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Tower and tap September 2012

  1. 1. Tower & Tap September 2012In this Issue:Church News/Church Office............. 4, 5 SME Group ..........................................11Parish Council......................................7 South Marston Car Boot Sale...............11Friendly Club .......................................9 Gardening Club ...................................13SMRA 100 Club...................................10 SMAWL ................................................15
  2. 2. September 2012Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun 1 23 4 5 6 7 8 9Gardening Tots ‘n’ Toddlers South Meeting PointClub 7.30 9-11am Marston 10am -12.30pm Village Hall Enterprise Village Hall Group Conservation 7.30 pm Site working Day. Car Boot Sale 2pm, Rec10 11 12 13 14 15 16 Tots ‘n’ Toddlers Wheelie Bins SMAWL Friendly Club 9-11am Mixed Plastics Evening Bat 2 pm Village Hall Village Hall Green Waste Walk (see posters around Craft Company village for 2pm Dryden Hse details) SMRA 7.30 pm (see website for venue)17 18 19 20 21 22 23 Parish Council Tots ‘n’ Toddlers 7.30 pm 9-11am Village Hall Village Hall Friendly Club Outing24 25 26 27 29 29 30 Tots ‘n’ Toddlers Wheelie Bins 9-11am Mixed Plastics Village Hall Green Waste2
  3. 3. Dear Friends,Did you enjoy the Olympics? I found myself watching morethan ever before and marvelling at what the athletes achievedthrough determination, perseverance and good coaches.What struck me even more was what a difference the crowdmade with their fantastic support.‘Going it alone’ is always much harder and yet so many of usseem to try to do that when trouble is on the horizon. We thinkwe must be independent. ‘No-one will be interested, after allour friends lead such busy lives and they might think I’m afool’, are the sort of things we say to ourselves. Yet the oldsaying about a trouble shared is a trouble halved certainlyrings true. How often have you said to your friends ‘I wish youhad told me before!’What is it that stops us sharing our troubles? Pride, guilt,shame or just plain fear. I like the acrostic for fear I was taughtmany years ago—False, Expectations, Appearing Real—somuch of what we fear isn’t real. Real love casts out fear andactually real friends want us to trust them with our problemsand to share our troubles because they love us.It’s the same with our heavenly Father, who loves us so much,so perfectly, that he gave his Son so that we might know theextent of his love and experience freedom from all fear. Henever rests from his unconditional love for each one of us, hewaits for us to trust him with our problems and he is never toobusy to help. His love shows that none of us are tooinsignificant for him to care. He is always ready to listen, heunderstands every situation and he will show us the way, hisway, which is always far better than trying to go it alone!God bless,Vicky Fleming 3
  4. 4. Church News ‘Craft Company’ Last month we met at the Rectory and had great fun making corsages from organza using felting needles. We are meeting again at Mary Cooper’s house (Dryden House) 2pm Wednesday 12th September, More details from Mary or Vicky Fleming. Saturday Scene will meet on 8th September at 4pm— 4pm— we look forward to seeing you again . Saturday Scene is an event for young families. For more information contact Donald Page on 825693 Weddings and Baptisms Please make contact with Rev. Vicky Fleming to book these—in Stratton Team Ministry’s three churches we will have had 43 Weddings and Blessings this year and even more baptisms. I am unable to book any more baptisms for 2012. We have already started taking baptism bookings for 2013 and have 38 weddings booked for next year so please book as soon as possible as we don’t want to disappoint you! Telephone 827021 any evening between 6 and 7 pm except Fridays and Sundays. From the Registers: Baptism: 30th June Maisie Rose Cahalin 8th July Skye Sylvia Wright 14th July Alexander James Naisby 15th July Sophie Jean Woolhouse 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 information4
  5. 5. The Meeting Point Coffee morning with table top sales (Please book a table early: £2.50 for people who live in the village, £5 for those outside and free to village organisations ) 8th September from 10.00 –12.30 In the Village Hall Come and meet your friends, chat and enjoy catching up on the latest news. South Marston Church serving the Community We look forward to seeing youChurch OfficeSouth Marston Church is part of Stratton Team Ministry. The office islocated at St. Margaret’s Centre, Kenwin Close, Stratton St. Margaret and itis open on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings from 8.30am to 12noon. Email: or tel: 826505.If you would like to talk to a priest or book a Christening or Wedding pleasecontact Rev Vicky Fleming on 827021 between 6 and 7pm any eveningexcept 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 5
  6. 6. Church Services (at South Marston Church unless shown otherwise) 2nd September 11.00am Family Service 9th September 9.30am Holy Communion 16th September 10.00am Team Service at South Marston 23rd September 8.00am Holy Communion 9.30am Morning Worship 30th September 9.30am Morning Worship 7th October 11.00am Family Service 14th October 9.30am Holy Communion 21st October 11.00am Team Service at Coleview 28th October 8.00am Holy Communion 9.30am Morning Worship Hazel Andrews Acupuncture Lic Ac. MBAcC MCAUK Acupuncture is a holistic treatment suitable for a wide range of health conditions 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 Over 15 years experience, member of British Acupuncture Council and Cosmetic Acupuncture UK.6
