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Please be advised the Post Box that is located at the Lower Square has been removed by the Post Office due to the post being damaged after being hit by a vehicle.
The nearest Post Box is at the Station Road/Witts Lane junction.
We have no information on when it will be returned at this point, we will inform you when we are updated.

PURTON CEMETERY Updated 7th March 2018

Purton Parish Council has carried out memorial testing in the Cemetery during January 2018.

We have contacted the owners of the graves where details are on file, but sadly several are missing. A notice has been attached to any headstone that requires attention. No headstone is in danger of collapse or falling.  If you are aware of the ownership or could help us locate the families please contact our offices on  01793 771066 or email
Thank you for your continued support and co-operation.



Purton Parish Council are pleased to announce that they have secured the purchase of land known as “Long Ground”,  Church End, Purton for potential burial purposes.   The land will be asseseed in the coming months to ascertain its suitabiliyt for future burials.
The Land, regardless of use, will be an asset to the village with secured open space for years to come.
Any questions or queries do not hesitate to speak to the Clerk on 01793 771066 or email


Area Board Grant    Updated 21st February 2018

Section 106
Safe access and safety gate for youth shelter, Village Centre, Purton
Purton Parish Council successfully secured funding from the Royal Wootton Bassett and Cricklade Area Board, and Section 106 for the above project.
Purton Parish Council is delighted that the youth shelter at the Village Centre recreation ground now has a safe access and safety gate forming a barrier to prevent children and young people running, cycling and scooting straight into the path of passing vehicles entering and leaving the Centre.
Grateful thanks to the Royal Wootton Bassett and Cricklade Area Board team, Section 106 co-ordinators, and all working on the project.



JOB VACANCY – CLEANER   Updated 19th january 2018

Purton Parish Council have a vacancy commencing May 2018 for a part time cleaner
8 hours per week with some flexibility required for additional hours

Holiday cover essential to include additional premises in our Parish for 5 weeks a year
SCP 7-11  £15,115-15,807 pro rata
(£7.83-£8.19 per hour dependant on experience)
General cleaning duties to include hall, kitchen, toilets and associated services
If interested please call (01793) 771066, or email for more information

Director of Public Health - Annual Report 2016/17   Updated 5th January 2018

The Director of Public Health is required to produce an annual report on the health of the local population in Wiltshire. 
This year's report for the period 2016/17 takes a whole life-course approach with the theme of living longer healthier lives.
A copy is available from our public health intelligence web page here.

Wiltshire Child Poverty Summit
The Wiltshire Child Poverty Summit endorsed by Wiltshire’s Safeguarding Children’s Board took place on Tuesday 21 November 2017. Devizes School kindly offered to host the event and young people from the school were involved in planning and presenting at the summit.

The objectives were to:
Update on progress of implementing Wiltshire’s Child Poverty Strategy 2014-2020, particularly in relation to the dissemination of Community Area Child Poverty Profiles and the impact of this
Sustain momentum on efforts to address Child Poverty across Wiltshire
Share learning from local transferable projects across the county
Ensure the best data and latest evidence is effectively shared to inform practice
Wiltshire’s Reducing Child Poverty Strategy 2014-2020 aims to reduce and mitigate the effects of child poverty locally. The latest available data (2014) highlights that 11.8% of children in Wiltshire live in households with an income less than 60% of the national median income. This data identifies a gradual increase since 2006 and a 1.2% increase from the previous year (2013). Research suggests children who grow up in poverty face a greater risk of having poor health, being exposed to crime and failing to reach their full potential, consequently creating a cycle of poverty.
The summit was opened by young people from Devizes School and an overview of the programme was given by the Chair, Councillor Pauline Church. Sarah Heathcote and Suzanne Wigmore (Wiltshire Citizens Advice) gave presentations on the strategy and the impact of debt, benefit reform and support for families in Wiltshire, respectively.
We were fortunate to have Dr Ceri Brown from the University of Bath as the Keynote speaker. Dr Brown gave a very informative talk on ‘The Educational Binds of Poverty’ based on her research. Her talk highlighted how these ‘binds’ are among the many challenges children in low income families face. She stressed how policies must consider that children and their families, living in poverty do not lack the aspiration to achieve in school. A multi-dimensional approach is required, where schools and local authorities develop evidence-based and individualised interventions to foster children’s social, emotional well-being and the inclusion of parents into the school community.
After speaker presentations delegates attended workshops to discuss local practice and share ideas and learning in addressing Child Poverty in Wiltshire.
The summit proved very popular with over one hundred people attending, representing key sectors and localities.  Delegates included young people, councillors, health visitors and university lecturers, representatives from voluntary and community sectors, housing providers, schools and colleges. The level of engagement was really encouraging and there has already been feedback in relation to pledges made and connections forged to progress work on this important agenda.  It was particularly timely being held the day before the Chancellor’s autumn budget announcement and the week before two key reports on social mobility and on levels of poverty from the Social Mobility Commission and the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, both of which highlighted rising levels of income inequality and its impact. For further information please contact Sarah Heathcote at 
Special thanks to Sandra Jones and Karen Taylor for their support with staging this event.

