Church Letter – February 2010

Dear Friends

This is my last letter as Team Rector for, as you probably know, I am retiring on 14th February.

Over the last four years or so it has been a privilege to be with you and contribute to the life of our Team Ministry. Each of our churches—St Margaret’s, Stratton, St Mary Magdalene, South Marston, St Leonard, Stanton Fitzwarren and our congregation which meets at Coleview Community Centre each Sunday, have their own identities in the communities where they are. One size doesn’t fit all and it has been good to have been part of different approaches and alternative ways of local church life. Continue reading Church Letter – February 2010


Wind Turbines

Following the successful wind measurement tests over the last year or so, Honda has decided to submit a planning application for up to 3 wind turbines on its site. These will provide the necessary electricity to cover the basic power load of the building services. Continue reading Wind Turbines

NEW Masterplanning – Initial Workbook of Plans

South Marston Parish Council appointed NEW Masterplanning to assist in the preparation of a Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) for South Marston.

Working with the South Marston community and Swindon Borough Council, the SPD aims to  establish an agreed strategy for the village that responds to the unique development pressures it is facing. Continue reading NEW Masterplanning – Initial Workbook of Plans

Swindon Advertiser – Houses’ protest grows bigger

Swindon Advertiser reports the latest news about the East Swindon Communities Group, and the Eastern Development Area.

CAMPAIGNERS against development to the east and west of Swindon – totalling 15,000 homes, have joined forces to call for more robust safeguards.

They have called for Swindon Council to set in stone requirements for roads, schools and other facilities to be in place before a single house is built. Continue reading Swindon Advertiser – Houses’ protest grows bigger

Wanted: Volunteers for our Wildlife Site – updated

Wiltshire Wildlife Trust LogoThe Parish Council want to set up a community group to plan and undertake the work to create a wildlife area on the land recently leased from SBC on the Highworth Road, just after the footpath into Greenfields and adjacent to 31 Highworth Road. The group will be initially guided and supervised by an officer from Wiltshire Wildlife Trust. The initial task will be to clear the site, coppice hazels and prune and lay the hedge which we plan to start on Saturday 30th January.

Working in this group would be an ideal Community/Voluntary service
project for anyone participating in the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award

Working in this group would be an ideal Community/Voluntary service project for anyone participating in the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award scheme.

Morning Session: 10:30 – 12:30

Afternoon Session: 13:30 – 15:00

  • All equipment required will be supplied by WWT including safety equipment
  • Volunteers should wear sensible footwear and clothing.
  • Health and safety instructions will be given by Neil before any work is started on the site.
  • All volunteers will be covered by WWT insurance.
  • Volunteer’s children are to be supervised at all times by an adult.
  • Names and contact details of volunteers will be recorded.
  • It it the intention that a community group will establish itself from the volunteers to take the Wildlife Site Project forward in design and maintenance as an ongoing scheme.

If you are interested in working on this new project, contact:

Neil Pullen (WWT) 814768    Mobile: 07818045198

Neil Burchell 827009

Swindon Advertiser – Virtual Lesson beats the icy blast – Updated

UPDATE: Mrs Plested is being interviewed live on BBC Wiltshire radio at 5.15 on Thurs 14th Jan 2010, about virtual lessons conducted when the school was closed. It’s on 103.5FM,104.3FM and DAB.

Swindon Advertiser recently published the following article about South Marston Primary School

MODERN technology in Swindon could soon put an end to education-free days during school closures.

On Thursday a number of children at South Marston Primary School took part in an innovative home lesson via the wonders of the internet – complete with a teacher, an in-home science experiment and a question and answer period. Continue reading Swindon Advertiser – Virtual Lesson beats the icy blast – Updated