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Crime Update Wednesday 1st March 2017 - Maidenhead

Alert message sent 01/03/2017 15:54:00

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This message is dated Wednesday 1st March 2017 for Maidenhead.
Last October, I submitted a bid under the ‘Army Covenant’ for funding to enable us to run four ‘Food Academy’ courses across the Broom Farm Estate and Dedworth and today, I received confirmation that our bid was successful and full funding for them has been agreed.  Let me explain what the course is about and why I am mentioning it to you – I need, your involvement and support.
We take 12 ‘challenging’ / under-performing young people – girls and boys and organise a ‘cooking course’ for them.  Names of attendees, are recommended by us, the RBWM Community Wardens, Schools, Social and Youth Services, the Youth Offending Team and other partners.
Session 1.  Discipline.  Laying down the rules !  They will be handling hot and heavy pans, knives and other dangerous utensils, so immediate obedience to discipline, is absolutely essential.  Teamwork.  To prepare, cook a meal and then clean up afterwards in a kitchen, requires teamwork.  These two elements, are the basis of the course and is often quite alien, to the young people chosen.  It is a hard lesson for them to learn, BUT, what we have found in the past, is that these young people have had very little success in their lives, despite a lot of external support.  They may well simply, not be academic and failed in a school environment.  During the course, they are using different skills, manual and planning skills – which they appear to have in abundance.  We have found we need to make sure they achieve ‘a personal success’ in week one, so it is bread making - from scratch.  None of them have made bread, nor understand the process, but we have found, these young people are good at it !  To them, the process is like magic and instantly, they become involved and their attention engaged.  Then after the baking, they are absolutely amazed, that they, have created something brilliant and they actually receive praise and encouragement, not only from the course chef, but also from each other – they bond – teamwork – Job 1 complete.  There is an added benefit.  They take the bread home for their family to eat.  Again, often the first time, the family have had a ‘benefit’ from that particular individual – Job 2 complete, we involve the sometimes very dysfunctional family.
Session 2.  Menu planning and creation of a ‘starter’.  We have to keep up the momentum and involvement, so soups and other simple creations involving fresh nutritious foods – again something about which they have little knowledge.  By now, they are fully engaged and help and encourage each other, without being asked.  Families wait expectantly at home, for that days creation and again, sometimes for the first time, all sit down together to eat.  The young person is now receiving a positive response to their behaviour, rather than the continual negative feedback, they have received in the past.
The course goes through 6 more sessions, dealing with main courses, deserts and more detailed menu planning and nutrition.  Each week, they become more skilled and engaged.
The final session, is a VIP banquet for 50.  The attendees have to sit down and plan a menu, consisting of canapes, starter, main course and desert.  They have to cost it all out, organise the purchase, prepare it all and then have it served to VIPs, including the Mayor (invite will go out as soon as we have a date) Local Police Area Commander Supt Bhupinder Rai, The PCC Anthony Stansfeld, the Chief Constable Francis Habgood, ACC John Campbell, local Councillors, partners, parents and friends.  We recruit other young people from local schools, to attend as waiters and waitresses and we are grateful to several local restaurants, who train them in Silver Service !
What help do I need ?

