Well folks, that’s January done (hurrah) and we are steadily working our way through to the Spring and the latest lock down. Yes, the first snow drop has been spotted (not by me I confess) but reports have come in that there is a bunch up by Nettleton Lodge. Signs that winter is moving along to make way for more appearances of Spring.
Even more excitingly a primrose was spotted up at Westonbirt Arboretum last Saturday!
But before we leave January behind, here are some bizarre facts with which to puzzle your family and friends.
January was named by the Romans (another thing the Romans did for us, Monty Python) after the God Janus who was the God of gateways or transitions, traditionally celebrated with festivities and the making of New Year resolutions, but did you know that January 17th is “Ditch the Resolution Day”? So relax everybody, it’s officially OK if you’ve ditched yours!
January 2nd is Pet Safety Travel Day, so get those little tykes all harnessed up. And I do hope we all ate pasta on January 4th, “Spaghetti Day”. No? Never mind, maybe next year….
Finally Winnie the Pooh’s birthday is January 18th, just so you know and don’t forget his card next year.
Some new items to look out for in this edition of the Bugle, are Amanda’s book review and a piece on Evelyn Brown’s Lockdown Tails competition. Well done Evelyn, a great idea and hope we can repeat similar entertaining competition ideas in the future.
I’d like to give a personal thank you and shout out to Dan and Ange of Mulberry Farm Supplies who, when Mike and I were self-isolating, awaiting our fortunately negative Covid tests, saved the coffee/tea crisis by popping over with milk even though it wasn’t an official delivery day. Also included were a freebie lemon and some oranges to cure our head colds. Such small kindnesses are the joy of living in a small community and we are both grateful to Mulberry Farm supplies.
Another local hero is Ann Wilson who completed a personal cycling challenge, raising a substantial sum for charity. More on that later in The Bugle, but well done Ann!
As a famous bear once said,
“Sometimes the smallest things take up the most room in your heart” Winnie the Pooh
Until next time ….
Article by Sue Clark
100 Club Lottery Results
If you wish to join or would like further information please click here, we currently have 50 members.
Congratulations to our prize winners, the next draw will take place on Friday, 26th Feb 2021
Winners drawn on the 29th Jan 2021
1st prize £50 was won by Mike & Wendy Watts
2nd prize £35 was won by Terry & Delores Broom
3rd prize £25 was won by Rob & Lisa Suchet
The draw was made by Mike Bowen, Rectory Orchard, Burton.
Winners drawn on the 26th Dec 2020
1st prize £50 was won by Graham Coates
2nd prize £35 was won by Clare Quarrington
3rd prize £25 was won by Richard & Millie Riddell
The draw was made by Alastair McKee, The Old Rectory, Burton.
If you wish to be a member of the lottery please contact me click here or a member of the BCA Committee.
Chris Bennett, BCA Secretary
BCA News & Event
BCA Award Presentation – Evelyn (Aged 6yrs)
The trustees and committee of the Burton Community Association are extremely pleased to announce that on the 16th January 2021 they conducted an online presentation of an award to a young resident for an ‘outstanding contribution towards organising community events’.
Chair of the trustees, Paula Coyle said “the committee all agree that Evelyn Brown has organised a large number of super village events which have helped keep our community more motivated, especially during the Coronavirus lockdown restrictions. There has been a great deal of support for the ideas which has encouraged many residents to take part. The award of this certificate is extremely well deserved, congratulations to you Evelyn”
At the presentation, parents Nick and Leanne said “the family are very proud to have received this award and although Evelyn might be a little shy at the moment we know this will be a very memorable occasion, thank you so much everyone”
CPR & Defibrillator trained residents
Most residents are aware, but for the benefit of everyone as a reminder and especially those new to the village now is a good time to mention the availability of a Public Accessed Defibrillator situated in Burton and the procedure to gain access to the equipment which is situated on the outside wall of The Old House at Home pub. The equipment is proven to increase the survival rate of anyone suffering a cardiac arrest.
