Commonwealth Day 2021

Commonwealth Day 2021 150 150 Johanna Edwards

Join us in celebrating women leadership across the Commonwealth this #commonwealthday & #IWD2021.

Today, 54 independent countries celebrate Commonwealth Day under the theme #commonwealthdelivers for this diverse family of nations.

This year’s theme was chosen because the #commonwealth countries connect at many levels through extensive and deep-rooted networks of friendship and goodwill. The Commonwealth is a voice for small and vulnerable states, and a champion for young people. Home to 2.4 billion citizens across both developing and advanced economies, the Commonwealth is 54 countries working together for prosperity, democracy and peace.

Reflection and hope for our community

Reflection and hope for our community 1900 1200 Johanna Edwards

It has been more than a year since the United Kingdom confirmed its first case of COVID-19, and as we fast approach the anniversary of the first confirmed case in Swindon, Haydon Wick Parish Council in North Swindon, will be joining the National Trust and other organisations in planting a circle of blossom trees as an act of remembrance.

As brave NHS staff and armies of volunteers work determinedly to vaccinate the nation and we edge towards a glimmer of normal life, the planned memorial will provide residents of all ages with a space to remember those that have lost their lives during the pandemic, honour key workers and reflect on shared experiences of this time. The project will involve the planting cherry blossom trees, installing sleeper benches and a flower bed next to Orchid Vale Care Home in the parish. A spokesperson for the Parish Council commented:

“From talking with residents it become clear that many wanted to recognise the sad deaths of all this community has lost to COVID19, as well as to express a communal sense of shared loss and shared remembrance. We still have a long way to go to beat COVID19 but the vaccines are a symbol of hope in this moment of darkness, and that’s how we see this memorial”.

The larger urban enhancement project headed by the National Trust is designed to replicate the Japanese ‘hanami’ – and Haydon Wick will be adopting this ancient tradition of viewing cherry blossoms as the first sign of spring, for years to come.

The Council had recognised the significant importance of open spaces on the mental and physical health of its residents during lockdowns. It has completed many projects such as parish-wide bulb planting, allotment enhancements and competitions to benefit the local residents of Haydon Wick in Swindon.

HWLM Spring 2021

Haydon Wick Living Magazine: the Spring Edition has landed

Haydon Wick Living Magazine: the Spring Edition has landed 1900 1200 Johanna Edwards

The 2021 Spring edition of the Haydon Wick Living magazine will be hitting door steps over the next few weeks.

Although the country has been in a national lockdown for the start of the year, the Parish Council has been busy and has some great news to share with you all. The packed magazine contains exciting updates of: park redevelopments, environmental projects, community projects, a full precept update,  and much, much more! For those that can’t wait for the hard copy – simply visit our website for a sneak peek:

Click here to see how your precept gets spent

Click here to see how your precept gets spent 1900 1200 Johanna Edwards

We’ve designed a graphic this year to clearly show residents how their annual precept gets spent – and we hope you like it!

Haydon Wick Parish Council appreciates that 2020 was a challenging year for everyone because of the COVID-19 pandemic and changing priorities. Prudent management of budgets over the preceding years has stood us in good stead.  In this coming financial year the key focus will be on consolidating our financial position.  The Council remains optimistic for the future and seeks to support the whole of its community in meaningful and innovative ways.

In such a period of uncertainty, it has been important to carefully consider a budget that will enable the Parish Council to continue to deliver a range of initiatives benefitting the residents including enhancing our play parks, good management of allotments, maintenance our open spaces, and ensuring our teams have the equipment and facilities they require to operate efficiently, including a suitable depot for the Parks & Open Spaces service delivery.

The COVID-19 restrictions saw an increase in the use of open spaces and the importance of looking after our mental health and wellbeing. The Parish Council manages 24 play parks and many more open spaces, and these have been essential in supporting our residents during the periods of lockdown and restrictions. The completion of the Haydonleigh Skatepark was achieved despite many difficult challenges and there are plans to refurbish at least two more play parks in 2021/22.

The Parish Council remains fully committed to delivering all our services and this precept will also see the introduction of many more community activities, such as a Dementia Café and a mental health and youth development programme.

The financial uncertainty that many of our residents face has been at the forefront of our minds as we set the precept. At the Full Council meeting on 26th January 2021 the precept was agreed to be £94.51 per year which is an increase of £3.28 per year for a Band D property.

The Chairman of the Council, Councillor Linda Brown said “This year’s budget was carefully put together and robustly scrutinised by all members of the Council. The precept of £94.51 per year represents value for money when considering what it delivers for all sectors of our community. Not least by expanding our service provision with more community development and youth engagement programmes, and the continued enhancement of our open spaces and play parks. We hope everyone can see the passion and commitment of the Parish Council as we continue to strive to develop our community”.

For full details of the budget and the precept visit

Council Community Grants Update

Council Community Grants Update 1900 1200 Johanna Edwards

The Parish Council has a community grants budget which is used to help support local charities and voluntary groups each year with funding to enable them to carry out projects and activities for the benefit of local residents.  Our Grants Working Party meets three times a year to consider applications and so far this year we have proudly awarded over £2,140.00 to the following groups: Swindon Scrapstore, Phoenix Enterprises (Assistance Dogs) and The Tuesday Art Group (Haydon Wick). A spokesperson for the Parish Council said:

“We are delighted that we have been able to continue to help our local community and charity organisations during what has been a challenging year for many. We have supported a number of projects this year, not least the Swindon Scrapstore team with food deliveries and support for those shielding within the Parish during National lock-downs. We were thrilled to offer funding to Phoenix Enterprises, to assist with the recruitment and training of Milo the pup, who will become a therapy dog and much valued member of the team. We look forward to seeing the art exhibition of the Tuesday Art Group”.

