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Dateline: 29th December 2016

Shed burglary at Chilton Foliat

Wiltshire Police

Wiltshire Police are investigating forced entry to a garden shed between 23-28/12/2016 in Chilton Foliat, near Marlborough during which an orange Stihl multi-tool and a red petrol strimmer were stolen. If you have sighted any suspicious persons or vehicles in the area or have information which may assist please advise.

Thank you. Pc 2460 Teresa HERBERT. Community Co-ordinator, East Wiltshire.

Dateline: 24th December 2016

Dateline: 22nd December 2016


Crowdfunding The Wheatsheaf

Hello Everyone!

We have just started our Crowdfunding Campaign where you can get some amazing rewards and in return help us to finish The Wheatsheaf.

Crowdfunding is a platform where we propose an idea or a project, and you can buy rewards in advance of the idea happening. Today, we are launching our campaign and looking to raise £15,000 to help us create a beautiful retail store in the garage selling vintage furniture, clothes, shoes, daily essentials, books, vinyls and dried flowers. This will help us get closer to finishing The Wheatsheaf, and you can be part of something unique and special.

All you need to do is to visit:

Then watch our video, and purchase any number of rewards like a voucher, beer tour, a cookery lesson from Ollie (semifinalist MasterChef) or even a private dining experience created just for you.

This is only available for 8 weeks and it is an "all or nothing" situation (i.e if we don't reach our target, the money is returned to the contributors), so please help and spread the word.

Thank you!

Ollie and Lauren

Dateline: 5th November 2016

WI Greek Night

Dateline: 4th November 2016

From Ollie and Lauren

Crowdfunding The Wheatsheaf

Hello Everyone!

We have just started our Crowdfunding Campaign where you can get some amazing rewards and in return help us to finish The Wheatsheaf.

Crowdfunding is a platform where we propose an idea or a project, and you can buy rewards in advance of the idea happening. Today, we are launching our campaign and looking to raise £15,000 to help us create a beautiful retail store in the garage selling vintage furniture, clothes, shoes, daily essentials, books, vinyls and dried flowers. This will help us get closer to finishing The Wheatsheaf, and you can be part of something unique and special.

All you need to do is to visit:

Then watch our video, and purchase any number of rewards like a voucher, beer tour, a cookery lesson from Ollie (semifinalist MasterChef) or even a private dining experience created just for you.

This is only available for 8 weeks and it is an "all or nothing" situation (i.e if we don't reach our target, the money is returned to the contributors), so please help and spread the word.

Thank you!

Ollie and Lauren

Dateline: 21st October 2016

Quiz and Hot Supper

Dateline: 20th October 2016

Local man performs solo in Boston, USA

From Nick Davies

A man who lived in Chilton Foliat & Hungerford as a boy, Oscar Davies, son of Nick, who still lives in the village, performs a solo with All The King’s Men (ATKM) in Boston, Massachusetts earlier this year. Oscar starts his solo at 2:04 on the left. He's the one with strawberry-blond hair. View a snippet on YouTube

Dateline: 17th October 2016

Thank you

From Vicky and Jenny

Dateline: 28th September 2016

Local vehicle security alert

Last night, or early this morning (28th September), between midnight and 8am, several cars in Chilton Foliat were broken into. The locations were a private address in a private drive off Stag Hill, and Stag Service Station, on the main road. For security reasons, the exact address of the private address is not revealed here.

None of the cars were locked, and the ones at Stag Service Station were not customers' cars, which are always locked, but mostly valueless cars waiting to go to be scrapped.

All the property owners know the cars were broken into because, in most cases, the doors were not left properly shut and glove compartments were left open. The private villager had the contents of his wallet, that he had left in his car, stolen.

The lesson to be learned for everyone is to always lock your car and not leave valuables in it, even if it is on private property.

Dateline: 20th September2016

Women’s Institute

From Jenny Booth

After an enjoyable holiday break it was good to meet up again for the September meeting. Our speaker June Hiscock trained with the Embroiders Guild where she gained numerous fabric techniques. She brought along a selection of her amazing craftwork including a full size grandfather clock and a large bookcase which not only contained handmade material '3D' books but also a sleeping cat and a pair of glasses!!

June also makes a variety of boxes and we were all tasked, under her expert guidance, to make a 'Twisted Box' from card and after a couple attempts all produced a box perfect for small Christmas tree presents.

Ramsbury Meeting 6th October 2016
Don’t forget to put your name forward if you would like to attend the Ramsbury Meeting on 6th October 2016. Val Threfall one of the best speakers in the Wiltshire Year Book talks on 'Secrets of the Honeymoon Suitcase'. Tea, coffee, cake and raffle - Entry fee £3.00.

Chilton Foliat WI Meeting 13th October 2016
This is an open meeting and everyone is welcome. Speaker Clive De Carle’s talk is on arthritis and titled "How I cured myself without conventional medicine".

