Aerial view from the church around the Wiltshire village of Bromham in Wiltshire, near to the towns of Calne, Melksham, Devizes and Chippenham

By Bromham Webmaster, Jul 1 2019 03:30PM

DANNY and Tara Adams of The Greyhound pub in Bromham near Chippenham were amongst the finalists for this year’s Licensee of the Year competition run by The British Institute of Innkeeping (BII).

Sponsored by Sky, the competition is "regarded as the most rigorous and hard-fought award" for individual licensee operators in the UK say BII.

Since the launch in January, people working in the licensed trade were encouraged to not only register themselves but also nominate others.

The BII said they have been delighted with the result, seeing customers, colleagues, pub companies, breweries and fellow operators all nominating their favourite ‘local’.

The winners were David Hage and Mark Osborne from The Railway, Lowdham

Selected from a field of 200 entrants, the final 12 publicans include licensees from across the country.

The 2019 Licensee of the Year finalists were as follows:

Danny & Tara Adams – The Greyhound, Bromham

Jo Ashton – Wigan Central, Wigan

James & Tom Bainbridge – The Tilbury, Datchet

Fiona Beck – The County Hotel, Hexham

Michelle Frankgate – Drayton Court Hotel, Ealing

David Hage – The Railway, Lowdham

Michael Hales – The Butlers Arms, Pleasington

Victoria & Gavin Hunt – The Fox, Lyng

Jem Morey – Ye Olde Reindeer Inn, Banbury

Samantha Robinson – Queens Head, Troutbeck

Jayne Tilsley & Miles Teece – The Fox & Hounds, Theale

Sean White – Queen’s Head, Pinner

Gazette and Herald - 17 June 2019

By Bromham Webmaster, May 16 2019 07:53PM

A village near Devizes that knows how to make the most of carnival fun by packing a huge number of events into a fun packed fortnight is gearing up for this year's event.

Bromham will begin its entertainment by staging a quiz on June 7 then it will be action all the way up to the carnival procession itself on June 22.

One of the biggest draws is now the teddy bear trail and this year's event on June 15 and 16 has a pop stars theme.

This year carnival royalty will be chosen on the first Saturday afternoon rather than the Friday evening.

A spokesman said: "We continue to have a mix of social and fundraising events along with old favourites such as the Pubathlon, the field events evening, the pet show and of the horse race night.

Last year £4,200 was raised for charity and local good causes.

Gazette and Herald - 13 May 2019

By Bromham Webmaster, Apr 8 2019 06:51PM

OLD soldier Vic Reed, who received the Chevaliers de la Legion d’honneur for his part in the Normandy landings, has celebrated his 100th birthday with family and friends.

Mr Reed, who grew up in Bromham and spent much of his life living in Rowde, near Devizes, was joined at Market Lavington Care Home by a large group of friends from the Bromham Monday Club.

His nephew John said: “It was a lovely afternoon. Vic seemed to really enjoy it. He had his card from the Queen and a nice cake.”

Widower Mr Reed lost his wife Doreen last April when she died aged 92 after 71 years of marriage.

The couple, who married in 1947, once ran the New Inn at Westbrook. Mr Reed also worked on luxury liners as a steward.

His nephew , who lives near Devizes, said: “Vic is a bit frail now and hard of hearing but he has always loved socialising and has a lot of friends. He was an active member of the Royal British Legion and Wiltshire Regiment organisations.

“A lot of people from the Monday Club came along. He and Doreen had been members for many years.”

An afternoon tea was held for Mr Reed on March 5 and he wore his medals for the special occasion.

Mr Reed joined the army with his close friend Ivor Gardner in 1937 having joined the local T.A. before the war.They disembarked on Gold Beach on June 6, 1944 as members of the mortar platoon of The Wiltshire Regiment.

They were inseparable until Mr Reed received leg wounds at Else, near Nijmegen, and was repatriated. He nearly lost his legs, but finally made a full recovery.

The two men first became friends at Bromham Primary School and were together in The Bell at Bromham, which later became the Oliver Cromwell and is now an Indian restaurant, on the first Sunday evening following the outbreak of war in September, 1939.

