Broad Town News – February 2020

FEBRUARY 2020                         BROAD TOWN NEWS                                Published by Christ Church

Sponsors this month are the Parish Council.










Sunday Feb 2 9am Tockenham Family Communion          
Candlemass 10.30am Clyffe Pypard Communion          
Presentation of Christ 5pm Hilmarton Evening Service          
In the Temple                
Wednesday Feb 5 2pm Hilmarton Said Communion in the Chapel          
Sunday Feb 9 8am Broad Town Said Communion M Green / S Richards C Green C Green M Green M Manley
3rd Sunday before Lent 10.30am Tockenham Communion          
  10.30am Hilmarton All Age Service          
Sunday Feb 16 10.30am Broad Town All Age Service C Marshall / D Marshall D Marshall   M Green C Marshall
2nd Sunday before Lent 10.30am Hilmarton Communion          
  5pm Clyffe Pypard Evening Service          
Sunday Feb 23 8am Clyffe Pypard Said Communion          
Sunday before Lent 10.30am Broad Town Sung Communion M Manley / F Holness C Green J Drury M Green C Marshall
  5pm Tockenham Evening Service          
Wednesday Feb 26 TBC Broad Town School Ash Wednesday Service          
  7.30pm Lyneham Communion with imposition of ashes          


Coffee Rota 16th Feb – M & C Green; 23rd Feb – F & R Holness.



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Will organisations or anyone wishing to have news, etc. included in the March edition please note that items must be submitted to

Margaret Green, 5 Eastwood Avenue, Royal Wootton Bassett, Wilts. SN4 8BX.  Tel. No 854200






The wonderful things about Tigger is that they are bouncy, bouncy, fun, fun, fun.  Hmm… I’m temperamentally more of an Eeyore myself.

When I’m feeling inclined to gloomy expectations and pessimism it is easy to look at the Tigger-ish people in my life with a jaundiced eye.  Mostly I remain aware that I need the positivity and energy of optimists around to keep me going and often Tiggers can make me laugh with them and at myself in a way that renews a better sense of perspective.

In a school governors’ subcommittee meeting we were laughing about these differences of style and personality and touched briefly on the ways that other people might see us very differently especially if we find ourselves feeling bouncy over stuff other people find difficult.  Maybe you prefer an accountant you work with to be an apparent Eeyore, even if in their passion for numbers, strategy and calculation faced with a financial challenge they are secret Tiggers.

Yet the joy of AA Milne’s Winnie the Pooh stories is that Tiggers and Eeyores (and Kangas and Piglets) all have a part to play.  The same is true in our villages and churches – the more we can work with and welcome a variety of approaches, styles and personalities the richer the team of which we are a part becomes and the more likely it is that together we can do more.  A Tigger may sometimes need the realism of an Eeyore, and we all know that Pooh is often encouraged and enabled by the kindness and understanding of Piglet.

In the language of my faith I’m reminded of this in two ways – the creation stories of Genesis outline a world in which God delights in the amazing diversity of things that squirm and wriggle, fly and swim and the letters of Paul are always reminding the earliest gatherings of Christians that we are one body and need the gifts of even the oddest shaped little toe or the bristliest eyebrow.

Perhaps in bigger towns or cities it is easier to gather enough people for a task or celebration only among the like minded, and sometimes in smaller villages sometimes the contrasting styles of an Eeyore and a Tigger can feel more challenging without the dilution effect of larger numbers.

And yet if, in our smaller communities, we can learn to recognise the value of people who are the same as we are, we may model a fuller and richer pattern of living and working together.

The Reverend Rachma Abbott

Priest in Charge Lyneham with Bradenstoke and Priest in Charge Woodhill Benefice: (Broad Town, Clyffe Pypard, Hilmarton, Tockenham) The Vicarage/ The Rectory

Clyffe Pypard, SWINDON, Wiltshire. SN4 7PY  01793 73113



The essential repairs are going well but it is unlikely we will be able to use the Church again for services before the end of February.  Services as shown in the Broad Town News will continue to be held in the Village Hall.  Thank you to the hall committee for its support.

Please Note the Coffee Morning on February 8th will be in the Village Hall


8th Feb              Church Coffee Morning (with Pancakes)

8th Feb              BT Footpath Working Day

10th Feb            BT PC Meeting

12th Feb            Community Coffee Morning

14th Feb            End of School Term

24th Feb            Back to School

26th Feb            Community Coffee Morning

29th Feb            Gent’s Breakfast Club, Lyneham

14th March         BT Footpath Working Day

29th March         Church AGM

18th April           BT Footpath Working Day

8th May             75th Anniversary VE Day – Decorate Village Hall

9th May             Produce Show, Cookery and Craft Competitions + Classic Vehicles

10th May           Indoor Street Party @ Village Hall followed by Commemoration evening Church Service.

Scarecrow Competition throughout the weekend.



