Press Release - Lorry Satnavs Refusal
CHAPMANSLADE PARISH COUNCIL
GOVERNMENT MINISTER REFUSES TO BAN SATNAVS
Andrew Jones, MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department of Transport, has turned down Chapmanslade Parish Council's request that the use by Heavy Goods Vehicle (HGV) drivers of satnavs designed for cars should be made illegal. These satnavs do not show where weight restrictions apply to routes.
posted by Terry Rose, 25 Apr 2017
Dennis to stand down from Parish Council
Mr Chapmanslade to stand down as parish councillor after 42 years
The end of an era was reached last week as Dennis Barnard attended his last meeting of Chapmanslade Parish Council as a parish councillor. Dennis first joined the council in 1968 and, in all, he has given 42 years service as a councillor. That is an outstanding achievement. Dennis truly is Mr Chapmanslade, having been born and bred here and he has played such a huge part in the village over so many years - the chapel, where he was a leading member of the congregation until it closed; he ran the post office and village shop; his involvement with the village hall, particularly the project to rebuild the original hall in 1972; the parish church, where he has organised many fundraising events over the years; and also many years as a school Governor, including Chairman.
As a parish councillor he has been a leading light in so many of the initiatives that have helped to make Chapmanslade Gods Own Country as his friends in Frome Rotary have a delight in calling Chapmanslade. He has a passion for the village which is unrivalled and he has worked tirelessly and selflessly in all his roles to protect and improve the quality of life for all everyone living in the village. He was, and still is, the man to go to within the village.
Dennis was presented with a glass decanter by his colleagues on the parish council as a token of their gratitude for the service he has given to the village. Phil Jefferson, parish council chairman, commented: We are hugely grateful to Dennis for all he has done over so many years and we are sorry that he has decide to step down. However, it was a privilege to be able to thank him most warmly for all he has achieved for the village and to wish him and his wife Gwen a long and happy retirement."
Phil Jefferson and Adam Oakley have also decided to stand down as parish councillors. John Foster and Charlie Thackway will be joining the council as new members next month. Francis Morland, Keith Muston, Philip Holihead and John Lewis will complete the line-up.
Parish Council Chairman
Pipe Up for GAS - getting gas in the village
Pipe Up for GAS - A Village Voice Initiative
Following on from the recent meeting with Wales & West in the village hall, the team working on the initiative to get a mains gas supply installed in the village, have issued an update outlining the current situation and options.
Posted 11 Apr 2017 with thanks to David Aurthur for the copy.
Parish Council News - LATEST UPDATE
Parish Council elections due to take place on Thursday 4th May 2017 along side town council elections, will no longer take place as only six people put themselves forward to serve for the next four years. All six will therefore elected unopposed. See Phil Jefferson's report below for more details.
Phil and Dennis stand down from the Parish Council
Phil has served as Chair of the Parish Council for the last 4 years.
Dennis has served on the PC for 43 out of the last 49 years. A wonderful contribution.
Last update, 24 Apr 2017
Purple4Polio School campaign
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.
Join the Village Facebook Group
Chapmanslade Community Facebook Group
Join NOW. Just sign-in to your own Facebook page (or start a Facebook page if you don't already have one), search for 'Chapmanslade Community Group' and apply.
About Chapmanslade Community Facebook Group
The group was started in October 2016 with the aim of improving communication between as many people as possible in the village.
Charlene Ridler, who is a member of the Chapmanslade Community Plan steering group, started the Facebook group in response to ideas put forward during recent 'Voice of the Village' meetings. Charlene says, "it's a great way to 'chat' with group members and find out about what's going on in the village."
It's a closed community group, which means that only people accepted by the group administrator can see message posts and it's becoming a very active group with lots of posts.
Charlene says, "To-date we've got 108 members which is great, but we're encouraging as many villagers as possible, of all age groups, to join the group. The more the better"
Some of the things the Facebook group for is being used for is to,
- get as many ideas as possible for making Chapmanslade an even better place to live
- advertise local events and activities
- report over weight lorries (having 3 or more axles) driving through our village
- post local news stories
- advertise items for sale or re-use
Charlene also says, "We've had feedback that some people may be a concerned about security when using Facebook. So if you'd like some help or reassurance just send me an email at:
First posted by Terry Rose, 7 Nov 2016. Latest update 24 Apr 2017
Latest Local Policing Report published
Debbie Robbins, our local PCSO, has published the Community Policing Report for March 2017 covering our area.
In this report Debbie talks about Current Crimes, Crime Prevention and gives some Guidance on holding Events.
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/
Heard about Community Messaging?
What is it?
Community Messaging is a key component of how Wiltshire Police communicate with communities.
When you sign-up you get:
- FREE messages from your local police officers about policing and crime matters in your area
- You receive the messages by email, text or voicemail
- You can choose which organisations to receive messages from and the type of information you receive
- Currently messages are being sent by Wiltshire Police, Wiltshire and Swindon Neighbourhood Watch and Action Fraud. This will soon be extending to include other watch schemes, including Horse and Farm Watch, and potentially partner agencies in the future
- You can reply to messages from your local officers to help them better police your area, such as by responding to police appeals for information
- You can also join a neighbourhood Watch scheme in your area or request to start a new one
Posted by Terry Rose, 12 June 2016. Re-posted 5 March 2017
Chief Constable sends open letter to public
Wiltshire Police Chief Constable Mike Veale has published an open letter to the public following the publication from Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary's report about how effective the Wiltshire Police is.