There’s Never Been a Better Time to Quit
The Public Health England Stop Smoking campaign is offering smokers another opportunity to quit this January with the support of online and digital resources. The campaign focuses on the toxic effect of smoking on the body. Resources to promote this campaign can be ordered at PHE Resources. Smokers can visit for further information and for local support Stop Smoking Wiltshire. Please support this campaign by making this information available within your organisation.

Domestic Abuse Event
On 6 December, Wiltshire hosted a partnership event to support this year’s ‘16 days of action campaign’ to raise awareness and understanding of domestic abuse and its wider forms. It was supported by the chairs of the Community Safety Partnership, Safeguarding Children’s Board and Safeguarding Adult’s Board. The focus this year was on stalking and harassment. Nick Gazzard from the Hollie Gazzard Trust provided the headline presentation, speaking at County Hall to over 50 people about the devastating and significant effects domestic abuse and stalking has on victims and their families. The trust was established following the murder of 20-year-old Hollie in 2014 by an ex-partner. Nick talked about how the trust helps to raise awareness of domestic abuse, through the delivery of the awareness programmes and has launched Hollie Guard, an app that turns your phone into a personal safety device. The session was highly emotive and thought provoking for all in attendance. If you, a family member or friend needs to access help and support please call 01225 775276 or contact

Electric blanket testing
Free electric blanket testing sessions were held at County Hall, Trowbridge and the Nadder Centre, Tisbury on Monday 13 November 2017 and City Hall, Salisbury on Tuesday 14 November 2017. Testing was arranged by Chris Wells, Wiltshire Trading Standards and carried out by Clive Macdonald of GEMS (SW) Ltd of Plymouth.
Eight blankets were tested at Trowbridge with one failure due to age concerns.
Nine blankets were tested at Tisbury with four failures due to age concerns.
19 blankets were tested at Salisbury with two failures – one due to age concerns and one where the element within the blanket was damaged.
GEMS general advice is that a blanket more than 10 years old does not have the safety features of more modern blankets and could pose a risk.
This was a 19% failure rate – lower than previous years and possibly because those failures resulted in new blankets being purchased.

Public Health in the news
NHS in England told to reveal avoidable deaths data – 14 December
Is England a healthy nation? – 13 December
Opt-out organ donation plan for England – 12 December
Council hold summit on child poverty – 1 December

Public Health Intelligence news
The Wiltshire Intelligence Network (WIN) provides numerous reports full of local information on a wide range of topics.
You can now follow us @PHWiltshire on Twitter

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The consultation for the 2018/19 Policing Precept has been launched, The details are set out below or you can access a video of me outlining the proposals at

The policing precept consultation which launches today (2/1/2018) is looking for the views of Wiltshire residents on the proposed increase of £12 a year.
Currently the average band D household contributes £14.19 per month to local policing, but if residents back the proposal then this would rise to £15.19 per month.
As a Force, Wiltshire Police has seen the second highest increase in demand across the country in the last year yet the funding we receive from central government doesn’t recognise the increasing pressures our service is under.
In fact we receive the fourth lowest funding per head of population in England and Wales.
Since 2010, Wiltshire Police has received £19 million less but have been responding to more crimes and supporting more members of the public year on year.
Whilst we live in an incredibly safe county, there’s only so far the budget will stretch and we’re streamlining our services to ensure they’re as efficient as possible at the same time as keeping the public safe, but we are feeling the squeeze more than ever. Without this increase Wiltshire Police will have to look at further reductions in officers and staff to close a budget gap of around £3m.
That’s why I am asking whether residents in Wiltshire and Swindon would be prepared to pay an extra £1 a month to help bridge this gap.
This increase will mean that I can protect frontline services from further reductions and maintain the current level of service.
The consultation which runs from 2nd January 2018 to midday 31st January 2018 wants to hear your views on the proposed increase.
For more information on how to share your views please visit, you can also email or use #AskAngusPCC on social media.
With best wishes for 2018,
Angus Macpherson MBE
Police and Crime Commissioner for Wiltshire and Swindon



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 - and please copy in our Unitary Councillor Jacqui Lay  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.  



Parish Newsletter - 19th March 2018 Click Here

Parish Newsletter - 12th March 2018 Click Here

Parish Newsletter - 26th February 2018 Click Here

Parish Newsletter - 15th February 2018 Click Here

Parish Newsletter - 6th February 2018 Click Here


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.



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. 


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.


CLICK HERE to find out if you're eligible.


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


CLICK HERE to see the briefing note.

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.

The application for the designation of Purton Parish as a neighbourhood area from Purton Parish Council can be viewed at
Comments can also be made by email  For more information Click Here 

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 . Click Here for more information.

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 (, Unicef ( and Oxfam (

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

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 – 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.

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.

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.  

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 or using MyWilts app on a smart phone, where you will receive updates.

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

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.

There are vacancies at Upper Pavenhill Allotments. For further information please contact  Robert Glare 07510 208217  or Geoff Simpkins 01793 772008.

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.

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.

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.

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.


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


   For more information about the trust click here.


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: for further information.
Join the social media campaign with #LetsEndIt
Home sampling kits are available in Wiltshire via

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 ( 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

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.
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