The plants stall

The plants stall outside The Old Forge was a flourishing success last year, raising £715 for the church. Thank you to all who bought plants and donated plants, and especially to Carol Manos and Helen Fisher for their continued hard work. Helen’s lovely Christmas wreaths rounded off an excellent year, but it will soon be time to start again!


If you enjoy Bingo come along to the Ogbourne St George school hall from 6.30 – 8.30pm on Friday the 22nd February. All ages are welcome to join in our Prize Bingo night. There will be refreshments available. For more details or to reserve your tickets please call Lesley on 01672 841185.

Ogbourne St George 100 club

Thank you to everyone who has supported the Ogbourne St George 100 club again this year. The club raises much needed funds for Ogbourne St George church. The year runs Oct to Sept and there are three lucky winners each month, winning £25, £15 or £10. The numbers, whenever possible, are drawn at the family service on the first Sunday of each month. There are still a couple of numbers left so please call Lesley on 01672 841185 if you would like a number.

Church Diary, Feb-Mar 2013

Here are the dates and times for church services in February and March 2013

3 Feb – 10.00am Family Service
10 Feb – 8.30am Holy Communion (BCP)
13 Feb – 7.00pm Ash Wednesday Service
17 Feb – 9.30pm Parish Communion
24 Feb – 9.30am Morning Prayer
3 March – 10.00am Morning Worship

Mothering Sunday (Family Service) is at 10.00am on 10th March

Mobile Library news

The mobile library is currently scheduled to visit Ogbourne St.George and park next to the School 10am-10.30am on these dates in the first half of 2013:
January 2nd, 16th and 30th
February 13th and 27th
March 13th and 27th
April 10th and 24th
May 8th and 22nd
Jun 5th and 19th.

Use it or Lose it!!

It appears that over recent time the number of villagers using this facility has declined. Wiltshire County Council reviews its library service annually and it would be very sad if we lost this very convenient service through lack of use.

Cycling in the North Wessex Downs AONB

Cycling in the North Wessex Downs AONB has just become a whole lot easier thanks to investment by the Rural Development Programme for England. This was recently launched at the new Bertie Maffoons cycle shop in Marlborough who have also received support from the project.

The 1SW Cycling Project has just completed its survey of all 1480 km of legally accessible off road cycle trails across the AONB. Information regarding the type of trail, photographs, videos and management information can be found on the 1SW Adventure Cycle Map ( Whether you fancy a day out cycling with the family or a challenging cycling experience, this map has something for you.

The 1SW Adventure Cycle Map aims to bring year round tourism business benefits to the North Wessex Downs AONB. Bicycle shops, hire outlets and cycle-friendly accommodation can all be found on the map. They recommend having a look at the 1SW website and in particular our video explaining more about the interactive adventure map.

20s Plenty in Rural Wiltshire

To coincide with Road Safety Week (19th to 25th November 2012), a Wiltshire-Wide campaign called “20s Plenty in Rural Wiltshire” has been launched to encourage Wiltshire Council to introduce 20 mph limits as a norm in and around our communities and schools.

There is a online petition at

Housing Needs survey results

With the proposed housing developments in mind, the Parish Council needed to identify how many local people wanted affordable housing. A survey for this was run by Wiltshire Council and the results are published here.

In summary, it identified a need for a minimum of seven new dwellings in the next three years.

Parish Council roles and responsibilities

In order that Parish Council business may continue in the absence of a Clerk, Councillors have agreed to take on the following roles and responsibilities:

Agendas, Minutes and Notices – acting Clerk – Kevin Howard
Planning Applications coordinator – Timothy George
Responsible Financial Officer and Bank Account – Kevin Howard
Emergency planning – Keith Wallace
Policing and Crime – Kevin Howard
Traffic – Wendy Reardon-Smith
Footpaths – Keith Macdonald
Area Forum coordination – Keith Macdonald
Assets, Finance and contracts – Finance Committee
Freedom of Information and information requests – Keith Macdonald
Lighting – Richard Iliffe
Parish Steward/Highways – Timothy George
Parish Plan – Wendy Rear-Smith, Kevin Howard

Councillors WILL NOT be paid for these duties.

Any questions on any topics can be sent by email to

Traffic Plan for Ogbourne St.George

The Traffic Action Group has published the Traffic Plan for Ogbourne St.George.

More here.

Download the report here.

Please send your comments and suggestions to Wendy Reardon Smith.

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