BUSY EASTER WEEKEND IN ALLINGTON
Allington with Boscombe Parish celebrated two consecutive days of Easter Celebrations at St John’s the Baptist Church in Allington. On Good Friday (April 14) we welcomed some 50 Good Friday Walkers as they made their way from Cholderton through the Bourne Valley to Winterbourne, visiting numerous churches on the route.
On Easter Saturday (April 15) our church was opened at 4pm for an Easter Blessing. Peter Ostli-East took the 20-minute family service that attracted 70 residents, followed by afternoon tea and cakes in the churchyard. As the number of residents swelled to near 100 participants for the annual Easter Egg Hunt, additional fundraising activities included a raffle, kiddies’ corner and tombola – raising £300 for village funds.
VILLAGE EASTER CELEBRATIONS
The Village Community Partnership plans to celebrate Easter on Saturday, 15th April. There will be a Family Easter Blessing to be held in St John The Baptist Church, Allington at 4pm. This 15 minute service is the first time our village church has been open for prayer for many a year – and promises to be children friendly! It will be followed at 4:15pm by a village BBQ, Tombola and Kiddies Korner in the playground. A FREE Village Easter Egg Hunt for children, grandchildren and their friends is at 4:45pm (eggs for all children under 14 years of age). For more information contact Mike Brunton 01980 610600.
COMMUNITY SPEED WATCH
The Allington with Boscombe Parish Council has approved the implementation of a Community Speed Watch scheme in our villages. Ten residents are to undergo Police training on 30th March 2017 and the scheme will be operational as of April 2017.
Community Speed Watch is a scheme run by local communities supported by the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Wiltshire and Swindon, Wiltshire Police, Wiltshire Council and Swindon Borough Council. It gives concerned residents a chance to help combat speeding in their local area.
Volunteers carry out roadside checks on the speed of vehicles using a speed detection device and record the vehicle registration number of those exceeding the speed limit. The owners of the vehicles are then sent warning letters by Wiltshire Police drawing attention to the offence and advise the drivers of the consequences of excessive speed. Repeated speeding offences are likely to be prosecuted. As residents, please watch your speed – you have been warned!
BOEING COMES TO BOSCOMBE DOWN
Boeing Defence UK are to use the airfield at Boscombe Down as the site of their new “Centre of Excellence”. Many skilled engineering jobs will be created at the site. The plan will also include the servicing of 50 new AH-64E Apache attack helicopters, which have been ordered for the army, and nine Poseiden maritime patrol aircraft, ordered for the RAF by the MoD. Boeing will operate alongside QuinetiQ at the airfield, having considered various sites before deciding on Boscombe Down.
PRESENTS FOR KIDS IN HOSPITAL OVER CHRISTMAS
Christmas came early in Allington with St John the Baptist church open between 3-5pm on Saturday, 17th December. The Ladies of the Village Community Partnership had given the church an early spring clean and fully decorated the church with a spectacular Christmas tree and floral decorations. Residents and their children were invited to visit the church and leave a Christmas present under the tree for the children that were in Salisbury hospital during the festive season. Over 64 presents have now been delivered to the hospital.
Just outside the church door, the Community Partnership hosted a ‘thank you’ to visitors with mulled wine and mince pies. It was a fun occasion and a chance for residents to meet up and wish each other a Happy Christmas – many thanks to all those that attended and made donations to Friends of Friendless Churches who now maintain our church. Pictures of the occasion (taken by Shirley Willis) can be found on our Events Page.
Bonfire night came early in the village of Allington with over 400 residents, family and friends enjoying a spectacular evening at The Old Rectory on November 4th that raised £1100 for village funds. Inspired by the recent final of the Great British Bake-off, the Community Partnership and volunteers had built a bonfire in the shape of a four-tier birthday cake. Ingredients included 1100 pallets, two garden sheds, a dismantled chalet and 10 tons of loose timber. In all, the bonfire stood 28ft high and weighed about 55 tons.
Spectators enjoyed burgers and mulled wine and a fire lighting ceremony that saw three village bakers offering over 100 children free cup cakes. Then came the appearance of Bonfire Man to light the candles on the cake and start the bonfire burn. The evening closed with a spectacular firework display from Smart Pyrotechnics. Pictures of the event, courtesy of Ewen Silvester, can be found under our Events 2016 pages.
CHRISTMAS LIGHTS SWITCH ON
Salisbury’s Christmas lights will be switched on during the evening of Thursday, 17th November. Salisbury City Council have confirmed that the event will take place in Salisbury Market Place from 6pm to 8pm. The switch-on marks the start of Christmas in the city and late night shopping on Thursdays.
2016 BONFIRE AND FIREWORKS PARTY
If you’ve recently driven past the Old Rectory in Allington, you’ll see that the Community Partnership have started this year’s bonfire build. In recent years our bonfire has taken on the shape of the Houses of Parliament and the Tower of London. As of yet, the bonfire builders have given no clue as to what this year’s project will be. No doubt time will reveal all!
The Bonfire party will be held Friday 4th November. Gates open at 5.45pm. The show starts at 6.15pm. The fire will be lit at 6.45pm and the computerised firework display will be at 7.15pm. Hot dogs and burgers (£3 each) will be available all evening, as will mulled wine (£2 per glass).
This is an all ticket event with no ticket sales on the gate. Parking on site is only for the disabled. Park anywhere in the village and walk to the venue. Ticket application forms will be delivered to all residents by early October. For further details contact Michael Brunton (01980 610600).
CCTV COMES TO ALLINGTON AND BOSCOMBE
The Parish Council has agreed a CCTV investment in specific areas of the Parish to monitor potential fly-tipping incidents, petty crime and dog fouling. Residents are advised that the system is now in operation and sites covered by CCTV include Allington churchyard and path, Allington village green up to Wyndham Lane and the Boscombe village green next to the cemetery.
SEPTEMBER PARISH COUNCIL MEETING
The Parish Council will hold its next Council meeting on September 20th (7.30pm) at Boscombe Social Club. The published agenda includes:
1 To receive apologies
2 Declarations of interest
3 To consider any urgent business raised by the public in public
4 Approve and sign minutes of 2nd August monthly meeting
5 Discuss any planning applications
6 Update on Allington development and Village Hall
7 Area Board Update (Cllr Smale)
8 Update on CCTV cameras and high speed broadband (Cllr Silvester)
9 Report by Cllr Banks on A338 from Bourne View entrance
11 Monthly Cheque signing
13 To confirm the date of the next full council meeting
14 To close the meeting
As we are now in Holiday season with Schools out we wish everyone a Happy August and to remind folk to stay safe and cool in the hot weather.
QUEEN’S TEA PARTY AND BAND NIGHT PICTURES
Check out the photographs (by Ewen Silvester) of the recent Queen’s Tea Party and the Allington Big Band Night on our Events page. It was great to see so much support from residents for these two fundraising events that generated a profit for village funds of just over £1000.
Allington and Boscombe - Celebrate H.M. Queen’s Birthday
Allington and Boscombe residents and their families celebrated H.M. The Queen’s Birthday on Saturday June 11th with an afternoon tea party followed by a live music evening in the gardens of The Old Rectory, Allington.
