Monthly Archives: September 2022

Parish Council Update

From Robin Tjolle – Parish Council Chair (

This month’s Parish Council meeting took place before the sad news of the death of Queen Elizabeth II and our thoughts are with the members of the Royal family and all those across the Country and the Commonwealth who mourn her loss.

There was another really strong turnout for our meeting in September and thanks to those who were able to come along. This month we received a presentation from Conrad Energy who were discussing their plans for a battery energy storage site in neighbouring Minety parish. As always, the PC is keen to reflect the wider views, but from those present, a number of concerns and objections were raised primarily about safety. So if you have any particularly strong views either way to this battery storage development (PL/2022/04524) please let the PC know or contact Wiltshire County Council direct. As well as the usual items, a resident raised a question about footpaths and how to best keep them clear for the use of all residents and the PC also thanked all those involved in improving the road surface by the Church, which looks great. Following this success discussion moved on to possible solutions to improve the surface behind Hillwell –so watch this space!

Following the recent article in the Grapevine regarding the Amenity area, the Cllrs wished to point out that there had been no feasibility study which found that the area was too small to be a play area, and to clarify that a play area was still a viable option for the amenity area. The Grapevine has kindly agreed to correct this.

The PC also debated the installation of a flag pole by the memorial Bus Stop so that we can mark National events in the future – costs are being gathered and a decision will be made at our next meeting. Finally the PC is also keen to further the number of wildflower areas across the village following the pilot this summer – so hopefully more of these beautiful flowers will be popping up next year.

The next PC meeting will be on 7th November and we look forward to seeing as many that can make it then.

Kate’s Skipping Challenge

From Kate Nurden.

I am going to be raising money for this wonderful charity in October.

I’m going to be doing 100 skips a day, a few people have signed up on the list but I  would love to get some more to support a beautiful charity. I will also have a form at home if people prefer to pay cash instead of online. Please pop it round to me in a envelope. I will keep you updated on my progress along the way. 

Many Thanks 
Kate Nurden 

Vintage tractor parade through Hankerton on 28th August

My apologies for the delay on this – entirely my fault (well that and COVID !) – Simon

From Bunny :
We are pleased to report that £152 was raised for the Wiltshire Air ambulance during the parade of vintage tractors was collected and will be passed to the Charity.

This will be added to the £925 raised by the event itself for the charity. Thanks are due to the organisers Phil Wood and John Blizzard and all the helpers and marshals involved.

Wiltshire Council Information Relating To Bank Holiday

With thanks to Elizabeth Threlfall

The bank holiday on Monday 19th will mark the last day of the period of national mourning.

Details surrounding the funeral, where to place floral tributes, national guidance and our service updates in full can all be found at

Here’s an extract from the Wilts Council page :

Wessex Week

From Julia – Chair : Wessex Week

I’m attaching the updated poster for possible distribution, as I know that people like to be able to see the programme as a whole as well as looking online.

Our website :

This has full details of all events (tickets for couple of which can only be acquired online).

Printed tickets are now available in the Tourist Information Office, but these are cash and cheque only (cheques payable to: ‘Wessex week Organisers’).

Thank you for your help and support as always.

Chair: Wessex Week

The Death Of Queen Elizabeth

Following the very sad news of the death of Queen Elizabeth two services have been arranged in Hankerton Church. 

Tomorrow Friday 9th September there will be a short 20 minute service of Prayer and Reflection at 6pm

Sunday 11th September there will be a special Morning Prayer service at 9.30 am

The church will be open from tomorrow from 10am for those who wish to come in for private prayer and sign a book of condolence.

Valerie Durnford