Mid Sussex Neighbourhood Watch in conjunction with Hassocks Neighbourhood Watch present:
Watch Out, the Mid Sussex Neighbourhood Watch newsletter has now ceased publication.
For the past 10 years or so Mid Sussex Neighbourhood Watch has published some 14,000 copies of the Watch Out newsletter several times each year and distributed to NHW scheme member households across the district. In its earlier days the cost has been met by annual grants from Mid Sussex Crime and Disorder Partnership and later from Mid Sussex District Council. The grant offered for the next 12 months has been significantly cut and would not meet the cost of even one edition. So regrettably publication has now ceased after 30 issues.
Thanks are due to those who have helped in the preparation of the newsletter. In particular to Neville Way who got it underway, Jennie Lisney who acted as Editor for several years, and Mike Potter and Mike Cheetham for proof reading. Also thanks to the many NHW coordinators and PCSOs who assisted with distribution.
The decision to reduce the grant was apparently made as it was considered by the MSDC Committee that there were other more cost-effective ways of providing information and advice to a wider community than that provided by Watch Out. You may know that the newsletter has been published on this website since 2006 and also been available on other sites as well as within email messages to some people or groups, so it did have quite a wide circulation.
It remains to be seen if some other way of providing a cheaper alternative can be arranged and financed.
Geoff Coe, MSNHWA liaison officer, October 2011
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