Please see the attached document setting out the details of the upcoming road closures in Kingscote starting 8 February due to the fibre broadband cable installation works to be carried out on behalf of Gigaclear.
With the number of Covid cases continuing to rise, the decision has been made not to have Sunday services in Kingscote (nor in Horsley or Nailsworth) until the present national lockdown is reviewed and changes made.
However the church in Kingscote will continue to be open for private prayer and contemplation between 9am and 3pm every Sunday.
Action Fraud is warning the public to remain vigilant as criminals begin to take advantage of the roll out of the COVID-19 vaccine to commit fraud.
As of 7 January 2021, Action Fraud, the national reporting centre for fraud and cyber crime, had received 57 reports in relation to the COVID-19 vaccine.
Pauline Smith, Head of Action Fraud, said: “The vaccine is a crucial tool in fighting the coronavirus and keeping people safe. Thankfully, the number of reports into Action Fraud are relatively low but we have seen an increase in the last two months, particularly around scam text messages.
“Remember, the vaccine is only available on the NHS and is free of charge. The NHS will never ask you for details about your bank account or to pay for the vaccine. If you receive an email, text message or phone call purporting to be from the NHS and you are asked to provide financial details, this is a scam.”
Action Fraud has received reports from members of the public who have been sent text messages claiming to be from the NHS, offering them the opportunity to sign up for the vaccine. The texts ask the recipient to click on a link which takes them to an online form where they are prompted to input personal and financial details. In some cases the online form has looked very similar to the real NHS website.
How to protect yourself:
In the UK, coronavirus vaccines will only be available via the National Health Services of England, Northern Ireland, Wales and Scotland. You can be contacted by the NHS, your employer, a GP surgery or pharmacy local to you, to receive your vaccine. Remember, the vaccine is free of charge. At no point will you be asked to pay.
– The NHS will never ask you for your bank account or card details.
– The NHS will never ask you for your PIN or banking password.
– The NHS will never arrive unannounced at your home to administer the vaccine.
– The NHS will never ask you to prove your identity by sending copies of personal documents such as your passport, driving licence, bills or pay slips.
If you receive a call you believe to be fraudulent, hang up. If you are suspicious about an email you have received, forward it to firstname.lastname@example.org. Suspicious text messages should be forwarded to the number 7726 which is free of charge.
If you believe you are the victim of a fraud, please report this to Action Fraud as soon as possible by calling 0300 123 2040 or visiting www.actionfraud.police.uk.
Members of the Nailsworth Silver Band are still keen to come to Kingscote and Bagpath, with the rescheduled carol playing set for Christmas Eve. 3pm at the Lychgate in Kingscote, and 3.30pm at Ashcroft House.
We do hope you will be able to join us. (The weather forecast looks dry but cold). Any donations will go to Christian Aid.
The Christmas Day Service at Kingscote Church starts at 9.30am. It would be helpful if you could let us know in advance if you plan to attend as this will enable us to arrange seating in a safe, socially distanced manner.
It has been decided that, as the rain has not let up all day, we will unfortunately have to cancel this evening’s carol playing in Kingscote and Bapgpath, by members of Nailsworth Silver Band. Apologies for the late notice. In the next day or so we will send you the link to the carol service at Nailsworth church last night, at which the Silver Band played.
We may not be able to have a carol service in our parish church this year but members of Nailsworth Silver Band are kindly coming to Kingscote and to Bagpath to play some carols for us on Monday 21st December.
They will be playing outside the church lychgate in Kingscote at 7pm, then outside Ashcroft House at 7.30pm.
Collection boxes will be available at each venue, with donations going to the charity Christian Aid.
We hope you will be able to join in and ask that you abide by social distancing rules and stay in household groups.
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