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Baby & Toddler Group

‘Busy Bees’ Baby and Toddler Group

10.30am to 12.0 at the Tockenham Village Hall.

All Mothers, Fathers, Carers, Babies and Toddlers welcome.

Meets fortnightly at same time.

Contact Name: Kim Gough

Phone Number:  07850 933344

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Bushton Book Club

Welcome to Bushton Bookworms. We are a small group of locals who love to read books. We take it in turns to choose the book and host the discussion. If you would like to join us, please contact us.

Contact Name: Barbara Davis

Phone Number: 01793 739017

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Calne Choral community

Join the Choir

Come and Sing!

A warm welcome awaits all singers at

Calne Choral Society.

We are a friendly bunch! We work towards three performances a year and meet every Monday in Marden House in Calne at 7.30 pm.

Whatever your experience and skill level, we are always looking for new singers for all voice parts, soprano, alto, tenor and bass. There is no audition, unless you need help finding a voice part.

Each voice part has a rep who will welcome you, introduce you to the music director, Philip Springate, and can even pair you up with someone experienced who can offer assistance throughout rehearsals. Music will be provided and all we ask is that you hand it back at each rehearsal until you decide to join us as a member. You can stay for three rehearsals before you decide to join.

Visit their website for membership details:

For more details on membership, workshops and concerts, please visit their website by clicking here

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Gardening Club

The Hilmarton Gardening Club has a 80 strong membership from Hilmarton and surrounding villages – Calne, Bushton and Clyffe Pypard, Brinkworth, Lyneham, Royal Wootton Bassett and other local communities.

We meet at St Lawrence Parish Church Hall, Hilmarton every 4th Tuesday at 7pm (for 7.30) throughout the year except August (planned visit) and December (no meeting)

Speakers Plant Sales

Social Events Garden Visits

Demonstrations Question Time

Meeting followed by refreshments and raffle. Membership and entrance fee apply

We’re a very friendly club and welcome new members and visitors.

Phone Number: 01249 760312

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Link 6 Volunteers

Help in the local community. If you would like to offer an odd hour or two (there’s no regular commitment please check out our website here

Phone Number: 07879 394666


Moviola Film Club

One of two local community cinemas in the area (in addition to main cinema in Swindon).

Moviola Wiltshire have several local venues, the closest is St Lawrence Church hall, Hilmarton. Doors open at 7pm, first film starts at 7.30 followed by refreshments. It’s wise to book tickets in advance as this is a popular venue.

For more information on alternative venues or film showings visit the moviola website here

Booking details can be found in the current Community Newsletter by clicking here

Royal Wootton Bassett Community Cinema is run in conjunction with Swindon Film Society and held at the 6th Form Academy, RWB.

Tickets may be purchased on the door

For future details and other Moviola venues in Wiltshire please click here

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New Domestic Abuse Out of Hours Helpline

Victims of domestic abuse or those worried that someone may be suffering in silence can now access an out of hours helpline.This joint initiative with Swindon domestic abuse support service will ensure people can get access to help and support at any time of day or night.The helpline number is (01793) 610610

Phone Number: (01793) 610610

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News From Royal Wootton Bassett

For News from Royal Wootton Bassett.

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Parochial Church Council (PCC)

Should you need to speak to someone please contact the following members of the PCC who will be happy to help (or will find the right person to help).

David Gagen (Churchwarden) 07772056174

Sharon Wallis (Churchwarden) 07887755588

Jan Hargrave 01249 890726

Or follow this link for more information

The Bishop’s Office can be reached using the following email address


St Peter’s Church

St Peter’s Church, in the Parish of Clyffe Pypard, is one of six churches within the Benefice of Lyneham and Woodhill in the Diocese of Salisbury, along with St Lawrence at Hilmarton, St Giles at Tockenham, Christ Church at Broad Town, St Michael and All Angels at Lyneham, and Bradenstoke.

If you need to speak to someone in connection with the Church or its services please contact the following members of the Parochial Church Council who will be happy to help (or will find the right person to help).

Jan Hargrave 01249 890726

David Gagen (Churchwarden)  07772056174

Sharon Wallis (Churchwarden) 07887755588

Our resident vicar is The Reverend Canon Rachma Abbott, Priest in Charge, Rector of the Benefice of Lyneham and Woodhill. Rachma is currently on sabbatical leave.

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About the church

‘In a lovely position below a wooded stretch of the cliff”  Nikolaus Pevsner (The Buildings of England (Wiltshire) 1963.

The present church is a nineteenth century restoration of a mainly late fifteenth century building. However, the list of known vicars starts at 1304 and there is mention of a well-established Church on the same site in 1273.

There was substantial restoration beginning in or around 1873, which was responsible for the North wall being rebuilt and the ground around the Church itself being lowered. Most of the Church as we see it today is due in no small part to the Goddard family who undertook the restoration, hence a number of stained glass memorials are dedicated to various members of the family. The Manor House next door was largely rebuilt c1880 for Horatio Nelson Goddard.

Another prominent local figure was Thomas Spackman. Thomas started life as a humble local carpenter but went on to amass a fortune in London, dying in 1785 and bestowing a considerable legacy to the Church, the remnants of which are still with us today in the form of a small Educational Trust. A life-size marble memorial of him at the West end of the South aisle serves as constant reminder. Nikolaus Pevsner wrote ‘The monument displays plenty of tools of the carpenter’s trade, a gratifying sight in an age of such snobbery in monuments’.

