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‘Could do better’ – town council’s view of Wiltshire’s climate strategy

MELKSHAM Town Council has described Wiltshire Council’s draft climate strategy as lacking ambition and tangible targets, as well as lacking progress. They were considering Wiltshire Council’s climate strategy…

Railway station’s café not on track yet for town council funding

MELKSHAM Town Council has raised a ‘significant concern’ that the railway station’s café is not open to serve customers using the busiest rail services in the morning. However,…

Town council’s war on speeding moving out of neutral?

AFTER a number of false starts to their plan to install speed indicator devices across the town, the town council has agreed to spend up to £15,000 to…

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A message from Ian and Sue

A message from Ian and Sue

THIS year Melksham Independent News is proudly celebrating its 40th anniversary. 40 years for a local…

Friends group must pay to meet in Assembly Hall

A GROUP which has been formed to support and promote Melksham Assembly Hall, were forced…

Melksham Bloomers hit Gold again!

Melksham Bloomers hit Gold again!

MELKSHAM Bloomers put the town on the map  again last week as they were awarded…

Melksham’s morph man completes London and Brighton marathons

Melksham’s morph man completes London and Brighton marathons

Melksham’s very own  #charitymorphman, Robbie Newton – recently ran the Brighton and London Marathons to…

Community Christmas Dinner is back

MELKSHAM’S Community Christmas Dinner is back, but in a new place and with new faces…

Blue Pool’s “price hike” stuns members 

MEMBERS of Melksham Blue Pool have been left “flabbergasted” by changes to the cost of…

Volunteering and helping out

Could you help older peoples and carers have their say?

COULD you help share the opinions of older people and carers in Melksham with Wiltshire Council?  The Melksham Area Board’s ‘Older Peoples and Carers Champion for Melksham’…

Could you provide an chance for a young volunteer?

YEAR 12 students in Melksham Oak are looking for opportunities to volunteer in the community in Melksham.  This is to further their skills and social awareness, and…

Can you help this year’s Poppy Appeal?

VOLUNTEERS are needed to help support this year’s Poppy Appeal.  Poppy Appeal organiser, Trevor Paterson says, “The Royal British Legion will be launching this year’s Poppy Appeal…

Things to do

Autumn line-up at the Assembly Hall

LIVE music events are back at the Assembly Hall, with something for all tastes in a much-anticipated autumn programme.  On Saturday 16th October, the Female of the…

Sponsored bible reading

THE Benefice of Atworth with Shaw & Whitley are once again having a sponsored ‘Bible Reading’ to raise much-needed funds.   Lynne Spencer, churchwarden of St Michael’s…

Live music, charity breakfasts and a Halloween disco at the Pig and Whistle

A CHARITY breakfast club will be held at the Pig and Whistle in Woodrow Road on Saturday 16th October, from 9am to 2pm. This event is raising…

Staying well

Advice for patients who are contacting doctors’ surgery

GIFFORDS Surgery in Melksham has responded to criticism from a patient who was unhappy about the time it took for the surgery to respond to his call.…

Life-saving defibrillator for Bowerhill Industrial Estate

A NEW life-saving defibrillator has been installed on the Bowerhill Industrial Estate.  The new defibrillator can be found at Westbury Packaging on Lancaster Rd – it has…

Covid roundup

THE latest figures for Covid infection and vaccination rates for Westbury have been released. The current percentage of people aged 16+ within Westbury who have had both…


London Marathon run in memory of friend

A MELKSHAM member of the armed forces recently completed the London Marathon to raise money for Dorothy House Hospice.  Michael Jones ran the marathon in under four…

Air Ambulance launch popular Christmas cards

FESTIVE scenes across Devizes, Salisbury and Bath feature on Wiltshire Air Ambulance’s Christmas cards this year.  The charity report, “Our helicopter is seen landing outside a snowy…

Mary-Ann conquers Walk for Life

LOCAL woman, Mary-Ann Pickett, has completed her sponsored walk for the Royal United Hospital in Bath.  Mary-Ann took part in the annual RUH Forever Friends Walk of…

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**Breaking News**

Covid vaccination site at Spencers to close on 3rd December.

Giffords Surgery have issued the following statement:

"Melksham and Boa Primary Care Network would like to advise our patients that our local Covid Vaccination programme run from Spencers, Melksham will be ending on Friday 3rd December 2021.

"Over the last 12 months we will have delivered more than 77, 000 covid vaccinations and 16,000 flu vaccines to patients from Spa

"Giffords and Bradford on Avon Surgeries. 95% of our patients have had their second Covid vaccine and all patients have received offers. We anticipate by 3rd December over 8,000 boosters will have been given and we will have offered a vaccination to all eligible patients. Our Nursing and residential home residents have all received their booster and housebound patients are being vaccinated as I write.

"Whilst delivering the vaccination programme we have continued to provide a full primary care service. Practices have increased capacity and are offering more appointments with clinicians and health professionals both by phone and face to face than pre-pandemic.

"The vaccination programme would not have been possible without the simply wonderful support of our local community. Our thanks go to our team of dedicated clinical and non- clinical volunteers who have consistently worked to vaccinate our patients with professionalism and good humour. We are extremely grateful to Spencer’s Sport and Social club for hosting the programme and to the local council for their support.

"Giffords, Spa and Bradford on Avon practices are hugely proud of what they have achieved in delivering vaccines to you, their patients. The time is now right to bring our local vaccine programme to a close to enable us to put all our efforts into our surgeries as we enter the challenging winter ahead.

"We would encourage you to promptly book your covid boosters as soon as you receive an invite which be done after a minimum gap of 182 days since your second vaccine dose.

"When Spencer’s completes it’s work appointments will be available at local Large Vaccination Centres such as Bath Race Course and some local pharmacies."
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