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Advertiser: School gets set to triple in size

Copyright by Stacy WoolhouseAs reported in Swindon Advertiser here:

PLANS are moving forward which could see one of the region’s most well-established schools dramatically increase in capacity.

With thousands of homes due to be built in the coming years, South Marston Primary School is set to triple in size over the next few years.

This is because applications for almost 2,400 homes have been submitted in and around the village of South Marston, meaning the school, which celebrated its 140th anniversary last year, needs to expand.

It currently has spaces for 105 pupils but this will grow to 315 and while no exact date has been set for the expansion, it could happen as early as September 2016.

The idea was first put forward in 2012 and talks have been ongoing since then. As it stands, the council owns half the site with the Diocese of Bristol owning the other half.

To move forward with the plan, it is proposed that the council transfers its half of the school over to the diocese so everything can move forward.

Andrew Wild, of Bristol Diocese, said: “This is not a case of the council just giving property away but is being done to make the expansion a lot easier.

“If there is one organisation leading with the plan then it makes everything a lot easier, especially when dealing with things like insurance.

“If the plan gets approved we will negotiate with the parish council as there is a tiny strip of land, which they own, that is needed to go with the expansion.

“As a result we would look to expand nearby playing fields.”

Mr Wild was also keen to stress that any expansion would both respect the history of the school while also providing a community asset.

He said: “The hall is a a great place spiritually and and will play an important part in any future plans.

“What is most important to me is that the community will have use of the facilities.

“People living in South Marston will therefore be able to use the facilities in the evening and ideally during the day, as well when the children are not using them.

“This is something I hope everyone will benefit from.”

It is likely that a design for the expansion will be submitted for approval early next year.

The decision to move forward and give greater control to the diocese will be made at a council cabinet meeting on Wednesday.

A Message from Swindon North Neighbourhood Policing Team

Rural Community Crime Prevention Event

The aim of Neighbourhood Policing is to have a dedicated policing team in your local community. We are here to tackle the issues that you feel are affecting the quality of life in the area in which you live. We will work together with other agencies to deal with your concerns.

The local Police team are holding a Rural Crime Prevention advice session offering crime prevention advice for your home, farm and allotment.

  • Wednesday 17th September 2014 between 11.00 – 13.00
  •  On the Podium, Highworth Market Area

If you are unable to make this event please do not hesitate to call 101 to speak to our Crime Prevention Officer who will be happy to talk to you, or to speak to your local Neighbourhood Policing Team.

In an EMERGENCY dial 999, all NON-EMERGENCY calls dial 101 (Your calls will be recorded)





Sevor Solar Farm Opening

Advertiser – Pupils play part in opening solar farm

Sevor Solar Farm OpeningAs reported in the Swindon Advertiser here:

PUPILS from South Marston Primary School helped officially open the village’s new solar farm yesterday.

The Sevor Farm Solar project has been overseen by energy firm Eneco UK, which has regularly worked with the community while building the 43-acre farm, which is made up of 40,000 panels.

Power from the farm, off Nightingale Lane, is supplying the nearby Honda plant.

Building work started in January and the solar farm has been running since April.

As part of yesterday’s official ceremony, nine-year-old Pheobe Young unveiled a sign at the entrance to the site, bearing the logo she designed for the solar farm.

Pheobe won a competition which Eneco held with South Marston Primary School.

She said: “It felt really good to win the competition and I’m pleased with my sign design.”

During the event residents living near the farm were given a guided tour of the site.

Eneco managing director Guy Madgwick said: “Today’s event has been really symbolic of the achievement that is Sevor Farm Solar.

“While we are proud of the build of the project, its output and significance to Eneco as our largest onshore solar project, we are most of all extremely appreciative of the co-operation and warm welcome given to us from the local community.” 

As part of the solar farm project, Eneco, has supported a 20mph speed reduction zone in the village, flood mitigation works and footpath improvements to encourage walking and cycling in South Marston.

Parish councillor Barry Thunder said: “There is always a bit of scepticism with sites like this but Eneco has bent over backwards to integrate themselves with the village. The standard of the work is very impressive too.

During the event, Pheobe and her friends from South Marston Primary School planted flower seeds on a footpath by the site.

South Marston Primary School headteacher Luke Maddison said: “We are delighted to be playing a part in this major project in the village. “Our children have been learning about renewable energy and working with Eneco has helped with their studies.”

