Community News & Events
There are a number of activities taking place throughout the year in the many clubs and groups based in and around the neighbourhood.
A current summary of local events can be found within the 'Events' page or on the front page of the community newsletter. For full contact details see the relevant community group or service.
Photograph reproduced by kind premission © Katie Norman 'Jubilee celebrations'
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Look after yourself this winter
As the dark nights draw in across Wiltshire and winter really starts to bite, it’s worth thinking about how we can all make sure we’re looking after ourselves and staying well over the cold winter months.
The NHS recently launched its annual winter campaign – Help Us Help You– which is here to help make it easier to understand the things you can do.
We all know hospitals and surgeries can be especially busy during the winter months and it can often be tricky to know the best place to go for help, so here’s some handy tips to see you though until spring:
1. It’s not too late to get your flu jab
The free flu vaccination is offered to those who are at increased risk from the effects of flu, including people aged 65 and over, pregnant women, those with underlying health conditions and children aged 2-10. If you’ve not had one yet, it’s not too late.
2. Call 111 or visit 111.nhs.uk online
If you’re unsure where to go and think you need urgent medical attention, but it’s not life-threatening, contacting NHS 111 can help you make sure you reach the most suitable NHS service for your needs.
3. Ask a pharmacist for advice before minor ailments or winter illnesses get worse
Community pharmacists are qualified healthcare professional who can offer clinical advice and over the counter medicines to safely manage things like coughs, colds and sore throats.
It’s quick and convenient to see a pharmacist– you don’t need to book an appointment and can often be seen in a private consultation room.
4. See your GP in the evening or weekend if you can’t see them during the day
If you need to see a GP but find it hard to find the time during routine hours, appointments with a GP, nurse or other healthcare professionals are often available in the evenings and at weekends through many local practices or other local NHS services.
For more information about services in your area visit:
GRANTS FOR SUSTAINABILITY
How can I get a £40,000 grant from the Rural Community Energy Fund?”
The RCEF is a grant fund designed to help communities to develop their own local, clean and renewable sources of energy generation which benefit their locality and the wider environment.
- Phase I of the scheme offers up to £40,000 for a feasibility study.
- Phase II of the scheme offers up to £100,000 to cover further project development costs.
To help Community Groups, Parish Councils and registered social landlords make strong and eligible applications for funding, the Regional Energy Hub is holding a workshop in conjunction with Wiltshire Council and Swindon and Wiltshire Local Economic Partnership.
The event will be on Monday 25 November 2019 from 5.30pm to 7.30pm at the Council Chamber in Wiltshire Council’s Monkton Park offices, Chippenham.
Have you considered trading on the market or promoting your local business or are you an entrepreneur, who wishes to start a business? To ensure a vibrant and bustling market with a great retail offering for locals and visitors to Royal Wootton Bassett, we are continually looking for new traders.
SPECIAL OFFER WEDNESDAY MARKET
Wiltshire Council are currently waiving the fee for a pitch for one year.
They would like to see stalls selling cosmetics, bed linen; jewellery, footwear and clothing and more, come and join us each week.
If interested please call Royal Wootton Bassett Town Council on 01793 850222 for more information.
The Weekly Market is held on Wednesdays throughout the year, around the Town Hall in the High Street between 8.30am to 4.00pm
A clothes recycling bin situated in the Village Hall car park is provided by the BIU Group who work with various charities across the country. They raise funds for one of the groups newest partners Hope For Tomorrow which work with the NHS Trust to provide Mobile Cancer Care Units. Please make use of it.
Please be thoughtful of your neighbours and avoid lighting up on a Sunday afternoon.
If you need to have a bonfire please check the strength and direction of the wind before lighting up.
It is an offence to cause a smoke hazard across a road