What is The Noise Devizes?
A couple of summers ago, a few member of St James' Church had a great idea for a practical way to serve the community - by picking up litter. For over a year they went out each month and we saw how powerful such a simple act could be. So we wanted to take that one stage further and that is what The Noise Devizes is all about - teams of people from our community making a positive difference in our community.
The first Noise Devizes was held in October 2015, with another Noise day in May 2016 and a weekend Noise over the weekend of 1st and 2nd October 2016. The summer of 2017 will see some mini Noise projects, with the big Noise weekend taking place on 30th September and 1st November.
Past projects have included
- improving community buildings
- enhancing community spaces
- clearing parks and pathways
- painting benches in Drews Pond Wood
- creating wildlife areas in local schools
- clearing gardens, painting and DIY for those in the most need
- litter picking
All the projects are identified by those living and working in our communities.
If you feel inspired by this and would like to join in, you can volunteer here!
This was made all the more possible by the help and financial support of our community partners - Aster Communities, The Aldhelm Mission Fund, Wiltshire Council, Devizes Town Council, Devizes Area Board, Wiltshire Community Foundation and the Devizes Lions - and generous discounts from local businesses, Roses the Ironmongers, Promotional Plus and Shire Garden Machines Ltd.
Noise Devizes co-ordinator, Jenny Jones, explains, “We talk about The Noise as ‘showing God’s love in practical ways’. We believe that God loves and cares about our community in Devizes and wants us to get involved and help out where there are real needs to be met. Whether it’s picking up litter, playing football with young people or hacking back brambles, we want to show our community some practical love.”
We have been supported in this by The Noise in Bristol, and Esther Legg-Bagg shared her vision for and experience of this in Bristol at St James in July 2015. To hear what she said, click here.