The attractive rural civil parish of Woodborough is set almost in the middle of the Vale of Pewsey in Wiltshire, and lies within the North Wessex Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
It is almost equidistant from the market towns of Devizes and Marlborough and 3 miles from the village of Pewsey.
There is a spectacular White Horse clearly visible on the escarpment just a few miles to the north, by Alton Barnes.
The NDO started in February 2016 was terminated in December 2016. If there is sufficient support from the community, the parish council may consider undertaking a 'Neighbourhood Plan' which, of course, is a completely different exercise to an NDO. Anyone who would like to be involved on a Steering Group should contact the Clerk to the Council.
Set back from the main road through the village, close to St Mary Magdalene Church, is the Parish Room. It is a small, rather charming mid-Victorian building owned by the Diocese and managed by the Parochial Church Council (PCC). It has one main hall accommodating about 60 people seated for a meeting, and about 40 people seated for a meal. From time to time a themed dinner is held in order to raise funds for the upkeep of the building. There are two loos and a small kitchen with cooking facilities.
The parish council holds it meetings in the parish room, and the Annual Parish Meeting is held here. There is a small car park alongside the parish room, and some further parking about 50 yards away by the church. The 'Mothers & Toddlers' group meet here, and there is a Coffee Morning on the first Wednesday of the month.
The building can be hired from £6.50 an hour (depending on the event) and can be booked by contacting Cath Poole by email.
A Mum's and Babies pre-schoolers group meets fortnightly in the Parish Rooms in Woodborough, Tuesday 9.30-11am, in term time. All local mums and children from Woodborough and surrounding villages are welcome. A very informal session for parents to enjoy a drink and chat whilst the children play. To find out more about the group and dates of meetings please contact Cath Poole by email.
The WRSG is a small, informal group independent of any other organisation. Typically, it comprises of two governors or parents from the School, two parish councillors, and up to two villagers. Its primary purpose is to look at the road safety problems in the village, and specifically in the area of the School, and to examine both short and long term strategic solutions in consultation with the School, the parish council, and several departments within Wiltshire Council. Its secondary purpose is to lobby for appropriate solutions to be implemented. More information on this group can be obtained from John Brewin by email.
There is a Coffee Morning in the Parish Room on the first Wednesday of the month from 10:30 for about a couple of hours. Coffee and tea are free but people are asked to make a small contribution towards the costs. There is usually excellent home-made cake and biscuits on offer!
Any changes to this are usually put on the small noticeboard on the wall by the door to the Parish Room.
Anyone can report problems with roads, pavements, street lighting, pot holes and a whole lot more direct to Wiltshire Council, using their efficient online service.
If there is a major problem, you can also let the parish council know about it by emailing the Parish Clerk.
Woodborough School has served the area for some 170 years and is special to many people.
The Parish Church of St. Mary Magdalene was first mentioned in 1258 when the advowson, or right to nominate an individual to the vacant position of Parish priest, was disputed. The current Parish Church dates from 1862, when the previous 17th century structure was largely rebuilt.
Began trading in 1883, as 'Walter T. Ware – Nurseryman' and became famous for tulips and daffodils. There is evidence that Monet purchased bulbs for his garden in Giverny from them. Later, the business grew blooms which went on evening trains from Woodborough Halt for London’s Covent Garden.
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Built by the people of Woodborough for all the people of Woodborough.