Meet the Neighbours is a regular Thursday Coffee Morning, held in the Church Dining Room, a lovely warm space, available to everyone in the area. On the 26th January those attending were treated to a visit by ten Mini Police accompanied by two of the neighbourhood policing team who have been running the group for the last five years.

This is a nationally recognised scheme in cooperation with local schools and, in Peasedown, twenty youngsters aged 9-11 are recruited from Peasedown Primary where, as it’s so popular, an interview process is required.

Each child is given a uniform, training including fire safety and lifesaving skills, using these skills to work towards the Duke of Cornwall’s Home Safety Award.

It gives the youngsters confidence along with enjoyable experiences and teaches them the values of Avon & Somerset Constabulary, learning care for others, courage, inclusivity and teamwork.

The Mini Police are also seen in the community carrying out speed checks in front of the school, litter picking as well as paying visits at several coffee mornings.

Those at Meet the Neighbours were delighted to meet the children who gave them valuable crime reduction advice including giving them some useful items for their protection!

Felicity Taylor