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GOV.UK TIER 3 INFORMATION

DPD Phishing Scam

Fraudsters are using fake DPD (parcel delivery) messages to lure victims into a phishing scam. The messages state that the recipient has missed two attempted deliveries of a parcel, and provides instructions on how to arrange another delivery. The links in the messages lead to fraudulent websites that request a payment (£2 - £3) to rearrange the delivery. 

 

If the victim makes this payment, they’ll receive a phone call within a few days from someone purporting to be from their bank to inform them about suspicious transactions on their account. They may also receive text messages, purporting to be from their bank, confirming these transactions. The victim is informed that their bank account may be compromised and is instructed to transfer their money to what they believe is an alternative secure account in order to prevent further losses.

 

In other cases, suspects have gained enough personal details and security information during the phone call

with the unsuspecting victim, to enable them to take out a loan in the victim’s name. The fraudsters then

transfer the loan to an account under their control. Fraudsters are able to use a tactic called ‘spoofing’ to make

the call or text appear genuine by cloning the phone number, or sender ID, used by the bank.

 

What you need to do

  • There is an easy way to check the email or text is safe, only emails sent from one of three DPD email addresses are genuine. These are dpd.co.uk, dpdlocal.co.uk or dpdgroup.co.uk.
  • Your bank, or other official organisations, will never ask you to share personal or financial information over the phone, or via text or email. If you need to check that it’s a genuine message, contact them directly.
  • If you have received an email which you’re unsure about, you can report it by forwarding it to report@phishing.gov.uk. You can report suspicious text messages by forwarding them to 7726.
  • If you have acted upon a message you have received, and you think you may be a victim of a fraud, contact your bank immediately and report it to North Yorkshire Police on 101 or Action Fraud online at actionfraud.police.uk or by calling 0300 123 2040.

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: generalenquiries@northyorkshire.pnn.police.uk

 

     

SURVEY RE COUNCIL TAX BILL FOR POLICING & FIRE & RESCUE SERVICES

Have your say on the amount to be invested in local policing and fire and rescue services from your council tax bill next year. https://smartsurvey.co.uk/s/ZH7AGE/

 

North Yorkshire’s Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner is asking for your view on the amount to be invested in local policing and fire and rescue services from your council tax bill next year.

 

One of Julia Mulligan’s responsibilities is to set the precept – the amount dedicated to policing and fire and rescue from every household.

 

As part of her commitment to ensuring the opinions of residents are reflected, every year she holds a consultation which is then part of the recommendation put to the Police, Fire and Crime Panel next month.

 

This year’s survey runs until Wednesday 13 January. It can be completed at www.telljulia.info.

 

North Yorkshire Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner Julia Mulligan said:

 

“After the hardest of years, it is more important than ever I hear your views about how much they think should be invested in policing and fire and rescue services from your council tax bill next year.

 

“I know your personal circumstances and finances may have changed, but the pressures on our hard-working police officers, firefighters and staff remain as intense as ever. I want to get the balance right when I make my recommendation and set the precept, and your opinion is a crucial part of that.

 

“Please go to www.telljulia.info before 13 January, answer the very simple questions and have your say.”

 

Message sent by:

Office of the North Yorkshire Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner

12 Granby Road, Harrogate, HG1 4ST

Email info@northyorkshire-pfcc.gov.uk

Call 01423 569 562

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: generalenquiries@northyorkshire.pnn.police.uk

Reduce Waste this Christmas

Reduce Waste this Christmas

Residents of North Yorkshire are reminded that in the run-up to and after Christmas they can still take their recycling, including electrical goods, packaging, batteries and Christmas trees, to their local household waste recycling centre (HWRCs). The County Council’s 20 household waste recycling centres all have containers for reusable items and this year the Reuse Santa campaign is collecting good reusable toys for the No Wrong Door children’s service at every site.

There are many ideas for green alternatives that people might be able to use to benefit the environment in the run-up to and over the holidays or might be able to introduce as a New Year’s resolution. Small changes can have a big impact on waste generation. Simple changes could include using beeswax wraps instead of cling film; buying fruit and veg bags so you can buy loose produce at the supermarket; buying a reusable water bottle or takeaway mug; getting a rechargeable battery charger; using a reusable face covering; and reusable cotton pads/face cloths for make-up removal.

