Fyfield and West Overton Parish Council

COVID 19

                                                                                                   NEWS FLASHES

24.11.2020                                                                            AVIAN FLU WARNING

 In response to the heightened risk of H5N8 highly pathogenic avian influenza, an Avian Influenza Prevention Zone (AIPZ) has been declared in England, Scotland and Wales. It introduces additional biosecurity measures for all poultry and captive bird keepers to protect them from the risk from wild birds. The measures apply to all poultry keepers (including game) whether you keep birds commercially or as pets. It is important that all poultry kept in as much ad possible and food placed under cover.

 

Further details, including the measures that apply in the AIPZ, can be found at GOV.​UK: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/avian-influenza-bird-flu-national-prevention-zone-declared

                                                                                     DEPARTMENT FOR BUSINESS, ENERGY AND INDUSTRIAL STRATEGY

For updates from the Department for business, energy and industrial strategy please click here: https://www.businesssupport.gov.uk/.  For the regular bulletins please click here: https://www.businesssupport.gov.uk/coronavirus-business-bulletins/

Recent updates include the PM's Statement on the Government's winter COVID 19 plan, the  Chancellor's Plan for jobs, Covid Business grants, preparation for the Brexit transition inclulding intellectual property rights.the national lockdown and the new furlough scheme.

20.11.2020                                                                     WILTSHIRE COUNCIL UPDATES

Wiltshire Council website includes updates on the Wiltshire Covid Community pack, (https://www.wiltshire.gov.uk/public-health-coronavirus#community-pack )  Covid - 19 national lockdown, library services, the Test and Trace app, financial assistance for people who have to self isolate,changes to the Covid Job Retention Scheme. See https://www.wiltshire.gov.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                10.11.2020                                            NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM - ACTIVITIES FOR CHILDREN

The Natural History Museum has organised some online activities for children: https://www.nhm.ac.uk/events/dinosaur-activities-for-families.html 

                                                              WILTSHIRE MUSEUM - ONLINE CONFERENCE

The Wiltshire Museum is currently closed and details of online activities including the conference sessions are provided here: https://www.wiltshiremuseum.org.uk/                           

                                                 

03.11.2020                                                NATIONAL COVID 19 LOCKDOWN 5th NOVEMBER - 2nd DECEMBER 2020

The Parish Council is available to support residents who are vulnerable or self isolating with the collection of prescriptions and groceries.  

Prescriptions

Please telephone Jill Turner on 07900 223345 who will make arrangements for your prescription to be collected.

The prescription must be ordered by you 4 days in advance as per the normal process. We require your full name and address in order for us to be able to collect on your behalf. The Dispensary requires a bulk collection if at all possible, therefore we would expect to make collections on Monday, Wednesday and Friday after 5pm.

Groceries

Fyfield: Sam Harvey 01672 861318 or 07713 586225

Lockeridge: Sarah Nichols 07785 273066 ; Jayne Drew 07810 011902

West Overton: Tim Butler 01672 861518; Imogen de Trafford 01672 861330 or 07766 295966 

 

                                          PREPARING FOR WINTER.  Scottish and Southern Electricity Network

Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN) provide help for communities to become more resilient in the event of a prolonged power cut.

Parish residents who may need extra support during a power cut can sign up to the Priority Services Register. Those eligible to join the Priority services are:

  • ·       Those dependent on electricity for medical home care e.g. Kidney dialysis machine/ventilator
  • ·       Those who have a chronic illness or short-term medical condition e.g. recovering from a major operation
  • ·       Those who are disabled
  • ·       Those who have special communication needs e.g. blind, partially sighted, deaf or hard of hearing
  • ·       Those who have children under five years old
  • ·       Those who are over 60 years old

To register with the priority service, you can call FREE on 0800 294 3259 from a landline or mobile.   Or 0800 316 5457 from a textphone.                                                                                                                                         

To report all power cuts and emergencies call 105 

                                                                                                                

                                                                                             u3a IN KENNET 

 Residents of retirement age are invited to join u3a in Kennet,: part of the national U3A movement which encourages lifelong learning and staying active for those who have finished full-time work and raising a family.  Its members come together to develop their learning, social and creative interests in a friendly and informal environment.  U3A in Kennet offers over 60 interest groups to over 600 members on subjects ranging from American History to Website Management and activities ranging from Backgammon to four different Walking Groups. For more details please see www.u3ainkennet.org.uk . 

