Monthly Archives: September 2015

Best Kept Village Competition

Please find attached the judges’ report for Hankerton in the County (second and final) Round of this year’s Best Kept Village Competition.  Hankerton

Please note that, as usual, this report was compiled by a different set of judges to those who carried out judging in the District (first) Round of the Competition.  Consequently there may be some differences in comments and recommendations, and almost inevitably in the scores.  Despite providing all the judges with the same guidance there will inevitably be a subjective component to their assessments.  The key issue is that when any village is compared directly against others, that comparison is carried out by the same judges.

Congratulations on being placed third in the Small Village category in Wiltshire.

I hope that you will be encouraged to enter next year’s Competition, which I shall begin to publicise around the end of this year.  I shall also be refining the guidance that I shall be providing for villages and for judges in the light of any comments made this year.

Best wishes,

Mike Manson

Mike Manson
Deputy Secretary

Campaign to Protect Rural England
CPRE Wiltshire Branch


Malmesbury Castle


Tuesday September 29th 2015 at 7:30p.m.
North Aisle
Hankerton Church.

Malmesbury Castle

Where was the castle in Malmesbury?  What is the evidence?  Who built it?  When was it destroyed?

Come and hear Tony McAleavy and find out.

Entry: £3.00 (no tickets required)
Everyone welcome
Information: Susan 577526

Best Kept Village

Hankerton is the Best Kept Small Village in North Wiltshire

Hankerton has been awarded the title of best kept small village in north Wiltshire and is the third-best kept village in the entire county. Judging took place over the summer by the Campaign to Protect Rural England.

The judges praised  the gardens, the roadside verges, the amenity area, the footpaths, the church building, the churchyard, and the small business workshops area. In particular they were impressed by the bus shelter and the new war memorial plaque to Jack Tugwell that is inside. Also the judges were very impressed with the lively community spirit in Hankerton: the North Aisle Community Area, the annual village supper, Lent lunch, August fayre, summer strawberry tea, and harvest lunch, the bi-annual Sport Relief event, one off events such as the ceremony to mark the re-opening of Hankerton Bridge, the history group, the golf club, the Grapevine and the village website.

You can view the judges report here : Hankerton

The village has been awarded £60 for its achievement. Watch this space for arrangements about the award ceremony.

John Thorne

Hankerton Road Closure 23rd September


There is an urgent road closure notice for the C92 :-

Wiltshire Council
Section 14(1) of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984
Temporary Closure of C92 Hankerton.
THE WILTSHIRE COUNCIL HEREBY GIVE NOTICE that on 23rd September 2015, the following length of road shall be closed to all traffic in the interests of public safety to enable Wiltshire Council to carry out carriageway resurfacing and associated works.
C92 Hankerton.

Alternative route:
Via C92 (unaffected length) – C76 – C83 – and vice versa.
The closure will be clearly indicated by traffic signs throughout the works period.
This closure notice comes into effect on 23rd September, 2015 (09:30 – 15:30) for a maximum of 21 days; however it is anticipated the work will take 3 days to complete.

For further information regarding these works please contact Balfour Beatty Living Places on 01249 468582 (Office Hours) and 07900715776 (Out of Hours – Duty Manager).
Sustainable Transport Group, County Hall, Bythesea Road, Trowbridge BA14 8JN


There is also a map of the route and the signage :-

306657- Div Signage-03-07-15


Summer Fayre


Thanks to lots of people in the village and others, the Street Fayre raised over £900 on Bank Holiday Monday. Despite the rain (again), this was more than last year. Well done everybody

Philip Carter, North Aisle

Click the image for the full gallery

New Section


About a month ago I asked for ideas for the website.

I got quite a lot of feedback – Thank you everybody !

In addition to details of new events I also got a couple of ideas from village people about other websites that their neighbours might find interesting. As an experiment I’ve added a new section on the Useful Links page which can be found here.

Feel free to suggest your own or let me know what you think about the idea.

Thanks, Simon.