The afternoon tea party attracted some 160 visitors – no doubt it would have been more without the afternoon showers. Held under a marquee, attractions included a plant stall, cake stall, nearly new and collectables, bottle stall, Kiddies Corner, bottle fishing and Tombola – but the major attractions were Cpl. Tharpa, the Gurkha bagpiper, and the cream teas!
The Summer Village raffle was drawn at 3.45pm. Winning tickets were: 1st – Colin Neville, 2nd – Ollie Brunton, 3rd – Elena Oderstone, 4th – Mandy Milford, 5th – Mrs Kouch, 6th – Richard Robertson, 7th – Steve Hewlett, 8th – Sharon Owen, 9th – Christine Heslop and 10th – John Bament. All prizes were collected on the day or delivered over the weekend.
At 4pm a team of volunteers cleared up the venue and reset the marquee ready for the Big Band Night. Guests were welcomed to the sound of bagpipes as they gathered to enjoy live music sessions from BJ Franklyn and Stiff Joints. Lance Corporal Om of the Gurkha Rifles had prepared the most fantastic Gurkha curry that was served at 8.45pm. Burgers and sausages were available until late while guests drank the bar dry by midnight! It was a fantastic evening and a great end to a long day. Funds raised across both events go toward kitting out our planned Village Hall development.
Such a packed programme of fundraising in a single day takes an enormous amount of planning and execution. The Allington and Boscombe Community Partnership and the many residents who assisted in the build-up and take-down are congratulated (and thanked) for their support in ensuring that June 11th 2016 will be long remembered by Allington and Boscombe families.
ROAD WORKS AND ROAD CLOSURE - UPDATED!!
We reported to you of a proposed surfacing works programmed along the A338 between the Earl of Normanton Public House and East Farm, Boscombe.
The works were originally planned to go ahead Thursday 26th May to Wednesday 1st June. Due to programme changes elsewhere this project has now been re-scheduled to be completed from Monday 11th to Thursday 14th July 2016 between the hours of 19:00 to 00:00.
These dates and durations remain subject to change due to weather conditions.
For further information regarding these works please contact Atkins on 01225 730360 (office hours) or 01225 777234 (out of office hours). Sustainable Transport Group, County Hall, Bythesea Road Trowbridge BA14 8JN.
HAVE YOU REGISTERED TO VOTE
Residents should ensure they have registered to vote in upcoming elections. The Police Commissioner election is on May 5th (registration deadline April 18th), and the EU referendum on June 23rd (registration deadline June 7th). Polling station for both is at Boscombe Social Club.
STONEHENGE KEEPS ATTRACTING VISITORS
Residents of Allington and Boscombe will not be surprised to learn that Stonehenge has been visited by one in three Brits and is the nation’s third most popular UNESCO World Heritage site, according to latest figures. In a poll of 2,000 Brits, 31 per cent had visited the monument. Most popular site was the Tower of London, with City of Bath in second place.
CAR BOOT SALES THIS SUMMER
If you enjoy a good car boot sale, Salisbury Market Place and Guildhall Square are hosting a monthly car boot sale throughout the summer. They will be held on the second Sunday of each month through to August. The event is open to buyers from 9 to 11am. The dates are May 15th, June 19th, July 10th and August 14th.
ALL DOGS MUST BE CHIPPED
Dog owners in our two villages are reminded that it is now a legal requirement to have their dogs microchipped and registered on a recognised database (before the dog is eight weeks old). The owner of an unchipped dog, which comes to the notice of the authorities, will be given 21 days to comply, and failure to do so may result in a fine of up to £500.
It is the responsibility of the owner to ensure that the details on the microchip database are up-to-date. If owners are unsure which database their dog is on, or don’t know the chip numbers, a vet can scan the dog to obtain these details.
VILLAGE TRAIL AND EASTER EGG HUNT
The rain and wind on Easter Sunday held off during the late afternoon (3-5pm) ensuring that our Village Trail walk and Easter Egg Hunt was another well attended village event. The Trail involved a gentle stroll around the village Allington, with children answering questions based on 28 clues. The Trail finish was in the Play Park where families were able to enjoy tea and coffee and an Easter BBQ. Tombola and Magic Boxes for the youngsters and a raffle for the adults helped raise £452 for village funds.
The event concluded with an Easter Egg Hunt for some 40 youngsters in the adjacent garden of Kea Cottage (by kind permission of Charlotte and Giles Rowe).
Special thanks to Shirley Willis and Janet Stanford for organising the Village Trail and to the many willing members of the Community Partnership that tirelessly set up and take down our village events. Pictures of the event (by Mark Whitehouse) can be found on the EVENTS page of this website.
WESTCROFT GARDEN - BOSCOMBE VILLAGE SP4 0AB
Westcroft garden is open over easter opening times are as follows :
Easter Sunday 27th March - 11:00am - 5:00pm
Easter Monday 28th March - 11:00am - 5:00pm
The entry charge, for Cancer Research, is £2.50 per person. Scrummy teas, always a highlight of any trip, plants for sale and a loo! There is easy parking in the field opposite for cars, or nearby hard-standing for coaches. Disabled parking on the drive if space permits.
For more information please visit the garden website - http://www.westcroftgarden.co.uk/garden
SPICK AND CLEAN FOR THE QUEEN
A BIG Thank you to those residents that turned out over the weekend of March 5-6th to support the Queen’s Spick and Clean Litter pick. This was not our usual superficial verge litter pick that is undertaken every 10 days or so. It was a deep litter pick of verges, hedgerows and in the long grass throughout both villages. Two sacks of litter were picked from the track that starts at the Allington ford, a sack and a half came from the verges of the A338 through both villages, two sacks of litter were picked up from the last 300 yards of the Allington Track from Amesbury to Allington and three sacks of litter were picked on the A338 roadsides from the north end of Allington up to Emma Harrison’s farm entrance. Well done one and all.
2016-2020 ALLINGTON & BOSCOMBE PARISH PLAN
The Parish Plan Committee and Parish Council have now published their 2016-2020 Parish Plan for the villages of Allington and Boscombe. Copies of the 24 page report were delivered to each home in the Parish during the first week of March. A copy of the new Parish Plan can be found on this website under the heading of parish plan in the headers above.
CELEBRATING THE QUEEN’S BIRTHDAY
With cities, towns and villages up and down the country celebrating the Queen’s Birthday with street parties on Saturday, June 11th, our Parish will be joining the celebrations. There will be a Saturday afternoon tea party (under a marquee) at The Old Rectory (Allington) from 2-4pm. In addition to afternoon tea there will be light music, numerous stalls and a Bouncy Castle for the youngsters.
In the evening of Saturday, June 11th (8pm-midnight), residents and guests can enjoy our popular Band Night, BBQ and bar. Entertainment includes appearances from Brian Franklin (back by popular demand) followed by local group Stiff Joints. Ticket sales open 20th April. Don’t miss it!
