The latest Messenger has been delivered round the village. It includes the calendar for events in the village for Christmas.
You can also view the Messenger on line at http://www.pewswan.org.uk/pdf/dec2013.pdf
The Calendar is on the village website on the What’s On page
I started the old website back in November 2010. In the three years it was on the web it totaled 5000 hits. Not very dynamic really! With the new website we start from scratch so I hope the stats will look better. To date 129 different people have made 175 visits from as far afield as China and Australia.
Thank you wherever you are!
For those of you that have a Twitter account (apologies to those of you who haven’t any idea what I’m talking about!) you can now follow the village news on the new website through your Twitter account. Just visit the new website and click on the floating blue ‘t’ icon.
I found this marcasite nodule on Milk Hill just below a badger sett. It weighs 416 grams. This the largest piece I have found to date. Have a look at this page to find out how it was formed – click here
We have been contacted by the All Cannings’ Gardeners.They heard that our own gardening group was no more and have invited us to join with their meetings.
They meet every second Wednesday of the month in the Village Hall at 8 pm.
Subscriptions are £10 per year and new members are very welcome.
You can get further details from Jenny King on 01672 851965.
STANTON ST BERNARD FOURTH ANNUAL FOUR PEAKS CHALLENGE
SATURDAY DECEMBER 28th 9.15 AM
Enjoy a walk across the hills to shake off those post Christmas blues.
Just over seven miles visiting Clifford’s Hill, Tan Hill, Milk Hill and Walkers Hill.
Then, surprisingly enough, passing the door of the Barge Inn at Honeystreet!
(I am assured that it will be open)
This will be a brisk walk and I promise not to stop and chat too often!
Please join us at the Village Hall car park, Stanton St Bernard (SU 092623) at 9.15 am.
Don’t forget to wear suitable clothing, and footwear.
All are welcome!
Any questions reply to this email or call on 01672 851426.
LOOKING FORWARD TO CHRISTMAS!
This site is under development – if you are looking for the Stanton St Bernard village webslite please click here – stantonstbernard.com
Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) for Wiltshire and Swindon Angus Macpherson says partnership, pro-activity and prevention remain key as he marks his first year in office.
Mr Macpherson was the first PCC in England and Wales to be sworn-in following the elections on 15 November 2012. He took office a week later on 22 November 2012.
Commissioner Angus Macpherson said: “In March I published my Police and Crime Plan following wide consultation with the public and partners. This plan sets the strategic direction of policing in Wiltshire and Swindon and at its heart has the philosophy of partnership, pro-activity and prevention.
“A key part of this philosophy is working with communities and partners, including, of course, Wiltshire Police, local councils, probation, voluntary schemes, charities and other statutory agencies, to prevent crime and anti-social behaviour, rather than reacting to it.
“Through my Police and Crime Plan and the Chief Constable’s Delivery Plan we are working to this ethos. For example I have provided impetus and resource to community volunteers by providing funding for two new staff to support Community Speed Watch and investment in a more efficient data recording and processing system.
“Community Speed Watch is a great scheme seeing volunteer residents recording speeds on local roads. It raises awareness of speed limits and road safety and can prevent people from driving over the legal limit.”
The Commissioner’s £1 million Innovation Fund is another way in which Mr Macpherson investing in proactive community projects.
In the first funding round 12 projects were awarded nearly £400,000 towards their own schemes which aim to reduce crime and anti-social behaviour as well as support vulnerable victims and witnesses. These include a mobile youth van in Swindon to give young people a place to go rather than hanging out on the streets and Wiltshire Police Outbox which refers young people to boxing clubs to give them a positive activity to engage in. The deadline for the second funding round, of three, is 15 November 2013.
Mr Macpherson added: “Another big area of work we have been progressing this year is a strategic partnership between my office, Wiltshire Police and Wiltshire Council.
“Understandably this is a significant piece of work involving us sharing buildings where possible, with Monkton Park in Chippenham being the first public building in Wiltshire where people can speak to both the police and council. There is also a commitment made for neighbourhood policing officers to be based at community campuses wherever possible.
“Work is also on-going looking at where both the police and council can share ‘back office’ support services. This partnership is about improving customer service, protecting frontline services and providing value for money across the public sector in the face of significant government budget cuts.”
Mr Macpherson says that key to these partnerships is establishing good working relationships with Wiltshire Police, particularly Mr Geenty, and Wiltshire and Swindon council leaders. He is also working closely with other south west PCCs and forces on collaborative operational projects.
Mr Macpherson spends a significant amount of time meeting, talking and listening to people in Wiltshire and Swindon about policing and crime matters so he can represent their views.
Since taking office the Commissioner has attended more than 400 meetings or events and his office is receiving about 300 contacts from the public each week in the form of letters, emails and phone calls.
Another part of the Commissioner’s remit is to oversee the way the force deal with complaints.
To do this he has appointed an Independent Complaints and Appeals Adjudicator, Professor Allan Johns, to provide clear water between the Office of the PCC and Wiltshire Police.
To mark his one year in office, a booklet explaining his role, priorities and highlights has been produced. This is available online,from the PCC website.
Mr Macpherson will also be attending a national event organised by the Association of Police and Crime Commissioners (APCCs) in London on 14 November.
People can contact Mr Macpherson via his office on 01380 734022, via email firstname.lastname@example.org;, or via his website , where he writes a weekly blog. He is also on Facebook.
Click here to go to PCC website
This October and November WfCAP (The Wiltshire Forum of Community Area Partnerships) invite you to enter our free, writing competition for residents of Wiltshire.
The idea behind this competition is to celebrate Wiltshire; its environment, heritage and the vibrant communities living there. As always WfCAP aims to promote the achievements of the Community Area Partnerships that we work with but we’re also asking other residents of Wiltshire to share their stories to a wider audience; to share hidden secrets of the county or to highlight local successes.
Individuals and/or groups can submit entries.
There are 3 categories:
1. A report on a project that has benefited your community
2. Write about local folklore or history
3. A short article about your favourite place in Wiltshire
It is an exciting opportunity for budding, and established, authors to have their say about this amazing County.