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Christmas Eve 5pm Carols and Nativity in the Sports Field

 This year we cannot have the nativity in the village hall car park but instead we are going to have Carols and a Nativity Tableau on the Sports Field at the same time of 5.00pm on Christmas Eve.  We will hear the Christmas Story and, as there is plenty of room for social distancing, we will be able to join in and sing.  Everyone is very welcome, there will be sheets with the words of the carols.  Please bring a torch and stay apart.  We look forward to seeing you!





Minal Playpark Now Open

The Minal Playpark is now open.  We have been working through the Government Covid 19 guidelines so you will notice some changes.  To use the playpark please

1.  Use hand sanitiser or wipes

2.  Maintain social distancing - there are limits on some of the equipment

3.  Please be patient and take turns on the equipment

4.  No food to be consumed in the playpark and please put litter in the bin

We will be having the playpark sanitised daily.  This is an extra cost for us which the people of our Parish are bearing.  Our plans are that the playpark will be open for the summer and we will review the costs in early September Parish Clerk on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 01672 512847.  We are know that many of you travel from other areas to use our award winning playpark so if you would like to contribute towards the cost of keeping the playpark open please contact the Clerk Sue Hine This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 01672 512847


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St John's Opens for Private Prayers


CHURCHES in Marlborough are now open for private prayer. 

They are St Mary’s, Marlborough, St George’s, Preshute and our own St John the Baptist, Minal.

Social distancing signs are up to guide people. More than 200 people have taken part in online services over 12 weeks.

The doors will be wedged open and people are encouraged to leave a marker where they have sat so that others can avoid those seats, which will be cleaned at the end of the day.

"The churches are some of the oldest buildings in Marlborough and for us reopening them is part of the whole town coming back to life," said Rev Chris Smith, rector of Marlborough.






Let's Go Back in Time

While we all get used to the extraordinary quiet of our village during these challenging times, it's nice to turn the clock back and view our community as it was through these lovely old photogaphs that have been kindly passed on by Angela Fry, formerly Angela Bailey, who lived with her parents in Minal. 



Home deliveries for the housebound

Milk and bread can be accessed locally for those who need to restrict their shopping for basics.  Tom Parker is providing milk and cream from his pop up shop up at the top of Greenway Road.  





Bell Ringers Wanted

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.  And which has just received a new coat of paint so that it stands proud as one of our village's key landmark. 



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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