TOWER & TAP                            April 2013        SOUTH MARSTON’S COMMUNITY NEWSLETTER                A Great      ...
CARRIERS ARMS                          HOME TUTORING         South Marston                                                ...
Dear Friends,After the Celebration of Easter and the wonderful joy we experience inthanking God for his wonderful gift of ...
Church News4             http://southmarston.org.uk
Church Services for South Marston7th April          11.00am South Marston          Family Service14th April         9.30am...
School NewsHelp Keep Our Children SafeConcerns have repeatedly been raised and communicated to parentsand carers about the...
By Rhiannon Donald Easy Sudoku                            Fill in all the missing letters 3          1               of th...
South Marston Parish CouncilDiary Dates…Annual Parish Meeting and AGMCome along to the Annual Parish Meeting on Tuesday 4t...
South Marston Parish CouncilParish Council MeetingsMembers of the public are welcome to attend Parish Council meetingswhic...
South Marston Enterprise (SME) GroupThe South Marston Enterprise (SME) Group is a business group that holdregular monthly ...
SMRA South Marston Recreation Association100 ClubMarch Winners                          All profits from the 100 club go t...
The Friendly ClubRecent EventsTuesday 12th March – At the South Marston HotelAn interesting talk was given by Norman Jeffe...
The F & E Harris Memorial TrustChristmas Hampers - new qualification criteria                            The government ha...
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What’s happening at        South Marston Hotel & Spa…. Firstly may we extend a big thank you to everyone who attended our ...
Our Coffee morning in March was not as well attended as Iwould have liked but I’m hoping our next one scheduled forMonday ...
Make money with a smile and some hard work! The      Wedding Season is fast approaching and we are look-     ing for casua...
SWINDON OLDER                  PEOPLES FORUM                Next Open Meeting on      TUESDAY 16 APRIL      1:00 pm – 4:00...
The Highworth United CharitiesRelief of Need FundSupporting South Marston residents.The Relief of Need Fund Currently has ...
a great way to meet people and to find outmore about the Thames, its history, wildlifeand management. At the same time vol...
S MAW L              South Marston Assisting Wildlife     Here’s something for young and old whatever the weather:        ...
***Free I-SPY Birds books from SMAWL!***             Come along to Oak Tree Corner,      on Saturday 13th April from 10:30...
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Tower & Tap Advertising Rates 2013The South Marston Tower & Tap is a popular publication read, pub-lished monthly with a d...
Useful ContactsParish Council Chair              Stuart Young       T 828775Parish Council Vice Chair         Sylvia Brown...
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  1. 1. TOWER & TAP April 2013 SOUTH MARSTON’S COMMUNITY NEWSLETTER A Great Ofsted ResultFollowing an inspection in Feb-ruary 2013 Ofsted have gradedSouth Marston C of E PrimarySchool as ‘Good’ with‘Outstanding’ features. Behav-iour of children was singled outas a particular strength. Theway schools are inspected haschanged significantly since ourschool’s last Ofsted inspectionin 2008, with much higher ex-pectations being placed onteachers and leaders than thereever was before.Ofsted said “Pupils’ progress South Marston Primary Schoolthroughout the school has improvedsince the last inspection. Pupils’ work and the school’s current records oftheir progress show that many pupils exceed national expectations in readingand mathematics and, more recently, in writing, as a result of consistentlygood teaching.”The full report is available from the School Website:http://www.southmarstonprimary.org/Ofsted/South_Marston_Ofsted_report_-_final.pdf ***STOP PRESS*** JOBS JOBS JOBS pages 9 and 18 towerandtap@southmarston.org.uk
  2. 2. CARRIERS ARMS HOME TUTORING South Marston Fully qualified Tel: 01793 822051 primary teacher Your local friendly village pub. offering home tutoring at competitive prices. Please Come Along And Enjoy SINGER/IMPERSONATOR Maths from KS1 to GCSE (£25 - £30 / hour) NIK PAUL On Saturday 20th April Literacy KS1 and KS2 9 pm until 12 o’clock (£25 / hour) Also COMING UP: Full CRB certificate LIVE MUSIC Kirsty Feline BSc (Mathematics) FRIDAY 17TH MAY PGCE The Carriers Arms are keen to start another Darts Team. We’d love to see Tel: 07855 099086 anyone who is interested in joining. kirstyfeline@hotmail.com2 http://southmarston.org.uk
