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

To sign up or find out more go to Barbury Castle Trail 10k or their website at

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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

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!

The Dragons Archive is the place to go for any copies of The Dragon back to 2007.

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.

New Church Council

The village has a new Parochial Church Council (PCC), and the PCC contacts page has been updated.

Faster broadband getting closer

Between 14th and 27th November 2104, BT is installing a new NGA Cabinet at the telephone exchange. This is in preparation for the actual upgrade. Wiltshire Online says “surveying activities in your area to begin in early 2015.”

Work description: Install 2m of 2 poly ducts in Verge,Install 6m of 2 poly ducts in Footway,Provide 1 Cabinet and base (NGA cabinets).
Works ref: BC005WP00400500158505300
Current status: Work in progress
Work info last modified: 11:36 on 17/11/2014

Information found on
Last updated on : 09:48 on 19/11/2014
Data source: BT

Chiseldon Timberland Trail

For folks in Ogbourne St.George, the Chiseldon Timberland Trail now offers a safer way to cycle to & from Swindon, without using the main roads and the risk involved.

More here:

Wiltshire resident’s survey

Wiltshire Council and its partners (such as the Police, Police and Crime Commissioner, the Clinical Commissioning Group and Wiltshire Fire and Rescue service) undertake a survey each year. The survey which includes important questions on what it is like to live in Wiltshire generally goes out in the late autumn each year to a sample of around 10,000 residents.

In order to get as big a response as possible they have asked us to mention the survey. We will add links as soon as Wilts tells us what they are!

The final Parish Plan document!

News from Brian Utton (Chairman of the Parish Plan Team)

The final version of the Parish Plan is now available on this website.

His final act as Chairman of the Parish Plan Team will be to arrange a concluding meeting to cover off any outstanding matters such as the finances and to formally recognise everyone’s efforts in bringing this project to completion.

The Plan is here:

Inn With The Well - winter opening hours (2014-15)

As from 9th October 2014, The Inn With The Well’s opening hours are:

Monday to Thursday 4.00 to 10.30
Friday 12-2.15 and 4.00 to 11.00
Saturday 12.00 to 11.00
Sunday 12.00 to 4.30 Roast dinner from 12.00 to 2.30

Food Times
Lunch 12.00 to 2.30
Evenings 6.30 to 8.30

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