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CHRISTMAS COLLECTIONS AND RECYCLING CENTRE OPENING TIMES     Updated 21st November 2017

 

All household recycling centres will also be closed from 1pm on 24 December and all day on 25 December, 26 December, and 1 January. At all other times normal opening hours will apply, 10am-4pm, five days per week. We encourage residents to visit at www.wiltshire.gov.uk/household-recycling-centres to check which days your local centre is open.

 

BROADBAND SIGNALS   Updated 17th November 2017

Are you experiencing difficulties with broadband or mobile phone signals?

A National Newspaper has approached us for stories in rural villages who have issues with access to Broadband etc.  If you have an experience that you wish to share please contact us - clerk@purtonpc.eclipse.co.uk and please copy in our Unitary Councillor Jacqui Lay jacqui.lay@wiltshire.gov.uk  as she is keen to be made aware of any issues you may be having.

RIGHT TO ROAM   Updated 17th November 2017

POLITE NOTICE TO WALKERS We have been requested by local land owners to ask all those utilising the public footpaths across their land, to stick to the pathways please. Roaming dogs, dogs mess and worrying of livestock and damaged crops is not acceptable. The designated footpaths do not permit you to roam freely across the fields and areas with your dogs. There have been a number of incidents where landowners have had their property damaged such as signs being removed and fencing being vandalised, these incidents have been reported to the Police. For further information about rules in the country side please see the Dos and Don'ts of Public Rights of Way on the Footpath page on our website.  

WINTER GRANT APPLICATIONS

Hello!  December again – where has the year gone?  With winter clearly on the horizon, our thoughts turn to colder weather and how to keep warm. Many health problems are triggered or worsened by cold weather: dry skin and cold hands and feet are annoying, aching joints, colds and sore throats are almost expected, but serious, life threatening conditions such as asthma, norovirus and heart attacks are also exacerbated by the cold weather. The advice, of course, is to wrap up warmly and keep the heating going at home, which can be expensive.  There is much that can be done to help with the costs of heating – switching supplier for electricity and gas or joining an oil purchasing consortium. Prevention is better than cure, so could your home use better insulation? For those who are really struggling with costs, small grants are available. Applications start mid November and the criteria are:

To be eligible for a grant someone must;

be considered to live in fuel poverty (spend more than 10% of their annual household income on fuel to keep their home warm and in a 'satisfactory' condition)
be in receipt of eligible means-tested benefits

And fall into one of the categories below;

●     be pensionable age and affected by fuel poverty

●     be of working age with a disability or a long-term health condition which affects their ability to keep warm
●     be in receipt of Better 2gether childcare funding for their 2 year old  

Please get in touch if I can help with any of the above.

As ever, I am around for general help and support on a wide variety of issues including transport, mobility and safety around the home and reducing the feeling of loneliness.  Give me a call on 07557 922020 and leave a message.  I will get back to you as soon as possible.

Ellen Blacker

Health and Wellbeing Champion

 

 

Parish Newsletter - 11th December 2017 Click Here

Parish Newsletter - 4th December 2017 Click Here

Parish Newsletter - 28th November 2017 Click Here

Wealth of Wiltshire Christmas Fayre marks the start of the festive season
Tidworth and Ludgershall Men’s Shed opens
Fitness programme helps more than 3,000 Wiltshire residents improve their health
Have your say about Wiltshire’s short break scheme
Fly on the wings of live at new approved wedding venue

Parish Newsletter - 6th November 2017 - Click Here  Updated 6th November 2017 

PURTON & GREEN GABLE SURGERY PPG   Updated 9th October 2017

PPG  Newsletter no 37 October 2017

Vintage Tea Party, Saturday 27 January 2018
We will be holding another Vintage Tea Party on Saturday 27 January 2018 when Breeze will once again be playing for us. Reserve the date!

Victim Support      Updated 14th August 2017

Victim Support is an independent charity offering free, confidential support to people of all ages affected by crime.
Our service is free and confidential and is delivered by our highly trained team including specialist caseworkers. We have built up good working relationships with a huge network of partner organisations to ensure we can also access any help that may be required outside our own expertise. 
If appropriate we can work with the parents, carers, teachers, support workers and interpreters to ensure support is available to everyone regardless of any perceived disadvantages or personal difficulties. 
Click Here for an Agency Refferal Form.