  3. 3. Dear Friends,After the Celebration of Easter and the wonderful joy we experience inthanking God for his wonderful gift of life in all its abundance we can feela little down. The amazing truth about Easter however doesn’t change, itsonly our focus. For the whole of Lent we reflect and consider our innerselves and then all our anxieties are swept away as we focus on theChrist who freely gives that pure love that cast out fear. WOW!That love is eternal, it never changes and it’s the same love now as it wasthat first Easter Day and it will remain the same forever. Focusing on thatlove enables us to have life in all its fullness. We can walk tall in times ofdifficulty, we can know the thrill of having prayers answered, we can haveconfidence and deep within us peace.Consider Mole in ‘The Wind in the Willows’.‘Mole had been working very hard all themorning, spring-cleaning his little home. Firstwith brooms, then with dusters; then onladders….Spring was moving in the air aboveand in the earth below and around him,penetrating even his dark and lowly littlehouse with its spirit of divine discontent andlonging …..something up above was callinghim imperiously, and he made for the steeplittle tunnel which answered in his case to thegravelled carriage– drive owned by animals whose residences are nearerto the sun and air.’Mole was busy, busy about his business until the thread snapped andsomething, something unaccountable penetrated the innermost springs ofhis soul. You and I are busy, busy, about our business, but ‘out there’,the spirit of divine discontent is stirring. A voice is calling—let that voicepenetrate the innermost springs of your soul and respond. The call is to alove that gives us life in all its fullness not just at Christmas or Easter foran hour or two but for eternity. Will you answer the call?God Bless,Vicky FlemingPriest in Charge towerandtap@southmarston.org.uk 3
  4. 4. Church News4 http://southmarston.org.uk
  5. 5. Church Services for South Marston7th April 11.00am South Marston Family Service14th April 9.30am South Marston Holy Communion Team Service21st April 10.00am St Margaret’s with the Ven. Christine Froude, Archdeacon28th April 8.00am South Marston Holy Communion BCP5th May 11.00am South Marston Family Service12th May 9.30am South Marston Holy Communion Pentecost Team Holy19th May 10.00am St Margaret’s Communion Service26th May 8.00am South Marston Holy Communion BCPSouth Marston Church is part of Stratton TeamMinistry.The office is located at St. Margaret’s Centre,Kenwin Close, Stratton St. Margaret and it isopen on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursdaymornings from 8.30am to 12 noon.Email: stmargaretsoffice@tiscali.co.uk or tel:826505.If you would like to talk to a priest or book aChristening or Wedding please contact RevVicky Fleming on 827021 between 6 and 7pmany evening except Fridays or Sundays.Members of the team: Priest in Charge Rev. Vicky Fleming 827021 Asst. Priest Rev. George Fleming 827021 Asst. Priest Rev. Richard Burston 822403 Lay Minister Mrs Christine Burston 822403 Lay Minister Mr Dan Read 763016 towerandtap@southmarston.org.uk 5
  6. 6. School NewsHelp Keep Our Children SafeConcerns have repeatedly been raised and communicated to parentsand carers about the risk to children’s safety as a result of parking at thefront of the school and about the speed of some vehicles.The problems of cars parking at the front of the school has reached thepoint where the Police have had to attend on more than one occasion.Their observation of the situation and of the speed of cars in the vicinityof the school so concerned the police that they followed this up and in-tend to continue to do so. The Governing Body of the school are activelyworking with all the authorities to reduce the risk of a serious accidentoccurring. They will again petition for the introduction of a 20 mph speedlimit having originally written to Swindon Borough Council about this inJune 2012. HOW YOU CAN HELP KEEP OUR CHILDREN SAFE  Please drive as you would want and expect others to do if it was your child crossing the road, crossing the entry to the car park, walking through the car park or walking to school on pathways that are part of the road.  