New King is proclaimed in Wychavon

New King is proclaimed in Wychavon

Dignitaries and the public gathered outside the Civic Centre in Pershore on Sunday (11 September) to hear King Charles III officially proclaimed King in Wychavon.

 

Nicholas Wentworth Stanley, Deputy Lieutenant representing the Lord-Lieutenant of Worcestershire, His Majesty’s representative in the county, opened proceedings.

 

He told the crowd: “We come together this afternoon following the death of our late Sovereign, Queen Elizabeth the Second. Our sadness at this time is shared by people across the globe, as we remember with affection and gratitude the lifetime of service given by our longest-reigning Monarch.

“But the basis on which our monarchy is built has ensured that through the centuries the Crown has passed in an unbroken line of succession. Today’s ceremony marks the formal Proclamation to the people of the County of Worcestershire of the beginning of our new King’s reign.”

Before reading the proclamation Cllr Alex Sinton, Chairman of Wychavon District Council, told those present: “In an age where modern methods of communication convey news around the globe in an instant, the proclamation is no longer the means by which people learn for the first time that they have a new Monarch.

“Today, however, is one of the first occasions when communities have an opportunity to come together and reflect on the moment in our nation’s history when the reign of our longest-serving Monarch came to an end and our new Sovereign succeeded.”

The proclamation was then read out before cheers of God Save The King.

Ali Duggan then led the crowd in singing the first verse of the national anthem before three cheers were given for His Majesty The King to end the event.

The Union Flag outside the Civic Centre was raised during the proclamation period and has now returned to half-mast where it will stay until after HM The Queen’s funeral.

Books of condolence are available to sign across Wychavon and will remain open until after Her Majesty’s funeral. Visit www.wychavon.gov.uk to find out more about how to pay tribute to HM The Queen in Wychavon.

News relating to local protocol following the death of Her Royal Highness Queen Elizabeth II

Rev Nancy Murray-Peters – Wyre Piddle Church.

Following the very sad news regarding the death of Her Royal Highness Queen Elizabeth II , the Church will be open every day from 8am until 7pm up until the State Funeral of the Queen. There will be a book of condolence for Parishioners to pay their respects.

There will also be a short, very  simple service at 6pm on Sunday 11th September at the Church for those who would like to attend, again to pay their  respect and sign the book of condolence.

Any queries on this please contact 01386 860389

General

Wyre Piddle Community will be staging a tee light gathering at the Cross at 8pm this evening  9/9/22 for all who would like to attend.

The Fraud & Scam Bulletin August 2022 – Your monthly update direct from West Mercia Police on the latest scams and frauds

This month’s key message relates to INVESTMENT FRAUD

What is Financial Investments fraud?

There are many different types of investment fraud. They usually involve criminals contacting people out of the blue and convincing them to invest in schemes or products that are worthless or do not exist. Once the criminals have received payment, they cease contact with the victim.

How to protect yourself from Financial Investment fraud:

Investment opportunities: Don’t be rushed into making an investment. Remember, legitimate organisations will never pressure you into investing on the spot. Where people have made investments, you should not have to pay money in continually to get money out.

Fraudsters initially start by saying they need, say, £100 to withdraw the money – then £1,000 – then £10,000 and so it escalates very quickly.
Always seek advice first: Before making significant financial decisions, speak with trusted friends or family members, or seek professional independent advice.

FCA register: Use the Financial Conduct Authority’s (FCA) register to check if the company is regulated by the FCA. If you deal with a firm (or individual) that isn’t regulated, you may not be covered by the Financial Ombudsman Service (FOS) if things go wrong and you lose your money.

For more information about how to invest safely, please visit: https://www.fca.org.uk/scamsmart

The Fraud & Scam Bulletin
August 2022
Your monthly update direct from West Mercia Police on the latest scams and frauds

What to do if you’ve been a victim of Financial Investment fraud:

You could be targeted again: Fraudsters sometimes re-establish contact with previous victims claiming that they can help them recover lost money, this is just a secondary scam. Hang up on any callers that claim they can get your money back for you.

