Welcome to the Wilcot and Huish with Oare website

On this site you can find contact details for your local parish councillors and the parish clerk, details of forthcoming council meetings, and the minutes of recent meetings.We also publish agendas for the forthcoming meetings. There is also up-to-date news relating to the villages and links you might find useful. We are always interested in your feedback so please let us have any comments.

Recent news

Parish Council Meeting Tuesday July 14th in Wilcot

The Parish Council have scheduled a Parish Council Meeting for Tuesday  July 14th in Wilcot Village Hall at 7-30pm.  This will take place provided government guidance on social distancing has not changed.

Those attending will be expected to remain 2 metres apart and the public are asked not to attend if they feel unwell.  An agenda will be made available nearer the date.

June 2020 Newsletter

Each household in the parish should have had a copy of the newsletter by the now.  If you haven’t then please click here to view.

Key information: It contains details of how to access food boxes if your income has disappeared and you have no funds; updates on the local governance review and the correction of the parish boundary; opening times for the Recycling Centres; the Police Survey and news about the Parish Council and its meetings.

New domestic abuse out of hours helpline goes live

Victims of domestic abuse or those worried that someone may be suffering in silence will have access to an out of hours helpline from tomorrow (8 May 2020).

The joint initiative between Wiltshire Council and Swindon Domestic Abuse Support Service will ensure people can get access to help and support at any time day or night.

Wiltshire Council has supported the initiative with the out of hours helpline being available to cover evenings/ weekends and bank holidays from 5pm 9am. The new service will start at 5pm on 8 May 2020. The helpline number is 01793 610 610

This will complement the Splitz Support Service which currently runs through the working week from 8am to 5pm on 01225 775276

Cllr Laura Mayes, Cabinet Member for Public Health and Protection said: “We are serious about tackling domestic abuse and no one should suffer in silence. This is why we are investing in this service which means we have 24/7 cover in Wiltshire and people can reach out and access that support.

“We ask residents to be our eyes and ears in our communities and contact us if they have any concerns. Domestic abuse affects families and we know children suffer as a result. We are all having to live in very challenging times but the support is still out there.”

Emma Rawlings CEO of Swindon Domestic Abuse Support Service said “We are delighted to be working with Wiltshire Council offering this much needed service and are proud to be able to extend the support and advice we provide in Swindon, across the county. People can speak to the service in absolute confidence, we are non-judgmental and will work with you for the best outcome.”

Calls to Swindon Domestic Abuse Support Service are answered by a trained advisor and never by a recorded message

The service offers support to female, male, LBGTQ+ and those just wanting advice regarding a friend or family member.

Rachel Wetton Head of Service Wiltshire for Splitz Support Service said: “Splitz are delighted to see this new service, for domestic abuse victims in Wiltshire, to receive advice and support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We want anyone who is experiencing domestic abuse, their family and friends and other agencies to know that support is still available despite Covid 19.

“Anyone who wants to leave an abusive relationship can do so even during lockdown and Splitz can help you to do this safely. We can also help you stay safer in your own home. You can refer to our service 24 hours a day online or email us with safe contact details at spa@splitz.org as well as telephoning us during office hours on 01225 775276.”

Wiltshire and Swindon’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Angus Macpherson said: “This is great news that both Swindon Domestic Abuse Support Service and Splitz can join their valuable resources together to allow the new out of hours’ helpline to go ahead during these unusual times.

“Domestic Abuse is an awful situation for anyone to have to deal with and both Splitz and Swindon Domestic Abuse Support Service, along with other partners and the police, work hard to continually support and help people who suffer at the hands of perpetrators.

“This helpline has come at a vital time when some women and men are having to spend more time with an abusive partner.

 “Domestic Abuse can happen day or night, so it’s good to know that anyone across Wiltshire can access this service at any time.

 “If it can help protect more victims and also help those who abuse, then it would have done its job.”

Last updated: 7 May 2020 | Last reviewed: 7 May 2020

Corona Virus Update April 17th 2020- where to find help

If you are self-isolating due to coronavirus (COVID-19), we’re here to help.

Your local Wellbeing Hub is Pewsey Coronavirus Community Assistance (PCCA) Click here for the website. Tel 01672 487022 they also have a Facebook Page.  PCCA volunteers are doing shopping, dogwalking, giving advice, helping with  transport for appointments, post that needs posting and are running a telephone befriending service or Buddy System for those self isolating at home alone.

