Oriental Road Neighbours Together

GU22 7AW and GU22 7AH and GU22 7AN (Oriental Close)


Monday 10th May 2021


Most recent news at the top

Lockfield Drive is still closed at the town end, and the town centre is one way. I wonder when the last two cranes will go? I would like to watch them being taken down.

Current Scam advice.

Woking Police Newsletter number one.

Martyr's Lane and other recycling sites are having number plate recognition cameras installed in March 2021 so they can see who is using the service and how often.

Woking's towers latest news.

There are still town centre road closures in place. The towers will now not open until October. There has been a severe cost overrun.

Statistics and graphs. For the UK situation see here, and for the world situation, see here.

Well done Maclaren for hosting the vaccination programme at their building opposite the locksmith in the town centre. Pole position! We may be locked down, but we're not locked out.

Romance Fraud. See here. There are some really nasty people out there.

Vaccination Scams. Pauline Smith, Head of Action Fraud, said: 

“Remember, the vaccine is only available on the NHS and is free of charge. The NHS will never ask you for details about your bank account or to pay for the vaccine. If you receive an email, text message or phone call purporting to be from the NHS and you are asked to provide financial details, this is a scam.”

Royal Surrey hospital has 100 Covid patients in Intensive Care, and Frimley hospital 200. They are under great strain.

January Fraud update from Surrey County Council.

Christmas update. Please get in touch if you have any needs. We need to pull together. There's a stressful year coming.

The A320 is to be upgraded - the Chertsey road.

Worldwide Covid statistics. Click here for your Surrey Covid figures.

Surrey libraries have 30,000 e-books free online.

The Crimestoppers COVID Fraud Hotline is open 24/7, 365 days a year on 0800 587 5030 or fill in the simple and secure anonymous form at www.covidfraudhotline.org

Demolition of the triangle newsletter.

September update. So far, we have supported four residents who are shielding with practical help and the occasional phone calls and cards, and have twelve people ready to be called on. With a difficult winter in prospect, we are going to need each other. Please check out this site from time to time, and let me have your contact details if you are willing to help others. Thanks, David

Woking's latest advice

You can look up UK Corona Virus statistics here.

Have a look at my newly written internet play Subcutaneous, about digital ids for Covid 19 leading to the mark of the beast here.

As things ease, there may be an increase in burglaries. See here for how we can help each other.

Woking News and Mail is no longer being delivered free. You can have it delivered at a cost.

Avoid being scammed : contact tracers will only call you from the number 0300 013 5000.

Woking Police has a Facebook page. Their latest advice on fraud.

Some facilities like tennis courts are re-opening in Woking.

What is coming? I am as sure as I have ever been about anything during my life that things are going to get a lot worse before they get better. Make sensible preparations now! Ring me!

Government advice : "Local recycling centres are starting to open again. But they will be very busy to start with. So don’t go straight away unless you need to. Keep rubbish at home if it's safe to do so, or find other ways to get rid of it responsibly. Whatever you do, don't dump it - you could be fined or prosecuted for fly-tipping." See here for local arrangements at Martyr's Lane. What they accept is gradually increasing.

Woking Borough Council volunteer support group : here.

Also Woking Coronavirus Support Facebook page :  here.

Surrey Libraries are live online at 1030 some days.

We are invited to get support at home from the Red Cross if needed. Telephone 0300 456 1914 (and if prompted select option 2)

Allotments have a role to play this year. We have completed our new veg plot - 12 square metres of what was our lawn. We are fortunate to have a garden as many don't. There could be food shortages to come. Our attitude is prepare for the worst and hope for the best.

Inspirational hand washing video. Fun. Also Chin up! The view from North Yorkshire.

Guildford Plants are delivering plants locally. Woking Garden Centre is delivering. 01483 714861. Squires Garden Centre Chertsey delivered to us on Thursday 26th March, and Squires Garden Centre Woking was still answering calls and hoped to be able to deliver.

Surrey County Council have set up a Community Helpline on 0300 200 1008. Ask for help there, or offer to volunteer to help others.

Surrey Police write, "Have you received a text claiming to be from the Government that you've been fined for leaving your home?" It's another scam. The most recent Corona virus scams are multiplying. See the foot of this page for some examples. If you want me to forward Surrey Police emails to you, please ask.

Social media. Re detecting the virus and acting on it, I have received this advice twice now from different sources. A family member who is an orthopaedic surgeon has described it as "complete nonsense." Her GP husband said, "Afraid it is mostly nonsense although threaded occasionally with some truths. I’d tend to rely only on information from NHS websites, or Public Health England or the WHO." See the NHS response to misleading advice.

