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Wiltshire Council promotes Community Clear Up Day


Wiltshire Council is supporting the Government’s first ever Community Clear Up Day which will take place this Saturday (21 March).
The Government is asking everyone to take part in a national spring clean on the first day of spring, with the aim of sprucing up the country’s high streets, residential and business areas, villages and parks. This follows a significant increase in littering across the country.
There are already many community and corporate groups around the county involved in regular litter picking activities. It is hoped this national initiative, being delivered in partnership with Keep Britain Tidy, will help give these groups the recognition they deserve and encourage other groups to help reduce litter issues in Wiltshire.
Philip Whitehead, cabinet member for highways and transport, said: “We are delighted to support the national Community Clear Up Day, and I would like to make 2015 the year of clean streets. The clear up day is the start of this year’s drive to achieve this, and we would like to help local communities in their litter picking activities on the day and throughout the year.
“Any community group, business or resident wanting to work with us, can get in touch and we will assist wherever we can.
“The key message is that if we all do our bit by not littering our streets and get involved by keeping our communities clean we can make a big difference. Dropping litter is unacceptable.”
Wiltshire Council wants to extend this day to run throughout the spring and summer to make a real change across Wiltshire, not only in the removal of litter, but also in a reduction of litter dropped in the first place.
Following the Community Clear Up Day Wiltshire Council will be meeting with local town and parish councils, and any other litter collecting communities, to explore future litter initiatives.
The Government and Wiltshire Council are also urging the manufacturers of items commonly associated with littering to join in and contribute to the clear up of our streets and public places.
Enforcement action will be taken against businesses which do not meet the existing statutory requirements. The council will shortly be arranging a local business event to look for business sponsorship of kit and equipment to further support local groups.
There is a free, downloadable government tool kit and information pack which includes customisable posters, leaflets and banners available at People can get tips for carrying out a litter pick, register an event, and find out about other clear up activities going on in their area from Keep Britain Tidy at People can also follow #ClearUpDay on Twitter or find more information on Facebook at:
To support local groups the council has a limited amount of litter equipment it can loan out. It will also be pleased to supply black bags and the collection of litter waste following an event. Any group in need of support can contact the council on 0300 456 0105.

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A new youth club has opened its doors to the young people of Melksham and the surrounding villages. The club is open every Tuesday evening from 6.30- 8.30pm for 13-19 year olds. It is held at the Adventure Centre in King George V Park. The club offers young people somewhere to “chill-out” and go for advice from Ceri Evans, their Community Youth Officer. The club is also supported by two dedicated volunteers Jack and Lauren who will be pleased to welcome you and hear how you would like the future of positive activities in Melksham to be crafted.
A cash injection from the Melksham Local Youth Network (LYN) has enabled the initial set up, how the club evolves and what activities are delivered will be up to the Young People. This really is a blank canvas that young people need to shape and give direction to.
The LYN are also looking into providing transport to and from the club. Register your interest with Ceri.  
Mobile: 07557 322714
Youth Club
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You can now sign up for free messages - by email, text and voicemail - about policing and crime matters in your area by joining Wiltshire and Swindon Community Messaging.

Commissioner Angus Macpherson and Wiltshire Police are committed to involving communities in the prevention and reduction of crime and anti-social behaviour. Working alongside Neighbourhood Watch, Wiltshire and Swindon Community Messaging aims to improve the flow of information between communities and the police.

After beginning its roll out in August 2014, Wiltshire and Swindon Community Messaging will be live in all neighbourhood policing areas as of 02 February 2015.

When signing up you choose how you wish to receive information – by email, text or voicemail. You can also choose the organisations that you get information from, how regularly you can receive messages and the type of information you receive. You can change your preferences any time by logging-in to your account.

Examples of messages that you may receive when joining Wiltshire and Swindon Community Messaging include community policing news and events, appeals for information, crime prevention advice and outcomes of court cases relating to incidents in your area.

You can also reply to messages, feeding back information to your local neighbourhood officers to help them in policing your local area.

When signing up for Wiltshire and Swindon Community Messaging, you can also choose to join like-minded people by becoming part of a Neighbourhood Watch scheme in your area or request to start a new one.

Wiltshire and Swindon Community Messaging is part of a national system called Neighbourhood Alert, which is used by national Neighbourhood Watch and other police forces. In the future you will be able to receive messages from other voluntary watch schemes and public sector agencies via Wiltshire and Swindon Community Messaging.

Joining Wiltshire and Swindon Community Messaging is quick, simple and free. There are no contracts, costs or obligations of any kind for anyone who signs up.

Wiltshire and Swindon Community Messaging is being commissioned by the PCC in line with his priorities in the Police and Crime Plan and commitment to involving communities and volunteers in the reduction and prevention of crime and anti-social behaviour.

To join Wiltshire and Swindon Community Messaging or to find out more visit  

Please note Wiltshire and Swindon Community Messaging is NOT monitored 24 hours a day. Always call 999 in an emergency or 101 in a non-emergency.

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Prayer Coordinator(s) wanted

We are seeking someone to be a coordinator and others to join a group concerned with prayer and pastoral care in the Villages of Steeple Ashton and Great Hinton.

