In London they throw fire extinguishers at the police - here in Sodbury, we throw snowballs. My favourite image from the 2011 Chipping Sodbury calendar is the one for January.
Originally published on Flickr by photographer Pete Griffiths, it shows Sodbury's finest engaged in a snowball fight with locals outside Lucy Butler Flowers. I like living in a place where such things happen.
A couple of Sundays ago I found a confused person standing in the middle of the road, unable to remember where they lived. I rang the police and the response from the control room staff, and the WPC who was sent to investigate, was prompt, efficient and kind.
If you've had a similar experience and would like to show your appreciation for the boys and girls in blue, you can nominate them as your Best on the Beat in the Community Policing Awards. The categories are:
Neighbourhood Beat Manager of the Year
PCSO of the Year
Special Constable of the Year
Neighbourhood Team of the Year
Outstanding Customer Service Award
You can nominate online or pick up a nomination form from Sodbury police station but hurry, as the closing date for entries is next Tuesday, 30 November.
And if you would like a copy of the 2011 Chipping Sodbury calendar, you'll find them on sale at £4.99 in the Post Office and at Sodbury Cards. I've bought several to give as Christmas presents to family and friends who enjoy visiting us here.