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October 2021 - 60p

News from Aldbourne, Axford, Baydon, Chilton Foliat, Froxfield and Ramsbury

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I took a look back at my letter from this time last year – and I see that I was lamenting the fact that my house wasn’t waist-deep in preparations for the “Churches Together” float in the Aldbourne Carnival! Well, THIS year, everywhere I look seems to be submerged in stuff, ready for just that purpose! It was brilliant to be able to have a sort of mini-Messy Church last week, making masks and splashing paint around in preparation – to see the kids having fun together was just wonderful! Our float is celebrating the amazing wildlife in the churchyard – so often thought of as just a place for memories and dead people, but actually, even in the midst of Covid, full of life and energy and beauty, if only we look for it. And so – as we start reclaiming our lives and finding our way back to some sort of “normal” – what have we learned over the past two years, that needs to be retained and valued? All sorts of techy skills, for a start – who knew about Zoom, for a start? Not me, for sure, but now I Zoom all the time... But we’ve also been reminded of all sorts of REALLY important stuff – like how inter-dependent we are (even in isolation), and how blessed we are to live in strong communities whose members watch out for each other. And we do need to hold on to that, even when we may think differently

from others. Some of us can’t wait to reclaim every freedom and choice that we had before, and to live without looking over our shoulders for the lurking presence of Covid, while others are still very nervous and tentative. There are little children who don’t know how to cope with big groups of people – it’s foreign territory to them – and some of our youngsters have really battled. So – along with keeping on with sensible things like hand-washing (I’ve had one head cold in eighteen months, which is a lifetime record for me, and I’m sure that’s why!), we need to keep on being KIND. If someone else seems to us to be being either over-cautious or foolhardily rash, perhaps we need to cut them some slack? And if that attitude is mutual, then we will keep caring for one another as we should, whether it’s wearing a mask we’d rather not, because someone else will feel more comfortable because of it, or loosening up a bit ourselves for similar reasons. Even someone who seems (to us) wrong-headed, is God’s beloved child – we’re all family. And if we can live gratefully and generously, then life and beauty will flourish, even in unlikely places. With love Rev Sue Rodd WHITTON WAYSWHITTON WAYS | 3

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CONTENTS Treloar...................................................................................... 5 In Your Garden / Walk for Parkinsons.......................... 6 Chilton Chicks........................................................................ 7 Silver Band.............................................................................. 9 Aldbourne Memorial Hall...............................................11 Knitting Group / Froxfield Fesival.................................12 A Few of Our Favourire Things......................................13 More Tea Vicar....................................................................15 Poppy appeal.......................................................................16 Diary of Events....................................................................17 Baydon Open Gardens.....................................................18 Prospect Challenge...........................................................19 Ramsbury WI.......................................................................21 Copper Steppes..................................................................22 Charity Fundraising Lunch.............................................24 Chilton Chimes...................................................................25

Celestial Sightings.............................................................26 Ramsbury Surgery.............................................................27 Baydon Cream Teas..........................................................27 Scouts.....................................................................................28 Hort Soc.................................................................................29 Doctor Writes......................................................................30 Chilton Buddies..................................................................31 Methodist Church..............................................................33 Roxy.........................................................................................34 Chilton Foliat WI................................................................33 Festival of Fun.....................................................................37 Sunflowers............................................................................39 Axford Angle / Lady in the Van....................................41 Wild Flower Meadows......................................................43 Top Teacher..........................................................................45 Parish of Whitton...............................................................46

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Autumn Fair in aid of Treloar’s After two postponements since our last Spring Fair in May 2019 it was a case of third time lucky on Saturday 18th September at Ramsbury Memorial Hall when we were finally able to go ahead with our Autumn Fair in aid of Treloar Trust. As many readers will be aware, we have been holding an annual fund-raising event in the village for the charity for around 50 years, and last year was the first in which we were unable to do so owing to the pandemic. Freshly baked cakes and home-made preserves were snapped up in no time, along with some beautiful hand-made soft furnishings and household items. Many customers went away with a smile on their face having been lucky on the ever-popular bottle stall, and the wide array of toiletries on offer were extremely popular in these

health-conscious times, from the everyday to luxury items.

Thank you all for coming along, and for helping out with donations and contributions of all kinds. In the process you helped us raise over £2,000 on Saturday morning. Added to that Paul New has raised a further £2,000 in plant sales over the past six months, and we have received some generous donations, taking our fund-raising this year to a record figure of over £6,000. In the process you are helping to improve the lives of the children and young adults at Treloar’s and give them a better future. Hilary Hicklin

Jon Colville from Treloar’s and his wife Kim were there to talk about the work of the charity and support our efforts. I was interested to learn that the triple-gold medal winning paralympian David Smith, a former student of Treloar’s, led the British contingent at the closing ceremony in Tokyo. A man of many talents, both sporting and academic (including a degree in aerospace engineering) he holds many records for boccia and other disciplines. Do look him up on Wikipedia to see how going to Treloar’s changed his life. WHITTON WAYSWHITTON WAYS | 5

In your Garden

• Harvest pumpkins, squashes and marrow before the first frosts

Jobs for October

• Plant garlic and autumn onion sets

Ornamental garden • Plant trees and shrubs while the soil is still warm

• Plant out spring cabbage 15cms (6ins) apart, and net the plants against pigeons

• Prune climbing roses and, in exposed areas, bush roses, to avoid damage by winds • Lift dahlia and begonia tubers and store in a cool, dry and frost-free place. • Plant out spring bedding such as forget-me-nots, wallflowers and polyanthus • Continue dividing and replanting herbaceous perennials • Now is the time to move and replant hardy evergreens such as Osmanthus and Mahonia, as the soil is still warm • Apply an autumn lawn feed • Pot on late summer cuttings into 9cm (3 1/2 in) pots

• Cut down stems of asparagus and Jerusalem artichoke to just above ground level as their foliage yellows • Pick apples and pears before they become frosted • Lift and divide old rhubarb crowns • Apply grease bands to fruit trees to protect them from winter moth • Insulate greenhouses with bubble wrap • Reduce mowing on your lawn as the grass growth slows down and apply an autumn lawn feed • If you have ivy growing in the garden, leave some of it to flower as it’s a good source of nectar and berries for birds during the next few weeks

Kitchen garden • Lift potatoes, beetroot and carrots and store in dry, frost-free conditions

