Get involved with the Floating Cinema in Wiltshire

The Floating Cinema   is a converted canal boat with cinema auditorium inside. We have ability to provide screenings on board and bank side, workshops, talks and events as we travel along the canal. This summer we are travelling from Brentford to Bristol and back via the canal network and are local for local volunteer ambassadors to join us along the route. 

About the Project
The Floating Cinema is a mobile multifunctional arts space, bringing an innovative programme of film screenings, participatory events, workshops and talks to unexpected locations. Launched in 2011, the Floating Cinema has gained a reputation as a cultural highlight, bringing the innovative and the unexpected to a multitude of locations.

'Super eclectic and thoughtful' - Time Out

This summer we will be launching our maiden voyage outside of London, taking the Floating Cinema on a tour along the Kennet and Avon canal, stopping at locations in Berkshire and Wiltshire before taking up residency in Bristol for a week in July. Throughout this time we will present a programme of outdoor screenings, events, and workshops which celebrate the local area. The Floating Cinema will then journey back to London, showcasing a newly commissioned film by artist duo Somewhere and a new sound installation by artist-in-residence Yann Seznec.
We are looking to recruit Volunteer Tour Ambassadors who will help with the smooth running of our outdoor screenings, on-board events, workshops and talks.
We welcome Volunteer Tour Ambassador applications from anyone over the age of 16 years. No experience is necessary and training is provided.

Find the applications and more info on our resources page 

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Think Big with O2

Telecoms provider O2 has announced that its "Think Big with O2" youth programme has re-opened for applications. The programme supports young people in the UK (aged between 13 and 25) who want to make positive changes to their communities. Initially funding of £300 is available to get projects off the ground. If the project is completed successfully young people may be invited to apply for the second level of the programme --Think Bigger where O2 provides funding of up to £2500.

The programme is open to individuals and groups of young people and the money can be used to cover project related costs such as materials & equipment, cost of renting space, transportation, advertising, etc.

For example, 'Let's Entertain you' received funding - the project aims to organise a series of events that families and young people in Oldham can attend. These include working in partnership with a local theatre to put on a series of film shows that are fun and family events, and that offer good value for money.

The closing date for applications is the 10th June 2015.

Shared courtesy of Meril Morgan via the Arts in Wiltshire Blog
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Statement of Community Involvement consultation

Statement of Community Involvement will be available for you to view and comment  [for planning] between the following dates:

Start date: 20/04/15 09:00

End date: 02/06/15 17:00

Please select the following link to view this event:


Document link  -


In it I found this on page 9. 


Community area partnerships

2.21 Community area partnerships have developed in Wiltshire over a number of years, with membership including town and parish councils, representatives of business, the voluntary sector, local people and community leaders. Community area partnerships are independent of the council and work with the area boards to develop community-led action plans based on the information contained in Wiltshire's 18 community area, Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSA) and these plans form part of the evidence base for the Wiltshire Local Plan. Community area partnerships through the area boards will be consulted in the development of planning policy as appropriate, but are not involved in the scrutiny of planning applications.

 I leave you to review, discuss and comment within your CAP before June 2nd.

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LEADER Funds to 2020

Plain Action and Vale Action Local Action groups have had notification of their allocations of funding for the new LEADER programme starting after the General Election in June 2015 and running until 2020. Plain Action will receive £1.380m and Vale Action £1.372m. At the start of the programme there will be a call for applicants looking for funding in the following priorities:

  • Support for increasing farm productivity.
  • Support for micro and small enterprises and farm diversification.
  • Support for rural tourism.
  • Provision of rural services.
  • Support for cultural and heritage activity.
  • Support for increasing forestry productivity.

If you are a rural micro or small business or organisation that is looking for capital funding to help you start up or expand a business that will increase the number of jobs or local economy in your area then we will want to hear from you after the General Election.

For more information see:

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Asda Foundation Grants

Asda Foundation is currently accepting applications to its grant making programmes. Local groups can apply for funding of between £5,000 and £10,000 for projects that benefit the wider community. Funding can be used for both capital (buildings, vehicles and equipment, etc) and revenue / running costs. Please note that projects seeking funding for running costs only are not eligible.

Applications need to be submitted via local Asda stores and the closing date for the current funding round is the 20th May 2015.

Read more at online

Source Arts in Wiltshire

Big Lottery Fund Offers Webinars for its Awards for All Programme

The Awards for All programme offers grants of between £300 and £10,000 to help pay for project costs for social and environmental projects that benefit local communities and make a difference in the lives of those most in need. The programme is open to applications from voluntary and community groups, charities, not-for-profit organisations, and statutory bodies, including schools and town councils in England.

The webinar provides an introduction to this small grants programme, as well as guidance on eligibility, programme criteria, examples of how best to evidence need for the project and top tips on achieving successful outcomes.

Webinars run every week and last approximately 30 minutes to an hour. Questions can be asked throughout the presentation through a live chat panel.

To join an Awards for All webinar, please email or telephone 0345 410 20 30 to book a place.

Further details can be found on the Big Lottery Fund website

Source - Funding Central

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Ernest Cook Trust Grants

As well as offering a wide-ranging programme of land-based learning for children and young people, the Ernest Cook Trust gives grants to registered charities, schools and not-for-profit organisations wishing to encourage young people's interest either in the countryside and the environment, the arts (in the broadest sense), or in science, or aiming to raise levels of literacy and numeracy.

Since the ECT is a land-based Trust, work which encourages or ensures the continuation of rural skills and crafts is of particular interest to the Trustees. All applications are expected to link in with either the National Curriculum or with recognised qualifications.

Each year the ECT Trustees give around £1.8 million to support hundreds of educational projects throughout the UK. Click here to download a list showing a selection of recent grant recipients.

A large grants programme for awards of over £4,000 and a small grants programme for awards of under £4,000 operate throughout the year.

The next closing date for applications for the large grants programme is the 31st July 2015.

Grants in the past have been awarded to: Stowmarket High School received to regenerate a neglected school garden into an outside learning environment; Broad Hinton Primary School in Swindon which received a grant of £2,000 to help buy 18 iPads for Key Stage 2 pupils to enhance literacy lessons and cross-curricular work and St Bernadette Catholic Secondary School in Bristol which received £7,500 to buy new computers and software for the Learning Support Department. Applications to the small grants programme can be made at any time.

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Idlewild Trust Grants 2015

The Idlewild Trust has announced that the next closing date for applications to its grant making programme is the 23rd September 2015.

The Idlewild Trust is a grant making trust that supports registered charities concerned with the encouragement of the performing and fine arts and crafts, the advancement of education within the arts and the preservation for the benefit of the public of lands, buildings and other objects of beauty or historic interest in the United Kingdom.

The Trust awards around £120,000 each year in grants and makes grants of up to £5,000.   Recent grants awarded include:

·         A grant of £2,500 to the Cotswold Canals Trust towards the reconstruction of Bowbridge Lock.

·         A grants of £3,000 to the Scottish Opera's Emerging Artists Programme to help nurtures exceptionally talented young opera singers into professional performing arts careers.

