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).


Girl Guides - new Rainbows unit

There is a going to be a new Rainbows unit in Ogbourne St George, it starts 11th September 2012. Rainbows is part of the Girlguiding network for girls aged 5-7.

They will be meeting every Tuesday from 4.30-5.30. Places are limited, so it is on a first come first served basis. Contact Lou Webb for further details.

There is also a Brownie group for girls aged 7-10 with a few spaces left contact Sarah Cooke for further details 07720 980790

Design a Logo for Ogbourne St George

It has been suggested that it would be a good idea to have a logo for Ogbourne St George, to help promote a sense of belonging and a pride in our community. The logo could be used on Parish Council and other Parish documents, on notice boards and possibly on sign posts.

The Parish Plan Committee has decided to run a competition to give you the opportunity to design a logo for your village. It could be an image or a symbol that you think represents Ogbourne St George. You don’t have to be an amazing artist – we are looking for concepts and ideas. The winning concept/design can be professionally finished if required.

A shortlist of the best entries will be drawn up by the Parish Plan Committee and then we will have a public vote to choose the final winner. If you would like to enter, please fill in the enclosed entry form and send it in together with your design on a separate piece of paper (no larger than A4) to the address on the form.

The closing date is Friday 31st August, so there is still plenty of time.

Please use the entry form! -

New community market in Marlborough

A new market is set to start in the High Street Marlborough on Sunday July 1st 2012. Championing local produce and sustainable, ethical micro-enterprise’s, Marlborough Communities Market is a social enterprise that aims to put all profits into local projects.

In July of last year, Marlborough lost the Farmers’ Market that had been operating out of the Town Hall for thirteen years and members of the Town Council and Transition Marlborough were concerned that links to alternative food networks in the town and surrounding villages would be harder for residents and businesses to access. Since February they have been working with Ellie Gill of Wessex Community Markets to establish a new market for the town that aims to provide these vital links to farming and the wider countryside.

In the early stages of this process it soon became clear that while the new market would have a farmers’ market section, the criteria for farmers’ markets does not always support other local business such as Ramsbury Tea, who supply a range of Fairtrade products. In addition Ellie and the folks from Transition Marlborough were keen to create a market that provided as wide a product range as possible, so local arts and crafts have been included leading to the Community Market name.

Following an initial launch at St John’s School at their annual Science Fair to gain public feedback and to promote the new concept, a range of traders have come forward to take a stand at the first of the monthly markets that shall be taking place on the first Sunday of the month from 11am till 4 pm.

Ellie from Wessex Community Markets says, “I am truly astounded by the high level of products being put forward. I always knew that the countryside in Wiltshire hid some talented artisans, food producers and artist’s as I am a regular customer at farmers’ markets and craft fairs but to have so many in the immediate vicinity of Marlborough as come as something of a surprise”.

Signed up already, Marlborough Market shall be showcasing produce such as ales and tea from Ramsbury, bread, honey, cooked foods and middle eastern mezze from Calne, textiles and sculptures from Marlborough and there will also be cut flowers, herbs, perennials, beautiful hand-woven shawls and handmade soaps from producers on the Marlborough Downs.

What will become quite a signature of the market is an unmissable 1934 Routemaster bus with red and white livery chosen for the Golden Jubilee. Known as the Routemonster, it has a kitchen fitted on the lower deck that shall be making fresh food all day, sourced from the markets producers. You will then have a choice whether you would like to eat your meal in the upper deck café for a birds-eye view of Marlborough or whether you would like to eat in the Market Café located in one of three marquees.

New businesses are encouraged to get involved under the markets Table for a Tenner Scheme and they are still looking for producers selling eggs and preserves. Another initiative that has been set up by the coordinator are the services of the Ramsbury Flyer. For a donation, the community bus will be visiting outlying villages on market day to take people into town who have to rely on public transport, or simply for those wishing to reduce their carbon footprint. Or even, so that they may have a drink at the Routemonster’s licenced bar while having a Sunday lunch in the Market Café.

There will be lots of educational events taking place at the markets and for children there will be a Flag Making Workshop taking place in the Market Cafe at 12 o’clock on an Environmental Theme. Places are limited to 12, so do book early.

If you would like to know more about the market, would like to become a stallholder or want the Ramsbury Flyer to come and pick you up from your village, get in touch with Ellie on mobile no. 0797 1184723 or through the website: Marlborough Market

Parish Council and Freedom of Information (FOI)

We have a new section to the website on the Parish Council and Freedom of Information (FOI). This details all the different kind of information available from the parish council, about the parish council and its activities.

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