Fraserburgh Junior Wardens excel in their community role

The Junior Wardens with their certificate along with Inspector Esson and the Community Wardens
The Junior Wardens with their certificate along with Inspector Esson and the Community Wardens

Pupils from almost every school in Fraserburgh and beyond took part in the latest Junior Warden scheme.

A specialp resentation was held at Fraserbrugh Police Office on Saturday for the 18 children who completed the initiative and took part in a various community based activities.

Now in its third year, the scheme has provided the youngsters with some fantastic activities during their summer holidays.

Running from July 5-9, the scheme saw the Junior Wardens seeing firsthand some of the hard work and dedication which goes into the working of the emergency services and some of the areas they cover.

The scheme was run by Community Wardens Malcolm Hogg, Sandy Hewett, Cathy Massie and Ian Kennedy, who educated the children on various aspects of crime, anti-social behaviour and the emergency services.

They talked about problems such as vandalism and littering and the effect this has on the local community.

Speaking on the opening day of the scheme, Broch warden Malcolm Hogg joked with the parents: “The children will get to see how the police work. They will get the chance to go ride around in the police car. ... something I’m sure most of you will know the back of if you have been caught speeding! They will also get a chance to put the police lights on.”

The scheme saw the children being given a tour of the police station on the opening day, which included a tour of the cell block and being shown some of the police procedures.

The children also had a visit by the Grampian Police Wildlife Officer, a tour of the Lifeboat Station and Lifeboat, a visit to the Fire Station as well as visiting Fraserburgh Lighthouse and Museum.

It was not all about the emergency services, of course, as the children were given information and workshops on other areas such as healthy eating and personal presentation skills.

Sandy and Malcolm told the Herald: “We would like to thank Scotmid, G4S, Total and Fraserburgh Community Safety Group for sponsoring the scheme and also a thank you to Lifeshapers who provided a fantastic lunch everyday.

“We would also like to thank the services who have made this week fly by - the RNLI and the Fire Brigade. This scheme gives a great sense of community to the children and a chance to participate in activities that they might not have had an opportunity to do before.”

The four-day event was rounded off with a Junior Warden presentation at the Fraserburgh Police Station on Saturday which was attended by parents, guardians, grandparents and siblings. Guests were welcomed to the event by the Junior Wardens and was followed by a brief talk by one of the Junior Wardens about their experience this week and what they havd achieved.