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

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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Trowbridge Big Seed Swap April 12th

After the small success of our first seed swap we will be holding the second BIG Seed Swap on Sunday April 12th 2015 at Trowbridge Town Hall.

It will be an opportnity to swap seeds, get gardening advice and enjoy celebrating the great environmental projects and activities in our community.

There will be:
seed swapping and sales
gardening demonstrations and advice
free children's activities

Take part in helping to create the Trowbridge Magna Carta Community Tapestry

More info on the Big Community Grow website

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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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MCAP are writing to as many people involved in groups and clubs and organisations  locally as we can inviting them to participate in the Melksham Neighbourhood Plan Open House Launch event, which will take place at the Assembly Hall in Melksham on Friday 27th and Saturday 28th March 2015.

A Neighbourhood Plan is a community-led statutory document, which tells developers what and where they can and cannot build within a plan area.   A Neighbourhood Plan is not just about new houses.   It also covers provision of health facilities and local schools, employment opportunities, local shops, access to leisure facilities, local bus and rail services, maintaining local roads and managing the traffic.  

Once in place, a Plan gives a local community better control of future development and ensures additional funding for amenities and facilities that we want in local areas.     A decade has passed since local community groups and people last got together to outline how local people wanted the Melksham Town Council and Melksham Without Parish boundaries area and surrounding villages to develop.  So many of the things we asked for then now exist today.  It is now time to look to the future.

A Steering Group has been set up to produce a Neighbourhood Plan for our local area with support from Melksham Without Parish and Melksham Town Councils and local community groups.   You may have seen press reports about the progress made to date.  

Following public feedback on priorities, we have decided to form five thematic task groups - (a)  Housing;  (b) Employment and Economy;  (c) Health and Wellbeing;  (d) Education and Lifelong Learning; and (e) Transport - but there are many other issues such as the Campus and the Canal development which will influence decisions about the future of our local community.

The Melksham Neighbourhood Plan Open House Launch event will give local organisations and residents a chance to have their say about the future of our area.  It will take place between 2.00pm - 7.00pm on Friday 27th March and 9.30am to 2.30pm on Saturday 28th March.

The event will have two components:

   (a)   Representatives of your organisation are invited to the formal Plan Launch that will take place in Melksham Town Hall at

           -    Welcome address by the Chair of the Steering Group, Richard Wood

           -    What is a Neighbourhood Plan -  briefing by Wiltshire Council (David Way)

           -    Our experience:   How a Neighbour Plan was produced for Malmesbury  (tbc)


   (b)  Exhibition and Open House discussions on themes to be addressed in Neighbourhood Plan - see times above

          -     Five themed areas as listed above - to explain issues / identify solutions / obtain views and ideas / sign up for Task Groups

          -     Your chance to raise other issues and priorities for consideration

          -     Display tables  in exhibition area - chance for local groups to promote their interests and ideas

          -     'Vote' for entries in logo design competition

          -     Exit survey conducted by myCommunity to obtain evidence to support Plan


There are many ways that we hope your organisation will participate:


(a)    tell your members about  the event and ask them to drop in;


(b)    have a table in the exhibition area to tell people about the services that you provide locally;


(c)    provide volunteers to talk to people and help us collect their views;


(d)    promote the event in your newsletters or email.


We would be very grateful if you would confirm how your group wants to take part in this event.  For more information, please contact us on


We look forward to hearing from you 


Many thanks,

Phil McMullen

Project Manager,



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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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 11th March 2015.

Shared courtesy of Meril Morgan via the Arts in Wiltshire Blog
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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.


Date                           Start Time     Location


13th October 2014    2.30pm          Michael Herbert Hall, North Street, Wilton

13th October 2014              Civic Centre, St Stephens Place, Trowbridge


14th October 2014    2.30pm          Assembly Room, St John Street, Devizes

14th October 2014   Town Hall, High Street, Chippenham

The venue will be open for networking and tea/coffee 30 minutes before the meeting is due to commence.


