Coronavirus regional testing site open in Salisbury



June 2020
Salisbury Beehive Test Centre

A drive-through coronavirus testing facility at the Beehive Park & Ride in Salisbury, as part of the Government's UK-wide drive to increase testing, opened at the weekend.

Anyone experiencing a new, continuous cough, a high temperature, or a loss of or change in their normal sense of smell or taste, can book an appointment on the NHS website or by calling 119 to be tested for whether they currently have coronavirus.

The site sits alongside the existing network of testing sites being set up around the UK. The facility will be piloted for its first few days of operation.

For more information go to

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Wiltshire Council launch booking system for HRCs from June 8th



June 2020
Wiltshire Council new HRC pre-booking notice

On Thursday Wiltshire Council are launching a household recycling centre (HRC) online booking system. You’ll be able to advance book slots from Thursday for visits from Monday 8 June. As of Monday, you can’t visit a HRC without a booking – you must book a slot online in advance and bring ID.
Other changes from Monday:
New opening times.
Stanton St Quinton HRC is reopening.
HRCs can now accept soil, rubble, plasterboard and, with notice, asbestos (some sites only).
Other restrictions – including no trailers or vehicles 3.5 tonnes or over, and only one person can get out of the car – remain in place.
The postcode entry system remains in place until Monday.
Info and FAQs:

Police Warning Following Mass Bike Gathering

Salisbury Plain


June 2020
Community Messaging & Wiltshire Police

Officers covering the Salisbury Plain area are warning off-road motor bikers that if they break the law by riding dangerously and illegally they will be dealt with by Wiltshire Police.

Yesterday (31/05), a large number of riders with off-road motorcycles and quad bikes gathered on the plain around the Upavon and Everleigh areas.

We first received reports of numerous vans carrying the bikes turning up at approximately 11am.

Officers attended the areas and four Traffic Offence Reports were given to riders of the bikes and drivers of the vans.

Three vans were also seized and impounded.

Sgt James Osment said: "We dealt with a number of riders and drivers yesterday who were causing a nuisance around parts of Salisbury Plain by riding uninsured vehicles with no MOTs.
"This type of anti-social behaviour is not only dangerous but illegal and won't be tolerated by us nor the local community. The message to anyone who comes here and rides illegally is that we will deal with you and seek to prosecute you.
"Our job is to protect the community we serve and we will do that by enforcing the law around the illegal use of these machines.
"This isn't us being killjoys, we are more than happy for people to ride on the legal byways, so long as the motorbikes are taxed, MOT'd and insured."

Message Sent By
Mark Jones (Police, Media Officer, Wiltshire)

Wildfire risk raised to "Extreme"



May 2020
Wildfire risk

The wildfire risk has currently been raised to 'Extreme' conditions not seen here for many years. Please take extra caution around:

Littering, Disposable BBQs, Cigarettes, Glassware.

Campfires, Bonfires becoming out of control.

Cars parked on verges - heat and exhaust igniting very dry grass.

Dorset & Wilts Fire & Rescue Service have asked that you do not have barbecues or naked flames in the open countryside! Please take any litter and glass items home with you.  Discarded glass can act like a magnifying glass and cause fires.  The risk is too great. DWFire Facebook Page

Lavington dad and daughter star in Channel 4 documentary

Market Lavington


May 2020
Carmela Chillery-Watson filmed by CH4 crew.

Important information regarding your water supply after lockdown



May 2020
Wessex Water

Important information regarding your water supply after lockdown

The lockdown restrictions in place over the last couple of months has meant several business premises have been forced to close which means water within the building plumbing systems will have been left stagnant. This can cause the water quality to deteriorate within the plumbing system in a number of ways:

· Warming of water

· Growth of micro-organisms (e.g. bacteria, legionella)

· Increased leaching of metals found in plumbing (could cause discolouration)

· Taste and odour from prolonged contact with some plumbing materials

We would like to bring to your attention the steps that should be taken to remove any stagnant water and renew your water supply before your workforce return to work and use the water.

1) Identify all items that use water within the building (taps, showers, appliances, toilets, urinals, drinks machines, bathrooms, etc) and any water storage (tanks and cisterns). Anything storing water should be emptied and refilled first.

2) Then gently flush all cold-water outlets individually starting with the tap nearest to where the water enters the building and move systematically to the most distant outlet including flushing toilets. Flush until the water is cool to the touch or the same temperature as the water closest to where it enters the building.