The Pudding Club - Saturday 15th October 2016 - 3.00pm to 5.30pm
Puddings and Pastries - sweet or savoury. Tombola, tea and coffee in the Chilton Foliat village hall. Helpers setting up at 12 noon.

Autumn Council Meeting - Wednesday 26th October 2016
The meeting is to be held in City Hall, Salisbury. The main speaker is David Hempleman-Adams world renowned explorer and business man.

One other date for your diary is the Macmillan Coffee Morning for Macmillan Cancer Support on 1st October in the Chilton Foliat Village Hall at 10.00am.

Dateline: 20th September 2016

Dateline: 19th September 2016

Riding for the disabled talk at Chilton service

From Penny Williams

A special talk will be given at the service on Sunday October 23rd at St. Mary's, Chilton Foliat (the 11a.m.service), focussing on the Lambourn Riding for the Disabled Group.

Mrs Pauline Spence, who has been involved with the group at Maddle Farm, Lambourn, since its origins in the 1980s, will talk about the organisation - which now holds sessions on three-days-a-week, during term times and enables children and adults with many different types of disability to enjoy and benefit from riding and carriage driving.
Do come to hear about this outstanding, inspirational local charity!

Dateline: 14th September 2016

Dateline: 15th August2016

Women’s Institute

From Jenny Booth

I am sure our members are enjoying their holidays and taking advantage of the excellent spell of August weather to sort out the garden and catch up on those small and not so small jobs around the house. With no meeting in August this is a reminder that June Hiscock will attend our September meeting on Thursday the 8th showing us how to make a 'Twisted Box' by folding paper, ideal for Birthday and Christmas gift boxes. No need to worry about the 'ingredients' as paper, glue and scissors will be supplied.

The President's Cup
September’s competition is 'Bring your Favourite Treasure Box' which will be judged by June Hiscock.

Dateline: 13th August 2016

Dateline: 22nd July 2016

Gold Star For The Ramsbury And Wanborough Surgery!

From The Ramsbury And Wanborough Surgery

Recently Practice Manager Alison Harrod and Care Co-ordinator Maggie Bell attended the Wiltshire Investors in Carers Awards evening. The Practice is delighted to report that Ramsbury & Wanborough Surgery has been awarded Gold Plus for the second year running. This is in recognition of its outstanding services and support provided to Carers.

Coffee Afternoon
Meanwhile, plans are coming together for a monthly Coffee Afternoon with a guest speaker, starting in September. Our first Coffee Afternoon will be on Friday 30th September 2pm - 3.30pm at Ramsbury Surgery. Spread the word as all are welcome. Following this, further dates for your diary are Thursday, 27th October; Wednesday 30th November and Thursday 15th December (A Christmas Tea Party).

New Practice Nurse
Anna Johnson has just completed her nursing degree at the University of the West of England and her final training placement was at Ramsbury Surgery earlier this year. Anna starts as Practice Nurse in September but is still required to undertake further training in developing her skills within the Practice and this will happen over the next 12 months.

Patient Representative Group
Did you know that the Ramsbury and Wanborough Surgery has a group of patient representatives who meet with the Practice team on a quarterly basis? If you have any questions or comments you would like discussed please contact your local patient representative. Contact details for all representatives are listed on the surgery website.

Dateline: 19th July 2016


The Chilton Foliat Defibrillator on the wall of the village hall is currently out of order, it has been reported and is awaiting repair. Anyone with a medical emergency please dial 999 and do not try to use the defibrillator until further notice.

Dateline: 19th July 2016

Women’s Institute

From Jenny Booth

2016 Annual Garden Party
After a very dubious week of cloud, rain and lower than average temperatures, the sun shone on our Annual Garden Party on Thursday 14th July. Massive thanks go to Libby, husband Tim and daughters Kathryn and Emily who welcomed us all to their stunning garden which would, without question, win the Chelsea Flower Show.

Twenty two members together with guests Rachel, Beverly and Ray Tetlow our WI Adviser from Devizes all enjoyed a welcoming Pimm's to complement the array of delicious savouries and mouth watering sweets supplied by members.

The competition for the evening was a floral corsage or button hole, not only with fresh flowers but in any medium you wished to use. Ray Tetlow judged the competition and congratulations go to Jill Morgan who was awarded 1st and Amy Hynes 2nd, both gaining points towards the President’s Cup in December.

We are now looking forward to next year’s garden party, if anyone who would like to share their garden with the group please let the committee know as soon as possible.

There is no WI meeting in August, therefore the committee wish you all a very good holiday and look forward to reconvening in September.

If you have taken a photograph for the 2018 calendar 'Bridges in Wiltshire' please ensure your picture is landscape format and emailed to: Closing date to be notified.

Dateline: 9th July 2016

Man treated at scene of house fire

From the Newbury Weekly News

Cat rescued from property
Newbury firefighters were called to Chilton Foliat last night (Thurs) to tackle a house fire.

A pump from Newbury Fire Station was called at 7pm last night to a property in Stag Hill.

