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Haydon Wick Parish Council empowers a speedy crime tackling solution for local PCSO team

Haydon Wick Parish Council empowers a speedy crime tackling solution for local PCSO team 1200 1200 hw_youthandcommunity

Haydon Wick Parish Council is proud to announce that as part of their Community Grant Giving scheme, the Wiltshire Police North Neighbourhood Policing Team will be benefitting from two new electric bikes. The patrol bike is less expensive than a patrol car or motorcycle yet nimble, quiet and community friendly. Chairman Vinay Manro said that:

‘Haydon Wick Parish Council was delighted to fund these new electric bikes for the Wiltshire Police North Neighbourhood Policing Team and contribute towards the safety and increased police presence within our community’.

To help alleviate the cost of the electric bikes whilst still offering an enhanced service to local residents, the Parish Council teamed-up with neighbouring Blunsdon Parish Council to share the cost of the second bike for the patrol team. Chairman Ian Jankinson, Blunsdon Parish Council said:

‘Blunsdon Parish Council was pleased to contribute to the new e-bikes for our neighbourhood police. Any way we can help to keep our Parish safer has got to be worth the investment. Thank you for the work you do to keep Blunsdon safe.’

Haydon Wick Parish Council annually allocated a Community Grants budget to provide financial assistance to a wide range of organisations, projects and activities which provide services for its residents. It is hoped that the grant received by the Neighbourhood Policing Team will provide a range of benefits, which include high visibility cycle patrols throughout the Parish to help prevent crime and anti-social behaviour. The bikes will allow officers to cover more areas of the Parish in a shorter time frame and allow access to harder-to-reach locations such as play parks, whilst being kind to our environment. The electric bikes will also enable officers to maintain pace with illegally motorised scooters to help tackle and prevent anti-social behaviours from occurring. PCSO Lee Hare had this to say regarding the bike donation:

‘We are truly grateful to both parishes for purchasing the two new electric bicycles for us. These bicycles have already given us the opportunity to cover over 300 miles and allowed the old bikes to be used by other officers to cover more ground around North Swindon and beyond. With the new modern bikes we are able to stay out on the streets longer and cover larger areas without the need to return to charge batteries. This in turn allows us to provide a longer visible presence, engage with the community and prevent crime and the fear of crime’.

Haydon Wick Parish Council hopes that the faster response times, shorter pursuits, expanded patrol range and importantly, enhanced community engagement and service will benefit the residents of the community for years to come.

L-R: PCSO Kate Jackson, PCSO Lee Hare

Haydon Wick Parish Council celebrates community volunteers in style

Haydon Wick Parish Council celebrates community volunteers in style 1900 1200 Caroline Hunt

On Saturday 19th February, Haydon Wick Parish Council held an afternoon tea party to thank the wonderful residents of the Parish who have volunteered in or contributed to the local community in the past year. The invitation list was exclusive, and included community bus drivers, litter pickers, community event organisers and Memory Café volunteers.

Haydon Wick Parish Council welcomed the opportunity to demonstrate it’s appreciation of the volunteers time, hard work and dedication that is put into improving the environment and developing community spirit.

Picture of volunteers packing Christmas Parcels

Parish Council spreads festive cheer throughout the community

Parish Council spreads festive cheer throughout the community 1900 1200 Caroline Hunt

Haydon Wick Parish Council successfully delivered the traditional Christmas Parcel Scheme this year, and spread festive cheer and goodwill to residents in need across the Parish. Staff, Councillors and volunteers worked hard to overcome any logistical challenges presented by social distancing requirements and ensured that the community project continued to help those that live alone, aged over 70 and live within the Parish.

Chairman of the Council, Councillor Vinay Manro told us: “This winter has continued to bring challenges for many, we were delighted to be able to continue with a 30+ year tradition in bringing some festive cheer and goodwill to some of those most in need within the parish.

Our community Christmas project delivered over 160 parcels to residents across the parish who live alone and are aged over 70. The packages included festive food and treats to help them enjoy the season.

I am very grateful to our Councillors, Staff and volunteers who banded together to pack the bags and deliver them out to our residents, along with all those who donated items.

This annual project is more than just delivering a Christmas parcel, It is another way for us to check in on some of our most vulnerable, have a chat, address any concerns, and most of all ensure they know there is a friendly face available should they need additional support”.

The Council is as always humbled by the generosity of its volunteers and community groups who come together every year to help with this project and would like to pass on their thanks to: Morrisons, ASDA, and the Redeemed Christian Church of God for their very generous donations.

