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Dateline: 14th December 2020

Dateline: 3rd December 2020

Dateline: 27th November 2020

Chilton Foliat Village Hall

The Chilton Foliat Village Hall AGM will take place at 19.00 on Tuesday 17th November 2020. Due to Covid-19, the AGM will be held virtually in order to comply with restrictions. If you would like to attend virtually please email and access information will be provided closer to the date.

We are also looking for people to join our Committee to help with running this fabulous community space into the future. If you have some time to offer and would like more information, please email for more details.

Dateline: 25th August 2020

Dateline: 20th August 2020

The defibrillator is back home

The village defibrillator is back in a super new box on the side of the Village Hall.

Many thanks to all those who paid into the 100 Club to fund the new box and repair of the defibrillator.

The Village Hall Management Committee manage the 100 Club, which has proved to be very popular. Profits from the Club assist with maintenance of the Village Hall and other projects for the benefit of the village.

Any newcomers to the village who wish to join, and have a chance of winning a prize, should contact the 100 Club Officer, Vicky Nelligan at

Temporary Defibrillator location

The temporary defibrillator location is at John Summers house, in Orchard Green, directly behind the bus shelter. It is in a red coolbox on his porch.

Wiltshire Residents - please share your views about Health, Care and Community Services during the pandemic by completing this survey by Sunday 12th July

Healthwatch Wiltshire are asking how has the coronavirus outbreak affected you and your loved ones? Share your experiences of health, care and community services during the pandemic. What's working well and what could be better? You can complete the online survey at

The survey can also be completed over the phone - call 01225 434218 to arrange and a member of the Healthwatch Wiltshire team will call you back.

Survey closes Sunday 12th July.

For details of the Community Action Group supporting each other in Chilton Foliat in the event of self-isolation. Click here.

Dateline: 4th May 2020

VE Day 2020, Friday 8 May

Wiltshire council has created a special 'VE Day at home pack' to help residents of all ages celebrate and mark the 75th anniversary of this historic moment in time.

With social distancing measures still in place, the pack contains simple advice and suggestions to commemorate VE Day on Friday 8 May, which this year is a bank holiday. The pack can be downloaded from the Wiltshire Council website at and contains something for the whole family; recipe ideas, a World War II/VE Day quiz and wordsearch, suggested e-reading materials from the council's library service, craft ideas,1940s-inspired games and songs to sing to keep the family entertained.

Dateline: 4th May 2020

Don't delay seeking medical help because of coronavirus

People living in Wiltshire are being advised not to let worries about coronavirus stop them asking for medical help for themselves or their children if they become ill, have a serious accident or have a concern about their health.

They are also being warned that not seeking medical help for symptoms that could be the early warning signs of serious conditions such as cancer could be putting lives at risk.

The warning comes as new data shows a considerable drop in the number of people coming forward to ask their GP for help and advice during the coronavirus outbreak. Recent statistics show that, in Bath alone, the total number of weekly referrals from GPs to the Royal United Hospital have fallen from around 2,000 at the beginning of March to 300 at the end of April.

In Swindon, the average number of patients being sent by their GP to the Great Western Hospital for further investigations into symptoms that suggest cancer each week has dropped by more than 200 to 80.

Dr Ruth Grabham, Medical Director at BaNES, Swindon and Wiltshire CCG, said the statistics made for worrying reading because the drop in numbers "is not because people are not experiencing symptoms."

"While it may seem that coronavirus has put a stop to most aspects of everyday life, the one thing it hasn't stopped is what's going on inside our bodies," she says. "Now more than ever, we need to pay attention to anything that isn't normal and seek help early on."

"For example, if you notice blood when going to the toilet, or if you've found a lump that wasn't there previously, or if you've just noticed something odd that is causing you to worry, you need to speak to your GP.

"Should the symptom be the early warning sign of something serious like cancer, that delay in seeking help could have serious implications for how successful possible treatments may be."

