Defibrillator Training Wednesday 20th October 2021

North Newnton  Parish Council have organised some defibrillator training jointly with Easterton Parish Council that will take place on Wednesday 20th October 2021 at 7.30pm Easterton Village Hall. (Kings Road, Easterton, Devizes, Wiltshire, SN10 4PS)

The training will be carried out by Julia Doel, Assistant Community Responder Officer (South Wiltshire) of South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust who has carried out excellent training for Easterton Parish Council  in the past.

This training really can save lives!

If you wish to attend, so that we know numbers, please can you contact the Clerk Gill tel/text 07979866387 or email

There is no charge for the training.

One of our Defibrillators , in its new position at Hilcott (on the corner by Stitchings Lane,. The other is within the phone box outside the Woodbridge Arms at North Newnton).

Demolition of Village Hall starting 8th September 2021

The Trustees of the Village Hall at Hilcott have notified us that demolition contractors are expecting to be on site Wednesday, 08/09/21.

it is uncertain how long demolition will take (it could be 3 days) and they give advance warning and apologies that there  could be some disruption on the village stretch of the road in Hilcott.

Plantlife Initiatives that may be of interest

This year, communities across the UK have been leaving their lawns long, campaigning for flower-rich road verges and giving us a better idea of what is happening to our wildlife by taking part in national surveys.

This autumn, Plantlife – the wild plant conservation charity, has two initiatives that may be of interest to you.

Fall into nature with Plantlife is a free digital event series running throughout October with workshops and webinars. Whether you are interested in exploring conservation through art, finding out what surveys are telling us, connecting with communities across the UK, discovering wild places or understanding more about plant conservation, biodiversity and climate change, Plantlife believe they have something for you.

For more information

And while you are out and about, you can get involved in our Waxcap Watch survey launching in mid-September. Waxcap grassland fungi are surprisingly colourful and are a good indicator of rare, species-rich grassland. Species-rich grassland is not just important for supporting hundreds of wild flowers but also vital in the fight against climate change, as it can store up to a third more carbon than grasslands with just a few species; locating these remaining grasslands helps us to better protect and restore them. Plantlife are asking people to visit their local green space or take a walk in the countryside to see whether they can spot these colourful fungi.

More Information;

Honey waxcaps

Pewsey Heritage Centre Open Again



Speaker Steve Potter

27th OCTOBER – 7.30pm


 Entry £4 by ticket purchased in advance from Woottons, Pewsey
 or on the door if space still available

Doors open 7pm. Raffle.

Wiltshire Local Performance & Scrutiny Committee Dates of Meetings

Members of the Dorset & Wilts Fire and Rescue Authority, Wiltshire Local Performance & Scrutiny Committee have asked that I provide your Parish with a link to our upcoming meeting papers in order for you to promote them.

Below are the dates to all our upcoming LPS Wiltshire meetings throughout the year:


Wiltshire Local Performance & Scrutiny Committee Meetings
Date Time Meeting
2 September 2021 Thurs 1000-1200 hrs Local Performance & Scrutiny – Wiltshire
2 December 2021 Thurs 1000-1200 hrs Local Performance & Scrutiny – Wiltshire
3 March 2022 Thurs 1000-1200 hrs Local Performance & Scrutiny – Wiltshire
8 June 2022 Weds 1000-1200 hrs Local Performance & Scrutiny – Wiltshire

Please find the link to download the Agenda and papers for the meeting on the 2 September 2021

Please see the Public Notice below;

Wiltshire LPS Public Notice 2 Sept


Another road closure advance warning 13th October


Section 14(1) of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984
Temporary Closure of: C38 (Part), North Newnton (TTRO 7513)
Notice is hereby given that Wiltshire Council has made an Order to close temporarily to all traffic:
C38 (Part), North Newnton; from outside the property known as Butts Farm in an easterly direction to its junction with the road leading to St James Church.
To enable: Openreach to carry out pole test and associated works.
Alternative route: via C38 (unaffected length), Broad Street, The Sands, Honeystreet, C8, Pewsey Road, Alton Road, Wilcot Green, Wilcot Road, A345, and vice versa.

The closure and diversion route will be clearly indicated by traffic signs.
This Order will come into operation on 13 October 2021 and the closure will be required between the hours of 09:30 and 15:00 for 1 day It is anticipated that the works will take the stated duration to complete depending upon weather conditions.

Access will be maintained for residents and businesses where possible, although delays are likely due to the nature of the works. The Order will have a maximum duration of 18 months.

For further information please contact Sunbelt Rentals Ltd on behalf of Openreach on 0370 0500792.
Sustainable Transport Group, County Hall, Bythesea Road, Trowbridge BA14 8JN
07 October 2021

Details can be found here of the route closed


Prescription Charges Consultation


There is a current government consultation on aligning the age at which individuals receive free prescriptions (currently 60) with the age at which that individual is eligible for state pension.

Parishioners  may want to consider if there is any specific impact that this would have on our  community within North Newnton, and if so whether you want to respond to the consultation.

The consultation can be found here:


For your information, Community Pharmacy Swindon and Wiltshire (the representative body for Community Pharmacy locally) has responded that we are ambivalent to the change in age, however are concerned about the confusion and administrative difficulties that the changing age is likely to cause.



Best Regards


Fiona Castle


Bus Survey


The following announcement is from Wiltshire Council and we would encourage you to share with residents and local businesses in order to help improve bus services in the area.  Our two mainline stations are poorly served with buses making the use of public transport unviable for most people.  PCAP is involved in discussions on how services could be improved and Demand Responsive Services have not worked well previously for many reasons.  A proper scheduled service would be better for most people, as our work on Demand Responsive Services in 2014 demonstrated.

Earlier in the year the Government published its ‘Bus Back Better’ vision, which underpins a national bus strategy for England that sets out ambitious reform of how services are planned and delivered. Around £3bn has been set aside by the Government to make improvements throughout England, and Wiltshire Council is looking at how Wiltshire and our residents can benefit from this.

The Government’s strategy complements the council’s aim to encourage more people to travel by bus to help support its carbon neutral objectives, and to reach and connect more people who live in rural communities. The council has already been successful in getting some money from the fund, with a successful bid of £1.2m to improve demand responsive transport in the Pewsey Vale area.

This will be in operation next year after a public consultation, which will help establish the most appropriate way for the service to be provided. Demand responsive transport is a flexible mode of transportation that adapts to the demands of its user groups.

Here is the link to the survey: