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After the Christmas break local government has to hit the ground running.  Much of this is in order to produce a balanced budget before the end of January as the funding for next Financial Year has to be agreed by Wiltshire Council before the end of February.  In advance of this decision there is much discussion and consultation.  So why the rush in January?  Well, it may surprise readers to know that the Council does not keep the Council Tax and Businees rates that it collects from residents.


The majority of the £900m Wiltshire Council budget comes from central government, the remaining (£220m) comes from some Council Tax given back by government and a smaller amount from fees and charges for services. Part of the government money is called the Revenue Support Grant which has dropped like a stone over the past few years.   In 2015-16 Wiltshire’s grant will drop by another £16m.  In recent years Treasury officials have developed a habit of sending the settlement details by e mail at 5pm on the last Friday before Christmas. This means that Council officers have to work hard over the Christmas break to look at ways of making up final and additional shortfalls. Previously we had been told that the settlement would be reduced by £13m but when the figures appeared it was  £3m more..  This is in addition to growth pressures mainly in supporting vulnerable residents and other factors such as increases in the national minimum wage.  Somehow the budget will be balanced but it is an open secret that the era of Council tax freeze will probably have to come to an end.  

More parochially, as well as ensuring that my own Council Departmental budget meets the required corporate targets there is also much to be done in  Summerham and Seend.  Parish Councils set their own precepts at their meetings and these will take account of local needs and pressures.  I try and attend all Parish Council meetings to discuss emerging local issues and maintain regular and at least weekly (and sometimes daily) contact with the Parish and parishioners.  There are varying ways of contacting me.  Most people use e mail tojonathon.seed@wiltshire.gov.uk although some residents prefer telephone and I can be contacted either at home on  or through the Cabinet Office in County Hall on .  Finally I do regularly Tweet updates and I can be followed on Twitter@jonathon_seed 

So I am always available to deal with issues from residents by whatever means is available to you.


Jonathon Seed

Cabinet Member for Housing, Leisure, Libraries and Flooding
Chairman, Melksham Area Board
Member for Summerham and Seend
Wiltshire Council

www.jonathonseed.com

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Melksham Our Community Matters » News

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Seasons greetings
Seasons greetings A big thank you to all of those in the community who have made 2015 another great year for Melksham. The community spirit within the town and surrounding parishes is remarkable and this is reflected in the number of fantastic events, willing volunteers and engaged local people that we have. There is always more we read more... (http://melksham.ourcommunitymatters.org.uk/news/seasons-greetings/)

Wiltshire farmers’ views sought for research
Wiltshire farmers’ views sought for research Cranfield University is undertaking a research project called Wessex BESS investigating how the countryside and nature in Wiltshire affects people’s sense of wellbeing. The researchers would like to interview farmers in the county south of the M4 motorway about their role in managing the Wiltshire countryside. Interviews will take between one hour and one and read more... (http://melksham.ourcommunitymatters.org.uk/news/wiltshire-farmers-views-sought-for-research/)

Free insulation offer for Wiltshire residents
Free insulation offer for Wiltshire residents With the colder weather here, Wiltshire residents are being given the opportunity to improve heating in their home for free, thanks to grant funding which is available immediately. Wiltshire Council’s Warm and Safe Programme means eligible homeowners or privately-renting tenants in Wiltshire can have cavity wall insulation installed in their home, free of charge making read more... (http://melksham.ourcommunitymatters.org.uk/news/free-insulation-offer-for-wiltshire-residents/)

Unemployment figures for Wiltshire lowest for more than a decade
Unemployment figures for Wiltshire lowest for more than a decade The number of people unemployed in Wiltshire is at its lowest since 2004, according to a report presented to Wiltshire Council cabinet members today (15 Dec 2015). For the second quarter of the year, the number of Wiltshire residents claiming Job Seeker’s Allowance (JSA) was fewer than 1,900 just 0.7 percent of the working age read more... (http://melksham.ourcommunitymatters.org.uk/news/unemployment-figures-for-wiltshire-lowest-for-more-than-a-decade/)

