The days are getting longer, the sun is returning to the Northern Hemisphere. We recognise and celebrate this as the calendar turns to another year.
While some of us will be partying with family and/or friends this can be a difficult time for those who will be alone this evening. With this in mind a reminder that the Methodist Church is providing a free, safe, social evening for those who would otherwise be alone. Starting at 7:30 pm there will be company, a film show, games, refreshment and singing. A good opportunity to make new friends for 2016. Perhaps you know someone who would enjoy this? Please let them know and if possible walk them or give them a lift.
On New Year’s day (Friday) the Oasis Coffee shop will be open between 10:30 am and 3:00 pm. All welcome. Come and enjoy a hot drink after your brisk morning walk (!) or just come along. If you haven’t been to the Coffee Shop before give it a try – real espresso based coffee (choose from espresso, Americano, Cappuccino Latte), decaffeinated instant coffee, hot chocolate (with optional cream and marshmallows for the truly decadent), a range of teas and soft drinks. Am sure there will also be cake and sandwiches available. Good opportunity to meet others from the parish. The volunteers (see next item) behind the counter be pleased to see you and give you a good welcome – make it worth them giving up their time.
The Oasis Coffee shop would welcome more volunteers to help out on the normal opening hours on Tuesday’s or Saturdays. Full training is provided and you will not be expected to give up more of your time than you wish. A great way of meeting people. Just drop in for a chat during opening hours.
Perhaps driving a minibus is more up your street (sorry). In which case this message from Dave Roberts of Amesbury Area Board may be of interest.
“In the last few months the [Amesbury] area board has hosted conferences with older and young people’s groups. These meetings were well attended and the area board has taken on board some of the views raised at these events.
One issue raised at both the young and older people meetings was transport to events and activities. We all know that Link schemes are a valuable asset to the community but they are already oversubscribed.
An idea put forward was to train 10 people up from across the community area so they are MiDAS trained and then eligible to drive Wiltshire Council and School minibuses.
The area board has agreed that this is a good idea and to this end have agreed to fund 10 places initially to allow volunteers to gain their MiDAS qualification. this will then enable them to drive for community groups to enable people to access the varied events and activities that take place.
if this pilot scheme is successful the area board might consider funding more places in the future.
If you would be prepared to take the course which is a one day duration then please get in touch with me.
Community Engagement Manager Amesbury
01249706380 Work 07979318504 Mobile
Thank you in anticipation”
Best wishes for 2016 to all our followers and readers from shrewton.com.