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Welcome to the May edition BURBAGE HOME HELP There’s so much happening we only have space to say Hi! Enjoy this issue and have a great May - Look out for articles with the special Jubilee logo like the one below!

Washing ~ Ironing Vacuuming ~ Cleaning Dusting ~ Dog walking House-sitting ~ Gardening Baby-sitting (CRB checked)

Jubilee Help List Walkabout photographers needed for covering the occasion – are you skilled with the shutter?

...and LOCAL Need help with any or all of these? do you need someone to keep an eye on a friend, neighbour or relative, dropping in for a friendly chat?

Your Royal Party Contacts: Mike Vardy: 07802 218 014 Karen Brown: 01672 810 518 Don’t miss out! The Olympic Torch passes through Marlborough on Wednesday 23rd May en route to the games!

open studios 2012

Do you want a bit of short-term help with routine jobs, or a hand with the household chores? Katey Masey can help. CRB checked and local resident, able to help with most things, and at very reasonable rates Please telephone to book or for More information: 01672 810 308

5th – 27th May

This is an art trail [rather like Marlborough Open Studios] covering West Berkshire, North Hampshire and also East Wiltshire. Visitors to studios, exhibitions, workshops and arts events can enjoy and buy the work of over 120 artists , working in varied media from paint to textiles to wood to ceramics to glass, sculpting, printing and jewellery making. Artists also participate in the exhibition - INSIGHT 2012 at the New Greenham Arts Centre, 113 Lindenmuth Way, New Greenham Park, Newbury, RG19 6HN For full details of all events and opening times visit or look out for a free Directory of Artists from various business locations in Burbage, Marlborough, Hungerford, Newbury and surrounding villages. A red flag or poster shows where each studio is. Your nearest is in Burbage at 16 Taskers Lane (Helen Colling, textiles, # 23) and 5 more nearby in Wilton, Shalbourne and Froxfield!


“Party in Saturday 2nd -Burbage Street Party The big day officially begins as the church bells ring out at 2.45pm and we wait for the arrival of the King and Queen. No, not the ones from London, but the ‘King and Queen’ of the Burbage Festivities! Their Majesties, the King and Queen of the Ceremony will arrive in their horse-drawn carriage at 3.00pm. All children will be able to wave their flags (provided free!) as their majesties parade past, entering through the Castle Entrance at the southern corner of Eastcourt, closely watched by the Royal Clockwork Guards. All guests to this most auspicious of occasions will be able to have their photograph taken at the Aunt Sally Royal Photo Shoot, and will be entertained throughout the day by a fantastic Swing Band The celebrations will commence with Razamatazz, the Children’s Entertainers who appeared last year, followed by the Punch & Judy Show. Then there will be a Family Scooter Relay Race: It is an obstacle course laid out around the Palace, with teams of four family members! There will be prizes for First - including a Knighthood, Second and Third place, as well as Best Dressed Family Prize and Best Dressed Scooter Prize. You can get in the mood with period dress; come along in clothes from any period from the 1950’s – if you can remember that far back - to today’s modern trends. You will also be able to view pictures from the children’s Colouring Competition. Entry forms will be distributed through the local


the Palace� June, 2012 - Free admissionschools. Bring your favourite home-made cakes for the Cake Competition! Everyone, young or old, can enter There will also be lots of different ways to keep the children busy with the Tug o’ War, Bat the Rat, Smash the Royal Crockery, Face Painting, Bouncy Castle and many other games. Bring a picnic and something to sit on, as the grass area will be our picnic site and there is no formal sitting-down time. You can eat when you like! There will be a Quiet Area, serving Afternoon Cream Tea and Cake for those who remember The Coronation or those who prefer a more sedate celebration. There will be Candy Floss, Ice Cream and Soft Drinks available. Later on from about 6.00pm there will be hot food with our two hog roasts and Thai Food (Veggie option). There will be some sparkling entertainment in the evening and the bar will be open all day until 11.30pm.

See you there! Your Royal Party Contacts: Mike Vardy: 07802 218 014 Karen Brown: 01672 810 518


Your Letters to the Burbage News Race For Life Jubilee Flowers Hello! This year I’m taking part in The Race For Life at Newbury Showground on the 8th July. I want to raise as much money as possible and in order to do this I need a lot of sponsors. I am racing for my Nan, who lost her battle against cancer in 2004, and my Auntie Tracey, who also lost her battle the following year, when I was only 10. I love and miss them both and want to help other people who are fighting this disease.

The Church Flower Arrangers are planning to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee by decorating the Church with flowers. We hope you will have time to visit the Church: The arrangements will be on display from Saturday 2nd June. Let’s hope for good weather for our celebrations Any donations for the cost of the flowers will be gratefully received Lillian Richardson Westcourt Name and Gain Dear Burbage News

Please, please sponsor me to help researchers find a cure. I want to collect as much money as possible and you can help by following the link (Shortened here by BNET, and also on the Burbage Village website)

or use your mobile phone and text: QNBW83 (plus the amount in pounds, e.g. £1, £5, £12 etc) to 70070 Every amount counts and together we can beat cancer Thank you Jasmine Kirby

In this day and age with so many warnings to look out for scams and dodgy collectors, it beggars belief that someone would think stating ‘collecting for charity’ is enough to make us part from our hard earned coffers. I will only give if I know where it is going so please, make sure any fund raising event names the charity. That’s the only way they are likely to gain my support Details withheld on request The Burbage News would like to apologise for any article or advertisement that did not display the name of a chosen charity. We usually insist on knowing who the beneficiary will be, and if it does not appear in the Burbage News for some reason (usually late copy) it will be found on the village website

