Article for November Messenger

After what felt like a very wet, blustery and unusually warm October, the clocks have gone back and the winter woollies have come out. The weather may not be worth celebrating but there are lots of events coming up to ease us all into the season.

Before moving on to those, it would be very remiss of me not to mention the very successful Pewsey Open Day on September 25th (which was after the October Messenger went to press).  Many thanks go to Councillors Lisa Brindley and Lizzie Humfress for organising the event, to all the local businesses who took part, and to the many other Councillors and community volunteers who helped to make it such a well supported event. The First Annual Open Day perhaps? Watch this space!

On Sunday October 31st in the John Cooke Memorial Garden (Market Place), Councillor Richard Giles unveiled a new information board entitled “PEWSEY AND THE THRESHERS RIOTS OF 1830”. The Threshers Riots began in Kent in response to the introduction of mechanical threshing machines which threatened the livelihoods of farm labourers, and quickly spread throughout southern England. Ten Pewsey men and over two dozen more from the Pewsey Vale were amongst the many men arrested, convicted and transported to Van Diemen’s Land (now Tasmania). Well worth a look.

There are a number of events coming up this month:

On Saturday November 6th a concert entitled “REMEMBRANCE, an Evening of Reflection” will take place at 7-30pm in the Bouverie Hall, featuring the Wiltshire Police Band, Bluebelles Choir and Pewsey Vale School. All profits go to the Royal British Legion in their 100th year. Tickets are £10 including refreshments, available from the Little Lunch Box.

The following Saturday 13th November there will be a performance of Mozart’s Requiem in St John’s Church, doors open at 7.30pm, entry by donation.

On Saturday November 20th, a Christmas Fair in the Bouverie Hall will provide the perfect opportunity to do lots of Christmas shopping.  

By now, many of you will have received your Flu vaccination. Thanks go to all the KAMP staff, and the marshalling volunteers, (under the management of Cllr Ann Hogg), for a very successful clinic on October 18th in the Bouverie Hall. Not only was it a very quick and smooth service, but at times there was almost a festive atmosphere in the car park, as people delighted in meeting friends they had not seen for over  18 months.  

Sadly we are continuing to see incidents of vandalism and Anti Social Behaviour. We are grateful to all residents for reporting every incident on 101. Please continue to do so, because accurate recording of incidents helps demonstrate the level of need which will be important when allocating Police resources in the future. Our new PCC Philip Wilkinson has launched a public survey and consultation,to get your views, please fill in the survey on line www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/ZGV3Z23

We have started our community Speedwatch programme again, and, as always, would be grateful for more volunteers. If this is something you feel you might be able to help with, please contact the clerk for more information.  

Pewsey Parish Council is currently dealing with several planning applications outside of the settlement boundary or limit of development (LoD). Dunmoore Group have one outline scheme for 50 affordable houses on land to the west of Wilcot Road, recently refused permission but now under appeal. They have also submitted a further application for 30 houses on the same, but reduced, site. Gleeson’s have an outline application for 39 houses on the Old Hospital Site and Spire Development is appealing the decision to refuse 6 additional houses on land between their existing sites. This small area was – and we hope still is – to be returned to a natural landscape and left as a wildlife and nature reserve.

We continue to do all we can to preserve our surrounding landscape in North Wessex AONB; something Pewsey people strongly supported in the referendum for the Neighbourhood Development Plan. This Plan is currently under review and we will be seeking public views in the near future.

As you may be aware, there has been an increase in the number of Covid cases in our area recently, and whilst most people have suffered only mild symptoms we should not become complacent about the risks, especially for our elderly and vulnerable neighbours. Please continue to stay safe and look after each other!

Remember

                   WEAR A MASK.  SAVE LIVES.

                                      Wear a mask

                                   Wash your hands

                                Keep a safe distance

Curly Haskell, Chairman, Pewsey Parish Council