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Village Lake

Volunteer Morning was on Saturday 17 March. See the story. The pictures above are of many years of Village Lake, from initial tree planting to today. Have you visited yet? Do you recognise the little ones? They are teenagers today. More on Village Lake

World War 1 Centenary

With the commemoration of the end of the Great War coming up in November, we are beginning to put on line what we know of those listed on the memorial in church. We have started with the one we know least about, Edward Hayward, 1st Royal Berkshires. If you find out more about these people, or know about villagers who returned from the front, the history group would love to hear from you.

Lower Moor Farm Volunteer Day

Lower Moor Farm is having a volunteer training day on 26th April

Village Conservation Area

CDC has completed a consultation on changes to  the conservation area. One property has been proposed for removal, and others for adding. Boundaries are altered to physical objects, to reflect ownership changes since the 1980s . Consultation closed 8 February.

A417 Missing Link Consultation

See the proposed routes and have your say> Consultation closes 29 March. Technical documents can be seen in Cirencester Public Library.

Red Telephone Box Staying, but no phone.

The phone box has now been adopted by the Parish Council and the phone removed. What should we use the box for? We use it to describe how to find our house. Talk to your Parish Councillors.

CDC Local Plan

The Examination in Public is complete. The inspector will report

later this year. There are modifications you can comment on before

4th April. See CDC website .

Cotswold Water Park Trust News>


A page describes how the Emergency Plan works. Do read it in a quiet moment.

Poldark comes to Somerford Keynes>

Neighbourhood Plan What happens Next?

Otter problem and a bridleway

The bridleway forming our new boundary with Poole Keynes to the south of Lake 63 (across the Spine road from Neigh Bridge Park) has been cleared by its owner, who has put up an otter-proof fence along one side, and around the fishing lake to the south. The owner claims otters eat birds as well as fish, and that since the fence was completed, birds have returned to the lake - not all the right birds, as a cormorant landed on the lake while we were talking. He also said that beavers were about, and chomping trees on his land. There is a beaver-chomped tree visible from the road on the bank of lake 63.

Flood/ Insurance Advice

As the Parish Clerk has had several enquiries about flooding and

insurance, correspondence to our MP, and responses from the

Association of British Insurers (ABI) and the Environment Agency

(EA) are published on the Council Publications page for 2014.

Oil Spill

Unfortunately 1100 litres of oil spilled into the ground in January 2014 from a leaking tank next door to the village hall. Their water pipe has had to be replaced, as oil can seep though plastic pipe. All the contaminated soil has now been removed and replaced with clean soil. Several trees and much treasured planting were lost in the process. It is  extremely fortunate that none of the oil went under any building, as the fumes would have made them uninhabitable. Do take this as a warning to check your tank and pipes regularly. Metal tanks tend to weep slightly before a major spill. I know, mine did. If you see this, get your tank changed fast. It is said that plastic tanks give less warning, though we are told rubbing any weeping crack with soap may delay things enough to get a tank changed.
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Latest updates 20 Mar 2018 WW1 Memorials (see above) A417 consult (above) CDC local plan (left) To Know page refreshed Village Lake  New Page Church activities page refreshed
How often does this website change? I have been asked several times recently. As often as needed. If you look at the bottom of pages that change from time to time, you can see when that page was last altered.
Bridleway south of Lake 63


Historical material from the WG Standard now on line. Historical maps of your area now on line. See More> How much was your land worth in 1909?