2016 Edition The Wiltshire Bobby Van Trust


2016 Edition The Wiltshire Bobby Van Trust
2016 Edition
The Wiltshire
Bobby Van Trust
Registered Charity No. 1153790
c/o Devizes Police Station
New Park Street
SN10 1DZ
Tel No:
01380 861155
[email protected]
Job figures 2015—Total 1,124
Burglary . …………………….…89
Attempted burglary....... ..29
Non Dwelling burglary…….21
Criminal Damage……………..9
Rogue Trader ................... 37
Bogus official…………..……….5
Internet/Telephone scam..4
Domestic violence………..217
Visits to vulnerable……….597
Anti-Social behaviour…... 17
Suspicious incident…………38
Director’s Message
As with any great charity or business it’s the people
who work within it that make it so, and this certainly
is the case at the Bobby Van . We are lucky with our
highly committed staff and for our wonderful
volunteers who generously give their time and
energy for free. However, I need to recognise the
work of one of our Operators, Rod Law, who has
sadly decided to retire this year. Rod has been with the Trust for 14 years
and as we are only 18 years old, he has played a major role in creating this
very special charity. I know there are thousands of elderly and vulnerable
folk who have benefited from his skills as a carpenter, his expertise about
home security and safety and his empathy. Big shoes indeed to fill. I also
want to thank Annie, his wife who has supported the Trust through
volunteering. Rod has certainly earned his retirement, good luck to you
This year is a milestone year for the Bobby Van Trust we will have secured
our 20,000th house! I wonder when the Trustees first met for the inaugural
meeting if they ever dreamt that the charity would be so successful and
mean so much to so many households.
The charity is always looking for ways it can further support the elderly in
Wiltshire and as times change so must we. 18 years ago computer crime
was in its infancy especially within our age
group. Now computer enabled crime is the fast
growing type of fraud within our client base and
with your support and that of our sponsors we
are able to react. There are reams of information available online; however, we are aiming
to deliver a home visit. We will assess the
effectiveness of the virus protection and educate
clients how to recognise a potential risk. We are
working alongside Wiltshire Police, Wiltshire Council and Aged UK to
ensure Wiltshire delivers one joined up message on computer fraud.
So lastly I need to thank our sponsors and supporters as without you,
frankly, we couldn’t do the work we do.
The internet is very much a part of our lives these days, and is a useful tool in shopping, banking and
information gathering but it has also provided criminals with a whole host of opportunites. In the past
mass market fraud commonly known as ‘scams’ arrived in the form of unsolicited letters or telephone
calls. They are still being sent in the form of claims of lottery wins, prizes, awards, miracle cures,
clairvoyants and other promises of good fortune. However, these scams have now, through use of the
internet, become more sophisticated.
At our operations office we are now taking calls from clients who have become victims of ‘cyber’ fraud
and so we are looking into ways we can combat this ever growing problem. There is a mass of
information provided by the likes of Action Fraud, Age UK and Get Safe Online on how to spot and
prevent these crimes which is well worth looking at.
Use of the internet and email is something we all take for granted these days. Lured into a false sense of
security, users often forget that they are not dealing face to face with the other party – they believe what
they see is true without reservation or caution. Links in emails
often take the user to a bogus web site. The user may then be
passed to a genuine site having entered their personal
information on the bogus site.
We are working with Wiltshire Police on the best way we can
add protecting the vulnerable within our community from this
There is so much advice out there but two golden rules are:
Don’t give out any personal information unless you are 100%
sure who they are.
If it sounds to good to be true, IT IS.
Cartoon © Randy Glasbergen, reprinted with special permission from www.glasbergen.com
Bobby Van join Buy with Confidence
In response to concerns about ‘rogue traders’ which are often highlighted in the media, a partnership of Local Authority Trading Standards Services have taken a ground-breaking step by putting together
the Buy With Confidence Scheme. The scheme provides consumers
with a list of local businesses which have given their commitment to
trading fairly. Every business listed has undergone a series of detailed
checks before being approved as a member of the scheme.
