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Grantham & District NHW Association Minutes 16th May 2017

20/06/2017

Grantham and District NHW Association

Minutes of Annual General Meeting

Held at Walton Girls High School, Grantham

At 7.00pm on Tuesday 16 May 2017

 

Present: Helen Bill (Chair and acting Treasurer), Carole Burton (Secretary), Voluntary PCSO Darren Bills, Police Cadets Megan Leadon and Meghan Bill (Guest Speakers) + 10 others

 

Welcome: Helen thanked those present at the AGM for making the effort and taking the time to attend, and for the continued support. With everything on-line nowadays it is especially important to keep hold of what NHW stands for and that is at ground level, supporting each other in our community. She then introduced the three guest speakers.

 

Apologies: Pamela Harrison, Jeanne Jackson and Howard Fisher.

 

Minutes of the Last AGM were unanimously approved, and signed by Helen (Chair)

 

Matters Arising – none

 

Chair’s Report: Summary

With great sadness Helen reported that Ian Newell (who gave the presentation at the AGM in 2016) tragically died in a road accident in March. He had been a great supporter of NHW and was an active co-ordinator. Ian was employed by Trading Standards and worked closely with the Police and other partners. He was a great guy, very approachable and well respected in his field. His popularity was evident at his funeral, to which Helen and Steve (her husband) also attended.

Sandra Watson (Treasurer) passed away on 14 May after a relatively short time of ill-health. Sandra was not only a great supporter of NHW but also a very good personal friend and will be sadly missed. So, two fantastic community spirited characters have been suddenly lost.

Helen apologised that she has little to report as due to health issues last year her voluntary work had to take a back seat. Thankfully, now over the worst, work has resumed.

Helen and Steve attended Harlaxton and Allington Parish Councils meetings in a bid to promote NHW.

Again wearing their NHW hats they attended Walton Girls High School to partake in “YR7s Life Skills Day”. This is an annual event where various agencies take lessons for the day to inform and guide pupils on all aspects of life as they mature – their choices, peer pressure, decision making, etc.

Helen has received enquiries about setting up NHW schemes via Police Community Support Officers, which is encouraging.

Junior Eyes update. The Junior Eyes booklet is being introduced with the help of our PCSOs into Lincolnshire schools. Every child aged 7 – 11 is entitled to a booklet. To date 20,000 booklets have been allocated and a further 20,000 have been reprinted at a cost of £4484 which should be sufficient for the next two years. Some amendments were made, notably the RNLI Water Safety Message and the NSPCC is now featured. Helen is project leader, assisted by Steve as administrator.

Finally. Helen remarked that Neighbourhood Watch touches all ages in the community and once again thanked everyone for their on-going support.

 

Treasurer’s Report: As Sandra Watson passed away on 14 May Helen has quickly presented this report. The combined accounts of Grantham and District NHW Association and Junior Eyes show an opening balance of £3314.63. There was no expenditure out of the bank account as Helen’s voluntary work was curtailed. Income: £10.00 donation from Ian Newell at AGM 2016. £2,000 Special Payment from Lincolnshire Police. £500 Grant from County NHW. A balance of £5824.63 is carried forward, from which £4484 will go out of this year’s finances for the Junior Eyes booklet reprint. The Treasurer’s Report was accepted and signed.

 

Election of Officers

Chair: Helen Bill

Proposed: Cllr Ray Wootten

Seconded: J McCormick

Secretary: Carole Burton

Proposed: Cllr Ray Wootten

Seconded: J McCormick

Treasurer:

No Nominations

Position open

 

Guest Speakers: PCSO Voluntary Darren Bills informed us that Lincolnshire Police are the only county who have Voluntary PCSOs. Darren operates from Grantham Police Station mentored by PCSO Stuart Bowden. He has been doing this work for 18 months and is required to do four hours per day for two days, i.e. 8 hours per week. It takes about one year to qualify after training, which consists mainly of classroom work. PCSOs attend incidents such as: road traffic problems, anti-social behaviour, hare-coursing, neighbourhood disputes, etc. They carry no hand-cuffs or items for personal protection. The presence of a uniformed PCSO within a community gives some reassurance and they often gain useful information that may otherwise not be reported. Darren advocates the use of Telephone No 101 for non-emergency calls. Reported incidents are usually followed up by a PCSO.

 

Police Cadets Megan Leadon and Meghan Bill gave an interesting insight into life as a Police Cadet. They are recruited between the ages of 14-18 and then have the opportunity to progress to Senior Cadets. They are provided with a formal uniform which they wear when attending Community Events (five per year), and casual uniforms for use at the regular meetings. They passed around their pocket notebooks giving details of their activities. They gain discipline as well as pride and enjoyment from their experiences in the cadets.

 

A.O.B.

  • Is the Message in a bottle available?

    Helen explained the usefulness of this to anyone who has medical needs, the elderly, someone living alone, the vulnerable.
    Message in a bottles as well as NHW stickers are available through Helen.

 

  • Do our PCSOs carry mobile phones now?
    Apparently so – contact your neighbourhood PCSO via email and request their mobile number if you so wish.

 

The meeting closed at 8.30pm.

 

 

 

 

 

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