Do you have ideas, enthusiasm, experience, a willing heart and just a bit of spare time? Have you been in in the village for between five minutes or fifty years? Do you have fundraising, PR or event organisation skills? Have you been involved before or just want to give it a go this time? Do you want to help keep our beautiful and
historic village church open as a focus for contemplation, worship and celebration? Then we need your help with this year’s church fundraising event.
Please come to a meeting at The Benson Village Hall on Tuesday, 27th May at 7.30pm and together we can make this happen.
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A grateful thank you from Compton Bassett PCC and church members to Jenny for her many years of hard work as deputy Church Warden. She has carried out this time consuming job with great dedication. Thank you Jenny.
A warm welcome to Jennie Brooks as a member of the PCC. We are very pleased that she is prepared to be prospective deputy Church Warden.>
Minister to decide whether Hills can stay at Lower Compton site
A bid from Hills Waste Solutions to keep its materials recovery facility at Lower Compton has been referred to the secretary of state for communities and local government.
The materials recovery facility near Calne is used to sort household waste and collect recyclable materials which are then shipped off elsewhere.
Eric Pickles - Communities Secretary
An application to extend and enhance the facility, as well as to make it permanent, was originally submitted in 2012 but a decision on this has not been made.
We welcome a new family to the village with the new people moving into Dairy House. Kevin Parker, known as KP, and his partner Amanda Halling. Together with children Archie (16) and Scarlett (13).
KP is a management consultant and Amanda works in practice management for a large vets in Swindon. Their menagerie includes three dogs, (Sacha, Meg and Teazle), three cats, (Thoams, Otto and Cleo), three horses Bean (Shetland), Billy (big black former racehorse) and Feather (the other one). They would like to point out that they are not, contrary to rumour, goat farmers. We hope they find a happy home in our midst and wish them every happiness in their new home.
The Concert at The Manor
The concert given by Mary Pilcher-Clayton and Rowan Patterson on March 1 at The Manor House, Compton Bassett was a great success and much enjoyed by all.
We owe Mary and Rowan a great debt of gratitude for their generosity with both their time and talents. All the tickets were sold, and several people, who could not come, took the opportunity to contribute to the collection towards the provision of much needed facilities in the Church. It was all most generous and much appreciated. We are also extremely grateful to the kind generosity of the hosts, John and Sally Reis and all the kind volunteers who helped with the making of canapes and in so many other ways to enable the smooth running of the evening.
The event will have raised something in the region of £2,000. And a further promise of a very generous donation from some new friends who have recently moved to Hilmarton. If there is anybody in the Benefice who would like to contribute to this worthy cause they can still send a cheque to our treasurer, Malcolm Seymour, at White’s House, Compton Bassett SN11 8RE. Please make your cheque payable to: PCC Compton Bassett. It would be most gratefully received.
Mrs. Serena Henly
It has come as a deep shock to the whole village to hear of the sudden passing of Mrs. Serena Henly on Wednesday 19th March aged 84 years. Beloved wife of the late Bob, mother of Jasper and Richenda, grandmother to Kitty, Rollo and Charlie. A strong supporter of the church and of village life she will be sadly missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family at this sad time.
Her funeral will take place on 4th April, 2 p.m. at St. Swithin's Church under the care and guidance of our Rector, the Rev Philip Bromiley. Family flowers only please with donations if desired to ‘St Swithins Church’ or ‘The Wiltshire Air Ambulance’ c/o E.Wootten & Son 1 North Street, Calne, Wiltshire SN11 0HQ Tel: 01249 812258 More...
Sheila Smith, widow of Les Smith, passed peacefully from this life at the age of 85, on 19th February 2014 at Goatacre Manor Care Centre, where she has lived for several years. She was much loved and will be sadly missed by her daughter Carol and her many family and friends. Her funeral service will take place on Tuesday 4th March at St Swithins church here in Compton Bassett at 1:00 pm.
It is asked that there are family flowers only but those wishing to mark her passing with a token of their rememberance for her are asked to send donations in her memory to 'Parkinsons UK' c/o the undertakers Wootten & Son in North Street Calne.
Reunited with her devoted husband Les, may she rest in peace. More....
With the season of good will soon upon us our thoughts are turning to perhaps our families, or our friends, those with whom we enjoy our time.
Maybe we can cast the odd thought in a different direction, to those who may seem to many to have so much and yet have nothing. There are many, even within our own village, who may be facing a Christmas that is not how they would like it to be.
Those in need of help are old and young, rich and poor. In fact, need knows no boundaries. Often what is needed most is just to know that someone somewhere cares enough about them to notice. Wiltshire Good Neighbours is there to help with filling in a form, dealing with benefits or healthcare plus loads of other services and help or just to befriend someone when they need it. They have expanded their service to cover all the villages surrounding Calne. If you need their help, or know someone who does, please give them a call on 07557 922029.
An Appeal on Behalf of Wiltshire Age UK
The New Non Emergency Number is now live in our area!
101 is the number to call when you want to contact your local police - when it’s less urgent than a 999 call. 101 is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
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