• Snowdrops at Corsley Spring is just around the corner...
    These pretty spring flowers have once again popped up all over Corsley, hailing the start of Spring.
  • View of Corsley from Cley Hill View from the hill
    The manor of Whitbourne was sold in 1544, on the dissolution of the Monastery of Maiden Bradley, together with lands in Bugley and Corsley, also belonging to the Monastery, to Richard Andrewes and John Howe for the sum of £1,094.
  • Maple leaves in Dertford Woods, CorsleyMaple leaves in Dertford Woods, Corsley
  • Panorama of Corsley Panorama of Corsley
    Dominating the local skyline, a walk up Cley Hill will reward you with some magnificent views for miles around!
  • Sheep and lambs in CorsleySheep and lambs in Corsley
  • Sunset over Lane End, Corsley Sunset over Lane End
    Lane End is one of the seven hamlets that, by the Middle Ages, Corsley had been divided into: Longhedge, Lyes Green, Corsley Heath and three Whitbournes. Corsley was unified after the Reformation when it was gradually acquired by the Thynnes. In turn they bought the three Whitbournes, Bugley, Corsley Manor, Huntenhall and Little Corsley. The name Corsley is obscure, but probably comes from the Old British ‘Cors’ meaning reeds or a swamp.
  • Spider's web with dew dropsSpider's web with dew drops
  • Corsley ManorCorsley Manor
    Manor Farm, Corsley is a fine example of a grade II* Elizabethan manor house. In 1539, the manor of Corsley was granted to Edward Seymour who leased it to his steward, John Thynne. Eventually, Thynne was granted the manor and lived at the present Manor Farm from 1563 to 1568 whilst building Longleat House. The Manor celebrated it's 450th birthday in 2013 with a lavish luncheon for all the villagers.
  • Clouds over CorsleyClouds over Corsley
  • St Margaret's Church, Corsley St Margaret's Church
    Originally named St. James's Chapel and built before the thirteenth century, it was changed to St. Margaret of Antioch's Church in 1786. By 1830 the original church was in a very poor state of repair and too small for the parish. A new church was designed by John Leachman and whilst the re-building was in progress, services were held in John Ball's malthouse. The new church consisted of just a nave and tower — there's no chancel. Inside, the pulpit survives from the old church and dates from c1700.
  • Meadows between Corsley and ChapmansladeMeadows between Corsley and Chapmanslade
  • View of Dertford and Lane End from Dertford WoodAONB and SLA
    Corsley stands within the Cranborne Chase and West Wiltshire Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Outlying parts of the village not covered by the AONB are in a Special Lansdscape Area spreading from Corsley Heath across to Chapmanslade Ridge.
  • Cley Hill from CorsleyCley Hill from Corsley
  • Dairy herd grazing at CorsleyFarming
    Sitting on a fertile mix of clay and sandy soil, the farmland surrounding the village makes ideal grazing for both dairy and beef herds.
  • Flooding at Redford Water fordFlooding at Redford Water ford
  • St Mary's Church, CorsleySt Mary's Church
    In 1899 Mary Barton, of Corsley House, died and left £10,000 in her will for the purchase of a piece of land at Whitbourne Temple. She wanted an Anglican ‘chapel of ease’ built in memory of her husband and son. Opened in 1903, W H Stanley of Trowbridge designed the chapel in the Arts and Crafts gothic style – the interior retains many of it's original fittings.
  • Trees on the A362 at CorsleyTrees on the A362, Corsley
  • Cley Hill Cley Hill
    A scheduled ancient monument and declared a Site of Special Scientific Interest in 1975 and rising some 80m above the surrounding land, the hill is home to many plant and animal species having a nationally restricted distribution (a bit rare!). Covering more than 65 acres it is also significant for its geology and archaeology: formed by ancient seas it has been shaped by man from prehistoric times right through to the 19th century when it was quarried for its chalk.
  • Down the lane to Corsley MillDown the lane to Corsley Mill
  • Cley Hill Cley Hill
    A scheduled ancient monument and declared a Site of Special Scientific Interest in 1975 and rising some 80m above the surrounding land, the hill is home to many plant and animal species having a nationally restricted distribution (a bit rare!). Covering more than 65 acres it is also significant for its geology and archaeology: formed by ancient seas it has been shaped by man from prehistoric times right through to the 19th century when it was quarried for its chalk.

IMPORTANT!
Register NOW to be eligible for the chance to bid for one of the five, two-bed Wiltshire Council affordable rented bungalows for the over 50s in Corsley

See Baytree Close article below for more information...


