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Mobile Library Visits to Everleigh

Mobile Library Service at Everleigh

Have you visited a mobile library recently?

If you are a parent with young children, you will find a great range of picture books and story CDs for them to enjoy; there are information books and plenty of exciting reading for older children as well.

For adults, there are a large range of information books and novels, ranging from the latest thriller to best-selling autobiographies, cookery and gardening. There is also a wide selection of large print and talking books.

If you are looking for a particular title and can’t find it the Mobile Library Manager will be happy to reserve it for you and bring it on a future visit, there is no charge for children’s stock but a small charge of 85p for adult reservations.

It is free to join the library and there are no fines for overdue books. So why not try it and see how much more there is on a mobile library? It’s easy to join, just bring along proof of your name and address and the friendly Mobile Manager will sign you up straight away – they are always happy to help.

The mobile library visits Everleigh – High Trees on a Friday every 4 weeks.

Time: 2.45 – 3.10pm

Forthcoming visits are on Feb 10, Mar 10, Apr 7, May 5, Jun 2, Jun 30, Jul 28


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Website Editor’s note : these dates are in the Village Calendar as well

Tidworth Police Appeal – RTC 22nd December

At approximately 10.17 pm last night, Thursday 22 December 2016, a serious injury road traffic collision occurred on the A338 just south of Tidworth.

Involved in the collision was a Red Suzuki Swift and a pedal cyclist. As a result of the collision the rider of the pedal cycle, a local man aged 65, received life threatening injuries and is currently being treated in Southampton Hospital. His family are aware.

The driver of the Suzuki swift made off from the scene and enquiries are ongoing to locate him.

We are keen to speak to the driver as soon as possible and ask him to come forward.

Anyone with information about the collision should contact PC WILLIAMSON or PC CARGILL at the Collision Investigation Team at Devizes on 101. Alternatively call Crimestoppers 0800 555 111 where details may be left anonymously if preferred.

Christmas and New Year waste and recycling collections in Everleigh

There will be no waste or recycling collections on Monday 26 December 2016, therefore your collection day will be one day later than normal during this week.
For the two weeks from 26 December 2016, your collection days will be on:

Household waste: Thursday 5 January.
Black box recycling: Friday 30 December.
Plastic bottle and cardboard recycling: Friday 30 December.
Garden waste: no collections.
Household waste and recycling collection days will return to normal from Monday 2 January 2017.

Garden waste collections will be suspended from Monday 26 December and restart on Monday 9 January.

You can leave your real Christmas tree alongside your garden waste bin for collection as scheduled in January.
Household recycling centre opening hours
All household recycling centres will be closed from 1pm on 24 December and all day on 25 December, 26 December and 1 January. Check the opening hours of your local centre.

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Own Poultry in Everleigh ? Urgent – keep your birds inside !

The Government Chief Vet has declared a Prevention Zone introducing enhanced biosecurity requirements for poultry and captive birds, helping protect them from a strain of avian flu circulating in mainland Europe. The zone covers England and will remain in place for 30 days.

Keepers of poultry and other captive birds are now required to keep their birds indoors, or take appropriate steps to keep them separate from wild birds.

Outbreaks of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (H5N8) have been confirmed in poultry and wild birds in several countries across Europe. No cases of H5N8 have been found in the UK and this order is a precautionary measure to help prevent potential infection from wild birds.

Public Health England (PHE) advises that the threat to human health remains very low.

Defra is continuing to monitor the situation closely and has increased its surveillance activity, while keepers are being urged to reinforce biosecurity measures on their premises.

Chief Veterinary Officer Nigel Gibbens said:

While no cases of H5N8 avian flu have been found in the UK, and PHE advises the public health threat is low, we are closely monitoring the situation across Europe and have scaled up surveillance in response to the heightened risk.

As a precaution, and to allow time for poultry and captive bird keepers to put in place appropriate biosecurity measures, we have declared a 30-day Prevention Zone to reduce the risk of infection from wild birds.