  7. 7. South Marston Parish Council2 Parish Councillor VacanciesSouth Marston Parish Council currently has vacancies for two positionson the Parish Council.Applicants should put their request for consideration in writing with asummary about themselves including: reasons for wishing to be acouncillor; previous community/council work; any other skills they canbring to the Council, their interests and recent career history. The closing date for applications is Friday 14th September 2012 All candidates will be invited to an interview on Monday 17th September 2012.Please note that Parish Council meetings are held the third Tuesday of themonth at 7.30pm in the Village Hall.For further information, please contact the Parish Clerk on 01793 820529 oremail: Applications may be posted to:Woodbine Cottage, 75 Stratton Road, Lower Stratton, Swindon, SN1 2PNAllotmentsThe Parish Council currently has a short waiting list forallotments. If you wish to be added to the waiting list,please contact the Parish Clerk.Good progress has been made on establishing the newallotment plots. We have however, received complaints aboutdog mess on site. Please respect the environment and note that dogsare not allowed onto the allotment site. Thank you.Parish Council MeetingsMembers of the public are welcome to attend Parish Council meetings whichare 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 whereyou are invited to ask questions or discuss an agenda item. It would behelpful if you could inform the Chairman at the start of the meeting of anyitems that you wish to raise or discuss. All agendas are published on thevillage website and on the village notice boards, prior to the meetings.To keep informed of all the latest Parish Council news, including minutes of ParishCouncil meetings, please visit and visit the ‘ParishCouncil’ section. 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. Friendly ClubRecent EventsTuesday 10th July - a talk was to be given by John Jameson-Davis on“Secrets in Handwriting”, however he did not arrive. This is the first time aspeaker or entertainer has failed to turn up; bingo and a chat was a suitablealternative in the circumstances.Tuesday 17th July - our outing to Beaulieu Motor Museum,House & Garden was very interesting, as there are manyattractions and special events programmes this year, oneexample being the James Bond film display. This exhibitionshows cars and equipment used in many of the films. Theroute to Beaulieu took us through the New Forest. Tuesday 14th August - an afternoon social gathering at the South Marston Hotel. The Cream Tea was a smashing spread with extra scones and tea, as much as we could eat. The staff were exceptionally helpful.Future EventsTuesday 11th September at 2.00pm in theVillage Hall. A talk will be given by RonHoskins on “Beekeeping”. Wednesday 19th September. An outing has been arranged to the Houses of Parliament. The coach will depart from the school at 8.45am, arrive back at South Marston at about 7.00pm.Tuesday 9th October at 2.00pm in the Village Hall.A talk will be given by Jon King on “Auctioneering and Valuation”.Tuesday 16th OctoberOur Harvest Lunch will be held at Blunsdon House Hotel at 12.00 noon. Tower & TapPlease email items for the Tower & Tap to . The deadline for October issue is 15th September. 9
  10. 10. 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 visit: SMRA 100 Club Congratulations to our July and August winners JULY: AUGUST: £10 – Maureen Haywood £10 – Rita Smith £10 – Carol Bickell £10 – Terry Sansum £10 – Janet Cave-Ayland £10 – Jim Sansum £10 – Nicola Robinson £10 – Stuart Young Thank you to all of our Members for your continued support10
  11. 11. Car Boot Sale South Marston Recreation Field Saturday September 8th from 2pm Booking arrangements - see notices on roads in the village, or just turn up at the Car Park entrance from 1pm on 8th September. This is a rearranged date following the cancellation of the Fete in July. South Marston Enterprise GroupWe are a friendly social group that meet to talk about all thingsbusiness related. Regular meetings are held on the 1st Thursdayof every month, 7.30pm-9pm.We chat around business related topics and enjoy some nibblesand a drink. Anyone with an interest in business enterprise iswelcome to come along and join in.Future topics include: a pub quiz, keeping up to date with socialmedia and finding out about acupuncture. Contact Hazel Andrews by e-mail or 01793 827507 for further details. 11
  12. 12. Could Employer Supported Volunteering Work For You? Businesses and the public sector are becoming increasingly interested in how their own employees can become involved in volunteering. Many and varied programmes are being set up to assist employees to volunteer, whether during work hours or in their own time. This is called employer supported volunteering (ESV). . Involve Swindon is Swindon’s ESV partnership project. It is a network of companies, statutory bodies and voluntary organisa- tions that, together, encourage employees to give their time and develop their skills through volunteering in the local community. So far in 2012, Involve Swindon has found employee volunteers for more than 21 different charity, community and school projects ranging from decorating classrooms to clearing community gardens or areas of wasteland to helping run CV writing and inter- view skills sessions. Recent projects in the Swindon area include making over the garden at Toothill Farmhouse, painting numerous classrooms and corridors for various schools, helping the Mechanics Trust with a recent office move, clearing hundreds of metres of canal towpaths and supporting the MS Therapy Centre with marketing consultancy. Involve Swindon is keen to hear from any charities, schools, community organisations or other non-profits who think they may have a project that could benefit from the support of employee volunteers. Have a look at the case studies on our website for examples of completed projects. Typically projects should be able to be completed in a day, have a fun element to them as well as a tangible benefit to the community. If you think you would like to get involved with Involve Swindon, e-mail Jo at or call 01793 420 557.12