Update 11.45am
A spokesperson for Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service, Louise Knox said the fire service was called to the bungalow in Stag Hill, Chilton Foliat at 6.48pm last night.
Two crews attended from Marlborough and Newbury.
Four breathing apparatus wearers used two hose reel jets to deal with the fire, which started with an electrical fault.
A cat was rescued from the property, and a man was treated at the scene by paramedics for smoke inhalation.
The British Red Cross emergency response volunteers also attended from Swindon to support the householder.

Dateline: 19th June 2016

Dateline: 17th June 2016

Dateline: 16th June 2016

Women’s Institute

From Jenny Booth

'What our grandmothers did in World War 1'
It is somewhat ironic that it took a war to change women’s role in society. Dan Allen’s excellent talk together with a superb collection of slides gave us an amazing insight into the wide variety of work that was undertaken by women.

By 1916 women were being recruited into the Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps to fill jobs which were being done by solders in France, releasing the soldiers for combat. The first party of 14 women arrived on the Western Front on 31 March 1917. Eventually, 9,000 women served with the unit in France.

This led to women working in many areas that were formerly reserved for men both home and abroad. From kitchen staff, mechanics and grave diggers in the army camps working in dreadful conditions under canvas, to railway guards and ticket collectors, bus and tram conductors, postal workers, land girls and fire fighters back home. Some also worked with heavy or precision machinery in engineering, on farms and in factories. However, they received lower wages for doing the same work and thus began some of the earliest demands for equal pay. (Still being resolved 100 years later)! We have a great deal of admiration for the work these very brave ladies carried out, paving for way for equal opportunities for women in the workplace.

'Denman Delights' by Juliet Keel
Attending a course at the WI’s own college at Denman near Abingdon is a wonderful experience, and I was lucky enough to be there for almost three days recently. You get all the comfort and attention of a good hotel, with excellent food, superb surroundings, quiet bedrooms, plus first-class teaching and top facilities, plus the unrivalled 'family' atmosphere of the WI.

It’s great at coffee and tea breaks to chat with people on other courses, share their enthusiasms, sometimes see their work. While I was there, besides my Origins of English course, there were people doing Provencal cookery, Tai Chi, silver clay jewellery, white embroidery and studying and walking in Henley on Thames.

Our thoroughly knowledgeable tutor, Brian Jaques, led us through the intricacies of how words became English, showing us how to trace a family of words from ancient Proto-Indo-European origins to modern-day usages. Many seemingly unconnected words - like lettuce and galaxy, dish, verdict and toe, port and ferry, jaunty, king and genuine - turned out to be from the same source, via many routes. We worked with dictionaries and on our own tablets, with Brian’s often amusing and always inspiring guidance.

"I came home exhausted and exhilarated, and would recommend any course at Denman to anyone, especially if, like me, you are lucky enough to get a bursary from your WI."

We are all looking forward to our next meeting, the Annual Garden Party on 14th July. A huge thank you to Libby from us all for hosting the party this year.

A reminder to all the photographers amongst us. The topic for the 2018 calendar is 'Bridges in Wiltshire'. Pictures must be landscape format and emailed to:

Dateline: 3rd June 2016

From The Hungerford Adviser

Dateline: 19th May 2016

Chilton Foliat Primary School hosts Rio Carnival themed Summer Fayre

From Freya Priddey-Chan

Chilton Foliat Primary School will be taking inspiration from this year’s Olympic Games by hosting a Rio Carnival themed Summer Fayre from 1.00pm on Saturday 25 June.

Organised by the Friends of Chilton Foliat School, the event will feature a Samba dance display, Rio carnival fancy dress competition, limbo dancing, carnival parade, carnival mask making, falconry display, tea room, plant sale, Andy’s Animal Encounters, face painting and lots more traditional stalls.

A bar, BBQ and refreshments will be available throughout the event and a raffle will also be drawn on the day. Top prizes include ‘a hot air balloon flight for two’, ‘breakfast, a tour of Windsor House training yard in Lambourn and a trip to the gallops to see the horses in action courtesy of Harry Dunlop Racing’ and a ‘Kindle Paperwhite’ kindly donated by the Elliot family.

The Rio Carnival themed Summer Fayre is being kindly sponsored by Stag Service Station, Marc Allen Estate Agents, Brearley & Rich Estate Agents, Roger King Antiques, Humane Pest Control Solutions, the Veterinary Hospital in Hungerford and Chilton Club Childcare.

"The Rio Carnival themed Summer Fayre will be a fantastic day out for all the family and we look forward to getting into the carnival spirit on the day," comments Denise Weston, headteacher at Chilton Foliat Primary School.

Entry to the Country Fayre is £1 per person. For further information please contact the school office on 01488 682630 or email There are also some stalls available for independent craft sellers on the day; do contact us if you would like one.

Dateline: 19th May 2016

From The Hungerford Adviser

Dateline: 15th May 2016

Women's Institute

From Jenny Booth

The 22nd April was a very special day for our WI with a visit to Adam's Farm, Kineton, Nr Cheltenham. We were celebrating our 21st birthday and it was also a big "thank you" treat to the members for supporting and staging the pudding club. A total of 32 WI members, partners and friends left Chilton Foliat in grand style on the Swindon Town Football Club luxurious coach en route to the beautiful Cotswolds.

