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Defibrillator - what to do in an emergency

We will be arranging a training session on how to use the defibrillator in the New Year, watch the website and notices for a further update. In the meantime please see the instructions below provided by Community Heartbeat on what to do in an emergency.

1. A 999 call MUST first be undertaken whilst with the patient, DO NOT go to the defibrillator machine first. DO NOT call 111

2. Always ask for AMBULANCE as they know the location of working defibrillators

3. Once a 999 call is received by the Ambulance operators they will ask two questions - is the patient breathing? Is the patient conscious?

4. The operator will then assess the patient's condition and automatically despatch an ambulance to the address of the caller

5. The operator MAY ask if there is a defibrillator nearby, NOTE the operator may say a specific machine is not visible to them because it is flagged as 'out of use' or 'not available'. Ours is located on the west side of the village hall adjacent to the entrance to the pub car park

6. Operator will then tell the caller how to undertake CPR - this is a requirement within 60 seconds of the call

7. If it is determined a defibrillator is required the operator will advise where the nearest active one is - not necessarily the nearest - and advise the activation code.

8. Ensure a second person is available to go to the defibrillator. Once the defibrillator kit is opened a speaker will talk you through what to do

9. If the caller is on their own with the patient you will not be sent to the defibrillator, you should stay and continue CPR

10. The defibrillator must be returned to the box and the box closed after use

Click here for a leaflet giving further information from The Community Heartbeat Trust

The latest roadworks news!

The Parish Council would like to apologise for the previous message about the road closure. It came about because we were informed by Wiltshire Council on Thursday afternoon that the closure was posted in error and was not notified on the website where Wiltshire Council advertise road closures. That website was then updated at around 8.00pm to show the closure. We always endeavour to advise villagers in good time; however, on this occasion, we were acting on incorrect information. We will attempt to discover how this happened, in an effort to prevent future occurrences.

Regards, Nic

Roadworks 11/11/22

According to Stag Hill will be closed until 23.59pm on Monday 14th November.

Chilton Foliat Parish Council


St Mary's church will be candle lit and open on Sunday evening from 7.30pm to 8.00pm for the 1 minute silence and Private prayers and reflections.
Everyone is welcome.

Dateline 28th September
A message from Nic Coome, Chairman, Chilton Foliat Parish Council.

Following much discussion between the Parish Council, Wiltshire Council and Thames Water, I am very pleased to be able to say that the proposed closure of the B4192 will not now take place. Thames Water have agreed that the new pipework can be laid in the field adjacent to the road, subject only to a final archaeological check. In the extremely unlikely event that the check reveals significant archaeological evidence, this may have to be revisited, however the risk is considered extremely low. The Parish Council will continue to monitor the situation and will post updates here as appropriate.

Dateline 16th September

Road Works
Some people may be aware of what could be a lengthy closure of the B4192 towards Hungerford. These works are not yet approved by Wiltshire Highways who are looking to reduce the disruption. Firm information will be published when it is made available.

Chilton Foliat Parish Council

HRH Queen Elizabeth II

On behalf of the community of Chilton Foliat, the Parish Council wish to express our sadness at the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. We offer our sincere condolences to His Majesty the King and the rest of the Royal Family.

An online book of condolence can be found at From Monday 12 September, books of condolence will be available to sign at County Hall, Trowbridge; Monkton Park, Chippenham; Bourne Hill, Salisbury; and all Wiltshire Council libraries and mobile libraries. After the funeral, all condolence books will then be sent to the Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre for the archives.

Cllr. Nic Coome, Chairman, Chilton Foliat Parish Council

Dateline: 1st September 2022

Dateline: 1st September 2022

Dateline: 1st July 2022

Dateline: 22nd June 2022

Harry Talmage

It is with collective sadness that we announce the death of Harry Talmage.

Harry lived in Chilton Foliat for 60 years and knew many of you over this time. You will know that he was a man of few words, a dry sense of humour and a laugh that was so big it made him look like he had no eyes.

He lived a full life; from his time in the navy to his entrepreneurial days at the Hungerford Paperback Exchange. Harry was an amazing gardener (his potatoes rival the best of an organic farm shop crop) and imaginative creator - knitting garden hammocks for his 4 children, building polystyrene houses for his grandchildren and mending wagons to pull along his great grandchildren.

We all miss him so much; our Grampy WhatsApp family group chat won't be the same without his emojis and gifs; the mind of a very tech savvy OAP.

Never one for a fuss, we are following his lead and holding a celebration of his life instead of a traditional funeral on the 23rd July, 3pm, in his beautiful garden at number 55. If you knew Harry or if he ever left rhubarb on your doorstep, we would love to invite you to come and share memories of him.

Dateline: 3rd May 2022

Dateline: 1st April 2022

Message from Nic Coome regarding Power Cuts

The Parish Council raised the issues of the recent power cuts in the village with SSEN. The reply advised that they can only deal with individual complaints raised by householders and linked to postcodes.
I therefore urge parishioners affected by recent outages to contact SSEN individually.
Complaints should be logged at Once the form is submitted, it will provide a reference number to keep track of the complaint. Alternately, the SSEN telephone number is: 0800 980 1395
Email address is:

Cllr. Nic Coome,
Chilton Foliat Parish Council

Dateline: 21st March 2022

Dateline: 21st March 2022

Dateline: 1st February 2022