Goodbye with a good deed


A NEIGHBOURHOOD Watch group has disbanded after almost a decade and donated its remaining funds to the Yorkshire Air Ambulance.

The Kingsmead Neighbourhood Watch was set up nine years ago, and among its achievements are getting the speed limit lowered on part of the A615 from 50mph to 30mph and getting more streetlighting put up on Avocet Way and Broadacres.

However chairman Jim Stephenson, who has been at the helm of the group for the last six years, has now retired. As nobody stepped up to replace him as chairman, the group has disbanded.

There was £228 left in the group’s account and after a vote involving all members, it was decided to donate the money to the Yorkshire Air Ambulance before closing the account for good.

Jim, 79, said: “We are sad that it couldn’t be carried on and that the hard work that everybody has put into it can’t continue.

“We have had a lot of response from members saying it is a pity that nobody would take it on.

“We’ve received a lot of cards from people thanking us for what we have done and that they would miss it now that we are gone.

“I’m very proud of the things we’ve done and of what the chairman before me achieved.”

David Webden of the Yorskhire Air Ambulance visited the group on Kingfisher Drive to receive the £228 cheque on behalf of the charity.