Monthly Archives: November 2020

The Big Malmesbury Christmas Get Together

TV PRESENTER KATE DURR to host The Big Malmesbury Christmas Get Together on 28th November !

We are honoured and delighted that celebrity TV presenter KATE DURR has kindly agreed to compere our virtual event, which is free and available to all. You can enjoy everything from magic, music, panto, performance, crafts and even old tales of Malmesbury… also including contributions from local groups, organisations and local Primary School!

Running from 4pm to approx 8pm, our show will be livestreamed through our facebook page (all you need to do is click on a link on the FB page) and will also be available afterwards on Youtube to watch again.
Heartwarming fun – don’t miss this!

Malmesbury Town Council

Malmesbury Volunteering Opportunities

Malmesbury Primary Care Centre has a well-established and dedicated Team ready to offer and arrange non-medical support, especially for the vulnerable and isolated members of the community, both in the town and in the surrounding villages.

Given these extraordinary times, and our wish to build on this support, we have identified urgent and immediate roles for volunteers to work alongside our health professionals. Our aim is to help people living alone, with no family or friends locally, to meet day to day challenges and maintain their independence and well-being.

The activities you could undertake as a volunteer might include:

  • Helping individuals attend health appointments and collect prescriptions
  • Joining individuals in physical activities, like going for a local walk
  • Helping individuals make connections with others
  • Visiting individuals for a chat, company, companionship and bereavement support
  • Participating in one-to-one activities for fun and to stimulate mental and cognitive functioning (for example, puzzles and reminiscence)
  • Enabling individuals to read books and newspapers and make use of the library
  • Helping with paperwork, errands, shopping and organising meals
  • Helping with pet care (e.g. dog-walking)
  • Helping with basic maintenance and gardening (for example, changing a light bulb or mowing the lawn)
  • Helping with transport, for example, following hospitalisation

All in a Covid Safe Way/ observing the current Covid safe precautions.

Your volunteering can be on a flexible basis – but it is essential you consistently keep to any commitments you make to help.

If you do volunteer you will be joining a great, growing and supportive team. As well as having fun you will be contributing to improving the well-being of those in need within our community.

To find out more and discuss how you can join in, please contact Lisa Hepworth, Community Care Co-Ordinator, Wiltshire Health and Care, Malmesbury Primary Care Centre: Priory Road, Malmesbury, SN16 0FB.

Phone: 01666 827559/Email:


Lynda Cryer
Administrative Assistant/Mayor’s Secretary

Solar Farm Update

Minety Solar Farm – interested residents may like to know that the applicants for the solar farm have submitted 3 further papers to the application webpage.  These are:

*        The overall Pegasus Group ‘Applicant’s Response’, which addresses what they describe as the key themes put forward by consultees and objectors.

*        A Drainage rebuttal, and

*        An Ecology rebuttal.

*        A revised landscape plan will be submitted soon (they had submitted an informal revised plan and had received further Landscape officer comments).

They can be found at the very top of the page of Documents and Responses at this link,910416 .

Hankerton PC raised 3 points in their original objection:
*        Lack of public consultation – see pages 18-24 of the ‘Applicant’s Response’.
*        No overarching control exercisable by Wiltshire Council – see pages 25-30.
*        Concerns on the negative impact on the local ecology [not detailed] – see the Ecology rebuttal.

Michael Bromley Garner
Clerk to Hankerton Parish Council


Sewer work between Hankerton and Crudwell

Hankerton is lucky enough (?) to receive sewage from Chelworth, Oaksey, Eastcourt, Crudwell, Minety, Upper Minety, and Flisteridge into Hankerton Bridge Sewage Pumping Station (SPS), whence it is pumped to Noah’s Ark SPS in Charlton. All via a mix of pumped and gravity fed pipes.

The section of pipe from the Eastcourt junction to Hankerton Bridge SPS is gravity fed, and Wessex Water have installed a flowmeter to compare flows in various sections of pipework, since either leakage from, or inflow to, the sewer is suspected. Camera surveys carried out during the last few years have not provided enough information.

The delay in the works was caused by Wessex’s inability to locate the pipe! Fortunately, after much nugatory digging, a long-term local resident helpfully told the diggers where to direct their energy and locate the pipe, which is plastic, and was laid well before GPS location became available. As a further hindrance the original drawing of the pipework layout was inaccurate. You couldn’t make it up.

All that remains is for electrics to be connected to the flowmeter, which should take place on 18 November. We won’t hold our breath. 

David Pynn

COVID Restrictions have brought many changes as to how the Food bank operates and distributes food.

See their web site:

They appreciate all donations, but this Christmas particularly would like shortbread, chocolate biscuits and chocolate drinks. Can you help?

I shall be having a crate near my porch, 16 Follyfield from Saturday 14 November onwards until Saturday 6 December for donations. You can also put cheque donations in there if you should wish and I will forward them on to the charity. Please make cheques payable to: Malmesbury District Food Bank

Or see the web site and follow the links to donate online.

Thank you for your continued support.
Chris Betts Tel: 577123

Remembrance Sunday (Revised)

Ahead of Remembrance Sunday on 8th November, I list below the names of those from Hankerton that fell in the two World Wars.

Apologies but there was a mistake on the original post. The mistake is now corrected below.

From the First World War:

Frank Gardner
Alfred Hayes
Edgar Law
Fred Law
Reginald Loder
Albert Painter
George Pennell
Thomas Smith (Commonwealth War Grave in our churchyard)
Arthur Woodward

From the Second World War:

Arthur (Jack) Tugwell

Below is a war poem by May Cannan.

Philip Carter

by May Cannan
She worked as a nurse in France during WW1 and was also in Military Intelligence in Paris.

Down on the boulevards, the crowds went by,
the shouting and the singing died away
and in the quiet, we rose to drink the toasts,
our hearts uplifted to the Hour, the Day
The King-The Army-The Navy-The Allies-
England-and Victory.
(The tables were abuzz with revelry).
Then you turned to me and said with a low voice
“I have a toast for you and me”
and whispered “Absent” and we drank to
“Our unforgotten Dead”,
but I saw Love go lonely down the years
and when I drank, the wine was salt with tears.

Support Groups In The Area

An update from the Parish Council on support groups available to Hankerton residents.

There are plenty of support groups in the local area.

The Hankerton Village Whatsapp group is still live and here to help. So if you need help with shopping, picking up prescriptions or any other general issues please feel free to put a request out via the Whatsapp group. If you are not on the group (or do not subscribe to Whatsapp) please pass your request on to Robin Tjolle – / Tel 07801 891429 or Geoff Preston / Tel 07785 106035 . Geoff is also on hand to help with any computer (PC/Mac) or software problems residents might have as well.

The HEALS group in Malmesbury is also still there to support and also doing a wonderful job. Contact details –  07931 098347 /

There is also the NHS Volunteers group who are able to offer support with shopping, medication or other essential supplies as well as check in and chat and some patient transport. Residents can be referred or you can self-refer – call 0808 196 3646 between 8am and 8pm or visit:

The Wiltshire Wellbeing Hub remains open Monday to Friday, 9-5pm via the helpline on 0300 003 4576 or e-mail The hub will not be providing food parcels directly, but have a range of support options to ensure that residents get the help they require. This includes signposting to community groups, as well as referring to the NHS volunteers, supporting with priority supermarket slots and working with pharmacies to arrange direct delivery of prescriptions.