• The Three Horseshoes Chapmanslade

WELCOME to our village website. Created by voluntary help, this site aims to help people living in and around our village get involved with community activities and keep in-touch with what’s happening. Please look around the website and contribute where you can. There are more things going on than you may realise.

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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.

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News

Website seeks reporters

Are you a budding reporter / journalist?

Chapmanslade Village Website is seeking volunteer reporters who from time to time can feed us news stories that will keep us all informed and perhaps amused.

We're looking for folks, young and a little older, who are regularly around the village and happy ask a few questions and take a few snaps on a camera phone. The stories may very well not be earth shattering but they are about where we live and what's happening now. Perhaps you have a special interest, or are willing to find out what's going on at the School, the Church, the Village Hall or the Pub?

If you would like to help or you have a story or pictures that we could use, now's the time to contact us at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Parish Council News

Read about the Election of councillors, Fracking, Planning applications, The Village Plan, lots more - and even bluebells in Blackdog wood in Phil Jefferson's May 2016 PC newsletter.

 

Heard about Community Messaging?

What is it?
Community Messaging is a key component of how Wiltshire Police are looking to improve the flow of information between communities and the police.

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

Latest Local Policing Report published

Debbie Robbins, our local PCSO has published the latest Community Policing Report for our area. It covers Policing Strategy, Useful Information and Local Crimes. In particular, Debbie gives us some advise regarding parking in local beauty spots at this time of year:
  • Try to park somewhere open and well lit.
  • Remember to lock the vehicle, including the boot
  • Remember to close the windows and the sunroof
  • Don’t leave anything on show in your car when you park – not even a coat or empty carrier bag. 
  • If you have a removable sat nav, remove it and take it with you if possible when you park up. Remove the mounting and polish any marks off the windscree.

 

Find the full report here.

Roadworks on A36 Monkton Coombe - 27 June

Skanska, working on behalf of Highways England, will be carrying out essential surfacing works on the A36 near Monkton Combe starting 27th June for sixteen nights. See here for details.

Speed Watch team members needed

Due to the relocation of two of our valued Speed Watch members, we urgently need not only replacements but also additional team members, reports Parish Councillor Phil Holihead who heads up the Speed Watch team.
Phil is hoping to increase the frequency of Watches that are presently taking place, possibly to times other than the usual school run times. As Phil says, speeding through our village is one of the highest profile issues raised by villagers. It is not only dangerous given our narrow pavements, it also increases traffic noise and can be viewed as antisocial behaviour.

If you are interested in joining the team or would like more information please contact Phil by email:  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or telephone 01373 467288. Full training is given by the police to all team members.

Also, you can view the latest Community Speed Watch report here.

Events & Activities

Community Coffee Morning - 16 June

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.

Garden Open Day - Sunday 26 June

Do come along to our Garden Open Day in aid of Dorothy House - 2 to 5 pm, Chestnut Cottage, High Street, Chapmanslade.

Warminster Area Board Meeting 30 June

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.

Queen's 90th Birthday Celebrations Report

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.

Click here to see some photos