To assist the event planning, it is requested that representatives wishing to attend book a place on the meeting of choice by advising Michael Franklin, Partnerships & Community Engagement Manager as soon as possible, either by post to the address shown below or telephone, alternatively by email:


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Job Opportunity with Spice Time Credits

We have a new role being advertised, Tidworth Time Credits Facilitator.  We are  working in partnership with Wiltshire Council, the Ministry of Defence and local community groups to use Time Credits to connect military and non military families across Tidworth, achieving two key objectives:

  • ·       Encourage activities which integrate the armed forces community into local life
  • ·       Encourage the armed forces community to help and support the wider community through events, joint projects and other forms of engagement

The job advert for the Tidworth Time Credits Facilitator role is now live on Spice's website:

 The deadline for applications is 9am on Monday 6th October 2014. Please can you share this within your networks.

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Older Peoples Day Event on October 4th

Older Peoples Day Event 
Saturday October 4th at County Hall, Trowbridge.

As part of Older Peoples Week, Wiltshire Council is hosting a free event to celebrate the older generation and their valuable contribution to our society.

Any organisation that works with older people that would like to get involved are invited to exhibit.

This will include fun and interactive sessions. Get in touch by contacting; tel: 01225 713573. 
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Tourism Matters in the Pewsey Vale

PCAP is running 'Tourism Matters in the Pewsey Vale' - a tourism industry event at Pewsey Heritage Centre in the High Street, Pewsey on Tuesday 30th September from 11am to 2pm.  The Heritage Centre has recently been refurbished and exhibits interesting artefacts and fascinating story boards from the Pewsey area. 

Local businesses are invited to attend the event, which will focus specifically on opportunities within the Pewsey Vale, based on recent research commissioned by VisitWiltshire for the whole of the county as well as opportunities identified by the NWD AONB.  This Pewsey Vale view will be of interest to anyone who works in, runs or is thinking of setting up a tourism-based business here in the Vale, as well as businesses who support tourism by being a support service or part of the destination, such as shops, restaurants, pubs and food producers.

As a special offer for the event, VisitWiltshire is offering a 10% discount on the first year of membership of VisitWiltshire for any businesses who sign up at the event!


The event is free, but please RSVP to book a place to

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Tidworth Military Musical Pageant 2014

This event takes place on September 27th at the Tattoo Ground in Tidworth.

It includes the Military Wives Choir, Fireworks and a concert to follow.

One of the largest military musical events of the year!

Bring a picnic, but no BBQs allowed.

Gates open 16-30.
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Pass It On Calendar of Events

"Pass It On: Harvest of Wandering" is the result of a creative initiative developed in Wiltshire over the summer of 2014. It collaboratively explored walking and mapping, how values are transmitted, and the use of digital technology in a rural environment. 


Pass It On arose from the Royal Society of Arts (RSA) partnership with Wiltshire Council on their campus development programme and sits alongside the partnership's Arts and Social Change initiatives. The RSA seeks to to support those developing, using or running a campus in finding creative ways of working.


Lead artist Dominic Campbell has spent the past few months talking, walking and exploring the lives and experiences of people living and working in Corsham and surrounding areas.  From Tuesday 16th to Friday 26th September, alongside an ongoing exhibition of artworks inspired by this exploration, Dominic has curated a full programme of workshops, walks and talks.  All events are free and open to all.  Click here  for the programme and here   to register for free tickets

The first events in the Pass it On - Harvest of Wandering programme are Tuesday 16th Sept. Ideas Club - Walking Change is an open discussion group in which artists working through walking in Wiltshire are joined by local walkers and academics to discuss what happens when we are walking. An informal exchange and a chance to share knowledge.  Join us at the Springfield Campus, Corsham at 7pm. A workshop, Mapping this Fantastical Future, is on the same day at 2pm. 


Other highlights include the Optimistic Supper on Friday 26 September at 7.30pmThis will be a fun and stimulating evening and an opportunity to hear about local community and arts projects, with project leaders optimistically pitching for your support.  Good food and good company, and the chance to make positive change.  The event will be held in Room 1 at Springfield Campus.


