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We are very pleased to announce the appointment of 2 new Parish Cllrs at our November meeting.
Cllrs Dawn Sanday and Bruce White.
This takes us to a full complement of 11 Councillors for the Parish Council.
We welcome them on board and look forward to working with them.  

SSE look after the network for electricity for central south England. They are not your electricity supplier but maintain the network.
If a power cut would be worrying or difficult for you, you can register with their priority service by calling 0800 294 3259.
You may want to register if you:
• Are deaf or hard of hearing
Have a disability
• Have children under 5
• Are blind or partially sighted
• Have a chronic illness or use medical equipment that relies on electricity
• Are over 60
• Temporarily need extra support
You can also visit ssen.co.uk/energyadvice and complete an online form
A representative from SSE hopes to be at the Jan 12th 2023 Council meeting at 7.00pm in the Village Hall to offer advice.

  

Latest strike information from Bedwyn Passenger Train group 


Avian flu update from Wiltshire Council - for all local bird keepers 

Information with regards to Savernake forest from Forestry England:

I am writing to let you know that we will soon be working in Savernake Forest to complete a number of forestry operations which will last until late 2023.

In several areas of the forest where trees are growing densely, we will be thinning them. This means removing selected trees to give the remaining ones more space to grow to their potential. Thinning also allows more light to reach the forest floor, which improves the habitat for ground flora and the wildlife it supports. Many of our planned work areas are classified as a Plantation on Ancient Woodland Site (PAWS) which means that we are gradually managing them back to the way they would have been several hundred years ago. Where we are thinning the trees, we will target the removal of non-native conifers to benefit the broadleaf trees and, where possible, open up more space around some of Savernake’s special veteran trees to support their health.

We will also be removing around 300 ash trees which are close to access routes around the forest and showing signs of chalara ash dieback. This is a destructive disease that causes trees to become brittle, drop branches, or fall altogether. We will be removing these trees for safety.

There is more information about this work on our website at https://www.forestryengland.uk/article/forestry-operations-savernake-forest

I would be grateful if you would be able to share this information through your news channels. Please let me know if I can help by providing any more information or a short newsletter article. We understand that residents may not be familiar with sustainable forest management and are keen to explain how this planned work supports the long-term health and resilience of the forest.

Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or refer queries from local residents to westengland@forestryengland.uk.

 

Bedwyn Passenger Trains Group proposed Dec 2022 timetable  

 Wiltshire Council update on Commemorating Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II:

We are still looking to recruit a self-employed Handyman for the council - please contact the Clerk to find out more. clerk@greatbedwyn-pc.gov.uk. 

Handyman Job advert and spec 

A belated welcome to 3 new Cllrs, co-opted at the July meeting: Hayley Kane, Paul Sims and Dom Cooper.   All live locally and are really keen to get stuck in! 

Welcome to our newest Cllr, Scott Shill.   Scott was co-opted at our May 12th Council meeting. He lives in Great Bedwyn and we look forward to providing more information as he settles into Cllr life.  

Local Job Opportunity Self Employed Handyman - see attached document

Wiltshire Council 2022 grass cutting schedule  Click the link to open the schedule. 

The Council is pleased to announce that at the January council meeting it was voted to keep the precept for 2022/23 at £22,000.00, the same as the last financial year.   More information will be published on our Finance page.

 

 Refurbished bench at Fox Hill 

The PC are pleased to announce the refurbishment of the bench at Fox Hill, along with a plaque to recognise the work that Eric Bailey has done for Great Bedwyn.  We have added photos of the bench to our Facebook page.  Our thanks to Cllr Sylvia Wyatt for heading this project.  

Grant awarded to Doctors Surgery for garden planting.

The Council were pleased to award £100 to Linda Fry and the team of volunteers who maintain the surgery gardens.    We thank them all for their efforts. 

 Last chance to respond to Wiltshire Council's Climate Strategy. 

