Fake Covid-19 Vaccine Scam Text
Scammers continue to exploit the confusion and urgency of the coronavirus pandemic to commit fraud on unsuspecting victims – this time by way of a fake text claiming the recipient can get a dose of one of the newly-approved vaccines.
The bogus message, seen below, states that the recipient is entitled to a vaccine and to receive more information they should click on the link in blue.

Unfortunately these texts are completely fake and if the link is clicked the recipient is taken to a webpage, branded to look like a genuine NHS page, which requests to see ‘proof of ownership of address’ in the form of their bank account, sort code and a full bank card number.

Image of bogus webpage designed to steal information
Please do not give any bank or card details to make payment for a vaccine or to prove your residential address. Coronavirus vaccines are administered free of charge. Your surgery or the NHS will not ask for any money or bank details.
(N.B. Both the text message and the fake webpage it links to have spelling and grammatical errors which help to identify its illegitimacy but the scammers may get wise to that soon so don’t be fooled by a message that doesn’t appear to have such mistakes).
Beware also telephone calls claiming to be from NHS instructing you to press a key to confirm you’d like to receive the vaccine or asking for bank details as affirmation to receive the vaccine. Both are likely to result in financial fraud – either as a charge on your bill or unauthorised use of your bank account.
For genuine COVID-19 related advice including vaccination information, visit www.gov.uk and www.nhs.uk
Forward suspicious texts to 7726.

National Lockdown announced

A National Lockdown has been annouced which becomes law at one minute past midnght on Tuesday, January 5. Full information can be found on the .gov.uk/coronavirus website. During this time the play areas on the Millennium Green and Recreation Ground will remain open but please follow the guidelines regarding hygiene and social distancing. If anyone needs help with anything at all please contact the Parish Council. Stay safe all.


Online Marketplace Photo Scam
With the PlayStation 5, or PS5 as it’s known, completely sold out in all major retailers across the UK, purchasers are being warned of a cruel trick targeting those desperate to get their hands on the games console in time for Christmas.
Some sellers on eBay are listing photos or an empty box of the new next-generation games console in an attempt to mislead eager buyers to part with their hard-earned cash – with some selling for £550. Often the listings are accompanied by good quality pictures and a decent description but hidden amongst the small print is included ‘photo’ or ‘box only’ or a similar statement of the true product.

Fortunately eBay are committed to removing all listings for photos of PS5s from their marketplace. However, at the time of writing, we found 28 listings when we used the search term ‘PS5 photo’.
Whilst we know this is particularly prevalent on eBay and linked mostly to the highly-sought after PS5, the trick may also be used on other online marketplaces and/or for other high value items such as laptops and smartphones.
Please read all of the item title and item description carefully when buying items online and, if in doubt, ask the seller a question and document the answer for any future redress.
Banking Smishing Scams

Watch out for these ‘smishing’ (phishing by SMS) scams purporting to be from a bank and claiming that a new device has been paired with the recipient’s bank account. As with all phishing and smishing scams, the purpose of this is to trick you into clicking the link and parting with your banking or other personal details which the fraudster can then use to steal your money.
It’s not just Lloyds Bank’s good name that are being fraudulently used in this scam – this could also come from fraudsters using other bank names. Please be alert and warn others.
Royal Mail / Courier Scam
In case you missed this on our social media feeds or in recent news, please beware scam e-mails and texts that request payment to rearrange delivery of an undelivered parcel or item of mail. The message appears to be from Royal Mail or a recognised courier company and the victim is asked to provide card details for payment of a small fee, typically £1.99, to receive the fictitious undelivered item.
Remember you will never be asked to pay a redelivery fee by Royal Mail or other legitimate couriers. And just because a company logo is used doesn’t guarantee authenticity of the communication. Never input your bank or card information after following a link on any e-mail or text that claims to be from Royal Mail or another courier, because it will result in your card details being stolen by criminals.
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Christmas and New Year Waste Collection Arrangements

If your normal day is: Change to:

Monday December 21 Saturday December 19
Tuesday December 22 Monday December 21
Wednesday December 23 Tuesday December 22
Thursday December 24 Wednesday December 23
Monday December 28 Tuesday December 29
Tuesday December 29 Wednesday December 30
Wednesday December 30 Thursday December 31
Thursday December 31 Saturday January 2
Friday Janauary 1 Monday January 4
Monday January 4 Tuesday January 5
Tuesday January 5 Wednesday January 6
Wednesday January 6 Thursday January 7
Thursday January 7 Friday January 8
Friday January 8 Saturday January 9

The household recycling centres will close at 1pm on Christmas Eve and will be closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day. A booking system is now in place at all sites so if you are planning on visiting between Christmas and the New Year, book a slot today. Visit www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk for more information.

Christmas Tree Recycling
We are supporting East Anglia’s Children’s Hospice again this year who will be collecting real Christmas trees for recycling on Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th January.
To check availability and book your slot visit just-helping.org.uk/register-tree
Donations received from the Christmas tree collection provide vital funds for your hospice and other local charities.

Real trees can be placed by the side of the garden bin on collection day. If the tree is bigger than the bin we ask that it is chopped
in half.
The Household Recycling Centres will also take Christmas trees.

NHS Stay well this Winter

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We’re here to help you stay well this winter

This winter, it’s really important that we all remember that the NHS is here to help you stay well, safely.

We have been working hard to make changes to how healthcare is provided to make it safe for you during the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

If you’re worried about your health, don’t delay. The sooner you get advice, the better.

Depending on your symptoms, you can get advice from your local pharmacy, GP practice or NHS 111. For minor health concerns, your local pharmacist can help. GP practices offer remote consultations online or by phone, or if you need a face-to-face appointment, they will tell you what to do.

If you need medical help fast, think you need to go to an Emergency Department (A&E) or you’re not sure what to do, use NHS 111 first – online or by phone to get clinical advice or direction to the most appropriate services for treatment for you.

You can also help us to help you. If you are over 65, have a long-term health condition or are pregnant, it is more important than ever this year to ensure you have your free flu vaccination. Just speak to your GP or pharmacist to book an appointment. You can also find more information at www.nhs.uk/fluvaccine

Be sure to also stock up your medicine cabinet with winter self-care essentials too. Many over-the-counter medicines (including paracetamol and ibuprofen) are available to help relieve symptoms of common winter illnesses and you can find further information at www.nhs.uk

To help prevent further spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19) please follow current Government guidelines for the area you live in at all times. If you have any of the main symptoms of coronavirus it’s important you get tested as soon as possible. You can apply for a test online via www.nhs.uk/coronavirus, or by calling 119.

COVID-19 Community Update

Wednesday, 6 May 2020

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People across the region invited to celebrate VE Day @ Home
This Friday (8 May), marks the 75th anniversary of one of the most important and historic days in modern times – Victory in Europe (VE) Day – which brought an end to the Second World War in Europe and a return to peace.

With social distancing still part of our everyday lives, and events cancelled across the country, Cambridgeshire County and Peterborough City Councils were keen to ensure VE Day celebrations could still be upheld – this time in the comfort and safety of your own home.

In preparation for the event, Cllr Mac McGuire, Chairman of Cambridgeshire County Council and Armed Forces Covenant Board, shared with us his memories of serving in the Armed Forces, as well as his own personal experience of VE Day as a young boy. View his video on YouTube.

In the meantime, why not decorate your house, dress in red white and blue, or put some posters in your windows. There are plenty of ideas and resources here.

At 3pm on Friday you are invited to join a ‘virtual service’, with music, memories and speeches celebrating the occasions and paying tribute to the entire Second World War generation from British, Commonwealth and Allied Forces, to evacuees and those who served on the home front.

You will be able to watch the hour long event here, or you can listen live by tuning in to Cambridge 105 radio.

A virtual service to mark VE Day will be held by Peterborough Cathedral, led by the Dean Christopher Dalliston and Canon Ian Black, the Vicar of Peterborough.

