Consultation request on “Kennet and Avon Line” Railway including new station for Devizes

Sent from the Pewsey Community Area Partnership (PCAP)

Dear Colleagues

Following a meeting on Friday (11th June 2021) with TransWilts Community Rail Partnership(CRP), Pewsey Vale Rail User Group and Great Bedwyn Rail User Group have been asked to support and participate in a new CRP which would be known as the Kennet and Avon Line. This would also include the proposed new station at Devizes and all other stations from Kintbury to Westbury which is fast becoming the new hub as the Bristol Metro stops there.

We have been asked to consult and ask for comments on this proposal by the end of this week June 20th. So please share this and my email for replies with anybody interested in the future of rail travel in our part of Wiltshire. The aim is an hourly stopping service both East and West with trains starting and terminating anywhere along this line.

TransWilts would have access to the Community Rail Network funds to employ an officer to oversee this group and we would have access to their expertise, indeed they would be the drivers of this project.

As chair of the  Pewsey Vale Tourism Partnership I see this as a positive step as collectively we have more impact than individually. Since Wiltshire Council’s investment in rail has been at best poor the past decade or so this might be a better option, especially if we can link it to integrated transport with proper links to buses and multi model ticketing.

Please can those of you with wide contact lists please share.


Dawn Wilson Chair of PVRUG, PVTP and PCAP

Please provide comments direct to Dawn;


Pewsey Way Circular Route Consultation

As part of the Itineraries Project for the Pewsey Community Area, Pewsey Vale Tourism Partnership (PWTP)  are creating a new walking and cycling route around the edges of the area using existing public rights of way.  They  have now finalised the route, the Pewsey Vale Circular Way – the walking and riding routes vary slightly at certain places where the rights of way dictate.  This project will create itineraries which will encourage people to stay in the area, rather than just coming for the day, and will help our local pubs, shops, accommodation and service businesses recover after Covid, as well as providing local people with interesting walking, cycling and riding routes.  This route will also be included within scope of the Walkers Are Welcome accreditation which  they are currently pursuing, which means that they will check the rights of way on this route at least once a year, helping parish councils and landowners to fulfil their responsibilities of keeping the routes accessible.

On checking the route, it doesn’t seem to impact North Newnton  Parish, however you may be interested in the route the Pewsey Vale Circular Way takes so are attaching :

  • The overall walking route –
  • The overall cycling/riding route

If you  would like to comment or have any queries on the route, then please contact

Susie Brew

Coordinator – Pewsey Vale Tourism Partnership – 07802 444022

by 30th June

She can send more detailed information for any of the sections if required.  .

The next stage after 30th June (and any potential revisions) is to order and install waymarkers and they  are working with Wiltshire Council Rights of Way team on this.



POSTPONED Annual Meeting of the Parish 10am, Saturday 26th June 2021 Woodbridge Inn



It is proposed to hold the meeting on the 11th September 2021 at the Woodbridge Arms, times to be confirmed, to help ensure that we are past COVID-19 restrictions and to avoid the summer holiday period.

Unfortunately due to COVID-19 we were not able to hold a meeting last year and could not hold our usual meeting in April/May before the Elections.

Come along and find out how our Zoom meetings went and activities/developments  that did take place last year.  We will also be presenting annual awards so why not come and congratulate your neighbours or indeed yourself!

Please keep this date for your diary!  Draft Agenda can be found below;

FinalAnnual Parish Meeting 11September2021

The Parish Council Notice Board in Hilcott has moved!

Hilcott residents may have already noticed but the Parish Council Notice Board has moved locations !  It is now adjacent to the Village pond adjoining Stitchings Lane.

It has been moved following the request of the Trustees of the Village Hall due to the demolition works to take place there and with the kind permission of Andrew Ford.

We do hope you will drop by and read notices.  If you would like notices pertaining to the Parish and Hilcott to be put on it please let the Clerk, Gill know, she can be reached by email  or mobile  07979866387

His Royal Highness Duke of Edinburgh 10th June 1921- 9th April 2021

Books of condolence 

Dear Town and Parish Councils,

Further to our email on Friday, the Government has provided further direction on books of condolence to commemorate His Royal Highness Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh.

In accordance with COVID restrictions, GOV.UK states that physical books of condolence should not be on display.

There will be no physical books of condolence at any Royal Residence, UK Government or Devolved Administration buildings. Members of the public will be invited to contribute to a national online book of condolence found on the Royal website.

Therefore could we request that any books of condolence are removed and residents are pointed towards either the Wiltshire Council online book of condolence or the Royal book of condolence.

This is an unfortunate circumstance of the COVID-19 pandemic and we recognise that this will be difficult for residents without internet access. Computers are available in our libraries and residents can pre-book one 45-minute session per day. They can also bring someone to support them by letting staff know in advance. Find out more on our website.

There are also other ways people can consider to mark the Duke’s passing, such as giving to a charity of their choosing or one of the charities or organisations The Duke of Edinburgh supported in his public duties.

Thank you for your continued support.

Important Hilcott Defibrillator NOT AVAILABLE

With the work going on at Hilcott Village Hall we have had to temporarily disconnect the defibrillator there (and we have taken down the Notice Board).  So Please note that at present the nearest defibrillator  is at Woodbridge Inn within the old Red Phone Box outside  of the Inn or at Woodborough Garden Centre.

The Parish Council is actively seeking a new location within Hilcott.  If you can help PLEASE contact Gill, Clerk on Tel 07979866387 or



Walkers Are Welcome status for the Pewsey Community Area.


The Pewsey area including the Parish of North Newnton is looking to obtain the Walkers are Welcome Status  being led  by Pewsey Vale Tourism Partnership.

We really need your help to spread the word and get people to sign up – it literally takes less than a minute (depending on your typing speed!) to do this.

Please encourage family and friends to support this as well as it will be a great benefit to the area as we come out of Covid.  Every signature counts!

Please refer to the flyer attached 2021-03-09 Press Release from Pewsey Vale Tourism Partnership

Healthwatch Wiltshire Survey

Healthwatch Wiltshire are running a survey to gather peoples’ recent experiences of health care and community services in Wiltshire, including their experience of the Vaccination Programme.

Please find attached posters that provide the essential information about the survey.


Anyone living in Wiltshire can complete the survey by means of this link:

 Alternatively the survey can be completed over the phone: 01225 434218

N.B. The survey closes Monday 8th March.

Wiltshire NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme

The Wiltshire Diabetes Prevention programme is a free service for people who are at high risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

The Diabetes Prevention Programme is a behaviour change programme where people learn about, diet, physical activity and strategies to improve their overall health, all aimed at reducing their risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes.

Normally, people access the programme through their GP however, due to the pandemic  and the subsequent pressure that our GP practices are facing, for a limited time there is  a self-referral option via the Diabetes UK ‘Know Your Risk Score’ – a check list of questions that can determine a person’s risk factors – This has also enabled the programme to become more accessible to people within the area.

The risk tool can be accessed via the link below: