Neighbourhood Watch does parties

This website team is reliably informed that plans are already afoot for a party in June for the Queen’s Birthday (village hall spilling into road?). Details will be published on this website as soon as we have them.

With that in mind, it is interesting to see the following message in which the Chair of North Yorkshire Neighbourhood Watch encourages us to party:


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[Message from North Yorkshire Neighbourhood Watch]


You will recall that thousands of street parties took place for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in 2012 and that many enjoyed these wonderful Parties.

Next month, Her Majesty The Queen will celebrate a milestone birthday as she turns 90.

As is customary, Her Majesty’s official birthday week-end will take place in June – in around three months’ time – and this year is extra special with a mass street party called The Patron’s Lunch planned on The Mall for some 10,000 guests.    For those of us who are unable to attend the London event, we are being encouraged to get involved and honour the nation’s longest-reigning monarch by holding our own street parties across the country.

Street events and other enjoyable elements can draw out more people from communities who are otherwise less likely to engage – after all, Neighbourhood Watch is all about “By the Community for the Community” so it seems to be the perfect opportunity to have another village/street get-together again !!

As Chair for North Yorkshire Neighbourhood Watch Association, I am encouraging these celebrations across the County in order to encourage neighbourliness and community spirit as NHW is not always about crime – in Marton where I reside, plans are already well advanced for a village party.

National NHW has confirmed to me that as long as the event is being organized by Neighbourhood Watch, then it will be covered by its Public Liability Insurance for up to 1,000 people.

The internet contains much advice and suggestions on how to organise a street party – for example, provides a Guide together with a checklist and top tips.

So … how about accepting the challenge and getting started now to organise a Neighbourhood Watch Street/Village Party which will help to bring your neighbours together, so helping to create stronger, more friendly and more active communities where crime and anti-social behaviour are less likely to happen ?

If you hold an event, do please provide us with some feedback and photographs that can be shared with National Neighbourhood Watch – and please remember that National Neighbourhood Watch Week is taking place between 18th-26th June, so your village/street party event could be linked to that !

Best wishes for the success of your event – do have a go !

Terry Wallis

Chair – North Yorkshire Neighbourhood Watch Association

E-mail:        [email protected].uk


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