LOCAL POLICE CRIME UPDATE.

Burglary Residential: None

Burglary Business/Community:

Overnight on 12 July another attempt by an unknown offender to enter Penstone Vets on Burnham High Street. Part of the security door was kicked in, but it held firm preventing entry. Nothing was taken. Enquiries are ongoing.

Overnight on 12 July an unknown offender has gained entry to a garage on Jennery Lane, a bike was stolen.

Between 11 and 13 July a communal shed was broken into at Seer Green House, Jennery Lane. The door was forced and the offender attempted to remove a buggy scooter, however, failed but damaged it in the process. A hose reel was taken.

Theft From Motor Vehicle: None

If you see anything suspicious please contact the police via the 24 hour non-emergency and general enquiry number 101. Alternatively if you wish to provide information to the police anonymously then please call Crime Stoppers on 0800 555 111


GOLFERS ESPECIALLY - KEEP A LOOK OUT PLEASE !

THEFT of 3 GOLF BUGGIES from WEXHAM PARK GOLF CENTRE - Tuesday, 17 JULY

Wexham Park Golf Centre had 3 brand new petrol Golf Buggies stolen on Tuesday, 17 JULY 2018 at 10.27pm.

Via CCTV we can see 2 hooded young men taking the buggies from the lock up area. We believe they then took them across the course to the 17th tee, cut the barbed wire across the ditch and make escape via the ditch onto the pathway leading into Black Park.

These buggies are green, logo’d with Wexham Park Golf Centre and each have unique serials numbers. If anyone is offered one for sale or saw any activity around 10.30-10.45pm in the Rowley Lane area of Black Park (by the gates) please contact Sharon SAMUEL or Adam STACEY at the Golf Club.

Sharon SAMUEL

General Manager

Wexham Park Golf Centre

T : 01753 - 663271 option 5

E : gm@wexhamparkgolfcentre.co.uk

SLIME

We have serious safety concerns over a toy craze that’s sweeping the nation. Slime.
Kids love slime but we’re warning parents to approach it with caution after our investigation found potentially unsafe levels of a chemical in some products.
We tested 11 children's slimes and found that eight exceeded the limits for boron (the chemical element that helps to create its stickiness) specified in the EU safety standard. The worst had four times the limit!
Exposure to excessive levels of boron could cause irritation, diarrhoea, vomiting and cramps in the short term. According to the European Commission, exposure to very high levels of boron may also impair fertility and could cause harm to an unborn child in pregnant women.
Find out which slimes were over the EU safety limit and share our warning on Facebook.

Watch out for slime

Don’t have Facebook? Read more about our investigation and forward the below email to your friends and family.
Best wishes,
Which? campaigns team

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Hi -
A Which? Investigation has found potentially unsafe chemical levels in numerous children's slime products.
It tested 11 children's slimes and found that eight exceeded the limits for boron (the chemical element that helps to create its stickiness) specified in the EU safety standard. The worst had four times the limit!
Exposure to excessive levels of boron could cause irritation, diarrhoea, vomiting and cramps in the short term. According to the European Commission, exposure to very high levels of boron may also impair fertility and could cause harm to an unborn child in pregnant women.
Read Which?'s news story to check which slime was over the EU safety limit.
This sweet affectionate cat has been found on Milner Road and is being fed by a caring neighbour. If you know who she belongs to, please mail me at miriamhennah@talktalk.net.

(Apologies for the sideways photo but practicising Yoga is good for your health !! W.)
PROPOSED LIFT INSTALLATION AT BURNHAM STATION

Thanks to Councillor Jackie Slater for sharing this information:

Dear Cllr Slater,

Further to our conversation yesterday, it appears that the opening of the lift at Burnham station was originally delayed due to an issue over lift remote monitoring between GWR and MTR (the new station operator) during the station transition in December 2017. I’m told that this issue has now been resolved, but that the opening is now awaiting the resolution of a water ingress issue with the lift shaft which was discovered during the sign-off process.

Network Rail are working to resolve this outstanding issue and we believe as of next week (w/c 23rd July) it will have been rectified.

As both factors were potential safety issues to the users of the lift, the opening and use of the lift was delayed. It is anticipated that the lift will be able to come into use in the next few weeks. I’ll don’t have a specific date but will follow-up with you as soon as I receive one.

I hope that helps.

Best wishes,
Hannah Lane
Communications Manager Crossrail
Network Rail

T 07730 361453
E hannah.lane@networkrail.co.uk
Enterprise House | 167-169 Westbourne Terrace | London | W2

CLEANING UP BURNHAM

Councillor Paula Prince has started a great campaign to encourage local people to get Burnham free of litter with her "Clean Up" initiative so I'm pleased to include this message from her. Please join in if you can, and bring your children along too. It will encourage them to act responsibly as they grow older. None of us like to see our public places full of litter and seeing a good public response might even shame those who throw away their rubbish so thoughtlessly..

Wednesday 25th July sees the launch of the ‘Clean up Team’ to do a litter picking session from 1pm-2.30pm meeting at Burnham Park Hall Reception. All equipment will be provided. All ages are welcome although children will need to be supervised by a parent or responsible adult. Please wear sensible footwear e.g. trainers not sandals. A health and safety brief will be gone through at the start of each session. The sessions will be run every other Wednesday until further notice.

Wednesday 25th July

Wednesday 1st August

Wednesday 8th August

Wednesday 15th August

Wednesday 22nd August etc...

It would be great to see as many people as possible and we will be concentrating on the litter hotspots in Burnham. This would be a great opportunity to meet new people, get the kids out of the house, get some exercise and prove what a fantastic Community Burnham is.

I look forward to seeing you all on Wednesday.

Councillor Paula Prince

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LENT RISE SCHOOL HAVE THE FOLLOWING VACANCY

Midday Supervisor

Salary: £15,107 per annum pro rata (actual salary £3,801 per annum)

Hours: 11.25 hours a week 11.30 am – 1.45 pm, 38 weeks a year, term time only (excluding INSET days). Required September 2018.

Lent Rise School, Coulson Way, Burnham, SL1 7NP Tel: 01628 662913 office@lentrise.bucks.sch.uk

Closing Date: Thursday 2nd August 9am.

Interviews to be held during week commencing Monday 13th August.

We are looking for someone who is caring and a good team player. Duties include:

Supervising children at lunchtime ensuring safety and good manners and encouraging play

Setting out and putting away tables and chairs and ensuring that the area is left clean after lunch

Setting out equipment ready for children to select choices

Supervising pupils eating meals

Setting out and supervision of outside games

Supporting children’s wellbeing and social development

Administering basic First Aid when necessary

Engaging in relevant training to support role.

We are committed to the safeguarding and welfare of children. This position is subject to enhanced DBS clearance.

For an application pack please visit the school website: www.lentriseschool.co.uk or contact the school office.

CLASSIC CARS, BICYCLES and FIRE ENGINES at CHILTERN OPEN AIR MUSEUM this COMING WEEKEND


If you’re a classic vehicle enthusiast you can admire an amazing collection of classic cars, motorcycles and bicycles at Chiltern Open Air Museum’s annual Classic Vehicle Show on 21 and 22 JULY 2018. Local clubs and private vehicle owners will be bringing along their gleaming, lovingly-maintained vehicles to be proudly displayed amongst the Museum’s historic buildings.

Operations Manager Lizzie DUNFORD said, “This is always a superb event, the owners of these classics are so passionate about them and love talking and sharing motoring nostalgia with the Museum’s visitors.”
If you own a classic vehicle, bring it along for a spin – there’s no need to pre-book, you can simply turn up on the day. For further details visit www.coam.org.uk
Chiltern Open Air Museum, Newland Park, Gorelands Lane, Chalfont St Giles, Bucks, HP 8 4 AB
T : 01494 - 871117
Follow us on Twitter: www.twitter.com/chilternoam
Like us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/chilternopenairmuseumevents

Chiltern Open Air Museum is a registered charity (no. 272381) inspiring present and future generations with stories of Chilterns historic buildings, people and places.
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Amazing Summer Adventures!

New Water Play, Themed Shows and Stacks of Fun to Discover this Summer!

From 21st July to 2nd September, the Oddsocks Family have brought with them exciting themed shows to discover, with legendary friends to meet and arts, crafts and Summer-time games abound!

Combined with Acres of Adventure Play, new Mini Land Rovers and plenty of Cute Animals - including piglets and baby donkeys - you won't want to miss it! Find out more...

New Water Play Area, H2Odds, is NOW OPEN!*
Our bespoke and unique water play area features over 500m2 of pumps, channels, rivulets, wheels and gates.
The best in social and engaging play - prepare to get wet and experience H2Odds in action!**
Find out more...
Daily Themed Shows!
Knights & Princesses of Oddslandium
  • •21st–29th July
  • •6th–12th August
  • •20th–26th August


Pirates of Oddsocks Cove!

  • •30th July–5th August
  • •13th–19th August
  • •27th August–2nd September

Find out more...


HAVE YOU SEEN OUR RUBBER DUCKIES?
Calling all Super Detectives! 25 Rubber Duckie residents of Odds Farm Park’s NEW Water Play Area ‘H2Odds’ have flown off and lost their way! They have mysteriously turned up in playgrounds in Buckinghamshire and Berkshire and we need your help to get them home safely!

From 23rd to 27th July, there will be 5 Rubber Duckies to find every day in a different playground each day, somewhere in Buckinghamshire or Berkshire.

FOR EACH DUCKIE FOUND & RETURNED SAFELY, THERE WILL BE A REWARD!
• A FREE FAMILY TICKET to visit Odds Farm Park
• Or, for our Annual Members, a FREE MONTH added to your ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP PASSES!

Follow our Facebook Page for more information and clues. Good luck!
*Weather Permitting.
**Whilst, don’t forget to bring a change of clothes for your little ones and a swim nappy where needed if visiting H2Odds, as you may get wet!
COMMUNITY SAFETY NEWS
July 2018 Edition

Hello

The Community Safety Team will be now be producing a monthly newsletter to keep residents informed about what the Community Safety Partnership has been involved with in Chiltern and South Bucks in the last month.

To view the July 2018 Edition please follow this link: http://www.chiltern.gov.uk/community-safety-news or http://www.southbucks.gov.uk/community-safety-news

Please share with your communities.

Thanks

Hannah Tomlin
Community Safety Officer
Joint Community Safety Team
King George V House
King George V Road
Amersham
Bucks
HP6 5AW
01494 732080
Please look out for the consultation on the possible closure of some recycling centres (mentioned in the Press Release below) which I hope to publish here when it opens. Many of us use our local Crowpiece Lane "Tip". To lose it would possibly mean a massive amount of flytipping in the area which none of us would want to see, not to mention inconvenient journeys to a more distant disposal area. This is a very efficiently run site so we may need to fight hard not to lose it.
News from Buckinghamshire County Council

16 July 2018

Council in 'listening mode' as household recycling centres review gets underway

www.buckscc.gov.uk/news/council-in-listening-mode-as-household-recycling-centres-review-gets-underway

"Changes will be needed to the way the County Council's household recycling centres operate from April next year to make the service affordable while maintaining the quality people expect."

That's the important message from Bill Chapple OBE, Cabinet Member for Planning and Environment as the County Council begins the process of gathering views and opinions from local residents about household recycling centre provision across Buckinghamshire.

Many councils up and down the country have already made changes to their recycling centre operations as the financial pressures on all public services continue to bite. Bill says that the time has come for Buckinghamshire to grasp the nettle and consider changes that will ensure the Council can stay within its budgets.

He said: "Our recycling centres are popular, well used and highly thought of with more than 70% of all waste received recycled. But the harsh reality is we can't afford to continue as we are due to the financial pressures on all our services.

"Compared to other councils, we do have more household recycling centres than others, we are open longer and we do take most types of waste. But, all this costs in excess of £3 million every year to provide.

"I have the difficult job of getting our costs down but with the minimum of inconvenience to residents. We've seen other authorities look at the overall number of sites, opening hours or days and things like charging for DIY waste not classed as household waste. But before I do anything, I want an opportunity to listen to what local residents think.

"We're very much in listening mode at the moment," he added.

Looking forward over the next 15 years, the Council also knows some sites are not in precisely the right place to suit future population growth and that facilities and layouts at current sites vary tremendously.

Bill added: "What we have to do is rationalise the current provision to make it affordable and fit for purpose. In the longer term, we have future investment plans to help both improve site facilities and plan for expected population growth associated with around 46,000 new homes across the County.

"With this significant investment and the changes we need to make to streamline current operations, I'm confident we can still offer a household recycling centre service that works for the majority of local people going forward."

FCC Regional Director, Steve Longdon said: "As operators of the Council's waste recycling centres, we are fully aware of the pressures facing all authorities up and down the country. We will of course be working closely with Buckinghamshire during the upcoming consultation period and would like to reassure all service users that it is business as usual across the county."

The process begins this week (16/17 July) with a series of four public focus group sessions, being run by market research experts Ipsos Mori, to help scope some initial thinking. The views from these sessions will help to shape the Council's full public consultation exercise, expected to start later in the summer.

To find out more, go to the consultation web page: www.buckscc.gov.uk/services/waste-and-recycling/hrc-service-review

This review is not related to kerbside collection services or the smaller recycling banks operated by district councils. It relates only to the ten household recycling centres operated by the County Council.

www.buckscc.gov.uk/services/waste-and-recycling/household-recycling-centres

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BULLETIN FOR BURNHAM NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH COORDINATORS TO FORWARD TO THEIR MEMBERS (and for representatives of other community groups to cascade down to their members) (Items to me by Thursday evenings please!)
Please update me if you change your e-mail address !

burnhamneighbourhoodwatch@gmail.com

Wendy Strathdee
Area NHW Coordinator, Burnham

POLICE NEIGHBOURHOOD UPDATE

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Burglary Residential: None this week.

Burglary Business/Community:

Between the 6 and 9 of July an unknown offender has broken entry to Penstone Vets on Burnham High Street. Various points of entry were tried, entry gained into toilets. However, toilet door was locked so they got no further. Nothing was taken. Enquiries are ongoing.

Theft From Motor Vehicle:

Between 6th and 7th July an unknown offender smashed the window of a vehicle parked in Wyndham Crescent. A leaf blower was taken. CCTV enquires are ongoing.

On 9 July at 00:20 offenders were seen by members of the public on Grenville Close trying car door handles. Police were called and an area search for offenders resulted in residents detaining two males at the junction of Pink Lane and Poyle Lane. Arrests were made and investigations are ongoing.

If you see anything suspicious please contact the police via the 24 hour non-emergency and general enquiry number 101.

Alternatively if you wish to provide information to the police anonymously then please call Crime Stoppers on 0800 555 111

VILLAGE FETE TOMORROW (Saturday) .
A reminder that the Village Fete takes place tomorrow at 12 noon in Burnham Park. It's being organised by Burnham Community Association to raise funds to buy a much needed new mini bus for the benefit of the village so please come along and support it. Draw tickets, with money raised also going towards the mini bus project will also be on sale during the event and there are some valuable prizes on offer. The Draw will take place in the library towards the end of the Fete..

The Library will also be running a cake sale and café from 10 am.
PARKING ON PAVEMENTS AROUND THE VILLAGE

I've been asked by several residents if I would issue a plea for motorists not to park with their wheels on pavements in residential roads around the village, and for householders to remind their visitors do not do so. .

A number of mothers with children in push chairs, and elderly people who have difficulty in walking are increasingly finding themselves being forced into the road where motorists have parked blocking the pavement for pedestrians. Thank you.

MESSAGE FROM GREAT WESTERN RAILWAY
You may have seen Monday’s media release by the Rail Delivery Group, confirming that timetable changes for December 18 have been postponed. This includes GWR timetable plans.

This is very disappointing news for customers. However, it is important that everyone is confident in the industry’s ability to deliver on timetable improvements as important as these, and although the delivery of trains and crew remains on track, it is clear from Network Rail’s recent review that there is some nervousness about the ability of the industry to deliver the new timetable in December 2018.

Given that position, we understand why Andrew Haines, new CEO of Network Rail, has recommended holding off key aspects of the December 2018 timetable change to protect day to day journeys for customers.
Changes to track layout and depot access in December will mean the current GWR timetable cannot simply be extended, and some work to re-write timetables will be needed. We will be working with Network Rail to make sure both our planning team, and theirs, have the support and resource required to ensure a smooth transition for some changes in December, with a view to May 2019 for the main timetable recast.

While timetable changes are pushed back, we will continue to deliver the improvements promised customers from early 2019, like the continued roll out of the Intercity Express Trains – which are more reliable and have around 20% more seats than the High Speed Trains they replace. However, it is the timetable change that brings faster journeys and frequency improvements and it is these additional benefits that will be delayed.

We will be keeping in close contact with Network Rail and will keep you updated as things progress.
Best wishes
Mark

Mark Hopwood | Managing Director | Great Western Railway
Milford House | Swindon | Wiltshire | SN1 1HL
E: mark.hopwoodGWR-MD@GWR.com |
BOPAG (Bucks Older Persons Action Group) NEWSLETTER

July newsletter via the link below. . They're always worth reading for the useful information they contain. I'm on the circulation list so always include them in this bulletin.

