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Bedford Neighbourhood Watch celebrates 40th anniversary

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Bedford & District Neighbourhood Watch celebrates its 40th anniversary with a host of activities during Neighbourhood Watch Week, Saturday, 28 May – Sunday, 5 June.

The theme throughout Bedford Neighbourhood Watch Week 2022 is “Say Hello” which is backed by the comedian John Bishop who has produced a special video to encourage residents, neighbourhoods and communities to build new friendships and connections.

Bedford Neighbourhood Watch, one of the first three Neighbourhood Watch schemes in the country, celebrates its 40th anniversary this year.  Started in 1982, Neighbourhood Watch is now seen as the largest voluntary organisation in the UK.

Colleen Atkins, Chair of Bedford & District Neighbourhood Watch, said: “To say we are immensely proud is an understatement. Little did we know that when we started the first group in Chaucer Road, Bedford in 1982 and then our week of events in 1985, that we would influence the whole country.”

“The pandemic over the past two years has meant people have been more isolated, so we are using our 2022 Neighbourhood Watch Week to rekindle connecting with each other. There are people in all our communities who have been living alone because of coronavirus and are lonely. A ‘Hello’ and a smile is an excellent way to start a conversation and invite them for a cup of tea or coffee or drop by and see them. Just a simple ‘Hello’ could brighten someone’s day.”

“We are delighted to have the support of our partners and are pleased that Bedfordshire Fire & Rescue Service, Bedford Borough Council’s Community Safety Team, Bedford Community Policing Team and the Harpur Centre are joining with us for our week of activities to keep us safe and well.”

John Bishop, comedian, said: “I’ve been encouraging people at my comedy gigs to wear a ‘Say Hello’ badge. It just helps to break the ice to ‘Say Hello’ to each other. Now we are spreading the ‘Say Hello’ message throughout the Month of Community. So ‘Say Hello’ to your neighbours and your community at Big Lunches and other events right across the month of June. It all starts with just saying ‘Hello’.”

Watch John’s video here:

Programme of Bedford Neighbourhood Watch Week Activities (full details in another email)
  • Saturday 28 May, 10am - 2pm. Launch of Bedford Neighbourhood Watch Week, Harpur Square *
  • Sunday 29 May, Jubilee Community Litter Picks *
  • Monday 30 May, 10am - 2pm Priory Marina, Fire Service Water Safety Activity *
  • Monday 30 May, ‘Have-a-Cuppa’ Day and ‘Say Hello’
  • Tuesday 31 May, See It! Report It! Launch of Report Card
  • Wednesday 1 June, Bedfordshire Police Action Day with Neighbourhood Watch *
  • Thursday 2 June, 11am - 1pm Neighbourhood Watch at the Harpur Centre
  • Friday 3 June, 12 - 3pm Bedford African Community Multicultural Fun Afternoon
  • Saturday 4 June, 3 - 6pm Queen’s Park Community Organisation Multicultural Festival *
  • Sunday 5 June, Individual Jubilee Street Parties and Big Lunches.
* Outdoor events may be dependent on the weather. Daily updates on Facebook @Bedford Neighbourhood Watch and Twitter @BedfordNW

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PS Please let us know if you’d like to help on our stall at any of the events. All you need is a willingness to smile and “Say Hello”, no other experience is needed!

Also, please let us know if you are having any events in your area or would like to.

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Colleen Atkins (NWN, Bedfordshire & Regional NW Communications Administrator, Bedfordshire)

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