Fyfield and West Overton Parish Council


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02.12.2021                                                                             UPDATED GOVERNMENT GUIDANCE - COVID 19

See here for the latest Government guidance on Covid 19 - https://www.gov.uk/coronaviru

01.12.2021                                                                          NFU - RURAL ROAD SAFETY CAMPAIGN

The NFU has launched its Rural Road Safety campaign jointly with the British Horse Society, British Cycling and THIHK; the Government's road safety initiative. Website: https://www.nfumutual.co.uk/campaigns/rural-road-safety/?utm_source=EM252&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=RRS&cid=5157&mid=6181940 


30.11.2021                                                                              ROADWORKS - 'THE AVENUE'

The B003/West Kennet Avenue: due to be closed for 3 days from 7th Dec for ‘retexturing’.


24.11.2021                                                                                               BIRD FLU    

New housing measures to protect poultry and captive birds from avian influenza across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland will come into force from 00:01 on Monday 29 November. This means it will be a legal requirement for all bird keepers to keep their birds indoors and to follow strict biosecurity measures in order to limit the spread and to eradicate the disease. More information at: GOV.​UK: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/bird-flu-latest-situation-avian-influenza-prevention-zone-declared-across-great-britain                                                                                   

Please look for signs of sickness not only in any domesticated birds but when near the river etc as is is transmitted largely by the migrations at this time of year. Anything should be reported to the Defra helpline on 03459 33 55 77 (select option 7).


                                                       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 details of the Government's updated Covid 19 winter plans and details of the COP 26 Climate Pact .

12.11.2021                                                         WILTSHIRE COUNCIL 'HOUSEHOLD SUPPORT GRANT'

The Wiltshire Council Household support grant willsupport families with children eligible for free school meals, council housing tenants, food banks and the homeless. For details of the grant please see:




05.11.2021                                                                                      THAMES WATER 

Following the burst water main and lack of water to households across the Kennet Valley on 4th November please would residents ensure that any vulnerable neighbours register with the Thames Water priority service. Please see their website for more information. https://www.thameswater.co.uk/help/extra-care 


Wiltshire Council have partnered with the University of the West of England (UWE Bristol) to deliver the government-backed Help to Grow: Management course for Wiltshire SMEs. The first Wiltshire-based programme starts on 23 November, and there is still time for business leaders to sign up.

The programme includes 50 hours of in-depth training, one-to-one business mentoring and the opportunity for leaders to grow their business, fast.

The 12-week programme is 90% subsidised by the Government, with a cost of just £750 for the business. Business leaders can take part around their existing work commitments and access learning through a blend of online and face-to-face sessions.

Aimed at senior leaders in small and medium businesses, the course covers strategies for growth and innovation, leading high-performance teams and digital adoption, as well as financial management and responsible business practices. They will hear from inspirational business leaders and learn alongside local peers, with access to a national alumni network.

By the end of the programme they will develop a tailored business growth plan to increase productivity and grow their revenue, and help take their business to the next level.

Businesses can step through the door to growth today and sign up to this course: https://www.uwe.ac.uk/business/business-services/innovation-and-funding/help-to-grow

 Direct sign up links for Wiltshire-based courses



27.10.2021                                                                                               FLOODING 

·       Flooding events should be reported on the Wiltshire Council app; https://www.wiltshire.gov.uk/mywilts-online-reporting

·        Sewage flooding; the public is requested not to dispose of wet wipes and fats into the sewage system

·       Report all incidents of sewage flooding and any unpleasant odours from the treatment works to Thames Water: https://www.thameswater.co.uk/help/report-a-problem

DEFRA and the Environment Agency have established a new Check for flooding  service to replace the Flood Information Service(briefing and details of the changes attached). pdfCheck for floodiing374.2 KB


