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  1. 1. Tower & Tap July & August 2012In this Issue:Church News/Meeting Point ........... 4, 5 Police Meetings ..................................10Church Services Schedule ................... 6 Youth Club ..........................................10Parish Council..................................7, 8 Summer Fete .......................................11SME Group ...........................................8 Gardening Club ..................................13Friendly Club .......................................9 SMAWL ...............................................15SMRA 100 Club...................................10 Diamond Jubilee..................................17 http://southmarston.org.uk
  2. 2. July 2012Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun30 31 12 3 4 5 6 7 8Gardening All Sorts SM Tots ‘n’ Toddlers South Wheelie Bins Summer FeteClub BBQ School 9-11am Marston Mixed Plastics 2 - 5 pm 1.30- 2.45pm Village Hall Enterprise Green WasteYouth Club Group Party in the6.30 pm 7.30 pm Park. 7 ‘til lateVillage Hall9 10 11 12 13 14 15 All Sorts SM Tots ‘n’ Toddlers Youth Club Meeting Point School 9-11am 6.30 pm 10am - 1.30- 2.45pm Village Hall Village Hall 12.30pm Village Hall Friendly Club Craft Company 2 pm Village Hall 2 pm Dryden House SMRA 7.30 pm (see website for venue)16 17 18 19 20 21 22Youth Club All Sorts Tots ‘n’ Toddlers Wheelie Bins Saturday6.30 pm SM School 9-11am Mixed Plastics SceneVillage Hall 1.30- 2.45pm Village Hall Green Waste 4 pm Village Hall Parish Council 7.30 pm Village Hall23 24 25 26 27 28 29 Youth Club 6.30 pm Village Hall2 http://southmarston.org.uk
  3. 3. Dear Friends,I want to say a huge thank you for the generous response wehave had for St. Margaret’s Roof Appeal. It means such a greatdeal to us in this economic climate!We are all hearing about ‘the cuts’ and we are experiencing theeconomic squeeze. If we have savings, we are not gettingmuch of a return; if we are in debt, we are having to pay moreinterest; and if we are on a fixed income it just doesn’t go as faras it did this time last year. Yet even in this ‘squeeze’ we are allbetter off than people were 40 years ago but research showsthat we are not so happy!The Bible says more about money and possessions than manyother issues. I am told—no I haven’t counted them myself–there are more than 2,000 verses about this subject! Behindmoney there is a spiritual issue. I have heard it said ‘Moneydoes not make a man, money unmasks him.’ Our attitude tomoney says a great deal about us.Most people agree that money can’t actually make you happy.Recent research has shown that people who have won thelottery are less optimistic about their future than people whohave been paralysed by an accident six month’s after the event!Its what’s in our hearts that makes us happy or sad. Debt bringsits own consequences —King Solomon wrote: “The rich ruleover the poor and the borrower becomes the lender’s slave.”The Bible encourages us to put a right perspective on the valueof possessions. We need to continually learn to be grateful forwhat we do have—there are always others less fortunate thanourselves. The Bible also reminds us that ‘God loves a cheerfulgiver’ because our basis for giving should be love. God loved usso much and our giving is to be a response to that love. Thankyou again for your generosity.God Bless,Vicky Fleming http://southmarston.org.uk 3
  4. 4. Church News The High Five services for children up to 5 years are organised with the South Marston Preschool if you would like details about the next one please contact Vicky Fleming. There will be no service in August . ‘Craft Company’ we are meeting again at Mary Cooper’s house (Dryden House) 2pm Wednesday 11th July and 8th August, More details from Mary or Vicky Fleming. Saturday Scene will be meeting on 21st July but will not meet in August. We will meet again 8th September. Have a good holiday! For more information contact Donald Page on 825693 The 7.30 Club for 10 to 16 year olds from Stratton, Stanton & South Marston Held on alternate Sunday Evenings 7.30pm to 8.45pm at St Margaret’s Centre Please call the St. Margaret’s Church Office for more information Weddings and Baptisms If you would like to book either a wedding or a baptism at South Marston Church you need to contact Rev. Vicky Fleming as soon as possible to avoid disappointment. Bookings are already being taken for 2014 and the baptism diary is very full for this year. POLITE NOTICE Have you noticed how tidy the church grounds are now? A huge thank you to Colin and Jenny McEwen for cutting the Glebe grass and Richard Sansum and William Hiscocks for working hard in the churchyard. PLEASE help us to keep it tidy by disposing of non-biodegradable things in the bin provided and compost the rest in the designated area. Thank you.4 http://southmarston.org.uk
  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 ) 14th July and 11th August from 10.00 –12.30 In the Village Hall Come and meet your friends, chat and enjoy catching up on the latest news. Refreshments provided by South Marston Church 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: stmargaretsoffice@tiscali.co.uk 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 http://southmarston.org.uk 5
