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Dateline: 23rd November 2011

Received from Liz Outridge.

Chilton Foliat WI

At our November meeting we were visited by WI advisor Tanya Garston and guest speaker Jenny Pryer. Jenny showed a lovely PowerPoint presentation of her trips around India which were well received by our members and visitors. After a very interesting talk Jenny showed her collection of beautiful scarves and pashmeres and our members were quick to purchase an early Christmas present or two.
Well done to Jill Morgan who won the trivia quiz in this months newsletter.
The Group Carols evening will be on Monday 12th December at Ramsbury Methodist Church.
December is Chilton's Christmas dinner and the new diary of events will start on Thursday 12th January and will be a 'Games Night' with Table tennis and decorating face masks ready for the Garden party later in the year, visitors are very welcome for a small donation to funds, refreshments included.

President Ellie Skehan wishes to pass on her very best wishes for Christmas to all members and friends of Chilton Foliat WI and thank you for your support through the year.

Information and inquiries from the secretary on 681334 or at

Village Hall

Carols round the tree this year will be on Friday 16th December starting at 6.30pm in the grounds of St. Mary's Church and afterwards at the village hall for warm mince pies and beverages. Please bring all the family along to this lovely community event to start off your Christmas festivities.

If you wish to book the hall or make any inquiries please call 01488 681334 or mail

Dateline: 6th November 2011

Received from Capt. John Booth USAF (ret)

Hi Barbara and Dave,
Though I have never met you since owning the pub, my memories go back to the late sixties when I happened to get lost on the highways and byways. Suddenly here was this beautiful thatched roof pub in this small village. A place by the way I fell in love with and would have loved to live in and be part of the community. I was in the United States Air Force at the time based in Bushy Park, near Teddington; not far from Hampton Court. The base is no longer there now but on this occasion, I was based for three months at High Wycombe AFB. I loved touring the highways and byways of England; meeting the local people and hearing their stories.
Which I gather in this village still going on.

The barmaid at that time was an older lady named Margaret - she was originally from Scotland and lived fairly close on the other side of the street on her own (her husband had died). It was her friendliness that keep me driving out there to meet and greet the local citizenry; she was so full of stories. I did meet the man and woman who owned the pub at that but, tales their names I cannot remember.

I even 'sort of' joined the dart team there and ventured up each week for a game of "Arrers". In fact (though I doubt it now) I left my custom darts there when I left to go home after my tour finished. They had strange flites, they were shaped in what I would call bushy chimney brushes. I am sure someone put them to good use.

Unfortunately my wish to come back permanently was never fulfilled, even though I did stand on the eye of the White Horse (as the superstition goes) and wish it. Every visit to the pub was a great time, I made many friends.
I drove a Burgundy Maroon Ford Mustang at the time which I constantly parked outside the pub ( I could keep a wary eye on it that way). Whether anyone there ever remembers me after all this time, I have no idea but, I do remember there were some stools or chairs I couldn't sit in (strictly for the locals).

I did visit back in 1999 but, the owners were different people, Margaret was gone The wooden cased jukebox was still in the so-called Saloon Lounge though.

One great thing I do remember is that one of the swords that hung on one of the beams was found in a local barn and, was believed to be a sword from the English Civil War. Whether it was Royalist or Roundheads no one said. In conclusion I do have to say it was the friendliest pub I had ever been in throughout my 6 years in Britain. Even though when I introduced myself and then girlfriend, the locals said "well we forgive you for being an American".
We all hit it off straight away. It's amazing what "drinks all round" will do - Ha! Ha!

regards to all,
Capt. John Booth USAF (ret)
Madeira Beach,

Dateline: 16th October 2011

Received from Liz Outridge.

Chilton Foliat WI

Chilton Foliat hosted the October meeting for the Membury Fort Group in the village hall. After the business of the day guest speaker Anya Medlin from Earthwise Garden design, spoke about re awakening mature gardens and making your garden work for you. Unfortunately, as often happens in these cases, the projector had an agenda of it's own but in true professional style Anya took charge and with the help of her husband managed a manual slide show. Despite the interruptions everyone had a lovely evening and following the talk Chilton ladies served delicious refreshments with homemade cakes for those attending. The next Group meeting will be on May 14th 2012 and the next Group event will be the Carols evening at Ramsbury Methodist Hall on Monday 12th December.