Contact Natalie Remington for further information 07855080092 or




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Meet The Funder November 18th in Devizes

Meet the Funder 2014


Tuesday 18th November, 9:30 - 4pm, Devizes


The Community Foundation for Wiltshire & Swindon invites you to a one-day conference for community and charity groups.


Speakers include: Big Lottery, Lloyds Foundation, Comic Relief

Workshops from: Lloyds Foundation, Comic Relief,


TICKETS NOW ON SALE, £7.50 per person, lunch included, for more details and to book online visit:


Supported by the Blagrave Trust, Wilshire & Swindon Funding Network and Develop.

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Climate Change March - London

Whoever said people aren't interested in climate change!  Sunday's Climate Change March in central London on Sunday 21st September attracted around 40,000 people.   This is about four times the number that was anticipated by the event's organisers.  In Manchester, another 4000 or 5000 people marched round the city centre to rally outside the Labour Conference.   It was inspiring and powerful to learn later that we were part of a global demonstration including 400,000 in New York and hundreds of thousands of people in other countries.

Both UK marches were notable by those who were present and those who weren't.  Unless they were disguised among the many colourful costumed characters on the march, politicians were nowhere to be seen.  Neither was there much evidence of the media and, although we know that environmental and humanitarian groups like Oxfam, the Wildlife Trusts and WWF were involved in the event, their presence was fairly muted. 

Instead, this was a march that belonged to the unexpected heroes of the fight to take climate change seriously.   We heard from the student who fought a courageous battle to prevent the former Secretary of State for Education from removing climate change from the National Curriculum.  We heard from the Bishop of London, who spoke of climate change as a moral issue. 

I wonder what the decision makers in Westminster were expecting, assuming the march was on their radar at all. Perhaps they thought it would be a small group of hippies, a group of middle class indignants from Fulham, or a disorganised rabble with a very different agenda simply looking for trouble.  If so, they were wrong. 

In Manchester and London these marches belonged to ordinary people, local community representatives, faith groups and schools.      The mood was positive, the atmosphere friendly and welcoming, the message reasoned but impassioned.  Nobody spoke about their own rights, or what they feared they themselves might lose.  They spoke about the future we want to be part of, the need to cooperate, the planet we want to leave for future generations.

In a period of deep political cynicism, this march was a reminder of how the debate on climate change has come of age.  It is not linked to any political party or social agenda.  Despite huge effort expended by some to muddy the message, cast doubt on the science, spread discord, delay and inaction, the pressure for change won't go away.  Almost seven years of economic gloom and intense struggle to make ends meet have not stopped people from thinking about or taking action on this crucial issue.

The number and breadth of people and groups at the march is testament to the growing realisation that the future of our planet, our seas, green spaces and wildlife is not just an environmental issue.  This, as much as anything, is the reason why the issue simply won't go away.

Sunday's march was overwhelmingly positive, but if there was one clear negative message it was that people have lost trust in our political system to solve the challenge of climate change.  Harsh it may be, but there is little doubt that politicians are increasingly regarded as part of the problem.  This is deeply worrying, because change is a whole lot harder in an atmosphere of mistrust.   And if there is one thing we don't have on our side, it's time.

Climate change is here, it's real and it matters to people and wildlife.  The UK is ideally placed to lead Europe and the world in taking steps to end our addiction to fossilised carbon.   We need urgent action and we need it now.   If the mainstream political parties are to avoid being punished at the ballot box, they need to wake up and take notice.  

Written by

Harry Barton (CEO of Devon Wildlife Trust), Stephen Trotter (Director The Wildlife Trusts England) and Dr Gary Mantle CBE (CEO of Wiltshire Wildlife Trust)


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Spotlight on local community healthcare - What's your experience?

For the second time this summer, Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is inviting local people to attend a special spotlight event to share their views on its community healthcare services across Wiltshire and at the Great Western Hospital in Swindon.

In collaboration with Healthwatch Wiltshire, the listening event is being held on, Thursday 18 September, 6.30pm until 9pm, in the Assembly Room at the Town Hall, Devizes.  This is an opportunity for local people to share their views on what is good about the Trust's services and what could be better in round table open discussions, rather than a Q&A session. All feedback will be used to identify areas for improvement and build on areas which are working well for patients, their families and carers. 

