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, May 24 2017 08:48PM

A CHUBBY 20-year-old and an older man are believed responsible for a distraction burglary at the home of an elderly person in Bromham.

Police are warning people to be on their guard after the two men struck at around 3.30pm on Tuesday. One of the men knocked at the door and then after confusing the home owner went inside.

PCSO Sam Burnside said: "Once this male was inside, a further male has appeared and also entered the property. These two males then searched the house and stole various items.

"One male was described as chubby build, approximately 20 years old whilst the other was an older male but also large build."

Police would like anyone who saw people acting suspiciously in the village to contact them on 101.

Gazette and Herald - Wednesday 17 May 2017

By Bromham Webmaster, Mar 29 2017 09:21PM

A COUPLE who met at a youth club social evening in Bromham and have lived in the village all their married life will celebrate their blue sapphire wedding anniversary on Monday.

Ivor, 89, and Enid Minty, 85, of The Pound, were married on April 3, 1952, four years after they met at a Christmas dance in the village hall on December 23, 1948.

Mr Minty, whose great, great grandmother started the village shop in 1850, had just returned from serving in the RAF and his wife-to-be was visiting from nearby Melksham for the joint social for both Bromham and Melksham Youth Clubs.

Mr Minty said: "I asked her to dance as you do and it went from there."

The couple married at St Andrew's Church, Melksham and then settled in a near derelict cottage at Durlett in Bromham. But after their first son Roderick was born in 1955 they moved to The Pound to Mr Minty's mother's house. A second son Keith was born in 1959.

They later designed their own chalet bungalow in the garden and still enjoy living there today. Mrs Minty said: "We are very lucky that we are still independent and my husband is still able to drive."

Both Mr and Mrs Minty once worked at Avon Rubber in Melksham and until recently were both very active in village life. Mrs Minty was secretary at the church school and then also secretary of the county primary.

Mr Minty was a governor of the county primary and later chairman. After its closure in 1984 he became a governor of the church school.

He said: "Between us were were connected with the two schools for a total of 60 years."

Mrs Minty was secretary of the village's Women's Institute and Mr Minty was on the village hall committee. They were both founder members of the Phoenix Club and remained stalwarts until recently.

Mr Minty said: "Originally when we used to walk through the village I would be stopped every few yards by someone I knew as when I was young I used to do the shop deliveries for my grandad. But later after Enid started working at the school it would be her that everyone knew."

The couple will celebrate with a family party with their two sons and four grandchildren on Sunday and then with friends and other family members at the Westbrook Inn on Monday.

Gazette and Herald - 26 March 2017

By Bromham Webmaster, Dec 15 2016 10:01PM

CHURCHGOERS in Bromham were so moved by a Christmas tree representing war-torn Aleppo that they asked for it to be kept on display for an two extra weeks.

St Nicholas churchwarden Michael Lloyd-Jones came up with the tree with broken branches and broken children's toys at its foot to represent the destruction in the under-siege Syrian city.

He worked with Ernest Escott, a churchwarden at Sandy Lane, to bring his idea to life.

Mr Escott said: "We made the display to show those of us in warm homes, with roofs over our heads, and full bellies that others are not so fortunate, especially the people of Aleppo and other war zones.

“The situation there is so horrifying, perhaps through the power of prayer we may be able to make a difference.”

The tree was put on display as part of St Nicholas' fifth Christmas Tree Festival and churchwarden Heather Armstrong said it had a profound effect on everyone who saw it.

She said: "The congregation voted to leave the tree up until December 18.

Visitors can view it between 8.30am and 5pm.

St Nicholas is also to hold a special service on Christmas Eve at 4pm at the Old Blind House in High Street, Bromham for a crib service.

Mrs Armstrong said: "At the end, we’ll have a live baby to represent Jesus to put into the crib. All are welcome.”