Note the article on the NHS and the list of standard procedures that are now going to be dropped from the service, as well as the four procedures which it appears, going forward, are now only going to be offered if specifically requested by the patient. (I assume, unless I have misinterpreted this, that your GP will not automatically be recommending them in future as an option).

:http://www.bopag.org.uk/index.php?page=newsletters

INVITATION to JOIN The BUTTERFLY WALK at STOKE POGES MEMORIAL GARDENS - Saturday, 14 JULY

Butterfly Walk on Saturday 14 JULY at 11 am at Stoke Poges Memorial Gardens, Church Lane, SL 2 4 NZ

The walk is led by Paul BOWYER from the Butterfly Conservation Trust and a member of the Upper Thames Butterfly Conservation and Wycombe Wildlife Group. Paul is very knowledgeable and it is fascinating walking round the gardens with him. He will talk about what plants will encourage butterflies into your garden and for the first time this year he will put up a moth trap the night before so we can also have a look at the moths that are present in this area. The walk takes us through the less well-trodden paths of the Memorial Gardens. It will take place in all weathers except heavy rain and there will be an opportunity to have a cup of tea and biscuits at the end of the walk. Do come and join us !
For more information please contact- E : Franzi.cheeseman@southbucks.gov.uk


Franzi CHEESEMAN
Head Gardener
T : 01753 - 527844
M : 07872 - 109813
E : franzi.cheeseman@southbucks.gov.uk

WINDSOR FESTIVAL.
The Windsor Festival runs through the last week of SEPTEMBER. In 2018 the Festival marks two significant Centenaries: the end of the First World War and Women’s Suffrage. These significant moments in the life of the nation are reflected throughout this year’s programme, which includes concerts, lectures, exhibitions and author talks. Tickets are now available from the website or from Royal Windsor Information Centre on- T : 01753 - 743585

News from Buckinghamshire County Council

09 July 2018

Cabinet agrees new plans to manage parking

New plans to manage parking on Buckinghamshire's streets were agreed by the County Council's Cabinet yesterday (Monday, 9 July).

They paint a picture of cashless parking, with virtual parking permits replacing expensive paper tickets, and quicker-to-process online applications.

The point, says Mark Shaw, Deputy Leader and Transport Cabinet Member, is that the County Council's parking management must break even. The Government expects it.

He told Cabinet colleagues the service should become self-financing as soon as possible so that taxpayers don't have to foot the bill for any deficit.

The Parking Delivery Plan, prioritises reducing the deficit over time through introducing quicker-to-process online applications, virtual parking permits, preparing for cashless parking, along with a review of free limited-time waiting bays.

These, the County Council says, are inefficient, time consuming to enforce, and appeals against penalty charges are often lost through reliance on inconclusive evidence that a vehicle hasn't moved.

"The aim of the new Parking Delivery Plan is to make things clearer, quicker and more efficient when dealing with parking issues," said Mark. "Parking management runs at a deficit of around £400,000, and we're looking to operate more effectively at a break-even point."

Education and Skills Cabinet Member Mike Appleyard wondered whether the new plan would encourage residents with driveways not to park on the street but Mark said there was no legal requirement for people to park in their drives.

And Children's Services Cabinet Member Warren Whyte urged caution when reviewing free limited waiting, to ensure the outcome supported local traders.

Resources Cabinet Member John Chilver called for a review of cycleways and footpaths to and from bus and rail stations to encourage people to travel there sustainably, and thus relieving pressure on parking.

The plan envisages an annual review of parking charges, revisions to resident permit eligibility criteria, curfew controls to tackle anti-social parking, touch enforcement against Blue Badge misuse, and options for essential vehicle permits for businesses,

New parking schemes will be designed to tackle problems caused by anti-social and long-term commuter parking, while making the best use of kerb-side space, and will aim to reduce street clutter by positioning fewer signs more sensitively.


For further information please contact: Richard Wells, on 01296 382444 or out of hours on 07825 430978
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News from Buckinghamshire County Council

12 July 2018

Read Well for Mental Health at your local Bucks library


If you suffer with a common mental health issue your local library could be a great source of information and support this summer.

Libraries across Buckinghamshire have launched “Reading Well for Mental Health” – and are now stocked with a specially selected reading list including titles by Matt Haig, Sathnam Sanghera and Ruby Wax.

The 37 books chosen for “Reading Well for Mental Health” provide practical information and support and have been selected by health professionals and by people with common mental health issues who’ve found them helpful.

The booklist provides help with dealing with difficult feelings and experiences including bereavement and anger and support for specific conditions including depression, anxiety and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), as well as personal stories and memoirs.

The specially chosen books are penned by bestselling and highly-regarded authors including Matt Haig (How to Stay Alive); Cathy Rentzenbrink (A Manual for Heartache); Sathnam Sanghera (The Boy with the Topknot); Ruby Wax (A Mindfulness Guide for the Frazzled) and many more.

Noel Brown, Buckinghamshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Communities and Public Health said:

“Every book on this list is a great read, whether it’s about self-help and practical advice or an insightful story that covers this topic. It’s well worth anyone taking a look at the reading list – whether or not you’re directly impacted by difficult feelings or a common mental health condition. All of our local libraries have these books available and you can also browse the list online.

“We have wonderful libraries here in Buckinghamshire, all of which are great community hubs. If you’re not a regular library user why not go along to your local library and see what’s on. It’s a great way to take part in something new or to use the wealth of reading resources, both of which have a positive impact on general health and well-being.”
To browse the Reading Well for mental health booklist click here

About Reading Well:

  • Reading Well helps you understand and manage your health and wellbeing using self-help reading
  • The scheme is endorsed by health professionals and is supported by public libraries
  • There are currently four book lists available: Reading Well for mental health, Reading Well for dementia, Reading Well for young people and Reading Well for long term conditions.
  • Find out more at www.reading-well.org.co.uk

News from Buckinghamshire County Council

09 July 2018

Gritters are out in Buckinghamshire as hot weather affects some roads

Transport for Buckinghamshire are getting the gritters out of summer retirement to tackle the effect of the prolonged hot temperatures on the roads. Road surface temperatures are much hotter than the ambient air temperature, and are now regularly exceeding 50c by mid-afternoon in places, causing some road surfaces to soften.
As bitumen bleeds through to the road surface it can look very black and slick, particularly on roads that are subject to a high level of turning and braking movements from traffic, or that do not get any shade.

Buckinghamshire County Council's Deputy Leader and Transport Cabinet Member Mark Shaw commented: “This is not a problem unique to Buckinghamshire, roads are suffering all over the country at the moment as this unbelievable weather persists! Look out for our gritters spreading sand and dust over the roads in Bucks over the coming days and weeks, to absorb the bitumen and help prevent deterioration of the road surface. My huge thanks go to TfB teams working in sweltering temperatures to keep the roads safe.” The gritters will continue operating until the extreme hot weather conditions subside, and road surfaces return to a more normal temperature.

The country is currently experiencing the longest period of consistent hot weather since 1976, with temperatures frequently reaching 29 deg.C and above, with no sign of things cooling down soon. This hot weather is also impacting on the progress of the summer road resurfacing programme, because temperatures are too high to lay down certain types of surface treatments.

Whilst there are not currently expected to be any long term effects to the condition of the highway network, road users are asked – as usual – to exercise care while travelling, including taking care of their vehicles and themselves. While vehicle breakdowns are no more likely in hot weather than any other time, the conditions would be very hot and uncomfortable. Cars should be checked before longer journeys and motorists should carry plenty of water to keep hydrated.

The County Council has issued advice to residents to combat health risks from hot weather: wearing UV sunglasses, drinking plenty of cool drinks, looking out for those with serious illnesses and never leaving anyone in a closed, parked vehicle.

News from Buckinghamshire County Council

12 July 2018

Buckinghamshire County Council retains its children's services

A report into Buckinghamshire County Council’s Children’s Services published today has found that, while there is still more to be done, the Council is on the right path to improve services. Following the outcome of the November 2017 inadequate judgement made by Ofsted, the Department for Education (DfE) appointed Commissioner, John Coughlan CBE (Chief Executive of Hampshire County Council) carried out a comprehensive three month review of the service. His recommendations were submitted to the DfE in June. The DfE has carefully considered and has accepted his conclusion that there is “no valid reason for the introduction of an alternative delivery model in Buckinghamshire”. This means that the Council retains its Children’s Services functions. In addition, the DfE has appointed Hampshire County Council as the improvement advisers to support the Council’s improvement programme.

As part of his review, the Commissioner met with a wide range of children’s services staff and partners. In his report, “he strongly endorses the current direction of travel of the authority” and recommends that the Council should continue to implement its current improvement plan. He also advises that while improvements are well underway and the service is working hard to improve outcomes for children and young people, it will take time to make all the changes needed.

Tolis Vouyioukas, Executive Director for Children’s Services, said: “We are encouraged by the findings of this report and as a service we are very clear on what is needed to improve outcomes for the children and young people we serve. We are very fortunate to have a dedicated and committed workforce who want to make a positive difference to the lives of children and young people in Buckinghamshire. That is the only reason we are all here.”

Warren Whyte, Cabinet Member for Children’s Services, said: “We know there is still much more to do and we have a long road ahead, but this report is encouraging. It is a particular testament to the efforts of our frontline staff and management team that we are heading in the right direction. I would like to thank them for their tireless work.”

In his report, the Commissioner also states that he is “against any local government re-organisation proposal which would break up the existing children’s services structures in Buckinghamshire”. His view is that “a two unitary proposal would not be able to replicate or duplicate” the capacity of the Council to improve its Children’s Services and “its disruption would take back the improvement journey by at least two years.” He goes on to state that “‘a single Council for the County of Buckinghamshire accountable for the entirety of its children’s services, is by far the safest option for children and, especially in the light of the current progress, has the best and most rapid chances of achieving sustainable high performance.”

Martin Tett, Leader of the Council, said: “I am pleased with the Commissioner’s findings and we will continue to work hard to secure the necessary improvements. Furthermore, I endorse the Commissioner’s extremely clear conclusions on Local Government Reform. Any splitting up of the county into two unitaries would not be positive for Children's Services.”

Rachael Shimmin, Chief Executive of the Council, said: “Whilst we recognise that we have more to do in Children’s Services, it is positive that the Commissioner’s report recognises the strong political and managerial leadership within the County Council which provide the right conditions to ensure that we achieve sustainable improvements for children and their families.”

The full report can be found here:
https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/724775/Buckinghamshire_children_s_commissioner_s_report_June_2018.pdf

The direction issued to the County Council can be found here:
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/direction-issued-to-buckinghamshire-county-council--2

For further information please contact: Neil Phillips, on 01296 382444 or out of hours on 07825430978

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Scam Alert - Fake Argos Texts



Watch out for these fake Argos texts offering refunds

These fake text messages purport to be from Argos and claim that you’re owed a refund. The link in the messages lead to phishing websites designed to steal your personal information, as well as payment details.

Always question unsolicited requests for your personal or financial information in case it’s a scam. Never automatically click on a link in an unexpected email or text.

Message Sent By
Action Fraud (Action Fraud, Administrator, National)
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BULLETIN FOR BURNHAM NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH COORDINATORS TO FORWARD TO THEIR MEMBERS (and for representatives of other community groups to cascade down to their members) (Items to me by Thursday evenings please!)
Please update me if you change your e-mail address !

burnhamneighbourhoodwatch@gmail.com

Wendy Strathdee
Area NHW Coordinator, Burnham


TELEPHONE NUISANCE CALLS

I recently received this email from one of our members:

I am writing this as I am so weary of nuisance calls. Usually now I receive probably 2 to 3 such calls daily. They are usually the type when the caller checks your name, and although I do not accept that it is in fact my name, but ask who is calling, they then start by saying they just want to ask a few questions. I always decline to answer and finish the call. Today she said that she was ringing from a benefit group!
However, recently I have received 3 calls of a different type. The first was a very cultured English voice, ( obviously recorded) when I was accused of fraud, and that I should press 1 to sort it out. Another one was when I was accused of defrauding the Tax Office, and today it was an American voice, I think, threatening to cut off my internet, in a rather aggressive manner. I find these calls upsetting, and I always put the receiver down as soon as I realise that it is a bogus call, but I worry that, as the voices are no longer foreign, some people might feel “ bullied” into complying. I don’t know what one can do about them, but I think perhaps it would be as well to warn people that there is a new type of hoax being used.
I feel these calls are really cruel, especially if you live on your own"


I checked and the individual concerned was already signed up to the Telephone Preference Service which can block UK calls, so it seems they were probably coming from abroad where the UK cannot regulate. If you are being similarly bothered and use British Telecom for your landline, the BT website has details on how unrecognised phone calls can be blocked. Be warned though, that if you have an Ex Directory Withheld phone number, your calls will be blocked by anybody using this service.

I'm told that setting off one of the screech panic hand held alarms down the earpiece on your phone receiver can also have a very discouraging effect !


BURNHAM WELLBEING FORTNIGHT.
A reminder that Health and Wellbeing Fortnight is continuing next week with talks and health checks in Burnham Library. Full details of the programme available from the Library, the Health Centre or on www.burnhambeacon.co.uk . There is now an extra talk on Wednesday July 11th at 11am - An introduction to Homeopathy with Ekta Kaur.

Burnham Marathon Challenge, Burnham Park - Saturday 7th July (i.e tomorrow !)
If you haven't yet booked your place in the Marathon Challenge it's not too late. Just turn up on the day half an hour before your chosen start time. Runners and Joggers will set off at 10.15am and walkers at 12 noon, 1pm, 2pm or 3pm.

In view of the forecast for another very hot day please come prepared.

Please make sure you bring water, a hat and sunscreen
We will of course have extra water available.

Catering - There will be a beer tent, soft drinks, teas, coffees and ice-creams for sale. Please note we have not arranged for any food outlets to attend but would encourage you to bring a picnic and a rug and find a shady spot to relax after your walk or run.

Car parking - Wherever possible please walk to the Park as there will be limited parking available in Burnham Park Hall car park. Alternatively, please use the High Street car parks.

Registration - When you arrive in the Park please make your way to the BHPT gazebo and sign in. Please make sure you go back to the BHPT gazebo when you have completed your run or walk so that we can record how many laps you have completed and give you your medal.

First Aid - This will be located by the BHPT gazebo..

Toilets - There will be portaloos in the Park at the back of the Library.
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We want everyone to have a good time on Saturday but above all we want to keep everyone safe and well. Please take care and only run or walk for the distance, and at the speed, that is right for you in the conditions on Saturday.
Thank you
The Burnham Health Promotion Trust Team
Tel. 01628 661441 Email shirley@bhpt.org.uk

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July 2018

Welcome to the Burnham Beeches and Stoke Common newsletter which includes news updates from both sites and information on upcoming events.


Sun shines on Lord Mayors day


Continuing the Burnham Beeches annual tradition, we were proud to receive the Rt Hon the Lord Mayor of London, Alderman Charles Bowman for the tree pollarding ceremony. The tradition started back in 1883 to celebrate the City of London purchasing the site to save it from being built on. For many years the Lord Mayor planted a tree but now he creates a new pollard for us to ensure that there will be plenty of these magnificent trees for the future.


Stoke Common management plan

Thank you to everyone who came along to one of our consultation evenings either at Fulmer or Stoke Poges. We had some interesting and useful comments about different aspects of our proposals. Whilst some suggestions may not be possible, we will be going through them to see which could be incorporated into the plan. Thank you also to the volunteers who came along, your help is always appreciated.

Fixed penalties issued to dog walkers

Two Fixed Penalty Notices (FPN) have recently been issued to dog walkers who were in breach of the Public Spaces Protection Orders on the site. One of the FPNs was issued after the dog walker failed to pick up after their dog had fouled.


The cows are back!

The cows are back on site and it is so lovely to see them enjoying the Beeches again. Initially there were four cows in the invisible fence paddock that includes Egypt Woods, Little Common and Mendelsohn's slope with the remainder in the traditionally fenced area. Three cows have now been moved to the moat area with the fourth joining the others in the heath and wood pasture paddock. They are set to remain on site throughout the summer but will continue moving into new areas as the need arises.

Volunteer Update


The volunteers have been busy so far this summer. There has been a wide range of tasks and the volunteers have made light work of all of them. The Friends of Stoke Common have put in some new signs to show which paths aren't bridleways and have cut areas of turf, using it to make habitat piles. This will be great for reptiles as the bare ground will be perfect for basking in the sun, while the turf piles will provide shelter. Our volunteers have also created a new hollow log pile on the West Common, perfect for invertebrates and reptiles.

At the Beeches the volunteers have done a good deal of path work, helping to make the site more accessible for everyone. There has also been a great deal of bracken management to do; the volunteers beat down the invasive bracken causing bruising and breaks in the stem. This causes the bracken to dry out and weakens it so less comes back the following year. Over the last few years the volunteers have made a big difference, however there is still lots to do! Well done and thank you to all of our volunteers!

