Street lights in the parish, November 2016

Ogbourne St George Parish Council has the responsibility for the street lights in the Parish. Many lights have failed and spare parts are no longer available. The PC is looking into replacement with white LEDs and would like to give residents the opportunity to comment on the proposals which include the removal of some lights. To register your opinion and help ensure our street lighting matches our needs, you are invited to one of the following sessions in the village hall where the PC will explain the proposals in more detail:

Sun 27th Nov 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Tue 29th Nov 7:30 - 9:00 pm

For more information contact Brian Utton. Telephone : 01672 841163

Applications invited for Parish Clerk/Responsible Finance Officer

Ogbourne St George Parish Council is seeking to appoint a part time Parish Clerk/Responsible Finance Officer.

Applications are invited for the post of Clerk to the Ogbourne St George Parish Council. The post is part time working from home presently four hours per week. The Parish Council meets six times a year with occasional additional planning meetings.

The post-holder will be the Council’s Legal and Responsible Financial Officer and should have experience of accounts, minute taking and correspondence. Good literacy, numeracy and IT skills are required.

Salary is based on the National Association of Local Council’s recommendation on the salary scale LC1 SCP15 to SCP20 £8.72 - £9.99 depending on experience, plus mileage allowance, telephone, Broadband and stationery costs.

This is an interesting and varied post, supporting an active, community-focused Parish Council.

Further details from and letters of application including CV and a Personal Statement to:-

Cllr Gordon Mudge
Chairman to Ogbourne St George Parish Council
Ogbourne St George

Email: gordon_mudge at
Mobile: 07857 273270

Closing date for applications is Monday 5th December 2016

Speed Watch quarterly report

Ogbourne St.George is one of the Wiltshire villages involved in the Speed Watch scheme. This has actively helped to deal with the problems and dangers caused by a small minority of drivers who think the speed limits do not apply to them.

Here is the latest news.

Friends of the Railway Path Workday: Sunday 13th Nov 2016

Dick Millard says:

Our next workday will be on Sunday 13th November. We will meet at 10:00 on the access road to Whitefield Farm, a little north of Ogbourne St George. We will be working to beat back bushes and improve width the stretch just south of where we park.

Please wear clothing suitable for the weather on the day. Much of the vegetation is thorny, so stout shoes and long sleeves and legs are a good idea. Please bring lunch and something to drink.

I will bring our usual kit, but feel free to bring your own tools and gloves if you would prefer to use them.

Three Trees Farm Shop events in December 2016

Three Trees Farm Shop, our nearest farm shop, is holding a couple of special events in December.

Taster Day - 10am-3pm, Saturday, 3rd December
With samples from some of their favourite suppliers.

Christmas Shopping Evening - 5.30-8pm, Wednesday 7th December
They will be staying open late so you can join them for a glass of mulled wine and a mince pie while you shop. There will be some craft stalls in the café area and they will be awarding double points for purchases in the shop for the Loyalty Card Holders during the evening.

More details on their website.

Friends of the Railway Path AGM 2016

In case you need reminding, The Friends of the Railway Path are the very nice people who do so much work for free to maintain the old railway path as a footpath.

They will be holding this year’s open Meeting and AGM on Tuesday November 1st, starting at 7 pm, in the Three Trees Farm Shop and Café at Chiseldon.

Ogbourne St George Harvest Supper 2016

Date : Friday 21st October
Time : 7.30pm.
Location : Parklands Hotel and Restaurant

How to get tickets? Try the Church Contacts.

The Ridgeway Run (Saturday September 24th 2016)

The Ridgeway Run takes place on Saturday September 24th 2016 starting at 10am.

A trail run of either 5 or 10 miles starting and finishing in Ashbury, taking in Ashdown House, Uffington White Horse Hill, Wayland’s Smithy along the Ridgeway and surrounding countryside.

Whether you are a hare or a tortoise the event is for everyone; run individually or as part of a team. To qualify as a team you must all be running the same distance and be made up of 3-6 people.


Friends of the Path workday: Saturday 17th Sep 2016

News from Dick Millard:

Our next workday is coming up, and because it’s the autumn after a good summer for growing, we will be cutting back scrub and vegetation to keep the path clear.

Time: 10.00 on Saturday 17th September

Location: We’ll meet on the access road to Whitefield Farm (near grid ref SU 199 761). This is just off the main A346 between Chiseldon and Ogbourne St George. The work will take place north of here, and I hope to get up to Chiseldon Firze. There is some parking available at the side of the access road: or it’s accessible by bike, of course!

Please bring clothes suitable for the weather on the day, some drink and lunch. I will bring our usual kit, but feel free to bring your own tools if you would prefer to use them.

Best wishes

Going Bats

Many of enjoy seeing the little Pipistrelle bats that flit around our gardens on warm evenings at dusk time. For those that would like to see and learn more, go over to Rockley, there will be a ‘Bat Walk’ at Rockley on Friday 9th September.

Join the Marlborough Downs farmers on an evening bat walk to learn about bat habits and habitats. Bat detectors will be provided so we’ll be able to listen to the strange language of these furry fliers! This is a great opportunity to bring along the family and enjoy the wonder of these amazing creatures.

Date: Friday 9th September at 19:15 to 21:30
Book: To avoid disappointment, please book early. All meeting instructions will be given on booking.
Wear: Stout walking boots or shoes – the terrain can be uneven at times; clothing suitable for whatever the weather may throw at us!
Bring: Water and a snack to keep you going.
Cost: Our events are free but we welcome donations as we are no longer Defra funded for community activities.

For more information and to book please call 01380 871012 or email

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