The Queens’ Award for Voluntary Service
A proud moment for Wycombe District Neighbourhood Watch Association (WDNHWA) took place on 18th September 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 in June.
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
- 16.01.20 : GP to address Carers Bucks re cons & scams at Wesley Methodist Church, Priory Road, High Wycombe, from 11.00am.
- 28.01.20 : GP to address DOSTI, Asian ladies’ group, at Wycombe Museum, from 10.45am.
- 04.02.20 : GP to address DOSTI, Asian ladies’ group, at Wycombe Museum, from 10.45am.
- 02.03.20 : GP to address Chadwick Ladies’ Group re cons & scams at Village Hall, Holmer Green, from 8.00pm.
- 03.03.20 : GP to address Link-Up Club re cons & scams at United Reformed Church, Cores End, Bourne End, from 11.00am.
- 24.03.20 : GP to address DOSTI< Asian ladies’ group, at Wycombe Museum, from 10.45am.
- 27.05.20 : GP to address St Mary’s Guild re cons & scams at Lane End Village Hall, from 2.30pm.
- 10.06.20 : GP to address Great Kingshill Ladies’ group re cons & scams at Great Kingshill Village Hall from 2.30pm.
A General meeting at Godstowe School was held on October 31st with invited speakers: Mark Godsland, a Force Cyber Protect Officer with TVP, who talked on cyber-crime, and Aldo Simone, who has recently replaced Chris Holden at Trading Standards. Many thanks to everyone who attended. The next meeting will be in the spring of 2020.
The Annual General Meeting of Wycombe District Neighbourhood Watch Association took place on Thursday, 2nd May, from 7.30pm. We were delighted to have these guest speakers: Korinne Leney, Area Manager, Community Engagement & Development Communities, Bucks County Council; Inspector Pete Wall, Neighbourhood Inspector, Wycombe Local Police Area.
Several new Neighbourhood Watch schemes have started in High Wycombe since December 2018;
Totteridge Lane (part), High Wycombe,
Kennedy Avenue, High Wycombe,
Robertson Place, High Wycombe,
Beech Street, High Wycombe,
Peel Lodge, Dean St, Marlow,
Arnison Avenue (part), High Wycombe,
Totteridge Road (part), High Wycombe,
Salisbury Road, High Wycombe,
Raven Road, Stokenchurch,
Coopers Court Road, Stokenchurch,
Eaker Street, High Wycombe,
Fisherman’s Retreat, Marlow,
Marlow Bottom Road (part),
Cressington Place, Bourne End,
Trinity Place, Holmer Green Road, Hazlemere,
Coningsby Road, High Wycombe,
Cross Road, High Wycombe,
Wye Dene, development site, 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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