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THE LAURENCE KITCHING AWARD 2021 – BEST KEPT VILLAGE COMPETITION – 62nd YEAR

Good Luck Ansty in the BKV competition (Laurence Kitching Award)! Judging takes place unannounced sometime in July!

Click here to read more information regarding this exciting competition!

We won the Best Kept Village in the small village category in Wiltshire in August 2019, (see picture on the top of our home page) and then we became one of only 6 villages invited to compete in this exclusive contest to find the ‘Winner of Winners’ in 2021. Click on the CPRE logo for more details. Click here to view our BKV poster!

Thanks to all villagers who have once again ensured that Ansty Village looks at its ‘summer best’. Let’s hope the judges think so as they visit our parish sometime during the month of July. The only sad thing to report is the apparent death of the huge willow tree that afforded such a wonderful backdrop to the Maypole area of the village. It seems that the many frosts of April might have hastened its demise. Anyway, let us hope we have done enough to win the Laurence Kitchener Award for the second time!

Moving to the end of July! The judges have surely paid us a visit, if not two! Did they like what they viewed: we hope so!  Some of us have managed a litter check and some further tidying this last week. Most gardens along the High St. continue to look splendid. Well done all! Let us hope that the constant background of renovation and earth movements over the past few weeks (months) did not prove to be a distraction – even though it indicates that Ansty is indeed a desirable place to live!


New! Check out the latest planning application details for Ansty.  (updated 30-07-2021)

Tap image for the latest planning application details for Ansty Parish. This time there is a new application for a single storey extension for New Barn Lodge, Ansty. 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! Promote your events in and around Cranborne Chase AONB. (posted 30-07-2021)

Items covered in this edition of The Hart includes: Sharing your event; Good stargazing; Planning and the AONB; Painting/sketching in Bonsley Wood; Community Grant Funding; Chase & Chalke Wild Week; Walking along the River Ebble.

New! South West Wiltshire ‘Our Community Matters’  (updated 30-07-2021)

‘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   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: Tisbury Library; Bus Back Better survey.

New! Covid-19 UPDATE : LATEST ADVICE and other News.   (posted 30-07-2021)

The latest Covid-19 statistics for Wiltshire continues to increase with 2,070 cases over the last 7 days, whilst the rate of cases per 100k has risen from 295 last week to 414 this week – still below the national average for England but the number of infections continue to climb quite quickly.  Please keep playing your part to help keep these case numbers in check.   The Delta variant is on a rapid increase so we need to very cautious indeed. Click the panel to read the details. Other items include: Travel Checklist details; Covid-testing/self isolation;  Police and Crime Commissioner Election; Bus services; Gym membership promotion; Advice and support for young people; Roadworks.

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

New! Ansty PYO & Farm Shop moves up another gear as August approaches! (updated 30-07-2021)

Now that summer is here at last (!) and Covid restrictions have eased further, customers are advised to check out the delicious stock that is available in the shop and the fruit and vegetable garden. Sample their superb home baked bread; stop for a cup of tea or coffee with yummy cakes and buns on the picnic benches outside or in the tea room! The shop premises continue to be as ‘Covid-secure’ as they can possibly as we are still dealing with the prevalence of the virus.  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 in August. Keep your eyes peeled for the opening of the Ansty Maize Maze 2021!

Read the latest free issue of The New Blackmore Vale Magazine! (posted 23-07-2021)

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! Issue 22 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!

Watch out! There are hedgehogs about in Ansty! (posted 20-07-2021)

A villager kindly emailed the Ansty Parish council recently asking that our footpath volunteers be particularly careful when strimming or working on our village paths and verges, as hedgehogs have been seen in the village after many years absence. We are all pleased about this and our footpath volunteers have long been aware of the need to ensure all forms of wild life and wild flowers must be protected. Click on the picture to read more…

Jean Law, Ansty, 1928 -2021 (posted 18-07-2021)

Jean Law, of Ansty, sadly died on April 19th of this year after being in poor health for some months. She was 93 and leaves a niece Christine. She had been in hospital since March and then on to Salisbury hospice whilst adaptations were being made to her home – but sadly she was not to return. We are now in the position of being able to commemorate her passing with our short tribute to a very stoic lady. Click on the image for the thanksgiving.

Chase & Chalke Wild Week 26 – 30 July 2021  (posted 16-07-2021)

Chase & Chalke are hosting a series of fun, free and family-friendly activities from Monday 26 July to Friday 30 July 2021.,Children must be accompanied by an adult at all of our Wild Week events. No booking is required – just go along and join in! Click on the image for all of the exciting details!

