• The Three Horseshoes Chapmanslade

WELCOME to our village website. Created by voluntary help, this site aims to help people living in and around our village get involved with community activities and keep in-touch with what’s happening. Please look around the website and contribute where you can. There are more things going on than you may realise.

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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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Phone Lost at Village Recreation Ground

The phone lost by one of our residents on the evening of Tuesday 23 at the recreation ground has been found - a bit damaged, but as it was a work phone, the owner is very glad to get it back.

Parish Council News - UPDATE
Latest Local Policing Report published

Debbie Robbins, our local PCSO has published the August 2016 Community Policing Report for our area covering Child Sexual Exploitation, Local Crimes and Advice, and Communication.

BA3098 Planned Road Closure CANCELLED

The following planned road closure has been CANCELLED by Wiltshire Council.

Wiltshire Council have announced the temporary closure to all traffic of the A3098 (Part) Dilton Marsh from its junction with B3099 Tanyard Way to its junction with C235 The Hollow, to enable Wiltshire Council to make amendments to traffic calming and provision of additional features to provide a pedestrian route.

Alternative route: via A3098 (unrestricted length) – A36 – B3099 Clivey / High Street and vice versa.

The closure and diversion route will be clearly indicated by traffic signs.

This Order will come into operation on 5 September 2016 and it is anticipated that the closure will be required weekdays between the hours of 08.00 and 18.00 until 30 September 2016. It is anticipated that the works will take the stated duration to complete depending upon weather conditions. Access will be maintained for residents and businesses, although delays are likely due to the nature of the works. The Order will have a maximum duration of 18 months.

See a map.

For further information please contact Kirsty Rose (Wiltshire Council) on 01225 756182

Barters raise 'Loads of Money' for RUH

barters flowerBarters Plant Centre want to say A BIG THANK YOU to everybody who came to their June Nursery Open Day.

The RUH Forever Friends Appeal who organised and served the refreshments, raised £825 for the new oncology unit.

Bishop Ed dedicates James Dredge Planter

Have you found the James Dredge Planter yet?

On Monday 27 June, the Bishop of Ramsey, known to everyone as Bishop Ed, came to our village to dedicate the Planter, thanking everyone involved, especially Redwood Class pupils who came up with the inspiratonal design for Ian Buick to turn into a wonderful new addition to our street scene right in the heart of the village between the school and the church. Over 60 people, including pupils, teachers, church members and members of the local community enjoyed warm sunshine as the Bishop conducted the dedication after visiting the school.

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 Nigel Bridewell, Bishop Ed, and Redwood Class pupils

Reverend Pauline Reid commented, "Good work everyone! What a brilliant example of community, church and school working together. I feel very blessed to be part of such a committed and hardworking community." Whilst Head Teacher, Frances Chapman said, "I'm so glad everyone enjoyed themselves. It was a special day for the school".

The Planter is the result of a community project between the School, the Church, Chapmanslade History Group and many others in the local community, celebrating the achievements of a local lad, James Dredge, maltser, brewer, and renowned bridge builder - a true entrepreneur in the Victorian age of the Industrial Revolution.

James built his first bridge in 1836 in Bath to get his beer across the River Avon to where Isambard Kingdom Brunel was building the Great Western Railway. The Victoria Bridge was recently refurbished at a cost of £3.4M and now forms the heritage centre of the prestigious Bath Riverside Development. Thanks to Nigel Bridewell, a descendant of James Dredge who was born and bred and still lives in Chapmanslade, original bridge parts left over from the refurbishment were incorporated into the Planter.

Read the Story of the James Dredge Planter here.

See some photos here.

Click here to see how Salisbury Diocese has reported our special event.


Posted by Terry Rose, 29 June 2016.

A New Plan for Chapmanslade?


The last major plan for Chapmanslade was set out more than 12 years ago and given the title CHAPCAP (Chapmanslade Community Action Plan). It resulted in many positive initiatives, improvements and activities happening around the village. (for example; the childrens playground, a youth club, Speed Watch group, Tree and hedge planting, Neighbourhood watch, Recycling and more) One of the reasons CHAPCAP was so successful was because many volunteers helped in the process and everyone in the village could be involved.

We're doing it again!

ChapCAP 12 years ago worked because a wide cross section of the village was involved generating ideas and discussion. The Parish council has decided to repeat the process but the intention this time around is to create a 'rolling plan' where the achievements and results are reported back to residents and the plan is revisited and revised every 3 or 4 years.

The key to success is getting as many people as possible involved.

During September a meeting at the village hall will be held where village residents can find out more about the process. We hope to decide then what sort of plan we will embark on. We will explain the task ahead and the work involved. If you think you might like to help, get involved or just learn more please come along and support the future of your village.

If you would like to be involved please call Adam 832437 or email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Website seeks reporters

Are you a budding reporter / journalist?