The service will be broadcast as a live stream from 3pm on the Cathedral’s Facebook page and also as a video via the Cathedral’s website.


Virtual council meetings to begin in Peterborough
Group leaders have agreed a protocol to allow virtual formal meetings to take place at Peterborough City Council during the remainder of the Covid-19 emergency.

Council meetings will now be conducted using the Zoom software platform. They will be livestreamed on the council’s YouTube channel for members of the public and the media to watch – with the exception of confidential items – which will be discussed in private as usual.

Public questions can be submitted in written form for all Full Council meetings and will be published on the council’s website prior to the meeting taking place. Meetings will be recorded to allow people to watch them afterwards if they can’t log on during the event itself.

This protocol will allow the council to continue to conduct the vast majority of its democratic decisions remotely, while adhering to the Government’s social distancing guidelines -and follows legislation which came into force on 4 April.

A review of decisions has been prepared for the next three months and the urgency of each decision will be marked as either high, medium or low – only decisions marked as high or medium will be taken to council meetings. This document does not include monitoring or information items, as these will be circulated to councillors via email.

Training is now taking place with councillors to help them get used to the new system and the first meeting will be Cabinet at 2pm on Monday 11 May.

A similar process started at Cambridgeshire County Council at the end of last month.

Council meetings in Cambridgeshire are also handled by Cambridge City Council, East Cambridgeshire District Council, South Cambridgeshire District Council, Fenland District Council and Huntingdonshire District Council and they will run their own system for meetings. Please contact them for their details.


Huge thanks to volunteers supporting care leavers and vulnerable young people
Cambridgeshire County Council and Peterborough City Council have given their thanks to volunteers who have been supporting vulnerable young people during the Coronavirus outbreak.

After an earlier appeal, the Corporate Parenting team received donations of food, toiletries, baby products, nappies, cleaning products and more. The donations have been used to make hampers filled with the relief supplies for care leavers during isolation. Since lockdown measures were introduced, the team has distributed 71 hampers and been able to supply all essential items requested.

The team has also put in place measures to:

· Ensure all children and care leavers living in privately rented accommodation are safe and can afford their rent, and have access to food parcels.

· All care leavers returning from university are living in safe and suitable accommodation, or able to continue studies where necessary.

· Identify any young people who are living in semi-independent accommodation that might be at risk of homelessness if placements close.

Lou Williams, Service Director for Children & Safeguarding for Cambridgeshire County Council and Peterborough City Council, said: “I’d like to thank everyone that has helped our young people so far.”

Cambridgeshire County Council and Peterborough City Council have been given a £3,000 grant from Cambridgeshire Community Foundation to continue this service over the coming weeks. A further £5,000 grant has been handed to the two councils to provide laptops and pre-loaded memory sticks to enable young people to access technology.

Councillor Simon Bywater, Chairman of the Children and Young Peoples Committee at Cambridgeshire County Council, said: “I’d like to thank everyone who donated and the Corporate Parenting team for everything they are doing to make life a little easier for others.”

Councillor Lynne Ayres, Cabinet Member for Children’s Services, Education, Skills and the University at Peterborough City Council, said: “It’s fantastic to see people donating and making such a difference during this difficult time.

“The hampers are a brilliant way to provide support to care leavers and I’m very thankful to our teams who have made it happen.”


Peterborough councillor raises more than £2,100 with 26-hour music marathon
Last week Peterborough City councillor Asif Shaheed took part in the 2.6 challenge, a campaign launched to support struggling UK charities.

His DJ session has now live-streamed on Facebook and he has so far raised £2,126 for SHINE (Spina bifida, Hydrocephalus, Information, Networking, Equality) which provides specialist support for people living with spina bifida and/or hydrocephalus as well as to families, carers and professional care staff.

The Covid-19 crisis has seen charities having to reduce and stop services during a time when vulnerable people need them the most as well as the cancellation of thousands of fundraising events, potentially costing UK charities billions. With the help of those like Councillor Shaheed, many charities will still be able to utilise the benefits of fundraising, allowing them to continue supporting those in need during this crisis.

