email@example.comTOWER & TAPTOWER & TAPTOWER & TAPTOWER & TAPJune 2013SOUTH MARSTON’S COMMUNITY NEWSLETTERThank you GemmaWe were sad to say goodbye toGemma Cheal, our Parish Clerk,this month. Gemma has beenkeeping the Parish Councillors inorder for the last three years. Inaddition to supporting the monthlymeetings, Gemma has also beenthe face of the Parish Council,providing a smiling and helpfulpoint of contact to villagers whoneeded advice or wanted to raisean issue. The workload has beenhigh over this period due to thechallenges from the proposedexpansion of the village butGemma’s support, guidance andsense of humour has been a greathelp in progressing plans for thefuture of the village whilst, at thesame time, dealing with the day today problems.Gemma will continue to be associated with the village in her role asclerk to the governor’s of South Marston School. We wish her and herfamily all the best for the future and good luck in her new role as Clerkto Covingham Parish Council, where she thinks there is a fightingchance of the monthly meetings finishing before ten o’clock!INSIDE… Allotment Vacancies...Speed Watch Update…N e w S M A W L T e a s e r … C h u r c h S e r v i c e s...Local Business.... Date for Village Fete announcedGemma Cheal, Former Parish Clerk
firstname.lastname@example.org 3Dear FriendsHave you been shocked by the news recently? People abusingyoung people, murder, lies and character assassinations spewingfrom our politicians’ mouths. I went on a training day recently abouthow to help victims of domestic abuse. 1 in 4 women experiencethis and about 1 in 9 men. These are terrifying figures.What is the value of life in our society? By pushing God out of ourthoughts and community, which is what our ’politically correct’culture does, are we making matters worse?What a difference it makes when we understand that we are allmade in the image of God who loves each one of us. Do we thinkwe won’t have to stand before our maker and give an account ofour lives?Its so easy to have righteous indignation and anger against theperpetrators of these crimes. Pointing the finger away fromourselves and toward others misses the point. The Bible makes itclear that Jesus said even to think these things is to have murder,theft, envy and dishonesty in our hearts.When gossip, backbiting and character assassination, comes fromour mouths we are falling short of God’s ideal and devaluing thepeople we speak of.Perhaps we need to pray St. Francis’ prayer anew‘Make me a channel of your peace’You’ll find the whole prayer on page 7.God bless,Vicky FlemingPriest in Charge
4 http://southmarston.org.ukChurch News‘Craft Company’ we are meeting again at MaryCooper’s house (Dryden House) 2pm Wednesday12th June, More details form Mary or Vicky Fleming.No Saturday SceneNo Saturday SceneNo Saturday SceneNo Saturday Scene in Junein Junein Junein JuneSummer Meeting with BBQ onSummer Meeting with BBQ onSummer Meeting with BBQ onSummer Meeting with BBQ on 6th6th6th6th JulyJulyJulyJulyin the Village Hall 4in the Village Hall 4in the Village Hall 4in the Village Hall 4----5.15pm.5.15pm.5.15pm.5.15pm.An exciting church event for young families. BBQ and gamesContact Donald Page on 825693The 7.30 ClubThe 7.30 ClubThe 7.30 ClubThe 7.30 Clubfor 10 to 16 year olds from Stratton, Stanton & South MarstonHeld on alternate Sunday Evenings7.30pm to 8.45pm at St Margaret’s CentrePlease contact the Church Office for more detailsFrom the Registers:Baptism28th April Maximus Jack TweedleWeddings11th May William Hawkins & Rachel Cave-Ayland (Blessing)11th May Michael Kennedy & Lauren Mountjoy18th May Mr Stokes & Jennifer LiddiardFuneral8th May Michael Bird
email@example.com 5THANK YOUA huge thank you to Colin and Jenny McEwen for continuing tocut the Glebe grass and Richard Sansum and William Hiscocksfor working hard in the churchyard. Please help us to keep ittidy by disposing of non-biodegradable things in the binprovided and compost the rest in the designated area.Church of England rules for churchyards also state that artificialflowers and ornaments other than the agreed memorial stonesare not allowed. Our churchyard has to be kept within theseguidelines, please help us to maintain its peace and beauty.Thank you.
