• The Three Horseshoes Chapmanslade


We aim to help people living in and around our village get involved with community activities and keep in-touch with what’s happening.


facebook-icon-preview-1 Join the Chapmanslade Village Community Group. It's a great way to keep in touch with what's going on.

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Two successful meetings held to discuss Results of the Village Questionnaire

Following the Questionnaire Results Engagement Meetings held on the 16th and 19th November, Adam Oakley, Chair of the Village Plan Steering Group, and Keith Muston, Chair of the Parish Council, both expressed their thanks to all those who came along to listen to a presentation and engage in group discussions exploring ways of moving forward.

Adam says "Some very informative and interesting discussions were had during the meetings with a number of people putting their names forward to be included on the list of volunteers. Within the next couple of weeks all households should receive a hard copy of the Questionnaire results in the form of an A5 sized booklet."

Keith is hoping that a number of groups will be established in the coming weeks and months.


Notes from the two engagement meetings can be viewed below:

Notes from 16 Nov Results Meeting                Notes from 19 Nov Results Meeting

Read about the VILLAGE PLAN here


rotary bulb planting nov 2017


Daffodill and crocus bulbs have been planted around the village by volunteers to bring some wonderful colour to our street scene come springtime.

On Sunday 5 November, several hundred daffodill bulbs were planted around the perimeter of the Recreation ground by some 15 volunteers of all ages. Adam Oakley drilled the holes whilst the rest of the 'team' followed behind with the bulbs - many of which had been donated by local suppliers Barters Plant Centre and Acres Supply. Other bulbs were donated by the volunteers themselves. Thanks goes to Charlene and Andrew Ridler for organising the event and serving up teas, coffees and delicious bacon sandwiches.

On the following Tuesday, three of the Chapmanslade contingent of Frome Rotarians, Ian Buick, Chris Page and Ernie McKenna, planted 200 crocus bulbs at the phone box triangle. The bulbs were supplied by Frome Rotary as part of the Rotary International Purple4Polio worldwide polio eradication campaign. Ian and Chris can be seen in the photo taken by Ernie.



Thanks to the determined efforts of Phil Jefferson, former parish council chairman, we can celebrate the return of our village sign after an absence of over two years.

The sign, at the Frome end of the village, was knocked down in a road traffic accident in October 2015 and was subsequently removed by highways engineers. Although Chapmanslade is in Wiltshire, the speed limit signs on the Frome end of the village are in Somerset and this led to some confusion on the part of the local highways authorities about who should repair the damage.

As Phil explaines "It has been a two year battle of emails and unfulfilled promises to get the sign placed back in position. Somerset Highways took some persuading that it was their responsibility to restore the sign but they finally relented and the work has now been carried out. Strangely, a couple of months ago, the damaged sign was found in a corner of the Wiltshire Highways depot in Warminster and was then handed over to Somerset. I’m delighted that at last we’ve got our sign back, especially as it asks motorists to drive carefully through our village. Speeding is a real problem in Chapmanslade and we are ever hopeful that they will take due notice of the words on our sign.” 



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Chapmanslade Players Present - The Chapmanslade Panto

At the Village Hall 9th - 11th February 2018

Panto Director Lou Knight says "Rehearsals are underway and going really well. The Yee-haws are coming along nicely and dare I say, there's even been some dancing." Steady on Lou, some of the cast are getting on a bit!

HELP NEEDED. Janet Mallard, Production Manager would welcome any offers of help with costumes, scenery, props etc.

Contact Lou on 07806 486295 or email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Contact Janet on 07714 485555 or  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Read about the Panto and see the Cast List here


keith mustonLatest Parish Council Briefing

In this latest breifing Keith Muston, Chair of our Parish Council, reports on Speeding, Drainage and Flooding and the latest Planning Applications.

The subject of overgrown roadside hedges and the resultant safety issues is also discussed. Keith stresses that it is the responsibility of householders and landowners for keeping their boundary hedges in a well-maintained condition, although it was agreed that the PC would intervene if necessary. Click here to read the BRIEFING. 


A3098 Temporary Road Closure - CANCELLED

The following Road Closure Notice has been CANCELLED.

