nerve-agent poisonings in Salisbury and Amesbury. You can read the article (by interviewer Decca Aikenhead) by clicking here.

We don't normally have much to say about Westminster-level political figures in the website, but we thought it worthwhile to include this link because (a) John Glen is after all our MP, and (b) unless you happen to be a regular Guardian reader (not too many of 'em in these parts), you probably wouldn't have been aware of the article, and you might like to at least glance through it.

The website now includes a gallery of photographs taken at this year's fete, which you can view via the link below. Please note a couple of points.
(1) In a test viewing, the gallery was a little slow to load in the first place and occasionally hesitated before between images. This may be because out here on the fringe of the village our broadband performance is currently dire. Hopefully, people with faster connections will not have any problems. We'll still try to tweak the gallery images to improve loading speed, but it may be a few days before we can get round to it.
(2) Photographs of village events on the website are always likely to feature villagers and others who attended, because it's hard to see any other way of conveying the community "flavour" of the event–without people there'd be no event! And we can't always ask permission at the time. But if you appear in a gallery photo and would rather not do so, just let us know who you are and which photo you're in, and we'll either remove the image altogether or crop you out!

To go to the 2018 Fete gallery, click here.

As regular readers and subscribers of Steeple & Street will already know, the July edition of our indispensable village magazine includes the "schedule" that specifies the classes for this summer's Flowers & Hobbies Show. But if by any chance you don't have a copy of the magazine, the schedule is also available as pdf files for downloading from this website. Click here for the top sheet, and here for the main schedule.

From 30 July 2018 you will be able to recycle more materials at home! Under a new waste and recycling contract that starts on that date, you will be able to use your blue kerbside bin to recycle a wider variety of materials including clean food and drink cartons, as well as plastic pots, tubs and trays. For more information (including a few exemptions), see the Wiltshire Council website. It's also on the agenda for the 12th July Area Board meeting in Alderbury (see below).

The next Area Board meeting is to be held on Thursday 12th July 2018 at Alderbury Village Hall, Rectory Road. The meeting starts at 7pm, everyone is welcome to attend.

Plans and funding for a new skatepark (or "wheeled sports facility") to replace the old half pipe on the Memorial Ground are well advanced. For more information, with some introductory notes and sketches showing different views of the new facility, click here.

The Garden Club's Flower & Hobbies Show for 2018 takes place on Saturday 11th August, which from memory is a slightly earlier date than in most recent years. We understand that the full schedule of classes will be published in the July and August editions of Steeple & Street (and hopefully on the website), but if you're thinking of entering something in the Art and Handicrafts classes and want to get working on it early, you can find details of those classes either in the June S & S or by clicking here.

With the end of the Club year fast approaching it is time for existing members to renew your numbers and an opportunity for new members to join this Club to raise vital funds to maintain the village facilities on the playing field—specifically the children's playground, the MUGA (multi user games area) and the Memorial Centre.

Club members participate in the monthly Club Lottery with a prize fund of up to £100 as well as the special Christmas draw with prizes of £300. Existing members should follow the instructions in your renewal letter to continue for another year. To find out more about joining the club or renewing your membership, click here.

(Extracts from an email sent by the neighbourhoodalert.co.uk website people.) "There are just a few days left for rural communities to have their say on crime and policing where they live.

The National Rural Crime Survey comes to an end on 10 June 2018 and is asking key questions to ensure the voice of the countryside is heard. Do you think rural crime has gone up or down in Wiltshire? Do you feel safer? What’s your view of the police in your community?

Three years ago the last National Rural Crime Survey revealed the huge cost of crime to rural communities—both financial, at £800 million per year, and fear, with chronic under-reporting, anger and frustration at the police and government. The National Rural Crime Network produced a series of recommendations and, in many areas, the police took steps to improve matters. So, now, we want to know what’s changed. We want to know the true picture of crime and anti-social behaviour in rural communities across Wiltshire—and the impact it has where you live or work."

For more information about the survey you can read the whole text of the release by clicking here. Or to go straight to the online survey itself, click here.

photo of missing garden fairy A Common Road resident has just emailed us with a sad and worrying story about the theft of a garden ornament (see left) of great sentimental value to her and her husband. She is particularly concerned in case this might be the start of a spate of such thefts in the village, and wants to warn residents to try to make their own garden ornaments secure.

