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20th Langford Beer, Cider And Gin Festival

Sunday 1st September 2019:

The 20th Langford Beer, Cider and Gin Festival will take place on the weekend of 13th/14th September 2019! This year we will have our regular Beer, Cider, Gin and Wine Bars. Family session on the Saturday afternoon. Plenty of undercover space. Check out our website for details - https://langfordbeerfestival.wordpress.com

All profits from the Beer Festival go towards a fund to develop the Langford Sports & Community Centre, a facility enjoyed by the residents of the Langfords as well as by a variety of sports teams. In the last few months, major steps have been taken to move these plans further forward. Funded by the Langford Beer Festival the ‘Langford Vision’ was produced for consultation with local residents.

Warminster Town Councillors Want Planning Conditions Kept At Grovelands

Thursday 22nd August 2019:

Warminster Town Councillors Want Planning Conditions Kept At Grovelands.

At a meeting of the Planning Advisory Committee of Warminster Town Council, held on 19th August 2019, Warminster Town Councillors voted to ask Wiltshire Council to oppose changes to planning conditions at a site in the Grovelands area of Warminster.

Planning permission was previously granted in June 2018 for the building of a Care Home and 45 bungalows as part of a “Continuing Care Retirement Community”.

Planning permission was granted with a number of conditions. The developer is now trying to get at least 26 of those conditions changed.

Warminster Town Councillors made the following points:

The site is outside the settlement framework boundary for Warminster and not part of the neighbourhood plan, therefore development should only be allowed in exceptional circumstances.

The provision of specialist accommodation for older people may be an exceptional circumstance.

It was only the provision of a “Continuing Care Retirement Community” that allowed planning permission to be granted.

The bungalows were granted planning permission on condition they were to be reserved solely for elderly residents over 65 in perpetuity.

The bungalows were to incorporate detailed design elements geared to the needs of the elderly.

Part of the new application is to reduce the age that residents are allowed to start living in the bungalows from 65 to 55 years.

Councillors believe that 55 is too young an age for a continuing care community.

When planning permission had been granted it had been agreed that the Care Home and Bungalows had to be built at the same time to provide a Continuing Care Retirement Community. Now the developer also wants to change the planning conditions that mean the bungalows and care home must be built at the same time. Councillors are concerned that this could result in the Care Home not being built.

Councillors supported the comments made by residents in objecting.

Speaking after the meeting, Councillor Denis Brett said: “We are only an advisory committee, but we hope that Wiltshire Council will pay attention to our views when they make a decision on this application. Town Councillors are very frustrated that the planning process seems to be stacked in favour of the developer to the detriment of local communities.”

Warminster Town Council Objects To Planning Application For Expansion Of A Children's Nursery At Westbury Road, Warminster

Tuesday 20th August 2019:

Warminster Town Council Objects To Planning Application For Expansion Of A Children's Nursery At Westbury Road, Warminster 

Warminster Town Councillors voted at a meeting of its Planning Advisory Committee, held on 19th August 2019, to oppose the expansion of a nursery at Westbury Road, Warminster.

While accepting that there was a need for a nursery, the councillors felt that this was not a suitable location. The planning application is to change use of part of the building from residential to nursery uses and to permit the number of children allowed to attend the nursery from 45 to 70.

Town Councillors made the following points:
This is a residential area and unsuitable for this type of use;
70 children make a lot of noise, if the noise was coming from an industrial site, planners would be much tougher;
The number of children attending is approaching that of a school, but in a building ¼ of the size;
There are concerns about children being cramped inside if the weather was bad;
There are concerns about insufficient toilet and other facilities;
There are concerns about the volume of traffic created by having 70 children dropped off and picked up.

Speaking after the meeting, the Chairman of the Planning Advisory Committee, Councillor Steve Jeffries said: “The Town Council opposed the last application for this site, and is
even more strongly opposed to this expansion plan. One of the reasons for having planning policies is so that development occurs in the most appropriate places. This is not an appropriate site for a nursery for 70 children. We are only an advisory committee, but we hope that Wiltshire
Council will pay attention to our views when they make a decision on this application.”

Warminster Town Council Seeks Nominations For Civic Awards

Tuesday 20th August 2019:

Warminster Town Council Seeks Nominations For Civic Awards

Warminster residents have until Friday 6th of September 2019 to nominate someone for this year's Civic Award and Junior Civic Award.

The Civic Award is given in recognition of people who are always helping others or is involved in voluntary work for the benefit of Warminster.

Residents of Warminster are being asked if they are aware of a person who gives of their time unselfishly, and who they feel deserves recognition, to nominate them for this year’s Civic Award or Junior Civic Award for those between the ages of 12 and 18.

The Town Council will consider nominations and select the winners at their Council Meeting on 16th September 2019.
The Council is particularly keen to receive nominations for the Junior Civic Award.

Nomination Forms are available from:
The Town Clerk,
Warminster Town Council,
Warminster Civic Centre,
Sambourne Road,
Warminster BA12 8LB
Telephone: 01985 214847
Or online at www.warminster-tc.gov.uk

Closing date for nominations is Friday 6th September 2019.

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