Fake HSBC Texts

We’ve previously warned of smishing texts, falsely claiming to be from Lloyds Bank, providing the recipient with a link to click if they had not set up the alleged new payee on their account (see image below). This scam is designed to trick the recipient into thinking there has been unauthorised activity on their account and to lure them into giving their banking information in order to stop any outgoing payments. The fraudster sending the message is then able to steal money using the recipient’s banking information.

Smishing text claiming to be from Lloyds Bank

At the time of our warning we suggested that this scam was unlikely to exploit only Lloyds Bank’s name and that a version of the message was likely to be sent from other telephone numbers and using the names of other banks too.

We now have some examples of similar smishing texts, received by residents of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, this time purporting to be from HSBC. Please see below.

Smishing text purporting to be from HSBC sent by 07833 941725

You will see that this message is very similar to the fake Lloyds text in that it claims a new payee has been set up on your account. As before it gives a link for you to provide information about your account to supposedly stop a new payee being set up.

Another version of this message has been received by a resident as below, the only difference being a slightly different description/name of the link, a different fictitious payee name and a different number that sent it.

Smishing text purporting to be from HSBC sent by 07487 559281

The warning signs that these messages are not genuine are:

  • The messages come from ordinary mobile telephone numbers 
  • The messages include a hyperlink asking for information

N.B. Even if a message seems to come from a trusted sender such as your bank i.e. if it is automatically logged in a list of previous genuine messages from your bank, do not assume it to be genuine. Fraudsters can ‘spoof’ numbers to appear like a legitimate entity. Always check the authenticity of a message by telephoning your bank or visiting a branch before clicking on any links. Do not click on any links in SMS (text) messages that you do not know to be genuine.

Forward suspicious text messages to 7726.

In the case of e-mail messages that phish for your information, report to report@phishing.gov.uk .

Telephone kiosk – opportunity to promote your group/organisation – 29/04/2021

As we are coming to the end of the pandemic (hopefully) over the next few months and in an effort to get organisations back up and running, the parish council are looking to book the Telephone kiosk on The Cross free of charge to community groups and organisations to promote themselves.


The kiosk will have to be booked through Alex at the parish council office (admin@somersham-pc.gov.uk)

Each organisation can only book for one calendar month

Alex will enter all the relevant details on a calendar including who you will take over from and who takes over from you

We have booking reservations for May and June 2021 but if you would like to put yourself forward for another month during the year, then please do contact Alex Scriven on his email above so we can keep the calendar fully booked. All bookings are on a first come first served basis.

We are holding a sports themed event in August 2021 and will contact the sports clubs and groups we know about and if you don’t hear from us please do get in touch.

We look forward to hearing from your group!

Council Tax for Somersham 2021-2022 – 23/04/2021

Council Tax for Somersham 2021-2022

The preparation of an annual budget is one of the key statutory tasks undertaken by the parish council.

The annual budget;

  • Results in the council setting the precept for the following financial year (the precept is the money request to the district council reflected in the council tax as the parish ‘share’)

The key stages in the budgeting process by the council as the corporate body are;

  • A review of current years budget and spending;
  • To determine the cost of spending plans;
  • To assess levels of anticipated income;
  • To provide for contingencies and the need for reserves;
  • To approve the current and following years budget;
  • Finally, to set the precept

This process is carried out at Somersham’s full council meetings which are open to members of the public to attend. Meeting dates for the year ahead and the agenda’s (which are published 3 clear days in advance of the meeting date) are on our website www.somersham-pc.gov.uk

The meeting agendas are also published on our noticeboards at The Norwood Building/parish council office (attached to the Victory Hall), outside Tesco, outside the primary school and St John the Baptist Church also 3 clear days in advance of the meeting date.

Whenever possible, the parish council will seek grants to help support their services and improve facilities for the parish.

To try to put the annual precept (council tax) for Somersham into some perspective in cash rather than percentage terms, the council tax Band Tax Base property share per year specifically for Somersham is listed below;

Somersham only                     2020/2021         2021/2022

Band A                                     £98.80              £111.11

Band B                                     £115.27             £129.62

Band C                                     £131.73             £148.14

Band D                                     £148.20             £166.66

Band E                                     £181.13             £203.70

Band F                                     £214.07             £240.73

Band G                                     £247.00             £277.77

Band H                                     £296.40             £333.32

For more information on Somersham Parish Council as a whole and the finances please go to our website www.somersham-pc.gov.uk

Specifically, the detailed budget and precept breakdown can be accessed on Somersham Parish Council’s website using the links below;

Somersham Precept 2021-2022

Somersham Budget 2021-2022

Huntingdonshire District Council Council Tax charges per Parish 2020-2021

Huntingdonshire District Council Council Tax charges per Parish 2021-2022

Council Tax Charges 2021/2022

Weekly Policing Update – Somersham District – 23/04/2021

Good Afternoon, Somersham District Members –

Here is our weekly summary of offences and incidents affecting your community, reported to police during the period 15th to 21st April. We begin with a police appeal for information about a fatal road incident which very sadly involved a Somersham resident.

