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MESSAGE OF THE WEEK – CONTRIBUTIONS PLEASE FOR MINSTEAD MAIL APRIL 2014 EDITION!
The April 2014 edition of Minstead Mail is now being assembled. Once printed it will be delivered to all households in the Parish. It will include information, items of interest and upcoming events for this summer and early autumn.
If you have any village information or brief articles of general interest to contribute please email the Parish Council at email@example.com or contact the Clerk at firstname.lastname@example.org tel 023 8081 2375immediately.
MINSTEAD PLAYERS AGM – TUESDAY 1ST APRIL – 8PM – COMMITTEE ROOM MINSTEAD SOCIAL CLUB
Everyone is most welcome to attend and there is a real need for current and new members to become involved in a variety of ways to enable this longstanding and innovative group to continue to flourish. The club bar will be open and the business part of the meeting will be kept as light as possible! Further details from – Kay Nicholson 80813180 or email@example.com
0930 – 1030 Wednesday 2nd April at the Village Shop.
Come along and meet our local police officers and discuss any issues of concern with them informally.
MINSTEAD STUDY CENTRE – KEEPING CHICKENS
Saturday 5th April
£20 pp see http://www3.hants.gov.uk/msc/whats-on-minstead.htm for further information.
PARISH COUNCIL MEETING
The next routine meeting of the Parish council will be held in the Old Surgery at 1930 on Monday 7th April. See noticeboard for the Agenda.
The History Group will meet at 2000 on Tuesday 8th April in the Social Club.
JUNIOR MINSTEAD AGM
This will be at 2000 on Wedesday 9th April in the Social Club.
TRUSTY SERVANT CORNER
For details, further information and to follow events see Facebook or ring 023 8081 2137.
ALL SAINTS CHURCH
For details of Services and other events see the Benefice website and follow All Saints activities on Facebook.
Lent Groups in Minstead to which everyone is welcome are:
Thursdays 7.30pm in Church.
Tuesdays 10.30am in Church.
Church warden. After the APM on April 23rd George Dibben will be stepping down from the post of churchwarden. For All Saints’ to fulfil its potential in the community, 2 churchwardens are needed. Please reflect on who might share this important role with Isabel. If you’d like to know more, please contact George, Isabel or James or anyone in the congregation.
At the Recent PCC meeting the following was decided to clarify the use of the money raised by the 5-4-50 campaign:
Except where the donor expressly wishes otherwise all money raised before and on 31st March 2014 will be assigned to the Restricted Fund for building and church yard maintenance. After this date all money raised will be allocated to the Unrestricted fund which is used at the discretion of the PCC, unless the donor expressly wishes otherwise.
ANNESLEY AND DAVID GARDINER
Those who know Annesley and David may like to meet them again in the Trusty on 11th April when they are visiting Minstead. For further information contact Monica Meek on 023 8081 2280.
FENCE AND CATTLE GRID MAINTENANCE
The Verderers have asked New Forest residents to fully stock-proof their fences and ensure cattle grids are clear of rubbish. In the spring animals are likely to try to eat the lush grass growing in private gardens and fields which grows quicker than on the Forest. If your fence is not stock-proof you may wake up to find a herd of cows or ponies on your lawn! It is the responsibility of property owners to fence out legally depastured stock so you are advised to check your boundaries to make sure they are secure. Cattle grids also require regular attention. During the winter they often fill up with debris and that can encourage animals to try to walk across them.
BANK CARD SCAM
For the attention of those who come into contact with elderly and vulnerable people
Elderly/vulnerable members of the public have been receiving unsolicited telephone calls from criminals purporting to be from their bank or the police. The caller states that they have spotted a fraudulent payment on their card or fraudulent activity on their account.
The caller gains the person’s trust and explains that the bank will need to collect the card, or require them to withdraw large sums of money from their account.
The victim is then advised to place their card (or money withdrawn) into an envelope to disguise its appearance.
The criminal will then arrange a courier, taxi driver or similar to call to collect the envelope.
The courier is given the address (most frequently in London but now in Hampshire) where they are met by the offender outside the address to take the envelope enclosing card or money.
The advice from Hampshire Police is if you have the slightest suspicion about a transaction of this nature, contact the Police immediately by telephoning 101 or 999 if it is an emergency. Please advise the victim that this may be a scam.
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