Square Metre Gardening

Monday 1 April 2019

Speaker: Claire Hart

If you have a small garden and don’t think it’s big enough to grow anything, then this is the talk for you.

Making the most of small spaces and looking at reasons to Grow Your Own. For absolute beginners to experienced Gardeners.

Claire combines her love of growing with a passion for countryside topics, from poultry keeping, all about eggs, equine issues and grow your own to how to grow giant veg!

Venue: South Marston Village Hall

Time: 7:30pm to 9:30pm.

Parking: Old Vicarage Lane, next to the school.

Cost: £3 entry fee on the door or join the Gardening Club for £12 (full membership).

A warm welcome awaits you along with refreshments and optional raffle.

Follow us on Facebook or for more information please contact Angela on: 07789068340


Would you like to help improve South Marston?

Would you like to help improve South Marston?

Come along on Tuesday 23rd April (St.George’s Day) anytime between 10am and 4pm, and meet our green spaces volunteers. 

We’ll be working in the Orchard Meadow and Village Garden completing our Spring tasks.

More details will be published nearer the time but feel free to contact Chris Brooks at wttmh@tiscali.co.uk or on 01793 829868 if you want to find out more.

100 Club Winners for March


Congratulations to the following winners

£30 No. 48 Tracy Jones

£10 No. 2 Isabelle Clarke

£10 No. 79 Kevin and Sue Kerridge

£10 No. 18 Martyn Cook

£10 No. 60 Sheila Jinks

If you would like to be in for a chance to win, join the 100 Club for just £12 a year. Contact Angela on 07789068340 for more information.


Parish Council Meeting March 2019

The next monthly meeting of the Parish Council will take place on Tuesday 19th  March  at 7:30pm in the Village Hall. The agenda can be seen here.

Members of the public are welcome to attend and can also ask questions or raise any matters during the Open 10 minutes at the start of the meeting.

February 2019 meeting minutes

In February 2019 the Council held their regular monthly meeting and a Special meeting and the minutes of these can be seen here.

Please note that these minutes are draft until approved by the Parish Council at the next meeting.

The Parish Council Clerk

The Parish Council Clerk, Gary Vickery, has found that clerking is not for him and that the time requirements of the job do not fit well with his other interests.  He has formally resigned but will carry on until Easter.

The PC are analysing the role of clerk and will be separating out the financial aspects of the job, which over recent years have become increasingly technical. Gary, who has a background in management consulting, is continuing to assist us in this.

If you, or someone you know, might be interested in taking on the role, please contact Gary on 01793 686150 or e-mail clerksmpc@southmarston.org.uk.


Join us on Sunday 24th March

This will be our third Village clean up event. We would like to see as many residents including families getting involved.

It’s very rewarding seeing your village all clean & tidy, working in small teams & meeting fellow residents. Any time you can give will be much appreciated.

Please meet at the Village Hall at 11am for refreshments, safety brief & supply of equipment.

Let’s all work together to keep South Marston a clean & safe place to live. At the same time helping the environment.

If you are unable to join us, can you spend a few minutes tidying outside your property. It all helps.

For further information please contact Mandie Olive on 07794076015 or mamamandieolive@yahoo.co.uk

New pond at St Julian’s Wood

Credit: https://openclipart.org/detail/278387/Garden-seen-from-above

Wiltshire Wildlife Trust has recently announced they have funding for a new pond, and have chosen St Julian’s Wood for it.

It’s not possible to extend the existing pond because of the short timescale involved, so after discussing with our local warden, the most appropriate place has been agreed.

Expect to see digging works within just a few weeks, as the pond begins to take shape – quite literally.

It is hoped that the new pond will provide a high quality wildlife habitat, and later may be adapted to incorporate a dipping platform for children to use.

For more details, please contact Chris Brooks at Wttmh@tiscali.co.uk or on 01793 829868.