Notice – the Annual Parish Assembly 2020

Atworth Annual Parish Assembly

Notice is hereby given that the

Annual Parish Assembly for Atworth

WAS to be held on

Wednesday 15th April 2020

in Atworth Village Hall

commencing 7.15pm

and is now POSTPONED in line with government advice. Further information to follow regarding a rescheduled date as soon as it’s available.

Pedestrian Crossing Safety Improvements e-Petition

 This petition for ‘Atworth pedestrian crossing halo lights’ is now live. You will have to spend an extra minute to register but it will be worth it if we can get a lot of signatures. Please pass it on to anyone living, working or studying in Atworth Parish, aged 13 years and over. The paper version of this now has 100 signatures. Sign up on this link : Atworth e-petition

Very many thanks for wanting to make our main road safer.

Parliament Week November 2014

“Parliament Week” is a programme that connects people with parliamentary democracy in the UK. It has nothing to do with any Party politics. Atworth Parish Council became Parliament Partners in September 2014 and took part for the first time with an “Any Questions?” session on Monday 17th November. The aim was to encourage young people to speak up and take an active  part in our democracy.

Effie Gale-Sides and Alan Bagnall, of Atworth Parish Council, and  David Webb, Honorary Freeman of the Parish of Atworth, met questions from  twenty representatives of Atworth Youth Club and Ceri Evans Community Youth Officer for the Melksham community area.

It was hugely enjoyable with lots of queries and viewpoints being expressed about current local and wider issues. Effie described the event as impressive and the young people as being very knowledgeable with a keen interest in a wide range of village issues. She was delighted with the turnout and the consideration given to the many questions asked.

Thank you to everyone who attended and made it such an interesting and worthwhile event. Also many thanks to Kirsty for the use of the White Hart Skittle Alley when the Youth Club was found to be not suitable following recent flooding.



Apple Press at The White Hart

The community apple press was at The White Hart, Atworth, on 21st September from noon to 3.00 p.m.
Apples were pressed at no charge, however a suitable container in which to take home your apple juice was needed.

There was a small response from the village but was well attended by people from the surrounding area. It is hoped that the press will be here again next year.


Lights Out

Seventy Five people met at the Clock Tower with candles and torches for Atworth Lights Out to mark the centenary of the start of Great Britain entering the First World War. The half hour service led by Effie Gale-Sides, Rodney Price and Lynne Spencer included historical information, poetry, prayers, prose, songs and hymns. It concluded with candles and torches being extinguished as the Clock Tower struck 10 o’clock.

The Clock Tower light was switched off and the Last Post was played.

The event was very well received and was later described as moving and memorable.

Thank you to everyone who came.

Atworth Village Festival – 5th July 2014

The Festival was to celebrate 100 years since the Fuller family gifted Atworth Institute, (now the Village Hall) and the Recreation Ground to the people of the Parish.

All proceeds from the Festival will go to refurbishment of the Hall, with a collection of £145 generously donated towards the village defibrillator.

The event took place on the Recreation Ground and also in the Hall from 11.00 – 5.00.  A main arena with a full programme of events , a fun dog show , Sumo suit wrestling, incredible Silent Auction and live music were amongst the many attractions offered.

The day proved to be an outstanding success with a vast number of people attending, many of whom stayed for the entire day. The sun shone and it was evident that this family event was a tremendous success, enjoyed by everyone. There were plenty of picnics going on, children played on the play equipment, the arena and dog show constantly surrounded by people munching on burgers, drinking Pimms and beer, and eating delicious homemade cakes.

It was a truly splendid day which brought the whole village together.

The Parish Council would like to give its heartfelt thanks to Richard Clark – Village Hall & Recreation Ground Chairman, Steve Hornby – Atworth Village Festival Organiser and their extremely hardworking team for this incredible achievement.



















Freeman of the Parish of Atworth

The award of Honorary Freedom of the Parish of Atworth for David Webb took place on Wednesday 16rth April at the Annual Parish Assembly.  There was an introduction by the Town Crier, and a congratulatory address by Sir James Fuller. The Chairman presented David Webb with a beautiful framed certificate and his wife with a gift of flowers.


Freeman of Atworth Certificate 2014

Freeman Certificate

A transcript of the short presentation is available from the link below.

Honorary Freeman Award



A big thank you to everyone on behalf of the Jubilee Team for making this a Jubilee to remember. All of the events over the three days were enjoyed and greatly appreciated.

Well – it’s almost all over now. We still have a few long term projects as shown below.

The Time Capsule will be arriving soon. Please give your suggestions to the Parish Clerk as soon as possible.

Additional benches are to be installed on the recreation ground. There is a delay as it is necessary to get appropriate ones that offer good value for money. If you or your group would like to sponsor a bench with a commemorative plaque of your choice, please contact the Parish Clerk.

We held a Songs of Praise on  Sunday 7th October at St. Michael’s.  This took place jointly with Atworth Independent Church. It was an extremely enjoyable, uplifting and successful evening.

Here are a few photographs of the Saturday which were kindly given to me by David Webb (Who has a picture of David on the slide?)

Preparing the village
Red, White and Blue. Brilliant gates
Flags at the Clock Tower
Flags at Shell Court. Thank you Steve Jordan for our flags. The village looked brilliant.
Flags at the White Hart. Thanks to Kirstie for the Street Party.
We all had a super time!
The new flag pole has been installed at the Clock Tower.
BBC Radio Wiltshire were with us on the Rec for the whole afternoon.
Ensuring a good reception.
Lazy Summer afternoon.
A perfect picnic.
Having a chat in the sunshine.
The Parish Bier was on display throughout the afternoon and drew an incredible amount of interest.
Do you know of anyone who could repair the leather work and the solid tyres?
Welcome to all who took part in the Atworth Community Painting.
A good turn out of those who took part in the painting.
The grand unveiling. Wow!
A big thank you to everyone involved.
The formal photo.
Mavis King, Effie Gale-Sides, Sir James Fuller with Lady Venetia and their children Archie and Harry, Hilary and David Hough.
Design a flag for Atworth.
Adult winner – Adam Calkin.
Young person winner – Fiona Holley age 9
Infant winner – Annabel age 3 from Snapdragons.
Thank you Snapdragons for all your wonderful entries.

Jubilee Events Programme.

From the many suggestions at the very well attended initial meeting, some items have been accepted to move forward, but could take time. These are:

***Jubilee gates at entrances along Bath Road (may improve lowering of speeding traffic).Grants totalling £4,000 from the Area Board and Mark Griffiths have been awarded to the Parish Council for these. We are very grateful for this support. The gates could go up this year…..and it all started here!

***Seating and flowering shrubs at quiet end of Recreation Ground. Thank you to Kirsty at The White Hart who been raising funds towards the first bench. If you as an individual or as a group, would like to donate a bench, please contact the Parish Clerk. An inscribed plaque on the seat is acceptable.

***More daffodils. Please let the Parish Clerk (who is doing our admin) know of locations to be considered.

***Subtle illumination of the clock tower was suggested at a subsequent meeting and this is being investigated by the Parish Council.