Surprising Facts About Melksham

Melksham is a small market town with a host of things that make it special.

The Parish Church of St Michael and All Angels stands on the site of a Saxon church near the river. Other old churches are the Baptist Church on Old Broughton Road and the Quaker chapel on King Street.

There is a small museum with changing exhibits on aspects of the town’s history at the Wellhouse Manor on Spa Road. www.twhc.org.uk tel 01225 709638

Melksham has 2 councils. Their websites hold a vast amount of town information. www.melkshamtown.co.uk and www.melkshamwithout.co.uk of particular interest to newcomers to our district. A colourful addition to the town scene is the Melksham Town Crier, Mr Peter Dauncey.

Another source of information is the Chamber of Commerce. www.melkshamchamber.org.uk 

The town prides itself on its floral displays which make shopping a pleasant experience. At Christmas the lights are outstanding www.melkshamchristmaslights.com  some of the local roads even getting mentions as a top place to see lights, (Telegraph 2009)

Each year there are town events attracting visitors from the surrounding area, the Food Festival in the summer  www.melkshamfoodfestival.co.uk , the Carnival procession, www.melkshamcarnival.com  and the Party in the Park

Other sources of local information are the Melksham News, an excellent bi weekly free newspaper, www.melkshamnews.com and its companion www.melksham.tv

Melksham is the home of Moles Brewery, this award winning brewery produces real ales sold locally and nationally www.molesbrewery.com

As well as an excellent range of supermarkets and local shops there is Leekes at Home, a specialist shop for the home and leisure www.leekes.co.uk and Countrywide a garden and country store, specialising in equestrian and farm equipment. www.countrywidefarmers.com   

The name Melksham is familiar to very many ex service men and women who spent approximately sixteen weeks at the RAF technical training command which operated until 1964, this is still recognisable with the old hangers still in use as storage, at the Bowerhill Industrial Estate.

Also on Bowerhill there is the Wiltshire School of Gymnastics, a purpose built gymnasium for the sport www.wiltshireschoolofgymnastics.co.uk For the younger family members the soft play area at Boomerang is great fun. www.boomeranguk.co.uk

The King George 5th Playing fields in Lowbourne, popularly called ‘the Park’ has a skateboard park and a paddling pool in the children’s play area, this is very popular with the small children in the summer months.

Behind the Town Hall, an old Cheese Hall, is the Assembly Hall. This hall has recently been equipped with superb sound and lighting and with its large capacity, 500, is a wonderful venue for the latest films with its cinema sized screen. and for shows, dances, exhibitions etc. www.melkshamassemblyhall.com Some of the organisations who benefit from this facility are the Melksham Music and Drama Group, www.mmad.org.uk  Melksham Entertainment Group, www.melkshamentertainment.com  and the Rock & Roll Club. www.melkshamrockandroll.co.uk

The Market Place leads to the grounds of Melksham House, a club with a range of sporting courts and facilities, this will soon be where a new, purpose built community leisure campus housing a swimming pool, sports centre and library will be sited and other  facilities. At the other side of town is the Spencers’ club www.spencersport.co.uk with similar facilities to Melksham House.