Learning In Wiltshire- development opportunities
Learning In Wiltshire- development opportunities Learning in Wiltshire is Wiltshire Council’s professional training arm, serving the local community. We are keen to work in partnership with local organisations to raise knowledge and skills in pursuit of: better efficiencies and productivity for employers enhanced performance from staff and managers improved confidence and career progression opportunities for individuals wellbeing at work, which read more... (http://melksham.ourcommunitymatters.org.uk/news/learning-in-wiltshire-development-opportunities/)

Supporting Wiltshire’s talented elite athletes
Supporting Wiltshire’s talented elite athletes Now in its fifth year the Funding Future Olympians and Paralympians Elite Athlete grant is open once again for applications. Working in partnership with local businesses, Wiltshire Council is able to support rising sports stars through the Funding Future Olympians and Paralympians Foundation. Thanks to the success of the annual Legacy Business and Sports Gala read more... (http://melksham.ourcommunitymatters.org.uk/news/supporting-wiltshires-talented-elite-athletes-2/)

Spate of kitchen fires leads to safety reminder
Spate of kitchen fires leads to safety reminder Wiltshire Fire & Rescue Service is reminding people to take care when cooking, after a spate of kitchen fires across the county. In the last month, the Service has been called to 17 fires involving cooking or items left on top of a hot hob. Fortunately, the majority of these incidents were minor and didn’t read more... (http://melksham.ourcommunitymatters.org.uk/news/spate-of-kitchen-fires-leads-to-safety-reminder/)

Wiltshire Business Expo returns for 2016
Wiltshire Business Expo returns for 2016 The Wiltshire Business Expo is back for 2016 and in April the popular event will take place for the first time in Salisbury Market Square as part of Salisbury Big Business event. ​The theme for the 2016 Expo is Marketing and Finance, with talks and workshops throughout the day and evening from experts in read more... (http://melksham.ourcommunitymatters.org.uk/news/wiltshire-business-expo-returns-for-2016/)

Gritting season is here: 10 facts about winter maintenance in Wiltshire
Gritting season is here: 10 facts about winter maintenance in Wiltshire It may be relatively mild at the moment, but Wiltshire Council is ready to keep the roads clear this winter when the temperatures drop. Here are 10 things you may not know about gritting season. Wiltshire Council has 24 gritters at the ready to treat our primary network – that is 25% of the county’s read more... (http://melksham.ourcommunitymatters.org.uk/news/gritting-season-is-here-10-facts-about-winter-maintenance-in-wiltshire-2/)


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Christmas waste collection services and household recycling centre opening hours
Volunteers praised as refugees settle in Wiltshire
Melksham responds positively to Emergency Planning workshop

 

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       Salisbury Plain Training Area

                     Newsletter

                  January 2016

www.gov.uk/government/publications/salisbury-plain-training-area-spta-newsletter

This Newsletter can be found at the above link

                       

The DIO runs a Twitter account for news and updates on the Salisbury Plain Training Area using the Twitter handle #modontheplain. This account now has over 2000 followers.  If you’d like to follow us go to: www.twitter.com/mod dio

 

January 2016 Newsletter

The new Training Year will start on a very quiet note for the first two weeks with a Challenger 2 armoured squadron conducting low level collective training in the Centre and an armoured infantry company in the East from 11 January onwards . A light gun artillery regiment will rotate its batteries through live firing and dry manoeuvre training during the month together with an armoured engineer squadron conducting bridging and watermanship training. Starting on 24 January to 10 February 2016 the Field Training Unit will run a Army Weapons Effect Simulation Exercise WESSEX STORM for 2nd Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment in the light protective mobility infantry role which will use extensive areas across the Plain. This exercise will involve the use of Foxhound and Husky wheeled armoured vehicles and will be supported by elements of a light cavalry sqaudron in CVRT. They will be joined by a foreign force infantry company. The public should be aware that tank crossings over the A360, A345, A338, B390, and the C22 (Tilshead to Chitterne) roads will be very busy and if conditions are wet mud clearance parties will be working on the crossings. Notice is also given that the training areas in the Copehill Down and Bourne Valley (SPTA East) areas will be heavily used over this period and that recreational use of the Salisbury Plain military lands is to be restricted to public rights of way only as per the byelaws.

