December 14, 2018

Thank You Litter Pickers

What a pile! Thank you to all the litter pickers who helped out over the weekend and collected many,many bags of rubbish from our paths and verges. Both villages are looking much smarter.

About 25 litter pickers of all ages helped collect rubbish. As usual the ‘finds’ were varied from cans, glass bottles, crisp packets, food wrappers to the more unexpected traffic cones, a pair of waders, CDs, gloves, Yellow pages, toys and some other grim items that I won’t mention! After all the collecting, volunteers met at the Village Hall and were rewarded with tasty bacon sandwiches and a cup of tea. A special mention should go to Peter for collecting all the bags in his trailer and to Angela for very organised bacon sandwich making!

Not only is litter unsightly and unhygienic for us humans, our local pets and wildlife are at risk from litter. Thousands of animals are injured every year by litter and so we have helped our local wildlife too. Thank you to all those who joined the Parish Council to help.

February WI Meeting

This month our speaker was Inspector Andy Everitt our Ryedale Police Commander talking about his work.

As might be expected, we also welcomed many visitors for this interesting evening.

After joining the police, Andy worked in Thames Valley Police and was stationed at Reading until 1991 then moved on to working as a trainer at the Thames Valley Police training school at Sulhamstead. Eventually posted to York, he performed a variety of operational uniform sergeant roles before being promoted to Inspector.

We were told that reassuringly Ryedale has one of the lowest crime rates in the country (only Broadland (Norfolk) and the Scilly Isles are lower) with much work undertaken to maintain this level and to reduce crime and anti-social behaviour further. We also heard about the ‘stronger families’ agenda being pursued by multi agency action in a bid to prevent some children sleep walking into a life of crime in adulthood.

We heard how belonging to a Neighbourhood Watch scheme really can help reduce crime. Recently, poachers had been caught after a phone call from a concerned resident in Ryedale.

We had a visual demonstration (courtesy of one of our members!) of the arrest procedure including the use of handcuffs, leg restraints and – such is an officer’s life these days, latex gloves and ‘spit bags’ to place over the head if required.

We were introduced to the police radio, stab proof vests, heard how the extendable baton is used as a last resort and how effective the CS gas canister can be (all police trainees are sprayed apparently, to know what it feels like). Thankfully, the taser was on duty elsewhere!

After arrest, we were then taken through the custody procedures.

There was a lively Q& A session including such topics as citizens’ arrest, the use of reasonable force in defending oneself and how we can expect to see more of our PCSO in our villages.

Overall, the evening was a great success.

Neighbour Hood Watch

The following message received from the North Yorkshire Police Community Messaging Service

[Notice to Appear in Court scam]

Please be aware of a recent notification of an email scam entitled Notice to Appear in Court or similar wording that changes periodically. The official looking message indicates it has being sent from the police and does look very plausible. The recipient is asked to download a copy of the ‘court notice’ attached, which is likely to contain a virus.

If you do receive this type of email, please contact Action Fraud either by telephone on 0300 123 2040 or online via the following link

Neighbourhood Watch

The following message received from the North Yorkshire Police Community Messaging Service

[Suspicious vehicles Ryedale]

The following vehicles were reported to the police on 15 February 2014, occupants suspected of possible poaching. Any sightings please ring 101.

In Sand Hutton near Malton a red Fiesta partial registration number X368.

In the Hovingham area a white Transit registration number NV03CLN.

Neighbour Hood Watch

The following message has been received from the NYP Safer Neighbourhood Team on behalf of Barclays Bank Fraud Team:

‘Courier Fraud’ Scams

Please be aware of a growing scam where fraudsters are posing as bank staff or police to dupe people into withdrawing and handing over cash, handing over their card and PIN, or transferring funds to the fraudsters account. Fraudsters often target older and more vulnerable members of the community and many victims have lost their life savings.

The scam begins with a phone call. Fraudsters pose as bank staff or the police and use various stories to trick people into thinking they are a victim of bank account fraud. In most cases a courier is sent to collect cards or money. Sometimes people are duped into transferring money to a fraudster’s account, believing they are moving money to a safe account in their own name.

To add authenticity to the story, the victim may be asked to hang up and call the police control room or the bank to confirm what the caller is saying. However, the caller doesn’t hang up the phone at their end and so the victim unknowingly remains on the line with the fraudster. Reassured that they have verified the story with the police or with their bank, the victim then follows the fraudster’s instructions.

Although the approach can vary, here are some examples of how of people have been tricked:

  1. The caller poses as the bank’s fraud department and claims there is a problem with the customer’s card. The customer will be duped into handing over their debit/credit card to a courier and revealing their PIN, having been convinced this is necessary to keep their account safe. Sometimes a replacement card is given by the courier but the card is not a real bank card.
  2. The caller poses as a police officer and tells the victim that their local bank branch is under investigation. The victim is asked to go to the branch and withdraw cash that can be forensically examined to prove the branch is using fake notes. The fraudsters often try and add authenticity to the request by saying that there will be undercover Police watching them all the time and may ask that money is put in bags so that fingerprints are preserved.
  3. The caller poses as police and asks whether certain transactions are genuine, for example whether the victim used their card to pay for goods at Harrods or another large store. The caller claims they have arrested someone who was using their card in the store and that it is linked to corruption in their local bank branch. The victim is asked to withdraw cash and hand it over to the police for ‘use in the investigation’ or for ‘safekeeping’.

