Early plans for the Queen‘s Diamond Jubilee weekend have developed as follows:
Friday 1st June
Evening Variety Concert of local performers in South Marston Church. Wine, cheese and other refreshments during the interval.
Saturday 2nd June
2-4pm. South Marston Church, School and Village Hall
An afternoon of bell ringing, fancy dress, picnic, free games and entertainment
Village Picnic, closing the road between the Church and school
Highworth Silver Band
Floral displays in the Church
South Marston old photographs exhibition in the Village Hall
We are also hoping to be able to give commemorative mugs, coins or something similar to all village children under 18.
There are several other plans being considered, perhaps a Beer Festival, and we would love to have anyone else with ideas to come to our next Jubilee meeting on Tuesday 6th. March at 7.30pm. in the Village Hall.
Anyone with any ideas or offers to help will be very welcome. If you can‘t come to the meeting but would still like to be involved, please contact Mary Case or Jenny McEwen (phone numbers below).
We are planning to seek permission to close the road between the Church and school, between Rose Cottage (on the corner of Chapel Lane) and numbers 1 and 2 Church Farm Lane.
This will be between about 1.30pm. and 4-30pm. on Saturday 2nd. June.
This will also mean that the buses will have to be re-routed on that day. If anyone has any difficulty with this or any comment, please contact either Mary Case (tel. 826038) or Jenny McEwen (tel. 825312).
The High Five service for children up to 5 years meets again on 18th January at 10am We would love to see you there!
We will be meeting on Wednesday 14th December at 2 pm at Dryden House, and then on 11th January at 12 noon at Blunsdon House for lunch. If you love crafting then join us for inspiration and encouragement as well as good company. More details contact Vicky Fleming
The 7.30 Club:
For 10 to 16 year olds from Stratton, Stanton & South Marston.
Held on alternate Sunday Evenings 7.30pm to 8.45pm at St Margaret’s Centre.
Please call the St. Margaret’s Church Office for more information
Saturday Scene for young families meets on:
10th December for our Christmas Party
14th January in the Village Hall 4pm to 5.15pm
Contact Donald Page on 825693
When you are thinking about Christmas gifts don’t forget that South Marston Church Tea towels are still for sale.
£3.50 or 2 for £6, 4 for £10—contact Vicky Fleming.
Baptisms and Weddings:
As we get very booked up please contact Rev. Vicky Fleming for details as soon as possible.
The Meeting Point:
Coffee morning with table top sales. All the tables have been booked for December—you may book for January—free.
Telephone Vicky Fleming 827021.
Scouts post and stamps (20p) available
Come and enjoy good company and refreshments.
10th December from 10am until 2pm with a visit form Father Christmas
14th January from 10am –12.30 In the Village Hall
Christmas at South Marston Church:
5pm: Carols and Village Nativity on the Glebe. Come dressed as angels, shepherds, kings, or any of the characters from the nativity story
6pm: Nine Lessons and Carols with mince pies and mulled wine
4pm: Christingle Service raising funds for The Children’s Society
Earlier this year a planning application was submitted by AEE Renewables, the developers, for a Solar Farm adjacent to the Highworth Road in South Marston. Many villagers attended a road show presented by the company in the Village Hall, where the environmental features of the installation were presented, including a spiral stake system to support the panels.
This had the advantage of ease of installation and removal, with mininal environmental damage at the end of the solar farm’s life. In addition, the potential to supply cheaper, cleaner energy to the village from the solar farm was also discussed. The Parish Council therefore decided not to object the application, but requested changes to ensure that existing rights of way along footpaths remained.
In order to obtain government grants, the solar farm had to start supplying energy to a consumer by 1st August 2011. This was achieved by installing a direct feed from the first solar panels to the Honda Plant.
AEE Renewables have signed a non-disclosure agreement with Honda and therefore we do not have details of any supply arrangements which may now be in place. Our requests for further meetings to discuss options for supply of power to the village are currently being declined.
We have also been informed by Swindon Borough Council that during the planning consultation period a number of archaeological remains of potential historic significance were identified. The developer therefore produced a revised design for mounting the solar panels. This involved mounting the panels on wire cages filled with stones and consent was given for this design. However the construction of this arrangement could not meet the required completion date. The developer therefore requested that concrete pad foundations be used instead. Swindon Borough Council Planning Department considered this change to be a non-material amendment and therefore approved the change without informing or consulting the village. The first we knew about the change was when we saw the concrete pads being installed.
The Parish Council will therefore be complaining to Swindon Borough Council that we were neither informed nor consulted on this issue which we consider to be more significant than a non-material amendment. There is also a potential issue concerning an increased flooding risk due to additional run-off water from the site as a result of this change. However, there is probably little that we can do now to change the situation.
Finally, there have been some complaints concerning the installation work. If you have any issues regarding consequential damage or access to public rights of way as a result of the installation, please can you pass any details on to the Parish Council.
In order to identify infrastructure issues associated with village expansion and to investigate the potential to connect all properties in the village to the main sewer system, we have been asked to provide details of properties in the village that use septic tanks. The parish council would therefore be grateful if you could inform the Parish Clerk (firstname.lastname@example.org, 01793 820529) if your property has a septic tank.
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