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.
Rosie receives Sword of Honour from Camilla
On Friday 16 December, at the Sovereign’s Parade, Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, very proud Chapmanslade residents Annie and Alistair Wild, watched as their daughter Rosie not only passed out as a commissioned officer, but also received the Sword of Honour from the Duchess of Cornwall.
The Sovereign's Parade is held 3 times per year and marks the passing out of Officer Cadets who have completed their 12 month Commissioning Course. There were around 500 Cadets on the parade ground on Friday morning. The Sword of Honour is awarded to the British Army Officer Cadet considered by the Commandant to be, overall, the best of the course.
Alistair, who recently retired from the Army, said, "My bottom lip definitely quivered as we watched Rosie receive the sword and escort the Dutchess of Cornwall. It's a fantastic achievement and Annie and I are very proud parents."
Rosie says she will now spend 3 months undergoing specialist artillary training at near-by Larkhill before learning where her first posting will be.
Posted 21 Dec 2016
New Village Plan - LATEST UPDATE
A NEW PLAN FOR CHAPMANSLADE
Making Chapmanslade a better place to live, work and visit
The next major Step for the Steering Group will be to develop a Questionnaire - based on the nearly 300 Voice of the Village inputs that have collected to-date. The Questionnaire will be distributed to all households, and probably made available online.
A webpage (on this website) has been developed so that all information can be put conline. So please take a look at: http://www.chapmanslade.org.uk/index.php/new-village-plan
See also Adam's update in the January issue of The Bridge.
If you would like to be involved please call Adam on 832437 or email:
Last updated 5 Jan 2017
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, "We're encouraging as many villagers as possible, of all age groups, to join the group. One of the things we are using the Facebook group for is to get as many ideas as possible for making Chapmanslade a better place to live - for everyone in the village."
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 21 Dec 2016
Parish Council News - LATEST UPDATE
The next scheduled Parish Council meeting will be held on 12 January 2017 at 7.30PM in the village hall.
Phil Jefferson, chair of the Chapmanslade Parish Council, wishes a happy new year to everyone in the parish.
In a reference to the previous PC meeting, where developments at Thoulstone were considered, Phil says, "In recent years Thoulstone has figured largely in the parish council's deliberations. The latest potential development concerns a company called Natural Retreats who are working with the site owners to establish luxury holiday accommodation at Thoulstone."
In their publicity, Natural Retreats say "We are a high end sustainable leisure operator that specialises in communities with self-catering tourism. We are looking to grow our portfolio and were initially approached about locations around Wiltshire as part of the VisitWiltshire tourism survey in 2014. Since then we have been introduced to the site at Thoulstone and despite the current dilapidated state, believe this has all the characteristics to create a sustainable leisure community."
ACTION FRAUD ALERT- Amazon Emails
Action Fraud has received several reports from victims who have been sent convincing looking emails claiming to be from Amazon. The spoofed emails from “
” claim recipients have made an order online and mimic an automatic customer email notification. The scam email claims recipients have ordered an expensive vintage chandelier. Other reported examples include: Bose stereos, iPhone’s and luxury watches. The emails cleverly state that if recipients haven’t authorised the transaction they can click on the help centre link to receive a full refund. The link leads to an authentic-looking website, which asks victims to confirm their name, address, and bank card information. Amazon says that suspicious e-mails will often contain:
Amazon will never ask for personal information to be supplied by e-mail.You can read more about identifying suspicious emails claiming to be from Amazon by visiting https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/help/customer/display.html?nodeId=201489210 To report a fraud or cyber crime, call us on 0300 123 2040.
- Links to websites that look like Amazon.co.uk, but aren't Amazon.co.uk.
- Attachments or prompts to install software on your computer.
- Typos or grammatical errors.
- Forged (or spoofed) e-mail addresses to make it look like the e-mail is coming from Amazon.co.uk.
posted 6 January 2017
Police ALERT- Recent Vehicle Thefts
Our local policing team says, “We have seen a number of thefts from vehicles in rural areas in recent weeks and we would like to urge members of the public to be vigilant."
Ensure you remove all valuables from your vehicles or lock them away out of sight, and try and park in a well-lit area if possible.
Posted 13 Jan 2017