Taken from Arts in Wiltshire Blog

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Aviva's 2015 Community Fund is open to April 24th

Aviva's 2015 Community Fund is now open for applications. Community organisations can apply for funding of £1,000 to £25,000 for projects in one of the four categories:

·         Health, disability and well-being

·         Supporting the younger generation

·         Supporting the older generation

·         Or community support.

Applicants will need support from the community for their application in the form of votes and the most voted for applications will go through to the final to be judged. The fund is open to anyone over the age of 18 living in the UK. If the applicant is under the age of 18 and wishes to submit an entry to the Awards, they must provide the consent of an appropriate adult associated with the project they are entering.   The funding levels that can be applied for are:

·         Up to £1,000; up to £5,000

·         Up to £10,000

·         Up to £25,000.

Submission of entries ends at 11.59pm on the 24th April 2015.

Read more online

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HUSTINGS on The Environment

On the panel:

Conservatives - Claire Perry MP / Greens - Emma Dawney / Labour - Chris Watts  / UKIP - Cllr David Pollitt / Liberal Democrats - tbc

Chair - ffinlo Costain

Green issues are no longer fringe issues. For our way of life to survive we must decouple economic growth from CO2 production, create a shared vision of sustainably, and act urgently to address environmental challenges that daily threaten our planet home.

Climate change has forced green issues to the centre stage in recent years. What role should the UK play in developing international policy?  How can we deliver growth in a low carbon economy? Can we guarantee food security? Will our local and national infrastructure be able to cope with more extreme weather events? Is fracking part of the solution, or part of the problem? How will climate change affect the role of our military at home and abroad?

At the same time our biodiversity is under threat as never before - how can we reverse the dramatic decline in species? Agriculture is intensifying - is this compatible with high animal welfare standards? Can our housing needs ever be fulfilled while preserving England's landscapes? How can we guarantee that our village centres will thrive ten years from now?

We expect that these and many more issues will be covered. We do hope you can join us.

- ffinlo Costain (Chair - Green Hustings)

THURSDAY 23rd APRIL - HUSTINGS on The Environment (Devizes Constituency) 7:30pm @ Bouverie Hall, Pewsey

Conservatives - Claire Perry MP / Greens - Emma Dawney / Labour - Chris Watts / Liberal Democrats - tbc / UKIP - Cllr David Pollitt

Chair - ffinlo Costain

New European Funding for Swindon and Wiltshire - free workshops

New European funding for Swindon and Wiltshire 

Working with the Swindon & Wiltshire Local Enterprise Partnership, the National Lottery has joined forces with the European Union to launch a new funding scheme for social inclusion and employability. 

Are you a Wiltshire and/or Swindon based organisation helping people back into training, work or volunteering? Do you support socially excluded groups? Can your organisation help people most disadvantaged in the work place or furthest from the job market? 

Voluntary, community and social enterprise groups now have a great opportunity to bid for up to £4 million. But this will not be made available in small grants, possibly even in just one single grant. So this is also an opportunity for groups to work together to developing and deliver a new initiative for our area.    

If you want to know more, perhaps to join a bidding consortium or even to be a lead organisation, information will be available at a series of meetings in the next few weeks. 

The first three information meetings are in Swindon, Salisbury and Devizes.

.         Thurs April 23rd, 10:00-13:00, Swindon Advice and Support Centre (Sanford Street, Swindon, SN1 1QH).

.         Mon April 27th, 10:00-13:00, Sarum College (19 The Close, Salisbury, SP1 2EE).

.         Tues April 28th, 10:-13:00, Devizes Town Hall (St John's Street, Devizes, SN10 1BN). 

These information meetings will:

.         explain how Wiltshire and Swindon's new £4million EU/BIG Lottery Fund programme will work. 

We will also consider:

.         how our collective expertise, knowledge, skills and specialist services could help local people most disadvantaged in the work place and furthest from the job market, and

.         what it might mean to be part of - or to lead - a consortium bidding and delivering initiatives, the opportunities, risks and responsibilities involved. 

Attendance is free, but we ask you to book as places will be limited. To book please click on Swindon, Salisbury or Devizes. 

Please note parking is not provided at the venues. If you are travelling by car please allow time to find somewhere to park. 

After these meetings, additional workshops are being organised (e.g. May 15th in Swindon and May 18th in Devizes) to develop the detail of any bid (or bids), and how a consortium would be developed, and managed. 

This is a developing news story, so keep up to date by checking, or contact

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Scottish Southern Energy Resilient Communities Fund

Following the storms of December 2013 which caused severe disruption across the UK network, Scottish and Southern Energy Power Distribution (SSEPD) has established the fund to support communities to prepare for future emergency weather events. The fund is in addition to £1million that SSEPD donated to four national charities, Red Cross, Age UK, MacMillan Cancer Support and National Energy Action.

They're offering grants from £500 up to £20,000 to support community resilience projects in our network areas.

The fund will support projects that:

Protect the welfare of vulnerable customers during a significant power outage or emergency weather event 

Enhance community facilities and services that may be used or instigated in the event of a significant power outage or emergency weather event

Improve communication during an emergency situation, to keep communities informed or aid contact between local groups and response services

The fund is open to constituted community groups, not-for-profi t organisations and registered charities working in the Southern Electric Power Distribution area in central southern England. If you are unsure who your distribution network operator is, please visit:

How much funding is available?

£1 million will be distributed over two years from March 2015. Grants between £500 and £20,000 are available.

Application Deadline April 17th 2015. Decision made by May 21st 2015.  Other deadlines are - September 25th 2015; April 2016 and September 2016.  

More information can be found at

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Persimmon Homes Community Champions - rolling grant program

Persimmon Homes Community Champions fund has up to £750,000 funding over the next 12 months to fund local community initiatives.

The charity match programme will give donations of up to £1000 to local UK groups and charities, which have already raised vital funds themselves. Up to £52,000 a month is available from Persimmon's 24 businesses.

To apply complete the online form with information on why your group or charity deserves the donation, along with details of much you've already raised and how donation you want.   Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

Read more online

Taken from Arts in Wiltshire blog.

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Community Economic Development Programme Launches

Community Economic Development Programme Launches

The Community Economic Development (CED) programme is a new Government initiative designed for local community groups and organisations that want to take a lead in shaping their economies for the benefit of local communities.

The programme is aimed at communities in areas of high deprivation in England that want to work for economic change. This could be in the areas of food, housing, finance, energy, etc.

The CED programme will help 50 deprived communities to develop their own community economic development plans. Each bespoke plan will identify practical opportunities to develop the local economy and boost engagement so the community are actively shaping the economic future of the local area.

The programme provides six days of specialist support, advice and a grant of £5,000 to help residents, local business and public sector organisations work together to develop the best ideas to strengthen the local economy.

The 2015/16 programme extends and builds on the Department for Communities and Local Government's (DCLG's) funded programme of work around the Community Rights, Neighbourhood Planning and Our Place. It is part of the Communities in Control funding programme and is being delivered by Locality.

Any existing organisation based in England can apply to be part of the CED programme, whether it is a community group, local business, parish council or any other local body.

Applicants will need to demonstrate (or be on the road to demonstrating) a commitment to partnership working across the local community, working with other organisations and community stakeholders.

