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« on: November 14, 2017, 04:19:03 PM »

Just back from my son’s wedding in Florida - so back to work and hundreds of emails !!!  I will do my best to work through them over the next week.
FIRST from Catherine Williams the Public Health Communications Officer at RBWM.
Can you circulate this please to your members ?
With the temperatures falling, the Met Office have put together a helpful checklist to ensure that we are ready for whatever the winter may bring.
Use this link for more information:
Age UK have also produced some useful information on ‘preparing for winter’.
Best wishes
Catherine Williams
Public Health Communications Officer
Public Health, Strategy and Commissioning
Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead
Zone A, Town Hall, St Ives Road, Maidenhead SL6 1RF
Tel: 01628 685637
Follow us on Twitter: @RBWM
Like us on Facebook
NEXT from Roger at OPAF - The Older Persons Advisory Forum:
Can you circulate this please to your members ?
The Next OPAF Meeting. Our next Members’ Meeting will be on Wednesday 15th November at the Windsor Leisure Centre.

Flu Vaccine. Do be sure you have the Free Flu Jab as soon as possible. As an OPAF member, flu can be more severe if any of the following apply to you:
Age 65 and over
An underlying health condition (such as long-term heart or respiratory disease)
Weakened immune system from any cause.
Anyone in these risk groups is more likely to develop potentially serious complications of flu, such as pneumonia (a lung infection), so it is highly recommended that they have a flu vaccination every year to protect themselves.
Flu vaccine is the best protection we have against these unpredictable conditions.
Elderly Care. We in OPAF are concerned about the information available to older members of the community on how the provision of residential care is paid for and managed for us. It would be useful to hear of your or your friends’ recent experiences. A little bit of myth busting would not go amiss!
Please contact us on

Out and About. It is very important to keep active and sociable and the best way through the dark days and evenings of winter is to get out and about. Arrange to meet in the town centre, the local branch of the library (with coffee shop) Men’s Matters and others meeting groups. Even a nice warm local pub!

Being isolated is really bad for you - but being a member of OPAF is a good sign – and helping others to be sociable is a way of helping yourself.

One of the best ways of keeping in good health is to make sure you have plenty to do…

Getting there. If you don’t have access to transport, Peter Haley will be at our meeting on the 15th November at Windsor Leisure Centre, to give you an insight to how People to Places could help some of you.

Finally, my best wishes for Christmas and the New Year.

Roger Panton
OPAF contact phone: 01628 879582
NEXT from Colin at OPAF:
Dear OPAF members,
Some of you may be interested in a commercial device for blocking unwanted phone calls, now available free of charge to people with dementia.
Honor Ryan has asked for this information to be distributed as widely as possible, so as to reach those who may benefit from the scheme.
With best wishes,
Colin Robertson (OPAF Webmaster)

The National Trading Standards (NTS) Scams Team is focussing on dementia sufferers who may be receiving scams or nuisance calls and offering a solution.

The NTS Scams Team is offering FREE call blocking devices.
Why install a call blocker

Previous trials have shown:

The blocking technology supplied by trueCall ( is extremely effective blocking over 95% of nuisance calls.

People have reported many benefits from having a call blocker such as

• Allowing people to live independently for longer
• Significantly reducing the risk of financial harm.
• Reducing anxiety, confusion and stress for older people, their family and their professional carers
• Reducing the risk of trips, falls and distraction accidents due to getting up to answer the phone unnecessarily
• Helping those who live alone feel safer and more in control and giving peace of mind to their family and friends

If you answer YES to the following you may be able to receive a FREE call blocking device:

1. Do you, or the person you are applying for, receive nuisance and scam calls?
2. Does the person who would like the call blocker have dementia?

If you answered yes to the above, then please apply at:

We would also encourage you to do the 20 minute ‘Friends Against Scams’ online learning. ‘Friends Against Scams’ has been created to tackle the lack of scams awareness by providing information about scams and those who fall victim to them:

If you have any queries please contact us at:

To see what else the government is doing to combat nuisance calls by searching for #NoNuisance on social media.
If you don’t qualify for this scheme, please remember the BT Call Blocker Phone:
They are £49.99 pounds to purchase new, but they do have them second hand at £19.95 !!!
NEXT:  I understand that while I have been away, there has been a spate of ‘Theft From’, cars left ‘INSECURE’ and I have been asked to put out a reminder, to ‘Please lock your cars’ !!!
Cars left INSECURE, act as a Crime Attractor’, bringing ‘Opportunist Thieves’ to your area, looking for easy pickings in a community that is not sufficiently security aware !
This went out to Datchet today, but is useful for everyone :
10/11  Friday 5.15 p.m.  The Avenue, Datchet.  DISTRACTION.  The owner answered the door to a man who asked for a glass of water for a friend who had just been dropped off and their car had broken down.  He was invited inside, while the owner went to fetch the water.    Later they discovered that cash had been stolen.  The advice I have given for years now - NO-ONE COMES INTO YOUR HOME UNLESS YOU KNOW THEM, OR THEY HAVE MADE AN APPOINTMENT.  If anyone else knocks on your door and asks for anything, a glass of water, to use the phone, to check for anything, the correct response is…………………..WAIT THERE, I WILL GET YOU WHAT YOU NEED.  You then go inside securing the door behind you to do whatever is needed.  YOU DO NOT INVITE THEM IN, OR LEAVE THE DOOR ON THE LATCH, WHILE YOU DO THE NECESSARY.
The RBWM Borough November Newsletter is now out and contains some useful information:
Welcome to the November email newsletter from the Leader of the Council, Cllr Simon Dudley and the Managing Director, Alison Alexander.
We are currently undertaking a pothole challenge with our contractors VolkerHighways.  Our aim is to eliminate as many potholes in the borough as we can.  The campaign, that runs until 30 November, will see teams focused on identifying roads where pothole repair work is required and undertake hundreds of alterations. The team continue to fix potholes throughout the year however this eight week period is an intensive one concentrating solely on pothole repair and preventative work.  Please report any potholes online by going to and choose 'report' under the services heading or by calling 01628 683800.
A new directory signposting residents to services supporting people with dementia and their carers has been launched.  The guide details services available across the Royal Borough while setting out how to access and contact them.  Hard copies of the directory are available now. You can request a copy by emailing