Sites will be open every day except 25 and 26 December and 1 January and every Wednesday. Opening times at this time of year are 8.30am to 4pm. Full details of current restrictions can be found at www.northyorks.gov.uk/household-waste-and-recycling-during-coronavirus-covid-19

To find your nearest household waste recycling centre, visit www.northyorks.gov.uk/hwrc

Check with your district or borough council for kerbside refuse and recycling collections over Christmas as the days will change over the bank holidays.

If you want to get into home composting for 2021, home compost bins can be bought for £11 each from the household waste recycling centres at Malton, Northallerton, Seamer Carr, Selby, Skipton, West Harrogate and Whitby or ordered directly for home delivery from https://getcomposting.com/en-gb/ A wormery is ideal for leftover food waste.

NYCC BULLETIN 16 DEC

  More than any other time, Christmas is when we make that extra special effort to look out for each other, to be with and remember family and friends, and make sure those who are lonely or isolated are given support. I am so proud that in North Yorkshire we have been making this extra special effort throughout the Covid-19 pandemic. We must now redouble these endeavours. Although infection rates have been coming down in North Yorkshire they are beginning to rise again, alarmingly so, in some parts of the UK, so we have to remain vigilant and act with safety in mind.

More than anything, after the hardships of the last few months, we are longing to be with family and friends to enjoy the celebration of Christmas together. But we also know that Covid-19 has no respect for Christmas and thrives best with household mixing. Although the four devolved governments of the UK have decided today to stick with the relaxation of lockdown regulations and allow mixing between three households over Christmas between 23 and 27 December, the best gift we can give our families and friends is to be cautious, kind and careful and to do everything we can to keep each other Covid-safe. Thanks to all our hard work, infections rates have been coming down consistently in North Yorkshire, but we must remember they are still four or five times higher than they were in August, that people are still dying from it in our hospitals and there is some evidence in some areas that the pace of the reduction is slowing. So just because we can mix with three households over Christmas, does not necessarily mean we should. Now more than ever the actions and efforts of every one of us to take responsibility to keep each other safe is critical if we are to avoid a third wave in January and many more deaths.

This week in North Yorkshire we have seen the first roll-out of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine in four locations across the county led by our colleagues in the NHS, with those over 80 and in care homes and care home staff being prioritised. Another site has gone live today and six sites will come on stream next week. This is great news for all of us across the county, but this is a logistically complex operation to get up and running. People need two doses of the Pfizer vaccine, so all the people being vaccinated at the moment will be called back again in three weeks’ time for their second dose. So people must be patient and maintain their vigilance about being Covid-safe in the meantime. 

A big development will come when we manage to get the Oxford vaccine, which is much more useable, can be taken to more places and administered at greater speed and at that point the whole vaccination programme will really accelerate. Until then we must do everything we can to keep Covid infection rates down as our scientific experts warn us that another surge will only serve to hamper the vital vaccination programme.

There is light at the end of the tunnel, but with a difficult few months to come first, we must brace ourselves. We will get through it together. We have achieved so much to support our communities these last few months and we must hang on to that strong performance.

So this is my opportunity to say keep going with all your efforts and, above all, to say a big thank you for everything you have done so far. This week we launch our big Thank You message to Team North Yorkshire. As Christmas approaches, this is our chance to take some time to show our appreciation to all those right across the county who have gone the extra mile to support our communities through this historically challenging period. These heroes range from key workers in the care sector to our thousands of volunteers working through our Community Support Organisations to look out for neighbours, the vulnerable and isolated and collecting medication and shopping, to our partners in the NHS, police, fire and the military, to our teachers who have kept our children educated.

A few statistics illustrate the achievement. We have distributed four million pieces of PPE to 67 sites around the county; we have issued one million facemasks and 10,000 litres of hand sanitiser; We have given advice and guidance to 77,000 people, who have contacted the county council, and have helped to facilitate 80,000 hours of volunteer support with 22,000 shopping deliveries for those in need and 22,000 befriending calls. You have all been amazing and I am so proud of my county and what you have achieved. Thank you.

Finally, I want to wish you a peaceful and happy time over the coming Christmas period but, above all, a safe time.

