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This is Wiltshire: Pair’s farewell to popular pub

Taken from ‘This is Wiltshire

A LANDLORD and his wife are calling time at the village pub they have run for 13 years.

Robert and Barbara Feal-Martinez will say goodbye to The Carpenter’s Arms Motel to join their son and grandchildren in Portsmouth.

The couple are finalising plans with Arkell’s brewery but expect to leave South Marston in October.

Mr Feal-Martinez said: “There’s never a right time to do anything but obviously we are getting older and this is becoming more and more a young person’s trade. I have been doing this for 27 years and the time is right to watch the grandchildren grow up. It’s something we didn’t want to miss out on.”

The couple added the motel section to the pub and it has a number one listing on the TripAdvisor reviews website for hotels in Swindon. The Arms, which was acquired by Arkell’s in 1881, also has the maximum five stars for food hygiene.

Mr Feal-Martinez, a former UKIP candidate known for his forthright views on political matters, said: “We have made some good friends and we will miss our regular customers. We have a really strong core of regulars who come in on Sunday lunchtimes, week in, week out. Some of our guests in the letting rooms have been here two years. They work in Swindon as IT contractors and go home at the weekends. It shows the good accommodation and service we provide. We have also made some enemies, but that’s the nature of things when you put your head over the parapet. Arkell’s have also been an excellent business partner and they have been very helpful.

“We are number one on TripAdvisor for our accommodation, and have been for 10 months. There is a high standard and we hope the people who come in will maintain that.”

The couple, both aged 61, are moving to be nearer their son, who is in the Navy.

Mr Feal-Martinez said: “I have been in the trade in various ways since I left the police in 1985. I may put myself down on a relief list at Arkell’s in case I want to run a pub on temporary basis. But I’m a great believer that once you’ve made a decision you should look forward, not back. It’s too easy to say what might have been.”

Planning Event Slides – 12 June 2012

Below are the planning boards and slides which were used at the South Marston Planning Event held at the South Marston Hotel on 12th June 2012. The materials provided here have been provided by Swindon Borough Council.

Colin McEwens photos of the village flooding experienced on 29th April which were presented at the meeting: Click here. Follow the map link on the right hand side to see where the photos were taken.

We also have the Technical Note – regarding the Traffic assessment through the village.

Parish Council – July / August 2012

Parish Councillor Vacancy

South Marston Parish Council currently has a vacancy for a Parish Councillor. Applicants should put their request for consideration in writing with a summary about themselves including: reasons for wishing to be a councillor; previous community/council work; any other skills they can bring to the Council, their interests and recent career history.

The closing date for applications is Friday 6th July 2012.

All candidates will be invited to an interview. For further information, please contact the Parish Clerk.

Parish Council Meetings

Members of the public are welcome to attend Parish Council meetings which are held on the third Tuesday of the month, at 7.30pm in the Village Hall. There is an “Open 10 Minutes” section at the start of the meeting where you are invited to ask questions or discuss an agenda item. It would be helpful if you could inform the Chairman at the start of the meeting of any items that you wish to raise or discuss. All agendas are published on the village website and on the village notice boards, prior to the meetings.

Tower and Tap – June 2012

Click here for the  Tower and Tap June 2012 edition.

This months edition includes:-

Church News / Meeting Point

Parish Council

Friendly Club


Village Hall New Hire Rates

SME Group

Gardening Club


Police Meetings

Local Elections

Youth Club – A Call for Help

All dates have been included in the South Marston Calendar.

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

The deadline for March 2012 issue is 15 February 2012.

Tower and Tap – May 2012

Click here for the Tower and Tap May 2012 edition.

This months edition includes:-

All dates have been included in the South Marstons Calendar.

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

The deadline for the June 2012 issue is 15th May.

Diamond Jubilee Street Party:

We are hoping for lovely weather for the South Marston Diamond Jubilee celebrations.

Friday June 1st

  •  Evening concert in the Church – 7pm. Refreshments available.

