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Library reopening delay comes under fire

A LOCAL book lover has criticised Wiltshire Council for its delay in reopening libraries in the county.  Wiltshire Council has earmarked early August as a possible date for reopening…

Tensions flare at town council meeting

ONGOING tensions between councillors at Melksham Town Council flared up at a meeting this week. At the full council meeting, one councillor described others as ‘not particularly pleasant’,…

Campaigners appeal for Wiltshire Council to ban ‘dangerous’ weedkiller after £8 billion U.S. payout

WILDLIFE campaigners are appealing again for Wiltshire Council to ban its use of a controversial weedkiller. The call for a ban comes after news from the United States of…

Community Response team marks 100 days of lockdown

THE Melksham Community Response team marked 100 days of lockdown last week with a look back on the achievements of the volunteer service.  On the 100th day of…

Six year old’s recipe for success!

A YOUNG entrepreneur has launched her very own cookie business during the lockdown period. Six year old Sofia Menghini-Nicholls, who has aspirations of taking the cookie world by storm is…

New solar farm for Beanacre?

A PROPOSED new solar farm in Beanacre has been welcomed by Melksham’s two councils – but concerns have been raised about its potential impact on neighbouring residents and the risk…

Silent auction for Help For Heroes

  Andy York Photography is hosting a silent auction to raise money for national charity, Help For Heroes. The local photography shop, based in the Littlebrook Centre, is…

Charity award for ‘outstanding’ canal volunteers

  The Melksham, Chippenham & Calne branch of the Wilts & Berks Canal Trust has received the charity’s annual Tony Davy Award for 2019. The accolade – named…

This Issue

BREAKING NEWS – Melksham Campus timeline revised

BREAKING NEWS – Melksham Campus timeline revised

WILTSHIRE Council has agreed to continue the Melksham Campus project on a revised timeline due…

End of an era for Union Street chippy

IT was the end of an era at The Fisheries last month, as the Edney…

Historic Market Place pub to stay closed

POPULAR Market Place pub, The Kings Arms Hotel, is to remain closed for the forseeable future.…

From Saturday boy to MD!

Managing director of the award-winning automotive parts distributor and retailer, Melksham Motor Spares, Phil Dodd,…

Primary school receives award for staff support during pandemic

  SEMINGTON’S primary school, St George’s, has received a ‘Gold Award’ for its care of the…

Primary school pupils meet during lockdown

HOME schooled students from Forest & Sandridge School have been meeting with teachers and friends…

Melksham market is welcomed back post-lockdown

Melksham market is welcomed back post-lockdown

AFTER months away due to lockdown restrictions, Melksham’s Tuesday market made a full return this week…

Returning to rhythms and routines of school

MELKSHAM Independent News caught up with Alan Henderson, principal of Melksham Oak Community School to…

Primary school hosts Great Bake Off competition

The Manor School hosted a Bake Off competition, styled after the popular Channel Four show,…

Wiltshire Council appoints chief executive officer

THE role of chief executive officer of Wiltshire Council has been taken up by Terence…

Witness Appeal Following Incident In Car Park

Witness Appeal Following Incident In Car Park

We’re appealing for witnesses to an incident in a supermarket car park near Melksham. At…

Volunteering and helping out

Knorr-Bremse Donate Face Shields to Local Care Homes

Knorr-Bremse Donate Face Shields to Local Care Homes

MELKSHAM-based Knorr-Bremse Rail Systems UK, have been manufacturing 3-D printed face masks and donating them to local care homes. “Knorr-Bremse wanted to do something in support of…

Rocking Horse Nursery children make bunting for Mavern’s elderly residents

Rocking Horse Nursery children make bunting for Mavern’s elderly residents

THE children at Rocking Horse Nursery took VE Day bunting over the Mavern House Nursing Home to help the elderly residents celebrate VE Day. “Before lockdown we were…

VE Day Party Bags from the Melksham Community Meal team

VE Day Party Bags from the Melksham Community Meal team

THE Melksham Community Meals Team had a busy time for VE Day delivering party bags to 50 of their users. The oldest couple were Allan and Edna…

Things to do

Young Melksham – Online Youth Club – Tuesday and Thursdays

Young Melksham – Online Youth Club – Tuesday and Thursdays

Young Melksham are launching our new online youth club. Join them online and join in with their online activities, live chats and fun at https://www.facebook.com/groups/YoungMelkshamOnlineYouthClub/…

People asked to share their lockdown experiences

People asked to share their lockdown experiences

PEOPLE are being asked to share their stories and experiences of living in lockdown to help Wiltshire Council create a new archive. The council’s Wiltshire and Swindon…

Blue Sky & Beyond: Bringing blue skies into your home

Blue Sky & Beyond: Bringing blue skies into your home

Pound Arts Corsham to host digital alternative to Blue Sky Festival 8-14 June 2020 It is with enormous pleasure that today Pound Arts launches Blue Sky &…

Staying well

Melksham gets in tune!

Melksham gets in tune!

A new community radio station for Melksham has been awarded a licence by the broadcasting industry regulator OFCOM, Bringing a new era of communication to Melksham and…

Dementia lifeline reopens

Dementia lifeline reopens

ALZHEIMER’S Support has resumed home support visits to people living with dementia in Wiltshire this week. The Wiltshire charity, which stopped visits to all but the most…

Father and son support people to be healthy

Father and son support people to be healthy

A member of Wiltshire Council’s Active Health team has enlisted the help of his son to put together a short exercise video to support those individuals who…

Fundraising

Lockdown street fayre raises hundreds for charity

MELKSHAM charity, Evie’s Gift, raised over £560 by hosting a ‘Lockdown Street Fayre’ last month on Facebook Founder of the charity, Bryan Clover said, “The event proved to…

Wiltshire Air Ambulance launches new clothing banks

Wiltshire Air Ambulance has teamed up with Recycling Solutions to install charity clothing banks across the county.  The charity says, “It gives the Wiltshire public the opportunity…

Youngster’s keepy uppy football challenge raised funds for NHS

FOOTBALL-loving youngster Lewis Hayward has come up with a unique way to raise money for the NHS. He has already raised  £1,292 with his Keepy Uppy Challenge…

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