Coronavirus (COVID-19): Closure of St Peter’s Church

The Church continues to be alive and active, but our buildings must close

We are seeing a huge increase in the number of people falling sick with COVID-19. We must distance ourselves from one another and prevent the spread of infection in order to save lives. 

Therefore, as well as public worship being suspended, this and all church buildings in the Church of England are now closed.

Our worship of God and our care for each other continue but cannot be done in this building. 

Our website contains details of how to join others online for prayer, worship, study, and community life. See:

The vicar/churchwardens of this church can be 
contacted in an emergency by telephoning 01722 790616 or

“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength . . . Love your neighbour as yourself. There is no commandment greater than these.”

To protect the vulnerable amongst us, please do not leave your home, except for essential trips.

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Immediate Closure Of The Children’s Play-Park

The Parish Council very much regrets that in the light of the developing Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak and Government instructions of 23rd March 2020, the Children’s Play-Park is closed with immediate effect and the gates will be chained and locked as soon as practicable.

The Play-Park will not be re-opened for use until the Government advises the restrictions can be lifted safely.

Stay at Home

You should only leave the house for one of four reasons.

●   Shopping for basic necessities​, for example, food and medicine, which must be as infrequent as possible.
●   One form of exercise a day, for example, a run, walk, or cycle – alone or with members of your household.
●   Any medical need​, or to provide care or to help a vulnerable person.
●   Travelling to and from work​, but only where this absolutely cannot be done from home.

These four reasons are exceptions – even when doing these activities, you should be minimising time spent outside of the home and ensuring you are 2 metres apart from anyone outside of your household

Tilshead Borehole Levels: 22nd March 2020

A most interesting week.  Overall, the Tilshead borehole water level fell steadily throughout the week, which reflects the lack of rain we have had during the last fortnight.  The relatively warm weather has continued and many of the shrubs and bushes that were in bud are coming into leaf and the buds are swelling on the trees.  Lawns are already growing madly and in need of an early trim so this is all serving to use up water.

During the middle of the week, the Environment Agency data stream showed an odd glitch.  It looked like this:

It’s almost as if the sensor in the borehole came adrift and started to sink before being hauled back into position.  I don’t expect we will ever really know what happened.   The Environment Agency Flood Warning remains in force for the River Till and the latest bulletin says:

“The groundwater level at the Tilshead borehole is currently 99.48 mAOD and stable. We believe a possibility of flooding still exists for Tilshead, Orcheston, Shrewton, Winterborne Stoke, Berwick Saint James and Stapleford. Residents are advised to ensure property flood resilience measures are in place and that pumps are working where they have been installed. Residents may experience problems flushing toilets and have issues with septic tanks. The Met Office forecast is for mostly dry and settled weather over the next few days. With a drier spell we expect groundwater levels to continue to fall”.

The weather over the next few days looks to be predominantly dry, breaking down to give a little rain on Thursday.  Beyond that, the weather continues to look dry, which is good news for those affected by these extraordinary groundwater levels.  Some good news at the end of an otherwise depressing week.

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Children’s Play-park

The Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation has many implications, even for a small village like ours. Given that at least some of the village children will no longer be attending school or nursery for the foreseeable future, they may need some distraction, so the Parish Council intends to keep the play-park open unless we receive specific advice or instruction to the contrary.

All the social distancing measures that are being recommended more generally need to be adhered to when using the play-park. It is up to the parents of children using the play-park to ensure that this happens.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) can survive for several days, particularly on metal and plastic surfaces such as those used in the construction of the play equipment. The Parish Council cannot offer any assurance that the equipment will be virus free and parents must make their own risk/benefit judgement regarding the safety of their own children if they allow them to use it. The Parish Council cannot accept any liability for your decisions as parents.

If the situation changes, the gates may be locked without further announcement.