Police Appeal for Witnesses:

At around 1:15 pm on Tuesday 20th April there was a traffic incident on Fen Road, Pidley, in which a car left the road and ran into trees on a steep roadside bank. Very sadly, the driver, Robert Chasse of King Street, Somersham, died in the incident. No other vehicles were involved and there were no passengers in the car.

Police are asking anyone who saw the crash to contact them, using any of the methods listed at the end of this report, quoting Incident Number 195 of 20th April.

Parkhall Road Area, Somersham – Police responded to a report of suspicious behaviour by two males in a black BMW in the Parkhall Road area of Somersham on Friday afternoon, 16th April. The males were seen entering the driveways of several houses in the area, and when challenged by a resident, told them that they were interested in buying a property. However, none of the houses were currently for sale. The suspects drove off but later returned and were filmed by a doorbell video system trying the handles of several houses. (Ref 35/22753/21)

Fen Road, Pidley – Two males in a silver Vauxhall car are reported to have stolen items of scrap metal from a farmyard on Fen Road, Pidley, on Monday morning, 19th April. The car drove into the yard where one of the suspects climbed over a locked gate and entered some of the farm buildings before returning to the gate and passing the items of scrap to the other male, who loaded them into the car. (Ref 35/23323/21)

And Finally … Action on Hare-Coursing:

The Rural Crime Action Team (RCAT) have published the following statistics on hare-coursing incidents over the past year (April 2020 to March 2021):

1,196 incidents reported

93 vehicles seized

138 Community Protection Warnings issued

17 Community Protection Notices issued

165 Dispersal Notices issued

23 people summoned to Court

20 dogs seized and rescued

More information is on the police web-site at: https://bit.ly/3eiF6sd

To see details of Policing Summaries for neighbouring areas, please click on the following link and scroll down the page to select areas of interest:


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’.

Press Release: East West Rail – 21/04/2021

East West Railway Company has recently announced further consultation on the detailed route alignment for the proposed brand-new investment in Oxford to Cambridge public transport, within the previously announced Route E corridor, setting out five potential options. There are five route alignment options within ‘Section D’ for where the new rail line might go with Route Alignment 1 as the ‘emerging preference’, which includes a new St Neots South train station.  

The already chosen corridor Route E was collectively championed as the best option by Huntingdonshire District Council (HDC), Bedford Borough Council, South Cambridgeshire District Council and Cambridge City Council. That decision was the result of strong and deliberate collaborative work across all four councils to provide East West Rail with the context and data to make that decision that results in the greatest potential for future success and ambition of our district. The new detailed alignments include options for a new St Neots South station and related infrastructure, in addition to the existing station in the town.  

The new proposed ‘emerging preference’ route option would bring faster and better long-term connectivity to communities between Bedford and Cambridge and other benefits, including:  
– Joined up infrastructure – benefiting from the proposed A428 Black Cat to Caxton Gibbet Improvement Scheme
– New housing and communities
– Economic Growth – alongside the development of new housing, a new station could bring economic growth to the community, creating more jobs and prosperity            

Corporate Director for Place at Huntingdonshire District Council, Nigel McCurdy, said: “The further detail on route alignment, and ongoing focus upon options for new station provision close to St Neots is welcome confirmation of the real recognition and potential to secure greater transport choices and unlock greater prosperity to all parts of Huntingdonshire, a choice that is best suited to our residents and businesses.  

“We have already worked tirelessly with our neighbouring councils to make the economic opportunity case overall for Route E, and we will continue to advocate for the alignment that directly provides the best future outcome, opportunities, and network links to our district that a new station to the south of St Neots will bring. The new station provision will create a gateway connection between our District’s largest market town and the neighbouring economic development areas. Working hard again to champion an alignment that best secures the future success of Huntingdonshire its environmental quality and the important wider links across the OxCam ARC and beyond.  

