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How Ansty village life was shaped by the Covid-19 Crisis – the story so far through the first year (2020). (posted 08-01-2021)

Recall how the coronavirus pandemic unfolded from the New Year onwards and affected billions of people world-wide. Ansty village was no exception as it went into ‘lockdown’ in mid March with more lockdowns and restrictions ever since. No-one ever imagined how life would change so comprehensively over such a short timescale.  Click on the image to see how we coped in Ansty and the local area.  This year’s archive document will be updated as this year unfolds. 

New! Covid-19  APRIL UPDATE : LATEST ADVICE and other News.   (updated 13-04-2021)

The latest Covid-19 statistics for Wiltshire has decreased slightly with just 84 cases over the last 7 days, whilst the rate of cases per 100k has dropped from 21 last week to 16.8 this week – below the national average of 28.1 for England but also suggesting a levelling off.  Click on the image for all the latest information. There are other items too: including the advice for cautious behaviour as we ease our way out of lockdown; advice re community testing and collection sites for people who are symptom free; guidance on Covid measures as from April 12th and local elections updates.

We have also attempted to summarise the best information we have on our Covid-19 section on our ‘Community Links Page’. 

New! Wiltshire Creative Connects… Theatre, Dance, Music, Comedy and Live Screenings are back! (updated 22-04-2021)

As we enter the penultimate phase towards the lifting of restrictions to take us out of the third covid-19 ‘lockdown’, Wiltshire Creative (based in Salisbury) continue looking ahead with their own ‘roadmap to recovery’. The vibrant team continue to work behind the scenes organising and ‘scheduling’ online now as well as a whole host of items for the future, now being helped by the government’s ‘Culture Recovery Fund’.   They are able to offer cultural items to the City and the County and there are many things to look forward to!  Click here for the latest information – this time it is about looking forward to the return of open air theatre in Salisbury, this June. Like the rest of us they have had to contend with a lot too! Click on the logo for other general details on their website. It is truly amazing!

New! José Green stands down after over 25 years of representing Ansty parish at district level. (posted 21-04-2021)

Serving your local community as a councillor can often appear to be a rather thankless task. Take José Green for example. She has tirelessly represented our parish and 14 others in the Fovant and Chalke Valley ward for over 25 years and was our main link to the top tier at Wiltshire. José stands down from her role on May 5th 2021. Click on the image for José Green’s recollections and our sincere vote of thanks and appreciation for all those years of service.

Jean Law (posted 21-04-2021)

It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Jean Law of Maypole Cottage, Ansty.  She was in her 90s. The wonderfully inimitable Jean suffered from declining health for some time and had not been able to get about. We offer our sincere condolences to her immediate family.

Local Elections 2021  (posted 19-04-2021)

Read the latest items from WILTSHIRE COUNCIL – including important deadline dates for the 2021 local elections.



Read the latest free issue of The New Blackmore Vale Magazine! (posted 16-04-2021)

The fantastic free online version the New Blackmore Vale Magazine has all the ingredients that we have come to expect from the paper copy we used to pick up and still can once we are all ‘up and about’ again! Issue 15 has 96 pages packed with ‘up to the minute’ great stories, news items and other interesting material.  Click on the left hand image for a great read! (Don’t forget to click on the ‘full screen’ square bottom right hand corner!). You can zoom into the pages even more if you so wish!


Ansty PYO & Farm Shop continues to support you as the next phase of lockdown unfolds  (posted 13-04-2021)

Now we have all been moved into the next stage of the easing of Covid restrictions, customers are advised to check out the delicious stock that is available in the shop!  You will be delighted to know Ansty PYO are now able to offer seated tea, coffee and food outdoors once more – but with the ‘rule of 6’ gatherings still in place. Sample their superb flapjacks with a tea or coffee on the picnic benches outside!  The shop premises continue to be as ‘Covid-secure’ as they can possibly be. Click on the shop image to visit their website home page for the modes of shopping on offer.

Click here to find out more about what’s on offer this month.

