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Dateline: 4th November 2019

Dateline: 24th October 2019


Dear friends of Chilton Foliat WI

It is with great sadness that I have to tell you that Ellie Skehan passed away last night at the Great Western Hospital surrounded by her loving family.

I am sure you will all join me in sending our love and deepest sympathy to dear Bob and the family.

Ellie will always be forever in our thoughts.

Penny Burfield
Vice-President, Chilton Foliat WI
24th October 2019


Ellie's funeral will be at St Mary's Church, Chilton Foliat, on Thursday 7th November at 12:30 pm

Dateline: 9th October 2019

Village Hall Annual General Meeting

Chilton Foliat Village Hall Management Committee will be holding their AGM at 19.00 on Tuesday 19th November 2019. The AGM is open to the public, and you are welcome to attend. 2 draws will take place for the 100 Club during the meeting, so if you haven't yet bought your ball, contact before the draw to be included. PLEASE NOTE: We are always looking for more willing hands to join our Committee, and we do have positions we are looking to fill. So, if you think you could spare a little time to help with the running of this community asset, please email

Dateline: 29th September 2019

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Dateline: 12th September 2019

Harry Dodson - Centenary - 11.09.2019

From: Vic Gardener

Hello, You were kind enough to publish my email and photos when the late Harry Dodson's remains were finally interred, back in June 2017. I thought that perhaps you would like to see some photos which were taken yesterday, which was Harry's centenary. Some were taken at St. Matthew's, Blackmoor, and others later in the day at Chilton. The following is an extract from my blog from yesterday *.

"Yesterday, 11th September 2019, would have been Harry Dodson's 100th birthday. To mark his centenary, I travelled to Blackmoor in Hampshire to place a small floral tribute on the grave where he lies. The weather could have been better but the journey was a good one, at least. By the time I arrived at St. Matthews Church the rain had all but abated completely, making my task just that little bit more pleasant.

There was already a cruciform floral tribute on the grave. It turned out to have been there for some while, judging by the faded card with them. If anyone knows Andrew Highland and (I assume) his wife, you can tell them that their tribute was still there. The text on the card also contains the delightful anecdote which Harry told about being taught the names of trees by his uncle Fred (who is also interred nearby). "There it is, boy, Sciadopitys verticillata." The boy learned good, methinks.

I brushed the twigs and acorns from the gravestone and set my flowers alongside it, pausing a while to remember, and be grateful for, the pleasure Harry gave to so many people through his broadcasting career. With no-one else there and nothing but the sound of the birds in the trees, it is hard to conceive of a more serene and peaceful resting place than the one Harry chose for himself.

Feeling peaceful and serene myself as I left Blackmoor, I resolved to take a slight detour off the M4 on my return journey, and paid a second homage by visiting Chilton Gardens. The weather had changed, and was bright and sunny by the time I arrived. The well-maintained walls of the garden looked majestic, as they soaked-up the sun's rays to do what they are meant to.

It's impossible to resist taking a look through the 'Pretty Opening' into the east garden. Although not in full, Harry-style, production, there is a lot of horticulture going on. The first thing that caught my eye was that there are cardoons growing! Harry would have been proud, I'm sure.

It also made for a fulfilling and satisfying end to my day. Thank you, Harry. Happy 100th Birthday".


My very best wishes to everyone in Chilton Foliat,




Dateline: 26th July 2019

Changes to buses from 28th July

46/48 - Stagecoach have taken over services from Swindon to Hungerford & Marlborough and the timetable has changed - see Transport page

X76 - NEW Wiltshire County Council funded Thamesdown service from Marlborough & Calne to Bath on Mondays to Fridays

20/22- The Thamesdown route 22 from Bedwyn to Marlborough at 1332 (Monday to Friday) & 1336 (Saturdays) will be renumbered route 20 and run direct via Savernake Hospital instead. Additionally, the 1825 bus from Marlborough will run 5 minutes later throughout on Mondays to Fridays.

Dateline: 19th May 2019

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Dateline: 5th April 2019

Tree surgery works planned for the main road end of the Public footpath through Fairyland are underway.

From Parish Council

Dateline: 26th January 2019

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Dateline: 10th December 2018

From: Liz Outridge

Sou Tyas

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.

The funeral is at 11.30am tomorrow (11th December) at All Saints Church, Durrington, Salisbury SP4 8AZ

Dateline: 1st December 2018

Dateline: 17th November 2018

Road works on Stag Hill next week

There will be no roadworks on Stag Hill next week.
However, there will be road resufacing between 19th and 21st November on the unclassified road at Crooked Soley North past Thrup Farm to junction with C6 near County Boundary.
See also (N.B. select date in bottom right corner)

Dateline: 27th October 2018

The path through Fairyland has been cleared.

Dateline: 27th October 2018

Chilton Foliat Village Hall Management Committee AGM

This will be held in the Village Hall on Tuesday 20th November at 7pm.
Members of the public are welcome to attend.

