Welcome to Ramsbury and Axford


Ramsbury Horticultural Society Virtual Spring Show is now available to view online. The show is a wonderful display of spring flowers and a bunny’s tea party enough to lift the heart during this cold weather. Also included are photographs of the Easter flowers in Holy Cross church. To see the show visit www.ramsburyhortsoc.co.uk

16 April 2021


Elections update: The deadline to apply to vote is just days away

It’s still not too late to register to vote via post or in person in the upcoming elections, and it literally only takes a few moments to do.

We encourage you to vote by post if you can as this is the safest and most convenient way.

The deadline to register to vote is Monday 19 April, the deadline to register to vote for postal vote is Tuesday 20 April and the deadline to register for proxy vote is Tuesday 27 April.

More information can be found on our website.




Latest Wiltshire COVID-19 cases
The number of cases in Wiltshire continues to be below the national average and has fallen slightly this week. 
The rate of cases per 100k has decreased from 21 to 16.8.
As some businesses begin to reopen, please continue to play your part to help stop the spread of coronavirus.


Community testing and test collection sites for people who are symptom-free

As you may be aware, the Government announced that from Friday 9 April, everyone in England would be eligible for free rapid COVID-19 tests, twice a week.
Alongside the roll-out of the vaccine, regular testing is an essential part of the easing of restrictions, helping identify variants and stopping individual cases from becoming outbreaks. With one in three people with coronavirus showing no symptoms and potentially spreading it without knowing, rapid lateral flow tests are a vital tool in helping to identify cases of coronavirus we would otherwise not find.
Lateral flow tests are easy to use and can give results in 30 minutes. After a positive test result, people alongside their household must self-isolate immediately for 10 days and may also claim for a Test and Trace payment if they are eligible. They should arrange a confirmatory PCR immediately by booking online or calling 119. As no test can guarantee 100% accuracy, if people receive a negative test, they should continue to socially distance, and follow the Hands, Face, Space and Fresh Air guidance.
More information about community testing in Wiltshire


Covid restrictions eased yesterday (Monday 12 April)

Shops, gyms, libraries, hairdressers, beauty and nail salons and outdoor pubs and cafes were able to reopen yesterday (Monday 12 April).

There are no changes to social contact rules. Outdoor gatherings are still limited to six people or two households, and you must not socialise indoors with anyone you do not live with or have not formed a support bubble with.
Full guidance on the easing of restrictions



Leisure centres have reopened

All 20 leisure centres across the county reopened yesterday (Monday 12 April).
Leisure centres reopened with gym, swimming and some racket sports court hire available. Indoor group exercise classes are not permitted to resume until 17 May at the earliest, so most leisure centres will instead be offering some outdoor group exercise class programmes, with limited numbers.
The 10 leisure centres run by Places Leisure on our behalf have also reopened with bookings for gym and swim available online on the Places Leisure website. For information about Places Leisure managed services, please visit the Places Leisure re-opening information hub..
More info on the leisure centres reopening

Libraries and the Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre have reopened

Wiltshire’s 22 libraries and three mobile libraries and the Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre reopened yesterday (Monday 12 April).

Box, Durrington, Ludgershall, Lyneham, Market Lavington, Purton, Ramsbury and Tisbury will remain closed for now. We are working with the libraries’ volunteers to reopen these as soon as possible. 

Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre

The Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre will have limited reopening from today (Tuesday 13 April) between 9.30am to 5pm, but customers will need to book visits in advance. Spaces are limited due to social distancing requirements and to ensure customer and staff safety. Customers will be asked to order any documents they wish to consult in advance of their visit, as documents will be quarantined 72 hours before and after their visit.
More details on libraries and Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre reopening


Wiltshire Wellbeing Hub taking on additional role
The Wiltshire Wellbeing Hub has proved a lifeline to many local residents during the pandemic.
The multi-agency hub has provided support, guidance and signposting helping to provide a community response to assist those who are at highest risk of serious illness if they contract COVID-19 – the clinically vulnerable and clinically extremely vulnerable.
The Hub now has an additional role of supporting those self-isolating due to a positive test or as a close contact where they don’t have friends and family to help. The Hub can provide advice or support for individuals who are required to self-isolate and need practical, social and emotional support.
More details on the Wiltshire Wellbeing Hub taking on an additional role


