Applying for a free road closure for children’s play time

Swindon Borough Council are trialling a new scheme where residents can apply for a temporary free road closure, so that children’s play events can be held. It’s a chance for children to play together outside and for parents to meet up.
If you would like to apply then please email and also take a look at the website for full details.

Buy with Confidence traders list from Swindon Borough Council

I have in the office a copy of Swindon Borough Council’s “Approved, buy with confidence” list of traders for the Swindon area.
These traders have been approved and vetted to ensure a good service.
If you need a particular number (plumber, electrician etc) then let me know and I can pass their details on. I have a limited number of spare copies in the Chapel office on Butts Road if anyone would like to come along and get a copy. (My usual hours are mornings, Wed,Thur and Fri) but please phone in advance – 01793 740744 to ensure I am in.

Invitation to attend a free war memorial training workshop

Further to my recent email informing you about the First World War Memorial Programme, a project to conserve and protect the nation’s war memorials to ensure they are fitting tributes for the future, I would like to invite you as Clerk of Chiseldon Parish Council to a free war memorials training workshop.

Civic Voice is holding two workshops in Wiltshire in September and I hope one of the dates is convenient for you:

Chippenham – Monday 19th September, 9:30am – 13:00pm Salisbury – Tuesday 20th September, 10:00am – 13:30pm

We would be delighted if you could come along to find out more about the project. From the workshop you will gain: ·

Background information about the project ·

Training to undertake a condition survey and the chance to put this into practice on the day ·

Training on how to record survey results on the War Memorials Online website ·

The chance to ask questions ·

A resource pack containing all the necessary information to get you started. You can book a place on a workshop here: More information on the First World War Memorial programme is available via However, if you require any further information please do not hesitate to contact me. In the meantime, feel free to pass this invite onto colleagues, friends and family who may also be interested in getting involved. The more volunteers, the merrier!

Best wishes,

Placing boulders and stones on grass verges

Placing stones and boulders on grass verges:
The Parish Council have been made aware by Swindon Borough Council that any individual that places boulders, stones or other obstructions on to public grass verges to protect grass from being parked on is legally liable for any damage, injury or incident that occurs as a result of the obstruction placed there. This liability also extends to the Parish Council should they wish to use this method of protecting the grass. We have therefore elected not to use this method to protect any grass verges and our advice to residents would be to remove any stones also to avoid liability. The council will post an information letter to this effect to any homeowner who is noted to be using boulders etc. This is to ensure homeowners are aware of all the facts as presented to us by Swindon Borough Council.
We appreciate this doesn’t assist with the task of keeping our grass verges looking neat and tidy and respectfully ask all residents not to park on grassed areas to avoid ruts etc to help our Parish look nice.
Thank you

Summary of bus service changes expected by SBC after the consulation

The bus service pattern

So what will the bus service look like in the future?  Here’s a summary of what we expect:

Monday to Saturday

  • Frequent (at least half-hourly) daytime services to the Town Centre from all urban areas and from main settlements outside the urban area, including Highworth and Wroughton.
  • This will include services arriving before 8.00am and leaving after 5.30pm.
  • At least hourly evening services to all main areas of Swindon, if demand exists and funding is available.
  • Frequent daytime service to and from nearby towns and cities.
  • BusLink or other community transport services for services that are not commercially viable, such as some rural services to smaller communities.
  • No change to existing use of public buses to transport children to and from school.


  • Commercially viable Sunday bus services between 8.00am and 6.00pm on a half-hourly basis, or more frequently where demand justifies the service.
  • BusLink or other community services where needed to fill ‘gaps’ in this provision if demand exists and funding is available.

Lorries at the Patriot Arm’s roundabout on Draycot Road

The Parish Council are aware of the number of lorries using this route through Chiseldon Village and the dangers this can cause to pedestrians.  We are working within the Environment Committee and Swindon Borough Council to find a resolution that is acceptable to all parties.

Comments on this subject are welcome to the Clerk via our “Contact Us” page, or please visit one of our Full Council meetings, held in the Recreation Hall off Norris Close.


Dog bins

A reminder that on our “Local Community” page of this website there is a list of the 16 dog waste bins that the Parish Council provide for use.

Please familiarise yourself with this list.  Many thanks

Proposed library cuts meeting in Wroughton

Proposed cuts to the library Service:
A public meeting has been organised by Wroughton Parish Council for Thursday 18th August, in the Christine Spooncer Suite at the Ellendune Community Centre at 7pm . Wroughton Parish Council will run through the proposed option for Wroughton library. The Swindon Borough Council library Officer will be attending the meeting to answer public questions along with the Wroughton Ward Councillors.

WW1 War Memorial conservation

A message from “Civic Voice”:

In 2014, the then Prime Minister David Cameron, announced a national programme to survey and conserve the country’s WW1 war memorials to ensure that by the end of the centenary, as many war memorials as possible are in good condition and a ‘fitting tribute to the fallen’.  Since then, Civic Voice, the national body for the civic movement, has been working in partnership with Historic England, Imperial War Museums and War Memorials Trust to inspire civic action and to encourage communities to record the condition of their local war memorial. More information on the First World War Memorials Programme can be found via  There are thought to be approximately 100,000 war memorials within the UK, with over 200 across Wiltshire. Currently there is no single, complete national database which records the location and condition of war memorials within England. We are seeking to change this through the programme. There is £2 million of funding available to restore the nations’ war memorials to ensure they are tributes fit for heroes, but to access this funding we need to know their current condition.   The process is quick and simple and can easily be fitted into a busy schedule, but we need the help of dedicated volunteers. Would you be interested in getting involved and being part of a team that goes out to survey local war memorials?   The next step would be for Civic Voice to organise a workshop in the area, where we will provide full training on how to record the condition of war memorial. I would be grateful if you could let me know if this is something that you or your colleagues would be interested in attending.    I hope this information has given you a helpful overview of the programme and if you need anything further please do not hesitate to get in touch.    Feel free to spread the word and pass this information onto friends, family and any groups that you know of that may also be interested in getting involved. The more volunteers the merrier!  Kind regards,  Sarah James  Senior Development Officer          E:  M: 07815832277  W:     Follow us on Twitter: @civic_voice