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Avenue Surgery Patient Group, Warminster

Tuesday 13th August 2019:

 Avenue Surgery Patient Group
Next meeting at
Warminster Civic Centre,
Sambourne Road, Warminster,
Tuesday 10th September 2019
7.00 p.m.

Members can also participate and contribute
online or by phone.

Telephone David Reeves on 0772 415 9713
for further information.

Film Clip Of Butterflies In Cannimore Woods Near Warminster

Tuesday 13th August 2019:

David Jordan Hawkin's Vermilion Studio has published on Youtube a film clip of butterflies in Longleat Forest. David says: "Filmed in the Cannimore Woods area near Warminster, I was able to capture footage of many different species while visiting the area on a hot summer day."

To watch the film clip, click on: 


Crop Circle at Clearwood, near Cley Hill, Warminster

Monday 29th July 2019:

Crop Circle at Clearwood, near Cley Hill, Warminster.

Film clip on youtube, posted by Stonehenge Dronescapes.
Published on 29th July 2019 (reported 28th July).

To see the film clip, click on:

The Buildings Of Warminster ~ Illustrated Talk By Dorothy Treasure At Warminster Library

Monday 29th July 2019:

Warminster History Society
"The Buildings Of Warminster"
an illustrated talk by Dorothy Treasure
Warminster Library
(enter by rear door off Library Car Park)
Wednesday 4th September 2019.
Doors open at 7.00 p.m. Tea and Coffee served.
Talk commences at 7.30 p.m.
 Admission £3. Everyone welcome. 

(Dorothy is the Principal Buildings Historian
of the Wiltshire Buildings Record 
and lives in Warminster. 
Her talk is an introduction to a community project 
that will research the buildings of Warminster).

Paddling Pool In Warminster's Lakeside Pleasure Grounds (Town Park) Will Be Closed For Three Days To Allow Repairs

Monday 29th July 2019:

Paddling Pool Closure For Three Days For Repairs

The paddling pool in the Lake Pleasure Grounds (Town Park), in Warminster, will be closed for three days to allow essential maintenance to take place. The pool will be shut on the 5th, 6th and 7th of August 2019.

Warminster Town Councillor Sue Fraser, Chairman of the Devolved Services and Assets Committee, said: “The paddling pool has entertained and delighted generations of Warminster residents and visitors from far and wide. However, it was constructed in 1947 and is 72 years old and coming to the end of its life span. I know some people will be disappointed that the pool won’t be open for a few days, but we want to keep the pool open throughout the summer and that means that occasionally we will have to close it to make repairs.
For the few days the pool is closed, there are lots of other activities in the park for people to enjoy, for example: boats on the lake, tennis courts, play area, trim trail, putting green, tree trail and the multi-use games area. People can enjoy a cool drink, ice cream, or snack in the café, or just take a quiet stroll and enjoy the many beautiful flowers and views.” 

Sue Fraser added: “Warminster Town Council has agreed to look at the possibility of building a new paddling pool for next year and has already appointed a project manager to investigate the options.”

Family Prize Bingo At Hunter's Moon, Warminster

Thursday 18th July 2019:

Gooding Accounts Ltd.
are hosting
Family Prize Bingo
Hunter's Moon, 
Henford Marsh, Warminster, BA12 9PA
Friday 19th July 2019. 
Doors open at 6.30 p.m.
Eyes down at 7.30 p.m.

Free Entry.
£1.50 a book with prizes for a line.
Full set of six books: £9
including flyer game and charity raffle.

All proceeds to Wiltshire Air Ambulance.

Cancer Research UK (Warminster Group) Pop-Up Shop For Three Days At The Cornmarket, Warminster

Thursday 18th July 2019:

Cancer Research UK
(Warminster Group)
Special event for three days only
Pop-Up Shop
in the former Cornflower florist shop
The Cornmarket, Warminster
(courtesy of Cooper & Tanner)

Thursday 18th July to Saturday 20th July 2019
10.00 a.m. to 4.00 p.m. each day.

New and used goods. Jewellery.  
Toys. Books. CDs and DVDs.

