Shrewton Dog Club

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Since it appears that it is not widely known that Shrewton has a thriving Dog Club, the Members thought that this introductory article would confirm that the Club is, indeed, alive and well!

By way of background, Stan Browning founded the Shrewton Dog Club about 18 years ago. From that early time, Kerry Eggleton, who also lives in Shrewton, was training to be an Instructor and became his Assistant for the lower classes.

The Club thrived for several years, successfully holding a range of events including: Dog Shows, Kennel Club Good Citizen Tests, Displays, a sponsored dog walk and even a dog themed panto.  Sadly Stan passed away. unexpectedly in 2011, and the club closed down. In 2012, it was reopened by the then Secretary, Lynn Denniston who reopened it with Kerry Eggleton as the Trainer.  Since then, the Club has held annual Kennel Club Good Citizen Dog Tests, with several dogs achieving the sought after Gold Award.  It has also put on Displays at the Riding for the Handicapped Centre in Wilton, organised Agility days and Dog Walks. The Dogs have also had their own Christmas Party and the Owners enjoy an annual Trophy Evening in a local Pub.

The Club meets monday evenings at shrewton village hall new dogs must be assessed suitable for class training but all breeds and sizes are welcome so far the membership has included a tiny yorkshire terrier “Barney” and the giant Leonberger “Shiloh”. Some of the dogs have also had other roles, as therapy dogs, gun dogs and even a sheep dog.  

The Dogs are presently busy preparing for this Year’s Annual Kennel Club “Good Citizen” Tests and, in September, held a Fun Event Day that allowed the dogs to “Have a go” at the obstacles!

Photograph of Some of the Owners and their Dogs at the recent Event Day

Some of the Owners and their Dogs at the recent Event Day

Next year, the club is hoping to expand its number of activities and maybe introduce a permanent puppy class.

Richard Elliot

Knife amnesty launched in Wiltshire

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People who carry knives in the county are being urged to hand them in to police this month… no questions asked.

Source: Knife amnesty launched in Wiltshire

DIO to crack down on illegal activity on Salisbury Plain

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DIO staff on Salisbury Plain have been issued with newly branded vehicles in a bid to crackdown on the number of illegal incursions taking place.
Source: DIO to crack down on illegal activity on Salisbury Plain

Village secondary to get sixth form

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TWO secondary schools have reached a historic agreement that will see sixth form education come to Lavington School, near Devizes, for the first…
Source: Village secondary to get sixth form

Fire on Salisbury Plain to be left to burn out

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Blaze which began on Monday (2nd July) still burning but the MOD say it is being monitored.
Source: Fire on Salisbury Plain to be left to burn out

Advanced Flood Warning

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The water level today has risen to 97.46m. The Parish Council strongly advise residents to check any equipment you have just in case the water continues to rise. The various springs around the village are likely to start flowing around 99m. We will continue to monitor the water levels and post updates.

Tilshead Parish Council

Glider Pilot Regiment Service – Tilshead – The Parachute Regimental Association

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On Saturday 24th February a Service took place at 11.30am in Tilshead, to commemorate the founding of an elite Regiment that fought in some of the most daring campaigns in World War II. Formed in February 1942, the Glider Pilot Regiment was made up of volunteers from other parts of the Army. These men were put through some of the …
Source: Glider Pilot Regiment Service – Tilshead – The Parachute Regimental Association

Church Services Update

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Dear friends, 

The notices below contain details of two important services next weekend (11th March), to which we hope you will be able to come.

I have taken the difficult decision to cancel the two morning services planned for this coming Sunday (4th):

9am in Orcheston

10.30am in Tilshead

Clearly the condition of our roads may change in the next 36 hours, but we are also concerned about the extreme cold within our buildings and the conditions of the paths leading to both churches. We would not wish anyone to risk their safety by venturing out.

If we have a miraculous thaw tomorrow then I will contact you again, but for now please assume that there are no morning services. I’d be grateful if you would pass this message on to any who may not usually use email.

We will make a final decision on the evening Bible Study in Chitterne during Sunday itself.

Holy Communion services during the coming week- Tuesday at 10am in Shrewton and 2.30pm on Wednesday in Parson’s Green Community Room in Shrewton will go ahead unless the weather worsens. You are warmly invited to join us on one of those occasions if you wish to.

The Lent Group on Monday evening is also expected to go ahead- 7pm in Maddington Church Room, and again on Thursday morning at 10am.

If any of you would like us to visit with home communion on Sunday please let us know.

with kind regards,


The Revd Canon Eleanor Rance


Salisbury Plain Benefice

01980 620580

2018-03-04 Church Notices

Tilshead War Memorial awarded Listed Building Status

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The War Memorial - St. Thomas à Becket Church Yard - Photograph: Rosemary Meeke

The War Memorial – St. Thomas à Becket Church Yard – Photograph: Rosemary Meeke

Tilshead War Memorial, The churchyard, Church of St Thomas a Becket, High Street, Tilshead, Wiltshire – Awarded Listed Building Status

List Entry Number: 1452036

The Parish Council are pleased to announce that The Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport has added Tilshead War Memorial to the List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest.  The memorial is listed at Grade II.

Please follow the link below to download a copy of the advice report, which gives the principal reasons for this decision.  The List entry for this building, together with a map, has now been published on the National Heritage List for England.  This List can be accessed through the Historic England website.

Click here to view the List entry.

Wiltshire Council Tax Proposed to Increase by 6%

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We’re told the increase is needed to keep services going, but the authority also needs to make £25.6 million of savings.

Source: Spire FM – News – Wiltshire Council tax set to rise by 6%

Source: Wiltshire Times – News – Residents face a 5.9 per cent rise in council tax

View draft budget papers here