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 13 2017 08:15PM

CARNIVAL fun and frolics start in Bromham tomorrow (June 9) when young royalty are chosen ready for two weeks of celebrations.

A carnival prince and princess plus a fairy princess and a young prince will be chosen in the village social centre from 7pm. Children aged from seven to 11 can compete to be prince and princess while youngsters under seven are needed for the two other categories.

Winners and runners up will receive cash prizes. After the judging a junior quiz will be held with teams of six mixed age group children.

Next up with a horse race night at The Owl on Saturday (10) at 7.30pm and then a car boot sale in the social centre care park from 12.30pm. This will be followed by a pet show on the Millennium Field from 2pm.

On Monday (12) action will move back to The Owl at 7.30pm for a pubathlon which includes traditional games such as table skittles, shove halfpenny, curling, skittles, darts and speed pool.

On Tuesday there is junior housey housey at the social centre from 5pm followed by adult bingo at 8pm. A music quiz will be held at The Owl on Wednesday from 7.30pm.

Next Friday there will be a field events evening at Jubilee Field from 7pm which will include welly throwing, bale pushing and a mower race.

The carnival will culminate in the parade which will be held at Millennium Field on June 24 from 2pm to 9.30pm. Judging will be at Pound Field at 1pm and the procession will set off at 2pm. There will be live music from 6pm to 9.30pm.

Gazette and Herald - 7 June 2017

By Bromham Webmaster, Jul 13 2017 08:11PM

FARMER Jim Butler is about to resubmit plans for a large concrete platform and a track across an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty which last year caused an outcry in Etchilhampton, near Devizes.

But Mr Butler, who owns 2,700 acres of land in villages surrounding Devizes, says this time he will go in person to Etchilhampton to speak to the parish council and villagers.

He said this week: “I should have gone before to explain what I want to do and why. But I was taken by surprise by the opposition and so decided to withdraw the plan.”

The project which affects Etchilhampton is part of a £8 million scheme for an an anaerobic digester at Mr Butler’s Bromham House Farm, Bromham.

The digester, which is due to go live by the end of July, will convert cattle waste into both gas and electricity as part of a project with Wales and West Utilities.

Mr Butler said: “It will be green energy. It will produce enough gas to power between 5,000 and 6,000 homes. A pipeline from the the digester out to main supply on the main road has already been laid and we are nearly ready to go live.”

Mr Butler, whose family have farmed in Bromham since the time of the English Civil War, explained that as part of the scheme he wanted to be able to store chopped up energy crops such as maize and rye grown on land in All Cannings and Etchilhampton on a large concrete pad at Manor Farm in All Cannings.

He said: “It would be surrounded by a lagoon which would take any run off to prevent contamination.

“At the moment our farm vehicles have to use the small lanes between All Cannings and Etchilhampton which are very dangerous for large vehicles. The track would allow us to move between the two farms without using the ordinary road.”

The crops stored in All Cannings at a farm run by John Curnick, who is related to Mr Butler, would then be taken to Bromham to fuel the digester.

In October villagers in Etchilhampton expressed their fears about the scheme and there were also concerns from Wiltshire Wildlife Trust, Sustainable Devizes, Kennet CPRE and North Wessex Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty who all wrote to Wiltshire Council to object.

The wildlife trust pointed out worries about river contamination. It’s head of conservation Stephen Davis said: “It is most concerning to hear of the proposals to store such large volumes.”

Gazette and Herald - 6 June 2017

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

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