Bonfire Party with Fireworks - Saturday 5th Nov 2011 - Hallam

Bonfire Party with Fireworks - Saturday 5th Nov - Hallam
6pm - Gates Open
6:30 - Bonfire lighting
7:00 - Fireworks

Hallam, Ogbourne St George
Tickets £1
From Lesley Ayres Tel: 01672 841185 & Nicky Irwin Tel: 01793741216

Refreshments to buy including:
Soup, Hot dogs, Mulled wine, Toffee Apples

Downloadable Nomination Paper Pack

As the nomination period has now closed, this is no longer available.

Timetable for Parish Council Elections on Thursday 24 November 2011

Publication of Notice of Election Thursday 20 October 2011

Wiltshire Council has published its Timetable of Proceedings for Election on Thursday 24 November 2011, for Ogbourne St George Parish Council. See below.

The Election will be held in the Village Hall.

The Notice of Election will be displayed within the parish on 20th October 2011. A copy will also be published on the Wiltshire Council website on the same day.

Nomination packs (which give you all the relevant information) can be obtained from these sources:
1) The Electoral Services department of Wiltshire Council, telephone: 0300 4560112, email:, or
2) The Clerk Cliff Freeman, 01672 841388. on and after 20 Oct.

Nomination Papers can be received by the Returning Officer from Friday 21 October until the statutory deadline of noon on Friday 28 October 2011. Any completed Nomination Papers must be delivered to the Returning Officer, Wiltshire Council, Monkton Park, Chippenham, SN15 1ER.

The Clerk, Cliff Freeman, will have a Register of Electors available, which can be used by prospective Candidates to obtain the electoral numbers of people who subscribe the Nomination Paper as proposer and seconder.

If by the deadline for receipt of Nomination Papers less than 5 validly nominated Candidates are standing for election, then the unfilled seats will have to be filled by a further election on a date to be decided by the Returning Officer. This is because registered have requested that an election be held to fill all vacancies. It will not be possible to co-opt new councillors to any unfilled seats.

Publication of Notice of Election Thursday 20 October 2011
Receipt of Nominations noon Friday 28 October 2011
Publication of Statements of Persons Nominated noon on Tuesday 1 November 2011
Withdrawal of Candidate noon on Wednesday 2 November 2011
Last Date for Registration Wednesday 9 November 2011
Deadline to changes to existing postal or proxy arrangements 5:00 pm Wednesday 9 November 2011
Receipt of New Postal Vote Applications 5:00 pm Wednesday 9 November 2011
Issue Postal Votes Monday 14 November 2011
Publication of Notice of Poll Wednesday 16 November 2011
Receipt of Proxy Vote Applications 5:00 pm Wednesday 16 November 2011
Appointment of Poll and Count Agents Thursday 17 November 2011
First Day to Issue Replacement Lost Postal Ballot Papers Friday 18 November 2011
Open Postal Votes Wednesday 23 November 2011
Last Day to Issue Replacement Spoilt or Lost Postal Ballot Papers 5:00 pm Thursday 24 November 2011
Receipt of Emergency Proxy Vote Applications 5:00 pm Thursday 24 November 2011
Day of Poll 7:00 am to 10:00 pm Thursday 24 November 2011
Declaration of Candidates Expenses Thursday 22 December 2011
Dated Friday 14 October 2011
Printed and published by the Returning Officer, Wiltshire Electoral Services, Monkton Park, Chippenham, Wiltshire, SN15 1ER

Wiltshire Police now has a new non emergency number - 101

Wiltshire Police has changed its non-emergency number to 101.

The 101 number is being introduced nationally in phases and on 19 September it was launched across forces in the South West, including Wiltshire.

Although 999 is a well recognised number to report emergencies, the 2010 British Crime Survey found that only half of the public knew which number to call if they wanted to speak to their local police about policing, non-urgent crime and anti-social behaviour.

Wiltshire Police’s Head of Contact Management, Chief Inspector Charlie Armstrong, said: “Changing our non emergency contact number to 101 makes it much easier for people to contact us. It is easy to remember and will be used by all forces across the country by the beginning of 2012.

“We are constantly looking for ways to build on and improve our service to the public and this change is a positive one that we are confident will be welcomed by our communities.”

Wiltshire Police Authority Chairman, Christopher Hoare, said: “The introduction of 101 provides the public of Wiltshire and Swindon with an easier number to remember for contacting Wiltshire Police.

“Calls to 101 are automatically directed to the nearest police force, so I can assure the public that calls from Wiltshire will be answered by Wiltshire Police staff.”

Calls to 101 cost 15p per call, irrespective of how long that call may last. This applies to landlines and mobile phones.

People with hearing or speech impairments are able to use the non emergency textphone number 18001 101.

The 101 number replaces the existing non-emergency number (0845 408 7000) for Wiltshire Police. The 101 number should be used for all non-emergencies such as: reporting a crime, contacting local officers, getting crime prevention advice, making an appointment with a police officer or making us aware of policing issues in your area.

It does not replace 999, which should be used in an emergency, such as when a crime is in progress, when there is danger to life or when violence is being used or threatened.

To find out more about 101, visit the Wiltshire Police website or look out for posters and flyers that have been distributed countywide.

