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Coffee Beans No Longer On The Cup At Costa Coffee, Warminster

Saturday 16th February 2019:

 The coffee beans which were glued to the
top of the cup on the exterior of the window
at Costa Coffee, Three Horseshoes Walk,
Warminster, have been removed.

 Photographs taken by Danny Howell
on Saturday 16th February 2019.


Warminster Town Council Seeks The Public's Views For The Future Use Of The Putting Green In The Lake Pleasure Grounds (Town Park)

Warminster Town Council Seeks The Public's Views For The Future Use Of The Putting Green In The Lake Pleasure Grounds (Town Park)

Warminster Town Councillors are asking the public to give them their views on the future use of the putting green area in the Lake Pleasure Grounds (Town Park). 

At a recent meeting of the Devolved Services and Assets Committee, Councillors unanimously agreed that the council would review the future of the putting green area in conjunction with other facilities such as picnic areas, boules and planting, and in due course come forward with a proposal to enhance the area.

Councillors want the public to come forward with their ideas and suggestions as to the future use of the area currently known as the putting green. They are particularly keen for anyone with a leaning towards landscape gardening to come forward for discussions.

Councillors also agreed, that in the meantime, that the bin blocking the gate into the putting green be relocated and that two picnic benches and three other benches would be purchased and located just inside the gate.

Heytesbury Imber & Knook Parish Council Sets Its Budget

Friday 1st February 2019:

Heytesbury Imber & Knook Parish Council Sets Its Budget.

At a meeting of the Heytesbury Imber & Knook Parish Council held on the 15th January 2019, members considered the budget for the next financial year. The figures were carefully reviewed, and it was agreed unanimously to set a figure of £11,817 for 2019/20. This translates to the sum of £33.84 for every Band D equivalent property, paid to the Parish Council for the year. This is a 30% increase on last year, £7.81 for the year or 65p per week.

Members of the council made the difficult decision to agree this increase after recognising that there had been no rise in the Parish budget for over ten years. Reserves have been used in previous years to balance the figures, but these have now been exhausted and to continue carrying out the statutory duties and preferred services in the Parish, an increase has become inevitable. Part of local governance regulations require the council to keep a total of three months operating expenditure retained for the financial year and this could not be met without an increase.

Councillor Anne Perry, Chairman of the Parish Council, said: “There have been some real pressures on the budget as the costs of maintaining the parish are rising all the time. The council has made this difficult decision as it needs to raise funds to put towards the cost of necessary repairs to the village play equipment, repairs to the War Memorial and maintenance of the footpaths and street furniture. In addition, since last year, to comply with General Data Protection Regulations, some software and the website require updating. The Parish Council will be able to continue the additional grass cutting, cleaning of bus shelters and repairs or replacement to litter bins that has been carried out in the last few years, to keep the Parish looking at its best, which we know is appreciated by our residents.”

New Blue Plaques For Warminster's Heritage Trail

Thursday 31st January 2019:

New Blue Plaques For The Heritage Trail In Warminster.

Twenty new blue plaques have been put up in Warminster to highlight the town’s heritage. The plaques are mainly on historic buildings, and include the Chapel of Saint Lawrence (founded in the early 1200’s), and The Old Bell, Warminster’s oldest surviving inn, recorded as The Bell as long ago as 1483.

The public can download a copy of the trail map, which also includes brief notes on the historic significance of each site. 

Warminster Town Council has taken over responsibility for the heritage blue plaques, many of which were originally installed by Warminster Civic Trust. Over the years the condition of many of the plaques became quite poor and so it was agreed to audit the condition of the plaques with a view to replacing those that were in the poorest condition. 

The new plaques have already brought much praise from those who have seen them, for the clarity of the wording and the quality of the signs. The wording on some of the plaques was changed with the assistance of former members of Warminster Civic Trust and members of Warminster History Society, to make sure that they were as accurate and up to date as possible.

 The old blue plaque at Chinn's Court, Warminster.

  The new blue plaque at Chinn's Court.

The Warminster Sky At Dusk

Wednesday 30th January 2018:

 The Warminster sky at dusk.
Photograph taken by Danny Howell
on Wednesday 30th January 2019.

Talk & Tour And Open Day At Kingdown School, Warminster

Monday 28th January 2019:

Kingdown School

Talk & Tour
Tuesday 5th February 2019
9.00 a.m. to 11.00 a.m.

Open Day
Tuesday 2nd July 2019
9.00 a.m. to 11.00 a.m.
5.00 p.m. to 6.30 p.m.
Headteacher talks at 
10.00 a.m. and 6.00 p.m.

Woodcock Road, Warminster, BA12 9DR
Telephone 01985 215551
email: admin@kingdown.wilts.sch.uk

Warminster Town Councillors Determined To Nip Anti-Social Behaviour In The Bud

Monday 28th January 2019:

Warminster Town Councillors Aim To Nip Anti-Social Behaviour In The Bud

Warminster Town Councillors say they are determined to nip anti-social behaviour in the bud. They are concerned after a spike in the number of incidences of anti-social behaviour around the town and particularly in the Lake Pleasure Grounds (the Town Park), where there has been, for example, the safety fencing round the paddling pool has been attacked, benches outside the Pavilion Café have been overturned, and toilet paper set on fire in one of the public toilets.