 

A great production opening at the Salisbury Playhouse in the Autumn (posted 15-07-2021)

Salisbury Playhouse is back in action and they can’t can’t wait to entertain you again this Autumn with their fabulous in house production: September in the Rain by John Godber – live on the main stage. Dates:16 September – 9 October in the Main House at Salisbury Playhouse. Book early for the best seats at the best prices, tickets from £12. Click on the logo for more information.

Volpone at the Ansty Commandery   (posted 11-07-2021)

The well known Commandery Players are going to perform Ben Jonson’s comedy, “Volpone” at the Ansty Commandery from Wednesday August 18th to Saturday August 21st. Past productions at the Commandery suggest this will be another excellent set of performances over the four nights. Click on the TAG logo for the latest information. Tickets will be on sale from the Tisbury Post Office from Monday July 12th.

It looks like a green light for the Improvement of ‘Broadband’ in Ansty – the latest important update… (updated 10-07-2021)

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 a good number of 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 is now at the stage where the project is starting to move forward. 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. Click on the cabinet for the latest update.

Please Beware – Mobile Phone Deals Could Be A Scam! (posted 08-07-2021)

Wiltshire Police have been alerted by their colleagues at the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB) that there is a current ongoing fraud where consumers are being cold called by individuals impersonating staff of legitimate mobile network operators and suppliers. Click on the logo for more details.

New visitor admissions building plan submitted for Old Wardour Castle.(posted 06-07-2021)

Full planning permission has been sought to demolish the existing visitor admissions building and erect a replacement visitor centre. The objectives of the project are to replace the existing admissions building, which is no longer fit for purpose due to multiple defects; to improve the layout of the building and provide more space for the gift shop and storage and to provide an enhanced building for a more positive introduction for visitors to Old Wardour Castle. As the Old Castle is practically on our doorstep I am sure we would welcome this submission given that the castle and its location are subject of several important grade listings. Click on the image to find out more!

 

Local Tisbury based Community Magazine – latest printed edition for July 2021 is out. (posted 06-07-2021)

Many parishioners in Ansty and local folk from the surrounding villages subscribe to the longstanding and excellent ‘Focus Magazine’.  The temporary site originally set up over a year ago by the Focus Magazine volunteer team in response to the restrictions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic is still operating. There was talk of the online version being a permanent possibility – but nothing seems to have come of this. Never mind, the latest printed edition is absolutely packed with interesting articles and things to do and well worth the subscription fee. Good to see the well known and well liked Pam Chave on the front cover!

The latest Ansty monthly weather statistics have been compiled for June 2021. (posted 02-07-2021)

June 2021 turned out to be very dry until we got two distinct wet periods when showers came in thick and fast and the figures made the average total for the month! Temperatures were above the monthly average with some noticeable warm days and overall the month was a humid one. Click on the weather vane for June’s statistics!

Latest news from the Cranborne Chase AONB and the Chase & Chalk Landscape Partnership. (posted 02-07-2021)

Items covered in this edition of The Hart includes: Farming in Protected Landscapes; the Dark Sky Friendly Scheme;  the Martin Down National Nature Reserve; the Shaftesbury Neighbourhood Plan; News from the Chase and Chalke Landscape and a Festival of Archaeology at the end of this month at Salisbury Museum.

Read the latest July issue of The ‘Blackmore Vale’ all digital version!  (posted 02-07-2021)

Click on image to view the latest superb free ‘all digital’ version for July – 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!

 

Keeping in touch with our Wiltshire Councillor for Fovant and Chalke Valley! (posted 23-06-2021)

When our newly elected representative, Nabil Najjar, came to visit us at our last Ansty Village and Parish Council Meeting at the beginning of June and introduced himself we were assured that he would be readily accessible to all residents and would work tirelessly to support communities and their aspirations. True to his word, Nabil has sent us our first report outlining his new roles. Click on the image to find out more!

 

Boys show off their Toys at Ansty PYO! (posted 23-06-2021)

On the morning of June 22nd,the Ansty PYO farm shop team were able to support our local Stars Appeal by having a ‘Boys Toys’ group assemble on their car park and show off their selection of ‘toys’, ranging from series 1 Land Rovers, to Teslas and Ferraris! Ninety bacon butties later, they waved off a whole selection of vehicles; now off enjoying a trip around the local area, give them a wave if you see any of them on the roads! Click on image for more information!