Dateline: 27th October 2018

Sunday Roasts at The Wheatsheaf

We all love roasts...we love knowing that a beautiful joint of meat is slowly cooking in the oven, potatoes in the same tray, whilst we go for a good walk. When someone else is cooking for you, it is a truly special meal...

The Pub use Nesbitts Farm for their pedigree organic Beef... it has the best flavour and it's only 5 miles from us! For larger groups, The Wheatsheaf's private dining room can seat up to 14 people with an intimate atmosphere.

They promise no waste, no microwave vegetables, no Bisto granules, no mediocrity... everything is homemade and cooked just how "it used to be".

Dateline: 18th October 2018

Update Regarding Treework in Fairyland

The tree felling contractors for Eastridge Estate report that work in Fairyland is progressing well, although they have had a few issues with the bogginess of the ground in a couple of places following the weekend rain. Currently the footpath is closed and the temporary closure to allow the felling works has been extended for a couple of days, hopefully normal and safe access along the Public Right of Way will be returned shortly.

Dateline: 11th October 2018

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Dateline: 31st July 2018

From Nic Coome, Chairman, Chilton Foliat Parish Council, 07920867542


I have had a letter from The Eastridge Estate concerning Fairyland.

Unfortunately they have discovered that many of the ash trees are infected by the Chalara fungus which they describe as a virulent pathogen which is attacking native ash trees. The Forestry Commission has information about this disease which can be found here. Unfortunately it is nearly always fatal and the Estate feel that there is no alternative but to remove the affected trees. This work will commence in around 4 to 6 weeks time and is expected to last for about 3 weeks. Unfortunately there may be some noise and traffic disruption during the work but I am assured that they will try to keep it to a minimum.

At present I do not know if the footpath will be closed at any time. I have contacted the estate and await their reply. I have also asked if they intend to carry out any replanting.

Dateline: 14th July 2018

Temporary Closure of: B4192 (Part), Aldbourne and Ramsbury (Ref: TTRO 5480)

Notice is hereby given that Wiltshire Council has made an Order to close temporarily to all traffic:

B4192 (Part), Aldbourne and Ramsbury; from its junction with Farm Lane, Aldbourne, to its junction with Marridge Hill, Preston.

To enable: Eurovia to undertake works for carriageway resurfacing, surface dressing and road markings.

Alternative route: via B4192 (unaffected length) - Liddington Crossroads - Foxhill - Baydon Road - Ermin Street - B4001 Straight Soley - Chilton Foliat - B4192 (unaffected length) and vice versa.

The closure and diversion route will be clearly indicated by traffic signs.

This Order, which previously came into operation on 15 March 2018, will now recommence on 2 August 2018 and it is anticipated that the closure will be required until 5 August 2018. It is anticipated that the works will take the stated duration to complete depending upon weather conditions. Access will be maintained for residents and businesses where possible, although delays are likely due to the nature of the works. The Order has a maximum duration of 18 months.

For further information please contact Steve Hawkins (Eurovia) on 07834503477.

Dateline: 7th July 2018

From Nick Davies

Davies boys Double Achievements on same day

2 local brothers have had great higher education results within 24 hours of each other,

Oscar Davies (24), has been called to the Bar in the Inner Temple at the end of July, on his journey to becoming a barrister.

Felix Davies (21), has learnt that he's got his BSc degree in economics. His graduation ceremony will be in Swansea.

Oscar and Felix grew up in Hungerford and Chilton Foliat. They both went to Ramsbury Primary School, then both won scholarships to Christís Hospital in Horsham, which has centuries-old connections with Newbury.

Their parents, Nick Davies (Chilton Foliat and soon Marlborough) and Alice King (Marlborough) are very proud of both of their sons.

Dateline: 3rd July 2018

A great big THANK YOU to the villagers who braved the heat and pollution to re-paint the bridge railings. Don't they look smart!

Dateline: 3rd July 2018

Press Cuttings section on the Chilton Foliat website

On the 'In the Press' page you will now find cuttings from the National and Local press relating to the village, going back to 1875. It contains a lot of images, so it takes a little while to load.

Take a look at The Times article dated 30th October 1937 explaining proposals to submerge Littlecote and Ramsbury in a giant reservoir!

Dateline: 3rd July 2018

Dateline: 1st July 2018

From Chilton Foliat Village Hall Facebook page

Fabulous Garden Trail Refreshments in the Village Hall

The village hall was buzzing yesterday providing refreshments for visitors who had been touring our beautiful village. The gardens were amazing and what a perfect day.

Dateline: 20th May 2018

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From Brian Davis

Snow scene in Chilton Foliat

Didn't expect this in March!

Dateline: 18th January 2018

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Dateline: 3rd January 2018

From SSE

All day power cut

We have arranged for our Haste Welfare van to attend your area to supply food and drinks together with the facility to charge mobile phones. The Welfare Van is parked in Chilton Foliat. Please do not hesitate to use this facility.
Kind regards Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks.

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