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Fun things to do from 20 to 90 mins from st annes.

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Heaton Park Nets, Manchester

Heaps of fun off the ground, take a look at the website, fun and thrills for most ages.


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Ascent Trampoline Park, Blackpool

We give this 5 stars for value for money, safety, staff presence and facilities.


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Crocky Trail, near Chester

A full day out, for children of all ages. Hot and cold food available on site and plenty of parking. Check out the website.



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Clip 'n' Climb, Blackpool

Fun and challenges for children and grown ups. Plenty of safety and mingling staff. All good.


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events and activities in our area

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For a view of what's on, in and around the Fylde area:

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Report Potholes - they're dangerous and damage our cars

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Dangerous and hazardous. Lancashire County council has to repair potholes - so report them

Your next MOT may cost you more than you bargained for if you repeatedly run over potholes. There is also considerable risk for bicycles, motor bikes and pedestrians too. The council won't act unless we report them or there is an accident. We reported the umpteen potholes and bumps the length of Church Rd and Albany Rd in St Annes. It may have been coincidence but both roads are now being resurfaced. So complaining works.


We have also, in the last few days (13/Aug and 14/Aug) reportedt: St David's Road North, St Anne's Road East, Shepherd Road, Boston Road, Whalley Place, Waddington Road, Harrogate Road. We'll wait and see what happens.

A quick phone fix at 'harwoods'

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Fast screen and other repairs at very competitive rates for most mobiles. We can recommend this business - Ed.

Tel: 01253 726597. Next to Seafarers Fish & Chips.

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False Telephone Preference Service Calls

Fraudsters are cold-calling victims, falsely stating that they are calling from one of the well-known UK telecommunication service providers. They call victims claiming to provide a ‘Telephone Preference Service’ - an enhanced call-barring service, which includes barring international call centres.
 

The fraudsters ask victims to confirm/provide their bank account details, informing them that there is a one-off charge for the service. Victims instead see monthly debits deducted from their accounts, which they have not authorised. The fraudsters often target elderly victims.
 

In all instances, direct debits are set up without following proper procedure. The victim is not sent written confirmation of the direct debit instruction, which is supposed to be sent within three days.
 

On occasions when victims attempted to call back, the telephone number provided by the fraudster was either unable to be reached or the victim’s direct debit cancellation request was refused.
 

During 2017, there were 493 Action Fraud Reports relating to this fraud.


Protect yourself:

  • There is only one Telephone Preference Service (TPS). The TPS is the only official UK 'do-not-call' register for opting out of live telesales calls. It is FREE to sign-up to the register. TPS never charge for registration. You can register for this service at http://www.tpsonline.org.uk.
  • You will receive postal confirmation of genuine direct debits. If you notice unauthorised payments leaving your account, you should contact your bank promptly.
  • Always be wary of providing personal information, or confirming that personal information the caller already claims to hold is correct. Always be certain that you know who you talking to. If in doubt hang up immediately.

If you have been affected by this, or any other type of fraud, report it to Action Fraud by visiting www.actionfraud.police.uk or by calling 0300 123 2040.

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fake 'netflix' emails

Increase in fake Netflix emails claiming there's a problem with your account details. Never open or respond to unsolicited emails or texts in case it's a scam. These emails tell you to update your account information and will then'take your Netflix account details as well as your payment information. If you are 50/50 about it, phone the comany and ask if they have sent you an email to confirm account information. Don't take chances.

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TV Providers Discount Fraud

The National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB) have noticed an increase in Action Fraud reports where fraudsters are offering a discount on Television service provider subscriptions. Fraudsters are cold-calling victims, purporting to be from a Television (TV) provider offering a discount on their monthly subscription. Victims have been told the following: their subscription needs to be renewed; that part or all, of the TV equipment has expired and they are due an upgrade on the equipment/subscription. In order to falsely process the discount, the fraudster asks victims to confirm or provide their bank account details. The scammers may also request the victim’s identification documents, such as scanned copies of passports.


The fraudsters are using the following telephone numbers: “08447111444”, “02035190197” and “08001514141”. The fraudster’s voices are reported to sound feminine and have an Asian accent.

Later victims make enquiries and then discover that their TV service provider did not call them and that the fraudster has made transactions using the victim’s bank account details.

 

This type of fraud is nationwide. Since the beginning of this year (2018), there have been 300 Action Fraud Reports relating to this fraud. From the reports received, victims aged over 66 seem to be the most targeted.


What you need to do

• Don’t assume a phone call or email is authentic: Just because someone knows your basic details (such as your name and address or even your mother’s maiden name), it doesn’t mean they are genuine. Criminals can exploit the names of well-known companies in order to make their scams appear genuine.

• Don’t be rushed or pressured into making a decision: a genuine company won’t force you to make a financial decisions on the spot. Always be wary if you’re pressured to purchase a product or service quickly, and don’t hesitate to question uninvited approaches in case it’s a scam.

• Stay in control: Have the confidence to refuse unusual requests for personal or financial information. Always contact the company yourself using a known email or phone number, such as the one written on a bank statement or bill.


Visit Take Five (takefive-stopfraud.org.uk/advice/) and Cyber Aware (cyberaware.gov.uk) for more information about how to protect yourself online.


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* * * prize winners * * *

Sarah P. (Lytham), Alan J. (Ansdell) and Rob T. (St Annes).

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Ellie J. from St Annes is the proud owner of a lovely wooden 'E' money box with 20 £1 coins inside!

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Anthony A. from Lytham won a fab Huawei tablet with a great spec.

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James P. from Ansdell and Andrea H. from ST Annes picked games of their choice.

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Tom (St Annes), T.J. (St Annes), Tracy (Lytham), Kenny (Lytham), Henry (St Annes), Ellen (Ansdell).

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Chris and Sara won a lovely 'Dinner for 2' at a top eatery in St Annes.

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visit our local businesses first

 

A man is driving along and is stopped by the police. The police officer asks him to open his boot and sees two penguins sitting inside. The policeman is shocked and says to the man, “Sir, you should take those two penguins to the Zoo straight away!” The man agrees and drives off.


The next day – same place, he is stopped again by the same policeman. The officer again asks him to open his boot, and to his surprise, there are the two penguins sitting again, but this time with swimming trunks on. The officer says, “I told you yesterday to take them to the Zoo!”


"Yes officer, I did take them to the Zoo, just like you said - and today we’re going swimming.”