BBC Country File farmer Adam Henson known for his passion for rare breeds runs the farm park set up by his father John in 1971. This was a wonderful opportunity to get close to the animals, especially in the large barn where we bottle fed orphan lambs and goats, watched baby ducklings hatching in incubators and cuddled a stunning variety of rabbits and chicks. Unfortunately the piglets were too big to be cuddled but definitely appreciated a tummy scratch!

After lunch in the restaurant we had a bracing trailer trip around the various enclosures of sheep, cows, and goats and came across the very special Country File celebrity 'Archie' a magnificent Highland bull who was happy to pose for photographs with two of his wives.

A talk on the formation of the Farm Park and their dedication to rare breeds has ensured not one breed has been lost in Britain since the programme began. A testament to the work that is being carried out. A visit to the farm shop for that 'must have' memento finished off the day and I gather Adam's beers are very tasty!

A very big thank you to Liz and the committee for all their work in organising a very memorable trip.

On 12th May we held our Resolution evening. The two resolutions for debate which have been selected to go forward to the final vote at the WI Annual Meeting in Brighton on 11th June 2016 are:

1. Appropriate Care In Hospitals for People with Dementia - Proposed by Juliet Keel
2. Avoid Food Waste, Address Food Poverty - Proposed by Rita Colclough

Resolution 1. The WI calls upon HM Government and the NHS to provide facilities to enable carers to stay with people with Alzheimer’s and Dementia that have been admitted into hospital.
Resolution 2. The WI calls on all supermarkets to sign up to a voluntary agreement to avoid food waste, thereby passing surplus food onto charities thus helping to address the issue of increasing food poverty in the UK.

During a lively debate on both resolutions many points were put forward and discussed by the members. The results as follows:
Resolution 1. 14 for - 0 against - 4 abstentions
Resolution 2. 18 for - 0 against - 0 abstentions

The evening finished in a relaxing mood with a recital from The Lambourn Hand Bell Ringers who entertained us with their musical dexterity. Tunes that were new to us and others we sang along to. Jenny Carter and her group gave us an evening to remember and there was time for some of the braver members to have a go!

Members and visitors will meet in the village hall on Thursday 9th June at 7.15pm to hear Dan Allen, with his fascinating talk with slides, telling us about the lives of some of our grandmothers and their transition from housewife to working women.

Dateline: 7th May 2016

The pub is CLOSED for three days

Tuesday 10th - Thursday 12th May

We apologise in advance for this, but it’s all in the name of improving The Wheatsheaf. We have some exciting new building works happening soon - new thatch roof, brand new kitchen, new dining area overlooking the garden and a wood fired pizza oven.

During our closure we will be preparing for some of these works and getting ready for the summer season - think garden bbqs, beer festivals, live music, bunting, Pimms, wild flowers and the rest.

Dateline: 6th May 2016

From The Hungerford Adviser

Dateline: 5th May 2016

From The Newbury Weekly News

Dateline: 29th April 2016

Wiltshire lamb born without a fleece saved from the chop

From BBC News

A jacket was tailor-made for the lamb using clumps of fleece "fashioned around him"

Skippy, nicknamed because of his resemblance to a kangaroo, was born fleeceless on a farm at Chilton Foliat in Wiltshire last week. Rejected by its mother, the bald newborn has had to be bottle fed and kept warm in a fluffy fashioned fleece. Sally-Ann Fisher, who is hand-rearing Skippy, said: "We felt a bit sheepish about his intended career so he's going into grassland management instead." Ms Fisher, who farms with her partner near Ramsbury, said it had been a "bonkers week" after news of Skippy hit the headlines. However, despite being born with "everything against him" the 12-day-old lamb was a "survivor", she said.

Skippy the lamb is to become the "lead sheep" for the farm's flock of ewes

"We've had a change of heart about Skippy's intended career in the food industry," she said. "Instead he's going into grassland management and will also be a lead sheep for our flocks of ewes. "Years ago shepherds used to get a hand-reared male lamb and put a bell around it and it was much easier to bring the flocks off the fells - so he's going to have a similar role." She added that Skippy was "ewe-phoric about the news".