Identity theft: If you suspect your identity may have been stolen, you can check your credit rating quickly and easily online. You should do this every few months anyway, using a reputable service provider and follow up on any unexpected or suspicious results.

Legal advice: In many cases of fraud there is a close correlation between what may be considered fraud and the civil tort of deceit and/or breach of contract, for which there are civil litigation options. You should always seek professional legal advice, or contact Citizens Advice to understand your options.

You can also contact the Financial Conduct Authority’s consumer helpline on 0800 111 6768 or report suspicious businesses or individuals by using the reporting form on their website.
Useful links:
Citizens Advice www.citizensadvice.org.uk/
Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) www.fca.org.ukFor more information on how to protect yourself from fraud and cyber-crime, or to update your crime report, visit actionfraud.police.uk.
GENTLE REMINDER
Yes, we have put out messages about the WHATSAPP scam, but the public are still
being targeted and losing money. Over £1.5milion has been reported lost in the first half of this year alone.

Please continue to make family members and friends aware of this Scam, especially the elderly and vulnerable.
IF YOU THINK YOU ARE BEING SCAMMED OR DO NOT RECOGNISE THE CONTACT
 STOP: Taking a moment to stop and think before parting with your money or information could keep you safe.

 CHALLENGE: Could it be fake? It’s okay to reject, refuse or ignore any requests. Only criminals will try to rush or panic you.

 PROTECT: Contact your bank immediately if you think you’ve fallen for a scam and report it to Action Fraud
If you’ve fallen for a scam, report it to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or via actionfraud.police.uk.
Scam Text messages can be forwarded to 7726 to help phone providers take early action and block numbers that generate spam on their networks.

Forward Fake Emails received to further information visit:
https://www.actionfraud.police.uk/
https://takefive-stopfraud.org.uk

NOTICE OF VACANCY IN OFFICE OF COUNCILLOR PARISH OF WYRE PIDDLE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN

NOTICE OF VACANCY IN OFFICE OF COUNCILLOR PARISH OF WYRE PIDDLE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN
that a casual vacancy has arisen in the Office of Councillor for the Parish Council. If by 6 July, 2022 (14 days excluding Dies Non, after the date of this notice) a request for an election to fill said vacancy is made in writing to the Returning Officer at the address below by TEN electors for the said Parish, an election will be held to fill the said vacancy, otherwise the vacancy will be filled by co-option.
If an election is called, it will take place not later than 8 September, 2022.

Dated 16 June, 2022
Vic Allison
Returning Officer
Civic Centre
Queen Elizabeth Drive
Pershore
Worcs
WR10 1P

New Brass Plaque for Smith’s Meadow

smiths meadow plaque

Cash grants to help celebrate Jubilee – Wychavon District Council

Cash grants to help celebrate Jubilee

Parish and town councils across Wychavon will be given cash grants to help residents celebrate The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

Wychavon is also scrapping its usual road closure fee for residents and groups holding Jubilee street parties.

The nation will mark The Queen’s 70 years of dedicated service from Thursday 2 June to Sunday 5 June 2022. Residents are being urged to come together with family, friends, and neighbours to mark the occasion.

Wychavon is giving £15,000 to town and parish councils to support Jubilee celebrations. The money will be distributed according to the number of households eligible to pay Council Tax in each area.

Town and parish councils can spend the money on supporting their own event or to support a community event in their parish. They can also combine their grant with neighbouring parishes to help fund larger events.

A short application form will need to be filled in before the grant is paid. Details are being sent directly to parish and town councils.

Wychavon usually charges £95 for a single road closure order but any group planning a Jubilee event that needs a road closure, will be able to apply for free. Not all events require a road closure.

Advice on how to organise a street party, applying for a road closure, other ways to get involved in the Jubilee and available funding can be found at www.wychavon.gov.uk/jubilee.

