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Car key burglaries

There have recently been a number of crimes where premises have been broken into with the sole intention of stealing the owners’ cars. The internet has some very useful advice, but here are some extra crime prevention tips for this type of offence from Warwickshire police.

  1. If you have the opportunity, always use a secure garage to keep your vehicle in.
  2. Make sure the car is locked, windows are shut, steering lock is engaged and the keys are not left inside.
  3. If you have more than one vehicle put the lowest valued in front of the more expensive, creating an extra barrier.
  4. Use extra security devices and alarms inside and outside of the vehicle. For example, steering wheel locks and immobilisers. If on driveways use bollards and gates.
  5. Never leave your car keys on show through external windows or in a position in the house that they can be hooked out through a letter box or pet flap.
  6. If you leave the vehicle at home, take the keys with you.
  7. Fit a tracker to the vehicle. There are many different versions and designs of tracker, including one that will notify your mobile phone that the car is moving.
  8. Have the registration number etched onto the cars windows. This can be a deterrent and will also help identify the car if its stolen and recovered.
  9. Use sensor lights and good CCTV to cover the cars location and its immediate approach.

If you have any questions regarding the above please contact us on the details below or via the Warwickshire Police website.

Great Big Kids Party in Aid of Acorns Hospice on 16 July

Earlswood Garden and Landscape centre are hosting this event. See the poster for more information

Earlswood Wildlife Partnership Butterfly Survey

Butterfly Survey Form 2017 This can be completed and emailed or posted back. It covers the period March to November

March Cyber Scam Update

March Scam Newsletter (1)

Volunteers need for National Plant Monitoring Scheme

Do you know anyone with an interest in wild plants or who would like to learn more about them? As the weather warms and the days get longer we are looking for people to help us.

The National Plant Monitoring Scheme is helping us to understand what is happening to different habitats across the UK and is set to run for a number of years. The Scheme has been running for two survey seasons and over 900 volunteers have signed up and been out surveying. One of the reasons the scheme has enjoyed such good success in attracting volunteers is because of the support of local parish councils. Many of these volunteers are new to plant surveying and have found the scheme accessible, are enjoying taking part and are exploring places to close to them and finding out new things. Volunteers are supported by materials which are sent to them, online resources and free training courses.

Do you know somebody who enjoys being outside? There are still opportunities to get involved with the scheme as a volunteer. In fact the more volunteers we have the more information is generated allowing us to get an even better understanding of what is happening in the landscape.

Who we are and what we need:

This scheme is a partnership between Botanical Society of Britain and Ireland (BSBI); JNCCCentre for Ecology and Hydrology (CEH) and Plantlife and is backed by the government. Volunteers are recruited and supported to survey 5 plots in a kilometre square close to where they live. The plots will be surveyed twice a year. The kilometre squares to monitor have been identified by stratified random sampling. The plants have been chosen as indicators of the health of individual habitats. There are 3 levels volunteers can participate at depending on confidence and knowledge and support will be provided both through training; web and telephone.

More help please:

Across Warwickshire there are still 19 squares available to survey. The live map on the NPMS website shows the squares that are available:

To sign up please visit or for further information please email or phone 01722 342743.

Your Stratford, Your Say! Community Survey

Stratford Town Trust provides around £2 million each year to the community through its grants and activities. Since it was formed in 2001, more than £25 million has been awarded. To ensure our grants are serving the people of Stratford in the best possible way, the Town Trust is developing a community strategy to inform its future direction.

And they need your help
They are seeking input from the whole community on what works, what doesn’t and what Stratford needs.

Do you have an idea for a project?
Think mental health services need more support? Or sporting activities? Better facilities for the older population or our younger generation? Tell them that too.

The survey will run from February 23rd to March 24th and is open to everyone – you do not need to be a member of the Town Trust.

It takes just minutes to complete. Go to and be part of it.

For more information, please call 01789 207111.

Broadband project update February 2017

Latest newsletter from the Coventry Solihull and Warwickshire Superfast Broadband Project newsletter 17-02 – Wave 5 and checker

Entrust Care Partnership offers help to families

Entrust Care Partnership is a not for profit organisation and Company Limited by Guarantee. It’s aim is “to meet the needs of disabled children, young persons, adults, and their families and carers through the provision of short break activities, care, support, training, advice, and brokerage tailoring services which are bespoke to the individual”.

It is  hosting a number of informal Coffee and Chat sessions for parents and carers of children, young people or adults with additional, specific needs or disabilities. A new Family Holiday Break service has also just been launched. For more information just click on the links below.

EntrustCare Holiday Leaflet PDF (1)

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Are your external doors secure?

A resident living on Earlswood Common recently suffered a break while he was asleep at night. Entry was forced  via a double glazed upvc door at the rear of the property. The thieves took his wallet and my car.
The thieves used a technique called “lock snapping” to get through the door. More info in the link below. It can take only about 15 seconds to get into your house using this method. It’s shockingly easy. Your doors are not as secure as you think they are.

Take part in nest box week

February 14 marks the start of the 20th annual National Nest Box Week organised by British Trust for Ornothology (BTO). Putting up nest boxes during the week can provide a nesting site for our treasured garden birds, many of which are struggling after a very poor year in 2016.

The Earlswood Wildlife Partnership is supporting this year’s BTO event by offering, at discounted prices, a selection of nest boxes. This is an ideal time to inspect, clean out and/or replace boxes, prior to this year’s breeding season.

If you or any of your friends are interested in purchasing a box contact Ken – details on the attached flyer Nest boxes for sale -as soon as possible while stocks last.