Although GP practices across the region have adopted new ways of working, such as establishing isolated clinics for potential coronavirus patients, the practices themselves are still open to offer care, treatment, advice and peace-of-mind.

The same also goes for emergency departments at the three hospitals in Bath, Swindon and Salisbury, all of which continue to be open 24 hours a day for people with a genuine and life-threatening health concern.

Additionally, all healthcare facilities in the region, as well as those elsewhere in the country, have put in place stringent infection control measures to ensure that the risk of contracting coronavirus while visiting a hospital or GP surgery remains low.

-    Details of which services continue to open, as well as how to get in contact, can be found online by visiting

-    For information about local hospital services visit, or

Further information on how to stay well throughout the coronavirus outbreak can be found at

Dateline: 4th May 2020

Calling all Stitchers

Like so many of us, being 'confined to barracks' has meant that my work level reduced and I had spare time and energy. I heard that people were volunteering to sew scrubs, caps, masks and linen bags for medics and care workers and immediately saw this as a way I could make a very small contribution to those amazing people who are helping us fight Covid 19.

It took a few days of searching the internet to find an organisation that would be prepared to deliver and collect as, in the current situation, I emerge from the house very rarely. Eventually I found Sew Scrubs For Wiltshire and Lucy and Lara Till who do a great job getting their 100 volunteers across Wiltshire sewing to order. They have responded to requests for scrubs and other sewn equipment from two hospitals and several care homes across the county and the requests keep coming in. As I write (at the end of April), my tiny contribution has been seven sets of scrubs. The first set took me thirteen hours and ages on Zoom and 'phone to a very patient seamstress friend, but having once got the hang of it, (aided by a slight simplification of the pattern used,) I find I can turn a set out between three and a half and four hours (including time for my propensity to make mistakes!). I enjoy the therapy of sewing and the feeling that I am doing something that will be useful, if only in a small way. And it beats housework!

If anyone reading this is interested in having a go, Sew Scrubs For Wiltshire can be contacted via Facebook at or, if you are not on Facebook, at

You don't have to be a skilled seamstress; some of the things are quite easy to make and there are now clear instructions. You will need a sewing machine (and an overlocker if want to sew scrubs) and it is helpful if you can source your own fabric (anything cotton or cotton mix which can be washed at 60 degrees or hotter). I am now using sheets and duvet covers. You will probably be asked to leave any completed items at, and collect any available fabric from, my house on Stag Hill, so there is unlikely to be any significant travel required.

If you want to talk this through, please contact me at If you don't want to sew, but have any spare suitable fabric, we can put it to good use.

Bridget Warr

Dateline: 1st May 2020

The defibrillator is out of order

Unfortunately due to damp getting into the cabinet the village defibrillator is currently out of action.

A new cabinet is being purchased, kindly paid for out of the Village Hall 100 Club funds.

In the mean time we are looking for a safe place to house the defribrillator temporarily and as soon as we have found somewhere we will put a sign up.

Dateline: 18th April 2020

Warning for Dog Walkers & Public to Take Care

The Parish Council has been contacted recently by a local agricultural contractor. They have reported seeing a number of people and dogs walking through (not around) the field when contractors are spraying fertiliser. The field in question is located between Craven Farmhouse Cottages and Crabtree Close on the B4192, running parallel up past the Chilton Foliat School. These chemicals could be harmful to both dogs and public. Although they are not adverse to people walking in the field, they have asked if they could kindly walk around the perimeter of the field whilst work is being carried out, to ensure no harm comes to both pets and/or walkers. Thank you for your understanding in this matter.

Dateline: 18th April 2020

The Wiltshire Bobby Van Trust

During the current lockdown we would like to notify you of the services still available through The Wiltshire Bobby Van Trust to those over 60 or 18+ with a registered disability.
Our team of Home Security Operators are still securing the homes of victims of house crime and domestic abuse. Our office team are on hand to give telephone support and advice on a range of home security issues. Please call 01380 861155 and leave a message, your call will be returned within a few hours during working hours. Our operators are also delivering Personal Protective Equipment for Wiltshire Police across the County.
Our team of Stay Safe Online volunteers are available to offer telephone advice on a range of issues from improving cyber security awareness, to cyber and scam prevention advice and signposting to future advice and resources. Please call and leave a message on 01380 861191 and someone will get back you shortly.

