Chippenham is one of the West Country's most dynamic market towns with a population of over 40,000. The combination of the old and the new, the historic architectural gems, modern shopping centres and nearness to some of the country's greatest houses and historic villages, makes this town midway between Bath and Swindon an ideal location for living, working and visiting.
Family Fun Day - 4 July
We’re looking forward to seeing you and your family at our fun day on Saturday in John Coles Park.
There’s lots of free fun children’s activities at the event which runs from 12noon to 4pm. Mayor David Powell will officially open the Splashpad at 12.30pm.
Could we remind you that the park is an alcohol restricted area so, please, do bring a picnic but soft drinks only. We would ask that alcoholic drinks are not brought or consumed in the park and thank you, in advance, for your co-operation.
Parking is limited at the park so we are encouraging you to leave the car at home and walk or cycle to the fun day if you can. If you do have to drive, please use the nearby public car parks, rather than parking in nearby residential roads. Parking is available at a number of car parks which are close to the park including Hathaway retail park, Bath Road car park, Bristol Road and the railway station.
A350 Junction Improvements
Medieval Chippenham returns for a day of historic fun
Step back into medieval Chippenham at our free medieval marvels open day on July 11.
The event, at our Museum and Heritage Centre, will recreate what daily life would have been like in medieval Chippenham. It is part of the national Festival of Archaeology, which is in its 25th year.
Mayor David Powell will open the event at 11am which is open to the public between 10am and 4pm at the Market Place museum.
Visitors will be able to enjoy a wide range of attractions will provide a real feel of what life would have been like in medieval Chippenham with the chance to get up close to hawks and see demonstrations of spinning.
Medieval life will be brought to life by re-enactors who will interpret the past through performances and displays. Jean Harvest will bring Chippenham historical figure Maud Heath back to life for the event.
Renowned historical blacksmith Hector Cole will be at the event with his forge and Druids Field archers will be exhibiting and demonstrating longbow archery. There will also be spinning demonstrations.
The museum’s Pastfinders club will be running children’s activities and there will be the chance to have guided tours of the town and Yelde Hall
Our First Roadshow
Good to meet so many of you at our first roadshow on Friday in the High Street and to hear your views and suggestions for our town. Our next meet the council event is on Saturday July 11 when the roadshow gazebo will be by the Buttercross in the Market Place between 10.30am and 3pm.
We look forward to meeting you then. Do come along and help us by joining in with our public consultation questionnaire – we want to know what you think and what matters to you.
Opening of ‘Wiltshire’s Story in 100 objects’ Exhibition
Left to right Amanda Loering , Project Officer; David Powell, Town Mayor and Melissa Barnett, Curator.
The Wiltshire’s Story in 100 Objects project, which is managed by the Wessex Museums Partnership and funded by Arts Council England, was opened at Chippenham Museum on 18 June and will run until 12 September.
It aims to shine a spotlight on the diverse and important collections that Wiltshire’s museums collect, care for and interpret, using 100 carefully selected objects to celebrate the rich history of the county from 10,000BC to the present day.
Town council road show rolls out in Chippenham
Chippenham Town Council is going on tour for the first time and we want to meet you!
Our new gazebo road show will be visiting each of the eight areas that make up the Chippenham parish over the next few months.
Councillors from each of the wards will be on the road show when it visits their respective area. This will be your chance to meet your town councillor/s who will be keen to hear what you have to say about where you live and about your town.
The first road show will be on Friday June 26 when the council tour gazebo will be in the High Street between 10am and 4pm. Ward councillors for the Hardens and England ward Bill Douglas, Terry Gibson and Robert Giles will be on the road show. Town Mayor David Powell will be holding a ‘meet the mayor’ session between 11am and 12pm.
The road show will also be at the family fun day on Saturday July 4 in John Coles Park between 12pm and 4pm.
On Saturday July 11 it will be at the Buttercross as part of the medieval marvels open day at our museum and heritage centre, between 10am and 4pm.
Council leader Desna Allen said: “We’re working hard to improve the quality of life in our town. We believe it is important that we work closely with residents and our communities which is why we’re going on tour.
“Engaging with our communities is a top priority so we’re getting out and about and inviting people to come and take part. Whether you live here, work here, run a business or organisation here, we want to hear from you.
“The road show is going to be visiting every area of Chippenham over the next few months. We hope people will take this opportunity not just to meet their town councillors but to learn more about what their town council does, the excellent services and facilities we provide.