Friendly Club Programme 2014





Tuesday 14th January

2.00 pm

Musical entertainment by Kieran Pocock

Tuesday 11th February

2.00 pm

A talk on “The history of the telephone “by Lew Lawton

Tuesday 11th March

2.00 pm

A talk on “Evacuation in 1940”by Alan Nix

Tuesday 8th April

2.00 pm

Entertainment titled “Magical Wit” based on Tommy Cooper by Geoff Rofffe and John Williams

Tuesday 13th May

2.00 pm

A talk by Peter Owen titled “Did you laugh at school”

Tuesday 10th June

2.00 pm

AGM followed by a talk by Cathrien van Hak on “Renovation of Avebury Manor”

Tuesday 8th  July

2.00 pm

A talk by Norman Jefferies on How visiting major English Gardens can give ideas for your own.

Tuesday 12th August

2.00 pm

Social gathering – Afternoon Tea at South Marston Hotel.

Tuesday 9th September

2.00 pm

A talk and presentation by Cristina Newton on “Flamenco Music”

Monday to Friday

29th Sept- 3rd Oct


5 Day holiday to Hereford staying at Warners Holme Lacy Hotel including day trips. Travel with Barnes Coaches

Tuesday 14th October

2.00 pm

A talk by Richard Deacon on “the history of Deacons the Jewellers”  

Tuesday 21st October

12.00 noon

Harvest Lunch at Blunsdon House Hotel.

Tuesday 11th November

2.00 pm

A talk given by the  Swindon Museum & Art gallery

Tuesday 9th December

12.00 noon

Christmas Lunch at the South Marston Hotel.Entertainment is a “Magic Lantern Show” by Pat & Norma Furley


Annual membership £12.00          (includes refreshments & 5 raffle tickets at each meeting)

Friendly Club



The South Marston Friendly Club was established to serve people aged 50 and over who live in the local communities.


Provide sociable events which will interest members of this age group. This is achieved by arranging speakers to give talks and demonstrations, entertainers who deliver song and verse to achieve a diverse selection of activities. These activities are selected to stimulate interactive discussion with the speakers and members.

Members are made aware of information related to their age group obtained from statutory bodies and other similar organisations.


The Club is run by an elected committee of club members. The committee, of eight members, is chosen each year at the Annual General Meeting held on the second Tuesday in the month of June by the members. Serving committee members can be re-elected. There is no limit on length of service of committee members.

The current committee is as follows:

  • Officers of the committee.

Josie Manners – Chair    josie09

Sheila Jinks – Treasurer

Sheila Jinks - Treasurer


_ Secretary

  • General committee members.

Jenny Barr, Maureen Morris, Jean Whitfield, Ray Harley, and Valerie Goodheart

We have a club member to represent us on other Village Organisations:

  • Parish Council representative – Brian McGlone
  • South Marston Recreation Association representative – Ray Harley

These representatives are tasked with supplying information about our organisation and to advise us of any matters raised by these organisations which could affect us. They report to the committee.


 1.      Anyone aged over 50 years old can be a member.

2.      Membership is currently limited to 80 members

3.      Our financial year is 1st June to 31st May.

4.      Annual subscription fee is £12.00 due on the 1st June, at the   start of the financial year. This annual subscription is to assist in the cost of venue hire, refreshments and one strip of raffle tickets provided to each member attending a meeting. Additional strips of raffle tickets can be purchased for 50p per strip at meetings.

5.      Annual subscription fee for those over 85 years of age is optional.

6.      New members who join the Club within three months from the end of the financial year pay a subscription of £4.00 for this period. i.e. from 1st March to 31st May.

7.      A charge per person of £1.00 is levied at each Club meeting for non members; this includes one strip of raffle tickets per person.

8.      Members’ birthdays are announced at Club meetings, and a birthday card is sent to the member to note this anniversary.

9.      On the sad occasion of a member death a donation of £25.00 is sent to the bereaved family or donated to a charity of their choice.

10.  Our meetings are held on the second Tuesday of the month and held in the Village Hall commencing at 2.00pm

11.  Due to Village Hall insurance conditions the maximum number of attendees at meetings is limited to 60 people.

12.  A time table of events is issued to all members and published in Tower & Tap and on the Village web site.

13.  Committee meetings are generally held once a month or as required. Minutes are recorded at these meetings.

14.  The Club does not have any public liability insurance and members on outings arranged for them by the Club do so at their own risk


  • Income from annual membership fee is the basic revenue stream.
  • We organise regular raffles, book sales, bric a brac sales and jigsaw hire to generate revenue.
  • Local businesses are contacted to request financial assistance when necessary.
  • If applicable grants will be requested.
  • Other fund raising activities, organised by Club members are held during the year at Village events.
  • Fund raising revenue allows a subsidy to be applied to some of our outings.
  • The annual income and expenditure account is independently audited and issued at the AGM.

All the goings on of South Marston, Wiltshire


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