Anyone holding a Platinum Jubilee event can also fill in the form on the web page so Wychavon can help to promote them.

Cllr Rob Adams, Executive Board Member for Stronger Communities, Culture and Sport on Wychavon District Council, said: “The Queen has given 70 years of dedicated service to her country and we want to make it as easy as possible for people to come together and celebrate this momentous occasion.”

Wychavon announce that bulky waste collections to restart

Bulky waste collections to restart

Wychavon is restarting its bulky waste collection service later this month.

From today (Wednesday 9 March) residents with furniture and large appliances to dispose of will be able to book slots for collections through the Wychavon website. The first collection dates available will be from 21 March 2022.

The bulky waste collection service has been unavailable since July last year when it was stopped due to the impact of severe labour shortages in the waste sector nationally on Wychavon’s contractor FCC Environment.

Councils up and down the country have been struggling with a lack of HGV drivers and difficulties attracting people to work in waste services. This has led to disruption to waste and recycling collections, with some councils being forced to stop separate recycling collections.

Wychavon took the decision to suspend bulky waste collections, so staff could be reallocated to protect the emptying of waste and recycling bins.

Wychavon and FCC Environment have been reviewing the situation on a weekly basis and are now confident the bulky waste collection service can be restarted without risking disrupton to waste and recycling collections.

Cllr Emma Stokes, Executive Board Member for Resident and Customer Services on Wychavon District Council, said: “I am grateful to residents for the patience they have shown while we took the necessary step to suspend our bulky waste collections, so we could protect the emptying of waste and recycling bins.

“I understand how inconvenient this has been as I recently bought a new sofa and have had to store it in my back garden while I wait for the service to restart.

“Thankfully the efforts made by FCC Environment are paying off and we are now able to take bookings for bulky waste collections again.

“Unlike some other councils, our crews have continued to empty waste and recycling bins as normal throughout the pandemic, despite the pressures in the labour market and the impact of Covid-19.

“I would like to thank all FCC Environment staff for their hard work, dedication and commitment to our residents.”

Brian Ashby, Head of Municipal Collections and Street Scene for FCC Environment, added: “Throughout the pandemic, FCC Environment has been focused on ensuring the residents of Wychavon continue to receive recycling and waste collection services but due to staffing issues, both in relation to long-term recruitment and Covid-19 absences, we had to be realistic.

“With Covid-19 restrictions lifting in recent weeks we now have flexibility to be able to reinstate those services which we had to withdraw temporarily, but we still need qualified drivers – and indeed loaders – to join our skilled team. So, if you are looking for a rewarding role, please do get in touch with us.”

Qualified individuals looking for a new career as a key worker in the recycling and waste sector, should email .

West Mercia Police – Economic Crime unit – March Fraud and Scam Bulletin – March 22

 

The Fraud & Scam Bulletin

March 2022

Your monthly update direct from West Mercia Police on the latest scams and frauds
Welcome to March Bulletin aimed at raising awareness to  current Fraud and Scams

Please circulate to your members and contacts, as well as using it for your own information.

 

This month we are promoting an initiative from Take Five to encourage families to sit and discuss  various types of Fraud with potentially vulnerable relatives and friends, and raise awareness.

 

The aim of Take Five over Tea is to encourage families to sit down with parents/grandparents and anyone else they think may be vulnerable to financial fraud whether in their own home, or online, and then discuss the advice provided.

 

Fraud and Scams have a devastating impact on all those who fall for them, and this is a summarised format of the Take Five toolkit to help families set up their own discussions.

 

WHY THIS IS IMPORTANT FOR YOU AND YOUR FAMILY

We all think we are savvy when it comes to fraud and scams, but the truth is any one of us can fall for one, especially in the heat of the moment. Criminals are increasingly becoming more sophisticated, using many tactics to gain our trust and make it harder for us to spot the obvious signs of a scam as easily.

By taking the time to talk to your loved ones, including those who are not online, they have a much better chance of spotting a scam, and more importantly, preventing themselves from falling for one.

