News & Newsletters

Due to the latest lockdown, the Parish office will be closed to visitors until the lockdown restrictions are lifted by central Government.
This year’s Armistice Day event in Jacobs Well will be a private wreath laying event due to Covid 19 restrictions.
Stay Alert – Protect the NHS.
We’re looking for enthusiatic local residents to join the Parish Council. If you’re looking for a new voluntary opportunity, and enjoy working with the local community, we’d be delighted to hear from you.

News

Grant Applications Open For Businesses Closed During Lockdown

Guildford Borough Council Press Release: 18 November 2020

Grants of up to £3,000 are available to help local businesses which have had to close during the four-week national lockdown, as we continue to support our local economy during the Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.

The government’s Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed) is available to rate-paying businesses which were trading as normal before Thursday 5 November, but had to close under the new guidelines.

Applications can be made online through our website, here. Grants are based on the rateable value of a business’s premises, and will be paid every four weeks whilst government restrictions are in force:

Rateable value up to £15,000 – a grant of £1,334
Rateable value of £15,001 to £50,999 – a grant of £2,000
Rateable value of £51,000 and over – a grant of £3,000

Lead Councillor for Economy, Cllr John Redpath says:

“We understand that many local businesses are facing financial difficulty due to the impact of the global pandemic. As a Local Authority, we are here to support all of our local businesses and provide as much help as we can.

“We have already distributed over £23 million in grants, provided business rate relief to businesses in the retail, hospitality and leisure sectors and administered the government’s Reopening High Streets Safely Fund to support measures to allow our town centre to open safely and securely.”

Businesses which have continued to offer takeaway, click-and-collect or delivery services despite closure are eligible for a grant. Businesses can apply for one grant for each of their qualifying premises.

Companies which have chosen to close, but were not required to, will not be eligible, along with those which are in administration, insolvent or have received a striking-off notice. Businesses which have already received grant payments equal to the maximum levels of State aid allowed under the Covid-19 Temporary State Aid Framework will also not be eligible.

Applicants will need to supply their ratepayers reference, bank account details, company or charity number, VAT registration number, and information on funds received through state aid. Grant income is taxable and will need to be included in the business’s tax return.

Cllr Redpath continued: “Please do continue to get in touch as we may be able to help in other ways, including through our free business advice service Guildford Business Growth at www.guildfordbusinessgrowth.co.uk, as well as our assistance to help businesses follow new licensing guidelines. We have also been working with the Community Foundation for Surrey’s Coronavirus Response Fund, as the Mayor of Guildford’s chosen charity for 2020, to match fund any donations to support local charities and voluntary organisations helping vulnerable, elderly and isolated members of the community.

“Additional help may be available through the government’s Kickstart Scheme and new investment in ‘green’ jobs. The Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy has also this week published information on additional resources available to employers and employees, including support offered by the National Federation of Self Employed & Small Businesses, at www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-support-for-business-from-outside-government.”

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Temporary closure of Public Bridleway no 444 Keens Lane to Pitch Place Green

Public Bridleway No. 444 (Worplesdon) Traffic Regulation Act 1984, Section 14(1) & (2)

Temporary Prohibition of Traffic Order 2020

On 21 October 2020 Surrey County Council made the above mentioned temporary order, the effect of which is to prohibit all traffic on foot or by any other means from entering or proceeding along that length of Public Bridleway No. 444 (Worplesdon) from its junction with Keens Lane (Grid ref. 497878 152385) in a southerly direction for 103 metres.

The Order is necessary by reason of danger to the public due to development works taking place adjacent to the footpath. The closure will be in operation from 30 October 2020 until 24 December 2020, or until completion of repair works, if earlier. That period can be extended by the Secretary of State for Transport if required.

The temporary closure will only be in operation when appropriate road traffic signs are displayed on site by the County Council or an authorised person acting on its behalf. Access to properties will not be affected.

The alternative route for traffic on foot only from the northern end of the closure is to proceed in an easterly direction along Keens Lane to its junction with Worplesdon Road. Turn right onto Worplesdon Lane and proceed in southerly direction to its junction with Footpath 1. Turn right onto Footpath 1 and then continue along Footpath 444a in an westerly direction to its junction with Bridleway 444. Turn right onto Bridleway 444 and proceed in a northerly direction to the southern end of the closure. The alternative route for traffic from the southern end of the closure is the reverse of the route described above.

There is no alternative route for traffic on horseback.

‘The Surrey County Council Public Bridleway No. 444 (Worplesdon) Temporary Prohibition of Traffic Order 2020’ was made by the County Council under Section 14(1) & (2) of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984.

 

DATED: 21 October 2020 Katie Stewart
Executive Director – Environment, Transport & Infrastructure
Enquiries to: Countryside Access Team,
Surrey County Council, Whitebeam Lodge, Merrow Depot,
Merrow Lane, Guildford GU4 7BQ.
Tel: 0300 200 1003 or email: rightsofway@surreycc.gov.uk.

 

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Neighbourhood Watch launches PROTECT YOUR Pa$$W0rD campaign with 3 quick and easy steps

As we spend more time at home and on our online devices, over one third (34%) of people say that they’re more concerned about cybercrime than physical crime and a startling 1 in 5 people are a victim of cybercrime!* You could be more at risk than you might think.

If strengthening your passwords is something you keep putting off, or you feel overwhelmed by the sea of online security information, you’re not alone.

As part of our Cyberhood Watch initiative, launched in 2019 in partnership with Avast, we have launched a PROTECT YOUR Pa$$W0Rd campaign that targets both the overwhelmed and complacent, providing everyone with 3 easy steps to be more secure online.

PROTECT YOUR Pa$$W0Rd in 3 easy steps

  1. Create a separate password for your email account
  2. Use 3 random words
  3. Turn on two-factor authentication (2FA)

To find out more about how to do each step visit our Password Protection page on our website .

But we won’t stop there!  Whilst taking those 3 easy steps will go a long way to protecting yourself online, we want to protect not just you but your whole community! To do this, we are asking you to spread the word and help protect your family, friends, colleagues and neighbours by sharing these 3 easy steps with 3 others.

To share with others you can forward this email to at least 3 of your friends, share the information from our Password Protection page in your local newsletter, or share our campaign on your social media channels using our Protect your Pa$$W0Rd Campaign Pack,

More about the campaign
Our campaign will run on social media for 4 weeks from 9th November 2020. We are targeting both Neighbourhood Watch members and non-members alike with two different attitudes to online security.

For those that are unsure and overwhelmed by an abundance of advice, we want to cut though the noise and simplify the confusion, so they feel empowered to take action.

And for those that think ‘it won’t happen to me’ we want to shock them into action, so that they realise how prevalent the problem is, even amongst young people.

We have created social media animated and still graphics targeted to both those audiences, supported by further information detailing how and why to take each step on our dedicated Password Protection page.

Download our Protect your Pa$$W0Rd Campaign Pack to share the campaign across your networks using email, whatsapp, Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and in newsletters.

Why not go one step further and share our Protect your Pa$$W0Rd Press Release locally and don’t forget to let us know about any local press you are able to generate.

Visit our Protect your PA$$word campaign page to find out more.

*Perceptions of cybercrime in the UK report produced in partnership with Avast, surveyed over 14,000 Neighbourhood Watch members: https://press.avast.com/hubfs/media-materials/kits/Avast%20Cyberhood%20Watch/Avast_CyberHood_Watch_Report%20FINAL.pdf?hsLang=en

For more information contact Deborah Waller on deborah.waller@ourwatch.org.uk.

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Scam Warning – Fake Paypal Emails

Action Fraud is warning people selling items online to be on the lookout for criminals sending fake PayPal emails.

  • Between January 2020 and September 2020, 21,349 crime reports were made to Action Fraud about fake PayPal emails.
  • Victims reported losing a total of £7,891,077.44 during this time.
  • Those targeted included people selling jewellery, furniture and electronics via online marketplaces.
  • Reports of fake PayPal emails to Action Fraud made up a third of all reports of online shopping and auction fraud during this period.

How does it happen?

Criminals have been targeting people selling items online, by sending them emails purporting to be from PayPal. The emails trick victims into believing they have received payment for the items they’re selling on the platform.

Typically, after receiving these emails, victims will ship the item to the criminal. This leaves them at a further disadvantage having not received any payment for the item and also no longer being in possession of it.

How can you protect yourself?

  • Sellers beware: If you’re selling items on an online marketplace, be aware of the warning signs that your buyer is a scammer. Scammers may have negative feedback history, or may have recently set up a new account to avoid getting poor feedback. Don’t be persuaded into sending anything until you can verify you’ve received the payment.
  • Scam messages: Don’t click on the links or attachments in suspicious emails, and never respond to messages that ask for your personal or financial details.
  • How to spot the difference: A PayPal email will address you by your first and last name, or your business name, and will never ask you for your full password, bank account, or credit card details in a message.

If you think you’ve been a victim of fraud, report it to Action Fraud online at www.actionfraud.police.uk or by calling 0300 123 2040.

 

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Lest We Forget – Armistice Day 2020

Members of Worplesdon Parish Council, the JWRA (Jacobs Well Residents’ Association) and a small number of residents gathered to commemorate Armistice Day at both the official war memorial in Queenhythe Road, Jacobs Well and in Harry’s Meadow, Jacobs Well this morning.  Wreaths were laid by Emma Raglett and Heather Kidman on behalf of the JWRA, Victoria Fear (Assistant Clerk) and Gaynor White (Clerk to the Council). All gathered observed the two minutes silence at 11am.

They shall grow not old
As we that are left grow old.
Age shall not weary them
Nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun
And in the morning.

We will remember them.

“For the Fallen”

Laurence Binyon  1869 – 1943

 

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Guildford Borough Council’s Service Of Remembrance Live On Facebook – Sunday 8 November 2020

05 November 2020

Watch Guildford Borough Council’s Service Of Remembrance Live On Facebook

The borough council’s Service of Remembrance, this Sunday at 11am, will be broadcast live on their Facebook page to allow all residents to commemorate with the borough council.

“The private ceremony, held in our castle grounds, will follow government guidelines to keep all participants and residents safe, but we invite everybody to join us online to honour those who served their country with such bravery. The broadcast will begin at 10.30am at www.facebook.com/GuildfordBC.

The castle grounds will be closed to the public during the event, but the War Memorials will be open for the rest of the day for people to visit, pay their respects and lay wreaths.

Our service will be led by Revd Canon Robert Cotton, Rector of Holy Trinity St Mary’s Church, with wreaths laid by Col Patrick Crowley, Deputy Colonel of The Princess of Wales’s Royal Regiment, Member of Parliament for Guildford, Angela Richardson MP, the Deputy Mayor of Guildford, Cllr Marsha Moseley, Leader of the Council, Cllr Joss Bigmore, Managing Director of the Council, James Whiteman, and individual representatives of our local service organisations and emergency services. Bugler WO2 Peter Bryan, Band Sergeant Major (BSM) of The Princess of Wales’s Royal Regiment Band will play the Last Post and Reveille.

Deputy Mayor of Guildford, Cllr Marsha Moseley says:

“Whilst we are not able to invite our residents to join us in person, we want to share this moment of great national and local importance with them by inviting them to reflect with us, in the safety of their homes, on the sacrifices made by members of our Armed Forces. I will pause with the rest of the nation to observe the two-minute silence and remember the bravery and determination of our soldiers. We shall be forever in their debt.

“Thousands of people have already been able to watch our VJ Day and VE Day ceremonies in this way, and we hope that they will again join us in paying tribute to those who lost their lives serving their country. We will never forget those who served with such distinction, and it is important that we continue to honour them in whatever way we can.”

Leader of the Council, Cllr Joss Bigmore says:

“Current Coronavirus (Covid-19) restrictions do not allow us to hold public events so we are sadly unable to mark these significant and very special occasions as we would like to this year. However, we hope that all residents of the borough are able to join us online to commemorate Remembrance Sunday.

“We were determined to find a safe way to all come together to remember and honour the brave men and women who fought for our freedom. The castle grounds will be closed to the public for these services at the WW1 and WW2 Memorial but will re-open soon after. If you do visit on Sunday, please ensure you follow all government guidelines to maintain social distancing with no more than six in a group.”

He continued: “Our ‘Guildford Remembers’ flags are already flying in the castle grounds and on our Guildhall balcony, with the Castle Keep and the Guildhall also lit in red to show our support for the Royal British Legion’s poppy appeal.”

Revd Canon Robert Cotton, Rector of Holy Trinity St Mary’s Church says:

“I am delighted that all of our residents will have the opportunity to join us on such an important day. Remembrance Sunday is very personal to all of us, as we remember family members and loved ones who have served our country, but it also unites communities in respect and reflection. I hope that this event can bring us all closer together at a time when we need the support of our friends and neighbours more than ever.”

November 2020 also marks the centenary of the burial of the Unknown Warrior at Westminster Abbey, in honour of the hundreds of thousands of servicemen and women who lost their lives in World War One and never received a proper burial.”

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30 mile sponsored charity walk by Leslie Clarke (86)

The Clerk to Normandy Parish Council who is now 86 and has survived numerous operations on his legs to prevent amputation is doing a sponsored 30 MILE charity walk on 29 August and is looking for sponsorship.