Your local volunteer coordinator : Jon Ford Tel 564964 Email Jon.Ford@me.com

Wilcot-John Macauslan Tel 562127 ; Oare  Jon Ford or Victoria Cole 562161 or Margaret Thompson 564081; Huish, Stowell and Draycot please call Jon Ford


Wiltshire Council Wellbeing Hub -Click here for updates

If you are self-isolating due to coronavirus (COVID-19) and you need help and do not have any family, friends or neighbours who can support you please let us know.
We are here to help you with:

  • deliveries of food and other essentials (if you have no funds then contact this number for assistance)
  • loneliness and wellbeing.

You can request this help by calling your local hub- see above.  You can also call Wiltshire Councils helpline on: 0300 003 4576 or via email at wellbeinghub@wiltshire.gov.uk. It’s available from 8am to 8pm Monday to Friday and 10am to 4pm Saturday and Sunday.

Food parcels being delivered by Wiltshire Council through the Well Being Hub Wiltshire Council 0300 number are emergency parcels to last people for three days while more sustainable solutions are found, such as a delivery by the voluntary sector. The council is charging for these parcels where appropriate. Please be assured that we will still be providing food parcels without charge for those that can show they are unable to afford them.

The charges are £20 to cover at least three days worth of food for one person, either meat or vegetarian, and up to £25 if the household has specialist dietary requirements such as gluten free.

All funds received for payment of these food parcels cover the cost of the food only, and no profit is being made from the charging for food parcels.

To everyone across Wiltshire and Swindon, it’s a simple message.

Please stay at home, protect the NHS, save lives.

The most important action we can all take across the county, in fighting the spread of coronavirus, is to stay at home in order to protect the NHS and save lives.

All partners across Wiltshire and Swindon are working together to take all the necessary steps to slow the spread of the virus and to ensure we are well prepared for increases in cases across the county.

NHS services across the area are ready to help minimise the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and deal with an upturn in patient numbers caused by the outbreak. Staff across councils, NHS services, police, fire and voluntary and community sector organisations are all working extremely hard to make sure we can continue to deliver our essential services and support the most vulnerable in our communities.

But we also need your help. Today. Anyone can spread the virus. Please stay at home.

The Government guidance asks that:

  • You do not meet up with or visit friends and family members that do not live with you.
  • You only leave your home for essentials such as food or medicine, to travel to work (where this absolutely cannot be done from home), to exercise, such as for a run, walk or cycle or to provide care or to help a vulnerable person.
  • You should minimise your time outside of your home to reduce the spread of the virus.
  • Stay local – use open spaces near to your home where possible – do not travel unnecessarily
  • Only go outside alone or with members of your own household
  • Keep at least two metres apart from anyone outside your household at all times
  • Take hygiene precautions when you are outside, and wash your hands as soon as you are back indoors

Together, with your support, we can save lives.

Thank you for your co-operation, support and understanding at this time.

A joint letter from Wiltshire and Swindon Local Resilience Forum; Swindon Borough Council; NHS Bath and North East Somerset, Swindon and Wiltshire Clinical Commissioning Group; Wiltshire Air Ambulance; Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue; Wiltshire Council; Wiltshire Police.

Temporary Closure of: Wilcot Road (Part), Pewsey (Ref: TTRO 6538)

Notice is hereby given that the Wiltshire Council has made an Order to close temporarily to all traffic:
Wilcot Road (Part), Pewsey; from its junction with Football Lane for a distance of approximately 500 metres in a north westerly direction.
To enable: Openreach to carry out a new customer connection.
Alternative route: via Wilcot Road (unaffected length) – C52 – A345 Marlborough Road – Old Hospital Road – Vale Road and vice versa.
The closure and diversion route will be clearly indicated by traffic signs.
This Order will come into operation on 27 May 2020 and the closure will be required between the hours of 09:30 and 15:30 for one day. It is anticipated that the works will take the stated duration to complete depending upon weather conditions. Access will be maintained for residents and businesses where possible, although delays are likely due to the nature of the works. The Order will have a maximum duration of 18 months.
For further information please contact Tom Drake (A-Plant Lux Traffic Control) on 03700500792.
Sustainable Transport Group, County Hall, Bythesea Road, Trowbridge BA14 8JN
21 May 2020

Annual Meeting of the Parish Council- cancelled on May 19th at Wilcot Village Hall

Due to the present circumstances and the relaxation of the usual legal obligation to hold annual meetings during May, the meeting originally planned for 19th May is cancelled and the Parish Council will not be meeting in the near future. The Parish Council is experimenting with Zoom so that a meeting can be held should it become necessary to do so. The Annual Parish Meeting for electors will be arranged as soon as it is permissible to do so.

