Monthly Archives: November 2015

The Somersetshire Coal Canal (A Pictorial Journey)

The WBCT Wootton Bassett branch is starting their winter series of talks on Monday December 7th, at 7.30pm.
Roger Halse will give a talk titled ‘The Somersetshire Coal Canal (A Pictorial Journey)’. Roger has published books about the canal and is the Trust archivist.
The Somerset Canal goes from near Radstock and joins the K&A at Dundas Aqueduct. It was featured on the BBC program ‘Canals:The Making of a Nation’ in September. To do some pre-talk mugging up see their Trust website here.

The venue is The Angel pub on Bassett High Street, SN4 7AQ, This is a new place for talks as we have appreciated the welcome, comfort, and availabilty of refreshments at our branch meetings. The only downside is that unfortunately the Ballroom is upstairs and there isn’t a lift.

Parking is easiest in the Borough Fields car park, free in the evenings, and you can walk through by Sainsbury’s, and turn left. Or you may find a space on the roadside parking. Perhaps we could car share, give me a call on 577275

Regards Bunny

New Planning Application


I’ve created a new area on the website to show planning applications that have come up in the Hankerton area.  The page is here.

When the Parish Council receive these then I’ll aim to put them on the page and post a news item like this. Anyone who “follows” the site will automatically receive a notification in their inbox.

A new one went on there today as it happens !

My Wiltshire App


To report any issues whilst you are out and about such as pot holes, litter, dead animals in the road, fly tipping, vandalism and many more items that you think your Wiltshire Council should address then you can do this by using your smart phone.

Just go to your App store and search for the “My Wiltshire” app.

You can download it for free and it gives you the ability to report issues and receive updates and receive much more info on Wiltshire Council’s activities.

You will need to register and log in which you can do in the app or by using

You can also use the telephone if you wish on 0300 456 0105 to report an issue.


Solar Panel Debate

There seems to be much discussion about a recent planning application for solar panels.

I think it’s important to keep the village website as a resource for everyone who lives here so rather than express my own views on this subject I thought I would set out the facts that I have and provide a platform for others to express their views.

If you want to look at the planning application itself then click here. The application is 15/08832/FUL

I have extracted a few key documents from the planning site to make things easier.

The original planning application : Planning App
The Location : Location Plan
The justification for the design : Justification

There are a number of items of feedback on the planning site. Rather than include them all here when they can be easily accessed on the planning site I have extracted the key ones.

Julia Hart’s objection which covers the objections most comprehensively and covers all similar points made by others : Julia Hart
The comments from the County Archaeologist : Archaeology Comments
The comments from the Parish Council : Parish Council

I am also aware of other comments from people objecting to the development on the grounds that the government’s renewable energy policy with respect to solar panels is flawed but I could find no examples of this on the planning website.

If anyone wants to comment then please feel free !   I’ll pass all comments on “as is” as long as they’re not abusive !


Christmas and New Year Waste Collection

Just thought I’d repost this !

Wiltshire Council have sent out their Waste & Recycling collection schedules.

I’ve attached their document below :-
Collections Xmas 2015
Many thanks to Craig McCallum for passing this on.

For those of us that prefer a diagram, I’ve also taken their website information for Follyfield (SN16 9LA) which I think covers all the houses in Hankerton :-

(Click on the images to expand)

Dec Waste

Jan Waste

Civil War Talk

WHEN: November 10that 1.30pm – 3pm
WHERE: Charlton Village Hall, Charlton

You are invited to the  following talk in Charlton village hall as an example of what the Local History Group of Malmesbury (U3A) does – or just because you are interested!

Information from: Susan 01666 577526

Terry Harris will be giving a talk about the civil War – how did it start, who was involved, what happened in the skirmishes.

There will be demonstrations and terry will also be talking about his experiences as a re-enactor.

(there will be a small charge)