NYCC’s website has a dedicated area for all the latest news, see links below:

·         COVID-19 related news: https://www.northyorks.gov.uk/coronavirus-advice-and-information

·         Devolution/Stronger Together: https://www.northyorks.gov.uk/stronger-together

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NYCC SUPPORT FOR RESIDENTS

North Yorkshire residents are being reassured that help is available throughout the Christmas period for those who need it. The County Council’s customer service centre will act as an emergency community support line every day from 9am to 5pm on 01609 780780. People are being urged to plan ahead and keep checking on family, friends and neighbours, but council staff and Team North Yorkshire volunteers will be on standby for anyone who needs help while many of the community support organisations take a well-deserved break.

Almost everyone in North Yorkshire has adapted in one way or another this year. Community support organisations and voluntary groups across the county are no exception.

From befriending services to delivering shopping and prescriptions, people in North Yorkshire have pulled together to accommodate the needs of their neighbours.

The Bedale community minibus service has picked up delivering prescriptions to those in the community who have been limiting their outside contacts but need to get their medication. Under normal circumstances, the Bedale Community Minibus team organise trips out for those in the area.

Malcolm Bloor, a member of the organisation, said: “Our small organisation is really unique. We are independent and provide community transport. We were originally given a minibus for use in the Bedale area which was used to arrange day trips and take people out.”

He said one of the local pharmacies in Bedale has provided a home delivery service for a number of years, but became overwhelmed with requests during Covid. A local volunteer group helped at first, but Bedale Community Minibus were approached by North Yorkshire County Council to see if they could pick up the service.

Malcolm added: “We go to the chemist, the driver shows their ID and they get a box of medication and then drive round delivering it to people in the community. We make sure someone at the house, either the person themselves or a carer, take the medication from us so it’s delivered and we can report back any problems to the pharmacy.”

People who need support with shopping, prescriptions and other essentials but don’t have anyone to call on, or anyone concerned about the welfare of someone else, can contact North Yorkshire County Council’s customer service centre on 01609 780780. The centre is open seven days a week 8am to 5.30pm. People can also contact us by email or live chat at www.northyorks.gov.uk/contactus.

To find local businesses offering food deliveries and takeaways, go to the Buy Local directory at www.northyorks.gov.uk/buy-local.

People can also find details of local voluntary and community groups offering support at www.northyorkshireconnect.org.uk.

For more information about the help available go to www.northyorks.gov.uk/coronavirus

NYCC COVID INFORMATION

North Yorkshire Coronavirus Data

At 13 December, there have been 14,562 positive tests since 3 March, with 1,203 new cases reported in the past two weeks. Over the past week, the average number of new cases is approximately 79 per day. Work continues to ensure effective monitoring of all areas, with support for incidents being provided across a range of settings, which are reviewed daily.

Further information on North Yorkshire data provided at county, district and local area level can be found here: https://www.northyorks.gov.uk/coronavirus-data.

Change in Self-Isolation Guidance

On 14 December, the isolation period for people who have tested positive for COVID-19 and their close contacts changed from 14 to 10 days. Anyone with COVID-19 symptoms or a positive test result must stay at home for the full isolation period. This is because they could pass it on to others, even if they don’t have symptoms.

Your isolation period includes the day your symptoms started (or the day your test was taken if you do not have symptoms), and the next 10 full days. This means that if, for example, your symptoms started at any time on the 15th of the month (or if you did not have symptoms but your first positive COVID-19 test was taken on the 15th), your isolation period ends at 23:59 hours on the 25th. You must complete your full isolation period. Your isolation period starts immediately from when your symptoms started, or, if you do not have any symptoms, from when your first test was taken.

You can return to your normal routine and stop self-isolating after 10 full days if your symptoms have gone, or if the only symptoms you have are a cough or anosmia, which can last for several weeks. If you still have a high temperature after 10 days or are otherwise unwell, stay at home and seek medical advice.

If you are isolating because of a positive test result, but did not have any symptoms, and you develop COVID-19 symptoms within your isolation period, start a new 10-day isolation period from the day your symptoms began. Most people with COVID-19 will experience a mild illness. Seek prompt medical attention if your illness or the illness of someone in your household is worsening.

While you are isolating, stay as far away from other members of your household as possible, especially if they are clinically extremely vulnerable. Wherever possible, avoid using shared spaces such as kitchens and other living areas while others are present and take your meals back to your room to eat. Wear a face covering or a surgical mask when spending time in shared areas inside your home.

