BROAD TOWN NEWS
Published by Christ Church
Sponsors this month are the BT WI
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APRIL 2020 EDITION
Will organisations or anyone wishing to have news, etc. included in the April edition please note that items must be submitted to
Margaret Green, 5 Eastwood Avenue, Royal Wootton Bassett, Wilts. SN4 8BX. Tel. No 854200
BY 6pm on FRIDAY MARCH 20th IT IS REGRETTED THAT SUBMISSIONS AFTER THAT TIME WILL NOT BE INCLUDED
We expect the repairs will have been completed by the time you receive this newsletter and following a good spring clean we expect the Church will be ready for our service on 8 March (Evening Service at 6pm).
Thank you for your patience whilst the work was being carried out and once again our thanks to the village hall committee for their support.
DATES FOR YOUR DIARY
6th March BT Social Club Quiz Night
9th March BT PC Meeting
11th March Community Coffee Morning
14th March BT Footpath Working Day
25th March Community Coffee Morning
27th March School TTD
28th March Gents Breakfast Club
28th March Hilmarton Moviola
29th March Church AGM
3rd April End of School Term
18th April BT Footpath Working Day
20th April Back to School
25th April Hilmarton Moviola
27th April PC Annual Parish Meeting
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.
9th – 10th May Hilmarton Scarecrow Festival
17th May Re-liming White Horse
COMMUNITY COFFEE MORNINGS
Wednesday 11th March – a fund raiser for the Swindon MS Therapy Centre which provides much needed help and support for people living with multiple sclerosis or other neurological conditions. It offers a fantastic range of therapies.
Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is a condition that causes a wide range of symptoms including problems with vision, movement, balance and senses. It affects all ages and is two to three times more common in women than men.
The Therapy Centre receives no central funding and relies on local donations and bequests. Any help we can provide this local charity will be greatly appreciated by the dedicated team who work there.
Wednesday 25th March Look forward to seeing you!
BROAD TOWN SOCIAL CLUB QUIZ NIGHT
Consider yourself smarter than the average bear? Want to test your general knowledge against the best the village has to offer. Pop along to a The Brain of Broad town Community Quiz night at the village hall on Friday 6th March from 7pm. £1.00 entry fee per person minimum teams of 2 people. Winner takes all. Families welcome.
FOUR WAYS: OUR COMMUNITY PUB in Broad Town Village Hall
BAR EVERY FRIDAY 8pm-late – EVERYONE WELCOME Draught pints of Wadworth 6X and Carlsberg, bottled cider, wine, spirits, fruit juice, squash, fizzy drinks, Aero hot chocolate, Tetley tea, Nescafe cappuccino, coffee & decaf always available. Plus chocolate bars, crisps, nuts etc.
BINGO EVERY SUNDAY – eyes down 7.30pm; last ball 9pm. Every pound fluttered is returned to players: stakes from £1.25, prizes can be over £50. More participants = bigger winnings!
Hosting your own event in the village hall? Our fully licensed bar can be stocked and staffed daytime/evening according to your needs: at least three weeks’ notice usually required, please! Contact: Trevor on 01793 731699 email • ‘Like’ us on facebook.com/FourWaysBroadTown
Now we are past the festive season, we are busy planning our footpath maintenance campaign for the new year. Footpath working days for the next 2 months this year are planned for 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! http://wiltscouncil.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=43d5a86a545046b2b59fd7dd49d89d22
BROAD TOWN WI
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
BROAD TOWN WHITE HORSE – LIMING – SUNDAY 17 MAY
It is planned to carry out maintenance and liming of the White Horse on the morning of Sunday 17th May and the aim will be to tidy up the area and then apply lime to keep the Horse looking at its best.
The event will be open to all those who wish to be involved with the only stipulation being that participation will be limited to those who are physically fit and in good health. We will also need to maintain attendance at a level that is consistent with safe operations.
