We’re looking for a new councillor

If you are interested in serving your community and would like to be actively involved in the future of the Parish then perhaps you could join the Parish Council?

We currently have one vacancy and would be delighted to hear from anyone who would be interested in working with us. We are inviting applications between now and 10th July, so if you would like to be considered please contact us by that date.

If you would like to discuss the role prior to application then you can call our Chair, Caroline Brady, on 01793 740560.

Softball comes to Chiseldon

As well as hosting the Football and Tennis Clubs, Chiseldon Recreation Ground will be home to the Swindon Softball League this summer.

Games will take place on Thursday evenings (from 6.30pm) until late August and are already proving popular. Softball is a co-ed sport and all teams are a mix of experienced players and beginners. Equipment is provided and new players from age 16 upwards are welcome.

To find out more, please visit the Swindon Softball League Facebook page, or turn up at one of the games!

We need a new Neighbourhood Plan

The Parish Council is seeking volunteers from across the Parish to join the Neighbourhood Steering Committee. The purpose of the Committee is to update the Neighbourhood Plan, first developed for the Parish in 2004.

Whilst developing a new plan, the Steering Committee will be supported by all of the committees that make up the Parish Council including Environment, Recreation, Planning and Finance. We aim to complete the Plan over a six month period and your commitment would involve one monthly meeting of no more than two hours in duration.

If you are interested in becoming involved in the future of your Parish we would be delighted to hear from you. Please send us a message with your name and a contact number or email the new Chair of the Parish Council, Councillor Caroline Brady: caroline.brady3@btinternet.com

Are you handy?

The Parish Council is looking for someone to take on occasional ‘handyman’ tasks on our behalf – such as dividing allotment plots or digging a French drain.

The work is spasmodic in nature, and you would need to provide your own tools and equipment, but we can pay £9 per hour when work is required.

If you would be interested in the role then please contact the Parish Clerk

Changes to buses through Chiseldon

As of this week Chiseldon has a new bus service, run by Stagecoach West, which runs from Chiseldon to the Great Western Hospital into Swindon and onwards to the Outlet Village, West Swindon Shopping, the Link Centre and Freshbrook. This is Service 8 and it will run every 20 minutes on a circular route from the main road, past the Farm Shop, up Ridgeway Road, into Draycott Road and around by New Road, Mays Lane, High Street and Station Road, returning to the main A346 to go back into Swindon. There will be an information stand at the Church Fete on Saturday 20th June at which Stagecoach West will come and answer any questions.

It is with regret that Service 70, which ran through the village for a great number of years, has been withdrawn. It will be replaced by Service 80, which presently runs from Marlborough to Tidworth and Ludgershall and will be extended from Marlborough to Swindon. This is partly a Wiltshire sponsored bus but will only run two hourly. We still have the connection to St Johns School at Marlborough and a connection with the bus to Andover. The first bus and the last bus will go down the main road, otherwise buses will be routed via the back road, Draycot Foliat to Ogbourne St George.

People in Draycot Foliat will need to walk to the bus stops in Draycott Road to pick up the new Service 8 and people from Ogbourne St George will have to walk out to the main road to catch the X5 Salisbury Red Service which will shortly be operating to a new timetable. The only change we are expecting to the X5 service is a minor alteration for buses going into Swindon which will now leave at 9 minutes past the hour rather than 6 minutes past the hour. Thamesdown Bus Company also have major bus changes with effect from 31st May and will be printing a new timetable.

We will continue to do our best to represent the views and needs of parishioners with regard to local transport policy. Please make use of the bus services if you can, as it really helps if we can demonstrate continued demand.

Here is the timetable for service 80 and here is the one for service 8.

Chiseldon FC make final!

On Saturday 3rd May the Chiseldon FC senior team played in the final of the George Thomas / Don Rogers Cup at the Swindon Supermarine Stadium. The Team had reached the final after being victorious in three earlier rounds, including a hard-fought 4-2 semi-final victory against tough opposition from a higher division.

The final saw Chiseldon play against a strong Old Town United team which has enjoyed a solid season in the league above. Unfortunately the difference in standard between the teams began to tell when Old Town raced to a 3-0 lead by half time – despite Chiseldon playing some good football.

However, the second half was a much more even affair with Chiseldon continuing to play nice football without, unfortunately, capitalising on a number of chances that were created. The final score was 4-1 but all involved can be very proud of Chiseldon FC’s achievement in making the final and putting on a good show. The aim is now to go one step further next season and hopefully lift the trophy!

Chiseldon Tennis Club

Chiseldon Tennis Club courts being resurfaced

The Tennis Club is undergoing improvements to its courts, lighting and security in order to attract new members and bring the facilities into ‘match readiness’ – meaning the Club will be able to play in competitions once again.

Swindon Borough Council recently granted planning permission for the work, after
long deliberations (mainly concerning the lighting, which was deemed to be too high).

The total cost of renovation will be very near £100,000 with the funds provided by a variety of supporters and the Club itself. Work has already started and should be completed by the end of May.

Safety in New Road

New Road

A scheme to improve safety in New Road, as well as reinforcing the speed limit, is up for final approval by Swindon Borough Council (SBC).

If successful there will be a “build-out” near to the entrance of Canney Close which will form a barrier similar to the scheme in operation at South Marston – which is reputed to work very well.

Residents who have concerns about HGVs and school buses passing the build-out should rest easy as sufficient room will be allowed.

We do not have an exact date for the SBC meeting that will consider the Scheme but it should not take too long.