Do come along to the next Church & Community Coffee Morning at the Three Horseshoes Chapmanslade on Thursday 16 June, from 10.00 - noon. Meet lots of friends, old and new, for a chat over a cup of Ben's freshly brewed coffee. And if you're new to the village, this is the place to come to be warmly welcomed and to say hello. Community Coffee Mornings are held the third Thursday of every month.
This is also your chance to meet Jacqui Abbott, Warminster Community Engagement Manager who will be coming along to the meeting.
The next Warminster Area Board meeting will be held in Chapmanslade Village Hall on 30th June 2016.
So what is the Area Board and what does it do? Phil Jefferson reports.
The Warminster Area Board is one of 18 in Wiltshire. It covers the town of Warminster and the surrounding rural area - working to bring local decision making back into the heart of the community. They are a formal part of Wiltshire Council that try to find solutions for local issues such as road repairs, traffic problems and speeding in villages, litter, facilities for young people and affordable housing.
People who work with the 18 area boards include councillors, including Fleur de Rhe Philippe, the Wiltshire councillor for our area, community area managers, democratic service officers together with one member of the council’s top decision making committee, the cabinet. It also includes the local NHS, fire and emergency services, police, town and parish councils, community area partnerships and many other groups.
By working in partnership with local communities, Wiltshire Council believes it can achieve so much more than it ever could on its own. They hope this will lead to better services, better communities and a better quality of life for everyone in Wiltshire.
After a damp morning putting up the tents and gazebos Chapmanslade School Choir opened the party with their delightful singing of several carefully chosen songs to perform a fitting tribute to the Queen - including Happy Birthday Your Majesty!
The crowds soon arrived and enjoyed duck racing, egg throwing, skittles, making birthday cards, Beat the Buzzer, a bouncy castle and games organised by Active Trowbridge.
Meanwhile cakes arrived for the Bake Off competition which was judged by Alison Godwin and her friend, Clare and despite fierce opposition was won by Mrs. Queenie O’Sullivan. The cakes were then served to accompany teas and coffees, while Ben from The Three Horseshoes provided delicious pulled pork and a bar. There were no excuses to be hungry or thirsty!!
The arrival of Kapow Super Heroes and Princesses caused great excitement amongst the children (and some of the adults!!) Many photos were taken, while children chatted or just stood in awe of Spiderman, The Little Mermaid and Elsa!
There was great excitement at 5-30 pm when a drone flown by Richard and Kieran Garvey took photos and videos – which will soon be on the village website!
The night was still young, as the raffle was drawn and won by David Arthur, and the Tug o’Wars took place between various age groups.
Still enjoying food and drink, the party continued until Lou Knight, Chloe Johnson and Bex Mould took to the stage and enchanted us all with their beautiful singing. This was followed by our very own Cleyhill Stompers who entertained us all well into the night.
It was certainly a party to remember by young and old alike, and I am sure the queen wished she had been there in person to celebrate her birthday!!
Thanks must go to ALL the helpers, and people who so kindly donated cakes, who enabled the event to be such a resounding success. There are too many names to mention, but special thanks must go to Roy Colman (a relative newcomer to the village) for his superb organisation.
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