If you would like to help Councillor Shaheed raise funds for SHINE, you can still donate at his Just Giving page.


Local school shows its support for hard-working NHS Staff
Staff and pupils at the Harbour School, Wilburton wanted to recognise the hard work and incredible effort being shown by staff working at the Addenbrooks Intensive Care Unit.

Keen to ensure those on the frontline could keep their spirits and energy levels up, pupils and staff in attendance at the school have donated a box of goodies with various food items and a number of hand-painted rainbows.

Lise Sudgen, headteacher at the school for boys from 5-16 years who have an Education, Health and Care plan (EHCP), said: “This is a difficult time for everyone, but I’m really proud that our boys took the time to think about our incredibly hardworking NHS staff. They wanted to show that we are all thinking about them and we care. Our own staff here at Harbour have been brilliant too and were only too keen to help. We hope it cheers up their day.”


Month-long reading challenge launched in Peterborough’
Youngsters in Peterborough currently learning at home have been given a reading challenge to enjoy this month.

Peterborough Celebrates Reading has launched a 31-day reading challenge to be carried out throughout May, aiming to improve a child’s literacy skills.

Each day sees a literary based challenge; from reading under the covers with a torch to writing a book review, reading to someone you live with to writing your own story set in Peterborough.

The Peterborough Celebrates Reading initiative is a year-long celebration that began last summer, organised by Peterborough City Council, The National Literacy Trust, Vivacity and City College Peterborough.

It’s not too late to catch up, find out what you have been missing and see today’s challenge on their Facebook page or jump straight to the challenge here.


How have changes in health and care affected you?
Healthwatch Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, the independent champion for people using health and care services in our area, is calling for people to share how they have been affected by changes in health and care services due to the Covid-19 outbreak.

Public feedback is essential as it highlights how the local NHS and care services are managing. By feeding back people’s experiences to those running the healthcare system, local people should be better protected.

Some residents have already reported difficulty getting their medication from pharmacies, which has since been fed back.

With so many temporary changes to health and care, it can seem unclear how and where to get help. However, the Healthwatch Information Service, which is free for anybody to contact, can help point people in the right direction and explain what their options are.

Call Healthwatch Cambridgeshire and Peterborough on 0330 355 1285, text 0752 0635 176 or visit their website.

Sandie Smith is the Healthwatch Cambridgeshire and Peterborough CEO. Click here to watch her YouTube vlog.

Reopening of Household Recycling Centres

Re-opening of Household Recycling Centres
Cambridgeshire County Council is working with its partner Amey to put plans in place to re-open the County’s Household Recycling Centres from Monday 11 May.
It is the Council’s intention to open all nine of its sites.
The plans will make sure that visits to the HRC are safe for residents as well as for employees – with measures in place to ensure social distancing on site. The plans have been prepared jointly with Public Health England.
Each of the nine HRCs in the county also has a detailed traffic management plan, drawn up in partnership with Skanska and in consultation with Cambridgeshire Constabulary, to limit the impact on roads around each site.
Local Government secretary Robert Jenrick ‘s statements over the weekend gave councils in England and Wales the green light to plan site openings as part of a gradual easing government lockdown measures.
Further details will be provided later in the week about what each Cambridgeshire site will receive, however some of the key conditions of opening will include:
A limit to vehicle numbers on site – in the same way as limits on customers in supermarkets
No more than two adults to be allowed to unload any one vehicle
No staff assistance to unload vehicles
No vans or trailers that require a permit
It is advised that journeys to the Household Recycling Centres should only be undertaken if waste or recycling cannot be stored at home without causing risk of injury to health or harm.
People who must continue to stay away from these sites are those who are or have anyone in their household, suffering from Covid-19 symptoms, or have been diagnosed as having the virus.


Cambridgeshire County Council and Peterborough City Council both agreed to close their sites on 24 March in response to Government guidance on essential travel. All other authorities in the region also closed their sites and over 90% nationally have done so.