Chairman’s March Blog



Chairman’s March Blog

As I write this, it is so beautifully warm and sunny outside that I am tempted to call it my “Spring Blog”, but remembering the “Beast from the East” of last March, do not want to tempt fate. I will say, however, that it is a joy to see so many crocus and daffodils out around the village!  The picture is the crocuses planted on the bank at Colin`s Corner Play Area in Broomcroft Road planted by Councillors and supplied by The Rotary Club of Marlborough as part of the Rotary Crocus international fundraising campaign for End Polio Now, in conjunction with the Royal Horticultural Society. 

Hard though it is to believe, we are fast approaching the end of the first quarter of 2019, but before last year becomes a distant memory, there were some special moments in December that are worthy of a mention;

  • On 3rd December, the first Area Board Meeting to be held at the new Vale Campus took place.
  • On 8th December the Christmas Lights went on. Thanks to the Lighting Gang for the wonderful display. The big “Switch on” in the Market Place also enabled Rev Jennifer Totney to dedicate our memorial seat, “Lest we forget”, for all those who left Pewsey in WW1 and sadly never returned.
  • On 13th December I had the privilege of presenting awards to the Cubs. The Beavers, Cubs and Scouts in Pewsey go from strength to strength, so congratulations and thanks to all who are involved.
  • On 20th December the Annual Parish Carol Service was held at St John’s Church, and I was again honoured to read a lesson on behalf of the Parish Council. This year’s service included musicians and a choir from Pewsey Vale School, and it was wonderful to see both young and older members of the community coming together for this festive celebration.

The beginning of a New Year is often a bit of a let-down after the busy Christmas period, so it is always good to have the PVADS pantomime to look forward to. Unfortunately, my wife and I were away this year so missed “Snow White”, but we heard that is was another triumph, enjoyed by all. Well done!

January and February are traditionally quiet months, but that is not to say that things are not happening!

  • On 6th January, the second Pewsey Community Land Trust information meeting took place in the Bouverie Hall. An enthusiastic audience heard from several knowledgeable speakers, and a number volunteered to form an initial committee in order to explore the idea further. There will be an information stand at the upcoming community meeting (see below).
  • On 22nd February the Vale Campus was officially opened by Baroness Jane Scott OBE and our very own Olympic Silver Medallist Shelley Rudman. Thanks go to both of them for coming and sharing this special time with us. I would also like to pay tribute to the dedicated and hard-working Community Operations Board (COB). All unpaid volunteers, they were the original community team who worked closely with Wiltshire Council to develop plans and ensure the project met the needs and desires of local residents. The state-of-the-art Campus we can all now enjoy stands as a testament to my fellow COB members: Bob Woodward (original Chairman), Tom Hatfield, Caroline Baynes, David Lines, Wendy Spencer, Marilyn Hunt, John Rogers, Charmian Spickernell and the former Head of Pewsey Vale School, Carol Grant. If you have not already done so, I urge you to visit and enjoy this wonderful facility.
  • Wiltshire Council are currently looking at how they deliver services and what might be devolved to local communities – a challenging prospect for us all! Your Parish Council has entered into initial discussions as to what changes could happen and how we might deal with them. We hope to have more information for you at our next Community Meeting (see below).
  • The Village Ranger continues to get small jobs done around the parish, but I am disappointed that we have little feedback from the community.

Upcoming Events

  • First Car Boot Sale of the season in the Bouverie Hall Car Park on Sunday 10th March
  • Community Morning in the Bouverie Hall on Saturday 23rd March between 10 am -12 noon. We will be providing information and updates on a variety of Parish matters, showcasing some local initiatives, and also launching our plans to get rid of “dog fouling” in our village. We look forward to seeing you there!