He will be raising funds for two charities close to his heart, both which are desperate for more financial support, namely “Combat Stress”, the Services Mental Health charity which is well known and the less well known “Step by Step” a Teenage Homelessness charity which operates in Berkshire, Hampshire and Surrey.

“Step by Step” rescues homeless teenagers, accommodates them, teaches them life skills, helps them to find employment and continues to support them until they are 21.

Leslie will be walking a 3 mile circuit of Normandy ten times.  Each circuit will take him about an hour so the whole walk will take about 10 hours. He will be starting at about 7.00 AM on the 29th August and will, hopefully, complete the walk by 5.00 PM.

If anyone wants to join him for all or any part of the walk or turn out to cheer him on you will be more than welcome.

To donate please go to https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/LeslieClarke1

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Bonfires and Smoke

A bonfire can be a handy way to dispose of garden waste but it is important to be aware of the impact on your neighbours and the environment.

There is no law against having a bonfire, though it is an offence for the smoke, smell and ash to cause a nuisance.

If you must have a bonfire, we recommend you take into account the following:

  • Consider other ways of getting rid of it, such as composting the garden waste.
  • Position your bonfire as far away from buildings as possible.
  • Do not light a fire if the wind will carry the smoke over roads or into your neighbours’ gardens or property.
  • Burn only dry wood and plant waste. Do not burn material that will create toxic fumes, for example, plastic, rubber or aerosols.
  • Never leave a fire to smoulder, put it out with water or soil.
  • Remember that smoke hangs in the air on damp, windless days and in the evening.

Report a bonfire

If you are being disturbed by bonfire smoke and ash, try politely discussing the issue with your neighbour. They may not realise they are causing a problem.

If the situation does not improve, you can report a bonfire using Guildford Borough Council’s online form.

In order for the Borough Council to take action, the bonfire must be classed as a statutory nuisance. This means the bonfire you wish to report must be more than an annoyance, and affecting you in an unreasonable and significant way.

Factors considered when assessing statutory nuisance include:

  • duration and frequency of the bonfire
  • time of day
  • amount of smoke coming from the bonfire
  • your location.
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V J Day 75 – 15 August 2020

On  15 August 2020, VJ DAY 75,  flowers  were  laid  at  the  memorial  bench  in  Harry’s  Meadow  in  commemoration  of  all  those  who  fought  in  the  Far  East  during   WW2.  We  remember, with gratitude,  the tremendous  sacrifice  made  by  so  many for our  freedom.

WE  WILL  REMEMBER  THEM!

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Big Mouth Guildford – The Bank Holiday Sale Bonanza – Guildford town centre

 

 

 

 

 

In partnership with the town’s independent retailers and supported by Guildford Borough Council and Experience Guildford, Big Mouth Guildford is encouraging residents to stay local to local and keep spend in Guildford over the bank holiday weekend.

Many independent business owners became local heroes during lockdown, stepping up and going above and beyond to provide their services and products to the community and now it’s time for us to support them. Bag yourself a bargain whilst helping retailers get rid of any surplus SS20 stock that was left languishing in lockdown!
There’ll be great deals to be enjoyed across the town centre over the weekend, as well as two MASSIVE competitions running on Big Mouth Guildford socials before the bonanza begins.
Check out big mouths social media for more Info and your chance to enter two MASSIVE COMPETITIONS to be drawn on the Friday night before the
bank holiday sale bonanza begins.

FEATURING OVER 35 INDEPENDENT RETAILERS

Check out: Big Mouth Guildford on Facebook for more details.

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Update on Chantry Woods Campsite


Lead Councillor for the Environment, Cllr James Steel provides an update on the town’s Chantry Woods campsite:

“We are sorry to confirm that we are unable to open the Chantry Woods campsite for the rest of this year. We are aware what a special place this area is and how much both local groups and camping enthusiasts enjoy visiting this spectacular beauty spot. Due to the open nature of the campsite, and the basic facilities, we are unable to ensure that both you and our staff would be kept safe in-line with ‘COVID-19 Secure’ guidelines. We are currently working hard to look at ways in which we can safely re-open the campsite and its facilities for visitors.

There are a number of other local campsites open nearby including Homestead Farm in Wanborough on the northern slopes of the Hog’s Back, a secluded campsite offering pitches for tents, caravans and motorhomes surrounded by beautiful forest. Showers and toilets are currently open although other amenities may be restricted. Embers Campsite at Polesden Lacey offers a unique experience of camping in the Surrey Hills at one of England’s most beautiful National Trust properties. The campsite is located close to the centre of the estate and you can enjoy direct access to the gardens during your stay. For more information on accommodation in the Guildford area including campsites, glamping sites and caravan sites visit: https://www.guildford.gov.uk/visitguildford/camping

We have a number of free attractions to visit safely across Guildford for you and your family to enjoy with nearly 700 hectares of award-winning parks, playgrounds and countryside across the borough. If you’re looking for some inspiration of things to do with the family over the summer pop into the Tourist Information Office situated on the main high street in Guildford where our friendly staff can provide you with a free map and recommendations on local events and ideas for all the family to enjoy. Visit: https://www.guildford.gov.uk/visitguildford/seeanddo

Our fantastic Guildford Museum opened its doors again last month after being closed for nearly a year for essential repairs. Entry is free to this hidden gem and a perfect place to take the family on a rainy afternoon. The museum is currently open Wednesday – Saturday 12-4.30pm (last admission 4pm).

We are continuing to collaboratively work with local businesses to provide support and help during these challenging times. A number of restaurants in Guildford and the surrounding area are taking part in the “Eat Out to Help Out” scheme where you can get 50% off food and non-alcoholic drinks up to a total value of £10 per person when eating in participating cafes, pubs, bars and restaurants every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday until 31 August 2020. Free parking is also available in all pay and display car parks in the town centre from 4pm Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday while the scheme is running. 

I would like to emphasise that this has not been an easy decision to reach but one we feel is essential in order to maintain your safety. Our priority is the safety of all local residents – the Coronavirus (Covid 19) is still here and we must ensure we keep Guildford safe to prevent any local lockdowns as currently being experienced by other areas of the UK.”

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Wood Street Village Jazz Festival – Sunday 23rd August 2020

The Wood Street Jazz Festival is back for another year in 2020. On Sunday 23rd August we will be welcoming you to an afternoon of world-class Jazz on the Wood Street Village Green – socially distanced of course!

We are excited to announce that Jazz at the Movies featuring Joanna Eden are going to be our headline act this year, so if you fancy a day out with amazing live music please come and join us from 2pm-5pm. You are welcome to bring chairs and tables, a picnic and drinks!

Tickets need to booked in advance and are £18 (£16 for Guildford Jazz Members), or £30 for a household of 2, and under 18s are free. All tickets also include an entry to our raffle! All of the money raised from the day goes directly to Challengers, helping us continue to break down the barriers to play for local disabled children and their families.

We have completed a thorough risk assessment for this event specific to COVID-19 and will be adhering to strict social distancing guidelines at all times. You will be allocated a seating area when you book a ticket, therefore if you are attending with a group, please buy your tickets at the same time if possible so that we can seat you in adjacent seating areas. A limited number of larger seating areas at the back and sides will also be available if you would like to bring your own gazebo or garden umbrella.

This will be a cashless event and unfortunately we will not be able to provide food and drink as we have done at previous events, so please do bring your own. There will be floor markers and signage to remind you to keep at least a metre away from those outside of your household, and we ask that you be respectful of social distancing guidelines.

If you have any questions about this event please email Emily (emilyblackley@disability-challengers.org). We look forward to seeing you there!

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Update on public events in Guildford

All large events planned for 2020 on Council-owned land will be postponed or cancelled as the safety of our residents, visitors and staff remains our top priority.

The decision follows recommendations from Surrey’s Strategic Coordinating Group (SCG), part of Surrey’s Local Resilience Forum, the government-initiated body with representatives from all public services, from local authorities to health, fire and police.

Government guidance also currently states that large scale ‘mass gatherings’ are not to take place, and since the new guidance on 31 July ‘test’ or ‘pilot’ events are included in this.

We are working with Guildford Shakespeare Company this August on a small-scale event to help us learn how public events can best be managed in response to Coronavirus (Covid-19). This will help us support important events such as Remembrance Sunday and other community events in 2021.

Leader of the Council, Cllr Caroline Reeves explains: “The Coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak has brought unimaginable changes for all of us and will continue to impact our lives for months and years to come. I am proud of how our borough has responded and supported each other throughout this most challenging time. Your community spirit has been inspiring and our officers’ dedication and hard work in keeping our essential services running is to be applauded.

“We understand how disappointing this news will be, not only to our residents who were looking forward to getting back to normal and enjoying their social lives but to our fantastic charities and voluntary organisations. Many of them rely heavily on events for their income and we know this will be a huge blow to them.

“We recognise and support the vital contribution many of these events bring to our communities, both for leisure and positive benefits on our health and wellbeing but also the contribution they make to our local charities who in turn are doing such great work to help our residents.”

She continues: “However, we must prioritise the safety of our residents and there is too great a risk in holding events while trying to maintain social distancing. Less people will be able to attend, which means in most situations that the event will also not be financially viable. Additional strain may also be put on emergency services who are already doing all they can to respond to the outbreak. We will keep our decision under review and when it is safe to have events again we will let you know and look forward to welcoming you back.

“A key part of the Council’s Recovery Plan will be continuing to work with and help our voluntary and charity sectors in giving vital support to our community, and I hope we can get creative and think of ways we can get through this together.”

She adds: “One option would be to join the Guildford Community Lottery which we set up in 2018 as a simple and effective way for local good causes to raise money every week. As a good cause you sign up for free, with no admin fees or any other charges, and encourage your supporters to buy a lottery ticket at £1 per ticket. They can do this easily online, and for every ticket sold you receive 50p. Each ticket has a 1-in-50 chance of winning every week, with a top prize of £25,000. Marketing support is available and extra incentives are also regularly added. Visit http://webdefence.global.blackspider.com/urlwrap/?q=AXicPcmxDcIwEAXQT8EKGeNiAVIEFTRswACOY4yFw0Xni63swmCR2IEZ6Hjt22zhvkCzApKWnbGUpdBoY3L8UuFEjkeY7nK9WRfMvjPHA7L64inEvs_nMMc03FkGClxofuKhOp3attZK_0us6mUhlgDg_QF-MQQoXA&Z for more details.”

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Scoot Theatre presents A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Worplesdon and Burpham Cricket Club

Scoot Theatre presents A Midsummer Night’s Dream

at the Worpledon Memorial and Sports Ground
Perry Hill, Worplesdon, GU3 3RF
on Monday 24 August 2020
Performances at 3pm and 6pm

Tickets MUST be booked in advance – please click on the link below

https://thelittleboxoffice.com/riverhouse/book/event/124659

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The Sidney Sime Art Gallery – Worplesdon Memorial Hall

The Sidney Sime art gallery inside Worplesdon Memorial hall GU3 3RF will be open by appointment only 2-4pm Wednesdays and Sundays during August.  Government guidance in place for visitors to enjoy the experience of our little gem in Worplesdon where 88 pieces are on display with volunteers looking forward to enhancing your visit with their knowledge of Sime and his vast range of styles. You will be amazed. Website address is www.sidneysimegallery.org.uk for more details.

 

Sime Gallery 1st Floor Worplesdon Memorial Hall

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Act now to have your say in 2021

Residents across the borough have started to receive voter registration forms via letter, email and text message as part of our annual canvass. It is important that everyone checks their details are correct to avoid losing the chance to vote in the next elections.

With Police and Crime Commissioner Elections, County Council and potentially Parish Council and local by- elections planned for May 2021, we are reminding everyone to check or fill in and return forms as soon as possible.

Please note the reminders are from the Council but sent through the government portal. If you are unsure whether the message is genuine please contact us on 01483 444115.

This year the process is slightly different as the Electoral Register has been checked against records held by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP). Households will now have one of three different routes to follow:

  • Route 1: All registered electors at your house matched the records held by DWP. Those households we hold emails for will be contacted and those who don’t will be posted a form with clear instructions.

Action: Each household needs to confirm their details are correct and can also make any necessary changes.

  • Route 2: If the household has people at the property that don’t match the DWP records, they will receive a form by post.

Action: Each household should follow the instructions for the completion of the form, If we don’t receive anything we will phone or visit you at home.

  • Route 3: Is for properties that have a duty manager including nursing and care homes and the University of Surrey Campus.

           Action: They will be contacted directly by the Electoral Services Team.

James Whiteman, Managing Director and Electoral Registration Officer of Guildford Borough Council says:

“Our annual canvass is your chance to ensure we have your correct details so that when it is time for elections you are able to have your say and vote. We have started contacting you now, please take a few moments to check your details or supply us with amendments. It’s essential for a healthy democracy that everyone entitled to vote has the chance to do so. Updating any changes to your personal details is really easy and takes less than five minutes.”

He adds: “We do use email and text message now and are aware of many scams that have occurred online – so if you are worried please get in touch and we will verify if the communication is from us.”

For further information about how the new annual canvass works including more information on the different routes, please visit: www.guildford.gov.uk/annualcanvass

If you’d like to change your details on the electoral register, please visit: www.guildford.gov.uk/article/23974/Make-changes-to-the-electoral-register

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Arrest Figures Revealed After Drink and Drug Crackdown on Surreys Roads

A total of 40 arrests were made during a two-week crackdown on drink and drug-drivers in Surrey.