 

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A leaflet on public access to Imber is available online and should be read in advance of any visit: https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/435909/Imber_A5_Leaflet-final_Online_version.pdf

Information about low flying is available from the MOD Low Flying Advisory Service (0845 600 7580) or on line at www.gov.uk/low-flying-in-your-area .

 

Artillery Live Firing Days from Areas 6, 7 and 8: Nil

 

Artillery Live Firing days on Salisbury Plain (East) NIL

 

Late firing on Larkhill/Westdown Danger Area: 05th, 07th, 13th,14th,16th,19th, 21st,26th, 28th and 30th January 2016

AS90 Firing from Tilshead, Chitterne, Shrewton triangle:   26th and 27th January 2016

Non-firing days on Larkhill/Westdown Danger Area: 01st, 02nd, 03rd, 09th, 10th, 23rd and 24th January 2016

Non firing days on Bulford Ranges: 01st, 02nd, 03rd, 09th, 10th, 16th, 17th, 30th and 31st January 2016

 

 

Note:

Complaints/Enquiries should be made to 01980 620819.

NOISE MANAGEMENT

General.The MoD takes all complaints very seriously and do much to mitigate where possible. Most complaintsfrom members of the public from around Salisbury Plain Training Areaareconcerning impulse noisegeneratedfrom the detonation of the 155mm High Explosiveshell,and gun noise from the AS90 artillery weapon system.

Noise Limits.All ranges have been directed to ensure that no impulse noise greater than 130dB is heard outside the range boundary in populated areas or on main routes.

Noise Prediction.Gunfire noise is predicted using the Gunfire Noise Analysis Tool (GNAT) and traces from the Met Office Noise Evaluation Tool (MONET) at Larkhill Met Office.

Noise Measurement. Range Operations monitors noise from both the guns and theimpactarea using fixed microphones linked to the Gunfire Noise Assessment Tool (GNAT) computer in Westdown Camp and staff may deploy with hand-held noise monitors.

Countering Excessive Noise.In the event that the 130dB limit could be exceeded, Range Operationshave a number of control measures that can be activated to ensure the requirement is adhered to; including stopping firing.

Upcoming Major Exercises. During exercises access may be restricted on Larkhill Ranges and in the Chitterne – Shrewton – Tilshead Triangle north of the B390.

ACCESS

Access to SPTA is regulated by Salisbury Plain Military Lands, Bulford, Larkhill and Imber Range Byelaws. Always comply with local signs and flags. Rights of way in Range Danger Areas are closed when red flags are flying.

This Newsletter is published up to 6 weeks before the event and changes may occur. Access timings for the next week can be found on the SPTA Walks Line: (01980) 67 4763.

Imber Ranges. The public are excluded except when the roads are specifically opened. Planned open dates for 2015/2016 are as follows:

 

 

 

Event                                                  Open                                              Closed

 

Christmas                                 1800hrs Fri 11 Dec 15                     0800hrs Mon 4 Jan 16

Easter                                       1800hrs Thur 24 Mar 16                   0800hrs Tue 29 Mar 16

Summer                                 1800hrs Fri 12 Aug 16                     0800hrs Mon 5 Sep 16

1. Even when roads are open the village and buildings remain out of bounds to the public.

2.   Dates may change if operational training needs dictate.

WHAT CAN YOU DO TO REDUCE CRIME ON SALISBURY PLAIN?

 

If any crime is taking place call 999, (or 110) and do not under any circumstances challenge the offenders.

Report suspicious activity to PLAINWATCH (01980 674700) or PLAINWATCH@landmarc.mod.uk. The more information received the better, e.g. time, place, vehicle registration, description of individuals and vehicles.

Health and Safety reminder for all Military Training Areas and Ranges:

 

  • Do not touch or tamper with Military debris.
  • Wash your hands before you eat.
  • Clean your footwear before you enter your car or home.

Mike Hetherington

WO2 (CSM)

For

Senior Training Safety Officer Salisbury Plain

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Warm and Safe Wiltshire 0300 003 475

 

Wiltshire Council has a service called ‘Warm and Safe’ which we would like to publicise to as many residents as possible and ensure that everyone in the parish is aware that there is help available to reduce their energy bills and improve the warmth of their home.

