Community News is produced every 2 months in magazine format and is hand delivered or posted free to all residents in the village.
Matthew Sansum has taken some wonderfully detailed photographs of the allotments in South Marston. If you’d like to view more of them, they are available at: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1SdxspxccbubYu8EcHcKoXSkodMHIIOZk?usp=sharing
Free Family EASTER Event
You are invited to join us in St Julian’s Wood
supported by the village Open Spaces Group and sponsored by the F & E Harris Trust
Saturday 20th April
2pm – 4pm
in St. Julian’s Wood
Find the Golden Carrots
The Carriers Arms in South Marston has music this Saturday 30th March. They’re called Rock it a BLAST from the past, The Who, R.E.M., Fleetwood Mac, Thin Lizzy, Queen, Robert Palmer, The Rolling Stones, Oasis, Free, Eric Clapton, Dire Straits, Stereophonics, The Beatles, Status Quo. Lift off at 2100 hours!
Over the Easter weekend, there is also music on Easter Saturday, Saturday 20th April. They’re called ROCK-OLA 4 PIECE COMBO. Performing juke box hits, made famous by … Eddie Cochran, Gene Vincent, Johnny Kidd & The Pirates, Elvis Presley, Buddy Holly etc.
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 email@example.com or on 01793 829868 if you want to find out more.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Shoppers and businesses are set to benefit from a new Council policy which will see the introduction of free parking on Sundays.
From April, the Council’s town centre car parks will be free on Sundays. The aim is to help residents and businesses by ensuring that people get to enjoy one day a week where they do not have to pay to park.
In 2018, the Council invested £160,000 in its town centre car parks, ensuring they were safe and clean for everyone who uses them.
This programme of upgrades has now been extended to make the car parks free to use on Sundays to encourage more people to use the town centre at weekends.
The introduction of free parking on Sundays will be cost neutral. A small 10p per hour price increase, the smallest amount possible, from Monday through to Saturday will help cover the £390,000 cost of the free parking.
The policy will be rolled out in April and councillors have urged shoppers to take full advantage of the money saving scheme.
Councillor Oliver Donachie, Swindon Borough Council’s Cabinet Member for Economic Development, said: “This is great news for residents and businesses. To be able to park for free for a full day, especially at the weekend, will create new opportunities for everyone.
“We know that the rise of online shopping has posed a number of challenges for local businesses and we want to do as much as we possibly can to help them thrive. The free parking provision on Sundays will help to create an extra 52 days of trading for businesses, and I would encourage residents to take full advantage of it.”
The first free Sunday for the Council’s town centre car parks will be 7 April 2019.
Councillor Dale Heenan, Swindon Borough Council’s Cabinet Member for the Town Centre, said: “Free parking on Sundays is the big new town centre parking policy.
“I hope local residents and businesses use this opportunity to support our town centre, as we all wrestle with the challenge of online shopping and the changing high street.”
SOUTH MARSTON PARISH COUNCIL
SECTION 123 of the LOCAL GOVERNMENT ACT 1972 (AS AMENDED)
PUBLIC OPEN SPACE
NOTICE is hereby given that South Marston Parish Council intends to dispose of 4,714m2 of land deemed to be Public Open Space at Old Vicarage Lane, South Marston. The land will be disposed of by means of a long lease and used for an extension to the primary school. A plan showing the land can be inspected, by appointment, at 10 Manor Park South Marston SN3 4RR or by following the link below:
Any objections to such disposal should be made in writing to the Parish Clerk, at the above address, by 4 March 2019.
Clerk to South Marston Parish Council
Date: 18 February 2019 Ref: WK
The outdoor gym installed on the Recreation Ground last autumn has received a visit from our local MP, Justin Tomlinson and ward Councillor Russell Holland.
This was arranged by the Big Lottery, now renamed the National Lottery Community Fund, as part of national publicity for their grant recipients and the write-up will appear on their website.
The weather was hardly helpful to the occasion, being wet and windy, but representatives of SMRA and the Parish Council enjoyed seeing our visitors try out the equipment.