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In neighbouring Hilmarton Parish Church Hall the monthly Moviola screening.

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Wiltshire Good Neighbours
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Crazy Little Thing Called Love

Starring Kevin Tomlinson and Guests

Saturday 18th April at the Village Hall
Doors and Bar open at 7:00 pm

A comic look at love in all its many forms (Improvisation, Sketches & Stand up) Details.....

General Election

Thursday 7th May from 7:00 am

at the Benson Village Hall

Polling staion will be open from 7:00 am untll 10 pm. Details.....



Compton Bassett Parish Council formally submitted the final version of the Compton Bassett Neighbourhood Plan to Wiltshire Council at 9am on Monday 2nd February 2015, following some minor modifications requested by the Statutory Consultees (English Heritage, Natural England and Environment Agency).  There should now be a final County wide consultation period of 6 weeks before formal approval by the Planning Inspector (who may request a further referendum).  The delay in the final submission was due to Wiltshire Council’s comments (all 57 pages of them) to which we were required to provide a detailed response and the production of some additional supporting  documents.  The total suite of documents is now Compton Bassett Neighbourhood Plan (largely unchanged); Design Statement; Scoping Opinion, Sustainability Assessment; Basic Conditions Statement; Consultation Statement; Habitats Regulation Assessment and an Equality Impact Assessment. 

All 500 pages of the documents are available on the Compton Bassett web-site. To view select the "Parish Council" tab in the menu and navigating to the neighbourhood plan tab.

Hills Lower Compton Planning Application Update

Hills’ Lower Compton planning application was due to be heard recently but has been deferred yet again. Wiltshire Council have requested further information on Hills’ HGV movements in Calne, so the application will not heard be heard until that has been submitted.

Meanwhile, Hills have submitted an amendment to their original plans. The notification letter received by the Parish Council is available elsewher on the site.

You can view the full appplication and important dates relevent to the planning preocess by visiting the application on the Wiltshire Council's own website here.

Broadband for Compton Bassett

Compton Bassett has sought an ally in the House of Lords in the battle to achieve a reasonable broadband speed for homes in the village.

The Lib Dem peer, Lord Nigel Jones of Cheltenham has tabled four questions now on our behalf in the Lords “To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will use Compton Bassett in Wiltshire as a pilot test case for installing superfast Broadband in rural areas due to its special and unusual challenges.”

He has agreed with our assertion that it is quite ridiculous that today, in 2015 many of the village homes cannot get broadband at all whilst those who are lucky enough to get any cover at all can typically achieve speeds of less than 2.0 Mbit/s.

Lord Nigel Jones of Cheltenham

As long ago as 2007 over half the population across the country had already got broadband running at speeds in excess of 4.6 Mbit/s. The equipment to bring proper high speed broad band to the village terminates just over a mile from the southern reaches of the village and the ducting is believed to come right up to the village itself.

Under current rules, Wiltshire Council has already gained funding and upgraded the exchange at Quemerford from which half the village gets its service and so Compton Bassett is deemed to have been upgraded commercially, preventing further investment at this stage. The council is currently going through procurement for phase two funding to consider communities that have been upgraded commercially but who are not able to access a superfast service. Any result for this funding application will not be known until June of this year.

Lord Jones has requested an answer to his question within two weeks, before parliament is broken up for the next elections. Full story Gazette and Herald

Benson Hall Events

Compton Bassett Village Sign

Thanks to all who kindly donated towards the oak post – the post and sign will be going in between the tree behind the memorial bench on the corner of Briar Leaze and the end of the hedge sometime in April, as soon as the post can be ordered.

A social evening was held on Friday 27th February for those interested to have a sneaky preview of the new village sign over a glass of wine.  A small donation towards the cost of the wine and the 6 metre oak post support for the sign was asked for from thise who wanted to.  Giving everyone the chance to “own” a bit of village history. 

Donations can still be given to this worthy cause please do give your support.   The sign will be erected in April when there are enough funds for the oak post (£250).

Benson Village Hall is also having bit of an internal “spruce up” this year with changes to the entrance lobby scheduled in February and a cleaning blitz in the Spring, so on the 27th February, the first of our forthcoming events, you will get two for the price of one – a preview of the lobby and a preview of the new sign.  

Speedwatch Matters

Compton Bassett took part in “Operation Harness” in January where Wiltshire Police held a County wide Speedwatch event.  Our “bit” took place on 20th January between 1 and 3pm where Pete Szczesiak & Peter Alberry accompanied by 6 Police Officers monitored traffic in Compton Bassett. We could see the car bonnets dipping as soon as the motorists became aware of the significant police presence – so we only recorded a single speeding event during the 2 hours of checking. 

So Speedwatch is taking off again – we have the laser camera until the end of February – so we’d like to build a data base of speeding vehicles throughout the day over the course of February, particularly mornings and evenings, so that we can us the information to lobby for reduced speed limits as recorded in the Compton Bassett Neighbourhood Plan.  We have 8 trained volunteers so far with a number of others applying for training later this year. If you’d like to be involved please e-mail

Together we can make a difference.

Wiltshire Good Neighbours

With the season of good will soon upon us our thoughts are turning to perhaps our families, or our friends, those with whom we enjoy our time.

Maybe we can cast the odd thought in a different direction, to those who may seem to many to have so much and yet have nothing. There are many, even within our own village, who may be facing a Christmas that is not how they would like it to be.

Those in need of help are old and young, rich and poor. In fact, need knows no boundaries. Often what is needed most is just to know that someone somewhere cares enough about them to notice. Wiltshire Good Neighbours is there to help with filling in a form, dealing with benefits or healthcare plus loads of other services and help or just to befriend someone when they need it. They have expanded their service to cover all the villages surrounding Calne. If you need their help, or know someone who does, please give them a call on 07557  922029.
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