The October Chilton WI meeting was an evening of art and design when the ladies took various squash and pumpkins and hand crafted them into amusing lanterns. The designs were as different as the artists from Jack o Lanterns to owls in trees and from cheeky chappies to stylish old men with beards. Well done ladies it was a super evening and we now have many different recipes of how to cook your autumn vegetables. The next WI meeting in Chilton Foliat village hall will be our international night on Thursday 10th November and it couldn't be easier as this year we celebrate England. The hall will be decorated with all things English including regional foods, memorabilia, pictures and posters, English wine and much more. Visitors are very welcome to come along on the night, all the proceeds will help towards WI funds so we hope to see you there.
Further information from the secretary .

Village Hall

Following the success of David Hickford, the village hall committee took on the organisation of the annual Harvest Supper.
Many village residents sat down to delicious homemade soup, fresh cold meat salad followed by homemade crumble and custard. Cheese and biscuits completed the meal while the guests were entertained by the very talented McNiell family. Alan Steel read his own piece to add to the enjoyment and help make a wonderful evening.
At this point I would like to mention Lizzy Grey, who normally supplies the cheese for this event, sadly Lizzy fell ill just prior to the evening but we understand she is now making good progress and we all wish her a very speedy recovery.

To all the committee, the members of the village who provided the food and the helpers who decorated the hall and served on the night, a huge thank you, along with our sponsors of the event, it helped to provide our village with a fabulous evening. We would also like to thank the new landlord in the Wheatsheaf for their support of the event. We are still in need of a bookings officer for the hall if you can help please contact the committee, details below.

The next VH event will be the Quiz and Hot Supper night on Saturday 26th November, tickets will be on sale soon and can be reserved from e-mailing or calling 01488 681334. Thank you.

Bridesmaids in the Village Hall

We're delighted to announce that Bridesmaids, the hilarious and hugely successful comedy, will be showing in Chilton Foliat Village Hall on Wednesday 16th November. The film will start at 8.00 pm but there will be room at the back for any late entries!! A brilliant script and fantastic acting from a relatively unknown cast made it the surprise hit of the summer - so bring your friends for a great night out. Wine and soft drinks will be available. The proceeds from this event will go to Chilton Foliat School. Tickets cost 5 and can be bought the Post Office Ramsbury, Chilton Foliat School and from Sian Stokoe on 07766 721633. Tickets are limited so hurry and book your ticket now! Doors open at 7 pm. Additional parking will be available at the school.
According to Moviola, some villages have found this film a little too raunchy in places. You have been warned! (Cert. 15 125 mins).

The Wheatsheaf

We welcome to Chilton Foliat the new tenants in the Wheatsheaf, Simon and Tony (known as Scone) who have launched their new food menu promoting locally sourced fresh ingredients where possible. They are keen to adapt to customers requests and will be expanding the menu as demand increases. Scone makes his own bread products and if you are a chocolate fan, pop in and try their chocolate brownies as a snack, a delicious alternative to a packet of crisps.

Dateline: 20th September 2011

Received from Liz Outridge.

Chilton Chicks

Mother and toddler group Chilton Chicks meet every Monday in the village hall from 10am to 12 noon. This valuable community group has a wonderful selection of toys and games for children from birth up to starting school age as well as support and friendship for new Mums.

Regular workshops and fun days are organised for both the parents and children as well as visitors with hints and tips about childcare.

Sadly we have to say goodbye to Liz Gimmler who has run the group for many years and now her children have moved on to the infant school and Helen Purslow will be the new Chicks Rep on the VH committee.

A big thank you to Liz Gimmler for her hard work over the years and we wish her well for the future.

Chilton Chicks have plenty of spaces if you wish to join this lovely group just come along on any Monday morning and you will be welcome or, if you prefer, contact the VH via their e-mail and Helen will be sure to send all the details you need. Thank you.

Dateline: 14th September 2011

Received from Liz Outridge.

Report on the recent Art Exhibition in the Village Hall

Chilton Foliat Village Hall Committee hosted a very successful Art preview evening recently as the hall became a gallery for local arts and crafts.

Members of the public attended over the weekend and helped art sales to reach over 500, very many thanks to the exhibitors for their support and the committee for setting up and staging the event. Special praise goes to Mary Roper, our secretary, who was reasonable for all the bookings and organisation of the event, thank you Mary.

The event helped to swell the hall funds by approximately 300 taken in sales and donations so well done to all.

Dateline: 8th September 2011

Received from Liz Outridge.

Plea for a Bookings Officer on the Village Hall committee

This is a plea for a Bookings Officer on the Village Hall committee as our lovely Judy will be coming off the committee at the AGM in November.

This is quite a demanding role that would suit a retired male or female or someone who would be available during the day with the main duties being taking bookings via phone / e-mail; meeting patrons at the hall and locking up after each event. It would also involve being responsible for collecting hiring fees and passing these on to the treasurer with a regular short report to the committee at each meeting, approximately 4 or 5 times a year. Please also note that the bookings officer's phone number will be in the public domain but we do have a dedicated e-mail system.

