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Minutes of Berwick St. James

Village Meeting

Monday, 16th January, 2017.

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In attendance: Neil MacDougall (Chairman)

                           Olivia Marchant (Deputy Chair)

                           Bill Hiscocks (Treasurer)

                           Helen Riding (Parish Clerk)

 

Total in attendance:  59

 

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Welcome & Introduction – Chairman

The chairman opened the meeting at 7pm and welcomed everyone.

New residents were also welcomed to the village – Brian and Wendy Armstrong  who have moved into Jackie Webb's house.

 

Apologies for Absence

 

Apologies were received from Nicky Street, Sophie Colthurst, Ailsa Bush, Michael Mertens Dominic & Hannah Bush, Barbara Last, Jane Rowe,

 

Minutes of Last Meeting and Matters Arising

 

a.      The cricket pitch issues have been deferred to the next meeting.

b.      Neighbourhood Watch has nothing extra to add

c.       A new grill has been installed on the main drainage ditch on Langford Lane.  It is up to everyone in the village to keep it clear, particularly those living in the centre of the village.

 

Accounts Update – Bill Hiscocks

The Community Fund balance is £1841.39 with no more expenses expected this year. 

The Open Gardens weekend in 2015 generated enough money to fund the village for 2 years.  We were able to pay the Reading Room and the Church Graveyard fund each £1250 last year.  However there is not enough money in the Community Fund to give the same level of support to both organisations this year unless we have a fundraising event.

Bill listed the regulations required for the handling of village funds.

1.      Withdrawal of funds for village requirements of up to £100 from either fund can be made without prior approval from the village.  However the reason(s) for the expenditure and the specific costs must be given and minuted at the next meeting.

2.      Approval for the withdrawal of funds exceeding £100 but less than £500 from either fund must be given by the community at a Village Meeting.  However there should be no requirement for the applicant to give any warning of the request before the meeting.

3.      (As proposed by Christian Lange and approved on 12 Jan ’12)  Payments    over £500 should be approved by the community at a Village Meeting and that the applicants for funds exceeding £500 should give warning of the request no less than 10 days before a meeting.

Funding event for 2017 - Chairman

Approximately 27 people attending the meeting said there needed to be a fundraising event this year.  Sarah Humphries said the Reading Room would be appreciative of £600-£800.  Henry Colthurst said the Church would need as much as the village could give, as they need a minimum of £1 500 to cover basic costs.  A volunteer to plan and organise an event would need to be found by the next Village Meeting in March at the latest if Berwick was to hold a fund raising event this year.

Planning Requirement – Marie Perry

Marie and Clive Perry wish to make some improvements to their house, Greendrake, by raising the level of the pitch at the front of the house to make it possible for the master bedroom upstairs to have an en suite. 

There were no objections and with all in favour, the motion was passed.

Duck Street sign

This disappeared during the Open Gardens weekend in 2015.  The Council has said we need to pay for the cost of replacement ourselves.  Historically, the street was not named Duck Street but Asserton Lane and the residents of the street and Asserton do not want the sign replaced.  All at the meeting were in favour of it not being replaced.

Parish Steward

The parish steward, Simon Simms, comes to the village every month and can do whatever we want as long as Neil asks in advance.  If we see anything that needs doing, tell Neil so that it can be done at the next visit.  Three points were raised – the branches on the bridge near Mill House need cutting, and potholes outside the Fishers house, Woodsprings, need repairing.  There is also a build-up of  leaves on the pavement and in the gutter outside the church.

A303 – Chairman

Neil presented a map showing the proposed northern and southern routes of the Stonehenge tunnel and Winterbourne bypass.  A significant number of residents had attended the Saturday Public Consultation at the Manor Barn in Winterbourne and had read the booklet provided.  It was generally felt not to be an accurate or fair representation of the situation and surrounding issues.  The choice of route is a major concern for Berwick.  It is essential that everyone completes and sends in their questionnaires by 5th March.  Neil would like to have an Open day at the Reading Room at a weekend to assist people with the form filling.  It is important to have objective responses and  coherent supportive arguments from all affected villages.

Key Priorities – Henry Colthurst

Objectivity – we need to be pro Northern route ie positive, rather than anti Southern route i.e. negative.

Legacy – for the living at either end of the tunnel

Focus – be consistent and persistent

 

Plan of Action

- Arguments need to be put forward ideally during Jan/Feb to build early momentum but in any event no later than 5th March

- Consensus and protest would be sought Feb/Mar

- Research needs to be completed during Feb/Apr

- Briefings during Apr/June

 

Impact Points

- the Northern route is the better route on balance

- avoids  destruction of historical communities which run south not north

- avoids  a big ecological impact to the south (under developed SSSI assessment)

- reduces obvious noise and air pollution for Winterbourne Stoke given prevailing winds

- reduces light pollution for nocturnal wildlife which is richer in southern valley

- reduces disproportionate impact on communities in the south

- probably allows for easier landscaping

- avoids potential damage to local businesses affected by the southern route

- avoids major disruption and damage to rural footpaths and bridleways-

 

Areas needing research on Southern option

- noise

- air pollution

- ecology

- housing

- landscaping

- economics

- potential but unresearched archaeological damage

 

Back to Impact Points

 

The junction with A360 could be moved south and eastwards to reduce risk of rat run and fit better with existing path of A360.

Plans showing the Northern and Southern routes are not thought to be of even height.  This could be to make the southern route more attractive. Could the northern route viaduct be lowered to make it less than a mile per minute route, more trees planted and therefore made more attractive?

The viaduct is raised well above ground level.  Where would the water from the road go?  Presumably into the Till river?  Being dirty water, this would be an environmental issue.  Drainage ponds would be needed to allow the water to settle before being fed back into the river.  However that raises the issue of where the ponds might be located.

Is information on the southern route being suppressed?  Most of the information at the forum on Saturday was on the northern route.  The fact of any information suppression should be disclosed and with the Freedom of Information Act, we can ask for any information that is being suppressed.  To avoid possible charges, we should coordinate requests and split the amount being requested between residents to make to volume of each request smaller.

The A36 will need upgrading in the future.  Has this been taken into consideration together with the new tunnel and bypass routing? 

John Glenn has spoken to the Secretary of State who says decisions should be made based on the strength of local feeling.

Gail asked about STAG representing Berwick's point of view.  Both Neil and Henry feel that it is important to know what the other villages think.  Gail should continue to liaise with STAG but approval would be needed before STAG could express any opinions on Berwick's behalf.

The Guinness Estate and the campsite both need to be included in our actions.

We need to emphasize that Berwick supports the construction of the tunnel and that it is only the choice of bypass route that is being discussed.

The following positions on the Steering Committee were filled:

Admistration  Neil MacDougall

Fundraiser       Mike Riding

Spokesperson  Anika Lange

Coordinator (with outside organisations re research etc) Carolyn MacDougall

Many of the Berwick residents have knowledge and skills that would be extremely helpful – please come forward and help!

Anika suggested going to other village forums and asking residents what their views and opinions are. It was also suggested that a closed Facebook page for the Berwick Action Group be set up, possibly by David Street.

The Steering Committee will meet at Henry's home on Sunday 21st Jan at 10am.

 

Any other business

There was no other business

The next meeting will be in February 2017.  The date will be decided soon.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:42pm.

 

Neil MacDougall

Chairman Berwick Parish Meetings

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Events

OPEN GARDENS

For the first time in 25 years, Berwick St James is organising an Open Gardens event on 20th and 21st June. Twelve delightful and very different gardens will be opened to the public from 1.00 to 5.00 pm on both days. There will also be delicious teas and cakes to enjoy, plants to buy and Tombola offering great prizes. In addition you can browse through The Art, Photo and Authors’ Exhibition, which will be held in The Reading Room and anyone wanting to exhibit should contact Nicky Street on 790309. A delicious BBQ will be sizzling from 12.00 noon as well as some refreshing Pimm’s, beer and soft drinks. The annual and popular Duck Race will be held on Sunday 21st June at 11.00am. For further information about the Open Gardens event, please contact Neil MacDougall on 792761.

CHILDREN’S ART.

We would like to have a small Children’s Art Exhibition as part of the main Art Exhibition in our Open Gardens weekend. So we are asking Berwick St James parents to encourage their children and/or teenagers to produce one work of art (painting or drawing) to show in the Reading Room that weekend. For example, they may have some artwork they created at school that they (or you) are particularly proud of. If the work could be framed in some way, so much the better. If your child/ren would like to display a piece of work, please phone or mail Claire Whatley on 790446 or clairewhately@hotmail.com

 

ART AND PHOTO EXHIBITION

As part of the Village Open Gardens, over the weekend of 20th and 21st June, we are holding an Art and Photo Exhibition in the Reading Room, where we will also have local authors selling their books (more details later). We would like local artists and photographers to show their work, and sell it if they wish to. A small commission will be charged which will be part of the Open Gardens fundraising. More details later on, but for information please call Nicky Street at The Dairy House, 790309 or email chstreet@btinternet.com

Authors who will be selling their books include Terry Waldron “Wishford Station”. Barbara Last “Portrait of a Parish”, Nigel Rodgers – various titles. Claire Whatley “The Stones and the Shaman”, “Ingrid Wildsmith and the Curse of  Zeus” (childrens books aged 8-11 years). Olivia Marchant, various titles.

 

BERWICK ST JAMES NEWSLETTERS

MARCH 2015

We are very sorry to learn of the death of BARBARA DRAKE. Our deepest sympathy to Robert and Geoffrey. Barbara will be greatly missed by all her neighbours.

We are very sorry to learn of the death of DOREEN NORRIS. She will be greatly missed by Gerry, their daughters and many friends and family, as well as everyone in Berwick. We are thinking of both the Drake and Norris families in their loss.

Many thanks for all my get well cards while I was poorly over Christmas. From Jean Hibberd.

Dogs (again).

Please clean up after your dog – mess was left on the pavement between 3 and 4 The High Street. If you have not got a bag, ring the bell of Number 6, and you will get one.

MOTHERING SUNDAY CHURCH SERVICE – SUNDAY 15th MARCH

There will be a Mothering Sunday service at 10am Sunday 15th March in St James Church Berwick St James. Children of al ages, mums, dads, grannies and granddads, in fact everyone is invited to this short (about 30 minutes) informal service. It is a chance for children, or adults at whatever age we are, to give thanks for and remember the people who play or have played a mothering role in our lives. The children will be able to be involved in the service and there will be refreshments afterwards. Look forward to seeing you there! Yvonne Allen.

EASTER DAY SERVICE – 5TH APRIL

There will be an Easter day family service at St James Church at 9.30am. Everyone is most welcome to attend and the service will be taken by Canon David Durston.

BERWICK FARM SHOP

I am having a COFFEE MORNING on SUNDAY 8TH MARCH. It starts at 10.30am and there will be Free Tea and Coffee for all.

Bread from Avery Bakery in West Knoyle will start again at the end of February and will be available on Saturday Mornings.

Check out the vegetables! They are particularly good at the moment.

Remember to order your meat for Easter Sunday. I have local Lamb, or have you thought of Pork or Beef?

More details of the Shop in the advert elsewhere in the magazine.

TREES –WHO NEEDS THEM?  a talk by NIGEL RODGERS.

Some people love trees, some people loathe them. Most people just take them for granted. They shouldn’t. Trees in Britain are endangered as never before by new diseases. Within a few years we might be living in a country stripped of almost all trees. Nigel Rodgers will explain the new threats to our countryside, and what we can do to counter them. The talk won’t be all gloom. It will look back to how trees have shaped our lives through history with tales and anecdotes and many pictures.

In Berwick Reading Room on Tuesday 10th March. Doors open 7pm and the talk will start at 7.30pm. Includes a free glass wine or beer, soft drinks available. £5 each to Reading Room funds, under 16 free.

VILLAGE MEETING 

There will be a Village Meeting on Thursday 19th March in the Reading Room at 7pm, during which there will be a short presentation by the Open Gardens Committee of the arrangements planned for the forthcoming event in June. Residents, especially those who will be opening their gardens to the public that weekend are encouraged to attend.           

 

FILM NIGHT.                        The Reading Room Committee Presents……

“ BELLE”

Thursday 26th  March in the Reading Room. Doors open 7pm and the film will start at 7.30pm.   Starring Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Matthew Goode, Penelope Wilton, Emily Watson and Tom Wilkinson.

The mixed race daughter of a Royal Navy Admiral is raised by her aristocratic great-uncle in 18th century England.  Includes a free glass wine or beer, soft drinks available. £5 donation each to Reading Room funds, under 16 free.

OPEN GARDENS

For the first time in 25 years, Berwick St James is organising an Open Gardens event on 20th and 21st June. Twelve delightful and very different gardens will be opened to the public from 1.00 to 5.00 pm on both days. There will also be delicious teas and cakes to enjoy, plants to buy and Tombola offering great prizes. In addition you can browse through The Art, Photo and Authors’ Exhibition, which will be held in The Reading Room and anyone wanting to exhibit should contact Nicky Street on 790309. A delicious BBQ will be sizzling from 12.00 noon as well as some refreshing Pimm’s, beer and soft drinks. The annual and popular Duck Race will be held on Sunday 21st June at 11.00am. For further information about the Open Gardens event, please contact Neil MacDougall on 792761.

CHILDREN’S ART.

We would like to have a small Children’s Art Exhibition as part of the main Art Exhibition in our Open Gardens weekend. So we are asking Berwick St James parents to encourage their children and/or  teenagers to produce one work of art (painting or drawing) to show in the Reading Room that weekend. For example, they may have some artwork they created at school that they (or you) are particularly proud of. If the work could be framed in some way, so much the better. If your child/ren would like to display a piece of work, please phone or mail Claire Whatley on 790446 or clairewhately@hotmail.com

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

Sunday 8th March. Coffee Morning at Berwick Farm Shop 10.30am

Tuesday 10th March. Talk on Trees by Nigel Rodgers in the Reading Room

Thursday 19th March. Village Meeting.

Thursday 26th March. Film Night in the Reading Room. Belle.

Tuesday 12th May. Reading Room AGM (provisional date).

Saturday and Sunday. 20th/21st June. Open Gardens, Art and Photo Exhibition. Duck Race. Whole Village.

 

BERWICK ST JAMES  FEBRUARY 2015

 

Get Well Soon to all who are feeling under the weather, and especially to Ian Fisher.

DEFIBRILLATOR REFRESHER COURSE

A defibrillator course will be arranged for May or June by Sally Hiscock, if people would like it. It will be a refresher course for those who have already been shown how to use the machine and will also be suitable for those who haven’t. Our defibrillator is kept on the wall of the farm shop and it is easy to use.

THE BOOT INN

Our annual holiday starts on 1st February until the 12th February so the Kitchen will be closed, however the bar will be open as usual.  Our Kitchen will reopen on Friday 13th just in time for Valentine’s Day, and we are now taking bookings. The menu will be on our new website – address www.theboot.pub  from Cathy and Giles.

For more information see the advert elsewhere in the magazine.

FILM NIGHT.                        The Reading Room Committee Presents……

“BLUE JASMINE”

Thursday 26th February in the Reading Room. Doors open 7pm and the film will start at 7.30pm.                 Starring Cate Blanchett, Alec Baldwin, Sally Hawkins, Andrew Dice Clay.  Directed and written by Woody Allen.  Includes a free glass wine or beer, soft drinks available. £5 donation each to Reading Room funds, under 16 free.

ART AND PHOTO EXHIBITION

As part of the Village Open Gardens, over the weekend of 20th and 21st June, we are holding an Art and Photo Exhibition in the Reading Room, where we will also have local authors selling their books (more details later). We would like local artists and photographers to show their work, and sell it if they wish to. A small commission will be charged which will be part of the Open Gardens fundraising. More details later on, but for information please call Nicky Street at The Dairy House, 790309 or email chstreet@btinternet.com

VILLAGE MEETING

A Village Meeting was held in the Reading Room on 8th January. 33 residents present.

Ian West advised that there is cross-party support for the Stonehenge tunnel, the start date is not known. The Army personnel rebasing locally is being well organised.

The Parish Precept was agreed to be set at £1250, the same as the last two years.

Speedwatch has been running for a year. 67 sessions with 2684 vehicles recorded, 202 speeding, and 14 over 45 mph. A new site at the bus shelter has been approved. Speedwatch has no way of reporting lorries that use the road as a short cut. It was suggested that the licence plate number is reported to the lorry company.

There will be three films and a talk in the Reading Room shortly, and Howard Tolley was thanked for his very interesting talk on Ebola. An unofficial Young Residents Association has been started to provide relevant information to the youth of the village. Flood Watch. A letter was sent out recently, and villagers were reminded to clear drains if possible. Campsite planning application. As no objections or comments were made to the Chairman a letter stating No Objection was sent to the Council.

Open Gardens. It was agreed to have Open Gardens Weekend instead of a fete this year. It will take place on 20th/21st June. Other activities suggested include The Duck Race, BBQ, Plant Sale and Raffle. Neil MacDougall will chair the committee and asked for volunteers for the committee.

The Provisional date for the next meeting is 19th March. The villagers then gathered for wine and soft drinks.

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

Thursday 26th February. Film Night in the Reading Room. Blue Jasmine.

Tuesday 10th March. Talk on Trees by Nigel Rodgers in the Reading Room

Thursday 19th March. Village Meeting (provisional date).

Thursday 26th March. Film Night in the Reading Room. Belle.

Tuesday 12th May. Reading Room AGM (provisional date).

Saturday and Sunday. 20th/21st June. Open Gardens, Art and Photo Exhibition. Duck Race. Whole Village.

LOCAL HISTORY

OATLANDS HILL AIRFIELD.

This is really Local History in Winterbourne Stoke  – I expect there are plenty of  people in Stoke who know lots more than I do about this airfield, so I apologise in advance!

In the First World War there was an airfield (partly) in Berwick parish – Lake Down, on Druid’s Lodge Farm. This was closed in 1919 and not reinstated for World War Two.

However, there was an airfield in our area in the Second World War. This was Oatlands Hill Airfield in Winterbourne Stoke Parish. It was bounded to the east by the A360, on the north by the A303 – the top right corner was at what is now Longbarrow roundabout.

It was set up in late 1940 as a satellite for Old Sarum Airfield, and had three grass runways, four Blister hangers and other buildings, mostly on the southern edge of the airfield.

239 squadron, an army co-operation unit with Tomahawks were here in 1941. Then in September 1941 part of the No 41 Operational Training Unit at Old Sarum came here. Pilot training was on Lysanders and Tomahawks, with the Lysanders phased out in March 1942, and Mustangs arrived in April. All left in November to go to Hawarden, and it was quiet until August 1943 when the Austers of 658 Squadron (Air Observation Post) arrived although they only stayed 3 weeks. In February 1944 the No 43 Operational Training Unit moved from here from Old Sarum and Air Observation Post courses started immediately. They mainly used Austers with some Lysanders and Tiger Moths, having 36 planes.

From May to July the American 47th Liaison Squadron was based here as a communication role for HQ Southern Base section, they had L-5 planes and later a P-47.

In August 1944 the Operational Training Unit moved to Andover and Oatlands Hill was put into Care and Maintenance but was used from time to time by Air Observation Post units – for example, 665 squadron was here for a few weeks in March 1945 before deploying to Holland.

In May 1946 the airfield was closed. Very little trace survives of the airfield.

Researched and written by Nicky Street, from “The Military Airfields of Britain, South-Western England” by

WILDLIFE WATCH

A white pheasant has been regularly seen at the north end of Stapleford, and also a pair of white pheasants in the field behind the houses. 

Canada Geese.

Flocks of geese have been seen flying over the parish recently. They are almost certainly Canada Geese, an introduced species and like many aliens have done very well especially in urban areas where there is protection from predators. They have black heads, necks and legs with conspicuous white face patches, the rest is brown. They have been so successful that they compete with native species and many regard them as pests. They graze on grass pastures, spoiling it with their prolific droppings and are also very noisy. However, many people are pleased to have contact with them and feed them along with ducks and swans.

 

BERWICK ST JAMES  JANUARY 2015

HAPPY NEW YEAR.

Welcome to Peter and Anne Stockford.  We hope you will enjoy living in Berwick.

Goodbye to Jennie Coverdale and Robert, we are sorry to see you go.

Get well soon to all who are unwell at the moment.

Jean Hibberd would like to thank all LINK drivers for their help and kindness. Thanks to Ann for sorting it all out. Happy New Year to you all.

CHURCH

A note from the Churchwardens. Thank you to all who have helped with the looking after of the church over the past year including church cleaning, locking up, brass cleaning, flower arranging and lesson reading. It is hugely appreciated. If anyone who isn’t involved with any of the above activities and would like to help, please contact either Stephen Bush or Jane Rowe.

BERWICK FARM SHOP

A Happy New Year to all my customers, thank you for your custom over the last year. I will be reopening after the Christmas Break on Tuesday 6th January, and I look forward to seeing you in 2015!

BERWICK ST JAMES VILLAGE MEETING.

The next Parish Meeting will be held on 8th January 2015 in the Reading Room at 7 o’clock pm. The start time of the meeting has been selected to allow for those who at work during the day to attend. We expect to be finished by 8.30pm at the latest and as usual there will be a glass or two of wine available at the end of the meeting.

Please submit any agenda items you wish to raise to me at The Leat House, by note, email or phone call as soon as possible. The full agenda will be published the week before the meeting.

Neil MacDougall Chairman Berwick Parish Meetings 01722 792761. Email neil.madougall@me.com.

PARISH CHAIRMAN

After several years of great work as our Parish Chairman Neil will be retiring at the AGM in April/May. We will be needing a new Chairman, please consider if you would like to do it – there are many people in Berwick who would make an excellent chairman! (both men and women of course).

FILM NIGHT.                        The Reading Room Committee Presents……

“GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL”

Thursday 22nd January in the Reading Room. Doors open 7pm and the film will start at 7.30pm. Includes a free glass wine or beer, soft drinks available. £5 donation each to Reading Room funds, under 16 free.

The film was directed by Wes Anderson and stars Ralph Fiennes, F Murray Abraham, Jude Law, Tilda Swinton. It is the adventures of Gustave H, a legendary concierge at a famous Hungarian Hotel between the First and Second World Wars, and Zero Moustafa, the lobby boy who becomes his most trusted friend. It is full of colourful characters, old-world charm and witty one-liners with stunning visuals, dark humour and rapid-fire dialogue.

EBOLA; NEWS FROM THE FRONT LINE.

Thank you to everyone who turned out, on a wet and miserable November evening, to listen to me talk about my experiences working in an Ebola Case Management Centre in Liberia. I was pleasantly surprised to see over 50 people packed in the Reading Room; pleasantly surprised because whilst I am professionally interested in Ebola and, therefore, somewhat biased in my views on how interesting it is, I didn’t know how much interest there would be in a disease that is causing devastating problems over 3000 miles from Berwick in West Africa. I wish to thank the audience (and others who couldn’t attend the talk but still donated) who raised £500 for Medecins Sans Frontieres. That is a fantastic amount; enough to fund any of the following examples in the area where I was working;

1.        A doctor in the field for 10 days.

2.        pay for 13 complete personal protective equipment suits for healthcare workers to wear in the high risk zone in an Ebola hospital.

3.        Vaccinate over 3000 children against measles

4.        Vaccinate 20 children against 11 different diseases

5.        Treat over 700 patients for malaria

The latter options may not appear to be Ebola related but other infectious diseases are rampaging through communities as the health care systems in the affected countries have totally collapsed because of Ebola. Thank you very much for your very generous support; it will make a real and significant difference to the lives people helped by MSF.

Howard Tolley.

READING ROOM CHRISTMAS BAZAAR

Congratulations to everyone who helped and came to the Bazaar, we had a really good selection of items to buy and the free coffee and tea was very popular! We made £370 for Reading Room funds – last year we made £334. Did you like the new time (11am)? Thank you to everyone who gave, came, set out and packed up, and particularly to those who donated to the fabulous Raffle.

A Special New Year Thank you to everyone who helps with the Reading Room, especially all the committee who set up and run many events during the year – including talks and the very popular film nights. And a special thank you to Jean Hibberd for running the bookings and being a key holder – we couldn’t manage without you. And it was great to have you at the Raffle at the Christmas Bazaar.

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

Thursday 26th February. Film Night. “Blue Jasmine” in the Reading Room

Thursday 26th March. Film Night “Belle” in the Reading Room.

WILDLIFE WATCH

Reports of Farmland birds in 2014 in Berwick parish.

Stone Curlews  -  The RSPB reports that 2014 was a very good year for Stone-curlews. There was a slightly increased number of pairs with the birds in good condition on their return to the UK enabling them to start breeding straight away. The number of pairs breeding increased and the chicks grew quickly showing that there was plenty of invertebrate food for them. There were nearly three times as many fledged chicks recorded as in 2013 which was the highest productivity since 2006, above the number needed to maintain a stable population. Stone-curlew bred both on Berwick Hill Farm and Druid’s Lodge Farm.

Lapwings and other farmland birds. A quote from the RSPB report..

“Lapwing had an absolutely superb year on the farm with around 12 chicks fledging from at least seven nests…The farm continues to support a range of farmland bird species such as skylark, corn bunting, yellowhammer and linnet” and from the Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust “This site was our second most productive site and it was always a joy to visit and see it overrun with lapwing chicks!”

 

BERWICK ST JAMES  DECEMBER 2014

As many of us know, an eminent resident of Berwick St James, George Campbell Johnston MBE, sadly passed away on Thursday 23rd October, aged 77. George and his wife Janey moved to the village from Cholderton in 2006 and quickly established themselves as generous and warmhearted residents, active in the local community and hospitable to others, particularly to new arrivals in the village. In 2002 he retired from and sold the recruiting company CJA (Campbell-Johnston Associates) that he had founded and successfully run for many years. However, he continued to be actively involved in managing the Zimbabwe Farmers Trust Fund, a charity that he set up in 1999 to look after the needs and interests of dispossessed Zimbabwe farmers. He used his contacts and resources to find them employment in the UK and other Commonwealth countries, and provided funds and arranged holidays for those in need, a challenge that earned him the award of the MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List last year.

George was an amusing, generous and modest man, a friend of and respected and loved by many in this community. He had been unwell for some time, but refused to complain or allow any physical limitations to prevent him from helping others in any way that he could, or from enjoying an active social life He loved living in Berwick St James, and his honour and kindness remained to the end. An indication of the degree of respect and affection held by those who had known him, not only from this village but also in the UK and overseas was shown by the number of people (over 500) who attended the Service of Thanksgiving, held at the Parish Church of St Mary and St Nicholas in Wilton on Tuesday 11th November. The church has rarely been so full.

George CJ, you will be sorely missed.

Neil MacDougall. Chairman, Berwick St James.

 

Janey and the boys, James, Edward and Charlie would like to thank everyone in Berwick for their overwhelming kindness and support since George left us. When we arrived in the village 8 years ago we could not have imagined how happy we were to become living here and how many close friends we have subsequently made. Thank you all so very much.

 

Shaun and Nicky would like to thank family and friends for their support during this distressful time. At not one time did we doubt James’ innocence. It is at times like these when you realize who your true friends and family really are. We are amazed that in these times that the local paper can name someone with one sided evidence from the case before a verdict. You cannot imagine what stress that caused us. Shaun and Nicky Haggaty.

 

CHRISTMAS SERVICES

THE CANDLELIT CAROL SERVICE of 7 lessons and carols will take place on Sunday 21st December at 6pm to which everyone is warmly invited to attend. There will be mulled wine, soft drinks and mince pies after the service.

On CHRISTMAS DAY there will be a non Eucharistic family service at 10.30am which will be followed by Holy Communion for those who wish.

 

CHRISTMAS BAZAAR in the READING ROOM

Saturday 6th December. At the new time of 11am. There will be Free Tea and Coffee.

Tombola, Cakes and Produce, Christmas Stall, and Nearly New Bric-a-Brac, and Barbara Last will be selling her book “Portrait of a Parish”. Holly and Mistletoe for sale. Grand Raffle with 1st Prize Christmas Hamper.

We would very much like you to look for unwanted presents – like soap, candles, bath salts, fancy food – as we would like to make up baskets as gifts to sell. Also welcome – bottles etc for the Tombola and Raffle, cakes, biscuits and other produce,  Christmas cards, paper and decorations, good quality (nearly new) bric-a-brac – recycle your unwanted Christmas presents!

CAROL SINGING AROUND BERWICK.

In Victorian times, and possibly much earlier, it was a tradition in Berwick to sing carols around the village. There were special Berwick carols, but unfortunately the words of these have been lost. In recent years we have started Carol Singing around Berwick again.

This year it is on MONDAY 22nd DECEMBER starting at 6pm at the Church, and we will end up at The Reading Room for Mince Pies and Mulled Wine.  We are collecting for Combat Stress, a charity that works with military personnel needing help. We welcome everyone to come along and sing, accompanied children especially. Please bring torches or lanterns. We would like to sing at various points around the village and so, if you would like to have us come to you please could you ring Ian Fisher 790214 or Nicky Street 790309.  This really is good fun – come and join us! New villagers especially welcome. You do not need to be able to sing – just come along and join in with well-known carols.

NB. Please note that this is NOT the CAROL SERVICE with lessons and carols which is on SUNDAY 21st at 6pm.

BERWICK FARM SHOP

I will be holding a COFFEE MORNING on Sunday 30th November from 10.30am, with free tea and coffee, and Tastings of Mince Pies.

A very Happy Christmas to all my customers from Marilyn and Vicky.

Please let me know your meat orders in plenty of time – turkey, goose, pork, beef etc. I have plenty of Cakes, Puddings, Pies, Ready Meals, Pork and other joints, sausages, bacon and much, much more. I will be baking and cooking right up until Christmas, but to be certain please order. Please ring to check availability.

Christmas Opening – I will be open on Monday 22nd, Tuesday 23rd as usual, and Wednesday (Christmas Eve) until 2pm. The Shop will be closed from Christmas Day and re-open on Tuesday 6th January, this is my Annual Holiday!

THE BOOT INN.

We are currently selling tickets for the Christmas Draw at 50p each and the draw will be held on 20th December at 9pm. We also have our Christmas Party menus available to collect at the Boot or if people can drop me an e-mail I can send a copy to them. thebootatberwick@yahoo.co.uk  Cathy.

Opening times. Christmas Eve 12noon-2.30pm & 6-11pm. Christmas Day 12noon -2pm Bar Only. Boxing Day Brunch 12noon – 3pm. 27th -30th December open as usual.

New Year’s Eve Lunch 12noon-2.15pm. Evening, 80’s night – 7pm to 1am.

BERWICK ST JAMES VILLAGE MEETING.

Held on 9th October in the Reading Room.

New villagers Peter and Kate Wood, James and Claire Whatley, were welcomed. It was advised that we have sand bags etc if needed for floods and James Hardy is Flood Officer, and a new litter bin has been installed by The Boot Inn. Councillor Ian West gave us an update on the A303, there has been fly tipping, if seen please tell the chairman who will tell the council.

Planning. There were no objections to the applications at Rotten Furlong and The Clock House.

It was agreed (with thanks) to accept Chris Brain’s offer to re-roof the Bus Shelter.

Security. The Farm Shop was broken into. Speedwatch. 24 sessions since May with 89 speeders with 8 excessive.  Defibrillator and First Aid. The defibrillator is now installed and 2 first aid courses have been run. Sally Hiscock will run a defibrillator familiarisation course. The Waitrose “green disc” scheme gave £250 towards the cost of the defibrillator box. Village and Reading Room events. There are five more film nights, Christmas Sale and talk on trees planned, plus Harvest Supper, and Coffee Morning at the shop.

It was agreed to continue providing wine after Village Meeting from the Community Fund.

Village fund raising events. It was suggested that we run Open Village Gardens instead of a fete on Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th June. Seven gardens have already been offered. Teas, plant stall, beer tent and BBQ, bottle stall and raffle could be run at the same time. The Duck Race would be on the Sunday as usual. The idea was popular, and a final decision will be made at the January meeting. Anyone wanting to know more about the ideas proposed please contact Neil. The next meeting will be on 8th January 2015.Parish Chairman Neil MacDougall

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY.

8th January. Village Meeting.

Thursday 22nd January. Film “Grand Budapest Hotel”

WILDLIFE WATCH

Great Bustard. More sightings of the Great Bustards; two on Druids Lodge land above the Vicarage track in Stapleford, and a large group further along towards Winterbourne Stoke.

 

 

BERWICK ST JAMES NOVEMBER 2014

HARVEST FESTIVAL.

The Church looked wonderful for Harvest Festival on 12th October, and many thanks go to all those who helped to decorate the church with flowers, fruit and vegetables. Morning Star, a Christian Charity based in Winterslow were thrilled to receive such a splendid amount of produce generously donated.

REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY

This year the Remembrance Sunday service is being held at St Andrews Church, South Newton and starts at 10.50am. Anyone wishing to attend who requires transport please contact Stephen Bush so that a lift can be organized.

CHRISTMAS.

The Carol Service is on 21st December at 6pm in the church.

The Christmas Day service is at 10.30. All welcome to both.

FILM NIGHT;        THE READING ROOM COMMITTEE PRESENTS ………………….

THE MONUMENTS MEN

This is on Thursday 20th November in The Reading Room. Doors open 7pm and the film will start at 7.30pm. Includes a free glass of wine or beer, soft drinks available. £5 donation each to Reading Room funds, under 16 free.

Starring George Clooney, Matt Damon, Cate Blanchett, Bill Murray, Hugh Bonneville and John Goodman. Based on the true story of the greatest treasure hunt in history, this is an action drama about an unlikely WW11 platoon going into Germany to rescue artistic masterpieces. With the art trapped behind enemy lines and with the German army under orders to destroy everything as the Reich fell, how could these men – museum directors, curators and art historians – possibly hope to succeed? The “Monuments Men” find themselves in a race against time to avioid the destruction of 1000 years of culture.

EBOLA: NEWS FROM THE FRONTLINE

As the Ebola crisis unfolded, Berwick’s own Howard Tolley volunteered to spend a month in Liberia helping to establish a field testing centre. Now safely returned, he has kindly agreed to give a talk based on his experiences, and describe some of the challenges of battling a deadly epidemic in a desperately poor country with few medical resources or staff. His talk – entitled “My four weeks in a Liberian house of ill repute” – will be in the Reading Room at 7.15pm on November 25th. A collection will take place to raise funds for Medicins Sans Frontieres.

THE BOOT INN

Friday 28th November we are holding a “pie night” when there will be various pies available alongside our blackboard menu.

The festive season will soon be upon us again and we are open all over the Christmas period serving food every day, except Christmas Day when we are open for drinks from 12 noon until 2.00pm

BERWICK FARM SHOP

I will be holding a COFFEE MORNING on Sunday 30th November from 10.30am onwards. There will be free Tea and Coffee, and tastings of Mince Pies and other Christmas Food. Everyone is very much welcome, come along and meet your friends for a chat.

Christmas is coming – orders are being taken for Turkey, Goose, Chicken, Duck, Beef, Lamb, Pork etc. Also for cakes, cheese etc.

I now get Fresh Bread on Saturdays from the West Knoyle bakery – bread can also be ordered. I have Potatoes from South Newton, and bags of Logs and Kindling. And don’t forget the bird food – quality at low prices.  

READING ROOM CHRISTMAS SALE

The Reading Room Christmas Sale will be on Saturday 6th December. There will be free tea and coffee. We are asking for you to check to see if you have any donations for the sale – Christmas Cards, Paper, Decorations, unwanted gifts, Nearly New items we can sell, and, of course, Raffle and Tombola Prizes. 

BERWICK CRICKET CLUB

The Berwick Cricket Club held its Dinner and Prize Giving on 19th September at The Boot Inn.

The Batting Cup went to Richard Foster, the Bowling Cup to Edward Crossley, the Catchers Shield to Martin Williams, the most improved player was Gavin Gurd, the Clubman Ccup went to Ken Woodford for services to the community. And the Champagne Moment went to Tim Bailey who got hit in the “nether regions” when he missed a catch completely. He didn’t manage to stand straight for at least three overs. Thanks to Giles and Cathy for feeding us all year and hosting the dinner which raised money for the club.

Charlie Woodford.

MACMILLAN COFFEE MORNING

Thank you to everyone who came to support the Macmillan Coffee Morning held at eh Berwick Farm Shop on 26th September. A huge thank you must go to Marilyn Wood for the use of the shop to host the coffee morning. Thank you also to Nicky Street for the use of her gazebo and her help in organising the morning. £126.57 was raised in donations and from the 2 competitions which were held. There was no winner for the “Double Shot” competition was won by Sarah Humphreys and she very generously put her prize money back into the box, so thank you Sarah! (The correct answer was 4856 and Sarah’s guess was closest at 3050). From Helen Riding.

RIDE AND STRIDE. Wiltshire Historic Churches Trust Cycle Ride.

Update on the Cycle Ride. £190 has been sent to the Trust – Berwick Church will receive half, and the other half will go to the Historic Churches Trust. Many thanks to all my sponsors! Nicky Street.

COMMUNITY SPEED WATCH

Wiltshire has in place the most active Community Speed Watch scheme in the country. It is supported by the Office of the Police and Crime commissioner for Wiltshire and Swindon, Wiltshire Police, Wiltshire Council and Swindon Borough Council. It gives concerned residents a chance to help combat speeding in their area. Volunteers carry out roadside checks on the speed of vehicles using a speed detection device and record the vehicle registration number of those exceeding the speed limit. The owners of the vehicles are then sent warning letters by Wiltshire Police drawing attention to the offence and advising the drivers of the consequences of excessive speed.

. The risk of death is approximately four times higher when a pedestrian is hit at 40mph than at 30mph

. Fatal accidents are four times as likely on rural roads as urban roads

. The speed limit of 30 mph is there for a reason.

. By encouraging drivers to keep within this limit we hope to prevent an accident.

The CSW team in Berwick St James, made up of 12 volunteers, has been up and running since the beginning of this year but we are always looking to have more volunteers join our active group. Full training is provided by the police at Devizes HQ. Also, if any other villages are interested in setting up a CSW scheme then myself or one of the BSJ CSW volunteers would be more than happy to share our experience with you.

LOCAL HISTORY – TELEPHONE BOX.

British Telecom has recently refurbished our Village Telephone Box, and it is looking very fine again.

We very nearly lost our phone box several years ago, but it was “listed” as a building of special architectural and historic interest in April 2008, (with many thanks to the person who organized that). Now BT has to maintain it.

It is a K6 telephone box made of cast iron and glass, painted red with a domed roof with a crown on each side.

The first standard public telephone box (K1) was introduced in 1920, then in 1924 the Post Office held a competition to design a telephone kiosk, and this was won by Sir Giles Gilbert Scott. Our phone box is a K6, designed in 1935 by Sir Giles Gilbert Scott to celebrate the Silver Jubilee of King George V. It was the first telephone box extensively used outside London and ultimately 11,000 boxes of this design were produced.

The Listing of the telephone box reads; This K6 telephone kiosk is designated at Grade 11 “An iconic example of industrial design, showing Giles Gilbert Scott’s adaptation of Neoclassical forms for a modern technological function. A good example of the type, possessing a good visual relationship with the Grade 11 listed Clock House and group value with other listed buildings nearby”.

Written and researched by Nicky Street.

 

WILDLIFE WATCH

A kingfisher (or more than one) has been seen regularly flying up the river at the south end of the village.

This year has been positive for stone-curlews. The cold spring of 2013 and wet summer of 2012 affected the stone-curlew population but productivity is up this year, thanks in part to the warm, dry weather we’ve experienced this spring and summer. Whilst a few stone-curlews were still rearing young in August, many fledged and autumn roosts formed across Wessex before the birds headed south for the winter. Other wildlife has also been faring well this year. According to the British Trust for Ornithology 2014 has been an exceptional year for barn owls, and the Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust indicate that it has been a positive year for lapwings as well. Peregrine falcons successfully nested on Salisbury Cathedral for the first time in 61 years and 3 chicks fledged. (Report from “Wessex Stone-Curlew update” Wessex RSPB).

 

 

 

BERWICK ST JAMES  OCTOBER 2014

A speedy recovery to all who have had treatment in hospital recently, or have been under the weather.

Unfortunately the dog mess bag problem has reared its ugly head again. A full bag was found hanging on the hedge just inside the churchyard by the gate. TAKE IT HOME or PUT IT IN THE BINS!

HARVEST FESTIVAL

This year Harvest Festival will be on Sunday 12th October at 10am to which everyone is most welcome. It will be a service orientated towards children and will be taken by Yvonne Allen. The service will be followed by refreshments. Contributions of flowers, fruit and vegetables would be most welcome and the church will be open on Friday 10th and Saturday 11th October. All the children coming are asked to bring a vegetable or fruit with them. On Monday the produce will be taken to a Christian charity based in Winterslow called Morning Star. The charity supports the vulnerable, lonely and homeless and also has a residential facility, and they are delighted to make good use of the fresh produce.

HARVEST SUPPER

This year the Harvest Supper will be on Friday 17th October at 7pm at the Guide Centre. It will be FREE to all Berwick residents and everyone is most welcome. As on previous occasions visitors from outside the village will be charged £5 for adults and £3 for OAPs and children. The cost of renting the Guide Centre and the supper will be paid for from the proceeds of the Grand Raffle. Enclosed in the magazine is a flyer – please reply as it makes the organisation so much easier. Jane Rowe has very kindly agreed to cook the main course and will provide the cheese. Assistance would be hugely appreciated in providing puddings and salads as well as help in setting up and decorating the room, washing up and tidying away.  . Previous suppers have been good fun – we do hope that you can come.

BERWICK ST JAMES VILLAGE MEETING.

The next Parish Meeting will be held on Thursday 9th October 2014 in the Reading Room at 7 o’clock pm. The start time of the meeting has been selected to allow for those who at work during the day to attend. We expect to be finished by 8.30pm at the latest and as usual there will be a glass or two of wine available at the end of the meeting.

Please submit any agenda items you wish to raise to me at The Leat House, by note, email or phone call no later than Tuesday 30th September. The full agenda will be published the week before the meeting.

Neil MacDougall Chairman Berwick Parish Meetings 01722 792761. Email neil.madougall@me.com.

PARISH CHAIRMAN

After several years of great work as our Parish Chairman Neil will be retiring at the AGM in April/May next year. We will be needing a new Chairman, please consider if you would like to do it – there are many people in Berwick who would make excellent chairmen! (both men and women of course).

FILM NIGHT;        THE READING ROOM COMMITTEE PRESENTS ………………….

THE BOOK THIEF

The Book Thief was the winning choice in our vote. It will be shown on Thursday 23rd October in The Reading Room. Doors open 7pm and the film will start at 7.30pm. Includes a free glass of wine or beer, soft drinks available. £5 donation each to Reading Room funds, under 16 free.

The Book Thief tells the story of an extraordinary, spirited young girl sent to live with a foster family in World War 2 Germany. Intrigued by the only book she brought with her, she begins collecting books as she finds them. With the help of her new parents and a secret guest under the stairs, she learns to read and creates a magical world that inspires them all.  PG 13. Directed by Brian Percival. Starring Sophie Neliesse, Emily Watson, Geoffrey Rush, Roger Allam.

BERWICK ST JAMES FILM NIGHTS.

Thank you to all those who voted – 29 – and thanks to Olivia and Kate for organising it. The results were; 1st The Book Thief, 2nd Grand Budapest Hotel, 3rd Belle, 4th Blue Jasmine, 5th The Monument Men (close run with Rush). We will be showing these films over the next few months.

Reading Room

The Reading Room is available to hire at very reasonable rates. It makes an excellent place for meetings (DVD player and projector suitable for connection to a laptop is available), also parties, classes etc. It has full disabled access and coffee making facilities. Tables, chairs, china etc can be hired separately (if used within the room, they are, of course, included in the hire). All bookings Mrs Jean Hibberd 6 High St (next door to the Reading Room) 01722 790806.

BOOT INN

We are having a Burger Night on Friday 24th October, when we will be offering a variety of different burgers alongside our usual blackboard menu. On 7th November will be hosting our 7th Wine and Sausage Night with 7 wines and 7 sausages – these nights are really popular so early booking is advisable. On 28th November we will be holding a Pie Night with a wide range of pies available alongside our usual menu.

BERWICK FARM SHOP COFFEE MORNING.

I am holding a COFFEE MORNING on SUNDAY 26TH OCTOBER. Jan Pegrum is coming with Neal’s Yard toiletries and natural remedies, so come along and try these delightful items, perhaps choosing some early Christmas presents or a treat for yourself. From 10.30am with Free Tea and Coffee.

The time to start thinking about Christmas orders has already come. Would you like a goose for a change? I will be making Christmas Cakes but these sell out very quickly, so you may like to consider ordering one.

BERWICK DEFIBRILLATOR

The defibrillator is now safely housed outside the Farm Shop abutting Berwick Way. It is very easy to remove from the yellow box but it may be worth residents familiarising themselves with the process just in case there is an urgent need of it.

The majority of the cost of the yellow box has been funded by a £200 donation from the community fund and a further £250 pounds from the Waitrose community matters scheme – the green token at the door. This was a very simple way of fundraising and thanks must go to Mary Gatling for discovering this source.

GREAT NORTH RUN

Sally and Rosie Hiscock completed the Great North run in 2hrs 15mins but it was a hot day and the last mile seemed to go on forever. Neither of us have any plans to run that far ever again!

On the positive side it was great to support Martha Fishwick who ran really well just missing out on a sub 2hr time. Sally and Rosie raised over £1000 for Spinal Injury Research, thank you to everyone who sponsored us, the collection box in the Farm Shop produced over £90 which was a tremendous boost.

RIDE AND STRIDE – HISTORIC CHURCHES CYCLE RIDE.

The sponsored cycle ride and walk between Wiltshire Churches took place on Saturday 13th September. Thank you to all who took part, including Robin Richards and Nicky Street. And thank you to those who “manned” Berwick church all day. Speaking as a cyclist, it is really appreciated when you arrive at a church to be greeted  with a smile and refreshment!

I really enjoyed my cycle ride of about 25 miles visiting 18 churches between Bowerchalke and Berwick via Salisbury. The weather was just right, not too hot and no rain, the best refreshments were the sticky homemade biscuits at Winterbourne Stoke and All Saints Harnham who provided coffee (just what I needed). The most unexpectedly pretty village was Homington, the least helpful was Coombe Bissett whose loo was locked! And the church I would most like to look at again with more time? – a tie between Stratford Tony and the old St Mary’s in Wilton. 

 LOCAL HISTORY

YARNBURY CASTLE SHEEP FAIR and “A SHEPHERD’S LIFE” 

The Sheep Fair used to be held at Yarnbury Castle on 4th October, so I thought you might be interested in a little about it.

In “A Shepherd’s Life” by W H Hudson (published in 1910), the central figure was Caleb Bawcombe. “It came to me in conversations…”said Hudson “during several years with the shepherd. In his long life….a good deal of it spent on the quiet down, he had seen many things…”

Caleb Bawcombe lived in Winterbourne Bishop (Martin) where he was a shepherd from about aged 9, and he remained there until he was a married man when he “migrated” to Doveton near Wylye. 

“Caleb’s shepherding period in Doveton came to a somewhat sudden conclusion. It was nearing the end of August and he was beginning to think about the sheep which would have to be taken to the “Castle” sheep-fair on 5th October, and it appeared strange to him that his master had so far said nothing to him on the subject. By “Castle” he meant Yarnborough Castle, the name of a vast prehistoric earth-work on one of the high downs between Warminster and Amesbury. There is no village there and no house near; it is nothing but an immense circular wall and trench, inside of which the fair is held. It was formerly one of the most important sheep-fairs in the country, but for the last two or three decades has been falling off and is now of little account. 

When Bawcombe was shepherd at Doveton it was still great..…. 

One day Mr Ellerby came to have a talk with his shepherd …. he said that he would have no sheep to send. “No sheep to send, master!” exclaimed Caleb in amazement. Then Mr Ellerby told him that he had taken a notion into his head that he wanted to go abroad with his wife for a time, and that some person had just made him so good an offer for all his sheep that he was going to accept it, so that for the first time in eighty-eight years there would be no sheep from Doveton Farm at the Castle fair.”

William Henry Hudson was born in Argentina in 1841, settled in England in 1874, producing books on birds and the English Countryside. He died in 1922, and was a founder member of the RSPB. “A Shepherd’s Life” was quickly recognised as a classic .. a storehouse of information on sheepdogs, ravens, poachers, sheep bells, gamekeepers……

It is available as a book, and also as an e-book (free) from www.gutenberg.org

(W H Hudson’s book Afoot in England (which mentions Salisbury and Stonehenge)is also available from www.gutenberg.org)

Yarnbury Castle is a hillfort of 28.5 acres, with the first rampart and ditch enclosing about 10 acres built around 300BC. Then the larger area was enclosed with more ramparts and ditches around 100BC. The inside of the castle shows the remains of many buildings. The Romans attacked and defeated the Durotriges who held the castle in around AD43.

It was gradually abandoned until no-one lived there by around 300AD.

It is not known when the Sheep Fair started, but it was probably in medieval times. In the 1700s it was run by the tenant of Steeple Langford farm, in an area marked by 6 stones, just on the parish boundary with Berwick.

Peter Gurney in a 1930 book “Shepherds Lore” says “It was, in its heyday one of the most important sheep fairs in the west of England. But it was a hopeless place to reach by any method of transport, save Shanks pony and even then you had to be prepared for a stiff climb” 

The Fair was closed in 1916 when the surrounding area was commandeered by the army for troop training. After the War it moved to Wylye where it shrank until it was closed, and combined with Wilton Sheep Fair.

Yarnbury Castle is now used for sheep grazing and is unimproved grassland supporting many wild flowers. It is privately owned.

Written and researched by Nicky Street

 WILDLIFE WATCH

Several reports have been received of hedgehogs, including a young one feeding in daylight in a garden between Winterbourne Stoke and Berwick, and a large one in a garden in the south end of Berwick.

A Clouded Yellow butterfly was seen in a garden at Southington at the end of August.  A moorhen was seen at the south end of Berwick, up in an elder tree, eating the elderberries. Fieldfares have arrived, the autumn migrants were first seen on 7th August and more flocks down by Asserton in early September.

Reports for Wildlife Watch from any of our parishes welcome. Nicky Street 790309 or email chstreet@btinternet.com

 

September 2014

Goodbye and Good Luck to Chris Sims as she leaves Berwick. She has worked hard for the Reading Room, sorting out the film nights, and the picture display system amongst many other things, and she has done lots more for Berwick including running this year’s fete. She will be much missed (as will her bread!).

Welcome to James and Claire Whately and Zoe. We do hope you enjoy living in Berwick.

Congratulations to all students on their AS and A2 level and GCSE results, we hope they will enable you to follow your chosen career.

Late Congratulations to all who celebrated special birthdays in August.

A Speedy Recovery and best wishes to Shaun Haggaty. 

Jean Hibberd is very proud of her granddaughter who got a 2:1 at Bath University. Felicity has now got a post in a secondary school teaching English to 14-18 year olds.

CANCER RESEARCH.

Very many thanks to those who contributed to the recent collection. The sum donated was £194.08. Thank you to the collectors.

CHURCH  NEWS.

Harvest Festival. This year’s Harvest Festival in St James church will be on Sunday 12th October to which everyone is most welcome. The service will be taken by Yvonne Allen and will be orientated towards children. The service will be followed by refreshments.

Harvest Supper. A date for your diaries. This year the Harvest supper will be on Friday 17th October at the Guide Centre and will be free to all Berwick residents, who are all most welcome to attend. More details will be published in next month’s magazine.

Trussell Trust. There will be a box just inside the Church during September so that anyone inclined to donate tins of food and dried food can do so to this worthwhile charity. Items that are particularly wanted are pasta sauce (tin or jar), tinned meat, tinned fruit, UHT milk, sugar, long life fruit juice, tinned tomatoes.

For Your Diary. The Christmas Carol Service will be at 6pm on Sunday 21st December 2014.

WILTSHIRE HISTORIC CHURCHES TRUST  - RIDE + STRIDE

The Sponsored Cycle Ride and Walk between Wiltshire Churches is on Saturday 13th September. Half of the money you raise goes to the church of your choice and half to the Wiltshire Historic Churches Trust to enable it to make grants for the upkeep of churches and chapels (Berwick church received a generous grant to help replace the roof). It is great fun to walk or ride or cycle between our lovely churches. You can work out your own route, and visit as many (or as few) churches as you like.  

ST JOHN’S AMBULANCE COMMUNITIES FIRST AID COURSE.

It has been arranged that a second First Aid course will be held in the Berwick St James Reading Room on Tuesday 16th September from 2 to 4pm. The cost of the course is £30 per person, with a maximum of around 12 people. No age limits.

Please contact Mary Gatling tel 01722 790839 to book a place or for further enquiries.

READING ROOM FILM NIGHTS

The Reading Room Committee Presents …….. PHILOMENA.

The Film Nights will start again in September.

Provisional Date for the first film is Thursday 25th September and we will be showing PHILOMENA.

“Philomena” is an award winning film starring Judi Dench and Steve Coogan, directed by Stephen Frears. It is the story of Philomena Lee’s 50 year long search for her son, from the book by Martin Sixsmith (PG 13).

Doors open 7pm. Film starts 7.30pm. Free glass of wine or beer, soft drinks also available. A £5 donation each to Reading Room funds. Under 16 free.

Further Films – we will be sending out a list of our suggestions for films you might like to see. There will be voting available, so please vote when the list comes out. More suggestions welcome.

GREAT NORTH RUN

Sally and Rosie Hiscock are running in the Great North Run in aid of Spinal Injuries Research on the 6th of September. They will be running to support Martha Fishwick whose brother Jack sustained a life changing rugby injury earlier this year which has left him paralysed from the neck down. Research into spinal damage is at an exciting crossroads with the hope that very soon repair of damaged nerves will be achievable. This will be a springboard from which research into many other neurological conditions can develop.

If you would like to lend your support this can be done online at www.justgiving.com and search for Rosie Hiscock or via the donation box in the Farm Shop.  Thank-you. Sally and Rosie.

BERWICK ST JAMES CRICKET CLUB

Berwick Cricket Club have had a fantastic season if you only judge us on the fun we have had. Players have ranged from 15 up to 73.

We finished 5th in the league out of 8, and we lost in the semi-final of the cup to Chalke Valley. Ken Woodford deserves praise for all his hard work on the pitch, cutting grass and preparing the wicket. As does the Boot for feeding us after home games. Charlie Woodford.

