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parish council 2016

Parish Council Elections, 4 May 2017

Our present Parish Council will step down to allow for a new council to be elected.

Your Parish Needs You.

Last date to apply to become a Parish Councillor is Tuesday 4th April.

Phil Jefferson says, "If you are interested, but are not sure whether it's right for you, why not ring me for a chat on 832845?

See the NEWS item below.

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ABOUT OUR VILLAGE.  Chapmanslade is a vibrant and friendly Wiltshire village populated with some 675 happy souls. Situated in wonderful countryside on the border with Somerset, the Village stretches both sides along the road between Westbury and Frome, some 3 miles from Warminster. Chapmanslade enjoys it's own Pub, Church, School, Pre-schools, Village Hall, Recreation Ground, Children’s Playground, together with many local clubs, societies, activites and small businesses. There are numerous footpaths with walks through the countryside to our sister village Corsley, to the imposing Cley Hill and to the Longleat estate, not forgetting walks through our very own Black Dog Wood.

Contact us now to showcase your village NEWS or EVENT.

facebook-icon-preview-1The Chapmanslade Village Facebook Community Group now has 85 members (as of 24/3/17) but we want as many villagers as possible to join. Go on - do it NOW. It's a great way to keep in touch with what's going on in the village.


Purple4Polio School campaign

As part of the Rotary Club 'Purple4Polio' campaign, pupils from the Gardening Club of Chapmanslade Primary School recently planted a large number of purple crocus bulbs, reports Ian Buick, one of our local Rotarians. Ian had earlier made a presentation about Purple4Polio to the whole School at one of their assemblies.

Ian says "The bulbs have been potted up and after spending the next few months in a cold frame, will be planted out in the 'Dredge Planter' situated between the school and the church, adding a lovely splash of colour to our street scene."

Rotary Clubs across the UK are planting six million purple crocuses in order to raise awareness of their campaign to finally rid the world of polio.

Frome Rotary president, Gerry Atkinson said, "It's wonderful that Chapmanslade Village School and the community took part in this wonderful event. It is hoped in the spring that along with Chapmanslade village, these lovely purple flowers will bloom across the country to remind us all how important it is to rid the world of this crippling disease."

Ian says there will be another photo opportunity and story when the bulbs get planted out.

Posted 8 Jan 2017 with thanks to Ian Buick for the report and the photos.

Parish Council News - LATEST UPDATE

  • Parish Council elections are due on Thursday 4th May 2017
    • Elections are held every four years
    • All current members of the council stand down and all seats become vacant
    • Chapmanslade PC can elect seven members
    • If there are enough councillors for the number of seats (7) or fewer councillors than seats, they are elected unopposed.


    Guide to Elections 2017


    This year both the current Chair, Phil Jefferson, and the Deputy Chair, Dennis Barnard, will be standing down. Both have given exemplary service to the community over many years.

phil jefferson
Phil has served as Chair of the Parish Council for the last 4 years. 

dennis barnard

Dennis has served on the PC for 43 out of the last 49 years. A wonderful contribution. 
Last update, 17 March 2017

Latest Local Policing Report published

community policing

Debbie Robbins, our local PCSO, has published the Community Policing Report for March 2017 covering our area.

In this report Debbie talks about Current Crimes, Crime Prevention and gives some Guidance on holding Events.

Debbie also brings to our attention Community Messaging - sending out daily updates for crimes that matter in our area. See https://www.wiltsmessaging.co.uk/


Heard about Community Messaging?

What is it?
Community Messaging is a key component of how Wiltshire Police communicate with communities.

When you sign-up you get:
  • FREE messages from your local police officers about policing and crime matters in your area
  • You receive the messages by email, text or voicemail
  • You can choose which organisations to receive messages from and the type of information you receive
  • Currently messages are being sent by Wiltshire Police, Wiltshire and Swindon Neighbourhood Watch and Action Fraud. This will soon be extending to include other watch schemes, including Horse and Farm Watch, and potentially partner agencies in the future
  • You can reply to messages from your local officers to help them better police your area, such as by responding to police appeals for information
  • You can also join a neighbourhood Watch scheme in your area or request to start a new one
Sign-up to the Community Messaging forum at https://www.wiltsmessaging.co.uk

Posted by Terry Rose, 12 June 2016. Re-posted 5 March 2017

Chapmanslade Plan - The Trouble
Chief Constable sends open letter to public

community policing

Wiltshire Police Chief Constable Mike Veale has published an open letter to the public following the publication from Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary's report about how effective the Wiltshire Police is.

