South Marston in Lights Event – Competition Results

SMILE 2020 winner

The wonderful array of displays of Christmas lights across South Marston this year has made the judging of the competition very difficult. However, after much deliberation, by a team of three judges, the results are as follows:

1st Place – 1 Chapel Lane – for an enchanting, colourful and varied display, with delightful details, such as the little penguins.

2nd Place – The Limes, Thornhill Road – a striking display which conveys the feeling of a winter wonderland.

Runners-up, in no particular order:

Ferndale Cottage, Highworth Road – for providing a bright and colourful welcome to the village;

Manor Lodge, Thornhill Road – a lovely and varied display, making the most of a relatively small space, which also looks very attractive during the daytime;

Pigeon House Farm Bungalow, Chapel Lane – a panoramic display of lights, which provide different, but equally pleasing views, from each direction;

1 Pinehurst Cottages, Thornhill Road – a vibrant and colourful display, which was considered to be particularly appealing to children;

6 Bell Gardens – a very colourful, high impact display which makes good use of the trees and bushes.

A big thank you to everyone who has helped South Marston to sparkle this Christmas!

Recreation Ground works

On Tuesday 22nd and Wednesday 23rd December contractors working alongside Swindon Borough Council will be digging a trench on the edge of the recreation ground near the car park in the village.

This is an essential investigation related to the school expansion planning and the Parish Council has little option other than to allow the work.

The Parish Council has stressed that the site should be safe and secured while being worked on and that all measures will be taken to ensure the area is reinstated adequately. This includes ensuring  the ground is level, turf condition is satisfactory and that disruption to football users and the public is minimised.

Councillors will check the work following reinstatement and it has been agreed that additional remedial works will be carried out in the new year if required.

Parish Council Meeting December 2020

The next monthly meeting of the Parish Council will be held remotely on Tuesday  15th December  2020 at 7:30pm. The agenda can be seen here.

Members of the public are welcome to attend remotely – please contact the clerk for joining details at clerk@southmarston.org.uk. Any questions for the open 10 minutes should be submitted in advance to the same address.

In November 2020 the Council held its  regular monthly meeting and the minutes of this can be seen here.

Please note that these minutes are draft until approved by the Parish Council at the next meeting.

Parish Council Meeting November 2020

The next monthly meeting of the Parish Council will be held remotely on Tuesday  17th November 2020 at 7:30pm. The agenda can be seen here.

Members of the public are welcome to attend remotely – please contact the clerk for joining details at clerk@southmarston.org.uk. Any questions for the open 10 minutes should be submitted in advance to the same address.

In October 2020 the Council held its  regular monthly meeting and the minutes of this can be seen here.

Please note that these minutes are draft until approved by the Parish Council at the next meeting.

Parish COuncil Meeting October 2020

The next monthly meeting of the Parish Council will be held remotely on Tuesday  20th October 2020 at 7:30pm. The agenda can be seen here.

Members of the public are welcome to attend remotely – please contact the clerk for joining details at clerk@southmarston.org.uk. Any questions for the open 10 minutes should be submitted in advance to the same address.

In September 2020 the Council held its  regular monthly meeting and the minutes of this can be seen here.

Please note that these minutes are draft until approved by the Parish Council at the next meeting.

PARISH COUNCIL ANNUAL AUDIT COMPLETION

Each year, South Marston Parish Council completes both an internal and external audit to ensure it has sound financial processes and is compliant with legal requirements.

We have now received confirmation that the Council  has passed both audits for the last financial year 2019/20.  The notice of the conclusion of audit can be seen here.

Members of the public can view the Annual Return here and the external auditor’s report here.

DoG WASTE

A polite reminder for people to pick up after their dogs when out walking around the village.

Dog fouling is making work particularly difficult for turf farming around the village.

Please use the dog waste bins provided where possible.

100 Club Winners

Congratulations to the following August and September 100 Club Winners.

September
£30 No. 11 Pauline Oxby
£10 No. 44 Charlie Goodheart
£10 No. 89 Colin McEwen
£10 No. 69 Margaret Turner
£10 No. 39 Val Goodheart

August
£10 No. 39 Val Goodheart
£10 No. 36 Eileen Lester
£10 No. 71 Lesley Jefferies
£10 No. 104 Adam Rudnik