During September there were:

  • 2 Friday night patrols and 2 Saturday night patrols
  • 4 Patrols totalling 20 hours of cover involving 12 Street Pastors
  • 4 pairs of flip-flops given and 14 bottles of water
  • 300 lollies and Love Hearts given

Here are some of the ways Street Pastors cared, listened and helped in September:

  • Cleared away lots of broken glass from several locations in Wantage
  • Cared for a young man who had cut his head
  • Helped to bring calm to prevent two situations escalating

September proved to be a fairly quiet month for many of our teams, perhaps due to inclement weather, however one of our teams was unable to patrol due to ill health.

One of our teams experienced a very quiet night, except for some boisterous activity in the early hours, which thankfully didn’t develop in to anything serious. Another team were also able to keep a lid on things when they became aware of something brewing between three men. Often, just being present is sufficient to remind people of how they ought to behave in public.

Street Pastor teams cleared away a lot of broken glass in September, especially in Betjeman Park and Betjeman Lane. Another team cleared away broken glass in the Market Place just before closing time of one of the nearby nighttime venues.

One of our teams cared for a young man who had drunk too much and somehow had cut his head – perhaps on the large rock at one end of the Market Square. We spent some time cleaning him up as he had also been sick. We stayed with him and eventually managed to re-unite him with some of his friends who took him home in a taxi.

September may have been quiet on patrol but it was busy in other ways. Our coordinator spoke about our work at the Wantage Business Breakfast, participated in the OX12 health care solutions building event in Wantage and, together with Steve West one of our trustees, visited the Police Training Centre in Sulhamstead to be presented with an oversized cheque by the Police & Crime Commissioner, Anthony Stansfield and Chief Constable John Campbell. We also raised some funds with a very successful Quiz and Curry night. Thank you to everyone that continues to support us.