Staying safe in Takeley
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Keep safe and well. That was the message at a Safer Living event staged by Uttlesford District Council at Takeley Day Centre.
It was the first in a series of five being held across the district for those aged over 55, and was made possible by funding from the Community Safety Partnership and Essex County Fire & Rescue Service.
Almost 50 residents attended to hear serious advice provided in a light-hearted, fun way.
One, Jackie Wain, said: “It was an absolutely excellent event and all the speakers were very interesting.” Another, Phyllis Latham, added: “The advice given was very clear and the information provided was very useful.”
Contributors included Essex County Fire & Rescue Service on kitchen fire safety and smoke alarms; the Volunteer Centre on its ‘Time Bank’ volunteering initiative; UDC’s community outreach officer Paul Goddard on healthy eating and armchair exercises; Sandra Curran from Papworth Trust Home Solutions on its services available; UDC’s sheltered housing team leader Fergus Simmonds on the authority’s Lifeline alarm service; and Peter Caulfield from Essex Police talking about postal lottery scams and telephone fraudsters.
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Safer Living events were also held in Saffron Walden and Thaxted.
UDC’s cabinet member for community safety, Cllr Alastair Walters, who attended the same event in Thaxted, said: “The Safer Living Event was very well organised, excellent and well attended. I congratulate everyone involved in its organisation and presentation.
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“I would also like to thank all our partners for their support and input into this event.”
Following the event, a free lunch was provided. The winner of the lucky ticket draw was resident Lily Crowe, who won a handyperson free for an hour, courtesy of the Papworth Trust.