NHW – recent scam alerts

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22/04/20 9788 Somerset: Another Covid-19 Scam

Dear Members

Trading Standards have told us that a number of residents have been called on their landline from a fake 01225 number, claiming to be from the Government. The automated voice said that the Government is instructing them to wear a facemask and to press a number on the keypad to make a purchase. Fortunately the residents have recognised this as a scam.

Although these calls were made to residents in the Bath area at present, it is likely that this will become far more widespread and will no doubt include our area. Please remain alert to any potential scam calls.

You were sent this message because you are in the following group(s): North Cheriton (North Cheriton, BA80AQ).

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17/04/20 9788 Somerset: Scams & Fraud Video.

Dear Members

The next of our popular senior safety videos, which discusses the topic of Covid-19 scams and frauds that are being targeted at the vulnerable and elderly, is now available. This may help protect the many frightened and vulnerable elderly citizens in our communities.

Please pass the link to anyone who you think would benefit, or watch and take notes to pass on to those residents nearby who don’t have access to the internet.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NUWkITYmcQg&feature=youtu.be

Thank you North Cheriton

Thank you for all your Easter flower and photographic contributions to help us celebrate Easter 2020, perhaps an Easter to remember !

Many of the flower posies are still looking good but keep an eye on your jam jars and remove them when your particular display is past its best.

Many thanks.

NHW – Tesco scam emails

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16/04/20 9788 Somerset: Tesco Email Scam

We have been alerted by a Neighbourhood Watch scheme of a scam email that claims to be from Tesco saying that “You Are Our Winner”. It doesn’t say what you have won, but asks you to click on a link to confirm your identity. Please don’t click on these links as you may download a virus onto your computer. At the very least it will try and get your personal details. The email comes from a company in Kentucky in the United States.

As with any email you get unexpectedly from someone you don’t know, delete this message without clicking on any of the links

You were sent this message because you are in the following group(s): North Cheriton (North Cheriton, BA80AQ).

Police scam advice video

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07/04/20 Somerset Scams and Fraud Video

Dear Members,

Please find a link to our senior safety video, which discusses the topic of Covid-19 scams and frauds that are being targeted at the vulnerable and elderly. This may help protect the many frightened and vulnerable elder citizens in our communities. Please pass the link to anyone who would benefit, or watch and take notes to pass on to those residents nearby who don’t have access to the internet.

Do please stay safe & stay home.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NUWkITYmcQg&feature=youtu.be

You were sent this message because you are in the following group(s): North Cheriton (North Cheriton, BA80AQ).

THE CREATIVE KITCHEN IN TIME OF COVID-19 By Jeanne Mortarotti

While some basic food products tend to be scarce, and trips to the supermarket should be reduced to the bare minimum, here are a few tricks to replace some much needed ingredients in many recipes.

No more flour ?

First option: Blend porridge oats into a fine flour that you can use in the same quantity as your wheat flour.

Second option : Use dry beans, like chick-peas or red kidney beans, well-cooked and mashed (probably work better if tinned). You can do the same with cereals, like quinoa or barley.

Third option, to use mainly in baking : ground nuts, like almonds, walnuts or hazelnuts. 50g of them is enough to replace 100g of flour as their calory intake is very high.

No more eggs ?

Use corn flour : it brings texture and lightness to any recipe. To replace one egg, mix a tablespoon of corn flour with two tablespoons of water or milk.

Another option : seeds, like chia seeds (used whole) or linseed seeds (used in powder), frequently used in vegan recipes. Dilute two tablespoons of seeds with two tablespoons of water and let it rest for a few minutes before adding to your recipe.

Also, fruit compote or mashed vegetables, used respectively in sweet or savoury recipes. They will bring moisture and lightness to your preparation. Count 50g to replace 1 egg. Half a mashed banana works perfectly in cakes.

No more butter ?

Replace with vegetable oil : 80g of oil for 100g of butter.

There are other options : to replace 100g of butter, you can use 100g of peanut butter (or any other nut butter), 100g of mashed banana or 50g of mashed avocado.

No more baking powder?

In that case, the best replacement is bicarbonate of soda. One teaspoon is the equivalent of 1 sachet of baking powder. Ideally, add a teaspoon of lemon juice or vinegar to cover the bitterness of the bicarbonate ; but take off the salt from the list of ingredients as bicarbonate is already salted.

If you don’t have any bicarbonate of soda, beaten egg white can bring lightness. Also, often used in vegan recipes, there is « aquafaba », which is the juice contained in tin of chick-peas beaten like egg white.

No more cream ?

You can replace it with any other dairy. For example take milk, thicken it in a pan with a little bit of corn flour or flour, with an extra bit of butter. You can also use some yoghurt or fromage frais as long as you don’t need to boil your preparation (or it would curdle).

No more sugar ?

Think of any other sugary product, as long as you maintain the right quantity. To replace 100g of sugar : 50g of honey, 50g of maple syrup or 50g of agave syrup. Some apple compote or some mashed banana works also very well!

No more milk?

Simply replace with the same quantity of water. You can also add an egg, some yoghurt, some cream, some vegetable oil or even a banana if you need the creaminess.

No more solid chocolate ?

Just use cocoa. To replace 50g of chocolate, mix 6 tablespoons (40g) of cocoa with two tablespoons of vegetable oil or butter, and potentially 4 tablespoons of sugar if your cocoa is bitter.

Unfortunately, I haven’t found yet how to replace yeast in bread or dough recipes – one of the rarest commodities at the time of this article. There are talks of using beer (or wine yeast), make your own yeast (with much care and patience) – or simply bake breads that don’t need yeast, like sourdough bread. I challenge any keen cook around, and would love to hear about your own tips!

ANNUAL VILLAGE MEETING POSTPONED

It had been planned to hold our Annual Village meeting on 8th April, 2020, but due to the current Covid-19 epidemic it has been postponed until such time as it is safe to hold it.  A date will be published in due course.

For any discussion regarding matters for the agenda please contact :

          Graham Skillen – Chairman.  33388         James Lee – Secretary.   32671