As a reminder, the most important symptoms of COVID-19 are recent onset of any of the following:

·         a new continuous cough

·         a high temperature

·         a loss of, or change in, your normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia)

Staff and exposed patients or residents in health and social care settings

Staff who have tested positive for COVID-19 in the community or at work should self-isolate for at least 10 days after illness onset. If, however, they have been admitted to hospital they should be isolated in hospital (or continue to self-isolate on discharge) for 14 days from their first positive test result. For the same reasons, the 14-day isolation rule also applies to other (non-staff) COVID-19 cases admitted to hospital.

Asymptomatic staff (i.e. usually not hospitalised) who have tested positive for COVID-19 should self-isolate for 10 days following their first positive test.

Residents who are known to have been exposed to a confirmed COVID-19 patient (an exposure similar to a household setting), should be isolated or cohorted only with residents who do not have COVID-19 symptoms but also have been exposed to COVID-19 residents, until 14 days after last exposure.

If you are a close contact of someone with COVID-19

A contact is a person who has been close to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 with a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test. You can be a contact anytime from two days before the person who tested positive developed their symptoms, and up to 10 days after, as this is when they can pass the infection on to others. A contact can be:

·         anyone who lives in the same household as someone with COVID-19 symptoms or who has tested positive for COVID-19

·         anyone who has had any of the following types of contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 with a PCR test:

·         face-to-face contact, including being coughed on or having a face-to-face conversation within one metre

·         skin-to-skin physical contact for any length of time

·         been within one metre for one minute or longer without face-to-face contact

·         sexual contacts

·         been within two metres of someone for more than 15 minutes (either as a one-off contact, or added up together over one day)

·         travelled in the same vehicle or a plane

If you are a contact of someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 you will be notified by the NHS Test and Trace service via text message, email or phone and should follow this guidance closely.

If you are a close contact, you must stay at home and self-isolate. Do not go to work, school, or public areas and do not use public transport or taxis. Your isolation period includes the day the first person in your household’s symptoms started (or the day their test was taken if they did not have symptoms) and the next 10 full days. This means that if, for example, your 10-day isolation period starts on the 15th of the month, your isolation period ends at 23:59 hours on the 25th and then you can return to your normal routine.

If you do not have symptoms of COVID-19 yourself, you do not need a test. Only arrange a test if you develop COVID-19 symptoms or if you are asked to do so as part of a wider testing scheme. If for any reason you have a negative test result during your 10-day isolation period, you must continue to self-isolate. Even if you don’t have symptoms, you could still pass the infection on to others. Stay at home for the full 10 days to avoid putting others at risk.

If you develop symptoms while you are isolating, arrange to have a COVID-19 PCR test. If your test result is positive, follow the advice for people with COVID-19 to stay at home and start a further full 10-day isolation period. This begins when your symptoms started, regardless of where you are in your original 10-day isolation period. This means that your total isolation period will be longer than 10 days.

If you are identified as a contact and asked to self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace, including by the NHS COVID-19 app, you may be entitled to a payment of £500 from your local authority under the Test and Trace Support Payment scheme.

Failure to comply with self-isolation may result in a fine, starting from £1,000. Parents or guardians are legally responsible for ensuring that anyone under 18 self-isolates if they test positive for COVID-19 and are contacted by NHS Test and Trace and told to self-isolate.

Testing sites in North Yorkshire, as elsewhere in England, are operated and managed by the Department of Health and Social Care and private contractors employed by them. We try to help the department by promoting the Mobile Testing Site locations and hosting information on how people with symptoms can book a test via the national government portal. We do not manage the national booking system or laboratory testing process.

Indications are that lab testing capacity is improving but, if you are unable to book a test at a local site straight away, please keep checking as availability varies during the day.

We are also supporting the Department in asking the public only to get a test if they are directed to do so by NHS Test and Trace or other NHS services OR if they have symptoms, to ensure that those people who need tests the most can be prioritised.

Before you attend, you must book a test. Tests can be booked from 8pm the night before. 