All Change for the Fovant and Chalke Valley Division on May 6th. (posted 10-04-2021)

As many of you know, Jose Green is stepping down as our long serving Wiltshire Council representative for the Fovant and Chalke Valley division and we in Ansty Parish thank her profusely for her many years of sterling work on our behalf.  There are three candidates standing for election to this important office on May 6th 2021 and they are: Richard Lewis Ecclestone (Green Party); Nabil Habib Najjar (Conservative) and James Campbell Robertson (Liberal Democrats). Although there will be no Ansty Parish Council election we still have to vote for someone to represent the Fovant and Chalke Valley Division at Wiltshire Council and thus our interests too.

Let us hope whoever wins the vote on May 6th will be able to match the efforts put in by Jose Green. The polling station will be located at Ansty PYO & farm shop premises, as usual. See you there!

No Parish Council Election for Ansty on May 6th (posted 10-04-2021)

The confirmation statement of candidates nominated to stand for election for the 5 seats on Ansty Parish Council has been released on the Wiltshire Council Website. We have four nominations and no other entries.  Accordingly, there will not be a parish council election in Ansty on May 6th. Click here for more details

Local installation arouses much curiosity! (updated 07-04-2021)

A new installation that has recently appeared on what we all know as ‘Aileen’s paddock’ has certainly aroused some local curiosity. Some thought it was a kind of bird box, perhaps to attract owls. Others thought it might be a squirrels’ hideout.  A few suggested even more fanciful ideas: it was a piece of modern ‘sculpture’ or even something to ward off aliens from outer space. Most agreed that whatever it was it was extremely well made out of natural materials. But what exactly is it? Click on the image to find out more!

It looks like a green light for the Improvement of ‘Broadband’ in Ansty – the latest important update… (updated 07-04-2021)

As some of us know only too well, the ‘broadband service’ in Ansty varies from fantastic for a few to mostly frustratingly poor for the rest!

Back into last year Tim Martin, chairman of Ansty Parish Council endeavoured to plough through the various government schemes in order to try and take advantage of the Fibre Broadband already installed in Ansty – but not readily available to most residents in the parish. This meant a degree of collective self-help and 16 households eventually expressed an interest into entering a contract with broadband provider. Eventually Wessex Internet took up the challenge and the latest news is that Wessex Internet has now requested 16 x Rural Gigabit Vouchers in Ansty (with 3 further registrations of interest to follow up.) The Planning Manager at Wessex Internet is currently pencilling in a work schedule for the fibre installation to households who signed up for the end of this summer – subject to access being agreed.

For those who have already signed up to Wessex Internet and for others that may be interested click on to their brand new website!

More local footpaths cleared of winter debris ready for spring and summer!  (posted 04-04-2021)

Local footpaths crossing the field slopes above Ansty Coombe and crossing into 12 Acre Copse and beyond have been cleared of winter debris by the Ansty Footpath Maintenance Group. This year has seen an unprecedented rise in the number of walkers using all of these paths due to the covid- pandemic – which is good to see.  The only disappointment is the way just a very few people parked their cars on the soft grass verges of our lanes with no thought as to the damage they were causing and spoilt the environment for those who live here. Volunteers are currently repairing them. Click on the image to read more…

South West Wiltshire ‘Our Community Matters’  (updated 02-04-2021)

‘Our Community Matters’ is an interactive notice board for news, events and volunteering opportunities for communities across Wiltshire. It provides people with local interactive notice boards which everyone can use to highlight and discuss local news events and ideas against the backdrop the current lockdown restrictions.  Tap image to view the current ‘Our Community Matters’ main noticeboard. Tap here to view this week’s latest news, events and community information for SW Wiltshire. Items include: Money Advice; Wiltshire Wellbeing Hub.

Read the latest free issue of The ‘Blackmore Vale’ all digital version!  (posted 02-04-2021)

Click on right hand image to view the latest superb free monthly ‘all digital’ version – a format  which has all the hallmarks of where local and even national newspapers and magazines will eventually go. It allows for interactive activities and other links connected with articles. It also saves on paper, transport, recycling which shrinks the carbon footprint!  You can also download the version if you want to. The BlackmoreVale Website has all the details too! Brilliant!

Welcome to the latest newsletter from Cranborne AONB team. (posted 02-04-2021)

We are well into 2021 and the lockdown measures are cautiously easing and everybody is itching to get out more and re-connect with things that really matter! The LPS team and AONB Director Linda Nunn have managed to establish lots of projects and events throughout the the area to whet our appetites this coming spring and early summer!  Click on The Hart Newsletter Logo to catch up on the latest news.  Click here to explore, learn, discover and  support our Cranborne Chase AONB. Things to look forward to include ‘International Dark Sky Week’ – next week – ‘out and about items’; trees; changes in farming; and a walking festival to name a few. Yippee!