7 Filthy Pigs Dear Burbage News, I wonder if the time may be right to mention the filthy individuals who seem to live in Burbage these days & who continue to misappropriate their dog mess for all to walk in to? I live in Ailesbury Way and this morning on the pavement, someone had left a pack of dog mess. I suppose, given the benefit of doubt, they could have dropped it. However, I don't think so; it was too large to miss. ! Perhaps these dirty individuals will be happy when we have to empower "Plastic Policemen" to look out for " filthy litter louts" and then deal with them immediately by way of an instant fine, then perhaps, they will be happy that people who can no longer be responsible for their own actions, simply have to be monitored by big brother. These filthy pigs will have their own undoing. By the way, since when has it been a good idea for children to be "walking" very large dogs which, if they went out of control, there is no way these children could hold them back? What would their caring parents say then? What "Dangerous Dogs Act?"! Kind regards Details withheld on request

BEST KEPT VILLAGE The next litter pick is on Saturday 19th May Meet outside the Village Hall at 10.30am and join in

Burbage Village Summer Fete 1.30 - 4pm, 30th June 2012 at Burbage Primary School Come along to the Burbage Village Fete for an afternoon packed full of fun for the whole community. BBQ, Beer Tent, Teas, Coffees, Cakes, Ice Cream, Market Stalls, Crafts, Games & Activities, Savernake Scouts’ Climbing Wall, Phoenix Brass Band, Face Painting, Competitions, Raffle, Challenge Events for Everyone. Competitions For adults: Flower arranging Best cake Best jam For children: Best dressed Olympic fruit or vegetable Handwriting Miniature garden 5 Cupcakes or 5 Biscuits For everyone: Go-kart challenge! Build your own gokart and race it around our track. Trophies for best looking kart and fastest kart Every village voluntary organisation is invited to have a free stand to raise money for their own causes at the fete. Commercial stalls are also welcomed for a small fee. For more information on the event, the competitions or to book a stall, please contact Emma on: or phone: 01672 811415.


Savernake Forest Scout Group celebrates First Peter Shellswell, After an absence of more than 10 years in the village, the scout group successfully restarted 12 months ago in May 2011 and now proudly celebrates its 1st anniversary. Over 50 youngsters from the village and local area have been meeting at the East Sands Scout Hall, which recently escaped being redeveloped as housing.

any of these, perhaps you saw us hiking back from Pewsey Vale one frosty night or learning to navigate our way through wild Savernake Forest?

The group started with just Cubs and Scouts and now also includes Beavers. It’s also the shared home of the District Explorer Scouts and therefore provides a venue for fun, adventure, team work and much more from the ages of 6 years right through to 18 and beyond, and all on our door step. So what have we been doing in the last year? Hopefully you will have seen us making bird boxes at the Brain Tumour charity day, or perhaps painting the outside of the scout hall, or did you see us hosting the District Go Kart Championships in East Sands or helping plant the Diamond Jubilee trees in the village or did you hear that we won the county Scrap Heap Challenge? And if you didn’t see us at

If you missed any of those, come and see us at the Burbage Village Fete on 30th June. We’ll have the climbing wall with us and will be daring you to feel the excitement from the adrenaline rush as you let go at the


Anniversary since the group restarted Chairman top! We’ll also bring along lots of exciting games and interesting demonstrations for you to try. We have plenty more coming up too. If you are aged 6 – 8 years, perhaps you would like to join us at our annual camp, ‘Beaver Babble’, with Alice the camel! Try out some Funny Map Reading or maybe you are brave enough to come and see our dragons? If you are aged 8-10 1/2 you could take aim and try your hand at archery or track your friends using sticks and pebbles? Could you camp out under the stars or bandage your mum or dad up like an Egyptian Mummy? Or if you are aged 10½ - 14 you could be the driver of the fastest go kart on our circuit when we host the district go kart

championships? Perhaps kayaking and getting wet is for you or do you fancy trying your hand at a little backward cooking using underground ovens and open fires? If so then contact us at or call 01672 567007. To help keep the momentum going and all the young people challenged and excited, can you help us? We’re planning to have a metal recycling skip in June where we want you to donate your scrap metal to us so that we can raise funds for the upkeep of the hall. Could you spare 8 hours in a year to help run an evening beaver, cub or scout meeting, or perhaps just 2 hours to help us set up at the village fete? Many hands make light work, so please consider us. For those of you who have helped us and continue to do so, your time and support is truly appreciated and has helped make it the success it has become, we thank you.

Arthur, Archie, Sophie, Ebony, Oliver


Defibrillator Update

Good Companions Club

We would like to say a massive Thank you to all that came, helped, donated and supported us at The Burbage Swish. We raised in total over £400. Congratulations to David Burton for getting the closest weight of ‘guess the weight of the cake’ of 2.25kg (4.96lb) which was 2.109kg (4.64lb) and to Mrs Stewart for winning the bottle of Taittinger champagne .

Bernard Patterson

We would also like to thank Pauline Flint and all at The White Hart who have raised an amazing £500 from the Thursday Quiz nights throughout February, with other donations we have now got £1000, well on our way to our next machine.

Keep an eye out for us at the Burbage summer fete on June 30th we will have some fun things organised for the children and we hope to get some first aid courses up and running in the next few months. PLEASE HELP US HELP YOU TO POTENTIALLY SAVE SOMEONE’S LIFE. For more information please contact Cassi or Sally 07880717462 Helping older people to live at home for longer The Bedwyns, Burbage, Grafton Tidcombe and Fosbury Contact Mary Soellner 07557 110418

Members and a new member, Keith Amiss, were welcomed to the meeting in the Village Hall on Wednesday 18 th April by the Vice- Chairman, Jill Terry. A presentation was made to Jean Bierschenk to thank her for preparing and delivering birthday cards to members on the appropriate date. The speaker, John Price, entertained the meeting with his tales of adventures over several years while he has been walking around the coast of England, Wales and Scotland, section by section. His endeavours began in Pewsey with a walk to Salisbury that extended to the coast of Devon and Cornwall, later to Kent and the east coast. He intends to walk the remaining few bleak miles in North West Scotland to complete the circuit. Highlights were the wild life he saw in its natural habitat, Lighthouses, Bridges and the many local residents who have helped his travels to lift his spirits. The next meeting is at 10.30am in the Village Hall on Wednesday 16 th May for the Annual Coffee Morning with a Bring and Buy to top up Club funds The Diamond Jubilee Celebration Luncheon is at 12.30pm on Weds 6th June in the Village Hall.


