Outings are Back

Here are the first  three outings planned for the new year.

Prices, times etc will appear on the outings page as soon as they become available. Signing up for the first visit at the December meeting

  • Tues 1st March 2022 Crossness Pumping Station & Borough Market.
  • Mon 4th April 2022 – A day out in Canterbury
  • Wednesday 4th May 2022 Petworth NT & City of Guildford

Card Protection

This is a message from Val McPherson Vice Chair of Princes Risborough & District Neighbourhood Watch Association.        

Increase in contactless card limits from £45 to £100  

With the considerable increase in the volume and the variety of cons & scams, you may be worried by the increase in the upper limit for payments by contactless cards from £45 to £100 from 15th October 2021. Retailers may choose to make the change at a later date.

We recommend that everyone carrying bank contactless cards should have one or more Card Defenders. This also applies to Oyster cards and students’ ID cards.

On most new credit or debit cards, you will have a wireless symbol which informs you that your card uses RFID technology. This has allowed you to simply tap your card on card-readers to make payments of up to £45. However, with this limit now being increased to £100, it increases the security risk. Criminals can create RFID readers with minimal effort and steal your details. They may also download an app into their Smartphones to achieve the same results. They only need to brush past your purse, your pocket or your wallet with their device to do this. You might not even notice it happening.

You can prevent such things with the Card Defender. It is a sleeve holder that contains RFID blocking technology and it protects contactless cards from being read.

The Card Defenders are available from Princes Risborough & District Neighbourhood Watch Association for just £1.00 each, or 5 for £4.00, or 10 for £7.00 plus postage.

In addition, we can also offer Card Defender Diamonds. They also provide RFID blocking technology, but as a single black card. They will protect contactless cards that are in alignment with it and within a 10 cms radius from the skimming device. This then eliminates the need for multiple individual Card Defenders. Our price for this item is £3.00 each, plus postage.

The cost of postage for Card Defenders or for Card Defender Diamonds will be sent out by either second class post which is £0.66 or first class post at £0.85 .

Trading Standards

Latest edition of the local Trading Standards Newsletter  in our Scam Alerts which includes warnings about fraud, a new anti-fraud hotline and warnings about  various food products from Waitrose, Morrisons and Tesco because  of  allergic content

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On-line Talks

A number of organisations are offering on-line talks viewed from the comfort of your own home.  Most are free but some attract a small fee (per machine).
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In all cases you need to book in advance using the links supplied.  In return you will receive the link needed to log in – you will not need any special software. If you have not received the email with the link 2 days before the event please get back in touch with the organisers. If you book and cannot attend please be fair to others on the waiting list and inform the organiser

Mirthy, a commercial company, provides a wide range of free and paid for talks.  You  can register(free) and you will receive the latest list of talks and instructions for booking  

Currently talks are available from

Useful Telephone Numbers

Age UK Bucks produce a list of contact telephone numbers that might be useful to people of our age.

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SubjectOrganisationTel Number
Health
Memory ConcernsAlzheimers Society Memory Support Team01296 331749
Hearing or Sight concernsBucks integrated Sensory Service01296 479970
VisionBucks Vision01296 487556
FallsCommunity Falls Team0844 2252403
01494 426868
Telecare EquipmentCarersBucks0300 7772722
Mobility Equipment LoansNRS Healthcare0345 1238248
Mobility Equipment LoansIndependant Living Consultants01844 273050
Mobility Equipment LoansRed Cross01296 739302
Mental HealthHealthy Minds Bucks01865 901600
Carers' supportCarers Bucks01296 392711
Transport
Bus passesBucks CC0845 5212521
Blue BadgeEnquiries
Applications
01296 382902
0845 3708090
Benefits
Personal Independence Payment Helpline0800 1214433
Attendance Allowance AdviceAge UK Bucks01296 431911
Attendance Allowance Helpline0800 7310122
Carers Allowance0800 7310297
Pension Credit Claims0800 731 0469
Housing BenefitAylesbury Vale
01296 585618
Housing
Accommodation EnquiriesThe Elderly Accommodation Counsel0800 3777070
Housing SupportBucks Housing Support0808 1641810
Safety & Security
SafeguardingMulti-Agency Safeguarding Hub0800 137915
ScamsTrading Standards0300 1232329
Home Fire Risk checksBucks & Milton Keynes Fire & Rescue01296 744477

u3a Radio

You can listen to a series of podcasts ranging over a wide variety of subjects which are designed to be of interest to us

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Bus Passes

Although you may not have used it recently – have you checked your bus pass?

You may find that it ran out on your last birthday.

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You can renew online.

or ringing the automated telephone service

 01296 873 011.

 

 

Old Aylesbury

A Collection of photographs illustrating the changes in Aylesbury over many years, including the ‘improvements’ that many of you will remember over the fairly recent years.

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 Contributions from

Watermead Aerial Photo

Phil Toler responded to our requests for pictures of Aylesbury with this photo.

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It was taken in August 2018 of Watermead village. In the foreground are the two lakes with the larger one on the right suffering a blue-green algae bloom which can be compared with the clear smaller lake on the left. Phil says that is the only time this has happened in the 26 years he has lived here.

Background information
Cyanobacteria or ‘blue-green algae’, a type of blooming algae, can produce toxins. These toxins can kill wild animals, livestock and pets. They can also harm people, producing rashes after skin contact and illnesses if swallowed.
Algal blooms block sunlight from reaching other plants in the water. They also use up oxygen in the water at night which can suffocate fish and other creatures. Oxygen is also used up when the bloom decays.