Author: FVCA

Amazon Scam Email Not from our Vicar

Several residents have reported receiving an email that claims to be sent from our vicar, Rev. Canon Sue Oliver, requesting the recipient to purchase Amazon Gift Cards.

These emails are coming from a masked email account micgan90@gmail.com

The email read something like:

“Here is what I want you to do for me because i’m busy now. I aimed at surprising some of our diligent officers with gift cards this week and this should be between us until they all get their cards. Therefore, I need Amazon Gift card of £100 face value each. I need 3 pieces of it amounting to £300. Get the physical card and scratch the back out and attach the scanned pictures showing the pin and email it to me. Can you get it done in 1 hour? “

Please do not carry out instructions. Please ensure your neighbours are aware.

Floral Art Competition

New competition open to residents, non-residents and community groups; Saturday 20th July

Your challenge is to create a work of art using flowers, the theme is Super Heroes.

CLASSES

  1. Children:              Under 9 yrs
  2. Children:              9yrs – 13 yrs
  3. Children:              13 yrs – 16 yrs
  4. Adults
  5. Community Groups

RULES

  1. Entry fee per work art of art, £1.00 for Adults & Community Groups classes and Free for Children’s classes.
  2. The maximum size of the work of art is 1 sq. metres.  The maximum height should not exceed 1 metre.
  3. Entries must be placed on display at St. Mark’s church by 11.00am on Saturday 20th July, the church will be open from 9.30am.
  4. All exhibits must be the unaided work of the competitor.
  5. An exhibit is composed of natural plant material with or without accessories.
  6. Natural plant material to predominate in all classes.
  7. The use of aerosols, paint and other sprays, glue guns and other electrical equipment in the Church is prohibited,
  8. Exhibits cannot be removed before the close of the show.
  9. Exhibits and competitors’ property will be at the entire risk of the competitor.
  10. The decision of the Judge is final.
  11. Gold & Silver Star Certificates will be award to deserving works of art for each category
  12. If it is deemed necessary by the Judge, these rules can change without notice;
  13. Even though this is a competition, it is a bit of fun.

Public viewing of entries will be from 1pm, winners will be announced at 3pm. A

Fake Tv Licensing Emails

Action Fraud has received more than 5,000 reports about fake emails and texts purporting to be from TV Licensing. The messages contain links to genuine-looking websites that are designed to steal personal and financial information. 

Always question unsolicited requests for your personal or financial information in case it’s a scam. Never automatically click on a link in an unexpected email or text.

For more information about how to stay safe online, visit cyberaware.gov.uk

Action Fraud has received more than 5,000 reports about fake emails and texts purporting to be from TV Licensing. The messages contain links to genuine-looking websites that are designed to steal personal and financial information. 

Always question unsolicited requests for your personal or financial information in case it’s a scam. Never automatically click on a link in an unexpected email or text.

For more information about how to stay safe online, visit cyberaware.gov.uk

What did you get for Christmas?

A new bike? Tools? Something a thief would like to acquire?

Have you thought about the security of your garden shed?

Consider marking your property and secure the shed with a sturdy lock 🔐

SmartWater property marking kits can be obtained from FVCA – for residents of Fairfield, Wildmoor & Stoneybridge FREE OF CHARGE admin@fvca.org

Café & Post Office

The Café is under new management, the Post Office remains unchanged.  National Lottery tickets can no longer be purchased from the Café or the Post Office.

Fire Crews Called to Farm Fire

At 1.33pm on Thursday 3rd January fire crews from Bromsgrove, Redditch & Stourbridge responded to a fire involving a tractor within an agricultural building in Fairfield. The quick thinking farmer had removed vehicle from building prior to Fire Service arrival – fire extinguished and area dampened down.

Bromsgrove District Council SCAM Alert

Bromsgrove District Council have been made aware of a SCAM email being sent to some of their residents which appears to be from their Council Tax department regarding over payments.
 

The link in the email takes you to a very good copy of the gov.uk website or the Council’s website and asks for lots of details – including mother’s maiden name etc.
 

Please be aware that this is a SCAM and the Council does not operate in this way. The Council will NEVER ask you for details like this. If you have any concerns or suspicions about correspondence ‘from us’ then please get in touch with the District Council to query it.
 

Please make family, friends and neighbours aware of this SCAM.

Libraries Public Consultation

Worcestershire County Council are doing at public service consultation at each of Worcestershire’s 23 libraries and their views on what the focus should be for the future of the library. If you could let others know in order to spread the message that would be great and would be a huge help to the libraries near you.

They are conducting a public consultation about the future of Worcestershire’s Library Service and would like as many people as possible to have their say on the potential future transformation options.

This is your opportunity to provide feedback, not only on the proposals themselves, but also on the longer-term future of our libraries and the community services they provide and support.

They will be running drop in sessions ( details below) at each of Worcestershire’s 23 libraries. These meetings are to engage with those who regularly use the library, and give them an opportunity to express their views in person. They would particularly like to hear from people and community groups, like yourselves who regularly use the libraries to deliver community support groups, children’s activities, business services, amongst many others, or have expressed an interest in doing so. The link to the public consultation survey here, as they really want to engage with as many people as possible.