TIM DREW: West Downs team take on new opportunities in the community after name change

Tim Drew
Tim Drew

The West Downs Neighbourhood Watch Search Team signalled a change in direction at its AGM on Tuesday, July 14, when its members approved a change in its name to the West Downs Neighbourhood Watch Task Force.

The team was originally set up to assist the police in searching for missing persons following the disappearance of Sarah Payne, but call-outs have been few and far between over the past year, so the team has sought other opportunities for community involvement.

Such opportunities have not been long in coming, with the team first taking part in marshalling the Midnight Walk to Remember organised by St Barnabas House on Saturday, June 27. They then helped to man road closures at the Rowlands Road Street Event on Saturday, July 4.

We have been asked for help in doing the same at the Worthing Carnival by Worthing Rotary, with the team having also been approached by the Littlehampton Bonfire Society to undertake marshalling duties at this year’s Bonfire Night on Saturday, October 31.

We are also seeking involvement in community resilience activities, having already been written into Littlehampton’s flood watch plan. Some activities will require training and accreditation, and we expect to be undertaking this under the direction of the Sussex Community Forum Risk Group, whose chairman, Martin Funnell MBE, delivered an excellent presentation at the AGM, describing a wide array of opportunities for the team.

• PCSO Graeme Foster’s surgery will be held between 5pm and 6pm on Tuesday, July 28, at the East Worthing Community Centre, Pages Lane. In the evening there will be a meeting of the Selden Ward Neighbourhood Panel, also at the East Worthing Community Centre, between 6pm and 7pm.

• Two surgeries will take place on Thursday, July 30. The first, hosted by PCSO Ben Cruise, will take place between 11am and midday at West Worthing Baptist Church, South Street, Tarring. The second is hosted by PCSO Catherine Dines at Buddy’s Cafe, 121 South Farm Road, between midday and 1pm.

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