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 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!

2018 Fete Poster (photo of)


The fete has been and gone (and very successful it seemed to be, too), but we thought the poster above was so good it deserved to stay on the website home page for a few more days! (See also our Fete Page.)

100+ CLUB DRAW

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


OTHER SELECTED NEWS ITEMS

2018 FETE PHOTOGRAPHS
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.

FLOWER & HOBBIES SHOW SCHEDULE
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.

RECYCLING CHANGES
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).

SOUTHERN WILTSHIRE AREA BOARD (SWAB)
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.

WHITEPARISH SKATEPARK PROJECT
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.

THINKING OF ENTERING SOMETHING IN THE FLOWER & HOBBIES SHOW?
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.

SUPPORT VILLAGE FACILITIES AND WIN CASH PRIZES WITH THE 100+ CLUB!
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.

HAVE YOUR SAY ON RURAL CRIME AND POLICING IN WILTSHIRE.
(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.

FAIRY MISSING FROM COMMON RD GARDEN.
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."

WARNING FOR TSB CUSTOMERS.
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.

AREA BOARD MEETING.
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.

KING’S HEAD PLANNING APPLICATION.
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".

BEAST FROM THE EAST 2 = NOT SO "MINI".
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!

GOING TO THE TIP? DON'T FORGET YOUR ID!
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.

OPEN SPACE IN HIGHLANDS WAY.
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!

REVD. NILS BERSWEDEN MOVING ON.
As many residents may already know, the following announcement was made in the Clarendon Team churches a few weeks ago:

"The Bishop of Southwark has invited the Revd Nils Bersweden to be the Associate Vicar at St. Mary’s Wimbledon in the Diocese of Southwark. Nils will take responsibility for a pastoral portfolio to develop lay ministry, vocations and pastoral care at St Mary’s. The appointment is subject to the usual statutory checks, after which Nils will be licensed on 5th February 2018. Nils’s last service will be a Team Eucharist on 7th January at All Saints’ Winterslow."

According to Steeple & Street, that last service will be followed by a "Bring and Share" lunch in Winterslow Village Hall and if Nils or Judith have touched your lives, you may like to be there. According to the Clarendon Team's website the service will be at 10.00 am, but it may be a good idea to recheck that website closer to the time, or to check the January issue of Steeple & Street.

In a setting that's very different from the rural Clarendon parishes, St Mary's Wimbledon is an imposing and handsome Victorian church. It was designed by George Gilbert Scott, who was responsible for many well-known buildings in that era, including the Albert Memorial and the Foeign and Commonwealth Office. And for a piece of popular music trivia tenuously associated with St. Mary’s, click here.

HUNDRED-PLUS CLUB CHRISTMAS PARTY.
This is just a reminder about the 100+ Club Christmas Celebration and Double Draw this Saturday (9th).

If you haven't yet bought your tickets at the shop, please either do that soon or or let us know by return if you'll be buying them on the door, as this will assist greatly in our catering arrangements.

For those of you who already have tickets, I'm sorry to clutter your inbox, thank you for your support and we look forward to seeing you on Saturday!.

John Herrett
for the Memorial Trust Trustees

MEMORIAL TRUST AGM.
The Trustees invite all Whiteparish residents and users of the Memorial Ground and Centre to attend the AGM on Saturday January 20th at 10:30 in the Cowesfield Room. The Whiteparish Memorial Trust is your charity, please attend to hear details of the Trust’s activities in 2017 and help shape the events planned in 2018.

For more information, including the AGM Agenda, click here

WILTSHIRE SPATIAL PLAN.
Looking a long way ahead, Wiltshire Council have launched a six-week consultation to "Help shape Wiltshire's plans to 2036", by gathering comments to feed into their Local Plan Review. The consultation period started on 7th November and closes at 5.00 pm on 19th December 2017. For more details, click here to see the Notification Letter.

HALLOWEEN IS CREEPING UP ON US . . ..
 . . .say Wiltshire Police. For some Halloween-related advice sent out by Katrina Fleet (Police Communications Officer, Wiltshire), including some tips from Superintendent Phil Staynings, Head of Crime Prevention, click here. For a poster to display if you don't want to be Trick-or-Treated, click here.

DO YOU WEAR A HEARING AID?.
If you wear an NHS hearing aid from Salisbury Hospital, you may be interested to know about a new "Hear to Help" walk-in hearing-aid clinic to be run on the third Friday of every month at Alderbury Village Hall between 1000 and 1130 am. Services and topics covered will include new batteries and earmould tubing; advice on using and cleaning your hearing aid, and information on hearing loss and the services that can help you. For full details, click here.

WILTSHIRE PARKING CHARGES.
Wiltshire Council are currently running an online consultation about parking charges in the county. According to the Salisbury Journal ( 5th October) the council wants to increase parking charges by an average of 12%. So you may want to contribute to their consultation on the proposal by clicking here. The consultation period ends on 23rd November.

DO YOU FEEL SAFE ONLINE?.
Anyone over 60, or over 18 and registered disabled, is elegible for online safety advice from the Wiltshire Bobby Van Stay Safe Online team of police-trained and vetted volunteers. For more details of what they can provide, and how you can book an appointment, click here.

THIS YEAR’S WINTER BALL.
Sarah Skeates of this year’s Winter Ball committee writes:
“Dear Memorial Centre Users,
Following last year’s very successful Winter Ball, raising nearly £2000 for the improvements to the play area (we hope you have seen the new equipment), The Whiteparish Memorial Trust is organising the second Winter Ball, at the Memorial Centre, on Saturday 2 December 2017.

The objective of the event is to raise funds to make improvements to the kitchen at the Memorial Centre.

If you are a Memorial Centre user or a club, group or organisation that uses the kitchen we hope you would like to support this event in some way. Following last year’s very popular raffle prizes of Christmas hampers we are repeating this again. We are asking for items to fill them. We wondered if you could donate items, either individually or as a group which would help us in this endeavour.

We would like biscuits, chocolates, crisps and crackers, wine, or anything suitable for a lovely Christmas hamper . . .”


For the whole of the Winter Ball committee’s letter, including details of how to donate hamper items, click here.

TEMPORARY CLOSURE OF CHURCHFIELDS RECYCLING DEPOT.
Wiltshire Council have announced that the Churchfields recycling depot (at the end of Stephenson Rd) in Salisbury will be closed for a ‘revamp’ between the 9th and 18th of November, inclusive. This is part of a rolling programme of work affecting many (possibly all?) of the recycling depots in the county. For more information, including which alternative recycling depots will be available while the Salisbury depot is being refurbished, click here.

PARTIAL CLOSURE OF MOOR LANE, STARTING 4 OCT 2017.
Wiltshire Council's Sustainable Transport Group have announced that about 1.25km of the length of Moor Lane, from the junction with Grove Lane/Timberley Lane to near Titchborne Farmhouse, will be closed to all traffic for between two and five days, starting on 4th October 2017. For more details, click here to see Wilts Council's notification in full; and click here for a plan highlighting the affected section of road.

WHO ARE YOU TODAY?
(From local charity "Carer Support Wiltshire".)
Mother, husband, grandmother, brother? Teacher, office manager, student, electrician? If you are looking after someone who couldn’t always manage without your help: someone with a physical disability, long term health condition, mental health issue or a problem with substance misuse, you may also be a carer.

Juggling a caring role around work, studying, seeing friends or spending time with other family members can be challenging. And sometimes it can feel lonely. Carer Support Wiltshire are a local charity supporting unpaid carers in Wiltshire. Our Carer Cafes and Support Groups are held throughout the county and offer information, advice and the opportunity to make new friends over a cuppa. Visit our website to find one near you or call us on 0800 181 4118 or 01380 871690 from a mobile for a copy of our "What’s On" guide.

Note: Whiteparish Surgery hosts a Carers’ Coffee Morning every other month, on a Saturday morning. For dates and times, check the Forthcoming Events lists in the website or Steeple & Street. At the time of writing, the next one will be in October 2017.

WILTSHIRE POLICE: "Operation Engage".
Officers in the South of the county have been taking part in an operation targeting rural crime and poaching.

As part of Operation Engage, two rural operations were run, in August and early September. Over 130 vehicles were stopped as part of the operations for various issues including vehicle defects.

