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Walking around Milwich

As the weather improves and more people are getting out and about in the lanes and the footpaths around Milwich, can we please remind dog owners to clear up after their dogs. There is an increasing amount of dog mess on the lanes and verges. It is equally important in the fields as it can be very detrimental to other animals.

Whilst walking through fields please keep to the rights of way and keep your dog under close control and on a lead near livestock, especially sheep and lambs. The only exception is if your dog is chased by cattle, let it go for your own and the dog’s safety.

The footpaths are there for the use of everyone so please enjoy your time in the countryside whilst following the Countryside Code.

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Local Elections

On Thursday 6th May there will be local elections for County Councillors and also for a Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner.

Full details of the procedure and time table can be found on the Stafford Borough Council website at http://www.staffordbc.gov.uk/elections-2021

Details of candidates will follow in due course.

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Dog theft survey 12/03/2021 15:59:19 370856

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Dog theft survey

Dear Citizen

Neighbourhood Watch Network is supporting Sussex’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Katy Bourne, who, in partnership with the Association of Police and Crime Commissioners (APCC), has created an online survey designed to understand the public’s perception of dog theft, enforcement, and the prosecution of offenders.

The survey includes a question seeking views on whether dogs should be treated in law merely as property when they are stolen. Having a common understanding of how the public feels about this issue will help inform discussions that PCCs and NWN will have nationally, as well as allow police forces to better understand the public’s views.

Mrs Bourne said: “Pet theft, dog theft in particular, is a growing concern for the public and their fear has been perpetuated over the last couple of weeks with shocking reports in the media of more dogs being snatched by criminals.

“I am incredibly eager to get more detail around this issue and understand residents’ views and if they feel more could be done to respond to their concerns or for more preventative measures to be put in place to better protect their pets.”

Neighbourhood Watch Network have just been approached to help support this campaign so apologies for the short notice as the survey closes on Friday12th March.  Please, if you can, and haven’t already, take a couple of minutes to complete the survey as your support and views are really valuable to us.

Link to survey is here: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/dogtheft

Kind regards

NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH NETWORK, Central Support Team

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Parish Council Meeting March

The Milwich with Fradswell Parish Council Meeting is CANCELLED

The draft Agenda for the meeting can be seen by clicking here

Notes of the Cancelled February meeting can be seen by clicking here

A full list of all our councillors (updated July 2019) can be seen by clicking here. Contact them if you wish to raise issues relating to the Parish. Dr. Malcolm Calhaem and Mr. Fergus Cameron represent Fradswell, the remaining Councillors represent Milwich parishioners.

If you want to find out more about the role and responsibilities of the Parish Council and its Councillors then click on this link to take you to the Communities, Parishes and Local Councils website.

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Walking around Milwich

Whilst we are still in the current lockdown, I know many people are enjoying the footpaths around Milwich and surrounding Parish’s. As well as a published book, all the local walks can be found on the website by clicking here.

When we are allowed to travel further there are a lot more walks on the Walking in Staffordshire website.

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NHS Vaccine Text Message Scam

Please watch out for a text message claiming to be from the NHS, which says you are eligible to apply for a vaccine and includes a link asking you to click through to apply. 

The link takes you to a fake NHS website and asks you for payment and other personal details.

Please be vigilant, and remember that the NHS will never ask for payment for the vaccine. 

If you receive this message please do not respond or click the link. You can report any suspect texts or emails to Action Fraud through their website or by calling 0300 123 2040.

Please share this warning with elderly and vulnerable friends and family members so we can prevent as many people as possible from falling victim to this scam.

Message Sent By
Emma Ray (Staffordshire Police, Community Engagement Assistant, Staffordshire)

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Brown Bin Collection from January

The Parish Council have asked us to advise all residents about the charge that will be introduced by Stafford Borough Council. From January 1st 2021.

From that date, if you want your Brown Bin emptied it will cost £36 per year. All residents will receive a letter with information shortly.

The Borough Council said:

“You may be aware that around 65% of local authorities across the country already charge their residents for this. Collecting garden waste is not a statutory service – and last year we announced that unfortunately we would have to introduce a £36 annual charge for those households who wanted to continue with the brown bin service.

Our council has been commended for the way it has managed its finances. But there is no escaping the very real financial pressures that local authorities are facing – and this has now been amplified as we respond to, and recover from, the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. The money raised from the collection of garden waste will help with these budgetary pressures and therefore protect other essential services to our residents.

We will be sending all residents information directly about this change but please can you also circulate this website address within your parish www.staffordbc.gov.uk/brownbin

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New Children’s Dance Class

There is a new weekly Children’s dance class in Hilderstone Village Hall from 3rd November. It’s good to see some new events taking place. See details below.

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Update on Dental Services in Staffordshire

Please see the attached update by clicking here

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Parish Council Annual Accounts

The Parish Council Annual Accounts are now available on the website at this page

Please contact the Clerk if you have problem accessing these documents.

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New Milk Delivery Service for Milwich

ADW Milk – The Local Milkman

New villages added to my route.

*Hilderstone
*Milwich
*Gayton
*Fradswell

~Deliveries will commence Monday 15th June~

You can now receive a fresh locally produced milk & produce delivery 3 mornings per week. 😆
Thanks for your patience! Arran 🥛 🍞 🧈 🧀

Please Register Now

https://thelocalmilkman.yourmoo.co.uk/yourmoo/v2/register.php

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Sandon Village Stores

Sandon Village Stores is an ideal place to buy household essentials during (and after) the current crisis. It is our closest convenience store, just a couple of miles down the road.

Liann took over the shop shortly before the crisis took hold and is now open 7 days a week to serve the local community so make sure you support her in her new venture!

Full details of opening hours etc. can be found on the website or by clicking here

Good Luck Liann.

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