Elections update: Candidates confirmed, apply to vote by post if you can, poll clerks wanted
The candidates for the upcoming unitary, town and parish, and Police and Crime Commissioner Elections have been confirmed.
Local elections are due to take place on 6 May for the 98 Wiltshire Council unitary divisions, as well as town and parishes. The Police and Crime Commissioner election also takes place on the same day, as do a number of neighbourhood planning referendums.
The candidates for each of the elections have been published on our website and can be found below:
Unitary elections
Police and Crime Commissioner Election
Town and parish elections – Wiltshire Council
It’s still not too late to vote via post or in person, and it literally only takes a few moments to do. We encourage you to vote by post if you can as this is the safest and most convenient way. More information can be found on our website.
If you’re looking to earn some extra money, we also have a number of election roles available, including being a Poll Clerk on 6 May. Training is available to please visit our website for more information and full job descriptions. We’d love to hear from you.
Find out more about the May 2021 Elections


Ramadan Kareem

Stay safe this Ramadan by following COVID-19 guidelines.

A vaccination does not break your fast. 

The COVID-19 vaccine does not contain components of animal origin.

For more information, please visit gov.uk



The Chancellor has announced new support for businesses in retail, hospitality and leisure sectors. New one-off grants will be available to closed businesses as follows:

£4,000 for businesses with a rateable value of £15,000 and under

£6,000 for businesses with a rateable vaue of between £15,000 and £51,000

£9,000 for businesses with a rateable value of over £51,000 details available soon

SCAMS A number of scam text messages are being received across the UK trying to entice people to give card details either to claim a non-existent government grant or to apply for a COVID -19 vaccine-THESE ARE SCAMS When you are invited for your vaccine you WILL NOT be asked for bank details or any payment. Nationally the vaccine programme is being rolled out led, in Wiltshire by Bath and North East Somerset and Wiltshire Commissioning Group supported by Wiltshire Council. residents will be written to directly with information on an appointment for the vaccine so please do not call the NHS in advance.

If you need help, visit

www.census.gov.uk              @Census2021



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Be aware there are dog thieves in the area. A silver and green Subaru type vehicle is possibly involved with this. Men have been seen attempting to steal dogs from gardens

The Recreation Centre is still open for sensible socially distanced exercise.


Hills Stores Charity Shop now closed selling items from the window or on facebook

LINK can organise lifts for medical appointments, shopping, collect prescriptions etc. Ring 520111 for details

Ramsbury Brewery has 500ml bottles of alcohol hand sanitizer £15 ring the brewery 541407 and pay by card. Bottles can be collected from Sheila Glass or the brewery

No 48 bus service is operating as usual

The Post Office will deliver essentials to vulnerable and isolating residents in Ramsbury & Axford Please ring 520229 for details

Small supermarket shops can be arranged. Ring 07979327505/520409 or 07724063800/520279 or 07795199059

5aday Devizes will deliver veg boxes FOC plus an assortment of other food items www.5adaybox.co.uk 01380860968

Morrison’s supermarket are providing mixed boxes of food- meat, fish, assorted £35 delivered No need to get a slot www.morrisons.com/foodbox

The allotment site is closed to all but plot holders

Play areas are open

The Bell is closed

The Crown & Anchor is closed

Ring Sheila Glass 07979327505/520409 if you need help with shopping, prescriptions etc.

Please take care to avoid passing infection-if you have any symptoms -fever, cough, headache loss of taste or smell, isolate yourself for 14 days. Elderly people and those with medical conditions-diabetes, COPD, asthma, heart disease, immunocompromise are more at risk from serious complications so take particular care around these groups. The virus can live for up to 72 hours on surfaces including money so wash hands regularly if you have been out or use hand sanitiser and avoid touching your face with unwashed hands.

If you have vulnerable neighbours who you think may need help and you are well you could print off a note and use to make contact without risking infection.Deliveries of shopping etc should be done with no contact. If the person/s being helped are ill defer taking payment until the quarantine period (14 days) has passed and there are no longer symptoms. Telephone contact, especially for those who live alone, can help to alleviate loneliness and help pass the time.

Larger versions are available in Ramsbury Post Office

If you have problems with shopping or obtaining supplies ring 07979327505/520409 or 520045 parishcouncil@ramsbury.org or candsglass@btinternet.com and we may be able to help.

The library is closed. Audio books can be downloaded via Wiltshire Council website as well as a variety of magazines and books to read online

You may wish to download and display one of these notices if they are relevant to your situation.


Volunteers from the Parish Council have planted up tubs at the village entrances.

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