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Walk for Parkinsons

on our Parkinson’s Awareness walk. Despite it not being an official fundraiser your generous donations totalled £402.50 which is absolutely fantastic. It was more about raising awareness. There are more than 80

More than 100 Ramsbury villagers took part in a walk to raise awareness of Parkinson’s Disease, last month. They gathered in the centre of the village each walking a mile around the area. The event was organised by Klem ClemensCowan, who lives in the Ramsbury and who suffers from the degenerative disease. After the walk, Klem said: “Thank you to all the wonderful people of Ramsbury, and all those who came from a distance, for your tremendous support last Sunday afternoon 6 | WHITTON WAYS

Chilton Chicks has re-hatched! We are thrilled that the much-loved Chilton Chicks Baby and Toddler group has returned to the village after a few years away. Offering an hour and a half of toys and activities for local pre-school children every Monday, the group is also a great opportunity for parents and carers to catch-up over a coffee and for new families moving to the area to make new friends and meet new people. After a difficult 18 months, it’s exciting to see Chilton Chicks return. Groups such as this are hugely beneficial, both for the development of life skills in very young children, and as a welcome relief for young parents that may have struggled with isolation during the pandemic. Chilton Chicks will also be enjoying a new location. After a tremendous community fundraising effort and substantial investment from the Diocese, the Chilton Foliat Community Clubhouse was opened by the Bishop of Ramsbury in early 2020. The new clubhouse offers a wonderful space as well as an outdoor area ideally suited to the group. Ali Payne

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Ramsbury Silver Band is back in action During the long COVID-19 lock-down, the band members have kept in touch by organising “zoom” quizzes every Friday. Nearly everyone participated regularly and we all found the resulting comradeship between band members really helped to overcome the lack of social contact caused by the pandemic. We resumed weekly practice sessions at the beginning of June this year, sometimes in Ogbourne in a large conservatory plus the adjoining garden terraces, and sometimes in an agricultural barn up Loves Lane in Ramsbury. It was great to play together once more, even in strange surroundings. Nevertheless, we were so pleased when we were able to return on 23rd July to our “home” in Axford Village Hall for our weekly practice. And practice we did for we had bandstand concert bookings for 25th July in Chippenham and 8th August in Newbury, both events proving very successful with good audiences. A further concert in Swindon on 5th September completed our summer season, so late to get off the ground but so enjoyable at the last. From now until Christmas, we will be

preparing next year’s music programme, learning some new pieces and polishing up old favourites. It is also a great opportunity for new players to join the band, especially as one or two are leaving to continue their education . We would be delighted to welcome brass or percussion players who have recently moved to this area or who would like to revive their playing skills. We meet every Friday 7:30 – 9:30 pm in Axford Village Hall. If you or your child wishes to try out a brass instrument (or percussion), whether or not you have some previous musical experience, do gave us a call or email. We can offer one-to-one learning sessions at 6:30 – 7:15 pm for beginners. Instruments are loaned free of charge as required. It can often be very beneficial if a child and parent learn together. We do hope to hear from you and we wish all readers a safer and more enjoyable 2022. Edward Judge 01488 491035 Tracy Smart 01672 521028


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Aldbourne Memorial Hall 100 years - Onwards and upwards. Alison Delorie looks at the past and future of the Memorial Hall in Aldbourne A few months ago, in what turned out to be my first in-person meeting since Covid, I joined the committee for the Aldbourne Memorial Hall in Adlbourne. I replaced Joy Hobby, who had been the church representative for several decades — so she was a hard act to follow! The Chairman is Paul Newman, who many of you will know from his sterling work as compere for our annual fete and other events. Our Treasurer is Hugh Bland and our secretary is Mo Webber. The rest of the committee is made up of representatives from the various Aldbourne organisations who use the Hall. The Choir Representative is Vanessa Butler; the WI representative is Annette Jerram; the Ladies Group representative is Heather Athawes, and the Aldbourne Band representative is Jane Tilley —and, most importantly, the Bookings Clerk is Wendy Beattie. I am still finding out information about the Hall and hope to share it with you all in the coming months as the Hall is coming up to its 100th anniversary when we hope for many celebrations. According to contemporary sources, amongst other things, the rationale given for building the Hall and for an accompanying workman’s club was proposed by a Mrs Currie from Upham, while standing on a wagon! Her ambition was for: “A room suitable in every way for public meetings, with arrangements too for concerts and theatricals – a real and lasting centre for community life and interests in the village.” In addition to the Hall, she asked that it would “be possible to have attached to the central hall rooms which can be open every night as a Workman’s Club, where men can smoke and talk and discuss the news.” Building started on the Hall in January 1922. The Parish Magazine at the time reported that the price of building materials had gone down, making it feasible not just to

construct a War Memorial but a Memorial Hall as well. This was opened by Lord Methuen in July 7th 1922, so they did indeed put it up very quickly. Money was raised from many sources. Apart from the “usual Whist drive and concerts”, a Sacred Concert was held in the Schoolroom, a welcome home dinner and “smoking concert” (whatever that was!) was held for ex-Servicemen and a jumble sale took place on Mr Pembroke’s meadow. Mrs Currie anticipated the Hall “not just to be a memorial to the men of Aldbourne who have fallen in the Great War but a living centre of village life and intercourse …. for generations to come”. Here we are 100 years later still using both the Hall and the Club! Use of both the Hall and the Club faded off somewhat with Covid but hopefully this will pick up again soon. Over the next few months, I hope to report on many of the activities which have taken place over the last 100 years so I would be very grateful for anything which can be sent to me which I can include (alison.lovejoy. Do also get in touch if you want to book and I will pass on your details to our Bookings Clerk. I am delighted to have been already send wonderful pictures from the Aldbourne Band. If any other past users have photographs of the Hall or the adjoining club I would love to receive them. WHITTON WAYSWHITTON WAYS | 11

During the lockdown the group’s knitting needles have been clicking flat out… and, I have been recording the amazing amount of wonderful stuff the members have made.

Five of our specially-made blankets will to The Prospect Hospice which other blankets will be given to Women’s Aid in Swindon. Our baby hats go to GWH Maternity Unit. Our latest project is ‘hats for homeless men’ which will go to a charity in Swindon. The dolls and animals we knit go to ATE (Action Through Enterprise, Ghana) for stimulating disabled children.

