I hope that the strong winds arent affecting you too badly and that you are keeping warm and well this winter.
There has been an incident in Soham which I wanted to highlight to everyone. An elderly gentleman was phoned by someone claiming to be his bank. They knew personal details (full name, date of birth and address) and claimed that he had been overpaying a charge. They claimed to have a cheque for him and said that they would like to bring it round so that he could pay it in. Fortunately the gentleman recognised it as a scam, but it is something to watch out for. His family think that the plan was to take him to the bank, which is quite possible; it is also plausible that they wanted access to his home. Either way, it is very suspicious and whatever their intentions were, I doubt that they were good or in the residents best interest.
On a lighter note there are some events that Id like to let you know about. Power2Inspire invite you to go along to Huntingdon, March or Ely to try simple, fun, accessible games. Try a different sport, suitable for young, old, disabled or not each week for gentle exercise. Ive attached the information in case you would like to join in. It looks like fun.
If you have any neighbours who have found themselves housebound, either due to the winter weather or for any other reason please let them know about The Library at Home Service. The library has lots of volunteers willing to pick up books for their neighbours during their own visit to the library. They will collect them and bring more every month and the visitor and the reader are matched so that the readers always have the same person – who often becomes a friend too. The colder weather often keeps elderly or less mobile residents at home and a book can be very welcome! We are equally, always looking for volunteers so if you or anyone you know has an hour a month to spare for a housebound neighbour wed love to hear from you. For more information about The Library At Home Service please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Community Protection Officer
People and Communities Directorate
The Parish Council are waiting for the Local Education Authority (LEA) to provide them and their solicitor with a lease. Once this has been agreed and signed then the Parish Council will be responsible for the rental and maintenance of the room.
Until the lease is signed the school is still responsible for the rental of the community room. So, if you want to rent the room contact the school for details.
If you would like more information please feel free to contact the LEA.
Did you know that Spaldwick has a No Cold Calling Zone (NCCZ) in Royston Avenue?
A joint effort between Cambridgeshire County Council Protection Team and Spaldwick Parish Council intends to extend this initiative to the whole village under the title of Spaldwick Good Neighbours Scheme.
The original scheme was set up to discourage cold callers and to give residents the confidence to say ‘no’ to uninvited sales people – helping to prevent people falling victim to distraction burglars and rogue traders.
Whilst the zones were originally introduced by Cambridgeshire Trading Standards, it is recognised that community-led action is much more effective in protecting local people from unscrupulous tradespeople. Indeed, the best prevention and support for residents comes from within their own community.
Spaldwick Good Neighbours Scheme will be able to offer a range of materials for residents including door stickers, advice on how to spot a rogue trader and tips to prevent unwanted mail and phone calls and to spot IT scams. It is the intention to expand it to achieve so much more. For example residents can support their neighbours by putting bins in and out for the more infirm or during holiday periods, collecting prescriptions for those in poor health or without vehicle access, organising events to increase social cohesion, joining the Library at Home service to support housebound readers and creating book and jigsaw exchange schemes.
Keeping an eye out for your neighbour can make all the difference, reduce isolation to those alone and build strong communities.
Mike Robinson Vice Chairman of Spaldwick Parish Council has agreed to be the lead and local co-ordinator in setting up this scheme. If you would like more information, need any advice or can help with the scheme in any way we would welcome your support.
For more information please contact Mike Robinson Vice Chairman of Spaldwick Parish Council at 27 Thrapston Road Spaldwick or telephone 01480 891931 or if not available Stephen Fane De Salis Chairman of Spaldwick Parish Council on 07736444765.