Go to www.wiltshire.gov.uk/climate

Warm and Safe Wiltshire: 

  • Free and impartial energy advice and casework support
    • Available to any Wiltshire or Swindon resident
    • Tariffs checks and help switching supply
    • Behaviour change and diagnosing reasons for high bills
    • Schemes applications (e.g. £140 Warm Home Discount)
    • Help with energy and water debt
  • Home improvement funding assistance
    • Partially/fully funded boilers / new heating systems
    • Fully funded insulation (even as a private tenant)
  • Supported referral to other relevant services
    • Free benefits check through Citizens Advice
    • Free Home Safety checks from the Fire Service

Advice Line: 0800 038 5722 (free from mobiles and landlines)

Website: WarmAndSafeWiltshire.org.uk

Vacancies for new Councillors. 

The council has 5 vacancies for new Councillors to be co-opted.  This is an excellent opportunity to be involved in shaping the area where you live at the local level.      A Parish Council is the first tier of Government and the level closest to the residents.   Look out for our posters around the area, and please do contact the Clerk at clerk@greatbedwyn-pc.gov.uk for more information on how to apply and the criteria required.  Thanks.

 Council employs new Clerk and Responsible Financial Officer.

The council was pleased to confirm the appointment of Clair Wilkinson as Clerk and Nina Hempstock as RFO at the September Full Council meeting. Clair and Nina have already worked together in local council for over 18 months and we are keen to work with them to shape the future of the Parish Council and the local area.  Clair and Nina's contact details are on the "About the Council" page in the Councillors section. 

Facebook Great Bedwyn Parish Council Facebook Page

 

 

COVID-19 VALE OF PEWSEY SUPPORT NETWORK
Volunteer support co-ordinators during coronavirus outbreak.

COVID-19 LINK GOOD NEIGHBOUR HELP
With the recent Government advice restricting movement many people in Bedwyn will need help in daily tasks like shopping or collecting prescriptions etc., the Great Bedwyn Link Scheme has set up a scheme to help manage this crisis. Call 07717 006787 or email bedwynlinkscheme@outlook.com.

Welcome

Welcome to the Great Bedwyn Parish Council website providing information about the village of Great Bedwyn and the neighbouring communities of Crofton and St Katharine's in Wiltshire and the activities of the Parish Council.

The Parish Council is the tier of Local Government closest to the people. On our website we outline the role and services provided by the Parish Council along with the details of our councillors. We provide you with the dates of our meetings and copies of the agendas and minutes.

This site will enable you to find out about our vibrant community and understand the roles and responsibilities of the Parish Council. It is our intention to enable more residents to play an active role in the community, participate in more activities, attend Parish Council Meetings and thoroughly enjoy living in the parish of Great Bedwyn.

  New Councillors required

  We are currently looking for 5 new Councillors to join the council by the process of co-option.   This is an excellent opportunity to be more involved in your community and make changes at the local level. Please contact the Clerk for more details on application criteria and how to apply. 

 

 

 


Great Bedwyn

Great Green Bedwyn Project

Survey


Please click this link to find out more about the Green Fair in Great Bedwyn - Sat 12th Nov 22 1-4pm

 

 

 Please click this link to read the Summary of the Great Green Bedwyn launch 

Please click this link to read the Survey results for Great Green Bedwyn 

 

What should we do about climate change in Great Bedwyn?

The Great Green Bedwyn Survey https://tinyurl.com/3fn4vhnu

We need to know your views about how we can tackle climate change in Great Bedwyn. What actions are practical, affordable and do-able at home and in the village ? Together we can make a difference, and many of the actions can save us money, too ! Everyone who completes our survey can ask for a free heat loss survey of their home and help with calculating their carbon footprint.

Please share your views by completing our short survey electronically at https://tinyurl.com/3fn4vhnu or on a paper form delivered through your door or available from the Post Office. Your views are essential to help us decide on actions to reduce carbon emissions in Great Bedwyn and guide us in arranging village meetings and other actions. Closing date: Friday 25 Feb.

Great Green Bedwyn is sponsored by the Lottery Community Fund and supported by the Parish Council. For more information contact GreatGreenBedwyn@gmail.com