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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/

Notice of EU Referendum

Are you “Brexit” or “Bremain”? Now’s your chance to make your vote count.

A referendum will be held on Thursday 23 June 2016 to decide on the question below:

Should the United Kingdom remain a member of the European Union or leave the European Union?

Applications to register to vote must reach the Electoral Registration Officer below by 12 midnight on Tuesday 7 June 2016.

Applications can be made online: www.gov.uk/register-to-vote.

New applications for postal votes or written instructions to change or cancel an existing postal or proxy voting arrangement must reach the Electoral Registration Officer at the address below by 5pm on Wednesday 8 June 2016.

New applications to vote by proxy at this referendum must reach the Electoral
Registration Officer at the address below by 5pm on Wednesday 15 June 2016.

Full details on the attached PDF.

Ogbourne St George Fete and Competition - Saturday 25th June 2016

This year’s Ogbourne St George Fete is on Saturday 25th June 2016.
12.30pm – 3.30pm

Come and join us for lunch from 12.30pm - 2pm in the gardens of the Manor House in Ogbourne St George. There’ll be tea and coffee, cakes, plants, a bar, white elephant and various other stalls and then from 2.30pm a family dog show.

There will also be a village competition (see the entry form below).
The categories are
- best sponge cake
- 4 of a kind fruit or veg
- child’s garden on a plate
- hedgerow or garden table decoration
- photo of the local area

Full details and entry form.

Forms can be submitted in advance to Lesley Ayres, Southdown, Bytham Farm or via Ogbourne school. On receipt of the form you will be given a number for each category you have entered. Entries with pre-allocated numbers will be accepted until judging starts at 12.30pm. Entries on the day will be accepted at the church from 11.30am – 12.00pm.

Please bring all entries to Ogbourne St George Church. Certificates will be awarded down to 5th place.

Dawn Chorus at Berwick Bassett

Join the Marlborough Downs farmers and local ornithologists to celebrate our amazing Dawn Chorus. Come for an early morning walk on farmland that is being managed to enhance wildlife habitats and help nature. The early morning birdsong at this time of year is definitely worth the early start!

- Bring binoculars if you have them
- Please book
- Please wear appropriate clothing and footwear

When: Saturday 16 April 2016
Where: Berwick Bassett – meeting location given on booking
Time: 5.45am until around 7.45am, or until 9am if we go on to Avebury
Cost: Free of charge

For further information and to book your place:
• Telephone 01380 871012, or
• Email mdnep@btinternet.com

Sorry, no dogs please as they could frighten the wildlife
Children under 16 must be accompanied by a responsible adult

Burglaries in the Ogbourne St George area, March 2016

Message received from A/PS Richard Barratt concerning a recent spate of burglaries and theft of wheels in the area:

Overnight 25/03-26/03 there have been three reported non-dwelling burglaries in the Ogbourne St George area where outbuildings have been entered. There has also been theft of wheels from a vehicle in Ogbourne St George. Enquiries are being made but please report all suspicious activity, even that which occurs during the daytime, by dialling 101.

Thank you
Richard
A/PS 2269 Richard Barratt

New bus timetable (Route 80)

From 1st February 2016: >Stagecoach Route 80

Evening services are run by Thamedown Buses as the Routes 70a and 72a

The Salisbury Reds (was Wilts and Dorset) route X5 from Swindon or Pewsey. This route stops on the village by-pass, and does not come through the village itself.

Prospect Hospice : Open Gardens Programme

Prospect Hospice is offering care from their new Outreach Centre, based at Marlborough’s much-cherished Savernake Hospital. The services include physiotherapy, day services, occupational therapy, counselling, complementary therapies and bereavement support, will be available to people living in Marlborough and the surrounding villages.

Our support is vital in ensuring that our services can continue to bring dedicated care to people living in Marlborough and the surrounding villages, which costs more than £400,000 each year.

Each year Prospect Hospice runs an Open Gardens Programme. People of the local community open their gardens to friends and family or to the general public to raise money towards Prospect Hospice’s services and care. Last summer saw Nine gardens across Marlborough open throughout the summer collectively raising over £1,700, eight of which opened in the village of Ogbourne St George on Sunday 7th June.

Going forward in 2016 we are looking for village communities to get together to open as many gardens as possible within their village and organise a family fun day and open gardens event to the community. Prospect Hospice can provide you with posters, banners, balloons, buckets, t-shirts, press releases and volunteer opportunities to help make your event a success.

If you are inspired to take part in our Open Gardens programme 2016 and would like more information please visit www.prospect-hospice.net/open gardens or if you would like to find out more about other ways you can support Prospect Hospice, contact Mike Kennedy E: mikekennedy@prospect-hospice.net or T:01793 816186.

Mike would be more than happy to come and talk to you about Prospect Hospice in 2016 so please do get in touch if you would like more information and to book a talk.

Wiltshire Council - Bus Services Review

This will affect all parishioners who use the local bus services.

Wiltshire Council is reviewing its Local Transport Plan (LTP) Public Transport Strategy and service delivery (i.e. Council supported bus services). The review is being undertaken because of continuing and growing pressures on the Council’s budgets that mean that funding is no longer available to continue delivering supported bus services at the level that was envisaged when the LTP was published in 2011.

The review of the Public Transport Strategy is part of a wider review of all areas of Wiltshire Council’s passenger transport remit (except rail and taxis). The wider review will include re-examining policy and spending in home-to-school and college transport, Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) transport and social care client transport.

As a first stage in the review, a pre-consultation exercise was undertaken during July and August 2015 to provide key stakeholders and partners (e.g. town councils and bus operators) with an opportunity to shape the scope of the review.

Wiltshire Council are now keen to hear the views of bus users, residents, stakeholders and other interested parties to help us shape a new Public Transport Strategy. The Council has made no decisions as yet and would like to see how far you agree or disagree with the options presented in the consultation questionnaire available from http://consult.wiltshire.gov.uk/portal/ltp/wiltshire_local_transport_plan_-_public_transport_strategy_review

From the above link you can also obtain further information on the review including a PDF version of the questionnaire together with other review documents (including Frequently Asked Questions).

Paper copies of the questionnaire are also available on request by telephoning 0300 456 0100. Copies of the questionnaire will also be available on buses operating Wiltshire Council contracted services; in libraries; and in main Council offices.

Questionnaire and comments need to be submitted by 5pm on 4th April 2016.


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