Good neighbour wins award for his effortsBy Laura Nightingale
December 13, 2012
YATELEY Neighbourhood Watch chairman Wally Seymour has been presented with an award after being selected from thousands of nominees for his outstanding volunteering work.
Mr Seymour has run the community watch scheme, which looks out for the safety of local residents, for six years and was recognised nationally through the Diamond Champions award.
The 83-year-old was chosen from more than 4,500 nominees to become one of 60 regional diamond champions and picked up a specially designed pin at a ceremony in Bristol in October.
Mr Seymour received a letter from assistant chief constable David Pryde on behalf of Hampshire Constabulary thanking him for his efforts over the years.
“I am very proud to have got the award,” Mr Seymour said. "We travelled up to Bristol for the ceremony and enjoyed a buffet afternoon tea afterwards.
“I was in tears when I found out and since then my wife has framed the certificate and put it on the wall in our home.
“But it is the enthusiasm of all those on the committee and all those people who come to our meetings who should be thanked.
“It is their award too.”
Mr Seymour was nominated by the secretary of Yateley Neighbourhood Watch and the president of Hampshire Neighbourhood Watch.
His certificate is signed by Prince Charles and Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall.