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Happy Helper Pet Care

logoAre you looking for someone to help walk your dog while you are out of the house? Happy Helpers Pet Care offers a dog walking service, offering your dog exercise, socialisation and most importantly having fun and adventures.
Happy Helpers Pet Care has availability for Morning walks as well as space on the pack lunch time walk.
DBS cleared & fully insured for your peace of mind. Dog first aid qualified.

Mobile: 07788 981944
Address: 12 Arnhem Cross, Lyneham, Chippenham, Wiltshire, SN154AJ

The Volunteer Inn

beerArkell’s have appointed a new tenant for The Volunteer Inn, Great Somerford. Mike Sheridan will be taking over on the 7th August, but the pub will be closed for at least 3 weeks for a thorough clean and tidy.
Mike lives locally to The Volunteer and already runs one of Arkell’s busy food pubs called The Plough, Badbury or sometimes known now as The Plough on the Hill.

Defibrillator Demonstration

logoThe annual demonstration is arranged for Monday 20th March starting at 7.00pm. This will take place in the school hall of the Walter Powell School, Great Somerford. All are encouraged to attend.


Dauntsey Road Footpath

The following links have information about the construction of the footpath in Dauntsey Road which is scheduled to start on January 25th 2016 and will take between 4 and 6 weeks.
There will be an opportunity to see a much larger map of the construction details and to raise any questions you may have on Wednesday, January 13th 2016 between 5.00 and 7.00pm in the Community Room of Walter Powell School.
Dauntsey Road Footpath
Footpath Plan
Proposed Diversion Route


Defibrillator Scheme

Notice of Intent
This notice is to inform the public that Great Somerford (Incorporating Startley)Parish Council has agreed to go forward with a 4 year South West Ambulance Service Community Public Access Defibrillator Scheme for the sum of £1,800 + VAT + Installation.
Councillor S Jevons – Chairman
Mrs S Webb – Clerk

2020 Vision – Great Somerford Church Appeal

2020 Vision official website – find the latest fundraising events.

logoGreat Somerford’s church needs immediate help. Time, decay, rot, woodworm and the British weather now threaten the future of the most important and prominent building in our village. The roof of this 15thC Grade 1 listed structure is in a ‘fragile and critical’ state and will not last much longer. As a priority, £200,000 is needed NOW to carry out vital repairs. That’s why we have launched a major Fundraising Appeal for a building which gives Great Somerford its unique identity. Without it, our village will never be the same.

Further information about the 2015-2020 Fundraising Appeal.

1st Great Somerford Girl Guides

Girl Guides logo1st Great Somerford Guides are having an open evening and fund raising event on the 30th November 2015 to showcase some of the dresses that the guides and local residents helped to make for an orphanage in Zambia.

Click here to see more details of the event.


Best Kept Village

Great Somerford community can congratulate itself as the results were that the village was runner up to Biddestone – A great effort – well done.

The following is the judges report:

Best village competition

Letters from the Front 1914: Capt Palmer’s account of The Retreat from Mons 1914

Letters from the FrontLetters from the FrontCharlie Palmer has written a book on William Llewellen Palmer who lived at the Manor house in Great Somerford from 1940 – 1955 and served in WW1. Charlie has compiled his letters and correspondence into readable format to help commemorate the 100th anniversary of the start of WW1. The book will soon be available from Great Somerford village shop and Amazon.

Mythical Maze Summer Reading Challenge from 12 July in Wiltshire libraries

Mythical Maze
This year the national Summer Reading Challenge for 4 to 11 year olds will run in Wiltshire libraries from 12th July to 6th September, and the theme will be ‘Mythical Maze’. The challenge is simple, for children to read six books over the summer, tell us about the books and collect ‘rewards’ to mark their progress. Incentives this year include a neon green wristband, scratch and sniff stickers, and a medal plus certificate on completion.

Mythical Maze is not a competition, but a fun personal challenge to encourage children to read more and use libraries more. Last year 9330 Wiltshire children joined the challenge, with 5803 reading all 6 books and 38,441 books being read in total. Families love the challenge and last year 96% of the participants said that by taking part in the challenge their reading had improved a little or a lot.

Children’s reading can ‘dip’ during the long summer holidays, and The Reading Agency’s annual Summer Reading Challenge helps get three quarters of a million children into libraries to maintain their reading skills and confidence. It’s free, it’s fun and it really can make a difference to a child’s love of reading – because everything changes when we read.

For further information contact Malmesbury Library . Tel. 01666 823611

Take a Bake Club

Cake Club
We are two mums from Chippenham who get together once a week to bake while our children are at school. Inspired by our love of baking, we wanted to get together with fellow home bakers to share knowledge, recipes and tips for successful baking and have set up a club for likeminded people. Our first meeting is on Friday 25 April. We are confident, especially given the recent interest in baking that the club will be a success, however this is dependent on raising awareness of the club. We have a website and facebook page and hoped you may be able to give the club a much needed mention to get it off the ground. Here is some more information but please do not hesitate to contact us if you need more or if you have any questions.

