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Welcome to the November Burbage News! Burbage News Editors At the time of writing this, it is late on a wet Thursday evening, on 11th October 2012. We are feeling great as we have just got home from an excellent evening after listening to some blues performed by the Kevin Brown Quartet, and also warmed by some lovely nachos with chilli during the interval The event was put on by BRATS (aka Burbage Rural Arts Touring Supporters) and sponsored by the Burbage News, so that quality artists can again be seen in Burbage performing live. These events are not put on to make great profits, but we hope to break-even, or make a small profit to help with the next event. So to all those people who attended, thank you very much! Please tell friends to come as well to the next event. To those of you who could make it, you missed a really great evening so look out for the next BRATS event and come and join us. The next Burbage News event is on Sunday 9th December in the Village Hall. The Burbage News is running, for the third year, an evening of Christmas music to include carols and seasonal songs & tunes. Performing for your entertainment will be the Phoenix Brass Band as well as the Burbage Signing Choir, but to make this a success depends on the number of people we can get to support the event. The past two years have been a great success, so let's make this one even better. Any ideas of what you would like included in the evening's entertainment should be e-mailed to:

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Your Letters to the Burbage News Chocoholics Date for your diary - Chocolates I am holding my annual "chocoholics" afternoon on Monday 5th November at 12 Suthmere Drive starting at 3:30pm - 6:00pm. Ideal for seasonal gifts, table & tree decorations etc. All sales commission donated to the Alzheimer’s Society and Burbage Church Bell Tower maintenance fund. Everybody welcome and bring a friend. Catalogues available Margaret Slatter It’s not nice… I have taken a picture this afternoon, during a walk from my house (in Croft Corner) to the village school, via the football field and children’s play-park, of a pile of dog poo. I could have taken countless photos on this walk, but this pile of poo particularly stood out to me as my two year old son and his one year old friend almost ran through it in their haste to get to the play equipment - as it was just before the entrance gate!

walking and they often don’t have the foresight or the reaction time to dodge and avoid these piles (not that adults should have to either!) There has to be something we can do as a community to stop those dog owners that don’t clean up after their dogs from spoiling what is otherwise a lovely village to walk round?! Thanks for your help Katie Hawkins Mum to four little people, and tired of cleaning up other peoples dog poo from wheels and shoes! A great evening spoilt On Thursday 11th October, my partner and I attended an evening of musical entertainment held in the village hall: The organisers had gone to some trouble to create a really good atmosphere. We weren’t early so took seats at the rear near the bar. We were all enjoying the entertainment, except the bar staff, who chatted throughout, making it difficult for those near the bar to hear clearly. I noticed other attendees being disturbed and so my partner quietly gestured to the staff to be quiet. The evening continued and I thought that was the end of the matter. How wrong I was….

Myself and MANY other Mums in the village can often be found cleaning peoples dog poo from our pram wheels and children’s shoes, which is just not on, I find it especially sad that the 'dog poo hotspots' as it were seem to be the playing field, play park and foot paths leading to and from the primary and preschool! The following day I was at home and Surely it is quite obvious to had arranged to take some items to EVERYONE that these places are the local charity shop. So midwhere little people are going to be - the Burbage News website

5 morning, with my hands full, I opened my front door, and as I went to step out caught a glimpse of a bag of rubbish left hard against my front door obstructing my exit. A lucky escape from a nasty fall! After regaining my balance and divesting myself of what I was carrying, I opened the bag – rubbish from the previous evening’s event. It transpired that this was left there by the hall’s staff. Phone calls were made and later that afternoon one of the event organisers, as distressed as I was at this action, came to collect the rubbish. This wilful act has left me feeling anxious and vulnerable, and yes, I did notify the police. Susan Gray

Prospect Hospice Village Collection II Following our previous success in Burbage in June, Prospect Hospice is planning another park up on Tuesday 20th November from 09:0010:30. We will be parked outside the British Legion on the day with our branded van and uniformed collectors who will be delighted to receive your donations for our 13 charity shops. We look forward to collecting any donations of clothing, bric-a-brac, household items, music items and thank you all in anticipation for your support. Last year, Prospect Hospice shops generated £1.53 million which helped to enable Prospect Hospice to deliver care within the inpatient unit at Wroughton, Great Western Hospital, the community around Swindon, Marlborough and Pewsey and through its Prospect@Home service. This now costs over £5.4 million a year, so your help will be very much appreciated.

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Burbage Flower Club

Patient Liaison Committee June Brew, Chair FLU INJECTIONS

Dates for your Diaries: Thursday 8th November 7.30pm – 10.00pm Burbage Village Hall £3.00 per person payable on the door. Flower Demonstration by Mary Keily ‘From This Day Forward’ Vice Chairman South West Area of NAFAS ~ Thursday 13th December in the Village Hall Christmas Demonstration and Workshop with Megan Jackson Everyone welcome to come along to make a fabulous Christmas wreath or an arrangement for your Christmas table You will need to bring: An apron, sharp scissors, mixed evergreen foliage e.g. holly, ivy, rosemary, pittosporum, conifer, spruce, camellia, skimmia, fir cones and 4 candles if you are making a table arrangement Megan will provide the bases, extra foliage, ribbons, floristry wires and optional sundries. Cost will be £3.00 on the door to include seasonal refreshments. To book a place for the evening and to order your materials at £5.00 per person please contact Megan Direct on 01672810588 or at ~ Thursday 10th Jan 2013 in the Village Hall. New Years Drinks Party and AGM ~ For further information contact:

The FLU CLINICS are still on going and a number of you have not had your jabs yet! The Doctors are keen that all of you who are over 65 or at risk should be immunised against flu. Please ring to make an appointment. MISSED APPOINTMENTS Between the September 16th and October 16th SIXTY SIX (66) appointments were missed for both Doctors and Nurses. I am sure you will agree this is a real problem. These missed appointments are depriving other patients of appointment times. The Surgery would also like to ask that all patients phoning for repeat prescriptions, blood results and all non essential matters to please call the Surgery during the afternoons, thus freeing the phone for patients phoning to make appointments. MOVEMBER In the aid of the Prostate Cancer Charity. Doctor Trevor is leading the gentlemen of this committee in growing moustaches for the whole month of November. There will be a collection box on the surgery reception for donations, please give generously. A photograph of the gentlemen will be put on the notice board at the end of the month! We had a another good and productive committee meeting .If there are any points you would like raised when we next meet please email or contact any of the committee, or leave a note at the Surgery for me. Have a great month… and don’t forget those flu jabs!




