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Latest update on Corvid-19 related fraud

Coronavirus-related scams

·      The county council has reiterated its advice for residents to remain vigilant following a rise in the number of coronavirus-related scams in the county.  

·      Communities are also being urged to look out for signs of neighbours being targeted by doorstep criminals. Some common scams include: 

·      Online and email scams – mail scams that trick people into opening malicious attachments, placing people at risk of identity theft. Some emails lure people to click on attachments offering information about local people affected by COVID19. 

·      Fake online resources – such as false Coronavirus Maps which when clicked on infect computers with malware.

·      Telephone scams – There is an increasing risk that telephone scams will rise, including criminals claiming to be from a bank, mortgage lender or utility company.

·      Doorstep crime – Criminals targeting older people on their doorstep and offering to do their shopping. Thieves take the money and do not return.

·      Doorstep cleansing services that offer to clean drives and doorways to kill bacteria and help prevent the spread of the virus.

·      Refund scams – companies offering fake holiday refunds for individuals who have been forced to cancel their trips. People seeking refunds should also be wary of fake websites set up to claim holiday refunds.

·      Counterfeit goods – fake sanitisers, face masks and Covid19 swabbing kits sold online and door-to-door. These products can often be dangerous and unsafe.

·      Donation scams – there have been reports of thieves extorting money from consumers by claiming they are collecting donations for a COVID-19 ‘vaccine’.

·      People should report any scams to the Citizens Advice Consumer Helpline: on 0808 223 1133 or at the website https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/

Thank you #StayHomeSaveLives | #coronavirus

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Covid-19 Crime Prevention advice

As the elderly and vulnerable self-isolate, they can be at an increased risk of falling victim to scammers.
Theres been reports in the UK of people offering a shopping service for isolated people where they take payment in advance and then never return with the goods.
Please be vigilant to this and only give money to people you know and trust such as family and close friends.
To report fraud or to find more prevention tips visit www.actionfraud.police.uk  or call 0300 123 2040.

Take care and keep safe.

Message Sent By
Lydia Hooley (Police, Officer, Staffordshire)

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Milwich Post Office

The latest announcement on business closures excludes Post Offices and banks. Therefore Milwich Post Office is not affected.

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Footpath Maintenance work

The wet and stormy weather so far this year has prevented any footpath work. It has also created additional work.

The team had a new and somewhat more technical challenge this week. The footbridge over the Brook below the Church has been inundated during the rains. This has resulted in the foundation on the south side of the bridge to be severely eroded. Fortunately the bridge is still secure and is sitting on the sleepers that support the bank.

So on a dry Sunday morning a group of volunteers set out to repair the damage and prevent a worse situation in the future. Unfortunately, vehicular access was out of the question so we had to carry our tools and materials from the Church car park.

Four men and a dog cleared the debris off the bridge, jacked up the bridge 12cm (5 inches in our language, none of us were born after 1953 except the dog) and inserted an additional sleeper under the end of the bridge. The hole was then filled with gravel from the bed of the Brook.

The finished job should keep the bridge safe for a while, at least until the next bad storm.

Also as a result of the storms, there is a dead tree blocking the Bridleway at the Coton end.

This is a job that the volunteers are not qualified or insured to undertake and so it has been reported to the Council and it is hoped that they will be able to remove it soon although they are inundated at present following the storms.

We could do with some new younger members of the group if anyone feels like helping out occasionally. Please advise us if there are other problems with the Rights of Way network in or around the Parish. We can be contacted at mac@milwich.com.

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March News

Milwich and Sandon Parish Councils  Community Shopper Bus Service to Stafford on Wednesdays –  

4th March,

1st April

29th April 

27th May

Starting from Milwich Village Hall 10.00am.

Picking up in Sandon and Burston from 10.10am.

Returning from Stafford at 1.30pm.

Return Fare  £2.50.

Contact the Parish Clerk, Brian Boughey, 01889 502757 for further details and to book a place on the minibus if you have not travelled on the service before.

The route could be extended to Fradswell should anyone be interested.

Milwich & District Produce Guild

Our meeting on February 27th is the Annual Bulb Show and Social Evening. Members are reminded to stage their exhibits at 7pm, ready for the judging at 7.30pm

On March 26th, we welcome back Ruth Williams who will talk on “Living Churchyards.”

Our programme has changed a little, and we have visits planned for June and July: to Tanglewood in Colwich in June, and The Beeches at Rocester in July.