TYPES OF FRAUD AND SCAMS

As technology becomes more sophisticated, so do the techniques used by criminals. They now use a wide variety of methods to trick people, the most frequent are listed below:

IMPERSONATION SCAMS

Criminals are experts at impersonating trusted organisations, including banks, the police, and government departments such as HMRC and DVLC, to convince you to make a payment or share your personal and financial details.

  • They often use alarmist language and time-pressure to convince you to take immediate action,
  •  They may already have some of your details, which they use to add a layer of authenticity to their scam.
  • If you receive an urgent request for your money or personal information
  •      STOP: take a moment to pause and think.

 

INVESTMENT SCAMS

There are numerous paid adverts or comparison sites claiming to be legitimate firms offering guaranteed returns with minimal risk. You may be asked to complete a “Contact Form” with your personal details for a Call-Back.

The use of genuine company logos, celebrity endorsements and testimonials may often be fake.

 

PURCHASE SCAMS

It can be easy to fall for a purchase scam. Criminals advertise goods/services at “too good to be true” prices often via social media or auction sites to trick people into purchasing something that does not exist. They often use images taken from genuine sellers to convince you they are the real deal. They may also ask for payment prior to delivery and send fake receipts and invoices that seem to be from the payment provider.

 

ROMANCE SCAMS

The ease of online dating services often means you can find the love of your life in the comfort of your own home. However, this also provides criminals with an opportunity to gain your trust and build a relationship with you by using information and fake identities found on social media – also known as catfishing. Criminals will claim to declare strong feelings for you just after a few conversations before pretending to need money for a personal emergency or flights to visit you.

 

COURIER FRAUD

If you’re contacted by someone purporting to be from your bank or the police, take a moment to question their authenticity. If the caller is from the bank, they may claim that their system has spotted a fraudulent payment on your card or that it is due to expire and needs to be replaced.    They may even confirm personal details about you, such as your full name and address and offer you peace of mind by having someone such as a courier collect your card to save you from having to go to your bank or local police station. You may even be asked to write down your PIN and place it in a separate envelope to that of your card.

 

DOORSTEP SCAMS

Doorstep criminals can come in all sorts of disguises, from dodgy salesmen to unscrupulous tradespeople and, can be very convincing. They may claim to have noticed something about your property that needs work or improvement, such as the roof, and offer to fix it for an inflated price with payment required upfront. Some criminals may even convince you to visit your bank branch to withdraw money whilst they set up their equipment

 

HOW TO PROTECT YOURSELF AGAINST FRAUD AND SCAMS

If you receive a request to provide personal or financial information whether that’s over the phone, in an email, online or through social media always remember:

Criminals are experts at impersonating people, organisations and the police. They spend hours researching you for their scams, hoping you’ll let your guard down for just a moment.

Stop and think – It could protect you and your money.

STOP: Taking a moment to stop and think before parting with your money or information could keep you safe.

CHALLENGE: Could it be fake? It’s ok to reject, refuse or ignore any requests. Only criminals will try to rush or panic you.

PROTECT: Contact your bank immediately if you think you’ve fallen for a scam and report it to Action Fraud

ALWAYS REMEMBER:

  • Avoid disclosing security details
  • Emails, Phone Calls and Texts may not be authentic
  • Always make direct contact with any organisation by using a genuine phone number
  • Stop and Challenge any unexpected requests
  • Protect others by reporting Fraud and Scams

If you’ve fallen for a scam, report it to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or via actionfraud.police.uk.

Scam Text messages can be forwarded to 7726 to help phone providers take early action and block numbers that generate spam on their networks.

Forward Fake Emails received to .

SOURCE: TAKE FIVE

A full PDF leaflet can be downloaded from Take Five at:

Take-Five-Over-Tea-Loved-Ones_2021_FINAL.pdf (takefive-stopfraud.org.uk)

 

Always remember:

 

  • STOP: Taking a moment to stop and think before parting with your money or information could keep you safe.
  • CHALLENGE: Could it be fake? It’s ok to reject, refuse or ignore any requests. Only criminals will try to rush or panic you.
  • PROTECT: Contact your bank immediately if you think you’ve fallen for a scam and report it to Action Fraud.

