Yateley chair honoured by Police - June 2010

posted 5 Oct 2010, 07:50 by Yateley NW Sec   [ updated 5 Oct 2010, 08:35 ]
The Chair of the Yateley Neighbourhood Watch has been honoured for his outstanding service to the community.

                          Wally Seymour receives his award  
                          Wally Seymour receives his award

Wally Seymour, 81, has helmed the local chapter of the influential Neighbourhood Watch scheme for the last three years.
Hampshire Constabulary and the Hampshire Neighbourhood Watch Association recently presented Mr Seymour with an award in recognition of his dedicated recruitment of Neighbourhood Watch advocates within Yateley.
Councillor Ken Thornber, Leader of Hampshire County Council, acknowledged Wally’s role:
“Many congratulations to Wally for getting this well deserved accolade. He is a shining example of how older people have an important role to play in their communities,” he said. “Our Good Neighbour Awards aim to honour those like Wally whose contribution to their communities is invaluable.”
Since filling the position, Wally has succeeded in nearly tripling the number of street co-ordinators in the Yateley area, with numbers rising from 24 to 67.
 Margaret Filley, President of the Hampshire Neighbourhood Watch Association said: “Wally is such a special gentleman. He is very rare. Even though he is in his 80s he is still working in such an enthusiastic and committed way and as a result of his enthusiasm he is setting up one Neighbourhood Watch scheme a month in streets and communities in the Yateley area."
“He understands what strong support an effective Neighbourhood Watch can be in reducing crime and reducing the fear of crime. Wally also understands, and is passionate about, people coming together to support and encourage that community spirit.”
The bestowing of the award comes in advance of Hampshire’s Good Neighbour Awards, previously covered by Fleet-People. The initiative allows local people to nominate deserving neighbours for recognition of their work within the community

(Article courtesy of Neighbourhood and Home Watch Network http://www.mynhw.co.uk/regional/southeast-news-full.php?id=993  )