Noël Woolrych - Devizes East - WOOLRYCH, Noël
Although born a Londoner, I have lived in Devizes for over 40 years. Married with a grown-up family, I have had a varied career in agriculture, motor engineering and teaching. More recently running a computer services company and Devizes Town CCTV manager. With more than 40 years in community activities from getting the canal reopened, running Carnival, Twinning, community safety, chairman of school governors, former councillor and Mayor I have a wealth of experience in local government and a track record of getting things done.
I am looking for your support in the May 2021 Local Elections.
A little bit about me.......
I have been a member of the Labour Party for over 25 years and was elected to Devizes Town Council in 1995 and served for 12 years. I have stood and campaigned in several elections and was shortlisted for the office of Police & Crime Commissioner. I have been a Trade Union Representative for more than 10 years and have been actively campaigning for improved health care facilities within the town of Devizes. I am also involved with improving transport links to and from Devizes and am part of the DDP Team pledged to deliver a rail link to Devizes within the next 5 years.
Harrow School, The Royal Agricultural College & Bristol Polytechnic
Security, Hospitality, Agriculture, Engineering, Instructing & Teaching, Computers, CCTV
Boto-X, Carnival, Twinning, School Governor & PTA, Motorcycle training, Wharf Theatre, Church Warden, RAYNET, Homeless issues, Devizes Development Partnership.
Served 12 years on Devizes Town Council, chaired the majority of the committees, Mayor 1990-2000.
KDC Devizes Community Planning Partnership.(DCAPP now DCAP)
Chairman of Crime Prevention Panel & Kennet Safety Partnership
Devizes Community Area Partnership
Travel (motorhome), photography (still & video), Amateur Radio
Environmental issues, community safety, transport
Campaiging with BBC's Steve Knibbs interviewing to prevent the closure of Sub Post Office in Eastleigh Road.
A great number of the community from the villages as well as locals relied on the Sub Post Office in Eastleigh road.
One Stop agreed to keep the Post Office open.
The Post Office refused.
Labour Councillors lead a clean up of the area behind the garages off Eastleigh Road.
Shown back right of the group is Cllr Jean Owen who died when in office. The Close is named in her honour.
After the area was cleared a play area was built and a commuity group took responsibiliy for the area.
For several years I was Chairman of Boto-X, a mad sporting event held on the Caen Hill flight of locks fundraising for the Kennet & Avom Canal (and other local charities) with the aim of re-opening the Canal.
This event, which drew interest from a wide area of the country and some international teams was setup to draw attention to the benefits of opening the waterway. We were told it was a crazy idea and the canal would never reopen. How wrong the critics were! A newley constructed marina at the bottom of the flight is testament to the extra employment the canal has brought to the town.
As Chairman of Devizes Carnival & Street Festival I oversaw the growth of one of the town's most popular free community events.
Carnival owes its origins in the public support of Devizes Community Hospital. What started off as a procession around the town in September to raise money for the Hospital developed over the years into the massive public event, now run by DOCA. For several years in the early 2000s I chaired and ran this event, when the now 2 day Festival was a more modest one day event.
This, one of the biggest FREE events, is one of the town's greatest assets bringing in visitors and performers from around the world.
I'm still involved with the event, but behind the scenes watching it from the CCTV Control Room, keeping an overall eye on safety and liaising with the Police & marshals.
Out campaigning to remove the byelaw restricting cycling across the Green and for the construction of a proper cycle route.
Whilts I cannot claim to be a keen cyclist, I recognise the needs of cycling. It seemed to me that it was nuts to have a bye-law preventing people from cycling across the Green. It seemed to be an obvious safe cycling route, so I added my voice to those campaigning for a proper path across the Green.
I do not agree with the lighting on the Green being on all night as this is an unnecessary expense and adds to light polution.
As Chairman of a local business networking group presenting a cheque for a project in South Sudan.
Many of you know I have been running Woolrych Computer Services for many years. I also help run a business networking group, BoB (Business over Breakfast). We make contributions to many local worthy causes. These have included St James' Church (where I was Churchwarden), CUDS, The Wiltshire Air Support Unit which then became Wiltshire Air Ambulance and more recently Devizes Opendoors (I'm a Founder & Truseee).
Community safety has been one of my greatest priorities.
Many of you will know I am the Town CCTV Manager. Run by the DDP & supported by Devizes Town Council, Devizes Area Board and contributions from local businesses amd business groups, we have, in conjunction with the Police contributed to making Devizes one of the safest places to live and work.
A safe town without evidence of crimilal damage, antisocial behaviour and vandalism brings visitor and business confidence. My team and I have been responsible for provideing evidence in support of criminal prosecutions for over 13 years, with a 100% conviction success rate.
My business has provided laptops and a digital camera to help the Bobby Van Trust and the Police.
OK I was a lot younger then!
"Wiltshire's visitor economy is worth £1.53bn (+4%) per annum and supports over 29,000 jobs. Tourism contributes £860m GVA per annum to Wiltshire's economy." - VisitWiltshire.
Wiltshire Council's contribution has been to close all the Tourist Information Centres.
I am part of a small team Devizes Area Tourism Partnership (all volunteers) who now provide information to visitors and part of a dynamic team who worked hard to achieve "Coach Friendly" status to the town.
I run the Devizes town website for visitors and residents.