Bell gets big anniversary party started

This Is Wiltshire: The OLPA charity celebrates its 10 years in Trowbridge, with a party for current and former residents, helped along by town crier Trevor Heeks The OLPA charity celebrates its 10 years in Trowbridge, with a party for current and former residents, helped along by town crier Trevor Heeks

A refuge supporting people in Trowbridge who have learning disabilities has celebrated its 10th anniversary with a big party.

The Ordinary Life Project Association (OLPA) has run its residential centre, in Barton Lodge, since 2003.

To mark the milestone, Trowbridge town crier Trevor Heeks visited last Friday’s party in Manor Court’s lounge, attended by about 40 people.

Tenancy support team manager Ellen Little said: “Trevor helped get the party going, ringing his bell, making a jolly atmosphere and cutting the cake.

“The work we do is really important, as anyone who has a disability deserves to be part of the local community, just like the rest of us.

“We hope we give people the skills to live safely. All the local shops know the people who live here and we have a good relationship with Manor Court.”

OLPA also has residential centres in Bradford on Avon, Melksham, Devizes, Chippenham and Semington and an outreach service.

For more information, visit www.olpa.org.uk.

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12:41pm Sat 2 Feb 13

Mrs Donnyfly says...

I thought the role of town crier was to make announcements in the street to the townsfolk, not getting parties started. An abuse of his position I think.
I thought the role of town crier was to make announcements in the street to the townsfolk, not getting parties started. An abuse of his position I think. Mrs Donnyfly
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12:38am Sun 3 Feb 13

beetawix says...

Mrs Donnyfly,
I suspect that in these times of rolling news from all quarters, today's town crier is forced to diversify in order to make ends meet.
However like yourself I have some misgivings, in particular the use of uniform and bell on business that is unrelated to the broadcasting of news.
Mrs Donnyfly, I suspect that in these times of rolling news from all quarters, today's town crier is forced to diversify in order to make ends meet. However like yourself I have some misgivings, in particular the use of uniform and bell on business that is unrelated to the broadcasting of news. beetawix
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