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.
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.
Free dementia information sessions on offer
Would you like to know more about the challenges of living with dementia or caring for someone with it?
Chippenham Town Council is working with the Alzheimer’s Society to offer free information sessions and the chance to become a dementia friend. The sessions are open to the public – just turn up on the day and join us.
The sessions are in the Neeld Hall on Wednesday May 13 at 2pm and 3pm and are around 45 minutes long.
There are around 1,300 people in Chippenham currently living with dementia and one in three of us will end our lives with dementia. The number of people developing early onset dementia (before the age of 65) is also rising.
Dementia is caused by diseases of the brain and means people can become confused, find it difficult to communicate as they can’t remember the words they want. Daily tasks such as using a cashpoint or catching a bus can become a huge challenge. People with dementia may feel sad, frightened, frustrated or angry about what is happening to them.
Being dealt with patiently and sympathetically can make a real difference which is why these sessions are recommended not just to members of the public but to the wider community including retailers, businesses, organisations, bus companies, leisure services.
The sessions are run by a Dementia Friends champion who will explain the needs of people with dementia, show how to empathise with them and suggest simple things we can do to make life easier for those with dementia.
Becoming a dementia friend means people with dementia and those who care for them know they will be dealt with by people who understand and appreciate their needs.
These sessions complement the Safe Places scheme, which the town council is supporting, which offers vulnerable people safe places across the town centre if they need one. It launches in Chippenham on April 24.
If you would like more information contact Sara Oliver at email@example.com or call 01249 446699.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org