Protect kids by becoming school-crossing guards

SAFETY-conscious residents in Hucknall are being urged to help protect hundreds of primary-school children by becoming crossing guards.

School crossing patrols, more commonly known as the lollipop man or lady, provide a safer crossing place for parents, children and other people to cross the road on school journeys.

They are primarily provided for children aged between five and 11 and are a familiar face at schools faced with busy roads.

Now Notts County Council is recruiting for patrols at some of its 142 sites around the county — with one of its longest serving guards urging anyone interested to have a go.

Audrey Hopcroft has recently hung up her lollipop after 25 years of helping children cross the road at Round Hill Primary School in Beeston.

“I’ve loved every minute of it,” she said. “When the children come down in the morning they’re so happy and chatty — it really boosts your day.”

And Coun Richard Jackson (Con), the county council’s lead member for transport and highways, added: “Our crossing patrols perform a vital and much-valued service, ensuring that thousands of the county’s schoolchildren cross to and from school in safety each day.

“Anyone looking to follow Audrey’s example should get in touch with the county council as we are always looking to recruit new patrols.”

People aged 18 or over, and who are in good health, can apply for a job in the county council’s school crossing patrol team.

Relief patrols are also needed to provide cover when regular patrols are off work. This may suit people who only want occasional work.

Anyone interested in applying to become a school crossing patrol should call 0115 877 4373.