Support for all in town’s centre

Shefford mayor Paul Mackin
Shefford mayor Paul Mackin

Advice and support on a wide variety of issues will be available at a community event tomorrow (Saturday).

Support 4 Shefford will take place as part of the monthly farmers’ market in the town and will see representatives from a range of different organisations offering help at Shefford House.

The offices of Shefford Town Council and the High Street will tomorrow be home to Beds Police, Beds Fire and Rescue Service and volunteers from Speed Watch and Street Watch .

There will also be representatives from the Aragon Housing Association, the Bromford Group, Shefford Town Council and Shefford Churches Together.

The event, which will run from 9am to 1pm, is a joint project from Shefford Town Council and the Shefford Community Safety Group.

It follows similar events that have been held in the town centre previously, where the different organisations have offered help to householders in one location.

Shefford mayor Councillor Paul Mackin said: “We have a close-knit community here in Shefford and as the farmers’ market is always quite popular anyway, we thought it would make sense to run Support 4 Shefford alongside it.

“The different organisations will be based in and around Shefford House and in the High Street, and there will also be refreshments.”

Many well-known figures in Shefford community life will be taking part in the event.

Representatives will include PCSOs Gill Richardson and Roger Williams from Beds Police and Dave Bland from Shefford Fire Station.

Accompanying them will be Shefford Street Watch co-ordinator Phil Howard, Hugh Blackwood from Speed Watch and Kay Fariss from the Shefford Neighbourhood Watch group.

Nicola King, youth worker at the Aragon Housing Association, is also expected to attend along with members of Churches Together, the Shefford Community Safety Group and town councillors.

Mr Mackin is pleased that the event will offer a one-stop service to people living in the town.

He added: “As well as talking to the PCSOs or representatives from Aragon, for example people can also find out about groups like Speed Watch and Street Watch and what is involved.

“These kind of groups are always looking for new members and events like Support 4 Shefford give people an opportunity to find out how they can sign up.”