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Family Fun Day at Haydon Wick Bowls Club

Family Fun Day at Haydon Wick Bowls Club 1200 1200 Haydon Wick

Haydon Wick Parish Council is pleased to be working in partnership with Haydon Wick Bowls Club to deliver a Family Fun Day on Sunday 3rd July 2022, 11.00am – 2.00pm.

Member of Haydon Wick Bowls Club will be offering, free one-to-one coaching sessions, as well as some mini matches towards the end, to practice your new skills. There will be a raffle to raise money for people living with Alzheimer’s, light refreshments, and a bar.

This event welcomes all ages and abilities, all you need to do is wear flat shoes. All other equipment will be supplied.

For more information or to confirm your attendance please email Kate at:



Be A Smarter Parker- Safe Parking Campaign

Be A Smarter Parker- Safe Parking Campaign 1200 1200 Haydon Wick

Haydon Wick Parish Council receives regular correspondence regarding unsafe parking and as such we are launching a local campaign alongside Swindon Borough Council and North Swindon Police to raise awareness of safer parking. The Highway Code states that you shouldn’t park your car even partially on the pavement unless roadside signs permit you to do so.

It is extremely frustrating if pedestrians, pushchairs, or wheelchairs cannot pass by a parked car due to parking on a pavement or at a dropped curb. Along with the inconvenience caused on foot, there have been incidents in the past, where emergency vehicles have not been able to gain access to properties.

Please join us in raising awareness around the parish. Feel free to print our poster and display it at your property or business. It will be displayed in notice boards around the parish.

Help keep Haydon Wick Parish a safe place to be.


Event poster with images of children boxing

Parish Council Launches Free Non-Contact Sports Summer Programme

Parish Council Launches Free Non-Contact Sports Summer Programme 1900 1200 Haydon Wick

The Parish Council is delighted to announce that a FREE youth non-contact sports Summer Programme with BEST – ‘Be A Better You’ will be starting on Tuesday 26th July. Join us every Tuesday throughout the school holidays, from 2.00pm – 4.00pm.

Dates: Tuesday 26th July, Tuesday 2nd August, Tuesday 9th August, Tuesday 16th August, Tuesday 23rd August.

Location: Haydon Centre and Gym (SN25 1QQ)

Booking is essential, please contact youthandcommunity@haydonwick.gov.uk to book your space.



‘Haydon Wick Parish Council makes generous donation to the Disasters Emergency Committee’s Ukraine appeal’

‘Haydon Wick Parish Council makes generous donation to the Disasters Emergency Committee’s Ukraine appeal’ 1900 1200 Haydon Wick

Haydon Wick Parish Council have pledged to make a generous donation of £2,500.00 to the Disasters Emergency Committee’s Ukraine appeal and have praised the DEC’s “incredible” total which has topped £260 million (at time of writing), and £2,500.00 to The British Red Cross (Ukraine Crisis Appeal).

During the Full Council meeting in March, Haydon Wick Parish Councillors considered and discussed the benefits of donating money to local charities rather than sending supplies, as it is widely reported that the charities on the ground know first-hand what the people of Ukraine need and where to source it.  It was considered that a monetary donation will also be of benefit due to the increased costs in fuel and food. Chairman Vinay Manro said that

‘I want to state that Haydon Wick Council condemns the unprovoked Russian invasion of Ukraine and stands in solidarity with the people of Ukraine and their families and friends, including those local to Swindon’.

In addition to the generous donation, Councillors have approved the use of the Council Office meeting room facilities to host a café style drop-in facility for newly arrived Ukrainian nationals. Councillor Ellen Baker Lee said that

‘Haydon Wick will be welcoming Ukrainian citizens in the coming months. Having been through much trauma, it occurred the Parish Council that they may be feeling quite isolated and homesick. We are currently developing a Ukrainian Café facility to assist with this.  The café will enable people to meet and socialise in a safe environment. The idea is that we would run it in much the same way as our successful Memory Cafe. This idea is currently under discussion, and we will keep our residents posted’.

