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Dateline: 4th November 2019

Dateline: 24th October 2019


Dear friends of Chilton Foliat WI

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

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

Ellie will always be forever in our thoughts.

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


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

Dateline: 9th October 2019

Village Hall Annual General Meeting

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

Dateline: 29th September 2019

Dateline: 26th September 2019

Dateline: 14th September 2019

Dateline: 12th September 2019

Harry Dodson - Centenary - 11.09.2019

From: Vic Gardener

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


My very best wishes to everyone in Chilton Foliat,




Dateline: 26th July 2019

Changes to buses from 28th July

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

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

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

Dateline: 19th May 2019

Dateline: 1st May 2019

Dateline: 14th April 2019

Dateline: 5th April 2019

Dateline: 5th April 2019

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

From Parish Council

Dateline: 26th January 2019

Dateline: 26th January 2019

Dateline: 18th January 2019

Dateline: 1st January 2019