View a snippet on YouTube

Dateline: 22nd April 2016

Dateline: 21st April2016

A Day in the Life of the Dinner Ladies

From Claire Costello in Whitton Ways magazine

Cynthia’s day begins early. After breakfast, she takes the dog for a walk and wonders what she and her husband will have for dinner that evening; in the school kitchen there is no time for uncertainty. She is the catering manager at Chilton Foliat CE Primary School and has been there since 1992, ably supported by Louise, catering assistant, who joined in 2005. They make a good team. Conversations must wait until after lunch, and such is the importance of experience, planning, being prepared, they know what to do without words, which is just as well - there is a lot to do in a few hours. I am stressed cooking a roast dinner for six; I cannot imagine cooking and serving a meal for 64! Menus are planned in cooperation with the parents. Cynthia has to consider food allergies before provisions are ordered, often weeks ahead - if you are making bolognaise you cannot run out of pasta! Fresh ingredients are delivered on a weekly or even daily basis. Why bags of potatoes reach their use by date three days after purchase is a mystery, but for Cynthia supplies of fresh foods need to be calculated, carefully stored, and used appropriately. A good relationship with a trusted supplier delivering good quality meat and fish is essential; the days of turkey twizzlers or smiley fish reconstituted from who knows what and delivered by lorry are gone! Cynthia knows both systems. She was on board with real food and in-house cooking long before Jamie Oliver’s campaign.

In one’s own kitchen, there are no Government requirements to be adhered to. Today, the correlation between sugars and fats and the effect on health is recognised. Sugars are out, as is salt, fresh varied vegetables in; starch and fats restricted. In one’s own kitchen, there is no Health & Safety record, no requirement to handle food correctly and check the core temperatures in fridges & freezers, during cooking and before serving. No adherence to rules on hygiene and food storage, no menu records kept. In one’s own kitchen there is no environmental health officer arriving unannounced to check. Parents should be glad that these unsung heroes have a great deal to consider before they serve meals to their children, and the school’s top ‘food hygiene rating of 5’ is a reflection of the dinner ladies hard work.

Karen is the Senior MDSA, and has been with the school since 1987. She and her supervisory assistants, Audrey and Nicky, ensure the children sit at their respective tables, go up in an orderly fashion for their meal and they generally supervise whilst not forgetting the children who bring in a packed lunch. Water is on every table, good table manners encouraged, with older children setting good examples for the young ones. This takes encouragement, patience, and rewards from the staff. Parents know getting children to eat their vegetables is not easy! When one little boy was encouraged to eat his carrots up - so he would see better in the dark - he retorted, "I don’t need to eat carrots, I can use a torch". As the tables are cleared, the hall made ready for other activities, the children now have time to play. Karen has seen the younger generations come and go and her experience both at meal times and in the playground is invaluable. They all want to kick a ball, play on the equipment, have a best friend, fall out with ‘I had the ball first’ and with children running about you need eyes in the back of your head! The inevitable falls or children falling out receive the necessary care and attention. At one o’clock the bell goes, the children line up and the teachers take over. The dinner ladies can relax. In the kitchen the dirty plates and cutlery washed, surfaces cleaned, and finally time for a cup of tea, but for Cynthia she is already thinking about tomorrow’s school meal whilst forgetting about her own. Perhaps for the dinner ladies having a child say, "Thank you, it was absolutely delicious." is all the recognition they need.

Dateline: 19th April 2016

Village Hall

From Liz Outridge

The chairman and committee are taking a well deserved break following another, and probably the very best, Quiz night held in April. A staggering 52 people attended and actually people were being turned away as the function was so popular. Grateful thanks go to Quiz master Peter Camfield for preparing the questions and conducting the proceedings, well done Peter. Chairman Nick Davies was delighted to announce takings of over £600 and after expenses profit over £400 to go to village hall funds. The committee also wish to thank Ollie Hunter from the Wheatsheaf pub for supplying the food which was delicious and much appreciated by all. Sadly we will have to wait until the Autumn for the next Quiz but watch this space for some exciting news soon to be released !!

Dateline: 19th April 2016

Women’s Institute

From Liz Outridge

For the WI it has been another fabulous month with even more ladies joining our group and also another successful Pudding Club held in the village hall.

President Ellie Skehan wished to apologise to the local community as the advertising was very late and possibly had an impact on some people who would like to have come and sample the delicious spread of pastries and puds on sale.

That said however, it was another resounding success and Ellie wished to pass on her grateful thanks to members of the village, friends from other WI’s and visitors who did come along and gave their support to the event. Thanks to you all the WI continues to have sufficient funds to continue for another year and is proud to offer a £100 bursary to any member taking up a course at Denman college, without your support this would not be possible. But the most praise goes to the WI members themselves, as usual the many different desserts and savouries on sale were amazing and very tasty !! and we must not forget the WI family members who also gave their time to set up and clear the hall after the event, what can we say except Thank You !!

In April Ann Howes from the Clothes Shop in Newbury came along with rails of delightfully coloured clothes for the members to browse through. Being the daughter of a fashion designer and having over 30 years experience in the business, Ann explained the need for colour in all our lives and gave some simple ideas of putting colours together with some very surprising matches. We pass on our thanks to Ann for her very informative talk and for bringing such an array of costumes with her. In May we hold the annual Resolutions meeting when the members get the chance to discuss and debate the resolution of the day, all votes will be taken to the National Federation AGM in June for a final vote. Members and visitors will meet in the village hall on Thursday 12th May a 7.15pm and following the business we will be joined by The Lambourn Hand Bell ringers, who will no doubt be encouraging our ladies to have a go ! Visitors are always welcome for a small donation to funds and refreshments will be included, there will also be a raffle.