Operation Engage aims to tackle rural crime in the county and saw officers involved from the local Community Policing Teams, Tri-Force, the volunteer Special Constabulary, Intel and further support from neighbouring forces Dorset and Hampshire police. Click here for more on this story  . . .

BEWARE THIS KIND OF "MALWARE".
Today we received an email with the subject line "Your Virgin Media Bill is ready", apparently sent from a Virgin email address: webteam@virginmediaconnections.com, and the message content certainly did look like a bill. Except that we're not Virgin customers, Virgin hadn't sent it, and the message wasn't a bill, just a "phishing" expedition designed to get internet users to click on a link in the message. Clicking would have resulted (eventually) in downloading a trojan virus (in this case the Dridex banking trojan) that would have allowed the originators to access banking details from our computer.

Internet users with Virgin accounts will be more susceptible to this particular scam than other users, but the criminals who designed it are likely to target customers of other internet providers, too, using the same style of "bait". So the usual general advice applies: if you receive an email that you weren't expecting from an organisation you haven't dealt with before, and it contains links (or has an attachment), never click on the links or download the attachment unless you are absolutely certain that it's OK. Just delete it. Same goes for an email that seems to be from an organisation you have dealt with before. If there's anything remotely suspicious about it–for example unlikely amounts, awkward language, unfamiliar format, etc–delete it. Don't click on any links or buttons unless you're absolutely sure it's genuine–just delete. And never click on anything in an email from a suspicious or unknown source "just to see what happens!".

WILTSHIRE MOBILE LIBRARY SERVICE.
Wiltshire Council's Libraries and Heritage, Communities and Communications Dept are carrying out what they describe as a "routine review" of the county's mobile library routes and have asked for comments from Parish Councils and communities on the proposed mobile library schedules for our area. They want to "engage with as many people as possible who may wish to comment on the review".

The consultation documents are available to view online from the Wiltshire Libraries webpage at http://services.wiltshire.gov.uk/MobileLibrary/, and happily Whiteparish is unaffected by the changes: it seems that the mobile library will make the same stops here, at the same times, as before. (The nearest route change to us is a proposal to drop the stop at Alderbury School, Firs Road.) The consultation period is from 4th September to 4th November 2017, and the council hope to introduce revised routes in February 2018.

RIGHTS OF WAY.
There is a need to take on the maintenance of our Rights of Way as Wiltshire Council do not have the resources to do so.

  • Do you like walking in our beautiful countryside?
  • Would you like to help improve, maintain and preserve our Rights of Way?

There will be a volunteer work party during September, most probably a Monday, and will involve clearing overgrown vegetation using hand tools along with installing a number of new kissing gates which the New Forest National Park Authority have very kindly funded. Details of the exact location will be given closer to the day. There are no particular skills required and any help will be much appreciated.

If you can spare a couple of hours, please contact the Parish Clerk, Maria Pennington, 01722 711858, maria.pennington456@btinternet.com

2017 FETE A FINANCIAL SUCCESS, TOO.
When all the pennies had been counted, this year's fete committee were very pleased to learn that the fete, hog roast and bands night had together made a profit of £8,453.08, which will be shared equally between the School and the Church. This was just a shade down on the total from the same events in 2016, but an excellent result all the same—many thanks to all those who contributed in any way. For a final report, click here. For some photos, click here.

NEW GALLERIES.
We've added three new photo galleries to the website. They cover the 2017 Fete, which took place on 17th June, the Garden Club's visit to the garden at "Aviemore", in Bartley, on the 22nd June, and the Garden Club's annual "Garden and Hobbies show, staged in the Memorial Hall on the 19th August. Many thanks, as always, to Keith Hobbs for photographing the two Garden Club events.

WHITEPARISH 100+ CLUB.
Congratulations to Mr & Mrs Holden and Diana Borwick who won the first prizes in the June and July 100+ Club draws. The full results are here.

The prize fund has been slightly reduced following the fall in membership from 228 to 213. It is not too late to re-join or join for the first time. Details of the new prizes and how to join can be found here.

