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Message from Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) for Wiltshire and Swindon, Angus Macpherson:

Message from Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) for Wiltshire and Swindon, Angus Macpherson: 1920 1200 Haydon Wick

I’m asking all residents to support a £15 per household, a year, rise on a band D property in the policing part of council tax for 2021/22. This equates to an extra £1.25 a month and means that we will be able to support the recruitment of 46 additional officers for Wiltshire in 2021/22 and maintain essential services.

I know that in normal times an increase in contributions will be felt by our communities but after this year, I realise this increase will be felt more keenly than ever before. The decision to ask for your support for a £15 per year increase has been a difficult one – and one that I would not make if there was an alternative.

Whatever your opinion, I would encourage you to fill out the survey. It is only by making sure your voice is heard that I can truly understand the views of local people – https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/PNHBKSG

New Year and a new look for Haydon Wick Parish Council

New Year and a new look for Haydon Wick Parish Council 1920 1200 Haydon Wick

Haydon Wick Parish Council has certainly adopted the tradition of ‘New Year, New You’ for 2021, and is excited to announce the unveiling of a new website, and new brand.

The self-improvement journey began in June 2019 when the Council recognised that some work was needed to ensure the website complied with local authority accessibility regulation updates, along with sector transparency requirements. Haydon Wick Parish Council went on to approve and publish a budget and project scope for a website redesign and rebrand, that would create an accessible, functional, resilient, and representative website to support and depict the community into the future.

In August 2020, an extensive tendering exercise and robust evaluation process took place. Parish Councillors, the IT Working Party Group and Council Officers worked alongside local marketing and branding agency Clearwater to create a website that is user friendly, and most importantly, inclusive for all residents and visitors.

The website is at the heart of the new design strategy and reflects the Council’s vision. The user-centred platform is designed to engage and grow key audiences, and improve communication, enabling residents to make contact and access information easily.

As part of the project, it was identified that the Council’s brand required some redevelopment. A new brand was designed to reflect what the Council is, what it does for the community, what the community can expect from the Council, and who it represents.  This process involved branding exercises with Councillors, working party groups and Officers. Key values and objectives of the Council were identified and are reflected in the both the new brand and the website.

It is hoped that this brand and website redevelopment is more appropriate and relatable for the current Haydon Wick community environment for many years to come.

Message from the Chairman – Lockdown 3 Update

Message from the Chairman – Lockdown 3 Update 1200 1200 Haydon Wick

Lockdown 3 Update

Following the announcement on the 4th January 2021 I wanted to share with you how the Council’s operations during this third lockdown remain unchanged.

Council Meetings
Council meetings will continue to take place on Microsoft Teams. Members of the public are welcome to join us on Tuesday evenings for our meetings – most held at 7.30pm. Please just email the Clerk at clerk@haydonwick.gov.uk in advance with any questions that you may have for us. If you cannot join us online then we will certainly ensure any questions are fully responded to. All of our agendas are published on the 12 noticeboards located across the parish and minutes of the meetings are available online after every meeting.

Parks & Open Spaces
There will be no operational changes to our Parks & Open Spaces operation. All of our play parks will remain open with the exception of the Skate Park which remains closed until further notice. Our team will continue to work on their winter projects and litter/cleansing duties, with any spare capacity used to help the community with prescription or shopping requests for those residents who are shielding. The team is overseen by Dave Hunt our new Parks & Open Spaces Team Manager who will check on their welfare and make sure they have the support they need during these difficult times.

Parish Office
The Parish Office will remain closed to visitors. We are allowing up to a maximum of two people in the office to control numbers. The Office team remain in regular contact with each other using Teams, Zoom, and even pick up the phone sometimes too, to check on each other’s welfare. All officers with mobile phones can be reached on their telephone numbers or via the parish office.

Community Response
The Council has volunteers that can help with anyone who is shielding and or we can put you in touch with groups can help the local community during this ongoing pandemic. Please call the Parish Office on 01793 722446 if you require any assistance with shopping, prescription collections, or simply would appreciate a regular phone call to have a chat. We have a lovely band of helpers who are here to help.

Please look after yourselves and each other as we enter into this third, and hopefully, final period of lockdown.

With best wishes
Councillor Linda Brown
Chairman of Haydon Wick Parish Council

Happy New Year

Happy New Year 150 150 Haydon Wick

As we fast approach the end of the year we wanted to take a moment to reflect on 2020… and what a year it has been!