Any further information please contact the chairman Liz Outridge via the Village Hall e-mail. Thank you.

Dateline: 24th August 2011

Received from Suz McKillop of HEAT - latest newsletter. Click on the PDF icon to launch the newsletter. If you have any questions please let me know by email

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Dateline: 12th August 2011

Received from Vincent Logue - Neighbourhood Policing Team Sgt

Recent Riots

Dear key contact, I wish to take this opportunity to update you on the current local situation in respect of the disorder being experienced across various areas of the country. You may wish to share this information with your members, constituents and colleagues and I would encourage you to do so.

Locally there have been no reported incidents of disorder across the Marlborough and Pewsey Community Areas, officers on my team are actively involved in engaging with young people. To date there has been no intelligence to suggest any disorder will take place within the Marlborough and Pewsey areas. There have been a couple of very minor incidents elsewhere in the county but these have been localised and swiftly contained. Wiltshire Police has sent 25 officers to assist in the Policing operation in London as part of mutual aide arrangements. It is very much business as usual across the county and I can assure you all that the delivery of your local policing service will be unaffected.

There are a number of key messages which I have been asked to circulate:
*Wiltshire Police will continue to maintain an active presence on the streets and in our communities to enforce the law
*Wiltshire Police will take decisive action against any criminality or disorder in our communities
*Wiltshire Police has good relationships with all our communities and we have the support of the public to maintain order and people's safety
*The public can help us too by being vigilant and reporting any issues to us immediately
*Wiltshire Police has plans in place to respond and deal with any outbreaks of disorder
*Our partner agencies are supporting us as part of a coordinated approach to managing crime and disorder in our communities
*Wiltshire Police has sent 25 public order trained officers to London as part of mutual aid arrangements to help the Metropolitan Police Service, but it will be business as usual in Wiltshire

In addition there is also specific advice in relation to our business community. Below is some advice about precautionary measures you may wish to take. However, please note that this is regular precautionary advice that we would give at any time to businesses about security matters:
*Ensure staff report any suspicious activity to security and/or police
*Consider regular checks of the building and surrounding area
*Identify areas that are vulnerable to forced entry
*Make sure all service doors are kept locked and secure when not in use
*Ensure your CCTV system is fully operational
*In case of an emergency, is there a record of the names of keyholders who can be contacted?
*Consider removing high value goods from display windows overnight
*Consider keeping as little cash as possible on the premises
*Ensure that your premises are secure and if fitted your alarm systems are fully operational
*In the event of a non emergency, call Wiltshire Police on 0845 408 7000
*In the event of an emergency, call the emergency number 999
*If you manage retail premises which are part of a large group, follow instructions given from your headquarters

I hope that this information helps you. Please do not hesitate to contact me should you require any further information. I would ask that any information that you think may be of help to us is reported via the Wiltshire Police HQ on 0845 408 7000 so that it can be collated and dealt with centrally.

Dateline: 1st August 2011

Received from Liz Outridge - latest news.

Chilton Foliat WI

The annual garden party this year was hosted by Judy Williams and thankfully the weather was kind to the ladies who gathered to admire Judy's lovely garden. Members had provided a delicious summer supper and they, along with their guests, enjoyed a very sociable evening for which we would like to thank Judy for hosting such a lovely evening. We don't have a meeting in August so the next WI evening will be on Thursday 8th September when we will be guided through the 'Life as a Nanny', this promises to be a very funny evening as any of you with children will appreciate. Visitors are welcome for a donation of just 3.00 to funds which includes refreshments, for further information please contact the secretary on 01488 681334 or email Thank you.

Village Hall

The Art Exhibition will take place in the village hall on Friday 9th - Sunday 11th September showing a lively selection of local artists work in a variety of mediums with an opportunity to purchase items on show as well as some local crafts.

Errata - Please note that the Harvest Supper will be held in the village hall on Saturday 8th October and not the 9th as previously published, we do apologies for this mistake. The hall committee are looking for volunteers to help serve the food on the night so if you can spare the time to support this village event please contact the secretary at Thank you.

Parish Council

Unfortunately the July meeting of the PC had to be cancelled and has been re-scheduled for Tuesday August 2nd at 8.00pm in the Village Hall.

Autumn Produce Fayre

This year's Autumn Produce Fayre will be held in the grounds of St. Mary's Church on Saturday 10th September from 11am. If you wish to donate a prize for the tombola please call Liz on 01488 681334, many thanks. All proceeds for this event go to church funds.

