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Be Part Of The Pick This September

The Great British September Clean
11-27 September 2020

Fairfield Village Community Association is thrilled to support  Keep Britain Tidy’s launch of the Great British September Clean.

We’re calling on you – our #LitterHeroes – to be part of the pick and do your bit to care for the environment on your doorstep, as we join forces to collect and safely dispose of litter from our community’s roads and open spaces.

So join us, as we stand together and declare that litter – which degrades the beauty of our environment and threatens to harm wildlife – is not acceptable.

There’s two ways you can get involved and show support for the Great British September Clean:

1. Organise a private group clean-up with up to five family & friends.

2. Pledge to do your own individual clean-up, you can give as little as 15 minutes to the campaign.

To join us in tidying up Fairfield, Wildmoor and Stoneybridge, pledge your support visit https://www.keepbritaintidy.org/get-involved/support-our-campaigns/great-british-spring-clean/

If you need to borrow litter picking equipment email admin@fvca.org.uk

Drink Driver Stopped

Yesterday morning (Sunday 5th July), the police reported that overnight a motorist was arrested for providing a positive roadside breath test in Fairfield. The driver of the vehicle provided a further reading of 73 in custody, charged and left to sober up in an en-suite room in custody.

Community Salutes the NHS and All Key Workers

At 5pm yesterday evening (5th July), residents from across Fairfield, Wildmoor & Stoneybridge came out on their doorsteps to wish the NHS a Happy 72nd Birthday and applauded all Key Workers for their service.

Key Safe and Bin Theft

Recently a resident in Pepperwood has experienced the theft of their key safe, which was prised from the wall, and on a separate occasion their wheelie bin (not on a bin day).

If you know or have information relating to these thefts please contact the police.

NHS test and trace – fraud awareness

If NHS Test and Trace calls you by phone, the service will be using a single phone number 0300 0135 000. The only website the service will ask you to visit is https://contact-tracing.phe.gov.uk.

If NHS Test and Trace calls you by phone, the service will be using a single phone number 0300 0135 000. The only website the service will ask you to visit is https://contact-tracing.phe.gov.uk.”

Contact tracers will never:

• Ask you to dial a premium rate number to speak to us (for example, those starting 09 or 087)

• Ask you to make any form of payment

• Ask for any details about your bank account

• Ask for your social media identities or login details, or those of your contacts

• Ask you for any passwords or PINs, or ask you to set up any passwords or PINs over the phone

• Ask you to purchase a product

• Ask you to download any software to your device or ask you to hand over control of your PC, smartphone or tablet

• Ask you to access any website that does not belong to the Government or NHS

If you think you have been subjected to, or a victim of, a scam or attempted fraud using Track and Trace or any other fraud please call 101 or contact Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040. If you or someone else is in immediate danger or risk of harm dial 999 now.

Fake Amazon callers trying to defraud West Mercia residents

Residents across West Mercia have been receiving telephone calls from fraudsters claiming to be from Amazon and have successfully defrauded victims of around £70,000 in the last 24 hours.

The scam involves a fraudsters stating that the recipient is eligible for an Amazon refund. The victim then follows a series of instructions from the criminal caller who then gains access to their bank details and removes their funds.

The West Mercia Police Economic Crime Unit is warning people who have been receiving these calls that this is a scam.

Detective Inspector Emma Wright “Please remember that no legitimate company, organisation, government body or police force will ever ask for you bank details, ask you to transfer money or offer to transfer money into your account. While we are working hard to make everyone aware of these scams and identify these criminals and bring them to justice the public can help us by helping each other; by telling vulnerable and elderly friends, neighbours and relatives who may not have seen the news or social media messages that these scams exist and what they can do. Together we will make it impossible for these fraudsters to take advantage of those more vulnerable in our communities.”

“We are advising all reports of these calls to be passed onto actionfraud.police.uk, and reminding computer users to evaluate their online safety. Tips include: ensuring you have up to date security software, using secure passwords and regularly backing up your data.

“If you are able to, I would recommend visiting actionfraud.police.uk, who have a detailed information such as below about what to look out for.

”Always question uninvited approaches in case it’s a scam. Instead, contact the company directly using a known email or phone number.

“Have the confidence to refuse unusual requests for personal or financial information. It’s easy to feel embarrassed when faced with unexpected or complex conversations. But it’s fine to stop the discussion if you do not feel in control of it. Never install any software or visit a website as a result of a cold call. Unsolicited requests for remote access to your computer should always raise a red flag.

“If you have received such a call and have provided personal details, which has led to funds being removed, it is advised that you contact your bank immediately and contact police on 101.”

Retro Run For Charity

Due to the current situation, the annual Retro Run is gonna try something a little different this year.  With your help, Retro Run 2020 will span the Midlands and beyond!!

Over the coming weeks post a picture of you and yours on a ride, try to make it interesting with fancy dress, funky bikes and for a bonus point why not fish out a vintage Retro Run t-shirt!

Post your pics on the Retro Run Facebook page & hashtag #retrorun2020 Get them posted by the 4th July..

Best entry picture wins a prize!!!  The winner will be revealed on the 4th July via a live stream.

To help raise funds for this year’s chosen charity, please make a donation to the JustGiving page for Dodford Children’s Holiday Farm https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/retrorun2020 .

So come on, join in and let’s have some fun!

*Please remember social distancing

Fairfield Villa Reserves Withdrawn

Fairfield Villa have announced, with regret, that that they have decided to withdraw their reserve team from the MFL reserve league for the season 20/21.

Dave Smith, the Reserve’s Tea Manager, has decided to step down, to be spend more time with his family, and the Club has made the difficult decision to discontinue the Reserve team.  Dave will still stay on as a committee member.

Dave said “I have enjoyed my time at a wonderful club however family commitment are such I needed to step away and concentrate on home life.”  “I’ll look to recharge the batteries and who knows what will happen.”

Fairfield Villa Football Club would like to place on record their thanks to Dave Smith, his staff and the players for their hard work and effort over the last 2 seasons.

The Club Chairman said “It has been a pleasure to have Dave at the club he has been a model reserve team manager who understands his role and does it very well. Let’s hope it’s not the last we see of him at our club”

Keith Draper, Manager of the First Team, has extended a welcome to the reserve team players to continue at the Club pre-season as they prepare for the new season.

Lighting Column to be Replaced

Following a column strength testing, a Stourbridge Road street light column near the north planter is deemed to be a ‘category 5 status’  and thus in a potentially dangerous condition and as such Worcestershire County Council will be arranging for its removal.    It’s not a given that a new column will go in the same day but that should occur shortly afterwards.