Fyfield and West Overton Parish Council

COVID 19

NEWS FLASHES

04.08.2020                              EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES FROM LOCAL AND NATIONAL MUSEUMS FOR THE SUMMER HOLIDAYS

A number of museums and galleries are offering educational materials some of which are linked to the national curricula:

31.07.2020                                         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 postponed reopening of further businesses and venues, local restrictions in the north of England, Leicester and Luton,  guidance on reporting cases of coronovirus, travel corridors, wearing face masks, the latest phase of the Recovery strategy and the 'eat out to help out' scheme.

30.07.2020                            

                                                      SAFETY FOR YOUNG PEOPLE IN THE SUMMER HOLIDAYS -  REQUEST FROM LOCAL FARMERS

With the long boredom of lockdown and the summer holidays ahead it is understandable that young people have been and will be looking for things to do.

 Everyone will hope that the weather is good and that youngsters can be outside enjoying themselves as much as possible but please do warn them not to find their fun and games in farm buildings. These are not playgrounds and not safe places for young people to occupy themselves. Some are locked and not visited every day, others have heavy machinery moving about, others contain stores which unless they are understood are not safe for investigating or climbing. Plus, of course, they are private property and anyone entering them without permission or supervision is not covered by insurance.

 The grain drier at West Overton is currently being prepared for this year's harvest and was found to have been broken into recently, when the fire extinguisher was let off. Both of these actions are highly dangerous, the first as someone could be trapped and not discovered for some time, the other because fire extinguishers contain chemicals and substances which could be very bad for health. A combination of the two does not bear thinking about.

 Over the next few weeks there will be a lot of big machinery moving about and buildings will sometimes be left open for frequent repeat visits. 

 

However much young people should be encouraged to explore their world and be outside as much as possible, please warn them to stay away from farm buildings and machinery.Thank you for your co operation.

 

 

24.07.2020                                                                   THE WHO'DA THOUGHT IT RE - OPENING                            

The Who'da Thought it  will re open on Wednesday 29th July 2020

See the website for details ( www.thewhodathoughtit.co.uk )        

 

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. 

 

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.

 

WILTSHIRE COUNCIL UPDATES

For the regular updates including  holiday activities for school children from 5 - 12 years, lockdown changes from 4th July, the Wiltshire Wellbeing Hub,  Discretionary Grant Scheme, the Business Recovery Pack and Toolkit,  'support bubbles' and the opening of non essential shops etc please see the website: http://www.wiltshire.gov.uk/public-health-coronavirus  

 

Wiltshire’s public libraries want your views as they look to reopen some library services safely during the COVID-19 pandemic. They have to manage their resources carefully and ensure you the public, staff and library volunteers are safe, so they’ve put forward three options for how the service might operate while social distancing is required. 

The options take into account government guidelines and social distancing measures, and the resources available; meaning not all libraries will be able to initially reopen. 

Please take a few minutes to take the survey and let them know what you think, and they’d welcome your ideas too http://orlo.uk/CpzER

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

 

24.06.2020                                                              LOCKERIDGE COMMUNITY SPEEDWATCH 

Following the easing of the Covid 19 lockdown measures we are ready to proceed with our Community Speedwatch initiative for Lockeridge. 

We have a few volunteers at present and we are seeking additional recruits to enable us to share the responsibilities and the rota as widely as possible. 

If you are interested to find out more about how you can help to support this important community effort please contact Jill Turner (07900 223345) for further details.

  

 

19.06.2020                                              PARISH COUNCIL UPDATE – EASING OF THE COVID 19 LOCKDOWN

Following the easing of the Covid 19 lockdown restrictions the Parish Council remains available to support residents who are vulnerable or self isolating with the collection of prescriptions and groceries. Residents who are planning to take a holiday are requested politely to make their own shopping arrangements if they are required to quarantine / self isolate on their return.

 

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

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 

                                                                                           

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                                                            

                                                                                   WILTSHIRE COUNCIL RECYCLING CENTRES 

All of Wiltshire's household recycling centres (HRCs), except Stanton St Quintin, reopened on Monday 18 May 2020 with an easy to use postcode entry system to help limit the number of people at thesite at any time and ensure social distancing. Please see  www.wiltshire.gov.uk

  

 

 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/

                                        

22.04.2020                                                                                 UPPER KENNET NEWS

The May edition of Upper Kennet News is now available here  www.upperkennetnews.co.uk/UKNpdf/KVN%20May%202020.pdf. For previous editions please click here:www.upperkennetnews.co.uk 

 

21.04.2020                                              UPDATED DETAILS - OPENING TIMES FOR LOCAL SUPERMARKETS         

Please see here pdfSupermarket opening times 17.04.202066.46 KB for updated details of the opening times for supermarkets       

 

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. 

 

07.04.2020                                                                     GROCERY SHOPPING  - THE WHO'DA 

Orders can be made and paid for by phone (01672 861813)  and bookings taken on  Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays before 4.30pm for collection between 3pm-6pm the following day. Priority will be given to the vulnerable and those self-isolating and the Parish Council volunteers will collect and deliver to their doorsteps. All other orders should be collected directly by the purchaser from the pub. 

Please would the community return the containers in which the Whoda pack the groceries for collection or alternatively bring your own bags.

See the website for the list of items available and indicative price list: http://www.thewhodathoughtit.co.uk/index   

                                                                  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: 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

 

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/

 

25.03.2020.    PLAY AREAS in the PARISH

Fyfield and West Oveton Parish Council advise that all play areas in our Parish are closed as per the updated guidance from the Government ON 23RD March 2020. "CLOSING NON-ESSENTIAL SHOPS AND PUBLIC SPACES, - communal places within parks , such as playgrounds, sports courts and outdoor gyms." This applies even to those without fencing that can not be secured." Please follow the updated guidance and ensure children do not use them. Notices have been put up and areas cordoned off. Thank you for your understanding.

 

 24.03.2020.   For information on COVID - 19  from Wiltshire Council please see;  http://www.wiltshire.gov.uk/public-health-coronavirus and for general information on Wiltshire Council services please see: www.wiltshire.gov.uk or contact Customer Services on 0300 456 0100

People needing assistance with Benefits can call 0300 456 0110 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The Council will accept documents by email.

All registration services except death registration appointments are currently suspended.  Appointments can be made for the Chippenham, Timber Street, Salisbury, Bourne Hill and Trowbridge, County Hall offices only by calling 0300 003 4569.

Vulnerable people and those requesting housing assistance should call west 01225 718005, north 01249 706666, or south 01722 434233, Monday to Friday, 9am-5pm; or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; people needing assistance with benefits should call 0300 456 0110.

All face to face services have been suspended  apart from some limited ones in Salisbury, Trowbridge and Chippenham.  

Playgrounds all closed but parks are open.

Food markets are still open but up to the discretion of the stall holders.

Household recycling centres are closed but kerb side waste collection and recycling collections will continue.

Rights of Way projects and works all suspended.

 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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