BERWICK FARM SHOP

I have a new bakery supplying the shop with bread, I have many different sorts of bread including white cob and bloomer loaves, and a variety of brown and granary loaves. There is a wide selection of fresh local vegetables, supplied from Bromham, and they are particularly good at the moment.

There is a COFFEE MORNING on SUNDAY AUGUST 31st from 10.30am onwards. There will be free Tea and Coffee and tastings of my scones with jam, cream and other toppings. Everyone very much welcome, come along and meet your friends for a chat.

Details of the farm shop in the advert elsewhere in the magazine.

HARVEST ON BERWICK HILL FARM

As you will all have noticed, harvest this year finished really early!  Checking back in our records we find that the finish date of 8th August is the earliest for at least 37 years – but matched in 1995 – and none earlier back to 1977 (when our easily located records finish, earlier records are in the loft!). Last year we started harvest on 5th August and this year we started on 21st July. Last year we finished on 27th August, and the latest we have finished, with the same crops, was 18th September in 2008.  By Nicky Street.

RACE FOR LIFE. Update on the amount raised by The Berwick Farm Shop Team for Cancer Research - £817.66. Congratulations.    

 

LOCAL HISTORY: THE FIRST WORLD WAR.

The one hundredth year Anniversary of the start of the First World War was marked in Berwick by a short and moving service in Berwick Church, with many thanks to the children who spoke, and to the organizers.

Those men on our War Memorial for the First World War are;

Frank Cecil Blanchard. Colour Sergeant in the Royal Marines Light Infantry, died 29th April 1915 aged 40. No known grave, on the Helles Memorial, Pas de Calais. France.

Frank George Brice. Lance Corporal in the 2nd Battalion Wilts Regiment, died 15th June 1915 aged 26. No known grave, on the Le Touret Memorial, Pas de Calais. France.

William Draper. Gunner with the Royal Garrison Artillery Duke of Cornwall’s regiment, died 27th Sept 1918 aged 38. Buried in Queant Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France.

Leonard Humphries. Gunner Royal Field Artillery. Died 23rd December 1918 aged 27, buried at The Mikra British Cemetery, Kalamaria, Greece.

William Arthur Witchell. 9th Battalion Devonshire Regiment, died 26th October 1917 aged 33. No known grave, on the Tyne Cot Memorial, Zonnebeke, Belgium.  

Herbert Cyril Smith. 2nd Battalion Wilts Regiment, died 24th July 1915 aged 18. Buried at St Vaast Post Military Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France.

We will remember them.

I have more information about these men, their families and their lives in Berwick, and more research is being done. Articles will go into the magazine as I tie up the details.

Nicky Street.

 

 

 WILDLIFE WATCH

Rose Sawfly.

I was recently asked by a neighbour about some small speckled greenish caterpillars systematically eating the leaves of a rose bush. They were the larvae of the Rose Sawfly. When disturbed, they arch back very suddenly in an attempt to startle potential foes. There are a large number of species of saw flies, related to bees, wasps and ants They are called sawflies because the females have ovipositors in the form of two rasping structures that saw a slit in the stem of their host and into which they insert their eggs, they are harmless to people and have a diet of nectar. The larvae are all leaf eaters, and differ from the caterpillars of butterflies and moths by having four pairs of prolegs in addition to the usual three pairs of true legs. The commonest found in gardens are Gooseberry sawfly, the larvae of which can defoliate a gooseberry bush very rapidly. Beside the Rose sawfly, there are also Solomon’s Seal sawfly which can reduce the leaves to spikes.

Barbara Last.

 

August 2014

CONGRATULATIONS  and HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Mary MacDermot, who celebrated her 90th Birthday on Tuesday 22nd July.

BERWICK FARM SHOP.

I am holding a COFFEE MORNING on SUNDAY AUGUST 31st from 10.30am onwards. There will be free Tea and Coffee and tastings of my scones with jam, cream and other toppings. Everyone very much welcome, come along and meet your friends for a chat.

A Date for your Diary.  Jan Pegrum is coming to the Coffee Morning on Sunday 26th October with “Neal’s Yard” toiletries and natural remedies.

A Big Thank You to everyone who donated at the Farm Shop for the Race for Life. It collected a fabulous £237.61 – full results for the Race for Life below.

Details of the Farm Shop in the advert elsewhere in the magazine.

READING ROOM FILM NIGHTS

The Reading Room Committee Presents …….. PHILOMENA.

The Film Nights will start again in September.

Provisional Date for the first film is Thursday 25th September and we will be showing PHILOMENA.

“Philomena” is an award winning film starring Judi Dench and Steve Coogan, directed by Stephen Frears. It is the story of Philomena Lee’s 50 year long search for her son, from the book by Martin Sixsmith (PG 13).

Doors open 7pm. Film starts 7.30pm. Free glass of wine or beer, soft drinks also available. A £5 donation each to Reading Room funds. Under 16 free.

Further Films – we will be sending out a list of our suggestions for films you might like to see. There will be voting available, so please vote when the list comes out. More suggestions welcome.

RACE FOR LIFE

The Berwick Farm Shop team (Marilyn, Sally, Linda, Kate, Nicky, Paula, Sue, Laurel and Jo) had a marvellous day running, jogging and walking the 5km of the Salisbury Cancer Research Race for Life on 29th June. The first of our group finished in 25 minutes. Congratulations to everyone in the Berwick Farm Shop team, and also to the others who took part, including Gill Brasher. Many thanks to all their sponsors, and to everyone who donated at the Farm Shop.  The total raised so far is – Collection from the Shop £237.61, sponsorship and Just giving donations £545.05 making a total of £772.66. THANK YOU.

WILTSHIRE HISTORIC CHURCHES TRUST  - RIDE + STRIDE

The Sponsored Cycle Ride and Walk between Wiltshire Churches is on Saturday 13th September. Half of the money you raise goes to the church of your choice and half to the Wiltshire Historic Churches Trust to enable it to make grants for the upkeep of churches and chapels (Berwick church received a generous grant to help replace the roof). It is great fun to walk or ride or cycle between our lovely churches. You can work out your own route, and visit as many (or as few) churches as you like. For more details (and a list of the churches taking part) see Lyanne Street The Briars 790544. There are prizes for best achieving cyclists and walkers from different age groups .

HEATING OIL.                                                                                                                                                            Although it is hard to think about heating in this lovely weather, now is the time to check to see if you need any heating oil. If you need it, please consider WP GROUP (previously called WESSEX PETROLEUM). The system has changed slightly and now WP Group will donate £25 to The Reading Room for every 5000 litres bought under reference 789. If you decided to use the WP Group please phone 0800 980 6174 then remember to quote ref 789 every time you order, even if you have ordered before.  This has been really useful to The Reading Room.    

 

 

WILDLIFE WATCH

Good News from the north end of Berwick. 5 large Barn Owl chicks from a nesting box have been ringed, and are about to fly (they have probably fledged now). Lovely to think that there will be more owls here in Berwick.

Reports from any of our parishes welcome.  

 

 

BERWICK ST JAMES

July 2014

Welcome to Peter and Kate Wood, Sam and Harry. We hope you enjoy living in Berwick.

CHURCH NEWS.

Fete. As a major beneficiary of the proceeds of the fete the PCC would like to thank everyone in the village who contributed, through help or spending, to make it such a success and to raise the money which is much needed for the church to financially keep its head above water. It was an excellent day blessed with perfect weather.

Monday 4th August Remembrance of the start of the First World War

The church will be open all day on 4th August and a special candle will burn on the altar, as a way for the generations living in the village today to remember those who were called to arms and lost their lives in the worst war that humanity has known. There will be a ten minute service at 6.50pm that day and at 7pm the candle will be extinguished. Everyone is most welcome to come to the church during the day for private thought and/or to come to the church for 6.50pm. The ten minute service will be appropriate for children to attend should they wish.

 

OPEN GARDEN. THE MILL HOUSE.

National Garden Scheme – The Yellow Book.

The Mill House garden is open on Sunday 29th June ,2 - 6pm. 

Surrounded by the River Till millstream and a 10 acre traditional wet water meadow, this garden of wildness supports over 300 species of old fashioned roses rambling form the many trees. It is filled with butterflies, moths and insects. Herbaceous borders crammed with plants of yesteryear, unforgettable scents. SSSI.  This is a great opportunity to walk alongside the river on the private path, from Mill House to Duck Street, and to see the church and village from another side! And then you can go to the Reading Room for Cream Tea!

 

CREAM TEAS in the READING ROOM in aid of BERWICK CHURCH.

On Sunday 29th June there will be Cream Teas for sale at The Reading Room from 2 – 5.30pm. These are most delicious!

 

BERWICK FETE AND DOG SHOW

All the proceeds of the Village Fete have now been added up and we have made a total profit of £2237 so thank you to everyone for making this year’s event another success1 A special thank you should once again go to Toby and Sarah Humphreys for the use of their garden – not just on the day of the fete but for the several days of disruption surrounding it! Also a big thank you to Tim and Olivia Marchant for the use of their garden and summer house for the Duck Race the following day.

As agreed at the meeting on 6th March, £500 of the proceeds will be paid into the Community Fund and the balance will be divided equally between the Reading Room and St James’ Church. From Chris Sims.

The winners of the Dog Show were; The Brandy Cup – best Village Dog – Ebony owned by the Lange family; Best in Show Pedigree; Molly Golden Retriever owned by Emily Beard. Reserve Best in Show; Storm, flat coated Retriever owned by Mr Millbank. Best Puppy in show; Oli Cavalier King Charles Spaniel owned by Hannah Vickery. Novelty Best in Show; Dana, also best veteran, owned by I Hawksworth. Reserve best in Show; Ebony owned by the Lange Family.

Many thanks to all who helped and took part in the dog show and special thanks to Jean Collins Pitman, and to the judge Mrs Linda Hall.               

Berwick Duck Race. The winners were adult –1st Janey Campbell Johnson, 2nd Virginia Weissmuller, 3rd Tim Bailey. Children; 1st Tilly (Jacky Webb). 2nd Rosie Gairdner. With many thanks to all including The Boot Inn and Berwick Farm Shop, those who kindly allowed us to use the river, and all who set up the  race, and paddled the canoes , provided the teas and to the Marchants for allowing us to use their garden.

Fete Dog Quiz. Congratulations to Paul Lampard (from Tidworth) who won the Fete Quiz, and also to Gavin Stevenson, Rufus Smith and to all the other 9 people who got all the answers right. Congratulations to everyone who took part, there were lots who had nearly all the answers right (The Border Collie is a working sheepdog – not a Welsh sheepdog!). Thank you to everyone who sold quizzes, we made a profit of £142 which is included in the fete total.

Thank you to all the Fete Committee, and especially to Chris Sims, for all their hard work.

 

VILLAGE MEETING

At the Village Meeting held in the Reading Room on 12th June the Planning Application for a house in the garden of Goodwins was discussed. The meeting gave the application full support with no objections, with the caveat that the present problems with the main drainage system must be taken into account.

Defibrillator. The meeting was shown how the defibrillator works, and the Ambulance Service advised that the village that having a defibrillator would not affect call-out times. It was decided to site the machine on the Farm Shop subject to the agreement of the Guinness Estate. The meeting agreed to donate £200 from the Community fund towards the purchase of the defibrillator box.  

 

FIRST AID COURSE and the DEFIBRILLATOR

All the places were taken at the useful and entertaining First Aid Course at the Reading Room on 12th June. We all found it really useful, but hope we won’t have to use the information! A defibrillator was demonstrated.  .

As many of you know we now have a Defibrillator in the village. It is really easy to use, and Sally Hiscock is happy to show anyone how to use it.

Thanks must go to Mary Gatling for organizing both the First Aid Course and the Defibrillator, her generosity has enabled us to get the box for the defibrillator, a donation toward to the cost has been made from the Community Fund, and grants are being looked into, further fundraising within the village will be organized soon – perhaps a Coffee Morning?   

 

THE BOOT INN

The Boot Inn is holding an Italian Evening on Friday 25th July. Please contact Cathy or Giles and for more information see the advert elsewhere in the magazine.

 

WILTSHIRE HISTORIC CHURCHES TRUST  - RIDE + STRIDE

The Sponsored Cycle Ride and Walk between Wiltshire Churches is on Saturday 13th September. Half of the money you raise goes to the church of your choice and half to the Wiltshire Historic Churches Trust to enable it to make grants for the upkeep of churches and chapels (Berwick church received a generous grant to help replace the roof). It is great fun to walk or ride or cycle between our lovely churches. You can work out your own route, and visit as many (or as few) churches as you like. For more details (and a list of the churches taking part) see Lyanne Street The Briars 790544. There are prizes for best achieving cyclists and walkers from different age groups .

 

 

WILDLIFE WATCH

A great report of a Hobby flying over Winterbourne Stoke on a Sunday evening in June, it flew across and then back again 5 minutes later. This is a great siting as there are only about 50 pairs in Wiltshire.

Reports from any of our parishes welcome. Nicky Street 790309 or email chstreet@btinternet.com

 

  

 

BERWICK ST JAMES

June 2014

VOLUNTEERS. It is about time we thanked all the volunteers in all our villages who keep everything running – and specially to Glennis and John Gibbs who have the thankless task of editing this Magazine, and do it so well!

CONGRATULATIONS to Cathy, Giles and Jake Dickinson on the birth of Finn Michael on 1st May. Welcome to Berwick.

R.N.L.I. Very many thanks to all those who contributed to the recent collection. The amount collected was £175.68. Thank you for your help. And thank you to the collectors.

CHURCH NEWS

SUNDAY 22 JUNE CHRISTENING. There will be a Christening in St James Church at 10am on Sunday 22 June. The christening will be combined with a short Holy Communion service and not matins and will be taken by the Revd Sue Stevens. All are most welcome to attend.

D DAY CHURCH SERVICE. There will be a Church service at St Mary’s Church Stapleford at 6pm on Friday 6th June to mark the 70th Anniversary of D Day in 1944. That amazing feat of arms is widely accepted as shortening WW2 by two years. The service will be followed by drinks in the churchyard. All are most welcome to attend.

EASTER. Although a while back now thank you to all who decorated the church so beautifully for Easter – hugely appreciated as always.

 

BERWICK SUMMER FETE AND COMPANION DOG SHOW. SATURDAY 7TH JUNE.

Come and Enjoy an afternoon of fun at Berwick House (opposite St James Church or follow the parking signs). Dog Show registration from 12.00. Fete opens at 12.30 and Dog Show judging from 13.00. Full details on Notice Boards and www.berwickstjames.org.uk

Volunteers. We are always looking for volunteers to help set up on evening of 6th June and Saturday morning.  

Not too late to donate Bric-a-Brac and Plants.  

DUCK RACE SUNDAY 8TH JUNE

Races start at 11.30 Asserton Lane and finish at The Clock House where there will be refreshments and cakes. Tickets are on sale at The Boot Inn, Berwick Farm Shop and at the Fete.

 

BERWICK FETE QUIZ

It is a DOG QUIZ this year.  Available NOW from the Farm Shop, the Boot Inn, The Pelican, and from Nicky Street. First Prize £20, 2nd Prize £10, special prize for the best under 18.  Please return to Nicky or the Farm Shop by 6th June or to the Fete – results announced at the Duck Race on Sunday 8th June! The answers will be available at the Duck Race and will be put on the noticeboards, or from Nicky. If there is a tie, then the winners will be drawn at the Duck Race.    

 

A ST JOHN’S AMBULANCE COMMUNITIES FIRST AID COURSE.

It has been arranged that a first aid course shall take place at the Berwick St James Reading Room on Thursday the 12th of June at 2.00 to 4.00pm.

The cost of the course will be £30 (including VAT) per person, with a maximum of 12 people. No upper age limit!

 

 

COFFEE MORNING BERWICK FARM SHOP.

Come along to the COFFEE MORNING on Sunday 22rd June from 10.30am. Join us for Free Tea and Coffee, and a chat with your friends.  The Berwick Farm Shop team is taking part in the Race For Life for Cancer Research – we will have details at The Coffee Morning, and hope for your support.

I have everything you need for a great BBQ. Chops, steaks, burgers, sausages, and vegetables, also sauces and marinades. Look out for my BBQ packs.

Marilyn would like to thanks everyone for their kind wishes over the last few months – it is very much appreciated.

 

RACE FOR LIFE – CANCER RESEARCH

A team from Berwick Farm Shop is taking part in the Race For Life – a 5km walk or run – in Salisbury on 29th June. If you would like to join us, please see Marilyn at the Farm Shop. Any ladies from any local villages will be very welcome.  Or if you would like to sponsor us, you can do it via justgiving.com/berwick-farm-shop

 

 

OPEN GARDEN. THE MILL HOUSE.

National Garden Scheme – The Yellow Book.

The Mill House garden is open on Sunday 29th June ,2 - 6pm. 

Surrounded by the River Till millstream and a 10 acre traditional wet water meadow, this garden of wildness supports over 300 species of old fashioned roses rambling form the many trees. It is filled with butterflies, moths and insects. Herbaceous borders crammed with plants of yesteryear, unforgettable scents. SSSI.  This is a great opportunity to walk alongside the river on the private path, from Mill House to Duck Street, and to see the church and village from another side! And then you can go to the Reading Room for Cream Tea!

CREAM TEAS in the READING ROOM in aid of BERWICK CHURCH.

On Sunday 29th June there will be Cream Teas for sale at The Reading Room from 2 – 5.30pm. These are most delicious!

 

THE BOOT INN

A big thank you from Cathy, Giles and Jake to everybody who sent cards and gifts to us upon Finn’s safe arrival, they were all very much appreciated.

Fish Night.  On the last Friday in June (27th) when we will be serving a great selection of fresh fish dishes.

For more information see the advert elsewhere in the magazine.

 

BERWICK ST JAMES VILLAGE ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

The Parish Annual General Meeting took place on 8th May in the Reading Room. 36 present.

The officers were re-elected, Neil MacDougall (Chairman), Olivia Marchant (Vice Chairman), Bill Hiscocks (Treasurer) Helen Riding (Parish Clerk). Neil advised he will retire in May 2015.

The noticeboard has been re-located inside the bus shelter.

Ian West reported on the A303, there have been monitoring devices, and he has taken John Glen on a tour of the area. The STAG website www.sh2.co.uk has easy links to other sites about the A303.

Amesbury Neighbourhood Police Team – Ivor Noyce and Will Todd – gave a presentation on the Neighbourhood watch scheme.

Marie Perry reported on Speedwatch – 25 sessions with 78 speeders. We were lent a SIDS (speed indicator device) which is a great deterrent and the possibility of sharing one will be investigated.

The treasurer gave a report on the finances. It was agreed to purchase two gazebos for the fete.

Flooding – the drains have been flushed out, the drain exit is too low. The entrance to the drain needs to be kept clear. The river has been surveyed, the water quality is good. Improving the river for fish will be considered with the landowners and Wilton Fly Fishing Club.

A First Aid course will take place on 12th June. It was agreed to take up the free offer of a defibrillator from South West Ambulances.

One litter bin will be bought and put at the bottom of North View. It will be maintained and emptied by the council. Online mapping is available to the village via Neil MacDougall.

People were requested not to park on the pavement.

Next meeting will be 9th October (provisional), although other meetings may be called if required.

 

 

 BERWICK READING ROOM ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

The AGM was held at the Reading Room on 6th May. The Committee - Secretary Anika Lange, Treasurer Sarah Humphreys and Chairman Nicky Street - members, Ian Fisher, Jackie Fisher, Sally Hiscock, Olivia Marchant, Nigel Rodgers and Chris Sims were re-elected with thanks for all their hard work. Special thanks to Jean Hibberd, and to Ian Fisher on his retirement as Treasurer after many years of great work. The very successful past year was reviewed, and the future events were discussed. Film nights will restart in September and there will be a talk on Trees. All bookings through Jean Hibberd 6 High Street 790806.

 

 WILDLIFE WATCH

The Cuckoo.

Wonderfully we have had lots of reports of a cuckoo this year. The earliest was on 29th April behind Asserton House, one not only heard but seen in Berwick on 3rd May in a beech tree in the centre of the village, also over several mornings behind Asserton (reported on 6th May) Heard in Berwick on 10th May, and more recently too.

A report from Wishford. Riding along the back road from Great Wishford to Wilton my correspondent heard the cuckoo, loud and clear, towards Grovely woods on May 14th, the first time she has heard it in this area for two years.  

Birds and other wildlife

House Martins – first report 29th April, and also a swallow.

Water voles are also in the garden at the east end of Wishford, seen for the first time last year, when the river was very flooded in the winter it was worrying that  their homes in the river bank would be destroyed but they have been seen again recently, being “eyeballed” by a small dog as they pop out of their holes – but she doesn’t like swimming. Water voles also seen swimming in the Till just above the Mill in Berwick.

Garden Bird table. Lots of birds feeding from the bird table – the Goldfinches polish off the sunflower hearts, almost as fast as I can put them out (available from the Farm Shop), a starling on the fat block, with it’s greedy chick underneath, beak gaping. Also Greenfinches, Chaffinches, Robin, Blue, Great and Long tailed tits, blackbirds, house and hedge sparrows etc, to say nothing of the Collared Doves, Pigeons and Jackdaws.

Bird food – of all sorts – available from Berwick Farm Shop.

A pair of Mandarin Ducks on the River Till at the north end of Winterbourne Stoke – returners from last year.

Also lapwings nesting.

I have seen lots of hares – several boxing in mid April, and then six in the spring barley west of Berwick village at the end of April with a big dog fox walking across the field behind them – at midday.

Reports from any of our parishes welcome.  

 

BERWICK ST JAMES

May 2014

We wish a speedy recovery to Ian Fisher, and to all who are under the weather.

Congratulations to Naomi Haggaty and Rob Michie on their wedding on 12th April.

Christening. A great occasion was had welcoming Georgina Francis Glyn-Owen into the church at her christening on 6th April.

LENT LUNCH

The Lent Lunch was a great success in the Reading Room and £130 was donated to CLIC – the charity supporting Cancer and Leukaemia in Childhood. Many thanks to all those who helped and made the delicious variety of homemade soups, and also to those who came and enjoyed an excellent lunch.

A big thank you to all Berwick lady cooks who mad e the delicious soup for the Lent Lunches, and who supplied the cheese and biscuits, and who waited on us with coffee, it was all very much appreciated.

 

THE CHIMNEY SWEEP

The Chimney Sweep will be coming to Berwick on Thursday May 8th. The first visit will be 8.30

BERWICK FETE QUIZ

It is a DOG QUIZ this year.  Available NOW from the Farm Shop and other excellent places, and from Nicky Street at The Dairy House. First Prize £20, 2nd Prize £10, special prize for the best under 18.  Please return to Nicky or the Farm Shop by 6th June or to the Fete – results announced at the Duck Race on Sunday 8th June! The answers will be available at the Duck Race and will be put on the noticeboards, or from Nicky.  

 

BERWICK READING ROOM ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

At the Reading Room Tuesday 6th May at 7.30pm.

The Reading Room is run by a Committee elected annually at the AGM. The AGM welcomes all villagers to come along, hear what has been happening at the Reading Room and find out our plans for the future, and, of course, VOTE. We would very much appreciate your ideas and comments.

The present Secretary is Anika Lange, Treasurer Sarah Humphreys and Chairman Nicky Street. Committee members , Ian Fisher, Jacky Fisher, Sally Hiscock, Olivia Marchant, Nigel Rodgers and Chris Sims. Join us for a glass of wine.    

 VILLAGE MEETING – A G M.

The Berwick St James  AGM will be held on THURSDAY 8th MAY in the Reading Room, starting at 7 o’clock. As well as updates on Speedwatch, and the Village Fete and Dog Show which is being held on Saturday 7th June, the agenda will include a presentation by the Amesbury Rural Neighbourhood Police Team. As usual a free glass or two of wine with be available at the end of the meeting.

What is a Parish Meeting? Berwick does not have Parish Councillors – we have a Parish Meeting. There is a Parish Chairman, and a Parish Clerk that are elected by all villagers who come to the Parish Annual General Meeting. The Chairman and Clerk then hold Parish Meetings at which parish council matters are discussed and voted on by ALL who come to the meeting (and live in the parish of Berwick St James).  

 

BERWICK ST JAMES CRICKET CLUB

The first game is on Tuesday 6th May against The New Inn. If you are interested in playing please contact Charlie Woodford 07796332523 charliew9@hotmail.co.uk. There are fixture lists available at The Boot Inn.

 

CAN YOU OFFER DONATIONS FOR OUR VILLAGE FETE?

Our Fete and Companion Dog Show is on Saturday 7th June at Berwick House.

As usual we are looking for donations ofr our ever-popular Raffle prizes, items for our Bric a Brac stall, books, bottles, cakes, plants, kids toys etc for other stalls. All donations gratefully received

1. Contact Veronica Sumner on 01722 790476 for your Raffle prize donations.

2. Plants, produce and cakes will also be much appreciated and canbe delivered to Berwick House on the morning of the Fete.

3. Damaged or unwanted crockery for the Plate Smash stall can be left throughout May in the box outside the Farm Shop.

For anything else or if you need collection of items, please contact Chris Sims on 01722 792776 or Sarah Humphreys on 01722 790212.

All proceeds from the Fete, as in previous years, will be distributed between St James Church, The Reading Room and the Community Fund.

 

FETE PLANT STALL.

Anika and Chris are collecting plants for the fete, if any one has spare seedlings, herbaceous divisions, or extra cuttings we would love to take them off your hands! We will be grateful for anything, flowers, shrubs, fruit or vegetables. You can either deliver before the fete at any time to Anika at The Black Barn, or to Berwick House on the morning of the fete. Many thanks.

 

DUCK RACE DOWN THE RIVER TILL

Join in the fun on Sunday 8th June. Races start at 11.30 at Asserton Lane and finish at The Clock House where coffee, teas and cakes will be on sale. There will be a duck race for kids and another for adults. Don’t forget to buy your duck numbers at Berwick Farm Shop and at the Boot Inn from early May and at our Village Fete on 7th June. Great Prizes to be won!

 

RACE FOR LIFE – CANCER RESEARCH

A team from Berwick Farm Shop is taking part in the Race For Life – a 5km walk or run – in Salisbury on 29th June. If you would like to join us, please see Marilyn at the Farm Shop. Any ladies from any local villages will be very welcome.  Or if you would like to sponsor us, you can do it via justgiving.com/berwick-farm-shop

 

OPEN GARDEN. THE MILL HOUSE.

National Garden Scheme – The Yellow Book.

The Mill House garden is open on Sunday 29th June ,2 - 6pm. 

Surrounded by the River Till millstream and a 10 acre traditional wet water meadow, this garden of wildness supports over 300 species of old fashioned roses rambling form the many trees. It is filled with butterflies, moths and insects. Herbaceous borders crammed with plants of yesteryear, unforgettable scents. SSSI.  This is a great opportunity to walk alongside the river on the private path, from Mill House to Duck Street, and to see the church and village from another side!

CREAM TEAS in the READING ROOM in aid of BERWICK CHURCH.

On Sunday 29th June there will be Cream Teas for sale at The Reading Room from 2 – 5.30pm. These are most delicious!

 

ROADS AND HIGHWAYS PRESENTATION

On Tuesday 18th March a presentation was given in the Reading Room, Berwick St James by the Environment Agency and Highways and Road Drainage Engineering Authorities, a meeting that was well attended by residents from the village. Cllr Mike Hewitt, the Chairman of the Operational Flood Working Group in South Wiltshire was also present. This meeting was requested following the recent flooding in the centre of the village, caused by a blocked in inadequate draining system under the main road through Berwick. The Environment Agency and Highways and Drainage Authorities explained what their various responsibilities were, and although they were unable to let the audience know what exactly caused the flooding they assured them that action would soon be taken to pressure clear the drainage pipes and visually inspect them by camera, followed by a report which would form the basis for remedial action. The pipe clearance and inspection have since been carried out, and we are currently awaiting confirmation that the necessary rectification work will be carried out in the near future. 

 

 

WILDLIFE WATCH

Swallows have been reported – in Stapleford on Sunday 6th April, in Berwick a few days later. Housemartins in Stapleford on 13th April. Last year (with the cold weather) swallows were first reported on 14th April.

The cowslips are wonderful this year, I saw the first out behind Asserton House on 21st March, last year not until 15th April (it really was a cold spring last year); in 2012 25th March; 2011 nearly out on 16th March; 2010 4th April. Lots of butterflies are around, including a Red Admiral on 1st April, also Tortoiseshell, Peacock, several small spotted and plain brown butterflies that I couldn’t identify, Cabbage White and other white butterflies, Orange Tip, Brimstone etc.

Also a Water Vole in the Till above the Mill.

 

BERWICK ST JAMES

April 2014

Shaun and Nicky Haggaty would like to wish their eldest daughter Naomi all the best for her forthcoming marriage to Rob Michie on Saturday 12th April at 1.00p.m. at Steeple Langford All Saints Church. Lots of Love Mum and Dad.

Congratulations and Best Wishes from all of us in Berwick too.

Welcome to Jennie Coverdale and Robert, we hope you enjoy living in Berwick.

Ken Pitman. Sue Pitman says her Dad is well and happy in Salisbury. She took him to Druids when they were shooting to meet all his old friends. Ken sends his regards to everyone who knows him.

Congratulations to Jean Collins-Pitman and her Gordon setter Amscot Rebel with a Cause – who came first in the Field Trial competition at Crufts.

Congratulations to Alice and Dominic Ridley on the birth of George Richard on 14th March. Welcome to Berwick George.

EASTER SERVICES.

Palm Sunday Service. 13 April. This will take place at Stpeleford this year at 10am. The congregations musters at the bottom of church Furlong at 9.50 near the carpark and will be led to St Mary’s church by 2 donkeys.

Holy Week Service in St James Church, Berwick St James Maundy Thursday. 17th April 7pm Group Eucharist.

Easter Day Service 20th April. There will be a family service on Easter Day in St James church at 9.30am. The service will be taken by Canon David Durston.

LENT LUNCH. This will take place between midday and 2pm on Thursday 3rd April in the Reading Room. Everyone is most welcome. Donations will be in aid of Children suffering from Leukaemia and Cancer (CLIC).

CHURCH ELECTORAL ROLL.  Anyone wishing to be on the Church electoral roll (if they are not already on it) is requested to contact Ailsa Bush on 790445 by 4th April.

ST JAMES CHURCH AGM. This will take place at 7pm on Tuesday 22nd April.

DUCK RACE POSTER COMPETITION!

****Prize money of £10 for winner of best entry****

Berwick St James Fete Committee is looking for a poster design to e used to advertise our annual Duck Race which this year will take place on Sunday 8th June. This competition is open to anyone under the age of 16. The layout needs to be on A4 size paper and can be a drawing, painting or a computer generated design. No limit to the number of entries you submit.

All entries must arrive before 1st May 2014. Make sure you write your name and age on the front (bottom right) of your poster design an dyour telephone details on the reverse. Send to: Carolyn MacDougall, The Leat House, Berwick St James, SP3 4TL. The winner will be notified by telephone and prize presented at our Duck Race.

BERWICK FARM SHOP

Marilyn thanks everyone for the cards, flowers and good wishes. I am back in action now, ready for the spring. I have local lamb for Easter, (and don’t forget the Mint Sauce) or if you would like a change, I will be getting  Highland Beef from my brother shortly.  Cakes for Easter – I always have cakes but to guarantee please order. All cakes are freshly made in the shop. Why not treat yourself for Easter with Scones and Strawberry Jam and Clotted Cream, or Local Wiltshire Wildflower Honey.

I am holding a COFFEE MORNING on Sunday April 27th from 10.30am FREE tea and Coffee.  For more information see the advert elsewhere in the Magazine.

RACE FOR LIFE – CALLING LOCAL LADIES.

Meet Saturday 12th April at 11am.

We would like to make up a group from Berwick and our local villages to walk (or run) in the Race for Life on Sunday 29th June at Hudson’s Field in Salisbury, in aid of Cancer Research. It is 5km – roughly the same distance as the circular walk from Berwick up the school track to Druid’s farm building and back past Asserton House. Let’s get together to discuss and (possibly) book up at the Farm Shop on Saturday 12th April at 11am (coffee and cakes – no running!). This is a great charity that really needs our support.

BERWICK ST JAMES VILLAGE FETE AND COMPANION DOG SHOW

A date for your diary: Saturday 7th June at Berwick House. Dog Show registration from 12.00 and Fete opens at 12.30. This year there will be even more emphasis on additional children’s activities plus more crafts and produce stalls for all the family to enjoy. Bring your dog along and enter our Companion Dog Show (contact Jean Collins-Pitman for more information on email: amscotgordons@aol.com).  

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY.

Reading room A.G.M. The Reading Room is a charity, run by a Committee elected by the village annually at the Annual General Meeting. The AGM is on TUESDAY 6th MAY at 7.30pm in the Reading Room, everyone is welcome. More details next month.

Village meeting A.G.M. The next village meeting (the Annual General) will be on THURSDAY 8th MAY in the Reading Room at the usual time of 7pm.

 

Open Garden at the Mill House and Cream Teas in the Reading Room. Sunday 29th June.

THE BERWICK PART OF THIS MAGAZINE.-ENTRIES

Please send to me, Nicky Street The Dairy House 790309, or e-mail chstreet@btinternet.com by 15th of the month before the magazine is due out, indicating it is a magazine entry. Or, if you prefer, directly to Glennis (see elsewhere in the magazine). But please make sure all information and dates are correct as I don’t check!

PHILIP BLANCHARD and HMS HANNIBAL

Philip Blanchard was born in Berwick in 1834 and died here in 1914 aged 80. But he did not spend all his life in the Wiltshire countryside. In 1858 aged 23 he joined the Royal Marines at Portsmouth. This was not unusual as his uncle Issachar had also enlisted (in 1830) aged 23 in the Royal Marines. Issachar also returned to Berwick.

Philip served in the Royal Marines from 1858 to 1877 – 19 years, becoming a corporal. He returned to Berwick with a pension but worked as an agricultural worker.  He lived in Gosport with his wife Susan and several of their children were born there, they returned to Berwick with their  young family and more children were born here, their son Frank Cecil was his last child to be born in Gosport, and he came to Berwick under 2 years old – he joined the Royal Marines and was killed in the Great War in 1915 (and is on our war memorial).

One ship Philip served on was HMS Hannibal.

She was a 91 gun second rate ship of the line, built at Deptford Dockyard by Charles Willcox Master Shipwright and launched on 31 January 1854. She was powered by both sail and screw (steam) and was 217ft long and 58ft wide with three decks and fought in the line of battle with her 91 guns – 32 pounders on the gundeck, 18 pounders on the middle deck and 12 pounders on the upper deck.  She served in the Crimea War – before Philip joined her. 

In 1861 Philip was on board with approximately 750 sailors and 110 marines. His Royal Marine commander was Captain John Pickard, the Captain of the Hannibal was Captain Arthur Farquhar, and it was the flagship of the fleet in the Mediterranen and Rear Admiral George Rodney Mundy CB was on board with his personal secretary, servants, steward and cook who was French.  

The previous year HMS Hannibal had assisted Garibaldi in his “Expedition of the Thousand” where he had landed in Sicily to help in his aim to unite Italy (the Kingdom of Italy was created on 17th March 1861). HMS Hannibal transported Garibaldi’s soldiers – the ship arrived in Naples in July 1860 and in November a smallpox epidemic broke out which 90 men on board caught, 7 died and are buried in the English Cemetery Naples.  Philip may well have been on board when this happened (more research needed!). HMS Hannibal was turned into a hulk in 1874, and finally broken up in 1904.

After all the excitement of the life of a Royal Marine, Philip returned with his family to Berwick and lived the rest of his life here, living for many years in Godwins Cottage.

Written and researched by Nicky Street.

 

WILDLIFE WATCH

Great to have so many wonderful reports this month. Green Woodpeckers seen (and heard), English Partridge in pairs and small groups both at the top end of Berwick and out on the farmland, Lapwings above the fields in the sunshine, and a Reeves Pheasant in the middle of Stapleford  with its lovely plumage, striking white head and very long tail.  A duck is nesting in a tree in a garden in Berwick, we are waiting with interest to see the ducklings fledge. Do you know any other strange wildlife stories?

 

 

 

 

 

BERWICK ST JAMES March 2014

Best wishes for a speedy recovery to all who are feeling under the weather, and especially to Marilyn Wood and George Campbell Johnston.

Emily Bailey would like to thank all those who so kindly sponsored her to take part in the Tidworth 10K run in November. £162.00 was raised and has been sent to the Stars Appeal and the CT Scanner Campaign.

BERWICK ST JAMES ANNUAL FETE AND DOG SHOW

The annual Fete and Dog Show will take place this year on 7th June in the gardens of Berwick House. We are, as ever, looking for volunteers to run – or help with – the existing stalls but we are also looking for new ideas  to keep the Berwick village fete alive and to this end there will be an informal meeting in THE READING ROOM ON 6TH MARCH AT 7.00pm to discuss any suggestions you may have for improvements or additions to your village fete. The proceeds from the day will once again be shared between the Church, the Reading Room and the Village Fund and a decision about what percentage goes to whom will also be taken at he meeting so please come along if you can.

If you can’t get to the meeting but want to help and/or have any suggestions for activities on the day, please let me know by e-mail or phone, or just put a note through my door.

Hope to see you on 6th March.

Chris Sims.  3 The Row. Tel: 792776

ROAD AND DRAINAGE PRESENTATION.

A Presentation  to the village is planned for TUESDAY 18th MARCH at 7pm in the READING ROOM. It is planned that both Road Maintenance and Drainage Engineers will be present, and ALL villagers are most welcome to come. It will be confirmed shortly – hopefully before the magazine is distributed – look out on notice boards and via your email.

BERWICK FARM SHOP

Marilyn thanks everyone for their very kind concern. The Farm Shop will re-open on TUESDAY 4th MARCH.  It will re-open with reduced hours, initially mornings only. Apologies for the inconvenience this will cause. 

All my usual food, pies, meat, sausages, ready meals, cakes etc. will be available, and the shop will be fully stocked, including vegetables and fruit.

 FILM NIGHT.  

The Reading Room Film Committee presents…..  

FILM TO BE ANNOUNCED.

Thursday 27th MARCH in Berwick Reading Room.

Doors open 7pm. Film starts 7.30pm. Free glass of wine or beer, soft drinks also available. A £5 donation each to Reading Room funds. Under 16 free.

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY.

READING ROOM A.G.M. The Reading Room is a charity, run by a Committee elected by the village annually at the Annual General Meeting. The AGM is on TUESDAY 6th MAY at 7.30pm in the Reading Room, everyone is welcome. More details next month.

VILLAGE MEETING A.G.M. The next village meeting (the Annual General Meeting) will be on THURSDAY 8th MAY in the Reading Room at the usual time of 7pm.

FETE AND DOG SHOW

The gardens of Berwick House Saturday 7th June. (see above).

BERWICK ST JAMES VILLAGE MEETING

The Parish Meeting was held in the Reading Room on Thursday 16th January 2014. Present; 35.

Helen Riding was elected Parish Clerk. The precept for 2014 will remain the same, it was confirmed that the payment from Devizes Textiles for the clothes bank has been received. The chairman reported on the problems with Stonehenge, the A303 flooding, the campsite and STAG (Stonehenge Traffic Action Group).

All households in Berwick will shortly receive (or have already received) details of the Neighbourhood Watch Scheme.

Fete – it was agreed that the village wanted a fete this year. Details of how everyone can help will be circulated shortly.

It was agreed that the Community Fund will part fund the reduction of the churchyard Beech Tree.

Marie Perry gave a speedwatch update.  There was a discussion regarding the problems with the new noticeboards, new more protected positions are being investigated.  Village Diary and Reading Room Activities were advised.

The problems with the street flooding was discussed and a site meeting will be arranged with the Highway department etc, and then a further village meeting. It was agreed to purchase a ton of sand and sandbags so that they will be available as soon as needed.

 

WILDLIFE WATCH

STONE CURLEWS.

The Stone-curlew is an unusual looking bird, with bright yellow eyes, knobbly yellow legs and an eerie call. They are one of Britain’s rarest birds, almost all the UK’s breeding stone-curlews are now found on the Norfolk and Suffolk border, and around Salisbury Plain, where they spend most of the year before migrating to southern Spain and North Africa for the winter. By 1991 only 168 pairs remained, but work with the RSPB, Natural England, farmers and conservationists have brought the numbers up to its current 400 pairs. We are lucky enough to have some stone-curlews in Berwick parish, as the farmers are willing to do the complicated land management necessary. The wet weather in 2012 had reduced breeding success, and then the cold spring in 2013 coincided with the return of the migrating birds and they struggled to find food, the final pair count for the whole country in 2013 was 20% lower than 2012. Also only 74% of pairs attempted to breed because of the lack of food, and only 28 fledged young, unfortunately one of the worst years for stone-curlew on record.  In Berwick one pair were seen, they nested and managed to fledge one chick. (This chick is one of the 28 in the country in 2013!).

REPORTS of wildlife include Song Thrushes, skylarks, linnet, yellowhammers, corn bunting, Grey Partridge and lapwing – and lots of brown hare. And, as I write in mid February, there are lots of snowdrops, anconites, crocus and even some daffodils.

 

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BERWICK ST JAMES Feb 2014

Get Well Soon to all who are unwell at the moment, especially to those who have been recently and suddenly diagnosed.

Our Condolences to Martin Gairdner on the recent death of his mother.

Thank you to all who organized and took part in the wonderful Candlelit Carol Service – the readings were all beautifully done by all the children and young people, and the refreshments afterwards were lovely.

CHURCH NEWS.

Christmas. Thank you to all those who decorated the church with flowers for Christmas. It looked wonderful.

Found in Church. After the carol service/Christmas Day service one very small red child’s cloth bootie was found and a small child’s white glove. They are both in the church, just incside the door on top of the hymn book case.

THE BOOT INN

Themed Evening 31st January – Steak Night, with a variety of steaks available from our butchers Walter Rose and Sons from Devizes served with accompanying sauces and garnishes.

Annual Holiday.  We will be away for  our annual holiday from 1st to 13th February. The Kitchen will be closed but the Bar will be open as usual.

Our Valentines’s menu is available for dinner on Friday 14th and Saturday 15th.

Cathy and Giles.

 

FILM NIGHT.  

The Reading Room Film Committee presents…..  “MONSOON WEDDING”

Thursday 27rd February in Berwick Reading Room.

A Stressed Father, a bride-to-be with a secret, a smitten event planner and relatives from around the world create much ado.  A charming family drama about a very chaotic Indian Wedding, an energetic blend of  Hollywood and Bollywood.  Runs 114mins. Classification 15.

“The Rain is coming ….. and so is the Family.”

Doors open 7pm. Film starts 7.30pm. Free glass of wine or beer, soft drinks also available. A £5 donation each to Reading Room funds. Under 16 free.

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY – FILM NIGHT IN THE READING ROOM

27th March. Thursday. Film. To be announced!  Any suggestions? ( Chocolat has been suggested.).

BERWICK ST JAMES COMMUNITY SPEEDWATCH

Community Speed Watch is a scheme run by local communities supported by Wiltshire Police, Wiltshire Council and the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Wiltshire and Swindon. It gives concerned residents a chance to help combat speeding in their local area. Volunteers trained by the Police carry out roadside checks on the speed of vehicles using a speed detection device and record the vehicle registration number of those exceeding the speed limit. The owners of the vehicles are then sent warning letters by Wiltshire Police drawing attention to the offence and warn the driver of the consequences of excessive speed. There are over 100 active schemes across Wiltshire with Berwick St James joining Shrewton, Amesbury and Bulford with whom we share the speed camera. This means that we can carry out approx 5 sessions per month, and our first sessions took place in January, which coincidentally coincided with the closure of the A303. Over a period of 3 days we counted over 300 vehicles passing through the village of which approx. 5% were travelling in excess of 35 mph. The vehicle registration numbers have now been passed on to Wiltshire Police to send out warning letters. The Head of Roads Policing, Inspector Steve Cox said “I am delighted with the number of active schemes we now have across the county. Our volunteers do a fantastic job and help drive home the message of road safety and the Community Speed Watch schemes are proven to help reduce speed”

For further information on the Berwick scheme please contact Marie Perry – perrymc@btconnect.com

 

WILTSHIRE SOUTH GUIDE CENTRE, BERWICK ST JAMES

Being in your village, we thought you might like to know what goes on at our Guide Centre!

N 2013, we have had a variety of guests, staying either overnight, or for weekends. We have had many Brownie Pack holidays, Guide and Senior Section (Rangers to some of you!) and Trefoil (golden oldies of Guiding, or maybe re-cycled teenagers!) camps. All sorts of activities are included in these holidays, including walks, pioneering, campfire singing, games, crafts and many more.

We have had Scouts doing the Duke of Edinburgh award camp, Mencap stayed overnight with some of their members and a school group from Salisbury.

We hold many meetings and trainings, and archery and Pistol shooting sessions, with our fully trained instructors.

For day visits, we have held the Trefoil craft show, a funeral tea, and we even had Berwick village Harvest Supper!

This year we are looking forward to many events, which include the Brownies’ 100 year celebrations, and Sarum Trefoil Guild Great Big Blooming Tea Party!

We have had a very good relationship with Berwick Village over the past years, and as it will be 20 years, in October, since we opened our centre, we hope to be able to include you in our celebrations.

If you would like to use our facilities, please contact us at www.girlguiding-wiltshiresouth.org.uk

We would like to thank you for all your support and kindness over the past 20 years.

From the Wiltshire South Guide Berwick management committee.

 

CAROL SINGING AROUND BERWICK

The hardy villagers sang around Berwick on Saturday 21st December – we did get a bit wet!  But we raised £89 for Combat Stress and very much enjoyed the interestingly warmed up Mulled Wine, and the delicious mince pies!

 

 LOCAL HISTORY.  SERVANTS

This is just a snippet of Victorian and Edwardian life.  Whilst researching William Arthur Witchell for the Great War I found the following about some girls from Berwick. Servants pretty well always lived in, and would have worked hard, but they did move around!

In 1891 the 13 year old Eliza Tuffin was the single servant for the school teacher at Berwick, Miss Augusta Smith. They both lived at Lodge Cottage. Eliza’s parents  and siblings were living in The Old School House, just next door. In 1901 she was the only “general” servant for Mrs Margery Meikle, a Scottish widow, and her 15 year old daughter in Parkstone Dorset.

In 1871 Leah Elliott was 20, and the “china maid” at 11 St James’ Square, Westminster, London – with many other servants, in the household of John Tolemache, Member of Parliament. (She married John Witchell in Berwick and lived here all the rest of her life, she died in 1930 aged 79.)

In 1911 Ada Witchell (Leah Elliott’s daughter) was house parlourmaid aged 20, living at 42 Blue Boar Row Salisbury.  This was the establishment where the unmarried salesmen for Style and Gerrish’s store lived (probably over the shop). There were 9 young salesmen (drapery and gents outfitters), two apprentices, 2 other maids, a cook, and the housekeeper Annie Lustcombe. Many of us will remember Style and Gerrish; for those who don’t – it is now Debenhams.

Written and researched by Nicky Street.

 

 

 

 

WILDLIFE WATCH

HEDGEHOGS

To help Hedgehogs in the winter, I am willing to take in wild hedgehogs to help them through the winter. If you see any hedgehogs moving about in the daylight please put them in a box (using gloves) and give me a ring and I will come and collect them. Keep an eye out for the really small ones which will not survive hibernation and may well come out in mild weather.  Chris 792800

 

Wildlife report. Barn Owls have had a very poor breeding year with such a cold spring and a lack of small mammals.  However it has been a very good year for Butterflies and Moths presumably because of the hot summer.

 BERWICK ST JAMES Jan 2014

GET WELL SOON to Diana Gifford Mead, Georgina Lange, Jean Hibberd, George Campbell Johnson and all in Berwick and surrounding villages who have had operations or are feeling under the weather in any way.     

Pleased to hear Jackie Fisher’s operation went well, it is nice to see her out and about.

CONGRATULATIONS. Many of you will know Ben Weeks the gardener. Congratulations to him and his new wife, married in November.

GOODBYE and good luck to Michelle and David Woodhouse and baby Ava, they will be spending the next three years in America. They will be much missed, and are thanked very much for their help in the village, especially with the Village Survey.

HURCH

A note from the Churchwardens. Thank you to all who have helped with looking after the church over the past year including church cleaning, locking up, brass cleaning, flower arranging and lesson reading. It is hugely appreciated. If anyone who isn’t involved with any of the above activities and would like to help, please contact either Stephen Bush or Jane Rowe.

 

BERWICK FARM SHOP

Thank you to all my customers throughout 2013 for their much appreciated custom, all of us here at Berwick Farm Shop look forward to seeing you in 2014, and hope you have a great new year. The shop re-opens on Tuesday 7th January. I am now selling good quality second hand books – come along and see the selection.

The JANUARY COFFEE MORNING is on Sunday 26th January from 10.30am. Free Tea and Coffee for everyone.  For more information about the shopsee the advert elsewhere in the magazine.

 

BERWICK ST JAMES VILLAGE MEETING

The next village meeting will be held on Thursday 16th January 2014 in the Reading Room at 7pm. The start time of the meeting has been selected to allow for those who are at work during the day to attend. We expect to be finished by 8.30pm at the latest, and as usual, there will be a glass or two of wine available at the end of the meeting.

Agenda items should be submitted to me at The Leat House as well as by email or phone call, no later than Thursday 9th January. The full agenda will be published the week before the meeting.

Neil MacDougall. Chairman Berwick Parish Meetings. 01722 792761. email neil.macdougall@me.com

 

FILM NIGHT.  

The Reading Room Film Committee presents…..  “THE GREAT GATSBY”

Thursday 23rd January 2014 in Berwick Reading Room.

Starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire, Carey Mulligan and Joel Edgerton. Directed by Baz Luhrman.  Run time 136mins. Classification 12.  “It is the Spring of 1922 in New York City…glittering jazz, bootleg empires and skyrocketing stocks. Chasing the American Dream, writer Nick Carraway arrives from the Midwest only to land next door to Jay Gatsby, a mysterious millionaire whose estate overflows with endless parties. As Nick’s beautiful cousin Daisy and her husband Tom Buchanan fall into Gatsby’s orbit, Nick bears witness to impossible love and incorruptible dreams.” Based on the novel by F. Scott Fitzgerald.

Doors open 7pm. Film starts 7.30pm. Free glass of wine or beer, soft drinks also available. A £5 donation each to Reading Room funds. Under 16 free.

 

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY – FILM NIGHTS IN THE READING ROOM

27th February. Thursday. Film “Monsoon Wedding” (Provisional)

27th March. Thursday. Film. “Far from the Madding Crowd”. (Provisional)

 

CHRISTMAS BAZAAR.

The Reading Room Christmas Bazaar took place on Saturday 7th December – the Reading Room had lots of great items for sale, as well as a fabulous Raffle and outstanding Tombola. We raised a great £345 with many thanks to all the committee and their helpers for setting up, selling and packing up afterwards.

 

BERWICK ST JAMES WEBSITE

Have you looked at our village website recently? The articles about Berwick in The Great War are now on the Website. Go to the “History” button, then to the “Great War” button on the left side of the History Home page – the articles about Lake Down, The Canadians and Gavin Baird are there. I shall be adding more about Berwick and The Great War as time goes on.

There are lots of things to look at on the website, and the Magazine entries for Berwick are included there too – so you can look at earlier articles if you can’t find your magazine!

Photos, events and so on would be much welcomed – please contact the Webmaster via the website.

The address is berwickstjames.org.uk

 

HEATING OIL.                                                                                                                                                            Winter is now here and if you need heating oil, please consider WP GROUP (previously called WESSEX PETROLEUM). The system has changed slightly and now WP Group will donate £25 to The Reading Room for every 5000 litres bought under reference 789. If you decided to use the WP Group please phone 0800 980 6174 then remember to quote ref 789 every time you order, even if you have ordered before.  This has been really useful to The Reading Room.    

 

 

 

 BERWICK ST JAMES NewletterDec 2013

A VERY HAPPY CHRISTMAS TO YOU ALL.

CHRISTMAS SERVICES

THE CANDLELIT CAROL SERVICE of 7 lessons and carols will take place on Sunday 22nd December at 6pm to which everyone is warmly invited to attend. There will be mulled wine, soft drink and mince pies after the service.

On CHRISTMAS DAY there will be a non Eucharistic family service at 10.30am which will be followed by Holy Communion for those who wish.

FILM NIGHT.  

The Reading Room Film Committee presents…..  “KIND HEARTS AND CORONETS”

Thursday 28th November in Berwick Reading Room

The Classic Ealing Comedy . Starring Alec Guinness and Dennis Price. Directed by Robert Hamer. Louis Mazzini (Dennis Price) is the ninth in line to inherit the dukedom from the aristocratic D’Ascoyne family (Alec Guinness).  Doors open 7pm. Film starts 7.30pm. Free glass of wine or beer. A £5 donation each to Reading Room funds. Under 16 free.

CHRISTMAS BAZAAR in BERWICK READING ROOM  

Saturday 7th December at 2.30pm. There will be a Grand Raffle with the first prize of a Christmas Hamper. Cakes and Produce Stall, Fabulous Tombola, Christmas Stall (Cards, Paper, Gifts), Bric-a-Brac, Books etc. Coffee and Tea. Donations of gifts welcome – the Reading Room will be open 2 -3pm on Friday 6th and on Saturday Morning. For more information Nicky Street The Dairy House 790309 or Anika Lange The Black Barn 790122.  Raffle and Tombola Prizes can be left at  The Farm Shop – with many thanks to Marilyn.

HOT OFF THE PRESS

PORTRAIT OF A PARISH.

Barbara Last has produced a book on the natural history of Berwick St James, entitled “Portrait of a Parish”. Beautifully illustrated with lots of colour photographs and two maps, it is a fascinating guide to the flora and fauna of the village and its surroundings. There will be a book signing and launch party with wine and soft drinks on Thursday, December 12th at 6pm in the Reading Room. Copies cost £7.50 but there is a special price for villagers of £6.50. After the launch, copies will also be for sale Berwick Farm Shop and at The Boot Inn, and from Neil MacDougall (01722 792761).

 

CAROL SINGING AROUND BERWICK.

In Victorian times, and possibly much earlier, it was a tradition in Berwick to sing carols around the village. There were special Berwick carols, but unfortunately the words of these have been lost. In recent years we have started Carol Singing around Berwick again.

