An evening to celebrate the recent work of Cheshire Crimebeat was held at Police HQ in Winsford.  Retired Inspector Mark Watson took on the co-ordinator’s role in early 2014 and has already served 4 Cheshire High Sheriffs. He has developed strong links with the Constabulary and Unitary Authorities as well as the numerous agencies supporting young people, together with invaluable support from the Safer Schools and Young Persons Partnership.

So successful has he been that Cheshire

Crimebeat celebrated the funding of its

1,000th project at Constabulary HQ on

25 January 2017.

South Cheshire Amateur Boxing Club were

the recipients of the cheque for the 1,000th


The evening was a great milestone at which our current High Sheriff, Kathy Cowell OBE DL officiated alongside the Lord Lieutenant David Briggs MBE KSt.J (also a past High Sheriff) and the Chief Constable Simon Byrne QPM

ROC Café, Northwich

Monday 13 July 2015
Bill and Mark were welcomed to the ROC Café

by Lawrence Bettany, the National Development

Manager for ROC (Redeeming Our Communities)

and Mike and Glynis Moore from the Connection

Church.  Mike is the Project Leader for the ROC


ROC Café is a multi-agency youth club run by volunteers recruited from the local community, DBS checked, trained and supported by ROC staff; including on-duty police and fire officers assigned by their local commander.  A ROC Café typically provides a range of activities including traditional games such as table tennis, pool, Wii and, in consultation with the young people attending, will also provide other activities such as crafts, cookery, dance, art etc.  Specialist volunteers will visit to talk about issues facing young people, such as drug misuse, legal highs, and sexual health.

ROC Cafés exist in many locations across the UK and play an important role in improving communities by providing long term, sustainable, positive activities for young people which help them grow in confidence, life-skills and self-esteem as well as steering them away from negative behaviour. In Northwich, ROC works in partnership with Cheshire Police, Cheshire Fire & Rescue, Cheshire West & Cheshire Council, Northwich Town Council, Weaver Vale Housing, Connections Church, Vivo Health Care Choices and McDonalds (Northwich).

Locking Stumps Community Primary School:

Sir Thomas Boteler Church of England High School:

High Sheriff’s Cocktail Party

Friday 19 June 2015
On arrival to Abbots Moss Hall guests were greeted by young people from OnSide Youth Zones who escorted them through the beautiful gardens to the magnificent marquee, where Bill & Julie Holroyd and their family warmly welcomed all 240 guests to their home. 

Guests included The Lord-Lieutenant, David Briggs and Michelle Briggs; the Hon Mr Justice Holroyde, Sir Timothy and Lady Miranda; the Lord Mayor of Chester, Hugo & Debs Deynem; High Sheriff of Cumbria, Sam & Judy Rayner; many local MPs and Council Mayors.
The Decibellas Ladies Choir conducted by their Musical Director, Kathleen Ryan and Accompanist, Dave Bird gave a short recital, ending with a rousing sing-a-long melody of songs from Oliver.

The High Sheriff thanked the ladies choir

for entertaining the guests, Out There Events

for creating the amazing marquee and the

Fine Dining Company for providing tasty

refreshments.  Bill made special thanks to everyone

for their support and generous donations that totalled

£28,350 to the three charities: Crimebeat, Cheshire

Community Foundation and Onside Youth Zones. 

A short video was shown about the great work OnSide

are doing in providing excellent safe facilities for young

people to enjoy and how their donation will assist in

creating more youth zones in our community.
The evening was a roaring success and a good time was had by all.

Another project highlighted during the evening was the “Not In Our School” Hate Crime Awards 
Numerous schools in Cheshire entered a competition to design a poster to help prevent hate crime within their school and wider community. Ten winners of the competition attended to collect their prizes. 

South Cheshire ABC Young Boxers Initiative

Monday 13 July 2015
Bill & Mark were welcomed and

shown around the brilliant facilities

of South Cheshire ABC by Nathan

Clarke, owner & head coach and

Chris Morris, volunteer coach.

South Cheshire ABC is much

more than just a boxing gym;

it is a facility in the heart of the community which opens its doors to everyone. It currently has members of all ages, nationalities and social backgrounds. It is a non-profit organisation and is run by qualified volunteer coaches. On limited resources it boasts its own welfare system and works closely with local schools helping to address school children with Anti-social behaviour issues. The pro-boxing coach also visits primary schools teaching respect and discipline to young children in a fun and active way in partnership with Sportscape Leisure.

The initiative’s main aims are:

  • Encourage public involvement and through the community payback scheme assist in the prevention and reduction of crime.
  • Provide education, support and advice on drug and alcohol misuse. This is primarily through the welfare system and practical advice/education.
  • Promote community cohesion through an 'open door policy' which encourages ALL members of the community to attend regardless of gender, age, ethnicity, religious beliefs etc.
  • Encourage ALL young members of the community to participate in sessions regardless of social, financial or general restrictions.

Crimebeat Evening

​25 January 2017

A long with the 1,000th project being celebrated, we also saw the winning schools of the Cheshire Crime Prevention Radio Competition being presented their awards by the High Sheriff Kathy Cowell.

Crime Prevention Radio Competition:

Every school in Cheshire was offered the chance to participate in this competition which was jointly sponsored with the PCC and administered by ucreate.

 Schools were asked to create a 60-second radio broadcast to outline what the issues are in respect of healthy relationships, sexting and New Psychoactive Substances. The advert was asked to include what you can do to avoid them, what help is available if needed etc. The children involved researched the subject in lesson-time, thus educating themselves better and took part in the competition for which there were two prizes (one for primary schools and one for secondary) which were presented at an awards ceremony at the Crimebeat Evening.​

High Sheriff’s Awards

Thursday 17 March 2016

The Pinnacle of Bill’s year as High Sheriff was the pleasure of acknowledging specific individuals and voluntary groups by presenting them with a High Sheriff Award to recognise their valuable services to the community.

Throughout the year Bill had the opportunity to visit a wide variety of charities that left an impression on how those involved had the ability to give of their time voluntarily for the benefit of others.

Bill gave a brief overview on why they deserved recognition before presenting them with a Certificate. 
Amongst those receiving awards where from two Crimebeat Initiatives:

South Cheshire ABC Young Boxers 
Nathan Clarke (owner & coach)
Chris Morris (Volunteer coach)

 Just Drop-in         
Ann Wright (CEO)
Bruce Taylor (Chair of Trustees)

Cheshire crimebeat
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