 

For further information visit:

 

https://www.actionfraud.police.uk/

 

https://takefive-stopfraud.org.uk/

 

Wychavon encourages donations to Ukraine humanitarian appeal

Wychavon residents are being urged to back a national appeal to help the hundreds of thousands of Ukrainians fleeing war in their country.

The UK’s Disasters Emergency Committee is co-ordinating the efforts of 15 agencies to help people who have fled Ukraine or been displaced to other parts of the country, following the invasion by Russia.

All public donations will be doubled by the UK government, up to a total of £20m.

Cllr Bradley Thomas, Leader of Wychavon District Council, said: “All of us have been horrified at the scenes we have been witnessing in Ukraine caused by an unjustified and unprovoked invasion of their country.

“It’s heartening to see how our communities have swung into action to begin raising money and donations of items to support those affected by the conflict. I have asked our officers to work with our voluntary and community sector organisations to support those efforts.

“We also stand ready to do whatever we can to help resettle Ukrainian refugees, should we be asked to do so by the Government.

“I have also asked for the Ukrainian flag to be flown outside the Civic Centre as soon as possible as a token of our support and solidarity for the people of Ukraine.”

Several community groups and businesses are holding fund-raising events and appeals for donations of items to send to refugees. Some of these have been listed at www.wychavon.gov.uk/support-for-Ukraine.

Any other community groups organising events or appeals can add them to the page by emailing

Community support and advice drop-in sessions – Flood Forum Worcestershire County Council

Community support and advice drop-in sessions

We propose to tour the flood impacted locations with the National Flood Forum community support trailer. This will be staffed by members of the Flood Forum, who have a wealth of experience providing support to flood impacted residents and businesses all over the country. The NFF staff will be joined by representative from each of the main response and recovery agencies including the Environment Agency, the County Council, the District Council and Severn Trent Water. You are also welcome to drop into the tour if you wish.

The proposed schedule is work in progress but currently as follows:

Monday 14th March, 10.00 till 13.00 – Northwood Lane, Bewdley

Monday 14th March, 14.00 till 19.00 – Bewdley Bowling Club, Bewdley

Tuesday 15th March, 10.00 till 13.00 – Riverside, Stourport Town

Tuesday 15th March, 14.00 till 19.00 – Stourport Marina

Wednesday 16th March, 10.00 till 13.00 – Waterworks Road, Worcester

Wednesday 16th March, 14.00 till 19.00 – Diglis, Worcester

Thursday 17th March, 10.00 till 13.00 – Callow End

Thursday 17th March, 14.00 till 19.00 – Severn Stoke

Friday 18th March, 10.00 till 13.00 – Hanley Road, Upton upon Severn

Friday 18th March, 14.00 till 19.00 – East Waterside, Upton upon Severn

Flooded residents and business owners from everywhere along the river will be invited to attend the drop-in session at the location and time which suits them best.

We plan to roll out more drop-in sessions in April when residents’ and businesses owners support needs will probably have developed and become clearer – insurance being a common theme.

Your feedback about any aspect of this plan is extremely welcome.

Recovery support grants

In the meantime, the County Council is also rolling out a rapid recovery clear-up grant fund for residents and businesses and we’re planning to distribute a leaflet about it to impacted addresses along the River Severn.

The grants are £250 for an internally flooded residential property and £1,000 to a flooded business. Applicants will need to provide their full address, bank details and a photograph or photographs showing either the flood water or the remaining impact of it.

Finally, local County Councillors in whose division there have been flood impacts have access to a small amount of grant funding which can be deployed on local flood impact reduction measures. Please let me or, of course, your local County Councillor, know if you’d like to discuss any ideas you might have for this. I would also welcome ideas from parish and town councils anywhere in Worcestershire.