• Chicken Chasers' November Walk Beautiful scenery!
    The Chapmanslade Chicken Chasers enjoy a stroll in the winter sunshine. Join them for a walk every month - full information can be found in the magazine.
  • 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.

Road Closure at Lyes Green

Wessex Water will be carrying out essential work on the water supply at Lyes Green from Monday 26th November to Wednesday 28 November. This will involce closing the road to all through-traffic. Access will be maintained for residnets but it may be restricted. Alternative routes will be clearly signpopsted and access will be provided for emergency vehicles.

During the works you can continue to use your water supply services as normal, unless you've been advised by letter.

Wessex Water shouldn't need to enter any properties, but if they do, their staff carry identification which you should ask to see before letting them in to your home.

The stretch of road to be closed extends from the junction to Court Lane (eastern end) to the entrance to Harper's Farm (just before the junction to the Hollow.

Scrooge moves south...
internationally‐acclaimed Chapterhouse Theatre Company perform

‘A Christmas Carol’

by Charles Dickens

7.30pm, Thursday 6th December
St Margaret's Church, Corsley, BA12 7QE

A Christmas Carol at Manor Farm, Corsley, BA12 7QE

Stirling Castle, Empire Theatre Co. Durham, Buxton Pavilion and now Corsley! For the first time we have managed to get Corsley into Chapterhouse's UK tour. This is a West End performance at Corsley prices!

Doors open at 6.30pm for a festive mince pie and glass of wine and the performance begins at 7.30pm.

Adults £15, child £10, family (two adults and two children) £45

Pay by BACS and collect tickets on the gate (contact us for details) or by cheque to ‘The Elizabethan Playhouse’ with a SAE and send to Manor Farm, Corsley, Warminster, Wiltshire, BA12 7QE

Contact the office@theelizabethanplayhouse.com or Claire on 01373 832113 for info.

Cinema Corsley

Thursday 13th December
Cinema Corsley - Mama Mia Here We Go Again

Mama Mia
Here We Go Again

We finish 2018 on a lighter note than previous months. The Mamma Mia sequel continues the story of Sophie (Amanda Seyfried) and her mother Donna (Meryl Streep), set on the fictional Greek island of Kalokairi. The film is both a sequel and prequel, flitting between the present and past, unwrapping Donna's young life and how the friendships forged impact on Sophie's life today.

The colour and warmth of this feel‐good, ABBA‐based musical comedy gives us a taste of summer as the year's shortest day beckons.

Cinema Corsley - Corsley Show 2018 DVD

100th Corsley Show 2018

We'll also be showing a touch of Corsley summer with the short film made at this year's 100th Corsley Show. Come and see if you were caught on camera as we celebrate this milestone anniversary in our village's history. DVDs available on the night, priced £10.

Doors open 7pm for a 7.30pm start at Corsley Reading Room
Tickets £6 from Acres Supply (cash only please) or on the door
Refreshments and a licensed bar

Corsley Show Annual General Meeting 2018

Corsley Show
Annual General Meeting

7.30pm, Thursday 29th November

Corsley Reading Room (main hall)

All welcome!

(Please note that only Members of the Society may vote)

Wiltshire Council
Highways Newsletter
October 2018

Wiltshire Council Highways Newsletter - October 2018

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. The October edition is substantially aimed at explaining the way in which these teams prepare for winter and also includes useful information for the general public on what they can do themselves to mitigate some of the worst excesses that winter can bring and the processes along with contacts in the event of problems. I would recommend reading it as it explains what issues to report, and to whom i.e. the difference between Highway issues and the Parish Steward's responsibilities.

Download or view a pdf of the newsletter here

Love in the Countryside

Christmas Coffee Morning in Chapmanslade - Saturday 1st December 2018

Celebrate the coming of Christmas with all your family…

Join us to sing Christmas Carols
6 to 7pm, Friday 14th December
The Barn at Manor Farm, Corsley

Come dressed as angels and shepherds;
we want to fill the barn with as many
angels and shepherds as we can!

Mulled wine and
mince pies to warm!

Plenty of seating and
parking available

Contact Judith Helliar
01373 832803

Carol Singing in The Barn at Corsley

Christmas and New Year waste and recycling collection changes

There will be no waste or recycling collections on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and on New Year's Day.

There will be catch up collections on Saturday 29 December, 5 January and 12 January.

