Minety Art Club Exhibition – THIS WEEKEND !

After a year’s absence, and Covid rules permitting, Minety Art Club will once again be holding their Annual Art Exhibition and sale of work on Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th October 2021 in Minety Village Hall. Entrance is free.

Over the years, the Art Club’s exhibition has become a highly regarded showcase for local artistic talent and a must-see on Minety’s events calendar. In addition to a substantial collection of affordable original art for sale, selected artists will be demonstrating their working techniques and giving visitors a chance to have a go themselves.

For children, there will be an opportunity to be shown how to paint in watercolour.

Refreshments of tea coffee and cakes will be available throughout both days.

Missing Ted

Our ginger cat called Ted has been missing since teatime yesterday. Please could you  check your sheds etc. We’re all quite worried as he never goes out this long. I know Rosie has a cat that looks very similar though which might be confusing.


Thank you,
Emma Watts

12 Follyfield
Tel 01666 577905 / 07595 618662

Remembrance Sunday (14 Nov)

A single red poppy against a blue sky

The October Grapevine says that there will be the usual service but at 3pm this year, led by a member of the clergy. We would have preferred a service at 11am, the traditional time, but there are not enough clergy to cover all 6 churches in our Group simultaneously. However, as an additional part of Remembrance Day, there will be an informal gathering at 10.50 on the same morning next to our Commonwealth War Grave. This will include the familiar words “They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old….” etc, followed by a 2 minute silence at 11am. All are welcome to both Remembrances.

Philip Carter

Charity Classic Tractor Run

This Sunday (3 Oct) there is a classic tractor run happening around the Gloucestershire / Wiltshire area in support of the Air Ambulance Charity.

The event has been organised by John Blizzard and he has been kind enough to arrange for the tractors to do a circuit of Follyfield !

The tractors are expected to arrive on Sunday afternoon somewhere around 13:30 – 14:00.

Please cheer them on ! and donate generously !

Revised Date for Follyfield Roadworks

There has been an update from Wiltshire County Council :

Dear Sir/Madam:

As consultant representative for Wiltshire Council, I write to inform you of carriageway repair works programmed along Follyfield Hankerton inclding spurs, Malmesbury.

The site extents can be viewed on the attached drawing.

These works involve application of Micro Asphalt, adjustment of ironwork and reinstatement of road markings, if necessary, will be completed at a later date

The works will commence on Friday 22nd October 2021 and will be completed on the same day between the hours of 07:00 and 19:00, however, on occasions they may over run due to uncontrollable circumstances such as plant breakdowns, if weather conditions are unfavourable, or occasionally we discover the need for additional repairs once the work has started.

There will be advance information signs erected on site giving confirmed start dates.

Due to the nature of the works and the local environment, the works will be carried out within a temporary road closure, to ensure that adequate health & safety is maintained for the contractor & local residents.

You can view this via one.network by entering the following addresses into an internet browser: https://one.network/?tmi=GB20746864

The Contractor will maintain pedestrian access for residents for the duration of the works; but depending upon what operation is being undertaken and where it’s being undertaken residents may find that when accessing or egressing from their property in their vehicle, they may experience a delay and have to wait for plant to be moved out of the carriageway.  I have suggested to residents that when leaving their property, to allow extra time for any possible delays and when returning to their property, there will be traffic management operatives located at the extents of the works, to speak to them, explain where they live, and they will be able to assist.

There will be points during the material laying process where vehicular access will be restricted as residents won’t be able to drive over the newly laid material, as early trafficking could lead to premature failure, therefore I have recommended to residents that if works are being undertaken in the vicinity of their property to speak to the workforce in advance to ask if there will be any restrictions with regards to access.

Advanced signing will be erected and letter drops to all residents located within the site extents will commence prior to the works. Signing will be in place advising that local businesses will be open as usual.

I would like to take this opportunity to apologise for any inconvenience these works will cause but trust you will appreciate the necessity for these essential works to maintain Wiltshire’s highway network.

Should you require any further information in advance of the works please do not hesitate to contact me on the details shown below. If you wish to discuss the works whilst they are in operation, please speak to a member of the workforce who will direct you to the appropriate person.

As I will be leaving on the 1st October, if there are any queries after this date, please contact my colleague Andy Coles andy.coles@atkinsglobal.com.

Kind regards
David Fowler BEng (Hons) FIHE
Engineer, Transportation
UK & Europe
Engineering, Design and Project Management