It is hard to believe that fewer than 25 people have done such an amazing amount of knitting since lock down began in March, 2020! I have already sold about £100 worth of goods as well, so the actual amount knitted is even greater.

Knitting for sale

We have many more knitted items in store at the moment — all of which are either for sale, or being donated to local charities.

If you would like to buy any of the items listed, we will donate the money between Women’s Aid and ATE.

In all, we’ve knitted 28 blankets; 47 tops in sizes ranging from baby to teenage/adult; 25 pairs of mittens; 8 scarves; 47 baby hats and 54 hats in larger sizes; 9 baby bootees; 9 bedrocks and, finally, 12 toys.

Well done, KG, you should be proud of yourselves! If you would like to join us please contact Estrid Eyles, 55a, High Street, Ramsbury. 01672 520789.

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Froxfield Beer & Music Festival The rain came lashing down, and the umbrellas went up — but it didn’t dampen the spirits of Froxfielders who turned out in 12 | WHITTON WAYS

The event had been postponed from earlier in the summer, but organisers Pat and Barry Adams were undaunted. The guest beers flowed and the villagers joined in impromptu singalongs throughout the afternoon. There were fewer bands than expected as many cried-off a the last minute, but it was the most brilliant social afternoon and hugely enjoyable. The entertainment highlight was definitely the two appearances by The Pelicans — Froxfield’s own Morris Troupe! Vanya Body

A few of our favourite things A fabulous evening of music reviewed by Susie Eliot-Cohen Well that was an amazing concert! What a complete joy to be allowed to gather for an evening of music, after so much illness, worry and sadness and so many disappointments over the past two years. Every year the concert has been special and this is year 7! I am sure that many of you have attended them all but just to show how lucky we have been…. We have had In 2014 James O’Donnell, the organist at Westminster Abbey, in 2015 `David Hall and the Salisbury Cathedral choir, 2016 was the first visit of Christ Church Cathedral Oxford’s Clerks Choir, 2017 Paul Leddington Wright and the Coventry Cathedral Chorus, 2018 Crispian Steele Perkins and Ian Le Grice playing Trumpet and Organ, 2019 the English Chamber Choir and Alexander Binns, organist from Derby Cathedral, then the boring gap until tonight. What a line up and each concert has been a wonderful evening. And, apart from being great entertainment, the first 6 concerts raised over £73,000 for Holy Cross! But these concerts do not happen without a great many people’s help. So, thank you first to Ben, and the Choir. It was a tricky title, ‘A Few of our Favourite Things’ but I think we all agree that Ben has produced the perfect programme, and it was most beautifully executed. Thank you all so very much. Thank you to our sponsors, the Swire Charitable Trust, without whom the profits would not look nearly so wondrous. Then...

there is the organ committee, the flower ladies, (what a triumph!) the brass ladies, the cleaners, and the Friends, who make delicious canapes for a seemingly continuous number of events. We must not forget the bell ringers, the policemen, the churchwardens, specially George, who has been a vital part of almost everything, the ushers, the graphic designers, the screen workers, the ticket sellers, the post office and the Bell, which has so generously fed the performers this evening. What a truly great and remarkable team, involving most of the village actually. A huge thank you to every one of you. We are so lucky to be able to use and appreciate this beautiful church. As every one of you know only too well the upkeep of a building like this is simply enormous. Of course, if you would like to help, why not become a Friend of Holy Cross? There are now 450 friends, which we have been told has made Holy Cross, the ‘Friendliest’ parish church in Wiltshire. Please join. The amazing lighting system, the side aisle screens and the repaired bells are all projects that the Friends have supported. The next project is to be the re-guilding of the weather vane and the face of the clock. I really hope everyone enjoyed the evening as much as I did. With a huge thank you to Ben and the choir and I hope they will come back for a third concert in the not too distant future. Susie








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of what is going on in their lives.

We’ve just had a couple of days up on the narrowboat in Wales – wonderful winding-down time…

There’s a flip side, though. Routines and patterns can be a huge help, but they can – if they’re allowed to – take over and rule our lives in ways that can be equally unhelpful. It’s all too easy to drift from thinking, “That’s a good way to do things; let’s stick with it,” to “This is the way we do things round here, and any other way is silly/ inadequate/ just plain wrong, so don’t even suggest it!”

And it made me think a bit about routines, and the way they can give our lives shape and structure, because “boat” routine is very different from “home” patterns. An hour extra in bed in the mornings, for a start, which – for a non-morning person like me – is definitely a step in the right direction! Even Molly the cat settles into different patterns – she knows she’s safe within the confines of the boat and doesn’t even try to get outside, even though at home a daily early-morning inspection of “her” territory is an essential part of the day.

It’s one of those paradoxes, that something that may well have started off with the best of intentions and for the best of reasons, can take on a life of its own that eventually makes it counter-productive or even harmful.

And certainly, the loss of some of those routines that give reassuring patterns to life, that help us to feel secure in that we know what is where and when it’s likely to happen, has – I believe – been a key factor in the added strains and stress that the pandemic has brought. I think this applies particularly to children, especially if the adults around them have been visibly discombobulated by feeling out of control

Habits and routines are good servants, but bad masters if they get in the way of our relationships with other people – and, even more so, with God. They say it takes only two weeks to establish a good habit – I wonder if the same applies to unpicking a bad one… With love Sue Rodd, Team Vicar


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Baydon Open Gardens — Thanks Thank you to everyone who helped, supported and donated to our Open Gardens event on September 4th. We raised in excess of £1000, which was a magnificent total! It was lovely to meet so many newcomers to our village, catch up with village friends but also to welcome so many from all of the surrounding villages and beyond. Obviously an extra special thanks must go to all the very kind villagers who opened their gardens to be viewed and admired, enter competitions or even sample some homemade gin! We mustn’t forget to mention the fabulous refreshments which were served in the school hall. Without your support we would not be able to save our beautiful church building. Baydon Church Fundraising Team Peter Chambers

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bike or treadmill at the gym or at home - it’s up to you. You will have until 31 October 2021 to complete the distance. All we ask is that you raise funds to enable the hospice to continue caring for patients who are terminally ill and support their families. When you complete the challenge you will receive a medal and certificate for your fantastic achievement. If you can raise a minimum of £100 in sponsorship we’ll also reward you with a Team Prospect T-shirt. Registration is £10 per adult and £5 per child or dog. To register visit the website at www. or email fundraisingandevents@ or call 01793 813355. WHITTON WAYSWHITTON WAYS | 19