If you would like to consider applying for a grant for your organisation, project or an upcoming event/activity there are several ways to gain more information and get an application form:

Previous recent grant awards include funding for:

  • Dorset & Wiltshire Fire Service: to assist with transportation costs to take local schools to driving awareness workshops.
  • Wiltshire Bobby Van which provides home security solutions to residents who are over 60 and 18+ with a disability.
  • Busy Fingers baby and toddler group to replace broken equipment.
  • FC Abbey Meads for additional football kit.
  • South West Ambulance Service to purchase a super new chair for assisting people who have had a fall.

Would your community group benefit from a grant?  Apply before the 30th September 2021.

The census is coming

The census is coming 150 150 Johanna Edwards

The census is coming. By taking part, you can help inform decisions on services that shape your community, such as healthcare, education and transport.

The census is a unique survey that happens every 10 years. It gives us a snapshot of all the people and households in England and Wales – the most detailed information we have about our society.

It’s important that you fill in your census questionnaire. Without the information you share, it’d be more difficult to understand your community’s needs and to plan and fund public services.

In one way or another, your information touches the lives of every single person living in England and Wales, whether it’s through using census information to plan new schools, doctors’ surgeries or bike lanes.

Because these things matter to us all, everyone needs to complete the census. Do not worry, government officials dealing with applications you’ve made or payments or services you receive cannot see it.

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) runs the census in England and Wales and is independent from government. Your details are protected by law and information published is always anonymous.

Census Day is Sunday 21 March 2021. You can fill yours in online as soon as you get your access code in the post. If your household circumstances change on Census Day, you can let the ONS know.

Everyone should have the support they need to fill in the census. If you, or anyone you know, needs help, there’s a wide range of support services available.

These include a contact centre that can give you help over the phone and guidance in a range of languages and accessible formats, including paper questionnaires and large print.

If you need help or have any questions, visit

Council is tackling isolation head on

Council is tackling isolation head on 1089 1024 Johanna Edwards

Haydon Wick Parish Council is pleased to report that plans for the Haydon Wick Dementia Café have been progressing well.

The effects of isolation and loneliness are an increasing concern for everyone this year.  The national COVID-19 regulations have meant that many dementia suffers and their carers have experienced heightened feelings of remoteness and separation. Looking to address these concerns, Haydon Wick Parish Council is delighted to announce that it has secured external funding from the National Lottery Community Fund to help finance the development and project delivery of a community Dementia Café

The additional external funding will be used towards the investment in a mobile state-of-the-art interactive sensory unit, which can be used within the Dementia Café setting, and will be shared with the wider community in local care homes. The award winning interactive equipment will enable participants to experience a greater opportunity for socialisation, mobilisation, emotional stability and so much more. It is hoped that this community resource will help enable increased communication and integration for what can be considered a traditionally marginalised section of the community.

A community consultation survey was run by the Parish Council towards the end of last year, and of those that participated, 79% of residents said they would like to see an increase in provisions for those suffering with dementia and isolation in our community. Councillor Ellen Baker Lee has this to say about the project:

“Now more than ever, we need to engage with those living with Alzheimer’s and dementia and their carer’s and loved ones. This Dementia Cafe is a great way of reaching out and including everyone in activities that they can enjoy and identify with. And the fact that it is mobile and can be moved from care home to care home means more residents can benefit from it.   As someone who has first-hand experience of the disease, I know that this will be of great benefit to the community”.

The Parish Council has been delighted to receive several volunteer applications to assist with the running of the Community Dementia Café. If you are reading this article and would like to get involved, please visit to register your interest.

First Signs of Spring

First Signs of Spring 1900 1200 Johanna Edwards

Towards the end of last year, volunteers, Councillors and staff came together to enjoy some outside exercise and planted over 5,000 bulbs to bring some colour and joy this spring! 🌼

The Parish Council keeps the community looking colourful and tidy by maintaining 24 play areas, three allotment sites, miles of hedges, acres of grass, over 150 bins emptied daily and so much more!

Keep an eye on our social media for news about playpark updates, allotment competitions and other exciting community activities for the year ahead.

Valentines Game

A Puzzling Valentines…

A Puzzling Valentines… 1900 1200 Johanna Edwards

Looking for some heart fluttering fun? 💖💗💘 Why not entertain your littles ones with a creative maze game or word search? Just click the links below:

Maze Game

Word Scrabble

Word Search

Public Notice

Public Notice 1900 1200 Johanna Edwards




This Order is being introduced to allow major resurfacing works at major junctions off Thamesdown Drive and will prohibit vehicles from proceeding on Thamesdown Drive at a speed exceeding 20mph, overnight road closures on Thamesdown Drive at the junction with The Orbital Centre and Haydon Brook Bridge Northbound carriageway and day time side road closures at Thamesdown Drive junction to Eastbury Way, Redhouse Way, Torun Way, Oakhurst Way and Thursday Street.  Suspension of the bus lane (accessed via Manor Farm Roundabout) & Mazurek Way to allow traffic to access the retail car park.

Alternative route to be signed accordingly for the section of Thamesdown Drive to be closed.

The Order will come into force on the 1 March 2021 for 6 months but it is anticipated the traffic restrictions will be put in as and when required with advance notice given to notify drivers advising of the dates/times.

Strategic Transport and Infrastructure – 5 February 2021

For further information please contact 01793 463040 quoting reference STR000121

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