Calne Mayor, Cllr Tom Rounds (L) and Wales & West Utilities Operational Manager Darren Keighley

A donation from gas emergency and pipeline service, Wales & West Utilities, is enabling Calne Mayor, Councillor Tom Rounds, to reach out to local people who would otherwise spend Christmas Day alone and bring them together for a special lunch.

The event, which is to be held at Calne Town Hall on Christmas Day is the first of its kind in the area and will bring together over thirty people from across the local community, including those from low income families, single and elderly residents as well as a number of homeless people from local shelters.

The kind-hearted donation from Wales & West Utilities was made after the company was offered the use of the Town Council Chambers during an interruption to gas supplies which affected homes across the area during October. Wales & West Utilities used the facilities as a base while engineers worked round the clock to repair a damaged gas pipe and safely restore gas supplies to affected homes.

Darren Keighley, Wales & West Utilities Operational Manager for the area said:

“We were extremely grateful to the Town Council and the local community for the hospitality and understanding shown during our time in Calne while we worked to repair a damaged gas pipe. We wanted to say thank you and were delighted when he told us the money would go towards the Christmas Day lunch.

“It is a wonderful idea and we hope that it’s a great success. We’d like to, once again, thank the people of Calne and the surrounding area for their patience whilst we carried out the emergency repair work.”

Calne Mayor, Councillor Tom Rounds, added:

“It is hoped that by hosting a Christmas Day lunch we are able to bring together people from across the local community to share in some Christmas spirit. I am thankful to Wales & West Utilities for the donation and know that it has been welcomed by the people of Calne.”

Wales & West Utilities, the gas emergency and pipeline service that serves Wales and the south west of England, puts customers at the heart of the business and is rated the top utility company in the UK for customer service. If anyone smells gas, thinks they have a gas leak, or suspects carbon monoxide poisoning, they should call us on 0800 111 999 and our engineers will be there to help, day or night.