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The Courier – October 2022

The October version of The Courier magazine for Everleigh and the Collingbournes is available to view now


The COURIER Office, and Editorial address for contributors:
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The COURIER is the Magazine of the Parishes of Collingbourne Ducis,
Everleigh and Collingbourne Kingston. Items for publication are most
welcome but may have to be edited if space, etc, demands. All items
published solely express the views of their author and are copyright of
the COURIER unless otherwise stated. Whilst every care has been taken,
no responsibility can be accepted for statements made by the advertisers.
The deadline for November copy is 6.30 pm on 18th October 2022

Update on Wiltshire Council services for Monday 19 September

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Update on Wiltshire Council services for Monday 19 September

There will be some changes to Wiltshire Council services on 19 September, following the announcement that there will be a national bank holidayto mark the funeral of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

Here are the details of services affected on 19 September:
No collections of waste or recycling will take place on Monday 19 September. All collections due on the day of the Queen’s funeral will instead take place Tuesday 20 September. For collections scheduled between Tuesday 20 and Friday 23 September we ask that bins and containers are placed out as normal by 7am, though some collections may not be completed until the following day.

All household recycling centres will be closed with normal opening hours resuming from 20 September.

Leisure centres will be closed with normal opening hours resuming from 20 September.

Libraries will be closed, with no mobile library service on offer on that day. Any books that were due to be returned by 19 September will be extended until 26 September. Books of condolence will be available in libraries until the end of the day on 20 September.

Buses will be running to Sunday timetables, therefore bus routes that do not normally run on a Sunday will not be running on 19 September. To find out timings on this date, please call Traveline on 0871 200 22 33 or contact the local bus company.

Schools and colleges will be closed.

Registration services will only be open for scheduled ceremonies.

Our three main council hubs (Bourne Hill, County Hall and Monkton Park) will be closed.

All roadworks scheduled to take place on Monday 19 September will be suspended for the day, which may mean that the duration of these works are extended by a day. Highways operations will be emergencies only.
Full details of services affected on 19 September

Share your thoughts and memories of Her Majesty The Queen

Elizabeth Windsor (21/04/1926 – 08/09/2022)

Wiltshire residents are invited to share their thoughts and memories of Her Majesty The Queen in a special online book of condolence.

The book is available until the day after the funeral. There will also be books of condolence set up in all Wiltshire Council libraries.

The Queen visited Wiltshire a number of times, including attending Salisbury Cathedral during her Diamond Jubilee Celebrations in 2012 and most recently visiting Dstl Porton Down in October 2020. She had also visited the county for military engagements, including meeting the Royal Welsh Regiment in Tidworth in 2017.

HM Lord-Lieutenant of Wiltshire, Mrs Sarah Rose Troughton said:

“It is with very great sadness that we have learnt of the death of Her Majesty The Queen.

“As HM Lord-Lieutenant and on behalf of the people of Wiltshire and Swindon, I would like to send heartfelt condolences and prayers to Her Majesty’s immediate family.

“Her Majesty visited our county many times during her reign; to her regiments based here, to Salisbury for HM’s Diamond Jubilee Celebrations in 2010 and most recently to Porton Down in 2020.

“Her Majesty’s long, unique reign, and her wonderful life of service and devotion to the nation will be remembered with deep affection and gratitude.

“We can of course look forward with confidence to His Majesty The King as her true successor and assure him and his family of Wiltshire’s loyalty and support.”

Chairman of Wiltshire Council, Cllr Stuart Wheeler, said:

“I, like so many of us, cannot remember a time when Her Majesty The Queen did not sit on the throne. The Queen has led this country setting a shining example of service, dedication and dignity in office, committed to all her subjects and her country. I would encourage those with memories of Her Majesty to join me in writing them down in our online book of remembrance.”

Cllr Richard Clewer, Leader of Wiltshire Council, said:

“This is a very sad time for all of us.

“We have lost one of the most important figures of our time who has led our nation with grace and dignity. The Queen never wavered from her dedication to her subjects, to her country and to the Commonwealth.

