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 Covid-19 page.
Children's Book Characters Trail
As part of this year's StoryTown, until Sunday 1 November, there are 10 much-loved characters from children's books hiding in the windows of some of our town centre shops and businesses. Find the figures, tell us where on the entry form and you could win a prize! You can download a copy of the entry form, or pick one up from the Town Hall, the Tourist Information Centre, The Corsham Bookshop and Automattic Comics/Corsham Toy Shop. (With huge thanks to Corsham Knitting and Crochet Group for lending us Elmer, Spot, Peter Rabbit and the rest!)
Community Awards Re-Opened!
We have reopened this year's Community Awards to allow those local champions who did so much to help the Corsham community during lockdown and the ongoing Coronavirus Crisis to be nominated. There are so many people who made a difference, and still are making a difference, and we want to know about them. To nominate someone, download the nomination form or give us a call on 01249 702130 or drop us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will get a copy to you. You have until Friday 6 November to get nominating. (Previous nominations from earlier in the year are still valid so you do not need to submit another one.)
StoryTown Corsham - 16-18 October 2020
StoryTown is back for 2020! A lot of it's online, although there are some great events you can enjoy in person too (the latest guidance will be followed). Whether you like your words in a book, as a poem, a song; written by you or someone else; want to share what makes you Smile Inside or unleash your creativity through yoga or curl up with this year's Big Read - To Calais, In Ordinary Time by James Meek, there is something happening for you. And it's all FREE. You can download a copy of the StoryTown programme or pick up a copy later this week from venues across the town, including the Town Hall, The Corsham Bookshop, Corsham Library, The Pound and the Tourist Information Centre. Come on Corsham, tell us a story!
StoryTown 2020 Poetry Competition – Peacocks
Win the chance to read your poem on the radio, plus book token prizes! For the StoryTown 2020 Poetry Competition, we would like you to write a poem on the theme of peacocks.
There are three age
categories: Under 11s, 11-17 and 18 and over.
The judge is poet and broadcaster Dawn Gorman, who will read all the entries.
The winners in all
three age categories will be invited to read their poem on The Poetry Place poetry magazine programme on West Wilts Radio (www.westwiltsradio.com).
They will also each win a voucher for a meal for four people at The Swan Hotel in Bradford on Avon (www.theswanbradford.co.uk) where Dawn, in normal circumstances, holds her monthly poetry event, Words & Ears, and a £20 book token.
One runner up in each
category will receive a £10 book token.
Closing date: Midnight, Thursday 31st
Two Hours FREE Parking
The free parking all day, every day in all Corsham's car parks and the lifting of parking restrictions put in place by Wiltshire Council has now ended. (NHS staff and key care workers can still park for free but need proof - either a copy of their badge (with personal info deleted) or a letter from their employer left on the dashboard.) The Town Council has now launched a TWO HOURS FREE parking scheme, which will run until March 2021, to help our local businesses. You do still need to get a ticket.
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.