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Farmers Field is a 2 acre former grazing field close to Urchfont Cemetery bequeathed to the people of Urchfont in 2000 by Ernie Pottinger, a long-time resident and farmer in the village. Ernie requested that the field be used as a semi-natural woodland for the benefit of village residents.  The Field has been and is maintained by a group of volunteers from within the Community.

In 2016 the Parish Council tasked a member of Wiltshire Wildlife Trust to produce vision, development and management plans for the facility covering the next 25 years or so. These plans are now well advanced; the objectives being to improve sustainability of the facility itself, generate / improve community awareness and hopefully increase usage by creating a more sustainable and pleasant environment for the public to enjoy. Further information on this exciting initiative will be published in due course.

(Published 20th September 2017)

NOTICE OF COMPLETION OF EXTERNAL AUDIT                                                                ?

Grant Thornton UK LLP completed the audit of the Parish Council accounts and governance for 2016/17 on the 11th September 2017. The formal Notice of Conclusion of Audit together with the Audit Report can be found on the Parish Council Annual Reports & Returns page - Click HERE

(Published 18the September 2017)


We have today received notification from WC that their report will now be submitted to the WC Eastern Area Planning Committee on Thursday 5th October 2017, not on the 7th September 2017 commencing at 3pm in the Wessex Room, Corn Exchange, Devizes, SN10 1HS. We are advised that the Committee will hear up to three speakers for and three speakers against the Order, each for a maximum of three minutes (four minutes for the Parish Council representative)

It is understood that the Wiltshire Council (WC) Rights of Way Group will be submitting the Prow Order to the WC Regional Planning Committee for ratification on 7th September 2017. This action will facilitate the next phase in the process which is submission to the Secretary of State for a decision on a Definitive Map Modification Order to formally record the route of the PROW from Top Green to the Playing Field. The decision is not automatic and could involve a public enquiry following any objections and / or further evidence.

(Updated 18th September 2017)



Following an application submitted by the Parish Council to Wiltshire Council, the decision has been taken to list the Inn and adjacent land and outbuildings as an Asset of Community Value.

This decision has been taken because The Lamb Inn is the last remaining pub in the village of Urchfont and it provides a meeting place for individuals, families, small groups and local organisations. It is the home venue for various skittles teams and it is used by local tennis, cricket and croquet clubs. The Community Shop and Post Office currently occupy an outbuilding belonging to the pub, which provides a valuable local service to the community.

An entry has been made on the Land Register and the owner of the asset cannot dispose of it without satisfying a number of criteria in consultation with Wiltshire Council; this could facilitate the opportunity for a community interest group to be treated as a potential bidder.

Unless the entry is challenged, The Lamb Inn remains on this list until 26th July 2022.

(Published on 3rd August 2017)






Following the resignation of John Chapman, the Parish Council has been authorised by the WC Returning Officer to co-opt a new member. With effect 26th July 2017, Maria Kemp has accepted and been formally co-opted onto the Council. Maria received the most votes of the four unsuccessful candidates in the May 2017 Parish Council elections thus making her the obvious choice for this post.

?(Published 26th July 2017)



Traffic speeds were automatically recorded recently at two points between Crooks Lane and the existing 30mph speed zone signs (see data below). The objective being to provide evidence for the possible reduction of the 60mph zone over this section of the B3098 and in Crooks Lane. This evidence together with other measures to try and encourage drivers to slow down as they enter the Village will be considered further by WC in consultation with the Parish Council.

  • Site A – equipment mounted on traffic sign east of Rookery View – average speed of 3833 vehicles were recorded as 41mph eastbound and 40mph westbound.
  • Site B – equipment installed adjacent to the layby on the southern side of the B3098 – average speeds of 3642 vehicles were recorded as 43mph eastbound and 42mph westbound.

(Published 23rd July 2017)



It was decided at the Parish Council meeting on 12th July 2017 to replace the Community Grant Scheme with immediate effect by a new Financial Assistance Policy offering a more flexible and wider benefit approach. The key factors of the new policy are:

  • That applicants can approach the Council at any time during the year, there is no deadline for applications or requirement to wait until the following financial year for payment
  • Each application will need to gain the sponsorship and oversight of a Parish Councillor
  • Funding will be awarded from the Parish Council project rather than grants budget if and when approved
  • Financial assistance can only be for capital project proposals
  • That the proposal will need to demonstrate benefit to the wider Parish community rather than just to the organisation or group making the application
  • Applications will only be accepted if submitted on the Parish Council form available on the website.

The new policy, procedure and application form can be found HERE.




?We have been advised that Urchfont came second by one point in the CPRE Best Kept Village Competition. Whilst this result was disappointing, the Village did win the ‘Best Newcomer’ section of the competition. Congratulations go to all who played a part in achieving these excellent results, in particular to John Chapman who played a leading role. Whatever the results, the Village has undoubtedly benefitted from the preparations for the competition.


(Updated 23rd July 2017)





To see the results of the Election held on 4th May 2017 - CLICK HERE


?(Published 5th May 2017)



Voting took place in the UWLNP Referendum on 20th April 2017. The declared result was carried 0n the basis that 367 electors voted YES and 43 voted NO to the question asked. Turnout was 44.07%.

?(Published 21st April 2017)



?NEW PATH TO CEMETERY FROM THE CROFT - a new fenced path has been completed giving direct access to the cemetery from The Croft without having to go through the allotments. The existing gate to the allotments by the cremation plots has been sealed off and new signage has been erected. The public are no longer permitted to enter the allotment grounds which is private land owned by the Parish Council. My (Clerk to the Council) thanks go to the allotment holder’s working party who at my request cleared a good deal of the rubbish that had accumulated across the site of the new path in preparation for contracted works.?

(Updated 24th February 2017)

PRIVATE FARM ROAD FROM CEMETERY LANE Understandably the road leading up to the ridge from Cemetery Lane across Snook farmland has been closed to the public whilst the grain dryer was being built for H&S reasons. Whilst the road is not a public right of way, the Snook family allowed the public to use the path in the past for dog walking. The route is a relatively dry and clean option to the local bridle paths and footpaths which can become very muddy, overgrown and hazardous to those on foot especially during winter months. Since completion of the dryer I (Clerk) have been getting an increasing number of enquiries from local residents as to when the road will be open for use again, not only up to the line of the electricity pylons but also access to the ridge. I, therefore, emailed the Snook family to gain their thoughts on re-opening the road, it was suggested that they might consider making it a permissive route so that it can be closed when necessary.

I have now received a reply from Mr John Snook in which he “reluctantly” states that it has been decidedNOT to re-open the road to the public for the present”. He includes the following statement in his letter:

“The use of our private farm road was enjoyed and appreciated by many people but was also being abused by some which caused us problems.  We allowed it as a goodwill gesture to the residents of Urchfont but unfortunately some walkers were reluctant to move aside for farm traffic thus causing tractors etc. to come to a standstill and it appeared as if the walkers were doing us a favour in moving aside!  In addition the grass verges were littered with dog poo which made it unpleasant for tractor drivers should they have to get off their machines.  The track was also being used on occasion by cyclists, horses and even some cars.”

Please respect this decision, UPC hope that it will be reconsidered in the near future.?

(Published 20th February 2017)













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