Allington Church Investment
The outer doors with security glass to the porch at St John the Baptist’s Church in Allington have been likened to 1980s’ Community Centre doors or public toilets! Whatever you may think, what’s certain is that they do not do justice to this historic church. Working with church architect, Antony Feltham-King, the Friends of Friendless Churches have plans to design a new set of outer doors, beautiful and robust, carved from seasoned oak. Once the designs have been finalised, the sketch plans will be uploaded to this website, so do check back later in the summer.
The church itself is generally in very good condition. However, in the next 12 months, Friends of Friendless Churches will renew the parapet gutter to the tower roof. This gutter is made from zinc and is dressed into the stone crenellations of the parapet. In places, the zinc sheet is becoming loose and approaching the end of its serviceable life.
As ever, Friends of Friendless Churches do not receive any public funding in England – so any donation towards this tower repair, which will cost over £10,000, would be so gratefully received. To learn how to make a donation this project, please visit their website: friendsoffriendlesschurches.org.uk
Parish Council Appointments
At the Allington with Boscombe Parish Council Annual General Meeting on May 7th, Councillor Michael Brunton was appointed Parish Chairman for the 10th successive year. Councillor John Hill was re-appointed Vice Chairman and Councillor Pete Smith was appointed Flood Warden for another year. Jane Tier continues in her appointment as Parish Clerk.
In his Annual Statement, Councillor Brunton said: “The last 12 months have seen continued improvement and investment in the Parish. Our finances are in particular good order with £15,890 currently in the bank with R2 monies of £2984 just credited to our account from Wiltshire Council. We currently also have a VAT reclaim of £596 to come.
“Investment this financial year has included treatment of benches (9), bus shelters (3), painting of black/gold litter bins (8), refencing and new wood chipping for the Allington Playpark, a new comprehensive website and refurbishment of 4 village noticeboards. Earlier this year a winter tidy-up was completed to good effect with the support of a Community Day that was attended by over 20 residents.
“After 18 months of anticipation, the development of 17 market homes, seven affordable homes and our new Village Hall got underway this spring. The whole project is expected to take 18 months.
“The Parish Council is appreciative of the input from the Community Partnership that organises various social events. Last year’s Summer Wine and Cheese Festival, the Christmas event in the Allington playground and church and the recent Easter celebrations for adults and children were just some of the special occasions enjoyed by so many residents.
“The Community Partnership also administers and operates the Community Speed Watch programme in the Parish that has now been in operation for the last two years to good effect.
“As Chairman of the Parish Council I’d like to put on record my thanks to all Parish Councillors and members of the Community Partnership for their input, efforts and support over the last 12 months.”
The sunshine over Easter weekend ensured that St John the Baptist church in Allington was a hive of activity despite being closed for many years. Following a Thursday evening spring clean by the ladies of the Community Partnership, the church was open on Friday to warmly welcome those on the Good Friday walk as they visited all the churches in the Bourne Valley.
On Easter Saturday the church was open between 2-4pm and had been decorated with over 100 animals – including Pigs, Sheep, Chickens and Rabbits. Some 25 children visited what looked more like a farm yard and had to count the different varieties of animals and were rewarded with a chocolate Easter Rabbit for their efforts.
Meanwhile, some 60 adults took afternoon tea, hot cross buns, cheese straws and doughnuts on the church entrance lawn. The afternoon teas raised £123 for village funds.
Allington and Boscombe Easter Celebrations
The Allington and Boscombe Community Partnership invite all residents to enjoy a quiet moment of Easter Reflection at St John the Baptist Church, Allington, anytime on Saturday 20th April between 2 – 4pm. The church will be decorated for Easter and afternoon tea, coffee and hot cross buns will be available.
Children, Grandchildren and their friends will be particularly welcome to take part in our Easter Competition to see how many rabbits, sheep and chickens they can see among the Easter decorations inside the church – plus each child will then receive an Easter chocolate rabbit with the compliments of the Community Partnership. Make an afternoon of this special event – meet up with other residents and enjoy afternoon tea with entertainment for the children.
Play Park Investment
At the Allington with Boscombe Parish Council meeting of Tuesday 5th February, the Parish Council agreed funds to upgrade the Allington Play Park at the bottom of Wyndham Lane. Following the 2018 Annual Safety Inspection Report, it was agreed that the Play Park fencing should be replaced, several low risk safety issues should be addressed and additional wood chip provided in the swings and slide area. The work will commence in early March so that this much enjoyed play area is in tiptop condition from the spring onward.
Bourne Valley Link Scheme
Our volunteers provide driving and neighbourly services to those in need in the Bourne Valley parishes from Cholderton through to Hurdcott. We help with transport and social needs such as providing a lift for appointments at hospitals, GPs, dental surgeries, hairdressers and shopping.
