Monthly Archives: September 2018

Grapevine Error

In the October edition of the Grapevine there is an interesting article by our very own nature expert Steve Davies on the Sweet (and edible) Chestnut. However, the photo that we used to illustrate his informative article is of the Horse Chestnut (also known as the conker) which is most definitely NOT edible. Here’s a photo of the Sweet Chestnut which has a much pricklier casing:-

We’d like to apologise to Steve who, unlike one of your Grapevine Editors, does actually know his Sweet from his Horse Chestnuts.  We’d also like to make it clear that you should NEVER EVER try eating Horse Chestnuts.



Sponsored Endurance Run

On the 5th, 6th and 7th October, my husband Gaz (from no. 31, Follyfield) will be undertaking an ultra-endurance coastal run in aid of charity.

The Event
The Atlantic Coast Challenge is an ultra-endurance running event held over three days, covering a distance of around 80miles (plus coastal landslips dictating extra mileage!) That’s over three trail marathons, in three days. Wild and rugged, steep climbs and descents that test concentration as well as strength (and sanity). The course follows the South West Coast path for the entire distance along the wildest and remotest parts of the Cornish Coast, finishing at Land’s End on the third day.

He is running in aid of Children with Cancer which actively raise and invest money for vital specialist research to save the lives of every child with cancer and keep their family together. The vision is a world where every child diagnosed with cancer gets to ring their end of cancer treatment bell.

I will be supporting him at every check point along with our four children. Any support you can give this charity is greatly appreciated.
The just giving page is –

Kind regards

Ellen and Gaz Lambert-Jones
(31 Follyfield)

ACC 2018 poster

Road Closure

Note message below about a culvert repair on Cloatley Road sometime next year involving a 6-week road closure.

Also they will close it for one day sometime in Oct/Nov this year to do detailed assessments, and they’re asking whether there’s any particular day to avoid.

<Click Here> to let me know of any days to avoid.
Michael Bromley-Gardner


Dear Mr Bromley Gardner

Dolmans Cottage Culvert, DN160 – Proposed Culvert Replacement Works

Parish of Hankerton, Wiltshire SN16 9LQ
Grid: 398495-190628

I would appreciate it if you could advise your Parish Councillors and Parish Members we are preparing a scheme to replace the above culvert. Please find attached a location plan, proposed diversion route plan and photos taken recently.

The culvert replacement works are provisionally programmed for Spring/Summer 2019 and we would expect these works to take 4-6weeks to complete under a full road closure.

Unfortunately, due to the limited verge widths it is unlikely there will be no pedestrian, cyclist or equestrian access through the site during the works.

1 Day Closure – DATE TBC

In order to progress the outline design works we require a 1 day full road closure to determine the existing details.

Dates are yet to be confirmed and if there are any dates during October or November that should be avoided please let me know.

We would like to ensure our works do not cause significant inconvenience to local users and ask anyone who is likely to be affected to contact me as below.

If you require any further information please let me know.

Best regards

Emma Biggs EngTech MICE
Assistant Bridge Engineer
Highways Assets & Commissioning
Wiltshire Council | County Hall | Trowbridge | Wiltshire | BA14 8JN
Mob: 0755 7053058

Dolmans Cottage Culvert DN160 – Location Plan 1-12500

It’s back ! Quiz Night !

It’s back! Following the success of last year, this year’s Quiz Night is at Charlton Village Hall. Saturday October 13th, 7pm for 7.30pm start.

Praise for the 2017 Quiz: “A brilliant quiz. Our table thoroughly enjoyed it, despite coming last.”

Rounds include music and food (last year it was identifying different types of crisps).

Entrance includes Ploughman’s style refreshments. Just £7. Tickets available from John Thorne, Crossways, Church Lane; tel. 575498.

More information is above – just click on the poster.

I hope you can attend.



Prosecco & Pudding Evening

The Prosecco and Pudding evening took place on Saturday September 8th in the North Aisle. It was held to raise money for Esme Thorne, Church Lane, for her trip to India with Malmesbury School next July.

Villagers, friends and family indulged in drinking prosecco and eating a banquet of 11 puddings, ranging from banoffee pie, cheesecake, chocolate roulade and sticky toffee pudding with caramel sauce, to Eton Mess, lemon tart and tiramisu.

A grand total of £319 was raised, taking Esme closer to her target of £3390. Esme would like to thank everyone who attended and contributed to the successful evening.

John Thorne

HHG Presents Operation Julie !

On Thursday 27th September at 7:30pm in the North Aisle, Brian Dalton will recount the story from the mid 1970’s when Hankerton was embroiled in the world’s largest LSD manufacturing and distribution organisation. It culminated in 1977 with enough LSD to make 6.5 million ‘tabs’ with a then street value of £100m (equivalent to £570 million today) being seized and 120 people arrested in the UK and France.

Entry: £3.00 including refreshments (no tickets required). Everyone is welcome.
For further information call 577526.

HHG Poster Julie