Annual Parish Meeting & Information Event

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Village roadworks: Update

Following queries from residents, the PC have met with the agent responsible for the roadworks within the village to address current issues and discuss their plans for the next stage. The discussions have been productive and the Parish Council will be working closely with the agents to reduce the impact on residents as much as is possible.

  • In order to avoid excessive congestion at Pound corner, as far as possible, the contractors have agree to do this work during the school holiday period commencing Monday 28th May to Friday 1st June. A three way traffic light system will be put in place to control the single lane traffic.
  • There were plans to close the Highworth road between Quarrybrook Close and Byron Court order to drill a cable tunnel under the culvert carrying South Marston brook. The contractor has agreed to alter this plan and retain a single lane traffic light controlled road. This is currently in operation at 17th May.
  • Old Vicarage Lane is due to be closed in order to allow trance digging and cable installation under the railway tunnel. This is scheduled for Monday 21st June to Tuesday 5th June. This is the worse case scenario so may be open before this date.
  • Any future road closures will be limited to one road, at any one time.
  • Ongoing work includes: pulling the high voltage cable into sections of the previously laid cable pipe in the trench and then jointing each section of the cable; covering all the trench sites dug in the grass verges with top soil and grass seed;  repairing all sections of the red rumble road sections and any similar sections of the marked walking area around Pound corner. At this time we do not have an end date for this work.

We thank all the residents for their patience whilst the work is going on. We will continue to speak regularly with the agents.

Plant Sale

On: Monday 11 June 2018

At: South Marston Village Hall

Time: 7:30pm to 8:30pm

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Update from meeting on Monday 14 May 2018

Speakers: Pete and Bob Biggs, Wanborough Herb Nursery

Title: “Culinary Herbs and their Uses”

They gave us an interesting talk and overview of a selection of herbs from their collection.

Mint: There were at least 10 different mints on the table, such as “strawberry mint”.  One way to use is by laying leaves at the base of a cake batter and remove once the cake is cooked.  As a refreshing tea or add chopped leaves into a yogurt, in smoothies or in a fruit salad.

Geranium: Two unusual varieties on the night were “Rose” and Cola”.  The smell from these two varieties was unbelievable.  Leaves can be used as a refreshing drink and again by layering the leaves under a cake batter.

Lemon Verbena: Leaves can be used as a tea, in cakes or dropped into a hot bath.

Marjoram/Oregano: Can be used when cooking meat, fish or pasta.  The flowers are loved by bees and butterflies.

Strawberries (alpines): Unusual yellow fruited plants.

A couple of Hints and Tips

Coriander: Likes to be grown on its own and not with other plants. When cutting to use, don’t cut at the base and only use the top part of the plant.

Chive: If you suffer from “rust”, cut the plant to the ground and soak with a bucket of water.

Clay soil: Is the best soil for growing.  To improve its drainage add grit, sand or gravel and add a mulch such as manure or composted bark.


Annual Meeting of the Council, May Council Meeting and April minutes

Annual Meeting of South Marston Parish Council

The Annual Meeting of South Marston Parish Council will be held on Tuesday 15th May 2018 at 6:45pm at the Village Hall. At this meeting, the Council will elect a Chair, Vice Chair, all Councillors will sign their acceptances of office and the Council will review and adopt their key policies. We will also be co-opting a new member to the Council. A copy of the agenda can be seen here.

May 2018 Council meeting

The next monthly meeting of the Parish Council will take place on Tuesday 15th May at 7:30pm in the Village Hall. An agenda can be seen here.

Members of the public are welcome to attend and ask questions during the Open 10 minutes at the start of the meeting.

April 2018 meeting minutes

The minutes from the April Parish Council meeting are available to read. In this meeting, the Parish Council discussed a wide range of topics, including:

  • Issues with the ongoing cable installation in the village
  • Reviewed local planning applications
  • Approved a grant to support the village Youth Club

Please note that these minutes are draft until approved by the Parish Council at the next meeting. They can be seen here.


Travellers on Playing Field

Travellers have gained access onto the playing field today (28.04.18) at approximately 15:15 and been reported to the police.  The call Log No. is: 0166280418.

Thank you to those of you who have reported it in various ways to a number of people.  It is now out of our hands and we can only wait for it to be dealt with by the police.

Culinary Herbs and Their Uses

On: Monday 14 May 2018

At: South Marston Village Hall

Time: 7:30pm to 9:30pm

Pete and Bob Biggs of Wanborough Herb Nursery will speak about “Culinary Herbs and their Uses”.

They will bring along a large selection of herbs and talk about how they can be used in cooking.

Herb Plants will be available to purchase at the end of the evening.

Cost: £3 entry fee on the door or £12 for full Membership.

A warm welcome awaits you along with tea and cake as well as an optional raffle.

Update from Meeting held on Monday 9 April 2018

Speaker Stuart “The Wildman” Mabbutt from Oxford gave us a very interesting and entertaining talk about Wildlife in Everyday Gardening.  Stuart had 10 Challenges for us to improve Wildlife in our Gardens which are:

      • 1: Is gardening essential or is it social conditioning?
      • 2: Tidiness is down to interpretation
      • 3: Are you hearing or are you listening? Are you seeing or are you looking
      • 4: Birth is just as important as death and decay (there is no such thing as pest and disease)
      • 5: It’s really only down to 4 things
        • Water
        • Dead wood
        • Different grass heights
        • Different flowers, trees and shrubs
      • 6: Hedgehogs and bee’s
      • 7: The connected garden
        • Corridors in between neighbouring garden
        • You as part of a much bigger picture
      • 8:The alternative garden: moon gardening and ant nests
      • 9: Natives and non-natives are not worth fussing about too much, diversity is what we need. Ethical seeds (buy British seeds not imported ones.)
      • 10: Caring for garden birds.