“The route options also make maximum use of existing infrastructure corridors, meaning that the impact on our precious countryside will be limited. Huntingdonshire is in an area of high economic growth, the further news of these alignment details and investment in major infrastructure is one key project that will help to support our existing communities and businesses with planned and future growth.”  

The East West Rail project is one predicated on the connection of Oxford to Cambridgeshire via a direct line, to nurture growth and prosperity throughout the OxCam Arc. In doing so, there is widespread opportunity for infrastructure development within the connected areas and improvements to local public transport services.  

The route that the five options are set within (Route E), travels from Bedford Midland station to Cambridge including two new stations, one to be constructed in Cambourne and one to the south of St Neots or north of Tempsford.
  For more information, visit: https://eastwestrail.co.uk/

Cambridgeshire Hearing Help Restarting – 20/04/2021

Coronavirus update:

April 2021: CHH Hearing Aid Maintenance (HAM) Centres open for appointments.

If you are an NHS hearing aid user, or relative, friend or carer of an NHS hearing aid user, Cambridgeshire Hearing Help is pleased to announce the limited re-opening of its hearing aid re-tubing service. If your HEARING AID NEEDS CLEANING AND MAINTENANCE, we have launched a ‘drop-off and pick-up 10 minutes later’ service at nine HAM Centres located in Soham, Ely, Cambourne, Girton, St Ives, Chatteris, Fulbourn and Great Shelford.

To comply with the social distancing regulations and Covid-19 risk assessments our re-tubing process will take longer and therefore our sessions will be by appointment only. Because of these precautions we are only able to offer a ‘drop-off and pick-up 10 minutes later’ service at present. We ask that your hearing aids are handed to us in a sealed envelope labelled with your Name, Date of Birth, Postcode and contact phone number.

To book an appointment, tel. 01223 416141, email enquiries@cambridgeshirehearinghelp.org.uk. or go to our website https://www.cambridgeshirehearinghelp.org.uk/ and book online

Our HAM Centres operate between 10:30am and 3:30pm as follows: 

  • Soham: 1st Monday of the month at Soham Library, 5/7 Clay Street, Soham CB7 5HJ.
  • Ely Library: 2nd and 4th Monday of the month at Ely Library, 6 The Cloisters, Ely CB7 4ZH.
  • Ely Methodist Church: 4th Tuesday of the month at Methodist Church Hall, Chapel Street, Ely CB6 1AD. 
  • Cambourne: 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month at Lower Cambourne Cricket Pavilion, Woodfield Lane, Lower Cambourne, Cambridge CB23 6FB. (Please note this change of address)
  • St Ives: 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the monthat St Ives Library, 4 Library Row, Station Road, St Ives PE27 5BW.
  • Girton: 3rd Wednesday of the month at the Baptist Church, 103 High Street, Girton, Cambridge CB3 0QQ.
  • Fulbourn: 1st and 3rd Thursday of the month at The Swifts Meeting Room and Library, Haggis Gap, Fulbourn, Cambridge, CB21 5HD.
  • Great Shelford: 1st Thursday of the month at Great Shelford Free Church, Ashen Green, Great Shelford, CB22 5EY.
  • Chatteris: 2nd Friday of the month at Chatteris Library, 2 Furrowfields Road, Chatteris, PE16 6PT.

    If you are unable to get to any of our Hearing Aid Maintenance Centres please contact your original provider: your hospital audiology department or Specsavers.

We CONTINUE TO PROVIDE BATTERIES BY POST.  Please telephone us on 01223 416141 or email enquiries@cambridgeshirehearinghelp.org.uk. We will need to know what SIZE batteries you require. This will be either size 13 Orange, size 312 Brown or size 675 Blue.

You can also pick-up batteries from the Cambridgeshire Mobile Library, which visits 85 villages and communities throughout the county: www.mobilelibraries@cambridgeshire.gov.uk

Further locations for Hearing Aid Maintenance Centres will be posted as they become available.

Fake Council Home Improvement Texts – 19/04/2021

Fake Council Home Improvement Texts

We’ve been contacted by a local resident concerned about a suspicious text message they received. 

CouncilUK text

The text claims to be from ‘CouncilUK’ and asks the recipient whether they have any damp or issues in their home. The sender then claims to be offering home improvements and money back on rent. It asks the recipient to click a link.