MORE ABOUT BBC ANY QUESTIONS BROADCAST, 28th July 2017
To help when you’re thinking of questions to ask, here are details of the panel:
Claire Perry, Minister for Climate Change and Industry, and MP for Devizes.
Barry Gardiner, Shadow International Trade Secretary.
Wera Hobhouse, Liberal Democrat MP for Bath.
Julia Hartley-Brewer, radio presenter and journalist.

GARDEN CLUB TRIP TO WELLS.
On 25th May the Garden Club visited the Bishop's Palace Gardens in Wells, Somerset, on what was evidently a beautiful spring day. Keith Hobbs took a fine collection of photos there, which you can see by clicking here.

GENERAL ELECTION RESULTS.
It's just occurred to us that having reported the Unitary Council election results back in May, for completeness we probably ought to include the Salisbury Constituency results for the June 8th General Election as well. So, even though it’s not exactly new news any more, here they are! By the way, did you know that Nigel Farage once stood to be our MP? Well he did, back in 1997, when UKIP (founded in 1993) was still fairly new on the scene. (Thank you, Wikipedia . . .)

Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative John Glen 30,952 58.1% +2.5%
Labour Tom Corbin 13,619 25.5% +10.2%
Liberal Democrat Paul Sample 5,982 11.2% +1.2%
UKIP Dean Palethorpe 1,191 2.2% -9.9%
Green Brig Oubridge 1,152 2.2% -3.3%
Independent Arthur Uther Pendragon 415 0.8% -0.7%

PARISH COUNCIL NEWS.
The most recent Approved Parish Council Meeting Minutes (20th April 2017 meeting) and Notes (18th May Meeting) are now available on the website. Also added were the Parish Council accounts for 2016/2017.

DON’T FORGET TO VOTE ON JUNE 8TH . . .
Just in case you hadn’t noticed (as if  . . .) there’s a GENERAL ELECTION on Thursday 8th June. Don’t forget to vote for your candidate of choice to be our next Member of Parliament. The polling station (the Memorial Centre) will as usual be open for voting between 7.00 am and 10.00 pm.

2017 WHITEPARISH FETE, AND ASSOCIATED EVENTS.
Each year, many individuals and organisations in Whiteparish work together to stage our annual Village Fete and other associated events. The Fete is definitely one of the highlights, perhaps the highlight, of Whiteparish"s year; and profits go to benefit All Saints" Church and All Saints" Primary School.

This year's Fete will be held on Saturday 17th June, and the Fete Theme is: "Victorian Times". For more details of the Fete, the Hog Roast and Bands Night held on the evening of Friday 16th, and a celebration and picnic on Sunday 18th, see our Fete Page. (But please note that some arrangements for the fete and other events are still being finalised, so detailed contents may be subject to change.)

100+PLUS CLUB.
With the recent May draw bringing the current Club year to a close (results here) it is time for those of you who don't pay by standing order to buy your tickets for next year. Details of how to do so can be found here. If you are not yet a member and would like to support the village Memorial Centre, playground, etc then full details of how to join are here.

"100+PLUS CLUB" MONTHLY DRAW.
Lucky winner of the top (£30) prize in 100+ Club's May draw was Linda Palmer. Other prizewinners are listed on the 100+ Club page: click here.

UNITARY COUNCIL ELECTION RESULTS.
The results of the May 4th 2017 election to choose a councillor to represent Alderbury and Whiteparish were as follows:

Candidate Party Votes Percent of vote
Britton, Richard Conservative 825 59.35%
Aymes, Gideon Bruce Independent 342 24.60%
Edrich, John Phillip Liberal Democrat 118 8.49%
Glennon-Alty, Kim Eleanor Labour 105 7.55%

(Turnout: 1,394 (41.04%). Spoiled votes: 4)

RECENT MUSICAL EVENTS IN THE VILLAGE.
We've recently received accounts and some photos of two musical events from the first part of 2017. Berny Higgins was kind enough to provide a review of Richard Digance's "50 years in showbusiness" concert in February (click here), and the Whiteparish Music Festival committee kindly provided a review of their recent successful Festival events at the end of April (click here).

RECENT PARISH COUNCIL MEETINGS.
Click on the links below to see the following:
Approved Minutes for the 16th March 2017 meeting
and
Notes of the 20th April 2017 meeting.

