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CORONAVIRUS LINK SCHEME GOOD NEIGHBOUR HELP With the recent Government advice restricting movement many people in Bedwyn will need help in daily tasks like shopping or collecting prescriptions etc.The Linkscheme has set up a Good neighbour scheme to help manage this crisis.
Welcome to the Great Bedwyn Parish Council website providing information about the village of Great Bedwyn and the neighbouring communities of Crofton and St Katharine's in Wiltshire and the activities of the Parish Council.
The Parish Council is the tier of Local Government closest to the people. On our website we outline the role and services provided by the Parish Council along with the details of our councillors. We provide you with the dates of our meetings and copies of the agendas and minutes.
This site will enable you to find out about our vibrant community and understand the roles and responsibilities of the Parish Council. It is our intention to enable more residents to play an active role in the community, participate in more activities, attend Parish Council Meetings and thoroughly enjoy living in the parish of Great Bedwyn.
Gordon Stone 1939-2020
Our much-loved Farmer and Friend died in hospital on Wednesday 18th March after a short illness.
Gordon was many things to many people as well as a very popular and well-known member of the farming community. He was Chairman of our Parish Council for over 20 years, Chairman of Bedwyn School Governors for many years and Chairman of Great Bedwyn Cricket Club.
Charles Howell, our current P.C. Chairman, accurately described Gordon as always 'fair and measured in his assessment' and 'his judgement of people and situations was very sound'. He would always speak his mind, forcibly when he felt the necessity, but never letting things become personal.
Gordon grew up in Great Bedwyn at Bewley Farm and loved the village. His daily visit to the bakery and to collect his paper were an important part of his visibility and accessibility as a local leader and he made good use of this time to keep abreast of village life and situations.
In addition to Gordon's various leadership roles he was always prepared to work in support of local causes and events, taking time to welcome newcomers to the village whilst showing concern for the welfare of those around him.
A good sense of humour was an important part of Gordon and he was renowned for being a 'cheeky chappie' with a twinkle in his eye. Even recently he told Prince Charles at an event at The Bell in Ramsbury that he disapproved of 'his mother' selling the local part of The Crown Estate!
Gordon's fellow councillor of 30 years, Jenny Clack says 'we will miss his love and knowledge of his village'
On a personal note, I have enjoyed and benefited from Gordon's company over many years whilst working on village business and during our leisure time. He may be gone but he will certainly never be forgotten!
Gordon will be laid to rest beside his beloved wife Jean at St. Katharine's on Monday 6th April at a 'close family only' ceremony.
Our thoughts are with his family – Carol, George and Andrew, their partners, his grandchildren and sister Ruth.
It is anticipated that a memorial service for Gordon will be held at St. Katharine's when current restrictions no longer apply.