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Melksham, Month by month through 2011

It's December 2011 ... and the run up to Christmas. Yesterday afternoon, I was tidying up thousands of picture I have taken this year, and I've chosen one picture from each month - link [here] - to show something of Melksham and remind you about what's been happening in the town / surrounding area.

Opportunity for Melksham - JanuaryJanuary's Picture - "An Opportunity for Melksham?" advertises the shop front, during a consultation on the re-coming of the Wilts and Berks Canal. That's a scheme that has progressed well through the year, and will indeed by a tremendous opportunity. A few weeks ago I saw some updated / fine tuned plans, and I look forward to the time that an active waterway brings investment and people to the town. [more]


Clearing the ground for a bigger Sainsburys - FebruaryFebruary's Picture shows trees felled at Sainsbury's for their store extension. Both Sainsbury's and Asda did themselves no favors with their ground clearance activities - mature trees lost which many considered unnecessary at both. But the howls of outrage were somewhat muffled when trees at the nature reserve were pollarded; that looks to the uninitiated like "cut down" too, and serves as a reminder that trees are transient to some extent and will grow again and back in fresh places. Both Sainsbury and Asda are now open in their expanded or new form, and both appear to be doing well. The high street, too, has been busy of late and the overall picture is of a town that's developing and doing well. [more]


Locks at the Electric Substation - March - For March, I have chosen a picture of the padlocks on the electric substation at Beanacre. Not so much "in the news" but a reminder of services that we all rely upon - the gas, the water, and the electricity. Not to forget the IT superhighway - broadband connection. We've upped our own connections to 100 Mbit this year - those are spectacular figures compared to what we could have even a couple of years ago. The picture in not as rosy in some of the villages, and even BT's "infinity" system is far from infinite in our area; their sales rep called me to invite me to upgrade to just 38 Mbit the other day. Melksham Broadband Comparison and [more]


Woolmore Farm - proposed Campus site - AprilApril saw proposals for a "Melksham Campus" being pushed ahead, care of the Area Board of Wilthire Council. In my view, it's sensible to replace a whole series of outdated facilities, with expensive maintainable bill ever rising, with a far lower number of purpose built modern facilities which will cut maintainable costs, and allow facilities to be open far longer by sharing running costs, and allow those facilities to provide for what's needed now and in th future rather than what was needed 20 years ago. However, the single site chosen on land at Woolmore farm (farm buildings pictured for April) was considered by many people to be inappropriate - a library that's a mile and a half out of town and a youth centre that's right beside the school didn't seem exactly ideal. [detail] and [more]


Road Works in the High Street - MayMy May picture shows road works in Melksham's Town Centre. The replacement of the pavements - which has taken place over a very long period - has resulted in major disruption in the town centre. Local businesses have complained at the effect on their trade, and many people have asked whether it had to be so slow. Comparison was made to the speed of road changes at Lidl and Asda, which appeared to be much more major and happened in a short period. [more]


Launch breakfast for the Food Festival - JuneIn June, I attended the launch breakfast for the publicity machine for the Melksham Festival of Food and Drink, now becoming a regular feature on the Melksham Calendar. Here, at the launch at Leekes, are Andrew Morgan of the Town Council and Sam Geddes who - amongst other roles - is press officer for the Chamber of Commerce.


Melksham Carnival and Party in the park - JulyJuly saw the Melksham Carnival and Party in the Park. As ever - a great day, with large crowds attending both events. My picture shows one of the carnival floats wriggling around from Coronation Road to Warwick Crescent - back on the "old route" from previous years. [more]


Trial Train service - AugustIn August, First Great Western ran some extra trains early on Sunday mornings on the TransWilts line that serves Melksham. It was something of a "trial" - a challenge to those of us who've campaigned for an improved service to show that we could bring in extra business for them. Alas, First Great Western had to change their planning to lengthen the trains from their initial plan twice over, and they were still full to the point of being almost overcrowded. And that was after we scaled right back on our advertising to the extent that people complained that they hadn't heard about the service until it was too late! [detail]


Car parking and street parking - SeptemberParking - both roadside and in Council owned car parks - has been a major issue across Wiltshire this year. Wiltshire Council has, against howls of protests from some, raised charges dramatically. This has resulted in a change in the metrics of parking - almost emptying the previously full (previously free for 1 hour) central car park, and bringing much more roadside parking, as well as a major increase in use of car parks such as Lowbourne and Kings Street which are more convenient to many, and are now at the same price as the Central Car Park. My September picture shows daytime parking in Ruskin Avenue, where proposals for restrictions are now going through. Further article (personal view [here].