Great Outdoors Challenge Sponsorship Geoff Hill

Would you like to support the Save the Children Fund in its work in some of the poorest regions of the world? Its work will be particularly vital over the coming months as the ongoing drought in sub Saharan Africa is predicted to lead to mass malnutrition when of course the children will suffer worst. If so you could do so by sponsoring me in my attempt to complete “The Great Outdoors Challenge.” So what exactly is “The Great Outdoors Challenge”? The event, which takes place over the 15 days between 11th and 25th May, is an unsupported, non competitive walk across Scotland limited to 350 people either travelling alone or in groups of up to four. I will be doing it solo. Places are awarded by ballot which is only open to experienced hill walkers. Once accepted entrants plan their own route, must sign out from one of 9 places on the west coast of Scotland and reach the east coast somewhere between Fraserburgh and Arbroath and then make their way to Montrose to sign in by 25th May. I will be starting at the hamlet of Lochailort just south of Mallaig and aim to reach the east coast at Montrose itself. My route takes me via Spean Bridge, Dalwhinnie, Braemar, Brechin and finally Montrose. The complete route is 276km (171miles) long and involves 8,500m (27,600ft) of climbing and two bridgeless river crossings. Because I will be away from habitation for up to four days at a stretch I will carry up to 15kg(33lb) of clothing, camping equipment and food. At this time of year in the highlands you

have to be equipped to cope with the weather that can range from snow, to torrential rain, to blazing sun. I expect to take the whole 15 days on the crossing but hope to arrive in time for the celebration dinner on the final Friday! Please sponsor me for what I believe is a very good cause. You can do this either direct (tel : 811 424) or via my “Just Giving” webpage which is: Many thanks Geoff Hill

Patient Liaison Committee June Brew, Chair We hope you all had a happy and healthy Easter The next meeting of the Committee will be on Tuesday 15th May 2012. If anyone has a matter they would like the Committee to discuss at this meeting please either speak to one of the Committee members or send a request via e-mail to : As mentioned in last months News the results of the Patient Survey carried out by the Committee are available. They can be seen on the Committee Notice Board in the Surgery or on the Surgery website which is: The overall results revealed that there is overwhelming satisfaction with the service provided by the Surgery and great support for the doctors, nurses and supporting staff. We are fortunate to have such a Surgery in the Village as well as the Pharmacy which is greatly appreciated by patients.


Burbage Flower Club

Burbage Strollers

Julia Russett

Irene Dymond

Are you interested in flower arranging? Would like to be able to arrange flowers in your home? I would like to start a New Look NAFAS (National Association of Flower Arrangement Societies) affiliated Club in Burbage

The first step is to enquire how many people would be interested in joining the flower club, we need a minimum of 20 members to affiliate to NAFAS. Once I have a list of people interested I will arrange an evening demonstration where the Area Chairman has agreed to attend. This will give you an insight to the benefits of being affiliated to NAFAS and what can be achieved from our club. From this evening hopefully we will have a keen group of volunteers to form a committee and take this new club forward. Please register your interest by calling Julia 01672 810829 - 07969311153 or email

Thank you to those who did give feedback from last month’s Burbage News. Colin Paul has very kindly volunteered to lead 4 Sunday walks this year, so a big thank you. The evening “stroll” has not received much response, however, I am aiming to walk most Wednesday evenings through to the end of September. If you feel like joining the regular few, please meet at the village hall as below; we would love to see you! DATES FOR YOUR DIARY: Wednesday evenings – 7.15 p.m. To approx. 8.15 p.m. – meet at village hall Sunday Circular Walks: Sunday 20th May: Walk to Crofton for tea & cake! Leave the Village Hall at 1.45pm Sunday July 22nd: Walk to Brimslade Leaving the Village Hall at 1.45pm Sunday 19th August: Wolf Hall returning along the canal towpath via Savernake or The Wharf. Leave the Village Hall 1.45pm Sunday 23rd Sept: Pub lunch walk to the Royal Oak, Wootton Rivers – meet near Westcourt Road Bridge for a 12 noon start. There is no cost involved in joining the Strollers for a walk, you are responsible for your own health and safety, and dogs are welcome. For more information call Irene on: 01672 811586 / 0791 769 2451 or email:



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19 We have had fun celebrating Easter, making some feathery chick cards and enjoying some Easter cakes for our refreshments. We are now looking towards the summer and planning more celebratory activities, this time for the Olympics and the Diamond Jubilee.

Burbage Baby

We are hosting a community coffee morning and second hand book sale on Tuesday 15th May 10am-11:30am. All books are 50p each and there will be fresh coffee and homemade cake for a small cost. You can stock up for your holidays! Our AGM is on Tuesday 8th May, 8pm at the White Hart, Burbage. It is an excellent opportunity to socialise with group. We'll be providing snacks and the first drink. The whole committee are standing down because their

& Toddler Group .

children have reached preschool age and Tiddlywinks needs a new committee to carry the group forward to the future. We have all thoroughly enjoyed being on the committee and highly recommend it. It involves a little work but without a big commitment. Do come to the AGM and if possible, consider becoming a member; we're friendly and it will be a fun evening.