The figure can be revealed after the fortnightly operation – run by both Surrey Police and Sussex Police to keep people safe and target offenders on our roads – concluded on Sunday evening 12 July.

Of the 237 vehicles stopped in Surrey as part of the campaign, 24 arrests were made for a positive drug wipe, 15 for a positive breath test, and one was made for both a positive drug wipe and breath test. These drivers will now face the legal consequences of their actions.

In Sussex a total of 85 arrests were made over the same period on Sussex’s roads.

Chief Inspector Michael Hodder, of the Surrey and Sussex Roads Policing Unit, said: “It’s really disappointing that some people still choose to risk the lives of themselves and others by driving while under the influence of drink or drugs.

“These irresponsible individuals increase the chances of serious injury or fatal collisions occurring, which impacts hugely on the lives of those injured and the families of those that die on our roads who continue to try and cope without their loved ones in their lives.

“While it is our duty to respond to emergency situations, it goes without saying that such incidents could be easily avoided if people listen to our advice, listen to their conscience, and make the right decision.

“If you know that you’re not going to be legal to drive, make sure you plan ahead – walk home if you can, book a taxi, take public transport or get a lift with someone sober. Never get into a vehicle if you suspect the driver is under the influence; you might live to regret it.”

The campaign was run by the forces in conjunction with Sussex Safer Roads Partnership and DriveSmart Surrey, and is in addition to routine roads policing, which involves responding to reports of drink and drug-drivers 365 days a year.

Last year in Surrey, a total of 83 crashes where drink driving may have been a factor resulted in one or more persons being injured. Two road deaths were also recorded where drink driving may have contributed to the circumstances.

The campaign coincided with the National Police Chiefs’ Council’s seatbelt operation, aimed to raise awareness of the potentially devastating consequences of not belting up in a vehicle. Not wearing a seat belt can be a fatal decision even on short, familiar journeys. Of the 72 vehicles stopped for potential seatbelt offences during the operation, 52 verbal warnings were given and 16 fixed penalty notices were issued. No action was required for the remaining vehicles stopped.

If you drive under the influence of drink or drugs, prepare to face the consequences. These could include the following:

  • Killing or seriously injuring yourself or someone else;
  • A minimum 12 month ban;
  • An unlimited fine;
  • A possible prison sentence;
  • A criminal record, which could affect your current and future employment;
  • An increase in your car insurance costs;
  • Trouble travelling to countries such as the USA.

If you know someone is driving while over the limit or after taking drugs, call 999.

You can also contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or report it online. www.crimestoppers-uk.org

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Jim Pusey (Police, Corporate Communications Officer, Surrey Police)

 

 

 

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Guildford refreshed town centre museum opens soon

Guildford Museum is looking forward to welcoming visitors back after being closed for the past twelve months for essential repairs providing another free attraction to visit in our historic town centre.

The museum opens with a temporary exhibition ‘Commemoration and Celebration’ to commemorate Guildford’s experience of Victory in Europe Day marking the 75th anniversary since the end of the Second World War throughout Europe. The display celebrates both military and civilian heroes. It will remain on display to also mark Victory in Japan Day in August, the day that Imperial Japan surrendered during World War II and effectively bringing the war to an end.

A number of Second World War objects and photographs with local relevance will be on display including an impressive portrait on loan from our Guildhall of the Queen’s Regiment Parade before the Mayor of Guildford. It was painted from a photograph taken of this event in 1945. Part of the exhibition is available online.

The museum will initially open with the Commemoration and Celebration exhibition and the Pre history and Roman sections only. Further displays will be reinstalled and open in the autumn.

The works have included structural repairs, damp proofing, roof repairs, redecoration, a new fire alarm, an upgraded visitor point and toilet and an improved back of house space for preparing exhibitions.

During the Coronavirus (Covid 19) outbreak when we stayed at home to protect the NHS and save lives, the Heritage Team kept audiences of all ages engaged and amused with creative and inspiring dedicated social media campaigns including ‘Museum from Home’ campaign and ‘Guess the Object’ videos.  They also began the ‘Collecting for Covid’ initiative where residents were asked to capture and send in their lock down memories, either digital or objects for archiving and to use as a record for future generations of those living in the borough to understand the experiences during this unique time.

Lead Councillor for the Environment, Cllr James Steel says “The work has completely improved the space giving it a fresh modern feel and we can’t wait to welcome residents and visitors again. We’ve missed you all. With so many of us effectively holidaying at home this year, why not come and visit and continue to share over 1000 years of local history.  Afterwards don’t miss a stroll in our beautiful Castle grounds and maybe a bite to eat, many of restaurants, pubs and bars are open. The safety of our visitors and staff remains a priority and please rest assured all the necessary government Coronavirus (Covid 19) measures are in place throughout the museum. This means your experience will be a little different, just as it is for shopping and eating and drinking out now.’

He added: ‘Our digital programme and social media campaigns are ongoing and still available to see on our Heritage social media channels (Twitter, Facebook and Instagram). We are keen to collect our communities’ experience of Covid to go in to our archive; I urge everyone in the borough to please send us in your memories however commonplace including photos, pictures or objects as history isn’t just about the past, it is important we also capture our borough’s present and remember this unprecedented year and the incredible community spirit we all have seen and felt.’

He continued: ‘Many of you will be aware of the Council’s museum redevelopment project where we were considering building a new museum for the town. This was heavily reliant on National Heritage Lottery Funding which was withdrawn for hundreds of ventures across the UK including ours as due to the pandemic they needed to divert money to the Heritage sector. We are reviewing this ambitious project and by the autumn hope to have some exciting news on how we will continue to tell the story of Guildford.

The museum has ambitious plans over the next 5 years including the addition of new collections and the story they tell. You are a part of Guildford’s history and we want you to have the opportunity to have your say on the future of the museum.

Entry is free, for more on opening times and exhibitions see here:  https://www.guildford.gov.uk/museum

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A Quick Message about E-Scooters

A Quick Message about E-Scooters

A bit of advice, free of charge (unlike the electric scooters that will need charging).
You might have seen some news stories about electric scooters this month, because the law has changed.The Government has started a 12 month trial for share or hire schemes for e-scooters, making them legal to use on our roads.

It’s important to remember that privately owned e-scooters are still subject to all current legal requirements for motor vehicles (Including: motor vehicle insurance, vehicle licensing and registration and display of plates, wearing of a motor-bicycle helmet, and stricter driving licence requirements) so it’s unlikely that the owner of a privately owned e-scooter will be able to meet the legal requirements for motor vehicles on public roads.

Anyone hiring an e-scooter to use for short journeys within the designated trial area for that scheme needs to remember that they are subject to the same laws as other motorised vehicles on the road. It is an offence to ride an e-scooter on the pavement. Motor vehicle insurance will be provided by the e-scooter rental company for each trial, which will cover users.

To use one you must be 16 or over and have a full or provisional driving license. All of the hire scooters will be limited to travelling at 15.5mph.
Please remember:

  • Only one person should use an e-scooter at one time.
  • You cannot tow anything.
  • A mobile phone must not be used when using an e-scooter.
  • A screen to display navigation information may be used, but this must be set up prior to setting off.
  • Bags or other small items carried should not cause a danger to the user or others around them – for example, hanging them from the handlebars.
  • Drunk, intoxicated, careless, and dangerous driving offences can all apply to users of e-scooters.
  • Helmets are recommended, but are not a legal requirement for the lawful driver of a rental e-scooter.

If you’re thinking of trying one to support the scheme to encourage more sustainable forms of transport for short journeys, please familiarise yourself with the controls before setting off and ride responsibly.

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Jim Pusey (Police, Corporate Communications Officer, Surrey Police)

 

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Surrey Police Fraud warnings

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Coronavirus testing and Surrey County Council’s Local Outbreak Plan

Coronavirus testing and local outbreak plan

Anyone with Coronavirus symptoms should self isolate and get tested now, so we can control the virus and protect each other.

The symptoms of Coronavirus are:

  • a high temperature
  • a new continuous cough
  • or a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste

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Who should get tested?

Anyone with Coronavirus symptoms should self isolate and get tested now, so we can control the virus and protect each other.

The symptoms of Coronavirus are:

  • a high temperature
  • a new continuous cough
  • or a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste

How do you book a test?

Anyone who has symptoms can book a test by visiting Visit nhs.uk/coronavirus or call NHS on 119 to get a test.

  • Essential Workers – If you are an essential worker you can apply for a test using the GOV.UK testing for essential workers web pages..
  • Care Homes – A digital portal for care homes is available to enable care homes to access coronavirus test kits. All registered care homes can now register for testing of the whole care home. This includes all residents and asymptomatic staff, including agency staff. This can be done through the Government’s portal for care homes.

Where can I get tested?

There are two ways that you can get tested to confirm if you currently have coronavirus and both are provided free of charge. The test involves taking a swab of the nose and the back of the throat, which can be done by the person themselves (self-administered) or by someone else (assisted).

1. Driving to a regional or mobile drive-through test site – There are a number of test centres across Surrey, when you book you will be given the option of a test centre based on nearest location to you and availability.

Watch a YouTube video explaining the process for drive-through testing.

2. Requesting a home testing kit.

Watch a YouTube tutorial supporting the instructions on your home testing kit.

Can I get a home testing kit?

If you are too unwell to travel to a test centre, you can request a home testing kit when you register. Please bear in mind that availability of home testing kits is currently limited, but more will become available.

When using a test site, there is no option to use public transport – you must drive or arrange for a household member to drive you. If this is not an option you can request a home testing kit. If you have problems ordering the home testing kit when registering for a test online at nhs.uk/coronavirus you can call NHS on 119 to arrange for one to be delivered.

Should I buy a home testing kit online?

Some manufacturers are selling products containing COVID-19 testing kits that allow a swab or other type of sample to be taken at home or in the pharmacy setting, followed by a very rapid result within about 10 minutes.

The current Government view is that use of products that give a very rapid result is not advised because there is little information on the accuracy of these tests and no published evidence about the suitability of these tests for diagnosing COVID-19 infections.

For more information, see Government guidance on the rapid point of care tests.

NHS Test and Trace protecting each other if you test positive

NHS Test and Trace ensures that we can protect each other by helping to identify, contain and control the spread of the virus.

Anyone who tests positive for coronavirus will be contacted by NHS Test and Trace and will need to share information about their recent interactions. This could include household members, people with whom they have been in direct contact, or within 2 metres for more than 15 minutes.

This simple flow diagram explains the process of Test and Trace (PDF).

What happens if I get alerted by NHS Test and Trace?

You may be alerted by NHS Test and Trace if you have been in close contact with someone who tests positive for Coronavirus. What you need to do next is:-

  • ISOLATE – You will need to isolate for 14 days after close contact.
  • SYMPTOMS – BOOK A TEST – If you develop symptoms you will need to book a test and members of your household isolate for 14 days.
  • POSITIVE RESULT? – You begin new 7 day isolation and household completes their 14 day isolation.
  • NEGATIVE RESULT? – Your household stops isolating immediately. You need to complete your 14 day isolation.

Surrey’s Local Outbreak Control Plans

The NHS Test and Trace service primary objectives are to control the COVID-19 rate of reproduction (R), reduce the spread of infection and save lives. This will help return life to as normal as possible, for as many as people as possible, in a way that is safe, protects our health and care systems and releases our economy.

Achieving these objectives requires a co-ordinated effort with local government, NHS and other relevant organisations at the centre of outbreak response. Local authorities are required to work with partners to develop Local Outbreak Control Plans which build on existing health protection plans and put in place measures to identify and contain outbreaks and protect the public’s health. Below are copies of the Full Surrey Local Outbreak Control Plan and a summary version. These will be regularly reviewed and updated.

Summary version of Surrey’s Local Outbreak Control Plan (PDF)

Full version of Surrey’s Local Outbreak Control Plan (PDF)

Surrey Local Outbreak Control Plan – Frequently Asked Questions (PDF)

Receiving your results

Whether you visit a testing site or use a home testing kit, you will receive advice on what to do in order to obtain your test results. Results will be sent out by text within 48hrs from a testing site, and within 72hrs of collection of a home test.

When you receive your results, you should confirm them to your employer. We will not release data to employers on individual’s test results or an individual’s engagement with the test programme.

If you or your household member tested positive, you should all continue to follow the Government’s stay at home guidance.

If you or your household member tested negative and you are fit and well enough to work, you should arrange your prompt return to work with your manager. Unless you have been tested as part of a Test and Trace alert, then you should complete your 14 day isolation.

What tests are available?

Swab test

This test involves taking a swab of the nose and the back of the throat, which can be done by the person themselves (self-administered) or by someone else (assisted).

Antibody testing

Antibody testing can tell someone whether they have had the virus that causes Covid-19. The test requires a blood sample to be taken by a qualified healthcare professional and processed in a laboratory.

We do not know how long an antibody response lasts. There is no strong evidence yet to suggest that those who have been proven to have had the virus are immune. The value of antibody tests therefore is currently limited to answering the question of whether someone has had the virus or not. Antibody tests will be prioritised for NHS and care home staff. Clinicians will be able to request the tests for patients in both hospital and social care settings if they deem it appropriate.

