Archive for December, 2017

Advice: Action Fraud – 12 Frauds of Christmas

Your latest Smart Alert.

Its that time of year when we see an increase in online fraud. Take a look at Action Fraud’s website providing advice and guidance to prevent you falling victim.


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Paula James
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Neighbourhood Watch
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Fraud Alert: HMRC iTunes Voucher Fraud

Your latest Smart Alert.

We are urging residents, particularly the elderly and vulnerable to be wary of fraudsters cold calling residents with a view to them purchasing iTunes vouchers to settle a debt.

We would remind residents that HMRC and government agencies would never cold call people with a view to them paying arrears or fines and would certainly never ask for payment to be made in iTunes vouchers.

The incident took place on Monday 4 December, when a resident in the Audley area received a call from a man purporting to be from the tax office. They advised the resident that he owed them money and that there was a Court Summons and he needed to pay his fine with iTunes vouchers. The fraudsters asked the victim to purchase vouchers from outlets and then provide the voucher codes to them over the telephone. Unfortunately, in this incident, the resident did make several transactions purchasing a large amount of vouchers.

If you receive a call of this nature, hang up immediately and report it to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040.

If you own a business which sells iTune voucher cards or work in a store which does, be mindful of people purchasing large amounts of these cards and be responsible in alerting customers to this type of fraud.

Please also make vulnerable family and friends aware of this fraud and what to do if they receive a call of this type.

Further information and advice can be found on Action Fraud website www.actionfraud.police.uk

For the latest fraud alerts, visit https://www.staffordshire.police.uk/article/8201/Latest-Fraud-Alerts

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Paula James
Community Engagement Officer
Neighbourhood Watch
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Advice: Winter is here – Stay safe on the roads – Reminder

Your latest Smart Alert.

Now the cold weather is settling in, please ensure you stay safe when out on the roads.

If icy/snowy weather is predicted DO NOT drive/cycle in these conditions unless your journey is essential. If it is, take care, plan your route and allow more journey time.

Top tips:

•Dig out the scraper and de-icer so that you can de-frost your windows, or use a windscreen cover overnight.

•If you need to defrost your vehicle ensure you stay with it and don’t leave it unattended with the keys inside. Drivers should always be in control of their vehicle when the engine is running. Don’t make it easy for opportunist thieves.

•Ensure windows and mirrors are fully de-misted before driving off.

•Ensure vehicle lights are clear and working.

•Check your windscreen wash bottles are topped up with anti-freeze wash and windscreen wipers are in good working order.

•Check vehicle tyre tread and pressures.

•Keep an emergency kit on board for long journeys consisting of:

  • de-icer/ice scraper
  • large torch – don’t rely on your smart phone torch!
  • warm clothing including high visability items
  • boots
  • in-car phone charger
  • first aid kit
  • jump leads
  • shovel
  • blankets
  • reflective road triangles
  • empty fuel container
  • food and drink

If you are taking your bicycle out, ensure you wear warm protective and high visibility clothing/equipment.

Ensure your bicycle is in good working order – check brakes, lights and tyre tread – keep your bike serviced.

Allow extra distance for smooth braking and make yourself visible on the road – allow yourself and other road users plenty of room and take care around corners.

Remember whilst icy conditions may seem a fun challenge, these conditions remain unpredictable and no amount of skill will help you to stay upright – know when it’s a non-cycle day!

Remember to take care and keep safe.

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Paula James
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Neighbourhood Watch
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Mlwich Post Office

Remember, we still have a Post Office in Milwich but this is always under review so please make sure you use it. The page giving details of the Post Office services has been updated and can be seen here.

Banking services for most major banks can be done here in Milwich. Very useful as banks like HSBC and NatWest have closed in Stone. For more information give Sue a call, phone number on the information page 

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December News

Milwich W I

Members were very pleased to welcome Elaine Hocknell, one of our own members, to demonstrate and talk about Good Food and Nutrition. Elaine explained that she had trained many years ago at Elizabeth Gaskell College in Manchester, and had retired from teaching fifteen years ago. She taught at Meaford Pre -School, Graham Balfour and Stafford College, the age group of her pupils being from three to seventy three!

The aim of her demonstration was healthy eating with quick dishes – she prepared and cooked two fish dishes, a chicken dish and completed with a fruit pavlova – all within an hour (using a microwave). Elaine encouraged the need to use brightly coloured fruit and vegetables such as Parsley, Lemons, Peppers, Broccoli and Blueberries within the diet. Each dish being very delicious after being tasted by a very willing audience.

