Monthly Archives: June 2020

Wiltshire Council Finance Position

Apologies for the number of posts this weekend – I try not to overdo it but I’ve just received this from Michael Bromley-Gardner and I think it may be of interest to quite a few people.

It’s Wiltshire’s response and clarification of the council’s financial position following some sensationalist media reporting.

Briefing_Note_20-22_ Clarification_of_councils_financial_position_following_recent_media_reports



Road Closure

Following yesterday’s post I had a number of responses about the road closure – thank you.

From what I can gather the work relates to Gigaclear bringing high speed internet connections to the area. At present they’re working in Upper Minety and traffic is being diverted off Flisteridge Road onto Hankerton Road / Cloatley Road.

When the work in Upper Minety is complete Gigaclear will start work on Cloatley Road.

The sign in Hankerton at the Cloatley Road junction is incorrect when it says the road will be closed from 22 June. It should say it will be closed from 29 June.

(Thanks Carolyn Perchard !)

Weekly Update II (The Return….)

Bread Delivery
I’ve had quite a few responses to this morning’s update which has made it pretty easy to decide what next on the bread delivery.
The last Tuesday delivery will be this coming Tuesday (30th) so please complete orders by 12:00 on Monday.
The Friday deliveries will continue into July. I’ll review again at the end of July.

As mentioned earlier, the pizza deliveries will move to every second week after tonight’s delivery. So July pizza dates will be 11th and 25th.

However, Warings are operating the Winkworth Cookout on some Friday’s. The next one is this coming Friday (3rd July). For details <Click Here>.

Many thanks to everyone that responded !


Weekly Update

A few things to cover today after a lovely week weather wise !

Pizza Delivery
The number of orders has dropped off recently as lockdown conditions have eased. As a result of that Warings have decided to offer pizza every second week rather than every Saturday. So in July pizza nights will be Saturday 11th and Saturday 25th.

Bread Delivery
This week on either Tuesday or Friday the bread delivery service will reach its thousandth item delivered !  I may have to celebrate with an Almond Croissant !

The Tuesday orders have declined quite a lot recently but the Friday orders are still fairly constant :

But it has started me thinking about when this service should stop because things are returning to normal (well, normalish !…….).
I think there are 3 options :-
– Carry on as we are at present
– Finish completely after the delivery on Friday 3rd July
– Carry on in July with the Friday delivery only (drop the Tuesday one)

I’m still working from home at the moment and it’s been great getting to know a few more people around the village so I don’t have a problem with any option.

Please can you let me know what you think ?

Fruit and Veg Delivery
Peter has also noticed a reduction in orders but is happy to continue with the service for as long as people want it and / or the supplier is happy to do it. Many thanks to Peter and Sarah !

Parish Council Vacancy
There’s currently a Parish Council vacancy which is now going to be filled by co-option.

Road Closure
Finally, can anyone help me with this puzzle ?
Cloatley Road runs from Hankerton to Upper Minety.
At the end of the road in Hankerton there’s a sign saying the road will be closed from 22nd June for 4 weeks.
At the end of the road in Upper Minety there’s a sign directing traffic ONTO the road as a diversion route !
Does anybody know what’s actually happening ?
Thank you.

I think that’s it for this week. As ever, if you have anything for the website please mail me at

Lockdown Beekeeping

I have kept bees in Hankerton for many years but never a year with such a combination of conditions. After a very wet start to the year we then were confronted with the covid 19 lockdown in conjunction with glorious spring weather.

I said in my previous note that we were entering the swarming season for honey bees. I was not wrong during the period from mid May to date I have had 3 swarms pass over my house and received a number of calls from in the area saying they have a swarm. So far I am not aware that any have taken up residence in Hankerton parish.

I have kept bees in the parish for 30 years and over  the past 3 years dramatically reduced the number of hives I have here. Managing a large number of hives in an apiary requires a significant amount of time and effort to do the job properly during the summer months precluding long holidays which I enjoy.

With having unlimited free time and superb weather in which to manage, my bee colonies have developed quickly and have been prolific nectar gatherers (and pollinators). The result of which is a large volume of honey. Under normal circumstances I would supply all my honey to family and friends. With this years volume I have decided that I will supply honey directly from home and for a donation which hopefully I will continue to do. The honey is supplied in sterile 1lb/454gm jars and will be in our porch for collection call me on 577123.

Here in Hankerton In coping with the lockdown we have been very fortunate for a number of reasons. Particularly the speed of response from local residents to the challenge and to offer support services in many different ways. Also local businesses set to with creative ways to supply us with pizzas, a varied menu of preprepared meals, food boxes etc. After some weeks many people averse to online grocery shopping had cracked the ordering process and the trick of getting delivery slots. It has been a source of much amusement for me to be woken at 3am with a hoot of ‘I’ve got a slot I need your credit card’ .

Christine and I say thank you to all those concerned in keeping Hankerton and it’s residents safe well fed.

Brian Betts


Weekly Update

The photo is just 1 year ago – seems much longer now !

Delivery Services
New bread collection arrangements working OK. Ordering seems to be dropping off a little but all running smoothly, looking forward to pizza tonight !

There’s a lost Peahen – thought it might have turned up this morning but it was the wrong peahen. Seems there are more than I thought around Hankerton !

There’s a virtual pub crawl even this coming Thursday that looks interesting – Click <here> for details.

Things seem to be getting back to normal very slowly – fingers crossed !


Virtual Pub Crawl

Malmesbury’s Virtual Pub Crawl – Thursday 25th June at 7:00pm

In aid of the Mayor’s charities.

Join the Mayor and a few expert friends on a Virtual Pub Crawl of Malmesbury. We’ll have some fun tracing the story of some of Malmesbury’s pubs, hotels, beer shops and breweries…Hic!

With a bit of history, some laughs, a few surprises and one or two games along the way. But you will need to bring your own beverages!

On Zoom: 7:00pm Thursday 25th June 2020.

Tickets on Eventbrite: £6:00 plus booking fee for each Zoom connection. When a booking is confirmed, the Zoom access code will be sent to ticket holders 48 hours before the event.

Additional donations welcome.

Forwarded by Susan Mockler

Missing Peahen

We have a missing white peahen. The photo shows her with the four Indian Blues, one being another peahen.  Strangely we now have a stray Indian Blue male that has turned up but our lovely ‘Flirty Gertie’ has not been seen for at least a week….Has anyone spotted her around the village?

Any info greatly appreciated and reward for safe return. She is a special one with a personality!

Best wishes
Cathy and Dai
01666 575340

Hankerton Church News

We are at last able to reopen, initially in a limited way.

The church will be open for private prayer on Sundays only, between 2.30 and 3.30, starting on 21st June.

For full details and safety advice, please read the notices by the church or bus shelter BEFORE coming to the church. For fuller information, contact either churchwarden, Philip Carter (next to church) 575465 or Valerie Durnford 577723.

Philip Carter