Do not park, pull up to drop off or pick up anywhere along either side of the road in front of the school’s front fence.  Do use the car park, alongside the school or the car park at the hotel.  Do drive with due care and consideration for others. The speed limit is the absolute maximum it doesn’t mean it is safe to drive at this speed in all conditions.  Please take note of the increased danger zones around the village car park exit/entry point and the blind bend towards Pound Corner.  Please reduce your speed when approaching and leaving the school via Pound Corner and the Mercure Hotel.Careless parking and speed, particularly when combined with impatiencecan cause serious injury and death, when this involves a child it devas-tates families and school communities. The South Marston School Gov-ernors are asking us all to “Please do all that you can to help us make thejourney to and from school safe for all South Marston pupils.”6 http://southmarston.org.uk
  7. 7. By Rhiannon Donald Easy Sudoku Fill in all the missing letters 3 1 of these TV shows and then read down the box to reveal 1 2 the secret character. 1 4 3 Hard Sudoku 4 55 6 1 2 44 3 53 1 6 5 3 1 Jokes and riddles:Q. What’s brown andsticky?A. A stickQ. Poor people have it.Rich people need it. If you eat it you die. What is it?A: Nothing If you are really stuck then the answers are on page 23 towerandtap@southmarston.org.uk 7
  8. 8. South Marston Parish CouncilDiary Dates…Annual Parish Meeting and AGMCome along to the Annual Parish Meeting on Tuesday 4th June at 7pm inthe Village Hall to hear about what the Parish Council has been doingthroughout the year.The Parish Council AGM will be held half an hour before the normal Par-ish Council meeting on Tuesday 21st May at 7pm in the Village Hall. Youare very welcome to attend.Meet Gemma Cheal – Clerk, South Marston Parish Council I have been Clerking for South Marston Parish Council since August 2010. How time flies! This varied role has certainly kept me busy. My main role is to provide administrative support to the Par- ish Council. This tends to follow a similar pattern throughout the year and involves making sure agendas are prepared and sent out in plenty of time, taking minutes at Parish Council meetingsGemma Cheal - Clerk, South and receiving and circulating emails and letters. I Marston Parish Council also manage the Parish Council accounts, makesure invoices are paid and that the books balance. As well as carryingout the administration tasks, I also update the Parish Council on legalmatters and twice a year I put my wellies on to carry out an allotment re-view with one of the Parish Councillors.As you may have read, I am now leaving this role to Clerk for CovinghamParish Council. Clerking for South Marston Parish Council has given megreat work experience, whilst enabling me to work from home which hasfit in really well with family life. It has also given me transferrable skills. Ihave also been Clerking for South Marston Primary School Governorssince September 2012. This job would be a great career developmentopportunity for anyone interested in supporting people whose job is torepresent the interests of the local community. You certainly won’t bebored!To keep informed of all the latest Parish Council news, includingminutes of Parish Council meetings, please visitwww.southmarston.org.uk and click on the ‘Parish Council’ section.8 http://southmarston.org.uk
  9. 9. South Marston Parish CouncilParish Council MeetingsMembers of the public are welcome to attend Parish Council meetingswhich are held on the third Tuesday of the month, at 7.30pm in the Vil-lage Hall. There is an “Open 10 Minutes” section at the start of the meet-ing where you are invited to ask questions or discuss an agenda item. Itwould be helpful if you could inform the Chairman at the start of the meet-ing of any items that you wish to raise or discuss. All agendas are pub-lished on the village website and on the village notice boards, prior to themeetings. Vacancy for Clerk and Responsible Finance Officer 12 Hours per Week, Subject to Review Salary by negotiation depending on qualificationA vacancy exists for the position of Clerk and Responsible Finance Of-ficer to the Parish Council. Opportunity for career development in thisexciting; varied role. Duties include:  Administering the Council’s affairs including - arranging and at- tending meetings; minute-taking; dealing with correspondence.  