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Five Digital Lessons from Generation Z

September 2019

According to a recent survey, Gen Zs believe they are the most digitally responsible generation. And the majority have something they would like to teach older adults to help them stay safe online.

Discover the Five Digital Lessons by reading the document in the Public Service section in our Download Library.

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Wise Up To Scams

September 2019

Most of us will at some time be contacted by people who are operating scams but most of us will recognise a scam when we see it. Unfortunately it is often the more vulnerable elderly who struggle to recognise a scam, and sadly they may fall victim

Find out out to protect yourself against scammers by visiting the Friends Against Scams website or by reading the leaflet available in the Download Library.

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Devizes Town Band play West Lavington Fete

September 2019

Devizes Town Band played at West Lavington Fete in July. Here are the songs that were played:

West Lavington Parish Council audio file1. A Tribute to Amy Winehouse

West Lavington Parish Council audio file2 Beauty and the Beast

West Lavington Parish Council audio file3. Fly Me to the Moon

West Lavington Parish Council audio file4. Chicken Run

West Lavington Parish Council audio file5. And I Love Her

West Lavington Parish Council audio file6. Bad Romance

West Lavington Parish Council audio file7. Can't Help Falling in Love

West Lavington Parish Council audio file8. Despacito

West Lavington Parish Council audio file9. Grease

West Lavington Parish Council audio file10. Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

West Lavington Parish Council audio file11. Pirates of the Caribbean

West Lavington Parish Council audio file12. Toy Story

West Lavington Parish Council audio file13. Pure Imagination

West Lavington Parish Council audio file14. Beyond the Sea

West Lavington Parish Council audio file15. Wallace and Grommit

West Lavington Parish Council audio file16. Lion King

West Lavington Parish Council audio file17. Cantina Band

West Lavington Parish Council audio file18. Love is Here to Stay

West Lavington Parish Council audio file19. Oliver



Please note that the above audio files should play on all platforms that have intergral audio playback apps. Otherwise, we recommend VLC Media Player freely available here.
No Knife - Safer Life

September 2019

Everyone has the right to live a life free from fear and violence.

We all have a duty and responsibility to keep each other safe from violence, and expect that our friends, family and children won’t be carrying weapons. Any incident where a knife or weapon has been carried or used with the intention to harm is a concern to us and police will investigate.

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Latest Community Policing Report

August 2019

The Community Policing Report and previous editions are available in the Download Library.

West Lavington Parish Council Download Library West Lavington Parish Council is a Wiltshire local authority, serving the communities of West Lavington and Littleton Panell.
Become a Councillor

July 2019

West Lavington Spring Clean
Result of Neighbourhood Plan Referendum

June 2019

Declaration of Results on the Referendum on the West Lavington Neighbourhood Plan on the 6th June 2019:

Electorate = 919
Ballot Papers issued = 304
Turnout = 33.08%

The question asked was:
‘Do you want Wiltshire Council to use the neighbourhood plan for West Lavington to help it decide planning applications in the neighbourhood area?’

Result:
Yes = 262
No = 42

Therefore Result = CARRIED


Herewith announcement by Wiltshire Council of the Referendum Result

WLNP Final Document

The Neighbourhood Plan is wide ranging and sets down a series of planning policies concerning the built environment, housing, economy, community facilities, the natural environment as well as non planning issues. It further identifies the preferred choice for residential development, after extensive consultation across the community, with an aligned ‘masterplan’ of the proposed build which is drafted in consultation with the developer, Wiltshire Council, Parish Council and the local community.

The result of the Referendum now means that from the 6th June 2019, the Neighbourhood Plan takes full legal force in decision making, so all planning applications for this parish must take the Plan into account.

Quote from Bridget Herniman Chair of West Lavington Parish Council:

“We are delighted that we now have a robust localised planning development strategy which will inform all parish planning issues over the forthcoming years. This is about the community and Parish Council taking control of planning in our local area and being proactive in engaging with developers at both the pre-application stage and indeed during the determination of any planning application. This is best practice and a legal requirement, with the emphasis on aiming to get to the position that when an application is submitted, as many people as possible are happy with it.

We are very much looking forward to using the Neighbourhood Plan, on behalf of our community, to protect and shape the future of our Parish”.

Herewith approved West Lavington Neighbourhood Plan


Latest Community Policing Report

June 2019

The Community Policing Report and previous editions are available in the Download Library.

West Lavington Parish Council Download Library West Lavington Parish Council is a Wiltshire local authority, serving the communities of West Lavington and Littleton Panell.
Latest Community Policing Report

May 2019

The Community Policing Report and previous editions are available in the Download Library.

