My name is Frances Sheppard and I am standing for the Conservatives in the Wiltshire Council elections on the 4th of May. I am standing because I wish to help people when things can be done by the Council to improve the lives of Malmesbury residents.
I live in Malmesbury and work part-time at Hilditch Auctions. My husband works in Malmesbury too and our daughter attends nursery here. I love Malmesbury because it is such a welcoming, friendly town. I feel very fortunate to live in such a beautiful place and I am often out listening to local residents on the doorstep to find out about the kind of changes they would like to see here.
I am interested to know which local issues Malmesbury residents would like prioritised, and if elected I will ensure these views are heard on the Council and work is done to make things better.
For example, I would like to protect and defend the Neighbourhood Plan, to ensure future housing developments respect the wishes of local residents. There is more to be done to make our roads safer. This is why I have been identifying areas where dropped kerbs are required, in consultation with local residents, and work will soon be undertaken to make these suggestions a reality!
It is clear to me that listening to others is one of the most important aspects of a Councillor’s role, so I would welcome the ideas of as many residents as possible. Please contact me with your views on local issues, or if you would like me to campaign for something in particular.
Tel.: 077 259 788 08
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The first sunny Saturday of the year was perfectly timed for the opening of new Florist Persephone Violet. The shop was busy with customers delighted that the High Street premises, traditionally home to the town’s Florist, was snapped up by local Emily Hepworth, a ‘Young Florist of the Year’ competition finalist.

The first sunny Saturday of the year was perfectly timed for the opening of new Florist Persephone Violet. The shop was busy with customers delighted that the High Street premises, traditionally home to the town’s Florist, was snapped up by local Emily Hepworth, a ‘Young Florist of the Year’ competition finalist.

Coincidently Emily started her career at number 16 High Street, gaining a good understanding of the trade by working with local Florists Karen and Les Reynolds of Flowers Galore. Emily, who has completed her Floristry Level 3 National Diploma and Level 4 Higher National Diploma, both with distinction, started her business Persephone Violet in January 2014, aged only 18!

Emily, who specialises in wedding and event displays, decided on the name Persephone Violet (pronounced Per-seh-fo-nee) combining a reference to the Greek Goddess responsible for the seasons and a traditional flower of Greece.

As well as being a bronze medal winner at RHS Chelsea Flower Show for Young Florist of the Year 2015, she has also been named young business person of the year twice in the Cirencester Business Awards.

Persephone Violet is a blooming asset to Malmesbury, adding another local independent business to the already thriving High Street.


Westonbirt Charities Fair 2016
Tuesday 25th October 10am-7pm and Wednesday 26th October 10am-5pm
At Westonbirt School, Tetbury Road GL8 8QG

This year the Westonbirt Charities Fair will be bigger than ever. Taking place at Westonbirt School on the 25th and 26th October there will be 130 stalls full of exciting, unique products including fashion, accessories, jewellery, homeware, gourmet food, stocking fillers and gifts for children. There will be a new large Restaurant serving delicious hot food, salads, soups and sandwiches.
Upstairs in the school we will be having demonstrations on making Christmas Wreaths, Caring for Orchids and Exciting Gift Wrap which will be free to our visitors. Not only that we have an Art Exhibition, a Reindeer Hunt and displays of some amazing costumes loaned to us from the Wearable Art Festival. The beautiful gardens of the school will be open – these are stunning in October.
We also have some fantastic prizes to win in our Tombola and Raffle – and there will be the chance to win a drive in an Aston Martin.
The Fair will also be hosting a Gala Dinner on the Tuesday night with Dr Dawn from TV’s Embarrassing Bodies speaking. Tickets for this (£60) and entry to the Fair (£7.50) are available from our website
The Fair is not-for-profit and the charities we are supporting this year are Home-Start Stroud, the Nelson Trust, Acorns, National Star and Riding for the Disabled.
Further information and tickets can be found on

Further information from:
Stella Knight –
01453 832265


Cotswold-based McGills Chartered Accountants has launched an innovative accountancy app for smartphones and tablets.