A total of £551.48 was raised before Christmas for the Breast and Prostate Cancer Appeals.  The following paragraph was in a letter received from Brighter Futures:-

‘Thank you so much to the Broad Town Community for the generous donation of £551.48 for our Cancer Services Department.  I understand that this was as a result of you holding a coffee morning, carol singing and collecting at Church and School carol services to raise the funds, we very much appreciate your continued support.’

Well done Broad Town!



To all who gave items for the Christmas Shoe Boxes.  They were very well received, Thank You.



The next Church Coffee Morning is on the 8th February In the Village Hall. The change of venue is due to the work being done to the floor of the Church.  There will be the usual stalls – refreshments, sales, raffle and Pancakes. We look forward to seeing as many there as possible for another lively morning.




Held on 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each Month. Join us for Coffee (other drinks available!), Cake and good Company!

Dates for February are:  Wednesday 12th February and Wednesday 26th February.


100 CLUB

The Broad Town 100 Club is now into its 3rd Year and over 80 prizes have been awarded, with some people becoming multiple winners.  We would really like more people in the village to join and potentially become lucky winners too.  By joining you can also help to keep your church open as half the 100 Club income goes to support your church.

Over the coming weeks we will be posting a letter with a 100 Club Application through many doors in the village.

All you need to do to join is to complete the application form and send a standing order mandate to your bank or write a cheque and post it back to us.

If you have any queries or you would like to join, please contact  Fiona Holness on or telephone 07833 683444 / 01793 850562 or Ray Manley on or telephone 01793 731564.

The lucky winners over the past three months have been:

November 2019 1st Prize Jackie Jordan, 2nd Prize Kate Orton, 3rd Prize Ray Manley

December 2019 1st Prize Roy & Doreen Small, 2nd Prize David Crocker, 3rd Prize John Pullen

January 2020 1st Prize Peggy Bird, 2nd Prize Jeff Hartley, 3rd Prize Fiona Holness



Now we are past the festive season, we are busy planning our footpath maintenance campaign for the new year.  Footpath working days for the first 3 months this year are planned for 8th February, 14th March and 18th of April.  Details of where and when will be distributed closer to the dates.  For more information about the project and to register interest, contact Malcolm Holland 01793 731567

In describing paths we have worked on, or are working on we identify them using the Wiltshire Council numbering system (BTOWXX etc.) from the Councils master footpath map of the county.  The following link is where the map is located on the good old tinterweb! Hopefully this will enable everyone to better understand where and what we are doing!





Three trays plus an oven baking tray have disappeared from the kitchen.  If you borrowed all or any of these, please could you return them as soon as possible.  Many thanks.



Next year’s Early May Bank Holiday has been changed to Friday 8th May so that the country can celebrate 75 years since VE Day.  The small planning group are moving ahead to start to put more detail to the plans, now the main events have been booked, so get the dates booked in your diaries!

OUTLINE PLAN Friday 8th May afternoon and evening – decorate Village Hall and everyone welcome to normal Friday night Social Club opening hours to get into the spirit!

Saturday 9th May daytime – “Produce Show” – cookery and craft competition based on World War 2 themes.  Classic Vehicle and other displays outside of Village Hall

Saturday 9th May evening – 1940s dance night with supper, singer, music and dancing.  Period dress actively encouraged! Prizes for best 1940s dress.  Tickets will go on sale in the coming weeks.

Sunday 10th May daytime – bar open over lunch with more live entertainment followed by an indoor “street party”.  Tickets will be free to village residents.

Sunday 10th May evening – commemoration service during evening Church service

Scarecrow Competition

This will run throughout the weekend with a period theme (yet to be announced).


The organising team is quite small and offers of assistance for setting up, clearing up and running elements of the weekend’s events are being gratefully accepted.  If we can organise several small teams to take on an element, then it gives everyone a chance to see and enjoy as much of the weekend as possible.

Please make contact if you have any further suggestions or can help over the weekend. Contact Malcolm or Tracey Holland 731567 or 



We are a friendly group and welcome new members.  Our meetings are generally held on the third Wednesday of the month in the Village Hall.  If you are interested in visiting us, please contact Kate on 01793 731536.  We are also on the Broad Town Village website and on Facebook




As we enter a new year, the Parish Council would like to thank everyone for your tremendous support, and for helping us to identify what you would like to see delivered by the Council for our village.

Budget for 2020/21

At the Parish Council meetings in December and January, a detailed discussion took place about the budget to be set for the forthcoming year 2020/2021.  There are some key things we want to make happen this year and we also need to start planning ahead better for our future maintenance requirements.  The Council is committed to looking to find new opportunities for grant funding for some of our bigger projects but most grant funders will require a level of funding contribution from us.  Improvements to the Redhills playing field including replacing the fencing, the procurement and maintenance of Speed Indicating devices, a new and improved Parish Council website, improvements to the footpaths, and maintaining the Community Heartbeat Trust defibrillator are all projects which will require financing or part financing from the precept.  We are conscious that overall Council taxes have been going up in recent years as National Government asks local County Councils to take on more, so we have looked to hold our precept funding at a similar level to last year and believe that we need a budget of £9,772 to deliver the above.  This will result in a decrease of £0.61 or -2% on a Band D property from £36.47 a year to £35.86.

