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 us.
For general enquiries please phone 01249 702130
CORSHAM AND CORONAVIRUS - LATEST INFORMATION
For the most up-to-date Town Council and community information, please visit our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/corshamtowncouncil/.
Do You Need Help?
Wiltshire Council has set up a dedicated hub to support the most vulnerable residents during the ongoing COVID-19 situation.The Wiltshire Wellbeing Hub is available to anyone who is struggling during this difficult time, such as people who are shielding or self-isolating and don't have a support network around them or know where to get help. Wiltshire Council's team can help provide support but also signpost you to where additional help is available in your local area (ie the Town Council) with hundreds of community groups set-up across the county providing invaluable assistance.
You can get in touch with the hub via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 0300 003 4576. It's available from 8am-8pm Monday-Friday and 10am-4pm Saturday and Sunday.
If Wiltshire Council is unable to help, you can still call us on 01249 702130 and we will try and put you in touch with a local volunteer.
Corsham Foodbank is still open for business. They have changed their operation a little to try and distance clients from volunteers by making use of extra rooms at St Aldhelm’s.
Over the last few days they have had a lot of contact from families who are self-isolating. If the family meets the usual criteria for obtaining food from the Foodbank then they will continue to help but ask the family to arrange for a friend or relation to come and collect for them. Self-isolation on its own isn’t a reason to get help, though the Foodbank will always listen to the circumstances.
As far as food supplies are concerned, the things that the Foodbank need are listed below. Donations can be left at St Aldhelm’s Church (Pickwick Road, Corsham) from 10am- 11.30am on Tuesdays or 10am-12noon on Saturdays, or in the donation box at the Co-op.
If you have any questions please phone 07788 115095.
The items suggested are specific in order to meet the needs for the food boxes. Sizes are approximate and reflect the fact that they cater for single people, couples and families:
Fruit Juice (long life carton, 1 litre); Breakfast Cereal (small packets, 1kg packets, variety packs); Soup (tinned, 400g); Baked Beans (tinned, 400g and 200g); Tomatoes (tinned, 400g and 200g); Tinned Vegetables (assorted, 400g and 200g);Instant Mashed Potato; Meat (tinned, 400g and 200g); Fish (tinned, 100g); Fruit (tinned, 400g and 200g); Rice Pudding (tinned); UHT Milk (long life, 1 litre and 2 litre); Sponge Pudding (tinned, 400g and 200g); Pasta (various, 500g); Cooking Sauces (tins or packets); Sugar (500g); Tea Bags (40s,80s,160s); Biscuits (large packet, small packet); Snack Bars (e.g. cereal bars); Chocolate Bars (single bars or multipacks); Baby Foods (tinned, jarred).
The Foodbank is also happy to accept monetary donations which can be made by BACS: Account name: Corsham Churches Food Bank; Sort Code 40-17-17; Account no. 01547607. Thank you.
We're trying our best to keep an up-to-date list of our town centre shops, businesses and services and what they are doing during this time - many of the non-essential shops that are closed are still able to take orders and run deliveries. The most up-to-date version of the list will always be found on our Corsham Town Council Facebook page, but we will try to copy it here as well. (Those highlighted in blue have a Facebook page.)
Support for Businesses and the Self-Employed
Wiltshire Council has produced a round-up of the support available for businesses and the self-employed. For the most up-to-date information, visit www.gov.uk/coronavirus/business-support or Swindon and Wiltshire Growth Hub at https://growthhub.swlep.co.uk/topics/coronavirus-covid-19.
Certificate of Achievement for Children
With thanks to East Sussex County Council for the idea, and to local mum Maxine who had seen it on Facebook and suggested we do something too. Here's a Certificate of Achievement for all the little people you know who are having to stay home - or go to school without lots of their friends - miss other members of their families, can't go to swimming lessons or ballet or play football on a Saturday, or see a film at the cinema or do lots of what makes them happy, but who still manage to keep us happy and smiling with the things that they are doing. Print this certificate off and let them know why they're brilliant!
Advice for Volunteers
Whether you've volunteered to look after your street, are taking care of a vulnerable neighbour or are just helping out friends and relations during this time, here's the latest government advice on how to help safely to protect them and you: https://www.gov.uk/…/coronav…/coronavirus-how-to-help-safely Wiltshire Council has also produced a Volunteer Pack, which you can download from their website at http://www.wiltshire.gov.uk/news/articles/volunteer-pack-published.
Wiltshire Council - FREE Parking
From today all Wiltshire Council car parks across the county are FREE to use, to support residents and key workers during the ongoing Coronavirus situation. There are no time restrictions or charges in car parks, on and off-street parking bays and permit bays.In addition, Wiltshire Council will also be relaxing restrictions in residential areas to maximise the parking spaces available to residents who might be self-isolating or working from home. Timed restrictions in residential areas will be lifted so that residents can park on the road all day. All valid parking permits and season tickets will be frozen at this time.
This will be reviewed after three weeks in line with government guidance on staying at home and social distancing.
The Town Council-funded one-hour free parking, launched earlier this month, will be back when charges are reinstated.
Wiltshire Council's parking enforcement service will focus primarily on serious contraventions to prevent incidents of obstructive or dangerous parking that could have a more significant impact on safety and access for emergency and essential services.
Wiltshire Council - Latest Coronavirus News, Help and Advice
For Wiltshire Council's response to the crisis, and the changes they've made to services, etc, visit the coronavirus section on their website: http://www.wiltshire.gov.uk/public-health-coronavirus. You can also sign up for updates here too.
