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General village news

Neighbourhood Watch Scheme

Neighbourhood Watch logoThe local police are keen to extend the Neighbourhood Watch Scheme in Swindon and the surrounding area. A scheme has been up and running successfully in Ash Gardens and Fuller Gardens for nearly two years and has provided many benefits. There are a number of benefits in becoming part of such a Scheme, these include:-

  • We should feel slightly more secure knowing that our neighbours are keeping an eye on our property and also that we are not alone when problems arise.
  • The opportunity to get to know our neighbours and create a sense of community.
  • The ability to contact the NHW Liaison Officer at Gablecross Police Station, who will listen and, if it is deemed appropriate, pass on any relevant information to the Local Beat Officer.
  • It can help to deter prospective troublemakers from targetting your street.
  • It can lead to lower priced house insurance.

Volunteers will only need to spend a minimal amount of time fulfilling the Co-ordinators role and it should make our village a safer place to live.

If you are interested in finding out more about the Neighbourhood Watch Scheme and/or becoming a Co-ordinator for your street in South Marston, please contact Jill Quadri at or telephone Jill on 829796.


Agenda for Parish Council Meeting – 20th Oct

There is a meeting of the Parish Council on Tuesday 20th October at 7.30pm
in the Village Hall. Members of the public and the Press are welcome to

There is a meeting of the Parish Council on Tuesday 20th October at 7.30pm in the Village Hall. Members of the public and the Press are welcome to attend.

The full agenda is available from:

South Marston Parish Council Meeting Agenda – Oct 2009

Police Surgeries

The local Police are holding surgeries on Tuesday 10th November and Tuesday 15th December in the Meadow Room of the South Marston Hotel (formerly the Nightingale Hotel). If there is anything you would like to discuss with them then drop in between 1900 and 2000 hours on these dates. If you have any problems in your area or there is a forthcoming priority you would like to talk about then please come along.

Wiltshire Bobby Van Trust

The Wiltshire Bobby Van Trust provides a free of charge home security service for elderly, disabled and disadvantaged members of the community. Based at Chippenham Police Station, they cover the whole of Wiltshire and Swindon, with three Home Office trained crime reduction officers/carpenters driving workshop-fitted vans. They visit those particularly at risk of intruders and make practical – and free – improvements to their home security, so that they can sleep peacefully at night – something the majority of us take for granted.

Click here for more info…

Eastern Development Update

Some good news – Swindon Borough Council have finally agreed that we should have an integrated plan for the development of the village.

Parish Council Chairman Colin McEwen said

this is a sensible decision that enables us to include the existing village and two planned housing schemes in an integrated plan. We can’t do much about the quantity of houses, but we can influence the quality of the design”