Committee meeting 15 Sept 2020

Attendees: Stan Jones (chairman) (SJ), Geoff Pegg (Director of Operations) (GP), Ray Cox (RC), Caterina Dodaro (CD), Eric Hambling (EH) and Ian Burrell (Treasurer) (IB).

Apologies: John Moore, Doug Meredith, Selina Jackson

Chairman’s Introduction:

The Chairman welcomed all to the meeting. He reiterated how difficult it was to operate during the lockdown but how many NHW volunteers were participating in Covid fora to help vulnerable people. He suggested we might consider using Zoom for more activities such as seminars and invited members to come up with ideas, also to suggest alternatives to Zoom if more appropriate.         All

Notes of the meeting of 21/7/20 were accepted as accurate.

Actions arising:

The effort to find more committee members should continue.               SJ/GP

The production of a general presentation we could all use was discussed. The idea was to have say an hour’s worth of slides (say 60) that could be tailored for each event. Short films such as from NatWest could be included.      All

AGM Planning:

Noted that the AGM had been postponed to next Spring subject to the Covid 19 situation.

Operations Director’s Report:

GP had sent out his report to committee members ahead of the meeting. It was confirmed that there would be no further Trading Standards signs, but they were keen to promote the stickers that Stan has ordered a quantity of for TV. Geoff was pursuing the insurance for the existing signs tomorrow.

Geoff confirmed the minutes are being put on the website.

Geoff’s latest interview with Wycombe Sound was very good.

Treasurer’s Report:  

Ian Burrell had sent out the latest Income and Expenditure Report. As some sales were continuing and expenses were low it continued to show a continued healthy financial situation. Ray reminded members that the microphones previously approved had not been purchased yet.

Succession Planning:

We need to keep looking for new committee members, particularly younger ones.

Local Reports:

Mosques: GP reported that three out of the four senior mosque figures had signed up as coordinators to cover the attendees of each mosque, in spite of the lockdown making it more difficult. He hoped that in due course one might become a committee member.

SJ reported the Hughenden NAG had obtained crime details and raised the issue of drug dealing in villages but otherwise it was relatively quiet.

Hazlemere: Geoff reported information had been received regarding drug dealing. Ray reported that youths had been approaching houses in which lone women were living, causing distress. He also raised the issue of external letter boxes being broken into, and their poor condition. This could be the subject of an Alert to warn others.                           GP

Publicity & Website:

The website is being kept up to date.

Liaison Updates: 

TVP – Stan had recently had a meeting with Supt. Emma Baillie (Becky Mears replacement). She will only be in this post until later in the year when a new structure will be in effect – but we don’t yet know the detailed impact on us. The new Service Level Agreement has been signed off and sent to LPA commanders, so we need to get a meeting with the new Wycombe commander.

National NHW – The have announced a new Rural Crime Initiative. Stan will send it round. There is pressure on us to approve 600 coordinators and to map all on Ourwatch.

TVNHWA – The AGM was “virtual” and the new constitution and committee were approved. David Alder has returned as secretary. There are two initiatives for burglary reduction, one providing prevention advice and the other equipment and fitting of locks etc for vulnerable people.

Expansion into poorly covered areas:

As above, Geoff confirmed that Micklefield was the main area with inadequate NHW coverage.

Youth Involvement:

There was a discussion of how we might involve young people in NHW. Caterina suggested using the media particularly Instagram. She agreed to open an account, but all members would have to send her material to put on it, such as Alerts but tailored for the younger audience. There are a number of Facebook groups in TV NHW and Ray suggested looking at these to get ideas. Caterina/Ray


Members were asked to encourage NHW coordinators to become Street Association reps using their signposting pack.

Next meeting is
17 November

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