SCLT Public Presentation Team Visit – Nailsea Neighbourhood Watch Group


Wednesday 4th October 2017, has seen SCLT volunteer Ashley Jones joining a capacity audience of over 60 attendees at the monthly meeting of the Nailsea Neighbourhood Watch Group at the Nailsea United Reform Church Hall in the centre of the enigmatic North Somerset town.


Ash, who is a former professional driver in the British military, a graduate of the standard police driving course, a holder of several specialist driving licences and a graduate of the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) advanced driving test, delivered a senior safe driving presentation for the group, which took the audience on a journey through all aspects of staying safe whilst driving into one’s twilight years. The talk included innovative video and sound content, such as dash-cam footage and practical suggestions which could assist the senior driver in staying safe and competent on the road, as well as offering suggestions for those, who may be thinking about hanging up the car keys due to their age.


Nailsea Neighbourhood Watch was started in 1991 and is one of the most successful and active 'Watches' in North Somerset. There are now over 160 individual schemes registered with the Police, covering 3,900 homes. Nailsea was awarded a Certificate of Commendation in 1999 for good service to Neighbourhood Watch.  There is a low level of crime in Nailsea, partly due to the coverage of Neighbourhood Watch throughout the town.


The group operate a two-tier structure in Nailsea. The Area Co-ordinator chairs a Committee which manages the Watch business. Individual schemes are run by local Co-ordinators who provide a single point of contact between the Police and members of that scheme - typically the households in one street. Information about public meetings, the AGM, newsletters, Schemes, the Christmas Social, information from the Police, National Neighbourhood & Home Watch and other Agencies can all be found.


At the conclusion of his visit, Ash commented, “The ladies and gentlemen of the group have been a very engaging and attentive audience and asked many thought-provoking questions about staying safe on the roads and making best use of the very latest automotive innovations, such as dash-cams, parking sensors and sat-navs. It was a pleasure to present our talk on this subject to such a large audience and have the opportunity of sharing some ideas and thoughts that may keep many people a little safer in the future. ”


 Every member of the audience received a personal copy of the award-winning Senior Siren magazine – the quarterly publication of the Senior Citizen Liaison Team, which offers crime prevention advice and a host of other lifestyle information for seniors and those who support elder family members.