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Stephen Hurd

Our thoughts and sympathies go out to the Hurd family after the sad news that Stephen Hurd passed away last week. Stephen was a village and church stalwart and will be missed by his Minal friends and neighbours in Church Lane and particularly by the St John the Baptist's congregation.  Stephen Hurd, and his recently deceased wife Pepita, were great supporters of the church and Stephen took personal responsibility to open and close its portals promptly every day and kept a watchful eye on this Minal valued heritage. He also contributed to the written history of the church which appears elsewhere on this site. His gentle demeanour and humour is a loss to Minal.

Any affectionate thoughts or memories of Stephen are welcomed and should be sent to the webmaster: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



Marlborough Neighbourhood Plan

 The Marlborough Area Neighbourhood Plan gives our community a say on the type of development that takes place in Marlborough, Mildenhall, Preshute and Savernake.   

It’s framed by the 2011 Localism Act and put together by the community and then approved through a referendum for local people. It could also influence affordable housing, local jobs, transport, and the environment. It will also need to take into account aspects such as surgery capacity, school places, other community facilities and infrastructure.

Our Neighbourhood Plan would run to 2036 and must be consistent with the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) and the Wiltshire Core Strategy and so provide for a balanced and sustainable approach to development in our Neighbourhood Plan area. It’s the only formal route for us all to be able to really influence the future shape of our local area.

You might have seen articles about the Plan in various issues of The Pump in recent years.

There is a lot of further information about our Neighbourhood Plan on the website:

The Plan steering group held consultations when the plan project first started.  People in Mildenhall said (along with those in the other parishes) that smaller and affordable homes in the parish should be a priority.  The steering group contacted local land owners to see if they were willing to put land forward that might be used to build more housing in the village.  Two sites were proposed.  We held some consultation in the village hall on 24 July, to give more information on these suggested sites, as well as other aspects of the Plan, and to invite your views and comments.

Since then, two further sites have been suggested.  The steering group felt that the village should have the opportunity to comment on these new sites.  So a further consultation was held in the village hall, just before the recent Parish Council meeting.

If you have any further questions about the Plan, or want to make any additional comments, then you can either leave them in the comments section of the Neighbourhood Plan website, (see above) or contact either of the two steering group members who live in Mildenhall, Sir Nigel Thompson (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; 512297) and Deirdre Watson (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; 512729). 


Minal Welcomes Girls Football Teams



We are delighted to confirm that Girls Football has kicked off the Marlborough season on the Minal Sports field on Saturdays and Sundays and started this month.
John Whitehead, Club Secretary of Marlborough Youth Football advises:
"The teams that will be using the pitches for their home league matches will be the U9, U10 and U11 girls teams of Marlborough Youth FC.  They will be competing in the Wiltshire County Women's and Girls' League against teams from across the County. The U9s and U10s will be competing in their leagues as the Marlborough Youth FC U9 Angels and Marlborough Youth FC U10 Angels. The Angels is what the girls' section of our Club is generally known as." 
When the girls reach Year 6 at school and become U11s they get to choose their own team name and the U11s are now called the Marlborough Youth FC U11 Rebels!
As Millie Carmichael has posted in the Minal Community page on Facebook, this year its the Angels and in a few years from now it could be the England Lionesses!


Cricket Revival for Minal



Good news for village cricket lovers as last week a select Minal XI revived memories of former glory when they took the field against a strong Ramsbury Leg Rovers team.
The Minal field provided a splendid ambience in the late summer evening, with golden skies and a spectacular rainbow 🌈 over the Kennet valley providing a perfect backdrop to the canvas. The Rovers set a challenging target of 119 runs despite valiant efforts from Minal captain Stu Barnett and his bowlers comprising Steve, Richard and Greg Cook, Chris Hurd, Simon Neal and Kevin May to name a few. 
Minal replied with a spirited 92 runs bolstered by excellent batting from Simon Neal, Kevin May and Stu Barnett when the allotted overs were completed in the gathering gloom. The Minal hosts provided delicious burgers and sausage rolls off the BBQ whilst the Rovers responded with cold beer from the back of a car, to hungry and thirsty players and supporters alike.
Another most enjoyable sporting event played in great spirit with good humour all round. The Rovers and particularly their captain Andrew Stibbard were very complementary about the Minal venue and said how much they have enjoyed playing there all season.


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!!



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