 L-R: Jill Sharp (Senior Administrator), Kate New (Community Development Co-ordinator), Darry New (Administration Assistant), Georgina Morgan-Denn (Chief Officer/Clerk & Responsible Financial Officer)


Parish Council Launches Free Football Skills Summer Workshops

Parish Council Launches Free Football Skills Summer Workshops 1900 1200 Caroline Hunt

The Parish Council is delighted to announce that FREE youth football skills development workshops will be taking place on Monday evenings from Monday 6th June – Monday 11th July at Trent Road Playing Field.

5.00pm – 6.00pm: ages 6 – 11 years
6.00pm – 7.00pm: ages 11 – 14 years

Please CLICK HERE to book

Parish Council Announces Colossal Community Tree Planting Project

Parish Council Announces Colossal Community Tree Planting Project 1900 1200 Caroline Hunt

🌳🌳🌳 We have 1,300 trees to plant as part of the #treesforclimate project, and we need your help! 🌳🌳🌳

Join us on:
🌱 Saturday 19th March
🌱 Sunday 20th March
🌱 Saturday 26th March
🌱 Sunday 27th March
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Haydon Wick Parish Council’s youth programme continues to build…

Haydon Wick Parish Council’s youth programme continues to build… 1900 1200 Caroline Hunt

‘Haydon Wick Parish Council’s youth programme continues to build, offering many opportunities for local young people to develop skills’

Haydon Wick Parish Council ran two fully inclusive youth activities during the February half-term holiday, both of which enabled the younger adults in the parish to participate in free, skill improving workshops.

The first was a trip to Ninja Warrior in Gloucester. The group enjoyed an opportunity to test their ninja skills, working in teams to scale obstacles and testing their nerve with free-falling challenges. The group worked as a team to overcome physical challenges, encouraging each other to take risks and compete in time trials.

Chair of the Parish Council’s Community Development Committee, Councillor Ellen Baker Lee had this to say about the programme:
“We are delighted that our new youth programme is going from strength to strength. We have learnt a lot in the last year by developing an extensive youth engagement programme, and we continue to learn and build on our successes. We were delighted with the response we received to the varied activities that took place during half-term, and we are really excited about the summer programme which seems to have something for everyone.

Last year we launched our Community Choices Project – in which we asked our community to vote for a community project to be delivered in this current financial year – to the end of March 2022. Our community voted for increased youth engagement, and I think we have done just that, and will continue to do so.

We continue to build working partnerships to deliver these varied, high quality youth activities and look forward to offering more skill developing workshops in the future’.

Also, available this year has been Youth Graffiti Design Workshops providing children and younger adults a safe space in which to explore their creativity by designing ambitious urban artworks.

The Parish Council also offered a free training afternoon with BEST – Be A Better You for local young people. This inclusive training session provided children and younger adults aged between 7 and 16 years a safe, fun and positive environment to develop essential life skills such as leadership and communication development. The programme has also offered a platform for increased socialisation, friendship building, and confidence making using sports activities such as boxing as a focus.

More events will be offered this summer. Details will be published on the Parish Council’s Youth Forum page on their website: https://haydonwick.gov.uk/youth-forum/ or follow news on Facebook and Instagram @haydonwickcouncil

Council host successful Superhero Youth Litter Picking Event

Council host successful Superhero Youth Litter Picking Event 1900 1200 Caroline Hunt

The Council was delighted with the turn-out of brilliant superhero youth litter pickers! A great morning was had cleaning up the area surrounding the Haydon Wick skate park.

Our litter pickers all withstood the elements to keep Haydon Wick tidy and safe. With over 15 bags of litter collected from paths and hedgerows in the area, we had some shivering superheroes who needed to regain their strength with cake and juice. Each superhero left with a certificate thanking them for their hard work and amazing help. We would like to say a huge thank you to all our litter pickers and their parents/carers for showing up and taking part. The World needs more Superheroes like you!