Please note that the May Fayre has been cancelled so we can all watch the royal wedding or the FA Cup Final!

It has been replaced by a coffee morning with a plant and produce sale on the 12th of May, 10.30am, Manor Farm, Corsley.

If you can assist with providing cakes, plants or produce please contact either Phil or Stella. The summer draw for the 50/50 Club will also take place at the coffee morning.


Cinema Corsley

‘The Audience’

Thursday 19th April
Corsley Reading Room

Doors open at 7 pm
film begins at 7.30 pm

Helen Mirren reprises her Academy Award winning role as Queen Elizabeth II in the highly‐anticipated West End production of ‘The Audience’, broadcast as part of National Theatre Live.

This film is a portrait of a dynamic and fiercely intelligent woman ‐ the symbol of a nation ‐ as she weathers decades of history and political strife. Every Tuesday afternoon for more than 60 years, Queen Elizabeth II has met with her Prime Ministers, 12 in all, in a private audience, a gesture of unity between government and Crown. An audience like no other in public life, because it is completely private and unrecorded. Both parties have an unspoken agreement never to repeat what is said. Not even to their spouses. Through moments of tension, negotiation, war, and unrest, these conversations with political leaders from Winston Churchill to Harold Wilson to Margaret Thatcher have remained a constant across the years. Playwright Peter Morgan re-imagines these meetings, giving us a glimpse at the Queen's role in guiding the circumstances that have shaped Great Britain, and a window into the mystery, compassion and humour of the woman behind the iconic crown.

From young mother to grandmother, these private audiences chart the arc of the second Elizabethan Age. Politicians come and go through the revolving door of electoral politics, while she remains constant — waiting to welcome her next Prime Minister…

Tickets available on the door, on the night (if available), or in advance from
Acres Supply (cash only please). Please note that tickets are non‐refundable


Corsley Festival Choir

Come and join us!

We warmly welcome singers ‐ new voices and those who have sung with us before! We are currently rehearsing for our concert on Sunday 13th May when we will sing Handel's Messiah Parts II and III. This is a wonderful opportunity to take part in the performance of a much‐loved choral work.

We meet at St Margaret's Church in Corsley every Monday, starting at 7.45pm.

For more information about the choir, please contact me on 01373 832418.

Membership Coordinator
Jenny Rutty


Corsley Photo Archive

Help us tell Corsley's story!

Houses are altered, pulled down or extended; landscapes change, trees are cut down, hedges disappear and, because we live here all the time, these changes go un-noticed. These alterations, recorded in the odd snap here and there, are often in the background. This project has been set up to document and display those changes for posterity.

We would do this by scanning, archiving and displaying the photographs and building a website. If the photos have creases or are a bit faded we can retouch the scanned image and supply a rejuvenated copy. If you are interested in this idea and can help as part of a study group or by letting us see your photographs, then do please get in touch with Phil Plumb or Liz Garrett.

Philip Plumb
01373 832441
philip.plumb1@btopenworld.com
91 Lyes Green, Corsley

Baytree Close, Corsley Heath

Five, two-bed Wiltshire Council affordable rented bungalows
for the over 50s, available Summer 2018.

The bungalows which are now well on their way to completion are a mix of detached and semi-detached homes, comprising kitchen dining space, lounge, wetroom and hallway with storage cupboard. They will be offered on an affordable rented housing tenure by Wiltshire Council. The rent will be approximately £126 per week. If you are interested in applying for one of the bungalows you must register immediately through www.homes4wilsthire.co.uk or call 0300 456 0104 for registering assistance. The bungalows will be advertised on homes4wiltshire in a staggered fashion over two separate weeks during mid May and late May, it is important therefore that you register now in order that you can apply for a bungalow.

For more information please contact Andrew Mead, Development Commissioning Officer, on 01225 716672 or 07810 274431 or email AndrewM.Mead@Wiltshire.gov.uk.

For further detailed information, download the leaflet from Wiltshire Council here

Corsley Community Wildflower Meadow

Corsley Community Wildflower Meadow

There is an exciting project underway to restore the Old School Playing Field to a wildflower meadow...

Corsley was once rich in wildflower meadows, providing colour, biodiversity; a haven for wildlife and forage for bees. Sadly, as across much of England, our wildflower meadows have been lost or degraded. Our plan is to restore one small area in Corsley. We want to create a beautiful wildlife‐friendly area which local people can visit and enjoy. It will require hard work and patience, but we think it's worth it.

