• E-newsletter Volume 3: Issue 8 – December 2016

    Welcome to the final full newsletter of 2016. It’s been quite a year here at Graylingwell as well as in the UK and the rest of the world.

     

    We start this newsletter with that ever present hot topic – parking.

     

    There is a large section on our hot topics page that covers many residents’ concerns as well as some pointers for dealing with them. One problem, which has been raised more and more this year, is the lack of visitor parking, particularly in the evening when some residents use visitor spaces for their second or third cars. After much discussion with CPM, Grange Management, and Linden Homes we are considering a proposal by CPM to introduce some further restrictions during weekday evenings to discourage this misuse. This would involve a time limit for parking in visitor spaces between 5pm and midnight. A link to the full proposal from CPM may be found on the Hot Topics page of the website. In addition, as the development grows and further spaces are constructed in phase 3, we are hopeful that there will be more visitor spaces available in that area.

     

    We will be discussing CPM’s proposal at our next committee meeting and would welcome comments from residents. Please e-mail your views to susan@gpresidents.co.uk by 13th December.

     

    Bollards – again!

     

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    Recently two of the new stainless steel bollards in Lloyd Road were illegally removed. This vandalism is very disappointing as these bollards were intended to improve the safety of pedestrians, and children in particular, by helping to prevent vehicles mounting the low kerbs in order to avoid the speed bumps.

     

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    All residents need to be aware that Grange Management can only make an insurance claim if the damage/theft has been reported to the police and a crime number has been issued. Please report any incidents of criminal damage/theft to the police and then forward the crime number to Grange with a photograph if possible.

     

    Graylingwell Energy

    There was a brief boiler outage leading to a temporary loss of hot water and heating on Sunday, as a result of Linden damaging part of the pipe-work on Friday. It was speedily fixed and, in fact, most people were not aware of the failure. Graylingwell Energy are currently working on a permanent solution whilst ensuring that residents remain unaffected.

     

    Sussex Garden Trust Events

     

    There are a number of events during 2017 organised by the Sussex Garden Trust (of which all residents are members). For information about these, together with booking forms, please contact Barbara Howden-Richards (barbarahowdenrichards@hotmail.com).

     

    Many of the events and lectures are held in Haywards Heath but in April the Trust comes to the Weald and Downland Museum at Singleton – details below:

     

    Saturday, 29th April, 2017, 10.30am – 4pm. Weald & Downland Open Air Museum, Singleton PO18 0EU. Cost: £33 per member, £38 per guest (including, morning coffee, guided tour of the historic gardens, lunch, lectures, tea and cake and AGM).

     

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    The Weald and Downland Museum is in the heart of the South Downs National Park. As well as fifty historic buildings that have been restored to reflect the homes and workplaces of landscape of the south east of England there are seven recreated period gardens containing the plants grown by families throughout the centuries for medicinal and culinary purposes. There will be a guided tour of the gardens and a demonstration of how unusual plants, herbs and flowers were used by households. One of the lecturers on the day will be Letta Jones, who teaches garden history and horticulture at the City Lit University and she will give an introduction to the history of plants grown for medicinal purposes.

    Meals on wheels

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    The Chichester Community Development Trust has been approached by the Hot Meals on Wheels service provider for the WSCC – Apetito

     

    Working closely with the council they are trying to promote awareness in the community about their service available to customers in West Sussex. We have a flyer available, which can give you more information. To obtain the flyer, please send a message to susan@gpresidents.co.uk and we will forward it to you. If you know of someone who might be interested in this service but does not have access to the internet please feel free to print out and pass on a flyer or they can call Apetito directly on: 01903 718893

     

    Community purchases

     

    At one of our Saturday Cafés recently, a resident asked if the GPRA had considered organising some sort of community purchase system to obtain favourable rates for goods and services. This could include such things as getting together to obtain a good price for homeowners to have gutters cleaned or servicing of the heat recovery units. Please contact Susan to let us have your views on this before our next committee meeting on 14th December.

     

    Buying online for Christmas

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    The advice below was sent to all those who have signed up to Neighbourhood Watch but we felt that it might be helpful to all who subscribe to this newsletter.

    – Use only reputable shopping sites that you know, or come recommended. 


    – Remember that paying by credit card offers greater protection than with other methods.

    – Double-check all details of your purchase before confirming payment. 


    – Do not act on or reply to unsolicited emails from companies you don’t recognise, don’t click on links or open attachments in such emails. 


    – Before entering payment card details on a website, ensure that the page is secure by checking that there is a padlock symbol in the browser window frame, the web address begins with ‘https://’ and the address bar or the name of the site owner turns green. 
Do not make payment for goods when using an unsecured Wi-Fi connection, including those in public places like cafes, bars and hotel rooms. 


    – Choose strong passwords and keep them to yourself. 


    – Don’t pay a company or individual not personally known to you by bank transfer as, if it’s a fraud, the bank will not refund your money. 


    – Always log out of shopping websites when you have completed your payment. 


    – Keep receipts, and check credit card and bank statements 


    – Always have effective and updated internet security software loaded and switched on. 


    – Make sure new phones, tablets and other connected devices that you buy for yourself or
 as gifts, are protected by PIN, internet security software and if for children, parental controls. 


    – If you do become a victim of fraud, report it to Action Fraud, the UK’s national fraud reporting centre by calling 0300 123 20 40 or by visiting www.actionfraud.police.uk

     

    If you would like information from your local neighbourhood watch group emailed to you on a regular basis, just follow this link, enter your post-code and sign up.

     

    The Saturday Café

     

    There are just two more Saturday Cafés during 2016, so come along and avoid the Christmas crowds in town.

     

    The first, on 10th December, is hosted by the CCDT and a little robin has told us that Coral will be baking something very special for us all to enjoy.

     

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    On the 17th December the GPRA will be serving mulled wine and mince pies alongside the usual offerings of coffee and cake. You can test your knowledge of past Christmas No 1 records with a quiz devised by Brian Baker, a new recruit to the committee, and Chris Waller, our treasurer, will be bringing along a selection of mint or nearly new popular music CDs, at £2:50 each, which make great stocking fillers.

     

    All proceeds from your donations and CD sales on 17th will go to Stonepillow who work to support local homeless and vulnerable people.

     

    The Saturday Café runs from 10.00am until noon every Saturday at The Lodge (by the chapel).

     

    And finally:

     

    We’ll be back with another newsletter in January 2017 and, in the meantime, we wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.