Mayor of Bewdley’s Hog Roast & Craft Fayre Event

 

Hog Roast

Community Ambassador Training Sessions – May 2024 – Jan 25

Posted on behalf of West Mercia Police

Rogue Traders – If in doubt, keep them out!

Posted on behalf of West Mercia Police

Rogue Traders – If in doubt, keep them out!

Rogue Traders are people pretending to be builders or “qualified” trades men or women needing to do ‘urgent’ repairs or sales people offering bargain products.

Things to be aware of:

 

·  They often pressurise householders to make quick decisions to have work done, pay in advance for materials or do poor work at highly inflated prices

·  They will often cold call on vulnerable households and deliberately overcharge for unsatisfactory goods and services. This can include charging for unnecessary work, damaging property deliberately in order to obtain money, leaving work unfinished and intimidating householders

·  Victims of this practice are often vulnerable or elderly and in the most serious cases, offenders will return to the same victim again and again until their savings are exhausted

Police work jointly with local authority trading standards officers and other agencies to target offenders who prey on vulnerable members of the community in this way.

The following advice will help tackling doorstep rogue traders:

·  Close and lock your back door before answering the front door

·  Use a spy hole, chain or window to have a look at the caller before answering the door. If you do not recognise them speak through the closed and locked door

·  Never buy goods and services from people calling unexpectedly or unannounced at your door

·  If the caller is selling something or offering work on your house or garden tell them that you are not interested and ask them to leave

·  If they do not leave tell them you will call the police

·  Always ask for proof of identity. Take it from the person (through the letterbox) and read it carefully

·  Phone the company or organisation the caller claims to be from (use the number in the phone book) to confirm their identity

·  If you have any doubt – keep them out.

Remember it’s your home. Don’t be afraid to say ‘No’

Flooded Roads

Posted on behalf of West Mercia Police

Just a gentle reminder to drive with caution due to the ongoing wet weather.

 

Bewdley and the surrounding villages have lots of narrow country roads which are prone to flooding..   Should you drive up to a flooded stretch of road, the depth of the water can be deceptive so find an alternative route where possible.

 

Age UK H&W Dance-a-thon

Posted on behalf of Age UK

Looking for something for the whole family this summer?

 

Join Age UK Herefordshire & Worcestershire on 1st August at Worcestershire County Cricket Club to help raise funds and have fun at the summer Dance-A-Thon. Take on four different dance styles throughout the hour with seated options for those who require it. Dance your way to making a positive impact as funds raised will help people:

 

  • Live well with dementia
  • Live independently for longer
  • Stay socially and physically active
  • Get the advice & support they need to live better

 

Doors open at 9.30am for a 10.30am start. All ages are welcome for just £5 entry. Sign up at https://buytickets.at/ageukherefordshireandworcestershire

 

Wyre Forest Chess Clubs

We usually get more younger players along during school holidays . .

All levels and all ages are welcome.

 It’s free to come along for a game.

 

Great to see new players popping into the Kidderminster Club in recent weeks..

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Kidderminster Chess Club

Wednesday evenings from 7pm
Habberley Social Club  Truro Drive  Kidderminster  DY11 6DN

Large Free Car Park

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Bewdley Chess Club

11:30am to 2pm Fridays

St Anne’s Church  Load Street  Bewdley  DY12 2AE

Parking for £0.70p per hour in High St

Free at the Leisure Centre if you don’t mind the 10 / 15m walk

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Stourport Chess Club
2:30pm to 4:30pm Tuesdays

Stourport-on-Severn Library
Civic Centre  New Street  Stourport  DY13 8UN

Limited free parking and P&D opposite

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Bewdley Library Chess Club

Every Thursday  2:30 to 4:30

Dog Lane  Bewdley  DY12 2EF

Dog Lane P&D Car park

Parking for £0.70p per hour in High St

Free at the Leisure Centre if you don’t mind the 10 / 15m walk

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Big Conversation – Visibility and Accessibility

Posted on behalf of West Mercia Police

Following PCC John Campion’s Big Conversation with the Temporary Chief Constable of West Mercia Police, Alex Murray, each section of the 90-minute discussion will take a focus in a brand new series over the coming weeks.