Patients who are in hospital and having a blood test as part of their assessment may be asked if they would like an antibody test alongside other tests. Where patients are attending as a day patient and a blood test is part of their assessment the antibody test may also be offered.

The programme of testing will continue to be rolled out at pace to cover care settings and social care.

Privacy notice

This privacy notice describes how we may use your information during the Covid-19 outbreak.

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Warning about Sudden Increase In Courier Fraud

Warning about Sudden Increase In Courier Fraud

Police are reminding Surrey residents, especially the elderly, to stay on the alert for bogus phone calls and visitors after a sudden, sharp increase in courier fraud in the county.

Since 1 June the force has received 20 reports of this type of fraud, a crime which sees the suspect impersonate an official from the police or the victim’s bank.

The caller alleges that there has been unauthorised use of a debit or credit card, that someone has been arrested and that there is an investigation underway. They state that they need the resident’s help with the investigation and need their PIN and card details provided either over the phone, or handed to a courier who they will send. In four of the recent Surrey cases, a courier turned up at the victim’s home.
Luckily only six of the 20 recent attempts were successful, with a total loss of £58,705. The highest single loss is believed to be £22,000.

All the victims were over 60 with the majority being over 75. The oldest victim was 94 years old. Sixteen of the 20 victims targeted were female, with the vast majority living alone. In one unsuccessful case the victim’s husband had passed away just two weeks beforehand.

Local officers have responded to the reports and have provided support and, because we know fraud victims can be repeatedly targeted, advice about prevention.

PC Bernadette Lawrie BEM, the Financial Abuse Safeguarding Officer for Surrey Police said:
“This is a heart-breaking crime that preys on the most vulnerable in our communities and often targets a generation who believe in helping the police and who want to do the right thing.
“It can leave victims feeling embarrassed, low in confidence and blaming themselves, which they absolutely mustn’t: the only people to blame are the immoral perpetrators of this crime.
“Remember – no police officer, or bank staff on the phone, will ever ask for your bank details, PIN or for cash. Don’t give your details or cash to anyone in these circumstances. Hang up the phone straight away.”

Surrey Police’s top tips to help stop this type of fraud are:

– Act with care if you get an unsolicited phone call
– Never transfer funds into a new account on the instruction of an unexpected caller – even if they tell you the account is in your name
– Always check your phone line has properly disconnected before making another call – try calling a good friend first, wait five minutes or use a different phone
– Never share your PIN number or enter your PIN into a telephone
– Never withdraw money and hand it to a courier or a police officer
– Never give your bank cards to a courier or anyone who comes to your door

For further advice and information on preventing this type of fraud, see the Surrey Police website linked here: https://www.surrey.police.uk/advice/advice-and-information/wsi/watch-schemes-initiatives/os/operation-signature/

Kind regards,
Surrey Police

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More help for Guildford businesses – apply now for a discretionary grant

Has your business suffered financially due to the impact of the coronavirus? There is now help available for local businesses who did not qualify for earlier government financial support. Guildford Borough Council has launched a Discretionary Grants scheme which will offer grants of up to £25,000 – but you need to act fast. Applications are now open and will close at 6pm on Monday 15 June.

Cllr John Redpath, Lead Cllr for Economy says: “We understand that many local businesses are facing great financial difficulty due to the impact of the global pandemic. For those who do not qualify for help through existing government schemes, you can now apply for a grant of up to £25,000. We expect a high volume of applications so to allow us to process these as quickly as possible, you must apply by 6pm on Monday 15 June. Please make sure you answer all the questions on the application form so we can assess your application without delay.”

We are looking to support businesses that have not been eligible for the Expanded Retail Discount or Small Business Rate Relief Scheme. Businesses will only be eligible for a grant of £5,000, £10,000 or £25,000, depending on your circumstances.

Applications must be made online and you will need to supply supporting evidence of fixed property costs and the financial impact of the virus on your business.

To apply visit https://www.guildford.gov.uk/article/23827/Business-rate-payers-help.

We anticipate that the fund will be over subscribed and we therefore encourage all businesses to continue to check the government website for any future government support as this is being regularly updated.

https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/financial-support-for -businesses-during-coronavirus-covid-19#support-for-businesses-that-pay-business-rates

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Ewbank’s Charity Auction for the NHS

Ewbank’s Rainbow Charity Auction, a timed online auction will run from Now to the close of
play on Friday, May 18.

All those who want to donate have to do is to email Alastair details of the pledge or a
voucher at Alastair@ewbankauctions.co.uk and these can be forwarded via emails to the
successful bidders, who can then redeem them when lockdown comes to an end. All
donations should be made by May 8.

The auction will be live on the Ewbank’s Auctions website and shared on all the company’s
social media platforms and to their mailing list of 35,000. They will also credit any donations
in the description. For those who would rather make a direct cash donation there will be
online payment facilities.

There will be no selling or buying fees and the entire proceeds will be split 50/50 between
the two hospitals. Full details of the auction will be available via the auctioneer’s website.
www.ewbankauctions.co.uk

For further information please contact info@lucasfieldmedia.com Tel: 07968 952850

 

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Christmas’ Bakery – Mobile menu

During this period of uncertainty, we are taking steps to protect our customers and staff. We have revised our menu to make it mobile! Where there’s a will, there is a (takea) way! The smart way to order your Christmas Bakery products online www.paymentsense.com/christmas-bakery/ Click Deliver Enjoy x

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Don’t miss out on business grants – £3 million already distributed locally

Don’t miss out on business grants – £3 million already distributed locally

Do you run a business in Guildford borough? Have you applied for funding to help you during the coronavirus? We have already distributed £3.1 million of government funding to local businesses as the coronavirus affects trade across our local economy and expect to make all remaining payments in April.

A number of businesses have still not completed the form with the additional information required by the government which we publicised last week. If this affects your business, please make sure you complete the form at https://www.guildford.gov.uk/busgrant. We cannot pay the grant until you complete this form.

Cllr Joss Bigmore, Lead Councillor for Finance and Assets, Customer Services says: “We know that 50% of businesses in our borough who should be eligible for help from the government haven’t applied for a business grant yet. Don’t miss out on the money that can help you through these difficult times. We have already distributed over £3 million in funding and more claims are being processed every day – we want to help protect all the businesses that make up our vibrant local economy.

“Some business ratepayers only provide us with us with a postal address and we understand that many of you will not be able to visit your business to collect mail at this time. But if you have not provided us with an email address, this is the only way we can contact you, so please make sure your details are up-to-date.”

Please visit our website to find out how to apply for help for business ratepayers

https://www.guildford.gov.uk/article/23827/Business-rate-payers-help

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Council Urges Residents To Not Support Sky Lantern Campaign

Council Urges Residents To Not Support Sky Lantern Campaign

 

Guildford Borough Council joins the National Fire Chiefs Council, RSPCA and other organisations in urging residents to not support a social media campaign to light sky lanterns on Thursday night.

We will be joining in the national #clapforcarers applause at 8pm and encourage our residents to do the same, but sky lanterns are a danger to the environment and wildlife and a fire risk and we ask residents not to light them.

Cllr Fiona White, Deputy Leader of the Council and Lead Councillor for Personal Health, Safety and Wellbeing, says:

“We are aware of a campaign to light sky lanterns as part of the Clap For Carers initiative. This is exceptionally dangerous and puts lives, property and our emergency services at further risk and under greater pressure. We therefore do not support or condone this. The recent dry weather also puts large parts of our environment at additional risk of fire.

“Please do support our wonderful NHS staff and other key workers – but do it safely, by clapping and cheering. We have already expressed the borough’s thanks to our NHS colleagues in letters at Stoke Park, by lighting up Guildford Castle and bathing the Guildhall in blue, and will continue to join residents in clapping at 8pm every Thursday night.”

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Support Services Available For Those Experiencing Or At Risk of Domestic Abuse

Support Services Available For Those Experiencing Or At Risk of Domestic Abuse

We understand that the stay at home measures may put pressure on the home environment and can cause additional anxiety for those who are experiencing or are at risk of domestic abuse. You may not be able to see the friends and family who usually support you, and some of the places where you go for help or treatment may be closed or offering a reduced service. But it’s important to remember that, while you may be isolating, you are not isolated – we are still here for you.

Chief Constable Gavin Stephens has teamed up with Michelle Blunsom from ESDAS (East Surrey Domestic Abuse Service) to talk about some of the support and services that are available to you. Click here to watch the five minute video. Subtitles are available so that you can watch silently.

Please remember that you can still call 999 or report online at www.surrey.police.uk if you or someone else is in danger. While some support services are not able to offer face to face meetings at this time, there is still help and advice available online and over the phone. If you are being abused, are concerned about family, friends or neighbours, or are worried you may commit domestic abuse, please seek help, either from the police or from support organisations.

Surrey Against Domestic Abuse – 01483 776822 www.healthysurrey.org.uk/domestic-abuse
Provides information on how to get help and keep yourself and your children safe.

Your Sanctuary – 01483 776822 www.yoursanctuary.org.uk
Helpline service available 9am to 9pm 7 days a week, offering support, information and signposting. An online chat service is available via their website. Your Sanctuary also runs two safe houses for women and children fleeing from domestic abuse, and a specialist male support service available to men across Surrey.

Men’s Advice Line – 0808 801 0327 www.mensadviceline.org.uk
Confidential helpline for male victims of domestic abuse

Safe Lives www.safelives.org.uk
Providing domestic abuse support and guidance during the Covid-19 pandemic.

National Domestic Abuse Helpline – 0808 2000 247 www.refuge.org.uk
Guidance and support for potential victims, as well as those who are worried about friends and loved ones

National LGBT+ Domestic Abuse Helpline – 0800 999 5428 www.galop.org.uk/domesticabuse
Emotional and practical support for LGBT+ people.

RespectUK – 0808 802 4040 www.respect.uk.net
Advice and support for those who are finding it difficult to manage their behaviour during this difficult time and want to make a change.

Silent Solution – If you’re in an emergency situation and need police help but can’t speak, Make Yourself Heard and let the 999 operator know your call is genuine by pressing ‘55’. When transferred to your local police force, the police call handler will attempt to communicate with you by asking simple yes or no questions. If you are not able to speak, listen carefully to the questions and instructions from the call handler so they can assess your call and arrange help if needed.

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Kerry Bowles (Surrey Police, Lead Comms Officer, Corp Comms)
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Important Advice from Surrey Trading Standards- don’t be scammed

Important Advice from Surrey Trading Standards – don’t be scammed.

We have a fantastic local community, with help available to anyone who needs it. But do please be aware that not everyone out there is trustworthy and some unscrupulous  people will try and take advantage of the unusual situation our society is facing.

Surrey County Council’s Trading Standards have highlighted below the latest scams and tricks so you can be aware and not be taken advantage of. Please note fraudsters come in all shapes and sizes and can contact you at the door, by phone, post or online.

To stay updated on the latest scams you can obtain the latest Trading Standards Alerts Newsletter via https://scc.newsweaver.co.uk/tradingstandards/esixlzwql0k?a=6&p=56685271&t=29797402

Coronavirus scams advice

This is what Trading Standards are currently aware of. This list isn’t exhaustive, but please be aware:

  • People offering miracle cures for coronavirus – there is no specific treatment for coronavirus (COVID-19).
  • Bogus healthcare workers claiming to be offering ‘home-testing’ for coronavirus – this is a scam these kits are not currently available to buy.
  • The council do not need to enter your house to do a deep clean.
  • Emails saying that you can get a refund on taxes or business rates should be treated with extreme caution. Often the sender just wants your personal details.
  • There are new mobile phone apps that claim to give you updates on the virus, instead they lock your phone and demand a ransom.
  • Your bank or the police will NEVER ask for your bank details over the phone.
  • People offering to do your shopping and ask for money upfront and then disappear.

Tips to avoid getting tricked out of your money

  • Do not place items on your doorstep to say you need help as this is an invitation to scammers that you may be in a vulnerable situation.
  • Be sceptical, don’t be afraid to hang up, bin it, delete it or shut the door.
  • Take your time, don’t be rushed.
  • If you are online, be aware of fake news and use trusted sources such as GOV.UK or NHS.UK
  • Know who you’re dealing with. If you need help, talk to someone at an organisation you know – or at the Parish Council, Borough Council or County Council – or a local Residents Association.
  • Protect your financial information, especially from people you don’t know. Never give your bank card or PIN number to a stranger.

The Citizens Advice Bureau also has excellent information:  https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/consumer/scams/check-if-something-might-be-a-scam/

Report a scam

If you think you have been scammed then call the police on 101 (999 only in an emergency)

To report a complaint relating to a coronavirus scam you can contact Trading Standards by email: trading.standards@surreycc.gov.uk

Or call 01296 388788.

Or visit: https://www.surreycc.gov.uk/business-and-consumers/trading-standards

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A reminder, the Surrey County Council Coronovirus Community Helpline number  is now available 7 days a week:

0300 200 1008

 

The helpline does not provide any health advice (for that please use existing service NHS 111).  It will also NOT answer general enquiries relating to council services. Please do pass this number onto vulnerable or elderly friends.

Guildford Borough Council also has contacts to help. Volunteers – GBC can put people in touch with local organisations – ring 01483 505050 or email community.wellbeing@guildford.gov.uk

and will put residents who are struggling and need to get some help with prescriptions or need food supplies etc.

