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Christmas Shopping? Eg Pk News (Christmas 2017)

One of our residents (the bike man) buys and sells second hand bikes, and all the proceeds from their sale go to Macmillan Nurses and Marie Curie Cancer Care.   The bikes are displayed outside his house, are all in good working order and are very reasonably priced – an ideal present for a child who has just learnt to ride.   They won’t cost the earth and you will be donating to charity at the same time.

He also grows the best dahlias in Egerton Park!


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Have I Been Pwned? – Eg Pk News (Christmas 2017)

No, it isn’t a spelling mistake!   It’s the name of a very useful website.   It seems that all too often we hear about major websites being hacked and email addresses being listed online; in some cases passwords are obtained too.   There was a particularly large data leak of 700 million email addresses in August of this year.   So we would all like to know if our own email address has been affected. was set up by a cyber security expert to allow people to check just that.   It is a safe service that enables web users to check their email address against lists of known data leaks.   You’ll need to enter your email address but that is all.   If you get bad news and your email address has been included in a data breach, it would be sensible to change the relevant passwords.   Ideally, never use the same password for multiple sites, and it’s more important than ever to watch out for spam and junk messages.  If requested, the website can also notify you automatically when future ‘pwnage’ occurs and your account compromised.

To find out more, is the link to a BBC article about the large spamming operation and the Have I Been Pwned website.   Help can also be found at (you don’t need to be a member of Which?).

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Spoof Emails – Eg Pk News (Summer 2017)

Email spoofing is the creation of email messages with a forged sender address, and it is common for spam and phishing emails to use such spoofing to mislead the recipient about the origin of the message.

Most of us at some time have received these and they arrive seemingly from someone you know or from a genuine firm such as PayPal or HMRC.   Now and again the Egerton Park email account also receives them in the spam/junk folder, purportedly from one of our contacts saying ‘Hi Egerton’, giving a website link to click on but no message, and then signing off with the formal name of the supposed sender.   Needless to say all of these emails have always been deleted immediately.   No-one has gained access to our contacts list, and when we send out messages we ensure that all residents and owners’ email addresses are kept private.

Depending on your email provider and if you are using a desktop or laptop computer, both the name of the sender and their email address are often automatically displayed, for example – Egerton Park Residents Association (   It is good practice to get into the habit of checking the actual email address, especially if you are unsure if the sender is genuine or not.   If only the name is displayed then the email address should be shown when you tap on or near the name.

Two examples received recently in a personal email account were From: ( and From: HMRC Service Support (   It is very clear that the email addresses within the brackets are neither those of PayPal nor HMRC.   All government departments such as Land Registry, HMRC, Vehicle Tax, Companies House, local councils etc., are part of the domain and certainly not as above!

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Where Did Easter Eggs Originate? – Eg Pk News (Spring 2017)

Easter has a much older set of religious traditions than many of the Victorian Christmas traditions that we have come to know and love.   The custom of the Easter Egg as a gift can be traced to early Christians of Mesopotamia (now Iraq & Syria), and from there spread into Russia and Siberia through the Orthodox Churches, and later into Europe through the Catholic and Protestant Churches.   Eggs, in general, were a traditional Christian symbol of fertility and rebirth but they came to symbolise the empty tomb of Jesus after his resurrection, hence their connection with Easter.   The oldest tradition was to use dyed and painted chicken eggs (often red to symbolise the “blood of Christ”).   In the 17th and 18th centuries the idea of the egg-shaped toy emerged and these were given to children at Easter often filled with sweets.   Not surprisingly the chocolatiers began to exploit this tradition and the first chocolate egg in the UK is attributed to JS Fry of Bristol in 1873, shortly followed by John Cadbury who made a “Plush” Easter Egg in 1875 which cost 3 shillings and sixpence.

The origin of the Easter Bunny and Easter Egg Hunts are more difficult to establish but one theory we heard was that an egg hunt is a simple way of proving to your children that they can indeed find anything they look for if they really want to!   Let’s hope we all find what we are looking for this Easter whether it is a huge Easter Egg, a relaxing time with family, better health, new flowers and growth in our waterlogged gardens, warmer weather or a smooth Brexit!   One reassuring thing is that a holiday that starts with a “Good Friday” is probably going to be a great weekend – let’s hope so.

