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Neighbourhood Watch E-Newsletter April 19

Hornby Drama Group Celebrates 60 years!

Hornby Drama Group celebrates 60 years!

We are planning an exhibition of programmes and photographs from Hornby Drama Group productions over the years.  If you have any such memorabilia which we could use, we should be very grateful for your contribution.  Please contact Liz Allison on (015242) 21128 or

In The Know – Action Fraud – Fake Virgin Media Emails

Fraudsters send fake Virgin Media emails threatening “automatic disconnection”

Action Fraud has received over 100 reports about fake emails that purport to be from Virgin Media. The emails threaten the recipient with “automatic disconnection” due to “invalid billing information”. The links in the emails lead to genuine-looking phishing websites that are designed to steal your Virgin Media account login details.

Don’t click on the links or attachments in suspicious emails, and never respond to messages that ask for your personal or financial details.

For more information on how to stay secure online,

In The Know – Action Fraud – Fake TV Licensing Emails

An ongoing TV Licensing phishing campaign, first identified by the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB) in September 2018, continues to be reported to Action Fraud in high numbers. Fraudsters are sending the public fake TV Licensing emails that are designed to steal their personal and financial information. Since April 2018, Action Fraud has received over 900 crime reports with victim losses totalling more than £830,000.

How you can protect yourself:

  • Don’t click on the links or attachments in suspicious emails and never respond to messages that ask for your personal or financial details.
  • Don’t assume a phone call or email is authentic, even if someone knows your basic details (such as your name or address). Remember, criminals can spoof phone numbers and email addresses to appear as companies you know and trust, such as TV Licensing.
  • Your bank will never call and ask you for your PIN, full banking password, or ask you to transfer money out of your account.

What to do if you’ve fallen victim:

  • Let your bank know as soon as possible and monitor your bank statements regularly for any unusual activity.
  • If you suspect your identity may have been stolen you can check your credit file quickly and easily online. Use a reputable service provider and follow up on any unexpected or suspicious results.
  • If you have been a victim of fraud or cyber crime, report it to Action Fraud at, or by calling 0300 123 2040.

Hornby Flower Club: Thursday 11th April

Please note the date 11th April this is due to the Easter break. 

We look forward to welcoming Tom and Abi who will talk to us about their exciting Halecate Nurseries.

Their mission for the nursery is to grow hardy beautiful plants that will thrive in Cumbria and beyond.

This is what they say : ‘We leapt at the opportunity to take on the site at Halecat in 2009.  We grow 1,000 different flowering perennials much from seed and cuttings taken from our stock beds. Many of the plants we grow are suited for cut flowers and throughout the season we  decorate the tables and counters with the fruits of the garden. Our aim from the outset has been to create a nursery garden and is (we hope) the jewel in our crown’.

Something for everyone and of interest to anyone who enjoys flowers whether in their gardens, cut flowers for a vase or a more structured floral display.  Do come and meet Tom and perhaps get those questions answered.  There will be plants for sale.

All welcome 

Entrance £4.00:              Refreshments and Raffle

The Hornby Singers Concert: Saturday 13th April at 7.00pm

The Hornby Singers, a Community Choir, is practising hard for their concert on the 13th April at 7.00 pm in Hornby Institute, Main Street, Hornby.  The concert in aid of The Light Music Society, promises to be an interesting mix of well known musical pieces, interspersed with a few lesser known and more quizzical items involving quirky clocks and dancing cats!

Tickets available from the Institute (015242 22227) cost £5.00:  Bar open 6.30 pm:   Raffle:

The Singers rehearse at the Institute every Tuesday evening from 7.00-9.00 pm and welcome those who like to sing for pleasure.  No experience of choirs or ability to read music necessary.