Parliament Week November 2014

“Parliament Week” is a programme that connects people with parliamentary democracy in the UK. It has nothing to do with any Party politics. Atworth Parish Council became Parliament Partners in September 2014 and took part for the first time with an “Any Questions?” session on Monday 17th November. The aim was to encourage young people to speak up and take an active  part in our democracy.

Effie Gale-Sides and Alan Bagnall, of Atworth Parish Council, and  David Webb, Honorary Freeman of the Parish of Atworth, met questions from  twenty representatives of Atworth Youth Club and Ceri Evans Community Youth Officer for the Melksham community area.

It was hugely enjoyable with lots of queries and viewpoints being expressed about current local and wider issues. Effie described the event as impressive and the young people as being very knowledgeable with a keen interest in a wide range of village issues. She was delighted with the turnout and the consideration given to the many questions asked.

Thank you to everyone who attended and made it such an interesting and worthwhile event. Also many thanks to Kirsty for the use of the White Hart Skittle Alley when the Youth Club was found to be not suitable following recent flooding.



Clock Tower and War Memorial Refurbishment


The aim of the refurbishment is to improve and preserve the fabric of the tower and memorial, with a recommendation that any work protects the integrity of the building The priority is on preservation and not cleaning .A specification has been drawn up following the Parish Council’s consultation with Atworth History Group, Wiltshire Council’s conservation officers, War Memorial Trust and local stonemasons.

The work involves some cleaning and re-pointing only where necessary, re-cutting and re-painting lettering on plaques, and also preservation and restoration of some Bath stone surrounds, carvings and inscriptions. In addition the undersides of the roof boards will be re-coated.

The work which commenced 12th November, is being carried out by Bloomfield Masons of Trowbridge who have superb references and an excellent reputation for this type of work.

Refurbishment of Clock Tower
Refurbishment of Clock Tower