TEMPORARY CLOSURE OF ALLINGTON TRACK (in part) - 5th April for 10 days
Allington Track will be closed from its junction with Arundel Track to its junction with the A338 Tidworth Road.
This is to enable Wessex Water to construct and install a water pipe.
Via UC Arundel Track – A338 – UC Allington Track (unaffected length) and vice versa.
The closure will be clearly indicated by traffic signs and access will be maintained for residents.
This Order will come into operation on 5 April 2016 and it is anticipated that the closure will be
required for 10 days.
Bourne Valley Historical Society - Annual Meeting
The BVHS AGM is on Thursday 18th February for members with times as follows:-
19:00 Doors Open
Please email Hilary for further details on email@example.com
PARISH OPEN MEETING
Following completion of the Allington and Boscombe Parish Plan 2015-2020 questionnaire by residents, all data relevant to the new Parish Plan has now been receeived and analysed. If you would like to add any further input to the new Parish Plan, please join an informal meeting with the Parish Plan Chairman and his committee on Wednesday, February 10th (6:45 to 7:30 pm) at the Boscombe Social Club to discuss your views, concerns and issues in more detail.
Your input is important.
Following this open meeting, the Parish Plan Committee will prepare the final 24 page Parish Plan report that should be available for full circulation to all residents by the middle of March 2016.
After the open meeting, the monthly Parish Council meeting will take place at the same venue between 7:30 to 8:30 pm.
All residents welcome.
ALLINGTON AND BOSCOMBE BUS SERVICE
Wiltshire Council has launched a public consultation (closes April 4th, 2016) on the future of the bus services that they currently financially support. Set against a backdrop of a big reduction in overall funding for council services, they have put forward a number of options aimed at saving money from the supported buses budget, and are asking for your view on these.
What are we facing?
Almost all Wiltshire evening, Sunday and Bank Holiday bus services are set to disappear.
Withdrawal of many rural bus services.
Interurban and town bus services are to be drastically reduced, leaving vast swathes of the county without any bus services.
Wiltshire Council are now consulting with the public regarding an alternative. As part of their research work on devolution for Wiltshire and Swindon, they have put forward a Bus Franchising proposal known as Quality Bus Contracts.
The Concept is a bus network tailored to individuals and their community with less route duplications, more journey opportunities and affordable fares. This new initiative is called ‘Option 24/7’. More details and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) can be found at www.option247.uk together with the Council’s consultation document. All bus using residents are encouraged to take part in the consultation to ensure that the implementation of the Quality Bus Contract meets the needs of our local community.
VILLAGE RISK ASSESSMENT 2016
In an effort to balance their books, Wiltshire Council plans service cuts in 2016 that will inevitably affect rural communities. With this in mind the Parish Council has completed a 2016 Risk Assessment covering all public areas owned by Wiltshire Council in both Allington and Boscombe. The document has been lodged with Amesbury Area Board, Wiltshire Council, the Police and our Parish Public Liability insurers. The full document can be reviewed under the section heading PARISH INFO.
CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION SUNDAY
On Sunday, 20th December late in the afternoon and early evening, some 180 residents (including 43 children) gathered at Allington playground to celebrate Christmas. There were various Christmas stalls, children’s games and a Tombola that helped raise funds for the village. The hot soup and cheese straws and the mulled wine were particularly popular.
At 5pm everyone gathered around an open fire, singing various Christmas carols with the Rev. Peter Ostli-East offering prayers and a festive blessing. Then it was time for Father Christmas to open his grotto – so that each child could visit him and collect a present.
Throughout the evening Allington Church was open – and had been beautifully decorated for Christmas. Families visiting the church brought 53 presents between them that have now been delivered to Salisbury Hospital for children that will be in hospital over the festive season.
The evening finished at about 5.45pm with the draw for the Village Christmas raffle. All prizes were collected/delivered that evening. Total amount raised during the evening was £1045. Many thanks to all that assisted preparing the event and the subsequent tidy up and to those residents that supported our Christmas Celebrations.
TESTING AIRCRAFT AT BOSCOMBE DOWN
MOD Boscombe Down will be conducting essential testing of the Chinook Mk 5 from the 24th November to the 7th December 2015 excluding weekends. These trials are set to be conducted during the mornings from 0700. The Chinook is the primary rotary workhorse of the Royal Air Force, transporting personnel, equipment and aid.
Read more at http://amesbury.ourcommunitymatters.org.uk/news/testing-aircraft-at-boscombe-down
over 500 bulbs were planted on the A338 verges; our four large planters were weeded and planted up for the spring; the churchyards of St Johns, The Baptist Church (Allington) and St Andrews (Boscombe) were weeded and tidied; the 1.4 mile stretch of the A338 through the Parish was weed killed and the Allington playground had its annual make-over. A great job – appreciated by all.
Besides being a thoroughly productive day, it was a great chance for residents to meet up with new and old friends. At mid-day it was off to The Old Rectory at Allington for lunch and a well-earned drink for all. For pictures go to the EVENTS page of this website. (Picture credits: Mark Whitehouse)
Harvest Supper and St Andrew's Church, Boscombe
A big THANK YOU to everyone who came to the Black Barn to celebrate Harvest on Sunday 13th September, and to share the Supper in the Social Club afterwards. Thank you too for your support for the Trussell Trust, where your generous donations are very much appreciated. It is great that over forty people, young and old, were there that day but unfortunately this is not typical of the attendance that we have seen at regular Sunday services in recent years. Although the Parochial Church Council has tried hard in various ways to encourage greater attendance at services in St Andrew’s church in Boscombe on a more regular basis, including promoting services via the Village Newsletter, website, noticeboards and the Bourne Valley Magazine, as well as with door-to-door delivery of ‘flyers’ at various times, unfortunately these attempts have not succeeded. In fact, with some PCC members having recently moved away, the congregation has now become so small as to be unsustainable. It is therefore with great regret that the PCC have initiated the process for St Andrew’s to become a ‘Festival church’ ie: no longer offering regular Sunday services each month, but endeavoring to keep the major Church Festivals and annual events, such as Christmas, Easter, Harvest and Remembrance, as well as being available for Baptisms, Weddings and Funerals, when requested. This situation will be kept under review, and please be clear: St Andrew’s church is NOT closing, just adapting to current circumstances where the lack of ongoing support has led to the change in frequency of services set out above. If you have any questions about this, please speak to any of the PCC members. Thank you
HARVEST SUPPER - BLACK BARN BOSCOMBE - 5PM - Sunday 13th September
It's that time of year again, and we will be celebrating Harvest in the Black Barn, Boscombe at 5.00pm on Sunday 13 September - to be followed by a Bring & Share Supper in the Social Club.
A Harvest Thanksgiving Cloth which a group of local families have made, under Sue Vearncombe's direction, over recent months will be the centre-point of the decorations in the Barn this year - for photo's of this please go to Parish Info - Chuch News. Donations, of appropriate tinned and packet foods, as well as gifts of money, are invited, as usual, and will be given to the Trussell Trust in Salisbury. Flyers advertising the service are to be distributed door-to-door as well.
