Christmas and New Year services

The following services will operate in East Wichel over the Christmas and New Year period.

Wooden manger at a pavement edge.
The manger with a message of ‘Hope’ inside that has been touring East Wichel.

The Stowe Church
Carols at the Bayberry
Wednesday 19th December from 7pm, followed by Christmas pub quiz, and a raffle raising funds for R2K. This event is understood to be fully booked.
Carols by Candlelight
Christmas Eve, Monday 24th December, 4.30pm to 5.30pm at The StoweAway. A traditional and peaceful start to Christmas.
Waste and recycling collections
Christmas Eve, Monday 24th December
The waste and recycling collection will happen as usual.
Christmas Day, Tuesday 25th December
Those that would usually have a waste and recycling collection on a Tuesday should instead put their waste and recycling out by 6.30 am on Thursday 27th December, and leave it out until it is collected. This may not be until Saturday 29th December.
Excess cardboard
Excess paper and cardboard for recycling can be put out providing it is sorted into suitable, sturdy containers. Large amounts of cardboard (neatly folded and bundled) can be placed next to your boxes for collection. This may be collected by a second vehicle at a different time to the recycling box.
Christmas trees
Real trees — with all decorations and lighting remoced — should be placed at the front of your property, clearly visible from the road, between Monday 7th January 2019 and Friday 1st February 2019 and left out until collected. The borough council’s garden waste recycling team will collect trees as they operate in the area, which may be a different day to the usual waste collections. The expected dates in East Wichel are 7th and 21st January, but may be later owing to the extra trees to be collected.
Bus Services
Christmas Eve, Monday 24th December
Swindon’s Bus Company (Thamesdown) will run a normal service but with the last buses running at about 8pm. The last service 11 bus from East Wichel will be at 8.15pm. Stagecoach are running a Saturday service with the last bus at about 8pm (they have not given details of final bus services).
Christmas Day, Tuesday 25th December
No bus services.
Wednesday 26th December
Both Stagecoach and Swindon’s Bus Company will be running a Sunday service.
Thursday 27th December and Friday 28th December
Swindon’s Bus Company will be operating a normal weekday service while Stagecoach will be operating a Saturday service
Saturday 29th December and Sunday 30th December
Normal bus service.
New Year’s Eve, Monday 31st December
Swindon’s Bus Company (Thamesdown) will run a normal service but with the last buses running at about 8pm. The last service 11 bus from East Wichel will be at 8.15pm. Stagecoach are running a Saturday service with the last bus at about 8pm (they have not given details of final bus services).
New Year’s Day, Tuesday 1st January
No bus services.
from Wednesday 2nd January
Normal bus service.

East Wichel News wishes all its readers a joyous Christmas and a peaceful new year.

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