 

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Melksham Our Community Matters » News
Bringing you all the latest news and updates from Melksham Area Board
Christmas waste collection services and household recycling centre opening hours
Christmas waste collection services and household recycling centre opening hours Residents have been urged to check the amended waste collection timetable and household recycling centre opening times for the Christmas and New Year period. There will be no collections on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day (25 and 26 December and 1 January). Garden waste collections will be suspended from Friday 25 December read more... (http://melksham.ourcommunitymatters.org.uk/news/christmas-waste-collection-services-and-household-recycling-centre-opening-hours-2/)
 
 

Volunteers praised as refugees settle in Wiltshire
Volunteers praised as refugees settle in Wiltshire An army of volunteers have been playing a key role in helping refugees settle into their new homes in Wiltshire. The group of 27 refugees, eight families and individuals – arrived in the country and travelled to Wiltshire on 2 December. They were greeted at the airport and accompanied as they made their way to read more... (http://melksham.ourcommunitymatters.org.uk/news/volunteers-praised-as-refugees-settle-in-wiltshire/)

Melksham responds positively to Emergency Planning workshop
Melksham responds positively to Emergency Planning workshop More than 50 local representatives from groups, organisations and parish and town councils attended a workshop last Thursday (3 December), which provided guidance on how communities can best be prepared for emergency situations. The session, which was hosted by the Melksham Area Board and led by Surriya Subramaniam, Head of Emergency Planning at Wiltshire Council, read more... (http://melksham.ourcommunitymatters.org.uk/news/melksham-community-responds-well-to-emergency-planning-workshop/)

Melksham Shed looks to build towards the future
Melksham Shed looks to build towards the future Ten members of Melksham Shed were in attendance on Wednesday 25 November, to repair, create and renovate using a variety of tools and materials. The club which operates out of a portacabin next to the Forest Community Centre, has outgrown its current premises and has aspirations to help continue the clubs success, by building a read more... (http://melksham.ourcommunitymatters.org.uk/news/melksham-shed-looks-to-build-towards-the-future/)

Wiltshire and Swindon Community Messaging
Wiltshire and Swindon Community Messaging What is it? FREE messages from your local police officers about policing and crime matters in your area You can receive free messages by email, text or voicemail You can choose which organisations to receive messages from and the type of information you receive Currently messages are being sent by Wiltshire Police, Wiltshire and Swindon read more... (http://melksham.ourcommunitymatters.org.uk/news/wiltshire-and-swindon-community-messaging/)

2015 figures show more Wiltshire primary pupils in great schools and doing well
2015 figures show more Wiltshire primary pupils in great schools and doing well More Wiltshire primary school children are achieving good grades for reading, writing and maths with 88 percent taught in schools which are good or outstanding, according to latest government figures. Performance tables released today (10 December) by the Department for Education show eight out of 10 children in Wiltshire achieve the benchmark of level 4 read more... (http://melksham.ourcommunitymatters.org.uk/news/2015-figures-show-more-wiltshire-primary-pupils-in-great-schools-and-doing-well/)

Wiltshire Council invests in six tractors
Wiltshire Council invests in six tractors Wiltshire Council has bought six new tractors that will be used all year round to undertake vital highway maintenance activities and in the winter to help clear the snow from roads and paths. The tractors are painted in special highway yellow. They will undertake reactive activities such as: cutting grass on high risk junctions; maintaining drainage read more... (http://melksham.ourcommunitymatters.org.uk/news/wiltshire-council-invests-in-six-tractors/)

Charity single release for SANDS UK
Charity single release for SANDS UK Nichola Humpage: In October 2009 my son Noah Joseph was tragically born sleeping. In the truly horrific months/year(s) that followed I thankfully found The charity SANDS. They showed me that I wasn’t alone and that there were tragically so many people who I could talk to who knew exactly how I was feeling. They also read more... (http://melksham.ourcommunitymatters.org.uk/news/charity-single-release-for-sands-uk/)