Join us on Sunday 9th December At 7.00pm (Doors open 6.15pm) in Burbage Village Hall for another great


Phoenix Brass Band ~o0o~

Burbage Signing Choir ~o0o~

Super Prize Raffle ~o0o~

Mulled Wine ~o0o~

Mince Pies ~o0o~

Hot Food ~o0o~

We’ve kept the ticket prices the same as last year! Single ticket £3.50 Family ticket £8.00 (2 adults and up to 4 children) Available from local shops or telephone Keith on 811350 or Gavin on 811990 Brought to you for the third year running by your Burbage News!

10 10.30am at Burbage We are now thoroughly into the Village Hall. It is for babies and preterm and the school children children have been Burbage Baby & Toddler Group . aged 0-5 and their enjoying a variety of activities, amongst some are mosaic parents or carers. Each session loosely making, painting and creating butterflies follows a similar pattern with crafts and free play time, followed by a snack then from cut out’s. more `Mat time` involving singing, music We have seen some new faces in the and sometimes puppets. We have a wide group, which we very much welcome variety of toys ranging from dressing up, wooden kitchen and soft play to a small and hope they continue to join us. climbing frame. on the subject of welcoming, we have a community coffee morning on the 13th It is a friendly group which is a fun place of November from 10-11.30am .Everybody for children .For the grown ups there is is welcome and for a small fee there will fresh coffee, tea, cakes, a chance to meet be coffee and cake available. All funds other carers with young children and raised will go towards tiddlywinks which chat (and even the possibility of a sit down !) will be running as usual. . Our sessions are held every Tuesday during term time from 9.30am to

For more details contact Hannah on 07833 934074

The children are enjoying all our Autumn activities and the newly painted garden area an d playhouse. We are looking forward to all the Christmas activities after the holidays including our lovely Nativity and fun Christmas party. Our next fund-raising event is our Toy Fayre on Saturday 26th November, 2pm – 4pm, at the Village Hall. If you have any donations for the toy stalls, tombola or raffle please drop them with us during opening hours or contact Liz Lockwood on 810067.

Friday 9.15am – 11.45am, lunch club is Monday – Friday 11.45am – 12.3 0p m and a f t e r n o o n sessions are Monday & Wednesday 12.30pm – 3.00pm.

Burbage Pre-school is open for children from 2½ - 5 years during term times. Morning sessions are Monday –

Anyone interested in their child joining the Pre-school 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 is 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.


Christmas Market Burbage Village Hall Saturday 10th Nov 11am - 3pm Get your Christmas shopping done early, find some truly individual gifts & stocking fillers, miss the shop crowds & support your local businesses. Stalls include: Acanthus Plants seasonal plants & gardening gifts, Appletree Crafts material gifts, Cherry Orchard Meats sausages & apple juices, Coryographiers jewellery, Erin’s Handbags, Gill Terry homemade soaps, Handmade Potter xmas decorations etc, Help for Heroes charity products, Imagine Studios family portraits, Langfords Preserves,

My Little Cakes inc. individual xmas cakes, Pam’s Cards inc. xmas cards, Phoenix Trading cards, wrap & stationery, Pure Leather Co. shoes & clothes, Ramsbury Fudge, Switchcraft recycled crafts, Trudy’s Beads jewellery, Tony water colour paintings, Treen Workshop woodturner, Usha’s Very Own vegetarian Indian food, Yare Silver Designs jewellery ...and more.

Refreshments: Selection of homemade cakes, biscuits, tea, coffee, soft drinks. Burbage scouts will be barbecuing burgers, sausages and bacon with rolls. Cubs and Beavers fun table. Tombola in aid of the Village Hall funds.

Visit our mini website at: click on Village Hall and Saturday Market, where you can see regular updates of who will be at the market, or see the Village Hall notice board. Ethos Creative Design


BURBAGE SIGNING CHOIR Jean Bierschenk We've been practising hard and have got some new numbers lined up. I will be practising something new with the children ready for the Good Companions Christmas Dinner. Our season starts next week as we are performing at Mothers Union at Hungerford on the 16th October. They have asked us to do some signing and a talk and then teach them some signing, which should be fun. After that we will be at Coffee n Browse on 30th November, please come and see us and have a cup of coffee as well! We will then be at the Village Hall Festive Celebration on Sunday 9th December. We've got something special lined up for that and it should all be a bit of fun so do come and see us at that if you can. Anybody is welcome to join in if they want to , and remember it is all for fun and a collection for a good cause. Contact Jean 0n 810451 or Cynthia on 810026 for any further information.

Woman’s Own Helen Colling In September Woman’s Own held a mini craft show expertly organised by Romaine Daw. There were several categories one could enter, and most members did. Items from fruit and vegetable displays, Victoria sponges and shortbread, flower arrangements and photographs, to knitting, crochet and embroidery were borne in on the evening, laid out and labelled. Voting took place by the members, for the members, by means of a piece of pasta in a dish next to the exhibits one liked best. Standards were high and decisions were difficult, but, results in, winners were announced and prizes given. Romaine was duly thanked for all her hard work in organising the evening; so well did she do it that she will undoubtedly have the job again! It was a most successful evening, the taking part every bit as enjoyable as the winning. In addition to all the excitement, five raffle prizes were on offer that night, lucky winners being Jacky Collins, Sarah Scott, Ann Kempson, Elaine Dutton and Sue Parmenter. In October we looked forward to Christmas already [!] with a demonstration by Julia Russett of festive floral decorations – full report in December. November’s meeting will be the members’ skittles evening in the British Legion-7.30pm. Please let Elaine Dutton know if you are attending so that she can cater correctly.


Marr Green Farm Shop ltd The Festive Season is approaching and we are taking orders for our superb Local Bronzed Turkeys and Christmas meats.

We also make up a beautiful hamper basket for that perfect gift. This can be made in one of our shopping or linen baskets.

We now have a great range of quality Log Baskets, Shopping Baskets and Linen Baskets in a range of sizes and colours.

Samantha Mitchener 07900 952 152 Opening Times Tuesday - Friday 9.30am - 5.00pm Saturday 9.00am - 5.00pm Closed Sunday and Monday



Good Companions Club Roger Pearce In the absence of Chairman Mary Powell, Vice-Chairman Gill Terry welcomed members to our monthly meeting. Apologies were received from a number of members. It was reported that Mrs Spreadbury is very unwell at the moment and that Pat Highett is making good progress. One of our members, Rodney Stone, presented an illustrated and very interesting and comprehensive talk on Trafalgar - not the Square or the House, but the battle! Not only did we learn more about Admiral Lord Nelson's tactics which resulted in a great victory over France and Spain but we also heard about living conditions on board the many ships of the fleet, including Victory, the recruitment process, the guns, the fact that even then there were women on board some of the ships. We learnt of the origins of the famous phrase "England expects every man will do his duty". Nelson died during the Battle of Trafalgar and we heard how he was brought home from Gibraltar in a cask of brandy and laid to rest in a lead lined coffin following a magnificent procession and funeral service at St Paul's Cathedral. Members viewed with much interest the many articles Rodney had brought along, including his ceremonial naval sword, Next meeting Wednesday 21st November 2pm in the Village Hall when the speaker will be Colin Younger - "More of Old Burbage".