Dateline: 11th April 2016

First Flight of New Chilton Aeroplane

Hello web master,
I saw this in a magazine and wondered if anyone else in the village might be interested. It’s been on my ‘to do’ list for a while now to get to Old Warden to see one of what I think are only two remaining (now 3) Chilton aeroplanes.

For attribution the clip is from Aeroplane Monthly magazine, November 2015 issue.

Ed Sexton

Dateline: 9th April 2016

Forthcoming Pudding Club

Dateline: 4th April 2016

Spring Quiz

Many thanks to the generous donors who helped the Village Hall Spring Quiz raise a very good sum of money to help the Hall carry on being here for the community.

      • The White Hart, Stow on the Wold (

      • The Wheatsheaf (

      • Hungerford Park (

      • Stag Service Station

      • Lupton Wines (

      • Sarah Styles Florist (

      • The Colclough family

Dateline: 29th March 2016

The BBC comes to Chilton Foliat

Press Release

The BBC has taken up residence in Chilton Foliat Village Hall. It’s using it as its base for 5 days of filming this week, till 1st April.

Everyone is used to hearing about TV crews filming at grand locations like our local Highclere Castle. But not in a tiny village like Chilton Foliat.

Nick Davies, Chairman of Chilton Foliat Village Hall says: "We are delighted that the BBC has selected our village hall as their base for an exciting new BBC2 series, which is planned to be screened in late June or July."

The filming is part of the provisionally titled ‘I-Spy’, a BBC2 Children’s Factual Entertainment series that is being filmed at 6 very varying locations across the UK. These range from a Hackney Boxing Club, to a Gloucester Drama Club, and now with a Pony Club in Chilton Foliat. The series documents how today’s British children see the world in 2016, as well as how they perceive it evolving.

Nick Davies, Chairman of Chilton Foliat Village Hall goes on to say: "I can’t wait to see the BBC2 series, with our village hall being featured. Our hall provides great facilities for a lot of different events, and we’d love to hear from anyone who wants to use it for one-off events, or regular events. They can contact us at The fact that the BBC has chosen our hall speaks volumes for the quality of our facility."

Dateline: 20th March 2016

Dateline: 16th March 2016

Women's Institute

From Liz Outridge

As we March onto Spring Chilton Foliat goes from strength to strength with even more ladies joining our group. At the last meeting were delighted that the roll now totals 23 members with another candidate joining in April.

President Ellie Skehan was sure that the new interest was in part due to the success of our Pudding Clubs and raising the profile of the WI with keen recruitment and personal introductions from members.

It was in October 1997 that we last saw members numbering 24 so we aim to top that by the end of the year.

We have a busy month ahead as on Thursday April 10th our guest speaker will be Ann Howes from ‘The Clothes Shop’ in Newbury and her talk will centre on ‘Putting colours together for the Season’. Ann will be showing us what’s in and how to wear it as well as bringing along some of her delightful outfits. Members entrance is free but visitors are always welcome for a small donation to funds, there will be raffle and refreshments will be served.

Also in April we will be hosting another Pudding Club in the village hall on Saturday 16th starting at 3pm and closing at 6.30pm so plenty of time for you to pick up your savouries or desserts for supper. There will be a splendid Tombola and light refreshments will be available. All food items can be eaten on the premises if you prefer but take away dishes will be provided. Pease be aware this is a ‘first come - first served’ event so don’t delay.

Further on in April, our ladies will be off for a trip to the Cotswold Rare Breeds Farm run by Adam Henson who is a regular on BBC’s Country File program. This outing is totally free to all members paid for from the proceeds of the Pudding Clubs but we will not be alone as many of the husbands and family members wished to come as well, as paying guests of course. It is important that our members reap the benefits of their hard work staging the Pudding Clubs and providing all the delicious food on sale so this we hope will be the start of many outings to interesting places for the future.

Dateline: 16th March 2016

Village Hall

From Liz Outridge

The next village hall event will be the ‘Spring Quiz and Hot Supper’ on Saturday 2nd April staring at 7.30pm. This is always a fabulous family event and this year we are delighted to announce that the catering will be done by our new Publican Ollie Hunter. For those of you lucky enough to have sampled the menu in the Wheatsheaf you know you are in for a delicious meal. If you haven’t - why not ??

Quiz teams can be made up to a maximum of four people and you may bring your own beverages or use the Wheatsheaf. At the Quiz there will be a superb raffle and every ticket number goes into a free draw for a midweek stay in a Cotswold Hotel curtsey of Mr. Mark Vance.

All proceeds from this event go towards the up keep of the village hall and is staged by a dedicated team of members of your community.

Help is always needed for various functions in the hall and if you have a few hours to spare at any time, please do contact the committee via the web site your help will be much appreciated. Also if there is a function or regular event you would like to see in the hall please contact the committee at or visit the VH page on this web site.

