Why the Neighbourhood Watch is worthwhile

I met with PCSO Jayne Milne at the recent coffee morning and asked her if the NHW was more than a symbolic effort to deter crime. Her reply was most convincing.

Our network of NHW representatives in Balcombe is a great resource for Jayne. She has often contacted a local member for information about a crime and regularly asks them to look out for particular criminals operating in their area.

Each NHW representative can be contacted by residents in their area to pass on concerns, suggestions or information to Jayne, acting as a liaison.

Benefits of NHW include:

  • Greater communication between residents and police
  • Strong community spirit
  • Increased awareness of local crime via bulletins from police
  • Up-to-date crime prevention advice

Jayne says "On a personal note in relation to Balcombe specifically, having such a wide coverage of the village enrolled in NHW means that crime is kept to a minimum as there are so many pairs of eyes and ears that are quick to report when something suspicious is occurring. This is evident in the fact that Balcombe generally has the lowest crime levels amongst neighbouring villages and those on the east side of Haywards Heath.

Whenever an incident occurs I know that by sending an email to the co-ordinators I can spread an important message to almost everyone at the touch of a button. This network has also helped us with criminal investigations.

We have a phrase we often use in the office here – 'Teamwork makes the dream work' and I think this really applies to successful NHW schemes.

The days of having a Village Bobby are long gone and as we cannot always be there to witness activity it is vital that we work with communities to help prevent and deter crime. Neighbourhood Watch enables us to do this and I can’t stress enough the good work that is done by the co-ordinators and of course their members."

Written by Andrew Edmondson

Some more good news for Neighbourhood Watch in Balcombe - we have a new road co-ordinator for Mill Lane!

Firstly, thank you to Roy Gravestock who was the NHW road co-ordinator for Mill Lane for so many years. Roy diligently delivered messages to all his neighbours and kept an eye out for any signs of criminal activities in the road, for which we are all grateful.

Following Roy's retirement as NHW co-ordinator, Sarah Fry has volunteered to take up the role in Mill Lane. Sarah lives next to Roy and can be contacted on her mobile phone: 07762 516430, or by email at fry.sarah@wibox.fr

Thank you, Sarah, for volunteering to help Neighbourhood Watch in Balcombe.


AS OF SEPTEMBER 2015 OUR PCSO, JAYNE MILNE, HAS A NEW CONTACT NUMBER. THIS IS: 07912 892939. She can be contacted via Sussex Police by dialling 101 ex 535214

August 7th 2015

Following on from the previous good news (see below), we now have another new street co-ordinator, this time for Stockcroft Road North (from the junction of Victoria Road to the village centre).

She is Pauline Lidbury, tel: 01444 819209 email palidbury@gmail.com

Pauline will be delivering leaflets soon, and asking her scheme members to give her their email addresses so that she can keep in touch about any relevant village information. Please do return your leaflets to her to allow this to happen.

Thank you for volunteering, Pauline and welcome aboard Balcombe NHW!


We now have two new Street Co-ordinators for London Road, Balcombe, as of today (21 July, 2015)

They are Priscilla & Robin Williamson, telephone number 01444 811519, email robin@thewilliamsons.org.uk

Thank you, Priscilla & Robin, for volunteering. Please see below for this new addition to the table of co-ordinators in the village.

Priscilla & Robin will soon be delivery leaflets to households within their scheme. Please do get back to them with the membership form if you wish to be part of the scheme and to be informed about local crime issues and other useful community information.



We are short of NHW co-ordinators for a number of roads in Balcombe. Please get in touch to volunteer for your road:-










THERE is a large Neighbourhood Watch Scheme operating in Balcombe with many street co-ordinators keeping in touch with Sussex Police and our PCSO Jayne Milne.

Each coordinator receives information from the police about any crime incidents or concerns and disseminates this either by word of mouth, telephone or by email.

Each street co-ordinator in the NW Scheme is also a point of contact for every person in their road if that person has any concerns or worries about crime, anti-social behaviour or their own security.

Listed below are the names of all the street co-ordinators in the Balcombe NW Scheme with their telephone numbers and email addresses (links on each name) and the areas they cover.

Please get in touch with them if you have any worries, but remember, IN AN EMERGENCY you must ALWAYS call the POLICE, or other EMERGENCY SERVICE, on 999.

If you are the victim of a crime, such as a burglary or criminal damage, you must always report this, in the first instance, to the Police by telephoning 101

It would help your street co-ordinator to keep in touch with YOU by forwarding your email address, and/or telephone number, to them.

They will then be able to contact YOU if there are any concerns or incidents in the village or its surrounds that the police want people to be aware of.

If you would like to volunteer for a Street Co-ordinator VACANCY in the village please contact the Main Area Co-ordinator Carolyn Robertson by email Carolyn or telephone 01444 811732.

For any further information about the Balcombe NHW Scheme please again contact Carolyn.

Police Contacts

Sussex Police 101

Police Community Support Officer Jayne Milne (telephone 101 ex535214)

As of September 2015 Jayne has a new contact number: 07912 892939

Police Community Support Officer Jayne Milne's web page and BLOG

Visit Jayne Milne's web page; type in your postcode and click on Jayne Milne's box. This includes a profile of Jayne, her contact details, details of when you can meet her in person, an archive of local news.

There is a box on the right called "Get your Updates by Email". Click on this to receive Jayne's BLOG by email.



Neighbourhood Watch Handbook

Mid Sussex Neighbourhood Watch HAS produced a handbook containing a wealth of useful information.

Copies are available from your street coordinator or the local police station in Haywards Heath.

Neighbourhood Panel

10 people needed to join a panel and advise the police on what priorities for police attention we want in our village/area.
Jayne Milne says "This is a great opportunity for all the villages and will allow you to decide what issues should be addressed by Police and partner agencies."