This year it is on SATURDAY 21st  DECEMBER starting at 6pm at the Church, and we will end up at The Reading Room for Mince Pies and Mulled Wine.  We are collecting for Combat Stress, a charity that works with military personnel needing help. We welcome everyone to come along and sing, accompanied children especially. Please bring torches or lanterns. We would like to sing at various points around the village and so, if you would like to have us come to you please could you ring Ian Fisher 790214 or Nicky Street 790309.  This really is good fun – come and join us! New villagers especially welcome. You do not need to be able to sing – just come along and join in with well known carols.

NB. Please note that this is NOT the CAROL SERVICE with lessons and carols which is on SUNDAY 22nd at 6pm.

 

ROYAL BRITISH LEGION

POPPY APPEAL. Very many thanks to all those who contributed. The total sum raised was £299.95p.

 

CHURCH CYCLE RIDE AND STRIDE.

Berwick Church has received £119 from the Ride and Stride, with many thanks to the Riders and Striders.

 

BERWICK FARM SHOP.

A Happy Christmas to all my customers.

I have plenty of Cakes, Puddings, Pies, Ready Meals, Pork and other joints, sausages, bacon and much, much more. I can make up Lovely Hampers – the ideal gift.   

The Christmas Opening will be Saturday 21st & Sunday 22nd  9am to 4pm. Monday 23rd 9am -5pm. Tuesday 24th 9am – 2pm. If you need to pick up at any other time please let me know. I will be baking and cooking right up until Christmas, but to be certain please order. Please ring to check availability.

The Shop will be closed from Christmas Day and re-open on Tuesday 7th January, this is my Annual Holiday!

 

THE BOOT INN

We are currently selling tickets for the Christmas Draw at 50p each and the draw will be held on Saturday 21st December at 9pm. We also have our Christmas Party and New Year’s Eve menus available to collect at the Boot or if people can drop me an e-mail I can send a copy to them. thebootatberwick@yahoo.co.uk  Cathy.

Opening times. Christmas Eve 12noon-2.30pm & 6-11pm. Christmas Day 12noon -2pm Bar Only. Boxing Day Brunch 12noon – 3pm. 27th -30th December open as usual.

New Years Eve Lunch 12noon-2.15pm. Evening, Black Tie dinner served at 7.30pm.

 

DATE FOR YOUR DIARY JANUARY FILM NIGHT.

On Thursday 23rd January we will show The Great Gatsby.

 

HEATING OIL.                                                                                                                                                            Winter is now here and if you need heating oil, please consider WP GROUP (previously called WESSEX PETROLEUM). The system has changed slightly and now WP Group will donate £25 to The Reading Room for every 5000 litres bought under reference 789. If you decided to use the WP Group please phone 0800 980 6174 then remember to quote ref 789 every time you order, even if you have ordered before.  This has been really useful to The Reading Room.    

 

LOCAL HISTORY.

BERWICK AND THE GREAT WAR – A CANADIAN PILOT

As I explained in the article about Lake Down Aerodrome, in 1915 the Furness family sold the Berwick St James Estate to Sir Cecil Chubb, and by 1917 it was in the hands of the War Department.

Many young men trained as pilots at Lake Down Aerodrome. One of them was Gavin Gibson Baird, a young Canadian.

It took Gavin Baird about six months to get his application for the Flying Corps approved and he finally joined up in May 1917. He was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in September 1917 in Toronto. Then he embarked from Montreal on the Canadian Pacific steamship Metagama with about 50 other young men, landing in Liverpool. The Canadians were sent to various different aerodromes to train on “Camels” or other scout machines, or on day bombers etc.  Gavin Baird was sent to Lake Down where he was to learn to fly the De Haviland 4’s which were large, fast, day bombers. He was really pleased to be lucky enough to fly one of these machines which could fly higher and faster than practically any of the German machines.

Gavin Baird wrote…. 

“We were given transportation from Waterloo Station in London to Salisbury, and it did not take us very long to get down there as the train service was exceptionally good. When we got to Salisbury we had to phone out to the aerodrome. They then sent a car in for us, and after getting out to the aerodrome we were told that we were to use an unoccupied country home as our living quarters. This was in a little village by the name of Berwick St James. It was about a mile and half from the aerodrome and the little village itself was very picturesque. It was getting on in the fall by this time, and the weather was quite cold, but on the whole, we were fairly comfortable. We used to go over to the aerodrome in the morning and take our training in flying, and in machine gun and actual firing practice and so on, and then after dinner at night at the mess, we uses to go back to the old house.”

The “unoccupied country home” was Berwick House,  Mr Delme Awdry living in Asserton House at that time.

Having been trained on day bombers at Lake Down Gavin Baird was surprised to be posted to Tydd St Mary near Kings Lynn where he flew night bombers and joined 148 squadron with which he was transferred to Andover and then Littlehampton.

In spring 1918 he embarked at Southampton on a Furness freighter (he presumably had no idea that he had spent a couple of months living in the house that had belonged to the Furness family), and after reaching France went to Auchel aerodrome, moving in a hurry when the aerodrome was destroyed by shelling. They made bombing raids every night the weather was fit – Douai, Lens, Rumbeke and others. During the summer of 1918 there was quite a lot of flu in France and Gavin Baird spent a few days in hospital. In the autumn of 1918 he flew from an aerodrome at Camblain L’Abbe behind Vimy Ridge. Flying was restricted to the immediate vicinity of the aerodrome after the Armistice.

By 1927 Gavin Baird had returned to Canada, and when his 14 year old nephew broke his leg, wrote him a series of letters about his time flying in England and France during the Great War.

These letters have been published on the internet by the “Canadian Letters and Images Project” www.canadianletters.ca

See also the book “The Canadian Army of Salisbury Plain” by T S Crawford

Written and researched by Nicky Street.

 

WILDLIFE WATCH

There have been many sightings of Little Egrets along the Till in Berwick and Winterbourne Stoke. In particular 3 egrets were seen together feeding in the Till in a garden in Stoke. Also Kingfishers have been regularly seen along Till. They are much welcome.

In this cold weather, don’t forget that the Wild Bird Food that used to be sold in Stapleford VillageHall is now available at Berwick Farm Shop.

  

BERWICK ST JAMES November 2013

Goodbye and good luck to Kate and Julian Glyn Owen, Eva and Henry. Both Kate and Julian have done a great deal to help the village, especially with the Fete, Duck Race and Reading Room.  We are very sorry to see them go, and we hope to see them back here often.

Welcome to Ian Gibb, Daisy and Jack, and to Guy Kearse and his children, we hope you all enjoy living in Berwick, and it is great to have more children here!

Many Congratulations to Mr and Mrs Stanley Palmer on their 60th Wedding Anniversary on November 7th.

“Sorry to hear Jimmy Bucknell has died, the Service in Berwick Church for Jim was lovely. Many thanks to Ann and family for a lovely tea afterwards. Many congratulations to Dr Sally on her retirement. Hope she will enjoy life not having to rush to the surgery, she will be greatly missed at Shrewton surgery.”

Jim Bucknell. 1944-2013

Jim Bucknell, son of the late Frank and Hilda Bucknell, Manor Farm, Berwick St James, was buried in St James’s churchyard on 26th September 2013.

Jim was born with cerebral palsy and was a well-known figure in Berwick where he lived for most of his life. He worked on the farm; he helped to look after the breeding flock of chickens, and with the lambing. He particularly loved to “help” anyone who was mending an engine or repairing a piece of equipment.

Jim enjoyed life and was always ready to have a joke and chat to everyone in the village. He ran the first village paper recycling centre, collecting newspapers and bundling them up ready for disposal. After his mother died in 1999 he lived with family for a while. Later he went to live at Home Farm Trust in Abingdon close to his sister Anne, where he enjoyed gardening, growing sunflowers and pumpkins and helping with little jobs around the site. As his health deteriorated he moved to The Close Nursing Home near Abingdon where he died peacefully after a short illness on 12th September.

HARVEST FESTIVAL

The Church looked wonderful for harvest festival on 22nd September and many thanks goes to all those who helped to decorate the church with flowers, fruit and vegetables.

HARVEST SUPPER

There was a marvellous turnout for the harvest supper on 4th October with some 65 people. A delicious main course was prepared by Jane Rowe and together with many other who prepared salads and puddings, helped in the kitchen and helped to set up and clean up, a great evening was had by all. Particular thanks too to Jacky and Roland for organising the raffle without which the evening could not take place.

BERWICK FARM SHOP COFFEE MORNING

Sunday 17th November from 10.30am with free coffee and tea. Come and meet your friends for a coffee and a chat. Catherine Lockwood will be demonstrating “Forever” Aloe Vera skin care and other products. Aloe Vera can improve health and enhance beauty. There will be Tastings of all kinds of Christmas Food – come and try Marilyn’s Christmas Cake, Mince Pies and much more Christmas Fayre.

 FILM NIGHT.  

The Reading Room Committee presents…..  “KIND HEARTS AND CORONETS”

Thursday 28th November in Berwick Reading Room

The Classic Ealing Comedy as requested. Starring Alec Guinness and Dennis Price. Directed by Robert Hamer. Louis Mazzini (Dennis Price) is the ninth in line to inherit the dukedom from the aristocratic D’Ascoyne family.   

Doors open 7pm. Film starts 7.30pm. Free glass of wine or beer. A £5 donation each to Reading Room funds. Under 16 free.

THE BOOT INN

We are holding an Italian night on 29th November when there will be some fantastic Italian dishes available with wine to compliment

READING ROOM - DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

CHRISTMAS BAZAAR. Saturday 7th December at 2.30pm. There will be Cakes and Produce, Grand Raffle, Tombola, Christmas Stall, Bric-a-Brac etc with Coffee and Tea. Donations of gifts welcome – the Reading Room will be open before the Bazaar (see posters etc nearer the time for details). For more information Nicky Street The Dairy House 790309 or Anika Lange The Black Barn 790122.

JANUARY FILM NIGHT.

On Thursday 23rd January we will try our best to show The Great Gatsby (we apologise for the change in film on 24th October, a mix up over the release date of the DVD!).

WILTSHIRE HISTORIC CHURCHES TRUST  - RIDE + STRIDE

The Sponsored Cycle Ride and Walk between Wiltshire Churches was on Saturday 14th September. Jane Rowe, Robin Richards, Nicky Street and Millie the dog, cycled and walked around our beautiful churches. Between them they raised £238, half will go to Berwick church and half to the Historic Churches Trust. Many thanks to all who cycled and walked, and especially to those who manned Berwick Church; those who ride and stride really appreciate open and manned churches!

BERWICK ST JAMES VILLAGE MEETING.

The Parish Meeting was held in the Reading Room on 7th October, with 38 present. Bill Hiscocks was elected as Treasurer, and a volunteer is needed to be Parish Clerk (anyone interested please contact Neil MacDougall neil.macdougall@me.com)

Ian West gave an update on the A303, the Amesbury Board Meeting, and a meeting with John Glen MP. Janice Hassett spoke about STAG “Stonehenge Traffic Action Group” and encouraged us to sign the petition.

PC Mark Steele talked about Neighbourhood Watch and it is hoped a meeting will be set up shortly.

Carolyn MacDougall advised that the Speeding Group proposes the Community Speed Watch with intermittent use of  a mobile Speeding Indicator Device (which was shown at the meeting) kindly lent to us by Durrington. The 13 volunteers for the Community Speed Watch will be trained shortly, a couple more would be welcome (anyone interested contact Marie Perry perrymc@btconnect.com). Graham Wright from Durrington talked to us about their research into speeding. A report was given on our most successful fete and dog show, and on work in the Reading Room, the film nights, the Christmas Bazaar and Coffee Morning at the shop.

It was agreed that the young oak tree should be pruned. The meeting finished with wine for all.

FEN RESTORATION AND TREE REMOVAL

Druid’s Lodge are working with Natural England and the Forestry Commission, as part of a Higher Level Stewardship scheme, to restore a small but valued area of fen, just north of the village.

Work to remove fallen poplars is already underway – the timber will be used for woodchip and firewood. Then, over the winter the remaining standing poplars will be felled, under a felling licence. The landscape will change, from plantation to open floodplain with scattered willows, immediately adjacent to the River Till Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), part of the River Avon System Special Area of Conservation.

The habitat here is naturally wet throughout the year, with typical wetland flora, but adversely affected by shading and drying caused by the mature poplars. Key to a properly operating fen will be year-round wet conditions – in the summer soft underfoot – which will promote the wetland flora and ultimately remove the current nettle and bindweed growth.

The restored fen will connect with nearby wet woodland, fen-meadow to the south and the chalk stream, providing an extended habitat and landscape for wetland wildlife, including Desmoulin’s whorl-snail.

For further information, contact Mike Doggrell at Druid’s Lodge Partnership or Sarah Grinsted (sarah.grinsted@naturalengland.org.uk) at Natural England.

 

LOCAL HISTORY.

As part of an occasional series of articles on the Great War, I have done some research on Lake Down Aerodrome.

BERWICK AND THE GREAT WAR – LAKE DOWN AERODROME

In 1915 the Furness family sold the Berwick St James Estate to Sir Cecil Chubb, and by 1917 it was in the hands of the War Department.

A series of aerodromes were built on Salisbury Plain, including one at Lake Down. This was on the Salisbury/Devizes road (now A360), by Druid’s Lodge, with the aerodrome covering 160 acres including 30 acres of buildings. It had a good surface (grass) though somewhat undulating with a slope towards the east, and the general surroundings were “excellent, open down country with a few small woods”

The Officers Mess and other regimental buildings were on the west of the Devizes road in Berwick Parish (just north of Druid’s Lodge) and the aerodrome on the other side of the road. The water tower, which is still there, was built for this aerodrome. Druid’s Lodge itself was used as The Headquarters of 33rd Wing.

Lake Down Aerodrome was a Training Depot station for SW area No7 group 33rd Wing of the Royal Flying Corps, and although it was mostly completed by 1917 it was closed soon after the end of war and was demolished in 1919 or thereabouts.

Lake Down aerodrome was a station for training in day bombing, and trained 90 officers and 90 NCO at the same time, with 36 DeHavilland 4 and 9 aeroplanes, and 36 Avro’s – 72 aeroplanes in total.

There were a total of 858 people (excluding hostel staff) at the aerodrome, and 47 at the Headquarters at Druid’s Lodge. As well as regimental buildings (including the Officers Mess and separate baths and latrines for Officers, Sergeants and men), there were 6 aeroplane sheds, workshops including carpenters, sailmakers, dope, machine, engine, coppersmiths and smiths – which reminds us of how the aeroplanes were built. The instructional sheds included those for Gunnery, photographic, wireless and bombing. On the 1st August 1918 most of the buildings were completed but water supply only 65%, and lighting only 30% complete.

Larkhill Military Railway was the longest railway operated by the War Department. The length of the main line (excluding sidings) was 7.31miles. It was built in autumn of 1914 and spring 1915 by Sir John Jackson, and it ran from Ratfyn near Amesbury via Larkhill and Airman’s Cross, and it included a branch to the Stonehenge Handley Page aerodrome and finished 600 yards north of Druid’s Lodge to serve Lake Down Aerodrome. It did not reach the water tower, which was built for the aerodrome not for the railway.

This line beyond Fargo was the first part of the Larkhill Military Railway to be closed as the aerodrome was demolished in 1919, the line had been lifted by 1923.  .

Written and researched by Nicky Street.

 

 

 

WILDLIFE WATCH

A cock pheasant broke through a downstairs window in Stapleford – and was completely unharmed – unlike the window! It was a fine Reeves pheasant with a very long tail.

The kingfisher has been seen at the south end of Winterbourne Stoke, it is great that several kingfishers are now living along the Till. Reports from any of our villages most welcome. Nicky Street 790309 or email chstreet@btinternet.com

BERWICK St JAMES OCTOBER 2013

BERWICK ST JAMES

It is with great sadness that we have to report the death of Johanna (Josie) Emm  on 20th August. Josie was the beloved wife of Cyril and mother to Ann, Tony and Ron, and grandmother and greatgrandmother, and she was resident in the village since1954. We offer Cyril and the family our sincere condolences at this very sad time. She will be much missed by her family and many friends.

We are very sorry to learn of the death of Jim Bucknell. Our thoughts are with his family.Congratulations to Michelle and David Woodhouse on the birth of Ava Ela, and to Chris Sims on her grandson Thomas Miguel Ramira (11lbs 3oz) born on 11th September to Rebecca and Paul Ramira

Great Wishford Run. Many congratulations to the Berwick and Druid’s contingent who ran in the Great Wishford run, all did really well. Many thanks for the marvellous organization by Great Wishford School.

BENCH IN CHURCHYARD.

Huge appreciation and many thanks to Bill Hiscocks who has most generously replaced the old rotten bench in the churchyard. Also many thanks to Ron Emm who has very kindly fixed the bench to the ground in a most effective way.

HARVEST SUPPER – FRIDAY 4TH OCTOBER.

Details of the Harvest Supper were in last month’s magazine. It is hoped that as many people as possible will attend what has in the past been a very good evening.  

VILLAGE MEETING

Berwick St James Parish Meeting. The Meeting will be held on Monday 7th October in the Reading Room at 7pm. As usual there will be a glass or two of wine available at the end.

Agenda items should be submitted to the Parish Clerk Mrs Tricia Burke at “The Post Office Cottage” no later than two weeks before the meeting. Her telephone number is 790894 and email berwickstjames@hotmail.co.uk    Neil MacDougall. Chairman Berwick Parish Meeting.

BERWICK FARM SHOP

Sunday 13th October, Farm Shop Coffee Morning from 10.30am with free coffee and tea. Come along and watch Sue Waldron demonstrating jewellery making, and her handmade jewellery will be for sale.

As mentioned in last month’s magazine the Wild Bird Food sales at Stapleford village hall have now stopped, but the Wild Bird Food is now available from the Farm Shop. There is a wide range suitable for all sorts of wild birds – autumn is just the right time to start feeding in your garden.   

 WALK FROM BERWICK FARM SHOP. On Sunday 15th September nine of us (and three dogs) had a lovely guided walk from the farm shop. Despite the forecast the weather was fine (if a little chilly) and we had a great time, followed by a chat, coffee and bacon butties – we especially welcomed the visitors from Cheltenham who were staying at the Camp site. 

 THE BOOT INN.

A big thank you to everybody who came to Jake’s 1st birthday party, the teddy bears picnic. A good time was had by all, especially Jake who was exhausted by the end of the day!

We are having our 6thWine and Sausage Night” here on Friday October 25th, there will be as usual 7 wines and 7 sausages for you to try and identify which is which and tell your Tipsy Turkey from your Toulouse Sausage and your Pinotage from your pinot noir. Just an excuse for drinks and a feast of sausages all in the name of fun.

 LANDS END TO JOHN O’GROATS

Maurice Lange has completed his 1000 mile Lands End to John O’Groats cycle. He’d like to thank very much all those from Berwick who donated so generously to Cancer Research UK. The team’s total is currently in excess of £7,800 and still climbing! Thanks!

Our congratulations to Maurice and his schoolfriends – a great achievement.

HARVEST.

The weather this summer has been hot and sunny, but the spring was slow to arrive and cold. So I wondered whether the arable harvest this year started on time, or late, like much of the vegetables and fruit growing in our gardens. It did start later than the last couple of years, but finished on time!

On Berwick Hill Farm in 2011 we started on 26th July (oilseed rape) and finished on 31st August (oats). In 2012 start 27th July (oilseed rape), finish 24th Aug (oats). This year 2013 start 8th August (oilseed rape) finished 27th August (wheat).  The good weather in August meant we could finish at a reasonable date – unlike 2008 when we started on 24th July and didn’t finish until 17th September (oats).

HEATING OIL.                                                                                                                                                            Autumn is now here and if you need heating oil, please consider WP GROUP (previously called WESSEX PETROLEUM). The system has changed slightly and now WP Group will donate £25 to The Reading Room for every 5000 litres bought under reference 789. If you decided to use the WP Group please phone 0800 980 6174 then remember to quote ref 789 every time you order, even if you have ordered before.  This has been really useful to The Reading Room.    

 

LOCAL HISTORY

 “ The oozing mud and constant rain

We well remember Salisbury Plain”

Major R H Tait.

I have recently read a fascinating book called “The Canadian Army on Salisbury Plain” by T S Crawford, which is about the First Canadian Contingent who spent the winter from October 1914 to February 1915 on Salisbury Plain before going to fight in France.

30,600 Canadians and 537 Newfoundlanders arrived in England in autumn 1914, they spent October to February mainly in tents on Salisbury Plain in one of the wettest winters on record.

The soldiers arrived in Plymouth in October 1914, travelled by train for 5 hours, arriving in Amesbury, Lavington, and Patney & Chirton stations. Steam traction engines hauled the waggons containing equipment whilst the men walked their horses, which had lost condition whilst on the journey from Canada. These camps on Salisbury Plain had no lighting, no baths, and a limited water supply and were remote from any large towns. The weather broke on 20th October before the last soldier had reached Salisbury Plain. This was the start of an exceptionally wet winter when 24 inches of rain fell, double the average, and fell on 89 of 123 days. Tented camps had been set up by the British Territorial force, but the Canadians had to build their own huts, roads and other infrastructure whilst training, and were hampered by continuing bad weather and endless mud. The water could not drain through the impervious chalk just below ground level and scraping the roads clean of mud just exposed slippery chalk. 

As Christmas 1914 came, thousands of troops continued to live in tents, and by the end of December the conditions were realized to be too bad for both men and horses, and as many as possible were billeted in nearby villages. The requisitioned billets included private homes.  The Royal Canadian Dragoons were billeted in Tilshead, Winterbourne Stoke, Berwick St James, Rollestone and Shrewton. The Royal Canadian Dragoons were part of Canada’s Permanent Active Militia of full time soldiers. However, they did not stay long.

The Canadian troops started leaving for France on 7th February, over 4 days 90 special trains left the stations on the Plain. The Dragoons stayed on in their billets until 1st March.  On the 28th February the Canadians started to relieve the 7th British Division in France and on 10th March took part in an attack on Neuve Chapelle village. The Canadians continued to show great fighting courage, including in the second battle of Ypres.

Canadians did not train in such numbers on Salisbury Plain again.

Nicky Street.

 

 

WILDLIFE WATCH

On the morning of 7th September a polecat was killed on the A36 west of Stapleford. The villager who found it said it was the first she had seen in 40 years, I have never seen one. Has anyone seen one round here?

An Albino pheasant was seen in Stapleford, there have been many reports of Red Kites including one feeding from newly ploughed land above Berwick. A Great Bustard has been seen fairly regularly flying over Berwick Farm near the A303, and also several reports of Kingfishers on the River Till at the south end of Berwick.  Are the Fieldfares early this autumn? Does this mean a hard winter?

Reports from any of our villages most welcome. Nicky Street 790309 or email chstreet@btinternet.com

Berwick St James September

Welcome to Mike and Helen Riding, we do hope that you enjoying living in Berwick.

Get well soon to all who are recovering from accidents or illness, and to those feeling under the weather.

HARVEST FESTIVAL

This year Harvest Festival in St James Church will be on Sunday 22nd September to which everyone is most welcome. It will be a matins service followed by tea and coffee.

Contributions of flowers, fruit and vegetables would be most welcome from whoever would like to bring them, on either Friday 20th or Saturday 21st September. Due to ridiculous regulations we are unable to donate the produce to good causes, so we ask that sometime during the following week you retrieve your produce from the church.

HARVEST SUPPER

This year the Harvest Supper will be on Friday 4th October at 7pm at the Guide Centre. It is FREE to all Berwick residents and everyone is most welcome, however this year we are asking everyone who attends to donate £1 to the Trussell Trust for those less fortunate than ourselves. This will be given on entering the Guide Centre on the evening . The cost of the Guide Centre and the supper will be paid for from the proceeds of a Grand Raffle As for previous years, visitors from outside of the village will be charged £5 for adults and £3 for OAP’s and children. Enclosed in the magazine is a flyer – please reply, it makes the organisation so much easier. Jane Rowe has very kindly agreed to cook the main course and will provide the cheese . Assistance would be hugely welcomed in providing puddings and salads as well as help in setting up, decorating the room, washing up and tidying away. Offers etc please telephone Jane Rowe on 790575.

Please bring your own bottles of wine, beer, squash etc and glasses too.

Previous suppers have always been good fun – we do hope you can come.

It is hoped that there may be some horse racing after supper.

TRUSSELL TRUST

There will be a box in the church porch during September so that anyone inclined to donate any tins of food or bottles of drink (non-perishable) and dried food (pasta, rice and sugar) can do so to this most worthwhile charity. Church lockers are requested to place the box inside the church when they lock up and put in back in the porch in the morning.

FOR YOUR DIARIES

The Christmas Carol Service will be at 6pm on 22nd December 2013.

FILM NIGHT

THE READING ROOM COMMITTEE PRESENTS….

QUARTET

In The Reading Room in September. Doors open 7pm. Film starts 7.30pm.

Date to be confirmed – watch out for the Posters and flyers!

Starring Maggie Smith, Tom Courtenay, Billy Connolly. Director Dustin Hoffman.

At a home for retired musicians, the annual concert to celebrate Verdi’s birthday is disrupted by the arrival of Jean, an eternal diva and the former wife of one of the residents.

Free Glass of Wine or beer. A £5 donation each to Reading Room Funds is requested. Children free.

ART IN THE READING ROOM

If you would like to come to Art in the Reading Room with Ann Crabtree this autumn please contact her on 01722-790232, 07743 281773, or crabtreefamily@waitrose.com  Although we hope to be able to have it on a Tuesday night this has not yet been finalized and so the day and time are to be decided.  Please contact Ann even if you came last term, and would like to continue.

We have been enjoying a really great art class in Berwick over the last months. We have been experimenting with printing, and making fabulous pictures, extending our abilities, learning and having great fun.  If you would like to come and do your own painting you would be most welcome too. 

THE BOOT INN.

Teddy Bears Picnic. Come and celebrate Jake’s First Birthday on Sunday 8th September from 4pm. Bring your favourite Teddy Bear!

Friday 27th September is Fish Night. For bookings and opening times see advert elsewhere in the magazine.

WILTSHIRE HISTORIC CHURCHES TRUST  - RIDE + STRIDE

The Sponsored Cycle Ride and Walk between Wiltshire Churches is on Saturday 14th September. Half of the money you raise goes to the church of your choice and half to the Wiltshire Historic Churches Trust to enable it to make grants for the upkeep of churches and chapels (Berwick church received a generous grant to help replace the roof). It is great fun to walk or ride or cycle between our lovely churches. You can work out your own route, and visit as many (or as few) churches as you like. For more details (and a list of the churches taking part) see Lyanne Street The Briars 790544. There are prizes for best achieving cyclists and walkers from different age groups .

If you would like to sponsor one of us – please contact Nicky Street 790309 or Jane Rowe 790575 – we welcome more sponsors!

BERWICK FARM SHOP

COFFEE MORNING on SUNDAY 15th September from 10.30am.

Come and Join the Free Coffee Morning at Berwick Farm Shop on September 15th from 10.30am. Also there will be a guided walk along local footpaths starting at the Farm Shop at 10am, this finishes at the Farm Shop where the walkers can join everyone else for Coffee and Bacon Butties. (Coffee is free, a small charge for the butties). All welcome from all the local villages.

A Date for your Diary- Sunday 13th October, Farm Shop Coffee Morning with Sue Waldron demonstrating jewellery making, and her handmade jewellery will be for sale.

For details of the opening times etc see advert elsewhere in the magazine.

WALK FROM BERWICK FARM SHOP

To tie in with The Farm Shop Coffee Morning, we are organizing a Walk from the Farm Shop on Sunday 15th September. Meet up from 9.30am and the walk will start at 10am.  After the Walk we can join in with the Coffee Morning when there will be Bacon Butties to buy, and Free Tea and Coffee.

How far will we walk?  That will depend on who comes! We will probably divide the walk part way round, so that one walk will be about an hour, (or less, depending on your wishes) and a longer walk for those who want to!  Well behaved dogs welcome.

If the weather is appalling we will cancel and try another day! Nicky 790309 Paula 790270

VILLAGE MEETING

Berwick St James Parish Meeting. The Meeting will be held on Monday 7th October in the Reading Room at 7pm. As usual there will be a glass or two of wine available at the end.

Agenda items should be submitted to the Parish Clerk Mrs Tricia Burke at “The Post Office Cottage” no later than two weeks before the meeting. Her telephone number is 790894 and email berwickstjames@hotmail.co.uk    Neil MacDougall. Chairman Berwick Parish Meeting.

MILL HOUSE GARDEN

Mill House Garden (open day June 30th). On a glorious sunny afternoon,  we took £310.50 for the NGS (National Gardens Scheme) for the nine charities and the teas in the Reading room made £197.00 in aid of Berwick church. Enormous thanks to Veronica at the gate and all those who worked so tirelessly in the Reading Room to revive all the wilting customers – Stephen and Ailsa; Special recognition on this occasion to Peter with his teapot – I was literally swept out with the Hoover at 5.30pm after his attentions! Diana Gifford Mead.

(many apologies for not including this in last month’s magazine)

CANCER RESEARCH UK

Thank you very much to everyone who contributed to the collection last month. The total collected was £150.80p.

THE UMBRELLA UNFURLED

We very much enjoyed the talk in Berwick Reading Room by our local author NIGEL RODGERS on the history of the Umbrella. It was funny, witty, interesting and had great photos, all in all, if you missed it, you missed a treat! Many thanks to Nigel (he has written a most interesting and entertaining book about Umbrellas, available from all good bookshops) and to the Reading Room Committee for all the organizing.

BERWICK ST JAMES CRICKET CLUB

The Berwick St James cricket club have had a great season and are unlucky to not finish higher in the league. The final standings saw us finish in 4th place just behind Shrewton by one point. Played 11 won 7 and in the cup we lost to Langford n the semi -final. James Haggaty finished the season with the best batting average of 48.2. Giles Dickinson won the league’s bowling cup with the best bowling figures. If you are interested in the Cricket club please phone the Captain – Charlie 07796 332523

HEATING OIL.                                                                                                                                                            Although it is hard to think about heating in this lovely weather, now is the time to check to see if you need any heating oil. If you need it, please consider WP GROUP (previously called WESSEX PETROLEUM). The system has changed slightly and now WP Group will donate £25 to The Reading Room for every 5000 litres bought under reference 789. If you decided to use the WP Group please phone 0800 980 6174 then remember to quote ref 789 every time you order, even if you have ordered before.  This has been really useful to The Reading Room.    

BERWICK ST JAMES AUGUST 2013

CONGRATULATIONS to Olivia Marchant’s god-daughter Sophie Brown on her marriage to Charlie Weeks – we all enjoyed the fabulous fireworks at The Clock House – and also (belated) congratulations to Olivia and Tim’s daughter Natalie Marchant and Sebastien Ergas, who celebrated their marriage at The Clock House in December. We hope both couples will enjoy long and happy lives together.

ROY GIBBS. Roy died in June. Some will remember Roy cycling to Langford gravel pits every day, he lodged with Mrs Dibden in Berwick. Roy met Nellie nee Drake who was a Berwick girl who lived at White Hill and went to Berwick school. Roy and Nellie married at Berwick Church, they had 2 daughters and 1 son. Our deepest sympathy to Nellie and family. Our thoughts are with you, Nellie.

Our deepest sympathy to Mr and Mrs Stanley Palmer on the sudden death of Jean’s brother John. Our thoughts are with Jean at this sad time.

We hope Margaret Mustill and Robert Drake will soon feel better.

LAND’S END TO JOHN O’GROATS.

Berwick St James’ Maurice Lange and a group of school friends are raising money for Cancer Research UK. Inspired by their teacher Paul Collins’ pancreatic cancer diagnosis, they plan to ride 1000 miles from Land’s End to John O’Groat’s from the 18th-30th of August 2013. They are aiming to raise £4000, so please dig deep and donate now at www.justgiving.com/bwslejog. Thank you!

BERWICK FARM SHOP

Hopefully summer is now here, so I have all kinds of food for the hot weather, and for BBQ’s. I make pasta salad, coleslaw and potato salad here, and can supply beefburgers, sausages, pork ribs, lamb, chicken pieces, kebabs and marinades, as well as all my normal meat and vegetables. Look out for the BBQ packs. And don’t forget the lovely Buttercup and Daisy Ice cream (they have promised to supply the Cherry in the individual pots soon!).   

READING ROOM FILM NIGHTS

We are planning the autumn film nights – the first will be in September – watch this space (and your noticeboards) for details. Please speak to any of the committee if you have a favourite you would like us to show.

BEES, BIRDS AND TRIMMERS

By Nigel Rodgers

Albert Einstein once said: ‘If the bee disappeared off the surface of the globe, then man would only have four years of life left. No more bees, no more pollination, no more plants, no more animals, no more man.’ We can only hope that for once Einstein was wrong. 

                For something terrifying is happening to our bees: they are dying by the million from causes no one can identify. Bees, especially honey bees, have been disappearing – in some cases, literally vanishing – for at least two decades now. This disappearance started in America. It has now spread all round the world (except for some reason to Australia).

                Bees matter crucially and not just to lovers of honey, flowers, fruit and wine. About one quarter of our food ­– including runner beans, tomatoes, courgettes and almost all fruit – depends directly on bees pollinating plants. Much of the rest of food production is linked to the health of other insects such as moths. Many of these are also in sharp decline.     

Why?  One possible cause is chemical sprays. Suspicion has fallen heavily on the neonicotinoids, systemic insecticides widely used by farmers and gardeners. Recent research in the USA, Britain and across Europe, indicates that neonicotinoids persist in the soil and water for years – far longer than once thought. Bees, butterflies, moths, mayflies, fish and small mammals, besides grain-eating birds such as partridges, are all affected. The EU has announced a ban on three neonicotinoids to take effect later this year. The British government, however, denies that neonicotinoids present a threat.

Interestingly France, which banned several neonicotinoids seven years ago, has not seen a great revival of its bees – not yet, anyway. Production of crops such as sunflowers has not suffered either, however. Neonicotinoids were introduced to replace more toxic chemicals i.e. they were meant to help the environment. Farmers and chemical companies are not involved in an evil conspiracy to poison us. They are merely responding to popular demand for cheap, unblemished food.

Whatever the faults of neonicotinoids, other factors are clearly at work.  One is the varroa mite which kills honey bees, the species most in decline. But lack of biodiversity, the reduction in the variety and numbers of native flowers and other plants, is very probably even more important in the decline of bees and other pollinating insects than either chemicals or disease.

Since 1945 we have lost 97% of our wildflower meadows and pastures – a staggeringly high percentage. This loss is mainly due to changes in farming methods. Agriculture has become vastly far more monocultural as well as more dependent on chemicals. Huge fields of just one crop are now the norm. As a result, one in five wild flowers in Britain now faces extinction. Aware of this, a few farmers now leave parts of their fields unsprayed. At Berwick St James, for example, some meadows boast cowslips and other rare flowers. However, ‘Environmental Stewardship’ agreements cover only 3% of the land.

But two other huge potential nature reserves remain. There are about 588,000 acres of roadside verge in Britain – twice as much grassland as in the farmed countryside. Roadside verges shelter some two-thirds of our surviving wild flowers. These verges bloom abundantly in spring and early summer with flowering plants – cow parsley, red campion, orchids and cowslips among them – if left uncut long enough. Too often, though, verges are cut far too early and too often by councils unduly worried about health and safety, or by people trying to tidy up the countryside. Frequently cuttings are then left to rot and smother wildflowers. If verges are mown before wildflowers can blossom fully, bees and other insects cannot collect the nectar and pollen vital to their survival.

Verges must be cut at some point, of course. August, when the flowers have seeded, is probably the best month. A few verges, such as those by road junctions, need cutting earlier. But even there a swathe only a few feet wide is all that is needed.

But there is another area equally important for wildflowers: the domestic garden. Here over-concern with tidiness, shown by repeated mowing, strimming and spraying, can lead to the deaths of the very insects vital to the long-term health of gardens themselves. Once our gardens were cultivated oases in a half-wild landscape that abounded in wild flowers and insects. In today’s threatened environment, however, gardens and verges must become oases for wildflowers. This means not strimming – or spraying or mowing – more than really necessary.

And it means leaving some corners untouched, so that plants like nettles can flower. Often seen only as weeds, nettles support 40 species of insect, among them colourful butterflies such as the small tortoise shell and peacock. Even thistle seeds provide valuable food for birds, many of which are also declining in number. Their decline is of course linked to the decline in insects, itself linked to the decline in wildflowers. Not enough people remember these connections when working in their gardens.

Leaving parts of a garden or verge unstrimmed to let wildflowers and nettles flourish may go against the grain. Happily, there are flowers which appeal to both bees and gardeners: perennial cornflower, Comfrey Pulmonaria, green-leaved buckthorn  and catmint among others. (The Royal Horticultural Society can advise see www.rhs.org.uk/ ). The health of the whole land now depends on gardeners and councils leaving the strimmer in the shed at times. Excessive tidiness can be deadly.

 

WILDLIFE WATCH

A tree Bumble Bee swarm  (Bombus Hypnorum) has moved into a nest box at the north end of Berwick. This particular Bumble Bee have only been in the UK since 2001 and were first spotted at Langford. They have now reached Wales and as far north as Carlisle. Pauline Stephenson would be interested to know if anyone else has been these bees, please contact me if you have – but be warned that the bees can be aggressive if disturbed. See the following website. www.bumblebeeconservation.org/images/uploads/Bee

Reports from any of our villages most welcome. Nicky Street 790309 or email chstreet@btinternet.com

BERWICK ST JAMES JULY 2013

Welcome to Chris and Nicki Brain and Max and Daisy.

Congratulations to Alice Sherry and Dominic Ridley on their wedding at Berwick Church, the flowers were lovely and the horse well behaved!

Congratulations to Henry Glyn Owen on his christening, best wishes to him to Kate, Julian and Eva.

We are sorry to say good bye to Robert Parslow who has had to leave Berwick to go to hospital in Southampton, Tia Plant has gone to be with him. We wish them all the best.

I have received the following comment on the remarks in last month’s magazine regarding bonfires.

“What a pity the writer concerned about bonfires fails to understand the ways of country people who have disposed of their organic waste by burning since time began.  Nothing can compare with the glorious smell of an autumnal bonfire or come to that one at any other time.”

OPEN GARDEN THE MILL HOUSE.

NationalGarden Scheme – The Yellow Book.

The Mill House garden is open on Sunday 30th June ,2 - 6pm. 

Surrounded by the River Till millstream and a 10 acre traditional wet water meadow, this garden of wildness supports over 300 species of old fashioned roses rambling form the many trees. It is filled with butterflies, moths and insects. Herbaceous borders crammed with plants of yesteryear, unforgettable scents. SSSI.  This is a great opportunity to walk alongside the river on the private path, from Mill House to Duck Street, and to see the church and village from another side!

CREAM TEAS in the READING ROOM in aid of BERWICK CHURCH.

On Sunday 30th June there will be Cream Teas for sale at The Reading Room from 2 – 5.30pm. These are most delicious!

THE UMBRELLA UNFURLED

A Talk in Berwick Reading Room by our local author NIGEL RODGERS.  Tuesday July 23rd. 7 for 7.30pm.  Nigel has written a most interesting and entertaining book about Umbrellas. He has very kindly agreed to give a talk on this. £5 to include a glass of wine or beer. Children under 16 free.  

THE BOOT INN

The Boot Inn is holding a fish night on Friday 28th June, and an Italian Night on Friday August 2nd. They are open for lunches on every Bank Holiday Monday.  Do not forget the Pub Quiz every Sunday evening from 7.30pm, and they have now raised over £2,400.00 for Cancer Research.  

BERWICK FARM SHOP

The Opening Times are now Tuesday & Wednesday 10am – 5pm. Thursday & Friday 10am – 6pm. Saturday 9am-4pm. Sunday 10am-2pm.

BERWICK CRICKET CLUB

The Home fixtures for July are;

July 2nd Tuesday. Berwick vs South Newton, July 9th Tuesday Berwick vs New Inn. July 30th Tuesday Berwick vs Fovant.

If you are interested please phone the Captain – Charlie 07796 332523

DOG/LITTER WARDEN

I am pleased to report there have been no complaints or sightings of dog mess this month. Well done and thank you to all Berwick dog owners and visitors for cleaning up!

If anyone spots an offending item on a foot path or pavement, or any litter, please email me at jrowe209@googlemail.com describing its whereabouts and I will come and remove it. Thank you.

BERWICK PARISH MEETING

The village meeting was held in the Reading Room on 20th May. 31 villagers present. The Chairman Neil MacDougall, Vice Chairman Olivia Marchant, Parish Clerk Tricia Burke, and Treasurer Kate Glyn-Owen were re-elected unanimously.

Ian West gave an update on Council matters including that the A344 is to close permanently on 24th June when all the road work should be finished.

It was agreed that £500 would go to the upkeep of the graveyard, and £500 to the Reading Room from the precept.

An Apple Pressing and BBQ Community Event is planned for September.

Speeding Group. A presentation of given with various suggestions. It was agreed to go ahead with Community Speed Watch with training likely in the autumn. Gateways, rumble strips, painted lines were also considered. Thanks were given to Carolyn MacDougall for the presentation.

The meeting agreed to purchase 2 gazebos from the Community Fund.

The meeting agreed to leave the noticeboards unlocked, and that the Parish Clerk will keep the notices tidy, but people can put notices in themselves.

The Chairman will ask the council for two more litter bins.  Jane Rowe has agreed to be the village Dog Warden. Richard Brasher is the Parish Steward Liaison.

BERWICK FETE and DOG SHOW

Thank you to every one who made the Fete and Dog Show such a success – and special thanks to the weather too!  The amount made, including the Duck Race was £2662.09. (the last fete, in 2011, made £2317) There are far too many people to thank to name them all, but special thanks must go to the Humphreys for providing the marvellous venue, and to all the Committee. And to everyone who ran stalls, set up and packed up, and to all who brought their dogs, came and had fun, and spent their money! Also thanks to The Boot Inn for the Beer and Pimms tent – most successful!

Dog Show Winners – Best Puppy; Kew’s Pug “Bruce”.  Pedigree Best in Show; Bull’s Shar Pei “Daisy”. Novelty Best in Show; Barnard’s Springer Spaniel “Jigsaw”. Novelty Reserve Best in Show; Cobban’s Golden Retriever “Ziggy Stardust”. Best Village Dog; The Brandy Cup Winner; Wilson’s Jack Russell “Waffle”.

BERWICK DUCK RACE.

Thank you to the most efficient organizers of the Duck Race, and their helpers, and especially to Olivia and Tim Marchant for their garden.  The Winners were; Adult 1st Bob Drake, 2nd Valerie Ingham, 3rd Nicky Street. Children 1st William Brasher, 2nd Caroline South, 3rd Gairdner.  

PHOTO COMPETITION

There were 27 entries in total. The outstanding winner was Neil MacDougall with “Duck Race Winner”, Highly commended were David Street, Neil MacDougall, Lucy Bold, Nicky Street, Nicole Duer, Edward Campbell-Johnson, Charles Street and Sally Barnard.

“13” QUIZ.

Congratulations to all who took part. I had 26 completed quizzes returned. After (very strict!) marking, three were equal winners, so we drew the prizes at the Duck Race. 1st Veronica Sumner, 2nd Carolyn MacDougall, 3rd Susi Mason. £134 was made for the fete funds.

ART IN BERWICK

We have been enjoying a really great art class in Berwick over the last months. We have been experimenting with printing, and making fabulous pictures, extending our abilities, learning and having great fun. Although places are limited there may be space when the class starts again in September,  so please contact Ann Crabtree. If you would like to come and do your own painting you would be most welcome too.  Ann Crabtree01722-790232, 07743 281773 crabtreefamily@waitrose.com

SCULPTURE. The Sculpture Classes are in the Reading Room each Thursday evening. Come along and try – all abilities welcome.  Mark Whelehan 01380 721097 07786 765488 mandw@fsmail.net

 

WILDLIFE WATCH

Lots of ducks with ducklings – both in the south and north ends of Berwick. A nuthatch has been seen regularly in a garden in the north of Berwick, as have a pair of Tufted Ducks.  Water Voles have been seen in the south of Winterbourne Stoke, and in the south end of Berwick.

Reports from any of our villages most welcome. Nicky Street 790309 or email chstreet@btinternet.com

BERWICK ST JAMES JUNE 2013

CONGRATULATIONS to Claire McFerran and Charlie Bush on their wedding held at Berwick – the flowers were lovely and the rain just about held off!

CONDOLENCES to all in the village who have lost family members recently. Our thoughts are with you.

GOODBYE to Mark Hopkins, good luck in your new home, we wish you the best.

DON’T FORGET                                                                                                                                     

            BERWICK ST JAMES VILLAGE FETE AND COMPANION DOG SHOW                                                                          At Berwick House - Saturday 1st June                                                                                                                         Gates open from 12.30 - 4.30.  £1 Entry for adults, children under 16 enter free.                                              Dog Registration from 12.00 and Judging from 1.00    £1.50 per Class, £1 second and further entries    DUCK RACE Sunday 2nd June                                                                                                                                    Races start at 11.30 from Asserton Bridge.  Finishes at The Clock House.                                                     Tickets available from The Boot and The Farm Shop                                                                                                Full information: www.berwickstjames.org.

BERWICK FETE QUIZ.  Your Last Chance to buy the Quiz!  Please hand in your answers to the Roulette Stall at the Fete, or to The Dairy House before that.  Results at the Duck Race!  Available from Berwick Farm Shop, The Boot Inn, The Pelican and The Dairy House. PS. IT IS NOT IMPOSSIBLE!

TUG OF WAR at BERWICK FETE

There will be a Tug of War Competition at Berwick Fete – Teams of Six are invited to enter. Entry £5 per team. Prize a pint of Beer each for the Winning Team sponsored by The Boot Inn.  

BERWICK FARM SHOP.

Come along to the COFFEE MORNING on Sunday 23rd June from 10.30am.There will be tastings of the Buttercup and Daisy Ice Cream which is stocked at the shop. This lovely ice cream comes from the Wardour Vale near Tisbury.  Join us for Free Tea and Coffee, and a chat with your friends.

BERWICK ST JAMES CRICKET CLUB

James Haggaty captained the side to a win at Langford. Sam Perry was the man of the match with bowling figures of 3 overs, 1 maiden, 3 wickets for 11 runs. Berwick batted first with the top four batsmen getting all the runs. All out for 147. In reply, Langford were bowled out for 99.

Home Fixtures for June. – Tuesday June 4th Berwick vs Shrewton.

Thursday June 13th Berwick vs New Inn (1st Round Cup).  Tuesday June 18th. Berwick vs Chalk Valley.

Tuesday June 25th. Berwick vs Langford.

For information please ring Charlie on 07796 332523

OPEN GARDEN THE MILL HOUSE.

National Garden Scheme – The Yellow Book.

The Mill House garden is open on Sunday 30th June ,2 - 6pm. 

Surrounded by the River Till millstream and a 10 acre traditional wet water meadow, this garden of wildness supports over 300 species of old fashioned roses rambling form the many trees. It is filled with butterflies, moths and insects. Herbaceous borders crammed with plants of yesteryear, unforgettable scents. SSSI.  This is a great opportunity to walk alongside the river on the private path, from Mill House to Duck Street, and to see the church and village from another side!

CREAM TEAS in the READING ROOM in aid of BERWICK CHURCH.

On Sunday 30th June there will be Cream Teas for sale at The Reading Room from 2 – 5.30pm. These are most delicious!

TRUSSELL TRUST.

The village was extremely generous in the gifts of food and other items put into the box in the Church Porch during April. The Trust hugely appreciates our efforts, as we made 3 trips to the Trust with your gifts. It is planned to do the same again in September. Thank you.

READING ROOM AGM

The Reading Room held its Annual General Meeting on Monday 13th May. A great year was reported with much increased use and many regular events, including four very popular film nights. The room is much improved and now is a pleasant place available to hire from Mrs Jean Hibberd 6 The Row 790806. Thanks were given to all the committee (and especially to Jean Hibberd) for their continuing hard work.

 LOCAL HISTORY

PILOT’S WOOD.  DRUID’S LODGE ESTATE.

In St Peter’s Church, Winterbourne Stoke, there is a small plaque on the wall by the front pew, with a Sea Harrier Jet engraved in brass. This commemorates the life of British Aerospace Test Pilot Taylor Scott who was tragically killed whilst flying over the Druid’s Lodge Estate 25 years ago.

On 22nd October 1987 at 17.00 hours Taylor Scott left Dunsfold Airfield, Surrey in a Harrier GR 5, on a final pre-delivery test flight before handover to the Royal Air Force which was scheduled for the next day.

The Harrier climbed to the west, passing through the Boscombe Down area, where the Zone Controller made last radio contact at 17.10. Everything appeared normal.

The Harrier then operated at high level in its pre-test level.

At 17.40 London Military was unable to make radio contact, and noticed the flight was straying outside its planned area. The Distress and Diversion cell was informed at 17.50 and requested a US Airforce Galaxy that was en route from Mildenhall Suffolk to Dover, to intercept the Harrier which was heading west at 30,000 feet.

The US Airforce crew located the Harrier at about 18.00 and reported the cockpit was unoccupied, and the canopy was missing. The Galaxy crew took a video recording of the Harrier. The Galaxy shadowed the Harrier until the latter ran out of fuel and crashed into the Atlantic at 19.03 some 250 nautical miles southwest of Ireland. A large air, ground and sea search was made covering a swathe of 10 nautical miles either side of the Harrier’s track from the point of last radio contact to the point where it was intercepted offshore.

On 23rd October 1987, Ken Pitman, Head Gamekeeper of Druid’s Lodge Estate was feeding his birds in the evening before sunset when he found the pilot in an area known as starch Hill Belt, which was a conifer wood in an area of the estate parallel to the road behind the Stonehenge Camp Site, bordering Winterbourne Stoke. A while late the parachute, dinghy pack and cockpit canopy frame where found some distance from the pilot. The ejector seat was also found by a member of the Bucknell family of Berwick St James a while later, by the Kissing Gate.

In honour of the memory of Taylor Scott, the woodland area was renamed by the Druid’s Lodge Estate.. “Pilot’s Wood”. 

Researched and written by Sally Barnar

 

 

 

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WILDLIFE WATCH

A blackcap has been seen daily down near Asserton, and at least one pair of grey partridge on Berwick Hill Farm. Grey Partridge are the wild, native partridge, rather than the commonly seen French or Red legged Partridge which are introduced for the shooting.  Although we have seen swallows there seems to be a lack of house martins. Let’s hope that they will have arrived by the time this magazine is out.

Reports from any of our villages most welcome. Nicky Street 790309 or email chstreet@btinternet.com

 

BERWICK ST JAMES MAY 2013

LOCAL COUNCIL ELECTIONS

The election for our local councillor for the Till and Wylye Valley is taking place on Thursday 2nd May between 7am and 10pm. The Polling Station for Berwick St James is the Reading Room.

THE CHIMNEY SWEEP

The Chimney Sweep will be coming to Berwick on Thursday May 9th. This has been kindly organized by Margaret Mustill.

BERWICK READING ROOM ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

At the Reading Room Monday 13th May at 6.30pm.

The Reading Room is run by a Committee elected annually at the AGM. The AGM welcomes all villagers to come along, hear what has been happening at the Reading Room and find out our plans for the future, and, of course, VOTE. We would very much appreciate your ideas and comments.

The present Secretary is Anika Lange, Treasurer Ian Fisher and  Chairman Nicky Street. Committee members , Jacky Fisher, Kate Glyn Owen, Sarah Humphreys, Olivia Marchant, Nigel Rodgers and Chris Sims. Join us for a glass of wine.   Anika 790122 Nicky 790309 chstreet@btinternet.com

BERWICK ST JAMES PARISH ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

The Village Annual General Meeting will be held on Monday 20th May 13 in the Reading Room at 7 o’clock pm. As usual there will be a glass or two of wine available at the end.

Agenda items should be submitted to the Parish Clerk, Mrs Tricia Burke at “The Post Office Cottage”, no later than two weeks before the meeting. Her telephone no is 790894 and email is berwickstjamesclerk@hotmail.co.uk

BERWICK ST JAMES VILLAGE FETE AND COMPANION DOG SHOW TO BE HELD ON SATURDAY 1ST JUNE AT BERWICK HOUSE.

Gates open at 12.30.  Entrance fee £1 for adults – free for under 16s. 

Fun at the Fete for all the Family! There will be lots of great stalls, field games, BBQ, beer and Pimms tent, raffles, plants and local produce, teas and delicious cakes, ice cream, bric a brac, animals plus lots more. This year we are organising plenty of activities for children including a free bouncy castle and a special toddler play area.  

Paws for Thought: Don’t miss our Companion Dog Show, [run under Kennel Club rules] which is open to Pedigree and Novelty Classes – 12 in all.  Bring your dog and enter!  Registration starts at 12.00 with judging from 13.00.

Quackers for our Annual Duck Race to be held on Sunday 2nd June.   Races start at 11.30 at Asserton Lane bridge and finish at The Clock House.  Ticket numbers [£1 each for children’s race and £2 each for adult’s race]. Ticket numbers on sale at Berwick Farm Shop and The Boot from 7th May and on the day at the Fete. Cash prizes to be won!

For all information about our Fete visit our website: berwickstjames.org.uk

CALLING ALL AMATEUR PHOTOGRAPHERS

The Berwick St James photography competition is now open. The Theme is “Great Country Life” and photos mus be taken in Berwick or surrounding areas. Adult entry fee £2.50, under 16’s £1 and the winners will receive a CASH prize.  The Winners of both catagories will be announced at the Berwick St James village fete on Saturday 1st June, where all photos entered will be on display.  For an entry form, please email kate@berwickstjames.org.uk or 01722790961 or check the village website where entry forms are available. Deadline for entries to be received is 25th May 2013.

IT’S A CROCKERY SMASH @ BERWICK FETE

Calling All Hoarders and owners of old crockery, plates and china!

Have you ever wanted a good excuse to buy a new dinner service? Or find a home for the old chipped crockery or clear out the attic? Now is your chance!

Crockery contributions are greatly appreciated by 26th May and can be left at Berwick Farm Shop. Door to door local collections for heavy loads can also be arranged.

For further information, please contact Linda @ Cherry Trees – 07900 982 861

BERWICK “13” QUIZ

Look out for Berwick “13” Quiz – available from the Farm Shop and other excellent places, and from Nicky Street (and other Fete Committee Members). Please return to Nicky or the Farm Shop by 31st May or to the Fete – results announced at the Duck Race!