6 http://southmarston.org.uk2nd June 11.00am South Marston Family Service9th June 9.30am South Marston Holy Communion16th June10.00am StantonFitzwarrenTeam Service23rd June 8.00am South Marston Holy Communion30th June 11.00am St Margaret’s Team Service7th July 11.00am South Marston Family Service14th July 9.30am South Marston Holy Communion21st July South Marston No Service28th July 8.00am South Marston Holy Communion21st July10.30am Grange DriveCommunity CentreChurches TogetherChurch Services for South MarstonSouth 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: firstname.lastname@example.org 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 827021Asst. Priest Rev. George Fleming 827021Lay Minister Mr Dan Read 763016
email@example.com 7Prayer of Saint Francis of AssisiLord, make me an instrument of your peace.Where there is hatred, let me sow love;where there is injury, pardon;where there is doubt, faith;where there is despair, hope;where there is darkness, light;and where there is sadness, joy.O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seekto be consoled as to console;to be understood as to understand;to be loved as to love.For it is in giving that we receive;it is in pardoning that we are pardoned;and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.Amen
8 http://southmarston.org.ukS M A W LSouth Marston Assisting WildlifeSMAWL is a group of South Marston volunteers who care about wildlife.Thank you to all of our volunteers in May: Barry, Brian, Donald, Gav, Ray,Susan & Verity, for all of their recent hard work at Oak Tree Corner.Here’s another in our series of SMAWL related puzzles.How many words can you make from these letters?The SMAWL team is composed entirely of volunteers and is currentlylooking for more help. Anyone with a spare hour or two throughout theyear will be most welcome. It’s sociable and helps to improve the look ofthe village. We welcome any age and ability (although children must beaccompanied by an adult).For further information, please call Chris on 829868 or Susan on 824957,or email Chris at Wttmh@tiscali.co.uk. You can also read more about thegroup on the village website, www.southmarston.org.uk.Each word must have at least four letters,using the centre letter “T” each time.No letter can be used more than once in eachword.Names are not allowed.There is one nine-letter word in the grid.15 words = Good20 words = Well done25+ words = ExcellentAnswers on page 15.E O NR T VU L E
firstname.lastname@example.org 9Community SpeedwatchSouth Marston Village Summer FeteWe Need VolunteersThe Community Speedwatch scheme run by the Swindon BoroughCouncil in conjunction with the Police gives local people the chance to beactively involved in making South Marston’s roads safer for everyone inthe village. We have been operating fornearly two months now and havemonitored speeds of nearly 700 vehicleson the three main roads in the village30mph zone. Overall only 2% of the carswere exceeding 36mph and of these,none were on Highworth Road, a few onThornhill Road and the majority (threequarters) on Old Vicarage Lane pastManor Cottages. If you want to join the team, please contact the villageco-ordinator Tony Leathart on 827744 or email@example.com.
10 http://southmarston.org.ukSouth Marston AllotmentsWe are lucky, in that the village has allotments just on the outskirts ofthe village and in a very peaceful setting. At this time, we have 28 plotsof varying sizes. The cost ofa plot is currently £25 ayear for village residents.We can grow vegetables,fruit and flowers but we arenot allowed to graze sheep,chickens or other animals!In sunny weather it is adelightful location to spenda quiet afternoon workingaway from the pressures ofhome and TV. It is goodexercise as well.However, we currently havetwo vacancies, but novillagers on the waiting list to take them up. Hence my little note here.The Parish Council manage these plots and like to offer them tovillagers first, but if there is no one on the waiting list, we do offer themto nearby parishes on afirst come first servedbasis.So if you would like togrow your ownvegetables etc, put yourname down on thewaiting list for anallotment. Please giveme a call on 826697 oremail firstname.lastname@example.orgBarry Thunder,South Marston ParishCouncil - Allotment Alison Thunder enjoying a well earned tea break