Ansty and Tisbury feature in the Sunday Times as great villages in which to live!  (posted 02-04-2021)

The Sunday Times highlighted our local area as a great place to live in (once again) in a supplement feature ”best places to live in Britain’. The article gave us a flavour of the Nadder Valley and focused on Tisbury and Ansty, mentioning all the the things that we all know and love (and sometimes take for granted). Click here to read more. Readers may recall a similar feature appearing in The Telegraph back in 2011 when Ansty was described as a dream place to retire to!

The latest Ansty monthly weather statistics have been compiled for March 2021. (posted 01-04-2021)

March 2021: ‘In like a pussycat, out like a lamb!’ March came in quietly and went out quietly! The month was an ‘average’ month temperature-wise but also drier than normal and still quite humid throughout. Anticyclonic conditions prevailed and there was plenty of sunshine too, for the month as a whole. Rainfall total for the month was 72% of normal. Click on the image for all the latest statistics.


Two Ansty Parish Councillors not seeking re-election in May poll.  (posted 27-03-2021)

Councillor Mathew Feltham and Councillor Rob Wilkinson have both announced that they will not be putting themselves forward as candidates to serve another term on Ansty Parish Council in the forthcoming local elections on May 6th. Both men have enjoyed their public service stint working for the best interests of Ansty village since 2017.  Chairman of Ansty Parish Council Mr Tim Martin is now urging other villagers to put themselves forward to help take Ansty through the next 4 years – perhaps with fresh ideas to offer. The closing date for nominations is April 8th.

Local Tisbury based Community Magazine – latest printed edition for April 2021 is out. (posted 27-02-2021)

Many parishioners in Ansty and local folk from the surrounding villages subscribe to the longstanding and excellent ‘Focus Magazine’.  However, it looks as though the community publication will no longer be available online as the Covid restrictions ease.  The temporary site was originally set up a year ago by the Focus Magazine volunteer team in response to the restrictions caused by the COVID-19, pandemic to share locally relevant information that they would normally provide in print. (and still do) for our Tisbury area community (Wiltshire, UK). There was talk of the online version being a permanent possibility – but it seems logistical difficulties with subscription payments scuppered the idea and so it is back to the printed format. Again it is absolutely packed with interesting articles and things to do and well worth the subscription fee.

Socially Distanced Litter Clearance takes place on Ansty High Street. (posted 24-03-2021)

Two Ansty councillors recently completed a litter-pick along Ansty High Street on March 24th in a Covid-safe way – counting this as exercise but also recognising that if left until later much of the litter wouldn’t be found as plant growth would have taken place. Working separately and socially distancing, both sides of the High Street were cleared from north to south and also both verges on the A30 Holloway. It all looked great until the next time…Click on the image for more information.

Ansty finds time to reflect on the grief and loss felt by so many during the pandemic (posted 23-03-2021)

Along with the many Remembrance events in the UK, a ‘beacon of remembrance’ moment of reflection was held by villagers on the moonlit night of March 23rd.  Although we were spared such distress, people in Ansty quietly reflected on the 126, 284 people who have died of the covid-19 coronavirus since the pandemic began one year ago. Click on image.


 Improving ‘Broadband’ in Ansty – the latest important update… (posted 21-03-2021)

As some of us know only too well, the ‘broadband service’ in Ansty varies from fantastic to mostly frustratingly poor!

Back into last year Tim Martin, chairman of Ansty Parish Council endeavoured to plough through the various government schemes in order to try and take advantage of the Fibre Broadband already installed in Ansty – but not readily available to most residents in the parish. This meant a degree of collective self-help and 16 households eventually expressed an interest into entering a contract with broadband provider. Two possible providers were contacted with a view to see what proposals were on offer. Eventually Wessex Internet took up the challenge!

Mr Martin is now able to give the latest details of where we are with Wessex Internet.  Click on the image for more details.