TUG OF WAR at BERWICK FETE

There will be a Tug of War Competition at Berwick Fete – Teams of Six are invited to enter. Entry £5 per team. Prize to be announced. Further details Dave Street dmstreet@hotmail.com 790309

GARDEN OPEN MILL HOUSE

On Easter Day we were blessed with sunshine and a less bitter wind and about 70 brave people attended. Virtually only Hellebores to be seen but they were rewarded by, as usual, a wonderful tea of scones and cream and the most scrumptious coffee and chocolate cakes not to mention the numerous cups of strong tea. Our thanks go to the Bush family, and the other helpers who so nobly gave up their Easter afternoon. £110.00 was raised for the church. £264.65 was raised for the NGS Charities. We hope to see you all on the 30th June. 

The Garden is open again under the National Garden Scheme on 30th June.

WILDLIFE WATCH

A water vole was seen swimming around the Till at the south end of Winterbourne Stoke.  A barn owl was seen flying in daylight, and a Long Eared Owl spent a day sitting in a tree near the buildings on Berwick Hill Farm, even though there was lots of activity going on!

A male Blackcap was seen  at the beginning of April in a local garden – the first seen there.

The Swallows arrived on 14th April – lots of reports! And the Kingfishers are still on the Till at the south end of Berwick. 

Cowslips – at long last the cowslips are out on the field behind Asserton House. The first I found was on 15th April. In previous years I found cowslips out in the same place on the 25th March in 2012, and nearly out on 16th March 2011, and out on 4th April 2010.

 

 

Berwick St James Newsletter April 2013

WELCOME to MARK McDERMOT – we hope you enjoy living in Berwick.

CONGRATULATIONS to JEAN COLLINS-PITMAN on the wonderful results at Crufts Dog Show with her Gordon Setters. Dallas won first in the Field Trial category, Barclay - third in Special Puppy and Arnie - reserve fourth in Veteran.

CONGRATULATIONS to MARILYN and TONY WOOD on the birth of their granddaughter Millie Sophie, (also to Simon and Lisa).

BEST WISHES for a swift recovery to Pauline Stephenson, Margaret Mustill,  Robert Drake and to all who are under the weather, including family and friends not in Berwick. Our thoughts are with you.

BERWICK ST JAMES CHURCH

EASTER Easter Day family service will be at 9.30am on 31st March. Everyone is most welcome to attend, and the service will be taken by Canon David Durston.

TRUSSELL TRUST  There will be a box in the church porch during April so that anyone inclined to donate any tins of food or bottles of drink (non-perishable) and dried food (pasta, rice and sugar) can do so to this most worthwhile charity. Church lockers are requested to place the box inside the church when they lock up and put it back in the porch in the morning. At the end of April what we have gathered up will be taken to the Salisbury depot. The trust is currently short of sugar, tinned vegetables and tinned fish.

CHURCH AGM. The Parochial Church Council AGM will be in the church on Wednesday 24th April at 7pm. All  welcome.

FILM NIGHT

THE READING ROOM COMMITTEE PRESENTS….

ANNA KARENINA

 Wednesday 3rd April in The Reading Room. Doors open 7pm. Film starts 7.30pm. 12A. 129mins.

“Adapted from Tolstoy’s epic novel by Tom Stoppard, the romantic drama Anna Karenina staras Keira Knightly and Jude Law. Set in late 19th century Russian high society, it depicts the tragedy of the aristocrat Anna Karenina and her life-changing affair with the affluent Count Vronsky” (2012).

Free Glass of Wine. A £5 donation each to Reading Room Funds is requested. (children free).

Many thanks to all who voted for this film, and especial thanks to Kate for organizing the poll!

OPEN GARDEN THE MILL HOUSE.

National Garden Scheme – The Yellow Book. The Mill House garden is open on Sunday 31st March and Sunday 30th June ,2 - 6pm. 

Surrounded by the River Till millstream and a 10 acre traditional wet water meadow, this garden of wildness supports over 300 species of old fashioned roses rambling form the many threes. It is filled with butterflies, moths and insects. Herbaceous borders crammed with plants of yesteryear, unforgettable scents. Glorious spring bulbs. SSSI. 

CREAM TEAS in the READING ROOM in aid of BERWICK CHURCH.

On Sunday 31st March there will be Cream Teas for sale at The Reading Room from 2 – 5.30pm. These are most delicious!

BERWICK ST JAMES ART GROUP – SPACES NOW AVAILABLE

If you are interested in joining the Art Group, we meet every Tuesday from 6pm to 8pm at the Reading Room in Berwick St James.

We currently have some spare spaces so please come and join in. All levels welcome. We work in acrylic, pencil and watercolour. In addition the class is about to start learning printmaking.

Please contact Ann Crabtree on 01722 790232 or 07743 281773 email crabtreefamily@waitrose.com

BERWICK FETE, DOG SHOW AND DUCK RACE.

The Fete and Dog Show will be on Saturday June 1st at Berwick House. The Duck Race is on Sunday  June 2nd and will start at Duck Lane bridge and end in the garden of The Clock House.

Do you make or sell crafts? Would you like to demonstrate and/or sell them at our Fete? (for a small charge). Please contact Sarah sarahhumphreys@onetel.com    

 THE BOOT INN

We have had a great response to our fabulous write up in the Salisbury Life magazine and with a mention in the times weekend supplement as well, the Boot seems to be the place to be.  We will be open throughout the Easter period including the Bank Holiday Monday April 1st for lunches 12noon to 2.30pm. The next fish night will be 19th April, so please book in early. St George’s Day is 23rd April when we will have some great British favourites on the menu and some Wadworth St George and Dragon Beer to go with it.

 VILLAGE DIARY

Dates for your diary

May 13th Wednesday Evening. Reading Room AGM in the Reading Room.

June 1st. Saturday Fete and Dog Show. Berwick House

June 2nd. Sunday. Duck Race. Clock House Garden.

See the noticeboards for the Village Diary – lots more things on it!

 WILDLIFE WATCH

A yellow Brimstone Butterfly was seen flying strongly along the hedge in the sunshine at the south end of Berwick on 5th March.  Any reports of the first cowslip, swallow, housemartin etc gratefully received.

Reports from any of our villages most welcome. Nicky Street 790309 or email chstreet@btinternet.com

 

Berwick St James Newsletter March 2013

NORMAN BATES. Anne and family would like to thank everyone in Berwick for their love and kindness during their recent sad loss.

BEST WISHES to all who are ill, we hope you will get better soon.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY. Happy Birthday to everyone in March especially to Stanley Palmer who is (according to a very reliable source) the eldest man in Berwick.

It is great to see Cyril Emm out and about after his knee operation.

GOODBYE to Ken Pitman. We will miss seeing Ken about the village, and in the Boot, and we hope he will be happy in his new home, (and we can still see Bruce, up at White Hill, and having a lovely time still barking at us all!)

PERENNIAL PROBLEM. The footpath around the back of Asserton Cottages, from the Asserton Lodge towards the gate into the field, is now the place suffering from inconsiderate dog owners. Someone allows their dog to leave their muck on this path – ready for others to step in! I was told that one day eight separate piles were visible!

BERWICK CHURCH

PALM SUNDAY. On Sunday 24th March. Palm Sunday service 10am at Berwick, two donkeys in the procession from the Boot Inn to the Church.

EASTER SUNDAY.  The Service is at 9.30am on Easter Sunday on March 31st. All Welcome.

BERWICK FARM SHOP

CELEBRATION COFFEE MORNING Sunday March 17th 10.30am Free Tea and Coffee. In Celebration of my 5 years at Berwick. Come and meet your friends. 

The Coffee Morning and Guided Walk on February 10th suffered somewhat from the weather! Four stalwarts and two dogs walked the least muddy route and managed to mostly avoid the rain. We will do it again sometime in the summer! The Bacon Butties were lovely!

Mothering Sunday and Easter. Come and see my cakes – and order for Easter and Mother’s Day. You can now order your local Wiltshire Lamb for Easter, or try something different – perhaps duck from Crediton in Devon, from the same supplier as my chickens. For details of the shop see the advertisment elsewhere in the magazine.

VILLAGE MEETING

31 people attended the Parish Meeting held on 17th January in the Reading Room. Planning policy matters were discussed. Olivia Marchant was elected Deputy Chairman. Tricia Burke was elected Parish Clerk. Thanks were given to Sarah Humphreys and Emma Smith who were standing down. The noticeboards will be replaced, with Wiltshire Council hopefully funding half the cost (since granted). It was agreed to keep the precept at the present rate. A report with slides was given on the Christmas Craft workshop and Children’s Halloween Party and the Community Fund has donated £100 for the year to offset some of the costs of organizing village parties in the Reading Room. Yoga is being organized in the Reading Room. It is hoped there will be a Wine Tasting later in the year.

Neighbourhood Watch. There was a good turnout at the meeting on 16th, setting up is under way. Speedwatch. Details of the Metro Count are being circulated, the group are continuing to look into Community Speedwatch. Summer Fete. The Fete will be on Saturday 1st June. (see report below) 

The next meeting will be the AGM in May.

A Planning Meeting was held on 6th February to hear Mr W Grant’s proposal to provide permanent accommodation for up to 2 wardens for his campsite on two of his pitches and deliberate on the village’s official response. The 17 residents who attended unanimously objected to the proposal, and the decision, together with the reasons for their objections were forwarded to Wiltshire Council.

BERWICK FETE, DOG SHOW AND DUCK RACE.

The Fete and Dog Show will be on Saturday June 1st at Berwick House. The Duck Race is on Sunday  June 2nd and will start at Duck Lane bridge and end in the garden of The Clock House.

Do you make or sell crafts? Would you like to demonstrate and/or sell them at our Fete? (for a small charge). Please contact Sarah sarahhumphreys@onetel.com  or Nicky chstreet@btinternet.com

We would very much like to have some animals for the children to see – do you have chickens, lambs or any other animals you would like to bring? If so please contact Sarah or Nicky.

New stalls and games – do you have a wonderful idea? Could you help? The more the merrier! Sarah and Nicky await your call! (Also we need to borrow gazebos!)

FETE MEETING

It was great to see 17 people at the Fete Meeting on 30th January, all with good ideas and offers of help. At the Fete on 1st June there will be the Dog Show (entries start 12noon), the Fete will open at 12.30 with the first dog class at 1pm. There will be a BBQ, a Beer and Pimms bar (many thanks to The Boot), a Grand Raffle and Silent Auction, lots of games and stalls, including Plants, Cakes, Produce, Books, Treasure Island, Children’s Races etc . And our Wonderful Teas. There will be a Quiz for sale in April – to be handed in at the Fete or before.  More details later! See above if you would like to help.

ART CLASSES

These start again at 6pm on 26th February in the Reading Room. This a great group – all levels of ability – especially absolute beginners. You can do your own thing, or try out a variety of different styles, from water colours to pen and ink and lots in between.   With many thanks to Ann Crabtree.

For further information and sign-up contact Ann Crabtree 01722 790232/07743281773 or email: crabtreefamily@waitrose.com

BERWICK VILLAGE WEBSITE.

Have a look at the Village Website – there are now photos of the Jubilee Party (can you find yourself?) it is hard to believe how good the weather was!  See the wonderful photos of Berwick in the snow.  The Village Diary is now on the Website too.    berwickstjames.org.uk/

ENTRIES FOR THE BERWICK PART OF THIS MAGAZINE.                                                                              Please send to me, Nicky Street The Dairy House 790309, or e-mail chstreet@btinternet.com by 15th of the month before the magazine is due out, indicating it is a magazine entry. Or, if you prefer, directly to Glennis (see elsewhere in the magazine). But please make sure all information and dates are correct as I don’t check!

LOCAL HISTORY

GRAFFITI IN BERWICK

We don’t associate Berwick with graffiti, and it is usually frowned upon. But, like many things, if it is old, then it is often very interesting!

I have been looking into some graffiti carved into the window uprights of a window in the church tower – and then I was distracted by some more graffiti!

Whilst walking in the rain, some carving into some beech trees was shown to me. 

These trees are on the side of the track from Asserton Lodge to White Hill Cottages – nearly at the top of the steepest part, on the left. There are various marks on various trees, some are impossible or difficult to work out, but this is not surprising as they are nearly 70 years old. Lots more research is needed to find out about these.

HARTMAN JUNE 12 1944 W V A

MAGNUSON JUNE 12 1944

J J G 1944

beath  [or Death] 1944  G J

These are presumably the American GI’s waiting to go across the channel.  The date could be 02 rather than 12, but it doesn’t really look like it. Do you remember the troops here around D Day? Do you know who they were? Could W V A be the initials of the division? West Virginia possibly.  I will keep researching.  Perhaps you know of more carving on other trees. Any information please! Nicky The Dairy House 790309 chstreet@btinternet.com

 

WILDLIFE WATCH

12 different species of birds were seen on a local bird table on the same day, in the snow in January. These included a male and female reed  bunting.  Birds seen around Wishford include the Red Kites, Cormorants, and a pair of Siskins on a sunflower seed feeder.

It is lovely to see the snowdrops out, perhaps spring is on the way.  Any reports of the first cowslip, swallow, housemartin etc gratefully received.

Reports from any of our villages most welcome. Nicky Street 790309 or email chstreet@btinternet.com

Berwick St James Newsletter Feb 2013

BERWICK ST JAMES

NORMAN BATES.We were all saddened to learn of the death of Norman Bates, who passed away on January 11th. He will be greatly missed by his wife Ann, his daughters Louise, Elizabeth and Nicola, and their partners and his 7 grandchildren, as well as by his friends. Our thoughts are with all of you.

To Ann and family, our love and deepest sympathy, Norman is at peace now, from your many friends in Berwick.

We send our best wishes to Margaret Mustill and hopefully she will be feeling better soon, after her fall (no bones broken).

CHURCH

Christmas. Thank you to all those who decorated the church with flowers over Christmas – it looked fantastic.

Thankyou. A note from the churchwardens to thank everyone who has helped with church cleaning, locking up, brass cleaning, flower arranging and lesson reading during the last 12 months, and helping with the setting up of the carol service. It is hugely appreciated. Should there be anyone who might be interested in doing any of the above mentioned tasks, who does not do so at present, please contact either Stephen Bush (790445) or Jane Rowe (790575) – Many hands make light work!

Found. A buff coloured coat button was found in the chancel area of the church after the carol service. Should anyone have lost this button please contact Stephen Bush.

Church Electoral Roll. A new Church Electoral Roll has to be compiled in 2013 by all churches. Ailsa Bush will deliver a form to be completed to all those currently on the Electoral Roll which you are asked to fill in if you wish to remain on the Electoral Roll. If you are not currently on the Church Electoral Roll and would like to be, please contact Ailsa Bush (790445). A list of those people currently on the Electoral Roll will be on the church noticeboard during this month.

BERWICK ST JAMES FETE AND DOG SHOW 2013

Meeting; Wednesday 30th January @ Reading Room at 7pm.

At the meeting on Jan 30th @ The Reading Room we are looking for volunteers to help with the organising of the Berwick St James Village Fete and Dog Show on Saturday June 1st 2013.

Volunteering can include – pre event ideas, advertising, or on the day help setting up, helping run a stall or just bringing friends and family. Every little helps.

We will also at the meeting decide where we think the profits of the event should be distributed.

Please come along to the meeting and help support this event.

FILM NIGHT

THE READING ROOM COMMITTEE PRESENTS….

THE BEST EXOTIC MARIGOLD HOTEL

On Wednesday 20th February in The Reading Room. Doors open 7pm. Film starts 7.30pm

This film is a wild romantic comedy. When seven cash-strapped Brits journey to a retirement resort in India, friendship and romance blossom as they touch each other’s hearts in the most unexpected ways. In the end, they will all discover that life and love can begin again when you embrace today and let go of the past. Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, Tom Wilkinson, Bill Nighy, Dev Patel, Celia Imrie

Duration 123mins   Rating. PG-13. The film is described as “hilarious and moving … a joy to watch”

Free Glass of Wine. A £5 donation each to Reading Room Funds is requested.

We are planning another Film Night in March or April. Any ideas for films you would like to see? Catch one of the Reading Room Committee and let us know!

BERWICK FARM SHOP

I wish to thank everyone for their custom over Christmas and wish all a very Happy New Year. I am holding a COFFEE MORNING on Sunday 10th February from 10.30am onwards. Come along for Free Tea and Coffee, and a chat with your friends. Bacon Butties (a small charge) will be available to warm us all up!

There will be a Walk starting at 10am from the Farm shop (details below).

Sunday March 10th is the provisional date for the next coffee morning.

For Farm Shop information see advert elsewhere in the magazine.

WALK FROM BERWICK FARM SHOP

To tie in with The Farm Shop Coffee Morning, we are organizing a Walk from the Farm Shop on Sunday 10th February. Meet up from 9.30am and the walk will start at 10am.  After the Walk Bacon Butties will be available to buy, and there will be Free Tea and Coffee.

How far will we walk?  That will depend on who comes! We will probably divide the walk part way round, so that one walk will be about an hour, (or less, depending on your wishes) and a longer walk for those who want to!  Well behaved dogs welcome.

If the weather is appalling we will cancel and try another day! Nicky 790309 Paula 790270

THE BOOT INN

The kitchen is closed from 1st to 13th February for Cathy and Giles’ annual holiday. The Bar is open as normal.

Cathy writes – “I hope that you had a wonderful Christmas and Santa brought you everything that you asked for. We had a great festive period here seeing many of you here on Christmas Day for a festive tipple and on Boxing Day for brunch, a good time was had by all. New Year’s Eve was lots of fun with everybody digging out their dinner jackets and posh frocks before sitting down to a delicious dinner. Well done Giles!

We will be taking our annual holiday from 1st to 13th February so the kitchen will be closed. We will be back to work, ready, willing and able just in time for Valentine’s Day.

Our Valentine’s dinner menu is available on the 14th and 15th February, if you would like a copy of the menu then please do get in touch.”

For details see advert elsewhere in the magazine

ART CLASSES

These start again in mid February. This a great group – all levels of ability – especially absolute beginners. You can do your own thing, or try out a variety of different styles, from water colours to pen and ink and lots in between.   With many thanks to Ann Crabtree.

For further information and sign-up contact Ann Crabtree 01722 790232/07743281773 or email: crabtreefamily@waitrose.com

BERWICK CAROL SINGING

On a typically cold and drizzly December evening, a bunch of Berwickers gathered and sang carols through the village – despite the weather a great time was had by all (we hope those who listened agreed with that!). The descant was delightful. We finished at the Reading Room for Mulled Wine and mince pies – much needed – then many of us moved on to the Boot!  We raised £139 for Combat Stress. Many thanks to the organizers, the singers, the listeners and the Community Fund for providing the Mulled wine and Mince pies.

MOBILE LIBRARY.

We are really lucky in having the Mobile Library call here in Berwick. It comes fortnightly on a Thursday, stopping outside the Boot Inn between 2.55 and 3.10pm. The dates for the next few months are Jan 31st, Feb 14th and 28th, March 14th and 28th, April 11th and 25th.

HEATING OIL.                                                                                                                                                            Now winter is really here, don’t forget to check to see if you need any heating oil. If you need it, please consider WP GROUP (previously called WESSEX PETROLEUM). The system has changed slightly and now WP Group will donate £25 to The Reading Room for every 5000 litres bought under reference 789. Please note this change. If you decided to use the WP Group please phone 0800 980 6174 then remember to quote ref 789 every time you order, even if you have ordered before.  This has been really useful to The Reading Room. If you have previously bought oil through this system please note the further change in reference number.    

 

BERWICK ST JAMES Newsletter January 2013

A HAPPY NEW YEAR TO YOU ALL.

We hope all those in Berwick who are not well will be better soon, and our thoughts are with those who are very ill, and also with their families.

Springs. The springs are up! As many have seen, the springs have risen in Berwick again, after some years without them.  They may be inconvenient (or worse), but our river depends on springs, and a high watertable means village springs as well as a healthy river. They had people thinking that a water main had burst, and also brought on reminiscences from those who have lived here longer – they used to happen every winter, but usually not until January or February. A different sort of Springwatch! 

BERWICK ST JAMES CHURCH

Although I am writing this before Christmas, I need to thank (in advance) all those who decorated the church over the festive period, and special thanks to all who organized the Candlelit Carol Service.

ROYAL BRITISH LEGION COLLECTION.

The total collected in Berwick – house to house, The Boot Inn and the Farm Shop – was £275.80p. Many thanks to all who gave, and to the collectors.

NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH

Anybody interested in joining the Berwick St James neighbourhood watch (NHW) group is invited to a meeting in the Reading Room at 7.30pm on Wednesday 16th Jan 2013. The meeting will be chaired by Keith Lovett who is trying to arrange a NHW group for the village. The more people we can get involved, the better the scheme will operate, so please come along.

For more details contact Keith on klovett4@gmail.com

BERWICK ST JAMES VILLAGE MEETING

The next Parish Meeting will be held on Thursday 17th January 2013 in the Reading Room at 7pm.

I apologise that we have had to set a date the next meeting only some six weeks after the last one. However, Wiltshire Council requires us to set the Precept for 2013/2014 by 21st January and as a village we need to decide the amount we require. Apart from updates on several of the activities currently running and planned for the next year, there are also two or three other financial matters to debate and resolve. It is hoped that the meeting will be significantly shorter than the last one.

Agenda items should be submitted to the Parish Clerk Mrs Emma Smith at Lodge Cottage, no later than two weeks before the meeting. Tel 792849 or email Berwickstjamesclerk@hotmail.co.uk

NEW IYENGAR YOGA CLUB AT THE READING ROOM BERWICK ST JAMES

FUN SESSIONS FOR ALL AGES AND ABILITY – THE BOYS LOVE IT TOO!

Strengthens the core, improves balance and poise and provides cardiovascular workout. Experienced teacher to offer two taster and information sessions in January at discounted price of £5/session. 1.30-2.30pm on Monday 21st January and 7.00-8.00pm on Wednesday 23rd January. Feed-back from initial sessions will determine most suitable day/time for further sessions. Places are limited so please email, sarah.hiscock17@gmail.com

BERWICK ST JAMES FETE AND DOG SHOW 2013

Meeting; Wednesday 30th January @ Reading Room at 7pm.

At the meeting on Jan 30th @ The Reading Room we are looking for volunteers to help with the organising of the Berwick St James Village Fete and Dog Show on Saturday June 1st 2013.

Volunteering can include – pre event ideas, advertising, or on the day help setting up, helping run a stall or just bringing friends and family. Every little helps.

We will also at the meeting decide where we think the profits of the event should be distributed.

Please come along to the meeting and help support this event.

BERWICK FARM SHOP

A Very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all my customers.  

Please remember that the Shop re-opens on Tuesday 8th January 2013.

A date for your diary – Coffee Morning Sunday 10th February 2013.  

READING ROOM CHRISTMAS BAZAAR

In 2012 typically appalling weather the annual Reading Room Christmas Bazaar was held on Saturday 24th November. The Room was warm, full of great gifts and prizes, coffee, tea and friends. We made £347.70 with many thanks to everyone especially all the Reading Room Committee who worked so hard setting up, selling, and tidying up afterwards!

PARISH MEETING

A Parish Meeting was held in Berwick on 5th Dec ’12, covering a range of subjects. Mrs Amanda Clark, the Wiltshire Crime Prevention and Neighbourhood Watch Liaison Officer, gave a very interesting and informative presentation to a full house on Neighbourhood Watch and general security requirements in rural areas. Cllr Ian West gave an update on the progress of work on the Longbarrow Roundabout, and informed the meeting that the Boundaries Commission had revised their original plans and have proposed that the Till & Wylye Valley Divison should be restored to the Salisbury Parliamentary Constituency. With several new activities and areas of interest starting up in the village, the refurbished village hall (Reading Room) was proving to be increasingly popular as a venue. A video and sound system was proposed and agreed for the Room, and it was also agreed that Berwick St James would hold a village fete, combined with the Companion Dog Show in 2013. Finally Mr William Grant gave a short presentation on two planning proposals for the Stonehenge campsite.  From Neil MacDougall Parish Chairman.

BERWICK FILM NIGHT.

On Wednesday 12th December about 30 of us gathered in the Reading Room and watched the delightful film “Salmon Fishing in the Yemen” – the wine was excellent too!

The next Film Night will be on Wednesday 20th February.  So far the most popular choice is “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” We look forward to seeing you there!

FAMILY CHRISTMAS CRAFTS.

The Reading Room on Saturday 15th December was full of children and adults, and greenery, wood, glitter, fir cones, and lovely biscuits. They made festive placemats and badges, decorated biscuits, fir cone reindeer, wreaths, and wonderful birch wood reindeer. There were great refreshments too – many thanks to Anna, Linda and Kate, and all their marvellous helpers – especially the tea maker!

HEATING OIL.                                                                                                                                                            Now winter is really here, don’t forget to check to see if you need any heating oil. If you need it, please consider WP GROUP (previously called WESSEX PETROLEUM). The system has changed slightly and now WP Group will donate £25 to The Reading Room for every 5000 litres bought under reference 789. Please note this change. If you decided to use the WP Group please phone 0800 980 6174 then remember to quote ref 789 every time you order, even if you have ordered before.  This has been really useful to The Reading Room. If you have previously bought oil through this system please note the further change in reference number.    

 WILDLIFE WATCH

Spindle Berries.  There is a splendid display of the psychedelic fruits of spindle in the hedgerow between Berwick and Stapleford this year. The striking impact of shocking pink capsules opening to reveal brilliant orange berries is designed to attract the notice of birds that will consume them but allow the seeds inside to arrive at the new location in a small package of nutrients. Woe betide humans that partake of them! They are violently emetic and fiercely purgative. It certainly has this effect on horses that may consume them. The plant is fatal to sheep after only a small part is eaten but the smell usually deters them.  If baked and ground to a paste it has been used as an insect repellent and was rubbed onto the scalp for head lice. An old name for it is “louse berry”. 

Barbara Last.

Otter.  There was a very good sighting of an otter in the river at the north end of Berwick, from one of the gardens. Looking towards the Duck Street bridge an odd “bow wave” was seen coming towards the reporter. It stopped in the bankside undergrowth and surfaced! It then looped back into the water and surfaced again right opposite, no more than 5 yards away. After a few seconds it got back in the water and headed upstream, with the water so clear currently it was a fine sight.

Lapwings. In mid December walking by local fields I saw two large flocks of Lapwings that were feeding, they took off and circled around, glittering black and white as the sun caught them, against the black of  storm clouds, and a double rainbow arching over the village. (I really must take my camera when I walk the dogs!).

 

BERWICK ST JAMES Newsletter December 2012

A PERPETUAL PROBLEM

Once again (and unfortunately more than once) dogs have been allowed to mess on the pavement in Berwick, and also on the grass by the notice board next to The Reading Room. Please clear up after your dogs – it is most unpleasant for everyone, especially for pushchairs and wheelchairs.

CHRISTMAS SERVICES

THE CANDLELIT CAROL SERVICE of 7 Lessons and Carols will take place on Sunday 23rd December at 6pm to which everyone is warmly invited to attend. There will be mulled wine, soft drink and mince pies after the service.

On CHRISTMAS DAY there will be a non eucharistic family service at 10.30am which will be followed by Holy Communion for those who wish to remain in church.

HARVEST FESTIVAL. Due to circumstances a thankyou to everyone who helped to decorate the Church was not made in last month’s edition of the magazine. However a huge thankyou is extended now to all those who helped to make the church look so beautiful for Harvest Festival and the thanksgiving service for the church roof, especially Janey Campbell-Johnston. Half of the collection (£92) from the service was sent to the Wiltshire Historic Churches Trust in thanks for their major contribution to the reinstatement of the roof after the theft of the lead.

HARVEST SUPPER. A most successful harvest supper was held in the guide centre on 19th October. A delicious main course was prepared by Jane Rowe for which many thanks, and together with other people who provided wonderful salads and puddings and help in the kitchen, a great evening was had by all. The grand raffle, so ably organised by Jacqui and Roland, was as always a huge success – Many Thanks. It was a shame the horse racing was not able to take place due to poor weather and the going being too soft.

WILTSHIRE HISTORIC CHURCHES TRUST.

We are delighted to tell you that Berwick Church has received £142.50 for our half share of the money raised by the Ride and Stride. When Berwick needed its help, the Trust was here, so it is great to know that a similar amount will help other churches.

BERWICK ST JAMES TABLE TENNIS CLUB

Calling all Table Tennis players!!!!

A table tennis club for all ages and abilities will be starting in the Reading Room on Monday evening 7.00-8.30pm. There will be three trial nights, 19th and 26th November and 3rd December, and will continue weekly if enough people turn up.

All are welcome and don’t worry if you don’t have bats, as they will be provided.

COFFEE MORNING at BERWICK FARM SHOP

SUNDAY 2nd December 10.30am.  

TEA TASTING with The Wiltshire Tea Company

Free Tea and Coffee for all. Come and meet your friends.

Tastings of Marilyn’s Christmas Cake. Christmas Hampers and Presents available to buy and view.

Christmas Opening. Sunday 23rd 9am-4pm, Monday 24th 9am-2pm. Closed from Christmas Day Tuesday 25th to Wednesday 8th January for my annual holiday. Open Friday 28th December 10am – 12noon for the collection of Orders Only – please place these orders before Christmas for meat, cakes, Ready meals etc.

BERWICK ST JAMES PARISH MEETING

The next Village Meeting will be held on Wednesday 5th December in the Reading Room at 7pm.

The meeting will be run along similar lines to the last, starting with a 15 min presentation Neighbourhood Watch. This will be given by PC Mark Steele, who produces the amusing monthly bulletins, and PCSO Wendy Leat who was at our last Parish Meeting. As usual, it is intended to keep the rest of the meeting fairly short, and finish by 8:30pm at the latest. Finally, there will be a glass or two of wine available at the end.

Agenda items should be submitted to the Parish Clerk Mrs Emma Smith at The Lodge Cottage, no later than two weeks before the meeting. Telephone no is 792849 and email is berwickstjamesclerk@hotmail.co.uk

Neil MacDougall Chairman Berwick Parish Meeting 792761

FILM NIGHT

THE READING ROOM COMMITTEE PRESENTS….

SALMON FISHING IN THE YEMEN

On Wednesday 12th December in The Reading Room. Doors open 7pm. Film starts 7.30pm

This is a hilarious unmissable romantic comedy, a tale of overcoming the odds, starring Ewan McGregor, Emily Blunt, Kristin Scott Thomas and Amr Waked. “A Fisheries expert is approached with a plan to introduce salmon to the Yemen, despite his protests he soon finds himself working on a project that seems not only frivolous but absolutely unfeasible.”    Duration 108 mins. Rating. 12. 

Free Glass of Wine. A £5 donation each to Reading Room Funds is requested.

We are planning another Film Night on Wednesday February 20th. Any ideas for films you would like to see? Catch one of the Reading Room Committee and let us know!

CHILDREN’S HALLOWEEN PARTY

A great Spooky party was held in the Reading Room. There was Fabulous Frightening Food and Fantastic Freaky Decorations, and a Yucky Dip. The Children had a great Fancy Dress Competition (won by the Werewolf) and lots of games, carved pumpkins and fun. Thank you especially to Anna and Linda.

FAMILY CHRISTMAS CRAFT EVENT

Saturday 15th December 2-4pm in The Reading Room. We will make natural decorations, with mince pies and mulled wine.

This is a family event and we ask for a contribution towards resources of £2 each, and food contributions as for the Halloween Party.

Booking and Enquires to Anna 01722 790181

(This should be a really great event – if the Halloween Party was anything to go by!)

VILLAGE CAROL SINGING.                                                                                                                                                  In Victorian times, and possibly much earlier, it was a tradition in Berwick to sing carols around the village. There were special Berwick carols, but unfortunately the words of these have been lost. In recent years we have started Carol Singing around Berwick again. This year it is on Wednesday 19th DECEMBER starting at 6pm at the Church, and we will end up at The Reading Room for Mince Pies and Mulled Wine.  We are collecting for Combat Stress, a charity that works with military personnel needing help. We welcome everyone to come along and sing, accompanied children especially. Please bring torches or lanterns. We would like to sing at various points around the village and so, if you would like to have us come to you please could you ring Ian Fisher 790214 or Nicky Street 790309.  This really is good fun – come and join us! New villagers especially welcome

THE BOOT INN

Christmas Opening – Christmas Eve lunch served 12noon -2.15. Dinner 6.30-9.15pm

Christmas Day the bar is open from 12 noon to 2pm.

Boxing Day Brunch served 12 noon to 3 pm.

New Year’s Eve Black Tie Dinner served at 7.30pm.

Menus available now from Cathy at the Boot Inn. Booking advisable!

POISONS AND POTIONS with Barbara Last

The Reading Room was full for Barbara’s fascinating talk, it had everything a good talk needs – fantastic photographs, and lots of information, and funny too! Many thanks especially to Barbara, to Chris for the projector and screen, all the Reading Room Committee for the organization (and the wine). We look forward to the next one!

BULK PURCHASE OF HEATING OIL

Research is being done into the possibility of bulk purchase of heating oil, details will be circulated as soon as available.

HEATING OIL.                                                                                                                                                            Now winter is really here, don’t forget to check to see if you need any heating oil. If you need it, please consider WP GROUP (previously called WESSEX PETROLEUM). The system has changed slightly and now WP Group will donate £25 to The Reading Room for every 5000 litres bought under reference 789. Please note this change. If you decided to use the WP Group please phone 0800 980 6174 then remember to quote ref 789 every time you order, even if you have ordered before.  This has been really useful to The Reading Room. If you have previously bought oil through this system please note the further change in reference number.    

 WILDLIFE WATCH

Deathwatch Beetles. Parish Note by Barbara Last.  

“Recently I was given a black beetle about 5mms long that had come from an old pew in Wishford church. I identified it as a Death Watch beetle. The larvae of these beetles eat wood and as it is not very nutritious, take many years to reach maturity. In spring, they emerge as adult beetles. Their characteristic mating call is to tap their heads on the woodwork. This sound can resonate and sound like a beating heart in an empty church. Much superstition arises from this eerie sound. A few years ago there was a serious outbreak of these beetles in the cathedral.”

Reports from any of our villages most welcome. Nicky Street 790309 or email chstreet@btinternet.com

 

BERWICK ST JAMES Newsletter November 2012

Carol Scott sends love and thanks to all those who called, ‘phoned, sent flowers and offered help when she was slightly ill.

POISONS AND POTIONS A Talk by Barbara Last

Wednesday November 7th. Doors open 7pm.

“Herbs – What did people in the past use to relieve infirmities and other uses? Herbs the Old Wise Woman of the village or witch used, some useful, some nefarious and some pharmacologically active and useful today”.

This fascinating talk by our well known botanist includes fabulous photographs. £5 with a free glass of wine. Free to 16 and under.

BERWICK FARM SHOP

COFFEE MORNING with Free Tea and Coffee. Come and meet your Friends.

Sunday 4th November from 10.30am

NEAL’s YARD REMEDIES.

A chance to look at and try Neal’s Yard Remedies Organic Make Up Collection and Seasonal Gifts. Try the organic skincare collections and pick up top beauty tips from our specially trained consultant, as well as trying the latest products.  

TASTINGS of Marilyn’s sausages, cakes made at the Shop, cheese etc

The Coffee Morning in September was a great success, we even had lovely weather.

CHRISTMAS ORDERS for turkeys, geese etc are already being taken. More information next month.

 READING ROOM

OUR FABULOUS CHRISTMAS BAZAAR

At the Reading Room on Saturday 24th November starting  at 2pm.

Come and buy your Christmas Wrapping Paper and Cards, stocking fillers and presents, tasty Cakes and Produce, Books, Jigsaws, DVD’s etc and Bric-a-Brac. Have a cup of tea or coffee and a chat to your friends or meet new ones. Try to win a marvellous prize (or two) with our fantastic Grand Christmas Raffle and the Tombola.

The Reading Room will be open on Friday 23rd November from 2 -3 pm for your gifts. Especially welcome are Raffle and Tombola Prizes, Cakes, unwanted gifts, Christmas items and more! Many thanks. Raffle and Tombola prizes can be left at The Farm Shop.

FILM NIGHT

“The Artist” was a great success. The Fabulous Lighting made the room like a theatre, (with many thanks to Chris) and the film was great!  We all enjoyed it very much, and The Reading Room made enough to cover nearly half of the licence fee, and we will be having another Film Night.

Wednesday 12th December ; “Salmon Fishing in the Yemen”.  Look forward to seeing you there!

SCULPTURE CLASSES are being held in the Reading Room by local artist Mark Whelehan, clay and tools will be provided. Contact Mark 01380 721097,  07786 765488 email mandw@fsmail.net

ART GROUP

Art Group with professional Arts Teacher in Berwick St James.

6.00-8.00pm in the Reading Room. All Levels welcome. Acrylic-Pencil-Watercolours. £30.00 per person payable in advance (all proceeds to the Reading Room). For further information and sign-up contact Ann Crabtree 01722 790232/07743281773 or email: crabtreefamily@waitrose.com

CHILDREN’S HALLOWEEN PARTY

Friday 2nd November 4pm to 6pm at The Reading Room Berwick St James.

Families welcome, all children to be accompanied. Wear Frightening Fancy Dress. Bring along Creepy Carved Pumpkins. Contributions of Spooky Food and Drink will be gratefully received and devoured by Monsters. Places are limited. Booking is essential. Open to all children in Berwick, Stapleford and Winterbourne Stoke. £2 per child.

Booking and enquires to Anna 01722 790181.

RIDE AND STRIDE

We had two cyclists and a walker travelling between churches for the Wiltshire Historic Churches. Between us we visited 17 churches and raised £285, half of which comes to Berwick and half to the Historic Churches trust.

Jane Rowe writes ..”A big thankyou to all those who generously sponsored me for the ride and stride.  I cycled 8 churches taking the northern route via Shrewton, Orcheston to Tilshead over the plain, then Chitterne and back along the Oxdrove to Yarnbury and onto Stapleford.  Many thanks to all who manned or church (the only one that was), and to Lyanne for running it. Winterbourne Stoke was locked, and Shrewton and Stapleford left out biscuits and drink, much appreciated.

NEW TEXTILE RECYCLING BINS by The Farm Shop

The council have now removed the  Mini Recycling centre as it is no longer economic. Devizes Texiles has put two bins for the recycling of shoes and textiles in its place. For every ton of materials they collect they will give £167 to the Wiltshire Air Ambulance. Last year they gave around £23,000 to this charity. Please ensure that only textiles and shoes are put in these bins. Please keep the area around the bins tidy.

COMMUNITY PLAN COMMITTEE.

With the reports of the Village Views and Values Survey, the Community Plan committee has finished its work, and has held its final meeting. Many thanks to all of the committee who worked hard, it has produced many ideas, galvanized people to organize events, and it is great to know what people want. Now the whole village has to keep things going! 

PLAYGROUND. In the survey several people asked about moving the playground. Some time ago a project was put forward to move the playground into the village, but the places suggested turned out not to be suitable, or not available and the idea ground to a halt. Recently new suggestions have been made, and the idea could make a comeback!

FORD MADDOX FORD and Stapleford

More of local interest about this author.

With many thanks to John Brake, I can tell you that Ford Maddox Ford (under the pseudonym Daniel Chaucer) wrote “Ladies Whose Bright Eyes” in 1911, revised in 1935. The book is about Mr Sorrel who goes back in time to the 14th Century where he enjoys the unlimited hospitality of a castle – Stapleford Castle ! Ford Maddox Ford said “The idea was suggested to me by Mark Twain’s “A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court” . It occurred to me to wonder what would really happen to a modern man thrown back to the Middle Ages.”

Nicky Street

 

WILDLIFE WATCH

A strange cross-section of wildlife shared a meal of bird food on a table on a small terrace in Berwick village; a grey squirrel, a hen pheasant and a magpie.

Wiffle Ball or Red Basket Stinkhorn

Although I am not proposing to write about fungi, there is an exception that has come to notice in October 2012.

In the garden of Leat House there appeared a most unusual fungus, so unusual it transpired to be a first in Wiltshire. It emerges from wet wood chippings as a grubby white wobbly egg from which arises a sphere of red orange network encasing green black spores It emits a revolting fetid smell which attracts flies. It both resembles and smells like carrion The flies eat the spores, and carry some away which are thus dispersed. It has several names, the “Wiffle Ball”, “The Red Basket Stinkhorn” among them It is a native of Southern Europe and is gradually spreading north possible as an effect of global warming. The nearest record is from the New forest, and it is rare in UK.

Barbara Last

Barbara is giving a talk with photographs on November 7th – details in the Berwick part of the magazine.

 BERWICK ST JAMES Newsletter October 2012

CONGRATULATIONS to Giles and Cathy Dickinson on the birth of JAKE – Welcome to Berwick.      

CONGRATULATIONS to Harriet Walker and Freddie Lawson from Druid’s Lodge on their recent  wedding held in Berwick Church on 1st September – the flowers were lovely.

CONGRATULATIONS to Tom and Harriet Sutton (Colthurst) on the birth of their son George. First grandchild of Sophie and Henry Colthurst. He weighed in at 9lbs 6oz; all doing well!

GET WELL SOON to Doreen Norris, Stanley Palmer and Carol Scott, and also to all who are under the weather.

WELCOME  to Robert Parslow and Tia Plant.

SCULPTURE CLASSES are being held in the Reading Room by local artist Mark Whelehan, clay and tools will be provided. Contact Mark 01380 721097,  07786 765488 email mandw@fsmail.net

FILM NIGHT

THE READING ROOM COMMITTEE PRESENTS….

“THE ARTIST”

On Wednesday 26th September in The Reading Room. Doors open 7pm. Film starts 7.30pm

“It is Hollywood 1927. George Valentin (Jean Dujardin) is a silent movie star. The advent of the talkies will sound the death knell for his career and see him fall in to oblivion. For young extra Poppi (Berenice Bejo) it seems the sky’s the limit; major movie stardom awaits. THE ARTIST tells the story of their interlinked destinies.”  Duration 96 mins. Rating. PG. 

This wonderful film won 7 BAFTAs and 7 OSCARs for best film/best picture etc.

Free Glass of Wine. A £5 donation  each to Reading Room Funds is requested.

HARVEST FESTIVAL AND THANKSGIVING SERVICE FOR OUR NEW ROOF

This Matins service will be on Sunday 7th October at 11am, and Canon David Durston will be preaching. It will be followed by refreshments with something to drink and eat.

Harvest Festival flowers, Fruit and Vegetables. As always I am sure the church will look wonderful. Contributions of flowers, fruit and vegetables from whoever would like to bring them, on either Friday 5th or Saturday 6th October would be much appreciated.

HARVEST SUPPER

This is on Friday 19th October at 7pm at the Guide Centre. It is free to all Berwick residents and everyone is welcome especially the children. The cost is paid for from the proceeds of the Grand Raffle – so remember your money and a prize! As last year, visitors from outside the village will be charged £5 for adults and £3 for OAP’s and children. After the raffle we will be having the annual horse racing, so bring a few pounds to bet on the horses.

Enclosed in the magazine is a flyer – please reply if you are intending to come –it takes the organisation so much easier. Jane Rowe has very kindly agreed to cook the main course and she will provide the cheese. Assistance would be hugely welcomed in providing salads and puddings as well as help in setting up, decorating the room, washing up and tidying away. For more information, offers etc please phone Jane Rowe 790575.

Please bring your own bottles of wine, beer, squash etc and glasses too.

Previous Harvest Suppers have always been good fun – we do hop you can come.

HARVEST SUPPER RAFFLE PRIZES

Any contributions towards the harvest supper raffle would be hugely appreciated. Please drop off prizes (bottles and jars only) either at Jacqui Webb’s house or with Marilyn at the shop or Jacqui will collect if asked.

ART GROUP

Art Group with professional Arts Teacher in Berwick St James.

Starts Tuesday 16th October from 6.00-8.00pm in the Reading Room. All Levels welcome. Acrylic-Pencil-Watercolours. £30.00 per person payable in advance (all proceeds to the Reading Room). Come along to an Intro Evening (free of charge) in The Reading Room, Berwick St James on Tuesday 25th September at 6.00p. For further information and sign-up contact Ann Crabtree 01722 790232/07743281773 or email: crabtreefamily@waitrose.com

 

VILLAGE VIEWS AND VALUES SURVEY RESULTS MEETING

The meeting to report the Survey Results was held on Monday 3rd September in the Reading Room. Chris Lange presented the survey results, highlighting the significant points including the very high response rate. The meeting then split into three groups and discussed security and speeding, events, and other issues. Neighbourhood Watch, keyholders and CCTV were discussed, opinion was divided over CCTV, a group will research village security. The problem of speeding was also discussed.  Events and the Reading room produced many ideas (someone is needed to organise tutored wine tasting!), some liked the idea of having a formal events committee, but others did not and it was decided to discuss this at a later parish meeting (December?).The Fete is popular and book group/exchange and Table tennis were suggested and will be researched. A Film night is taking place on 26th September. The Boot, the Farm Shop and the Playground were discussed, also fitness classes etc, and group heating oil purchasing.

The key the success of this project would be volunteers to carry these ideas forward. The committee will bring together the ideas and present them at the next village meeting.

BERWICK ST JAMES PARISH MEETING

At the village Meeting held on 13th September in the Reading Room Vicky Harris from Wiltshire Council gave a most interesting talk on recycling in Wiltshire, including telling us where the recyclables go, and that our mini-recycling bank will be going in October. It is hoped that a textile bank in aid of the Air Ambulance will be put in its place.

Ian West updated us on the work starting at the end of September at Longbarrow. PCSO Wendy Leat introduced herself and advised on local crimes. Henry Colthurst advised that the Community Fund and Parish Fund are now in the same account but run separately. The road sweeper has been through and should come 4 times a year. A resume was given of the Village Survey Evening – lots of offers of help but need more! Keith Lovett has agreed to take over the Neighbourhood Watch but someone is needed to take on “speeding”.

Activities at the Reading Room were discussed, including Sculpture and Art Classes, Film Night and Lecture (already planned), and the possible purchase of a table tennis table and film projector and screen.

BERWICK ST JAMES WEBSITE www.berwickstjames.org

The Reports of The Village Survey (adults and young persons) are on the website.

READING ROOM

On a hot sunny day, Keith, Olivia, Nicky, Anika and Chris took a van and trailer into the Maltings in Salisbury for a Market Stall in aid of the Reading Room. We had a busy and fun time, selling and drinking coffee! We made a marvellous profit of about £220, with many thanks to the helpers and donators.

Thank you for the tablecloths – we are really grateful for such lovely gifts.

WILTSHIRE HISTORIC CHURCHES RIDE AND STRIDE

On 6th September many churches around Wiltshire were open for sponsored walkers and cyclists. It was a lovely day, sunny and warm. I walked around 7 churches in Salisbury – from St Thomas’ via the Cathedral, St Martins and then the ring road to Lower Bemerton. Pounding the hot streets of Salisbury with the smell of diesel and the endless sound of traffic is not the same as a gentle cycle through the country lanes of our pretty countryside – next year it will be back to the bicycle!

Many thanks to our cyclists and walkers, and also to the people who manned Berwick Church. As a rider and strider I must say that we really appreciate our efforts being rewarded by having someone to greet you at each church – one church I visited was locked, and no one there; very disappointing.

Sponsorship money has not yet been collected so figures next month hopefully.

From Nicky Street.

BULK PURCHASE OF HEATING OIL

As mentioned above research is being done into the possibility of bulk purchase of heating oil, details will be circulated as soon as available.

HEATING OIL.                                                                                                                                                            With autumn coming on you may have been thinking about Heating Oil. If you need it, please consider WP GROUP (previously called WESSEX PETROLEUM). The system has changed slightly and now WP Group will donate £25 to The Reading Room for every 5000 litres bought under reference 789. Please note this change. If you decided to use the WP Group please phone 0800 980 6174 then remember to quote ref 789 every time you order, even if you have ordered before.  This has been really useful to The Reading Room. If you have previously bought oil through this system please note the further change in reference number.    

PARADE’S END. By Ford Madox Ford

The recent television drama series comes from a very famous book in which war turns the world of privileged, English aristocrat Christopher Tietjens upside down. It forces him to question everything he holds dear – social order morality, marriage and loyalty. And it rocks the very foundations of English society. It was published in four volumes between 1924 and 1928.

Captain Christopher Tietjens is helping Canadian soldiers write their wills before a battle and ….

“The upright trooper had a very complicated sentimental history. It was difficult to advise him before his fellows. He, however, felt no diffidence. He discussed the points of the girl called Rosie whom he had followed from Sydney to British Columbia, of the girl called Gwen with whom he had taken up in Aberystwyth, of the woman called Mrs Hosier with whom he had lived martially, on a sleeping out pass, at Berwick St James, near Salisbury Plain … he wanted them all to have a bit..”

Ford Madox Ford, born Ford Hueffer in 1873 in Merton Surrey, published over 80 books. He enlisted in the army in 1915 and served as an infantry soldier in the First World War. He died in Deauville, France in 1939. From “Parade’s End” BBC Books. 

The Canadians were billeted around Berwick in the First World War, was Ford Madox Ford here too?

I shall do some more research and let you know!  Written and researched by Nicky Street. 

 

 

BERWICK ST JAMES Newsletter September 2012

Welcome to Rachel Chandler and Andrew Botha, and to Mike and Linda Doggerell and Orla and Flynn. It is great to have you in the village, and we hope you enjoy living here.

Congratulations to Nicole and Lucy on their wedding on 21st July, with the reception at The Boot.

Congratulations to David Street on his extended diploma in Agriculture from SparsholtCollege, and to all students – GCSE, A level, college and University.

CANCER RESEARCH.

Very many thanks to those who donated to the recent collection. The sum contributed was £181.93. The total raised in the Salisbury Area was £1958.68p.

CHURCH NEWS

Harvest Festival. This service is being combined with a service of thanksgiving for our new roof and will take place on Sunday 7th October. HARVEST SUPPER. Due to availability of the Guide Centre this year the Harvest Supper will be on Friday 19th October. More information on this and the service next month.

Wylye and Till Valley Churches Quiz Night. There is a quiz night on Friday 7th September at 7.15 for a 7.30 start in Wylye Village Hall. Anyone who would like to attend (either as a team or join up with a team or join up with a tea on the night) is ost welcome to do so. – just turn up - £3 per person – pay on the night.

For your Diary. The candlelit carol service will be on Sunday 23 December at 6pm.

VILLAGE VIEWS AND VALUES SURVEY RESULTS MEETING

We are having a meeting to tell you all about the Survey Results on Monday 3rd September in the Reading Room, start time 7pm. There will be refreshments! Tea, coffee and Wine. Come along and hear about the results, ask as many questions as you like and take part in discussions about Village Activities, Speeding and Security, and other matters that have arisen in the survey.  HAVE YOUR SAY! What do you want to happen next? EVERYONE from BERWICK is invited, and YOUR VILLAGE NEEDS YOU!

SURVEY RESULTS REPORT

The Village Survey Report is now out! This is the results of the Adult Questionnaire and the Young Persons Questionnaire. If you haven’t received your report by email, and you would like to, please email Neil MacDougall at neil.macdougall@me.com or Chris Lange at chris@berwickstjames.org.uk If you don’t have email and would like to see or have a paper copy please contact Neil on 792761 or Chris on 790122. The Survey Report is on the website too!  www.berwickstjames.org.uk

VILLAGE COFFEE MORNING

There will be a Village Coffee Morning at The Farm Shop on Sunday 16th September from 10.30am. Free Tea and Coffee.  Marilyn’s wonderful cakes will be available!

In aid of ………. meeting your friends and having a chat! 

Everyone welcome, please come along and support this get together!

BERWICK ST JAMES VILLAGE MEETING

The next village meeting will be held on Thursday 13th September in the Reading Room at 7 o’clock pm. The time of the meeting has been selected to allow time for those who are at work during the day to attend. We are hoping to start off the meeting with a short presentation (about 15 mins) from the head of Waste Recycling in Wiltshire. It is intended to keep the rest of the meeting fairly short, and finish by 8.30pm at the latest.  Finally, there will be a glass or two of wine available at the end. Agenda items should be submitted to the Parish Clerk Mrs Emma Smith at Lodge Cottage, no later than two weeks before the meeting. Telephone number is 792849 and email is berwickstjamesclerk@hotmail.co.uk Neil MacDougall. Chairman Berwick St James Parish Meeting.

THE READING ROOM COMMITTEE PRESENTS….

“THE ARTIST”

On Wednesday 26th September in The Reading Room. Doors open 7pm. Film starts 7.30pm

“It is Hollywood 1927. George Valentin (Jean Dujardin) is a silent movie star. The advent of the talkies will sound the death knell for his career and see him fall in to oblivion. For young extra Poppi (Berenice Bejo) it seems the sky’s the limit; major movie stardom awaits. THE ARTIST tells the story of their interlinked destinies.”  Duration 96 mins. Rating. PG. 

This wonderful film won 7 BAFTAs and 7 OSCARS for best film/best picture etc.

WILTSHIRE HISTORIC CHURCHES TRUST RIDE AND STRIDE

The Sponsored Cycle Ride and Walk between Wiltshire Churches is on Saturday 8th September. Half of the money you raise goes to the church of your choice and half to the Wiltshire Historic Churches Trust to enable it to make grants for the upkeep of churches and chapels (Berwick church received a generous grant to help replace the roof). It is great fun to walk or ride or cycle between our lovely churches. You can work out your own route, and visit as many (or as few) churches as you like. For more details (and a list of the churches taking part) see Lyanne Street The Briars 790544.

 “RURAL RIDES” by WILLIAM COBBETT

On 31st August 1826 William Cobbett rode from Salisbury to Warminster, as part of a series of longer rides around England.

William Cobbett was born in 1792 at “The Jolly Farmer” in Farnham where his father was an innkeeper and farmer. Although he had little formal education he became a reforming journalist, writing many articles, pamphlets and books, on all subjects from gardening to sermons. He published his famous “Cobbett’s Weekly Political Register” for over 33 years, and started the “Parliamentary Debates” which became Hansard. He was a soldier for several years becoming a Sergeant Major, and tried to improve soldiers’ pay. He had an eventful life, including farming in America, and spending two years in prison for writing on military flogging, but he was best known as a pamphleteer and journalist. Now he is mainly known for his “Rural Rides”.

William Cobbett began a series of tours of the English Countryside in 1821. In August 1826 he wrote.

