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Tower and tap Oct 2012

  1. 1. Tower & Tap October 2012In this Issue:Church News/Church Office........... 4 - 7 100 Club Winners................................ 13Parish Council..................................... 9 South Marston Enterprise Group........ 13Village Expansion Update........... 10 - 11 SMAWL ............................................... 16SMRA .......................................... 12 - 13 Friendly Club....................................... 17
  2. 2. October 2012 Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Tots ‘n’ Toddlers SME Group 9-11am 7.30 pm Village Hall8 9 10 11 12 13 14 Friendly Club Tots ‘n’ Toddlers Wheelie Bins Meeting Point 2 pm Village 9-11am Mixed Plastics 10am -12.30 Hall Village Hall Green Waste Village Hall Craft Company Conservation 2pm Dryden Hse Site working Day. SMRA 7.30 pm (see website for venue) 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 Friendly Club Tots ‘n’ Toddlers Harvest Lunch 9-11am 12 noon Village Hall Blunsdon Hse Parish Council 7.30 pm Village Hall 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 Tots ‘n’ Toddlers Wheelie Bins 9-11am Mixed Plastics Village Hall Green Waste 29 30 312
  3. 3. October 2012Dear Friends,I am writing as we launch our ‘Sow for the Harvest’ Campaign.All kinds of people are grateful for their village church. Theyare thankful for a quiet place to go to think, to remember lovedones and to celebrate the important occasions in life. We havepeople who come for baptisms, weddings and funerals andthe church is used by the school and community for all kindsof events.Our village church needs your support to remain open andkeep the fabric in good order. You may not be a church goerbut wouldn’t you be sad to see it closed or in a really bad stateof repair?We try to serve the community and support otherorganisations in their work. A good example is Meeting Pointwhere people can gather to meet with friends, enjoy veryreasonably priced refreshments (really good home madecakes). Other organisations can and do use this forum to raisemoney or advertise what’s going on—for free. We pay for thehall hire and each month a committed band of volunteers setup and run it.We all know that ‘we reap what we sow’ and if we sow little wereap little. This is an invitation to take a step forward and sowfor the future of your church. It is a challenge, it may make youfeel a little uncomfortable, but we hope that you will make apositive commitment. We are not just asking for financial help;we need volunteers to give of their time and talents tooWith prayers for every blessing,Rev. Vicky FlemingPriest in Charge 3
  4. 4. Church News Sow for the Harvest A Time to Sow—Time and Talents These are some of the needs and opportunities you may wish to consider. • Bell ringing (training will be given) • Arrange flowers • Help clean the church • Help with refreshments at Family Service • Deliver leaflets and magazines • Be part of the Administrative Team • Be part of the fabric Maintenance Team • Social Events Planning • Social and Events Volunteers • Fundraising Planning • Help with Meeting Point So consider…. The more people who take part the more we can achieve. What we need financially It costs £1077 per month to keep South Marston church open We do not receive any subsidies from the Government or the Church of England. Planned Giving helps you to give regularly whether or not you are able to come to church and it helps us because we know what we are going to receive each month. This may be done through the envelope scheme or by standing order through your bank which also has the advantage of saving us bank charges. How much? Here are some thoughts to help you: Some people spend as much as £1.20 for their daily newspaper £36 a month The price for a couple bottles of wine is about £10 A good cup of coffee in a café can cost £2.25 A round of drinks ? £10+?4
  5. 5. • What value do you put on the heritage of the village and the provision of a place to reflect and celebrate the major events of your life? £5, £10, £20 a month?• If you pay tax, the church can claim back this tax on your gift increasing the value of your gift by 25% at no extra cost to you. This means that for every £1 you donate we can claim 25p from the tax man but only if you sign a Gift Aid Declaration Form which will cover all your gifts to the church• Leaving a legacy in your Will is also a lovely way to remember your church and will help future generations.What next? If you want to know more please speak to DonaldPage, Richard Sansum, William Hiscocks or the Vicar, VickyFleming who will answer your questions and if you want torespond you may pick up forms from church or Meeting Point.From the Registers:Baptisms:8th September : Chloe Jane Elderfield9th September : Woody EvansWeddings:14th September : Lloyd Horspool and Emma Taylor The Rosemary Service Sunday 4th November at 6.15pm at St. Margaret’s Church, Stratton A time to remember and give thanks by lighting a candle for those who have died.Craft Company’ We meet again at Dryden House,Mary Cooper’s home on Wednesday 10th Octoberat 2pm. if you love crafting then come and join usfor inspiration and encouragement as well as goodcompany. More details please contact Vicky Fleming or Mary. The High Five service for children up to 5 years returns! We meet at 10am on 17th October, Snowy and her friends have missed seeing you. 5