Come and grab a bargain!

Warminster’s Lake Pleasure Grounds (Town Park) Is Recognised As One Of The UK’s Very Best Green Spaces

Thursday 18th July 2019:

Three times a winner for Lake Pleasure Grounds

The Lake Pleasure Grounds (Town Park) in Warminster has been recognised by the Green Flag Award Scheme as one of the very best in the UK.

Warminster's Lake Pleasure Grounds was given the prestigious Green Flag Award on 16th July 2019. The Town Council marked the recognition by hoisting the green flag on the flag pole by the Pavilion Café in the Lake Pleasure Grounds.

This international award, now into its third decade, is a sign to the public that the space boasts the highest possible environmental standards, is beautifully maintained and has excellent visitor facilities. Warminster Town Councillor Sue Fraser said: “We are absolutely delighted to receive a Green Flag Award for the third year in a row. It is independent confirmation that we have a high-quality park. We know how much quality green spaces matter to residents and visitors, and this award celebrates the dedication that goes into maintaining the Lake Pleasure Grounds to such a high standard.”

Sue who is Chairman of the Council Committee responsible for running the Lake Pleasure Grounds continued: “Our Park is the envy of the area. We have a boating lake, café, paddling pool, tennis courts, play area, trim trail, putting green, a wildflower area, a tree trail, the Elizabeth Collyns Garden, multi-use games area, flower beds planted by local schools and a wealth of wildlife. In addition, an adult outdoor gym is being planned and work is underway on the new skate park. The Lake Pleasure Grounds hosts an array of events such as Spring in the Park, the Warminster Wobble cycling festival, the Inspire Music Festival, the Carnival Fun Day and the Minster Church Fête. There are also many regular users such as the model boat club and Fit To Perform. All this community involvement puts the park at the heart of our town.”

Prior to hoisting the flag, Sue thanked everyone who plays their part looking after the Town Park including those who look after the wildlife. She said: "The Green flag honours the staff and volunteers who work tirelessly to maintain the
high standards demanded by the Green Flag Award. I congratulate each and everyone of them on their fantastic achievement.”

Assistant Town Clerk, Tom Dommett, thinks only three parks in Wiltshire have won the Green Flag Award. They are the Lake Pleasure Grounds Warminster, John Coles Park Chippenham and Hillworth Park, Devizes.

Photographs taken by Danny Howell on Thursday 18th July 2019:

 Left to right:
Stuart Legg (Parks And Open Spaces Manager), 
Cllr Rob Fryer (Vice Chairman Devolved Services Committee), Rob Fear (Groundman) and Cllr Sue Fraser 
(Chairman Devolved Services Committee).

Left to right:
Stuart Legg, Cllr Rob Fryer, Cllr Pip Ridout,
Cllr Tony Nicklin, Rob Fear,
Cllr Andrew Davis, Cllr Sue Fraser
and Cllr George Jolley.

Front row, left to right:
Tom Dommett (Assistant Town Clerk),
Stuart Legg, Cllr Rob Fryer, Rob Fear,
Cllr Sue Fraser and Cllr George Jolley.
Back row:
Peter Hewitt (volunteer), Harriet James
(author of the Tree Trail), Andy Martin
(Model Boat Club), Cllr Tony Nicklin,
Cllr Tony Jackson and Cllr Andrew Davis.

 Stuart Legg prepares the flag for hoisting.

Councillor Sue Fraser thanks everyone 
who looks after the Town Park.

 Councillor Sue Fraser hoists the Green Flag.

Looking on.

Stuart Legg ties the flag. 

The Green Flag flying at the top of the pole 
next to the Pavilion Cafe.

