Sports and Leisure

Peter James runs fitness classes in Churchfield School Hall.
Contact details (reproduced here with explicit permission):
5 Nursery Close, Atworth
Tel. 01225 703311
Mob. 07990972478

Update on Sports and Leisure activities in the wake of Wiltshire Council’s decision to close the Christie Miller Centre in Melksham in October 2018:

“Wiltshire Council and Places for People working together, have taken steps to ensure that local people can continue to access leisure activities and facilities. Thirteen exercise classes have been relocated to Melksham Assembly Hall including the specialist active health classes, Cardiac Phase IV and Exercise after Stroke, which are vitally important to supporting the health and wellbeing of many customers. The Falls class has been relocated to the Scout Hut in Melksham.

In addition, another 14 other clubs and organisations – ranging from martial arts and badminton to dance and volleyball, have been relocated to other venues and work is ongoing to help support the remaining few classes to find alternative venues.

Christie Miller Sports Centre users are able to use facilities located nearby including Melksham Blue Pool, which offers swimming and a fitness suite. The Blue Pool fitness suite has recently benefitted from refurbishment including a new area for functional training, flooring, layout, and resistance and cardio vascular equipment.

Alternative facilities are also available in Bradford on Avon, Trowbridge, Chippenham and Corsham.

All users with membership at Christie Miller Sports Centre will automatically have this membership transferred to Melksham Blue Pool facilities.

Melksham will benefit from a wide range of exciting new sports facilities as part of the community campus project, which is expected to open in 2021.

The decision to close Christie Miller Sports Centre followed an inspection that confirmed investment would be needed for the building to remain open and be safe for uses. Any money allocated to work at the centre would be allocated from funding earmarked for the new campus.

Over the past 18 months the first phase of the campus programme has been completed with almost £10m invested so far, including;

Oakfields sports stadium
Market Place revamp
Creation of an outdoor skate park
A new cricket pavilion
The Indoor Bowls Club will continue to receive support from the council and £150k has been allocated as part of the campus budget to assist with a new facility.

Wiltshire Council cabinet member for leisure and communities, John Thomson said: “As soon as we announced the decision to close Christie Miller Sports Centre we have worked with Places for People, who manage the centre on our behalf, to do all we can to support the clubs and members to relocate services and facilities. Melksham does have the Blue Pool located in the town centre which offers a range of services, and we’re pleased that Melksham Assembly Hall has been able to host a significant number of the exercise classes offered.

“Our decision to close the centre wasn’t taken lightly and we know there has been some local concern. However, it’s important that we focus on future provision and the new leisure facilities and community services that will be delivered.”

If people want information on the leisure facilities in the Melksham area and beyond they should visit”

Information on Wiltshire Council’s Waste and Recycling collections can be found here:

This includes up-to-date information on what is collected and changes to routine collections.

Bulky items such as white goods, furniture and electrical appliances can often be re-used, and a list of charities which may be interested in collecting items can be found here

If items are unsuitable for re-purposing, you can take them to your nearest Household recycling centre for disposal. For details of the nearest Household Recycling Centre, which currently is located in Lancaster Road, Bowerhill, Melksham, please visit this link. Please note – Melksham Recycling Centre is closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

If a charity is unable to collect your items and you are unable to take your items to the Household Recycling Centre, Wiltshire Council offers a chargeable collection service for large items.

There are also accredited commercial companies in and around Melksham which offer a wide range of rubbish clearance services, including a same day collection.

It is important to remember that all householders have a duty of care to ensure that any rubbish removed from their house in done so in the right way. They can put the waste in their black wheelie bins ready for their collection day, they can take it to the tip, or they can pay someone to dispose of the waste for them – as long as they check that the person has a waste carrier licence and they check where the carrier is going to take it.

To check if a contractor is licensed to carry waste, call the Environment Agency on 08708 506506, or contact Wiltshire Council on 0300 456 0102 or email


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