Dateline: 25th March 2020

An urgent message from a Chilton Foliat Resident.

Last night, Tuesday 24th March, we had a break in to our garage and two KTM motorcycles were stolen. The bikes are orange and white respectively, and very distinctive 'off road bikes' - made by KTM. We think they were stolen between 11pm and 12.30am last night and must have been was done very silently as we have a dog who is alert to sounds outside. It appeared that there was a trailer / horsebox parked in the lay by by Manor Farm Cottages at around the same time - one of the villagers spotted it when dog walking. Our house is behind this, and we awoke to find the garage doors broken using bolt cutters used and the two motorbikes gone despite being chained inside.

If you or your families saw anything that might help the police, or information about recent activities in the village that might be linked, please contact us.

Many thanks! Sue Davison

Dateline: 25th March 2020

Suggestions for improved or enhanced bus services to/from the village.

If you have any requests or suggestions for bus service improvements that you think would be well used and benefit the village, please let the Parish Council know via the Clerk: Suggestions will be passed to Wiltshire Council. There is a short deadline for this - 27th March 2020.

Green Infrastructure and Open Space Survey

The Open Space Survey is a collaborate work between Wiltshire Council and Local Parishes. In addition to the Parish Council's response there is a "Household Survey", which is being promoted to parishioners for you to fill out and give your valued views and opinions on your local Open Space. Responses can be either emailed to or sent to the Clerk: Paper copies of the form are available by contacting the Clerk . If you have any questions or queries, please do not hesitate to call the Clerk on : 07785982455

The deadline for receiving input to the Parish Council is 6th April 2020

Dateline: 15th March 2020

Littlecote Road Closure

Please be aware of an urgent road closure taking place from 30th March, Monday to Friday between 08:00 and 17:00

East Lodge to Froxfield, Chilton Foliat (2020WC116)

For map showing closed section, and diversion, see 20200330RoadClosure.pdf

These works will commence on 30th March 2020 and are anticipated to be required for 16 days, Monday to Friday working only between the hours of 08:00 and 17:00. This Notice will have a maximum duration of 21 days. For further information regarding these works please contact Ben Leverett on behalf of Wiltshire Council on 01225 712512.

Dateline: 13th March 2020

Dateline: 19th February 2020

Witness Appeal To Jewellery Burglary

My wife, Emma, and I moved into Stud House last August, buying it from Ian and Victoria Waters. We love the village and look forward to many happy years in the community.

Sadly yesterday we suffered a burglary at 6.10 - 6.20pm. Luckily neither Emma or I were at home, we called the police immediately who attended the scene within 20 mins or so, I am sure the flashing lights were noticed! Our nearby neighbours' new security system includes CCTV which is how we know that 4 men left the property at 6.20 and also spotted a lady walking her dog along the street only a few yards behind the perpetrators. Please see below. If the photo is sufficient to identify her, we would appreciate it if she was able to provide the Wiltshire police with any information that may support their investigation.

The police informed us 2 other burglaries were reported last night, one in Hungerford the other in Pewsey, which seems unlikely to be a coincidence.

For your information, we will be increasing security at the house including adding CCTV of our own. This may be worth dialogue at the forthcoming Parish Council? Perhaps having signs indicating CCTV exists in the village.

Any help you can provide is much appreciated.

Very best wishes,
Seb Hobbs

If you heard or saw anything suspicious around these times on this date or noticed a vehicle driving erratically, please contact the police on 101 quoting crime reference number 54200017408.

They are particularly keen to speak this dog walker who was seen passing this address at the time of the incident and who may have seen the suspects.

Dateline: 24th January 2020