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Saturday 4 September marked another red letter day for Ramsbury WI, when we finally started our long-delayed Centenary Celebrations. We were delighted that so many people came along to help us celebrate what is now 101 years of WI in Ramsbury. The previous evening yellow crocheted roses had been hung on the branches and wrapped around the trunk of the Ramsbury Tree, and there were enough left over to decorate the benches. Come the morning, the weather behaved itself and the area under The Tree was full of people enjoying coffee and cake and catching up with friends old and new. Many thanks go to everyone who made this possible: those who put up the roses and cleaned the cobbles; those who baked the delicious cakes and organised the refreshments and finally to everyone who supported the event. Plus my special thanks to Sheryl Little and Marilyn Fremlin for these great photographs. On the previous Thursday we had enjoyed our first evening meeting back in the Church Rooms, when Adrian and Jane Jefferies had given us a fascinating talk on Collectable Costume Jewellery. The meeting was well attended and I think everyone was pleased to be getting back to normality again. Our next meeting will be on Thursday 7 October, when we welcome two speakers from Wiltshire Recycling. I’m sure we’ve

all got lots of questions about recycling: where does it all go to; how important is it to put things in the correct bins; what are the economics of the whole operation - and many more. Hopefully this will be an opportunity to get some answers. The meeting will be at 7.30pm in the Church Rooms. Visitors are welcome to join us for a small fee of £3. We will also be having a coffee morning at the Royal British Legion Club on Thursday 21 October, from 10.30am onwards. Saturday 9 October sees the return of the Horticultural Society Autumn Show and WI Country Market. We shall be selling all kinds of cakes, jam, chutney etc, plus serving tea and cakes to keep everyone going throughout the afternoon. Find us in Ramsbury Memorial Hall from 2pm to 4pm. A final word to the women of Ramsbury (sorry, chaps!). WI has been alive and kicking in the village since 1920 - cloche hats, tweed costumes and lisle stockings - I think the photo shows that our clothes have radically changed over the past 101 years! We are a friendly group of women from diverse backgrounds who enjoy the friendship and sense of belonging that we get from the WI. We were delighted to welcome a new member at our September meeting and there is room for many more. Please come along to one of our meetings if you are interested, or ring 520908 or 520261 for more information. Rosalie Winter



Copper steppes and golden deserts I have decided that although I find rain forests pretty amazing places, on balance I prefer deserts. Not only the cold deserts like those in the Arctic, described earlier this year in “Geology Rocks”, but especially the hot deserts. Here the bedrocks are very well exposed, unlike within the depths of rain forests where they are often deeply weathered and largely hidden. Thrashing around looking for rocky outcrops in the sweltering heat and humidity of a rain forest is certainly much less comfortable than working in the open country and exposed hills and mountains of a hot dry desert; but that’s a matter of personal taste of course. Deserts cover about one-third of the earth’s land surface and I have had the pleasure of working in quite a few of them including the Nubian in Sudan, the Arabian in the UAE, the Kavir in Iran, the Thar in India, the Namib and Kaokoveld in Namibia, the Karoo in S.Africa, the Mohave and Sonoran in the SW USA, the Atacama in Chile and Peru, and not least the Gobi in Mongolia. We can also include Australia, often described as “a desert with a lawn around the edges” ! The famed Gobi Desert, which stretches for over a 1,000 miles ENE-WSW across southern Mongolia and northern China, is the world’s sixth largest desert by area. It’s a vast, stunningly beautiful, remote and challenging environment and requires expedition planning to undertake reconnaissance mineral exploration of the type I did in the 1990’s. Any work in the Gobi, and indeed in the remote grassland steppes of Mongolia, involves extensive logistical planning to make provision for field accommodation (tents), communication, food and water, vehicle and helicopter support. Journeys were always long but never boring and rates of travel 22 | WHITTON WAYS

generally slow due to poor dirt road conditions. I have done mineral exploration in Mongolia on foot, by jeep and by helicopter and each gives a remarkable perspective of the harsh but beautiful landscape. Mountainous terrains to the north and west pass gradually into grasslands and then arid and flat stony and sandy desert plains or rocky hills. Occasionally subjected to huge sandstorms the surface rocks are frequently sandblasted and surfaces become glazed and polished producing a ‘desert varnish’ on exposed rock and smoothed pebbles. I have often sheltered with a nomadic family in their felt tent or ger as a storm roared through and there is no finer place to stay. Gers are simply wonderful. They are warm with a central stove; roomy; very stable in winds due to a wooden lattice work around a central pole system; and cosy, the whole structure covered with felt and waterproofed canvas. Easily set up and moved they present a comforting and secure shelter in an otherwise vast and often threatening landscape. They are also places to experience traditional, generous and friendly Mongolian hospitality, but it hasn’t always been that way of course. That most famous of Mongolians, Temujin, (1162-1227), known in Mongolia as Chingis Khan and to us as Genghis Khan, was a genius at inventing and applying new methods of warfare. His was the largest land empire the world has ever known, and his capital Kharkorin or Karakorum was a city of ger tents, many on large wagons capable of being pulled. The city developed into a centre of trade and cultural exchange

between Central Asia westwards into Europe and eastwards into the Far East. Its population included goldsmiths, artists, doctors, mathematicians and astrologers from across the known world. By 1251 it was a splendid city with Buddhist temples, Muslim mosques and Christian churches but the site is now marked only by the remains of the Buddhist temple complex at Erdene Zuu built nearby in 1586. My task in Mongolia was to locate sites which might prove prospective for large gold and copper deposits. The task took me on expeditions to northern and northeastern Mongolia with its rolling mountains and grassy steppes, very reminiscent of the scenery in the Southern Uplands of Scotland. Here were hillsides covered in Leontopodium alpinum (edelweiss), protected in the Alps but picked in Mongolia to fill pillows to promote a good nights sleep. I travelled across the Altai (gold) mountains in the west and the steppes and deserts of central and southern Mongolia to explore for gold and investigate surface, sand blasted, polished and green stained rocks where copper and gold are often located. One such location looked particularly prospective, but we were too late to stake the claim. Indeed it was a wonderful opportunity so closely missed as it proved to be a huge buried deposit, and one of the worlds largest copper-gold deposits with over 41 million tonnes of copper and 1,500 tonnes of contained gold. But there are other places where deserts hide vast mineral resources… Chris Carlon WHITTON WAYSWHITTON WAYS | 23

