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13 November 2019Colwinston Remembers
Over 70 villagers assembled to commemorate Remembrance Sunday and honoured the 4 who fell in WW2. The Remembrance Service followed in the Church after the wreaths had been laid and the 23 villagers who had returned from the First World War were also remembered during the Service.
05 November 2019Remembrance service
This Sunday the Annual Service of Remembrance will commence at the memorial at 10.45 am and following the laying of wreaths at the memorial, those attending will process to the Church for the conclusion of the Service.
Repairs have been undertaken to re-gild the letters on the Memorial ready for Sunday. Pictured is the sign writer completing his work on Tuesday.
26 October 2019Warning Scammers at work in the area
Please be aware of a current doorstep scam working the area. These are calling themselves “Keep Britain Working” or “Nottingham Knocker’s” which are a very similar outfit (if not the same).
They are doorstep callers who target areas offering small household products for sale. These callers may claim to be ex-convicts attempting to mend their ways or ex-servicemen, however they are not part of any recognised rehabilitation scheme.
Please warn your communities, particularly elderly or vulnerable neighbours, not to open the door to strangers or buy or sell on the doorstep. Some doorstep callers may offer poor quality goods at inflated prices and if a caller is not genuine, they may be gathering information for future crime.
Please keep in mind that if cold callers don’t get any sales in your area, they are less likely to return.
How they work
The sellers may say that they are on a “rehabilitation course” arranged by Probation Services or other organisations trying to find people work. This is not the case and often they are known criminals. Probation Services do not run such schemes.
They may show a card which claims to be a “Pedlars Licence” or work permit. This is not valid and they are breaking the law if they are using anything like this.
They may also hand over a card saying they are deaf or dumb.
According to the Police, the bag of household products is supplied by someone who employs them. The males / females are supplied with a full bag of household products (including the typical tea-towels!) and charged a minimal sum for the contents – it used to be £35. They can keep whatever they make, above this amount.
Usually they are deposited in an area from a transit van and given a list of streets to work. An hour or so later they are picked up and dropped off in another location. They often work from 9am to 9pm.
They will knock on a door, offering cleaning items which they know are cheap and of very poor quality; the householder also knows they are rubbish but that is part of the scam. Many people will purchase items and pay them out of their good nature as they have fallen for their storey or, just to get rid of them. There have been cases of elderly residents handing over large sums as these people can be very persistent and confrontational.
The price for whatever has been purchased usually comes to a note – usually £10. The householder disappears to get this – this is when the scam begins, according to the police. When the note is handed over, the lad examines the condition and how long it took the person to get it. If it is crumpled, they accept it and move on. If it is crisp flat and new – they are much more interested and may engage the person in more conversation, to obtain details about them. As they leave they will smell the note. If it is slightly musty – this is an indication that there is more in the property.
Those addresses are noted. The addresses of elderly / vulnerable / gullible people are all noted.
These are handed to the employer and there is a small amount of cash handed over for each one.
These addresses are then sold in prisons and pubs. If there is a later break-in, the employer expects a further cut of the proceeds.
Police advise that in almost every case of a stop check – the lads have long strings of convictions for burglary and violence. They use the skills learnt during their criminal activity to identify possible targets.
Rydym wedi derbyn nifer o gwynion mewn perthynas â'r sgam sydd wedi cael ei hadrodd yn y Barri a Phenarth.
Byddwch yn ymwybodol o sgam ar garreg y drws presennol yn gweithio yn yr ardal. Mae'r rhain yn galw eu hunain yn "Cadw Prydain yn Gweithio" neu "Nottingham morthwyl yn" sef gwisg debyg iawn (os nad yr un fath).
Maent yn galw ar garreg y drws sy'n targedu ardaloedd sy'n cynnig cynnyrch cartref bach ar werth. Gall y galwyr yn honni eu bod gyn-carcharorion ceisio trwsio eu ffyrdd neu gyn-filwyr, fodd bynnag, nid ydynt yn rhan o unrhyw gynllun adsefydlu cydnabyddedig.
Os gwelwch yn dda rhybuddiwch eich cymunedau, yn arbennig gymdogion oedrannus neu fregus, i beidio ag agor y drws i ddieithriaid neu brynu neu werthu ar garreg y drws. Efallai y bydd rhai galwyr garreg y drws yn cynnig nwyddau o ansawdd gwael am brisiau chwyddedig ac os nad yw galwr yn ddilys, efallai y byddant yn casglu gwybodaeth am droseddau yn y dyfodol.
