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Burbage and District Camera and Video Club had no meeting in December but Sonny Hamid and Mike Bird have sent in some ‘weather’ pictures showing not only the current murky, foggy days and the bright and frosty ones that we have recently had, but also some from a few years ago when we last had a downfall of snow. The village looks very pretty, especially with the sun shining on it like the photo on the bottom right.


John Powell: Postmaster, Parish Councillor, Gardener and Father Many of us were saddened that John Powell sadly passed away on December, 15th, after a long battle with cancer. Many of us remember him as our postmaster and chairman of the parish council for many years. He was also a very skilled gardener and we often stopped to admire his vegetables, fruit and flowers when we were on our way to the Surgery.

Having met Mary at Old Time Dancing classes at Little Bedwyn in 1954, they married at Little Bedwyn Church in 1957, setting up home in a cottage at Stibb Green. It was at this time that John had bought a plot of land in the High Street with plans to build a bungalow. When it looked as though both John and Mary might well be made redundant John applied to take over as post master in Burbage when the previous one, next to The White Hart, was closed.

John was elected as a Parish Councillor in 1964, this being the first election in the Parish since it was set up in 1894. John took over the Chairmanship from Stan Nutley who retired in 1984. During all these years, lots of changes occurred in the village with the Development Plan allowing all the new estates to be built. John and the Parish Council worked extremely hard in getting the Bypass constructed which was eventually opened in August 1991, which is 25 years old this year!!

To their surprise he got the job, but no building to put it in! They very quickly built a two roomed building with concrete blocks on his plot of land in the High Street, as the post office and the sorting office. This being the end of May 1959: John had to have a building up by 1st August. Thus a single storey building to house the post office and sorting office was quickly built. Waiting for the bricks to be delivered, and living on site in a caravan, the first part of the house was built in the winter of 1959-60.

When John left school in 1946 he started his working life as a ‘lad Porter’ at Grafton Station where he continued to work for some years. John failed the forces medical test due to an eye problem, and had to leave the railway. Following this he had a number of other jobs, as a doorstep catalogue salesman and a house inspector for Pewsey Rural District Council.

John and Mary moved in at Easter 1960. They have two children; Peter who arrived in 1964 and Jane in 1967. In those days the post arrived at 5.50 am. and the post office was open from 8.30 a.m. until 6 p.m.. The postmen did two deliveries a day, and even one on Christmas Day. John and Mary eventually retired on 30th September 1992. For many local people John was almost ‘Mr.Burbage’ at the time!

He became a member of the staff in the Surveyor’s Department at Pewsey Rural District Council.

John’s funeral and burial took place at All Saints Church, Burbage, on Wednesday, 4th January at 2.00pm. A collection was made which will go to the Doctor’s Surgery. Donations either direct to the Surgery or to Diane Mackinder, Funeral Director, Wagon Yard, London Road, Marlborough, SN8 1LH [2]

PARISH COUNCIL BURBAGE NEIGHBOURHOOD DEVELOPMENT PLAN The Plan has been redrafted to reflect the first consultation. A second phase of consultation will begin on 19 January 2017 and will last 3 weeks.

There will be a public briefing in the Village Hall commencing 6.30pm on Friday 3 February 2017. We need your feedback on the revised draft by 4pm on Thursday 9 February 2017. This is a second opportunity to provide constructive comment on your Neighbourhood Development Plan before it is submitted to Wiltshire Council for scrutiny. Documentation for review can be downloaded from the Parish Council Website at:

Copies of the main documents can also be seen in the library in Marlborough from 19 January 2017 and at the Church Centre on:

Comments can be submitted online to the Parish Clerk at:

Saturday 21 January 2017 from 2-4pm

Email comment with name and address of sender will also be accepted.

Saturday 28 January 2017 from 2-4pm and

Alternatively, paper copies can be placed in the collecting box at the Post Office on the High Street.

Saturday 4 February 2017 from 2-4pm Comment sheets will be available from the foyer of Church Centre, alternatively, they can be downloaded from the Parish Council website.








