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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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Scam alert from your Digital PCSO

Your latest Smart Alert.

A message from your Digital Police Community Support Officer

Fraudsters are targeting auction selling sites. When the item has sold the seller has received a false email portraying to be from Paypal stating the money has been held. Seller then sends the item without receiving funds. Don’t trust the email, use the trusted method via the app or website.

Matthew Hough-Clewes

Digital PCSO

Staffordshire Police

If you need to reply regarding this message, click on this email address: matthew.hough-clewes

Regards,
Matthew Hough-Clewes
Police Manager
Neighbourhood Watch
Email: matthew.hough-clewes

Fraud Alert: FIFA 2018 World Cup Ticket Alert

Your latest Smart Alert.

The 2018 FIFA World Cup will take place from 14th June – 15th July 2018. The worldwide demand for match tickets is expected to be significant. Action Fraud have been alerted to several websites which are offering World Cup Tickets for sale, some at highly inflated prices.

A FIFA spokesperson said: "FIFA regards the illicit sale and distribution of tickets as a very serious issue and it has been reminding all football fans that FIFA.com/tickets is the only official and legitimate website on which to buy 2018 FIFA World Cup tickets."

"FIFA has received various complaints and enquiries by customers of non-authorised ticket sales platforms, and has consistently confirmed that these companies cannot guarantee access to the stadiums as the respective tickets may be cancelled. Insofar customers are at risk of investing a high amount of money (also for travelling and accommodation) without having the certainty to actually be able to attend the matches."

FIFA have also warned that "any tickets obtained from any other source, such as ticket brokers, internet auctions or unofficial ticket exchange platforms, will be automatically rendered void and invalid".

We would always advice the following:-

  • Don’t take the risk. Tickets for the World Cup 2018 can only be purchased directly from FIFA. For more information, please visit http://www.FIFA.com/tickets.
  • A FAN ID is required for fans to be able to enter the 2018 FIFA World Cup stadiums. Exercise caution if using a third party to obtain your FAN ID for you. You may be charged inflated costs for the service and your personal details may be compromised. For more information, please visit www.fan-id.ru .
  • Visit the Take Five website for the latest guidance on how to avoid becoming a victim of fraud.
  • For useful advice and information on the World Cup please visit the Government Guidance Pages; https://www.gov.uk/guidance/be-on-the-ball-world-cup-2018.

Please report any fraudulent activity to Action Fraud or call us on 101.

If you need to reply regarding this message, click on this email address: nw

Regards,
Paula James
Community Engagement Officer
Neighbourhood Watch
Email: nw

Alert: Be wary of buying stolen goods online!

Your latest Smart Alert.

We’re warning people to be wary about what they’re purchasing online from social media sites like Facebook.

Back in February, we received intelligence that a woman in Silverdale, Newcastle-under-Lyme, was selling large quantities of beauty products and candles via Facebook.

When officers visited the address they recovered hundreds of pounds worth of goods that had been stolen from Boots and Wilkinson’s including Yankee Candles, hairdryers, beauty and make-up sets and perfume.

A 40-year-old woman was voluntarily interviewed at Newcastle police station where she admitted to stealing the products. She will now be charged and appear in court.

If the deal you’re being offered is too good to be true, the chances are that it probably is!

If you’re suspicious or concerned about anything you’re being sold online, report it to us by calling 101.

If you need to reply regarding this message, click on this email address: nw

Regards,
Paula James
Community Engagement Officer
Neighbourhood Watch
Email: nw

Fraud Alert: HMRC iTunes Voucher Fraud

Your latest Smart Alert.

We are continuing to receive calls from members of the public regarding a scam which attempts to gain money.

Over the last few days, we’ve been contacted by a number of Staffordshire residents who have received phone calls, voicemails or texts from individuals claiming to be from HM Revenue and Customs, demanding that they hand over cash for unpaid taxes.

They have been told they have an outstanding debt with HMRC or that a complaint has been lodged against them and they must pay a fee, sometimes thousands of pounds, within a matter of hours or face court action. The fraudsters have demanded that the money be either transferred to a bank account of their choosing or that an equivalent value of iTunes vouchers is purchased and then transferred.

We would like to remind you that no government agency, like HMRC, would ring demanding money over the phone and no legitimate company will ask you to buy vouchers to make or receive payment.

Please share this advice with friends or relatives who may not have access to our updates, particularly elderly parents, grandparents, friends and neighbours.

If you are a retail outlet selling iTunes vouchers be mindful of customers wishing to purchase large amounts who may be the target of this criminal activity.

If you receive a suspicious cold call, end it immediately, and please contact Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040. Alternatively, if you are feeling under threat or unsafe, please call 101 or 999 in an emergency.

If you need to reply regarding this message, click on this email address: nw

Regards,
Paula James
Community Engagement Officer
Neighbourhood Watch
Email: nw

National Rural Crime Survey 2018

Your latest Smart Alert.

Do you think rural crime has gone up or down in Staffordshire? Do you feel safer? What’s your view of the police in your community?

It’s three years since the last National Rural Crime Survey revealed the huge cost of crime to rural communities – both financial, at £800 million per year, and fear, with chronic under-reporting, anger and frustration at the police and government.

The National Rural Crime Network produced a series of recommendations and, in many areas, the police took steps to improve matters. So, now, we want to know what’s changed – what is the true picture of crime and anti-social behaviour in rural communities, and the impact it has where you live or work.

If you would like to take part in the survey and help shape rural and wildlife crime policing visit www.nationalruralcrimenetwork.net/survey .

