Christmas and New Years Bin Collections – 30/11/2020

CHRISTMAS 2020 / NEW YEAR 2021

Scheduled Day of CollectionDetailsRevised Day of Collection
Monday 21 DecemberSaturday 19 December
Tuesday 22 DecemberMonday 21 December
Wednesday 23 DecemberTuesday 22 December
Thursday 24 DecemberWednesday 23 December
Friday 25 DecemberBank HolidayThursday 24 December
   
Monday 28 DecemberBank HolidayTuesday 29 December
Tuesday 29 DecemberWednesday 30 December
Wednesday 30 DecemberThursday 31 December
Thursday 31 DecemberSaturday 2 January
Friday 1 January Bank HolidayMonday 4 January
   
Monday 4 JanuaryTuesday 5 January
Tuesday 5 JanuaryWednesday 6 January
Wednesday 6 JanuaryThursday 7 January
Thursday 7 JanuaryFriday 8 January
Friday 8 JanuarySaturday 9 January

Fens Biosphere Conference 2021 Big Skies, Big Vision – 30/11/2020

Fens Biosphere Conference 2021
Big Skies, Big Vision

Register now and join us on Wednesday 13 January 2021
for our online event


Registration is now open for the virtual Fens Biosphere Conference 2021. 
What is a Biosphere?
A Biosphere is a special status awarded by UNESCO to a unique and valuable landscape. Biospheres connect people, economies and nature to create a secure future we can all look forward to. They are about developing new ways of living, exploring new ideas and working together.

The Fens Biosphere Partnership is working together to achieve this special status for the Fens. We believe the Fens provide a unique and valuable landscape that is worthy of this status and deserves to be celebrated. For further information please visit the Fens Biosphere website

About this event
You may have already heard about the Fens Biosphere or you may never have heard about the development of a Biosphere for the Fens before . Either way, this Conference has something to offer you and you are receiving this invite because you live and/or work in the prospective Biosphere area. 

We are hosting this event to raise awareness of the potential UNESCO Fens Biosphere designation with those living and working in the proposed Biosphere area. For us, this is an opportunity to obtain a wide range of local viewpoints, expertise and experience to help us create a balanced design for the Fens Biosphere that reflects the need and ambitions of local people.

You can expect a day packed with useful content such as presentations, discussions, workshop sessions and information downloads.

The programme
The draft programme for the day is available to download here. The conference will be launched by Dame Fiona Reynolds, Master of Emmanuel College, Cambridge and former Director-General of the National Trust. Dame Fiona is an ambassador for the Fens Biosphere and will talk about her vision for the area. A series of presentations will follow to explain what a Biosphere is, to introduce the Fens Biosphere and to look at the potential benefits it might bring to the area. The morning will conclude with an interactive discussion session, where our expert panel will field questions from the audience and this promises to be a lively session.

In the afternoon, attendees can opt to attend one of four workshops aimed at exploring why a Biosphere is a good idea. The workshops will focus on: Water; Food & Farming; Wildlife, Green Space & Well-being; and Culture, Identity & Visitor Economy. All workshops will feature expert speakers, video case studies and plenty of opportunity for questions and answers.

In addition, there will be an online networking lounge where you can drop in and chat online with other delegates and an exhibition hall of online booths to visit. We’ve brought together a number of organisations who work in this field to showcase what they do. With the use of technology, you’ll be able to chat to their representatives, pick up leaflets and information and interact almost as if you were meeting them face to face.

The Conference promises to offer a new experience for most and we encourage you to sign-up early, as demand for places is expected to be high.

Who should attend?
This event will be useful to: Councillors and Clerks from local councils; District and County Councillors; Local community groups interested in sustainability, climate change or the environment Anyone working in the fields of water management, food & farming; wildlife, green space & well-being management; or the cultural & visitor economy; and Anyone connected with Biospheres throughout the United Kingdom or across the world.
What will I need to join the day?
If you have been taking part in remote meetings via Zoom or Teams over the last months then you will find you are well set-up to join the Conference. You will need a broadband connection and a suitable device to receive the content such as a computer (desktop or laptop), tablet or smartphone. You will need to be able to receive sound so you can hear presentations and videos. A webcam will be useful if you wish to take part in video chat opportunities during the day but this is not necessary for the majority of the conference activities.