The person/persons would be responsible for running a prayer circle for people who have fallen ill or need prayers. Also the role would include organising short visits or sending cards to full-time carers of the elderly and housebound.

Some people never get to leave the house because they are looking after a spouse or parent etc and a friendly smile or half an hour's respite care while the person takes a walk or goes to the shop for a coffee would provide a wonderful service.

Phone or email the Vicar on 01225 752635 / or email members of the Mission Group: / /

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At Easter, the Altar area of St Mary's Church has a pedestal full of lilies donated by members of the congregation in memory of loved ones.

If you would like to donate a lily, or more, please contact Kay King by 14th March on 01380 870078.

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Wessex Water is currently investing in a water supply network, which involves a programme of major infrastructure improvements throughout our region.  As part of the planning commitments, and in recognition of the patience of local communities, Wessex Water is pleased to announce that it is setting up a grant scheme.  This will provide funds for appropriate community-based conservation projects that are located in the areas affected by any of its construction projects.

The fund will be run in a similar way to the very successful Wessex Watermark awards.  It will be administered by the Conservation Foundation - an independent charity.  They will provide a shortlist of applications to be considered by the Wessex Water team. 

The attached leaflet lets you know who is eligible and how to apply.

Applications will be considered twice yearly– on 24th April and 25th September 2015 and successful applicants will be contacted.  If we receive lots of applications we may continue this fund in 2016.

If you have any questions on the fund then please contact the Conservation Foundation, or Wessex Water using the contact details in the leaflet.

Please feel free to send this e-mail on to other groups who may be interested in applying.

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Melksham Our Community Matters

Bringing you all the latest news and updates from Melksham Area Board

The contents of these articles have been produced by Melksham Area Board/ Wiltshire Council.

Free confidential counselling for young people in Melksham
Free confidential counselling for young people in Melksham Feeling stressed, worried, upset or low? Extended Services (Melksham Area) is a small local charity, working with children, young people and their families in Melksham. Time to talk is funded by Extended Services (Melksham Area) and provides 3 hours counselling and support for young people (11 – 19yrs) every Thursday at Melksham Library from 4pm read more... (

Melksham Youth Cafe & Drop-in for 13-19′s
Melksham Youth Cafe & Drop-in for 13-19′s Melksham Youth Cafe & Drop-in for 13-19′s Opening Tuesday 24th February Open every Tuesday at the Adventure Centre 6.30 – 8.30pm We have a tuck shop, chill-out and movie zones. Come and meet your Community Youth Officer and have your voice heard. For more information please contact: Tel: 07557322714 Email:

Local people asked to help select the name and brand for the new community campus
Local people asked to help select the name and brand for the new community campus Residents in Melksham, and the surrounding area, have the opportunity to help select the logo (four options shown below) and name of their new multi-million pound community campus. Melksham campus, which will provide a six-lane pool, bowling greens, fitness/dance suite and gym, cricket pitch, tennis courts, a library and hall, is expected to be available read more... (

Melksham Bridge Repairs
Melksham Bridge Repairs Wiltshire Council has a scheme in hand to undertake extensive repairs to Melksham Town bridge. The original four span bridge was built in the early 19th Century and subsequently widened with a reinforced concrete footway extension in the late 1920’s. In the intervening years the concrete extension has deteriorated and is now in need of read more... (

Shaw & Whitley Action Group – next steps…….
Shaw & Whitley Action Group – next steps……. Do you want to be an active member of the Shaw & Whitley Community ? A new action group is being set up by, and for, residents following lots of interest at an initial meeting last week. Members of the group have already been out litter picking and are next meeting on Thursday 26th February read more... (

Sloggerz Cricket Easter Camps 2015
Sloggerz Cricket Easter Camps 2015 2015 Easter camp schedule 30 Mar – 1 Apr Bishop Wordsworth’s School, Salisbury SP1 2ED 10am – 3pm £45 7 Apr – 9 Apr Chippenham Sports Club, Chippenham, SN15 1NG 10am – 3pm £45 A 50% reduction in fees may be available when families are in receipt of certain benefits. Please read more... (

Slamdunkz Basketball Easter Camps 2015
Slamdunkz Basketball Easter Camps 2015 2015 Easter camp schedule 31 Mar – 2 Apr St John’s School, Marlborough 10am – 3pm £45 31 Mar – 2 Apr Olympiad Leisure Centre, Chippenham 10am – 3pm £45 7 Apr – 9 Apr Trowbridge Sports Centre, Trowbridge 10am – 3pm £45 7 Apr – 9 Apr Sarum Academy read more... (

Fire precept set for coming year
Fire precept set for coming year Wiltshire and Swindon Combined Fire Authority has agreed to increase its band D fire precept by 1.98% for the coming year. At a meeting today (12 February), members adopted a net revenue budget of £24,606,900 for 2015/16 – which includes a £357,300 contribution from general reserves. This represents a 0.8% reduction in budget from 2014/15. read more... (

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Big Seed Swap

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Les Miserables

Our 2015 Lent course, with a different slant

5 sessions each based on a different character from the story of

“Les Mis”

Thursdays at 7pm

In the Methodist Church

Beginning on February 19th

Each session has a different leader

If you’ve never been before –come and give it a try- you don’t have to speak if you don’t wish to do so, just be a part of the group exploring life and how to live it.

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