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Plea for a greener Spalding and phone scam advice

From this week's Spalding Guardian letters page...

Some do’s and don’ts

Twice in recent Spalding Guardian Ward’s World columns I have related my experiences receiving scam telephone calls.

Since these appeared, I have been contacted by readers who have had similar experiences with people trying to get their bank details from them on the pretext that their broadband connection would be terminated “within 24 hours” unless they paid a charge.

In fairness the caller may well sound plausible, but then they are employed for that reason as the possible rewards can be high.

First action is to first ask the caller who they wish to speak to – do not give your name under any circumstances as they should know it as you are one of their ‘customers’.

If they cannot supply a name, then just hang up as it’s an attempted scam.

If the caller is genuine, they will ask to speak to a named person or at least know their name but then ask for your customer reference number.

Next contact your broadband supplier to make them aware of the call as its pointless informing the police as a crime has not been committed up to this point but it could be a crime if you supply your details and wonder why afterwards your bank account has been possibly emptied.

If in doubt, just hang up, as I do now.

John Ward

Moulton Seas End

John Elson's Spalding Guardian cartoon. (49398636)
John Elson's Spalding Guardian cartoon. (49398636)

We need more cycle spaces

I write in support of pro-sustainable transport proposals in Spalding, as a worrying trend seems to be pushing these ideas away. Spalding, like everywhere else, has to future-proof the infrastructure and it is disappointing to hear that the car-free zoning in Spalding was pushed back. Let’s be progressive. Road users are pedestrians, cyclists and then motor vehicles, in that order.

If you drive a car, you drive a privilege and now not just an economic one – now one of carbon usage.

Even if you have no interest in the economical or environmental benefits, the benefits to health from cycling and walking could be no more evident than in the past 18 months.

We must make provisions for those that need to drive, as we have to make provisions for the 25% of the population that can’t afford a car.

50% of car journeys are less than two miles, 30 minutes walking/10 minutes cycling. How long does it take you to park in Spalding sometimes? If only there were more cycle spaces outside shops, South Holland District Council.

Phil Edgley

via email

THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK: A higher power

It was the first opportunity to see our family in Manchester following the easing of Covid restrictions. So… I set the satnav and off we went. It seemed everyone else was doing the same. The A1 was very busy.

Somewhere around Doncaster a message flashed up ‘Accident ahead’ and an alternative route was suggested.

So I followed the satnav’s suggestion and the way to our son’s home was recalculated. Later another message ‘Faster route identified’ flashed up, ‘Accept/Decline’. I accepted and took a different exit at the roundabout than previously shown.

I had no idea where we were or where we were going. And so it went on – alternative routes being suggested at least four times, always with the option to accept or decline.

As I drove along these unknown roads making these changes I was thankful that someone (something?) somewhere could see the bigger picture – so much more than I could see physically or that was shown on my satnav’s screen.

That could see the whole journey from beginning to end.

Just like life, I thought, and gave thanks to God.

He knows my life from start to finish and promises to lead me all the way, often along paths that whilst unknown to me are all within His knowledge.

Forty years ago God gave Christine and me a verse from Scripture, “If you take a step to the right or the left you will hear a voice behind you saying ‘No, this is the way, walk in it.’” (Isaiah 30.21)

And so it has proved to be and although there have been some unexpected twists and turns and some challenging times He has led and guided us through them.

As with the satnav we’ve always had the option to accept or decline and as on our trip to Manchester we’ve always found it best to accept trusting that we will reach our intended destination since our lives are in God’s hands. And, yes, we did arrive and had great weekend with our family.

Keith Rowbottom

Supernumerary Minister, South Holland Methodist Circuit

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