Chairperson Vacancy at KingsCare
Voluntary Position from July 2018 – Part-time
KingsCare is a patient support group based at Kingsteignton Medical Practice working across the whole Newton Abbot locality. Currently the charity employs 2 full time and 8 part-time staff together with 100 + volunteers. Between them they support patients in need of a wide range of interventions not routinely provided by the statutory sector. As the NHS continues to develop more ways of working to reduce hospital admissions and help to maintain people in their own homes the voluntary sector is becoming a pivotal partner in this process.
Our current chair is stepping down after 10 years during which time he has overseen a substantial growth in the organisation. This role provides an exciting opportunity for the right candidate to maintain KingsCare’s direction of travel and grow according to future needs.
In the first instance please contact Maggie Bonnell, Manager at KingsCare for an informal chat on 01626 357090 or email email@example.com.
A role description is available.
Patron: The Rt Hon Viscount Exmouth , Registered Charity Number: 1096343
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Honeywell Road and Greenhill Road, temporary prohibition of through traffic & pedestrians, 8th - 11th May, 2018 - for full details please click here:-
Telephone Scam Warning:-
Phantom Debt Fraud
Action Fraud has recently experienced an increase in the number
of calls to members of the public by fraudsters requesting payments for a
“phantom” debt. The fraud involves being cold-called by someone purporting
to be a debt collector, bailiff or other type of enforcement agent. The
fraudster may claim to be working under instruction of a court, business or
other body and suggest they are recovering funds for a non-existent debt.
The fraudsters are requesting payment, sometimes by bank
transfer and if refused, they threaten to visit homes or workplaces in order
to recover the supposed debt that is owed. In some cases, the victim is also
threatened with arrest. From the reports Action Fraud has received, this type
of fraud is presently occurring throughout the UK.
It is important to recognise that there are key differences
between the various entities who seek to settle debts or outstanding fees in
England and Wales. These differences range from the type of debt they will
enforce to the legal powers they possess. To learn more, please take a look
at some of the helpful information and links on the Step Change Debt Charity
- Make vigorous checks if you ever get a
cold call. Bailiffs for example, should always be able to provide you
with a case number and warrant number, along with their name and the
court they are calling from; make a note of all details provided to you.
- If you receive a visit from a bailiff,
they must always identify themselves as a Court Bailiff at the earliest
possible opportunity. Ask to see their identity card which they
must carry to prove who they are, this card shows their photograph and
identity number. They will also carry the physical warrant showing the debt
and endorsed with a court seal.
- If you work for a business and receive a
call or visit, be sure to speak with your manager or business owner
first. Never pay the debts yourself on behalf of the business you work
for; some fraudsters have suggested employees make payment suggesting
they can then be reimbursed by their employer when in reality the debt
- Exercise caution believing someone is
genuine because you’ve found something on the internet; fraudsters could
easily create fake online profiles to make you believe them.
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public body they claim to work for to confirm whether the call is
legitimate; if you use a landline make sure you hear the dialling tone
prior to dialling as the caller could still be on the line and you could
potentially speak to the fraudster(s) to confirm the non-existent debt.
Also be sure to independently search for a telephone number to call;
never use a number provided by the caller without carrying out your own
- Do not feel rushed or intimidated to make
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- If you know you have a debt, keep in
regular contact with your creditor and be sure to establish the debt
type at the earliest opportunity if you are not aware. This will help
you to understand who might be in contact with you regarding any
repayments or arrears.
You can report suspicious calls like these to Action Fraud by
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As you are probably aware Devon’s Credit Union Plough and
Share went into administration a couple of months ago. The good news is
that the FSA has approved Somerset Savings and Loans (soon to be rebranded as
West Country Loans) and Plymouth Credit Union to take on Devon residents and
accounts. You will soon be starting to see some publicity campaigns run by
the County Council to promote these two Credit Unions.
Please see below for a link to their web sites where you can see their impressive range of services. This is particularly an issue with the full roll out of Universal Credit across Devon. The two organisations work together and they are working with some major banks who will be referring customers who need loans below their £1000 limit to the Credit Unions.
http://www.somersetsavingsandloans.org.uk/ (Jackie Simpson email address cc’d is the contact)
https://www.cpcu.co.uk/ (Paul Williams email address cc’d is the contact)
We are not expressing a preference for either Credit Union.