A great summer season opening this week at the Salisbury Playhouse! (posted 21-06-2021)

Salisbury Playhouse is back in action and they can’t wait to see you for a socially distanced season at the Playhouse and Arts Centre. Plenty of theatre, entertainment and live music to choose from. Click on the logo for more details and book tickets!

Local Impactive Crimes 14th To 20th June 2021 – Tisbury – police information.   (posted 21-06-2021)

Click the logo for a summary of local impactive crimes, considered suitable for public dissemination, within the Warminster Community Area. If you can provide information for any of the crimes, please call Wiltshire Police on 101 quoting the relevant reference number. Emergencies/Crimes in progress must be reported using 999. Non-emergency police matters can be reported using 101. The crime map lags behind somewhat!

Ansty Parish Council Annual Governance & Accountability Return 2020/21 published. (posted 19-06-2021)

The Exercise of Public Rights commencing 21st June until 26th August 2021 determines that the AGAR documentation be available for inspection on our Ansty Parish Council page. Thereafter the documents will be archived on our Financial Documents page on our website.

FUN FOR ALL THE FAMILY THIS SUMMER AT SALISBURY PLAYHOUSE AND ARTS CENTRE! (posted 17-06-2021)

Keep your whole family entertained this Summer at Wiltshire Creative with fantastic circus, theatre, dance and magical entertainment! With the season already underway, exploding with great shows but limited seating, please book now to avoid disappointment and return to celebrate with us. Click on the logo for more details and book tickets!

The Chalke Valley History Festival 2021 is about to get under way!  (posted 10-06-2021)

This mammoth event is held on a site of over 70 acres in Broadchalke not far from Ansty, in the heart of the beautiful Wiltshire Chalke Valley. Running from 23rd – 27th June it is one of the biggest events devoted entirely to the subject of history. Booking is essential. Click on the logo for all of the details.

 

The ‘Access to Tisbury Group’ release two statements. (posted 08-06-2021)

At the recent PC meeting held on 3rd June 2021, the parish council chairman Mr Tim Martin mentioned the formation of a group of parish councils and communities, namely, the ‘Access to Tisbury Group’, that is very concerned  about the impact a major Tisbury development known as the ‘Station Works Proposals’ will have on the roads and villages surrounding Tisbury.

Two statements have now been released by the Group which you can read here. The second submission was released on the evening of June 8th.

If you missed our initial report on these proposals on this website then you can click here to view Tisbury Parish Council’s take on it and click here to read the developer’s proposals for the site.

A well attended Village Meeting followed by an Ansty Parish Council Meeting – means we are getting back to ‘normal’? Hopefully! (posted 04-06-2021)

The Annual Ansty Parish (Village) Meeting took place on Thursday 3rd June 2021 at 6.30pm at St. James’ Church, Ansty. This Covid secure event was well attended and the temporary elected chairman (Tim Martin) welcomed our new District Councillor, Mr Nabil Najjar who outlined some of Wiltshire Council’s forthcoming priorities along with Mr Fergus McClaren Webster, landowner, who spoke about the restoration of the traditional hay meadow closes on land in Ansty Coombe. Villagers were given the opportunity to raise local issues. The minutes of the last Village meeting in May 2019 were approved after the long gap caused by the covid-19 pandemic. Click here to view the May 2019 minutes.  Click the image to view more details about the Village Meeting

After the village meeting there was a Parish Council meeting (not quite so well attended!) where the newly elected Chairman (Tim Martin) for the new cohort of councillors got down to business. Details of the discussion on the 19 point agenda will appear in due course with the draft minutes. Click on the image to view the signed minutes of the last Parish Council meeting.

Latest news from the Chase & Chalke Landscape Partnership and other partners such as Cranborne Chase AONB. (posted 28-05-2021)

Items covered in this edition of The Hart includes:  ‘Becoming involved  the ‘Dark Night Sky Charter’; field study identification guides; plant a tree or managing woodlands; farmer groups; wild family fun; heritage grant schemes; volunteer days of the river Ebble. Click on the image for more information.

South West Wiltshire ‘Our Community Matters’  (updated 28-05-2021)

‘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: Mere Museum fundraising; Solar Panels installed at Tisbury Swimming Pool.

Time to renew your garden waste collections!  (updated 21-05-2021)

Households that pay to receive garden waste collections will soon receive an email or letter from Wiltshire Council inviting them to renew their subscription by 30 June 2021. Current garden waste subscriptions expire on 30 June 2021 and if you’re an existing customer, you now need to renew your garden waste subscription if you wish to continue to receive the service. The cost of having garden waste collected will remain the same at £50 per bin for the year. New customers can sign up at any time to receive garden waste collections, either online or by calling 0300 456 0103. You don’t need to contact them if you do not wish to renew.