The next village hall meeting will be on Tuesday 20th September at 7pm and you are all invited to come along to have your say, the village hall belongs to everyone and it is only by communication the right events are staged there, we look forward to hearing from you.

Dateline: 16th March 2016

Bus Shelter

From Liz Outridge

It goes without saying that the Chilton Foliat bus shelter should receive a prize for one of the smartest in the country!

It started last year with PC members under the guidance of Nic Coome clearing the posters and erecting a proper notice board and generally clearing the area to this new thatch and I believe it is due mainly to the work of Councillor and VH member Lynne Quinton.

Thanks to the expertise of R. J. Boulton the thatch is the crowning glory and an absolute pleasure to see. Well done to all involved, I’m sure it will be the main object for photographers in the village for some time to come!

Dateline: 14th March 2016

Dateline: 9th March 2016

St Mary’s Chilton Foliat Churchyard Mowing Scheme

From Campbell Gordon

The Mowing Scheme was launched in April 2015. Team Office produced a list of thirty-five relatives of persons buried, or whose ashes had been interred, in the churchyard since 2008. Five of the deceased had been listed in the Church Electoral Roll. A PCC letter invited relatives to contribute to churchyard mowing costs. In 2014 these had amounted to £1030, with half the old churchyard left un-mown.

By the end of the summer fifteen persons (nine off the Team Office list) had contributed, in some cases with unexpected generosity. As a result of the increased sum available, and the efforts of a small group of volunteers, it proved possible for the whole churchyard to be mown routinely, and to increase the 2016 budget to £1680. A second welcome result of the Scheme has been Parish Council agreement to raise their contribution from £120 (2014) to £290 (2015). This constitutes an increase from twelve to fifteen per cent of the sum required. A third lesson has been to underline the importance of ensuring that undertakers comply with their obligation, under Diocesan Regulations 2004, to ensure that grave mounds are leveled at the eighteen month point.

The Scheme administrator will shortly send a progress report to contributors and others who have shown some interest but not yet joined the Scheme. It is hoped that some donors, now that they can see sustained improvement, will agree to convert to a standing order basis. This will reduce Scheme administrative costs.

Shortly after the Scheme was launched, the PCC appointed a sub-committee to draft a Churchyard Improvement Plan. The PCC is now acting upon several grass related recommendations and considering a tree management programme recommended by an arboricultural consultant, who estimates that there is work to the value of more than £4000 to be done. Once Wiltshire Council and Diocese have agreed, various bat and bird nesting restrictions mean that the tree programme is unlikely to start before September. However by the year’s end the valuable and valued village amenity is likely to be in better order than it has been in recent years.

Dateline: 24th February 2016

Nick Davies is the new Chairman of The Village Hall Committee

"I look forward to my new role as chairman of the Village Hall Management Committee, taking over from Rita Colclough. The committee is an excellent group of people, who have spent many hours of their own time on a voluntary basis, looking after our village hall.

I intend to help them move forward, and increase the hall's value as a community asset.

Right now, we need more committee members, as people are often needed for the practical things that need doing. There are not many committee meetings during the year, so it's not an onerous job. And two specific roles that need to be filled urgently are treasurer and secretary. So, if you'd like to join the committee on a voluntary basis, either as a general committee member, or for one of these roles, please get in touch with me. It would be great to hear from you. Just send me an email at"

Dateline: 20th February 2016

Women’s Institute

From Brenda Tierney

It was a chilly Thursday evening and it was wonderful to see so many members gathered together for the Annual General Meeting and to hear our guest speaker.

The President, Ellie Skehan, introduced Susan Jonas representing the Associated Country Women of the World (ACWW) who proceeded to give an overview of their work. Susan gave a fascinating talk explaining one of their latest support projects which is a bee-keeping project in Ghana. The rural development project is focused on helping local women in areas of high unemployment. They are taught how to keep bees and sell their honey to generate an income and build sustainable local businesses. The ACWW give initial funding and training support, giving the women the confidence for them to pass on their skills to future generations. The President thanked Susan for an excellent, insightful presentation.

Following the presentation, the President formally opened the Annual General Meeting and invited nominations for the new 2016 Committee. The members elected the existing committee members for the new term. Ellie then read out the annual report which summarised the events we had engaged in throughout 2015 and it was generally agreed that it had been both an exciting and fulfilling year for the group.

Looking forward to the Thursday March 10th meeting, our guest speaker will be Lilian Hopton from the Labrador Rescue Trust and, fingers crossed, she may bring one of her furry friends with her. I am sure that there will be lots of "oohs and aahs"! All visitors are welcome to attend any of our meetings.

Full details of the 2016 WI Diary events can be found on this website, click on Women’s Institute.

Dateline: 12th February 2016

Daj Dook gypsy band at The Wheatsheaf

We have a very exciting night tonight (Friday) where the three-piece gypsy jazz band, Daj Dook will be playing all evening and we will be serving French food. Bring your berets and dancing shoes.

A night not to be missed...