IT’S A STITCH UP We are looking forward to starting the year in stitches! Will you join us? The last meeting of 2016 in November was very well attended and those who came were rewarded to chocolate Brownies, Stollen bites, posh biscuits and shortbread to get the “Christmas diet” off to a start!! A new lady, Roz, came who does the most exquisite Japanese embroidery, and we certainly look forward to seeing more of her work, which will add another fascinating dimension to the wonderful variety of projects that we do. At the end of November a group of us went to the Royal Oak at Wootton Rivers for a Christmas meal. The food was lovely and we were well looked after. There were fewer of us this year, but we had an enjoyable time, nevertheless. Dates for 2017 are as follows: 21 January,

15 July

18 February

19 August

25 March

16 September

22 April

21 October

20 May

18 November

17 June So please put those in your diaries and look out for posters or in the Burbage News for details of any special sessions. We do hope you will join us. There is always something interesting going on, always someone who can help you sort out any tricky bits and we are a very friendly group. All are Saturdays, 9.30am to 12.30pm in the Church Centre, £3.00 (students£2) plus coffee, tea and biscuits (sometimes cakes!) Your first session is FREE

DO GIVE IT A TRY! We charge £3.50 and provide tea, coffee and biscuits


CONTACT Helen tel: 810949 or Kay tel: 811093

Once a month


LOOK OUT FOR: Posters around the Village, or in the Burbage News printed edition

WOMAN’S OWN Maggie, John, Tony and Me

blast and were very affected by the consequences.

The talk on Thursday November 17th entitled “Maggie, John, Tony and me – the view from the Downing Street doorstep” was by Elinor Goodman, former political editor of Channel 4 News. A slight technical hitch meant that it was not possible to show her slides but that in no way detracted from her tale which was delivered with, at times, humour and was an absolutely fascinating insight into the world of television political reporting. She very accurately described the slides we should have been looking at! Elinor entered the world of reporting by first working for Michael Heseltine. One memory of him is his bottom sticking out of the window, legs being held by his secretary, as he tried to retrieve some papers from the ledge outside! She entered TV journalism at an interesting time, from the start of the Thatcher years until David Cameron’s time in office. As interesting as events may be, however, what is most essential to each news production company is that it delivers the current story and accompanying film footage ahead of its rivals, which must be very stressful. Elinor talked about the close association reporters have with the political leaders, citing as one example the unforgettable memories of the Brighton Tory Conference bombings; reporters were in the next hotel but of course all felt the [10]

There were amusing anecdotes; such as chasing a lost David Steele around Tuscany as he campaigned in Italy for a seat in the 1989 European Parliament elections; he wasn’t elected. Another was an off-camera camel burping during the reporting of a controversial meeting held between Tony Blair and Colonel Gaddafi in Libya! It was a most entertaining and enlightening evening.

Christmas Candlelit Supper The Christmas Candlelit Supper was held on 15th December. As is usual practice there was a buffet of very tasty savoury dishes provided by the members, followed by a delicious selection of desserts produced by the committee. Naturally, seconds were available! Wine was served, and coffee and mints followed. Unfortunately for us and very sadly for him, Bill Mather should have played the Spanish guitar for us after the meal. We all hope that he may make a full recovery after his shocking accident the previous month. Our thoughts and prayers are with him and his family. There was a quiz, naming celebrities from past photographs displayed on the wall, and of course Christmas music. Although not so well attended this year, it was nevertheless a very

WOMAN’S OWN pleasant evening, an opportunity to chat and make merry, and an oasis amidst all the frenzy of pre-Christmas! There were three raffle prizes, it being Christmas! The winners were Di Acheson, Cynthia Mitchell and Sue Stead.

We are always open to suggestions for speakers and events so if you would like to join and feel that you have ideas to offer we would be delighted to hear from you. Please don’t fear that you would be commandeered for the committee against your will!

The next meeting will be the Annual General Meeting at 7.30pm in Burbage Church Centre on Thursday January 19th with cheese and wine. By this time the program should be completed.

Do think about joining.

Dates for 2017 19 January

For the February meeting we have booked Dawn Lawrence whose talk, “Two Steps Behind”, will be about the world’s endangered species.

16 February 16 March 20 April

Later in the year we will hear Eileen Devenish MBE, talking about her very worthwhile work with Riding for the Disabled, which has been going on at Suddene Farm.

18 May 15 June 20 July 21 September

We also hope to stage another Woman’s Own fashion show, so if you are having a wardrobe sort out in the next few months please contact us before you visit the charity shop, and let us have first refusal. As before, it will probably be in conjunction with Prospect Hospice.