Ansty PYO & Farm Shop raise yet more money for Salisbury District Stars Appeal  (updated 19-03-2021)

It seems an awfully long time ago now – but villagers will still recall the fantastic Ansty Maize Maze back in the late summer of 2020. More than a few of us had a go at getting lost along with hundreds of other local visitors too. A proportion of the money from ticket sales amounting to £1,618.70 was donated to the Salisbury District Hospital Stars Appeal supporting the NHS. WELL DONE K AND HER MAGNIFICENT TEAM!  Click on the image for the full story.

The Wylie Valley Art Trail. (posted 16-03-2021)

The Wylye Valley Art Trail is a biennial festival of the visual arts in south west Wiltshire, with exhibition venues scattered across some of the most beautiful countryside this county has to offer. There will be a wide and eclectic patchwork of art and craft ranging from award-winning artists with international reputations to others only just starting out on their creative paths. Well known country-based ace artisans from Ansty and Tisbury Row, Robert and Jaci Baker, will be exhibiting some of their amazing creations sourced from local resources on their own smallholding. Click on image for more details.

Urgent Closure of: A30 (Part), Swallowcliffe and Sutton Mandeville (posted 16-03-2021)

WILTSHIRE COUNCIL HEREBY GIVE NOTICE that on 31st March 2021, the following length of road shall be closed to all traffic in the interests of public safety to enable Wiltshire Council to carry out carriageway resurfacing etc.  Click here to read more.

Be warned that the Ansty Down Footpath is currently dangerous to ascend and descend after wet weather. (updated 14-03-2021)

Walkers are still advised that part of the steep ascent/descent of the footpath from or to the foot of Ansty Down footpath (known as ANST5) is very rutted and slippery and the advice is not to use the footpath until conditions have improved. The footpath has been unsafe since the end of last October and when the weather has improved and covid-restrictions eased it is hoped something can be done to improve the situation.


New Land Management Plan for Ansty Coombe Meadows! (posted 10-03-2021)

There is a plan afoot to restore pasture meadows above Ansty Coombe back to their former glory restoring and conserving the historical character of these ancient hay and wildflower meadows. This will be achieved by employing very old, tried and tested livestock grazing patterns with careful pasture maintenance to keep bracken and scrub at bay. Click on the image to learn more.


Ansty May Day celebrations very much restricted this year. (updated 06-03-2021)

It looks very much as though we will be unable to hold any sort of group event again for this year’s Ansty May Day due to Covid-19 restrictions. By May 1st we will still be in the second phase of the easing down of restrictions where the ‘rule of six’ for gatherings outside and the ‘stay at home rule’ becomes ‘stay local’ will be in operation. Even the third stage which starts on May 17th at the earliest, outdoor group meetings are limited to just 30.

The May Day committee have agreed that this year’s May Queen elect, Alice Morgan, from Ansty, will be crowned at the Maypole on May 1st at an unspecified time and within the restrictions.

Some locals may wish to tie flowers on the Maypole on this day to mark this longstanding village tradition, perhaps when they are out for exercise but remember social distancing will still be important until June 21st at the earliest!

Introducing ‘Tis the Future’: Refill, Reuse, Reduce, Reimagine (updated 05-03-2021)

We all acknowledge that we need to do more to reverse climate change and halt the decline of our environment. Well here is a local based  initiative that hopes to show us the way forward that is set to become operational in the New Year. Set up by group called the Tisbury Community Benefit Society a zero-plastic, electric powered, mobile refill shop – community owned and community run – will visit local villages, including Ansty and stop for an hour.  The stopping place in Ansty will be the Maypole area.  ‘Tis the Future’ will initially be selling purely staple store cupboard ingredients such as rice, oats, flour, pasta and cereals etc.  Click on the vehicle image for all of the details and a timetable.

Beware of the Mole Traps! (05-03-2021)

Some folk walking in the fields above Ansty Coombe may have noticed lots of molehills appearing on some of the slopes. Mole activity can become a nuisance if left and they damage functional areas such as pasture land. Moles are most active in early spring and occasionally mole catchers are called in to deal with them. Walkers (and their dogs) are asked to avoid going near any traps they see as they could cause injury to persons or animals.  The advice is to keep well away or stick to the public footpaths and remember that these fields are classed as private land and they are not classed as accessible open space!