  13. 13. Gardening ClubRecent EventsOn Monday 2nd July Eric Barnes very kindly allowed us to hold ourBBQ in his barn. Luckily the weather was kind to us which added tothe enjoyable evening of food, wine and entertainment.On Saturday 18th August we held our Annual Flower & ProduceShow. Although the season has been dreadful to the point ofconsidering cancelling the show, we went ahead anyway. Withthanks to all the people who put the effort in to show what theyhad, the day proved to be the right decision, with a variety ofexhibits making the show a success.The results of the show are as follows: Photography Cup - Gill King Hanging Basket Cup - Mary Case Childrens Cup - Alexander Naisby Bill Smith Trophy - best dahlia - Angela Newton Geoff Sansum Trophy - best standard fuchsia - Richard Sansum Rose Bowl - flowers - Pat Sansum Flower Arrangers Cup - Rita Smith & Rosemary New Cookery Trophy - Angela Newton Challenge Cup - vegetables - Michael New WELL DONE TO ALLFuture EventsOur next meeting will be on Monday 3rd September at 7.30 pm witha talk by Pamela Clement entitled " Toys and Games ." All welcometo come and listen to this fun subject. 13
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  15. 15. S MAW L South Marston Assisting WildlifeSince our last update, the two bridges over the ditch have beenerected. There is still a bit of work to do to finish off the ends but theyare looking magnificent!Our last working day on 4th August was cut short byheavy rain, but we still managed to clear the far side of theditch, trim back the hazel bushes, do a bit more work on the pond, and enlarge our nursery beds to provide a temporary home for the hundreds of perennial wildflower plants we’ve grown from seed. These will be planted out around the site as more areas are cleared. The wildlife is very much in residence – we’ve spottedfrogs, newts and numerous mini-beasts, including bees, butterflies,bugs, bush crickets and hoverflies.On Saturday 15th September there will be an evening bat walk in thevillage led by Dr Danielle Linton from the Swindon Twilight BatProject and Wiltshire Wildlife Trust. The walk will be preceded by ashort talk. For more details, please look out for posters around thevillage and on the website, or contact us (details below).The next working day is on Saturday 8th September. All volunteerswill be welcomed with open arms!For further information, please call Barry on 826697 or Susan on824957, or email You can also readmore about the group on the village website, 15
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  17. 17. Good 0-14 years Ofsted 2011White 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 Swindon Community Centre Old Vicarage LaneJenning Street South MarstonRodbourne SwindonWiltshire SN2 3BG Wiltshire SN3 4SH 17
  18. 18. SOUTH MARSTON VILLAGE HALL HIRE CHARGES All enquiries and to make a booking please contact Julie Hatherall or email: tel: 07857 310 624 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 Refundable deposit also applies for all one off bookings, Please see website for further details. Terms and Conditions apply. OUTREACH SAPLINGS CHILDRENS CENTRE - Come to an All Sorts session where you Stay and Play with various activities, enjoy a healthy snack, sing songs and rhymes: at South Marston Primary School Children 0 to under 5yrs. Expectant mums welcome Tuesdays 1.30 pm – 2.45 pm (term time only) Drop in, no need to book. 50p charge per family For further details please call Saplings Children’s Centre on 82999618
  19. 19. Refurbiz Limited Unit 4, Hopton Park Industrial Estate Devizes, Wiltshire SN10 2EU VAT Reg. No. 850 4071 52 Tel (01380) 720 200Recycling charity appeals for your unwanted domestic white goodsSince Refurbiz was established in 2003, more than 8000 low income familiesin Wiltshire have benefited from around 12,000 quality, reconditioned, whitegoods at prices they can afford. However, in the current economic environ-ment we are struggling to source enough feedstock to service our demand. With people hanging on to their old models & machines for longer we are increasingly in need of unwanted free standing electric cookers, washing machines, dryers and refrigeration. We simply can’t meet the demand for them and if the economy continues to be slow and more people find themselves in difficulties, the demand is only going to go higher.So please, if you are replacing any white goods, particularly electric cookersand working fridges, phone us and we will come out and remove them free ofcharge.We screen the goods, restore those that can be repaired and thenpass them onto those in need. Typically, the cost of a washingmachine or cooker comes to about £85 with a three month warranty– vastly lower than buying new goods from the stores.So, if you have any white goods you no longer want and wish to donate,you can help a family in need by contacting Refurbiz on 01380 720200.Refurbiz operates out of the Hopton Park Industrial Estate in Devizes, andsupplies refurbished white goods across Wiltshire and Swindon. The charitywas set up by the Wiltshire Wildlife Trust nine years ago to encourageelectrical waste to be reused for the benefit of those in need. It is anindependent not-for-profit charity supported by self-generated incomeand charitable grants. 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