Crawley Neighbourhood Watch visits Turners Hill Village Fete
27 July 2012
Mary Grace on the Neighbourhood Watch stall
Summer finally arrived on Sunday 22 July when Turners Hill held its annual Village Fete.
Turners Hill is a small and vibrant village of around 800 dwellings located in the beautiful Mid Sussex district of West Sussex, with countryside in an area of outstanding natural beauty. Turners Hill Parish includes Turners Hill Park, a community of 300 homes for the over 50s, and the community at Worth Abbey. The village is at the highest point in Mid Sussex, and offers commanding views across the Downs.
Turners Hill is only a short distance from Crawley, and being good neighbours, it was only natural that Crawley would respond to a call to help liven things up and reinvigorate Neighbourhood Watch in the area. Crawley Sales Officer Mary Grace is always up for a challenge, and was able to quickly assemble a team of 7 volunteers from Crawley and Mid Sussex, complete with sun tan cream. Together they provided free information leaflets to the busy crowds, explained to them about personal security and how to start NHW schemes, sold security devices, and ran a very popular fundraising tombola.
Local resident Tony Cocklin said: “John Wright and Derek Pratt from Crawley are assisting us in the rejuvenation of Neighbourhood Watch in Mid Sussex, and the assistance they gave was tremendous. Mary Grace and the team did a fantastic job at the Fete. The NHW display was a point of much interest/information and added great value to the occasion. We really appreciated you being there.”
The Chairman of the Fete Organising Committee, Barbara Hobbs, said: “It was brilliant to have NHW there – they will be really welcome next year.”