Monthly Archives: August 2015

Hankerton History Group – New Events Programme !

Hankerton History Group

We have decided to return to our original idea of bi-monthly meetings with a speaker ( local or invited with a particular topic) for the next few months. There will also be meetings of a more particular nature relating to Hankerton and these will be advertised around the village.


September 29th 2015  – Tony McAleavy: Malmesbury Castle

November 24th 2015   –  Mr. and Mrs. Rouse: The Railway Navy, his working life.

February 16th 2016   –   Craig Mc.Callum: The question of causes and blame for the Great War.

April (date to be announced) – Matt Curtis: restoring old photographs.

June 21st 2016   – Chris Viveash: A Jumble of Letters.

Everyone is welcome – entrance fee to be announced . Refreshments included.

Susan Mockler

CHAOS – The end of an era


The end of an era…time to say goodbye.

After 32 years, 29 pantomimes and innumerable mince pies, missed cues and wrong notes, the curtain is coming down on CHAOS pantomimes. The cast and crew are hanging up their costumes, tearing up their scripts, cleaning off the make-up and turning off the lights.


Thank you to everyone who has supported our efforts by sitting through the shows, laughing and groaning, joining in and singing, and returning year after year.

A very, very big thank you goes to everyone who has been involved with CHAOS productions over the years – what a lot of time, work, sweat, dedication and humour has gone into providing amazing entertainment for our community.

Over the years a lot of money has been raised for the Charlton and Hankerton Village Hall and we have decided the remaining funds will go to a local cancer charity, a cause close to our hearts over the past decades.

The Final Fling…

On October  31st.2015  in Charlton Village Hall from 11am to 2pm.

A sale of costumes, props, scenery etc. suitable for other am-dram groups, fancy dress or dressing up boxes, Items included such as: fairy wings, wands, wigs, hats, costumes, dames dresses, and cloaks.

Look out for the publicity nearer the time!

Susan Mockler

Hankerton at the cutting edge of technology…..

No really !

Someone sent me this article today :-

Bath and Wells Diocese’s churches to deliver broadband

What prompted this thought for me was listening to the ex Chief Operating Officer of BT explaining on the Radio 4 Today programme why BT’s current “Superfast Broadband” project is a con that won’t deliver the speeds needed. He was saying that in his own village he got a local farmer to dig a trench, laid an optical connection to the church, and then installed wireless broadband for the village !

Pah !   I thought, we’ve had it for ages in Hankerton………





Patients Participation Group


This group was formed to enable good communication between the Surgery and their patients.

It consists, currently, of fourteen members, who each represent their village, locality or special interest..   I represent Hankerton and we meet every two months with the Practice Manager, Dave Grogan.  He updates us on any recent changes in the workings of the PCC, and any news on the personnel side of things.  They are always keen to have patient feedback.

Issues can be brought to these meetings in confidence by any of the members, whether they be complaints or suggestions and can cover any aspect of the practice, from making appointments to controlling car parking.   Please have a word with me if you would like to know more or have a question that you would like me to take.

Meanwhile, you may be aware that over the last few months Doctors Pickering, Charles and Couchman have left, but the practice is up to speed with new doctors working a variety of ‘shifts’, all settling in well.  We are lucky to be able to recruit quite readily in this area.  Patients who are over 75 should have received the name of the GP now responsible for them, but of course anyone can be seen by any GP.

Points of interest:

  • Phone lines are open from 8a.m., in line with the time at which patients can book in person.
  • Appointments can be made up to six weeks in advance, by telephone, in person or on line. This will be about 50% of appointments, the remainder being those bookable on the day.
  • Prescriptions can also be renewed on line for collection 48 hours later.
  • Lloyds Chemists offer a delivery service for those who are housebound.
  • The website is malmesburypcc/ but before you go online, you need to get a user name and password by going in person to reception with ID (passport, driving licence, student card).

Georgina Carter 575465

New Kissing Gates

Yesterday (15th August) the 2 old Rickety wooden styles were removed on Footpath 7 and replaced by 2 smart galvanised metal Kissing Gates making the walk around the footpaths of the village so much easier.

These gates were bought by the Hankerton PC from WC and installed by the help of 6 able volunteers namely Brian Dalton, Ted Grierson, David Pynn, Mike Geake, Dave Wood and a new resident of the Cloately Manor, Di Davies.

Good effort by all and a good half day’s work.

David Wood

Ride and Stride

Gentle Bike Riding or Walking

On Saturday 12th September, there is the annual “Ride and Stride” taking part throughout Wiltshire. It is aimed at raising money for church repairs and the idea is that you find a few sponsors and trundle round the local villages on the minor roads, popping in to the odd church for a quick refreshment.

Half the money raised stays with the Hankerton Church and the other half goes to Wiltshire Historic Churches Trust  (Anglican, Roman Catholic, Baptist, Methodist and URC) to maintain other churches needing vital repairs and maintenance.

If interested in cycling or striding or just supporting, please  contact Philip Carter, Old School House, 01666 575465.

Thank you.

Philip Carter.