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Great news from Kevin

We are in pretty good shape for re opening. We are hoping to get our first show "Frankie & Johnny at the Clair de Lune" started on 15th July in Studio followed by "A Chorus Line" in Oak theatre and then "Merchant of Venice" at the Barn. We have other shows rehearsing on Zoom and at the Barn.
Everything is 2m distanced still at theatre with appropriate signage, banners, etc. and there is a one way system in and out. We have a heat camera at the front door checking temperatures, there are also 4 automatic hand sanitizing stations. The bars also have their own sanitizing stations and staff have clear face coverings.

On top of all this after each show we will be sanitizing the auditoria, public spaces and stage and backstage with an ozone generator which like Domestos kills all known bugs and viruses including corona! This will be done overnight so that the next day we know 100% that the whole place is bug/virus free. So as you can see we have committed finance and time to getting this right…all for an expected audience of only 60 max in the Oak!

Finally we have invested over 60k on streaming equipment, 4 x 4kHD remote and 2 hand held 4k HD cameras plus TV grade mixing and sound equipment. This is all so we can stream our shows live to audience patrons that are still at home shielding. To begin with this will be for FREE but we expect this to become an extra revenue stream at a later date.

So having a few gentlemen in fro FMS is a walk in the park.

Hope this finds you all and our favourite grandads very well, virus free and in good health…we have missed you all.

Best wishes

Graham Gowman from Southern Men's Shed Network has asked, and Kevin has agreed, to hold the first network meeting at our humble abode. They were all so impressed last time and at least it will be fairly easy to arrange. The current idea is to use the Barn as there is plenty of parking there and it is a fantastic venue. The format will be a bit different in that I have suggested that each shed gives a short presentation of how they have coped through the last weeks and what their plans are for the fairly near future. More news on this as it comes in.

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UKMSA Update notice

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Latest update on Shed opening from the UK Men's Shed Association.

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Coping in a Crisis

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Coping in a Crisis
The Men's Minds Matter
Coronavirus Survival Guide

In these unsettling times, protecting our physical health is important, but looking after our mental wellbeing is vital too. We will all face psychological challenges, and the mental health impact of the pandemic will last longer than the physical health impact.This guide is focused on how to manage our psychological response to the coronavirus pandemic, informed by crisis theory and clinical practice.

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These are the contact details for 1Community

They are also available for dog walking duties for residents who self isolating due to age or disability. Chris H was most impressed when he used the service for his repeat prescription to see a bunny girl on his doorstep the following day (11th April) with his medication.

Details for 1Community

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Be Aware: Coronavirus scams circulating

Coronavirus phishing scams

Phishing is a type of online scam in which an email or text message is sent in an attempt to obtain sensitive information, such as usernames, and financial information. They usually disguise themselves to look like they have come from a legitimate organisation.

Free school meals

Parents have been sent an email that reads: 'As schools will be closing, if you're entitled to free school meals, please send your bank details and we'll make sure you're supported'. The Department of Education have confirmed this is a scam email and not official.

Fake lockdown fines

This scam takes the form of a text message that claims your movements have been monitored through your phone, and that you must pay a fine by going online via a link they have sent you. Do not click or tap any links these messages ask you to, it is a way to steal the payment details of users.

Bogus websites and fake products

Fake sanitisers, face masks and Covid19 swabbing kits sold online and door-to-door. These products can often be dangerous and unsafe. Products can also be sold online and door-to-door, but never appear once the money has been taken.

Charity help

While there are genuine groups of volunteers providing help to Fareham residents during self-isolation, there have been reports of criminals cold calling at homes and offering to go to the shops for them, taking their money, or in some cases their bank cards, and not returning.

Coronavirus doorstop test

The groups associated with Fareham Borough Council are: Acts of Kindness, Community First, One Community and Waypoint Church. You should be extra vigilant and ask for ID from anyone claiming to represent one of these groups.

Fake requests for payment to access Covid-19 info

These claim to be from research organisations affiliated with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organisation (WHO). They may say they can provide the recipient with a list of coronavirus-infected people in their area. In order to access this information, you'll be told to click on a link, which leads to a malicious website, and you'll be asked to make a payment or 'donation' in cash or Bitcoin.

Fraudulent articles and coronavirus alert services

These include a link to a fake company website where you may be encouraged to subscribe to a daily newsletter. We've also heard of similar fake notification apps – in reality, they're what is known as 'ransomware' – that can infect your phone and block it completely until you agree to pay a specified amount of cash.

Fraudsters sending investment and trading 'advice'

These encourage you to take advantage of the coronavirus downturn by making new investments that are in fact not genuine and can result in huge financial losses – so of course they're to be avoided at all costs.

Fake 'HMRC' tax refunds or demands for tax payment

These emails direct you to a fake website that collects your personal and financial details, often displaying the HMRC or Gov.uk logo (so they can seem very legit). They've also been reported to offer council tax refunds. Similarly, we've seen recent examples of emails – not necessarily relating to coronavirus – claiming to be about unpaid bills, Netflix subscriptions or TV licenses.

Test and Trace scams.


If you receive a call from Test and Trace do not enter into a conversation, ask for an email or a text instead although be careful of the text idea.
The message should direct you to: https://contact-tracing.phe.gov.uk/. The address bar should also have a small padlock symbol next to it, showing that the website connection is secure.
Whilst it is possible for criminals to fake official phone numbers, they cannot fake official website addresses.
Check the address VERY carefully however as fraudsters sometimes buy web addresses very close to the real address to dupe victims. If the address is not EXACTLY as above close the window immediately.
Genuine tracers will be able to provide you with an account ID during the call, or it will be in a text or email sent to you.

These are just some of the scams that are in circulation.

Some of the above have neen gleaned from Martin Lewis's Money Saving Expert which has quite a long list of nasties

For full details of the scams Fareham Borough Council have been made aware of please visit www.fareham.gov.uk/coronavirus/latestadvice

For general information on council services go to www.fareham.gov.uk/coronavirus

For all press releases from FBC go to www.fareham.gov.uk/latest_news

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