Scam Warning! Fake TV and Licensing Emails

An ongoing TV Licensing phishing campaign, first identified by the National Fraud Intelligence Unit (NFIB) in September 2018, continues to be reported to Action Fraud in high numbers.  Fraudsters are sending the public fake TV Licensing emails that are designed to steal their personal and financial information.  Since April 2018, Action Fraud has received over 900 crime reports with victim losses totalling more than £830,000.

How you can protect yourself
1. Don’t click on the links or attachments in suspicious emails and never respond to messages that ask for your personal or financial details.
2. Don’t assume a phone call or email is authentic, even if someone knows your basic details (such as your name and address).  Remember, criminals can spoof phone numbers and emails addresses to appear as companies you know and trust, such as TV Licensing.
3. Your bank will never call and ask you for your PIN, full banking password, or ask you to transfer money out of your account.

What to do if you’ve fallen victim
1. Let your bank know as soon as possible and monitor your bank statements regularly for any unusual activity.
2. If you suspect your identity may have been stolen you can check your credit file quickly and easily on-line.  Use a reputable service provider and follow up on any unexpected or suspicious results.
3. If you have been a victim of fraud or cyber crime – report it to Action Fraud at or by calling 0300 123 2040.


Swings and Roundabouts

Swings and Roundabouts

A choir for carers and friends


A new choir is starting in Robertsbridge, led by Sheila Brazier, a local resident who has many years of experience successfully conducting choirs of every description.


The idea is a choir for carers, who as we all know can get very down, lonely and isolated, and can even begin to feel that their entire identity is disappearing.  When you’re singing in a choir, apart from the fact that it’s physically good for you, you really can’t be worrying about anything else, and it’s a great source of social contact.  How much better to go home with your brain buzzing with the latest song, rather than the latest hospital appointment or prescription!


Other people who are interested but not officially “carers” might like to become involved: maybe you have a friend who you feel might come along if you dragged them.  Or maybe you could help out and step in at home so that they would be able to take a break.


The choir will meet at the Robertsbridge Club, Station Road in the middle of Robertsbridge, on Monday afternoons from 2 – 3 p.m. starting in mid-March.  There will be a minimal charge of one or two pounds on a “pay-as-you-go” basis.  People don’t necessarily have to read music and very definitely don’t have to audition.  


So if you fancy having a go at folk, pop, world music, gospel, sea shanties, in fact everything under the sun, contact Sheila on 01580 880 740 or  

Road Closures – Brightling

I have just been informed of the following road closures in Brightling, for South East Water to carry out water main connections.
This series of closures is over 8 months – from 07.05.19 to 20.12.19!

Click on the link below to see a list of the sequence of closures and diversions.
Road Closures Brightling

Click on the link below to see a map of closure area from ESCC Highways website.

Irene – Parish Clerk

Goose House Problems

As you probably know by now, Mountfield Parish Council are actively considering replacing the goose house.  However, this will not be possible unless we can get volunteers to offer to clean it on a regular basis (about once every 6 weeks).  If a new goose house is installed, it will be attached to a chain so it can be dragged to the side – no waders!
MPC will reimburse all costs for cleaning materials and straw.
Unless MPC can find volunteers, the only option will be to permanently re-home the geese as the present derelict goose house is not suitable.