                                                                                               UPPER KENNET NEWS

The latest edition of Upper Kennet News is now available here:www.upperkennetnews.co.uk  

   

01.10.2020                                                      MARLBOROUGH DOWNS SPACE FOR NATURE PROJECT

Local farmers in our area set up the Marlborough Downs Space for Nature ( https://www.spacefornature.net/ ) to protect and support wildlife and the environment.  The project provides opportunities for volunteering and information on activities to support nature too. Contact email addresss This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

09.08.2020                                                                                HELP FOR IMPROVING BROADBAND SERVICES

Broadband - See www.wiltshireonline.org  for information on  Wiltshire Council's plans for improving broadband services and details about broadband vouchers.                                                                      

 

 15.07.2020                                                                PARISH COUNCIL PLAY AREAS NOW RE OPENED

The Parish Council is pleased to confirm that the play areas in Fyfield, Lockeridge, Kennet Valley Hall and West Overton have been re opened for use on 5th July.

Please would users observe the following safety requirements:

For your own safety, the safety of your children and the safety of others, all parents, guardians, carers and users must read these simple instructions. Follow them carefully and plan ahead so that your visit is enjoyable and safe.

·      This equipment is checked regularly for damage, wear and tear but is not sanitised or disinfected.

·      This is shared equipment, used at your own risk.

·      Do not use the equipment if you, or any member of your household has coronavirus symptoms, or are self-isolating.

·      Make sure you have hand sanitiser with you before entering this play area.

·      Encourage everyone in your family to wash their hands with hand sanitiser regularly and as a minimum, before and after using the play area.

·      Wash your hands when you get home.

·      Encourage children to avoid touching their faces.

·      You MUST maintain social distancing from others unless they are from the same household – current advice is to maintain at least 1m.

·      Some equipment can only be used by one child at a time while social distancing.  Please ensure your family waits at a safe distance if the equipment is in use or return later to use the equipment.

·      Try to avoid busy times.

·      If you are wearing disposable PPE, please take it home with you – DO NOT LITTER.

·      Should it be found that these instructions are not being adhered to the Parish Council reserve the right to close the play area with immediate effect.

Thank you for helping to keep everyone safe.

 

  

24.07.2020                                                                          DOG MESS - polite reminder

We have received a number of complaints about dog mess in recent weeks. Please clear up after your dog and use the bins provided for dog mess bags or take home for disposal. Thank you. 

                                                                                          

05.06.2020                                                                          SMOKE NUISANCE & BONFIRES 

There has been quite a lot of concern and feedback on the bonfire that caused extensive smoke throughout Lockeridge yesterday. The Parish Council have written to the residents who held the fire to remind them of Wiltshire Council's request to residents not to have any bonfires while the Coronavirus controls are in place to protect other people's health and yourself.

 This advice has not changed, we need to protect the vulnerable and those who have been shielding in our villages. The Wiltshire website is http://www.wiltshire.gov.uk/env-health-smoke-nuisance. Please do not have bonfires.

 

                                                                        

30.05.2020                                                                      SUPPORT FOR CARERS

Carer Support Wiltshire offers advice and support for carers  and those who are shielding including emergency planning and carers' assessments. Call free on 0800 181 4118. Website www.carersupportwiltshire.co.uk 

 

29.05.2020                                                                   TEST AND TRACE SYSTEM FOR COVID 19

Following the introduction of the national Test and Trace system ( https://www.gov.uk/guidance/nhs-test-and-trace-how-it-works)  residents in Fyfield and West Overton Parish are reminded that your Parish Council has organised help and support:

Are you concerned about getting your prescription?

If you are in self-isolation because of the virus and have no one able to pick up your prescription from the GP surgery dispensary please telephone Jill Turner on 07900 223345 who will make arrangements for it to be collected for you.

The prescription must be ordered by you 4 days in advance as per the normal process. We require your full name and address in order for us to be able to collect on your behalf. The Dispensary requires a bulk collection if at all possible, therefore we would expect to make collections on Monday, Wednesday and Friday after 5pm.

Lonely and Need to Talk?

If you are self-isolating, feeling lonely and want someone to talk to please phone Sibella Laing, Licence Lay Minister on 01672 861600 or Reverend Maria Shepherdson on 01672 539643.

Are worried about getting groceries in?

Avebury’s community shop is ready to help. Telephone them your order on 01672 539200 and they will work out the cost. The shop manager will call you back when it is ready and take your payment using a bank or credit card over the phone. Please then notify one of the contacts below who will arrange for a community volunteer to collect and deliver to you. It would be sensible to keep it to a medium size shop, and it may take a day for the allocated person to deliver to you.

Fyfield: Lavinia Staddon 01672 861482 ; Sam Harvey 01672 861318 or 07713 586225

Lockeridge: Sarah Nichols 07785 273066 ; Jayne Drew 07810 011902

West Overton: Tim Butler 01672 861518; Imogen de Trafford 01672 861330 or 07766 295966 

 

                Statement from the Fyfield and West Overton Parish Council and Rector of the Upper Kennet Benefice

22nd May 2020

We are all living through unprecedented and frightening times with understandable concerns about our health, livelihood and how to best protect our families. The recent arrival of travellers on the Kennet Valley Hall playing field has added to these anxieties and fuelled concerns about other travellers in the area. This letter is intended to address issues that have arisen and encourage the community to work co-operatively and kindly, with real understanding, for the good of all.