Wiltshire Council has made an Order to close temporarily A3098 (Part) Penknapp Road / Tower Hill, Dilton Marsh, from a point approximately 70m south of its junction with B3099 Tanyard Way in a south-westerly direction for a distance of approximately 400m to enable Ringway to undertake amendment work to traffic calming measures and enable provision of additional features to provide pedestrian route.

This Order will come into operation on 11 December 2017. It is anticipated that the closure will be required from 11 December 2017 to 22 December 2017 and again from 8 January 2018 to 12 January 2018.

See Road Closure Notice and Map below for more information and alternative route.


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

Road Closure Notice

Road Closure Map

STAY SAFE - Join Community Messaging

phil holiheadParish Councillor Phil Holihead says


What is Community Messaging?
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, Action Fraud and Horse and Farm Watch. Potentially other partner agencies will be added 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

You can find Community Messaging at https://www.wiltsmessaging.co.uk

Phil Holihead is the Parish Council lead for Neighbourhood Watch

Post updated 25 Oct 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

Community Facebook Group
This is a 'closed' group which only villagers and honoured guests can join. The aim is to improve communication between as many villagers as possible.

Charlene Searle, who is a Parish Councillor and a member of the Chapmanslade Community Plan Steering Group, started the Facebook group which now has over 140 members. Charlene says "it's a great way to 'chat' with group members about all sorts of things and find out about what's going on in the village."

Because it's a closed community group 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. 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
  • keep a check on our older folks to make sure they're safe

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:  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ."

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.

Latest update 25 Oct 2017

Victim Support Awareness

Wiltshire Victim Support are holding a series of awareness recruitment events. See their poster here.
Posted by Terry Rose, 9 Nov 2017

Events & Activities

See What's Happening in Chapmanslade

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posted 5 Oct 2017

Carols & Candlelight Supper - 9 Dec

The Inner Wheel of Frome are holding a Carols & Candlelight Supper for charity on Saturday, 9th December in Chapmanslade Village Hall. This is always a very popular event with a delicious meal and drinks.

The tickets are £12-50 from Gwen Barnard 832262

Christmas Fayre - Sun 17 Dec, 1-5pm in the Village Hall

Everyone Welcome
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Christmas Float comes to Chapmanslade - Thurs 21 Dec

Chrismas Float Tours Chapmanslade

Thursday 21 December, starting at about 7.00pm
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Come out and support the Frome Rotary and Lions Christmas Float which will be touring the village in the evening of Thursday 21 December. It will make a stop in the layby at about 7.00pm then proceed along the High Street.

Chapmanslade's BIG Christmas Party - Thurs 28 Dec

You lucky people.......Lou Knight, Kirsty Clinch, Cleyhill Stompers all in one evening right on your doorstep......could it be better.
All proceeds to the Village Hall........love to see you all there.........more details to follow......
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Monthly Coffee Mornings - Every 3rd Thursday, 10am, in the pub

Do come along to our monthly Church & Community Coffee Mornings 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.

Loose Women - 2017 Programme

The Chapmanslade Loose Women group meet on the first Thursday of each month throughout the year.

Contact Denise Page at dandcpage74@gmail if you would like more information.

Future Dates for Village Hall Events

Chapmanslade Village Hall - 2018 Events

If you are planning an event in the village during 2018, please be aware of the following dates which have already been booked for the Village Hall.

Barn Dance  24th March

Quiz            28th April
Barbecue     24th June

Quiz            17th November

Check here for full availability & hall Calendar


updated 30 Nov 2017

Terry Pratchett Exhibition - Salisbury Museum

Minnie House, Clerk of the Parish Council, was sent this information from Louise at the Salisbury Museum.
Hello from the Salisbury Museum,
We will shortly be opening our next major exhibition 'Terry Pratchett: HisWorld’' and I thought this may be of interest to your parishioners. The exhibition opens on 16 September and runs until 13 January 2018.
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If you would like a poster, please contact me and I can email or mail this to you. If you would like any further information, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Kind regards

Louise Tunnard
Marketing & Admin Officer
The Salisbury Museum
Tel: 01722 332151