Annual Charity Fundraising Lunch is On! Tuesday 9th November 2021

The annual fund-raising lunch is to be held at the Shoot Room, Hilldrop, thanks to Susie Eliot-Cohen. It is timed for Tuesday 9th November 2021 at noon. It will be in support of Hope into Action. This is an imaginative Christian charity supporting released prisoners through UK church communities. Ed Walker, who set it up and is heavily involved, is the son of people known to Ted Hiscocks and Jane Sykes. Ed will be coming to speak at the lunch. So please come. There will be food – English cuisine this year, no spices as in previous years when supporting more exotically based charities! Also, wine and a raffle. Like all good causes, the need is great, thanks to the pandemic.


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Luncheon Club We run on a fortnightly basis on Wednesdays, most of the year, with breaks in August and Christmas and New Year. We provide a hot two course meal at a reasonable cost of £6, in a friendly atmosphere where friends are able to meet and chat. This month’s dates are the 13th and 27th October. If you think you would like to come along then please contact Diana Trickey on 01672 520630. We also need a few more drivers to help with transporting those guests who are unable to make their own way to the Church Rooms. If you think you could help then please contact Rachel Byfield on 520367

Chilton Chimes If you were out in Chilton Foliat last month… there may have been a big surprise. That’s because, as Whitton Ways went to press, we were looking forward to a Teddy Bears’ Picnic on the 26th of September. Weather permitting the Teddies and their owners were gathering on the lawns of St Mary’s to celebrate recent baptisms in the church. Look out for photos for next Chilton Chimes! St Mary’s Church Services are more or less back to normal as advertised in Whitton Ways… including the Team Communion, which was live-streamed with appropriate Covid restrictions adhered to at all services Details of services and times for October can be found at the church gate, or here on the Worship in the Parish pages at the back of Whitton Ways. The Village Hall Another much anticipated event at the hall was The World’s Biggest Coffee Morning. Vicky Nelligan was due to hold her annual coffee morning in support of Macmillan Cancer at the hall on 25th September. Bookings are coming in for various events,

children are at school. If you would be interested, please let me know on my email address and I will pass on any information to the lady hoping to run the classes. New E-mail addresses for the village hall. For information or enquires about the Village Hall please contact the following E-mail Addresses: Enquiries: Bookings: vhbookings@Cchiltonfoliat. com Around and about… The Chilton Chicks toddler group have returned to the village on the 13th of September in a new venue at the school club room. For enquiries email: chiltonchicks@gmail. com Publicise your event! If you have an event, celebration, party or would just like me to include something special in the Chilton Chimes please do not hesitate to contact me at: Keep safe Barry Harding

The Village Hall will be holding a very special village event, on the evening of 9th October - ‘Nibble on Nostalgia’. I look forward to meeting you on the evening please come along and share your memories. including Yoga and boxing related lessons, also advance booking are being made for other groups to use the hall. Another possible booking, if there is enough demand, would be for a ‘during school hours’ Yoga Class, aimed at busy mums — an opportunity to attend whilst their WHITTON WAYSWHITTON WAYS | 25

Celestial Sightings! Brilliant Jupiter and Saturn! The October night sky offers brilliant views of Jupiter and Saturn in close proximity. Firstly please download the October Skymap from: The Skymap shows the night sky on 11th October at 9pm, but similar views can be had a few days earlier. After this date, the moon will start to get in the way. Please try to find a view to the south that is free from trees and buildings, then turn off outdoor lights (it takes our eyes about 5 minutes to dark adapt). Refer to the Skymap and notice Jupiter and Saturn in the south (you can use a red head torch which does not affect night vision). Look southwards in the sky you will see Jupiter blazing brightly due south. A little lower and to the right you will see the fainter Saturn. 10x binoculars will show the moons of Jupiter and a 30x telescope will show Jupiter’s cloud belts and Saturn’s rings. Fantastic. Looking further northwards the brightest stars you will see are Altair, in Aquila the


Eagle, then further north you will see Vega (a very bright star) in Lyra the Harp. To the left of that you will see the giant cross of Cygnus, the Swan. To the north of Cygnus is a large well known emission nebula called the North America Nebula (NGC 7000) due to its shape. It is a little too faint to be seen with the naked eye so I have included a photo of it taken a long time ago (on film!) from Ramsbury. Now trace the long arm of the Cygnus cross all the way down to the southern-most star. It is called Alberio and is a magical star – observe it through a 30x telescope and you will see that it is a double star with the most amazing golden yellow and electric blue components. Now that is truly magical! Moon Phases New Moon: 6th October First Quarter: 13th October Full Moon: 20th October Last Quarter: 28th October Thus the ‘Dark Period’ (for observing faint objects) is from 29th September until 13th October, and again from 28th October until 11th November. Philip Perkins

Ramsbury Surgery ranked among best in the country The teams at Ramsbury and Wanborough surgeries are SUPER proud to see that we have ranked 13th of 6,658 Surgeries across the whole of England, in the recent GP Patient Survey results. We will never be complacent about these kind of results though, as we continually strive to offer the best service possible to our patients. We are so chuffed to read these results report?practicecode=J83045

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Baydon’s Cream teas on the Green The latest Community event in Baydon was a wonderful success! Throughout the afternoon people gathered to socialise and consume a delicious cream tea. Many of the attendees thoroughly enjoyed catching up with friends and neighbours and the opportunity to sit outside on the Green! The proceeds of this Community event, which amounted to over £600, will be split between Macmillan Cancer Support, Duchenne UK and the Church building Fund. No event is possible without the help and support of others. Thank you so much to those of you who attended, to the Companies who supported us, to Debbie and Alan for running the raffle, for the Parish Council for organising the grass to be cut, providing additional overhead cover and Brian, for Dawn and Pauline’s baking skills and the wonderful volunteers who helped move tables and chairs to and from the Green and provided additional support. We couldn’t have achieved what we did

without you! Vicki, Donni, Peter and Helen were also very touched by the many compliments they received on how much you had enjoyed the afternoon…. We look forward to seeing you again for tea! Donnie Blackwell, Baydon


