Wiltshire Council libraries provide a warm and friendly welcome this winter

Wiltshire Council libraries provide a warm and friendly welcome this winter

Wiltshire Council libraries have officially become warm spaces for people this winter, providing a warm and friendly welcome to support anyone who needs help through the cost-of-living crisis.

Of course, Wiltshire libraries are open to the public throughout the year, but now anyone is welcome to drop-in to any library in the county during the usual opening hours to have a sit down, a hot drink where possible, pick up some useful information, take part in activities and enjoy a friendly chat with staff should they need it.

Working with Warm and Safe Wiltshire and The Rural Communities Energy Support Network, our friendly library staff will be able to assist residents seeking basic energy advice and make referrals to experienced energy advisors in all but our smallest libraries. All libraries will be able to signpost people to community partners and agencies that can support people through the rising cost of living. Libraries will also be collection points for Warm Packs, which includes a hot water bottle and blanket, for anyone who would benefit from some free essentials. These will be available for collection soon.

All the other usual library facilities will be available too, including free access to books, newspapers, computer facilities, digital support, and tables for anyone who needs to do some quiet work. Libraries are also continuing to provide a home library service for people who are housebound or who struggle to get to the library. If anyone is interested in this service, they should contact their local library.

There is no criteria for anyone who might need to use the library as a warm space, and staff will be friendly and welcoming so that people feel as comfortable as possible.

We also have a range of support and advice on our dedicated cost of living webpages. Our recently launched interactive community directory can also be found there, which contains details of other warm spaces in the county as well as community food providers. It can all be found at www.wiltshire.gov.uk/cost-of-living.

We’d welcome your support to help the spread the word about this support among your contacts and communities.

We are always looking for volunteers to support library services, so if you know of anyone that has time to spare and wants to join a friendly team this winter they should email libraryenquiries@wiltshire.gov.uk or visit www.wiltshire.gov.uk/libraries.

2023 Boundary Review : consultation deadline 5 December

2023 Boundary Review 

The Boundary Commission for England (BCE) is redrawing constituency boundaries to rebalance the number of electors represented by each MP, and a final consultation on proposed new constituencies is now open.

A new revised map of constituency proposals, which takes into account feedback sent in by the public on the initial proposals, has been published on the consultation website.

Send in your views before the closing date of 5 December to have your say on new parliamentary constituency boundaries.

North Wessex Downs Annual Forum, 1:30-7:30pm 25 November at Marlborough Golf Club

News from the North Wessex Downs

Issue No 85: October 2022


I am pleased to be able to announce that bookings are now open for the Annual Forum on 25th November.

Join us at this year’s Annual Forum as we celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the designation of the North Wessex Downs as a protected landscape and look forward to the challenges of the next 50 years. There will be a reception with drinks and canapés at the end of the afternoon and an opportunity to round off the day with stargazing in the grounds of the venue (weather permitting!)

Our panel of speakers include:
Nicola Chester: Writer and author of On Gallows Down. Place, Protest and Belonging and winner of the Richard Jefferies Prize for Nature Writing 2021
Professor Tom Oliver: Professor of Applied Ecology at the University of Reading
Natalie Ganpatsingh: Founding Director of Nature Nurture CIC & BBOWT Trustee
Dr Richard Benwell:  Chief Executive, Wildlife and Countryside Link; Chair, Oxfordshire Local Nature Partnership
Roger Kerr: Trustee of the Organic Research Centre; CEO of Organic Farmers & Growers CIC
Rt Hon Lord Benyon of Englefield: Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs

Venue:  Marlborough Golf Club
Friday 25th November
1.30pm – 7.30pm
Tickets: £10

For further details and how to book please click the link.

Annual Forum 2022
Ann Shepley
Communications Officer
North Wessex Downs AONB