FOR ALL OTHER SCC SERVICES

For  guide to ALL OTHER Surrey County Council services, the best link is http://www.surreycc.gov.uk

Again, do keep safe and well.

Regards, and all the best.

keith

Keith Witham
Surrey County Councillor

 

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Local Arrangements – Health Emergency

Cllr Keith Witham

In my previous March email updates, I gave you details of the Surrey County Council Advice Helpline 0300 200 1008  This is now open 7 days a week, but call volumes are high, so do take a look at the web link which is:  https://www.surreycc.gov.uk/people-and-community/emergency-planning-and-community-safety/coronavirus

NEW GUILDFORD SUPPORT HELPLINE
From this Monday, 6th April any resident who feels they need help can also call the new Guildford community helpline and receive direct support. Council staff are on-hand to ensure the most vulnerable in the borough will have food and medicine and feel supported. All residents need to do is call:

01483 44 44 00
or register online at 
www.guildford.gov.uk/athome 

Or if you know of someone who is self-isolating or a neighbour or friend you are worried about you can call on their behalf. Please just let them know you are referring them and the Helpline will do the rest.

The Guildford community helpline will be open from 8.30am-7pm Monday to Friday and 10-2pm Saturday and Sunday. Over the Easter bank holiday weekend (Friday 10 to Monday 13 April) it will be open from 10-2pm.

The new Guildford helpline has been set up to provide direct help for our most vulnerable residents who maybe do not have family or friends nearby to help. So if you, or someone you know, needs help with food, picking up prescriptions, or support you if you are feeling isolated, please use this service.

If you are worried about a family member who lives in the borough or a neighbour or friend you haven’t see for a while and you don’t live close enough to help or are self-isolating with coronavirus symptoms, you can call or go online and register for them. Just please let them know you are registering them.

The key message I want people to know is that NO-ONE needs to be without support at this time.

Residents are also reminded that help is also available for those who have been recently discharged from hospital or need changes made to their home to allow them live safely and independently. Please call the Safe and Settled team on 01483 444476 who can install handrails, careline alarms and more.

FAIRWOOD HELPERS

Fairwood Helpers is a local voluntary group. Although their regular trips to hospitals and doctors appointments have been suspended, the Helpline remains open for advice and support to any Worplesdon resident. Thank you to Sue Harris and the Fairwood Helpers volunteers.

Fairwood Helpers 
01483 237619 

 

I have been amazed (but not surprised!) by what a diverse, helpful, friendly  and resourceful community we have.  Something we can be thankful for when emergencies like this happen, which are very rare. But I’m sure the connections made between residents will endure long after this crisis is over – and make our community all the better for it.

Please share this email with anyone locally you have on your email lists – it’s better to have the information twice than not at all – see the bottom of this message as to how someone can get added to this email distribution.

SURREY WIDE: On a Surrey basis, Surrey County Council has the remit for coordinating both Public Health and Emergency Planning, and is co-ordinating the county wide activity between SCC, Surrey NHS, the Borough Councils, Police, Surrey Fire and Rescue and the Army. The Guildford Spectrum Centre has been taken over as a distribution centre for food packages to those vulnerable people (that the NHS has written to) who are self-isolating at home for medical reasons. It’s being run by the Red Cross with support from the military – and school bus drivers, transferred to this vital work for the duration. The former Headley Court military rehab centre at Leatherhead is being reopened by SCC and Surrey NHS with support from the military, as a Community Hospital.

I am keeping all our local Parish Councils, Residents Groups, and churches informed with more detailed information. Surrey County Council will also shortly be delivering information direct to all of the half-million homes in Surrey.

Stay safe and please encourage those who need help to ask for it.

I hope this is helpful.

Regards,

keith

Keith Witham
Surrey County Councillor, Worplesdon
Email: keithwitham1@hotmail.co.uk
Facebook: www.facebook.com/keithwitham1

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Competition – Potential play/fitness equipment for Wildfield Close

We’re ever so sorry that we had to cancel the community engagement event for Wood Street Village which was due to take place last week.

We were really looking forward to hearing from the local children and teenagers as to the types of play and fitness equipment they’d like to see in the village.

Instead, we’ve decided to run a little competition so that any children who live in Wood Street Village can instead draw their ideas and get their parents/carers to post photos.

To enter, simply comment on this Facebook post, including a photo of your entry!

The winner will be chosen at 12 noon on Thursday 9th April to allow for the prize, of an Easter Egg Hunt, to be delivered before Easter Sunday. [The prize winner will have to live in Wood Street Village/Broad Street due to the current travel restrictions in place]

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Covid-19 – Call the Borough Council for direct help

03 April 2020

 

Call the Borough Council for direct help

 

From Monday 6 April any resident who feels they need help can call the Borough Council’s new community helpline and receive direct support. Council staff are on-hand to ensure the most vulnerable in the borough will have food and medicine and feel supported. All residents need to do is call 01483 44 44 00 or register online at www.guildford.gov.uk/athome. Or if you know of someone who is self-isolating or a neighbour or friend you are worried about you can call on their behalf, just let them know you are referring them and we will do the rest.

Council staff are also offering another phone service by matching offers of volunteering to resident run community groups (both new and existing). If you would like to volunteer to help your local community, contact us on 01483 505050 and one of our dedicated customer service team will put you in touch with groups in the borough that need help.

Cllr Caroline Reeves, Leader of the Council says: “We have set up the new helpline to provide direct help for our most vulnerable residents who maybe do not have family or friends nearby to help. It’s easy to register by calling 01483 44 44 00 or you can register online on the Guildford Borough Council website. We can help with food, picking up prescriptions and support you if you are feeling isolated. All you need to do is register and we will be in touch as soon as possible to help. If you are worried about a family member who lives in the borough or a neighbour or friend you haven’t see for a while and you don’t live close enough to help or are self-isolating with coronavirus symptoms, you can call us or go online and register for them. Just please let them know you are registering them.”

“No-one needs to be without support – we are here to help. So whether you register yourself or a friend or neighbour registers for you, please get in touch and we will help you.”

She added: “We are also pleased to collaborate with community groups by helping connect offers of help from volunteers. Guildford’s always had a fantastic sense of community spirit and this has grown even further over the past few weeks. It’s been incredible to see how groups have quickly established themselves in our communities providing extra vital help to those in need and we are grateful for this. We will support the groups by directing any offers of help to them. As always we need everyone to follow the guidance on hygiene, social distancing and never letting anyone they don’t know into their home or giving them money.”

The community helpline will be open from 8.30am-7pm Monday to Friday and 10-2pm Saturday and Sunday. Over the Easter bank holiday weekend (Friday 10 to Monday 13 April) we will be open from 10-2pm.

We are also reminding residents that we can help those who have been recently discharged from hospital or need changes made to their home to allow them live safely and independently. Please call our Safe and Settled team on 01483 444476. We can install handrails, careline alarms and more.

The Council has two local hubs at the Park Barn Centre (The Hive) and the Shawfield Centre to the west of the borough both providing an increased meals-on-wheels and wellbeing checks service. We have already set aside £50,000 to pay for food for our local hubs to ensure we can meet the needs of our vulnerable groups. We are also very pleased to open Spectrum Leisure Centre as the county’s hub for distributing food to those who are classed as shielded because they have received a letter from the NHS. The centre is a collaboration between Surrey County Council, Guildford Borough Council and partners from the Local Resilience Forum.

Our local foodbanks, North Guildford Foodbank and the Guildford Salvation Army drop-in and food crisis centre, on Woodbridge Road, welcome donations and financial assistance. North Guildford Foodbank has branches at St Clare’s Church, New Hope Centre and Bushy Hill Community Centre.

For more information on the Council’s response to Coronavirus see www.guildford.gov.uk
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Surrey County Council – Community Helpline

Surrey County Council has set up a Community Helpline on 0300 200 1008 (8am – 6pm Monday to Friday, Saturday to Sunday 10am – 2pm) to help direct residents who need added support and to provide advice to residents on where they can register an offer of help to support their community.

 

For full information on the Community Helpline, and other Coronavirus advice and support, please visit surreycc.gov.uk/coronavirus

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Spectrum Leisure Centre now the Surrey hub for distributing food to those who are classed as shielded

The Spectrum Leisure Centre is now the Surrey hub for distributing food to those who are classed as shielded following receipt of a letter from the government. The centre is a collaboration between Surrey County Council and partners, and will be run by Red Cross volunteers with support from the military.

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Do Not Fall Victim To Fake Text Messages Warning of Lockdown Fines

Have you received a text claiming to be from the Government that you’ve been fined for leaving your home?

The latest in a series of scams relating to the coronavirus claims to be from the Government, telling the recipient their movements have been monitored through their phone and they must pay a fine or face a more serious penalty.

The scammers are getting more sophisticated and using spoofing technology to make the messages seem even more realistic by adapting the sender’s name, using fake ‘gov.uk’ website URL’s and even adding themselves to the conversation chain of the genuine ‘GOV.UK’ message sent out last week.

And unfortunately, the list of new scams associated with Covid-19 is growing by the day.

Please always seek advice before replying to any messages that you receive of this nature. If you’ve received this text, please ignore it as it’s simply used as a way to steal your payment details.

The Government has only sent one text message to the public regarding new rules about staying at home to prevent the spread of the virus. Any other claiming to be from the Government are false.

In all of these cases, do not click or tap any links that these messages ask you to.

Community Matters. Now, more than ever…

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Coronavirus (COVID-19): Statement From Caroline Reeves, Leader of Guildford Borough Council

Guilford Borough Council

Press Release

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Statement From Caroline Reeves, Leader of Guildford Borough Council

As we move into the ‘new normal’ of staying home, I’d like to take the opportunity to thank our residents who are diligently following the government guidance. We remain at a critical stage in the fight to stop the spread of the Coronavirus and we all need to continue to play our part to help save lives and ease the pressure on our brilliant NHS staff.

I’m so proud to see Guildford playing its part locally with our hubs at the Park Barn Centre (The Hive) and the Shawfield Centre to the north of the borough with an increased meals on wheels and well being checks services.  We have already set aside £50,000 extra funds for our local hubs to ensure we can meet the needs of our vulnerable groups. We are also very pleased to open Spectrum Leisure Centre as the county’s hub for distributing food to those who are classed as shielded as they have received a letter from the government. The centre is a collaboration between Surrey County Council and partners and will be run by Red Cross volunteers with support from the military.

We are looking at new ways to support those in need in the community and we will make announcement on Friday about how we do this. Guildford’s Business Improvement District, Experience Guildford are currently setting up some really useful contact lists of essential businesses and restaurant takeaways and as soon as they are finished we will help share this helpful information.

Our local foodbanks, North Guildford Foodbank and the Guildford Salvation Army drop-in and food crisis centre, on Woodbridge Road, welcome donations and financial assistance. North Guildford Foodbank has branches at St Clare’s, New Hope Centre and Bushy Hill Community Centre.

Sadly we anticipate a rise in domestic violence during this period. South West Surrey Domestic Abuse Services remain available for confidential support and advice on 01483 898884. Similarly, any children under 19 should contact Childline on 0800 1111 if they feel unsafe.

Whilst we are advising residents to avoid burning garden waste at this time, with everybody at home for longer periods, composting is a great way to recycle garden and organic waste that will continue to enrich your garden. It might even be a fun and educational activity for young children to enjoy! Surrey County Council and the Surrey Environment Partnership offer compost bins from just £13 and offer some advice to help you get started – visit https://www.surreyep.org.uk/reduce-reuse-recycle/garden-waste/composting/buy-a-compost-bin/ for details.

Our waste collection service remains fully operational, but we ask you to take extra precautions if you are self-isolating. Please place all personal waste, such as used tissues or disposable cleaning cloths, in a secure bag or bin liner, which itself is then placed in another plastic bag. Store this for 72 hours before you place it in your general rubbish collection. Please also remember to separate your recycling and regular waste as normal.

As part of our move to go paperless as a Council we said farewell to our borough newspaper and will soon launch our new email newsletter. In these difficult times it will be another way to keep up-to-date about what we are doing to help you and of any necessary changes to our essential services. Please sign-up by emailing about@guildford.gov.uk or visiting www.guildford.gov.uk/subscribe.

Our residents and businesses remain our top priority, and we are doing all we can to help everybody face the unique challenges of this pandemic. By working together, we will succeed. For details on all changes to our services please see www.guildford.gov.uk.

Please ensure that you continue to follow all government guidance on staying at home for all but the most essential travel, and practice social distancing, by staying two metres apart, when in contact with other people. We must only leave home for one of three reasons: to buy food and medicines; to go to work if you absolutely cannot work from home; and for one period of exercise each day, either alone or with members of your household. It is also essential that you wash your hands as soon as you return home.

Our parks remain open for exercising not socialising – please enjoy them in accord with the guidance. Driving to beauty spots for essential exercise is unnecessary and causes crowding, so please think of others. Our fantastic Play Ranger team have also created four short ‘how to’ videos for some fun activities to keep children entertained at home, including home-made ten pin bowling and a wall run – visit https://www.guildford.gov.uk/playrangers to get involved.

Most importantly, though, please remember: anyone can contract Coronavirus, and you can still spread the virus even if you do not have symptoms.