Our sessions are held every Tuesday during term time from 9:30am to 11:30am at Burbage Village Hall for all preschool aged children and their parents or carers. It is a very friendly group with lots to entertain the little ones and fresh coffee, cakes and plenty of chat for the grown ups! Please do join us if you would like to, it is a great way to make friends. For more details contact Rachel on 07990878593. We look forward to welcoming you soon.

Pre-school had an exciting visitor last month, local Professional Percussionist, Sacha Johnson. Sacha did some musical activities with the children which included clapping games and exploring loud & soft and fast & slow sounds. Sacha also brought in a selection of percussion instruments that the children had a chance to play. Pre-school would like to thank Sacha for his time.

Burbage Pre-school is open for children from 2½ - 5 years during term times. Morning sessions are Monday – Friday 9.15am – 11.45am, lunch club is Monday – Friday 11.45am – 12.30pm and afternoon sessions are Monday & Wednesday 12.30pm – 3.00pm.

If you would like to find out more about Burbage Pre-school, then prospective families are warmly invited to our Open Afternoon on Thursday 21 st June between 12.30 and 2.30. As well as being an ideal opportunity to find out more about what we do at Pre-school there will also be fun childrens’ activities and refreshments provided.

Anyone interested in their child joining can contact our Pre-school Leader, Mrs Janet Burstow, on 01672 811420 during Pre-school hours or 01672 810736 at any other time. Our website www, You are welcome to visit us at any time. We are located behind the primary school, however access is via the footpath opposite the church.

Families with children already at Pre-school are also welcome to come along and join us.


Tai Chi in Burbage -update

Healthy Diet Rules #4 Petra Gericke

Burbage was lucky enough to be selected by Age UK Wiltshire for a pilot series of 20 subsidised Tai Chi sessions, led by Anne Liddell, an experienced tutor. Tai Chi /Shi-ba-shi was created to improve the health and general well-being of modern society and is now practiced by millions of people around the world. Research has recently shown that it is the best exercise for older people as it improves relaxation and mobility of muscles and joints, strengthens and energises the nervous system and helps dissolve tension away. Tai Chi at Burbage follows a simplified set of movements to very peaceful background sounds and music. We all move according to our own ability and those who prefer sit in a chair to do the exercises. The sessions started in mid January and support has grown rapidly. We now have around 20 members –men and women – and there is the chance for a hot drink and chat after the exercises. As the pilot has been so successful, it has been decided to continue the sessions after the pilot sponsorship ends. We are very grateful to Age UK Wiltshire for starting up and sponsoring the pilot and now look forward to our club continuing to flourish in the future. New members will always be welcome – there is plenty of room in the Village Hall! If you are over 55 and would like to enjoy relaxing and toning up in a friendly atmosphere, why not come along to Burbage Village Hall on a Thursday morning from 10.00 –11.00am and give it a try? £2 per session Hope to see you there!

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Jubilee Help List Does anyone have a large piece of carpet or coconut matting to beg, borrow or steal to cover the road for the Punch and Judy show plus other games and events? Your Royal Party Contacts: Mike Vardy: 07802 218 014 Karen Brown: 01672 810 518

21 Savernake Team Letter May 2012

Revd Robert Grist 01672 811431

Revd Robert Grist, Assistant Curate writes: Dear Everybody, What a difference a few days can makeK. The week before Easter my world was turned upside-down by the unexpected and untimely death of my dear mother. At the time it made it difficult for me to reconcile the emptiness I was feeling inside with the triumphant emptiness of Jesus’ tomb. And then, after some time off work, I returned only to find that two of my three senior managers were leaving the business (one had gone already) now throwing my whole work situation into confusion. It’s at times such as these that all any of us can do is to reach out in faith to the one who is unchanging, unfailing and dependable – as the Psalmist puts it; he is our rock, our fortress, deliverer, shield and refuge. (Psalm 8:2) And he is still our hope. At the end of this month we remember another day which turned the world upsidedown for a lot of people. For we celebrate the festival of Pentecost - the fiftieth day after Easter. The word literally means ‘fiftieth’ and, as a multiple of seven, is a special number in biblical terms. Seven has always indicated God’s fullness or completion; in the Genesis account, God created the world in six days and rested on the seventh, when it was complete. And so as a multiple of seven plus one day, Pentecost also points beyond the fullness of God’s revelation in Jesus to the Holy Spirit. At Christmas we celebrate God the Father’s wonderful gift of his Son; at Easter we celebrate Christ’s triumph over death; and at Pentecost, the third most important festival for the Christian Church, we celebrate the coming of the Holy Spirit who gives the gift of faith.


22 On the first Pentecost (Acts 2), we read how the Holy Spirit came powerfully upon the disciples. Such was the revelation that ‘about three thousand’ were baptised that day. This tradition continued through history and is the very reason we also call it Whit Sunday (after ‘White Sunday’) when those newly baptised into the church would dress in white. Pentecost celebrates the birthday of the Christian Church the Church which survives to this very day! So why not join us on May 27 this year at Burbage for a very special celebration? And so, on reflection, I thank God that a few days can indeed make a difference. Because in a few days at Easter the world was indeed turned upside downKnot just for me, but for everybody! And we are reminded of this right through until Pentecost and we continue to celebrateK. HE IS RISEN INDEED. Alleluia! With every blessing Rob

The Ladies Group will be attending ‘Releasing your full potential’ with Mrs Bryony Springate on Saturday 26th May 2012 Bryony will cover the following during the day: What traps you and stops you firing on all cylinders? How can you be set free to realise all that God has for you? Through the day, we shall be looking at the “answers” to the two questions, using examples from scripture, and also looking at ways to help ourselves. There will be prayer offered at the end of each session, and hopefully you will be encouraged and enthused! The day course starts at 10am with worship. Refreshments are served midway through the morning, and lunch is provided at 1pm. Lunch, is included in the £20 charge for the day and although Harnhill do provide a vegetarian option, they are unable to cater for any other diet. We will be stopping for a meal on the way back from Harnhill. Please book your place with Debbie Brown on 01672 810853.

