Fyfield and West Overton Parish Council

COVID 19

                                                                                                           NEWS UPDATES 

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

 

  

09.04.2021                            BOOK OF CONDOLENCE FOR THE LATE PRINCE PHILIP, DUKE OF EDINBURGH,RIP.

We are saddened to hear of the death of His Royal Highness Prince Philip The Duke of Edinburgh and our thoughts are with Her Majesty The Queen and the Royal Family at this sad time.

Wiltshire Council has set up an online book of condolence to enable residents to pay their respects: https://www.wiltshire.gov.uk/news/hrh-prince-philip-the-duke-of-edinburgh-book-of-condolence.                                        

 

                                                                                    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

02.04 2021                                                                         WILTSHIRE COUNCIL UPDATES

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

For further information about the Holiday Activity and Food Programme in Wiltshire please email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

      

                                                     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 workplace testing including seasonal workers, the coronavirus Restart grants, the  March 2021 budget, arrangements for employers to register for workplace Covid testing, the  Covid 19 roadmap, pdfCovid 19 roadmap1.62 MBnational workplace testing programme and travel arrangements,

 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.                                   

WILTSHIRE MUSEUM ONLINE LECTURE SERIES

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

                                                                                                                                                   

04.03.20                                                                                          ROAD MAPS OUT OF LOCKDOWN

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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 

 

23.02.2021                                                                                 UPDATE FROM AGE UK WILTSHIRE

  • We are supporting clients to apply for the Wiltshire Surviving Winter Grant this year (in partnership with Wiltshire Community Foundation and Wiltshire Warm & Safe) which, if applying through Age UK Wiltshire, is a one-off grant of £150 (up to £250 for some clients). We can support clients who meet all the following criteria:
  • over pension age (client and/or partner)
  • have household income (excluding disability benefits) less than £16,190pa OR in receipt of a means-tested benefit
  • considered to be in fuel poverty by AUKW– e.g. high heating costs, struggling to afford to heat their home adequately, hard-to-heat homes, significantly underusing heating.
  • able to provide evidence of their means-tested benefit and a suitable bank account to pay the money into
  • We continue to take applications for our free telephone befriending service and are branching out into other things like telephone book groups, although we now have a short waiting list. We can also refer into free Age UK national telephone befriending.
  • We are still supporting clients with Attendance Allowance/DLA application forms which is now done through free telephone appointments and turnaround time for us contacting and completing the appointment is around 2wks or less (with it being backdated to the date of referral to us)
  • We continue to offer telephone and email advice and support in the usual areas of advice like welfare benefits for older people, housing options and issues and care and support options.

 

All of the above can be arranged through our Information & Advice team by calling us on 0808 196 2424 or emailing us This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. You can read about our other services on our website here: https://www.ageuk.org.uk/wiltshire/

                                                                                                                                            

  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

                                                                               

04.01.2021                                                                     COVID 19 NATIONAL LOCKDOWN

Following the announcement of the new national lockdown from 4th January residents are reminded that the Parish Council has organised support if required:

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: ; Sam Harvey 01672 861318 or 07713 586225

Lockeridge: Jayne Drew 07810 011902

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

 

     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 

                                                                                                                                                        

                                                      

 03.11.2020                             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  

   

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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