Can you spare an occasional hour or two to help members of our community who are always grateful for help and support? We are always in need of volunteer drivers. If you would like to join our wonderful team of volunteers, then please call our Recruitment Officer Ruth Miles on 01980 629792 or the Link co-ordinator on 01980 611117 for information. There are a variety of tasks and you can choose how much time you are able to give to this valuable service.
The scheme is a registered charity. Volunteers receive expenses and users are asked to make a donation in a sealed envelope (according to their means).
Allington Project Progress
Several weeks ago, two Councillors from Allington with Boscombe Parish Council had the opportunity to meet with Edward Key of Annington Homes to see at firsthand how the development of new homes and our Village Hall alongside the A338 was progressing. The project started immediately after the Easter break and should be complete by the autumn of 2020. The site has been cleared, the bases for the planned roads are in place and the foundations for several houses across the south of the site have been completed.
The next stage of the development will see the building of the 7 affordable homes, followed by the new Village Hall before completing the remaining four and five bedroom open market homes.
Summer Fayre Date
Community Partnership plans are now well underway for the Allington and Boscombe Summer Fayre. To be held in the garden of The Old Rectory in Allington on Saturday, 10th August (2-5pm), there will certainly be plenty to do. Besides traditional stalls and games, other attractions will include a couple of short Bingo sessions, a kiddies’ games section and afternoon teas. Entry fee is £1 and there is extensive car parking – so please put the date in your diary!
Armed Forces Weekend
Residents should note that the Armed Forces weekend is scheduled to be held on 28th-30th June 2019. The national event, which is being held in Salisbury, honours and celebrates the Armed Forces, as well as veterans, and says thank you for all they do to protect us and keep our country safe.
Armed Forces Day is traditionally marked across the UK on the last Saturday in June. This year the event is being extended to three days and held on Hudson’s Field with a military parade in the city centre on the Saturday morning.
The Parish of Allington with Boscombe will hold its Annual General Meeting and election of Chairman and Vice Chairman for 2019/20 at Boscombe Social Club on May 7th at 7pm. The AGM will be followed at 7.30pm by the regular monthly Parish Council meeting. The agenda will be posted on the village noticeboards prior to the meeting and all residents are welcome.
Late in March, 18 residents of Allington and Boscombe joined the Daily Mail’s Keep Britain Tidy campaign and undertook a Parish wide tidy-up.
Litter picking, strimming, path sweeping, weeding and planting in public areas was undertaken over a two hour period before retiring for refreshments at The Old Rectory on one of the warmest days of Spring.
Bus Pass Information
Those residents that qualify for an older person’s standard Wiltshire concessionary bus pass should note that not all bus passes will be renewed automatically. This is because there are approximately 20,000 passes in circulation in Wiltshire that have not been scanned on a bus prior to renewal, indicating that the pass has not been used. In these cases, the passes will not be automatically renewed. If your pass is not automatically renewed, but you would still like to receive one to use in future, please contact Wiltshire Council on 0300 456 0100 and they will arrange for your new pass to be issued.
Remembrance Day Service
This year’s Remembrance Service was held on Sunday 11th November at St. Andrews church in Boscombe. Remembering the 100th Anniversary of the end of World War 1, the turnout by residents was exceptional – even with extra chairs there was standing room only for the Armistice Centenary.
The Community Partnership helped ensure that the Act of Remembrance this year had special signficance. A marquee in the churchyard displayed a wide range of WW1 memorabilia that included photographs, posters, cap badges, medals, trench art, uniform, gas masks and books from the period. Special thanks go to George and Sally Hill of Allington that had collected and put together the display. It certainly made the day more poignant.
Speedwatch Brings Results
We all know that speeding traffic on the A338 through Allington and Boscombe is some of the worst in Wiltshire. The Community Partnership, supported by the Parish Council, implemented Community Speedwatch (CSW) in May last year and continues to operate every two weeks. Cholderton and Porton have now joined CSW and so traffic on the A338 through the Bourne Valley is aggressively monitored – residents please note!
Results and statistics from the Police over the last six months have shown a reducing number of those speeding and a drop in average speeds – though there are always exceptions! There are 10 residents on the current CSW team but we could always do with more assistance. If you would like to assist by joining the team and can offer help on some of our fortnightly 45 minute sessions, then please contact Mike Brunton (01980 610600) or David Stanford (01980 610393) for more details.
Queen’s Birthday Honours
Michael Brunton, an Allington resident, was awarded a British Empire Medal in Her Majesty The Queen’s Birthday 2019 Honour List for community services to the villages of Allington and Boscombe.
“I have been privileged to be the Allington with Boscombe Parish Chairman for the last 10 years, supported by a great team of enthusiastic Councillors,” said Brunton. “In turn, the Parish Council is supported by a strong Residents Community Partnership that overseas village fundraising, helps look after the local environment and organises our many village social events. I’d like to think this award is recognition for all the residents that help ensure Allington and Boscombe is one of the most attractive and engaging parishes in the Bourne Valley.”
