How to subscribe to The Dragon
Several villagers have asked me why they don’t get The Dragon posted through their letterbox any more. It’s because The Dragon is now sent by email.
To subscribe please click Subscribe to The Dragon to email Sally Utton (the editor)
The latest copies are also available here on the village website Dragon Page along with an archive of previous copies.
Butterfly walk on the Railway Path: Sunday 12th July at 11:00
There’s a nice patch of chalk grassland growing on the sides of a cutting at the side of the path just north of Ogbourne St George. The diverse flora attracts butterflies and on a brief visit in the summer of 2013, we saw 14 different butterfly species and 3 of moths.
On Sunday, 12th July we’re going to try again. Local naturalists 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 A436) a little north of Ogbourne St George. Limited parking is available there: you can, of course, come on your bike if you’d prefer!
Election candidates and agents
Notice of Election
In case we hadn’t noticed there’s an election in May, Wiltshire Council has just got round to telling us about it.
UK Parliamentary Election for DEVIZES CONSTITUENCY
An Election is to be held for a Member of Parliament to serve Devizes Constituency.
Superfast broadband progress
Villagers have had their hopes raised by the sight of BT Openreach vans parked outside the telephone exchange and some road works for new cabinets.
This is ground work, to get the correct cabling in place. The actual superfast broadband connection will come later. It will also depend on which Internet Service Provider you are using.
As of 16th April 2015, BT says
Status: Coming soon
Your area will be enabled within the next six months and we’ll provide more details nearer the time.
More details on the Superfast Broadband page.
Village Open Gardens Day
There wil be a village Open Gardens Day on the 7th June 2015. We are looking for approximately 10 gardens of different size and style. If you are interested in opening your garden please contact Bea on 841111 or Jane on 841155 by the end of February.
Barbury Castle Trail 10k
The Barbury Castle Trail 10k is on Sunday 29th March 2015, in aid of the Spinal Injuries Association (SIA).
It’s an off road out and back run staring at Barbury Castle car park taking in views along an old sheep drovers road flanked by the Marlborough Downs gallops and Fyfield Downs Nature Reserve. The route is 100% off-road trail, which is firm under foot, but I’m sure that there will be a muddy puddle or two to enjoy! In the event of inclement weather, the event will not be cancelled (Only if there is thunder, lightning and a hurricane actually taking place at 10am may we be forced cancel it, only maybe mind you!), and please make sure your footwear is suitable as the route will be muddy and slippy in places due the nature of off road runs.
Entrance fee is £12.50 per person, but you can take advantage of our Early Bird fee of £10 per person if you register and pay before 1st March 2015
Wiltshire and Swindon Community Messaging comes to the Marlborough area
Wiltshire and Swindon Community Messaging has been launched in Marlborough. Residents will be able to sign up for free messages about policing and crime matters in their local community.
In this latest roll-out of Community Messaging across Wiltshire, the Neighbourhood Policing Team (NPT) from Marlborough along with Royal Wootton Bassett, Swindon Town Centre, Salisbury, Corsham and Chippenham NPTs hosted launch events starting on 5 December to talk to residents about how to sign up to receive messages - by text, email or voicemail.
Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) for Wiltshire and Swindon Angus Macpherson, who is commissioning this new initiative, said: “Community Messaging is now live in sixteen areas across Wiltshire and Swindon. I am pleased with the level of interest in Community Messaging since its initial launch in August.
“It has huge potential to further improve the flow of information between the police and other public services and the communities they serve. I look forward to it being rolled out across the whole of the county and bringing on board other partner organisations.”
Wiltshire Police, PCC Angus Macpherson and Wiltshire & Swindon Neighbourhood Watch (NHW) Association are working together on launching this new two way communication tool.
People who live or work outside the sixteen ‘live’ areas can still sign up and they will receive messages as and when their area Neighbourhood Policing Team starts to use Community Messaging. People signed up will be able to receive messages about policing and crime matters in their area, such as community policing news and events, appeals for information and crime prevention advice. They will also be able to reply to messages, feeding back information to their neighbourhood officers to help them in policing their local area.
Wiltshire Police Chief Constable Pat Geenty said: “I have now attended several of the launch events held for the roll out of Community Messaging. I am really pleased that we are introducing another tool to allow Neighbourhood Policing Teams to update local communities about policing and crime matters in their area. Community Messaging is another way for Wiltshire Police to further increase the quality of service they provide to the county.”
Wiltshire and Swindon Community Messaging is being commissioned by the PCC in line with his priorities in the Police and Crime Plan and his commitment to involving partners, communities and volunteers in the reduction and prevention of crime and anti-social behaviour. It is part of a national system called Neighbourhood Alert, which is used by national Neighbourhood Watch and 12 other police forces.
Joining Wiltshire and Swindon Community Messaging is quick, simple and free. There are no contracts, costs or obligations of any kind for anyone who signs up.
To join Wiltshire and Swindon Community Messaging or to find out more visit www.wiltsmessaging.co.uk
Wiltshire and Swindon Community Messaging will NOT be monitored 24 hours a day. People should always call 999 in an emergency or 101 in a non-emergency.
Here Be Dragons!
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Mobile Library Timetable
The mobile library van is scheduled to call at Ogbourne St.George School between 10am and 10.30am, on these Thursdays in 2015:
Jan 15th, 29th
Feb 12th, 26th
Mar 12th, 26th
Apr 9th, 23th
May 7th, 21th
Jun 4th, 18th
No dates available yet for the second half of the year.