Donate your old laptops and help online learners

This is a request which has been published in the new edition of the New Blackmore Vale online magazine:

A campaign has been launched to help schoolchildren and vulnerable people access home education and online support in Somerset. Laptops4learners is appealing for people to donate their old laptops, computers and other electronic items to help others.

Councillor Sarah Dyke said: “For children in families that have no computer or just share a single laptop, or that have poor internet access, keeping up with schoolwork from home can be difficult if impossible. Some of our elders also need assistance to get online enabling them to socialise again, especially as many have not been outside of their homes since March last year.

“We know there are still many learners and elderly accross the area without access to the IT devices they need to study or connect with others, so we are asking people to donate items, which can then be renovated or broken down to be reinvested into the scheme and appropriate IT equipment donated back into the community where it is needed”.

Blackmore IT’s Simon Barfoot is helping with the campaign. He has been a specialist in IT recycling since 1995. He will collect your donated IT, wipe all data before upcycling and renovating the equipment ready to donate it back to the community group to make sure it gets to where it is needed most. You too can have a say on who gets help if you know someone in need where you live.

Email Simon at

Thank you !


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24/02/2021 9788 Somerset: Lloyds Bank, Text Message Scam

Dear Members,

One of our coordinators in Cheddar, has very kindly made me aware of this latest scam. I then had a conversation with a very helpful member of staff from Lloyds bank who offered some useful tips.

The scam itself which you can view on the attached document comes from a random mobile number suggesting a new payee has been linked in your app and to click on the below link if this was NOT you. (Please do not do this)

Having queried this, two details are missing. When contacted in this way legitimately by Lloyds they will always include your name and the last 4 digits of your account number.

If you do receive one of these messages do please take a moment to ensure these details are included, if indeed you do bank with Lloyds.


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

St John the Baptist Church

You may know that our Rector Tristram and his wife Angela are expecting their second baby at the beginning of March. We would like to have held a ’Baby Shower’ but in these restrictive times this is not possible.

If you feel you would like to give a small gift or monetary contribution please take it Belinda Salthouse at The Old Dairy House, Cherrington Lane BA8 0AP by 24 February.

(We cannot put anything in Cutting Edge Camelot as Angela will see what is being organised, and we would like it to be a surprise.)

This is perhaps a small way for us to show our love and thanks to Tristram and Angela for all that they do.

Thank you

NHW – Local Newsletter for February

Somerton and Wincanton Newsletter

Avon and Somerset Police  –  February 2021

Hello and welcome to our second newsletter for all of our neighbourhood watch members.  Below are some of the things that have been going on over the last month.

Curry Rivel

There has been a theft of a gravestone from Curry Rivel Church. This is obviously a distressing crime and has  already been featured in the Western Gazette. If you have any information please ring 101 and quote



Two injunctions have been obtained by Stonewater housing association against two individuals within Wincanton, due to the effects their anti-social and violent behaviour has had on the surrounding community. This has been significant over the last 6 months, leading to many residents contacting both police and the housing association. We have worked closely with housing and other agencies in order to safeguard the residents. The injunction has a power of arrest for police and will help to reduce incidents within the area. We will continue to work with other agencies around the issue aiming to reduce the anti-social behaviour and any crime. Police will enforce any breaches of the injunction.

Rural affairs

We have had a report of a theft of a trailer and a ewe with 2 lambs in Milborne Wick. We have completed a visit and the owner has become a member of Farm Watch. We have also had more reports regarding theft of farm gates and fencing equipment. If you see any suspicious activity or items up for sale on social media or online auction sites, please contact 101 or make contact with us through the Avon and Somerset Website.

The Somerton and Wincanton Neighbourhood team are looking to complete pro-active patrols with the Rural affairs team, by targeting vulnerable areas and stopping vehicles. If you have any areas of concern or locations that you would like us to target please make contact with us using

NHW – reminder of old telephone scam

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01/02/2021 9788 Somerset: BT Telephone Scam.

Dear Members,

One of our schemes from North Somerset has kindly notified me of an old scam that has re appeared.

Here are the basics of what you need to look out for and be aware of:

A caller will state they are from BT, and you have an unsettled balance on your account of £****, you will be disconnected if immediate payment if not made and the bill will rise when re connected at a later date.

When challenged, they provide a false name, last used was ‘John Peacock’ and a strong foreign accent was detected, the caller states they can prove they are from BT and goes through a process where they pretend to disconnect the line momentarily. The recipient is asked to end the call and try and call someone else which they find is not possible The reason this is not possible is the caller had initiated the call and only they can terminate, they simply mute the phone to make it appear they are not there, this gives the impression the line is dead. When the Scam caller hears you stop trying to call out, they will clear the line and call you back giving the impression they have re connected your line.

At this point you may feel reassured this is genuine, IT IS NOT.

If in any doubt call your provider and check with them, never hand over your bank details to someone that calls you out of the blue.

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