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Don’t Miss The Half Term Magical Lantern Workshops ~ Owners Of The Winning Lanterns Will Turn On Warminster Christmas Lights!

Tuesday 23rd October 2018:

Look out for Magical Lantern Workshops which will be held at Warminster Civic Centre this Half Term. Warminster Town Council, together with the Three Horseshoes Walk Shopping Centre, has arranged two free workshops which will run on Tuesday 30th October and Thursday 1st November 2018 from 1.00 p.m. to 4.00 p.m.

What’s more, there will be a competition to be judged on the evening of the Christmas Lights Switch-On (Saturday 24th November 2018) to decide on two winning lanterns (school-aged children up to 16 can enter) and the owners of the winning lanterns will have the honour of turning on the Warminster Christmas Lights.

Fiona Fox, Warminster Town Clerk, said, “Our lantern making workshops have always been popular and this year Three Horseshoes Shopping Centre is working with us and providing sponsorship to cover costs of the materials used in both workshops.”

If your child cannot attend one of the workshops, lantern kits can be collected from the Civic Centre and are available for official groups of Brownies, Cubs and local primary schools.

Fiona continues: “Any school-age child who makes a lantern with our lantern making kits will have the opportunity to enter their lantern in to the competition for best lantern. The two winners will be chosen on the 24th November and asked to turn on the Warminster Christmas Lights this year.”

Warminster Town Council is working on planning the Christmas festivities and is confident that this year’s Christmas Lights Switch-On will be one to remember.

New Committee for Warminster Town Council Services

Tuesday 23rd October 2018:

New Committee for Warminster Town Council Services.

The Devolved Services and Assets Committee manages the devolved services and assets of Warminster Town Council. These include: the Lake Pleasure Grounds (embracing the Pavilion Café, play area, skatepark, paddling pool, tennis courts, pitch and putt, boat hire, flower beds etc.), the public toilets, bus shelters and benches.

The committee deals with those services that used to be run by Wiltshire Council but are now run by the Town Council, hence the title: “Devolved”.

It is expected that the work of the committee will expand as the Town Council takes on the running of more play areas and other services, currently provided by Wiltshire Council, in future years.

The first meeting of the new committee was held on Tuesday 17th October 2018. Councillor Denis Brett was elected Chairman and Councillor Sue Fraser was elected Vice-Chairman.

 Councillor Denis Brett.

Speaking after the meeting, Councillor Brett said: “I am delighted to be able to continue the work of running services in Warminster for Warminster. People have welcomed the improvements we have made to the Lake Pleasure Grounds and the benefits that running local services locally can bring. I look forward to working with this excellent team taking on challenging issues for the benefit of our town.”

Warminster RSPCA Charity Shop Has Moved To Bigger Premises

Saturday 20th October 2018:

The Warminster RSPCA Charity shop has moved from No.3 Market Place to bigger premises at No.24 Market Place.
The new shop opened on Saturday 20th October when after several shouts of "Oyez Oyez Oyez" from Warminster Town Crier, Phil Seddon, the Mayor of Warminster Tony Nicklin said some words of congratulation and cut the ribbon at 10.30 a.m., allowing customers and well-wishers to flock in and grab some bargains, thereby continuing the all-important fundraising. There were also bubbly drinks and nibbles for everyone.
The Warminster RSPCA Shop Manager, Natasha, said: "Our wonderful customers made our opening day at the new shop an amazing success. The team worked really hard getting it all ready. It was wonderful to see so many people supporting us."
Natasha, who went to Kingdown School, said "We had to vacate our small premises at 3 Market Place because it is going to be sold by the landlord. We have been very lucky to get No.24. There is a much bigger floor area here, so we can now stock furniture including beds and wardrobes, as well as more extensive ranges of pre-loved clothes, household goods, gifts, books, music and pet accessories." Natasha is no stranger to the new premises though, because she worked there when it was formerly a sports shop.
RSPCA Branch Manager, Richard Clowes, who was at the opening of the new shop, said: "Most people think of the RSPCA as being only a national organisation, but it is divided into two parts, with a local section. Local shops such as the one in Warminster raise money locally to be spent locally. The shops are self-funded and the proceeds are spent within the local community. For example, our latest work in Wiltshire has been running and funding a neutering campaign in Swindon. The RSPCA does more than just rescue ill-treated animals."
The RSPCA, which is the largest animal welfare charity in the UK, has 215 local shops. Over 141,000 complaints of animal cruelty were investigated by the RSPCA in 2017.

50th Anniversary Bonfire & Firework Display At Sutton Veny

50th Anniversary
Bonfire & Firework Display
on the
Alexander Memorial Field,
Sutton Veny,
Saturday 3rd November 2018.

6.00 p.m. Guys On Parade
(Free glowstick for every Guy).

Approx 6.30 p.m. Bonfire Lit.

7.00 p.m. (ish) Fireworks Begin.