Ramsbury Scout Group – A reflection on challenging times. It has been a difficult past 18 months for everyone but, despite the ever-changing lock down rules and procedures, 1st Ramsbury Scout Group has managed to survive – something that unfortunately many Scout groups across the country have failed to do. This survival is testament to the work of our dedicated leaders, Committee, and the understanding parents whose children take participate in our 3 sections – Beavers, Cubs and Scouts. Luckily, once the rules were relaxed, each section managed to complete many activities within the required constraints and everyone had a great time. Highlights for the Beavers were the cycle ride, river dipping and Den building – a great evening despite torrential rain! Beavers -Den Building and River Dipping Cubs did most of their activities outside and together they helped to tend our allotment, built ‘Inuksuk’ stone mounds, completed challenging cycle rides and the summer activities culminated in the annual ‘Junk Boat’ building and river racing challenge. Cubs – Junk boat racing and ‘Inuksuk’ mound building. Scouts also completed a busy outdoor program with ‘Scandinavian’ log fire cooking, shelter building, cycle rides, wide games on Spring hill and even managed, in just over one hour, to build a rope bridge across the river at Mill lane – although most of the Scouts seemed to prefer wading through the water! The scout rope bridge across the Kennet. The pandemic has meant we have missed out on a couple of our big fund-raising events and, despite having had limited meetings over the year, we have on-going costs to maintain our facilities. To that end the ‘Scout Quiz Night’ is back on the 16th 28 | WHITTON WAYS

October and the Ramsbury Run will take place next year – please come and support us. We have a great group of Leaders but always welcome anyone who would like to get involved – contact myself or any section leaders if you are interested. Mike Allman, Group Scout Leader

Autumn Show & WI Country Market We’re doing it again! On Saturday 9th October we are going to have another show. In Ramsbury Memorial Hall between 2 and 4 pm with the WI – tea, cakes and lots of goodies to buy.

Two in one year; whatever next! Entries for the Autumn Show can be registered in the Memorial Hall between 6 and 8 pm on Friday 8th or by email by the evening of Thursday 7th to Please come and enjoy the show.

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All our local surgeries have now started the 2021-2022 flu vaccination season. Flu This year it is even more important to have your flu vaccination because: • more people are likely to get flu this winter as fewer people will have built up natural immunity to it during the COVID-19 pandemic • if you get flu and COVID-19 at the same time, research shows you’re more likely to be seriously ill • getting vaccinated against flu and COVID-19 will provide protection for you and those around you for both these serious illnesses The flu vaccine is a safe and effective vaccine, with very few side effects. The only time it is not safe is if you have an egg allergy. This year you are eligible for a free jab if you: • are 50 and over (including those who’ll be 50 by 31 March 2022) • have certain health conditions (asthma, COPD, diabetes, heart disease and heart failure, kidney failure, Parkinsons, multiple sclerosis, body mass index over 40, learning disabled) • are pregnant • are in long-stay residential care • receive a carer’s allowance, or are the main carer for an older or disabled person who may be at risk if you get sick • live with someone who is more likely to get infections (such as someone who has HIV, has had a transplant or is having certain treatments for cancer, lupus or rheumatoid arthritis) • frontline health or social care workers 30 | WHITTON WAYS

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The Covid booster vaccination programme has just been announced and the logistics of delivering this is being developed within our practice network. A single dose of the Pfizer vaccine is recommended to eligible people and you can only have your booster 6 months after your second vaccination. Eligible groups include: • those living in residential care homes for older adults • all adults aged 50 years or over • frontline health and social care workers • all those aged 16 to 49 years with underlying health conditions that put them at higher risk of severe COVID-19, and adult carers • adult household contacts of immunosuppressed individuals. The Old School Surgery does not have the facilities to store the vaccination and because it cannot be exposed to vibration once thawed, it cannot be moved. Therefore, the plan is to deliver the vaccination to Ramsbury Surgery. Therefore, The Old School Surgery will vaccinate patients on Thursday afternoon at Ramsbury and Ramsbury Surgery will vaccinate their patients on Fridays. Clinics will start at the end of September. Your own surgery will contact you to make an appointment. All young people aged 16 and 17 years have been offered a first dose of vaccine. And, now all children aged 12 to 15 years are being offered a first dose of vaccine as part of the school-based COVID-19 vaccination programme. Children who are 12 years old and over on the day the School Age Immunisation Service (SAIS) team visits the school, will be offered a vaccination as part of the in-school vaccination programme. I encourage you to be vaccinated and to have your children vaccinated. Please read the website to find out more information about the vaccines if you are unsure. Be well. Stay safe. Dr Angel Paddon and the team at The Old School Surgery, Great Bedwyn

Chilton’s Buddies are back Week three at Chilton Foliat Primary School, and the children have settled into their new classes and routines. The atmosphere around the school is purposeful, positive and happy. One of the things we had missed most during Covid-19 was the ability to work and play together as a whole school. At playtime, new friendships are being made not just within classes but between year groups, young and old. For example, we have been able to return to the “buddy” system whereby our upper key stage 2 children are looking out for our new starters and our youngers, modelling kind and caring behaviour. Whilst we continue to apply a cautionary approach to managing the transmission of Covid-19, we have also been able to come back together in Collective Worship and the singing, as good as it ever was, is truly uplifting! Project Touchline is already in motion. The children have enjoyed the combination of some warm early autumn weather, being able to improve their tag rugby skills and apply their understanding of

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Sunday 17th Oct - 10.30am Service led by All Services held at Aldbourne Methodist Church. All are welcome to join us. Dear All As the months are moving on towards Christmas, our church is starting to get back to normal — but what is normal? Coronavirus is still out there, so we still need to keep safe, and take care when out and about. So during are church services we are still wearing masks, but we can now enjoy singing again. Hooray! The windows & doors will still remain open during the services. During our services this month we have world Homeless Day and Freedom Day. There is lots to think about on these two subjects: just sit quietly and remember how lucky we are to live here in our villages. God provide all things we need here; but, looking round in large towns and cities here in England, and other countries, things are very different. Lots of prayers are needed! We make a difference by dropping an extra item in the food bank box when out shopping, for instance. There maybe lots of other ways we can get involved and help out those less lucky. Ramsbury Parish Council We are hoping to carry out pavement refurbishment in part of the High Street at the end of October. We will keep disruption to a minimum but we hope residents will bear with us while the work is carried out. Parish Council meetings are on the third Monday of each month at 7.45pm and all