Events coming up:


Simply Walk
This walk is on the second Wednesday and third Sunday of each month. The next dates are:

  • •Wednesday 11 July
  • •Sunday 15 July
  • •Wednesday 8 August
  • •Sunday 19 August

There is no need to book for Simply Walk, just meet us at the Information Point at 10.45am on a Wednesday or 2.30pm on a Sunday to join us on an hour's gentle stroll around the reserve. Further information is available from Buckinghamshire County Council.

The Big Community Picnic
Sunday 8 July, 12 - 3pm
Bring an picnic and enjoy the fun: craft activities, music, games and displays to entertain you. This year the birds of prey display returns with two chances to see the birds flying - don't miss it!.

Woodland Wonders summer trail
Saturday 21 July - Wednesday 5 September
Something fun for the holidays - a summer trail, aimed at children up to 12. Just pick up a leaflet from the Information Point and guide yourself along the route. Suggested donation £2. Bring a pencil.

Woodland Wonders activities
Wednesday 25 July, 10.45am - 12.45pm
Our old trees have some fantastic tales to tell, as do the Rangers! Join this 2 hour walk to discover how and why the ancient pollards were created and what we are doing to keep them alive. Booking required.

Woodland Wonders go wild day
Tuesday 14 and Wednesday 22 August
Morning: wildlife walk - bug hunt, games and fun in the woods. Suggested donations £2. Booking required.
Afternoon: 2.30pm - 4pm if you can't make the morning or just want even more fun, drop in for an afternoon of nature-based fun and craft activities at the Information Point aimed at children aged 4-12. Suggested donation £2.

Meet the Ranger and the bugs and beasties
Wednesday 15 August, 10.45am - 12.30pm
One of the Rangers will be showing off some of the fabulous creepy crawlies that live in the woodland.

Volunteers
Midweek: Join the Burnham Beeches volunteers every Thursday, 9am to 4pm. Meet at the estate office from 8.45am.
Next Friends of Stoke Common weekend task: Saturday 7 July and Saturday 4 August, 10am - 3pm
Next weekend Burnham Beeches Volunteers task: Sunday 22 July, 10am - 3pm

Tea, Coffee and biscuits provided, just bring suitable clothing and some lunch if you are staying all day. Please give us a call to let us know if you are coming to one of our volunteer tasks.

Email us to book your place on any one of our events or for more information take a look at our events page.


More ways to keep up to date


You can now find us on Facebook and twitter. Find out about all our events, see some of our best pictures and keep up to date with news from both sites. Why now like or follow us now?

For further details about how and why we process your personal data, please see our full privacy notice along with the relevant departmental layers, available at www.cityoflondon.gov.uk/privacy.

RAF CENTENARY FLY PAST - TUESDAY 10TH JULY.

Thanks to one of our members who sent in this link showing where in London this massive fly past can be viewed at 1 pm on Tuesday 10th July flying over The Mall and Buckingham Palace.
If
http://www.cityam.com/288521/raf-centenary-flypast-over-london-you-need-know-watch-and

Once the aircraft have cleared central London they will begin to disperse into three groups, with the larger aircraft like Sentinel and Voyager heading in a south-westerly direction, passing over Runnymede at 1.08pm.

The training aircraft will head in a north-westerly direction over Hendon at 1.05pm, while the fast-jet element of the flypast, including Typhoon and Tornado, will fly in a westerly direction, reaching Heathrow at 1.10pm before onto Windsor and Maidenhead. They will then start to disperse and head back to their respective bases.

If you're interested in some of these historic aircraft, you may want to find a local viewing point. Many of them are very elderly now and the chances to see them in the future will be few and far between.

BURNHAM BEECHES ROTARY CLUB

For those who may be interested in what they're doing, and who may be looking for a new group to join:

.June Newsletter
https://www.rotary-ribi.org/upimages/clubfiles/1525/Newsletter/2018_June.pdf

ADVANCE NOTICE FOR AN AUGUST DAY OUT


BUCKS COUNTY SHOW -
Thursday 30th August, Weedon Park, Aylesbury..


Royal Artillery Mounted Police ride,
Livestock,
Military bands
Show Jumpint
and 200 trade stalls.

Buy tickets online at: www.buckscountyshow.co.uk
Tel: : 01296-680400

Free Parking. Free bus service from Station Way, Aylesbury to Showground. First bus 9.30 am



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Now booking at NORDEN FARM, MAIDENHEAD For Christmas 2018

The Fir Tree
by Tove Jansson
From Tales in Moominvalley

Tuesday 20 November - Sunday 30 December

We are excited to announce that this year's Christmas show is the enchanting winter tale The Fir Tree by legendary children's author and illustrator Tove Jansson.

The Moomin family was hibernating in the drawing room as they were wont to do. They had been sleeping for a few months already and were going to keep it up until spring… Now all at once a cold draught disturbed Moomintroll’s dreams. And someone was pulling at his quilt and shouting that he was tired and Christmas was coming.

Featuring live puppetry and music, The Fir Tree is an adventure set in the idyllic and peaceful Moominvalley. It is a gloriously unselfish take on Christmas.

Suitable for all audiences from 3 years and upwards.
Book before Friday 31 August and save!
Early bird Family and Friends Ticket (4 people) £40 if booked before Friday 31 August. Offer applied in basket.
News from Buckinghamshire County Council

29 June 2018

New approach to short breaks and respite for Children and Adult Social Care services

If you or someone you care for uses short break or respite services - now is the time to have your say. Both Children’s and Adult Social Care services are consulting on a new strategic approach to short breaks. Parents, carers and service users [both current and future] are being asked for their views - before moving to the next stage which will be to help the council to develop a range of service options.

The consultation starts today (Friday 29 June) and lasts for six weeks ending on Friday 10 August. To give your views, take part in the survey or to view the strategies go to the 'Have your say' page of the councils website www.buckscc.gov.uk here

People can also give their views by attending any one of eight drop-in sessions being held across the county during July and August.

The council want to ensure access to short breaks is fair and priority is targeted at those who most need it. The aim of a new approach would be to provide a range of short breaks that would meet the varying needs of carers, disabled children and young people and vulnerable adults - as well as meet the needs of young people approaching adulthood.

Warren Whyte, Cabinet Member for Children's Services, said: "We want to be able to ensure that disabled young people continue to be able to access short breaks that will meet their needs as they become adults and that they experience continuity of care."

Carers provide most of the care in our communities and without them our NHS and Social Services would struggle to cope.

Lin Hazell, Buckinghamshire County Council Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, said: “Many carers need to have a break from caring so that they can work, keep in touch with family and friends, have time for their own interests, or simply to recharge their batteries. This time away from home can also be an opportunity for children and young people with disabilities or vulnerable adults to become more independent, learn new skills, make friends and connect more with their local community."

The decision to consult on the short breaks strategies was made at the Cabinet meeting held on 18 June more details can be found here.

Go straight to the Children's Short Breaks Consultation hereGo straight to the Adult Short Breaks Consultation here

BUCKS PARTNERSHIP NEWS

02 July 2018

New social movement aiming to end the stigma around mental health launches in Buckinghamshire

An exciting new approach to get everyone in Buckinghamshire talking more about mental health launches this week.

The Time to Change Buckinghamshire hub will be launched at this year’s ‘Busk for Bucks Mind’ event on Friday 6 July.

Time to Change is a growing national social movement that aims to change how we all think and act about mental health, to help end the stigma and discrimination attached to it.

The Buckinghamshire hub is a new partnership of local organisations and mental health champions committed to improving local attitudes and behaviours towards people experiencing mental health problems. The County Council and Bucks Mind are lead partners for the Buckinghamshire hub, with wider support from organisations and individuals from across the county.

The aim of the Buckinghamshire hub is to support residents, communities, workplaces and schools to help end the negative attitudes and behaviours towards people experiencing mental health problems. The ethos behind the hub is to put people with personal experience of mental health at the heart of the work.

Noel Brown, Buckinghamshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Community Engagement & Public Health, said: “We are very pleased to be supporting this important work in Buckinghamshire.

“We want to create a movement in the county where people feel comfortable talking about mental health problems, so that talking about mental health becomes a part of our everyday life.

“We’re looking forward to working together with our partners, volunteers and residents across the county to make a real difference to change how we all think and act about mental health."

Key to achieving the hub’s goal of ending mental health stigma in the county is to put people with personal experience of mental health conditions at the heart of its work. Time to Change Champions are local people who have lived or are living with mental health conditions and are happy to talk or share their experiences with others.

Time to Change Champions are being sought to work at the heart of the Buckinghamshire hub’s activity. The Time to Change Champions Fund is also being launched this week; the fund will make awards of up to £500 to Champions, to support them to carry out social contact activities in communities to help end mental health stigma in Buckinghamshire. Anyone who is happy to talk about or share their experience can apply for support from the fund. Projects can be anything that will involve social contact, from a coffee morning or a craft session, to a drama event or sports activity.

Martyn Walsh, a Buckinghamshire Mind Trustee, says: “The Time to Change movement is very simple and effective. All it needs is Time to Change Champions – local people who are willing to talk about their experiences. This could be at a coffee morning, at a school or simply with your parents and family members; in fact wherever you like. Just talk about what was hard or what has helped or anything else that helps people understand more about mental health. Then the person you talk to can go on to talk about mental health or their own experiences with other people, and so the movement will grow.

“We aren't doctors or psychology students who know all the lingo. We are normal people who have struggled. Maybe it is depression or anxiety, schizophrenia or post-natal depression.

“A Time to Change Champion has a desire to help others, to educate and to spread awareness. Please get involved with Time to Change Buckinghamshire and help us to get everyone in Bucks talking about our mental health in the same way that we talk about our physical health.”

To find out more about the Buckinghamshire hub and how to get involved or how to become a Champion, go to www.buckscc.gov.uk/timetochange

Busk for Bucks Mind, which will host the Buckinghamshire hub’s launch, is a benefit gig that aims to raise funds for Buckinghamshire Mind’s mental health services and raise awareness of mental health. This year it is being held on Friday 6 July, from 5.30pm till late, at Dukes (formerly Shootpool), Aylesbury. The compere for this year’s gig is Andy Holmes, a Time to Change Champion and BBC Three Counties reporter/presenter. The event will feature a host of incredible local musical talent, both acoustic and electric, including El Bronson, Nightjar, The Respites, Harry Quinn, JP&betty, Suzy Bee, Jim Marvin, The Recovered and Róisín Johnston. The whole event will be kicked-off with Bucks Mind’s own band, consisting of members of a therapeutic music group.

Notes to editors:

Case study information attached.

Time To Change partner organisations:
• Bucks Business First
• Buckinghamshire CAMHS
• Buckinghamshire CCG
• Bucks Mind
• Buckinghamshire Recovery College
• Healthwatch Bucks
• Joint Community and Leisure Team, Chiltern & South Bucks District Councils
• Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust
• Time to Change (national)
• Wycombe Mind

Find out more about Time To Change Buckinghamshire at www.buckscc.gov.uk/timetochange or email timetochange@buckscc.gov.uk

For further information about Busk for Bucks Mind go to www.wegottickets.com/event/434085 or email Kaya Mallinder at Bucks Mind kaya.mallinder@bucksmind.org.uk


Link to Photos

Collateral


For further information please contact: Helen Fincher, on 01296382444 or out of hours on 07825430978

Culture And Tradition Are Not An Excuse For Abuse

Culture and tradition are not an excuse for abuse

Today (2/7) we’re launching the next phase of our Hidden Harm campaign, this time asking everyone to open their eyes to honour based abuse (HBA).

Thames Valley Police has dealt with 1,200 cases of HBA in the past four years, however these are just the incidents and crimes we know about – it’s likely that many more go unreported.

That’s why we’re running this campaign - to raise awareness of this type of abuse and encourage people to come forward and report their concerns.

HBA is any type of abuse committed to ‘defend’ the perceived ‘honour’ of a family or community.
There are a number of different ways this can manifest itself. For example; someone may be abused by their family for being in a relationship with a person of the same sex or from a different culture, they may not want to take part in an arranged marriage or they may be simply wearing clothing or taking part in activities not considered ‘traditional’.
The abuse doesn’t have to be physical, it can be emotional or sexual and may involve threats of violence, false imprisonment, stalking, forced marriage and in some cases, even murder.
Anyone can be a victim of honour based abuse – it’s not about religion. It’s to do with beliefs and customs and an expectation that an individual should behave in a certain way or they will bring shame or dishonour on their family or the wider community.
Culture and tradition are not an excuse for abuse. If you suspect someone you know may be a victim of HBA or you are being abused yourself, please contact us either on 101 or 999 in an emergency. There’s lots of ways we can help and keeping people safe is always our top priority.
More information about the campaign and honour based abuse, can be found by searching #HiddenHarm or visiting the Thames Valley Police website – www.thamesvalley.police.uk/hiddenharm.

Message Sent By
Holly Turner (Police, Comms Officer, Thames Valley)


Open Water Safety Advice

During the summer months and in particular in hot weather, Thames Valley Police would like to remind our residents of the dangers of open water. Open water includes ponds, lakes, rivers, reservoirs, quarries, docks and beaches.

It is important people make the most of the weather and enjoy the water but do so safely and sensibly.

Spot the dangers

Water may look safe, but it can be dangerous. Learn to spot and keep away from dangers. You may swim well in a warm indoor pool, but that does not mean that you will be able to swim in cold water.

The dangers of water include:

• very cold temperatures
• strong hidden currents
• steep slippery banks – making it difficult to get out
• deep water – which can change and be unpredictable
• hidden rubbish or objects, e.g. shopping trolleys, broken glass
• there are no lifeguards
• it may be polluted and may make you ill

Make sure you:

• stay out of water unless you know it's safe
• don’t jump into the water from heights, e.g. bridges
• have access to safety equipment
• never enter the water alone
• never swim under the influence of drugs or alcohol
• look out for warning signs and advice in the area
• keep dogs on leads when you are walking near water
• avoid walking or running near water in the dark

If someone is in difficulty in the water reassure them, shout for help and call the emergency services on 999

For more information on water safety visit the Royal Life Saving Society website.

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TABLE TOP SALE IN THE LIBRARY
SATURDAY 30TH JUNE 10 AM - 2 PM

In the Library Courtyard, weather permitting, otherwise in one of the meeting rooms. Come along, perhaps find a bargain and pick up a good book or two to read if you're not a World Cup football tv addict !.

There will also be a Cake Sale and a pop up café operating.

MY BUCKS.

Click here for latest edition of My Bucks magazine:

https://mybucks.buckscc.gov.uk/june-2018


TIME FOR COMMUNITY GROUPS TO GET A PAT ON THE BACK AND BE RECOGNISED !
To: office@burnhamparish.gov.uk
Subject: Groundwork Community Awards

PLEASE REPLY TO communityawards@groundwork.org.uk

Do you know a community group that deserves special recognition for making your local area a better place to live?

If so, then we would like you to nominate them to receive a Groundwork Community Award.

Now in its second year, the Groundwork Community Awards honour the small local community groups making a big difference to everyone’s quality of life where they live but often get little recognition and support.

The awards are simple to enter via an online system where community groups can highlight their own achievements – or can be nominated to receive an award in one of 10 categories that reflect the huge diversity of projects and services being delivered by community volunteers.

Shortlisted projects will also be entered into a special ‘People’s Choice Award’, with the winner being chosen by a public vote.

Nominate a community group by using the link below:

https://www.groundwork.org.uk/Sites/communityawards/Pages/nominate-a-project-aw

• Best community group contribution to health and wellbeing
• Best community group contribution to environmental sustainability
• Best community group contribution to community cohesion
• Best community group contribution to education or employment
• Best community project on a social housing estate
• Best community partnership with business
• Best community garden or green space
• Community leader of the year
• Young community leader of the year
• Community group of the year – all round achievement award

The deadline for nominations is 22nd July. Shortlisted community groups will be invited to attend a national awards ceremony at the House of Commons on the evening of 19 November.

The Groundwork Community Awards are supported this year by Tesco, the Ministry for Housing, Communities & Local Government (MHCLG) and will be hosted by Georgina Burnett.
BURNHAM WELLBEING FORTNIGHT &
THE BURNHAM MARATHON CHALLENGE
(No, you don't have to run 26 miles !)

There is a packed programme of talks and activities planned for Burnham Health and Wellbeing fortnight which starts on Monday 2nd July. These include health talks, information displays and health checks in Burnham Library, exercise opportunities around the village and two fun events for all the family in Burnham Park with the Marathon Challenge on Saturday 7th July and the Burnham Village Fete on Saturday 14th July.

The full programme for the fortnight can be found on the Burnham Beacon website
http://www.burnhambeacon.co.uk/burnhamsports. Information is also available from Burnham Library and from the Burnham Health Promotion Trust office in Burnham Health Centre.

If you haven’t yet booked your place in the Burnham Marathon Challenge it’s not too late! Our aim is to get as many people as possible completing at least one lap of the one kilometre path around Burnham Park. It’s not a race – you go at the pace and for the distance that’s right for you. Last year 174 runners or walkers took part and between them completed 704 laps which e
quates to 16.75 marathons! Last year many people joined in as part of a team and Burnham Health Centre were the winning team by just one lap with Pop Goes the Choir hot on their heels.

Which team will be the winners this year?

