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This message is dated Wednesday 21st April 2021 - Windsor

Alert message sent 21/04/2021 15:48:00

Information sent on behalf of Thames Valley Police





FIRST: We have reports of ‘Rogue Trading’.

We have received information about a White Ford Transit driving around RBWM, covered with signage on both sides and the back and a set of ladders on the top.  We have multiple reports from Wraysbury in the last month, as well as previously in Maidenhead.  Our grateful thanks to all those that phoned it through – that is exactly what we need, to protect vulnerable residents from being scammed out of their savings.

The white Ford Transit van contains three men, who are offering services such as gutter cleaning, driveway / patio cleaning, roof cleaning etc. in exchange for cash.

The phone numbers displayed on the van, are fake.



Then politely, but firmly, close and lock your front door.


Dear Windsor Resident,

Forgive us.  Quite possibly some of you do not live within our Neighbourhood Plan area and therefore are not eligible to vote.  If you are eligible, this message is for you.

If you are eligible, you will have received a green Polling Card for the Windsor Neighbourhood Plan Referendum on Thursday May 6th.  If so – do you want to find out more ?
We have a public information Zoom meeting this week - on Thursday 22nd April at 6.30pm, and a second on Wednesday 28th April at 6.30 pm., so that as many people as possible can join us, to learn more.

If you would like to log on and see what it is all about, please register with us by email to and tell us whether you would like to join on the 22nd or 28th.  We will then send you the appropriate link (Some have already been sent).

Some of you, may have heard of new radio station ‘River Radio’, available at - it is NOT on D.A.B. yet.  They have a show tomorrow, at 6pm Wednesday 21st April in which we will be interviewed.  You may like to tune in.


Meet the Windsor Neighbourhood Plan Group at Windsor Farmers Market, Bachelors Acre, on Saturday  1st May 2021, 9am-1pm.  We look forward to seeing you there! 

We would very much appreciate it, if you could spread the word as far as you are able.

Kind regards
John Bastow and Claire Milne

for the Windsor Neighbourhood Plan Group

NEXT:  At the bottom of this message you will see details of various Volunteer / Community Award schemes put forward by the Windsor & Eton Rotary Club.  Please have a look at them and nominate.  If you help your community, you don’t do it for awards and recognition – but it is nice when people show their appreciation and say – thank you.

12/4 – 19/4  York Avenue.  Volvo badge stolen from the front of a car.  Ref. No:  43210165812
19/4  Monday 11.15 p.m.  Trinity Place.  A witness reported 2 youths walking along the road towards Claremont Road tampering with car wing mirrors.  Police attended immediately and carried out an area search, but no-one was located.  While there, the police checked all the cars and found no damage, but wing mirrors had been bent backwards.  Ref. No:  43210165899
20/4  Tuesday 7.15 p.m.  William Street.  Bike locked in a bike rack stolen.  A black & silver bike.  Ref. No:  43210167396




20/4  Tuesday 6.30 p.m.  Linchfield Road, Datchet.   House window smashed.  Small hole found in a pane of glass. Looks like a pellet / ball bearing fired from a catapult.  Ref. No;  432101667343

19/4  Moinday 7.30 p.m. / 9.10 p.m.  Ouseley Road.  Car index plates stolen.  Ref. No:  432101265837


FIRST: Some useful advice from Mark

Hi Jeff,

This might be useful to highlight on your TV Alert newsletter.

Which? provide a free Scam Alert Service, where you register your email address and they email regular scam updates.  It's UK-specific so is totally relevant and appropriate to us.

You can register here:

All they ask for is your email address, first name and postcode.

And it is legit.

Here's the latest alert that they sent out today, just to give you an idea of what it looks like:

You don't need to be a member of ‘Which?’ to use this service and - it's free of charge.

If it helps one person, then it will have been worthwhile.

Note, I've absolutely no connections to ‘Which?’ in any way, shape or form, I'm not even a member; other than registered for these scam alerts.

My best regards to you,


Many thanks Mark – this is something we should all sign up to.

NEXT: HSBC Scam Texts:

Hi Jeff,

I received a text message supposedly from HSBC, informing me that a payment had been attempted from my account using a new unrecognised device and if this was not me, to click on the link.