email@example.com 11South Marston Parish CouncilParish Councillor VacancySouth Marston Parish Council currently has two vacancies on the ParishCouncil.If you would like to know more about becoming a Parish Councillor andwould be interested in joining the team, please contact the Parish Clerkvia email: firstname.lastname@example.org.Sylvia Brown – South Marston Parish CouncillorIt was as far back as 1988 when I first became a Parish Councillor, butfor the past year I have been the councils Vice Chair. I enjoyed a longapprenticeship in village volunteering, having at various times chaired theplaygroup, the South Marston RecreationAssociation, helped run the Youth Club andserved on the PTAs at primary andsecondary schools. My particular role onthe Parish Council is as a member of theFinance group, making sure we use ourpublic funds wisely. I also represent SouthMarston when it comes to relationships withother local parish councils and withSwindon Borough Council. Over the years,key challenges have all been associatedwith planning matters, so I have foundmyself acting as a lay planning expert. This has been put to good use innegotiating South Marstons position in respect of development east ofSwindon.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.Parish 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 theVillage Hall. There is an “Open 10 Minutes” section at the start of themeeting where you are invited to ask questions or discuss an agendaitem. It would be helpful if you could inform the Chairman at the start ofthe meeting of any items that you wish to raise or discuss. All agendasare published on the village website and on the village notice boards,Sylvia Brown, Parish Councillor
14 http://southmarston.org.ukSouth Marston Enterprise (SME) GroupThe SME Group is for people in the village who own or run businesses orhave a general interest in business topics. We have a topic for eachmeeting followed by a social chat over wine and nibbles.The title for the May meeting of the SME group was "I know a man whocan". During the evening the group swapped names and contact detailsof people or organisations who had proved to be useful businessresources. Contacts included accountants, business card printers andmarketing professionals. Interestingly, for busy working professionals likeourselves, it seemed the contacts most in demand were for trades people(property maintenance, electricians and plumbers) who were reliable,punctual, courteous and thorough!We discussed the agenda for upcoming meetings which includes talks onmarketing, business goal setting and a summary of our individualbusiness years. If you would like to join the SME group please contactHazel Andrews 01793 827507 or by e-mail at Hazel@acuhome.co.ukPOLICE MEETINGS - JUNE 2013Every three months priorities are set based on what the localcommunity tell us are their concerns. You can raise your concerns byattending one of the meetings listed below or by contacting us atanytime using the contact details provided.Residents are welcome to come to any of the locations stated above. Ifyou need to speak with one of the team before the dates above pleasecontact us on the following email address:-email@example.com or via the Wiltshire policenon-emergency phone number 101.Remember in anemergencyalways dial 999.To find out more aboutWiltshire police visitwww.wiltshire.police.ukclick on ‘policing in yourarea’.PC Marc Jacksonand PCSO Juliet EvansVenue Date TimeSouth MarstonVillage Hall8th June 11-12pmStanton FitzwarrenVillage Hall8th June 3-4pmCastle EatonVillage Hall6th June 10-11amBlunsdonVillage Shop8th June 9-10am
firstname.lastname@example.org 15Relief of Need FundSupporting South Marston residents.The Relief of Need Fund Currently has alimited amount of money available to assistresidents who are in genuine need. Applicationforms are available from Highworth CouncilOffices or the Lions’ Shop in Newburgh Place.Please note that documentary proof of needwill be required before applications can beconsidered.Educational FundSupporting Young Peopleliving in South Marston.The Educational Fund currently hasa limited amount of money availableto assist with the education or trainingof young people. Application formsare available from Highworth CouncilOffices or the Lions’ Charity Shop inNewburgh Place, Highworth.The Highworth United CharitiesDo you want tolearn but can’tafford the fees?Do youneedassistance?How many words did you make from the letters?Here are 39; there may be more!Nine-letter word: volunteerSMAWL Quiz Answersentereventlentloutluteneuternoteouterovertrelentrentretunerevoltroterouterunttenortenureterntonetonertorntourtreetreentrovetruetunetunertureenturnuntoventventurevetovoltvotevoter
16 http://southmarston.org.ukRecent EventsTuesday 14th MayA talk was given by Louise Reynolds of Wiltshire Farm Foods advising usof the selection of foods they supply, how it is produced and the supplychain for ingredients. Details of delivery, which is free of charge with nominimum limit on orders, was explained.The tasting session of mains and desserts was appreciated and enjoyedby members.Future eventsTuesday 11th June – In the Village Hall at 2.00pmAnnual General Meeting. Members are requested to send theirnominations for election to the committee to the secretary, Brian McGlone.Following the AGM a talk will be given by Graham Carter on AlfredWilliams in South Marston.Tuesday 18th June – OutingThe outing is to Blists Hill Victorian Town with the option to visit TheMuseum of The Gorge and the famous Iron Bridge. Departure from SouthMarston is at 8.30am (by car park) return arrival time approx. 7.00pm.These times are subject to change and members will be advised of anychanges.Tuesday 9th July – In the Village Hall at 2.00pmA talk will be given Lynda Thompson on a wagon train trip across Wyo-ming entitled “Beans and Dust”Friendly Club Annual Holiday - September 2013An opportunity not to be missed - open to non membersOur annual Holiday this year will be to Nottingham staying at WarnersThoresby Hall Hotel for 4 nights departing from South Marston on theMonday 30th September and returning Friday 4th October. This willinclude various day trips during our stay. Barnes Coaches will be supplyingthe transport. The hotel has 30 acres of gardens and is on the edge ofSherwood Forest.The cost for dinner, bed and breakfast for 4 nights is £330 per person.Anyone over 50 who would like to join us will be made very welcome.Please contact Sheila 828545 for details and to book the holiday.The Friendly Club
