As part of its Primary School after-school club programme, Horsham District’s Junior Neighbourhood Watch (NHW) came to Upper Beeding Primary this term, strongly supported by Upper Beeding Parish Council, who agreed to provide funds to support the course.
Most appropriately, the presentation of the award certificates was made by the Upper Beeding Parish Council Chairman, Councillor Simon Birnstingl, accompanied by Councillor Pauline Kentell, who is also the NHW Area Coordinator for Upper Beeding. PC Mike Harvey attended representing Horsham District Police – also Upper Beeding’s two Neighbourhood Wardens, and a good number of parents and relatives to witness the presentation of framed award certificates to the course participants.
The six course sessions were conducted by Junior NHW volunteers. In one session the class were taken though the procedures of the Magistrates’ Court, with an actual Magistrate conducting a mock trial with role playing – a very enjoyable session for all concerned. For another session, a West Sussex Resilience and Emergency Service Adviser came to show film clips, to demonstrate how householders can be prepared to respond safely and effectively to community emergencies such as floods and severe weather conditions. Completion of this “Resilience” session qualifies as the first stage of the Duke of Cornwall’s Home Safety Award, with further stages to be completed at Secondary School.
Police and Police Community Support Officers came to two of the sessions to Police. The 6 sessions of the course combine to show young people that they can make their own contribution to community issues, and help to ensure home and neighbourhood safety and security.
The Upper Beeding junior citizens were photographed receiving their award certificates, followed by a group photo, and they were told that they were now members of Neighbourhood Watch for life, and were reminded to be sure to pass on to parents, demonstrate the very close and positive co-operation that NHW enjoys with West Sussex grandparents and friends, all that they had learned in their course.