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About Us

Welcome to the Website of Lyneham and Bradenstoke Parish Council

The parish lies four miles south-west of Royal Wootton Bassett and six miles north of Calne and is made up of: 

  • the village of Lyneham,
  • its adjacent estates of Service family housing supporting MoD Lyneham,
  • the village of Bradenstoke,
  • the hamlets of Preston and Thickthorne east of the Parish,
  • the small community of Woodside in the south of the Parish

Currently, there are about 8,600 people living and working in the Parish, including those at MoD Lyneham.

The largest part of the Parish is occupied by MOD Lyneham, which is home to the Regimental Headquarters for the REME, 5 Field Support Battalion REME, 8 Training Battalion REME and to the REME Museum.    

MoD Lyneham was formally RAF Lyneham, which opened in 1940 and became the principal transport hub for the Royal Air Force. In its last few operational years, the airfield became known for the repatriation of British personnel killed in Iraq and Afghanistan. The RAF Station was fully operational for over 70 years until it closed at the end of 2012 when its aircraft and staff moved to RAF Brize Norton in Oxfordshire.

We are an active, welcoming and vibrant community, including various adult, youth and children's groups, Anglican and Methodist Churches, a well-used community Library, two Villages Halls, a Church Hall, a Community Centre, a thriving Primary School and Pre-schools. All set in beautiful open countryside, which has some excellent walking, cycling and running routes. (For further information, please see the "Your Community" section of the website.)

Located on one of the major road routes in the county, the A3102, which provides excellent transport links through to Swindon, Calne and Chippenham. There is an effective bus service that connects Chippenham and Swindon (No 55), which also connects us with Calne, and Swindon’s Designer Village   We are located less than 20 minutes from the M4 and within 30 minutes of either Chippenham or Swindon Railway Stations. 

We are also one of the largest Parish Councils in Wiltshire and strive to provide the best services to the community with limited resources.  We own and manage a large allotment plot in Bradenstoke, public toilets in Lyneham, 24-hour accessible defibrillator units in both Lyneham and Bradenstoke, play areas in both Lyneham and Bradenstoke, a secure dog walking area in Bradenstoke and the protected Green.