Melksham grows - where there were fields, there are now houses - OctoberIn October 2009, this was a field. Here, in October 2011, are houses - as Melksham expands to the East. A great pity for those of us who used to walk our dogs here, but there are other field areas remaining and I - for one - am very encouraging of the growth of Melksham. It's good to help maintain the town at the sort of size that it can support a vibrant High Street, a good rail service, a flexible and modern campus, a secondary school, a tourist industry, and much more. I welcome the newcomers to the town.


Historic Society - slide show of changing Melksham - NovemberMelksham HAS changed dramatically over the years - and Mr Seager's slide show on 23rd November showed us just how much. A few - a very few - of the shops he showed us from 30 years ago remain. But gone are the Temperence Hotel, the International Stores, the Halifax, Currys, Dewhursts, and many, many more. Changes are also opportunities. Mobile phone shops, curry houses, baguette bars, Komix, Computer Games shops and a host of others who serve modern industries would have been ahead of their time in the 1950s and would have quickly folded. But now, these shops are running strong and long may they continue to do so. [more]


Melksham House - purchased by Wiltshire Council for our Campus - DecemberFor December, I'm finishing up with a view of Melksham House. But that's because it's really a starting point. Through a bit of lateral thinking, and a willingness to be flexible by many people, the proposed Campus site has been switched from the fields of Woolmore Farm to Melksham House, just a few yards from the Market place. In the spring, Woollmore Farm was hailed as the only option. But in October, Wiltshire Council purchased Melksham House from Cooper Tires, and on 13th December the Council gave the green light to a major expenditure there to put in new facilities. All very sensible - Melksham House has in any case been something of a community centre for quite a while, and so it's an ongoing facility rather than a totally new one. And it meets the needs of the "single site" and the "town centre" sides who appeared to be locked in an unjoinable divide in the Spring.[more]





By Choosing just one picture per month, I have had to exclude a whole series of items / pictures that I could have chosen. The occasional "no news" month has been more than made up for this year by months which have overflowed with good news stories ...

Here - in the order I went through the year - are the items that I considered, but then didn't make the lead for the month. Each a good story in its own right, and each of which will have a positive influence for next year.

Well House Manor Opens for Cream Teas [detail] / Independent Traders group formed / Melksham Forward [more] / Defibrillator Campaign [more] / A further Dog [more] / Santa Train [pictures] / Christmas Lights [more]




What WILL next year bring? I don't know for sure, but I have the following major items on my agenda / calendar to keep an eye on ...

Olympics / Re-franchise of local rail services / Golden Jubilee / Campus / Canal

Each and every one of those will be big subjects in Melksham. They can all be tremendously positive. And in each case, we have the ability to influence the way they happen and make the very best of what they provide. I'm really looking forward to 2012.
(written 2011-12-23, updated 2011-12-24)