Financial management involving book-keeping and budget con- trol.  Advising the Council on procedural and regulatory issues.  Editing Tower & Tap local village publicationApplicants should be computer literate using Word and Excel, and pref-erably qualified or experienced in local council administration. Goodorganisational and administrative skills are essential. Training can beprovided.Please send application letter and CV to the Clerk, Mrs Gemma Cheal,Woodbine Cottage, 75 Stratton Road, Lower Stratton, Swindon, SN12PN, Tel. 01793 820529, Email: clerksmpc@aol.com. Closing date is 10th May 2013. towerandtap@southmarston.org.uk 9
  10. 10. South Marston Enterprise (SME) GroupThe South Marston Enterprise (SME) Group is a business group that holdregular monthly meetings at 7.30pm the first Thursday of the month. It isaimed at people who live in the village and either run or have an interestin running small businesses. It is an opportunity to meet other businesspeople the chance to chat around some of those crunchy business issueswe all occasionally struggle with.The group meeting in March was all about Chinese medicine. It was heldat Hazel Andrewss house where she talked about the theory behind Chi-nese medicine and how acupuncture can be used to treat a whole host ofeveryday ailments. She talked about the types of conditions that she reg-ularly sees in the clinic and demonstrated the many and varied tech-niques which can be used.This was followed by a general discussion about business-related issuesincluding recognising the need for advertising and discussing what hadand hadnt worked for us individually in the past .The evening was rounded off over wine and snacks and a more socialchat over what future topics we would like covered in the SME meetings.Topics that will be covered in some of the upcoming meetings are equineReiki, useful business contacts we can all share and business goal set-ting. More informal meetings are also scheduled such as a summer bar-becue and a pub quiz .If you would like to join us please contact Hazel Andrews athazel@acuhome.co.uk or tel 01793 827507.Meetings are generally held on the first Thursday of every month. Songbirds required for star vocal ensemble Local vocal ensemble, The JTPTrust Concert Choir, is looking for more songbirds to join the flock. If you’ve reached Grade 4 Singing orabove, love singing and enjoy a challenge then this could be for you. Rehears-als take place from 8-9.30pm on Tuesday evenings at Haydonleigh School.If you are interested in joining, e-mail: JTPTrust@aol.com for an audition.10 http://southmarston.org.uk
  11. 11. SMRA South Marston Recreation Association100 ClubMarch Winners All profits from the 100 club go to the£30 15 Rosie New upkeep of our village playing field.£10 28 Jenny McEwen New members - if anyone would like to join the 100 club and have a num-£10 37 Mr Yon ber, please contact:£10 55 Dorothy Liddiard Julie Hatherall (07749 211867) or£10 9 Robina Taylor Jenny McEwen (825312). Calling All Walkers! Get Walking Day Lydiard Park—Saturday 4th MayStep out with this sociable three-mile guided walk around the spring flowers atLydiard Park to kick off ‘Get Walking Week’ and ‘Swindon’s Walking FestivalMonth’ this MayVisit our stalls to pick up tips and advice on getting more active and ways to behealthier, as well as information about local walking groups and routes.Collect a free pedometer to count your steps and the calories you’ve burned whenyou walk with the group*Walk starts at 11.00am.Meet at the visitors centre/cafeTo find out more, call Amanda on 01793 465413Visit www.swindontravelchoices.org.uk for more on walking and active travelOr go to www.leisureinswindon.co.uk for more on walking groups and healthy life-styles *(one pedometer per walker and subject to availability). towerandtap@southmarston.org.uk 11
