Monthly Archives: November 2019

Hankerton Defibrillator Training

Hankerton Defibrillator Training

Saturday 14 December, 12-2pm

North Aisle, Hankerton Church

Hankerton has a defibrillator. This is in the phone box. Come to the free training to find out how to use it

After the training I will circulate more information about the defibrillator

John Thorne, Crossways, Church Lane; tel. 575498

Commemoration Plaque

The unveiling of the plaque commemorating those from Hankerton who served and died  in the Great War 1914-1918, took place on Saturday, November 16th, in Holy Cross Churchyard.

The tree was donated by the Lewis family, the Parish Council provided the plaque and Brian Betts kindly made the stand.

Thank you to all who attended.

Message from the local NHS

Look after yourself this winter

As the dark nights draw in across Wiltshire and winter really starts to bite, it’s worth thinking about how we can all make sure we’re looking after ourselves and staying well over the cold winter months.

The NHS recently launched its annual winter campaign – Help Us Help You– which is here to help make it easier to understand the things you can do.

We all know hospitals and surgeries can be especially busy during the winter months and it can often be tricky to know the best place to go for help, so here’s some handy tips to see you though until spring:

  1. It’s not too late to get your flu jab

The free flu vaccination is offered to those who are at increased risk from the effects of flu, including people aged 65 and over, pregnant women, those with underlying health conditions and children aged 2-10. If you’ve not had one yet, it’s not too late.

  1. Call 111 or visit online

If you’re unsure where to go and think you need urgent medical attention, but it’s not life-threatening, contacting NHS 111 can help you make sure you reach the most suitable NHS service for your needs.

  1. Ask a pharmacist for advice before minor ailments or winter illnesses get worse

Community pharmacists are qualified healthcare professional who can offer clinical advice and over the counter medicines to safely manage things like coughs, colds and sore throats.

It’s quick and convenient to see a pharmacist– you don’t need to book an appointment and can often be seen in a private consultation room.

  1. See your GP in the evening or weekend if you can’t see them during the day

If you need to see a GP but find it hard to find the time during routine hours, appointments with a GP, nurse or other healthcare professionals are often available in the evenings and at weekends through many local practices or other local NHS services.

For more information about services in your area visit:


Dom Hall – Communications and Engagement Manager
BaNES, Swindon and Wiltshire Sustainability and Transformation Partnership
A: Kempthorne House, St. Martins Hospital, Clara Cross Lane, Bath, BA2 5RP


Hankerton Play Area

The survey of village opinion that ran in August of this year showed a 2:1 ratio of people in favour of creating a children’s play area on the current amenity area site near the entrance to Old Farm Close.

It was therefore decided at the Parish Council meeting of 2nd September 2019 that an implementation group would be formed to progress the project.

Dan Lydiate was the chair on the previous group and has already investigated a number of funding options which look promising.

Unfortunately Dan is not available to chair the implementation group as he has just started work on his PhD (Good Luck Dan !).

The Parish Council is therefore now looking for volunteers to join the implementation group and complete the project.

The PC has arranged a meeting for Saturday 16th November at 12:00 in the North Aisle area of the church.

Please come along and lend your support to this worthwhile project.

If anyone would be happy to help but can’t make the meeting on the 16th then please mail me at to let me know of your interest.

Thank you,
Jill Kearsley (Parish Council)