Burbage Pre-School

Toy Fayre Saturday 24th November 2.00 – 4.00pm. Burbage Village Hall Father Christmas, Toy Stalls, Raffle, Tombola, Refreshments All Welcome!

Look out on the notice board for the next one! In the Church Centre Cost £5 Do join us - bring a friend too! 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


The Christmas Horse (& Elf!) Ginette Stewart Some of you may have seen myself and my horse Sam over the last few years plodding around the village, especially in December. Sam stands out as he also gets into the Christmas spirit, with his Christmas hat and blanket and jingling bells.







This year we thought we would do something different for the good of others:

Christmas Card Delivery by the Christmas-Horse! The idea is that we ask for a donation (see below) in return for a personal card delivered to your loved one (of any age) by the Christmas Horse - with an elf on top! We hope this will become an annual tradition and the charity we have chosen to support for this first year is the Burbage Defibrillator Fund. I am proposing to put a sign-up sheet with the dates and areas of the village in The White Hart and also hoping to have a stand at the Christmas Tree Sale and Market on Saturday 8th December. Minimum donation (please feel free to donate more): £1.00 for own having your own card delivered £1.50 for ‘Sam’s Christmas-Horse Card’ and delivery The cards will be available at the Christmas Tree Sale and Market, and from The White Hart. There will also be a Card & Donation Deposit Box at these locations, or you contact me directly to arrange on 01672 812008.





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Wildlife Watching - Winter Thrushes Andrew Dawes, BBC NHU Radio researcher/producer I suspect that for many nature lovers the arrival of thrushes to Britain from Scandinavia and northern Europe at the end of October is a sure sign winter is not far behind. No longer can we fool ourselves on those increasingly rare warm autumnal days that summer is still with us. As sure as the leaves begin to fall or hedgerow berries glow red in the weakening sun, the first winter thrushes will begin to arrive on our shores. As I write in mid-October already a major influx of one migratory species of thrush, the ring ouzel (Turdus torquatus), has occurred across Britain as these birds pass through to their overwintering grounds in North Africa. Ring ouzels don’t overwinter here, so what is a winter thrush? Is it the redwing (Turdus iliacus), the UK’s smallest true thrush, with its creamy white eye stripe and wonderful bronze red flash visible beneath its wings as it wheels away from you from atop a berried tree? Or the fieldfare (Turdus pilaris)? A handsome noisy bird about the size of a mistle thrush (Turdus viscivorus) but with a slate grey head and rich brown wings. A handful of both these species do breed in Britain but their true breeding areas are the far north of Europe. By December we can expect to see several hundred thousand individuals of each species overwintering here. In truth however a winter thrush could be any member of the thrush family seen in the British Isles over the winter months. This includes our more familiar species, as they may actually originate from Europe.

This winter take a closer look at the ‘resident’ song thrush (Turdus philomelos) feeding on your lawn. Is it slightly darker in colour than normal? If so it may be a darker form migrant from the near Continent, as northern song thrush populations, which may include some British breeding birds, migrate southwards in the autumn. Likewise, our commonest thrush, the blackbird (Turdus merula), is also migratory and each winter a staggering 10 million individuals come to our shores from Northern Europe to swell our resident populations. Similarly, some British blackbirds may also migrate south to the Continent. Male blackbirds from Europe have duller bills than resident birds and in late winter British males will often develop their yellow eye ring before migratory blackbirds. British mistle thrushes are fairly sedentary, although some Scottish birds do migrate to Ireland or France. However, with the name ‘stormcock’ attributed to a bird that still sings in severe weather, could this be the bird known as a winter thrush? Fieldfare and redwing rarely come into our gardens unless the weather is severe. More usually they are birds of open farmland, the fieldfare noisily chattering in sizeable flocks high in treetops. The redwing is more often seen in smaller numbers picking through berried bushes. For me there is always something magical about seeing northern winter thrushes coming to spend a few months with us. Winter is here.


23 Savernake Team Letter November 2012

Michael McHugh, Team Rector 01672 870779

Since coming to the Savernake Team, I have had many reasons to think about leadership and my own role as Team Rector. This is particularly true as I prepare to welcome Daile Wilshere to share this role of leadership as our new Team Vicar. I am trying very hard to avoid that definition of a good leader as someone that everyone can unite against. Last week I came across a quote that I really liked:"To lead people, walk beside them ... As for the best leaders, the people do not notice their existence. The next best, the people honour and praise. The next, the people fear; and the next, the people hate ... When the best leader's work is done the people say, 'We did it ourselves!'" Lao-tsu It is often an unassuming leadership that we hear of when the sacrifices around Remembrance are bought to our attention. As a child I said that ‘we won the war,’ which I now hear on the tongue of my son and realise that it was not true for most of us. We can only claim that others have done this for us. Although we honour and praise those who have made sacrifices for us, we need to walk alongside those who still remain. Modern conflicts have left many both physically and mentally scarred. I share with Winston Churchill the idea that “To jaw-jaw is always better than to war-war.” It is possibly through understanding leadership that we can become leaders ourselves. Ultimately the leader is the one who can see the bigger picture. This means walking alongside each other, so that we can see things as they see them and allow them also to lead. I hope that you will continue to walk alongside us, leading us as we try to discover God’s will in this blessed countryside. I leave you this month with a quote from my favourite leader: And if one blind person guides another, both will fall into a pit. Matt 15:14 Jesus Christ Aaaaaaaaaaah ............Michael