  12. 12. The Friendly ClubRecent EventsTuesday 12th March – At the South Marston HotelAn interesting talk was given by Norman Jeffery on The National GardenScheme. He showed us slides of large and small gardens in Gloucester-shire. The gardens can be visited under The National Garden Scheme.Booklets were available for members to take for gardens in Gloucester-shire, Wiltshire and Oxfordshire. The hotel provided the room and refresh-ments free of charge. Members enjoyed the comfort of the hotel.Future eventsTuesday 9th April – In the Village Hall at 2.00pmA talk will be given by John James-Davidson on handwritingTuesday 16th April - OutingA trip to Bristol Blue Glass & Bristol Docks. Leaving from outside thevillage school at 9.15am arrival back at South Marston at 6.30pmTuesday 14th May– In the Village Hall at 2.00pmA talk will be given by Wiltshire Farm foods to advise what they do. Atasting session will be given at the meeting.Gardening ClubRecent EventsOur meeting on Monday 4th March was our A.G.M. inwhich our diminishing membership was discussed.This is very unfortunate but the club will continue withsome very interesting speakers this year.Future eventsMonday 15th April at 7:30pm - How trugs are made.Monday 13th May at 7:30pm - Summer gardening made easy.Monday 2nd Sept at 7:30pm - Field and hedgerow, wildlife and plants.Monday 7th October at 7:30pm - Herbs and their uses.Monday 2nd December at 7:30pm - Avebury Manor.All welcome to any of these talks.12 http://southmarston.org.uk
  13. 13. The F & E Harris Memorial TrustChristmas Hampers - new qualification criteria The government has increased the State Pension age for women to 65 phased from Are you 66 April 2016 to December 2018. A further increase will be phased in to raise the State Pension age for all to 66 from December or over on 2018. In consideration of these changes, and the 1st January proposed expansion of the village commu- nity, the Trust will be making the following changes to the criteria for allocation of 2019? Christmas Hampers to senior citizens of South Marston. These changes will be im- plemented on 1st April 2016.The changes are not subject to the exact scheduling of governmentcriteria.  To qualify for a Christmas Hamper the recipient is required to have been in perma- nent residency in South Marston for a period of 3 years prior to submission of regis- tration.  All new applicants Cartoonists must be 65 years of age on 24th December Artists 2016 to be eligible to register. Photographers  All new and existing Article Contributors applicants must be 66 years of age or over on Send your contributions to the 1st January 2019 towerandtap@southmarston.org.uk to be eligible to regis- ter. by the 22nd of each month towerandtap@southmarston.org.uk 13
  14. 14. April 2013 Mon Tues Wed Thurs Fri Sat Sun1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Tots ‘n’ Toddlers Quiz Night at Family 9.00-11.00 Carriers Arms Service Village Hall 11.00 SME Group 19.30-21:00 Venue tbc8 9 10 11 12 13 14South Marston Friendly Club Tots ‘n’ Toddlers Wheelie Bins Meeting Point HolyHotel Coffee 14:00-16:00 9.00-11.00 Mixed Plastics 10:00-12.30 CommunionMorning Village Hall Village Hall Green Waste Village Hall 09:3010.30am-12.30 Craft Company Tower & Tap Free I-SPY BooksYouth Club 14:00 Advertisers Cut 10:30-12:00(12-18) Off Date See page 1818:30-20:30 SMRA MeetingVillage Hall 19:30 -21:30 SaturdayScene 16:00-17:15 Village Hall15 16 17 18 19 20 21Gardening Club Swindon Older Tots ‘n’ Toddlers Quiz Night at Youth Club Singer/ Impersona- Team19:30-22:00 People’s Forum 9.00-11.00 Carriers Arms (8-11) tor at Carriers Arms ServiceVillage Hall Open Meeting Village Hall 18:30-20:00 9.00-12.00 10:00 13:00-16:00 Village Hall St Margaret’s Gorse Hill Com- Stratton munity Centre South Marston Parish Council Hotel Wedding Meeting Open Day 19.30 11.00-15.00 Village Hall22 23 24 25 26 27 28Youth Club Ladies Who Tots ‘n’ Toddlers Wheelie Bins Holy(12-18) Latte 9.00-11.00 Mixed Plastics Communion18:30-20:30 10:00-12:00 Village Hall Green Waste 08:00Village Hall South Marston HotelTower & TapContributionsCut Off Date29 30 14 http://southmarston.org.uk
