Help ‘Team Bradford on Avon’ win the Road to Rio Challenge – and get a free pedometer!

From Peter Dunford:

Registration for the challenge is open and the challenge itself runs from 4 June – 29 July

Participation is easy. To take part all you need to do is register and you will be given a username and password for the Big Pledge website. On this site all you need to do is enter the miles you swim, run, cycle or row and it will keep track of your total mileage. There are set distances to cover for individuals taking part to reach bronze, silver or gold level. For groups participating the total mileage will take them on a route from the Olympic Stadium in London, via a number of Olympic host cities, ending up at the venue for the 2016 summer Olympics, Rio de Janeiro in Brazil.Big-Pledge2

All individual and group entrants will also be allocated to one of the 18 community areas around the county, based on the post code entered at the time of registration. This means Bradford on Avon – and the local villages of Holt, Limpley Stoke, Monkton Farleigh, South Wraxall, Staverton, Westwood, Wingfield and Winsley – will be competing against other communities such as Melksham, Trowbridge and Corsham.

Bradford has a proud record of producing Olympians and Paralympians – Ed McKeever (Sprint Kayak), Hannah Brown (Sprint Canoe), Philip Marsh (Fencing), Jonah Wright (Boccia) among them.

A guide with further information about the Big Pledge can be found here

Across Wiltshire 3880 people have already registered to take part in this year’s Big Pledge activity challenge, with less than 3 weeks to go until it all begins.

Remember – if you want to register for the 8 week activity challenge and be part of ‘TeamBradfordonAvon’ –- the first 200 to Sign up here can claim a free pedometer!

I hope you’ll join us on the Road to Rio between 4 June – 29 July. Please share this message with your networks.

Peter Dunford
Community Engagement Manager for Bradford on Avon

The parishes of Bradford on Avon, Holt, Limpley Stoke, Monkton Farleigh, South Wraxall, Staverton, Westwood, Wingfield and Winsley 

 Telephone: 01225 713060 Mobile: 07827958303

Wiltshire Council, Communities, County Hall, Bythesea Road, Trowbridge BA14 8BN

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Village Hall rota

It is that time again when the cow parsley is out, the lambs are skipping in the fields and the Village Hall rota needs to be rewritten.

For those who have forgotten, and for those who never knew, the Village Hall diary is managed on a month to month basis by a group of your neighbours and fellow villagers. They do an amazing job of keeping the hall open and available to hire seven days a week, twelve months of the year.

The job entails keeping the diary, having the Village Hall mobile phone and checking the hall occasionally through out the month. It also includes meeting potential new users of the hall to show them round and take them through the process of hiring.

For the first time ever it won’t include cleaning!

The committee have decided that’s a step too far and so you’ll have to do your own loos again if that’s your thing.

Please consider joining in, it really doesn’t make much time or effort and means that we continue to be a village with a thriving Village Hall.

For more information please contact Sally Jones on 867121 or

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Reminder: Organ recital in St James’ Church, Friday, April 22nd

From Marian Marsh:

Please don’t forget this Friday’s organ recital by Michael Cockerham. Full details are shown here.

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Old Spot sausages selling fast!

From Adam Tucker:

Anyone wishing to make an order for Old Spot Sausages this week please contact me via text message on 07512 654 699. They are selling fast, the No Messing Straight Pork are sold out I’m sorry to say, but I have Herb and Pepper available.

The sausages were hand made today (Thursday 14th). They will hang to cure for 24 hours (as any great sausage should) before delivery.

Delivery to your door will be 6pm to 8pm Friday 15th, and any time after 2pm Saturday 16th.

If you wish you can pop into our award winning local The Longs Arms.  Sausages available over the bar from 6pm Friday 15th.

£3.50 for 6 Old Spot Sausages.

Minimum delivery order 12 sausages.

Thank you all for your support,  


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Catastrophe curtailed: cat no longer missing from Lower Village!

From Ruth Warren:

Thank you to everyone who has been in touch following the disappearance of our dark grey cat, Pushkin.  He was found on Friday morning, I would love to say safe and well but I think it’s fair to say he has used up many of his nine lives on this adventure!  It seems likely Pushkin was locked in a garage or shed for a week (possibly while the owners were on their Easter break?) and was hit by a car yesterday on his way home to us.  He is now in cat hospital where he will have surgery on Monday, it is expected that he will make a full recovery and be back to mousing in Josie’s garden before too long.  The vet reported that it is the only time they have ever seen a cat with a shattered pelvis who was purring so loudly that they couldn’t check his vital functions! 

A very special thank you to David, our eagle eyed postie who came back to alert neighbours to Pushkin’s distress and to Sarah Ford who whipped out with her cat carrier to bring Pushkin home to us.  We are very lucky to have such wonderful neighbours. 

If anyone has recently opened a shed, garage or front door to see a grey streak exiting the building we would love to hear from you to see if we can work out where he was

Many thanks,

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Dark grey cat missing!

From Ruth Warren:

Our dark grey cat has gone missing, he was last at home yesterday morning. If anyone sees him or has seen him could they please call us on 863514.

Nick and Ruth Warren, No.6 Lower South Wraxall.

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Invitation to the Parish Meeting, Tuesday 12th April, 7:00pm


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