Planning Matters: A poem by John Betjeman

Inexpensive Progress by John Betjeman Encase your legs in nylons, Bestride your hills with pylons O age without a soul; Away with gentle willows And all the elmy billows That through your valleys roll. Let's say goodbye to hedges And roads…
Michael Rumsey

From the Chairman: Autumn 2017 update

Today is October 25th, just two months from Christmas Day, doesn’t time fly!!  2017 has been another successful year for the Society with a wide range of interesting talks and two visits, one to Wadworth’s Brewery and the second to the…
Michael Rumsey

From the Chairman - July 2017

Michael Rumsey's July 2017 update as Chairman of Corsham Civic Society
The doorway of the Mansion House in Corsham, unaltered from when it was built in 1721-22.

New lease of life for Corsham Civic Society planning group

The group, valiantly run for some time by Margaret Smith, has recently gained a new lease of life by the addition of Larry St. Croix and John Maloney. The meetings are held every third week, two days before Town Council meets to consider the…
Corsham Town Council

What is Corsham Town Council for?

What’s Corsham Town Council for! Councillor Ruth Hopkinson, Chairman of the Town Council; David Martin, Chief Executive; and Councillor Philip Whalley, Corsham Town Ward ~ notes of the talk on 27th January 2017 Michael Rumsey started the…
In 2014 Sally won the Corsham Community Award

A tribute to Sally Fletcher, 16th August 1944 – 27th December 2016

All the details below were provided by Sally’s brother, Nick, to whom the CCS extends its commiserations and expresses its grateful thanks. Sally was born in Shipley and adored Yorkshire, especially the Dales which are only a short drive…
Michael Rumsey

From the Chairman, March 2017

  If it’s not too late, welcome to 2017 and the Society’s full programme, as shown on the back page of this edition.  For the first time, in a number of years, we had a Society talk at the Pound Arts Centre in January, moving the…
Corsham Print

A visit to Corsham Print

It’s Thursday afternoon, February 9th and I have just returned from a most interesting and informative visit to our ‘Spotlight’ magazine printers, Corsham Print.
The 1947 Map of Pickwick for the Goldney Sale. The 12 Pickwick lot is numbered 20. The structure to the right of the house at the back is the kitchen block and the area in red above is the adjoining malthouse building demolished in 1953

‘Young’ Pickwickians

Introduction I should start by making clear that ‘young’ in this context actually means ‘newcomers’ to Pickwick. My wife, Cath, and I moved to 12 Pickwick at the end of January 2015. We had previously lived for nearly 40 years in Herne…
1400 Class 0-4-2 tank arriving in Calne with auto trailers

From the Chairman: A railway special

I am currently typing this paragraph on the longest day of 2016, Monday, June 20th, with the window open and listening to the rain falling, another dismal day I’m afraid, but hopefully, warm and sunny days will follow! The July edition…