Pest control

Did you know that Wiltshire council has its own pest control team that treats private and commercial properties? The team offer a service covering the whole of Wiltshire at a very reasonable price, treating a wide range of pests including rats, mice, fleas, cockroaches, bedbugs, wasps and a few other less common pests. The service is open to the general public. For more information visit the council’s website: Pest control

The Adventure Cycle Map

Planning a cycling route in the North Wessex Downs AONB is set to become a whole lot easier from today thanks to investment by the Rural Development Programme for England.

The North Wessex Downs AONB has secured funding from the 1 South West (1SW) Cycling Project to survey all 1480 km of legally accessible off road cycle trail in across Wiltshire, West Berkshire, Oxfordshire and Hampshire. Information regarding the type of trail, including International Mountain Biking Association (IMBA) grading, descriptions, photographs, videos and management information will then be uploaded to the Adventure Cycle Map. It is intended to give people a choice regarding the type of experience they want. Whether you fancy a day out cycling with the family or a challenging cycling experience, this map has something for you.

Dave Dixon of South West Protected Landscapes has led work with the 1SW Cycling Project. Dave said, “Cycling is a great way for people to get out and enjoy the south west’s breathing spaces and has a broad appeal. This online mapping allows us to provide lots of information such as photos and videos, enabling people to choose trails that will suit their cycling ability. We want to help people have a great day out and keep coming back by providing information that helps them plan their trip with confidence”

The Adventure Cycle Map aims to bring tourism business benefits to the North Wessex Downs AONB throughout the year. Bicycle shops, hire outlets and cycle-friendly accommodation can all be found on the map. In addition to the survey work, we have been successful in helping a local business, The Crown at Aldbourne to access funds to provide cycle hire from a converted stable block in the grounds of the pub to securely house six bicycles and associated equipment. These will be made available for hire to visitors and local people. The bikes will be purchased from and maintained by a local bike shop.

The information shown is of use to people planning horse-riding or walking trips as well as those planning to cycle. To encourage responsible use of trails AONB staff can attach information to each individual trail such as indicating if a trail is prone to erosion in wet ground conditions, or trails that will be busy and best avoided at peak visitor times. Trail surveys commence in late June this year.

For more information or photos, please contact:

Katie Wilson
Communications Officer
North Wessex Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
Tel: 01488 680450
Mob: 07827 808445

People loitering with intent

We have had reports from Wiltshire Police of people loitering with intent in the Ogbourne villages and Mildenhall area. If you have any concern, please contact our community police officer David Tippetts.

Telephone: 0845 408 7000 Extension 739817

Open Meeting 19th October - 7.30pm in the Village Hall

7:30pm 19th October in the Village Hall

To Discuss:

Proposed Development on Jubbs Lane
This meeting is to provide the community with the opportunity to consider a new proposal for a development on Jubbs Lane. Mr Michael Fowler (the architect) will present the proposal and will be available to answer questions from the community.

Village Logo Competition and opportunity to talk to members of the Parish Plan group
The meeting will also be an opportunity to see the logos received for the Parish Plan competition, to put your views to the Parish Plan Group and to vote on the one that you think best represents the village.

All welcome.

Workday on the Railway Path, Sunday 14th Oct 2012

The next Friends of the Railway Path workday is on Sunday, 14th October 2012.

Workdays are an important way of helping to keep this much-loved local greenway looking good. This one will concentrate on the section south from Ogbourne St George, around and immediately south of the car park off Bytham Road (grid ref SU 1990 7407). The work is a mixture of ecological improvements, renovation and tidying.

There is a patch of grassland which, with a little encouragement, we think can become more flower rich. We will clear this and remove the cuttings (so that they don’t release their nutrients back into the grassland).

There is a hedge with gaps: we will remove scrub from the gaps and start planting up the gaps. We plan later to start laying sections of the hedge where the shrubs are large enough: this improves habitat for a variety of small animals.

We will also clear round the car park and the woodland area to the east of the Path, and remove litter.

The work we’re planning is one of a series of projects to improve the Railway Path and its surroundings which the Friends of the Railway Path are hoping to get done.

Workdays are also a great way of getting some gentle exercise. You will meet people and perhaps learn some new skills. And at the end of a workday, you can see what’s been achieved.