  6. 6. Church Services (at South Marston Church unless otherwise stated) 1st July 11.00am Family Service 8th July 9.30am Holy Communion 15th July 11.00am Team Service Coleview 22nd July 8.00am Holy Communion 9.30am Morning Worship 29th July 9.30am Morning Worship 5th August 11.00am Family Service 12th August 9.30am Holy Communion 19th August 10.00am Team Service St Margaret’s 26th August 8.00am Holy Communion 9.30am Morning Worship 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 mitch@mitchymotors.co.uk Address: Old Farm Barn, Nightingale Lane, South Marston, SN3 4SL6 http://southmarston.org.uk
  7. 7. South Marston Parish CouncilParish Councillor VacancySouth Marston Parish Council currently has a vacancy for a ParishCouncillor. Applicants should put their request for consideration inwriting with a summary about themselves including: reasons forwishing to be a councillor; previous community/council work; anyother skills they can bring to the Council, their interests and recentcareer history.The closing date for applications is Friday 6th July 2012.All candidates will be invited to an interview. For further information,please contact the Parish Clerk.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 the VillageHall. There is an “Open 10 Minutes” section at the start of the meetingwhere you are invited to ask questions or discuss an agenda item. It wouldbe helpful 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 ofParish Council meetings, please visit www.southmarston.org.uk and visit the‘Parish Council’ section. South Marston Enterprise GroupWe are a friendly social group that Each meeting has a theme andmeets to talk about all things future topics include: keeping up tobusiness related. Regular meetings date with social media, finding outare held on the 1st Thursday of about curtain making and softevery month, 7.30pm-9pm. furnishings and an evening talk about acupuncture.It’s not a formal group – we meetin each other’s homes, chat around See the South Marston Villagebusiness related topics and enjoy website, or contact Hazel Andrewsnibbles and a drink. Anyone with an by e-mail hazel@acuhome.co.uk orinterest in business enterprise is 01793 827507 for further details.welcome to come along and join in. http://southmarston.org.uk 7
  8. 8. Winds of Change Renewable energy has its place in planning for Britains future energy needs but do you want a wind farm right on your doorstep? Proposed changes to Swindon Borough Councils Core Strategy and Development Management Policies mean that safeguards and protections in the old plan which recently helped to prevent Ecotricity from building three gigantic 120m wind turbines on the doorstep of South Marston have been swept away in favour of a blanket declaration that renewable energy projects such as wind energy should be encouraged. Worse still, the new plan designates specific areas that are Wind Turbine Areas of Search that the revised plan identifies for active consideration and Highworth, Hannington, South Marston and the eastern villages of Wanborough and Liddington are right there on the front line. A map included in the new Core Strategy shows a broad area of land just to the north of Highworth for example, where development of wind farms is considered suitable and desirable. Last year a concerted campaign saw thousands of Swindon residents voice their concerns about the revised plan in the consultation exercise that SBC initiated and well over 800 people from this side of Swindon specifically wrote in to ask for just one simple protection to be included in the Core Strategy. That there should be a 2km gap between any proposed wind turbines and residential housing. Nothing radical here, its been adopted by other Councils and is under debate in Parliament for a national planning restriction. But unfortunately, despite the unprecedented response to the Core Strategy consultation, Swindon Council has to date ignored residents’ requests. Honda, to its great credit, eventually recognised that their proposed wind turbines were not suitable so close to residential housing and opted instead for a Solar Farm on the edge of South Marston. However, if the same case had to be argued again, Highworth, or any other parishes, wouldnt have the same protection to make sure the correct decision is reached. We need to make sure that our elected Councillors are aware of the genuine concerns and get this one simple, 2km rule included, or the whole public consultation process will be seen to be a sham! Contact your Councillors and your MP to make sure they are aware of your concerns. And you need to do it now, because the consultation period is coming to an end. www.illwind.co.uk8 http://southmarston.org.uk
