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The Courier – October 2021

The COURIER is the Magazine of the Parishes of Collingbourne Ducis,
Everleigh and Collingbourne Kingston, click below to download/view the October 2021 edition.

The deadline for November copy is 6.30 pm on 18th October 2021.

The COURIER Office, and Editorial address for contributors:
c/o 4 Sunnyhill, Collingbourne Ducis, Marlborough SN8 3EP

Contact Details:
ADDRESS for Contributions ONLY:
EDITOR: (Position vacant)
ADMINISTRATION: Sandra Fisher (850363)
Linda Hardiman

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.

Wiltshire Council Climate Strategy

Recieved from Richard Rogers, Community Engagement Manager, Wiltshire Council

Wiltshire Council is consulting on its draft Climate Strategy from 1 September for six weeks, as it aims to meet its pledge to be carbon neutral by 2030.

The consultation is your chance to help shape the future of Wiltshire in its journey to becoming carbon neutral county and more resilient to climate impacts. The council will be asking for your views on how you think residents, communities and businesses in the county can all play their part to achieve this.

There will be a chance to attend engagement events to ask questions and share your views during the six weeks of the consultation period, along with an online survey, so please do get involved and help to spread the word.

The full consultation documents and information will be available at from 1 September.

We all have a responsibility to do what we can to tackle this global problem, and your support on a local level will be vital, so please do get involved!

The View from Everleigh – May 2021

Denis Bottomley (CD 852731) writes:

Covid-19 continues to dominate the headlines, with the situation constantly evolving.  Village Area Co-ordinators remain in place and alert to the needs of parishioners as required in the face of an uncertain future.  Key Covid-19 information is posted on the village web site at

We reopened our village playground on Tuesday 30th March in time for the Easter weekend, with appropriate Covid-19 control measures in place. The onus will be on users to implement social distancing, clean equipment before and after use, and maintain personal hygiene. Instructions are posted at playground gates.

Continue reading The View from Everleigh – May 2021

Town and parish elections

Statutory notices published for uncontested town & parish council elections

The electoral statutory notices for the town & parish areas that are uncontested have now been published on the Wiltshire Council website.

Each of the uncontested areas will fall into one of these scenarios:

  • The parishes are uncontested and have enough candidates to be quorum.
  • Where no nominations were received the election will have to be  re-run within 35 days from 6 May 2021 on an date to be decided by the Returning Officer. We will confirm the exact day as soon as possible.
  • Some nominations were received but not enough to make the parish council quorate, so the election will have to be re-run to fill the vacant seats within 35 days from 6 May 2021, on a date to be decided by the Returning Officer. We will confirm the exact day as soon as possible. In this scenario, those individuals that had submitted valid nominations are elected unopposed.   
  • No nominations were received by some parish wards, but there were nominations in the other wards that make up that parish council to be quorate, and therefore the unfilled seats can be filled by co-option by the new Parish Council.

For more information please visit If you have any additional queries please email or call 0300 456 0112.

Pewsey Vale School – Crowfunder

The Pewsey Vale School Parent Teacher and Friends Association has launched an exciting new campaign to raise funds to install a permanent covered outdoor seating area at Pewsey Vale School.

The canopy will provide a further separate area at the School which, in the short term, will be used in keeping student bubbles separate during breaks from lessons and, in the longer term, will be used for dining, socialising, relaxing and learning as needed.

The canopy will cost in the region of £16,000 and, towards this, the PTFA can already contribute £8,000. They are hoping that working with the community, a further £8,000 can be raised to make the covered outdoor space a reality, providing real benefit to current and future pupils at the school. They are asking for pledges to donate and offering incentives for donations.

If you are an ex-pupil, a community resident or business and would like to support the PTFA, a registered charity, in providing this infrastructure for this Pewsey Vale School please visit their crowdfunding page. All support, of any size, will be much appreciated.

A View from Everleigh – March 2021


Denis Bottomley (CD 852731) writes:

Covid-19 continues to dominate the headlines, with the situation constantly evolving.  Village Area Co-ordinators remain in place and alert to the needs of parishioners as required in the face of an uncertain future.  Key Covid-19 information is posted on the village web site at

On Sunday morning,16th May, we intend to walk the parish boundary to commemorate the ancient ceremony of Beating the Bounds of Everleigh Parish.  This is an 8 mile hike and is an enjoyable way to promote both community spirit and fitness. Clearly, this event is subject to the prevailing Covid-19 situation.

