This is a request which has been published in the new edition of the New Blackmore Vale online magazine:
A campaign has been launched to help schoolchildren and vulnerable people access home education and online support in Somerset. Laptops4learners is appealing for people to donate their old laptops, computers and other electronic items to help others.
Councillor Sarah Dyke said: “For children in families that have no computer or just share a single laptop, or that have poor internet access, keeping up with schoolwork from home can be difficult if impossible. Some of our elders also need assistance to get online enabling them to socialise again, especially as many have not been outside of their homes since March last year.
“We know there are still many learners and elderly accross the area without access to the IT devices they need to study or connect with others, so we are asking people to donate items, which can then be renovated or broken down to be reinvested into the scheme and appropriate IT equipment donated back into the community where it is needed”.
Blackmore IT’s Simon Barfoot is helping with the campaign. He has been a specialist in IT recycling since 1995. He will collect your donated IT, wipe all data before upcycling and renovating the equipment ready to donate it back to the community group to make sure it gets to where it is needed most. You too can have a say on who gets help if you know someone in need where you live.
Email Simon at donateIT@r3cycle.co.uk
Thank you !
You may know that our Rector Tristram and his wife Angela are expecting their second baby at the beginning of March. We would like to have held a ’Baby Shower’ but in these restrictive times this is not possible.
If you feel you would like to give a small gift or monetary contribution please take it Belinda Salthouse at The Old Dairy House, Cherrington Lane BA8 0AP by 24 February.
(We cannot put anything in Cutting Edge Camelot as Angela will see what is being organised, and we would like it to be a surprise.)
This is perhaps a small way for us to show our love and thanks to Tristram and Angela for all that they do.
Somerton and Wincanton Newsletter
Avon and Somerset Police – February 2021
Hello and welcome to our second newsletter for all of our neighbourhood watch members. Below are some of the things that have been going on over the last month.
There has been a theft of a gravestone from Curry Rivel Church. This is obviously a distressing crime and has already been featured in the Western Gazette. If you have any information please ring 101 and quote
Two injunctions have been obtained by Stonewater housing association against two individuals within Wincanton, due to the effects their anti-social and violent behaviour has had on the surrounding community. This has been significant over the last 6 months, leading to many residents contacting both police and the housing association. We have worked closely with housing and other agencies in order to safeguard the residents. The injunction has a power of arrest for police and will help to reduce incidents within the area. We will continue to work with other agencies around the issue aiming to reduce the anti-social behaviour and any crime. Police will enforce any breaches of the injunction.
We have had a report of a theft of a trailer and a ewe with 2 lambs in Milborne Wick. We have completed a visit and the owner has become a member of Farm Watch. We have also had more reports regarding theft of farm gates and fencing equipment. If you see any suspicious activity or items up for sale on social media or online auction sites, please contact 101 or make contact with us through the Avon and Somerset Website.
The Somerton and Wincanton Neighbourhood team are looking to complete pro-active patrols with the Rural affairs team, by targeting vulnerable areas and stopping vehicles. If you have any areas of concern or locations that you would like us to target please make contact with us using SomEastNPTSomertonan@avonandsomerset.police.uk
The Lord’s Larder Food Bank, Yeovil
We will be doing another delivery of donations to The Lord’s Larder in the middle of February. If you would like to contribute, there is a plastic crate in the church porch for your items. They are currently running low on the following items:
- Tins of Chilli Con Carne
- Tinned Potatoes
- UHT Milk
- Tins of Macaroni Cheese
- Tins of Mixed Vegetables