 

 

INFORMATION SIGN AT THE DINGLE.


Come and see the newly installed information board at The Dingle in Purton.
The Dingle is a public open space area accessed along the track to Purton Cricket Club at Church End.
This new board provides visitor information including some history of the area and a map.
The Dingle is rich in wildlife, flora and fauna,
This project was made possible by Community Grant Funding from the Royal Wootton Bassett & Cricklade Area Board. 

Purton Institute and Village Hall Charity have joined forces with “Give as you Live” which allows donations to be generated via online shopping. Free to join, thousands of retailers and easy to set up  Take a look and find out more and support your local charity. 
https://
www.giveasyoulive.com/join/purton-institute-and-village-hall

 

THE NATIONAL PLANT MONITORING SCHEME  Updated 5th July 2017

A big thank you:
The third season of the National Plant Monitoring Scheme is well underway with volunteers up and down the country going out to visit their squares. A huge thank you to everyone who helped to promote the NPMS over the past two years, we now have over 1100 volunteers taking part as well as a network of 20 NPMS Mentors. Lots of our volunteers report having heard about the scheme via their parish council so we are very grateful for your hard work.
Results from 2016:
Our latest newsletter is available: http://www.npms.org.uk/sites/www.npms.org.uk/files/newsletters/NPMS_%20Newsletter_Spring2017_FINAL_v2_0.pdf
The NPMS dataset is freely available via the NBN Atlas.
More help please:
There are still lots of squares available for surveying so we would be hugely grateful if you can use your communication channels to promote the scheme again. The live map on the NPMS website shows the squares that are available: http://www.npms.org.uk/square-near-me-public?dynamic-return_all_squares=true
We particularly need to promote the scheme in remote areas, so if you know any groups that like to spend time in remote places then please do pass the message on.
A reminder of who we are and what we need:
This scheme is a partnership between Botanical Society of Britain and Ireland (BSBI); JNCC; Centre for Ecology and Hydrology (CEH) and Plantlife and is backed by the government. The scheme will recruit and support volunteers to survey 5 plots in a kilometre square close to where they live. The plots will be surveyed twice a year. The kilometre squares to monitor have been identified by stratified random sampling. The plants have been chosen as indicators of the health of individual habitats. There are 3 levels volunteers can participate at depending on confidence and knowledge and support will be provided both through training; web and telephone.
Once again thank you for your continued support, if you have any questions then please do get in touch.
Hayley New
NPMS Volunteer Coordinator
Direct Dial: 01722 342743
Ext: 8227 Mobile:  07388 531605
2nd Floor Brewery House, 36 Milford Street, Salisbury SP1 2AP

 

VOLUNTEER DRIVERS REQUIRED.

The Lydiard Link and Purton Age Concern are seeking volunteer drivers.
Click Here for more information.

BRADIES CONNECT  Updated 16th March 2017

Your bookable shared taxi service. For more information CLICK HERE.

BUS SERVICE.  Updated 13th March 2017.

Changes to bus service 53 linking Lydiard Millicent, Purton & Cricklade with Swindon from 3rd April 2017.
CLICK HERE for the new time table.

 

BETTER BROADBAND SUBSIDY SCHEME.
CLICK HERE to find out if you're eligible.


WILTSHIRE COUNCIL AGREES BUDGET PRIORITISING VITAL FRONTLINE SERVICES AND INVESTING IN KEY AREAS.  Updated 22nd Feb 2017

Wiltshire Council today agreed a budget which will prioritise vital frontline services and continue investment into key areas despite reductions in government funding.
The council currently spends almost £1bn each year on more than 350 services. Spending plans agreed today focus funding on the council’s key priorities to protect those who are most vulnerable, boost the local economy and empower and support communities to do more for themselves to help them to be even stronger and more resilient.
Members agreed to invest £131.5 million in capital projects focused on the local economy, building more homes, health and wellbeing centres and community hubs and road improvements.
£38.7 million will be invested in the economy and transport, £3.7 million in broadband, £6.4 million in campuses and community hubs and £40.9 million in housing. The ongoing commitment to invest in highways will see £24 million spent on road and bridges repair and maintenance in 2017/18. The budget also safeguards the commitment to Military Civilian Integration and creating and protecting jobs across the county.
There will also be an additional £150,000 allocated to area boards to use on pavement repair and creation. This can be used to target local schemes where repair is needed to improve the local environment.
This year the Government Settlement Funding Allocation to Wiltshire Council has been reduced by 17.6% from £86.71 million to £72.31 million.
To help continue to meet the business plan priorities and deliver services, particularly in adult social care, the council agreed to raise council tax by 1.99% and raise the Social Care Levy by 3%.
Despite these funding changes there is a projected shortfall in next year’s budget and savings of £13.331 million have been found in order to balance the books.
Baroness Scott of Bybrook, OBE, Leader of Wiltshire Council said in a speech at full council today that the business plan set four years ago to protect those most vulnerable, boost the local economy and work closely with communities to encourage and enable them to do more for themselves had been the focus for the council and it had achieved a great deal.
She added: “We have faced challenges as a result of the reduction in funding from central government and the increasing demand for some of our key front line services; particularly adult care and children’s safeguarding and waste collection and disposal.
"We have learnt to drive an environment that encourages innovation and change as the norm, so that we can overcome these challenges and, wherever possible, maintain the services that really matter and make the difference that’s needed. We place people at the heart of all we do and together we take action to do what’s right for Wiltshire with the resources we have.
“Whilst there will be more challenges ahead – I know that this council is both well-equipped and ready to meet those challenges. And, to keep its focus on what really matters – the people that we serve.”
Over the last five years the council has had one of the lowest national increases in council tax and Wiltshire continues to have one of the lowest council taxes.
To read Baroness Scott’s speech in full go to http://www.wiltshire.gov.uk/news/articles/2017-budget-speech-ends-
Notes to editors:

For more information contact communications on 01225 713370/713115/713116. For out of hours contact 07747 007340
The rising costs of adult social care due to increased demand and complexity of cases was recognised by government in 2015 when the social care levy was introduced.
On 15 December 2016 the DCLG announced local authorities can bring forward planned three year increases totalling 6% to two years to 3% in 2017/18 and 2019/19 with no levy in 2019/20. This was to reflect the significant pressures faced by care providers up and down the country.
The council draws its funding from two main sources – local taxation and government grants.
The council’s funding for 2017/18 comprises three elements – the first two making up what is referred to as Wiltshire’s Settlement Funding Allocation (SFA).
This is the government’s calculation of what the council’s spending should be compared with other councils across the country.
The SFA is made up of the revenue support grant and the baseline funding – also known as the business rates retention scheme. The third element is ring-fenced grants only to be spent in specific areas including the dedicated schools grant, public health, and Better Care Fund.

 

WESTERN INTERCITY EXPRESS PROGRAMME - VEGITATION CLEARANCE AND MANAGEMENT.  Updated 19th December 2016.

We are advising you of our de-vegetation programme that will be carried out between January and summer 2017.
Why do we need to undertake this work?
The works required are part of a larger scale project to clear and maintain lineside vegetation in preparation for the new Intercity Express Programme (IEP) trains, which are due to be introduced onto the Western Route shortly. We need to make sure there is adequate clearance on both sides of the track so that the new trains are not damaged when travelling on non-electrified lines.
What are the works involved?
The vegetation clearance is to take place in the area highlighted on the map Click Here to view map. It will involve stripping trees and vegetation by 8m or to the boundary fence, whichever is the lesser, from the outer running rail. Any third party trees that are affected will either be removed, reduced in height, or have their branches cut back, after agreement has been sought with the relevant railway neighbour. When work is to take place from third party property a land access agreement will be signed and records kept.
How we will manage the impact on the environment?
We recognise that all vegetation removal needs to be carried out sensitively to avoid unnecessary damage to flora and fauna. Our overall aim is to create an 8m wide grassland habitat that will support a diverse range of flora and fauna but pose a much lower risk to the operational railway. Ecological desktop and site based surveys will be carried out prior to works commencing along with pre start checks and briefing talks by the cutting teams. The teams have also undergone ecological awareness training. In all instances, if there is any concern about damage being caused to a known habitat then works will be halted until we can be certain that it is safe to proceed.
When will the work take place?
The initial vegetation clearance started in November 2016 (in rural areas) and will finish in the summer of 2017; however, as this is work is being carried out in several different areas, residents will not be affected for the whole period. Subsequent maintenance works will be carried out until March 2019 when the program finishes and the new rolling stock enters service. Most of the work will take place during the week, between the daylight hours of 08.00-17.00. When there is a requirement to work during the night, a separate letter will be sent to the affected residents detailing the times and exact location of the works. We will aim to send this out 2 weeks in advance.
If you have any questions regarding this work, or would like to arrange a meeting to discuss this in person, please feel free to contact me. 