  15. 15. May 2013 Mon Tues Wed Thurs Fri Sat Sun 1 2 3 4 5 Tots ‘n’ Quiz Night at Youth Club Get Walking Family Toddlers Carriers Arms (8-11) Day at Lydiard Service 9.00-11.00 18:30-20:00 Park 11.00 Village Hall SME Group Village Hall Meet at visitors 19.30-21:00 centre/cafe Venue tbc 11.00am6 7 8 9 10 11 12Youth Club Tots ‘n’ Wheelie Bins Meeting Point Holy(12-18) Toddlers Mixed Plastics 10:00-12.30 Communion18:30-20:30 9.00-11.00 Green Waste Village Hall 09:30Village Hall Village Hall Tower & Tap Saturday Scene Advertisers Cut Craft Company 16:00-17:15 Off Date 14:00 Village Hall SMRA Meeting 19:30 -21:3013 14 15 16 17 18 19Gardening Club Friendly Club Tots ‘n’ Quiz Night at Youth Club Team19:30-22:00 14:00-16:00 Toddlers Carriers Arms (8-11) ServiceVillage Hall Village Hall 9.00-11.00 18:30-20:00 10:00 Village Hall Village Hall St Margaret’s Stratton Live Music at Carriers Arms20 21 22 23 24 25 26Youth Club Parish Council Tots ‘n’ Wheelie Bins Holy(12-18) Meeting Toddlers Mixed Plastics Communion18:30-20:30 19.30 9.00-11.00 Green Waste 08:00Village Hall Village Hall Village Hall John Denver Tower & Tap Tribute Contributions Mercure Hotel Cut Off Date 8.00pm27 28 29 30 31 Ladies Who Tots ‘n’ Quiz Night at Youth Club Latte Toddlers Carriers Arms (8-11) 10:00-12:00 9.00-11.00 18:30-20:00 South Marston Village Hall Village Hall Hotel towerandtap@southmarston.org.uk 15
  16. 16. What’s happening at South Marston Hotel & Spa…. Firstly may we extend a big thank you to everyone who attended our Mother’s Day Lunch, it was very well sup-ported by the local community and we hope Father’s Day in June will be equally as successful. Mums loved thefamily portraits they were given at the end of their meal. Our Sunday carvery lunch is going from strength to strength, so remem- ber to book early. For the real ale drinkers I am pleased to announce that following a few requests from vil- lagers, we now have Bath Ales as a supplier and we’re serving quintessen- tially English beer brewed in the West Country, we have a choice of premium amber ale and a distinctive dark bitter.Come along and try it then give us your feedback, as youknow all of your comments gratefully received. We would also like to take this opportunity to thank the “Friendly Society” for allowing us to host their meeting here at the hotel in March, it gave us the opportunity to show you what changes we have made and what servicewe can offer, we very much look forward to your returning to us in the near future. Remember our doors are always open and we welcome you to come and see us any time.16 http://southmarston.org.uk
  17. 17. Our Coffee morning in March was not as well attended as Iwould have liked but I’m hoping our next one scheduled forMonday 8th April 2013 from 10.30am-12.30am is more suc-cessful. Coffee and biscuits are provided by the hotel and asyou know donations are shared between the Village Hall and Church Funds. This is our way of giving back to the local community so we hope you’ll join us. Any budding cakemakers in the village that want to bring along cakes to sell at the coffee morning in additional support will be welcome. Contact Steve to arrange on 01793 833700 or e-mail me at gouldingsteve@hotmail.comSenior Citizens Luncheshave been well support-ed last month and we ofcourse want to continue with its success so re-member every Thursday from 12.00 noon - 2.00pm a two courselunch is served for only £4.99 per person. Our Wedding Open Day is on Sunday 21st April 2013 from11.00am-3.00pm. Admission is free. Additionally we are giv- ing someone the chance to win their wedding reception worth up to £2500, contact for further detailsOur traditional afternoon tea is being offered Monday –Friday from 3.00pm-5.30pm from only £4.99 per person to book call 01793 833700 press 4. towerandtap@southmarston.org.uk 17
  18. 18. Make money with a smile and some hard work! The Wedding Season is fast approaching and we are look- ing for casual waiting staff to help us serve our guests, so if you are over 16 and interested in hospitality, please contact Steve Goulding on 01793 833700 or e-mail your CV to gouldingsteve@hotmail.com the work is mainly Saturdays and Sundays but we also will have lots of evening work in our busy calendar. Until next month …enjoy your Easter Holidays everyoneThe Mercure South Marston Hotel and Spa,Old Vicarage Lane, South Marston, SN3 4SHwww.southmarstonhotel.com18 http://southmarston.org.uk
  19. 19. SWINDON OLDER PEOPLES FORUM Next Open Meeting on TUESDAY 16 APRIL 1:00 pm – 4:00 pmGORSE HILL COMMUNITY CENTRE* Chapel Street, Swindon SN2 8DAPresentations and discussion on“Housing options for OlderPeople”There will also be a number of information “popups” Introduction to Healthwatch and Free IT TrainingRefreshments are provided on arrival.Transport available for those with mobility problems. To register interest or for more informatione-mail: dave.abrown@btinternet.com Tel: 01793 612037(*) Car Parking available on site. Thamesdown bus routes 17 & 20and Stagecoach bus routes 6 & 51 go to Gorse Hill. Website: http://www.sopf.btck.co.uk towerandtap@southmarston.org.uk 19