West Lavington Parish Council Download Library West Lavington Parish Council is a Wiltshire local authority, serving the communities of West Lavington and Littleton Panell.
Protecting livestock and crops within our parish

May 2019

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Spring is comingin the countryside!

The duty to maintain the Rights of Way network is shared between Wiltshire Council as the Highways Authority and the landowners/occupiers of the land over which thepath exists. The Parish Council acts as custodian on behalf of your community.

With the days lengthening, spring is on the way and a busy time of year for our local livestock farmers. Lambing and calving will be starting in the next few weeks so we wouldask all of you,especially those of youwith dogs, to ensure that your dogs are kept on leads if crossing livestock fields on public rights of way. It is permitted to keep bulls on fields with footpaths provided they are accompanied by cows.If you arein any doubt, please find an alternativeroute.

Please do not damage fences or electric fencing put up but if you have any concerns, do not hesitate to contact the Parish Council Clerk clerk@westlavington.org

Faeces left lying on the ground are of particular worry to farmers. They can contaminate the grass crop and lead to cows becoming ill and aborting calves. The fouling of footpaths by dogs has improved but please, owners, pick up faeces and dispose of inyour bin.

Later in the summer, another problem is loose dogs running through ripe crops spilling seed, so lowering yield and leaving the seed to come up the following year in another type of crop. Incidents of large sticks left lying (having been thrown forthe dog) can also cause damage to very expensive farm machinery.

We are fortunatein our parish to have 22 miles of footpaths and bridleways, so plenty of wonderful countryside for us all to enjoy.

BBC report on dog mess infecting cows


Spring Clean Report

April 2019

We did it again!

West Lavington Spring Clean Spring Clean fever was bursting out in West Lavington Parish on Saturday, 6th April when the sun came out again after cold and wet winter days. Our Youth Club at the village hall opened its doors to allow the Spring Cleaners to gather at 9.30am and picking continued until 1pm.

Community spirit including tea, coffee and biscuits was much in evidence when local residents of all age groups including families with children turned out to clear our streets, wash street signs, sweep bus shelters and nurture our telephone kiosks.

The Great British Spring Clean in support of ‘Keep Britain Tidy’ exemplifies the pride of Littleton Panell and West Lavington and although there were fewer volunteers this year (20 plus) those that did make the effort more than compensated for the reduced numbers by their enthusiasm and desire to do their bit. Wiltshire Council and ‘Street Scene’ provided much appreciated litter picking equipment which the parish is grateful for and which will be retained for further litter picks over the summer when particular locations will be targeted.

It is evident that some people who could not attend have made the effort to clean up around their property and they are to be applauded but unfortunately there are other locations where owners could do much more to improve things for us all.

In the region of 40 bags of rubbish were collected by the volunteers this year and ‘Street Scene’ has agreed to remove them all for appropriate disposal.

A huge thank you to those who have made the effort so far this year and in anticipation also to those intending to tidy their location in the coming days and weeks!




Sandra Gamble
Chairman of West Lavington Parish Council
8th April 2019

Latest Community Policing Report

April 2019

The Community Policing Report and previous editions are available in the Download Library.

West Lavington Parish Council Download Library West Lavington Parish Council is a Wiltshire local authority, serving the communities of West Lavington and Littleton Panell.
Latest Community Policing Report

February 2019

The Community Policing Report and previous editions are available in the Download Library.

West Lavington Parish Council Download Library West Lavington Parish Council is a Wiltshire local authority, serving the communities of West Lavington and Littleton Panell.
Latest Community Policing Report

January 2019

The Community Policing Report and previous editions are available in the Download Library.

West Lavington Parish Council Download Library West Lavington Parish Council is a Wiltshire local authority, serving the communities of West Lavington and Littleton Panell.
Pcc Wants To Hear Your Feedback On Local Policing

January 2019

"Would you be prepared to pay an extra two pounds a month for more police officers?"

That's the question being asked by Police and Crime Commissioner for Wiltshire and Swindon Angus Macpherson.

Please see the Police Feedback Form in the Download Library.

West Lavington Parish Council Download Library West Lavington Parish Council is a Wiltshire local authority, serving the communities of West Lavington and Littleton Panell.
The West Lavington Commemoration Copse

November 2018

The Chairman of the Parish, Mrs. Sandra Gamble, planted the first tree of the Parish’s Commemoration Copse at 12.30 p.m. on Remembrance Day. The Reverend Pat Strowger carried out the blessing of the Beech Tree in the presence of Councillors Peter Blundell, Hazel Freeman, Julia Ford, Sandra Gamble, Michael May, Tony Morton, Robert Oglesby and Wiltshire Councillor Richard Gamble.