Lily Exton
Community Relations Manager | Network Rail
Western House | 1 Holbrook Way | Swindon | SN1 1BD
Internal: 085 82759 | Direct Line: 01793 389759 | Mobile: 07710 960864
24 hr Network Rail National Helpline 03457 11 41 41
Delivering a Better Railway for a Better Britain @ NetworkRail #BetterRailway 

MUGS FOR SALE

Purton Parish Mugs £1.50 each - contact office for more information 
Purton Parish Council mugs £1.50 each - contact 01793 771066 for more info

PIANO TUNER Updated 20-10-2016
Purton Institute and Village Hall Charity are looking for someone who would be willing to tune the Village Hall piano free of charge twice a year. Please contact The Parish Council Office on 01793 771066

AVIVA COMMUNITY FUND Updated 16-9-2016
We are today launching this year’s Aviva Community Fund and we very much welcome applications from community groups in your constituency. 
The Aviva Community Fund awards funding of up to £25,000 for local community projects across a range of categories such as supporting the elderly, health & wellbeing and community sport.  Last year we had over 430 separate winners and this year is bigger and better than ever with over 800 awards up for grabs.  
Please do let community groups in your constituency know and encourage them to apply. 
Applications can be made until 11th October via this link and winners will be announced in January.  


THE OFFICIAL BRIEFING NOTE REGARDING VAN PERMITS NOW REQUIRED AT THE PURTON HOUSE RECYCLING PLANT. Updated 15-9-2016
CLICK HERE to see the briefing note.

NEW NUMBER TO REPORT A POWER CUT.
AVAILABLE FROM SEPTEMBER 2016 – if you wish to report a power cut you can ring 105 which will take you direct to the relevant supplier for an update and to report.

APPLICATION FOR DESIGNATION OF PURTON NEIGHBOURHOOD AREA
The application for the designation of Purton Parish as a neighbourhood area from Purton Parish Council can be viewed at www.wiltshire.gov.uk/neighbourhoodplanning
Comments can also be made by email neighbourhood.planning@wiltshire.gov.uk  For more information Click Here 

WILTSHIRE CIL.
Wiltshire CIL is an organisation which offers support and guidance to those in receipt of a Direct Payment (those needing support/care in their own home who receive money from Wiltshire Council Social Services to employ their own staff). Part of our service is to provide an online facility for employers to find their staff (known as Personal Assistants or PAs). The facility is called a PA Register.
We have recently launched a brand new PA Register website and would like to reach out to both PAs and employers so that they can register themselves with the hope of finding a suitable employer/employee match if necessary.
Those needing support in their own homes who live in rural communities can often find recruitment a challenge. Therefore, we were hoping that you would place the attached poster on your Parish Council display board within your local community to publicise this free online facility.If you have any questions or queries regarding this please do not hesitate to contact me either by phone – 0300 1233 442 or by email lucie@wiltshirecil.org.uk . Click Here for more information.

WILTSHIRE'S ROLE IN HELPING VULNERABLE REFUGEES.
In Wiltshire we will always protect the vulnerable and we want to offer support to help refugees. We have been monitoring the international situation whilst proactively planning both the short-term and long-term actions for us to provide help.
We have been examining the implications for Wiltshire, including the impact upon health, housing, education and the economy and will work closely with our partners to ensure we are fully prepared to welcome refugees. We will work with the Government to play our part, ensuring that any refugees who come to Wiltshire are given the support they need to become self-sufficient.