23 Following all the amazing events in the village over the Jubilee weekend, All Saints Church would like to invite everyone to

A service of Thanksgiving for the Diamond Jubilee of her Majesty the Queen At All Saints Church Burbage on Sunday 3rd June at 11 am Everyone is very welcome to this Jubilee Thanksgiving Service, which is going to be a special event for the whole community. A celebration service with traditional hymns and prayers which have been specially prepared for this Jubilee year and will be used widely across the country In addition we would especially like to hear from anyone with special memories of the actual Coronation Day that we might be able to incorporate into the service. Please look out for more information posters around the village soon

10AM - 4PM SATURDAY 5th May at ALL SAINTS’ BURBAGE Former Archbishop of Canterbury Lord Georg Carey, will be leading a day of teaching and renewal, titled ’Re thinking Christianity’. Lord Carey whose latest book ‘We Don’t Do God’, published in February 2012, will speak on Christianity Revisited during the day. He will also be available to sign copies of his new book which will be on sale. Cost £5.00 - Please bring a packed lunch To book a place, contact Debbie: 01672 810853 I would like to book places for the Renewal Day on Saturday, 5th May 2012 and enclose £ From: ............................................................................................. Address: ......................................................................................... ........................................................................................................ Church (if any) ..................……………............................................. Cheques payable to "The PCC of Burbage" please.



26 Ladies Group @ All Saints’ Church Burbage

Please join us for a Ladies’ Breakfast Saturday 19th May at 9am Church Centre Enjoy a continental breakfast in a relaxed atmosphere and listen to our very own

Shirley Tawney,

who is going to share her journey of faith with us. For more information on this event contact Debbie Brown on 01672 810853 or any of the other ladies on the committee: Linda Dytham, Heather Moore, Kay Francis, Joyce Kennington, Val Nelson Piercy and Sue Goalby

CALL MY WINE BLUFF The Church Centre, Burbage

Saturday 19th May 7.30pm A light hearted and entertaining evening when teams of 4 – 6 test their palates and knowledge against the questionable information given by our panel of local ‘experts’! Tickets £10 per person from Trish Street 01672 810965 or Jane Bowyer 01672 810969

All profits to the Sudan Building Bridges Fund


During the Clergy Vacancy

Appointing new clergy

For enquiries about : Weddings, Funerals or Baptisms, go initially to Mrs. Debbie Brown, Church Administrator, who will liaise with the appropriate people; Debbie is in the Church Office every weekday morning: 01672 810853.

We are looking forward to the Rev. Michael McHugh arriving in Great Bedwyn ready to start his work as Team Rector in early July.

For problems which you feel need the help of a minister: For questions concerning Young People’s worship: go to Rev. Linda Dytham: 01672 811025.

We shall now be able to begin the process towards appointing a Team Vicar to be resident in Burbage.

For matters which Lay Pastoral Assistants may be able to help with, go initially to Mrs. Sue Masey, who will liaise with the appropriate people: 01672 810308. For House groups, cell groups, the first Wednesday of the month Mid Week meetings, the Renewal Day and the parish weekend at Ammerdown (including bursaries), go to Mr. Barry Smith: 01380 860593

1-5-0 Fest 150 Fest is a music event which Swindon Youth for Christ are hosting in partnership with IMPACT and some local supporters. It is a one-night-only music event featuring 3 Christian bands – Fire Fall Down, Saving Strike and The Origin. Check out their websites by googling their names! All the bands are really fantastic and it should be a great night.

On Sunday 20th May 6pm – 8.30pm Come and enjoy table tennis, table football, music, food and a different look at the Christian faith at our Christian Youth Group. If you’re aged 11 to secondary school year 11 please come along and join us for the evening. Church Centre, Burbage.

Contact Alan & Debbie Brown for more details 810357

We hope to take some or all of our youth group along, with any of their friends. This will be a very accessible event and something credible that they can confidently bring their nonChristian friends to. Saturday May 5th, 7pm – 10pm at The Platform Youth Centre, Swindon If you’d like to come please contact Debbie Brown on either 810853 (office) or 801357 (home), we’ll be arranging lifts!


From the Diary Further events/dates: 5th May

Renewal Day with George Carey—see Debbie for bookings and details

17th May

Team Ascension Day Service—7pm at Chute Causeway

19th May

Ladies Group Breakfast—church centre 9am see Debbie for more details

19th May

Call My Wine Bluff—church centre 7.30pm see larger ad for more details

20th May

Youth Group—church centre 6.00pm to 7.30pm call Debbie 810357 for more details.

25th May

Mums & Tots coffee morning—church centre 9am

26th May

Ladies Group Day out to Ladies Day at Harnhill—see larger ad for details.

27th May

Pentecost Service at 11am in the church. Come and experience the Holy Spirit!

Please see our website for further information on any events or services detailed in this section:

REGULAR EVENTS Fill The Gap-every Thursday 12-2pm in the Church Centre. Great atmosphere, all ages welcome, come and join us! Coffee ‘n’ Browse First Friday of each month 9am-12noon in the Church Centre, meeting locally to help families afar! See you on Friday 4th May

Booking the Church Centre: Please contact: Rob Hartwell on 01672 810839 or email:


Who’s Who at All Saints’ Team Vicar........................


01672 810258

Assoc Priest ......................

The Revd Linda Dytham.................

01672 811025

Asst Curate .......................

The Revd Robert Grist...................

01672 811431


Joy Guy .......................................... Peter Devenish ...............................

01672 810767 01672 810296

Church Life Coordinator....

Barry Smith.....................................

01380 860593


Debbie Brown .................................

01672 810853

Church Centre Manager ...

Rob Hartwell ...................................

01672 810839

Lay Pastoral Assistants ....

