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Red Cross Collection Week 3rd - 9th May 2015

Please give generously to the volunteers who come knocking on your door during this week. It's a hugeley worthwhile Charity.

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Kick start 2015 with a new challenge! 

Whether you are looking to support your community for a few hours a month or a day a week, there is a volunteering opportunity that suits your interest!

Visit our website: www.volunteercentrewiltshire.org.uk or call us on 0845 521 6224 to talk to one of our Volunteering Advisers.

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Please come along to the Steeple Ashton Toddler Group jumble sale on Saturday 21st March from 10am. ALL WELCOME! Refreshments will also be on sale along with a raffle. 

We also welcome any donations in advance or on the day before 10am.

See you at the Village Hall - there are bargains to be found!!

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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.

 

 

Badminton opportunities in Melksham
Badminton opportunities in Melksham Have you ever fancied having a go or getting back into Badminton? If yes, we have dedicated the whole of February to ‘Badminton Month’ The Heart of Wiltshire Community Badminton Network have been working closely with Wiltshire & Swindon Sport and Wiltshire Council to offer a range of opportunities throughout the county to introduce participants read more... (http://melksham.ourcommunitymatters.org.uk/news/badminton-opportunities-in-melksham/)

Melksham Scout Group – a busy 2014
Melksham Scout Group – a busy 2014 Many thanks to everyone who kindly supported Melksham Scout Group in 2014, another busy year! 3,305 christmas cards were sorted and delivered in December, raising £745.47 and the Christmas Fayre (which had better weather than the Summer Fayre!) raised £600. Both these fundraising events are contributing to new camping equipment. During 2014 a refurbishment of read more... (http://melksham.ourcommunitymatters.org.uk/news/melksham-scout-group-a-busy-2014/)

Melksham Area Board – 11 February 2015 @ 7pm
Melksham Area Board – 11 February 2015 @ 7pm Come along to Melksham Area Board on Wednesday 11 February, at the Melksham Assembly Hall. This interactive session will provides an opportunity for you to keep upto date with what is happening locally. To view the agenda click here. Key topics that will be covered are: The Melksham link of the Wilts and Berks Canal read more... (http://melksham.ourcommunitymatters.org.uk/news/melksham-area-board-11-february-2015/)

Wilts & Berks Canal Sponsored Walk
Wilts & Berks Canal Sponsored Walk Walk the Wilts & Berks Canal Sunday 10th May 2015 is a date for your diary if you like the idea of walking beside a beautiful stretch of the Wilts & Berks Canal, at the same time as supporting a very worthwhile community restoration project. Everyone is invited to join MCC’s Annual Sponsored Walk from read more... (http://melksham.ourcommunitymatters.org.uk/event/wilts-berks-canal-sponsored-walk/)

Canal volunteers receive charity award
Canal volunteers receive charity award Hardworking volunteers have been rewarded with a prestigious prize for the fourth year in a row. The Melksham, Chippenham & Calne branch of the Wilts & Berks Canal Trust has been presented with the annual Tony Davy Award. The engraved crystal – named after the charity’s first chairman – is presented to the branch whose read more... (http://melksham.ourcommunitymatters.org.uk/news/canal-volunteers-receive-charity-award/)

New Shaw & Whitley Action Group – initial meeting Thurs 12th Feb
New Shaw & Whitley Action Group – initial meeting Thurs 12th Feb Those of you who have been residents in the Shaw & Whitley area for a long time will remember that there used to be a Shaw & Whitley Action Group, which disbanded some years ago. There are some really active residents in Shaw & Whitley – checking ditches and drains, commenting on planning applications and read more... (http://melksham.ourcommunitymatters.org.uk/news/new-shaw-whitley-action-group-initial-meeting-thurs-12th-feb/)

Is autism close to your heart?
Is autism close to your heart? A brand new 2 day Level 2 Autism course where you’ll learn about important matters such as individuality, communication, behaviour and person centred support. If you’re a parent or carer of a child or young person who is on the autistic spectrum, or want to gain further knowledge about autistic spectrum conditions to support your read more... (http://melksham.ourcommunitymatters.org.uk/news/is-autism-close-to-your-heart-2/)

Solid wall insulation funding update
Solid wall insulation funding update It is anticipated that the DECC Green Deal Home Improvement Fund (GDHIF) will soon reopen and start accepting new applications for solid wall insulation. Households considering solid wall insulation can be advised to go ahead and have an assessment carried out as well as getting quotes for the work from Green Deal installers registered with GDHIF read more... (http://melksham.ourcommunitymatters.org.uk/news/solid-wall-insulation-funding-update/)


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An interactive noticeboard everyone can use to highlight and discuss local news, events and ideas in Melksham
 

