It has been nearly a year since we held our last General Neighbourhood Watch Meeting at Godstowe School. The prospects for holding our next general meeting there in the coming months don’t look good as things stand right now.
So, we are pleased to announce that we will be holding a general meeting via Zoom on Thursday 5th November, from 7.30pm. The link for this event will be posted here shortly.
We will have one invited speaker, Nicola Bell of Victims First. She will be talking about Modern Day Slavery and Adult Exploitation, which have become hugely important subjects.
The next AGM of Wycombe District Neighbourhood Watch Association has been postponed due to the current Coronavirus problem. Details will be posted here at a later date.
The Queens’ Award for Voluntary Service
A proud moment for Wycombe District Neighbourhood Watch Association (WDNHWA) took place on 18th September 2019 when the Association was awarded the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service. The Queen’s Award was presented by Sir Henry Aubrey-Fletcher, the Lord Lieutenant for Buckinghamshire, at a special ceremony held in The Guildhall, High Wycombe. The award was accepted on behalf of the Association by our Chairman, Stan Jones, and Geoff Pegg, Director of Operations. WDNHWA volunteers and local dignitaries were invited to the ceremony to witness the presentation. The award particularly recognised the hard work of volunteers to support those who had been affected by scams & cons.
After receiving the award, Stan Jones said: “We were over the moon when we found out about the award and I feel very proud we had been recognised for this”. He described how the Association had organised 65 seminars across the town to explain the dangerous nature of scams and how people can defend themselves against being conned. As we all know, the scams come in all different forms from door knocking, phone calls, to emails, but always people are trying to get money under false pretences.
Following the presentation, Geoff Pegg added “Our main mission is crime prevention and, as everyone heard at the ceremony, a lot of people here have done so much to help those who are being conned and scammed. The certificate we received was signed by the Queen, so it’s a very proud moment for the Association.”
Trading Standards ‘Hero’ Award
Wycombe District Neighbourhood Watch Association (WDNHWA) is delighted to announce that their Director of Operations, Geoff Pegg, was presented with a Hero Award by Steve Baker MP on behalf of the Chartered Trading Standards Institute in recognition of his tireless work for consumer protection in the district.
Buckinghamshire and Surrey Trading Standards Service nominated Geoff, a Scam Champion, for the award which took place at a special ceremony in London on 25th June 2019.
Stan Jones, Chairman of WDNHWA, says “The CTSI Hero Award is thoroughly deserved as Geoff works ceaselessly for the safety of the people of the Wycombe District”.
Community Safety Champions Rewarded
- Due to the current coronavirus problems, all of our meetings have been postponed until later dates. Details will follow later in the year.
Several new Neighbourhood Watch schemes have started in High Wycombe since September 2019;
Wye Dene, development site, High Wycombe,
Marlow Road (part). Stokenchurch,
Stapleton Close, Marlow,
Olympic Way, High Wycombe,
Royal Oak Mews, Great Kingshill,
Wycombe Almshouses, High Wycombe,
Boss Lane, Hughenden Valley,
Bottom Road, Radnage,
Cotswold Cottage, Grange Road, Hazlemere,
Gracewell High Wycombe (a care and residential home), Lane End,
Jubilee Road Mosque, High Wycombe,
Townfield House Mosque, Totteridge Road, High Wycombe,
Chiltern Grange Care Home, Stokenchurch,
The Crescent (part), Totteridge,
Little Close, Flackwell Heath,
Castleview Gardens (part), High Wycombe.
There is a NHW scheme for the 4000 students of Bucks New University who live in the town. Despite the relative safety of our district for students, they are often targeted by thieves and it is hoped that this scheme will help keep them as safe as possible. This is by far the largest NHW scheme in Wycombe, and it is run by the Volunteers Department of the Students’ Union, who aim to extend it to those elsewhere in the district very soon.
WDNHWA has a table display of useful crime prevention leaflets outside one of the main mosques in High Wycombe (Jubilee Road, Castlefield, & Totteridge Road) by rotation, overlapping the time of Friday prayers – weather permitting during the summer, spring, and autumn.
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