Please address any queries to the Clerk at clerk@wilcotandhuish-pc.gov.uk

01672 851757

2 Little Woodborough





March Newsletter available now

Each household in the parish should have had a copy of the newsletter by the end of March.  If you haven’t then please click here to view.

Key information: It contains details of local volunteers offering to help with shopping and pharmacy collections; details of an Open Space Survey; recycling changes; defibrillator update and contact details for the parish clerk.

For more support and information see the post below.

Coronavirus update March 24th

Much has changed in the past week.  We are now in lockdown mode where only essential journeys are permitted.  Unless you are a Key Worker you should be staying at home.  Leisure centres, libraries and clothes shops are all closed, as are hairdressers and beauty salons. Supermarkets, some garages, other food outlets and pharmacies remain open for essentials.  Public Transport is running a much reduced service.

Here are some websites that will be updated with information that can provide help that is being offered by local volunteers.  These facilities are all supported by Wiltshire Council at this time.

Wiltshire Councils Coronavirus news page with links to your local service hubs, other news, definitions and home learning choices.

You should first contact your local village support group listed in the March 2020 Newsletter and on the Oare Village Website

Your local Corona Virus Volunteer hub is the PCCA (Pewsey Coronavirus Community Assistance) running out of a local cafe in Pewsey – click here and sign up online to receive help or to volunteer. This group is covering the wider Pewsey Vale including those living on the Kennet and Avon Canal and has the support of local businesses and other resources.

Any local farmers who are struggling with staff shortages, please contact Cllr Dawn Wilson on 01672 563917.  We are aware you may have issues and are trying to set up a support group across the Vale of Pewsey.

Look out for further updates and support as they appear.  Facebook is one way of keeping up with local happenings.

Above all, try not to focus all your time on the media and other news outlets.  Hysteria and doom saying are detrimental to your well being.  Take this time to catch up with neighbours and old friends online or by phone , do NOT visit.  Try out that new hobby or list of jobs you don’t ever get around to. If you are used to group activities try video messaging or Facetime to exercise collectively in your own homes or look out for online Choirs popping up.  “Necessity is the mother of invention,” so go invent!

Corona Virus and your community

At this time the parish has coordinators in each village coordinating volunteers with those residents needing help. They are John MacAuslan for Wilcot, Victoria Le Suere for Oare and Dawn Wilson for Huish, Draycot and the Stowells.  Do not visit the coordinator’s homes, just be aware that they will be in contact with you or look out on the parish noticeboards for how to get in touch.  Contact cards are also being delivered in some cases.  The other parish councillors are helping out where they can.

If you have symptoms or someone in your household does, do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital. You do not need to call NHS 111 to tell them you are staying at home. If you feel you can’t cope with your symptoms at home, your condition gets worse, or your symptoms do not get better after 7 days, then use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service.

The parish council will be receiving communications from the Unitary Council who receive their communications from central government.  Visit Wiltshire Councils website for their latest news updates.  Here is the short post from Wiltshire Council for March 19th 2020:

Coronavirus is at the forefront of everyone’s minds at the moment and it’s hard to know which sources of information you should keep up to date with.

We will be providing updates on our services on our website and you can also follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

For central government updates follow:
Public Health England
Foreign and Commonwealth Office

Our leader Cllr Philip Whitehead has given an update on what actions we’ve taken so far. He also advises what you can do as a community to support one another: Video Clip here

There is also a community pack from Wiltshire Council you can download:  Download our community toolkit

More locally for those online on Facebook, there is a new Pewsey Community Corona Assistance page that is coordinating volunteers and requests for help across the Pewsey Vale.  They have linked in with local businesses to share resources and try to get information and help to those not online or more remote.

STAY SAFE – Whilst everyone is keen to help each other there is always an unscrupulous element of society who see this as an opportunity for cold calling, fraud and theft.  So please be very careful when visiting the vulnerable and elderly and take precautions if someone you do not know knocks on your door unsolicited.  If you are not sure who they are, call the organiser of any group you might be expecting to visit and confirm their identity.  A few more minutes and a bit of research might save a lot of misery.

Finally, the next meetings relating to the Parish moved to a new date in May.  This meeting may have to be done remotely. Whatever happens, we will keep you informed via this website and the new Parish Noticeboards.

Cllr Dawn Wilson

Draft minutes of the meeting of the Parish Council on 10th March 2020

Draft Minutes of the meeting of Wilcot and Huish with Oare Parish Council held on 10th March 2020

Click here to view