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Dennis to Retire from Parish Council

Dennis Barnard, our very own 'Mr Chapmanslade' is to retire from the Parish Council after 42 years service to the community.

"It's an outstanding achievement" says Phil Jefferson, "Dennis has played a huge part in the village over so many years."

Phil, Chair of the Parish Council, will himself be stepping down after 8 years. In reply, Dennis says that Phil has been the best chairman the Parish Council has ever had - even better than himself.

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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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Dennis to stand down from Parish Council

Mr Chapmanslade to stand down as parish councillor after 42 years
The end of an era was reached last week as Dennis Barnard attended his last meeting of Chapmanslade Parish Council as a parish councillor.   Dennis first joined the council in 1968 and, in all, he has given 42 years service as a councillor. That is an outstanding achievement. Dennis truly is “Mr Chapmanslade”, having been born and bred here and he has played such a huge part in the village over so many years - the chapel, where he was a leading member of the congregation until it closed; he ran the post office and village shop; his involvement with the village hall, particularly the project to rebuild the original hall in 1972; the parish church, where he has organised many fundraising events over the years; and also many years as a school Governor, including Chairman.


As a parish councillor he has been a leading light in so many of the initiatives that have helped to make Chapmanslade “God’s Own Country” as his  friends in Frome Rotary have a delight in calling Chapmanslade. He has a passion for the village which is unrivalled and he has worked tirelessly and selflessly in all his roles to protect and improve the quality of life for all everyone living in the village. He was, and still is, “the man to go to” within the village.


Dennis was presented with a glass decanter by his colleagues on the parish council as a token of their gratitude for the service he has given to the village. Phil Jefferson, parish council chairman, commented: We are hugely grateful to Dennis for all he has done over so many years and we are sorry that he has decide to step down. However, it was a privilege to be able to thank him most warmly for all he has achieved for the village and to wish him and his wife Gwen a long and happy retirement."


Phil Jefferson and Adam Oakley have also decided to stand down as parish councillors. John Foster and Charlie Thackway will be joining the council as new members next month. Francis Morland, Keith Muston, Philip Holihead and John Lewis will complete the line-up.


Phil Jefferson

Parish Council Chairman

Pipe Up for GAS - getting gas in the village

Pipe Up for GAS - A Village Voice Initiative
Following on from the recent meeting with Wales & West in the village hall, the team working on the initiative to get a mains gas supply installed in the village, have issued an update outlining the current situation and options.

Posted 11 Apr 2017 with thanks to David Aurthur for the copy.

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

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.

Events & Activities

Village Hall AGM - Tuesday 11 Apr

The Chapmanslade Village Hall AGM will be held at the village hall on Tuesday 11th April, starting at 8.15pm.

When did you last visit the Village Hall? It has a smart new kitchen with dishwasher, a beautiful new wooden floor, and brand new entrance doors for wheelchair access.

Many activities are held in the hall - as you can see from the Village Hall menu tab (under Our Community).

Do come along to the AGM and give your views to the Committee. There will be free coffee and biscuits


Contact Frank Lake on 01373 832678 for more information.

Annual Parish & Council Meeting - 13 Apr

The Chapmanslade Annual Parish Meeting will be held at the village hall on Thursday 13th April, starting at 7.00 pm.

Phil Jefferson says "This meeting is your opportunity to raise and discuss issues about our village that concern you. Your parish councillors will also be presenting their annual report and we will also give an update on the parish plan initiative.

However, please note it is not a meeting of the parish council (that meeting follows later in the evening). But it does give you the chance to tell the parish council what we have done well - or not so well - in the past twelve months in looking after the best interests of fellow residents, and also what the parish council should be doing about the issues that concern you."

Fleur de Rhe Philippe, our Wiltshire councillor, will attend the meeting and will be prepared to answer questions about Wiltshire Council's performance. Also being discused will be the numerous traffic issues that affect us in Chapmanslade and PC Amy Hardman, our Community Police Officer, as well as representatives of the school's governing body, will be present to help us with this item.

As you may know, Dennis Barnard has served our community as a parish councillor for many years. He first joined the parish council in 1958 and, taking into account a few short breaks, has given 42 years service: an incredible achievement. Next week's meeting will be his last and we will be thanking him for all that he has done for our village over such a long time.

So, do come and join us on the 13th - and help us make Chapmanslade an even better place to live.

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.

Community Coffee Morning - Thur 20 Apr

Do come along to the next Church & Community Coffee Morning at the Three Horseshoes Chapmanslade, 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 in the pub.

Fun Quiz - Sat 29 Apr



Saturday 29th April

7-00 for 7-30pm start 

Licensed Bar                Hot supper 

Tickets £10 

From Denise    01373 832485  or  Ken    01373 832034 

Please purchase tickets in advance to reserve your supper!

Proceeds to Chapmanslade Hall improvement fund

adamwoodenspoonsPhoto from last year's Quiz shows  Adam Oackley picking-up the wooden spoons for his team - probably because he spent so much time in the bar! Let's see if he can repeat the 'acheivement' this time around.

Extraordinary Parish Council Meeting 3 May

Do come along and join the Parish Council at their next meeting in the CHURCH on Thursday 3 May at 7.30PM.

This will be an extraordinary meeting of the PC primarily to discuss Finance issues

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. for more information.

Loose Women - 2017 Programme

The Chapmanslade Loose Women group meet on the first Thursday of each month throughout the year.

Contact Denise Page at dandcpage74@gmail if you would like more information.

Future Dates for Village Hall Events

Future dates for village events in the hall are:- 
                   Quiz                 29th April
                   Fete                 2nd July
                  Cream Teas      6th August

updated 14 Apr 2017