Caring for Alderbury and Whaddon

Spring is bringing back the colour and it’s great to see things slowly returning to normal in the village. But of course, all of this has been tinged with sadness as we said a fond farewell to HRH Prince Philip.

HRH Prince Philip

The Chair of the Council, Elaine Hartford, paid a heartfelt and fitting tribute to the Duke of Edinburgh when the news came through from Buckingham Palace. Elaine said: “Alderbury Parish Council is deeply saddened to hear of the death of HRH Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh and would like to extend our deepest condolences to HM Queen Elizabeth II and the Royal Family.” Elaine’s full tribute along with a link the Royal Family’s book of condolence can be found on the Council website at

Wildlife Friendly Alderbury

Last month I reported on this exciting new project and the Council has been overwhelmed with emails, messages of support and volunteers signing up to be involved. And now I am delighted to report that we have arranged a special event to kick start this brilliant project. A ZOOM conference will take place on Thursday 20th May starting at 7.30pm. Joining instructions and a calendar reminder are now available to download on the Council website. The ZOOM meeting will feature a presentation by Wiltshire Wildlife Trust with the results of their village wildlife survey. The meeting will also see the launch of a brand-new Facebook page that will keep everyone in touch with the project and all things wild and wonderful in Alderbury and Whaddon. So, if like the parish clerk, you are a massive BBC Springwatch addict – join the meeting and get involved.

Election Update

Nominations for the Parish Council have now closed and the election will not be contested. Our existing team of dedicated volunteer councillors will be returned unopposed on 6th May. But there will be elections in the village nonetheless. The polling station in the newly refurbished village hall will feature contests for our Wiltshire councillor and the Police and Crime Commissioner. Candidates for the elections are:

Wiltshire Council – Alderbury and Whiteparish Division

  • BAXTER, Colin            Liberal Democrats
  • BRITTON, Richard        The Conservative Party Candidate
  • MCLENNAN, Olivia        Labour Party
  • PLIMSOLL, Martin        Green Party

Wiltshire Police and Crime Commissioner

  • ALI, Junab             Labour and Cooperative Party
  • MALINS, Julian         Reform UK
  • OUBRIDGE, Brig         Green Party
  • REES, Mike            Independent
  • SEED, Jonathon         The Conservative Party Candidate
  • WEBSTER, Liz             Liberal Democrats

Anti-Social Behaviour

Sadly, I must report that I had to contact the Police about a couple of matters. Two young people were reported for abusive language towards youngsters and adults at an Alderbury Football Club training session. Foul language and threatening behaviour of any kind is a serious matter and the Police will be following up the incident. I have also passed on reports of someone camping in the woods at Firs Road and taking photos. The police are investigating and parents are asked to be vigilant.

Village Hall Project

At our last meeting, Vice-Chair, John Fuller, gave us a very exciting update on the Village Hall Extension and Refurbishment Project. He reported that the project was now very near completion and, with very minor variances, was likely to come in on budget as planned. Internal changes to the brand-new meeting room now means it will have self-contained coffee making facilities. Members of the Council thanked John for the hard work he has put into the project over the past 18 months and looked forwards to the official hand-over from the developers Greendale Construction Ltd.

End of the Epidemic Tea Party

The Council has agreed in principle to support an event to mark the emergence of the village from over 12 months of COVID-19 restrictions. Villagers Keith and Sandra Wallace have proposed an afternoon tea party together with activities at the Recreation Ground and evening entertainment at the Social Club and the Green Dragon. The provisional dates (subject to the lifting of Covid restrictions) for the event are Saturday 14th or 21st August. Keep an eye on the Fountain for more details as they emerge. If you want to help out or get involved in any way, please drop me a line at the email address below.

The Parish Council is consulted on all planning applications in the village and passes its views back to Wiltshire Council. This month, the Council agreed to raise no objections to the change of use and operating hours at Unit 16, Whaddon Business Park, subject to a condition limiting deliveries and public visits to:

  • Monday- Friday: 7.30am – 6.00pm
  • Saturday – 7.30am – 1.00pm and
  • Sunday – closed for deliveries and public visitors.

Around the parish

The Council is always busy sorting out issues raised by parishioners and this month has been no different. We have asked Wiltshire Council to get on with the road markings up at the Orchards. We also called out Longford Estate to look at the trees along Firs Road after one had fallen, narrowly missing school children and parents making their way to School. We have had a dangerous drain cover in Grimstead Road repaired by the rather wonderful Parish Steward, who also removed a tripping hazard on Southampton Road after an elderly resident had fallen.

A few other things are still bubbling away. The Council has been listening to those of you keen to have the Nunton Farm milk machine installed at the Village Hall. At the moment, we are holding off until the village hall is back up and running and we can see how much car parking space is available. It’s not ruled out or ruled in.

The ongoing saga of development behind Wagtails in Southampton Road just keeps rumbling on. The Chair has written again making the planning inspector aware of the Council’s very strong opposition to this application for 34 new houses on former woodland.

Villagers adjacent to the old football field in Junction Road have received further information about the housing development that has been granted outline planning permission on this site. Detailed plans are expected to be published on the Wiltshire Council’s website by the beginning of May.

Last words

I was really pleased to provide a demo of our brand-new website to members of the Council at our last meeting. VisionICT based in Exeter have done a great job and the site is already looking bright and cheery. So, mosey your mouse on over to and take a peek at all the information now available. Much more on its way too!

Finally, as I mention every month, we would love to see you at our meetings. At the moment meetings are being held on ZOOM, so if you want to take part from the comfort of your own armchair, do let me know. The dates of our meetings for 2021 have now been revised:

  • Wednesday 5th May
  • Annual Council Meeting 18th May
  • Thursday 20th May (Annual Parish Meeting – Wildlife Friendly Alderbury)
  • Thursday 3rd June
  • Monday 5th July
  • Tuesday 3rd August (provisional)
  • Wednesday 8th September
  • Thursday 7th October
  • Monday 1st November
  • Tuesday 7th December
  • Wednesday 5th January 2022
  • Thursday 3rd February 2022
  • Monday 7th March 2022

Stay safe everyone.

Steve Milton
Parish Clerk, Alderbury Parish Council
PO BOX 2366, Salisbury, SP2 2NY


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