Would interested people please contact me via e-mail or by phone 01793 731472. Confirmation and details will be sent out nearer the date.
BROAD TOWN VILLAGE 75TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATIONS OF VICTORY IN EUROPE (VE) FRIDAY 8TH – SUNDAY 10TH MAY 2020. DIARY DATES AND REQUEST FOR VOLUNTEERS
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
This will run throughout the weekend with a period theme (yet to be announced).
FANCY HELPING OUT?
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
PARISH COUNCIL UPDATE
Parish Stewards and Pothole repairs
Wiltshire’s army of parish stewards are focusing their energies on repairing potholes to combat the wet weather damage on Wiltshire’s roads this month. The 20 stewards work in local communities to carry out repairs and maintenance, based on the needs of the communities they serve. They have been in place since 2016, and work on a local basis to carry out tasks such as repairing potholes, tending pathways, clearing drainage and verge maintenance. However, for at least the next month, they will be solely focusing on repairing potholes in their community areas. Residents can report potholes with the MyWiltshire smartphone app which can be downloaded from the council website, or report them on the council website at www.wiltshire.gov.uk/mywiltshire-online-reporting. It is well worth reporting any issues as across the 12 months from December 2018 to November 2019 the average repair time from reporting was only 3.68 days.
Annual Parish Meeting
Our Annual Parish Meeting will take place on Monday 27th April at 18.30pm in the Village Hall. This is not a council meeting but is an opportunity for all village groups and associations to share with the village the activity they have undertaken in the past year and their plans for the future. Everyone is welcome. The Parish Clerk will be contacting village groups in the coming weeks to discuss the agenda.
The next Parish Council meeting is 9th March at 18.30pm in the Village Hall. Everyone is welcome and refreshments will be provided.
LINDY HOP CLASSES TUESDAY EVENINGS AT BROAD TOWN VILLAGE HALL
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 www.swingoutswindon.co.uk
Broad Town Church have 96 wine glasses available to borrow (for a donation for Church Funds). Enquiries to Margaret Manley Tel: 731564
GENTLEMAN’S FULL ENGLISH BREAKFAST CLUB
The next meeting of the Gentleman’s Breakfast Club will be on Saturday 28th March 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 25th March – email:
BUSHTON MANOR PLANT FAIR AND OPEN GARDEN
Sunday May 10th 11am -3pm Postcode SN4 7PX. Not our usual Bank Holiday slot due to VE Day celebrations! BUT once again the Angus family are kindly allowing their gardens to be open for the Annual Plant Fair. Within the lovely grounds of this 18th century Manor House there will be many stalls scattered around the garden with plants, crafts, food and other garden related products as well as the ever-popular bacon butty BBQ and home-made refreshments. People can stroll around without having to carry purchases by leaving them at the Plant Crèche.
This event has grown and grown over the years with over 1000 people attending for the last 3 years and we hope folk will still come along even with the date change!
For the younger people there will be outside games to keep them occupied.
Money raised will go towards the upkeep of St Peter’s Church the Grade 1 listed building in Clyffe Pypard. Entrance £2. Children and car parking free. Dogs on leads are allowed.
Hilmarton Parish Church Hall, Saturday March 28th The Good Liar (15)
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
COMMUNITY HEARTBEAT TRUST DEFIBRILLATOR
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.
THE GUILD OF WILTSHIRE ARTISTS
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.
LOCAL HEATING ENGINEER & PLUMBER IN BROAD TOWN
Ben Davis, BTD Plumbing and Heating, Hurstbridge House, Pye Lane, Broad Town, Wiltshire, SN4 7RR
Tel No 01793 317758 or 07920 042880
BROAD TOWN PAINTER & DECORATOR
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.
CHRIS ROOKS || FUTURE BALANCE
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)_
* _equity release / later life mortgages_
* _commercial lending_
* _business continuity & protection advice_
* _will writing & estate management_
* _power of attorney applications_
you can contact me on 01793 731141 or via e-mail on ._