Appeal for school crossing staff

09:00 25 November 2012

Schools across Exmouth are facing a shortage of lolli-pop people – just as the long winter evenings move in.

Devon County Council is appealing for new school crossing patrol staff at Withycombe, Littleham, and Marpool primary schools, to help pupils get to school safely.

The council says it is unusual to have so many vacancies in the town at once, and new recruits are urgently needed.

Crossing patrol administrator Rodney Webber said: “All these crossings are very important – they all meet our criteria.

“Littleham is a site we really need to cover out on the main road – the children tend to come out of the cul-de-sac where the school is and, if nobody is there, we’ve got a problem.”

Currently the vacancies are being covered by reserve staff - but they cannot be on hand all the time.

All the vacancies are for one-hour a day – half an hour in the morning, and half an hour in the afternoon – and training and uniforms will be provided.

Debbie Townshend, who has been on patrol at Bassetts Farm for 12 years, says the job satisfaction from getting pupils to school safely makes it worth doing, and that it could suit parents as it fits around school hours and holidays.

She said: “People tend to think lollipop people are all retired, but there’s no age limit, as long as you’re fairly fit and prepared to go out in all weathers.

“You know you’re appreciated when you get little thank you cards at the end of term from the children. You know then you’re doing something worthwhile.”

Anyone interested in becoming a lollipop person should contact the council on 01392 382247.


Other News Stories

37 minutes ago

A new charity dedicated to helping suicide bereaved families is now supporting almost 100 people across the county, writes Becca Gliddon.

Read more
Yesterday, 12:30

An Exmouth grandfather, who died last month, has been remembered as a quality house builder, a top class sailor and ‘a very popular man’.

Read more
Yesterday, 06:30

A piece of Exmouth town centre will be turning purple to help the fight to eradicate one of the world’s deadliest diseases.

Read more
Fri, 15:17

Police say they are treating the semi-naked woman shown in a photograph with an Exmouth dinosaur trail model as a victim, because the image was ‘unlawfully accessed’ and shared without permission.

Read more
Fri, 12:30

Television cameras have caught the moment an Exmouth man returned to the armed forces life 10 years after he was discharged.

Read more
Fri, 10:00

Exmouth Police Station is to stay in its current location for the foreseeable feature, after plans for its replacement were delayed.

Read more
Fri, 06:30

Detectives at Exmouth are appealing for information after a home in Budleigh Salterton was burgled and jewellery stolen.

Read more
Thu, 12:30

Exmouth in Bloom has achieved silver gilt status in the national Britain in Bloom competition.

Read more
Thu, 11:30

There’s just a few days to go to Exmouth Means Business – the one-day networking event, aimed at businesses from Exmouth, East Devon and Exeter.

Read more
Thu, 10:05

Now that the ‘September Scramble’ at the start of the new school year is out of the way, here’s something to look forward to for parents and grandparents - Budleigh Big Band Night with AJ’s on Friday, November 4.

Read more

Local Weather

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 8°C

min temp: 7°C

Most Read News

Useful Links

Advertise in the Paper
Submit a Story
Subscriptions Order
Photo Orders
Family notices
Google Plus
Reader Travel

Family Notices 24

Read Online

Read the Exmouth Journal e-edition E-edition

Newsletter Sign Up

Local business directory

Exmouth's trusted business finder


Show Job Lists

Find planning applications