TROUT 'N ABOUT - STOCKBRIDGE SUNDAY 9TH AUGUST
Stockbridge in Hampshire is the place to be on Sunday 9th August for a fantastic day out for all the family! Trout ‘n About, Stockbridge's annual festival of local food, produce and crafts will fill the High Street along with street entertainers, farm animals and vintage tractors. There will be music from local bands on two stages and even a special appearance by The Military Wives Choir. There are no admittance fees and parking is provided completely free of charge at either end of the High Street. Complimentary vintage double decker buses provided by King Alfred Buses will run all day dropping visitors amidst the action. Although Trout ‘n About has been running for just 7 years it has very quickly become one of the most popular local food events in the Hampshire calendar. The festival is run by volunteers from the community and any funds raised are used to finance local good causes.
The festival offers a wide range of locally produced food from farms and small businesses in Hampshire plus crafts. This year we have 115 stall holders showcasing the best that Hampshire can offer lining both sides of Stockbridge’s historic High Street.As well as this year’s festival sponsors - Savills and Southern Co-operative, there will be an amazing array of stalls selling and cooking wonderful local produce. This will include delicious baked goodies, local meats; beef burgers, water buffalo, lamb and pork, aromatic herbs, seafood, handmade marshmallows, olives, cupcakes, preserves and chutneys, cordials, apple juice, smoked fish, biltong, local cheeses, scrumptious sweet and savoury tarts, chilli and garlic products, cider, ales and sparkling wines from the Test Valley. A foodie’s delight!Local arts and craft stalls will include handmade jewellery, baskets, plants, animal portraits, recycled ire sculptures, natural soaps & creams, hand painted tableware, photography, bespoke art prints, poultry houses & poultry, furniture and fly fishing! There will be plenty of demonstrations too from hand forged ironwork and wood turning to juggling!
Come along and join us for a fantastic fun day out for all the family. For more information please visit www.tnastockbridge.co.uk or www.facebook.com/TroutnAbout.Kind Regards,Angie FilippaEvent Co-ordinatorTel: 07817 576346.
RECYCLING CENTRE TIMINGS
Salisbury and Amesbury’s recycling centres will be shut two days a week from July 13th. It is all part of a cost-cutting exercise by Wiltshire Council, as they try to save £30 million from their budget this financial year. Amesbury’s Recycling Centre at Boscombe Down Business Park, will be closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, while the Salisbury Centre, at Churchfields, will be closed on Thursdays and Fridays. Opening hours will also be reduced and the sites in future will be open between 10am and 4pm. The Council tells us the rubbish tips will all be open at weekends and closure days have been staggered to make sure that access to a Household Recycling Centre in South Wiltshire is possible every day.
MORE A303 ROADWORKS
With Allington Track closed until mid-July for resurfacing work, we now learn that major roadworks on the A303 near Amesbury need re-doing just six months after they were carried out. The resurfacing work between Countess Roundabout and Cholderton was completed in March costing £1.3 million. Now it needs to be re-done because the stone used was ‘contaminated with low quality materials’. The work is expected to be undertaken during the first 3 weeks of July.
CHECK YOUR GREEN BIN STICKERS
The council’s new paid-for green bin service came unstuck just a week after it launched. Hundreds of stickers sent out to mark bins for collection fell off after a shower of rain! Wiltshire Council said a small batch of the stickers was ‘potentially faulty’ and has re-issued almost 1,400 ‘for a variety of reasons’. Please check that your own green bin sticker is not faulty.
470 HOMES PLANNED
Plans for around 470 homes, a heritage centre, a restaurant and aircraft hangers at Old Sarum airfield have been submitted to Wiltshire Council. The outline planning application is in consultation phase until 23rd July with a decision likely to be taken by the end of the year – once it has gone before Wiltshire councillors.
SUPER SATURDAY – JUNE 20th
Allington and Boscombe’s Super Saturday (June 20th) was a great success. It kicked off in the morning (10.30am-1pm) with a Table Top Sale of Collectables, Nearly New and Bric-a-Brac a the marquee erected on the front lawn of The Old Rectory. With 15 stalls and morning tea and coffee, it attracted over 170 visitors. The Village Table Top, with items kindly donated by residents, was particularly busy taking £304 in just a couple of hours.
At 1pm promptly, members of the Village Community Partnership stripped down the Table Tops and converted the venue ready for Big Band Night (8pm-Midnight). A ticket-only event, it was a sell-out, attended by 225 residents, friends and families – keeping the bar and BBQ busy all evening. Live music included sessions from Beth Duck, an up and coming soloist, BJ Franklin who came down from Liverpool and back by popular demand from last year’s event to finish off the evening was One In The Chamber. It was a great mix of music that had plenty of us up on the dance floor for most of the late evening. Photographs of the Band Night (kindly provided by Ewen Silvester) can be found on our EVENTS PAGE.
Super Saturday raised £1102.47 of profit (after all expenses) for the Allington with Boscombe Village Fund. Our thanks to go those residents that helped prior to and during Super Saturday, as well as those 18 plus residents that turned up on Sunday to clear up the venue. The marquee was down by 4pm Sunday and The Old Rectory restored to normality!
SUMMER TABLE TOP SALE
Bargains Galore! Saturday 20th June 10.30 am to 1pm The Old Rectory, Allington (plenty of parking) Marquee of 20 table tops, Collectables, Nearly New, Bric-a-brac, China, Pictures, Toys and plenty more from attics, cellars and garages. In addition to bargain hunting, why not enjoy a Mid-morning tea or coffee, Cakes, Ploughman's lunch and Bottle stall.
BIG BAND NIGHT
Saturday 20th June 8.00 pm to Midnight In the Garden of The Old Rectory Allington Come and enjoy a Mid-Summer evening of entertainment, Music from the 80's, 90's, Rock, Country & Western and the current charts. BBQ or bring your own picnic, Licensed bar, All under cover, tables and chairs and plenty of parking. Come on your own or make up a table of 10. Order your tickets today £12.50 each please fill in and send back the flyer which should have come through your door or contact us via this website for information.
With a need to cut budgets this year, Wiltshire Council have plans to reduce the Mobile Library Service by October 26th 2015 – reducing the number of vehicles from four to two. In addition, weekly stops will become fortnightly and fortnightly visits will become monthly. More books can be borrowed to ensure additional reading matter between visits.
Thirty-six existing regular stops in Wiltshire are also to be axed – but NOT Allington. However, if less than 3 customers use the service on each visit it is likely that we too will lose our Mobile Library Service. If you want more details on the service, visit dates and stop points, go to www.wiltshire.gov.uk/libraries
RESIDENTS CONSULTATION – HOMES & VILLAGE HALL
During April, the Parish Council conducted a residents consultation regarding an outline planning application for 24 homes (7 affordable and 17 open market), village hall and mini sports pitch adjacent to Bourne View.
The consultation result is as follows. Of all responses during the 3 week consultation, 34 (27.2%) opposed the project and 91 (72.8%) were in favour. There were five voting forms declared as void as the residents concerned had voted but did not complete their name and address and so could not be validated.