Gazette and Herald - 7 December 2016

By Bromham Webmaster, Oct 20 2016 08:31PM

The Post Office is to have its third new home in as many years after it first moved from New Road to Bromham Stores and then closed in June, 2015. Now campaigners, who refused to give up hope of the village having its own Post Office again, have been told a deal has been done which will see it open in the Social Centre.

Parish councillor Sue Skelt said: "We are delighted that after a year of not having a Post Office we have an agreement to set up an outreach service twice a week in the Social Centre. This should start on November 14."

She said that months of negotiation had led to the part-time service which will allow the Post Office to open on Mondays from 2pm to 4pm and Wednesdays from 9.30am to 11.30am.

The village will share a postmaster with Avebury and Foxham but Mrs Skelt said people were delighted with the compromise. She said: "At the moment we have nothing so this is good news. It has taken a lot of work and we are very pleased that the Social Centre has agreed it can be based there."

Social Centre committee member Pete Davis, 70, who has lived in the village all of his life, said: "It is brilliant. It has been very difficult for people, especially the elderly and those without cars.

"It is good that it will be open on Monday afternoons as that will coincide with the Monday Club which meets in the Social Centre so people can use the service at the same time."

Mrs Skelt said: "This service has been desperately needed in the village and we trust it will be well supported on the available days in order to keep it up and running.

"The venue will also be close to the village shop, butchers and The Greyhound providing all facilities in the heart of the village."

People will be able to use a wide range of services including pension payments, electronic bill payments, parcel post and cash deposits.

Problems started for the Post Office in Bromham when postmaster David Price retired in 2013 after 16 years in the job. It moved into the village shop but owners Adrian and Thea Dunn said they could not make it pay and after 16 months they closed it leaving villagers having to travel to Bath Road, Devizes.

Gazette and Herald - Thursday 20 October 2016

By Bromham Webmaster, Sep 13 2016 06:41PM

VILLAGERS in Bromham are celebrating after a planning inspector dismissed an appeal by a family of Irish travellers who wanted to set up home in the village.

Hundreds of people had written to Wiltshire Council to protest at the plan for a traveller pitch on land in New Road and were delighted when the council turned down the application.

But in January an appeal was heard against the decision and inspector Richard Clegg was told that Douglas Ward and his wife Mary-Ann had fallen out with gypsy patriarch Patrick Ward.

Mr Ward snr had told his son that he and his family had to leave a gypsy site in Semington, near Melksham, and that he was going to let other members of the extended family take over their pitch.

In his findings Mr Clegg said that the main issue was the effect of the proposed development on the character and appearance of the area. He said in his report: "This location is outside the limits of development for Bromham."

He said that the Wiltshire Core Strategy made it clear that development outside the boundary should be strictly controlled. He also pointed out that policy stated that new traveller sites should be very strictly limited in open countryside.

He said: "The centre of Bromham is within walking distance from the appeal site, but New Road has no footways or lighting. I note that the Council’s Highways Development Control Officer has expressed concerns about the location of the site and considers that residential use would be heavily reliant on the use of private vehicles.

"Given the nature of New Road, it is likely that most journeys to and from the proposed pitch would be made by car, particularly for shopping and during inclement weather and the hours of darkness."

Mr Clegg also looked at the background of the Greenacres site in Semington where Mr Ward had been living but was no longer wanted. He said: "I heard that this change was due to a breakdown in family relationships. I acknowledge that, on the position set out at the hearing, the appellant will not be allocated a pitch there.

"However the breakdown in relationships has not been so severe as to prevent the family doubling-up there whilst this appeal is pursued, and circumstances may change again in the future."

He decided that the need to protect the countryside outweighed the interference of the family's human rights. He also said that although the Wards as Irish Travellers were a distinct racial group and the need for pitches might indicate an inequality in housing opportunities for Irish Travellers it was not sufficient to outweigh the serious harm to the character and appearance of the area the plan would cause.

Gazette and Herald - 10th September 2016

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