Nightingale Wood car park closure

Nightingale Wood car park closed

The car park in Nightingale Woods has been officially closed by   Forestry England.

The woodland is open, but to use it you will have to walk or cycle to it.

Forestry England COVID-19 notice

There are NO parking spaces along the single track Nightingale Lane leading to it. This Lane now only gives access to the three residential homes and Mitchy Motors together with the Thames Water pumping station.

Do NOT park along the lane as you will block the access to the above.

The only nearby parking spaces are the limited number in the Parish Council Car Park next door to the school.

Hopefully the car parking will be reopened when the COVID-19 Pandemic is safely over.


Parish Council – Coronavirus changes

At its meeting on Tuesday 17th March the Parish Council took the following decisions to enable business to continue as effectively as possible given the unprecedented circumstances regarding the current Coronavirus threat:

  1. All meetings of the Council and working groups to be cancelled until further notice
  2. Any contact on Council business to be conducted remotely where possible
  3. Council business will continue to follow the general monthly cycle
  4. Any decisions and spending to be discussed and approved by Councillors using email or other electronic means to ensure ongoing transparency
  5. Planning applications to be circulated, discussed and responded to as they are received
  6. Any decisions made to be formally recorded and ratified at the soonest available proper meeting

For any queries concerning these changes or any issues to be raised with the Council please contact the clerk –  or 01793 686150.


Kevin Morgan

Clerk to the Council


Parish Council Meeting March 2020

The next monthly meeting of the Parish Council will take place on Tuesday 17th March 2020 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.

In February 2020 the Council held its regular monthly meeting and minutes of this can be seen here.

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

Gardening Club April’s Meeting

Monday 6 April 2020

7:30pm to 9:30pm

“Herbal Remedies from Your Garden” by Lyn Blythe

Come along and learn about medicinal uses from the plants in your garden. Many well-known plants just outside your back door have been used for generations as remedies for a multitude of ailments. To aid memory, settle an upset stomach, fight infection, heal wounds, calm nerves, help a headache or promote sleep!

This traditional use is increasingly supported by scientific research. Herbalists carefully select a combination of herbs tailored to the individual.

There will be time for questions too!

Venue: South Marston Village Hall

Cost: £3 entry fee on the door or £12 for full Membership.

A warm welcome awaits you along with tea and cake as well as an optional raffle.

For more information, please contact Mike New on 827807, Angela Newton on 07789068340 or find us on Facebook

Old Vicarage Lane

Flyers have been received in the village stating that Old Vicarage Lane is due to be closed to traffic from today for up to 7 weeks. This is to allow construction of the new entrance into the Bellway site and associated works.

This may have some impact on HGV traffic but it is hoped that the number of site vehicles coming through the village will be minimised.

Please note that some lorries (for example those carrying roof trusses) have existing permission to come through the village via Pound Corner as they cannot pass under the rail bridge off the A420 junction.

South Marston Gardening Club

Monday 2 March 2020

7:30pm to 9:30pm

AGM followed by Speaker: Tony Clear

Subject: “Cottage Gardening” For today’s gardens, with emphasis on late colour.

Tony was trained in landscape gardening and nursery work in Surrey and has been involved in all aspects of horticulture for over 40 years. After moving to Worcester he took up a position as Assistant Gardener at Spetchley Park Gardens where he stayed for 17 years. He was employed as Head Gardener at Brook Cottage Gardens in Oxfordshire for over 20 years. He is now self-employed.

Venue: South Marston Village Hall

Cost: £3 entry fee on the door or £12 for full Membership.

A warm welcome awaits you along with tea and cake as well as an optional raffle.

For more information, please contact Mike New on 827807 or  Angela Newton on 07789068340