Froxfield Parish Councillor vacancy

Froxfield Parish Council is seeking a new Councillor to join the existing 6 members who are all local residents.

The role is a voluntary one and involves attending an evening meeting (due to Covid restrictions this is currently via Zoom) every other month, having an input on matters and expenditure in the village such as traffic calming measures, the development of the water meadow and planning applications. So if you would like a say in how and what your precept is spent on, the please consider joining us.

The role is not an onerous one and no experience is necessary just a willingness to be involved and help make a difference to your community.

If you would like more information or to apply, please contact the Chairman, Vanya Body by email:

Parish Council Meeting 9th September 2019

The next Parish Council meeting will be held on Monday 9th September at 7.30pm in the Memorial hall.  The Councillors will be on hand from 7pm if you wish to come and speak to them about any issues prior to the meeting.

ARK will be there to explain more about the work due to start in September on the water meadow to install the boardwalk and dipping pond.

It’s a hat trick for Froxfield!

After much hard work over recent months, Froxfield Parish Council is delighted to announce that we have been lucky enough to secure three awards:

1. A £5000 pocket parks grant for works on the water meadow

2. A £10,000 lottery grant for the proposed boardwalk on the water meadow

3. Froxfield has won Best Newcomer category in the Best Kept Village Competition meaning a cash prizes of £150.

And two more pieces of good news………………….

We have at long last been granted the planning permission to start the work on the water meadow.  Also, after 5 years of battling to get the issue to the top of Wiltshire Council’s priority list, we will finally see some traffic calming works taking place at either end of the village in the coming months.


Letter from The Rt Hon Claire Perry

We have had a lovely letter to congratulate us on being awarded £5000 towards our refurbishment of the Water Meadow from The Right Honorable Claire Perry.

Our chairlady, Pat Adams, completed the long application form for the ‘Pocket Parks’ grant scheme in January  but didn’t hold out much hope of being successful.  However she was delighted to be informed that we had been awarded the money last month. The National scheme helps Parish Councils create or refurbish community areas within their towns and villages so will be a big contribution towards the costs of refurbishing the water meadow.


Wiltshire Council is currently engaged in a consultation with the Local Government Boundary Commission, and proposed changes will affect Froxfield. 

Put simply, Wiltshire County is further broken into ‘divisions’ and we are currently included in Ramsbury and Aldbourne and represented at the council by James Sheppard. Our village interests are also represented by Parish Councillors at the Marlborough Area Board and the Marlborough Community Area Transport Group.  

However, the Boundary Commission is proposing that Froxfield Parish should now be aligned with those of Bedwyn and Burbage and included in the newly-named Pewsey Vale East division. 

This would have a significant impact on the way Froxfield is represented both at the local level and at Wiltshire County. We would have a new Councillor and be incorporated into the Pewsey Area Board and Pewsey CATG.  

This link: leads to an interactive map showing the existing boundary — where Froxfield has links to the villages north of the A4 — and overlays proposed new boundary, which would see Froxfield linked with The Bedwyns to become part of the Pewsey Vale East district.

Councillor James Sheppard attended the meeting of the Froxfield Parish Council on Monday night (last night) and reported that he was unhappy with this situation and did not want to ‘lose’ Froxfield from his remit.  He explained that the new division boundaries are intended to ‘even out’ the numbers of people represented by each councillor.  However, they take no account of the historic connections of the areas concerned. 

Most significantly, the new boundary division would mean that Froxfield would no longer have its Parochial and Local Authority boundaries in sync.  We are in the  Diocese of Salisbury, as part of the Whitton Benefice which also includes Ramsbury, Axford, Chilton Foliat, Baydon and Aldbourne, and with this proposed move, we would lose our historical county administrative links to these and the other northern villages.

Furthermore, Froxfield Parish Council has been working for a number of years with the  Marlborough CATG to achieve a better design of the A4 through the village to reduce speeding.  Currently, we are on the CATG priority list for action and surveys of the road at the village entrances as well as the area in the centre at the junction of Brewhouse Hill have been completed.  All this progress might well be jeopardised by a move to a new area, governed by new priorities and with different budget restraints. 

James Sheppard revealed that Wiltshire Council has a special meeting on March 25th where councillors will dedicate the entire meeting to discussing and debating the proposed division changes.  

Froxfield Parish Council will object to the change of boundaries in the strongest terms.  However, individual submissions can also be made and will have an impact on the decision-making process.  

We would encourage all Froxfield residents to follow the link: to view the interactive map and then follow the link to make their objections to the boundary changes.  


Alternatively, email directly to

Correspondence relating to the review – and consultation responses can be addressed to: 

Review Officer (Wiltshire)
Local Government Boundary Commission for England 1st Floor, Windsor House,
50 Victoria Street,


Although we have until April 15th to submit our thoughts on the changes — doing so in advance of March 25th will definitely help our case when this is debated at the Wiltshire County Council.

Vanya Body

Froxfield Vice Chair 

The Marlborough Area Board currently covers the parishes of Aldbourne, Avebury, Baydon, Berwick Bassett, Broad Hinton, Chilton Foliat, East Kennett, Froxfield, Fyfield, Marlborough, Mildenhall, Ogbourne St. Andrew, Ogbourne St. George, Preshute, Ramsbury, Savernake, West Overton, Winterbourne Bassett and Winterbourne Monkton.

The Pewsey Area Board currently covers the parishes of Alton, Beechingstoke, Burbage, Buttermere, Charlton and Wilsford, Chirton and Connock, Easton, Grafton, Great Bedwyn, Ham, Little Bedwyn, Manningford, Marden, Milton Lilbourne, North Newnton, Patney, Pewsey, Rushall, Shalbourne, Stanton St Bernard, Upavon, Wilcot, Huish and Oare, Woodborough and Wootton Rivers.