2019 Festival of Flowers
Residents may wish to note that our neighbours in Newton Toney are organising their 7th Biennial Festival of Flowers at St Andrews Church on Friday 21st-Sunday 23rd June (11am-5pm each day). The theme is ‘The Best of British – a Celebration of British Icons and Traditions’. Alongside this event, Allington Artists will stage their annual exhibition in the Memorial Hall.
The National Garden Scheme (NGS) sees gardens opened for Charity. Those residents who missed the Open Day at ‘Cottage in the Trees’ in Boscombe on Sunday 28th April missed a great event – but don’t miss Karen and Richard Robertson’s next Open Day on Sunday 26th May (1.30-5.00pm). Adult entry fee is £3.50 (children free entry).
On Sunday 9th June, the gardens of ‘Cottage in the Trees’ and those of The Old Rectory, Boscombe (Helen and Peter Sheridan) are open in a combined NGS event (1.30-5.00pm). The combined entry price for the two gardens is £6 (children free). Dogs are welcome, teas and plants for sale will be available.
Building has Started
The Annington Homes development of four and five bedroom homes, affordable homes and our new Village Hall situated between Allington and Boscombe is now well underway. Initial work will include groundworks, site entrance and roads, followed by drainage and services before building begins. The completed project is expected to take some 18 months.
The Community Partnership has been hard at work designing the Village Hall Kitchen facilities, restrooms, the hall interior and storage areas. In the coming weeks we will be expanding our village website to show pictures of progress and the finalised interior facilities.
Free Park and Ride
Residents may like to note that Salisbury City’s five Park and Ride Services are to remain free indefinitely. This news comes as all but one of the City’s car parks will now end their ‘free after three’ schemes. Authorities confirm that such initiatives that followed last year’s nerve agent attack has significantly helped improve footfall in the City. The positive impact of free ‘Park and Rides’ reduces pollution and congestion while allowing easy access to the City.
The Mobile Library has long been a keenly supported service, particularly among older residents living in Allington and Boscombe. It stops fortnightly on Fridays at the lay-by outside the entrance to Bourne View between 10.45 – 11.00am. Dates in the coming months include: March 22nd, April 5th (no visit on Good Friday), May 3rd, May 17th, May 31st, June 14th, June 28th, July 12th and July 26th.
Staying Safe Online
The Wiltshire Bobby Van Trust is a charity which works in partnership with Wiltshire Police providing an invaluable home security service for the community. This service is offered free of charge for those who are over 60, anyone who is 18+ and registered disabled. After 19 years of supporting the elderly and vulnerable in Wiltshire, this year the Trust has launched a new Stay Safe Online initiative. Through raising the awareness of computer fraud and what to do if you have concerns over your online safety, the Trust aims to reduce the risk of this type of crime.
The Bobby Van Stay Safe Online team of volunteers know only too well that most of us rely on the internet, to one degree or another, to communicate, manager our finances and to obtain products and services. Therefore the aim of the dedicated team of Stay Safe Online volunteers is to provide the community with the following: Improved Digital/Cyber security awareness; Cyber and Scam prevention advice; Signposting to future advice and resources; Providing support and reassurance; Offering basic practical skills to enable you to check and understand privacy settings.
Those who are eligible can refer themselves for a visit from one of the team of Stay Safe Online volunteers. If you would like to arrange a Stay Safe Online one-to-one appointment please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
or call 01380 861191. For more information about The Wiltshire Bobby Van Trust visit: www.wiltshirebobbyvan.org.uk.
Wine & Cheese Festival, Great Result
Enjoyed by 180 residents and friends was the Village Wine and Cheese Festival, held at The Old Rectory, Allington on Saturday, 21stJuly. Nine cheeses from the UK, France and Italy were available for tasting – all supplied by Simon Richardson of Tisbury Deli. Simon was brought up in Allington and is the son of the late David Richardson who lived on Tidworth Road.
Red, White and Rosé wines were available together with Pimms, Lager and soft drinks to accompany the cheese tasting. Other activities on site during the evening included a Nearly New stall, Tombola, Kiddies Corner, Win A Bottle, Bowling and a Burger Bar.
Highlight of the evening was the Summer Raffle draw. With a selection of 12 great prizes, the winners were: 1st– Dan Brunton (who donated the £150 cash prize back to Village Funds), 2nd– Mrs Bament, 3rd– Lucinda (c/o Charlotte Rowe), 4th– Mr Dipesh, 5th– Mr Adcock, 6th– Mrs Buck, 7th– Mrs Wylde, 8th– Ms Stanford, 9th– Mr Gray, 10th– Mr Everett, 11th– Mrs Francis and 12th– Mr Carter. All prizes have now been collected. The event concluded at 8.30pm and after all expenses raised £1650 for Village Funds.
Allington with Boscombe Parish Council
Mrs Jane Tier
Clerk to Allington with Boscombe Parish Council
40 Firs Road, Firsdown
Salisbury, Wiltshire SP5 1SL