“In coming from Salisbury, I came up the road which runs.. ..with the river Wyly. This river runs down a valley twenty-two miles long. It is not so pretty as the valley of the Avon; but it is very fine in its whole length…. . The farms are very fine up this vale, and the meadows, particularly at a place called Stapleford, are singularly fine. They had just been mowed at Stapleford, and the hay carried off”

Somewhat later than we cut hay now, but the meadows would have fed the sheep in the spring, before being left to grow into hay.

“At Stapleford, there is a little cross valley, running up between the two hills of the down. There is a little run of water about a yard wide at this time coming down this little vale across the road into the river.…. The little vale runs up three miles. It does not appear to be half a mile wide; but in those three miles there are four churches; namely Stapleford, Uppington, Berwick St James, and Winterbourne Stoke. The present population of these four villages is 769 souls, men, women, and children, the whole of whom could very conveniently be seated in the chancel of the church at Stapleford. Indeed, the church and parish of Uppington seem to have been united with one of the other parishes…... What were these four churches built for within the distance of three miles? There are three parsonage houses still remaining; but… all the three parsonages are …….. no better than miserable labourers’ cottages, though the parish of Winterbourne Stoke has a church sufficient to contain two or three thousand people. The truth is, that the parsons have been receiving the revenues of the livings, and have been suffering the parsonage houses to fall into decay.”

William Cobbett was very interested in how many people the countryside could support if the food produced wasn’t sent away to the towns, and how the clergy took money from the villages and put little back.  I don’t think he actually visited our churches! In fact, the size of our churches is perfectly normal and one for each village seems reasonable! There never was a church at Uppington – this is almost certainly a misunderstanding for Asserton. There was a chapel at Asserton, and it was united with Berwick in 1650.

From making these comments, Cobbett then rode to Wishford, then Steeple Langford and on to Warminster.  

Researched and written by Nicky Street.

 

 

ORGAN RECITAL by William MacDonald.

On Monday September 3rd, William will give an Organ Recital in Wardour Chapel at 7.30pm. No tickets but a donation to the Chapel upkeep.

William was Head Chorister at Salisbury Cathedral Choir School and then won a Music Scholarship to Eton.

 

 

BERWICK ST JAMES Newsletter July 2012

DIAMOND JUBILEE VILLAGE PARTY

What a great success! We even had sunshine.

Thanks must go to so many people that it is impossible to name them all – thanks especially to all the Committee, the Duck Race and Dog Show, the BBQ chefs, the Raffle, and the Quizzes and the Auction of Promises, all those who provided salads and puddings, those who set up and took down, and especially to Tim and Olivia Marchant for the use of their marvellous garden.

We even made a profit - £1786.  As a breakdown of this (rounded figures) we received a grant of £500, quiz £70, Raffle £600, Dog show £60, Auction £1200, Duck race £300, and spent £300 on food, £500 on other things (marquee hire, insurance etc) and mugs for the children cost £160.

THINGS LEFT AFTER THE PARTY

A variety of things were left behind – including spoons, a knife, a corkscrew, a plate, several table cloths, jam jars used for the tea lights (if these are not wanted, they will be recycled) a small grey anorak and a dangly thing for lights to hang off  a tree.

If you think they may belong to you please ring Olivia on 790665.

JUBILEE MUGS

All the Berwick Jubilee Mugs were sold or given to the village children at the Party. BUT if you missed out and would like to buy one we are RE-ORDERING the mugs.  They cost £11.50 (plus a share of the postage – the more ordered the less per mug). Please contact Chris Lange  The Black Barn. 790122 chris@berwickstjames.org by JULY 15th.

DIAMOND JUBILEE QUIZ.

Congratulations to all who attempted this – thanks to Nicky Street for setting it. About 50 were sold, making about £70 profit! The winner was Susi Mason of Stapleford who got every one right. Three people only lost one point, Rosie Gairdner of Winterbourne Stoke was drawn as the winner of the second prize. The answers are available from Berwick Farm Shop or from Nicky. 

VILLAGE MEETING

The next Village (Parish) Meeting will be in September. More details in the next magazine.

There will also be a Village Meeting about the Results of the Survey.

MILL HOUSE OPEN GARDEN

Mill House Garden is open for the N G S (National Garden Scheme) on Sunday July 1st, Admission £3.00 children free, and dogs on lead. In aid of excellent charities. If gardening is not your forte come and enjoy Ailsa Bush’s scrumptious cream teas in the Reading Room in aid of much needed Church funds. Time 2 – 6pm.

In the NGS “Yellow Book” the garden is described as ..

“Surrounded by the River Till, millstream and a 10 acre traditional wet water meadow, this garden of wildness supports over 300 species of old fashioned roses rambling from the many trees. It is filled with butterflies, moths and insects. Birdsong is phenomenal in spring and summer, Herbaceous borders crammed with plants of yesteryear, unforgettable scents. Glorious spring bulbs. SSSI.”

TILL VALLEY LINK COFFEE MORNING

We are holding a coffee morning on 3rd July at 10.30 to 12noon in the Berwick Reading Room. Please come along and learn what the Link scheme is all about and possibly recruit some volunteers.

READING ROOM PLANT SALE

The Plant Sale was a great success, good weather, lots of good plants, teas, raffle prizes, cakes etc, and good company. Thank you to all, especially Olivia, Anika, Chris, Nicky, Sarah, Jackie and Ian. We are really pleased to report that £376.70 was made, a donation of £50 has been given to the church.

BERWICK FARM SHOP

The wonderful Jubilee Bunting is on show in the Shop – see the artwork done at the Jubilee Party – with many thanks to Anna for organizing this, and stitching it all together. It is well worth seeing!

Locally made focaccia bread and brown wholemeal is available most Saturdays – until sold out! I also now stock Wardour Vale Buttercup and Daisy Ice Cream, and have lollies too.

There is a great selection of Cards for all occasions – Jane Rowe has a good selection of cards including many local views. Also Sue Podbery’s Rural Cards, and the Handmade cards by Diana South.

For details see the advert elsewhere in the magazine.

WILTSHIRE HISTORIC CHURCHES TRUST RIDE AND STRIDE

The Sponsored Cycle Ride and Walk between Wiltshire Churches is on Saturday 8th September. Half of the money you raise goes to the church of your choice and half to the Wiltshire Historic Churches Trust to enable it to make grants for the upkeep of churches and chapels (Berwick church received a generous grant to help replace the roof). It is great fun to walk or ride or cycle between our lovely churches. You can work out your own route, and visit as many (or as few) churches as you like

THE CORONATION IN BERWICK

Some current and ex-villagers have told me about the Coronation in Berwick. There was a fancy dress procession down through the village, to Berwick House, and then to Berwick Hill Farm Yard where there was a lunch and party in the large Nissan Hut that was taken down some years ago.  Roy Palmer remembers dressing up as a Chimney Sweep and riding in a pony and trap. Peter Palmer had broken his leg, and was taken to the party in a basket work bath chair by Will Hibberd. Roy can remember the village children using the bath chair to hurtle down North View, across the road and down Asserton Lane! (no worries then about traffic then). Jean Hibberd didn’t go to the party, as her son Norman had just been born and she had all her meals brought up to her.

The Streets came to Berwick the year following the Coronation, and the decorations were still up in the Nissan hut. When the hut was dismantled many years later the crown, which had been the centre piece of the decorations, was still up in the roof.

Anne Clark remembers watching the event on one of the only TV’s in Berwick at Mrs Rolfe’s house – now demolished. It was in black and white (more like grey in her memory) and about 6 inches square, about 20 of us crowded around the little screen.

It would be great to get more memories of the coronation – do you remember it? Who won the fancy dress? Did you have Coronation Chicken? Any more memories?

 

WILDLIFE WATCH

Star of Bethlehem Nature Note.

A new plant has arisen, a scare lily by the edge of the woodland ride through Asserton. Star of  Bethlehem is a charming little white lily growing in a small clump. I have found it a few years back on the path up to Chain Hill in Stapleford.  Barbara Last.

Also seen in Asserton, the Tway Blade Orchid, a large, green orchid which likes the edge of the woodland.

 

 

BERWICK ST JAMES Newsletter June 2012

It is with great sadness that we must report the death of Bill Drake on 23rd April 2012. Bill lived in Berwick since he was four, went to school in Berwick, worked at Druid’s Lodge, then served in the Royal Marines. From his marriage to Barbara in 1951 he lived at Drake’s Cottage, and he worked for the Bucknell family as their shepherd, until retiring. His pride and joy was his garden and he won first prize for best cottage garden for 20 years running in the Shrewton Horticultural Society. He will be sadly missed as husband, father, brother, grandfather, relation, friend, and colleague. Our thoughts are with Barbara and all his family.

Congratulations and lots of love to Ian and Jackie Fisher on their Golden Wedding on May 5th. (Apologies for failing to get this in last month).

Jubilee Thanksgiving Service For The Queen’s 60 years of Dedication to our Country.

There will be non Eucharistic service of thanksgiving in St James Church on Sunday 3rd June at 9.30am, which will be followed by refreshments. EVERYONE is most welcome.

 

QUEEN’S DIAMOND JUBILEE AT BERWICK ST JAMES

MONDAY 4th JUNE.       FREE VILLAGE PARTY.      THE CLOCK HOUSE GARDEN.

The Celebrations are launched with the DUCK RACE at 4pm from Duck Street Bridge (ducks available from The Farm Shop and The Boot Inn, and at the start of the race if there are any left!). The races end at The Clock House Garden, where tea will be available.

Then THE FUN DOG SHOW. Bring your dogs to compete for the Under 5 years, Over 5 years, and Best Village Dog (The Brandy Cup). Fancy Dress for the Best Village Dog is encouraged but not compulsory!

BARBEQUES will be serving from around 6pm, (fish from the Village Fishing Trip, sausages and burgers from Marilyn, salads, vegetarian options, puddings etc from villagers)

There will be DANCING to 50’s and 60’s MUSIC until late!

Also A GRAND RAFFLE and AUCTION OF PROMISES. A full list of the Promises will be drawn up nearer the time but at present includes a Jane Rowe Painting, Fishing, Audio equipment hire, champagne etc.

Free Jubilee Mugs for Berwick Children under 18, and some mugs available to buy, or to order.

WHAT CAN YOU DO TO HELP? Setting Up – Sunday 2pm. Tidying up – Tuesday morning.

You could buy a duck - from the Farm Shop and The Boot Inn, or on the day. Raffle Prizes please (to the Farm Shop).  

Jubilee Quiz available NOW from The Farm Shop and The Boot Inn, results and answers at The Party.

All villagers welcome, guests welcome too – please can they buy lots of raffle tickets! If you haven’t returned your slip to Jane Rowe please do so urgently!

Please bring your own drinks, glasses, crockery and cutlery.

Funds raised will be added to the grant and will pay for the party, and any excess will go to the Community Fund.

MILL HOUSE OPEN GARDEN

Mill House Garden is open for the N G S (National Garden Scheme) on Sunday July 1st, Admission £3.00 children free, and dogs on lead. In aid of excellent charities. If gardening is not your forte come and enjoy Ailsa Bush’s scrumptious cream teas in the Reading Room in aid of much needed Church funds. Time 2 – 6pm.

In the NGS “Yellow Book” the garden is described as ..

“Surrounded by the River Till, millstream and a 10 acre traditional wet water meadow, this garden of wildness supports over 300 species of old fashioned roses rambling from the many trees. It is filled with butterflies, moths and insects. Birdsong is phenomenal in spring and summer, Herbaceous borders crammed with plants of yesteryear, unforgettable scents. Glorious spring bulbs. SSSI.”

WILTSHIRE SOUTH GUIDES – BERWICK ST JAMES CENTRE

The Guides invite you to Bertie Boiler’s Garden Party and Show on Saturday 16th June 2012. 10am to 4pm. Admission is Free.

BERWICK ST JAMES CRICKET CLUB

Rod Crossley and Ken Woodford, with only a few others to help, have looked after the Cricket ground and Pavilion for several years now. There is only so much they can do, and some extra help is urgently needed. By the time the magazine is out we will have held a meeting to see what needs doing, especially to help weatherproof and smarten up the pavilion. At that meeting we fixed on a Saturday in June to get down to the work, and finish off with a barbeque in the evening. See your noticeboards for the date. 

We already know that work on the guttering, windows, and painting inside and out will be needed. We need YOU and, perhaps some items like paint, clear plastic for the windows etc. Please come, it should be fun and very satisfying if we achieve most of what we set out to do. Anyone who can handle a paintbrush is welcome. If you can’t, there will be several other jobs to which you can apply your talents.  

READING ROOM AGM

At the Reading Room AGM held on Tuesday 15th May, congratulations and thanks were given to the whole committee for all their hard work in the excellent refurbishment of the Reading Room, with its dry redecorated walls, new heaters, new curtains, blinds and storage, new tables and chairs, and flooring. The meters and wiring have been boxed in, and are now not visible. The Committee were re-elected, with Nicky Street Chairman, Anika Lange Secretary and Ian Fisher Treasurer.

We will be arranging events at the Reading Room, hopefully including Film Shows and talks.

We are delighted that we have a sculptor Mark Wheeham, who is running classes in clay sculpture in the Reading Room on a Thursday evening from 7pm. If you are interested please call him on 01380 720097 or drop into the class. He may also be able to arrange painting classes.

THE BOOT INN

The Boot Inn is celebrating 4th Birthday with a Party on Sunday 3rd June from 7.30pm, the Theme is the Olympics, so if everybody could dig out their tracksuits, come along and join in the fun.

Fish Night is 29th June – if people could please book up early for the fish night as tables do get booked up very quickly!

For details see the advert elsewhere in the magazine.

LADIES NIGHT                                                                                                                                                                  This is a chance for any ladies of all ages from all our villages to meet for a chat, a laugh, a gossip (and a drink) together. We meet at The Boot Inn on the second Wednesday of every month from 7.30pm (although we usually roll up from around 7.45pm) and you are welcome to join us at any time.  The June get-together is on WEDNESDAY 13th JUNE.  Sometime ago we had a lovely trip to Highgrove – would anyone be interested in a trip somewhere? Any suggestions? We could discuss this on 13th June.

BERWICK ST JAMES WEBSITE

See the website berwickstjames.org.uk for all kinds of information about Berwick, details of the Jubilee Party and lots of other things. We would love more photos of the village – see the website to send them to the webmaster.

 

WILDLIFE WATCH

Cuckoo. It has been great to have lots of reports of the Cuckoo. It was heard on Wednesday 18th April in the water meadow area off Duck Street, in Berwick, and then slightly later by Asserton and then from the meadow near the Guide HQ  - all on the same day, so presumably the same bird!. It was also heard on 9th May in Berwick, so he hopefully came back.

Swallows, swifts and Housemartins. Lots of reports of the swallows, the first approximately the 23rd April, and then masses of them around the beginning of May. A flock of swifts were seen mid week in early May, flying up the river, swooping and turning in the warm evening, low over the river feeding on the insects. Swallows, swifts and housemartins have been regularly seen feeding on insects close over the oilseed rape flowers.

More Birds. I have also have reports of a pair of grey partridge on Berwick Hill Farm.  Green Woodpeckers, Greater Spotted Woodpecker, Nuthatch, Longtailed tits, Greenfinches, Goldfinches, Yellowhammers and Egrets (not forgetting Mallard ducks and the pair of Canada Geese) have all been seen in Berwick recently.

 

 

 

Try your hand at Sculpting your own materpeices!

Local artist Mark Whelehan will be providing tuition classes every

 Thursday in the

Reading Room from 7pm to 9pm

For the next 10 weeks starting on Thursday 24th May 2012

£10 per session or £85.00 for the 10 sessions

Clay and Tools will be provided

Contact Mark

Tel 01380 721097 Mob 07786 765488

E mail mandw@fsmail.net

 

 

BERWICK ST JAMES Newsletter March 2012

VILLAGE VIEWS AND VALUES SURVEY.

All of you living in Berwick should have received your questionnaire. We would really appreciate if you could return the completed forms by 29th February to your committee representative (or any of the committee). Everyone’s views are really important, including the young people. If you need another copy of the whole form, the Part 2 or the Young People’s survey please get in touch with any of the committee    Many thanks to all who have already returned their forms.

All data collected through the survey will be treated as strictly confidential. No personal views will be attributed to any individual or household, but will, of course, form part of the overall report.

LENT LUNCH.

There will be a lent lunch at Cockspur Thorns (Ailsa and Stephen Bush) on Thursday 1 March between noon and 2pm. The lunch is free and all are most welcome. Donations would be gratefully received and will be given to Exeter House in Salisbury, a school for handicapped children.

CHURCH ROOF

The good news is that very good progress is now being made on the roof.

NOTICE BOARD.  Planning Applications and other important information is put on the notice board in the centre of the village. It is advisable to check this notice board regularly.                                                                                  

READING ROOM

The Reading Room will remain closed a little longer to allow us to paint it, making sure that the new plaster is dry. The room is looking very good, and we have replaced the heaters with new (and hopefully efficient) heaters. Many thanks to all the committee for their hard work, and especially to Ian and Sarah for the grant. The money from the Village Fund has been very useful!  We are hoping to get a grant from Awards for All (the lottery) to help with the decorating – more news soon hopefully!

PLANT SALE FOR THE READING ROOM

SATURDAY MAY 19th. At the Reading Room.

For many years the Reading Room used to run a Plant Sale (there are many living here who remember the wonderful Fuchsias grown by the Drake family) in May. Although it must be ten years since the last one we have decided to have one this year.

Although this is primarily to raise funds for the work we are doing on the Reading Room we will make a donation to Church Funds as we all need funds!

Donations of Plants will be appreciated – so if you are dividing plants in the garden or planting seeds please do some extra!  More details of the Sale next month! It will include all sorts of plants, vegetables, flowers and house plants. With Teas, Cakes and Produce.

THE DIAMOND JUBILEE PARTY

This will be a Free Party for all Villagers on Monday 4th June in The Clock House garden. There will be the Duck Race (assuming there is enough water in the river!), a BBQ, (we will be asking for salads and puddings nearer the time) and evening entertainment, to include an Auction of Promises, our usual wonderful Raffle and Quiz. Do you have any ideas for the Auction of Promises? Perhaps car washing, a load of manure, ironing, gardening, the use of a holiday cottage for a week (we can always be hopeful!) – all offers gratefully received!

A fishing trip is being organized for (probably) the Saturday, to catch fish for the BBQ on Monday!

BERWICK FARM SHOP

On Saturday 17th March from 10am – 2pm Neals Yard cosmetics and other wonderful smellies with Jan Peagrum, there will be a selection of gifts to buy on the day, as well as to order – so come along and buy some gifts for Mother’s Day on the 18th. There will be tea, coffee, cakes and nibbles.

Easter is the first weekend in April, so please consider ordering your Easter Lamb or other joints soon. I will also have chocolates and Easter gifts. For details see the advert elsewhere in the magazine. 

THE BOOT INN

QUIZ – We are very pleased to announce that we have now raised over £2000 for Cancer Research through the weekly quiz on Sunday nights and I would like to thank everybody who has taken part for their continued support. The Quiz starts at 7.30pm, teams of up to 4 people for £2 per person – £1 for Cancer Research and £1 for the half time food.

WILTSHIRE LIFE BEST PUB/RESTAURANT – We have been shortlisted by the Wiltshire Life Magazine for their award. We will find out how we did at the end of March, they have told us in all of the years of doing these awards they have never had such an overwhelming response for one pub. So thank you all for taking the time to nominate us.

MOTHERING SUNDAY March 18th. Treat Mum to a delicious lunch at The Boot Inn. Sunday Lunch Menu 2 course £12.50, 3 course £16.50.

Our ever popular FISH NIGHT will be held on March 30th where we will have a great selection of fresh fish specials available.

From Cathy and Giles – for details see advert elsewhere in the magazine.

LADIES NIGHT. This is on March 14th from 7.30pm, and next month on April 11th Janet Pegrum will be joining us again with some of Neals Yards new products.

MEMORIES OF BERWICK AND STAPLEFORD

These memories were given to me for the magazine by a Berwick villager.

“I was very interested to read about the Triangle Cottage at Stapleford (February Magazine). I remember Mrs Smith, her daughter Chrissie, and her son John. During the war evacuees from Portsmouth stayed with Mrs Smith. He was a cobbler, we all called him Uncle. We would take all the family’s shoes for repair, children’s shoes heel and sole were 1s9d old money, grown up’s from 2/6d to 3s old money. He always walked up Stapleford Hill every day in his fawn mac with a stick. For years daffodils would bloom along the banks which Uncle planted. With all the army tanks and lorries going round the triangle the only damage was to a garden gate which Uncle soon repaired and put back into place.

Happy Days!”

VALENTINE

This was going to go into February’s magazine, but there wasn’t room – so we celebrate Valentine’s Day in March!

This was composed and translated on the Berwick Church seat by Dr Robin O’Neil.

Is this the oldest known Valentine’s Day Message in the English Language?

The love letter was composed and written in Norfolk in February 1477, by Margery Brews to her fiancé, John Paton. It is written in the hand of Kenneth Kela, a trusted servant of the Brews family which was the custom of those times. This does not detract from the sincerity and spontaneity of the sentiments. The words are simple and straightforward enough to be her own.

For some months in 1476-7 John Paston made several visits to the Brews’ house at Topcroft, Norfolk. Taken with this young man of good social standing, Margery’s heart was certainly won. She had her mother’s blessing but the proposed marriage was in some difficulty from both families. John Paston, although from a respectable family, was only a second son. Margery Brews’ father and John Paston could not come to an agreement over the marriage settlement, to which Margery lamented her father’s lack of generosity. Fortunately, John’s mother, Margaret Paton, having property in her own right, offered the couple the manor of Sparham, Norfolk which enabled the marriage to go ahead. Margery Paston (Brews), John’s “valentine” and “true love” died in 1495. John Paston died on 28th August 1504.

The Full text of the manuscript.

“Unto my right well-beloved Valentine John Paston, squire, be this bill delivered, &c.

“Right reverent and worshipful and my right well-beloved valentine, I recommend me unto you full heartedly, desiring to hear of your welfare, which I beseech Almighty God long for to preserve unto his pleasure and your heart’s desire “And if it pleases you to hear of my welfare, I am not in good health of body nor of heart, nor shall I be till I hear from you;

          “For there knows no creature what pain that I endure,

           And even on the pain of death I would reveal no more.

“And my lady my mother hath laboured the matter to my father full diligently, but she can no more get than you already know of, for which God knoweth I am full sorry. “But if you love me, as I trust verily that you do, you will not leave me therefore. “For even if you had not half the livelihood that you have, for to do the greatest labour that any woman alive might, I would not forsake you.

          “And if you command me to keep me true wherever I go,

           Indeed I will do all my might you to love and never anyone

           else. “And if my friends say that I do amiss, they shall not

           stop  me from doing so. “My heart me bids evermore to love

           you truly over all earthly things. “And if they be never so angry,

           I trust it shall be better in time coming.

“No more to you at this time, but the Holy Trinity have you in keeping.

“And I beseech you that this bill be not seen by any non earthly creature save only yourself.

And thys letter was indyte at Topcroft, with full hevy herte etc

                                                                                               Margery Brews

For general background see; “The Paston Letters”

Dr Robin O’Neil is a Medieval-Modern history Scholar and Honorary Research Fellow, University College London.

 

 

WILDLIFE WATCH

The lighter evenings are hopefully bringing a little bit of spring to the villages. The snowdrops are looking lovely – and I have had reports of a rather early visitor – a Cuckoo in Winterbourne Stoke.

BERWICK ST JAMES Newsletter Feb 2012

Congratulations to George Campbell Johnson on the award of an MBE in the New Year Honour’s list for services to farmers in and from Zimbabwe. He is Chairman of the Zimbabwe Farmers Trust Fund. For more details see the Berwick St James website, berwickstjames.org.uk

Michael Bucknell passed away on 1st January, our thoughts are with all his family and friends. A full obituary is below.

Spotted on a clear night in mid January at 6.18pm whilst two villagers were walking through the village – a bright streak in the sky, like a meteor but with blue, white and yellow streak, heading south. It was wondered if it was the Russian spacecraft that was to crash to Earth, but that was supposed to crash a few days later, so perhaps it was some other space “junk” burning up re-entering the atmosphere.

CHURCH

Lottery. Thank you to all who have taken part in the lottery over the past year in aid of the church roof. It has raised an amazing £2170. A particular than you goes to Ian Fisher who organized and ran the lottery and carried out the monthly draw.

Christmas. Thank you to all those who decorated the Church with flowers over Christmas – it all looked fantastic.

Lost and Found. A grey woolly hat was left in the Church after the carol service. Please contact Stephen Bush (790445) if it is yours.

Church Electoral Role. If you are not on the Church electoral role and would like to be, please contact Ailsa Bush (790445). A list of those on the electoral role will be on the church notice board during this month.

Church Roof. Regrettably this is progressing extremely slowly and is very frustrating, however every effort is being made to speed the work up.

Thankyou to everyone who has helped with the church cleaning, locking up, brass cleaning, flower arranging and lesson reading during this last year – it is hugely appreciated.

Candlelit Carol Service and Christmas Service. Thank you to all who made these services so wonderful, especially Stephen Bush for all the work with the Carol Service, and to the excellent readers of the lessons.

PARISH MEETING.

At the Parish Meeting held in the Reading Room on Thursday 12th January, Jacky Webb advised that she was unable to continue as Parish Clerk, and Tina Woodford kindly agreed to take over until the AGM in May. Many thanks are given to Jacky for all her hard work over the years, and we hope that she will be able to return to being Clerk at a later date.  Richard Brasher and Tina Woodford advised that they will not be standing again for the offices of Parish Chairman and Parish Clerk in May, they will be much missed. If anyone would like to stand for either post the election will take place at the AGM and please could you put your name forward to Richard Brasher at Springside.

VILLAGE CAROL SINGING

There was great singing at the Village Carol Singing on December 20th, especially the descant! We raised £126.91 for Combat Stress. A great many thanks to all who came, sang, listened, gave and to Ian and Jackie for the Mulled Wine, and to Nicky and Charles (via Marilyn) for the mince pies. After the singing many of the carol singers then invaded the pub for a jolly time, and quite a few stayed on to eat. A good time was had by all.

THE READING ROOM.

The Reading Room will be closed for approximately one month starting on 23rd January. This is because the walls are being lined and then plasterboarded, the room will then be repainted, and additional work done depending on our most recent grant application!

BERWICK “50 CLUB”

The monthly Berwick “50 club” draw took place on 30th December in the Boot. This month’s winner was Jane Rowe, who won this month’s prize of £160. This was the last draw as it was always intended to be for one year only, many thanks to Ian Fisher.

LADIES NIGHT  This is a chance for any ladies of all ages from all our villages to meet for a chat, a laugh, a gossip (and a drink) together. We meet at The Boot Inn on the second Wednesday of every month from 7.30pm (although we usually roll up from around 7.45pm) and you are welcome to join us at any time.  The February get-together is on WEDNESDAY 8th FEBRUARY.    

THE BOOT INN

Cathy and Giles are having their holiday from 31st January to 9th February and the kitchen will be closed during this time. However the bar will be open throughout this time. Normal service will resume on Friday 10th February, just in time for Valentine’s Day. Valentine’s bookings are now being taken.  Ladies Night is on 8th February and Fish Night on 24th.

BERWICK FARM SHOP

A Happy New Year to everyone, and a big thank you for all your custom over the Christmas period, and we look forward to seeing you through 2012.

Many of us are looking to diet so don’t forget that we have a good selection of fresh vegetables, with the stress on seasonal and local where possible. But we still have homemade cakes etc for a treat! Marilyn Wood 790490. For more details see the advert elsewhere in the magazine.

QUEEN’S DIAMOND JUBILEE PARTY.

More details next month – not enough room this month!

BERWICK ST JAMES WEBSITE

berwickstjames.org.uk  Look at the work George Campbell Johnson has done, join the conversation on Twitter and look at the new article in the Memories part of the History section – all about the River Till.  

HEATING OIL.                                                                                                                                                  

If you need heating oil, please consider WP heating GROUP.WP Heating will donate £25 to The Reading Room for every 5000 litres bought under reference 044. If you decide to use the WP Group please phone 0800 980 6174 and quote ref 044 every time you order, even if you have ordered before.  This has been really useful to The Reading Room.

 

MICHAEL BUCKNELL

Michael John Bucknell 1946-2012 passed away peacefully at Derriford Hospital, Plymouth on 1st January 2012.

Michael was born in Salisbury on 22nd May 1946, the third child of Frank and Hilda Bucknell of Manor Farm, Berwick St James, brother to Anne and Jim. At that time Manor Farm extended form the Stapleford boundary to the far side of the A303. There was a large milking herd (milked in what used to be the Dairy House buildings) and extensive wheat and barley crops. These were harvested by the Italian prisoners of war for a few years after 1944 and horse drawn binders made sheaves which were stacked in ricks in the Manor Farmyard (now Clock House Garden) and in the fields.

Michael was educated at Greenways School, Codford where he was a weekly boarder. His passion was for cricket at that time  but he helped on the farm from an early age; especially with his father repairing equipment at the Blacksmith shop (now the Berwick Farm Shop). At Dauntsey’s School, West Lavington he continued his love of cricket, engineering and farming. He had a home-made car with a fibreglass body which he took with him to agricultural college at Seale Hayne in Devon when he left school. He returned to Berwick to became a partner with his father in the business, Bucknell and Son. The dairy and half of the farm had been sold to the Street family and Manor Farm (Clock House and buildings) now had a large flock of sheep and grew barley and wheat for seed and malting; new barns for corn were built at Downs Way opposite the Boot Inn. Michael introduced pigs to the farm and for many years had a large herd raising bacon and pork pigs for a specialist market.

Michael’s great interest was old cars and he had many chassis and bodies in various stages of disrepair and rebuilding, including a veteran MG which did make it to be drivable on the road! Michael and Julie were married in 1969 and they had a bungalow built in the field called Rotten Furlong just off Langford Lane. Michael’s father died in 1973 and Michael took over the management of the farm with his mother. Sophie and Humphrey Bucknell were born in the 1970’s. Later Julie moved to Salisbury, but the children were well known in the village, helping on the farm and running for the school bus. Michael and Annie were married 1992 with a service of blessing in St James’ Church.

In 1995 Manor Farm was sold and Annie and Michael moved to a smaller farm near Holsworthy on the borders of North Devon and Cornwall. They took sheep from Berwick to Leigh Manor Farm, Week St Mary. In addition, he and Annie had a small herd of Red Ruby cows (the local breed) and a small flock of Black Welsh sheep. He was a well-known figure at the local markets and in the National farmers Union. He continued his love of cars with his father’s vintage green Rolls Royce being the car for local weddings and village occasions and he and Annie participated in local vintage car rallies in his MG sports car.

Eight years ago, Michael suffered a major stroke and it was several months and many surgical operations before he regained some mobility and was able to get abut in a wheelchair as a resident in a local nursing home in Holsworthy. He liked to have his family including Sophie and his grandchildren, Isobel and Jessica around him when he was well enough for Annie to have him at home. In September 2012 he developed serious kidney complications and spent the last few months of his life in the hospital in Plymouth where his family, children and grandchildren visited him.

He is remembered by the few “old timers” who still live in Berwick St James and local area as a hppy young man with a ready smile who worked hard on the farm but was happiest when his oily hands were in an engine.

His funeral and interment was on 20th January 2012 at St Mary’s church, Week St Mary.

Anne Clark (nee Bucknell).

WILDLIFE WATCH

Parish Note. By Barbara Last.  LEECHES.

On dabbling in the River Till, there are a number of fascinating creatures. I have just been given a five cm long Horse Leech. There are eleven species of fresh water leech in the UK, mostly quite small and sucking blood from fishes. This species resembles the medicinal leech, much used in the past to remove “bad” blood form patients with high blood pressure, who sometimes survived in spite of the treatment. I assume my leech is not a medicinal leech as these are now very rare having been over fished. Horse leeches are carnivores, feeding on small creatures in the stream such as fly larvae and small tadpoles and are not blood suckers of horses or anyone else. It is a segmented worm, greenish, with a strong sucker at the posterior end to anchor it and a smaller sucker at the pointed front end. It progresses by looping from sucker to sucker but can be induced to swim freely if detached from the bottom.

Congratulations to Michelle Drouse and David Woodhouse on their recent marriage. Get well soon to everyone who has been struck down by the flu, we hope you are all feeling better.   

PARISH MEETING

There will be a Parish Meeting at 6.30pm on Thursday 12th January 2012 in the Reading Room. The Agenda should be on the Notice Boards on 5th January. 

 NOTICE BOARD.   

Planning Applications and other important information is put on the notice board in the centre of the village. It is advisable to check this notice board regularly. 

MOBILE LIBRARY.  

We are very lucky in having the mobile library call in the village. It comes on a Thursday and parks by the Boot Inn and is open from 2.30 to 2.45pm. Everyone can use this, just drop in and see what they can do for you. It is really useful for those who cannot easily get into Salisbury or Wilton, and it is the same with all these services – if we don’t use it, we may lose it.                                                                            

  BERWICK 50 CLUB DRAW 

The monthly Berwick “50 Club” draw for the November prize took place on 26th November in the Boot. This month’s winner was Bill Hiscock, who won the prize of £165.  The December Draw will take place at the Boot In on Friday 30th December, this will be the last “50 Club” so if you would like to take the last chance to win, go along on Friday 30th and buy a ticket!                                 

  READING ROOM CHRISTMAS BAZAAR.    

The Christmas Bazaar on 3rd December was a great success with lots of things to buy and people to chat to, the raffle was particularly good this year! We made £443.75 (more than last year) which is just what we need for the work we intend to do (see below). Many thanks to all, especially Ian, Jackie, Emily, Sarah, Anika, Nigel, Olivia and Nicky, and to all who helped, set up and bought, and packed away afterwards!         

 READING ROOM WORK.  

As many of you are aware the Reading Room has had problems with the damp for a long time. The Committee has taken advice and have decided to do major works inside to try to improve the situation. We have made a grant application to Wiltshire Council and have been given £5000 towards the work, we need to raise more of course, as this doesn’t cover it all! Congratulations to Sarah and Ian for all their hard work which meant we got the grant! More details later. We are going to need to raise more money, and so we are going to have a Plant Sale, provisional date Saturday 19th  May. We will still have to raise the normal money to run the Reading Room as well!!

THE QUEEN’S DIAMOND JUBILEE PARTY. 

 The Village Party will take place on Monday 4th June at The Clock House. This will give us time to tidy up on Tuesday (which is also a Bank Holiday!). It will be a Barbeque and we will be asking for help with salads, puddings etc much nearer the time. It will be free! More details later. 

HEATING OIL. 

 The weather has become colder now – so keep an eye on the levels of your heating oil. If you need heating oil, please consider WP heating GROUP (previously called WESSEX PETROLEUM). The system has changed slightly and now WP Heating will donate £25 to The Reading Room for every 5000 litres bought under reference 044. Please note this change. If you decided to use the WP Group please phone 0800 980 6174 (note change please) then remember to quote ref 044 every time you order, even if you have ordered before.  This has been really useful to The Reading Room. 

LADIES NIGHT

What is Ladies Night? It is a chance for any ladies of all ages from all our villages to meet for a chat, a laugh, a gossip (and a drink) together. We meet at The Boot Inn on the second Wednesday of every month from 7.30pm (although we usually roll up from around 7.45pm) and you are welcome to join us at any time.  The January get-together is on WEDNESDAY 11th JANUARY 2012                                              

“SIC TRANSIT GLORIA MUNDI” or “SOME INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT THE RIVER TILL” 

by Michael Mertens                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     I have lived within 3 metres of the River Till (the diverted section - now the main river - which flows through the mill) since 1960 – and have known and fished the river all my life, now nearly 67 years. Outside the front door at the Mill House is an official river gauge – the red numbers 66 indicate 66 metres above sea level. When the water level reaches these numbers we have a good flood. On 7th December 1999 the water came half way up the red sixes – the highest we have ever known – and I put sandbags outside the back door. In 1995 the level reached the red sixes, and in 2003 nearly. Since then the height of water has not come within a food of this level. Incidentally, should the Mill House ever flood it would be entirely the fault of the Highways Authority – the only way water can escape down the valley is under the two road bridges. When the water is very high and curling under our bridge anyone who fell in could easily drown. At the other extreme, I have heard that the river dried up in 1935 – but I don’t know. I do know that the river dried up in 1976, 1984, 1990 and now in 2011 (21st Nov). In 1976, the famous drought year, the river dried up on 22nd August. I have a feeling that the river ran dry on another occasion in the 1980’s and ditto in the 1990’s but I seem not to have recorded these events. At the time of writing (26th Nov) the real River Till under the second road bridge is still flowing, comparatively strongly!   

 When I was a boy the river was in wonderful heart. The Ranunculus was thick from Asserton Bridge downwards, and there were hundreds of wonderful trout. There was a thick hawthorn hedge (still a remnant remains ) along the bank at the bottom of Farmer Bucknell’s field next to the church, so the river there was a very private place. No manicured gardens came down to the river in those days, so the opposite bank from Mill Meadow was indeed wild. Yellow flags used to grow up from the river bed just below Asserton Bridge, and I used to annoy Eddie Cuff by cutting them with a sickle while he was trying to catch fish from the bridge. There were no fences along the river banks then, so access to the water was easy for a fisherman, and for cattle and horses. There were no swans then, either, thanks heavens. The super-abundance of swans has become a menace on the chalk streams because they destroy the Ranunculus. The Ranunculus above the mill disappeared in the 1960’s. I blamed it on the practice of dumping pig slurry on the bank by the Asserton hatches, but I could be wrong! Anyway, it went, never to return, along with the millions of fresh water shrimps which always mad Till trout so beautifully pink fleshed.”  By Michael Mertens. 

 Many thanks for this, there will be more about the River Till in later magazines. This is just the kind of article the magazine needs.

 WHAT WE NEED FOR THE BERWICK PART OF THIS MAGAZINE. I’ll take anything! Anniversaries, birthdays, exam congratulations, new neighbours, events, reports items for discussion! But I don’t edit unless you ask me to, and I don’t check, so please make sure your days, dates etc are right.  Nicky Street The Dairy House 790309, or e-mail chstreet@btinternet.com by 15th of the month before the magazine is due out, indicating it is a magazine entry. Or, if you prefer, directly to Glennis (see elsewhere in the magazine)

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WILDLIFE WATCH                                                                                                                                                                    Three short-eared owls have been seen regularly around Stoford. Green Sandpipers are up and down the River Till through Berwick. The Spring in the meadow behind the church has dried up – the first time in many years.                                                                                                                                                                 All kinds of wildlife sightings and information from all of our villages welcome. Nicky Street 790309 The Dairy House. chstreet@btinternet.com    .

 

BERWICK STJAMES  Newsletter December 2011

MERRY CHRISTMAS and A HAPPY NEW YEAR to you all.                                                                                                                                            

CHRISTMAS BAZAAR  SATURDAY 3rd December at 2pm in the Reading Room. Coffee and Tea. Grand Raffle, Christmas Stall, Tombola, Bric-a-Brac, Books, Cakes and Produce. The Reading Room will be open to accept gifts for the sale on Friday 2nd December 5pm-6pm, and on Saturday morning 10.30am – 11.30am. Donations for the Raffle can be made at The Farm Shop. Anika Lange The Black Barn 790122, or Nicky Street The Dairy House 790309. In aid of The Reading Room. Please come along and have a chat with your friends and find something for Christmas! See you there!

CANDLELIT CHRISTMAS CAROL SERVICE

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  

Our Annual Christmas candlelit carol service will be at 6pm on Sunday 18th December. All are most welcome. (Please do not bring your own candles). 

 CHRISTMAS DAY SERVICE.

A family service will be held at 10.30am on Christmas morning. All are most welcome.        

VILLAGE CAROL

In Victorian times, and possibly much earlier, it was a tradition in Berwick to sing carols around the village. There were special Berwick carols, but unfortunately the words of these have been lost. In recent years we have started Carol Singing around Berwick again. This year it is on TUESDAY 20th DECEMBER starting at 6pm at the Church, and we will end up at The Reading Room for Mince Pies and Mulled Wine.  We are collecting for Combat Stress, a charity that works with military personnel needing help. We welcome everyone to come along and sing, accompanied children especially. Please bring torches or lanterns. We would like to sing at various points around the village and so, if you would like to have us come to you please could you ring Ian Fisher 790214 or Nicky Street 790309.  This really is good fun – come and join us! New villagers especially welcome.          

NOTECARDS OF THE VILLAGE AND CHURCH.

Watercolour note cards of fabulous views of the village and church in all seasons. 5 cards for £4, with half the proceeds to church funds. To view and orders ring Jane Rowe on 790575. Email jrowe209@googlemail.com                                                                                                                                                       

CHRISTMAS LADIES NIGHT

What is Ladies Night? It is a chance for any ladies of all ages from all our villages to meet for a chat, a laugh, a gossip (and a drink) together. We meet at The Boot Inn on the second Wednesday of every month from 7.30pm (although we usually roll up from around 7.45pm) and you are welcome to join us at any time. We are having a special Christmas get-together on WEDNESDAY 14th DECEMBER. We hope to see lots of you!

BERWICK FARM SHOP.

Christmas Meat Orders a.s.a.p please.  We can make up Christmas Hampers for you to give as presents – see those in the shop for examples – choose anything you like to go in them! Neal’s Yard Smellies for Christmas on Sunday 27th November 10am to 2pm. All your Christmas Vegetables – Marfona potatoes from Swanton’s South Newton 12 ½ kg and 25kg bags. Also home-made Cakes, Puddings and Pies etc.   Christmas Opening Times.  I shall be closing at 2pm Christmas Eve, then closed until Friday 30th December when the shop will be open from 10am to 2pm for Orders Only. I will re-open on Wednesday 4th January 2012.  A Happy Christmas from everyone at the Farm Shop. or more details see the advertisement elsewhere in the magazine.    

BERWICK TEA TOWELS.

 The wonderful Berwick tea towels are still available from the Shop, they make lovely Christmas Presents. They are a map of the village with historical notes.

 BERWICK “50 CLUB”.

The monthly Berwick “50 club” draw for the October prize took place on 29th October at the Boot Inn. This month’s winner was James Hardy who won the October prize of £160. The Next Draw is on Friday 25th November at the Boot Inn.  

ROYAL BRITISH LEGION. 

The  house to house collection in the village this year was up on last year – The total for the village was £281.54, with many thanks to the Shop and the Pub, and the collectors.   

HEATING OIL. 

 Although the autumn so far (at mid November) has been remarkably mild, do not get caught out when the cold weather comes, and remember to check your oil tank. If you need heating oil, please consider WP heating GROUP (previously called WESSEX PETROLEUM). The system has changed slightly and now WP Heating will donate £25 to The Reading Room for every 5000 litres bought under reference 044. Please note this change. If you decided to use the WP Group please phone 0800 980 6174 (note change please) then remember to quote ref 044 every time you order, even if you have ordered before.  This has been really useful to The Reading Room.

                                                                                                                HEATING OIL. 

 I have been asked to remind everyone that it might be worthwhile ringing other companies to find out their prices.

  WHAT WE NEED FOR THE BERWICK PART OF THIS MAGAZINE. 

I’ll take anything! Anniversaries, birthdays, exam congratulations, new neighbours, events, reports items for discussion! But I don’t edit unless you ask me to, and I don’t check, so please make sure your days, dates etc are right.  Nicky Street The Dairy House 790309, or e-mail chstreet@btinternet.com by 15th of the month before the magazine is due out, indicating it is a magazine entry. Or, if you prefer, directly to Glennis (see editor’s note elsewhere in the magazine).

LOCAL HISTORY 

 ASSERTON in 1309

 Near the beginning of the reign of King Edward II (1307-1327) a survey was done of the value of Asserton farm on the death of John Waleran, before Joan wife of Sir Alexander de Freville inherited it in 1310. This survey shows there were at least 15 (presumably) men, with their families living at Asserton with nearly 200 acres between them. 6 with 24 acres, 4 with 12 acres and 5 cottagers with no land, who presumably worked for the Lady of the manor. In addition to this land they also rights to keep sheep on the downs, pigs in the woods and cattle on the common land. They lived in houses on the slope which is now wooded above Asserton  House – identifiable by the cultivated flowers which still grow, even hundreds of years later.  In medieval times people rented land in a variety of ways, including by doing work for the lady of the manor on her land. So what did these people in Asserton have to do in exchange for their land?  They had to do “works”, which varied both in amount and type during the various times of year.  These are described as “that which is commanded of him for half a day”.   The hardest was between the Nativity of St John the Baptist (24th June) and the feast of St Michael (29th September) when they had to 5 “works” each week, weeding half an acre of corn, or harvesting and carrying half an acre of barley or beans or peas, or 1 acre of wheat or oats (using their own horse and cart).  Each year they had to cart manure for two days, harrow the oat land taking about 2 days, carry all the corn of the manor for sale to Salisbury, Wilton or Amesbury taking about 3 days, wash and shear the lord’s sheep, mow, scatter and bring in the lord’s hay bringing their own horse and cart taking about 4 to 5 days.  But they did get something in return for their work – and not just the land they rented. For the manure carrying they got hay for their horses, and “when they shall have carried all the manure they shall have in common of the lord 3 gallons of ale or 3d”. For each “carrying” - presumably cart load – of grain for sale ¼ d. For washing and shearing the sheep, one cheese or 1d. For each day they carried corn they have a sheaf of such corn as they carry for each work. And when they cut the hay they shall have as much hay as they can lift with his scythe (I think they may have been very good at that). And finally they had to do one day’s work in the autumn for which they had one “repast” being bread, ale and pottage, and one dish of meat or peas and cheese.   In addition they had to pay a small sum for their pigs, and were also taxed in a wide variety of ways (which went to the lord of the manor).   These were not poor people, they were respected members of the community who took part in the running of their village, probably what we would call middle class, but they still had to give their labour.                                                                                                                                                                    Written and Researched by Nicky Street.

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WILDLIFE WATCH                                                                                                                                                                   It was asked what the crop was in South Newton next to the A36. Chris Swanton very kindly rang me and advised that it is a Wild Bird Mix for food for local wild birds for the winter, not to be harvested. The plants are Linseed, Kale, Triticale Quineoa, Sorgum and Millet.  There is also a nectar and flower mix in part of the same field nearer the river.    A cormorant has been seen in the river by the north end of Berwick. Perhaps he was after the fish trapped in the pools left by the drying up river. The river here is in one of the worst states seen for a long time – it is not flowing at all through the mill – this has only happened once before in the 25 years I have been here.  Little Egrets. Barbara Last   Little Egrets are now well established in this area and have been seen regularly on the upper reaches of the River Till. As a consequence of the low rainfall we have had this summer and autumn, there the river is reduced to a few muddy remnants. They have been seen puddling the mud to disturb the insect larvae lucking there. They have lack legs and yellow feet and are distinct from the much rarer Cattle Egret that has pale legs and is more often seen following cattle for the insects among the herbage. This species has only recently been seen in the UK.  All kinds of wildlife sightings and information from all of our villages welcome. Nicky Street 790309 The Dairy House. chstreet@btinternet.com   

Berwick St James Newslette - Nov 2011

GET WELL SOON. Sadly Mrs Lee was found on the floor, Jenny her step-daughter is very grateful to all friends and neighbours and also Dr Houghton for their kind help. Mrs Lee unfortunately suffered a stroke and is now poorly in hospital. We all wish her a speedy recovery.  Get Well Soon to all in Berwick who are unwell. Our best wishes to you all. 

 CONGRATULATIONS . Cyril and Josie Emm have been resident in Berwick St James on Sunday 9th October for 57 years and he has worked for G E Street and Son since 11th October 1954 and still keeps his hand in when needed. Cyril and Josie Emm would like to welcome into the world their Great Grandson – Hudson George Pratt – born on 13th September in Salisbury to their Grandson Simon and his wife Jessica.   

 CONGRATULATIONS to Harriet Colthurst and Tom Sutton on their marriage on September 24th, we wish them both happiness in the years to come.  WELCOME to Keith and Gail Lovett, we hope you enjoy living in Berwick. 

THANK YOU to Barbara Last for the lovely photos of Berwick in the snow, which are now hanging in the Reading Room.   

HARVEST FESTIVAL

The church looked wonderful for harvest festival on 25th September and many thanks goes to all those who helped decorate the church with flowers, fruit and vegetables.

 CHURCH ROOF. 

You will no doubt have seen that work has started on the church roof and is progressing well. Before work started it was agreed by the architect that the roof needed to be raised by a few inches to ensure a much better water run off, which was previously the cause of damp getting into the church, in particular with the more frequent very heavy downpours that have been experienced. The aim all the time has been to have a roof that will last for 100 years with no problems. The result of this is a further £5000 on the bill, but together with some additional plastering and redecoration the work should be achieved from the monies raised by the appeal. It is hoped that the work will be completed by the end of November.  

CHRISTMAS BAZAAR

This is on SATURDAY 3rd December at 2pm in the Reading Room. The Reading Room will be open to accept gifts for the sale on Friday 2nd December 5pm-6pm, and on Saturday morning 10.30am – 11.30am. We would very much appreciate donations for the Raffle, Bottle Stall, Christmas Stall (cards, paper, gifts etc), books, bric-a-brac etc. There will be coffee and tea too. Donations, offers of help etc can also be made to Anika Lange The Black Barn 790122, or Nicky Street The Dairy House 790309.  Please help us improve the Reading Room, we are making grant applications, but need to raise money too. The Reading Room is YOUR village room.

  HARVEST SUPPER

 A great time was had by all at the splendid Harvest Supper held in the Guide Hall. We had delicious sausages and mash, with lovely puddings and cheese – followed by hilarious horse racing. Many thanks to all who helped, especially those who cooked, served, washed up and tidied up, Jacky and Roland for the raffle, also thanks to the suppliers of the puddings, those who set up, the Horse Race gang (especially Georgina, Bryony and Maurice) and most of all to the organisers. Thank you.

BERWICK TO BE PART OF WARMINSTER AND SHAFTESBURY CONSTITUENCY?                                       

Under the proposal made by the Boundary Commission the Till and Wylye Ward (including Berwick St James) would move from Salisbury Parliamentary Constituency to the Warminster and Shaftesbury Constituency. Many people think that Berwick looks towards Salisbury (9 miles away) and would like to keep our Salisbury MP.  It has also been suggested that we have not been given sufficient information about this very important matter.  As reported in the Salisbury Journal our current MP John Glen said “I support the residents of Till and Wylye Valley’s wish to stay part of the Salisbury Constituency. They look to Salisbury and historically have always been part of the constituency.” The Parish Meeting has written to state the meeting’s opposition to the proposal. If you would like to make a comment in favour or against the proposal please write to The Boundary Commission for England. 35 Great Smith St. London  SW1P 3BQ. or to John Glen MP, or Ian West our Councillor. Information is available, and comments can be made on line at consultation.boundarycommissionforengland.independent.gov.uk   Please note that consultation closes on 5th December.     

BERWICK FARM SHOP 

  “Jamie at Home” Party at Berwick Farm Shop on 11th November 11am onwards. Kitchen and Dining equipment, products to love and use everyday. The catalogue is available to look at in the shop, and orders can be made before the party too. Coffee and biscuits, and taste a few nibbles too.  Christmas Orders.  Meat orders by 9th December if possible please. Local, Free-range Bronze Turkeys, also chickens, geese, pork and beef, our own beef will be available for Christmas – put in an order! Also available Christmas Cakes, iced, plain or topped with fruit, Christmas Puddings, Mince Pies etc, these can also be ordered. For details of the shop see advert elsewhere in the magazine.  

   WILTSHIRE HISTORIC CHURCHES RIDE AND STRIDE 2011. 

 We (Mary Gatling, Peter and Gabrielle Smith, and Nicky Street visiting 25 churches between us) raised a marvellous £338 for the Wiltshire Historic Churches. Half of this will come back to Berwick Church, and half to the Historic Churches Trust who gives grants to churches in need – we received one to assist with the roof. Congratulations!      

     NOTICEBOARDS

Please look at the noticeboards, particularly the one by the bus shelter, as various Parish Meeting business is put up in them. This can include planning, area board meetings etc. Other information, dates of meetings, minutes etc are also put into the noticeboards – they are always worth looking at.

BERWICK “50 CLUB”. 

The monthly Berwick “50 club” draw for the September prize took place on 1st October at the Boot Inn. This month’s winner was Gabrielle Smith who won the September prize of £155. The Next Draw is on Friday 28th October at the Boot Inn.  

LADIES NIGHT

 What is Ladies Night? It is a chance for any ladies of all ages from all our villages to meet for a chat, a laugh, a gossip (and a drink) together. We meet at The Boot Inn on the second Wednesday of every month from 7.30pm (although we usually roll up from around 7.45pm) and you are welcome to join us at any time. We will meet on Wednesday 9th November.  We had a great time at the October get together, with Jan from Neal’s Yard, with lovely smellies, and lots of chat and meeting new people. Many thanks to Cathy for organizing it.  

DIGITAL SWITCHOVER.

As most people are aware the analogue television signal in this region will be turned off shortly. If you need any information about this, please look at www.digitaluk.co.uk, for a community pack phone Bill Taylor 07970 861238.  

  HEATING OIL.      

Although the autumn so far (at mid October!) has been remarkably mild, do not get caught out when the cold weather comes, and remember to check your oil tank. If you need heating oil, please consider  WP Group previously called WESSEX PETROLEUM will donate 1/2p per litre of domestic heating oil ordered under

reference D14 to Berwick Reading Room. If you decide to use the WP Group please phone 0800 980 6172 then remember to quote ref D14 every time you order, even if you have ordered before.  This has been really useful to The Reading Room.                                                 

WILDLIFE WATCH

Hedgerows.                                                                                                                                                                           There is a remarkable hedge between Berwick and Stapleford. It follows the road alongside the River Till which then joins the Wylye. In this one kilometre stretch there are fourteen species of tree and shrub as well as four species of climbing plant, there is an old rule of thumb that dates a hedge by number of species, roughly equating one to a century of existence. This would make that hedge very old indeed. It would have followed the original track way between the two villages since their origins. The climbers are ubiquitous ivy, White Bryony now covered in brilliant red poisonous berries, Old Man’s Beard and Hops. This is an interesting plant, well known for its addition to add the bitter flavour to beer. For some reason, Henry V!!! took against it, declaring it to be an evil plant and it was to be eliminated. The most abundant plant in this line is elm, growing from suckers, relics of the tall trees that succumbed to Dutch Elm Disease in the 60’s from which it persists, never reaching more than fifteen feet tall before the beetle, carrying the lethal fungus, reaches it again. Some of the shrubs are laden with berries, not too harshly cut back on this hedge. One unusual tree is a single plane tree, not normally found as it not a native.  Who planted it?   From Barbara Last      

The Otter.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     An An otter was seen just after 9 in the morning on Church St in Winterbourne Stoke on 15th October. On the 16th October an otter (presumably the same one) was seen under the bridge at the south end of Berwick. It was watched for 40minutes as it fished in what is left of the river, and then sat grooming itself on the gravel in the river bed. It had a healed injury over it’s right eye, but otherwise seemed healthy. Has anyone else seen it? Otters have large hunting areas so it could well be the length of the Till.