The Royal Borough has received the Local Government Association's (LGA) peer review report of the council and its governance following a borough visit in September.  Cllr Simon Dudley, leader of the council, said: "We would like to thank the team who carried out the peer review for the work they did. As identified in the report, we will now embed some of the significant transformation work we have delivered while continuing to deliver the best services to our residents."

A planning application for Braywick Park Leisure Centre has been submitted.  The centre, pending planning permission, will replace the ageing Magnet to create a new hub for sport, art and cultural events.  The proposed centre would use 75 percent less energy than the Magnet, which will remain open until the new centre is completed so there is no break in service.
9/11 - 10/11  Thursday 6 p.m. / Friday 9 a.m.  Fellstead Court, Bath Road.  The owner went to drive their moped to find the lock had been drilled out.
We have had several reports that a boarded up building in Terry’s Lane Cookham has had several attempts to push the boards apart to gain entry.  If anyone in the area sees anything suspicious, can they call us on the 101 number.
10/11 - 11/11  Friday 6.15 p.m. / Saturday 5.30 a.m.  Farm, Long Lane, Cookham.  Van stolen from outside the property.  The owner still has the keys.  The owner has received a call from a resident in Calder Court Maidenhead, to say they have found some paperwork , which relates to the van discarded in the road.  A white VW Caddy van index DN ** YMR.
10/11 - 11/11  Friday 8 p.m. / Saturday 7.35 a.m.  Badger Close.  White drop sided Ford van index AV ** OFK stolen.  The owner still has the keys.
‘You can play your part in helping to tackle the terrorist threat facing the UK’.
‘Everyone, from law enforcement, to businesses, to the general public, has a role to play in keeping the UK safe from terrorism and to effectively combat the threat.  Everyone needs to work together.  Our aim, is to encourage people to be more vigilant – ‘if you suspect it, report it’ – please report all suspicious activity to the confidential Anti-Terrorist Hotline on 0800 789 321’.
‘For more information follow this link:
Hope you’re keeping well!
Back in January, I contacted you regarding letter box thieves on Lady Margaret Road, Sunningdale.
Well it seems they’re back around again.
Last night at 7.50 p.m., a young English guy calling himself Michael rang the door bell.  He was wearing a green high vis vest and said he was collecting for Alzheimer’s, I told him we weren’t interested as it was dark and too late !
This morning, myself & my partner both noticed our mobile phones weren’t working - no service - which we found strange.  In the mean time, I went to the post box & found 2 new SIM cards in the mail, which the service provider said we’d requested.
We contacted our service provider & these had apparently been requested on 7th November, by someone with knowledge of our password.  Apparently, you need to give 2 digits, which they ask you to provide randomly, if you wish to make any changes to, or request, SIM cards etc.
The person who did this, said both SIM cards had been damaged.  It seems highly unlikely that both SIMs would be damaged, but the service provider apparently, accepted their explanation.
On further checking our post box, we found that it had been tampered with from outside and they’d tried to gain access. Obviously trying to get these SIM cards.  it now makes me wonder if the person claiming to be ‘Michael’ collecting for Alzheimer’s, was checking to see if anyone was home, so he could attempt to retrieve the SIM cards from the post box.
Anyway, with all that been said we’ve had a full day of re-setting passwords, organising new SIM cards etc. etc., which for security reasons all had to be dealt with, at the service provider shop in Windsor.
Tomorrow I’ll speak with the postman, to let him know they’re back out & about again & I know of course you’ll make people aware from your side.
Thanks & regards,
I am really grateful to Margaret, for a timely reminder - particularly in the run up to Christmas, with online ordering and parcel deliveries.  Keep an eye on you post - particularly delays and unsolicited post - by which I don’t mean junk mail, but letters from your bank about accounts you were unaware of, or did not request, as well as - as in this case - new SIM cards etc. etc. etc.
NEXT:  I have had an email in from Ash - re a suspicious flatbed driving around his area:
White flatbed transit, driving suspiciously around, Rylstone Close, Maidenhead.
A neighbour is having some building work done and this van stopped at the side of their house to have a look at what was going on.  The actual builder returned and the van drove off.
The back of the van was full of ladders - I have never seen so many, plus a washer or dryer, and other lumps of metal.
There was a white male driver, black hair, slim. One passenger at least.
Were they driving around, looking for metal ?
Regards, Ash
Many thanks for this Ash - It enables me to send out a reminder to everyone.
Two issues possible here:
They could be looking for scrap metal
They could be making a note the date, the address, the type of building work being carried out and if they can get it, the name of the builder from a builders board
If it is number 2, bogus builders drive around, looking for building works.  They note the date and type of work being carried out and the name of the builder from a board or any van parked at the property.  Six months later, they turn up and purport to be working for that named builder - which will be familiar to you - and say they have come to check the guarantee.
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