Sue Masey......................................

01672 810308


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Mid Week Meeting Holy Communion All Age Worship Mothers Union Holy Communion

Morning Prayer


A funny thing happened on the way to….! Aka Wildlife Watching Andrew Dawes BBC NHU Radio researcher/producer As I crossed the garden the other day, March and June often seen awkwardly there on the lawn was a large shiny trundling about feeding on celandines beetle. It was a black oil beetle Meloe (picture below). I was told a useful tip proscarabaeus. Now, there are two recently, look for swarms of micro flies interesting things about that. Firstly I’d around celandine and probably never seen an oil beetle in the garden somewhere nearby will be a beetle. If before, and secondly it was a female and disturbed, oil beetles can ooze a noxious mortally wounded. Turning round to get oily fluid from their knee joints, used to my camera for a photo, I turned back to deter predators, and from which they got the beetle only to discover it had their name. The male is smaller than the disappeared. female and has a kinked antenna, used to grip the female when mating. Look along pathways or clearings as the beetles like to use bare soil both for digging holes to lay eggs, and to catch the suns warmth.

Was I seeing things? Well no, in reality this oil beetle was probably dropped by a passing bird and while my back was turned, the bird nipped back to retrieve it. Logically then, the oil beetle must have come from somewhere nearby. So the following day I headed off to see if I could find myself a live oil beetle. Sadly at the time of writing, I’ve failed to do so in the Grafton area, but over the coming months I shall look again. There are four species of oil beetle in Britain, and Wiltshire is a good place to find the 2 common ones. The black, and the similar looking violet oil beetle Meloe violaceus. Adults are about 2 centimetres long and when laden with eggs the female can be twice the size of the male. They are active on warm sunny days between

The life cycle of both these oil beetles is one of the most extraordinary life cycles of any British insect. Living only a few months, the newly emerged adult’s mate, after which the female digs a burrow into which she will lay a few thousand eggs. The tiny larvae, known as triungulins, emerge, climb onto the flowers of celandines, buttercups and dandelions and wait to attach themselves onto the backs of a solitary mining bee. Once on the bee, they are then taken back to the bees nest, where the triungulin consumes the egg and pollen supply of the host bee. It then pupates and emerges as an adult beetle the following year. A female oil beetle can lay 40,000 eggs in her lifetime, but only a few will survive. So next time you are out and about maybe have a look for these fantastic beetles as I will do on warm spring days. A useful identification guide and details of a national oil beetle survey can be found on the Buglife website: www,

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Meet Your Community – Steve and Helen Colling me. They were eventually married at St. Mary's Church, Thatcham in 1993.

'Just good friends,' is the common statement made by many couples who later get married. This was the way that Steve and Helen Colling described the beginning of their relationship. They actually met in 1980 while they were both working in Germany. At that time Steve was stationed there in the Army and Helen was a teacher in one of the Joint Services Children's Schools. 'We didn't rush into it,' Steve assured

Steve was brought up in Litchfield, Staffordshire. He told me that he 'ran away,' to join the army at 16! First he went to the Army Sixth Form College before officer training at Sandhurst. He joined The Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers and gained his degree in electrical engineering at Shrivenham before going on to become a Chartered Engineer and, much later, a Fellow of The Institute of Engineering and Technology. He explained that one of the most interesting placements during his training was to the Aston Martin factory in Newport Pagnell. He seemed quite disappointed that Helen wouldn’t let him buy one on retirement! Helen spent her childhood in Coventry going on to Reading to undertake teacher training at

37 Bulmershe College. She then returned to Coventry to teach infant and primary aged children for four years. Then for ten tears she worked with the Services Children's Organisation at Soest in Germany, which was where she and Steve first met. She then returned to this area and taught at a school in Greenham, near Newbury before marrying. Steve and Helen told me that they enjoy travelling and visiting other parts of the World. This for many servicemen and women is one of the perks of military life. Steve talked with enthusiasm of postings to Germany, Cyprus, the Falklands, Australia and the Gulf. They were incredibly lucky to be posted to a Canadian Forces base just North of Toronto for their first posting together and over a 2 year period travelled extensively in Canada and the USA. This was followed by a move to Arborfield. It was their final posting that brought them to live in Burbage as Steve needed to commute to Andover and Bristol. Steve's Army career ended last year with some months of resettlement training. He spent some time at Manchester Business School going first to Salamanca and then Berlin on language courses. I have to admit that his Spanish is now better than mine! They both told me that they are very fond of Spain and have travelled there quite often. We often talk about places we are both fond of in Spain, such as Barcelona. Since her retirement from teaching Helen has been able to develop her interest in art work. She graduated with a diploma in stitched textiles after 7 years part time study at Windsor College. She now belongs to The Society of Design Craftsmen and was recently elected to Member status. She has exhibited her work in London at the Mall Galleries and participated in the Marlborough Open Studios. You can find out more about her work at: During May Helen's work will be on display as part of the Newbury Open Studios scheme see: http:// for opening times and other details.

The church and village have 'looked after us very well' Steve told me. Life in the church is not just 'singing and praying' but much more and through it they have got to know many people and become involved in many interests and activities including ballroom dancing and 'Fill The Gap' You will see that Helen now writes the reports for 'Woman's Own', which you will see on another page of the Burbage News and shares her interest in needlework through 'It's A Stitch Up!' Steve successfully organised a recent jazz concert featuring The Helen Barrett Trio to raise funds for the church's project to buy seeds and tools for the people of Sudan. He also enjoy pottering in the garden, photography and making furniture. Steve and Helen have really become members of the Burbage community. In conclusion, I must make mention of another member of The Colling household. He is one of the biggest feline balls of fir that I have ever seen, the 13 year old Oscar. You may meet him if you go to view Helen's textile work, that's if he can be bothered to wake up and greet you! Interview by John Guy

Jubilee Help List Would you have any Throne-like chairs we could borrow for our King and Queen?