To be eligible, applicants must:

  • Be an incorporated organisation, or be able to name an incorporated organisation willing to hold the funds and act as the accountable body on behalf of the applicant.
  • Be based and working in England.
  • Confirm they cannot access financial support from any other source to develop a Community Economic Development Plan.
  • Be able to show that the area in which they are active is characterised by high deprivation, or that there are pockets of high deprivation based on information taken from the national Index of Multiple Deprivation (IMD).

The deadline for applications is 8 May 2015 (12noon).

Full details can be found on the My Community website

Source: Funding Central from Locality, 01/04/2015

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Community Ownership and Management of Assets (COMA) opens

COMA Support Programme Opens for Application

The Community Ownership and Management of Assets (COMA) Programme is accepting applications from individual community groups (or consortia) parish councils or local public bodies that want to be lead applicants for a partnership area application.

This programme will provide direct support for up to 50 partnerships between local public bodies and community groups in England to develop multiple asset transfer or single, ground breaking asset projects. Pre-feasibility grants will be available to organisations in the 50 Partnership Areas receiving the direct support.

The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) has launched the one-year Community Ownership and Management of Assets (COMA) programme for 2015-16, which builds and extends on funding for the Community Rights, Neighbourhood Planning and Our Place programme. COMA is part the Communities in Control funding programme. Locality is delivering COMA in partnership with a number of other organisations.

The COMA programme is designed to help strengthen partnership working between community organisations and local public sector bodies in order to increase opportunities for communities in England to take on the management and/or ownership of multiple assets and ground-breaking single assets that are important to the community, specifically those in public ownership.

The Government views community assets such as community centres, parks or facilities for children, and privately owned facilities such as pubs and shops as valuable for the wellbeing of communities or neighbourhoods. Since 2012, DCLG has funded community groups with proposals to acquire and run local land and buildings, where the proposal will have community benefits.

Applications to be accepted onto the COMA Programme will be accepted on a rolling basis until 50 places have been filled. It is expected that the programme will be at full capacity by 1 June 2015.

Applications for Pre-feasibility grants will be accepted starting in June 2015 from organisations within the selected 50 Partnership Areas in England to develop the capability to take over asset ownership.

Full details can be found on the My Community website

Source: Locality, 01/04/2015

Related schemes

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Locality Launches Our Place Programme

Locality Launches Our Place Programme

Incorporated bodies, parish and town councils, and local authorities in England that want to scope and complete an operational plan can apply now for a package of support and grants.

Our Place helps eligible organisations work with local people to identify the issues that matter most to them and to develop partnerships and plans by March 2016. The plan must detail how a local service that has been prioritised by the community will be transformed.

The main goal for areas on the programme is an operational plan signed off by all relevant local partners and ready to be implemented from 1 April 2016.

An operational plan should set out how the local priorities will be tackled by identifying:

  • Which local services will be redesigned and how.
  • Who will deliver the new way of working.
  • How it will be managed.
  • Business cases and cost benefit analyses.
  • Clear and credible implementation routes.

There is a £3 million budget for 2015-16 to support at least 100 local areas (at least 20 of which will be parish and town councils)

The programme provides:

  • Grants of £8,000 to help complete an operational plan to be submitted to Locality on 23 February 2016 and signed off by DCLG by 31 March 2016.
  • Access to 4.5 days of dedicated support from a Relationship Manager who will act as a mentor and coach, offering support and guidance.

In addition, midway through the funding period, areas will have the opportunity to apply for an additional three days and £4,000 if they are identified as breaking new ground. ('Breaking new ground' refers to proposal being innovative, highlighting longer term efficiency gains or potentially being adopted by other neighbourhoods.)

Applications will be accepted from incorporated bodies with charitable, benevolent or philanthropic purposes; local authorities, parish and town councils; and public service providers.

To be eligible, applicants must:

  • Be based and working in England.
  • Have a turnover of more than £50,000 a year if a voluntary and community sector organisation.
  • Not have previously received Our Place funding.
  • Have identified a specific geographical (a small localised neighbourhood such as a ward, parish or a lower super output area) to focus the proposal.
  • Have a track record of community engagement work.
  • Have a track record of working in partnership with other organisations within the locality.
  • The deadline for applications is 8 May 2015.

The deadline for applications is 8 May 2015.

Full details can be found on the My Community website

Source: Locality, 01/04/2015

Related schemes

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People's Postcode Small Grants £500 to £20,000 opens April 1st

Since 2009, People's Postcode Trust has awarded over £9 million to more than 1400 projects across Great Britain, with over £6.5 million of this going to the Small Grants Programme. They have supported innovative and engaging projects of up to one year in length that bring a positive impact to local communities.

The Small Grants Programme is returning again in 2015, however due to increasing and unprecedented demand for funding we have taken the step of restricting the geographical regions that we accept applications from.

There will be two funding rounds in 2015 and the online application form will be available to access between the opening and closing dates detailed below:






1st Apr

30th Apr

South of England, Scotland and Wales


1st Oct

30th Oct

London and Greater London, Scotland and Wales

NOTE: Please be aware that projects seeking funding in other regions of England (specifically the NORTH OF ENGLAND and the MIDLANDS) may wish to refer to Postcode Community Trust, who from 2015 will have their own separate Community Grants scheme. Details can be obtained at

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Salisbury City Council's Community Development Grant Fund

Grants available for Local Community Groups Salisbury!

Salisbury City Council's Community Development Grant Fund is now open for applications that will benefit local people.

The fund invites local community groups to apply with grants available up to a maximum of £3,000. The Community Development Grant Fund which has a total of £27,000 is awarded in three phases over the next financial year.

In order to be considered for funding, applicants should demonstrate that their project will improve the quality of life for the residents of Salisbury and represent value for money.

Closing dates for this year's applications are: 1 April, 1 August and 1 December 2015.

To find about more about the Community Development Grant Fund please contact Annie Scadden on 01722 342860, email or go to download the application form.

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Voluntary Arts Week

From 15 to 24 May 2015, Voluntary Arts Week will celebrate creative activity across the UK and Republic of Ireland - and all cultural groups are invited to join in. Whether you're part of a choir, knitting group, drama company or amateur orchestra - anyone who gets creative purely for the love of it can take part in Voluntary Arts Week and benefit from some extra publicity. The idea behind the week is to showcase current activity and encourage newcomers to join in. There are lots of ways to get involved. More details on this are online  at 

Your Voluntary Arts Week event doesn't have to be costly and shouldn't see your group out of pocket. That said, we understand that opening up your activity to new people can come with additional costs, so Voluntary Arts has set up some small funding pots that are now welcoming applications from groups based in South West England (Cornwall, Devon, Somerset, Dorset, Wiltshire, Hampshire, Gloucestershire, Isle of Wight)

Each fund varies and awards range from £50 to £250. This money can be used to cover costs relating to furthering engagement with your Voluntary Arts Week event.

Guidelines and information on each fund are online at
Deadline for groups based in Wiltshire is 23 March 2015

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Funding for rural community enterprise

New year, new you! Funding and support available for new and diversifying enterprises

Plunkett has funding and support available for new and diversifying rural community enterprises. If you would like to expand your current service provision by adding a shop, café, library, bakery or bar, or set-up a co-operative from scratch then contact us to find out how we can assist.

