December News from Councillor Jonathon SeedJonathon Seed-2

Remembrance and what it means is special to individuals as well as their communities. I have always held strong beliefs in the value and purpose of Acts of Remembrance but I think that every individual and community needs to decide for themselves how they wish to Remember. However my recent experience is that attendance on Remembrance Sunday is becoming more popular and it is interesting that more younger people are choosing to attend Acts of Remembrance.

On the morning of Saturday 11th November I stopped what I was doing at the eleventh hour of the eleventh month and quietly reflected, alone and in a field. However on Saturday evening my wife and I were privileged to attend the iconic Royal British Legion Festival of Remembrance in the Royal Albert Hall, an experience we will treasure for the rest of our lives and one which made us feel proud to be British. We managed to obtain tickets through our (Seend) Branch of the Royal British Legion and I would strongly recommend that anyone who is interested and who has not experienced the atmosphere of this spectacular event in the Royal Albert Hall does so.

On Remembrance Sunday morning I joined over one hundred residents of the small village of Bulkington at their poignant annual Act of Remembrance where the new village 1918 memorial stone was also dedicated. This new monument was part funded by Melksham Area Board. And Yes, one hundred people attended from a village population of 285!

On Remembrance Sunday afternoon I made my ninth consecutive attendance as your local Councillor to the superb Melksham Civic Service and Act of Remembrance. The Church was jam packed full and the parade was as outstanding ever. The Royal British Legion, uniformed and civilian services were brilliant and the crowds stood five deep at the Melksham War Memorial. Finally, and as their new Area President, I cannot end without mentioning how very impressed I was by the performance, drill, and turnout of the Melksham St John Ambulance unit in the parade.

After a busy Remembrance weekend it was back to business in County Hall and my first meeting on the Monday morning contained some very good news. I attended a business case briefing on the proposals for an A350 Melksham By Pass and the news seemed quite positive. This could be very good news for our area because there may be some concentration of traffic away from the roads that currently pass through our villages. There is a long way to go and the earliest we could see this project coming to fruition is in the middle of the next decade. However this is one road improvement that will be worth waiting for.

Finally may I take this opportunity to wish everyone in the parish a Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year.

If you need to contact me I am always happy to help, all the ways you can get in touch are below:

Post: ‘Wayside’, Chittoe Heath, Bromham, Wiltshire, SN15 2EH
Telephone: 01380 850696 or mobile 07770 774463
Via my website
You can also Like and Follow my Facebook Page Councillor Jonathon Seed.

About Wiltshire Council

Whilst the Parish Council is the first tier of local government, the second tier (and only other in Wiltshire) is the unitary authority, Wiltshire Council. Keevil and the villages of Bulkington, Great Hinton, Poulshot, Seend, Semington, and Steeple Ashton form the electoral Division of ‘Summerham and Seend’.

October 2017: Read the Introduction to the new 10 Year Plan for Wiltshire in this Challenges and Opportunities presentation: Challenges and opportunities ahead meetings – Sept18 (lbv3)

Your elected member on Wiltshire Council is Councillor Jonathon Seed (Conservative), who represents the Summerham and Seend division. He is also Portfolio Holder for Flooding and Military Covenant. See his full details here, including attendance records, register of interests, and committee appointments.

You can contact Councillor Jonathon Seed by:
Post: ‘Wayside’, Chittoe Heath, Bromham, Wiltshire, SN15 2EH
Telephone: 01380 850696 or mobile 07770 774463
Via his own website or Facebook Page Councillor Jonathon Seed.

Contact Wiltshire Council itself on 0300 456 0100 or visit

There is a full list of Wiltshire Councillors here, plus all associated information.

Highway Newsletter from Cllr Bridget Wayman, Cabinet Member for Highways, Transport and Waste: Cllr Wayman’s November Newsletter