Watch out, there are rogue traders about
Watch out, there are rogue traders about Residents are being warned not to fall victim to rogue traders following a spate of incidents in the last few weeks. With winter fast approaching and poorer weather with us, Wiltshire Council is warning residents not to engage with cold callers offering to do home maintenance work. Wet weather, fallen leaves and high winds can read more... (http://melksham.ourcommunitymatters.org.uk/news/watch-out-there-are-rogue-traders-about/)

 

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       Salisbury Plain Training Area

                     Newsletter

               November 2015

www.gov.uk/government/publications/salisbury-plain-training-area-spta-newsletter

This Newsletter can be found at the above link

                       

The DIO runs a Twitter account for news and updates on the Salisbury Plain Training Area using the Twitter handle #modontheplain. This account now has over 2000 followers.  If you’d like to follow us go to: www.twitter.com/mod_dio

 

November 2015 Newsletter

TRAINING

November 2015 Newsletter

 

Following a very busy October the month of November will see an increased level of activity across the whole of Salisbury Plain. During the first three weeks of the month two Challenger 2 squadrons from the Kings Royal Hussars, four CVRT squadrons from the Household Cavalry Regiment and Royal Lancers, four Warrior companies from 1st Battalion the Yorkshire Regiment, three armoured engineer squadrons from 21 and 33 Engineer Regiments, two Mastiff equipped companies from the Scots Guards, and the Commando Viking armoured manouvre group with conduct low level armoured manoeuvre training. In the thrid week of November they will be joined by the final course exercise from the Defence Logistics School Ex TIMBER TRUSS. Starting on 21 November to 7 December the Field Training Unit will run a Army Weapons Effect Simulation Exercise WESSEX STORM for 4th Battalion The Rifles in the mechanised infantry role which will use extensive areas across the Plain. This exercise will involve the use of Mastiff and Jackal wheeled armoured vehicles and will be supported by armoured, armoured cavalry, armoured infantry, and armoured engineer sub-units. They will be joined by a foreign force infantry company making this the largest exercise on Salisbury Plain this year. The public should be aware that tank crossings over the A360, A345, A338, B390, and the C22 (Tilshead to Chitterne) roads will be very busy and if conditions are wet mud clearance parties will be working on the crossings. Notice is also given that the training areas in the Copehill Down and Bourne Valley (SPTA East) areas will be heavily used over this period and that recreational use of the Salisbury Plain military lands is to be restricted to public rights of way only as per the byelaws.

A leaflet on public access to Imber is available online and should be read in advance of any visit: https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/435909/Imber_A5_Leaflet-final_Online_version.pdf

Information about low flying is available from the MOD Low Flying Advisory Service (0845 600 7580) or on line at www.gov.uk/low-flying-in-your-area .

 

Artillery Live Firing Days from Areas 6, 7 and 8: Nil

 

Artillery Live Firing days on Salisbury Plain (East) NIL

 

Late firing on Larkhill/Westdown Danger Area: 03rd,05th,07th,10th,12th,17th,19th,24th and 26th November 2015

AS90 Firing from Tilshead, Chitterne, Shrewton triangle:   Nil

Non-firing days on Larkhill/Westdown Danger Area: 01st,14th,15th,21st,22nd,28th and 29th November 2015

Non firing days on Bulford Ranges: 01st,07th,08th,14th,15th,28th and 29th November 2015

 

Note:

Complaints/Enquiries should be made to 01980 620819.

NOISE MANAGEMENT

General.The MoD takes all complaints very seriously and do much to mitigate where possible. Most complaintsfrom members of the public from around Salisbury Plain Training Areaareconcerning impulse noisegeneratedfrom the detonation of the 155mm High Explosiveshell,and gun noise from the AS90 artillery weapon system.

Noise Limits.All ranges have been directed to ensure that no impulse noise greater than 130dB is heard outside the range boundary in populated areas or on main routes.

Noise Prediction.Gunfire noise is predicted using the Gunfire Noise Analysis Tool (GNAT) and traces from the Met Office Noise Evaluation Tool (MONET) at Larkhill Met Office.

Noise Measurement. Range Operations monitors noise from both the guns and theimpactarea using fixed microphones linked to the Gunfire Noise Assessment Tool (GNAT) computer in Westdown Camp and staff may deploy with hand-held noise monitors.

