News

Don’t walk your dogs in the woods!

Outbreaks of a disease called Alabama Rot have been reported as occurring in several places around us. The proper name for this disease is Cutaneous and Renal Glomerular Vasculopathy (CRGV)

To put this in context, the Forestry Commission says : Many thousands of dogs are walked in the countryside every day and it is important to remember that only a very small number of dogs have been affected.

Even so, one dog has been put to sleep, and another three are receiving treatment, after walking in West Woods, near Marlborough. Other areas of concern include the woods at the polo ground near Coate Water, Stratton Woods and Lydiard Park.

The symptoms are skin lesions, usually below the knee or elbow, but sometimes the face or the chest or abdomen. Over the subsequent two to ten days the affected dogs have developed clinical signs of kidney failure which can include vomiting, reduced appetite and tiredness.

Grants and Awards

There is a small local charity which is able to make grants to residents of Ogbourne St George. The trustees of the Charity encourage parishioners to apply for grants or to nominate others.

If you know anyone in the parish who needs help, the contact details and more information are on the Ogbourne Charities page.

How many?

One of the FAQ’s (frequently asked questions) is “how many houses/households/people are in the village?

The latest official figures come from the Wiltshire Community History and the 2011 Census. That says there were 495 people in 2011. In comparison, the Wiltshire Intelligence Network (up to 2011) says there are exactly 200 households and 480 people.

Of course, since the Pooles Yard development, we now have c.15 more homes in the village, and a guestimated 37 more people (assuming the same ratio of 2.5 people per household).

So, the 2015 estimate is 215 houses and c.520 people.

Do you disagree? If your figures or data varies, please feel free to contact us and let us know.

The Dragon - December 2015

The December edition is here and the list of all previous editions is here.

Please read! And then, please contribute! The deadline for content is the 20th of each month - please contact the editor : Sally Utton.

Note: The same as every year, there will not be an edition of The Dragon in January. Some say this is because our pagan Dragon is away celebrating Alban Arthan [the Light of Arthur] on December 21st, and assisting the renewal and rebirth of the Sun, which brings a new year, warmth, light and life back to Earth again.

The Dragon - November 2015

Thanks as always to Sally Utton on her freely-donated time to run the village’s newsletter. Without which, many of us would be left saying “Wos’appnin?“.

The November edition is here and the list of all previous editions is here.

Please read! And then, please contribute! The deadline for content is the 20th of each month - please contact the editor : Sally Utton

October 2015 edition of the Dragon

The October 2015 edition of our village newsletter is now available.

See The Dragon index page for that and all available/previous versions.

Changes to bus services 70 and 80

Stagecoach bus company has advised that from 1st June 2015, it has extended its local bus service 8 in Swindon to run to Chiseldon. As a result the company decided to cease running its bus service 70 to Ogbourne St.George and Marlborough, which it operated as a commercial venture.

To ensure that a bus service will still operate through Ogbourne St.George village and Draycott Foliat, Wiltshire Council has arranged for bus service 80 to be extended to Swindon approximately every 2 hours.

New timetable

August 2015 copy of The Dragon

The August copy of our village newsletter is now available.

See The Dragon index page for that and all available/previous versions.

http://ogbournestgeorge.org.uk/community-section/the-dragon-magazine/

Taekwon-do in Ogbourne St.George

The annual Village Fete was host to a special event, a demonstration of Taekwon-do from the Francis School of Taekwon-do. After the formal demonstration of patterns and techniques, local children joined in an informal fun session, and the opportunity to learn some basic skills from Taekwon-do students who have achieved success at national and international level.

Taekwon-do is a defensive martial art, enjoyed by people from 7 to 70+, having fun and keeping fit. The school is based in Marlborough, but has started a class here in Ogbourne St.George, held at the School Hall.

Training on Monday in Ogbourne St.George School Hall from 7 - 8 pm.

Training is also held on Fridays at Marlborough Leisure Centre, Marlborough from 7 - 8 pm.

The first two lessons are free, so people can try the sport with no initial commitment or obligation. Please contact Mr John Francis on 01793 850 410, or 07799 566 805
Alternatively email jrfranci1@hotmail.com for more information.

Village Fete, Saturday 18th July, 2.30pm

We don’t have the details, but Nicky Irwin needs your help.

Call her.

01793 741216


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