  9. 9. Friendly ClubRecent EventsOn 12th June we held our AGM. The minutes of the previous AGM and independ-ently audited accounts for the current year were issued to all members present. Theofficers gave their reports of the year’s activity. Re-election of officers and committeewas agreed. After the AGM we were by entertained by Rose Little and Mervyn Penny.Our trip to The Chelsea Pensioners Royal Hospital on 19th June was very interest-ing. There is a museum depicting the history of the hospital and a large collection ofmedals many donated by past pensioners and private donation. The gardens are wellkept. We were given a guided tour by a Chelsea Pensioner who told us the history ofthe hospital and the criteria for becoming an inpatient. The hospital is for army pen-sioners and there are now some female army pensioners. It is well worth a visit.Future EventsTuesday 10th July at 2.00pm in the Village Hall.A talk will be given by John Jameson-Davis on Secrets in handwriting.Tuesday 17th July - OutingTrip to visit the Beaulieu Motor Museum, House and Garden, via theNew Forest. Costs £28.00 for members; £32.00 for non-members,including entrance to all the attractions. Leave from the outside thevillage school at 9.30am, arrive back at South Marston at 7.00pm.Places still available for members and non-members. If you areinterested contact Brian 826243 or Josie 828080. Tuesday 14th August. A social gathering will be held with afternoon tea at the South Marston Hotel at 2.30pm. Cost for members £4.50, non-members £5.00. Pay- ment will be taken on the day at the venue.Tuesday 11th September at 2.00pm in the Village Hall.A talk will be given by Ron Hoskins on Beekeeping.Annual Holiday - September Our annual Holiday this year will be to the Isle of Wight with Barnes Coaches, staying at Warner Bembridge Coast Hotel for 4 nights. Departing on Monday 24th September and returning Friday 28th September. This will include the ferry and various trips around the Island during our stay. All for £299 per person. Anyone who would like to join us will be made very welcome. Please contact Sheila on 828545. http://southmarston.org.uk 9
  10. 10. Police Meetings Every three months priorities are set based on what the local community tell us are their concerns. You can raise your concerns by attending one of the meetings listed below or by contacting us at anytime either using the 101 non emergency police telephone number or via our email address:- swindonnorthnpt@wiltshire.pnn.police.uk. Venue Date Time South Marston Village Hall 14/07/12 11.00 – 12.00am Castle Eaton Village Hall 26/07/12 10.00 – 11.00am Castle Eaton Village Hall 30/08/12 10.00 – 11.00am Blunsdon - By the village shop 28/07/12 09.00 – 10.00am Blunsdon – By the village shop 01/09/12 09.00 – 10.00am Hannington – Jolly Tar 01/08/12 07.00 – 08.00pm Stanton Fitzwarren Village Hall 28/07/12 03.00 – 04.00pm PC Marc Jackson PCSO Juliet Evans SMRA 100 Club Congratulations to our June winners £30 Eileen Lester No.36 £10. Derek Oxbey No.35 £10 David Bickley No.17 £10 Alan McElroy No.66 £10 Sheila Vango No.107 If you would like a number in the 100 Club for the monthly draw, to raise money for the Playing Field upkeep, please contact Jill Little on 820823 South Marston Youth Club For more details please contact Julie or Steve Hatherall, e-mail: hatherall24@yahoo.co.uk tel: 07923 441 296. July dates: DAY DATE VENUE Mondays 2 & 16 July Village Hall Fridays 13 & 27 July Village Hall No Clubs in August10 http://southmarston.org.uk
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  13. 13. Gardening ClubRecent EventsOn Saturday 16th June we all had an enjoyable time wandering amongthe beautiful trees and surroundings in Saville Gardens, which is set inGreat Windsor Park. The perfume that hit you when you approached therose garden was incredible and made the day memorable. Future Events Our next meeting will be the BBQ at Catsbrain Farm on Monday 2nd July. This will start at 7.00pm with music by OK Re-United. Please remember to bring a plate, dish, cutlery plus any donation of a salad or a sweet.On Saturday 18th August we will be holding our Annual Flower & Pro-duce Show in the Village Hall. Everyone from the village orGardening Club is welcome to enter any of the categories. Weknow there are many keen gardeners in the village, so comealong with your produce and show what you have grown.Schedules for the show will be available mid July from Mike on827807 or Arthur on 832663. They can also give you any infor-mation about how to show if you are not to sure. F & E Harris Memorial TrustThe government has increased the State Pension age for women to 65 phasedfrom April 2016 to December 2018. A further increase will be phased in toraise the State Pension age for all to 66 from December 2018.In consideration of these changes and the proposed expansion of the villagecommunity the Trust will be making the following changes to the criteria forallocation of Christmas Hampers to senior citizens of South Marston. Thesechanges 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. http://southmarston.org.uk 13
