South West Wiltshire Community Areas

Background to area

The work will include encouraging the many rural communities served by the South West Wiltshire Area Board, these are: Mere, East Knoyle, Kilmington, Sedgehill & Semley, Stourton with Gasper, West Knoyle, Zeals, Tisbury, Ansty, Berwick St.John, Berwick St.Leonard, Chicklade, Chilmark, Donhead St.Andrew, Donhead St.Mary, Fonthill Bishop, Fonthill Gifford, Fovant, Hindon, Sutton Mandeville, Swallowcliffe, Tollard Royal, West Tisbury, Wilton, Alvediston, Barford St.Martin, Bishopstone, Bowerchalke, Broad Chalke, Burcombe Without, Compton Chamberlayne, Dinton, Ebbesbourne Wake, Netherhampton, Quidhampton, South Newton, Statford Tony and Teffont.

The three major settlements are:

Wilton is a quintessential Wiltshire market town with a history spanning more than 2,000 years. The town gave its name not only to Wiltshire but also to the UK’s famous Wilton Carpets, which are still made here today. Within a short walk of the Market Square and St Mary's ruin you will find the famous Italianate Church.

 On the edge of the town centre lies Wilton House, set in 21 acres of landscaped parkland with water and rose gardens beside the River Nadder. Combine this with the wide range of factory outlets at Wilton Shopping Village.

Tisbury is the largest village in Wiltshire’s Nadder Valley, in the West Wiltshire Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. St John’s 12th century parish church is in the centre of the village.  Its churchyard boasts an ancient yew tree – still flourishing after 4,000 years!  Rudyard Kipling’s parents are buried here. At the edge of the village is the Grade 1 Listed thatched Tithe Barn at Place Farm.

Mere, an historic small town adjacent to the A303, nestles beneath the South Wiltshire Downs.To the north is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty providing a wealth of interest, including strip lynchets formed by ancient ploughing, and White Sheet Hill Nature Reserve.

History of work with Dementia

The Steering Group has been developing Safe Places in Mere, Tisbury and Wilton after agreement at the Area Board in May 2016, this has been in recognition that there are large numbers of people living with Dementia in the area.

There are various local groups operating across the area that either have a specific focus on supporting people living with dementia and their carers, or include those people in their activities.  These include a memory group in Tisbury, Singing for the Brain group in Tisbury, lunch groups across the area, a Stroke Forum in Wilton and a Sunshine group in Tisbury for the socially isolated.

A presentation to raise dementia awareness has been delivered to the chambers of trade in Tisbury and Wilton. In Tisbury this has been followed up with the delivery of a dementia friends information session to members of Tisbury Business Association.


  • To continue to consult with people with dementia and their carers to find out how best to support them to be able to enjoy living in their town and village (working towards a Dementia Friendly Community).
  • To continue to raise awareness by increasing the number of Dementia Friends in the community area and including children and young people.
  • To continue to develop initiatives that help prevent, care and make provision for people living with dementia and their carers in our communities.


The South West Wiltshire Area Board Health & Wellbeing Group has agreed to become the Steering Group for the Dementia Action Alliance, whilst encouraging each individual towns or parishes working towards becoming Dementia Friendly Communities. The South West Wiltshire Community Area Dementia Action Alliance will meet twice a year to share and celebrate progress and will report back to the Area Board twice yearly.

How to join: Please contact Stephen Harris, Community Engagement Manager at