|Bricket Wood Neighbourhood Watch Association|
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In December 1993 Allan Buxton started the Black Boy Area Neighbourhood Watch Scheme from a few streets leading off Ashridge Drive. He recruited seven Co-ordinators and formed a Committee and they soon signed up most of the residents in their respective streets.
On 21 April 1994 the Mayor of St Albans, Mrs Sheila Burton unveiled the first sign in Ashridge Drive. Officers from St Albans Police were present. Signs were then erected in all streets covered by the Watch and steps were taken to include other adjacent roads.
In September 1994 Peter Northway became the Community Police Officer and the Residents Association were very supportive and keen to extend Neighbourhood Watch.
On 14 January 1995 the first open meeting was attended by village residents. The Co-ordinators Postcoded over 80 cycles during that afternoon.
The Scheme expanded and was renamed in July 1995 to the Bricket Wood Neighbourhood Watch Association with the aim of including the whole Village. Some existing schemes agreed to join the Association. A steering Committee with Allan as Chairman was formed and held meetings almost every month since.
Terry Monahan became the Community Police Officer in November 1995 and was enthusiastic for the Association and joined all the Committee meetings. During 1996 more Co-ordinators were recruited. At most meetings Allan reported that a new Watch had been formed and signs were being erected.
Meetings took place in March and September 1996 where members of the Police gave talks.
The Association had joined the National Neighbourhood Watch Association and by mid 1997 were nearing the 100% Village target.
A Fun Day was held on the 29 June 1997. The proceeds went to 9 year old Halil, a lad from Bricket Wood, brain damaged since his accident as a baby.
On 14 March 1998 Allan Buxton was presented with a High Sheriff's Award for his work in the community by the High Sheriff of Hertfordshire.
Conrad White became the Community Police Officer assisting the Association to plan the purchase of portable video camera and recorder to use where needed around the village. Signs have now been erected to inform visitors that they are entering a Neighbourhood Watch Village.
From October 2000 the St. Albans Police reintroduced full-time community policing so we should see an officer walking around the village on a regular basis again. Due to the changes, PC Paul Coxall has replaced PC Conrad White as the designated Officer for the area.
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