The consultation result together with the outline planning application (15/03668/OUT), which can be viewed on Wiltshire Council’s website, will be discussed and voted on at the upcoming Parish Council meeting on May 12th (Social Club, 7.30pm).
THURSDAY, 7th MAY Election Day
Your local polling station is the Boscombe Social Club. Voting can be done on your way to work, during the day or after work on your way home.
FRIDAY, 8th MAY
The Parish Council have received the new outline planning application for homes and village hall on land adjacent to Bourne View. Plans and drawings of the outline deveopment can be viewed at Boscombe Social Club between 4pm-6.30pm.
SATURDAY, 20th JUNE
Allington and Boscombe’s major fundraising event for the year will be a Summer Table Top Sale (10.30am-1pm) followed in the evening by a live music Big Band Night to be held in the gardens of The Old Rectory at Allington. While the Table Top Sale is free to enter and open tto all, the Band Night is by ticket only. More details will follow mid-May but put the date in your diary today.
Allington and Boscombe Easter Egg Hunt
Over 100 residents and children attended this year's Allington and Boscombe Easter Egg Hunt on Easter Saturday, April 4th. Promptly at 11.30, 36 children joined in the fun at Allington Church, making their own Easter Bonnets and baskets. Moving on down to Wyndham Farmhouse, the parade of bonnets were judged with prizes for the best three hats. Then it was time for the Egg Hunt in the Wyndham Farmhouse garden and next door play park.
By 12.30pm everyone was ready for a BBQ lunch - the Famous Allington burgers and jumbo sausages were a sell out!! With free cakes and fruit, a bar and a popular raffle the event finished at 1.30pm having raised £405 for village funds.
Special thanks go to James and Tamsin Richards for opening their garden for this popular event an to all the Community Partnership helpers who jmade the day such a success.
Please go to our This Years Events page above to view photo's of the day as kindly provided by Mark Whitehouse
ST ANDREWS CHURCH SUNDAY SERVICES
22nd March 11am - Followed by Annual Meeting
Easter Day 5th April 11am
26th April 11am
Coffee, Tea and Biscults afterwards
NO TAX INCREASE
Residents will welcome news that Wiltshire Council tax will be frozen for a fifth year after Wiltshire councillors voted to pass the budget for the 2015/16 financial year. The approved budget will see Wiltshire Council make around £30million worth of savings in more than 100 areas, including charges for green bin collection. The council is making the savings to cover a reduction in funding from central government which is set to fall from £119million to £103.8million.
VILLAGE EASTER EGG HUNT
This year’s Village Easter Egg Hunt will be held on Easter Saturday, 4th April at Wyndham Farmhouse and the play park. The event kicks off at Allington Church at 11.30am for kiddies to make Easter bonnets or baskets. All materials will be supplied (parent supervision please). Their efforts will be judged and prizes given. The Egg Hunt will take place at 12.15-12.30, followed by a BBQ, refreshments and a fundraising raffle. This event is not just for youngsters – all are welcome to enjoy the village BBQ (free entry).
FEBRUARY CHURCH SERVICES
St Andrew’s Church in Boscombe has two services in February – 8th February and 22nd February. Both are Holy Communion. Both services start at 11am promptly.
BOURNE VALLEY LINK SCHEME
The next get together and coffee morning for the Bourne Valley Link Scheme is 21st March (10.30-Noon), to be held at the Newton Toney Memorial Hall. The Link Scheme is in urgent need of more volunteer drivers. If you can help, call the scheme’s co-ordinator on 01980 611117.
A303 CLOSURES AND DIVERSIONS
Residents should be aware that some extensive road works are taking place on the A303 during February. From Countess roundabout, up through Solstice Park and toward Cholderton, the A303 westbound will be closed January 30th for 25 nights (8pm-6am) and weekends (excluding 14/15 February and 21/22 February). This will result in westbound diversions that will start from Parkhouse roundabout, taking traffic through Cholderton, Allington and Porton before joining the A303 further west. Expect significantly increased traffic flow through our village in the late evenings and weekends.
VILLAGE HALL PROJECT
Wiltshire Council have granted outline planning permission for the development of homes, village hall and mini sports pitch on land adjacent to Bourne View. Next stage of the development is to draw up plans to be submitted for final planning approval. The Parish Council will be keeping all village residents fully informed of progress that may well take 18 months – 2 years for completion.
FLOODING ADVICE AVAILABLE
Advice about flood precautions is available via the Internet on the National Flood Forum website www.floodforum.org.uk This website contains information on how you can register your address for automated flood warnings (by phone, email or text).
There is a range of flood protection products on the market to help you protect your property from flood damage. A directory of these products is available from the National Flood Forum at: www.bluepages.org.uk
The Wiltshire Council website pages on flooding and drainage matters are at: www.wiltshire.gov.uk/communityandliving/civilemergencies/floodinganddrainage.htm
The Environment Agency site ‘What’s In Your Backyard’ provides detailed local information about waterways and associated flood and drainage risks at apps.environment-agency.gov.uk/wiyby The main Agency website is at: www.environment-agency.gov.uk
The emergency telephone contact if your property is in imminent danger of flooding is 0300 4560105
Six Black Sacks of Litter
On Sunday 14th December, 22 residents turned out to assist with Christmas decorations on shrubs, planters and trees through Allington and Boscombe. A much needed litter pick was also undertaken, collecting the equivalent of six large black sacks of rubbish. After a busy morning all helpers enjoyed a glass of good cheer and lunch at The Old Rectory. Many thanks for all those that took part.
Events Plans for 2015
The Allington and Boscombe Community Partnership Committee are pleased to announce the following events for 2015
Village BBQ and Easter Egg Hunt - Saturday 4th April - Wyndham Farmhouse, Allington
Garden Table Top Sale and Music Band Night - Saturday 20th June - The Old Rectory, Allington
Christmas Pageant - December 2015
All above events will be fully publicised well in advance.
New Parish Councillor
At the Allington and Boscombe Council Meeting on 11th November, Ewen Silvester was co-opted onto the Council following the resignation of Dave Wheller due to work committments. The coucil expressed their thanks to Mr Wheller for the 18 months that he served as a valuable member of the Council.
Updated Parish Council details and photo's are available under the Parish Info - Parish Council section above.
Christmas Services at St Andrew’s, and nearby…
Start the festive season well by coming to our Carol Service, 4.00pm on Sunday 21st December here in St Andrew’s church, Boscombe…
On Christmas Eve, there are Crib Services, very suitable for young children and their families, at 4.00pm in St Mary’s Winterbourne Gunner or St Nicholas’ Porton. The traditional, informal, ‘Christingle’ Service, with oranges, candles and carols, starts at 6.00pm in St Michael & All Angels Winterbourne Earls and raises money to support the work of The Children’s Society
Later on Christmas Eve ‘Midnight Mass’ starts at 11.00pm in St Andrew’s Newton Tony or at 11.30pm in St Nicholas’ Porton
At 11.00am on Christmas morning, we celebrate the Saviour’s birth with a Christmas Family Communion service in St Andrew’s Boscombe
SCOUTS CHRISTMAS POST
The Bourne Valley Scout Group are taking part in the Christmas Card Post Scheme this year. They will be selling stamps and delivering post locally including the Allington and Boscombe area, they also cover many other areas see attached for details. Stamps available from The Old Inn Allington, Porton Garden centre and many others places also detailed on the attached. Nearest postbox location is the Memorial Hall, Porton. Stamps cost 20p. Last posting is on Friday 5th December at 2pm, all Christmas Cards will be delivered by Christmas Eve.
