New logo to help raise profile of NAG group in Banbury

Banbury and Bicester College student Jamie Simmons, middle left, with Steve Kilsby, chairman of the Banbury NAG group and other representatives. NNL-150827-170605001
Banbury and Bicester College student Jamie Simmons, middle left, with Steve Kilsby, chairman of the Banbury NAG group and other representatives. NNL-150827-170605001

Banbury’s Neighbourhood Action Group will look to be more prominent in the town following the launch of its new logo.

Members of the group asked for the help of Banbury and Bicester College student Jamie Simmons, who designed the colourful logo to help the group spread more awareness in the town.

The 24-year-old creative arts and design practice student, who lives in Eynsham, then met group representatives, PCSOs and Cherwell street wardens last Thursday to present them with the finished product.

Mr Simmons said: “I researched the work of Neighbourhood Action Groups around the country, and then put together a series of potential logos. My brief was to move away from ‘police type colours’, and so I used elements of the townscape and of the issues which NAGs deal with, in order to produce my final design.

“I used a hand in the logo because there are so many different partnership who support the NAG and hopefully this will help identify them in Banbury and give it more awareness. ”

The Banbury Neighbourhood Action Group exists to enable businesses and organisations based in the town to work with the police to ensure a safer, cleaner and a crime free town.

Banbury town councillor Steve Kilsby , chairman of Banbury NAG group, said: “Jamie has been a pleasure to work with and met the fairly tight deadlines we set, yet he has produced a fabulous creative work that properly represents what the NAG is about.

“We really want to start doing more fundraising initiatives in the future.

“It is great that we have now got a logo to help the group have a bit more presence. It is there for people who have any concerns about anything in their neighbourhood.”

Local priorities by the Banbury Town Neighbourhood Team include burglary, metal thefts, violent crime in association with drunkenness and anti social behaviour.

Mr Simmons added that despite not being from Banbury he enjoyed getting to know the different groups in the town that work to make it safer for all to enjoy.

He said: It was really nice getting to experience Banbury as it is a bit far from Eynsham. In my research I found there are very few if any NAG groups in the country with a logo so this could be the first one. I think it is important because it means people can see what the NAG group represents and how they want to make it a safer town for everyone.”