A national census takes place Sunday 21st March.  The census is a survey that takes place every 10 years and covers all people and households in England and Wales. All kinds of organisations, from local authorities to charities, use the information to help provide the services we all need, including transport, education and healthcare. A letter will be sent to all households from the Office of National Statistics in early March. The letter will include an access code to complete the census online. A paper copy option is also available.

As notified previously, Wilts Council have agreed speed limit changes on Marlborough Road (MR) in Everleigh as follows:

•           MR South:  From the A342 up to and including Coombe Cottages – Reduce to 40 mph.

•           MR North:  From Coombe Cottages northwards – remains 50mph, and extend this zone

         to the KK tank crossing.

Wilts Council have approved Traffic Regulation Orders and have issued a works order to implement change.  We are hopeful that implementation may be completed in the Spring.

Right of Way (RoW) 6 is a route running south west from the village playground on to the Plain.  It is a restricted byeway and as such it may be used as a footpath and a bridleway and is also open to non motorised vehicles including horse drawn vehicles and push bikes . At this time of year the track becomes very muddy and consequently we are examining options to improve the situation, in conjunction with the Wilts Council RoW officer who visited the site on Tuesday 9th February.

The village playground has been closed since last March due to the Covid-19 situation. We intend to reopen it this Spring and are currently looking at the control measures necessary to achieve this.

Wiltshire Council have a clear procedure for reporting infrastructure faults or issues, such as an inoperative streetlight, fallen trees, pot holes or blocked drains/gullies. There are several reporting options: by phone 0300 456 0105; on line at; or use the MyWilts app on a smart phone. Any resident may report any fault direct; please do not think that this is the sole preserve of the Parish Council. However, if residents need Parish Council support on infrastructure issues then please contact Cllr Kim Wheeler-Mallows Tel: 01264 850303.

Finally, the next Parish Council meeting will take place on Tuesday 2nd March 2021 at 7pm.  This meeting will be held remotely via Zoom, due to the Covid-19 situation. Everyone is welcome to attend. Instructions for joining this meeting will be available from the Parish Council clerk, Mr Phil Gill, at

Guidance on Census Field Operation for Police forces and for Trading Standards

The Office for National Statistics will shortly be carrying out the Census 2021 across England and Wales. Census Day is Sunday 21st March. After this day, in your authority, census officers will be:

knocking on doors following up non-responders  

helping the public with queries  

From 22nd March 2021 our field census officers will be working across England and Wales. We have recruited around 29000 members of staff to carry out home visits.  

All our officers will be carrying official identification cards. The card will have a photograph and the officer’s name. The officers will work through the day to make contact with residents but will not call before 09:00 or after 20:00. 


Any member of the public concerned that the person on their doorstep is not a census officer can call the number on the critical workers letter that the officer can show them. 

Census officers will never ask for any money or bank details at any point during the conversation with respondents. 

Our staff in the field are classed as key workers. The law allows that where there is a lockdown people can leave their home for work if they cannot work from home. As their role cannot be carried out by working from home, they are allowed to carry out the duties of their role. 

The health and safety of the public and the census field force is of the utmost importance to us. Field force routines in Census 2021 have been planned with the health and safety of both the public and field staff front and centre. All our officers will work in a socially distanced way; they will all be wearing PPE and they will not enter anyone’s home. 

The Office for National Statistics has several important studies and surveys continuing alongside the census (more details here). It is, therefore, possible that an address will be visited by staff working on other surveys too.  

If you have any questions about the 2021 census work being carried out in your authority, please phone the Partnership Team on 01329 447434. More information is also available at, or you can email 


Denis Bottomley (CD 852731) writes:

Covid-19 continues to dominate the headlines, with the situation constantly evolving.  Village Area Co-ordinators remain in place and alert to the needs of parishioners as required in the face of an uncertain future.  Key Covid-19 information is posted on the village web site at

Wilts Council have advised against litter picks due to the Covid-19 pandemic, as this is not an essential activity.  Consequently, we have taken an early decision now to cancel our litter pick planned for Saturday 6th March. The situation will be reviewed again later in the Spring. Our Autumn litter pick remains scheduled for Saturday 23rd October.

Continue reading THE VIEW FROM EVERLEIGH – Feb 2021

Census 2021 – Your questions answered

Hi Town and Parish Clerks, please find this PDF which answers a lot of common questions for your parishioners in regard to the Census.

My request is that you forward this to your mailing lists, and ideally post it to your websites and share via your social media as well. 

Many of you are doing that already, and it is fantastic to see the materials and messaging across City, town and village social media and websites, however there are gaps, and there are town councils that are still not sharing any materials about the Census. 

The Census drives decisions at national & local government levels , the higher our participation in Wiltshire, the better represented we are in terms of decisions about investment in our county. 

