Points of interest from the meetings held in August 2020

New Road – Road resurfacing.

The Parish Council had good feedback from resident’s supporting the proposed plan to request Swindon Borough Council re-surface New Road which would involve a temporary road closure.

The results will be sent to SBC for consideration.

Our Ward Cllrs are also working with SBC on our behalf to try to introduce possible weight limits on some of the roads suffering with the heavy goods vehicles travelling on them. These are not quick solutions to implement but we hope they will move forward with success.

Update – Our letter to SBC Highways was sent at the end of July via our Ward Cllrs.

M4 J15 information

Works started 10th August on the J15 improvements.

Information from SBC website:

The improvements to M4 junction 15 have been identified by Highways England and Swindon Borough Council as critical infrastructure. This scheme is required for the delivery of planned strategic developments, including the New Eastern Villages (NEV), and comprises residential and employment development and local facilities such as retail and education provision. Jointly with other associated infrastructure schemes, they meet the overarching objectives of facilitating sustainable economic growth throughout Swindon Borough.

M4 junction 15 is operating near capacity and the developments planned in the vicinity of the junction will generate additional traffic flow. Measures to mitigate the impact on the road network are set out below and include:

  • a dedicated left turn lane on the southbound A419 entry to the roundabout for eastbound traffic (towards London)
  • the widening of the A419 southbound approach to the junction and the northbound exit from the junction
  • the widening of the A346 northbound entry
  • the widening of the M4 eastbound off-slip road
  • the widening of the junction’s southern circulatory road
  • the proposed prohibition of vehicular access under the A419 bridge on Day House

Lane and its conversion to a quiet route for pedestrians, cyclists and equestrian users
The plan below outlines the area affected by the works and includes a general arrangement plan:

Timeline for delivery

Construction on site started in June and completion is planned for Summer 2021. As work progresses we will provide further information and updates on this webpage and via our Highways News newsletter. You can subscribe via the Sign up for our e-Newsletters webpage.

How to contact us

For further information about the improvement works, contact us by e-mail at: M4jnc15@swindon.gov.uk





This Order has been made as part of the Junction 15 improvement works and prohibit vehicles from making a right turn from A346 Marlborough Road into Badbury Lane, from Badbury Lane into the A346 Marlborough Road
And from Butts Road into the A346 Marlborough Road.

The Order will come into force on the 7 August 2020 for 12 months.

Highways and Transport Services
7 August 2020

For further information please contact 01793 463040 quoting reference TTRO 3118

VJ Day remembrance service

On Saturday 15th August a small ceremony is planned in the Butts Road cemetery to commemorate the 75th anniversary of VJ day. A tree will be planted along with a plaque and Father Roger will conduct a short service.

Play Area update:

Castle View play area is now open with signage in place to advise users of safe Covid19 procedures. The Parish Council cannot clear the area so users are required to adhering with requirements for hand sanitizing.

The old flooring under the rockers has been replaced with new grass matting.

New play panels are due to be installed shortly for younger children, along with talking tubes. Monkey bars for older children have been purchased and we are talking to SBC about permission to install them.

Activities and things to do during lockdown.

We are always on the lookout for things people can do at home, or remotely whilst we remaining in lockdown/social distancing. We post these on the Chiseldon Community Facebook page and would encourage others to post their ideas as well.

There is currently line dancing classes on the Rec field on Wednesday AM, Netball training Tuesday evening and an exercise class on a Friday evening. Football training has also resumed and line dancing has some classes in the grounds of Chiseldon House hotel. We are hoping to publish a list with contact details on our website – see details at top of this page.

New outside gym equipment at the Rec ground.

The Parish Council has agreed in principle that recent CIL (Community Infrastructure Levy) funds received from SBC would go towards a new outside gym facility. The council felt that this would benefit everyone from teenagers upwards and meets the needs for this request which has occurred several times over the past few years from residents – more to follow…..

Update – the council are due to vote on the preferred supplier on 17th August 2020.

Covid-19 and postponed events/activities.

The Parish Council continue to monitor advice given by WHO, NHS, the Government, and Swindon Borough Council as well as organisations we belong to that are Parish Council specific.

Our buildings remain closed and we are holding all our meetings remotely via Zoom in line with newly introduced law.