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Melksham Area Board – 11 February 2015
Melksham Area Board – 11 February 2015 Come along to Melksham Area Board on Wednesday 11 February, at the Melksham Assembly Hall. This interactive session will provides an opportunity for you to keep upto date with what is happening locally. Key topics that will be covered are: The Melksham link of the Wilts and Berks Canal Melksham Community Campus branding discussion and read more... (http://melksham.ourcommunitymatters.org.uk/news/melksham-area-board-11-february-2015/)

Weekly informal football sessions for anyone aged 16 plus.
Weekly informal football sessions for anyone aged 16 plus. Just Play is about playing football. Weekly informal football sessions for anyone aged 16 plus. Come on your own or with friends. No need to book, just turn up and play! Cost: £3 per session. Just Play is about playing football. As simple as that. The FA Mars Just Play! Programme gives the casual footballer read more... (http://melksham.ourcommunitymatters.org.uk/news/weekly-informal-football-sessions-for-anyone-aged-16-plus/)

Wiltshire Fire & Rescue Service – Safety reminder about domestic appliances
Wiltshire Fire & Rescue Service – Safety reminder about domestic appliances Wiltshire Fire & Rescue Service is reminding people to take care when using domestic appliances. Letting tumble driers, washing machines or dishwashers run unattended, either overnight or while you’re out of the house, can be dangerous, as fires can easily start if a fault develops and the appliance overheats. Earlier this week, a read more... (http://melksham.ourcommunitymatters.org.uk/news/wiltshire-fire-rescue-service-safety-reminder-about-domestic-appliances/)

Feeding Your Baby Sessions
feeding your baby sessions for parents and carers of children up to 1 years. Hints and tips on moving your baby onto solid food

Neighbouring forces agree strategic alliance to hit savings targets
Neighbouring forces agree strategic alliance to hit savings targets Discussions have begun which will see specialist police resources and support functions in the Avon and Somerset and Wiltshire forces being shared under a new strategic alliance, or „collaboration‟, as both forces seek to secure significant savings over the next five years. The two forces already collaborate on Brunel, a shared Major Crime Investigation Team, read more... (http://melksham.ourcommunitymatters.org.uk/news/neighbouring-forces-agree-strategic-alliance-to-hit-savings-targets/)

Cycle Wiltshire back for second year for families and top racers
Families and cycling enthusiasts are being encouraged to participate in a special Spring weekend of cycling excitement. Cycle Wiltshire, part of Wiltshire Council’s Legacy for Wiltshire partnership, is an opportunity for people to take to the road on their bikes, as well as experience the excitement and thrill of top-class cycling in their local community. read more... (http://melksham.ourcommunitymatters.org.uk/news/cycle-wiltshire-back-for-second-year-for-families-and-top-racers/)

Wiltshire Skills 4 Success
Wiltshire Skills 4 Success Wiltshire Skills 4 Success offers a tailored programme supporting young people in Wiltshire to gain the basic skills and knowledge necessary to make a successful transition from school into further education, training or employment. Through it we are improving young people’s preparedness for the world of work whilst participating in enjoyable and worthwhile activities. This read more... (http://melksham.ourcommunitymatters.org.uk/news/wiltshire-skills-4-success/)

Wilts & Berks Canal Trust Race Night
Wilts & Berks Canal Trust Race Night Have you ever fancied owning a race horse? Well, now you can – if briefly… On Saturday 18th April MCC Branch will be hosting a Race Night This event is being held on Saturday 18th April 2015 at The Woodlands Social Club in Calne (Woodland Park, off Station Road, Calne SN11 0JX). The event starts read more... (http://melksham.ourcommunitymatters.org.uk/event/wilts-berks-canal-trust-race-night/)


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Please find below a media release sent on behalf of the Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) for Wiltshire and Swindon, Wiltshire Police, PCC for Avon & Somerset and Avon & Somerset Constabulary.

Yours sincerely

Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner

London Road
Devizes
Wiltshire
SN10 2RD
Telephone Number (External): 01380 734022
Telephone Number (Internal): 720 2291
Fax Number: 01380 734025
Email: pcc@wiltshire.pnn.police.uk
Website:www.wiltshire-pcc.gov.uk 

Capture Police Alliance

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Please see invitation below to a drop in session on 10th February, from 4.00 pm to 7.30 pm in Frome, run jointly by First Great Western and Network Rail to share information on the works taking place on the Great Western Mainline this summer.

More importantly to you, the line between Bath and Westbury will be closed for 4 weeks in August and so residents and commuters all across Wiltshire and parts of Somerset who may make use of this line may be affected.

NetworkRail

 

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Melksham Seniors Enjoying Themselves
Melksham Seniors Enjoying Themselves Melksham Seniors Activities for over 55’s • Are you looking for a gentle activity to keep your body and mind active? • Would you like to meet new people in your local community? Sing ”N” Smile with Sue. Do you want to get out of a rut and find a new interest? Then come along read more... (http://melksham.ourcommunitymatters.org.uk/news/melksham-seniors-enjoying-themselves/)

Beanacre & Melksham Cricket a Club Registration Evening
Beanacre & Melksham Cricket Club Registration night for all members, young & old will be on Friday 27th March. 6pm till 8pm Please message the club for further information.

