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Welcome to the Baydon Village Website

The peaceful village of Baydon is found on the old Roman Road of Ermin Street that dips and sweeps through undulating countryside, rising to over 760 feet above sea level at Baydon. The total population of Baydon is approximately 560, including those from outlying farms, and encompasses about 265 houses

St Nicholas Church is located in the centre of the village, and nearby are the village pub (The Red Lion), and the village shop / post office (Baydon Village Stores). The primary school (Baydon St. Nicholas C. of E. School) is situated next to the church and is very well regarded, attracting children from the surrounding villages

To keep up to date on Baydon’s village news and events, please do revisit our village website, plus also see the latest edition of our own local bi-monthly publication (Scene in Baydon)                                                           




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Christmas carols around the village Christmas tree

This years carols around the Christmas tree on the Green were a great success. The Parish Council assisted by Rob Howes had sorted mulled wine and mince pies in the event tent, Kim Austen had arranged music for Bryn, Steph, Millie and Holly to play on their brass instruments and around 50 villagers came along to sing the carols. Many then went across to the Red Lion Pub to warm up and have a drink. Well done to everyone involved

Baydon School Page - Updated to include the December school newsletter

Please see the School Page for a copy of the recently issued school newsletter. Also as news item below the school remains in urgent need for the help of Midday Supervisory Assistants at school lunch times

Baydon Parish Council - draft Minutes issued for the meeting on 1st December

Please click here to see a copy of the last Parish Council meeting Minutes that took place on 1st December. Also available on the Parish Council Page itself

Marlborough Area Board draft Minutes issued for the 25th November meeting

Please click here to see the draft Minutes from the last Marlborough Area Board (MAB) meeting that took place on Tuesday 25th November. Also available on the Wiltshire Council Page itself

Latest edition of the Scene in Baydon available online

Please click here to see the December 2014 edition of the Scene in Baydon, with previous editions also available on the Contacts & Links page

Results of Wiltshire Highways speed survey on Ermin Street near the chicanes issued

The results of a Metrocount that was in place from 10th to 17th November 2014 on Ermin Street, near the location of the chicane traffic calming have been issued by Wiltshire Highways. They are really good news and show that the chicanes are working and have reduced the general speed of traffic in that area. The 85th percentile, being the speed at which 85% of the passing vehicles are below was 39.8 mph which is a large reduction from the previous main Metrocounts in that location over the last 4.5 years when both in April 2012 and May 2010 this speed was around 44.5 mph. However we cannot be complacent about these results as the maximum speed recorded was a staggering 73.6 mph and the average speed of the 15,774 vehicles was 34 mph. Further traffic calming measures within the village continue to be explored. Metrocount speed surveys have also recently taken place in Manor Lane and on Ermin Street near the shop, but the results have not been published yet

Baydon Parish Council - News report on the recent meeting of 1st December

Please click here to see a copy of Barbara Furber's news report on the Parish Council meeting that took place on 1st December

Baydon primary school - Midday Supervisory Assistants Urgently Required

We are in urgent need of help, paid or unpaid, in our school for lunchtimes to supervise children while they eat and then when they play. If you think you may be able to help then please do let us know asap. Click here for full details

A successful Christmas Fayre held at Baydon School on Saturday 29th November

Thanks are extended to Debbie Moxon at the Post Office Stores who donated the mulled wine and delicious mince pies, and to all the stall holders and villagers whose combined efforts raised around £1,500 for the school’s funds

Baydon defibrillator - is here and ready to save lives in our village !

The village now has this marvellous new life saving equipment being located in a wall mounted box outside the pub. The box is opened without the need of any keypad codes and as soon as you remove the equipment from its casing you are given verbal, easy to follow instructions on how to use it, no special training is needed. Inside the box are also the details of the village designated custodians of the equipment who can be contacted if you discover any problems with the defibrillator or it's use

Operation Christmas Child - Shoebox appeal

I am very pleased to confirm that I have just delivered 22 shoeboxes from the village, and that the School sent off 58 shoeboxes that had been collected, so a marvellous 80 shoeboxes in total. Thank you and well done Baydon, that will make a huge difference to 80 children in the world. kind regards, Kate Buckingham

New Marlborough Rural East Police Beat Manager - PC Nick Spargo

Dear All. It is with some sadness that I need to inform you that I am moving to a new post as part of the Military Communities Team within Wiltshire Police. I have greatly enjoyed Policing the Marlborough community area over the last 13 years and in particular the rural East beat as Community Beat Manager for the last 8 years. I have found the area a great place to work with genuine people who care. I hope that you will all continue to support your local officers when needed. Your new beat manager is PC 1827 Nick Spargo who is due to take post on Monday (17th November). Regards and good luck in the future - PC 1661 Batchelor (Batch)

Wiltshire Council's review of local car parking - Have your say‏

Wiltshire Council is currently consulting with residents, Parish and Town Councils, interest groups and business interests on its new Car Parking Strategy. The Council has made no decisions at this stage and would like to hear your views on a number of options being considered. Please click here to complete the survey for the Marlborough area. The consultation runs until 16th January 2015

Dog Fouling sound likely! - Issued on behalf of Baydon Parish Council

It has been brought to the Parish Council's attention that a dog walker or walkers are allowing their dogs to foul the pavement in a trail on a regular basis on Aldbourne Road between the bus stop and Newton's Walk. A resident posted a notice on their fence but it was removed within 24 hours. The path alongside the alpaca fields is also regularly subject to fouling. The Parish Council would like to remind the offending dog owner(s) that dog fouling is taken so seriously on a national basis that laws are in place which can be used to prosecute them. Therefore, yet again, a plea goes out to all dog owners who do not collect their dog mess to desist from this unacceptable and inexcusable practice. Residents are incensed by this subject and are always looking out to observe such events. If these are reported to the Parish Council action will be taken - Baydon Parish Council