19October 16 November 21 December Meetings are held in the Church Centre, except for skittles, which is in the Royal British Legion, and start at 7.30pm.

There will be a Christmas Crafts Workshop again this year, and the usual birthday party, theatre trip, skittles evening and Christmas Candlelit Supper.

There is no official meeting in August but an evening theatre trip will be arranged, if possible, for 17 August

We very much look forward to welcoming new members this year.


BURBAGE & DISTRICT CAMERA & VIDEO CLUB The scene in our makeshift studio was chaotic with dogs getting in our way, barking at each other and generally being the worst photographers model ever! Owners had a job on their hands controlling their pets, instructing them to take a model posture and of course the inevitable - wiping any mess that could have left behind but on this occasion the dogs did not give much bother on this possibility! However, with patience and determination and with the dog handlers input our Members were determined to get a good selection of shots of each pet that was brought in and some excellent results were obtained. For our next session, since it will still be dark and options are limited in the winter,

the subject will be astro-photography. Member Phil L has kindly agreed to lead on this topic and will present a short tutorial, then if the skies are clear, we can go out on the field afterwards (or make a short journey) and take some night shots. It appears that the moon will not rise until almost midnight on 18th Jan, so the skies should be fairly dark in the evening. However, should the weather be poor, Phil will present a slightly longer tutorial indoors, and include a display of some recent shots he has managed to take. Participating members are advised to bring warm clothes, a camera preferably with a large sensor, wide lens and some manual control if available and a tripod if you have one.



More Winter photos from Mike and Sonny

For more information please feel free to telephone Sonny Hamid: 01672 811 933



Mike Bird : 01672 810 574

Brief history of Spitalfields and Brick Lane area of East London A paper by Sonny Hamid—Š August 2016

I find walking through London's East End like walking through a history book! My father took me there just after WW2 when I was a young lad and while my memory of the period is somewhat dimmed with time now, I do recall the devastation all around me caused by the horrible aerial bombardment while the only intact structure I recall seeing was St Terraced homes where Huguenots Pauls Cathedral. Thankfully, all has families lived and worked. changed since then and it is now a prosperous centre with new build apartment blocks containing a variety of offerings including Studio Apartments at a starting price ÂŁ1,250,000! Wonderful! The area is full of history ranging from the rather grim times during the 17th to the early 20th century and the prosperity of the modern age. It was here that notorious criminals like Jack the Ripper undertook his evil acts and the poverty among its largely immigrant population of that period prevailed eventually turning the area around into one the most prosperous within East London and producing some of the most enterprising people who became leaders in their industry or profession. The area has been noted for being host to a transient immigrant population over the centuries. The area's history is evident in the buildings in and around the Spitalfields and Brick Lane areas. The neighbourhood has witnessed waves of immigrants settling here almost since the 17th century when the French Huguenots exiled from France arrived to settle here and expanded into the area for housing and work. They specialised as Master Weavers and as a result the area became a centre for weaving, tailoring and the developing clothing industry which continued even after other communities settled here and is a thriving industry to this day. The area continued to attract immigrants from other parts of the world and they became the source of semi- and unskilled labour. Interior of the Old Spitalfields Market is now a popular venue for prosperous City workers

The French Huguenots refugees who were a majority group at that time also worked and worshiped here and much


evidence of this remains to the present day. During the 19th century, immigrants from Ireland also arrived and occupied some of the homes vacated by the Huguenots who by then had prospered and moved to other leafy districts of London. The Irish Community now continued to supply low skilled workforce for London's growing economy.

