• 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 Corsley 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, Cley 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, Cley 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.

The Elizabethan Evening is back!
2020 will be quite a different experience!

Firstly, it's on Sunday 6th September
with two performances ‐ at 2pm and 6pm,
each of 1 hour, with a maximum audience of 200.

Sadly, there will be no pre‐performance dining, bar or coffees sold. The gates will open one hour before each performance and the audience are asked to bring their own seating and will be shown to an appropriately socially distanced spot.

We hope the event will go some way towards a return to normal times.

Adult tickets have been reduced to £10.

There will be no sponsorship and nothing sold on site — it will be a day for everyone can enjoy to themselves and for a short while take their minds off the day‐to‐day stresses.

Come and escape with us into the world of Ratty, Mole and Badger as Toad bursts in with his fast cars! Can they reform him? What a perfect way to enjoy an afternoon with all the family!

All tickets must be bought in advance as they will not be sold at the gate.

Adults £10, Children (5 to 13 years) £7.50

For more information please call 01373 832113 or
email office@theelizabethanevening.com


Corsley Parish Council

July was a very quiet month for the Parish Council (PC) on all fronts ‐ no remote PC meetings and no administrative matters to deal with. There was, however, one planning application and one notice of appeal (to be found at the top right‐hand side of this page). Just a few words on four items are covered below; the road safety improvements at the Heath, the White Hart licence application, a PC vacancy and fly tipping.

A362 road safety improvements at the Heath
This work is now complete, but there are a couple of items yet to be finished, namely signage and the road surface area coating. On the 16th July, Wiltshire's Highways Engineer, Martin Rose, reported: ...there is a short delay on the signs but they should be up within the week. The bus lay‐by is looking a bit tatty, not helped by the reinstatement of the new drain line... I've therefore arranged for the entire lay‐by to be retreated with red HFS to tidy things up and this should be completed at the end of July...

I've worked on a total carriageway width of 6m which means we can pull forward the Give Way lines at the Heathway junction by some 400mm. Not only will this help with visibility for side road traffic, it will help visually narrow the road and hopefully help reduce the through speeds on the A362.

I have to say I have sympathy for the properties which front onto the A362. Even with the temporary 30mph limit and traffic signals, the speeds have been worrying high. I would certainly support a review of the speed limit.

The object of the whole exercise is to improve safety for pedestrians and motorists alike through a combination of approach warning signs, adjusted carriageway widths to help reduce speeds and a more obvious and narrower crossing point. The last paragraph of Martin's summary was very helpful and encouraging. An application for a review has been prepared and formally fowarded to Wiltshire Council. Simon Jasper will be pressing the case at the next Community Area Transport Group meeting.

White Hart licence extension application
The deadline for representations on this application has passed and the PC has submitted its contribution which has been accepted for consideration. Thank you to the thirteen residents of Lane End who provided their views and enabled the PC to frame its representation. The full text of the latter is published on the Bridge website. The Licensing Board hearing has now been fixed for 4th August, as an online meeting, and the PC (Chairman) has been invited to attend.

PC vacancy
John Fairgrieve has recently received his next RAF posting and he has had to relinquish his position as a Parish Councillor. The PC is very grateful for his contribution over the last few years and wishes him well in his next appointment. There is thus a vacancy on the PC, but the current temporary restrictions on PC operations do not allow by-elections and we are unable formally to notify the vacancy and put in place the normal process to fill it. We are also limited in that by-elections are not allowed within six months of the normal four yearly PC elections, which are due on 6th May 2021. The latter date means that the cut-off point for a by election is early November. It is thus very likely that there will be too narrow a window between the relaxation of current restrictions and this date to allow the full procedure to take place. However, if anyone is interested in filling this vacancy, should this not be the case, then please do not hesitate to get in touch with either myself or any of the current team.

Fly tipping
This seems to be back with us. I have received two reports in the last couple of weeks from Corsley residents, but may I remind people that there is a very straightforward reporting system on the Wiltshire Council website through which anyone can and is encouraged to report incidences of fly tipping, anonymously if desired. It is very rare that the culprits are spotted in the act, but being able to include this detail is both a key element of the reporting process and at the same time a weakness. Tipping is a clandestine business and rarely, if ever, are the perpetrators caught in the act. I would caution against any direct action, but, equally, for example, unknown vehicles emerging from bridleways could be suspicious and may be worth recording.

