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.

A village Litter Pick took place on Saturday 24th April.  Many thanks go to the 19 volunteers who took part and collected 17 bags of rubbish.  Everleigh is certainly looking a lot cleaner as a result. On Sunday morning,16th May, we intend to walk the parish boundary to commemorate the ancient ceremony of Beating the Bounds of Everleigh Parish.  The plan is to assemble at 9am at V Tank Crossing/Weatherhill Firs situated 1km south of The Crown on the Netheravon Rd, and then conduct a leisurely 8 mile+ hike around most of our scenic parish boundary, to finish at about 1pm. 

The pace will be leisurely and will explore the beautiful countryside from the Dropping Zone, to Everleigh Ashes, through Lower Everleigh and back to Weather Hill Firs.  A safety vehicle will accompany walkers throughout.  Equipment (advisory):

•           Footwear – walking boots or stout shoes

•           Clothing – weather dependent; T-shirts and light anorak-style coat advised

•           Small rucksack or back-pack.

•           Water or soft drink – one litre minimum advised.

This is an enjoyable way to promote both community spirit and fitness –  we hope to see you there.

Right of Way (RoW) 6 is a route running south west from the village playground on to the Plain. In the winter the track becomes very muddy and consequently we are hoping to lay a 300m stone track 1m wide on the right flank of the RoW, subject to Wilts Council funding.

Link Schemes are community-based, volunteer run charities that undertake driving residents to medical appointments, opticians or shopping venues.  Our local Link is returning, with a small list of drivers who are willing to collect prescriptions, do shopping and conduct local journeys to the surgery or dentist. Link is unable to take people to hospital yet but hope to be able to do so shortly. Clients will be required to sit in the rear of the car and wear a face mask. If you would like help from Link or would like to volunteer to be a driver please ring 01264 850807 and speak to one of our coordinators Elizabeth East or Jane Crook.

Finally, the Annual Parish meeting and the Annual Parish Council meeting will take place on Tuesday 18th May 2021 at 7pm at the Ducis Village Hall.  Everyone is welcome to attend. Instructions for joining this meeting will be available from the Parish Council clerk, Mr Phil Gill, at