South Cerney 

Mike Stuart
01285 860439

  • THE road closures mentioned in last week’s edition being put into operation for Bank Holiday Monday, May 29, also involve no parking starting the previous day in Silver Street, Clarks Hay, Church Lane, School Lane, Station Road and High Street. Can all those who usually park on those roads please cooperate by ensuring that their vehicles are removed to avoid problems?
  • THERE is still a shortage of helpers for tasks on and before the Street Fair/Duck Race Day. Organisers are asking for people to help with all sorts of jobs from selling raffle and Duck Race tickets to manning stalls, erecting tents and clearing up after the crowds have gone home. Please call Katharine on 07821 090763.
  • FOLLOWING the resignation of Mrs Debbie Farrant there is a casual vacancy on South Cerney Parish Council. This will be advertised shortly on the Parish Council web site and the notice boards. Parish Council wishes to record its gratitude to Debbie for her hard work and effort, particularly her dedication and enthusiasm for the R-Way Youth Group.
  • PARISH Council has instructed a contractor to make good the surface of the car park at the Upper Up playing fields. Work should start in the near future.
  • THE Annual Parish Meeting is this evening at 7.30pm. This is your chance to find out more about the community in which you live
  • AS AN introduction to their new shop, the Co-op will be opening their doors from 6-8pm on May 24 for everyone to see what will be on offer and to meet the staff.  Nothing will be sold, but the shop will be open for business the following morning, May 25.
  • PAWS on Patrol is a new organisation sponsored by both the Police and Parish Council. The idea is for local dog owners to become more involved in the community by not only ensuring that they set a great example by cleaning up after their pet, but while out walking they keep a watch out for any criminal or anti-social behaviour which they then report to the relevant authority. For details contact the Clerk to the Parish Council 07983 202015.
  • SOUTH Cerney Bowls Club held its first match against another club, Tetbury, last Saturday afternoon on the green off Bow Wow. Three rinks were in use and the home team came out as winners. This was a really friendly event and the return match at Tetbury is awaited. 
  • OUR new Rector is to be inducted on Sunday, May 21 in All Hallows Church at 3pm by the Bishop of Gloucester. Everyone is welcome to attend.


Alison Wagstaff 
01285 655838

  • AT THE Parish Council AGM on Tuesday, May 9, John Hall and Neil Selby were unanimously re-elected as chairman and vice chairman for the coming year.
  • OUR County and District Councillor, Shaun Parsons, attended the Parish Council AGM and reported that the Inspectorate decision on the Severalls Field planning application has been postponed, as government bodies have gone into ‘purdah.’ This is the period between the announcement of the General Election and the final election results, during which there are specific restrictions on communications from central and local government. The decision will now not be available until after June 8.
  • SIDDINGTON with Preston WI meets this evening (Thursday, May 18) at 7.30pm in Preston Village Hall. Please note the change of venue for this month. The speaker is Dulcie James, giving another of her popular cookery demonstrations.
  • UNITED Benefice service at St Peter’s on Sunday, May 21, at 10am. This is followed by the Institution and Induction of the Reverend Jennifer McKenzie as our new vicar (Rector of the Churnside Benefice), which is taking place at 3pm at All Hallows Church in South Cerney. Bishop Rachel Treweek will lead the service. Reception and refreshments in South Cerney Village Hall.
  • THE Parish Council annual parish meeting is on Wednesday, May 24 at 7.45pm in the village hall. Please note the date, which was incorrectly reported as May 31 in the village news. All residents are welcome to attend. Chairman John Hall will be giving an overview of the past year and will also report on the police crime statistics for Siddington. 

Down Ampney

Melanie Fouracre

  • SOME £230 was raised in aid of Poulton Church and Wiltshire Air Ambulance at the Poulton School Reunion on Saturday, May 13. Many thanks from Down Ampney resident and former Poulton School pupil, Rosemary Houston, to all who took part.
  • PARISH Communion is at Ampney Crucis at 10 am on Sunday, May 21, followed by Word and Worship at 6 pm at Poulton.
  • CREAM Teas, live music, games for all the family, cup cakes, face painting, home made produce, and a BBQ at the 2017 Spring Fete & Car Boot sale at the village hall on Sunday, May 21 from 3-5 pm. Entry is free and funds raised go to the village church and school.  If you would like to help out on the day, see the May edition of The Down Ampney News for contact details.
  • DOWN Ampney Coffee Morning will be on Wednesday, May 24 at 11am in the Dakota Room in the village hall.
  • ACENSION Day will be celebrated at local churches as follows: 7 am - Holy Communion at Bibury, 12pm - Holy Communion at Ampney St Mary, 7 pm - Holy Communion at Marston Meysey.
  • ADVICE from Neighbourhood Watch has been issued in the Down Ampney News on the flying of drones over the village, after some villagers made complaints.