Monthly Archives: October 2018

Salisbury Lantern Making Workshop

Take part in this workshop and learn how to make traditional willow and tissue paper lanterns, ahead of the annual Lantern Procession in Salisbury.

This is a drop-in workshop session. The workshops are free of charge and all materials will be provided.

Tuesday, 30 October 2018 from 10:00-15:00 at Salisbury Arts Centre, Bedwin Street.

The Salisbury Lantern & Lights Procession 2018 is on Tuesday 6 December from 18:15-19:30pm in Salisbury city centre.

This event is hosted by Salisbury BID and Salisbury Arts Centre.

Photo by Spencer Mulholland.

FREE Employability and Functional Skills Courses in Wiltshire 2018/19

Wiltshire Family and Community Learning is offering a selection of short bite sized courses which are aimed at improving skills in relation to getting back to work.

You can also gain a nationally recognised English/Maths course.

For more details please visit their website and contact Wiltshire Family and Community Learning on 01225 770478 or email

Free Parenting Courses for Parents of children with Special Educational Needs

Wiltshire Council and the Wiltshire Parent Carer Council (WPCC) are working in partnership to offer a new parenting programme for parents and carers of children with Special Needs and or a disability, called Time Out for Parents: Children with Special Needs.

They are introducing this new course as they recognise there is demand for parenting support for parents and carers of children who have a disability, special educational needs, or additional needs, where other courses such as Triple P or SWAPP may not be appropriate for a number of reasons. These news courses are designed for parents and carers of children aged 3 to 11 years to support with the particular challenges faced in raising a child with Special Needs.

Referrals can be made by emailing: Please click here for the referral form. Complete the form and email it to Claire. 

Referrals can be from professionals working with families or parents can self-refer. Please note that parents will not be eligible to attend this course if they are currently attending, have recently attended or are on a waiting list to imminently attend another parenting course or programme such as SWAPP or Triple P.

Courses are due to take place as follows (more are planned for early 2019):-

Bellefield Primary School, Windermere Road, Trowbridge BA14 8TE starts on Wednesday 7th November 10.00am – 12.00pm and will run weekly on Wednesdays for 7 weeks ending on Wednesday 19th December.

Clarendon Infants School, Ordnance Road, Tidworth SP9 7QD starts on Thursday 8th November 9.45am – 11.45am and will run weekly on Thursdays for 7 weeks ending on ending on Thursday 20th December.

Drop In Adapted Cycling Day

Wiltshire Council is organising a day of fun cycling activities for any person with SEN and/or disability.

Salisbury Athletics Track Wednesday 31 October 2018 11am – 1pm (drop in session) £2 per person The adapted cycling event provides a great opportunity to meet new friends, learn new skills, have a go on a range of exciting bikes and help keep young people active over the holidays!

Fully qualified and experienced staff throughout


For more information and to book your place, please contact: Rob Paget, disability sports development officer Tel: 01722 434770 Email: 

Budget Consultations

Wiltshire Council is running a series of public events in November to present the county’s aims for the coming year on:

  • Decision making – choosing where to invest and how to save
  • Diligence – spending wisely, balancing the budget
  • Difference – how we are changing
  • Digital – making it easier to ask, book and pay online
  • Devolution – parish and town councils and communities providing more services
  • Delivery – doing what we say we will do

Dates and places:

15 Nov – Cotswold Room, City Hall, Trowbridge, 6pm

22 Nov – Council Chamber, Monkton Park, Chippenham, 5.30pm

26 Nov – Community Hub and Library, Devizes, 5.30pm

29 Nov – Banqueting Room, Guildhall, Salisbury, 5.30pm

Email if you’d like to attend  – refreshments available.

Music and Makaton

Wiltshire Creative are holding a Makaton singing and signing event for babies, toddlers and their carers, celebrating song and enabling its 4 visual communication.

The event is in Salisbury Arts Centre on Monday 29 October at 10am. Age recommendation under 5s. Wiltshire Creative in partnership with Celebrate Voice.

To book online

Cost: £2 per child

The Light at Salisbury Cathedral

The Light is a giant illuminated globe. It will hang right in the centre of the Spire Crossing of Salisbury Cathedral between the end of November 2018 until January 2019.

For Salisbury, the installation will depict the Star Of Bethlehem, focusing on the themes of Journeys, Darkness to Light and Mental Health in the overarching context of Memories.

This is the chance to see Salisbury Cathedral lit up like never before! A spectacular journey from darkness to light, the performance will be punctuated with films exploring what “light” means to people. There will be projections across giant screens around the Cathedral.

Hanging directly from the centre of the Cathedral will be the huge illuminated globe as the centrepiece.

On Wednesday 5th December to launch the art installation, we’ll be putting on an immersive performance of Songs Of The Light – an evening of live music, film and light performed by artist Richard McLester & over 150 local singers.

Buy tickets online now

Charity Class Event on Saturday 27 October

Wiltshire Council are organising a charity event at Five Rivers Health & Wellbeing Centre on Saturday 27th October in aid of Wessex Cancer Trust.

Throughout the day you can join in with a number of exercise classes including yoga and HIIT. In return, they would like a suggested donation of £5 per class to help raise valuable funds to help Wessex Cancer Trust support patients and their families. Wiltshire Council are also bringing together other local charities and organisations together in the foyer of Five Rivers Health & Wellbeing Centre to provide the public with information.

Click here for the class programme Wessex Cancer leaflet Oct 2018.

Wessex Cancer Trust in Salisbury

A specialist team at the Centre offer emotional and physical care to people living with or affected by any type of cancer.

Befriending, counselling and complementary therapies, such as aromatherapy, yoga, reflexology and Reiki, are provided as non-clinical treatments for patients and their families. Children are welcome, as well as adults of any age, with any type of cancer, and at any stage. Visitors can also find out more information about cancer and speak to other people going through a similar journey.

People are welcome to drop in and find out more or to make an appointment with a counsellor or therapist. GPs and health professionals can also signpost people to the Centre.

Location: Suite 4 Beckett House, Bridge Street, Salisbury SP1 2LX
Opening Times: Tuesday and Thursday 10am – 3pm
Tel: 01722 421781 (01722 413959)

Relaxed Panto Performance

A trip to the Playhouse pantomime has become an important part of Christmas celebrations for all.

Relaxed performances are open to everyone, but they have a less formal atmosphere which is specifically adapted for families with children with an Autistic Spectrum Condition, learning disability, or those who would benefit from a more relaxed theatre experience.

A Visual Guide will be available from the website 2 – 3 weeks before the performance and a Virtual Tour of the venue can be found here.

The Relaxed Performance of Beauty and the Beast takes place on Wednesday 9 January at 5.30pm. Tickets from £12 – £28. Book online here.

For group discounts and other concessions, call the Ticket Office on 01722 320 333.

Ticket prices are guaranteed until Monday 15 October 2018

Image: Wiltshire Creative

Supporting Grant

Three clients from Willow House, in Amesbury, enjoyed a special day trip to London last month.  After being let down at the last minute by their transport, South Wilts Mencap saved the day by funding a hired vehicle for them.  They enjoyed a fun-filled day of sight-seeing, street entertainment and delicious food.

“A massive thank you to Mencap for supporting us and ensuring that this day trip went ahead. My clients had a fantastic day and made some great memories, which is so important.”
Sharon, Willow House