Chiseldon Firs Update

Chiseldon Firs Update (as it had been noted that the concrete blocks had been moved)
From SBC: “After speaking to Amanda Luker (Traveller Liaison Officer) earlier today, I have been advised that the council is completing an extensive clean and clear operation of the site and surrounding area.

Please be assured that the gate into the site itself is double padlocked overnight and the bollards have only been put to one side for less than 24 hours.”

Wiltshire Neighbourhood Watch forum 25th March

Wiltshire Neighbourhood Watch
A key player in the ‘One Team’ approach to reducing crime.

Wiltshire Neighbourhood Watch Association is organising a series of Open Forum’s to inform and raise awareness of the ‘One Team One Approach’ community policing model recently introduced by Wiltshire Police.  The forum will also provide an opportunity to review how Neighbourhood Watch can bring together local communities and the Police to help solve and deter local crime and anti-social behaviour helping combat fear and feelings of powerlessness such incidents create.

Over the course of the last year Wiltshire Police has rolled out its new Community Policing Team (CPT) model across Wiltshire and Swindon.  Three of the seven designated CPT’s are located in Swindon and are identified as Swindon North, Swindon West and Swindon South.  The philosophy of the model – ‘One Team One Approach’ – now brings Police Officers and Police Community Support Officers from Neighbourhood Police and Response teams to work together under a ‘One Team’ approach.  The intention of the CPT model is to encourage improved information-sharing, communication and intelligence gathering to enable crimes to be investigated effectively and efficiently from the moment they are reported.

The next Open Forum will take place this Saturday, 25th March, at New College, Queens Drive, Swindon commencing at 11am. 
Swindon South’s Inspector Steve McGrath will talk about the practicalities of the Community Policing Team model.  There will be opportunity for Q&A and general discussion.

All welcome…

Paul Sunners, Vice Chair Wiltshire Neighbourhood Watch Association

A message from Chiseldon Tennis Club:

As you know we are a local club run by the members for the members, our aim is to get out and play whether that is for fun, for fitness or for competition.

We have three excellent brand new floodlit courts available for our members to use all year round at no extra cost. We run 2 club social sessions, Wednesday evening and Sunday morning. Saturday morning sees our professional coaches running youth sessions and fitness classes.

We have an extensive coaching programme from tot to junior with holiday camps and performance sessions. For more information follow this link: We have entered teams into the Swindon and District leagues and are always looking for players who want to play competitively.

Our club is not just about tennis, we take part in local community activities around the village and have regular fund raising events. We post our news at this link and on our Facebook page

We would love to see you on court if you are returning to tennis, looking to improve or just for the social. Please follow the links on our website for membership:

Library Update

Wroughton and Swindon Libraries – changes from April 2017

Following on from my article last month we are now in the last few visits of the mobile library.  Any member of this service should have had a letter from Swindon Borough Council.  If you have not, please contract Allyson Jordan on 01793 466035 or email

Wroughton Library will be open its normal hours until Friday 31 March.  Users of the mobile library do not need to change their library cards to use Wroughton Library.  From the 1 April the operating hours of Wroughton Library will be severely curtailed, only open 15 hours a week, with no late evenings.  Monday 13.00-17.00, Tuesday 11.00-15.00, Wednesday and Thursdays the library is closed, Fridays 13.00-17.00, Saturday 10.00-13.00.

From the 1-6 April, Wroughton Library will be closed for stocktaking and the changeover to being run by Wroughton Parish Council.  It will reopen at 13.00 on Friday 7 April.

These hours, with a librarian will go forward until August 2017 and hopefully the hours will increase from then on.  The library will stay in the same building with no current plan to move it into the Ellendune Centre.  Wroughton Parish Council will run the library as a Community Trust, if their bid is accepted.  The trust will be made up of five parish councillors and three other people.  If anyone is interested in being a trustee, please contact the parish office on 814735 or email

Anybody finding that this change to Wroughton is too much to take on board to get your books, please contact the Home Library Service which has spaces on the runs serving Chiseldon, the coordinator is Anish Harrison on 01793 465495 or email

Cllr David Hill

Chiseldon Parish Council

SBC Press Release for J16 M4

Major phase of work begins at Junction 16

Around 100,000 tonnes of clay will be transported onto Junction 16 of the M4 over the coming months as part of the latest phase of works to transform the key highway interchange.

