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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.

Old Vicarage Lane – closure update

A number of residents have raised concerns about the ongoing closure of Old Vicarage Lane – which has been extended by the lockdown situation. The following points summarise an update the Parish Council received after raising these concerns with the developers:

  • The road remains closed because work on a gas main running underneath needs to be completed – the developers are waiting for an update from the utility provider on this and cannot make further progress until this is done
  • After this the closure will move to the other side of Nightingale Lane – the developers acknowledge this will cause more concerns but this will be the final stage of the closures

We will be updated when the developers know more but currently there is no more information available.




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.

Parish Council Annual Audit Completion

Each year, South Marston Parish Council completes both an internal and external audit to ensure it has sound financial processes and is compliant with legal requirements.

We have now received confirmation that the Council  has passed both audits for the last financial year 2018/19.  The notice of the conclusion of audit can be seen here.

Members of the public can view the Annual Return and the external auditor’s report here.

Keypoint Appeal Allowed

Yesterday Ward Councillor Russell Holland posted the following statement concerning the Keypoint development:

I regret to write that the Planning Inspectorate have allowed the developer’s appeal at Keypoint. This is extremely disappointing news because all Councillors voted against allowing this development and I know residents were opposed to this. We have only just received the decision but I am making sure that the Council obtains legal advice so that we can consider our options in respect of this. I will update more when I can.

The Parish Council would also like to express its disappointment at this decision – throughout the process it has supported the Borough in opposing the project and will be considering whether it is realistic to take any further action.