About The Parish

The Parish of Haydon Wick is a great place to live and a great place to bring up your family.

Now mostly an urban Parish, we are in fact the same size or larger than many small towns.

We lie to the north and north west of Swindon and have an estimated population in excess of 22,000 of which more than 18,000 are registered electors. The Parish is part of the Borough of Swindon and is represented on the Borough Council by six Ward Councillors.

The Parish Council is split into three Parish Council Electoral Wards, Haydon End (eight {8} Councillors), Haydon Wick (nine {9} Councillors) and Ray Ward (one {1} Councillor). We are concerned with the overall economic, cultural and physical well being of the residents of Haydon Wick and represent a statutory body forming the lowest tier of local government in England.

Thamesdown Transport provides the regular local bus service from Haydon Wick into Swindon centre and beyond. Bus 11/12 runs through Abbey Meads to Asda, then to the Town Centre before traveling on to the hospital. Bus 13/14 starts at Asda, through Moredon to the Town Centre and then south to Eldene and Coate Water. Bus 15/15A again begins its journey at Asda, then Haydon End and Taw Hill before it reaches the Town Centre via New College Bus 153 is an occasional service which travels west, through West Swindon toward Lydiard and the M4 junction 16

Why is it so good here? Well, we have eight brilliant primary schools, all top OFSTED, two nature reserves, a country park, six terrific pubs all family friendly, a super leisure centre, miles and miles of footpaths and cycleways, a steam railway and shopping… the largest Walmart in the UK, huge Marks and Spencers, Homebase, Morrisons, Top Shop, New Look, Next, Starbucks, Costa, loads of every kind of takeaway you can think of… the list just goes on!

The River Ray flows through the area offering many pleasant walks and is home to a multitude of species of fish and wildlife.

Known locally as Clifford Meadow, Haydon Meadow is a Site of Special Scientific Interest where Anacamptis morio, a rare protected species of Orchid family Orchidaceae, may be seen.

Mouldon Hill Country Park lies toward the west of the parish; the park has a number of paths and walkway together with a delightful hidden lake, and within it a railway station is being created by the Swindon and Cricklade Railway.

Churches within the parish include Christ The Servant, St John the Evangelist, Emmanual URC and a Bretheren Meeting Room.

Local schools include Catherine Wayte Primary, Greenmeadow Primary, Haydonleigh Primary, Haydon Wick Primary, Orchid Vale Primary, St. Francis, Oakhurst Community and on the border, Abbey Meads Community School.

With a large sports hall, dance studios and large meeting rooms, The Haydon Leisure Centre has something for everyone. Whether it’s a quick spin on an RPM bike, a game of badminton or a birthday party for the kids, Haydon Centre has it all After School Club is OFSTED registered and offers childcare facilities during term time. Haydon Centre also has a number of rooms available to hire.

Finally if you are thinking of moving here and are nervous of flooding after recent winters, you can relax! The Environment Agency have spent £14 million to ensure we are not the local version of the Somerset Levels! To remind all what it was like before the investment we thought we would leave these shots on the site.