Survey for the future of Wiltshire Policing from the new PCC

Wiltshire's PCC launches consultation to shape policing future: PCP survey Twitter

Use Your Voice is one of the foundation blocks which commissioner Philip Wilkinson will base his new Police and Crime Plan on – the blueprint for strategic policing and crime priorities until 2025.

It will set out how the PCC’s pledges and priorities will be delivered throughout Wiltshire and, in a move championed by Mr Wilkinson, will reflect and meet the needs and priorities of residents.  “What has become apparent to me is the widening gap between what is important to the public and the police priorities,” he said. “Closing that gap is very much my responsibility. ”

“This consultation is the chance for every resident to have a say in what is important to them.  “Listening to the views and opinions of Wiltshire’s residents will mean the Police and Crime Plan is informed by them and the policing priorities have been directly influenced by them.

Use Your Voice runs from 18 October – 14 November 2021

There are a number of ways people can get involved – by filling in the online survey:

or feedback can be emailed to More ways to get involved are on the PCC’s website:

Werg bridge gets a plaque

Local historian David Sherratt and Minal residents Tom and Jill Otley have erected a plaque to commemorate Rev Charles Francis who paid for the bridge over the River Kennet at the Werg in the early 1800’s.

David is well known locally for his researches into local history and has recently made a study of the life of Charles Francis who lived from 1751 – 1821.  This was a time of privilege, pleasure and piety made popular recently by the hit TV series Bridgerton.  Charles’ career  benefitted hugely from the patronage of Thomas Brudenell, the Earl of Ailesbury who granted him several rich livings in Yorkshire and Wiltshire which gave him considerable wealth.  In return, like many men of the time with a social conscience, Charles used his money to build the Werg Bridge together with the old school in Thicketts Road.  He was also responsible for repairing and refurbishing Minal Church in 1816 and contributed towards the cost of the new extensive woodwork which is thought to have been done by carpenters working on Tottenham House which was being built at the same time.

Parish Councillors met with David and Tom to raise a glass in celebration of the new plaque.  Parish Chair, John Bevan, thanked David Sherratt for initiating and paying for the plaque and Tom and Jill Otley for causing it to be erected on the bridge where it will be admired for years to come.

Pictured Left to Right Tom and Jill Otley, David Sherratt, John Bevan, Brian Devonshire and Rob Bailey.


Village Fete 24 July 2021

The first village fete after the pandemic and the first organised by the new Sports and Social Club headed by Clive Schofield was a great success with much fun had by all.  The weather was better than expected and there was a great turnout.

There were lots of activities including a bouncy castle, chair-o-plane, pony rides, vintage tractors to view, face painting, beat the goalie, skittles, mini golf, throw the wellie and face painting.

The stalls included the white elephant stall, plants from the gardening club members, the human tumblr, delicious teas and cakes and the bottle school sold out in the first two hours.  The BBQ  was a great success and special mention for the 8kg of onions that Mark and his mum caramelised for the delicious burgers provided by Sumblers.

The bar was popular with Ramsbury brewery providing their ale at cost and the afternoon’s activities ended with the popular raffle.  In the evening the BBQ reopened and music and open mike entertainment was enjoyed until the rain later on.

Thanks to all the organisers and everyone who attended and enjoyed themselves.  The takings will be counted and will ensure our sports field can carry on supporting the youth sport of the area.

There is a gallery of photos on the Home Page or click on the link below.  Click on the photos to enlarge and scroll through them.  If you have any photos you would like to add please email them to

New Trees for Church Lane

The Ash trees in Church Lane have had to be removed due to Ash die back disease.  Adam Slater, who has recently moved into Church Lane with his wife, has kindly donated  4 oriental flowering cherry trees to replace them.  The picture shows Adam and Peter Ward (who used to play football for Minal) planting the trees.