The timetable for the day is as follows

9.30 am Registration in the Park for joggers and runners
9.45 – 10.30am Zumba warm ups – everyone welcome

10.15am Joggers and runners set off

There will be four possible start times for walkers – 12noon, 1pm, 2pm and 3pm. Choose the time that’s best for you and arrive approx. half an hour beforehand to register.

2pm Tai Chi session – everyone welcomeAll day Table tennis, Outdoor Gym equipment, music, beer tent, soft drinks, teas and coffees

Everyone welcome. Please bring a rug and a picnic and enjoy the atmosphere. More information about the Marathon Challenge from Shirley Shaw in the BHPT office on 01628 661441 or email shirley@bhpt.org.uk

BURNHAM VILLAGE FETE - 14TH JULY IN BURNHAM PARK

A reminder that this year's fete, organised by Burnham Community Association, is aimed at helping to raise the funds to buy a new community mini bus for the village. . The current one desperately needs replacing.

There is still time for children to enter the Fancy Dress Competition, inspired by the 80th anniversary of the Beano comic and this year's 'Mischief Makers' Summer Reading Challenge in the Library. Pick up your entry forms and further details from the Library, Burnham Park Hall or the BCA website (www.burnhamcommunityassociation.org.uk) and come dressed as your favourite BEANO character. Two entry categories: up to Age 7 and 7 - 12 years. Prizes will be awarded.
BURNHAM FOOTBALL CLUB - A NEW BEGINNING

Burnham Football Club are looking forward to a new era for the coming season, under completely new Management. The Directors, Malcolm Higton, Rod Saunders and Michael Boxall have all retired and a new Chairman has taken over, Solicitor and former professional Footballer, Glen Skivington. The football team has the very experienced Manager, Paul Shone, in charge and he is already building for promotion from Hellenic League Div 1 East at Step 6 of the national football league structure back to the Hellenic Premier League at Step 5. There will be quite a few games against local teams this year such as Holyport, Chalvey and Penn and Tylers Green.

The new Management team, with Adam Wardle as Treasurer, Naseem Bashir as Director of Football and Coaching and Gary Reeves as Secretary, have already undertaken refurbishment of the Club building and are looking for ways to develop links with the Village Community. They will have a “Beat the Goalie” competition at the Village Fete on 14th July in Burnham Park.

The newly redecorated Club and bar is available for hire. Contact Micky Jaffa on 01628 668654, and currently you can watch World Cup games on the big screens.

A number of pre-season friendly games against testing opposition have been arranged at the Gore in Wymers Wood Road, SL1 8JG. with low admission prices so do come along and see what the new team can do:

Saturday 14th July 12 midday Burnham v Basingstoke
Saturday 21st July 12 midday Burnham v Maidenhead
Tuesday 23rd July 7.30pm Burnham v Oxford United
Saturday 28th July 2.00pm Burnham v Enfield

The full fixture list will be issued as soon as the Hellenic League make it available, together with admission prices.

Later in the year, arrangements are being made for the Annual Fireworks festival in early November.


HOT WEATHER!
WATERING YOUR GARDEN?
WONDERING IF INSTALLING A WATER METER WOULD SAVE MONEY OR COST A FORTUNE ?

I recently came across this article which highlighted a helpful tool issued by the Water Council to help you calculate whether you could save money by installing a water meter .

"The Consumer Council For Water has a (click here) free water meter calculator that tells you if you can save with a meter.
It asks you basic questions about your water use – for example, how many people live in your house, the number of showers taken a week, your dishwasher use and what you're paying at the moment – then tells you your estimated costs if you have a meter"

THAMES WATER - WATER SITUATION SUMMARY

For those people concerned in this spell of hot weather about the state of their plants some re-assuring news:

On 31st May 2018, the Thames Regional Soil Moisture Deficit (SMD) total was 41mm which is lower (i.e. wetter) than expected for the time of year.

At the end of May, groundwater levels were generally Normal to Above Normal, with some exceptions. An area of the Chilterns and the Guildford Lower Greensands were Below Normal, whereas an area of the Marlborough Downs was Notably High.

Generally, river flows were at their long term averages in May. The Teddington Target Flow was maintained at 800 megalitres/day during May in agreement with the Environment Agency.
Reservoir storage on the 31st May 2018 for London as a whole was 97% (Thames Valley 98% & Lee Valley 94%) and Farmoor storage was 98%.


FOR THOSE WANTING MORE INFORMATION ON PLANS TO UPGRADE THE M4 TO A SMART MOTORWAY who find it difficult to read the small print on the poster below, the nearest venue to see the plans will be at Dorney Village Hall, Dorney Reach SL6 0DS ,on Thursday 12th July between 14.00 and 19.00.
(Frankly I hate the idea because I'm terrified of breaking down and having nowhere safe to wait , but I guess nobody ever imagined there would be so many cars on the roads when they first contemplated building the M4 !)

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JOB VACANCY in LOCAL LANDSCAPE DESIGN COMPANY

I'm looking for a new full time staff member to start immediately in my landscape design company. We cover the home counties from Guildford to Slough and Windsor and Maidenhead.

Requirements
* 18+
* Full driver's license* Willingness to work hard and learn whilst on the job
* Training or experience a bonus

Please call me - M : 07948 - 839988

Dan GODDARD
www.gardenzebra.co.uk


STAFF SOUGHT at The ROSE and CROWN, HOLLYBUSH HILL, STOKE POGES

It's Dave at the Rose and Crown, is there any chance you could circulate that we are looking for midweek staff and also weekend staff for various shifts starting as soon as possible. Experience preferred but not essential.

Dave

E : dmtautos1971@gmail.com

MUSIC LOVERS - TWO LOCAL CONCERT REMINDERS


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St Peter’s Church presents
Concert by Syrian classical guitaristAyman Jarjourand HarpsichordistYeo Yat-Soon

Saturday 30 June 2018
7:30 pm St Peter’s Church, Burnham

Admission free - donations to Medical Aid and Support for Syrians

Wednesday July 4th Burnham Concert Band Summer Concert,St Peter’s Church 8.00 pm

Please come and join us for a fun evening of music with a gentle American twist, light-hearted numbers from the shows, films, and lots of old favourites.


Becoming A Trustee Of The Neighbourhood Watch Network

Dear Neighbourhood Watch supporter,
Our application process is now open for Trustee positions on the Neighbourhood Watch Network (NWN) Board.
This year, we are hoping to build on the success of our current Board by seeking individuals with skills and/or experience in the following areas;

  • •Leadership (Chair & Vice Chair positions)
  • •Organisation and governance (Secretary position)
  • •Financial management (Treasurer position)
  • •Neighbourhood Watch membership (x3 positions)
  • •Impact, evaluation and research
  • •Youth engagement
  • •Government policy
  • •Fundraising
  • •Digital technology

If you are interested in any of the above roles, please complete an application form and return to NWN by no later than 12 July 2018. Return details are listed within the application form.

To download the application form and find out more, please click the following links;
Trustee Application Form
Trustee Application Guidance Notes
Trustees Roles and Responsibilities

The election of successful candidates will take place at the NWN Annual General Meeting (AGM) due to take place on Thursday 2 August 2018, in London. Appointments are due to be announced across the Network shortly after the AGM.

If you have any questions about the available positions, please do not hesitate to get in touch with sundeep.moore@ourwatch.org.uk

Kind regards,
NWN National Support Team

Message Sent By
Lisa Parker (NHWN, Register Administrator, England & Wales)

News from Buckinghamshire County Council

26 June 2018

Guarded welcome for Heathrow rail link proposal

Plans to build a western railway link to Heathrow Airport have been given a guarded welcome by Buckinghamshire County Council.

The spur would not only support businesses in the county, but also provide local people living west of the junction with improved rail access to the airport, says Bill Chapple OBE, Cabinet Member for Planning and Environment.

His comments on the planned spur, which leaves the main Great Western line at Iver and dives underneath the tracks into a tunnel to the airport, come in response to a public consultation to the scheme, run by Network Rail, which closed last week (Friday 22 June).

But while Bill says the County Council welcomes the plans, he points to a lack of consideration by Network Rail over the effects the scheme could have on roads, traffic movements, and access routes across the main line, and about arrangements for construction traffic.

He says the County Council has severe concerns about the potential adverse effect on the Ivers communities, already facing the cumulative effects of multiple infrastructure projects, not least of which is the third airport runway, proposals for which won a Commons vote on Monday.

Paul Irwin, Deputy Transport Cabinet Member and founding Chairman of the Ivers Members Liaison Group (IMLG) representing county, parish and district councils, echoed Bill Chapple's concerns, particularly over Network Rail's proposal to close Hollow Hill Lane, a primary access route across the main line, into neighbouring Langley.

Here, the airport-bound railway spur would cross Hollow Hill Lane at road level before diving into a tunnel under the main line, requiring the road to be blocked off. And this, says Paul, would send almost 10,000 vehicles a day on circuitous alternative routes, putting further pressure on an already busy Iver village centre.

Paul says: "I'm not convinced this proposal has been fully assessed. While we support the rail project, we would like to see the scheme designed to ensure this crucial link remains open to all traffic. If this isn’t possible, Network Rail need to demonstrate to us and our residents that closure is absolutely necessary, and will need to provide a long-term alternative that works for everyone.

"The Ivers are being hit from all sides by nationally needed construction projects. With parish and district colleagues, we're clear a new road link is needed to ensure the local communities playing ‘host’ to these schemes are not severely impacted.

"If keeping the existing road open isn’t possible then Network Rail should part fund the Iver Relief Road as a like-for-like replacement of the closed road. The relief road would reduce the effect that closing Hollow Hill Lane will have on residents and businesses."

In addition to concerns about the rail link's effect on local roads, the County Council has also:
  • •Questioned whether Network Rail has taken account of risks from groundwater and river flooding, particularly the effect of flood alleviation on nearby Grand Union canal.
  • •Sought assurances that Network Rail has taken account of ecological factors, such as the scheme's effect on bats, barn owls, hedgehogs, hares and wintering birds.
  • •Urged Network Rail to find a suitable alternative to Footpath 15, affected by the need to demolish Dog Kennel Bridge as part of the Crossrail project, and which risks being obliterated by the Heathrow rail spur.
  • •Called for further talks about archaeological work that needs to be done before work can start on the rail link

The County Council says it will continue to work with Slough Borough, along with Iver Parish Council and South Bucks District Council, to ensure that a comprehensive mitigation and compensation package spanning the county border is put in place by Network Rail.


Background notes
Buckinghamshire County Council surveys indicate around 9,166 traffic movements along Hollow Hill Lane (24hr weekday average June 2016) would be rerouted either via:

  1. 1.Langley High Street
  2. 2.Iver High Street/ Thorney Lane North/South / Richings Park
  3. 3.Wider diversions outside the Iver area.

News from Buckinghamshire County Council

27 JUNE 2018

Keeping you involved - National Highways and Transport Survey

Buckinghamshire County Council residents are being asked for their views onhighways and transport services – from the condition of roads and footpaths to the way the Council carries out winter maintenance. Their answers will be compared with those of other members of the public across England and Scotland, through the National Highways and Transport (NHT) Public Satisfaction survey.
Buckinghamshire County Council is one of 113 Local Authorities to sign up to the standardised survey that asks members of the public exactly the same questions, whether they live in Iver in the South or Buckingham in the North of the County.

The survey, which is being run for the eleventh year, is the largest collaboration between Local Authorities offering the opportunity to not only measure their own results but also compare their results with similar authorities and share in best practice.

The questionnaire was sent to a minimum random sample of at least 3,300 of Buckinghamshire’s residents last week with a deadline of 20 AUGUST to return the questionnaire.

A new and exciting development this year is that businesses and other specific interest groups will also be asked to complete the survey online.

Mark SHAW, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Transportation urged the public to get involved saying: "In Buckinghamshire we strive to take on board the views of our customers. As the results of the survey are based on a sample of the population of Buckinghamshire, if you have received one, please take part - the results will help us to prioritise where we should spend our ever-decreasing budget."


Launch Of New Victims First Service

The Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Thames Valley has today launched “Victims First” as a new service for victims in the Thames Valley who are struggling to cope with the impact of a crime .

Victims First is available across Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire and provides free tailored emotional and therapeutic support to all victims and witnesses of crime, as well as family members of victims (if they require it).

The service allows for one front door for all victims in the Thames Valley who require support and is available regardless of:

• Crime type
• Whether or not the crime has been reported to the police
• Whether they were a victim of a recent or historic crime
• Wherever the crime happened.

Anybody who needs support can access it through:
Tel: 0300 1234 148
Website: www.victims-first.org.uk

You can follow us on Facebook where we have lots of information on crime types, crime prevention and support available:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/victimsfirstTV/

More information on the launch of Victims First can be found on the Police and Crime Commissioners website or follow this link: https://www.thamesvalley-pcc.gov.uk/news-and-events/thamesvalley-pcc-news/2018/06/new-service-launches-to-support-victims-of-crime-in-the-thames-valley/

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BULLETIN FOR BURNHAM NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH COORDINATORS TO FORWARD TO THEIR MEMBERS (and for representatives of other community groups to cascade down to their members) (Items to me by Thursday evenings please!)
Please update me if you change your e-mail address !

burnhamneighbourhoodwatch@gmail.com

Wendy Strathdee
Area NHW Coordinator, Burnham


FROM NETWORK RAIL - UNDERGROUND LINK TO HEATHROW -CONSULTATION ENDS TODAY !
In case you missed this and want to participate:

You may well have already responded, but I thought it would be helpful to alert you to Network Rail’s current public consultation on Western rail access to Heathrow Airport.

A direct rail link to the airport from the west would reduce the journey time from Reading to Heathrow to 26 minutes.

Bringing the airport 30 minutes closer to South Wales, Bristol, the South West and the Cotswolds.

The consultation can be found on networkrail.co.uk/heathrow and is a very simple ten minute survey, open until 22 June.

It is a precursor to Network Rail submitting a Development Consent Order to the Planning Inspectorate in 2019, and it would be helpful to show the breadth and strength of the support across the GWR network.

Anything you can do to encourage replies would therefore be very helpful.

If you would like more information on this or any other GWR matter, please let me know, we will be very happy to help.

Mark


POLICE UPDATE FOR THIS WEEK

Here are the details of Burnham for the past week.

Burglary Residential: None
Burglary Business/Community: None

Theft From Motor Vehicle:
Between 14 and 16 June an unknown offender took a mobile phone from a vehicle parked in The Fairway. It is unknown how they gained entry, there was no damage caused to the vehicle.

On 18 June at 1:56am an unknown offender broke into a van on Grenville Avenue. Entry method is unknown, audio equipment and laptops were taken. Offenders vehicle may have been caught on CCTV. Further enquires are being made as one of the items has been located at a Cash Converters store.

On 18 June between 1:58 am and 02:10 an unknown offender broke into another van on Grenville Avenue. A window was smashed and the van searched, a number of tools were taken. Police are waiting to view CCTV footage.

IMPORTANT OTHER:

As mentioned last week, ‘Thefts from Motor vehicles’ are on the increase! Police are doing all they can to identify the offenders. There are positive enquires to be made from the offences in Grenville Avenue.

Vans and Cars are being targeted.

Make sure your vehicle is locked and no items are left on display.

Where possible – Remove tools from vans overnight / ‘No tools left in vehicle’ signs are a deterrent.

Security mark tools with Surname/Company name and Postcode (Local Neighbourhood Policing teams have access to tool marking kits) – email: BurnhamFarnhamsTaplowNHPT@thamesvalley.pnn.police.uk if you would like to arrange for your tools to be marked.

Remove the temptation: Even an old coat on the rear seat is a target

Your insurance premium could go up if your car OR one in your road is broken into. Remind family/visitors to leave nothing on display.

Steer Clear of Car Crime

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If you see anything suspicious please contact the police via the 24 hour non-emergency and general enquiry number 101.

Alternatively if you wish to provide information to the police anonymously then please call Crime Stoppers on 0800 555 111.

THIS IS EASY!PLEASE VOTE FROM YOUR ARMCHAIR FOR THE YOUTH CLUB TO GET MONEY !

Message from Paul Sherriff:

Dear All

Please get the word out that we have been nominated as one of three local charities at the Taplow branch of Sainsbury . We need your vote!

Please see the link below.

Kind regards
Paul Sherriff
Chairman
Burnham Youth Club Management Committee
Hello Paul.

I put Youth centre forward for Sainsburys charity of year which is now open for voting on line www.sainsburyslocalcharity.co.uk

Also there should be a voting stand in Sainsburys although i have not checked today.


TABLE TOP SALE IN THE LIBRARY
SATURDAY 30TH JUNE 10 AM - 2 PM

To be held in the Courtyard, weather permitting, otherwise in one of the meeting rooms. Come along and perhaps find a bargain.

There will also be a Cake Sale and a pop up café operating. All the funds raised from these events go towards supporting the purchase of new books and other library activities.

REMINDER ABOUT FAMILY FILM NIGHT AT CORNERSTONE
WEDNESDAY 27TH JUNE, 6.30 P.M.

'PADDINGTON 2' PG (1 hr 43 mins).
£5 to include hot dog and soft drinks. Infants under 3 FREE.

