|Following reports in other parts of the country we are warning the public to be wary of messages claiming to be from the NHS asking the recipient to apply for their vaccine.
At a time when people are already feeling anxious and eagerly awaiting details of the impending vaccine, scammers are using this to their advantage to commit fraud. If you receive such a text, don’t follow the link or share any personal or financial details. The link will take you through to a fake NHS website which is purposefully designed to exploit vulnerable people.
Fraudsters have tried to use the vaccine as a convincing subject to hook potential victims since the pandemic began. Thankfully reports have been relatively low, however there has been an increase in the last two months. The vaccine roll-out brings further hope of fighting coronavirus and keeping people safe. Now that this is imminent and has been so widely covered, some people may be more easily misled.
You will be contacted by the NHS when you’re invited to receive the vaccine which will be offered in some hospitals, some pharmacies and hundreds of local vaccination centres run by GPs. Remember that the vaccine is free of charge, at no point will you be asked for payment details.
Detective Sergeant Sean Tregunna commented: “Although we’ve not been made aware of any cases in Wiltshire yet, it’s likely to only be a matter of time before we are. The text message some people have received was shared on social media over the Christmas period and although this does help to raise awareness of the issue, the most vulnerable may not be on social media themselves so we’re asking people to share the information and warn their friends and family.
“The same scam has also been reported as being conducted over the phone, the caller often asks for a number to be pressed on their keypad, resulting in a charge likely being added to their phone bill, so you simply need to hang up.
“We’re keen to prevent as many people falling victim to these scams as possible and urge people to not only share the warning but if they do receive a suspicious text, forward it to 7726 which is free of charge.”
If you believe you have been a victim of fraud, report it to Action Fraud at www.actionfraud.police.uk or call on 0300 123 2040.
|Message Sent By
Sian Rivers (Police, Communications Officer, HQ)
This year for everyone has been really awful, not being able to meet up with family and friends, curtailment of sports and leisure that we usually enjoyed, and most of all the loss of those who meant so much to family and friends alike.
I do hope that Christmas offered some relief from all the restrictions albeit for one day only.
Now that the Oxford vaccine has been approved we can only hope that there will be more improvement in eradicating this horrible virus and we will soon be back to some form of normality. In the meantime I wish that you all stay safe and keep well.
A very Happy New Year to you all and hope its not too long before we meet up again.
Chair Bowls Wiltshire
I am a bowling member at Alderbury Bowls Club. I am also one of three operators for the Wiltshire Bobby Van Trust. Living in Devizes I am sure that you are aware of the Charity as we are based at Devizes Police station in New Park Street.
The Charity has been running since 1998 and in that time we have visited in excess of 25,000 properties across Wiltshire and Swindon to offer Crime prevention advice and practical crime prevention help to people aged 60 or over (or 18 plus with a disability). We are in a position to change locks, fit door chains and ‘spy holes’, window restrictors, and many other items to make their property secure. It is a FREE service. Whilst at a property we can also complete a Fire Risk Assessment on behalf of Dorset and Wiltshire Fire and Rescue service and fit Smoke alarms and Carbon Monoxide Alarms, again Free of charge. The Charity also offers a ‘Stay Safe on Line’ service to keep people safe on the computer and other mobile devices. Again it is a free service.
I am contacting you now as in the past many of our referrals have come as a result of talks that we give to community groups, but with Covid these have all been cancelled. Consequently we find ourselves in a position where we can offer our services to additional groups.
Many bowlers, myself included, are on the older side of 60 so would fit our criteria for a security visit. I was wondering if you could perhaps circulate our details to Bowls Clubs across the County with a view to raising our profile and service amongst bowling and social club members.
I have included a link to our website if you would like more information or give me or the office a call on the numbers below we could answer an of your questions.
Many thanks for your time
Mick Leighfield 8920
The Wiltshire Bobby Van Trust (Registered Charity No 1153790)
Devizes Police Station
New Park Street
Hi Everyone, I think I might be going insane but…
My fitness/weight loss mission has been going really well recently, completing the couch to 5k app and also testing myself with some longer runs, up to 13k so far. I’m over 4 stone down as well which I am over the moon with. Being the absolute nutter and ridiculously ambitious person that I am, I wanted a challenge to push myself even further.
As you may or may not be aware, I recently applied to a charity to run the 2021 London Marathon for them. It took them a little while to get back to me, but can now confirm that I’ve been accepted to run for them in the marathon!
The charity is Caudwell Children, they do massive amounts of work to provide children with specialist equipment that their families may unfortunately not be able to afford. This will sometimes involve them contributing massively towards the total cost of the equipment, or on some occasions paying for it in full. They have also recently set up a multi million pound autism centre which is doing fantastic research and development. (Link to charity’s website below)
Whilst I wanted to run for a great cause, I’ve also become a great believer in anything being possible when you set your mind to it, which is what I want to prove. I never thought I’d be a runner and still don’t believe I’m a natural at it, but I’m going to complete this marathon and do it in a respectable time as well! I wasn’t in a great place towards the end of last year and I really want to prove how quickly things can turn around!