Many people have made it possible for the creation of the Commemoration Copse to become a reality. They include Mrs. Caroline Holloway, who has donated this area; Mr. Simon Collins of Gore Cross Farms Ltd. and his manager, Mr. Keith Potter for giving up the use of the adjacent parcel of land; Lt. Col Tim Jalland and all his colleagues at the D.I.O. and finally Wiltshire Councillor, Richard Gamble.

Councillors Peter Blundell and Michael Challinor have worked tirelessly for over twelve months with the very active involvement of the District Councillor, Richard Gamble, to ensure that this scheme came to fruition.

Perched high above Ram’s Cliff this site has panoramic views over the entire Parish. It dramatically emphasises the inextricable link between this Parish and the military presence on Salisbury Plain being within sight and sound of the artillery guns. In all thirty five trees will be planted and, as they mature, they will be thinned and grow into a fine, iconic Beech Copse so typical of this area of the country. A fitting tribute to the twenty five soldiers from this Parish, who lost their lives fighting in the Great War.

West Lavington Parish Council Commemoration Copse
L. to R. Councillors Michael May & Julia Ford, Wiltshire Councillor Richard Gamble,Councillors Tony Morton, Hazel Freeman, Robert Oglesby, Reverend Pat Strowger & Councillor Sandra Gamble.
West Lavington Parish Council Commemoration Copse

Parish Council Chairman, Sandra Gamble, planting the first beech sapling. This tree will eventually be joined by a further thirty four. Gradually they will be thinned out to leave twenty five mature trees, thus representing that number of soldiers from this Parish who perished in the Great War.
West Lavington Parish Council Commemoration Copse

The first sapling in the West Lavington Commemorative Copse.
West Lavington Parish Council Commemoration Copse

Sandra Gamble joined by Councillor Peter Blundell, who chairs the Council Memorial Group, and the Reverend Pat Strowger.



Photographs courtesy Peter Blundell
West Lavington Parish Council Commemoration Copse

Reverend Pat Strowger
West Lavington Parish Council is a Wiltshire local authority, serving the communities of West Lavington and Littleton Panell.
Results of our Regional (TEA 25) 2018 Poppy Appeal

November 2018

Poppy Appeal

Over the two weeks of Remembrancetide 27th Oct – 11th Nov , we had 16 door to door collectors and 13 static points covering our patch of Littleton Panell, West Lavington , Little Cheverell, Great Cheverell and Erlestoke.

Our team of volunteers, schools, churches, businesses and local organisations raised a staggering grand total of over £3500, the largest total ever received, from our 9 years of records. This broke down as follows:

Littleton Panell
£255.89
West Lavington
£1624.05
Little Cheverell
£237.01
Great Cheverell
£1038.90 + (£150 for the sale of poppies made by the children of Holy Trinity School which was sent directly to the RBL)

Erlestoke
£359.60 (This did not include their church collection which was administered separately)
Steve and Bridget Herniman       Joint Poppy Appeal Coordinators for the RBL

On behalf of the Poppy Appeal, many thanks indeed to all of the volunteers and organisations who took part and for all the generous donations.
LIVE ON

TO THE MEMORY OF THE FALLEN AND THE FUTURE OF THE LIVING


The Royal British Legion provides lifelong support for the Armed Forces community - serving men and women, veterans, and their families.
West Lavington Parish Council is a Wiltshire local authority, serving the communities of West Lavington and Littleton Panell.
Older person’s standard Wiltshire concessionary bus pass

November 2018

Information about the renewal of bus passes.

From 01 January 2019, not all bus passes will be renewed automatically. This is because there are approximately 20,000 passes in circulation that have not been scanned on a bus prior to renewal, indicating that the pass has not been used. In these cases, the passes will not be automatically renewed.

If your pass is not automatically renewed but you would still like to receive one to use in the future, please contact Wiltshire Council on 0300 456 0100 and we can arrange for your new pass to be issued.

Wiltshire Council regrets that any charges which may occur on bus journeys are non-refundable.

West Lavington Parish Council is a Wiltshire local authority, serving the communities of West Lavington and Littleton Panell.
News and Views across our local communities

The ever-popular village magazine 'News and Views' magazine is delivered free to every home in the parish, almost every month (combined issues for December/ January and July/August) by a dedicated band of volunteer distributors. We hope you enjoy this alternative way of reading the magazine, and that our friends around the world now have a chance to keep up with village life!

The latest copy (and back-issues to 2010) of 'News and Views' is available from the Download Library.



For our local newspaper, the Gazette & Herald, click here.

For the latest Wiltshire news from the BBC, including sport and travel, click here.

For the latest national and international news from the BBC, click here.

For the latest Weather observations, direct from the Met Office, click here.
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Parish Diary

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