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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.

Notice of Vacancy for Parish Councillor

Due to the resignation of Michelle Cook, a vacancy has arisen in the Office of Councillor for the Parish Council.

If by 11 June, 2012 a request for an election to fill said vacancy is made in writing to the Returning Officer at the address below by TEN electors from the Parish of Ogbourne St. George, an election will be held to fill the said vacancy, otherwise the vacancy will be filled by co-option.

If an election is called, it will take place not later than 14 August, 2012.

Dated 18 May, 2012

Dr Carlton Brand
Returning Officer
Wiltshire Electoral Services
Monkton Park
Chippenham
Wiltshire
SN15 1ER

Friends of the Railway Path: Open Meeting and AGM, 12th June 2012

Friends of the Railway Path is having an Open Meeting and AGM at 6.30 pm on Tuesday 12th June 2012. From 6.30 pm, there will be an exhibition on the Path: the meeting will begin at 7.00.

The evening will include short talks on:
· Local nature writer Richard Jefferies and his connection to the landscape around the Railway Path
· The history of the land around the Railway Path
· Options for improving the path surface
· Projects on the Path which the Friends would like to undertake
· (Possibly) aspects of the ecology of the Path

We will also have a short business meeting.

The Open Meeting and AGM will be held at the newly-opened Three Trees Farm Shop & Café, which will be opening for us. The address and location is:

The Ridgeway
Chiseldon
Swindon
Wilts
SN4 0HT

http://maps.google.co.uk/maps/ms?msid=210020923669553164359.0004c068b03abb062e09e&msa=0&ll=51.512612,-1.723319&spn=0.002133,0.006539

(Please note: Google maps shows a field at this location. There is now a café there!)

Best wishes
Dick Millard
Chair, Friends of the Railway Path

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.


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