In the meantime we ask people to apply sensible caution and follow the advice of the WHO and NHS in regards to hand washing, self-isolation and signs of illness to watch out for.

Memory Café – will begin when social distancing is lifted – dates to be confirmed.

Everyone who has Dementia, and those caring for someone with Dementia is welcome to attend. There is a relaxed atmosphere with singing, and music from local musicians. There is complimentary tea, coffee, cake and biscuits. You can contact 07920 798824 for more details.

Neighbourhood Watch meeting – will begin when social distancing is lifted – dates to be confirmed.

Meetings are held on Monday’s 6.45pm at the Recreation Hall off Norris Close approximately every 2 months.

Recreation Hall on Norris Close & Chapel on Butts Road – temporarily closed

The Hall is available to hire on an hourly/morning/afternoon/evening basis. We can also arrange pitch hire for Football or Softball games– please ask us for details.

The hall has undergone a tidy up and now has new carpet and cleaned/painted walls. It makes an excellent space for a gathering/party/occasion. We can now offer free 4G wifi in the hall for all users.

The Chapel on Butts Road is a fully functioning meeting space, as well as being the Clerk’s office.

There is table space for 10 people with extra seating available. There is access to a projector and screen, large flat screen monitor, microwave and free wi-fi. Tea and coffee making facilities are provided; you just need to bring your own milk.

This useful local space is available for hire for only £35 per morning/afternoon or evening session subject to availability. Discounts are available for registered charities.

Please contact the Clerk for more information.

Defibrillator in Badbury & recreation field.

Both devices have been purchased and we are just awaiting the end of restrictions so we can get them both installed. We have instructed our electrician to approve work from SSE to the Badbury phone box so that new electrics can be in place for safe installation of the device.

Emergency Plan contacts

We are compiling a list of emergency contacts across the Parish for situations such as heavy snow. This list is held centrally by SBC and also by CPC. We do have a contact for each area but more volunteers are always useful. Please contact the Clerk if you would like to be a contact. The role is to liaise with the main controller (The Clerk) to ensure people are safe in an emergency situation and that reports can be gathered such as power outages, roads unpassable, anyone needing food or blankets, whether pubs are open and offering a safe warm place to go to.

Community Speed Watch

The group are looking for more volunteers to be trained to do speed watch activities on roads in the parish. Full training is provided and results are given to the police, letters and a police visit can then be triggered when a threshold is met. This is not a Parish Council led initiative but one of our Cllrs heads-up the local group. Please contact the Clerk if you wish to discuss this further and I can put you in touch.

We are currently Co-opting for 4 New Parish Councillors

Want to help make the parish a better place?
Want to work with like-minded people?
Want to be involved more in local matters and give your time and expertise?
Perhaps being a Parish Councillor is the perfect match for you….?

As the election in May 19 was uncontested this leaves the Parish Council with a number of vacant seats that need to be co-opted. The Co-option notice is at the end of this article. Our website will also have a copy and also further information on the attributes and duties of a Parish Councillor. Please do contact us if you are interested as we will need to have a covering letter and some information from you on why you believe you could be a Parish Councillor.

We are hoping to do a leaflet drop when restrictions are lifted so if you are able to deliver some leaflets to encourage new Councillors, we’d love to hear from you. Keep an eye out for our posters appearing around the parish.

What is Co-option?

Co-option is a method whereby a Parish Council can elect new Councillors by majority vote. This can happen after an election if not all seats are filled (an un-contested election), or upon the resignation or death of a Cllr between election periods.
Candidates would present themselves to the existing council members at an applicable council meeting who would then vote on the successful applicant.

Local grants and funds available

The Parish Council have set up a short term sub-committee to look into grants and funds that are available to benefit the parish. The committee will look to set up a “wish list” of what the parish needs and can then look at what funds are out there. There is the scope to add residents to this committee so please contact the Clerk in the first instance if you think you can spend some time to help investigate this.

Defibrillators – a reminder

A reminder that the Parish has 2 defibrillators – one outside Cameo Hairdressers on High Street, and one outside the Calley Memorial Hall on Draycott Road. Both 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

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)

Home Library Service – check service as may currently be suspended.

There is a Home Library service for Chiseldon Parish. It is run by volunteers and covers all areas of the parish and can deliver books based on your preferences. Call 01793 465 495 for more details.