If you would like to come, we will meet at 10.00 at the car park off Bytham Road. Please wear suitable outdoor clothing and stout footwear, and bring:

· Lunch and a drink
· Gardening gloves if you have some
· Any hand tools which you think you would like to use. We will have a stock of tools for use on the day.

You are welcome to just turn up on the day, and to stay for as long as you like. If you know in advance you would like to come, please let Dick Millard know.

Contact dick.millard at

New Bishop of Ramsbury

As Ogbourne St.George is part of the See of Ramsbury, we’d like to join with Roger Powell in welcoming our new Bishop of Ramsbury, the Revd Canon Dr Edward Condry.

The Right Reverend Dr Edward Condry, 59, is the former Canon Residentiary, Treasurer and Director of Education in Canterbury Cathedral. He succeeds the Right Reverend Stephen Conway, now the Bishop of Ely.

He studied first at the University of East Anglia and then at Exeter College, Oxford, before training for ordination at Lincoln Theological College. He also holds an MBA from the Open University.

Bishop Condry served his first curacy at Weston Favell in Peterborough Diocese from 1982 to 1985. He was a vicar in Bloxham with Milcombe and South Newington in the Oxford Diocese from 1985 to 1993.

He moved to the Diocese of Coventry in 1993, becoming Team Rector at Rugby until 2002, when he became Director of Post-Ordinand Training and Canon Residentiary at Canterbury Cathedral. He was also Treasurer and Director of Education in Canterbury Cathedral from 2006.

The Bishop is a keen sportsman, having played rugby for local sides, completed ten marathons and played five-a-side football with friends. He now concentrates on cycling, running and rowing, competing in the British Indoor Rowing Championships. He was a member of Team GB for the 2006 World Championships in Boston, USA.

In July 2012, he cycled 1500 miles from Olympia in Greece, across to Italy over the Gotthard Pass and up through eastern France to the Olympic stadium in London. He completed the trip successfully, along with friends and his two sons, raising over £55,000 for the Kent, Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance.

The Bishop’s Page.

Village logo competition update!

The entries for the village logo competition will be displayed at the forthcoming Parish Council’s Open Meeting on Friday the 19th October, so anyone attending the meeting will be able to vote for their favourite. Whilst a reasonable number of designs have been received, these were multiple entries from only a few people. Therefore if anyone else would like to enter this competition, we have extended the deadline for new entries up to the evening of the 17th. Entry forms can be downloaded from here, or call Sally on 841163.

The Inn With The Well - winter opening hours

The Inn With The Well is now closed Sunday evenings until April 2013.
It is also closed Sundays all day for October & November 2012.

Parish Council meeting for September 2012

The Parish Council meeting will be in the Village Hall on 13th September 2012 at 7.30pm - Agenda

Wiltshire Police online chat Monday 23 July 2012

Wiltshire Police and Wiltshire Police Authority are hosting a public online chat on Monday 23 July. Chief Constable Pat Geenty, Deputy Chief Constable Mike Veale and Police Authority Chairman Chris Hoare will be logged on from 7pm to 8pm to answer your questions. This will be the fifth public online chat Wiltshire Police Chief Officers and Wiltshire Police Authority have held.

Chief Constable Pat Geenty said:”It is important to us as a Force to provide Wiltshire residents with a chance to engage with their local police service and this is one way of doing so. At the last chat, topics raised included anti-social behaviour, traffic highways agency officers, Police Community Support Officers driving patrol cars, Royal Military Police assisting Wiltshire Police as well as recruitment and career opportunities within the police service.

Wiltshire Police Authority Chairman Chris Hoare added:”Other questions raised during the previous online chat were about the forthcoming Police and Crime Commissioner and what this means for Wiltshire Police. With this new figure being elected in November, I would welcome further questions ahead of the transition.”

Chief Officers and the Police Authority Chairman will endeavour to answer as many questions as possible during the session on Monday 23 July from 7pm - 8pm.

However, it may not be possible to answer all questions within the live hour. So Wiltshire Police will endeavour to post answers to questions not answered during the live hour on the Wiltshire Police website by the end of the following day (Tuesday 24 July).


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