WILSAR Chair’s Xmas Greeting

Dear All

“‘Tis the season to be jolly” and all that… When so many of us look forward to time with the family, maybe parties or perhaps you could be working, it is also a time to remember that for various and sometimes very sad reasons, people go missing. It is also then that we remind ourselves about why we signed up and trained in the first place to be a member of a Search and Rescue Team and then act on it.

WILSAR has had a very busy year approaching 60 call outs and I would like to thank all of our volunteers for your time and commitment to the Team. Everyone in the team, the missing person and the Police depend on our help so please continue to respond to callouts and consider your availability. I extend that gratitude and season’s greetings to Wiltshire Police, all the other Lowland Rescue Teams, our supporters, fundraisers, donors, all the other services we’ve worked with and all the families and loved ones of the missing people that we’ve assisted.

Have a happy and peaceful Christmas and all the very best for a great New Year ahead.

Kind regards and take care,

Gail Leaman

Chair – Wiltshire Search and Rescue

Xmas hamper for Salvation Army

22 December 2015  |  News

Honda HamperHonda of the UK Manufacturing Ltd have kindly donated a Christmas hamper to Wiltshire Search and Rescue as thanks for our service to the local community. Earlier this year they have already made a generous donation and arranged for a new portable generator for us.

This close to Christmas we decided that there were plenty more worthy than us so Honda have kindly agreed to pass the hamper on to The Salvation Army this afternoon on our behalf. They do fantastic work helping people in need all year round, not just at Christmas and will pass this on to those who will benefit from it.



2015-59 Callout Salisbury

Monday 21st December 2015

Called out at 12:30 to search for a missing vulnerable male in the Salisbury, Old Sarum area.

Team stood down and search suspended at 21:30 pending further police enquiries.

The missing man was located in a hospital outside of Wiltshire shortly afterwards.

2015-58 Callout Swindon

Tuesday 15th December 2015

Called out at 23:00 by Wiltshire Police to search for a missing elderly lady suffering from dementia.

The lady was located by police very shortly afterwards and before WILSAR Team deployment.

2015-57 Callout Amesbury

Tuesday 15th December 2015

Called out at 01:00 to search for a vulnerable missing female in Salisbury.

Missing lady located and Team stood down at 11:30

2015-54-56 Callout Trowbridge continued

2015-56   Saturday 12th December 2015

Search resumed at 09:30. Sadly the missing lady’s body was found. WILSAR’s thoughts go out to her family and friends.


2015-55   Thursday 10th December2015

Continuation of Tuesday 8th’s search. Search resumed at 10:00 and suspended at 15:30 pending further Police enquiries.


2015-54   Wednesday 9th December 2015

Continuation of yesterday’s search for a missing vulnerable female in Trowbridge.

Team called to resume search at 10:00, search suspended at 17:00 pending further Police enquiries.

2015-53 Callout Trowbridge

Tuesday 8th December 2015

Called out at 19:30 by Wiltshire Police to search for a missing vulnerable female in the Staverton area of Trowbridge.

Search suspended pending further Police enquiries and Team stood down at 00:30.

Wessex Model Toy Collectors’ Charity Night

2 December 2015  |  News  |  , , , , ,

Tuesday 1st December 2015

Three WILSAR volunteers attended the Wessex Model Toy Collecters’ annual charity night at The Kings Arms in Melksham. The club, co-founded by WILSAR’s own Kendo White, has been running for over 30 years and nominated WILSAR as one of their charities for this year.

The evening included a buffet, quiz and a charity auction in which WILSAR’s Mark and Charlie both beat fierce competition to win model cars and books! The evening’s takings will be added to monies raised throughout the year and a cheque presentation is planned for early 2016. Thank you WMTC!!!

Wessex Model Toy Collectors' charity evening

Wessex Model Toy Collectors' charity evening

2015-52 Callout Trowbridge

Saturday 21st November 2015

Team placed on standby by Wiltshire Police at 18:00 to search for a missing despondent male.

Team activated and deployed at 19:10.

The missing male was located and the Team stood down at 00:20.

2015-51 Standby callout Swindon

Sunday 15th November 2015

Team put on standby at 18:45 to assist Wiltshire Police in the search for a missing man with mental health problems in the Stratton St Margaret area of Swindon.

The man was located shortly after and the Team stood down without deployment at 19:00.