Minster-on-Sea Parish Council believes that since the Kent Community Warden Scheme was introduced, it has proved invaluable with wardens like Vivien Hickmott and her predecessors Cheryl Hendrie, Faye Mahoney, and Jan Milgate to name but a few, all playing their part in making Minster-on-Sea a better place to live and work in.
It is reminded of several examples of the excellent work undertaken by these individuals. One involved Jan Milgate’s efforts to help Minster’s first community centre which is now a registered charity in New Road obtain a £10k grant from Kent County Council. This paid for that facility to be fully furnished and equipped to provide a youth facility among other services, none of which could have been achieved without the help and guidance of that warden and of course Kent County Council’s backing.
Minster’s current warden Vivien Hickmott also works extremely hard. She has gained the trust and respect of the community she serves and the organisations she works with, all of whom are very impressed by her hard work and due diligence.
The Parish Council believes Kent County Council has trained these individuals to a very high standard and they are using their skills well. They are placed in the ideal position working at grassroots level in the community which makes them invaluable in detecting problems at an early stage before they had time to escalate and enables them to work effectively with partnerships such as Kent Police, Amicus Horizon and others to resolve matters quickly. They also provide an important visible uniformed presence on the streets during these times when resources are becoming increasingly stretched and they are regarded as focal points in the communities they serve. They engage with the young, elderly and vulnerable in activities such as youth clubs and sporting events, coffee mornings and advice surgeries and if they don’t know the answer to a query, they often know someone who does which demonstrates why this service is so important.
The Parish Council strongly believes that individuals like Vivien who probably represents one of the top two of our most called upon agencies [the other is Kent Police] play an important role in the success of those organisations. Vivien has shown a real commitment to going the extra mile in fulfilling her duties to the public. This is why Minster-on-Sea’s Annual Parish Meeting in May this year provided the ideal opportunity for the Parish Council to thank Vivien in person. There, she was presented with a Certificate of Appreciation by the Chairman Ken Ingleton in recognition of her hard work in the community.
Photo shows Kent Community Warden Viv Hickmott accepting her award from Chairman Ken Ingleton watched by Trish Codrington, Parish Clerk.