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ADVICE: How To Improve Your Home Security

Your latest Smart Alert.

There are lots of ways you can secure your home to prevent criminals from gaining entry and stealing your possessions. Take 15 minutes and give your house a self-assessment using this guide by Secured by Design for lots of simple tips.

How To Improve Your Home Security

Do:

  • Follow our advice to decide what elements you need to improve in your home
  • If your budget is limited, focus on doors, locks, windows and perhaps a small safe for your valuables
  • Always identify 2 or 3 companies that provide the security you need to compare quality and price
  • Choose a supplier by:
  • Looking for products with the Secured by Design Police Preferred Specification logo, as these meet our high standards
  • Recommendation from friends
  • A member of a nationally recognised organisation specialising in security
  • Check ID before allowing visitors into your home
  • Suggest areas of home security you would like to improve to your potential suppliers and ask for a written quote detailing the work and the cost. Compare prices with competitors before agreeing
  • Save money by using your DIY skills to fit approved products

Don’t:

  • Never discuss your security needs with doorstep or telephone callers
  • Do not agree to work without a written quote detailing the work and cost
  • You should not disclose personal information like health problems or high risk items including jewellery until you have decided on your supplier and believe it’s essential for their work
  • Under no circumstances go to your bank or cash machine with an installer or salesman.
  • Only pay for the work once the job is completed to your satisfaction. You can ask a friend or family member for a second opinion.

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Regards,
Lydia Hooley
Community Engagement Officer
Neighbourhood Watch
Email: nw

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ALERT: Secure your vehicle at all times.

Your latest Smart Alert.

We are reminding vehicle owners to check their vehicle security following an increase in the number of thefts of, and from motor vehicles.

Most vehicle crime is opportunist and therefore preventable.

We would always advise and remind owners of the following:-

* Ensure your vehicle is locked and secure whenever left. Always check your doors – don’t rely on remote locking fobs.

* Remove all valuables and possessions when the vehicle is unattended.

* Always garage your vehicle or park on a driveway, or in well lit areas, wherever possible.

* Consider installing tracker devices – in the event your vehicle is stolen – it can be located quickly.

* Consider blocking high value vehicles in with a second vehicle… simple but it works!

* Store keyless entry car fobs in a Faraday pouch to block signal from devices used by offenders to steal your car.

* Store all vehicle keys out of view of windows and doors – thieves will often break into your home to locate keys to steal your vehicle.

Lets not make it easy for them!

For more information and advice visit our website >> https://www.staffordshire.police.uk/article/2320/Vehicle-Crime

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Regards,
Lydia Hooley
Community Engagement Officer
Neighbourhood Watch
Email: nw

Next Quiz Night will be on Tuesday 18th December

Christmas Quiz

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
ALL ARE WELCOME

First Quiz night in 2019 will be Tuesday Jan 15th

December News

ADVENT AND CHRISTMAS SERVICES AT ALL SAINTS’ MILWICH.

Young and Old welcome to dress up

Sunday December 9th at 4pm Nativity around the Village.

Meet at Church we then process to the INN

And with a bit of luck at least a horse for Mary

And a little Jesus at the Stable (Village Hall)

Punch and Mince pies after.

Sunday December 16th 4pm Carols with Greenlea School and Guests

A real tear jerking service this one with our Greenlea Children and

Guests but especially for you to sing carols and get really in the mood.

Monday evening December 24th at 11.30pm

Our Mid Night Christmas Service by Candlelight.

That special service which celebrates the birth of Jesus

Led this year by Reverend Geoff Smith.

and by candlelight it is epic.

2nd December Team Service 10am at Fradswell

30th December Team Service 10am at Gayton

We look forward to welcoming you.

Milwich W I Report                                                         November 2018

Milwich W I welcomed the Chartley Group to the meeting on October 29th when we were entertained by Maureen Taylor who was dressed in an authentic 16th Century outfit. Her talk was entitled “Garderobes, Grime and Leeches”, in other words toilets from the 16th Century and the disposing of their contents. Not a pleasant subject, however Maureen gave members many amusing anecdotes and it was unanimously agreed that life in the 21st Century is preferable in that everything is so much cleaner and more hygienic. Our lives now are greatly extended due to our health service and our general well-being,

Kath Reynolds delighted members with her talk “to Love and to Cherish”. She talked about weddings from the 1940’s to present day and how fashions have changed especially the dresses and bouquets. Many of the traditions and rhymes connected to the celebrations were compared and members giggled as memories were shared. Some of the celebrity photographs were very amusing and as members had brought their Wedding albums and photographs it was fun trying to recognise each other!

The December meeting on December 12th will be a Christmas celebration, friends and family being invited. There will be entertainment and refreshments being supplied by members.

January will also be in house with members organising the evening.

May I wish you all a very Happy and Healthy Christmas with very best wishes for the New Year.

For further information please ring Helen Hocknell on 01889 505717

All Saints’ Church

The members of Milwich Parochial Church Council would sincerely like to thank

Richard Jackson and Chris Lewis

for their continuing hard work in helping to maintain the grounds of All Saints’ Churchyard.

It is very much appreciated

Milwich & District Produce Guild

Our AGM in October was well supported.  All 7 officers were re-elected, along with two other committee members.  After the business was concluded, we enjoyed our usual social evening.  Hyacinth bulbs were available (FOC), to encourage new exhibitors to the Hyacinth Show in February.

The Christmas Party will be held in the Village Hall on December 13th.  Tickets are available from Celia on 01889 505783, at a special price of £10 each.  Marvellous value for such an entertaining evening.

