Grendon Parish Council

Serving the people of Grendon

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Grendon is a small village in rural Northamptonshire, England and is found on the borders of Buckinghamshire and Bedfordshire - with many houses made of the local limestone; various older thatched houses still survive. The name of the village means "green hill". Today the village remains centred on the hill. As with nearby Earls Barton, the village was once owned by Countess Judith who was the niece of William the Conqueror. The village is mentioned in the Doomsday Book.

The current population (based on the 2011 census) is 544; the village is a popular place to live with commuters to London or Milton Keynes. It is the site of the nineteenth century 'Battle of Grendon'. The village is in two parts which are separated by the brook. The smaller part of the village is shown on maps as "Lower End", whilst the higher (southern) part of the village is located at the top of the (steep) hill - after which the village was originally named.

The village is a friendly place and a great place to live.

More details about the history of the village can be found here

Legend said that some men of Grendon, seeing the moon reflected in the stream, mistook it for a cheese and tried to rake it out of the water. The people of Grendon were called Moonrakers ever after referred to in the epic poem "The Battle of Grendon Brook" (26th July 1876).

Covid_19 pandemic

In these difficult times the Parish Council has set-up a neighbours help scheme to support anyone who is self-isolating. You should have received a flyer through your door with details of a contact person who will help with shopping, collecting medication etc. If you haven't received this please contact the Clerk (Deborah) on 01933 663918 or email

clerk@grendon-pc.org.uk

We have also set-up a lending library of books / jigsaws etc in Church for anyone who is feeling rather bored - items borrowed at own risk.

If you are concerned about the symptoms of the coronavirus please visit the NHS website below or if you do not have internet access call 111. DO NOT GO TO YOUR GP SURGERY OR HOSPITAL UNLESS TOLD TO DO SO BY A MEDICAL PRACTITIONER.

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

Those requiring help are asked to call the support line on the following number. 0300 126 1000 (option 5). Individuals can also email nccg.communityresilience.covid19@nhs.net and ask for help.

Village Hopper Bus Service - operating Saturday timetable on all days wef 26/3/20

The Village Hopper is a community mini-bus service that operates on a fixed route timetable 6 days each week.

The timetable can be viewed here;

Local Elections - postponed until May 2021

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-51876269

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SHEEP WORRYING

SHEEP WORRYING

In the last day I have had reports of two incidents of sheep worrying and attacks by dogs being taken for walks with their owners in the fields. Three sheep have been lost and two lambs in the most awful way. LETS PUT A STOP TO THIS!

During the CV19 outbreak please remember we are in Lambing season, if you are taking your one hour permitted exercise do it locally, however keep away from any fields that have livestock sheep, or sheep with lambs, cattle etc. in them. DO NOT TRESPASS! More »

Even if your dog is on a lead just the presence of unknown persons and dogs can cause sheep stress that can lead to loosing unborn lambs and the Sheep themselves.

Lets help the farmers who are keeping us supplied with essential food at this time

Under the Dogs (Protection of Livestock) Act 1953, if a dog worries sheep on agricultural land, the person in charge of the dog is guilty of an offence. The Act considers sheep worrying to include attacking sheep, chasing them in a way that may cause injury, suffering, abortion or loss of produce or being at large (not on a lead or otherwise under close control) in a field or enclosure in which there are sheep.

The reality of livestock attacks can have devastating effects for both the farmer and dog owner. Dog owners need to be aware and understand that the most loving, obedient family pet can become a menace when in a field filled with a flock of playful looking woolly sheep. In a bid to reduce the number of livestock attacks it is important that both farmers and dog owners work together. When sheep are attacked by a dog, the dog is also at risk. Dog owners should always keep their dogs on a lead when near livestock and farmers should ensure there are clear and visible signs on gates and paths to remind owners to keep their dog on a lead. Farmers should also consider placing livestock feeders away from public paths to reduce the risk of interaction between dogs and livestock.
Remember livestock worrying is a crime and any incident should be reported to the police.

