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Farnsfield Parish Council


BKV 2018 Judges comments Farnsfield

Congratulations on finishing as runners up in Section A of the Competition. The prize and framed certificate will be presented at NALC’s AGM which I understand will be held on the 14th November.

Farnsfield had a good result in the Competition and was very close in overall performance to the Section winner, Radcliffe on Trent. The judges were impressed with many aspects of the performance, not least the village trail map indicating places of interest. It was very important to be able to walk around the village and be guided to specific points of interest. It appears that the map was prepared especially for the Competition. The large allotments were tidy and looked to be very productive.

It was a pleasure to see the very clean pavements and the many private, well-kept and colourful gardens. Many people took care to present their properties in the best possible light. The public areas were also of a high standard. The free car park was near the children’s play area with a good range of activities. We were impressed with a number of village greens with named wild flower areas. St Michael and All Angels provides a good focal point with an excellent churchyard/ gardens, incorporating a cemetery. Useful information boards. The church was open (meeting in progress) and evidence of the parishioners patchworkers fine work on altar cloths and kneelers. Bus stops with seats and providing a range of local activities, including requests for support of foodbanks. BKVC notices also in evidence. St Michael’s C of E School had tidy and well-kept grounds.

A good mix of commercial and community activities. Good range of shops – post office, charity shop, tearoom and gift shop in well-renovated farm buildings, and so on. Plough Inn (de-fib on the wall), has many planters and a good car park. The Lion pub was also attractively presented with on-going refurbishment taking place. A good variety of amenities – tennis, bowling, cricket grounds etc.

Overall, a very good effort.

Peter Holland

County organiser.

Farnsfield Parish Council Welcome

Keeping Farnsfield Safe

Please report any concerns or incidents to:

PCSO 4741 Keith Crowhurst – Ollerton/Southwell Police Station

Mobile - 07889 702823 keith.crowhurst4741@nottinghamshire.pnn.police.uk

To Protect your own property

  • Ensure you lock your doors and windows and fit good quality locks to your exterior doors. If you have an alarm don’t forget to set it.
  • Modern cars can only be stolen with keys.  Don’t leave the keys accessible to thieves in a bowl near the front door! Take your vehicle keys out of any outbuildings – leaving them easily accessible can invalidate your insurance and makes vehicles any easy target.
  • Lock your front doors if you are in the back gardens – burglaries have occurred whilst people have been mowing lawns or in outbuildings.  It only take 2 minutes to take your valuables and do a sweep of the house.  It takes 2 seconds to turn the key in the door.
  • Modern door bells can send images to your smart phone and have a facility to answer the door bell away from your home address.  Doorbells like these have saved a number of burglaries recently.  They are as little as £200. Thieves tend to ring the doorbell first to make sure no one is in!
  • Advertise that you protectively mark your valuable property with your name and postcode preferably using a visible property marking kit such as Cremark or SelectaMARK.
  • Don’t leave valuables such as laptops/cash/watches/phones on view. Straight away there is a reward for breaking in. 

Suspicious activity

  • If you see something that seems suspicious or feels not right then please report it there and then at the time giving as much information as safely possible.  If you believe that a vehicle looks suspicious or people look dodgy then ring 999.  Police can’t investigate reports hours or days afterwards when they have left.  We need you to help us by reporting incidents at the time. 
  • Door to door sellers are normally not licenced to do this and often have extensive criminal records.  Ex-offenders selling cleaning materials can be legitimate but can also pass information regarding insecurities to follow offenders.  Please report these people as soon as possible on 999 so that Police can speak to them and deter them from being in your villages.

If you don’t report incidents in your areas then officers are normally asked to concentrate on areas where reports are coming in.  Help us to help you by letting us know what is happening in your villages.  A phone call only takes 5 minutes but can make a huge difference to the people who don’t suffer crime as a result.  If the reports are investigated and turn out to be false alarms then no-one gets told off! 

Many thanks,

PCSO 4741 Keith Crowhurst – Ollerton/Southwell Police Station

Mobile - 07889 702823 keith.crowhurst4741@nottinghamshire.pnn.police.uk