All the Conference content will remain accessible for 30 days after the event so, even if you are unable to join us on the day, if you are interested in leaning more, you should still register as an attendee and then you will be able to watch on demand in your own time at a time to suit you.

How to register
To register, please go to https://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/fb2021/ and enter your details by Monday 4 January 2021. On this date, all registered delegates will be uploaded onto the Conference platform and sent further instructions and our guide to taking part.

Who is organising this conference?
This event is being organised by Cambridgeshire ACRE on behalf of the Fens Biosphere Partnership. Any enquiries should be addressed to Rachael Brown at Cambridgeshire ACRE on 01353 865037 or rachael.brown@cambsacre.org.uk.

National Crime Agency Shotgun Security Campaign – 30/11/20

This week the National Crime Agency (NCA) has launched a security campaign aimed at licensed shotgun holders in the UK.

The NCA has said that shotgun thefts are back to the levels they were at before the first Covid-19 lockdown and as we look to come out of the current lockdown, they are encouraging people to take additional measures to ensure that weapons are stored safely and securely.

Licensed firearms holders are encouraged to check their homes are secure and review current arrangements for the safe storage and movement of firearms, including:

– Make sure weapons are locked away at all times when not being used.
– Keys to the gun safe are secured away from safe itself and the location of these kept discreet.
– Ensuring windows and doors are locked when out or in the garden.
– Ensure alarm systems are maintained and serviced and provide appropriate coverage.
– Be aware of any suspicious activity such as people watching your property, or following you back from places where the shotgun may have been used/seen.
– Be aware of open talk about firearms ownership in public places which could lead to you being targeted by criminals.
– Be discreet about who you tell that you own firearms.
– Vehicles in which weapons are being carried should not be left unattended.
– Weapons carried should be secured to the vehicle chassis to prevent opportunist theft.

If you see anything suspicious please call 101. In an emergency call 999.

Thank you,
Corporate Communications 

Weekly Policing Update – Somersham District – 11/11/2020

Good Afternoon, Somersham District Members –

Here is our weekly summary of offences and incidents affecting your community, reported to police during the period 2nd to 8th November:

Covid Regulations – Police have responded to reports of possible Covid Regulation breaches across Huntingdonshire in the last week. Incidents include large gatherings of people in confined spaces and potential failures to maintain isolation and quarantine. (Refs CC-05112020-0313, CC-06112020-0508)

A141, Old Hurst Road – Intruders broke through a padlocked gate to enter a construction site at a farm on Old Hurst Road at some time between Friday 30th October and Tuesday 3rd November, and stole drainage equipment, pipes and pumps. At the moment no-one has reported noticing anything suspicious in the area at the time. (Ref 35/74750/20)

Warboys Road, Pidley – A fence panel was taken from the back garden of a house on Warboys Road, Pidley, at some time between Friday 30th October and Tuesday 3rd November. It is not known if the culprits entered the garden but no other offences have been discovered. (Ref CC-05112020-0228)

Church Street, Woodhurst – A property on Church Street undergoing refurbishment was broken into at some time overnight on Wednesday 4th / Thursday 5th November. Intruders entered by forcing a window at the rear of the property but it is not thought that anything was stolen. (Ref 35/75320/20)

The Trundle Area, Somersham – A house in The Trundle area of Somersham was broken into and burgled at some time between Thursday 29th October and Thursday 5th November. Intruders entered by forcing conservatory doors at the back, then carried out a search of the upstairs rooms. It is thought that items of jewellery have been taken. Investigations are on-going. (Ref 35/75370/20)

Loftsteads, Somersham – A thief stole two pairs of secateurs from a greenhouse in the garden of a house on Loftsteads at some time between Friday 30th October and Friday 6th November. (Ref 35/75520/20)

Somersham Road, Colne – A car lost control and crashed into the ditch on Somersham Road, Colne, on Sunday afternoon, 8th November. Fortunately no-one was hurt but it is thought that mud on the road may have contributed to the incident. The Highways Department were asked to attend to clean the road surface. (Ref CC-08112020-0271)

And Finally – Reminder – New Covid-19 Lockdown Regulations:

The whole of England entered the new Lockdown from Thursday 5th November. We are all asked to stay at home, avoid meeting people and only go out for essential purposes.