The grant funding is part of an Esmée Fairbairn Foundation support package which includes 2 days with a community enterprise adviser. The £2,000 feasibility funding is specifically for rural communities aiming to raise at least £10,000 in community shares and looking to provide an enterprise that will socially benefit the community. Contact us today to find out more on 01993 810730,

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Nominet Trust Social Tech Seed re-opens this Spring

Applications open on 17 March 2015

Social Tech Seed supports projects that are demonstrating how technology can help tackle social issues in sectors including education, employability and healthcare. The fund will offer up to £50,000 in grant funding, as well as business support, to nurture, develop and test early-stage ventures using digital for social impact.

Interested in applying? Speak to them about your project

Before investing time applying, why not register for one of their upcoming pre-application events to discover how well your venture fits the bill? It's a great opportunity to find out more about our Social Tech Seed programme and what they will be looking for in an application, as well as a chance for you to ask us questions. Take a look at our 'dates for the diary' to sign up.

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Canal and Rivers Trust Living Waterway Awards Now Open until March 13th

The Canal and River Trust has announced that the 2015 Living Waterway Awards are now open for entries. Led by an independent panel of experts drawn from the voluntary, environmental, arts, heritage, engineering and architecture sectors, the Living Waterways Awards celebrate the work done by individuals, communities and organisations to improve their canals and rivers, making them exciting places to live, learn and spend time. From inspirational story-telling to dedicated volunteer-led schemes; innovative design and construction projects to pioneering environmental initiatives, there are seven award categories up for grabs. These are:
. Art and Interpretation
. Community and Volunteering
. Contribution to the Built Environment
. Education and Learning
. Natural Environment
. Recreation and Tourism
. Restoration
. Historic Environment.
The closing date for entries is the 13th March 2015. Read more online.

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Consultation on specialist dementia hospital care

Healthwatch Wiltshire (HWW) is independently facilitating the consultation on specialist dementia hospital care.  The consultation runs until 10 March 2015.  The consultation process will include public meetings, a questionnaire, 1:1 interviews, and discussions at other meetings.  HWW is very keen to engage with stakeholder groups on this subject and perhaps there is an opportunity to do this before 10 March?  Perhaps you have a meeting arranged for another purpose and it would be possible for HWW to come and talk about the consultation and find out your thoughts.  Also, if you have service users who are not able to attend meetings and don't use the internet but would like to have their say then we are offering 1:1 interviews.  

More information about the consultation can be found here:   

If you would like us to come to one of your meetings to talk about the consultation please don't hesitate to contact me and this can be arranged.


Julie Brown

Volunteer and Engagement Officer

Healthwatch Wiltshire


Please note I am in the office three days a week - usually Wednesday/Thursday/Friday



Tel: 01225 434218


Kingsbury House

Kingsbury Square



SN12 6HL


Healthwatch Wiltshire CIC is a community interest company limited by guarantee and registered in England and Wales with company number 08464602. The registered office is at Kingsbury House, Kingsbury Square, Melksham SN12 6HL.

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DH's Innovation, Excellence and Strategic Development Fund Opens

The Department of Health has launched its Innovation, Excellence and Strategic Development Fund for 2015-16.

Charities and other not-for-profit and incorporated organisations that work to improve the health and social care of people across England can now apply to this highly competitive fund.

Funding from one to three years (there is no set value for the grants) is available to voluntary sector organisations in England to support proposals in the health and care field with a clear focus on supporting and driving forward new ideas, disseminating and replicating excellence and/or the undertaking of strategic developments in voluntary sector capacity and/or capability in health and care.

The fund is open to registered charities, Community Interest Companies, Social Enterprises, Co-operatives, Industrial and Provident Societies, Companies Limited by Guarantee and registered with Companies House.

Proposals must:

Have, or plan to have, a national impact which means that proposals should be able to make a difference to the health and well-being of people across England. (Proposals with a purely local effect will not be considered.)
Have equality and tackling health inequalities as their core activities.
This year's proposals should show how the project contributes to one of the new cross-cutting funding themes, which are:

Improving health and care outcomes.
Life course, prevention and loneliness.
Public, patient and citizen voice; and family advocacy.
Technology and information.
The closing dates for the 2015/6 Application Round are:

13 March 2015 (noon) for registration of first time users and completion of the eligibility form.
27 March 2015 (noon) for submitting an online application form.
Full details of the 2015/16 programme can be found on the GOV.UK website

Source: DH, 20/01/2015
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Seed Swap Melksham

A repeat of the popular regular event, the Melksham Community Area Partnership Seed Swap takes place on 7th March at Well House Manor in Melksham
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Healthy Heart Grant £5 to £10K

Heart Research UK Healthy Heart Grants of up to £5,000 and up to £10,000 are available across the UK for new, original and innovative projects that actively promote Heart Health and help to prevent, or reduce, the risk of heart disease in specific groups or communities.

To give you an idea about the type of projects we have recently funded, have a look at our current Healthy Heart projects and our highlights, but remember we're always on the lookout for innovative, new projects that promote heart health.

When to apply

There are two rounds each year.
Applications for the May round can be submitted during January and February with a closing date of 28 February.
Applications for the November round can be submitted during July and August with a closing date of 31 August.
Applications will not be accepted outside of these dates.

How to apply

Depending on the size of the project you would like to run, you can apply for a HHG of up to £5,000 or £10,000.  

To apply, please download and read the Guidelines, Terms and Conditions and relevant Application Form.

If you have any further questions about the HHG, please refer to the Frequently Asked Questions.
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Proms Band Concert in the Garrison Theatre Tidworth

Once again TCAP is promoting the Proms Band Concert in the Garrison Theatre Tidworth on Wednesday 18th February 2015 Although admission is free seats will be allocated so tickets will be required. Tickets are available from Tony Pickernell on 07765 382678

If you know of any organizations ie. Senior Citizen - W.I. Clubs etc please pass on information all are welcome to attend. 
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Community Music Project in Chippenham

Wiltshire Council, Chippenham Town Council, Chippenham Borough Lands Charity, Chippenham and Villages Area Partnership and Chippenham Partnership of Schools are supporting a community music project for the Chippenham area being run by with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra's (BSO) education and community department.

In addition to a young people's songwriting project and a primary school music project, local amateur musicians can take part in a day of music making on Sunday 8 February 2015 from 10am to 5pm at the Neeld Hall, Chippenham.

If you've ever wanted to perform in a professional orchestra or play a musical instrument in the past but not had the opportunity for many years, then this is the time to dust off your instrument and revive your talent!

The programme is "Sibelius Symphony No.2", with conductor Kevin Smith. Following professional coaching throughout the day and rehearsal, you will present a concert at the end of the afternoon to which your family and friends are invited.

The day is open to all ages and abilities, although Grade V and above is advised. Priority will be given to residents in the Chippenham Community Area.

The cost is £30 for adults and £15 for under 18s.

For more information contact Linda Higson on 01202 644707 or

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Wiltshire CLT Visit to Osney Lock Hydro scheme Feb 7th

Visit to Osney Lock Hydro project in Oxford on Saturday, 7 February 201511 am to 1 pm. Booking closes on Wednesday, 4 February.To book contact Rose Seagrief: or phone 01380 850 916

Venue: meeting first at West Oxford Community Centre, Botley Rd, Oxford OX2 0BT, for a talk followed by a visit to the Osney Lock Hydro site, a 5-minute walk away. 

Purpose of the visit:  To hear how a small group of Osney Island residents set about realising their vision of  channelling water power from Osney Lock weir on the River Thames in Oxford to generate clean electricity.  Their journey has involved developing key partnerships, getting planning permission, raising twice as much money in a matter of days as they originally intended through a community share issue, and overcoming all manner of trials and tribulations to get the scheme to where it is today - poised to generate power. 

Osney Lock Hydro is predicted to generate more than 159,000 kWh of clean electricity annually. That's equivalent to the electricity used by 50 homes - saving 83 tonnes of CO2 each year. 

The impact of the hydro scheme will reach far beyond that of providing green electricity. During its 40 year life span the scheme is expected to generate over £2 million for community benefit. The money will be used to fund projects that help reduce energy use, support biodiversity and contribute to a more sustainable future. .

Transport:  free transport will be provided from the following pick up points:

·         Westbury Station car park - leaving 9.00 am, returning around 2.30 pm

·         Devizes Market cross - leaving 9.25 am, returning around 3.00 pm

·         Pewsey - Bouverie Hall car park - leaving 9.50 am, returning around 3.30 pm 

Light refreshments will be provided. 

To book contact Rose Seagrief:

email:     phone: 01380 850 916

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Greensquare Community Investment Funds

The main aim of the fund is to support activities that would be accessible to and potentially benefit GreenSquare residents. GreenSquare would give priority to projects/activities that support people living on low income, support people getting back to work and gaining new skills, digital inclusion work, projects that prevent anti-social behaviour and improve community cohesion.

The next deadline for applications is Monday 2 February.

Information is available on our website or contact Jayne Castell on 01249 465465,

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Health: Lifestyle Management Event

This is the latest in a series of very popular health-themed public meetings held at the Spa Medical Centre in Melksham, this time aimed at getting us all back into shape as we start to emerge from hibernation. It's taking place on Tuesday 20th January at 7.30pm and all are welcome, although please bear in mind places are limited so I can only recommend arriving early to be sure of a seat. Refreshments (free) will be available.
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Car Parking Strategy

Wiltshire Council is currently consulting on its new Car Parking Strategy. We are keen to hear the views of residents, stakeholders and other interested parties to help us shape the new Strategy. The Council has made no decisions at this stage and would like to see how far you agree or disagree with the presented options, or alternatively suggest your own. Consultation documents and questionnaires can be viewed and completed via the consultation portal If you are interested in more than one area please click on those areas as well and complete the survey.

The consultation runs until the 16th of January 2015 and we hope to get as many views as possible.

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Wiltshire Resilient Advice Project

The Wiltshire Resilient Advice project are currently carrying out a mapping exercise in to advice services for Money Advice, Welfare Benefits, Employment and Housing across Wiltshire. The purpose is to inform all organisations of advice and information areas covered, identify gaps and to improve sign posting and referrals.

Please complete the online survey by clicking on the following link - here

This will take about 10 minutes.

The closing date is Friday 16th January.

Launch of Wiltshire Loves Arts

Wiltshire Loves Arts is a listings page created as a part of the Visit Wiltshire website.  This is a free listing service for all arts and cultural organisations to promote your events across the county and to everyone visiting Wiltshire.

If you would like your event to be featured on the Wiltshire Loves Arts website, all you need to do is complete a web form and submit it along with an image or photo for each event.

Once submitted, your content will be reviewed and published to the website when complete.  You will receive an email confirming this.  Please remember to complete a form for every new event you want to promote throughout the year.

Salisbury Festival and Wiltshire's other main arts organisations are supporting the development of Wiltshire Loves Arts for the benefit of all cultural organisations.

If you have any further enquiries, please contact:

Shared from Arts in Wiltshire
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Sport England Get Healthy Get Active - Second Round opens

Alongside Public Health England we want to drive a step change in the public's health. Tackling inactivity is a key part of making this step change to reduce the burden of preventable death, disease and disability, and support people and their communities to achieve their potential.

Aligned to our aspiration of getting more people participating in sport once a week Get Healthy, Get Active is focused on those who are Inactive as this is where we can make a significant contribution to reducing health inequalities and produce the greatest potential health benefit. 

The Get Healthy, Get Active fund aims to:

  • get more inactive people playing sport once a week for at least 30 minutes;
  • achieve a better understanding of sports contribution to improving public health and the prevention, treatment and management of long term conditions;
  • enable sport and physical activity to be regularly commissioned to meet a wider range of agendas but particularly focusing on reducing health and social care costs;
  • achieve a reduction in health inequalities
The online application portal for submitting a project for Get Healthy Get Active Funding opened on Thursday 4 December. Please click here to apply for the programme.

For more visit the website
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A consultation on the future location of specialist dementia hospital care

Why do we need a specialist dementia hospital care?

When someone has moderate to severe dementia there may be times when they cannot be supported at home. When this happens they may need assessment, treatment and care that is best delivered by healthcare staff who have special training and knowledge. This type of care is usually given in a specialist dementia hospital or unit. 

Stays at this type of hospital are usually quite short about 84 days.  The idea is to help people get well enough so that they can return home or to a care home.

In Wiltshire fewerr than 120 people need this special hospital service each year.

What happens at the moment?

At the moment specialist dementia care are temporarily provided at Amblescroft South, Fountain Way, Salisbury. Beds are and will continue to be available at The Victoria Centre in Swindon and St. Martin's Hospital, Bath.   In the past, there were also specialist beds at Charter House in Trowbridge . In February 2013, Charter House in Trowbridge was closed and all specialist dementia beds moved to Salisbury. 

What is the consultation all about?

The service at Amblescroft in Salisbury is only temporary.  NHS Wiltshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) want to find a permanent place for these services. This is so that people with dementia can receive all the care and assessment they need from specialist health professionals quickly and in one place.

There are three possible locations:

1. Charter House, Trowbridge.

2. Avebury Ward at Green Lane Hospital, Devizes

3. Amblescroft South, Fountain Way, Salisbury      

Please Note: Whatever option is chosen, beds will still be available in Swindon and Bath

For further information and to complete the survey click here.

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British Science Week (March 2015) Community Grant

This new grant scheme offers £500 for community groups whose targeted audience/participants include those not traditionally engaged with science. These might be people who are Black Asian Minority Ethnic (BAME); with low socio-economic status (SES); not in education employment or training (NEET); or who live in a remote and rural location.

The deadline for BSW 2015 Community Grant applications has been extended to 9am on 9 December 2014.

To apply:

Please read the application guidelines carefully, which contain our selection criteria and details about what we can and cannot fund

Community Grant guidelines

Community Grant flyer

Register your BSW event and complete the relevant information to apply for the grant (be sure to have your financial information ready - see grant guidelines above). Don't worry if you don't yet have all the details for your event - just register with as much information as you have!

If you have any questions, please contact the British Science Association:


A celebration of the best of British science, technology, engineering and maths - featuring fascinating, entertaining and engaging events across the UK.

This may suit any community based astronomy groups wishing to hold an engagement event and/or promote Dark Skies.

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Grow Wild Community Project Funding

Grow Wild is awarding funding of £1,000 to £4,000 to community groups that want to bring people together to transform a communal space by sowing and growing UK native plants.

