100 Club Winners for March

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Congratulations to the following winners

£30 No. 48 Tracy Jones

£10 No. 2 Isabelle Clarke

£10 No. 79 Kevin and Sue Kerridge

£10 No. 18 Martyn Cook

£10 No. 60 Sheila Jinks

If you would like to be in for a chance to win, join the 100 Club for just £12 a year. Contact Angela on 07789068340 for more information.

 

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Parish Council Meeting March 2019

The next monthly meeting of the Parish Council will take place on Tuesday 19th  March  at 7:30pm in the Village Hall. The agenda can be seen here.

Members of the public are welcome to attend and can also ask questions or raise any matters during the Open 10 minutes at the start of the meeting.

February 2019 meeting minutes

In February 2019 the Council held their regular monthly meeting and a Special meeting and the minutes of these can be seen here.

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

The Parish Council Clerk

The Parish Council Clerk, Gary Vickery, has found that clerking is not for him and that the time requirements of the job do not fit well with his other interests.  He has formally resigned but will carry on until Easter.

The PC are analysing the role of clerk and will be separating out the financial aspects of the job, which over recent years have become increasingly technical. Gary, who has a background in management consulting, is continuing to assist us in this.

If you, or someone you know, might be interested in taking on the role, please contact Gary on 01793 686150 or e-mail clerksmpc@southmarston.org.uk.

SOUTH MARSTON BIG SPRING CLEAN UP


Join us on Sunday 24th March

This will be our third Village clean up event. We would like to see as many residents including families getting involved.

It’s very rewarding seeing your village all clean & tidy, working in small teams & meeting fellow residents. Any time you can give will be much appreciated.


Please meet at the Village Hall at 11am for refreshments, safety brief & supply of equipment.


Let’s all work together to keep South Marston a clean & safe place to live. At the same time helping the environment.

If you are unable to join us, can you spend a few minutes tidying outside your property. It all helps.


For further information please contact Mandie Olive on 07794076015 or mamamandieolive@yahoo.co.uk

New pond at St Julian’s Wood

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Wiltshire Wildlife Trust has recently announced they have funding for a new pond, and have chosen St Julian’s Wood for it.

It’s not possible to extend the existing pond because of the short timescale involved, so after discussing with our local warden, the most appropriate place has been agreed.

Expect to see digging works within just a few weeks, as the pond begins to take shape – quite literally.

It is hoped that the new pond will provide a high quality wildlife habitat, and later may be adapted to incorporate a dipping platform for children to use.

For more details, please contact Chris Brooks at Wttmh@tiscali.co.uk or on 01793 829868.

Council to Make Town Centre Car Parks Free on Sundays

Shoppers and businesses are set to benefit from a new Council policy which will see the introduction of free parking on Sundays.

From April, the Council’s town centre car parks will be free on Sundays. The aim is to help residents and businesses by ensuring that people get to enjoy one day a week where they do not have to pay to park.

In 2018, the Council invested £160,000 in its town centre car parks, ensuring they were safe and clean for everyone who uses them.

This programme of upgrades has now been extended to make the car parks free to use on Sundays to encourage more people to use the town centre at weekends.

The introduction of free parking on Sundays will be cost neutral. A small 10p per hour price increase, the smallest amount possible, from Monday through to Saturday will help cover the £390,000 cost of the free parking.

The policy will be rolled out in April and councillors have urged shoppers to take full advantage of the money saving scheme.

Councillor Oliver Donachie, Swindon Borough Council’s Cabinet Member for Economic Development, said: “This is great news for residents and businesses. To be able to park for free for a full day, especially at the weekend, will create new opportunities for everyone.

“We know that the rise of online shopping has posed a number of challenges for local businesses and we want to do as much as we possibly can to help them thrive. The free parking provision on Sundays will help to create an extra 52 days of trading for businesses, and I would encourage residents to take full advantage of it.”

The first free Sunday for the Council’s town centre car parks will be 7 April 2019.

Councillor Dale Heenan, Swindon Borough Council’s Cabinet Member for the Town Centre, said: “Free parking on Sundays is the big new town centre parking policy.

“I hope local residents and businesses use this opportunity to support our town centre, as we all wrestle with the challenge of online shopping and the changing high street.”

100 Club Winners for February

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Congratuations to the following winners

£10 No. 70 Mary Laing

£10 No. 25 Jon Cumming

£10 No. 72 Jim Sansum

£10 No. 44 Charie Goodheart

Would like to join the 100 Club and be in for a chance to win? The 100 Club is a monthly lottery draw run by South Marston Recreation Association (SMRA).

The subscription is £12 per year (£1 per month).  On receipt of payment, you will be allocated a Draw Number.  For each additional annual payment of £12, an additional Draw Number will be allocated.

Prize funds:

  • Four prizes of £10 per month;
  • In addition £30 at the end of each quarter (March, June and September);
  • £100 at the end of the year (December).

All profits made by the “100 Club” will be used to support the maintenance of the South Marston Village Hall and Recreation Field.

Please contact Angela Newton on 07789068340