Full details of what we can and can’t do are on the Government web-site at:

https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus


Please be aware that these reports do not contain all details of all reported crime. We do not publish details of domestic related offences or anything which may put a person at risk if information regarding the crime was made public.

As always, if you have information relating to any offence, or are concerned about any suspicious activities, please contact police by using any of these methods:

– the ‘101’ non-emergency telephone number;
– the on-line web-chat tool on the new Cambridgeshire Constabulary web-site – click on the green icon;
– Alternatively, you can use ‘Crimestoppers’ to make a report anonymously by calling 0800 555 111 or by using their on-line contact form.

In an emergency, or if you witness a crime in progress, always use ‘999’.

Week-Long Operation To Highlight Knife Crime – 11/11/2020

Police in Cambridgeshire will be taking part in a national operation to tackle knife crime this week.

The week-long operation aims to reduce knife related crime and tackle violence across the county.

In Cambridgeshire, offences involving knives or sharp instruments rose 58 per cent from 908 incidents in 2018 to 1,436 incidents in 2019. Between January and October this year there have been 1,178 offences.

On average, officers are arresting three people a week in Cambridgeshire for knife related offences (168 in 2018, 199 in 2019 and 168 between Jan-Oct 2020).

During the crackdown the force will be conducting knife sweeps, talking to retailers about selling to young people and educating school children through virtual presentations about the dangers of carrying knives.

There will also be a live question and answer session on the force Facebook page on Thursday at 7pm (12 November) where members of the public can find out more about knife crime.

Superintendent Robin Sissons said: “While offences involving knives have risen, Cambridgeshire’s figures are still below the national average and in line with a rise in offences across the country.

“It’s simple; knives ruin lives.

“People carrying knives, particularly young people, do so without understanding the real consequences of using them, the devastation it can cause to those who are seriously injured or fatally wounded, nor the impact on the families who have lost loved ones.

“We’d like to urge the family and friends of people who carry knives to encourage them to stop. That one conversation could be life changing and that one small action could be enough to save a life.”

It is illegal to:
– Sell a knife of any kind to anyone under 18 years old
– Carry a knife in a public place without good reason – unless it’s a knife with a folding blade three inches long or less eg a Swiss Army knife
– Carry, buy or sell any type of banned knife
– Use any knife in a threatening way

The maximum penalty for an adult carrying a knife is four years in prison and a fine of £5,000.

If you know someone who carries a knife, you can report it to us or contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555111 or via their website.

Scam Warning – Fake Paypal Emails – 09/11/2020

Action Fraud is warning people selling items online to be on the lookout for criminals sending fake PayPal emails.

Between January 2020 and September 2020, 21,349 crime reports were made to Action Fraud about fake PayPal emails.

Victims reported losing a total of £7,891,077.44 during this time.

Those targeted included people selling jewellery, furniture and electronics via online marketplaces.

Reports of fake PayPal emails to Action Fraud made up a third of all reports of online shopping and auction fraud during this period.

How does it happen?

Criminals have been targeting people selling items online, by sending them emails purporting to be from PayPal. The emails trick victims into believing they have received payment for the items they’re selling on the platform.

Typically, after receiving these emails, victims will ship the item to the criminal. This leaves them at a further disadvantage having not received any payment for the item and also no longer being in possession of it.

How can you protect yourself?Sellers beware: If you’re selling items on an online marketplace, be aware of the warning signs that your buyer is a scammer. Scammers may have negative feedback history, or may have recently set up a new account to avoid getting poor feedback. Don’t be persuaded into sending anything until you can verify you’ve received the payment.

