Points of interest from the meetings held in December 2021.
Christmas tree event on New Road
The annual event was held on Wed 8th December 6.00pm at the tree on New Road opposite the memorial. My personal thanks for all the staff and Cllrs who came along and ensured the event was safe and successful. The tree is now lit and looking great to bring a little festive cheer over the next few weeks.
The Directors Club in Badbury | director-club.com
Evo-Soft in Badbury ERP software solution for import and distribution | Evo-soft
Barrett ATS Limited | barrett-ats.co.uk
Cameo Hairdressers in Chiseldon | cameo-hair.co.uk
J&J Tree & Garden Services
John Paul Construction
Chiseldon Sports and Social Club
Who have all kindly donated time, energy, funds, equipment and other resources towards the running of the event. (My apologies to anyone I may have missed)
All the Councillors and Staff at the Parish Council would like to wish you a very Merry Christmas and a peaceful and happy 2022.
New path at Chapel Offices
The old tarmac path was finally removed and re-laid with grey block paving which looks really good, and matches the style and age of the building.
Local Grant Availability:
Science Museum Group Wroughton Solar Park Community Benefit Fund – opens 1st November, 2021 – via Wiltshire Community Foundation
Small Grants – up to £2,000 – This programme supports projects which will improve the lives of people living in the parish areas of: Wroughton, Chiseldon, Clyffe Pypard, Broad Town, Broad Hinton, Ogbourne St George, Ogbourne St Andrew, Aldbourne and Baydon.
Large Grants – up to £20,000 – Schools, academies and colleges as well as registered and non-registered charities and community groups can apply for this programme. Projects must have a focus on science, technology, engineering, maths, environment, health or play and must benefit communities within a 10km radius of Wroughton Solar Park. Please note: Applications for health or play must be themed around one of more of the other subjects listed.
Closing date: Friday 7th January, 2022
Funding and Governance Advice Manager
Voluntary Action Swindon
Chiseldon Parish Neighbourhood Plan
The meeting goes ahead after the Bell publication date, on 13th December. Our next article will provide an update on the next steps and what useful information the meeting provided.
Memory Café next date.
The popular memory café is next running Friday 7th Jan 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.
They had their Christmas Party on 3rd December which was very well received.
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.
NOW OPEN FOR NEW SUBMISSIONS – 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 10th January 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.
We are not expecting to hold a December Full Council meeting due to the NHP public meeting. Any details of a December meeting will be published on our website, Facebook page and Spar noticeboard.