The Grapes Inn Slingsby is recruiting

The Grapes are looking for more staff to help out in the kitchen, clean and work the bar/wait on tables.

Applicants for any of the posts need to have lots of energy, be personable & professional & be able to work a variety of shifts including weekends and evenings. Experience preferred but not essential as full training can be given. Please leave a message for Catharine on 01653 628076 or email [email protected] if you think you could help your local or know anyone who could.

Protect Your Pooch

In response to the increased fear of pet theft, Neighbourhood Watch has launched our PROTECT YOUR POOCH campaign. 

The campaign will run on social media from 17th – 30th May but those who do not use social media can support the campaign by displaying this poster in their community, or attending our online Dog Theft webinar on the 27th May at 5pm.  The webinar will be led by Neighbourhood Watch Network with speakers from the Met Police and Crimestoppers, as well as special guest speaker Katy Bourne, PCC for Sussex. To book your place, click here. [Sold out!?]

The PROTECT YOUR POOCH campaign encourages people to keep their pets SECURE, IN SIGHT and SEARCHABLE, and to HELP MAKE PET THEFT A SPECIFIC CRIMINAL OFFENCE.  The Met Police and Crimestoppers are backing our SECURE, IN SIGHT and SEARCHABLE message.  More information on the campaign can be found on www.ourwatch.org.uk/protectyourpooch

You can support the campaign by acting on our advice and sharing our messages in the following ways:

  1. Follow us on Facebook / Twitter / Instagram / LinkedIn and share our campaign posts
     
  2. Print this poster and display it in your community
     
  3. Share this campaign image on your local Whatsapp groups
     
  4. Help make pet theft a specific criminal offence by signing a petition or writing to your MP. Find out more on www.ourwatch.org.uk/protectyourpooch
     
  5. Attend our online Dog Theft webinar on 27th May, 5pm. Book your place here. [Sold out!?]

For anybody who wishes to have a PROTECT YOUR POOCH campaign pack, please email [email protected].

Keep safe,
NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH NETWORK, Central Support Team

Car boot sales

Photo by Richard Flint

Car boot sales are always a great opportunity for people to socialise as well as pick up a bargain and we are very much looking forward to restarting the Slingsby car boot sales in the Sports Field as soon as it is safe to do so.

The current roadmap suggests that we could be running car boot sales from June onwards and we will keep people updated with the dates of the car boot sales as soon as we can get them fixed.

As soon as the dates are finalised we will update the Sports Club Facebook page as well as the Slingsby Village website.

Paul Hogarth

Ticketing Travel and Health Insurance Scams

A timely Neighbourhood Alert message with detail on how to avoid having your planned holiday ruined:

Fraudsters are poised to target the British public with ticketing, travel and health insurance scams as consumers look to book in much-needed social activities as lockdown restrictions ease, warns UK Finance. The scam alert comes as the Take Five to Stop Fraud campaign publishes guidance below on how consumers can protect themselves in the lead-up to further easing of lockdown restrictions from 17 May.  
With many people booking holidays and tickets to concerts and summer festivals, criminals are staying one step ahead by advertising holidays and tickets at low prices or for sold out events, illegally profiting from consumers who are looking for good deals or wanting to attend fully booked events. In some instances, scammers are charging people for the new Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC), which is available free of charge, or advertising fake ‘vaccine certificates’ online.   
Experts at impersonating trusted organisations such as travel agencies and hospitality firms, these fraudsters are using a range of sophisticated methods to approach their victims, including scam emails, telephone calls, fake websites and posts on social media. To stay safe when booking holidays and tickets, people are reminded to always follow the advice of the Take Five to Stop Fraud campaign and take a moment to stop and think before parting with their money or information in case it’s a scam.  
Katy Worobec, Managing Director of Economic Crime at UK Finance, commented:  
“Criminals have been capitalising on the pandemic to commit fraud, and the easing of lockdown restrictions provides another opportunity for them to target victims.  
“As you start booking holidays and planning social activities, don’t let criminals take you for a ride. Follow the advice of the Take Five to Stop Fraud campaign and always visit websites you’re buying from by typing it in to the web browser – avoid clicking on links in unsolicited emails or text messages. Be wary of any requests to pay by bank transfer when buying or booking services online, and instead use a credit card or the secure payment options recommended by reputable websites.” 
Take Five to Stop Fraud advice
Holiday scams  
Travel deal scams 
 
Criminals will set up fake websites offering ‘travel deals’ which are used to obtain your money and information. Websites may look similar to the genuine organisation’s but subtle changes in the URL can indicate that it’s fraudulent. These websites may also seem professional and convincing, using images of luxury villas and apartments that don’t exist to convince victims they’re trusted and genuine. These are offered for rent, often at discounted prices and require a deposit to be made which is never returned.  
Always remember:  
Be suspicious of any “too good to be true” offers or prices – if it’s at a rock bottom price ask yourself why.  
  
