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Bell Ringers Wanted

Bell-RingersThe sound of our church bells is something perhaps we take for granted. Imagine no bells for Sunday services or weddings and Christmas.  But our stalwart team of bell ringers are is need of new recruits. Already a banner has been put up on the top of Church Lane as the team urgently need to increase their numbers to ensure that the bells of St John the Baptist's church continue to ring in the village.

According to a long term bell ringer, Tom Otley, "No previous experience is needed and you do not even have to be a churchgoer.  However, you will be fully trained. Also, ringing is fun and a sociable experience as well as providing a much needed service to the village.

"We are a very friendly band so if you might be interested, please get in touch - without any commitment."

Tom Otley: 01672 516506 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.




Blazing Success for Bonfire Night


Over 300 people it was estimated attended the welcome return of Minal's Bonfire Night.  Thanks to our reinvigorated Sports and Social Club's endeavours, the evening was considered one of the best ones for years, as young and old thronged to the sports field from both the village and beyond. 




Bonfire-night-burgersA magnificant bonfire and fireworks display, was made even more entertaining with scrumptious offerings of burgers and hotdogs, thanks to Steve from Sumblers. While soup and refreshments, including a barrel of Minal Tap beer, also helped the evening go with a buzz.  So well done all Minal folk who helped with manning the entrance gate, serving the food and drinks as well as the brave team who let off the fireworks.



Minal Book Club

The Minal Book Club is continuing to flourish, according to Deidre Wason who has run it over the last year.  Currently members meet at the Horseshoe every month and take it in turns to choose a book for informal discussion. 

Members are currently reading and discussing "The Dry" by Jane Harper: 

A small town hides big secrets in The Dry, an atmospheric, page-turning debut mystery by award-winning author Jane Harper.

After getting a note demanding his presence, Federal Agent Aaron Falk arrives in his hometown for the first time in decades to attend the funeral of his best friend, Luke. Twenty years ago when Falk was accused of murder, Luke was his alibi. Falk and his father fled under a cloud of suspicion, saved from prosecution only because of Luke’s steadfast claim that the boys had been together at the time of the crime. But now more than one person knows they didn’t tell the truth back then, and Luke is dead.

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Marlborough Neighbourhood Plan


Notes of the second informal consultation regarding possible housing sites held in Minal on 9 September 2019


Informal public consultations were made during  July 2019 in Marlborough and in the parishes participating in the Neighbourhood Plan regarding the proposed approaches to be made in the Plan, and to specified sites that could be earmarked for stated community needs.    Following the Minal consultation on 24 July 2019, in which two potential sites for housing were discussed, two further sites were offered.  The Steering Group felt that this merited further consultation, so a second public session was set up on Monday 9 September, in which maps were made available showing all four sites.

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Minal Munch



Even 'though Bake Off is now off our screens, come along and taste some of the offerings available at the Minal Munch. A cup of tea, a piece of home made cake and a chat with your friends and neighbours. Yes, the Minal Munch is back at the village hall. So far dates in the calendar for this year are 22nd November, and 13th December.  Come along between 15.00 and 16.30 because a warm welcome for all villagers awaits.

Pictured left to right are some of our Minal star bakers: Lucia Mutch, Anna Whitehead, Mamta Canning and Emma Gagen.

While other of our village bakers include Lisa Coomber, Sarah Foard, Ann Evans.

The Munch was run by Gilly and Derek Price for many years and all of us enjoyed going to it. When the Price’s decided to stop we asked them if we could run it instead, and they happily agreed. We have now been going over a year. Everyone in the village is very welcome to come and pop in at anytime whilst the Munch is on for a free cuppa and a piece of cake. 



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 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 

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."



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