Rural watch and crime prevention meeting.

A meeting at short notice.

Howardian Hills and North Yorkshire Police will be holding a Rural watch and crime prevention meeting at Hovingham Village hall on the 25th April at 19:00hrs. We would like to invite those who are interested in joining / setting up a rural watch in their area or to access crime prevention advice to attend the meeting.


May Car Boot Sales

OK, it is the busiest weekend of the year, in addition to the Scarecrow Festival, and the May Day Festivities, we have the first car boot sale of the year on Monday, 7th May, 7 am to 2 pm (weather and ground conditions permitting).

The second of the year is planned for another Bank Holiday, on Monday, 28th May, again conditions permitting.

For a full list of car boot sale events, please visit the sports field page.

Scarecrow Festival: 5th-7th May 2018.

It’s that time of year again, probably the busiest weekend of the year. Slingsby Scarecrow weekend takes place over the May Day weekend running ‪from 10am Saturday 5th May through to ‪Monday 7th May.

Scarecrow trails are available from the ‘pop up’ café in the Methodist Chapel, or from Robin Hood Caravan Park or from Tony’s village shop, for a small charge to raise funds for Friends of Slingsby School.

The ‘pop up’ café will run from 12 noon to 4 pm on Saturday and Sunday, serving refreshments, home-made cake and savouries, and runs alongside a ‘pre-loved’ children’s stall.

Scarecrow entries, modern and traditional, are displayed around the village of Slingsby, so remember to vote for your favourite Scarecrow to be in with a chance of winning a prize.

Because the Scarecrow weekend runs into the May Day Monday, it’s joined by the traditional May Day festivities taking place on the village green, including May Pole dancing and traditional stalls and refreshments.

So come along and support a great cause, and maybe get lucky and win a prize.


Online Marketplace Fraud Advice for Sellers


Action Fraud has received several reports indicating that sellers of items on online marketplace websites are falling victim to fraud by bogus buyers. Typically, the bogus buyers contact the seller wanting to purchase the item for sale and advise they will be sending the requested amount via PayPal or other electronic payment method. The seller then receives a fake, but official looking email stating they have been paid more than the asking price and to send the difference back to the buyer’s bank account. In reality, no money has ever been sent to the seller; the bogus buyer has spoofed an email and purported to be an online payment company. All contact is then severed with the seller.


It is important to remember that selling anything could make you a target to these fraudsters however the NFIB has identified that those offering sofas, large furniture and homeware are particularly vulnerable.


Protection Advice


• Don’t assume an email or phone call is authentic. Remember criminals can imitate any email address. Stay in control. Always use a trusted payment method online, such as Paypal, and have the confidence to refuse unusual requests for payment like bank transfers.


• Don’t be rushed or pressured into making a decision.  Always verify that you have received payment from the buyer before completing a sale.


• Listen to your instincts.  Criminals will try and make unusual behaviour, like overpaying, seem like a genuine mistake.


Visit Take Five (takefive-stopfraud.org.uk/advice/) and Cyber Aware (cyberaware.gov.uk) for more information about how to protect yourself online.


If you have been affected by this, or any other type of fraud, report it to Action Fraud by visiting www.actionfraud.police.uk or by calling 0300 123 2040.

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The Yorkshire Arboretum April Newsletter

The first garden of the season open on behalf of the Arboretum opens this weekend in Sinnington, for more information on all open gardens click here.

For the full April newsletter with details of walks, talks and a member’s morning click here.