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Wiltshire Council is to replace around 8 separate facilities in the town with a combined campus. Originally, the front runner site was an are beside the Melksham Oak school at Woolmore Farm, but after local inputs (some of which got very passionate), Wiltshire Council purchased Melksham House from Cooper Tires and that's where the Campus should open in 2014. This page is a "blog track" for items and articles which I write on the Campus.
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4423Campus - about the logos / way marks you have been choosing from
The branding and waymarking of the new community campus in Melksham is going to be one of its headlines and something that will set its enduring memory into the future. And it's because of that important role that a subgroup of the Community Opererations Board - the COB - looked at the whole look and ...
4418Melksham Community Campus - which of these potential signs do you like?
Here are six potential logo / signs to be used for wayfinding and branding the Melksham Campus. Background colour is between this blue and a greener tone, campus name to be resolved but is between "Melksham Community Campus" and "Melksham House Community Campus". Those who have been involved in the ...
4399The Campus in Melksham - name, logo, and livery choice
What should the new Melksham Campus be called? How should it look and feel? The arts and heritage subgroup of the Community Operations Board took a look at this, with professional help, a year or so back and came to some conclusions about building the community into the whole fabric of the building ...
4311Melksham Campus - how is it going - October 2014
Last year, I was talking a lot about the Melksham Campus, with meetings most weeks, lots of community participation and a great deal of feedback to make sure that the look and feel, the transport and access, and the mix for various groups was all understood and agreed (or rather was compromised to make ...
4103Questions from children about Melksham Campus
Children ask us the most challenging of questions... here are some addressed to the chair of the "Melksham SCOB" - in other words to chap who's spearheading much of the Melksham Campus thought locally. 1) When are facilities being moved and will they stay the same? Will any be added to or taken away? 2) ...
4048Art, Catering, Transport - Melksham Campus Elements - reaching local experts
At last Tuesday's Chamber of Commerce meeting, I was robustly questioned on some elements of the Campus, due to my role on the Shadow Community Operations Board. Some of the questions had to be answered with "don't know"; for example, the Chamber meeting was a day before we met with the representatives ...
3735A walk around Melksham this morning. Can you place all of these?
A walk around Melksham this morning. Can you place all of these? I admit it - this was the other evening, but I like the picture! ...
3812The Melksham News - July 2012 - Part 1, Campus and Chamber of Commerce
Update, 22nd July 2012. With so much going on over the last few weeks, and summer holidays now with us, it's a good time to summarise where we stand on a number of issues. For Part 2 - Rail and Canal - see [here] Further sections to be added Melksham Campus .... The SCOB has completed the feasibility ...
3901How much parking should there be at Melksham Campus?
These are personal views ... and should not be taken as representing the view of any organisation of which I'm a member! Principles: 1. Anyone who wishes to drive to attend an activity at the Campus should be able to do so, and should be able to park within a distance that's reasonable for them to ...
3888What a difference a year made - Melksham Campus
Last year, an Area Board meeting in Melksham, the Campus project was pushed ahead with the majority of the councillors in support, but a vocal minority, and much of the public, seriously concerned that a campus on the outskirts of Melksham wasn't right for certain of the facilities. It's probably fair ...
3748Not everyone has a computer - 9 more ways to learn about the Melksham Campus
"Not everyone has a computer" ... written, by hand, on a notice about the Melksham Campus which gave the URL of the website as a source of further information. I agree - "not everyone has a computer" - and indeed the hard-to-reach groups that the town needs to engage as they move forward and change ...
3741Low carbon and other environmental lessons for the Melksham Campus?
Yesterday, I visited the Centre for Alternative Technology in midWales. It was supposed to be a holiday trip, but I found myself looking at various buildings, techniques and features and wondering if and how they might apply to Melksham (and to the Campus in particular), and also what lesson could be ...
Abstraction - the provision of additional goods or services in a new way, such that they take over goods or services already supplied, in spite of those other goods or services continuing to be supplied. Something I've come across quite a bit, and been thinking on recently. Perhaps my definition is ...
