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Friday, 6 December 2019

HIVE Closure - Re-Opens Thursday 12th December

Reading Force - Share A Book & Scrapbook Together

To visit the Reading Force website,

Alternatively please pop into the HIVE where you can collect a free scrapbook!

Colerne Cinema Showings - December 2019-April 2020

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Christmas - Last Posting Dates

Get your cards, gifts and greetings there in time for Christmas.

Check the latest recommended posting dates for all UK and international parcels and letters services on the Post Office website.

Alternatively, CLICK HERE

What Every Parent Needs to Know About Sepsis

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Coping With A Partner Away This Christmas

When did you start planning for Christmas? For some it takes all year, and so perhaps no surprise that ‘Christmas’ regularly scores high on lists of common stresses.

There are thousands of military families for whom Christmas often falls within a period of duty - and enforced separation.

For any families - military or otherwise - facing Christmas with their partner away, Reading Force have compiled a list of top tips to help make the most of your festivities.

To read these tips online, CLICK HERE

Are You Winter Ready?

With winter well and truly here, Amey have put together some self-help advice and guidance on common issues such as how to avoid frozen pipes, boiler issues and blockages in gutters and drains to help keep your home protected during the winter months.

Amey employ additional staff as their Customer Service Centre through the winter, to help you as quickly and effectively as possible.

Amey are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Should you experience any issues with your property, there are numerous ways to get in touch.

To visit the website for Amey's top winter tips,

Poppy Pods - Membership Now Open For 2020 Breaks

Hampshire County Council provides the location for these wooden camping Pods providing low-cost holiday facilities exclusively for Service Personnel, Veterans and military families.  

To join the Membership for 2020 please visit the website and register your details. If you have previously been a member of the scheme you will already be listed on the membership mailing list. The membership is free.

To find out more and to register online, CLICK HERE

Wiltshire Council Recycling & Household Waste Collection Calendar

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Please note that the above relates to collections in Colerne.

Don't live in Colerne?

To visit the Wiltshire Council website, where you can type in your postcode, CLICK HERE

Thursday, 5 December 2019

Dead? Or Dead Slow? - British Horse Society's Horse & Rider Road Safety Campaign

Dead? Or Dead Slow? is the British Horse Society (BHS) horse and rider road safety campaign. It’s an appropriate slogan as 42 riders and over 300 horses have been killed on roads in the last ten years. This parish has over 400 horses and only a few bridleways, some of which are hard to use, and the only way to exercise the horses is on our lanes. We have few safe passing places, verges have ditches in them or have been built up with soft soil or taped off with electric fence. All this makes it difficult for riders to get their horses out of the way of other road users.

Four simple steps for drivers:

If I see a horse on the road, then I will...

1. Slow down to a maximum of 15mph
2. Be patient; I won't sound my horn or rev my engine
3. Pass the horse wide and slow (if safe to do so) at least a car's width if possible
4. Drive slowly away

To read more online, including advice for riders themselves, CLICK HERE

Report Suspicious Activity

Please CLICK HERE for top tips to keep your home secure

Did you know you can register your valuables online to help reduce property crime and improve the chances of getting them back in the event of loss or theft?

To visit the Immobilise website and register your items,

FREE Functional Skills English Ten Week Course - Starting In Chippenham Tuesday 10th December

To find out more about what the Wiltshire Council Family & Community Learning Team can offer, CLICK HERE

Domestic Abuse - Are You At Risk?

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Tuesday, 3 December 2019

Argos Product Recall Of Cuggl Baby Gates

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To visit the above-mentioned section on the Argos website, CLICK HERE

Latest Offers From Tickets For Troops

To visit the Tickets For Troops website, CLICK HERE

Looking After Pets In Winter - Advice From RSPCA

Winter is here so be sure to keep an especially close eye on outdoor rabbits and guinea pigs.

Make sure they're protected from adverse weather by using blankets and covers, and be prepared to move them indoors if necessary!

To read more winter-related pet advice from RSPCA,

Wiltshire’s Future SEND & Inclusion Strategy - Survey Closes Friday 6th December

Wiltshire Council residents are being encouraged to have their say on long term plans to provide first class SEND provision for all children and young people at school and in their communities.

Local authorities renew their SEND inclusion strategy on a regular basis. The last strategy from 2015 to 2019 included a successful SEND local area inspection and nationally recognised levels of post 16 engagement in training and employment for young people in SEND.

To read more and complete the survey online,

Army & You Winter Edition Out Now!

Here's a flavour of what's inside:

This winter’s Army&You is a housing special. With changes on the way for how accommodation is delivered, we hear from families living in their own homes and those wishing to remain mobile. We explore housing options - buying, renting or remaining on the patch. We’ve got an interesting FAM Q&A which focuses on Aldershot.

We hear from the ‘Mrs Hinches’ of the military world on how they make their homes sparkle, plus there’s home makeover tips to jazz up those magnolia wallAcross the pond, there’s an insight into just how diverse a posting to the US is, whilst back on Salisbury Plain, we check in on the recently rebased families. We’ve also explored family life in the South West and there’s much to celebrate across the region.And from modifying ammo bags to making wedding dresses, sewing soldier Neil Stace tells us how he gets handy with a needle and thread. Our regulars include some great giveaways, our ever-popular Book Club and families’ views on our BlogSpot pages.

For more information, or to read the magazine online, CLICK HERE

Royal Mail - Letters To Santa - To Be Posted By Friday 6th December

Letters to be posted by Friday 6th December

Stay Well This Winter

Some health problems, such as asthma, sore throat and cold sores, are triggered or worsened by cold weather. 

Please CLICK HERE for advice on how to deal with cold weather ailments.