NEW PARISH COUNCILLOR
At the Parish Council meet of November 11th, Ewen Silvester was co-opted as a member of the Council following the retirement of Dave Wheller. Current Councillors now include: Michael Brunton (Chairman), Richard Noon (Vice Chairman), John Hill, Pete Smith, Lorraine Le-Gate, Mark Whitehouse and Ewen Silvester. Parish Council matters, including minutes of Parish Council meetings, can be found on our Parish Info page.
JUMBO RAFFLE PRIZES
The year end Jumbo Raffle was drawn at 7.30pm at the Bonfire Party on November 1st.
The winning tickets were: 1st – Terry Turner (1483); 2nd – John Smale (0494); 3rd – James Williams (1938); 4th – Jay Friedlander (1813); 5th – Bob Taylor (1494); 6th – Mike Hewitt (1602); and 7th – Jean Williams (1928).
Many thanks for all your support.
TOWER OF LONDON BURNS
In a competition for the finest bonfire in the county, few would surpass the efforts of Allington and Boscombe village. Ten residents, under the guidance of Dave Willis, built the Tower of London over a five month period.
On Saturday evening, 1st November, 425 residents, families and friends enjoyed the ticket only bonfire party at The Old Rectory, Allington, that was a complete sell-out. The event kicked off with a bonfire procession including Beefeaters (Josh Wheller and Brad Hill) and Corporal Nirmal Kumer Thapa of the Gurka Regiment who played a bagpipe lament on the ramparts, before Guy Fawkes then made a guest appearance and torched the Tower.
The evening concluded with a fantastic computerised firework display, BBQ and bar that helped raise £1000 for village funds. Pictures of the Bonfire Party (by Mark Whitehouse and Ewen Silvester) can be found on our This years events page.
Richard Hooker Day - 3rd November 7.30pm St Andrew's Church, Boscombe
Monday 3rd November 'The Great Debate' starts at 7.30pm in St Andrew's Church, Boscombe SP4 0AB, in commemoration of Richard Hooker the influential 16th Century Anglican priest and theologian, who was Rector in Boscombe for a time.
This year the event looks forward to the forthcoming celebrations of the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta in 2015, and we are delighted to have Bishop Graham Kings, His Honour Judge Keith Cutler and former Salisbury MP Robert Key coming to debate issues of justice from the perspectives of faith, law and politics.
Questions from the floor will be welcomed, and refreshments served.
Tickets at £8.00 each, in aid of Church funds, can be booked by phone 01980 611350 or email: RHookerDay@uwclub.net or firstname.lastname@example.org
Volunteer needed to deliver the church BV Magazine in Bourne View, Allington
We need another distributor for the Church BV Magazine in Bourne View, as Philippa Parker is not able to do it. Kate Leech (tel. 610592) is happy to advise any volunteer(s) if you subscribe to the Magazine and can help then please call Kate!. There is some urgency as there will be another edition at the end of October and beyond...!
Allington and Boscombe Bonfire Party - 1st November @ 5.30pm
The Allington and Boscombe Bonfire Party will be held at the Old Rectory, Allington on Saturday 1st November. Residents will have seen that the bonfire is already under construction and plans are underway for a very special evening.
Gates will open at 5.30pm with BBQ and bar immediately available. A spectacular pageant will start at 6pm followed by the bonfire being lit at 6.30pm and a computerised fireworks display at 7pm.
Residents are encouraged to bring family and friends BUT because of public liability insurance, catering and crowd control issues this will be a TICKET only event. Details of how to obtain tickets are in the latest newsletter or ask for details via our Contact Us section on this website.
HARVEST FESTIVAL SERVICE - SUNDAY 28TH SEPTEMBER @5PM BLACK BARN, BOSCOMBE
This year’s Harvest Festival Service will be at 5.00pm on Sunday 28th September in the Black Barn, Boscombe to give thanks for God’s provision, and celebrate the cooperation between the resources of nature and the hard work of farmers and all who ensure food is available to us.
After the service please do stay for a shared Supper.
Please bring your own plates and cutlery, and a dish of food to share if you wish.
Contact Peter on 01980 611350 or email: email@example.com for more details
Special thanks to Jennie for opening the Club (next to the Black Barn) from 4.30pm
Please also bring donations of tinned or packet foods for the Trussell Trust
Things like these, in the list below, are particularly needed:
Instant Mash Potato, Vegetables (tinned), Fruit juice, Fish (tinned), Rice pudding (tinned), Sugar (500gr)
Breakfast cereals, Tomatoes (tinned), Tea bags
Please give what you can, knowing that your gifts really do make a difference. Thank you
Further information at www.trusselltrust.org
PARISH COUNCIL MEETING – SEPTEMBER 9th
The Allington with Bosombe Parish Council meeting (September 9th) will be held at the Social Club, starting at 7.30pm. Main agenda item is the discussion and voting on an outline planning application for the development of homes and a Village Hall on land off the A338 and adjacent to Bourne View. All residents are welcome to attend the meeting.
Barn Dance - 30th August
At the Black Barn and Boscombe Social Club we have a Barn Dance starting at 7.30 pm to 11.30pm. BBQ Available, Cash bar at the club, Raffle and Parking available - live music by The Wyverns Band.
Tickets £10 for adults and £5 for under 16's, early bird of £8 & £4 for tickets purchased before 23rd August tickets available from Richard Noon please look at the leaflet that has come through your door or contact us via this website for futher details.
Wave of Prayer – 4th August
There wasn’t an empty pew at the ‘Wave of Prayer’ service in Allington church on Monday morning, 4th August to commemorate the outbreak of the First World War. The service was part of the ‘Wave of Prayer’ in Bourne Valley Churches throughout the day – an opportunity to give thanks and remember those who lost their lives in the war, those who fought and those whose sacrifices were not so obvious – and to pray for peace in the world today. A similar service was held at St Andrew’s, Boscombe at 11am.
Allington church was beautifully decorated with poppies and there was a WW1 display of photos and memorabilia – both organised by George and Sally Hill. After the service, residents had the opportunity to chat over a cup of tea or coffee, cakes and biscuits, organised by Fiona Brunton and Shirley Willis. A selection of photographs of the event (by Maggie Whitehouse) can be found under this years Events page.
Road Closure - A338 - 26th for nine nights between 19:00 to 06:00
Temporary Closure of: A338 Tidworth Road (Part), Allington and Newton Tony
A338 Tidworth Road (Part), Allington and Newton Tony; from the speed limit gateway north of Allington to its junction with C293 Cholderton Road.
To enable: Wiltshire Council to carry out carriageway resurfacing and associated works.
Via A338 (unaffected length) - A303 - C32 Solstice Park – C396 - A345 – C56 - A338 (unaffected length) and vice versa.
26th August 2014 for nine nights between 19:00 and 06:00. It is anticipated that the works will take the stated duration to complete depending upon weather conditions.
The closure and diversion route will be clearly indicated by traffic signs.
Garden Party and Big Band Night
It was a busy Saturday (June 21) in the villages of Allington and Boscombe as residents celebrated Mid-Summer’s day. It all kicked off at 1.30pm with the annual Garden Party at The Old Rectory. Officially opened to the sound of some rousing bagpipe music (provided by Cpl Nirmal Kumer Thapa of the Gurka Regiment), some 250 residents, family and children enjoyed a fun afternoon of traditional stalls, afternoon tea and scones with kiddies entertainment provided by Jonathan The Jester.
Highlight of the afternoon was the draw for the Summer Raffle. Winners were as follows: M. Rawle (1st), Georgie Knight (2nd), Peter Heffron (3rd), Andy Devall (4th), Brian Webb (5th), Beverley Paul (6th), Andy Rhind-Tutt (7th), Lin Williams (8th), D. Zimmerman (9th) and David Stanford (10th).
At 4.30pm The Old Rectory garden was transformed into the venue for Big Band Night. Held under canvas with a stage and laid out with tables and chairs for 250 guests, residents and friends enjoyed four hours of live music provided by One in the Chamber and Stiff Joints. With a full bar and dinner available, this was the third Band Night that the Village Community Partnership has hosted and was, by all accounts, the best to date.
Funds raised during the day, together with income from the Summer Raffle, are for the Allington and Boscombe Village Fund. Sincere thanks go to all residents that supported both events and to the numerous members of the Community Partnership that made the day so special. Photographs of the Garden Party (by Maggie Whitehouse) and Big Band Night (by Gemma Brunton) can be found on the This Years Events Page of the website.
Whitsunday service in Boscombe on Sunday 8 June at 11am.
Whitsunday celebration on 8th June at 11am at the Old Rectory, Boscombe.
Open outdoor all ages birthday celebration of Holy Communion.
We warmly invite you to come along and join us for the feast of Whitsun as a birthday celebration in the garden at The Old Rectory, Boscombe from 11.00 am.
Bring a plate of your favourite things to share for a Bring and Share lunch in the garden afterwards.
Please note that the service will be under cover in the event of rain.
ALLINGTON ARTISTS (ALLINGTON ART CLUB) ANNUAL EXHIBITION - Sat 7th June
Allington Artists (previously known as Allington Art Club) are holding their annual exhibition of new work at the Memorial Hall at Porton on Saturday 7th June 2014 from 10 am to 4 pm. There will also be crafts. It is a social event where you can join friends for tea/coffee and home made cakes. It is free, but a voluntary retiring collection and commission on sales is being donated to local charities.
ALLINGTON BIG BAND NIGHT
Mark your diaries! This year’s Allington Big Band Night (8pm-Midnight) will be held mid-summer’s day (21st June), at The Old Rectory, Tidworth Road, Allington. Those that attended last year’s event suggested it was the Bourne Valley’s most entertaining evening of the year — and not to be missed this summer.
Gates open at 7.30pm. Licensed bar, freshly cooked supper available (or bring your own picnic), all under cover with tables and chairs and plenty of parking. Live music from the ’80s, ’90s, Rock, Country & Western and the current charts will be provided by PERMANENT SEND and STIFF JOINTS.
Maximum capacity is 275 and it’s a TICKET ONLY event. Tickets are £10 each but are available at £8.50 for Early Bird bookings by 26th May. For tickets and more information contact Mike Brunton (01980 610600), John Hill (01980 610911) or Dave Willis (01980 610695).
EASTER EGG HUNT – 19th APRIL
The Allington and Boscombe Easter Egg Hunt and Village BBQ was held on Easter Saturday under blues skies. The event kicked off with some 26 children attending Allington Church to make their own Easter Bonnets. After prize-giving, together with parents and grandparents, they moved to Wyndham Farmhouse and the village playground for an Easter Egg Hunt, village BBQ and raffle – kindly hosted by Tamsin and James Richards and members of the Village Community Partnership. It was a thoroughly enjoyable day with valuable funds raised for our two villages. Photographs (by Mark Whitehouse) of the event can be found on our Events Page.
PARISH COUNCIL APPOINTMENTS
At the April 15th Allington & Boscombe Parish AGM, Cllr Michael Brunton was elected as Chairman for a further year, also taking on the role as Police Liaison and our village representative to Amesbury Area Board and the Bourne Valley Alliance. Cllr Richard Noon was re-appointed Vice Chairman and Cllr Pete Smith was re-appointed as the Parish Flood Warden.
EVENTS PLANNED FOR 2014
The Allington and Boscombe Community Partnership met in late January to start planning village events for the year. First up is our Easter Egg Hunt to be held Easter Saturday 19th April. Parents, children and grandchildren are invited to Allington Church at 11.45am to make Easter Bonnets (all materials and hats provided). After Bonnet judging and prize-giving, families will move on to Wyndham Farmhouse (bottom of Wyndham Lane) and the playground for our Annual Easter Egg Hunt (12.15-12.30). From 12.15 onwards residents and their children and grandchildren can enjoy a village BBQ.
Next on our busy calendar will be the village Garden Party (2-5pm) and our Big Band Night (8-12pm) – both on Saturday 21st June (Mid Summers Day). Over August Bank Holiday weekend residents will be invited to our Annual Barn Dance at the Black Barn, Boscombe. Not long after, November rolls around, and this year our Bonfire and Fireworks Party at the Old Rectory is back by popular demand! The year end and Christmas will be celebrated with our usual Christmas Jamboree and Nativity. It’s a busy programme – keep an eye out for event flyers and promotion material.
NEW PAGE ON WEBSITE
There is a new page on 'Church News' under Parish Updates, please take a look at future events.
LATEST ON FLOODS
Latest pictures of the floods around our parish and flood information can be found under Parish Council - Flood Warden updates 2014.
WORRIED ABOUT FLOODING?
If anyone is worried about flooding in our parish then please contact us we will put you intouch with our Flood Warden Peter Smith.
ROAD CLOSURE DUE TO FLOODS
Wiltshire Council has closed the B road that runs from the Old Inn pub, around the playground, past the Ford and on to Newton Toney due to severe flooding. The closure was at the request of the Parish Council, who apologies for any inconvenience caused to local residents, but the ford area was increasingly becoming unsafe – particularly approaching our village from Newton Toney.
HIGH RAINFALL UPDATE
Groundwater levels across south Wiltshire remain high. The communities of Aldbourne, Tilshead, Shrewton, Orcheston and Berwick St James, to the north of Salisbury, are still being affected by groundwater flooding and this can be expected to continue over the next week. Groundwater levels also remain high in north Wiltshire. The situation is being monitored. Local high water pictures are available in the Parish Council - Flood Warden Updates section on this website.