Cocktails at the Keswicks
On Saturday 18th July last year Sir Henry and Lady Keswick hosted a
summer drinks party in aid of the Bobby Van at their award winning
pavilion in the grounds of their house in Oare. The stunning pavilion
was designed by world renowned architect I. M. Pei, who also
designed the Kennedy Library and the glass pyramid at the Louvre.
The pavilion is his only UK
Guests were able to enjoy
cocktails and canapes in this most
magnificent setting whilst surrounded by the wonderful sculptures on
offer by Hamish Mackie and Simon Gudgeon.
A huge thank you to Sir Henry and Lady Keswick, Hamish and Simon
and to all those that attended the event. We are extremely lucky to
have a band of such loyal supporters who give generously and make
events like these such a success.
The Trust has been chosen by Friends of the
Garden to host a charity evening on
Saturday 28th May in the beautiful grounds
of West Lavington Manor by kind permission
of the owner, Andrew Doman .
The five acre walled garden was first
established in the 17th Century by John
Danvers who brought Italianate gardens to
the UK. Herbaceous borders, a redeveloped
Japanese garden, a new rose garden, an
orchard and an arboretum with some outstanding specimen trees are all centred
around a trout stream and duck pond and
provides a wonderful background for the
display of contemporary sculptures exhibited
by over 25 artists.
There will be delicious canapes to
accompany the wines to be sampled. These
are being kindly supplied by Casper and
Victoria Bowes of Bowes Wines.
Please contact Jennie Shaw on
[email protected] for tickets.
19th May
19th May
28th May
11/12th June
10th July
31st July
11th Sept
23rd-25th Nov
‘Battle of Somme’ talk by Robin Mills at Fosse Farm, Malmesbury
Ladies’ Lunch 5th Anniversary Drinks Party at Hazeland Mill, Bremhill
D’vine Wine Tasting at West Lavington Manor
WAPG Steam Rally, Rainscombe Park, Oare
British 10K London Run—spaces available, please contact the office
Ride London-Surrey 100 Cycle Event—spaces available, please contact the office
Emergency Services Show, Hullavington
Bowood Christmas Extravaganza, Bowood House, Derry Hill, Calne
Bowood Hotel, Spa and Golf Resort hosts our Ladies' Lunches on the first Thursday of every month.
Arrive at 12:30pm for lunch at 1:00pm. Two courses £22.50 to include main course, dessert and a glass of wine
(Price includes a donation of £5 to the Bobby Van Trust).
To make a reservation please call Bowood Hotel Reception on 01249 822228.
If you would like to be added to our contact list and be notified of future events or further details of the events
above please email Jennie at [email protected].
Prudential London-Surrey Ride 100
Well done to Chris Pressley and Emma Cann for completing the Ride
100 in August, who between them they raised over £4,500. Pictured
along with them at a feeding station in Leatherhead is Joan Pressley
who ran a raffle at her shop, Joan Pressley Hats in Devizes, in support of
the ride and raised £425.
The ride is a great chance to ride through the heart of London and out
into the Surrey hills on closed roads. Emma said “The support along
the route was incredible with people camped out by the side of the
road for hours cheering you on.”
The Trust has spaces for anyone who would like to take on the
challenge in 2016.
A massive thank you to Terry Franks for organising the first ever
Bremfest, an all day live music extravaganza at The Dumbpost Inn,
Bremhill on Sunday 30th August in aid of the Bobby Van and
Wiltshire Air Ambulance. Despite a rather rain sodden day it
didn’t stop anyone enjoying the fabulous live music on offer and
dancing through the puddles. A fantastic cheque for £1,592.50
was given to each charity.
Special thanks to:
Lord & Lady Lansdowne for the Bowood Dog Show, Christmas Extravaganza and Ladies' Lunches.
Nick and Annette Mason for once again opening their garden for a very successful weekend in June.
Sir Henry and Lady Keswick for allowing our guests to enjoy their magnificent pavilion at their home in
David & Anna Longridge for hosting a fabulous lunch and Robin Mills for his informative talk on the
Battle of Waterloo.
Jeannette Von Berg for running a stall in The Corn Exchange every Thursday and The Shambles Market
every Saturday in aid of the Bobby Van.
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