If your group has an inspiring idea to connect people to nature, then apply before2 December 2014 for your chance to join our lively network. 

What's what?

  • They're looking to fund at least 60 groups in 2015 across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. There's lots of support available from their team during the three-month application window in autumn 2014.
  • The groups that are awarded funding will be notified in February 2015 ready to start their project in March and finish by October 2015. Each group shares their journey online through a dedicated profile page plus social and press media. Grow Wild helps at every stage to publicise groups and their projects.
  • What's more, funded groups join the 75 groups that Grow Wild funded in 2014 and those that we'll fund in 2016. Alongside their funded flagship sites in each UK country and 100 youth-led projects, Grow Wild is building a network of people that bring colour and wildlife to their community's shared spaces. 

Find out what Grow Wild is looking to fund where you live and request our 2015 application form.  But take a look at project application guidance and other resources available on the Grow Wild Website.

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Healthy Hearts Grants

Heart Research UK has announced that its Health Hearts Grants Programme will re-open for applications in January 2015. Heart Research UK Healthy Heart Grants support innovative projects designed to promote heart health and to prevent or reduce the risks of heart disease in specific groups or communities.

Grants of up to £10,000 are available to community groups, voluntary organisations and researchers who are spreading the healthy heart message.

The closing date for applications will be the 28th February 2015. Read more online 

Taken from Arts Wiltshire Blog

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Start up grants for Heritage Projects

Not-for-profit organisations and partnerships can apply for start-up grants of £3,000 to £10,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund. The funds can be used to create a new organisation to look after or engage people with heritage, or for existing groups to take on new responsibilities for heritage. Start-up grants can support the early stages of planning an organisation's activities.

For organisations not yet formally constituted, the grants can help to adopt the right governance structure. For organisations further along in their development, a Start-up grant can also help explore options for managing and sustaining their heritage project in the future, or carrying out early scoping work to inform a future application for project funding.

Applications can be submitted at any time and will be assessed within eight weeks. Read more online 

Taken from Arts Wiltshire blog

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Wiltshire Online Community Grants

What activities could be considered?

Example activities include:

1. Running a regular computer support group showing people how to:

  • Get started with computers
  • Search the web
  • Shop online
  • Use Skype, email and social media
  • Use a digital camera

2. Providing support to people who need to access:

  • Universal Credit
  • Council online services
  • Government online services
  • Online job vacancies and applications

3.  Running drop in sessions for small businesses and the self-employed to improve their use of technology and facilitate networking, for example:

  • Providing a shared working space
  • Supporting the use of social media
  • Running a workshop on building a website 

4. Establishing publicly accessible computer and internet access, e.g. internet café or village hall

Is there an activity that would be looked upon most favourably?

No. They will be happy to receive applications including the tried and tested or new and unique projects. All you have to do is ensure that you can answer YES to this question:

Does your activity support individual adults or groups of adults to become more confident with computers and the internet at a local level?

What can I spend the grant money on?

Funding is only available for capital spending, i.e. physical resources.

Examples of eligible expenditure include:

  • Providing Wi-Fi availability within a local venue by funding a Wi-Fi router, cabling and one year's broadband running costs to support a new computer club
  • Desktop, laptop or tablet computers for individual or group use
  • Secure storage units for computers and peripherals used to support digital literacy activities
  • Printer, scanner, digital cameras or web cams to support digital literacy activities
  • Portable Wi-Fi, e.g. 3G dongles for individual or group use
  • Accessibility equipment, e.g. large print keyboards, adapted mice, large screens and height adjustable chairs

The grant cannot be spent upon payment of a person's time, such as a qualified trainer. Items including software, subscriptions and broadband line rental (for the first year only) can be funded but should not make up the whole project costs.   

What makes a good application?

When you submit your application it is a good idea to ensure you can answer the following questions:

Benefits to the community

  • Who will benefit? Is there a group that you already have in mind?
  • What is the likely take-up?

Spreading the word 

  • How will the project be promoted?


  • Where and for how often will the project be running?
  • Where will any high value resources be stored?
  • How accessible will they be?
  • Are there any special considerations, for example of insurance?
  • Who will be responsible for the project?
  • How will the project be sustained?
  • Are there any existing groups running similar activities in your community? 
  • How will you know if the project is successful?

Feeling inspired?

If you would like to discuss your application informally you can call the Wiltshire Online team on 01225 793349.  They can offer advice, information and an opportunity to discuss ideas; the final decision on the success of all applications will sit within the Area Boards' usual decision making process.

How do I apply for the grant?

The grants will be made available through your local Area Board. Wiltshire is divided into 18 Community Areas each served by an Area Board.  You can find more information about your local Area Board here.

Each Area Board has a community grant scheme. Information about the application process and guidance can be found here. Wiltshire Online has made £1500 available to each community area.

You will need to apply for the Wiltshire Online grant using the new online grant application process.

Grants tracker:

To see case studies of projects already delivered visit the Wiltshore Online Website

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Repair Cafe in Trowbridge

Local Voluntary and Community Groups are supporting a Repair Cafe in Trowbridge. Menders will be available to repair items of clothing, textiles, computers, small electrical items and furniture. The repair cafe takes place on 

Saturday 22nd November at Dorothy House Shop, 2 Wicker Hill,Trowbridge, BA14 8JS from 10:00am - 1:00pm

If you have mending skill and would like to volunteer then contact Emma Croft, Community Waste Minimisation Officer,(01380) 736077 or email Repair Cafe's take place across the county so contact Emma if you would like to volunteer in a different community area or would like to arrange your own Repair Cafe.

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Link2Nature Small Grants Fund 2014

What is the purpose of the fund?

Link2Nature has a small grants fund of £5,000 provided by Public Health Wiltshire to award to local community groups. The aim is to enable groups to record and communicate their work to improve their local green space.  The funds will assist groups to:

-          record and communicate their work to a wider audience;

-          engage directly with the wider partnership of Link2Nature;

-          contribute to building an evidence base which can be used for future planning. 

Examples of projects which can be considered:

-          Setting up walking, cycling or other activity groups which utilise local green space for health benefits.

-          Setting up or supporting an existing survey/recording group which will provide biological records to the Wiltshire and Swindon Biological Records Centre (WSBRC).

-          An event which raises awareness of the work of the group and Link2Nature.

-          Equipment for enhancing the local environment e.g. wildlife gardens / community allotments / litter or waste event or activities.

-          Setting up a local environment action group.

What can funds be spent on?

Funds must be spent on working towards the enhancement/protection of, or engagement with, the natural environment.  Applications can be considered for funds towards:

-          recording equipment such as cameras and video recorders.

-          other equipment needed to support an existing or new project.

-          publicity material or display equipment for the group.

-          the costs of a community event which raises awareness of the group's work.

Applications must demonstrate value for money and a need for the project/equipment.

How will the fund be distributed?

-          One application per group is permitted for a grant up to a maximum of £500. Funding is on a one-off basis and is not renewable. Funding will not be awarded retrospectively.

-          Applications will be accepted until 31st December 2014 or until the funds have been allocated, whichever is sooner. Notification of the fund's closure will be via the Link2Nature website.

Who can apply?

