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Welcome to Corsham Town Council

The Town Council’s aim is “to make Corsham the most desirable place in Wiltshire to live, work and visit, with a safe, active, healthy and sustainable community based around a vibrant and useful Town Centre”.

Here on this site you will find information about how the Town Council is working to fulfill that aim, along with details of the Council’s responsibilities and projects.

You will also find information and links about Corsham itself that may be of interest to both residents and visitors.

We hope that you enjoy visiting our site and if you have any comments or suggestions about what you would like to see here please email us.

For general enquiries please phone 01249 702130

Latest News

Town Council Co-Options for Councillor Vacancies

Due to Corsham Town Council wards being uncontested in the local elections, there are three vacancies for councillors which will now be filled by co option.  Two vacancies are available in Corsham Neston Ward and one in Corsham Ladbrook Ward. These are interesting and valuable roles and an opportunity to be involved in making decisions about what happens in the town. Details of the vacancies can be found at the links below:

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Co Option Guidance for Applicants

Co Option Application Form

 

Notice of Vacancy

Corsham Town Council has a vacancy for a Councillor in Corsham Pickwick Ward. If you are interested in becoming a Councillor, details can be found on the Notice of Vacancy.

 

Hire of the Town Hall

We are now welcoming enquiries for bookings from September. To ensure we keep within government guidelines to keep everyone safe, including our staff who work in the building, we have reduced our capacity and are adding a small extra charge for additional cleaning. Please get in touch if you would like to discuss your event. We very much look forward to welcoming back our hirers.

 

Corsham and coronavirus - latest information

For the most up-to-date Town Council and community information, please visit our Covid-19 page.

 

Christmas Lights Switch On

We are counting down to the Christmas Lights Switch On, on Friday 3rd December.

All the fun starts at 5pm, with Mr Wilson's Second Liners live on stage, before the lights go on at 6pm. We'll also have lots more live music,  street entertainment, market stalls along the High Street selling local produce, street food, craft gins, beers and festive cocktails, with plenty of early Christmas shopping ideas too, plus local charities raising money selling mulled wine and mince pies. Father Christmas will be making an appearance as well (although there's no grotto this year, to allow for more space around the stage).

Come and start Christmas in Corsham with us!

 

Remembrance Day

Corsham paid it’s respects on Remembrance Sunday to all those whom served and we should not forget.

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Funding Bid Approved

We are delighted that Wiltshire Council’s bid to the Department for Transport for funding to develop a feasibility study for a new station at Corsham has been approved.

A Strategic Outline Business Case will now be produced. This will be the first stage of the Department for Transport’s business case process and will set out in more detail the proposed project and the case for building a new station. It will also explain how the plans would fit strategically into local priorities and wider government transport ambitions.

Corsham Town Council Chairman Steve Abbott said “This is a really positive step forward. A new railway station would bring many benefits to the town and this funding should bring us closer to realising that aim.”

Corsham Town Council will continue to support Wiltshire Council and other local stakeholders as the project progresses.

 

StoryTown Poetry Competition

Calling all poets! Once again, as part of this year's StoryTown (15-17 October), poet and broadcaster Dawn Gorman (www.dawngorman.co.uk) is offering you the chance to read your poem on her radio show. The theme for 2021 is 'Telling Stories' and there are four age categories: Under 11s, 11-17s, Over 18s and Over 70s plus, new this year, a Local Poet Prize too. All the details and rules of entry are here, and you have until 31 December to enter. For more information, and to submit your poem, email poetrycompstorytown@gmail.com.

 

Town Hall

We are available and working at the Town Hall so, if you need to get in touch, call 01249 702130, email towncouncil@corsham.gov.uk or you can drop any correspondence in via the letterbox on the non-pub side of the Town Hall. If you cannot use these preferred means of contacting us - and we are usually very quick to respond - we are now open from 10am-4pm every day except Wednesday when we are closed to the public. You can call to make an appointment to visit outside these hours.

 

Two Hours FREE Parking

The Town Council is funding the TWO HOURS FREE parking scheme, which will run until at least March 2022, to help our local businesses. You do still need to get a ticket, though.

Corsham

Corsham is a medieval town in North West Wiltshire. It is at the south-eastern extreme of the Cotswolds, between Bath and Chippenham.

A market town within a large parish of around 13000 people, Corsham has grown rapidly since 2003.

Originally named Cosseha, there has been a settlement in Corsham since Anglo-Saxon times. Corsham Court has royal connections dating back centuries: King Ethelred (978-1017) kept house on the site of this old manor.

Corsham is said to have thrived on sheep and stone. From the 14th century until the wool industry moved to the north of the country in the 1800s, many Flemish weavers came to England and settled in the Cotswolds area, with a number making their home in Corsham. A row of 17th Century houses in the High Street is actually known as the ‘Flemish Cottages’. As for stone, Cotswold limestone has been used for building since Roman times. The stone quarried in and around Corsham then – as now - was the famous ‘Bath Stone’ and houses built from it can be seen in the High Street. In fact, Nikolaus Pevsner, the architectural historian, once wrote, “Corsham has no match in Wiltshire for wealth of good houses”.

Find out more about Corsham's history here.

 

 

 

Town Hall Hire

Corsham Town Hall is an ideal venue for social occasions.

Find out more about hiring the Hall here.

 

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Corsham Town Guide

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