“We know that local government can seem remote from the public and we want to change that. Chippenham Town Council is determined to be at the heart of the town which is why we’re going on tour. It’s a first for us and we’re looking forward to meeting lots of local people and hearing what they have to say.”
More dates will be added over the coming months. If you would like the road show to visit your area or have an event or activity that we could visit, please contact Sara Oliver on 01249 467706 or email email@example.com
Public Exhibition and Consultation
The Chippenham baron was joined by today's first citizen, town Mayor David Powell, at the colourful pageant in Salisbury this week to mark the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta.
Work starts to repair Chippenham’s historic War Memorial
A £5,000 conservation scheme to renovate and repair Chippenham’s historic War Memorial begins on Thursday (June 18).
The work will include replacing pieces of the stonework that have deteriorated and crumbled, carrying out cleaning and repairs and repointing crumbling mortar. The project is being carried out on the town council’s behalf by Chippenham-based specialist stonemasons Howlett-Neal Masonry and Conservation.
The project will require three parking spaces in Upper Market Place to be taken out of action while the work is carried out to enable scaffolding and a works’ compound to be used. The work is due to take around two weeks.
The memorial, which is a listed structure, was unveiled on September 4 1921 to honour and commemorate those from the town who had died in World War I between 1914 and 1918. The construction had first been discussed in 1916 and several suggestions were considered before the design and location of the memorial was agreed.
The original memorial carries the names of 160 Chippenham men who died in World War I. Three extra panels were added after World War II and, since then, the names of service personnel who died in more recent conflicts such as the Falklands and Iraq have been added.
The memorial was last refurbished in 2006 when the three panels were amalgamated into a single one including all the names from 1939 to the present day.
Wiltshire Council Section 14(1) of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 Temporary Closure of: B4122 Kington Langley and Sutton Benger (Ref: TTRO 3817)
Notice is hereby given that the Wiltshire Council has made an Order to close temporarily to all traffic:
B4122 Kington Langley and Sutton Benger; from its junction with A429 (Junction 17, M4) in a south-easterly direction to its junction with B4069 High Street / Draycot Cerne.
To enable: Wiltshire Council to carry out carriageway patching, road marking and
adjustment of ironworks. Alternative route: via B4069 – B4158 – A350 – B4122 (unaffected length) and vice versa.
The closure and diversion route will be clearly indicated by traffic signs.
This Order will come into operation at 19:00 on 20 June 2015 and it is anticipated that the closure will be required until 06:00 on the following day. It is anticipated that the works will take the stated duration to complete depending upon weather conditions. The Order will have a maximum duration of 18 months. Access will be maintained for residents and businesses, although delays are likely due to the nature of the works.
For further information please contact Balfour Beatty Living Places on 01249 468582 (office hours) or 07966 895171 (Duty Manager). Sustainable Transport Group, County Hall, Bythesea Road, Trowbridge BA14 8JN
19 June 2015
Splash Pad - Parking
Visitors to the new Splashpad and John Coles Park are requested to walk or cycle, wherever possible, and to leave your car at home. Parking at the park is limited. We respectfully ask that you park considerately and do not block residents’ driveways and bear in mind that these are residential areas.
CHIPPENHAM’S youngsters have had some early summer fun when the town’s new £85,000 Splashpad opened this week.
Children began arriving in John Coles Park ahead of the 10am switch on on Bank Holiday Monday (May 25).The fun water facility, for children up to age of 12, is fully accessible for children with disabilities and mobility issues. Sprayers squirt water from the ground, from overhead devices and from side posts.
There has been huge interest in the Splashpad with more than 28,000 people accessing posts on Chippenham Town Council’s social media Facebook and Twitter feeds, and following the progress of the build online.
The Splashpad will be opened officially at the council’s family fun day in the park on Saturday July 4 alongside ChippFest 2015’s Rockinthe Park day.
Deputy Chief Executive Adrian Jones said: “The Splashpad is a great addition to the children’s facilities in John Coles Park. It’s been lovely to see children so excited and enthusiastic about it and having such a good time.
“We’ve been lucky with the weather this half term so the Splashpad has been busy every day. We’re now looking forward to a summer of fun for our younger residents and their families.”
The feature has been funded by £45,000 from the town council, a £5,000 grant from Chippenham Borough Lands Charity and £45,089 of external funding from S106 contributions from developers.