Village Spring Clean a Great Success

Although the population of our parish is less than 700, 20 dedicated volunteers turned up to give Chapmanslade a Spring Clean, despite the weather on Saturday afternoon being stormy and wet. The group split into teams and managed to cover the whole village in an hour.
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Two of our intrepid litter-pickers, Carol Lewis and Sue Fear, suitably attired and equiped, undertaking the risky task of removing litter on one of the verges along the High Street.

Parish Councillor Adam Oakley, who organised the event as a Village Voice initiative, commented, "The frequent heavy downpours did not dampen our spirits and we gave the village a good tidying-up.  Hopefully passing motorists will now notice how clean our village is and in future will refrain from throwing litter out of their cars as they travel through Chapmanslade. However, we definitely needed the hot drinks Ben at the Three Horseshoes kindly provided for us at the end of our session." 
Phil Jefferson, Parish Council Chairman, added, "Chapmanslade is a good place to live. We are a strong community and we are all exceedingly proud of our village. The fact that 20 willing volunteers 'Did it for the Village' on such a horrible afternoon is testament to this."

Events & Activities

Chapmanslade Parish Council Meeting 9 Mar

Do come along and join the Parish Council at their next meeting in the Village Hall on Thursday 9 March at 7.30PM where amongst the topics to be discussed will be

  • Safety at school drop-off and pick-up times
  • The New VIllage Plan
  • Proposed meeting re Gas supply to the village, and
  • A3098 weight restrictions / overweight lorries. 

Click here to see the Agenda.

Contact Phil on 832845 or email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Barn Dance, Saturday 18 March REPORT

Chapmanslade Village Hall


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What a great night it was!

It is a long time since I have seen so many smiling faces, and heard so much laughter at the Village Hall. Probably the last time was at the great village pantomimes we used to have. Any takers for next year? 

Reg Hutchings was the caller, accompanied by an excellent accordionist. The dance floor was full for EVERY dance, including many youngsters, who were having a great time. 

Wendy supplied a superb meal of steak pie, leek & cheese pie for vegetarians and pasta for the children. All freshly cooked that afternoon, and it was so good many queued for seconds!

Thanks also to Roy for running the bar. To top it all we have made over £400 for the Village Hall Improvement Fund. So all in all a great success!

Many thanks to all who attended, and commiserations to all those who missed such a great event! 

Denise & Chris Page

Proceeds to Chapmanslade Village Hall Improvement Fund

'Pipe-Up for Gas' Meeting, Thur 23 Mar
Stompers back at the Shoes - Sat 25 Mar

Up The Stompers
Our favourite local band THE CLEY HILL STOMPERS will be back at The Three Horseshoes on the 25th.
Budgie says "Would love to see you there".
The local band....for local people

Health & Wellbeing Fair - Fri 31 March

Wiltshire Council will be holding a Health and Wellbeing Fair at Warminster Civic Centre from 1.30  pm until 3.30 pm on Friday 31st March. The public are invited to drop in at any time during the afternoon.
There will be a wide range of exhibitors attending and this will be an informative and useful event for everyone. Activities will include keynote speakers, blood pressure checks, free seven day leisure pass and other tasters as well as information and advice on carers, dementia, stopping smoking, mental health, ageing well, maintaining a healthy weight, recipe ideas and demos, information on activities in the community, healthy schools and lots more.
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Annual Parish & Council Meeting - 13 Apr

Do come along and have your say at the Annual Chapmanslade meeting in the Village Hall on Thursday 13 April at 7.00PM. This meeting will be followed by the last meeting for our outgoing Parish Councillors.

More details to follow.

Click here to see the Agenda (when available)

Contact Phil on 832845 or email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for advance details.

History Group meetings - Tuesdays, 10.30am


The Chapmanslade History Group meet every Tuesday at 10.30am at The Three Horseshoes.

The History Group, lead by our very own local Historian, Joyce Jefferson, research the history of the village with the aim of producing a book in the not too distant future.

Joyce says "We're a very friendly and informal group, so if you are interested in village history, why not come along and join us when you can make it. Just turn-up at 10.30am and enjoy a warm welcome and a cup of Ben's coffee."

Future Dates for Village Hall Events

Future dates for village events in the hall are:- 
                  Barn Dance      18th March
                   Bingo               1st April
                   Quiz                 29th April
                   Fete                 2nd July
                  Cream Teas      6th August

Posted 15 Feb 2017