DON'T FORGET TO VOTE ON MAY 4TH . . .
 . . .for our representative on Wiltshire Council for the next four years. The polling station (the Memorial Centre) will be open for voting between 7.00 am and 10.00 pm.

"100+PLUS CLUB" MONTHLY DRAW.
The results of the April 2017 draw are now available on the 100+ Club page: click here. (Please note: re the first prize, lightning seems to have struck twice, and in two successive months. We're beyond embarrassed . . . !)

SEEN FROM OUR FOOTPATHS . . .

     

 
Richard Burr has sent a nice collection of photos (including the ones above) that he took on a recent walk. Our village has some spectacular wildflower displays at the moment which are easily found by using the village footpaths. Carpets of Bluebells, Primroses, Wood Anemones and even Early Purple Orchids can be seen along some of the paths. There are some more of Richard's photos in our Galleries section which you can see by clicking here.

All the photos were taken from Paths 10 and 35 in the village over the Easter weekend. Path 10 starts at the Parish Lantern, passes Blaxwell Farm and goes on to Park Water Road. Path 35 also runs from Park Water Road. There is a map of village paths on the website, which you can see by clicking here.

GOOD FRIDAY RECYCLING COLLECTIONS.
The fortnightly blue bin and black box recycling collections will be unaffected by the Bank Holiday on Good Friday (14th April); and will take place as for a normal Friday.

COUNCIL'S "GET INVOLVED" CAMPAIGN.
Wiltshire Council would like you to know about "a lot of changes" that they've made "to deliver the services that matter to you, in your community." To find out what they are, click here.

MUSIC FESTIVAL (22nd to 29th April).
The 2017 Whiteparish Music Festival will include four different events taking place over eight days at the end of April, featuring a "Come & Sing" day, a concert given by Whiteparish School Pupils, an instrumental concert with contributions from two local ensembles (Solent Accordians and the Courtyard Wind Quintet), and a concert of light and sacred music from Sarum Six (ex-cathedral choristers). For full details, see our Music Festival mini-site.

VOTING IN THE UNITARY ELECTION.
If you want to cast a vote in the Wiltshire Unitary Council Election on May 4th, 2017, and you're not yet registered to do so, there's still time—just! If you want to vote in person, you need to register by Thursday 13th April; for a postal vote, the deadline for receipt of new postal vote applications is Tuesday 18th April. In either case, you can register online via this page on the Wilts Council website. You can also see a list of candidates for our Alderbury and Whiteparish ward (pdf format) by clicking here.

DON'T FORGET . . .
To set your CLOCKS FORWARD on the night of Saturday 25th March (or, to be punctilious about it, at 0100 hours on Sunday morning!)

"100+PLUS CLUB" PAGE.
We're pleased to welcome the 100+ Club to the website's club and organisation pages. Each month the page will include the most recent Prize Draw winners. To see them for March 2017, click here. (Please note: there's nothing suspicious about the name of this month's winner! No inducements changed hands! Just, er, the luck of the draw and the purest coincidence . . .)

ARTISTIC CLUB THEMES THIS MONTH.

Monet Kim Thompson

March 2017 sees two local club meetings featuring painters—albeit from different eras and in different contexts. On Wednesday 15th (2.00 pm in the Cowesfield Room) well-known wildlife painter Kim Thompson will be the featured guest of the Breakaway Club. And on Thursday 23rd starting at 7.30 pm also in the Cowesfield Room, guest speaker Jennifer Carter will be telling the Garden Club all about "Monet's Home & Garden at Giverny". If you're interested in either of these talks, we understand that both clubs welcome visitors, but there may be a small fee for tea etc.

RECENT PARISH COUNCIL MEETINGS.
Click on the following links to see the following:
Approved Minutes for the 12th January 2017 meeeting
and
Notes of the 16th February 2017 meeting.

