Restore Wiltshire’s Lansdowne Monument


Lansdowne Monument – make a fuss

Campaign created by Debra Bassett


To: The National Trust

What: We want the National Trust to fix the Lansdowne Monument at Cherhill, Near Calne, Wiltshire

Why is this important: The Lansdowne Monument has stood tall and proud on the skyline overlooking Cherhill since 1845 and is a Grade II* listed monument. Now designated a monument at risk. For the last EIGHT years it has been hidden under scaffolding.

The monument is in the ‘care’ of the National Trust. In February this year they agreed to conduct a condition survey but have stated that they do not have the funds to restore the monument without Fund Matching. (Estimated cost of repair is £1.2 to £1.5 million).

Yet within the past eight years no fund matching has commenced. The National Trust do not support independent fund raising. We have tried to engage with the National Trust for the past two years, and have offered to assist in raising funds, but they have ignored us.

Unless we start making a fuss, our monument will not be restored. It is not a priority to the National Trust as it is not an income generator. But we must make it a priority for us to ensure that the monument is restored to its former glory! It is an iconic feature of our landscape and part of our heritage. The monument celebrates it’s 175th birthday in 2020 and we want our monument restored by this date.

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Thanks for being involved,

Ruby, Cathy, Robin and the 38 Degrees team

Cabbage Sunday 23rd September 2018

A reminder for this year’s Cabbage Sunday, 12.30 on the 23rd September 2018 at the Avebury Social Club . Plenty of notice for you to save the housekeeping, pocket-money or small change from down the sofa and help our chosen charities. Last year we raised funds for Wiltshire Air Ambulance, Julia’s House and Alzheimers Support Wiltshire.  This years charities will be posted later.

Winterbourne Monkton Village Club: forthcoming events

Winterbourne Monkton Village Club: forthcoming events
Date Date Date Notes
20/02/18 Lynne Gaskarth BVSc CertSAM MRCVS Behind the scenes at Drove Vet Hospital, and pet emergency treatment Not just cats and dogs but even ferrets!
20/03/18 Christine Kinder The Harp Christine is a professional harpist
17/04/18 Julie Kemp Marie Curie Foundation Support for sufferers from terminal illness
15/05/18 Skittles evening Avebury Sports & Social Club Beginners welcome!
19/06/18 Robert Briggs Wanborough Nursery 3 months later than last year to cover late summer plants
14/07/18 All Summer Party Bring your friends as well!
August No meeting
18/09/18 David Dawson The making of the kingdom of Wessex David is Director of the Wiltshire Museum
16/10/18 Stephen Wells The Magician By popular demand !
20/11/18 Milly Carmichael The Bee Road Create a bee friendly corridor in Wiltshire
December Christmas Party The Red Lion Merry (pre) Christmas!

Upper Kennet Villages January 2018 events.

Forthcoming events in the Upper Kennet villages for the period 25-31 January 2018 are listed below.  Please refer to the Upper Kennet News and Local News for details.


25 Jan Thurs


‘Little Angels’ meet for Bible stories, play and craft. Refreshments included.

Kennet Valley School, Lockeridge

26 Jan Fri

19.00 for 19.30

Singer-songwriter Nick Harper and the Wilderness Kids

Social Centre, Avebury. Tickets from Avebury Community Shop.

25, 26 & 27 Jan (Thurs, Fri & Sat)

19.30 (Sat. 14.30 & 19.30)

Kennet Valley Amateur Dramatic Society Pantomime: Aladdin

Kennet Valley Hall, Lockeridge

26 & 27 Jan (Fri & Sat)

19.30 (Sat. 14.30 & 19.30)

Broad Hinton Amateur Dramatic Society presents: Pirates of the Panto

Village Hall, BH

27 Jan Sat


Skittles for Cash

Avebury Sports & Social Club

28 Jan Sun


Benefice Holy Communion

St Peter ad Vincula, BH

19.00 for 19.30

Kennet Valley Hall Cinema: Dunkirk

Kennet Valley Hall, Lockeridge

30 Jan Tues


Mobile Post Office

Village Hall, BH


Weekly Coffee Morning

Village Hall, BH

31 Jan Wed


Celtic Communion

St James, Avebury

Our New Village Website

Welcome to our new Village Website.  This website is funded by the Department for Communities and Local Government through their scheme: ‘Transparency code for smaller authorities‘.  The main purpose for the website is to encourage everyone to get more involved in village life through increasing democratic accountability.

The Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014 sets out a new audit framework for local public authorities which are currently covered by the Audit Commission regime. Under the new audit framework smaller authorities, including parish councils, internal drainage boards, charter trustees and port health authorities, with an annual turnover not exceeding £25,000 will be exempt from routine external audit. In place of routine audit, these smaller authorities will be subject to the new transparency requirements laid out in this Code. This will enable local electors and ratepayers to access relevant information about the authorities’ accounts and governance.

The Government considers that publication of the items in this Code will provide the local electorate and ratepayers with a clear picture of the activities of these smaller authorities. Most of this information is already produced by the majority of smaller authorities with a turnover not exceeding £25,000, and the Government therefore considers that compliance with this Code will not place a significant burden on these authorities.

In addition to the requirements of Government we are also able to use this website to enhance the social life of the village and to show people what a lovely area we live in.  Please take your time to look around that site and then address any comments or suggestions to me, Tim Pearce, at the email address. If you have a Parish Council related problem then it should be addressed to the Parish Council as before or using one of our new email addresses.

Finally I would like to express our thanks to the guys at Netwise via who developed this site and smoothed the uploading of all our data and information making the process as close to stress free as possible!