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Prospective Parliamentary Candidate - 266/705
Written by Nick Field on Saturday, 24th June 2006

There is an article in the Wiltshire Advertiser free paper this week with regards to the conservative party prospective parliamentary candidate for the new Chippenham seat (which will include Melksham, Corsham and Bradford on Avon)

Re: Prospective Parliamentary Candidate - 266/709
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Monday, 26th June 2006

I think that's the guy I was watching on a TV show ... rural kids come to the countryside ... last night (I'm in Ireland at the moment = may not have been a UK channel).  Clearly of similar political views to Mr Cameron, and perhaps worth involving at this stage too?

Re: Prospective Parliamentary Candidate - 266/712
Written by Lee on Monday, 26th June 2006

[quote author=Nick Field link=topic=266.msg705#msg705 date=1151175196]I quote from the article 'locally he will campaign for more stringent planning controls, better public transport

Re: Prospective Parliamentary Candidate - 266/966
Written by Lee on Saturday, 22nd July 2006

The Liberal Democrats have chosen their candidate (link below.)

Re: Prospective Parliamentary Candidate - 266/967
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Sunday, 23rd July 2006

To quote the 'Lib-Demos' (link):

"The new Chippenham constituency includes the towns of Chippenham, Melksham, Bradford on Avon and Corsham, and the neighbouring villages including Holt, Bowerhill, and Hilperton. Independent analysis ( suggests that the new parliamentary boundaries will wipe out past Conservative majorities in the area, producing a constituency that is finely balanced between the Liberal Democrats and the Conservatives."

It appears we've got a marginal with two strong candidates.

Re: Prospective Parliamentary Candidate - 266/974
Written by Sion Bretton on Sunday, 23rd July 2006

this could mean big wigs coming down from London when the Election is called

Re: Prospective Parliamentary Candidate - 266/976
Written by Nick Field on Sunday, 23rd July 2006

Feel's a bit odd as a Chippenham resident to have someone from the West Wilts area who could be our MP.  i am sure we will get used to it!

Re: Prospective Parliamentary Candidate - 266/4017
Written by Nick Field on Wednesday, 21st February 2007

WEJ has bought a house in Chippenham

Re: Prospective Parliamentary Candidate - 266/4021
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Wednesday, 21st February 2007

Good for him to have an apartment in the area (and having met him, a good / typical piece of marketing to ensure that we hear about the move).  Wilfred - I hope we'll see you around quite a bit; delighted you'll have a base here.

Re: Prospective Parliamentary Candidate - 266/8845
Written by Nick Field on Wednesday, 28th November 2007

WEJ has got a snazzy new website, including links to save the train:

Re: Prospective Parliamentary Candidate - 266/8865
Written by courgettelawn on Friday, 30th November 2007

If there's going to be national attention on north or west Wiltshire let's make sure we get some of it!  Any of the candidates will want to look good on the 'green' and 'transport' front so let them fight over us and get things put in their manifesto...

Re: Prospective Parliamentary Candidate - 266/9274
Written by Lee on Thursday, 3rd January 2008

Wilfred Emmanuel-Jones will host a talk at Bradford on Avon library on February 28 2008 (link below.)

The rearranged visit follows a diary mix-up which saw him fail to turn up for a talk arranged at the library for Black History Month on October 26 2007.

The article also mentions his opposition to ASDA developments.

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Save the Train was the campaign to bring an approriate train service back to and through Melksham.

Most big contributors are still around writing at the Coffee shop forum where new members are very welcome.

The train has been saved - sort of - we have stepped back up from an unusable service to a poorish one but it's doing very well. We did that through setting up the TransWilts Community Rail Partnership. That fulfilled its early objectives; it has been taken over by local and regional government types who are now doing medium and long term work. The team from this forun can also be found at the Melksham Rail User Group (which was the Melksham Rail Development Group at the time these articles were written and we had no users.

We mustn't loose sight, though, that the train service remains poor and needs our community support in marketing and campaigning to keep it going in a positive direction ... and all the more so when we're expecting to find a different normallity once we get out of the Coronavirus Pandemic and head for zero carbon via the climate crisis. Yes, it's saved ... it's now a key community facility ... the need for enhancement and the strong and near-universal local support remain, and the rail industry and goverment remain slow to move and provide the enhancements even to level us up with other towns. Please support the Melksham Rail User Group - now very much in partnership rather than protest with the rail industry and local government, including GWR, TransWilts and unitary and town councils. And please use the trains and buses, and cycle and walk when you can.

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