A dozen lorries this week began transporting the clay on to the site to raise several areas next to the current carriageway in order to provide the additional road surface required for the new junction layout.

The lorries will be dropping off the clay between 8am and 5.30pm and will be travelling between Brinkworth and the motorway junction on a regular basis throughout the day. This is expected to continue until July.

Approximately 2,000 tonnes of material will be transported each day, with the total quantity of imported clay being approximately 100,000 tonnes.

It is anticipated this phase of the work will have a minimal impact on traffic, but the situation will be monitored. A road sweeper will operate throughout the day to ensure the road is kept as clear as possible and the lorries will enter and exit the site via established works access points. No lane closures will be allowed during peak hours.

The £11.5m upgrade of Junction 16 will ensure it can cope with forecast future traffic levels and cater for future development in the surrounding areas, including the nearby Wichelstowe development which will see thousands of new homes built over the next few years.

The improvements are being funded by Swindon and Wiltshire Local Enterprise Partnership and Swindon Borough Council as part of the Wichelstowe development. It is being delivered by Swindon Borough Council in partnership with Highways England and Wiltshire Council.

The contractor, HOCHTIEF (UK) Construction Ltd, is on track to complete the scheme by spring 2018. Construction is currently taking place on both the eastbound and westbound off-slip roads, within the south side of the roundabout, at the entrance to Upper Studley Farm and south of the roundabout between Hay Lane and Swindon Road.

Once complete, the new junction will improve highway access to major new housing developments, reduce congestion and delay at the junction and reduce the likelihood of queuing back onto the M4. Currently 45,000 vehicles use the junction each day, which includes 5,500 vehicles an hour during peak periods.

In the future the junction will support up to 61,000 vehicles per day and 8,500 vehicles per hour at peak times.

Cllr Keith Williams, Swindon Borough Council’s Cabinet Member for Highways, said: “Motorists will now see the Junction 16 scheme really start to accelerate through the spring and summer months as the weather improves.

“This latest phase is essential to create the additional road surface we need to bring about these much-need improvements to the road layout. The junction will be open throughout and we will be monitoring the work to ensure traffic is flowing as freely as possible.

“This major investment in our road infrastructure is essential in order to keep pace with Swindon’s continued growth and will hugely benefit those that use the junction as well as the town’s wider economy.” Further details about the scheme can be found at:

Anyone who would like to receive the latest news relating to the Junction 16 upgrade can subscribe to the Council’s Highways News e-newsletter by visiting:

Message from Acoustic in the Alley

Hi everyone, just to remind you that Acoustic in the Alley is on Thursday 23rd March at 8pm, in the Brown Jack, Wroughton, in the skittle alley at the back of the pub. Free parking; £1 entrance.

We have the wonderful Linda Lee & Martin Hawes as our spot guests. Not to be missed – they are brilliant! (some of you may have heard them a while ago at White Horse Folk Club).

Hope to see you there. Scroll down for the year’s dates and spots.

All the best.


Acoustic in the Alley now has its own website. A big thanks to Chantelle for setting this up for us. It still needs a bit of tweaking and no doubt will evolve over time. Feedback is welcome, but bear in mind it’s a free site so there are things we won’t be able to do with it. Here it is if you’d like to take a look:

Having had a spot each month over 2016 and 2015, the decision has been made for 2017 to have a quarterly spot. This will give us more time for singarounds. This will be reviewed again for 2018.

Dates for 2017 are:

January 26th; February 23rd; March 23rd; April 27th; May 25th; June 22nd; July 27th; August 24th; September 28th; October 26th; November 23rd; December 21st.

Our spot guests are:

March 23rd – Martin Hawes & Linda Lee;

May 25th – Chico Holton;

September 28th – Chantelle Smith;

November 23rd – Simply Acoustic;

December 21st – a week earlier than our usual fourth Thursday – will be our Christmas Party night.

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