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  • Croucheston Farm from across the River Ebble

    Welcome to Bishopstone

    In the heart of the Chalke Valley in Wiltshire.

  • The Alley footpath, Bishopstone
  • Church of St John the Baptist
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  • Croucheston Farm driveway

xxxBISHOPSTONE VILLAGE


The Village

Welcome to the Bishopstone Village website. The village (pop. 648) is located in the beautiful valley of the River Ebble (or Chalke Valley), 5 miles south-west of Salisbury in Wiltshire within the Cranborne Chase and West Wiltshire Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The village can date its history back to the 12th century when it is first recorded as the parish of Bissopeston in 1166.

This website contains a huge amount of information about the village and about the parish more generally for both visitors and those who live here. Click on the main navigation bar to see sub-menus with information on current village events, about the church of St John the Baptist, the work of the Parish Council, the lively programme of activities in the Village Hall or for an electronic copy of the parish magazine – STaB. There are photographs of the village, accounts of the village’s history and information about local schools, pubs, shops and other services.

Go to Home/Virtual Tour to make a virtual tour of the village. Please note: information about the village Emergency Plan is now located under the Parish Council tab, as is a new page with full information about current planning applications in the village.

Bishopstone consists of 6 hamlets, Croucheston, Faulston, Netton, Flamstone, Throope and Bishopstone. See the village History page for more detail.  The bubbling River Ebble runs through the village, dividing into smaller streams through lakes, former watercress beds, around islands and through old mills before becoming one again as it leaves the village. 

Bishopstone has an active, eclectic and vibrant community that hosts many activities all year round. Take a look at the Village Hall calendar on this website and do join us. You will always receive a warm welcome. 

The countryside around Bishopstone is criss-crossed by many footpaths and bridleways that provide a variety of ways to explore the downs and the many stunning views of the Chalke Valley.  For those active enough to reach the hill tops, the spire of Salisbury Cathedral can be seen and you can walk on the Roman Road from London to Exeter.

One of the many branches of the River Ebble as it passes through Bishopstone.
One of the many branches of the River Ebble as it passes through Bishopstone.

WHAT'S ON IN THE VILLAGE HALL

A full month calendar is included on the Village Hall Events page.  Please note, these calendars show the hall booking periods - the actual start time of events are set out elsewhere on this website and on the Events page.

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Bishopstone History

For more on Bishopstone's history go to the page entitled "Village History". Sub-pages attached to that page bring together the pages dealing with:

  • The village photo archive. This includes historical photographs covering the different parts of the village. These show the makeup of those areas and their houses with descriptions of the history.
  • A page about the Arts Society (NADFAS) church recording project, which compiled a detailed record of the contents of St John the Baptist Church in 2017.
  • A transcription, with illustrations, of a record of the church architecture compiled in 1845.
  • A photo archive of the celebrations in the village to mark the Queen’s Jubilee in 2012.

News

Village Hall Events

The list of events in the Village Hall in July is now available - go to the Village Hall Events page.

Planning Application

Details of a planning application to replace the existing dwelling at Sanclive, Chapel Lane, Croucheston are now available.  Go to Parish Council/Planning Applications.  It is possible to provide comments via the link to Wiltshire Council's website.

Platinum Jubilee 2022

A selection of photographs of Platinum Jubilee parties in Bishopstone on Sunday 5th June 2022 are now available.  Go to Home, History.

Cinema in the Village Hall

The next Moviola presentation in the Village Hall is on Friday 1st July at 7.30pm.  The film is "The Duke" starring Jim Broadbent and Helen Mirren.

In 1961, 60-year-old Kempton Bunton stole Goya's portrait of the Duke of Wellington from the National Gallery in London. He sent ransom notes saying that he would return the painting on condition that the government invested more in care for the elderly. What happened next became the stuff of legend. An uplifting true story about a good man who set out to change the world and managed to save his marriage.

To see the trailer go to the Events page.  To book please contact Caroline on 01722 781044.

Poster for the film "The Duke".
Poster for the film "The Duke".
Councillor Vacancy Notice
Councillor Vacancy Notice

Vacancy on Bishopstone Parish Council

Following the retirement of Cllr John Gibbon there is a vacancy on Bishopstone Parish Council. By joining the Parish Council you can help to ensure the continuing conservation, improvement and enjoyment of the place in which we all live.  The time commitment is not huge – six meetings a year. You don’t need years of local knowledge, so younger or more recent new residents would be very welcome.  If you would like information on how to apply or to discuss what is involved in being a Councillor please go to News.

Parish Magazine - STaB

The bumper June edition of the Parish Magazine - STaB - is now available on line.  This edition is a "special" to celebrate the Queen's Platinum Jubilee. Click on Parish Magazine in the navigation bar.

The cover of the June edition of STaB.
The cover of the June edition of STaB.

Parish Council Annual Report

The Annual Governance and Accountability Return for Bishopstone Parish Council 2021/22, as approved at the meeting on 12th May 2022, is now available - go to Parish Council/Annual Accounts and Audit.

Dog Walkers in the Village

Dog walkers in the village are reminded of the need to have their dogs under control at all times. If you are walking near livestock, including horses being ridden, or on a road please ensure that your dog is on a lead. There have been recent instances in the village of sheep being chased by dogs.

Please also ensure that you pick up any mess made by your dog. This can be disposed of in your normal waste bin or in the public litter bins provided along the High Road by Wiltshire Council.
All those out walking in the village are also reminded of the need to stick to the designated footpaths and bridleways. These are shown in the footpath map - see Maps and Walks. Please note, the driveway into Croucheston Farm from Faulston Lane is not a public right of way, please use the marked footpath from the corner of Faulston Lane.

Floodline Update

The Environment Agency Floodline gives access to detail on the state of local rivers. Recently the Quick Dial Code for information on the state of the River Ebble between Ebbesbourne Wake and Coombe Bissett has changed. Should you require information please dial 0345 988 1188 and when prompted for the local Quick Dial Code enter 166185. This information is also detailed under the sidebar Emergency Planning.

REMEMBER TO OBEY THE COUNTRYSIDE CODE

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