• Lest We Forget Lest We Forget
    A commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the end of
    World War One
    7.30pm, Friday 9th November
    St Margaret's Church, Corsley
  • 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.

Cinema Corsley

The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society
Thursday 18th October

Continuing our war‐themed season as we move towards the centenary of Armistice Day, the Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Society is set in the aftermath of WW2. The cumbersome name of what is a book club was coined to save a group of Guernsey islanders during Nazi occupation.

A letter sent by one book club member to a young London writer results in her visiting the island to unwrap their wartime experiences, along with secrets as yet unburied.

Simpler than its title suggests, the film is saved from being purely a love story through its ‘whodunnit’ twist and clever direction of a well‐picked cast. The lead role belongs to Lily James of Downton Abbey and Darkest Hour, joined by Michiel Huisman, Penelope Wilton, Tom Courtenay and Matthew Goode.

The Silent Child

At the October film night, we will also be showing the 2018 Live Action Short Film Oscar winner ‘The Silent Child’ (20 minutes). This film has been requested by a few of our regulars and we so are delighted that we have been able to get hold of it to show at Cinema Corsley.

Set in rural England, the story follows Libby, a profoundly deaf child. Her middle‐class family; consisting of two elder siblings, a constantly overwhelmed mother and a workaholic husband, seek out a quick fix to make their ‘broken’ child more equipped to handle the real world. But when they employ the help of a deaf‐specialised social worker it becomes apparent that Libby is not the one who needs to be fixed.

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

Lest We Forget, Friday 9th November 2018, St Margaret's Church, Corsley

‘Lest We Forget’

A commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the end of World War One

7.30pm, Friday 9th November, St Margaret's Church, Corsley

An evening of music and songs from the period, poetry, a resume of the war, a film and a collection of local memorabilia

A book documenting the lives of people from Corsley and Chapmanslade who fell in WW1, compiled by Phil Jefferson and Fiona Carruthers, entitled ‘Lest We Forget’, will be launched during the evening.

Light refreshments and a bar will be available

There's no admission fee, but all donations will be go to the Royal British Legion

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 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
mobile 07746 119418

or connect with Facebook ‐ Corsley Wildflower Meadow Group

We'd love to hear from you!

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).



  • Tuesday 2nd

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

  • Thursday 4th

  • Harvest Celebration (26th year!) ‐ short service, optional ploughman's, auction of gifts (gifts invited). All proceeds to Children's Hospice South West – 7pm, Standerwick Centre, Frome Market

  • Chapmanslade Parish Council meeting

  • Monday 8th and Thursday 11th

  • Biology Week 2018 – Q&A sessions on biology or other science, hosted by Emeritus Professor Nigel Brown – 7 pm, Three Horseshoes, Chapmanslade

  • Thursday 11th

  • Corsley WI ‐ ‘An Evening of Craftwork‘ – 7.30pm, Corsley Reading Room

  • Sunday 14th

  • Chapmanslade Chicken Chasers ‐ walk of about 3 miles – meet at the later time of 3 pm, The Three Horseshoes

  • Thursday 18th

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

  • Cinema Corsley ‐ ‘The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society' – 7 for 7.30 pm, Corsley Reading Room. Also showing is the Oscar Winning short film ‘The Silent Child'

  • Saturday 20th

  • ‘How Good is your Nose?' Wine Tasting Evening – 7 pm, Corsley Reading Room

  • Wednesday 24th

  • Corsley and Chapmanslade Churches Light Bites Soup Lunch – 12.30 pm ‐ 2 pm, Corsley Reading Room

  • Saturday 27th

  • Corsley and Chapmanslade Churches Harvest Supper – 7 for 7.30 pm, Chapmanslade Village Hall

  • Sunday 28th

  • Pub Quiz (teams of up to six) – 6 pm, Cross Keys Inn, Corsley

  • Wednesday 31st

  • Hallowe'en – join us for fancy dress, pumpkin soup, Hallowe'en cheesecake and much more... – Cross Keys Inn, Corsley

click here for more diary dates...

Rubbish and recycling collections

October 2018

█ Black box recycling
Thursday 11th and 25th
█ Black bin
Friday 12th and 26th
█ Garden waste (chargeable)
Wednesday 3rd, 17th and 31st
█ Blue bin
Friday 5th and 19th
Waste and recycling collections have changed. Visit the 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

24 October
7 November
21 November
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