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Check a Website

Check a website is an easy-to-use online tool which helps you to determine whether a website is likely to be legitimate or a scam … before you visit it.

Simply type in or paste the address of the website you want to check, and your results will appear within seconds.

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Action Fraud

Action Fraud is the UK’s national reporting centre for fraud and cyber crime where you should report fraud if you have been scammed, defrauded or experienced cyber crime.

The service is run by the City of London Police working alongside the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB) who are responsible for assessment of the reports and to ensure that your fraud reports reach the right place. The City of London Police is the national policing lead for economic crime.

Report fraud here

Do you feel unsafe? Submit an anonymous report here!

StreetSafe is a service from Police UK that allows you to report safety concerns in public places without giving your name (anonymously). This includes issues like poorly lit streets, abandoned buildings, or vandalism, as well as instances where you feel unsafe due to someone following or verbally abusing you.

Please note: StreetSafe is not for reporting crimes or emergencies. If you witness a crime or emergency, please call the police on 101 or report a crime online.

Examples of situations that should be reported to StreetSafe include a poorly lit alleyway that makes you feel unsafe or a park with broken equipment that poses a safety hazard.

To use the service visit StreetSafe here

Road Closures: Peats Hill, Publow / Publow Lane, Woollard




 In pursuance of Section 14(2)(a) of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984:

BATH AND NORTH EAST SOMERSET COUNCIL HEREBY GIVE NOTICE that on 29th August 2023, Peats Hill, Publow and Publow Lane, Woollard shall be closed to all traffic, in the interests of public safety, to enable Bristol Water to repair leak on ferrule.

The road will be closed at Peats Hill, Publow opposite the property known as Woodleigh extending east to a point outside 184 Publow Lane, Woollard, but the closure shall not apply to any vehicle associated with the works.

Alternative Route: Peats Hill (remainder) – Publow Lane – High Street – A37 – A368 – Hunstrete Lane – Vice versa 

The closure and diversion will be clearly indicated by traffic signs. Access will be maintained for residents and businesses where possible, although delays are likely due to the nature of the works.

These works will commence on 29th August 2023 and the road closure is anticipated to be required for 2 days. This Notice will have a maximum duration of 2 days.

Applicant Details: Shelby St John

Telephone: Operations Room – 0117 9662667


Dated: 25th August 2023

Bath and North East Somerset Council

Traffic Management Team

Lewis House

Manvers Street

Bath BA1 1JG




Chris Major

Director of Place Management


Pensford Local History Group’s programme of talks for Autumn 2023

 We are pleased to announce that the Pensford Local History Group has scheduled two very interesting talks for Autumn 2023.  We trust these will be of interest to you and we really hope you will be able to join us.  Both meetings will start at 7:30pm and will last roughly one hour and will be held at Pensford Memorial Hall, Publow Lane, Pensford, BS39 4HW.  The cost will be £3.00 per person and refreshments will be included.  There is no need to book.

Monday 2nd October – “Glimmers of Light” – A journey back to the world of the Magic Lantern: Today, screens dominate our lives.  Tiny pixels of coloured light build pictures of our world.  We grew up with television and the cinema but, back before these major cultural influences, back before your parents’ and grandparents’ time, there was a form of screen entertainment that captivated, enthralled, and inspired audiences… “The Magic Lantern Show”.  Martin Elsbury will be coming to tell us all about this very interesting relic of bygone days.

Monday 6th November – Lord’s Wood in Pensford: We all have Lord’s Wood practically on our doorstep but how many of us know the full story?  Andrew Hillman will enlighten everyone about the flora and fauna, the management practices, the challenges faced and the many highlights the woods bring. 

Open Invitation to Workshop on Past, Present and Future Flood Risk on the River Chew

Date and Time: Saturday, 30th September 2023 10:00 – 16:00

Location: Pensford Memorial Hall, 10 Publow Lane, Pensford, BS39 4HW

The University of Bath, in collaboration with the Pensford Local History Group, would like to invite all members of the local community to this event to discuss the past, present and future flood risk of the River Chew, focusing primarily on the July 1968 flood.

The workshop will comprise a combination of talks from academics at the University of Bath and the University of Greenwich on the nature of the 1968 flood, followed by round table discussions facilitated by both academics and local residents. It will also be an opportunity for you to share your memories, knowledge and photos of past flooding events to help improve our shared understanding of flood risk.

The event is scheduled for Saturday 30th September in the Memorial Hall in Pensford. We plan to have two identical sessions, morning and early afternoon, hoping that everyone interested can find a time that will be most suited.

In addition to talks by academics, there will be an interactive exhibition on water and flooding aimed at a younger audience and an opportunity to ask questions of experts in water science.

Morning session:

10:00: Welcome by University of Bath

10:05: The 1968 flood on the River Chew, and why we are interested

10:30: Round table discussions (including refreshments)

11:30: Archives from Pensford Local History Group

12:00: Closing remarks

Afternoon session:

14:00: Welcome by University of Bath

14:05: The 1968 flood on the River Chew, and why we are interested

14:30: Round table discussions (including refreshments)

15:30: Archives from Pensford Local History Group

16:00: Closing remarks

Would you like to know more about becoming a Community First Responder?

Community First Responders (CFR) attend particular types of emergencies where it is essential for the patient to receive immediate life-saving care.

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How can I find out more?

You do not need any previous medical training to become a CFR. 

If you live in the South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust area and would like to know more about becoming a Community First Responder at work or from home please visit their volunteer recruitment page here.