  20. 20. The Highworth United CharitiesRelief of Need FundSupporting South Marston residents.The Relief of Need Fund Currently has a lim- Do youited amount of money available to assist resi-dents who are in genuine need. Applicationforms are available from Highworth Council needOffices or the Lions’ Shop in Newburgh Place.Please note that documentary proof of need assistance?will be required before applications can beconsidered. Educational Fund Supporting Young People Do you want to living in South Marston. The Educational Fund currently has learn but can’t a limited amount of money available to assist with the education or training of young people. Application forms afford the fees? are available from Highworth Council Offices or the Lions’ Charity Shop in Newburgh Place, Highworth.Volunteer opportunities on the River ThamesLast year, the Games Makers were lauded as making a tremendouscontribution to the success of the Olympics. On the river Thames, volun-teers were making a similar impact helping boaters at the 45 locks alongits length between Lechlade and Teddington.The Environment Agency, which is navigation authority for the Thames,is now recruiting for the 2013 season and are looking for volunteers whocan commit to assisting at least one day a week between May and theend of September. Volunteers can agree their hours with lock keepersbut need to be available at least from 11 to 5. Volunteers are particularlyneeded along the river between Reading and Lechlade. Volunteering is20 http://southmarston.org.uk
  21. 21. a great way to meet people and to find outmore about the Thames, its history, wildlifeand management. At the same time volun-teers know that they are doing somethingworthwhile that is really appreciated.Our Volunteer Assistant Lock Keepers workalongside paid lock keepers. They help boatspass through the lock safely: taking ropes,directing traffic, and operating lock gates.They help maintain the site: painting, tidyingand gardening. They provide information tovisitors, be they on foot or afloat, so that theycan make the best of their time on the river.Visitors really appreciate the local knowledge that volunteers can provide.All applicants are invited to an assessment at a local lock. Here they willhave the role explained to them and be shown what it involves in practi-cal terms. They will also be assessed to decide which site may be mostappropriate for them and to ensure that they have the physical capabili-ties required. After successful completion of the assessment, they attendan induction course which focuses on safety and preparing them for thelock side.On the lock side the volunteers follow a documented training programmebefore being signed off to take charge of the lock on their own. This willonly be for short periods, while the paid keeper is at lunch for example.The volunteers are there to augment the service provided by paid staffrather than to replace them.Volunteers are provided with some uniform and can claim mileage fortravel to and from their lock (subject to a daily maximum). They also re-ceive a monthly newsletter which keeps them in touch with what is goingon along the river and other activities of the Environment Agency.If you would like to find out more about volunteering on the Thames andto receive an information pack and application form, please contact theVolunteer team on 01491 828360 or emailthames.volunteers@environment-agency.gov.uk towerandtap@southmarston.org.uk 21
  22. 22. S MAW L South Marston Assisting Wildlife Here’s something for young and old whatever the weather: I-SPY birds.See how many types of bird you can spot in a weekend.Here’s a short list to get you started. Score 1 Score 2 Score 3 Blue Tit Jackdaw Thrush Pigeon Robin Gold finch Magpie Great tit Wren Sparrow Green finch Dove Blackbird Rook OtherScore 1 for each type of bird you see from the first column,Score 2 for each type of bird from the second column, andScore 3 for each type of bird you see from the final column.If you score a total of between 15 and 30 – well done!And if you enjoyed that, you could have some serious fun with afree I-SPY Birds book….22 http://southmarston.org.uk