The village currently has 27 volunteers trained in CPR techniques and use of the defibrillator. The volunteers are spread across the village and you will have someone living nearby who could be called upon to help. The list can be found on the Burton village website http://burtonvillage.org.uk/?page_id=979 Those volunteers can access the defibrillator cabinet and equipment.
The equipment is registered and accredited by The South West Ambulance Service, which means anyone who dials 999 and asks for medical assistance in the village can (if required) be provided with guidance on obtaining access and in its use pending the arrival of trained medical assistance.
Medical emergencies can occur at any time of day and the likelihood of an ambulance being immediately available to us is sometimes (especially during the pandemic) questionable, which is where the village volunteers can help pending arrival of an ambulance.
Once the current COVID restrictions are lifted, the BCA will seek to increase the number of volunteers, provide the training and increase our coverage. If you are already suitably trained or would be interested in participating or seek more information then please contact Chris Bennett at Church Cottage or email email@example.com
Children’s Play Area
The BCA Committee is pleased to inform the village the play area has just undergone the annual safety inspection by an approved company. The results have revealed only a small number of extremely low risk elements which should be monitored. The committee members are very happy to allow continued use of the play area and small changes will be addressed in the very near future.
Domestic Heating Oil Suppliers
The BCA are looking into the possibility of utilising the services of a company called Boiler Juice which are an independent Domestic Heating Oil supplier, the website is https://www.boilerjuice.com Some of our residents may already have knowledge or use this company, but briefly this company operate a scheme whereby they search for competitive local oil prices, give a quote and in addition have a scheme called ‘Cash for Communities’ by donating a cash reward to registered charities/organisations, this of course could include the BCA.
The committee are currently communicating with Yatton Keynell Recreation Association who are registered, to seek feedback on this system.
Watch this space for more information!
Article by Chris Bennett
Book reviews and reading highlights.
The best of the New Year's new releases include contemporary urban Victoria Park from outstanding debut author and Bath Spa University MA Creative Writing alumna Gemma Reeves (watch Gemma in conversation with Bookmark), and The Octopus Man, Jasper Gibson's electrifying tour de force on mental health and belief.
In January, Bookmark also enjoyed:
Modern Nature, filmmaker Derek Jarman’s poignant and bitchy diaries of HIV and the solace of his Dungeness shingle garden.
The Burton Book Club is currently reading Such A Fun Age by Kiley Reid.
Call for Young Reviewers
Are there any young/young adult readers in Burton with a book they want to share with others? You would need to write a few lines to describe the book, and to explain why you think others might like it. Your review will be published in The Bugle.
Until next time, happy reading.
Burton Book Club
The perfect antidote to social isolation, come join us for lively discussion about books...and more. Meeting will be virtual for the time being, but we look forward to returning to The Old House at Home as soon as it is safe to do so. For meeting dates and times, see Upcoming Events.
Members take it in turns to nominate a book each month, and the nomination will be posted on the website.
You can buy the Club picks and support independent bookshops at the same time from the Burton Book Club list at Bookshop.org. The link will be posted with each month's nomination.
Article by Amanda Read
St Mary's Church Nettleton & Burton There is a weekly online service available on bybrook.org.uk. Please click here to view the flier.
Hobbies & Interests
Burton Cycle Route 3
Burton - The Gibb - Kington St Michael - Stanton St Quintin - Grittleton - Littleton Drew - Burton
16 miles, 500 ft (154m) climbing, please click here to view the map.
Inevitably there is overlap of routes as we add more to this series, but at the risk of duplication we repeat directions to avoid the need for cross-referencing. While there is 500 feet of climbing on this route, the gradients are really pretty tame.
Leave Burton eastbound on the B4039 then in 1.7 miles turn left at the Gibb cross-roads, beside The Salutation. Immediately swing right into Summer Lane. This is a quiet road but the surface is somewhat rough. In a mile turn left at a minor cross-roads, then after a further mile right at the next T-junction.