“I know there is much love for her and her family in this county. I know many people will be in shock and grief at this time and we all share that sadness.

“People can write down their own memories and thoughts in our online book of condolence. I hope people will take a few minutes to put into words what The Queen meant to them so we have a permanent record of the way The Queen touched the lives of people in Wiltshire.”

The Courier – June 2022

The electronic version of The Courier for June 2022 is available to view now

The COURIER Office, and Editorial address for contributors:
c/o 4 Sunnyhill, Collingbourne Ducis, Marlborough SN8 3EP
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ADDRESS for Contributions ONLY: cdkecouriercontribute@gmail.com
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The COURIER is the Magazine of the Parishes of Collingbourne Ducis,
Everleigh and Collingbourne Kingston. Items for publication are most
welcome but may have to be edited if space, etc, demands. All items
published solely express the views of their author and are copyright of
the COURIER unless otherwise stated. Whilst every care has been taken,
no responsibility can be accepted for statements made by the advertisers.
The deadline for July copy is 6.30 pm on 18th June 2022.

£150 energy rebate

In February, the Government announced that all households in council tax bands A to D are entitled to a one-off council tax energy rebate payment of £150. You do not have to pay this back.


The quickest way to receive your rebate

If you pay your council tax by direct debit, Wiltshire Council will use your bank
details to pay the rebate straight in to your account. You do not need to do anything.

Look out for a letter if you don’t pay your council tax by direct debit

If you are eligible for the energy rebate but do not pay your council tax by direct
debit, you will receive a letter through the post inviting you to submit your bank
details via the Wiltshire Council website. This will ensure the rebate can be paid into
your bank account. You do not need to call us; we will write to you in early May.

If you do not pay council tax

There are some households in Wiltshire that do not pay council tax because they
receive a council tax reduction. We will be writing to these households and inviting
them to provide their bank details so that the energy rebate can be paid to them.

Properties in council tax bands E – H

The Government has given the council a discretionary fund to help households on
low incomes who live in properties in bands E-H. Visit the Wiltshire Council website
for further information about the scheme.

Updates on the rebate and discretionary funding will be posted on the Wiltshire
Council website at www.wiltshire.gov.uk/council-tax-energy-rebate

Solar Together Wiltshire – group-buying scheme

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Service: Climate Team
Date prepared: 5 May 2022
Contact: climate@wiltshire.gov.uk

We wanted to update you on an innovative scheme that Wiltshire Council is driving forward
locally called Solar Together Wiltshire.

We are working with independent experts iChoosr and Swindon Borough Council to give
homeowners the opportunity to invest in renewables through a group-buying scheme for
solar panels and battery storage.


This is a group-buying scheme which will offer solar panels with optional battery storage
and EV charge points, as well as offering battery storage for residents who have already
invested in solar panels and are looking to get more from the renewable energy they
generate, as well as increase their independence from the grid.


Given the current cost of living, significantly impacted by the surge in energy prices, we feel
this scheme will be worth consideration from eligible households and help provide longer
term savings.


It is free to register and there is no obligation for people to go ahead with an installation. All
residents living in the Wiltshire Council and Swindon Borough Council areas who own their
own house (or have permission from the landlord to install a solar PV system) can register
for the Solar Together group-buying scheme. Small and medium-sized enterprises (non-
domestic) and community buildings meeting this requirement can participate as well.
Planning permission may be required in some cases and we are directing people to this
page for more information – https://www.wiltshire.gov.uk/planning-permission

The scheme works as follows:
• Step one: From 9 May – 14 June, Wiltshire householders can register online to
become part of the group for free and without obligation. Invitation letters will be sent
to 60,000 Wiltshire households w/c 23 May. However, any eligible
household/business/community building can apply irrespective of whether they
receive a letter
• Step two: Pre-approved UK solar PV suppliers participate in an auction. They are
able to offer competitive pricing as the volume and geographic concentration makes
it possible for them to make greater efficiencies, which they pass onto customers
• Step three: After the auction, registered households will be emailed a personal
recommendation later in June that is specific to the details they submitted in their
registration.
• Step four: If they choose to accept their recommendation, the specifics of their
installation will be confirmed with a technical survey, after which a date can be set
for the installation of their solar PV system.
People can accept or decline their personal recommendation. If they choose to go ahead
and accept with Solar Together, a £150 deposit is required, which is conditionally
refundable.