Invitations to Tender: Resurfacing of Voyager Drive Play Area

Invitations to Tender: Resurfacing of Voyager Drive Play Area 1900 1200 Caroline Hunt

Haydon Wick Parish Council has an Invitation to Tender (ITT) currently available for bid submissions. The ITT is for the resurfacing of Voyager Drive Play Area. Please click on the links below for more details and documents to download. If you require these documents in another format or if you have any queries, please contact: clerk@haydonwick.gov.uk 

Invitation to Tender: Resurfacing of Voyager Drive 



FAQs – Development of Grounds Maintenance Facility

FAQs – Development of Grounds Maintenance Facility 1900 1200 Caroline Hunt

Haydon Wick Parish Council has announced exciting plans to support the delivery of their parks and open spaces service with the redevelopment of their existing facility, to enable continued high standards of outdoor spaces maintenance.

The Parish Council’s in-house Parks & Open Spaces (POS) service has increased significantly since 2017, when Swindon Borough Council devolved the responsibility to the Parish Council. As the scale of operation has grown, so has the necessity to improve the temporary service arrangement. The proposed regenerated facility, pending the outcome of planning permission, is to be built at Goodearl Leisure Gardens, home of the current temporary site, and will replace the temporary shipping containers arrangement.

The Parish Council is aware that residents may have questions, and have compiled a list of questions and answers below. The page is regularly updated, last updated: 05/10/2021 

How much will this project cost?
The project will cost in the region of £350k

How will this impact the precept?
The Council will be applying to fund this via a Public Works Loan and the repayments will be reflected on the term applied for. Due to the sustainability of this facility and future proofing the home of the Parks & Open Spaces Team the term is likely to be 25 years. It is common for local authorities to apply for public works loans  – this in itself may have an impact on the budget but until this is reviewed in October – January the amount is unknown. Also further research is being presented on timescales, terms and interest rates.

Who is managing this?
Haydon Wick Parish Council

What are the dates, what could the impact be of project slippage?
The dates are subject to the tender process, but it is hopeful that this project will be completed by June 2022. The main impact of slippage will cost £225.00 per week which is for extended temporary welfare unit. Also delays may result in arising material costs due to economic growth, which cannot be measured. Additional contingency amounts of 3% on each item will be factored in to mitigate against any overspends.

Who will benefit from this development?
The Parks & Open Spaces team, with all round better facilities. Storage, workshop for painting and repairs, both mechanical and play equipment. Garage facility for mowers, compact sweeper. Electric charging points. Solar panels. Washdown for vehicles. Meeting room / rest room. Disabled washroom facilities.

How will this improve the existing service?
The larger space will allow the capacity to have various projects on going, comfort for the employees during breaks, additional space for play equipment repairs, winter bulb storage, timber storage, cement / aggregate storage. There will also be a kitted workshop for ease of repairs, additional storage space for tools and additional car parking spaces for the fleet of vehicles and ride on machines. The area in itself will be improved visually tidying up the current facilities.

What future running costs will this incur, and how will that impact the rate payer?
The running costs are not expected to be much more than they are now so we would not expect a noticeable up lift in costs.

What difference will this make to the service delivery, for example; grass and hedge cutting schedules?
The building alone with not impact the schedule but the Council is running a separate project to look at delivering an enhanced grounds maintenance service and will give separate updates accordingly.

Will there be any investment in equipment?
There will not be any investment in new equipment as part of this project. All our equipment is replaced as it becomes end of life or obsolete.

Have you considered any environmental initiatives when installing this building?
A great deal of consideration has been given to environmental matters. The facility will be equipped to allow a transition to electric vehicles for our whole fleet over the next few years.

The building will have solar panels fitted to generate much of the electricity the building needs and will ensure efficient use of water piping clean rain water into the allotments for use. Due to all our facilities being on one site our vehicles will travel less – with plans to reduce their carbon footprint further each year, until eventually being replaced by electric vehicles.

Has there been any impact on leisure garden plots?
Three plots were affected due to designated area for the build of the facility. Three affected plot holders were reallocated to an alternative site and the Council is hopeful that planning permission and lease variations will be agreed by Swindon Borough Council for the permission to build an additional 12 full size plots on the land adjacent to extend the facility beyond the current boundary. If permission is agreed, raised beds can be installed and the leisure garden plots will be accessible for any additional needs.


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