• 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

October Brief

The PC met on 4th October with a full complement of councillors and six members of the public. The Vice Chair, Neil Carpenter, chaired the meeting and regretfully confirmed what had previously been reported to councillors; that the previous Chairman, Mike Butler, had resigned as Chair and also as a Parish Councillor. The Parish Council agreed that at their next scheduled meeting, in December, they should elect a new Chair and, that in the interim, the procedures for the filling of the vacancy should be confirmed.

David Ball reported that he had met with Councillors from Chapmanslade and Maiden Bradley and members of the Maiden Bradley Weightwatchers Group (lorry weight, not body weight!) to discuss the joint concerns about the HGV traffic that the villages suffer from. This group have penned a joint letter to Wiltshire Council asking for a meeting, which our MP, Andrew Murrison, has agreed to chair to discuss a positive way forward.

Two planning matters were discussed:
The first being the formal planning application that had been received for the further development of the Bay Tree Close site. Those that attended the Annual Parish Meeting will remember that the Wiltshire Council Project Manager for this development had given a presentation on the proposals. Following considerable discussion, which included input from the members of the public who attended the meeting, the Parish Council agreed that they would have no objection to the application providing that:
  • The new housing is made available to those in the village and with connections to the village (family, work, etc.) as a priority
  • The opportunity is taken, now that land is not required for a village hall, to provide a better layout of the development and to ensure that any possible future development of the remainder of the site is accommodated in the best way, i.e. the development is not a computer generated design, along a perfectly straight road, that leaves difficult corners of the site unusable in the future
  • As little as possible of the existing hedge fronting the A362 which provides biodiversity, noise abatement and pollution reduction, is removed. This would preferably be achieved by securing a 30mph speed limit through the village in that location, so that a smaller visibility splay is required. Replacement hedge planting along the A362 should also be of more mature and substantial vegetation to recreate privacy and reduce noise to new and existing residents as quickly as possible
  • The access creates capacity for the possible future development of the site, but is not designed to provide vehicular access to additional land
  • Foul water and surface water are dealt with in a sustainable manner that creates capacity for the possible future development of the site and reduces the amount of land required for these services, considering taking surface water off site and an attenuation pond if needed
  • The possible privacy and overlooking of existing dwellings is considered by planning officers using established principles
  • Additional sustainable measures are accommodated in the design such as charging points for cars, or at least the required cabling
  • No street lights are included in the development.
The second planning matter related to a request from Wiltshire Council for a pre‐application consultation on land north of the Red Cottages, Corsley Heath (Councillor Oliver Hares left the room whilst this matter was discussed). The Parish Council declined to make a detailed response to the pre-application request, but instead made the following points:
  • The invitation to comment on the pre‐application appears to be based on the erroneous assumption that the PC in some way has an interest in the village hall. Beyond being the Custodian Trustee in Charity Law of Corsley Reading Room (the village hall) the Parish Council, whilst obviously being interested in the future of the village hall, do not have an ‘interest’ in it. It is a registered Charity managed by a body of trustees separate from, and independent to the Parish Council
  • A recent (2020) survey in the village has shown that there is little support for anything other than a redevelopment of the current Reading Room on its existing site. In other words, there is no desire in the village for the village hall to move to the area detailed in the pre-application
  • The PC has an interest in any potential development in the village and would welcome being in a situation where a formal application is received; the community could then be consulted, the PC can debate in a public forum and appropriate thoughts and comments can then be advised.
A report on the state of the kissing gates and stiles was given. It was agreed that Alice Helliar should complete the survey of gates and footpaths. Provision will be made in the next budgetary cycle for a programme of repairs and maintenance.

Other matters
Councillor Mitchell gave a preliminary report on the issue of horses and road safety. It was agreed that she should continue her research and a further report will be made at a later meeting.

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

Quarterly Meeting      Monday 6th December

John Willcox
Parish Clerk
01373 832171

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MyWilts online reporting

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Diary Dates

  • Tuesday 2nd

  • FREE Coffee Morning — from 10 am, Corsley Reading Room

  • Wednesday 3rd

  • Wiltshire Mobile Library — 1.45 pm to 2.30 pm, Chapmanslade School

  • Thursday 4th

  • Corsley Show public meeting — come along and share your great ideas! 7.30 pm, Corsley Reading Room

  • Tuesday 9th

  • Corsley War Memorial Playing Field Committee AGM — 7 pm, Cross Keys (back room)

  • Corsley Cricket Club AGM — 7.30 pm, Cross Keys (back room)

  • Wednesday 10th

  • Corsley Reading Room AGM — 7.30 pm

  • Thursday 11th

  • Armistice Day

  • Warminster Area Board meeting — 7 pm, Civic Centre, Warminster

  • Corsley WI - ‘An invitation to meet the Pope’ — 7.30 pm, Corsley Reading Room

  • Chapmanslade Parish Council meeting — 7.30 pm, Chapmanslade Village Hall

  • Sunday 14th

  • Remembrance Sunday

  • Wednesday 17th

  • Wiltshire Mobile Library — 1.45 pm to 2.30 pm, Chapmanslade School

  • Thursday 18th

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

  • Wednesday 24th

  • Light Bites Lunches — 12.30 pm to 2 pm, Corsley Reading Room

  • Saturday 20th

  • Christmas Fair — 10 am to 3 pm, Corsley Reading Room

  • Saturday 27th

  • Christmas Coffee Morning — 10.30 am to 12 noon, St Margaret's Church

  • Sunday 28th

  • Chapmanslade Chicken Chasers Walk — 10.30 am at the Three Horseshoes, Chapmanslade

  • Rubbish and recycling collections

    November 2021

    █ Black box recycling (glass)
    Wednesday 3rd and 17th
    █ Mixed dry recycling (blue)
    Wednesday 3rd and 17th
    █ Black bin
    Monday 5th and 19th
    █ Garden waste (green)
    Wednesday 10th and 24th
    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 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