Good Energy Community Fund – next round of grant applications

The Grant Advisory Group who now advise the Parish Council on grant giving will meet on 24th February to consider any new applications to the Good Energy Community Fund. Any community groups wishing to apply for a grant should contact the Parish Clerk for an application form and send it back by 17th February.  The Community Fund has supported many different initiatives to date all of which have added significantly to our village community and we are keen to do more in 2020, so please do apply whether you are an existing group looking to expand or a completely new idea.  We very much hope to hear from you.  Grants will be awarded at the March Parish Council meeting, on the 9th March.


This is to give you early warning of traffic control (two-way signals) on the Marlborough Road/Broad Town Road between us and Royal Wootton Bassett due to the continuing works by Gigaclear to install the network for full fibre broadband.  The dates communicated to us are between 28th January and 13th February.  You may want to allow extra time for your journeys.  There will also be road closures in Thornhill (SN4 7QR and SN4 7RU) between 20th April and 8th May and we will send out further details on that when we receive them.

Should you encounter any problems, Gigaclear have a customer care team which can be contacted on 01865 591 137 or via email at 

The next Parish Council meeting is 10th February at 18.30pm in the Village Hall. Everyone is welcome and refreshments will be provided.




Join in the fun and friendly classes, a great way to learn some classic Lindy Hop moves to take onto the dance floor and a chance to be step-perfect for the VE Day 75th Anniversary celebrations in May!

Broad Town Village Hall is a lovely venue with a wonderful dance floor, a great place to get you dancing.  The classes are Tuesday evenings and each class is 1 hour long with an extra 15 minute practice session:

Beginners 7.00 p.m. Improvers 8.15 p.m.  Pay weekly, £6.00 per class, no need to pre-book or pre-pay, just turn up on the night!

Everyone welcome, couples or singles as you don’t need a partner to join in.

Contact: Erica and Cliff 01793 340271



The next meeting of the gentleman’s breakfast club will be on Saturday 29th February 2020 at The Crowns Café, adjacent to the REME Museum at MOD Lyneham.  9am. for 9.30am. start.  The cost is £8.00 per person for a full English breakfast.  The speaker this time is not yet confirmed but an enquiry to Dave nearer the time could be made.

Please book by Wednesday 26 February – email: 



Hilmarton Parish Church Hall, Saturday February 22nd Downton Abbey (PG)

7pm FOR 7.30pm, 75 comfy seats, refreshments and a wine sale licence, tickets £6 from Breda Cottage, 34 Church Road, Hilmarton 760312 (opposite chapel) or


Hilmarton Moviola also has a Facebook page.

For more info call Geoff Procter on 01249 760312



This is a reminder that we have a defibrillator in the Village.  It is sited outside the Village Hall and is available for anyone to use in the unfortunate situation of someone they are with having heart failure.  It is simple to use and talks you through what you must do.  It is a requirement though, that you RING 999 FIRST to get help on the way as soon as possible.  The ambulance service will also tell you what to do and support you while you wait for the ambulance.  If you are within 200m of the Hall they will automatically tell you about the defibrillator and tell you the access code.  If you are further away but have someone who could fetch it for you quickly, you will need to ask them for the access code.



Broad Town Church have 96 wine glasses available to borrow (for a donation for Church Funds). Enquiries to Margaret Manley Tel: 731564



Run workshops at the Village Hall on every first Friday and third Saturday of the month from 10am to 3pm.  All are welcome including painters who are beginners. The cost is still £5 per person per session which includes tea/coffee and biscuits but do bring a packed lunch.  Help will be given to those who request it.

Contact Jim Dowton 850029 or Roy Davey 731154.



Ben Davis, BTD Plumbing and Heating, Hurstbridge House, Pye Lane, Broad Town, Wiltshire, SN4 7RR

Tel No 01793 317758 or 07920 042880
















Hi Just thought I’d remind all of you that I’m in the Village.  It’s Glen Morley the Painter and Decorator.  I undertake interior and exterior work, to a very high standard. Everything is completed to the level I would have in my own home.  Please feel free to call me at any time for a free consultation and VAT free estimate.  My numbers are: Landline: 01793 739227 Mobile: 07545 573002.  Please leave a message if I’m unable to answer.



I’m Chris Rooks and I work as a Financial Planner (Non-Investment) for Future Balance Finance.  I can help you with any of the following services: –

  • Mortgage Advice
  • Protection Advice (Life Assurance / Income Protection)
  • Business Continuity & Protection Advice
  • Will Writing & Estate Management
  • Power of Attorney Applications

You can contact me on 01793 731141 or via e-mail on