Testing sites operated and managed by the Department of Health and Social Care will be running at the following locations over the coming days between 11am and 3pm:

  • Every day - Harrogate - Dragon Road Car Park, Dragon Road, Harrogate, HG1 5DB
  • Every day - Scarborough - William Street Car Park, Scarborough. YO12 7PL
  • Every day - Northallerton – The Forum, Bullamore Road, Northallerton, DL6 1LP
  • Every day - Selby – Portholme car park, Crescent Carpark, Selby, YO8 4QH
  • Every day - Skipton - Cavendish Street Car Park, Skipton, BD23 1RP
  • Thursday 17 December - Whitby - Whitby Marina Car Park, Langbourne Road, Whitby, YO21 1YW
  • Thursday 17 December - Malton - Wentworth Street Car Park, Smithson Ct, Malton, YO17 7BQ
  • Thursday 17 December - Catterick - Catterick Race Course, Catterick Bridge, Richmondshire, North Yorkshire, DL10 7PE
  • Friday 18 December - Sherburn in Elmet  Pasture Way Carpark, Sherburn in Elmet, LS25 6LY
  • Friday 18 December - Thornton Le Dale - National Trust Car Park, No.5. Chestnut Avenue, Thornton Le Dale, Pickering, YO18 7RR
  • Friday 18 December - Easingwold - Easingwold Town AFC, Stillington Rd, Easingwold, York, YO61 3DZ
  • Saturday 19 December - Selby - South Entrance, DRAX Power Station, New Road, Selby, YO8 8PH
  • Saturday 19 December - Settle - Greenfoot Car Park, Settle, BD24 9RW
  • Saturday 19 December - Filey - Filey Country Park, Church Cliff Drive, Filey, YO14 9ET
  • Sunday 20 December - Scarborough - Scarborough Park and Ride, Seamer Road, Scarborough, YO12 4LW
  • Sunday 20 December - Richmond - Round Howe car park, Reeth Road, Richmond, DL10 4T
  • Sunday 20 December - Thirsk - Millgate Car Park, Marage Road, Thirsk, YO7 1PE
  • Sunday 20 December - Thornton Le Dale - National Trust Car Park, No.5. Chestnut Avenue, Thornton Le Dale, Pickering, YO18 7RR

Watch this video to find out what to expect and how to prepare for the test: https://youtu.be/QawyKwIIfKQ

See the latest dates and locations, find out more and how to book at www.northyorks.gov.uk/testing

New Universal form - Child Safeguarding

New Universal Referral Form

 Professionals in all agencies have a responsibility to refer a child when it is believed or suspected that a child:

  • Has suffered significant harm and /or;
  • Is likely to suffer significant harm and/or;
  • Has developmental and welfare needs which are likely only to be met through provision of family support services (with agreement of the child’s parent).

 Normally professionals will contact 01609 780780 to notify the local authority of their concerns about a child or young person.  Any telephone referral should be followed by a written referral within 24 hours of a telephone call.

 

 To support this the NYSCP and its partners have updated the Universal Referral Form which is available from. The questions asked within the Universal Referral Form helps the Children and Families Service to obtain a better understanding of that child’s situation, including:

  • what the worries are
  • what are the strengths and safety for the child, and
  • what the referrers analysis of the situation is. 

 The NYSCP Universal Referral Form has recently been amended to reflect North Yorkshire County Council’s Strength in Relationship Model to allow the Local Authority Children and Young People’s Service to make decisions in a timely and consistent manner. Guidance has also been produced to help using the form to complete a written referral.

 

 The revised Universal Referral Form is available from the “Forms for Professionals” section of the NYSCP website. Guidance to help partners complete the Universal Referral Form is available from here.

 

 

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Dementia Forward – CAFÉ IN A BOX SERVICE

 

Dementia Forward – CAFÉ IN A BOX SERVICE

 If you or someone you care for is living with dementia, the Dementia Forward Helpline is open from 9am to 4pm to provide support, advice and information on 03300 578592. In normal circumstances they also run a weekly wellbeing cafe at the Salvation Army in Selby, but as it is not possible to meet face-to-face at the moment, this is running fortnightly over Zoom. Please get in touch if you would like to join in. With the help of volunteers, they are also offering a new service delivering their usual wellbeing cafe activities to your door. The Cafe in a Box service aims to provide new activities to help keep you or someone you care for engaged while we have to stay at home. Please call the helpline on 03300 578592 to find out more about any of these services. 

