TIM DREW: New recruits needed for task force to help out at future events

Tim Drew
Tim Drew

The 23rd annual general meeting of the Worthing Neighbourhood Watch Association takes place on Wednesday, October 21, in the Police Training Rooms at Centenary House at 7.30pm, and follows what must have been our busiest year since 2008, when the post of crime prevention co-ordinator was abolished in the wake of the Sussex Police budget cuts.

At the top of the bill will be the report of the newly branded West Downs Neighbourhood Watch Task Force, which changed its name from the West Downs Neighbourhood Watch Search Team at its own AGM in July.

Since then, the task force has been involved in a series of events where marshalling and road closure supervision were required, as at the SASBAH Wheelchair Challenge on August 29, and the Worthing Rotary Carnival on August 31.

Future events at which the task force’s help has been requested include the Littlehampton Bonfire Night on Saturday, October 31, the Lancing Remembrance Service on Sunday, November 8, and the Adur Sea of Lights event on Saturday, November 21.

The force is seeking to recruit new members and, given its success in attracting new (and repeat) business, it is hoped that we will not have far to look, especially as involvement in volunteering activities is viewed favourably by prospective employers.

For those who would like to find out more, please let me know on tim@freeolamail.com.

In the meantime, a huge vote of thanks is owed to the efforts of our chairman, Terry Rickards, who has never spared himself in furthering the interests of Neighbourhood Watch.

It is mainly thanks to him that Worthing Neighbourhood Watch has recovered to the extent that it has done in recent times, and that recovery is set to continue.

• Just one surgery to report – PCSO Elaine Tullett hosts her surgery between 11am and midday at the Worthing Leisure Centre, Shaftesbury Avenue, Worthing, on Thursday, October 22.

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