Chapmanslade Village Website is seeking volunteer reporters who from time to time can feed us news stories that will keep us all informed and perhaps amused.

We're looking for folks, young and a little older, who are regularly around the village and happy ask a few questions and take a few snaps on a camera phone. The stories may very well not be earth shattering but they are about where we live and what's happening now. Perhaps you have a special interest, or are willing to find out what's going on at the School, the Church, the Village Hall or the Pub?

If you would like to help or you have a story or pictures that we could use, now's the time to contact us at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Heard about Community Messaging?

What is it?
Community Messaging is a key component of how Wiltshire Police are looking to improve the flow of information between communities and the police.

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
Sign-up to the Community Messaging forum at https://www.wiltsmessaging.co.uk

Posted by Terry Rose, 12 June 2016

BE AWARE: Ticks About!

Regular walkers probably know that we all need to be 'tick aware' when enjoying our lovely countryside, reports Peter Mundy of the West Wilts Ramblers.
If you have worries about Ticks please see the following very helpful leaflet from Wiltshire Council.
Posted by Terry Rose, 20 July 2016

Wilshire Council issue Public Health Briefing

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Emily Kavanagh, Business Lead, Public Health for Wiltshire Council, has issued the latest (July) Public Health Briefing Note covering; Tackling Obesity, E-coli Outbreak Update, Child Car Seats, Sexual Health, Shingles & Meningococcal Disease Vaccines, and other items. Read it here.
Posted by Terry Rose, 8 Aug 2016

Police ALERT- On-line Selling Fraud


People selling their items on online platforms are falling victim to a new type of advance fee fraud. This involves a fraudster, posing as a buyer, sending an email to the seller (victim), agreeing to the full asking price of the item. They state that they are unable to collect the item themselves and will arrange for a courier to pick it up instead. 
The fraudster then sends a fake payment confirmation email from a different email address, one which falsely purports to be from a payment platform. In the course of the email exchange, the seller/victim is requested to pay the courier fee. Once the payment is made the contact is broken, the item is not picked up and the money paid for the ‘courier’ is gone. 
An example of the most recent emails received by the victim/seller, from the ‘Buyer’, read:
“I want you to consider this a deal as I am willing to pay your full asking price! I actually want to buy it for a family member who is urgently in need of it, I have checked through your posting and I'm fully satisfied with it. Unfortunately, I would not be able to come personally to view/collect, I work offshore as an instructor on a oil rig so I dont have time at all, but like I said I am 100% OK with the advert”
Protect Yourself:
  • Be wary when buyers wish to purchase items at the full asking price without viewing them. 
  • Check the validity of the payment receipt confirmation
  • Avoid paying an advanced fee if you are a seller; should you choose to use a courier, arrange your own.
  • Check feedback online by searching the associated phone numbers or email addresses of the seller/buyer. Feedback will give you useful information about recent transactions other buyers/sellers have made.
  • If you, or anyone you know, have been affected by this fraud or any other scam, report it to Action Fraud by calling 0300 123 2040 or visiting www.actionfraud.police.uk.

Events & Activities

Elizabethan Evening

Now over for 2016

A glorious sunny evening – Illyria were fantastic

lots of money made for local charities

RESERVE August 5th 2017 ready to book next year

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The Elizabethan Evening is an annual community event of open-air theatre, supper and musical merriment, held in the beautiful grounds and surroundings of historic Manor Farm.

Messy Olympics - Wednesday 17 August

Cley Hill Churches 'Messy Church' will be holding a Messy Olympics on Wednesday 17 August, from 2pm to 4.30pm at Chapmanslade Village Hall and field.
There will be lots of Olympic themed team games for all ages and abilities - either outside or inside depending on the weather - with Opening, Closing and Medal Ceremonies.
Stay and enjoy tea at the end with hot dogs, pizza, cakes and drinks for everyone.

Community Coffee Morning - Thursday 18 Aug

Do come along to the next Church & Community Coffee Morning at the Three Horseshoes Chapmanslade, from 10.00 - noon. Meet lots of friends, old and new, for a chat over a cup of Ben's freshly brewed coffee. And if you're new to the village, this is the place to come to be warmly welcomed and to say hello. Community Coffee Mornings are held the third Thursday of every month.

Songs of Praise, 28 Aug Corsley Showgrounds

Songs of Praise

a multi-denominational celebration of your favourite hymns
5PM, Sunday 28th August at the Corsley Showground.

Ian Buick says, "If you would like to come and there is a hymn you would like us to sing, please contact me on 01373 832318 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ."

Corsley Show - Bank Holiday Monday, 29th

This year's Corsley Show takes place as usual on Bank Holiday Monday, 29th August.
For full details check-out the Corsley Show website: http://www.corsleyshow.org.uk