Web: www.dementiaforward.org.uk

Watch our Christmas video here: Christmas Memories

Find out more about Mince Pies & Memories and donate today at https://donate.giveasyoulive.com/fundraising/mince-pies-and-memories-for-dementia-forward

 

 

North Yorkshire Police - Parcel Delivery Scam

North Yorkshire Police are warning residents to be vigilant against criminals looking to defraud them by posing as parcel delivery companies, as more people across the country are expected to shop online this Christmas than ever before.

Intelligence from UK Finance suggests that criminals are sending out phishing emails, purportedly from well-known delivery companies, which claim that they have been unable to deliver parcels, packages or large letters. These emails may ask the recipient to pay a fee or provide additional details in order to rearrange the delivery.

The public should also be aware of an increased risk of scam phone calls and texts impersonating delivery companies, as well as fake delivery notices posted through letterboxes. Similarly, these will ask for advance payment or for customers to provide information that is later used to defraud them.

Customers are typically tricked into clicking on links to seemingly genuine websites requesting personal and financial information such as their address, date of birth, mobile number or bank details, which are then used to commit fraud. In some cases, victims later receive a call from the criminal pretending to be from their bank’s fraud team, trying to persuade them to move their money to a safe account or reveal their pass codes.

Customers are advised to follow the advice of the Take Five to Stop Fraud campaign:

• Remember that criminals will send out phishing emails with links leading to fake websites used to steal personal and financial information. These emails may appear to be from trusted organisations and may use official branding to convince you they’re genuine. Always access websites by typing them into the web browser and avoid clicking on links in emails.

• Remain vigilant and check delivery notifications very carefully to ensure they are genuine. Emails, texts or cards through your letterbox may look very similar to those that are genuine but may use generic greetings, such as Dear Sir/Madam, or include spelling errors.

• Always question claims that you are due goods or services that you haven’t ordered or are unaware of, especially if you have to pay any fees upfront. Consider whether you’re expecting a delivery from the company named on the card.

• If you receive a delivery card through your letterbox which you do not believe is genuine and which asks you to dial a premium rate number, contact the company direct, using a number you know to be genuine.

• Customers can report suspected scam texts to their mobile network provider by forwarding them to 7726, and forward any suspicious emails to report@phishing.gov.uk, the National Cyber Security Centre’s (NCSC) suspicious email reporting service.

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: generalenquiries@northyorkshire.pnn.police.uk

 

     

Neighbourhood Watch News

As we approach the end of what has been a hugely challenging year with the prospect of restricted Christmas and New Year celebrations, we would like to deeply thank all our supporters and volunteers. The work you and so many others have done has been immensely beneficial to thousands of people and will continue to be of huge value into next year.

With nearly half (44%) of our new members surveyed since March wanting to actively help make their community a better place to live we couldn’t be more delighted this month to announce the winners of the Co-op and Neighbourhood Watch Neighbour of the Year Award 2020 and Young Neighbour of the Year Award 2021. The winners went above and beyond to support others in their community. In our winner’s words:

“I really believe that being a good neighbour is about looking out for each other, and I hope I’ve encouraged people to actively get out and support their community – even virtually.”.

We have so much to shout about this month from an inspiring listening to communities blog, to our successful bid to the National Lottery Community Covid-19 Fund, and much more. Read our newsletter to discover more.

Your sincerely,

NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH NETWORK, Central Support Team
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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: generalenquiries@northyorkshire.pnn.police.uk

Woodmeadow Trust Newsletter December 2020 Three Hagges Woodmeadow

 

SEASONS GREETINGS          

 

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Newsletter

December 2020

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OUR STORY

This year has certainly been challenging and one that none of us will forget in a hurry!  All charities have been badly hit and we have certainly felt the effect with the postponement of the majority of our events and education activities which has had a big impact on our fundraising.  Also, three Hagges Woodmeadow had to close for a time and our research and volunteer sessions were put on hold, however, we still have many achievements to celebrate and many people to thank for all their efforts during this difficult period.

