Avebury is a delightful Wiltshire village set at the heart of a World Heritage Site internationally renowned for its remarkable group of prehistoric monuments – including the Great Henge and Stone Circles, the Avenues of Standing Stones, the Sanctuary, the long barrows and Silbury Hill. Many of these monuments date from the Neolithic period, some 5,500 to 4,000 years ago. The village has a church with Saxon and Norman features, cottages of many periods and two manor houses – all within a chalk downland setting of great beauty close to the source of the River Kennet.

PRESIDENT: The Lord Kennet
CHAIRMAN: Alastair Service, C.B.E.,
Swan House, Bray Street, Avebury. (01672 539312)
Rosemary Cottage, West Overton. (01672 861374)
HON. TREASURER: Dick Whitfield,
Walnut House, Broad Hinton. (01793 731626).

The Avebury Society was founded in 1994 by local residents and others to work for the benefit of the area five kilometres around Avebury including the whole of the World Heritage Site.
The Society is registered with the Civic Trust and is affiliated to the Council for British Archaeology. Its objectives are to:
o protect and improve the environment of the Avebury area;
o encourage people’s enjoyment and knowledge of its history, farming, monuments and buildings;
o promote good planning and design within and around the designated World Heritage Site; and
o foster community life in its villages and hamlets.

Within its objectives, the activities of the Society stem from the wishes of its members and include:
o providing a forum for local people to hear about and discuss proposed changes in the area;
o seeking to co-operate with the Parish and District Councils as well as local landowners, including the National Trust;
o commenting on planning applications when relevant;
o working with others to encourage the provision of more footpaths, traffic calming measures and so on;
o an annual lecture, usually given by a distinguished archaeologist, on a topic relevant to the area around Avebury;
o other illustrated talks on various aspects of Avebury, its surrounding countryside and other subjects of interest to members;
o promoting Christmas concerts and other musical events in Avebury Church;
o fundraising to help meet various needs in the area, either for the enjoyment of local people and visitors or for the enhancement of the World Heritage Site and its monuments;
o visits to places of interest.


Membership is open to everyone who supports the Society’s objectives.

The annual subscription is £5 each for adults and £1 each for students.

IF YOU SHARE OUR AIMS, PLEASE JOIN US, by completing and returning the enclosed membership application.

It will be very helpful if you also complete and return the attached Standing Order form.

Please don’t forget to record your special interests and/or contacts with other organisations which may be of mutual benefit, and any suggestions you may have.

Avebury Society Hon Sec:
              Dr Sue Rogers, Rosemary Cottage, West Overton, Marlborough, SN8 4ER e-mail

Hon Treasurer:
              Mr Dick Whitfield, Walnut House, Broad Hinton, SN4 9PA

Cherry Picking in a World Heritage Site
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