There is a small charge of £3 per person payable on the night. This is to cover the venue hire and unlimited tea and coffee. Visit for more information and to register or find us on Facebook or email

The Wiltshire Home Library Service – bringing the library to you

The home library service is for Wiltshire residents who want to continue reading or listening to books and audio items but are unable to visit the library and have no-one to collect items on their behalf. If a friend or relative can visit the library on your behalf, please ask us about becoming an assisted reader.
We serve those who are disabled, blind or partially sighted, suffering from a long illness or the elderly and frail.

Initially a member of library staff visits potential customers in their homes and talks to them about their reading requirements after which they will visit with a library volunteer who will call every few weeks to exchange books.

If you would like the home library service please contact us by calling Malmesbury Library on 01666 823611 or telephone the Outreach Services Manager on 01225 713706.

Wiltshire Council logo Click to see library poster.Wiltshire Council logo


Local author publishes first novel

Taken Aback

Deborah Tuite has just published her first novel, Taken Aback.

The book centers on the story of two children caught up in the volatile and sweaty tropical mix of the Caribbean in the late sixteen hundreds. It is a novel of great sensitivity and reality.

Malmesbury Young Farmers Fundraising

Young FarmersThanks to our fundraising events and annual parties over the last year, in particular our recent Harvest Hellraiser Ball held in Startley, Malmesbury Young Farmers were able to donate £1000 to the Walter Powell Pre-school last week as well as other donations to Wiltshire Air Ambulance, The British Heart Foundation and PROPS, all of which we believe are very worthy causes. We will continue over the next year with such fundraising events to ensure that we can continue to help our community.

Richard Durrant Concert – Walter Powell School, Thursday 17th October, 7.30pm

richard durrantLeading UK concert guitarist Richard Durrant is back doing what he does best – captivating audiences the length and breadth of the country with the sheer bravura of his musical presentation. For nearly 30 years, the world-class virtuoso has been in the vanguard of staging a dazzling variety of repertoire in ever more innovative ways while the rest of the classical musical world continues to agonise over how to make itself more accessible. more…

Durrant is on the road again with his 2013 autumn tour, taking the wraps off his ever-popular Guitar Whisperer show.

Highlights include his showstopping interpretation of Mike Oldfield’s Tubular Bells and his fond tribute to the late, great Freddie Phillips, inspirational guitarist behind the music to BBC children’s TV favourites Camberwick Green, Trumpton and Chigley.

Local music fans can catch Durrant in action at Great Somerford’s Walter Powell School on Thursday 17th October at 7.30pm.

All the usual Durrant trademarks will be there, including eye-catching projections, ingenious use of digital sound loops and, not least, his warm, larger-than-life personality that makes him an instant friend to every audience.

At the heart of the evening, though, is a master musician at the height of his powers, playing everything from famous works by JS Bach and Django Reinhardt to music from Venezuela and Paraguay.

Another treat will be a series of Romanian and English folk dances, “fast, complicated and groovy” and played by Durrant with the help of his laptop.

No wonder one critic described Durrant as having “cross-bench” musical status. And the Sussex guitarist’s popularity doesn’t stop here, stretching far beyond these shores as, following his autumn tour, he is making his third visit to Paraguay in November.

While there, he will not only play the iconic Rodrigo guitar concerto (Concierto di Aranjuez) with the Asuncion City Symphonic Orchestra, under the baton of maestro Luis Szarán, but will also world-première, with cellist Pablo Romero, a composition he has been commissioned to write for guitar, cello and cello section.

Meanwhile, on October 21, Durrant is releasing his most ambitious solo album to date, Christmas Guitars, including a guest appearance by comedy legend Barry Cryer.

Tickets for Durrant’s Rural Touring Concert are available on 01249 720485. Price £7ad/£6conc./£4.50child/£18.50 family ticket. Full details can be found here:

Further details can be found at or by visiting his Facebook site.

Have a Go at Spinning

Spinning Wheel

Saturday, 12th October, 2 – 4 pm in the Community Room, Have a Go at Spinning.

All welcome, no experience necessary!

Liz Lovick

Malmesbury Air Cadets Recruitment

Aged 13+, Male or Female and Interested in Flying, Gliding, Rifle Shooting, Competitive Sports, DofE and much more? Maybe the Air Cadets is for you! 992 (Malmesbury) Squadron RAF Air Cadets is holding an open evening at it’s unit in Malmesbury on September 25th at 7pm.

Air Cadets logo

992 (Malmesbury) Squadron Royal Air Force Air Cadets
The Drill Hall
Tetbury Hill
SN16 9JR

For recruitment enquiries please contact Flight Sergeant James Slade on or 07718258140

Dance Classes Coming Soon

Beginners Ballroom and Latin American dance for couples.
Learn dances dances such as the Waltz, Quickstep, Tango, Foxtrot, Cha Cha Cha, Jive, Rumba, Samba and Salsa.

