Balcombe Neighbourhood Watch

Neighbourhood Watch is the largest crime prevention movement in the country with 2.3 million households as members.

Its aim is to bring neighbours together to create strong, friendly, active communities where crime and anti-social behaviour are less likely to happen.  The vision is of a caring society that is focused on trust and respect in which people are safe from crime and enjoy a good quality of life.  Neighbourhood Watch is about making sure that fewer people feel afraid, vulnerable or isolated in the place where they live.

Although Balcombe is relatively low in crime incidents we have had a spat of graffiti vandalism, shop lifting, valuables stolen from cars, house break-ins with cash and jewellery taken.  This is upsetting for all.  Such crimes must be reported to the police and let your co-ordinator know so we can warn residents of Balcombe.  You can report to the police by phoning 101 or emailing or going on to the Sussex police website where there is a crime reporting link.

Do you know your Neighbourhood Watch Co-ordinator?

In Balcombe we have 23 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 will do this via email alerts.
  • 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 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 if your area still has a vacancy.

We are never going to be able to stop crime completely but we all have a role in keeping an eye on our neighbours’ well-being, checking those who are vulnerable, being on the look out for windows that are left open or any suspicious behaviours and doing all we can to ensure our homes and families are protected from crime.

Take care and keep safe.

Julie Mitchell
01444 819262

List of current NHW coordinators as at March 2020

Julie Mitchell01444 819262Click to emailBalcombe NHW Coordinator
Carolyn Robertson01444 811732
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
David Earl01444 811921Click to emailHigh Street
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