Coffee Centre Everyone seems to be enjoying coffee morning in our garden at Whitehill Close. The weather has been very up and down, but, we been very lucky to enjoy the sunshine and only light rain — and the last coffee morning in our Garden will be held on Thursday 23rd of September, at 10am. After this, as we move on towards Christmas, the time is coming to be inside again. So from October 7th, the coffee morning will be held in the Lychgate Room, and will be back to every Thursday from 9am until 11pm. Hand sanitiser will be available to use on the door, please use masks when coming in, these can be removed once sitting at the table. Windows and doors will also be open during your time here to keep you safe; please do not attend if feeling unwell. Thank you. We look forward to a fun time at the Lychgate Room. Blessings from your Church Steward Julie Coe are welcome. During the winter months some meetings will be on zoom. Contact the clerk, Carol Standage on 01672 520045 for details. The audited accounts as well as agendas and minutes are published on www.ramsbury. org and the PC noticeboard. WHITTON WAYSWHITTON WAYS | 33

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Chilton Foliat W.I’s September meeting was the first ‘face to face’ (socially distanced) get together since the Covid pandemic struck and what a treat we had. The Pelican Froxfield Morris group (led by Chris Carlon) came along and entertained us with a variety of dances, some of which involved the typical white hankie waving and some which involved bashing sticks! Chris also explained how their group came into being in 2017 and also gave us a fascinating potted incite into history of Morris Dancing generally. Morris dance is a form of English folk dance usually accompanied by music. It is based on rhythmic stepping and the execution of choreographed figures by a group of dancers, usually wearing bell pads on their shins. Implements such as sticks, swords and handkerchiefs may also be wielded by the dancers.

As the evening drew to a close, W.I members were invited to take part in a dance, which was great fun. If you want a fun and informative evening, I urge you to book the Froxfield Pelican Morris Group.

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Sunflowers around Ramsbury We had a sunflower window dressing competition in the village earlier this year which was great fun. Windows were transformed into glowing yellow masses of colour which was so delightful to see. Winners were announced by our Town Crier at the start of July. The sunflower displays really helped to lift the appearance of our village and it was good to see children really getting involved. Still on the sunflower theme, we had another competition to see who can grow the tallest sunflower. All families had to do was post up a photo on social media (via Facebook, Instagram or NextDoor) of their sunflower and state how tall it was. The winner of the tallest sunflower was given a prize over the August bank holiday weekend. We also added a few ad hoc prizes just for fun. Not only are sunflowers a joy to see around the village, they attract all manner of insects in the summer months. The seeds from the sunflowers can be fed to birds later in the autumn, and don’t forget to keep a few for growing on next year. So there are lots of positives for everyone. Perhaps next year, we should challenge all the villages in the parish to see just who can grow the tallest sunflower in this part of Wiltshire. Are you up for this? Never too young to help! We just happened to see Ellis, a junior resident of Ramsbury helping his mum Carmen Radulescu clean and tidy the pavement outside their home and pull out the grass that was growing in the verge at the side of the road. Now that’s what makes Ramsbury so special! Karen Rees, Ramsbury


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Axford Angle... ...E10 Fuel Explained I probably should have written this for last month ahead of the launch on September 1st, but better late than never! It’s been in the news, but does everyone actually understand E10 Fuel? The E10 fuel is a ‘new’ biofuel made up of unleaded and 10% ethanol, as apposed to E5, which is as its name implies, is 95% unleaded and 5% ethanol. So not new, just a different ratio. It is ‘estimated’ to reduce CO2 emissions by 750,000 tonnes per year taking up to 350,000 cars of the road in the UK. For most cars of 2012+ this should not make a difference in day-to-day running, but, if anyone has concerns there is a government website where you can easily check compatibility – The downside of E10 fuel is that, with the extra ethanol creates excess moisture inside the fuel system which can cause corrosion of metal components, failure of seals, gaskets, injectors and with time possible additional running issues. There will be additives come out to protect or prevent, but none yet stand out and have been proven. There seems to be development but less of the research. FOOD FOR THOUGHT This ‘estimate’ should cut CO2 levels and could inadvertently remove some older cars from the roads. Meanwhile, the Space X flight, last month put 358 tonnes of carbon into the upper atmosphere and ozone layer – where there are no trees to absorb it. Who is monitoring them? Figures from National Geographic Diann Barnett, Axford

is back! The Lady in the Van by Alan Bennett is back in production following a Covid-19 hiatus and will be performed in the Memorial Hall, Ramsbury from Wednesday 1st to Saturday 4th December. The play tells a (mostly) true story of Bennett’s interactions with Mary Shepherd, an elderly lady who one day parked her yellow van on his driveway in London and didn’t leave for 15 years. The play has been a firm audience favourite since it’s first Westend performance in 1999. If you’ve not got your tickets then make sure you grab them quickly at Ramsbury Post Office or online at TicketSource ravensbury-players Tickets cost £10 each. The Ravensbury Players will honour all tickets that were purchased for the 2020 show. Existing tickets will be swapped on a like for like basis based on the performance day. For example, a ticket purchased in 2020 for the Wednesday performance will be valid for the forthcoming Wednesday 1st December performance. The Ravensbury Players are working closely with The Memorial Hall committee to ensure a Covid safe production for everyone. For you the audience, social distancing, hand sanitization and mask wearing (where applicable) will be in place. Refreshments will be available and served in a Covid safe manner. Details to follow nearer production. The Ravensbury Players can’t wait to see you all in December and wish to thank their fabulous audience for their continued support. Contact us on WHITTON WAYSWHITTON WAYS | 41

LINK LINK is becoming busier as hospital and surgery appointments open up. We can help with prescription collection, medical appointments, hairdresser, shopping etc if you are housebound permanently or temporarily. Ring 520111 for more details. If you are interested in driving for LINK please contact us on the same number. Allotments We are coming to the end of the season. If you are interested in going on the

waiting list for next year contact Denise Edwards on 07867921878 for details. Visit for further news. The AGM will be held in November. Hills Stores Charity Shop The shop is continuing to thrive. We celebrated our 12th birthday on September 9th with a half price sale. The pay out for the quarter to end of August is £600 for each organisation which takes us to over £100,000 distributed in 12 years.