As well as the Great Western Hospital in Swindon, the Trust runs a number of healthcare services across Wiltshire including Savernake Hospital in Marlborough and other community hospitals in Devizes, Chippenham, Trowbridge, Melksham and Warminster.  The Trust also provides integrated community teams made up of nurses, occupational therapists, physiotherapists and support workers who care for people in their own homes. Care Coordinators are another Trust service, who aim to keep people well and living as independently as possible. The Trust does not provide GP services or dental services.  

Hilary Walker, Chief Nurse, said: "This is our second listening event and your chance to tell us what we do well and what we need to improve, so come along and share your experiences with us. It could be about the care you've received, how staff treated you, how you were kept informed or anything else which is important to you. 

"Our staff work incredibly hard to provide the best care possible, but we know sometimes we don't get everything right. We found our first event in Swindon really useful and we have already published feedback on our website. 

"I hope more people come along to this event so we can build a clearer picture of what it's like to be a patient using our service in Wiltshire. All feedback will be invaluable in helping us improve the experience of future patients."

Emma Cooper, Chief Executive of Healthwatch Wiltshire, said:  "We welcome the Great Western Hospital NHS Foundation Trust's approach involving the public in the development and delivery of their services. We are pleased to be a partner in this piece of work."

Book your place!
If you would like to attend, please reserve your place by calling the Trust's Customer Service team on 01793 604377. Tea and coffee will be provided and all ages are welcome. 

If you are unable to attend but would like to share your feedback, you can call the Trust's customer feedback service VoiceBook on 01793 604044 and leave your comments as an answer phone message.  Or you can email your feedback to


Media are not invited to the event as we want attendees to be able to share their personal experiences openly and confidentially, however interviews are available prior to and after the event. 

For further information contact: 

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Changes to Comic Relief's grant making programme

Comic Relief's grant making programme has moved away from funding in specialist areas, to supporting a wider range of work that meets with one of its four themes;

. Safer Lives - People avoid entering harmful and risky situations; People experience less harm from past or present violence, abuse and exploitation; More people leave violent, abusive and exploitative situations.

. Better Futures - Young people lead less chaotic lives and engage in less harmful lifestyles; Young people recover, cope and thrive in the face of severe personal, family and social adversity; Young people progress into employment, enterprise, training and education opportunities.

. Healthier Finances - People in severe financial hardship increase their financial literacy, reduce their debt and maximise their income; People who are financially excluded can access affordable credit and financial services.

. Fairer Society - People from marginalised groups engage with and influence decision makers and hold them to account; People from marginalised groups are subject to less discrimination from public attitudes, laws, policies or services.

A further theme (Stronger Communities) will be open for applications from 2015. Comic Relief will make grants for up to 3 years, for a minimum of £10,000. There is no maximum grant size, however an average grant size is for £130,000 over three years. Comic Relief will consider applications for core costs from organisations where the entire work of the organisation fits strongly with the theme. All applications must also fit with one of Comic Relief's priorities. More information online.

This is taken from the Arts in Wiltshire Blog.
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Environmental Conference in Pewsey

Environmental Conference, including a presentation by the Climate Coalition. Bouverie Hall, Pewsey from 10:30am to 1pm. Free Parking.

For those wondering what the challenges are in the run up to the crucial climate talks in Paris 2015. How can we campaign effectively and what are the best ways to lobby our MPs and Councillors to make an impact? 

All welcome but spaces are limited so please contact to book a space or RSVP to Edward Glennie - / 01793 872578. Attendance is free.  Donations to cover costs are welcome. and join us. Refreshments from 10am. 
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The Gannett Foundation Grants

The Gannett Foundation makes grants to registered charities which bring benefits to the local communities served by Newsquest newspapers. Grant aid to inspiring community projects is once again being offered by the charitable arm of the publishers of the Wiltshire Times.

Over the last ten years, the Gannett Foundation has presented more than £4million of grants to deserving causes in communities all over the UK.

