Articles for the Village Magazine – Deadline mid-January 2022

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We are looking for articles/information for our Villager magazine;

  • Could you write about a local activity you do.
    • It could be the local sports club
    • Attending classes in the Village Hall (Flower arranging)
    • Scouts/Guiding groups/Police Cadets
    • A local green space
    • Music band
    • Volunteering
    • Local schools
    • Anything else.

Ideally the article would need to be able 500 words long with pictures.

  • Do you have local events that will be taking place between March 22 & July 22 and would like them included

Please let us know, thank you

COVID Passport Scams

Dear Watch Member,

Several OWL members have alerted us about receiving communications purporting to be “official notifications” regarding digital COVID-19 passports. In some cases, recipients have been asked to click on a link to accept an invitation to receive a COVID passport certificate confirming that they have been vaccinated.

Please beware of any similar unexpected communications, which may be a scam designed to capture your personal information or trick you into sending money.

Should you wish to find out how to obtain a COVID passport, you should visit the official NHS website at

An NHS COVID Pass shows your coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination details or test results. You may be asked to show your pass to travel abroad, or at events and venues asking for proof of your COVID-19 status. You can get an NHS COVID Pass digitally through the NHS App or the online NHS COVID Pass service; please visit for the official link.

If you need to reply regarding this message, tap on this email address: [email protected]

Lee O’Brien
Pinner Safer Neighbourhood Team
Email: [email protected]

Trading Standards Advice: Buying Online, Deliveries and Refunds

Dear Watch Member,

As Christmas approaches you will possibly be making increased online purchases.

Trading Standards offer these tips for buying goods online:

Look at reviews to build a picture of how reliable the seller is. Look for terms & conditions on their website.

Check if you are dealing with an online trader or a private seller on an online marketplace; your rights can be different. When buying from a private seller, goods must be as described and can’t be misrepresented (e.g. claiming used item is brand new) but private sellers don’t have to disclose faults of the items.

Before ordering, check delivery times and costs, and also the process / cost of returning items.

If you won’t be home, state where item should be left or ask a neighbour / friend to receive it at their address. This will be seen as receipt of delivery, so only do so if the space is safe, or the recipient will be home.

Your purchase and agreement (contract) is with the trader, so if a parcel goes missing, contact the trader, not the courier.

If you struggle to get a refund, check if the seller is part of a trade association or alternative dispute resolution scheme (see link below).

If you don’t get your money back from a seller, you may be able to ask your card provider or PayPal to help if your order hasn’t arrived, is faulty, not as described, or a seller has gone out of business. Send your card provider / PayPal a copy of your complaint email to the seller. You get valuable protection from using a credit card under S.75 of the Consumer Credit Act 1974 (only for purchases between £100 – £30,000). If you used a debit card, charge card, (or credit card but S.75 doesn’t apply), you may be able to claim under the chargeback system.

For more details visit:


If you need to reply regarding this message, tap on this email address: [email protected]

Lee O’Brien
Pinner Safer Neighbourhood Team
Email: [email protected]