PLANNING PROCESS IMMINENT


I have received the following information from a local resident about some worrying intentions of Burnham Beeches Golf to alter the landscape of their practice range.
  • •Planning Permission to be submitted this month;
  • 40 HGVs per day between 8am and 4pm containing tons of soil so 80 truck movements per day in and out Burnham via Grove Road;
  • •Transportation of soil to last 1 year;
  • •Two planned access routes – via M40 routing via Farnham Common, Farnham Lane and via M4, Trading estate, Burnham Lane towards Hogfair/Britwell Road towards Grove Lane;
  • •Access to golf course is being facilitated by the owner of the field off Grove Road (opposite the Beeches Hotel);
  • •The golf club are stating the Beeches Hotel is not opposed to 80 HGV vehicles per day adjacent to the hotel as it plans to submit a separate application to develop the hotel;
  • •Weller Designs Ltd (Bishopsmead House, West St, Farnham, Surry GU9 7DU – info@wellerdesigns.co.uk 01252 712127) are submitting the application on behalf of the golf club;
  • •The Application will be referred to as the CL:AIRE protocol, i.e. essentially soil coming from “greenfield” construction;
  • •Not all the soil will be from HS2. Some will come from other sites and the origin has not yet been disclosed;
  • •This is clearly a money making enterprise by the golf club and the owner of the adjacent field;
  • •Planning approval anticipated December 2018;
  • •Importation Permission expected March 2019;
  • •Construction start date April 2019;
  • •Importation completion date 2020;
  • •Open for play autumn 2020.



Main Issues:

  • •Justification to alter a natural landscape in the greenbelt other than commercial gain for the golf club and adjacent landowner;
  • •Environmental, ecological, arboricultural impact (pollution, damage to hedgerows, trees, damage to landscape, heave, landslide etc.);
  • •Quality control of imported soil;
  • •Hydrology effects and risk of heave/landslide from resultant levelling and raising of ground level;
  • •Effect on road network which cannot accommodate 40 HGVs per day on narrow lanes in the greenbelt;
  • •Road safety issues as route passes through built up residential areas and passes several schools and along narrow roads where in places there are signs stating “not suitable for HGVs”;
  • •No benefits to the locality/Burnham. Only the significant inconvenience, environmental impact and road safety issues.

ANOTHER SCAM DOING THE ROUNDS - IGNORE THIS ONE IF YOU RECEIVE IT !

from: "Fedex" <accounts@gna.com.pk>
Date: 19 June 2018 at 10:25:41 BST
To: XXXXXXXXXXXX.( Names removed)
Subject: Parcel Cannot Be Sent
Reply-To: "Fedex" <noreply@fedex.com>

6/18/2018
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Thereby, the extra fee comes to £ 32.54.
In order to send the parcel successfully, please make this payment within one business day.
You can find more details here:

The file contains full description and further tips.
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Senior Manager
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john.redhouse@fedex.com

St Peter’s Church presents

Concert by Syrian classical guitarist
Ayman Jarjour
and
Harpsichordist
Yeo Yat-Soon

Saturday 30 June 2018
7:30 pm St Peter’s Church, Burnham


Ayman Jarjour has performed in the Middle East, Europe, the US, Africa and the Far East. He studied in Madrid and at Juilliard and has released a CD featuring his concert at Carnegie Hall in New York.

Admission free – Donations to MASS

MASS (Medical Aid and Support for Syrians is ... Registered charity...

MASS AGM
6pm in church
Refreshments served between AGM and Concert
All Are Welcome


BURNHAM GRAMMAR SCHOOL.

The school invite you to an event at the school to "Celebrate Creativity" on June 28th.
5 pm - 7 pm


Wednesday July 4th Burnham Concert Band Summer Concert,
St Peter’s Church 8.00 pm

Please come and join us for a fun evening of music with a gentle American twist, light-hearted numbers from the shows, films, and lots of old favourites.

BURNHAM VILLAGE FETE - 14TH JULY IN BURNHAM PARK

There's still time for children to enter the Fancy Dress competition at the Fete, inspired by the 80th anniversary of the Beano comic and this year's 'Mischief Makers' Summer Reading Challenge in the Library. Entry forms and further details from the Library, Burnham Park Hall or the BCA website (www.burnhamcommunityassociation.org.uk) . Come dressed as your favourite BEANO character. Two entry categories: up to Age 7 and 7 - 12 years. Prizes for the winners.




The Guild is delighted to present Hansel & Gretel's Fairy Tale Adventure - hilarious, rollicking fun for the whole family.

Please see below or visit us at windsortheatreguild.co.uk ...... and we're on Facebook too.

Best wishes
Windsor Theatre Guild
NOT A TOPIC ONE REALLY LIKES TO MENTION, BUT A PART OF LIFE WE SOMETIMES HAVE TO DEAL WITH

I came across this article on MoneysavingExpert.com and thought I should flag it up in case anybody finds themselves in the unfortunate situation of having to administer legalities of a relative or friend dying. There is always a great deal of letter writing and contacting to be done. Any facility like this which makes life easier is worth remembering
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https://www.moneysavingexpert.com/news/banking/2018/06/new-service-lets-you-tell-several-banks-about-a-death-with-one-form?_ga=2.21394107.1672985478.1528624369-840134138.1479805972

New service lets you tell several banks about a death with one form


A new service which lets friends and family report the death of an individual to several banks with just one online form has been launched today.
The Death Notification Service, which has been set up by trade association UK Finance and the major banks, aims to make it quicker and easier for anyone who's suffered a bereavement to notify banks and building societies in one step, removing the stress of having to notify each one individually.
Once the relevant firms have been notified, they will then get in touch about the next steps.
The new service is similar to the Government's Tell Us Once service, which enables you to report a death to most of its organisations, such as HM Revenue & Customs, the Driver & Vehicle Licensing Agency and relevant local council, in one go.


"WHICH" INFORMATION ON BANKING CLOSURES

Bank branches are closing at an alarming rate.
Our research found that 60 bank branches close down every month, leaving many communities struggling to access financial services. And although online banking and mobile apps are available, recent IT meltdowns at TSB and Visa have shown such systems aren't infallible.
Access to cash is even more at risk as free-to-use cashpoints are coming under threat, which means many communities could be stripped of their access to cash entirely.
We’ve created a postcode look-up tool and interactive map, so you can see which bank branches have closed (or are set to close) in your area.

Closures in your area

Best wishes,
Which? campaigns team.

New Ways To Protect You This National Neighbourhood Watch Week 2018


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It’s National Neighbourhood Watch Week 2018 (NNWW18) and we’ve got some exciting news to share with you!

This year to mark NNWW18 we’ve created a fantastic, brand new section of our popular website to share new and important information on keeping you and your neighbours safe. Because crime is changing and we want to do our bit to make all communities safer and stronger across England and Wales .

Click here to look at all the new information we’re sharing about crimes and modern issues that cause such significant harm in our communities.

NNWW18 runs until next Sunday, June 24– it’s our annual week of social action across our network of 2.3 million member households - so it’s a perfect time to take a look and share the knowledge!

On our website you’ll find new information, statistics and practical Toolkits that you can share on:
• Domestic Abuse – which we know affects all communities
• Serious Violence – particularly knife crime
• Vulnerability and loneliness – affecting more people as families become more mobile
• Fraud and scams – electronic and traditional
• High harm crimes – Modern Slavery, Child Sexual Exploitation etc.

Please do tell us what you’re doing to mark NNWW18 – email Lisa Parker lisa.parker@ourwatch.org.uk so we can showcase your good work across our media channels!

The Twitter hashtag for the week is #NNWW18 and you can follow us at @N_Watch

Have a great week!

Neighbourhood Watch Network

Message Sent By
Lisa Parker (NHWN, Register Administrator, England & Wales)

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Courier Fraud

The National Fraud Intelligence Bureau has identified an increasing number of reports submitted to Action Fraud from the public concerning courier fraud.

Fraudsters are contacting victims by telephone and purporting to be a police officer or bank official. To substantiate this claim, the caller might be able to confirm some easily obtainable basic details about the victim such as their full name and address. They may also offer a telephone number for the victim to call to check that they are genuine; this number is not genuine and simply redirects to the fraudster who pretends to be a different person. After some trust has been established, the fraudster will then, for example, suggest;

- Some money has been removed from a victim’s bank account and staff at their local bank branch are responsible.
- Suspects have already been arrested but the “police” need money for evidence.
- A business such as a jewellers or currency exchange is operating fraudulently and they require assistance to help secure evidence.

Victims are then asked to cooperate in an investigation by attending their bank and withdrawing money, withdrawing foreign currency from an exchange or purchasing an expensive item to hand over to a courier for examination who will also be a fraudster. Again, to reassure the victim, a safe word might be communicated to the victim so the courier appears genuine.

At the time of handover, unsuspecting victims are promised the money they’ve handed over or spent will be reimbursed but in reality there is no further contact and the money is never seen again.

Protect Yourself

Your bank or the police will never:
- Phone and ask you for your PIN or full banking password.
- Ask you to withdraw money to hand over to them for safe-keeping, or send someone to your home to collect cash, PIN, cards or cheque books if you are a victim of fraud.

Don’t assume an email or phone call is authentic
Just because someone knows your basic details (such as your name and address or even your mother’s maiden name), it doesn’t mean they are genuine. Be mindful of who you trust – criminals may try and trick you into their confidence by telling you that you’ve been a victim of fraud

Stay in control
If something feels wrong then it is usually right to question it. Have the confidence to refuse unusual requests for personal or financial information.

For more information about how to protect yourself online visit
www.cyberaware.gov.uk and www.takefive.stopfraud.org.uk

Message Sent By
Action Fraud (Action Fraud, Administrator, National)

Newsletter For Burnham Farnham Taplow Dorney

Burnham/Farnham’s/Taplow & Dorney

Neighbourhood Priorities
The priorities for your Neighbourhood Policing Team (NHPT) are decided by the Community Forum for the whole of South Bucks. This steering group is made up of members of the community and representatives from organisations across the area. The forum is not run by the Police although we do play a part. This allows us to speak to a good cross section of society and find out what you want us to do and how you want us to police your area. The top three priorities are chosen by the forum every three months and are actioned by your Neighbourhood Policing Team.

Priority One – Burglary
On a rolling 12 month time period, crimes reported in the Burnham/Farnhams/Taplow & Dorney area have fallen by 26% compared to the previous 12 months. We have been conducting targeted Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) operations and we are increasing patrols in and around the area. If you see anything suspicious or out of place, please call us.

Can you please ensure that your property is locked and secure when you leave, as some offences can be prevented by having secure premises. Now the better weather is coming (hopefully!), if you go away, ensure you cancel newspaper and milk deliveries, and make neighbours you trust aware that you’ll be away, so they can keep an eye on your property as well.

Priority Two – Anti Social Behaviour (ASB)
Over the coming quarter we shall be focussing on Anti-Social Behaviour as the better weather has seen sporadic increases across the area. We will be working in partnership with housing authorities and reminding tenants of their obligations under their tenancy agreements. If you do witness any ASB, please contact us so we can deal fairly, robustly and promptly to prevent escalation. We have had a number of reports of antisocial behaviour at Dorney Lake in the warmer weather, the team have been working with staff at the site who have implemented changes to help address the issue.

Priority Three – Speeding
Speeding is an area that has been highlighted and we are working closely with the local parish councils with our Community Speed Watch Scheme. This is a great opportunity for residents who wish to volunteer their time to monitor speeding in areas highlighted for concern by fellow residents. Please contact the team if this is something you are interested in becoming part of.
Burnham Farnhams Taplow NHPT BurnhamFarnhamsTaplowNHPT@thamesvalley.pnn.police.uk

Other News
The team have been working closely with the local primary schools over the last two months with regards to the Community Card Scheme. This involves the children in collecting stickers and having input from various agencies across a wide range of subjects, the team have been carrying out talks on personal safety, antisocial behaviour, knife crime and cyber safety. The scheme also encourages children to find out about other cultures and their community.

There have been concerns raised about potential unauthorised encampments, PS Lucy Ludovici from our Problem Solving Team is arranging a meeting this month with all the local parish councils to raise awareness on our powers, policies and procedures on dealing with this issue.

Issues have been raised in our recent survey about fly tipping in the area, this is dealt with by South Bucks District Council and should be reported directly to them to arrange to clear the area. If you witness anyone fly tipping then please also pass them details for their enforcement team to deal with.

We have received a lot of complaints about parking on the junction of Maypole Road and Taplow Road, where vehicles were parking up on the pavement. The NHPT have been working with Burnham Parish Council and we are pleased to announce that bollards will be going up along this section in the next couple of weeks which will prevent this.

Offenders Brought to Justice
Male has been charged and given a caution for criminal damage in the High Street, Burnham in March 2018

Male has been charged with shoplifting after attempting to steal a lawnmower and Easter eggs to the value of £200 at the Bishops Centre, Taplow

A male has been charged with public order after assaulting a police officer in Burnham in May 2018.


Contact Us:


For any slow time issues you wish to discuss with us then please contact:

(BurnhamFarnhamsTaplowNHPT@thamesvalley.pnn.police.uk or TWEET us on @TVPChiltSBucks


News from Buckinghamshire County Council

19 June 2018

Action plan to manage county's lorry traffic

A four-year action plan has been launched to look in detail at ways to solve lorry hotspot problems and better manage freight around Buckinghamshire's roads.

It comes with the approval today (Tuesday 19 June) of the County Council's new freight strategy by Mark Shaw, Deputy Leader and Transport Cabinet Member.

At the centre of the action plan are proposals to set up freight focus groups in the County Council's 19 Local Area Forum areas, drawn from parishes, community groups and businesses.

And one of the priorities is to appoint a Freight Officer to liaise between parishes, districts, businesses and County Hall, and manage focus groups.

They will examine heavy goods vehicle (HGV) movement data, along with original strategy consultation feedback from more than 1,600 residents and businesses, to help identify areas that need targeted action and investment.

This could include measures ranging from HGV route signs to installing noise and air quality measures, to liaising with neighbouring councils over HGV bans that affect Buckinghamshire.

The first three focus groups will be set up during the coming weeks in the Wing/Ivinghoe area, the Iver/Denham area and the Haddenham/Waddesdon area. Others will be set up during the following nine months.

Deputy Transport Cabinet Member Paul Irwin, who is overseeing the Action Plan, said it was vital the work that groups do help the County Council to strike a balance between getting goods and services around the county efficiently, and the impact on roads and the environment.

"It's a fine balance. We rely on lorries to bring in our food and drink, and take away the waste we produce," said Paul. "But we also have a responsibility to control the impact HGVs have on our roads and the environment."

Around 17% of lorries coming into Buckinghamshire deliver foodstuffs and about 14% of HGV movements are related to taking away waste from residents and businesses in the county.

The increase in online shopping - up 23 per cent in the past year - has pushed up the number of delivery van miles by 46% in the past 10 years and this trend is expected to continue.

"When it comes to freight management nothing stands still," said Paul. "We're kidding ourselves if we think there's a fix-it-once-for-all solution, which is why our freight strategy is a live document. We want focus groups to highlight local issues to help us consider the trends and the changing nature of HGV movements, so we can take the right decisions in the future to balance the need for the efficient distribution of goods and services with the needs of Buckinghamshire’s environment and residents.

"A huge number of residents and business people have helped get Buckinghamshire's Freight Strategy to where it is now, and I'm very grateful for their help," said Paul.


FOOD WASTE PARTNERSHIP

19 June 2018

Bucks residents achieve impressive increase in food waste recycling

A campaign running since summer 2017 which aims to encourage people to recycle more food waste appears to have borne fruit.

Rotten fruit, that is. And mouldy veg. And used tea-bags. And broken egg shells; chicken bones; banana skins, coffee grounds….
In the six months from October to March, an extra 639 tonnes of food waste was recycled in Buckinghamshire compared to the same period the previous year.
That’s an extra 2.9kgs of food waste from every household in the county, on average.
The Fighting Food Waste campaign is run by the Waste Partnership for Buckinghamshire (WPB), which is made up of the four district councils which collect household waste and Buckinghamshire County Council which disposes of it. The campaign has funding from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government. By using advertising, social media, and direct contact with residents, it aims to get people who already recycle food waste to do it more, and to get other residents to start for the first time.
Across the south of the county, the districts offered households free food waste caddies, and 3,000 extra caddies were ordered during six months, either by first-time food recyclers or by householders replacing lost or broken caddies. Free caddy liners were also provided to all households in the southern districts together with information on how to recycle food waste.
Councillor Bill Chapple OBE, Buckinghamshire County Council Cabinet Member for Planning and Environment and chairman of the WPB, said: “This is another good step forward in our efforts to be more waste efficient and residents can give themselves a pat on the back, though there is always room to do more.
“The ideal is not to waste food, but some waste is unavoidable and by recycling we can still get energy from that food – electrical energy.”
The upturn in recycling may have been helped by the fact that residents in the southern districts – South Bucks, Chiltern and Wycombe - have for some months been able use plastic bags to dispose of food waste in their caddies rather than needing to use compostable bags or paper. From the beginning of June 2018, residents of Aylesbury Vale have also been able to use plastic bags to line their food waste caddies, which will hopefully continue to increase the amounts of food waste recycling.
A Love Food Hate Waste section on the Recycle for Buckinghamshire website (www.recycle4bucks.co.uk) gives tips on making the most of leftovers and reducing waste, but some food waste is unavoidable. By recycling as much of it as possible through the dedicated weekly kerbside collections carried out by the districts, the waste can be turned into energy by a process of anaerobic digestion (AD).
In Bucks, food waste is sent for processing in AD plants at Westcott (Bucks) and Wallingford (Oxon).
At the AD plants, the food waste is digested by bacteria in special tanks to produce methane-rich biogas - which is used as fuel to generate electricity - and a chemical-free fertiliser that can be used by farmers to enrich their soil.
AD is far more cost efficient than sending food waste to the county’s Energy from Waste (EfW) site at Greatmoor where other non-recyclable waste is sent.
In Bucks, around 16,000 tonnes of food waste are collected from homes each year, but there is still more to be done to reduce food waste, and to recycle unavoidable waste.


