Monthly Archives: July 2022

Help Needed Please

From Dai Davies

Could you kindly post an appeal on the website for any young man or woman aged between 14-17 years old to come and befriend our Ukrainian guests. Yelysei 14 years and Stella 16 years need young people to talk to them and improve their English which could be done by playing football/rugby/bike riding/tennis/swimming etc. 


From Me, Simon. with thanks to Michael Bromley Gardner.

I’m not sure where to start really ! There’s lots of roadworks happening in the next few weeks (along with Womad of course !).

Here’s a map of what’s going on from 25 July to 28 August :

As far as I can see there’s 4 “areas of interest”
1. 27 Jul – 29 Jul
From Charlton the road to Garsdon / Lea.

2. 8 Aug – 10 Aug
C92 at sewage works near Brookside Cottage.

3. 12 Aug – 14 Aug
C90 Minety to Oaksey

4. 15 Aug – 26 Aug
B4040 from Vicarage Lane towards Minety

These works have changed dates recently so you may want to check the One Network website from time to time to get up to date information.

Sunshine Events in the Churchyard

From Philip Carter


At the weekend, 16th and 17th July, there was the usual “Coffee and Chat” held on Saturday morning outside the church, rather than in the North Aisle. It was hot enough to have one table under the holly tree (see photo) and a good time was had by all.  Anybody is welcome each Saturday from 11am till noon, in or out depending on the weather.

Then, on Sunday morning, a good number of strong villagers turned up on time to set up various marquees, tents and gazebos. The attached photo was taken before 55 people appeared at about 3pm for a couple of hours of chat plus strawberries and cream and cakes, all prepared and served by another good gang of villagers and volunteers. It was a pleasure to have the Ukrainian family of four with us. There was also an excellent raffle of varied prizes and nearly everybody won something!  Huge thanks to all who helped in any way but no names mentioned because I might forget someone!

Philip Carter

Potholes – Help Needed !

From Dai Davies
eMail :

Would anyone like to come and help with filling in the potholes on the curve adjacent to the church on Saturday 23rd July?

Please bring a shovel and a wheelbarrow!

Meeting at 8am.

(Ed. No Rod Stewart I’m afraid…. perhaps Dai will fill in with a song ?)

Recycling Collection

Here’s what the Wiltshire website says :-

If you were scheduled a collection on Monday 18 July 2022 and your location is listed below, our contractors should be with you on Wednesday 20 July 2022.  However, our contractors may get to you sooner, therefore please leave your containers out. Due to the hot weather, collections could be completed from 0600, please ensure your containers are put out before this time. If your location is listed, there is no need to report your missed bin as we are aware of the issue and will return to empty it. “

…and Hankerton is on the list.

Parish Council Update

From Robin Tjolle – Parish Council Chair

The Hankerton Parish Council meets regularly and had its latest meeting on the 4th July to discuss a number of areas affecting the village. They were pleased to note that a number of plans to develop the village had come to fruition including the installation of a Wild Flower verge (led by Cllr Dai Davies) and the new bench celebrating the Queens Platinum Jubilee in the Church yard (led by Cllr Robin Tjolle). Please feel free to sit and enjoy the views of our beautiful church. The Parish Council were also pleased to welcome their new member Cllr Kate Nurden and the election of Cllr Jacqui Erskin-Crum as the new deputy chair.

Ideas to further develop the village were also discussed including installing a flag pole by the bus shelter (so we can raise a relevant flag to celebrate upcoming anniversaries and other events) – views from residents on whether they would support this would be welcome in time for the next meeting. Also the PC would welcome suggestions on where to site further wild flower verges in the village. Plans are also underway to resurface the turning circle by the church and improve the path behind Hillwell. The PC also agreed to scale back on unnecessary verge cutting throughout the village.

The PC is keen to see how it can support events within the village post-pandemic to bring residents together on a more regular basis and again suggestions are welcome.

Finally, the PC also agreed a revised process for considering planning applications (following Wiltshire County Council’s decision to remove the installation of green signs).

The Parish Council meetings are open to all and the decisions it makes affect all of us and our surroundings so it would be great to see all those who are interested come along – especially those with views on flagpoles, events and wild flowers! The next meeting is 5th September in the North Aisle at 7:30pm.  We hope to see you then.

If you have comments / ideas please fill in the form below and they will be sent to the Parish Council.

Planning Update

From Michael Bromley Gardner – Clerk to the Parish Council

Planning Applications affecting Hankerton Parish – Update:

  1. Application PL/2021/09101 – ‘Minety South’ Battery Storage Facility, variation of conditions in 17/03941 permission – approved (28 Jun 22).

  2. Application PL/2022/05132, ‘Minety 2’ Battery Storage Facility, variation of conditions in 21/04151 permission – submitted and receiving initial consideration by PC now. Papers available on Wiltshire Council website now.

Help Wanted – Wasps Nest !

From : Kate Nurden or 07715 851887

We have a wasps nest in our attic and it’s pretty big. They’ve covered a big box full of stuff.

Does anyone know how to get rid of them or someone that can get rid of them? 

Any help be much appreciated as they’re in the attic above Isabella’s room. 

Please send an email too or 07715 851887. 

Many Thanks 
Kate Nurden.