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18 February 2019

CHALLENGE YOURSELF FOR WILTSHIRE AIR AMBULANCE

IF you or someone you know would like to take on new or exciting challenges in 2019, then Wiltshire Air Ambulance has a choice of events.

Our bumper events calendar includes an abseil, skydive and a Snowdon challenge.

As well as a personal challenge, by taking part you will be helping us to keep saving lives.

If an abseil appeals to you, experience the thrill of a controlled descent down Avon Gorge, Bristol, on Sunday 14 April.

You can explore the stunning landscape of Snowdonia National Park by tackling our triple challenge of cycling, climbing and kayaking on Saturday 8 June.

If you want to see Wiltshire from a great height take part in our skydive at Old Sarum Airfield, near Salisbury, on 2 June. Jumping in tandem with a professional instructor from either 10,000 or 15,000 feet, you can see the sights of Salisbury Cathedral and Stonehenge.

We are a charity and rely on donations to keep saving lives. It costs £3.75 million a year to keep the air ambulance flying and we are not funded directly by the Government and receive no National Lottery grants.

For more information about our events go to our website https://www.wiltshireairambulance.co.uk/events/ or call the charity team on 01225 300536.

Registered charity number: 1144097

 

Southwick Community Speedwatch

Southwick Community Speedwatch has been in operation since 2014. We started as a team of 6 and for a while our ranks swelled to 7, but sadly two of our original members have had to leave as a result of health issues. To enable us to carry out more sessions we really need more volunteers. Our role is to be part of a wider Wiltshire Police initiative to educate drivers to the dangers of speeding.

You may have seen us carrying out sessions as you drive through the village, but do you really know what a session entails?

Prior to carrying out active duties you will undertake training that involves both on-line learning covering the legal and safety aspects of your duties and practical experience of using the speed monitoring device with the village Speedwatch team and a member of Wiltshire Police. You will then be signed up as an active volunteer.

We share a speed monitoring device with the North Bradley Speedwatch team, which means we normally have the device for 3 weeks in every 6.  At the beginning of our period with the device we have a meeting to agree on the times, locations and team members for each of our monitoring sessions. We only operate in locations which have been risk assessed by the Police and each of our sessions lasts for a maximum of an hour, and will only be carried out in daylight and in dry weather.  We try and plan for 4 to 5 sessions in each of the weeks that we have the device and we have 8 sites that we can use around the village

Ideally, we will have 3 team members at each session - one to operate the device, one to record details of speeding vehicles and a third to use a counter to record the number of vehicles passing our location. We aim to rotate the roles during a session and must have a minimum of two members on duty.  

At the end of each session details of speeding vehicles are sent electronically to Wiltshire Police to be entered onto their systems and letters are then generated which are sent to the registered keepers of the vehicles. Repeat offenders will receive further letters and/or a visit from a police officer.

During our last period with the device in February we carried out 7 sessions (we planned 10 but weather and illness reduced the number) and reported 22 vehicles, out of 3558 that passed us, for

being driven above the threshold speed.  Of these, 5 vehicles were being driven at 40 mph or above.

We are regularly complimented for the work we are doing in deterring drivers from speeding, and we would like to welcome you to our small team, even if you could only spare an hour a week.

So why not get in touch and come out with us for even a few minutes to see how we operate?

Martin

07947 691 235

 

Stothert & Pitt Crane restoration -update

The Stothert & Pitt Crane restoration is all set to start in earnest. It is rail mounted crane with a timber frame to support the main crane and the four rail wheels. This original timber had rotted so badly that a complete replacement is needed. We have sourced some oak for this, the dimensions are 15 inches’ x 8 inches so its big stuff, it has been transported to Southwick and we will be starting to prepare the timber during the early part of 2019.

 

Stothert & Pitt Crane Restoration Project in Southwick


 This is probably the oldest surviving crane built by the famous Bath firm of Stothert & Pitt circa 1864. A small group of interested people have rescued the crane and it now sits in Southwick where it will be restored, the eventual plan is to put it on public display in Bath.


 I am putting together a small team of practical hands on people who would like to help with the project which is estimated to take two years. We can be very flexible as to what days are worked depending on peoples other commitments.

 

 This is an interesting new project that will be worked on in the village
 For more detail please contact Peter Dunn on 07719911421 or email on petendunn@aol.com


 

 

 

Stothert & Pitt Crane Restoration Project in Southwick

This is probably the oldest surviving crane built by the famous Bath firm of Stothert & Pitt circa 1864. A small group of

   interested people have rescued photo of crane

  the crane and it now sits in  Southwick where it will be  restored, the eventual plan is to put it on public display in Bath.

  I am putting together a small team of practical hands on people who would like to help with the project which is estimated to take two years. We can be

  very flexible as to what days are worked depending on peoples other commitments.

  This is an interesting new project that will be worked on in the village 

  For more detail please contact Peter Dunn on 07719911421

  or email on petendunn@aol.com

 

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