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Dateline: 27th December 2014

Dateline: 23rd December 2014

Dateline: 19th December 2014

Dateline: 23rd November 2014

Village Hall Cheese and Wine evening a great success

Received from Nick Davies

The Chilton Foliat Village Hall Cheese and Wine Evening was not an event intended to get younger people having a wonderfully debauched, hormone-fuelled evening. And it wasn’t that. At all.

More than 60 older (older than 25, that is!) village people (and not singing YMCA!) came, and had a hugely enjoyable and relaxed evening.

The event was called a 'Cheese and Wine' Evening. The sort of title that conjures up horrible visions of excruciating 70s-style events with nasty cheap wine, and lumps of rubbery cheese impaled by a cocktail stick and with a cube of canned pineapple perched on the end. In complete contrast to this preconception, the evening’s cheese and wine tasting was provided (and manned/womanned) by Lizzy Grey of Grey’s Cheese of Pangbourne and by Barnaby Smith of Caviste of Hungerford . Both cheeses and wines were sensational. Some of the best in the world, literally, and everyone could eat or drink as much of them as they could manage.

And, as the £10-a-head tickets also included 2 glasses of very good Chilean wine (Emiliana), the evening was superb value. As well as this, ticket buyers were in with a chance to win a night for two (worth about £200) in the chic White Hart hotel in Stow-on-the-Wold, and other very desirable raffle prizes. On top of that, if people hadn’t already had enough wine, The Wheatsheaf Pub, next door, offered 20% off drinks to ticket holders who came along after. With all this on offer, no wonder people bought tickets - the evening was incredible value.

It was a lovely atmosphere, and everyone had a great time, talking to friends and strangers, sampling the great chees e and wine, and enjoying the relaxed ambience. Not at all hormone-fuelled - and precisely what the assembled company wanted.

Dateline: 18th November 2014

Chilton Foliat Village Hall News - AGM TONIGHT

Received from Liz Outridge

At a recent meeting of the village hall committee it was agreed to hold the AGM on Tuesday 18th November at 7.30pm when we ask all residents to attend and have their say about the running of the hall and events or socials they would like to see staged there. It is also the time to decide on the new committee and any members of the public can join the committee, it is important that all factions of the village are represented especially when it comes to village events and the need not to overlap with dates.

The village hall has a half sized pool / snooker table for sale and would welcome any suitable offer, buyer collects.

We would like to offer our grateful thanks to Zoe Lepetit the new Landlady of the Wheatsheaf who has very kindly offered much needed storage for the village hall equipment, this will mean that at last we can use both rooms simultaneously and possibly bring in much needed revenue as well as presenting the hall in a much better light.

The next social evening will be a fabulous Cheese and Wine evening on Saturday 22nd November see below for details.

The Carols evening this year will be on Sunday 21st December starting at 5pm. It hoped to begin at Orchard Green and follow into the village hall for warm refreshments. Please note we have changed the day from Friday to Sunday evening as it was reported that this was not suitable to many working residents and thus we are able to start earlier to accommodate the younger children as well. Marshalls will be on hand and there will be a barrier between the pavement and the road.

Looking forward there will be a Quiz night on February 28th next year and further details of this will be reported nearer the time. For any further information please email or call 01488 681334 or check the Village Hall page

Dateline: 18th October 2014

A Cheese and Wine Evening

Received from Liz Outridge

Dateline: 18th October 2014

Chilton Foliat WI News

Received from Liz Outridge

Sweetness and not so light was on the cards for the second Pudding Club held by Chilton WI in October and again it was well supported. Members baked, cooked and boiled their chosen delights and the aroma in the hall was enough to melt any hard heart. Well done ladies for a super fund raiser and we look forward to the next one!

The November meeting is our annual International night and this year we celebrate Scotland and we welcome visitors to come along and find out a little more about the country and its people. There will be mementos and memorabilia from holidays or visits to view as well as light refreshments from the Highlands and even a nip of the amber nectar! This will be in the village hall on Thursday 13th November starting at 7.30pm.

We are hosting the Membury Fort Group Carol Concert in St Mary’s again this year. This will be on Monday 1st December, 7.30pm with coffee & mince pies afterwards.

Our diary of events for 2015 will be available in December; if you wish a copy or for more information on Chilton Foliat WI please contact the secretary using email

Dateline: 9th October 2014

Fright Night at The Wheatsheaf

Dateline: 5th October 2014

All Souls Service of Remembrance
& Thanksgiving at Holy Cross, Ramsbury
Sunday 2nd November 2014 at 4pm

Received from The Whitton Team

Each year we hold a service to remember those who have died and give thanks to God for all that they have meant and continue to mean to us. The service takes place on the nearest Sunday to All Soul's Day and will be followed by a cup of tea for those who would like to stay on.

It is open to all and those attending may light a candle in memory of their loved one. During the service, the congregation will be invited to lay a piece of rosemary in the chancel to make a cross around the names of those remembered. This will be formed from the names of those who have died in the last year, along with names written on the forms left in the churches. Whilst many of those present will be giving thanks for people in these communities, those we wish to remember do not need to have lived in our villages, so please come along for this special service.

If you would like to talk to someone about the service, please ring either Revd Simon Weeden (01672 520235), Revd Candice Marcus (01672 540311), Revd Sue Rodd (01672 541571) or the Team Office (01672 520963).

The forms to add the name of someone you would like to remember can be found in St Mary's church.

Dateline: 1st October 2014

CANCELLED - Karaoke Night at The Wheatsheaf

Dateline: 20th September 2014

Enthusiastic Crowds at Autumn Fayre & Flower Festival

Received from Peter Camfield, Chilton Foliat PCC

St Mary's Chilton Foliat was blessed with lovely weather for their fundraising weekend on the 13th and 14th September.

It started with the Autumn Fayre with lots of stalls selling homemade jams and cakes, homegrown produce and bric-à-brac. The Tombola was such a success there was a queue for about an hour! The tea tent was a huge hit with lots of delicious cakes and biscuits.

Our first flower festival, 'Music in Bloom' pulled in the crowds from all the surrounding villages, with guests from Littlecote going back to tell all their friends. A 'must see' was the huge ice cream (Chris Barber) arrangement done by Grove, the head gardener from Littlecote, it had the wow factor. The other striking arrangements done by Jackie Vance, our enthusiastic organiser and brilliant flower arranger were 'Lark Ascending' 'Evergreen' and 'The White Cliffs of Dover'. She whipped up all the enthusiastic novices into shape to make a spectacular display.

All our generous Stewards were invited to join our special 'Stewardship Sunday service of Songs of Praise', followed by refreshments provided by the PCC.

A thoroughly wonderful weekend was had by all.

Click on the photo to see all the lovely arrangements.

Dateline: 15th September 2014

The Wicksteed Solution to appear at The Wheatsheaf

Dateline: 7th August 2014

The Wheatsheaf Cider Festival

Dateline: 5th August 2014

St Mary's Autumn Fayre and Flower Festival

Dateline: 7th August 2014

WI Talk

Dateline: 20th July 2014

WI Pudding Club 2nd Bite

Dateline: 3rd July 2014

School Fête and Festival

Dateline: 15th June 2014

We may lose the Skateboard Park!

The Skateboard Park has been dropped from the future scheme to develop a recreation ground next to the school, and to this end Amended Plans have been submitted for Planning Approval.

See the attached letter from the Architects explaining the changes.

Further details can be viewed on the Wiltshire Council Planning website.

Comments must be made by 1st July 2014.

Dateline: 30th May 2014

Historic Bible Presented

From the Hungerford Adviser 30th May 2014

St Mary's Church has been presented with the Popham family Bible, a valuable historic document in which is hand written significant Popham family history.

The presentation last week was by Susan Black (Lloyd) whose mother was Marjorie Leyborne Popham.

The family left Littlecote in 1908 in which year the estate was let to Sir Ernest Wills, who bought it in 1929.

The Popham Bible, now displayed in St Mary's was printed in Oxford in 1770.

Mrs Black is pictured with Mr Tim Williams who received the gift on behalf of the church.

Dateline: 16th May 2014

Work on the Recreation Ground

Received from Nic Coome, Chilton Foliat Parish Council

Commencing on Monday 2 June, a team of archaeologists will be carrying out some investigation work on the Recreation Ground. This will consist of digging a small number of trenches round the edges of the site. A similar exercise will also be taking place on the site of the proposed new sports facilities next to the school. The work is expected to take approximately one week. There will be minimal disruption to the vast majority of the Rec. while the investigation is being carried out.

Dateline: 25th April 2014

Rotary helps the School

From The Hungerford Adviser 25.4.2014

Hungerford Rotary Club's president Annabel King last month presented a cheque for £262.80 to Chilton Foliat Primary School for an iPad.
The presentation was to principal Denise Weston and Ronna Macmillan.
The club was told of the school's outstanding progress in the community.

Dateline: 6th April 2014

Pudding Club a Huge Success

Received from Liz Outridge

When people say the WI is just ‘Jam and Jerusalem’ I think they can add, and they make cracking puddings too!!

Yes, our long awaited Pudding Club went ahead and many people came along to support the event. The amount of sugary sweet and deliciously naughty delights surrounded the hall with accompanying creamy sauces to tempt even the strictest palates, well done Chilton Foliat for all your efforts it was well received and as well as the enjoyment we managed to double our original target which is a magnificent result.

Thank you to all our neighbours and friends who supported the event and to all the WI for a really super day, look out for the next one!

Dateline: 24th March 2014

Chilton Foliat had its very own Fire Engine!

Received from Nic Coome

An interesting fact from the history of Chilton Foliat is that, once upon a time, we had a village fire engine. It was not much by modern standards, being horse drawn and manually operated, but nevertheless we had a means of attempting to put fires out, so we were probably better off than many villages of comparable size in the nineteenth century.