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Follow Up Calls Computer Software Service Fraud


There is concern that victims of previous Computer Software Service Fraud (CSSF) are being re-targeted for “owed money”. The National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB) reports that CSSF scammers are returning to contact previous victims, requesting that they pay money owed for a fake malware protection service they had provided. Alternatively, the fraudster will ask for a new subscription fee in return for protection from a new threat. The victims that have made payments to the fraudsters have done so via credit/debit card payments. In some instances threatening and aggressive language has been used against victims, as part of the attempt to coerce them into sending money.

Computer Software Service Fraud involves the victim being contacted, told that there is a problem with their computer, and that for a fee this issue can be resolved. The aim of the fraudster at this point is usually to gain remote access to the victim’s computer and, subsequently, access to their online banking account. No fix actually occurs. The victims will often be cold-called or will receive a pop-up on their computer, prompting them to phone the suspect.

Since the beginning of this year (2018), the total loss for repeat victims of CSSF has been reported as £16,712.85. The National Fraud Intelligence Bureau has noticed an increase in such reports since the beginning of May.

Protect Yourself

• If you receive such an unsolicited call or pop-up, do not make a payment. Always ensure you know who you are talking to. If in doubt, hang up immediately.
Do not allow remote access to your computer.
Don’t be rushed or pressured into making a decision. Under no circumstances would a genuine bank, or another trusted organisation, force you to make a financial transaction on the spot; they would never ask you to transfer money into another account for fraud reasons. Remember to stop and take time to carefully consider your actions.
Listen to your instincts. If something feels wrong then it is usually right to question it. Criminals may lull you into a false sense of security when you are out and about or rely on your defences being down when you’re in the comfort of your own home. They may appear trustworthy, but they may not be who they claim to be.

For more information about how to protect yourself online, visit www.cyberaware.gov.uk and takefive-stopfraud.org.uk

If you have been a victim of fraud or cybercrime, report it to us at Actionfraud.police.uk, or by calling 0300 123 2040.




POLICE UPDATE


No burglaries but unfortunately a couple of tthefts. from vehicles.

On 9 June at 3:39pm an unknown offender took a rucksack from a silver Mercedes parked in The Fairway. The bag contained money and work papers. There are possible CCTV enquiries to be made.
A digital camera was also stolen from a vehicle in Sands Farm Drive.

IMPORTANT OTHER:

Theft from Motor vehicles are on the increase, albeit more in Slough area at present. However, they are starting to offend in Burnham!

The vast majority of these offences are groups of opportunists who look for items of value left on display in vehicles. Please don’t make it easy for them – don’t leave any items on display in your vehicle. Mobile Phones/Bags/Wallets/Purses/Designer Sunglasses/Cash are prime targets.

DISPLAY AND YOU WILL PAY!


BUCKS OLDER PERSONS ACTION GROUP

June newsletter can be accessed via this link

http://www.bopag.org.uk/(and click on the Newsletter section in the Green headings bar)

Note the ihelpful information on Wills, Estate Planning & Powers of Attorney.

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JENNERY LANE PUBLIC TOILETS .

After a spate of vandalism last Autumn, we changed the closing time of the public toilets from 5pm to 3:30pm. Thankfully we’ve had no more incidents since then, and we’ve decided to put the closing time back to 5pm.

From Monday 18th June the opening times will be:

Monday to Sunday

9am to 5pm

For more information, contact the Parish Clerk, Sheridan Jacklin-Edward, on 01628 661381 / clerk@burnhamparish.gov.uk.

(We're very fortunate to have public toilets in the village when many of these facilities throughout the country are being closed due to the high cost of the maintenance. Please help the Parish to keep them open and call the police immediately if you see signs of anybody attempting to vandalise them.)


LAST WEEK END'S BEER & MUSIC FESTIVAL ON THE VILLAGE GREEN
Clap your hands if you're a Council Tax payer !!

The Festival was a great financial success.and all profits will go back into supporting the Hall and other community events throughout the year. Over the past three years, the success and good management of the Hall has meant the public subsidy has fallen by £40,000 (£100k down to £60k) and it’s continuing to do so, whilst the number and size of events for the community continues to rise.


TABLE TOP SALE IN THE LIBRARY

SATURDAY 30TH JUNE 10 AM - 2 PM

To be held in the Courtyard, weather permitting, otherwise in one of the meeting rooms.
All the tables now booked but please come along and perhaps find a bargain.

There will also be a Cake Sale and a pop up café operating. ..
BURNHAM VILLAGE FETE - 14TH JULY IN BURNHAM PARK

This year's Fete, organised by Burnham Community Association, one of Burnham biggest village charities is aimed at helping to raise the funds to buy a new community mini bus for the village. . The current one desperately needs replacing and is valued by many older and disabled people for their weekly shopping runs to ASDA and other local excursions.

This year will see a celebration of our Emergency Services.

There will be a Kids Fancy Dress Competition, inspired by the 80th anniversary of the Beano comic and this year's 'Mischief Makers' Summer Reading Challenge in the Library. Pick up your entry forms and further details from the Library, Burnham Park Hall or the BCA website (www.burnhamcommunityassociation.org.uk) and come dressed as your favourite BEANO character. Two entry categories: up to Age 7 and 7 - 12 years. Prizes will be awarded.

Swan issues safety warning for washing machines due to fire risk
Swan has issued an important safety warning on SW1010 and SW1020 washing machines sold by Very and Littlewoods between 2010 and 2012. The internal control unit has failed in a small number of these washing machines. There’s a risk of the unit overheating, which could lead to a fire.
Swan is replacing the control units on all of the models concerned as a precautionary measure. If your washing machine is affected, Swan promises a free replacement of the control unit.
You can find a list of the affected models here, plus details on how to organise a repair of your machine.

Swan safety alert


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We're on the hunt to find communities that don't have reliable and easy access to cash free of charge. Whether your cashpoint constantly breaks down or is too far away to be convenient, we want to hear about it.
Your input could help us highlight the flaws in the current cashpoint system - and help us campaign to change it. We've created an easy-to-use tool so you can tell us about the cashpoint provision in your area - all you need to get started is your postcode.

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Vehicle safety recalls: April 2018

These are the vehicles, parts or accessories recalled by manufacturers for a safety reason during April 2018.

You can check for vehicle, part or accessory recalls or find out more about vehicle recalls and faults.
DVSA reference number Make and model Issue
R/2018/035 Jaguar: XE, XF, E-PACE, F-PACE and F-TYPE (All 2.0L Petrol Engine only) Fuel may leak
R/2018/036 Land Rover: Range Rover, Range Rover Sport, Range Rover Evoque, Range Rover Velar, Discovery Sport, All New Discovery (All 2.0L Petrol Engines) Fuel may leak
R/2018/038 Fiat: Ducato Intercooler sleeve may detach from the throttle body, causing a loss of engine power
R/2018/050 Toyota: Lexus RC-F, Lexus GS-F and Lexus LC500 Fuel may leak
R/2018/058 Jaguar: E-PACE Front brake flexi hose brackets may not be to specification
R/2018/059 Land Rover: Range Rover Velar Air conditioning may fail to de-mist interior windows
R/2018/068 Chrysler: Chrysler 300C, Jeep Wrangler Passenger airbag may not deploy correctly
R/2018/080 Ferrari: 488 GTB, 488 Spider Dash warning light may fail to warn driver when brake discs are worn and cause damage to discs
R/2018/081 Jeep: Wrangler Brake lamp switch may malfunction
R/2018/086 Audi: A4, A5 Aluminium trim may partly detach from loudspeaker trim in doors and cause injury to occupants
R/2018/087 Mazda: Mazda2, Mazda3, CX-3 Software error can cause engine to fail
R/2018/089 Peugeot: 3008 Tightening torque of towbar fixing may be to wrong specification
R/2018/090 DAF: LF Models Pinion nut may loosen, which could affect steering
R/2018/091 Nissan: Qashqai Body control module may fail to warn driver of indicator light malfunction
R/2018/093 Tesla: Model S Loss of power steering assistance
R/2018/094 Renault: Clio IV, Captur Dipped headlight may fail to light the road ahead to sufficient level
R/2018/095 Fiat: Fullback Door locks may malfunction and allow doors to open unintentionally
R/2018/099 BMW: X3, X4 Restricted fuel supply could cause engine to stall
R/2018/103 Hyundai: IONIQ Coolant may leak into electric power control unit
R/2018/104 Hyundai: Santa Fe Steering wheel may detach
R/2018/105 Mercedes-Benz Bus: Evobus Citaro Euro 6 Fuel return line may leak
R/2018/106 Vauxhall: Insignia B Windscreen may not be installed correctly
R/2018/108 Vauxhall: Crossland X Fastening nut of the rear axle hub may work loose
R/2018/110 Porsche: Panamera Accelerator pedal may be installed incorrectly
R/2018/111 Audi: A8 The retaining clip in the active head restraint assembly may not be installed
R/2018/112 Wrightbus: StreetLite DF and WF Wiring to electrical looms may become damaged, which could affect power supply to cooling fans and cause the engine to overheat
RCT/2018/001 Timberwolf: TW 230DHB Woodchipper Trailer chassis may crack
RM/2018/012 Polaris: Slingshot 3-Wheel Motorcycle Seat base frame may be defective
RM/2018/013 Suzuki: GSX-S125 Ignition switch fault could cause engine to stop during use
RM/2018/014 Indian Motorcycles: All 2018 111ci Motorcycles produced before 08/01/2018 Right hand switch cube does not meet quality standards
RM/2018/015 Piaggio: Beverley 350 (with ABS) Risk of fuel leakage from top of the fuel tank
RM/2018/016 Piaggio: MP3 300 LT, MP3 500 MT, Gilera Fuoco 500 lt Risk of fuel leakage from top of the fuel tank
RM/2018/017 Piaggio: X EVO 125 Risk of fuel leakage from top of the fuel tank
RSPV/2018/002 Polaris: RZR XP 1000, XP4 1000 Heat shield upgrade required
BARN DANCE

Taplow & Hitcham Womens Institute are holding a BARN DANCE at Taplow W.I., Institute on Saturday 7th July at 7.30 p.m. Dancing to The Wick Trimmers.

Tickets £5 . Bring your own drinks. Tickets from Liz Grover: Tel: 01628 663289 or email: : lizattaplowwi@btinternet.com


FAMILY FILM NIGHT AT CORNERSTONE

WEDNESDAY 27TH JUNE, 6.30 P.M.

'PADDINGTON 2' PG (1 hr 43 mins).

£5 to include hot dog and soft drinks. Infants under 3 FREE
CANTORUM CHOIR


Two members of the choir living in Burnham look forward to seeing you there !


Dear Cantorum Choir Guests,

It is less than 3 weeks to our summer concert:

Stars of the Summer Night
Saturday 23rd June, 7:30pm
Holy Trinity Church, Cookham, SL6 9SP


We will be singing a selection of English madrigals, including Gibbons' The Silver Swan, English partsongs, some stunning French chansons by Faure, Ravel and Saint-Saens and finishing with some toe-tapping American songs by Porter, Kern and Gershwin.

Tickets are available from our website,
Or call our Box Office on 01628 525371
Or visit the Stationery Depot, 23 Station Parade, Cookham Rise
Tickets £12 (Under 18s £8, under 10s free)


Cantorum Choir
Music Director: Oliver Gooch
Registered Charity No. 1136210

INVITATION for CHARITIES and COMMUNITY GROUPS to APPLY for SEGRO GRANTS

A new fund has been opened fpr charities and community groups focusing on helping young people into work and combating homelessness.

SEGRO, based in Slough Trading Estate, is now open for applications for a slice of the £ 115,000 pot to support a variety of specialist charities.

The newly-created SEGRO Community Fund is a partnership between the London Community and Thames Valley Community Funds, although both operate independently.

Neil IMPIAZZI of SEGRO said 'Dovetailing our Community Fund allows us to continue our close relationships across the regions where we have an active presence, while providing a more efficient and holistic approach to our community funding.'

Those interested are invited to visit www.berkshirecf.org/grants/segro-community-fund.

RURAL BUS SURVEY REMINDER

News from Buckinghamshire County Council

06 June 2018

Fill in our bus survey, passengers urged

A review of bus services to small towns, villages and rural areas has been launched by Buckinghamshire County Council, aiming to make sure services meet the needs of travellers.
The County Council spends more than £2 million a year supporting public transport to areas where there is a social need, and the review starts with a rigorous programme of fact-finding among users.

People who use any of the 40 County-supported routes are being invited to complete a survey during the next six weeks to establish local needs, usage trends, aspirations, and possible future use.

The last across-the-board review was in 2014, and Paul Irwin, Deputy Transport Cabinet Member, said: "Population shift and demographic change affect the use of public transport and impact on residents' needs. It’s a shifting landscape, and the arrangements we put in place four or five years ago probably no longer match use and requirements."

He said the passenger survey would provide essential information on up-to-date usage and needs, so that the review and consultation process would ensure financial support is targeted where it’s most needed.

"This is why it's so important that we get the clearest picture of usage, and why I'm asking everyone who uses these buses to complete a survey," said Paul. "The financial pressures on the County Council mean there's a finite budget to support this kind of public transport and we need to make sure it's being spent where it's most needed."
Survey results will be examined alongside ticket and bus pass data collected over the past year by drivers' machines, and any proposed changes following the survey will be discussed at residents' consultation workshops in relevant Local Area Forum areas starting in the autumn.
Paul said the consultation would extend to transport user groups, community transport operators, and voluntary organisations. Consultation feedback forms will also be on the County Council website.

The survey can be completed online at www.buckscc.gov.uk/bussurvey and printed copies will be available at libraries, parish councils and from bus drivers on the 40 routes. The closing date is Friday 20 July.


News Release
12 June 2018
South Bucks District Council takes on ownership of Littleworth Common, Burnham

To continue with the positive habitat management and to protect the important site into the future, South Bucks District Council has taken on the ownership of Littleworth Common in Burnham.
The Council has for many years managed the site on behalf of previous owners under a Scheme of Management but the former land owners of the site were not fully engaged in the management of the site. Freehold ownership of the site will enable better site management ensuring the site’s continued protection for residents and visitors to enjoy and for the habitats to thrive in a favourable condition.
The site is listed as a Site of Special Scientific interest (SSSI) and Natural England has specific requirements about the way that the site is managed. The Council will continue to work with Natural England for the benefit of the site.
The Council will work with local residents and organisations such as the Chiltern Rangers and Youth Groups to progress the management of the common. Recent work by conservation bodies and volunteers to manage the birch saplings and bracken has been successful and this will be continued with engagement with local residents and Habitat Conservation Groups.
The work is guided by the current Management Plan which can be seen at http://www.southbucks.gov.uk/littleworth
Cllr Sullivan, SBDC Portfolio Holder for Environment says:
“South Bucks District Council is pleased to be able to acquire the ownership of this important site and looks forward to working with interested parties to continue the improvement of the habitats. The Council is committed to maintaining its open spaces for the enjoyment by residents and visitors.”
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Littleworth Common is an important site being a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) of 16 Hectares/ 39.6 acres with valuable habitats of lowland heathland, ponds and woodland. It is valued by local residents and has many visitors.
Due to its SSSI status, the site should be maintained in a ‘favourable’ condition as set out by Natural England, and has to be maintained as a specific natural habitat for ever, and cannot be developed.
The site is shown edged in black on the attached plan.
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FREE EVENT AT DORNEY GARDEN CENTRE

How to grow and care for Roses

Mark Goold from Henry Street Garden Centre, rose specialist and master grower for Crocus for over 18 years, joins us at Dorney Court Kitchen Garden to give a free talk on Roses.

Mark will be talking you through how to plant, prune and look after roses followed by a short questions and answers session.

Thursday 21st June
11.30 - 12.30 BST | 14:00 - 15:00 BST
Tickets: FREE

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IN THE LIBRARY

Friday 15TH June. 7.30 pm


Mark this date for the next fund raising production from the Friends of Burnham Library.

This satire is being performed by East Berks-based Rattle 'n Roll Players. The play pokes fun at President Donald TRUMP, set in a fantasy land where a bored and powerful merchant attempts to oust the current king, with the help of a couple of witches - whose help unleashes turmoil even Donald didn't expect.

