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Open Garden Afternoon

Please join in the open garden afternoon on Sunday June 3rd 2-5pm

You can get tickets and teas from the village hall. The garden tickets are £3 per adult which includes 10 gardens. In aid of the Jubilee fund.

Holiday Language Classes

Do you wish to increase your language skills before your summer holiday? Or know what your children are saying?

St John’s will be running a series of Holiday Language Skill Classes in May/June 2012. The courses will be take place over four weekday evenings. They are designed for absolute beginners who wish to be able to use the language when travelling abroad. The classes will cover basic greetings, numbers, prices, hotels, restaurants and shops.

The languages on offer are French, Greek, Italian, Russian, and Spanish

For more details please contact Sally Bere on sbere@stjohns.wilts.sch.uk or 01672-519558

Friends of the Railway Path workday on Sunday 20th May

News from Dick Millard (eMail dick.millard at btinternet.com)

The next Friends of the Railway Path workday is on Sunday, 20th May. Please let me know if you expect to be able to attend (but feel free to come along even if you haven’t!). We will meet at 10.00 at the Barnfield Road access point to the path near Elcot Lane, Marlborough (just off London Road, by the Old Railway Bridge). Grid reference SU 202 691

The outline work plan is:

At the Barnfield access point:
o Fit new arm to the Millennium Mile Post at: re-paint all arms (if anyone would like to bring paint and equipment: please let me know if you’d like to do this)
o Fit No Parking signs just outside the gate (to discourage parking on the verge)
o Rake over damaged verge to regrade and scarify; replant with grass / wildflower seed

At Poulton Down bridge:
o Remove remaining ivy on trees at high risk (on the NE side of bridge)
o Cut back sprouting on felled stumps either side of the bridge, the prevent re-growth. Cover selected stumps with black plastic and tie down as an experiment to prevent further re-growth.
o Clear round and sweep off mysterious rune-like artwork on the path just to the NW

Between A4 bridge and Poulton Down:
o Litter pick and tidy, especially under bridges
o Remove overhanging branches and new brambles at eye height
o Sweep off the loose material built up on the ramp just on south side of the A4.

Please wear suitable outdoor clothing and stout footwear, and bring:
· Lunch and a drink
· Gardening gloves if you have some (the heavier the better for many of these jobs, as many of the path side bushes are thorny)
· Any hand tools which you think you would like to use.

We will have a stock of tools for use on the day.

Jubilee Celebrations - News, 27th April 2012

Only a few weeks to go and plans are progressing apace with the Village Party arrangements for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. The celebrations will begin on Sunday June 3rd with a Family Service at 10 am at the Church where the children may want to wear a crown for a Royal Parade.

In the afternoon from 2-5pm the Village Hall will be open for tea and homemade cakes. There you will be able to buy a programme and map for the tour of the Open Gardens and whilst wandering around the village you will have the opportunity to see the Jubilee Scarecrows (there’s still plenty of time to enter - entry forms from the school).

On Monday, festivities will take place at the School where there will be non-stop entertainment and activities including Music, children’s games, tug of war (we are looking for teams of adults and children), a Village Treasure Hunt (walking), and a quiz.

The bar will open from 1 pm and food – free burgers, hot dogs and ice cream - will be served from 3pm and tea, coffee and soft drinks will be available. You are also welcome to bring your own picnic.

Then, in the evening, the piece de resistance, when the focus will move to Aldbourne Hill and the lighting of the Beacon. Transport from the village will be available from 9pm and some parking is available. At 10pm the beacon will be lit and following that a spectacular fireworks display.

As you can see we have packed a huge amount into the weekend and we are looking very forward to your support when there is a real chance for the village to get together. Any offers of help and donations of homemade cakes will be gratefully received so please contact Helen Fisher on 841144 if you feel like baking or lending a hand.

2012 Parish Council and Village AGM

On Thursday 3rd at 7.30pm, the Parish Council and Village Annual General Meetings will be held in the Ogbourne St.George Village Hall.

All residents are welcome. Please make sure you get any items for the agenda to councillors or the clerk by Thursday 26th April.

St.George’s Beer Festival

To celebrate St.George, The Inn With The Well has a Beer Festival

Starting on Friday 20th of April from midday and finishing on Monday 23rd of April at 11pm.

8 Cask Ales (gravity poured) & 2 Ciders to choose from.

ST. GEORGES QUIZ on Friday 20th at 8pm.

Spoofing tournament on Saturday evening at around 8pm, how good are you at lying?

Live Music on Sunday afternoon (4-7pm).

Traditional Sunday lunch from 12.00 to 14.30 (please book).

Watch England’s classic goals and game on their big screen on Monday evening.

St. George toast at 22.45 on Monday the 23rd.

Good news on Litter

You might remember we had a very successful Litter Picking Party last year with councillors and parishioners happily working together to get the job done!

Of course, that didn’t permanently stop some careless people dropping litter as they pass through. So we’re very pleased that a parishioner has volunteered to be a Litter Warden. Armed with a Litter Picker, they will be out and about.

Yes, we know there are some serial offenders dropping the litter, and we know who some of them are. But that’s another story.

If you spot any litter hotspots and can’t get people to pickup their own litter (hint) do let one of your councillors know, and we’ll pass on the message to our new Litter Warden.

Queen’s Diamond Jubilee

The village will be joining in the Jubilee celebrations from 1st June with a host of activities including a Scarecrow Competition with a Jubilee theme, Open Gardens, a Treasure Hunt, and activities for the children.

On Monday 4th June there will be a big Jubilee Party based in the school hall and grounds with free hot dogs and burgers and a cash bar. The day will culminate with a beacon and spectacular firework display at the top of Aldbourne Hill.

Bus timetable changes

From 23 October 2011 - Route 5 on Sundays is now a Stagecoach route.
It now goes via Liddiards Green and Chiseldon, Chaplins Stores
Timetable.

Additionally, the Weekdays 0725 Swindon to Marlborough Service 70 journey is retimed to depart 10 minutes earlier at 0715.

Sunday journeys on Service 71 will be withdrawn.

Wilts & Dorset X5 route - now only Mon-Sat
http://www.wdbus.co.uk/site/uploads/publications/327.pdf

See the Transport page for more details.

What do you want to say?

Did you know that all regular parish council meetings are open to the public?

Did you know that all parishioners are welcome to attend, and voice an opinion on items on the agenda?

If what you want to talk about isn’t on the agenda, contact a councillor and get the question(s) asked!

Or come to a meeting anyway, and raise the subject in the Any Other Business part of the meeting.

It’s your parish, the parish council is elected by you, and you have a right to be heard.


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