Community intelligence sought ahead of regional drugs crackdown

CPC has received the following message from Wiltshire Police Community Messaging and is published for your information. As part of a regional crackdown on county lines drug gangs, our communities are being urged to report any suspicious activity in their neighbourhoods. The regional intensification campaign – called Operation Scorpion – is a focus for all… read more

The October edition of OUR NEWS (Neighbourhood Watch) is here

We are pleased to bring you the latest edition of our newsletter for Neighbourhood Watch supporters across England and Wales. Here are some highlights in October’s edition: A celebration of our National Crime and Community Conference 2023, and our Volunteer Awards 2023 winners We announce our new partnership with SimpliSafe, with benefits for our members… read more

Ridgeway Bell Articles – October 2023

CHISELDON PARISH COUNCIL REPORT Points of interest from September 2023 The Old Chapel, Butts Road, Chiseldon SN4 0NW Facebook page – Chiseldon Parish Council Notices email:; telephone: 01793 740744 Benches We have just submitted a request to be allowed to place 2 benches on highway verges with SBC.   The locations are Hodson Road, near… read more

Additional BEST Sessions Over Half Term

The Parish Council has just booked 2 additional sessions with BEST for a youth provision over October half term. Friday 20th and 27th at 10-12. Look out for further information when the register opens.

Unclaimed Child Trust Fund accounts

Yesterday (18 September), HM Revenue and Customs reminded 18–21-year-olds to claim their Child Trust Fund cash as part of UK Savings Week (18 to 24 September). Child Trust Funds are long-term, tax-free savings accounts and were set up for every child born between 1 September 2002 and 2 January 2011, with the government contributing an… read more

Great British Insulation Scheme launched

Today (14 September) the government launched the £1 billion Great British Insulation Scheme to help some families insulate their homes. Families in lower council tax bands with less energy-efficient homes will be offered upgrades such as roof, loft or cavity wall insulation. Customers will be able to use an online checker for the Great British… read more

Chief Constable fortnightly update – 15 September 2023

Chief Constable fortnightly update to the Police and Crime Commissioner – 15 September 2023 Dear Police and Crime Commissioner, Philip Wilkinson, I would like to start this letter today by sharing with you the results of our summer focus on road safety. Over recent months, we have sadly seen an increase in people killed and… read more

Winter Preparedness from SSEN

For details about how you can prepare yourself for power cuts or other disruptions to other essential services  – such as gas and water – please view or download below the documents from SSEN. They also contain details of free support services. Note that anyone can call SSE or use these services, regardless of who… read more

Happy Living Wage anniversary, Chiseldon Parish Council

  Chiseldon Parish Council is proud to celebrate their first year of commitment to being a Living Wage employer. According to the Living Wage Foundation: At the heart of the Living Wage movement is the simple idea that a hard day’s work deserves a fair day’s pay. In 2016 the government introduced a rise in… read more

Your Area Crime Reports for Swindon North, East and Rural

If you ever want to know about the number and type of crimes committed where you live, the Your Area pages on the force website is the place to start. Just go to the force website and enter your post code beneath the ‘What’s Happening in Your Area?’ heading. You will find a wealth of… read more

Swindon’s Children’s Services rated as ‘Inadequate’ by Ofsted

Council leaders have vowed to make urgent improvements to the services that help and protect children after they were judged to be ‘Inadequate’ by Ofsted. Inspectors visited Swindon Borough Council between 17 and 28 July and graded the overall effectiveness of its Children’s Services department as ‘Inadequate’. The report, which has been published today (11… read more

The September edition of OUR NEWS is here

From Neighbourhood Watch: We are pleased to bring you the latest edition of our newsletter for Neighbourhood Watch supporters across England and Wales. Here are some highlights in September’s edition: Guidance from ERA on protecting your home as darker nights draw in Find out how our local watches spent their Community Grants this summer, and… read more

CSP Public Meeting, 31st October

Swindon Community Safety Partnership (CSP) are committed to working together with members of our communities to tackle crime and help Swindon residents feel safer. We invite you to join us in our first public meeting of the Executive Board to demonstrate our current priorities and plans to make our communities stronger, safer and more effective… read more

Photos from recent Washpool work day

The photos below were taken on the most recent Washpool work day on 3rd Sept. For anyone who would like to find out more, or join in, please email The group meets on one Sunday morning a month.

COVID-19 vaccination: autumn programme resources

Last week (5 September), the UK Health and Security Agency published an information leaflet and sticker for the COVID-19 autumn vaccination programme. The leaflet has been translated into a number of languages and are available to download. A dose of the COVID-19 vaccine will be offered this autumn to: people aged 65 years and over… read more