Entries by Andrew Buchanan

Warning – bees

There’s a reliable report of a dog walker and dog being attacked & stung by a small swarm of bees about 7pm today while walking along the footpath behind Perch Hill Vineyard. This may be an isolated occurrence, but please add a comment to this post if there are any further incidents.

Scam and WhatsApp privacy update

National Insurance Scam It’s been a while since the last ‘scam’ post, but the fraudsters are still active! One current scam is a National Insurance one, which Action Fraud says has been reported to them over 1,000 times, making it the most reported phone scam of this year so far (We had one of these phone […]

Wildflowers in May

Colour photographs for the article on p19 of May 2021 PEW Birds-foot Trefoil Pignut Ragged Robin Red Valerian False Oxlip (previously mis-identified as Cowslip)   Cowslip (L) and Oxlip (R) for comparison with False Oxlip All images Creative Commons licence

Scam alert – phone call from “the police”

An attempted phone scam has just been reported in the village. The caller claimed to be from Bristol CID and to have arrested someone with a large quantity of money on them. These phone fraudsters are very persuasive, passing the call to their “inspector”, mentioning banks and credit cards and saying you have to act quickly. They […]

Fake Meter Reader ALERT

There are reliable reports of a fake meter reader recently active in Dinder and Westbury-sub-Mendip. The man is calling on elderly people, persuading them to let him into the house, going into every room pretending not to know where the meter is. The police have said this is the same man who struck in a […]

Missed recycling collection Wednesday 17th February

Somerset Waste Partnership just posted the following update: “Coronavirus-related staff shortages have led to missed recycling collections today Wednesday 17 February in and around Easton, Haybridge, Shepton Mallet, Wells, Westbury Sub Mendip and Wookey in Mendip, and in and around Brympton, Chilthorne Domer, Montacute, Tintinhull and Yeovil in South Somerset.” The list of affected roads […]

COVID vaccine scams – a reminder

  Criminals are using the COVID-19 vaccine as a way to target the public by tricking them to hand over cash or financial details. Fraudsters send convincing-looking email and text messages telling people they are eligible for the vaccine or phone people and pretend to be from the NHS or a local pharmacy. Remember that […]

Wassail at home

Unfortunately, it’s impossible for the traditional Westbury Wassail to take place on Old Twelfth Night (Sunday 17th January) this year. So why not wassail the apple trees in your garden? You’ll find instructions and suggestions on Wassail Theatre’s website to help you. https://www.wassailtheatre.co.uk/wassail-at-home If you do wassail your own trees, take some photos and post […]

Unsolicited phone calls and ways to block them

Roof Insulation Cold Call A villager recently received an unsolicited phone call from Energy Guard Insulation Ltd. in Bournemouth. They called from 02045 122040, but may also use other numbers. The salesman offered a free survey to check roof insulation “…tomorrow while we are in the area … as recommended by the Energy Saving Trust.” […]