 

Berwick St James Newsletter - Oct 2011

CONGRATULATIONS to Giles Dickinson on his 40th Birthday – and on a great cricket match on 3rd September. 

Also congratulations to James Haggaty on captaining Hampshire Young Cricketers to a three wicket win over Durham in the final of the English Cricket Board Under 17

to win the County Cup.

PARISH MEETING

The next meeting is planned for 13th October at 6.30pm in the Reading Room. The Agenda will be put on the Notice Boards about a week before.

Chairman to the Parish Meeting Richard Brasher 790410.

Clerk to the Parish Meeting Jacky Webb 792624.

NOTICEBOARDS

Please look at the noticeboards, particularly the one by the bus shelter, as various Parish Meeting business is put up in them. This can include planning, area board meetings etc. Other information, dates of meetings, minutes etc are also put into the noticeboards – they are always worth looking at.

HARVEST SUPPER

This is on SATURDAY 15thOCTOBER at 7pm at the Guide Centre. It is FREE to ALL Berwick Residents and everyone is welcome especially the children. The cost is paid for from the proceeds of the Grand Raffle – so remember your money and a prize!. As for the last 3 years, visitors from outside the village will be charged £5 for adults and £3 for OAP’s and children.

Enclosed in the magazine is a flyer – please reply, it makes the organization so much easier. Ailsa Bush and Gill Brasher have very kindly agreed to cook the main course and will provide the cheese. Assistance would be hugely welcomed in providing puddings as well as help in setting up, decorating the room, washing up and tidying away. For more information, offers etc please phone Ailsa Bush on 790445

Please bring your own bottles of wine, beer, squash etc and glasses too. Previous harvest suppers have always been good fun – we do hope you can come.

It is hoped that there will be Horse Racing after the Supper.

THE CHURCH ROOF

As you will have seen work has started on the church roof, which is good news. For the duration of the work, the church will be locked and unlocked by the roofer to ensure the security of his equipment.

When finished the roof will be shiny, however it will dull down to the appearance of lead within a year.

LADIES NIGHT AT THE BOOT INN

Janet from Neal’s Yard is coming on Ladies Night October 12th at 7.30pm. There will be samples and mini facials and so on. For more details see the advert elsewhere in the magazine.

THE BOOT INN

Fish night is on Friday 28th October, there will be a Wadworth Brewery tour organised soon, and there will be a Wine and Sausage night in November. For details of the Boot Inn see the advert elsewhere in the magazine.

READING ROOM MARKET STALL

On a blustery and occasionally wet Saturday four intrepid villagers took cars and a trailer full of books and other items and held a charity stall in the Maltings in Salisbury. Due to the poor weather, and perhaps the recession too, we made £159 – well down from last year. But with the work planned for the Reading Room, it is all welcome. Many thanks to Ian, Jackie, Olivia and Sarah for their hard work.

WILTSHIRE HISTORIC CHURCHES – RIDE and STRIDE 2011

The Sponsored Cycle Ride, Horse Ride or Walk took place on Saturday 10th September.  Berwick has taken part in this for many years – our church receives half the money raised by our riders and striders, the rest going to the Historic Churches Fund, which gives grants to historic churches for repairs to their church buildings.

The weather wasn’t brilliant (!!), but at least it wasn’t too hot. Final figures are not yet in, but congratulations to all who took part, and many thanks to those who greeted at the church.

I rode from Salisbury, via 16 churches, to Winterbourne Stoke and back to Berwick. The welcome at many of the churches was really helpful – I even got a round of applause from St Mark’s as I was the first cyclist there!. St Thomas’s flapjacks were lovely, as was the coffee at All Saints Harnham. Waterproof coat and overtrousers kept me dry past Netherhampton and into Wilton, then it dried up by Wishford, for a pleasant finish through our villages. Thank you to all my sponsors – totals next month hopefully. Nicky Street.  

BERWICK “50 CLUB”.

The monthly Berwick “50 club” draw took place on 29th August at the Boot Inn. This month’s winner was Barbara Last who won the prize of £160.

We welcome new members to the club. Just ring Ian Fisher 790214. Each number costs £10 per month, and we are happy to sell you a number for one month, or for many months! The draw distributes as a prize, half the money taken that month, and the other half goes to the Church Roof Fund. The Next Draw is on Friday 30th September at the Boot Inn.

BERWICK FARM SHOP

Have you seen the Crafts now available to buy at the Farm Shop? Lovely pottery, handmade wooden toys – tractors and trailers of all sorts. And now there is Sterling Silver and bead jewellery made by a local craftswoman, beautiful necklaces and earrings. Also knitted items – all beautifully handmade. Perfect gifts.

See the advert for details of opening times and contact details.

BERWICK ST JAMES WEBSITE 

www.berwickstjames.org.uk   There are new wonderful photographs of the Steam Engines passing through the village – it could be 100 years ago. Many thanks to Nick Crocker. We would love more contributions, photos etc, you can contribute to the website by going to the site and following the directions.

We are on Twitter – be part of the conversation. It is a very good way of announcing local events too!

HEATING OIL.

Autumn is coming on and it is beginning to get cold. If you need heating oil, please consider W P GROUP previously called Wessex Petroleum who will donate 1/2p per litre of domestic heating oil ordered under reference D14 to Berwick Reading Room. If you decide to use The WP Group  please phone 0800 980 6172 then remember to quote ref D14 every time you order, even if you have ordered before.  This has been really useful to The Reading Room.

WILDLIFE WATCH

I am intrigued to see a strange crop growing in a field by the road at South Newton. It appears to be a mixture of linseed and Red Goosefoot. As I envisage difficulty in harvesting a mixed crop I am puzzled to know its purpose. Goosefoots have been important in the lean times in the past when used as a pot herb, as was Good King Henry, a related species. The seeds of both plants would yield oil. Perhaps they are to be a source of wild bird seed.  From Barbara Last.

 BERWICK ST JAMES - Newsletter - September 2011

THANK YOU to Shaun Haggaty for his most generous donation of the marvellous work he did, painting the Reading Room door, woodwork, down pipes etc, it makes the room look so much better.

WELCOME to Ann and Phil Day, with congratulations on their birthdays and Ruby Wedding anniversary too. And welcome to everyone who has recently come to live in Berwick.

GET WELL SOON to all who are ill, we hope you feel better soon.

CONGRATULATIONS to Barbara Last on becoming a Great Grandma. Her grand daughter Charlotte produced nine pound Oscar, all well. 

RIVER TILL. Please do not put grass cuttings, prunings etc into the River Till, and try to prevent them falling in, if you are trimming the riverbank. This is because they damage the ecology of the SSSI (site of special scientific interest) by choking the weed etc, and also block up the mill wheel and hatches. As the water level is so low at the moment, this is particularly important.

NOTICEBOARDS

Please look at the noticeboards, particularly the one by the bus shelter, as various Parish Meeting business is put up in them. This can include planning, area board meetings etc. Other information, dates of meetings, minutes etc are also put into the noticeboards – they are always worth looking at.  

READING ROOM MARKET STALL 

The Reading Room is having a Stall in Salisbury Market on Saturday 10th September. We need Bric-a-Brac especially China and Costume jewellery, and would welcome anything but NOT Jumble, Shoes or Electrical Items. Please bring to The Dairy House or The Black Barn or ring Anika Lange 790122 or Nicky Street 790309 for collection. We will be setting off at the crack of dawn on Saturday, so would appreciate any items by Friday 9th (but can take things earlier of course!)

If you are in Salisbury on that day, please call at the Stall – perhaps you could relieve one of the stallholders for a few minutes! – or find something to buy.

THE READING ROOM

The Reading Room has had the wood work painted (with many thanks to Shaun Haggaty), and we are looking into having major work to try to cure the problems with the damp.

The Christmas Bazaar will be on Saturday December 3rd – a note for your diary.

The Reading Room is available for hire, and we also hire out tables, chairs and china. Please speak to Mrs Jean Hibberd 6 High St (next to the Reading Room) 790806.

Secretary Anika Lange 790122 Chairman Nicky Street 790309

HARVEST FESTIVAL

This year Harvest Festival in St James Church is on Sunday 25th September to which everyone is most welcome. It will be a matins service which will last approximately 35 minutes and will be followed by tea and coffee.

Harvest Festival Flowers, Fruit and Vegetables. As always I am sure the church will look wonderful. Contributions of flowers fruit and vegetables from whoever would like to bring them, on either Friday 23rd or Saturday 24th September would be much appreciated. Sadly due to stupid regulations, we are unable to donate the produce to good causes, so we ask that sometime during the following week you retrieve your produce from the church.

HARVEST SUPPER

This year the Harvest Supper will be on Saturday 15th October at 7pm at the Guide Centre. It is FREE to ALL Berwick residents and everyone is most welcome. The cost is paid for from the proceeds of the Grand Raffle. AS for the last 2 years, visitors from outside the village will be charged £5 for adults and £3 for OAP’s and children. It is very possible that the local hunt will be having a steeple chase that night with 3 races taking place at the Guide Centre – more details next month.

Please note the date in your diary and look out for further details in the October magazine.

CHURCH ROOF.

By the time you receive this magazine I sincerely hope that work on the roof will have started or the Churchwardens will be pulling their hair out!

CRICKET FIELD

Unfortunately due to someone joy riding a car around the cricket field and damaging the out field we have had to lock the gates to prevent vehicle entry and thus further and possibly more serious damage. This means that access to the play ground is going to be restricted until we can work out an alternative. It should also stop the person leaving garden refuse without permission too.

If anyone needs access please contact Charles Street or Rod Crossley.

MILL HOUSE OPEN GARDEN

Mill House Garden open for N G S (National Gardens Scheme) on June 26th raised a total of £639.00. The Gate raised £304 and Teas in the Reading Room £335.00 (for Berwick Church) and £10 to Reading Room. As usual so many thanks to Ailsa and Stephen Bush and their gang for delicious teas enjoyed by many from near and far. The weather was perfect. Diana Gifford Mead.

RACE FOR LIFE.

In the midst of a vast crowd of mostly pink runners in  Salisbury on July 3rd Marilyn Wood and Nicky Street ran the 5km in aid of Cancer Research – the weather was very hot but the atmosphere was marvellous. Congratulations to both! (and to all who took part).

WILTSHIRE HISTORIC CHURCHES – RIDE and STRIDE 2011

The Sponsored Cycle Ride, horse Ride or Walk will take place on Saturday 10th September this year. Berwick has taken part in this for many years – our church receives half the money raised by our riders and striders, the rest going to the Historic Churches Fund, which gives grants to historic churches for repairs to their church buildings.

If you would be interested in taking part please contact our parish organiser Lyanne Street The Briars 790544. Anyone can take part – church member or not, cycling, riding or walking. If enough were interested we could organise a group cycle or walk.

Nicky and David Street will be taking part again – for the 8th year running (if my maths is right) – so sponsorship most welcome, please call at The Dairy House or give me a ring on 790309.

BERWICK “50 CLUB”.

The monthly Berwick “50 club” draw took place on 29th July at the Boot Inn. This month’s winner was Stephen Bush who won the prize of £155.

We welcome new members to the club. Just ring Ian Fisher 790214. Each number costs £10 per month, and we are happy to sell you a number for one month, or for many months! The draw distributes as a prize, half the money taken that month, and the other half goes to the Church Roof Fund. The Next Draw is on Friday 26th August at the Boot Inn.

LADIES NIGHT

What is Ladies Night? It is a chance for any ladies of all ages from all our villages to meet for a chat, a laugh, a gossip (and a drink) together. We meet at The Boot Inn on the second Wednesday of every month from 7.30pm (although we usually roll up from around 7.45pm) and you are welcome to join us at any time. We will meet on Wednesday14th September. For the October meeting see the Boot entry below.

THE BOOT INN

On October 12th Janet is coming from Neal’s Yard to Ladies Night with some cosmetics and other products for you to try. More details later.

The Boot continues to do the ever popular Fish Nights – the next is on Friday 26th from 6.30pm. The Boot Inn will be serving lunch on Bank Holiday Monday 29th August 12noon to 2.15pm. See advert for opening times etc.

HEATING OIL.

Autumn is coming on and you may wish to think about your heating oil. WESSEX PETROLEUM will donate 1/2p per litre of domestic heating oil ordered under reference D14 to Berwick Reading Room. If you decide to use Wessex Petroleum please phone 0800 980 6172 then remember to quote ref D14 every time you order, even if you have ordered before.  This has been really useful to The Reading Room.

BERWICK FARM SHOP

As many now know, Marilyn is now serving coffee, tea and cakes – just drop in.

Marilyn now stocks the very popular Wessex Mill Bread Flour, along with the standard Strong White, Wholemeal etc, there is also Honey and Seed, Six Seed, Half & Half, and Malt Loaf. This is excellent for all bread machines and for hand made bread. Yeast is also available.

Lovely, fresh, local seasonal vegetables are stocked – they come from Paget’s Produce at Bromham.

Marilyn Wood 790490.  

CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE BERWICK PART OF THIS MAGAZINE.

More contributions very welcome. I’ll take anything, and don’t edit unless you ask me to, but I don’t check, so please make sure your days, dates etc are right.  Nicky Street The Dairy House 790309, or e-mail chstreet@btinternet.com by 15th of the month before the magazine is due out, indicating it is a magazine entry.

Or, if you prefer, directly to Glennis (see editor’s note eslewhere in the magazine).

BERWICK ST JAMES Newsletter - August 2011

Congratulations to Jean Collins and Godfrey Pitman on their marriage which took place on 17th June during a cruise to Norway.

Welcome home to Maureen Rhind-Tutt after a long hospital visit, we hope she is soon back to 100%.

NOTICEBOARDS

Please look at the noticeboards, particularly the one by the bus shelter, as various Parish Meeting business is put up in them. This can include planning, area board meetings etc. Other information, dates of meetings, minutes etc are also put into the noticeboards – they are always worth looking at.  

WILTSHIRE HISTORIC CHURCHES – RIDE and STRIDE 2011

The Sponsored Cycle Ride, horse Ride or Walk will take place on Saturday 10th September this year. Berwick has taken part in this for many years – our church receives half the money raised by our riders and striders, the rest going to the Historic Churches Fund, which gives grants to historic churches for repairs to their church buildings.

If you would be interested in taking part please contact our parish organiser Lyanne Street The Briars 790544. It is well worth doing – a lovely cycle ride around lovely countryside, visiting Churches you may well never have seen before! If you are not sure where to cycle we can help plan routes of all lengths – from a couple of miles to as far as you want to go. Anyone can take part – church member or not, cycling, riding or walking. If enough were interested we could organise a group cycle or walk.

We will also need people to man the church throughout the day to greet the cyclists, if you can help please ring Lyanne.

BERWICK “50 CLUB”.

The monthly Berwick “50 club” draw took place on 24th June in the Boot Inn. This month’s winner was Margaret Mustill who won the prize of £170.

We welcome new members to the club. Just ring Ian Fisher 790214. Each number costs £10 per month, and we are happy to sell you a number for one month, or for many months! The draw distributes as a prize, half the money taken that month, and the other half goes to the Church Roof Fund. The Next Draw is on Friday 24th June at the Boot Inn.

LADIES NIGHT

What is Ladies Night? It is a chance for any ladies of all ages from all our villages to meet for a chat, a laugh, a gossip (and a drink) together. We meet at The Boot Inn on the second Wednesday of every month from 7.30pm (although we usually roll up from around 7.45pm) and you are welcome to join us at any time. We will meet on Wednesday 10th August.  

BERWICK ST JAMES WEBSITE 

www.berwickstjames.org.uk  Two new items of interest are on the website. Firstly we have some wonderful photos of Berwick from the early 1900’s from a descendant of Stephen Furness. (with many thanks to Jane). Go into the website, click on “History” then onto “Historical Pics”. There is also an article on the Great Bustards, about the birds themselves and their historical connection with Berwick. Go onto the website, click on “History” and then onto “Great Bustard” – there is also a photograph of a Bustard, if you wondered what one looks like. We would love more contributions, photos etc, you can contribute to the website by going to the site and following the directions. More contributions very much welcome. We are on Twitter – be part of the conversation.

HEATING OIL.

Although we are hopefully in the middle of summer, it is time to think about your heating oil. WESSEX PETROLEUM will donate 1/2p per litre of domestic heating oil ordered under reference D14 to Berwick Reading Room. If you decide to use Wessex Petroleum please phone 0800 980 6172 then remember to quote ref D14 every time you order, even if you have ordered before. 

 WILDLIFE WATCH

 TICKS by Barbara Last.

I have been asked for a note on these creatures, as they seem to be abundant this season. They are not insects as they have eight legs so they have affinities with spiders. They have globular bodies and tiny sucking mouth parts like a stiletto in the head. Eggs in the soil hatch into nymphs the size of a pin-head, hungry and looking for their first meal of blood. Each meal is following by a moult, and a subsequent meal until they are adult, about 3mms. They feed by lurking on herbage until a warm blooded creature, mammal or bird passes. They drop off, maybe landing on their lunch, stimulated to do this by the slight rise in temperature and carbon dioxide. The main prey are sheep or deer, but people and their dogs are also good targets.

They may be carried around on clothing, or dog’s fur. Long trousers are a good idea, and brush the dog on the return from the field. Use flea powder, or the spot on equivalent as recommended by vets, on dogs. Ticks are best removed with forceps at the head end, with a twisting action. Try not to burst them or squeeze. The irritation of their bite is not important, but they can be vectors of Lyme Disease., caused by a bacterium, Borrelia burgdorferi. It was first discovered in the US town of Lyme. Many people have no symptoms. Those affected may not show symptoms until weeks or months later, which vary from joint pain, a rash, fatigue, weakness and palsy. It is easily controlled by antibiotics if treated early. Barbara Last.

Note- there has been a case of Lyme Disease locally, and I use a very effective little tool from the vet for removing ticks from the dogs. Nicky.

More reports welcome from all our villages. Nicky Street 790309 The Dairy House email chstreet@btinternet.com 

 

BERWICK ST JAMES Newsletter - July 2011

NOTICEBOARDS

Please look at the noticeboards, particularly the one by the bus shelter, as various Parish Meeting business is put up in them. This can include planning, area board meetings etc. Other information, dates of meetings, minutes etc are also put into the noticeboards – they are always worth looking at.  

FETE

The Church being a beneficiary part of the fete takings, the churchwardens would like to thank everyone for their generosity and efforts in making the day such a huge success. Without the income from the fete, the Church would be unable to pay its quota to the diocese out of annual income and therefore this is a hugely important and necessary source of revenue to keep the church going. Thankyou.

BERWICK ST JAMES FETE.

The result was a provisional profit of £2417.39! including the Duck Race. With all the hard work by everyone it was a great day – and we were especially lucky with the marvellous weather! – see the wonderful photos on the website. Thank you to all, especially to Toby and Sarah Humphreys for Berwick House Garden, thanks to all the stallholders, those who ran the games, did the BBQ and Beer Tent (104 pints of beer and 81 glasses of Pimms), manned the gates, set up beforehand, and packed away afterwards (especially Tim and his trailer), and all who got rid of what was left afterwards. Several stalls made over £200 each – including the Bric-a-Brac, Raffle and BBQ, as well as the Duck Race of course! Well done indeed!  Special thanks to Ian Fisher who has been treasurer for several years and as I took the bagged money to the bank I realized just how much work goes into being treasurer! Thanks must also go to all the Committee and everyone behind the scenes.

The Dog Show was judged by Mr David Wood from Wincanton. The Best in Show Pedigree was Mr Boobyer’s German Shepherd “Blade” from Melksham. Best Puppy was Mr Bryant’s Lhaso Apso “Bailey” from Tisbury. Best in Show Novelty was Jane Rowe’s Border Terrier “Barley” from Berwick, and the Best Village Dog (winning the Brandy Cup presented by Chris McConnell) was The Humphrey family’s working Cocker Spaniel “Weasel”. 

The Winner of the Fete Quiz was Rosie Gairdner with every question answered correctly, and second place to Gav Stephenson with only one wrong. The quiz raised £97 profit with many thanks to Veronica Sumner (with help from Peter Smith), and to all those who took part and who sold quizzes.

DUCK RACE

On Sunday, in somewhat cooler weather, we had the sold-out Duck Race. See the photos on the website! It was great fun, especially for the canoeists and waders. The childrens race was won by the Humphrey family with duck 61, 2nd Tilly Gundry, 3rd Benjamin Williams, and the adult race by Mary Gatling with duck 68, 2nd Martin Gairdner, 3rd Sheila Glyn-Owen.

With thanks to Neil and Carolyn MacDougall for the wonderful organization, also thanks to the Shop and Boot Inn for selling, also to the canoeists and waders for collecting the ducks (I think we may have lost one – early migration perhaps), and the tea and cake makers and sellers (we did need the hot drinks!). Special thanks go to Tim and Olivia Marchant for letting us use their garden, canoe and summerhouse.

LADIES NIGHT

What is Ladies Night? It is a chance for any ladies of all ages from all our villages to meet for a chat, a laugh, a gossip (and a drink) together. We meet at The Boot Inn on the second Wednesday of every month from 7.30pm (although we usually roll up from around 7.45pm) and you are welcome to join us at any time. We will meet on Wednesday 13th July.  

RACE FOR LIFE.

Several of the Berwick Ladies Running Group are taking part in the 5km Race for Life on July 3rd, in Salisbury, in aid of Cancer Research UK.  Cancer Research UK is the world’s leading independent charity dedicated to cancer research. For more details of Cancer Research UK see the “about us” section in the Race for Life website. www.raceforlife.org  Please sponsor us! You can do this at the Farm Shop (or make a donation) or to the individual runners. 

 BERWICK “50 CLUB”.

The monthly Berwick “50 club” draw took place on 27th May  in the Boot Inn. This month’s winner was Jane Rowe who won the prize of £175.

We welcome new members to the club. Just ring Ian Fisher 790214. Each number costs £10 per month, and we are happy to sell you a number for one month, or for many months! The draw distributes as a prize, half the money taken that month, and the other half goes to the Church Roof Fund. The Next Draw is on Friday 24th June at the Boot Inn.

ROYAL WEDDING GARDEN PARTY

I still have some items that were left at The Clock House after the Garden Party. They are a pair of salad servers, a china dish and two knives. I have them here at The Dairy House, and would be glad to return them to their owners

BERWICK ST JAMES WEBSITE 

www.berwickstjames.org.uk    There are lots of wonderful photos of the Fete and Duck Race – are you there?  We would love more contributions, photos etc, you can contribute to the website by going to the site and following the directions. More contributions very much welcome. We are now on Twitter – try it and see!

 

 

 

WILDLIFE WATCH

A stoat has been seen several times running across the road at the south end of Berwick, near the Guide HQ.

A Red Kite was seen in May, with sticks in its beak, landing in a large Beech tree by Asserton House.

Great Bustard. There is now an article about Great Bustards and Berwick on the website. www.berwickstjames.org.uk  It has details about the birds and the shooting of one of the last Great Bustards in 1871. From the home page of the website go to “History” and then “Great Bustard”.

Cuckoo  Has anyone heard the cuckoo this year? I haven’t.

The wildflowers on the conservation headlands are looking particually good this year, and I have seen a lot of butterflies – despite the hard winter.

 More reports welcome from all our villages. Nicky Street 790309 The Dairy House email chstreet@btinternet.com 

 

Berwick St James Newsletter - May 2011

ROYAL WEDDING GARDEN PARTY

This is on Friday 29th April in The Clock House Garden. If the magazine is out in time, then see you there. If it is later – then lets hope we all had a good time, and the weather was kind to us (and the Royal Couple).

All villagers, friends and family are welcome.. please note that this is not open to everybody.. otherwise we might run out of hog roast!

MILLHOUSE OPEN GARDEN

In brilliant weather on March 27th £179.00 was taken at the Gate for the NGS Charities. Teas served in the Reading Room took £182.80 in aid of the Church – many thanks go to Stephen and Ailsa Bush and the “gang” for this splendid effort and to Veronica Sumner for so ably dealing with the Gate Exchequer.

For the Junior Diabetes Research Fund (JDRF) we had 2 private parties which raised £238.00. Last but not least thanks must go to Michael Mertens (seldom seen!) for his unobtrusive hard work in creating the garden as it is today.

Diana Gifford Mead.

The Mill House Garden is open in aid of the National Garden Scheme on Sunday 26th June, from 2pm to 6pm. Cream Teas will be available in aid of Berwick Church in the Reading Room .

This is another chance to see a wonderful garden and river.

CHIMNEY SWEEP

The Chimney Sweep will be coming on Wednesday May 11th.  

BERWICK FETE AND DOG SHOW

This is on Saturday June 4th at Berwick House, with entries for the Dog Show from 12 noon, judging starting 1pm. Fete opens 12.30pm with BBQ, Beer Tent, Stalls, games, Raffle, quiz and lots more …..

Bring your dogs for the Best Village Dog Competition – all welcome. Plenty of classes for all dogs – great fun in a great place.

All this and a Traditional Fete with lots of stalls and games. Our Fabulous Teas, Wonderful Raffle, Cakes, Produce, Plants, Bottle Stall, Children’s Races, and Children’s Tombola, to say nothing about the Bric-a-Brac and Books!!!

We will need help setting up and taking down  

BERWICK “50 CLUB”.

The monthly Berwick “50 club” draw took place on 25th March in the Boot Inn. This month’s winner was Shaun Haggaty who won the prize of £165.

We welcome new members to the club. Just ring Ian Fisher 790214. Each number costs £10 per month, and we are happy to sell you a number for one month, or for many months! The draw distributes as a prize, half the money taken that month, and the other half goes to the Church Roof Fund.

PARISH ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING.

The Berwick St James Parish Meeting AGM will be held on Thursday 12th May at 6.30pm in the Reading Room. The full agenda is on the Berwick website berwickstjames.org.uk  It will include a Wiltshire Council update, election of officers, Accounts, planning applications, speeding, Village Fete and the Community plan. ANY villager can speak at this meeting, and there will be “Any Other Business” when other matters can be brought to the attention of the village. Parish Chairman Richard Brasher 790410. Parish Clerk Jacky Webb 792624.  PLEASE COME.

READING ROOM ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

This will be held in the Reading Room shortly. Please watch your noticeboards for details.

EXTRAORDINARY PARISH MEETING.

A Parish meeting was held on Monday 11th April  in the Reading Room to discuss the Article 4 direction proposed by Wiltshire Council on the Stonehenge Campsite. The vote was in favour of the proposal. Full details available from the Parish Chairman Richard Brasher 790410. or  Parish Clerk Jacky Webb 792624.

PLANNING. Stonehenge Campsite.                                                                                                                                Town and Country Planning Act 1990. Appeal by Mr WF Grant. Land at Stonehenge Campsite Berwick Rd, Berwick St James. Planning appeal reference APP/Y3940/A/10/2136994.  Enforcement Appeal references APP/Y3940/C/2139334 & APP/Y3940/C/10/2142020. The local enquiry will be held on 17th, 18th and 19th May 2011 at the Alamein Suite, City Hall, Fisherton St, Salisbury commencing at 10am.

LADIES NIGHT

What is Ladies Night? It is a chance for any ladies of all ages from all our villages to meet for a chat, a laugh, a gossip (and a drink) together. We meet at The Boot Inn on the second Wednesday of every month from 7.30pm (although we usually roll up from around 7.45pm) and you are welcome to join us at any time. We will meet on 11th May.  

LADIES RUNNING GROUP.                                                                                                                                                        Come and join our informal running group. All abilities welcome especially absolute beginners.  We run and jog at a comfortable speed.  Some of us are aiming for the Race for Life on 2nd or 3rd July in Salisbury.  We meet at Berwick Farm Shop on Thursdays at 6pm.  Come and join us. (PS It is a really good way to loose weight!)

NOTICEBOARDS

Please look at the noticeboards, particularly the one by the bus shelter, as various Parish Meeting business is put up in them. This can include planning, area board meetings etc. Other information, dates of meetings, minutes etc are also put into the noticeboards – they are always worth looking at.  

 WILDLIFE WATCH

The first swallow reported was seen on 3rd April, above the grain dryer at the north end of Berwick. Lots of sightings of the turkeys and guinea fowl!. Also it is great to see the mad March hares, beautiful lapwings, larks and many more birds – and a possible sighting of a Honey Buzzard.

The tale of a Berwick Hedgehog.

One very frosty, cold evening in November last year I found a small hedgehog walking along the side of Berwick St James High street. I picked him up and the following day took him to the Wiltshire Wildlife hospital at Newton Toney where he was weighed (438 grams; hedgehogs need to be at least 600 grams in order to survive a winters’ hibernation), given a worming dose, vitamin injection and placed in his own en-site box, then joined the other 157 hedgehogs W W had taken in for the winter. Mid-April I received a phone call to say that not only had Harry (yes, he now had a name!) survived the winter but had managed to defy hibernation in order to take advantage of the full –board service on offer, he now weighed in at a stunning 173 grams!! I’ve collected him from Wiltshire Wildlife and intend to return him to the Berwick area once the threat of ground frosts has gone. Thanks to the efforts of the Wiltshire Wildlife staff and volunteers, Harry will start his summer adventures in the best of health.

Should you find an injured animal or bird, Wiltshire Wildlife can be contacted on 07850 778752, they are more than happy to help. And, if you would like to feed any visiting hedgehogs they like cat biscuits e.g. Go-Cat and Chubb dog food, you never know it might just be Harry! Enticing hedgehogs into gardens certainly keeps the slugs and snails at bay.

Nicole.

RACE FOR LIFE

Race for Life is a unique series of events across the UK where women walk, jog or run 5km together. Why? To help cure cancer faster, by raising an incredible £60 million for Cancer Research UK. 2010 Race for Life included over 230 events across the country and an estimated 700,000 women took part.

The Race for Life event in Salisbury will be starting off from Hudson’s field on Sunday 3rd July at 11am Women of all ages and levels of fitness take part in Race for Life, as the event is not focused on the time taken to complete the course, but on the experience of getting together with other women to raise funds for vital research into cancer. It doesn’t matter if you walk or run – it is the taking part, and raising funds. Which is important! In the past 16 years (the amount of time Race for Life has been in existence), 4.7 million women and girls have taken part and over £370 million has been raised through Race for Life and the death rate from cancer has fallen by 15%

Places can be booked on line at www.raceforlife.org or call 0871941111. You will then be sent information to help you prepare for the day and raise as much money as you can to help cure cancer faster.

NB – Berwick’s Ladies Running Group intend to take part again this year – more details will be available from Berwick Farm Shop in due course.

 STAPLEFORD

THE TIME TRAVELLER’S GUIDE TO MEDIEVAL ENGLAND

As so many you men and women go to London from the county to seek work you might think that Gilbert, son of Gilbert of Stapleford Wiltshire, was a lucky boy to have been placed apprentice to a London spice-monger, Geoffrey Adrian, in 1341. His father has taken considerable effort on his son’s behalf, and can be sure that the lad is on the path to prosperity. But on 17 June of that year (1340),young Gilbert is found with £40 of his master’s money in his pockets. Poor Gilbert is taken by his outraged master before the mayor and aldermen that same day. He confesses his deed. Within a few hours of his giving in to temptation, he is dead. Despite all his father’s efforts to give him a good start in life, his corpse is twisting on a rope at Tyburn (doc. Ref. Available) 

Ann O’Neil.

Berwick St James Newsletter - April 2011

BERWICK ST JAMES

Welcome to Michelle Deniz Drouse and David Woodhouse, and also to Alistair and Emma Smith. Goodbye and good luck to Frank and Lou Whiting, and Thomas, Alice and Oscar, they all worked very hard for Berwick, and we will miss them very much, hopefully they will keep coming back as they have only crossed the A303 to Winterbourne Stoke. Congratulations to Harriet Colthurst on her engagement to Thomas Sutton. Our best wishes to them both.  Get well soon to Toby Humphreys after his operation.      

                                                                                     ANNUAL PARISH CHURCHMEETING.

This is the annual meeting about the running of Berwick church, including election of churchwardens etc. All parishioners are very welcome to come. It is at the church 7pm on Wednesday 13th April.     

                                                                                     EASTER SERVICES.

Palm Sunday service – walk from The Boot Inn to the church for the service 17th April. Within the Holy Week services we have Compline at 7pm here on Wednesday 20th April. Easter Sunday service with Archdeacon Alan Jeans 24th April. All very much welcome. Full details of all services at the front of the magazine.

                                                                                                           BERWICK “50 Club                                                                                                                                        

The monthly Berwick “50” club draw took place on Friday 25th February in The Boot. The ball drawn was number 19, which had been bought by Mrs J Campbell Johnson. Mrs Campbell Johnson therefore won this month’s prize which was £160. Next month’s draw will take place at The Boot on Friday 25th March.       

BERWICK FARM SHOP.                                                                                                                                                                    Jamie at Home”. Jamie Oliver’s collection. On Saturday 9th April at 1pm. A chance to see and buy the fabulous kitchenware, china and cutlery, kids cooking equipment, home fragrances and more; also tastings of Marilyn’s wonderful sausages, cakes, cheeses etc. Marilyn is taking orders for Easter – lamb, chicken, cakes etc 

Marilyn Wood 790490

LADIES RUNNING GROUP. Come and join our informal running group. All abilities welcome especially absolute beginners.  We run and jog at our own speed, and the group usually splits into groups of different speeds and distances depending on who comes. Some of us are aiming for the Race for Life on 2nd or 3rd July in Salisbury.  We meet at Berwick Farm Shop on Thursdays at 6pm. The first meeting will be on March 31st.                                                                                                                                                                       

COMMUNITY PLAN.  A draft has been prepared and has been placed on the village website by Chris Lange. Copies can also be obtained from Richard Brasher. Comments to Chris or Richard would be welcomed. Please read the Plan and if you agree or disagree with it, think it should be expanded, etc please comment via the website, www.berwickstjames.org  or to Richard Brasher.                                                                                          .                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          

PLANNING. Stonehenge Campsite.  Town and Country Planning Act 1990. Appeal by Mr WF Grant. Land at Stonehenge Campsite Berwick Rd, Berwick St James. Planning appeal reference APP/Y3940/A/10/2136994.  Enforcement Appeal references APP/Y3940/C/2139334 & APP/Y3940/C/10/2142020. The local enquiry will be held on 17th, 18th and 19th May 2011 at the Alamein Suite, City Hall, Fisherton St, Salisbury commencing at 10am.

BERWICK ROYAL WEDDING GARDEN PARTY

Make a date in your diary for the Village Garden Party on Friday 29th April, at The Clock House garden. There will be a hog roast, quiz and games. Your friends and relations welcome. It will be FREE, but financed by a RAFFLE. Someone will be in touch asking for numbers, a plate of food and raffle prizes nearer the time.  The wedding starts at 11am, and so should be finished in time for the party to start at about 2 pm.

BERWICK FETE AND DOG SHOW

This is on Saturday June 4th at Berwick House, with entries for the Dog Show from 12 noon, judging starting 1pm. Fete opens 12.30pm with BBQ, Beer Tent, Stalls, games, Raffle, quiz and lots more …..

We would love some new ideas, especially for Games and Stalls, so if you have a wonderful idea please speak to any of the committee – even if you can’t run it, we may be able to find someone who can. Sarah 790212 or Nicky 790309.

MILL HOUSE OPEN GARDEN

The Mill House Garden is open in aid of the National Garden Scheme on Sunday 27th March and Sunday 26th June, from 2pm to 6pm. Cream Teas will be available in aid of Berwick Church in the Reading Room on both days.

LADIES NIGHT

What is Ladies Night? It is a chance for any ladies of all ages from all our villages to meet for a chat, a laugh, a gossip (and a drink) together. We meet at The Boot Inn on the second Wednesday of every month from 7.30pm (although we usually roll up from around 7.45pm) and you are welcome to join us at any time. We will meet on 13th April.  

NOTICEBOARDS

Please look at the noticeboards, particularly the one by the bus shelter, as various Parish Meeting business is put up in them. This can include planning, area board meetings etc. Other information, dates of meetings, minutes etc are also put into the noticeboards – they are always worth looking at.  

BERWICK ST JAMES WEBSITE 

www.berwickstjames.org.uk    Please read the community plan, and respond if you can. If you can contribute to the website please go to the site and follow the directions. More contributions very much welcome. We are now on Twitter – try it and see!

LOCAL HISTORY – THE CENSUS

 We have all taken part in the census at the end of March. The census has been taken every ten years since 1801 (except 1941). As a local historian the census is full of fascinating information, and I look forward to the release of the next one (they are generally kept secret for 100 years, although some information from the 1911 census has already been made available). Unfortunately for historians names were not recorded in the census until 1841. 

All kind of interesting information can be gleaned from the census. Surprisingly, one of the most difficult is to work out where people lived! Houses did not generally have names or numbers, and the enumerator probably walked from one end of the village to the other, crisscrossing the road as necessary, and then returning to the people who were out! 

Live-in servants were included with their employers – very few remained as servants from one census to the next. Except for Elizabeth Fay who aged 18 in 1881 was a housemaid for Erlysman Pinckney at Berwick House, and a parlourmaid aged 28 in 1891. In 1901 Stephen Furness was at Berwick House with  3 children, and 3 servants including a footman from Sweden.

The Dyer family were blacksmiths, living and working at their own forge at what is now Shepherds Cottage. William Dyer aged 60 in 1841 and his family including George (18) who in 1851 was married (28) and a master blacksmith, in 1871 he was still blacksmithing, by 1891 he was living on his own aged 68, still a Blacksmith. In 1901 the blacksmith shop had gone, and the blacksmith was Albert Miles, with his wife Annie nee Dyer.  The youngest worker in 1851 was George Pretty (9), a cow boy, in 1861 James Dyer (9) agricultural labourer, in 1871 Robert Everett (10) shepherds boy, in 1881 Arthur Keel (10) ploughboy, in 1891 John Tuffin (11) shepherd, in 1901 several boys aged 13 including Harold Blanchard a carter.                         

The oldest resident – 1841 Charles Mundy, Letitia White 75. 1851 George Marshall 81. 1861 Eliza Witchell 86. 1871 Alice Lanham 88. 1881 Job Cable 87. 1891 Erlysman Pinckney 82. 1901 Emma Kitley, Richard Rolfe both 82  Who said everyone died young!                                                                                                                                        Nicky Street.

BETTER BROADBAND.  At recent meetings, the Amesbury Area Board has hosted discussions around the issue of broadband and issues relating to connectivity in this community area.

This was previously prompted by the Stonehenge Broadband Group. Later this year, as part of Wiltshire Council’s Digital inclusion Strategy, the area board will revisit this issue.  To assist in ensuing the council’s Digital Inclusion Strategy properly takes into account the needs of residents and businesses located in the whole of the Amesbury Area, you are invited to email me to report any connectivity issues you face eg slow, intermittent, unreliable broadband connection. Please also feel free to report in where you consider broadband connectivity to be adequate or even good. If possible, please could you email me with your response before the 20th April 2011.        

From Karen Linaker, Karen.Linaker@wiltshire.gov.uk     Amesbury community Area Manager. Dept of Community Services. Wiltshire Council. PObox 2281 Salisbury SP2 2HX              

WILDLIFE WATCH

Lots of Red Kites about at the moment, and skylarks, and yellow hammers in the fields.  Two Canada Geese regularly fly up and down the river.

It is great to see all the signs of spring – daffodils, and lighter evenings! I even saw a budding cowslip on 16th March (but it wasn’t quite out!).  In which parish will someone see the first swallow or house martin?

More reports welcome from all our villages. Nicky Street 790309 The Dairy House email chstreet@btinternet.com 

Berwick St james Newsletter - March 2011

All of us in and around Berwick would like to express our deep condolences and sorrow to Cathy and Giles Dickinson on the death of their baby daughter Charlotte. You, and your families, are in our thoughts.

The results of the Scout Christmas Post was that Wilton’s share of the proceeds was £1347.44 which will be shared between the Wilton Scout Group and the Wilton and District Guides. 6369 cards were delivered!

Please could walkers make sure that they shut gates behind them, if they were shut, and leave them open if they were open. Many thanks.

A reminder to dog walkers. I have had reports of little bags of dog mess being left by gates, on fence posts etc. We are sure that locals would always take them home, so they must be visitors. As was pointed out to me - who do they think goes round collecting them?  

Visits to the Great Bustards.

These are being made in March/April. If you would like to make a visit and have not already spoken to Stephen Bush please contact him on 790445. The visits last about 90 minutes and costs £10, half of which the Bustards Group is donating to Berwick Church.

MILL HOUSE OPEN GARDEN

The Mill House Garden is open in aid of the National Garden Scheme on Sunday 27th March and Sunday 26th June, from 2pm to 6pm. Cream Teas will be available in aid of Berwick Church in the Reading Room on both days.

Surrounded by the River Till, millstream and a 10acre traditional wet water meadow, this garden of wildness supports over 300 species of old fashioned roses rambling from the many trees. It is filled with butterflies, moths and insects. Herbaceous borders crammed with plants of yesteryear, unforgettable scents, glorious spring bulbs. SSSI.

BERWICK “50” CLUB.

The monthly “50” club draw took place on 28th January. Lyanne Street drew ball number 25, which had been bought by Ann Crabtree. Ann Crabtree therefore won the prize which this month was £165. The next draw will be on Friday 25th February at The Boot Inn.

We welcome new members to the club. Just ring Ian Fisher 790214. Each number costs £10 per month, and we are happy to sell you a number for one month, or for many months! The draw distributes as a prize, half the money taken that month, and the other half goes to the Church Roof Fund.

BERWICK ROYAL WEDDING GARDEN PARTY

Make a date in your diary for the Garden Party on Friday 29th April, at The Clock House garden. There will be a hog roast, quiz and games. Your friends and relations welcome. It will be FREE, but financed by a RAFFLE. Someone will be in touch asking for numbers and a plate of food nearer the time.  The wedding starts at 11am, and so should be finished in time for the party to start around 2 – 2.30pm, but details will be finalised later.

BERWICK FETE AND DOG SHOW

This is on Saturday June 4th at Berwick House, with entries for the Dog Show from 12 noon, judging starting 1pm. Fete opens 12.30pm with BBQ, Beer Tent, Stalls, games, Raffle, quiz …..

We would love some new ideas, especially for Games and Stalls, so if you have a wonderful idea please speak to any of the committee – even if you can’t run it, we may be able to find someone who can. Sarah 790212 or Nicky 790309.

We hope to discuss how the money raised will be divided at the next Parish Meeting. Watch your noticeboards for details.

SARSEN WALK

Once a year the army open up Salisbury Plain and allows the Wiltshire Wildlife Trust to organise the Sarsen Walk across some stunning countryside between two spectacular World Heritage sites, Avebury and Stonehenge. Walkers can go on 7,11,15, or 26 mile route, whilst runners can do either a marathon or half marathon. Cyclists are also catered for.

I participated last year for the first time and completed the 15 mile walk. The weather was dreadful, but a year on I have forgotten about the freezing temperatures, northerly winds and constant horizontal rain and recall the good organization by the WWT, with water stations and loos etc. I am signing up for the 26 miles (a triumph of hope over expectation) and will walk in aid of the Berwick Church Roof Fund.

The entry fee raises funds for the WWT which is a worthwhile charity in itself, preserving as it does some beautiful parts of the county. The walk should be fun and provides a rare opportunity to see parts of the Plain usually out of bounds. The Walk takes place on the Sunday of the May Day holiday weekend.

If you are interested in participating, please visit www.wiltshirewildlife.org and follow the link to “What’s On” and then “Sarsen Trail and Neolithic Marathon” for more details.

Bill Hiscocks.

DRUID’S NEWS

Some of you many have noticed the large pile of chalk just off the A360. This is not, as often has been suggested to me, a slurry lagoon but is in fact a clean water reservoir. This is filled from one of our boreholes from January to April when the aquifer is full, and then used primarily in the dairy throughout the year.

We are also taking advantage of the storage capacity and carrying out “ rainwater harvesting”. This somewhat posh term basically means that the rain water falling on the fairly substantial dairy building roof is piped into the reservoir and used as fresh water throughout the year. The Environment Agency is very keen on projects of this type not surprisingly when it ahs been calculated that we could be saving around 5 million litres of water per year, not an insignificant amount.

On a final note, if anyone is interested in using any to the wood chip that has been dumped in the yard at Berwick (north end – by old grain dryer buildings), please feel free. The more that is used the better as I will only have to remove it at some stage.

Rod Crossley.

LADIES NIGHT.

What is Ladies Night? It is a chance for any ladies of all ages from all our villages to meet for a chat, a laugh, a gossip (and a drink) together. We meet at The Boot Inn on the second Wednesday of every month from 7.30pm (although we usually roll up from around 7.45pm) and you are welcome to join us at any time. In March February we are meeting on Wednesday 9th March..

BERWICK FARM SHOP

The Village Tea Towels are available at the Farm Shop – wonderful map of the village in aid of the Roof Fund.

Marilyn would like to remind everyone that the seasonal vegetables come from Bromham Growers north of Devizes – fresh and local. Salad vegetables are also available. Beautiful Cards for all occasions are hand made by Diane South, and Jane Rowe’s notelet cards are also for sale – suitable for all events.

Marilyn Wood 790490

HEATING OIL.

With all this cold weather many people have been having delays in getting oil, so  keep checking your oil tanks regularly to prevent you running out. WESSEX PETROLEUM will donate 1/2p per litre of domestic heating oil ordered under reference D14 to Berwick Reading Room. If you decide to use Wessex Petroleum please phone 0800 980 6172 then remember to quote ref D14 every time you order, even if you have ordered before. 

NOTICEBOARDS

Please look at the noticeboards, particularly the one by the bus shelter, as various Parish Meeting business is put up in them. This can include planning, area board meetings etc. Other information, dates of meetings, minutes etc are also put into the noticeboards – they are always worth looking at.  

CONTRIBUTIONS to the BERWICK part of this MAGAZINE

If you have anything for the Berwick part of the magazine please send it to…

Nicky Street The Dairy House 790309, or e-mail chstreet@btinternet.com by 15th of the month before the magazine is due out. Please make sure your dates are correct, as I cannot check everything.

Or, if you prefer, directly to Glennis (see editor’s note elsewhere in the magazine).

WANTED

A telescope for star gazing. Anything considered, sensible price paid. Chris 792800.

WILDLIFE WATCH

From Barbara Last.

I have recently been shown an amazing tree in Stapleford. It is an elm. It is an enormous tree, 30 metres in girth. These were abundant before 1970 when Dutch Elm Disease decimated the population and almost all the mature trees died or were removed in an attempt to stop the spread. Since the infection took hold, caused by a fungus and carried by a bark beetle, the trees themselves died but suckers remained and produce small hedgerow trees until they are about 10-15 feet tall when they again succumb to the disease. This appears to be a remarkable tree to have attained such a size. Perhaps it has a resistance to the fungus. It is English Elm, not Wych elm that does have some resistance.

We have had several small elms on the riverbank which always die when they reach around 10feet – Nicky Street.

Numerous reports of Red Kites and Egrets – 4 egrets at one time in the meadow by Mill House. Are they breeding around here?

More reports welcome from all our villages. Nicky Street 790309 The Dairy House email chstreet@btinternet.com 

 

Berwick St james Newsletter - December 2010

A very Happy Christmas to you all.

WELCOME to Oscar Whiting – congratulations to Lou and Frank Whiting on the birth of Oscar, a brother for Thomas and Alice.

CONGRATULATIONS to Diana Gifford Mead who is soon to celebrate her 90th Birthday.

From Jean Hibberd.

“What a great job Stephen has had done on the War Memorial in the Church. It looks splendid. A very big thank you Stephen.

This year I am not sending any local Christmas cards, the cost of the cards I am putting in my tin for the Church Roof appeal.

My best wishes to you all for a very happy Christmas and New Year

Love to you all.”  Jean

REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY

The Remembrance Sunday service for all 5 villages was held in Berwick, and it was marvellous to see such a fantastic turnout with some 150 people in church including about 25 Girl Guides and Brownies. The collection in aid of the Royal British Legion made £508.

The newly refurbished war memorial looks marvellous. Thank you.

CANDLELIT CHRISTMAS CAROL SERVICE.  Our annual candlelit carol service will be at 6pm on Sunday 19th December. All are most welcome.

CHRISTMAS DAY SERVICE

This will be at 10.30am on Christmas morning.

CHURCH ROOF APPEAL As of 15th November we are doing alright and we reckon that we have passed the halfway mark. To all who have contributed most generously towards the appeal – Thank you.  Your contributions have been hugely appreciated By the time the magazine is distributed we hope to know the precise cost of the new roof and will update you on all the appeal activities with an insert into the magazine.

CHRISTMAS BAZAAR

On Saturday 4th December at 2pm in Berwick Reading Room.

Grand Raffle with 1st Prize Christmas Hamper. Tombola. Grand Sale of Books

Christmas Stall with gifts (including from Hong Kong) cards, paper and decorations.  Cakes and Produce.   Bric-a-Brac.   Tea and Coffee.

The Church Christmas Cards and Tea Towels will be on sale here!

The Reading Room will be open for your gifts on Friday 3rd December 10.30am – 11.30am and on Saturday morning.

We are collecting Raffle prizes at the Farm shop, with many thanks to Marilyn.

We do hope you can come, there is always lots to buy and great friends to meet.

 

CHRISTMAS PARTY with SUPPER

On Thursday 9th December at The Guide Centre, 7pm for 7.30pm.. Please bring your own bottles of wine, beer, squash etc and glasses too. We are raising money for the church Roof by a Grand Raffle and horse racing (not the televised sort!) – so remember your money. We are collecting Raffle Prizes at Berwick Farm Shop.

Adults £5, children under 16 £3, tickets will be sold door to door, but if you have not yet bought one they are available from Ailsa Bush, Nicky Street, Jane Rowe, Gill Brasher, Sophie Colthurst and Sally Barnard.

Come along! It will be a great start to Christmas!

VILLAGE CAROL SINGING

The Village Carol Singing (an old tradition in Berwick – though it used to be done on Christmas morning) is on Monday December 20th starting at 6pm in the church and finishing with Mince Pies and mulled wine in The Reading Room.  We welcome everyone to come along and sing, accompanied children especially. Please bring torches or lanterns. We would like to sing at various points around the village and so, if you would like to have us come to you please could you ring Ian Fisher 790214 or Nicky Street 790309.  This really is good fun – come and join us!

BERWICK ST JAMES 50 CLUB

We are going to form a “50 Club” to raise money for the church roof. The idea is that up to 50 people pay in £10 per month for a year commencing 1st January 2011. Each “£10 share” is recognised as a “number” which is entered into a draw at the end of each month. The draw distributes as prizes half the money taken that month, and the other half goes in to the church roof fund. The odds of winning substantial cash prizes are good. If you are interested in participating please contact Ian Fisher on 01722-790214 for further details.

BERWICK FARM SHOP

Christmas Orders are still being taken for all items including meat and poultry,  homemade pies, cakes etc. If you would like to order for the new year I shall be open on  Thursday 30th December between 10am and 12 noon for the collection of orders only. Please order before Christmas.

Christmas opening times. Christmas Eve 8.30am to 2pm. Then closed until 4th January 2011. (Except for collection of orders on 30th see above)

Happy Christmas to all. Marilyn 790490

PUMPKIN 5K AND 10K RACES.

Thank you to everyone in the village who helped make the 2010 Pumpkin 5 and 10km race such a success. We were very fortunate with the weather as it was perfect for running. There were a total of 81 competitors up on the figure of 62 from last year, which I am sure was helped by the very professional and striking signs kindly produced by William Grant. Due to the increase in numbers we raised more money than last year with £685 profit from £937 total raised. All money has been given to the village fund.

I would like to say a special thanks to;  Charles and Nicky Street for the 10km route. Druid’s Lodge for the parking. William Grant for the signs. Marilyn for DONATING the sausages! Chris Lange for the speaker system. All the Villagers who helped. All the runners!. Finally congratulations to “J” for winning the 1st local in the 5km, Nicky for  the Vets Class in the 5km, and William for the 1st local in the 10km.

Lou Whiting.

Thank you to Lou and Frank for such a brilliantly organised race.

The winner of the 5km (male) Matt Hardman 18mins, (female) Jess Beech 27 mins. 10km (male) Martin Chorley 40mins. (female) Michelle Hazell 47mins.

All the results and wonderful photographs are on the village website berwickstjames.org.uk

LADIES NIGHT.

What is Ladies Night? It is a chance for any ladies of all ages from all our villages to meet for a chat, a laugh, a gossip (and a drink) together. We meet at The Boot Inn on the second Wednesday of every month from 7.30pm (although we usually roll up from around 7.45pm) and you are welcome to join us at any time. In December we are meeting on Wednesday 8th December.

READING ROOM MARKET STALL

Three cars and a trailer full of interesting items, plus four villagers spent an entertaining if cold morning in the Maltings on 16th October.  We raised £278.12 – about 3 months insurance! Thank you to everyone who donated – those unsold items that came from the fete have been given to the Sue Ryder Charity Shop, and the rest will be available to be purchased at the Christmas Bazaar on 4th December. Thank you to Ian Fisher, Chris Sims, Anika Lange and Nicky Street.

HISTORIC CHURCHES RIDE AND STRIDE

The cycle ride raised £218.50 – half of which will come to Berwick. Thank you to all my sponsors. (from Nicky Street). Thank you too to all those who sat in Berwick church yard registering the walkers and cyclists who visited our church.

THE BOOT INN

We are open all throughout the Christmas and New Year periods, including Christmas Day 12noon - 2pm kitchen closed. Boxing Day 12noon - 4pm Brunch served 12 – 3pm.  New Years Eve  Dinner at 7.30pm Booking essential.   We are looking for part-time bar and waiting staff, good rates of pay. Please call Cathy for more information on 01722-790243. For more details, email address etc please see advertisement elsewhere in the magazine.