Creative Conversations: CELEBRATING AGE WILTSHIRE  (posted 14-05-2021)

A new project entitled ‘Creative Conversations’ is being launched in South West Wiltshire as part of the Celebrating Age Programme. Creative Conversations provides each participant with weekly one to one phone conversations over a 10-week period: 5 sessions with a creative artist and 5 sessions with a volunteer to develop their interests, skills, well-being and creativity. Click on the image for more information and how to take part in this new initiative.

Community First: Connecting Communities – Spring Newsletter. (posted 24-05-2021)

Welcome to our Spring e-news bulletin. We are now one year on from the start of the pandemic and we hope now that we are moving back into some kind of normal. This newsletter looks at what is on offer for communities throughout Wiltshire (including our local area). Click on the image for all of the details.

Chalk-Escape Walking Festival 20-30 May   (updated 15-05-2021)

A series of walks and other activities for all ages and abilities in the Cranborne AONB are now open for booking. Click on the image to find out more and register for this year’s events. Our local AONB was highlighted recently on BBC ‘Countryfile’: if you missed it, you can also catch up with this!

The Wylye Valley Art Trail – the best ever? (posted 13-05-2021)

By all accounts, the biennial festival of visual arts known as the Wylye Valley Art Trail was a resounding success if only judged by the positive recollections of our local country-based artisans Robert and Jaci Baker. Their ‘North Cottage Creations’ were on display at nearby Furzelease Farm in Tisbury Row, courtesy of John Edgley. This great site drew in several hundred visitors over the festival period. Click on the image for more details.

 

A new Development Proposal for Tisbury may be breaching the local Neighbourhood Plan? (posted 12-05-2021)

The proposals for the regeneration of the Station Works site (formerly Parmiters) do not affect Ansty directly but the current draft of the design and access statement by the developer’s agent ‘Intelligent Land’ indicate that there could be some impact for people travelling to and from Tisbury via Jobbers Lane. Click here to view Tisbury Parish Council’s take on it and click here to read the developer’s proposals for the site.

Wiltshire Creative Connects… Theatre, Dance, Music, Comedy and Live Screenings are back! (updated 06-05-2021)

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! Information concerning booking details can be found here

Be the first to experience the online premiere of a 17th Century Salisbury Scandal! (updated 07-05-2021)

An elegant audio comedy drama by Simon Butteriss for Wiltshire Creative makes an online premiere on Thursday 27 May at 7.30 pm. Something culturally different for discerning Ansty residents? To book your tickets click on the image and find out more!

 

Very Limited Celebrations for ‘Ansty May’ this year! (Again!) (updated 03-05-2021)

Another year passes and we were still unable to celebrate the well known Ansty ‘May Day’ event due to the current covid-19 coronavirus restrictions. However the day did not pass without due recognition to the very long standing tradition that honours this ancient ‘arrival of spring’ festival rooted in Celtic pagan beliefs. Click on the image to find out more!

Plants for sale – proceeds to the May Day fund. (updated 03-05-2021)

Sue Poulton’s May Day plants are now available to buy.  All proceeds will go to the May Day fund. There are Gardener’s Delight, Alicante and Money Maker tomatoes, globe artichokes and a few cucumbers.  There will be more cucumbers and aubergines later on.  Everything has been reluctant to get going in this freezing weather but is now taking off so please do buy Sue’s plants.  Contact Sue in the first instance.

Sue also has a stall at Furzelease Farm this week as part of the Wylye Valley Art Trail, if it is easier to collect from there

Exciting events are happening in Cranborne AONB this May and June!  (posted 30-04-2021)

We are well into 2021 and the lockdown measures are cautiously easing, step by step, 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.  Things to look out for include: plans for the rest of 2021 into 2022; Farming Updates;  Bank Holiday ideas when visiting Cranborne Chase; the Wylye Valley Art Trail; Walking Festival 2021; Funding for heritage. Click here to explore, learn, discover and  support our Cranborne Chase AONB.

Local Tisbury based Community Magazine – latest printed edition for May 2021 is out. (posted 29-04-2021)

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 soon 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 nothing seems to have come of this. Never mind, the printed edition is absolutely packed with interesting articles and things to do and well worth the subscription fee.

 

 

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.

 

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…

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.


Older Noticeboard items….

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 tisburysurgery.nhs.uk 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.

BBC news

 

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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