Remain on this road until shortly after passing a water-tower turn left towards Kington St Michael. This narrow lane passes through the hamlet of Easton Piercy then emerges at a T on the outskirts of Kington. Turn right here then almost immediately left into Stanton Lane. In non-lockdown times a short diversion into the village offers two refreshment possibilities, the Kington Café (formerly Folly Row) or the Jolly Huntsman.
In a couple of miles Stanton Lane passes under the M4 then at the top of the rise it comes in to Stanton St Quintin. Turn left at the T. The church of St Giles is worth a look, with interesting historical information displayed outside (if churches are open they will always welcome a contribution in their boxes!)
On leaving the village note the method used to camouflage the hangars on the old airfield, which was the scene of one of the most extraordinary feats of flying in the history of aviation (if you didn't read the story when it appeared in the Honeycomb, look up Neil Williams on the internet)
After a mile, fork left up a gradual hill. Keep straight on at a minor junction but note this is a give way to traffic from the right. Soon after, turn right at the next T then continue on this lane until it joins the Hullavington - Grittleton road.
Pass through Clapcote then enter Grittleton. The Neeld Arms offers another refreshment opportunity in normal times, as does the Salutation with a small diversion from this route.
Go straight ahead at the cross-roads when leaving the village then in 1.5 miles turn right into a lane beside an isolated house. It is unsigned but the Littleton Drew sign immediately on turning confirms the route. On the outskirts of the village turn left at the T, pass under the M4 then right when reaching the B4039 by the Coach Style depot. Then after a short rise it's just over a mile of predominantly downhill cycling back to Burton.
Article by Ian Wilson
Local Walking Routes around the Surrounding Area
Walk 1 Western approach - Full Approx. 70 – 90 mins Road/Field see map click here
Leaving Burton by the chestnut tree triangle head west along the B4039 towards Acton Turville, after 200m fork left onto Toll Down road. Follow the road past the turn to Edgecorner lane and past the left back-fork towards Westfield farm and continue on for another 400m. Take the gravel road off to the left and follow this path, heading due south, towards West Kington. Follow the track to the right of Kington Down Farm and on past the front of the farmhouse and the various barns situated on the left. After the farm the path becomes a tarmaced road which leads to a sharp right turn. Follow this road, Holloway Hill, for another 400m until the road starts to descend down into West Kington village. Carry on down the hill to the T-junction. Two options here; so turn left and either take the footpath on the left side of the river and follow it until you reach the bridge or take the road on the opposite side of the bridge, follow it up the incline to a staggered crossroads, turn left down the slope to arrive at the same place by the bridge. The choice may depend on the amount of recent rainfall.
Approaching from the latter direction cross the bridge, carry on between the cottages up the path straight ahead to West Kington Church passing through two gateways, either side of a paddock, before arriving at the church car park area.
Leaving the church follow the gravel track around the menage and through the middle of the farmyard and stud until meeting the tarmaced driveway leading to the through road which is Wood Lane. Keep left on the lane for about 200m, turning left at the first junction. Follow on until passing Nettleton Lodge on your left, with large wooden gates and a ‘post box’, for another 50m until you see a saddle stone with Green Cottage written on it next to a footpath sign. Take this narrow path, which is often wet under foot, until meeting the road. Turn left on this road, exiting the village of Nettleton, down the slope to the brook after which there is a staggered crossroads.
Turn right along Dark Lane towards the road junction and turn left up the pathway in front of Old School House following the path and road past the chicken and dairy farms back down to the village triangle once again.
