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.


Friendly Club – Family Fun 2009

Fun for grandparents, parents and children. All can take part in making simple bird feeders. Watch the attached video of my grandchildren and then make some feeders yourselves. Why not visit Nightingale Wood and search for cones – you may be lucky and find some. It is good exercise for all. This joint venture project will be beneficial to get all generations talking and working together which must be good.

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.

100 Club

South Marston Recreation Association (SMRA) is the group, which oversees the maintenance of the recreation field in South Marston, and all residents are members of the association.

South Marston Parish Council provide an annual grant for some of the field maintenance but the only other major source of income for its upkeep and development is the profit from the monthly ‘100 CLUB’ draw and village fetes & Bazaars. The draw is open to all residents of the village.

A subscriber to the draw pays £1.00 a month for a number to be submitted to the draw which takes place at the monthly SMRA meeting in the village hall on the fourth Thursday in the month.

A subscriber may purchase more than one number in the draw.

Payment for the number to be included in the draw is collected annually, or half yearly, in advance. In special circumstances payment can be made monthly by arrangement with the collector.

The number allocation remains his/her number for the duration of membership provided the subscriptions are paid.

To allow early payment of the December prize winners, the draw is made at the November meeting.

Winning numbers are in the following publication of the ‘”Tower and Tap’

Prizes are as follows:

  • 4 prizes of £10.00 per month
  • In addition… £30.00 at the end of each quarter (March, June, Sept)
  • £100.00 at the end of the year (Nov)

If the numbers allocated rise significantly above the 100 mark, extra prizes may be awarded in accordance with the local authority rules governing lottery promotions.

Your Promoter is:

Mrs Jill Comley
Rowboro House
Old Vicarage Lane
South Marston
Tel: 01793 824901

The South Marston 100 Club draw is licensed by Swindon Borough Council in accordance with the lotteries legislation.

This information is also available here:  100 CLUB

Making South Marston a great place to live

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

Church Message – October 2009

Dear Friends,

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

Team Rector