Wilby Church

Following the easing of lockdown Wilby church is now open for private prayer on Saturdays 11am -12 noon. All are welcome.

The church has been cleaned and chairs put out at the back for people to safely use. Social distancing and hygiene regulations must be followed.

We will not be reopening for worship just yet, but will let you know as soon as we do.

If you have any questions please get in touch with Revd. Jackie Buck  01933 631232 jackiebuck@hotmail.co.uk

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A Message from Wilby School

Lisa Pearce has asked us to let everyone know that there is a small box of books in the School porch which people are able to take books from if they would like something to read.

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Walking in Northamptonshire

Have a look at Walking in Northamptonshire         https://www.walkinginengland.co.uk/northants – my website, which has hundreds of FREE walks to download and print plus details of all the walking clubs in the county and loads more information.

I am sure visitors to your website would find it useful, so please would you add a link?

Thanks for your time.

All the best, John Harris

www.walkinginengland.co.uk

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Scam Protection Advice

Criminals are experts at impersonating people, organisations and the police. They spend hours researching you hoping you’ll let your guard down for just a moment.

They can contact you by phone, email, text, letters, on social media, or in person. They will try to trick you into parting with your money, personal information, or buying goods or services that don’t exist.

To keep yourself and your devices secure please consider our top 10 tips:

1. Verify any unexpected contact is genuine by using a known number or email address to contact organisations directly – is this caller who they say they are? After hanging up, wait five minutes and make sure you can hear a dial tone before making any other calls, or use your mobile. NEVER allow an unsolicited caller remote access to your computer or devices.

2. Don’t be pressurised into sending money – stop and think and check with a trusted source or person. It’s ok to reject, refuse or ignore any requests. Only criminals will try to rush or panic you. Have confidence in yourself, if it feels wrong to you – it probably is.

3. Use someone you know and trust for shopping & other essentials. Don’t hand money over to someone on the doorstep.

4. Authorities like the DWP and HMRC will never ask for banking details like your password or PIN on the phone or in person. You will NEVER be asked to move money to a ‘safe account’. Police or banking representatives will NEVER ask you to help in an investigation by moving money or withdrawing funds.

5. Check for ID’s and get them verified – genuine officials will be more than happy to wait while you verify their ID.

6. Pick strong passwords – choose Three Random Words with a mixture of upper/lower case, numbers and special characters. Do not use the same password across sites. Enable Two Factor Authentication (2FA) on your accounts and devices that offer it, this provides a second layer of security.

7. Be wary of phishing scams – Don’t click on any links or attachments in unexpected emails.

8. Social Media – For those of you who use social media, make sure that it is set up correctly, review your privacy settings to ensure your profile is appropriately locked down.

9. Use antivirus and ensure you are using the latest versions of software, apps and operating systems on your phones, tablets, desktops and laptops. Update these regularly or set your devices to automatically update so you don’t have to worry.

10. Backups – Always back up your most important data such as your photos and key documents to an external hard drive and / or cloud storage.

Report suspicious texts by forwarding them to 7726, which spells SPAM on your keypad.

If you think you’ve received a phishing email forward to report@phishing.gov.uk.

If you think you’ve fallen victim to a scam contact your bank immediately and report it to Action Fraud by visiting www.actionfraud.police.uk or calling 0300 123 2040.

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Neighbourhood Watch Information

New Website Launch

We hope you and your family and friends are keeping well and safe in this trying time.

As you will be aware we recently revamped our website www.ourwatch.org.uk. It’s now easier for hundreds of Neighbourhood Watch schemes across England and  Wales to access information on crime prevention and ways of connecting with your community.

The new website provides toolkits on domestic abuse and scams that have increased in prevalence during the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as information on preventing and reporting burglary, child sexual exploitation, serious violence and terrorism.  There are guides to tackling loneliness and vulnerability, and advice on CCTV usage, disability crime, vehicle crime and hate crime. Local schemes can submit success stories to appear on the news section of the website.

An ‘Inspiration’ section demonstrates the wide variety of work undertaken by Neighbourhood Watch volunteers, from running awareness campaigns, organising litter picks; establishing community cafés, responding to floods, and delivering presentations in schools. The new website allowed Neighbourhood Watch to proactively communicate their response and resources as the crisis have evolved, with a dedicated COVID-19 website hub area.

Our members have been testing the new website for several weeks and report that it has helped them focus on actions that make a difference locally by sharing learning and resources. We are now promoting our website to gain national and local attention. Please see the press release attached in to this email, as well as a social media promotion pack.
We encourage you to adapt and share the press release on a local level. If you have active social media channels (Facebook, Twitter or Instagram), we encourage you to promote our website to members. We have attached a document with optional social media resources and suggested posts to support this.

Please note: At a national level we are looking for Social Media Ambassadors across England and Wales to extend our reach. If you would like to work closer with Neighbourhood Watch Network on a more regular basis to share key crime prevention and community building messages and campaigns through your channels please get in touch with us by emailing enquiries@ourwatch.org.uk.

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Main Road Traffic Drops 60%

The new fixed speed sign on Main Road as you enter the village from Earls Barton records traffic numbers in each direction.

The usual number of vehicles passing through Wilby in both directions at this point on Main Road is around 250,000 a month.  This number gradually decreased in February and March. In April, the first full month of the Coronavirus lock down, the total number of vehicles recorded was 100,000, which is a drop of 60% from January.

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An Update from the Parish Council

Due to the Coronavirus outbreak the 2020 Local Council Election and the village annual meeting have been postponed one year to May 2021. In line with Government directives, for the foreseeable future, our meetings are taking place on line via Zoom. If you would like to take part, please contact our clerk for access details.

The next meeting is scheduled for Monday 18th May 2020 starting at 7:30pm.

Click here to visit the Parish Council website for the contact details.

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Coronavirus Covid 19 – A Message from the Rector

Please click on the link below to read the message:

Article for Wilby Website Home Page

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Playing Fields Monthly Lottery

In view of the current restrictions and social distancing measures in force, it has been decided to withhold the April draw.

A further review will held next month to see whether it is possible for this to be restarted.

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Coronavirus – Covid 19

Protect yourself

The best thing is regular and thorough hand washing, preferably with soap and water.
Coronavirus spreads when an infected person coughs small droplets – packed with the virus – into the air. These can be breathed in, or cause an infection if you touch a surface they have landed on, then your eyes, nose or mouth.
So, coughing and sneezing into tissues, not touching your face with unwashed hands, and avoiding close contact with infected people are important for limiting the spread.

Stop The Spread

  • Wash Hands Frequently
  • Catch coughs and sneezes with disposable tissues
  • Throw away used tissues
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands
  • Avoid close contact with people who are unwell

Stay at home, save lives… Unless:

  • Shopping for basic necessities (i.e food & medicine)
  • Taking exercise – Alone or with member of your household – 1 per day. Do not travel to exercise.
  • For any medical need, or provide care to a vulnerable person
  • Travelling for work purposes, but only where you cannot work from home

Remember

We are all in the same boat. This will be over sooner rather than later only if we all listen to Government guidance around Coronavirus. It is done for our best interest. Please be considerate to others and be kind. Keep in contact with friends and family members via phone calls/Video calls.

Keep safe and healthy.

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