Community Service

I have always been involved in our community.  It started at Sundays River when Pete and I moved here back in 2003.  I started a local publication

WOISwhich was a great way to meet and get to know a lot of folk in our village and I loved each edition I did every month for 5 years.  Chances are I would still be at it had Pete and I not gone to Mauritius for 3 years.  I am thrilled the gentleman who bought it from me is still doing a monthly issue.

I am involved in our Neighbourhood Watch programme which we started a year ago. Sadly the enthusiasm has worn off and we are left with just a hand full of community members who still do nightly patrols.  There are a lot of apathetic people who find a lot of time to complain but not enough time to get involved.

Neighbourhood watch logo

I joined our local police forum as an ordinary member and I now have a fancy title of Chairperson.  It has boosted my involvement from about 5% to a full 100%.  I certainly know how to make work for myself. 😀  Then again Mandy being Mandy I have to know how all the nuts and bolts work and love having things to tick off of a list.  So satisfying.

Kinkelbos CPF Logo

I feel our SAPS are sometimes unfairly given a bad name and are not always properly thanked so on a visit to our local station a few weeks back I took along some custard cookies.  Working closely with SAPS makes all the difference to understanding the challenges they face each day.  Kudos to our local station for doing an outstanding job.

SAPS thanks

Do you have the same problem with the same hand full of willing people being involved in all things community?

CRIME

Crime is why I have not been visiting your blogs recently.  I am sure you understand.

It breaks my heart to say we have had a huge increase in break-ins in the homes of our little village.  So much so we have had to implement day and night patrols with a few volunteers.  It always seems to be the same group of people who step up to the plate without question.

Neighbourhood watch logo

We have held emergency meetings, compiled a constitution, code of conduct, created a logo, collated emergency patrol schedules, got all the necessary indemnities and ID card requirements in place, created Neighbourhood Watch and Patrolling What’sApp groups for instant emergency communication, rallied support from our Rate Payers Association for purchasing equipment necessary for patrols and even received confirmation of donations all within a week and half – not bad going.

While we fine tune our efforts, I would greatly appreciate if you have any advice or policies to help us.

I am really missing reading all your news, recipes and stories and promise to be over just as soon as the dust has settled here.