Council Welcomes Father Christmas to Haydon Wick

Council Welcomes Father Christmas to Haydon Wick 1900 1200 Johanna Edwards

The Council is delighted to be welcoming Father Christmas to Haydon Wick this year! Join us for our fabulous and fun Christmas Party on Monday 20th December.

CLICK HERE to book your ticket. A responsible adult must remain with the young person attending, but pleas only book a ticket for the young person attending.

🎅 Ages 7 – 10 years
🎅Party games and prizes
🎅 A surprise visit from Lapland….


Council Launches Winter Photography Competition

Council Launches Winter Photography Competition 1900 1200 Johanna Edwards

The Parish Council has launched a Winter Photography Competition with epic prizes to be won!

The competition is open to all ages and abilities. It’s free to enter.


December Youth Trip Announced

December Youth Trip Announced 1900 1200 Johanna Edwards

The Parish Council is delighted to be offering a fun, free trip to Rockstar Climbing Centre on Wednesday 22 December. So, if you know someone aged 9 – 13 years old, and would benefit from this trip, please visit our youth page to book your free ticket and complete the medical consent form.


Poster of the wall climbing trip

Christmas Tree Decorating Poster

Christmas Tree Decorating Workshop

Christmas Tree Decorating Workshop 1900 1200 Johanna Edwards

The Council is delighted to be offering a free youth Christmas Craft Work Shop this November. To book a free ticket, please CLICK HERE

Poster advertising Christmas Decoration Event

Enabling and serving our community

Enabling and serving our community 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 £6,324.00 to the following groups: BEST (Be A Better You), Wiltshire Police North Neighbourhood Policing Team, Friends of TWIGS and Wiltshire Search & Rescue.

A spokesperson for the Parish Council said:

“The parish council is committed to developing the community with its grants scheme. This year we set aside £9,000 to give to various community groups and in this round, we were pleased to support TWIGs, Wiltshire Police North Neighbourhood Policing Team and Wiltshire Search & Rescue by giving a combined total of £3,874.00. Our funds will help these fantastic community groups to deliver their services to many.

Liza Lishman, Friends of TWIGS said “We are extremely grateful to Haydon Wick Parish Council for helping Friends of Twigs to supply basic art kits for people on the Art Therapy courses at TWIGS (Therapeutic Work In Gardening in Swindon).  These courses give people a safe space to explore their emotions and to reflect on the stresses in their lives – be they caring responsibilities or the effect of the pandemic on their mental health.  Participants have time to focus on their wellbeing and to try out new art techniques, many of them inspired by the gardens and natural world around them.”

‘Art is a healthy outlet and slows the “washing machine head”.’ TWIGS attendee.

Sun prints created by a group, TWIGS.

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:

Would your community group benefit from a grant?  Apply before the Monday 31 January 2022.

Haydon Wick Community Memory Café Opened it’s doors with roaring success and to the sounds of the 60s

Haydon Wick Community Memory Café Opened it’s doors with roaring success and to the sounds of the 60s 1900 1200 Johanna Edwards

Haydon Wick Parish Council opened the doors to it’s Community Memory Café for the first time on Wednesday 13th October. The café is designed to offer a safe place to socialise, learn more about living with dementia and memory loss, signpost attendees to local services, and enjoy something new each session.

The morning of Wednesday 13th October welcomed the official launch date for the eagerly anticipated opening of the community café. The project started in September 2020 with a public consultation process, has achieved a number of external funding grants to enhance planned services, and will be taking place every second and fourth Wednesday of the month, 10.30am – 12.30pm at the Haydon Wick Parish Council Offices. With an army of willing and very able volunteers, the open morning welcomed local residents, who enjoyed baked treats, live music, a seated exercise class and more. The open morning was designed by Memory Café Co-ordinator Joanne Newman to be a ‘taster session’ of the varied and engaging activities to come.

