Category: Information

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

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



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.


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


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