You can now sign up for free messages – by email, text or voicemail – about policing and crime matters relating to your area and interests by joining Wiltshire and Swindon Community Messaging.
Wiltshire Police and the Police and Crime Commissioner for Wiltshire and Swindon, Angus Macpherson, are committed to involving communities in the prevention and reduction of crime and anti-social behaviour. Working alongside Neighbourhood Watch, Wiltshire and Swindon Community Messaging aims to improve the flow of information between communities and the police.
PCC Angus Macpherson, who is commissioning this new initiative, said: “The whole of Wiltshire is now covered by Swindon and Wiltshire Community Messaging, bringing the public into contact with the police and Neighbourhood Watch.
“I now look forward to working with other partners in Wiltshire and Swindon to extend the excellent services provided by Wiltshire Police and to build on the title ‘Community’ Messaging.”
Wiltshire Police Chief Constable Pat Geenty said: “Community Messaging enables us to reach out to all the people that may not use social media and other channels. It provides the public with messages in a format that suits them and keeps them up to date with police matters in their local area.”
People signed up will be able to receive messages about policing and crime matters in their area, such as community policing news and events, appeals for information and crime prevention advice.
They will also be able to reply to messages, feeding back information to their local neighbourhood officers to help them in policing their local area.
To find out more and to sign up visit www.wiltsmessaging.co.uk or speak to your local police officer.
Wiltshire and Swindon Community Messaging will NOT be monitored 24 hours a day. People should always call 999 in an emergency or 101 in a non-emergency.
From Georgina Parker on behalf of St James’s PCC:
On 1st February we begin a new pattern of Sunday services. It is based on our being members of a United Benefice in which a variety of services are offered across the four churches. Revd Ann Keating, our rector, is the only full-time stipendiary clergy person in the Ministry Team and she is assisted by Voluntary priests and Licensed Lay Ministers. Their aim is to satisfy a wide range of preferences for different forms of worship and this only becomes possible if they think and plan on a Benefice basis.
Sunday services in South Wraxall will start at 10:00 a.m. from 1st February. On the second Sunday of the month the service will alternate between South Wraxall and Monkton Farleigh. This may seem complicated but details of all services are displayed in the church porch and will be on the village website. On 8th February the service will be in Monkton Farleigh at 10:00 a.m.
Meanwhile in South Wraxall the Parochial Church Council has decided to offer a different sort of service by serving a full English breakfast in the village hall from 9:00 a.m. We will, where possible, use local produce and the proceeds will go towards the upkeep and running costs of St James’s. We look forward to welcoming all the community to enjoy tasty fare and good company! We will carry on serving until at least 11.30 so you can enjoy a lie in and a cooked breakfast! Bring your family and friends!
Sunday Breakfast in the Village Hall
Sunday 8th February and Sunday 12th April
9:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Tasty Full English Breakfast
Do come and join us
Reserve your table by emailing email@example.com
or just turn up on the day!
From Margaret Gill:
An excellent turn out ensured that a wonderful time was had by all at the South Wraxall Burns Night in the Village Hall on Saturday 24th January. Guests from outside the village helped bring the evening together. The Haggis supplied by the Longs Arms was piped in by Martin Davis and Robbie Burns poetry was recited by Don Steele, Juliette Davis and our own Lassie Claire Atkins.
The kitchen crew served a Bill o’ Fare of – Cock a Leekee soup, Haggis, Neeps and Tatties followed by Edinburgh Fog. After the toasts, the evening turned to Scottish Country Dancing. Caller Charles Freeman ensured everyone was dancing and our “distinguished guests” Mr Dave Wyper and Mrs Jacqueline Loxton were first in line to dance The Gay Gordons.
The next morning messages were circulating – “ a great night out“, “The best burns night I’ve been to”,“ fantastic haggis“, and “excellent dancing ”.