Biddestone, Wiltshire

The centre of Biddestone is set around the picturesque Village green with a well-stocked duck pond, and surrounded by predominantly 18th-century houses and cottages of various sizes. Much of the village is a conservation area, with more recent building development on the western side. Planting around the pond is set to generate biodiversity of fauna and flora and continues to thrive. There are three benches situated by the pond allowing villages and visitors to sit and enjoy the surroundings.

 

There are two public houses in the village. The White horse is situated on the green and the Biddestone arms is on the Corsham road next to the Biddestone stud. St Nicolas Church dates from Norman times and is west of The Green. The church is open every day. The parish is with in the By Brooke Benefice and fundraising by The Friends of St Nicholas has enabled part of the roof to be restored and, after on going work to the bell tower, there are plans for internal refurbishment. The public lavatories are owned and managed by the Parish Council and this is also this site for the defibrillator.

 

Visitors to the village are welcome and the number of holiday lets has grown in recent years. The village is a destination for sports and fitness including cricket, tennis, football, Pilates and yoga. Work to develop the cricket club by replacing the old pavilion with a new purpose-built building has now started and it is well underway. Other social events held at the Village Hall include the annual and ever popular fireworks display, quiz evenings, a winter’s skittle league and creative writing. The Hall also hosts many children's parties and other celebrations including wedding receptions. The Hall is owned and managed by the Biddestone Village Hall Recreation Trust. Adjacent to the playing fields is a well equipped children's playground and recent funds have allowed the purchase an outdoor table tennis table and a pavilion for the Tennis Club. There are several well tended and productive allotments, holders of which host and end of season party with dishes made from their produce. Water is now easily available to allotment holders having had a conveniently placed tap installed last year.

 

The annual village fete continues to thrive thanks to the input of a large number of villages and always draws many people from far and wide. Funds raised by the fete are distributed to many village activities including the Village Hall, St Nicholas Church, The Broadsheet and Women's Institute. Other social events and clubs Biddestone include a book club, gardening club and W.I, as well as a singing group. News of these activities can be found in the monthly Biddestone Broadsheet. The village website (biddestonevillage.co.uk) provides up to date information regarding village activities.

 

Because the road through the village is maintained as a link between the A4 and A420 there is an increase in traffic at peak hours and speeding at these times continues to problematic.

 

Biddestone is a vibrant village full of interesting and diverse activities which strive to embrace the whole community.

 

 

Slaughterford

Slaughterford is more isolated in its valley because it can only be approached by means of  three, steep, one-track lanes. It has retained its tranquillity and small size (23 dwellings) while its abundant and unique bio-diversity has so far been conserved for  posterity. Most of the houses here are also Grade II Listed  buildings.

Clerk -
Glenys A Gill
20 Fairview, Thickwood, Colerne SN14 8BS Tel: 01225 743782  biddestonepc@talktalk.net