News from the Calne Community Villages

by The Calne Wiltshire Town Guide on 21/03/2013 - 04:50 pm


The villages surrounding Calne are, as you would expect, different from each other, each with their own history. Lower Compton for example was a forces’ residential area which relatively recently has become a village in its own right. Derry Hill, a hamlet attached to the large Bowood estate has grown to be the largest settlement in the Calne area outside Calne Town. Other villages such as Bremhill, Foxham and Calstone have barely grown at all. Most have their own church and a few have halls. They enjoy quick access to Calne and the Cherhill Downs and more importantly to most residents they are surrounded by wonderful countryside. Some Parishes such as Bremhill and Calne Without (A collection of villages and hamlets around Calne) have recently started looking at making their Neighbourhood Plans with a view to influencing future housing development in their areas.

We are coming up to the time of the year when each Village will be having their fete. These are splendid and any visitor would be wise to check what’s on when.  Sunday lunch at village pubs is an institution in itself with many fine pubs to visit in the area. There is an increasing emphasis on locally sourced food and beer. Many villages such as Cherhill and Bromham have their own produce shows, often at the beginning of September and these are well worth a visit. A highlight of the area is the Heddington and Stockley Steam Rally which is held in July. The splendid Bowood Estate sits to the west of Calne adjacent  to the  A4. Here there is something for everyone, golf, spa, hotel, stately home, beautiful gardens and a fantastic children’s playground.

By Richard Aylen