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Drop in for a conversation about Community Safety

THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED DUE TO COVID-19  RESTRICTIONS – Meet the police, neighbourhood Watch, the Borough Joint Enforcement Team, Pub Watch, Experience Guildford and others involved with Community Safety and let us know your concerns.

Free coffee!

JACOBS WELL VILLAGE HALL 

SATURDAY 25 APRIL 10AM – 2PM

COME WHEN YOU LIKE

LEAVE WHEN YOU LIKE!

But…

Put it in your diary now!

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Free Prostate Blood Test – 21 March 2020 – Park Barn Centre

Guildford Lions Club FREE PROSTATE BLOOD TEST

Park Barn Centre

Park Barn Drive

Guildford

GU2 8EN

Date:  10am – 4pm 21 March 2020

Age Range – 45 – 70

Turn up on the day or to register in advance, please visit https://tinyurl.com/vprzf3n

 

Guildford Lions

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Free talk ‘A Romany Lifestyle’ Worplesdon Memorial Hall, 8 March 2020 3pm – 5pm

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Half Term Activity – Sime Gallery, Worplesdon – Thursday 20 February 2020 2pm – 4pm

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Would you like to volunteer as an Appropriate Adult?

SURREY APPROPRIATE ADULT VOLUNTEER SERVICE (Since 1995)

Are you looking for a challenge? Do you have some spare time? Do you want to give something back to your community? Is justice important to you and do you like to see fair play?

If your answer is ‘yes’ to any of the above you may want to become an Appropriate Adult.

The Appropriate Adult Service offers support to vulnerable adults and young people who find themselves detained in Police custody. Being an Appropriate Adult is a challenging, fulfilling and rewarding role. The service SAAVS offer is 24 hour 365 days per year and each volunteer owns a regular weekly slot of between 6 and 8 hours.

What will be expected of me?

You don’t need previous knowledge of legal procedures or social work. The role of the Appropriate Adult is not to provide legal advice but to offer impartial support and be a friendly face in the absence of a family member or carer to people who may be feeling frightened, bewildered, and confused in an unfamiliar situation. As an Appropriate Adult you’ll join our team of volunteers and will be on call at times to suit you. You will be available to answer a call to custody in a swift and professional manner and have access to reliable transport. You will offer vital support to those who need it when they need it most.

What sort of person becomes an Appropriate Adult?

All sorts of people become Appropriate Adults and bring different skills to the team. Two things they all have in common is an excellent ability to communicate and a willingness to donate their free time to SAAVS.

How do you become an Appropriate Adult?

To join our Team of unsung heroes call us for a chat on 01483 790311 and visit our website saavs.org where you will learn more about us and find a registration form for completion.

Our introductory two-day training sessions for new volunteers are planned for:

14th and 21st March 2020
20th and 27th June 2020
3rd and 10th October 2020

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Surrey Police Band Concert in aid of the Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice

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Armistice Day Ceremony – 11 November 2019

This morning, Worplesdon Parish Council, borough councillors and the local community commemorated 75 years since the D-Day landings.  The Chairman gave the address; wreaths were laid on behalf of the Parish Council by the Clerk, Mrs Gaynor White and on behalf of the JWRA by Mrs Heather Kidman in Harry’s Meadow and at the war memorial in Queenhythe Road.  Two laments were played on the bagpipes by local resident, Mr Kenneth Thomson.

We WILL remember them.

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Vacancy – Stoke Hospital Almshouse

Stoke Hospital, also known as the Hospital of William Parson, is a Grade II Listed
building dating back to 1796. It is situated in Stoke Road, between Onslow Road and
Queen’s Road, with Guildford Town centre only a short walk away. There are bus
stops immediately outside, and local shops and eating places close by.

Each flat consists of a living room with adjoining kitchen area, a bedroom and a
bathroom, with a shower. The flats are located in three blocks on the ground or first
floor, each block has a stair lift installed.

The Maintenance charge is currently £120.16 per week, ( To be reviewed for January
2020) which includes gas, electricity, water, window cleaning, gardening and
connection to the 24 hour emergency communication system.

The governing rules of the charity stipulate that to qualify as a beneficiary of Stoke
Hospital, applicants usually need to fulfill the following criteria:

• Aged over 50
• Able to live independently
• Connection with the county of Surrey
• Limited financial means
• Preference given to ladies over the age of 55 who have lived in Guildford.

For further information or to arrange a visit to Stoke Hospital, please contact the
Clerk, Shona McConnell at clerk@stokehospital.com or call 07502560330.

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Local Authorities (Members’ Allowances) (England) Regulations

PUBLIC NOTICE

 

Local Authorities (Members’ Allowances) (England) Regulations

Under the provisions of the Local Authorities (Members’ Allowances) (England) Regulations 2003, Guildford Borough Council appointed an independent panel to conduct a review of borough councillors’ allowances, and the same panel is duty bound to produce a report in relation to parish councillors making recommendations to parish councils in respect of:

(a)     the amount of parish basic allowance payable to members of such authorities;

(b)     the amount of travelling and subsistence allowance payable to members of such authorities;

(c)      whether parish basic allowance should be payable only to the chairman of any such authority or to all of its members;

(d)     whether, if parish basic allowance should be payable to both the chairman and the other members of any such authority, the allowance payable to the chairman should be set at a level higher than that payable to the other members and, if so, the higher amount so payable; and

(e)     the responsibilities or duties in respect of which members should receive parish travelling and subsistence allowance.

In accordance with Part 5 of the 2003 Regulations, it is each parish council’s duty to undertake, as soon as reasonably practicable on receipt of this report, to describe the main features of the panel’s recommendations.

THE RECOMMENDATIONS ARE:

  1. that no parish basic allowance be payable by any of the parish councils in the Borough of Guildford to their members; and
  2. that the parish travel and subsistence allowances set out in the report, which are based on those currently recommended for adoption by Guildford Borough Council, be payable by the parish councils within the Guildford Borough area to their respective parish councillors, whether they be elected or otherwise, in respect of the duties referred to in paragraph 11 of the report.

If you wish to inspect a copy of the report please contact the Clerk to the Council at clerk@worplesdon-pc.gov.uk or telephone 01483 300094 or view it on our website https://worplesdon-pc.gov.uk/

Parish Remuneration Panel Review Of The Allowances Paid To Members Of Parish Councils Within Guildford Borough

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Free Event Worplesdon Memorial Hall Thursday 28 November 2019 19:30 – How should Guildford react to the climate emergency?

Worplesdon Parish Council have organised a climate emergency presentation from Guildford Environmental Forum.

Whilst this is a free event, places are strictly limited to 40 and must be booked online or via the parish office (01483 300094/admin@worplesdon-pc.gov.uk).

Names will be added to a reserve list once the initial tickets have been allocated.

GEF Talks Flyer Worplesdon

 

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Guildford Borough Council – Big Draw

Guildford Borough Big Draw 2019 Programme

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Joint Committee meeting – 18 September 2019

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No 28 bus service

With effect from 2 September 2019, the no 28 Falcon bus (serving Worplesdon) will be running an hourly service.

Service 28 – Woking, Brookwood, Pirbright, Worplesdon, Guildford

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FISH Summer 2019 – Activity scheme for 10 to 16 year olds in Guildford

FISH Flyer Final High Res

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Bus services – 28 and 91 (Guildford to Woking)

New bus operator – Bus services 28 and 91 – via Worplesdon

Falcon buses have taken over the former Excetera service for route 28 (and the 91).  The new time table can be viewed by clicking on the link below.

28 Falcon 15.04.19

Could You Become A Special Constable

Dear Resident,

We’re writing to ask if you, or someone you know, could become a Special Constable?

The Special Constabulary is made up of members of the public who volunteer to spend their time helping to police their local community.

Specials play a crucial role in fighting crime and keeping Surrey safer. They come from many different backgrounds and walks of life, forming a vital link between their community and Surrey Police.

Recruitment for Special Constables is now open and we are looking for people with a passion for helping their communities. The role of Special Constable will provide you with opportunities to learn new transferable skills and gain valuable life experience.

Specials wear the same uniform and carry the same powers and responsibilities as our regular officers, whilst working alongside colleagues on your Area Policing Team. Once successfully through the application process you will receive 12 weeks of initial training, which includes one evening and one Saturday per week, followed by further training once out on your chosen borough.

What’s in it for me?

  • The satisfaction of supporting and policing your community
  • The opportunity to learn new transferable skills and gain valuable life experience
  • The opportunity to work in a professional environment, supported by up-to-date training and knowledge
  • A chance to challenge yourself and show what you are capable of
  • If you are considering a career with the police, this is a great place to start as you’ll gain experience of what it is like and if it’s for you.

To find out more about the role and to apply click here. The application window closes on 28th January 2019.

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Temporary Closure Public Footpath No. 442 (between Cumberland Ave and Salt Box Road)

Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984, Section 14(1)

The Surrey County Council

Public Footpath No. 442 (Worplesdon)

 Temporary Prohibition of Traffic Order 2019

 

On 15 February 2019 Surrey County Council will make the above mentioned temporary order, the effect of which is to prohibit all traffic on foot or by any other means from entering or proceeding along that length of Public Footpath No. 442 (Worplesdon) which extends from its junction with Cumberland Avenue (Grid ref. 498239 152764) in a generally north easterly direction for approximately 113m.

 

The Order is necessary on the grounds of public safety due to works being executed on or near the footpath.  The closure will be in operation from 18 February 2019 until 12 April 2019, or until completion of the works, if earlier. That period can be extended by the Secretary of State for Transport if required.

 

The prohibition described above will only be operative while the County Council, or an authorised person acting on its behalf, displays signs prohibiting the said movements. Access to properties will not be affected by the temporary closure.

 

The alternative route from the south western end of the closure is to proceed in a south westerly direction along Cumberland Avenue to its junction with Lyons Drive.  Turn right onto Lyons Drive and proceed in a north westerly direction to its junction with Lyons Drive Footway. Continue in a north westerly direction along Lyons Drive Footway to its junction with Footpath 444.  Turn right onto Footpath 444 and proceed in a generally north easterly direction to its junction with Footpath 442.  Turn right onto Footpath 442 to the north eastern end of the closure.  The alternative route for traffic from the north eastern end of the closure is the reverse of the route described above.

 

‘The Surrey County Council Public Footpath No. 442 (Worplesdon) Temporary Prohibition of Traffic Order 2019’ will be made by the County Council under Section 14(1) of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984.

 

DATED: 8 February 2019 Jason Russell
Executive Director, Highways, Transport & Environment

 

Enquiries to: Countryside Access Team,
Surrey County Council, Whitebeam Lodge, Merrow Depot,
Merrow Lane, Guildford GU4 7BQ.
Tel: 0300 200 1003 or email: rightsofway@surreycc.gov.uk.

 

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Where would we be without volunteers?

The Worplesdon Memorial Hall, recreational ground and Sime gallery trustees in Worplesdon are so grateful to local people and for the volunteering they do. The hall will be 100 years old soon; it was built from a donation on land gifted to the village for the purpose in memory of those, who lost their lives in the Great War.

The enchanting entrance gate has just had a make-over by volunteer Dennis Stewart, he is the husband of Marjory the Trust’s voluntary secretary. He has cleaned the name plaques of those who died in WW1 and WW2 repaired the pillars and entrance light above and painted all the iron works and sign above.

With the generous donation of stone plant pots from Dave Jenkins of Perry Hill Antiques, Worplesdon and Lyndon Weeks of Holly Lane landscapes  Worplesdon who has planted skimmia, japonica rubella, confusa , primula vulgaries and heuchera for all to enjoy as they walk past or come to use all the facilities on offer.

The trustees are grateful to all those who have volunteered and have done something very special for the community.

The recreation grounds not only have  a large children’s play area and tennis courts for hire provided by Worplesdon Parish council there is also an outdoor tennis club used daily and flood lit for night time use.  Worplesdon football club and cricket club play regularly and use their excellent facilities in the pavilion.

The large hall and additional rooms are available to hire and we are fortunate to have a variety of things on offer for all as regular bookings, we are always looking to offer more. Maybe the facilities will meet your needs. Including for weddings and children’s parties. The main hall has recently been redecorated and there is a spacious new kitchen.

Many people forget we have our hidden gem in Worplesdon The Sidney Sime art gallery. The gallery houses a major collection of the fascinating and highly characteristic work of Sidney Sime 1865-1941 the famous artist, illustrator and caricaturist, who lived in the village. We are delighted to say 5 volunteers are going to be researching and archiving for the gallery. The gallery is run by volunteers Trustee Mary Broughton and curator Anne Philps. Who can be contacted at enquiries@sidneysimegallery.org.uk  or 01483 233869.

We look forward to celebrating our 100 years very soon, please do get in contact  via our website worpmemhall@hotmail.com or 01483 232117 for more information  about the facilities on offer. Perhaps you would like to share pictures or memories for our centenary celebrations. Trustees can be contacted via enquiries@worplesdonmemorialtrustees.org.uk . We look forward to welcoming you and hope that you will enjoy the centenary celebrations officially will be in 2022.

In the very near future the trustees invite you to “Worplesdon Past, People and Place” a talk by David Rose, Geoff Burch and Stephen Cranstone. Sunday 3rd March 3-5pm in the Worplesdon Memorial hall.

