Parish Council Meetings: August & July

July 2017 meeting minutes

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

  • Updates on village services
  • The Gardening Club Open Gardens event
  • Discussion about the Lotmead application appeal

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

August 2017 meeting

The next meeting of the Parish Council will take place on Tuesday 15th August 2017 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.

Hotel site fires: Update

Many homes in the village have been affected by smoke from the fires on the old hotel site. The Parish Council, our Borough Councillors and our MP have been informed and have all pressed for action.

On their initial visit Borough officers saw nothing untoward, but they will attend again.

The Parish Council has investigated how this came about and what can be done and a copy of the report is available from the Clerk. The nub of it is that the extent of the nuisance that enables the Borough’s officers to take effective action is a good deal worse than we might wish.

The Borough Public Protection officers have advised the Parish Council that:

• if residents call on 01793 445500 to report significant effects from visible smoke at any time arising from the activities on site then they will always contact them as soon as they are able, and to visit the site if appropriate. However they stress that they are unable to act on the odour arising from the burning which is happening, and can only consider acting where thick smoke is moving into residents homes as a result of the fire(s).
• officers will also proactively visit the site if and when they can to keep an eye on what is happening there
• if local residents consider that there is a real risk of fires becoming out of control, they should dial 999 and ask for the fire service.
• if residents consider that large quantities of unsuitable materials are being burned, such as tyres or plastics, and that toxic smoke is thus being produced; they should contact the Environment Agency on their incident hotline: 0800 807060.

The Parish Council are continuing to monitor the situation and remain in regular communication with Swindon Borough Council and other relevant organisations.

Flower and Produce Show – Saturday 19 August 2017

South Marston Gardening Club – Flower and Produce Show to be held on Saturday 19 August 2017

Friday 18 August 7pm to 8:30pm – Register your Exhibits (see list below) at the Village Hall – Schedules 50p available from Mike New Tel. 827807

Saturday 19 August

10am to 12:30pm – Staging of Exhibits

1pm to 4pm – Judging takes place

5pm – Doors open to the public – Admission at door 20p (per adult)

Refreshments and Raffle available

5:30pm – Presentation of Show Winners followed by Auction of Produce (the Committee will be grateful for any exhibit left for sale) and Raffle Prize Draw


  1. 3 Potatoes (white)
  2. 3 Potatoes (coloured)
  3. 5 French Beans
  4. 5 Pods of Peas
  5. 5 Runner Beans
  6. 5 Broad Beans
  7. 3 Onions – under ½ lb in weight
  8. 3 Onions – over ½ lb in weight
  9. 3 Beetroot
  10. 3 Courgettes
  11. 3 Carrots
  12. 2 Cabbages
  13. 2 Cauliflowers
  14. 6 Pickling Shallots (under 30mm in diameter)
  15. 6 Large Shallots (over 30mm in diameter)
  16. 1 Cucumber
  17. 3 Tomatoes
  18. Truss of Tomatoes
  19. Collection of 5 different Vegetables (same quantity and variety as listed in classes 1 – 18 in a seed tray not exceeding 24” x 18”) i.e. 3 carrots, 2 cauliflowers, 3 onions, 3 beetroot and 3 French beans.
  20. Collection of any 5 Vegetables (one of each of any 5 different kinds in a seed tray not exceeding 18” x 12”)
  21. Collection of 5 Salad Vegetables (All different)
  22. Collection of Fresh Herbs
  23. Longest Runner Bean
  24. Heaviest Onion
  25. Heaviest Potato
  26. Any other Vegetable not on schedule
  27. Ugly or Misshapen Vegetable (Please give your vegetable a “name”)
  28. Bowl of Home Grown Fruit (5 of same kind)


  1. Fuchsia* – Standard – maximum length of stem from top of soil to first branch not to exceed 42”


  1. Hanging Basket*

* Above two entries (B & B1) £1 each entry


  1. 1 Single Rose
  2. 3 Roses
  3. 5 Asters (single or double)
  4. 3 Decorative Dahlias (multi coloured)
  5. 3 Cactus Dahlias
  6. 3 Pompom Dahlias (2” maximum diameter)
  7. 1 Specimen Dahlia (large)
  8. 3 Carnations
  9. 5 Pansies
  10. 5 Stalks of Sweet Peas
  11. 3 Spikes of Gladioli
  12. 1 Specimen spike of Gladiolus
  13. 3 Vases of Flowers (a different variety in each vase – no extra foliage)
  14. 1 Pot Geranium**
  15. 1 Pot Fuchsia**
  16. Flowering Pot Plant**
  17. Succulent Pot Plant**
  18. Foliage Pot Plant**
  19. Cactus Pot Plant**

**maximum 7” diameter measured across top of pot from edge to edge (classes 44 – 49)


  1. Square Floral Carpet (not exceeding 6” x 6”)
  2. Miniature Flower Arrangement (under 4” x 4”)
  3. Floral Arrangement “Psychedelic 60s” (not to exceed 15” overall)
  4. Arrangement in a Basket (not to exceed 15” overall)


  1. Photograph “Landmark”
  2. Photograph “Spring Bulbs”


  1. Jar Soft Fruit Jam (in 1lb jar)
  2. Jar Stone Fruit Jam (in 1lb jar)
  3. Jar Jelly (in 1lb jar)
  4. Jar Marmalade (in 1lb jar)
  5. Jar Lemon Curd (in 1lb jar)
  6. Sweet Chutney (in 1lb jar)
  7. Pickled Onions or Shallots
  8. 6 Bread Rolls
  9. 6 Sausage Rolls
  10. Apple Pie (with pastry top and bottom and no decoration)
  11. 6 Cheese Scones
  12. 6 Fruit Scones
  13. Bread Pudding or Bread and Butter Pudding
  14. Victoria Sandwich (see ingredients listed below)
  15. Fruit Cake (see ingredients listed below)
  16. 6 Decorated Cup Cakes
  17. Carrot Cake (any shape or size)
  18. Shortbread


  1. Homemade Wine, Lager, Beer, Cider or Liquor


  1. Metal, Wood or Glass Item
  2. Knitting or Crochet item
  3. Cross Stich or Embroidery Item
  4. Artwork (Charcoal, Watercolour etc)


 Victoria Sandwich   Fruit Cake
6oz Self Raising Flour   8oz Self Raising Flour
6oz Caster Sugar   7oz Fruit
6oz Butter or Margarine   4oz Sugar
3 Eggs   4oz Butter or Margarine
Jam   2 Eggs
    1/8th pint Milk
Cakes can be made in any size tin using the above ingredients only.  Judges will use their discretion to disqualify cakes made using any other ingredients.

For more information contact Mike New Tel. 827807 or Angela Newton Tel 832034.


Section B3


Section B2


Section D


Section A


2016 Winners Presentation

Summer Camp offer

The Summer Kids Camp at South Marston Village Hall are now offering on block bookings or pay for one session and get a second session half price. Siblings are also half price.

See poster for all details. For enquiries, offer details and bookings, contact Tanja on 07850 729521 or Lucy on 07967 458372

Summer Camp