Mildenhall in Wiltshire - The Minal Community Website






There is enough in the media with all the advice necessary to keep us all protected.  But check out the Minal Community Facebook page for latest updates on community help and ways to seek help if you are self-isolating or to offer help to those who do. Some people need prescriptions picking up or basic food shopping done.  So far we have over 30 volunteeers able to help so make contact with our co-ordinator help line....see below...if you wish to either volunteer or need assisance.

Luckily, we all live near a well serviced shopping area for all our necessary supplies while our beautiful countryside means that we can at least walk and excercise without endangering others or ourselves.  Also milk is available locally from Tom Parker.   Do contact the website editor if you have any stories or tips about the challenges that are facing all of us during these stressful times.

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New pictures of Old Minal



Two more pictures of our village taken before the war have been kindly sent in to the website editor.  Fascinating to see that our litle village was served by both a village shop and a post office then.

We have also received three more pictures of the village school classes from the early 60's. More information will be included in an updated village history shortly.


Bell Ringers Wanted

Bell-RingersThe sound of our church bells is something perhaps we take for granted. Imagine no bells for Sunday services or weddings and Christmas.  And for the time being not even the joyous sound of their weekly practice has had to be suspended

According to a long term bell ringer, Tom Otley, "Hopefully, we will reassess future practice sessions and to refresh our recruitment campaign later in the year."

Tom Otley: 01672 516506 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.




Village Book Drop


 Don't forget our landmark telephone box "book drop" and library.  Regrettably, we all have more time than we anticipated for our leisure pursuits, including reading.   Pop in to either pick up any of the wide choice of books that other villagers have donated.  Or, if you have any books that you have possibly finished with, then donations to the library are also welcome. Obviously, make sure you maintain reasonable hygiene rulings by keeping hands well washed before and after pickups or drops.


P1010040Our Village Library

The red telephone box,  designed by Sir Giles Gilbert Scott, was a familiar sight on the streets of the United KingdomMaltaBermuda and Gibraltar.

Despite a reduction in their numbers in recent years, the traditional British red telephone kiosk can still be seen in many places throughout the UK, including our own on the Greenways and Leaze junction.

From 1926 onwards, the fascias of the kiosks were emblazoned with a prominentcrown, representing the British government. The red phone box is often seen as aBritish cultural iconthroughout the world. In 2006 the K2 telephone box was voted one of Britain's top 10 design icons, which included theMini,Supermarine Spitfire,London tube map,World Wide Web,Concordeand theAEC Routemasterbus.Although production of the traditional boxes ended with the advent of theKX seriesin 1985. 


Minal Book Club

   Please contact: Deirdre Watson on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or tel 512729 for news of as and when the next meetings will take place.






Marlborough Neighbourhood Plan


Notes of the second informal consultation regarding possible housing sites held in Minal on 9 September 2019


Informal public consultations were made during  July 2019 in Marlborough and in the parishes participating in the Neighbourhood Plan regarding the proposed approaches to be made in the Plan, and to specified sites that could be earmarked for stated community needs.    Following the Minal consultation on 24 July 2019, in which two potential sites for housing were discussed, two further sites were offered.  The Steering Group felt that this merited further consultation, so a second public session was set up on Monday 9 September, in which maps were made available showing all four sites.

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Minal Comes Second in Wiltshire's Best Kept Village Competition


Although we didn't quite make it this time, we can all be proud that our village made it to second place in the overall "Winners of Winners" section of Wiltshire's Best Kept Village Competition.  

"This is a lovely village, well away from major roads and enjoying a charming location beside the river Kennet. There are several attractive buildings and it all has a very pleasing appearance

We admired the beautiful church and a very well kept churchyard and parking area.

The childrens playground is brilliant and must be the envy of villages around Wiltshire. We also admired the cricket pitch and sports field and appreciate the effort that goes into keeping them to such a high standard.

The village hall seemed good and well kept though perhaps the exterior could do with some more upkeep

The pub looked excellent and had delightful garden

We noted a commendable absence of litter and a most adequate provision of waste bins to ensure the village is kept tidy.

There are evidently many activities taking place in the village displayed on the good website 

This is a most delightful village and we admired it greatly. If we did not give full marks it was only because the standard set by all the villages was so high."



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