North Wessex Downs AONB Newsletter & Website Resources


The North Wessex Downs AONB has provided a ‘core’ article on the AONB for use by parishes and others for their newsletters or websites.

This is the article which you can edit and adapt as you wish, as well as adding images:

Download the core NWD AONB article


This is an example of how the Whitton Way adapted the article for their local newsletter:

Download Whitton Way's NWD AONB article (part 1) Download Whitton Way's NWD AONB article (part 2)

Health & Wellbeing Activities in the Pewsey Community Area – 2020


This document contains activities for health and wellbeing which take place across the Pewsey Community Area.

It can be used by healthcare professionals to find suitable activities for clients and patients or by individuals who are looking to take up an activity.

A booklet containing this information has been provided to local GP surgeries.

The information includes the location, timings and contact details for the activities, as well as plenty of other information.

Download the 2020 Health & Wellbeing Activities spreadsheet

Clean for the Queen


Your Guide to Clean for the Queen (2)001


This leaflet from Wiltshire Council gives safety advice and details on how to secure resources for any community litter picks you may be planning for the Queen’s 90th birthday.

Download 'Clean for the Queen' guide



This document is a poster that North Newnton Parish is using and they have kindly shared for others to use if they would like to.

Download the Clean for the Queen poster (word document format)



Great Western Franchise – 2015 to 2019


Released by First Great Western in September 2015 for south west services, including those to and from Great Bedwyn and Pewsey stations.

Impact on services for these stations are on pages 6, 36 and 40.

8417 FGW Franchise Update Brochure MK2_LR


Progress update from the National Grid



Message from Hector Pearson:

I am writing to inform you that National Grid’s Visual Impact Provision (VIP) project Annual Report has been published this week and is available to download on our website at:

As you will be aware, National Grid has been collaborating with a diverse group of stakeholders on this Ofgem funded initiative which has made £500million available for electricity transmission owners to mitigate the visual impact of existing networks in Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONBs) and National Parks across Great Britain.

This project represents a major opportunity to enhance the landscape in protected places. Our ability to work collaboratively with the organisations at the heart of our landscape, particularly the AONBs and National Parks themselves, remains critical to its success.

The report covers the activities that we have undertaken over the last year, the wider stakeholder engagement programme and an overview of the eight AONBs and National Parks shortlisted by the Stakeholder Advisory Group in October 2014.

I would like to thank all stakeholders involved in the project for their input to date and look forward to continuing this work over the coming months.

I hope you will enjoy the report. You can also find more detailed information on the VIP project and the shortlisted designations by visiting our website  If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to email the project team on

Kind Regards

Hector Pearson


Visual Impact Provision Project Manager



Greenlaning Guidelines


Useful guidance from the Rights of Way team at Wiltshire Council on greenlaning – what’s allowed and what isn’t.



Rural Crime Prevention


Wiltshire Police has launched its rural crime prevention booklet.

94% of Wiltshire is classed as rural areas so there is some great information inside that could be relevant to you.

The booklet gives advice on the following topics:
•Farmhouse and outbuilding security
•Vehicles, machinery and boundaries
•Fuel tank and heating oil security
•Livestock and horse identification and protection
•Protection of wild animals, poaching and hare coursing

The majority of the photos from the booklet were supplied by members of the public through a photo competition Wiltshire Police held earlier in the year. Please have a read and remember if you see any suspicious activity to ring it in on 101.


Pewsey Pylons Project


PCAP attended the Technical Workshop with National Grid, the NWD AONB and others to work through the implications and route of the potential Visual Impact Provision (VIP) project in the Pewsey Vale, between Pewsey and Burbage.

The attached notes are from the meeting and should answer most of your questions.

2015-03-03 PCAP Notes from National Grid Visual Impact Provision


Useful documentation for Parish Councils


Dawn Wilson, in her role as Parish Councillor for Wilcot & Huish (with Oare) created the attached documents which other parish councils may find useful.

The first is a summary of the notes taken from the Parish Councillor training by WALC (Wiltshire Association of Local Councils) and is a good starting place for new Councillors or as a refresher.

Parish Council Notes

The second is a template that Parish Councils can use to check the quality of what they deliver – are you doing everything you should do and are you doing it the right way?

Parish Council Quality Review Template

Let us know if you have useful information to share with other Parish Councils in the Pewsey Community Area by emailing


Village Halls – at the heart of our communities


Most of our village halls are well used and provide an important hub for our parishes, particularly at this time of year.  In order to make them affordable to local people and keep them well-maintained, a constant pipeline of events needs to be maintained.  How a hall is marketed and advertised plays a major part of maintaining the pipeline.

Many people look for locations to hold events by searching the internet – particularly if they don’t know the area very well.  An on-line presence is therefore important to all village halls.  These are some pointers to assist you – by all means let us know if you have any words of advice to add to this!

Wiltshire Village Halls Association (WHVA) –

You have to be a member to register your hall on this website – annual membership costs £37 and has other benefits:

  • Full support from the Village Hall Advisory Service
  • Full membership of Community First
  • Full membership of the National Village Halls Forum
  • Access to individual advice from the WVHA committee and other Member Halls via a mentoring scheme
  • Regular editions of First News
  • Discounted fees for information events and training

Contact the secretary – Carol Southall at

Halls Hire –

No membership fee required and this website covers the whole of the UK.

Halls for Hire –

No membership fee required and this website covers the whole of the UK.

Facebook –

Not everyone wants to be on Facebook, but it does offer free opportunities.  You can set up your village hall as a Page on Facebook and get people to support it and post comments.  Of course not all of these may be good, but you can respond to comments to demonstrate you have put something right if there is a complaint which is a positive thing to do.  You can use your Facebook page to advertise events and to share news.

You can also keep an eye out on local Facebook Notice Boards (e.g. Pewsey Notice Board, Upavon Notice Board – there are lots out there!) where people are asking for recommendations for a venue and then respond with details of yours.

Pewsey Community Area Partnership –

We have all the parishes in the Pewsey Community Area listed and their village halls also listed with a link to their website or page on one of these sites.  If you would like yours included (for free) on our website, just email me with the link to the detailed hall info and confirm the name of your hall.  See to see whether you have already been added.


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