Walk 1 Western approach - Mid Approx. 60– 80 mins Road/Field
Leaving Burton triangle head west along the B4039 towards Acton Turville, forking left after 200m onto Toll Down road. Follow the road past the turn to Edgecorner lane and past the left back-fork towards Westfield farm and on for another 400m. Take the gravel road off to the left and follow this path, heading due south, towards West Kington. Follow the track to the right of Kington Down Farm and on past the front of the farmhouse and the various barns situated on the left. After the farm the path becomes a tarmaced road which leads to a sharp right turn. Follow this road, Holloway Hill, for another 400m until the road starts to descend down into West Kington village. After the bungalow at the start of the slope there is a signpost indicating a bridleway to the left. Follow this bridleway keeping to the right side of the fields until arriving at a gate. Pass through the gate across the paddock to the West Kington Church car park. Leaving the church follow the gravel track around the menage and through the middle of the farmyard and stud until meeting the tarmaced driveway leading to the through road which is Wood Lane. Keeping left on the lane for about 200m, turn left at the first junction. Follow on until passing Nettleton Lodge on your left, with large wooden gates and a ‘post box’, for another 50m until you see a saddle stone with Green Cottage written on it next to a footpath sign. Take this narrow path, which is often wet under foot, until meeting the road. Turn left on this road, exiting the village of Nettleton, down the slope to the brook after which there is a staggered crossroads.
Turn right along Dark Lane towards the road junction and turn left up the pathway in front of Old School House following the path and road past the chicken and dairy farms back down to the village triangle once again.
Walk 1 Western approach - Short Approx. 45– 60 mins Road/Field
Leaving Burton triangle head west along the B4039 towards Acton Turville, forking left after 200m onto Toll Down road. Follow the road past the turn to Edgecorner lane and past the left back-fork towards Westfield farm and on for another 400m. Take the gravel road off to the left and follow this path, heading due south, towards West Kington. Follow the track to the right of Kington Down Farm and on past the front of the farmhouse and the various barns situated on the left. After the farm the path becomes a tarmaced road which leads to a sharp right turn.
On this bend take the gate on the left (not the one straight ahead) and keep to the right side of the field on the path, passing through the gate straight ahead. Proceed ahead diagonally left across the field to a gate midway along the bottom hedge, keeping on the same line to a gate in the far corner of the field. Follow the right edge of the next field to a more modern gate, keeping to the track leading to yet another gate onto the road opposite the recently developed Westfield Farm. Turn right on the road for about 1200m to a staggered crossroads.
Carry on straight across into Dark Lane towards the road junction and turn left up the pathway in front of Old School House following the path and road past the chicken and dairy farms back down to the village triangle once again.
Walk 2 Expanding Loops - Full Route 120 – 180 mins Mix of Road/Path click here
for map please click here Walk 2 Expanding Loops - Option A 80 -100 mins Mix of Road/Path click here Walk 2 Expanding Loops - Option B60 – 75 mins Mix of Road/Path click here Walk 2 Expanding Loops - Option C 45 – 60 mins Mix of Road/Path click here
for map please click here Walk 2 Expanding Loops - Option D35 – 50 mins Mix of Road/Path click here
Article by Peter Broadhurst
The Old House at Home
For updated information on what's on offer please click here
Our Local Hero - Ann Wilson, 81-Years Young Cycles 2000 Miles in Lockdown
Ann Wilson, from Burton in Wiltshire, has shown great strength and determination during this difficult time. All through the first lockdown Ann decided to raise money for three charities close to her heart by getting on her bike.
Please click here to view the full article that appeared in the Children's Hospice South West website.
CHSW is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year and there are lots of ways people can join the charity and mark this important milestone. www.chsw.org.uk/30 for more information about the charity and getting involved please click here
Artisan Natural Soap, Plant Based Shampoo and Conditioner Bars by Olive and Rosie, Handmade in small batches using beneficial essential oils, clays, local honey, herbs & botanicals - each batch contains an extra dollop of love! If you are searching for that something special for all occasions then please visit at www.oliveandrosie.co.uk to see the selection available and get ideas. Orders by email to Rose, please click here, for free delivery to the local area.
