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.
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.
Turn rubbish into your own work of art with Chippenham Museum’s scrap attack.
The fun of using their imagination to turn rubbish into art is on offer to youngsters at Chippenham Museum and Heritage Centre during the May half term.
The popular Scrap Attack! hands-on workshop creativity sessions are back for the school holiday at the Market Place museum and are going to be popular. The sessions encourage primary school age children to look differently at rubbish that would probably otherwise end up in landfill, and to turn everyday items into art.
The sessions are for children aged from five to 11 and will run on Tuesday May 26, Wednesday May 27 and Thursday May 28.
The young recycling artists will be able to use everything from cardboard to textiles to create their own masterpieces. They might take inspiration from their surroundings in the town’s museum and heritage centre and fancy creating a medieval monster, a Victorian vision or just let their imaginations run wild and see where the scrap takes them. Staff will be on hand to help encourage the young artistic minds run wild.
The sessions are free of charge and all the materials the children will be using are provided. There are three sessions each day at 10.30am, 11.30am and 1pm. There is no need to book but timed tickets are available on the day
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.'
Chippenham Hospital Radio
The Mayor attended the Chippenham Hospital Radio station on Saturday 11 April.
They were given a grant from the Community Donations fund to help towards purchase new equipment.
Mr Simon Hyde, Station Manager said:
Your organisation was very generous in contributing to our funding appeal to raise over £10,000 to purchase brand new broadcast equipment for our studio with the Community Hospital.
The visit was followed by a light lunch, a short presentation and an opportunity to meet some of the team of volunteers at the radio station.
Chippenham youngsters Joseph, William, Oliver and Nancy joined us to mark the start of work. Here they are being photographed by Diane from Wiltshire Gazette and Herald.
Pictured with them, from left, are: Sue Wilthew, chief executive, Adrian Jones, deputy chief executive, Jenny Budgell, chairman of the Borough Lands charity, Will Tidmarsh, team leader, Desna Allan, town council leader, Greg Seale, of SSP Water and Play, and Bill Douglas, chairman of the leisure and amenities committee.
The countdown is on to summer fun after work started on the £85,000 splash pad in John Coles Park.
The water feature will open early this summer and will be a major new attraction. It is designed for children up to the age of 12 and is fully accessible for children with disabilities and mobility issues. Sprayers squirt water from the ground, from overhead devices and from side posts.
Deputy Chief Executive Adrian Jones said: “The splash pad will be a great addition to the children’s facilities in John Coles Park. We’re looking forward to having this exciting new facility open in time for this summer for our younger residents and their families.”
The children’s play area and the rest of the park will be open and fully accessible during the build.
Mr Jones said: “We’re keen to assure everyone that they’ll still be able to use the park while the splash pad is built. It won’t affect the play area and will be fenced off for safety.. This type of work can’t be done over the winter because of the ground conditions and higher water levels during the winter months. The build programme is relatively short given the complexity of the build.”
The splash pad will be opened officially at a beach themed fun community event on Saturday July 4 alongside ChippFest 2015’s Rockin’ in the Park day.
The feature is being funded by £45,000 from the town council, a £5,000 grant from Chippenham Borough Lands Charity and £40,000 of external funding from S106 contributions from developers.
A new book about the history of Chippenham’s flour mill, which ran from Monkton Hill to the town bridge, has been published.
From Doomsday to Demolition, by Dr Kay Taylor, tells the story of the mill from 1086 to 1957. It is £6.95 and available from the Museum and Heritage Centre and the Community and Visitor Information Centre.
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.
News from Chippenham Museum and Heritage Centre
The Mayor John Scragg and the Leader of Council Desna Allen at the preview of the recent ‘Seeking Saxon Chippenham’ exhibition at the Museum. This was opened by the Antique Roadshow’s Mark Allum .The exhibition ,which showcases finds from a recent archaeological dig in the town, will be open until June.
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: email@example.com