• Harvesting wheat at Lane End, CorsleyThe harvest begins...
    Harvest ‐ from the old English word haerfest, meaning ‘autumn’ ‐ begins in Corsley! Yielding around 8.8 tonnes per hectare for wheat and 6.5 tonnes per hectare for barley (winter and spring), harvesting has begun in earnest in our part of the country. The short-term weather forecast looks good and farmers will get their crops in without it being spoilt by rain. On the other hand, France the EU's biggest grain producer, is headed for its smallest wheat harvest in thirty years because of heavy rains and lack of sunlight. A period of high output in other wheat‐producing countries, which has led to a fall in world prices, will add to the woes of French farmers.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 it's 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 it's chalk.
  • 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 it's 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 it's chalk.

Corsley PC briefing: broadband

August edition of The Bridge magazine
Page 17, second column, first paragraph

The text should read:
The Heath upgrade is behind schedule because the position of the new cabinet had to be changed from part way up Deep Lane to a point on the A362 around the Deep Lane entrance. This means that the upgraded service for the Heath is now not likely to be available until around the end of 2016, but otherwise all is well for this upgrade.

Big Friendly Read

Aimed at 4-11 year olds the annual Summer Reading Challenge is simple and fun. Children are encouraged to read six or more library books of their choice during the summer holidays and receive collectable rewards as they progress. Children can sign up at their local Wiltshire library from Saturday 16th July – it's absolutely free and lasts until Saturday 10th September.

This year the challenge will be delivered in collaboration with The Roald Dahl Literary Estate as part of Roald Dahl 100 celebrations. Children will receive a Dahl themed collector's folder, Quentin Blake illustrated postcards for each book read, special rainbow glasses when they read four books and a medal and certificate on completion.

Last year over 6,000 children completed the challenge in Wiltshire and 42,145 books were read in total. Children and their parents and carers love the challenge, which can make a real difference in avoiding the ‘summer reading dip’:

‘I find the reading challenge is a fantastic way of keeping my children connected with reading throughout the summer hols!’ said a mum from Trowbridge.

There is also a special website summer reading challenge, where children can keep a record of their progress, recommend books, take part in competitions and be inspired.

Children will need a library card to borrow books, if they don't already have one, we would be happy to arrange this with you. For more information contact your local library or visit our website wiltshire.gov.uk/libraries.

Daffodils in Corsley

Volunteers wanted for daffodil planting!

The daffodils that you see alongside the roads in and around Corsley in spring were planted by a team of helpers, headed by John White, in 2000 to celebrate the new millennium. Like any other plant, over the last 16 years their numbers have declined and the display has become less and less: it's time to replant some of the areas in the hamlets.

The Elizabethan Evening Committee contacted the Parish Council to put up half the monies for the purchase of new bulbs so, to this end, £500 will be spent this year to do the areas where the daffodils have disappeared and one or two new areas.

Whilst the Elizabethan Evening and the Parish Council are prepared to pay for the bulbs, they are looking for willing volunteers in their areas of the village to do the planting. I would like to suggest a Saturday in late October — if enough people volunteer, we could plant quite a large area of the village; part of Corsley Heath, Longhedge, Temple, Lyes Green, Dertford and Whitborne Moor.

If you are prepared to help in any way, please contact John Helliar on 01373 832803 or email Judith Helliar

We could have beautiful village to be proud of again!

John Helliar
Chairman, Elizabethan Committee

Reporting grounds, cleaning and local highway issues to Wiltshire Council

As of the 1st September, Wiltshire Council changed their historical method of scheduled network repairs and maintenance. The reason for the chnage is to move away from cleaning clean streets, clearing free‐running drainage or cutting highway grass that has not grown. Programmed work (including Community Days) has now ceased and been replaced by a new system.

To ensure issues are addressed it is vital that reports are now 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).



  • Tuesday 2nd

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

  • Saturday 6th

  • Corsley litter pick – 10 am, meet opposite the Royal Oak

  • Elizabethan Evening – Ruddigore

  • Sunday 7th

  • Open Garden – 2 ‐ 6 pm, Tree Tops, Short Street, Chapmanslade in aid of Dorothy House Hospice

  • Croquet, boules, Pimms and cream teas – 2.30 ‐ 6pm, Chapmanslade Village Hall

  • Thursday 11th

  • Corsley WI – 6 for 6.30 pm, Garden Room, The Royal Oak, Corsley ‐ Supper and Meeting

  • Chapmanslade Parish Council – meeting cancelled

  • Sunday 14th

  • Flash Fiction deadline today!

  • Wednesday 17th

  • ‘Messy Olympics’ – 2 ‐ 4.30 pm, Chapmanslade Village Hall and field (Cley Hill Churches)

  • Thursday 18th

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

  • Sunday 28th

  • Songs of Praise – 5pm, Corsley Showground

  • Bank Holiday Monday 29th

  • Corsley Show!

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litter pickers

Meet opposite the Royal Oak at 10 am on the first Saturday of each month.

The next ‘pick’ is on
Saturday 3rd September

Do come along and help keep
our village beautiful!
(All equipment supplied)

Rubbish and recycling collections


█ Black box recycling
Thursday 18th
█ Black bin
Friday 19th
█ Garden waste (chargeable)
Wednesday 24th
█ Blue bin
Friday 26th

Wiltshire Council Mobile Library

Fortnightly on Wednesdays
from 1.30 to 2.30 pm
at Chapmanslade School

31st August
14th September
28th September
12th October
26th October
9th November
23rd November
7th December
21st December
4th January
18th January
1st February

Please note that the Mobile Library
no longer stops in Corsley

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