 
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  [4672] Annual review of Melksham Matters for Chamber of Commerce AGM - (2016-05-15)
  [4399] The Campus in Melksham - name, logo, and livery choice - (2015-01-18)
  [4278] Future Swindon - Westbury train services. At current level into the future? - (2014-05-25)
  [4170] Herman Miller coming to Melksham - the Chamber of Commerce is briefed - (2013-09-10)
  [4164] Melksham Market - every Tuesday - (2013-09-03)
  [4151] Tell me a bit about Melksham - (2013-08-10)
  [4103] Questions from children about Melksham Campus - (2013-05-26)
  [4097] Melksham Chamber of Commerce - Report for AGM, 21st May 2013 - (2013-05-21)
  [4046] Over a hundred welcoming businesses - Melksham Town Centre - (2013-03-17)
  [4041] Report on the last year - Melksham Chamber of Commerce and Industry for Melksham Without Parish Council - (2013-03-11)
  [4014] Costa Coffee in Melksham - is it a good idea? - (2013-02-22)
  [4002] Images of Melksham you havent seen before - (2013-02-13)
  [3987] Melksham Chamber of Commerce - join us in our future - (2013-01-21)
  [3948] Quiet little town? Advanced Technology Centre? - (2012-12-08)
  [3889] Melksham Chamber of Commerce - whence in 2013 and beyond? - (2012-10-12)
  [3880] Chamber of Commerce - looking forward in Melksham and in Wessex - (2012-10-04)
  [3867] The difficult interface between the business, council and voluntary sectors - (2012-09-19)
  [3850] Bus times - Chippenham Station to Melksham, with London connections - (2012-08-25)
  [3818] Making things happen - litter and ASB and lost dogs in Melksham - (2012-07-25)
  [3812] The Melksham News - July 2012 - Part 1, Campus and Chamber of Commerce - (2012-07-22)
  [3787] Melksham Pride - the Chamber of Commerce, and the future - (2012-06-29)
  [3768] Melksham Chamber of Commerce - looking to our future shape. Pivotal meeting next Tuesday - (2012-06-19)
  [3767] How well do you know Melksham? - (2012-06-17)
  [3752] Melksham Visitors Map - Bus routes and train lines to and from the town - (2012-06-04)
  [3751] Public transport for international arrivals into Melksham - (2012-06-04)
  [3748] Not everyone has a computer - 9 more ways to learn about the Melksham Campus - (2012-06-03)
  [3739] Go green - business seminar in Melksham - (2012-05-21)
  [3732] Ten more visitors to your premises every day? - (2012-05-14)
  [3714] Just 12 winners? Or 371 or more? Town Centres. - (2012-04-30)
  [3710] Encouraging business in Melksham and its neighbourhood - keep business local?? - (2012-04-27)
  [3706] An exciting Chamber of Commerce AGM - sound like an Oxymoron? - (2012-04-25)
  [3700] Why do people use chains rather than independent traders? - (2012-04-18)
  [3697] Events in Melksham - read all about them, and tell us about yours - (2012-04-15)
  [3696] Melksham government and business organisations - (2012-04-14)
  [3693] Wiltshire Business Support Service - (2012-04-11)
  [3682] Melksham Business Newsreel - (2012-04-03)
  [3677] Some advise for guest speakers at meetings - (2012-03-31)
  [3672] Melksham Train Service - please support the TransWilts case for regular trains - (2012-03-25)
  [3663] Changing shops and organisations - Melksham, the last and next five years - (2012-03-21)
  [3627] Meeting Report - Tuesday 21st Feb - to Melksham Chamber of Commerce from Shadow Community Operations Board - (2012-02-27)
  [3598] Melksham Civic Awards - report and pictures - (2012-01-29)
  [3527] Melksham - changing times, an opportunity for the future - (2011-11-23)
  [3496] Melksham - Business to Business Speed Networking - build ahead for 2012 - (2011-10-26)
  [3495] Looking forward - Chamber of Commerce has 2012 and beyond on the agenda - (2011-10-26)
  [3492] Upcoming events in and about Melksham - more dates for your diary - (2011-10-22)
  [3481] Some thoughts in answer to some Melksham Campus questions - (2011-10-14)
  [3475] Havant - Shop Frontages. - (2011-10-12)
  [3470] Currently pictured in Melksham - (2011-10-09)
  [3438] Melksham to become a part of Trowbridge? - (2011-09-13)
  [3427] What is on the Melksham Agenda? - (2011-09-09)
  [3423] 1 + 1 + 1 + 1 = 12? - (2011-09-07)
  [3420] Making best use of the new enthusiasm for Melksham - (2011-09-05)
  [3383] Are people who walk into Melksham being asked to subsidise parking? - (2011-08-09)
  [3380] Melksham Jelly - An Occasional Office for Home Workers - (2011-08-06)
  [3343] Summer Sunday Train Service Starts - Swindon Chippenham and Melksham to Weymouth - (2011-07-03)
  [3340] Summer Sunday Timetable - TransWilts Trains - (2011-06-30)
  [3334] A lesson from the sporran market? - (2011-06-25)
  [3325] The Olympic Torch, and Melksham House - (2011-06-14)
  [3307] Melksham Community Radio launches - (2011-05-28)
  [3299] Presidents Report to Melksham Chamber of Commerce, 24.5.2011 - (2011-05-24)
  [3279] Letter to The Editor - (2011-05-06)
  [3275] Melksham Chamber of Commerce - grows to appoint new Press Officer. Welcome. Sam - (2011-05-02)
  [3272] Melksham Car Parking - current charges and limits - (2011-05-01)
  [3249] Events - Spring and Early Summer 2011 in Melksham - (2011-04-17)
  [3246] Melksham - the way forward. 26th April, Well House Manor - (2011-04-13)
