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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 home to the RAF Station for 70 years until it closed at the end of 2012, when its aircraft and staff moved to RAF Brize Norton in Oxfordshire. The MOD site is now the main training delivery element for the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers. Although the area has seen an increase in the uptake of previously empty married quarters, a number of them have been given over to private rental to civilian families.
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!
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