If you would like to be involved - whether actively volunteering (sowing, mowing, raking, weeding) or just cheering from the side lines – please get in touch. We would especially welcome help from anyone with special skills or equipment.

Chris Johnson> chrismajo@btinternet.com
mobile 07885 695534

Judith Selman
judithselman_m@hotmail.com
mobile 07746 119418

or connect with Facebook ‐ Corsley Wildflower Meadow Group

We'd love to hear from you!


Reporting grounds, cleaning and local highway issues to Wiltshire Council

To ensure issues are addressed it is vital that reports are made through the ‘MyWiltshire’ system – accessed either by: If using the website or Apps, you can upload a photograph for a more immediate and accurate assessment of the priority need.

What can I report?

  • Bus shelters
  • Car parks
  • Council furniture and signs
  • Dead animal in the road or on the verge
  • Dog mess
  • Flooding
  • Fly-posting
  • Fly-tipping
  • Footpaths (pavements) and kerbs
  • Graffiti
  • Grass, weeds, hedges and shrubs
  • Materials on road
  • Mud on road


  • Needles and syringes
  • Oil/debris on the road
  • Pedestrian crossing
  • Playgrounds
  • Potholes
  • Public toilets
  • Public litter bins
  • Public right of way
  • Roads, drains and manholes
  • Salt bins
  • Street lighting
  • Street litter and sweeping
  • Traffic lights
  • Trees

These services now depend entirely upon active reporting and follow-up

Don't expect things to be fixed
if YOU don't report it!


Want to find out about roadworks?

Click here and choose ‘Interactive Roadworks Map’ to view the current status of all roadworks being carried out by the Council and the utility companies (e.g. gas, electricity, water).

WHAT'S ON?

April

  • Sunday 1st April

  • Easter Treasure Hunt ‐ Cross Keys, Corsley

  • Tuesday 3rd

  • Village Coffee Morning ‐ 10 am ‐ 12 noon, Corsley Reading Room

  • Tuesday 10th

  • Chapmanslade Village Hall AGM ‐ 8 pm, Chapmanslade Village Hall

  • Thursday 12th

  • Corsley WI ‐ 7.30 pm, Corsley Reading Room ‐ OPEN Meeting, ‘Stourhead Gardens’ by Emily Utgren

  • Chapmanslade Parish Council ‐ 7.30 pm, Chapmanslade Village Hall

  • Saturday 14th

  • Chicken Chasers Walk ‐ 2 pm

  • Frome Selwood Rotary ‐ World Cuisine Evening ‐ 7 pm for 7.30 pm, Chapmanslade Village Hall

  • Wednesday 18th

  • Annual Parochial Church Meeting 7.30 pm, St Philip and St James’ Church

  • Thursday 19th

  • Church and Community Coffee Morning 10 am ‐ noon Three Horseshoes Chapmanslade

  • Cinema Corsley ‐ either ‘The Audience’ or ‘Breathe’ to be announced on the 5th April

  • Wednesday 25th

  • Lite Bites lunch 12.30 pm Corsley Reading Room

  • Saturday 28th

  • Fun Quiz ‐ 7 for 7.30 pm ‐ Chapmanslade Village Hall

  • Sunday 29th

  • Pub Quiz ‐ 6 pm, Cross Keys, Corsley

click here for more diary dates...

Rubbish and recycling collections

April 2018

█ Black box recycling
Thursday 12th and 26th
█ Black bin
Friday 13th and 27th
█ Garden waste (chargeable)
Wednesday 4th and 18th
█ Blue bin
Friday 6th and 20th
Waste and recycling collections are changing summer 2018. Visit the Wiltshire Council website to sign up for email alerts.

Wiltshire Council Mobile Library

Fortnightly on Wednesdays
from 1.30 to 2.30 pm
at Chapmanslade School

2018
25 April
9 May
23 May
6 June
20 June
4 July
18 July
1 August
15 August
29 August
12 September

Please note that the Mobile Library
no longer stops in Corsley

A list of dates and times that the Mobile Library library stops at Residential Homes can be downloaded here.

Elizabethan Evening

The Illyria Outdoor Theatre Company are putting on ‘The Hound of the Baskervilles’, at Manor Farm, Corsley on the Saturday 4th August 2018. Please keep this date free and come and enjoy this well‐known play by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, featuring Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson. More details in the New Year...

John Helliar
Chairman

Corsley Tennis Club