Village Notices

Celebration of Edmund Day 

The Bridges are having a celebration of Edmund Day on Saturday, and as part of this there will be some (live!) music in the church at 3pm.

The Bridges have set up a trust in their sons’ memory and one of its objects is to commission new choral pieces. The first one, by Judith Weir, will have its first performance at the concert, and there will be one or two more items, but only about 30 minutes in all as some of the singers have engagements to get to later in the day. 

Restrictions have been lifted but you are invited to wear a mask in church. After the concert everyone is invited back to the Old Rectory for fizz, tea, scones, cake, etc.

The weather looks rather uncooperative, but we have a marquee in place. Bring an umbrella!

Please do come if you can-everyone is very welcome.

Chalke Mobile CiC

Interesting news about Chalke Mobile CiC and the government sponsored work it is undertaking to bring 4G and 5G mobile phone coverage to the Chalke Valley (Odstock to Shaftesbury) and the Woodford Valley.  In short, the Chalke Valley is the worst mobile 'Not-Spot' in England where there is either no coverage or single Mobile Network Operator (MNO) - Vodafone, O2, EE and 3 - coverage in the valley.  This clearly presents issues for residents and those transiting through the valley.  Chalke Mobile was set up to work alongside Telet Research (founded in Bowerchalke) to be part of a consortium which bid to DCMS as part of their Rural Connected Communities Project and was awarded £2.5m to put in place mobile coverage across Chalke Valley and the Woodford Valley.  The Chalke Mobile network allows any person to roam onto the network regardless of which MNO they are contracted with.   This means good voice and data in homes, outdoors and when travelling through Chalke Valley or Woodford Valley. 

 

 There is no 'sign-up' to Chalke Mobile nor a need to buy or receive additional sim cards.  Once the network is in place, phones will naturally roam onto Chalke Mobile once the signal strength weakens from an MNO and will roam back again once the signal from the MNO strengthens.  The concept is exactly the same as when a person travels abroad; the phone naturally roams onto the nearest strongest signal without breaking a call.  The Chalke Mobile network, administered by Telet Research (the 5th UK MNO), is interconnected with the other UK MNOs.

 

The main four UK MNOs, although have an obligation to OfCom to provide rural connectivity (rural connectivity was part of both major political party's manifesto at the last General Election), struggle to provide the requisite coverage as it does not meet their normal business model of requiring high number of users roaming onto their networks.  Secondly, large mobile masts on hill tops are expensive and blight the AONB and often cast a 'coverage shadow' into the valleys where the rural villages are located.  Chalke Mobile concept is to identify properties in key locations, within the Chalke Valley/Woodford Valley, near where Openreach have laid fibre which can then be run to the premises (FTTP not FTTC is not sufficient).  Chalke Mobile will pay for the installation of fibre to the property and the ongoing monthly charges for 1Gbps of fibre for 18 months and beyond.  In return for the free fibre (c£900 per annum), we ask a property owner to host a small radio cell - 30cm x 30 cm - and antenna.  By installing a small number of radio cells through the Chalke Valley/Woodford Valley villages we can provide continuous 4G mobile phone coverage and also 5G.

 

We have commenced the installation of fibre into properties in Broad Chalke and are beginning to knock on the doors of people in ideal locations in other parts of the Chalke Valley and Woodford Valley to host a cell to see if they would be part of a community scheme to bring good quality voice and data into the villages in which they live.

Telephone Box

This is getting a new lease of life! Meryon writes:

Just spent a pleasant hour in the sun, investigating options for preparing the box for painting.  My conclusion is that a “low tech” approach is as good as anything, viz. scrapers and Wet-and-Dry sandpaper.

The old paint has decayed in varying degrees.  Most of the most recent, darker red, paint comes off with a scraper.  In some places we will get all the way back to bare metal.  It requires some diligence with a scraper to dislodge all the flakey paint, but in 1 hour I’ve had a significant impact on the back panel.

It will require a good hard sand with wet-and-dry, both to shift any remaining loose stuff and to obtain a decent smooth surface to repaint over, but I’m very encouraged by the progress I made in such a brief time.