Your Royal Party Contacts: Mike Vardy: 07802 218 014 Karen Brown: 01672 810 518


Woman’s Own

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Helen Colling

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The next meeting will be at 7.30pm on Thursday May 18th in the Church Centre. The speaker, Marion Dale from Lackham College will be talking about the origins of some of our favourite garden plants. Visitors most welcome to join us. Please contact Jean Weller 810079 for more details.

Thank you to all those who attended the Coffee N Browse on 30th March, when we were able to raise £85 for the Church’s Tearfund Sudan appeal & the Mother’s Union stall raised £69 – fantastic. Also congratulations to Joyce Kennington, who won the free competition prize of ’William’, the Teddy!

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Jubilee Help List We are asking all small businesses in the village to support this event in whatever way they can, e.g. children’s prizes or a donation Your Royal Party Contacts: Mike Vardy: 07802 218 014 Karen Brown: 01672 810 518

Our next Coffee N Browse is on Friday May 4th, the main proceeds of which will be going to Farm Africa. As well as the free competition to win a luxury embroidery anglais cushion cover, & the book swap & play area there will be great tables to browse from 9am to 12 noon at the Church Centre, namely: Marie Hattersley’s handcrafted jewellery; Pam Lovell’s quality greeting cards & goodies; bags & hats from Julia Radbourne; Gill Bryant’s silk painted delights; Chloe Groom’s pearl jewellery; accessories & treasures from Jo Ball; and the chance to decorate & plant up a pot of bulbs for £1.50 for the Sudan fund. MEETING LOCALLY, HELPING FAMILIES AFAR – keeeeeeep browsing!! June Coffee N Browse will be on Friday 1st June 2012


Burbage & Easton Royal British Legion Club The May Newsletter For members old and new, or not yet joined - this is the Official Club Newsletter By Gavin Ketchen, Chairman.

Dear Members and readers We are currently holding back on the planned improvements until we have re-built our reserves following the recent battering by the costs mentioned last month. We intend to go ahead with the changes, preferably sooner rather than later, but to do so means we will have to work harder to raise a few more pounds for these projects We are still pursuing various new ideas and once all the formalities are completed, we should have a brand new gaming machine in, to complement the existing one What would YOU like to see at the British Legion Club? We have had many great suggestions and over the last year, most of them have been tried and a lot of them were very popular. We could do with some new ideas, please! After all, it is YOUR Club so tell us what you want to see One idea is to hold Whist or Bridge nights and have either individual players or teams to play in-house, or at other reasonably local Clubs. Interested? Please contact me or send me an email. Use this email address: Or phone me on 07879 444 345

40 As you can see from the Notice below, we are applying to vary our existing Club Premises Certificate. This is also to ensure we are properly covered for the use of recorded (visual) materials, needed not only for the Film Club (despite holding a Film Licence) but also for other entertainments such as Race Nights, and the use of video projections for business/meeting purposes These are only minor changes but there is a formal process to comply with, which we are currently doing. The Film Club will resume once this application has been approved These changes will make no noticeable difference to the normal, routine running of the Burbage and Easton Royal British Legion Club Licensing Act 2003- Public Notice of Application in Local Newspaper Application for a variation of a club premises cerificate (Sections 84 of the Act) Name of Club: Burbage and Easton Royal British Legion Club Postal address of club premises including postcode: 58-60 Eastcourt Road, Burbage, Marlborough, Wiltshire SN8 3AJ Variation to existing club premises certificate at above address. The Licensing Register may be inspected at The Licensing Authority Wiltshire Council, Browfort, Bath Road, Devizes, Wilts SN10 2AT between 9.00am and 4.30pm (Monday - Friday, excluding Bank Holidays) Any representations by a Responsible Authority or Interested Party must be made in writing to the above address by Tuesday 15th May 2012. It is an offence knowingly or recklessly to make a false statement in connection with an application punishable on summary conviction by a maximum fine of £5,000.

What’s happening at the Club? Members - free admission.

Any Saturdays that are not listed, keep an eye out for the latest updates by either visiting our mini-site ( Or phoning the Club (01672 810 369) or looking out for the posters! The Film Club should be back soon and this and other events will be advertised in the Club Dates for your Diary: Jubilee Rock ‘n’ Roll with Elvis56: The next BIG event will be the return of Elvis56 on Saturday 26th May. This extremely popular act will feature some Elvis greats, and will be expanding the range to include some of the best Rock ‘n’ Roll hits! Another special night is planned in May but it’s a secret (especially since it seems that everyone knows about it already, but…) There will be another of the ever-popular Super Bingo nights in early June - A Jubilee Special. Exact date to be confirmed Are you a forward planner? Will we be holding the 4th Annual Burbage Garden Show? Will the prizes be even better than last year? If we do hold it, will it probably be in August? Will entering be open to all (YES!) Are you thinking about growing something spectacular? If so, let us know and we’ll even print a progress chart Don’t forget to send us your ideas for entertainment. See you soon

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PICNIC AT THE PALACE Jubilee celebration Saturday 2nd June

A right royal cupcake competition is planned! We will be serving afternoon tea and cakes as part of the Jubilee Celebrations and we need your help Please bake, decorate and deliver your cupcakes to the Church Centre between 10 and 11.30 am Saturday, 2nd June where they will be judged at midday. We would then like to serve the cakes for afternoon tea. If you would like to bake but don’t want to compete we would love to have your cakes to serve as well. I’m also looking for volunteers to help serve tea. We had a fantastic response for the Royal Wedding celebrations last year. If you can help this year, either baking or serving, please let me know ( 810949 or email Thank you so much. Helen Colling

Keep up to date with the latest plans by visiting the special ‘Party in the Palace’ section on the Burbage News website

