Fyfield and West Overton Parish Council

COVID 19

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17.06.2021                                                            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 pause to Step 4 of the Covid 19 Road Map, support for SMEs and small businesses and climate change.

03.06.2021North Wessex Downs AONB  Environment and Farming Webinars – Next date 17th June Farmland Birds in the North Wessex Downs – reversing the decline ( free online event)

Following the successful Spring webinar series for farmers and land managers the AONB Team we will be continuing to arrange regular webinars through the summer and into the autumn. The next webinar topic is Farmland Birds on the 17th June, setting out the state of the bird population within the AONB, followed by information about key Countryside Stewardship options that can help to support our declining bird populations. The presenters are Des Sussex Team Leader from Natural England and Neil Bucknell from the Berkshire Ornithological Club, both experts in their field who have in-depth knowledge and local practical experience. 

See here for further details:  https://www.northwessexdowns.org.uk/projects/farming-in-protected-landscapes.html 

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26.05.2021                  WILTSHIRE MUSEUM  PROGRAMME OF EVENTS AND LECTURES

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

 

17.05.2021                                                   SUMMER IN THE COUNTRYSIDE

Please see the attached document for details on how to enjoy the countryside safely; pdfSummer in the countryside 202150.86 KB

 

                                                                                        WILTSHIRE COUNCIL UPDATES

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

 

 

21.04.2021                                                                   HEALTHWATCH WILTSHIRE GRANT OPPORTUNITY

Healthwatch Wiltshire is launching a small grants scheme to enable more people from seldom heard groups to share their ideas of how health, care and community services could be improved.
The Community Cash Fund will enable community groups to apply for up to £1,000 to start projects in their local community.

For full details of the Community Engagement Fund, and to apply, visit the Healthwatch Wiltshire website                          

 

                                                                                    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

                                               

 12.03.2021                                          REMAIN VIGILENT REF SCAMS - TEXTS for COVID 19 VACCINATIONS and ENERGY SUPPLIES

On Tuesday (9 March) the NHS began a trial of texting people to invite them to book their Covid-19 injections. We want to remind our communities to remain vigilant of scams via text - remember the vaccination is free of charge and you will not be asked for your bank details or personal information   

Some residents have reported cold calls purporting to be from 'energy advisors'    - please beware of scams.                                   

                                                                                                                         

                                                                   

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

                                                                               

     24.12.2020                                                                                 COVID 19 VACCINATIONS

People living in our area who are eligible for the coronavirus vaccine should wait to be contacted by the NHS:please do not call local hospitals or GP practices directly.

The public are warned about misleading information about vaccinations on social media. Please check official websites for accurate information including the Kennet and Avon Medical practice: https://www.kamp.nhs.uk/practice_news/public-advised-to-wait-for-coronavirus-vaccine-call/  and the government website: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus 

                                                                                                                                                        

                                                      

                                                                                                                 

                                                                                             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. 

                                                                                          

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 

15.05.2020                                                                                  NATIONAL GUIDANCE   

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

                                                                                   

                                                                                                 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/ 

   

 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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