Points of interest from the meetings held in April 2022.

Why I became a Parish Cllr – Justine Randall

“I decided to apply to join Chiseldon parish council following 10 years living in the parish and being lucky enough to benefit from the local area and all it has to offer. The covid lockdown presented me with a fabulous opportunity to be at home more and play a more active role locally, and following my application and brief intro to the council members I was lucky enough to be selected to join Chiseldon PC.

Taking an active role in the community via the council I feel more connected to the community, have made new friends, and feel that I am playing an active role in making improvements both in terms of safety, crime, and future planning to make the area as well prepared as possible for the next generations.

I feel much valued, enjoy the role and feel that the work done by the council is really contributing on significant issues including the neighbourhood plan, future infrastructure planning and making the local area as attractive and safe for every generation in times to come.

I would encourage anyone considering applying to their local council to do the same and feel part of making a difference.“

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Speed Watch Volunteers – a message from the team.

Vacancies for Chiseldon

We are looking for Volunteers aged over 17 to join the team to help deal with the local issues of speeding. The Community Speedwatch is co-ordinated by Wiltshire Police, if you are interested or would like more information, please contact the Chiseldon Parish Clerk (Clair Wilkinson) who will pass your details to the local co-ordinator.

More information can be via the Wiltshire Police website www.wiltshire.police.uk and searching for “Community Speedwatch”.

New speed indicator devices (SID’s) for Badbury.

We are pleased to announce the installation of 2 new speed indicator devices at either end of Badbury. Funded by the Parish Council and approved by Swindon Borough Council these devices are to remind drivers of the importance of a sensible speed through the hamlet with no pavements. The Parish Council is working on other locations for SIDS.

Queens Jubilee event Friday 3rd June 2022

Work has started on booking music, food and drink, entertainment, stalls and activities for our event on the afternoon of Friday 3rd June 2022 to celebrate the Queens jubilee.

The event will take place on the Recreation Ground field.
Volunteers to help arrange this event will be most welcome.
If you’d like to hire a stall space, or provide some entertainment on our stage then please email the Clerk for further details.
We have a Hog Roast, Ice cream stand, bar and a café with tea/coffee and cakes already booked up.

Where does your Council tax go? From Swindon Borough Council

See how we’re working for Swindon in our council tax booklet
We want to help residents understand more about how we’re working for Swindon and using their council tax to provide hundreds of services, many of which they may not use themselves.

Many of our residents don’t know a lot about what goes on behind the scenes of a local authority to provide the hundreds of services that we do, all year round. Our annual council tax booklet aims to bridge that gap and show residents the reality of where our budget goes and why.

Go to www.swindon.gov.uk/annualreport to see the report.

Over the next few weeks, we’ll be sharing real stories from residents and our employees on our social media pages to help show residents how we’re working for Swindon. Please look out for the council tax booklet when it gets delivered on your doorstep and for the stories on our social media channels and encourage people in your ward to do the same.

Chiseldon Parish Neighbourhood Plan update

The working party met on Tuesday 1st March for an update on the work that needed doing in order to start creating the plan. Areas to investigate were allocated but there is still a lot more to be done. This plan is for the whole parish to benefit from, and although the Parish Council are organising the initiative it should be noted that its very much driven by what residents want. If you want to help shape this plan for the future planning needs of the parish then contact the Clerk who can help.

Memory Café next date.

The popular memory café is next running Friday 1st April 2022 10.30am at the Church Hall off Butts Road. The café was created for anyone who wants some company and a chat over a cup of tea or coffee. Also for carers who look after anyone with Dementia or Alzheimer’s to come along with their loved ones. There is singing and dancing, all very informal and fun. There is no charge to attend.

Recreation Hall, Recreation field and Chapel hire:

The Rec hall off Norris Close, the Rec field in the same location and the Parish Council Chapel offices are all available for hire for events, meetings or parties.

Please contact the Clerk on the details above who can advise of charges, availability and what space would suit your needs.

Defibrillators – a reminder

A reminder that the Parish has 4 defibrillators – one outside Cameo Hairdressers on High Street, one outside the Pavilion on the Recreation Field, one outside the Calley Memorial Hall on Draycott Road and one in the BT Box in Badbury. All units are accessed by calling 999 to gain the code for the box. You cannot use these defibrillators on someone who doesn’t need it as the machine will not work. It also provides audible instructions on how to use them.

There is also a defibrillator on the outside wall of the school in Ogbourne St George.

CLOSED FOR 2021/22 – Parish Council Grants and Donations fund & Calley Memorial Hall fund

The Parish Council have an annual fund that we can donate to worthy causes within the Parish. If you are a group, charity or society that believe you could benefit from this fund then please contact the Parish Clerk for further details.

The trustees of the Calley Memorial Hall fund are also able to approve grants and donations to worthy causes within the Parish. (This doesn’t have to be connected to users of the Memorial Hall). Please contact the Parish Clerk in the first instance who can provide you with an application form.
(It should be noted that this fund is not connected to the Parish Council)

Next Parish council meeting

The next Full Council meeting of the Parish Council will be Monday 11th April 2022. This will start at 7.30pm at the Rec Hall off Norris Close. There is a public recess at the start of proceedings, after which residents can choose to leave the session. Covid restrictions state we must adhere to max. number of attendees to be safe, so regrettably we may need to turn away extra visitors if space does not allow. Please register your interest in attending a meeting with the Parish Clerk, or send in a written report to be read out on your behalf. Meeting locations may change so please verify the location before making a journey. Our committee meetings will now meet in the Chapel Office on Butts Road.