Left: Marjory Stewart (Secretary of Trustees), centre: Chris Ewbank (Chair of Trustees) , right: Dennis Stewart (Volunteer)

The Trustees currently comprise: Chris Ewbank, Mary Broughton, Suresh Pillai, Adrian “Binny “ Binfield , Cllr Jan Messinger and Cllr Gordon Adams

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Have your say on polling places in Guildford

18 January 2019

Is your nearest polling station easily accessible? The Council is reviewing its polling districts and stations and wants local residents to give their views.

We would like to know what you think about all aspects of polling, including current sites, recommendations for new locations and opinions on existing sites.

Suggestions and feedback for alternative polling places in the borough are welcome. We also encourage comments from individuals with expertise about accessibility for those with disabilities.

The statutory review aims to ensure that during parliamentary elections voting facilities are accessible for all. A review is carried out every five years.

Anyone registered to vote within the Guildford Borough or Guildford Parliamentary Constituency can have a say.

The closing date for comments is Friday 5 April 2019. You can email your views to electoralservices@guildford.gov.uk, telephone 01483 444126 or write to us at:

The Returning Officer
Guildford Borough Council
Millmead House
Millmead, Guildford
Surrey
GU2 4BB

For more information, please visit: https://www.guildford.gov.uk/pollingdistrictsreview

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Surrey Police Band concert in aid of Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice care

Saturday 23rd March, 7.00pm (doors 6.30pm)
Emmauel Church, Stoughton, Guildford, Surrey, GU2 9SJ

In aid of Phylis Tuckwell Hospice Care.

Tickets: £7.00 in advance, £8.00 on the door.

To book your seats, please call the box office on 07460 623860 or email sheilawillis38@gmail.com.

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Fly-tipping – Bridleway between Keens Lane and Pitch Place Green

A significant amount of builder’s debris has been fly tipped at Pitch Place Green. This has been reported to the Guildford Borough Council cleansing team who will endeavour to collect it within 36 hours.
Can we remind residents, who are employing either builders or waste removers, to confirm with the contractors that they are in receipt of of a waste carrier’s licence. You can check if a waste carrier is registered by looking on the Environment Agency’s public register or by calling 03708 506 506: https://environment.data.gov.uk/public-register/view/index
Fly-tipping is a criminal offence punishable by a fine of up to £50,000 or 12 months imprisonment if convicted in a Magistrates’ Court. The offence can attract an unlimited fine and up to 5 years imprisonment if convicted in a Crown Court.
If you witness a fly tip in process, please call the Police on 999.

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Would you like to become a borough councillor?

Do you want to make a difference in your community? Perhaps you have strong views on how local services should be provided and want to help improve the quality of life in Guildford.

As a local councillor you will make decisions that touch the lives of everyone who lives, works, or visits Guildford. So it’s not an easy job but it’s important and rewarding.

It’s vital that local councils represent the full range of local opinion. Guildford Borough Council encourages all members of the community to consider becoming a councillor.

Visit Be a Councillor to find out more about becoming a councillor at Guildford Borough Council.

The next event to find out about Becoming a Councillor will be held on Monday 11 February 2019 from 6pm to 9.15pm in the Council Chamber at Millmead House, Guildford GU2 4BB. We would like to encourage anyone interested in becoming a local councillor in Guildford to attend. Find out more and register your interest in the event on our Becoming a Councillor events page.

BECOMING A COUNCILLOR:
SEMINAR FOR POTENTIAL CANDIDATES
MONDAY 11 FEBRUARY 2019 AT GUILDFORD BOROUGH COUNCIL, COUNCIL CHAMBER
6pm Light Buffet and refreshments (to be provided outside the members’ room)

6.30pm Welcome and Introductions (Councillor Paul Spooner, Leader of the Council and James Whiteman, Managing Director)

6.40pm Organisation of Local Government (James Whiteman, Managing Director)
(a) Local Government in Surrey (the County Council, the Borough Council and parish councils and parliamentary constituencies)
(b) Functions of the Borough Council
(c) Finance
(d) Corporate plan
(e) Role of Councillors and Officers

7.05pm Getting Elected (Elaine Bradbrook, Electoral Services Manager)
(a) Terms of office (e) election expenses
(b) Electoral System (f) election agents
(c) Qualifications for standing as a candidate (g) the election campaign
(d) nomination process (h) the Count

7.35pm Support for Borough Councillors (John Armstrong, Democratic Services Manager)
(a) Induction for new councillors and ongoing training and development
(b) ICT Provision
(c) Councillors’ Allowances

7.50pm Comfort break

8.00pm Being a Borough Councillor (5-10 minutes each approx.)
Presentations by current Councillors in relation to the following roles and their Ward caseload focusing
on themes such as:

(a) What made them decide to stand for Council?
(b) What difference do they think they have made for their ward and the borough?
(c) What has frustrated them?

Introduction by Councillor Mike Hurdle (Chairman of the Councillor Development Steering Group)
Councillor Mike Parsons (The Mayor of Guildford)
Councillor Caroline Reeves (Chairman of the Overview and Scrutiny Committee)
Councillor Angela Gunning (Backbench councillor)
Councillor Tony Rooth (The Independent Alliance)

8.30pm Being a Parish Councillor
Presentation by Councillor Jo Randall (Ash Parish Council)
(a) What made you stand for election to Ash Parish Council?
(b) What difference do you think you have made for the parish?
(c) What has frustrated you?

8.45pm Any other questions followed by an opportunity for informal discussions with serving councillors and officers

9.15pm Close of Seminar (James Whiteman, Managing Director)

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Worplesdon past; people and place – Sunday 3rd March 2019 from 3pm – 5pm at the Worplesdon Memorial Hall


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Local Plan – public hearing on 12-13 February 2019 to focus on housing

“The government’s Planning Inspector will hold another public hearing, at the Borough Council’s offices in Guildford, as part of his independent examination of our submitted Local Plan.

Cllr Paul Spooner, Leader of the Council, says: “The government’s Planning Inspector found our Local Plan to be substantially sound on all key tests during this summer’s public hearings, which form part of his independent examination. He has also indicated that, as they have already been thoroughly discussed, he will not revisit issues such as spatial strategy, strategic sites and constraints in the next public hearing in February 2019. The Inspector will focus on the overall housing requirement and the possible implications arising from the latest Office of National Statistics (ONS) household projection figures.

“We think that the potential reduction in homes based on the ONS figures means that it is now possible to meet our borough’s housing need, without having to allocate any of the new green belt sites proposed in the recent main modifications consultation. However, our plan is about more than providing much-needed local homes. The next hearing will be another important step in providing sustainable places to live and work in our borough, supported by vital infrastructure and a great environment.”

We have now sent the latest consultation feedback to the Inspector for him to review the comments before completing his examination and final recommendations to the Council. The Inspector has also indicated that he will consider our latest documents about the new Office of National Statistics (ONS) household projection figures alongside the comments from the 2018 consultation.

You can find out more information about the hearing on 12 and 13 February on our website, including the Inspector’s Note, Matters and Issues and a Programme of Participants as soon as they are published.

www.guildford.gov.uk/newlocalplan”

 

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A3 Installation of Average Speed Cameras

A3 Guildford – Average Speed Camera Installation and Junction Improvements

Safety is Highways England’s top priority. As part of our ongoing commitment to safety we will be undertaking the following improvements at Guildford in 2019.

Average Speed Cameras

Highways England will be introducing average speed cameras on the northbound 50mph speed limit section through Guildford, between the Hogs Back and Wooden Bridge junction. Speeding vehicles and incidents on this busy downhill section of road are widely acknowledged issues. Average speed cameras should help to make the road safer by reducing congestion caused by incidents and also smooth out traffic flow.

Average speed cameras have been shown to encourage a better level of compliance with speed limits over longer distances. They can also have a traffic calming effect as vehicle speeds tend to be more consistent and reduces the need for heavy braking, and the risk of incidents.

The cameras will be yellow in colour and will have clear signage so that drivers know they are there. ‘Average speed check’ signage will be installed at the entry point to the enforced section and additional repeater ‘camera’ signs will be installed along the length of the enforced section to remind drivers.

Installation works on the A3 will be carried out at night for which carriageway and lane closures will be needed. These closures will be communicated in advance. Installation is expected to take place in 2019.

University Interchange

The northbound exit slip road at the University Interchange currently operates at near full capacity due to high volume of northbound traffic leaving the A3.  The existing exit slip road will be extended back towards the main A3 carriageway and widened to provide more capacity

The existing footpath between the slips will be closed and an improved footpath will be installed along the slip road up to Egerton Road.

Improvements will bring better traffic flows through the junction reducing the tailbacks on the slip road.

Stoke Interchange

The southbound exit slip road currently operates at near full capacity due to the volume of traffic leaving the A3 at the junction, leading to tail backs on the A3 southbound carriageway.  The existing slip road will be widened to bring the existing narrow lanes up to current standards and to extend the length of the marked lanes.

Their scheme will also incorporate improvements in the traffic signals in conjunction with Surrey County Council.  Improvements will bring better traffic flows through the junction reducing the tailbacks on the slip road and dual carriageway.

Traffic Management

For the safety of their workforce and customers, it is expected that the majority of the work will be done using overnight lane closures and overnight closures of the slip roads at the University and Stoke Interchanges.

There will also be a requirement to close the slip roads at the Stoke Interchange over two weekend periods, to allow their works to be combined with those being undertaken by the local highway authority. Dates are yet to be confirmed, but will be communicated to our customers in advance.

Clearly signed diversion routes will be in place which will be agreed with the local highways authority and Surrey Police

Public Information Event

To provide more details on the work and the traffic management restrictions which will be in place, an information event will be taking place where representatives from Highways England and Kier Highways (the principal contractor) will be available to answer any questions relating to the scheme.

The events will be held on Friday 18 January between 2pm and 8pm; and on Saturday 19 January between 11am and 5pm at The Guildhall, High Street, Guildford, GU1 3AA.

Highways England have been in consultation with Surrey Safety Camera Partnership, Surrey Police and the Asset Support Contractor about these proposals.

If you have any questions about these proposals please contact us on 0300 123 5000 or email info@highwaysengland.co.uk

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Surrey County Council – Consultation on Services – Deadline for comments 4 January 2019

Have Your Say

Surrey County Council is consulting on a range of its services – Share your views by 4 January 2019:

  1. Community Recycling Centres
  2. Children’s Centres
  3. Libraries and Cultural Services
  4. Concessionary bus travel
  5. Special Educational Needs and Disability

Visit:  surreycc.gov.uk/consultations

Call: 03456 009009

Text: 07860 053465

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Extortion Scam


Cyber criminals send victims their own passwords in extortion scam
Cyber criminals are attempting to blackmail unsuspecting victims by claiming to have used the victims’ password to install spying malware on the victims’ computer. The criminals claim they’ve recorded videos of the victim watching adult material by activating their webcam when they visit these websites. What makes this scam so convincing is that the email usually includes a genuine password the victim has used for one of their online accounts. We believe criminals obtain the passwords from data breaches.What to do if you get one of these emails?

Don’t reply to the email, or be pressured into paying. The police advise that you do not pay criminals. Try flagging the email as spam/junk if you receive it multiple times. Perform a password reset as soon as possible on any accounts where you’ve used the password mentioned in the email. Always use a strong, separate password for important accounts, such as your email. Where available, enable two-factor authentication (2FA). Always install the latest software and app updates. Install, or enable, anti-virus software on your laptops and computers and keep it updated.

If you receive one of these emails, report it to Action Fraud’s phishing reporting tool. If you have received one of these emails and paid the ransom, report it to your local police force.

Message Sent By
Action Fraud (Action Fraud, Administrator, National)
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Burglaries rise at this time of year

So, lock up and leave a light on

Now the longer, darker nights are approaching, now is a good time to think seriously about your home security. Burglars love dark nights and they also love it when we make their job easier.

Traditionally we see a rise in burglary offences at this time of year with the darker evenings and offenders will take every opportunity to target properties, particularly on specific days when they know that people may be out for some time. Halloween and Bonfire events may leave homeowners vulnerable if proper security measures haven’t been put in place.

Follow our advice to keep your home secure this autumn:

🏠 Shut all windows and lock them when you are not using the room, out in the garden, at night and when you leave your property

🔑 Lock all front and rear doors at night and when you are out. If you have a UPVC door, remember to lift the handle and lock it with the key

🚗 Put all car keys and other keys out of sight and not in reach of windows and letterboxes. Double check your vehicle is locked too

🔐 Ensure side gates are locked to prevent access to the rear of the property. Move bins away from side walls and fences

📱 Register your property on Immobilise, the world’s largest, free, property register. It’s simple to register property such as technology, jewellery, bikes, antiques and collectibles and registering your property could help us reunite you if it’s stolen. Visit immobilise.com to get started!

🔦 Mark your property with a forensic marker fluid, such as SelectaDNA. This clear liquid carries its own unique synthetic DNA which is only visible under ultraviolet light.

For Surrey residents, a discount of 50% with free P&P is available on SelectaDNA Home Kits. Just visit www.selectadna.co.uk and use the discount code ‘DNASURREY50’ to order a kit for just £29.75.

For more home security advice, including property registering, forensic marking and CCTV, visit our website:

https://surrey.police.uk/advice/protect-your-home-and-belongings/burglary/

Message Sent By
Tony Fielding (Surrey Police, InTheKnow.Community Volunteer, Guildford)
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Pavement works – Broad Street, Wood Street Village – Commencing 5 November for 20 days

Broad Street, Guildford

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Surrey County Council – Public consultation – Future of the countryside

Countryside strategy

How should we care for our countryside?

