News - November/December 2009

People who join the Society receive regular email letters ahead of publication on this page.

Below are extracts from the November and December newsletters.

Society AGM Thursday 12th November

Despite the weather we had a quorum for our 13th AGM!

The committee was re-elected unopposed. There remains a vacancy and we really do need some fresh blood and new ideas. No special knowledge is required just a bit of enthusiasm for either or both social and environmental issues.

In the discussion session one subject dominated; namely crime prevention. See below for more scams etc.

The committee will consider running an evening event with police and other interested parties dedicated to the many issues raised.

It was agreed by a majority show of hands that the Society will donate the profit on the annual raffles to the local branch of the 'Help the Heroes' charity.

The Society is over time planting daffodils in the verges throughout the Parish. A volunteer is required to plant some at the Penwood cross roads.

Crime prevention

PC Matt Deery has returned as our Safer Neighbourhoods Team beat manager. Our PC Support Officer remains Daniel Lines.

Postal Scam confirmed by Royal Mail and The Trading Standards Office

A card is posted through your door - from a company called PDS (Parcel Delivery Service) suggesting that they were unable to deliver a parcel and that you need to contact them on 0906 6611911 (a premium rate number). Do not call this number, as this is a mail scam originating from Belize. If you call the number and you start to hear a recorded message you will already have been billed £15 for the phone call. If you do receive a card with these details, then please contact Royal Mail Fraud on 02072396655 or ICSTIS (the premium rate service regulator) at

Car Jacking

You walk across the car park, unlock your car and get inside. You start the engine put it into reverse. When you look into the rear view mirror to back out of your space, you notice a piece of paper stuck to the middle of the rear window. So, you stop and jump out of your car to remove that paper (or whatever it is) that is obstructing your view.

When you reach the back of your car, the carjackers appear out of nowhere, jump into your car and take off. They practically run you over as they speed off in your car. If your purse is in the car the car jacker has your car, your home address, your money, and your keys. Your home and your whole identity are now compromised!

Basingstoke Fairtrade Group needs your help!

We are working hard to achieve Fairtrade status for the whole of Basingstoke and Deane borough and we have received enormous praise from the Fairtrade Foundation in already achieving four out of the five goals. These include the formation of a steering group, full council support, a high number of retail and food outlets stocking Fairtrade goods, plus raising awareness and holding events to publicise and promote Fairtrade. The one goal where we still have more to do involves workplaces (including offices, shops, B&Bs, doctors and dental surgeries etc); community organisations and groups; churches; schools.

If you already use Fairtrade products such as tea / coffee / sugar in your workplace, school, church or community group, please get in touch and let us know. If you don't use Fairtrade products, but would be interested in making the change, we will be able to help and advise, and can put you in contact with suppliers and wholesalers who stock a wide range of Fairtrade items - there are over 3000 Fairtrade certified products in the UK, and it is often the case these days that Fairtrade products are not actually any more expensive than the non-fairtrade equivalents.

The group meets on a monthly basis and we would always welcome new members. There is also an associate membership of people who like to help out from time to time, but without the commitment of regular meetings. If you would like to get involved with our work in any way, or to find out more, please do get in touch. Our next meetings are on 12th November, 7th December and 13th January.

Jill Gibson (Coordinator, Basingstoke Fairtrade Group) - 07846 024615

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