Projects which include schemes for neighbourhood improvement and local problem-solving, economic development, youth development, education and cultural creativity, help for the disadvantaged or disabled and environmental conservation will be considered.

All applicants must be registered charities and the foundation will not consider any that have received a grant from them in the past two years. 

Click this link for a copy of the application form: GANNETT FOUNDATION APPLICATION FORM 2014 V1.pdf

Applications with supporting documents should be sent via email to by 5pm on 12 September 2014.
Paper submissions must be sent to Pauline Howard, Wiltshire Times Gannett Fund, 100 Victoria Road, Swindon SN1 3BE.
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The Tour of Britain comes to Wiltshire

Tour of Britain - Update from Laurie Bell, Associate Director, Communities and Communications at Wiltshire Council:

"I thought it may be helpful to update you one of the biggest sports events of the year, which will be visiting Wiltshire and providing a great opportunity to promote all that is good about the county.
The Tour of Britain comes to Wiltshire on Friday 12 September when more than 100 of the world's top cyclists fight for the leader's gold jersey, won last year by Olympic champion Sir Bradley Wiggins. Stage 6 of the race starts in Bath and will pass through the towns of Bradford on Avon, Trowbridge, Devizes and Pewsey as well as many of the county's beautiful villages (the full route by road, is below).

This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to promote your local community, school or club, not just to the county as a whole, but to Britain and a global television audience who will tune in to follow the action as Britain enjoys the adulation following the phenomenal success of the British leg of the Tour de France. We may not be able to match the millions who lined the Tour de France route through Yorkshire but we can prove that Wiltshire can put on a show that is worthy of a major event, like we need when we hosted the Olympic Torch Relay in 2012.

Bring your community together with cycling-inspired events, competitions and decorate your town or village to provide fun images for the television helicopters following the peloton and a carnival atmosphere the race is sure to inspire. It would be so good if we can raise awareness of this key day for the county. Wiltshire Council will be promoting the event online and in print, providing key information on the website. 

We would like to encourage you to think about what you could do in your local community (if you haven't already?) and let us know what you're planning, no matter how big or small and we will  publicise on the county events calendar and the local community matters websites and make this a day that Wiltshire can be proud of.

We will try and arrange a meeting in August to bring the local communities together to share their plans and ideas. The council has contacted all the schools to raise awareness of the tour and to encourage their attendance at points along the route."

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Notice of a MEETING regarding CYCLE PATHS in Melksham Sept 3rd

Notice of a MEETING regarding CYCLE PATHS 
Date: 3rd September 2014 at 7pm
Location: Town Hall, Melksham

Do you currently cycle in and around the Melksham community area, either for fun or just to get from A to B?

Do any of your family or friends ever cycle in or around Melksham?

Are you aware of where the majority of cycle routes currently are?

Would you cycle more if paths were better placed or more convenient?

Do you have any ideas or suggestions for new or improved cycle routes?

Would you like to have your say in influencing future thinking on cycling in and around Melksham?

If any of these questions interest you then you might like to come along to an open, public meeting being organised by Melksham Community Area Partnership at 7pm on Wednesday 3rd September 2014 in the Town Hall in Melksham.

It's planned that at the very least a map can be produced showing all of the viable routes in and around the area, and we'd very much like to have the input of as many interested parties as possible.   
Come along and have your say!
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Garden waste collection services - have your say

From today, people are being asked to have their say on changes to kerbside garden waste collections which could save Wiltshire Council thousands of pounds.

Garden waste is currently collected at the kerbside every fortnight, however the council has put together three proposals to reduce the cost of the service

Toby Sturgis, cabinet member responsible for waste management, said:

"The council faces significant financial pressures with reduced funding from central government, increased service demand and inflation and these pressures are likely to increase. We need to make savings to help the council deliver its priorities of protecting vulnerable people, boosting the local economy and bringing communities together. 
"These changes will not always be easy, so we want to involve local people in any decisions we make to ensure people have a chance to have their say."

People are being asked to choose which of these three options best meet their needs:

·A three month suspension of the kerbside garden waste service with no collections taking place in December, January and February.