Garden waste collections will be suspended from Monday 24 December for two weeks and restart on Tuesday 8 January. Collections will be one day later than normal during this week.

All collections, including garden waste, will return to normal from Monday 14 January 2019.

All household recycling centres will be closed from 1pm on 24 December and all day on 25 and 26 December and 1 January. The centres will be open as normal on all other days.

For information about your local recycling centre or how to recycle your Christmas tree, visit www.wiltshire.gov.uk/rubbish-and-recycling

Wiltshire Council Christmas Rubbish and Recycling Collections 2018

Corsley Community Wildflower Meadow

Corsley Wildflower Meadow

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

Chris Johnson
mobile 07885 695534

Judith Selman
mobile 07746 119418

or connect with Facebook ‐ Corsley Wildflower Meadow Group

They'd love to hear from you!

NEW! You can now recycle even more plastic in your blue‐lidded bin!

NEW  recycle more in your blue-lidded bin

Under Wiltshire Council's new contract with Hills Waste Solutions, you can now recycle more types of plastic materials in your blue-lidded bin.

In addition to the current plastic bottles and cardboard, you will be able to recycle yoghurt pots, plastic trays, margarine tubs, ice cream tubs and juice, milk and soup cartons.

Collections will still be fortnightly and collection days will not change. Residents will continue to use the same containers they already have. Additional recycling bins can be ordered if needed.

Recycling saves energy and costs less. Recycling materials has less impact on the environment than burying them in landfill or burning them to generate energy, so the more we can recycle, the better it is for the environment. In addition, it tends to be more cost effective to recycle materials than to deliver them to energy from waste plants or to landfill them. Last year we sent just 20% of waste to landfill compared to more than 60% in 2007!

Download a pdf of the communication from Wiltshire Council here

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
91 Lyes Green, Corsley

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).



  • Saturday 1st

  • Corsley and Chapmanslade Churches Christmas Coffee Morning 10.30 — 12 noon, Stable Cottage Chapmanslade

  • Monday 3rd

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

  • Tuesday 4th

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

  • Thursday 6th

  • Charles Dickens’ ‘A Christmas Carol’ — 6.30 for 7.30 pm, St Margaret’s Church, Corsley

  • Sunday 9th

  • Corsley Festival Choir Concert ‐ 6pm St Margaret’s Church

  • Wednesday 12th

  • Corsley and Chapmanslade Churches 12.30 pm — 2.00 pm Lite Bites Christmas Lunch Corsley Reading Room

  • Thursday 13th

  • Corsley WI ‐ Christmas Lunch for members — 12 noon, at the Royal Oak, Corsley

  • Cinema Corsley ‐‘Mama Mia ‐ Here We Go Again’ — 7 for 7.30 pm, Corsley Reading Room

  • Friday 14th

  • Corsley and Chapmanslade Churches ‐ Carols in The Barn — 6 pm, Manor Farm, Corsley

  • Sunday 16th

  • Little Cuckoos Pre‐School’s Christmas Fayre — 10 am to 12 pm, at the school

  • Monday 17th

  • Corsley and Chapmanslade Churches ‐ Carol Singing — 6 pm, Chapmanslade High Street

  • Thursday 20th

  • Church and Community Coffee Morning — 10 am ‐ 12 noon, Three Horseshoes Chapmanslade. Featuring the Bobby Van from 10.30 (see page 31)

  • Sunday 23rd

  • Corsley and Chapmanslade Churches ‐ Carol Service — 6 pm, St Margaret’s Church

  • Saturday 29th

  • Chicken Chasers Walk — meet at 1.30 pm, Three Horseshoes, Chapmanslade

click here for more diary dates...

Rubbish and recycling collections

December 2018

█ Black box recycling
Thursday 6th and 20th
█ Black bin
Friday 7th and 21st
█ Garden waste
Wednesday 12th (no further collections in December)
█ Blue bin
Friday 14th and Monday 31st (revised Xmas collection day)
Visit Wiltshire Council for more information on what you can now recycle in your blue-lidded bin.

Wiltshire Council Mobile Library

Fortnightly on Wednesdays
from 1.30 to 2.30 pm
at Chapmanslade School

5 December
19 December

2 January
16 January
30 January

A list of dates and times that the Mobile Library stops at residential homes can be downloaded here.

Corsley Tennis Club