Rock legend helps to reach cash target to save woods

Some of the successful team behind the campaign which has raised the money to buy Kings Farm Wood in Wroughton. Pictured, left to right, are chairman of Wroughton Parish Council Paul Hurst, parish councillor Steve Harcourt, secretary of Vision for Wrought

Some of the successful team behind the campaign which has raised the money to buy Kings Farm Wood in Wroughton. Pictured, left to right, are chairman of Wroughton Parish Council Paul Hurst, parish councillor Steve Harcourt, secretary of Vision for Wrought

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ROCK’n’roll flautist Ian Anderson’s gig on Saturday helped Wroughton reach their £30,000 target for the Kings Farm Wood Appeal.

The lead singer of the British band graced the stage of the Wroughton Club in the village’s final push to save the woodland from development in a sell-out performance.

Steve Harcourt, who attended the evening of music, said: “We believe that following the three events on Saturday we have hit the target.

“I think the music night on Saturday was very successful and it was clear how much Ian Anderson cares about the wood as well.”

Ian’s set, played to some 200 people, was followed by another from local folk group Talis Kimberley and band and Guildford-based R&B band Big Dog and the Bite rounded up the evening, and all performers provided the entertainment free of charge.

The community had until March 31 to raise the money to save the wood from development, and following three different fundraising events on Saturday they finally reached their goal.

Steve Harcourt, villager and a member of Wroughton Parish Council, was joined by fellow villagers, councillors and South Swindon MP Robert Buckland to beat the boundaries in an 18.5-mile sponsored walk around the parish.

The 62-year-old said: “Beating the boundary is a medieval tradition where you go around the boundaries of the parish. They used to actually beat the boundary with sticks to mark out the territory.

“It went really well and there were four people who did the whole walk with some people joining us for part of it. I think the weather helped as it wasn’t too hot, but it was dry.”

On Saturday villagers also supported the appeal in a Big Swish event, where from 2pm to 4pm residents went along to swap their bags, scarves, books, CDs, ornaments, clothes and jewellery for a £5 fee.

Swindon Council and Wiltshire Wildlife Trust teamed up to buy the £180,000 woodland in 2012, with each pledging £100,000 and £50,000, respectively, each towards it.

They fronted the remaining £30,000 and the villagers have pulled out all the stops since January to repay the loan. Steve said: “It’s a big ask to raise all that money and we’ve done it in about four months.

“I think we are all really proud of the community and all the effort everyone has put into it, and I think it’s helped in the community and brought everyone together.

“Some people have asked what we are going to do next.”

As well as beating the boundary and hosting charity gigs, money has been raised through coffee mornings, quiz nights and the Mile of Money event.

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6:18pm Tue 18 Mar 14

anotherimigrant says...

Could have got £50K from these charlatans.

But you didn't have a mate on the board.

This story continues but the EA has not put a space for comments so there here and there and anywhere

LinkedIn is the world's largest business network, helping professionals like Nick ... 1995 – Present (19 years) Kingsbury House, Kingsbury Square, Melksham. Wiltshire SN12 6HL. Commercial Interior design & Interior fit out / refurbishment.

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Nick Denning's Overview
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Now for all you who have been following this farce, her is the list again of those who gave out the money.

I want you all to pay particular attention to anyone who has or may have worked for Herman Millar, SEE ABOVE ALSO.

Also, whoops. wonder why????Couldn't have been anything we said could it Paul???

Chair of Swindon & Wiltshire LEP resigns

Paul Johnson, chair of the Swindon and Wiltshire Local Enterprise Partnership has resigned.


Graham Dean is on that list, lets have a look at Graham.


Graham is Director of UK Operations for """Herman Miller""", a US-owned global company whose core competencies include innovation, using problem-solving, research-based design to target existing and emerging social change and customer needs. It works exclusively with a network of leading independent designers, combined with a diverse and global supply chain, to develop innovative solutions.

The business operates from sites in Bath & Chippenham and Graham is responsible for ensuring that their UK operation meets the investment needs of the parent company by meeting the needs of their European client base.

Now a cynical old barsterward type of person like me would and should wonder how the board member of the Wiltshire LEP trust, would be handing out 50k of our money to his mate and doesn't want us to know about it.
Could have got £50K from these charlatans. But you didn't have a mate on the board. This story continues but the EA has not put a space for comments so there here and there and anywhere LinkedIn is the world's largest business network, helping professionals like Nick ... 1995 – Present (19 years) Kingsbury House, Kingsbury Square, Melksham. Wiltshire SN12 6HL. Commercial Interior design & Interior fit out / refurbishment. Head office: Procol Limited Kingsbury House Kingsbury Square Melksham Wiltshire SN12 6HL Nick Denning's Overview Current Owner & joint Managing Director at Procol Ltd Past Business Development Manager at N T Laidlaw / Keysan Product Manager at " Herman Miller" Education Cheltenham University Seletar, Singapore Connections 285 connections Now for all you who have been following this farce, her is the list again of those who gave out the money. I want you all to pay particular attention to anyone who has or may have worked for Herman Millar, SEE ABOVE ALSO. Also, whoops. wonder why????Couldn't have been anything we said could it Paul??? Chair of Swindon & Wiltshire LEP resigns Paul Johnson, chair of the Swindon and Wiltshire Local Enterprise Partnership has resigned. Graham Dean is on that list, lets have a look at Graham. Graham is Director of UK Operations for """Herman Miller""", a US-owned global company whose core competencies include innovation, using problem-solving, research-based design to target existing and emerging social change and customer needs. It works exclusively with a network of leading independent designers, combined with a diverse and global supply chain, to develop innovative solutions. The business operates from sites in Bath & Chippenham and Graham is responsible for ensuring that their UK operation meets the investment needs of the parent company by meeting the needs of their European client base. Now a cynical old barsterward type of person like me would and should wonder how the board member of the Wiltshire LEP trust, would be handing out 50k of our money to his mate and doesn't want us to know about it. anotherimigrant
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