There have been about 35 recent mail thefts in our immediate area. These serious matters are being forwarded to Helen Hayes MP, to take up directly with the Police and Royal Mail on behalf of everyone who has suffered a loss.
Victims should record their individual problem with Royal Mail Customer Service Dept. (email@example.com) and be given a reference number for the complaint. Whether or not the issue is now closed anyone affected is urged to take the time to email Helen Hayes MP at firstname.lastname@example.org and report it all to her so she has a complete dossier.
Those reporting back to her should include people who have missing statements, usually John Lewis credit card statements, as this has been the precursor in some instances, to having a card issued to a third party, to the account name. Make it clear you have not suffered a loss at this time but have told JLP a statement is missing.
Your email should be headed Royal Mail in the subject line. You should then give your full name, address and the customer complaint number given you when you reported the loss. If for some reason you did not report this to Royal Mail would you please still report what happened to your post/credit cards/bank loss to Helen so that she has a full picture of the situation in our pretty small area.
One victim has produced the following useful advice list:
- Royal Mail lost mail / fraud number 08456 002 649. (From experience quicker and gives an immediate proof of reporting, to send an online report to email@example.com
- https://www.noddle.co.uk/ free credit check and will identify any fraudulent opened bank accounts / credit cards et al. Many have done this and it is free and reassuring to see at a glance if there has been illegal activity.
- Action Fraud is the UK’s national fraud and internet crime reporting centre. They provide a central point of contact for information about fraud and financially motivated internet crime. If you’ve been scammed, ripped off or conned, there is something you can do about it. Report fraud to them and receive a police crime reference number: http://www.actionfraud.police.uk/ 0300 123 2040
- CIFAS. Apply to register with CIFAS (£20 for two years). Financial instructions registered with CIFAS will then give special attention when your details are used to apply for their products or services. Knowing you’re at risk, they’ll carry out extra checks to make sure it’s really you applying, and not a fraudster using your details. https://www.cifas.org.uk/
- Ask your bank to text you when they post a new card or cheque book to you.
- Ask your bank if they can issue you with a telephone banking pass number. This will mean they don’t have to rely on common security questions eg date of birth, mother’s maiden name which may have been hacked from a third party or available from something like the Electoral Register.
This year St Christopher’s Hospice is celebrating the 50th year since Dame Cicely Saunders opened the hospice at Sydenham. So beginning the hospice movement, now with over 200 hospices in the UK and 500 worldwide. Her work focused on the trilogy of care, education and research.
In the last few years the wards have been completely refurbished and the communal areas of the hospice. To recognise this major milestone the hospice has decided to focus on the learning aspect of her trilogy.
It has opened a special Capital Campaign to focus on building a new world class Centre of Learning. Here the hospice will develop its educational programme to train many more people to care for the dying, and to develop the most effective ways to help individuals and their families at the end of their lives.
St Christopher’s is probably the biggest provider of training and learning for end of life care (EoLC) in the world. But there is so much more to be done. This new centre will not only train many more professionals, but also offer opportunities to families, friends, and carers to develop the skills and confidence they need to care for their loved ones at home. This learning will not only be face-to-face, but will utilise all the advantages of the internet to widen access nationally and internationally.
Our neighbour, Dr Tyrrell Evans, has been a Trustee of the hospice for many years until very recently, and he would like to invite friends and neighbours in Burbage Road to an Information evening about the plans for the Learning Hub and the future of the hospice at his home on Sunday January 14th between 5-7pm. Refreshments will be provided.
Anyone interested and able to come that evening should email him at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you cannot make this date but would like to learn more about the Campaign please let him know so he can arrange an alternative opportunity for you.
St. Martin’s Day was celebrated in parts of Germany each year this weekend with lights, procession, bonfires and even fireworks.
Last Friday night saw a long procession from Judith Kerr School in Herne Hill Road to the Alleyn’s Playing Field behind Burbage Road. Surprised homeward-bound commuters were delayed as pupils, families and staff of the school walked in an impressively long line to the playing field. Lanterns as well as a brass band leading the way made for a noisy and exciting event.
Unknown to most locals St Martin Day is annually celebrated in some parts of Europe on 11 November while we remember the tragedy of war on Remembrance Day.
Wikipedia explains where St Martin’s Day is celebrated and tells us that:
Saint Martin’s day, also known as the Feast of Saint Martin, Martinstag or Martinmas, as well as Old Halloween and Old Hallowmas Eve, is the feast day of Saint Martin of Tours (Martin le Miséricordieux) and is celebrated on November 11 each year. This is the time when autumn wheat seeding was completed, and the annual slaughter of fattened cattle produced “Martinmas beef”. Historically, hiring fairs were held where farm labourers would seek new posts.
Saint Martin of Tours was a Roman soldier who was baptised as an adult and became a monk. The most famous legend concerning him was that he had once cut his cloak in half to share with a beggar during a snowstorm, to save the latter from the cold. That night, he dreamt of Jesus, wearing the half-cloak and saying to the angels, “Here is Martin, the Roman soldier who is now baptised; he has clothed me.”  Saint Martin died on November 8, 397.
Residents of Burbage Road have received notice of the Resident’s Association Annual General Meeting and they are all urged to make some time to come along on Saturday from 10-12am.
The issues raised by residents over the last year will be reviewed and priorities for next year agreed. In the last 12 months traffic, parking, burglary and other crimes, tennis courts, mental health & well-being, relations with the sports clubs and noise have been among the many issues dealt with on behalf of residents by the committee. New recruits to the committee are ALWAYS welcome.
The AGM will also learn more about the history of Burbage Road in a talk by Brian Green on how farms became the sports clubs.
If you are new to Burbage Road, you will be pleased to know that the BRRA is one of the most long-established, thriving and well respected residents’ associations in Dulwich.
We represent our 200 households, including those in Courtmead, Donne Court, Royston and Cobb Courts.
We foster communication within the road and with other local organisations with the aims of preserving the utility of our environment, the security of homes and the safety of all those using our road and pavements whilst also supporting neighbourly help and socialising.
The new pavement outside the school is already in place alongside the protected cycle track. At last there’s a wider pavement to safely accommodate the children, parents and passers-by.
This year we are holding a September Sundowner a great chance to catch up with neighbours on the terrace of the Edward Alleyn Club as the summer draws to an end. (Or maybe it will finally start? )
James Freeman, the Club Manager has been picking local blackberries to make homemade blackberry gin for the welcome cocktails. Micky the magician will be performing at 6.30pm for the youngsters and local legend, Amanda Greatorex will be at the turntables for a family disco as dusk falls.
Bring a light picnic or take advantage of the pay BBQ.
Tickets are being sold door to door currently. Please support us if you possibly can: £15 for family (extended family most welcome) or £10 for couples and £5 for singles.
Nelly’s Nursery have kindly funded children’s dance prizes and entertainment and Pedder Properties have also continued their support with the complimentary welcome cocktails. We’re really grateful to them both.