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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

PHS Fishmongers in Pewsey – delivering to Everleigh

Taken from a post on Facebook

“Good evening from PHS Fishmongers.
I have exciting news for you.
Due to many requests I am going to start delivering to the villages surrounding Pewsey.
You will need to order before 3p.m on day of delivery and anything special the day before.
Delivery will be offered Tuesday till Friday and take place after 5 p.m as there’s only little old me.
Free delivery on all orders over 15.00 or there is a 3.00 charge . Please ring 01672 564001 for information or to order.”

Salisbury Plain Training Area Newsletter October 2016

This Newsletter can be found at the above link

The DIO runs a Twitter account for news and updates on the Salisbury Plain Training
Area using the Twitter hashtag #modontheplain. This account now has over 3450
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October 2016 Newsletter

October is the start of EX WESSEX STORM, 1-20 Nov, with 4 SCOTS, a mechanized BG.
They will be exercising from Warminster West to Tidworth East conduction challenging
operations. There are also infantry company and armoured squadrons excercising at
varying times during the month: a very busy time on the plain.
Continue reading Salisbury Plain Training Area Newsletter October 2016

Wiltshire Wildlife Trust proudly presents Country Comes to Town.

On the 24th of September Wiltshire Wildlife Trust will be holding their annual “Country Comes to Town” event in Devizes market square, where you can experience Wiltshire’s rich wildlife right in the heart of Devizes. This will be the events forth year and will be the biggest and best yet. Continue reading Wiltshire Wildlife Trust proudly presents Country Comes to Town.