Wednesday, 6 January 2021

SCAM ALERT - re: COVID-19 vaccine


If you’re a member of Online Watch Link you might have spotted an alert to a scam. It texts people saying they are eligible to apply for the vaccine and to click on the link in the text message. The link goes to a very legitimate-looking website where it asks them to complete some details, in order for them to be able to apply for the vaccine. The text asks for different personal details including date of birth and card payment details. 

Please spread the word that this is not a valid text to patients; the NHS will never contact them for these kinds of details, and the vaccine is free. 

You can read more about this scam on the OWL website:

Monday, 9 November 2020



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Friday, 6 November 2020

Hertfordshire Local Resilience Forum Stakeholder Update

A message from Cllr Linda Haysey, Leader of East Herts Council, and Chair of the community reassurance cell of the Local Resilience Forum 

Dear stakeholder, As the new national restrictions come into force, it is important that everyone in Hertfordshire plays their part and follows the new Covid-19 lockdown measures in order to address the rising infection rates in the county ahead of the festive period. 

Specifically, this means following the new Government restrictions to stay at home, with more detailed information available at We need to act now in order to protect those vulnerable and older residents, as well as protecting the NHS during the winter period which is already seeing rising hospital admissions. 

We have seen a significant rise in Covid-19 cases over the past few weeks across the whole of Hertfordshire, affecting not only those of working age, but also older, more vulnerable residents. 

We are calling for all residents to play their part and stay at home as much as possible during this period – and to only make essential journeys for very specific purposes. We must do all we can to ensure that the new restrictions are not extended over a longer period. 

Partners can keep up to date with county wide and district data by accessing this dashboard


Thursday, 29 October 2020

CAREbank November News

- Results from the Social Connection and Internet Survey 
- Scam Awareness

Social Connection and Internet Access Survey - Action Plan 
We are delighted that 16% of our residents in The Hadhams, The Pelhams, The Hamlets and Albury took part in our social connection and internet access survey with 53 of the 290 participants asking for support with their digital technology needs to help them manage more easily alongside Covid restrictions.

Top of our residents' list of concerns is Scams, security and cost. And top of their wishlists for help is video calls to connect with NHS appts/friends and family, help with ordering food and medicines online, accessing other services, entertainment and exercise classes. Also many would like to tailor their digital tablets to their needs or improve their broadband connection.

During November we will be contacting via email or phone, all those who have asked for help via this survey to find out how they can be best supported up to Christmas and beyond with the digital technology.

We will begin by sending them some information with links to very useful information about Scams etc and we will then organise one to one telephone support until it is safe to run regular workshops in our Hadhams’ village halls, probably from the new year onwards. Please get in touch with Claire on 07595 674241 if you would like to be added to our support list.

Scam Awareness 
Join a free 30 mins scams awareness zoom session during November

Join in and learn how to protect yourself and loved ones from scams

This initiative has been running for four years and half a million people have already completed the free scams awareness session . This aims to protect and prevent you from becoming a victim of scams by empowering you to take a stand against scams. 

A new hotline has been launched by the the government & Crimestoppers, to stop fraudsters illegally targeting Covid stimulus schemes. Call the Covid Fraud Hotline on 0800 587 5030 anonymously and free of charge to report suspected fraudulent activity. 




Wednesday, 30 September 2020


A resident has warned others of a scam she narrowly avoided.

29th September 2020 11.05 – 11.10 a.m

Received a call from Crime Awareness UK who said they were in the area for next couple of days.  They were something like ‘safer neighbourhood’ and were calling on people to install a system.  At first I thought it was police notifying us that they were in the area and teaching us track and trace.  The lady said they would be carrying police authorisation when they arrived.  They would need to see equipment that we have, which I took to mean mobiles, phones and laptops, etc.  The lady wanted to make an appointment for them to call.  I asked if that means they wanted to come in, but she said the appointment could be in the garden.  Bob was not going to be here for the day they were suggesting and, as I was suspicious, I passed her over to Bob to get his view.  He was told that they would need to see burglar alarms, detectors, etc.  He was given a case number.  Each time Bob mentioned the police the lady seemed to back off a bit.  It was left that someone would call back to make an appointment for the following day.

I didn’t have anyone’s name and, unfortunately, the phone number didn’t show on our phone due to a BT upgrade, but someone has since called back to make the appointment.  I told them my Husband was out and they gave me a number to ring to make the appointment, but I won’t speak to them again now that we have that information.

We then tried to get Neighbourhood Watch, without success, so called 101.  The lady there made a report, told me to have nothing more to do with Crime Awareness UK by phone or at the door and to keep doors locked.  She then passed me to Action Fraud, who also made a report.

Out of interest, I was told by Action Fraud that you can check telephone numbers to see if they have been reported as scam numbers at:-  This website also tells you some details about the calls.

Friday, 4 September 2020

Drive-In Movie Night

Thu 24 Sep 2020 6:45 pm - 10:30 pm
Church Lane, Stapleford, SG14 3PA


Rocketman is an epic musical fantasy charting Elton John's early, breakthrough years. It is an inspirational biopic about his life and music, beginning at a crucial moment of emotion and flux ... and then backtracking to show us how he got there. 

The film follows the transformational journey of a shy piano-playing prodigy from Watford, a journey that saw the metamorphosis of an unremarkable Reginald Dwight into the international superstar Elton John. A string of Elton John's most beloved songs are performed by Taron Egerton, telling the story of the small-town boy who became one of the world's most iconic pop figures. 

ROCKETMAN also stars Jamie Bell as the long time lyricist and writing partner Bernie Taupin, Richard Madden as Elton's first manager, John Reid, and Bryce Dallas Howard as Elton's mother Sheila Farebrother. 

The Rotary Club of Hertford Shires and the Little Hadham Village Hall Volunteers invite you to a Film Night in support of Rotary Good Causes and Little Hadham Village Hall. 

Come and watch ROCKETMAN in a field.