Remembrance Sunday - News report by Barbara Furber

12 Brownies from the Baydon 1st Brownie Pack presented their flag at the beginning of the Remembrance Service in St Nicholas Church on Remembrance Sunday. Mrs Tina Evans presented the Royal British Legion wreath at the Alter. Lt Cdr Ben Hughes gave the bible reading and Mr Philip Coyle read the names from the Roll of Honour of those from Baydon who lost their lives in both World Wars. The service was led by Mr Michael Ball, and the address was given by Lay-reader Mrs Jackie Hollander to a church packed with villagers young and old. Mrs Hollander pointed out that 95 years ago the Church Bell and brass plaque were consecrated in memory of those who died in the Great War 1914 / 1918. Mr Bryn Furber played the Last Post and Reveille and Mrs Helen Chambers accompanied the congregational hymns on the organ

Church Page update - New information re activities for children

Please see the Church Page for updated information, including Sparklers, ReFuel, and Messy Church. There is also now a list of all the local church services taking place in the Whitton Team area

Another great annual bonfire night and firework display

Despite an afternoon of heavy rain Jim, Trevor and the firework committee put on another great bonfire night and firework display on Baydon's cricket field on Saturday evening. The decision to light the bonfire was made at the last minute after the high winds dropped. Brownies and Little Crickets pre-school provided the refreshments and members of the Parish Council and other volunteers helped marshal the evening to ensure the safety of the 662 spectators who came to watch the event

Well done to everyone who helped to make this a great event and to all those who came and supported the night

(Photos provided by Sam Austen - Please click on photos to enlarge)

Updated - addition from Trevor Dominy :- Just a quick note to thank everyone for their continued support for the annual bonfire and fireworks. Although we were like drowned rats during the day the weather was very kind to us in the evening. We were a bit disappointed by the response to the guy competition but congratulations to Emily Furber and Bee Verdina, who were joint winners and their winning entry took pride of place on top of the bonfire. Plans are already in hand for next year, thanks again - Bonfire and Firework Team

Baydon Young People’s Association (BYPA) - Hoping to get a Youth Group running

Baydon’s BYPA Hall in Manor Lane has recently been dramatically refurbished and offers a great venue for the young people of Baydon and the surrounding areas to meet. We are hoping to get a Youth Group up and running during term time, for children between the ages of 8 and 11 year old one evening a week or possibly a Saturday morning. A youth worker will organise and lead the youth group, but we will also need support from the parents to enable the youth group to function. We would like to know your thoughts and ideas, so we have created a questionnaire available by clicking here which we would ask you to complete and then either return to St Nicolas School reception, the Baydon Post Office and Stores, or scan and email back to   We really look forward to hearing from you! Many thanks, The BYPA Committee

Latest Marlborough edition of Our Community Matters issued

The latest edition of the local Our Community Matters publication issued by Wiltshire Council has a number of news items relevant to us here in Baydon. Please see the Wiltshire Council Page for a regularly updated copy of the publication

'Baydon World' - Photo by Brian Billington

This great photo of the Green was taken by local Brian Billington of BKB Photography

(Click on photo to enlarge)

 Aldbourne and Baydon Aid In Sickness Fund

The Fund benefits the sick or those in financial difficulty because of sickness. Small grants are offered to residents of the two parishes plus loans of medical equipment (to parishioners or visitors). Click here for details

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Events for the week commencing Monday 22nd December

Tuesday - Kerbside refuse collection today, being black general waste wheelie bins. Click here for a full recycling calendar (Note:- there is no garden waste collection today) 

Wednesday - Christmas Eve Communion by Candlelight (Common Worship) 9pm at Baydon church

Thursday - Christmas Day Carol and Crib Service 9.30am, followed by Holy Communion at Baydon church

Sunday - Team Covenant and Communion Service at Ramsbury (10am) 


Events for the week commencing Monday  29th December

Thursday - No Mobile library visit to Baydon today, being New Year Day bank holiday

Thursday - Baydon informal cycle club ride, from 6.15pm outside the Red Lion Pub. See related news item on left for further details

Friday - Postponed from Tuesday. kerbside refuse collection today, being black recycling boxes for paper, glass jars and bottles, cans, empty aerosols, clean aluminium foil, and metal jar lids plus the cardboard / plastic bottles blue lid wheelie bins. Click here for a full recycling calendar 

Sunday -  Morning Worship Service today at Baydon church from 9.30am


Events for the week commencing Monday 5th January

Monday - Baydon School closed to pupils today, being a Teacher Development Day (TDD)

Thursday - Postponed from Tuesday. Kerbside refuse collection today, being black general waste and green garden waste wheelie bins. Click here for a full recycling calendar (Note:- Christmas trees can be left next to green wheelie bins today for collection)

Thursday - Community lunch for all at the Red Lion Pub today, from noon. Click here for full details

Thursday - Baydon Social Group 2015 events planning meeting this evening from 7.30pm at 11 Downsmead. Everyone is very welcome to join us

Sunday - Holy Communion Service at Baydon church today, from 9.30am



Note:- there will be a change to next weeks kerbside collection date. Tuesday 13th January is now on Wednesday 14th January. Also Christmas trees can be left next to green wheelie bins for collection on 20th January


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