Our Community

Have we lost that community spirit?

Or do we still have the spirit but not the time or the energy?

A community is best defined as a group of people who, regardless of the diversity of their backgrounds, have been able to accept and transcend their differences enabling them to communicate effectively and openly, and to work together toward goals identified as being for their common good. 

At the core of any true community there will always emerge a number of "hubs" that draw members of the community closer together, such as churches, schools, pubs, societies, neighbourhood watch schemes... and of course the Parish Council!  Invariably these groups of people will try to network and improve various aspects of their lives and the environment in which they live.

And as a community these groups can often make huge differences!

In this modern world where many people commute and work long hours, it is often difficult to find the time to become part of the local community.  As a result, a village like ours can become no more than a giant housing estate in a city centre, with little or no input or interaction from the residents as to what they feel about the area in which they live.

But we don't believe it has come to that yet!  We believe the boundaries around our village are worth preserving. We believe it is important to inform everyone of developments and proposals and to ask for feedback and suggestions.  And as a community we should be able to achieve our goals and make Great Wakering and even better place to live!

Crime in Great Wakering

Great Wakering has a low crime rate. Despite a few isolated incidences over the past few years, we are still in a very peaceful and crime free area.

According to the home office, the figures for September 2011 were as follows:

  • 1 burglary
  • 6 anti-social behaviour
  • 3 violent crimes
  • 0 vehicle crimes
  • 0 robberies