Thank you for all of your help and participation. 

Jonny Corbett

Census Engagement Manager| Wiltshire

Office for National Statistics

Wiltshire News : 23rd December Update

View this email in your browser 23 December 2020 Wiltshire remains in Tier 2: High alert

Following today’s Government announcement (23 December) Wiltshire remains in Tier 2: High alert.

All of the areas around Wiltshire will be in Tiers 3 or 4 from 00.01am on Saturday 26 December (Boxing Day). Please do not travel to these areas.

Keep playing your part by following the Tier 2 restrictions, stay local and shop local to protect our local population. Full list of Tier 2 restrictions The latest Government advice on Christmas

Wiltshire remains in Tier 2 which means you can form a Christmas bubble with two other households on Christmas Day only.

Please remember: You can only be in one Christmas bubble Your Christmas bubble should not include people from more than three households Do not form a Christmas bubble with anyone from a Tier 4 area Stay local and do not travel to higher Tier areas Only see your bubble on Christmas Day. Do not stay overnight. Meet outdoors where possible Ensure indoor spaces get as much fresh air as possible Make space between members of different households wherever you can  Wash your hands regularly and for 20 seconds You must not visit another household if you, or anyone in your household, is feeling unwell or self-isolating. Keeping your Christmas bubble as small as possible and keeping celebrations shorter than usual can help stop the spread of Covid-19. Where possible, you should stay local and avoid travelling outside of your local area, meaning your village or town.

We know this news would have come as a big disappointment to many of you who were looking forward to seeing some more family and friends over the Christmas period. However, it’s vital we follow the guidance and continue playing our part to keep the virus under control here in Wiltshire. Hopefully next year we can all have a merrier Christmas. Read more Sadly, Wiltshire COVID-19 cases have risen sharply in the last week, so please keep playing your part to keep each other safe. Christmas and New Year waste and recycling changes Waste and recycling collection dates will change over Christmas and New Year. There will be no collections on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day.
There will be catch-up collections on Saturday 2 January and Saturday 9 January 2021.

Garden waste collections will stop for two weeks over this period. The last collections will take place on Thursday 24 December and they will restart on Saturday 9 January 2021.

All collections, including garden waste, return to normal from Monday 11 January 2021.

All household recycling centres will be closed from 1pm on 24 December and all day on 25 and 26 December and 1 January. Other than on these dates, the centres will open as normal on their specified opening days. Please remember to book a slot online before visiting a household recycling centre. Check your collection dates Our services at Christmas

The opening times of our facilities and services will vary over Christmas and New Year.

On Christmas Eve, many council services will be closed. All services and facilities will be closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day. Full list of opening times of our hubs and services Our Wiltshire Wellbeing Hub remains in place for those who may need additional support.

You can call the hub on 0300 003 4576 or email 
It’s open Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm.

Those who require help with tasks such as picking up food and other essentials, should ask friends or family or order online. If they do not have family, friends or a support network that can help, please contact the Wiltshire Wellbeing Hub and request help. Need some mental health support? Below are all the numbers you’ll need.  North Team – 01249 468500 South Team – 01722432555 West Team – 01249 706611 Emergency Duty Service for out of hours and weekends – 0300 456 0100 (Option 7 then ​1 for Adults) 0300 303 1320 – Avon & Wilts mental health care provider (24/7) 0808 196 3382 – NHS ‘GoodSam’ 01380 724833 – Richmond Fellowship Mon-Fri 24 hours Check the opening times Government grant to help people stay safe, keep warm, and fed this winter

We have been awarded over £1 million from the Government’s £170 million national COVID Winter Grant Scheme, to help ensure as many vulnerable people as possible in the county are warm and fed this winter.

The aim of the scheme is to give vulnerable households peace of mind in the run up to Christmas and over the winter months during the pandemic by helping those who need it to have food on the table and other essentials, such as heat and electric, to ensure they are warm and safe.
People eligible for a grant will be identified by the relevant organisation responsible for distributing the different elements of the grant scheme. Read more Merry Christmas

Finally, we would like to say a huge Merry Christmas to you all from all of us at Wiltshire Council.

2020 has been a very challenging and tough year and we really appreciate all the support and patience that you’ve shown in following the guidance we’ve put out in relation to COVID-19.

Throughout this difficult period it’s been heartwarming to see the whole county come together and make sacrifices, in order to keep one another safe.

Have a lovely Christmas break and we will see you all in 2021. High Alert Tier: Wash hands regularly, wear face coverings and make space Want to change how you receive these emails?
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