Welcome back to the BUZZ Roundup – keeping you in touch with all the good news and happy happenings in our wonderful village, whatever the weather 🙂

There’s definitely been a sense of spring in the air lately and with clocks going forward this weekend and the next stage of lockdown lifting next week, we’ll all be glad of the lighter evenings in the garden. And talking of spring, a Big Buzzy shout-out to Pat Tucker who took spring cleaning to new heights last Mothers Day when she washed the village sign and the railings along Main Street. Best to take your sunglasses if you’re heading out on the Bulkington side for your daily constitutional, it’s lovely and bright!… 😉

Things to look forward to…
  • Eric Lepine’s POP-UP TAKEAWAY will be back with special (chilled) Sunday lunches for Easter Sunday on 4th April. See page for full details;
  • Don’t forget our WI will be Zooming again on Wednesday 14th April with speaker John Tucker giving one of his legendary talks on the History of Aspirin;
  • The covers will soon be coming off at the cricket ground – our lovely Keevil Cricket Club are looking forward to the new season which starts on Saturday April 17th – Government guidance, ECB regulations, plus all the precautions incorporated last year will all be in place so look out for further details to come – hopefully a perfect place to start coming together safely outside…
  • The Annual Parochial Church Meeting will take place in St Leonard’s on Sunday 25 April at around 10.15, following the Morning Service. All are welcome to attend the Service, and stay on afterwards for the meeting.
Could you home 20,000 cats?

No, neither could we, but that’s how many cats ONE unspayed female and her offspring could produce over a four-year period. Sobering, isn’t it? Wiltshire RSPCA are running a campaign that could help with the cost of neutering, see here for details.

Calling all food heroes!

It would normally be Foodbank Friday next week but its Easter so might go a day earlier. Either way, if you make sure any donations are in the box in the church porch by Wednesday afternoon, you’ll be well in time to be a #foodhero! According to their Facebook page, Storehouse could do with things like tinned ham and corned beef, tinned vegetables, tinned curry and chilli. And empty egg boxes!

Parish Matters

Regarding the planning application 21/02054/PNCOU for a Change of Use to form a single detached dwelling house at New Hurst Farm, the Parish Council Clerk has now contacted the Case Officer at Wiltshire Council who said that a response from the Parish Council was not needed at this stage, so there will no need for the PC to call a meeting. You can still view documents here or comment on the application here. Consultation expiry Wednesday 31st March 2021. Target date for decision Monday 12th April 2021

WC poster registering to vote

Elections on the horizon

Local elections take place on 6 May for the 98 Wiltshire Council unitary divisions, town and parish councils and the Police & Crime Commissioner. Some other key dates for you to look out for:

  • 9 April: Publication of those nominated
  • 19 April: Deadline for registering to vote
  • 20 April (5pm): Deadline for registering to vote by post or postal proxy applications
  • 27 April (5pm): Deadline for receiving new applications to vote by proxy

Although the Electoral Services team will be ensuring that all polling stations are safe for you to visit, due to the ongoing pandemic Wiltshire Council want as many people as possible to register to vote via post. You can go online here for more information and to get a form.

WC poster nominationsThinking of standing as a candidate for election to our parish council?

If you’re thinking of putting yourself forward as a candidate, there is guidance from Wiltshire Council here including nomination forms, and links to the booking system where you can make an appointment with their elections team to submit your forms. Also Guidance for candidates here from the Electoral Commission.

And finally

Myra Link has written to let us know of the death of one of our loyal Sapper friends, Tim Robertson, and we share her words here:

We were saddened to hear earlier this month of the death of Tim Robertson. Tim, an ex Royal Engineer and known to us in the village as a member of Team Sapper, died from head injuries as a result of a fall from a ladder.

For the last ten years up until 2019 he attended the service at Stocks Tree (there was no service in 2020 because of the pandemic) – some villagers may remember that he also joined us for a guided visit of the Air Flying Museum at Middle Wallop. Tim was a kind and gentle man, very easy to talk to and well thought of by friends and colleagues alike. He will be very much missed by his friends in Team Sapper which has raised many thousands of pounds for the charity Help for Heroes by cycling long distances in both this country and in Europe to raise funds.

A message of condolence has been sent to his family.

Tim on the left in the first image from 2018, with (L-R) Gerry Taggart, Chris Davies, and Ian McGill; one removed from David Bodman’s right at the 2019 service; and second from left in the photo on the right, with (L-R) Aidy Howe, Tim, Rob Rider, Ian, and Gerry.

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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