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NHW Card Defenders available

From Thames Valley Neighbourhood Watch Association

With the considerable increase in the number and variety of cons and scams, thieves are adapting their methods to come up with new ways to share your personal data and other information.  On most new credit or debit cards, you will see a wireless symbol which informs you that your card uses Radio Frequency identification – RFID technology.  This allows you to simply tap your card on card-readers to make payments up to £30.

However, this comes with security risk, as criminals can create an RFID reader with minimal effort and steal your details.  They can also download an app onto their Smartphones to achieve the same results.  They only need to brush past your pocket or bag with their device to do this.  You might not even notice it happening. Continue reading NHW Card Defenders available

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Stop! Think! They never let you go!

Don’t swim with the Loan Sharks this Christmas

As the Christmas shopping season gets into full swing, Chiltern District Council’s Community Safety Team is asking people to think again before borrowing money to avoid debt spiralling out of control.

At this time of year it is all too easy to get persuaded to use high cost  ‘buy now pay later’  catalogues, payday loans, doorstep lenders and even loan sharks.  All these sources of credit will lead to high interest rates and, in the case of loan sharks, intimidation and possibly harm.  Check out the following advice:-  Continue reading Stop! Think! They never let you go!

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Prestwood Commuter Cab Service

From Prestwood to Great Missenden Station @ £2 a head

Message from Kingshill Cars:

We can transport you for £4 a day to and from Prestwood.  The timetable is designed to get you to the fast trains and pick you up from the same as well.

Why are we doing this?  Because we are aware that there is a huge parking problem in Great Missenden so if we can help people to leave their car at home we will.

If you regularly commute and would like to use such a service at a particular time then please get in touch with anna@kingshillcars.co.uk

The timetable for the Prestwood Commuter Cab and further information on Kingshill Cars’ other services, eg. Share-A-Fare, are on their website.

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Planning Ahead for Winter

Affordable Warmth service may bring you in from the cold

More people living in Chiltern and South Bucks districts will qualify for help in keeping their homes warm this winter,  thanks to changes in setting the criteria for Energy Company Obligation grants.

Both Councils support the Affordable Warmth Network which provides help and advice to anyone struggling to keep their home warm and pay their energy bills.  The Affordable Warmth Network is affiliated to the National Energy Foundation, aimed at improving use of energy in the homes.  Continue reading Planning Ahead for Winter

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Spring into action at Sprinters

Sprinters is continuing its “no joining fee offer” to Prestwood Village Association subscribers interested in signing up at Sprinters to get fit for 2017.

All you need do is show Reception your latest emailed PVA newsletter on your mobile prior to registering, or  take a print-out of it with you.

If you’d like to join Sprinters but aren’t a subsciber to the PVA emailed monthly newsletter, then join up to receive it – PVA will bring the local news to you monthly and you can also take advantage of Sprinters’ offer…

http://www.better.org.uk/leisure-centre/chiltern/sprinters

Visit the Sprinters display stand at the PVA’s AGM/Social evening in the Village Hall on Tuesday 25 April (doors open 7pm) to find out more.

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Sprinters Leisure Centre Changing Room Refurbishment

Sprinters are delighted to announce that  their Gym Changing Rooms have been transformed.    Extensive work through January has seen the rooms update massively.   New floors and shower cubicles as well as new hair dryers and hair straighteners have been added and feedback has been great.

Come down to Sprinters and see for yourself!

Also, as a New Year starter, Sprinters are offering a no joining fee offer to Prestwood Village Association subscribers interested in signing up at Sprinters to get fit for 2017.

All you need do is show Reception your latest emailed PVA newsletter on your mobile prior to registering, or  take a print-out of it with you.

If you’d like to join Sprinters but aren’t a subsciber to the PVA emailed monthly newsletter, then join up to receive it – PVA will bring the local news to you monthly and you can also take advantage of Sprinters’ offer…

http://www.better.org.uk/leisure-centre/chiltern/sprinters

 

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Our bright and enticing village store and Post Office

Wow……. The Prestwood Post Office and Village Store refurb is absolutely brilliant.

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What an achievement – a light and friendly store with accessible shelves and plenty of space for everything. Rimple & Sukh have done us proud – and, in return, it’s up to us to support our local family-run Post Office and independent village store to ensure it’s a thriving continuing business.  Rimple and Sukh’s message to everyone is:

“We need a little support from everyone, in the shop as well as the Post Office – all our ranges have increased; we also stock MALT ales now too, and we really need our village to get behind us to support our ongoing success.” Continue reading Our bright and enticing village store and Post Office

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Sweet Charity’s 5th Anniversary this week

Update from Marilyn Humphreys:

Following an idea of a small group of local people, Sweet Charity opened its doors at the end of October 2010. It is registered with the Charities Commission and is now also registered as a business under the name S C Chiltern Ltd trading as Sweet Charity.

The team is comprised of three directors, a board of eleven trustees and approximately 25 volunteers who run the shop on a day-to-day basis Each member of the team gives their time freely and all profits are donated to local groups, societies and other charities within the parish of Great Missenden.

In addition to the volunteers, Sweet Charity also relies heavily on the generosity of local people for all their shop donations and purchases. We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone – the volunteers and our community.  Continue reading Sweet Charity’s 5th Anniversary this week

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The future of our local library

Co-production – Divest – Share – or buy?

Today, faced with the latest stringent and higher than anticipated cuts in funding, Bucks CC needs to reduce its spending further. One of the knock-on effects of this has been to force County Hall to look at alternative ways of providing the whole library service.  Mike Bennett, Chairman of the Great Missenden Library Liaison Group, would like to hear your views on how our local library should move forward – please leave your comments below this news item, composed by Mike, so that he can see your views, providing scope for open debate and, hopefully, proposals for future decision-making.   Deadline for comment on this website is 25th September so that Mike can feedback to Bucks CC by their end September-deadline.   Continue reading The future of our local library

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Get real … don’t buy fakes

Message sent by Thames Valley Police –  Action Fraud (Action Fraud, Administrator, National)

People looking for a cheap designer bargain online are being targeted by fraudsters advertising fake designer goods. The items received are usually cheap and inferior counterfeits of handbags, clothes and sunglasses amongst other things.

The general rule is ‘if it looks too good to be true then it probably is.’ Designer products sold at heavily discounted prices are an immediate sign that something isn’t quite right.

What can you do to protect yourself?

  • Where possible, buy from well-known, High Street retailers. If you’ve never heard of a firm, or it is based overseas, be sceptical.
  • Avoid paying by cheque or bank transfer.  Use PayPal or a credit card as they will give you additional protection.
  • Search the internet. Type the website you are buying from and look for reviews of what others customers are saying about the company. Bad customer service feedback usually finds their way online quite quickly.
  • Check for spelling mistakes or poor grammar on websites as this may suggest the website has been put together by a fraudster.
  • Sign up to Action Fraud Alert at https://www.actionfraudalert.co.uk/ to keep you updated with what’s going on.

If you believe that you have been a victim of fraud you can report it online http://www.actionfraud.police.uk/report_fraud or by telephone 0300 123 2040.

An interesting website to refer to is http://www.a-cg.org/

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