Countering Excessive Noise.In the event that the 130dB limit could be exceeded, Range Operationshave a number of control measures that can be activated to ensure the requirement is adhered to; including stopping firing.

Upcoming Major Exercises. During exercises access may be restricted on Larkhill Ranges and in the Chitterne – Shrewton – Tilshead Triangle north of the B390.

 

ACCESS

Access to SPTA is regulated by Salisbury Plain Military Lands, Bulford, Larkhill and Imber Range Byelaws. Always comply with local signs and flags. Rights of way in Range Danger Areas are closed when red flags are flying.

This Newsletter is published up to 6 weeks before the event and changes may occur. Access timings for the next week can be found on the SPTA Walks Line: (01980) 67 4763.

Imber Ranges. The public are excluded except when the roads are specifically opened. Planned open dates for 2015/2016 are as follows:

Event                                                  Open                                              Closed

 

Remembrance Sunday          1800hrs Fri 06 Nov                           0800hrs Mon 9 Nov

Christmas                               1800hrs Fri 11 Dec                          0800hrs Mon 4 Jan 16

Easter                                       1800hrs Thur 24 Mar 16                   0800hrs Tue 29 Mar 16

Summer                                 1800hrs Fri 14 Aug 16                       0800hrs Mon 5 Sep 16

1.   Even when roads are open the village and buildings remain out of bounds to the public.

2.   Dates may change if operational training needs dictate.

WHAT CAN YOU DO TO REDUCE CRIME ON SALISBURY PLAIN?

 

If any crime is taking place call 999 and do not under any circumstances challenge the offenders.

Report suspicious activity to PLAINWATCH (01980 674700) or PLAINWATCH@landmarc.mod.uk. The more information received the better, e.g. time, place, vehicle registration, description of individuals and vehicles.

Health and Safety reminder for all Military Training Areas and Ranges:

 

  • Do not touch or tamper with Military debris.
  • Wash your hands before you eat.
  • Clean your footwear before you enter your car or home.

Mike Hetherington

WO2 (CSM)

for

Senior Training Safety Officer Salisbury Plain

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Melksham Our Community Matters

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Melksham Young Peoples Awards 2015
Melksham Young Peoples Awards 2015 It’s time to nominate the child or young person who has done or achieved something awesome this year! We are looking for children and young people who in or around Melksham have done something special, made a significant personal achievement or completed a personal goal. Any young person under the age of 19 and living read more... (http://melksham.ourcommunitymatters.org.uk/news/melksham-young-peoples-awards-2015/)

Public Meetings planned ahead of Community Governance Review
Public Meetings planned ahead of Community Governance Review A series of public meetings are to be held as part of the consultation process on proposals to amend a number of parish boundaries across Wiltshire. Wiltshire Council is undertaking a Community Governance Review (CGR) at the request of a number of parish and town councils. This is a review of parish boundaries and in read more... (http://melksham.ourcommunitymatters.org.uk/news/public-meetings-planned-ahead-of-community-governance-review/)

Consultation on Connect2 Wiltshire Hopper service to the Royal United Hospital
Consultation on Connect2 Wiltshire Hopper service to the Royal United Hospital Wiltshire Council is asking people to have their say in a consultation about the future of the RUH Hopper service. Due to the reduction in government funding and pressures on other services the council runs, the council announced last year it was unable to continue to fund this service on its own. Following discussions with read more... (http://melksham.ourcommunitymatters.org.uk/news/consultation-on-connect2-wiltshire-hopper-service-to-the-royal-united-hospital/)

Working for One Wiltshire
Working for One Wiltshire Wiltshire Council has submitted proposals to the Chancellor of the Exchequer for extra powers and controls to be devolved from central government. The proposals would see public sector agencies working even more closely together across the county to protect the vulnerable, boost the local economy and strengthen communities. A cross-party working group on devolution will be read more... (http://melksham.ourcommunitymatters.org.uk/news/working-for-one-wiltshire/)