  6. 6. Church Services(at South Marston Church unless shown otherwise)7th October 11.00am Family Service14th October 9.30am Holy Communion21st October 11.00am Team Service Coleview28th October 8.00am Holy Communion 9.30am Morning Worship4th November 11.00am Family Service11th November 10.00am Remembrance Service18th November 10.00am Team Service St Margaret’s25th November 8.00am Holy Communion 9.30am Holy CommunionChurch OfficeSouth Marston Church is part of Stratton Team Ministry. The office islocated at St. Margaret’s Centre, Kenwin Close, Stratton St. Margaret andit is open on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings from 8.30amto 12 noon. Email: or tel: 826505.If you would like to talk to a priest or book a Christening or Weddingplease contact Rev Vicky Fleming on 827021 between 6 and 7pm anyevening 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 7630166
  7. 7. Celebrating Harvest 11am Sunday 7th October at South Marston Church A Service for all ages A warm and happy welcome awaits you. There is a Stratton Team Ministry Lunch at St. Margaret’sCentre, Stratton following the service—if you would like to come please obtain a ticket from Vicky Saturday Scene for young families Is on 13th October in the Village Hall 4pm to 5.15pm Contact Donald Page on 825693 The Meeting Point Coffee morning with table top sales It’s our 4th birthday and the drinks are on us! Come and celebrate with us. There will be a special Birthday Raffle! Saturday 13th October from 10.00 –12.30pm In the Village Hall South Marston Church Serving the Community We look forward to seeing you 7
  8. 8. Car & Van MOT - £45 10day free re-test Motor Bike MOT - £29 10day free re-test Servicing, Welding Body Work, Mechanical Accident Repairs Restoration, Re-Spray Upgrades, Body Kits Brakes and maintenance checks Open 8.00am – 5.30pm Phone us on 01793 821360 or email Address: Old Farm Barn, Nightingale Lane, South Marston, SN3 4SL F & E Harris Memorial Trust 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.8
  9. 9. South Marston Parish CouncilAllotmentsThe Parish Council currently has a short waiting listfor allotments. If you wish to be added to the waitinglist, please contact the Parish Clerk.2 Parish Councillor VacanciesSouth Marston Parish Council currently has vacanciesfor two positions on the Parish Council.If you would like to know more about becoming a Parish Councillorand would be interested in joining the team, please contact theParish Clerk on 01793 820529 or email: note that Parish Council meetings are held the thirdTuesday of the month at 7.30pm in the Village Hall.Community GrantsThere are small grants available for community projects and thereare not enough people applying for them. Pam Gough, the North-East Locality Lead for Swindon Borough Council, joined us at theSeptember Parish Council meeting and has given us all the details.If you are interested in accessing this funding please contact ourParish Clerk, Gemma who is happy to help you fill out the applicationforms. The deadline for applications is 5th January 2013.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 meet- ing where you are invited to ask questions or discuss an agenda item. It would be helpful if you could informthe Chairman at the start of the meeting of any items that you wish toraise or discuss. All agendas are published on the village websiteand on the village notice boards, prior to the meetings.To keep informed of all the latest Parish Council news, including minutes ofParish Council meetings, please visit and visit the‘Parish Council’ section. 9
  10. 10. South Marston Parish Council cont’d Village Expansion Update Of biggest concern to the Parish Council (PC) at the moment is the Community In- frastructure Levy (CIL). The CIL controls how much money the developers have to pay to Swindon Borough Council (SBC) for infrastructure costs such as roads, drainage and facility improvements such as the school. There is a concern that this levy could be spent in other areas of Swindon to meet wider SBC priorities rather than supporting the South Marston development. On the 12th June 2012 the PC together with the Village Expansion working party, Officers of SBC together with representatives of the Developers Consortium, presented a number of stands giving information and ideas on what was known at the time about the potential housing development within South Marston village and the wider Eastern Villages development area. The PC has been working with SBC on documents so that we will have a degree of control on how this potential development is shaped, and the planning and location of necessary infrastructure, such as Road Layout, School, Village Centre etc. This critical work is known as a Supplementary Planning Document (dSPD) and will be in draft form as, once written, it then has to go through a series of public consultative stages. However, the village SPD has to reflect the overall policies that SBC has for the future of the Borough to 2026; this is contained in the Swindon Core Strategy. A delay by SBC has now meant that the Core Strategy will not be adopted until well into next year, after it has gone through its pubic consultation stages. This means that the dSPD will also be delayed. We are currently in discussion with SBC to determine if the dSPD can be moved forward as an interim document.10
