• The Three Horseshoes Chapmanslade

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A typical scene in the High Street at school drop-off and pick-up times.

Concern about safety is one of the big issues raised during the recent Voice of the Village initiative. The Parish Council have decided to  investigate thoroughly the possibility of introducing a “walking bus” arrangement at the Westbury end of the village.

See NEWS item below.

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ABOUT OUR VILLAGE.  Chapmanslade is a vibrant and friendly Wiltshire village populated with some 675 happy souls. Situated in wonderful countryside on the border with Somerset, the Village stretches both sides along the road between Westbury and Frome, some 3 miles from Warminster. Chapmanslade enjoys it's own Pub, Church, School, Pre-schools, Village Hall, Recreation Ground, Children’s Playground, together with many local clubs, societies, activites and small businesses. There are numerous footpaths with walks through the countryside to our sister village Corsley, to the imposing Cley Hill and to the Longleat estate, not forgetting walks through our very own Black Dog Wood.

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Road Safety outside the School to be Tackled

Concerned residents, the PTFA, and the Parish Council are determined to tackle the long standing issue of safety outside of our school, especially during drop-off and pick-up times.


Chapmanslade Parish Council chairman Phil Jefferson (front) with concerned residents Keith Muston, Charlene Searle and daughter Summer, Phil Holihead and Adam Oakley. Pic Trevor Porter from the Wiltshire Times.

For years concerns have been raised over the safety of children as they enter and leave the Primary School and Busy Bees pre-school, in our High Street.

A pupil from the school was hit by a car in January last year and the parish council sent out a questionnaire in April asking residents what they would like to see done.

Parish council chairman Phil Jefferson reports:

"There have been numerous attempts to solve the issue of road safety along our High Street, particularly the area outside the school.

But so far we seem to have made little progress in finding a solution that everyone is comfortable with and which is capable of being funded and implemented.

Some years ago we persuaded and part funded Wiltshire Council to provide some traffic calming measures, including “virtual gates” at the eastern end of the village, new 30 mph signs and “SLOW” signs painted on the road surface.

And, of course, we still regularly conduct speed watch checks at each end of the village.

All of this has helped but has not led to us finding a permanent solution; the current parish planning exercise, especially the Voice Of The Village initiative, has shown that the issue will not go away.

Of the 57 responses to the questionnaire, 44 families, equating to 77 per cent, said they are worried about traffic conditions outside the school.

Those who said they were concerned suggested solutions to ease the problem, with the most common idea being the addition of a pedestrian crossing, followed by a school crossing patrol.

In 2009 a protest was staged by mothers to highlight the dangers of speeding but had little effect, with the village still being blighted by the problem eight years on.

The issue was discussed at our council meeting on February 16, where after much discussion, it was decided to trial one particular suggestion, which it is hoped, will be actively supported by everyone in the village."

For more information see Phil's latest Parish Council Briefing here.

Posted 20 Feb 2017

Purple4Polio campaign comes to our School

As part of the Rotary Club 'Purple4Polio' campaign, pupils from the Gardening Club of Chapmanslade Primary School recently planted a large number of purple crocus bulbs, reports Ian Buick, one of our local Rotarians. Ian had earlier made a presentation about Purple4Polio to the whole School at one of their assemblies.

Ian says "The bulbs have been potted up and after spending the next few months in a cold frame, will be planted out in the 'Dredge Planter' situated between the school and the church, adding a lovely splash of colour to our street scene."

Rotary Clubs across the UK are planting six million purple crocuses in order to raise awareness of their campaign to finally rid the world of polio.

Frome Rotary president, Gerry Atkinson said, "It's wonderful that Chapmanslade Village School and the community took part in this wonderful event. It is hoped in the spring that along with Chapmanslade village, these lovely purple flowers will bloom across the country to remind us all how important it is to rid the world of this crippling disease."

Ian says there will be another photo opportunity and story when the bulbs get planted out.

