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

At the risk of putting you off whatever you might be about to eat, lets talk about dog poo for a minute. See longer notice here but, in a nutshell, there’s a couple of thoughts on the table to try and alleviate some of this perennial problem…

  • POO BINS: Not everyone knows that Wiltshire Council treat all litter bins as MIXED WASTE and you can put bagged poo in any of them – so the PC are asking WC if we might move one of the two bins on the footpath by the playing field to the beginning of Towmead Lane. They also wondered if it might help to add notices to all the bins so that it’s clear that bagged poo is ok.
  • POO BAG SCHEME: The PC have also been in touch with Steeple Ashton about their poo bag scheme, which does seem to have helped to improve things, although not entirely eliminate the problem. It’s run by a co-ordinator and volunteer network who each have an area to look after and refill with bags, with financial support from the PC. Would the Keevil dog walking community like to run a similar scheme?

Thoughts, ideas and suggestions about any of the above very warmly welcomed, get in touch with Alex, Geoff or Sarah


Don’t forget the Annual Keevil GBSC Litter Pick is next Saturday 1st April, we always manage to have a lot of fun and its hugely satisfying to see the piles of rubbish we clear from our hedgerows! deets on the Community Shed page here. And BREAKFAST IN CHURCH (now on it’s own page, thanks Andie!) will switch to BRUNCH – bacon, sausage, hash browns, beans, french stick & butter – from 12.15-2.30pm that day so that litterpickers can have a late breakfast. You can just turn up, no booking required, but it would really help Geoff if you reserved a brunch in advance so he knows to keep one back for you – full details here.

Activity is hotting up for the Coronation in the village, and we can’t wait to hear more about the WI Street Party planned for Saturday afternoon. In the meantime, the WI are inviting everyone along to their meeting in the village hall on Wednesday 12th April to join in making Coronation bunting and wreaths to decorate the village – there will be lots of ideas and materials, and don’t worry if you can’t sew there will be plenty else you can do! Wine and nibbles will be supplied, the fun starts at 8pm 🙂

Talking about the Coronation, the Parish Council are considering whether the village would like a lasting commemorative item to celebrate and remember the Coronation for many years to come. One idea is to build an arbor around the WI bench on the Banfield Recreation Ground, and grow climbing plants up and around it… please send any ideas, suggestions or comments to Alex, Geoff or Sarah who will bring them to the PC meeting in May.

Also coming up…
  • Just a heads up – Keevil School have their Easter Worship at St Leonard’s Church on Friday 31st March, at 9.15am.
  • Time for afternoon tea and cake and some good company on Tuesday 4th April with 1st Tuesday  2.30-4pm in the village hall – Post Office also open, and Laura usually has eggs but get there early 🙂 
  • The SKITTLES night is shaping up to be a fabulous evening over at Tuckers Grave Inn on 13th April – deets on the page if you want to go;
  • The Walking Group had a brilliant walk up Cley Hill this week – next up is the first of our local family-friendly weekend walks on Saturday 15th April with a circular walk to Bulkington, the option to lunch at The Well or picnic in Bulkington village recreation ground, before the walk home. And if a nice little bimble is more your thing, on Wednesday 19th April there’s lovely circular walk of 3.5 miles around Seend, Seend Cleeve and along the canal, with lunch at The Brewery Inn – see page for full details;
  • The 2023 Annual General Meeting of the Keevil Community Amenities Trust will be held on Thursday 20th April at 7.30pm in the Village Hall – everyone welcome. The AGM of the Village Hall Committee normally follows at 8pm
  • There are only a few tickets left for FOLK ON THE BOAT with special guests Fly Yeti Fly on 19th May, so you’ll need to be quick if you want to bag a seat!

Plans are shaping up nicely for the KEEVIL ROOTS SUMMER FESTIVAL and the web pages are coming – we’ll soon have LOTS to share with you! Posters will be going up shortly, in the meantime all enquiries to Geoff on 01380 870425. And a MASSIVE thank you to our festival partner, Keevil’s own Robin at Rednine Design for his support with fabulous artwork! Watch this space…

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Other Parish Matters

There’s an interim Planning meeting of the Parish Council on Monday 3rd April at 8.15pm (after choir) in the village hall.

  • PL/2023/01915 and PL/2023/01556 (LBC) at Orchard Cottage, 64A Martins Road, to increase the Chimney Stack and fit a Terracotta Roll Top Pot. View or download plans and documents here, comment on the application here.

The next Ordinary meeting will be Tuesday 9th May in the village hall, starting with the Annual Meeting of the Parish Council at 7.30pm, followed by the business meeting.

Annual Parish Community meeting Friday 26th May: there is already much more going on this year, so we’ve scaled things back a little and will hold the Community Meeting in the village hall, with cheese, wine, tea and coffee served from 6pm. The Parish Council Chair will report to the parish at 6.30pm.

Remember, the Community Meeting is NOT a council meeting, its just where the council has to deliver it’s annual report to the people it serves. It’s a community meeting that celebrates the groups and people that make Keevil such an amazing place to live, work, and raise a family. Its also where you can let your parish council know what you think their priorities should be – so do put the date in your diary and come join in. Any questions or enquiries >> Geoff or Sarah, contact details here.


And finally…

Just an update on Airfield Activity over the next few months – the military is conducting several training exercises which involve both ground troops and aircraft during late March, and again mid-Apr to mid-May, and we may be aware of increased military vehicles and personnel during this period. A small installation is being created on the airfield which requires aggregate, deliveries scheduled to take place in late March. FS Claire Reynolds of Brize Norton assures us that they will do their utmost to minimise disruption in the local area, but any questions, get in touch with Rob Kevan who is our liaison.

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

Andie, Bob and Sarah #hasitstoppedrainingyet? 🙂

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