Monthly Archives: July 2018

Missing Cat

Has anyone seen “Scrumpy” ?


MIssing for a few days now from Rosie at 15 Follyfield. Please can you check garden sheds etc.

If anyone has any information please let Rosie know or just drop me an email to :



Hankerton Walks

There’s something new on the village website !

Pam Walkinshaw (ably assisted by Graham) has been checking out all the walks around the village.

She’s walked them all, talked to landowners, got large scale OS maps from the county council, and obtained “classic” hand drawn maps from a villager.

All this information has now been gathered together on the website under the heading “Village Walks” – have a look !     or just <click here> to go straight there.  She’s worked very hard and it’s impressive stuff !




Recent Reports of Suspicious Activity

Following the various reports of suspicious activity recently I thought I’d ask our police contact for an update. Unfortunately John hasn’t been working for the last few days but he sent me this update from the Malmesbury Police Facebook page.

We have received reports of various suspicious activities in the Minety, Oaksey, South Cerney and Ashton Keynes over recent days. These include possible attempted burglaries, people being seen leaving areas after residents have approached them, unknown persons seen in gardens, people selling door to door being abusive when advised residents don’t want to make a purchase and a confirmed burglary. Officers are aware of these. If you see anything please report this on 101 or if it is in progress or there is an immediate danger please ring 999. Thank you to those who have reported these incidents, may I also ask you not to use Facebook to report crime.

After this post we also had an incident in Hankerton itself so clearly there has been something happening in the area. Hopefully the people responsible have now moved on.

As John Bordis advises above, if anyone sees suspicious activity then the police would like it reported via the 101 or 999 telephone numbers.

From my point of view, if I get sent items to post I have to decide whether to pass them on or not bother on the basis that they may be untrue. I don’t have the time to investigate these things myself and my feeling is that I should err on the side of safety and pass them on rather than finding out later that someone in the village was burgled because they weren’t aware of this sort of activity (it’s pretty unusual in Hankerton I’m pleased to say !).

Sometimes that can lead to items like the large group of suspicious men thought to be imported cheap labour turning out to be a group of visiting Israeli shepherds (didn’t see that one coming !). Thanks to Tim for “…so not cheap labour, but sheep labour

In general though, I do tend to pass on items sent to me irrespective of my own views unless I think they may cause offence.

So that’s it for this week and hopefully for the foreseeable future on this topic !


Another Comment

Passing these comments on as I know everyone won’t see them on the website :-

Just ridden down Cloatley Rd and came upon 15/20 men of eastern european appearance and speaking unknown tongue sauntering towards Hankerton, all across the road and heading into Common End farm fields. Large white van parked in the Homestead. Looks like someone shipping them in for cheap labour?
Time about 1039 Tim Turner

Comment Passed On !

Nicki Robinson

Have just been notified that two foreign men have tried to force their way into the old post office in Hankerton and they had already been to her neighbours house prior to that keep your eyes peeled folks . Please be aware they have been in Hankerton about 15/20 minutes ago .
So don’t leave the house open and don’t answer the door to strangers xx

Be Aware !

There have been reports of criminals operating in the area.

There have been a number of break ins and attempted break ins in Minety, Upper Minety and surrounding villages.

The thieves waited until the school run time and then gained entry from across fields at the rear of the property.

In Oaksey someone has reported a “charity worker” requesting cash and then attempting to force their way into the house when refused.





Charlton 150 Club

Charlton 150 Club

The 150 Club is a monthly draw of numbered tickets restricted to 150 subscribers within 10 miles of Charlton or with close connection to the village. Prizes are awarded each month following a “numbers in the hat” type draw:
– First £50
– Second £30
– Third £20
Each ticket is restricted to a maximum of 2 wins in the year.

The full subscription for the year from May 2018 to April 2019 is £20, but part year tickets are now available :-

– 9 month ticket £15 (August to March or September to April)
– 6 month ticket £10 (any 6 month period ending in April)

Many Hankerton residents have subscribed to the 150 Club in recent years and some are long-standing members. This year few subscribers have been approached about renewing membership as there is no longer a collector in the village. Even so, a resident won the £30 second prize in May.

Proceeds of the draw help to fund the hall, play area and playing field in Charlton.

Interested? Ring Anne Holland Malms. 823719.



Farming in Hankerton

The History Group have researched Farming in Hankerton from records dating back as far as 1616. In addition to sharing this, a panel of local farmers will answer questions on how farming in the village has changed in more recent times.

You are invited to join us at 7:30 on Thursday 26th July in the North Aisle, Hankerton Church.

Entry £3 inclusive of refreshments.

We look forward to seeing you.

July 2018 Farming Poster

Best regards,
Terry Gorman – Hankerton History Group