Stapleford Parish Council

PARISH COUNCIL MEETING NOTICES 

Draft Minutes for the Parish Council meeting held on the 09 January 2024 are also published on the Village Hall Notice Board. 

The Next Parish Council Meeting will be on Tuesday the 12 March 2024 at 7.00pm in the Stapleford Village Hall.  

Draft Agenda for the 12 March 2024 Meeting will be published when updated 

Annual Governance and Accountability Return for 2022-23 (AGAR) -  including Notice of Public Rights see Parish Council - Financial Information section for details. 

Parishioners wishing to receive a copies  or information including Agenda, Parish Council Minutes and other Support Documentation etc. via email or hard copy please see contact details for the Parish Clerk as shown below.  

 All Stapleford residents are welcome to attend meetings of the Parish Council

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DEFIBRILLATOR DEMONSTRATION/TRAINING EVENT - SATURDAY 10 FEBRUARY 2024 FROM 1PM TO 4PM IN STAPLEFORD VILLAGE HALL.

Thanks to their generosity; a villager of Stapleford has insured the Village now has its own Defibrillator.  The Equipment has been installed at the Riverside Garage and is ready for use.    This notice is to invite you to the Village Hall for a demonstration and instruction on the use of a Defibrillator.  The village hall have kindly agreed to offer refreshments of tea and coffee during the afternoon, against a donation for the Village Hall Fund.   You are most welcome. 

Grateful thanks to all involved in bringing this  vital equipment to the Village, including:  Olav Geist, Village Resident, John Carter, Riverside Garage with his team, and the Village Hall Committee.  8 February 2024 


National Highways notification of road works in the Serrington area of the A 36 - see details below. - Updated at 4 February 2024 at 16.00hrs. 

A36 Serrington area Resurfacing works – 20 January to 21 February 2024

National Highways operates, maintains and improves England’s motorways and major A-roads. This notice is to let you know we will be carrying out resurfacing works in your area. 


We’ll work overnight, Monday to Friday, when traffic flows are at their lowest. Deep reconstruction work is needed to the underlayer of the road and we’ll need to close a section of the A36 over the course of a couple of weekends to complete this. 


We’ll write to potentially affected residents to explain how we’ll maintain access for them, separately. We always aim to work to the programme, however unforeseen circumstances or adverse weather conditions may mean changes, we will keep you updated via black on yellow roadside warning signs. 


Please accept our apologies in advance for any inconvenience our works may cause.

 Our ref: 613226 Traffic management The A36 will be closed from approximately East Cliffe picnic site to Stoford as follows: 

  • 9 to 12 February – 24/7 weekend closure 8pm Friday to 6am Monday 

 • 5 to 21 February – overnight closures in place Monday to Friday 8pm to 6am

 During closures, locally signed diversions will be in place from Deptford to Wilton.


 If you would like further information about this work, please contact National Highways Customer Contact Centre on 0300 123 5000 open 24/7, who will direct your enquiry to the most appropriate person, or email: info@nationalhighways.co.uk

For information on all our works in the South West please follow us on X @HighwaysSWEST follow us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/HighwaysSWest or visit https://nationalhighways.co.uk/our-work/south 




WILTSHIRE BOBBY VAN TRUST COLLECTION BOX

We are committed to ensuring our volunteers feel valued and recognised for everything they do. If you are passionate about making a difference become a WBVT Volunteer

If you love getting out and about but also want to support a cause in achieving its aim, then becoming a Wiltshire Bobby Van Trust (WBVT) Collection Box Volunteer.  This could be the right step for you. You will be involved in displaying our collection boxes in your local community to help raise funds for WBVT.

In this community-spirited volunteer role, your support will include getting involved in the following:

You'll ideally:

Have good organisational skills to organise distribution of collection boxes

·         The minimum age of this volunteer role is O’18 and you will require your own vehicle, insurance, and Driving Licence

If you don’t feel you tick every box but are sure this role is the one for you, we’d love to hear from you! We’re always open to suggestions and are very happy to chat with you to find out what’s possible, so please just get in touch toni@wbvt.org


For further details please contact the Parish Clerk, details as shown below. 

Stapleford Parish Council, Parish Clerk Carole Slater on: Mobile: 07831 836 521

Email: Staplefordpcclerk@gmail.com 

PC Website Address: www.staplefordwiltspc.org.uk/


News and Announcements updated at:    4 February 2024

A Short History of Stapleford

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The village of Stapleford lies on a B road joining two major trunk roads — the A36 and the A303 positioned southwards between Stonehenge and the Iron Age Fort of Yarnbury.  An ancient track way leads from the village directly to each.  Stapleford is the Saxon name for a ford marked by a post or staple.  It became the name for the strategic point where the road from Old Sarum to Bath crosses the River Till.  The village, which was included in Domesday book and is crossed North-South by the river Till, has four parts, each built on a narrow strip of gravel.  On the Till's East bank stand Church Street (named after its chief building) and Uppington Hamlet (now only two houses); on the West bank, Over Street and Serrington.  In the eighteenth century the largest settlements were Church Street and Over Street, now perhaps they are Church Street and Serrington.  West of the Till a small castle was built probably in the twelfth century by the Normans to guard the important crossing of the Till.  It can still be seen as a tree-covered mound.  Its deep ditch survives and also the site of the camp, now mostly covered by the buildings of Manor Farm.  There were fishponds on the low ground east of the castle.  Between the castle and the farm was a gate called the Slay Gate which was, perhaps, the entrance to the castle precincts.  Tradition has it the lord of the manor was hanged there for murder of a priest in 1280.  The lands of the village always appear to have been fertile for sheep and communal husbandry.  In 1086 there were two water mills, the last not demolished until the mid-nineteenth century.  It stood west of Serrington on the River Wylye.

The census of 1851 gave a good picture of village life in Victorian times, but is also an indication of what life would have been like for centuries before.  In 1851 the village had 70 houses and a crossing of the Till.  It can still be seen as a tree-covered mound.  and a population of 300 (now about 115 and 250).  Half the men were labourers.  Apart from a handful of women —schoolmistress, milliner, victualler—most were housewives or employed in domestic activity in cottages and farms.  There were ten tenanted farms working about 1,200 acres.  The main road encouraged a few crafts: clockmaker, draper, carpenter, and blacksmith.  The land had some good water meadows and farms, described by William Cobbett in 1826 as 'singularly fine'.  They supported dairy cows and horses, but sheep were the money spinners.  Life must have been austere.  Families were large, seven or eight crowded into a cottage, the staple diet bread and cheese, meat a luxury for the breadwinner.  Children then formed about 20% of the population (now perhaps half that).  Many, when old enough, acted as bird scarers or stone pickers and helped with harvests.

 The church is basically Norman with a wonderful arcade of ornamented arches resting on massive drum columns.  It was much added to in the Middle Ages, the tower erected much later in the seventeenth century.  The Victorians restored it heavily, but it still retains much of its beauty.  It is surrounded by a large graveyard which allows good views of the Till valley.

From Norman times Stapleford Manor and its land were held by a succession of people including the Seymour’s, Dukes of Somerset The Seymour crest is displayed in the South window of the church.  The church did not remain with the Seymours and for various reasons, in the sixteenth century the Dean and Canons of Windsor became patrons of the church and continue to be so.

This short History of Stapleford is extracted from the Village Design Statement dated May 2009 Version No.1 The Design Statement has been reviewed recently.  Additional information please contact the Parish Clerk at the details shown below. 

Carole Slater, Stapleford P/Clerk, Mob 07831 836 521 

June 2023.