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Sambourne School Christmas Bazaar, Warminster

Sambourne School PTA
Christmas Bazaar
The School Hall, Sambourne School,
Sambourne Road, Warminster
Friday 11th December 2015
3.00 p.m. to 5.00 p.m.

Meet Santa, Hot Chocolate Bar,
Stocking Fillers, Tombolas,
Raffle with fantastic prizes,
Decorate a gingerbread man,
Hot Turkey and Gammon Rolls,
Lucky Gift Bag, Refreshments.

Free Entry.

Warminster Community Choir Christmas Cracker

Warminster Community Choir
A Christmas Cracker
Warminster Civic Centre,
Sambourne Road, Warminster
Saturday 5th December 2015
7.30 p.m.

Start your Christmas celebrations by joining the choir
and their special guests for a fun-filled evening of
songs, arts and crafts, and refreshments.

Tickets £8 (concessions £6)
telephone 01985 216351
or online at

Proceeds to
Alzheimer's Support
and the
Alexander Vinson Appeal.

St. John's School Christmas Fayre, Warminster

Christmas Fayre
St. John's School, Boreham Road,
Warminster, BA12 9JY
Friday 4th December 2015
2.30 p.m. to 4.30 p.m.

Stalls, Father Christmas, Raffle,
Cakes and Refreshments, Tombola
and lots more.

Entry: Adults 50p, Children free.

Reverend Denis Brett, Rector Of The Parish Of Bishopstrow And Boreham, Is To Retire

Friday 27th November 2015:

Reverend Denis Brett, Rector of the Parish of Bishopstrow and Boreham, is to retire from the parish on Thursday 31st December 2015.

Rev. Brett intends to hold a farewell service for the parish of St. John's, Warminster, on Sunday 20th December 2015, in order not to conflict with the Christmas message. He will also conduct formal services over the Christmas period: carols at St. Aldhelm's, Bishopstrow, on Christmas Eve at 6.00 p.m., followed by a Midnight Mass at St. John' Church, Boreham Road, Warminster; and a Eucharist Service at St. Aldhelm's, Bishopstrow, on Christmas Day commencing at 10.00 a.m. The Eucharist Service will be his last actual service.

Denis, a former Army chaplain, was inducted into the parish during May 1992 and quickly established a welcoming inclusive church for all. During his ministry he has been Chair of the Governors of Kingdown School and has supported two other schools in the benefice with hands-on teaching. He has also been closely involved with the Hospital Ministry throughout Wiltshire and has been the driving force behind the Warminster & District Foodbank. He has also been pro-active in resolving homelessness in Warminster.

Above all, Denis Brett has delivered outstanding pastoral care for those who needed it, confronting and acting where there was a social need, caring passionately for the sick and the elderly through prayer and home visits and establishing the Benefice as the lead for Christian aid. As an example of the statistics Denis has achieved during his ministry he has conducted 328 baptisms!

Laura, his wife, has also been fully supportive to Denis and the pastoral side of the Benefice, and both will be hugely missed.

It is intended to give Denis a farewell present from the Parish of Bishopstrow & Boreham, at a lunch following the service on Sunday 20th December 2015. If anyone would like to make a contribution towards the farewell present, however small, people will be calling at doors around Boreham and Bishopstrow. If anyone misses the street collection but would like to make a separate contribution, please put your monies in a sealed envelope marked 'For Rev. D. Brett' and post through the letterbox at either 21 The Dene, Warminster, or The Cotes, 207 Boreham Road, Warminster. 

Thank you, in advance, for your contributions towards the farewell of a man who has given enormously to the wellbeing of the Parish of Bishopstrow & Boreham.

Warminster Brass Band Christmas Concert

Warminster Brass Band
Christmas Concert
The United Church,
George Street, Warminster
Sunday 20th December 2015
3.00 p.m.

Raffle and Refreshments.
Free admission.
Donations welcomed for Louie's Smiles.

Warehouse Sale At Junction 18, Warminster

Warehouse Sale
Junction 18,
Stephens Way, Warminster, BA12 8PE
Sunday 6th December 2015
10.00 a.m. to 2.00 p.m.
Gifts, Christmas Decorations, Toys
and much more.
Flash sales and surprise bargains
throughout the morning.

Kevin McCloud's HAB Housing Has Withdrawn Its Involvement With HPH Ltd., With Regard Residential Development At Spurt Mead, Boreham, Warminster

Wednesday 25th November 2015:

Kevin McCloud's design company HAB Housing has withdrawn its involvement with landowner HPH Ltd., with regard residential development at Spurt Mead, near Boreham Crossroads, Boreham Road, Warminster.

Simon McWhirter, Head of Communications and Sales, for HAB Housing, has informed colleagues: "It is with regret that I’m writing to let you know HAB will no longer be seeking to build at Boreham Mead [Spurt Mead, Warminster]. We are working on a range of other potential sites at the moment."

The Spurt Mead watermeadow, which functions as part of Warminster's flood plain and provides the green divide between the town of Warminster and the village of Bishopstrow, providing a home for watervoles, otters, newts and grass snakes adjacent the river Wylye, has proved an extremely contentious issue during recent years as HPH Ltd. sought outline planning permission which was vigorously opposed by local residents.

Last month, Mr Justice Cranston, in the High Court, quashed the outline planning permission for the housing scheme at Spurt Mead. He ruled that Wiltshire Councillor Magnus Macdonald, whose vote carried the decision in favour of granting outline planning permission, should never have been part of the Western Area Planning Committee considering it, because of his "private interest" as director of an affordable housing company Selwood Housing who were involved in the project. This, said the judge, constituted "apparent bias" which meant that the decision must be quashed.

Warminster Town Council Statement Regarding Submission Of Warminster Neighbourhood Plan

Wednesday 25th November 2015:

Warminster Town Council have issued the following press release:

Statement regarding submission of Warminster Neighbourhood Plan

Warminster’s revised Neighbourhood Plan and its accompanying documents have been sent to Wiltshire Council for the next stages of the process following a unanimous decision by the Town Council on Monday 16th November 2015 in favour of ratifying all the documents. The Plan had undergone a serious of revisions to the main text and policies as a result of the responses received from residents and stakeholder groups during the consultation on the draft Plan held from March to May 2015.

The most significant changes to the Plan have been:

1. The West Urban Extension shall not exceed 900 homes.

2. The West Urban Extension shall include a limited number of shops and services to meet immediate needs including some medical facilities.

3. Proposals for a link road on The Avenue from Portway to the Central Car Park have been removed.

4. There is no longer any reference to Wiltshire Council’s campus proposals or to the relocation of the library.

5. Folly Lane, Tynings Allotments and Grovelands to be designated as Local Green Space.

6. Options to expand secondary education shall include land on the west side of town, as the MoD site highlighted for potential expansion of secondary facilities has been removed at their request.

The full submission documents are listed below:

 Warminster Neighbourhood Plan submission document, November 2015

 Consultation Statement including stakeholder comments

 Basic Conditions Statement

These can be found on Warminster Town Council’s website on the following link:


Christmas Tree Erected And Illuminated In The Three Horseshoes Walk, Warminster

Thursday 19th November 2015:

 A Christmas tree was erected and illuminated
in the Three Horseshoes Walk, Warminster,
this morning (Thursday 19th November 2015).

 Photographs taken by Danny Howell
on Thursday 19th November 2015.