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Christmas and New Year Bin Collection Day Changes

Guilford Borough Council

Bin collection days will change over the Christmas and New Year period but a full service of rubbish and recycling collections will continue over the festive season. Although there will be no garden waste collections between the 29th December and the 9th January, crews will still be out collecting your Christmas waste.

Our waste collection teams have worked hard to maintain normal services during the Coronavirus pandemic and, although we have had to change crew sizes to meet social distancing guidelines, they have collected 20% more waste than pre-pandemic levels.  New ways of working have been introduced to prioritise safety including providing gloves, hand sanitiser, wipes and masks as well as keeping crews in ‘bubbles’ to minimise contact with their colleagues.

The table below shows the changes to collection days over Christmas and New Year. More information can be found on our website here: https://www.guildford.gov.uk/Christmasbincollectiontimes

 

Usual collection day Changed collection day
Friday 25th December Monday 28th December
Monday 28th December Tuesday 29th December
Tuesday 29th December Wednesday 30th December
Wednesday 30th December Thursday 31st December
Thursday 31st December Saturday 2nd January
Friday 1st January Monday 4th January
Monday 4th January Tuesday 5th January
Tuesday 5th January Wednesday 6th January
Wednesday 6th January Thursday 7th January
Thursday 7th January Friday 8th January
Friday 8th January Saturday 9th January

 

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Local florist dresses Frog Grove Lane BT kiosk

Local florist, Tina Lewis, (Facebook page Tina’s Seasonal Decor. @Tinaseasonal.) has kindly decorated the K6 BT phone kiosk in Frog Grove Lane – free of charge – in a bid to spread good cheer and happiness after what has proved to be a testing year for everyone.  Worplesdon Parish Council is very grateful to Tina for her generosity and would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas!

 

 

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Oak Processionary Moth Nest

Worplesdon Parish Council’s Tree Inspector noted, as part of his annual inspections, that, regrettably, we have Oak Processionary Moth caterpillars on an oak tree in Jacobs Well Recreation Ground.  As a result, we have immediately taken the following action:

  1. The Assistant Clerk has reported this issue to the Forestry Commission – Submission identifier no: 8984
  2. The Head Groundsman has erected warning notices at various locations around the Recreation Ground – alerting residents to the issue
  3. The Clerk has sought a quotation from a local specialist tree surgeon (who is DEFRA trained) to remove the moth nest as soon as possible
  4. Cllr A Creese will arrange for a notice and leaflets to be placed in the Village Hall ASAP.

The affected tree is near the apple tree to the right of the height barrier leading into the Recreation Ground.

To minimise health risks:  PLEASE

  • Do not touch or approach oak processionary moth caterpillars or their nests.
  • Do not let children or animals touch or approach the caterpillars or nests.
  • Do not try and remove the caterpillars or nest yourself.

Thank you for your support.

Please feel free to share this information with your friends/neighbours.

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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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