Making good use of our Parish Steward! (posted 02-03-2021) 

Wiltshire Council’s ‘Parish Steward Scheme’ had its successful origins back in the 1990s. However after a break in the late 2000s the scheme was reintroduced in 2016 where ‘parish stewards’ liaise directly with parishes to carry out local minor highways work ‘swiftly and efficiently’. Click here for more information:  The Parish Steward 

View parish steward’s latest monthly worksheet: Parish Steward Worksheet for March 2021


Welcome to the latest newsletter from Cranborne AONB team. (posted 26-02-2021)

We are well into 2021 and yet another lockdown, the LPS team and AONB Director Linda Nunn have managed to establish lots of projects and events, to keep things moving during these difficult times. Hopefully, as we move into the summer things will improve and the AONB team will be back on track (literally) with lots of innovative new projects. Click on The Hart Newsletter Logo to catch up on the latest news.  Click on Click here to explore, learn, discover and  support our Cranborne Chase AONB.

Improving ‘Broadband’ in Ansty – the latest update… (posted 25-02-2021)

As some of us know only too well, the ‘broadband service’ in Ansty varies from fantastic to mostly frustratingly poor!

Back into last year Tim Martin, chairman of Ansty Parish Council endeavoured to plough through the various government schemes in order to try and take advantage of the Fibre Broadband already installed in Ansty – but not readily available to most residents in the parish. This meant a degree of collective self-help and 16 households eventually expressed an interest into entering a contract with broadband provider. Two possible providers were contacted with a view to see what proposals were on offer. Eventually Wessex Internet took up the challenge!

Mr Martin is now able to give more details of where we are with Wessex Internet.  Click on the image for more details.

Click here to read more background details.

New! View the Ansty Timeline!  (posted 23-02-2020)

Here is something to while away the last days of this current lockdown! The Ansty Timeline travels through the periods of British history from Prehistoric to Modern times taking a look at how the main events affected and shaped our village right to the present day.

The Ansty Timeline merely sets the historical context and is not in any way an academic exercise but rather the drawing together of many sources – some of which might spur the interested reader to delve a little deeper. Part 1 looks at the time span from the Prehistoric age to the end of the Medieval Age. Click on the scroll to find out more!

Wiltshire News (from Wiltshire Council) (posted 23-02-2020)

It seems a such a difficult time to try and keep local people informed about matters (other than Covid-19) that might affect us sometime in the near future. However, life must go on and Wiltshire Council are keen to consult with all parishes about future planning provision for the county’s housing and employment as outlined in their Local Plan Review. These consultations end on Tuesday 9th March 2021. As we are still in Lockdown 3 you can still have your say and you can also sign up to ‘attend’ one of their online engagement sessions. No one can say that the Wiltshire Council didn’t try to engage or consult with the population over these changes.  Click on the image to find out more.

Welcome to the latest newsletter from Cranborne AONB team. (posted 12-02-2021)

We are well into 2021 and yet another lockdown, the LPS team and AONB Director Linda Nunn have managed to establish lots of projects and events, to keep things moving during these difficult times. Hopefully, as we move into the summer things will improve and the AONB team will be back on track (literally) with lots of innovative new projects. Next week an online Starfest Event will take place as part of the Cranborne Chase AONB Dark Skies Festival. Click on The Hart Newsletter Logo to catch up on the latest news.  Click on Click here to explore, learn, discover and  support our Cranborne Chase AONB.

Check out the latest planning application details for Ansty.  (posted 05-02-2021)

Tap image for the latest planning application details for Ansty Parish. You may wish to comment on applications via Wiltshire Planning or contact a member of Ansty Parish Council. The Council welcomes your views when considering any application.


New! Wiltshire Age UK is calling all those folk who might like to ‘get connected’ into the ‘digital world’! (posted 05-02-2021)

If you’ve always wanted to make a video call or shop online but have never had the courage. Or, you’ve got some knowledge but want to improve your skills. Their ‘free to access Click & Connect project’ may be able to help. Click on the logo to get the full details.


New! Wiltshire Age UK highlights that you could be eligible for a ‘Surviving Winter Grant to help with heating costs. (posted 05-02-2021)

You may be eligible for a ‘Surviving Winter Grant’ if you are on a lower income and worry about the cost of heating. They can also advise on other schemes like: ‘Warm Home Discount’ and ‘Winter Fuel Payment’. Click on logo for full details.

