Article for November Messenger

The clocks have gone back, the nights are drawing in, and winter is fast approaching. Not much to celebrate at the moment but all of us are hoping that things will begin to improve by the time we get to Christmas.

A year ago, who would have thought that we would be unable to gather together to pay our usual respects on Remembrance Sunday 8th November? The clergy are working hard to keep us all safe during Covid-19, but ever-changing guidelines mean that, at the time of going to press, we do not know exactly what we will be allowed to do. Your Parish Council will be cleaning the War Memorial at the end of October, and it is hoped that some wreath-laying ceremony will be possible, but please look out for further notices nearer the time.

After many years of dedicated service as our Weekend Litter Picker, Mrs Irene Nobbs has decided to retire; we thank her for all her hard work and wish her and Vic all the best. Keeping on top of litter is an ongoing challenge and I am extremely grateful to our volunteer litter pickers and litter ambassadors organised by Myles York. We have also had tremendous support from another volunteer, Andrew England and I would like to thank him for his sterling work in clearing overgrown greenery in order to enhance recreational areas and to increase visibility, and thus safety, along roadside verges.

I am sad to report that recently we have had two cases of graffiti, one in The Grove and one at the Tennis Club. If you see anyone doing this please report it to us or the Police.

Following the completion of the refurbishment at Cossors Play Area, we have started the process of refurbishment of Netherleaze Play Area . We also have some very exciting news for our teenagers and adults; an Outside Gym will be installed at Easterton Lane in early December  Cllr Stevens is organising this, and if it proves popular we would hope to expand the range of equipment available at a later date.

I know that many people, including the Parish Council, were very concerned about the organisation of this year’s Flu Jabs which required everyone to attend Marlborough College. Whilst we were disappointed that KAMP chose not to discuss any plans with us, they are to be congratulated for the very efficient way in which it was organised. Our understanding is that at the end of the last session, KAMP will check their records to see if all vulnerable residents had received their Flu Jab and anyone missed would be followed up.

Recycling old clothes in Pewsey gets easier again; we now have a Wiltshire Air Ambulance Bin situated on the pavement opposite the Parish Office. In addition to this, Prospect Hospice will be receiving clothes into a van at the Bouverie Hall Car Park on certain days each month, with the first date being Monday November 16th. Please support both these worthy charities if you can.

Recently there have been a number of cases in our area of Courier Fraud. Elderly residents have been targeted by fraudsters who claimed to be from Hammersmith Police, or from their Bank, and were investigating criminals who had tried to remove money from their accounts. The fraudsters then claimed that money should be moved out of the victims account to be used as evidence, or to transfer it to another account. So convincing were these fraudsters, several residents had withdrawn large sums of money and handed over to a courier sent to their address. NO POLICE OFFICER OR BANK OFFICIAL WILL EVER ASK YOU TO HAND OVER MONEY. If contacted by anyone suggesting this, put the phone down and use a different phone or ask a neighbour to contact the police (as criminals may leave the line open). The PCCA, with financial support from the Parish Council, has distributed flyers to warn vulnerable residents never to hand over money or personal details to anyone who phones or knocks at the door, but it is also worth reminding any elderly neighbours.  

Curly Haskell

Chairman

Pewsey Parish Council

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