3518Melksham House / Melksham Campus - Seniors Input Sought
I ate lunch at Melksham House yesterday - an excellent traditional "meat and 2 veg" meal, at a very affordable price, and clearly very popular - there were perhaps 30 or 40 people eating, most of them fairly clearly retired and out meeting with their friends at their social centre. Truly, Melksham ...
3520Quintessentially English - scenes from our Wiltshire town
The bowling green - brilliant grass, the club house, and in the background tall trees through which you can see the tower of the church. A quintessentially English scene. Lunch at the Sports and Social club. The older generation gathers at lunchtime for a hot meal, and to meet their friends. ...
3503Melksham House - a community facility
Remember ... that Melksham House is now yours. It's open for lunch every day ... and much more too - there's something going on virtually every evening. Do drop in ... Actually, Melksham House has been very active as a community resources for many years as it's move away from being a strictly "Avon ...
3500Campus Shadow - a great responsibility
I find myself with a great responsibility by being a member of the SCOB - the "Shadow Campus Operations Board" which is working with Wiltshire Council to bring the new community facilities to the drawing board, to physical construction, and into full use. There are 9 members of the SCOB - three of them ...
3481Some thoughts in answer to some Melksham Campus questions
I was triggered into writing this article by a thread on "Melksham People" - link [here] to open and read that thread in a new frame. I'm answering independently of that thread as my answer may turn out to be a long one, easier to read in a wider format and with pictures. Last Monday, Sasha Heseltine ...
3325The Olympic Torch, and Melksham House
The Olympic Torch is being carried by 8000 people ... and without any particular one of them, it wouldn't reach its destination. If you look amongst the 8000, I'm sure you'll find some people who wouldn't get on with all 7999 of the others, but it's a team effort. Yesterday afternoon, Wiltshire Council ...
3279Letter to The Editor
From Today's Wiltshire Times [6th May 2011] Dear Sir, Your Good Friday edition carried an advert placed by Wiltshire Council looking for land to create a Community Campus in Melksham. A single site campus to include library, swimming pool, youth centre, sports and many other facilities (perhaps even ...
3277Between a rock and a hard place.
I celebrate the five new businesses that entered the Chamber of Commerce's competiton. Steve Weeks, Sam Geddes, Emma Joy, Paul Horne and Tony Balecke all visited Well House Manor a few weeks ago and spoke with the judging panel who were sitting in our Wilts training room. I had the honour of briefly ...
3246Melksham - the way forward. 26th April, Well House Manor
Library - Postal Sorting Office - Swimming Pool - Youth Centre - Registration Service - The Bear - Professional Development Centre - Art Cafe - Road Safety Training Unit - Sports Centre - Bus routes and services levels - Car Parking - are all changing or on the move in Melksham. And what more to follow? ...
3225Campus - answer to business questions
A bit like shutting the door after the horse has bolted .... Here are answers to questions that I asked the best part of 2 weeks ago, which were handed in printout form to the chair of the meeting ("they will be answered before the meeting"). I have now just found them online What I asked: The sustainability ...
3224Melksham Campus - a win / win opportunity, but a severely lacking decision process
Well - Tuesday night at the Area Board was an interesting meeting, held at Melksham Assembley Hall with a goodly crowd attending. I've started, and stopped, writing several times - so much to think and say. So has Lisa ... so I'm going to quote her words first to break the ice, and come back with further ...
3214Melksham Campus - any last minute inputs from Melksham businesses?
Over the past few weeks, I've listened and learned about the plans for Melksham's Campus (as best I can, as there seem to be some important questions for which answers are not provided). I've attended a Community Area Partnership consultation, the Melksham Without Parish meeting, and the Chamber of Commerce ...
3193Melksham Campus - what, why, questions, concerns and how you can input
There's controversy in Melksham at the moment - Wiltshire Council is proposing the transfer of sports, swimming and library, youth and other facilities from various locations dotted around the town to a new single site campus on the Devizes road, out of the town centre and next to the Melksham Oak secondary ...
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