A special thankyou to all those involved in the covid-19 vaccination program. (posted 03-02-2021)

With the Covid-19 vaccination program in full swing thanks to the small army of volunteers and health professionals working flat out in local pharmacies, halls, churches, leisure centres and other venues doling out the jabs, perhaps now is the time to thank them all for their good humour, expertise and reassurance.  It is particularly gratifying to see so many youngsters stepping up to the plate to help. As the late inspirational Captain Tom Moore, who raised the spirits of our nation said during the first lockdown – ‘the sun will shine again’ and so it shall prove true.

Some more updates for you – mostly trips down memory lane! (posted 25-01-2021)

At least we have had some snow this winter! Overnight snowfall in our area left Ansty Parish looking a lovely winter wonderland – if only for a very short time!  Click here for some pictures!  For those of you who remember Leslie Parsons, the parish master thatcher, who died in 2009, click here for some of his recollections of ‘Old Ansty’.  If ‘reading’ the history of our magnificent  landscape appeals then try this page..  More can be found in in our Maps and History section on our menu.

In praise of the local Car Link Scheme  (posted 25-01-2021)

If there is one worthy voluntary organisation that might be singled out for due praise at this time then it is the local Car Link Scheme. This excellent voluntary scheme has, over the years offered a vital transport network, ferrying people (usually elderly folk without the means to travel as they once did) to hospital or doctors’ appointments, collecting prescriptions as well as offering other ‘good neighbour services’. Click on the logo for our tribute and a call for for help.

Don’t miss the February issue of Wiltshire Life! (posted 21-01-2021)

The February 2021 edition of Wiltshire Life is now on sale by online subscription. As the vaccine programme rolls out across the country, it is wonderful to see Salisbury cathedral transformed in to a vaccine centre. The building has witnessed deadly pandemics in its 800 year history from the Black Death to the influenza outbreak in 1918. The February issue looks at best locations for snowdrops; delving into the past with archive film from Wiltshire; classy art from Great Somerford and railways in Swindon. Click on the image for details.

The latest Ansty Parish Council draft minutes published! (posted 19-01-2020)

Ansty Parish Council managed two ‘open meetings’ last year, despite the coronavirus pandemic. One was held in February and and another in December – both in St James’ Church.  They did try a video conference meeting in late May using ‘zoom’ but our well known patchy broadband defeated them! A few masked and socially distanced villagers attended the mid December meeting; the councillors were also entirely socially distanced and fully masked and the brisk meeting covered a number of issues. Click on the image to read the latest draft minutes. More information can be found here.

Wiltshire Council LOCAL PLAN: Sign up Online and have your say! (updated 14-01-2020)

Continuing Covid -19 restrictions along with Christmas and New Year holidays is probably not the best time to introduce a ‘consultation period’ but the Wiltshire Council Local Plan review consultation is an important opportunity for local people to ‘have their say’ on the future of possible areas of growth in their area before proposals are finalised in a draft Local Plan, later in 2021.

Wiltshire Council would usually hold a series of face-to-face engagement events for the Local Plan review, but are unable to do so because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Therefore, interested people are urged to ‘sign up’ for their local online event to find out more. The relevant online events for our parish and its locality will be held on 1st and 2nd February, 7-8pm. Anyone who can’t make their local online event will be able to view all the relevant documents online and complete the online consultation to have their say.

As well as potential developments, the Local Plan review consultation also takes into account the importance of climate change, and this will also form a key part of the consultation. Please click on the image for all of the details and who to contact. You can also find Wiltshire Council news on our ‘Community Links Page’. 

New! Surviving Winter Fund (posted 14-01-2021)

Some Wiltshire residents may be able to claim up to £250 (whilst funds last!) to help with their heating and fuel bills over the cold period. This time round we are paying either for top up vouchers for their prepayment meters or credit into their energy account if they pay by direct debit. We can also help with solid fuels also such as LPG gas bottles, wood or coal. Click on the logo for more details.

All Sunday Services at St James’ Church SUSPENDED until further notice. (posted 09-01-2021)

After careful deliberation the Ansty PCC has voted to suspend Sunday Services at St James’ Church until further notice. The church building will only be open for private prayer as before. This is for everyone’s safety whilst the coronavirus pandemic continues to be a dangerous threat.  Click on image for more details.


