Mildenhall in Wiltshire - The Minal Community Website




Great Day for Cricket and Ducks

A glorious summers day on Sunday 28thJuly saw the hosting by Minal of the annual 6 a side cricket competition on the sports field and the “duck” races on the Kennet River nearby. Phil Miles who used to captain the Sunday cricket team calmly and efficiently sorted the cricket teams and organised the matches on a round robin format.  There was an excellent entry of 4 teams for the cricket including young and old, good and not so good and pleasing to say, some very capable females!  The sounds of bat on ball and the occasional “How’s that?”  mixed with the sizzle of delicious burgers and sausages on the BBQ and steady chatter of families and friends relaxing in the afternoon sun made up for a lovely atmosphere. Cricket was played enthusiastically but always in a great spirit of fun.




At around 4pm the much anticipated Duck Races commenced. Over 400 numbered yellow ducks were introduced into the river just above the bridge, in two heats with the fastest 20 from each heat making it into the final. All ducks had been pre-sold via a raffle and people watched from the bridge hoping their duck would win the race! In the final race the ticket owners for the first 3 ducks won cash and the next 12 won consolation prizes of drink, biscuits or sweets. Thanks to John Hounslow for providing waders, and for clearing the rivers edge allowing access.




On a more serious note, this event has been staged for the last 15 years in memory of Gary Giles, a keen Minal cricketer, who died unexpectedly as a result of cardiac arrest. As in previous years a  donation arising from raffles, entries and food sales will be made to CRY ( Cardiac Risk in the Young).  The whole Giles family were present all day and Gary’s mother Mrs. Diane Giles kindly presented the medals for the winning cricket team, and prizes for duck race and raffle winners and emotionally thanked all for their generosity, time and participation and particularly to the organizers and helpers.


All in all a great day ensuring that the Minal Sports and Social Club is alive and well!!



Minal Comes Second in Wiltshire's Best Kept Village Competition


Although we didn't quite make it this time, we can all be proud that our village made it to second place in the overall "Winners of Winners" section of Wiltshire's Best Kept Village Competition.  This section of the competition was based on the previous winners from 2017 and 2018.  So congratulations to Charlton and we hope their villagers visit us sometime to see how we can compete well with them on their winning attributes. However, the judges' comments can be viewed as high praise indeed, so we can still pat ourselves on the back for our endeavours.


"This is a lovely village, well away from major roads and enjoying a charming location beside the river Kennet. There are several attractive buildings and it all has a very pleasing appearance

We admired the beautiful church and a very well kept churchyard and parking area.

The childrens playground is brilliant and must be the envy of villages around Wiltshire. We also admired the cricket pitch and sports field and appreciate the effort that goes into keeping them to such a high standard.

The village hall seemed good and well kept though perhaps the exterior could do with some more upkeep

The pub looked excellent and had delightful garden

We noted a commendable absence of litter and a most adequate provision of waste bins to ensure the village is kept tidy.

There are evidently many activities taking place in the village displayed on the good website but perhaps more could be displayed on the notice boards for the benefit of villagers who are not internet savvy ( maybe everyone in the village is)

The offices beside the village hall did not appear to be in full use but were tidy and unobtrusive.

This is a most delightful village and we admired it greatly. If we did not give full marks it was only because the standard set by all the villages was so high."



Competed for by the winners of the Best Kept Large, Medium and Small villages in 2017 and 2018:

1st     Charlton (near Malmesbury)

2nd   Mildenhall

3rd = Biddestone and Hullavington 

The judges’ overall impression of Charlton was of “a delightful village and we were so impressed with it that it was hard to find much to criticise”.  They added: “Altogether an excellent well managed community that has clearly taken trouble and pride in making the village a beautiful and vibrant place”. Some of the areas particularly mentioned included: the village hall, the cricket and football field, the children’s playground, the pub, notice boards, and the lack of litter.


Clinical Pharmacist Joins KAMP Team

Kennet and Avon Medical Partnership Patient Participation Group (PPG) Update

 Mr Kelly Osadolor, Clinical Pharmacist has recently joined the KAMP practice team.


Kelly brings with him not only a vast knowledge of medication, but he is also a trained prescriber and so is able to issue medication as well as make changes to dosage, strength, etc of current medication. In addition, Kelly has a special interest in respiratory health and is continuing to develop his skills in acute medication, cardiovascular and endocrinology.


Any patient requiring a medication review will now routinely be booked in with Kelly and not a GP. Appointments will be available across both our sites each weekday.


All patients on repeat medication are required to have an annual review appointment, during which all their medications will be discussed to ensure they are being taken correctly, that they are having the desired impact and that they are still required. The PPG would encourage all patients to ensure they are aware of their medication review date.



How to Keep Up to Date with Village and Church News


Since "The Pump", Minal's monthly parish magazine that has kept us all informed about both church and general village events, has now ceased publication, our village website is now the only means of communicating within our community.  So it is important for as many of us as possible keep the news flowing by contributing pictures, dates for forthcoming social events, gripes and moans and any other items that maintain our village as a social hub. There has also been a few suggestions that a short bi-monthly printed newsheet with a calendar of social and church events might also be produced and distributed to all village households.

For the more digitally aware, there is also a Minal Community Facebook Site, that also welcome news and pictures.  The link to this is below.

If you also visit the Links section, under the Our Community tag, you will see a list of useful local news sites that may be of use.

The webmaster welcomes all contributions as well as ideas to improve the site.  Contact him at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit the Minal Facebook Pages:

 Minal Facebook Page for further news


Acoustics at the "Shoe"

The last Friday of the month is a regular event for music lovers at the Horseshoe. This is a popular, monthly open mic event where new, developing and seasoned musicians, sing, jam or just rock along. It is open to all talents, existing, seasoned or aspiring.  Just bring along your voice or insruments - a PA, mics and funky house band is provided.  Or just come along and have a drink or several and lend them your ears!

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