Author: Highworth Town Council

New exhibition to launch at STEAM

A brand new exhibition launches on Friday (30 March) at STEAM – Museum of the Great Western Railway in Swindon.

 

Entitled The GWR Publicity Machine, the special exhibition explores the history of the GWR’s publicity department and the wonderful advertising materials that it produced. The GWR led the way in advertising and promoting its brand during the first half of the 20th Century.

 

The Cornish Riviera campaign was a particularly successful advertising campaign, launched in 1904 to promote the company’s Paddington to Penzance service. Posters and publications were used to advertise the service and the destination, and it proved so successful that the Cornish Riviera slogan is still used today.

 

Visitors to STEAM will discover the enduring style of the GWR brand. On display in the exhibition is a wealth of GWR publicity material.  This ranges from guide books and advertising leaflets, to souvenir bookmarks and the famous GWR jigsaw puzzles.

 

Also included is a glass inkwell embossed with the well-known GWR slogan Go Great Western.

 

This exhibition is supported by Great Western Railway.

 

Once visitors have experienced the exhibition, they can enjoy many more historical photographs, illustrations and vintage railway posters throughout the year. Follow the museum on Facebook: @SteamMuseum, and Twitter: @Steam_Museum.

 

The GWR Publicity Machine is included with standard STEAM admission, special event admission, and also to STEAM Season Ticket holders. The new exhibition will be open from Friday, 30 March.

 

STEAM is open Monday to Saturday between 10am and 5pm, and on Sundays between 11am and 4pm.

Swindon’s Household Waste Recycling Centre (HWRC)

The HWRC is closed all day on Wednesdays throughout the year.

Over the last 12 months a number of improvements have been made to the HWRC to allow residents and traders to drop off their waste and recycling far quicker than in the past.

This includes having a dedicated lane for traders, removing them from residents dropping off household waste and recycling.

In order to improve queuing times at the site, residents are reminded that those using the recycling centre will need to show they are a resident of the borough before dropping off their waste.

For further information about the Household Waste Recycling Centre can be found at: www.swindon.gov.uk/hwrc

Residents can also plan their visits to the centre by using the link to the webcam which shows current queues at the site. The webcam, however, will be switched off on Wednesdays when the recycling centre is closed.

 

ALDI PETITION

RESIDENTS HAVE STATED THAT THEY WANT AN ALDI STORE IN HIGHWORTH DO YOU?

 Swindon Borough Council Planning Department has pre-warned that it is minded to refuse the planning application from Aldi to build a store in Highworth.

Highworth Town Council has informed the Planning Department at Swindon that it fully supports the Aldi application and will continue to wholeheartedly fight for this.

IF YOU WANT THIS STORE TO LOCATE IN HIGHWORTH PLEASE SIGN THE PETITION WHICH CAN BE FOUND IN:

HIGHWORTH TOWN COUNCIL OFFICES, 3 GILBERT’S LANE, HIGHWORTH Opening hours: Monday-Thursday 9:00am-1:00pm/ 2:00pm-4:00pm, Friday 9:00am-1:00pm

COUNTRY DRY CLEANERS, 3 SHEET STREET, HIGHWORTH Opening hours: Monday-Friday 8:30am – 5:30pm, Saturday 8:30am – 1:00pm

This petition will be available to sign until 11 June 2018

Public Notice – Podium Tree

PODIUM TREE

It was decided by Councillors that as part of re-developing the Podium the current tree will be taken out and replaced by another, more suitable one. The tree was removed on Thursday 1st March 2018 and a new one will be planted as part of the re-modelling of the Podium later on in the year.

The reasons for taking the tree out at this time are that, firstly, the work would have been much more difficult if it had been left to come into leaf.  Secondly, the roots damaged the Podium surface and the continuous requirement to monitor the damage and carry out running repairs proved costly, particularly when the whole surface is due to be replaced in the new build.

The Tree Preservation Order (TPO), which was placed on the tree, does allow for it to be taken down, but it is stipulated that it must be replaced with a tree species called Liquidamber which has to be semi-mature (20 to 25 cm in girth). A replacement tree is currently being sourced.

The remodelling of the Podium is still under negotiation with the Conservation department at Swindon Borough Council. The Conservation Officer is engaged in ensuring that the Town Council takes appropriate care of its Market Square, including the choice of materials and colour of surface.  It is hoped this will soon be resolved.

 

David Lane

Town Clerk

Thank you from a visitor to the Town

‘I had business in Highworth today and managed to find a parking space in the area opposite Grosvenor Consultancy offices on the High Street. I returned to my car around 5pm. Due to a car parked in front of me I had to reverse back onto the High Street to leave. Unfortunately a combination of the ice I was parked on, my rear wheel drive car and the incline , I was unable to gain enough traction to reverse. I was trying to clear the ice around my wheels when a young chap approached and offered to push me off the ice onto the ice free main road. He tried really hard but in vain. A lady returned who was parked next to me .She has some cardboard in her car and offered me that to try to put behind my wheels to help with lack of traction. That didn’t work either. The chap who helped pushing then  suggested I try the pub opposite for some hot water to melt the ice. The landlady was great and on my second trip back to my car with a jug of hot water another gentleman was standing next to my car. He had seen my plight from an upstairs window opposite and brought some dishwasher salt to help melt the ice. The combination of the water and salt freed me up from the ice and I could be on my way. In the space of less than 10 minutes four individuals who were not known to me tried to help. So a BIG thank you to the people of Highworth. This was only the second or third time I have visited Highworth, but it will not be the last!’

 

PLAY PARK – NORTHVIEW

The play area at Northview has several pieces of play equipment that have been deemed as unsafe following inspection and as such have been taken out of use to the public. A working party has been formed to source funding to repair/replace items as necessary, although it limits the equipment available to use public safety is paramount.