The firm, which has offices in Cirencester and Malmesbury, has developed the app which gives its clients instant access to a variety of tax and financial calculators. These include simple VAT calculators as well as more complex calculators including Salary versus Dividend or Company Car benefits.

The McGills App also gives instant access to the latest business and personal accountancy facts, key dates and tax updates in addition to the latest news from McGills.

Simon Nuttall, Partner at McGills, said: “We sum up our ethos as ‘great partnerships start here…’ which reflects the close working relationships we build with our clients. Keeping them informed and up to date is key to this and that is why we have developed this app.

“When we were founded 50 years ago, nobody would have dreamed of being able to provide such a wealth of information in this way. Our new app brings together five decades of accountancy expertise and the latest in modern technology.”

The McGills app is available to download now from


The Malmesbury Concert Band’s annual musical extravaganza will be held on Saturday, 29th October, in Malmesbury Town Hall.
The concert, now in its ninth consecutive year, includes light classics, marches, much loved tunes from famous films, popular and big band numbers, and some quality original music for concert wind band.
The concert will again be under the direction of Tony Fleming, its conductor and musical director, now in his tenth year leading the band.
Mr Fleming said: “ We have put together a programme which will have something for everyone. The band includes some excellent musicians and I can promise a wonderful evening.”
Tickets, which will cost £8, or £6 for the usual concessions, are available from A4 Stationers, in Malmesbury High Street, or Michael Thomas butchers, in the Triangle, Malmesbury.
More information from:
Web site:
David Hide – Tel: 01666 824148 or email:



DASRAeS meet at The Defence Academy of the UK Shrivenham for a series of lectures held from October through May.

RAeS Members Free. Friends of Branch £20 per lecture season. Some external visits incur an additional charge to cover transport and catering.

Under 18 and interested in Aircraft? We would like offer Under 18’s a free invite to our internal lectures. Under 18’s must be accompanied by a parent or guardian (also free entrance). If interested, please contact us.

Lecture Timetable 2016/17
October 5th 2016 Photon Power;The Rise and Rise of Laser Technology Prof Robert Eason

November 2nd 2016 The Growler Returns. Restoration to Flight of Avro Shackleton WR963.
Mr.Peter Buckingham

December 7th 2016 The Clean Sky. Preparing for the next generation of civil aircraft
Mr.Mark Howard Airbus

January 4th 2017 100 years of Air Accident Investigation
Mr.Peter Coombs – AAIB

February 1st 2017 Reminiscence of a Concorde Test Pilot
Mr.Alan Smith

March 1st 2017 The Red Arrows
Wg Cdr Martin Higgins Officer Commanding Red Arrows

April 5th 2017 The Annual Sir George Greenhill Lecture
Boeing P-8 Poseidon
Gp Capt. Simon Joy – Program Development Manager
Branch Members and invited guests

May 3rd 2017 All Day Visit RNAS Yeovilton (Details to be confirmed)
Branch Members and invited guests

Contact us
Attendees must firstly register with the branch secretary via email or 07740136609.


Celebrate their 10th anniversary with an
on Saturday 8th October from 10am to 5pm
Members will be demonstrating different art mediums throughout the day, with a chance for visitors to re-kindle their artistic skills.
Our chairman, David Brown, will show children the basic drawing skills, there will be a small prize for the best effort.
Refreshments available – We look forward to seeing you!


Choosing specialist care for your loved one is an experience charged with a mix of emotions. When that loved one has a diagnosis of dementia, there is the added responsibility of knowing that they may not be able to make their wishes and preferences known. So how do you know which home will best suit their needs?

Dementia Care at Ferfoot

At Ferfoot, we specialise in helping our residents live well with dementia at all stages from early onset to palliative care. Our team of dedicated professionals is led by Home Manager Nicki Stone who is a registered nurse with more than 20 years’ experience of working in care. As specialists, we are familiar with the different types of dementia and our focus is on meeting people’s individual requirements with dignity and respect.