Grants will be awarded to not-for-profit groups with a bank account and designated officers, whose work is primarily focused within the administrative area of Wiltshire Council. For example:

-          an existing or potential community group;

-          a Parish Council aiming to improve the environment and community engagement with the environment within the parish;

-          a club or association with a project which aligns with the aims and objectives of Link2Nature (please see for details).

Grant funding cannot be awarded to individuals and applications will not be accepted from individuals.

How to apply

-          All applications must be made using the application form available on the Link2Nature website:

-          All applications must provide any requested evidence and supporting documentation.

-          Applications and supporting documentation can be returned to via email to or by post to: Link2Nature, Small Grants Fund, Wiltshire Wildlife Trust, Elm Tree Court, Long Street, Devizes, Wiltshire, SN10 1NJ.

-          Please allow up to four weeks for your application to be considered and a decision made.


The Link2Nature website will be used to communicate and promote the use of funds by community groups. Link2Nature reserves the right to use images, video, data and other outputs from the use of funds for publicity and promotional purposes.

Notification, Payments and Reporting:

-          All decisions on applications will be made by the Executive Group of Link2Nature and will be on merit and will be final.  There is no appeal process.

-          Decisions on applications will be communicated to the group's nominated contact by email.

-          If approved, funds will be transferred by BACS transfer to a nominated bank account.

-          An evidenced report should be submitted to the LNP Coordinator on completion of the project or event, including photographs and/or video evidence of the work being undertaken and on completion. 

-          For projects such as surveying and recording, on-going records should be submitted by agreement directly to the WSBRC.

-          All funds must be spent within six months of granting.

-          All evidence of expenditure must be provided to Link2Nature within one month of spend.

-          Other reporting requirements will be agreed upon approval of the application. 

September 2014

Golden Bottle Trust and the Bulldog Trust Funding

The initiative has been called a 'revolutionary "criteria-free" grant-making scheme' and aims to provide small to medium sized charitable organisations with the chance to access funding of between £1000 and £30,000 without a complicated and time consuming application process. The aim of this collaborative funding initiative is to make transformational grants - grants that enable charities to take a step forward in their development and do something they were not able to do before.

For many organisations looking to finance new projects, seeking funding can be extremely difficult and in some cases, impossible. Common problems include time consuming application processes, minimum grant levels being too high, the project not fitting into a specific funding category or the organisation not meeting the strict criteria often required.

This funding initiative aims to assist applicants, right from the start of the application process by NOT requiring applicants to complete an application form but instead asking applicants to say what they need.

It is intended that applicants provide simple details of their organisation along with some basic figures to support their request for funding. There are no criteria, save that the project be charitable and that our funding will really make a difference and move their organisation forward.

Closing date of next round - 14th November and there will be a cap of 300 applications, so submit your application as early as possible.

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Connect2 Service Review Consultation

Connect2 Service Review

Earlier last month Devizes Passenger Group and DCAP Transport Group emailed details about their alternative option for the Connect 2 Wiltshire services developed in partnership with Pewsey Community Area Partnership.  The proposal was submitted to Wiltshire Council for consultation this month.  Due to emergency replacement contracts arising from the demise of Hatts Travel, the Public Transport Unit has had to postpone this consultation, and consequently the public meeting.


The public meeting and presentation originally scheduled for Wednesday 24 September has had to be cancelled.  It will now be held on Wednesday, 12  November at 7pm at the Corn Exchange, Devizes.   Transport has been arranged for those wishing to travel from Pewsey and villages. 


There will also be a drop in event on Tuesday, 11th November from 2:30pm to 8:00pm at Bouverie Hall, Pewsey.


They would be very grateful if you could pass on these dates to your groups or networks.


The C2W bus services are relevant to a great many people in the Devizes and Pewsey areas: those living or working in the villages between Devizes and Pewsey, Pewsey centre, villages between Pewsey and Burbage, those wishing to visit the countryside or access Pewsey station to/from Devizes and Pewsey.


Further details together with the consultation document will be circulated in due course.  We understand these will be ready in the middle of October for six weeks.  

This consultation is a great demonstration of two community area partnerships (Devizes and Pewsey) working together sharing skills and expertise to make a difference for the benefit of local residents.
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Removal of low use public telephone Boxes - Closes Jan 8th 2015

Payphones Consultation


Wiltshire Council have received notification from BT regarding consultation on their current programme of proposed public payphone removals. 

There are currently 85 public payphones which have very low usage levels and BT propose to remove them following a full consultation. Details of these payphones are shown in a seperate document which includes telephone numbers and addresses. BT has also placed consultation notices in the relevant payphone kiosks. 

Wiltshire Council are required to carry out their own consultation process to canvas the views of the local community. Therefore, they are seeking the views of parish councils, Wiltshire Councillors and other groups and organisations representing the community on the removal of these payphones. 

Please can reasons be provided for any objections to the removal of specific phones as a blanket objection is unlikely to carry much weight. 

BT have provided some examples of factors that may be relevant (see link to their guidance at bottom of page):


. If there is predominantly privately rented or council housing in the area, this may suggest  people on a lower income without access to mobile and fixed telephones and support the view that a public call box should be retained.

. There may be concerns about access to telephones services in areas with particular low population densities.

. The payphone may be sited in an area of particularly poor mobile phone coverage.

. There may be a higher than average need to access emergency services, including breakdown services due to specific local factors for example, the call box is near a known accident black-spot.


BT offers the opportunity for parish councils and registered charities to adopt a kiosk for just £1, thereby protecting the heritage of the community. 

Details about this can be found at 

The consultation period will close on 8 January 2015 so we would be very grateful if you could return your comments by 22 December 2014 as all responses need to be collated and channelled via a single point of contact. 

Please can comments to be returned to Tim Martienssen at Wiltshire Council who will co-ordinate the response on behalf of the Council: 

Tim Martienssen

Head of Service

Economic Development and Planning

Wiltshire Council

Bythesea Road, Trowbridge, BA14 8JN

Tel: 01249 706548

Mobile: 07766 085103 

BT will normally remove payphones as soon as possible after the consultation period has ended. 

Full guidance on the removal process can be viewed at:

The guidance also details the appeals process BT is required to follow in case of unreasonable objections. 

Wiltshire Council will submit a response to BT on each payphone. 

All correspondence to BT should be addressed at:

BT Payphones, 4TH FLOOR, Monument TE, 11-13 Great Tower Street, London, EC3R 5AQ

or via email to

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WFRS Government funding promised for potential merger

Wiltshire Fire & Rescue Service 

Government funding promised for potential merger 

The Government has earmarked £5.54 million to support a potential combination of Wiltshire and Dorset Fire & Rescue Services. 

The bid was made by Wiltshire FRS on behalf of the two organisations and is one of 37 projects nationally to win financial support. 

If the Fire Authorities of Wiltshire and Dorset agree to a merger, the money - from the Fire Transformation Fund - will be used to:

  • Further strengthen the focus on prevention by extending the unique and award-winning education facilities of Streetwise to the communities of Wiltshire and Swindon, creating a multi-agency strategic hub in a central geographic location that provides easy access for partners;
  • Harmonise ICT infrastructure to assist in addressing the challenges of being a large and predominantly rural Fire & Rescue Service; and
  • Drive transition towards a new Combined Fire Authority. 