·A five month suspension of the kerbside garden waste service with no collections taking place in November, December, January, February and March.

·To introduce a chargeable kerbside garden waste collection service instead of the current service

Currently, only 10 percent of green waste is collected between December and February, and 25 percent is collected between November and March. The third option would see a charge of £35 per bin per year.

People are reminded that the household recycling centres in Wiltshire still accept garden waste, and the council will continue to provide subsidised compost bins which can compost your garden waste and food waste at home. These can be ordered at or by calling Great Green Systems on 0800 7312572 

From today, you can find out more information on the proposals and let the council have your thoughts on the options for changes by:

·Visiting the council's consultation page

·Picking up a leaflet at your nearest library, leisure centre and Wiltshire Council office.

·Looking out for the summer 'Your Wiltshire Magazine'

·Emailing us on

The consultation runs from 1 July until 1 September 2014. 
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Arts & Health in Wiltshire Conference

Arts & Health in Wiltshire, is a conference exploring the contribution that cultural activities play within the health and well-being agenda.  This conference is for those working in the Arts and Health Theme groups in their communities in Wiltshire.

Tuesday 30 September 2014, 9:30 to 4pm
The Corn Exchange, Devizes

Wiltshire Council's Public Health and Arts Development services are pleased to bring you together for an important conference that explores the contribution that cultural activities play within the health and well being agenda. This conference follows the International Arts and Health Conference which took place in Bristol in 2013 and seeks to establish a countywide network of arts and health practitioners.

At the conference we will enable a space for you to talk to our key note speakers and presenters; you will see inspirational art and performances presented by a range of Wiltshire residents. The programme includes sharing of Wiltshire projects as well as the creative presentations by arts practitioners who have been 'conversing with the commissioners'. You will be invited to take part in a series of artist led presentations and workshops describing how selected artists have explored the potential for arts and health within the health sector. 

Our partner agencies will be launching opportunities and soliciting feedback on future areas of work, and we will decide on the winner of the Innovation Fund, a new one-off fund designed to challenge the sector to innovate a single action or project that will take the entire sector forward. Three projects will be pitched and the conference delegates will vote for their choice. There will of course be time to network, gather material and lunch will be provided.

Tickets are free and must be booked in advance as spaces are limited and we are selling well

If you would like to have an information stand at the conference then please do get in touch via We look forward to seeing you there

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Wiltshire Arts Innovation Fund

The arts and health sector is driven by innovation and lateral thinking and the Arts and Health Innovation Fund is a small one-off funding opportunity to enable a new collaboration or project to happen within the county that has the potential to be truly transformative. Wiltshire Council is able to offer a grant of £6,000 to enable a project to happen within the health sector which changes the way that arts and health projects are perceived or evidences a new way of working. The aim of the fund is to raise the profile of arts and health practice within Wiltshire and to deliver a high impact programme of creative work that demonstrates the important contribution that the arts can play in terms of the health and well being of the county.


  • Applicants must be from Wiltshire
  • Activity must take place within Wiltshire
  • Activity must be completed within 9 months of the award
  • Activity must be deliverable within the grant sum or the applicant must have confirmed additional funding in place
  • Activity must include creative activity or enable creative activity / experience to happen
  • No match funding is required

How to apply:

To apply please complete your project proposal on the application form and submit to the Arts Service no later than 5pm Friday 29 August 2014 Please email to

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Care Act 2014: launch of care and support consultation

The Department of Health is seeking views on how local authorities should deliver the care and support reforms in the 2014 Care Act

The department is asking for views on the draft regulations and guidance for Part 1 of the 2014 Care Act.

The government has worked with individuals and organisations to develop the most comprehensive overhaul of care and support since 1948. The changes will make the system fairer and will mean people get better care. 

Care and Support Minister Norman Lamb said:

"Care and support is something that nearly everyone in this country will experience at some point in their lives. Our Care Act will make the system fairer by putting people in control of their care and limiting the amount anyone may have to pay for the support they need.

"These regulations and guidance will help support councils in making these reforms a reality. We ask people to continue to share their views and experiences as part of this consultation to make sure we deliver real, lasting change for people across the country."