  11. 11. Once we have a clear view of the way forward on these issues, theParish Council intends to hold further consultations with villageresidents.To add an additional layer of complexity to the above, theGovernment have also introduced new policies. The two thataffect us the most are the National Policy Planning Framework(NPPF) and the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL). The ParishCouncil is currently responding to SBC on the public consultationon CIL. This is a highly complex issue requiring a high degree ofunderstanding and time spent on the response. Sylvia Brown andColin McEwen continue to spend a significant amount of time andenergy weekly assessing the full implications of these new policieson our village.On a final note we have been made aware that the developers’consortium for the housing south of the A420 has broken up. Theimpact of this is not, as yet, clear, but our priority is to make surethat all developers share the cost of providing appropriate infra-structure. We will keep you informed when we know more.If you would like further information on the above or would like tobecome more involved with these issues, then please contact theParish Clerk, Gemma Cheal. Tower & Tap Please email items for the Tower & Tap to The deadline for November issue is 15 October. NEW EDITOR REQUIRED Kay Long is leaving her role as editor of the Tower & Tap. We are looking for a new editor to take over starting with the December issue. If you are interested in taking over this role please contact Kay on 828600 or email for more information. 11
  12. 12. SMRA NewsDuck Race This was held on Saturday 15th. September, rescheduled from the cancelled Fete in July. About 50 villagers arrived at Church Farmhouse for the Annual Duck Race. The water level in South Marston brook was rather low, due to lack of rain for the past few weeks; this was rather diferent to the conditions in July,when the Fete had to be cancelled due to a waterlogged Recreation Field.Water in South Marston brook in July was so high that the banks wereoverflowingHowever, on the 15th. September,a few extra obstacles in the brook fromnewly-exposed stones only added extra hazards, particularly for duck number14 which came within 6 inches of the finish line. It would have been thewinner but for an eddy-current which deflected it into the bank, where itstubbornly remained as other ducks rushed by.Many thanks to all who bought ducks. All 100 were sold, proceeds going toSMRA. 1st place duck no. 37 Zach du Pluoy 2nd place duck no. 58 Oliver Hobbs 3rd. place duck no. 65 Carissa Essilfie 4th. place duck no. 1 Alfie Donald 5th. place duck no. 48 Ben LodgeLucky Programme DrawAgain, this was not drawn at the Fete in July. Thank you to all who boughtprogrammes, including many on the evening during the Party in the Park,when it was still actually raining! 1st. Prize £125 No. 183 2nd. Prize £75 No. 58 Peter Paul Hunt 3rd. Prize £50 No. 56 Peter Paul HuntPlease contact Rachel Case on 07545 923021 who will check the programmesand present the winners’ prizes.12
  13. 13. SMRA 100 Club Congratulations to our September winners£30 no. 64 Anne Lazenbury£10 no. 112 Nicola Robinson£10 no. 3 Chris Smithson£10 no. 12 R. Bennet£10 no. 91 Martin TaylorMany thanks, as always to our contributors. If anyone who is not alreadyin the 100 Club would like a number, please phone Jenny McEwen on825312 All profits go towards playing field upkeep.Car Boot Sale CancellationSMRA decided that in view of the very wet weather during the days andweeks leading up to the Car Boot Sale planned for 8th. September, thatregrettably it had to be cancelled.As it turned out, the weather had dried up considerably by 8th.September, but at the time the decision was made, we felt that we couldnot risk having to use tractors to pull cars from the playing field. Thefootball pitches are now in full use again and are a considerable income-earner for the maintenance of the field. We are looking to rearrange foranother date; apologies to all who have been holding onto things to sell. South Marston Enterprise Group We are a friendly social group that meet to talk about all things business related. Regular meetings are held on the 1st Thursday of every month, 7.30pm-9pm. We chat around business related topics and enjoy some nibbles and a drink. Anyone with an interest in business enterprise is welcome to come along and join in. Future topics include: a pub quiz, keeping up to date with social media and finding out about acupuncture. Contact Hazel Andrews by e-mail or 01793 827507 for further details. 13