Ellen Baker Lee, Chair of the Community Development Committee had this to say about the project:

“This has been a project very close to my heart and the team here have worked so hard to bring the Memory Cafe dream to a reality.  We are aware that people living with dementia benefit enormously from external stimulation and being in a position to offer the Mobii Table as well as music, movement and company is a real privilege. Families and carers often feel isolated, and this has been exacerbated by the pandemic.  We can now offer a safe space for people to enjoy the company of others, and of course, a slice of cake! We are also very thankful to our wonder Community Bus drivers who have helped enormously by ensuring safe transport is available to those within our community who need it and are able to benefit from this wonderful community service”.

The Council was delighted to receive grant funding from The Community Outbreak Management Fund (Voluntary Action Swindon) to assist with COVID safety actions and messaging of reassurance for attendees; and funding towards a sensory state-of-the-art omiVista Mobbi table. The sensory table will form part of the larger community project, and be shared within the community through a number of local groups and organisations.

Vinay Manro, Chairman of the Council had this to say: “the inaugural Memory Café was a signification moment for Haydon Wick. The café’s development is yet another service we have committed to delivering for the community of Haydon Wick. We are incredibly proud of the café which was initially made possible through several external grant funds.  Our café will run twice monthly and eventually travel across the parish, making good use of our community bus service, so contact us if you or someone you know may benefit from attending.

If you or someone you know is living with memory loss and would like to attend the Haydon Wick Memory Café, please call 01793 722446 or email

Council Launches Christmas Card Competition 2021

Council Launches Christmas Card Competition 2021 1900 1200 Johanna Edwards

We are excited to announce that we have a very festive and creative competition that will help keep the little ones busy over the weekends and half-term.

Why not take part in our annual Christmas Card Competition? If you have any little artistic superstars (open to Reception – Yr 6) who would like to win a fantastic prize and have their winning card design included in all of our Christmas parcel donations this year, then simply print off a template and get creative!

The closing date is Wednesday 10 November. Please return your masterpieces to the Parish Council Office Post Box on Thames Avenue (SN25 1QQ)

Materials that work well: To get the best results you can use crayons, felt tips, pastels, poster paints, acrylics, wax crayons or watercolours as well as collages with coloured paper/tissue paper/felt, or hand/foot prints, sponge/potato prints and rubber stamps. We don’t recommend using pencil, and please DO NOT use glitter.

Download the templates by clicking on the links below:

Father Christmas
Christmas Tree
Christmas Parcel
Candy Cane
Blank Card



If you don’t have access to a printer here are some instructions to use a plain piece of A4 paper. As our Christmas cards are square in shape, the artwork can be created on plain white A4 paper that has been folded 9cm from the top of the page to create a square that is roughly the same shape as the cards. Write the child’s name, child’s address, child’s school and artwork title in the area above the fold, and create the artwork in the area below the fold.



Haydon Wick Primary Schools Show Racism The Red Card

Haydon Wick Primary Schools Show Racism The Red Card 1900 1200 Johanna Edwards
Last Thursday Councillors joined Morrisons Haydon Wick Community Champion, Haydon Wick Primary School and Greenmeadow Primary School to #showracismtheredcard ??? in support of the UK’s largest anti-racism educational charity.



Haydon Wick Urban Art Programme

Haydon Wick Urban Art Programme 1900 1200 Johanna Edwards

Haydon Wick Parish Council will be launching an exciting new youth development programme!

A professional local Graffiti artist will help encourage our young Haydon Wick residents to get creative with stencils and develop their very own urban art design pieces!

These are two programmes, consisting of 18 workshops in total (attendees are expected to attend each session, for the duration of the programme). The programmes will run in two age groups, ages 10 – 13 years (4.00pm – 4.45pm) and ages 14 – 16 years (5.00pm – 5.45pm). There are 10 spaces per programme, so we kindly ask that commitment is given to those booking for this free community activity.

For more information and how to book, please visit:


Haydon Wick Guy Fawkes Trail

Haydon Wick Guy Fawkes Trail 1900 1200 Johanna Edwards

This community event will take place on Friday 5th November. We encourage all of our residents to build a Guy Fawkes, and display it as part of a Parish-wide Guy Fawkes trail! We ask anyone taking part to email  with their street name (by Friday 29th October), so that we can create a Guy Fawkes Trail map for everyone to enjoy safely.


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