Hot Refreshments Available.

No admission fee
but a bucket collection will
be taken during the event.

Please DO NOT bring your own
fireworks to the display.

Warminster Discount Parking Scheme

Tuesday 16th October 2018:

Save Cash On Parking In Warminster

Shoppers are being reminded that they can save money by using a discount parking scheme in Warminster. The Warminster Parking Partnership reimburses customers for up to two hours of parking.

Shoppers can obtain a refund by handing in the voucher portion of their parking tickets to a participating shop/business. Premises in the town that are taking part in the scheme display the ID sticker, shown below:

The scheme applies to the following Car Parks: 
Furlong; Central; Weymouth Street; Chinns Yard; Western and Emwell Street.

Refunds can be for as much as £1.30 for two hours parking in Weymouth Street. Even someone parking in Warminster for just a couple of hours each week could potentially save £60 over the course of a year. With Christmas coming, savings could add up to a tidy sum. A reminder of the scheme is printed on the back of parking tickets in the relevant car parks.

Participating businesses are currently:

Warminster Community Hub ~ Central Car Park;

Al Summers ~ Chinns Court;
C. Linham Butchers ~ Chinns Court;
Cornmarket Café ~ The Cornmarket;
David Wiltshire Photography ~ George Street;
Le Cafe Journal ~ High Street;
S.L. Corden And Sons ~ High Street;
Warminster & District Foodbank – North Row;
Coates and Parker ~ Market Place;
J. and K. Burton Animal Feeds ~ Weymouth Street;
Raves From The Grave ~ Weymouth Street;
Weymouth Arms - Emwell Street.

Warminster WW1 Facts Trail

Tuesday 16th October 2018:

Warminster WW1 Facts Trail

Warminster is to host a ‘Warminster War Facts Trail’. The trail forms part of the town’s commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the armistice that ended the fighting in World War One. The event is also linked to the ‘Warminster Family Learning Festival’. 

The event starts on Saturday 20th October 2018 and runs until Wednesday 31st October 2018 inclusive. Children of 16 and under can obtain an entry form that contains 100 facts about WW1 with some of the words missing. They then have to walk the Warminster War Facts Trail to obtain the missing information. Adults can of course complete the trail for their own interest and entertainment and education. The facts cover a whole range of topics from the part played by women and children in the war to the role of various buildings in the Warminster area. Twenty venues in the town centre will be displaying a laminated sign containing some of the facts in one of their windows.

For those under 16 who wish to, there is the chance to win a prize of two tickets to a show at the Athenaeum: In Flanders Fields. In Flanders Fields is a spectacular evening of music and entertainment to commemorate the Centenary of the ending of The Great War. It takes place on Sunday 4th November 2018 at 7.30 p.m. Completed forms should be returned to Warminster Civic Centre, Sambourne Road, by 4.30 p.m. on 31st October 2018. A winning entry will be drawn on Thursday 1st November 2018. Entry forms will be available to download from the Warminster Town Council website

or paper copies can be obtained from Warminster Civic Centre, in Sambourne Road.

The following venues will be displaying the War Facts:

Warminster Civic Centre – Sambourne Road (near Morrisons);

Flying Saucers, the painting pottery café – Weymouth Street; Car Mart – Weymouth Street;
Banana Blues Barbershop – High Street;
Taste Deli – High Street;
Athenaeum Centre for the Community – High Street;
Le Café Journal – High Street;
Cordons – High Street;
Holland and Barrett – Market Place;
Reeves Bakers – Market Place;
Davis and Latcham – Market Place;
Lindsay’s Linens – The Cornmarket;
Cornmarket Café Bistro – The Cornmarket;
Well Pharmacy – The Cornmarket;
The Ink Shop UK – Market Place;
Apple Nails and Beauty – Market Place;
C J Robbins, Butchers – Market Place;
Coates and Parker – Market Place;
Raves From The Grave – Weymouth Street;
Pavilion Café – Lake Pleasure Grounds, Weymouth Street.

Bygone Sutton Veny ~ Exhibition And Book Launch

Bygone Sutton Veny
 Exhibition & Book Launch
Sutton Veny Village Hall,
High Street, Sutton Veny, BA12 7AP
Sunday 18th November 2018
10.00 a.m. to 4.00 p.m.
Free admission.

Be among the first to buy copies of
‘Before It’s Too Late’
a new 200 page book containing memories 
of Sutton Veny people, places and pastimes
 spanning three centuries, 
illustrated with over 170 pictures.

Come and browse at leisure among a 
unique display of village history. 
Showing more than a hundred historic
objects, farm tools, local documents, 
pictures, photographs and maps.

Coffee, Tea and light refreshments, 
on sale all day.
Proceeds to Sutton Veny Village Hall funds.

Script Writing And Performance At The Athenaeum, Warminster

Warminster Arts Week
Script Writing And Performance
The Athenaeum
(Function Room)
High Street, Warminster
Wednesday 3rd October 2018
8.00 p.m.
(doors open at 7.30 p.m.)

