• 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.

HRH Prince Phillip, The Duke of Edinburgh

Book of Condolence

You are invited to share your thoughts and memories of His Royal Highness Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh in this special online book of condolence.

Photograph of HRH Prince Philip, Duke of EdinburghYou can use this book of condolence to write down your memories of His Royal Highness Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh so we can collectively share in this important time of reflection and mourning.

Please send us a message and if you have a picture you also want to share of His Royal Highness Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh via the online form.

Tributes will be shared and you can send your messages at any time until the online book is closed the day after the funeral.

The link to the Wiltshire Council Book of Condolence book can be found here

In due course the messages shared here will be printed out and bound into a book and sent to the Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre for the archives.

Road Closure

Whitbourne Springs
Friday 16th April, 7pm to 6am (Saturday)

Temporary Closure of: Whitbourne Springs, Corsley; from its junction with A362 to its junction with Longhedge.

The closure and diversion route will be clearly indicated by traffic signs. Access will be maintained for residents and businesses where possible, although delays are likely due to the nature of the works.

For further information please contact:
Helen Pickett 01225 713376 (Wiltshire Council)
Sustainable Transport Group
County Hall, Bythesea Road
Trowbridge BA14 8JN

Corsley Parish Council

February Brief

There was one meeting in January, effectively with a single item agenda to formulate the PC's feedback comments on the next phase of the Bay Tree social housing developments. One or two routine items were also covered and the meeting was attended by five members of the public.

The PC met afterwards as the Trustees of the Len White fund and a resulting notice is posted elsewhere in this edition of the Bridge.

Planning Applications update
20/08722/VAR — Longleat
Installation of external temporary canopies for 2020/21 seasons to facilitate social distancing. Approved with conditions.

20/08733/FUL — Batsford Timber Ltd
Extension to retail building. Approved with conditions

Baytree Close Development
There was a fairly full update on this project in the January online brief and a record of the major aspects of the December discussion included. The January discussion centred on the inclusion of an outline planning application for a potential new village hall (VH) site. However, it should be noted that no formal requirement for a VH yet exists and future plans for dealing with the material condition of the Reading Room (RR) are under consideration; new-build being just one of the options.

Two options of the layouts that the Wiltshire Council is now proposing to form the basis of their planning application were tabled. Only one option now includes a possible VH site, located on the west of the site adjacent to the A362, with the dwellings on the east of the new access road off the A362, adjacent to Red Cottages; the other places the houses congregated on the west side of the access road. Both options have the development along the south side of the site. The total number of houses proposed is eight, not five as reported in January. (It should be noted that the PC has been asked not to publish the layouts at this stage, as they remain provisional).

Since the December discussions, Hugh Deed, Chair of the RR Trustees, had met with the Trustees and he presented the conclusions of their discussions in relation to the inclusion of a potential new VH site. He outlined the challenges faced by the RR going forward; the decaying fabric of the building and the consequent increasing maintenance costs, the lack of parking, the need to upgrade the facilities, replacement of the main hall floor, to mention but a few. The Trustees would support the option Wiltshire Council proposed, but would also wish to assess the original suggestion for a location in the north east corner of the site . They also had a number of general reservations about any Bay Tree option. In summary, these were:

1. Costs
There was a minimum amount of land which is believed is required for a suitable new VH, including parking and outside ‘green space’ activities and/or overflow parking for larger events. To make any informed decision it is essential to understand what size of land could be offered and at what cost. There are also uncertainties about any potential bill for planning fees and extension to the access road for the north east option.

2. Space requirements
It is important to understand what other green space in the Bay Tree development will remain for all time. There needs to be outside green space as for outdoor activities or overflow parking. The 20 car parking spaces proposed is inadequate in the view of the RR Trustees. The spread out nature of the village into its eleven hamlets means that, along with the age profile of many villagers, using a car to get to a VH is essential for many in the parish.

3. Constraints
Would Wiltshire Council impose any constraints on the VH site as part of the transfer of land? For example, style of building and materials, prohibiting fencing which could be required, for example, to safely run classes for children there or needing to make the site secure for other reasons.

The PC view was that to support the development without an outline VH would risk that option being lost forever. Conversely, if the application as it stands is supported, and subsequently approved, then the planning authority effectively has given tacit support for a VH to be included within this type of development which could be used advantageously if an alternative proposal were to come forward. There was a reluctance to ‘walk away’ from the proposal, even if it was not ideal in many ways. Approval of the proposal does not commit the PC; the application will come before the PC when it is formally submitted and there will be an opportunity to consider it by which time the issues raised will have hopefully been dealt with.

The PC unanimously agreed to support the inclusion of a potential VH site in the application subject to satisfactory answers being given to the questions summarised above after which a final decisions will be taken. A full response to Wiltshire Council has now been despached, the text of which is on the Bridge web site.

Wild Flower Meadow
A very full report on progress with the Old School Playing Field wild flower meadow had been received.

Solar Farm
The PC have written to Wessex Solar Energy advising that we will be asking Mendip DC to be included as a consultee when/if a formal application is made.

Dates of scheduled meetings
All meetings begin at 7.30pm, as currently planned.

Annual Parish Meeting                   March 2021 (date TBA)
Annual Parish Council Meeting      10th May, (election of Chair/Vice Chair)
Quarterly Meeting                           7th June
Quarterly Meeting                           6th September
Quarterly Meeting                           6th December

Neil Britten
Chairman, Corsley Parish Council
01373 832515 or 07810 764714

Proposed Lodge Hill Solar Park

Wessex Solar Energy have writen to all residents in the vicinity of the site to inform you of proposals for a solar energy park on land a little to the south of Adams Hill Farm.

No planning application has yet been lodged for the project and, in more normal times, they would hold a public drop‐in session to allow residents to talk through the project proposals with them.

Sadly, coronavirus restrictions make that challenging. They have therefore done their best to present information in the leaflet to help inform residents about key aspects of the project.

A stamped addressed envelope/feedback form have been provided for any questions or comments to be made, or, you can contact them by email (full details are in the leaflet).

Corsley Parish Council

Notice of vacancy in Office of Councillor for the Parish of Corsley

Notice is hereby given that due to the resignation of John Fairgrieve, a vacancy has arisen in the Office of Councillor for the Parish Council.

In accordance with Section 89(3) of the Local Government Act 1972, where the vacancy occurs within six months before the day on which the councillor whose office is vacant would regularly have retired, an election shall not be held under Section 89(1) of the above Act, and the vacancy will be filled at the next ordinary election of councillors on Thursday 6 May 2021.

The Council may choose to fill the vacancy by co‐option for the period until that election.

Forfurther information, please contact the parish clerk.
Mr John Willcox
Parish Clerk
Little Orchard
Court Lane
BA12 7PA

Terence Herbert
Returning Officer
Electoral Services, Wiltshire Council
County Hall, Bythesea Road
Trowbridge, BA14 8JN

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

April 2021

█ Black box recycling (glass)
Wednesday 7th and 21st
█ Mixed dry recycling (blue)
Wednesday 7th and 21st
█ Black bin
Monday 9th and 23rd
█ Garden waste (green)
Wednesday 14th and 28th
Visit Wiltshire Council for more information on what you can now recycle in your blue-lidded bin.

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