Balcombe Neighbourhood Watch

We live in a tight knit community where news of crime incidents travels swiftly by word of mouth, through the Balcombe Community Facebook site, the Balcombe Community website and the Village Magazine. 

Neighbourhood Watch is a National organisation (www.ourwatch.org.uk) well respected by the Police and some Home Insurance Companies.  We also have a role in cascading information to our neighbours..Here is Balcombe we have 22 co-ordinators who cover areas/streets in the village. Their role is:

  • To be the point of contact for their neighbours.
  • To keep neighbours informed of any local crimes or concerns – most co-ordinators cascade information either by word of mouth or through email.
  • To report any incidents to other co-ordinators so this information can be distributed across the village.
  • To be a link with the Community Police.
  • To raise awareness of safety measures that can be taken to reduce crime.

Do you know who your co-ordinator is? 

Do they have your email address so you can be forewarned of any village incidents? 

Check out the Balcombe Village Website for details of your co-ordinator and contact me on 01444 819262 if your area still has a vacancy.


We do not have a Facebook page as I believe it is better to have one place to find local information and this is already provided successfully by the Balcombe Community Facebook which villagers already use to report incidents and crimes. 

Please remember that Facebook is not the best vehicle for crime reporting…..whilst social media can be effective in spreading news it is important the crime is reported directly to the Police.  If you see something on Facebook, reply “ Report this # Sussex Police” which will trigger the correct response.

If there is immediate danger, do not hesitate, phone 999.  Crime/Incident Reports can be made on-line through www.sussex.police.uk/report  For non-emergency reporting you can still phone 101.  Action is triggered by the quantity of reports received from an area so it is always good to report as it will put Balcombe on the map.  Alternatively you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111, or online at www.crimestoppers-uk.org

Please also inform your NHW Co-ordinator so information can be cascaded across the NHW Scheme that operates in the village.  We cannot eliminate crime completely but greater awareness will help the community become more observant and safety conscious.

Take care and keep safe.

Julie Mitchell

01444 819262  oldgilletts@hotmail.co.uk

List of current NHW coordinators as at March 2020

NamePhoneEmailStreet/Area
Julie Mitchell01444 819262Click to emailBalcombe NHW Coordinator
Carolyn Robertson01444 811732
07710407577
Click to emailStockcroft Rd
Pauline Lidbury01444 819209 Click to emailStockcroft Rd — from Victoria Road to village centre
Lisa Greer07801 868233Click to emailStockcroft Rd (houses along track behind the Victory Hall)
Glenda Thomson01444 811462 Click to emailHaywards Heath Rd — from Truncheons & Old Dairy to Deanland Rd junction
Paul Mitchell01444 819262Click to emailHaywards Heath Rd – Deanland Rd to Meadow Close and Mill Lane
Alison Musker01444 811685Click to emailPaddockhurst Lane
Sally & Derek Dowsett01444 811898Click to emailHaywards Heath Rd – from Combers to pavement end
Andrew Edmondson01444 811413Click to emailStumblemead + Standing in for Oldlands Ave from Stumblemead to Haywards Heath Rd
Richard Contreras01444 811626
07930 288250
Click to emailOldlands Ave – from Stumblemead to Jobes
Clive Sparke01444 811457Click to emailJobes
Sue Roberts01444 819072
07504 679404
Click to emailNewlands
Mike Chettleburgh07785 557070Click to emailThe Nurseries
John Pierpoint01444 811454Click to emailDeanland Rd – north from Haywards Heath to Victoria Rd plus Victoria Rd (see below)
Julia Wilson01444 811304Click to emailTroymede
Ron Parker01444 811781Click to emailStockcroft Rd — from Victoria Rd to Oldlands Ave
Volunteer NeededLondon Road
Sue Dowdall01444 400519Click to emailRedbridge Lane
Linda & George Short01444 811667Click to emailBramblemead
Aubbrhea Seymour01444 811493Click to emailBramble Hill from Half Moon to London Road
Johnnie McDougall01444 811493Click to emailFoxwells
Suzi Jacobs01444 811292Click to emailDeanland Road from Victoria Road to Oldlands Avenue
Volunteer Needed Village Centre from pub and shop inc Lakeview Cottages
Volunteer NeededGlebe View
Volunteer NeededRocks Lane
Volunteer NeededBarnmeadow
Volunteer Needed West up
Volunteer Needed Glebe
Volunteer Needed Combers
Volunteer Needed Meadow Close
Volunteer Needed Victoria Road
Volunteer Needed Brantridge Lane to Whitethroat Lane
Volunteer Needed Oldlands Avenue from Haywards Heath Rd to Stumblemead

If you live in an area where a volunteer is needed, please contact Julie Mitchell – details at top of this table