Ken Bostock sadly passed away on 6th July 2020 as a result of contracting Covid-19. He will be enormously missed.
Ken volunteered for Neighbourhood Watch as a coordinator in 1986, when he and his friend Albert Ball went to the NEC to set up Neighbourhood Watch in Derbyshire as it was just starting nationally. He worked as a Divisional committee member until his seventies and has been the Vice Chair of Ilkeston Support Group for all these years.
To start NW schemes he has knocked on thousands of doors and explained the benefits to many people throughout Ilkeston and the surrounding villages, giving crime prevention advice and providing crime deterrents to countless of us.
He manned stalls and supported many events, such as the West Hallam Well Dressings, the Stanley Carnival, Locko Park events, Ilkeston Market stalls and many more, all for Neighbourhood Watch. He was proud of his long service Awards received at Neighbourhood Watch ceremonies in the Police HQ.
Ken was also on the Erewash Crime Prevention Panel which began in the 1980s and provided such things as locks for victims of domestic violence, door spy holes for the elderly and other individual security fixings. They set up a Youth Panel in Sandiacre and they made a film with young people. The Panel also held stalls at local events, such as Long Eaton Carnival, where Ken could distribute crime-prevention items and advice.
A founder operator of CCTV cameras at Ilkeston Police Station for well over 28 years Ken and other operators he recruited received a Mayor’s Award in 2019. He was a familiar face at the station to successive officers over the years, distributing sweets and jokes in equal measure wherever he went. He always tried to lift their spirits if they were having a difficult day and will be greatly missed by the CCTV team.
I have known Ken for nearly twenty years and was a firm family friend. He and I have worked together on various committees and he was extremely supportive towards both me and the Police. He was very popular and well-liked; he always saw the best in people and they responded to that. He never had a bad word to say about anybody and was an exemplary advocate of support within local communities.
I consider myself blessed to have known him.
Gill Riley, Chair Ilkeston Support Group, 10/07/2020