• 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.
Corsley Show 2022

7.30 pm, Thursday 4th November* 2021, Corsley Reading Room

We'll be holding a public meeting to see what possibilities are out there for a new, smaller, rejuvenated Show for 2022! If you'd like to join us, or have any sparkling ideas on the way forward for the Show, do come along and share them with us!

Would you like to help out at the Corsley Show 2022? You don't have to join the committee if it's not your ‘thing’, you could just join a small team to deliver a part of the Show if that's more up your street. Don't fancy being on any committees at all? Prefer to work alone? No worries — there are loads of jobs to do supporting the different elements of the Show! Maybe you just have a few hours to spare setting it up in the run‐up to Show day, or taking it down, or maybe you have an area of expertise you think would be helpful to putting on the Show — don't be shy, come and join us!

We anticipate considerably downsizing the Show from 2022 onwards, so we're keen to hear what the residents of Corsley and Chapmanslade would like the Show to look like in the future. What attractions are people interested in seeing at the Show? Do you have some great ideas for new attractions? Does the Show cater for all ages? Is it in the right place? Is it on the right date? We're especially interested in hearing from people with new ideas and the capability of carrying them out.

We'd love to have you on board, so make a note of the date in your diary now!

7.30 pm, Thursday 4th November, Corsley Reading Room

If you would like to help, but are unable to attend this meeting, there will be a further opportunity to bring your ideas to the table!

(*The date will be re-confirmed in the November edition of The Bridge and on the Reading Room website)

Corsley Show Committee

Delivery volunteer wanted!

To deliver just 14 copies of The Bridge in the Whitbourne Moor area, around Reading Room Hill

How does it work?
The Bridge is delivered to you by a small band of volunteers. At the end of each month, the magazines will be dropped off to you for onward delivery when you are able.

If you would like to volunteer, please contact Liz Garrett either on 01373 839060, or at lizi.garrett@btinternet.com

Corsley Parish Council

August Brief

Co‐option to the Parish Council
Following receipt of a number of applications for co-option onto the Parish Council, the Council were pleased to invite Mrs Ruth Massey and Mrs Lavinia Mitchell to join the council.

David Ball, the PC rep for streetscene, reported on research he had undertaken regarding the costs for the purchase and installation of speed detector devices and also for the purchase and installation of village ‘gates’. There was some discussion as to where such gates could/should be sited and it was agreed that Wiltshire Council be contacted for any comments they may have. Decisions on the acquisition of either or both of these items will be contingent on whether any funding is available from the Council and further consideration of other calls on the PC budget.

Annual Parish Meeting (APM)
As reported in last month's briefing, the planned proposal to hold the Annual Parish Meeting (APM) on June 28 was cancelled following the retention of Government guidelines re COVID‐19. It was agreed that the APM would now be held in September.

The council considered a number of related applications relating to the erection of high welfare cattle housing at High House Farm, Dertford. No objection was raised to these applications albeit there were some concerns relating to:
  • the additional ‘waste’ that will be generated and how this is to be dealt with
  • the additional movement of heavy agricultural traffic on a narrow road which already suffers from this type of traffic and which at certain times of the year is also subject to significant caravan traffic
  • the visual impact.
With the increased emphasis on ‘carbon neutrality’ it was surprising that there was no carbon impact statement or solar panels on the roof.

Dates of future meetings
All meetings begin at 7.30pm, in the Lower Room, Corsley.

Occasional Meeting                        Monday 4th October

Quarterly Meeting                           Monday 6th December

John Willcox
Parish Clerk
01373 832171

Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks

Register for Priority Services

We're the people who look after the wires and cables that bring electricity to communities throughout the north of Scotland and central southern England. We're not the company who sends you electricity bills ‐ our job is to maintain and repair the electricity networks. It's also our job to fix power cuts as quickly and safely as possible.

You may want to be on our register if you:
  • • Are deaf or hard of hearing
  • • Have a disability
  • • Live with children under five
  • • Are blind or partially sighted
  • • Have a chronic illness
  • • Use medical equipment/aids reliant on electricity
  • • Are over 60
  • • Temporarily need extra support

Be Ready Together

Join the register

If you would like more information about how to register
for the Priority Services, download the pdf (including the
form) from SSEN by clicking the image ►

Download a pdf of how to register for Priority Services

MyWilts online reporting

MyWilts is the new way to send reports to Wiltshire Council and replaces the MyWiltshire app.

What can I report using MyWilts?
Abandoned vehicles
Fly Tipping
Weather emergencies
Dog mess

Over time more services will be added to MyWilts, making it simpler, quicker and easier to access the services digitally, when you choose to.

Why should you register for an account?
If you register for an account, you will receive updates as the case you reported progresses. You will also have access to view your historical cases and will be able to access additional services.

Using your mobile device?
You can download the new app now from the App Store (Apple) or Google Play (Android) by searching for ‘My Wilts’.

Rubbish and recycling collections

October 2021

█ Black box recycling (glass)
Wednesday 6th and 20th
█ Mixed dry recycling (blue)
Wednesday 6th and 20th
█ Black bin
Monday 8th and 22nd
█ Garden waste (green)
Wednesday 13th and 27th
Visit Wiltshire Council for more information on what you can now recycle in your blue-lidded bin.

Wiltshire Mobile Library

Chapmanslade School
Arrives 1.45 pm, departs 2.30 pm

Wednesday 6th October
Wednesday 20th October
Wednesday 3rd November
Wednesday 17th November
Wednesday 1st December
Wednesday 15th December
Wednesday 29th December
Wednesday 12th January
Wednesday 26th January
Wednesday 9th February
Wednesday 23rd February
Wednesday 9th March
Wednesday 23rd March
Wednesday 6th April

Corsley Community Wildflower Meadow

Corsley Wildflower Meadow

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

Chris Johnson
mobile 07885 695534

Judith Selman
mobile 07746 119418

or connect via Facebook at
Corsley Wildflower Meadow Group

They'd love to hear from you!

Corsley Tennis Club