• 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.

Cinema Corsley

There isn't a film night in December, so we'll be back in the New Year with this intriguing portrayal of man's struggle against nature and himself...

‘The Mercy’

Thursday 16th January
Corsley Reading Room

Doors open at 7 pm
film begins at 7.30 pm

A close second choice with our voters in September, The Mercy recounts the true story of an amateur sailor's quest to become the first man to circumnavigate the world solo in 1968. Always the outsider among the nine men entering the race, Colin Firth plays the leading role in the story of Donald Crowhurst's mysterious disappearance.

Tickets available on the door, on the night (if available),
or in advance from Acres Supply (cash only please)
Refreshments and a licensed bar.

The Future of the Len White Charity

The Trustees of the Len White Charity, Corsley Parish Councillors, give public notice that consideration is being given to winding up this Charity in accordance with its Trust Deed. The Trustees seek final bids for grants, by 31 December 2019, and feedback on their intentions for the residual capital of the Fund.

Purpose of the Charity
The Len White Charity was set up in 1991 by Corsley Parish Council in memory of Len White, a well known and respected resident of the Village. The Parish Councillors are the Trustees and the objects of the Charity are:
(a) To pay the income from the Charity Fund for the benefit of the pupils of Corsley School, in such manner as the Corsley Parish Council think fit or
(b) If Corsley Primary School closes the for the benefit of the children living in Corsley between the ages of five and eleven years for educational purposes as the full Corsley Parish Council shall think fit.

Financial Position
The funds of the Charity are now such that no meaningful income is achievable on the remaining capital and the residue of the accrued income is now at such a low level that only one or two low value grants could be considered. After any final grants, there would be around £1000 capital remaining.

Terms of the Trust
The Trust Deed, in the event of ‘failure of the Trust’, allows the assets of the Trust to be given to ‘...such other charitable institution or institutions having similar objects to those of the Charity as the Trustees shall decide.’ The Trustees believe that exhaustion of the funds available for distribution is tantamount to ‘failure’ and that options for distribution of the remaining capital should be considered.

The Trustees have unable to identify any ‘institutions having similar objects’ with the restrictive direct requirement to serve only the children of Corsley. Instead, consideration has been given to using the remaining capital to assist the funding of a project in Corsley which would serve the needs of children and also provide a lasting memorial to Len WHITE and those who donated to the Fund in 1991. To-date the project which has met with most favour is replacement of the Heath bus stop shelter, which is in poor repair. This would provide long term benefit to Corsley children who use the public bus service and a suitable location for a memorial plaque.

The Trustees have consulted the Charity Commission and Len White's family. The Charity Commission are content for the Trustees to make their judgement in accordance with the Deed provided that they have taken appropriate steps to ensure that suitable advertising has identified no further beneficaries. The family (Mrs Ruth Bowers) have concurred with the proposal to use the remaining capital as indicated above. This notice is intended to fulfil the requirement for ‘suitable advertising’.

Way Forward
Comments are invited on the above proposals and any bids for grants in accordance with the Charity Deeds, by 31 December this year. A further notice will be placed in the November and December editions of the Bridge.

Neil Britten
Chairman, Corsley Parish Council/Len White Trustees
01373 832515 or 07810 764714

Corsley Parish Council

Housing Survey

The returns of the supplementary PC questionnaire, intended to elicit views on open market housing need in Corsley, circulated with the Housing Needs survey, had been analysed. 64 responses had been received representing 20% of those distributed. The answers were:
1. Is this your main home?
100% of responses related to main homes.

2. Are you the house-owner?
94% were home-owners, 6% (four, were not)

3. How many people live permanently in the house?
No of occupants Percentage of responses Numbers of each
One 23% 15
Two 42% 27
Three 17% 11
Four 16% 10
Five 2% 1

4. How many bedrooms are there in the house?
No of bedrooms Percentage of responses Numbers of each
One 2% 1
Two 14% 9
Three 31% 20
Four 31% 20
Five 20% 13
Six 2% 1

5. Are you looking to downsize?
16% Yes and 84% No. Of the yes category (ten), three were ‘possibly’ in the near future.

6. Would you move to a smaller house (2 bedrooms or less) or a bungalow if one were available to buy in Corsley?
22% Yes, 78% No. From the other answers, notably Q8, the reason for the high number of ‘No’ answers could be a combination of perceived expense houses in Corsley, plus lack of availability and services.

