News from the Village of Essendine – Nov 2020

SPATE OF VEHICLE BREAKINS: In early October, as you may have seen on the Next Door Neighbourhood Site, villagers were alerting us to theft from a range of both locked and unlocked vehicles, particularly around Dunlin Road, Avocet Close and Plover Road. There were also 2 vehicles targeted in Glen Crescent. Various items and car park change were stolen. Victims reported their incidents to the police as they occurred.

We all need to be vigilant and be communicative with each other, so that we try and prevent future crimes. Making sure items such as Sat Navs and Dash Cams are security marked, to help identify them when the thieves try to sell them on. If you have security cameras attached to your property, check them for any suspicious activity.

Our Neighbourhood Watch Scheme has been rather on the back burner since our coordinator stepped down. It would be good to try and reinstate it and try to deter theft in the village. Please do consider stepping forward to help with the scheme; which we could then relaunch. Email or phone 01780 751711 if you can help.

Meantime stay safe, be vigilant and question any suspicious activity you notice!

VILLAGE HALL NEWS: As many you will have noticed, the hall grounds have been given an annual autumn tidy up. The quince and apple trees have been removed, as the falling fruit was problematic with pedestrians. My thanks to the committee for their help and for Richard Parkinson for the loan of a trailer and disposing of the foliage; it certainly looks much better as we head towards winter!

The hall is open and we adhere strictly to the government legislation to keep our hirers safe. Currently bands with 6 or less members use it, Smart Fitt for the over 50’s and Yoga groups. Sadly we are not yet able to host our younger groups such as the scouts and guides or the senior groups, including our monthly lunch club. We are monitoring this on a regular basis and will hope that 2021 gives us all the freedom again with our activities. Bookings for parties and other events are being taken for 2021, but all will need to be reviewed as the new year progresses.

Adele Stainsby