Local radio includes Radio Woking and BBC Radio Surrey. The online Radio station at St Peter's hospital Chertsey is Radio Wey.

The Shah Jahan Mosque has a food programme running for NHS workers and families on free school meals and people who can't get to the shops. Tel 07928 539061 or email office@shahjahanmosque.org.uk. Woking Foodbank is manned 1030 - 1230 Mon Wed and Thur, tel 07309 115862.

A thought - normally I would throw out an empty soap dispenser into the black bin, but now I think it is worth saving such items in case they can be refilled now or at a later date. Somebody might invent a sanitiser that can be made from products we have in our homes, for example. I am even going to save empty screw top bottles, as they could hold liquid.

Current local pharmacy opening times (May): Boots on Guildford Road Mon - Sat 1000 - 1600, closed Sun . . . Boots Heathside Road next to the hospital Mon - Fri 1000 - 150) Sat 0900 - 1230 closed Sun. There are restricitons on numbers, so the queue could be long. It was thirty people at 1145 on Thursday 26th March, but on April 20th it was negligible. If you are planning to go and queue, please ask if anyone has prescriptions that you can take with you. Thanks.

Surrey Libraries are making ebooks and magazines free.

My short novel When That Time Comes was based on Oriental Road. It is about the breakdown of society caused by a burst from the sun knocking out all the computer chips. It feels eerily apt. Enjoy, or maybe be concerned... Free download.

Out of a possible fifty-two, we are in contact with thirteen households, most of them on the south side of the road. We now have eight offers of people willing to help and shop. Also one of our households have had CoVid19, confirmed by testing positive, and now they are fit, they are in a strong position to help. Only four of our households are in full self-isolation, not even going out to shops. All are OK for now.

I am reviving my jam making. Please keep your jam jars and lids in case we need more. I made 12 jars of marmalade recently. Tasty! But the four jars of plum jam were less good. I think the fruit was not the best quality. I will wait now for the summer. My thinking is that in an absolute emergency, a person could probably survive on a spoonful of jam each day.

Here is the document that is advising government strategy. Apparently researchers at Oxford think they have got it wrong. Confusion!

Did you know that Milk and More do doorstep deliveries of milk etc. in our road on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays? We have been using them for a long time. Bread, eggs, whatever as well as milk. You have to sign up online. Sadly they are not currently accepting new customers because of demand, but keep an eye open. The delivery on Easter Monday 13th April failed without advance warning. It turned out to have been a holiday for staff.

Boz Fruit and Veg at 7 Church Path may deliver. Please check.

Vincents Butchers offer a limited delivery service to vulnerable customers and those who are 70+ minimum spend twenty pounds. Only two customers in the shop at one time.

Sunday Worship live stream from Emmaus Road church at 1000. Other churches likewise.

Nextdoor Woking (free to join) also known as Neighbour. Posts are taken down quickly.

Visit Woking Borough Council and their Corinavirus advice. See also We Are Woking

Woking News and Mail comes out every Thursday, often in the shops on Wednesday. Now delivered free.

For keeping in touch, we have started using Skype - it's a free download but you will need a webcam if your device has not already got one. Zoom, also known as Zoom US, is also popular as is Facetime on Apple machines. I send Jacquie Lawson e-cards occasionally. They are cheerful and I have never had a problem with the system. You pay an annual fee to join. They provide employment to graphic artists. Pleasing all round.

Don't forget the importance of exercise. See my wonderful set of pedals. 152 from Amazon - search for magnetrainer. Simply walking up and down stairs is good. I can also strongly recommend our Health Rider, which we have had for twenty-five years. They are often available cheaply on Ebay.

Ask for a free copy of one of my books The Garden of the Galaxy and The Piano Teacher to while away the hours.

Contact David Pennant. Thank you.




Copied from a Police Report

Some of the tactics being used in phishing emails include:

• Fraudsters purporting to be from a research group that mimics the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and World Health Organisation (WHO). They claim to provide the victim with a list of active infections in their area, but to access this information the victim needs to either click on a link which redirects them to a credential-stealing page or make a donation of support in the form of a payment into a Bitcoin account.

• Fraudsters providing articles about the virus outbreak with a link to a fake company website where victims are encouraged to click to subscribe to a daily newsletter for further updates.

• Fraudsters sending investment scheme and trading advice encouraging people to take advantage of the coronavirus downturn.

• Fraudsters purporting to be from HMRC offering a tax refund and directing victims to a fake website to harvest their personal and financial details. The emails often display the HMRC logo making it look reasonably genuine and convincing.