Dylech gadw mewn cof os nad yw galwyr oer yn cael unrhyw werthiant yn eich ardal chi, maent yn llai tebygol o ddychwelyd.
Sut maent yn gweithio
Efallai y bydd y gwerthwyr yn dweud eu bod yn "gwrs ailsefydlu" a drefnwyd gan y Gwasanaethau Prawf neu sefydliadau eraill sy'n ceisio dod o hyd i bobl weithio. Nid yw hyn yn wir a throseddwyr aml maent yn hysbys. Nid yw Gwasanaethau Prawf yn rhedeg cynlluniau o'r fath.
Efallai y byddant yn dangos cerdyn sy'n honni ei fod yn "Bedleriaid Trwydded" neu drwydded waith. Nid yw hyn yn ddilys ac maent yn torri'r gyfraith os ydynt yn defnyddio unrhyw beth fel hyn.
Efallai y byddant hefyd yn llaw dros gerdyn yn dweud eu bod yn fyddar neu'n fud.
Yn ôl yr heddlu, y bag o gynhyrchion cartref yn cael ei gyflenwi gan rywun sy'n eu cyflogi. Mae'r gwrywod / benywod yn cael eu cyflenwi gyda bag llawn o gynhyrchion cartref a godir swm bach iawn ar gyfer y cynnwys (gan gynnwys yr nodweddiadol de-tyweli!) - arferai fod £ 35. Gallant gadw beth bynnag y maent yn gwneud, uwch na'r swm hwn.
Fel arfer maent yn cael eu hadneuo mewn ardal o fan transit a rhoddwyd rhestr o strydoedd i weithio. Awr yn ddiweddarach eu bod yn cael eu codi ac yn gollwng mewn lleoliad arall. Maent yn aml yn gweithio 9:00-9:00.
Byddant yn curo ar ddrws, gan gynnig eitemau glanhau y maent yn gwybod yn rhad ac o ansawdd gwael iawn; i berchennog y tŷ hefyd yn gwybod eu bod yn sbwriel, ond mae hynny'n rhan o'r sgam. Bydd llawer o bobl yn prynu eitemau ac yn eu talu allan o'u natur da gan eu bod wedi gostwng am eu lawr neu, dim ond i gael gwared arnynt. Cafwyd achosion o breswylwyr oedrannus yn trosglwyddo symiau mawr gan y gall y bobl hyn fod yn barhaus iawn ac yn wrthdrawiadol.
Mae'r pris ar gyfer beth bynnag wedi cael ei brynu fel arfer yn dod at nodyn - fel arfer £ 10. Deiliad y cartref yn diflannu i gael y - dyma pan fydd y sgam yn dechrau, yn ôl yr heddlu . Pan fydd y nodyn yn cael ei drosglwyddo, mae'r llanc yn archwilio cyflwr a pha mor hir y mae'n cymryd i'r person i'w gael. Os yw'n cael ei crychu, maent yn ei dderbyn a symud ymlaen. Os yw'n gras wastad ac yn newydd - maent yn llawer mwy o ddiddordeb a gall ymgysylltu â'r person mewn mwy o sgwrs, i gael manylion amdanynt. Wrth iddynt adael y byddant yn arogli y nodyn. Os yw'n ychydig yn musty - mae hyn yn arwydd bod mwy yn yr eiddo.
cyfeiriadau Mae'r rhai yn cael eu nodi. Mae chyfeiriadau pobl hŷn / diamddiffyn / hygoelus i gyd yn nodi.
Mae'r rhain yn rhoi i'r cyflogwr ac mae swm bach o arian ei drosglwyddo ar gyfer pob un.
Yna, caiff y cyfeiriadau yn cael eu gwerthu mewn carchardai a thafarndai. Os oes diweddarach torri i mewn, mae'r cyflogwr yn disgwyl toriad pellach o'r elw.
Heddlu yn cynghori ym mron pob achos gwiriad stopio - y bechgyn yn cael llinynnau hir o euogfarnau am fyrgleriaeth a thrais. Maent yn defnyddio'r sgiliau a ddysgwyd yn ystod eu gweithgarwch troseddol i nodi targedau posibl.