Dates of next meetings (as currently planned)
Quarterly Meeting —7th September (pending)
Quarterly Meeting —7th December
(all meetings begin at 7.30pm in the Lower Room at Corsley Reading Room)

Neil Britten
Chairman
pc.corsleynb@gmail.com
01373 832515
07810 764714

Corsley House ‐ Appeal against refusal of planning application no 19/10108/WCM

The Parish Council has received notification of an appeal by Mr Senk of Corsley House against the refusal of the above planning application for: Creation of a landscape and amenity bund with ancillary native tree planting to enhance residential amenity, biodiversity, drainage and the overall setting of a Grade II Listed Building with the ancillary diversion of an existing public right of way at land to the north of the A362, Corsley, Warminster at Corsley House, Deep Lane, Corsley, BA12 7QH

The appeal will be decided on the basis of written representation and submissions are invited to meet a deadline of 24th August 2020 to Wiltshire Council.

The Planning Inspectorate have introduced an online appeals service which you can use to comment on this appeal. You can find the service through the Appeals area of the Planning Portal acp.planninginspectorate.gov.uk

Alternatively, you can email your comments to: west2@planninginspectorate.gov.uk
or by post to:
   Planning Inspectorate
   Room 3c
   Temple Quay House
   2 The Square
   Bristol
   BS1 6PN
quoting the Inspectorate reference (APP/Y3940/W/20/3254190).

The Parish Council considered the original application at its quarterly meeting on 2nd December and, by a majority vote, agreed the following comments:
No objection, subject to two conditions:
  • 1. That no residential properties should be affected by increased noise resulting from the building of the bund because of noise being reflected south across the A362. Evidence should be provided of existing noise levels along the base of the proposed bund and predictions made, based on a credible modelling exercise, of the post bund situation, particularly the extent to which properties on the south of the A362 might be affected. In addition, if the application is approved, post build measurements should be undertaken and if the predictions are found to be incorrect and the properties referred to are adversely affected remedial actions should be enforced.

  • 2. That the traffic plan governing the delivery of the material to the site is rigidly adhered to and actively managed.
Subsequent to the meeting, the sub‐contractors for the project, SLR Consulting, conducted and supplied to the PC an analysis of the possibility of reflections from the bund, with the conclusion that ...any reflected noise would be minimal and would not give rise to any increased levels of noise which would be perceptible. This analysis has been accepted by the PC as meeting the first part of condition 1.

A fuller report of the PC's deliberations was published in the January edition of The Bridge which can be found here.

The detail of the application has not changed and the PC will stand by its previous comments unless any new or previously unconsidered relevant factors are brought to its attention for consideration and accepted. Any such input should be directed to the Parish Clerk, in writing, by 14th August. Please note that comments previously posted will be seen by the Inspector and need not be repeated.

John Willcox
Clerk to Corsley Parish Council

White Hart Application to
Vary a Premises Licence

Click the image to download the Chairman's representation to Wiltshire Council

Corsley PC White Hart Licence- epresentation

The hearing was held online via Microsoft Teams at 10am on Tuesday 4th August.


Wiltshire.gov.uk update

COVID‐19 — Regional testing sites

Drive‐through coronavirus testing facilities are now open at the Beehive Park & Ride, Salisbury and the Wroughton Park & Ride, Swindon as part of the Government's UK‐wide work to increase testing.

Anyone experiencing a new, continuous cough, a high temperature, or a loss of or change in their normal sense of smell or taste, can book an appointment on the NHS website to be tested for whether they currently have coronavirus. Essential workers can book a test on the GOV.UK Essential Worker Self‐Referral Portal.

The testing facilities in Salisbury and Swindon, which are being piloted for the first few days of operation, are operated in partnership with Sodexo and will offer assisted and self‐administered tests. Those tested will receive their results within a few days.