Wilts & Berks Canal Trust Charity Auction
Wilts & Berks Canal Trust Charity Auction Would you like to learn how to canoe? Drive a steam launch? Take tea at an exclusive hotel? Or take the entire family on a chartered narrow boat trip?? All of these experiences and many more will be open for offers at the Wilts & Berks Canal Trust Charity Auction To be held at The read more... (http://melksham.ourcommunitymatters.org.uk/event/wilts-berks-canal-trust-charity-auction/)

Computing – Have a go! day
Computing – Have a go! day An exciting one-day event on 25 February at the Learning and Development Centre, opposite County Hall, Trowbridge, 10am – 3pm. A chance for residents and businesses to ask questions, get involved and really give computing a go – interactive, informative, hands-on and free to attend. There’ll be opportunities for absolute beginners to find out about read more... (http://melksham.ourcommunitymatters.org.uk/news/computing-have-a-go-day/)

A Midsummer Night’s Dream – Shakespeare Screening from The Globe
A Midsummer Night’s Dream – Shakespeare Screening from The Globe Shakespeare put some of his most dazzling dramatic poetry at the service of this teasing, glittering, hilarious and amazingly inventive play, whose seriousness is only fleetingly glimpsed beneath its dreamlike surface.


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Melksham Community Seed Swap

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Firstly a Happy New Year to all the residents of Summerham and Seend.  2015 has started with a little less difficulty than 2014 as we have not just experienced the sustained rainfall and flooding that heralded 2014.  That does not mean that flood work stops as it very definitely does not and the Council is active on its flood alleviation work all year round.  In 2014 we also had to deal with the flash flooding as a result of the unprecedented rainfall of 18 September when houses which were untouched by flooding earlier in the year suffered water in their living rooms.  Some of these flooded dwellings were local and the effects are sadly felt for many months after the water subsides.  Generally  flash flooding is at its worst at the end of the summer when drains have not run for some months and they become blocked with debris.  In Steeple Ashton the main cause of the unusual flooding in September was 75mm rain in one hour combined with tree roots growing into the main drain system during the summer as well as a few critical smaller drains blocked with debris .  Wiltshire Council has now cleared the main  blockages but unfortunately funding shortages mean that the Council cannot do all that it would like to do and we have to rely on local help to solve local problems.  This means that whenever you pass a storm drain or gully that may be blocked with leaves or rubbish then a little public spirited clearance not only helps the local community but also may save a neighbour from flooding.

January is also the month when I become very involved in Council budget planning as a member of the Council Cabinet.  This can become a little tribal as there is a natural instinct to fight for my own portfolio areas however the greater good of the Council and Wiltshire residents has to come to the fore.  This means that we have to make sure that the vulnerable in our communities are protected from the worst of the funding reductions from central government even if that means that some of us will have to do a little more to help.  That is the difficulty that Councillors have as we try to produce a balanced budget by mid February and take what is becoming a year on year 10% cut in our central government funding with no prospect of any improvement in future years - whoever wins the General Election.  Somehow we manage to keep the County going without too much disruption and our roads do get repaired, our libraries remain open, our leisure centres continue to run, our campus building programme continues and most importantly our most vulnerable residents continue to receive the help that they need.  These are difficult times but rest assured that your Council will continue to do its best for our County.

Jonathon Seed

Cabinet Member for Communities, Campuses, Area Boards, Leisure, Libraries and Flooding

Member - Summerham and Seend Division

Wiltshire Council

Tel. 01380 850696    Mob: 07770 774463

www.jonathonseed.com

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Fibre broadband has been brought to Steeple Ashton as part of Wiltshire Council’s Wiltshire Online programme and they are keen for as many people as possible to benefit from the investment.

Residents can check that they are able to benefit by using a postcode checker at www.wiltshireonline.org

Although residents will not automatically receive the improved service, upgrading to fibre broadband is very simple, just a matter of contacting an Internet Service Provider (ISP). If your postcode is indicating that you are ‘Gone Live', and you are wanting an improved speed, we would suggest the first step is for you to contact your existing ISP to see if they are offering the improved fibre service.

Although BT are installing the infrastructure, Wiltshire Council are providing an open network which means a wide range of ISPs will be given the opportunity to offer their services across the improved network; this means you should be able to choose from a range of providers to purchase the best package to suit your needs.  However, please note that the decision to provide services will be down to each individual ISP according to their business model and is outside of the control of this project.

Before ordering a new service, especially if you are considering changing providers, we would advise checking with your existing ISP that you are not tied into a contract as it may cost you to move.

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