  1.  Are you, or have you been a chef / cook and are willing to become involved with this brilliant award winning initiative ?  We need all the help we can get and we want it to involve the community and our partners.  At one of the ‘Men’s Matters’ meetings (Community Group for men over 50 who live in the Borough) one of the men said he had been a baker all his life – I will be making contact with him !  The food we prepare on the course, is not ‘haute cuisine’, but is tailor made for the community the course serves – good, real, wholesome family, nutritious food.
  2. At each session, I wold like anyone who has useful experience for these young people, to attend, work alongside them and act as possible ‘Mentors’.  This is usually something that has been totally absent from their lives.  Hopefully this will be members of the community, who will then understand why these young people have been challenging, understand them and their issues better and start to take that back and assist their own communities, to make them better
  3. Councillors, business people, chefs, restaurant owners / companies with canteens, who again can work with these kids and see that perhaps they do have something to offer.  They may not be further education material, but with advice and guidance, they will actually make brilliant employees – possible jobs for them !
Many of them from previous courses, have gone on to do catering courses, got jobs in restaurants, catering outlets – or joined the Army !
If you think you can assist in any of the above capacities, can you email me at my police email below ?  This is a series of four Academies for Dedworth / Broom Farm, but we are in the planning process for another to be held shortly in Datchet. – So….we need your help.
NEXT a message from John re Call Blocker Phones:
Hi Jeff
Regarding telephone call blockers, BT have a new offering called “Call Protect”.  You need to be  a BT customer, so far it is a free service ��.
I signed up for it a month ago and it has reduced the number of unidentified calls (I have caller-id) from daily to weekly.
It works by BT blocking numbers which are obviously high volume nuisance callers, it is also user customisable.  You don’t have to have the 1571 service to go with it.
Best Wishes
My grateful thanks John
JUST AS A WARNING.  On the 28th February an aggrieved left their wallet in a retail outlet.  He did not miss it at first, but then found someone had used it to spend over £1,000.  These cards can really be abused and everyone really needs to keep them, very safe, at all times.
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28/2  Tuesday 3 p.m. / 3.30 p.m.  Fotherby Court.  House on the edge of the estate – burglary.  The aggrieved heard a noise and then someone walking up the stairs.  A man opened the door and looked in, then immediately closed the door and made off.  Access had been gained through a forced rear window and a laptop stolen
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28/2  Tuesday 3.50 p.m.  Station Road, Cookham.  A white Transit pulled up outside a house and stole tools and scrap metals from a front garden.
27/2 – 28/2  Monday 6 p.m. / Tuesday 7 a.m.  Farm, Grange Road, Cookham.  Overnight, thieves have syphoned the fuel from all the machinery on site.  A filter underneath a Dumper truck has been smashed to access the fuel pipe.
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28/2  Tuesday 4.50 p.m.  Alpine Close.  Burglary.  The owner returned home but was not able to get in as the door was locked from the inside.  Suspecting a burglary, she immediately phoned the police.  She entered via the conservatory and found an untidy search of the whole house.  Entry had been gained via a forced rear window, using a garden spade, taken from a garden shed which had been left open.  A golf club was found in an upstairs bedroom.  ‘Frozen’ moneybox, Sony PlayStation X2 and cash stolen.
28/2 – 1/3  Tuesday 7 p.m. / Wednesday 7 a.m.  Farm, Howe Lane, Paley Street.  Keypad to 3 electric gates smashed to gain access.  Padlocks on cabins damaged.  No entry gained.
I have had this in from Any Aldridge one of our Senior RBWM Community Wardens:-
Hi Jeff,
This is the information I mentioned, which we would like to be circulated to all RBWM residents. There is a new way for residents to contact the Borough and track any issues. I hope this makes sense but if you require any further information please let me know and thank you.
Sign up for “My Account” and keep in touch with the Royal Borough, report any problems and monitor the progress of your cases. Click here to register:
Kind regards
I have attached a postcard and a poster outlining the process.
NEXT – more volunteering opportunities
Volunteer now!
If you have some free time on your hands we have lots more opportunities for you to
volunteer in the Royal Borough.
Have a look at our website at
Please see the attached fliers.
I have a lot of Scam stuff to add from Members, but I feel this is enough information for one message
Eyes and ears.....................and brain

Message sent by
Jeffrey Pick (Police, NHW & Community Msg Co-ordinator, Windsor & Maidenhead LPA)
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My Account - Register card 06-02-17.pdf267.6 KB
My Account - Register poster 06-02-17.pdf279.5 KB
Volunteer Opportunities Poster March 2017.docx503.4 KB
Volunteer Surgery Poster March 2017.pdf609.5 KB

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