Hello from your new Team Vicar 19 October 2012 To all the congregations of all the Churches in the Savernake Team First let me introduce myself and my family. My name is Daile Wilshere and I am married to Paul, and together we have two daughters Rachel (17) and Rebecca (14) and a border terrier called Max (4)! We have lived in Weymouth all our lives and so this move to Burbage is both exciting and daunting—so we ask that you be gentle with us! Before I was ordained, I worked as a nurse in a variety of specialities, but my main career was in Palliative Care and Community Nursing. I started training for ordained ministry in 2006 at STETS in Salisbury - on the same course as Rob Grist; we were also ordained deacon and priest at the same time. I served my curacy in Weymouth in a team of 3 churches, which range in context and churchmanship. Paul has always worked in the flooring industry - anything from carpets, vinyl's, wood and laminate. Two years ago he started his own business, where he supplies and fits all types of flooring - hoping that wherever we move to his business would be easily transferable. As well as flooring he also works as a handy man - painting, fencing, gardening and so on. In fact it has been said that because he is so useful, the congregation here are going to miss him more than me! The fact is, we make a good team. Rachel and Rebecca are both typical teenage girls - need I say more! I came to faith when I was 14 at a youth mission where the evangelist J John was speaking, and since then have always been involved with the church. My passion is for mission and the transformation of individuals, churches and communities with the love of God made known to us through the risen Lord Jesus. So what next, well the date for my licensing will be in January 2013, and when it is confirmed we can begin to make plans to move. I hope this gives you a little insight into who we are as a family. We are looking forward to getting to know all the congregations and settling as a family in Burbage and meeting you very soon. It is always difficult to know what to write , so if there is anything specific you would like to know feel free to drop me an email and I’ll try to answer your questions. Blessings to you all. Daile, Paul, Rachel, Rebecca


MISSIONS SUPPORTED BY ALL SAINTS' CHURCH, BURBAGE. At the end of each year, 10% of net funds given to the Church is divided between ten charitable organisations, which the Church supports. In additional to financial help, from time to time speakers from these organisations come and tell us up-to-date news about their society. The organisations are as follows:February – Bible Society. March – Swindon Youth for Christ. April – Peru Children's Trust. May – Mercy Ships. June – Friends of Vellore. July/August – Alabare Christian Care Centres. September – Church's Ministry amongst Jewish People. October – Resource. November – Mission Aviation Fellowship. December/January – Barnabas Fund. Over the coming months, I hope to introduce you to each organisation in turn, to help you understand the effect each has on a particular element of society, home or abroad.

Ken Moore 19/09/12


Christmas Tree sale and Christmas market At Burbage church

Saturday and Sunday 8 & 9 December 9:00 am — 4:30 pm




ALL PROCEEDS GO TO THE CHURCH FUNDS charity number is 1131570


Christmas Tree Weekend Volunteers Saturday & Sunday, December 8 & 9 We need your help! The Christmas Tree Sale is a major fund-raising event in our village/church year and we would very much appreciate your help with this. Please join us to be part of this venture by signing up for as many roles as you like the look of! There is a job for everyone. It’s fun, and no previous experience is required, as training will be given.

Which job suits YOU? Position

Qualities needed

Setting up and unloading the trees

Hard-working, active guys

Night Watchman

Not afraid of the dark

Decorating the hall

An artistic touch

Selling the Trees

A ready smile and a love of people. Be a part of the team.

Netting the Trees

Plenty of strength.

Father Christmas – new suits this year and your own personal beard

A love of kids, and a willingness to make a fool of yourself.

Operating the Main Till

A head for numbers.

Kitchen Refreshments

A servant heart

Hot Chestnuts

Strong self-control so you don’t eat them all.

Delivery Driver

No ambition to be a Lewis Hamilton.

Traffic Cop

Oh the power.

Please contact George Gordon at or

28 Working through

Over the past three years or so, All Saints’ Church and the generous folk of Burbage have been raising money for some of the poorest people in our world, namely those in southern Sudan.

To date we have raised almost £30,000 which has paid for the rebuilding of a bridge, HIV and AIDS education and seeds and tools to enable these people to be self-sufficient. Our next project is to pay for a Health Centre, and to this end, you have been especially selected to receive this invitation to a prestigious Grand Charity Quiz, to be held on Thursday 22nd November in the Village Hall from 7.30pm Well done if you spotted last month’s deliberate mistake!! The good news is that you have not missed out on the chance to compete in our Grand Charity Quiz, as the correct date is Thursday 22nd November! Call Allan now to book your place(s)!!

The cost is £3 per person. Please try to find a chum or two to bring along (maximum 6 per team). If you don’t have any mates, we’ll find some for you! There will also be a raffle, and the bar will be open all evening. Please come along and support this great cause. For more information or to reserve your place please contact our Quizmaster Allan Masey 810308 or or Janet Hartwell 810839

Early booking advised. Building Bridges

29 Ladies Group @ All Saints’ Church Burbage

Please join us for a Ladies’ Breakfast Saturday 24th November at 9am In the Church Centre Enjoy a continental breakfast in a relaxed atmosphere and listen to Deborah & Rachel of the Mustard Seed, who will share something of their faith and their story with us. And an opportunity to purchase some early Christmas presents too! To book and 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, Joyce Kennington, Val Nelson Piercy and Sue Goalby

Mid Week Meetings We’re delighted that these meetings are particularly well attended and growing in popularity, in no small measure, we’re sure, to the quality of the speakers who come to talk at these evenings. In November we will be welcoming Don Brewin. Don is a Trustee of Resource (one of our supported missions, see page 2 of the church pages) based in Wells in Somerset and a past International Director of SOMA. Don led an excellent away weekend last year, 2011, which I am sure many of you will remember, especially as a number of you enjoyed the hand outs from the weekend. Don is an inspirational speaker; all are welcome to come along. 7th November, 7.45pm in the church. In December we will be welcoming Bishop Nicholas Holtam, the Bishop of Salisbury. Prior to becoming the Bishop of Salisbury in October 2011, he was the Vicar of St Martin-in-the-Fields, London. Bishop Nicholas frequently contributes to broadcasts, mainly of worship on BBC Radio 4 and BBC World Service, Pause for Thought on Radio 2 and three Songs of Praise for BBC 1 (about Dick Sheppard, the Renewal of St Martin’s, and Trafalgar Square). 5th December, 7.45pm in church.


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All Saints Church, Burbage, Christmas Services

Everyone Welcome! Christingle—the service for children that welcomes the whole community. Join us for a special candlelit celebration: on: 2nd December 2012 at: All Saints’ Church, Burbage at: 4:30pm There will be a collection for the Children’s Society and all children will be given a Christingle to take home with them.

Carols—a grown up carol service, with traditional carols sung with a choir! Followed by mulled wine and mince pies. Please join us: on: 16th December 2012 at: All Saints Church, Burbage at: 6pm Crib Service—a great family service that celebrates the birth of baby Jesus. All welcome to join us: on: 24th December 2012 at: All Saints’ Church, Burbage at: 5pm Midnight Communion—a quiet service of reflection on: 24th December 2012 at: All Saints’ Church, Burbage at: 23.00hrs Family Communion—25th December—11am in church


During the Clergy Vacancy 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. 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. 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

From the registers: Baptism: May she grow in the Christian faith: 23rd September: Esther Alys Boolaky Moore We welcome them into the life of the Christian Church.