A past Jewish business that has moved

Immediately following the arrival of the Irish, Jewish refugees also arrived, fleeing the persecution they suffered in eastern Europe and the impact of Russian Pogrom which was a violent riot aimed at the massacre or persecution of an ethnic or religious group, particularly aimed at the Jews. The Jewish immigrants that settled here established their Synagogue initially under the direction of an Ashkenazi Rabbi. The arrival of the Jews continued well into the 20th century. Unlike other groups that settled here, the Jews were mainly traders and skilled people who set up businesses and prospered. At the present time, most of the descendants of the original immigrants have moved away to other parts of London including Highgate, Muswell Hill, Golders Green and other similar prosperous London suburbs. Some the business they set up 100 years ago are still performing successfully in this area while many have left but signs of their existence Curry restaurants galore in Brick Lane! remain to this day. Up until the time of the establishment of the Jewish Diaspora, trading on a Sunday was forbidden because of the Christian observance of Sabbath. However, since the Jewish Sabbath does not fall on a Sunday, the Government of the day gave special dispensation to Jewish traders to sell their wares and Sunday street markets were established in the area the most famous of these are Petticoat Lane and Columbia Road Markets which continue to flourish to this day. In recent years, the markets were identified by the City of London Police as the centre of a trade in stolen bicycles and bicycle parts, many taken from City of London employees who used the "cycle to work" initiatives.

The Jamme Masjid (Greater London Mosque) in Brick lane


For many centuries, this area had been a magnet for sailors who jumped ship at the local London Docks to settle in the U.K. The sailors, many of whom were mainly from Imperial India with the majority being from the Port

City of Chittagong in Bengal where the origins of British India were centred. Mainly Bengalis, on their arrival here became engaged in manual work in the City's commerce and small industries and eventually led to the opening of a small number of Indian restaurants which catered for these immigrants and have, since the mid-20th century, become known as the curry Capital of London. From these really modest beginnings in the Brick Lane area, the Bangladeshi community have prospered and contributed to the local and national economy. By the middle of the 20th Century, the few Bengalis present from the turn of the Century were joined by more people from that community as Brick Lane area received yet another wave of Bangladeshi immigrants, this time the majority of whom were of the Muslim faith and originated from the Country's Greater Sylhet region. From these small beginnings, the Bangladeshis have become the A Christian Chapel then an most proliferate owners of Indian restaurants and now Ashkenazy Jewish Synagogue and people from that community own and operate nearly now an Islamic Mosque! 90% of High Street Indian Restaurants throughout the U.K making them a significant contributor to the U.K.'s economy! Apart from running restaurants, the Bangladeshis established other small businesses and manufacturing enterprises and through these continued to make a significant contribution to the economy. In recent years the area has broadened its appeal immensely and is now a vibrant art, fashion and commercial centre and is known for its Fashion Design Colleges. It hosts several industrial and office complexes, Night Clubs and of course a profusion of Indian eateries and confectionery shops. The legacy industry of the rag trade originating from the Huguenots onwards is still flourishing in and around Brick Lane. The area is also noted for graffiti art notably drawn by Banksy and other well known graffiti artists and for various Pop Videos shot there. The area was also used as a background for author Monica Ali's successful book "Brick Lane" and later made into a film. Much of the art work produced locally, several by school children, is on regular display in Brick Lane and surrounding streets and have crowds gathering around to take a closer look at the work on display. There are a number of interesting and historic buildings that exhibit their varied ownerships and usage and are evidence of the areas past inhabitants. Among these are the old Truman Brewery, now an office complex, the Greater London Mosque, The Rag Factory on Heneage Street, Christ Church and the Old Spitalfields Market.

Christ Church, Spitalfields—an 18th century place for worship and Music

The Greater London Mosque building holds much history of the people who settled here. It was originally a French Huguenot Protestant Chapel "La Neuve Eglise" established around 1700's and while the Huguenots used the Christ Church for [16]

baptisms and other events, they tended to use La Neuve Eglise as their main centre for worship. Later, in the early 19th century, it became a Wesleyan Chapel then during the early part of the 20th Century, it was converted once again into a Jewish Synagogue led by a Rabbi of the Ashkenazi sect. In the 1970's it became a Muslim Mosque with a largely Bengali Muslim congregation. You don't need to travel to the Holy Lands to learn about the three Abrahamic faiths just pop down

