News and Stories

28. Jun, 2017
BUSY BUSY
Its been a busy time and Steve has been hard at work behind the scenes as well as the usual activities.. Watch this space on Wed 5th July for a News Announcement.
15. May, 2017
Its been a busy few months....
Thank you to all those who helped at the recent fun raising events and also well done to Daisy Bewley and Fi Walker for their contributions to the community and receiving awards at the Potterne Parish Council meeting. well deserved indeed.
18. Feb, 2017
Princes Trust
Sadly PYC just missed out on joining with the Prince's Trust to run a project in early 2017 with the vote going to a local town project. We will keep trying to transform our community, make a positive difference and ensure young people are at the heart of all we do. We will keep you informed if this is able to take place again later in the year.
27. Jan, 2017
Devizes Gazzete and Herald this week.
YOUTH workers want to know why a specially adapted van has been stripped of its equipment and is now being used by Wiltshire Council to move office equipment.

The vehicle known as The Erbie had been left unused in a Devizes council depot for two years after the council made huge cuts to its youth service budget in 2014.

But church youth worker Steve Dewar was determined to get it back in use and last summer with backing from the Local Youth Networks and Devizes Area Board it was made available for a number of pop up cafes and other events around the county.





Now he has been told it is no longer available for youth and community groups as it was needed by the council's facilities management team for general work.

Mr Dewar, a senior parish youth worker based in Potterne, said: "I am led to believe that it has been stripped out within the last week since being moved and is now used to move office equipment around.

"I would be keen to know how this was done without causing any damage, how easy it would be to reinstall and what state it is in now. The vehicle has been left idle following the complete cuts to youth services over two years ago.

"This resource was never promoted and discussed until I was aware of it last year and I have tried to make use of it. I am aware of other groups that can see its potential and have raised questions through the Local Youth Networks.

"The fleet department's decision to change the function of the vehicle despite requests and bookings to use it for pop up café events and youth work around the county throughout 2017 and lack of communication and planning vision seems like a quick money saving decision that could come with a longer term cost and again a younger generation feel the brunt."
The Erbie is a converted 2007 Peugeot Boxer van which was kitted out with a DVD player, storage units and seating with special lighting, a pull out canopy and disabled access. It also contained resources and information. It is believe to have cost about £50,000.





It is understood the council made the decision to change the use of the van as the facilities team needed a vehicle and using the Erbie meant the council did not have to use funds to buy another vehicle or reduce the department's resource.
28. Jan, 2017
Burns Supper
Details are being made regarding this fund raising event. Check the up and coming Parish Magazine and PYC Facebook pages.
23. Jan, 2017
Devizes Area Board Suport PYC
Steve Dewar made a grant to the Wiltshire Council Devizes Area Board to help with some new developments at the club. We are pleased to announce that this grant was successful and we will soon be seeing some new changes to equipment at the at the Youth Centre, the staff team will also be undertaking first aid training and some new trips are being planned.
16. Dec, 2016
Christmas Social Meal Out
What is becoming a fixed event in the diary and an evening to behold. If you are Secondary School aged . Join us for an All You Can Eat experience at JRC Global Buffet in Swindon. For a Food Challenge try something new and you might just like it. Contact Steve Dewar for more details. Transport and Places can be limited so get your name on the list asap.
13. Nov, 2016
Remembrance Sunday
Join all ages in the village coming together to remember the sacrifice of others,
22. Oct, 2016
Farewell Party
Come and join as at the Scout Centre, Potterne Wick for the Potterne Village Farewell Party for the Rev David and Ann Howard. On Saturday 22nd Oct at 6.30 pm. Come and enjoy good company, party food and a drink. All welcome.
11. Oct, 2016
Defibrillator Training
Defibrillator and First Aid Open Evening