Even when birds are housed a risk of infection remains so this must be coupled with good biosecurity—for example disinfecting clothing and equipment, reducing poultry movement and minimising contact between poultry and wild birds.
Poultry keepers are advised to be vigilant for any signs of disease in their birds and any wild birds, and seek prompt advice from their vet if they have any concerns. They can help prevent avian flu by maintaining good biosecurity on their premises, including:

cleansing and disinfecting clothing, footwear, equipment and vehicles before and after contact with poultry – if practical, use disposable protective clothing;
reducing the movement of people, vehicles or equipment to and from areas where poultry are kept to minimise contamination from manure, slurry and other products and using effective vermin control;
thoroughly cleaning and disinfecting housing at the end of a production cycle;
keeping fresh disinfectant at the right concentration at all points where people should use it, such as farm entrances and before entering poultry housing or enclosures; and
minimising direct and indirect contact between poultry and wild birds, including making sure all feed and water is not accessible to wild birds.

You can read the full Press Pelease here

Hare Coursing – Police Update 06/12/2016

Message sent by
Fiona Marno (Police, Community Support Officer, Wiltshire East Community Policing Team)

Good Evening,

Over the past week we have been called to numerous reports of hare coursing / poaching on rural land surrounding Avebury, Yatesbury, Pewsey Vale and Upavon area to name but a few. Not only do these criminals partaking in this activity actively chase hares with dogs, which is illegal under the Hunting Act 2004; they also cause criminal damage to crops and fencing along the way.

We urge local residents in rural communities to be vigilant to vehicles (usually 4×4 type vehicles) acting suspiciously and to report any such activity to us on 101 or 999 if persons are seen to be in the act.

Many Thanks
Devizes Police.


3rd December is Small Business Saturday !

Small Business Saturday UK is a grassroots, non-political, non-commercial campaign, which highlights small business success and encourages consumers to ‘shop local’ and support small businesses in their communities. The day itself takes place on the first shopping Saturday in December each year, but the campaign aims to have a lasting impact on small businesses. Continue reading 3rd December is Small Business Saturday !

Please Be Alert But Not Alarmed To The Threat Of Terrorism 29/11/2016

Message sent by
Katie Bond (Police, Media Officer, Wiltshire)

This week, Wiltshire Police is running a social media campaign to inform the public about how they can help keep themselves and their local community safe in the rare event of a terrorist incident.

The current threat to the UK from international terrorism remains ‘severe’ meaning an attack is highly likely. Therefore, it is important to be vigilant at all times and ensure the public understand the important role they have in helping us defeat terrorism.

Assistant Chief Constable Kier Pritchard said: “We do not want the public to be alarmed but we do want them to be alert.

“Like all other police services up and down the country, Wiltshire Police is working hard to keep people safe but we do need the support of our local communities and businesses.

“Police services depend on information they receive from the public who act as our eyes and ears in our bid to keep people safe. If something concerns you, report it.”

During the week, we will be sharing content from National Counter Terrorism Policing (NCTP) including a short film which gives advice on what to do in the event of an incident. To view the video visit

Other useful information includes guidance on how to anonymously report suspicious online terrorist and extremist content, which can be done by visiting:

We’ll also be promoting the NSPCC 24/7 free helpline, which was set up in July to provide support to adults who have concerns about children and young people being radicalised, or who need advice on how to talk to their children about issues related to terrorism. The helpline is: 0808 800 5000.

ACC Pritchard added: “Our key message throughout this campaign is be vigilant. Terrorists have to plan and prepare attacks which can involve buying and storing materials, communicating and surveillance – whether you work in a shopping centre, local pubs, clubs, farms, you all have a part to play.

“Police forces up and down the country will continue to operate at a heightened state of readiness while the threat level remains at severe, however it is important to stress that Wiltshire remains one of the safest counties in the country to live, work and socialise in and we will continue to work hard to prevent crime and protect the public.”

Please ensure you always:

• Remain alert to the danger of terrorism
• Report anything suspicious to the police on 999 or the anti-terrorist hotline: 0800 789 321
• If your information doesn’t relate to an imminent threat, you can also contact your local police on 101. Continue reading Please Be Alert But Not Alarmed To The Threat Of Terrorism 29/11/2016