 

BERWICK ST JAMES CHURCH ROOF. St James Church PCC would like to thank all around for the very fast and extraordinary generosity from so many people in contributing to our “roof appeal” Although still not sure what the precise cost of the new roof will be, we reckon that we have passed the half way mark.

To raise money we are selling Christmas cards of the church, tea towels of the layout of the village (showing all of the houses). Please ring Stephen Bush on 790445 if you would like any.

If anyone has any serviceable clothes, shoes, bags, toys or pots and pans they no longer need please deliver them in separate bin liners to the church porch in Berwick. Thank you.

The Christmas Cards and Tea towels will be available at The Christmas Bazaar on 4th December   

 

WILDLIFE WATCH

Finches. It has been reported that there are not very many finches about this year, and this may be due to a virus. Has anyone else noticed this?

From Barbara Last

“Rod Crossley told me that he had a scare plant growing in a field of Lucerne, Dodder. I found the field. It was enormous. Finding this inconspicuous parasite was like looking for a needle in a haystack. I was about to give up when I found it by my feet. It has tiny thin red threads that attach it to the host plant from which it takes its nutrients. At this time I was in flower with clusters of pale mauve flowers. I  only have records of nine sites in Wiltshire, the nearest being on Parsonage Down where it flourishes on Rockrose growing on ant hills. I have noticed it increasing over five years form three clumps to nine. This is just over the parish boundary.”

Barbara Last.

Berwick St james Newsletter - November 2010

I have been told of another Jeton (see last month’s magazine) found locally – this time it was German. Thank you very much to Mr Cyril Emm for the information about Jetons last month.

BONFIRES. Please think of your neighbours when you have a bonfire, please consider the wind direction  and think about what you are burning – please don’t burn anything that might produce toxic fumes. The Council will remove furniture (for a charge) or you could take it to the council dump.

CHURCH SERVICES

Remembrance Sunday service will be here in Berwick on 14th November and it will start at 10.50am. The Christmas services are Candlelit Carol Service on 19th December at 6pm, and the Christmas Day service is at 10.30am. Everyone is very much welcome to all our services, and especially to these.

HARVEST FESTIVAL and HARVEST SUPPER

Thank you to everyone who decorated the church for harvest festival. The church looked wonderful full of flowers, fruit and vegetables. It was also a privilege for us to have the Archdeacon (Revd Alan Jeans) with us to take the service.

A most successful harvest supper was held on 2nd October in the Guide Centre, with delicious food cooked by Jane Rowe with assistance from many villagers. The very successful raffle was once again organized by Jacky and Roland and made a profit of £68.50 after the costs of the hire of the Centre and the food had been deducted. Thanks to all who provided salads and puddings, did the setting up, decorating, cooking and clearing up.

STOLEN LEAD FROM CHURCH ROOF

You will all be aware that much of the lead from the church roof was stolen in early October. We are now faced with raising £25,000 towards a new roof. An Appeals Committee (the PCC) has met with valuable attendance and assistance from many other villagers. Many excellent fund raising ideas were discussed and are being progressed. A leaflet is enclosed giving you a progress report on the application for a new roof and telling you what fund raising activities are planned during November and December. As I write a little over £3,500 has been raised, which is an excellent start. Donations can be made via a cheque to Berwick St James PCC (roof fund) and sent to The Church Treasurer, Asserton House, Duck Street, Berwick St James SP3 4TS

CHRISTMAS BAZAAR in aid of the

CHURCH ROOF FUND and READING ROOM

This is to be held on Saturday 4th December.  Lets make this the best one ever! We need lots of cakes, biscuits, jams and jellies, Christmas paper, decorations etc, raffle and tombola prizes, gifts and bric-a-brac. We would like to make a Grand Christmas Hamper the First Prize for the Raffle and so if you could donate something for this too, it would be greatly appreciated.  And Anything Else that we can sell! (but not jumble please). Please start gathering items – they can always be left with Nicky Street The Dairy House 790309 or Anika Lange The Black Barn 790122

PUMPKIN 5K AND 10K RACES.

Thank you to everyone in the village who helped make the 2010 Pumpkin 5 and 10km race such a success. We were very fortunate with the weather as it was perfect for running. There were a total of 81 competitors up on the figure of 62 from last year, which I am sure was helped by the very professional and striking signs kindly produced by William Grant. Due to the increase in numbers we raised more money than last year with £685 profit from £937 total raised. All money has been given to the village fund.

I would like to say a special thanks to;  Charles and Nicky Street for the 10km route. Druid’s Lodge for the parking. William Grant for the signs. Marilyn for DONATING the sausages! Chris Lange for the speaker system. All the Villagers who helped. All the runners!. Finally congratulations to “J” for winning the 1st local in the 5km, Nicky for  the Vets Class in the 5km, and William for the 1st local in the 10km.

Lou Whiting.

Thank you to Lou and Frank for such a brilliantly organised race.

The winner of the 5km (male) Matt Hardman 18mins, (female) Jess Beech 27 mins. 10km (male) Martin Chorley 40mins. (female) Michelle Hazell 47mins.

All the results and wonderful photographs are on the village website berwickstjames.org.uk

 LADIES NIGHT.

What is Ladies Night? It is a chance for any ladies of all ages from all our villages to meet for a chat, a laugh, a gossip (and a drink) together. We meet at The Boot Inn on the second Wednesday of every month from 7.30pm (although we usually roll up from around 7.45pm) and you are welcome to join us at any time. In November we are meeting on 10th November.

READING ROOM MARKET STALL

Two cars and a trailer full of interesting items, plus four villagers spent an entertaining if cold morning in the Maltings on 16th October. The money has not yet been totted up, but it seemed to go well! Thank you to everyone who donated –  those unsold items that came from the fete have been given to the Sue Ryder Charity Shop, and the rest will be available to be purchased at the Christmas Bazaar on 4th December. Thank you to Ian Fisher, Chris Sims, Anika Lange and Nicky Street.

HISTORIC CHURCHES RIDE AND STRIDE

The cycle ride raised £218.50 – half of which will come to Berwick. Thank you to all my sponsors. Thank you too to all those who sat in Berwick church yard registering the walkers and cyclists who visited our church.

THE BOOT INN

Friday October 2nd. Pudding Buffet Night. Friday 29th October. Fish Night. For more details, email, phone etc please see advertisement elsewhere in the magazine.

BERWICK ST JAMES WEBSITE 

www.berwickstjames.org.uk   There is a report and photos of the dreadful theft of lead from our church roof. We will try to keep you all up to date on the progress of the Appeal. Also there are photos of the Pumpkin Race, fete and Dog Show. If you can contribute to the website please go to the site and follow the directions. More contributions very much welcome.

 

 

WILDLIFE WATCH

Finches. It has been reported that there are not very many finches about this year, and this may be due to a virus. Has anyone else noticed this?

Rod Crossley told me that he had a scare plant growing in a field of Lucerne, Dodder. I found the field. It was enormous. Finding this inconspicuous parasite was like looking for a needle in a haystack. I was about to give up when I found it by my feet. It has tiny thin red threads that attach it to the host plant from which it takes its nutrients. At this time I was in flower with clusters of pale mauve flowers. I  only have records of nine sites in Wiltshire, the nearest being on Parsonage Down where it flourishes on Rockrose growing on ant hills. I have noticed it increasing over five years form three clumps to nine. This is just over the parish boundary.

Barbara Last.

 

Berwick St james Newsletter - October 2010

BERWICK ST JAMES

We are all very sorry to learn of the death of IVY STACEY. She lived in Berwick for many years and will be greatly missed by her family and her many friends. Our Condolences to Nigel, Chrissie and all her family, we are thinking of you.

CONGRATULATIONS to all Students of GCSE and A Level exams. We hope you got the results you wanted. Well done to David Street with 3 A Levels with one at A.

CONGRATULATIONS to Robert Crossley for being chosen by Swindon Town Football team for the Elite Development Under 13 Squad as Goalkeeper.

PAULINE CUTCHEY. “To all the kind people of Berwick who arranged such a lovely farewell party, a big Thank You. I have loved living here and hoped it would be forever but with all the family now in Australia I will have to go, but will leave with very happy memories.”

JAMES GULLIVER HAGGATY.

“For the third winter in a row I find myself on my travels again. This time I am very lucky to find myself going to Perth in Australia for six months, to play cricket in former Hampshire opening batsman Paul Terry’s academy. I am not sure at the moment which club either Melville or Scarborough.

I have just finished my 2nd full year with Hampshire Academy, where we did very well to finish runners up in the SPL Gold League. On the youth front I was honoured to be made Hants Under 16’s Captain. I could only play in 4 fixtures for them where we remained unbeaten. High for me was taking 6 wickets for 33 runs against Somerset. Representing the Under 17’s was a good season for me where I took 5 for 20 against Worcester, 5 for 21 against Wales plus in the same match I scored 51, took wickets and scored runs against Kent and in one match against Somerset where the match was heading for a draw I managed to take 3 wickets in one over, that enabled us to go on a win the game. I have also been playing 2nd Eleven cricket for Hampshire, and in some games being paid for this privilege.

Going to Australia will be a massive learning curve for me, hopefully coming back a better player and a stronger person. Anybody wishing to know how I am doing I am sure my parents will be only too pleased to let you know, other than that I will let you all know next April.” James Haggaty.

Congratulations to James – we are all watching his career with great interest.    

READING ROOM MARKET STALL

The Reading Room is having a Stall in Salisbury Market on Saturday 16th October. We need Bric-a-Brac especially China and Costume jewellery, and would welcome anything but NOT Jumble, Shoes or Electrical Items. Please bring to The Dairy House or The Black Barn or ring Anika Lange 790122 or Nicky Street 790309 for collection. We will be setting off at the crack of dawn on Saturday, so would appreciate any items by Friday 15th. (but can take things earlier of course!)

BERWICK HARVEST SUPPER

This is on SATURDAY 2nd OCTOBER at 7pm at the Guide HQ. It is FREE to ALL Berwick residents but funded by a raffle. Everyone is welcome, and we would really like to see our new residents.

For more information, offers of help etc please phone Jane Rowe on 790575

Please bring your won bottles of wine, beer, squash etc and glasses too. Previous harvest suppers have always been good fun – we do hope you can come.

HISTORIC CHURCHES RIDE AND STRIDE

Nicky Street and Paula Rapley rode and strode to 19 churches (covering about 30 miles as measured by a piece of string and three Ordinance Survey Maps) on Saturday 11th September. We rode our bikes from Bishopstrow, via Heytesbury, Upton Lovell, Steeple Langford, Wishford (and several in between), to Stapleford/Berwick and then walked to Winterbourne Stoke, starting just after 10am, and finishing around 5pm. We stopped for a late lunch (and to get more sponsors!) at the Stapleford Barbecue – thank you to all at Stapleford for the wonderful welcome. We very much enjoyed the ride and stride, it was lovely to see so many churches, some small (like Knook, and Little Langford) and some larger and more ornate than expected like Boyton, but all cared for and loved.

We haven’t gathered in all the sponsor money yet – report next month!

BERWICK FARM SHOP

Now is the time to think about ordering your Christmas Poultry – Marilyn can supply Turkeys, Ducks, Geese, Chickens, Game etc. Come in a have a chat about what you might like. Perhaps you would like to try a Mix. That is Turkey, stuffed with a Duck, stuffed with a Pheasant, or a Chicken, Duck and Pheasant.  All boned out for easy carving (the legs of the outside bird can be left). We can sort out whatever you might like. There will be Farm Shop made Christmas Puddings and Christmas Cakes – put your order in now! We can do traditional fruit cakes or anything you like!

Marilyn Wood 790490

THE BOOT INN

Pie and Pint night every Tuesday night, just £10 per person, Booking Essential.

Ladies Night. Wednesday 13th October. Starts at 7.30pm, come along for a glass and a natter with other local ladies.

Our Christmas Brochures are now available with information on menus and opening times over the festive period – for your copy please pop in or call us on 01722 790243 and give us an address for yours to be sent by post or email.

www.bootatberwick.co.uk

HEATING OIL.

Now it is getting chilly, it is worth checking your oil tanks as Autumn is coming upon us, no-one likes to run out, and last winter all the oil companies were so busy that some customers had to wait for deliveries. WESSEX PETROLEUM will donate 1/2p per litre of domestic heating oil ordered under reference D14 to Berwick Reading Room. If you decide to use Wessex Petroleum please phone 0800 980 6172 then remember to quote ref D14 every time you order, even if you have ordered before. 

 

 

LOCAL HISTORY

A Mystery Item found in Berwick.

In the late 1950’s a villager was harrowing a field, when he had to clear a clump from the harrow, and heard a metallic clink as something fell from the clod of earth, and looked down to see a small gold coin. It was approximately the same size as a 10p piece, but much thinner and lighter.

After some research it was found not to be coin at all. But a French Jetton from the 14th or 15th century. On the front there are three Fleur-de-lis within a shield, on the reverse a decorated cross within four arches, as it is not a coin there is no indication of value.

It is a counter. Originally used as a method of calculation in Europe in the Middle Ages, these Jettons are thin, and the decorations are in low relief to allow for easy pushing and making piles. The decorations usually relate to the user or the owner, but it isn’t known who had this Jetton made. By the end of the 16th century Jettons had stopped being used as counters, but were made as propaganda for political purposes or to glorify the deeds of the ruler, like a small commemorative medal. Through the 17th century the counters became smaller and they were mainly used as chips for card-playing.

How did this French Counter reach a field in the middle of rural Wiltshire?

Thank you to the person who told me about this – it is really fascinating!

Nicky Street.

Berwick St james Newsletter - September 2010

CONGRATULATIONS to Cyril and Joanne Emm on their Diamond Wedding Anniversary on 5th September.

CONGRATULATIONS to Alexandra and Simon Gundry on the birth of  Thomas,  brother for Tilly, and grandson for Jacky Webb. Also to Chris and Holli Harvey (grandson of Barbara Last) who both got first class degrees in Engineering at Exeter University.

WELCOME to Paul and Sally Barnard, Robert and Patricia Burke, and to everyone who has recently moved into Berwick. We do hope you enjoy living here.

GOODBYE and GOOD LUCK in the future to several of our friends who have moved out of Berwick. To Pauline Cutchey who is going to Australia to be with her family, to Matt, Lou and George Hughes who won’t be very far away (Sandroyd), and to Caroline Spalton and the girls. We will miss you all.

A GOODBYE MESSAGE. We have loved living in Berwick for the passst few years and appreciated the warmth and kindness of everyone in the village –we’ll all miss it. With kind regards Lou, Matt, George (and Freddie the dog!) Hughes.

OUR CONDOLENCES to Christian and Anika Lange and all their family on the death of Chris’s father, James. Our thoughts are with you all.

RIVER TILL. Please do not put grass cuttings, prunings etc into the River Till, and try to prevent them falling in, if you are trimming the riverbank. This is because they damage the ecology of the SSSI (site of special scientific interest) by choking the weed etc, and also block up the mill wheel and hatches.

CANCER RESEARCH. The Berwick collection took £134.49 with many thanks to the givers, and to the collectors.

CHURCH SERVICES

With effect from 1st September the second service in the month will be Holy Communion (not Matins) and will start at 9.30am. The first and fourth Sunday Services remain unchanged. I hope that these changes will not inconvenience anyone.

HARVEST FESTIVAL

This year Harvest Festival in St James Church is on Sunday 26th September to which everyone is most welcome.

Harvest Festival Flowers, Fruit and Vegetables. As always I am sure the church will look wonderful with beautiful flowers. We would love to have contributions of fruit and vegetables to decorate the church from whoever would like to bring them, on either Friday 24th or Saturday 25th. Sadly we are unable to donate the fruit and vegetables to good causes, due to ludicrous regulations, so we ask that sometime during the week of 27th September you retrieve your produce from the church.

HARVEST SUPPER

This is on SATURDAY 2nd OCTOBER at 7pm at the Guide Centre. It is FREE to ALL Berwick Residents and everyone is welcome especially the children. The cost is paid for from the proceeds of the Grand Raffle – so remember your money and a prize!. As for the last 2 years, visitors from outside the village will be charged £5 for adults and £3 for OAP’s and children.

Enclosed in the magazine is a flyer – please reply, it makes the organization so much easier. Jane Rowe has very kindly agreed to cook the main course and she will provide the cheese. Assistance would be hugely welcomed in providing salads and puddings as well as help in setting up, decorating the room, washing up and tidying away. For more information, offers etc please phone Jane Rowe on 790575

Please bring your won bottles of wine, beer, squash etc and glasses too. Previous harvest suppers have always been good fun – we do hope you can come.

BERWICK ST JAMES GUIDE CENTRE. OPEN HOUSE

On Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th September 10am to 4pm.

As part of our Centenary Celebrations, Girlguiding Wiltshire South invites you to come and visit our residential house and campsite at Berwick St James.

There will be archive and memorabilia on display and traditional and modern camps set up on the campsites.

Please come along and find  out what Girlguiding is all about.

Tea/Coffee and cake will be available.

PUMPKIN 10km RUN including 5km FUN RUN

We will be hosting this event once again and would like this opportunity to advertise the event for participants and marshals.

The details are; Saturday 25th September in order to coincide with the Pumpkin competition at the Boot.

Registration from 0900 at the Guide Centre. Both races start together at 11am. The route is the same as last year by kind permission of Druids Lodge and Charles and Nicky Street. Entry forms are available from the Boot Inn and Berwick Farm Shop or online via Runners World or Berwick St James Websites. Last year there were 76 competitors and we hope to generate more this year so please spread the word. The funds raised will be donated to the village.

Marshals The event is only possible with the help from yourselves to ensure the competitors are routed correctly, watered and encouraged! The feedback on the friendly atmosphere last year was due to the marshals and all the support staff so please volunteer again if you are available. If you can let me know if you are interested either by email fwgwhiting@hotmail.com or tel 792699 or just drop me a note through the door, Lodge Cottage (opposite the church) I would be grateful.

Competitors. For those of you who may wish to enter we are still training a Thursday night at 6.30 outside the Farm Shop so please come along and join in. Remember there are special prizes for the fastest local junior 5km, and 10km, and veterans! A small memento will be given to all finishers.

Lou Whiting.

Full details on the Berwick Website –www.berwickstjames.org.uk

Refreshments will be available at the Guide Centre including sausages and cakes.

For the 5km event walkers and dogs on leads are very welcome.

MILL HOUSE GARDEN OPEN DAY.

The Mill House Garden Open Day for National Garden Scheme on 27th June took £326.oo at the gate. Stephen and Ailsa and their great gang made £244.80 for the Church for teas from with sum they donated £10 to the Reading Room. So, many thanks go to them all. Weatherwise it was a superb day and the roses peaked on that very day. For JORF(Junior Diabetes Research Fund) we raised £389.00 for Garden visits and Teas.

WILTSHIRE HISTORIC CHURCHES – RIDE and STRIDE 2010.

The Sponsored Cycle Ride, horse Ride or Walk will take place on Saturday 11th September this year. Berwick has taken part in this for many years – our church receives half the money raised by our riders and striders, the rest going to the Historic Churches Fund, which gives grants to historic churches for repairs to their church buildings. If you would like to take part please contact our parish organiser Lyanne Street The Briars 790544. It is well worth doing – a lovely cycle ride around lovely countryside, visiting Churches you may well never have seen before! If you are not sure where to cycle we can help plan routes of all lengths – from a couple of miles to as far as you want to go, perhaps we could get a group together. Anyone can take part – church member or not, cycling, riding or walking. We will also need people to man the church throughout the day to greet the cyclists, if you can help please ring Lyanne. If you would like to sponsor me – I am doing it again! Nicky Street The Dairy House 790309.

BERWICK LADIES GO TO HIGHGROVE.

On the 22nd July a coach load of Berwick ladies (and some men!) went on a garden tour of Highgrove. We all had a great time and enjoyed the very interesting garden with the wildness, the ferns, the stumpery, the kitchen garden and the very many gifts displayed within the garden. We were very lucky with the weather, even though we had all come well prepared. It had been extremely well organized by Jacky Webb (thank you so much) through the Ladies Night at the Boot Inn.

LADIES NIGHT AT THE BOOT INN

This is on 2nd Wednesday of every month from 7.30pm (although we tend to arrive from 7.45 onwards!) and all from any of the local villages are welcome to come along for a chat and a drink, and often a good laugh too. It is on 8th September this month.

BERWICK FARM SHOP

Why not try some of our Pick Your Own Free Herbs from the trough outside the shop – there is Rosemary for Lamb, Sage for Pork, Basil for tomatoes – all available to buy in the shop. There is also mint, thyme, chives, dill and oregano.

All Marilyn’s cakes are made freshly, several times a week using the finest ingredients, local when possible. Fruit Cakes, Victoria Sponges, Chocolate, Coffee and Walnut and don’t forget the Bread Pudding. Single slices are often available – a treat with your afternoon tea!

The Shop has Locally made Homemade Jams including Strawberry, Blackcurrant, AppleMint Jelly and Redcurrant Jelly. There is also Homemade Marmalade from Wilton.

Did you win Marilyn’s Voucher for Pies at the Fete? It has not yet been brought to the shop – Come along and choose your prize!

NOTICEBOARDS

Please look at the noticeboards, particularly the one by the bus shelter, as various Parish Meeting business is put up in them. This can include planning, area board meetings etc. Other information, dates of meetings, minutes etc are also put into the noticeboards – they are always worth looking at.

HEATING OIL.

Remember to check your oil tanks as Autumn is coming upon us, no-one likes to run out, and last winter all the oil companies were so busy that some customers had to wait for deliveries. WESSEX PETROLEUM will donate 1/2p per litre of domestic heating oil ordered under reference D14 to Berwick Reading Room. If you decide to use Wessex Petroleum please phone 0800 980 6172 then remember to quote ref D14 every time you order, even if you have ordered before. Thank you to everyone who did this – we have received a cheque for £33.50p

BERWICK PARISH MEETING. 

Held on 2nd August in the Reading Room.

The Wiltshire Air Ambulance may no longer wish to have a Clothing Bank in Berwick, there is one in South Newton. The Post Office states that there is insufficient demand for a mobile Post Office in Berwick and surrounding villages. There are ongoing discussions with Wiltshire Council about work on Duck Lane, the bridge, and the triangle. The Reading Room was given £500 to help with extra maintenance costs. The War Memorial in the church requires some restoration, the cost will be reported to a future meeting.

Stonehenge Campsite planning applications. After much discussion a majority of the meeting voted against the retrospective applications for the signs, and for that part of the caravan site for which the application was made. Any expansion would be totally unacceptable to most present at the meeting.

Village Fete Report. The final figures are; Village Fund £500, Church and Reading Room £922.78 each being a total of £2345.55.

The Community Plan will be put on the middle notice board. Any responses in writing to the Chairman for him to consider including in the Plan, before sending it to Wiltshire Council. The possibility of having a defibrillator (with training) in the village will be investigated. It was suggested that there should be a list of village residents’ email addresses so that village information could be distributed more easily. Villagers were encouraged to read the village noticeboards. Broken glass in the telephone kiosk need to be replaced by BT. If anyone would like to read the Wiltshire Local Transport Plan Parking Strategy (45 pages) and a Review (180pages) please see the Chairman. 

Chairman Parish Meeting. Richard Brasher 790410. Parish Clerk Jacky Webb 792624

Berwick St james Newsletter - August 2010

CONGRATULATIONS to The Berwick Ladies Pumpkin Runners who took part in the Cancer Research Race for Life on Sunday 4th July at Hudson’s Field in Salisbury. Well done to Lou, Liz, Lucy, Janie, Evie, Marilyn, Nicky, Carol and Sally. We were all glad that the weather was breezy and not too hot!

Ilizarov

Many of you will have seen me on crutches walking in the village recently. Some of you have also seen the “instrument of medieval torture” fixed to my leg! This is an Ilizarov Fixator which was invented by a Russian – Professor Gavril Abramovich Ilizarov – who in the 1950’s devised and developed a revolutionary method for treating fractures, deformities and other bone defects. The first Fixator he designed       was inspired by a shaft bow harness on a horse and originally  he used bicycle parts! It was   only in the 1990’s that the technique was introduced to the West and even now, it is only carried out in specialist hospitals.

The reason I have an Ilizarov (as they are now called) is because I have had 4.5cm of infected bone removed from my left leg and the Ilizarov will enable the bone to re-grow. This is done through stainless steel rings which are fixed to the bone via heavy-gauge wire (called “pins”). The rings are connected to each other with threaded rods attached through adjustable nuts. Healthy bone is then forced down the “gap” to met the rest of the healthy bone and new bone grows behind it (it’s absolutely amazing looking at the x-rays and seeing the new bone growing!)

My surgery was carried out at the Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre in Oxford which is renowned world wide for treating disease and damage to the musculoskeletal system. Did you know that it is likely that more than half the UK population will require orthopaedic surgery at some point in their lives? As usual the funding for extra clinical facilities and research is not provided by the NHS. Giles and Cathy at The Boot have very kindly agreed to have a collection box on the bar for any donations towards the NOC’s Appeal, so next time you are in the pub please put any loose change in it!

Many Thanks Marie Perry

BERWICK ST JAMES GUIDE CENTRE. OPEN HOUSE

On Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th September 10am to 4pm.

As part of our Centenary Celebrations, Girlguiding Wiltshire South invites you to come and visit our residential house and campsite at Berwick St James.

There will be archive and memorabilia on display and traditional and modern camps set up on the campsites.

Please come along and find  out what Girlguiding is all about.

Tea/Coffee and cake will be available.

MILL HOUSE OPEN GARDEN and TEAS

As I had to send this article in early, I was unable to get the result of the Open Garden – details next month. The Cream Teas in the Reading Room were marvellous as always with many thanks to all the helpers and raised £244.80 for the Church, with a donation of £10 to the Reading Room.

BOOT INN Ladies Night. This is on 2nd Wednesday of every month from 7.30pm (although we tend to arrive from 7.45 onwards!) and all from any of the local villages are welcome to join us at any time, for a drink and a chat.  It will be on 11th August this month.

WILTSHIRE HISTORIC CHURCHES – RIDE and STRIDE 2010.

The Sponsored Cycle Ride, horse Ride or Walk will take place on Saturday 11th September this year. Berwick has taken part in this for many years – our church receives half the money raised by our riders and striders, the rest going to the Historic Churches Fund, which gives grants to historic churches for repairs to their church buildings. If you would be interested in taking part please contact our parish organiser Lyanne Street The Briars 790544. It is well worth doing – a lovely cycle ride around lovely countryside, visiting Churches you may well never have seen before! If you are not sure where to cycle we can help plan routes of all lengths – from a couple of miles to as far as you want to go. Anyone can take part – church member or not, cycling, riding or walking. We will also need people to man the church throughout the day to greet the cyclists, if you can help please ring Lyanne.

WILDLIFE WATCH

Has anyone noticed the haze of pale lilac flowers in the beech woods at Asserton just above the shooting lodge? These are Dame’s Violets, not a native wild flower but a garden plant long found in old cottage gardens. It has only come into its  own in recent years following the clearance resulting form some of the old beeches falling and allowing light into the understory. It is a presumption that there was a cottage at that site before the beeches attained their mature stature.

I have just noticed several plants of White Helleborine growing in the beech woods up the Asserton track. These are new arrivals since I surveyed and listed the plants of the parish, and have only appeared this year. Other orchids in the parish include a number of Southern March orchids in the wet meadows along side the River Till occurring in several gardens. There are five Twayblades on the verge of the Asserton track (very difficult to spot). In one garden there is the very rare Green-flowered Helleborine. There used to be Bee-orchids on the lawn of Berwick House. There are occasional Pyramidal orchids and Common Spotted orchids in some of the pastures.

Along the small branches of the Till between Stoke and Berwick there is a wonderful blossoming of Monkey Flower. This is not a native but an alien from North America. It was first introduced at Downton in 1812 and has since spread in springs and streams all over the country.

Barbara Last.

Historic Note – Yes, there were cottages on that slope behind the Shooting Lodge – probably three. If you look carefully you can just make out the flatter “house platforms”. I don’t know when they were removed, I thought it was a long time ago – several hundred years – I shall have to do some research!  Nicky Street.

 

Berwick St james Newsletter - July 2010

Congratulations to Carolyn Devitt and Robin Gow on their Wedding on Saturday 5th June. 

NOTICEBOARDS

Please look at the noticeboards, particularly the one by the bus shelter, as various Parish Meeting business is put up in them. This can include planning, area board meetings etc. Other information, dates of meetings, minutes etc are also put into the noticeboards – they are always worth looking at.

BERWICK FETE and DOG SHOW and DUCK RACE.

What a marvellous day! Wonderful weather and a stunning setting made it the perfect village fete. Thanks to all the Committee (especially Sarah Humphreys our very hardworking chairman, and to Jean Collins for the Dog Show, and to Ian Fisher our Treasurer). Thanks to all the stall holders, tea makers and washers up, all on the gates, the BBQ, and the Beer Tent (the best Pimms!) and everyone else who helped and who donated everything we sold, ate, drank or won! Also to Sarah and Toby Humphreys for the marvellous setting of the immaculate lawns of Berwick House Garden. Especial thanks go to all who set up, and dismantled and to those who are disposing of what is left!

Dog Show. Thanks to the judge Claire Lewis. Results. Brandy Cup Best Village Dog “Chewy” Jack Russell owned by Jeremy Pratt from Downsway. Pedigree Classes overall winner “Mollie” Golden Retreiver owned by the Beard family from Great Durnford.  The best overall Novelty Classes was a lurcher owned by Kate and Steve Hannon from Steeple Langford.

Quiz. The Winner of the very difficult Quiz was Mr K Morgan of Water Ditchampton in Wilton with only one wrong! Congratulations to everyone, they were all excellent and it was a very close run thing. I have put the answers on the noticeboard. The most difficult seems to have been – 1941 RP introduced DID. Roy Plumley introduced Desert Island Discs, and 1946 The first LFA by AC. The first Letter From America by Alistair Cooke. The errors in 1940 and 2008 meant that these questions were not counted in the marking.

Duck Race. More lovely weather, another marvellous village garden, and the sight of two hundred little yellow ducks floating down the river with a surprised swan.  Thanks to Will and Sophie Simpson-Gee for organising it, and to Tim and Olivia Marchant for The Clock House Garden. Also thanks to those who did the teas and cakes, were in the canoes and fishing the ducks out. And Thank You to those Places who donated the prizes. The results were; Childrens Race- 1st Flora Simpson-Gee Visit to Fleet Air Arm Museum. 2nd. Thomas Campbell-Johnston Hawk Conservancy. 3rd William Hughes – Cholderton Childrens Farm. Adults. 1st Playhouse Tickets Lyanne Street. 2nd Wilton House Family Ticket – Nicky Street. 3rd Day Fishing on Wylye – Gill Brasher.

So what was the result?

Fete Profit (so far) £2092.55. Duck Race £304. Total £2345.55.  £385 more than Last year.   THANK YOU to EVERYONE.

RACE FOR LIFE.

Several of the Berwick Ladies Running Group are taking part in the 5km Race for Life on July 4th, in Salisbury, in aid of Cancer Research UK.  Cancer Research UK is the world’s leading independent charity dedicated to cancer research. For more details of Cancer Research UK see the “about us” section in the Race for Life website. www.raceforlife.org   Please sponsor us! You can do this at the Farm Shop (or make a donation) or to the individual runners.

BOOT INN

We are a football free zone, so every day that England are playing football during the World Cup we are offering a Salad and a Spritzer for just £10 per person. So come along and enjoy this offer in the calm, cosy environment of the Boot Inn.

Don’t forget Fish Night on 30th July. Food served from 6.30pm. We offer a wide range of Fish Specials. Meat and Vegetarian options are also available for non-fish lovers.

Ladies Night. This is on 2nd Wednesday of every month from 7.30pm (although we tend to arrive from 7.45 onwards!) and all from any of the local villages are welcome to join us at any time, for a drink and a chat.  It will be on 14th July this month.

BERWICK FARM SHOP

Our own home grown beef is once again on sale – joints, steaks, burgers, sausages etc. Buy it quickly before it runs out!

We have our own Pork, and plenty of Fresh Vegetables, my own cakes, puddings etc. Marilyn Wood 790490

WILTSHIRE HISTORIC CHURCHES – RIDE and STRIDE 2010.

The Sponsored Cycle Ride, horse Ride or Walk will take place on Saturday 11th September 2010 this year. Berwick has taken part in this for many years – our church receives half the money raised by our riders and striders, the rest going to the Historic Churches Fund, which gives grants to historic churches for repairs to their church buildings. If you would be interested in taking part please contact our parish organiser Lyanne Street The Briars 790544. It is well worth doing – a lovely cycle ride around lovely countryside, visiting Churches you may well never have seen before!

WILDLIFE WATCH

Hedgehogs. We are very fortunate to have hedgehogs in this area, but some have become trapped in cattle grids around here. The “escape ramps” are not proving a great success, in the past few weeks a local has picked out half a dozen hedgehogs (she doesn’t think it was the same one throwing itself in six times!) and two baby rabbits. So please could you have a quick look as you walk over the grids. Thank you.

The cuckoo was heard 3 times just south of Stapleford, between the 25th May and 3rd June, for the first time in 3 or 4 years. And a cuckoo (the same one?) was heard twice on 1st May in the Stoke/Berwick area.   Kingfishers have been seen along the Wylye.

There is also now a good population of the much threatened Water Vole all along the River Keeper’s patch, they seem shyer than they were years ago, so sightings are not that common.

There have also been several sightings of Water Rails during the winter and early spring, they are so elusive that once the vegetation grows up they are pretty well invisible all the summer.

The Red Kites were around again at the beginning of June, both over the school track in Berwick, and also over the village to the west of the road – over Berwick Hill Farm.

Berwick St james Newsletter - June 2010

CONGRATULATIONS to all those villagers who took part in the Sarsen Trail on May 2nd.  Also to Les and Pam Bryant on the birth of their first grandchild.

We wish a speedy recovery to Mary Gatling, Neil Rapley and all who are ill, in hospital or recently returned from hospital.

Goodbye and Good Luck to Dee Attwood who has just moved to go to Oxford, and WELCOME to Chris. We do hope you enjoy living in Berwick.

SATURDAY JUNE 5TH        FETE and DOG SHOW at BERWICK HOUSE

 The Fete starts at 12.30pm, Dog Show registration is from 12 noon, with the first class at 1pm. There is a Bar and a BBQ.

We will be setting up at 6pm on Friday 4th June at Berwick House, and on Saturday 5th  10am at Berwick House, and also at the Reading Room to help move the furniture. Please help if you can.

Items for the Fete can be given to the stallholders or left at Berwick House. 

Bottles – Tim Bailey Magna House, Raffle and Silent Auction – Veronica Sumner The Cottage. Bric-a-Brac – Gill Brasher The Barn. Plants- Olivia Marchant The Clock House or Lyanne Street The Briars. Produce – Jackie Fisher Woodsprings. Cakes etc – Berwick House. Books and DVD’s – Berwick House. Children’s Tombola – Brian Hiscock Shepherds Cottage.

For more information please phone Sarah 790212 or Nicky 790309.

Quiz There is a fabulous Quiz available NOW from The Shop, The Boot and the Committee members – please hand in at the Fete or earlier at the Shop  Winner to be announced at the Duck Race. £20 prize.

PARKING Parking on Fete Day is only in the Field please (entrance at the south end of the village, just before the river -there will be signs) not on the road. This is so the road is free for the Wedding.

SUNDAY JUNE 6TH  DUCK RACE

The Duck Race starts at 11.30am at the Bridge on Duck Street. There will be two races, one for adults and one for children. There are wonderful prizes!  The finishing line is at the Clock House Garden where there will be tea and cakes. Ducks will be for sale at the Fete and around the village – watch out for them!

MILL HOUSE GARDEN OPEN DAY

The Mill House Garden will be open as part of the National Garden Scheme on Sunday June 27th 2-6pm. Come to see a wild garden with hundreds of old fashioned roses climbing through the trees and herbaceous borders – follow the River Till through the Nature Reserve to a Sumptious Cream Tea in the Reading Room. Butterflies, bees and birdsong abound. Dogs welcome on leads, and children free.

The path by the river is not normally open, this is a wonderful chance to see the village from a different angle!

RACE FOR LIFE.

Several of the Berwick Ladies Running Group are taking part in the 5km Race for Life on July 4th, in Salisbury, in aid of Cancer Research UK.  Cancer Research UK is the world’s leading independent charity dedicated to cancer research. For more details of Cancer Research UK see the “about us” section in the Race for Life website. www.raceforlife.org  

Please sponsor us! You can do this at the Farm Shop (or make a donation) or to the individual runners. If anyone would like to sponsor me via the internet you can do it on www.raceforlifesponsorme.org/nicolastreet3  and I may even run the whole way! Nicky Street.

BERWICK ST JAMES WEBSITE 

www.berwickstjames.org.uk  Have a look at our highly praised Website! See photos of the village, old and new, history, various articles (including these magazine ones), minutes of meetings etc. Details of the Fete including Full list of DOG SHOW CLASSES. More contributions very much welcome. Photos, comments, reports and details of events to come… go to the site and follow the directions.

BERWICK FARM SHOP

Midsummer is nearly here, and hopefully it will bring warm and sunny weather, ready for the Barbeque season!

Marilyn has lots of lovely meat ready for the barbeque. This includes her own sausages, burgers and pork steaks, – also chicken pieces. And vegetarian and pork kebabs. She does Mixed BarBeQue Packs – an example would include 2 burgers, 2 pork sausages, 2 pork steaks in Chinese Marinade and 2 chicken thighs in Tikka Masala marinade. Further packets of marinade are available from the shop – Piri-Piri, BBQ, Hot & Spicy, Garden Mint, Peppersteak – made by Flava-it.

All orders welcomed! Enjoy the summer!  Marilyn Wood 790490.

NOTICEBOARDS

We welcome posters in our noticeboards but please no more than a month in advance of the date of the event. Thank you.

Please look at the noticeboards, particularly the one by the bus shelter, as various Parish Meeting business is put up in them. This can include planning, area board meetings etc. Other information, dates of meetings, minutes etc are also put into the noticeboards – they are always worth looking at.

ANNUAL PAROCHIAL CHURCH MEETING

The Annual Parochial Church Meeting was held in the Church on 21st April. At the Meeting of Parishioners Stephen Bush and Jane Rowe were re-elected as Churchwardens. Many thanks to them for all their hard work throughout the year. At the PCC meeting Veronica Sumner was re-elected as secretary – many thanks to her – and Gill Brasher, Ailsa Bush, Jane Campbell-Johnson, Henry Colthurst (thanks for the excellent work as treasurer) , Lyanne Street, Charles Street and Nicky Street were elected as members of the council. Thanks to all, plus to all the others who help in the church – sidesmen, representatives on various committees, the cleaners, flower arrangers, rota organisers etc

READING ROOM ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

The Reading Room annual general meeting was held on 19th April, at that meeting the committee and officers were re-elected, with many thanks for all the hard work by everyone, especially with fund raising, which means the Reading Room can stay open. We will share in the Fete, and we have a stall in The Maltings in Salisbury on 16th October, and will have the Christmas Bazaar at the end of November. Secretary Anika Lange 790122, Chairman Nicky Street 790309.

If you wish to hire the Reading Room, its furniture or its crockery please phone Jean Hibberd 790806

BERWICK ST JAMES VILLAGE MEETING

Held on 15th April 2010 in the Reading Room.

River Till Water Level. Environment Agency and Wessex Water representatives (Chris Greenwell and Ian Colley) told the village why the water levels of the Till have fluctuated over the years. Research has found that abstraction is not primary reason for low water levels, nevertheless it is to be capped at a much lower level than currently allowed.

Election of Officers Tina Woodford Treasurer; Sarah Humphreys vice-chairman, Jacky Webb Parish Clerk; Richard Brasher Chairman – re-elected, with thanks.

The Accounts were accepted.

Planning Applications. Wall at Old School House – no objections. Caravan Site - Petition demanding retrospective planning permission should be disallowed has been handed in.

Village Fete – on Saturday 5th June Volunteers are needed to help set up. Items for the fete can be left at Berwick House.

Any other business.  Wiltshire Air Ambulance have asked to put a clothing bank outside the Farm Shop.  The Community Speed Watch Scheme, Post Office in the village, street cleaning, potholes, and recklessly driven tractors were discussed.

Chairman Richard Brasher 790410 Parish Clerk Jacky Webb 792624

HEATING OIL.

WESSEX PETROLEUM will donate 1/2p per litre of domestic heating oil ordered under reference D14 to Berwick Reading Room. If you decide to use Wessex Petroleum please phone 0800 980 6172 then remember to quote ref D14 every time you order, even if you have ordered before. Thank you to everyone who did this – we have received a cheque for £47.70p

WILDLIFE WATCH

The Cuckoo has been heard in Berwick! (only once). It was heard at 5.30am on 26th April. The only other report I have had is from 24th April in the Woodford Valley.

There are Stone Curlews nesting in Berwick Parish. A Peregrine Falcon was seen on a track near Winterbourne Stoke, it had taken a pigeon and was eating it, it tried to carry it away but it was too heavy. There are lots of swallows and house martins now. Of the 15 ducklings reported last month only four have survived to “teenage”, but another 15 ducklings were hatched in the same part of the Till in Berwick.

Reports from any of our villages most welcome. Nicky Street 790309 The Dairy House or email chstreet@btinternet.com 

Berwick St james Newsletter - May 2010

We are glad that Ivy Stacey is better now, and we hope that Stanley Palmer has recovered from his operation, we give all our good wishes to all who are ill, or who have been or still are in hospital.

CHIMNEY SWEEP The Chimney Sweep is coming to Berwick on 13th May, if you would like him to sweep your chimney then please call Margaret Mustill 790395, if you would prefer a particular time of day please let her know, and she will do her best to fit it in.

VILLAGE FETE and DOG SHOW with DUCK RACE.

The Fete and Dog Show is on Saturday June 5th at Berwick House. Entries for the Dog Show will start at 12 noon, the Fete will open at 12.30pm, and the judging for the Dog Show at 1pm. Food (BBQ) and drink will be available all day at the Fete.

We will need lots of help with all kinds of things! Especially with setting up the tents on Friday, and on Saturday morning, and of course, with clearing up afterwards.

We would be very grateful for things for the Fete. We need lots of bottles for the Bottle Stall, Raffle prizes, items for the bric-a-brac, and unwanted gifts, books and DVDs etc. If you want to donate them now, please take them to Sarah (details below) or Nicky Street at The Dairy House. Please plant up extra seeds for the Plant Stall, and if you have plants that need dividing please remember the Plant Stall.  We will, of course, also need the wonderful cakes and produce made and grown by villagers closer to the fete too. Sarah Humphreys 790212 at Berwick House.

The Duck Race is on Sunday 6th June starting at 11.30am at Asserton Bridge on Duck Street. There will be 2 races, one for adults and one for children. They will end in The Clock House Garden where there will be tea and cakes. Ducks will be available for sale at the Fete, and in the village. Watch out for them! There are wonderful prizes for both races.

MILL HOUSE GARDEN OPEN DAY.

The Mill House Garden Open Day for National Garden Scheme Charities made £128.40 very much down on last year, I think owing to the fearful weather forecast which got it wrong again. In fact it was a pleasant, warm  and dry day. The teas made £135.00 for Berwick Church. Excellent as usual. Very many thanks to Stephen and Ailsa Bush and all their gang of tireless helpers. Mrs Diana Gifford Mead.

MILL HOUSE GARDEN OPEN DAY

The Mill House Garden will be open as part of the National Garden Scheme on Sunday June 27th 2-6pm. Come to see a wild garden with hundreds of old fashioned roses climbing through the trees and herbaceous borders – follow the River Till through the Nature Reserve to a Sumptious Cream Tea in the Reading Room. Butterflies bees and birdsong abound. Dogs welcome on leads, and children free.

The path by the river is not normally open, this is a wonderful chance to see the village from a different angle!

LADIES RUNNING GROUP

The Running Group is continuing every Thursday evening, starting at 6.30pm.  All abilities are welcome, (including complete beginners), and are catered for with different groups of runners. We welcome women of all ages from any of our local villages.  Our aim is to enter the 5km Race For Life in Salisbury in July. We meet outside the Farm Shop.

BERWICK FARM SHOP

Have you tried Marilyn’s wonderful Cakes? Coffee and Walnut, Victoria Sponge and Chocolate – from the shop, and can be ordered for special occasions (iced if required). Single slices of cakes and bread pudding, as well as other pastries are often available in the shop. Also pies and pasties, scotch eggs etc, scones etc.

Meat and vegetables, cheese, bacon, milk, bread, and lots of other things available.

You can also stop and have a cup of coffee and a slice of cake – wonderful part way through a spring walk!

Marilyn 790490.

VILLAGE RECYCLING BINS  

The recycling bins for glass, cans and cardboard in the Farm Shop car park are for everyone to use. If you have too much for your own bins you can use these. There is none for plastic however. Please could you keep it tidy around the bins, and not use the bins if they are full. Please do not leave plastic carrier bags on the side of the bins, or on the ground. Thank you.

BOOT INN

In addition to our usual fare, we are also open on Bank Holiday Monday 3rd May for lunch served 12 noon to 2.30pm, and Bank Holiday Monday 31st May Lunch served 12 noon to 2.30pm.

Ladies Night Wednesday 12th May from 7.30pm.

Friday 28th May Fish Night with food served from 6.30pm

Please call Cathy on 01722 790243 for more information and to book your table.

LADIES NIGHT

Every second Wednesday in the month there is a Ladies Night at the Boot Inn. All welcome from all local villages to join in with others for a chat and a drink. Come from any time after 7.30pm, we are all ages and love a chat, and it is a good chance to catch up with friends, and to meet new ones. Hope to see you there.

PARISH MEETING AGM

The Parish Meeting AGM was held on 15th April in the Reading Room. Full minutes next month. We had a very interesting presentation by Wessex Water and The Environment Agency about the effect of the pumping of water from Chitterne on the River Till.

NOTICEBOARDS

Please look at the noticeboards, particularly the one by the bus shelter, as various Parish Meeting business is put up in them. This can include planning, area board meetings etc. Other information, dates of meetings, minutes etc are also put into the noticeboards – they are always worth looking at.

HEATING OIL.

WESSEX PETROLEUM will donate 1/2p per litre of domestic heating oil ordered under reference D14 to Berwick Reading Room. If you decide to use Wessex Petroleum please phone 0800 980 6172 then remember to quote ref D14 every time you order, even if you have ordered before.

CONTRIBUTIONS to the BERWICK part of this MAGAZINE

If you have a Berwick story to tell, comment to make, news to report, event happening etc - please send it to…

Nicky Street The Dairy House 790309, or e-mail chstreet@btinternet.com by 15th of the month before the magazine is due out.

WILDLIFE WATCH

A swallow was reported at the very end of March at the north end of Berwick, and lots of them on the 1st April by the sewerage works at Great Wishford. Also 6 housemartins were seen on the wires at the south end of Berwick on 31st March. The first cowslip was open in the field behind Asserton House on 4th April (Easter Sunday), and there are now lots of them there, and in the field surrounding the track above the old school (guide HQ). A Chiff-chaff was heard in Berwick in early April, and yellow Brimstone butterflies seen around the same time. A Great Bustard was seen (and photographed) on Berwick Hill Farm on April 14th, we are keeping an eye out in case it returns as we didn’t get close enough to see it’s number. A Great Bustard has been keeping company with the swans in the Wylye Valley again this winter. A pair of Wheatears were seen near Upper Woodford on 22nd March, and the Red Kite has been over the Old School at Berwick again.

On the River Till at the north end of Berwick a duck hatched 15 ducklings, and they are being cared for very attentively by both the duck and the drake.

Reports from any of our villages most welcome. Nicky Street 790309 The Dairy House or email chstreet@btinternet.com 

 

Berwick St james Newsletter - April 2010

CONGRATULATIONS to Lou and Matt Hughes on the birth of George – welcome to Berwick. Also WELCOME to Virginia and Mike Weissmuller, we hope you all enjoy living in Berwick.

CHURCH SERVICES for EASTER

Holy week services at Berwick are;

Wednesday 31st March 7pm Compline.

Easter Sunday 4th April 9.30am Family Communion Common Worship.

Everyone very welcome.

Please see the front of the magazine for other services during Holy Week.

OPEN GARDEN at THE MILL HOUSE under National Garden Scheme

Sunday 28th March 2pm to 6pm. With Cream Teas in The Reading Room.

Surrounded by the River Till, millstream and a 10 acre traditional wet water meadow, this garden of wildness supports over 300 species of old fashioned roses rambling from the many trees. It is filled with butterflies, moths and insects. Birdsong is phenomenal in spring and summer. Glorious Spring bulbs, SSSI.

CHURCH ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

April 21st at 7pm in the Church. Written reports will be available before the meeting. Secretary Veronica Sumner 790476

LADIES RUNNING GROUP

The Running Group will be starting once the clocks have gone forward. The first session will be Thursday April 1st at 1830. All Abilities are welcome and the aim is to enter the 5km Race For Life in Salisbury in July. We will meet outside the Farm Shop.

THE BOOT INN

We are taking bookings for Easter Weekend, and we are open for lunch on Easter Monday 5th April 12noon to 2.30pm.

Ladies Night; Wednesday 14th April (from 7.30pm, you are welcome to come at any time).

Fish Night. 30th April.

Giles and Cathy Dickinson 01722-790243. www.bootatberwick.co.uk

HEATING OIL

More heating oil has been stolen in the village – Watch Out.

HEATING OIL.

WESSEX PETROLEUM will donate 1/2p per litre of domestic heating oil ordered under reference D14 to Berwick Reading Room. If you decide to use Wessex Petroleum please phone 0800 980 6172 then remember to quote ref D14 every time you order, even if you have ordered before.

PARISH MEETING

Thursday 15th April in the Reading Room.

This will include a discussion about the River Till Water levels with the Environment Agency and Wessex Water. All welcome to come, including from other villages. Please see noticeboards for more details. Parish Chairman Richard Brasher 790410. Parish Clerk Jacky Webb 792624.

FETE and DOG SHOW 2010.

Please keep saving things for the Fete. We need lots of bottles for the Bottle Stall, Raffle prizes, items for the bric-a-brac, and unwanted gifts, books and DVDs etc. If you want to donate them now, please take them to Sarah (details below) or Nicky Street at The Dairy House. Please plant up extra seeds for the Plant Stall, and if you have plants that need dividing please remember the Plant Stall.  We will, of course, also need the wonderful cakes and produce made and grown by villagers closer to the fete too.

The Fete will be on Saturday June 5th at Berwick House. Entries for the Dog Show will start at 12 noon, the Fete will open at 12.30pm, and the judging for the Dog Show at 1pm.

The Dog Show is a Companion Show held under Kennel Club Rules and Regulations and there will be 4 pedigree classes, and 5 novelty classes including The Brandy Cup for the Best Village Dog with the owner living in Berwick St James. The Judge is Claire Lewis (Hernwood). For more information about the Dog Show contact Jean Collins 07877-286702 or email amscotgordons@aol.com

Food (BBQ) and drink will be available all day at the Fete. And we will need lots of help with all kinds of things! Any ideas for new stalls and games very much welcome. Chairman Sarah Humphreys 790212

 

Berwick St james Newsletter - December 2009

HAPPY CHRISTMAS TO YOU ALL.

Thank You to all the volunteers who run the Cricket Club, the Reading Room, the Church, the Fete, the Pumpkin Club, the Running Group (and the run) etc etc, and all the other things (like the Ladies Night) that make our Village such a great place to live.

BARRY SPALTON The whole village is shocked and saddened by the sudden death of Barry Spalton on Saturday 7th November. He will be greatly missed by his many friends. Our sympathy and our thoughts are with Caroline and the girls, and all his family.

CONGRATULATIONS to Julian and Kate Glyn-Owen on the birth of their baby EVA on Sunday 8th November, welcome to Berwick!

CHURCH WARDEN’S WAND The Service to dedicate the church warden’s wand in memory of Will was very moving. I just want to say a big thank you to Stephen Bush for all he did to make this possible, also thank you to Ailsa and helpers for putting on refreshments – very tasty. Bless you. Jean Hibberd.

MEMORIAL SERVICE. It was an enjoyable but very touching memorial service at Wishford on November 1st. Thank you Rev Hugh Bonsey. Thank you to all the ladies for the delicious tea afterwards. Jean Hibberd,

Bonfires. Will people who have bonfires earl in the morning in their gardens please spare a thought for your neighbours who have washing on their lines.

Dogs. People are letting their dogs mess on the pavement. DON’T, just pick it up.

Police. We are very pleased to hear that the local police have caught poachers locally, they are very keen to prosecute, and would appreciate similar reports if seen. There have been several robberies recently around here. Keep your eyes open, keep your items locked away, and report anything appropriate.

CHRISTMAS CHURCH SERVICES

CAROL SERVICE

The annual candlelit carol service of Seven Lessons and Carols will be held in St James’ Church on Sunday 20th December at 6pm. The service will be followed by mulled wine and mince pies. Everyone is most welcome to attend this very special service.

OTHER SERVICES

Christmas Day. 10.30am Family Communion.

Sunday 27th December. 11am Holy Communion.

CHURCH WARDEN’S WAND in Memory of WILL HIBBERD

On Sunday 25th October the Revd Hugh Bonsey dedicated a new Churchwarden’s Wand in our Church in memory of Will Hibberd. The wand which looks very splendid was generously donated by Norman and Gerry Hibberd and is positioned close to the main door. It was a great pleasure to see Jean, Norman, Gerry, Simon and Colin in church for the dedication.

CHURCH SERVICES in St James Church 2010

The Sundays on which there will be a service in St James Church will be changing as from 1st January 2010. It is hoped that there will be no further changes after this for some while.

First Sunday of month      09.30   Holy Communion

Second Sunday of month  10.00   Matins

Fourth Sunday of month   10.00   Matins

On the third Sunday of the month there will be a 9.30 Parish Communion service in Winterbourne Stoke. When there is a fifth Sunday in the month a team service will be held in one of the 12 parishes.

VILLAGE CAROL SINGING

The Village Carol Singing (an old tradition in Berwick – though it used to be done on Christmas morning) is provisonally on Tuesday December 22nd starting at 6pm and finishing with Mince Pies and mulled wine. Notices giving details of the starting place and the charity will be put up shortly.  We welcome everyone to come along and sing, accompanied children especially. Please bring torches or lanterns. We would like to sing at various points around the village and so, if you would like to have us come to you please could you ring Ian Fisher 790214 or Nicky Street 790309.

