Woolley Festival update

Woolley Festival

The final acts have been announced for this years Woolley Festival line up (or have they?!?) completing what promises to be the biggest festival the area has seen in quite some time!

Friday 5th September will bring you the legendary Joe Brown and the equally legendary Chas & Dave alongside local artists Billy in the Lowground, Calico Jack and The Frome Ukulele Orchestra (aka The Frukes)!

Saturday 6th September presents 3 stages (so far…), with the Electric Stage featuring 2 Tone and Ska legends The Selecter, Ska Dub pioneers Dreadzone, Stoned Records first signing Yes Sir Boss and Urban Jazz Orchestra The People’s String Foundation alongside instrumental improvisation collective The World Government, funk pop 4 piece The Funkinsteins, world famous Bhangra band RSVP, Senegalese Reggae from  The Batch Gueye Band and funk soul collective Malaprop.

The Acoustic Stage offers a headlining performance from 3 Daft Monkeys and includes Joe Driscoll & Sekou Kouyate, Miranda Sykes & Rex Preston, Lady Nade & The Silhouettes, Blue Rose Code, The Doubtful Guest, Sophie Barker, Pete Taylor, Taran Stormes-Martino and Wessex Contraband.

The Alternative Stage closes with a headlining (and UK exclusive) performance from the simply stunning “supergroup” The Aristocrats, following outstanding acts such as Zun Zun Egui, Edinburgh based Hidden Orchestra, Act1 and Dizraeli & The Small Gods, alongside Ushti Baba, The Electric Swing Circus, The Duval Project and Thelonius.

Sunday 7th September also presents 3 stages, with the Electric Stage featuring a homecoming headline performance from Jesus Jones alongside a host of locally grown acts, including The Greasy Slicks, Port Erin, The Daturas, Derry, Charivari, My Social Orbit, Budada and Dirty Public.

The Acoustic Stage features a headline performance from the superb Martin Simpson and a supporting performance from BBC Folk Award 2014 winners Phillip Henry & Hannah Martin, alongside performances from a myriad of locally based singer/songwriters such as The Croutons, The Cleverly Brothers, Jessica Vincent, Poppa Shep, Tom Rockliffe, Bertie Wright, The Morris Men and The Cosmic Sausages.

Finally, the Jazz Stage features a headlining performance from the stellar Courtney Pine, as well as performances from The Bad Hands, The Zen Hussies, and Bartoune, as well as The Robert Brian Quartet, The Hot Tin Roofs and Hip Pocket.

More details here.

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Volunteers needed for Evolution Plants’ open day, May 10th

Helen Bailey would like to hear from anyone who could volunteer help during Evolution Plants’ open day on May 10th. 

Iris sari

Iris sari

South Wraxall residents are encouraged to come and have a look at the nursery, as the gate will be open for guided tours by the owner, Tom Mitchell, at 10.30am and 4pm. It is a rare chance to see what has been happening here over the last 5 years and pick Tom’s brains on the rare plants on show.


Arisaema sikokianum

Help  is need to keep an eye on the plants, serve tea and coffee,  show guests where things are, and maybe carry plants. Helen would also like to hear from volunteers with a car who may be able to bring some people through Cumberwell Golf Course to the nursery. The golf course has allowed the use of its car park and road for the day, and Rosie at Cherry Orchard has also agreed to allow her drive to be used as a direct route to the nursery.


Arisaema ringens

Helen needs 3 or 4 people, between the hours of 10am and 4pm or 5pm. As a token of of gratitude, each volunteer will receive plants from the nursery to the value of £30.

If anyone is interested in giving a hand, please email Helen@evolution-plants.com.

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Consultation on solar farm proposal for Little Chalfield Farm

Thanks to Nigel Gill for this information:

The exhibition relating to a forthcoming planning application for a solar farm at Little Chalfield Farm will be held on Tuesday 15th April, from 2.00pm to 7.00pm at Broughton Gifford Village Hall. More details here.

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Free firewood offered

From Bob Dunn:

Free to collect: old softwood beams in lengths between 3m and 5m, stacked outside Wrocc Barn (next to Misons Farm). The wood is full of nails, so please be careful.

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South Wraxall Club to re-open on Easter Monday

Following a period of closure to allow for a bit of decorating and for re-jigging of the opening times, the organising Committee are pleased to announce the re-opening of the South Wraxall Club on Easter Bank Holiday Monday, from 12.00 midday until close.  There will be a fully stocked bar, BBQ (weather permitting), afternoon teas with homemade cakes, games in the garden (again weather permitting) and a general party atmosphere.  Everybody in the village and surrounding areas will be made more than welcome and new or prospective members can come along to see what they are missing.

The regular opening times will be Fridays 7.00-11.00, Sundays 12.00-3.00 and Mondays 7.00-11.00.  These times will be expanded as time and support from members allows.  There is a rapidly filling programme of social events which includes a pop-up cafe, book swap area, gin night, curry nights, local historical lectures, pool/darts matches and pie nights, to name but a few.

 Please come along on Easter Monday to have some fun, and see what has been done to what is - or could be if you’re not yet a member - your Club, for you.

A few committee changes have been made: Nick Anderson is the new chairman, Zoe Freeman is now treasurer, and Gina Godridge and Kelvin Hancock have become committee members.

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Limited edition South Wraxall print for sale


Dan Higgs has been in touch to say that he has a limited edition print of a South Wraxall painting by Charles Cundall for sale. The print was commissioned by the Avon Rubber Company in 1975. If you’d like a closer look, I am told there is already one in the Longs Arms. Dan is asking £75 plus £15 delivery for the print. He can be contacted on 01264 553662 or by email.

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Reminder: clocks go forward this weekend

Clock’s go forward by one hour on Saturday night as we move into British Summer Time.

This means that mum’s don’t get an extra half-hour in bed if they attend the Mothering Sunday Service at St. James’ Church.

The service starts at 10am, BST.

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