Town Mayor David Powell and Deputy Mayor Terry Gibson have been officially inaugurated and received their chains of office on Wednesday night.
Cllr Powell has chosen The Rise Trust for his official charity and his wife Gill as his mayoress. We wish both him and Cllr Gibson a good year.
New plans to re-develop Langley Park
Proposals for development at Langley Park in Chippenham have been presented to the town council.
The presentation was made to the council’s planning committee on May 14 by MAS rei, the new owners of the Langley Park site. The company bought the 58-acre site from previous owners Ashtenne in December last year.
The proposed development includes a business park, housing, retail provision and a hotel. A planning application has not yet been submitted.
The outline plans will now go out for public consultation. The consultation period will run until December. More information on how the public will be consulted will be provided by the developer shortly.
Councillor Peter Hutton, chairman of the planning committee, said: “The town council welcomes the opportunity to be involved. We support the public consultation and welcome the public being able to be involved and to make their comments known on the proposals for this important site in the town centre.”
Information on the public consultation will be posted on the council’s website and social media feeds when it is available from the company.
Family Fun Day in John Coles Park on July 4
We’re gearing up for our family fun day in John Coles Park on July 4. The highlight will be the official opening of the new Splashpad which will provide lots of watery fun for the under 12s this summer.
There’s lots going on between 12noon and 4pm – a teddy bears’ picnic and treasure trail, face painting, bouncy castles, football fun, stocks, music and chat with ChippenhamFM radio – do come and join us.
VE Day 70th Anniversary
Buglers from Chippenham Royal British Legion sounded the Last Post at 3pm to herald a two minutes silence marking the 70th anniversary of VE (Victory in Europe) Day.
Mayor John Scragg led councillors, council staff and members of the public in the act of commemoration from the steps of the Town Hall on May 8.
Students from Suzhou foreign language school meeting the Mayor
A taste of tea with milk, meeting Mayor John Scragg and holding the historic town mace were the highlights of a visit to the Town Hall for a party of Chinese students this week.
The students from Suzhou foreign language school are on an exchange visit to Sheldon School.
National Shred-It Recycling Campaign
We’re delighted to hear from the national Shred-It campaign that our shredding and recycling efforts saved 34 trees last year.
We recycle as much as possible across our offices and sites and we’re taking steps to reduce further the amount of paper we use.
Beautiful springtime blossom in John Coles Park.
Thanks to Wiltshire Gazette and Herald photographer Diane Vose for letting us share these lovely pictures of our park with you.
Copyright: Diane Vose, Gazette and Herald.
Lovely letter received today from Park Lane resident Suzanne Osborne about our floral displays. Thank you Suzanne for taking the time to write, we're passing your comments on to Will and his team.
I am a Chippenham resident and I, and my family, would like to say a big thank you and congratulations on a job well done to the gardeners who have made our town look so wonderful with all the flowers this spring.
Many of my friends have commented on how lovely they look as well. It cheers the heart and raises the spirits to see such beautiful displays. Thank you.'
Military march and celebration to mark Commonwealth Day in Chippenham. Monday March 9 2015.
What a fantastic response from the town to our first Commonwealth Day commemorations in Chippenham. We raised the Commonwealth flag and mayor John Scragg read the affirmation before 300 troops from 9 Logistic Regiment, based at Buckley Barracks, marched through. The Neeld Hall was packed with schoolchildren and visitors enjoying food, dance, music, art and national dress from across the Commonwealth.
“Our year two children, staff and parents very much enjoyed the regiment’s march and looking around the displays in the Neeld Hall and the food tasting. The dancing was a wonderful end to a great morning. The opportunity to meet and talk with the mayor, town councillors and the High Sheriff was a real treat for us too, lots of community learning.”
Dan Wrixon, King’s Lodge School.
TOWN COUNCIL HALLS RECEIVE A FULL FACELIFT AND COMPLETE UPGRADE
Plans to upgrade Chippenham Town Council’s Town & Neeld Halls take a further stride forward as the Town Hall received a fresh make-over.
Plans to upgrade Chippenham Town Council’s Town & Neeld Halls take a further stride forward as the Town Hall received a fresh make-over. Read more
Town Hall Reception
Chippenham Town Council reception has relocated to the Community & Visitor Information Centre situated next door to the Town Hall. We can still be contacted by telephone on +44 (0)1249 446699 or Email: firstname.lastname@example.org