BUZZ ROUNDUP

Welcome back to the BUZZ Roundup – keeping you in touch with happenings in Keevil village come rain or shine… 

First up, a huge thank you to to Geoff West, Debbie Meatyard, and everyone who helped make the Soup & Pud lunch such a success on Saturday – the homemade soups were superb and hit all the right spots, followed by some of the most delicious home baked puds in Wiltshire!  

Coming up…

The 2023 village calendar is gathering pace, here’s some dates for your diary…

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  • The Art Group next meets on Wednesday 18th January – all welcome, come and get that project started 🙂
  • Deadline for the February edition of the Parish News is 5pm on Thursday 19th January;
  • The Walking Group has a couple of great winter rambles lined up: Colin is leading a cracking yomp around the Urchfont countryside, with lunch at The Lamb, on Wednesday 25th January; and Barbara is breaking new ground with a fabulous walk around Badminton on Tuesday 21st February, with lunch at the Fox & Hounds in Acton Turville. All deets on the page, let walk leaders know if you’d like to go along;
  • For bookworms, the Mobile Library back on Monday 30th January outside Rose and Crown Cottages at Stocks Green, 10.35-10.55am;
  • If you are interested in helping to organise a walk for the Walking Group in the 2023/24 season, get in touch or come along to the annual planning meeting on Tuesday 7th February at 10.30am: Little Martins, 69a Martins Road.  Coffee will be served. You don’t have to be a regular walker, and we’re always looking for fresh ideas! Rachel & Tony (01380) 870661;
  • 1st Tuesday tea & cake on Tuesday 7th February 2.30-4pm, join friends and neighbours for cake and a cuppa in the village hall – Post Office also open; 
  • The Keevil WI have an interesting talk on Antique Silver by Gordon Brockmant lined up for their next meeting on 8th February;
  • Bacon and sausage butties return to the St Leonard’s kitchen with BREAKFAST IN CHURCH on Saturday 11th February 9-11am, no booking needed just come and enjoy a natter with friends;
  • And the annual BANGERS & MASH LUNCH returns on Saturday 4th March 12 noon in the village hall – yet another fabulous chance to share a winter lunch together, booking deets on the page;
  • The legendary annual KEEVIL VILLAGE FOLK NIGHT is back on Saturday 11th March, with Keevil favourites Folklaw, a welcome return of The Lost Trades, exciting newcomers Cobblers Child, plus new special guests Michell & Vincent – all in all, some of the most talented musicians on the local folk circuit today. These tickets sell out every year so book early! £12.50 each from either Rachel & Tony (870661) or Norman (870417), see page for full deets;_4B_1613-2
Parish Matters

Proposed new school wall: The staff of Keevil School are inviting villagers to a public meeting on Tuesday 24th January at 6pm in the school hall, where they will share information about the proposed new school wall. Join Lindsey Hermon (Headteacher), Ben Gunstone (Chair of Academy Council) and James Evans (Head of Estates at Acorn Education Trust) to learn more and ask questions about the proposed new wall; they will give details about the reasons and processes the school and the Acorn Education Trust have been through to date, and there will be the opportunity to see plans. (You can reference the approved application documents here, comments here.)

Vehicle crime: although the Community Policing Team reported exceptionally low levels of vehicle crime in our area at the end of December, January seems to be making up for it, with reports on social media of possible intruders up on The Strand last night, and vehicle break-ins in the last few days in Bulkington. And at last Monday’s Parish Council meeting, Cllr Rodney Meatyard referred to reports of intruders drilling holes at the base of heating oil tanks. So let’s stay alert, report any suspicious activity to 101, and also let your NHW co-ordinator know. 

Motorsport Track Days on the Airfield: the proposed dates for 2023, avoiding Easter and high summer, are as follows – 27 February, 31 March, 19 May, 23 June, Sept (tbc), 20 October, 10 November and 8 December. See page for full details.

Planning Matters: details of all planning applications requiring a meeting of the Parish Council have been listed on the village website for the last five years, with links to the Wiltshire Council Planning Portal and other sources of help and advice. Councillors are always keen to hear the views of parishioners at PC meetings when an application is on the agenda, as it helps them understand the kind of representation the council, as a consultee, should make.

Only two updates on recent applications: PL/2022/07673 at 69E Martins Road, and PL/2022/06831 at 30 Pyatts Corner, have both been withdrawn by the applicants.

And finally…

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There’s still time to send your suggestions for a possible Charity Day on Keevil Airfield in 2023 to Paul Lenaerts, he’d love to hear your thoughts – drop him an email or call: paul@lenaerts.co.uk, Landline 01380 870186, Mobile: 07855 887547 – you have until the end of January.


That’s all for now folks – 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 and Sarah #KeepWarm and #EatCake 🙂

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