Message from North Yorkshire Police regarding Church Office holders

Church office holders targeted by gift card email scam

North Yorkshire Police is warning local residents to be vigilant for an email scam in which the sender claims to be the local reverend and asks the recipient to purchase high value Amazon gift cards on their behalf.

Church wardens, treasurers and volunteers have been targeted, with some emails claiming to be from the Archbishop of York. The initial email follows a standard format and reads:

“Do you have a moment I have a request I need you to handle discreetly. I am currently busy in a prayer session, no calls so just reply my email.”

Then, if the recipient enters into a dialogue they will be asked to purchase Amazon gift cards as ‘thank you’ presents for members of the church family. The scammer provides reassurances that the money will be reimbursed and asks the individual to send photos of the gift cards or vouchers which allows them to collect the unique codes and use the cards to make online purchases.

Individuals who work or volunteer for churches in the Diocese of York have been targeted, with one church office holder purchasing gift cards but thankfully realising this was a scam before it was too late.

Residents are being urged to check the sender email address of any emails appearing to be from a reverend or other church representative and not to make any purchases based on email correspondence received.

Anyone receiving these emails should report it to North Yorkshire Police by calling 101.

North Yorkshire Community Messaging (NYCM) is managed by North Yorkshire Police.  The official website is www.nycm.co.uk which will allow you to sign into your account to change your delivery method preference or locations of interest. It also contains a FAQs section, which may assist with any queries you have.

Links and attachments:  North Yorkshire Police will only ever link you to secure web-sites we trust, we will only send you attachments where we believe it is absolutely necessary.

If you need to contact North Yorkshire Police please call 101 or in an emergency dial 999.  Alternatively please email any non urgent enquiries to:

**August Parish Council Meeting Cancelled**

Please note that the Parish Council meeting which was due to be held remotely on Thursday 20th August 2020 at 7pm has been cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances

We would like to apologise for the short notice.

The next meeting of the Parish Council will now be held remotely on Thursday 17th September 2020 at 7pm whereby any outstanding business from August will be transacted.

Highways England – Notice of disruption A64 Brambling Fields

Highways England have sent us the attached for distribution in our Parish which details disruption to the A64 Brambling Fields over the coming months starting 21st September 2020

Highways England A64 Brambling Fields

Request for help from North Yorkshire Police

The Parish Council have recently received the following request from North Yorkshire Police – can you help?

 

We hope you can help us? North Yorkshire Police are trying to identify the number and location of illegal off road motoring incidents that are taking place. These usually involve trials bikes or quad bikes being ridden on land that they do not have permission to go onto. In many cases this is done for fun and as sport, in some cases there may be links to crime, the bikes may be stolen etc. It is a complex issue to deal with effectively, due to the difficulties in apprehending those involved, however in some cases you may know who it is or be able to obtain a registration plate. We are aware that many instances do not get reported and without such information it is difficult to identify in which areas to focus our patrols and days of action to try and combat the problem.

This is therefore a request that these instances are called in on 101, or if no longer taking place then emailed to  . This will better inform us where to concentrate efforts to deal with the issue.

Many thanks for your help, North Yorkshire Police

Get a discount with the Eat Out to Help Out Scheme

Eat Out to Help Out Scheme

You can use the Eat Out to Help Out Scheme at a participating establishment:

  • to get a 50% discount on food or non-alcoholic drinks to eat or drink in (up to a maximum of £10 discount per diner)
  • every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday between 3 and 31 August 2020
  • as many times as you like

You do not need a voucher to use this scheme and you can use it at the same time as other offers and discounts. There is no minimum spend.

You cannot claim discount on alcoholic drinks or service charges.

The discount will be automatically available to you at participating establishments. Establishments will then claim a reimbursement from the government for the discount they’ve given you.

Participating establishments may include:

  • restaurants, cafés, bars or pubs
  • work and school canteens
  • food halls

All diners in a group of any size can use the discount.

Your local, The Blacksmiths Arms will be participating in the scheme every Monday and Tuesday during August.  To avoid disappointment you are advised to book in advance as places are restricted due to the current Covid restrictions.

