• 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.

Road Closure

25th May to 2nd June, 7pm to 6am

Temporary Closure of: A362 from its junction with Corsley Heath to its junction with Friggle Street. To enable Wiltshire Council to carry out carriageway resurfacing, road marking and adjustment of ironworks.

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:
Jon Moss (Atkins) 01225 730360
Sustainable Transport Group
County Hall, Bythesea Road
Trowbridge BA14 8JN

Corsley Reading Room

The future of the Reading Room — your chance to express your views

Prior to the pandemic there was a public meeting at which the Reading Room trustees told those present about the options facing them:
(a) Care and maintenance
(b) try and raise large sums to renovate the RR over the coming years
(c) invite the village to consider building a new hall.

To help with the process we now feel that it is appropriate to invite the village to complete a new survey about their interest, or not, in having the Reading Room/village hall and what use they would make of it.

We would appreciate everyone answering as many questions as they feel able to comment on to ensure we get the widest view. There is also an option to indicate that you would like to get more involved and volunteer your professional skills to support the village hall project, whatever form it may take.

Please complete the online survey by 15th May at latest if you can, so we can hopefully report summary results in the June edition of The Bridge.

You can find the survery here.

It is worth reminding people that if grants are to be obtained, even to do limited refurbishment to the Reading Room, we will need to demonstrate that the village community is behind the project. This survey could help provide that evidence. A working party/group has been established to look at the possibilities for a new hall and how best to keep the village informed and consulted, this survey will help inform that group as well. It is very much hoped to be able to hold a face‐to‐face public meeting in July, and it is probable that a further survey will follow that meeting.

Hugh Deed
Chairman of Management Committee

Corsley Parish Council

May Brief

This is the last brief on the activities of the current Parish Council (PC), who will be succeeded on 10th May by the new team. Four of the present Councillors will be retiring — myself, Judith Helliar, Simon Jasper and Gill Parkinson — and there are seven nominations for the new PC, including three newcomers. As there are nine seats, there will thus be no election and, assuming no last minute withdrawals, all seven will be deemed to have been elected. The Annual Parish Council Meeting will take place on the 10th May at which new Chair and Vice Chair will be elected. It is anticipated that the two vacancies can be filled by co-option.

In the meantime, April was a busy month with two occasional meetings on the 6th and 26th April (at the time of writing, the latter hasn't yet taken place, but has been scheduled to wrap up any outstanding issues before the new PC takes office). This brief concentrates on the 6th April meeting, which, as usual, was convened primarily to deal with two planning applications and updates on other current issues.

Planning Applications
21/02027/FUL – Rose Cottage, Lyes Green. Proposed subdivision of dwelling into two dwellings, extensions and associated works
The proposal is for development of the building into two adjoining three bedroom dwellings, by construction of two rearward gables. The frontage and existing structure of the Cottage will remain substantially unchanged with shared parking and access for both dwellings to the south west side of the Cottage, as now. The Cottage had, in the past, been two dwellings and is not presently habitable without significant development.

Discussion largely centred on the safety and highway issues relating to entry and egress from the site because of the narrowness of the road and the poor visibility to the north. The PC agreed No Objection to this application, but registered significant concerns about the road safety issues. The proposal must be ‘signed off’ by Highways with conditions applied to ensure that the access is made as safe as possible.

21/02057/FUL – Corsley House. Provision of timber fence on southern boundary for sound reduction purposes with landscape screening.
This application is for a 2 metre high wooden fence, from a point just north of the Deep Lane/A362 junction, along the southern boundary of the estate following the line of the A362 and then north for a short distance along the eastern boundary. The purpose of the fence is to reduce transmission of A362 traffic noise to the house and is intended to achieve much the same as the previously planned bund, rejected on appeal in 2020. The fence will be substantially hidden from view by existing trees and hedges augmented by additional planting.

The PC Council agreed No Objection to this application and to remind the Planning Authority of the comments made when the application for the earth bund was put in, namely: ‘that no residential properties should be affected by any increased noise resulting from the presence of the fence because of the potential for noise reflection south across the A362. To this end the PC's ‘no objection’ is conditional on the presentation, before the fence is constructed, of a comparison between existing noise levels along the proposed fence and predictions, based on a credible modelling exercise, of the post fence situation, particularly the extent to which properties on the south of the A362 will be affected.’

Replacement of the Heath Bus Stop Shelter
The PC has budgetary provision up to approximately £6k for the replacement. Neil Carpenter had prepared provisional costings and sketch plans for a replacement shelter and this was considered against alternative off‐the‐shelf options The PC consensus was that the shelter should be in keeping with the Village setting, ie stone and timber construction with a pitched tile roof and tasked Neil to work with John WHITE and Gill PARKINSON to develop a fully costed proposal for approval.

Annual Parish Meeting
Under the current CV 19 restrictions, the rules for Annual Parish Meetings (APM) remain somewhat opaque. Nominally the meeting should take place between the 1st March and 1st June each year. However, some guidance suggests that the deadline is 30th June and some that a village assembly could take place at any point in the year and could replace an APM if other circumstances make it impossible to stage an effective meeting by the deadline.

An on-line APM could legally take place up until 7th May, but would be impractical to manage, unlikely a attract a wide audience and thus unsatisfactory, particularly noting also the two key current village issues. The Reading Room future and the proposed Hares development on the show field, are both likely to stimulate serious and wide interest and an face to face APM is the ideal forum from which the PC can gauge village feelings on both these issues. If the APM is to be held face to face, then, of necessity, it could only take place when a suitable venue is available, ie one which can seat sufficient numbers. The Reading Room could be fully available after 21st June (50% capacity 17th May to 21st June), although the published availability is 1st July. St Margaret's is another potential venue, but its availability has yet to be confirmed.

It was concluded that a final decision on the APM date should therefore be delayed until the new PC is in place, when there should be more clarity of the issues at stake.

This my 88th and last Bridge brief. I made the mistake this morning of looking back over the first two or three years worth and then realised that an hour or so had gone by when I should have been concocting this one! What became clear, however, was the enduring nature of PC business, the breadth of issues faced and, most importantly, the ongoing commitment and engagement of the current team. They have turned out at all times of the year, in fair weather and foul, often at short notice and put up with meetings which have, at times, been long and challenging. To all of them, and our long‐suffering Parish Clerk, John Willcox, I must record my most sincere thanks for their contribution to the village over the last 12 years.

I would also like to express my appreciation of village engagement in the various public meetings that have taken place over the years and the positive and enlightening input to some of the knottier issues which have popped up. The attendance at Annual Parish Meetings has always been very gratifying and I noted in one of the back issues that we had 80 people at one of the early the APMs where the possibility of developing a Neighbourhood plan was vigorously debated (and rejected).

My thanks to one and all and I wish all success to the new team.

Dates of scheduled meetings
All meetings begin at 7.30pm, by Zoom until further notice.

Annual Parish Meeting                   date to be confirmed)
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).

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

May 2021

█ Black box recycling (glass)
Wednesday 5th and 19th
█ Mixed dry recycling (blue)
Wednesday 5th and 19th
█ Black bin
Monday 7th and 21st
█ Garden waste (green)
Wednesday 12th and 26th
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 5th May
Wednesday 19th May
Wednesday 2nd June
Wednesday 16th June
Wednesday 30th June
Wednesday 14th July
Wednesday 28th July
Wednesday 11th August
Wednesday 25th August
Wednesday 8th September
Wednesday 22nd September
Wednesday 6th October
Wednesday 20th October

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