Corsham Area Board met for the first time since the local elections on Thursday 25th May. Cllr Philip Whalley was nominated as Chairman and started the meeting with a minute silence to remember the events in Manchester earlier this week. He also thanked Sheila Parker, Dick Tonge and Alan Macrae for all their hard work whilst on the Area Board before introducing the three newly elected members – Cllr Brian Mathew, Cllr Ben Anderson and Cllr Ruth Hopkinson.
Richard Rogers (Community engagement manager) explained his role and that of the area board. He then introduced a project to commemorate 100 years since the end of WW1 by planting 10,000 new trees in WIltshire – one for each soldier who lost their lives. The planting will take place from Nov 2018 and he invited schools, parish councils businesses and other groups to contact him if they would like to get involved. In particular if you can offer some land for the trees and maintain them afterwards. For guidance, 30 trees is about the size of a tennis court.
Paul Harvey from Wiltshire Police also spoke about how to combat cyber crime which accounts for over a billion pounds of theft a year. In particular he urged everybody to ensure they use a good virus checker, that they accept updates to the operating system and that they never give out account details on the phone or on-line. He also urged us to report any attempted cyber crime on 101
3 grants were also awarded. £4,494 to Colerne choices to provide positive activities in the Colerne area for young people. £500 to Box bowls club to provide a safe storage area and £445 to Pickwick association who are taking on looking after their local verges and plants.