The Delaware Road ~ Ritual & Resistance Festival At New Zealand Farm Camp, Near Gore Cross

Thursday 18th July 2019:

The Delaware Road : Ritual & Resistance is a unique festival of music, art, film & theatre featuring an incredible line-up of musicians, DJs, video artists, illustrators & writers. Located at New Zealand Farm Camp, near Gore Cross, on Salisbury Plain, with overnight camping facilities, food & merchandise stalls plus licensed bar, artists will perform work inspired by landscape, myth, broadcast technology & the transformative nature of sound. Happening 17th to 18th August 2019.
Experience over 40 artists, labels, guest speakers, DJs, film producers in a range of stunning performance areas & buildings over 10 hours. Performances start at 5 p.m. on the Saturday afternoon & end at 3 a.m. Sunday morning with camping options available for an overnight stay. The site is self contained, secure & offers free parking to all ticket holders.
This is a ticketed event, so grab yourself a ticket from the official ticket site - camping is available.
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/salisbury-plain/the-delaware-road-ritual-resistance/1833401263375279/
Tickets: https://www.tickettailor.com/events/thedelawareroad/212840/
Check out the line up which includes some of the UK's most original & inspiring electronic, folk, rock & experimental artists.

Grand Tour Of Great Britain Will Pass Through Warminster On Tuesday 9th July

Sunday 7th July 2019:

Rail buffs in Warminster may like to know that the Grand Tour Of Britain will pass through Warminster on Tuesday 9th July 2019 at 2.23 p.m.

Two diesel locomotives GBRF 66743 and GBRF 66746 are mentioned on the schedule.

The Railway Herald website http://www.railwayherald.co.uk/railtours gives the following details:
Grand Tour Of Great Britain: Day 5 (The Royal Scotsman)

Further details and times for the Bath Spa - Banbury part of the tour are on the Realtime Trains website:  http://www.realtimetrains.co.uk/train/U52250/2019/07/09/advanced 

A Male Common Blue Butterfly At The Southern Range Road, Boreham, Warminster

Friday 21st June 2019:

A male Common Blue (Polyommatus icarus) 
butterfly on grass adjacent the 
Southern Range Road, Boreham, Warminster. 
The Common Blue, as its name suggests, 
is the most widespread blue butterfly in Britain. 
(The female in Southern England has 
upper wings that are brown). 
Photograph taken by Danny Howell 
on Friday 21st June 2019.

No.3 High Street, Warminster, BA12 9AG ~ Planning Application For Demolition Of Existing Building And Construction Of New Shop, Five flats And Six Houses ~ Warminster Town Councillors Ask For Planning Conditions

Wednesday 19th June 2019:

 No.3 High Street, Warminster
(adjacent the Chapel of St. Lawrence)

No.3 High Street, Warminster, BA12 9AG ~ Planning Application For Demolition Of Existing Building And Construction Of New Shop, Five flats And Six Houses ~ Warminster Town Councillors Ask For Planning Conditions

Warminster Town Council’s Planning Advisory Committee has backed the Feoffees of St. Lawrence Chapel, Warminster, in asking for planning conditions on the redevelopment of
No.3 the High Street, Warminster (The Chapel of St. Lawrence is adjacent the building proposed for demolition).

The Planning Advisory Committee voted unanimously at their meeting on Monday 17th June 2019 to ask for planning conditions.

Speaking after the meeting, Warminster Town Councillor Steve Jeffries said:

"Members were supportive of all the Feoffees comments and backed them on the three planning grounds where conditions could be sought."

"Firstly, the development borders the Grade 2 listed St. Lawrence Chapel and Curfew Cottage. These buildings were constructed with limited foundations. To manage structural damage during the demolition and construction process we recommend that the developers undertake regular structural surveys and undertake remedial work should any issues be highlighted."

"Secondly, the proposed demolition provides a perfect opportunity for the County Archaeologists to investigate the site. We recommend that a full survey is undertaken as part
of the Planning Conditions."

"Thirdly, we believe the proposed storage bin capacity is insufficient for the number of households and should be increased."

Councillor Jeffries explained:

"It is a source of frustration to Warminster town councillors that we have no powers in planning cases and can only ask for others, such as Wiltshire Council to use the powers they have. It is particularly frustrating in cases like this where a building in a prominent position and of historic interest has been left empty for so long. We hope that in the interest of safety the owners will rapidly demolish the building and get on with constructing the new building to end this blot on the High Street."