We want to thank all those people from our communities who have been doing what they can to offer help – we would urge them to get in touch with international aid organisations such as the Red Cross (www.redcross.org.uk/refugeecrisis), Unicef (www.unicef.org.uk/refugee-crisis) and Oxfam (www.oxfam.org.uk/RefugeeCrisis).

HOUSEHOLD RECYCLING CENTRE. 
Revised opening times for the Household Recycling Centre are 10am until 4pm Thursday through to Monday. Closed all day Tuesday and
Wednesday.

The above will come into force on 13th July 2015. For more information about Household Recycling Click Here to see Wiltshire Council's Link to Household Recycling Centres

LIVESTOCK ELECTRICAL TAPE.
Livestock electrical tape – owners of livestock sometimes place white electrical tape along the boundary of their property to ensure animals don’t get out. Please note that this electrical tape can be dangerous to people with heart pacemakers if they get too close to the tape when out walking. If such tape is found on public footpaths, or anywhere else where it could cause a danger please report the exact location to the Parish Council.

LOST PROPERTY.
Various items of lost property are regulary handed in to the Parish Council Office, if you have lost an item give the office a call on 01793 771066 to see if it has been handed in.

BLACK BOX RECYCLING.
If your Black Box needs replacing or if the lid has been damaged please call 0845 6032085 for a replacement. Delivery time for a new Black Box to be delivered is up to 2 weeks.

PURTON PARISH COUNCIL DONATION PROGRAMME.
The Parish Council makes small grant awards twice a year to support local clubs and organisations which provide services that help residents in the Parish of Purton. Applications are considered twice yearly, February and June. If you are involved with a group that could do more for local people with the help of an award from The Parish Council , please contact The Parish Clerk for an application form or CLICK HERE to download a form.  

WET WEATHER AND GULLY EMPTYING.
With the advent of autumn we will inevitably see wetter weather and a greater risk of flooding. Wiltshire Council is reassuring residents it is doing all it can to be ready for any adverse weather. The Council has doubled from three to six, the number of gully tankers emptying road gullies, empting all the gullies on the A roads at least once by the end of December, and all the B.C and unclassified gullies being emptied by the end of March 2015. Wiltshire Council will continue to empty road gullies following heavy down pours when gullies get blocked by soil and detritus washed into the systems from adjacent fields. The Council understands the damage and distress caused by flooding and works with the local communities through the Operational Working Groups on improving drainage and on flood alleviation schemes. Whilst the Council does do all it can to alleviate flooding we do encourage residents to look at their properties with a view to considering large volumes of water impacts. This would include ensuring private gullies are clear and empty, that water flow systems are not obstructed and being prepared for flood prevention, such as having sandbags ready. If residents thinks a gully is blocked superficially, with leaves or grass, they can with care on highway, clear it themsleves. If a blockage is not easy to clear it can be reported to Wiltshire Council by telephone on 0300 456 0105 or on line at www.wiltshire.gov.uk/mywilts or using MyWilts app on a smart phone, where you will receive updates.

COMMUNITY SPEED WATCH.
The CSW or Community Speed Watch began monitoring traffic along The Fox. More and more traffic now use The Fox as a through route from Purton into Swindon, and with this has come a noticeable increase in speed. The role of the CSW is to monitor traffic and report any speeding vehicles to the police who will then take appropriate action. On average there were over 118 vehicles per hour, of these 5.5% were travelling at a speed in excess of 36mph with the fastest travelling over 45mph. Over 13% were travelling between 31mph and 35mph. This means that nearly 1 vehicle in 5 was technically speeding. The role of the CSW is not to be vigilante but by our presence slow traffic down.  If you would like to volunteer please telephone 01793 772646 or email admin@purtonpc.eclipse.co.uk.

CYBER BULLYING AND AWARNESS.
Cyber bullying is one of those modern day risks affecting young people - a kind of electronic bullying. This website provides some support and guidance to help parents and families deal with this type of bullying. Click Here to see website.

