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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

The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Beacon Trail

Join Sir Barnaby Beacon and his seven friends as they go on an adventure for the Jubilee, and guide you through the Queen’s 70-year reign at the same time. Simply scan the QR codes in the seven locations in the town centre to collect digital stamps and choose what happens in the story, plus the characters come to life in augmented reality. Go to JubileeBeaconTrail.com to get started on this FREE family activity.

 

Find the Queen’s Corgis!

Thanks to the talented knitting members of Pickwick WI, there are corgis hiding in the windows of shops and businesses in the town centre from 21 May-5 June. Can you find them all? You can download an entry form or pick up a copy from the Town Hall and other locations in town. It’s FREE to take part and there’s a special Jubilee prize for the winner.

 

Taste of Corsham – 18 June

It’s back! Taste of Corsham, our celebration of local and regional food and drink, returns on Saturday 18 June, 10am-4pm, in the town centre. This year’s treats include a picnic lawn at the Digital Mansion, with live music there and on the Taste Stage by Co-op; children’s sports and activities, and the return of the Taste Trail! Come and join us for day of foodie fun in the sun in Corsham. If you’re interested in taking part, or want to know more, email tasteofcorsham@gmail.com.

 

Jubilee Summer Fete – 9 July

Plans are underway for our first Summer Fete since 2018. There’ll be community stalls, food and drink (including the bar run by Kettlesmith’s), fun and games, fairground rides, live music, the traditional dog show run by Guide Dogs, Jubilee-themed activities and, fingers crossed,  a very special flypast. It’s all happening on Saturday 9 July, 12-4pm, at Springfield Rec. To take part or for more information, email sthomas@corsham.gov.uk.

 

Statement on Ukraine

Corsham Town Council supports the people of Ukraine and strongly condemns the attacks and violations of the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Ukraine. We express our full support and solidarity to the Ukrainian people and our peers in local government.

We know Corsham's caring community has been moved beyond words by the heart-breaking plight of Ukraine and its people and want to help. Wiltshire Council has produced a comprehensive list of charities collecting for Ukraine. If you can, giving money to established charities seems to be the best way to support as it can be spent locally, and for specific items, in Ukraine itself, as well as Poland, Hungary and other bordering countries taking in the Ukrainian people. A list of the major charities taking donations, including the Ukraine Disaster Emergency Committee Crisis Fund (DEC), can be found on Wiltshire Council’s website.

 

Town Council Co-Options for Councillor Vacancies

Corsham Town Council has a vacancy for a Town Councillor in Corsham Neston Ward, which will be filled by co-option. This is an interesting and valuable role and an opportunity to be involved in making decisions about what happens in the town. Details of the vacancy can be found at the links below:

Co Option Poster

Co Option Guidance for Applicants

Co Option Application Form

 

Potley Community Art Project

Expressions of interest are invited from artists experienced in community engagement, co-creation and socially engaged practice, for a commission at Potley, Corsham. Corsham Town Council plans over the next two years for an individual or company to collaborate with the community to produce a piece, or pieces, of public art.

Read the brief

 

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.

 

Two Hours FREE Parking

The Town Council is funding the TWO HOURS FREE parking scheme, which will run until at least March 2023, to help our local businesses. You do still need to get a ticket, though.

 

Corsham and coronavirus - latest information

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

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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