Neighbourhood Watch scheme marks 30 years

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NEIGHBOURHOOD Watch is a vital service which goes a long way to protecting and caring for communities.

The scheme is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, and members of the Grantham and District Neighbourhood Watch Association hope use the occasion to raise the profile of its work.

Association chairman Helen Bill said: “Neighbourhood Watch promotes community spirit, good neighbourliness and crime prevention awareness.

“Our association works closely with other like-minded organisations and particularly with the Grantham police community beat teams.”

The local NHW association has more than 300 co-ordinators and over 3,500 members, all kept up to date via messaging and at meetings.

Although membership is high, the NHW group wants to build upon it, and with various celebrations coming up they are sure to do just that.

NHW co-ordinators anmd members are invited to attend the association’s spring meeting on April 30 at Walton Girls’ High School in Grantham.

The meeting will begin at 7pm and will feature two guest speakers, Joanne Hussey from Grantham Fire Station and South Kesteven District Council community safety officer Sandy Kavanagh.

Then on June 16, NHW co-ordinators will man a stand in St Peter’s Hill in Grantham to chat to passers-by about the scheme and to distribute information. The event marks the start of Neighbourhood Watch Week, from June 16- 24.

l To find out more about the Grantham and District Neighbourhood Watch Association, or to sign up to receive regular alerts, call Helen on 01476 861399 or e-mail billsbanter@live.co.uk