email@example.com 17Christmas Hampers - new qualification criteriaThe government has increased the State Pension age for women to 65phased from April 2016 to December 2018. A further increase will bephased in to raise the State Pension age for all to 66 from December2018.In consideration of these changes, and the proposed expansion of thevillage community, the Trust will be making the following changes tothe criteria for allocation of Christmas Hampers to senior citizens ofSouth Marston. These changes will be implemented 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 tohave been in permanent residency in South Marston for a periodof 3 years prior to submission of registration.All new applicants must be 65 years of age on 24th December2016 to be eligible to register.All new and existing applicants must be 66 years of age or overon the 1st January 2019 to be eligible to register.The F & E Harris Memorial TrustGardening ClubRecent EventsOur meeting on Monday 15th April was entitledTrugs. Carl Sadler came with his array of trugsand entertained us all with interesting storiesof his life. These were all associated around trugsand went from chopping down of the trees tomeetings with royalty at country fairs.Future eventsOur next meeting will be on Monday 13th May at 7:30pm with a talk byAlan Christopher entitled Summer gardening made easy.
18 http://southmarston.org.ukWhat’s happening at South Marston Hotel & Spa….Have you tried our Sunday carvery lunch yet? Well to tempt you to try us I have put in aspecial offer to all the villagers in this edition. Buy one main meal from the Sundaycarvery and get the second half price. This offer is only available throughout June onSunday’s and you will need to reserve your table with us by calling 01793 833700pressing option 4. Remember to bring the voucher with you to get your discount.Only one voucher can be used per table booking.Thank you to all the Senior Citizens who have come in over the past few months.We are starting to get very busy now on a Thursday so in order to ensure you candine with us it is recommended your book your table in advance now by calling01793. 833700 pressing option 4. Thursday’s from 12.00 noon -2.00pm a two courselunch is served for only £4.99 per person. Chef Jan Reynolds will be changing themenu so if you have already been come try the new menu, its such great value formoney and the atmosphere is really good, you wont want to miss out.The Village Coffee Morning has not been supported over the last couple of months so Ihave decided to stop running them for the foreseeable future, however this does notmean we don’t want to see you at all in the hotel. We welcome all locals to our hotel andhope to see you in the coming days and weeks.Coffee from only £1.95 per person served all day.Bookings for Father’s Day are appearing so if you want to treat Dad to a meal whynot come along and see us for your Father’s Day carvery lunch which will beserved from 12.30pm-4.00pm priced at £17.95 per person for a three course carverylunch with a special gift for Father’s Day….Remember with the summer holidays fast approaching if you want to bring your childrenfor a swim in the leisure club and you are not a member you will still be welcome.For further details on times and costs please call 01793 833700 pressing option 3Until next month … Don’t forget to use the Sunday Carvery Voucher in June…The Mercure South Marston Hotel and Spa, Old Vicarage Lane,South Marston, SN3 4SH www.southmarstonhotel.com
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20 http://southmarston.org.ukHOME TUTORINGFully qualifiedprimary teacheroffering home tutoringat competitive prices.Maths from KS1 to GCSE(£25 - £30 / hour)Literacy KS1 and KS2(£25 / hour)Full CRB certificateKirsty Feline BSc (Mathematics)PGCE
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22 http://southmarston.org.ukParish Council Chair Stuart Young T 828775Parish Council Vice Chair Sylvia Brown T 823535Clerk to the Parish Council Amanda Burchell T 07804 225571SMRA 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 Ryan Turner T tbcYouth 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 566623John Haines T 07901 534640Colin Lovell T 321634Member of Parliament Justin Tomlinson T 522123Priest in Charge Vicky Fleming T 827021Church Wardens Richard Sansum T 831473Tina Hiscocks T 832884Website Donald Jones T 823035Tower and Tap Amanda Burchell T 07804 225571Useful Contacts