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- Contact your bank to stop any further payments being taken.
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Please be advised that the Kingsteignton Town Council Travel Fund has now been closed, due to no further funding being available, as this was originally set up by former Mayor, Cllr Keith Howard as his Mayor's Charity. Therefore, we are no longer able to accept any applications to fund educational visits for school/college pupils.
MAYOR & DEPUTY MAYOR 2017
Cllr Ron Peart was elected for his 2nd term of office as Mayor 2017 and Cllr Beryl Austen was elected Deputy Mayor, which is her 2nd time previously in 2009/2010. Handover from former Deputy Mayor, Cllr Dave Rollason took place at the Annual Full Council Meeting on Wednesday 3rd May, 2017.
Beware of bogus telephone calls, if you receive a call please report it to: Action Fraud Hotline on Tel: 0300 123 2040
KINGSTEIGNTON TOWN CRIER
Town Crier, Mrs Jackie Edwards has successfully carried out duties in and around the town since being appointed as Kingsteignton's first ever Town Crier in August 2015. Jackie has also attended several Town Crier competitions in other locations and recently returned from an international competition representing Kingsteignton Town Council at an event in Bermuda.
If you have an upcoming event and would like Jackie to be present to make announcements for you, please call the Council Office on Tel: 01626 364089
Fitness Equipment installed at Clifford Park
We are pleased to announce a big 'Thank You' to the funding received from The Big Lottery Fund, which has enabled us to install a range of fitness equipment suitable for ages 14 years and over, to give a general fitness workout toning all parts of the body, whilst being outdoors in the fresh air in a nice secluded corner of Clifford Park.
We have installed the full range which was on offer by our supplier, however, they are currently working on further pieces at the present time, so hopefully in the future we will be able to add to it. Each individual piece of equipment comes with its own set of instructions for safe use. To exercise safely, it is best to start off on the 'Stretch Bars'. Other pieces include the 'Hip Spin', 'Sit Up Benches', 'Dip Bars', 'Chest Press', 'Pull Down', 'Air Walker', 'Leg Push', 'Slalom' and the 'Wheels' (to tone those underarms).
The installation took place during August by Mant Leisure and their contractors who undertook the work with the minimum of disruption over a two day period.
We have since heard positive feedback about the equipment and just ask that you go along and try it for yourself.
Parents of young children please be aware that it is not suitable for under 14 years old.
REPORT OVERGROWN HEDGES AND VERGES
Call Devon County Council Highways: 0845 155 1004 or visit: www.devon.gov.uk
BEATING THE BOUNDS - 20th September 2014
The weather was kind for the second day of Beating the Bounds 2014. This part took walkers to the boundary with Ideford and then down to the River Teign at the Passage House Inn.
The parish boundary between Kingsteignton and Newton Abbot runs between the Hackney Channel and the Newton Channel and so the Mayor, Cllr. Chris Meathrel, was transported by boat to mark the exact spot. Fortunately, both he, and more importantly the ceremonial chain, survived the experience!
BEATING THE BOUNDS - 13th September 2014
The good citizens of Kingsteignton can sleep safely in their beds for the next 7 years!
Thanks to the brave band of 23 volunteers who strode along rivers, quarries, woods and fields, up hills and into valleys to search out the all important stones, the boundary around our Parish to the West of the A380 has been reasserted.
Away from the bustle of a busy Saturday in the Town, the beautiful and varied countryside that surrounds Kingsteignton marked a wonderful contrast of peace and tranquillity.
The walkers were joined by Town Councillors Dave Rollason and Ron Peart. Cllrs Rob Harris and Malcolm Stevenson provided vital logistical and emergency cover and Mayor Chris Meathrel supplied food and drinks for the half way point.
Special thanks go to John Stacey for leading the expedition and liaising with the various landowners to enable a rare opportunity to enjoy the wonderful views available in the north of the parish. How lucky we are to live here.