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Fishy tale of market stall ban by Wiltshire Council

FISH stall trader Ken Langley says Wiltshire Council’s decision to ban him from all of its markets stinks but he is delighted to still be welcome in Devizes. 29 Sep 2020

Young vandals anger Devizes householders

DEVIZES: People living in the Anzio Road area were upset when boys on scooters smashed two bottles in the middle of the road on Sunday. Householders were angry they were left to clear up the mess or face a flat tyre. Police are investigating. 29 Sep 2020

Bromham boy gets metal traffic cone stuck on his head

Fire fighters had to rescue a young boy who got his head stuck in a metal traffic cone. 29 Sep 2020

Potterne - A Village in Lockdown

Potterne - A Village in Lockdown

Stuart Bridewell says: As a photographer I felt it right to record, through imagery, the way this Wiltshire village has coped with the current pandemic and what effect it has had on us all. I’ve been bowled over by the resilience, kindness, selflessness and generosity that the majority of villagers have displayed. I am trying to photograph a cross-section of the community from the young to the elderly, those living on their own to large families. This is a sample of the work so far. I am still looking for people who are be willing to be photographed. It takes no more than 30 minutes and I keep to all the regulations around social distancing. If you live in Potterne and are willing to take part please contact me on 07904 965232 or email stuart.bridewell@gmail.com.

Having already been a subject, I can tell you that the process is safe and painless! You can see Stu's progress with his excellent project on his website, StuartBridewell.net. It's also well worth looking at Stu's other work. JM

REVIEW: Christine, our intrepid Potterne123.uk secret shopper, purchased two of these made-in-Potterne facemasks, and reports that they are smart and attractive, multi-layered and very carefully finished. The masks came neatly packed in a paper bag with instructions included.

Please support the Foodbank!

Please support the Foodbank!

VJ Day 75 - The Potterne Branch of the Royal British Legion marks VJ Day, 15th Aug

Under normal circumstances, the Potterne Branch of the Royal British Legion would have held a public service to mark the 75th anniversary of VJ Day. However, due to the coronavirus pandemic, such a gathering would have been neither acceptable nor desirable, so the RBL Branch decided to hold a small, private ceremony at Soldier's Walk, but captured on video and published on the internet for the village to see.
As well as remembering VJ Day, the service also included a blessing of Soldiers' Walk, and the dedication of a bench in memory of past RBL members. Finally, the 70th anniversary of the start of the Korean War, 25th June, was remembered, as the pandemic had unfortunately precluded any ceremony on that date.

The video of the VJ Day Service is below; and, if you click on the green button, you can read Lt Col Robin Hodges' interesting "Reflections on VJ Day".

Video courtesy of Stuart Bridewell.

Potterne Good Neighbours

In light of the recent end to shielding and in line with other Covid-19 community support groups, the Potterne Good Neighbours is being "paused". However, the organisational framework and list of volunteers will be maintained in case we are forced into another lockdown in the future, in which case Potterne Good Neighbours will be able to respond quickly and effectively.
The Devizes Covid-19 Support Group is also pausing and will not be able to collect and deliver prescriptions.
Every house in Potterne has received a leaflet explaining the "pause", and giving information on organisations which offer help on issues you may be facing.

to Potterne Good Neighbours, an incredible team of over 50 volunteers who have supported over 100 Potterne residents over the past four months.

The George & Dragon Inn

Re-Opened on Thursday 23rd July!

We were finally able to open on Thursday, 23rd July. Please click the buttons below for our new opening-hours poster along with opening date and our house rules and guidelines.

We are still doing takeaways but these will now be collection-only due to needing the staff to run the pub itself. We have discontinued the over-65s special menu as we move slowly towards normality.

Thank you for the great and positive feedback we've received, and look forward to welcoming you.

Best wishes, Louise

St Mary's Church Notices

St Mary's Church Notices

"St Mary's Church Notices" are now on the menu under "Organisations" or click this link:

"St Mary's Potterne"
- an aerial video by Brian Teeder

Local helicopter pilot Brian Teeder made this superb aerial video of St Mary's Church, Potterne, to say "thank you" to Rev David and Ann Howard when they left Potterne.
(Brian is presently working on a new aerial video of Potterne, and has promised that we can premiere it on Potterne123 when it's finished.)
Make the video full-screen by clicking the full-screen icon at the bottom of the YouTube player.