7. Do you have any family members in need who have been unable to purchase houses in Corsley?
11% had family members likely to need accommodation, 89% had not. Of the 11% (4 responses), two were likely future need, the others unspecified.

8. Do you know of other reasons associated with the availability of appropriate housing that prevent people from living in Corsley? If so please state.
64% responded Yes, 36% No. Of the 64% the reasons included lack of a school, no shops or post office, poor bus service, A362 traffic, cost of housing in Corsley.

9. Whatever your needs, would you be in favour of more small (2/3 bed ) houses, or bungalows, being built in Corsley to enable young families to live in the Village? Please state preference for 2/3 bed, house or bungalow.
89% responded Yes, 20% No. The general preference was vey much 2/3 bed starter type and bungalows, with a small number, just three, mentioning bungalows for the elderly.

10. If you support development, would you rather see:
a. A large development at one site
23% Yes and 77% No. There were two references to Sturford and one to the OSPF as potential sites.
b. Smaller developments across the Village
66% Yes and 34% No. Of the Yes responses, several were site dependent, without any specific location preference.

Although 80% of the electors canvassed did not respond, which suggests that a large majority are uninterested in Corsley housing, Wiltshire regard a return of 20% sufficient for valid conclusions to be drawn . Of the returns, three responses stand out, question 6 which suggests that there is little interest in downsizing to smaller accommodation in Corsley, and questions 9 and 10 which showed support for further development in Corsley of small dwellings spread around the village. The results will be held as basis for judgement of any future housing proposals for Corsley.

Neil Britten
01373 832515/07810 764714

Wiltshire Council
Highways Newsletter
August 2019

Wiltshire Council Highways Newsletter - August 2019

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 August edition covers conservation and grass cutting, weed control, road sweeping, abandoned vehicles, screetscene,

Download or view a pdf of the newsletter here

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!

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

  • Chapmanslade Christmas Independent Makers Market ‐ 10 am to 3 pm, Chapmanslade Village Hall

  • Sunday 3rd

  • Chapmanslade Chicken Chasers ‐ leaving the Three Horseshoes, Chapmanslade at 11am

  • Tuesday 5th

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

  • Wednesday 6th

  • Corsley Memorial Playing Field Committee Annual General Meeting ‐ 6.30 pm, Cross Keys

  • Corsley Cricket Club Annual General Meeting ‐ 7 pm, Cross Keys

  • Corsley and Chapmanslade Churches PCC meeting‐ 7.30 pm, High Field, Corsley

  • Corsley Reading Room Annual General Meeting ‐ 7.30 pm, Corsley Reading Room

  • Saturday 9th

  • Rock ‘n’ Roll Party with the Cleyhill Stompers (supporting Help for Heroes) ‐ 9 pm, Three Horseshoes, Chapmanslade

  • Thursday 14th

  • Craft, Cake & Chat afternoon ‐ 2 to 4pm, Chapmanslade Village Hall

  • Chapmanslade Parish Council ‐ 7.30 pm, Chapmanslade Village Hall

  • Cheese and Wine Tasting ‐ 7.30pm, Corsley Reading Rooms ‐ please pre‐book

  • Thursday 21st

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

  • Cinema Corsley ‐ ‘All is True’ ‐ 7 for 7.30pm, Corsley Reading Room

  • Saturday 23rd

  • Fun Quiz Night (with hot supper) ‐ 7 for 7.30 pm start, Chapmanslade Village Hall

  • Tuesday 26th

  • Christmas shopping trip to Westquay Shopping Mall, Southampton

  • Wednesday 27th

  • Light Bites Soup Lunch ‐ 12.30 pm ‐ 2 pm, Corsley Reading Room

  • Thursday 28th

  • Corsley Show Annual General Meeting ‐ 7.30 pm, Corsley Reading Room

  • Saturday 30th

  • Corsley and Chapmanslade Churches Christmas Coffee Morning ‐ 10.30 am to 12 noon, Stable Cottage, Huntenhull Lane

click here for more diary dates...

Rubbish and recycling collections

December 2019

█ Black box recycling
Thursday 5th, and 19th
█ Black bin
Friday 6th, and 20th
█ Garden waste (green)
Wednesday 11th
█ Mixed dry recycling (blue)
Friday 13th and Monday 30th
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

18 December

1 January
15 January
29 January

Corsley Tennis Club