Public meetings to set out the challenges ahead
Public meetings to set out the challenges ahead Residents are being invited to hear how Wiltshire Council will rise to the financial challenges of 2016 and into the future at a series of public meetings in October. The council is holding the meetings, which will be informative and interactive, in Trowbridge, Chippenham and Salisbury to discuss with residents the challenges ahead as it read more... (http://melksham.ourcommunitymatters.org.uk/news/public-meetings-to-set-out-the-challenges-ahead/)

Film: ‘A Litle Chaos’
Kate Winslet stars as a rather unconventional garden designer engaged by Louis XIV to create the Versailles gardens. Doors open 7pm. Bar and snacks. Tickets £6 from Steeple Ashton Village Shop. Call Alison on 01380 871345 for more information or email zeborah666@gmail.com .


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New £3.8M deal to extend high-speed fibre broadband
New £3.8M deal to extend high-speed fibre broadband More than 5,000 additional homes and businesses across Wiltshire will be able to receive superfast fibre broadband following a further £3.86 million investment that was announced today. The project will extend the roll-out of fibre broadband through the Wiltshire Online project which began connecting the first homes and businesses to faster fibre broadband at the read more... (http://melksham.ourcommunitymatters.org.uk/news/new-3-8-million-deal-to-extend-high-speed-fibre-broadband-to-thousands-more-wiltshire-homes-and-businesses/)

Gearing up for winter in Wiltshire
Gearing up for winter in Wiltshire Traffic on Wiltshire’s roads should run smoothly this winter whatever the weather with arrangements in place for when the cold weather bites. Since the end of last winter, Wiltshire Council has been servicing its 48 gritting vehicles, revising routes and developing close working arrangements with parishes and other agencies. The council has 14,000 tonnes of read more... (http://melksham.ourcommunitymatters.org.uk/news/gearing-up-for-winter-in-wiltshire/)

Afternoon Tea Dance
Do you like ballroom and sequence dancing? Come along and join us on Saturday 26th September for an afternoon of music, dancing and a lovely tea. 3pm – 5.30pm Tickets £5 to include afternoon tea Tickets available from: Geraldine De’ath 01225 705806 or Frank Arscott 07881 668842

Have you got what it takes to be a Digital Champion?
Have you got what it takes to be a Digital Champion? Here at Wiltshire Online, we’re committed to helping local people get confident with the internet. Now we need your help. As a volunteer Digital Champion, you will be helping members of your local community to get online and carry out basic tasks with their PC, laptop, tablet or smartphone. Working one to one you can decide read more... (http://melksham.ourcommunitymatters.org.uk/news/have-you-got-what-it-takes-to-be-a-digital-champion/)

World Mental Health Day
World Mental Health Day Come and join us to mark World Mental Health Day, 9th October 2015. Devizes Corn Exchange. 10.30am-2.30pm. Free entry. There will be Information and Advice, Music and Art Workshops, Free Raffle, Complimentary Refreshments and Q&A on topical issues – The Care Act, Welfare Reform, Mental Health First Aid etc. To book, please ring 01380 871800.

Free event for people looking to get on the property ladder
Free event for people looking to get on the property ladder A free event takes place at County Hall, Trowbridge next month to help support and advise people who are looking to get a foot on the property ladder. The Help to Buy Homes Event, supported by Wiltshire Council, takes place on 8 October from 3.30pm to 7pm with free entry for everyone. Whether people are read more... (http://melksham.ourcommunitymatters.org.uk/news/free-event-for-people-looking-to-get-on-the-property-ladder/)

School Place Planning and Commissioning
Wiltshire Council has a statutory duty to plan the provision of school places and to ensure that there are sufficient places for all 4 to 16 year old young people in the County. The Wiltshire School Places Strategy 2015-2020 (draft) sets out the need to add and where appropriate remove primary and secondary school places read more... (http://melksham.ourcommunitymatters.org.uk/news/school-place-planning-and-commissioning/)

Grants for Wiltshire Groups
Grants for Wiltshire Groups Do you need funding for your group? Our challenge is to make a positive change in Wiltshire and Swindon by helping local groups make life better for their communities. We want to help you to support those who need it most. You can apply grants for project or core costs read more... (http://melksham.ourcommunitymatters.org.uk/news/grants-for-wiltshire-groups/)


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