  [3217] Vandalism and riot from the minority - the effect - (2011-03-28)
  [3214] Melksham Campus - any last minute inputs from Melksham businesses? - (2011-03-26)
  [3193] Melksham Campus - what, why, questions, concerns and how you can input - (2011-03-04)
  [3188] What proportion of the British Workforce still works a Monday to Friday, 9 to 5, week? - (2011-03-01)
  [3173] What is the Melksham Chamber of Commerce? - (2011-02-18)
  [3172] On consultations, car parking, and Melksham town centre - (2011-02-17)
  [3162] Keep your business customer-friendly! - (2011-02-09)
  [3141] Wiltshire Rail services - a golden opportunity - (2011-01-21)
  [3117] Opportunities for Melksham - new businesses in the town - (2011-01-01)
  [3113] Trowbridge and Melksham to Chippenham - more roadworks, even slower journey over the winter - (2010-12-30)
  [3088] Melksham - two many councils? - (2010-12-16)
  [2995] A river in Melksham is not just for boaters. - (2010-10-11)
  [2982] Travel, Transport and Tourism - A vision for Melksham, 2026 - (2010-10-03)
  [2959] A Melksham news roundup - (2010-09-18)
  [2957] Welcome to Countrywides new Melksham store - (2010-09-15)
  [2932] Getting into and out of Wiltshire towns .. a.k.a. Car Parking? - (2010-08-23)
  [2891] Wiltshire Council ask how they can help businesses - (2010-07-27)
  [2883] Melksham Oak - photos of the new community school - (2010-07-22)
  [2872] Moved - Melksham Lorry Park - (2010-07-15)
  [2867] Cycling in Melksham, and looking forward - (2010-07-11)
  [2853] Transport in Wessex - today and into the future - (2010-07-04)
  [2837] Lorry Parking in Melksham - (2010-06-29)
  [2827] Melksham - a gem in Wiltshire - (2010-06-26)
  [2782] Tell the Melksham Chamber or you only have yourself to blame - (2010-05-26)
  [2779] The history and future of Melksham Chamber of Commerce - (2010-05-25)
  [2770] Melksham Chamber of Commerce - Presidents report to AGM - (2010-05-19)
  [2725] How do our tactics help us meet the strategy, for the greater good? - (2010-04-16)
  [2683] Car Parking in Melksham - (2010-03-18)
  [2666] Random thoughts on Melksham Town Planning and development - (2010-03-08)
  [2640] How is your tax pound spent? - (2010-02-18)
  [2594] Melksham Area - your community view is sought - (2010-01-23)
  [2568] Forums for your Melksham and open source discussions - (2010-01-09)
  [2546] How well do you know Melksham - a quiz for Christmas - (2009-12-21)
  [2544] Vision for Wiltshire - (2009-12-20)
  [2540] Rock and hard place .. and the relaxing right one won - (2009-12-18)
  [2531] Melksham - new Tuesday Market - (2009-12-09)
  [2521] Melksham Market - Tuesdays, 09:00 to 14:00 - (2009-12-01)
  [2514] The road show has been - where now? - (2009-11-27)
  [2508] Community Area Partnership - inaugural AGM - (2009-11-20)
  [2495] Planning the future of Wiltshire - (2009-11-07)
  [2487] Melksham Forum - (2009-11-01)
  [2465] Melksham Town - asleep or awake? - (2009-10-21)
  [2459] New Web Site for Melksham Chamber of Commerce - (2009-10-18)
  [2437] Wiltshire Unitary News - Chamber of Commerce Intelligence - (2009-10-04)
  [2328] Melksham - no trains, no southbound buses through the town - (2009-08-08)
  [2289] pre-Inaugural briefing - Melksham Community Area Partnership - (2009-07-15)
  [2288] Wiltshire Community Area Partnerships - (2009-07-15)
  [2260] Important - the future of Melksham / Chamber of Commerce - (2009-06-28)
  [2220] Melksham Traders - where do we go? - (2009-06-05)
  [2194] Melksham Business Map - Chamber of Commerce, Tourist Information and Town Council - (2009-05-21)
  [2181] You cannot please all of the people all of the time - (2009-05-14)
  [2119] Make your business a DESTINATION business - (2009-04-05)
  [2111] Business Networking for Melksham - 23rd April - (2009-04-01)
  [2095] Blue Ridge and Melksham Chambers of Commerce - (2009-03-21)
  [2043] Confidence, Customer Service and Tourism in Melksham - (2009-02-15)
  [1987] One Cheer for Local Democracy - Asda in Melksham - (2009-01-11)
  [1979] Looking forward, in Melksham, in 2009 - (2009-01-05)
  [1934] Lidl opens in Melksham - (2008-12-11)
  [1904] Ruby, Perl, Linux, MySQL - some training notes - (2008-11-23)
  [1892] Melksham Chamber of Commerce and Industry - (2008-11-17)
  [1881] Wiltshire Council says - part 1 - (2008-11-13)
  [1880] Melksham Chamber of Commerce, or the FSB - (2008-11-12)
  [1792] All the pieces fall into place - hotel and courses - (2008-09-10)
  [1748] Hotel room prices - Melksham, Wiltshire - (2008-08-11)
  [1642] Summer! - (2008-05-15)
  [1633] Changing a screen saver from a web page (PHP, Perl, OSX) - (2008-05-06)
  [1507] Comments on proposed Asda Superstore for Melksham - (2008-01-14)
  [1504] Flooding by Asda-s proposed new supermarket - (2008-01-12)
  [1476] Shopping for Christmas and looking forward - (2007-12-17)
  [1432] Wiltshire County Council - Budget Consultation - (2007-11-15)
  [1429] Remembrance day - inside a church and inside the day - (2007-11-11)
  [1250] Business speed networking - a place tonight! - (2007-06-28)
  [1223] Asda opening large new store in Melksham - (2007-06-08)
  [717] A customer service company - (2006-05-11)


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