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.

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 for more information.

Village Fete, Saturday 18th July, 2.30pm

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Call her.

01793 741216

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

More news from Wilts on the Devizes constituency candidates and their agents.

Devizes Statement of Persons Nominated

Devizes Notice of Election 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.

More details.

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.

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