In a change to our normal introduction, we’d like to take a moment to mark the sad news of the death of His Royal Highness Prince Philip The Duke of Edinburgh; our thoughts are with Her Majesty The Queen and the Royal Family at this time.

An Online Book of Condolence is available on the Royal website for those who wish to send a personal message of condolence. Wiltshire Council have also opened a special online book of condolence where you can share your thoughts and memories of His Royal Highness.

In other village news…

It’s Foodbank Friday this week so any donations gratefully received in the box in the church porch by Thursday afternoon. According to their Facebook page Storehouse are running short of things like sugar, tinned tomatoes, passata, tinned carrots, kidney beans, cup-a-soups, rice puddings and custards, milk powder, packets of porridge, kitchen towels and washing up liquid! Although absolutely anything you can spare is always very gratefully and warmly received 🙂

The Keevil Community Amenities Trust which oversees the village marquees, tables and chairs, and also administers the finances of the Shed, will be holding it’s AGM via Zoom on Thursday 22nd April at 7.30pm.

The Keevil Village Hall AGM will also be held on 22nd April but via email. If you wish to make a nomination or be nominated as an Elected member of the Management Committee or a Co-opted member of the committee, you are asked to advise the Secretary (Pat Bartholomew) as soon as possible with the name of the nominee and the seconder.

Wiltshire’s MOBILE LIBRARY service has resumed at last! The van will be back outside Rose and Crown Cottages at Stocks Green on Monday 26 April 10.35-10.55am.

Other Dates for your Diary…

  • Keevil Cricket Club will be kicking off the new season this coming weekend, with home games on Saturday 17th April v Trowbridge, and Sunday 18th April v Bathford; both starting 1pm. Details will follow regarding proceedings on Saturday which is, of course, the day of the funeral of Prince Philip.
  • Eric Lepine’s Pop-Up Takeaway will be back outside Blagden House on Saturday 24th April 5.30-7pm. See page for full details and menu.
  • 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.
  • And the Keevil Walking Group will be back out for a steady little ramble around Wingfield on Wednesday 28th April, setting off from the Poplars in Wingfield at 10am, bring coffee and a snack (no pub lunch, obviously). The walk will be limited to 15 people, so if you would like further information and to put your name on the list please let Geoff West know on 01380 870425 or email
Parish Matters

Wiltshire Council has published its report on the recent A350 Melksham bypass consultation, which shares the views of the public, businesses and local stakeholders, such as town and parish councils. This initial public consultation exercise closed in January, with more than 1,000 questionnaire responses, and 175 additional written submissions received.

WC poster registering to vote

Polling Day Thursday 6th May

Local elections take place on 6 May for Wiltshire Council, Keevil parish council, and the Police & Crime Commissioner. The list of those standing for election in Keevil is here – scroll to page 200.

Although Electoral Services will be ensuring that all polling stations are safe 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.

And finally…

DO YOU LOVE TOMATOES? Then this is for you – the incredibly green-fingered Gerry Vaughan normally grows plants for sale at the Church Fete in the summer, however as the fete this year will be held on 26 June it will be too late for tomato plants. Nevertheless Gerry will still be growing three different types: Alicante, Ailsa Craig, and Gardeners Delight (cherry) – and will have about 25 of each variety at 75p per plant. It’s first come first served, so please let him have your orders by the end of April – the plants will be ready by the end of May. All proceeds go to the Church Fund. Contact Gerry on 870191 or email

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

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