The Licensees of Wokingham came together at the Gig House earlier this week to re-launch Pubwatch. Their first meeting in over two years since the Covid Pandemic began. Fourteen venues from the town centre and surrounding areas attended the meeting with representatives from Thames Valley Police and Wokingham Borough Council present.
The main agenda items discussed were the Ask for Angela campaign, the training video on helping vulnerable people provided online by National Pubwatch and exploring the options to re-introduce Street Pastors to the area.
Licensees received a briefing on the Jubilee Celebration extensions and the recent changes in legislation regarding Temporary Events Notices.
Members welcomed the police licensing officer Gary Clarke from Thames Valley Police, who gave a presentation on the revised Drugs and Weapons Seizure protocols.
Discussions took place about using the DISC Pubwatch secure website to process details of individuals who had caused disorder in the pubs and bars in the area and had been banned from all the pubs in the area.
Bill Donne, who chaired the meeting said that the reinstatement of regular monthly pubwatch events will contribute to operators of licensed premises working closely with the Police and the Council to agree a strategy for the Evening and Night Time Economy.