As she writes: "[the fairy's] dimensions are weight approx 4.5kg, height 54 cm. We are extremely surprised that someone who walks past our garden has seen it and decided to come into our garden and take it. We have reported the theft to the police but are concerned that now this has happened maybe other things may be taken by this opportunist . . . I would ask if anyone has seen anything or knows of someone that has recently acquired a fairy, where they got it from? We would really love to get her back. We are extremely upset and are now concerned that this type of thing could happen again in this area."

It seems possible that Whiteparish might have a higher-than-average proportion of TSB Bank customers, since the former Lloyds Bank branch in Romsey became a TSB branch fairly recently. But whether or not that's so, TSB customers need to be aware of recent increased activity by fraudsters hoping to take advantage of TSB's recent difficulties with its online banking services. Action Fraud reported an increase of 970% in attempted phishing attacks on TSB customers during the first 3+ weeks of May 2018, compared with the same period in the previous month. For more details of how to avoid being taken in by the phishing attacks just referred to (and "smishing attacks", too), click here to see Action Fraud's notice in full.

The next meeting of the Southern Wiltshire Area Board (SWAB) will be held at Pitton Village Hall on Thursday 3rd May, at 7.00 pm. To see the agenda, click here.

At a meeting of the Wilts Southern Area Planning Committee held on April 12th 2018, the commitee passed planning application 17/12499/FUL & 18/00274, relating to the following proposed work at the King’s Head: "Single Storey Rear Extension (Orangery) to Pub Building & Separate Barn Conversion/Restoration with extension to provide Lodging".

snowfall on 18 March 2018, 8.00 am
After what the press called "the beast from the east" gave us a pretty good snowfall at the beginning of March, we were promised what they rather unoriginally called "the Mini-beast from the east" a couple of weeks later. And it duly turned up on the night of 17th/18th March. The forecast had suggested it would peter out in the early hours, but it didn't, and when we opened the back door at 8.00 a.m. it was coming down in bucketfuls (see pic). Thawed somewhat during the day, but forecast suggests there's more to come overnight. We'll see!

Wiltshire Council's Waste Management dept are introducing a proof-of-address scheme at Wiltshire's recycling centres, which will of course include the Household Recycling Centre on Salisbury's Churchfields Industrial Estate. From the 9th April 2018, if you want to use any of the county's recycling centres you may be asked to provide proof of address, such as your driving licence, a county tax bill, or a utility bill. This policy is being introduced "to ensure that access to sites is protected for those people resident in the Wiltshire Council area. Dealing with waste is becoming increasingly expensive and as these sites are funded by Wiltshire Council tax payers we need to ensure that we do not incur costs associated with receiving waste from people from other council areas. People who do not pay their council tax to Wiltshire Council should use the sites provided in their own local authority area."

For more information, see the Salisbury Recycling Centre's web page, which includes links for downloading PDF files for summer and winter opening hours.

Wiltshire Council's Countryside Team is looking for volunteers to help look after the small area of green space at Highlands Way. Could you help them? This small wooded area is on the right hand side as you enter Highlands Way. It's excellent for nesting birds, and as it contains several fruit trees it is also a good food source for wildlife. Please contact them if you'd like to get involved as a volunteer–families also welcome–to help look after this site for wildlife and nature conservation. With no previous experience necessary and no long-term commitment required, this provides a great opportunity to get out and about, meet new people and gain new skills as you try your hand at a variety of fun conservation tasks.

Work would involve cutting back overhanging vegetation, keeping the path clear of nettles/brambles, and a litter pick. We'll also see whether the area would benefit from bird or bat boxes, and look at ways that we could enhance it further for wildlife. Our next Conservation Working Party dates are as follows: Thursday 15th February, Thursday 5th April, Thursday 30th August, Thursday 27th September.

Interested? Please contact the Countryside Team by emailing mailto:countryside@wiltshire.gov.uk<, or telephoning 01225-718647. The countryside team say a big thank you to the conservation volunteers that came along to help clear back vegetation and bring the area back under control before Christmas, we couldn't have done it without you!




By late 2009, and then again in late 2012 and 2013, and then again in 2015, and again in 2017 (and so on), the home page had grown to a ridiculous length (because we'd simply been adding to it for far too long). So there is a separate archive page for older material, which you can view by clicking here.

Forthcoming News and Events:

Click here for our Forthcoming News and Events list, or see the diary sections for individual organisations. To suggest an event to be featured on the website, email us at events@whiteparish.co.uk.

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