Looking for new clergy We are pleased to announce the appointment of the Reverend Daile Wilshere as the new Team Vicar, who will be resident in Burbage. At present Daile is a Curate near Weymouth, Dorset. There will be more details to follow, Including details of Daile’s licensing to be held in the early part of the New Year. In the meantime, we look forward to welcoming her and her family to our community in the New Year.

On Sunday 18th November 6.00pm – 8.30pm We’ll be meeting again in the church centre for a different look at the Christian faith! If you’re secondary school year 7 to secondary school year 11 please come along and join us for the evening. Please contact Alan & Debbie Brown for further details - 810357

The Ladies Group Would like to extend a great big thank you to everyone who came to the Pudding Evening on the 13th October and help make the evening such a wonderful, warm affair! A very special thank you to all of you who contributed puddings for the evening too! They were scrummy and much appreciated. Watch out for details of the next one!


From the Diary Further events/dates: 7th Nov Mid Week Meeting 8pm—with Don Brewin, a Trustee of Resource based in Wells in Somerset and a past International Director of SOMA. Don led an excellent away weekend last year. Don is an inspirational speaker, all are welome to come along. 10th Nov

The Cats Eyes—performing at the Cross Keys, Great Bedwyn, 7.30pm. See Alec Taylor for further details on 01672 871724.

18th Nov

Youth Group—See Debbie & Alan for further details on 810357

22nd Nov

Great Charity Quiz—in the village hall, in aid of the Sudan Seeds and Tools Project. See Allan Masey for bookings and details on 810308.

24th Nov

Ladies Breakfast - 9am in the church centre, with Deborah and Rachel from the Mustard Seed and an opportunity to purchase some early Christmas presents. To book your place please call Debbie on 810853.

2nd Dec

Christingle Service at 4.30pm in the church, a great festive celebration for all the family.

5th Dec

Mid Week Meeting with Bishop Nicholas Holtham—all welcome

8/9 Dec

Christmas Tree Sale!!! Keep this date free to come along and purchase Your Christmas Tree and presents locally. Lots of new stalls for 2012 .

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

REGULAR EVENTS Fill The Gap - every Thursday between 12 and 2.00pm for warming soups from October onwards. Coffee ‘n’ Browse First Friday of each month 9am-12noon in the Church Centre, meeting locally to help families afar! See you on 2nd November

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


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

Daile Wilshire .................................

Team Rector .....................

The Revd Michael McHugh ...........

01672 870779

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

Magazine Contributions

November Service Pattern 4th Nov

8.00am 11.00am

Holy Communion Family Communion

7th Nov


Mid Week Meeting

11th Nov

8.00am 11.00am

14th Nov


18th Nov

8.00am 11.00am

Holy Communion All Age Worship

25th Nov

8.00am 11.00am

Morning Prayer Family Service


Morning Prayer

Every Friday morning

Morning Prayer Remembrance Sunday Service Mothers Union Holy Communion


Coffee ‘N’ Browse Sarah Scott

2 in 1

Yes, there ARE 2 Coffee N Browses this month: One on the 2nd and another on 30th. There will be Christmas Tree Sale and Market preparations in the Church Centre on our usual December spot, so we’re having our December one on November 30th instead. On 2nd November, as it is half term holiday, there will be an activity table, with donations going to Farm Africa. Last month £43 proceeds were raised (thank you to all) and Ann Kempson won the free competition prize of a puppy toy – well done, Ann. We’ll be having free competitions at both Coffee N Browses, so come along & have a go whilst you browse for quality Christmas gifts. Look at the fantastic tables:

Friday 2nd November ‘s tables:

Friday 30th November ‘s tables:

♦ Pam Lovell‘s handcrafted cards and gifts ♦ Kay Francis’s luxury crystal jewellery ♦ Norma Tubbs’ handcrafted gifts & goodies ♦ Gill Terry’s quality soaps & toiletries range ♦ Leonie Clarke’s aloe vera collection ♦ Jo Ball’s cards, pictures & Christmas gifts ♦ Book & Jigsaw Swap ♦ Half Term holiday activity table for those 0 – 120 year olds

♦ Pam Lovell ‘s handcrafted cards and gifts ♦ Marie Hattersley’s individually crafted jewellery ♦ Erin Amiss’s Bags of Delight ♦ Chloe Groom’s distinctive pearl jewellery ♦ Jan Appleton’s quality fabric gifts & goodies ♦ Julia Radbourne’s hats & handknitted range ♦ Margaret Almond, well known local author ♦ Book & Jigsaw Swap

See you there! Keeeeeeeeeeeeep Browsing! 1st Friday of each month in Burbage’s Church Centre 9.00 am – 12.00 noon MEETING LOCALLY, HELPING FAMILIES AFAR

Raffle prizes needed! Do you have something you could donate for the Burbage News’s ‘Festive Celebration Grand Raffle’? Last year we had so many prizes we had to use some local lads to get them out to everyone in time! Can we do better?? Please phone 811350 or email if you can help


The Savernake Big Belly Oak

Written by Barbara Townsend Illustrated by Chantal Bourgonje

Come to the Christmas Tree Sale & Market for the book launch and meet the author!


Could I write a children’s book? Barbara Townsend It all started as I drove through the Savernake Forest on a snowy winter’s day 2011. The Big Belly Oak was there in my rear view mirror, snow covering his branches his gaping mouth dark against the snow, it appeared to be looking right at me. My mind just went into overdrive. My granddaughter had told me some time ago that something lived inside of the tree and thoughts had gone through my head then but just dismissed them. That snowy day, I could not stop thinking about the tree and I just knew I had to write my thoughts down. Then the doubts came, how could I write a book? Never done it before, was I qualified to write? Was I just kidding myself, would people buy a book written by me? Well, nearly a year later and much to my amazement, the book is nearly here. Was it easy? Writing the story was, but then the hard bit. Grammar, spelling, tenses. I felt l was back at school. A Head teacher, thankfully was a family member, read it and marked it. The red ink was a stark reminder that it has been a long time since I was at school or wrote anything meaningful. She read it to 6 and 7 year olds at a school in London and asked what they like about the book and what they didn’t like about it. Their responses astonished me. Even their dislikes, for me, were positive, as it had evoked an emotion in them. How to get the book published? Trying to understand an industry I had little knowledge of took many hours trawling the internet for information. Trying to understand the do’s and don’ts of producing a children’s book was proving hard and sometimes disheartening, that’s when the doubts kept creeping back. However, with the support and encouragement of friends and family I continued. From my research, I learned that in many cases, a publisher decides what happens to your book and I knew I wanted to keep the book as local as possible. After all it is about the Big Belly Oak in the Savernake Forest, cannot get much more local than that. Importantly, I really wanted to use resources from Wiltshire. The editing and illustration was completed in Burbage and printing will be in Wiltshire. Would I do this again? Oh yes. Despite being such a novice at this, I have sent two children’s books to agents for their consideration and have started a children’s novel. Either I am still deluding myself or perhaps, there is a slim chance that I might be, I can hardly bring myself to say this .... “A Writer??”