Scam messages: Don’t click on the links or attachments in suspicious emails, and never respond to messages that ask for your personal or financial details.

How to spot the difference: A PayPal email will address you by your first and last name, or your business name, and will never ask you for your full password, bank account, or credit card details in a message.

If you think you’ve been a victim of fraud, report it to Action Fraud online at http://www.actionfraud.police.uk or by calling 0300 123 2040.

Weekly Policing Update – Somersham District – 02/11/2020

Good Afternoon, Somersham District Members –

 
Here is our weekly summary of offences and incidents affecting your community, reported to police during the period 25th October to 1st November:

 
Warboys Road, Pidley – Thieves stole a septic tank, a cement mixer, and a large chop saw and stand from outside a house on Warboys Road, Pidley, on Friday evening, 30th October. The occupants heard noises coming from outside and discovered that a section of fencing had been taken down and site gates broken open so that the thieves could gain access to the items. (Ref 35/74060/20)

 
East Street, Colne – Police arrested a person for drink-driving after a car crashed into parked cars and a wall on East Street, Colne, on Sunday evening, 1st November. (Ref CC-01112020-0453)
 
Police Appeals for Information:
 
Assault in Ramsey:
 
I am repeating this appeal from last week, as the picture of the suspects was not initially included on the web-site – my thanks to the Ecops subscriber who pointed this out to me, well spotted! The picture has now been put up – if you recognise the suspects, the police would very much like to hear from you.

Police are appealing for information following an assault that happened outside The Jolly Sailor pub in Ramsey on Wednesday morning, 14th October, in which one of the victims was knocked unconscious.
 
More information is on the police website at:
 
https://www.cambs.police.uk/news-and-appeals/police-appeal-following-assault-in-ramsey
 
Stolen Telehandler:
 
A telehandler (piece of heavy machinery) was stolen from a farm at Moat’s Way, Hemingford Abbots at some time between Monday afternoon, 26th, and Tuesday morning, 27th October.
 
Police are asking anyone who may have seen anything suspicious to contact them via the 101 non-emergency number or the web-site reporting tool, quoting Incident Number 136 of 27 October.
  
Stolen High Performance Cars:
 
Police are also interested in finding three high performance cars recently reported stolen. These are:
Audi A3, white
Audi TT, black
Mercedes CLA 220, black 
Please contact the police if you see any cars like these in suspicious circumstances.
 
And Finally – New Covid-19 Lockdown Regulations:
 
The whole of England enters a new Lockdown from Thursday 5th November. We are all asked to stay at home, avoid meeting people and only go out for essential purposes.
 
Full details of what we can and can’t do are on the Government web-site at:
 
https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus

Please be aware that these reports do not contain all details of all reported crime. We do not publish details of domestic related offences or anything which may put a person at risk if information regarding the crime was made public.
 

As always, if you have information relating to any offence, or are concerned about any suspicious activities, please contact police by using any of these methods:
 the ‘101’ non-emergency telephone number; the on-line web-chat tool on the new Cambridgeshire Constabulary web-site – click on the green icon; Alternatively, you can use ‘Crimestoppers’ to make a report anonymously by calling 0800 555 111 or by using their on-line contact form.
In an emergency, or if you witness a crime in progress, always use ‘999’.


Best Wishes,
 
Chris Shaw, PSV
 
St Ives Police Station
 
Message Sent By
Chris Shaw (Police, PSV – Online Communities, Huntingdonshire – St Ives)

Stagecoach East Service Changes November 1st 2020 – 14/10/2020

We will be making some significant changes to some of our Busway and Cambridgeshire services from Sunday 1st November 2020. Please find attached a FAQ booklet which outlines all the key route and timetable change information and feel free to share this with your colleagues. Timetables can also be found on the Stagecoach website here: https://www.stagecoachbus.com/promos-and-offers/east/November-1st-Service-Changes
Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any further questions or queries. Kind regards,

Amber Clark
Marketing Officer 
Stagecoach East

T:  01223 433 250
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