Think WIDE(N) – https://www.ourwatch.org.uk/thinkwiden
The Parish Council is pleased to announce the establishment of a Community Fund. Applications for grants are being encouraged from local voluntary and community groups for funding towards projects and initiatives that will primarily benefit residents and communities in the North Lodge Parish Council area. Funding will be available from 1st April 2022 to 31st March 2024. For the first year, a total of £12K is available, with a maximum application limit of £6K. Application forms and full details regarding eligible applicants and purposes can be obtained from the Clerk at firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone 0191 3892516.
Bad password practice is more prevalent than you might think – the UK’s National Cyber Security Centre carried out analysis of passwords leaked in data breaches and found that more than 23 million users worldwide used 123456 as a password. You can read more about it here: https://www.ncsc.gov.uk/news/most-hacked-passwords-revealed-as-uk-cyber-survey-exposes-gaps-in-online-securityHere are some top tips that will make your life easier and your online accounts more secure: 1: Creating memorable passwords A good way to create strong, memorable passwords is by using 3 random words. But remember, don’t use words that can be guessed (like your pet’s name). You can include numbers and symbols if you need to. For example, “RedPantsTree4!” 2: Saving passwords in your browser Saving your password in your browser means letting your web browser (such as Chrome, Safari or Edge) remember your password for you. This can help:
- make sure you do not lose or forget your passwords
- protect you against some cyber crime, such as fake websites
It is safer than using weak passwords, or using the same password in more than one place.Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge, Firefox, Safari. 3: Email account passwords If a hacker gets into your email account, they could:Here are some useful links on how you can start saving passwords in your browser:
- reset your other online account passwords
- access personal information you have saved about yourself or your business
Your email password should be strong and different to all your other passwords. This will make it harder to crack or guess.Gmail, Yahoo! Mail, Outlook, BT, AOL Mail. For more of the government’s latest advice on how to stay secure online, visit the Cyber Aware website: https://www.ncsc.gov.uk/cyberawareNeed help changing your email account password? You can use these links to find step by step instructions:
Some tips that might help you avoid being scammed –
Could it be fake? Its ok to reject, refuse or ignore any requests. Only criminals will try to rush or panic you. Do not invite strangers into your property. Close the door. Call the Police if your immediate safety is compromised.
Now that the dark winter nights are upon us help protect your home, garden and sheds from opportunist thieves by following this simple advice:
Lock all windows and doors – even if you’re at home
A well-lit home gives the impression someone is in
Leave a light on or use timer switches so lights come on when it gets dark
Don’t leave your house and vehicle keys in the lock or on a side table in view of a window
Don’t leave curtains closed during the day – only in the evening and overnight
If you have a house alarm, use it
Consider installing a security light, CCTV or a doorbell camera.
Remember to lock vehicles and remove valuables from sight.
Make sure garden gates, garden furniture, fences and sheds are secure.
Please visit Durham Constabulary’s website for further information.
We are pleased to welcome our new Councillor Chris Veitch. Chris was co-opted to the Council on Tuesday 18th January 2022 and we look forward to working with him for the benefit of everyone who lives or works in the Parish.
The most recent information from the Community Speed Watch Team is –
A693 Blind Lane, Chester-le-Street
During the visits to the site I would advise that 224 drivers triggered the safety cameras:
0 drivers fell within our Process Level (Court action)
19 drivers fell within our Conditional offer level (fine and points)
205 drivers fell within our Speed Awareness Course level