Haydon Wick Parish Council swaps seasons greetings for much-needed festive gift of food

Haydon Wick Parish Council swaps seasons greetings for much-needed festive gift of food 1900 1200 Caroline Hunt

‘Substituting Christmas Greetings for Festive Donations…’

 This year, Haydon Wick Parish Council made the decision to donate to the Swindon Food Collective instead of sending corporate Christmas Cards. Each year, the Council spends up to £200.00 on seasons greetings, however this year, funds were diverted to a greater cause.

Chairman of the Council, Councillor Vinay Manro said that “while we still want to send festive greetings to all of our contacts, we decided that a donation to the Swindon Food Collective would benefit members of our local community and we hope, make a real difference to someone’s Christmas”.

Over the last year the Swindon Food Collective has seen demand for their assistance increase in many areas with one zone particularly being the Haydon Wick and surrounding SN25 area.

For the full article, please visit: Haydon Wick Parish Council swaps seasons greetings for much-needed festive gift of food | Swindon Advertiser 

Council Welcomes Father Christmas to Haydon Wick

Council Welcomes Father Christmas to Haydon Wick 1900 1200 Caroline Hunt

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….


December Youth Trip Announced

December Youth Trip Announced 1900 1200 Caroline Hunt

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

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 



Enabling and serving our community

Enabling and serving our community 1900 1200 Caroline Hunt

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 Caroline Hunt

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 youthandcommunity@haydonwick.gov.uk

Haydon Wick Primary Schools Show Racism The Red Card

Haydon Wick Primary Schools Show Racism The Red Card 1900 1200 Caroline Hunt
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.



Halloween Poster

Parish Council promises more ‘Treats than Tricks’

Parish Council promises more ‘Treats than Tricks’ 1900 1200 Caroline Hunt
Under 10 years old and looking for some spooktastic free fun this half-term?
Haydon Wick Parish Council will be hosting a harrowing Halloween party.
? Free
? Freakish fancy dress prizes
? Mysterious music
? Frightening face-painting
⚰️ Terrifying treats and scary sweets
?️ Gruesome games and prizes
All children must be accompanied by a parent/guardian. Booking is essential.
Please use the following link to book your space (booking/ticket only required for young person attending, not accompanying adult): CLICK HERE

Parish Council Memory Café Launches Wednesday 13th October, 10.30am

Parish Council Memory Café Launches Wednesday 13th October, 10.30am 1900 1200 Caroline Hunt

The Parish Council will be opening it’s doors to host the first of it’s Memory Café sessions on Wednesday 13th October, 2021. The Memory Café will provide residents living with dementia and their carers a safe place for a cup of tea and chat, and much more.

The first session promises to deliver entertainment in the shape of a 60’s sing-along, health benefits with chair based exercises and of course, cake.

If you have any questions, would like to register your interest or book a free space, please email youthandcommunity@haydonwick.gov.uk or call 01793 722446.

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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