You can find other local participating restaurants by entering a postcode

Results of Flaxton Speeding Survey

The Speeding Survey closed on 31st July 2020

 

Firstly, we would like to thank villagers for taking time to respond to the Flaxton Speeding Survey.  Also to Alan and D at The Blacksmiths for allowing us to place the survey returns box in the pub foyer.

We anticipate having an agenda item to discuss the findings and agree on the next steps at the council meeting on 20th August 2020.

We had 89 responses, 57 on-line and 32 on paper survey forms.  The respondents also represented the different areas of the village.

Some additional comments were made on the paper forms regarding other speed reduction methods, such as greater camera van presence, chicanes and ‘sleeping policemen’.

 

 

You will see from the results in the table below that, in general, villagers believe strongly that there is a problem with motorists speeding through the village.

Respondents are also strongly in favour of installing Vehicle Activated Signage (VAS) to deter speeding, but there appears to be some doubt about the overall speed reductions that VAS may deliver.

 

 

 

 

NYCC Police Message Regarding Bogus Callers

North Yorkshire Police have received a number of reports over the past 5 days from Harrogate residents claiming they have been called by someone claiming to be DC Mason Greenwood, DCI Mason Mould or similar stating they have their nephew/grandson in custody with their bank cards. Fortunately residents have realised this is a scam call and have reported this matter to the police but I fear there are many who may have given over their bank details to this fraudster. Beware of these types of calls and if you are unsure as to who you are speaking to, terminate the call and dial 101 from another phone (as often the scammers will keep the line open and you may think you have called the police when in fact you are still speaking to the scammers) to check with the police. Remember the Police will NEVER ask for your bank details over the phone

North Yorkshire Community Messaging (NYCM) is managed by North Yorkshire Police.  The official website is www.nycm.co.uk which will allow you to sign into your account to change your delivery method preference or locations of interest. It also contains a FAQs section, which may assist with any queries you have.

Links and attachments:  North Yorkshire Police will only ever link you to secure web-sites we trust, we will only send you attachments where we believe it is absolutely necessary.

If you need to contact North Yorkshire Police please call 101 or in an emergency dial 999.  Alternatively please email any non urgent enquiries to:

 

Help at Home Project in Ryedale – Can you help?

We have had an email from Kathy @ Community Enterprise who is seeking assistance with a project she is running.

If you think you would be able to help or would like further information, please get in touch with Kathy directly.

 

Dear Sir/Madam

I am emailing you in the hope that you might be able to promote the ‘Help at Home’ project I am running in the Ryedale area.

I have attached a flyer that gives some information about the project and a short film.

I am actively seeking people and I offer free support to anyone who would be interested in setting up their own business or diversifying their current business to offer care and support to people in their homes – elderly/people with disabilities/people with mental health difficulties.

I currently have six people on the project, one is now delivering care and support. Please follow the link to see her ‘Beesupported’ business..  https://www.smallgoodstuff.co.uk/the-directory/search/?region=north-yorkshire

I would be very willing to have a slot in your meeting (virtually joining of course) to talk about the project and how it could create employment opportunities for your community and also meet the needs of your people who may be struggling now and possibly in the future.

Please let me know what support you can give.

Thank you and look forward to hearing from you soon.

Kathy Peacock

Community Enterprise Catalyst (Ryedale – North Yorkshire)

Mobile: 07503 800094

Based: In and around Ryedale

Website: www.communitycatalysts.co.uk

Twitter: @CommCats

Facebook: @communitycatalystsryedale

Flaxton Parish Council Speeding Survey

Speeding Survey

Flaxton Parish Council is aware of the affect that speeding motorists can have on the safety and well-being of our residents and visitors.

You are invited to complete this simple and anonymous survey about the value to the community of having Vehicle Activated Speed Signage (VAS) in the village.  The results will be used to decide whether your Parish Council should apply for grant funding to install Vehicle Activated Speed Signage in the village.  The survey should take no more than two minutes to complete.

The survey closed on 31st July 2020.   View the summarised results.

A64 Information Leaflet & Survey

Important survey attached regarding the A64 – A chance to have your say.

On behalf of Highways England please find attached for your information a leaflet with updates on the current and upcoming work on the A64 which we hope you will find informative.  In addition a questionnaire is included which we hope you will be able to take 5 minutes to fill in and provide valuable feedback to help us improve our communications.

A64 Brochure

A64 Questionnaire