• Merry Christmas and a happy New Year to all the readers of The Bridge From the Editor...
    I would like to thank all the volunteers who, through sun, wind, rain and snow, deliver The Bridge to every house in both Corsley and Chapmanslade. They do a fantastic job for no reward – the Bridge would be as nothing without them! Thank you also to the hoards of people who contribute every month with news, articles, events and so much more – you’re all amazing!

    I wish you all a very merry Christmas
    and a prosperous New Year!
  • 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.

Please note that the deadline for submissions for the
JANUARY edition of the magzine is

Cinema Corsley presents...

‘Absolutely Fabulous:

The Movie’

Appropriate for their big screen debut, Edina and Patsy are still oozing glitz and glamour, living the high life they are accustomed to: shopping, drinking and clubbing their way around London's trendiest hotspots.

Blamed for a major incident at an uber‐fashionable launch party, they become entangled in a media storm and are relentlessly pursued by the paparazzi.

Fleeing penniless to the glamorous playground of the super‐rich, the French Riviera, they hatch a plan to make their escape permanent and live the high life forever more!

It's scatty, scrappy, fun and totally OTT, just like the characters themselves.

Lumley is a blast as Patsy with her deadpan snarl and Saunders is fabulously silly as Edina, who still dresses like a hyperactive five‐year‐old let loose with a fashion show dressing-up box.

7.30 pm, Thursday 8th December
Corsley Reading Room
Doors open at 7pm so you can enjoy a pre-show glass of ‘Bolly’ for a truly Ab Fab vibe, of course. There's also tea, coffee, ice cream and mince pies! See you there Darlings! (Dressing up optional)

Tickets £6 from Acres Supply Garden Centre, 01373 832591

Wiltshire Council
Temporary Closure of Temple (part)

Download a pdf of the road closure and diversion plan

Notice is hereby given that Wiltshire Council has made an Order to close temporarily to all traffic Temple (part), Corsley; from its junction with Sturford Lane for a distance of approximately 30m in a southerly direction to enable Wessex Water to replace a stop tap.

Alternative route: via Temple (unaffected length) ‐ Longhedge ‐ Whitbourne Springs ‐ A362 ‐ Sturford Lane and vice versa.

The closure and diversion route will be clearly indicated by traffic signs.

This Order will come into operation on 23 January 2017 and it is anticipated that the closure will be required for three days. It is anticipated that the works will take the stated duration to complete depending upon weather conditions. Access will be maintained for residents and businesses, although delays are likely due to the nature of the works. The Order will have a maximum duration of 18 months.

For further information please contact Simon Phillips (Wessex Water) on 0345 600 4 600.
Sustainable Transport Group, County Hall, Bythesea Road, Trowbridge BA14 8JN

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).



  • Saturday 3rd

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

  • Monday 5th

  • Corsley Parish Council Quarterly Meeting – 7.30 pm, Corsley Reading Room

  • Parochial Church Council – 7.30 pm

  • Tuesday 6th

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

  • Thursday 8th

  • Corsley WI – 2 pm, Corsley Reading Room, ‘Bring & Share’ Christmas Tea

  • Cinema Corsley ‘Absolutely Fabulous’ –
    7 pm for 7.30pm, Corsley Reading Room

  • Charles Dickens ‘A Christmas Carol’ ‐ A Candlelit Ghost Story told by Pip Utton. Tickets £10/adult, £5/child, family of 4 £20. Refreshments. Doors open 6.30pm, play starts 7 pm, Horningsham Village Hall

  • Saturday 10th

  • Little Cuckoo’s Christmas Fayre

  • Corsley and Chapmanslade Churches ‐ Christmas Coffee Morning – 10.30 am ‐ 12.30 pm, Godswell Grove Farm, Chapmanslade

  • Christmas Fayre – 11.30 am ‐ 2.30 pm, Horningsham School. Hot food, mulled wine, Santa’s grotto, Neals Yard, Fruitilicious, Chocoholics and many more gifts ready for Christmas. Free entry.

  • Chapmanslade PTFA Christmas Fayre ‐ refreshments, xmas gifts, stall, children’s crafts, special visit from Santa. Free entry
    2‐4.30 pm, Chapmanslade Village Hall

  • Frome Inner Wheel presents ‘A Dickens of a Christmas’ – an evening of carols, sketches and fun! – 6.30 pm for 7 pm, Saturday 10th December, Chapmanslade Village Hall

  • Christmas Bingo ‐ festive prizes as well as cash prizes and a great family night out.
    £9 for 6 games including all specials. Refreshments served. Doors open 6.30 pm, Eyes down 7 pm, Horningsham Village Hall

  • Sunday 11th

  • Corsley Festival Choir Concert – ‘Magnificat’ – 7.30 pm, St Margaret’s Church

  • Wednesday 14th

  • Lite Bites Christmas lunch – 12.30 pm, Corsley Reading Room

  • Thursday 15th

  • Church and Community Coffee Morning – 10 am – 12 noon, Three Horseshoes, Chapmanslade

  • Sunday 18th

  • Coffee Drop In ‐ festive coffee morning – 10.30 am ‐ 12 noon, Horningsham Village Hall. Drop by for a mince pie and some mulled wine, coffee or tea

  • Candlelit Carol Service – 5 pm,
    Whitbourne Chapel

  • Monday 19th

  • Carol Singing in Chapmanslade High Street – 6 pm

  • Wednesday 21st

  • Carol Singing in Birchwood Close and Heathway, Corsley – 6.30 pm

  • Thursday 22nd

  • Frome Rotary and Lions Christmas Float visits Chapmanslade

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Wiltshire Council Parish Newsletter

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Rubbish and recycling collections


█ Black box recycling
Thursday 8th and 22nd
█ Black bin
Friday 9th and 23rd
█ Garden waste (chargeable)
Wednesday 14th
█ Blue bin
Friday 2nd, 16th and 31st

Wiltshire Council Mobile Library

Fortnightly on Wednesdays
from 1.30 to 2.30 pm
at Chapmanslade School

7th December
21st December
4th January
18th January
1st February

Please note that the Mobile Library
no longer stops in Corsley