  • We have just launched our new short film 'The Natural Capital of Woodmeadows' which explores how woodmeadow - a mixture of woodland and meadow - combines the biodiversity and natural capital of both habitats, helping to reduce the UK's catastrophic decline in biodiversity CLICK HERE TO WATCH FILM.
  • We are delighted that Dan Carne joined us in October as our new Woodmeadow Officer.  Dan is busy growing our ground-breaking woodmeadow initiative, designing, developing and establishing new woodmeadows across our region.  We are extremely grateful to the Esmee Fairbairn Foundation for the grant funding for this position.  
  • 1,113 invertebrate species have now been recorded at Three Hagges Woodmeadow.  What an amazing achievement! A wealth of insect pollinators, attracted by a huge diversity of wildflowers includes 34 bee species, 26 butterfly species and 43 hoverfly species.  Butterflies include the Dingy Skipper, a species usually found on chalky soil and unexpected in Escrick, Marbled White and Purple Hairstreak.  Bees include the red mason bee and wool carder bee, and bumblebees such as the tree bumblebee and red-tailed bumblebee.  None of these would have been found on the site when it was a barley field.  So far, the news of our achievement has been featured in 22 print and online press articles and at least one national newspaper CLICK HERE TO READ MORE.
  • A new first in 2020 is the sighting of the Dark Green Fritillary butterfly CLICK HERE TO READ about these ginger giants.
  • So far this year 48 wonderful volunteers have given us 1024 hours of their time with conservation work at Three Hagges Woodmeadow, help with our finances, research and outdoor activities.
  • We have taught over 200 children with three outdoor education sessions for local schools and our 'Back to School' and our 'Toddler Group' events which we held in August.
  • In July over 60 people attended 'Meadow Safari Day' our first, and only event of the year! Visitors enjoyed taking part in a range of safaris: Woodmeadow Safari, Snakes in the Grass, Beauty and the Minibeasts, Tales in the Woodmeadow and Butterflies led by volunteer experts.
  • We purchased four new contemplation benches for Three Hagges Woodmeadow.  The oak benches are featured in our new film (click on the film link in item one).
  • A great addition to Three Hagges Woodmeadow is the installation of of our Butterfly and Pond Life interpretation boards, which were kindly sponsored by Crombie Wilkinson Solicitors.
  • We were featured in the autumn Countryside Management Association Ranger Magazine with an article which encourages land managers and landowners to play a key role in the nature restoration by the creation of woodmeadows CLICK HERE TO READ.
  • Over the spring and summer we ran two blogs to encourage the public not to mow their grass so often and instead grow a garden woodmeadow CLICK HERE to read The Lawn; To Mow or not to Mow. CLICK HERE to read A Garden Woodmeadow.
  • We were invited to play a part in the Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) England Tree Strategy Consultation in July and we produced a film which demonstrates the benefits that woodland creation can bring CLICK HERE TO WATCH FILM.
  • In the spring we produced a short film 'Woodmeadow Matters' which explores the benefits and opportunities woodmeadow creation can bring CLICK HERE TO WATCH FILM.

We would like to say a huge thank you to all our supporters, including trustees, staff, volunteers, friends, ecological advisers, recorders, major and corporate benefactors, trusts and foundations, grant organisations and our sponsors.  We really couldn't have achieved so much this year without you all.

We wish you all a very happy and peaceful Christmas and we look forward to your support in 2021.

Professor Dave Raffaelli, Chair, Woodmeadow Trust

 

Events at Three Hagges Woodmeadow

31st Mar

Spring Lecture 2021: The Garden Jungle - how to save our insects

Our Spring Lecture will be given by Dave Goulson, Professor of Biology at University of Sussex, a specialist in bee ecology, publisher and author.

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30th Apr

Beginners Bumblebee ID Course

Learn the basics of identifying bumblebee species on this one-day course and gain all the skills you'll need to carry out a BeeWalk survey.

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08th Jul

Introduction to Umbellifers

This course will focus on the key differences between the members of this family, helping elucidate the guidebooks and enable the amateur to become proficient at determining what member of the Apiaceae they are looking at.

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Precept Consultation 2021 - 2022

Precept consultation 2021 / 2022

I am asking North Yorkshire residents how much they are willing to pay in their council tax bill for North Yorkshire Police and North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service.

The survey began on 16 December and is open until midnight on Wednesday 13 January 2021.

The survey can be completed online at www.telljulia.info.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

Thank you very much for your support.

Kind regards

Julia Mulligan
North Yorkshire Police Fire and Crime Commissioner

 

 

 

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