LAKENHEATH PARISH COUNCIL
U N I T E D S T A T E S A I R F O R C E
We Will Remember Them
November 11th 2018 marks the centenary of the end of WW1 and the Parish Council, the Royal British Legion and St Mary’s church all have plans to commemorate this in various ways.
On the evening of November 11th there is planned a nationwide lighting of beacons and Lakenheath Parish Council has registered to be part of this and is purchasing a beacon to be sited on the Playing Fields. It is also planned that pupils in yrs 5 and 6 from the Primary School will be presenting a variety of work and older students from Mildenhall Academy and IES Breckland will also be invited to contribute to the evening. The evening will commence at 6pm with the lighting of the beacon at 7pm.
On Thursday November 8th there is planned a nationwide ceremony to commemorate WW1 soldiers who are buried in their local cemeteries, being organized by RBL Suffolk for the Lord Lieutenant. We have two such war graves in St Mary’s cemetery and children from the local schools will be invited to take part in a short service. The Lakenheath RBL will be displaying crosses with name and dates of all those killed from Lakenheath, at the War Memorial.
Reverend Paul Tams is working on a project to ‘put a face to a name’ which he has already outlined in the Parish magazine, and hopefully will have a positive response from the local community.
This is of course all in addition to the annual wreath laying service at the war memorial followed by a service in St Mary’s church. Please be aware that the High Street (from Hall Drive to Mill Road) will be closed between 2:30pm to allow the Remembrance Day Parade to march safely.
There will be another, very short closure at approximately 4:15pm/4:30pm when the parade leaves St Mary’s Church to make its way to the Peace Memorial Hall.
So Sunday 11th November looks like being a very busy day, inclusive of all sections and age groups of the community. I’m sure Lakenheath residents, as they always do, will support all the planned events and mark this important historical occasion in a fitting and respectful way.
If anyone has anything they would like to contribute to any of the planned projects please do get in touch.
Cllr. Peta Gyte.
Scam HMRC Calls
Both Suffolk Trading Standards and Suffolk Police are continuing to receive reports of residents receiving calls from individuals purporting to be from HM Revenue & Customs (the tax office).
Fraudsters are typically contacting the elderly and vulnerable, warning victims of arrest warrants, outstanding debts or unpaid taxes in their name.
On occasions, victims have been told to purchase a quantity of music vouchers or told a sum of cash will be collected from their home address.
We would like to remind residents that HMRC will never make phone calls, use text messages or email to tell you about a tax rebate or penalty and will never ask for payment in this way.
How to protect yourself:
Report fraud and cyber crime and receive a police crime reference number.
There has been an increase in cold calls to the public from bogus bailiffs requesting payments for a “phantom” debt.
The fraud involves being cold-called by someone purporting to be a bailiff working on behalf of a court, attempting to recover funds for a non-existent debt.
Fraudsters are requesting payment by bank transfer and if refused they threaten to visit the people's homes or place work in order to recover the debt that is owed. From the reports we have received a range of different businesses and individuals are being targeted.
Though this type of fraud can occur throughout the UK, we have found that significant levels of reports are being made from those in the Yorkshire area.
Key facts about bailiffs
A bailiff is someone who has a legal power to collect certain debts. They may do this by asking you to pay what you owe, or by taking and selling your belongings to raise the money.
Bailiffs are only used to recover certain debts such as council tax, child support and compensation orders. Bailiffs are not used to recover debts relating to private advertisement; these would be collected by debt collectors.
Debt collectors do not have the same legal powers as bailiffs and will not have special court authorisation to act. If you're not sure whether you're dealing with a bailiff or a debt collector, check the Citizens Advice website.
How to protect yourself
Have you been receiving these calls?
If you have been affected by this, or any other type of fraud, report it to Action Fraud.