Being a low tech requirement, there is no restriction, (due to availability of tools), on anyone having a go at any time convenient to themselves, though obviously it’ll be more fun to work on it together.  As we have a long dry spell ahead of us, it is a great chance to get it done now.  To that end I plan to be there this week starting on Mon 19th pm, thenTue am., most of Thursday and most of Friday.  So if anyone would like to join me that would be great.  I’ve left a scraper in the box for anyone to use if I’m not there.

I have more scrapers, and some wet-and-dry, but we’ll need more of this, I think.  If all goes as hoped, we could be ready to slap some paint on the outside within 10 days or so.  

Volunteers needed! Join Meryon this week, get some fresh air and help restore the box to its former glory. It will be painted the ‘official’ red, of course, but as to what goes inside-ideas very welcome. You can reach Meryon at: meryon.bridges@hotmail.co.uk

Interested in helping to support the “Chase & Chalke” Landscape Partnership Scheme?

 

Message from Roland Hughes, Ranger and Volunteer Coordinator for the Cranborne Chase Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) Landscape Partnership Scheme.

 

I am writing to introduce myself and Jonny Monteith, who is the Manager of the Scheme, which you may have heard of in its development stages possibly from Roger Goulding or other members of the AONB team.

Largely funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund with other partners, the “Chase & Chalke” Landscape Partnership Scheme comprises 20 projects aimed at better connecting people to this extraordinary landscape. Our partnership area crosses the county boundaries of Dorset, Wiltshire, and Hampshire, and many parishes including your own.

One of the fundamental aims of Chase and Chalke is to create a legacy of volunteers and supporters in the local community who can carry on conserving and enhancing after we, the Landscape Partnership Team, have left - the scheme only has a 5-year lifespan.

 The big question: How best to communicate with your local community? Is there a person or role within the Parish Council who would be appropriate to channel two-way communication through, are there any additional people better placed who would cover residents of all ages and interests? If such a person or persons exist, please would you let me know who they are and which ‘communication medium’ is the most effective way of getting hold of them or pass my contact details on to them.

 There really is a project for all within the scheme and we want to allow everyone a chance to join in if they wish and we need to know the best way of listening to, and working with, everybody.

 Details of the Scheme and all the projects are available on our website: https://cranbornechase.org.uk/

 Thanks in advance for your collaboration Rolan

 

Information for Parish Council elections.

 

On 6th May, there will be elections for Wiltshire Council, the Police Crime Commissioner and for our own BSJ Parish Council, made up of seven local people.

The Parish Council is the first tier of elected government-truly representative of local issues as it represents our village community. Its powers are limited but it has an important role to play and receives a precept from Wiltshire Council, currently £7,300 a year, to which every household contributes via Council Tax.

 

The Parish Council can comment and make recommendations on Planning Applications, respond on behalf of the village to wider issues such as boundary changes and remind property owners and farmers of their responsibilities over hedges, rights of way etc. It can award grants to local charitable bodies, organise events, have an important role in the co-ordination of resources in emergencies and flood events and, in Berwick, the parish council also maintains the playground.

 

You may not be aware of the Parish Council’s presence in your life, but we hope you would notice if it didn’t do its job!

Berwick St John Parish Council has seven seats and all are up for election in May. The Parish Council would welcome interest from villagers and is encouraging people standing for election.

Please consider whether you could support your village in this way. If you want to know about what’s involved, talk to a councillor or to the current Chairman, Angela Bridges (828383; pontibus@aol.com)

 

Nomination forms have to be submitted by 8th April and candidates require two eligible sponsors.

 

Nomination formscan be downloaded and printed from the Wiltshire Council websitewiltshire.gov.uk/elections-town-parish.

Once your forms are complete, they will need to be delivered by hand to the Council offices on Bourne Hill, Salisbury, at a time pre-booked  via the same Wiltshire Council website.

Tisbury Supplies - Deliveries!

You should all have received a catalogue through your door this week for Tisbury Supplies which sells hardware, DIY equipment and garden supplies and more! If you'd like to order something but can't get to the shop then Penny Follett has kindly agreed to deliver any orders to the village. Penny does the bookkeeping there once a week and can bring any orders back with her.

You can contact Tisbury Supplies on 01747 871617 and order and pay over the phone. Penny can be contacted on 01747 829012.