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Keep Safe this Winter – Eg Pk News (Christmas 2016)

In winter, there are some challenges which pose a specific risk to older people.   Dr. Louise May of Kare Plus Wirral, offers some helpful tips to keep you safe:

  • Avoid Slipping on Ice      Icy, frosty roads and pavements make it easy to slip and fall.   During adverse weather only go out if absolutely essential.   Wear shoes with good traction and non-slip soles.   Take off shoes as soon as you return indoors because snow and ice attach to the soles and, once melted, can lead to slippery conditions inside, especially on tiled floors.
  • Dress for Warmth          Cold temperatures can lead to hypothermia.   Don’t let indoor temperatures go too low and dress in layers.   When going outside wear warm socks, a heavy coat, a warm hat, gloves and use a scarf to cover your mouth and protect your lungs.
  • Ask your GP for a flu immunisation especially if you have an underlying health condition such as asthma or heart disease.   If you do get flu or a heavy cold drink plenty of warm fluids, stay indoors, wrap up warm and take paracetamol to treat headaches and fever.   You are more likely to get a cold in winter but some foodstuffs can help to boost your immune system.   Milk, cheese, yoghurt and fromage frais are a great source of protein and vitamins A and B12.   A hot bowl of porridge is a great way to start the day and gives a boost of starch and fibre.   Adding fruit instead of sugar is a healthier option.
  • Avoid Depression         Many people have less contact with others during cold months.   This can breed feelings of loneliness and isolation.   To avoid this, get family and friends to call in regularly.   Even a short, daily phone call can make a big difference.
  • Check the Car              Get your car serviced before winter hits.   Checking things like the oil, tyres, battery, anti-freeze and wipers can make a big difference on winter roads.

The most important tip is to ask others for help.   If you need to clear your path of snow and ice, ask a family member or neighbour, or hire a professional.   Arrange lifts to the supermarket and doctor’s appointments.   Don’t be afraid to reach out for help.

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Naturewatch – Eg Pk News (Christmas 2016)

In our summer newsletter, we asked if anyone had spotted a giant pink fluffy rabbit riding a motorbike with sidecar in the park on Sunday 13th March.   We are delighted to announce that the rabbit has been identified as ‘Jim’ and we therefore decided to include a photo of Jim the rabbit in our regular nature watch slot.   Jim participates in this event – the Wirral Egg Run – every year collecting eggs and donations for children’s charities and Claire House.   Watch out next year for the charity Egg Run, and of course Jim the Rabbit, due to take place on Sunday 2nd April and do please make a donation.

We are always pleased to receive your photos or stories to include in our regular Naturewatch slot.

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United Utilities – Eg Pk News (Christmas 2016)

One of our residents contacted us to inform us that they were attending a meeting with United Utilities, and offered to represent any concerns about water supply and drainage in the park.   This resulted in a meeting between one of your committee and a representative from United Utilities.   Stuart Minton (United Utilities) informed us that the sewers in the park had been surveyed in the last 12 months and were in a good state of repair.   However, the law on private sewer ownership had changed on 1st October 2011.

Stuart explained that the new law now means that you, or the owner of your property, are only responsible for the drainage pipe which serves your own property.   Sewer pipes which are shared by more than one property, or run beyond your property boundary, have become United Utilities’ responsibility.

Prior to this legislation, if a private sewer pipe got damaged or blocked, you might have to pay for repairs, even if the pipe was not within your property boundary.   Similarly, if you shared a sewer pipe with your neighbour, you could have ended up paying for a costly repair for an issue that was not your fault.   The new rules are designed to prevent these kinds of problems from occurring.

United Utilities have agreed to redistribute a leaflet to every household in the park to explain about this change in the next few weeks.   They have also agreed to distribute some information advising what householders should do to keep their drains flowing freely e.g. by disposing of cooling fat in heat resistant containers and not flushing wet-wipes, cotton buds etc. down the toilet.   We hope this information will be of use to residents.   

Many thanks to resident, John, for alerting us to the meeting and supplying us with an excellent United Utilities contact.   Thanks also to Stuart Minton from United Utilities, who has agreed, with his team, to distribute these leaflets for us.

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