Monthly Archives: September 2020

Macmillan Cancer Support Takeaway

Instead of the usual annual coffee morning on Saturday 26 September we organised a takeaway, individually boxed, Cream Tea.

You’ll be pleased to hear that we raised an astounding total of £610 which has been passed on to the Charity.

Thank you so much to everyone who supported us by making cakes, buying the boxes and giving generous donations.

Christine Betts & Claudine Pynn

New Planning Application at Minety/Upper Stonehill electricity substation

The PC has just been informed about a new planning application for a Battery Storage Facility at the Minety/Upper Stonehill electricity sub-station.  This is something that the National Grid terms a ‘balancing service’.  It stores electricity when generation is higher than demand and can release it when demand is higher than generation – particularly relevant in the era of renewable electricity.  It can store and release 50MW of electricity.   It will occupy 0.67 hectares of land immediately east of the sub-station.  There are already 3 of these under construction south of the sub-station and another permitted but not yet started to the east.  There is also of course the planning application for the Minety solar farm, awaiting Wilts Council’s decision.

The PC will respond to Wilts Council on this application by 15 Oct.

You can see the plans on the Wiltshire Council Planning webpages under the reference number 20/07390.  If you want a link use this –,914194.

Macmillan Cancer Support

Saturday 26 September 2020

Due to COVID restrictions and to keep everyone safe, this year we have a new look Macmillan Fund Raiser, without the usual stalls.

Last year £310 was raised for Macmillan.
Raising money for Macmillan in 2020 will be:

An individual boxed Cream Tea consisting scone, with cream and jam and a portion of cake at the cost of £5.

Teas will need to be booked in advance to help with catering by telephoning Chris 577123 or Claudine 577946 by WEDNESDAY 23 September.

You can collect your boxed teas from the front garden at Chris’s home :
16 Follyfield  
Between 2pm and 4 pm

Please bring the correct monies.

As this year there will be no raffle or bring and buy, extra money donations would be very welcome for this worthwhile charity.

Thank you for your support

Chris Betts 577123    Claudine Pynn 577946

Bread, Veg, Meat and Pizza

It’s been a strange few months and, in some ways it still is !

However, things seem to be settling down a little and I think the time has come to review some of the things set up via the website to deal with the crisis in March.

Bread Delivery
I think the time has come to put this on hold. This Friday (4 Sep) will be the last one. I’m going to talk to Hobbs about keeping the option open in case we need to restart later in the year but as numbers have dropped in the last few weeks I think the time is right to stop the service.

For those of you that have got a taste for Hobbs products being delivered all is not lost !  You can still get a regular Friday delivery along with your meat from Michael’s butchers as long as you order before lunchtime on Thursday.

Meat Delivery
Continues as normal but please order direct from Michael’s rather than using the website page. Orders need to be in by Thursday morning.

Veg Delivery
Peter and Sarah Wyman have seen a big reduction in orders but are still operating the service for now.

Warings are suspending deliveries in September but plan to restart them in October.


Finally, thank you to everyone that has helped, has offered help, and generally chatted to me about this along the way – it’s been a strange time, but not all bad !  I think we’re lucky to live in a lovely community.

If you have any thoughts on this please mail me at or leave a comment on the page.