South Asian Confectionery and savoury snacks

Brick Lane. How interesting is that? One of the most famous buildings is the Old Spitalfields Market that was established in the 1100's and gradually developed into a successful fruit and vegetable market but by the 1980's it was no longer able to expand any further and a new Spitalfields was constructed in Leyton, East London. It is claimed that it was the old market that attracted the Huguenot silk weavers followed by the Irish weavers and subsequently by other immigrant groups which gave rise to the rag trade in this area. The present site was refurbished and reopened in 2005 as a Traders Market and today it is a lively destination for tourists and City workers alike with its indoor market stalls and a very wide range of international food outlets with fine food served at sensible prices. The area is certainly worth at least a two day visit for history Public House opposite the Old Spitalfields Market a lunch-time and experiencing what it has to offer for the modern visitor and for its gastronomic delights. It will be wise to obtain a good guide book and to visit the Open London website ( for more ideas what to see. A fitting conclusion common to all groups is the stages they had to pass through: *Persecution; *Upheaval; *Deprevation; *Harassment; *Success, *Contribution, *Legacy. Copyright: Š Sonny Hamid, August, 2016


Burbage & District Model Railway Club In November, Club Members were involved in a diverse range of work on the Club layout. The work included grassing an undulating meadow, constructing tunnel entrances, construction of a bonfire pile and some delicate work on an electronic p.c.b. (printed circuit board). The grassing of the meadow was undertaken with specialist equipment using an electrostatic transfer technique by a process developed in Germany. The effect is truly very realistic indeed. Creating the bonfire pile was started with assembling scraps of balsa wood which now requires painting and installing in the vicinity of the model church. The work on the electronics is to provide a circuitry driving lamps to simulate a fire within the bonfire. The lamps will be placed under some crumpled cellophane and installed within the bonfire pile and this should provide a realistic effect. Tunnel mouths were being installed into a scenery dividing strip. The construction involved sawing the tunnel entrance shape then gluing structural

reinforcement and brick paper around the entrance cut out. We are hoping that the layout will be completed by summer 2017 and are very willing to bring our layout to any local village events to demonstrate our work and hopefully encourage others to join in this exciting and rewarding hobby. Please do contact us for more information. There was no formal session planned for December but Members were free to contact Member Chris P for an informal meeting to continue construction on the Club layout.

JANUARY 2017: This month's session was the first since the Christmas break and we dedicated much time to examining the gift of many locomotives and rolling stock donated to us by Mr Andy Pack of Wilton and for whose generosity Club Members are very grateful. Thank you Andy! We then turned our attention to the Club layout which seems to be taking on a more interesting appearance as we add more buildings and scenery. Members also started scratch building more tunnel mouths, new separation scenery and


Burbage & District Model Railway Club some miscellaneous other work required to complete our layout. An interesting construction was that of a bonfire stack pile which we intend to locate on the Club layout and illuminate it with flashing l.e.d.'s shining through sweet wrapper coloured paper. We are hoping that the layout will be completed by summer 2017 and are very willing to bring our layout to any local village events to demonstrate our work and hopefully encourage others to join in this exciting a rewarding hobby. Please do contact us for more information. The Club welcomes new members and also any donations and gifts of unwanted 00/H0 gauge model railway items. So, if you would like to try your hand at this hobby or have some equipment you are not using, please feel free to call me Sonny Hamid, on 01672 811 933 See you at the next meeting.

Our next formal session is scheduled for Monday 20th February 2017 commencing at 19:00 hours [19]


The Village hall is open for bookings for any personal or business event. The Village Website gives details of hiring charges. A booking form and terms and conditions of hire can be sent to you by email.This email address is regularly checked but is not managed on a 24/7 basis. Please make contact by telephone and leave a message if there is no reply. See how nice the hall can look with a bit of decoration bvhwi Contact Louise lts@gmail. com o , who r is the b o o k of ings tel: 01 ficer, 672 8 10421




The Savernake Big Belly Oak Written by Barbara Townsend Illustrated by Chantal Bourgonje

Sammy and the broomstick The trees were wearing their autumn overcoats in beautiful reds and gold. The forest appeared to be on fire with colour. The misty cold mornings felt eerie and the dark shadows in the evenings danced around as the low setting sun shone orange and red in the sky. Tree loved the changing colours; he would shiver with delight as the mist swirled around his branches. Gathering fallen leaves for his cosy bed, Sammy the hedgehog kept busy. 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, perfect for a spiny little creature. 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 thought he would pop, he wriggled his fat little body into the middle of his leafy bed 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.