I’ve put a link to my JustGiving page below, I would be massively grateful for any donations 😊 Thanks all and let’s hope we get back to normality soon!
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These are not normal times!
On the 20th March, in response to the BE announcement that all affiliation fees
were to be returned, I sent a message to all clubs in the county (after discussion
with the gender treasurers) confirming the Bowls Wiltshire’s position at that time,
and that we would review the position in/by June.
This was sent as we did not want to take a knee-jerk reaction and were in no
position to know where we might be, and what bowls would be possible in 2020.
Much has changed since then, with county friendlies, competitions and the leagues
all cancelled; we have spent more time in the garden, read far more humorous
emails and looked at some very clever reinterpretations of songs and in some
instances, lost family, friends and acquaintances.
We believe that now is a good time to follow the BE Goodwill gesture and return
• the Bowls Wiltshire affiliation fees
• the Ladies competitions fees
• the Mens competitions fees
• the County competitions fees
Stewart observed that the League entry fees are from the same clubs each year, so
rather than refund those, we will roll them over to 2021 and save everyone having
to issue cheques next year.
If we are able to arrange any competitions / galas in the latter part of the season,
then for this year only, we will fund any costs from our resources; we will
not pay any prize money in 2020.
We have the bank details for all clubs, so the return of monies could be done online
over the next couple of weeks followed up with a credit note detailing the
breakdown across categories.
For and on behalf of the Bowls Wiltshire Executive
Frequently Asked Questions from Coach Bowls
1. With the current advice re: Coronavirus there is no possibility of candidates carrying out their
practical sessions in the foreseeable future and therefore I cannot complete my portfolio.
What should I do?
You should complete your theory parts of the portfolio as prescribed. If you are able to complete
these electronically you can then e‐mail across to your assessor. They will then be able to assess
and feedback electronically.
If you are not able to complete these electronically, you should:
a) Complete the paperwork
b) Scan the documents and e‐mail to the assessor
c) Post (if able) to your assessor ‐ ensuring the recipient does not have to sign for the
package, but that it is ‘tracked’
2. I have completed my first on green session and my portfolio is all but complete. Shall I send it
in for checking and just keep a copy of my second session to bring to the assessment day when
Yes. As the above guidelines for Q1.
3. Our local clubs are not currently open. Will we get additional time to complete the coaching
Yes. Coach Bowls will not begin arranging assessment days until the situation across the
country has stabilised and it is deemed by the Government and Public Health England that it
is sensible to resume. In the meantime, you should complete the rest of your portfolio in line
4. Day one of my course has been postponed. When will it be rescheduled for?
Coach Bowls is unable to give exact dates for rearranged courses at this time. As soon as we
have been given further guidance we will let everyone know via our website initially. Once
exact dates are arranged, we will e‐mail all candidates directly.
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5. What happens if I can’t make the date of a rearranged course?
You will be given the option to transfer to another course on a date that you can attend. If
for any reason this is not possible, the Coach Bowls Manager will liaise with you directly to
formulate an individual action plan that works for you.
6. How will I be able to attend an assessment day and when will I know they are?
Coach bowls will arrange assessment days with a geographic spread as soon as it is deemed
by the Government and Public Health England that it is sensible to resume. All candidates will
receive information directly from the Coach Bowls team.
7. Can I still go to my club and coach?
At the current time, the answer is an emphatic ‘no’. In accordance with Government
guidance – Stay Home, Stay Safe, Stop the Spread.
8. Is Coach Bowls still operational during the Coronavirus outbreak? If so, how do I contact a
member of the team?
Coach Bowls is currently working remotely. We are using this opportunity to review and refresh
some documents, update materials, improve the membership portal and website whilst
continuing to offer our normal service to all of our members.
To contact us, the office number remains in place (01926 334910). We have diverted this to a
Adam Durnin remains the main point of contact to the members and is overseeing the
Amanda Scriven‐Purcell continues to oversee Coach Bowls operationally. Amanda is reviewing
and refreshing materials, documents, courses and modules. She will be working with the Tutors,
Assessors, Quality Assurance Team, Volunteer groups to ensure that support to coaches
currently undertaking qualifications is still available remotely. Amanda’s e‐mail is:
The Coronavirus epidemic has caused us all considerable worry and disruption in our lives, isolation is not something we have experienced before and the way we are having to cope with all these changes takes quite a lot of getting used to.
Please do take heed of Government advice and let us hope that circumstances will soon improve.
I would like to thank those who are keeping you well informed with all arrangements that have been made so far and we will ensure that any further updates will be forwarded on.
Many thanks to the two gender Presidential teams who have agreed to carry on with their roles in 2021.
My thoughts are with you all at this time, keep well and stay safe.
With this years Bowls Season all but wiped out it has been agreed, with their consent, that the current Ladies and Men’s Presidential Teams will stay in post both this year and next (2021).
The Ladies Presidential Team is President Babs Salter (Wroughton), Senior VP Janice Rowe (Amesbury) and Junior VP Sue Gravell (Supermarine)
The Men’s Presidential Team is President John Crowder (Avon), Senior VP Jim Cremin (Wroughton) and Junior VP Don Butchers (Mere).