39 To be published November 2012. Here is a short extract:-

The Savernake Big Belly Oak Written by Barbara Townsend Illustrated by Chantal Bourgonje Sammy the hedgehog was busy gathering fallen leaves for his cosy bed. He needed enough to keep him warm throughout the winter months while he slept. He had a place deep inside Tree’s large big belly trunk, which was perfect for a spiny little creature. In side, there were thousands of leaves to choose from and hundreds of juicy worms to fatten up on to see him though the long cold days and nights. Once Sammy had put the finishing touches to his cosy bed and had eaten so many worms he was sure he would pop, he wriggled his fat little body into the middle of his leafy bed and turn round and around until he felt comfy. “Time for my story,” said Sammy. Tree would always tell him the same story each year to help him settle for his long winter sleep........

The Savernake Big Belly Oak is a wonderful story of an ancient oak tree whose magical abilities provide shelter and protection for the forest creatures that live there. As frightened creatures escape into the safety of Tree’s cavernous enormous Pot Belly, he comforts them with tales of the forest. http// Why not come to the Book Launch and see the book for yourself. There will be a children’s competition for the best bark rubbing of the Tree (materials will be supplied), with prizes for the best three drawings of the weekend All Saints' Church, Burbage Christmas Tree Weekend and Christmas Market 9.00 am – 4.30 pm Saturday 8th and 9.00am – 2pm 9th December 2011 Pre Christmas and Launch Price of £5.00 I will deliver (free to local residents). To reserve a copy please contact Barbara Townsend email: Or telephone: 01672 810483.


Burbage Neighbourhood Watch We have been fortunate that our area has been fairly quiet lately with the main causes of police intervention being caused by anti-social behaviour. You can see the facts and figures for yourself on the police website: WWW.POLICE.UK Enter your postcode in the box and you will see quite a bit of information. It is not always up-to-date: This is a massive database and takes a lot of manpower hours to keep the information flowing The Burbage Neighbourhood Watch Scheme covers a significant amount of our village but there are still a few roads who do not have a NHW Scheme Coordinator. Members of the Burbage NHW Scheme will be getting some interesting information during November, which will eventually be placed on the village website as well. Being a member commits you to nothing, costs nothing and can even save you money. NHW is our way of helping to drive crime away from our village, our homes and our property To sign up now, simply email or phone 811990

Dial 101 for non-emergency calls Dial 999 for all emergencies

The Burbage Film Club is held in the Skittle Alley at the Royal British Legion Club The next films are on Wednesday 14th & Wednesday 28th November Doors open at 7.30pm and the film starts at 8.00pm





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Meet Your Community - Basil & Sheila King Very few of us can boast that we have been involved in some of the major events of our country’s history as an Army bandsman. Basil recalled being one of the team of trumpeters o u t s i d e Westminster Abbey on 2nd June 1953, for the Queen’s Coronation. He recalls that it was a cold, wet and miserable day. The other event that stands out in Basil’s mind, which he described as ‘nerve wracking,’ was the state funeral of Sir Winston Churchill at St.Paul’s Cathedral when he played the Reveille, alone. He remembers standing in the cathedral’s West Window looking down at a massive cro wd , includin g ro yalty and statesmen, standing below. A few days earlier, while he was stationed at Wolfenbuttel, in West Germany (as it was then), he was playing football and was told to report to the Commanding Officer immediately. As he made his way to see him Basil wondered what he’d done wrong! When he got there, he was told to go back to the UK immediately in preparation for Churchill’s funeral. This was four days before Churchill actually died. Basil is not actually a local lad. He was born in Halifax, West Yorkshire. His

father, who had also been in the army, was the landlord of a pub in a nearby village called Elland. When he left school at fourteen, he decided that he too would join the army. In July 1946, he went to the Catterick Army Garrison where he trained as a military bandsman, specialising in brass instruments. He was then posted to The 8th King's Royal Irish Hussars, then stationed at Leicester. He then came to this part of the world when the regiment was posted to Tidworth to train on the new Centurion tanks. It was at this time, in 1951, that Sheila came into the story. She is one of six children and lived in a house in East Sands, which is now no longer there. She went to the old village school, then on to Pewsey before getting a job at Curnick’s Poultry Farm, the only job she ever had. Basil remembers cycling over from Tidworth with a friend to visit Sheila and her friend who they met and chatted to at the pictures. They were eventually married in April 1953 at Burbage Church while Rev. Harris, who many older folk still remember fondly, was the vicar. This was almost sixty years ago, next April. Basil was at Kneller Hall, the Royal Army School of Music by this time. Their two daughters,

46 Janet and Susan, who many of us will remember, were born while they were stationed in West Germany. They are both married and now live at Upavon. Basil and Sheila are also proud grandparents of their four grand children and one g reat grandson too. As with most service families, Basil and Sheila moved around the country as well as abroad many times. Their first married quarters were at Luneburg in West Germany. This was followed by another posting in West Germany to Hohne which was close to the infamous Belsen death camp. Then they returned to this country for a year when they lived at Folkestone when the band was especially busy with concerts and included a number of performances for the ‘Music While You Work’ programmes on the radio, which many of us will remember. Then it was back overseas again, this ti me to M al ay a w h i ch B a si l remembers as a difficult journey to get there, via Aden. Sheila and the girls flew out a month later. They were there for two and a half years. Their return from there was delayed because Basil had to go to Brunei when a rebellion flared up in 1962. Eventually they came back to what was a very cold Britain that winter, before going back to West Germany again. They were stationed at Wolfenbuttel, when the troops were patrolling the frontier with East Germany. It was from here that Basil was sent back to the UK for Churchill’s Funeral, as I have already explained. After leaving West Germany Basil, Sheila and the girls came back to the UK, to Perham Down, near Tidworth