I believed this was probably a scam, so telephoned HSBC to check my account and they confirmed my suspicions.

Today, I have received an email from HSBC, advising me that I must activate the new ‘HSBC Secure Key Security’ system.  They invited me to connect to my online banking space - by clicking on the link.  I believe this to also be a scam.

On both occasions, I didn’t click on the links - but it may be worth informing others of these scams.

Kind regards


Thanks Debbie – done !

NEXT:  It seems HSBC is the bank of choice for scammers:

Hi Jeff,

I’ve just received a text purportedly from HSBC, but as I don’t have an account with them.  ‘A payment was attempted from a new device……..’  I have deleted it.

I have presumed it’s a scam.  However, it would have been so easy to click on the link !

Please could you put out a warning.

Many thanks.

Many thanks Jo – Done.  – it was the same Text, so they must have been sent out by the thousand !

NEXT: An Inland Revenue Scam:

Hi Jeff,

I have just received a voicemail, purporting to be from HMRC.

If I “do not return the call, or have my solicitor call back, I should be prepared to face full legal consequences.”

I deleted it !

Simply FYI 


Many thanks Taras.  Due to everyone sharing their experiences, most people will be aware of these attempted scams and therefore be protected.  This is how we protect each other as the onslaught is never ending and increasing every day – and it is so simple to just click on the Link !!!  Never do it.  Our grateful thanks to you all.

We are currently experiencing high calls for service on 101. 

Please consider using our online reporting system but please note this reporting tool is not for use where a crime happening right now, the suspect is still at the scene, or anyone seriously injured or in immediate danger.

Eyes, ears.....and Brain


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The lockdown has resulted in many neighbourhoods drawing closer together in supporting local residents with needs, and in neighbours spending a lot more time talking to each other over fences or across the road. This has improved community spirit no end, and a great way to keep this spirit alive is for residents to join their local Neighbourhood Watch scheme, or start up a new scheme if there is not already one covering their respective street.

Neighbourhood Watch is not just about looking out the window and being alert for any crime in the neighbourhood, it is much more than that. It serves as a valuable resource for crime prevention, in supporting the Police with things such as local home security surveys, installing crime prevention aids in homes for the vulnerable and elderly especially, helping those vulnerable and elderly residents with any other needs, and in drawing residents together in supporting one another.
The Windsor & Ascot NHW Association is making great strides in reactivating and expanding Neighbourhood Watch within the various parishes of Windsor & Ascot. Its Facebook page (@WindsorAscotNHW) is receiving multiple enquiries from interested residents and serves as a means to highlight local issues relating to crime and residents in need. New NHW schemes are continuously being set up with active Coordinators, and residents within those scheme areas can now benefit from the new initiatives being introduced by Neighbourhood Watch and Thames Valley Police.
To search for your nearest NHW scheme, or to set up a new scheme, visit and enter your postcode. 

For any questions relating to Neighbourhood Watch please contact the Windsor & Ascot NHW Association at

The Windsor and Eton Rotary Club     ‘Service above Self’ Community Awards

Volunteer Awards 2021
To enable the Windsor and Eton Rotary Club to reach out to the community and support people who do good work in the community we are starting an award scheme that will recognise such persons once a year. This award will be supported by two other awards one for the Community via a charity and a Youth Award.
You may nominate, either on behalf of your organisation or as an individual, as many individual or group candidates as you like. A selection panel set up by Windsor and Eton Rotary Club will make the final decision on the basis of the information supplied with the nomination. Any award is at the absolute discretion of the selection panel.
The criteria for the ‘Service above Self’ award for volunteers are that the nominee should:
Live, work or be based within the Windsor area as defined by address and postcode.
Have given voluntarily their time and services to help other members of the community.
Have done so in a manner that demonstrates their dedication and commitment to the needs of others.
The criteria for the one ‘Service above Self’ award for an employed individual are that the nominee should:
Live, work or be based within the Windsor area as defined by address and postcode.
Have given exceptional service to the community through a profession, vocation or employment over and above the normal expectation.
Have done so in a manner that demonstrates their dedication and commitment to the needs of others.
Nominations should be submitted in writing via email at the email address below and include a description of why the candidate is worthy of the award, together with any appropriate, supporting material. The nomination should also include the following details:
Full name of nominee or contact name if nominating a group.
Postal address of nominee.
Email address of nominee.
Telephone number of nominee.
Full name of proposer.
Position and organisation represented by proposer.
Postal address of proposer.
Email address of proposer.
Telephone number of proposer.

