The switching on of our village Christmas tree marks the start of the festive season. We would like to thank the Longford Estate for the donation of the tree and a big thank you to all that made this happen.
Alderbury Parish Council would like to wish the residents of Alderbury and Whaddon a safe and relaxing Christmas.
You may have noticed as you drive from a southerly direction on the A36, that there is now a temporary yellow directional sign which signposts Alderbury. The new permanent signs have been produced for Highways England and are waiting to be installed. I have been informed that this should be by the end of the calendar year. The new permanent road sign should incorporate some of the other villages that can be accessed from the junction too.
At Alderbury Burial Ground a bin is now available for the disposal of flowers and pots. It can be found to the right of the church. Please help us to keep the burial ground tidy.
October meeting – key themes:
- · Village Hall questionnaire
- · Village Christmas tree
- · Right hand turn from the A36 into Windwhistle Lane to West Grimstead
- · Installation of a pedestrian gate from Oakwood Grove amenity land to Southampton Road
- · Planning applications
- · Recreation Ground bookings
- Village Hall questionnaire
The responses to the questionnaire have been collected and the analysis of the results has been completed. Cllr Britton was unable to attend the meeting and was therefore not present to share his comments in person. The parish council agreed to wait for the recommendations of the COB working party, once they have met to discuss the results.
Village Christmas tree
Preparations are well under way for a village Christmas tree this winter on Waleran Close. A new electricity supply has been installed and groundwork completed. The tree will be in place for the month of December.
Right hand turn from the A36 into Windwhistle Lane to West Grimstead
Alderbury parish council have agreed to support a request to Highways England by Grimstead parish council, to erect ‘no right hand turn’ signs to prevent traffic travelling from the south towards Salisbury turning right, across the dual carriageway into Windwhistle Lane for safety reasons.
Installation of a pedestrian gate from Oakwood Grove amenity land to Southampton Road
A budget of up to £500 was agreed to install a new pedestrian gate at the Oakwood Grove amenity lane, so that pedestrians can gain access to Southampton Road. Quotations are currently being requested.
Recreation Ground bookings
Following a working party meeting in the summer with representatives from some of the village groups that use the Recreation Ground, a draft policy has been compiled. Following discussion, it was agreed that Cllrs Hartford and Hughes would make further suggested amendments to the draft and bring the revised version back to a future meeting for agreement.
Future Parish Council meeting dates for 2017/2018 (7.30pm, St. Marys Hall, Whaddon):-
- Thursday 9th November
- Monday 11th December
- Wednesday 10th January
- Tuesday 6th February
We currently have a vacancy for a resident to join as a parish councillor. If you would like to know more about the role, please contact me for further information or alternatively attend a future meeting to give you an insight. Alison McGowan, Parish Clerk
About our Village
Alderbury & Whaddon benefit from schools, a Village hall and social club, two rural pubs, a police station, a church, a post office and a village store. There is a working village forge, which continues to this day, although others nearby have gone.
Alderbury & Whaddon are two small adjacent villages lying on a hill in beautiful unspoilt countryside three miles to the south-east of Salisbury, in the southern tip of Wiltshire. With a population of about 2,000, this quiet rural backwater belies a thriving and long-standing community with a strong sense of identity. There are a number of footpaths around our villages, please click here to download a map of the local designated footpaths.