before his final posting to Bovington, in Dorset. It was 1969 and Basil had completed twenty-five years of army service. He told me that he had enjoyed those years and met many interesting people, such as the Duke of Edinburgh and many more. He had played with the band at Buckingham Palace a couple of times, on the radio and at many other places. After the life of travelling around the world, it was time for Basil and Sheila to put down roots, which they did by returning to Burbage, even living in the same house. Basil worked for seven years as a painter and decorator as well as continuing his interest in brass band music. He taught trumpet playing at Marlborough College and with various local bands. Basil performs regularly in brass bands, swing bands and The Swindon Concert Band. The other thing he spends a lot of time at is playing golf, which he does several times a week. Sheila was a busy person, as ‘Home Help’ for old people for twenty years, as well as being a helper at Seymour Court and the Day Centre there. She is also busy as a housewife and looking after their garden. Every year on Remembrance Sunday, this year on 11th November, many of us will have heard Basil playing The Last Post and the Reveille at the War Memorial at eleven o’clock, followed by the Remembrance Service in the church. In conclusion, long may Basil and Sheila continue ‘blowing their trumpet’ in the life of our village! Meet Your Community article by John Guy



Are you interested in making your own jewellery for yourself or as a personal gift for family and friends? Local demonstrations and classes will be arranged if there is enough interest to do so Please contact Avril by email: Or telephone 01672 563966

Please get in touch as soon as possible we are aiming to hold the first one in Mid-November!


Burbage Parish Council From the Chairman’s Desk Village Maintenance: The Village Maintenance sub-committee is working on a variety of matters at present that include: 1. The covering of the footpath behind the Crosby’s linking up with the footpath down besides the school playing field. Work will be completed once the agreed grant funding has been received. 2. Serious soil encroachment on the footpath from the Withies towards the Three Horseshoes’ pub is a matter for the Pewsey Transport Group. This also applies to requests for drop kerbs. 3. A self-closing gate at the Playground is to be replaced. 4. A litterbin on a fixed post is to be installed in Long Drove. This will be installed free of charge by Wiltshire Council in exchange for a free-standing waste bin previously purchased, but so far unused. 5. Quotations have been requested for the re-painting of the telephone boxes in the Village, and for replacing fingerposts in the Village. 6. Surveys currently being conducted are for over-hanging vegetation within the Village, as well as pond maintenance of Westcourt and Seymour Ponds. 7. Litter Picks are now to be conducted quarterly and the last one on Saturday 20th October had 9 people involved with 5 large bags of rubbish collected. Whilst this is a great improvement on last year, there is still more to be done. 8. Permission has been received for a circular Jubilee Tree bench to be placed around the Jubilee oak on the Church Green in early spring. Neighbourhood Plan: Before the next full Parish Council meeting in November, the team of councillors reviewing

the need for a Neighbourhood plan for the parish will have met and further discussions will take place before reporting back in December or January with its proposals. This review will not incur any costs to the Parish as it is a fact finding exercise. Precept 2013 – 2014: The Finance sub committee will be reviewing the sub committee requests for the 2013 – 2014 Precept and report back to the next full Parish Council meeting in November. If the original precept is accepted at the November meeting then it will be put forward to Wiltshire Council in January 2013. If the report is not agreed then more work will take place so that an updated report is presented at the December meeting. Sizeable funding in the Precept and possibly in the next couple of years is the replacement of the older children’s playground equipment which has now reached the end of its life. As no provision for replacement has been made in previous years, the funds will have to found in the 2012 – 2013 precept. The younger children’s play equipment is only a few years old so the annual maintenance review will keep that in good order for the foreseeable future. The requirement for a Neighbourhood plan will also require precept funding, and a review of possible grant requests will take place to see if the plan can be partly funded by grants. Do you have any issues within the Parish that you would like to be actioned: Contact myself or the Clerk with any issues, good or bad by e-mail or Keith Amiss Chairman Burbage Parish Council.


BURBAGE ENERGY ACTION MANAGEMENT (B.E.A.M.) Martin Hamer The 2012 AGM of BEAM is scheduled for Thursday, 29th November at 7.30 p.m. in the Village Hall. All members are most welcome to attend and the bar will be open from 7.00 p.m. BEAM now has approaching 400 members and over the last ten years has contributed some £20,000 to village voluntary groups and social partners. This year, it is likely that BEAM will have £2,000 to distribute within the community – the exact allocations being determined by a postal ballot of active BEAM members. Eligible groups this year include, inter alia, The Surgery, Burbage Primary School and Good Companions, Pre –School, Toddlers, Riding for the Disabled, Burbage Theatre Group and Burbage Day Centre. The allocation results will be announced at the AGM and bids supported. Joining BEAM is entirely free and members can either chose to buy at the daily BEAM price (Supplied by Ford Fuels) or purchase elsewhere. Every Litre of oil purchased through BEAM with Ford gains a commission of 0.5p/Litre to fund the annual allocation of resources within the village. For further details, contact:Dr Martin Hamer - Treasurer & Secretary 20 Marlborough Road, Burbage SN8 3AU Mr Mervyn Jones - Membership Secretary 192 High St, Burbage, Marlborough, SN8 3AB

Sports Club 200 Winners £5 £5 £10 £10 £50

Results for the October draw:119 L Wright 147 Mrs D Crook 118 Lewis Ballin 70 P Highett 31 P Deck For more information contact: Ros McGowan (01264) 791324 or Daphne Carter (01672) 810461

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

All members are asked to pop into the Club and pick up their new membership cards, please Renewal for this year is £16.00 and entitles you to free entry to the Club and all it’s usual events (obviously not private functions!), very reasonably priced beers and spirits, The Legion magazine and entry to other British Legion Clubs With the amount of entertainment being put on by the Club, now is a great time to join if you haven’t yet ,and enjoy the benefits of membership. As you will see from the list of events on the next page, November will be a little quiet with only two great acts appearing Elvis56 who is making another return visit as an extremely popular artist, and ‘Thirst’ - a live band who, I am told, have a great circuit reputation However, December has a lot going for it and we are busy planning and preparing. A special licence is required for a couple of things and that is being sorted as I write. So what’s happening then? The first one is our Oscar’s Night. You will get the chance to vote for people who you think deserve an Oscar (the categories will be up in the Club soon)

51 and on the special ‘Oscar’s Night’, the top nominee in each category wins! Just like in the movies, but I suspect our categories are going to be rather different… Last year our famous ‘Christmas Raffle had over £2,000 worth of prizes given away and we hope to do even better this year! Tickets will be on sale soon licence applied for! A spectacular group of ladies promise to make the Cabaret Night one to remember - I’m definitely looking forward to that one! And there’s more, as you can see The committee has been boosted by some new members who are helping to keep things ticking along in an orderly fashion. I suppose I ought to point out that there are various rumours flying around (as usual) about the future of the Club. Well, we need your support otherwise the Club goes. Then the RBL can do what they like with the property - even sell it off to any old developer to do with as they wish. So we are working hard to keep the Club going and avoid the similar fate that has befallen all but 5 Clubs in the whole of Wiltshire. That says something for Burbage & Easton Royal We have a good team - one for you to be proud of! As a last note, we are again hosting the after-service refreshments & nibbles on Remembrance Sunday. The doors are open to everyone, members or not, to come in and remember...

