STOKE SUB HAMDON PARISH COUNCIL

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New Youth Centre on its way

We’re pleased to report that contracts were exchanged on the 14 September for the purchase of the Methodist Church in West Street. This will become the new Hamdon Youth Centre for our Brownies, Guides, Youth Group, toddler group etc. It will be run by a village charity, made up mainly of service users themselves. This is the first successful Community Right to Bid sale in South Somerset since the legislation was introduced in 2012, only 1 of 12 in the UK, and is a tremendous achievement for our village. It will complement the adult use of the Memorial Hall, All Saints Hall, the Club and HCAP and will make a significant improvement to community facilities in our village.

Formal completion of the sale will be at the end of October once we have received Charity Commission paperwork. Work will then begin on updating the building by putting in extra toilets, a kitchen, central heating etc. If you would like to join us in helping us to get this new facility up and running, either as a tradesman or a resident you will be warmly welcomed! Contact Barbara Brooks at (Enable Javascript to see the email address) You can read the full Council Report explaining what it is all about and recommending the signing of contracts by clicking here and the Supporting Documents by clicking here.

 

October Message from Cath Holloway, the former Village Agent

My role in the community has changed. I am now working with unpaid carers who care for their families and friends. I am supporting unpaid carers in South East Somerset to connect them with community resources, support groups and personal support around benefits and allowances. The funding cycle for Village Agent in South East Somerset has come to an end. CCS are looking for new funding opportunities to maintain this Village Agent position. In the meantime we have a new team of Community Agents and Village Agents in South Somerset. Two Village Agents are funded by the CLICK federation of Doctors surgeries, 2 Community Agents funded by Somerset County Council and 2 Village Agents funded directly by their parish council. For more information please visit www.somersetrcc.org.uk and www.somersetcarers.org 07968521746

Hi All,

Scams! We do talk about them a lot but it is important to do so as they can be really disturbing to receive and potentially very expensive and there has been some recent activity to mention.

A recent call is from a well – spoken lady who tells you that there is a court case pending against you. It is often for unpaid tax. She will ask you to call her back on a given number. This is usually a premium number and will be costing you lots of money while they slowly ask for all your details!

The advice from us hasn’t really changed, put the phone down quickly and don’t talk. Chat to a neighbour or call me or citizen’s advice if you are anxious about what you did. You can also report it on the Action Fraud website www.actionfraud.police.uk phone number 0300 123 2040. The latter also have information about recent scams to watch out for. You can also tap the phone number into your search engine (google it!) and it will tell you what type of phone number it is. According to Which, www.which.co.uk/consumer-rights/advice/premium-rate-number-scams “To avoid being ripped off in this way, you should firstly never use numbers beginning with 084, 087, 090, 091 or 098 when calling government advice lines”

Purchases of coin collections and figurines can often be a costly mistake so do your research before any purchase also check that the website you are buying from displays the padlock item before the https//wwww, before sharing details.

A new number Call 38 provides you with the phone number 033388888888 (three 3’s eight 8’s) that you can put into electronic (or paper) forms so that the box is filled. The number will answer and say”TrueCall38 is handling my calls. I prefer not to be contacted by phone, so please contact me via my email address. Goodbye!”
Don’t forget that you can buy phones with a call blocker service or use the BT call blocker service. This means that the phone will only automatically answer numbers that you have previously agreed to. It will ask the caller to put in who you are and display it so that the call recipient can decide whether to take the call.
This is also useful if you care for someone with Dementia because they are less likely to share all your bank details with the caller if they have to press the correct buttons to release the call.

The last and most disturbing scam is when people who are helping us by picking up our money from the bank are really helping themselves to your savings. This is called “Mate Crime”. Get them to take you to the bank rather than giving them your card and pin. Get help from CAB or Age Uk to put your bills on direct debit and use phone or internet access to your bank accounts. Check your statements for any strange activity. Make sure that any private carers have a current DBS certificate. I can support you with this.

https://www.ageuk.org.uk/globalassets/age-uk/documents/reports-and-publications/reports-and-briefings/safe-at-home/rb_april15_only_the_tip_of_the_iceberg.pdf
If you are online, do have a read of the above to reveal the statistics and types of fraud. You can also phone Age UK Advice: 0800 169 65 65 Lines are open seven days a week from 8am to 7pm. www.ageuk.org.uk for one to one advice and to order their really interesting booklet.

October is also time to register for your warmer homes discount – phone your electricity and gas supplier. It is also time to book your flu vaccination!

Cath