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Recent items of interest (the last 3 months) are posted below:
Feature: Ansty in ‘lockdown’ … the story so far – the first six months. (posted 01-07-2020)
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. 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 archive document will be updated as the year progresses.
Local Surgery News, August 2020
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.
Details are also on pages 30 and 31 of the current edition of Focus (see below!)
An opportunity to read and subscribe to Wiltshire Life Magazine! (updated 06-08-2020)
The Wiltshire Life Magazine is a good way to keep up to date with the latest news and events about everything Wiltshire. You can subscribe to the latest print issues or subscribe to the latest digital issues. You may recall that two or three months ago the Wiltshire Life team kindly allowed us a free ‘one off’ copy of their magazine. The September 2020 issue is now on sale! Click on the image for details and access to the Wiltshire Life website.
Local Tisbury based Community Magazine remains online for the time being. (posted 01-08-2020)
Many parishioners in Ansty and local folk from the surrounding villages subscribe to the longstanding and excellent ‘Focus Magazine’. For the moment this excellent community publication is still available online on a temporary website. The site has been set up 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). They appreciate that some of their regular readers may not go online, so they rely on online readers to pick up the phone and spread the word. Click on image for details on how to receive the latest August issue. There is talk of the online version being a permanent possibility – but you will have to pay for it and quite right too!
NEW! The latest Ansty monthly weather statistics have been compiled for July. (posted 01-08-2020)
July turned out to be more or less average, temperature-wise but it was still dry with some good sunny days. Good news it would seem for our local farmers and smallholders. There was another notable mini heatwave right at the end of the month. Catch up with all the statistics by clicking on the image.
NEW! Salisbury Cathedral is now OPEN but you must book in advance for worship and visits…(posted 01-08-2020)
To ensure everyone’s safety, they have reduced the number of people they can welcome at one time and people need to book for a visit in advance. To find out what to expect tap the image to find out more…
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.
NEW! Wiltshire Creative Connects… (posted 30-07-2020)
Despite the restrictions caused by the current Covid-19 pandemic Wiltshire Creative (Salisbury) continue to have a packed programme and have worked very hard to keep people connected with local cultural events. Click on logo to view more. Click here for their main website.
Check out the latest planning application details for Ansty. (posted 30-07-2020)
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.
The ‘Wiltshire Life’ Magazine Awards 2021 are now open for entries. (posted 29-07-2020)
In these still challenging times, Wiltshire Life looks to celebrate the dedication and commitment of people, organisations and charities that support our community and give us hope for the future. For this reason they are excited to announced that the Wiltshire Life Awards 2021 are now open for entries!
Sarah Patricia Clifton Gwinner (25th December 1945 – 22nd June 2020) (posted 17-07-2020)
The funeral of Sarah Gwinner, a much loved and long standing Ansty resident, took place on July 16th at St James Church where she was laid to rest beside her late husband Martin. Sadly, the current restrictions due to the Covid-19 coronavirus meant that only Sarah’s family and close friends were able to attend the ceremony in the churchyard. Many villagers were still able to pay their respects by following the hearse as Sarah’s family walked behind it down the High Street from her home to St James’ Church in Ansty. It seemed a most appropriate way of saying farewell to someone who will be sorely missed. Click on the image for a full report.
Occasional Product Packers Required In Ansty (posted 17-07-2020)
Do you have some free time on your hands and want to earn some extra money? Local Ansty business would love to hear from you! Check this out on our Local Traders page.
Over the past few months the AONB team have been working from home. They have spent the time creating a new website and planning ahead for the events and projects connected with the ‘Chase & Chalke Landscape Partnership’, some of them include a few alterations or date changes to allow for the current coronavirus situation. Click on the image to discover all the new links!
Ansty PYO & Farm Shop offers a first class service! (posted 09-07-2020)
Although July 4th saw a considerable easing of the lockdown measures imposed since mid-March the Covid-19 pandemic is still with us lurking behind the scenes and we all still have to ‘stay alert’ and follow sensible rules. The Ansty PYO & Farm shop team are still happy to take their food orders from local folk through Tim M. if they are more comfortable with that or they are equally happy for people to communicate with them directly and ‘come and collect’.