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Wildflower meadows are flourishing Last year we started a few very small meadows around the village to see what could be achieved. This year we increased the size and numbers of meadows. We had lots of help! Eddie Starr built us two wooden boxes by the river last winter so we could increase the meadow there after an unsuccessful attempt the previous year. Paul Swan made us signposts for the meadows from wood from our recreation centre. Jenny and Keith Mantle have helped with a new meadow on Crowood. The Crown & Anchor have had a great bank of wildflowers for two years running, as did the staff car park at the surgery. We are hoping more people will help take charge of a patch of grass verge next year. All you need to do is skim the grass off the top to expose the soil. Rake it over, sprinkle some

wildflowers seeds in early spring and lightly rake over the top, then wait for the magic to happen. Or, simply let the grass and natural wildflowers of Wiltshire grow in springtime and see what comes up! Ideally, mark the area with a blue heart or a small sign so it doesn’t get strimmed when the WC team come round to tidy the verges. This all helps to provide more habitats for insects and pollinators. If you collected a little brown packet of wildflower seed in support of the ‘Imagine our neighbourhood full of flowers initiative’ at the start of the year, why not take a photo of the 1m patch of grasses and flowers and share it on Facebook, Instagram or NextDoor. The idea behind this was to create a wildflower corridor from Marlborough to Ramsbury, via Mildenhall and Axford. Some 800 packets of seeds were given away for us to plant — to create a mosaic of grasses and flowers that could total 1,000 square metres of meadows if every packet was sown. By so doing, we would help to provide food and a safe habitat for insects, birds and other small creatives. Karen Rees, Ramsbury


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Ramsbury’s Sian Haynes voted Wiltshire’s best music teacher our orchestra in bubbles and providing flute lessons virtually, Sian has continued to adapt our excellent music provision to enable all children to access the highest level of music, despite restrictions. To find out more about Music at Ramsbury Primary School, please see https://ramsburyschool. org/what-we-do/music/ We are absolutely delighted to announce that our very own Mrs Sian Haynes, Year 6 teacher and teacher of woodwind, orchestra, choir and groups at Ramsbury Primary School has won the coveted title of Wiltshire Primary School Music Teacher of the Year 2021! Despite all the challenges we have faced over the last 18 months, music has remained a key feature of the outstanding education the children of Ramsbury receive. From whole school services on the field, to teaching

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The Parish of Whitton Contacts

Clergy Team Rector

The Revd Beth Hutton The Rectory, Back Lane, Ramsbury SN8 2QH 01672 520235

Team Vicar

Revd. Sue Rodd 16 The Garlings, Aldbourne, Marlborough, SN8 2DT 01672 541571

Churchwardens Licensed Pastoral Assistant (LPA) Coordinator Mrs Estrid Eyles 01672 520789

Licensed Lay Minister

Mrs Jackie Hollander Hidden House, 6a Child Street, Lambourn, RG17 8NZ 01488 71012

Chaplain Froxfield College Reverend Ann Massey

Team Vicar

Methodist Minister

Lay Minister

Team Office

Revd Rhona Floate The Vicarage Back Lane Aldbourne SN8 2BP 01672 540523 Mr Tony Eyles 55a High Street, Ramsbury, SN8 2QN 01672 520789

Revd. Stephen Skinner 18 Priorsfield Marlborough SN8 4AS 01672 512457

Ramsbury with Axford

Paul Trickey 01672 520630 George Hawes 01672 520693

Ramsbury Methodist Steward

Julie Coe 01672 521085

Chilton Foliat

Tim Williams 01488 682987 Peter Camfield 01488 685457

Aldbourne, Baydon and Froxfield

Krystyna Hagerty 01672 540698 Chris McGowan 01672 541362

Church Room, Back Lane, Ramsbury 01672 520963 (Answerphone) Office hours Monday & Thursday 9 am - 2 pm

Bookings Chilton Foliat Village Hall 07435 307279 Froxfield Memorial Hall David Watson 01672 841315 Ramsbury Church Room

Other services ‘Phone-in services’ will continue (not Holy Communion) at 11.30 each Sunday, followed by an opportunity to chat.

Private Prayer; Axford church is closed completely at present. Holy Cross remains closed but with an invitation to anyone who would like to enter for private prayer to contact the rector or churchwardens.

Phone in on: 020 3481 5240 or 020 808 06591 or join us via the internet using ZOOM if you are able: Meeting ID; 9483407 2630 Password: 343860

Please see the notice boards for up to date information.

Service sheets are downloadable from the Team website. The main Sunday service is also recorded and uploaded on Facebook. Please note that masks are now mandatory in church unless you are exempt.

See also our Facebook page: @WhittonTeamNews and the Team website:


Email if you’d like to be added to our mailing list for resources.

Please also email with any requests for prayer and/or practical help at this time – we are here to serve you.

Worship in the Parish in August Sunday



Type of service

October 3rd



BCP Communion (traditional language)

10.00am Aldbourne Livestreamed 4.00pm Aldbourne October 10th



Team Communion

Team Family Service BCP Communion (traditional language)

9.30am 9.30am 9.30am 11.00am 11.00am 11.30am

Baydon Froxfield Ramsbury Aldbourne Chilton Foliat Zoom/Phone-in

Harvest Festival Informal Worship Holy Communion Community Service Harvest Festival Informal Worship

Sat. October 16th


Chilton Foliat School Messy Church

October 17th


Chilton Foliat

BCP Communion (traditional language)

9.30am Baydon 9.30am Froxfield 9.30am Ramsbury 11.00am Aldbourne 11.30am Zoom/Phone-in October 24th



October 31st All Saints 8.00am Aldbourne 9.30am Baydon Patronal Festival 9.30am Froxfield 9.30am Ramsbury 11.00am Aldbourne 11.30am Zoom/Phone-in PM Various

Holy Communion Matins Informal Worship Holy Communion & children’s group Informal Worship Team Communion

BCP Communion All Age Communion Holy Communion Matins All Age Communion Informal Worship Walk in the Light events

In addition there is a short Communion service every Thursday at 10.00am at Holy Cross, Ramsbury. The links for our services which are livestreamed or offered through Zoom are listed on our weekly pew sheet or on our website ( along with any changes to the above pattern.

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