Recycling scheme updates, September 2011

Special offers

Wiltshire Council is promoting a special offer on Waste Food Digesters.
1) Green Cone - offer price £15 instead of usual £69.55
2) Green Joanna - offer price £20 instead of usual £89.99

Enjoy a subsidy (paid for out of your own local taxes) - see here

Garden waste collection option

If you would like to have garden waste collected from your household, you will need to register your interest by the 30th September 2011 so that Wiltshire Council can deliver your garden waste bin during the winter of 2011-12.

Collection days

If you need a reminder on which days are collection days, check the refuse collection days calendar.

Black Boxes

If you are struggling to fit all your recycling into one box, the Council can provide up to two boxes per household free of charge. Please contact East Wiltshire Recycling on 01380 734849

New Blue Box for recycling plastics

Your new blue lidded bins for the collection of plastic bottles and cardboard will be delivered from 31 October 2011. Your fortnightly plastic bottles and cardboard collections will start from 28 November 2011

Ogbournes Harvest Festival Supper - Friday 30th Sep 2011

This year’s Harvest Festival Supper is on Friday 30th Sep 2011, at 7.30pm in St.George’s Church. It’s a combination celebration for both Ogbourne St.Andrew and Ogbourne St.George, with a delicious two-course supper, with wine and beer from teh bar, music, quiz, and a raffle!

BOOK NOW - Limited tickets in advance only.

Adults £7
Children 5 to 12 £3
Under 5s free, but need a ticket.

Tickets from these three:
Charlotte Frost OSG 841361
Sarah Smith OSG 841233
Sue McNally-Mills OSA 841284

The Harvest Festival Services will be on Sunday 2nd October
10am in Ogbourne St.George - Family Service
11am in Ogbourne St.Andrew - Family Communion

Arts grants for voluntary and community organisations

Voluntary and community organisations in Wiltshire are being encouraged to apply for grants to support local arts projects taking
place between November 2011 and October 2012

The Wiltshire Council Arts Project Grant Scheme aims to support the Wiltshire arts sector, which covers a wide range of creative
opportunities, including visual arts, crafts, media and digital forms, literature and performing arts.

The deadline for applications is midnight on 30 September 2011, with notification of decisions by 18 November 2011. Groups
can apply for up to £1,000 towards their project costs. The project should be able to demonstrate evidence of community need,
partnership working and a legacy for the community.

Further information including the full criteria for the scheme and an application form can be obtained from contacting Wiltshire Council’s arts team at or details can be viewed on our website

If you wish to discuss your project with an arts officer before sending in an application please ring: Faye Bradley on 07827 081039 for projects in South and East Wiltshire and Meril Morgan on 01249 705531 for projects
in North and West Wiltshire

Volunteering Survey

The Communities and Voluntary Sector Support Unit is working with Volunteer Centre Wiltshire to undertake a survey of volunteering across Wiltshire.

We aim to get a clearer picture of who volunteers, who for and what they do. Please click here to complete the survey. The deadline for completion of the survey is Friday 30th September 2011. Every volunteer who completes it has the opportunity to enter a prize draw with some excellent prizes.

Paper copies are available from Karen Scott Karen Scott, Community Manager (Volunteering Development) Tel: 07917 721369

Community Arts Training

The Wiltshire Council’s Arts Service runs a 4-day community arts training course for anyone who would like to develop the skills and knowledge to set up and manage an arts project that will benefit their local community– it may be of interest to any community group including those with no experience of the arts or an arts practitioner who wants to run community arts projects.

Community groups, or those organisations that work with the socially excluded, can really benefit from running arts projects, but they often don’t know where to start. Our aim is to give them the skills and knowledge to take their ideas forward

Using the skills and knowledge of expert trainers, the course is designed to cover all the elements of running a project including pre-planning, fundraising, partnerships, publicity, marketing and managing community arts projects.

Participants need to be based in Wiltshire .Statutory and voluntary organisations with paid staff will be charged £ 40 per person, whilst voluntary groups , individual s and artists will pay £ 3 5 per person. The next 4-day course will take place on 4/ 5 and 11/1 2 November 201 1.

Deadline for applications is Wednesday 5th October 2011. For more information and an application form, please visit arts or email or telephone arts development officer,Meril Morgan, 01249 705531

Many thanks and best wishes, Meril

Meril Morgan
Arts Development Officer
Wiltshire Council Arts Service
Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre
Cocklebury Road
SN15 3QN

Tel: 01249 705531
Mobile: 07793 802665
Fax: 01249 705527

Friends of the Railway Path Exhibition 22nd Oct 2011

The Friends of the Railway Path has now been officially launched, to promote and develop the cycle path along the former railway line between Coate and Marlborough.

On Saturday 22nd October 2011, it will hold an exhibition celebrating the history of the path and looking forward to its future, in Marlborough Town Hall from 9.30 a.m. to 2.00 p.m.

You can also keep in touch via their website at

If you would like any more information about their work and the conservation opportunities, please contact Dick Millard, Chair, Friends of the Railway Path

The Swindon’s Other Railway website documents in pictures and words the Midland and South Western Junction Railway.

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