Our normal meetings are usually held in All Saints’ Village Hall on the fourth Thursday in the month, beginning at 8pm. For further information please contact Mike Baggaley on 01889 270161 or m_baggaley@btinternet.com

The Mobile Library visits Milwich on Mondays – March 9th and 23rd

Change your library books at the library from 1.45 – 2.05pm

Coffee/tea shop has had to be suspended for the time being as Mondays are not ideal for many people to visit the Library.

Milwich All Saints’ Village Hall Hire – Please contact 07805 569014 for rates and booking. Email sharonlhodson@gmail.com

Greenlea Nursery and wraparound care

Children and staff have had a very busy start to the year. This half term we have been looking at gadgets that make our life easier in the kitchen. We have been investigating what people used before, and who invented the various kitchen gadgets. We have also been using some of the gadgets we looked at in our cookery sessions, in our play dough area, our water tray and also in the outdoor area. Our role play area has been set up as a kitchen, again filled with lots of gadgets we might have in our kitchen at home.

We had a visit from Staffordshire County Council quality assessor. The early years’ assessor was extremely pleased with the provision we offer in our nursery. She made a point of praising the hard work and dedication of our early years’ staff and department, who, and I quote: “work tirelessly for the benefit of the children.” So with this visit a success I must take this opportunity to thank all the staff on their hard work, not only on this particular day, but every day. They really do go above and beyond to give the children a fantastic, fun start to their educational journey.

Our theme next term will continue to be Inspector Gadget, but we are looking at the  gadgets we might find in a workshop, or outside. We are also going to be celebrating the important ladies in our lives, like our Mums, Grannies and Aunties. We also have lots of Easter activities planned, so it will be another busy, fun filled half term J.

Green Lea Nursery offers 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.

Green Lea Nursery runs Monday-Friday, sessions are 9.00am-1.30pm or 9.00am-3.00pm. Green Lea wraparound care sessions are 7.30am-9.00am and/or 3.00pm-5.45pm (term time only) for any further information please contact 01889505309.

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February News

Milwich and Sandon Parish Councils

Community Shopper Bus Service to Stafford

Wednesday    5th February

Wednesday    4th March

Starting from Milwich Village Hall 10.00am.

Picking up in Sandon and Burston from 10.10am.

Returning from Stafford at 1.30pm.

Return Fare  £2.50.

Contact the Parish Clerk, Brian Boughey, 01889 502757 for further details and to book a place on the minibus if you have not travelled on the service before.

The route could be extended to Fradswell should anyone be interested.

 

Milwich & District Produce Guild

In November, we welcomed Steve Booth who gave us a fascinating talk (with slides) on “The Staffordshire Hoards,” from 1831 to 2012. Members were told that in Staffordshire had been found many treasures which had been buried and never retrieved. They were found all over the county, not just in the Lichfield area. They had been found in such places as Lightwood,(who would have thought it?) and Cocknage. Places we’d known for years. If each county listed the number of treasures found, Staffordshire would be third from the top.

We started our new programme in December with our Christmas party in the village hall. With good food, good company and a few little games and diversions, we all had a great time.

Our meeting on February 27th is the Annual Bulb Show and Social Evening. Members are reminded to stage their exhibits at 7pm, ready for the judging at 7.30pm

On March 26th, we welcome back Ruth Williams who will talk on “Living Churchyards.”

Our programme has changed a little, and we have visits planned for June and July: to Tanglewood in Colwich in June, and The Beeches at Rocester in July.

Our normal meetings are usually held in All Saints’ Village Hall on the fourth Thursday in the month, beginning at 8pm. For further information please contact Mike Baggaley on 01889 270161 or m_baggaley@btinternet.com

 

The Mobile Library visits Milwich on Mondays – Feb 10th and 24th

Change your library books at the library from 1.45 – 2.05pm

Coffee/tea shop has had to be suspended for the time beingas Mondays are not ideal for many people to visit the Library.

Milwich All Saints’ Village Hall Hire – Please contact 07805 569014 for rates and booking. Email sharonlhodson@gmail.com

Green Lea Nursery and wraparound care

Firstly I would like to wish everyone a very happy new year, it’s been lovely seeing everybody back after our Christmas break, and it seems everyone had been good as I believe Santa visited the whole school (including me!) It’s been great hearing all about the adventures everyone had and all the gifts they received.

On behalf of myself and Claire, I must say a huge thank you for all the beautiful, thoughtful gifts and cards we received, we truly are grateful.