The victim may be duped into disclosing online banking or telephone banking security codes, which the fraudster uses to transfer money between the customer’s accounts to make it look like money has been put into their account to cover the cash they have been asked to withdraw.
Banks try to protect their customers where possible, but it is really important that people are aware of these scams and take steps to protect themselves.

Stay alert, follow these tips and share them with your loved ones:

  • Banks and Police will never ask you to give your card to a courier, withdraw and hand over cash or transfer funds to another account
  • Never hand over cards, money or details at your door to anyone saying they are a courier company or a policeman
  • Never tell anyone your card PIN or enter it into a telephone
    Treat all unsolicited calls with caution
  • Don’t assume a caller is genuine just because they know some personal details about you or because they say they’re from a legitimate organisation
  • When calling back to verify the details, use a different phone line or call someone you trust first to ensure the call was properly disconnected
  • If you’re worried you have fallen victim to one of these scams, contact your bank and your local Police

Neighbourhood Watch

The following message has been received from the Safer Neighbourhood Team at North Yorkshire Police:

There has been an increase in thefts of heating oil. Please check your tank on a regular basis and report anything suspicious immediately.
To report non emergency incidents or to respond to a request for information please call Tel No 101.

Caroline’s Garden Diaries 31.12.2013: Coming Full Circle

New Year’s Eve, and here I am again with a bud of Iris unguicularis opening in a vase, and admiring pots of Primula malacoides, plants that began this diary at the start of the year. Garden’s come full circle. Not surprising on a planet that has goes a full circle round the sun, that’s what a year is.

But it’s not exactly the same as last year, earth and moon wobble around on cycles of their own, sun spots change the weather, time passes, things happen. On a miniscule human scale of one person growing some seed, the Fairy Primroses are different this year – tried different seed company, American, to see if colour range is better; no, it’s not and unusually for American things, plants are smaller, while those from Chiltern Seeds are very healthy plants, many of them a lovely lavender colour.

Would be normal to sum up the year at this point, part of clearing out the old, but don’t really feel like it; summings up are often “highlights” and “10 top things” and those doesn’t capture my sense of what gardening is about. Could follow Helen Yemm’s garden piece in the newspaper that talks of things to do next year; had a couple of thoughts like that, especially as the Chiltern Seed catalogue has just arrived with message to “grow something new from seed” – maybe a Ginkgo? Now that’s an idea for 2014, I’d love to see baby leaves of oldest known flowering plant.

No, my bigger picture for the year is the wonder and glory of the changing seasons, through cold dry spring, cold early summer, to warm long days of later summer, beautiful mild autumn, and now windy wet winter. Shoots have pushed up, leaves unfurled, buds have opened, flowers delighted, leaves went fiery colours and fell, now there’s seed-heads and bare twigs against the sky. We’ve been round the sun – what a journey we had.

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Community Library

The Community Library will not be open on either Monday 23rd or Monday 30th December. It will reopen on Monday 6th January.

During January I will begin the process of refreshing the library stock so if anyone has any paperback fiction in good condition or (auto)biographies that they’ve finished with, please either drop off at the library or give me a ring. Thanks. Angela. Tel 468396

Caroline’s Garden Diaries 15.12.13: The Dead of Winter

Have always loved the phrase “the very dead of winter”, I think my mum used it, she was always quoting poems; it is from T. S. Eliot’s The Journey of the Magi, a favourite of ours. To me, it doesn’t feel like “the worst time of the year” as in the poem – perhaps because I’m not a King on a refractory sore-footed camel – but rather gives me a feeling of everything stilled, asleep, waiting; it’s cold, yes, but there’s warmth in the peace.

And actually in the garden, although we’re nearly at the solstice, the very dead of day, there’s still a lot of life; still nerines in flower, if fading fast; still apples everywhere; still odd flowers showing unexpected flickers of colour. Even better than life hanging on, there’s also new life out there. This week, scraping leaves off the lawn where the first snowdrops always come up, can’t believe it, the first grey points are appearing!
And then I noticed a flower on the winter iris, I. unguicularis. Not only one but at least another eight nearly out! Eliot’s poem again, a Birth in the very dead of winter.


One of the Chinese witch hazels is also covered in buds though they won’t open yet, Hamamelis being one of those plants that give you a lot of warning about what you’re going to get when their time comes. Magnolias the best example; even now, months before they flower, they have thrillingly fat buds. Look forward to seeing them, and some beautiful scented flowers on the witch hazel, but other side of the coin, I know that the other witch hazel is going to disappoint – no buds so no flowers. At least there’s lots of little fat pink catkins on new purple hazel.

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Knit & Natter Gathering

The next meeting of Sand Hutton and Claxton Knit and Natter is on Monday 7th October. 10.00am to 12 noon. All welcome, knitters or not, from far or near.
More details from Rachel on 01904 468336