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  16. 16. S MAW L South Marston Assisting Wildlife Oak Tree Corner The Highworth Road conservation site now has a name: Oak Tree Corner Since our last update we have created the path on the far side of the ditch between the two bridges. Huge thanks go to Greenshave Services for donating and deliver- ing two truck-loads of woodchip for this task, and for taking away our green waste. The hedge bordering the road has been trimmed, which will give the new hedging plants space to grow. The concrete base for the memorial bench has been laid, and is now ready for the bench to be installed. We have also worked on clearing the central bed ready for planting the perennial wildflowers we’ve grown from seed (hundreds of them!). We have 600 wildflower bulbs to plant this autumn – wild daffodils, ramsons, wood anemones, bluebells, and snakeshead fritillaries. The next tasks on the site, apart from the planting, include com- pleting the bridge ends, weeding around the new hedge next to the bungalow, laying the top surface for the main path and the teach- ing area, and installing seating in the teaching area, made from oak donated by Wiltshire Wildlife Trust. The next working day is on Saturday 13th October. If you can spare even just an hour or so, you’ll be made very welcome – no experience necessary. So far in 2012, volunteers have given around 300 hours’ work; with more volunteers we could achieve even more!16
  17. 17. Bat walkDr Danielle Linton from the Swindon TwilightBat Project led an evening bat walk around StJulian’s woodland on 15th September. It was well-attended (about 25 adults and 10 children) andthe weather was good – mild and not too windy.The bats weren’t out in great numbers but ourbat detectors picked up several common pipistrelles and a noctule– and we learnt a lot about bats from Dani.For further information on any of the above, please call Barry on826697 or Susan on 824957, or email You can also read more about the SMAWL groupon the village website.Friendly ClubRecent EventsOn 11th September a talk and slide show by RonHoskins on “Beekeeping”. He explained the workhe does creating queens and super bees to helpcontrol the varroa mite which was discovered in theUK in 1992. Ron has assisted many local beekeepersin creating special hives, using microscopes and special lenses tostudy theses mites and producing bees that offer some protectionagainst them. The mite deforms the bees wings and causes hivedestruction. A couple of interesting facts: out of 20,000 species ofbees only four make honey; the honey bee is the only insect thatproduce food eaten by man. Many other interesting facts are in abooklet “Pocket Guide to the Honey Bee” available from Ron. Seealso for more information.Future EventsTuesday 9 October at 2.00pm in the Village Hall.A talk will be given by Jon King on “Auctioneering and Valuation”.Tuesday 16 OctoberOur Harvest Lunch will be held at Blunsdon House Hotel at 12.00 noon.Tuesday 13 November at 2.00pm in the Village Hall.A talk will be given by Alan Fletcher on “Guide dogs for the blind” 17
  18. 18. Good 0-14 years Ofsted 2011 White Cottage Pre-school & Nursery Flexible funded sessions 15 hrs (Alternately 20 hrs FREE 9am -1pm) Breakfast Club & Driving drop offs After school club & Driving Collections Holiday Club (Swimming, horse riding........) Free Registration Even Swindon Community Centre Old Vicarage Lane Jenning Street South Marston Rodbourne Swindon Wiltshire SN2 3BG Wiltshire SN3 4SH18
  19. 19. Hazel Andrews Acupuncture Lic Ac. MBAcC MCAUKAcupuncture is a holistic treatment suitable for a wide range of healthconditions and can help relaxation. Back pain, sciatica and headaches Joint aches, low energy levels PMT, fertility issues, anxiety and stress. Cosmetic acupuncture, ear acupuncture and ‘needle free’ scenar treatments are available. Home visits arranged. Clinic: 7 Ash Gardens, South Marston, Swindon SN3 4XX. Tel: 01793 827507 15 years experience, member of British Acupuncture Counciland Cosmetic Acupuncture UK. HOME TUTORING Busy Bees Childminding Fully qualified Ofsted registered childminder, early years foundation stage of learning followed primary teacher Safe and comfortable environment offering home tutoring One to one care and learning opportunities for at competitive prices. your child as well as social interaction with Maths from KS1 to GCSE other children (£25 - £30 / hour) I have access to government funded baby and toddler groups Literacy KS1 and KS2 Competitive prices (£25 / hour) Flexible working hours include early morning New college and surrounding areas of Full CRB certificate Swindon Kirsty Feline BSc For more information (Mathematics) PGCE please call: 01793 619146 Tel: 07855 099086 or 19
  20. 20. Useful Contacts Parish Council Chair Stuart Young T 828775 Parish Council Vice Chair Sylvia Brown T 823535 Clerk to the Parish Council Gemma Cheal T 820529 SMRA Chair Mary Case T 826038 SMRA Secretary Julie Hatherall T 07857 310624 Village Hall Bookings Julie Hatherall T 07857 310624 Football Field Bookings Chris Maull T 824505 Tots & Toddlers Rachel Case T 832719 Youth Club Julie & Steve T 07923 441296 Gardening Club Mike New T 827807 Friendly Club Brian McGlone T 826243 Spitfires Football Club Bev Maull T 824505 South Marston School Alison Lowe T 823379 Pre–School Pre-School Staff T 07847 590601 Saplings Children’s Centre (All Sorts) T 829996 Ward Councillors Russell Holland T 07999 566623 John Haines T 07901 534640 Colin Lovell T 321634 Member of Parliament Justin Tomlinson T 522123 Priest in Charge Vicky Fleming T 827021 Church Wardens Richard Sansum T 831473 Donald Page T 82569320