Diamond Jubilee Trees Geoff Hill You will be pleased to learn that despite the very dry conditions since November virtually all to the trees you planted have successfully established themselves. Some are already growing strongly and most of the rest are in leaf. There are half a dozen that are still bare, although even these have buds and should flourish following the recent rain, and only one looks as if it may not have made it. This is a critical year for the trees. Although we have had a lot of rain recently this has not penetrated that far into the soil. As a result the trees could become short of water very rapidly if we get periods with no rain during the rest of the spring and summer. You could help enormously over the next few months if during any week without rain you could give your tree a bucket or watering can full of water around its roots. I will take responsibility for watering the Jubilee Oak. Thanks


Saturday 12th May The Saturday Market and Meet At Burbage Village Hall - 11.00am – 3.00pm Visitors – Entrance free Refreshments available Selection of cakes, biscuits, and tea, coffee and soft drinks. A great chance to meet your friends for tea or coffee and cake, and relax in our café area Please put the date in your diary and come along to see what there is on offer NOT A CRAFT SALE / NOT A FOOD SALE NOT A SALE OF ONE PARTICULAR TYPE OF GOODS BUT A MIXTURE OF ALL OF THE ABOVE AND MORE BESIDES Please come and support local businesses The Meet part - many local organisations to see if you would like to join, or to discuss local issues Visit our mini-website at -Village Hall- Saturday Market page where there are booking forms for May, June and July markets and where a regular update of tables booked will appear. Any local business is welcome to contact Sandy for more information

SPECIAL OFFER AT THE MAY MARKET AND MEET Savernake IMAGINE PORTRAIT STUDIO will be attending in May and are offering the following to people who sign up on the day: Imagine Portrait Studio will be offering family portrait experiences at their studio for an introductory price of £35. This experience will include a 60 minute family photo session where you can even bring the dog! Your photo session can consist of studio and stunning outdoor photography on the farm. You will also get a private cinema viewing where you can choose a 10”x8” framed portrait to take away! This experience would usually cost £150, so you will be making an amazing saving on paying just £35

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Burbage Parish Council Welcome to May’s news from your Parish Council. The annual Parish Meeting took place on the 4th April. This is meant to be a chance for the whole village to meet and voice any concerns or ideas that they have on what they would like to see in the village or on how things could be changed, added or improved. It is not a PC only event; the council organise it but it is open to everybody, and all external organisations and individuals are encouraged to attend. This year, less than 20 people turned up, which is very disappointing, but part of the discussion we had centred on the fact that most people are unaware of this meeting and what it is meant to achieve. We will continue to work on ways to improve both the content and communication of the aims and objectives of the meeting. Hopefully next year’s meeting will have greater success. However, whilst the parish meeting is one way of meeting your council, and the monthly council meetings are another, we are also in attendance at the monthly Saturday Markets that have successfully started in the Village Hall. More details of this event can be found elsewhere in this magazine, but feel free to come along and say hello. The new council working groups that we have established continue to work well – planning, maintenance and governance issues are handled by sub-groups of the council who then make recommendations to the full council to vote on. It means that issues can be properly studied and debated

and informed decisions reached. The Localism Act came into law in 2011 – this is intended to give local councils more power and authority in decisions making issue that affect their community. There are a lot of things to learn, both legally and operationally, and I am delighted to report that your councillors will be undertaking Wiltshire Council approved training courses over the coming year to make sure that we operate both legally and to best practice and procedure. As you may be aware there will be a street party in June to celebrate the Queen’s Jubilee. This is not a council organised initiative but is being organised by a separate group of volunteers, again more details in other parts of the magazine. Your council voted to purchase commemorative coins to be given to children of the village as a memento from the Royal Jubilee. We will again be entering the Best Kept Village competition. This is not a “beauty contest” but a chance to show the judges that we care about our village – we can all help by minimising litter, dog mess and general rubbish that is strewn around. To contact the Parish Council, please email A full list of councillors names, addresses and telephone numbers are also on the web site, or alternatively they are also listed on the notice board at the Post Office and Londis Colin Brown Vice Chairman Burbage Parish Council





BURBAGE AND EASTON ROYAL TENNIS CLUB Andrew Gordon Spring 2012 is the perfect time for Tennis in Burbage. • Our courts are looking fantastic. After the upgrade last summer, they are among the very best in Wiltshire. • Two excellent new coaches are starting courses for children (Aged 4 upwards), teenagers and adults of every ability. • Friendly club practice from 10.30 on Sunday mornings, or play with friends when you like. • Men’s doubles and two Mixed doubles teams playing league matches through the summer. • Adult, student and family membership charges are still held at 2010 levels. • Members can enter our ballot for Wimbledon tickets. Contact us, and discover how best you can learn, improve and enjoy your tennis in Burbage. It’s a marvelous opportunity: Nobody is ‘too young’, ‘too old’ or ‘not good enough’. Come and join us! Chairman

Andrew Gordon


Louise Crawford

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Helen Mackenzie

Jubilee Help List

Next meeting is at the Church Centre Saturday June 9th 9.30am –12.30pm Cost £5 Do join us Bring your own work: knitting, crochet, patchwork, hand or machine sewing, etc,etc… Help and advice always available Contact Helen 810949 or Kay 811093 for details

If you have any unwanted crockery, cups, teapots, plates, cups and saucers, please bring to Mike Vardy at 24 Eastcourt or to the British Legion Club, Eastcourt Road (after 7.30pm) for the purpose of ‘Smash the Queen’s Crockery’ (no glass or pyrex, thanks!) Your Royal Party Contacts: Mike Vardy: 07802 218 014 Karen Brown: 01672 810 518


June 2012 Edition Please send your news and articles from around the village by no later than: Wednesday 16th <ay. Use these details for Classified Ads, letters and messages: Email: You can post or deliver articles by hand to the editors below:

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