We had a fantastic end of term, with a brilliant performance in school of Aladdin, Christmas lunch, Christmas party and disco. We must say a big thank you to the church community who provided yummy food for the party, to FOGL who made a donation to buy the food for the disco, Vaughan Hodson who gave up his time to provide the music and all the staff who stayed late to help out, the disco was a roaring success and everybody danced til their feet were sore (even the teachers!)

This term our theme is Inspector Gadget, and we will be looking at and learning  about all the inventions and gadgets that make our lives easier and more fun, we have lots of fun things planned which will hopefully be really engaging for the children.

Green Lea Nursery offers 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.

Green Lea Nursery runs Monday-Friday, sessions are 9.00am-1.30pm or 9.00am-3.00pm. Green Lea wraparound care sessions are 7.30am-9.00am and/or 3.00pm-5.45pm (term time only) for any further information please contact 01889505309.

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Maintenance of Milwich Website

Milwich website is run and maintained solely by volunteers. We rely on information being supplied by others. We need your help!

Please let us have news of events or reports of activities so we can keep the site current. Please supply any information to info@milwich.com.

The more information we have, the more relevant the site can be for the people of Milwich and visitors.

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Parish Council Meetings in 2020

Some ofthe dates for the Parish Council Meetings in 2020 have been changed to the second Wednesday of the month to avoid a clash with previous hall bookings.

A full list can be seen here

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Mlwich Post Office

Remember, we still have a Post Office in Milwich under new ownership, 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 Caroline a call, phone number on the information page 

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This coming New Year, All Saints’ Church are looking for volunteers to assist with two new ventures.

Number one will be a family breakfast on a Sunday morning, probably held at All Saints’ Village Hall. If you can help with setting up, cooking, clearing or want to just come along, please let Stuart (505414) or Gordon (505493) know.

Number two. The Church is looking in 2020 to putting together a pilot of doing what’s called “Open the Book” with Greenlea School. Don’t know what it is but want to know more contact Stuart or Gordon who will point you in the right direction.

Just an extra, would you like to help cleaning church, probably once a month or 6 weeks, then ring Tessa on 505493. Would you like to join the church flower rota and dedicate your arrangements to a loved one, then again ring Elaine on 505414

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December News

Community Link Shopper Bus Service from Milwich and Sandon to Stafford

Wednesday 8th January 2020

Wednesday 5th February

Wednesday 4th March

From Milwich Village Hall 10.00am

Pickup at Pump Square on Hilderstone Road, Sandon 10.10am

Return from The Gatehouse Theatre at 1.30pm

£2.50 Return Fare

Contact the Parish Clerk, Brian Boughey, 01889 502757 for further details and to book a seat on the Mini-bus.

Milwich & District Produce Guild

At our AGM, in October, the committee was re-elected, with Ruth Pett taking over from Frances Evans as programme secretary. After the official business, members enjoyed the usual social evening.

Tickets for the Christmas Party, (December 13th) are now available from Celia Vaughan on 01889 505783.

There will be no meeting in January 2020, but members are reminded to keep checking their bulbs in readiness for the Bulb Show on 27th February.

Our meetings are usually held in All Saints’ Village Hall , on the fourth Thursday of the month, beginning at 8pm.  For further details, please contact Mike Baggaley on 01889 270161, or m_baggaley@btinternet.com

Mobile Library visits Milwich on Mondays – Dec 2nd, 16th and 30th and in Jan 2020 on 13th and 7th

Change your library books at the library from 1.45 – 2.05pm

Coffee/tea shop has had to be suspended for the time being as Mondays are not ideal for many people to visit the Library.

 Milwich Post Office opening times:

MONDAY & TUESDAY: 9.00 to 12.30 am and 1.00 to 4.00 pm

WEDNESDAY: CLOSED (Papers only)

THURSDAY & FRIDAY: 9.00 to 12.30 am and 1.00 to 4.00 pm

CLOSED SATURDAY & SUNDAY

All Post Offices are examined regularly. Our Post Office is open at the moment. However –

PLEASE REMEMBER –

(This is important)

PLEASE USE IT OR LOSE IT!

Royal Mail’s latest recommended posting dates for delivery in the UK in 2019 are:

  • Wednesday, December 18 for second class mail
  • Friday, December 20 for first class mail
  • Monday, December 23 for special delivery

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Milwich Toddlers

Come and join us every Tuesday Morning (term time only) 10am to 12pm at All Saints’ Village Hall, Milwich.

Tea, Coffee and hot chocolate available for parents/carers

Juice/water and toast for children.

For details contact: Heather 07817 660881, Helen 07814 311604, Niki 07855 016419

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