Royal Mail combating Scam Mail

Royal Mail want to raise awareness of scam mail in the local community.  Royal Mail never knowingly deliver scam mail, they know the distress that it can cause when received.  This type of mail is illegal and targets the most vulnerable in society and Royal Mail want to put a stop to it.

Typically, scam mail involves professional fraudsters sending convincing letters that are designed to trick people out of money or other valuables.  Scam  mail can include bogus competitions and fake prize draws.  This mail mostly originates from overseas and is hard to detect.

Royal  Mail hope to reduce the impact of scam mail on its customers by the introduction of a new industry-wide code of practice; a new clause in their bulk mail contracts; and by working with other postal operators in the UK and around the world to share intelligence and take steps to prevent it entering the UK.

You can contact Royal Mail if you are concerned that someone you know is receiving scam mail:

  • Write to Royal Mail at FREEPOST SCAM MAIL enclosing any items that are suspected of being scam mail;
  • Call the Royal Mail Scam Mail Helpline on 0800 0113 466;
  • Email

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Community Walk this Saturday

Join us for Barnt Green’s annual Community Walk on Saturday 22nd September.

As usual there is a choice of three different walks, all starting and ending at Millennium Park (corner of Hewell Road with Sandhills Road, B45 8NW).

Meet at 1pm for 1.30pm start, to walk 7.5miles to Chadwich/Lickey Hills and back.

Meet at 2pm for 2.30pm start, to walk 5 miles to Withybed and back.

Meet at 3pm for 3.30pm start, to walk 3 miles to Wheeley Road and back.

NB These routes involve walking across fields and are likely to be unsuitable for push-chairs.

We aim to be back in the park for 5pm / 5.30pm to enjoy the refreshments and live music entertainment.  There is no charge to join any of the walks, but money will be needed for food and drink in the park afterwards.  Families, friends, neighbours and dogs on leads are all welcome.

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Neighbourhood Watch advice on door security


How secure are your doors?
If you are unsure whether your front door, back door or patio doors are secure enough to prevent intruders, use this quick checklist to find out how safe they really are .
Front door

  • Five lever mortice deadlock (if door over 44mm) ? check they are British Standard 3621 or European Standard EN12209
  • Avoid glazed panels, replace with toughened glass or laminated glass panels
  • Fit a spy hole
  • Fit a door chain or limiter
  • Check hinges are secure – use good long screws and consider hinge bolts

Letter boxes

  • Install them no closer than 400 mm from the door lock
  • Never fit a letter box to the bottom rail of a door
  • Consider an internal cover plate or letter basket (with the bottom removed to prevent mail theft)

Back door

  • Use 5 lever 2 bolt sash lock halfway up the door (British Standard 3621 European Standard EN 12209)
  • Supplement sash lock with mortice rack bolts at the top and bottom of the door
  • Avoid glass panels, use laminated panels fitted from the inside and consider grilles as well
  • French doors (a burglar’s favourite!)
  • Use mortice rack bolts
  • Or, consider surface-mounted locking bolts
  • For extra security, consider mortice sash locks
  • If your doors open outwards, use hinge bolts

Patio doors (a burglar’s favourite!)

  • Use extra locks if not fitted with a multi-locking system
  • Anti-lift devices to avoid door being lifted from its track

Wooden doors

  • British standard nightlatch – this is used to make sure the lock is dead locked
  • Mortice deadlock – Frameguard: London bar: fits round the yale lock and straight down frame.
  • Brum bar: flat strip lock in the middle of the door frame
  • Hinge bolts: fit a hinge side below and above hinges of wooden doors
  • Lock guard over mortice lock. This prevents door from splitting out (stops anyone being able to jam door)

UPVC doors

  • Multi-lock three point locking system, 2 hooks, 1 top and bottom of the frame, with a latch and deadlock in the middle of the door
  • You can’t fit anymore locks to UPVC doors due to the structure of the door
  • Consider using a small window alarm which beeps when you enter the room
  • Letterbox cage: fits to the back of a letterbox, needs a padlock to keep it secured
  • Letterbox homeguard: which is made of a fire retardant material. So can resist fire if a firework is put through the door, and also blocks people getting in

Do not leave keys hanging inside the letterbox, under plant pots or doormats – these are the first places a burglar will check
Locks and bolts are only as good as the doors they are fitted to. Make sure weak rotten woodwork is replaced, and that the frame is well fixed.