Where possible, book directly with an established hotel or through a reputable travel company/agent that is a member of a trade body such as ABTA or ATOL. If you do decide to book independently, establish if you’re dealing with the property owner or a letting agent or via the local tourist information desk, and verify that the address exists through web searches and online maps. 
Always access the website you’re purchasing from by typing it in to the web browser and avoid clicking on links in unsolicited emails or social media posts. The website should use the padlock symbol to indicate that the site is secure.  
Always use the secure payment options recommended by reputable online travel providers and don’t accept requests to pay separately via a bank transfer.  
Where possible, use a credit card when booking holidays over £100 and up to £30,000 as you receive protection under Section 75 of the Credit Consumer Act.  
Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC) scams  
When travelling in the EU, people can access emergency and medical care with a Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC). This card has replaced the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) however criminals are capitalising on this new card to commit fraud, asking victims for payment details when the GHIC is free. They are advertising these cards on fake websites that look like that of the NHS. The sites claim to either fast-track or manage your application process before charging you an up-front fee.   
Always remember:  
The GHIC, which replaces the European Health Insurance Card, is FREE to use and can only be obtained directly via the NHS website:  https://www.nhs.uk/using-the-nhs/healthcare-abroad/apply-for-a-free-uk-global-health-insurance-card-ghic/   
You also don’t need to apply for a GHIC until your current EHIC expires.   
  
You can report scam ads appearing in paid-for space online by visiting the Advertising Standard Authority’s website where you can complete their quick reporting form.  
  
Always question uninvited approaches and contact organisations directly to confirm requests using a known email or phone number.  
Only give out your personal or financial information to services you have consented to and organisations you are expecting to be contacted by.  
Vaccine certificate scams  
The UK government is currently looking into the use of vaccine certificates or a passport for people to use once restrictions lift, which shows whether people have been vaccinated, have recently tested negative or have natural immunity after being ill with Covid. As we await the government’s announcement, criminals will be using the opportunity to target people with fake Covid certificates and passports. They may defraud people via phishing emails, ‘spoofed’ calls, social media posts, fake apps or adverts claiming to be offering Covid certificates or passports. Often posts include a link leading to a fraudulent website used to steal personal and financial information in order for the criminal to commit fraud.   
Always remember:  
Don’t click on links or attachments in social media posts or emails. 
Question uninvited approaches and contact organisations directly to confirm requests using a known email or phone number.  
Only give out your personal or financial information to services you have consented to and organisations you are expecting to be contacted by.  
Ticketing scams  
As events, concerts, festivals and theatre shows reopen from 17 May, criminals will be on the look out to take advantage of people booking these events. Criminals either set up fake websites or social media profiles to sell tickets that are either fraudulent or don’t exist. Websites may even look similar to the genuine organisation’s one but subtle changes in the URL can indicate that it’s fraudulent. Make sure you book tickets directly through official sellers who are members of the self-regulatory body STAR, as anything else could be a scam.   
Always remember:  
Use the secure payment method recommended by reputable online retailers and auction sites.   
Always access the website you’re purchasing from by typing it into your web browser and be wary of clicking on links in unsolicited emails or social media posts. 
Criminals are experts at impersonating people and trusted organisations so always make sure to research who you are buying tickets from and be wary of celebrity-endorsements in case it’s a scam.   
Be suspicious of any “too good to be true” offers or prices and always be wary of any requests to pay by bank transfer when buying tickets online or on social media.   
 
Message Sent By
Stephen Law (NWN, MSA, North Yorkshire, Ryedale, Scarborough, Hinderwell and Staithes)
[ Neighbourhood Watch / Police ]
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“Spring will be a little late this year” – tonight!

Immy Churchill Trio

Spring will be a little late this year? True in so many ways….

As the Ryedale Festival nears the end of its online Spring series, it returns to the Helmsley Arts Centre this evening. Streaming from 9pm we can enjoy the Immy Churchill Trio who will celebrate the arrival of Spring with a late-night session of jazz standards from the Great American Songbook and elsewhere. The Festival invited all performers to reflect themes of nature, optimism and spring in their playlist.

The Online Festival concludes tomorrow with an outstanding programme of popular works played by the London Mozart Players in Castle Howard’s Long Gallery.

Go to https://ryedalefestival.com/ryestream to enjoy these events free. Donations are very welcome.