Wiltshire and Swindon Combined Fire Authority will meet on 11 November to decide whether or not to seek a merger with Dorset. 

A 13 week consultation on three options for ways that Wiltshire Fire & Rescue Service could operate closes this week, and responses from the public, staff, partners and other interested parties are now being collated. 

As well as an on-line questionnaire, the consultation included residents' forums, meetings with local businesses and voluntary groups, and presentations at Area Boards. 

People were asked to express their preference for the following three options:

  • Scenario 1: Remain independent and increase collaboration with Wiltshire Council and Swindon Borough Council.
  • Scenario 2: Remain independent and increase collaboration with Dorset Fire Authority while also collaborating with Wiltshire Council and Swindon Borough Council.
  • Scenario 3: Merge with Dorset Fire Authority to create a single Combined Fire Authority while also collaborating with Wiltshire Council and Swindon Borough Council. 

A parallel consultation was carried out in Dorset, and the Fire Authority there is meeting on 4 November to decide whether to seek a merger with Wiltshire. 

The business cases for combination, the consultation report and other supporting documents will be available on-line at and from 28 October, ahead of these two public meetings.

Wiltshire Climate Coalition unites to face climate crisis

In the wake of the devastating Synthesis Report by the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), activists from across Wiltshire are dedicating themselves to a new coalition to face the coming climate crisis.  The Wiltshire Climate Coalition was born from September's historic People's Climate March - the biggest ever global call for climate action.

Judy Hindley, a co-founder of Marlborough Climate Pledge, is a member of the new Wiltshire Climate Coalition.  She said, "The IPCC's Synthesis Report tells us there is not a moment to lose.  Global warming is set to inflict 'severe, widespread, and irreversible impacts' on people and the natural world unless carbon emissions are cut sharply and rapidly. 

"Despite the devastating impacts described in the Synthesis Report, the central message is one of hope: if we face the challenge of global warming, we can fix it."

The Wiltshire Climate Coalition includes concerned individuals and representatives from many Wiltshire- and Swindon-based organisations.1 It will campaign for positive solutions, and raise awareness of the dangers of runaway climate change.   

To stay below 2°C, a temperature rise commonly agreed to be the trigger point for dangerous climate destabilisation; we must cut atmospheric CO2 levels by at least 80% by 2050.  This means that most known fossil fuel reserves must stay in the ground. 

Divestment from fossil fuels is a solution already taking root in Britain.  Around the world, churches, universities, businesses, individuals and local government have already taken more than £30bn out of investments in the carbon-rich coal, oil and gas industries. 

Ms Hindley said, "We need urgently to pull our personal and public money out of fossil fuel investments.  To stay below 2°C of warming, we can only emit another 565 gigatons of carbon dioxide.  Fossil fuel companies already have five times that amount in their coal, oil and gas reserves.

"It is several years since UN Secretary General Ban-Ki-Moon said, 'The science is clear - the time is short - the political will is missing.'  The Wiltshire Climate Coalition hopes to help change that.  We know it's possible.  We just need to work together to achieve a safer world."

For more information please contact:

Judy Hindley:, 01672 514093

Notes to editors

1. The Wiltshire Climate Coalition includes concerned individuals and the following Wiltshire- and Swindon-based organisations: Transition Marlborough/Marlborough Climate Pledge, Pewsey Environmental Action Team, Climate Friendly Bradford on Avon, Swindon Climate Action Network, Incredible Edible Swindon and South Wiltshire Agenda 21

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£23 million to get more neighbourhood plans across England

Ministers today (31 October 2014) announced £23 million new funding to encourage more communities across England to get involved in neighbourhood planning, allowing local people to put forward and vote on their proposals for the type of development in their area, and where it should go.

Local people can draw up 'neighbourhood plans' that can be used in determining planning applications, and 'neighbourhood development orders' that grant planning permission, and vote them into force in a referendum.

Around 1,200 communities across England have already begun the process of neighbourhood planning, with 33 plans and 1 order having been approved in local referendums - a 100% success rate. The coalition government has so far supported more than 700 local groups with developing their plans.

Housing Minister Brandon Lewis said:

With more than a thousand communities across the country already involved in neighbourhood planning this government is giving local people a real say in shaping what gets built where in their local area, and encouraging much needed new house building.

I now want to take this further, to get more people and communities involved in neighbourhood planning, and the £23 million I am announcing today will help many more community groups to bring their neighbourhood plans into reality.

Minister for Communities Stephen Williams said:

This coalition government pledged right from the start to give people back powers to decide for themselves how to run their community and this additional £23 million for neighbourhood planning is another example of how we're delivering on that.

Whether it's allowing people to list a treasured local asset against sell off, encouraging share offers to buy the local pub or getting people together to decide what should be built where, this coalition government is shifting power back locally.

Neighbourhood planning - part of the coalition government's localism agenda to give more power to local people - allows people to choose where new housing and businesses should go, the size and density of new building and can give the green light to developments.

The funding announced today will help more communities become neighbourhood planning areas by:

  • providing community groups a further £1 million for grants during this financial year, in addition to the £4.25 million already awarded since 2013 - grants of up to £7,000 can now be applied for on
  • making available £22.5 million over 2015 to 2018 to provide community groups with expert advice, grant funding and technical assistance to get neighbourhood plans and orders from their inception to their coming into force following a local referendum - this is a 50% increase in the value of the existing support
  • providing £100,000 to enable groups to organise workshops on neighbourhood planning in their local area, run by knowledgeable advocates of neighbourhood planning and aiming to give communities the information and encouragement needed to start on a neighbourhood plan
Press release from the Department for Communities and Local Government.
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Tidworth Time Credits to launch on November 5th

Tidworth's Time Credits programme funded by the Military Covenant in Tidworth is about to get up and running with a Time Credits Design Event in Tidworth Leisure Centre Community Hall from 9am to 4pm Wednesday 5th November. Local residents and groups are invited to pop in at any time to find out about time credits and explore possible earn and spend opportunities. For more information on Tidworth Time Credits contact Gurjit on 07429 449163 or  or Joyce at

Taken from Wiltshire Timecredits newsletter October

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Healthwatch Wiltshire is currently recruiting to two posts.

Healthwatch Wiltshire is currently recruiting to two posts. 

Volunteer and Engagement Officer, 22.5 hours working, £20,000 pro rata

Temporary for 2 years (extension subject to funding)


Communications and Information Officer, 22.5 hours a week, £20,000 pro rata.

Temporary until March 2016.


Closing date for applications. Midnight Sunday 19 October 2014 


For more information about the post and to download an application form please visit or telephone 01225 434218 

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Strengthening our Fire and Rescue Service: A briefing on the options

Strengthening our Fire and Rescue Service: A briefing on the options


Wiltshire & Swindon Fire Authority would like to invite your members of the community and organisations that attend Community Area Boards to attend one of the following meetings. The aim of the meetings is to inform the community about the work so far undertaken to strengthen the future outlook for the fire and rescue service and the options open to the Wiltshire & Swindon Fire Authority. There will be the time for a fuller explanation to be provided and there will be the opportunity to ask questions.

Wiltshire & Swindon Fire Authority would really welcome CAB members and partners attendance and feedback in helping to shape our thinking and future direction.