“Long ago in the forest,” whispered Tree, “a family of hedgehogs lived in a hollow log near a stream. One cold clear moonlit night one young hedgehog called Sammy woke up to the sound of someone tapping on the log. Slowly, quietly, he crept outside to investigate. To his surprise, he saw a broomstick tapping the log.” “Go on, go on,” said sleepy Sammy, who loved this story about himself. “Ok ok,” said Tree, “snuggle down and I will continue.” “The broomstick tapped again.” “What do you want?” Sammy whispered. “It’s such a good night for flying,” said the broomstick, “I thought you might like to join me?” “I would, but I don’t know how to fly,” replied Sammy. “Ah, but I do,” said the broomstick, “hold on tight to me and I will show you.” Sammy climbed onto the broom

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The Savernake Big Belly Oak Written by Barbara Townsend Illustrated by Chantal Bourgonje

Sammy and the broomstick and wrapped his little paws tightly around it.

towards the witches?” Sammy shouted, shaking with fear.

“What’s your name?” asked Sammy now feeling a little scared.

“Ha Ha Ha! ” said the broomstick, “they need something for their cauldron and you’re it.”

“Ander.” He replied. “Ready? Let’s go.” Ander whooshed high into the air, swerving sharply to avoid hitting the tree tops. In the moonlight Sammy could see the forest stretching far into the distance. “The forest is really big,” whispered Sammy. He could see long pathways crisscrossing and leading out of the forest. Ander flew towards a bright light shining from the centre of the forest. Sammy held on tightly as the broom headed downwards. As they flew closer, Sammy could see a large cauldron and around it stood three witches. He had heard stories that witches lived in the forest but he didn’t believe it. The witches began dancing around the large, black, steaming cauldron and chanted magic spells. “Why are we heading

“No No No!” Sammy screamed and began to struggle violently. BANG. Sammy had rolled and fallen out of his leafy bed and bumped his head. He’d only been dreaming after all. Tree looked at Sammy, asleep in his cosy bed and knew that he never heard the ending of the story; he was always fast asleep at the part where Sammy flew on the broomstick. “I’m glad he’s asleep,” said Tree. “Wouldn’t want to scare my little friend now would I?” “Sleep well Sammy.”


The Savernake Big Belly Oak

Written by Barbara Townsend Illustrated by Chantal Bourgonje

Local author Barbara Townsend has kindly agreed that stories from her first book ‘The Savernake Big Belly Oak’ may be published in the Burbage News Quarterly If you wish to purchase a signed copy of the book SECOND EDITION £6.00 (RRP £7.99) contact Barbara:

email: tel: 01672 810483 for further information The Savernake Big Belly Oak © 2012 Barbara Townsend The right of Barbara Townsend to be identified as the author of this work has been asserted under the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act, 1988 to be identified as the author of this work



Playing the Prospect Hospice Lottery make a real difference to people's lives, enabling us to continue giving expert care and support to patients and their families. "I play the Prospect Hospice lottery every week, and it’s a really easy way to support a charity that means so much to me. Prospect cared for my wife Barbs, both in the Day Hospice, where she met so many people who were going through similar experiences, and in the care she had at the very end of her life. The team there was wonderful. Just £1 a week is a small amount of money but it makes such a big difference. What’s more, if you keep playing, you might even win a prize – I know, because I did!” •

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For the many supporters of Prospect Hospice in Burbage, you’ll be pleased to know that your local hospice is working hard to raise its profile – and the funds that are vital to the care, services and support they provide in this area - both currently and in the new year.

For anyone who attended the recent Prospect Hospice Christmas Fair at Marlborough Town Hall, you might have picked up a new leaflet about the services that Prospect Hospice offers in this area and the ways in which people can support their work. Called, simply,

Recently the hospice has introduced new, monthly pop-in sessions at its Outreach Centre at Savernake Hospital in Marlborough, an idea that has been developed to bring the community into this sparkling new facility that was officially opened earlier this year by the charity’s President, HRH The Duchess of Cornwall. The idea is simple – whether you are a patient, a carer or simply a supporter of the hospice, it’s an opportunity for you to take a look around the Outreach Centre and find out more about the services that are provided there. You’ll even get a cuppa and a slice of cake while you’re there if you’d like one. “We think it’s really important that the people of Marlborough and the surrounding villages get a regular opportunity to take a look at what their support means in terms of the services that we can provide for patients and carers in the area,” says community fundraiser Mike Kennedy. “We wouldn’t have been able to open it without the incredibly generous support of the people from this area, so we are only too pleased to be able to welcome people to see for themselves the difference that support makes for local people.”

