100 Club Winners for March


£30 No. 36 Elieen Lester

£10 No. 74 Lionel Cave-Ayland

£10 No. 1 Lee Kilfoyle

£10 No. 45 Viv Drayton

£10 No. 17 David Bickley

Congratulations to the above winners!


Energy Centre Appeal

An appeal has been lodged against the refusal of the Borough to grant permission for the Energy Centre at Keypoint.

Two reasons were given for the refusal:

1. The proposed Renewable Energy Centre would introduce a visually dominant, intrusive and unsightly feature in a highly prominent location, which would substantially harm the visual setting of Swindon and its surrounding local area and which could prejudice delivery of Swindon’s development strategy…..

2. The applicant has failed to demonstrate a need for the strategic scale waste management facility. In the absence of a local need, and in the absence of a robust assessment of potentially suitable sites closer to the source of the waste, waste would need to be transported to the facility from beyond the local area, contrary to the proximity principle and contrary to the principles of sustainable development….

The appeal will be determined by a Government appointed inspector based on those 2 grounds.

Air pollution was not one of the reasons given for refusal because the planning officers advised that this was an issue for “other regulatory bodies”. In the event that the appeal is successful, this is something that the PC will have to pursue.

Residents with a particular concern about this may like to skim through the Planning Officer’s detailed Report to the committee at


Parish Council Meeting: February & March

February 2018 meeting minutes

The minutes from the February Parish Council meeting are available to read. In this meeting, the Parish Council discussed a wide range of topics, including:

  • Concerns about the A420
  • Revisions to the Great Stall East application
  • Updates on the cable installation on village roads

Please note that these minutes are draft until approved by the Parish Council at the next meeting. They can be seen here.

March 2018 meeting

The next meeting of the Parish Council will take place on Tuesday 20th February 2018 at 7:30pm in the Village Hall. An agenda can be seen here.

Members of the public are welcome to attend and ask questions during the Open 10 minutes at the start of the meeting.

Stuart “Wildman” Mabbutt

On: Monday 9 April 2018

at: South Marston Village Hall

@ 7:30 to 9:30pm

South Marston Club is hosting speaker Stuart “Wildman” Mabbutt.

Stuart will talk about attracting wildlife in our gardens and how we can begin to appreciate it better by using our senses and exploring our collective psychology and sociology.

“We look but do we see, we listen but do we hear, we touch but do we feel, we sniff but do we smell, we eat but do we taste”.

This is also an ideal chance to get a signed copy of his wildlife gardening books and a highlights cd of his radio show.

Stuart ‘The Wildman’ Mabbutt has been a professional wildlife gardener for nearly 29 years.

He writes widely in magazines on the subject and recently published his first 2 books and is busy writing the next.

He leads nature workshops for business people, individuals, children and families to show how engaging with nature with the 5 senses can help manage stress and pain. As well as be a good team building tool.

He is a wildlife sound recordist and makes the independent wildlife radio show, Going Wild With Wildlife, which transmits 25 times a week on 7 different stations across Britain. He’s working on a pilot and first series of a new countryside TV/Online show ‘The Peoples Countryside’.

He’s developing some academic research with Oxford University into the benefits of nature on the human body.

Stuart has an ambition to perform on the main stage at the O2 Arena in London and is developing a stage show, 3-day countryside retreat to start the ball rolling in getting him there.

You can see more on Stuart at: https://www.wildmaninspires.co.uk/

£3 entry fee on the door or £12 full membership.  A warm welcome awaits you along with tea and cake as well as an optional raffle.

Monday 5 March 2018 Meeting Update

After two months absence, we welcomed back 19 of our existing members.  We kicked off the evening with our AGM.  Our finances are looking so much better than last year and this was due to the amount of fundraising the Club organised last year.  The speakers we have booked for this year will take a large chunk of the money. The same Committee Members were re-elected.

Unfortunately, due to the recent bad weather our booked speaker for the evening “Pennard Plants” had to cancel.   The evening was saved by Barry Thunder and Anne Featherstone who stepped in to do a presentation to the group on behalf of the Parish Council Open Spaces Working Group.  They asked for the help of the Gardening Club, to work on the War Memorial in its 100 years since the end of WW1.  A few of the Gardening Club Members signed up to be involved with the planning which will be fed back to the Club.  Once decisions have been made with regards to the planting material required, the Gardening Club will help grow some of these plants.

Highworth Road closure: Date change

Please note that the date of this closure has now changed to 3rd April to 16th May 2018. Work has begun in the road but vehicles will be able to pass until the full closure takes place.

The allotments will still be accessible during the closure period.

The Parish Council are in regular contact with the agents managing this and will post updates as we get them.