The Council has received many welcome notes of thanks from recipients, including ‘To Haydon Wick Parish Council plus helpers, for the Christmas Parcel plus making Haydon Wick a ‘super’ place to live. A big thank you!’.

Haydon Wick Parish Council swaps seasons greetings for much-needed festive gift of food

Haydon Wick Parish Council swaps seasons greetings for much-needed festive gift of food 1900 1200 Caroline Hunt

‘Substituting Christmas Greetings for Festive Donations…’

 This year, Haydon Wick Parish Council made the decision to donate to the Swindon Food Collective instead of sending corporate Christmas Cards. Each year, the Council spends up to £200.00 on seasons greetings, however this year, funds were diverted to a greater cause.

Chairman of the Council, Councillor Vinay Manro said that “while we still want to send festive greetings to all of our contacts, we decided that a donation to the Swindon Food Collective would benefit members of our local community and we hope, make a real difference to someone’s Christmas”.

Over the last year the Swindon Food Collective has seen demand for their assistance increase in many areas with one zone particularly being the Haydon Wick and surrounding SN25 area.

For the full article, please visit: Haydon Wick Parish Council swaps seasons greetings for much-needed festive gift of food | Swindon Advertiser 

Enabling and serving our community

Enabling and serving our community 1900 1200 Caroline Hunt

The Parish Council has a community grants budget which is used to help support local charities and voluntary groups each year with funding to enable them to carry out projects and activities for the benefit of local residents.  Our Grants Working Party meets three times a year to consider applications and so far this year we have proudly awarded over £6,324.00 to the following groups: BEST (Be A Better You), Wiltshire Police North Neighbourhood Policing Team, Friends of TWIGS and Wiltshire Search & Rescue.

A spokesperson for the Parish Council said:

“The parish council is committed to developing the community with its grants scheme. This year we set aside £9,000 to give to various community groups and in this round, we were pleased to support TWIGs, Wiltshire Police North Neighbourhood Policing Team and Wiltshire Search & Rescue by giving a combined total of £3,874.00. Our funds will help these fantastic community groups to deliver their services to many.

Liza Lishman, Friends of TWIGS said “We are extremely grateful to Haydon Wick Parish Council for helping Friends of Twigs to supply basic art kits for people on the Art Therapy courses at TWIGS (Therapeutic Work In Gardening in Swindon).  These courses give people a safe space to explore their emotions and to reflect on the stresses in their lives – be they caring responsibilities or the effect of the pandemic on their mental health.  Participants have time to focus on their wellbeing and to try out new art techniques, many of them inspired by the gardens and natural world around them.”

‘Art is a healthy outlet and slows the “washing machine head”.’ TWIGS attendee.

Sun prints created by a group, TWIGS.

If you would like to consider applying for a grant for your organisation, project, or an upcoming event/activity there are several ways to gain more information and get an application form:

Would your community group benefit from a grant?  Apply before the Monday 31 January 2022.

Council Community Grants Update

Council Community Grants Update 1900 1200 Caroline Hunt

The Parish Council has a community grants budget which is used to help support local charities and voluntary groups each year with funding to enable them to carry out projects and activities for the benefit of local residents.  Our Grants Working Party meets three times a year to consider applications and so far this year we have proudly awarded over £2,140.00 to the following groups: Swindon Scrapstore, Phoenix Enterprises (Assistance Dogs) and The Tuesday Art Group (Haydon Wick). A spokesperson for the Parish Council said:

“We are delighted that we have been able to continue to help our local community and charity organisations during what has been a challenging year for many. We have supported a number of projects this year, not least the Swindon Scrapstore team with food deliveries and support for those shielding within the Parish during National lock-downs. We were thrilled to offer funding to Phoenix Enterprises, to assist with the recruitment and training of Milo the pup, who will become a therapy dog and much valued member of the team. We look forward to seeing the art exhibition of the Tuesday Art Group”.

If you would like to consider applying for a grant for your organisation, project or an upcoming event/activity there are several ways to gain more information and get an application form:

Previous recent grant awards include funding for:

  • Dorset & Wiltshire Fire Service: to assist with transportation costs to take local schools to driving awareness workshops.
  • Wiltshire Bobby Van which provides home security solutions to residents who are over 60 and 18+ with a disability.
  • Busy Fingers baby and toddler group to replace broken equipment.
  • FC Abbey Meads for additional football kit.
  • South West Ambulance Service to purchase a super new chair for assisting people who have had a fall.

Would your community group benefit from a grant?  Apply before the 30th September 2021.

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