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Remembrance Sunday

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

Apologies for a mistake on this post. The main list of names is from the first war and Jack Tugwell was from the second war.

From the First World War:

Arthur (Jack) Tugwell

From the Second 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

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.

Poppy Appeal

This year there will be no door to door poppy collection in the village but I do have some poppies which I am willing to let anyone requiring one have. Either call at 22 Follyfield or contact me on 577946 and I will pop some round.

If you wish to make a donation to the Poppy Appeal, whether or not you want a poppy, please do so online at

Thank you
Claudine Pynn

HEALS Appeal

The Hankerton Marathon in June raised money for the Welfare Fund for individuals and families in Malmesbury and surrounding villages. The generous donations have made a difference to families in and around Malmesbury. This is another appeal from HEALS and I hope some people in the village feel they can respond to this and help others less fortunate than themselves.
Thank you, Susan Mockler

We hope you and your loved ones are keeping safe and well in these trying times.

Our local charity HEALS, that did such a great job supporting vulnerable local individuals and families in lockdown, now has an unique opportunity to do even more, as Covid cases sadly start to rise again. To do this they need our help and they need it now.

Heals has been chosen as the only Malmesbury welfare charity to get direct Covid 19 cash support from the national charity, the Localgiving Foundation.

For a few days only Localgiving are doubling the value of any donation made to Heals. This means any donation you make, up to a limit of £75, will be DOUBLED by Local Giving

For example, if you give £25, the charity will receive £50, plus the gift aid on the original donation amount if you tick the box as a UK tax payer. That adds another 25%.

Since, lockdown Heals is dealing with a big increase in local people and families struggling to pay bills, meet their rent and put food on the table. As a result Heals has launched its ‎first ever Winter Welfare Appeal, to make sure no local individual or family has to choose between heating or eating.

If you can help, please act fast as the Localgiving doubling fund is both time and cash limited. Their fund is only open until 10am on Tuesday 3 Novemberor sooner if their doubling fund runs out before then. 

Please help Heals to help others. Go now to

 Remember ever £1 given now will be doubled by Localgiving‎. Heals will certainly make very good use of this money to help local people.‎

The HEALS Trustees

Did Anyone See……

Did anybody happen to observe any large vehicles going down, or coming out of, the small lane by The Old Post Office on Tuesday 27th Oct. AM – we estimate between 08:30 to 12:30.  Or, notice a vehicle having difficulties near the drive to The Old Post Office.

A vehicle has struck the wall and damaged 7 metres of wall so that it was left in a state of near total collapse.

No debris was left at the site and no obvious paint on the wall, we therefore assume a large vehicle e.g. lorry.

As you can tell from this request the driver did not contact us about this.  We have notified the police of the incident.

If anyone has any information please can they contact me on

Many thanks,
Gerald Gallacher

COVID-19 Message from Wiltshire County

The following message has come from Wiltshire County :-

Dear Town and Parish Clerks,

I hope you are all well.

You will all be aware of the rising number of COVID19 cases in Wiltshire and nationally. We are seeing a significant rise in cases in the 10 to 29 year old age range and this is now spreading into older aged people. Please could I ask that you share the attached messages with your communities. If we all act now we can hopefully prevent Wiltshire from moving into increased restrictions protecting our communities and our businesses. Critical is getting this message to young people and those in their twenties, so please do share with your contacts in sports clubs, youth organisations and parents.

Thank you so much for your help. Together we can help prevent the spread.

Stay safe and keep well

Jess Gibbons
Director, Communities & Neighbourhoods