Preventing burglaries is a priority for PC 1503 GINDER the Hagley and Rubery Safer Neighbourhood Officer.

Two new parish councillors

At the parish council meeting on Tuesday 28th August, parish councillors co-opted two new members to fill the vacant seats and return the council to full capacity.

Village residents Harrison Rone-Clarke and Joe Nilsson were welcomed and took part in the meeting.

Proposed double-yellow lines, Public Consultation

The County Council are proposing to increase the length of the double-yellow lines near the junction of Sandhills Lane with Hewell Road.  The public consultation is open until 5th September 2018.

A copy of the draft Order, relevant plan and Statement of Reasons for proposing to make the Order may be inspected at Bromsgrove District Council, Customer Service Centre, Parkside, Market Street, Bromsgrove, Worcs., B61 8DA, and County Hall, Spetchley Road, Worcester, WR5 2NP during normal office hours.  Any objections/representations you may have must be sent in writing to Simon Mallinson, Head of Legal and Democratic Services at County Hall, Spetchley Road, Worcester WR5 2NP  or email

Read the proposal here: Sandhills Lane proposed dyls 2018-07-31

Stay Alert to telephone scams

The police and Warwickshire County Council’s Trading Standards Service are warning residents to beware of phone calls from fraudsters claiming to be HMRC.

The bogus callers attempt to frighten residents by falsely suggesting that the Police are on the verge of arresting them for unpaid taxes. The fraudsters then ask the residents to pay the bogus ‘tax bill’ often using iTunes gift card voucher codes.

Warwickshire County Councillor Andy Crump, Portfolio Holder for Community Safety said: “Whilst most people see through these scam calls and put the phone down, unfortunately some vulnerable people can and do fall victim to these frightening phone calls, losing thousands of pounds as a consequence.”

“If you have a vulnerable family member, neighbour or friend, make sure they are aware of this scam and how they can protect themselves.”

Warwickshire Trading Standards has seen an increase in the number of complaints in the past month relating to bogus HMRC phone calls, emails and texts. Many of the calls relate to demands for payment, but some also concern bogus tax refunds. In these cases residents are asked for personal and financial information that can then be used for identity theft and are normally asked to pay money in advance to receive their non-existent refund.

Be Aware

• HMRC will never use texts to tell you about a tax rebate or penalty or ask for payment using iTunes gift card voucher codes or similar.

• Telephone numbers and text messages can easily be spoofed. You should never trust the number you see on your telephone’s display.

• If you receive a suspicious cold call, end it immediately.

Protect Yourself and Others

• There are now a number of scam call blocking/filtering devices on the market that are very effective in reducing and in some cases eliminating bogus calls. These are particularly useful for vulnerable individuals who would struggle to spot a scam caller.

For more information and to report HMRC scams, visit:


• Action Fraud:

To receive scam alerts to your email inbox visit:

Roadworks information

Here is an interactive website where you can find out what roadworks are going on in the area both now and in the future by using the location and date search functions.

Go to for live information.

New Casual Vacancy

There is a second vacancy for the position of parish councillor.  The public notice is currently being displayed on the notice boards stating ‘an election to fill the casual vacancy shall be held if notice in writing of a request for such an election has been given by TEN local government electors for the parish to the Returning Officer at Bromsgrove District Council.’

The address to send that notice is Parkside, Market Street, Bromsgrove B61 8DA and must be delivered by Friday 10th August.

If there has been no call by that date then the parish council will seek a suitable candidate to co-opt.

Here’s a copy of the application form and the co-option procedure: Co-option procedure 2017-09


Road closure: Bittell Road / Fiery Hill Road junction


The road under the railway bridge between the junction of Hewell Road / Bittell Road and Fiery Hill Road will be CLOSED on Wednesday 1st and Thursday 2nd August to allow for remedial road works to be carried out.  The mini roundabout at the junction of Hewell Road with Bittell Road is to be correctly installed and some  Network Rail signage has to be attached to the bridge.  The usual diversion route will be in place.

Severn Trent Water investigations in Hewell Road

Severn Trent Water have issued a note (see below) to Hewell Road premises advising that in order to improve the water supply in the area they need to carry out investigation works.

There will be a few small excavations, trial holes on the footpath near to Poplar Drive and Orchard Croft, and also in the road at Orchard Croft, outside Rosebank, near the Post Office and by Millennium Park.  The trial holes in the road will require traffic light controls.  The work is expected to take one week starting 16th July.