  23. 23. ***Free I-SPY Birds books from SMAWL!*** Come along to Oak Tree Corner, on Saturday 13th April from 10:30am - midday.SMAWL have twelve I-SPY Birds books to give away to the first twelvechildren to arrive (accompanied by an adult).Oak Tree Corner is on the left of the High-worth Road just north of Quarrybrook Close.(I-SPY used with kind permission from Michel-in Tyre PLC, who also donated the books).The SMAWL team is composed entirely of vol-unteers and is currently looking for more help.Anyone with a spare hour or two throughoutthe year will be most welcome. It’s sociableand helps to improve the look of the village.We welcome any age and ability (althoughchildren must be accompanied by an adult).For further information, please call Chris on 829868 or Susan on824957, or email Chris at wttmh@tiscali.co.uk. You can also read moreabout the group on the village website, www.southmarston.org.uk.Kids Page answers from page 7 towerandtap@southmarston.org.uk 23
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  25. 25. Tower & Tap Advertising Rates 2013The South Marston Tower & Tap is a popular publication read, pub-lished monthly with a double issue in Dec/Jan and Jul/Aug. It is dis-tributed by hand to 375 homes in South Marston with a potentialreadership in excess of 700. It is also published on our website in-creasing its reach beyond householders. Please send all advertisements to towerandtapadvertising@southmarston.org.uk By the 13th of the month before the publication you re- quire.Black and White Colour (for back page or inside cover)For a one off ad: For a one off ad £27.50 full page £35.00 full page £16.50 half page £20.00 half page £8.80 quarter page. £10.00 quarter pageFor one year (10 issues) For one year (10 Issues) £82.50 full page £100.00 full page £49.50 half page £65.00 half page £27.50 quarter page £35.00 quarter pageAll prices exclude VAT (where applicable) and are valid for 30 days fromissue of this schedule.Invoices will be issued electronically and are payable prior to publication Note: the dimensions above are based on B5 size pages. (164mmx 235mm) Your advertisement should be sent to towerandtapadvertising@southmarston.org.uk in an electronic format ie .jpeg or .tiff or .pdf Please send any logos or picture files in a separate file. Failure to send your files by 13th of the Month will delay publication. towerandtap@southmarston.org.uk 25
  26. 26. Useful ContactsParish Council Chair Stuart Young T 828775Parish Council Vice Chair Sylvia Brown T 823535Clerk to the Parish Council Gemma Cheal T 820529SMRA Chair Angie Newton T 832034SMRA Secretary Julie Hatherall T 07857 310624Village Hall Bookings Julie Hatherall T 07857 310624Football Field Bookings Chris Maull T 824505Tots & Toddlers Rachel Case T 832719Youth Club Julie & Steve T 07923 441296Gardening Club Mike New T 827807Friendly Club Brian McGlone T 826243Spitfires Football Club Bev Maull T 824505South Marston School Mr Luke Madison T 823379Pre–School Pre-School Staff T 07847 590601Saplings Children’s Centre (All Sorts) T 829996Ward Councillors Russell Holland T 07999 566623 John Haines T 07901 534640 Colin Lovell T 321634Member of Parliament Justin Tomlinson T 522123Priest in Charge Vicky Fleming T 827021Church Wardens Richard Sansum T 831473 Donald Page T 825693Website Donald Jones T 823035Tower and Tap Hannah Jones T 82303526 http://southmarston.org.uk
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  28. 28. South Marston Village Hall Hire Charges All enquiries and to make a booking please contact Julie Hatherall http://southmarston.org.uk/village-hall-bookings/ or email: j_hatherall@yahoo.co.uk tel: 07857 310 624 Refundable deposit also applies for all one off bookings, Please see website for further details. Terms and Conditions apply. REGULAR HIRE COST Local Village Organisation £5.00 per hour Non-Local Organisation £8.00 per hour Parish Council £8.50 per hour ONE-OFF BOOKINGS e.g. Children’s COST Party, Family Party, Christenings etc Village Resident Non-Resident Morning Session 08:30 – 13:30 £20.00 £25.00 Afternoon Session 13:30 – 18:30 £25.00 £30.00 Evening Session 18:30 – 23:30 £30.00 £35.00 Send your contributions for our May Issue to towerandtap@southmarston.org.uk28 by the 22nd of April 2013 http://southmarston.org.uk

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