As you are aware the Rector, Church members and Parish Council has been very pro -active in supporting the community from the start of the Covid crisis. We hold weekly zoom meetings with an emergency response team where we review the current status of our response and actively manage the risks. Reverend Maria Shepherdson reports and advises on the Pastoral support being provided for those who are most vulnerable. This includes the Travellers, regulars or passing through, some of whom are known to her and with whom she has a good relationship.

The view taken by our emergency action group is if travellers are causing no harm or disturbance, we should let them be as they, like the rest of us, are concerned about contracting Covid 19 by joining a larger encampment. Most of the groups are in isolated locations well away from our villages and we have had no adverse reports about their behaviour and do not see them as a nuisance. Kindness and understanding is the approach we as a community should be encouraging, as is the fostering of understanding and challenging stereotyping and the use of discriminatory language/ racist abuse, particularly on social media.

Sadly, as a result in part of biased documentaries, the travelling community is often stereotyped and labelled. If you were to believe all the negative media stereotypes you would think all Travellers are lawless, dirty and never to be trusted. This is far from being the case. These days 70% Gypsies and Travellers live in houses and another 25% live on council run and private caravan sites. These people work, pay taxes and Council Tax just like everyone else.

 A small minority are homeless and live a precarious existence on the roadside being frequently moved on and often racially abused and threatened by local people, who themselves are fearful.  Statistically nationally there are lower crime rates around permanent Traveller sites than many of our villages. A few give the majority a very bad name, making it hard for villagers to welcome, understand and accept nomads who live differently to the rest of the world.

If we are prepared to accept Travellers for who they are and make the effort to get to know them we will find that they are welcoming open-hearted people. Travellers have received abuse, discrimination and racism for over 500 years and as a result may well stereotype us as being the same as others they have encountered. The main thing is to engage with them as you would with anyone else and avoid stereotyping those living quietly and gently in our midst at this dreadful time.

It takes time and patience on both sides to change our approaches and we understand that some individuals may not behave in a way that is acceptable and ask that you simply follow the same procedure you would for someone local if they were making loud noise, intruding on your property or fly tipping e.g.  inform the Council, Police etc.

Sarah Nichols, Chair Fyfield and West Overton Parish Council

Reverend Maria Shepherdson, Rector of Upper Kennet Benefice

16.5.2020                                               COVID 19 CRISIS - GRANT FOR FYFIELD AND WEST OVERTON PARISH

The Fyfield and West Overton Parish Council has been  successful in obtaining a grant of £2,500 from the Scottish & Southern Electricity Networks Resilient Communities Fund to support the local community response to Covid 19. The Parish Council and the Upper Kennet Benefice will use the grant for the crisis appeal fund and to assist with volunteer fuel costs.

 

15.05.2020                                                                                  NATIONAL GUIDANCE   

Click here for the latest government guidance on the Coronavirus https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus                                                            

                                                                                   

 

 01.05.2020                                              NEW FAMILY LOAN SCHEME FROM THE WILTSHIRE AND SWINDON CREDIT UNION

The Wiltshire and Swindon Credit Union has launched a new family loan scheme to support families which may be experiencing financial hardship. Please see the weblink for details: https://ocm.wiltshire.gov.uk/marlborough/announcing-the-new-family-loan-from-wiltshire-and-swindon-credit-union-wascu/

                                        

08.04.2020                                               MINOR INJURIES UNITS; CHIPPENHAM AND TROWBRIDGE HOSPITALS

The Minor Injury Units (MIUs) at Chippenham Community Hospital and Trowbridge Community Hospital will close temporarily from 5pm on Wednesday 8 April 2020 so that staff can be redeployed across the local health and care system to provide vital additional capacity.

 

Both MIUs have seen a significant drop in patient numbers since the start of the COVID-19 crisis as local people increasingly follow self-care advice and seek help from the online 111 service.  The closures of these MIUs have been put in place as a temporary measure and will be reviewed on an ongoing basis with a view to reopening the units as soon as it is feasible and sustainable to do so.

Patients with minor injuries should visit the NHS 111 online service. This will provide advice on where to go for the best care for their symptoms. People should only phone 111 if they cannot access the 111 online service.

Those patients who feel that they need a GP appointment should call their local GP practice and are likely to be offered a phone or video consultation in the first instance, unless a face-to-face appointment is absolutely necessary.  As per NHS guidance no-one with COVID-19 symptoms should attend any medical setting unless explicitly directed to do by the NHS 111 service or a 999 call operator. 