A sergeant arrived and told them to meet in Devizes the next morning to join the Wiltshire Regiment.

After the D Day landings they were engaged in many of the key battles to liberate France from the Germans. Both men attained the rank Sergeant.

Mr Reed was wounded during a battle in the Dutch town of Nijmegen and had to return home.

Gazette and Herald - 12 March 2019

By Bromham Webmaster, Oct 23 2018 09:36PM

Devizes MP Claire Perry visited his farm as part of Green Great Britain Week and even suggested that growing cannabis could be his next green project.

But she was told that more needed to be done to make it easier for farmers to diversify as red tape at the top of Government departments made it difficult for projects like Mr Butler's to get funding. She was also told that cuts in green energy tariffs were also taking a toll.

Ms Perry promised to take the concerns back to Whitehall. She said: "I think what Jim is doing here is wonderful. There are thousands of homes in Wiltshire that do not have mains gas but could benefit from schemes like this."

She said she felt bad that she had to use heating oil at her home home and would love the opportunity to use gas.

The digesters installed at Bromham House Farm convert cattle waste into both gas and electricity as part of a project with Wales and West Utilities. Enough gas is generated to fuel around 7,000 homes a year and provide electricity for up to 300 homes.

His next project is to build giant green houses for tomatoes that would turn the C02 gas from the digesters into oxygen. He said: "This would make the whole scheme totally green.

Ms Perry suggested that instead of tomatoes Mr Butler could grow cannabis in the form of hemp, for medicinal purposes a practice which is gaining support from farmers across the country since a change in the law.

But Mr Butler's green energy projects have not gained support among some in other villages near Devizes.

His plan for a large concrete platform and track close to an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty has caused an outcry in Etchilhampton and All Cannings.

He has submitted a revised scheme to Wiltshire Council which is likely to go to eastern area planning committee next month.

As part of the Bromham scheme he wants to be able to store chopped up energy crops such as maize and rye grown on land in All Cannings and Etchilhampton on the new concrete pad at Manor Farm in All Cannings.

Gazette and Herald - 22 October 2018

By Bromham Webmaster, Oct 1 2018 05:53PM

A farmer who had massive fires on his land has failed in a second bid to overturn an abatement notice served by the council.

Lance Beale had huge blazes on his land in Bromham, one lasting seven days, which led to smoke and dust particles ruining the environment for neighbours.

But the 67-year-old claimed other people had similar bonfires and that he was being picked on by the council and Environment Agency, who were underworked.

After a one-and-a-half day appeal at Swindon Crown Court a judge, sitting with two justices, ruled the blazes had caused a nuisance and threw out his challenge.

Beale, who lives at Wyatts Lake Farm, Westbrook, was made subject of the order in September last year following complaints from neighbours in the village.

Local residents on the Greystones estate and surrounding area said the huge bonfires sent plumes of acrid yellow smoke billowing into their properties.

After taking advice from the authorities one household kept a diary to note down the fires and the issues they said were caused by them.

The court heard of a litany of complaints to the council about the burning activity on Beale's farm.

Last September an environmental health officer went to The Pound following complaints from residents.

She said that she could see a mechanical digger being used to apparently feed the large fire which was burning on the farm.

When she went to a house on The Pound she said she saw soot particles and smoke inside the house as well as in the back garden.

A statement was read from a man who had a holiday caravan on the farm in which he said he had never been smoked out.

Recorder Simon Levene commented that if he 'was present for the full seven days' when one fire was burning then 'we were surprised he was not smoked out'.

The judge, sitting with two magistrates, ruled the fires constituted a 'statutory nuisance' and so the council were right to serve the notice.

He said they had an impact on the residents' enjoyment of their gardens, saying "In that situation alone the council were right to serve an abatement notice."

As well as rejecting his appeal he ordered Beale to pay £6,082 in costs on top of the £835 he was told to hand over after losing his first appeal before magistrates.

Gazette and Herald - 25 September 2018

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View from the tower of SAt Nicholas Church, Bromham, Wiltshire