Please submit any queries about the awards or the nomination process using letter headed paper with the details as above to: Rotarian Paul Bayley

Deadline for applications is 11th June 2021


The Windsor and Eton Rotary Club ‘Service above Self’ Community Awards

Community Awards 2021
The Rotary Club of Windsor and Eton is seeking to support local community-based projects in the Windsor area that can demonstrate a real benefit to the local community and is now inviting applications for their Community Awards for 2021.
This is a small grants programme with awards of up to a maximum of £500.  
See full criteria below.
The Rotary Club of Windsor and Eton is a member of the worldwide network of 1.2million members in 33,000 clubs across 200 countries, with inspired men and women who translate their passions into relevant social causes, to improve lives in communities.
Rotary’s mission is simply to serve others; to give something back; to advance world understanding, goodwill and peace by utilising the skills, talents and energy of our members collectively.
• We want to bring about positive change in our neighbourhoods by fostering and building strong communities.
• We want to provide opportunities that will improve lives.
• We want to help eradicate poverty, hunger and preventable disease across the world.
Our motto, Service Above Self, exemplifies the humanitarian spirit of Rotary members worldwide – to serve the community and put its needs before the member’s own.
For more information about the Rotary Club of Windsor and Eton please see our web page or open Google and type in Windsor and Eton Rotary Club

Community Award Application criteria:
The maximum award to any one organisation is £500 and no application will be considered too small.
Priority will be awarded to small groups / organisations that:
·         Offer value for money by involving a good number of beneficiaries and/or
·         Work with vulnerable or disadvantaged children or adults and/or
·         Work in a deprived local community
  Applications to fund any form of remuneration will not be considered.
The funding is open to registered charities, voluntary organisations and community groups whose work benefits local residents or communities. The organisation does not necessarily have to be office based in the Windsor area.
Application Process
Interested groups/organisations should complete the attached application form and return by 4th June
Applicants will need to provide a copy of their latest accounts and a copy of their constitution or other governing document.
Applications will be accepted by email. If you wish to submit in hard copy, please contact 07850 702566 to make arrangements
Please do not enclose any additional paperwork – we will contact you if any other documents are required.
If you have any queries about this programme or completing the application form, please contact   07850 702566

Assessment and Decision Making
Applications will be logged on receipt and checked for their eligibility to apply.
Applications will then be assessed by the Rotary Club panel at their meeting in June
Successful applicants will be notified by the Rotary Club as soon as possible and we hold to present the awards at our Handover meeting on 28th June 2021
Successful applicants agree to use the Rotary Club logo on publicity and promotion for their project and to submit a report on progress/impact of the project.
The decision of the Rotary Club of Windsor and Eton will be final and no correspondence will be entered into whatsoever. 

Your completed application should be returned by email to: 
Postal address: 6 Sunbury Court, Sunbury Rd, Eton, Windsor, Berks SL4 6BJ

Deadline: 4th June 2021
Please check that you have answered all the questions and included:
·           Your most recent accounts
·           A copy of your constitution or other governing document.
Failure to enclose either of these documents will render the application inadmissible.


The Windsor and Eton Rotary Club     ‘Service above Self’ Community Awards
Community Awards 2021

Application Deadline: ………………………………

Name of Organisation or Group

Organisation’s contact details:
Email address

Office Address
(if applicable)

What type of group or organisation?
(please tick)
Informal voluntary group
Resident or local community group
Sports or arts club
Registered charity
Community Interest Company
Other – please state:

Registered Charity Number
 (if applicable)

 Main Contact Person:
Name of Contact
Position in organisation

Full Address
(if different from organisation address)

 Telephone Number
Mobile number
Email Address

Organisation’s Bank Account Name
(the name to which a cheque should be written if your application were to be approved)

Please include a copy of your governing document
together with a copy of the most recent accounts

Message sent by
Jeffrey Pick (Police, Community Engagement & Resilience Officer, Windsor & Maidenhead LPA)

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