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Marlborough Neighbourhood Plan


Notes of the second informal consultation regarding possible housing sites held in Minal on 9 September 2019


Informal public consultations were made during  July 2019 in Marlborough and in the parishes participating in the Neighbourhood Plan regarding the proposed approaches to be made in the Plan, and to specified sites that could be earmarked for stated community needs.    Following the Minal consultation on 24 July 2019, in which two potential sites for housing were discussed, two further sites were offered.  The Steering Group felt that this merited further consultation, so a second public session was set up on Monday 9 September, in which maps were made available showing all four sites.

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Minal Welcomes Girls Football Teams


We are delighted to confirm that Girls Football has kicked off the Marlborough season on the Minal 
Sports field on Saturdays and Sundays and started this month.
John Whitehead, Club Secretary of Marlborough Youth Football advises:
"The teams that will be using the pitches for their home league matches will be the U9, U10 and U11 girls teams of Marlborough Youth FC.  They will be competing in the Wiltshire County Women's and Girls' League against teams from across the County. The U9s and U10s will be competing in their leagues as the Marlborough Youth FC U9 Angels and Marlborough Youth FC U10 Angels. The Angels is what the girls' section of our Club is generally known as." 

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Cricket Revival for Minal


Good news for village cricket lovers as last week a select Minal XI revived memories of former glory when they took the field against a strong Ramsbury Leg Rovers team.
The Minal field provided a splendid ambience in the late summer evening, with golden skies and a spectacular rainbow 🌈 over the Kennet valley providing a perfect backdrop to the canvas. The Rovers set a challenging target of 119 runs despite valiant efforts from Minal captain Stu Barnett and his bowlers comprising Steve, Richard and Greg Cook, Chris Hurd, Simon Neal and Kevin May to name a few. 
Minal replied with a spirited 92 runs bolstered by excellent batting from Simon Neal, Kevin May and Stu Barnett when the allotted overs were completed in the gathering gloom. The Minal hosts provided delicious burgers and sausage rolls off the BBQ whilst the Rovers responded with cold beer from the back of a car, to hungry and thirsty players and supporters alike.
Another most enjoyable sporting event played in great spirit with good humour all round. The Rovers and particularly their captain Andrew Stibbard were very complementary about the Minal venue and said how much they have enjoyed playing there all season.


Great Day for Cricket and Ducks

A glorious summers day on Sunday 28thJuly saw the hosting by Minal of the annual 6 a side cricket competition on the sports field and the “duck” races on the Kennet River nearby. Phil Miles who used to captain the Sunday cricket team calmly and efficiently sorted the cricket teams and organised the matches on a round robin format.  There was an excellent entry of 4 teams for the cricket including young and old, good and not so good and pleasing to say, some very capable females!  The sounds of bat on ball and the occasional “How’s that?”  mixed with the sizzle of delicious burgers and sausages on the BBQ and steady chatter of families and friends relaxing in the afternoon sun made up for a lovely atmosphere. Cricket was played enthusiastically but always in a great spirit of fun.


At around 4pm the much anticipated Duck Races commenced. Over 400 numbered yellow ducks were introduced into the river just above the bridge, in two heats with the fastest 20 from each heat making it into the final. All ducks had been pre-sold via a raffle and people watched from the bridge hoping their duck would win the race! In the final race the ticket owners for the first 3 ducks won cash and the next 12 won consolation prizes of drink, biscuits or sweets. Thanks to John Hounslow for providing waders, and for clearing the rivers edge allowing access.



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Minal Comes Second in Wiltshire's Best Kept Village Competition


Although we didn't quite make it this time, we can all be proud that our village made it to second place in the overall "Winners of Winners" section of Wiltshire's Best Kept Village Competition.  This section of the competition was based on the previous winners from 2017 and 2018.  So congratulations to Charlton and we hope their villagers visit us sometime to see how we can compete well with them on their winning attributes. However, the judges' comments can be viewed as high praise indeed, so we can still pat ourselves on the back for our endeavours:

"This is a lovely village, well away from major roads and enjoying a charming location beside the river Kennet. There are several attractive buildings and it all has a very pleasing appearance

We admired the beautiful church and a very well kept churchyard and parking area.

The childrens playground is brilliant and must be the envy of villages around Wiltshire. We also admired the cricket pitch and sports field and appreciate the effort that goes into keeping them to such a high standard.

The village hall seemed good and well kept though perhaps the exterior could do with some more upkeep

The pub looked excellent and had delightful garden

We noted a commendable absence of litter and a most adequate provision of waste bins to ensure the village is kept tidy.

There are evidently many activities taking place in the village displayed on the good website but perhaps more could be displayed on the notice boards for the benefit of villagers who are not internet savvy ( maybe everyone in the village is)

The offices beside the village hall did not appear to be in full use but were tidy and unobtrusive.

This is a most delightful village and we admired it greatly. If we did not give full marks it was only because the standard set by all the villages was so high."



Competed for by the winners of the Best Kept Large, Medium and Small villages in 2017 and 2018:

1st     Charlton (near Malmesbury)

2nd   Mildenhall

3rd = Biddestone and Hullavington 

The judges’ overall impression of Charlton was of “a delightful village and we were so impressed with it that it was hard to find much to criticise”.  They added: “Altogether an excellent well managed community that has clearly taken trouble and pride in making the village a beautiful and vibrant place”. Some of the areas particularly mentioned included: the village hall, the cricket and football field, the children’s playground, the pub, notice boards, and the lack of litter.


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