Chilton Foliat is an ancient settlement, going back to Saxon times, and beyond. It is a small village with a current population of just over 300 adults. And it's beautiful, with many ancient houses. You could say it's a typical English country village.
The village nestles in the undulating landscape of the Marlborough Downs, lying alongside the River Kennet, a very beautiful and clean chalkland river, much loved by fishermen.
This web site has been created by villagers, for the villagers, and aims to provide visitors and locals alike with information about the village. Any comments on how we can improve the site are always welcome.
It was with great sadness we learned of the death of Sou Tyas a long standing friend and supporter of Chilton Foliat.
Sou was a highly talented artist and although she used many different mediums she was best known for her incredible coloured pencil work that many people confused with water coloured pieces. Sou's work was on display at many of the Art Ex events in the village hall and in July 2008 staged her own event that was both well supported and well received. Sou was also a keen and accomplished dress designer and she had a particular passion for period costumes, some of which she replicated to perfection having first researched the item in detail; she was often critical of BBC programs that did not portray the correct costume for the period they were showing!
When Chilton Players staged their first pantomime, Cinderella, in the village hall, it was Sou that designed and hand made all the costumes prompting a comment in John-Cameron-Hayes column for the Adviser, "......costumes that would not be out of place on a West End stage". Following that production she continued to make and re-model the costumes for a further two productions as well as taking part herself showing yet another talent on stage.
Sou was a much loved mother, sister and grandmother and my very dear and longstanding friend of nearly 50 years.
Farewell my Lady 'T' and God Bless you.
From: Liz Outridge.
The funeral is at 11.30am tomorrow (11th December) at All Saints Church, Durrington, Salisbury SP4 8AZ