Various scenes of Sutton Benger and Draycot Cerne

YOUR VILLAGE FESTIVAL NEEDS YOU!

The Sutton Benger Arts Festival (15-17 July 2022) schedule is in the process of being finalised with many professional live bands, performances, workshops, art and photography exhibitions and stalls aplenty. If you live in the vicinity we would appreciate your help with the following roles, to support the smooth running of this The Sutton Benger Arts Festival schedule is in the process of being finalised with many professional live bands, performances, workshops, art and photography exhibitions and stalls aplenty. If you live in the vicinity we would appreciate your help with the following roles, to support the smooth running of this exciting festival – more details on VOLUNTEER roles can be found here.

 

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Rights of Way

Please STAY ON THE FOOTPATHS and KEEP YOUR DOGS ON A LEAD AT ALL TIMES AND PICK UP AND TAKE HOME YOUR DOG’S MESS – most of them are on private land and you only have permission to be on the official paths.  Free copies of the Rights of Way maps are available here.

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The parish of Sutton Benger in North Wiltshire stretches from the hamlet of Draycot Cerne in the west, through the village of Sutton Benger to the River Avon in the east, and from the Household Recycling Centre in the north to the National Trust’s field of Special Scientific Interest in the south. The medieval village layout of a High Street with a parallel Back Lane (now Chestnut Road) and a staggered cross roads beside the 13th century Parish Church formed by Seagry Road and Bell Lane is still clearly identifiable, even though a large housing estate doubled the size of the village in the 1970s.

The village straddles the B4069 and is close to junction 17 of the M4, giving easy access to Swindon, Bath and Bristol, as well as benefiting from more local amenities in nearby Chippenham, with trains to London and Bristol.

The village boasts an excellent Primary School, Doctor’s Surgery, Post Office, and a modern Village Hall with Recreation Ground, as well as the Bell House Hotel, Wellesley Arms and La Flambé restaurant. The Church is popular with tourists who come to see its famous Green Man carvings and medieval embroidery.

This vibrant and friendly village supports sports clubs and other groups, catering for a wide range of interests and activities for all ages from the Babies & Toddlers Group to the WRVS Over 60s Club.

Parish Statistics:

From the electoral roll as at 1st December 2021, the Parish Statistics are:
Properties: 514 (approx)
Electors: 1039

Precept for 2022/23: £14,340.91