Dateline: 22nd July 2011

Received from Suz McKillop of HEAT - latest newsletter. Click on the PDF icon to launch the newsletter. If you have any questions please let me know by email

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Dateline: 30th May 2011

Received from Martin Cook, Chairman, Marlborough Area Development Trust:

To the Clerks of: Aldbourne, Chilton Foliat, Froxfield, Ramsbury and Baydon Parish Councils:

Dear Karen, Graham, Sue and Rowan,

Marlborough Area Development Trust has been commissioned initially by MaVCAP, but now by the Marlborough Area Board, to write the new Marlborough Area Plan (MAP). This involves reviewing the old document (written in 2004), consulting as widely as possible to identify needs for a new MAP and writing the report to be published in January 2012.

The review is complete (please let me know if you think your Council would like a copy- I can e-mail you one by return) and we are now in the consultation process. We are trying to collect information mainly by on-line survey at but we know that this method isn't accessible for everyone, so we are running a series of Public Consultation evenings in villages around the area. These events are absolutely for everyone- residents in the village we visit, surrounding villages, local businesses, Parish Councillors- everyone.

The next one in your area will be at Aldbourne Memorial Hall on Wednesday June 8th at 6.30pm and we would like to extend an invitation to everyone in your parish to come along and make a contribution. Would you mind in your capacity as Parish Clerk helping to spread the word?

The new Marlborough Area Plan will determine the priorities for Wiltshire spending and resource allocation in our area for the next 10 years. This is hugely significant with the Localism Bill going to Parliament later this year. The Marlborough community area is ahead of the game in producing the MAP- this is our chance to let Wiltshire Council know what our priorities are in our local communities- and they have to take notice.

Thank you in anticipation of your help and perhaps we will see you at one of our consultation events,

Dateline: 22nd May 2011

Received from Liz Outridge:

Oh what a night!

One of the most successful Quiz nights on record with 40 'quizzers under the guidance of veteran quiz master P. Camfield enjoyed a superb evening in the village hall.
A quiz with a distinctive royal theme that certainly tested the grey cells but promoted much laughter too. Members of the committee provided the supper which received great praise and special thanks go to them for their efforts.

After the raffle was drawn messers BB; KC; & DT were the lucky winners of the 100 Club Draw and three new members joined on the night helping the numbers climb towards that all important 100.
If you wish to join the 100 Club or would like another number please follow the link to the VH at

Grateful thanks to all who attended or made donations that helped us raise in the region of £250 for hall funds, your support is very much appreciated and we look forward to the next one in November.

There will be an Art Exhibition on the weekend of 9th / 10th / 11th of September and the Harvest Supper will be on Saturday 9th October for further details please contact the VH via e mail or watch the village hall notice board where all events will be posted.

Dateline: 7th May 2011

Received from Jonathan Mills (PCSO):

Alert regarding theft of Lead from Church Rooves.

See the Neighbourhood Watch Page for the latest news relating to village from PCSO J Mills and where you'll find a download of the poster.

Dateline: 6th May 2011

Received from Jonathan Mills:

Please find attached the latest Blues N Zuz Disco Poster for the Event of the 13th May 2011

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Kind Regards,
Jonathan Mills PCSO 6093
Marlborough Police Community Support Officer

Dateline: 28th April 2011

It is with great sadness that we inform you of the passing of Ray Brooks whose funeral was in the church today in the village. It goes without saying that Ray was an incredible person who contributed greatly to the village in many ways and will be sorely missed. Thanks to BG for sending in the link to the obituary for him. RIP Ray.

Ray Brook's official obituary please click here.

If you have any pictures or stories you'd like to share please email us and we'll put them up here.

Dateline: 26th April 2011

Received from Graham Francis (Clerk to the Parish Council):

Please find attached agendas for the Annual parish meeting followed by the Annual General meeting of Chilton Foliat parish Council to be held on Tuesday 10 May at 7.30 pm.
Please note the earlier starting time.
I have also attached minutes of the APM for 2010 which will be approved at this meeting.

To go straight to the files, click on the following links:
Agenda APM 2011   APM Agenda
Agenda AGM 2011   AGM Agenda
Minutes APM 2010   2010 APM Minutes

For current and historic Parish Council documents, please visit the Parish Council page. If you have trouble with any of the links or cannot read the document, please email me and we will resolve the issue.


Dateline: 20th April 2011

Received from Suz McKillop of HEAT - latest newsletter. Click on the PDF icon to launch the newsletter. If you have any questions please let me know by email

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Dateline: 11th April 2011

Please click on the link below for the April WI news thanks.

WI Newsletters

Can you also add the next VH event which will be the Quiz & Hot supper night with a 100 Club Draw on Saturday 21st May in the village hall starting at 7.30pm.