For more information about rural and wildlife crime visit https://www.staffordshire.police.uk/article/2050/Rural-and-Wildlife-Crime

If you need to reply regarding this message, click on this email address: nw

Regards,
Paula James
Community Engagement Officer
Neighbourhood Watch
Email: nw

Fraud Alert: Fraudulent Cryptocurrency Investments & Fake Endorsements

Your latest Smart Alert.

Fraudulent websites alleging to offer cryptocurrency investments are dishonestly using the image of Martin Lewis, the founder and editor for moneysavingexpert.com, as an endorsement for their companies.

The adverts using Martin Lewis to promote illicit schemes can be found on social media and other websites. Clicking on the advert takes you to the full article where Martin Lewis image is presented along with fake quotes recommending investments in bitcoin and other digital currencies with the fraudulent "company". Alternatively clicking on the advert will take you to a page where you are required to input your contact details, the suspect company then phones you and encourages you to invest.

Martin Lewis has published a warning to the public saying "I don’t do adverts. If you ever see one with my face or name on it, it is without my permission, and usually a scam". The full article can be found here; https://blog.moneysavingexpert.com/2018/03/13/martin-lewis-spread-word-dont-believe-scam-bitcoin-code-bitcoin-trading-ads/?_.

Similarly these fraudulent websites are also misusing images and fabricating recommendations from the investors on Dragons Den. These adverts also claim the investors on the panel trade in cryptocurrencies using their services to try and legitimise their company.

  • Don’t assume it’s authentic; Professional-looking websites, adverts or social media posts don’t indicate that an investment opportunity is genuine. Criminals can exploit the names of well-known brands/individuals to make their scams appear legitimate.
  • Don’t be rushed/pressured into making a decision; A genuine bank/financial organisation won’t force you to make a financial transaction on the spot. Always be wary if you’re pressured to invest quickly or promised returns that
    sound too good to be true.
  • Stay in control; avoid unsolicited investment offers, especially those over cold calls. Always get impartial advice if considering investments.

If you need to reply regarding this message, click on this email address: nw

Regards,
Paula James
Community Engagement Officer
Neighbourhood Watch
Email: nw

May News

Milwich & District Produce Guild

In May, there will be a visit to two gardens in St John’s Road, Stafford at the earlier time of 7pm. For further information, please contact Mike Baggaley on 01889 270161 or m_baggaley@btinternet.com

Our meetings are usually held on the fourth Thursday of the month, at All Saints’ Village Hall, starting at 8pm, visitors very welcome.

Pre-School Newsletter

Firstly on behalf of all the staff, can we say a big thank you for all the Easter gifts we received, we were overwhelmed by the generosity.

The Easter celebrations were well supported and everybody had fun decorating and hunting eggs as well as showing off some extremely impressive bonnets. Thank you to the W.I ladies who had the difficult task of judging the bonnets.

We are continuing with our “under the sea” theme this half term, and we have lots of activities planned from making bottle jelly fish, to finding sea creatures that will be hiding in the sea bed. As the weather starts to improve all the children will be helping to get our garden and flowerbeds  ready for the summer, we have lots of weeding, planting and tidying up to do, we are also hoping to get a sensory garden area for the children to be interactive with, and a wildlife area to attract the birds We are also starting to think of our graduation and making the transition from preschool to big school seamless.

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 07974719522

Milwich W I Report                                                          April 2018            

Would you like to be a Ladies Maid in 1898?

Jo Golby described the role of not only the Ladies Maid but also the Ladies. Jo has worked for the National Trust for many years at Warwick Castle, Keddleston House and Cork Abbey.

Firstly, she described Mary Curzon who became Lady Warwick. She was born in America with a large family fortune, her main ambition was to come to England to find a titled husband – these ladies were called Million Dollar Heiresses. She stayed at several aristocratic homes and eventually met her husband George Nathanial Curzon, who was about to go on the Grand Tour for five years. Before leaving she made him promise that they would marry on his return. As she was single she did not have the means for a ladies’ maid so asked her father to finance one. The Americans were not as fashionable as the English ladies therefore Mary Curzon set out to find a dress maker of her own, despite having suggestions from other ladies. She met Violet in a back street who made her very elegant dresses and who was later engaged to be her hairdresser. Violet, coming from a poor area, spoke with a strong accent, so Mary sent her to a finishing school where she learnt to speak and behave properly. Violet then became Mary’s ladies’ maid when the Curzon’s married. (George came back to England after three years!) Ladies maids were paid well, had their own bedroom, a tea allowance and had a pudding once a week on Sunday. She would have half a day off once a month on a Sunday, but she would have to be up an hour before her Lady awoke and go to bed an hour after her Lady. Violet would oversee the laundry and sewing therefore being allowed bees wax candles. Violet stayed with Mary, Lady Warwick for the rest of Mary’s life – she died in her 30’s due to the smog in London having had three daughters. Violet was given her own cottage and allowed to find a new business or to marry.

Jo was an excellent speaker bringing with her many objects and photographs of the era. She also encouraged Mary Allen, one of our members, to try on corsets (staves) over some voluminous under ware for which she was congratulated.

Next month is the Annual Meeting when there will be Bring and Share refreshments and a sales table – May 9th Milwich Village Hall. Visitors are always welcome to very happy and interesting meetings held on the second Wednesday of the month. For further information please ring Sue Lloyd on 01889 505470 or May Yates on 01889 505518

COFFEE SHOP

Opening Friday 11th May

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