ALLOTMENTS AT PAVENHILL.
There are vacancies at Upper Pavenhill Allotments. For further information please contact  Robert Glare 07510 208217 robertglare@yahoo.co.uk  or Geoff Simpkins 01793 772008.

PURTON COMMUNITY PHONE BOX.
Have you tried using the Community Phone Box that stands outside Purton Library? In the last six months over 180 calls were made from it (an average of one per day), and it was used 500 times for the internet. The phone box can be used to make free local phone calls, and to view information on the screen about the community with details of events going on or useful information. You can access the internet within 100 metres of the phone box and this will be listed on your device as Purton WIFI. One phone call per day? Come on, I’m sure the community can make more use than this of the facility.

DRUG DANGERS.
Prescription drug abuse causes the largest percentage of deaths from drug overdosing (over 22,000 a year). Part of the mission of DrugDangers is to spread awareness about drug abuse of prescription drugs. Their website offers free information of a range of drugs and medical products that can cause serious addiction, injury, or even death. Click here to see website.

REPORTING OF ODOUR FROM THE HILLS RECYCLING CENTRE.
If you experience any unpleasant odour that you do not recognise and you think that it may be coming from Hills Waste Solutions along Mopes Lane, please contact Hills on 01793 714450 immediately, so that they can investigate and rectify the problem.

VULNERABLE ADULTS IN THE COMMUNITY.
Please see the following guides to follow if you find yourself, friend or neighbour in an emergency situation.  Community Emergency, Householders Emergency, and Emergency Guide.

LIVING WITH DEMENTIA.
A Memory Loss Video has been launched by Wiltshire Council and is called ‘Living with Dementia’.  It isa very moving video and highlights some of the issues people with memory loss have.  The video will join the other video’s that have already been released as part of the Wiltshire Voices project and will be found at - http://www.wiltshire.gov.uk/communityandliving/wiltshirevoices.htm .
If you want to see the video before it is available on the web site, then it can be found on You Tube -
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xxoocCWU_VY
The subject of Dementia is very much in the public eye with this week's G8 dementia summit which has put the disease into the headlines.

PARKING PROBLEMS.
If you witness any inconsiderate parking on double yellow lines and overstaying in time restriction parking bays on a regular basis, you can report these to the Parking Enforcment Officer. The Enforcement Officer welcomesas much information as possible with photos and timings of parking.  The main areas that are enforced is Pavenhill shops layby, double yellow line at the One Stop and Best One and College Road layby.  The Officers can be contacted on 01249 706131 or email Parking@wiltshire.gov.uk

BOBBY TRUST VAN

   For more information about the trust click here.

WILTSHIRE COUNCIL'S PUBLIC HEALTH BRIEFING DECEMBER 2017.

World Aids Day – 1 December
Let's End It
End isolation
End stigma
End HIV transmission
This World AIDS day join the fight to end the negative impact of HIV, the fight is not just about the virus. For more than 100,000 people living with HIV in the UK, ignorance and discrimination can still limit opportunities, preventing them from living full and happy lives. HIV means you are more likely to live in poverty, and more likely to have poor mental health.
This is an exciting turning point, but we need a new burst of energy to end stigma, end HIV transmission and end the isolation experienced by people living with HIV, for good.
Please visit: https://www.worldaidsday.org/ for further information.
Join the social media campaign with #LetsEndIt
Home sampling kits are available in Wiltshire via https://www.test.hiv/.

Alcohol Awareness Week
During Alcohol Awareness Week (AAW) the Substance Misuse and Community Safety team engaged nearly 10,000 people in a comprehensive programme.
The theme was Alcohol and Families and we linked with this by ensuring we engaged with schools and children’s centres and worked with Al-Anon, a support service for families of alcoholics. We also included the question ‘are you a parent of an Under 18’ to the ‘Drink Aware’ questionnaire to see how families are affected by alcohol, for which we’ve had more than 400 submissions.
Roller banners showing the Alcohol Guidelines and recommended units were posted at County Hall, Bourne Hill and Monkton Park receptions throughout the week.
Positive outcomes from the week included:
8, 215 accounts reached on social media, 640 hits on the substance misuse webpage (previous week was 61 hits) Motiv8 engaged with 375 students and members of the public, Eight people signed up with WSMS for support and treatment
One person signed up for AA
Five requests for AA to present at a professional meeting and explain the work they do