In this week’s clip, PCC John Campion is focusing on the topic you told us is your biggest priority – seeing more police officers visible and accessible in your community.

Police officer numbers are at record numbers in West Mercia, but it’s important you feel and see the benefit of this increase.

In the Big Conversation, the PCC and West Mercia Police’s Temporary Chief Constable discussed plans to improve visibility now, and in the future whilst balancing resources to address crime behind closed doors and ever-changing threats in the online world.

Watch here – https://youtu.be/FKcj4PmLfbE?feature=shared

 

Bewdley Museum – What’s On

Posted on behalf of Wyre Forest District Council

Natural world exhibition and workshop

Lino print artist Pauline Meade, is exhibiting a series of works inspired by the outdoors throughout the seasons. The exhibition runs until Sunday 14 July.

Visitors to the gallery will also have the opportunity to see Pauline creating her latest works.   Prints are available to buy in the gift shop.

Pauline will also be running a lino print workshop on the Wednesday 17 July from 10.30am to 12.30pm.  During the session you will cut and print a design in one colour. More details and how to book are available on the website.

Book linoprinting workshop

 

Ask the Expert

We are putting on a fabulous free event on Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 July. You can find out about rocks and fossils from a team of geologists and bring your specimens for identification! Pop along any time between 10.30am and 1pm on both days.

 

Also coming up this summer…

Reflections of Japan exhibition – runs Saturday 20 July to Sunday 1 September
Textile art workshop – Saturday 10 August
Murder mystery evening – Friday 16 August 

Museum what’s on

Weekly Fraud Update from West Mercia Police – Economic Crime Unit 02/07/2024


DON’T LET SCAMMERS RUIN YOUR HOLIDAY

Scammers can operate all around the world. So, it’s important to keep your card and card details safe when travelling. International card fraud losses for 2023 were £134.5 million.

 

BEFORE YOU GO OVERSEAS: 
•    Make sure your card company has your up-to-date contact details.
•    Ensure you have your card company’s 24-hour telephone number with you in case you need to contact them.
•    Only take cards you intend to use, leave the others securely at home.

 

WHEN YOU ARE OVERSEAS: 
•    Don’t let your card out of sight, especially at restaurants and bars.
•    Don’t give your PIN to anyone, even if they claim to be the police or your card company.
•    Shield your PIN when typing it in.
•    Check your bank transactions when you can to see if there’s anything unfamiliar.
•    Look after all your other belongings like passports, wallets, purses, travel and ticket information.

WHEN YOU GET BACK:
•    Check your bank and card statements for any unfamiliar transactions. If you do spot any, report them to your bank immediately.

SOURCE: TAKEFIVE
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Please feel free to share this information with any family, friends, or neighbours that you think it may be able to assist.
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Take Five to Stop Fraud

STOP:            Taking a moment to stop and think before parting with your money or information could keep you safe.
CHALLENGE: Could it be fake? It’s OK to reject, refuse or ignore any requests. Only criminals will try to rush or panic you.
PROTECT:      Contact your bank immediately if you think you’ve fallen for a scam and report it to Action Fraud

ALWAYS REMEMBER:
•    Avoid disclosing security details
•    Emails, Phone Calls and Texts may not be authentic
•    Always make direct contact with any organisation by using a genuine phone number
•    Stop and Challenge any unexpected requests
•    Protect others by reporting Fraud and Scams
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If you’ve fallen for a scam, 
report it to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or via actionfraud.police.uk

Scam Text messages can be forwarded to 7726 to help phone providers take early action and block numbers that generate spam on their networks.   You can also report scam phone calls by texting 7726 with the word “Call” followed by the Scammer’s phone number

Forward Fake Emails received to report@phishing.gov.uk

If you think your bank account or personal banking details have been used fraudulently, then use the short phone number – 159 – to contact the Fraud Prevention Department of most major UK banks.