Matt Holborn is an improvising violinist based in London. Performing in many capacities throughout the country and beyond. In the gypsy jazz and swing circuit Matt has appeared at many international festivals and venues such as Festival Django Reinhardt de Samois (France), Torino Jazz Festival (Italy), Pizza Express Jazz Club and Ronnie Scotts (UK).

Dateline: 8th February 2016

The Wheatsheaf redevelopment

Dear All... our planning application is coming close to the final decision, WE NEED YOUR HELP to comment on the importance of keeping a village pub and how necessary the plans we have submitted are to keeping your village pub alive.

Please go to this link and comment your thoughts and passions about the importance of your village pub and the changes that need to happen for it to exist.

The deadline is 11th February.

Thank you!! Lauren and Ollie xx

Click on the images below to see drawings and surveys showing the proposed scheme.

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Dateline: 27th January 2016

People Wanted!!!

From Ollie Hunter

The Wheatsheaf is on the hunt for a Head Bartender or a Sous Chef. Please spread the word and if anyone is interested please contact Ollie, or 01488 680936.

Dateline: 20th January 2016

Village Hall

From Liz Outridge

Despite the cold and rain the warm, dry village hall is always there for your events 24 hours a day and can offer very reasonable rates for your function and have special deals for regular users, just email or look at our page here on the village web site.

The next general meeting of the Village Hall Committee will be on Tuesday 23rd February starting at 7pm and everyone is very welcome to come along and have their say.

At the moment the committee is actively seeking a vice-treasurer and a secretary to join the committee. These are voluntary positions and meetings are only three / four times a year; if you can help please contact the committee or come along on the 23rd Feb.

The 100 Club continues to grow and the more numbers sold the more money we have to pay out in prizes. Numbers are just £12 per year and you have the opportunity to win either £25 or £50 at every draw. For more information about the 100 Club please call 01488 684368 or email the village hall.

Dateline: 20th January 2016

Women’s Institute

From Liz Outridge

Our members and guests braved the cold, raw night in January to start the WI year off with another highly successful art session with local artists Pattie Medlin. Pattie brought along her lovely daughter Anya who bravely sat as a model for the ladies to draw. Speaking personally it was not my finest hour but some of the ladies work was superb and we pass on our thanks to Pattie and Anya for a thoroughly good evening.

During the evening three new members joined our group and the president was delighted to hear we now have 21 full members.

February is our Annual General Meeting and a chance for a change in committee, any member can be nominated to the committee and voting will take place at the AGM on Thursday 11th starting at 7.15pm in the village hall.

Following the business of the day our guest speaker will be Susan Jonas talking about the projects and work of the ‘Associated Country Women of the World’, (ACWW). Their work involves helping women start up small businesses in their own communities using their own resources, the most recently publicised ‘Bee Project’ has been a resounding success allowing country women the independence they desperately need.

Visitors are always welcome with a small donation to WI funds and refreshments will be included. We are very pleased to say that our WI page on the village web site has been re-vamped and updated thanks to the technical knowledge of Julia Goodman.

All information about Chilton Foliat WI past and present, including the 2016 diary of events is there for your convenience so do take a look at and click on Women’s Institute. Or to contact the secretary direct just call 01488 681334 or email we look forward to hearing from you.

Dateline: 20th January 2016

Progress on roof repairs to St Mary’s

From Tim Williams

After our last quinquennial report it became obvious that major repairs were required to the roof of St Mary’s. Accordingly, a specification was written and tenders offered to suitable contractors.

A funding campaign was mounted and by autumn 2015 sufficient funds been raised to commence the work. A contract was negotiated with the favoured contractor and work started at the end of September.

By the end of the year, the main parts of the Chancel roof to the South aisle had been recovered to a modern standard. Many of the existing tiles were re-used and were laid on new battens with appropriate felt and counter battens. Repairs were made to the timberwork where damp had caused rot. There were many details where the sealing of the roof had been inadequate and these were remade to form proper permanent sealing.

The work is continuing with the replacement of the existing concrete tiles to the North face of the North aisle with Cotswold Stone tiles.

The second phase of the work which involves a number of smaller items of masonry work and the refurbishment of the whole drainage system will be commenced in the spring of 2016.

The PCC owes a huge debt of gratitude to all those who have contributed to the fund and who have enabled this major work to take place.

Dateline: 20th January 2016

St Mary’s Christmas

From Liz Camfield

Christmas kicked off with our candlelit service of seven lessons and carols. The lessons were read by local people who did a superb job, enabled by our revamped microphone system!

The PCC invested in new lights from the Lynchgate and tree-lined path to the Church porch and they looked amazing - and well worth the money. Thank you to our helpers who had the job of putting them up.

Many thanks go to the Chilton Foliat school who kindly gave us their Christmas tree when term ended so that we could put it on the front lawn. With new coloured lights it finished the scene perfectly.

Ash Wednesday is on the 10th February. This year the Team Service will be held at St Mary's at 7.30pm, so do join us.

We will be putting up a notice on our new noticeboard; it cost a lot of money, but its position is ideal for all the walkers that pass on their way to fairyland.