26 October 2019Community Council Vacancies
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that two Casual Vacancies exists for the Council and if no election is requested as below the Community Council will fill the vacancy by way of co-option.
An election will be held if TEN local government electors for the COLWINSTON Ward give notice, in writing, of a request for such an election to the Returning Officer, The Vale of Glamorgan Council, Civic Offices, Holton Road, Barry CF63 4RU, not later than 12 o'clock midnight on Thursday 14th November 2019
Dated this 26th October 2019
CLERK TO THE COUNCIL
18 October 2019Recycling Issues
Discussions with the Vale following this weeks’ Recycling difficulties has brought additional information from the Officers responsible. They have informed us that they recognise that they are having problems with contamination particularly around film material which cannot be processed. They also agree that they need to do some further work to rectify this which their communications team are working on over the weekend. Plastics are the issue and they have given us some further guidance out for messaging. If residents are confused then they acknowledge that they need to provide better advice. Basically the rule is if its rigid include it, if its soft place it in your black bag.
Here are some examples...
We accept all rigid plastic such as..............
Cleaning products – i.e. trigger sprays / bleach bottles etc..
Containers such as shampoo / bubble bath etc.. Water bottles – i.e. spring water bottles Milk bottles (plastic) Tetra packs – juice cartons
Plastic rigid cartons/boxes/tubs i.e. a punnet of strawberries, a rigid plastic container such as the ones muffins come in or various fruit
Plastic Trays (except brown and black plastics) Takeaway cartons (i.e. Chinese takeaway plastic boxes and lids but clean)
We also except the hard lids of the plastics above
What we don’t accept is soft plastic............
Potato bags i.e. all soft plastic bags and wrapping
Wrapping such as coloured plastic that goods are delivered in from couriers
Lids of yoghurt pots or ready meals (sleeves/film)
Any food coverings non rigid
Also tablet / medication strips
Next week the Vale hope to engage waste wardens to follow vehicles and help with the problem and engage with residents and most importantly clarify issues with contamination. They have acknowledged that the first couple of weeks will be difficult but hopefully learning from issues raised the Vale will be able to clarify/provide the right advice to make the new system work.
11 September 2019Power Outages
A number of villagers are experiencing Intermittent Power Outages in the area. These tend to last between a couple of seconds and five to ten minutes.
Apart from temporary inconvenience they are however playing havoc with Computer, Smart Technology and Email systems which then take time to reboot. They also sometimes cause lights and systems to switch on out of sequence.
Western Power assure the Community Council that the problem is confirmed by their monitoring systems and an investigation is currently in hand. It will possibly require a Tree Pruning Exercise together will the installation of new ceramic insulated cabling in vulnerable areas.
10 September 2019Police Community Liaison Officer Surgery
There will be a "Cuppa with a Coppa" meeting at the Sycamore Tree Inn on Friday 13th September from 2-3 pm when Police Community Support Oficer Angela Stone will be available to meet everyone.
All are welcome!
10 September 2019Recycling Changes
There will be a series of presentations by the Vale on the changes coming in during October. The one for Colwinston is to be held at St Davids Primary School, Colwinston on Tuesday 24th September 2019 between 3:30pm - 7pm . All are welcome to attend.
The Vale of Glamorgan, Electoral Registration Team needs your help. They are currently conducting the Annual Canvass 2018. They are duty bound by law to write to all properties in the Vale of Glamorgan asking for basic information on the residents of each household over the age of 16 in order to update the Electoral Register before the publication on December 1st. The Council have already sent the first pink Household Enquiry Forms out in July and at the point of the deadline for this letter on August 17th 75% of the Vale of Glamorgan residents had responded to their forms. This is brilliant, however there is still more work to do and the Council would love to be able to exceed last year’s overall figure which was 88.4%.
The Council have written out again to all non-responders with a reminder letter. The deadline date for a response to this is September 20th. After this date they will have no alternative but to send out house to house canvass teams to knock doors in order to complete the forms. Ultimately there would be a cost saving to the Vale of Glamorgan Council if they can reduce the amount of properties they have to visit as well as a saving on the amount of letters we would have to reprint.
So, if you have not as yet completed your Household Eform you can do quickly and easily via www.registersecurely.com/VoG and entering the 2 security codes.
Your help would be greatly appreciated.