On January 24th, we welcome Judy Hubble, who will talk on Shugborough Hall.

Members are reminded to keep checking their bulbs for the Hyacinth Show on February 28th.

Membership fees for the coming year are only £10, which works out at £1 per meeting, with free tea/coffee and biscuits included.  This is a one-off price, to encourage new members to join us for an exciting programme of speakers and outside visits planned for 2019.

Our meetings are usually held in All Saints’ Village Hall on the fourth Thursday of the month, beginning at 8pm.

For further information, please contact Mike Baggaley on 01889 270161 or m_baggaley@btinternet.com

MILWICH POST OFFICE

Christmas is very near now, so we are all going to have many cards and gifts to post. So this is a reminder, that in Milwich and Fradswell, and in places all around, we are very lucky to have our very own Post Office:

MILWICH POST OFFICE at PROSPECT HOUSE,

COTON HILL, MILWICH, ST18 0EH, (01889 502 381).

There, Sue Maitland always greets us with a smile.

We know all the many POST OFFICE SERVICES that we may use.

However, also offered are:

PHONE TOP UPS – THE HEALTH LOTTERY

NATIONAL EXPRESS COACH TICKETS – PAPERS

I-TUNES – ONE FOR ALL GIFT VOUCHERS

and BANKING SERVICES

including

FREE CASH WITHDRAWALS

EURO CURRENCY (Other currencies by fast Pre-Order Service)

We may also buy a wide variety of

GIFT CARDS and GREETINGS CARDS,

SWEETS AND COLD DRINKS

So that we all know when our Milwich Post Office is open,

here are the 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!

Last posting dates before Christmas – 2nd class Tuesday 18th December and  1st class Thursday 20th December

Milwich All Saints’ Village Hall Hire.

Please contact 07805 569014 for rates and booking or email sharonlhodson@gmail.com

Milwich Village Hall – COFFEE SHOP

Opening on Fridays 7th & 28th December,

 18th 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

Green lea Nursery and wraparound care

Firstly I would like to begin with a big heartfelt thank you to all the nursery, Green Lea pupils and their families for taking the time to decorate a pebble for remembrance, All the pebbles were on display at All Saints church, Milwich for the service on the 11th November. We had so, so many lovely compliments about our display, it made Claire and myself very proud to have been able to be a part of it.

As always December is a very busy month, we have lots of different crafts planned, and our cookery sessions will be taking on a Christmas theme. Forest schools will be continuing, but as the weather gets colder and wetter can I just remind you that warm clothing and waterproofs are needed. On Tuesday 11th December we will be attending Dick Whittington at the Gatehouse theatre in Stafford, Thursday 13th December we will be performing our lovely Nativity for our family and friends, this year we are holding this at 9.30am, then on 20th December we join the school for our annual Christmas lunch, Green Lea wraparound care will also be holding a disco which is open to the whole school and nursery, and then to top it all off our Christmas party, and if we are all really good, we might even get a special visitor!!

Our theme for next term is the rainforest and we are starting off by looking at the plants that grow there, especially the coco bean that is an ingredient in chocolate…Yummy. We will breaking up for our Christmas break on Friday 21st December which will be Christmas jumper day and everybody is encourage to wear a festive jumper/clothing we then return to school on Tuesday 8th January

So with all that said the staff would like to say a big thank you for all your fantastic support over the last 12 months, we really couldn’t ask for better parents, grandparents, aunties, uncles, friends and local community.  We hope you have a wonderful Christmas period, have fun, stay safe and see you all ready for more fun in the New Year.

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 07974719522

Online Safety

Your latest Smart Alert.

A number of frauds have recently been reported where by victims have been contacted by telephone by someone claiming to be from HMRC. Victims are informed that they owe money and are threatened with arrest unless they follow instructions, which usually involve victims being asked to go to local shops and buy Google Play or iTunes cards to the value of hundreds of pounds . This is a fraud, please do not follow the instructions .

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If you need to reply regarding this message, click on this email address: richard.owen@staffordshire.pnn.police.uk

Regards,
Richard Owen
Police Community Support Officer
Neighbourhood Watch
Email: richard.owen@staffordshire.pnn.police.uk

Suspicious activity in Colwich

Your latest Smart Alert.

Very early on Sunday 25th November there was a report of a person believed to be in the rear garden of a property in Colwich, where the burglar alarm had been activated. Despite a search by officers including dog support, police were unable to trace anyone. Please be vigilant and ensure that doors and windows are kept locked and that you check outbuildings to check they are secure. If you notice anyone or anything that looks out of place or suspicious please call Staffordshire Police, either on 101 or in an emergency call 999.

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Regards,
Richard Owen
Police Community Support Officer
Neighbourhood Watch
Email: richard.owen

Police issue new warning following latest HMRC scam

Your latest Smart Alert.

Officers from Staffordshire Police are reminding the public to remain alert following a recent HMRC scam.

Over the last few days, call takers have been contacted by a number of Staffordshire residents who have received phone calls from individuals claiming to be from HM Revenue and Customs.

The reported incidents relate to bogus calls from 0161 numbers to elderly homeowners. The caller will claim they are from HMRC, say that you are in debt, and that you are due in court unless you settle your debt by going to the shop and purchasing Google play cards to a high value. This person will stay on the phone whilst you do it, and ask you for the 16 digit code from the back of the cards. They will tell the victim not to call the police.

The advice is to stay vigilant and remember 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 Staffordshire Police updates, particularly elderly parents, grandparents, friends and neighbours.

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.

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Regards,
Lydia Hooley
Community Engagement Officer
Neighbourhood Watch
Email: nw