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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.

‘Get Active’ with new running opportunities in Wiltshire

Wiltshire Council has launched a new running programme called ‘Get Active’, which aims to increase opportunities to participate in this health beneficial and sociable activity. In association with Wiltshire and Swindon Sports Partnership, Swindon Borough Council, Run England and through funding provided by Sport England, ‘Get Active’ engages with local groups to help develop new, beginner running opportunities.

The project aims to train run leaders, provide support and assistance to new groups, help the development of existing running clubs and promote running across the county. Most importantly the project improves access to running, encouraging those who have previously not had the confidence to participate.

Marlborough Running Club is a great club to join, it encourages runners of all ages and speeds, and it has a good social life as well.

Wiltshire is also able to boast an incredible 24 running groups across the county and groups such as Avon Valley Runners, Chippenham Harriers and Westbury Running Club have all launched new beginner running sessions, in line with this new project. However, it is not only well established clubs who are involved, new groups in Downton, Durrington and Marlborough are all set to start shortly.

For a full list of the running groups in Wiltshire, please visit Run England where the contact details for each club can be found. For general enquiries please contact Sarah Sims on ssims@englandathletics.org or 07846 100233.

Ogbourne St George Church Fete 2012

July 14th 2012 is the day for the Ogbourne St George Church Fete, with Summer Lunches from 12:30 and Dog Show from 14:30

How can we make our fete bigger and better than last year?

All suggestions on how to do this, any offers of help will be really
appreciated. Nearer the time we will be asking for White Elephant,
donations to the Bottle Stall, Tombola, Whisky Raffle, Plant stall
etc

Help needed NOW - if you can offer any help or have any great new
ideas please call or mail Nicky Irwin - nicky@dunvegan.biz; Tel
01793 741216

The Beggars Opera - 23rd June 2012

Opera in the Garden

White Horse Opera performing The Beggar’s Opera in the walled garden at Sheppard’s Farm. As with previous years’ performances, bring a picnic and enjoy the gardens from 6:30pm.

The performance will begin at 7:00pm.

Tickets £10 from:
- Ogbourne St.George School office (mornings only)
- Nicky Irwin nicky@dunvegan.biz;
- 01793 741216
- or from the Ridgeway Benefice website: www.ridegewaybenfice.org.

Burglaries at Ogbourne Maizey

It seems that a person or persons unknown have not entered into the spirit of the Jubilee weekend and had instead decide to indulge in a little petty burglary at two premises in Ogbourne Maizey. These took place Monday 4th June, apparently during the daytime. One incident involved a break-in to small office premises and the other was an unauthorised entry to a garage, unlocked because the relevant house was occupied at the time. All the signs are that these were opportunistic thefts by someone passing by the premises on foot (since not much of what was available was taken).

The lesson, as ever, is to try to ensure that outbuildings etc. are locked up, even when you are actually in the house.

Ask not what your Parish can do for you…

… ask what you can do for your parish.

Yes, it’s now time for all those who said something should be done about “it”, to step up and help make “it” better!

The biggest “its” identified by the Parish Plan are
- Village Shop
- Renewable energy
- Parking/Speeding (a)
- Leisure/Recreation – village green (b)

re (a) The Parish Council is involved already with some of these issues and therefore it was decided to set up a group called Traffic Action Group, to also further the issues raised via the questionnaire. Wendy Reardon Smith is the councillor onthis group.

re (b) This group will also cover the ‘village green’ aspect, which came up during the meetings held regarding the Farm Yard development. Especially the possible community benefits trade off.

The groups will consist of one parish plan committee member each with volunteers. We are looking at approx. 6 members per group.

As there have been various clubs/societies arising from the plan, we are also looking for someone to become a co-ordinator. This person would be the information hub regarding the setting up of any club and any possible grants/funds that can be applied for via the Parish Council, Community First, Lottery funding, etc.; assisting the clubs with the information where and what funding is available.

If you would like to talk things through before volunteering – please telephone or email me : Ineke Scott – 841276 or ineke_scott@yahoo.co.uk

The Parish Plan team goes to school

The Parish Plan team is at the school on Monday 4th June, most likely between 1 and 3:30pm. It will be highlighting the key areas which will hopefully catch people’s attention. Members of the team on “Table Duty” will include Sally, Ineke, Laura and Brian. They will be available to answer any questions regarding the plan and hopefully taking details of anyone who may be prepared to join in the groups.

Thanks and have a great weekend.

Brian

New photos in village history section

Thanks to Brian Mitchell for sending copies of pictures of people, which are new to the history section.

Cake Stall, Barbury International Horse Trials, 28th June to 1st July 2012

Can you help?

The Ridgeway Benefice will be holding a sales of home baking/comfort food at Barbury International Horse trials again this year, on 28th June to 1st July. Barbury International give us the space for free - we convert it into much needed cash for the churches in the Benefice.

We need volunteers from the 3 parishes to man the stall (2 hour time slots and free entry to the event - although we do need to share the small number of passes we get) and/or to donate baking/comfort food.

Can you help with the stall - from setting up on Thursday 28th June 10am, through 2 hour timeslots on 28th, 29th,30th and 1st July and clearing up at the end of the day on the 1st July about 5pm?

Could you donate any of the following?
On the sweet side from glorious cream cakes, and superlative sponges, through filling fruit cakes and fanciful fairy cakes, to creative cupcakes, mouthfuls of muffins and not forgetting sweetmeats - fudges and toffees (not to be confused with sweet breads).

Savoury snacks are popular too, quiches, sausage rolls, home made bread to name but a few.

We also need help with the stall - from setting up on Thursday 28th June, through 2 hour timeslots on 28th, 29th, 30th and 1st July and clearing up at the end of the day on the 1st July.

If you can offer any help with any element of the above please call or mail:
St George - Nicky Irwin - nicky at dunvegan.biz; Tel 01793741216
St Andrew - Suzy Mason - suzyq.mason at btinternet.com - 0787 558 2966
Chiseldon - John - lturasz at googlemail.com -

Please let us know which village you represent to allow for fair distribution of the proceeds.


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