Monthly Archives: August 2014

Bunny’s Bank Holiday Evening – Tom Tom Nightmare…..

Tom Tom nightmare

Nine thirty on August Bank holiday evening, a ring on the front door bell. We find a well dressed Indian gentleman standing there.

‘Good evening sir’ he says. I reply ‘good evening to you’, thinking well, what is he going to try and sell me at this time of evening?

‘Please can you tell me how to get to London?’ he asks. ‘Err, yes’ says I, wondering just how.

It transpires that he, and his family, wife and three children had driven from North London in their people carrier leaving at 4.00pm aiming for Cardiff. Now completely lost in the wilderness, they had given up and decided to go back home. But they were trapped in Hankerton and they had no idea which way to go.

It was at this point that his wife proudly showed me that they had a Satnav and they, so they thought, had carefully followed its every instruction. Now they found themselves in a hamlet where all the roads were narrow and the satnav was instructing them to use ‘Down Lane’ ( Post Office Lane or Five Lane ).

The roads to them were so narrow that they were sure they must be ‘one way’ but they did not know which and they were not prepared to risk breaking the law.

What had happened I surmise is that they came down the M4 and at Swindon they were sent towards Gloucester. Why you may ask. Well the satnav had been set to avoid tolls and of course the Bridges were coming up. When they realised that they were not on a motorway they took a side road and from then on it is a mystery until Hankerton.

I suppose the moral is ‘do not rely on technology alone, use your common sense and a map as well’ Anyway we took them to the M4 and said ‘stick to the motorway and pay your tolls’ Apparently it worked because we received a phone call next day to say all was well and they arrived in Cardiff before midnight.

Bunny Lees-Smith

Cotswold Canals Talk – More Info

This is a reminder of the next meeting of the History Group. Please make sure it is in your diaries as it is a significant event for us. Dr Stening is an excellent speaker and is a very knowledgeable contributor to Industrial archaeology journals. Please bring all your friends who may be interested

On Thursday 18th September at 7.30pm in the North Aisle of Hankerton Church

Dr Theo Stening  will present an illustrated talk on the Cotswold Canals: Past, Present and Future

A contribution of £4.00 per person is asked to meet our expenses

Coffee will be available at the break

If you can could you please distribute copies of the attached advert in the local area (Malmesbury/Swindon/Royal Wotton Bassett/Chippenham/Tetbury) to notice boards and other place where they will attract attention.


Cotswold Canals 2014

Hankerton Street Fayre

Hankerton Street Fayre                                          Monday 25 August 2014,  2-5pm

Poster 2014

August Bank Holiday is almost upon us and we hope that you are all planning to come and enjoy our annual Street Fayre.

We would be grateful for any donations in the form of cakes, jams, marmalade, chutneys, plants, produce and tombola prizes.

Please deliver donations for the Tombola to Christine Betts at 16 Follyfield.

All other donations can be delivered to Church Lane between 10am and 12 noon on the day.

Any queries to Claudine Pynn (577627). With many thanks from The North Aisle Committee

Photographic Competition 

Reminder:  The categories are:-
1. Flowers
2. Through a window/archway
3. Architecture

1. An animal or animals
2. Having Fun

All photos must be no larger than 15cm X 10cm and can be with or without a border.

Please deliver entries to 22 Follyfield with a note stating the name of the photographer and the category in which they are to be entered. In the case of a child please state their age.


Any queries to Claudine Pynn (577627).

Burglary Upper Minety

The following Neighborhood Watch message has been forwarded on by Claudine Pynn (Thanks Claudine) >>>

Please be aware that there was a non dwelling Burglary in Upper Minety during yesterday 07/08/14 at the end of crossing lane. A stable block was entered which was unlocked and items of tack plus other items taken. Please see attached list. The window of opportunity was only about 15mins and from my initial enquiries I would suggest that the suspect vehicle would have been parked in Crossing lane at the Upper Minety end. This would have been between 4pm -420pm. Unfortunately because of the crossing works there are a lot of vehicles going up and down what would normally be a quiet road.

Items taken:

  • Stihl petrol leaf blower with vacuum attachment (FS240 C-E)
  • Stihl petrol strimmer (FS240C-E)
  • Stihl Chainsaw (MS 260) and 2 spare chains
  • Stihl Petrol hedge cutter (HS56)
  • Paslode IM350-90mm nail gun in its orange box
  • Dewalt power tools
  • DC988 XRP drill
  • DCG41N Grinder
  • DCS391XR Circular Saw
  • DCF885N Impact wrench
  • 6 x 18v XRP batteries
  • 1 mains deWalt charger
  • 1 K4 Karcher pressure washer – black lance with grey tape around the handle, the top handle was broken.
  • 1 k5 Karcher pressure washer in its box
  • 2 Black Country saddles

There have also been 3 dwelling burglaries in Ashton Keynes  in the last 2 weeks where jewellery and cash have been targeted, Whilst occupants away on holiday.

Cleveland Farm quarry in Ashton Keynes was broken into over last week end with walkie talkie radios being taken of Motorola make and damaged caused by plant machinery being started up. This quarry on Fridays ham lane is bordered by public footpaths and maybe someone may have heard or saw something whilst on a walk. I would suppose the break in would have occurred on the Sunday – 03/08/14

The inclusion of the property list is to make people aware in case they are offered for sale, in particular the two saddles.

Steve HARVEY PC 1589
Community Bet Manager

Cotswold Canals: Past Present and Future

This is a bit of advanced publicity for the first of our History Group meetings of the Autumn period.

The details are below for this meeting which is entitled ‘ Cotswold Canals: Past Present and Future’. Dr Theo Stening who will be presenting talk is extremely knowledgeable on canals and an excellent speaker. Please put a note in your diaries now. Thursday 18th September at 7.30pm in the North Aisle of Hankerton Church.

Cotswold Canals 2014

Bunny Lees-Smith