Posted 8 Jan 2017 with thanks to Ian Buick for the report and the photos.

Parish Council News - LATEST UPDATE

The latest Parish Council Briefing discusses;
  • Road safety outside the school
  • Overweight lorries
  • The Village Plan
  • 150th anniversary of our Church
The next scheduled Parish Council meeting will be held on 9 March 2017 at 7.30PM in the village hall.

Posted 20 Feb 2017

Latest Local Policing Report published

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Debbie Robbins, our local PCSO, has published the Community Policing Report for January 2017 covering our area.

In this report Debbie talks about how, during a time of reoganisation, partnerships and working in a joined up approach, have been incredibly important when delivering a high standard of service.

Thefts from vehicles have increased significantly during January - so take precautions such as not leaving valuables on view in your parked car.

Debbie also brings to our attention Community Messaging - sending out daily updates for crimes that matter in our area. See https://www.wiltsmessaging.co.uk/


Chapmanslade Plan - The Trouble

Events & Activities

Chapmanslade Loose Women - Thurs 2 Mar

Chapmanslade's Loose Women will be meeting on Thursday 2 March at 7.30PM at Barters Farmhouse (45 High Street) for a talk by Roy and Sue about leather. Anyone wishing to join us, please contact Sue at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .
Chapmanslade Loose Women usually meet on the first Thursday evening of every month for a full programme of trips, events, and social get-togethers. There are no fees, subscriptions or formalities.

If you would like to get on the mailing list or want more information, email Denise at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or Carol at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Great Village Spring Clean - Sat 4 Mar
Chapmanslade Parish Council Meeting 9 Mar

Do come along and join the parish council at their next meeting in the Village Hall on Thursday 9 March at 7.30PM where amongst the topics to be discussed will be

  • Safety at school drop-off and pick-up times
  • The New VIllage Plan
  • Proposed meeting re Gas supply to the village, and
  • A3098 weight restrictions / overweight lorries. 

Click here to see the Agenda (not issued yet).

Contact Phil on 832845 or email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Barn Dance - Saturday 18 March

Chapmanslade Village Hall


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Saturday, 18th March 

7-00 pm for 7-30 pm

Hot supper served at 7-30 pm 

Licensed Bar


Tickets    Adults  £12-50       Under 14  £8

From Denise 01373 832485  or Ken  01373832034 

Please purchase tickets in advance to reserve your supper

Proceeds to Chapmanslade Village Hall Improvement Fund

'Pipe-Up for Gas' Meeting, Thur 23 Mar
Health & Wellbeing Fair - Fri 31 March

Wiltshire Council will be holding a Health and Wellbeing Fair at Warminster Civic Centre from 1.30  pm until 3.30 pm on Friday 31st March. The public are invited to drop in at any time during the afternoon.
There will be a wide range of exhibitors attending and this will be an informative and useful event for everyone. Activities will include keynote speakers, blood pressure checks, free seven day leisure pass and other tasters as well as information and advice on carers, dementia, stopping smoking, mental health, ageing well, maintaining a healthy weight, recipe ideas and demos, information on activities in the community, healthy schools and lots more.
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History Group meetings - Tuesdays, 10.30am


The Chapmanslade History Group meet every Tuesday at 10.30am at The Three Horseshoes.

The History Group, lead by our very own local Historian, Joyce Jefferson, research the history of the village with the aim of producing a book in the not too distant future.

Joyce says "We're a very friendly and informal group, so if you are interested in village history, why not come along and join us when you can make it. Just turn-up at 10.30am and enjoy a warm welcome and a cup of Ben's coffee."

Future Dates for Village Hall Events

Future dates for village events in the hall are:- 
                  Barn Dance      18th March
                   Bingo               1st April
                   Quiz                 29th April
                   Fete                 2nd July
                  Cream Teas      6th August

Posted 15 Feb 2017