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THE LATEST:

1. Atworth Village magazine
As most people will know, Paul Tyler has moved out of the village. Paul took over the magazine from Kenneth Spencer (editor, 2006-2012) in January 2013. Paul's first four issues were funded (£270pcm) by the residue of funds left from Kenneth's editorial period, but through 2013, income did not keep up sufficiently with costs, and the magazine went online only during 2014, ceasing all publication in early 2015.
Kenneth is too busy with other things to take the magazine back, but if anyone is willing to take it on, he will help them in any way possible. In 2012, Kenneth published a magazine production guide, for anyone considering taking the magazine on: it is still available here: publishing_guide_avm. A printed magazine of 32 pages and a colour cover costs approximately £320pcm, and Kenneth's experience over six years confirmed the magazine's viability and popularity with advertisers, contributors and readers alike, in the hands of an enthusiastic editor.

2. Atworth's Events Diary
Following on from the demise of the magazine, I am trying to restart the Events Diary as a service to the village - naturally since ceasing production of the magazine myself, I was no longer in receipt of event details.
However, do now please send in your ad-hoc event details, as well as your annual programme of talks and meetings, and I will restart the diary. There are forms for submission of your details on the Events Diary page - see the scrolling panel to the left.

3. Atworth's Community Defibrillator
Many Atworth residents will know that Atworth has a defibrillator for assisting persons who suffer sudden and dangerous abnormal heart rhythms. There is an on-going programme of training for residents in the use of this machine. Watch the Events Diary for news of the next training session.

4. Community Police Messaging Service
Wiltshire Police and the Wiltshire Police & Crime Commissioner, in association with Neighbourhood Watch have announced a new joint initiative: the Wiltshire & Swindon Community Messaging Service.
Anyone is free to sign up to the new service, which will enable its members to receive messages about police & crime matters in their area, as well as community policing news, information about events, appeals for information, and crime prevention advice. Those joining may also seek to become involved in Neighbourhood watch, including in the setting up of new groups. There are no obligations of costs associated with signing up.
The place to sign up to the new service is: www.wiltsmessaging.co.uk.
 

All three books are available from .http://lulu.com/kaspencer.
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THE ATWORTH VILLAGE WEBSITE

You are now viewing the Atworth Village website, which in August 2006, replaced the original Atworth website created by Martin Beta.

This website was created by Kenneth Spencer of KA Spencer (Software). The site is paid for by Kenneth, and is maintained in close co-production with the Atworth Village Magazine which Kenneth has also published since August 2006.

The Atworth Village website contains information on all aspects of village life in Atworth, serving all equally, not just one group, not just one organisation. If your organisation is not represented, simply use the email link below or at the foot of the page to start the process of getting your organisation onto the site.

If you live in Atworth, or have an interest in the village, then it is your site. You will find links to the various sections of the site in the scrolling pane on the left of the page. Just scroll up or down and click on the section that is of interest to you.

Please tell us what you think (webmaster@atworth.org.uk), and what you would like to see on the site.

New messaging service: As we receive a great many emails from persons who once either lived in Atworth, or had a family connection with the village, we have set up a new arrangement for simple messaging . You can leave a brief message, and residents who may regularly read this website may reply to you and provide help in answering your question. You will find the link to the Old Friends pages in the scrolling panel on the left. This service replaces the Family History link, as that can no longer be serviced.

If you are interested in Atworth from an historical perspective, you might like to read the brief Historical Note below. The note was extracted from various communications between the website author, Kenneth Spencer and Mr David Webb of Atworth, and with others.

The Village of Atworth
is situated in the west of the county of Wiltshire, approximately equidistant from the town of Melksham which is to its east, and the magnificent Georgian City of Bath, in the county of Somerset, to its west. With a population of about 1300, it lies along the A365 as it passes east from Box to Melksham.
The co-ordinates of the Atworth Clock Tower, which is Atworth's most prominent monument are: N:53°23'33.45" W:2°11'57.27" A:73m.

Although Atworth nestles in a rather idyllic rural setting (somewhat spoiled by the A365), it is within easy reach of the Wiltshire market towns of Devizes, Chippenham, Trowbridge, Bradford on Avon, Westbury, Warminster & Frome.

The M4 motorway can be accessed eastwards to/from London via the A350 just north of Chippenham, or westwards to/from Bristol and Cardiff via the A4 and A46 north of Bath.

Historical Note

The famous mapmaker and cartographer John Speed (1552 - 1629) shows Atworth on his maps of Wiltshire. However, it appears with the name "Atford". Later, in 1773, the mapmakers Andrews and Dury, published a map of Wiltshire in which Atworth appeared as both "Atford" and as "Attworth".
The "At" component of the name has been associated with the word "oat", which may imply a role in the service of grain markets of the time.
When or where there may have been a ford in the village seems not be known at present.

Atworth (Atford) 1817Atworth 2005By the time the Ordnance Survey produced its first maps in the early 19th century, the village was almost exclusively referred to as "Atworth".

The change in Atworth ("Atford") between 1817 and 2005 can be seen on the two maps: the first is an extract from Edward Mogg's Survey of the High Roads of England and Wales published in 1817, and the second derived from the satellite image shown on Google Maps.
 
View the maps more clearly here.

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Further Information:
ATWORTH A Little History (Atworth History Group)
The Church of St Michael Atworth A Short History (Prof WH Dowdeswell)


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No part of the site may be used elsewhere for any purpose whatsoever without permission in writing.
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