12.01.2022 WILTSHIRE MUSEUM
For details of the Museum's current programme of events please see; https://www.wiltshiremuseum.org.uk/
07.01.2022 BIRD FLU
Cases of the highly pathogenic avian influenza H5N1 has been identified at premises near Highworth, Swindon, and in Berkshire.
3km Protection Zones and 10km Surveillance Zone are now in place around the infected premises. You can check if you are under restriction by using APHA’s interactive map which can be found here.
Please remember to clean your footwear if you have been waking in an affected area.
The NFU can provide guidance on what to do if you are in a Disease Control Zone which includes information on disease control measures and licensing. This information is available here and please do get in touch if you need any guidance or support.
Please be aware, if you have any poultry on your farm, even just a few chickens in the garden (this makes you a poultry keeper) and if any part of your CPH falls within one of the Disease Control Zones then restrictions will also apply to the movement of ANY of your livestock (including cattle, horses etc). A general licence is now available on the government website which can be used to transport livestock as long as certain conditions are met, including ensuring there has been no contact between livestock and poultry or captive birds for 21 days prior to movement.
If parts of a single holding (with one CPH) are in different zones, then the whole of the site is considered to be in the zone with the highest level of restriction. If you have more than one holding and they have separate CPH’s, any holding with a single CPH where the entire holding is outside of the zone will not be subject to the additional restrictions that apply within the zones.
Please ensure you give the APHA as much notice as possible as it can take time to issue licences. Complex and high-risk movements will require extra time to assess and process.
There are general licences available for certain movements, more information on these can be found on the government website.
General information and guidance:
Please be assured we are here to help. For further assistance call: NFU CallFirst on 0370 845 8458, our regional South West Office on 01392 440 700 or speak with your Group Secretary who will seek support from regional or national NFU colleagues as required.
Further DEFRA Guidance on Avian influenza can be found here.
- For all members with poultry please do follow good biosecurity practice. The NFU have biosecurity resources available here
- If you haven’t already please do register your poultry on the national poultry register here - registering means APHA can contact keepers with advice and latest news on disease outbreaks can be found here
New housing measures to protect poultry and captive birds from avian influenza across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland came into force from 00:01 on Monday 29 November. It isa 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 support grants and suspension of confirmatory PCR tests.
04.01.2022 ROAD CLOSURE - A346 BETWEEN MARLBOROUGH AND PEWSEY
The A346 is temporarily closed between Marlborough and Pewsey at Oare Hill from 4th to until 28th January for essential tree work associated with ash die back.
23.12.2021 GOVERNMENT SUPPORT FOR BUSINESSES AND THE HOSPITALITY SECTOR DUE TO OMICRON
Wiltshire Council is planning support for the hospitality sector in January 2022: https://www.wiltshire.gov.uk/news/financial-support-for-hospitality-businesses-in-january
15.12.2021 COVID 19 PLAN B RESTRICTIONS and BOOSTER CAMPAIGN - https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus
- From Friday 10 December, the legal requirement to wear a face mask will be extended in England to most indoor public venues, such as cinemas and theatres but excluding hospitality.
- Guidance to work from home will be reintroduced for those who can do so from Monday 13 December.
- The NHS Covid Pass, also referred to as a vaccine passport, will become mandatory for nightclubs and venues where large crowds gather in England from Wednesday 15 December, subject to Parliament’s approval.
- A plan to introduce daily contact testing instead of isolation for close contacts of those that test positive for the Omicron variant.
- A full list of guidance on these changes will be available on gov.uk in the coming days.
07.12.2021 Wiltshire Horse Rider Volunteer Scheme Launched By Wiltshire Police
A new initiative to help fight crime in rural areas has been launched with 50 horse-riding members of the public volunteering to get involved.
Sarah Holden, Citizens in Policing Supervisor explains that “The concept is simple. In a large rural county there are many people who own horses and hack across the bridleways and countryside in places that may not easily be accessible by a vehicle. We have asked them to volunteer as a Neighbourhood Watch on horseback and report back on any unusual activity they see. Typically, riders will be looking out for any signs of wildlife crime such as poaching or raptor persecution, general theft of livestock, feed or fertiliser and particularly heritage crimes.”
Volunteers need to have their own horse and be insured. In return the volunteers are being trained on what to look for, how to report any unusual or criminal activities and in conflict management and they will be provided with hi viz tabards.
Horse owners wishing to volunteer to be part of the new initiative should contact the Citizens in Policing or Rural Crime Teams.
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
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
'HELP TO GROW' COURSES FOR WiILTSHIRE SMALL ENTERPRISES
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 - Course starting in February 2022
· 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
06.08.2021 WARM AND SAFE WILTSHIRE
For details of the 2021 Warm and Safe Wiltshire scheme please see https://ocm.wiltshire.gov.uk/marlborough/warm-and-safe-wiltshire-2/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=warm-and-safe-wiltshire-2
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;
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.html
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.
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: MyWilts 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