cultural and social benefits to the community by:
• Promoting the heritage and history of the Calne Community Area,
• Delivering efficiencies through effective partnerships with stakeholders, sharing of resources, skills and intelligence,
• Increasing footfall and the amount of money spent by visitors and tourists,
• Increase employment opportunities in tourism, heritage and retail sectors,
• Improve selected social, cultural and environmental aspects of life in the Calne Community Area,
• Foster friendship between all the communities of the Calne community area, and will include the communities of our twin towns:- currently Charlieu (France), Eningen (Germany) and Caln Township (USA).
Calne Our Place is formed from an overarching steering group, with representatives from 12 community organisations in Calne and residents, and a growing number of project groups who develop aspects of the project. View the steering group's Constitution here.
Calne has already got a great deal going on with a list of events that is the envy of many other towns. Calne Our Place is seeking to build and develop this further by promoting the following aspects of Calne:
Calne - A Town of Discovery
In order to promote Calne as a Town of Discovery at the centre of the Great West Way, we are working closely with the leading historians in Calne to identify prominent historical people with a strong connection to Calne, especially those we can like to some form of 'Discovery'. Joseph Priestley discovered oxygen while living in Calne and Dr. Jan Ingenhouzen, who discovered photosynthesis, is actually buried in St. Mary's Chuch. Calne is also the home of the Wiltshrie Cure, a process for curing pork-meat products, first developed by the Harris brothers, initially as a patented dry cure and later as the first wet cure in the UK.
Calne Heritage Quarter
We also have initiated plans to develop the Heritage Quarter as a source of 'hidden gems' which will appeal to visitors and tourists as they travel between Windsor, Stonehenge, Avebury and Bath. Highlights include Grade One listed Church of St. Mary the Virgin, the Calne Heritage Centre, Castlefields Park, and many charming historical buildings around the Green. Discover more about the Heritage Quarter in the downloadable leaftlet be
There will be several opportunities to learn about Calne’s Heritage Quarter during the town’s third Heritage Week, from 10th to 16th September. With 32 mostly free events ranging from guided walks, talks and family activities, Calne Heritage Week will bring the town’s past to life. Find the full programme here.
The A4 Tourist Route - Part of the Great West Way
Calne benefits from being just over a ten minute drive along the A4 from tourist attractions including World Heritage Site Avebury, Cherhill White Horse, the Atwell-Wilson Motor Museum and Bowood House and Gardens.
From a simple idea, the A4 Tourist Route has been received enthusiastically and Calne Our Place is working with towns along the route and Visit Wiltshire to gain maximum benefits from the launch of the Great West Way, an exciting tourism route from London to Bristol. See more via the official Great West Way website here.
If you would like to find out more about Calne Our Place please contact Calne Town Council on 01249 814000 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. There are opportunities to get involved in the project, and the group particularly need help with fundraising and public relations.