Saturday June 2nd

  • Highworth Silver Band playing from 2-4pm.
  • Street party and picnic in the area between the school and Church in the centre of the village.
  •  Bring your own picnic – tables and chairs will be ready, with tablecloths. Alternatively, you are welcome to bring picnic rugs and sit on the grass.
  • Teas, cold drinks and cakes will be available from the Church.
  •  Flower displays from all of the village organisations will be on display in the Church.
  • Old village photographs and memorabilia will be on display in the Village Hall.
  • School children will be performing.
  • Fancy dress – adults and children! Come dressed as your favourite Royal personage.
  • Join us at the Carriers Arms to continue the Celebrations with a Pig Roast and evening entertainment – from 7pm.

How can I help?!

  • Thursday 31st May 6.30pm. at Church Farm House, then on the Glebe, outside the Church, to help put up the marquees. Also to erect the staging in the Church.
  • Saturday 2nd June from 9am. Assembling and erecting flower tubs, bunting and flags in the area between the school, Church and Village Hall.
  • Cake baking – all contributions of cakes will be very gratefully received. Please bring to the Church on Saturday 2nd.June at any time.

We would love help from anybody who could be available. Please either turn up on the day or phone Mary Case on 826038 or Jenny McEwen on 825312

Road closure South Marston

Please be aware that the road through the centre of South Marston will be closed on Saturday 2nd. June between 11am and 6pm for the Jubilee street party.

It will be closed between 1, Church Farm Lane and the Church/Vicarage exit onto Old Vicarage Lane. Buses have been diverted and details for that will appear closer to the time.

Any Old China? – Still Collecting?

SMRA is hoping to put on a china-smashing stall for the Summer Fete this July, so if you have any old china that it will not be heart-breaking to see in pieces, please let me know. You can either drop it off at Church Farmhouse any time (leave by the door if there is no reply) or ring me and I’ll collect it. No item refused!

Many thanks Jenny McEwen tel. 825312

F & E Harris Memorial Trust – May 2012

The government has increased the State Pension age for women to 65 phased from April 2016 to December 2018. A further increase will be phased in to raise the State Pension age for all to 66 from December 2018.

In consideration of these changes and the proposed expansion of the village community the Trust will be making the following changes to the criteria for allocation of Christmas Hampers to senior citizens of South Marston. These changes will be implemented on 1st April 2016.

The changes are not subject to the exact scheduling of government criteria.

  • To qualify for a Christmas Hamper the recipient is required to have been in permanent residency in South Marston for a period of 3 years prior to submission of registration.
  • All new applicants must be 65 years of age on 24th December 2016 to be eligible to register.
  • All new and existing applicants must be 66 years of age or over on the 1st January 2019 to be eligible to register.

Advertiser – Fears over expansion

Swindon Advertiser recently ran an article regarding the fears of locals over the uncertain nature of the councils expansion plans:

THE eastern villages expansion and protection against wind farms are some of the key issues in the new St Margaret and South Marston ward.

The ward, made up of some of the existing St Margaret and Blunsdon wards, covers Stratton St Margaret, Lower Stratton, Kingsdown and South Marston.

Colin McEwen, a long-serving parish councillor and former chairman of South Marston Parish Council, said he wanted the new borough councillors to ensure the community has a say over the quality and design of the new Eastern Villages.  Continue reading Advertiser – Fears over expansion

Parish Council News – April 2012

Community Payback

The Parish Council and South Marston Recreation Association would like to thank the Probation Service Community Payback Team for clearing ditches and litter picking on the playing field in February, as well as painting the metal container. The team worked very hard. We hope to use this worthwhile service again the future.

HGV Information

Please continue to send any information about HGV’s driving through the village to the Clerk. Alternatively, please email PC Jackson directly on marc.jackson@wiltshire.pnn.police.uk . PC Jackson is currently keeping a database of all complaints received.

Old Village Photographs

Do you have any old village photographs? The Clerk would love to hear from you! If you are able to, please email any old photographs to the Clerk.

To keep informed of all the latest Parish Council news, including minutes of Parish Council meetings, please visit www.southmarston.org.uk and visit the ‘Parish Council’ section. The Clerk can be contacted on 01793 820529 or email: clerksmpc@aol.com