Folk At The Chapel Of St. Lawrence, Warminster

Warminster Arts Week

Folk at The Chapel
an evening of acoustic music with
(feel-good American songs and tunes)
a showcase of local talent from the
Warminster monthly acoustic sessions,
and others
The Chapel of St. Lawrence,
High Street, Warminster
Wednesday 3rd October 2018
7.30 p.m.

Free entry but donations welcome
to be shared between
The Friends Of St. Lawrence Chapel
Alzheimer's Support Wiltshire.

New Skatepark For Warminster In Summer 2019

Tuesday 2nd October 2018:

At a recent meeting of Warminster Town Council, Councillors voted unanimously to continue with the aim to deliver a new skatepark facility for Warminster and the surrounding area.

Until now the skatepark project has been led by the voluntary group, Friends of Warminster Park, but now the Town Council will take ownership of the skatepark project and move it forward to conclusion.

Councillors recognised the excellent work that the Friends of Warminster Park had completed to date and resolved to continue working in partnership with them to deliver the

A working group has been formed to oversee the project and it is hoped that all the funding will be in place by early next year, and that a new skatepark will be ready for the summer

Councillor Denis Brett said: “The Lake Pleasure Grounds lie within the heart of Warminster providing events and activities for all, including a paddling pool, boats on the lake, tennis courts and a cafe. The skatepark will be a piece of the jigsaw that integrates another section of the community which is currently under-represented. This project will bring a state of the art skatepark for scooters, skateboards and bikes to the Lake Pleasure Grounds.”

Warminster Town Council To Ask Wiltshire Council To Transfer Ownership Of Eight Warminster Play Areas

Tuesday 2nd October 2018:

 Queensway Park, Warminster.

At a recent meeting of Warminster Town Council, Councillors voted unanimously to ask Wiltshire Council to transfer to them the ownership of eight play areas in Warminster.

The request comes after the Town Council conducted an extensive community engagement exercise during the summer of 2018, during which the views of the community were sought about the future maintenance of the play areas.

Town Councillors also agreed to make further enquiries regarding the play area in Victoria Fields which is currently owned by the developers, Persimmon.

Councillor Denis Brett, who led the community engagement said: “It is clear that the public greatly value play areas and do not want to see them left unmaintained, which is what would happen if the Town Council doesn’t step in and take over running them.”

Councillor Brett added: “I would like to thank all those who took the time to take part in the community engagement, the input from residents was invaluable.”

Warminster Town Council Have Purchased Royal British Legion "Thank You" Silhouettes

Tuesday 2nd October 2018:

At a recent meeting of Warminster Town Council, Councillors voted unanimously to purchase three Royal British Legion 'Thank You' silhouettes.

There will be one silhouette to represent each of the three armed services. The silhouettes (shown below) will be located outside Warminster Civic Centre at Sambourne Road and then moved to the War Memorial at Portway for the Remembrance Service on Sunday 11th November 2018.

Town Councillor Denis Brett said: “Warminster is proud of its association with the Armed Services and proud of the many sacrifices made by local people in conflicts commemorated by Remembrance Day. This year is the 100th anniversary of the Armistice that saw the end of the fighting in WW1. It is particularly important that we reflect on those who died and those who gave in so many other ways and to demonstrate that we have not forgotten them.”

Macmillan World's Biggest Coffee Morning At Wren House, Warminster

World's Biggest Coffee Morning
Wren House,
32 Vicarage Street, Warminster, BA12 8JF
Friday 28th September 2018
11.00 a.m. to 12 noon.

Come and join us for 
coffee, delicious handmade cakes,
book stall and Macmillan fundraising games.

Star Wars Film Producer Gary Kurtz Has Died

Monday 24th September 2018: 

The American film producer Gary Kurtz producer, whose list of credits includes American Graffiti, Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Back, The Dark Crystal and Return to Oz, has died (from cancer) in London, aged 78. He passed away, yesterday, Sunday 23rd September 2018.

Paul Goodenough, who lived at Vicarage Street, Warminster, for many years -  former successful internet entrepreneur, now an Emmy and BAFTA nominated writer and producer, and the owner and CEO of Aerian Studios - has tweeted: "Distraught to confirm the reports that friend, colleague and business partner Gary Kurtz has passed away. My head is all over the place, but I can confirm, as per his wish, @GBKHybrid and the projects we created together, will carry on. #garykurtz #starwars #darkcrystal"
 Gary Kurtz (far left) and Paul Goodenough
(second from left), pictured at ICE 2016,
promoting their comic project The Chimeran,
a pre-apocalyptic story set in the years before 
the food runs out through over-population. 
The story focuses around The Camp: 
an experimental community powered 
by a genetic hybrid bred-for-purpose 
workforce, the Chimerans.
To read more about The Chimeran,
click on: