Squirrels – Meet the Therapist

Squirrels (Formerly the Natural Health Shop) are holding a meet the therapist evening on the 22nd of November from 6pm to 8pm in their store on Burnham High Street.

This is your chance to pop along and learn about the various therapies available in store including Reiki, Nutrition, Kinesiology and Massage.

it’s also great opportunity to meet the new Squirrels Team.

You can read their flyer for the event here.

Stop! – Think! – Don’t swim with the Loan Sharks this Christmas!

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Stop! Think! Don’t swim with the Loan Sharks this Christmas!

They never let you go!

As the Christmas shopping season gets into full swing, Chiltern and South Bucks District Council’s Community Safety Team are asking people to think again before borrowing money to avoid debt spiralling out of control.

At this time of year it is all too easy to get persuaded to use high cost ‘buy now pay later’ catalogues, payday loans, doorstep lenders and even loan sharks. All these sources of credit will lead to high interest rates and in the case of loan sharks, intimidation and possibly harm. Check out the following advice:-

  • Most loan sharks start out friendly, but their behaviour changes when payments are missed.
  • Few loan sharks advertise; they are often heard of by word of mouth.
  • Most loan sharks offer little or no paperwork.
  • Many loan sharks will refuse to tell you how much you owe, how long you will be paying off the debt
  • Many loan sharks will increase the debt and add additional amounts.
  • Many loan sharks take items as security including passports, bank cards or benefit cards.
  • Many loan sharks resort to intimidation, threats and violence. REMEMBER if you have borrowed from a loan shark you have not committed a crime, they have.

If you do need a loan to help with the cost of Christmas, you could join your local credit union, M for Money. Credit unions offer safer, affordable loans to people who may turn to high-risk borrowing like payday lenders. As well as providing excellent value for savers, the community bank also helps support people with poor credit history, or those who find managing their finances difficult, to prevent them falling prey to loan sharks and high-interest loan companies. The scheme enables members to save small amounts at favourable rates of interest, and borrow when necessary.

You can join the credit union at www.m4mcu.org or emailing admin@m4m.cu.org or phoning 020 8756 3866.
If you believe you have borrowed from a loan shark, contact the England Illegal Money Lending Team in confidence. There are a number of ways you can contact the team, by phoning the 24/7 confidential hotline on 0300 555 2222, by email to reportaloanshark@stoploansharks.gov.uk or you can find out more from the webpage which is http://www.stoploansharks.co.uk/
Before committing to ‘borrow’ always read the small print. Ask any lender to explain the total cost of paying back the money borrowed, including any hidden charges.

White Ribbon Day – 25th November

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November 25 is White Ribbon Day – an annual national campaign against domestic violence.
Your Community Safety Partnership is once again supporting the campaign encouraging residents, especially men to wear a white ribbon as a visible pledge never to commit, condone or remain silent about violence against women.

From Monday 20th November through to Friday 24th November, white ribbons and information will be available in the reception area of Chiltern District Council Offices in Amersham and South Bucks District Council offices in Denham.

If you are affected by domestic abuse – whether you are a man or a woman – or you are concerned for someone else, a directory of support services is available on both councils’ websites at http://www.chiltern.gov.uk/domesticviolence or www.southbucks.gov.uk/domesticviolence

In an emergency always call 999

Take a stand against violence towards women and make the white ribbon pledge.

Drama Showcase IV – Burnham Library

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The Friends of Burnham Library with Slough Writers are delighted to present Drama Showcase IV on both Friday and Saturday 27th and 28th October 2017 in our “Library Theatre” commencing at 7.30pm.

We are very grateful for the continued support that Slough Writers with their talented playwrights and actors give us, having been working now for some nine months, developing the plays specially for this event.

This year, following the sell-out last year, we are presenting on two nights and there will be five one act Plays on the stage, which test the characters to the limit, asking “How do they cope?”

Doors open at 7.00pm on both days. We will be serving our customary and much praised buffet with wine and soft drinks in the interval, mid -performance. The Buffet is included in the ticket price, so is excellent value, no need to eat beforehand!

Tickets are priced at £12 (£10 for Friends of the Library Members) and are available from Library Reception or online at www.friendsofburnhamlibrary.org

We hope that you will support the event and have an enjoyable evening at the same time. The funds we raise are used to support the many activities in the Library and in the last year we have spent large sums on books and equipment, made a major contribution to the repair of the massive damage caused by a thief and funded the Children’s Summer reading Challenge, for which a record 250 signed up and 184 completed. The “graduation” party this last week had to be seen!

Community Challenge Cheese and Wine Quiz Night

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The Rotary Club of Burnham Beeches will be holding a Community Challenge Cheese & Wine night on the 21st of October from 7:30pm at Caldicott School, Crown Lane, Farnham Royal, SL2 3SL

Doors open at 7pm with the quiz starting at 7:30pm

Tickets are priced at £9 each with team tables of up t 8 people available.

For more information contact Mark Thomas at the Rotary Club of Burnham Beeches on 01628 667974

Thursday 19th October is International Credit Union Day

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Thursday October 19th 2017 is International Credit Union Day which celebrates the great work that credit unions are doing around the world.

This year’s theme is ‘Dreams Thrive Here’ celebrating how credit unions can help make different professions, personal choices and career paths real. So if you have a dream that you want to turn into reality, why not contact the local credit union for Chiltern and South Bucks, M for Money Credit Union, on: 020 8756 3866 or email admin@m4mcu.org. The credit union is also a way of seeing your savings help others while still making interest.

Last year’s M for Money’s dividend to savers was 1.5%. For further information visit WWW.m4mcu.org

Today, there are 57,000 credit unions in 105 countries, providing 217 million members access to affordable financial services and offering an alternative to loan sharks and high interest money-lenders. In Ireland, more than 70% of the population belongs to a credit union. In America and Canada the figure is around 43%. Credit unions are also growing fast in the UK, Eastern Europe, and parts of South America, Africa and the Far East.

Have a fright free Halloween

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Have a fright-free Halloween

Halloween is a night of innocent fun for many youngsters, but for elderly or vulnerable residents, it can be distressing and frightening.

To help make the 31 October trick or treat celebration enjoyable for everyone, Thames Valley Police is working with Chiltern District Council and South Bucks District Council’s Joint Community Safety Team to encourage residents to display posters in their front windows to indicate whether or not they welcome Halloween callers.

The posters show either a smiley Halloween image to indicate trick or treaters are welcome, or a sad face to indicate callers should not knock on that door. Posters can be picked up free of charge from Chiltern District Council Offices, King George V Road in Amersham, HP6 5AW or South Bucks District Council Offices, Capswood, Oxford Road in Denham, UB9 4LH, or you can download one at: www.chiltern.gov.uk/halloween or www.southbucks.gov.uk/halloween.

Residents without access to a printer can request posters by calling 01494 586535.

People planning to go trick or treating are asked to look out for the posters and be considerate of others. Tricks like throwing eggs, graffiti, or other vandalism will be treated as criminal damage and the police will prosecute anyone found breaking the law.

Trick or treating has become a tradition which many householders are only too happy to be part of. For some, however, it can be a truly upsetting and very frightening time. These simple posters give a clear message as to whether the resident is prepared to join in the Halloween fun or not.

Extra police will be on duty during the Halloween period to ensure that inappropriate behaviour is challenged and resolved. Anti-social behaviour will not be tolerated at any time of year. Anyone affected by the few individuals who use trick or treating as an excuse to commit antisocial behaviour can report it to Thames Valley Police on 101. In an emergency, or if a crime is in progress, call 999.

If you are concerned about Halloween, the advice is:

· Don’t open your door if you’re unsure who is there. Use your spy-hole or look out of a window, and use your door chain if you do decide to open your door.

· Have a contact number of a close relative or good neighbour to hand by your telephone in case you need to phone them.

· If you are part of a Neighbourhood Watch scheme, let your coordinator know you will be on your own at Halloween. If you are a coordinator, please identity people in your scheme that may be vulnerable and offer them reassurance.

Stay Safe This Winter

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This time of the year when the clocks have gone back means homes are in darkness early in the afternoon – a gift for opportunist burglars.

To avoid becoming a victim of burglary, Chiltern District Council and South Bucks District Council’s Joint Community Safety team is encouraging householders to take some simple steps to protect their home:

• Use a timer switch to turn on lights and a radio to give the impression someone is home
• Keep valuables, and other electronic equipment such as iPads out of sight
• Security mark valuables with a UV pen and register them with www.immobilise.com
• Double lock UPVC doors or use dead locks on solid doors. Keep all spare keys, including car keys, away from the front door out of sight to avoid them being ‘fished’ through the letter box
• Keep windows locked with the key and keep it out of sight
• Don’t leave packaging of expensive items purchased on view as an advertisement to thieves
• If you intend to go away over the holiday period, ask a neighbour to park on your drive to make your home look occupied and do the same for others.

Neighbourhood Police Officers will be patrolling in residential areas and, if they believe a property is at risk of being burgled, they will pop a ‘Here’s a bright idea’ card through the door along with contact details for further crime prevention advice.

Residents can follow their local police and pick up security advice from Twitter at: @TVP_ChiltSBucks . For regular updates on crime and disorder in your area you can sign up to Thames Valley Alert .
You can also contact Chiltern District Council and South Bucks District Council’s Joint Community Safety team on 01494 586535 and for further crime reduction advice you can visit:

https://www.thamesvalley.police.uk/advice/ www.chiltern.gov.uk/crimereduction or www.southbucks.gov.uk/crimereduction or follow us on Twitter @csafetycdcsbdc

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