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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.

Walk For Wards ~ Fundraiser At Wilton House For Salisbury District Hospital Stars Appeal ~ Among The Supporters Are Debbie And Her Family From Warminster

Tuesday 18th June 2019:

The Walk For Wards, an annual event held in the grounds of Wilton House, fundraising for the Salisbury District Hospital Stars Appeal, is already gaining pace for 2019.

Among the many who will be walking on Sunday 7th July are a group of 23 family members and friends from Warminster and nearby. They are Debbie, Andy, Archie, Finn, Eli, Craig, Max, Blossom, Tilly, Carley, Chloe, Niamh, Chanie, Kurtis, Courtney, Sarah, Daisy, Emma, Jack, Brody, Katie, Sam and Grace.

Debbie said:

"We are raising funds to support two very special wards at Salisbury District Hospital ~ Sarum Ward and NICU. We intend to divide our grand total between the two."

"My youngest son Finn was diagnosed with leukaemia in 2015, when he was 3 years old, in Sarum Ward. He was on active treatment for three and a half years with daily chemotherapy and weekly blood tests, and Sarum have fully supported us on our very long and difficult journey. Finn has now finished his treatment and is thankfully cancer free."

"Identical twins Blossom and Tilly were born very early at 29 weeks and spent months in NICU. The provided-parent-accommodation made life, which was extremely hard, ever so slightly easier. Somewhere for normality, even for half an hour. It would be lovely to be able to provide more rooms. There are currently four available, but with an occpancy of 14 premature / poorly babies at any one time, this is sadly not enough. Please help us to make a difference."

"We have set up a Just Giving page online. Donating through Just Giving is simple, fast and totally secure. Your details are safe with Just Giving - they'll never sell them on or send unwanted emails. Once you donate, they'll send your money directly to the charity. So it's the most efficient way to donate - saving time and cutting costs for the charity."

"We have set up our page using our chosen group name for the event - Rainbow Warriors." We have set ourselves a target of £1,000 and the last time I looked we had £110 donated so far. Thank you! People have been super busy getting paper sponsors too which will will add to this total. My dear Mum has donated £70."

The link to the Rainbow Warriors Just Giving page is: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/ravishingrainbowwarriors

People can also take part in the Walk For Wards themselves. It's free to enter, there's a free lunch, and free admission to Wilton House Gardens. There's a choice of routes: 3k, 5k or 10k. And you can nominate where your donations go - you choose which ward or department at Salisbury District Hospital is to be the recipient of your fundraising. Registration (which is free) can be made via the Salisbury District Hospital Stars Appeal website: www.starsappeal.org Advanced registration only - closing date 1st July.


*Rainbow Warriors also have a cake sale outside River City Tattoo (next to the Chapel Of St. Lawrence), High Street, Warminster, on Saturday 22nd June, at 12 noon.

Rainbow Warriors Cake Sale, Warminster ~ Raising Funds For Salisbury District Hospital Stars Appeal

Rainbow Warriors Cake Sale
River City Tattoo,
High Street, Warminster
(next to the Chapel of St. Lawrence)
Saturday 22nd June 2019
12 noon.
Proceeds to Salisbury District Hospital Stars Appeal

New Mayor And Deputy Mayor For Warminster

Wednesday 22nd May 2019:

New Mayor And Deputy Mayor For Warminster

 The new Mayor of Warminster, Paul Macfarlane
(left) and the new Deputy Mayor Chris Robbins.

At Warminster Town Council’s annual meeting on Monday 20th May 2019, following a unanimous vote in favour, Councillor Paul Macfarlane was appointed Mayor of Warminster for the ensuing municipal year. Councillor Chris Robbins was unanimously voted in as Deputy Mayor.

Speaking after his appointment, Councillor Macfarlane said "I thank my fellow councillors for their vote of confidence in me, and it is an honour to be representing the town again in the coming year."

Councillor Macfarlane previously served as Mayor of Warminster in 2016-2017. Paul has lived in the town since he was four and attended Minster Primary School before moving on to Kingdown School. Councillor Macfarlane lives in Highbury Park with his wife Michelle and two children. 

According to the Wiltshire Council Register of Interests, Paul is a Member of the South Wiltshire Conservative Party and a Sales Director with Jaymart Rubber & Plastics, Crusader Park, Warminster.

 The Mayor of Warminster Paul Macfarlane
with his wife Michelle. 

The new Mayor will announce his chosen charity for the coming year at a future date.

Chris Robbins, a former employee of Lloyd’s Bank and now the long-standing (35 years) proprietor of C.J. Robbins Butchers, Market Place, Warminster, was very pleased to accept the office of Deputy Mayor. He was pleased to pledge his support for the new mayor and Warminster Town Council in general. Chris lives in Warminster, is married to Debra and has four children and so far, three grandchildren. He hopes to follow in the footsteps of his grandfather Frank Whitmarsh, twice a former Chairman of the Warminster Urban District Council
(1952/1953 and 1963/1964). According to the Wiltshire Council Register of Interests, Chris is a Member of the South Wiltshire Conservative Association, a Trustee of Warminster Masonic Hall and the landlord of 1-6 Butcher's Court, Warminster.

More Information About Heytesbury Inns

Thursday 16th May 2019:

Tony Maslen writes ~

Hi Danny,

I have references  to three other pubs/beerhouses in Heytesbury, apart from the three  you mention - The Red Lion,  The Angel and The Unicorn. They are The Ship and The Crown and The Sun. 