Minal Church featured in Podcast by the Bishop of Ramsbury

Minal Church is special to Minal but also historically significant as it is one of the best examples of an 18th century church.  During the 19th century the Victorians removed the wooden pews and redesigned the seating in most churches.  Not so in Minal.  Andrew Rumsey, the Bishop of Ramsbury, recently visited Minal church for an episode of his podcast, Going to Ground.  Click here to listen to the 5 minute podcast.

Minal Summer Events – Cricket, Outdoor Theatre and Fete

Sports and Social Events Return!

With great relief and anticipation we are able to resume activities on the sports field at last. Youth football is catching up on missed matches and cricket commences in May with games most Thursday evenings and Saturday afternoons. And here are early notices of events being planned for the hopefully normal summer ahead of us. Look out for more information on the Minal Website and Minal Community Facebook page or contact Clive Scholefield at

Thursday 24th June 6pm. Cricket 🏏:

Minal XI vs Ramsbury Leg Rovers. The Minal XI will roll back the years and return to the field in this annual very friendly match. But we will need more players – both young and old, particularly from the local community. Please have a go – you will enjoy it!

Thursday 1st July 7pm. Outdoor Theatre 🎭:

We are thrilled to welcome back the Mikron Theatre for their performance of “A Dog’s Tale”.  (Derek see picture below).  Bring your own chairs/ blankets/ picnic. Refreshments will be available. If past years are to go by this is a light hearted, highly skilled and quintessential English evening event for the whole family. You will need to book this year so please look out for more details or contact Milly Carmichael via the Minal Community page.

Saturday 24th July: Summer Fete!! 🥳 👒

Hot off the press – still in planning. Start the summer holidays on a day filled with good old fashioned fun and activities for all – tombolas, plant stand, bric-a-brac, book stand, human fruit machine, games, face painting, refreshments, BBQ and more! And hopefully some live music at the end.

Ash die back comes to Church Lane

The Parish Council is sad to announce that the Ash trees in Church Land are be to be replaced due to discovery of Ash Dieback disease.  Ash die back is now affecting most of the Ash trees in the area and you may have noticed the felling of many trees on Ramsbury estates and along the A4.  Last July the Parish Council had the trees inspected as many of the branches were becoming dangerous in high winds.  The PC were hoping to save them and a planning application for a third reduction was applied for and granted.  Unfortunately, the disease has spread and this year Wiltshire Council has approved the felling of the large trees in the church car park.  This is a sad occasion as the trees are part of the fabric of Church Lane.

If you look closely at the picture the wood in the trunk is very dry and the branches are looking withered all classic signs of Ash die back.  On a more positive note, Adam Slater of Church Lane has offered a contribution towards new trees which will be planted in the Autumn.

If you would like to talk to someone on the Council about this please contact Rob Bailey 07872 326177 or the Clerk 01672 512847

Works will start on Friday 19 March.  Read more about Ash die back disease Ash Die Back

Fish and Chips comes to Minal

Starting next Thursday 18 March there is no need to go into Marlborough to have a break from the cooking.  Mark Harris has decided to set up a mobile catering truck to serve Fish and Chips to the local villages.  He is starting his service, here in Minal next Thursday 18 March from 5.00pm to 8.00pm in the Village Hall car park.   Mark grew up in the village and is a qualified chef.  This year has obviously been difficult for the catering industry so Mark has set up his own business called the Feisty Fish and will be coming to Minal every week on a Thursday.  Mark already has a curry on the menu and will be adding to the range available in the future.  Mark’s website will be called


Look out for your Wildflower Seeds

You will shortly be receiving a packet of wild flower seeds through your door.  Organised by Milly Carmichael, the seed has been generously supplied by Meadowmania in Marlborough.  Every house in Mildenhall and Axford is getting a packet and over 200 will be distributed in Ramsbury and 300 in Marlborough.  If every packet is sown, Milly says, we’ll create a mosaic of 1000 square metres of wildflower and pollinator friendly plants in a “Bee Road”.  For more information about Bee Roadz visit the Marlborough Transition website.