HIGH RAINFALL AWARENESS
Groundwater levels across south Wiltshire are very high. Groundwater levels around Salisbury are expected to continue to rise during the rest of this week. The communities of Tilshead, Shrewton, Orcheston and Berwick St James, to the north of Salisbury, are now being affected by groundwater flooding and this can be expected to continue over the next week. The A303 at Deptford is already subject to flooding and levels in the Bourne catchment may affect the A338 at Cholderton, Tidworth and Shipton Bellinger (north of Salisbury). Significant groundwater flooding remains possible in Wiltshire, though the overall groundwater flood risk is LOW.
ALLINGTON AND BOSCOMBE JAMBOREE
Christmas started in our Villages on Sunday 15th December. The Allington church, closed for public worship some years ago, was open to visitors and residents from 11am-2pm. The church interior looked splendid – with flower decorations and a fully decorated Christmas tree. Residents were asked to donate presents under the tree for the children that will be spending Christmas in Salisbury Hospital – 54 presents were donated (Thank you all).
Later that afternoon (3.45-5.30pm) it was time for the Christmas Jamboree. The weather wasn’t the kindest to us, but that didn’t stop over 150 residents and families coming to The Old Rectory to enjoy the festive celebrations. The Nativity Scene included a selection of farm animals (donkey, sheep, pony and goat), complemented by alpacas and two camels that were the star attraction for the youngsters.
Other attractions included a market stall of Christmas gifts, Tombola, Kiddies games, mulled wine, hot soup and an open fire and roasted chestnuts. Father Christmas made a timely appearance with a ‘hello’ present for all youngsters under the age of 12.
It was a great start to Christmas – raising over £900 for village funds. Special thanks goes to the Community Partnership and the families that put in so much effort to arrange the event, donate gifts and prizes and clear up afterwards. Happy Christmas to all.
ALLINGTON & BOSCOMBE CHRISTMAS RAFFLE RESULTS
Results of the Village Christmas Raffle, drawn 15th December are as follows:
1st Prize – (£100 cash) – Jenny Milford (0988)
2nd Prize – 20lb Fresh Turkey – Holly Winch (1141)
3rd Prize – Digital Camera – Steve Mills (1282)
4th Prize – Cooked Ham – Mark Whitehouse (0914)
5th Prize – Six Bottles Mixed Wine – Lin Williams (0477)
6th Prize – Cheeses and Port – Mrs D. Steele (1372)
7th Prize – Christmas Cake – Charlie Willis (0424)
8th Prize – Cuddly Teddy Bear – Yvonne Smith (0701)
9th Prize – Playhouse Tickets – Mr E. Richardson (0520)
10th Prize – Inspector Morse Books – Josh Wheller (0503)
ENJOY YOUR CHRISTMAS
Seasonal greetings to all. As the days quickly pass before Christmas Day, you might want to remember the following:
1. Christmas Church services at St Andrews (Boscombe) include 9 Lessons and Carols on Sunday, 22nd December (4pm) and Midnight Mass at 11pm on Tuesday, 24th December.
2. Parking in Salisbury is free in publicly owned car parks each Sunday until January 5th.
3. Salisbury’s Christmas market runs through to Saturday, 21st December. It’s open from 10am-6pm daily with late night opening until 7pm on Fridays and Saturdays and 8pm on Thursdays.
4. Bin collection dates change over the Christmas period. Thursday 26th December collections will be Saturday 28th December, Thursday 2nd January collections will be Saturday 4th January and Thursday 8th January collections will be Friday 10th January. Garden waste collections stop on 23rd December and resume on 7th January.
5. The Allington and Boscombe Jamboree will be held at The Old Rectory, Allington on Sunday, 15th December (3.45-6pm). Farm animals, nativity and Carols around an open fire and Christmas tree. Bring pocket money for Mulled Wine (£1), hot soup and cheese straw (50p), our Christmas market stall, Tombola and kiddies’ games.
6. If you have a real Christmas tree this year, you can recycle it by putting it alongside your garden waste bin on collection day from January 7th onward. Alternatively you can take your tree to any Household Recycling Centre.
7. The Mobile Library will be visiting Allington (layby outside Bourne View) on 20th December, 10.45-11.00am.
8. The Bourne Valley Link Scheme are having a New Year party on January 18th at the Glebe Hall, Winterbourne Earls from 2.30pm onward. Tickets are £3 to include afternoon tea. Call 01980 611117 for more information.
VILLAGE CHURCH OPEN - DECEMBER 15TH
St Johns the Baptist Church in Allington will open for a visit from residents on Sunday, 15th December (11.00am to 2.00pm). Come and spend a quiet moment in Christmas thought. Fully decorated for Christmas, perhaps you and your children, grandchildren would like to leave a present under the tree for thos children in Salisbury Hospital and Hospice over Christmas. Please label your present: Suitable for a child aged and Gender.
SPEED CHECK A338
The traffic island and new 30mph speed limit at the entrance to Allington (coming from Cholderton) has certainly slowed down the traffic along parts of the A338. However, evidence of speeding is still apparent. The the coming weeks the 30mph area will be subject to a seven day Metro count to clearly establish the volumes of traffic along the A338 and the number of those exceeding the speed limit. This will provide the necessary information to warrant police action (speed guns) and or the implementaiton of a Speed Watch project by the Parish Council.
FOOTPATH NOW OPEN
Those residents that walk the footpath up the steps from the A338 opposite the church and along towards Cloudlands will have noticed that the footpath was obstructed by a major fallen tree after the November storm. With assistance from Wiltshire Council and the Ramblers Association, the footpath is again open - enjoy the walk.
CHRISTMAS JAMBOREE - 15TH DECEMBER 3.45 TO 6PM
The Allington and Boscombe Christmas Jamboree will be held at The Old Rectory, Allington on Sunday, 15th December between 3.45-6pm. Wrap up warm and bring the whole family. Children and Grandchildren will enjoy this unique event. Entry is free and attractions include: Display of farm animals and Nativity, Alpacas and camels, mulled wine, hot soup and cheese straws, carol singing, Christmas market stall, Father Christmas Grotto for the kids and chestnuts roasting on an open fire. The Villages’ Christmas Raffle (ten prizes with a combined value of £700) will be drawn at 5pm. For more details contact Michael Brunton (01980 610600).
CHURCH OPEN DAY - 15TH DECEMBER 11AM TO 2PM
St John the Baptist Church in Allington will be open on Sunday 15th December from 11am to 2pm. Fully decorated for Christmas, it's the perfect opportunity to spend a few reflective moments in our village church - and a chance for our youngsters to leave a small gift under the Christmas Tree for those Children that will be in Salisbury Hospital over Christmas.
PROPOSED SOLAR FARM
Lark Energy invites Allington and Boscombe residents to a public exhibition to comment on a proposal for a Solar PV Farm, covering approximately 60 acres on land at Hale Farm, Tidworth Road, Idmiston. The meeting will be held Tuesday 19th, November at Idmiston Parish Hall, Porton and will give residents the opportunity to ask the project team questions in relation to the proposals.