Both Vegetarian and meat meals will be available and tickets are £7 per person. Teams can be made up of four people or less and there will be a raffle too.

Thanks, Liz

Dateline: 7th April 2011

Received from Graham Francis Clerk to the Council

Please find attached minutes of the Special Meeting of Chilton Foliat Parish Council held on Monday 4 April. These will be approved at the AGM on Tuesday 10 MAY.

For the April minutes, please click hereCFPC Minutes April 2011 or visit the Parish Council page to see these and all other minutes from previous meetings. If you have any questions for the Parish Council or wish to add anything to the Agenda for the next meeting, please email the webmaster who will pass this onto the Council.

Dateline: 31st March 2011

Dear sir/madam,

Please see below and use the latst Press Release for this years 2011 Abingdon Air & Country Charity Show on May 8th.

"The forthcoming 12th annual Abingdon Air & Country Show, taking place on Abingdon Airfield, Dalton Barracks on Sunday 8th May will feature a true british icon of the skys.

The mighty Avro Vulcan bomber is planned to kick start its 2011 display season by appearing at Abingdon, the first time in 21 years since its last appearance at the then annual  Battle of Britain At Home Days when Abingdon was a fulltime Royal Air Force Station.

This particular Vulcan, XH558, is the last and only surviving airworthy example in the world, now under private ownership. Her final flight in Royal Air Force service was on 23rd March 1993 to Bruntingthorpe Aerodrome in Leicestershire, having been sold off by the Ministry of Defence to C Walton Ltd. The Vulcan to the Sky Trust was formed, headed by Dr Robert Pleming to return the aircraft to flight,with funding helped by the Heritage Lottery Funds in December 2003 and restoration work starting in 2005.

This remarkable achievement came to an end on 18th October 2007 when XH558 flew again, the first time in 14 years with over £7 million pounds being spent on the project. Since then, it has been kept flying at airshows around the UK by donations from the huge fanbase of followers but is in constant need for financial support to help keeping her flying. More information on the Vulcan can be found at

The Air & Country Show organiser Neil Porter said ' We are absolutely thrilled to have the Vulcan appear with us, on its first 2011 appearance. Last year our star was the Dutch F16 fighter for example, this year its this magnificent example of british aviation. We all hope the weather behaves, aircraft serviceability is 100% & funding to allow XH558 to fly down to us, display and return home which is Robin Hood Airport, Yorks'

' The aircraft has such a large following and is just as popular as the Red Arrows and Batle of Britain Memorial Flight!'

The Vulcan heads up a four hour flying display featuring both old and new including from the Royal Air Force, with the show featuring Static aircraft, Crafts, Tank rides, Live Music and many other attractions for all the family to enjoy. Advance tickets are on sale at local Tourist Information Centres, aswell as on the website:

The show starts around 10am but people are advised to arrive earlier to avoid traffic queueing because the Vulcan certainly attracts large crowds!!!

Many thanks for taking the time to read this Press Release,and please feel free to contact us with any queries

With very best regards
Colin Smith
2011 Abingdon Air & Country Charity Show...8th May 2011

Dateline: 31st March 2011

Received from Graham Francis (Clerk to the Parish Council):

Please find attached agenda for a Special meeting of Chilton Foliat Parish Council to be held on Monday 4 April at 8.00 pm in the Village Hall.

For current and historic Parish Council documents, please visit the Parish Council page. If you have trouble with any of the links or cannot read the document, please email me and we will resolve the issue. To go straight to the file, click on the icon here --> Agenda April 2011


Dateline: 23rd March 2011

Another email from a visitor interested in the Victorian Kitchen Garden story of Chilton Foliat. Keep the emails coming!

Dear Chilton Foliat Residents,

I'm one of those who is once again fascinated by the re-runs of the BBC 1987 Victorian Kitchen Garden series on the Yesterday channel.

I loved it the first time round and my delight in seeing it again has not been diminished - they simply don't make programs like that anymore. I see from your archive some correspondence occurred in 2009 about what had happened to the walled garden and I am dismayed to find that despite some attempts at revival it has died a death. I had begun a week or so ago trying to find out (like Laurence by email 14/11/09 before me) if the gardens were open to the public and it was nothing short of a shock to discover that were not listed in the National Gardens scheme. Has the proposal to develop the site and build a school on it gone ahead? If it hasn't then it seems such a shame that Chilton Foliat, Leverton and the Chilton Estate are not able to capitalise on the legacy left by the whole BBC production team and Harry Dodson in particular. If it is only due to the high rent that has prevented its survival (B - email 20/11/09) then there must be a range of sources that could help if only the garden was promoted in the right way?

Rather than individuals trying to run it as a market garden surely the route with such a famous background is to tap as many different ways of finding financial support as is possible and couple that with a co-ordinated volunteer organisation, perhaps with a range of membership fees. If the bulk of the labour (of love) and administration is free, public admittance is via an entrance fee (except for charity days), garden produce and promotional goods are available for sale, sponsorship and financial support is sought from worthy causes such as the National Lottery Heritage Fund and wherever else grants, donations and bursaries can be found e.g. local authorities or perhaps even the BBC themselves, then maybe Chilton Foliat's Victorian Kitchen Garden could be re-established before it is too late and to the wider public of whom I am sure would visit in droves.

After all, Heligan was in a far worse state when Tim Smit began his revival program. I wonder how many local residents would be pleased to see it re-established? It seems to me that it would be the only fitting way as a memory to the work of Harry Dodson.

With kind regards

If you have any comments, stories or pictures from your trip to the village please email them to us and we'll publish them here on the site. Regards, CFPC.

Dateline: 22nd March 2011

Received from a new sponsor - Call (01635) 291271 or use the contact form on the website.

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You can also find contact details for on the Businesses section of the website. As usual, any questions please let me know.

Dateline: 14th March 2011

Age UK Wiltshire’s befriending service offers weekly visits to isolated older people in their own homes.  They match service users with volunteer visitors who have similar interests and are likely to form good friendships. Anyone over the age of 50, who lives alone and who is socially isolated can benefit from the service, providing they experience 7 hrs or less of social contact a week.  Age UK Wiltshire currently has a need for a volunteer to visit a service user in the Ramsbury area.  If you would be interested in spending an hour a week/fortnight to provide some much needed companionship, please ring Colin on 01380 727767 or email to find out more.

Dateline: 13th March 2011

Of all the subjects people email us about, by far and above the most popular is that of Harry Dodson and the Victorian Kitchen garden series that was shown (and continues to be shown) on the tv. Here is a wiki page about Harry giving a bit more information on the series.

Dear Chilton Foliat,

We visited your charming village a couple of weeks ago, in the hope that we may be able to see the site of the fantastic Victorian kitchen garden that Harry Dodson and Peter worked on who so vividly brought it to life in the mid-80’s BBC show.

We did peek through the wrought iron gate on the roadside that shows the state of the large plots to the right of the original garden.

Please could you confirm if the actual garden on the left of this site, and next to Mr Dodson's house, is indeed derelict - the reason we ask is that we would dearly love to visit the site just to see for ourselves where Mr Dodson and his team, brought to life such a fantastic garden and to see first hand some of the tools that he used in his day to day life.

We realise that this is obviously private property and would ask if you or any local residents would be able to help us in our quest!

We are sure that you must have been asked this question many times, but it really would mean an awful lot to us, for us to be granted permission to visit.

We look forward to your reply.

Kind Regards
Paul & Andrea

Thanks to you both for your comments and questions - it is indeed a popular subject and brings visitors to the village - over to you CFPC and the owners of the former Victorian Kitchen Garden - what are your plans for the space? I can confirm that the house on the corner next to the garden is being extensively renovated including the nearby river and bank but what for? If you have any information on this or answer for the questions raised by Paul & Andrea please email us and I'll post it here. Thanks.

Dateline: 12th March 2011

Received from Graham Francis Clerk to the Council

Please find attached minutes of the meeting of Chilton Foliat Parish Council held on Tuesday 8 March. These will be approved at the AGM on Tuesday 10 MAY.

For the March minutes, please click hereCFPC Minutes March 2011 or visit the Parish Council page to see these and all other minutes from previous meetings. If you have any questions for the Parish Council or wish to add anything to the Agenda for the next meeting, please email the webmaster who will pass this onto the Council.

Dateline: 7th March 2011

Received from a visitor to the site:

Good afternoon, My husband and I really enjoyed our visits to the Wheatsheaf whilst Ben and Tracey were in residence. Even though we live in Hungerford we regularly went out of our way to walk to the pub where the food and atmosphere was so good. We love it so much that we took the rest of our family, who were visiting from Kent, for Sunday lunch yesterday and were most dismayed when it quickly dawned on us that it was under new management. Have Ben and Tracey moved on to another pub? We'd love to support them with our future custom. Best wishes for a prosperous and profitable future for them both. Minna and Peter MacKenzie.

It's great to see feedback coming in from visitors to the pub. The current owners are doing a great job by all accounts until the pub is eventually sold. As soon as we have more information we'll let you know. If you want to send Ben & Tracy a message, please email me here and I'll make sure it gets to them.

Dateline: 28th February 2011

Received from Graham Francis (Clerk to the Parish Council):

Please find attached agenda for the next meeting of Chilton Foliat Parish Council due to take place on Tuesday March 8th at 8pm.

For current and historic Parish Council documents, please visit the Parish Council page. If you have trouble with any of the links or cannot read the document, please email me and we will resolve the issue. To go straight to the file, click on the icon here --> Agenda March 201


Dateline: 28th February 2011

Well, it is with a tear in our eye that we wave goodbye to Tracy and Ben (I'm sure they won't mind me using their names) from The Wheatsheaf and welcome in a new owner who will build on the success created by them in the past 5 and a half years. For those of you who were in the pub over the weekend it was a chance to say goodbye properly (shame the weather didn't behave) and raise a glass to two of the hardest working individuals I have had the pleasure of knowing. If you didn't get chance to say farewell and, indeed, if this is the first that you're hearing about the pub changing hands (where have you been?) then you can email us with your comments here to the site and we'll be sure to pass them on.

I know one particular black cat who will be pleased to be leaving - if anyone does happen to venture onto Exmoor in the coming months beware....

An excellent card and fundraising for presents was coordinated by our very own LG - thanks!

On a lighter and indeed surprising note, the stats for your village site have just hit the highest ever..... we have reached 810 unique visitors in just February - a short month no less! The "hits" (a more traditional measure of popularity) reached 14,493 (as of 8pm today). Testament to the hard work of our new helper JG - thanks - you're doing a great job by the way! We are working away in the background as usual, tidying up, fixing broken links, adding new content and bringing onboard new sponsors to help cover the costs of the site (you can find links and information in the Businesses section of the site as well as their entries further below). For a breakdown of costs, please feel free to email me and I'll be happy to share them with you - it's your Parish Council remember!

Dateline: 16th February 2011

Received from Jonathan Mills PCSO 6093 this afternoon:

Please see the Neighbourhood Watch page for the latest bulletin from Marlborough Policing Team - surgeries are to be held in Ramsbury and Aldbourne on the 21st March in the evening. A chance to meet the team, ask any questions about policing issues in your local area.

If you have any questions or need to report something please either contact Marlborough Police directly or if you feel it should be included on the website email me here. Many thanks.

Dateline: 4th February 2011

Received from a new sponsor. Lisa contacted the website from Pink Ladies Plumbing. Their contact details are below:



Phone: (07979) 024903

The company is also on LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook. More details shortly.

Dateline: 25th January 2011

Received from Jonathan Mills

Please see the Neighbourhood Watch page for the latest information.

Dateline: 24th January 2011

Received from Liz Outridge (Chairman Village Hall Committee)

Click here --> CFVH Events 2011<-- for the latest schedule for the Village Hall for this year. If you need to book tickets for any of the events listed in the flyer or would like to book the Village Hall for any event please email me and I'll pass your details onto Liz.

We would like to add an urgent plea to restart the Chilton Chicks toddler group. They need two or three adults to cover the sessions for a couple of hours on a Monday morning, term time only. (It may be possible to change the day if it would be more suitable.)

Also would the village like to have a Youth Club again in the hall? There is a large store of equipment bought in part from a lottery grant including a pool table; full sized table tennis table and a table football game as well as cricket gear and indoor hockey. This would be a great facility for the young people of our village and friends and a rent 'holiday' could be negotiated to enable the club to get a good start. At the moment the hall is being under used and it seems a great pity to the people who worked so hard to raise funds for all the equipment for both the Chicks and the Youth club just to see it laying there in storage.

If there is a function you would like to see in the hall on a regular basis please contact the secretary or chairman to have your say, it's YOUR village hall and we want it used.

Many thanks Liz Outridge, (Chair)

Dateline: 23rd January 2011

Received from the Wheatsheaf

It is with sadness that I must announce that Ben and I will be leaving The Wheatsheaf after an enjoyable five and a half years.

Over the last six months I have been in negotiation with Admiral Taverns as it was my intention to take out a lease at a fair rent with the necessary maintenance and repairs having been done. Unfortunately it has proved rather difficult to come to an agreement. Having had millions of pounds worth of debt written off and now owned 51% by Lloyds Bank, Admiral Taverns has not been able to spend money to maintain and repair the Pub as they should have and now look at the work to be done as ‘a project’ and will not be in a position to reduce the rent by any tangible amount. Added to the fact that I have never been able to take a wage from the business I have been brought to a point where I need to see the way forward.

Both Ben and I have worked hard to make The Wheatsheaf what it now is and will find it very hard to leave, however, there are many ways in which we feel a fresh outlook could benefit the village and we hope that this will be the case.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank the staff who have worked here over the years and our customers for their support and genuinely hope that the Pub will continue to be at the heart of the community of Chilton Foliat.