It seems that a very small number of young people are responsible for several incidents of anti-social behaviour. Councillors are clear that this is a very tiny number of young people who are not representative of the overwhelming majority of young people in Warminster.

Warminster Town Council is working with the Police, PCSOs and the CCTV operators to catch and deter the culprits. Councillors urge the public to be vigilant and report any anti-social behaviour they see to the Police by phoning 101.

 Warminster Town Councillor Steve Jeffries.

Town Councillor Steve Jeffries said: “We installed a new door to the toilets in the Lake Pleasure Grounds and within 24 hours it needed repairs to the lock. Vandalism is not a victimless crime. It carries a cost to everyone, be it in damaged facilities or higher council tax. We need to work as a community to tackle this issue.”

Knook Castle And Gobbledygook

Wednesday 23rd January 2019:

Knook Castle and Gobbledygook - podcast by Glyn Coy, author of Hidden Wiltshire (book) and blog https://www.hiddenwiltshire.com/:


The Friends Of Warminster Park Have Disbanded

Wednesday 23rd January 2019:

The Friends Of Warminster Park Have Disbanded

The Friends of Warminster Park have agreed to disband after 12 years of formation, following the soon-to-be completed conclusion of its largest project that it originally started, which was to provide a new skatepark for the Lake Pleasure Grounds (the town park) in Warminster. The group felt that they had carried out a substantial amount of work to upgrade facilities in the Lake Pleasure Grounds prior to the transfer of ownership to Warminster Town Council in 2016.

The objective of this locally formed community group, set up in 2007, was to work in partnership with the then West Wiltshire District Council, owners of the Lake Pleasure Grounds (the town park) and Warminster Town Council to raise funding for any project which needed support whilst observing the traditional layout, features and equipment in the park. The group carried out consultations to garner the views of all users of the facilities whilst finding out what the priorities were, in the public’s view.

Back in 2007 four key priorities were highlighted by the public: return boats to the lake, provide a suitable café, and update the skatepark and tennis courts. The town park had suffered from a serious lack of investment and financial support was provided by the Friends Of Warminster Park and Warminster Town Council to assist with the provision of a café with the conversion of the old tennis pavilion and a youth shelter for the skatepark. The Friends of Warminster Park, at this time, was able to apply for grant funding where Warminster Town Council could not.

Through the local youth network, young people were encouraged to get involved in matters important to them in their own communities. The Skatepark Group was set up from the Warminster Youth Centre and they approached the authorities with a request to provide a new skatepark for the town to replace the existing outdated and irreparable facility. Young people were encouraged to research what kind of facility could be provided and establish the likely costs. This they did, by visiting skateparks in other towns, and inviting providers to their group meetings to work out a suitable site plan for the Lake Pleasure Grounds. The cost of a new facility was established initially at £200K. The Friends Of Warminster Park prepared and submitted a planning application to Wiltshire Council in February 2018 and permission was granted for the new skatepark.

What has now transpired is that submitting funding applications from a community group will not be enough and Warminster Town Council have agreed to take up this work to fulfil all necessary criteria, such as due diligence. A sum of
£31.3K has been handed to Warminster Town Council as a donation to the skatepark costs.

The outgoing Chairman of the Friends of Warminster Park, Bill Parks, said that “he was delighted to hear that Warminster Town Council have agreed the finance and supported the original plans to provide a skatepark which is
planned to be completed later this year.” He continued “This small community group had contributed and supported the main priorities originally identified by the public and were pleased to see a thriving café, boats back on the lake
and the tennis courts available for use, and I thank all of the volunteers who have been involved in this wonderful park.”

Christmas Poultry Auction At Frome Market

Annual Public Auction Sale
Dressed And Long Legged
Christmas Poultry
The Agricultural Centre,
Frome Market, Standerwick, BA11 2QB
Thursday 20th December 2018
Commencing at 11.00 a.m.
Viewing from 10.00 a.m.
For all enquiries, telephone 01373 831010 (3).

Carols At The Bell & Crown, Warminster

Warminster Baptist Church
is hosting
The Bell And Crown,
Deverill Road, Warminster
Sunday 9th December 2018
7.00 p.m.

Coffee Morning At Warminster United Church

Coffee Morning
Cakes and Bring & Buy Stall
Warminster United Church
George Street, Warminster, BA12 8QA
Saturday 8th December 2018
10.00 a.m. to 12 noon.
Proceeds to Riding For The Disabled.

Shaftesbury Christmas Market

Shaftesbury Christmas Market
Sunday 16th December 2018
10.00 a.m. to 3.00 p.m.

Massive market in Shaftesbury,
filling the streets from one end
of the town to the other.
Probably the biggest and busiest
Christmas Market in Dorset.

Tiz The Season In Tisbury

Tiz The Season In Tisbury
High Street, Tisbury, SP3 6HD
Saturday 8th December 2018
11.00 a.m. to 4.00 p.m.

40 Food and Craft Stalls
from the
Anonymous Travelling Market.
Santa in his Grotto
(12 noon to 3.00 p.m.)
Carols led by Mark James
and the St. John's Choir
at 3.30 p.m.
Mulled wine, cider,
hot dogs and pizzas.