THE organisation responsible for Bridlington’s Neighbourhood Watch groups has a new home.
Bridwatch, the Association of Bridlington Area Community and Neighbourhood Watch Groups, has moved from premises in Quay Road to a open a new Bridwatch information centre and shop at the end of Horsforth Avenue, just behind Bridlington Spa.
The registered charity, founded by the late Peter Saxby in 2001, is offering all its regular services including photocopying in both black and white and colour, printing from memory sticks and disk and laminating.
Internet access is also available.
A registered charity, it relies entirely on money it makes through services, sales of donated books, CD’s DVD’s bric-a-brac jigsaw puzzles and more to help pay for the shop, and inform and manage the Neighbourhood Watch network.
All its staff and members are unpaid.
“We have found our book library is very popular, we have displayed them colour coded for price and in author alphabetical order which people seem to appreciate,” said volunteer and board member Bev Hurrell.
It also has crime prevention items like purse bells, window locks, door chains and child alerts, and must be the only shop of its kind which operates a rolling prize tombola for its customers.
Manager Glynis Court, a volunteer and member of the new Bridwatch board, said donations of such goods, except clothing and videos, are welcome.
“We are also keen to see new Neighbourhood Watch groups set up, particularly in some of the surrounding villages. “
Sadly there has been a slight fall in groups, mainly due to the increasing age of those who set them up and are now having difficulty finding younger people to take on the role.”
At one time there were over 40 in Bridlington and surrounding areas but the Bridlington group is still one of the largest in the region.
One of its key roles is to keep all its watch groups up to date with criminal activity as a warning to its members and their households, including cold call scams, burglaries, and crime prevention and safety advice.
The aim, by working with police, fire services, local councillors and other community groups they can encourage people to take ownership of their community and give them an active interest in what is happening to and in the locality.
The new Bridwatch information centre is open to help anyone needing crime prevention help, or indeed any local information. It is also used as a venue for local PCSO surgeries.
“We are grateful to our regular supporters and to our landlord Peter Nurse for refurbishing the premises for us to move into, also Rob at Allsigns in Bridlington who did our new sign for us at half price,” said Glynis.
Anyone who has goods to donate can call into the shop during its winter opening hours of 9am to 3pm Monday to Friday.
They could also call Glynis at the new centre on 409352 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org where they can also find out how to set up their own neighbourhood watch group.