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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.

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SOUTH MARSTON BIG SPRING CLEAN UP


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.

Local MP Celebrates South Marston’s Outdoor Gym

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.

South Marston Parish Council at the Keypoint Enquiry

Parish Council representatives Tony Leathart and Sylvia Brown shared the daily attendance at the two week Keypoint Enquiry at the Steam Museum that ended last week. They were able to appear and speak most days on matters ranging from pollution risk and visual impact, to the likelihood of HGV traffic congestion within and outside of the Keypoint estate.

One of the most hotly-debated aspects were the benefits, claimed by the developers, from the planned use of the rail terminal for transporting feedstock to the plant. This proposal was brought forward just before the appeal started and was not in the original application. The Parish Council was able to show that the likelihood of this ever happening was extremely small and no significant weight should be given to the claim.

The inspector’s report will probably not be produced until late spring.

All told, our two stalwart representatives spent more than 40 hours at the enquiry, which involved accompanying the inspector at the day-long site visit in the pouring rain and the challenge of getting to the enquiry on the Friday morning when the snow was at its worst.

The snow also meant no deliveries had reached the Steam museum or any of the food outlets in the vicinity. Attendees had to make do with day-old sandwiches rescued from the bin by the Steam caretaker! At the end of the day, participants helped dig each other out of the car park as the snow had continued to fall.