Entries by Andrew Buchanan

Phishing email – NHS COVID digital passport

There are at least two versions of a phishing email going around at the moment which seemingly allow you to apply for a digital COVID passport. Obvious clues are poor English and incorrect spelling: “We will ask you a few personal information about yourself and show you how to get your copy. The passport will allow […]

Recycling update – SWP have apparently changed their mind, it’s today!

Time to put the recycling out again – this morning’s update from SWP says they’ll collect today, Thursday.     Fingers crossed…. Ros Wyke is double-checking this update with SWP, so there’ll be another update if there’s any change. Return recycling Mendip: Back Thu05Aug for collections missed Thu29Jul in-around Lydford-on-Fosse, and collections missed Wed04Aug in-around Draycott, […]

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 […]