We are wishing all of our residents a very happy and healthy New Year!

Christmas Tree

Christmas Tree 150 150 Haydon Wick

Thank you to McDonald’s in the Swindon Orbital Centre for sponsoring Haydon Wick’s community Christmas tree this year 🎄.

We hope our residents enjoy the festive sparkle on Thames Avenue – we all certainly enjoyed dressing the tree and making it look lovely.

And thank you to our Parks & Projects Team for their patience with us 😇😊

Christmas Card Winner Competition

Christmas Card Winner Competition 1920 1200 Haydon Wick

“Spreading festive joy through imaginative and creative artwork”

Haydon Wick Parish Council has teamed up with local school children to spread some much needed community festive fun throughout the Parish.

The Parish Council’s festive creative competition was launched in the October half-term and designed for local school children to come up with a Christmas card to accompany the 160 Christmas parcels that Parish Council distributes each year to its older, and more vulnerable residents, living in the parish.

Councillor Sarah McDermott had this to say about the project: “We were delighted with the amount of entries we had this year, and the imagination and creativity was outstanding. We had a hard time judging the winner – but thoroughly enjoyed the process. We wanted to thank everyone who took part. The winning card design will make a wonderful contribution to our Christmas parcel scheme”.

The Parish Council is delighted to announce the winner this year is Emily, a pupil from Catherine Wyatt Primary School. Emily’s winning design ‘Snow Ball Fight’ will feature on the Christmas card going out with the parcels. The Council wanted to use an independent judge and asked Morrisons Community Champion, Sandra Graver to help with the competition judging.

The artistic superstar was awarded her winning prize during school assembly recently and received personalised cards, a cotton bag and mugs each printed with her creative artwork for Emily and her family to use and enjoy. The runners-up entries can be seen at the local Haydon Wick Morrisons.

Christmas Parcel Scheme 2020

Christmas Parcel Scheme 2020 1920 1200 Haydon Wick

Despite some unique challenges presented this year, Haydon Wick Parish Council will continue to deliver its successful Christmas Parcel Scheme and spread some festive cheer and goodwill to residents in need across the Parish.

Haydon Wick Parish Council will be distributing over 160 Christmas parcels full of Christmas goodies to its residents this week. Staff and Councillors have worked hard to overcome any logistical challenges and ensure their community project continues to help those that live alone, are aged over 70 and live within the Parish.

Chairman of the Council Councillor Linda Brown told us: “Despite this being a difficult year for many, we have been overwhelmed at the generosity and record levels of donations we have received towards this community project. As a Parish, we are very proud that for over 30 years we have continued to support our residents in this way”.

The Council is as always humbled by the generosity of its volunteers and community groups who come together every year to help with this project and would like to pass on their thanks to: Morrisons, ASDA, Virgin Media, Bookers, N&B Foods and the Reedemed Christian Church of God for their very generous donations.

Councillor Vacancy

Councillor Vacancy 1920 1200 Haydon Wick Admin

Following the notice of a casual vacancy for Haydon End Ward, 10 electors have requested an election be called. Please note this election cannot take place until 6th May 2020 as a result of the Coronavirus Act 2020 and the 2020 Regulations. Access requests to view the signatures is controlled by Section 228, Local Government Act 1972 and can take place by contacting Swindon Borough Council’s Electoral Services Department.

Further details concerning this election will be advertised next year.

Remembrance Sunday 2020

Remembrance Sunday 2020 150 150 Haydon Wick

The Haydon Wick Community was regrettably unable to come together to commemorate the ultimate sacrifice of service men and women on Sunday 08 November 2020.

Due to Covid-19 and government guidelines, the parade and the Haydon Wick Council wreath-laying was unable to take place. Instead, the Council’s Chairman laid a wreath on the communities behalf, after a two minute silence at 11am on Remembrance Sunday. This mark of respect was shared with the community on social media.

To mark Remembrance Sunday we invited local primary school children to get involved with our community Poppy wall.

Video highlights from Full Council meeting on Tuesday 27 October 2020

Video highlights from Full Council meeting on Tuesday 27 October 2020 150 150 Haydon Wick Admin

Have you ever wondered what happens at a Parish Council meeting? Here are some highlights from the Full Council meeting on Tuesday 27 October 2020 from our Chairman, Councillor Linda Brown: click here

 

 

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