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Arkell’s 175th Anniversary Beer Festival

This Saturday, 15th September 2018, The Wiltshire Bobby Van were asked to attend the Beer Festival at Arkell’s Brewery, Swindon in celebration of thier 175th Anniversary.

The brewery took the opportunity to use the event to raise funds for the WBVT and Prospect Hospice – for which we are hugely grateful.

Our team spoke to those attending about the work we do across the county, and met up with High Sheriff, Nicky Alberry.

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Thank you Chippenham Lions!

Huge thanks to the Chippenham Lions for thier generous grant to the WBTV of £500. Every single penny helps us to continue helping the older and vulnerable people in our community stay safe and recover from incidents of crime.

Our Director, Jennie Shaw, is pictured below with Cllr Andy Phillips, Mayor of Chippenham, at the presentation evening at the end of June.

Chippenham Lions presentation June 2018

Out and about!

Our three Bobby Vans cover miles across the county every day, sometimes the temptation to stop for a 10 minute coffee break at a local beauty spot makes for some great photo opportunities! This week one of Security Operator Mick Leighfield’s coffee breaks was next to the Fovant Badges, Salisbury:

Bobby Van Fovant Badges July 2017 July 2018

Stay Safe Online information video now available!

Our new video about the Stay Safe Online (SSO) service we offer is now available! Filmed in partnership with Wiltshire Police, it features the work our SSO Volunteer Team undertake.

Tamas Kiss, SSO Volunteer, undertakes a home visit and community talk, whilst Director Jennie Shaw and Cyber Crime Prevention Officer for Wiltshire, Lee Stripe, speak more widely about the service and its importance.

Please note: for Home Security visits, call the main office number: 01380 861155.

Raise funds for us whenever you shop with Amazon!

Amazon’s Smile service has arrived in the UK, allowing you to nominate a charity to receive a donation every time you make an Amazon purchase.

When you visit smile.amazon.co.uk, instead of the regular Amazon URL, you’ll be asked to select a UK charity before browsing Amazon, just type in The Wiltshire Bobby Van Trust and click Select. Although the URL will change, you’ll still be browsing the regular Amazon store, with the same items you’d normally see.

It doesn’t add anything to your cost either. When you make an eligible purchase, Amazon will donate 0.5 percent of the cost to your chosen charity. That might not seem like a huge amount, but Amazon has donated $65 million so far in the four years it’s been active in the US. So please join up and remember to go through smile.amazon.co.uk when shopping on Amazon.

Devizes Community Area Wellbeing Day 2018

On Saturday 23rd June, the Devizes Rotary, working in partnership with Devizes Communty Area Wellbeing Group, hosted the first Devizes Community Area Wellbeing Day on the small green in Devizes.

The aim of the day is was to provide FREE entertainment and information to the over 55s in the Devizes Community Area. Visitors had a great day discovering what activities and services are available to them, and enabled the organisations, charities and clubs that provide those services to promote what they do.

Our WBVT had a great time in the Devizes, speaking to lots of people and taking requests for home visits from our home security team and our Stay Safe Online team.

BV team at Wellbeing day Devizes 2018

There was a lovely follow-up piece in the Gazette and Herald, and more images of the day on the Devizes Rotary website too.

Lovely weekend at 2018 Wiltshire Steam & Vintage Rally, Oare

The Wiltshire Bobby Van Trust were again present at the Wiltshire Agricultural Preservation Group’s annual Wiltshire Steam & Vintage Rally, held at Rainscombe Park, Oare.

It was a great weekend, where our team were able to speak to people about the work we do with home and online security across the county and raise ever-needed funds to continue the work we do.

It was also the perfect opportunity for our newest team member, Security Operator Will Todd, to experience this aspect of our work and engage with the public in a wider context.

A special thanks to Lady Julia and Robert Hiscox, WBVT Chairman, for allowing the rally to be held at Rainscombe Park.

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