‘Prospect Hospice in Marlborough’, you can pick up a copy of the leaflet in the two Prospect shops in Marlborough and the shop in Pewsey and at the Outreach Centre. There are details in there too of two of the ways people can support the work of the hospice in 2017. Mike Kennedy would love to hear from anyone in Burbage with a garden that they think the public would enjoy experiencing during the spring, summer or even autumn months. “Open Gardens are a fantastic way to raise funds for Prospect Hospice,” says Mike. “There are so many different aspects to gardens [26]

that people love to see, so if you’ve got an extensive, unusual or quirky garden you think the public would like to see, or you’d like to host a tea party for your friends in your garden to raise funds, then please get in touch. We can offer you plenty of support along the way – and you might really enjoy sharing the joys of your garden in 2017.” And if music festivals are your thing, then there’s always Prospect Hospice’s Avebury Rocks festival to enjoy over the weekend of 8-9 July 2017

months. “Open Gardens are a fantastic way to raise funds for Prospect Hospice,” says Mike. “There are so many different aspects to gardens that people love to see, so if you’ve got an extensive, unusual or quirky garden you think the public would like to see, or you’d like to host a tea party for your friends in your garden to raise funds, then please get in touch. We can offer you plenty of support along the way – and you might really enjoy sharing the joys of your garden in 2017.”

Over the years Avebury Rocks has welcomed festival-goers eager to discover their new favourite band, and with the event now staged over two days there will be plenty for visitors to next year’s Avebury Rocks to enjoy. Look out for details of the event at from January. Finally, Mike has a message for all Prospect Hospice supporters in Burbage and the surrounding area: “Whether you took part in one of our events, or you volunteer in one of our shops or at the Outreach Centre, or you keep a box to collect your change in for us – in fact, however you have supported Prospect Hospice in 2016 – thank you. It has made a real difference for the patients and families who have needed our help. Our best wishes for a merry Christmas and a happy and healthy new year.

Mike Kennedy. If you see him around the town, do say hello and let him know if you can offer your help for Prospect!

People can support the work of the hospice in 2017. Mike Kennedy would love to hear from anyone in Burbage with a garden that they think the public would enjoy experiencing during the spring, summer or even autumn




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Health Trainer service from Wiltshire Council My name is Sanj and I am the health trainer for Pewsey and the surrounding areas including Burbage. It is a free and confidential service. Health Trainers work on a one to one basis with individuals to support behaviour change and improve health. We meet with our clients in places such as the local library, leisure centre etc. We can work with clients who want to improve their wellbeing, including looking at areas such as;

Building self-confidence and motivation Eating healthier food and becoming a healthy weight Reducing of stopping smoking being more active drinking less alcohol I can also signpost and support people to access other services and activities. As a Health Trainer I can work with my client for six sessions building motivation and confidence to enable the client to help themselves and to maintain the changes. I look forward to hearing from you, Sanj.

Appointments can be made by self-referral via or telephone 0300 003 4566


Help and support for people who care According to the last census, there are 47,608 people in Wiltshire providing care and support to a relative, child, partner or friend who would not be able to manage on their own. There are many reasons why someone may not be able to cope unaided including physical or mental disability, old age, long-term illness, special educational need, eating disorder or a problem with drugs or alcohol. It is estimated that 3 in 5 people will become a carer at some point in their lives. The problem is that most people will not identify themselves as such – people simply consider themselves as a spouse, sibling, parent, grandparent or friend doing what they would be doing anyway. Many also mistake the word ‘carer’ with

those providing paid care work in a residential home or domiciliary agency capacity. Carer Support Wiltshire is a charity with a team of support workers who can provide information and support to carers living in Wiltshire, at the other end of the telephone, or face to face, along with accessing to counselling and advice relating to your role. All of our services are free and confidential for anyone aged 18 and over and we can offer you the chance to have a break through social cafés, days out, activities, craft groups and complementary therapies. We will shortly be running a monthly carers cafés in nearby Marlborough where you can come along to chat with other carers over a hot drink or two. To find out more about us, or to register for some support, please visit our website, email or freephone: 0800 181 4118 (01 380 871 690 from a mobile).


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