PCSO Fenner C7163
Wellingborough
Neighbourhood Policing
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Posted: Fri, 03 Apr 2020 11:42 by Deborah Rush

Covid-19 Update from Assistant Chief Constable Simon Blatchly

Covid-19 Update from Assistant Chief Constable Simon Blatchly

"Police forces in the UK have a relationship with the public that is the envy of the world and we would always rather work with the public than against them."

These are the words of a senior police officer at Northamptonshire Police as no COVID-19-related fines were issued by police officers across the county over the weekend period.

Assistant Chief Constable Simon Blatchly, said: "Firstly, I would like to thank the public in Northamptonshire who have sent a clear message over the weekend that they want to save lives and work with us and the government by staying at home. More »

"We police by consent in this country and we have a relationship with the public in the UK that truly is the envy of the world. We engage, we listen, and we educate, and we would always rather work with the public than against them.

"We have been given powers that in all honesty, we would not normally wish to have. However, extraordinary times often call for extraordinary measures.

"That being said, we want to ensure that we continue to hold respect at the heart of everything we do and that a dialogue between the police and our communities continues to exist.

"Where our police officers and PCSOs have come across people outside over the weekend period, they've been able to educate them on why it's so important to follow the government's guidance to stay home, save lives and protect our NHS.

"Make no mistake, we will use enforcement and issue fines if we have to, but at the moment, our communities in Northamptonshire have been fantastic in their resilience to respond to such an unprecedented situation. Though there will always be people who will break the rules, and we will deal with them, it's heart-warming to know that the majority support us."

To enforce social distancing, people in Northamptonshire are being asked to stay at home and only go outside if they have a 'reasonable excuse'. These include shopping for necessary food, household and medical supplies, travelling to and from work where working from home is not an option, and daily exercise that adheres to social distancing guidance. Full details of the measures are available: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus

Northamptonshire Police can issue penalty notices of £30, rising to £60 if not paid within 28 days, where they have reason to believe there has been an offence under the regulations. These penalties are doubled for each repeat offence up to a £960 cap, with no reduction for early payment. Due to the exceptional nature of these powers, the regulations will be reviewed at least every 21 days to ensure they are still necessary. » Less

Posted: Tue, 31 Mar 2020 14:23 by Deborah Rush

Bank Mandate Fraud

Bank Mandate Fraud

The National Anti-Fraud Network are reminding people and businesses about the increased risk of bank mandate fraud during the Covid-19 pandemic. Bank mandate fraud occurs when someone is deceived into amending a bank payment method for a bill such as a direct debit or standing order.

This can happen when the fraudster contacts an individual claiming to be representing an organisation they make bank payments to. The fraudster will put forward reasons why the organisations bank account details have changed, persuading the individual to change their bank payment details using the fraudster's bank account. At the current time, Covid-19 will provide the fraudsters with enough excuses why bank account changes are necessary. More »

Fraudsters may contact people via email, telephone, text, letter and even via cold calling at the door. If anyone contacts you claiming they need to provide you with new bank account details to make the payments to, then think very carefully before you make any changes and check with your bank first.

Check their credentials: email address, telephone number, ID badge, etc. If you call them back make sure there is a dialling tone first or even better use a different phone to the one they called you on.

Google it: search the details provided by the potential fraudster or carry out a search online of the sort code provided – is it a valid location for the bank.

Check with the organisation directly, using telephone numbers you have used before, or email them. When you call the organisation make sure there is a dialling tone first (so you know that the line is clear) or even better use a different phone to the one they called you on.

Remember you should never give out your personal information to people whom you do not know, either remotely via email, over the telephone or face to face. If in any doubt then check them out!

For more information go to https://www.getsafeonline.org/ways-you-work/mandate-fraud/.

I hope this is of use?
Donna
PCSO 7163 Wellingborough Rural Neighbourhood Team

Message Sent By
Donna Fenner (Police, PCSO, Wellingborough )

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Posted: Mon, 30 Mar 2020 14:16 by Deborah Rush