Tickets are £ 15 , (£ 12 for fully paid up Friends of Burnham Library ) and can be purchased from the Library Desk or online at www.friendsofburnhamlibrary.org. Supper will be provided.


Driving to France his summer. Don't forget you may need a sticker to avoid a £60 fine

A reminder that if you're driving through certain areas in France (including Paris, Lyon, Lille, Strasbourg, Toulouse or Grenoble – see the full list), new rules mean you may need an emissions sticker to avoid risking an on-the-spot fine of €68 (£60).

These cities have introduced the Crit'Air scheme to tackle pollution, which means if you're driving through certain environmental zones during restricted times (which can be subject to change depending on that day's pollution) you'll have to have a sticker on your window. See full details of how restrictions vary by city on the EU's Urban Access website.
The stickers cost €4.21 (about £3.70), including postage to the UK, and are colour-coded depending on emissions. Some vehicles are excluded from the scheme and so can't be driven where there are restrictions, including cars registered before 1997, motorbikes and scooters registered before June 2000 and trucks and buses registered before 2001.
Here's how to apply for the sticker (known as a vignette):

  • •Check your emissions on the RAC website.
  • • Go to the French Environment Ministry website to see which sticker/vignette you can apply for. Only use this official site, don't get caught out by a shyster sitewhich is likely to charge more.
  • •Fill in the online order form – you'll need your licence plate number, date of first registration, fuel and vehicle type, serial number (VIN), a digital copy of vehicle registration documents, name and address and payment details.

This is the only way you can obtain a sticker – you can't apply once you're in France. Watch out fornon-official sites selling them at a vastly inflated prices. A sticker can take up to 30 days to arrive so apply well before you departure date. .


Summer concert, featuring afternoon tea.
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Bob Chilcott's Aesop's Fables is an engaging choral work featuring five of the famous stories. His masterful musical setting brings each story to life, from the groaning mountain to the dozing tortoise at the end of the race, in a portrayal of these moral tales that is sure to appeal to audiences of all ages. Feel the Spirit is a cycle of seven familiar spirituals expertly arranged by John Rutter for choir. The vivid and expressive arrangements showcase the rich heritage of the spiritual. The work brings new life to such well-loved titles as Steal Away, I Got a Robe, and When the Saints Go Marching In.
Between the two works, there will be an interlude of short pieces for string quartet, led by Marilyn Vanryne.

Tickets

£10, £5 under 16s/students.
To buy tickets online CLICK HERE (no booking fee)
Telephone box office 0300 365 7445 (Telephone booking fee £1)

Sunday 24th June 2018, 4.00 pm. Tea and cake served at 5.00 pm
St Andrew’s Church, Washington Drive, Cippenham, Slough SL1 5RE
Slough Philharmonic Chorus
Sheila Cornall Conductor
Sarah Vandevelde Graham Soprano
John Chantrey Piano


Family Festival & Tasting Event June 2018
16th June 2018

WASTE PARTNERSHIP FOR BUCKS

04 June 2018

Vehicle owner fined for fly tipping after refusing to identify culprit

A man is fined when the car used by an unknown woman to fly tip waste is traced back to him through surveillance pictures.

Maurice James Smith, 66, of Tamar Way, Langley, Slough, was found guilty at trial at High Wycombe Magistrates Court on 18 May 2017 for the offence of knowingly causing the illegal deposit of waste.

The court heard that on 18 October 2017 a surveillance camera targeting fly-tipping at Allerds Road, Burnham, Bucks, filmed waste being deposited illegally by a woman driving a car later found to belong to Mr Smith.

When interviewed at a police station Mr Smith confirmed that the vehicle belonged to him, but denied depositing the waste himself. He told investigators that the woman was a casual acquaintance who he presumed had used a spare key to ‘borrow’ his car without his permission to transport her own waste while he was in Scotland visiting his sister.

Mr Smith’s account was investigated and a second police station interview followed. This time, Mr Smith admitted that he knew the woman who dumped the waste well but refused to identify her. He said that he believed she was too psychologically frail to undergo investigation.

He again said that he had been in Scotland at the time of the incident and that his spare car key had been kept at the female friend’s property in case he lost his main key. He said that the woman had not had his permission to use his car and therefore the offence had taken place without his knowledge or permission. He said he was strongly against the fly-tipping of waste.

Mr Smith was told he was effectively preventing the investigation from examining the woman’s motivation and mitigation. He was told that the law - the Environmental Protection Act 1990 - provides that the owner of a vehicle used for waste dumping is viewed as ‘knowingly causing’ the deposit whether or not they gave permission for the dumping to happen. In these circumstances the owner of the vehicle must show that he took reasonable precautions and exercised all due diligence to avoid the commission of the offence.

At Court, the District Judge reviewed the evidence given by Mr Smith at his interviews. She asked him if he had in fact been in Scotland at the time of the offence, and he admitted that he had not. With the reliability of his evidence in question, the judge informed Smith that he must either allow justice to follow its course against the person who dumped the waste, or take the consequence himself. He was therefore found guilty as charged, fined £200, and ordered to pay prosecution costs of £500. A victim surcharge of £30 was also levied – making a total to pay of £730.

South Bucks District Council Cabinet Member for Environment Luisa Sullivan, speaking on behalf of the Waste Partnership for Buckinghamshire, said: "The environmental protection law is framed in such a way that liability for fly tipping offences is wider than simply the act of dumping the waste. This man's refusal to identify the woman seen on camera meant that the court was able to fine him as owner of the vehicle used in the offence."

The case was investigated and prosecuted by Buckinghamshire County Council on behalf of the Waste Partnership for Buckinghamshire. The Partnership's Illegal Dumping Costs campaign, launched in November 2003 to combat illegal dumping and waste management offences in Buckinghamshire, has resulted in over 660 convictions and a significant saving to the Buckinghamshire taxpayer principally through reducing removal and disposal costs.

Illegal dumping can be reported at www.buckscc.gov.uk/fly




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News from Buckinghamshire County Council

4 JUNE 2018


Work starts on high priority Beaconsfield relief road

Preliminary work starts today (Monday, 4 JUNE on the northern section of Beaconsfield's new relief road, one of Buckinghamshire County Council's high priority investment schemes.

Contractor Balfour Beatty has been commissioned to check the land for any archaeological evidence before construction work starts in JULY. Only when artefacts have been recovered and logged can construction on the half mile (940 metres) northern section of the road start.

The road will run from a new roundabout at Maxwell Road, to link with a southern section being built by developer Inland Homes, from Pyebush Roundabout on the A 40 to Minerva Way, on the emerging Wilton Park housing estate.

When completed in Summer 2019, the new stretch of A 355 will relieve congestion at London End roundabout, and provide a more direct link for traffic bound for the M 40 and Slough.

The relief road improvement project is one of Buckinghamshire County Council's high priority schemes, with a £ 9.2 million budget, funded by £ 3.1m from the Local Transport Board (LTB) and by a £ 6.05m grant from the Government's Local Growth Fund through Buckinghamshire Thames Valley Local Enterprise Partnership (BTVLEP).

Mark SHAW, Deputy Leader and Transport Cabinet Member, said the plans had been scrutinised by community groups and other local stakeholders at an options workshop in 2016, from which feedback had helped shape the final scheme.

"This is an important milestone on our journey to reduce traffic congestion in Beaconsfield old town and improve life for residents and businesses," said Mark. "This is yet another major investment in Buckinghamshire's roads, and I'm really pleased we're moving ahead with the scheme."
Richard HARRINGTON, BTVLEP Chief Executive, said: “We are delighted to see this BTVLEP supported road scheme commence, which aims to improve the resilience and performance of Buckinghamshire’s local highway network, and enhance strategic north/south connectivity for the county.”

Richard added: “Without these necessary improvements to road infrastructure there is a risk that the county could be put at a disadvantage in terms of transport access across the county and the knock effects to economic growth.”
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Volunteers Week

Have you ever considered volunteering with us?

It’s National Volunteers’ Week and we are celebrating the work of our volunteers.

We have over 500 Police Support Volunteers, over 400 Special Constables and over 200 cadets.

By working with us and our partners, these volunteers help keep Thames Valley safe.

We currently have a number of opportunities for enthusiastic volunteers to assist in the running of our Cadet Units across Thames Valley.

Cadet Leaders help young people to develop their skills and confidence alongside supporting a wide range of activities and events in the local community.

Anyone over 18 is eligible to apply and you need to be able to commit to one evening a week, with some additional hours when required.

Find out more about our Cadet Leader opportunities on our website.

Message Sent By
Caitlin Rosetti (Police, Communications Support Assistant, Thames Valley)


Partnership news
4 June 2018

Buckinghamshire appoints first joint ICT director across the County Council and NHS

A future with fully integrated local authority services and healthcare provision has come a step closer with the creation of the country’s first ICT Director with responsibility across a county council, NHS trust and clinical commissioning group.
Balvinder Heran has been appointed as the Joint Strategic Director of Information Assets and Digital Development by Buckinghamshire County Council (BCC), Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust (BHT) and NHS Buckinghamshire Clinical Commissioning Group.
Ms Heran, currently director of ICT at the London Borough of Hounslow and a pioneer of shared services, will be accountable for the combined ICT strategy of all three organisations.
The county, which was awarded pilot status for one of eight Integrated Care Systems in the country, is the first of the pilot areas to create such a role.
Such was the unique nature of the job that it was a long process to whittle down 230 applicants to a long list for technical interviews and then a shortlist of four for final interviews.
The interviewing panellists, from across the County Council, NHS trust and CCG, were impressed with Ms Heran’s passion for developing customer-focused ICT and online services, and her previous experience of negotiating and implementing shared IT services.
Her job will be to define the strategic direction and business priorities for the development of technology across the whole Buckinghamshire Integrated Care System.
She will lead the overall system strategy, ensuring that digitally driven solutions and services are fully supported by the right architectures and systems and that dependence on existing legacy systems and contracts are dramatically reduced.
John Chilver, Buckinghamshire County Council Cabinet Member for Resources, said: “Ms Heran shares our passion for digital inclusion and customer-focused ICT and her track-record of designing, negotiating and delivering shared computer services makes her a great fit for the digital transformation we hope to achieve.”

James Drury, Director of Finance at Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust: “This new partnership role will help engender closer collaboration between the Trust, Buckinghamshire CCG and Buckinghamshire County Council so together we can move closer towards realising the benefits of digitalisation within the Buckinghamshire Integrated Care System.”
Robert Majilton, Deputy Chief Officer for NHS Buckinghamshire Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “This new position will be a great benefit to Buckinghamshire CCG and its partner organisations and will put us in an even stronger position to deliver on the potential of an Integrated Care System.
“It will help us to adopt a truly coherent strategy across the health and care system, making the most of our ability to share information to improve health outcomes for residents and allowing all partners within the Buckinghamshire ICS to operate more efficiently.”
Prior to her most recent role in the large and diverse borough of Hounslow, Ms Heran was the Joint Strategic Lead for shared working across four non-geographically aligned local authorities (Stratford-on-Avon, South Northamptonshire, Cherwell and South Staffordshire).
She delivered a four-way ICT Business Development Service built on a model of one lead delivery partner and three commissioning councils.
At Stratford-on-Avon she had earlier led the ICT project which earned the council national Beacon status for digital inclusion and community involvement.
Ms Heran, who says she chooses to work in the public sector in order to improve outcomes for residents and businesses, is also a Non-Executive Director of Bromford Housing Group and a member of the joint steering group for overseeing a merger with Merlin House Groups and Severn Vale Housing.
As a volunteer she says she enjoys working with communities and ‘hard to reach’ groups and she led the delivery of the Diwali light festival in Leamington Spa in response to growing community demand.
Ms Heran said she is looking forward to her new job, 'building new partnerships to create a lasting vision where ICT and digital transformation across Bucks is recognised as adding real value to the customer experience and high quality, value for money public services are delivered regardless of organisational boundaries.'

Ms Heran is expected to start her role in September.



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For further information please contact: Aidan Shutter, on 01296 382444 or out of hours on 07825430978

Appeal For Witnesses - Disortder At Beaconsfield Service Station

Police attended a report of criminal damage to vehicles at 19:30 on 6th June 2018 at the service station in Beaconsfield and are appealing for witnesses.

If you have any information that may assist the Police in their investigation please contact PC O'Neill from the Amersham Police Station on 101 and quote reference 43180171496.

If you don’t want to speak directly to the police you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111 or online at www.crimestoppers-uk.org

No personal details are taken, information is not traced or recorded and you will not go to court.

Message Sent By
Jen Shraga (Police, Police Community Support Officer (PCSO), Chiltern and South Bucks LPA)
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RURAL BUS SERVICE SURVEY BEING CARRIED OUT

www.buckscc.gov.uk

Council-supported Rural Bus Service Survey 2018

We are launching a survey this week regarding the County Council supported routes in small towns, villages and rural areas in Buckinghamshire. We want to understand how current bus services are being used. We’ll use this information to review how future services can better meet people’s travel patterns, and this may include revising existing routes and timetables or looking at alternatives such as community transport or other flexible transport services.

The survey can be found on our website www.buckscc.gov.uk/bussurvey. It is important to emphasise that this survey is not about all buses, many services are operated commercially by the bus companies and receive no financial support from the County Council. More details are on the survey website.

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1 June 2018 .
REPORTED SCAM BY ONE OF OUR COORDINATORS

"One of my residents reported the following today:

They received a telephone call from someone who told them that there was a problem with their wi-fi and they should turn it off for two days. They suspected some kind of scam and asked a few questions of the caller who mumbled some unsatisfactory replies and ended the call. They got on to BT who told them it was definitely a scam and to take no notice.

The wife relayed it to me later in the day but it was her husband who had spoken with the caller and she didn’t have any more details.

I puzzled over this as there didn’t seem to be any kind of gain for the caller, unless in two days’ time they were going to demand personal details before the wifi “could be sorted”. The couple had used 1472, ascertained the caller was from a Welsh district, called the number back and asked a few questions and the number put the phone down, clearly realising the couple hadn’t fallen for anything.

But a chilling thought has since struck me – if someone wanted to empty your account, what better way than to tell you not to use your computer for two days, and therefore not be able to check your bank account. Young people use their mobiles for banking, so it wouldn’t work for them, but few elderly people use their mobiles. However these days nearly all pensioners use the computer for internet banking.

Hack into an older person’s account, tell them not to turn on the computer, and then you’ve got two days to empty the account before they find out.

Maybe this has been included in previously reported scams but I couldn’t recall any.

I don’t know whether this was the motive behind the call, but first thing in the morning I shall call my members and tell them to check their accounts. One hopes that by their calling back, the instigator, realising he had been rumbled, would have given up any idea of carrying anything further."



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AND ANOTHER ALERT


One of our members in The Fairway received an unsolicited door knocking call from an individual, allegedly from Scope, asking them to sign up to pay a monthly charitable donation.

Please do not allow yourself to be intimidated into making any commitments. If your street has collectively decided to be a No Doorstep Selling Zone, point them to the notice on the relevant lamp post and remind them there is a penalty for not conforming to the rules.

A VERY MISLEADING SOUND OF SPRING & EARLY SUMMER .

I was contacted recently by one of our members living nearby whose family was disturbed in the middle of the night by the sound of what they thought was a woman or young girl screaming because she was being attacked in the street. They were unable to discover where the sound was coming from and so called the police as a precaution.

No evidence of any attack was subsequently found and so the incident remained somewhat of a mystery until we realised that around that time of the early hours, our security light had been triggered by a fox coming into our garden. Yes, you've guessed! The sound had probably been triggered by two foxes who were mating or having a confrontation nearby. The sounds they produce very much resemble the sound of a girl or woman screaming. If you are not familiar with this noise ,Google "You Tube Foxes screaming" and you will be able to hear various clips of the sounds they can make.
A WARNING FOR POTATO AND TOMATO GROWERS !

I received my first Blight warning of the summer for this area on Wednesday, (I have now received 3 this week), which didn't amuse me considering I've only just finished planting out my outdoor tomatoes! However,,perhaps wasn't surprising given the humid weather we've had after recent thunderstorms followed by hot sunshine.

If you're a potato or tomato grower and are interested in receiving blight warnings, you can go to the Blightwatch website and sign up for warnings in your area.
.https://blightwatch.co.uk/ It was primary designed as a site for commercial potato growers, given this plant's vulnerability to blight, but in more recent years amateur growers have also been able to sign up free of charge for blight warnings.
WOMEN AND SPIRITUALITY - FREE MEETINGS IN OUR AREA

Women and Spirituality provides an opportunity for women to create a brighter and more positive future for themselves, their families and the society at large through the realisation of their full potential.

Themes include :

* Making time and space for myself

* Recognising my strength

* Facing the outcome of my choices

* Being appreciative, accepting and responsible

* Enjoying peaceful and loving relationships

* Incorporating spiritual values in daily life.

10.30 am to 12 noon -

1st Friday of the month - St Mary's Church Centre, 2 St Mary's Road, Langley, Slough SL 3 7 ER

2nd Friday of the month - Burnham Library, Windsor Lane, Burnham, SL 1 7 HR

3rd Friday of the month - St Mary's Church Centre, 2 St Mary's Road, Langley, Slough SL 3 7 ER

Last Friday of the month - Clewer Green School, Hatch Lane, Windsor, SL 4 3 RL

Further information available from - Marguerite - T : 01753 - 825076 ; E : peacemarg@gmail.com

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CHANGE IN HIGHWAY CODE RULES

The Highway Code section about motorways will change from 4 June 2018.

