BEEWelcome back to the BUZZ Roundup – keeping you up to date with news and events in our wonderful village!

The next Parish Council Meeting on Monday 7th September, 2020, 7.30pm will once again be held via Zoom, and includes co-option – where existing council members choose new councillors – to fill the two current vacancies . The full agenda for the meeting is here Keevil Parish Council – Agenda for September 7th 2020

Members of the public are invited to attend and you can access the meeting directly using the links given in the agenda, on the website, and below, there is now no need to register with the clerk in advance. However, if you wish to make comments at the meeting, you will still need to forward a short statement to the Clerk at least 24 hours beforehand, which he will read out for you.

  • To join by video
    Meeting ID: 362 837 4062 Passcode: 252714
  • To join by telephone dial either of these numbers
    0203 481 5240 – 0203 901 7895 – 0131 460 1196 – 0203 051 2874 – 0203 481 5237
  • (When joining the Meeting please make sure your video/audio is OFF).
  • Clerk details: Richard Culverhouse, Clerk to Keevil Parish Council email:
    97 Heather Shaw, Trowbridge, Wiltshire BA14 7JT | Telephone 01225 777606 or 07785 547176

Also coming up…

  • Don’t forget the Annual Parochial Church Meeting in Church on Sunday 13th September after the 9:15am Holy Communion service. All are welcome to attend. The minutes of the last PCC meeting are here: Summary of the Minutes of the PCC meeting held on 28 July 2020 (1)
  • The outdoor SAFARI SALE FOR “CHARITIES OF CHOICE” will take place on Saturday 19th September from 11am – 3pm. This will be a wonderful opportunity to socialise safely in the open air – don’t forget to pop your hand sanitiser in your pocket and take a shoppping bag! If you’re planning a stall, register with Janice or Rachel by 5pm on Monday 14th September to make sure you’re on the map. Further updates on their page here.

In other news…

  • The benefits of living in a rural village surrounded by beautiful countryside and working farmland has always been an incredible gift, more so this year than ever, and we want to continue suppporting our farmers in every way we can. We’ve made a new Local Farmers page on the website where you can read the message published in the current village magazine, and which we can use to communicate information in the future.
  • Protecting wildlife is a subject close to many of our hearts, and its worth remembering that, although animals, plants and habitats in the UK are all protected under The Wildlife & Countryside Act 1981, there are exemptions that allow the capture of a bird or other animal for rescue and rehabilition (and on the flip side, control or cull under licence). The Wiltshire Wildlife Hospital are a good point of contact if you need advice, see their website or Facebook page.

Planning matters

Longleaze House, 44 Martins Road have made an application for Listed Building Consent 20/06222/LBC to make [non-permanent] alterations to the kitchen floor by covering flagstones with a limestone floor on a suspended timber frame. The application will be discussed at the Parish Council meeting next Monday 7th September, along with planning application 20/03881/FUL at The Fields, Stables Cottage Keevil BA14 6NH to redevelop an existing barn and expand an existing annex into part of the adjoining Dutch Barn. All details on the Planning matters page.

And finally…

Some reflections from Jan Maskrey, President of our WI…

“When we moved to Keevil over fifteen years ago, we were delighted to join in all the activities this village had to offer – we had a Keevil Society, Music at the Manor, a Fete that could have been straight from the fifties – we embraced most things and as a result we made friends with people in the village.

Forward to 2020…

New people who have recently moved to Keevil may not know about our thriving village social life as everything has been cancelled – no fete, no music and picnic at the manor, no folk night, no annual play, no WI, art group, craft group, walking group, tea & chat or anything else I haven’t listed.

We need to adapt to a new way of keeping Keevil alive.

The WI on dry Wednesday afternoons are having tea and cake in my garden, people can BYO if they want to. It’s not just for WI members please join us if you feel you would like to.

I’m happy to organise a soup in a mug evening at Pyatts Corner, let’s get together in October with hats, scarves, and thermal vests, and socialise for an hour or so.

Rachel Howe and I are organising an outdoor Safari Sale on the 19th September as another way of keeping the village alive, a chance for us to make up for all those lost opportunities to socialise and to raise money for good causes. I have no doubt at all that everyone will have a care for others and safe distancing – wear a mask if you want, have your hand sanitiser in your pocket and your own shopping bag, and enjoy the novel experience!

Finally – Christmas is coming. WI will be organising the Advent trail again but as well as 24 houses lit up why don’t we light up the whole village? Covid might stop a lot of festivities but this isn’t one of them.

Covid is still around for sure and we need to be cautious but we also need to look after our mental health and come together as a village.”

Jan Maskrey

That’s all for now – find us on Facebook for real-time discussions on Keevil Village, marketplace on For Sale, Free or Wanted in Keevil, or wander down memory lane on Keevil Memories… thank you for all your support, and if you have any news, pictures or stories to share, don’t hesitate to get in touch

Bob & Sarah #StaySafe

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