News

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.
http://www.threetreesfarm.co.uk/

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.

More: https://theridgewayrun.com/

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
Dick

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 mdnep@btinternet.com

Changes to the X5 bus service (July 2016)

The Salisbury Reds bus operator is making changes to the X5 bus service.

They say (28 July 2016) :
North of Marlborough, the route will no longer go through Chiseldon (where usage is low and alternative services exist) and won’t go into the highly congested Great Western Hospital site – but will continue to stop outside the hospital in Marlborough Road.

http://www.connectingwiltshire.co.uk/news-events/x5-bus-service-result-quicker-reliable-services/

Butterfly walk on the Railway Path: Sunday, 24th July

We are repeating a visit to a nice patch of chalk grassland growing in a cutting at the side of the Path just north of Ogbourne St George. The diverse flora attracts butterflies and moths, and on a sunny day in summer there can be many species flying about.

On Sunday, 24th July a local naturalist will be with us to help identify what we see, and explain a little about how the butterflies depend on the plants. We’ll meet at 11:00 on the access road to Whitefield Farm. This is off the main Chiseldon to Marlborough Road (the A346) a little north of Ogbourne St George. Limited parking is available there: you can, of course, come on your bike if you’d prefer!

The Festival of Archaeology, July 2016

We are fortunate to have three famous ancient sites close to us, and these are all “open for visitors” during the Festival of Archaeology, July 2016

Ancient Avebury: Walk and talk with archaeologist Dr Nick Snashall
Wed 20th Jul 2016

Follow in the footsteps of our ancestors with archaeologist Dr Nick Snashall on this half-day walk through the Avebury landscape. You will explore a Neolithic tomb, encounter Europe’s largest prehistoric mound and learn how the latest discoveries are transforming our ideas of ancient Avebury. End the walk by joining Nick for lunch on your return to Avebury. Lunch included.

See http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/avebury/whats-on

Excavating a Neolithic henge
Fri 8th Jul 2016 - Sun 24th Jul 2016

Marden Henge is the third ’super-henge’ in Wiltshire, alongside Stonehenge and Avebury. In July 2016 there is a fantastic opportunity to find out more about prehistory and these enigmatic henges before a visit to see the site being excavated by archaeologists from the University of Reading. Available on selected dates from 7 July – 24 July

See http://www.wiltshiremuseum.org.uk/events/index.php?Action=2&thID=1061&prev=1

Before the Romans showed up at Silchester : Life and landscape at the Iron Age Oppidum

Annual archaeological excavations by the University of Reading at Insulae III and IX of the Roman Town of Silchester have given us many insights into life as part of the Empire. The site has even more to tell us however, below the Roman layers they have found a large Iron Age town or Oppidum.

see http://www.westberkshireheritage.org/whats-on/festival-of-archaeology-2016-talk-before-the-romans-showed-up-at-silchester

Marlborough Accordian Orchestra in School Hall

On Friday 9th September, Marlborough Accordian Orchestra will be performing in the School Hall. Event starts 7.30pm, in aid of Ogbourne St Andrew Church.

Contact details are on the Orchestra’s website:
http://www.marlboroughaccordion.co.uk/


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