Be ‘Flood Aware’ – No Flood Alerts flagged up yet along the River Nadder and tributaries. (28-12 2020)

December 2020 has been another wet month. This means groundwater levels are at saturation point – a sure sign of possible flooding or standing water should we get a spell of heavy rain.  Such is the very fickle nature of the potential for flooding incidents ‘flood alerts’ are often ‘here today, gone tomorrow’. It is always better to be prepared than to be taken by surprise though. When flooding does happen it is often overwhelmingly quick and can be devastating as we have seen in the recent news items. If the the Environmental Agency puts out an alert, we have a duty to inform you that an alert is in force and also when it has been removed. Currently there are no Flood Alerts in force.  

When groundwater levels remain high even modest amounts of rain can cause problems.  If the Ansty stream alongside the High Street is looking coloured with silt and mud that usually indicates that flooding in the lower Nadder valley is imminent: hence there is usually a flood alert alert in force.

If any resident is concerned please contact the Ansty Flood Warden. Meanwhile whilst very the current wet weather prevails click on the map image for current Environment Agency information and updates.

The latest meeting of the Ansty Parish Council has taken place. (updated 17-12-2020)

A Meeting of Ansty Parish Council was held on Wednesday 16th December 2020 at 6 pm at St James Church. Strictly following the rules and advice from Wiltshire Council the meeting was attended by 6 or 7 villagers; indeed all who attended were suitably masked, sanitised and socially distanced. The chairman of the parish council, Mr Tim Martin, ran through a fairly lengthy agenda, approving the minutes of the last open PC meeting held in February 2020, and a truncated ‘Zoom’ PC Meeting held in May 2020,  along with the agreement of the new budget and precept for the next year. Also discussed were planning issues and brief reports concerning village business. Watch this space for the forthcoming minutes! Click on image for extra details.

Introducing MyWilts online reporting/booking  (posted 07-12-2020)

You can now easily book a variety of Wiltshire Services. You can also easily report issues in Wiltshire ranging from fly tipping, abandoned vehicles, weather emergencies, dog mess, graffiti and many more. Click on the image to find out how to access this ‘online portal’


The blight on our lanes and countryside. (posted 06-12-2020)

There can’t anything more offensive than ‘casual litter’ – plastic bottles and cans just thrown out of the car window for example which finishes up on the verge or in a hedge. But there is, and it is referred to as ‘fly tipping’. Despite our endeavours to ‘keep Ansty tidy’ the problem never goes away and it is a constant battle to clean it up.  Click on the image to find out more.

Our annual Ansty Footpath maintenance report for November 2019 – November 2020 is published. (posted 22-11-2020)

Four hard working volunteers have managed to keep our entire 6 mile footpath system  in good shape despite the covid-19 coronavirus pandemic which swept in during the late winter. The volunteers kept to the rules of the first lockdown and waited until they were eased and then practised working in groups of two, socially distancing. Click on the image to find out more!


Improving ‘Broadband’ in Ansty – the next steps… (updated 27-10-2020)

As some of us know only too well, the ‘broadband service’ in Ansty varies from fantastic to frustratingly poor! The only way to improve the position for all of us in Ansty is by collective self-help.  There are schemes where government funding is available to us, but it requires us to come together as a group, each with a commitment to enter into a broadband service contract with a fibre optic connection into our houses/businesses  to take us well and truly into the 21st century!

Following on from our previous update in early October, Tim Martin, chairman of Ansty Parish Council is now able to report where we are with BT Openreach. It seems not enough Ansty villagers have so far registered an interest with Wessex Internet – an alternative provider.

Mr Martin reports that last week BT Openreach agreed to provide to us another Fibre to the Premises (FTTP) proposal. They explained that their proposals are computer generated on the basis of providing an inclusive network.  However they accepted that what had been produced was not practicable and have estimated a new proposal will take about three weeks to generate. Fingers crossed for something better!

Meanwhile it appears Wessex Internet could be starting their FTTP installations in neighbouring Swallowcliffe within a month or two.  It is thought that over 40 premises have signed up and that means the scheme will go ahead. Click here to read more background details.