Lynn Eaton, another local lady, will be joining members on 13th December to demonstrate Christmas Crafts. Refreshments are “bring and share” to make the evening very special. Members welcome visitors to very happy and interesting meetings held on the second Wednesday of the month at All Saints Village Hall at 7.30pm. For further information ring Sue Lloyd on 01889 505470 or May Yates on 01889 505518

The January meeting will be held on 10th January when the members will be organising the procedures!

Happy Christmas and best wishes for a Good and Healthy New Year.


Milwich Village Hall


Opening on Fridays 15th December, 5th and 26th January

from 10.30 – 11.30am     

Hot drinks always available

Garden produce, Plants and Crafts when available

Change your library books at the Mobile Library 11 – 11.40am


Milwich & District Produce Guild

The October meeting was the AGM, where the Chairman and officers were re-elected.  After the main business, we all enjoyed a social evening.

December 14th is the Members’ Christmas Party.  Tickets are available from Celia – Tel 01889 505783.

In January, we welcome Ruth Williams, who will talk about the “Hidden Gems of Staffordshire”. (Part 2).

Members are reminded to keep checking those hyacinth bulbs  which hopefully have  been planted for the show on February 22nd.

Our meetings are usually held on the fourth Thursday of each month, at All Saints’ Village Hall, beginning at 8pm.  Visitors always welcome.  Further information from the Chairman, Mike Baggaley 01889 270161.

Milwich Pre-School Newsletter 

As we prepare to say goodbye to 2017 and welcome in 2018, we have just enough time to squeeze in some exciting things. December is always a busy month at preschool and to start the month off with a bang we will be holding our much loved nativity performance on 4th December starting at 2.00pm, mulled wine and mince pies will be served while you take your seats. We then head off for our annual Christmas trip to the Gate house theatre, Stafford to see Robin Hood…”oh no we don’t, oh yes we do”. A big thank you to staff member Claire who always organises this trip for us to enjoy. The children are also very excited about joining forces with the staff and pupils at Green Lea for the Christmas party, we have lots of fun and games, a delicious buffet lunch that is provided and served by the lovely ladies from the W.I, and if we are all really good there may even be a guest appearance by a very special visitor dressed in red!!!

After our Christmas break our theme for the next half term will be ‘people who help us.’ We are hoping to have lots of visitors from the local and wider community coming in to talk to us about their jobs and how we as a preschool can help others in lots of different ways. We will also be celebrating the year of the dog for Chinese new year, with lots of crafts, food tasting and we will also be learning a Chinese lion dance in our music and movement session.

Preschool will be closing on 19th December 2017 at 5.45pm and we will return from our Christmas break on 4th January 2018 at 7.30am.

All the preschool staff would like to wish everybody a very merry Christmas have a safe and prosperous New Year, and finally all at preschool want to take this opportunity to thank every parent, grandparents, family, friends and the community for their continuing support throughout 2017. Preschool has gone from strength to strength this year and that is down to the fantastic staff who work tirelessly to give all the children the best start in their educational journey, but also down to all of you, who also support us tirelessly.

Preschool is offering the 30 hours funding (subject to criteria) we are also signed up to the tax free child care scheme, please see a member of staff for more information.

Preschool runs Monday-Friday, sessions are 9.00am-1.30pm or 9.00am-3.00pm. Lollipops wraparound care sessions are 7.30am-9.00am and/or 3.00pm-5.45pm (term time only) for any further information please contact 07974 719522.

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Next Quiz Night will be on Tuesday 19th December

8.00 for 8.30pm start
Four players per team £2.00 per player
Prizes for winning team
Light refreshments provided
Good evening’s entertainment

January Quiz Night will be Tuesday 16th January

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News: Let’s share safety tips at Christmas

Your latest Smart Alert.

Christmas is a time for sharing and so we’re making it our mission over the next two weeks to share with you how to keep you, your children and your possessions safe and secure this Christmas.

This week sees the start of our Christmas campaign, which we’re focusing on providing advice on how children can avoid unwanted attention online and enjoy their time online safely, crime prevention advice to keep you and your possessions safe, and timely reminders about making the right decisions that do not endanger you and others around you.

We are using a variety of approaches to share these messages, both online and offline, and will be spreading the messages across the county to make sure as many of the 1.1 million people in Staffordshire are well-informed. Through a mixture of town centre events, specially created video clips and partnerships with local businesses, we will be sharing advice and information far and wide during the festive period.

All our advice will be available at www.staffordshire.police.uk/christmas. Throughout the campaign we will be using a lot of social media and you can join in the conversation using the hashtag #saferxmas for our crime prevention

Follow us on Twitter: @staffspolice and like us on Facebook and we ask that you share the information and advice with family and friends both online and offline to ensure everyone has a safe Christmas.

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Paula James
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Neighbourhood Watch
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