Rainwater Planter for the Village Hall

On what must be the coldest day of the year Minal Gardening Club met in the village hall for a Rainwater Planter workshop run by Ark (Action for the River Kennet) and Wendy Allen, garden designer specialising in rainwater gardens and organised by Milly Carmichael.  We learned about changing rainfall patterns in the Marlborough area and the changes being caused by climate change – peak rainfall events sometimes followed by periods of drought.  The increasingly heavy rainfall creates flash flooding problems in our village and Marlborough High Street.

One of the key messages is that we cannot control the amount of rain that falls on our roofs but we can control what happens to that rain to avoid it overwhelming the drains and causing problems in the south side of the village.  In the afternoon we braved the -5 wind chill to build our first rainwater planter.  The process of building the rainwater planter was very interesting with layers to absorb heavy rainfall and ensure plants survive dry periods and overflow drainage where it is needed.  Finally we planted, with advice from Wendy Allen, plants that can withstand heavy rain and periods of drought.  The planter will fill out quickly and it is hoped that we can create more planters to frame the village hall and do our bit for climate change.

For more information about rainwater gardens go to

UK Rain Garden Guide free download: www.raingardens.info

Slow The Flow Calderdale: https://slowtheflow.net/you-can-slow-the-flow-at-home/

To attend a rainwater workshop or learn how to do more in your garden, contact Charlotte Hitchmough: charlotte@riverkennet.org
Wendy Allen: rain@wendyallendesigns.co.uk

Fantastic Fireworks at Minal

Friday 5th November was ideal conditions for Fireworks.  After missing last year and over a year of restrictions there was a huge attendance and the sports field was full.  The display lasted 25 minutes and was set to a mixture of music set up by Nick Beere.  At the end there was a roar of applause and we have received several emails saying how professional the display was.  Thanks to Clive Schofield and his team of volunteers including the parking attendants, barbecue and bar and hot soup stall and Mike Sinden for building the bonfire.  The event is now so popular the Clerk received a telephone call from someone who had seen the website story.  However he was going from Newmarket so we think he was really looking for the Mildenhall Suffolk display!!  It is hoped the event has raised enough to keep the sports field ready for next year and to plough back into other events.

CANCELLED – Playpark Maintenance and Village Social 13 November 10am – 2.00pm

We are very grateful to Emma, Henry, Baxter and Archie Gagen and Archie’s friend Isaac who have emptied 4 cubic metre bags to top up the playpark areas.  What a fantastic job – it looks marvellous


Fancy burning off your lockdown calories to help our playpark and meet some fellow residents? We need some volunteers to add new chippings to the playpark areas. They are delivered in big bags and need spreading and mixing with the old stuff. So if you have a fork or spade and a wheelbarrow so much the better. It is not difficult but needs many hands. The PC will provide sandwiches, cakes and drinks for the workers. If you don’t have equipment we can provide. Meet at 10.00am at the playpark.  For more information contact the Clerk Sue Hine 01672 512847, mobile 079191 28758 or clerk@mildenhallwiltshire.org.uk

Fireworks at Minal 5th November 2021 from 6.30pm

It’s back on!  Minal Fireworks on Friday 5th November 2021 on the Sports Field in Mildenhall.  Gates Open 6.30pm and the display starts 7.30pm.  There will be a BBQ, Soup, Hot Chocolate, Beer, Mulled Wine available.

Adults £4, School goers £2, Family £10  Parking on the field if its not too wet!