• Snowdrops at Corsley Spring is just around the corner...
    These pretty spring flowers have once again popped up all over Corsley, hailing the start of Spring.
  • 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 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.
  • 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 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.

The Litter Pickers are no more...

It is with regret that, due to lack of any volunteers stepping forward to act as contact/organiser for the Corsley Litter Pickers, Cath Aylesbury has decided to hang up her picker and hi‐viz jacket after 10 years of sterling service to the village. The Corsley Litter Pickers are therefore no longer meeting for their monthly, hour‐long clean‐up of our village.

If you feel inclined to take up the reigns, please contact the Editor.

Cinema Corsley

My Cousin Rachel

Thursday 18th January, Corsley Reading Room
Doors open at 7 pm, film begins at 7.30 pm

This is a highly enjoyable story which is part dark romance and part mystery thriller, from the novel by Daphne du Maurier. ‘My Cousin Rachel’ tells the story of a young Englishman who plots revenge against his mysterious, beautiful cousin, believing that she murdered his guardian. But his feelings become complicated as he finds himself falling under the beguiling spell of her charms. Rachel Weisz gives a tremendous lead performance which is mean, minxy, manipulative and very charismatic. It is Gothic melodrama with wonderful Cornish scenery.

Doors open 7pm for a 7.30pm start at Corsley Reading Room. Tickets £6 to include a free cup of tea or coffee. Refreshments and licensed bar also available

Tickets available on the door, on the night, or from Acres Supply

Corsley Festival Choir

Come and join us!

Corsley Festival Choir rehearsals began on Monday 8th January. We warmly welcome singers ‐ new voices and those who have sung with us before.

We are rehearsing for our concert in May when we will sing Handel's Messiah Parts II and III. This is a wonderful opportunity to take part in the performance of a much‐loved choral work.

We meet at St Margaret's Church in Corsley every Monday, starting at 7.45pm.

We are also holding an Open Evening on Monday 5th February from 7.30 ‐ 9.30pm when you can visit, sing along and maybe join us on future Monday evenings in preparation for our concert at St Margaret's Church on Sunday 13th May.

For more information about the choir, please contact me on 01373 832418.

Membership Coordinator
Jenny Rutty

Corsley Parish Council

Annual Parish Meeting

6.30pm, 5th March (date to be confirmed)
Corsley Reading Rooms

This is YOUR meeting!

This is the annual occasion when you have a chance to discuss the issues which you believe most affect the village.

The Parish Council is seeking suggestions for potential inputs to the agenda from the village, including input from outside bodies or individuals from whom you may wish to hear. We will be inviting our Wiltshire County Councillor, Fleur de Rhe Philipe.

Please pass any requests or ideas to your Parish Clerk, John Willcox by 31st January to
corsleypc_jdw@aol.co.uk, or phone 01373 832171.

All Parish Councils in England are required by law to hold an Annual Parish Meeting each year. The meeting allows the Council and local community organisations to explain what they have been doing over the last year and electors can have their say on anything which they consider is important to the people of the parish. Note that this is not a Parish Council meeting although it is chaired by the PC.

Even more homes in Corsley now able to receive superfast broadband!

Latest news

21st December
The cabinet on the A362 at the junction with Deep Lane has been installed and commissioned.

21st December
The cabinet at St Margaret's church is now live! Orders are now being taken by ISPs for houses within the following postcodes: BA12 7PB, BA12 7QE, BA12 7QQ. Check your property on the BT website.

For local updates visit Corsley Broadband Project
To check via Openreach, visit their website (use the search panel on the map of the UK) .

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

  • Chapmanslade Parish Council ‐ 7.30 pm, Chapmanslade Village Hall

  • Monday 8th

  • Corsley Festival Choir ‐ rehearsals resume! 7.30 pm, St Margaret's Church

  • Thursday 11th

  • Corsley WI ‐ 2.30pm, Corsley Reading Room ‐ 'A Bite Of Delight', celebration cakes by Mel Colbridge

  • Wednesday 17th

  • Corsley and Chapmanslade Churches PCC Meeting ‐ 7.30 pm, St Margaret's church

  • Thursday 18th

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

  • Cinema Corsley ‐ 'My Cousin Rachel' ‐ 7 for 7.30 pm start, Corsley Reading Room

  • Wednesday 24th

  • Lite Bites lunch ‐ 12.30 pm, Corsley Reading Room

  • Saturday 27th

  • Corsley and Chapmanslade Churches Church Strategy Meeting ‐ 10 am to 12 noon, Corsley Reading Room

  • Sunday 28th

  • Pub Quiz ‐ 6 pm, Cross Keys, Corsley

  • Wednesday 31st

  • Deadline for submissions of bids for Corsley Show Charitable Trust donations (see page 3 of the magazine)

  • Deadline for submissions of bids for Len White Trust Fund donations (see page 4 of the magazine)

  • Deadline for submissions of bids for Corsley Parish Council donations/grants (see page 43 of the magazine)

click here for more diary dates...

Rubbish and recycling collections

January 2018

█ Black box recycling
Saturday 6th and Thursday 18th
█ Black bin
Monday 8th and Friday 19th
█ Garden waste (chargeable)
Thursday 11th and Wednesday 24th/dd>
█ Blue bin
Tuesday 2nd, Saturday 13th and Friday 26th
Waste and recycling collections are changing summer 2018. Visit the Wiltshire Council website to sign up for email alerts.

Wiltshire Council Mobile Library

Fortnightly on Wednesdays
from 1.30 to 2.30 pm
at Chapmanslade School

17th January
31st January
14th February
28th February
14th March
28th March
11th April
25th April
9th May
23rd May
6th June
20th June

Please note that the Mobile Library
no longer stops in Corsley

A list of dates and times that the Mobile Library library stops at Residential Homes can be downloaded here.

Elizabethan Evening

The Illyria Outdoor Theatre Company are putting on ‘The Hound of the Baskervilles’, at Manor Farm, Corsley on the Saturday 4th August 2018. Please keep this date free and come and enjoy this well‐known play by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, featuring Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson. More details in the New Year...

John Helliar