Housing measures to protect poultry and captive birds from avian influenza are coming into force across the UK at one minute past midnight (00:01) on 29 November 2021.
This means that, from this time, it will be a legal requirement for all bird keepers across the UK to keep their birds indoors, or where this is not practical, to take steps to separate them from wild birds.
Keeping your birds undercover away from wild birds is vital to minimise the risk of them becoming infected with avian influenza by wild birds. But housing alone is not the only solution – it remains essential that you follow strict biosecurity measures to reduce the risk of disease spreading to your birds. Read more at gov.uk/…/bird-flu-latest-situation…


The Parish Council is seeking to purchase an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) to be positioned on the outside of the Village Hall. It is hoped that it will be in place in the New Year.

Parish Plan

The Parish Council is re-visiting the Parish Plan, first published in 2014 (see the Parish Plan page), in order to review the actions and to revise the content as necessary; much has happened in the intervening seven years. To do so, a working group has been established with a member from each of the three villages. We will be holding a public meeting to comment on draft work, input ideas, etc, and it is intended to submit a report to the Parish Council in early Spring 2022.
To kick things off a questionnaire has been drawn up for residents to complete and submit by 30 November. A paper copy has been inserted in the November edition of the Parish News (Upper Deverills residents only) and a printable copy has been added to the Parish Plan page. However, we would very much prefer you to complete the questionnaire online using Survey Planet. Instructions for completing the questionnaire either on paper or using Survey Planet are given on the Parish Plan page. Please submit either online or using a paper copy, not both.


COVID-19: Recent and upcoming changes

Information and advice on COVID-19 for Wiltshire

Useful information

From the Government

From the NHS

From Wiltshire Council

From Mere surgery

From the Police

The Parish Council has also set up a community self-help arrangement to help see us all through the crisis.

The purpose of this initiative is to help each other – not just the most vulnerable – because we all may need some sort of help, even if we are lucky enough not to fall ill. The closure of many shops and the disruption to other shopping and services can present people with all sorts of new difficulties. This is already a notably friendly and neighbourly place to live and between us we have an amazing collection of skills, talents and contacts. There is lot that we can do help each other not just survive but thrive at this strange time.

The kind of help we are thinking about ranges from making a phone call to a neighbour to dispel the isolation blues, to shopping and collecting prescriptions on behalf of those who find themselves needing to be isolated at home.

At the village level the coordinators are:

Kingston – Ted Flint: , 844507

Brixton – Chris Buchan Jones: , 841768‬

Monkton – Tass Richardson: , 844031

If you are worried, or need any help, please do contact one of these coordinators.

Please keep looking out for each other!