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  15. 15. S MAW L South Marston Assisting WildlifeWe had another good working day on June 9th – one of the few dry days amidthe downpours (and Alison brought doughnuts for our tea break!).We did the following tasks: Extended our plant nursery bed – the perennial wildflowers plants we started from seed are growing well and many need to be planted out, so we need more room. Cleared the nettles on the far bank of the ditch where the path between the two bridges will be, and along the bank side where we’re go- ing to plant primroses. Strimmed the weeds down to the ground in one of our next planting areas, and covered the ground with plastic to inhibit re-growth. Completed this year’s planting of annual wildflower seeds. Cut back the hedge where it was starting to overhang the pavement.The bridges are ready to be taken to the site and erected (they are looking sogood, excellent workmanship from Brian and team) – we just need a spell ofdecent weather!Events coming up include: A stall at the Village Fete on July 7th, which will feature a competition to decide the name for the Highworth Road site. Working days on Saturdays 4th August and 1st September, from 9:30am to 4:30pm (break for lunch from 12:30 to 1:30pm). There’s no working day in July – it’s been brought forward to 30th June on account of the fete. An open day, where the bridges and new bench will be officially unveiled – date to be decided (keep an eye on the notice boards and website).We’d love to see you at any of the above – you’ll be made very welcome.For further information, please call Barry on 826697 or Susan on 824957, oremail barry@capital-planning.co.uk. You can also read more about the groupon the village website. http://southmarston.org.uk 15
  16. 16. 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 www.whitecottagenursery.co.uk info@whitecottagenursery.co.uk Even Swindon Community Centre Old Vicarage Lane Jenning Street South Marston Rodbourne Swindon Wiltshire SN2 3BG Wiltshire SN3 4SH16 http://southmarston.org.uk
  17. 17. Diamond Jubilee Weekend - June 1st & 2ndVery many thanks to so many villagers who gave somuch help over the Diamond Jubilee weekend.The concert in the Church on Friday evening was soldout, and was a lovely evening of South Marston talent,rounded off by rousing singing led by Jackie Sansum.South Marston schoolchildren and those at Tots n Tod-dlers were given commemorative Jubilee mugs bySouth Marston Parish Council. Extras were on sale andthe Committee hopes that there will be some profit fromthe weekend to buy something as a permanent memorialof the event. There are still a very few left – please contact Jenny McEwen on825312 if you would like one.South Marston bellringers heralded the beginning of the Jubilee celebrations onSaturday. Bunting, flags and flowers decorated the centre of the village - thestreet party was held on the Glebe and War Memorial Garden, as well as in theroad outside the school. The Church was full of flowers, and the exhibition ofold South Marston photographs and memorabilia was busy for nearly 9 hours. Itwas so popular, and prompted so many memories, that we hope to have a re-runof this, with extra photographs, if anyone can dig deeply into their attics to findmore. We will also have photographs from this Jubilee. Please contact MaryCase on 826038 if you have any to share.School children and members of the Friendly Club sang during the afternoon,while the Highworth Silver band took a break. Celebrations ended with every-one singing Land of Hope and Glory, Jerusalem, and the National Anthem afteran official photograph taken from the top of the Church tower. News willfollow on how to obtain copies of this.The Carriers put on a pig roast on Saturday evening, in spite of the rain, whichhad started to fall by then. We were very lucky with the weather during the day.Thanks again to all of the helpers; particularly Yuasa Batteries who donated thewine for Friday evenings wine and cheese interval in the Church and to Croco-dile Packaging for their donation of money to help with the Jubilee weekend.Photographs were taken by Stacy Woolhouse, including one from the top of theChurch tower, and will be available to view and order at the next Meeting Pointon Saturday 14th. July in the Village Hall between 10am and midday. http://southmarston.org.uk 17
  18. 18. 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 www.acuhome.co.uk Over 15 years experience, member of British Acupuncture Council and Cosmetic Acupuncture UK. Tower & Tap Please email items for the Tower & Tap to kaylong@btinternet.com . The deadline for September issue is 15th August. Want to advertise in Tower & Tap? Our rates are: For one issue: Full page - £25 Half page - £15 Quarter page - £8 For one year (10 issues): Full page - £75 Half page - £45 Quarter page - £25 Please email kaylong@btinternet.com for more details.18 http://southmarston.org.uk
  19. 19. August 2012Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun 1 2 3 4 5 South Wheelie Bins Conservation Marston Mixed Plastics Site Working Enterprise Green Waste Day Group 9.30 - 4.30 7.30 pm6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Craft Company Meeting Point 2 pm Dryden 10am - House 12.30pm Village Hall13 14 13 16 17 18 19 Friendly Club Wheelie Bins Flower & 2 pm Village Mixed Plastics Produce Show Hall Green Waste Village Hall20 21 22 23 24 25 26 Parish Council 7.30 pm Village Hall27 28 29 30 31 Wheelie Bins Mixed Plastics Green Waste http://southmarston.org.uk 19
  20. 20. Useful Contacts http://southmarston.org.uk 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 History Society Darren Cook T 832999 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 http://southmarston.org.uk