Residents can help shape plans for Surrey County Council’s (SCC) countryside sites for the next 25 years. The plans will form a strategy which will outline how the council will care for the countryside and protect it for future generations.

The strategy is being developed with Surrey Wildlife Trust which manages the sites; and runs alongside a programme to make the countryside self-funding, so improvements can continue to be made without reliance on SCC funding.

Residents can share their views until 3 December 2018 by visiting the SCC website, or by calling 03456 009 009 or texting 07860 053465 for a printed questionnaire.

How should we care for our countryside?

Residents can help shape plans for Surrey County Council’s (SCC) countryside sites for the next 25 years. The plans will form a strategy which will outline how the council will care for the countryside and protect it for future generations.

SCC owns or manages 10,000 acres of the county’s countryside which is open for the public to visit. These include Ockham Common in the north of the county, Norbury Park in the south, Chobham Common in the west and Staffhurst Wood in the east.

Lots of residents use these sites for recreation, health and wellbeing, but they’re also places where people work and live. Additionally, the sites are beautiful landscapes which provide vital habitats for wildlife. We need to ensure that the balance of this usage is maintained.

The strategy is being developed with Surrey Wildlife Trust which manages the sites. It will run alongside a programme to make the countryside self-funding, so improvements can continue to be made without reliance on SCC funding.

The views of residents are vital to help shape this strategy, responses will be taken into account and considered by SCC’s cabinet in early 2019. Residents can share their views until 3 December 2018 by visiting the SCC website, or by calling 03456 009 009 or texting 07860 053465 for a printed questionnaire.

 

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Rural Crime in Surrey

You can also copy this URL into a browser to watch the video: https://youtu.be/3k7LVlaDCEc

PC Laura Rowley, the Wildlife & Rural Crime Coordinator for Surrey Police talks about rural crime in our county – “Surrey is one of the country’s most beautiful counties; it is in fact the most wooded county in the UK. It is home to a wealth of wildlife and offers us access to some truly wonderful places to explore. However, we face a very real threat from criminal individuals who exploit our communities and damage our rural surroundings.

“As Surrey Police’s Wildlife & Rural Crime Co-ordinator, much of my time is spent helping our officers and staff understand what rural crime is. At the moment we have four crime types that we are concentrating on reducing across the county and, by working with our communities, we can tackle these incidents; but what can you do to help?

Livestock Worrying

If you own a dog, or walk dogs for a friend or as a business, please ensure you keep them on a lead when near livestock. If you find they become agitated or excitable when near livestock, walk them away and consider an alternative route.

If you are a land owner, consider placing clear signs at any entrance points to your land warning dog walkers that there is livestock in the field. This can help prepare a dog walker to take the necessary steps to reduce the risk of an incident. Speak to your local neighbourhood team about our Livestock Worrying signs.

If you witness, or are a victim of, livestock worrying, please call the police immediately.

Hare Coursing

If you regularly walk or jog in rural areas, consider looking out for the potential signs of hare coursing, which is a form of poaching. It often happens at dusk or dawn around harvest time (late-Aug/early-Sept) when large tracts of land are crop-less. You may see a group of vehicles parked in a rural area, by a farmland gateway, on a grass verge, track or bridle path. Usually these are estate cars, 4x4s or vans with evidence of carrying dogs. Hare coursers often travel in convoy with minders’ vans front and rear.

If you witness hare coursing (or evidence of any other form of poaching), contact the police immediately. Do not approach participants.

Green Laning

Green Laning is where owners of off-road vehicles, such as 4x4s or trail bikes, take them to ‘Green Lanes’ (so called due to the dense vegetation and unsurfaced road) for recreational driving. This, in itself, is not illegal, however there are some who are taking their vehicles on land they should not be on, including heritage sites or SSSI (Sites of Special Scientific Interest). This can cause permanent damage to the land and its wildlife.

If you witness, or are aware of illegal green laning, please call the police immediately. If you enjoy Green Laning responsibly, and would like more information, the Green Laning Association (GLASS) is a good resource on both where it is permitted and the codes of conduct whilst doing it:

https://www.glass-uk.org

Theft of Plant Machinery

Many of our rural community own valuable plant machinery, such as tractors, land rovers or quad bikes. These are often targeted by thieves and, if stolen, can have a devastating effect on the owner’s livelihood. It is vital that theft of plant machinery is reported as soon as possible, but there also are some actions you can do too, to help protect your machinery. Install CCTV, regularly check it is not obstructed and put up camera warning signs. Mark your machinery; consider etching, stamping or forensic fluid. Ensure all machinery is stored in a secure, locked building.

“The impact of these crimes can be considerable to our rural communities and it is very important that we ensure we help our residents prevent such crimes from happening.

How do you report rural crime?

“Surrey is blessed with a very active, highly integrated rural network. From dog walkers to landowners, farmers to horse breeders. We value each and every one of our county’s communities and want to ensure we work closely with them to ensure we have the most accurate picture possible of any criminal activity happening in your area.

1) Call 101 to report crime, or dial 999 in an emergency or if a crime is in progress.

2) If you have information about a rural crime, you can call 101 or contact Crimestoppers’ anonymous Rural Crime Line on 0800 783 0137 or use their online form here:

https://crimestoppers-uk.org/campaigns-media/campaigns/stamp-out-rural-crime

How can you help?

“You are our eyes and ears and we want to continue to build strong relationships with our rural communities, and as such InTheKnow is an excellent platform for us to communicate with you. The more of rural Surrey we have on InTheKnow, the broader our reach is and the better our impact will be on preventing crime and protecting our residents. If you know someone who would benefit from receiving updates around rural crime, please do forward this message onto them or direct them to https://www.InTheKnow.community, where they can sign up.

“If you haven’t yet, make sure you (and those you tell about InTheKnow) select ‘Country Watch’ as an interest:

1) Select ‘Update your interests now’ and then ‘What type of messages do you want to receive?’

2) Under ‘Rural and Animal Issues’, select ‘Country Watch’

“Together we can help make Surrey’s countryside the safest it can be.”

Working together with Surrey’s rural communities.

Message Sent By
Steve Rhodes (Surrey Police, InTheKnow.Community Administrator, Corp Comms)

 

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Victim Support – Volunteers needed

VS Volunteering Recruitment Poster Surrey Web

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Perry Hill School Reunion

The date:  22nd September 2018

Venue:   Worplesdon Place Hotel

Time:      7pm

Year Groups:  All

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Road closure Salt Box Road – Road resurfacing work

NOTICE
THE SURREY COUNTY COUNCIL
SALT BOX ROAD (C14) GUILDFORD
TEMPORARY PROHIBITION OF TRAFFIC ORDER 2018

SURREY COUNTY COUNCIL PROPOSE TO MAKE the above mentioned Temporary Order under Section 14(1) of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984, the effect of which will be to temporarily prohibit vehicles from entering or proceeding in that length of Salt Box Road (C14) Guildford as extends from its junction with the circulatory carriageway comprised in the roundabout situated at its junction with A320 Woking Road to its junction with the circulatory carriageway comprised in the roundabout situated at its junction with A322 Worplesdon Road. Vehicular traffic will be diverted via Worplesdon Road (A320), Dennis’ Roundabout, Middleton Road (A25), Woodbridge Road (A25), Ladymead (A25), Stoke Crossroads and Woking Road (A320) or this route in reverse order.

This Order is required to enable Surrey County Council to carry out winter damage repair works and/or major highway maintenance works. These works are anticipated to be carried out between 09.30hrs and 16.30hrs, as soon as possible within the 18 month period of operation of this Order which commences on 23 August 2018. Advanced warning signs will be displayed and the temporary closure will only operate when the relevant traffic signs are displayed. Access to premises within the affected length of road, including access by emergency vehicles to these properties, will be maintained at all times, as will access for pedestrians and cyclists. Any vehicle found to be obstructing the highways during these works will be removed to a suitable location outside the limits of the works after all reasonable methods have been undertaken to identify and contact the vehicle’s owner.

Salt Box Road Closure For Re Surfacing 6.8.2018

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Worplesdon Parish Council’s longest serving councillor

Cllr Sandra Morgan MBE achieved a milestone of 50 years’ service to the community this year.  At the June full council meeting Cllr Morgan was presented with a long-service certificate and bouquet of flowers by the Chairman Cllr Paul Cragg.  The Parish Council offers its congratulations on this amazing achievement!

 

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Jacobs Well Scout Troop – adult volunteers required

1st Jacobs Well Scouts

Some of you passing the Village Hall in Jacobs Well may have noticed that the Scout and Guide HQ has suddenly got a lot busier with Beaver and Cub Scouts. We have managed over the last year to find volunteers to start 2 Beaver scout and 2 Cub scout units, and I am pleased to say that all are happy and numbers are growing, 78 at last count. They are growing so much that we are hoping to start a Scout troop at the end of the year. It will be about 20 years since the Village had a troop if we are successful. We have lots of eager recruits but need some adult volunteers to make it happen.

I can imagine you are now thinking, I can’t be a leader, I know nothing about Scouts, I don’t have the time, but Scouts has changed a lot in recent years, the values are still the same but if commitments mean you can’t be there every week, that’s okay, you know nothing about Scouts, there is full training available to suit you.

We really do not want Scouts to disappear again from Jacobs Well, so if you think you may be able to give some time to grow the present Group, please contact me for more information

Carol Shirtliff

District Commissioner Guildford West Scouts

dc@guildfordwestscouts.org.uk

07421 818179

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Travellers on Wood Street Village Green

We are aware of the traveller encampment on Wood Street Village Green, and are in the process of doing all we can, as quickly as possible.

The travellers who arrived on Saturday 14 July will be served with a notice directing them to leave as soon as possible.

We are working with the police who are also aware of the current situation. If the caravans and accompanying vehicles have not left site in accordance with the direction to leave, we will take further action through the legal process.

We are monitoring the situation and have provided the occupants with bin bags, and made arrangements to remove any rubbish.

If you are reporting anti-social behaviour or criminal activity, please contact Surrey Police on their non-emergency number 101 or 999 in an emergency only.

For further information about how we deal with traveller encampments, please visit 

https://www.surreycc.gov.uk/__data/assets/pdf_file/0020/16580/Responsibility-Timeline-Matrix-v.2.pdf

 

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Objection to planning application no: 18/P/01014 – Land north of Keens Lane

Worplesdon Parish Council has submitted its objection to planning application no:18/P/01014 Land North Of Keens Lane to Guildford Borough Council.  The parish council also commissioned the following desktop ecological surveys 180508 C3287 Land North Of Keens Lane Desk Study IG LP SENT and 180508 C3287 Figure 1 SBIC Datasearch Final Report AK SENT

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Worplesdon Flood Forum walkabout held 6 July 2018

Where does the water flow?

Planning to ensure the potential development at Blackwell Farm doesn’t have a detrimental impact on our existing communities.

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Important winter water advice

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Important winter water advice

What to do if you have frozen or burst pipes:

Water pipes can freeze if they are not properly insulated and can then burst as the thaw comes.

South East Water, which supplies drinking water to 2.2 million customers across Kent, Sussex, Surrey and parts of Hampshire, has the following advice:

Should you find you have no water, first check the South East Water website In Your Area map at inyourarea.digdat.co.uk/southeastwater to see if there is a problem on the supply network.

If no incident is showing, check with your neighbours to see if they have water. If they do, you should check for frozen pipes and take action to prevent a burst, which can cause damage.
If your pipes have frozen:

  • Turn off the water supply at the stop tap
  • Slowly thaw the pipes by wrapping them in warm materials like towels starting at the end nearest to the tap.
  • You could ask your neighbour for some warm water to soak the towels in to speed up the process.
  • Never use a naked flame or blowtorch to thaw frozen pipes

If your pipes burst:

  • Turn off the stop tap
  • Open all taps to drain the system quickly
  • Soak up/block off escaping water with thick towels
  • Call a qualified plumber. To find your nearest WaterSafe accredited plumber visit watersafe.org.uk
  • If water has leaked near your electrics or into any electrical appliances, switch them off at the mains
  • Turn off taps once the pipework is repaired to avoid further flooding

If you and your neighbours do not have water and no incident is showing on the South East Water website, call 0333 000 0002 to report the problem.

For details on how to wrap up homes for winter go to: southeastwater.co.uk/wrap-up-for-winter.

Visit our website for more tips

Find a WaterSafe approved plumber
Read more winter water tips
Visit the In Your Area map

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Land North of Keens Lane, Worplesdon

Land North of Keens Lane, Worplesdon

PUBLIC CONSULTATION EVENT

Land to the north of Keens Lane in Worplesdon has been identified in Guildford Borough Council’s Submission Local Plan to deliver 150 new properties and a 60+ bed specialist (dementia) care home.

The developers, Ashill are holding a drop in session to meet their team and see the plans on 23rd February 2018, between 4 – 8 pm at Worplesdon Memorial Hall, Perry Hill, Worplesdon, GU3 3RF.

In light of these proposals Worplesdon Parish Council commissioned an Independent Traffic Report, which was carried out by specialist Traffic Consultants – RGP – You can view the report by clicking here.

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