A Big Thank You to Tracy from (Middlesbrough Streets Eats) for the packs which were delivered to Sporting Chance members,  I  enjoyed  taking on the different ideas and projects around things to grow and cook  during these restricted times.Sadly this project has now ended.

If you are keen to learn more about  the latest Groundwork project see the Man`s Shed Poster 




Straight from the city of London police fraud team - Extremely sophisticated scam, involving ALL banks. You get a message, saying a payment hasn’t been taken, e.g O2, Vodafone, 3, Giff Gaff or EE, and to click here. As soon as you click, your money is gone. It is the most advanced scam the bank has ever seen. Pass this to everybody you know. Thanks Norman for above

Not a joke but a serious e-mail for a change and one that might save your life. Having read it carefully, I reckoned it worthwhile to circulate to others. Let’s hope that the advice it gives will never be needed.

This comes from Dr. Patrick Teefy, Cardiology Head at the
Nuclear Medicine Institute University Hospital, London, Ontario.
I hope everyone can send this on as it is really important for everyone to know!

  1. Let's say it's 7:25 pm and you're going home (alone of course) after an unusually hard day on the job.
    2. You're really tired, upset and frustrated
    3. Suddenly you start experiencing severe pain in your chest that starts to drag out into your arm and up into your jaw. You are only about five km from the hospital nearest your home.
    4. Unfortunately you don't know if you'll be able to make it that far.
    5. You have been trained in CPR, but the guy that taught the course did not tell you how to perform it on yourself.
    Since many people are alone when they suffer a heart attack without help, the person whose heart is beating improperly and who
    begins to feel faint, has only about 10 seconds left before losing consciousness.
    7. However, these victims can help themselves by coughing repeatedly and very vigorously.
    A deep breath should be taken before each cough, and the cough must be deep and prolonged, as when producing sputum from deep inside the chest.
    A breath and a cough must be repeated about every two seconds without let-up until help arrives, or until the heart is felt to be beating normally again.
    8 . Deep breaths get oxygen into the lungs and coughing movements squeeze the heart and keep the blood circulating. The squeezing pressure on the heart also helps it to regain a normal rhythm.
    In this way, heart attack victims can get help or to a hospital.
    9. Tell as many other people as possible about this. It could save their lives!
  3. . A cardiologist says: "If everyone who gets this email & kindly sends it to 10 people, you can bet that we'll save at least one life.
  4. Rather than sending jokes, please contribute by forwarding this email which can save a person's life....
  5. If this message comes around to you ..... more than once..... please don't get irritated.... We all need to be happy that we have many friends who care about us and we are being reminded of how to tackle... Heart attacks.... when we are alone.
    Thanks to Ray Francis for Email


Examples of common Covid-19 scams: So far the PSNI are already aware of; Pension scams, Free Covid-19 testing, free supermarket vouchers, tax rebate scams, DVLA refunds, fake competitions, investment scams, doorstep scams e.g. Collecting groceries or cleaning services, fake fines for leaving your house, free money from the Government, charity scams, and websites selling fake Personal Protective Equipment. Your bank or the police will NEVER ask you to transfer money or move it to a safe account.

Here are five ways to spot scam emails:

  1. The email asks you to confirm personal information.
  2. The web and email addresses do not look genuine or are from unusual addresses
  3. It’s poorly written, e.g. there are spelling mistakes or grammatical errors.
  4. There’s a suspicious attachment which you must not open.
  5. The message creates a sense of urgency or makes you think you will benefit by clicking.

Old ways of tricking people are still being used, so we need to be careful of unknown visitors. If you are concerned with anyone calling to your door or by phone, seek help from an official source such as the PSNI or a registered charity.

You can phone Quick Check on the police nonemergency telephone number 101. The call will be answered personally and promptly by a trained operator, they can check if your caller is really from the organisation they claim.

Criminals are always on the lookout to exploit people of all ages people. Many of us have rational fears regarding Covid-19 and these fears are used by dishonest people to scam us of money. There are lots of ways people might try to take money from us, for those who have an internet account and use emails this is a common way people may try and con us.

If you think you have fallen for a scam, contact your bank immediately and report it to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or via



We are offering ABM members an opportunity to try out our Zoom groups once ABM stops running its own Zoom groups at the end of March  Our monthly meetings, which include a speaker, also run on Zoom   We normally run over 20 face to face groups and since lockdown five of those have decided to continue to run using the Zoom platform    We set out below details of these groups and how,  if you would like to give them a try, you can get in touch with us


We normally allow potential new members the opportunity to try out our groups by  letting them  attend several sessions before paying the Membership fee and joining us officially  In the present circumstances we have agreed to extend this facility for a longer period whilst we are running on Zoom Once back to face to face meetings return we will return to the usual situation

Groups running on Zoom are:



This group meets to discuss aspects of films and film making on the afternoon of the 1st Monday in the month when we usually choose a film to go and see together the following week    (optional)

This film is discussed at our next meeting   You are welcome to join us  See email address below



The aim of this group is to be creative and to share our art and ideas with others    We have a theme each month and printed material is made available for inspiration  We are a small friendly group that meets at 2pm on the 2nd Thursday of each month for about 2 hours, with a tea break    Any materials you choose to use in the session are fine – our members use anything from  watercolours and coloured pencils to  digital art – none of us are professionals, we simply create for the joy of creation  If anyone would like to join us you would be very welcome  See email address below      



Every year members of the Group choose an area of Modern History to study  This year we are studying 'British History 1965-2000'    Previous programmes have included The Great War, The

Victorians and The  British Empire     Each meeting consists of two presentations by members followed by discussions    The Group meets on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of the month from 10 am to 12 noon on Zoom

You are welcome to join us as a guest for the Summer Term starting on Tuesday   April 13th



Our programme covers the main genres of jazz   The aim is simple – to learn more about the rich history of jazz and its exponents and to enjoy listening together to some of the vast repertoire of jazz available to us on CDs and internet sites  Details of future meetings and when they occur are available from David, the group leader, at the email address below   



At the present time we are meeting on the lst Tuesday in the month from 10 to about ll.30 on Zoom, with a short comfort break   By local we usually mean N Yorkshire and S Durham but do sometimes look further afield 

We usually pick a theme each term and individuals present topics around it   You don't have to make a presentation but hopefully will join in the discussions    The current theme is parks, gardens, museums and leisure facilities generally   New members are welcome – please see contact below