The Ship.
Details of The Ship are found at The Wilts and Swindon History Centre under the reference A1/345/202.

The first reference is 1773 when the owner was Lord Charles  Spencer and Harcourt Smith then it was recorded as empty, rates payable 4/6d.

In 1780 the owner was Wm a’ Court Ashe - no occupier.

In 1783 the same owner who was also the occupier.

In 1789  the same owner, occupied by John Wickham.

Occupation continued in the Wickham family until 1831 when the entries end.

I have no information on where this pub was situated -  Little London is a possibility as that was the main road into Heytesbury until the early 19c. There is a detached house  there  with a cellar and  a date mark.  With the closure of the Greenland mill and  Little London no longer experiencing through traffic, the loss of trade may have accounted for it disappearing from the radar round about the same time.

The Crown Inn.
The only reference I have found for this establishment is from the Salisbury and Winchester Journal of 17th February 1840 when a dinner  was held to celebrate the marriage of Queen Victoria. The meal consisted of "‘good old English fayre." The national anthem was sung and the "health of the Queen and her illustrious husband, the Royal Family, the Army and Navy etc., were drunk amidst the greatest applause. Several glees  and appropriate songs were sung and the evening was spent in the greatest order and harmony.”

The Sun Inn.
The Salisbury and Winchester Journal, 14th March 1836:
Marriage at Bath of John Stevens of The Sun Inn Heytesbury to Mrs Stevens widow of John Stevens of The Castle Inn Warminster. (This notice also appeared in the Bath Chronicle). 

The Unicorn.
Re the Unicorn Inn  correspondence from Kathy Tompkins:
The W&SHC at Chippenham ref A1/345/202 Unicorn

1773 Thomas Flower owner rate 5/9d.

1780     -            -        occupier Thomas Snelgrove rate 7/8d.

1781     -            -             -         Obadiah Flower rate 7/8d.

1789,1790,1792 Owner Isaac Flower occupier Obadiah Flower rate 7/8d.

1810                       -          -         -      John Davis rate 7/8d.

1831              -          -         -           -             -       -        -      -

There is an advert in the Salisbury & Winchester Journal of 15 November 1830 stating that Isaac Fleming had taken over the ‘old established inn.’ (Unicorn) This contradicts the details for 1831 in the previous paragraph!

An advert in the same paper for  17th June 1848 advertising the sale on the Unicorn premises furniture and brewing equipment etc, property of Mrs Lockyer (leaving in consequence  of the house being about to be pulled down). This was a two day sale on 26/27 June.

Warminster Town Council Objects To Change Of Use Of The Snooty Fox Pub To A Residential Dwelling

Wednesday 15th May 2019:

Warminster Town Council Objects To Change Of Use Of The Snooty Fox Pub To A Residential Dwelling
Warminster Town Council’s Planning Advisory Committee has objected to a planning application to change the use of The Snooty Fox, Brook Street, Warminster, from a public house to a dwelling.

Town Councillors are concerned that approval for this application would result in the loss of a community asset. Change of use of a public house to a residential dwelling has to be justified and is a complicated area of planning law. Councillors felt that more clarity was required as to whether the case had been made that the pub was no longer viable.

Town Councillor Tony Nicklin proposed that Warminster Town Council were unable to support the application until it had been shown that the pub was not a viable community asset and that the guidance for community assets under the National Planning Policy Framework [NPPF] was being taken into account. This proposal was seconded by Town Councillor Sue Fraser, and the committee voted unanimously in favour of the motion.

The Town Council is only a consultee, so has no power to reject the planning application, it can only offer its opinion. Town Councillors have also asked that the planning application be ‘called in’ at Wiltshire Council by the Unitary Member for this part of Warminster, Councillor Tony Jackson, so that the relevant planning laws can be properly assessed. This could mean that the application might be discussed by Wiltshire Councillors before a decision is made on whether to grant planning permission or not.

Chocolate Tombola For CLIC At Morrisons, Warminster

Thursday 18th April 2019:

Chocolate Tombola
Weymouth Street, Warminster
Easter Saturday, 20th April 2019
10.30 a.m.
All proceeds to CLIC.

Historic England Say There Is No Acceptable Layout For 100 Houses At Home Farm, Boreham, Warminster

Sunday 14th April 2019:

Historic England say there is no layout acceptable for development of 100 houses on land east of the Dene (Home Farm) Boreham, Warminster, due to historic assets in and around the area. These assets include a neolithic flint factory. 


  Land east of The Dene, Warminster 
(part of Home Farm), which is proposed
for a development of 100 houses
but is unacceptable say Historic England.

17th Century Wall Between Boreham And Bishopstrow Hotel Would Be Affected By Development At Home Farm

Sunday 14th April 2019:

A 17th Century wall that runs all the way from Boreham to Bishopstrow Hotel would be affected by proposed development of 100 houses at Home Farm (land east of The Dene), Warminster.


 Boreham Road, Boreham, Warminster.
On the left is part of the 17th century wall
near the entrance to Home Farm.

On the left: part of the 17th century wall 
between Walnut Tree Cottage (No.195) 
and The Cotes (No.211), Boreham Road.

Warminster Town Centre Will Be Closed To Motor Traffic For A St. George's Day Parade On Sunday 28th April 2019

Sunday 14th April 2019:

Warminster Town Centre
will be closed to motor traffic
on Sunday 28th April 2019
from 12.30 p.m. to 3.30 p.m.
for a St. George's Day Parade.