Willingdon Residents Association meeting

Willingdon Residents’ Association held its general meeting last week.

Speaking on behalf of PCSO Ali Beaden, Chairman of Willingdon Residents’ Association (WILLRA), John Pritchett, gave an update on crime at the meeting held at Trinity Church Hall, and reassured residents that it remains ‘very low’ in the village.

The meeting also heard from the association treasurer Richard Nunney, who explained where the money raised by the association was going. A spokesman said: “WILLRA are very proud of their record of ploughing as much money as possible back into our local community and over the last year have been pleased to sponsor some worthy causes, including the JPK Project, the Scouts and Guides, the Music in the Park event, Willingdon and Jevington in Bloom, Youth Club ABLAZE, and Willingdon pre-school nursery and the Friends of Willingdon Primary School.”

Membership Secretary Denis Langford reported on the number of members the association has. The association is encouraging people to join. It is £1 per family, per year to join.

A spokesman said: “We do not spend an enormous sum on our twice yearly newsletters, taking the view money is better spent on helping with local projects wherever and whenever we can. The association were encouraged by a comment from the audience that when our Green Newsletter drops through their letterbox, they know it is not junk mail but a useful publication which outlines what has been going on in Willingdon, together with useful contact numbers.”

Speaker David Jones also gave a powerpoint presentation about the history of the Bluebell railway at the meeting.