Gigabit Fibre is coming to Wanborough, Liddington & Chiseldon

I met with Openreach this morning together with Neil Richardson (who has been working with the Chiseldon residents) and we are pleased to confirm that we have now officially moved into the build phase of the project – we did it! It is definitely happening!!!! Gigabit Fibre is definitely coming to our two communities! As… read more

STEAM is ready to reopen

STEAM, Museum of the Great Western Railway, will be reopening its doors on Thursday, 27 May. Bookings are now open. All visitors and STEAM Season Ticket holders must purchase timed-tickets in advance via STEAM’s website. Here, you will also find lots of useful information to help you plan your visit. Please note, visitors over 11… read more

On our guard for COVID-19 variants

This is exactly the time that across Swindon we need to be on our guard with the further easing of COVID-19 lockdown restrictions this week. As people mix and resume those activities now permitted by the rules, the risk of infection increases. Remember coronavirus restrictions still remain in place across the country, including for everyone… read more

Ridgeway Bell Articles – May 2021

Points of interest from the meetings held in May 2021. Join us Saturday 12th June 10.00 to 12.00 to keep the Parish tidy Please add this date to your diary to join us for the annual litter pick. Details will be on our website/FB page or available via email to the Clerk. Thanks Grant awarded… read more

Carers Week

There are at least 21,000 unpaid carers in Swindon, who save our town economy £395 million per year. They play a vital role looking after children, parents, partners and friends. During Carers Week, we hold our annual Walk A Mile fundraising event enabling us to raise vital funds to increase support for unpaid carers in… read more

MacMillan Castles Bike Ride

Each year a team of volunteers organise a bicycle ride on the ridgeway, The white Horse Trail, Barbury Castle, Smeeth’s ridge, Hackpen and the old railway path as a fund raiser for Macmillan Cancer Support. The event normally takes place the first week in June. Back in March we could not be sure that the… read more

Update from Swindon Library & Information Service

As we continue our phased recovery out of lockdown, from Monday, 17 May we’ll reintroduce our quick choice browsing service and public computer access: Quick Choice allows library members to come in to our libraries and choose books from a selection of our stock. Sessions are limited to 30 minutes and you won’t need to… read more

M4 Junctions 15 to 14 Eastbound Resurfacing

We’ll shortly be carrying out resurfacing work along a section of the M4 eastbound carriageway near Liddington. For the safety of our workforce and customers, we will be closing the M4 eastbound carriageway between junctions 15 and 14 over 10 nights starting on Monday 7 June 2021 (9pm to 6am, Monday to Friday nights only)…. read more

Wiltshire Police Recorded The Fewest Crimes Nationally In 2020

Last year saw a decrease of 16.5% in overall crimes reported to Wiltshire Police as a result of Covid restrictions and lockdowns. The Office of National Statistics has today (13/05) released the figures for the 12 months leading up to December 2020, which shows the Force had the lowest crime rate in the country last… read more

Neighbourhood Watch May Newsletter

Our May OUR NEWS newsletter is here, and it is a bumper edition definitely not to be missed! We are delighted to launch the first Neighbourhood Watch Annual Insights Survey open to members and non-members alike. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to have your say. (page 2) Find out more about how to support… read more

Elections update

Cllr William Horley, Conservative Party was elected as the second Ward Cllr for Chiseldon and Lawn Ward. Cllr Gary Sumner, Conservative Party was re-elected as Ward Cllr for Ridgeway Ward which includes Badbury. The Police and Crime Commissioner candidate for the Conservative Party Jonathan Seed won the Wiltshire vote, however withdrew his application. The elections… read more

North Wessex Downs AONB Spring Newsletter

View the North Wessex Downs AONB Spring Newsletter which includes articles on: Appointment of our new Chair – Sarah Nichols Our successful Spring Programme of farming webinars News from the Sparkling Streams Project Our Dark Skies leaflet The Landscape Trust’s online raffle