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Wildflower meadows in Ansty? (posted 17-09-2020)

The success of the recent roadworks around Frogpond, helped immensely by the Clouds Estate who allowed access to their land in order that the drainage issues in this area could be addressed, we understand that as well as taking a keen interest in how the roadworks progressed, the estate land agent Jason Lewis informed us that his client landowner Fergus Mclaren Webster is hoping to initiate and promote the regeneration of wildflowers through changes in farming practices in the Coombe area. Mr Lewis adds that in the coming years we should see an improvement on that score as well.  Many locals are very keen on wildflowers and will be thrilled to hear this news.  Tap on the image to read more about wildflower meadows in Ansty from June 2019.

Visit The Salisbury Museum – it is now open again!.(posted 01-08-2020)

Did you know that the Salisbury Museum, located in the medieval King’s House in Salisbury’s famous Cathedral Close has a fantastic range of collections, exhibitions and events bringing to life the history of our local landscape and the people who shaped it.Tap on image link for the latest information.


Did you know? – An occasional series. Number 1: ‘How ‘Ansty’ got its name! (updated 21-06-2020)

The name ‘Ansty’ has appeared on many maps and documents, changing over time from various corruptions of the old English word ‘Anstiga’ which suggests Ansty Village was ‘founded’ during Saxon times. To find out more tap here. and search under ‘Ansty in Maps, Diagrams and Pictures’.

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Do you have anything to sell or want?  Try our new page! (updated 12-10-2020)

First to use it and sell their latest meat products are our well known local smallholding specialists who love growing, rearing and making things from their land. Villagers can use this page too if you have anything to sell, want, give away, swap or help out even!  Click on image to discover more!


Local Surgery News

Due to the ongoing Coronavirus threat local surgeries have had to change add adapt their systems in order to keep the practice staff safe as well as the patients. Patients self monitoring their own conditions is one of the biggest changes and visits to surgeries are now by appointment only.  Plans are well ahead for this year’s flu vaccination but again only by strict appointment times.

For more information click and go to Tisbury Surgery News or Hindon Surgery

 Even Earlier items (2020)

Click on image to try this list of material to broaden your cultural minds in this time of social distancing. Suitable for all ages.



Wiltshire Council continues on its carbon neutral journey. (updated 23-02-2020)

In July 2019 Wiltshire Council resolved to acknowledge there is a climate emergency and seek to make the county of Wiltshire carbon neutral by 2030. Following on from this pledge they are now working hard on a number of projects to make a difference. Tap image for the details.


Woodland issues in Ansty (Jan 2020)

The relentless wet and sometimes windy weather over the last 4 months has brought more than a few problems to various locations in the parish.  The upper Coombe area has endured several incidents of flash flooding – although there was no damage to private property – and some of these issues are now being sorted out by Wiltshire Council.  Elsewhere we have had several trees or large branches falling along the south of the High Street as well as other local lanes.  All local landowners are politely requested to check the condition of their trees and hedgerows and assess their safety, particularly if they border a road or are located near a building and take the necessary remedial action if they are not.  Click here to read in depth more about our trees and woodland in Ansty.

Don’t be afraid of the dark…! (updated 25-05-2020)

You might be interested in viewing details of Stargazing Information relative to our local area by tapping: Go Stargazing

Explore Britain Now and Then!

Click here to find a few very interesting websites for you to while away your time usefully and perhaps learn something new into the bargain!


Cranborne Chase, UK, Designated as an International Dark Sky Reserve! 

Cranborne Chase has become the 14th Reserve across the globe and joins an exclusive club of International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Protected Areas to gain international recognition for our dark skies. What a stunning achievement! Tap/click on image for more information.

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Wiltshire Council named the most climate-friendly council in England and Wales.

Wiltshire has been named the most climate-friendly council in England and Wales, according to research that has assessed local authorities’ energy, transport and recycling plans. Tap/click image for details. Further reading: Wiltshire Council Climate Emergency


Visit this year’s Ansty Pictorial – 2019 so far … (posted 09-08-2019)

A dozen pictures to look at that show parts of the Ansty landscape taken with the weather in mind … Tap the image to view the set.



Wildflower meadows in Ansty. (posted 09-06-2019) 

Inspired by a debate at our local village meeting back in 2018 and a glorious summer that encouraged the appearance of many different wildflowers in some of our local field meadows we decided to have a look at the probable origins of wildflower meadows in Ansty. Tap/click on the image to discover more.



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