Borough Council and Parish Council Elections

An Election of Borough Councillors will take place on Thursday 6th May and will include an election for the Blunsdon Ward which covers South Marston. (See formal notice)

Notice of Election of Parish CouncillorsAn election of  Councillors for South Marston Parish Council will also take place on Thursday 6th May (see formal notice). Continue reading Borough Council and Parish Council Elections


Thames water completes £10M Flood Alleviation scheme

Swindon Advertiser today reported that:

AFTER thousands of phone calls, hundreds of letters and 14 floods, Linda Brown and her neighbours can now be all but assured their homes will never be deluged with waste water again.

Their quiet confidence comes after Thames Water’s announcement that the £10m flood alleviation works which began in earnest in April 2009 is now officially complete. Continue reading Thames water completes £10M Flood Alleviation scheme

South Marston Youth Club update – April 2010

Our AGM is on Mon 26 April 2010 at 7pm in the Carriers.
All welcome.

Helpers Needed!
Adult youth club helpers are required for South Marston Youth Club on Mondays 6-8.30pm (for 10-13 year olds) and/or Fridays 6-8.30pm (6-9 year olds) fortnightly to help the youth leaders supervise the children during youth club sessions, and help with tidying up the village hall at the end of the session. When activities take place away from the village hall, to help supervise the children on the journey and during the activity. No specific skills required, except an ability to communicate well with young people.
We are a friendly, lively bunch and enjoy sporting activities as well as creative activities and if you have in interest in Youth Work then this is a good starting place to gain experience. CRB check essential, but we will obtain and pay for this.

Please contact Julie or Steve for further information 07857310624

Village Development update – March 2010

Village Transport Report
The Borough’s consultants, JMP Ltd, have produced a comprehensive report identifying the existing traffic related problems in the village and providing options for dealing with lack of footpaths at Pound Corner and Thornhill Rd and for dealing with traffic speed issues. The report does NOT deal with traffic issues that would come from an expanded village under the Eastern Development Area (EDA) as this would be dealt with when details of any expansion plans were known. It concentrates on improving pedestrian access & safety rather than improving traffic flow.
The report has to be presented to the Borough before it is made available to the public. Once this has been done it will be made available via the website.
It is planned to hold a meeting of the Village Development Working Party early in April to discuss the implications of the Transport Report and comments from the Parish Council’s consultants, NEWMasterplanning. A series of mini workshops, seeking the views of members of the various village organisations,
will take place in April & May and a full workshop, open to all residents will take place in late May.

Tower and Tap – April 2010

Click here for the Tower and Tap April 2010 – PDF Version

This months edition includes:-

  • Letter from Rev Vicky Fleming
  • Church Notices
  • Parish Council News including:
    • Jean Franklin Presentation
    • Village Transport Report
    • Workshops
  • Tot’s n Toddlers Fund Raising Auction
  • Friendly Club
  • Gardening Club
  • Youth Club, AGM and Spring Fayre
  • Police Surgeries
  • Carriers Arms Events
  • Tower & Tap Submissions

Please email items for Tower & Tap to or drop any article in to The Maples, South Marston (next to the Vicarage).

The deadline for May 2010 issue is 15 April 2010.

Jean Franklin Presentation

Jean Franklin Presentation

At the meeting of the Parish Council on the 16th March, the chairman, Colin McEwen presented a collage of views of the village to Jean Franklin on the occasion of her retiring from the Council. Jean had been a Parish Councillor for 35 years and Colin thanked her for the time and commitment that she had put into the life of the community during those years and her valued contribution to the work of the Council.