Mulberry Farm Supplies
Hobbs Bakery, bread and cakes available, pre-order daily, please contact us via email at the address below or by clicking the link below. We also supply fresh fruit, vegetables, free range eggs and dairy products. Mulberryfarmsupplies@gmail.com
Order by 12pm and you will receive fresh the following day, deliveries available Monday to Saturday. For further details of our bread and cake selections please visit the website at www.hobbshousebakery.co.uk
The Burton Baker
You can order for next day delivery. If you have any dietary requirements we can adapt our recipes to suit your needs. For further information please click here. or visit us on Facebook or on Instagram @theburtonbaker.
Rise In Reports of Coronavirus Vaccine Phishing Email Scam, for further information please click here.
1. What Walt Disney animated film was said to be "The most beautiful love story ever told"?
2. What was the name of the small heart-shaped sweets, manufactured by Swizzel, which had short romantic messages printed on them?
3. How many wives did Henry VIII have?
4. Who was Simba in love with and eventually married in The Lion King?
5. What date is St Valentines Day?
1. What planetary body was named after the Roman goddess of love?
2. Which Roman god was either depicted as a plump cherub with a bow and arrow, or as a handsome teenager?
3. Who played the title role in the film Shirley Valentine?
4. What used to be called the apple of love or love apple?
5. Love-in-a-mist, Love-in-idleness, and Love-lies-bleeding are all examples of what ?
Quiz by Bev Lee
A National Census for 2021 (occurs every 10 years) will take place during March. You will soon be receiving the relevant forms which must be completed either online or by post. More details will be provided in the March edition of this newsletter.
Understanding and Managing Stress, a three Part Series. (future series to run in edition March and April)
Part 1 – Understanding Stress and Healthy Coping Mechanisms
Stress is a natural and physiological process that occurs in animals, including human beings. Every one of us experiences stress and it is a fundamental element key to our survival. Stress keeps us safe and it drives productivity. However, too much stress for too long of a time has very detrimental effects on people, including but not limited to heart disease, liver disease, lung disease, and poor mental health. Learning how to recognise stressors and manage our stress is key to keeping ourselves both physically and mentally fit. We all carry around a certain amount of stress in our metaphorical stress containers. Everyone has a different sized container which can be considered in relation to our vulnerability, and inversely, our personal resilience. Our “grit”, our “bouncebackability”, our “inner strength”. Our resilience is made up of many different pillars and this is a topic we will discuss further in a future article. Suffice it to say simply, the more resilient we are, the larger our stress container and the lower our vulnerability. A simple formula, R (risk) = T (threat/stressors) x V (vulnerability/inverse resilience). Lowering threat and/ or lowering vulnerability directly reduce our risk for pernicious stress.
Stressors (threats) flow in and no matter the size of our container, it will eventually overflow. This is exactly what we never want to happen, as it has detrimental effects, both physically and mentally. In order to prevent this, we need to focus on 3 things – reducing the stressors flowing into our containers, increasing the size of our containers, and emptying our containers. For now, let’s focus on getting those stress containers emptied!
To reduce the amount of stress we carry around in our stress containers, we need to put a “tap” on it and let go of some of the stress we carry around on a daily basis. There are many ways to do this but not all are ultimately good. Drugs, fighting, tantrums, overindulgence in alcohol, food, exercise; those all relieve stress but are not ultimately good for us. We need to focus on positive stress relieving activities. Ideally, done for at least 15-30 minutes daily, but any bit helps! Activities to consider are personal to the individual but here are some evidence based ideas proven to reduce stress in human beings: listening to music, exercise, reading, writing, having a chat with a friend, meditation, practicing a hobby, learning something new, singing, praying, giving, practicing gratitude. There are, of course, many more ways to regularly empty our stress containers but the best thing we can do is to remember that we are carrying around a lot of stress, coming from obvious and more clandestine sources, and reminding ourselves regularly to purposefully reduce our stress. So, take a bit of time, every day if you can, just for you. It will help your heart and your mind.
Article by Missy Sell (licensed mental health provider)