The draft regulations and guidance have been developed by working with expert groups, including users of care and support, local authority staff, voluntary sector organisations, social workers, and national representative bodies including those drawn from local government.

The consultation is open until Friday 15 August and centres on the changes that will come into effect from April 2015.

A further consultation on the reforms that come into effect from April 2016 - which include the cap on care costs - will take place this autumn. 
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Ernest Cook Trust Grants

Schools, charities and not for profit organisations wishing to encourage young people's interest in the countryside and the environment, the arts or aiming to raise levels of literacy and numeracy can apply for funding to the Ernest Cook Trust (ECT). The Trust operates two grant making programmes.

The small grants programme (under £4,000) supports state schools and small registered charities which would like to undertake projects which meet the Trust's objectives and require a small amount of pump-priming in order for such projects to take place and a larger grants programme for grants in excess of £4,000.

Meetings to consider applications for the small grants programme take place bi-monthly throughout the year.

The full board of Trustees meets twice a year, in April and September, to consider grants in excess of £4,000. 

Grants in the past have been awarded towards the purchase of IT equipment in schools, clothing and equipment for outdoor learning, using drama to raise learning achievements; etc. Grants are normally awarded for one year only.

Applications to the small grants programme can be made at any time.

The next closing date for applications for the large grants programme is the 31st January 2015.
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The Garfield Weston Foundation

The Garfield Weston Foundation are a family-founded, grant-making trust which has been supporting charities across the UK for over 50 years.  From small community groups to large national institutions, our aim is to support organisations that have effective solutions to helping those most in need.

The Foundation supports a broad range of organisations and activities that share a commitment to making a positive impact to the lives of the communities in which they work, and that are driven by a desire to achieve excellence.

We make grants across the UK to organisations in the following categories:
Arts                    Education         
Youth                 Health
Community       Environment
Religion              Welfare

Mindful of the challenging economic climate, the Foundation has continued to grow its donations (giving almost £50 million in the last year) and the Trustees are especially keen to see applications for core and project costs for charities delivering services directly to beneficiaries, especially in the welfare, youth and community fields, and also in regions of economic disadvantage.

The Foundation aims to be responsive to where need is greatest.  We therefore support a wide range of charitable activity rather than having specific priorities for funding or regional bias. Our Trustees support excellence and, rather than predetermining where funds should be given, prefer to respond on a flexible basis to organisations that can show that they are addressing a need and that their work is high quality.

The Foundation appreciates how challenging it is for charities to raise funds and aims to keep the process of applying uncomplicated with a one-stage application.  We have two main streams of activity:

             1. Major Grants - £100,000 and above
             2. Regular Grants - ranging from £1,000 - £99,999

On average, approximately 1,500 charities across the UK benefit each year from grants made by the Foundation ranging from the smallest community and volunteer projects through to large national organisations. 

Despite the diversity of organisations and projects the Foundation funds, the common themes are charities that demonstrate quality and excellence with projects that have clear outcomes and benefits, good leadership and sensible business plans.

The Foundation accepts applications at any time, therefore there are no formal deadlines for submitting applications and organisations should allow approximately four months for a final outcome. You will however receive an acknowledgment letter within four weeks of sending in your application.

For further information and the application toolkits click here

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Spread The Music at Corsham

Spread the Music
Do you own a musical instrument or piece of music equipment? Is it gathering dust? Maybe it is hiding in a dark cupboard or sleeping in your attic or perhaps it has it become a wonderful ornament surrounded by little trinkets yearning to be played.
If the answer is YES to any of the above, then it is time to find those instruments and bring them along to 
"Spread The Music"
Sunday 20th July from 12-3pm
at the Pound Arts Centre
Maybe your instrument could do with repair, restringing, re tuning or some tender loving advice and repair. You could learn more about your instrument, local groups and organisations, or maybe you would like to donate yours to someone who would love it and learn to play it. 
What will happen on the day?
Once you have completed a registration form either before or on the day, please bring along your instrument where you will be directed to either one of the following areas: 
.       Strings
.       Brass 
.       Woodwind
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