Thanks to George Lodge for passing this along:
There will be no collections on 25 December, 26 December and 1 January. Garden waste collections will be suspended from Friday 25 December and restart on Saturday 9 January. You can check your revised waste and recycling collection dates and print off your waste calendar at: www.wiltshire.gov.uk/waste
If you have paid to have your garden waste collected at home you can leave your real Christmas tree alongside your garden waste bin for collection between 9 and 31 January only. Alternatively, trees can be recycled at any of Wiltshire’s 11 household recycling centres.
Household recycling centre opening hours
All household recycling centres will be closed from 1pm on 24 December, and also all day on 25 December, 26 December and 1 January. At all other times the centres are open during their revised normal opening hours, 10am – 4pm, five days per week.
Please check when your local household recycling centre is open before travelling. You can check the opening times at http://www.wiltshire.gov.uk/rubbish-and-recycling or on 0300 456 0102.
Please note that all household recycling centres are likely to be very busy over the Christmas and New Year period. Remember you can put out extra black box recycling by your box in separate plastic bags. Second black boxes and blue lidded bins are available to any resident free of charge.
Don’t forget to recycle the following items this Christmas:
- In your blue lidded recycling bin – Christmas cards, cardboard tubes, wrapping paper (not foil or plastic)
- In your black box – chocolate and biscuit tins, clean foil, including cake cases and washed foil turkey trays, Christmas card envelopes
From Owen Atkin:
Can anyone use a surplus Dell desktop PC running on Linux and with LibreOffice installed? Keyboard and mouse are included. No charge, of course. Please call me on 01225 864645 if interested.
Bill Badley will play rare lute pieces from Renaissance and Baroque Europe
Professional musician and radio and television producer, Bill Badley will perform a short recital of music from the golden age of the lute in the wonderful acoustic of South Wraxall Church.
He will play rare pieces from Renaissance and Baroque Europe, including sumptuous sarabandes and delicate dances that would have enthralled monarchs and merchants alike. Informative introductions will put this delightful music in its historic context. Tickets cost £10 and include a glass of wine and canapés in the Village Hall after the recital. All proceeds will go to the Church.
You can get your tickets in advance from Phil & Liz Knowling. Tel: 01225 864996; email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
From Georgina Parker:
We had a wonderful morning today and served around 70 breakfasts to hungry villagers, making £470 towards the upkeep of the church.
More importantly it was a great village event bringing in lots of people for a sociable breakfast. A massive thanks to everyone who everyone who worked so hard doing everything from setting up the hall to cooking, serving, front of house, making tea, coffee, and toast, and then washing up. Blimey there was a lot of washing up! Thanks also to Rob at the pub for his black pudding which was delicious (and the helpers scoffed the last 4 pieces!), and to Bella for donating the wonderful eggs.
We are planning and looking forward to another village breakfast on 13th December, which may have a bit of a Christmassy theme!
Don’t forget Full English Breakfasts are being served in the South Wraxall Village Hall this Sunday from 9am until at least 11.30am.
We are using local produce where possible – Adam Tucker’s pork sausages, organic free range eggs (donated by the Walker family) and black pudding made and donated by Rob from The Longs Arms.
Do come and enjoy fantastic food and good company in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere! All proceeds will go towards the upkeep of St James’s church so you are asked to be as generous as possible. For the ‘Full English Breakfast’ you are asked to donate a minimum of £6 (children half price).
You are welcome to take pot luck and turn up on the day but it does help us to know how many to expect so if possible please reserve your table by emailing email@example.com , or ring Georgina Parker on 01225 860976.
From Tracy Branson in the Lower Village:
Following the appeal made on this site on 1st September, on Sat 26th September I completed the Ironman Mallorca in 13 hours 53 mins. The event involved a 2.5 mile swim in 1.18 hours, 112 mile bike in 7.20 hours and 26 mile run in 5 hours.
A big thank you for all your support in the village and generous charity donations to Jamie’s Farm which in total raised £480.
The invasion by Himalayan Balsam plants has started in the village!
You can see it flowering now at Kingsdown en masse, but it has also been spotted in the upper village (on the verge opposite the Old Vicarage – Laura Lodge alerted me). It is in the Environment Agency’s top 10 most destructive and costly invasive species list. ‘Nip it in the bud’ springs to mind!
It is an offence to introduce or allow it to spread in the wild. I have information and a brochure from organisations in Wales that have been successfully tackling the problem. I am keen to eradicate it from the village and help other areas (from which it has spread). If you would like to help or know more, do get in touch.
Most importantly, if you see any other outbreaks of it in the village do let me/the Parish Council know.
Warning: don’t touch the seedpods as they explode seed up to 5m!
Gilly Strawford firstname.lastname@example.org
More information in the next (paper) newsletter.