SugarSmart Wiltshire

SUGARSMARTWilts has now been launched (https://www.sugarsmartuk.org/). The campaign is led by Jamie Oliver and Sustain Charity to help tackle obesity by reducing the sugar which is so readily available in the workplace, at school, at home, in the super market and in leisure centres as well as many other locations. Many other local authorities have signed up across the South West and nationally. The campaign aims to raise the profile of sugar and what can be done to help make the healthy option the easy option. It is about different settings taking ownership around the changes they can make to create SUGAR SMART environments. We ran a healthy eating seminar with colleagues across the council to discuss how the workplace can encourage healthier choices and the group plans to continue meeting on a regular basis to discuss the SUGARSMART campaign as well as looking at other opportunities to reduce sugar consumption.  Other work streams include:-

Meeting with Wessex Water to run a campaign to increase people drinking tap water
Discussions with Elior catering to improve the healthy options
Social media campaigns via twitter – please follow @SUGARSMARTWilts
we will look into targeting supermarkets and local stores to create more sugar free checkouts
If you would like to find out more or would like to contribute to our workplace healthy eating group please contact Katie.davies@wiltshire.gov.uk


World Antibiotic Awareness Week (WAAW)
Antibiotic resistance is a real threat to modern life. One of the Government strategies to address it is to raise awareness of the issue among health and social care agencies and promote effective infection prevention activities. At the council, public health are doing just that with the local community.
During WAAW, the initial findings of a joint five month project with Trowbridge library are looking promising. The project involved inviting local care agencies and schools to register with the public health department so that they could borrow a ‘Glow and Show’ kit from Trowbridge library. The kit consists of an ultra violet torch and a fluorescent cream and powder. Powder or cream was applied to the hands of children, who were then encouraged to touch surfaces or shake hands with others. This demonstrated how easy it is to transfer germs throughout the environment.  Their hands were examined with the torch after hand washing which helped to highlight areas that were not washed effectively. Although numbers were small the majority of borrowers found the kits easy to access and fun and effective to use. It was also suggested that the idea should be rolled out to other libraries in Wiltshire.
A three hour “Beat the Bug” Train the Trainer session, devised by Public Health England (PHE) was also delivered during WAAW. This provided some background to bugs and how they are transmitted.  It emphasised the importance of good hand hygiene, sneezing etiquette and basic kitchen hygiene. The outcome of this was to reduce potential infections from occurring in the first place therefore negating the need for antibiotics.  The training was very activity heavy but the six participants were enthusiastic throughout. All participants completed a test to become a ‘Beat the Bug’ Train the Trainer in their own right which is valid for a year. This was evaluated by PHE and all participants passed. 

Public Health Intelligence news
The Wiltshire Intelligence Network (WIN) provides numerous reports full of local information on a wide range of topics.
Get in touch
If you have any queries or would like to make a suggestion, please visit: www.wiltshire.gov.uk/publichealthwilts,     
email publichealth@wiltshire.gov.uk  or call 0300 003 4566.

BONFIRES

For information about rules for Garden Bonfires click on the link www.gov.uk/garden-bonfires-rules

NEWS FOR ROYAL WOOTTON BASSETT AND CRICKLADE OUR COMMUNITY MATTERS.

For the latest newsletter please click on the link. http://rwbc.ourcommunitymatters.org.uk/

HOMES 4 WILTSHIRE.
Click on the link for the latest Homes 4 Wiltshire. https://www.homes4wiltshire.co.uk/

THINKING ABOUT DEMENTIA.
Click on the link to find more information and support for Dementia. http://www.helpinghandshomecare.co.uk

BRISTOL AIRPORT.
There has been some changes to our airport guides, Click Here to see a new section on disabled facilities, special medial assistance, travelling with children and rules surrounding pet travel.

 

 



 

 

 

 

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