MILITARY-STYLE ENCAMPMENT SPRINGS UP ON MEMORIAL GROUND!

image of memorial centre from car-park gate

In a way, despite appearances, it was the opposite of "military". We understand that the day, organised by the "Serve On" organisation, was an exercise in emergency planning, logistics, communications, etc for civil volunteers who would be called on to help in those areas, in the event of a major incident. However the tents that had appeared alongside the Memorial Centre on Saturday 25th February were government-supplied, which accounted for the military look. The "camp" was only in place for one day—by Sunday morning it had disappeared almost without trace.

Our intrepid reporter ventured onto the site after picking up the Saturday paper and was told she was the only villager to have taken much interest—up to that point, at least. (Perhaps Whiteparish folk in general are a bit short of curiosity on Saturday mornings?) Anyway, she was shown around and acted as a guinea pig for some of the procedures in use. The person in charge of the reception area was quite pleased to book in a real human, having been practicing until then by booking in lego models! We're hoping soon to include an official description of what the exercise was all about, but in the meantime there are a few photos in the galleries section.

VISIT FROM BRITAIN'S BIGGEST FINCH.

hawfinch image

The other day we had a visit from a pair of birds that neither member of the website team had seen before: they turned out to be hawfinches, the largest member of the finch family to be found in the UK. According to the RSPB there are only something between 500 and 1000 breeding pairs here, though up to 15,000 individuals may be winter visitors, so they're quite rare—and rather shy. A very keen amateur ornithologist we know who's in his sixties has only ever seen one, and was quite envious! They are very handsome birds with rich chestnut plumage on their heads merging into a kind of pinky fawn elsewhere, and have massive, powerful, beaks that can crush seeds up to and including cherry stones.

We took a few photographs through the kitchen window. The large one above is the best of them, but because the bird was in deep shadow we lightened the image a bit–the inset photo gives a better idea of the rich brown head-plumage. Plumage can vary depending on whether the bird is male (slightly brighter) or female and whether or not it's the breeding season, but there's no mistaking that beak! If like us you live at the east end of the village down the A27, look out for this pair; perhaps they'll visit you next!

SOUTHERN WILTSHIRE: "Our Community Matters" community conference (JSA event)
(We've been asked to draw attention to the following event. Please note that if you want to attend, you need to apply; see link towards end of notice.)

On behalf of Southern Area Board, I am delighted to invite you to "Our Community Matters". This really important conference will present new information about the Southern Wiltshire community area and give everyone an opportunity to shape the way ahead for our communities.

Hear about what has changed in our community area in the last two years. The brand new Joint Strategic Assessment (JSA) will cover issues affecting our community area across health and wellbeing, community safety, the economy, transport, the environment, housing, older people, children and young people and culture. The assessment will allow us to see what has changed in our community area since 2014 so that we can decide what needs to change over the next two years.

Help shape the future of our community. This evidence presented in the JSA will help us decide how we can formulate local projects to address local challenges and we need to hear your views about priorities and how we can work together to make the Southern Wiltshire community area a better place in which to live and work and to visit.

Please come along:
Thursday 16th February 2017 at City Hall, Salisbury, SP2 7TU. Doors open at 6.30pm and the event starts at 7.00pm. Refreshments will be available. Sign up to come here. Attendance is by invitation to ensure we have a mix of people and organisations in the room to inform decisions and identify actions to tackle the issues facing the area. Our community really does matter and I do hope you will take part.

Richard Britton
Chairman, Southern Area Board

KING'S HEAD PUB.
As you probably already know if you live in the village, the King's Head is currently for sale and it is possible it could become a residential property, in which case it would be lost to the village as a pub forever. Most villagers will also know about a current initiative to try to raise funding to buy the King's Head and run it as a community pub. If by any chance you didn't get the initial flyer and questionnaire about the project, you can still get one from the village store, the school, or Courtens garden centre–the closing date for submitting completed questionnaires, by "posting" them at those same venues, has been extended (subject to permission) until the 28th January.

The steering group have organised a public meeting to be held in the Memorial Hall on Sunday 29th January at 3.00 pm, where there will be presentations about the project, including initial findings derived from the questionnaires. If you'd like to see the King's Head re-open as a pub, please come to the meeting, where you will be able to buy a glass of er, something appropriate…. In the meantime, you can find out much more about the project background and aims by visiting its website: www.savethekingshead.org.uk.

 


 

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