 

                                                                  THE AVEBURY COMMUNITY SHOP

The Avebury Community Shop is open for orders. Telephone your order on 01672 539200 and they will work out the cost. The shop manager will call you back when it is ready and take your payment using a bank or credit card over the phone - see http://aveburyshop.co.uk/. Commmunity volunteers are available to arrange deliveries:

Fyfield: Sam Harvey 01672 861318 or 07713 586225

Lockeridge: Sarah Nichols 07785 273066 ; Jayne Drew 07810 011902

West Overton: Tim Butler 01672 861518; Imogen de Trafford 01672 861330 or 07766 295966

 

05.04.2020                              PRESCRIPTIONS UPDATE FROM THE KENNET AND AVON MEDICAL PARTNERSHIP

 The Kennet and Avon Medical Partnership have issued an update stating that up to 4 working days ( previously 2) are required for prescriptions.

Please ensure that orders are placed as soon as possible.

For further information please see the website: https://www.kamp.nhs.uk/practice-information/repeat-medication-operational-update-covid-19/ 

  

31.03.2020                                                      LOCAL MEAT DELIVERIES FROM BECKHAMPTON

Galteemore Farm, Beckhampton are offering free local deliveries of beef and pork or 'contactless' collection available from:

GALTEEMORE FARM, BECKHAMPTON, SN8 1QJ.  Enquiries This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   Tel; 07790026363

 30.03.2020                                                      SHOPPING ORDERS FROM COOK OF MARLBOROUGH

 

Cook Marlborough will take orders and payment over the phone 01672 513970.

Collections can be made by the volunteers for the vulnerable, sick and self isolating.

 

27.03.2020                                            SHOPPING ORDERS FROM BUDGENS OF MARLBOROUGH

 

Budgens of Marlborough are offering a telephone ordering service principally for elderly, vulnerable and self isolating residents for a range of basic food and household items – see list.docBudgens essential shopping list March 2020 

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  • Residents can telephone the following number  01672 513 285 to place their order.
  • The store staff will check stock levels and take the payment details over the phone
  • The staff  then bag up the ordered items and label each bag with the resident’s name. Most items will be available on the same day if in stock.
  • Items awaiting collection will be placed in the shop’s chilled storage area.

 

  • The resident should notify the relevant village point of contact for shopping that an order has been placed
    • Fyfield: Lavinia Staddon 01672 861482 ; Sam Harvey 01672 861318 or 07713 586225
    • Lockeridge: Sarah Nichols 07785 273066 ; Jayne Drew 07810 011902
    • West Overton: Tim Butler 01672 861518; Imogen de Trafford 01672 861330 or 07766 295966

 

  • The village contacts will identify a volunteer to make the collection and notify the resident accordingly.
  • The volunteer who will collect the items should call the store on 01672 513 285 to confirm the time / date of collection.  

 

SUMBLERS BUTCHERS - DELIVERY SERVICE.

Sumblers of Marlborough are offering a delivery service. Please see the website for further information and contact details: http://sumblerbrosbutchers.co.uk/

 

 17th March 2020.                          Fyfield and West Overton Parish Council and Upper Kennet Benefice

Covid-19 Coronavirus Update 

Are you self-isolating and no one to help?

Are you concerned about getting your prescription?

If you are in self-isolation because of the virus and have no one able to pick up your prescription from the GP surgery dispensary please telephone Jill Turner on 07900 223345 who will make arrangements for it to be collected for you.

The prescription must be ordered by you 2 days in advance as per the normal process. We require your full name and address in order for us to be able to collect on your behalf. The Dispensary requires a bulk collection if at all possible, therefore we would expect to make collections on Monday, Wednesday and Friday after 5pm.

Lonely and Need to Talk?

If you are self-isolating, feeling lonely and want someone to talk to please phone Sibella Laing, Licence Lay Minister on 01672 861600 or Reverend Maria Shepherdson on 01672 539643.

Are worried about getting groceries in?

Avebury’s community shop is ready to help. Telephone them your order on 01672 539200 and they will work out the cost. The shop manager will call you back when it is ready and take your payment using a bank or credit card over the phone. Please then notify one of the contacts below who will arrange for a community volunteer to collect and deliver to you. It would be sensible to keep it to a medium size shop, and it may take a day for the allocated person to deliver to you.

Fyfield: Sam Harvey 01672 861318 or 07713 586225

Lockeridge: Sarah Nichols 07785 273066 ; Jayne Drew 07810 011902

West Overton: Tim Butler 01672 861518; Imogen de Trafford 01672 861330 or 07766 295966 

This is a community initiative run by volunteers for the most in need. As this unchartered territory please bear with us in these trying times. Offers to volunteer are much appreciated please contact Sophie Roberts This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

 

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