In addition to the regional test sites, 116 mobile testing units operated by the Armed Forces travel around the UK to further increase access to coronavirus testing. They respond to need, travelling to test at sites including care homes, police stations and prisons. New units are being brought into operation each day.

The Government has also set up a home‐testing service, supported by Amazon's logistics network and other commercial partners. Home test kits can be delivered to your door so you can test yourself and your family without leaving the house.

To book a test:
Visit the NHS test booking website: nhs.uk

NHS online services
The NHS has created a ‘Health at Home’ campaign which signposts the public to the information they need to contact their GP, order repeat prescriptions, manage their wellbeing and existing conditions, by accessing online services.

Further information can be found at: www.nhs.uk/health-at-home


Wiltshire Council recycling
has changed!

What can go in my black box?
Glass bottles, jars and textiles should go in the black box. Bottle and jar lids can be left on, and clean and dry textiles (clothes, pairs of shoes, curtains, sheets and blankets) should be bagged, tied and put in the black box. Please do not place textiles in black refuse sack. Wet or dirty textiles can't be collected.

What can go in my blue-lidded bin?
Plastic bottles, pots, tubs and trays, cartons, cans, aerosols, foil, paper and carboard into your blue-lidded bin. Unfortunately, we can't collect black plastic and plastic films. To make more space and avoid contamination, please wash and squash your recycling and ensure all containers are empty and clean. Find out more here: http://www.wiltshire.gov.uk/recycling.

To find out more about the updated recycling scheme, visit the Wiltshire Council website


Wiltshire Council

Highways Newsletter
March 2020

Wiltshire Council Highways Newsletter March 2020

Each month, Wiltshire Councillor Bridget Wayman, the Cabinet member for Highways and Waste, produces a comprehensive newsletter with a plethora of useful information about the responsibilities and activities of the Highways and Streetscene.

Download or view a pdf of the newsletter here

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!

Corsley Parish Council

Planning Applications

20/05384/FUL
Timber storage building. Batsford Timber Ltd, BA12 7NW

Comments to be received by
19th August 2020.
If any resident of the Parish has any comments on this application they wish to make the Parish Council aware of they should advise the Parish Clerk either by email to corsleypc_jdw@aol.com or by phone on 01373 832171.

Planning Appeal

Inspectorate Reference: APP/Y3940/W/20/3254190
Appeal Site: Corsley House, Deep Lane, Corsley, BA12 7QH

Proposed Development: The creation of a landscape and amenity bund with ancillary native tree planting to enhance residential amenity, biodiversity, drainage and the overall setting of a Grade II Listed Building with the ancillary diversion of an existing public right of way at land to the north of the A362, Corsley, Warminster.

An appeal has been made to the Planning Inspectorate in respect of the above site. The appeal is against a refusal and is to be decided on the basis of the written representations procedure.

The Planning Inspectorate have introduced an online appeals service which you can use to comment on this appeal. You can find the service through the Appeals area of the Planning Portal acp.planninginspectorate.gov.uk

Alternatively, you can email your comments to: west2@planninginspectorate.gov.uk
or by post to:
   Planning Inspectorate
   Room 3c
   Temple Quay House
   2 The Square
   Bristol
   BS1 6PN
quoting the Inspectorate reference.

Comments should be received by
24th August 2020.

Rubbish and recycling collections

August 2020

█ Black box recycling (glass)
Wednesday 12th and 26th
█ Black bin
Friday 14th and 28th
█ Garden waste (green)
Wednesday 5th and 19th
█ Mixed dry recycling (blue)
Wednesday 12th and 26th
Visit Wiltshire Council for more information on what you can now recycle in your blue-lidded bin.

Corsley Community Wildflower Meadow

Corsley Wildflower Meadow

If you'd like to help out maintaining the wildflower meadow at the Old School Playing Field, please contact either Chris or Judith:

Chris Johnson
chrismajo@btinternet.com
mobile 07885 695534

Judith Selman
judithselman_m@hotmail.com
mobile 07746 119418

or connect via Facebook at
Corsley Wildflower Meadow Group

They'd love to hear from you!

Corsley Tennis Club