We are pleased that Potterne Youth Club was the 1st of 2 locations in the village to have a community Defibrillator. Training for anyone interested in how to use these defibrillators will be available again in Potterne Village Hall on 11th October 2016 . Join us and Julia Doel from the South West Ambulance Service for this FREE 2hr session. Starts 7pm.As refreshments will be served.
9. Oct, 2016
Archery Lessons
Although not organised by Potterne Youth Club. We would like to let you know that AimOnThePlain Archery will be holding lessons on the Ryeleaze Recreation Field on Sundays 9th,16th and 23rd October. You can find out more by contacting them on 07590691715 or emailaimontheplain@gmail.com
1. Aug, 2016
Ongoing Summer Events
Please check the Parish Magazine and PYC Facebook pages for updates on Potterne Holiday Club and Wiltshire YFC Pop Up Youth Café events.
21. Jan, 2016
Training Course
One of the ways that Wiltshire YFC has identified that we can resource the
local community to work with young people is through training. On Saturday 5th
December Steve and James delivered training for 15 volunteers from Potterne,
Calne, Trowbridge and Warminster. The sessions included; why working with
children and young people is important, safeguarding and how we respond to
challenging behaviour. This is our third such training event in Wiltshire
and we have now trained nearly 25 people as volunteer youth
workers. This was our best attended event and those who came along
really appreciated the event as their feedback shows.
“It was great being able to socialise with others who wish to work with children /
young people.” Lots of the group would recommend the training. One person
said, “it was very open and friendly with no pressure,” another, “it was interactive and thought provoking,” and finally someone else wrote
that they “enjoyed that it was delivered by people actually
involved in youth work.” If you would be interested in us delivering this training
with your church, community group or in your area please do get in touch by emailing admin@wiltshireyfc.org.uk
13. Nov, 2015
FREE Training for Childrens and Youth Workers
Wiltshire YFC are running a FREE training day over in Trowbridge 5th December 2015. This day is open to anyone across the county who would like to get involved in childrens and youth work projects in the community. It offers an introduction or a refresher for those who work with these age groups. Please contact Steve Dewar for more information and to book a places. Spaces are limited and a FREE lunch will follow for those who would like to stay and network with others.
8. Sep, 2014
At the heart of the community
Defibrillator and First Aid Open Evening

We are pleased to report that Potterne Youth Club is the 2st location in the village to have a community Defibrillator. Others will also be located in the village but details are still to be confirmed. Training for anyone interested in how to use these defibrillators will be available in Potterne SOON,. Join us and the Ambulance Service for this FREE 2hr session. As refreshments will be served, please contact Steve Dewar on 07930982520 or email steve@wiltshireyfc.org.uk just to help with planning spaces.
1. Jul, 2014
Children learn about teamwork from Red Arrows
Youngsters preparing to go on to secondary school have learned about teamwork from the Red Arrows.

The Royal Air Force display team sent literature about itself for a project run at Five Lanes Primary School in Worton and involving senior youth worker in the parish Steve Dewar.

The project aimed to support primary school children through the transition to secondary school by using mentoring, group work and positive activities to build confidence and social skills.

Mr Dewar said: “The students that took part this year were amazed by some additional support and encouragement by the Royal Air Force display team, the Red Arrows, who sent along some encouraging words and resources to help towards their research and presentation.





“The students looked at the skills needed such as team work and understanding the Red Arrows motto Éclat, a French word meaning brilliance or excellence.

“It transpired in the research that they carried out that Potterne was closely linked to ‘The Reds’ via former local resident Mr Charles Boyack.

"The former Wing Commander was sent to RAF Scampton to supervise the Red Arrows display team.

"He was made an MBE for his work for the Potterne and Devizes Royal British Legion but sadly died after a long illness, aged 74 back in 2008.”
8. Nov, 2013
Help needed
We are seeking help with the running of the Youth Centre Charity. The following positions are available

Secretary - Assist with minute taking at meetings and general administration

Vice Chair - Deputise for the Chair in their absence

Land Trustee - Potterne Youth Centre is held in Trust. Members of the community act as the owners of the land on which the building is situated on. There are currently vacancies for 2 Land Trustees.

Fundraising Organiser - Could you use your skill and talents to help keep the running through on going fundraising and promoting the facilities.


Full details of these positions can be obtained from the Potterne Youth Centre Chair Person . Training and support will be provided
17. Oct, 2013
Story in the Gazzet and Herald
Young people in Potterne last week felt compelled to act following some anti social behaviour from older teens in the community. Local young residents supported by the Parish Youth Worker Steve Dewar and members of the Potterne Youth Club Committee set about tidying up the Ryeleaze Playing Field after it was plagued by litter. Steve says “The children and young people were enthusiastic to just meet up one afternoon and get on and do something about it , they had enough of others ruining this space for them. They spent several hours, working hard and having a laugh getting the job done”. Steve added “We wanted to challenge this kind of Anti Social Behaviour and lead by example”. Well done and thank you to all those involved.