November Updates


At the November meeting, our Neighbourhood PC Pete Jung gave a report. There had been instances of ball bearing attacks and break ins of out buildings locally. Recent criminal activity has taken place at all times of the day and night. Residents are asked to be extra vigilant and ensure out buildings are securely locked at all times. Any incidents can be reported to:

In the New Year the re-wilding project at The Close, Pitton will be revisited. The Parish Council will be inviting members of the Community to share their ideas and suggestions and contribute their time once the plans are finalised. If you would like to get involved in the next round of discussions, please email the clerk.

Wiltshire Council is developing various initiatives during the rising cost of living crisis, including a ‘warm spaces’ scheme This includes an interactive map that will appear on the Wiltshire Council website to enable residents to easily identify local, warm and welcoming spaces where they can go over the winter. For more information, please visit the web address below:


Dates of next meetings:

Wednesday 7th December 2022 – Farley Village Hall – 7.30pm

Wednesday 25th January 2023 – Pitton Village Hall – 7.30pm

Wednesday 22nd February 2023 – Farley Village Hall – 7.30pm

Wednesday 22nd March 2023 – Pitton Village Hall – 7.30pm


The Silver Plough

To residents of Pitton and Farley,

Pitton and Farley Parish Council has been made aware of a potential change to the ownership of the Silver Plough public house in Pitton. Many residents have contacted us to raise their concerns and make suggestions for this much-loved amenity to remain in the village, including listing it as an Asset of Community value (ACV)

We are in the process of confirming the current situation and will add this matter to the agenda of our forthcoming Parish Council meeting, which is taking place on Wednesday 7th December, from 19.30 at Farley Village Hall.

Residents are invited to attend to hear the discussion and take part in the public session at the beginning of the meeting. Alternatively, you may email the clerk at the address below with your thoughts and concerns.  The outcome of any discussions will be published in the meeting minutes which will be available the week following the meeting.


Thank you

Closure of the monkey bars at playground in Pitton


Due to rotting of the hand grips the monkey bars will be unavailable for use until repairs have been made.

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation by not using this facility.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

An update from the Pitton Community Shop Steering Group – May 2022

During March and April the Pitton Community Shop Steering Group organised a community survey and held two public meetings to review the potential for the creation of a community shop in Pitton. The group promised to keep everybody in touch with the survey results and any ongoing plans.

We are pleased to announce we received an overwhelming positive response to keeping a shop in Pitton village.

The main details from the survey results are shown below:

  • 167 households responded, representing 343 people. The response rate for Pitton was 64%.
  • 156 felt that it was important to have a village shop in Pitton.
  • 139 felt it was very important to have a Post Office in Pitton.
  • Pitton residents said they were more likely to use the shop more frequently (daily or 2-3 times a week).
  • As expected, Firsdown and Farley residents were more likely to use the shop once a fortnight or occasionally.
  • 97 said they would use the shop on both weekdays and weekends.
  • Opening hours between 8am and 6pm were the most popular.
  • The most popular products to sell were newspapers/magazines, greeting cards/wrapping and local produce – followed by bakery, meat and dairy, fresh fruit and vegetables. Several commented that a modern farm shop style, well-stocked with fresh produce, would encourage them to shop more locally.
  • Postal services were seen as by far the most important service followed by prescription collection. 76 gave support for a tearoom and coffee shop.
  • Most people surveyed do not have regular food deliveries to their homes. However, there was little difference in the level of importance placed on the shop and post office between those who had deliveries and those who did not. This suggests that deliveries do not remove the need for local convenience shopping.
  • Most respondents travel into Salisbury for their main weekly shop so the average round trip for a main weekly shop was 11.6 miles.  Some cited supermarkets for convenience shopping, while others mentioned the One-Stop at Laverstock, the Winterslow shop or the BP garage – with an average round trip of 7.7 miles.
  • 62 expressed an interest in buying shares and 61 in volunteering in the shop. People also offered to make donations, help with fundraising and/or provide a loan.
  • 10 offered to provide professional advice or services and/or to join the steering group.
  • The age range within households reflects the village demographic. There was good support for the project across the age ranges with a similar number of responses from adults over 65 (151) and adults under 65 (158).

We are now moving forward to create a legal entity which will be a Community Benefit Society. The initial committee members of the CBS will be the existing Steering Group members who will be responsible for reviewing potential locations and for developing a business plan detailing the funding, share offer, establishment and operational plans for the shop.

We will then hold a public meeting, around late summer/early Autumn, at which the business plan, location, funding requirements and details of the share offer will be presented for discussion.

This will be followed by a share offer. Then the members of the management committee of the CBS (or board of directors) will be elected at an AGM attended by those who have purchased shares. An important factor in the rules of a CBS is that voting is based on one vote per shareholder i.e. votes are not counted by number of shares held.

If you would like a copy of the full survey results please contact Brian at

Please address any other questions to any member of the Steering Group being; Brian Cudby, Ken Howard, Rachel Morrison, Lorna Taylor, Cliff Whitley and Lyn Whitley.

Pitton Community Shop Steering Group – May 2022