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

And the weather forecast isn’t looking that great for Coronation day, so we’re all keeping our fingers crossed the sun decides to come out for this happy weekend of kings, crowns, pomp and ceremony, whilst also preparing for a bit of precipitation 😉 

coronation-2023-red-blue-smallCoronation event updates…


Stop Press! Extended Opening 6.30pm – 11pm, also special prices on Abbey Ales £2.50 pint, Coronation Punch – £1.00 cup, Wine – 2.00 glass. Free soft drinks with every bar purchase and Free Coronation Chicken & Salad with your first bar purchase.


Here’s the latest from the WI organising committee: “We are praying for a dry day for our Street Party on Saturday – all being well and dry the party is from 3.30pm but please be aware that if everyone turns up at once there will be a large queue for food and we need to manage the number of people in the hall at any one time. The children’s activities will be staggered as we have quite a number of youngsters attending.

If it is dry there is a grassy area for picnic rugs – many thanks to Margaret and David Bodman for sharing their garden. If it rains, although we will have gazebos, we cannot accommodate everyone in the hall so please give Janice Maskrey a call around 3pm for time slots – 07540 478344. Most people will have their tickets by now but if you haven’t, pop round to Birch Cottage at Pyatts Corner to pick up.

Remember the village hall and side access is close to a road – free range excited children don’t always think before they run, parents must be responsible for their children at all times. DRIVERS if you are driving by the village hall between 3.30-6.30pm on Saturday, please take it extra slow and watch out for pedestrians who may be straying into the road.”


 St Leonards Church are hosting a service of thanksgiving at 3.30pm, followed by afternoon tea and special celebratory cake – everyone welcome!

Also coming up…


  • Summer must be nearly here, cricket season is about to start! May fixtures for KEEVIL CRICKET CLUB kick off proper with a league game on Saturday 6th May (weather permitting, and yes that’s the afternoon of Coronation Day) at home vs Marlborough 2nds | 13th May (league) away vs Hinton Charterhouse | 20th May (league) home vs Winsley 2nds | 27th May (league) away vs Beehive Southwick;
  • Breakfast in Church is back on Saturday 13th May 9-11am – no need to book, just come and enjoy a good bacon butty or sausage bap with friends!
  • The next VILLAGE MAGAZINE deadline is 18th May 5pm deadline for June edition
  • This years Keevil School Scarecrow Trail is over the weekend of 20th & 21st Mayfollow Trail news on Facebook.
  • For all village bookworms, the MOBILE LIBRARY is back on 22nd May, 10.35 – 10.55 outside Rose & Crown Cottages at Stocks Green
  • The School also hope to hold their annual Sports Day on the Banfield Recreation Ground the morning of 24th May 2023 (weather permitting).
  • The Walking Group  have another fabulous and easy ramble around the Winsley area on Thursday 25th May, with lunch at the Seven Stars. See page for full deets, menu choices for lunch will be needed by 19th May so contact Rachel & Tony on if you’d like to come. 
  • Evening tickets for KEEVIL ROOTS SUMMER FESTIVAL on Saturday 17th June are flying out, book yours now – available from Geoff on 01380 870425 or 

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By special request, we’ve been asked to announce Janet’s memorial service will take place on 24th May at 1pm. Jane Knowles writes “Janet was such a gregarious and welcoming person in the village that it would be really great if as many people as possible could come. Janet left instructions for her memorial service, so there will be music and poetry as well as hymns and prayers and if anyone would like to say a few words, just let me know. Janet also loved a party so there will be appropriate refreshments afterwards in the church and it would be really helpful if you could let me know if you intend coming.”

Other Parish and Community Matters

The next Ordinary PC 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.

One thing the Parish Council will be considering is whether the village would like a lasting commemorative item to celebrate and remember the Coronation for many years to come… what do you think? please send any ideas, suggestions or comments to Alex, Geoff or Sarah who will bring them to the meeting, or come along on 9th and share your thoughts.

Don’t forget the Annual Parish Community meeting on Friday 26th May – in the village hall this year,  with village groups plus 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 parish and where you can let your parish council know what you think their priorities should be – so do come join in. Any questions or enquiries >> Geoff or Sarah, contact details here.

And finally…


Its time to start thinking about tomatoes! Gerry’s legendary tomato plants will be available around the end of May – he has three varieties available this year: Gardener’s Delight (cherry type), Alicante, and Ailsa Craig – all £1 each. There’s also a few other vegetables including courgettes, and French, runner and climbing beans. Please contact Gerry to place your orders as soon as possible on 870191 or email 

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 #pleasedontrainonsaturday 🙂

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