CHRISTMAS CARDS in aid of Berwick Church

Jane Rowe is selling watercolour Christmas Cards of “Berwick Church from the Till in Snow” in aid of Berwick Church. Pack of 5 cards for £4.  Also “Berwick Church in Summer” and “Five Churches of the Till and Wylye Valley”

To view and order please ring 790575.

BERWICK FARM SHOP

Christmas Orders are still being taken – Turkeys, chickens, Beef, Gammon, Ham, Pork, Sausages etc Also Cheese, Cakes, pies etc and a variety of Ready Meals.

We have Marfona Potatoes from the Swantons at South Newton. Loose 45p kg. 12 ½ kg £3.35. 25kg £6.00. as well as our other lovely vegetables.

Christmas Opening times.

We are open Monday 21st, Tuesday 22nd and Wednesday 23rd from 9am to 5pm. Also on Thursday 24th Christmas Eve 9am to 2pm.

Then we are closed until Tuesday 5th January.

BUT you can PRE –ORDER anything for the New Year, which you can collect on Thursday December 31st  between 10am and 12 noon.

Happy Christmas to you all. Marilyn 790490.

BOOT INN

A Merry Christmas to all our customers. The Christmas and New Year Menu and Opening times are now available by leaflet at The Boot Inn.  The New Year Evening is booking up fast. Please ring Cathy and Giles on 790243 to book, or for enquiries, for all Christmas and New Year meals, or call in at The Boot Inn.

December dates

4th Cricket Club dinner.  9th Ladies night

25th Christmas Day – open for drinks 11am to 2pm

26th Boxing Day. Brunch served 12 noon –3pm.

31st New Year’s Eve Black Tie Dinner £35 per person.

Early notice of Giles and Cathy’s holiday – this will be 1st to 10th February 2010 – the kitchen will not be open during this time, but we will be open for drinks as usual.

PARISH MEETING 15th October 2009

Tina Woodford retired after 12 years as Clerk/Secretary

Planning Applications to fell trees in 3 gardens acceptable. Letter sent to planning office to support application to retain a temporary fence erected because permission to build wall refused. Ian West and Richard Brasher to meet head of WCC Planning Department to discuss local planning idiosyncrasies.

Moving the Children’s playground from cricket pitch to alternative venue will cost £3000. Lou Writing to write to the Guinness Trust to request donation of land behind the Guide Centre. One swing seat to be replaced by a model suitable for toddlers.

Pumpkin Run will become an annual event.

Village Fete, Dog Show and Duck Race made a fantastic £2300.

Low water levels in rivers and streams discussed. Representatives from Wessex Water and the Environment Agency to be invited to the next Parish Meeting.

Richard Brasher will follow up request to repaint the Asserton signpost.

Complaint about bins left on pavement in the High Street.

Highways Authority believe that 40mph speed limit between the village and Stapleford would not be effective.

Full Minutes are on the Berwick Village Website.

Parish Chairman Richard Brasher. Parish Clerk Jacky Webb.

The date of the Meeting with about the River with the Environment Agency and Wessex Water will be put on the Noticeboards as soon as it is known.

BERWICK ST JAMES WEBSITE

www.berwickstjames.org.uk   Please have a look at the site – we would love contributions to it. New on the Website – The full minutes of the Parish Meeting on Thursday 15th October. I have had several family history enquiries resulting from people looking at our website – there is quite a lot of history on it! I shall hopefully have time to add some more soon. Nicky Street.

HEATING OIL. With the cold weather you may need to order heating oil. WESSEX PETROLEUM will donate 1/2p per litre of domestic heating oil ordered under reference D14 to Berwick Reading Room. If you decide to use Wessex Petroleum please phone 0800 980 6172 then remember to quote ref D14 every time you order, even if you have ordered before.

CONTRIBUTIONS to the BERWICK part of this MAGAZINE

I need YOUR HELP to make the magazine interesting and useful. Please send all contributions for the Berwick part to Nicky Street The Dairy House 790309 or email chstreet@btinternet.com by 15th of the month before the magazine is due out.

Or, if you prefer, directly to Glennis (see editor’s note elsewhere in the magazine).

WILDLIFE WATCH

Has anyone seen any interesting winter visitors? (birds, of course!). The Egrets are still around, one seems to be living near the river at the south end of Berwick. A Green Woodpecker has been seen on a local lawn, and two Red Kites over Berwick Hill Farm. The Kingfisher has been seen along the Till by Stapleford bridge – it was seen on Armistice Day.

SCOUT CHRISTMAS POST

Support your local Scouts and Guides, and send your local Christmas Cards for only 20p each!

The Scouts and guides deliver to the most (but not all) villages in south Wiltshire, with stamps costing 20p and the last day of posting FRIDAY 11th DECEMBER.

Stamps, and lists of the places included in the scheme, and posting boxes are available in Wilton at Spectrum, Wilton Hardware, Library, Top Style and Wilton Garden Centre. Also available at Wishford, Wylye, Dinton, Fovant and Broadchalke post offices, and Wessex Timber Windows in South Newton Trading Estate, and Stapleford Garage.

Wilton Scout Group and Wilton and District Guides share proceeds from these local sales and deliveries. 

Please remember that Cards can only be delivered to the places on the list – so please check.

 

 

 

 BERWICK ST JAMES November 2009 Newsletter

Sylvia Seymour-Taylor sent the following message to us all. “I would like to send greetings to my many friends in Berwick. Amazingly one whole year has passed since I moved to near Colchester in Essex. My sons keep an eye on Gryphon which holds happy memories. You were all so kind to me – too many to name individually – so thank you for all the laughter we shared together. Happy Christmas and best wishes for the future, and love from ancient and contented Sylvia Seymour-Taylor (Mrs).”

GET WELL SOON. Mrs Drake had a nasty fall in her garden and broke her arm, and spent time in hospital, Robert Drake has also been in hospital. We hope both will soon be feeling much better. Stanley Palmer is waiting for a new knee, Margaret Mustill has a very painful leg, hope it will soon be sorted out at Odstock.

CONGRATULATIONS Jean Hibberd is very proud of her grandson Greg, he recently did a parachute jump in aid of “Children’s Cancer”. Well done Greg.  Also to Barbara Last’s grandson Chris who was paraded out as a Lieutenant at Sandhurst at the end of September, in the Territorial Army.

Also to Alan Larsen and Rebecca Holland on their marriage at Berwick on 26th September, the whole village enjoyed the costumes, horses and pagentry.

DOGS. Will people STOP letting their dogs use the pavements as toilets. Better still CLEAN it up.

DUSTBINS. A request has been received asking that people could please not leave their dustbins on the pavement, and put them out of sight if possible.

PARISH MEETING. The minutes of the parish meeting held on 15th October will be in next month’s magazine. THANK YOU to Tina Woodford on her retirement as Parish Clerk, she worked hard for many years and we very much appreciate all she did. Thank you to Jacky Webb who has taken over.

CHRISTMAS CARDS in aid of Berwick Church.

Jane Rowe is selling watercolour Christmas Cards of “Berwick Church from the Till in Snow” in aid of Berwick Church. Pack of 5 cards for £4.  Also “Berwick Church in Summer” and “Five Churches of the Till and Wylye Valley

To view and order please ring 790575.

READING ROOM CHRISTMAS BAZAAR

The Reading Room Christmas Bazaar is on Saturday November 21st at 2pm, in the Reading Room. Come along and buy your Christmas Cards and paper, have a cup of Tea or Coffee and a chat to your friends. We would be very grateful for donations of cakes and produce, bric-a-brac, books, jigsaws, toys, costume jewellery, unwanted gifts, Raffle and Tombola Prizes, and, of course, Christmas Cards, paper, decorations, and anything with a Christmas Theme. The Reading Room will be open from 10.30am to 11.30am on Saturday to accept gifts. The Sale starts at 2pm. Items can also be left at The Dairy House, for more information, or for collection Nicky Street The Dairy House 790309. Anika Lange The Black Barn 790122.

PUMPKIN 5 and 10km RUN

Firstly a huge thank you to all the volunteers who helped make the inaugural Pumpkin 5 and 10km so successful, it really was a village effort and could not have been achieved without you. Overall I think we can be proud of ourselves as a village, the feedback on Runners World is very positive, from the beautiful farmland and scenery that the route took (thankyou to Druids and Charlie) to the friendly and encouraging marshalls to the organization. The only negatives on the day were the hills! I think we were especially blessed with the weather, although I do not think the runners thought that! There are some fantastic pictures on the village website which I recommend you go and have a quick look at. The race was well supported by the village in terms of competitors; William and Giles in the 10km, the “Berwick Ladies” completing their first 5km, and Sam and Edward in the 5km, all finishing in very respectable times. Especially well done to the following;

William Grant – fastest local 10km

Sam Perry – 1st male, and 1st local in the 5km

Edward Crossley – 1st local junior.

Jane Rowe – 1st Veteran 5km.

Another special thank you has to go to Marilyn who donated 100 sausages which Jane, Ailsa and Gill did a fantastic job of selling. Also Chris and his very prompt and excellent work on the website.

Overall the event made £788.90, with a profit of £460.90 after expenditure. There were 68 entrants in total which is OK for a first event. After its success and with less initial outlay next year I am positive that the income will be higher. What is the money going towards? That will be decided at the next Village Meeting (which will have happened by the time this magazine is printed).

So yes there will be another Pumpkin run in 2010. Same time of year, and if there is enough interest another village running programme for those who may want to enter their 1st 5km, improve on their time or try the 10km. So watch for more details.

Lou.

I should like to add thanks to Lou and Frank, and all the organizers for the marvelous and efficient planning before and on the day. And the speedy clearing up afterwards too! It was great to see so many villagers and I especially appreciated all the cheering on!

Nicky Street.

BERWICK LADIES PUMPKIN RUNNERS

The Berwick Ladies would like to thank Lou and Sally very much indeed for enabling us to take part in our first 5km.Without them we would not have reached the start!  Every one who joined the Thursday night Ladies Running Group greatly appreciated all the hard work, dedication and enthusiasm brought to us, the encouragement over the weeks has meant that we have far exceeded what we expected to be able to do! Unfortunately injuries prevented some of us from taking part in the race – just wait until next year!

We’ll be back!

HARVEST SUPPER and HARVEST FESTIVAL

Thank you to everyone who decorated the church for Harvest Festival, and for Alan and Rebecca’s wedding, a special effort was made by everyone and there has rarely been as much fruit and vegetables. Thank you indeed.

It was a most successful Harvest Supper with delicious food supplied by Jane Rowe, with assistance from many villagers. The very successful Raffle was organized by Jacky and Roland, and made a profit of £53 after taking out the hire of the room and the cost of the food. Thanks to all who provided salads and puddings, did setting up, cooking and clearing up. It was great fun.

WILTSHIRE HISTORIC CHURCHES RIDE and STRIDE.

This took place on Saturday 12th September 09, and the two walkers and one cyclist from Berwick raised a marvellous £183. Thank you to those, and also to the helpers who manned the church on the day. Berwick church was visited by 8 cyclists and 2 walkers.

BOOT INN

The Christmas and New Year Menu and Opening times are now available by leaflet at The Boot Inn. More details next month.  The New Year Evening is booking up fast. Please ring Cathy and Giles on 790243 to book, or for enquiries, for all Christmas and New Year meals, or call in at The Boot Inn.

November Dates

Friday 6th November. 7 Wines and 7 Sausages. 7pm £17.50 per person.

Ladies Night is on 2nd Wednesday – this month 11th November.

Fish night Friday 27th November.

Every Tuesday. Pie and Pint evening – come and enjoy a delicious homemade pie and a pint of beer each Tuesday evening for just £10.

Every Sunday evening. Quiz Night – So far the Quiz nights have raised £792.70 (as at 5th October 09) for Cancer Research. Come and join us for Giles’ wonderfully ingenious quiz, with snacks, starting at 7.30pm.

BERWICK FARM SHOP

The Pampered Chef is returning to the Shop on 28th October, with a Christmas Cookery Demonstration from 11am onwards.

Orders can now be taken for all Christmas Food. Our Bronze Turkeys, Chickens and Geese come from Market Lavington. Have you thought of a joint instead of poultry for Christmas Day? We have wonderful Beef, as well as Pork, Ham and Gammon from our own pigs. I make all sorts of cakes – iced or otherwise, and plenty of different pies and tarts. Marilyn 790490.

BERWICK ST JAMES WEBSITE

www.berwickstjames.org.uk   Please have a look at the site – we would love contributions to it. New on the Website – The full results of the Pumpkin Run, with all the times! There are photos of Pumpkin Day at the Boot Inn. There is a new section under “New and Notices” called “Rotas”, included in there is the Church Locking Rota, and further rotas will be added soon.

HEATING OIL. With the cold weather you may need to order heating oil. WESSEX PETROLEUM will donate 1/2p per litre of domestic heating oil ordered under reference D14 to Berwick Reading Room. If you decide to use Wessex Petroleum please phone 0800 980 6172 then remember to quote ref D14 every time you order, even if you have ordered before.

CONTRIBUTIONS to the BERWICK part of this MAGAZINE

I need YOUR HELP to make the magazine interesting and useful. Please send all contributions for the Berwick part to Nicky Street The Dairy House 790309 or email chstreet@btinternet.com by 15th of the month before the magazine is due out.

Or, if you prefer, directly to Glennis (see editor’s note elsewhere in the magazine).

 

 

BERWICK ST JAMES NEWLETTER OCTOBER 2009

CONGRATULATIONS to Barbara Last’s grand daughter Celyn who has been accepted for study at Cambridge in the Veterinary College – all very proud of her.

Congratulations also to all our local GCSE and A level students, we hope you got the results you wanted.

LOUISA HALLIDAY. Everyone in Berwick is very sad that Louisa has retired, we would like to thank her very much and we hope that she has a happy retirement, and look forward to seeing her around!

NOTICE BOARDS Don’t forget to watch the noticeboards for the time and date of the next Parish Meeting, and also for any other relevant village information.

HARVEST Even though it was a rather on-off harvest through August, Berwick Hill Farm managed to finish on 22nd August. This was the same date as in 2006, in 2007 it was 25th August, and last year it was on 16th September! Nicky Street.

BEWARE OF THIEVES

A Blue Single cab pick-up stopped by a house on Druid’s farm, in daylight, and stole £350 of goods from the garage. LOOK OUT!

READING ROOM MARKET STALL

The Reading Room committee ran a Stall at Salisbury Market on Saturday 12th September. A great many thanks to all our helpers, it made all the difference to have enough! We made a great profit of  £219.80, and took what was left to the Hospice Charity Shop in Salisbury (having kept some for the Bazaar, but most had already been to the Fete, and so we didn’t want to bring it back to Berwick).

READING ROOM CHRISTMAS BAZAAR

The Reading Room Christmas Bazaar is on Saturday November 21st in the Reading Room. Come along and buy your Christmas Cards (in aid of your local charity) and paper. We would be very grateful for donations of cakes and produce, bric-a-brac, books, jigsaw puzzles, toys, costume jewellery, unwanted gifts, and Raffle and Tombola Prizes, and of course, Christmas Cards, paper, decorations, and anything with a Christmas Theme. Nicky Street The Dairy House790309. Anika Lange The Black Barn 790122.

SPONSORED RIDE AND STRIDE.

This took place on Saturday 12th September 2009. On a lovely warm day cyclists and walkers from Berwick visited various churches in Wiltshire to raise money for Berwick Church and the Wiltshire Historic Churches Trust. Half the money raised is returned to Berwick Church and the rest goes to the trust which gives grants to restore and maintain the historic fabric of our churches throughout the county.

David Street cycled from Berwick into Salisbury, visiting 10 churches on the way, and he would very much welcome retrospective sponsorship! The Dairy House 790309. As I write the final figures of money raised isn’t known yet.

HEATING OIL

Now that Autumn is coming on us fast, perhaps you need to think about ordering your winter fuel. WESSEX PETROLEUM will donate ½ p per litre of domestic heating oil ordered under reference D14 to Berwick Reading Room. If you decide to use Wessex Petroleum and phone 0800 980 6172 then remember to quote ref D14 every time you order, even if you have ordered before.   

CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE BERWICK PART OF THIS MAGAZINE.

I need YOUR HELP. To help keep the Magazine interesting and useful, I need you to tell me of anything that could go in. Especially new neighbours, births, marriages, exam passes etc. Also details of events to come, and reports on events that have happened - and more things for Wildlife Watch please. I’ll take anything, and don’t edit unless you ask me to, but I don’t check, so please make sure your days, dates etc are right. Discussions or comments on previous magazines very much welcome!

If you have a story to tell, or comment to make - please send it to…

Nicky Street The Dairy House 790309, or e-mail chstreet@btinternet.com by 15th of the month before the magazine is due out.

Or, if you prefer, directly to Glennis (see editor’s note eslewhere in the magazine).

LOCAL HISTORY  STEPHEN FURNESS

Some time ago I wrote about Sir Christopher Furness who bought the 10,913 acre Hooley Estate in 1898 (including Berwick, Stapleford and Winterbourne Stoke). But why was it bought?

It seems likely that it was so that his brother Stephen could live in Berwick.

Stephen Furness was born in West Hartlepool on 28th May 1848 to John and Averill Furness, and joined their grocery and provisioning business, developing it with his brothers into one of the largest in North East England. He married Mary, daughter of Mr Dixon Sharper of West Hartlepool on 4th July 1870.  He and his brother Christopher went to Sweden shortly after the birth of his first child Kate, and set up a business connection there. Stephen and Mary must have loved Sweden, for they bought an estate in Hoby, near Kristianstad, (which is on the Baltic coast) and stayed, raising their many children there.

Sir Christopher Furness returned to England, developed the shipping side of the business, the Furness business was divided between him and his brother Thomas in 1882.

Mary died at Hoby on October 17th 1898 aged only 48. Stephen brought his family back to England, having lived in Sweden for around 26 years.

In December 1898 the Hooley estates in Wiltshire were bought, and Stephen moved into Berwick House in 1899, the first landowner to live in the village. He farmed 1800 acres, and described himself as a farmer. He was a keen and up-to-date agriculturist and an especially good judge of horses and stock. In 1901 Stephen, his eldest daughter Kate (29) the two youngest children, Jane Astrid (10), and Tom (8) were here with three live-in servants. The cook came from Chelsea, the housemaid from Berwick and the footman, Victor Gustaforson, from Sweden.

Of all their children only Kate stayed in Berwick, the older ones (the boys anyway) went to school in Harrogate whilst their parents were in Sweden, and they made their lives with their Furness cousins, in the Furness business, in the North East.

Stephen and Mary’s oldest son Sir Stephen Wilson Furness took over from his uncle Sir Christopher Furness on his death in 1912. He was also chairman of many other companies in the north east, mainly relating to shipping and coal. He became MP for Hartlepool in 1910 and was created a baronet in 1913. Unfortunately he was killed in an accident in 1914. He lived at Tunstall Grange, West Hartlepool.

 In 1909 Sir Christopher Furness, or rather one of his companies, split up and sold all the Estate, except Berwick, with many farms going to their current owners.

Stephen Furness died on June 19th 1911, and was buried in Berwick.  His daughter Kate left Berwick to live with her brother Christopher Furness in County Durham. She died on 29th August 1919 aged 48, she is also buried in Berwick. Many of Stephen’s family have been buried in Berwick, and the Furness trust supported the Church for many years.

Sir Christopher Furness kept Berwick, he died in 1912. It passed to his son Marmaduke, Lord Furness, who sold it in 1915 to Mary, wife of (later to be Sir) Cecil Chubb.

Researched and written by Nicky Street.

WILDLIFE WATCH

Further to the note in last month’s magazine about Butterflies.

“Beside moths, a few other creatures find their way into my light trap. Early summer I sometimes have several cockchafer beetles whose larvae eat the roots of cereal crops. Sometimes I get Sexton beetles that feed on dead mice and birds. They have an endearing life, living in connubial bliss, a pair fighting others over possession of the precious corpse, burying it, guarding and feeding their young together, Sometimes I get Caddis flies from the river. Occasionally I have Ichneumen flies that lay eggs in caterpillars that then eat out the innards of their prey while it still lives. But mostly its moths. Many spend the daytime hiding, disguised as bark, twigs, dead leaves and are very difficult to spot until they move. They are of course active at night when birds are not hunting, their enemies then are bats which also share the night. They each have their own tick of avoiding being eaten. The yellow tail moth is white and resembles a bird dropping. If its ruse is discovered, it elevates its yellow tail covered in hairs that release histamine as well as a pheramone to deter investigators. The almost invisible muslin moth if disturbed turns over and acts dead, and reveals bright yellow and black underparts that may alarm the predator, Most larvae eat grasses and shrubs, only a small number are pests of garden crops. Only a very few species eat woolly jumpers! I find them a joy to discover as they are  mostly quite sleepy in the early morning and allow me to photograph them in daylight.” Barbara Last.

Whilst walking up the School track on a hot, sunny day in mid August, I saw a female Common Lizard on the track itself, unfortunately she had lost her tail, and although soft and warm, probably did not survive.

Reports from any of our villages most welcome. Nicky Street 790309 The Dairy House or email chstreet@btinternet.com indicating it is a magazine entry. If you tell me whilst I am walking around, I shall try to remember – but there is no guarantee! Many thanks.

 

BERWICK ST JAMES Newsletter September 2009

CONGRATULATIONS to Sophie and Will Simpson-Gee, and Harry and Bella, on the birth of Flora on 9th August. We would all like to welcome Flora to Berwick.

NOTICE BOARDS Don’t forget to watch the noticeboards for the time and date of the next Parish Meeting, and also for any other relevant village information.

BERWICK FETE

The PCC were thrilled and delighted to receive a cheque for over £1000 from the Fete and would like to thank the fete committee and all involved for achieving such a marvellous result.

HARVEST SUPPER

This is on Saturday 26th September at 7pm at the Guide Centre. It is free to all Berwick Residents and everyone is welcome especially the children. The cost is paid for from the proceeds of the Grand raffle – so remember your money and a prize! As last year, visitors from outside the village will be charged £5 for adults and £3 for OAP’s and children.

Enclosed in the magazine is a flyer – please reply, it makes the organisation so much easier. Jane Rowe has very kindly agreed to cook the main course and she will provide the cheese. Assistance would be hugely welcomed in providing salads and puddings as well as help in setting up, decorating the room, washing up and tidying away. For more information etc please phone Jane Rowe on 790575.

Please bring your own bottles of wine, beer, squash etc and glasses too.

Previous harvest suppers have always been good fun – we do hope you can come.

HARVEST FESTIVAL

The Harvest Festival is at Berwick church on Sunday 27th September. Come and celebrate the abundance of good things that come from the land, and to give thanks. All very much welcome. 

Harvest Festival Flowers, Fruit and Vegetables. We would love to have contributions of fruit and vegetables to decorate the church, from whoever would like to bring them. As we are unable to donate these, we would ask that you come back after the service to collect them. As there is a wedding on Saturday 26th, please could you bring any vegetables etc, and do your flowers on FRIDAY, if possible. We are delighted that the bride and groom wish to have the church decorated for Harvest Festival.

BERWICK 5k and 10k RUN

Remember (as if we could forget!) that the Pumpkin 5 and 10km events are on SATURDAY 19th September. Walkers are very welcome with dogs on leads on the 5km. For more information please go to the village website at www.berwickstjames.org.uk or contact Lou Whiting on 792699.

Thank you to those that have volunteered to help on the day but there is plenty of room for more! There will be a meeting for all volunteers at 0930 on the day of the event at the Guide Centre.

BERWICK ST JAMES WEBSITE

The address is www.berwickstjames.org.uk   Please have a look at the site – we would love contributions to it, just go to the Contact Us page. It would also be great to have details of what’s on in the village, meetings and anything else. Put in your entry for the Pumpkin 5 and 10km race – Entry forms are on the website. Details about the event are there too.

SPONSORED RIDE AND STRIDE.

Saturday 12th September 2009. Cycle or walk around the churches of Wiltshire to raise money for Berwick Church and the Wiltshire Historic Churches Trust. Half the money you raise is returned to Berwick Church and the rest goes to the trust which gives grants to restore and maintain the historic fabric of our churches throughout the county. Taking part in this cycle ride is great fun – visiting churches you may never have been in before, and cycling through beautiful countryside.

The organizer in Berwick is Lyanne Street. The Briars. 790544. Please ring or call for the sponsor forms, or for more details.

BOOT INN .

Tuesday 15th September. Battle of  Britain Day. £1 from each main course served will be donated to Help for Heroes.

Saturday 26th September. Pumpkin Day. Dig up your pumpkins and come along, Bar open all day and Barbeque food available from 3pm.

Please remember that Ladies Night is now the second Wednesday of each month – so it will be on September 9th.  We gather from around 7.30pm, and you are welcome to join us at any time.

The Boot Inn 790243. www.bootatberwick.co.uk

BERWICK FARM SHOP

The weather for September is predicted to be lovely – so why not have a BBQ with our sustainably produced British Charcoal from the New Forest, with our burgers and sausages too! The shop stocks the lovely soft drinks from Belvoir Fruit Farms – organic lemonade, ginger beer, elderflower presse, and healthy fruit drinks that contain nothing but fruit and Belvoir spring water. Remember my pies and pasties too. Marilyn Wood 790490.

BERWICK READING ROOM

The Reading Room is having a Market Stall by the Guildhall on Saturday 12th September. We would be very grateful for good quality bric-a-brac, unwanted gifts, books etc, but no clothes or jumble please. Please bring to Nicky Street The Dairy House 790309, or Anika Lange The Black Barn 790122, or phone for collection – if you would like to help on the stall please phone one of us – it’s hard work but good fun.

HEATING OIL

Now that Autumn is coming on us fast, perhaps you need to think about ordering your winter fuel. WESSEX PETROLEUM will donate ½ p per litre of domestic heating oil ordered under reference D14 to Berwick Reading Room. If you decide to use Wessex Petroleum and phone 0800 980 6172 then remember to quote ref D14 every time you order, even if you have ordered before. 

CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE BERWICK PART OF THIS MAGAZINE.

Entries to Nicky Street The Dairy House 790309, or e-mail chstreet@btinternet.com by 15th of the month before the magazine is due out, indicating it is a magazine entry.

Or, if you prefer, directly to Glennis (see editor’s note eslewhere in the magazine).

WILDLIFE WATCH

People can hardly fail to have noticed the large number of Painted Ladies around the gardens recently. This spring there was a tremendous influx of them arising from North Africa where there had been a particularly wet and verdant spring. They were here in multitudes and travelled northwards reaching even as far as St Kilda. This summer they have been breeding, and those that we are seeing now are their children. The caterpillars feed on thistles, so no-one will grudge them that! If there is a mild winter, it may be that some will survive and breed next spring. That will make them British species, not just migrants and will be another indicator of climate change. Red Admirals now regularly over winter and breed, not many years ago they were just occasional visitors.

In my month trap I had a delightful large moth: white with black spots: the Leopard Moth. When alarmed, it rolled over and played dead, immediately transforming itself into what closely resembled a pile of pigeon pooh. After some time, it deemed the danger was passed and re-orientated itself. A very clever trick! It had spent its larval stage inside a branch eating wood. This would have taken three years as wood is not very nutritious.

Barbara Last.

Wonderful reports this month – lovely butterflies. A Silver washed Fritillary and White Admiral in Grovely, also Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Ringlet, Gatekeeper Peacock at Winterbourne Stoke. And Painted Ladies everywhere.

A Cetti’s Warbler was heard at on the river at the south end of Berwick on 26th July, these are hardly ever seen but have an explosive call. A Marsh Tit was seen in Grovely, and a female Montagu’s Harrier near Stoford Farm on 8th August. Three pairs of Montagu’s Harriers have bred in Wilts raising 11 young.

Reports from any of our villages most welcome. Nicky Street 790309 The Dairy House or email chstreet@btinternet.com indicating it is a magazine entry. If you tell me whilst I am walking around, I shall try to remember – but there is no guarantee! Many thanks.

 

BERWICK ST JAMES Newsletter August 2009

MILL HOUSE OPEN GARDEN and CREAM TEAS

The National Garden Scheme opening on 27th and 28th June raised £551.00 for the nine charities. The Teas in the Reading Room raised £259.63 of which £20.00 went to the Reading Room and £239.63 went to the Church of St James. Enormous thanks go to Stephen and Ailsa Bush and their amazing tea gang of ladies and gentlemen who worked so hard and without whom the success of the two days could not have been achieved. From Mrs Diana Gifford Mead.

The garden looks wonderful, the roses were just outstanding – if you missed it this year, look out for the open garden next year. The teas were marvellous with a special mention to Ailsa’s cakes!

BERWICK FETE and DUCK RACE

The final figure for the profit from the Fete and Duck Race is £2135. Well done everyone – many thanks to all! Last year we had a profit of £1109 after having paid for the marquee and racing ducks.

Dog Show Results were – Best in Show “Rally” Golden Retriever. Best Puppy “Tamu” Basenji. Both owned by Mrs K Ellis from Durrington.

Best Village Dog and winner of the new Brandy Cup “Pippy” owned by Nicky Street.

SPONSORED RIDE AND STRIDE.

Saturday 12th September 2009. Cycle or walk around the churches of Wiltshire to raise money for Berwick Church and the Wiltshire Historic Churches Trust. Half the money you raise is returned to Berwick Church and the rest goes to the trust which gives grants to restore and maintain the historic fabric of our churches throughout the county. Taking part in this cycle ride is great fun – visiting churches you may never have been in before, and cycling through beautiful countryside.

The organizer in Berwick is Lyanne Street. The Briars. 790544. Please ring or call for the sponsor forms, or for more details.

BERWICK READING ROOM

The Reading Room is having a Market Stall by the Guildhall on Saturday 12th September. We would be very grateful for good quality bric-a-brac, unwanted gifts, books etc, but no clothes or jumble please. Please bring to Nicky Street The Dairy House 790309, or Anika Lange The Black Barn 790122, or phone for collection – if you would like to help on the stall please phone one of us – it’s hard work but good fun.

BOOT INN .

Please remember that Ladies Night is now the second Wednesday of each month – so it will be on August 12th.  We gather from around 7.30pm, and you are welcome to join us at any time.

PUMPKIN 5 and 10km RACES

Runners. There are now 2 running sessions each Thursday night.

7-8 for beginners training for the 5km race.

8-9 for the “quicker” ones who may want to do the 10km.

Anyone who would like to come and join us are very welcome.

Volunteers to help on the day.

Anyone interested or available to help with marshalling and the organisation on the day please can you inform Lou Whiting wither by email fwgwhiting@hotmail.com  or 792699. Help will be required between 0900-1400 (dependent on task). Aslo we will plan to do a tea and cake stand. More details to follow.

BERWICK ST JAMES WEBSITE

The address is www.berwickstjames.org.uk   Please have a look at the site – we would love contributions to it, just go to the Contact Us page. It would also be great to have details of what’s on in the village, meetings and anything else. Put in your entry for the Pumpkin 5 and 10km race – Entry forms are on the website.

BERWICK FARM SHOP

Good fresh food locally sourced. A wide range of home made products, outside catering and buffets. The Pork is from our own pigs at Chitterne.

Opening hours are now – Tuesday and Wednesday 9am to 5pm. Thursday and Friday 9am to 6.30pm. Saturday 9am to 4pm. Sunday 10.30am to 3.30pm.

Marilyn Wood 01722 790490.

HEATING OIL

WESSEX PETROLEUM will donate ½ p per litre of domestic heating oil ordered under reference D14 to Berwick Reading Room. If you decide to use Wessex Petroleum and phone 0800 980 6172 then remember to quote ref D14 every time you order, even if you have ordered before. For the last quarter we received £47.50 – this is really useful – it goes towards the nearly £1000 insurance bill! Many thanks.

BERWICK CRICKET CLUB

The club belongs to the Old Sarum Invitation Cricket Tuesday league and our matches in August are; August 4th Boscombe Down Away, and on August 11th the Cup Final which has a 5.45 start at Langford. If you are interested in the Cricket Club please phone Charlie Woodford 07796 332523

CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE BERWICK PART OF THIS MAGAZINE.

Entries to Nicky Street The Dairy House 790309, or e-mail chstreet@btinternet.com by 15th of the month before the magazine is due out, indicating it is a magazine entry.

Or, if you prefer, directly to Glennis (see editor’s note eslewhere in the magazine).

 

LOCAL HISTORY. BERWICK MILL

The Grade 2 listed Mill is built of flint and clunch with brick dressings and a slate roof. It is a bridge mill, straddling the river Till which is some twelve to eighteen feet wide at this point. There is no public access as it is dangerous, and the water is very deep. It can be seen from the bridge at the south end of the village.

The mill was built in about 1845 to grind animal feed and to power machinery in the farm yard. It replaced the old mill beside Mill House, which was roughly in the same place as the current footbridge.

The river may have been a leat built for the earlier mill by Mill House, with the water diverted at the north end of the village. As there has been a mill from at least 1478, and probably 1250, this has become the main stream.

There are two brick arches over the river on the south side, the eastern one has two hatches to hold back water for the wheel and to regulate the water flow, and the western one contains the water wheel.

The breast-shot cast-iron water wheel and associated machinery was put in by P Curtis of Shrewton. The wheel is 10ft in diameter, 7ft wide with 32 nine inch vanes around its circumference. Some of the original gearing remains, along with one set of grinding stones on the first floor and grain bins on the second. The ladders and flooring on the upper floors are unsafe.    

The Mill was operated as part of Berwick Farm. In 1891 Jacob Rolfe (29) was the miller, but he lived in the northern end of the village. In 1910 the Mill was operated from the Dairy House by the dairyman David Draper.

On 12th November 1910 Harry Christopher Furness aged 28 was visiting his father at The Manor House (now Berwick House). He came down to the Mill and put the wheel on, and was caught and dragged through, he struggled to the Dairy House and was taken to The Manor House on a stretcher and he died shortly after. His grave is between the church and the path in the churchyard.

From 1921 the mill provided (rather dim) electricity to Berwick House as well as pumping water for the whole of Berwick (another borehole was sunk in 1956 to supply the northern end of the village) until a mains water supply was installed in 1970, although for much of the time the pump was powered by an electric motor. The mill was restored in 1978/9.   

The Mill is owned by and pumps water for Berwick Hill Farm, and for The Dairy House today, when there is sufficient water flow. 

Written and researched by Nicky Street. 

WILDLIFE WATCH

Butterflies

There were about 20 of the rare Adonis on the protected verge on the A303 alongside Yarnbury Castle this June. This is in the parish. I have been monitoring this site for 23 years. In the early years there were an amazing number (hundreds), but as the habitat became neglected and overgrown with dogwood and blackthorn so the butterflies diminished until the colony was almost lost. The highways authority, in spite of numerous requests for management, were dilatory. Management has taken place in the last few years but I feared too little, too late. The site is much reduced, but there is still a nucleus thriving. The last two summers’ weather didn’t help.

People notice butterflies, but I also record moths using a mercury vapour trap, releasing them next morning. Over the last ten years, I have had over two hundred different moths just in my small garden. Last week on an exceptionally warm and windless night I had 68 different species, some incredibly beautiful and including 12 pink elephant hawk months. Barbara Last.

Today (6th July) I had some solitary bees gathering nectar from big yellow daisies (Inulas) in the garden. They were also gathering pollen on the hairs on the abdomen, unlike honey bees that gather pollen into hairs on their back legs (pollen baskets). These are individual females, not workers, that furnish their nests formed from discs of leaves, often rose leaves, placed in holes. They can only gather nectar form open flowers as they only have short tongues.

Barbara Last.

Reports from any of our villages most welcome. Nicky Street 790309 The Dairy House or email chstreet@btinternet.com indicating it is a magazine entry. If you tell me whilst I am walking around, I shall try to remember – but there is no guarantee! Many thanks.

 

Berwick Newsletter Dated July 2009

I am very sad to hear that Rev Louisa is retiring in September. We will all miss her a lot. also the church. Let’s hope it will not be too long before she will be feeling a lot better. Bless you. She has been a good friend to so many.

DOGS – will the person who lets his dog use the grass by the notice board opposite the pub please PICK IT UP.

FETE, DOG SHOW and DUCK RACE

What a Marvellous, Successful Fete, Dog Show and Duck Race. The sun shone, the people came and spent their money – and we all had a great time.  Final figures are not yet in but it looks as if all together, after expenses, we will have made about £2000!

Thanks need to go to everyone who helped, and especially to Toby and Sarah Humphreys for allowing us to have the Fete at Berwick House. To Jean Collins for organising the Dog Show, and to the judge Debra Harker, and to Christine McConnell for the Brandy Cup. To the Tea ladies (wonderful), all the stall holders, the ice cream and candy floss, the children’s races (always popular), the Mario Cart and so on. To the BBQ (such lovely sausages from the Farm Shop), and to the Boot Inn for running the Beer Tent. Wadworths and Cathy and Giles provided the 6X, and donated the cost of the licence fee, and the overall result was £82.41 to the Fete. The Beer Tent was much appreciated by the helpers as well as the visitors! Thanks and appreciation go to all who helped set up on Friday evening, moved and set up on Saturday morning, and removed again Saturday evening, and to those who have stored stuff, put out rubbish, washed up etc  – Thank you.

The Bailey children won the children’s Quiz and Godfrey Pitman won the Adults Quiz (with thanks to Jacky Webb for writing and marking it).

Thanks to Will and Sophie Simpson-Gee and their helpers for organising the duck race, getting such great prizes, and to The Boot Inn and the Farm Shop for selling the ducks. The Adult winners were; Jane Campbell-Johnston – Salisbury Cathedral tour. Godfrey Pitman – Salisbury Playhouse tickets. Sophie Chapman – Wilton House tickets. Children’s winners; Bella Simpson-Gee – Wagamama voucher. William Brasher – Splash of Colour. Olivia Campbell-Johnston- Chocolate. Thanks to the tea and candy floss people, the canoists and to the Marchants for allowing us to use their lovely garden for the end of the race.

Final and Special thanks must go to all the Committee (and their families) for all their hard work all this year, and especially this weekend. Christian Lange, Sophie and Will Simpson-Gee, Sarah Humphreys, Jean Collins, Sophie Colthurst and Nicky Street. And to our treasurer Ian Fisher.

BERWICK SHOP

On Saturday July 4th there will be a tasting of “A Bit of Everything”. Come and try – samples to taste and buy; roast pork, sausages, cheeses, fruit cakes, pies etc (although if you want to try the pies you’ll need to come early!) We look forward to seeing you.
July is Barbeque time – don’t forget sausages, burgers, chops, steaks and so on. We have marinades – hot and spicy is my favourite. Marilyn 790490.

A reminder that the Shop is open on a Sunday from 10.30am to 3.30pm.

THE BOOT INN

Ladies Night is on the first Wednesday of each month, July’s is on the 1st, we meet from around 7.30pm, but please join us at any time.

Friday 24th July from 8pm PUDDING BUFFET NIGHT. A Selection of delicious Desserts available.

BERWICK CRICKET CLUB

The Club belongs to the Old Sarum Invitation Cricket Tuesday League and our matches in July are; July 7th Chalke Valley Away. July 9th.Cup semi-final. July 14th South Newton Home. July 21st Shrewton Home. July 28th Steeple Langford Home. If you are interested  in the Cricket Club please phone Charlie Woodford 07796 332523

BERWICK ST JAMES WEBSITE

The address is www.berwickstjames.org.uk   Please have a look at the site – we would love contributions to it, just go to the Contact Us page. It would also be great to have details of what’s on in the village, meetings and anything else. Lots about THE FETE, the DOG SHOW and the DUCK RACE on the website now. We need photos of the Fete, Dog Show and Duck Race – please go to “contact us”.

CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE BERWICK PART OF THIS MAGAZINE.

Entries to Nicky Street The Dairy House 790309, or e-mail chstreet@btinternet.com by 15th of the month before the magazine is due out, indicating it is a magazine entry.

If you include names in your report please make sure the person concerned is happy with it, as I do not check other people’s entries. Thank you.

Or, if you prefer, directly to Glennis (see editor’s note eslewhere in the magazine).

For All Villages. 

WILDLIFE WATCH

Several reports of the Cuckoo – one was around for half an hour or so in mid May, and again on 21st May near Uppington. I heard the cuckoo too – but that was in Wareham.

A family of 5 Mistle Thrushes were seen in a garden in Berwick breaking snails on the stones. One of the youngsters dropped a snail down a flight of garden steps.

There seem to have been fewer House Martins this year, but even in the last few days (16th June) we have had several Martins taking the mud from the farmyard – as we have had very little rain, I added a bucket of water to the rapidly drying up puddle and the Martins seem to appreciate it.

Two pairs of Stone Curlews are around here – one pair with at least one chick, and another pair without a nest as yet (report May 26th.).

It seems to be quite a good year for butterflies, I’ve seen many different ones, and have had a report of 100 painted lady butterflies flying across a local garden. Does any one else have interesting reports of butterflies?

HONEY BEES.

The honeybees have started the season quite well. Unfortunately when they are multiplying, their hive may get too crowded. This causes the workers to make queen cells. These develop into new queens, which results in swarming. There have been a number of swarms in this village on a warm Sunday in May. They have a predilection for chimneys especially mine. As mine is sealed, the poor bees are doomed, a terrible loss. They were heard 24 hours after before they all died. Bee-keepers should take measures in good time to give more space in their hive to avoid swarming with the consequent loss of valuable bees.  Barbara Last.

Swarms

To find out what to do with a Swarm I went onto the Salisbury and District Beekeepers society website, www.southwilts.com/site/Salisbury-and-District-Beekeepers and this is what they told me.

“To an active beekeeper, a swarm is not worth any money, often being regarded as a potential source of disease and bees of unknown temperament, however we have several members who are prepared to collect swarms as a service to the community. If the swarm is difficult to access there will normally be a removal fee levied by the beekeeper. If you spot an unwelcome swarm, please phone our swarm liaison officer who will be pleased to either collect himself, or refer you to another member who can offer assistance. Our swarm liaison officer is Reg Davis 01722 501201”

Mr Davis said that the Salisbury Beekeepers want to be contacted for every swarm as they can save most swarms – about 96% are saved. There have been many more swarms than usual this year, and this is good news for it may mean that there are more feral bees than was thought.

Reports from any of our villages most welcome. Nicky Street 790309 The Dairy House or email chstreet@btinternet.com indicating it is a magazine entry. If you tell me whilst I am walking around, I shall try to remember – but there is no guarantee! Many thanks.

Berwick Newsletter Dated June 2009

The collection for the Marie Curie Cancer Care raised a marvellous £153.06. Many thanks to all who contributed to this very special cause. Margaret Mustill.

Congratulations to Cathy and Giles Dickinson at The Boot Inn on their 1st Birthday in Berwick – and thanks to them for the “Skool Daze” Party which was very much enjoyed – the food was much better than my school dinners.

On the occasion of our Parish AGM (minutes below) thanks must go to our Parish Meeting Chairman Richard Brasher, and our Parish Clerk Tina Woodford for all their hard work, and special thanks to Stephen Bush on his retirement as Vice Chairman, for all his hard work behind the scenes. Thank you and good luck to Sarah Humphreys on taking over as Vice Chairman.

Congratulations to Peter and Gabrielle Smith on the wedding of their daughter Laura to Jamie Hornby at The Old Chapel Wardour, we wish them all the best for the future.

FETE....DOG SHOW....DUCK RACEFETE….DOG SHOW….DUCK RACE

Our Village Fete and Dog Show will be held at Berwick House on SATURDAY 13th JUNE. Entries for the Dog Show start at 12 noon. The Fete opens at 1pm. There will be a Beer and Pimms Tent, a Barbeque, Teas, Crafts including Jewellery and pottery, Fancy Chickens, Raffle and Silent Auction, Childrens Tombola Many stalls including Bottle Stall, Bric-a-Brac, Produce, Cakes, Plants. Games including Bash the Rat, Skittles, Sweets under the Cup, Pot of Gold. Also CHILDRENS RACES.

The Dog Show has classes for all types of dogs – pedigree and otherwise, and the special Brandy Cup for the best dog whose owner lives in Berwick. It is a Companion Dog Show under Kennel Club rules.

The Duck Race will start at 11am on SUNDAY 14th JUNE from Asserton Lane Bridge, and finish in the Clock House garden where there will be refreshments. There will be two races – Adult and Childrens – and marvellous prizes, ducks can be bought from The Boot Inn, Berwick Shop, and from the Fete.

For more information, for collection etc please ring Christian Lange 790122 or Nicky Street 790309. Or visit the website www.berwickstjames.org.uk  Items for the Fete can be left at The Dairy House or with the various stallholders – ring for details.

We look forward to seeing you there!

LADIES … UP FOR A CHALLENGE?

Ladies of Berwick … We can party once a month at The Boot but can we work as hard as we play?

The plan is (after unanimous support at the last village meeting) to organise a 5 and 10 km race in Berwick on SATURDAY 19th SEPTEMBER 09 … it will be called the “Pumpkin 5 and 10 km”. The aim of the day will be to raise money for the village. It is in the early stages of organisation but please put the date in your diary.

Therefore the challenge is on to encourage and motivate as many of you as possible to enter into the spirit of the event and complete either of the courses.

To help you achieve this Sally Hiscock and I (Lou Whiting) will be delighted to organise a programme to take BEGINNERS (NEVER HAVING RUN BEFORE OR MANY YEARS AGO) to a level in which they can complete the 5km route. Several of you have already signed up for this (although a little inebriated at the time!) but we have not forgotten our promise to you.

So the programme commences on Thu 21st May at 1845hrs outside the Farm Shop (and yes Marilyn is joining us). By the time the magazine is distributed we will be on to the second session, but please join us if you missed the first.

Everyone is invited, including friends, so please bring:

Trainers, a Decent Running Bra, a sense of Humour! Kelly Holmes’ Autobiography.

It will be progressive and FUN.  From Lou Whiting.

Don’t forget LADIES NIGHT at The Boot Inn on Wednesday 3rd June from 7.30pm, but join us at any time. Ladies night is on the first Wednesday of every month.

NOTE ABOUT APRIL

On 27th April Mrs Gifford Mead found a very scared and hungry girl lurcher dog hiding in her garden. I got called to come and help, I brought the dog to my house and thanks to people in the village she had a good supper. There was a phone number and address inside her collar from Southampton way. Eventually I made contact and I wish I hadn’t as I got abuse. The vet at Shrewton kindly looked her over. She had very badly cut front paws. The vet put me onto a local lady who would take her in. Arrangements were made and April, as we called her, went to live with the new family, three other dogs and a brood of bantams. April is a much loved dog and responding well after her terrible ordeal. Godfrey the gamekeeper, confirmed what we had all been thinking – HARE COURSING- April has a new name now but the family have kept April in for her friends in Berwick. What a lucky little dog. Thanks to all Christine McConnell.

BERWICK CRICKET CLUB

The Cricket Club belongs to the Tuesday league, and our matches in June are;  June 2nd away at Shrewton. June 9th away at Steeple Langford. June 11th Cup away versus George and Dragon. June 16th Home Boscombe Down. June 23 away Fovant. June 30th home George and Dragon. If you are interested in the Cricket Club please phone Charlie Woodford 07796 332523

MILL HOUSE GARDEN with CREAM TEAS

The Mill House Garden will be open for the National Garden Scheme on Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th June 2 –6pm. Admission £3.00, Children free (and dogs on a lead). We do hope to see a lot of local people hopefully to enjoy the roses, and walk through the meadow to see the wild flowers and last but not least to enjoy a magnificent Cream Tea at the Reading Room.

The entry in the Yellow NGS Guide reads;

“Surrounded by the River Till, millstream and a 10 acre traditional wet water meadow, this garden of wildness supports over 200 species of old fashioned roses rambling form the many trees, It is filled with butterflies, moths and insects. Birdsong is phenomenal in spring and summer. Herbaceous borders crammed with plants of yesteryear, unforgettable scents. Glorious spring bulbs. SSSI. 

BERWICK SHOP

On Saturday July 4th there will be a tasting of “A Bit of Everything”. Come and try – you will find lots of food to your taste. From 10am onwards. We look forward to seeing you. A reminder that the Shop is open on a Sunday from 10.30am to 3.30pm.

BERWICK ST JAMES WEBSITE

The address is www.berwickstjames.org.uk   Please have a look at the site – we would love contributions to it, just go to the Contact Us page. It would also be great to have details of what’s on in the village, meetings and anything else. Lots about THE FETE, the DOG SHOW and the DUCK RACE on the website now.

HEATING OIL

WESSEX PETROLEUM will donate ½ p per litre of domestic heating oil ordered under reference D14 to Berwick Reading Room. If you decide to use Wessex Petroleum and phone 0800 980 6172 then remember to quote ref D14 every time you order, even if you have ordered before. For the last quarter we received £52.99 – Many thanks.

CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE BERWICK PART OF THIS MAGAZINE.

Entries to Nicky Street The Dairy House 790309, or e-mail chstreet@btinternet.com by 15th of the month before the magazine is due out, indicating it is a magazine entry.

Or, if you prefer, directly to Glennis (see editor’s note eslewhere in the magazine).

 For INFORMATION FOR ALL VILLAGES.

WILDLIFE WATCH

Several reports of a Red Kite by the Guide Headquarters (although I have failed to see it myself). One early evening it was “playing” with two riders and a dog – flying so close they could almost touch it. It has also been seen around Uppington.

Also a Green Woodpecker. A mature female Marsh Harrier above Stoford Farm, several corn buntings, a Hobby and a Stone Curlew around Stoford. A pair of Wynecks were seen in a garden in Berwick.

The Great Bustard has been seen again at the top of the School Track, and also with two swans between Little Wishford and Little Langford, it seemed very worried when the swans went into the water.

Reports from any of our villages most welcome. Nicky Street 790309 The Dairy House or email chstreet@btinternet.com indicating it is a magazine entry. Many thanks.

RIGHTS OF WAY

At our Parish Meeting it was asked what a restricted byway meant. I agreed to find out the definitions of the various rights of way. I thought everyone might like to see the answers. The information came from the Wiltshire Council website. Nicky Street.

FOOTPATH: A right of way on foot only.

BRIDLEWAY: A right of way on foot, horseback and leading a horse, with the right for bicyclists providing they give way to other users.

RESTRICTED BYWAY: a new category created by the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000 allowing access for all traffic except mechanically propelled vehicles.

BYWAYS OPEN TO ALL TRAFFIC: rights of way that are used for the purposes that footpaths and bridleways are used, but on which there is a right of way for all traffic, including mechanically propelled vehicles that are road legal.

Berwick Newletter Dated April 2009

CONGRATULATIONS  to Jean Collins on the first place at Crufts in the Field Trial Dog (Gordon Setter) with Amscot Dramatist – called Arnie. Well done.

WELCOME to Chris Martin, we hope he enjoys living in the village. And also to Pauline Cutchey, now she has moved into her lovely new house, we are glad to welcome her back.

THANKS to everyone for their very kind remarks about the magazine, it seems that people want me to carry on as I have been, so I will! Nicky.

Email. Several people have been having problems with their email, including me. I hope I haven’t lost too many emails, so if your entry hasn’t been included then please accept my apologies. If you send an email I will reply to make it clear I have received it – so if you don’t get a reply, please send it again! Nicky.

EASTER SERVICES

Everyone is very welcome to the special services over Easter throughout our villages. The services in Berwick are;

Wednesday 8th April Compline at 7pm.

Easter Day 12th April. 9.30am. Family Communion with Archdeacon Alan Jeans. Come and celebrate with us, everyone welcome especially children.

CHURCH CURTAINS

A huge thank you to Gill Brasher, Rosie Gairdner and Janey Cambell-Johnston for making the new (much needed) curtains at the back of the church. They look splendid and compliment the replacement curtains behind the altar.

NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH MEETING

There will be a meeting on Friday April 3rd at 6pm in Berwick Reading Room, with Stapleford and Winterbourne Stoke, to discuss Neighbourhood Watch. Everyone from all three villages most welcome. It will be chaired by PC John Wyeth.

PARISH MEETING (VILLAGE) and READING ROOM AGM

The date for this has not yet been fixed so watch your noticeboards for details. This is NOT the Church Meeting, but is the Village Meeting. Chairman of Village Meeting Richard Brasher 790410. Clerk to the Village Meeting Tina Woodford  790444. Secretary of the Reading Room Anika Lange 790122. Chairman of the Reading Room Nicky Street 790309.

THE BOOT INN

Ladies Night. This is on the first Wednesday of every month, so it is on Wednesday 1st April, from 7.30pm. We have had two of these so far, and they have been very popular, please come along.

National Cask Ale Week. 5th- 13th April. Time to celebrate your national drink.

Easter Sunday 12th April. Lunch served from 12noon, book early to avoid disappointment.

St George’s Day. Thursday 23rd April. Come and enjoy some British Classics such as toad in the hole, or steak and kidney pudding, and a pint of our national beer for only £10 (pie and a pint style menu available Tuesday to Thursday evenings).

Our 1st Birthday. Come along on Friday 1st May and help us celebrate our 1st birthday.

Quiz night every Sunday evening.

THE BOOT PLOT

Our first meeting went well and was industrious. The following weekend a good amount of digging was done and things are looking better.

Can we get the children organized to grow a pumpkin this year? We can provide space for a children’s plot. Don’t forget to grow a few extra plants for us when you are planting up. Mr Rod Crossley has come on board and is supplying manure for the whole season which is a great help. Look forward to seeing you anytime. Herbs, trays, canes, netting, seed trays etc will be welcome.

Chris 792800. Anne 790355.

RIDING ON BERWICK HILL FARM

This is a gentle reminder to all horse-riders to keep to bridleways and byways and not to ride on the very tempting grass headlands around the fields. These grass strips are part of our environmental stewardship scheme and riding is not permitted at all. If evidence is seen we could be made to leave the scheme (so ruining all the good wildlife work already done) and be fined. We don’t want this! and these grass strips need to remain undisturbed (except to keep them in the correct condition) for the wildlife. Berwick Hill Farm is, roughly, all that land to the west of Berwick village, from the track opposite The Boot Inn (passing the chickens) down to half way between the south end of Berwick and Stapleford.

The only two rights of way are a) the Bridleway from the south end of Berwick, alongside the river, passing the sewerage works, up the hill (keeping the hedge on your LEFT) to the gate at the top of the hill.

And b) Langford Way, the byway passing the Village Shop, the track passes the modern farm buildings (keeping them to your RIGHT), up the hill, eventually to the green lane by the phone mast.

This also applies to walkers and vehicle drivers.

Many thanks f