Read this document for more details.

National Neighbourhood Watch Website

www.mynhw.co.uk has been launched. Read more here.

Street Coordinators


Name/email address


Telephone Number

Area Covered

No. of Properties



Village centre (Broadway) including Half Moon, The Alley, Lake View, Haywards Heath Road to Truncheons and The Old Dairy



Mrs Glenda Thomson


01444 811462

Haywards Heath Road from Truncheons & Old Dairy (but not including) to junction with Deanland Road including Bretts etc



Paul Mitchell


01444 819262

From Junction with Deanland Road up to but not including Meadow Close





 Meadow Close






Mill Lane from Haywards Heath Road junction to Mill



Nick and Sue Cannon


01444 811105







Haywards Heath Road from junction with Oldlands Road south to pavement end



Sue Etheridge


01444 811264

Assists with Haywards Heath Road but new co-ordinator needed



Priscilla & Robin Williamson


Andy Strang



 01444 811519





London Road (south) from Balcombe School House to Balcombe Station


London Road (North Balcombe end, towards Crawley)







A long road for people to share



London Road (north) from Red Road to The Cowdray Arms




Peter Ashmole



01444 811535


Bramblemead including Westland View and Fern Cottage on London Road. Also Recreation Ground and Pavilion



George Short


01444 811667

Rocks Lane (or Rowhill Lane)



Bob Bardwell


01444 811799

Newlands up to Jobes and as far as the London Road.
Additional help would be welcome





London Road from Springfield Platt to Kemps Farm including station



John Pierpoint


01444 811454

Deanland Road (north) from junction with Haywards Heath Road to Victoria Road plus Victoria Road



Andrew Edmondson


01444 811413




Richard Contreras


01444 811626
07930 288250

Oldlands Avenue from Jobes to Stockcroft Road including Jobes approach road
Need another volunteer for Jobes approach road



Norman Howard


01444 811782

Deanland Road (south) from Victoria Road to Oldlands Avenue



Julia Wilson


01444 811304






Barn Meadow



Clive Sparke


01444 811457

Jobes (excluding the approach road)


Andrew Edmondson

01444 811413

Oldlands Avenue from Stumblemead to Haywards Heath Road

THis is not Andrew's own road so additional help needed here!





Glebe View



Ann Martin


01444 811729

Foxwells (Ann is covering until resident of Foxwells can be found to take on this role)



Pauline Lidbury


Carolyn Robertson


Ann Martin


01444 819209


01444 811732 07780532145


01444 811729


Stockcroft Road from Victory Hall and Sunnyside to Victoria Road (Freshfields)




Four houses behind the Balcombe Club and BRamble Hill



Ron and Linda Parker


01444 811781

Stockcroft Road from Netheroak and Hollow-How to junction with Oldlands Avenue



Derek Earl


01444 811921

High Street



Tim Ensing


01444 811251

Private Road between High Street and Handcross Road (Redbridge Lane)






Crawley Lane (Highley Manor Road)


 Sarah Fry

 07762 516430


 Mill Lane




Sue Dowdall


01444 400519


Handcross Road (Redbridge Lane) and Waterworks Cottages

Brantridge Lane (North) from junction with Handcross Road (Redbridge Lane) to junction with White Throat Lane





West Up



Mike Chettleburgh


0778 5557070

The Nurseries



Below is a summary of what is required to be an NHW Street Co-Ordinator.

Remember - this can be a great contribution to the community! It is also a great opportunity to get out and about, meet people and chat about what is going on in your neighbourhood!

SEE how many people are doing it already!

(The Police summary may sound arduous but it isn't and email makes all the communication very easy!)

Anyone who volunteers - and does as much as they can - will be greatly appreciated and a very valuable asset to our NHW scheme here in Balcombe!

Neighbourhood Watch - Roles and Responsibilities

Neighbourhood Watch (NHW) has existed in the UK for over 25 years and aims to prevent crime by improving security, increasing public awareness and by reducing opportunity for crime. NHW members assist Police in detecting crimes through their increased vigilance, communication and prompt reporting of crime and suspicious activity.

NHW Street Coordinator

The street co-ordinator is the main point of contact between Police and scheme members, also working with the Area Co-ordinator and partner agencies. They are required to distribute, usually by email, NHW Crime Bulletins sent by the area's Police Community Support Officer (PCSO). The street co-ordinator is likely to be the first person that a NHW member turns to for help, advice or to report something suspicious.

There are no set hours to the role and the only proviso is that you must have an e-mail account in order to receive and send on Crime Bulletin's and you will need to be security checked before being confirmed as a co-ordinator. The main duties are as follows:

Supply members with NHW and Crime Prevention Literature
Welcome newcomers and invite them to join the scheme
Look out for vulnerable scheme members and neighbours
Encourage vigilance and early reporting of incidents
Receive Crime Bulletins from PCSO and distribute to members
Encourage members to put into practice crime prevention measures

NHW Members

NHW members should take sensible precautions to protect their homes and property and also look out for vulnerable neighbours. Members should maintain contact with their Street Co-ordinator and Police, ensuring that they report crime and suspicious activity at the earliest opportunity.

Members and co-ordinators are the 'eyes and ears' in a community. They know what is usual or unusual in their street/road/close. As hard as we try, the Police cannot always be in the right place at the right time and so NHW is vital in preventing and detecting crime. We have already seen a significant reduction in crime in Mid Sussex and we feel that NHW schemes have played a major part in this.

Saving the best until last, as a member of a NHW scheme you may be eligible to receive a discount on your Home Insurance.

What more could anyone want!

Make sure YOU are a member of the Balcombe NHW Neighbourhood Watch Scheme NOW!

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