A Message from Corsham Town Council - 3 April 2020
Among all the messages going
around, there are just two main points to emphasise from the Town Council’s
perspective. Two weeks into the ‘stay at home’
period, we hope that there is no one out there in the community who is vulnerable
for whatever reason and does not have support.
If you know of anyone among your neighbours or friends who might be in
that position, either ring us or suggest that they ring us, and we will do what
Corsham Town Council Helpline 01249
Voluntary groups and individuals
have come forward to offer help with shopping or getting prescriptions and we
can usually link people who need support to a volunteer. We also have contact details for support
organisations such as Age UK, Citizens Advice and Wiltshire Mind.
The other important message is to
say thank you to all those in our community who are going above and beyond to
look after people and their needs during these difficult times, particularly
NHS staff and carers, and many others – too many to mention. In fact, a mere thank you is not enough. We realise at times like this the importance
of having a strong health care system staffed by hugely professional and
dedicated staff at all levels. And we
also depend on workers and volunteers in many other sectors, both public and
private, who help to keep our society together on a day-to-day basis.
On behalf of the Town Council, thank you - all of you - for what
you are doing.
Cllr Steve Abbott, Chairman, Corsham Town Council
David Martin, Chief Executive, Corsham Town Council
Coronavirus Statement from Corsham Town Council - 17 March 2020
people in Corsham have been asking for advice about Coronavirus and what to do
if people have to self-isolate. Many others have been stepping forward to volunteer with shopping
and other help and support for vulnerable people. The community spirit being
shown is fantastic, but there are a number of things to be considered and
Corsham Town Council would like to offer some suggestions that might avoid
officers and Councillors have met to discuss the best steps to help
support individuals affected by this emergency and will work with county
and national government, local doctors, pharmacists and community groups
to help with this.
updated information is available from these main sources
Government – www.gov.uk
of Health and Social care - https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/depart...
Health England - https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/public...
NHS UK - https://www.nhs.uk
media users, the following Twitter accounts will be regularly posting the
of Health and Social Care - @DHSCgovuk
Health England - @PHE_UK
England - @NHSEngland
Council has prepared a helpful Covid-19 web page with useful advice at
this link: http://www.wiltshire.gov.uk/public-health-coronavi....
already groups and individuals in Corsham who are offering to provide
support to vulnerable people and people who have had to self-isolate. We encourage such measures and suggest
that support is best provided, where possible, by near-neighbours known to
the person being supported.
be helpful if any groups and individuals giving support, or planning to do
so, could let the Town Council know so as to avoid unnecessary duplication
and other potential difficulties that may arise. Doing so would also mean that we will be
able to advise isolated or vulnerable people who contact us of the nearest
support group or individual.
note that the Town Council is taking its own measures to try to avoid spreading
or contracting the virus. We have closed the Town Hall to the public for the
time being so if you need to contact us please email, , or telephone 01249 702130. Alternatively, you can drop a letter through the
letterbox on the north (phone box) side of the Town Hall.
have also cancelled or postponed all face-to-face meetings and hall bookings
for the time being. This includes the Corsham Celebrates/Annual Town Meeting event
planned for 23 April.
all, please make sure you practice good hygiene, avoid unnecessary proximity to
each other and keep an eye on your neighbours and vulnerable people to help
keep our community as safe as we can.
Steve Abbott (Chairman) and David Martin (Chief Executive)
Here's the latest advice for allotment holders about visiting your plot:
Corsham Play Parks
interests of all our health and keeping in mind Government advice on the
importance of social distancing at this time, Corsham Town Council has made the
decision to close, with immediate effect, all its children’s play areas until
further notice. This
Springfield: Skate Park, BMX Track,
Parkour, Youth Shelter and Outdoor Gym
Dicketts Road Play Area
Meriton Avenue Play Area
Neston: Neston Play Area and Westwells Play Area
Gastard: Coppershell Play Area
Corsham Town Council managed general open spaces remain open for the time being.Thank you
for your patience and understanding. Stay safe!
Artists and Creative Practitioners Survey
Town Council has undertaken a research project to find out what impact the
coronavirus crisis has had on the town’s economy and the people whose work is
based here. We
have are currently surveying the town centre retailers and businesses but now want to look at other sectors.
The Town Council is very
aware, given Corsham’s reputation for the Arts, how many artists and creative
practitioners we have living and working here so want to find out how the
crisis has impacted on them. We have put together this short
survey - it should take less than five minutes to do - which we would be
grateful if you would complete by Friday 5 June. The final question asks for
suggestions for things we, as a Town Council, may be able to do to help
Corsham’s artistic community so, please, let us know your thoughts. You can
also email with your comments and ideas.
the survey here: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/C6KBF6F
Corsham in Bloom
Although we can't hold our usual Corsham in Bloom competitions this year, we have come up with a way we can still celebrate all that's blooming best about Corsham and its green-fingered residents. This year's Corsham in Bloom will have new categories, including Best Hanging Basket, Best Wildlife Garden and Best Miniature Garden, and the judging will be done based on photographs. We're still hoping that the annual Best Garden judging can go ahead in July but, just in case it can't, we're asking for pictures of your gardens that we'll use to short-list prior to judging, or use to choose the winners if we can't get out to judge. You can download the entry form, which has all the information you need, or give us a call on 01249 702130, and we'll put one in the post for you.
To find out more about Corsham’s Great War, including key dates, commemoration projects and the stories of the 115 men who did not return, please visit the Corsham Commemorates website.
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.
Corsham Town Hall is an ideal venue for social occasions.