Parish Council records show that in 1769 Dorothy Bethell donated a fire engine and £100 in unspecified stock to pay for repairs and maintenance to it and for men to be trained to use it. It is said that a building to house it was constructed in 1831, although no record of this appears to exist now. Until the early part of the twentieth century the fire engine was still available for use, although how frequently it was required is not known. The pictures of the destruction of the five cottages near the junction with Leverton Lane in c. 1919 which have survived do not appear to show its use; that fire was attended by the brigade from Hungerford.

Although it was clearly still in working order, judging by the photograph at the top of this article (reprinted by kind permission of the Wiltshire and Swindon Archive (WSA) in Chippenham), by the early 1930s a decision was taken to retire the fire engine and the


Dateline: 22nd March 2014

Table top & Car boot sale

Dateline: 13th March 2014

Messy Church

Received from Jo Hutchings

The Whitton Team Messy Church session in Ramsbury on Saturday, 29th March was very well attended; with children, their families and helpers from across the Team all working together to prepare for Mothering Sunday. Thanks everyone! The next session will be on Monday 14th April 10.00 - 12 noon* - building the Easter garden at St Michael’s church, Aldbourne (*bring a picnic lunch) ALL WELCOME!

Saturday 17th May 3.45-6.00pm - Church Room, Back Lane, Ramsbury

Saturday 7th June 3.45-6.00pm - Church Room, Back Lane, Ramsbury

Monday 28th July* 10am-1.00pm - Methodist Church, Lottage Road, Aldbourne (*no "Sparklers" at St Michael’s Church, Aldbourne on this day)

Friday 29th August 10am-1.00pm - Methodist Church, Lottage Road, Aldbourne (including preparations for Aldbourne Carnival!)

For more information, please visit the Whitton Team Website

Dateline: 13th March 2014

ARK talk at TONIGHT's WI meeting

Helen Kelly from ARK, Action for the River Kennet, will be giving a talk which is very topical at the moment. Open to all - men included. There will be a question and answer session with refreshments so it could be useful to a lot of people. There is a charge of £3.50 for non-members.

Dateline: 11th March 2014

This week's Parish Council Meeting

The next Parish Council meeting is tonight, 11th March at 8.00pm in the Village Hall. To view the agenda go to the Parish Council page.

Dateline: 4th March 2014

Application for Planning Permission

Full planning permission is being sought for the erection of an oak framed open double garage at Oak Lodge, 43 Chilton Foliat.
The erection of new dwelling house with ancillary garage and associated landscaping at 50B Chilton Foliat has been approved.
For futher details click on the 'Planning Applications and Decisions' button on the Parish Council page.

Dateline: 16th February 2014

Due to the weekend power cut, the WI Pudding Club has been POSTPONED until a later date.
Watch out for a further announcement.

Can we tempt you with an irresistible steaming pudding of moist sponge, packed with chopped dates and dripping with a toffee sauce?

Or how about reviving your childhood memories with some Pineapple upside-down cake?

Or that all time favourite, a Crumble with sweet warm fruit and golden crumb topping?

Come and enjoy these and other delicious homemade puddings and desserts, to eat in or take home, discounts for large orders. Plus an odd glass of dessert wine for the select few.

A WI event, free entry, open to all, Saturday 15th February, 4pm to 8pm in the Village Hall. Make a note in your diary, now!

Dateline: 15th January 2014

This week's Parish Council Meeting

The minutes of Tuesday's meeting are now available. Click here to view them.

The next meetings will be on Tuesday 11 March 2014 and Tuesday 13 May (APM & AGM).

Dateline: 10th January 2014

Planning permissions applied for

Received from Nic Coome, Chairman of the Parish Council

In connection with the proposed development of the Recreation Ground and the land adjacent to the School, the two planning applications for these related schemes have now been registered by Wiltshire Council and can be viewed by clicking the following links:- 13/07100/FUL and 13/07102/FUL.

You should be aware that the total size of the files is approximately 85MB, although the individual documents can be viewed or downloaded separately.

Please take this opportunity to have a good look at the proposals. Individuals are entitled to make comments known to the Planning Officer using the online links for each of the applications. The closing date for such comments is Thursday 13 February.

Dateline: 3rd January 2014

Received from Liz Camfield.

Flower arrangers wanted

We have some very talented flower arrangers here in Chilton Foliat, which is proven by these photos of the flowers done for our church open day and flower festival. There were pedestals done in primary colours with 11 arrangements done by the WI hung from the sconces. All the arrangements were sponsored by some very generous people from the village. We are always looking for more people to do our twice monthly arrangements in the church, help can be given if you would 'like to have a go'.

The Autumn Fayre in September was opened by our fabulous bell ringers, there were lots of stalls to peruse, raffles and games, coffee and biscuits to eat before the talk on the history of the village backed up by old archived photos.

After all the summer sunshine we had a cloudy day, but, luckily the rain held off.

If you would like to help with the flowers, please contact the webmaster.

Click on the photos for a larger version.

This tub was planted up with a rose called 'Nostalgia' and summer bedding, in memory of Bob Bourne and Mary Mariner. It is outside the front entrance of the church. For the spring, it has violas and daffodils. We will always remember how extremely hard they both worked in our churchyard to keep it looking so well cared for.