Candle light parade 

The weather looks OK for Thursday evening, so the Parade can go ahead. Father Christmas will be getting onto his cart at The Cross at 5.45 and Mr Remus will set off at 6pm. We will go up Water St, up Blind Lane and down Luke St back to The Cross for mulled wine and mince pies. Lots of favourite carols, lanterns, torches and laughter.

Pauses now and then to regroup and get our breath, so you can join in along the way if you like, or stand outside and give us a cheer.

Bring lanterns, torches, voices and any instruments you want, from tambourines and bells to trumpets and drums - just as long as we don’t spook Mr Remus. We don’t want our Father Christmas bolting to Alvediston or worse! 

Any queries or special carol requests email Angela or 828383 


There will be a (short) Family Communion service in the Church at 10.30 (note time) on Christmas Day. We will open the last doors on the Berwick Advent Calendar - surprises in store!

Please note that all government and Church guidelines will be followed. You must wear a mask. Please book in with Angela ( or 828383 if you are going to be a large party. 

Tree Removal Churchyard

Unfortunately a tree is having to be felled and removed in the Churchyard. It is a very large, multi stemmed Red Cedar. It is diseased and two main trunks have died which will make the rest of it unstable. Wiltshire Council Tree Officer has agreed it is in a dangerous condition and has given permission for it to be taken down.
The work will be carried out by Damory Tree Care on 17th December. His vehicle and a wood shredder will be parked in the lay by at the lychgate and access to the churchyard may be restricted on that day. There is a chance that he will be able to do the work before that date, if this is the case we will let you know.
It is always a shame to lose a tree but there are four mature Yews nearby that are native trees traditionally planted in churchyards. They are a beautiful shape and will be enhanced by the removal of the dying tree.


Climate Strategy for Wiltshire

Wiltshire Council is consulting on its draft Climate Strategy from 1 September for six weeks, as it aims to meet its pledge to be carbon neutral by 2030.

The consultation is your chance to help shape the future of Wiltshire in its journey to becoming carbon neutral county and more resilient to climate impacts. The council will be asking for your views on how you think residents, communities and businesses in the county can all play their part to achieve this.

There will be a chance to attend engagement events to ask questions and share your views during the six weeks of the consultation period, along with an online survey, so please do get involved and help to spread the word. The full consultation documents and information will be available at from 1 September.

We all have a responsibility to do what we can to tackle this global problem, and your support on a local level will be vital, so please do get involved!

Planning application at Rushmore

The Parish Council considered the planning application for the Walled Garden last year, and supported the plans.

More information on wildlife preservation etc was requested by Wiltshire Council, and the application is out for further consultation.

The Parish Council is glad of the opportunity for further comment, since it has become aware of concerns over traffic. There is a meeting of the Council on Tuesday 27th April at 7pm to discuss this, and anyone from the village is welcome to attend. It will be held via Zoom, and the Zoom Meeting i/d is 676 842 6923 Password is: hUW7Cy Any problems with access, ring Angela on 828383 or email




Hopefully, with the planned relaxation of restrictions ahead, we can look forward to a gradual return to normal activities at the Sports Centre.


Maintenance and repair works have been carried-out so we are ready as soon as we are allowed to open again: roof leak repaired; gang mowers serviced; cover rebuilt; tennis courts sprayed and cleaned; boiler serviced; cricket wicket maintenance started; and all the normal cleaning and housekeeping tasks that are required.


We are very much hoping that 2021 sees lots of sports and social activity…and we also hope to develop new activity at the Centre for the summer one that we are currently exploring is Pickleball ….more news next month.


Our plans for April and May are:


Hosting Duke of Edinburgh Award Expeditions

There has been so much restriction on the lives of young people this last year that the Sports Centre are pleased to be able to help in providing an overnight stop for the Expedition element of the DofE Awards on the nights of April 15th and 30th. So, don’t be surprised to see some tents on the sports field. We wish the young people every success in completion of this challenge.


In planning our return to normal activities, a quick run-down by sport…and if you would like to get involved please make contact with Club reps, details below or on our website.

 The Chalke Valley Sports Centre – April 2021


You may have seen the Sports Centre has laid a first class Pétanque Piste near to the children’s play area at our ground in Knighton Road. We have a plan to play in a small friendly league but will be starting with some friendly games amongst groups from the Valley as soon as circumstances allow.

Nigel Tinkler will coordinate the games and would like to hear from everyone interested in playing. We have not decided when in the week we will play, that decision will be made by the group once we know who is interested. Please email Nigel at if you would like to play.


Tennis Club

The weekly mix-ins recommence on Thursday 1st April 6-8pm with Sundays 11-1pm as before. Members will have had an email from our treasurer about membership renewal as from the 1st April but if not or if you wish to join anew, do get in touch with us on this address or via the CVSC website.

Dates for the Sarum summer league tennis competition have already been agreed, we are entering the Shaftesbury summer league again and so if you would like to be considered to play in either do let us know.


Table Tennis

Sessions will open for household only practice from April 12th. Only players from same household are allowed to play in the hall. The plan from May will be to open practice nights again throughout the week, containing a total of 6 players in the hall at one time.  For June/July the hope is the club will be able to open fully.



After no play at all last summer, we are looking forward to a new season of cricket at the Knighton Road Ground. Tuesday evening and Saturday cricket will be returning to Broad Chalke in early May. Broad Chalke Cricket Club will feature in the Hampshire League Division 5 (NW). Tuesday evening cricket format is yet to be finalised. A list of fixtures will feature in the next issue.


Indoor Bowls

The English Short Mat Bowls Association (ESMBA) adopted a 'Safe Bowls' status requirement for all clubs wishing to partake in the sport during the pandemic, setting strict protocols should a venue be available. The Chalke Valley SMBC has achieved safe bowls status, but with the lockdown restrictions closing the centre, no bowls has been played this year. The ESMBA have placed a restriction of 6 players per mat on returning to indoor sport from 17th May 2021 so in theory up to 12 people can play from that date. The safe bowls status structure however is correctly stringent making difficult to play as we did pre-Covid to the point that members
would rather wait until the June 21st end of restrictions before resuming.



The Youth team are resuming from April 10th with an FA approved extension until the end of June if needed. The adult season has been declared null and void with immediate effect.



Fingers crossed, Claudine’s classes will restart from Monday 17th May in accordance with the government roadmap for indoor exercise classes.



Yoga with Jordana will safely return to Chalke Valley sports centre from the 31st March following government guidelines. Her regular Wednesday evening class will take place outside for a sunset yoga. Contact for details.

YOGA with Caroline Wilkinson- Tuesday morning yoga will begin again at the CVSC on the 18th May at the usual time of 9.15 - 10.45am. Meanwhile if you are able to continue online, the Summer term will be beginning on Tuesday 20th April 9.15am on Zoom with the same link as for this term.

If you’re new to yoga and would like to find out more, do get in touch. These are weekly sessions of postures, breathing practices, meditation and relaxation helping to bring strength and flexibility to body and mind along with a feeling of peace and calm within. You’d be very welcome to join the online sessions or to come along to the Sports Hall once we begin again there. All ages and abilities welcome. For further info contact Caroline on 01725 552209 or


The normal timetable of use can be viewed under the Events Calendar on our website at


If you would like to get involved in helping to run the Centre, just contact one of the Committee.



Chalke Valley Sports Centre contacts:

Chris Rothwell, Secretary:  Tel 07552159369

Michaela Johns, Treasurer:       Tel: 01722 780915

Edward Fry:  Deputy Chairman:

Our website is www.chalkevalleysportscentre