Dancercise for people without a partner.
Learn Salsa, Cha Cha Cha, Jive, Samba and Rumba. Can’t get your partner to come along ladies? No problem no partner. Come and learn the dances on your own and show your friends how it’s done!

So don’t wait for Strictly Come Dancing to come to your screens. Why not start now!!

A chance to meet new people, get fit and have fun at the same time. Why not take a look at my website or call me on 07882-882-030 or email

Dauntsey Cancer Research Run on 19th May

First I want to thank Linda and Helen for organising and all the team of people who put so much effort into running the event, it was a great success we raised £830.

I want to say a big thank you to everyone who came along and ran/walked etc and all those who came along to support them. The feedback that we have had from both runners and walkers has been very encouraging they all want to come again next year. We had several young children do the dog walk and fun run which they thoroughly enjoyed and received a medal for their efforts.

I also want to thank all the villagers from Dauntsey, Little Somerford and Great Somerford for putting up with the intrusion into their Sunday with runners and marshals taking over their street, but it really is a worthy cause, almost all families in one way or another get effected by or know someone who has had or has cancer, the research even helps our animals.

We are hoping to do it again next year on 18th May 2014 this time we will need more marshals, supporters and a water station somewhere in the vicinity of Little Somerford Church, we do hope no one objects, if you feel you would like to be a marshal, a helper or just a supporter we would be very grateful. It’s not too early to volunteer help us Save the Day! We need names in place well in advance of the event.

We the organisers thank you once again for your support and help; we are putting our villages on the map. We are looking for small sponsorship amounts to cover printing advertising etc, if you feel you could manage this we will add your name/logo on the advertising and entrance forms.

For information contact: Linda on,
Helen on,

Great Somerford Church Fête


  • Friday, June 7th at 6:30pm
  • Gates open at 6:15
  • At Mills Farm


Come along and enjoy the party at the church fête: more…

Hear the Royal Wootton Bassett Brass Band playing, the church bells ringing and be entertained by the children of Somerfords’ Walter Powell School.
Undreamed of prizes in the fabulous raffle: an overnight stay for two at The Old Bell, Malmesbury; two tickets to Visit Abbey House Gardens; a meal for 2 at the Volunteer; supper at the New Inn, Seagry; a reflexology session with Alicky Gravell, a family ticket to Bowood and many more.
Relax and sample the famous barbecue and bar, have a glass of Pimms or tea and homemade cakes.
Challenge yourself at Skittles, Where in the World, Play Your Cards Right and Football.
Have a go at the Tombola, Spinning Jenny and have your Fortune Told.

Fill your bags at the stalls: delicious cakes, beautiful plants, white elephant and toys, local produce, dazzling trinkets, books and more.
Enjoy the Swing Boats, Lollipop Lottery, Pony Rides and Lucky Dip.
Try Pinning the Tail on the Donkey, Guessing the Name of the Chicks and having your Face Painted.
Enter into all the fun of this annual fundraiser!

Daunstsey 10k Cancer Research, Fun Run & Walk

Cancer Research logoA 6 mile (10k) fun run in aid of Cancer Research is taking place on Sunday, May 19th. It starts at 10:30 from Lower School Dauntsey and carries on through into Great Somerford via Winkins Lane.

There are also options of a 3 mile walk and 1.5 mile children’s fun run.

For more details, please check out the event poster and entry form.


Acorns Pre-School – Christian Malford

acorns logoOFSTED say ‘Acorns is an outstanding place to come and learn. The pre-school’s work of keeping children safe and meeting their needs and interests are at the heart of its exceedingly happy atmosphere. It is an inclusive setting where diversity is celebrated.’ more…

  • A friendly pre-school with a family feel and experienced well-qualified staff.   A high staff to child ratio is maintained and a key person system is in place to meet children’s individual needs.
  • Forest School style learning on Wilderness Wednesdays.
  • An exciting secure garden allows children to explore and play through free-flow play in sensory areas, climbing on the spider web, a timber playhouse, water and sand play.
  • Located in the village of Christian Malford off the B4069 (Chippenham to Lyneham road).
  • Toddler group in Christian Malford Village Hall on Fridays from 9.30 to 11.30 term times.

To find out more and to arrange a time to come and see for yourself visit our website, email us on or call us on 07816 280 810.

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Queen’s Diamond Jubilee

Pictures from the Steet Party held on Saturday 2nd June can be found HERE.

Cakes at jubilee party

Community Room

Here in Great Somerford, we are fortunate to have the fantastic facilities of a spacious school hall plus a community room with a well-equipped kitchen and attractive outdoor facilities – all available for hire at very reasonable rates – at the heart of our community. more…

It seems a shame not to make more use of them. If you would like to organise an event, or have an idea for an event or activity that you would like to see in the village, please speak to Jill Shearer (01249) 720807 or to one of the parish councillors. Contact Iris Scott direct on (01249) 720598 to check hire charges or make a booking.

Help with funding for charity and not-for-profit events is also available from the St Mary Lands Trust Community Fund (01249) 720485.