Community News and Information

Lindford completed its Village Appraisal in March 2002, and the Parish Council decided that we should build on this to produce a Parish Plan, setting out priorities for the village

On this page you can view:

 

·        Useful telephone numbers and local information

·        Lindford and environs community events

·        Local news

·        Whitehill/Bordon regeneration

·        Police and crime information

 

LINDFORD AND ENVIRONS COMMUNITY EVENTS

 

Citizens Advice drop-in sessions at Woodlands Hall

(Posted 15.01.20) Free advice, information and support will continue to be provided by Citizens Advice East Hampshire at monthly drop-in sessions in Headley Down in 2020. The local charity will be at Woodlands Hall, Headley Down, on the second Monday of every month from 10am-12 noon. Citizens Advice can help with all kinds of problems people may face in their lives, such as money problems, issues with welfare benefits, housing matters and consumer issues.

Citizens Advice East Hampshire already has main offices in Whitehill & Bordon, Petersfield and Alton but outreach services such as the one at Woodlands Hall, supported by a grant from Headley Parish Council, aim to be more accessible to the community. Cllr Julie Butler, East Hampshire District Council’s Deputy Leader and Portfolio Holder for Welfare and Community Integration, said: “The free, confidential and completely non-judgemental advice Citizens Advice gives is a vital helpline to so many people in East Hampshire. The Woodlands Hall sessions are an excellent way to reach people in Headley Down." Helen Drake, Chief Executive at Citizens Advice East Hampshire, said: “We want to make sure that clients who have difficulty travelling to one of our main offices, due to disabilities, caring responsibilities or lack of affordable transport, can receive the much-needed free advice from us. There is no need for an appointment, just ring the doorbell at the hall for access."

 

Love trees? Become a tree warden!

(Posted 15.01.20) Tree-lovers are being called to a meeting in January as part of a bid to relaunch a tree warden scheme in East Hampshire. East Hampshire District Council is looking to recruit volunteers willing to take on tasks to protect and nurture the district’s trees. On Monday 27 January a meeting will be held in Petersfield to describe the role of tree wardens and encourage people to step forward. Cllr Ingrid Thomas, EHDC Portfolio Holder for Neighbourhood Quality, said: “Tree wardens play an active part in conserving and enhancing the trees and woods we all enjoy around East Hampshire. Whether your passion is about getting your hands dirty planting trees, working with your local community, or simply being the eyes, ears and voice for the trees in your part of the world, then we need you to be a tree warden.”

The meeting, held in The Rose Room, Festival Hall, Petersfield, will include speakers with particular knowledge of trees in East Hampshire, and a question and answer session. Anyone with an interest in trees and their local environment is welcome to attend.  Doors are open at 7pm and the meeting will last approximately two hours, starting at 7.30pm. Cllr Thomas said: “Basically we want to get as many interested people to the event as we can and start to build up a network of people that can serve as tree wardens and keep an eye on the health and numbers of trees in their area. If you’re passionate about trees or just love being out in the great outdoors come along to the meeting and find out how you can get involved.”

For more information about becoming a tree warden please get in touch with EHDC Arboricultural Officer Kevin Peters on Kevin.Peters@havant.gov.uk or 02392 446485.

 

Get ready for Brexit

(Posted 16.10.19) Business East Hants and EHDC recently undertook a Brexit survey of local businesses which identified a number of key areas where businesses require support. In response to this we want to ensure the relevant information and guidance is circulated to our local business community. Please see the information below sent on behalf of Enterprise M3 LEP. 

For traders - check what you need to do for the type of goods you import or export

·                  You can make it easier to import goods from the EU by registering to use transitional simplified procedures

·                  Make sure the EU business that you are selling to has the required paperwork to receive your goods​

·                  Keep up-to-date on import tariffs for day 1 of Brexit 

·                  Find out how to register for and make a customs declaration​

·                  Make sure your business has an EORI number​

·                  If you buy or sell goods to the EU then you need to get ready for changes​

For businesses - check what’s changing in your industry​

·                  Your contracts may need updating to continue using customer data between the EU and UK

·                  Check new guidance if you manufacture or distribute goods to the EU

·                  Employees practicing and serving clients in the EU may need to have their professional qualifications accredited. Check and apply by 31 October.

For hauliers - make sure you have the right driver and vehicle licenses and permits for driving in the EU

·                  Make sure you have the right documentation for the goods you’re carrying across EU borders, including your Master Reference Number (MRN)

·                  Check what you need to do to avoid delays.

Key information for further advice

https://www.gov.uk/brexit

https://www.enterprisem3growthhub.co.uk/about-us  

 

Let’s Talk events

(Posted 08.10.19) EHDC will be running an ongoing programme of ‘Let's Talk’ events to help engage with the community on priority issues. ‘Let's Talk’ has superseded the old Community Forums. The intention is to reduce barriers to engagement for the public, taking the Council to where people are (events, fairs, public spaces, community gatherings) rather than expecting them to come to go to the Council. Plain English will be used, face-to-face engagement to get input from residents on key areas of the Council's work. For instance, the first conversations with the public will be around climate change, peoples ‘sense of place  ̶  what they like/dislike about the area they live  ̶  and local transport issues.

So the Council is looking for events or occasions where it can engage with good numbers of residents. If you know of anything happening in your parish that may be suitable please contact the Parish Clerk on admin@lindfordpc.co.uk or 01420 475788.

 

Church appeal

(Posted 31.08.19) Lindford Methodist Church celebrated its 150th birthday next year and wants villagers to make it a special occasion. Oliver Greenway would like people to submit photographs or information about the Church for an exhibition. He said: “Originally an old wooden wheeled cart was used as the local Lindford Church. The present church ahs a long history, especially during the Second World War when it was used as a canteen for the Canadian troops based in Lindford.” Please send contributions to Oliver Greenway mailto:greenwayoliver@hotmail.com

 

Flying drones

(Posted 03.09.18) When flying drones in public places, please note that there is a drone code.

