Purton Community Groups

Join your community and enjoy fun indoors or outdoors in and around the Purton area.

At Purton Parish Council we love seeing our community come together to support, exercise and play together, so we have provided a list of as many clubs and groups as we could as well as their contact information.

Purton - a Dementia friendly community

Dementia friends Sessions
45 minutes of your time in a friendly relaxed environment to change the lives of others.
10am at PIPS Community Cafe, Station Road, Purton12thFebruary, 22nd April, 24th June 

Next set of dementia friends Sessions
Wednesday 27th November 10am to 11am at Pips Community Cafe, Purton. All welcome.

We made the front page of the Newsletter - well done to Purton #purtoncares -Click here to read more.

If you wish to know more please speak to the co-ordinator Debbie Lawrence on 01793 771066 or email deborah.lawrence@purtonparishcouncil.gov.uk  

Our very own Dementia Champion Sue Giles has done it - she completed the 2018 London Marathon and you can still donate here  https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/SueGiles2

Recent working Party update with key points of actionand what's next
- 28sessions run – 150 Dementia Friends to date
- Debbie Lawrence now a trained Dementia Champion
- Two children sessions run and more to be planned next year
- Children’s session at the Guides now confirmed
- Schools– no further afield but will keep them aware that we are here and wish to come and deliver sessions
- Companies in Purton – only Purton Farm shop to date – will speak in the New Year – keep plugging away
- To reduce cost to Council as budget we will be using the small meeting room where appropriate and offering limited spaces. To consider the Red House as an alternative venue.  Debbie and Sue to book dates for 2019 and advise accordingly
- Safer Places - Alexa and Theresa to action and gain a minimum of 6 businesses or safe places – (Doctors Surgery already a Safe Place). New potential venues :Council Offices, Library if not already registered, Lloyds Chemist, Pips Café, Dentists x 2 , Cycle Shop)
- Parish Council to appoint a new Councillor as previous representative has left (Jamie Hurwood)
- Once Pips Café has opened and is operational for a few months, to approach with a view to running either a Dementia friendly session at their café, Dementia Café days, or to adopt the mentality, information sessions and approach to advertise the café as a Dementia Friendly Café.
- Work to arrange a sponsored dementia walk in Purton linking with other areas where possible Dementia text.

Making Purton Dementia friendly


Purton Parish Council along with Royal Wootton Bassett and Cricklade Area Board, Purton Doctors Surgery and associated bodies are working hard to bring awareness of this disease to the residents and businesses of Purton.

We run regular Dementia Friends Sessions which allows an insight into the disease giving support not only to those living with Dementia but their carers and families. 45 minutes of your time can make a difference that is life changing to some. If you have Facebook check out the link and show your support.   https://www.facebook.com/groups/1415637418458769/?fref=nf

If you cannot attend a training session let us know as we are more than happy to arrange training for groups, companies and organisations free of charge.  Say YES and bring awareness.

Any questions or queries please contact the Clerk, Debbie Lawrence who is co-ordinating this community event on 01793 771066 or email deborah.lawrence@purtonparishcouncil.gov.uk.

Useful links
DEMENTIA UK
ALZHEIMERS SOCIETY
FORGET ME NOT CENTRE (SWINDON)
Blue Badge Disablity - have your say

REMEMBER - THE DISEASE DOES NOT DEFINE WHO YOU ARE, THE DISEASE IS THE CHALLENGE , THE SOLUTION IS THE UNDERSTANDING

Age concern

The information contained is provided by Purton Age Concern to Purton Parish Council for publication.  Any queries please speak to Purton Age Concern direct.

Age Concern offer a range of services to older people living in Purton and some of the surrounding areas. Those aged 65+ are eligible for our services all of which are intended to improve the quality of life for our older residents.

For information on the Street Warden Scheme, the Minibus Service and all the events and outings Age Concern have planned for the year please Click here.

For more information about individual events, outings etc please can you contact Peter Berry on 01793 778119 or peterberry@uwclub.net or contact Purton and District Age Concern directly via their website linked above.

Patient Participation Group

Purton Surgery has an active Patient Participation Group (PPG) which is a member of the National Association for Patient Participation (NAPP). Aiming to benefit both patients and the surgery in a number of ways, including:
• Meeting regularly, as a committee, with representatives from the surgery
• Working with the practice to improve patient experience
• Raising funds for items that are not NHS funded.
• Arrange and organise themed evenings regarding health issues
• Producing a regular newsletter.

Meeting with other Patient groups to share best practice. Through fundraising the PPG has helped to provide a new touch-screen check-in system; the chairs with arms in both Purton and Green Gable Surgeries; a dermatoscope and also a doppler. Current fundraising is for an automated door for the Purton surgery.

The PPG organises Health Information evenings, usually twice a year, on a variety of health topics with medical staff to talk. Normally these medical staff are from Great Western Hospital. Past topics have included Diabetes, Arthritis, Alzheimer’s, Orthopaedics, Cardiology, Ovarian cancer, Prostate cancer, Breast cancer and Sepsis.

PPG also offer a Newsletters containing a range of information. These are sent to local magazines (Purton, Cricklade, Lydiard Millicent, Minety, Ashton Keynes) for inclusion and emailed Bcc {much earlier than the magazine is delivered} to patients who have supplied their email addresses.

If you would like to be kept in touch then please email on groupforpatients@gmail.com or visit the Purton Surgery website at https://www.purtonsurgery.co.uk/ppg.aspx, alternatively give your email address to a member of the surgery staff for the attention of Kai Howard, Practice Manager.

Please note: Members of the PPG have no access to patients’ medical records.

Purton Scarecrow trail

The 2018 Purton Scarecrow Trail was a great success. The scarecrow makers put lots of hard work and imagination into their creations. We had 60 scarecrow entries with hundreds of people touring the village following the trail, making a profit of over £700. This money will be added to our existing funds to cover maintenance costs for the two-community access cardiac defibrillators. Once again, we ran a “mini” trail for younger children which was a real success and will plan to do again next time.

Purton Historical Society

Purton Historical Society have received grant funding to purchase an Information Board which has been installed at Battlewell. The information board has a map showing the footpaths around Ringsbury Camp and Brockhurst Wood, also included is history of the Iron Age Hill Fort and wildlife that inhabits the area.

Download information about Historical Society

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