The Ansty Maize Maze 2020 (a stunning tribute to all NHS workers) opens next weekend too. Click on shop image for more details. Click here to find out more about the amazing maize maze!
First service held at St James’ Church since lockdown! (posted 07-07-2020)
Lesley Simm (Church Warden) was pleased to report St James’ Church held its first service on Sunday July 5th since ‘lockdown’. It was all rather rushed because details and procedures had to be considered along with the inevitable risk assessment. But it did mean that the usual flock were able to attend Mattins for the first time in over 3 months. Click here for further information.
Salisbury Cathedral opens its doors for worship, family visits and exhibitions! (posted 02-07-2020)
It is very good news that Salisbury Cathedral will be opening its doors for worship, family visits and contemporary art exhibitions on Sunday July 5th. The Wiltshire Life monthly newsletter is a good way to keep up to date with the latest news and events about everything Wiltshire. Click on the image to find out more.
Making good use of our Parish Steward! (posted 30-06-2020)
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 Click here to view the parish steward’s latest monthly worksheet: Parish Steward Worksheet. June, 2020.
The Easing of Lockdown Restrictions (Covid-19) (27-06-2020)
There has been an absolute deluge of information from central government to local level concerning the easing of lockdown restrictions both for the general public, including the over 70s; folk with ‘underlying health conditions’ and to extremely vulnerable people. Trying to decipher your way through it all can be difficult. We have attempted to summarise the best information on our Covid-19 section on our ‘Community Links Page’. The latest document to be added is this one: ‘Safer and Supportive Salisbury’
Young Work Wiltshire: Employment, Education, Training, and Support (25-06-2020)
A new service has been launched that aims to support 16 & 17 year olds who are not in education, employment or training.
Three dedicated Education, Employment Advisers will be getting alongside our young people to help them access opportunities to help them towards successful working lives. These young people may face multiple barriers preventing them from participating in EET and need a different type of support. For some young people support is provided by other Local Authority Teams, specifically the SEND service for young people with an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) and those working with the Youth Offending Team (YOT). Click on image for more details!
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’.
Ansty Parish Council Annual Governance & Accountability Return (AGAR) 2019-2020 (posted 20-06-2020)
Exercise of Public Rights, commencing 20 June 2020 until 5 August 2020
The Annual Governance and Accountability Return together with supporting documentation are available for inspection.
Click here to view the information.
Ansty Footpath (FP2) is still closed until further notice. (updated 20-06-2020)
The steep footpath that ascends the steep slope opposite the Maypole on its way to Swallowcliffe remains closed by Wiltshire Council after parish chairman Tim Martin contacted Alex Howson our senior footpath officer a couple of months ago.. This is because a large ash tree near the top of the slope out on to the green lane has split and was looking dangerous.Well they were absolutely right to do that because subsequently large pieces of the stricken Ash tree crashed down causing damage to other trees and remains in a very unstable condition at the moment. Latest developments are that the path was apparently not registered so it has taken some time for the authorities to sort out the legalities. The work was finally instructed by Wiltshire Council on Friday last. Until the job is completed, please stay away! Click picture to view the tree when it first showed signs of splitting. Footnote: The large fallen tree on FP7 (Ansty Coombe Lane at Hillside to New Barn) has now been removed by the landowner.
Further remedial work taking place near Frogpond to improve drainage reveals the site of the old pond! (updated 20-06-2020)
Starting on June 17th further works (under the jurisdiction of Wiltshire Council) took place near Frogpond to eventually upgrade the drainage system around the junction of Kings Lane and Ansty Coombe Lane. This area has been prone to flash flooding on the lane for a long time. As if to emphasise the problem the 18th saw torrential rain whilst work was in progress leading to the usual standing water (fortunately temporary) just past the junction of Kings Lane and Ansty Coombe lane! After the clearance of a bog thicket a month ago further dredging of the wetland area took place – encouraging the reincarnation of Frog Pond which had disappeared many years ago due to silting and then invading scrub which upset the drainage. We now await the Wiltshire Highways team to upgrade the outfall drainage. Click on top image to discover more.
Good News! St James’ Church will re-open on Sundays only for the time being, for private prayer from 10 am to 5 pm. Hand sanitisers will be available. The current social distancing rules still apply! It is hoped that Church services may resume in some form or other sometime in July.
At a recent ‘Zoom’ video conference the St. James Parochial Church Council agreed on their annual donations to various local charities. Click on image for more information on both these items.
New! Check out our Community Links page for up to date information. (updated 18-06-2020)
Thirteen years ago on Saturday June 23rd 2007, a group of Ansty villagers took part in ‘The Ansty Parish Boundary Walk’ – organised by Tony Keating (formerly of Ansty Manor) and others. The perambulation of our boundary on that day was more than a reference to the days when such walks were once common place and used to be referred to as ‘Beating the Bounds’. Click on the image to read more…
Ansty public footpath maintenance season in full swing (updated 10-06-2020)
After the enforced break from maintenance activities due to the coronavirus restrictions the Ansty volunteer public footpath maintenance group have very recently reconvened to continue to tidy up all of our footpaths after the winter storms and wet weather! Since then we have had weeks of warm sunshine and vegetation growth has added to the problems. Nevertheless, strictly following social distancing measures and operating in 2 entirely separate groups of just two individuals, footpath clearance is taking place once more. Hopefully this means local people can enjoy pleasant walking along our 6 miles of tracks through some of the most beautiful countryside imaginable this summer – whilst still keeping safe. Landowners have been doing their bit too in keeping our paths safe and maintained. Click on image for pictures of our footpaths and map details!
New Bollards replace the old! (posted 09-06-2020)
Over the past few years some of the original wooden (oak) bollards have become rotten and there were one or two gaps showing. Wiltshire Council were quite willing to replace the wooden bollards but only with plastic black and white reflector posts! Not a good look in this most beautiful historical location as even they admitted. However some of the old or missing bollards have been replaced using new locally sourced oak bollards once gain enhancing this attractive area. Click on image for more details.
More local photography has been added on to the Parish Snapshot tab on the side menu. Just something to continue to cheer us up as we cautiously attempt to regain some sense of normality! Any additions from local folk always welcomed. (posted 04-06-2020)
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A ‘Virtual’ Ansty Parish Council Meeting held this week! (updated 28-05-2020)
Ansty Parish Council held its very first Council Meeting on Wednesday 27th May 2020 at 6.00 pm using Zoom Video Conferencing technology to discuss a shortened agenda. Using this technology was necessary because of the current coronavirus restrictions. It was a partial success in that the Annual Governance and Accounting Regulations (AGAR) relating to the annual internal audit of the Parish Accounts was approved – but the chance to hear statements from the ‘floor’ and discuss any other business was missed due to the video streaming breaking up. The Zoom meeting was joined by two parishioners and was recorded by the Parish Clerk.
Click here for the earlier details from our parish clerk.
Ansty celebrates May Day in ‘lockdown’! (updated 02-05-2020)
Today we would have been celebrating ‘Ansty May’ – our village ‘Dancing round the Maypole’ tradition is steeped in history going back centuries, if not long before. Alas, in common with everywhere else – the event had to be cancelled due to the covid-19 pandemic. To cheer us up and remind us of some of the more recent events click on the image.
Special commemorative plaque unveiled (posted 01-05-2020)
Long standing Ansty resident Helen Forshaw, formerly of New Barn house died two years ago while out walking with her dog Bea in big sky country near Horwood. Helen was one of many Ansty folk who became involved in all of our parish activities over many years. Councillor Mathew Feltham who had known Helen since he was a child said ‘ Lots of Ansty villagers recognised all the hard work she had done for the parish over many years and just wanted something to remember her by: Helen gave 110% with everything she did.’ So if you go for walk over Horwood way – look out for the plaque.
It seems ages since our last Ansty Parish Council meeting, held at St James’ Church in Ansty on Monday 10th February which was attended by a small, involved and attentive group of parishioners. Since then the coronavirus crisis got in the way. Chairman Tim Martin, along with other councillors, efficiently dealt with a long agenda – updating villagers on many matters including several planning issues, financial matters and listening to residents concerns before making active decisions. Click on image for a copy of the draft minutes .
Anne Moorse. (posted 17-04-2020)
It was with much sadness that we recently reported the death of long-time Ansty resident Anne Morse. Anne died peacefully in hospital at 9.30 pm on March 26th.
For many years, musician and regular church-goer Anne was a much praised organist at St. James’ Church. A former music teacher, Anne was well known throughout the village and highly regarded by everyone. She will, indeed, be sadly missed.
There will just be a brief very private service and committal around the graveside outside St James’ Church for close family only, on Friday 17th April, as no-one is allowed into the church because of the continuing coronavirus epidemic.
It is hoped that there will be a massive thanksgiving for her once we are ‘liberated’ from the ‘lockdown’ restrictions. We offer our sincere commiserations to the family.
The Ansty and the wider community at its best! (updated 07-04-2020)
It seems ages since the government announced important measures on 16th March concerning drastic ‘lock down steps’ to keep us all as safe as possible from the unprecedented coronavirus situation that is now a world pandemic. Click on the Maypole flag to read more.
Looking for something to do during these strange times of social ‘lockdown’? (posted 28-03-2020)
Tree trimming has taken place in the vicinity of Frogpond Bend (updated 27-04-2020)
Last month some overgrown trees had been reduced back to a former hedge line so as not to interfere with telephone cables along the Frogpond end of Coombe Lane. Several other storm toppled trees nearby had been dealt with too. Last week, two men working in isolation, completely cleared a former pond area of more scrub and saplings as a first step to help improve the notoriously poor drainage that has plagued this lane junction with Kings Lane for many years. Hopefully, if and when things get back to a semblance of normality Wiltshire Council are primed to effect changes to reduce flooding problems that occur here during most winters.
The Ansty volunteer public footpath maintenance group have recently reconvened ready to tidy up all of our footpaths after the winter storms and wet weather! Hopefully this means local people and visitors alike can enjoy pleasant walking along our 6 miles of tracks through some of the most beautiful countryside imaginable this summer. Click on image to read about our second foray!
You may recall that Ansty’s ‘Physical’ notice board (left) was taken down for repair early last December (2019). Well after restoration and renovation, the familiar noticeboard is now back where it belongs! Tap image to read the full story. It should last for a few more years now!
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.
Cllr. Mathew Feltham has kindly attached our winning plaque to a stone in the vicinity of the Commandery to serve as a permanent reminder of our achievement in 2019. The CPRE Standard which was also presented to us and now resides on the bank of Ansty Pond will have to be returned by the end of August, this year. Click image for more details
Thank you to all those Ansty folk who pick up litter when they see it! (posted 08/02/2020)
Ansty Parish Council is very grateful to several unsung heroes who regularly collect litter from various locations in and around our village. These days, the problem seems to be getting worse despite our best efforts – and it seems that there will always be the need for ‘litter picking’ until everybody realises that it is just not pleasant and there really is no need to dump rubbish anywhere. Don’t forget our annual parish litter pick is scheduled for the end of March, this year.
Together with Salisbury Reds, Wiltshire Council have unveiled new electric buses for city’s park and ride services. The three brand new electric vehicles – a total investment of £1.2 million – will run from Salisbury park and ride bus services. Tap image for details. For more up-to-date news from Wiltshire Council click here:
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!
Even Earlier items of interest:
Once again we can report that our entire 6 mile (9.6 km) footpath system remains in fine fettle, thanks to regular vegetation clearing and trimming by the Ansty Volunteer Footpath Maintenance Group (AVFMG). Click on the image for full details in the annual report. Full statistics can be viewed here: or click on our Parish Footpaths Tab.
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.
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)
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.
West Wiltshire Police have suspended their Crime Map Report (updated 18/04/2020)
Click on the image for the latest local overview and crime map statistics for Wiltshire Police, West Wiltshire. Their latest crime details have been suspended until further notice due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Be ‘Flood Aware’ – Flood alerts flagged down again along the River Nadder and tributaries. (updated August 2020)
Such is the very fickle nature of the potential for flooding incidents ‘flood alerts’ are often ‘here today, gone tomorrow’. 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. 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 wet weather prevails click on the map image for current Environment Agency information and updates.
Village Events Archives
If you want to catch up with all of our village events and other items of interest (since 2017) then visit: Archived Documents or find ‘past village events’ at the bottom of this page.
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