Red flags that suggest this is not a genuine message are:

  • The text was unsolicited and was received out of the blue.
  • The sender ‘Council UK’ is not a genuine organisation.
  • The text includes a link to click. (We haven’t visited this link but it’s likely to ask for personal information including bank or card details which would then be used to steal money or it could infect your device with malware).
  • The text has a grammatical error as it starts a sentence with a lower case letter.

Beware any text message asking you to click a link, including where the message appears to be from a genuine organisation like NHS, HMRC, GOV.UK or a well known bank. Scammers can spoof the number of genuine organisations to make their communications look authentic.  It is best not to click on any link unless you know the message to be genuine.

Forward suspicious texts to 7726.

Suspicious e-mails can be forwarded to report@phishing.gov.uk Do not click on links or attachments.

Weekly Policing Update – Somersham District – 19/04/2021

Good Afternoon, Somersham District Members –

Here is our weekly summary of offences and incidents affecting your community, reported to police during the period 8th to 14th April:

The Bank, Somersham – A resident of The Bank found that two panels had been removed from their garden fence and carefully stacked nearby, on Thursday 8th April. The panels are believed to have been removed at sometime since the previous Saturday, 3rd April. However, nothing was stolen and no other damage was found, and it is thought that the persons responsible may have been disturbed in the act and scared away. (Ref 35/20766/21)

Fenton Hill, Pidley – Police were called to an incident on Fenton Hill on Friday afternoon, 9th April, where a car had left the road and ended up in the ditch. No-one was reported hurt but the car had to be pulled out and towed away by recovery services. (Ref CC-09042021-0342)

And Finally – Free Covid-19 Rapid Tests Now Available for Everyone in England Who Has No Symptoms:
The Department of Health and Social Care is encouraging everyone in England who has no symptoms to get into the habit of using the free ‘rapid lateral flow’ tests twice a week, as part of the next steps towards the cautious easing of restrictions. The tests are now available and can be obtained from a variety of outlets or delivered by post to your home.
More details are on the NHS web-site at:

To see details of Policing Summaries for neighbouring areas, please click on the following link and scroll down the page to select areas of interest:


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’.

Census 2021 Scams – 12/04/2021

Census 2021 Scams

Census 2021 Day might be over, but census field officers are visiting homes to provide support on completing the census for those that have not already done so.

Census-branded reminder letters are also being sent out.

Census field officers will never ask for payment or bank details.

They will never ask for personal details such as a national insurance number and they do not need to enter your home.

You will never be issued with a fine on the doorstep.

You will never be issued with a fine by text message, phone call or email.


Action Fraud warnings about scams related to Census 2021

Nine out of ten households have completed Census 2021 – 12/04/2021

There has been a fantastic response to Census 2021, thank you! Nine out of ten households have completed their questionnaire. Even though Census Day has been and gone, it is not too late for people to fill out their form.


People can give their Census access code to a family member, friend, carer or any trusted person to complete the Census on their behalf.


If anyone has completed their Census online and they still get a visit from a Census officer, it may be that they have clicked on “Save & Exit” instead of “Submit” at the end of the questionnaire. They can still go back into their questionnaire with their access code at www.census.gov.uk and click “Submit” or call freephone 0800 141 2021 for help to do this.


If anyone has misplaced their letter, they can request a new unique access code on this link https://census.gov.uk/en/request/access-code/enter-address/ or call freephone 0800 141 2021.


Helping People Complete the Census


  1. The Census Call Centre freephone number is 0800 141 2021 (TEXT RELAY 18001) -people can request a paper questionnaire or give their Census return over the phone.
  1. Local Census Support Centres can help people, by appointment, to complete the Census. They are the Rosmini Centre in Wisbech on 01945 474 422 and the Hunts Volunteer Centres in Huntingdon, St Neots, St Ives and Ramsey on 07849 794 490. If you pop your postcode in here it will bring up your nearest support centre.
  1. The Census website has materials to help people complete the Census.

There are language guides here and the language line is 0800 587 2021.

There are accessible formats and guidance here

  1. Census Field Officers are calling at households who have not completed their Census. They will follow social distancing and COVID-safe guidelines, be equipped with PPE and will never need to enter anyone’s home. They’ll be operating much like a postal or food delivery visit.

Census Field Officers support people to complete and will not ask for money, please don’t give anyone money at the doorstep.

ONS Census Field Officers wear an ID badge and branded high-vis. You can contact the call centre to check the ID number on a Census Field Officer badge on freephone 0800 141 2021.

Thank you again for all of your support, with your help, we can ensure everyone in Huntingdonshire & Fenland can take part in the Census and be counted.