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.

Newsletter for town and parish councils

Wiltshire Council is gradually reduciing the volume of printed material it produces by making an online version the preferred media whenever possible..

For example, the “Wiltshire News“, a parish newsletter which provides information for parish and town councils about the work of Wiltshire Council. It contains brief summaries of key reports, consultations and news with links to further information on its website and it will replace the large amount of paper-based information currently send to parish councils.

Notice of Vacancy in Office of Councillor

Ogbourne St. George Parish Council

Notice is hereby given that due to the resignation of Martin Grove, a vacancy has arisen in the Office of Councillor for the Parish Council.

If by 6 October, 2011 (14 days after the date of this notice) 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 9 December, 2011.

Dated 16 September, 2011

Andrew Kerr
Returning Officer
Wiltshire Electoral Services
Monkton Park
SN15 1ER

Bus timetable updates

The online bus timetables have changed. Here are the latest versions:

Stagecoach Route 70/71

Hants & Dorset X5

Keeping the Focus on Home Fire Safety

Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service have 18 community safety technicians, who carry out home fire safety checks across Wiltshire and Swindon. These visits are carried out on a risk-assessed basis, targeting those most in need of help - for example, the elderly and vulnerable.

Many of the technicians can also visit community groups to give talks about the importance of home safety, focusing on the key messages covered by the home visits.

To find out more about home fire safety checks, contact the community safety department on 01380 732972 or visit their website.

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