Wednesday, 27 May 2015

Are you coming on Sunday?

Volunteers Day

St Margaret's Hall, Bradford on Avon 

Sunday 7th June 

12noon til 4pm

Volunteering is a great way to get in involved in your community and this is your chance to chat over what you can offer with those who need your help.  

Pop in, find out and enjoy a great future…..

Free admission and refreshments

As a local Councillor I am very much aware that there is an enormous need amongst the organisations in Bradford on Avon for volunteers to make things happen. Everyone from the Lions to the Leg Club would welcome more help.  Please find below a list of those attending along with some additional information.

I look forward to seeing you.

Cllr John Potter


Age UK
Thursday Club
Alzheimer's Support
Canal & River Trust jointly with Kennet & Avon Canal Trust
The Hub
Grave Yard Gardening Group & Millie’s Garden Volunteers
Wiltshire Time Credits
Made in Bradford on Avon
Bradford on Avon Tourist Information
Retained Firefighters
Volunteer Centre Wiltshire
Wiltshire Music Centre

Thursday, 14 May 2015

Help Keep Bradford on Avon the Best Place to Live


One of the reasons Bradford on Avon was recently voted as one of the best towns to live was because of the local community involvement and spirit.
There is so much that goes on in Bradford on Avon that relies on the amazing contribution  of the volunteers in the town:
  • Reporting overweight lorries crossing the Town Bridge
  • Maintaining beautiful gardens
  • Keeping the canal and river areas clear
  • Running a wide variety of clubs and societies
  • Preserving our beautiful buildings
  • Providing services to vulnerable people
  • Running numerous popular events – Duck Race, Pancake Race, May Day, Christmas Lights, Fireworks Display
  • And much, much more…


Without the time and skills of local volunteers, many of these activities would not happen – and extra help is always needed.

Did you realise that the Wiltshire Time Credits scheme recognises the time that individuals give to support the local community. For every one hour of your time you give to helping out your community they give you a one hour time credit back. You can spend your time credit on an activity at the place where you earned your credit, on other local activities and opportunities, give your credit as a gift to someone, or use your time credit elsewhere in the UK network.

Bradford on Avon Town Council, along with Boacan, is providing a fantastic opportunity for local voluntary groups and charities, by inviting them to take part in a 

Volunteer Day 
at St Margaret’s Hall, Bradford on Avon
on Sunday 7th June between 12noon and 4pm

As part of National Volunteers Week, this is a free event for both exhibitors and visitors.

Volunteering is a great way to get in involved in your community and this is your chance to chat over what you can offer with those who need your help.  Pop in, find out and enjoy a great future…..

Refreshments available.  Free admission

Wednesday, 13 May 2015

Western Railway Update

We hope you find the below information regarding the electrification works around Bath during Summer 2015 useful.  Please feel free to share with your contacts.

During a six week period this summer, 18th July to 31st August, Network Rail will carry out the essential infrastructure work which will involve a massive and complex railway track lowering and reconfiguring scheme to the east of Bath: track lowering at the east end of Box Tunnel and full track renewal throughout, switching and crossing works at Bathhampton Junction, track lowering in Sydney Gardens and also under a few bridges between Bathampton and Sydney Gardens.

This work is organised in two phases and the train services changes will reflect the two phases.  Please see outline below:

18th – 31st July 2015
Box Tunnel will be closed affecting journeys between Bath and Chippenham and journeys via Melksham. The Avon Valley services will run normally.

One train an hour will run between Bristol Temple Meads and London Paddington via Bath Spa and Chippenham which will be diverted with an added journey time of approximately 30 minutes

A second hourly Bristol to London Paddington service will run via an alternative route, running non-stop to Swindon

Some Trans Wilts trains via Melksham will be replaced by Rail Replacement buses

1st- 31st August 2015
The railway between Chippenham and Bath and Trowbridge to Bath will be closed. Services will still be running to and from the West of Bath.

Three trains per hour from Bath Spa: one HST service continues onto London Paddington, one direct HST service between Bath and Bristol Temple Meads, one stopping service between Bath and Bristol Temple Meads serving Keynsham and Oldfield Park (additional peak time services will be added and also call at Filton Abbey Wood)

Hourly service from Chippenham to London Paddington

Hourly service from Portsmouth Harbour to Swindon via Melksham. Customers should change at Swindon for connections to Bristol and South Wales

Half hourly service from Bristol Temple Meads to Cardiff Central

The Weymouth service will terminate at/start from Westbury with some re-timings

Comprehensive replacement bus service from Bath to: Westbury, Frome, Trowbridge, Bradford on Avon, Chippenham, Avoncliff, Freshford, Castle Cary and Bristol Temple Meads (peak only to connect with Weymouth line services)

For more information go to: where you will find dates of sessions to ask your questions.

Bradford on Avon Town Council

01225 864240