Sir Nikolaus Pevsner himself – a renowned architectural historian – and his wife Lola are both buried in the churchyard. We understand that the Pevsners enjoyed many country breaks in Wiltshire over the years, staying at a friend’s cottage in Broad Town nearby. In 1973 he donated the entrance gates and railings to the Church in memory of his wife.

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the WI – inspiring Women

The Bushton and Clyffe Pypard WI generally meets on the third Thursday of the month at 7.15pm in the village hall at Bushton. We welcome women of all ages, interests and backgrounds, and if you would like to try us out, please come to a free “taster” evening. Just ring or e-mail Sally Fox, 01249 891442,

Jan Hargrave contact for the Produce Show is

During the pandemic, we have adapted to holding our meetings by Zoom, but have every intention of coming back to the hall for August 2021, with any necessary arrangements in place.

Generally, we enjoy monthly speakers on varied subjects, have whist and skittles teams, a walking group, a book group, visit places of interest, join courses in craft, music, cookery and many other activities. We also run some community events like the Produce Show – this year, we hope, on Saturday 4th September 2021, if necessary in a slightly amended form.

To find out more about the Women’s Institute nationally, visit

Here is our programme for 2021/22:

17th June The Amazing Honey Bee

15th July Summer Supper garden party

15th August Lasting Power of Attorney

16th September Anglo-Indian Recipe Book

21st October My Fashion Journey

18th November TBC

9th December in-house Christmas activities

20th January TBC

17th February Members’ own photos and memories

17th March AGM

I hope some of the above may hold interest for you – do join us and we’ll see you soon!

For more information about the National Federation please click here

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Thomas Spackman Educational Trust

The purpose of the charity is the benefit and advancement of education for children and young people resident in the parishes of Clyffe Pypard and Broad Town. It contributes to this by way of offering grants for further education, vocational apprenticeships or social or physical training to encourage a particular talent in areas like music or sport, and by supporting the work of Broad Town School. Any young person resident in the parish of Clyffe Pypard or Broad Town is encouraged to apply.

The charity is managed by a committee of trustees who are appointed at their annual general meeting, meetings being held about four times a year.

Mrs Dani Greenway

Mrs Marian Kent

Mrs Jacqueline Wood

The Reverend Rachma Abbott

Mrs Rosemary Greenway

Ms Linda Clements

Any application for a grant must be received by the 31st of March or the 30th of September and made on the charity’s pro forma. To obtain an application form please contact any of the trustees or write to:-

Applicants will be notified of the trustees’ decision within six weeks of those dates.

Thomas Spackman Educational Trust Grant

Are you, or do you know, a young person living in the Clyffe Pypard or Broad Town area who would benefit from a grant from The Thomas Spackman Educational Trust?

The Charity’s main focus is education or work-related training and apprenticeships but The Charity may also be able to help a promising individual develop a particular talent; perhaps help fund tuition in a musical instrument or develop a sporting skill.

Applying is very easy. If you wish to find out more about the application process, please email or contact Rosemary Greenway .

Applications should be submitted by 31st March or 30th September each year.

Minutes from this year’s AGM

Minutes of the Thomas Spackman Charity Annual General Meeting.

Report given during the Parish meeting held on

Thursday 23th May 2024 at 6.30pm.

Clyffe Pypard and Bushton village hall.

The Spackman meeting followed some presentations regarding parish matters and was in the middle of reports given by various other parish groups.

Present: Rosemary Greenway, Jackie Wood (secretary), Marian Kent (treasurer), Dani Greenway, plus a number of parishioners.

Apologies:  Rachma Abbott and Linda Clements.

Chairman’s Report: Jackie presented a report of the trust’s activities covering the last year 01/04/2023 to 31/03/2024:

Karen Hawkins and Kate Orton have stepped down as Trustees. Rosemary Greenway has agreed to take over as chair. Dani Greenway from Broad Town and Linda Clements from Bushton have now joined the Trustees, so the Spackman Trust is back to six Trustees.

A notice inviting grant applications is placed in both village newsletters twice a year with grant application closing dates of 31 March and 30 September. Meetings take place following those two dates to consider applications received.

The Trustees held meetings in April and October 2023. Six awards were made totalling £1,900: one for a university course; two children with autism were supported with equipment costs; a child who needed extra tuition before secondary school was helped; two teenagers were helped with sport training.

Financial Report:   Jackie presented the balances of the accounts which at 31 March 2024 total £35,996.18 and gave a brief explanation of the two parts of Spackman. The larger part being educational and the smaller being a legacy for the upkeep of the Spackman Memorial, which is inside the church.

Educational: £1,900 was paid out for the six grants and income of £665.53 has been received in the bank a/cs (£604.36 dividends from the investment units plus £61.17 in bank interest).

Non-Educational: £87.72 received in dividends, no expenditure.

Jackie noted that the value of the COIF units has risen by 9.185% in the last 12 months to 31 March 2024, having fallen by 3.75% the previous year, this being in line with normal fluctuations in stock market investments.

AOB:  None

Date of next AGM:  May 2025, exact date to be determined.

The (Spackman part of the) meeting closed around 8.30pm.

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Warm and Safe Wiltshire

Warm and Safe Wiltshire is a service provided by Swindon Borough Council and Wiltshire Council in partnership with the Centre for Sustainable Energy and Dorset and Wiltshire Fire Service.

Our aim is to support residents across Wiltshire who may be suffering a cold home, have high electricity, gas or oil bills, struggling financially or need assistance during a power cut.

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Wilts and Berks Canal Trust

Wilts and Berks Canal Trust

Visit the page to find out more about the canal routes in operation and the new routes planned.

Website Address: