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The parish lies four miles south west of Royal Wootton Bassett and six miles north of Calne.
There are three main communities in the parish:
Between Lyneham and Bradenstoke is a substantial park home site (Lillybrook) of over 120 homes. Two hamlets, Preston and Thickthorn with few houses, lie to the east of Lyneham.
The current total population of the parish is approximately 4,500.
RAF Lyneham, which opened in 1940, became the principal transport hub for the Royal Air Force, employing between 3,000 and 4,000 personnel at times. In the 21st Century, the airfield became known for the repatriation of British personnel killed in Iraq and Afghanistan. The parish was dominated by the RAF Station for 70 years until it closed at the end of 2012, when its aircraft and staff moved to RAF Brize Norton on Oxfordshire. The MOD site is currently undergoing building construction in preparation for opening as the Defence College of Technical Training in 2015 employing more than 2,000 staff and students, potentially increasing to 5,500 personnel in 2019. It will also become ‘Home of Corps’ to the Corps of Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers. In the meantime, much of the Service family housing is occupied by families of Service personnel from a variety of military units whose sites range from Andover to Bristol, these families being gradually displaced by families of those planned to staff the new college facility.
Local community groups, including Lyneham and Bradenstoke Parish Council as well as the Anglican and Methodist churches, are working effectively in encouraging integration of the respective communities to help in resolving issues arising inevitably from the major changes in the locality. Scout, Guide and Air Cadet groups provide many activities for young people of all ages, while Lyneham Primary School and its adjacent pre-school meet the educational needs of all the younger children.
To discover more about the different aspects of the parish, please follow the links at the top and on the left!
INCULDING INFORMATION ON THE WEB SITE
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Contact: The Clerk – Jacquie88@btinternet.com