Making South Marston a Great Place to Live
You will recall that the replies the questionaire and public meeting in 2006 accepted that development at South Marston was inevitable and, to some extent desirable. They authorised the Parish Council to change its policy and seek to influence development rather than simply oppose it. We facilitated the preparation of the Village Plan that was submitted to Swindon Borough Council (Swindon) in 2007. That Plan implied a growth of about 300 homes to the South of the village.
At that stage Swindon had indicated to the Regional Authority that it would accept grpwth of 32,000 houses in the period to 2026, many of which were allocated to the Eastern Development Area (EDA), which lies between the village and Commonhead. In fact the Regional Spatial Strategy (RSS) requires the Borough to take 36,000. Continue reading Making South Marston a great place to live
Who has forgotten something this last month, this last week, today? I know someone who to help them remember put things in strange places. To remember to take something out of the freezer next morning for dinner the next night they put a freezer bag in their shoe. Or they tied their socks together, turn a sleeve of a jacket inside out- the only trouble is remembering why you did it!
The Bible tells us in the Old Testament about Jacob was on a journey- he travelled from a place called Beer-Sheba, along a mountain range – he was exhausted from his rugged journey- for he slept with a stone for a pillow….During the night he had a dream of a ladder that reached from earth to heaven and in which confirmed his promise to be with Jacob and his people.
Next day he realised that this was a special place- yes he believed like many others that God could be anywhere but that some places were special. This was such a place so he built a mound of rocks to celebrate that it was a place where God had met him and he made a promise to God to keep it special or sacred and he would also give a tenth of his possessions in an offering to God. Jacob would remember that experience and it would be with him the rest of his life. The rocks would be a remembrance of that.
In October we celebrate our Harvest Festivals- and we come to remember the goodness of a creator God to us. We celebrate the fruit of the fields, what we can buy in our shops, for those who farm the land, process the food and so on . At Harvest time we come to build our own place of thanksgiving to God. To say thank you for all that we receive from God’s hands, to remember that it is not actually our world but we have it in trust from God and we are called to share its resources.
Rev Victor Howlett
Parish Council Meeting Minutes – Sept 09.
- Update on the village website
- New Planning Decisions
- Updates on EDA.
The South Marston Youth Club is hosted in the Village Hall, on Mondays and Fridays (18:30 – 20:30) on alternate weeks:
Mondays – for children aged 10-13 Yrs
Fridays – for children aged 6-9 Yrs
Check the South Marston Calendar to confirm the timings.
Adults wishing for their children to join will need to fill in the Youth Club waiting list / membership form, and send it to the Youth Club coordinators: Julie and Steve Hatherall
Tel: 07923 441 296
The Tower and Tap – October 2009 edition is now available for download.
It includes a 4 page update from the Parish Council on the Expansion plans for South Marston