As stated earlier, iChoosr will send out a letter from the week of 23 May to a selection of
properties in Wiltshire that are likely to be eligible for the scheme to give them all the
information they need to consider participating should they wish to. The scheme will be
promoted using all the available council communication channels prior to this as well,
including social media, press releases, newsletter articles and posters at public facing
council buildings There will be no selling by phone or doorstepping of residents.

Our Wiltshire Climate Strategy is very clear that as a county we need to reduce the energy
we use as well as using low carbon forms of energy. Within the strategy we aimed to
encourage installation of renewables through group buy schemes and we’re pleased to
offer this opportunity to residents to consider

If you are contacted by residents who want more information about this, people can visit
www.solartogether.co.uk/wiltshire, email wiltshire@solartogether.co.uk or call 0800 048
8113. IChoosr are responsible for managing and rolling out the scheme and all enquiries
about it will be going via them.

For those residents not eligible for this particular scheme, but who still want ideas on
lowering their carbon footprint or information on how to access support or grants for energy
efficiency in their homes, then there’s more information available at
www.wiltshire.gov.uk/climate-change-individual.
If you have any questions or queries, please don’t hesitate to contact
climate@wiltshire.gov.uk
We’d welcome and encourage you to share any council communications, such as social
media posts and press releases, with your contacts and the local community to help spread
the word about the scheme.
We’ll keep you updated on the progress of this scheme.

The Courier – May 2022

The COURIER is the Magazine of the Parishes of Collingbourne Ducis, Everleigh and Collingbourne Kingston, click below to download/view the May 2022 edition.

The COURIER Office, and Editorial address for contributors:
c/o 4 Sunnyhill, Collingbourne Ducis, Marlborough SN8 3EP
Contact Details:
ADDRESS for Contributions ONLY: cdkecouriercontribute@gmail.com
ADMINISTRATION: Sandra Fisher (850363) cdkecouriersec@gmail.com
ADVERTISING/FLYERS/LEAFLETS:
Simon Gilford cdkecourieradvertise@gmail.com

The COURIER is the Magazine of the Parishes of Collingbourne Ducis,
Everleigh and Collingbourne Kingston. Items for publication are most
welcome but may have to be edited if space, etc, demands. All items
published solely express the views of their author and are copyright of
the COURIER unless otherwise stated. Whilst every care has been taken,
no responsibility can be accepted for statements made by the advertisers.
The deadline for June copy is 6.30 pm on 18th May 2022.

Wiltshire News from Wiltshire Council – April 2022

 29 April 2022
 £150 energy rebate update

We are continuing to pay the £150 energy rebate to residents who pay their council tax by direct debit.

So far we’ve paid out over £12.8million to 85,438 households in Wiltshire and we’ll be making payments to a further 18,000 households that pay by direct debit next week.

If you don’t pay your council tax by direct debit, you’ll receive a letter in the post next month explaining how you can claim the energy rebate.  More information about the energy rebate    Waste and recycling
Waste crews are working as usual this bank holiday, so if it’s your collection day, please make sure your bin is out for collection by 7am.  Check your waste and recycling collection day  
 Leader’s Vlog  Richard Clewer, Leader of Wiltshire Council gives a short update on what was discussed at our cabinet meeting earlier this week    Local Community History Month
Time to celebrate Wiltshire’s rich history!
It’s Local and Community History Month in May and we’re celebrating with an array of events and exhibitions at libraries across the county.
 
Events start on Wednesday 4 May through to Friday 27 May and a full list of events and booking information can be found on our Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre website.  
More information on plans to celebrate Local Community History Month    Celebrating Wiltshire’s sporting future

Wiltshire’s up and coming sports stars of the future were celebrated earlier this week at the 2022 Sports Scholarship grant presentation ceremony held at County Hall, Trowbridge.

