This is Wiltshire: South Marston Pupils named as junior good citizens

Copyright by Stacy WoolhouseThe following article was run in ‘This is Wiltshire’ here:

PUPILS at South Marston were named this year’s winners of the Swindon Junior Good Citizen Scheme after joining more than 2,000 kids two thousand children in the programme last month.

The multi-agency partnership scheme is designed to educate children about situations which can end up causing injuries or accidents, and encourages them to respond appropriately to emergency situations and highlights the contribution that they can make to creating safer communities by being good citizens.

Last week South Marston was handed the trophy for being the winning school, while each participating pupil received a certificate from PCSO Mandi Coles, who has been heavily involved in the programme since 2003.

It’s been really successful once again this year,” she said. “This is the most number of children we have had come along in one year, so the groups have been slightly bigger than usual. But at the end of each day, I sit down with all the children and ask them if they’ve learnt anything and every single one of them puts their hand up. They fill out a before and after questionnaire, which is really useful to find out what has been most beneficial.”

The scheme ran at the Punjabi Community Centre in Gorse Hill and has been taking place successfully for more than 25 years alongside partnership agencies including Swindon Borough Council.

During the two-week period, nearly 2,050 Year 6 pupils from 46 different primary schools took part, accompanied by teachers and helpers.

Each day, the children were put in to groups and spent around 15 minutes learning about staying safe online, healthy relationships, railway safety, K9 awareness (being safe around dogs), fire safety, personal safety, and road safety. There was also a tent for the children to take part in activities and word searches.

F & E Harris Memorial Trust – Transport Scheme

The F & E Harris Memorial Trust.

Community Transport Scheme – conditions of use.

  1. The scheme is for people living in the Parish of South Marston who are aged 55 and over.
  2. The scheme objective is to provide transport for people who do not have their own transport.
  3. People who normally would have transport facilities but are temporarily unable to drive will be eligible to use the service.
  4. People will be required to register their personal details with Royal Voluntary Service -Swindon, (RVS) prior to using the service. Call 01793 465552 for registration and service booking
  5. If the person has the need for a carer the carer can accompany the person irrespective of the carer’s age.
  6. If disabled access is required this can normally be provided but may have some limitations depending on degree of disability. Volunteers are not trained to lift people.
  7. If the person requires a travel companion this will be eligible.
  8. Journeys can be taken as a door-to-door service. The volunteer car driver will be available to assist the person for the duration of the outing to suit the person’s requirements.
  9. If the car driver is not required to stay with the person during the outing a pick up time can be arrange with the driver by telephone or a pre- arranged time.
  10. No payment will be required by the user if a person’s journey is not greater than 100 miles including the return journey. All details of the journey will be recorded by RVS and charged directly to the Trust.
  11.  If the total journey exceeds the 100 mile limit the cost for the additional mileage to be paid directly to RVS by the person booking the journey.
  12. It is anticipated by the Trust that the service being provided is to accommodate activities such as the following but not limited to this list.
    • Visit to doctor, hospital, dentist and other similar medical requirements.
    • Visit to shops including outlet centres
    • Visit to the theatre or other entertainment establishments
    • Visit to friends or relatives
    • Visit to a place of interest.
  13. All driver volunteers taking people in their transport vehicle are fully trained, insured and vetted on a regular basis by RVS.

Note: The Trust is looking for volunteer drivers to work with the volunteer drivers employed by RVS. Training, operating method and contract details will be supplied by RVS. Contact: Brian McGlone 01793 826243 if you are interested in volunteering.

This service requires notice so it is best to arrange your transport as soon as you know what it is you need. The manned Royal Voluntary Service (RVS) office hours are Monday 10.00 am to 4.00 pm. Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday 10.00 am to 1.00 pm. Closed on Thursday. At other times an answering service should be available.

F & E Harris Memorial Trust Mini Bus Service


The F & E Harris Memorial Trust

Free mini bus service

Due to the withdrawal of the 65 bus service the Trust has contracted a 19 seat minibus service for South Marston residents. The service will be a return trip to Swindon on Thursday each week and will start on Thursday 25th June.

  • The mini bus pick up location in South Marston will be adjacent to the public car park near the school. Departure time will be 9.30 am. It will then also pick up at the Village Hall bus stop
  • The drop off and pick-up location in Swindon will be in College Street behind Debenhams.
  • The return to South Marston will leave the pick-up point at 12.30 pm.

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