Next meetings

All Parish council meetings are currently on Zoom. Please contact the Clerk for login details.

The next Full Council meeting of the Parish Council will be on Monday 14th September 2020. This will start at 7.30pm and will be held remotely. Residents are welcome to login and there is a public recess at the start of proceedings, after which residents can choose to leave the session.


Notice is hereby given that by reason of an uncontested election on 2nd May 2019, a number of vacancies has occurred among the members of the Parish Council.

Any person willing to fill this vacancy should apply to the Clerk in writing (email is acceptable) on or before Wed 9th September 2020.

Applicants should be free the evening of Monday 14th September 2020 to attend the Parish Council meeting at 7.30pm for the co-option voting procedure via Zoom.

Being a Parish Councillor is an opportunity to provide time and knowledge to the area where you live in order to help make it a better place.

You will be working with like-minded people who come together as volunteers for the good of the parish.

The applicants name must appear on the current register of the Voters List or the applicant should during the whole of the 12 months preceding the relevant date have resided in or within 3 miles of the parish or the applicants only place of work during the whole of the 12 months preceding the relevant date is in the parish.

The applicant must not be disbarred from standing as a councillor. Applicants living in Badbury Ward meeting the above criteria are also welcome.

Candidates (if successful) should be able to attend Parish Council meetings which can be seen here: https://www.chiseldon-pc.gov.uk/committees/parish-council/

Dated 14th August 2020
Signed: Clair Wilkinson, Parish Clerk
The Old Chapel
Butts Road
Chiseldon Wilts SN4 0NW

Are looking after a friend or family member?
If so the Swindon Carers Centre is here to support you.

Swindon Carers centre (SCC) is an independent charity established to support and provide help to carers in Swindon.

Are you a carer?

If you are looking after an ill, frail or disabled family member, partner or friend, then you are a carer. The person you look after may be elderly, have a physical or mental health condition, a learning disability or a drug or alcohol dependency (diagnosed or undiagnosed).

People often do not view themselves as carers, and as a result can miss out on the various rights, benefits and support which may help them in their role.
SCC can support carers in a number of ways;

  • Provide information
  • Signpost to other relevant organisations
  • Give one-to-one support, including assistance in accessing services
  • Welfare and benefits advice
  • Access to breaks and complementary therapies
  • Training sessions and self-help groups
  • Emergency card scheme

For more information or to discuss your caring role and initiate the registration process, here is how you can reach them;

Telephone: 01793 531133
Email: carers@swindoncarers.org.uk

If you prefer you can submit a referral form online by visiting the website www.swindoncarers.org.uk



We expect delivery of the flu vaccines at the end of September. All vaccinations will be by appointment only. We will not be holding a walk-in flu clinic as in previous years due to the need to ensure adequate distancing during clinics due to COVID pandemic.

More information will be published in September once appointments are available to book.

The influenza vaccines is being offered to the following groups:

i. all those aged 65 years and over
ii. all those aged 6 months or over in a clinical risk group (see below)
iii. those living in long-stay residential care homes or other long-stay care facilities
iv. those who are in receipt of a carer’s allowance, or those who are the main carer of an elderly or disabled person whose welfare may be at risk if the carer falls ill (including family living with those registered as “shielding” during COVID pandemic)
v. All children aged 2- 3 years – Nasal flu
vi. all those aged over 50 not in risk groups as per recent government guidance ( likely to be after November)

Please note the clinical risk groups are:

  • Chronic respiratory disease, including asthma, on regular preventative treatment
  • Chronic renal disease
  • Chronic neurological disease, including stroke and transient ischaemic attack (TIA)
  • Those with hereditary and degenerative diseases of the Central Nervous System • Chronic heart disease
  • Chronic liver disease
  • People with impaired immunity due to disease or treatment
  • Individuals with Multiple Sclerosis and related conditions
  • Diabetes

Side Effects and importance of having flu vaccination:

Serious side effects of the injected flu vaccine are very rare. You may have a mild high temperature and aching muscles for a couple of days after having the vaccine, and your arm may be a bit sore where you were injected.

Side effects of the nasal spray vaccine can commonly include a runny or blocked nose, a headache, tiredness and some loss of appetite.