Sports Scholarship grants of £500 were awarded to ten young athletes aged between 8 and 18 years, who compete at either a regional or national level in their chosen sport.  More information on the 2022 Sports Scholarship grant presentation ceremony    Careers event helps young people in care consider next steps

Young people who have experience of being in care or about to leave care had an opportunity to discuss their future plans at a careers event this week.

Twenty three stands representing universities, colleges, training providers and prospective employers were at the event at the Salisbury Arts Centre.

The event was for young people from Year 9 upwards to give them food for thought on their future careers and the steps to take to achieve their ambition.  More information about the careers event in Salisbury for young people in care   
Keep up to date with improvement works

Contractors working on our behalf are carrying out road resurfacing and associated works in a number of towns across Wiltshire.

You can also see the full list of all roadworks taking place in the county by visiting the One Network map and typing ‘Wiltshire’ into the search box.
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Recycling collections to resume from 21 March

Hills Municipal Collections and GMB Union have confirmed they have reached an agreement, which means the waste collection strike has now concluded with immediate effect, and our recycling collections will resume next week.
 
Our contractor Hills Municipal Collections has confirmed those workers that were on strike will return to work on Friday 18 March. Therefore, our kerbside recycling collections will resume as normal from Monday 21 March.
 
Please put your blue lidded bins and black boxes out on your scheduled day from Monday 21 March. Due to the recent disruption there may still be slight delays to the collection due to the higher volumes of materials we expect, so if your recycling containers aren’t emptied on your scheduled day please leave them out, and they will be collected as soon as possible.
 
You will still be able to leave additional recycling that has mounted up during the disruption; please leave any additional recycling materials in non-black bags or containers (such as plastic crates) next to the recycling bins and the crews will collect them.
 
Household and garden waste collections will continue as normal so please put those bins out on your normal scheduled day. If those are not collected as scheduled they will be collected as soon as possible.
 
In summary, the key things you need to know:

  • Recycling collection services will resume from Monday 21 March
  • Please put out your black box and blue lidded bin on your scheduled day from 21 March
  • If recycling bins are not emptied on your scheduled day please leave them out, and they will be collected as soon as possible
  • Any additional recycling materials stockpiled during the disruption will be collected. Please put those items in non-black bags or containers (such as a plastic crate) next to your recycling bins
  • Household and garden waste collections continue as normal so please put those bins out on your normal collection day. There could still be slight delays so please leave your bins out until collected
  • If you’re unsure on when your collection day is, please visit our website.
  • If you have any queries please visit our FAQs
Waste Service Disruption - suspension extended

Update on waste services: recycling collections suspension extended

Due to further industrial action confirmed by the GMB Union, we have made the difficult decision to extend our suspension of recycling collection services until the week of 4 April. This does not affect household waste or garden waste collections, which will continue.
 
The GMB Union, which is in dispute with our contractor Hills Municipal Collections, has confirmed they will be striking until at least 2 April.
 
This means that recycling collection services won’t resume until the week of 4 April, and not the previously stated 21 March. Please do not put your blue lidded bins and black boxes out until your next collection day from 4 April onwards.
 
When recycling services do resume from 4 April, waste crews will accept additional materials that don’t fit in blue lidded bins or black boxes, so please leave them in bags, bin bags and crates and they will be picked up if they are left next to the recycling containers. However, if you are unable to store additional materials at home you can take them to your nearest household recycling centre (HRC). All Wiltshire HRCs are operating as normal.
 
We have a dedicated FAQ page with a host of information and this will be updated for the duration of the industrial action with everything you need on any change or disruption to waste services.

Please continue to put out your household and garden waste bins out on your normal collection days, and if for any reason they aren’t emptied as scheduled then they will be the following day where possible.
 
If any additional industrial action is confirmed we’ll keep you updated on the possible impact to our services.
 
This dispute is between Hills Municipal Collections and the GMB Union and out of our direct control, and we hope it can be resolved as quickly as possible.
 
Apologies for the inconvenience this is causing, and we thank you for your patience.