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

Every Sunday night is Bingo night Every 2nd & 4th Wednesday is Film Club Night - see posters in the Club for film details ELVIS LIVES! Well, Elvis56 does - the very popular entertainer Elvis56 is back for another evening of great numbers to help us rock the night away! Saturday 10th November Live band ‘Thirst’ are playing at the Legion on Saturday 17th November. A new and highly recommended group DECEMBER: A very busy month! Saturday 1st - Oscar’s Night. Genuine Golden Statues (real plastic, but golden) for some very zany awards Saturday 8th - Christmas Raffle. Our annual, big prize raffle. Last year about £2,000 worth of prizes. This year? Saturday 15th - Cabaret Night. Glamour, fun, girls and giggles! Thursday 20th - Our Super Christmas Bingo Night. Christmas Eve Disco New Years Eve Disco Phew! We will need a rest in 2013 but to warn you, we are having a real humdinger of a Ladies Only Night (except for the entertainment) in February! This will be a ticket-only event. More details soon - watch this space!


Burbage Post Office Mike & Yvonne It’s that time of year again: The Christmas lights and decorations will soon be up in the Post Office. Lots of Christmas Cards, wrapping paper and gifts are now in. The Christmas stamps go on sale as from 6th November and the last dates for posting for Christmas 2012 are: UK Thursday 13 December

Standard and Mail Order Return Parcels

Tuesday 18 December

Second Class and Recorded Signed For™

Thursday 20 December

First Class and Recorded Signed For™

Friday 21 December

Special Delivery™ with Saturday Guaranteed

Saturday 22 December

Special Delivery™

International Surface Mail Friday 28 September

Africa, Asia, Australia, Caribbean, Central and South America, N. Zealand

Tuesday 2 October

Far East (except Hong Kong and Singapore), Middle East

Tuesday 16 October

Canada, Hong Kong, Singapore, South Africa and USA

Tuesday 6 November

Cyprus, Eastern Europe, Greece, Iceland, Malta and Turkey

Tuesday 20 November

Western Europe

International Airmail Wednesday 5 December Asia, Australia, Far East (including Japan), New Zealand Friday 7 December

Africa, Caribbean, Central and South America, Middle East

Monday 10 December

Canada, Eastern Europe and USA

Wednesday 12

Western Europe

British Forces Post Office (BFPO) Friday 30 November

Airmail to Operational BFPOs

Friday 14 December

Airmail to Static BFPOs

If you need any cash, we offer safe cash withdrawal for most of the banks. HSBC will be available from spring 2013 We now offer the National Lottery and Scratchcards The Multi-Store gift card is very popular as a gift, so why not come in to see us and find out what there is to offer?

Our opening hours are: Monday, Tuesday .......... 0900-1300 & 1400-1730 Wednesday .......... 0900-1230 Thursday, Friday .......... 0900-1300 & 1400-1730 Saturday .......... 0900-1230 Sunday .......... Closed




Every Thing You Always Wanted to Know About Computers* *But Were Afraid to Ask Computer Geek Sometimes my computer does A Thing That Completely Baffles Me, so I go hunting for the answer… Maybe this will help one or two people who encounter the same problem but were afraid to ask… This month’s dilemma: Windows 7 problem: How do I stop a window expanding to full screen when I move it near the edge of the screen? What is it? When moving a window, if you touch the edge of the screen with your mouse pointer, this activates the ‘Aero Snap’ feature. How do I fix it? Follow these steps to disable this feature in Windows 7: Open the Control Panel click on ‘Ease of Access’ and in the ‘Ease of Access Centre’ section click on ‘Change how your mouse works’. Scroll down and put a tick in the box ‘Prevent windows from being automatically arranged when moved to the edge of the screen’. Click ‘OK’ Solved!


Community Message We are all aware of the dog fouling problem within the village, thanks to the many letters of complaint printed in the Burbage News. After a recent park visit with our young children, where dog mess was actually blocking the gate to the play area, we have taken it upon ourselves to create a group of villagers that can campaign to help keep our paths and fields clear of dog mess, and make it a safe environment for our children. This is not intended to be an ‘Anti Dog or Dog Owner’ group! We would really appreciate dog owner’s help and it would be great if they could join and help us to combat this problem. Our first action as a group will be to highlight the health implications of dog mess being left around our village, both for children and adults. Dog mess is not just a nuisance – it has serious health consequences. Our group will shortly be meeting with the parish council to put forward ideas that have been brought to our attention, such as applying for funding for more bins and dog bag dispensers to go by each bin. We are really proud to be a part of this village and hope that this campaign will help us all to be able to use the paths, footpaths, fields and play park safely. For information on joining us or helping with this community campaign, please contact the Burbage News (details are in each issue at the front and back). Thank you Katie and Kelly


As the summer finally draws to a close, some of us anticipate the darkening evenings, warm fires and hot chocolate drinks with a sense of comfort. For others, however, the concerns of increased difficulty in getting around, more time spent alone at home and the worry of rising fuel bills brings on a gloom that is hard to lift. There is action that can be taken to guard against these fears becoming realities, and with a little extra information older people can face the long winter months with a renewed sense of optimism. For more information, please contact: Mary Soellner of the Wiltshire Good Neighbour Scheme. Tel: 07557 110418 If you would like information about volunteering opportunities in your area please contact the above number.

Toddler Group: Community Coffee Morning Tuesday 13th November 10am-11:30am Burbage Village Hall COME IN OUT OF THE RAIN....... ...and enjoy a cup of tea or coffee and some home-made cake for a small fee. ALL ARE WELCOME! Entertainment and chat will be provided for free by the local toddlers, babies and carers! Toddler group will continue as normal at the same time. All proceeds will go towards new toys and books for the group.


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BULBS There are three switches downstairs. Each corresponds to one of the three light bulbs in the attic. You can turn the switches on and off and leave them in any position. How would you identify which switch corresponds to which light bulb, if you are only allowed one trip upstairs? Sudoku - easy 1




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