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A polite reminder for people to pick up after their dogs when out walking around the village.

Dog fouling is making work particularly difficult for turf farming around the village.

Please use the dog waste bins provided where possible.

New footpath at Hoddinotts Corner

New permissive footpath at Hoddinotts Corner

Our proposal to create a permissive footpath around the worst of Hoddinotts Corner, has been agreed and actioned with the owners on the land alongside Keypoint.

Lionel has now put up permissive footpath signs at either end, all that is needed is to look out for them to walk the safer route.

Walkers can now get round the corner without having to walk all the way around on the edge of the road.

Please note that the path is not hard surfaced may be a little muddy in parts in heavy rain. If walking in darkness it is best to take a torch light.

Many thanks to the landowners Legal and General for cutting the pathway.

Please help us replace the St. Julian’s Woodland Gazebo

Gazebo fundraising appeal poster

In association with Wiltshire Wildlife Trust (WWT), Robbie Taylor and Barry Thunder have setup a fund-raising appeal.

The gazebo in St. Julian’s Woodland, enjoyed by many residents and others over the past 4 years, was destroyed by arson on 11th June.

Many messages of anger at its loss and offers of funding, and even rebuilding, have prompted us to set up this fund raiser.

Our appeal has been set up specifically for villagers and other local users. Funds raised will only be used for a replacement or other activities in St. Julian’s Woodland.

It is directly linked to WWT so that Gift Aid and banking are managed properly and easily accessible for donations, please go online to:

For any donations preferred to be made by cash or cheque please call Robbie on 823757 or Barry on 826697.

Please help to spread this message by forwarding on to others you know that may like to support this. Thank you.

Photography Competition


Summer is nearly here and lockdown is easing up a little.

Taking a photo with a mobile phone camera

There’s still time to spot interesting subjects and enter the Community News Photography Competition – the closing date is now Friday the 12th June.

We have separate competitions for adults and under 18s, with prizes for the best entries, so there is no excuse not to get snapping. Full information is on the Community News page. We look forward to receiving your entries.

Communications Working Group

Community News – May 2020

Due to the current Coronavirus lockdown, the latest edition for May is only being made available as a PDF download from the Community News page.

Hard copy requests for this edition
If you know of anyone – for instance your neighbours – who will need a hard copy because they cannot access online publications, please email with their postal address.
In a week or so, we propose doing a limited run of hard copies and will arrange for delivery.

Community News - on the South Marston Website

Village Footpaths

Public footpath wooden signpost

It’s great to be able to get your daily exercise on the footpaths around the village, but please take care.
The footpaths across Rowborough Farm towards the A420 are now marked to enable walkers to avoid areas where there are vulnerable animals and farming activity.
Please respect others by staying on the routes that are signposted and keep dogs on a lead as there are sheep and lambs around.

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.



South Marston Allotments

We have vacancies at the village site for residents to join us in the early spring.

Would you like to eat fresh fruit and vegetables and keep fit?

You can do all this in the fresh air and in good company, all for £29.10 a year plus a £50 refundable deposit.

Far less that you would pay for gym membership!

Please contact Barry Thunder by phone 826697 or