Understanding our residents

Surrounding everyone with familiarity, security and stimulation, we make our residents’ experience with us as fulfilling as it can be. Nicki says: “No two people with a diagnosis of dementia necessarily display the same symptoms. We recognise that everyone has their own needs and background which will influence their behaviour. We find out about that background and understand each individual.

“As well as treating physical symptoms, we involve residents in meaningful activities, updating their care plans constantly to reflect any changes and always keeping them at the centre of everything we do.”

If you would like more information about the specialist dementia care provided at Ferfoot, or would like to book a visit to meet Nicki and her team, please call 0808 223 5401 or visit Ferfoot care home, Old Hardenhuish Lane, Chippenham, Wiltshire, SN14 6HH


Malmesbury-based condiment maker, Tracklements, is once again appealing to the local community to put on their wellies, take a walk in the countryside and start collecting crabapples for a terrific cause!

For over 10 years, Tracklements have partnered up with Sherston Primary School to collect crabapples which Tracklements then turn into English Crabapple Jelly to raise money for charity. Alongside making delicious jelly, the Crabapple Project is also a great way to teach the school children about the provenance of their food by showing them the process from tree to jar as well as use up fruit which may otherwise go to waste.

For every kilogram of crabapples collected, 50p will go directly to the school and for every jar of English Crabapple Jelly sold nationwide throughout the year, 25p will be given to the school to donate to a charity of their choice. Last year’s collection and sale of English Crabapple Jelly raised over £500!

Crabapples are “wild” apples and are the source of all domestic apples grown today, such as the ones you buy in the supermarket. They can often be found in British hedgerows, nestled amongst other trees. So, why not pick a few on your weekend walk?

If you have any crabapples you won’t be using and would like to support the local school, Tracklements would love them! All you need to do is drop them off at Tracklements, Whitewalls, Easton Grey, SN16 0RD (01666 827044, open 9am-5pm Monday-Friday) until Friday the 21st October.

To view the full range and find out more about the project, visit T


Newly formed Flyball Club, Box Clever, based in the Malmesbury/Tetbury area sent 2 teams to their first ever National Championships and came home with 2 great results!!!
Turned out in their brand new kit sporting the logo of the Club’s main sponsor, Baleman Services Ltd the teams looked a picture and stood out from the, over 300, established teams competing.

The Box Pacers team competing on Friday with a mix of experienced and debutant dogs got stuck straight in and by the lunch break had notched up 2 wins and just one loss. The afternoon saw some incredibly tough and competitive racing and the Pacers finished in a very creditable third place in their division. Debutantes Zillion and Libby put up a great show and were ably supported by experienced dogs Evie, Mopp and Fergus.

The Box Clever senior team competing on Saturday had an enforced line up change, giving Flynn a welcome return to Flyball, deputising for the unavailable Wilson, they found themselves in an amazingly competitive division with all teams only separated by one tenth of a second in their seed times. The rejigged line up of Reuben, Flynn, Rona and Cerys set about establishing themselves and by lunch had managed 2 wins and 1 loss, this gave no indication of the incredibly exciting afternoon to come! Lining up straight after lunch against the unbeaten and now favourite Dundee Dynamutts it looked all over for the Box’s but the reshaped team had now found it’s paws and set about the division leaders with aplomb racing to a 2 nil lead, the wily Scots fought back hard but the southern raiders punched out a fabulous win in the final race by just 4/100’s of a second. That shock result blew the division wide open and the Box’s suddenly found themselves going to their last match needing a win for outright victory. This was against the rapidly improving Lightening Strikes who bolted to a 2 nil lead, the fighting Box’s pulled it back to 2 all, so the whole division went down to the very last race of the day. Box’s suffered a heartbreaking knockout blow losing by a fraction of a second and finished very worthy runners up in the division after an incredible effort.

All in all a fabulous Championships for the new club formed only a few months ago making their debut at National Level.