I think you'll all join me in saying that the village will not be the same without Tracy and Ben. They have worked harder and achieved more than anyone in my experience and provided valuable employment opportunities where needed! Three cheers for Tracy and Ben - hip hip!

Dateline: 20th January 2011

Received from Suz McKillop @HEAT Group

HEAT Guided Walk - Sunday 6th February - Town Hall Steps (Hungerford)

Approx. 3 hour walk via Bagshot, Stype Woods, Oakhill Farm and the canalside home from Froxfield. Opportunity for anyone who wants to split off for the Pelican for lunch about 12.30pm. It's bound to be muddy so please wear appropriate footwear. Any questions call Martyn on (01488) 682065.

Hungerford Town Plan Public Meeting - Thursday 10th February - Hungerford Corn Exchange

The 2010+ Town Plan was published in Dec 2005 and it's time to update it. The plan represents the views and wishes of local residents and businesses. It covers employment, education, housing, healthcare, transport, law and order, tourism, culture, sport and other aspects of Hungerfod life. Please come along and have your say about the future of your town. Everyone welcome.

How to use Seville Oranges - Saturday 12th February - 3-5pm Lambourn

Includes making marmalade, tea and wonderful Middle Eastern Seville Orange cake. Bring 15 good sized Seville Oranges and 3 Lemons. Slow Food members £5, Friends £15. Book here.

Coppicing Workshop - Saturday 12th February - 9.30-4pm Little Hidden Farm

A hands-on day in the woods with instruction, regular refreshments and a hearty lunch round a clay oven £35 per person, £25 for students. Call Bill on (01488) 683253.

Tree and Shrub Pruning Course - Saturday 19th February - 9.30-4pm Little Hidden Farm

Instruction and practical work on garden and hedgerow shubs plus a wide range of trees. tree identification and discussion on timber uses. You should go home with enough confidence to work on your own trees and shrubs. Call Bill listed above.

Dateline: 20th January 2011

Speeding issues in the Marlborough Community Area

Dear Councillors and Clerks,

Subsequent to the document compiled by Michael Edmonds (MaVCAP) on speeding issues in the area, I have had the following response from Mark Stansby (Highways) detailing the processes (attached) to be followed in the event of a speedin issue in your area. He also includes some information about the speed limit review process. If you have presented an appeal on the decisions of the A&B class review and have not heard anything or have any other questions, please contact me.

Kind Regards,

Julia Denham (Marlborough Community Area Manager)

For the attached document, click here -->Speed Management Process Map

Dateline: 15th January 2011

Received from Graham Francis Clerk to the Council

Please find attached minutes of the meeting of Chilton Foliat Parish Council held on Tuesday 11th January 2011. These will be approved at the next meeting on Tuesday 8th March.

For the January minutes, please click hereCFPC Minutes January 2011 or visit the Parish Council page to see these and all other minutes from previous meetings. If you have any questions for the Parish Council or wish to add anything to the Agenda for the next meeting, please email the webmaster who will pass this onto the Council.

Dateline: 13th January 2011

Received from Jonathan Mills, our local Community Support Officer

The latest Neighbourhood News Bulletin (now being issued quarterly). Download the file hereNWatchQ1-2011 or visit the Neighbourhood Watch area of the website.

If you have any news items, information or questions for the Neighbourhood Watch area email them to me and I'll include them on the site.

Dateline: 11th January 2011

Received from Liz Outridge, secretary of the CFWI:

Hello Ladies,

Please find attached the January news letter, I hope we will see you all at the meeting on Thursday.


Click here for the January newsletter

Dateline: 9th January 2011

Received from our very own Wheatsheaf

Bring out your dead... Christmas trees!

Sunday 9th Jan, 11am-1pm a chipping machine will be on-hand at The Wheatsheaf, Chilton Foliat. For a £3 donation per-tree to Wiltshire Air Ambulance, bring your Christmas tree for disposal. For those not able to make it on Sunday, we will be accepting trees all day on Saturday 8th Jan. Many thanks, The Wheatsheaf.

Dateline: 4th January 2011

Please find attached invitation to attend the next meeting of Chilton Foliat Parish Council on Tuesday 11th January 2011 at 8pm.

Graham Francis (Clerk to the Council)

For the agenda please click here.

Dateline: 1st January 2011

Happy New Year from all at! We're now in our 7th year online! Wishing everyone in the village and surrounding area a prosperous and eventful year - remember you can email us with pictures, stories and news items that you think should be on the site. This is a site run by villagers for villagers.