This is because the law is being changed to allow learner drivers to have motorway lessons with an approved driving instructor. This will help to make sure more drivers know how to use motorways safely.

What's changing

The change is to rule 253, which covers who can use motorways.

The rule will have this wording added to it:

'From 4 June 2018 provisional licence holders may drive on the motorway if they are accompanied by an approved driving instructor and are driving a car displaying red L plates (D plates in Wales), that’s fitted with dual controls.'

Find out more about learner drivers taking motorway lessons

Read The Highway Code rules about motorways

Tsb Port Out Alert

There has been an increase in reports made in May by TSB customers relating to “port-out” fraud. Fraudsters are number porting a victim’s telephone number to a SIM card under their control and then using the number to access the victim’s bank accounts.

The increase in the number of reports corresponds with the timing of TSB’s computer system update, which resulted in 1.9 million users being locked out of their accounts. Opportunistic fraudsters are using TSB’s system issue to target individuals, which follows the increase in phishing and smishing communications also targeting TSB customers this month. Victims’ bank account and personal details including their phone number are collected by the fraudster, providing them with the information to execute the fraud.

Number porting is a genuine service provided by telecommunication companies. It allows customers to keep their existing phone number and transfer it to a new SIM card. The existing network provider sends the customer a Port Authorisation Code (PAC), that when presented to the new provider allows the number to be transferred across. This service can, however, be abused by fraudsters.

To gain control of the victim’s phone number, fraudsters convince the victim’s mobile phone network provider to swap their number on to a SIM card in the fraudster’s control. Once the fraudster has control of the number they are able to intercept the victims’ text messages, allowing them to use services linked to the victim’s phone number. This can include requesting an online banking password reset or access to any two factor authentication services.

Victims have reported large losses as a result of this fraud. One victim initially dismissed text messages received from their network provider containing a PAC number. Two days later £6,000 was removed from the victim’s TSB current account. The victim subsequently contacted their phone provider and was informed that someone contacted the provider purporting to be the victim and had cancelled their contract and transferred their number to a new SIM. This action allowed the banking fraud to take place.

Protect Yourself:

PAC Code notifications
If you receive an unsolicited notification about a PAC Code request, contact your network provider immediately to terminate the request. Also notify your bank about your phone number being compromised.

Clicking on links/files:
Don’t be tricked into giving a fraudster access to your personal or financial details. Never automatically click on a link in an unexpected email or text. Remember, criminals can spoof the phone numbers and email addresses of companies you know and trust, such as your bank.

Requests to move money:
A genuine bank or organisation will never contact you out of the blue to ask for your PIN, full password or to move money to another account.

Port-out Fraud versus SIM Swapping
Port-out fraud is often incorrectly referred to as SIM swap fraud. SIM swap fraud works in a similar fashion, however, instead of porting the victim’s number to a new network provider, the fraudster impersonates the victim and requests a new SIM card for their account. Once they have access to the new sim, they have access to the number.


Tsb Phishing Attacks


There has been a sharp rise in fraudsters sending out fake text messages (smishing) and phishing emails claiming to be from TSB. The increase in the number of reports corresponds with the timing of TSB’s computer system update, which resulted in 1.9 million users being locked out of their accounts. Opportunistic fraudsters are using TSB’s system issue to target people with this type of fraud.

Since the start of May there have been 321 phishing reports of TSB phishing made to Action Fraud. This is an increase of 970% on the previous month. In the same reporting period, there have been 51 reports of cybercrime to Action Fraud which mention TSB – an increase of 112% on the previous month.

Fraudsters are commonly using text messages as a way to defraud unsuspecting victims out of money. Known as smishing, this involves the victim receiving a text message purporting to be from TSB. The message requests that the recipient clicks onto a website link that leads to a phishing website designed to steal online banking details.

Although text messages are currently the most common delivery method, similar communications have been reported with fraudsters using email and telephone to defraud individuals.

In several cases, people have lost vast sums of money, with one victim losing £3,890 after initially receiving a text message claiming to be from TSB. Fraudsters used specialist software which changed the sender ID on the message so that it looked like it was from TSB. This added the spoofed text to an existing TSB message thread on the victim’s phone.

The victim clicked on the link within the text message and entered their personal information. Armed with this information, the fraudsters then called the victim back and persuaded them to hand over their banking authentication code from their mobile phone. The fraudsters then moved all of the victim’s savings to a current account and paid a suspicious company.

Protect Yourself:

Don’t assume an email or text is authentic:

Always question uninvited approaches in case it’s a scam. Phone numbers and email addresses can be spoofed, so always contact the company directly via a known email or phone number (such as the one on the back of your bank card).

Clicking on links/files

Don’t be tricked into giving a fraudster access to your personal or financial details. Never automatically click on a link in an unexpected text or email. Remember, a genuine bank will never contact you out of the blue to ask for your full PIN or password.

If you have received a suspicious TSB email, please do not respond to it, report it to us https://www.actionfraud.police.uk/report_phishing and also forward it to emailscams@tsb.co.uk

Every Report Matters. If you have been a victim of fraud or cyber crime, report it to us online or by calling 0300 123 2040.

Visit Take Five and Cyber Aware for more information about how to protect yourself online.


You Are Invited

Dear Neighbourhood Watch supporter,

We’re hosting a series of seminars this summer to help shape the future focus and direction of our movement and you’re invited!

We want you to join us at one of our upcoming NW Development Seminars being held in Bristol, Manchester, Hull, London and Birmingham to have your say on the future of Neighbourhood Watch and to learn more about the new, practical ways we’re supporting our volunteers to make a difference.

Attendees will discuss and input into the Strategy to develop and modernise the organisation over the next three years.

We value our NW members and involving you in our Strategy development is paramount. Members of the NWN Board of Trustees will be attending each seminar to present and facilitate the discussion and to meet you and hear your views.

And there’s more!

We’ll also be launching new Crime and Vulnerability Toolkits and training new Champions at the Seminars.

Crime in England and Wales is changing and we’re providing new practical information and help for our members to support the police in the detection and reduction of these crimes that cause such significant harm to victims and communities.

At the seminars we’ll build a group of local NW Champions – these Champions will then be able to share their knowledge in their local area so even more people can get the important information they need and act as a local resource to other coordinators and members of their community. This may simply mean sharing the information contained within the toolkits, developing a local focus on one or more of the areas or running a local project if they or local coordinators want to.

If you want to be part of this – then come along!

The toolkits provide information on and cover the following areas:

  • •Domestic Abuse – which as we know affects all communities
  • •Serious Violence – particularly knife crime
  • •Vulnerability and loneliness – affecting more people as families become more mobile
  • •Fraud and scams – electronic and traditional
  • •High harm crimes – Modern Slavery, Child Sexual Exploitation, Counter Terrorism.

If you would like to attend one of the Seminars then please email sian.dawson@ourwatch.org.uk

Reasonable travel expenses, in line with our policy will be paid by NWN, but not overnight stays.
To read more click here

Date

City Location Address Times:
Wed June 20 Bristol Venue:
Avon and Somerset Police HQ
Portishead
Valley Road
Portishead
Bristol
BS20 8QJ
9:30am registration
10am – 4pm
Tues 26th June Manchester Manchester Metropolitan University Cavendish North Building
Cavendish Street
Manchester
M15 6BG
9:30am registration
10am – 4pm
Wed 27th June Hull Royal Hull Hotel Ferensway
Hull
HU1 3UF
9:30am registration
10am – 4pm
Thurs 28th June London NCVO 8 All Saints Street, London, N1 9RL 9:30am registration
10am – 4pm
Tues 3rd July Birmingham Jury’s Inn

245 Broad Street, Birmingham, B1 2HQ

9:30am registration
10am – 4pm
Wed 4th July London Browns, Covent Garden 82-84 St Martins Lane
Covent Garden
London
WC2N 4AG
9:30am registration
10am – 4pm

We look forward to hearing from you.

Sian Dawson

Message Sent By
Lisa Parker (NHWN, Register Administrator, England & Wales)


25th May 2018

DONKEY DERBY

Don't forget the annual Donkey Derby kicks off in Burnham Park tomorrow (Saturday) at 12 noon. All the usual entertainments and stalls,

To complement the event the Library will be holding a cake, book and DVD sale (starting at 10 am) . Draw tickets will also be on sale for the Burnham Village Fete on 14th July.

GENERAL DATA PROTECTION REGULATIONS
The new regulations become into force today. If you haven't opted in to receive Neighbourhood Watch communications by now because you haven't opened emails recently or responded to them , you will no longer be receiving any newsletters or other communications from me.
Similarly, if you have received a rush of GDPR messages from other organisations with whom you have contact but have not responded to them, your email box will be considerably lighter in future as these organisations will no longer be communicating with you..

BURNHAM YOUTH CLUB

Last night Will Mellor, actor, musician , local resident and the new Patron of Burnham Youth Club opened the newly refurbished premises in Minniecroft Road. A team of volunteers have done a splendid job over recent months iin creating an exciting and stimulating environment for young people with a wide range of activities and equipment.. The club are now encouraging more young people to come along and see the facilities on offer including Table Tennis, Snooker, Football, Netball, Computer Rooms and Music Studio. . Those in the over 13 age group are especially welcome. . The club would also welcome more adult volunteers. For more information contact:: burnhamyouthclub@yahoo.com or visit the website www.burnhamyouthclub.org.uk
ONE UNITARY AUTHORITY OR TWO ??

If you don't want to miss the boat on having a say on this, BE VERY QUICK! THE CONSULTATION ENDS TODAY !

Details here : http://email.taylorfitch.com/t/ViewEmail/r/A6DB5862268A31932540EF23F30FEDED/9F2FAC165088
36B3025DA65DC0D0F53A

When I sent my response as instructed I received an email acknowledgement saying "Thank you for your email. This email account is no longer in use. Although formal representations sent to this account will still be considered, please direct any emails intended for the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government to:
James.Brokenshire@communities.gsi.gov.uk

So, to make doubly sure your response is received, mail your preferred option to the the James.Brokenshire email address.

WARNING OF ANOTHER PHONE SCAM

If you should receive a call from a phone number starting with 0206 or 0208, these are fake phone numbers and if you try to phone them back, a message will say that the number is unrecognised.

These calls are usually a car accident scam where they hope you have had a recent accident. If your phone comes up with an 0206 or 0208 number, do not answer the call. Myself and other people have been receiving 0206 calls for some time and they are always different numbers which I block. The phone numbers are bought very cheap in bulk, possibly even by Overseas scammers and you cannot phone them back. Generally, these numbers are used for services that will never need to be dialled by members of the public, such as machine-to-machine communications or broadband-only and corporate telephone lines that do not receive incoming telephone calls. Using these numbers in such circumstances helps conserve stocks of normal London numbers for more mainstream uses.

WARNING for MOTORISTS

WARNING for MOTORISTSPerhaps you would care to put this on your 'Round Robin' * to warn other motorists.

Yesterday (18th) my brother-in-law was driving in Iver Heath when a car came up behind him with the driver flashing his lights. Thinking there was a problem my b-in-law stopped.

The other driver confronted him, saying he had broken his wing mirror and if my b-in-law paid him one hundred pounds he wouldn't take the matter further.

As there had been no contact between the cars my b-in law refused so the other man got back in his car and drove off.

--More detail The man in question is white, age 30ish, clean shaven.
The car is a dark green/blue Jaguar.
Apparently the man said he wanted £100 to not take further action. My b-in-law
said he didn't have that much. so the man said "have you got £50"?. When he
was told that no money would be passed over as no car contact had been made
he said "drive more carefully in future" and drove away very fast.
As it all happened quickly and shook my b-in-law he didn't take a registration number
Was not reported to the police



NEW MOT RULES

With all the publicity about the Royal Wedding it may have skipped some drivers' notice that new stringent rules for MOT tests in England, Scotland Wales came into force last week-end.

The old style ‘pass or fail’ MOT has been abolished. Instead, three defect categories - dangerous, major and minor have been introduced. . The category applied will depend on seriousness of the problem

There will now be two categories of 'failure' – "dangerous" and "major" . If a car fails with a dangerous result, it will be illegal to drive it on a public road. The owner could a £2,500 fine and up to six penalty points even they drive it to another garage to be repaired or to a scrap yard.

Check will now include:whether tyres are obviously underinflated; if brake fluid has been contaminated; for fluid leaks posing an environmental risk; brake pad warning lights and if brake pads or discs are missing. Rules have also been introduced to test emissions , particularly for diesel cars that are fitted with a diesel particulate filter (DPF) to clean up its emissions.

Drivers should note that if your car’s MOT has expired, it’s illegal to drive it on the road and you could be prosecuted for doing so. The only exception allowed would be if you’d already booked an MOT and were driving to the test, which you would have to prove to the police.”

Drivers without an up-to-date MOT also risk invalidating their car insurance. This could lead to penalties for driving uninsured, leaving the driver liable for any costs if they were involved in an accident and adversely impact the cost of and their ability to buy insurance in the future.”

For information, the new MOT categories are listed below:

New MOT result category

What this means:

How this affects a MOT result

Dangerous


A direct and immediate risk to road safety or has a serious impact on the environment. Do not drive the vehicle until it’s been repaired.

Fail

Major It may affect the vehicle’s safety, put other road users at risk or have an impact on the environment. Repair it immediately. Fail
Minor
No significant effect on the safety of the vehicle or impact on the environment. Repair as soon as possible.
Pass
Advisory
It could become more serious in the future. Monitor and repair it if necessary.
Pass
Pass
It meets the minimum legal standard. Make sure it continues to meet the standard.

LIBRARY COMPUTER GROUP

The next meeting of the Group will be in the Library, Classroom 1, at 2.00pm on Tuesday 5th June

In addition to looking at solving any problems you may have with any of your technology, we will look at.the latest Windows 10 Spring Creators Update launching during April. Now that many people are receiving the update, there are a number of choices you are being asked to make for the new update. We will examine these and make suggestions as to what you should do

We will also continue with our programme of looking at using Microsoft Office and this time we will look at Using Word to create Letterheads and templates

All welcome. First visit is free. Thereafter there is a charge of £5 per session to cover the cost of the library room hire.

JOB OPPORTUNITIES in BURNHAM

Positions Available- JUNE 2018

Part Time/ Summer Only-Database Builders

We run Business to Business Exhibitions and Sports events

We need people with Knowledge of Microsoft office and

Internet Search capabilities to build and update our databases.

Hours to suit within 9-5pm Monday to Friday

Part time/temporary but may be extended.

Office Location Burnham (SL1 7JT)- £8.50 per hour

For more information, please call - T : 01628 - 660568 or

email your CV to - E : david@acumenedge.co.uk

Jamie McKIMM

Director

AcumenEdge Ltd

E: Jamie.mckimm@acumenedge.co.uk

T: 01628 - 660 568

www.acumenedge.co.uk

AcumenEdge Ltd, 100 High Street, Burnham, Bucks SL1 7JT


JOB VACANCY at RAINBOW PRE-SCHOOL in STOKE POGES

Level 2/3 Early Years Practitioner

Rainbow Pre-School, Stoke Poges, Bucks

We are a small and friendly team who and are looking for a self-motivated and enthusiastic professional to join us. Applicants must hold a full and relevant Level 3/ 2 childcare qualification with keyperson experience. All candidates should have a good knowledge of how children learn and develop and an excellent knowledge of the EYFS.

The candidate must be committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of the children to provide and maintain a safe and fun learning environment. Key person duties will include communicating with parents and outside professionals and maintaining the children’s developmental records through observation and assessment. Candidates will be expected to take part in planning, setting up, packing away and attending staff meetings as well as attending any training to enhance their professional development.

All candidates will undergo an enhanced DBS check and reference checks.

30 hours per week Mon 9 am – 3 pm Term time only.

Salary: £10,657 - £11,916 dependent on qualifications and experience

Closing date: 22 JUNE 2018

Start Date : SEPTEMBER 2018

Thispostis exempt fromthe Rehabilitation ofOffendersAct (1974) and doesrequire anenhancedDisclosureandBarring ServiceCheck.Applicantsmustbepreparedtodiscloseanyconvictions they mayhaveand anyorderswhichhavebeenmade againstthem.

For full details or to download an application form please visit our website: www.stokepogesrainbow.co.uk

Caron RHODES
Manager
Rainbow Pre-School


MY BUCKS MAGAZINE

http://mybucks.buckscc.gov.uk/may-2018

DEADLINE FOR LOUIS BAYLIS TRUST GRANT APPLICATIONS

A reminder that the deadline date for organisations to apply for a grant from this charitable Trust arm of the Maidenhead Advertiser Baylis Media Ltd .is FRIDAY JUNE 8TH.
The trust supports a wide range of organisations in the local community. . If your organisation would like to apply for a grant, visit the website at www.whytheadvertiserisspecial.co.uk where an application form is available. Grants are not available to individuals.