06.10.2021                                       WILTSHIRE MUSEUM  PROGRAMME OF EVENTS AND LECTURES

Click here for detail of the lecture series www.wiltshiremuseum.org.uk 


15.09.2021                                                                                 WINTER COVID PLAN 2021

Details of the Winter Covd Plan are located here: : https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/1017779/COVID-19-response-autumn-and-winter-plan-2021.pdf 


06.08.2021                                                   WARM AND SAFE WILTSHIRE

For details of the 2021 Warm and Safe Wiltshire scheme please sehttps://ocm.wiltshire.gov.uk/marlborough/warm-and-safe-wiltshire-2/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=warm-and-safe-wiltshire-2  


                                                                                        WILTSHIRE COUNCIL UPDATES

For the latest information on the pandemic please see; https://www.wiltshire.gov.uk/public-health-coronavirus  

Contractors working on behalf of Wiltshire Council will be carrying out road resurfacing and associated works in a number of towns across Wiltshire over the next four months.

Amesbury, Marlborough, Melksham, Pewsey, Warminster and Westbury will all see improvements.
A list of all roadworks taking place in the county is available on the One Network map and typing 'Wiltshire' into the search box.                                             


24.06.2021                                                                              NHS COVID PASSPORT SCAM

Beware of a Covid Vaccine Passport scam email  that purports to be from the NHS and informs recipients that they can apply for their “Digital Coronavirus Passports”

Clicking on the link within the email, takes you to a convincing but fake NHS website that asks for personal and payment details. (for an admin fee)

The website has since been taken down, but in case similar emails/websites appear can you please circulate the attached alert to your residents, members, groups and mailing lists.

And just to reiterate, your vaccination status is obtained FREE through the NHS App, website or by calling the NHS on 119.

More information can be found on the gov.uk website;  

Please note that any Phishing scams can be reported to  SERS (Suspicious Email Reporting Service):  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


                                                                                    COUNTRYSIDE ISSUES

English Heritage is working with Wiltshire Police to deter instances of trespass and other damage at Silbury Hill - and other heritage sites across the county.  If residents witness any trespassers please do report the incident to the police  ( Tel 101) as an incident as "Heritage Crime".

   The Natural History Museum is providing guidance on exploring nature: https://www.nhm.ac.uk/take-part/try-this-at-home.htm

DEFRA has issued a new Countryside Code: https://deframedia.blog.gov.uk/2021/04/01/new-countryside-code-launched-to-help-people-enjoy-the-outdoors/

REMINDERS; It is illegal to dig up wild flowers.These plants  are protected, as are most wildflowers. Anyone seeing evidence of such activity should inform the landowner/manager or if not known the police.

Some key points from the Countryside Code are:-

1.     Respect the area through which you are walking

2.     Do not damage wildlife/plants or livestock

3.     Keep dogs under proper control

4.     If a gate is shut when you go through it, shut it after yourselves.

5.     Do not drop litter.

 See also pdfCountryside Code - key points92.07 KB



02.03.2021                             NHS WILTSHIRE DIABETES PREVENTIVE SERVICE

The Wiltshire Diabetes Prevention programme is a free service for people who are at high risk of developing type 2 diabetes. 


The Diabetes Prevention Programme is a behaviour change programme where people learn about, diet, physical activity and strategies to improve their overall health, all aimed at reducing their risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes.

Normally, people access the programme through their GP however, due to the pandemic  and the subsequent pressure that our GP practices are facing, for a limited time a self-referral option has been set up via the Diabetes UK ‘Know Your Risk Score’ – a check list of questions that can determine a person’s risk factors - This has also enabled the programme to become more accessible to people within the area.

The risk tool can be accessed via the following link: https://riskscore.diabetes.org.uk/star 

 08.01.2021                                                          WILTSHIRE COUNCIL - REPORTING APP

Details on use of the new Wiltshire Council reporting app (MyWilts) are provided here: pdfMyWilts FAQs402.96 KB                                                                           

                                                                                             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  


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.                                                                      


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. 


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