3) Minimise the potential of creating aerosols by flushing gently, removing aerators, shower heads and any other tap inserts or attachments. Close toilet seat lids before flushing.

4) If there are any outlets that require servicing or cleaning by an external contractor (e.g. coffee machines, soft drinks machines) switch off the supply to them and do not use until a contractor can visit.

5) Ensure appliances are flushed and internal filters and softeners are checked to ensure they are flushed and working correctly as outlined in manufacturer’s instructions.

6) Once the cold water has flushed through, repeat the process with the hot water outlets.

If you have a water safety plan for the premises, this should include how to return the building water system to normal following prolonged low/no use.

Complex systems involving chemical dosing systems (eg swimming pools and spa pools) please enlist the services of a professional to service the system and return to normal operation.

For more information please see the link below:

Water UK - Recovering drinking water supplies in buildings and networks after prolonged inactivity guidance document

Health and Safety Executive (HSE) – Legionella and Legionnaires’ disease

If you have any specific concerns or queries regarding your water quality, please reply to this email with your question.

If you have any other enquiries regarding billing or metering, please contact your water retailer who provide your bill.

Kind Regards

Wessex Water Regulations Team

Wessex Water

Household recycling centres re-opening with postcode entry system on Monday 18th May



May 2020
Household recycling centres postcode entry system

Household recycling centres to reopen with postcode entry system All of Wiltshire's household recycling centres (HRCs), bar Stanton St Quintin, will reopen on Monday 18 May with an easy to use postcode entry system to help limit the number of people on site at any time and ensure social distancing. Stanton St Quintin HRC will remain closed because parking spaces on site have been significantly reduced and because of the already difficult traffic management issues at the site. This will be kept under review and in the meantime people should use the Purton, Melksham or Lower Compton sites.

People should only visit HRCs on the days that correspond to the first part of their postcode. For example, if your postcode starts in BA12, you can only visit the sites on Monday 18 May, Wednesday 20 May etc - see table.

You can visit any Wiltshire site you choose, so while you are limited by the days you can attend, you can attend any Wiltshire household recycling centre on these days – though please be sure to check the latest opening times before you set off, as many sites will need to operate very differently to previous arrangements. You may be asked to provide a proof of address in order to use the household recycling centre, so please bring it with you.

To keep staff and residents safe, there are a significant number of changes in place to ensure social distancing can be maintained at all HRCs, including: Visitors must keep at least two metres from others at all times. One person per car. No entry for trailers or large vans over 3.5 tonnes. Vehicles allowed on site on a ‘one in, one out’ basis. No pedestrian access. HRCs cannot accept soil, rubble, plasterboard, textiles or asbestos during this initial reopening phase. Don’t bring recyclable materials that can be collected through the council’s kerbside recycling collection service.

Find out more, including FAQs.

Teacher and team turn out 2,000 NHS masks from his kitchen table in Lavington

Market lavington


April 2020
Kevin McGuinness and son Euan

When Kevin McGuiness started producing protective visors for NHS staff at home he thought he might make a few dozen. But so far Mr McGuiness from Market Lavington, near Devizes, has raised more than £20,000 in donations and has produced more than 2,000 masks for frontline health workers. Mr McGuiness, who is deputy head of St Joseph’s School, Salisbury, now has a team working with him to build the masks and is determined to keep working around the clock all the time the demand still exists. His headteacher Rachel Ridley said she had been moved to tears by the work of Kevin and his team of volunteers. She said: “The hours they are putting in is awe inspiring.The incredible donations given by members of the public and companies who are all struggling financially has also moved me to tears.” Mr McGuinness said: “I am blown away by the generosity of people.”

A new website has been set up for donations and requests.

From Gazette & Herald, Devizes issue 27th April 2020 Website.  Photo: Gazette & Herald.

New Parish Council Website Goes Live

Market Lavington


April 2020
Website home page

The New website for Market Lavington Parish Council has ben unveiled today.  We hope that you like it and find it informative.  We would be happy to receive feedback.  Please use the Contact Us section of this website.

Heroic carers leave families

Littleton Panell


April 2020
Carers and residents of Haven Care Home

CARE workers at a home in Littleton Panell are choosing to look after their elderly patients ahead of their own families in an amazing response to the coronavirus lockdown.

Many of the 18 staff at The Haven Care Home are saying farewell to their own families, and packing their bags for a three-week stint on duty.  More information here.

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