 

LOCAL NEWS

 

Access Hampshire

(Posted 10.12.19) Hampshire Countryside Service has issued a newsletter about its activities.

 

Neighbourhood Watch

(Posted 19.09.19) The new edition of Our News is out now! In our latest issue, we profile the Neighbour of the Year Award, back for a second year, which this time includes a community champion award. Nominations are open now so be sure to have a ponder and see which of your neighbours you will be putting forward. Elsewhere we hear about an exciting new partnership with cybersecurity firm Avast with whom we will shortly be launching a joint campaign called Cyberhood Watch. We also hear about the Neighbourhood Watch summer seminar tour that took place last month as well as the inspiring story of how one Watch member helped save an animal sanctuary.

Community First

(Posted 06.02.19) Community First East Hampshire exists to strengthen the voluntary sector in the district by offering training, general organisational support and help with volunteer recruitment and management. The latest newsletter contains lots of interesting information and news for groups involved in the local community in East Hampshire. It contains links to some very useful websites. Community First has also produced a newsletter of community news in the Whitehill and Bordon area.

 

PPG newsletter

(Posted 14.10.19) The January newsletter of the Patient Participation Group of Badgerswood and Forest Surgeries is now available.

 

WHITEHILL BORDON REGENERATION

 

Newsletter

(Posted 29.08.19) The Whitehill and Bordon Regeneration Company has produced a newsletter which can be viewed here.

 

POLICE AND CRIME INFORMATION

 

Counterfeit money scam

(Posted 19.09.19) The police are issuing a scam warning after residents in East Hampshire were conned into handing over thousands of pounds after being persuaded into taking it out of the bank. The fraudsters telephoned their victims, claiming to be police officers who said they were investigating the use of counterfeit money by banks. They persuaded their victims they needed to withdraw money from the bank so that it could be tested after being collected by couriers. Between August 7 and August 22, there were three reported incidents in East Hampshire. The fraudsters targeted a man in his 80s from Liphook, a man in his 80s from Petersfield and a woman in her 80s, also from Petersfield, who were all persuaded to hand over cash worth thousands of pounds. Officers have spoken to all three victims and will follow-up to provide advice and reassurance.

Please be on your guard against fraudsters and follow this advice:

·        Please remember that police officers will never call people in this way and ask you to withdraw money or disclose personal or financial information. If someone does do this, please hang up – it will be a scam.

·        Consider contacting your telephone provider to get a free call-blocking service if you are getting unsolicited calls.

·        If you are a friend, relative or carer of someone you think might be vulnerable to this type of scam, please speak to them about this advice. You might be the only person who can stop them from being scammed.

If you or someone you know has been a victim of this type of fraud, report it to us by calling 101. If a crime is in progress, dial 999. You can make yourself aware of this type of scam and how to protect yourself by visiting the Action Fraud website (https://www.actionfraud.police.uk/) or by calling them on 0300 123 2040.

 

Injured deer on road

(Posted 14.09.19) If you see an injured deer on the roadside

·        Pull over at the next safe place.

·        Call the Police. They will deal with road safety issues and have access to a specialist who will know the best course of action for the animal if it is alive.

 

If you hit a deer while driving, your priorities, in
this order, are:

·        Keep yourself and anyone with you as safe as you can.

·        Park your car in the safest place with hazard lights on.

·        Consider using it to also warn other road users.

·        Call an ambulance if human injuries warrant it.

·        Call the Police.

 

Usually it is best:

·        Not to approach live deer. Doing so may cause them to run across traffic causing another accident.

·        Not to move or handle live deer, you may be injured if they struggle.

·        Not to try to keep the deer warm. Covering its head/eyes may keep it calmer if there is a long wait but see ‘approach live deer’ above.

 

Outbuildings break-ins

(Posted 29.08.19) Longmoor Neighbourhood Policing Team has received six reports of garage and out buildings being broken into over the last few days across the Longmoor District, inclduing in Hawkley, Steep, Headley Down, Whitehill and Liphook.

Have you noticed any suspicious activity in your area recently? Do you have any residential CCTV that might have captured these incidents? If you have any information in relation to these incidents please contact us on 101 or you can contact Crime Stoppers on 0800 555 111.

Here is some crime prevention advice to help keep your property safe and secure.

·        Ensure your garage / outbuilding is locked and secure.

·        Consider the use of a garage defender.

·        Consider the use of a PIR alarm system within your outbuilding.

·        Consider the use of security lighting.

·        Consider the use of CCTV.

·        Consider uniquely marking your tools / garden equipment. Popular options include stamping, etching and UV marking.

·        Tether all tools and garden equipment to a secure point within your outbuilding. You can visit https://www.soldsecure.com/ to search for recommended and reviewed security products.

·        Ensure motorbikes and bicycles are locked securely within your outbuilding.

·        Ensure your car is locked and that the alarm and immobiliser is fully activated.

·        Do not leave any valuables in your vehicle.

·        Keep your car keys away from any windows and doors to prevent them being “fished” through letterboxes or seen by an opportunist.

·        Register your valuables for free at www.immobilise.co.uk – Take photos of your property and record serial, chassis and model numbers.

For further crime prevention advice, please visit our website https://www.hampshire.police.uk/cp/crime-prevention/

 

Neighbourhood Watch

(Posted 11.02.19) Through a Lindford Neighbourhood Watch scheme, interesting information has been received about visibility of house names and numbers, courier scams and when to use 101 and 999.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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