Further details of the planning application can be found on the Wiltshire Council Website: http://www.wiltshire.gov.uk/planning-applications-search

The Planning Application Numbers are:
19/04315/FUL and 19/04826/LBC


Black Five Steam Locomotive To Pass Through Warminster

Tuesday 18th June 2019:

Black Five Steam Locomotive To Pass Through Warminster

For the rail buffs in Warminster, if you don't know already, a Steam Dreams tour London-Bristol will be making its return journey (via Salisbury) through Warminster on Thursday 20th June 2019, at 6.50 p.m. The Steam Dreams website says a Black Five locomotive is rostered.

Black Fives were known as "do-anything and go-anywhere" locomotives.
18 Black Fives survived into preservation with several examples still working on the mainline railway. Members of the class that have feature on previous tours with The Steam Dreams Rail Co. include 45212, 44871, 45407, 45305 & 44932. The first class 5 locomotive was built for the London, Midland & Scottish Railway in 1934 to the design of Sir William Stanier. The new locomotives when built left the railway works in the standard mixed traffic black livery which soon earned them the nickname "Black Fives" for which they are still affectionately referred to today. The locomotives were capable of handling both express passenger and freight trains and were spread far and wide across the UK railway system. By the time the last Black Five was built in 1951, the class numbered 842 locomotives; one of the most numerous classes of British steam locomotives ever built.

Whilst this locomotive is rostered for the steam hauled sections of the trip listed, it cannot be guaranteed and may be substituted for a different engine.


Outbound: http://www.realtimetrains.co.uk/train/U52210/2019/06/20/advanced


Warminster History Society Programme ~ September To December 2019

Tuesday 18th June 2019:

 Warminster History Society Programme ~ 
September to December 2019.

Thanks to the efforts of a recently-formed sub-committee, namely Sidney Blackmore, Danny Howell, Jill Russell, Rodger Stocks, Dorothy Treasure and David Wiltshire, the Warminster History Society has confirmed the following programme for September ~ December 2019:

Wednesday 4th September 2019
The Buildings Of Warminster.
An archaeological perspective of some of the interesting buildings in the town, by Dorothy Treasure (Principal Buildings Historian at the Wiltshire Buildings Record).
This talk by Dorothy, who lives in Warminster, is a prelude to a planned study of buildings in Warminster which will be overseen by Dorothy. The study will be by volunteers with various interests (i.e. research, architecture, photography, etc.) and their findings will be collated into a dedicated archive about the fabric of Warminster which will hopefully identify the oldest buildings and give a chronology of the town's development.

Wednesday 2nd October 2019
The Warminster Motor Company.
This illustrated talk will be presented by John Pomeroy, a retired motor engineer and motoring enthusiast. John, who lives in Warminster, has an enquiring mind and will be known to many people as a founder of the annual Noggin Nosh & Natter vehicle rally at Longbridge Deverill and his many involvements with other motoring events and organisations. He is the Honorary Lifetime President of Commercial Transport In Preservation Ltd.

Wednesday 6th November 2019
The Church Of St. Leonard, Sutton Veny.
This talk is by Jill Russell who lives in Sutton Veny and has made a name for herself as an amateur local historian. Saint Leonard's Church, off Duck Street, Sutton Veny, was built in the 12th century. It was abandoned in the 1860s when a new church - the Church of St. John The Evangelist - was built nearer the village centre. St. Leonard's Church is recorded in the National Heritage List for England as a designated Grade II listed building, and is now a redundant church in the care of the Churches Conservation Trust. It was designated as World Heritage Site on 11th September 1968.

Wednesday 4th December 2019
Animal, Vegetable Or Mineral.
A light-hearted pre-Christmas panel game presented by Mary Ross-Gower, Alwyn Hardy and Eric Peddle of Warminster Dewey Museum.

All the above lectures/meetings will be held at Warminster Library (enter by the back door of the Library off the Library Car Park). Doors open at 7.00 p.m., when tea/coffee will be served. Lectures start at 7.30 p.m. Admission is £2 for Warminster History Society members; £3 for non-members. Payable at the door on the night. Everyone welcome.