Trees for small gardens

The Parish Council Tree Group have produced a list of trees suitable for small gardens taking into account both their ornamental and wildlife value.  It can be downloaded here

Westbury Inn Takeaway Menu for week Wednesday 27th to Sunday 31st January 2021

2021.1.27 week beginning Takeaway Menu PLB version

Coronavirus Community Support – Update 25.01.2021

For all previous Parish Council Coronavirus updates please select the Covid-19 Category on the News Page of the Westbury Website  http://westburysubmendip-pc.gov.uk/category/covid-19/

Vaccinations.

The vaccination programme has expanded and residents from priority groups are now being invited to a range of different centres.  We have had good reports from individuals who have attended centres at Ashton Gate in Bristol, at West Mendip Hospital in Glastonbury and at Berrow. In all cases the venues have been well signposted, have had adequate parking close by and have helpful staff

It is important for everyone to realise that you are not protected immediately once you have been vaccinated.  It takes two or even three weeks to have the full effect and therefore important for everyone to continue to adhere to the social distancing and hygiene rules.  A good clear article by Deputy Chief Medical Officer Jonathan Van-Tam explains things in more detail.

Those who are interested in specific information about vaccinations and cases in Somerset might find this summary from the County Council of interest.

 

Tree Group

Having been awarded a grant from the Tree Council the Parish Council tree group has started planting trees in the Lynchcombe Nature reserve to replace the ash trees which are all affected by ash die-back. A nice article about the work has appeared in the on-line magazine of the Somerset Wildlife Trust.   If you are interested in helping the group or just finding out more contact buffyfletcher@hotmail.com

 

The PEW magazine

The committee which organises the PEW for the three villages has recently held the AGM. Although there are very few activities to report the magazine will continue to be printed and distributed as long as people send in items of interest and entertainment or things to be advertised for sale.

The subscription for 2021 will remain at £5.00 and should be handed to your delivery person. If it is easier please put £5.00 into an envelope with your name and address and leave it in the shop or deliver it to The Old Stores (opposite the pub).

If you have not received a copy in the past but would like to try it for a year please put your money on a named and addressed envelope, leave it as above, and it will be delivered to you each month.

If you have questions or something to submit please contact Martin on westburysubmendiprep@gmail.com. Or Linda on lindamogford@uwclub.net

 

 

Film Quiz

Finally, since the weather looks grim and the days are still short you might welcome the challenge of another quiz, this time on film titles.  It is here.

 

Sue Reece (870618)   Mick Fletcher (870531)   on behalf of the Parish Council

Westbury Inn Takeaway Menu for Wednesday 20th to Sunday 24th January 2021

Remember that next week contains Burns’ Night and this week’s menu has Haggis.  Click on the menu below.

2021.1.20 week beginning Takeaway Menu PLB version

Coronavirus Community Support – Update 18.01.2021

For all previous Parish Council Coronavirus updates please select the Covid-19 Category on the News Page of the Westbury Website  http://westburysubmendip-pc.gov.uk/category/covid-19/

Vaccinations.

Its good that the vaccination programme is now in progress and many local people in the priority groups will have either had the first jab (in some cases two) or have a date for an appointment.  It is difficult from within the village to see a pattern in who has and has not been called yet because some practices may have older patients than others or more limited space.  They are however all working to the same priority order which is conveniently summarised here.

Two things are clear from local experience.  One is that the service, wherever offered seems to be working smoothly and easily.  A short note from Jan and Ray Fisher about their visit is reproduced below.  The other is that several people have been offered changed arrangements, usually at a more convenient location and sometimes at the last minute. It does not seem possible to ring up and choose where and when to go but several people we have spoken to report changes for the better.

Covid 19 Vaccine

In early December we were contacted by telephone by The West Mendip Hospital Covid vaccine team to invite us both for our jabs. A few questions had to be answered at that point about allergies etc. They invited us both to attend on December 16th for our first jabs.

We attended on that date and were greeted in the car park of the hospital by friendly volunteers who guided us into the system. From then on we were accompanied all the time.  A friendly young doctor administered the jab without any discomfort at all. We were given second jab appointments for 6th January. We then had to sit in a waiting area for 15 minutes to ensure there were no reactions.

It was lovely to see nurses from our medical practice working in the clinic. Everyone was very relaxed and happy about what was happening. Our second jabs were given in the same way on January 6th. The whole experience was quick and painless.

Please do not hesitate about this procedure. If you are nervous please let the helpers know.

Jan & Ray Fisher

Message from the Chair of the Parish Council

A message from the chair of the Parish Council, Sue Isherwood is here. As well as referring to Covid she writes about the dark skies policy that seeks to preserve one of the special qualities of our village.

 

Sue Reece (870618)   Mick Fletcher (870531)   on behalf of the Parish Council

Wassail at home

Unfortunately, it’s impossible for the traditional Westbury Wassail to take place on Old Twelfth Night (Sunday 17th January) this year. So why not wassail the apple trees in your garden?

You’ll find instructions and suggestions on Wassail Theatre’s website to help you.

https://www.wassailtheatre.co.uk/wassail-at-home

If you do wassail your own trees, take some photos and post them on your favourite social media channel.

 

Unsolicited phone calls and ways to block them

Roof Insulation Cold Call

A villager recently received an unsolicited phone call from Energy Guard Insulation Ltd. in Bournemouth. They called from 02045 122040, but may also use other numbers.

The salesman offered a free survey to check roof insulation “…tomorrow while we are in the area … as recommended by the Energy Saving Trust.”

Signs that the call was likely to be dubious included:

  • Use of “tomorrow” to push you into making a quick decision
  • Mention of the Energy Saving Trust to give the call believability
  • Use of 02045 code – sometimes used by businesses to disguise their whereabouts

Companies House list Energy Guard as “Active proposal to strike off” which is another danger sign.

Energy Guard install spray-on insulation, which Which? reports as not suitable for many homes:

https://www.which.co.uk/reviews/insulation/article/spray-foam-insulation-ajTlp7t5K7lT

Energy Guard are linked to Apex Smart Secure Ltd who supply alarm systems, so may use the same cold calling techniques.

 

How To Block Nuisance Calls

The Which? website includes useful guidance on a number of different ways you can block unwanted callers on landlines and mobiles.

https://www.which.co.uk/reviews/cordless-phones/article/how-to-block-nuisance-calls

 

 

 

Westbury Inn Takeaway update 12th January 2021

The Westbury Inn is continuing to do takeaways and the Menu running from 13th to 17th is attached – click on the link below.  The Turkey option has been taken out.  Andy and Ann-Marie would like to thank the many people from all around who are supporting the Pub during these difficult times.

2021.1.12 week beginning Takeaway Menu PLB

Coronavirus Community Support – Update 11.01.2021

 

For all previous Parish Council Coronavirus updates please select the Covid-19 Category on the News Page of the Westbury Website  http://westburysubmendip-pc.gov.uk/category/covid-19/

 

Hands, Space, Face

There are two big messages tonight.  One is the warning from the Prime Minister that we are at a perilous moment in the pandemic and must not relax our guard.  The other is the good news that over 2 million people across the UK have had at least the first dose of vaccine, a figure that includes several people in Westbury. Although the arrangements for vaccination vary between medical practices the priorities are the same and we can expect many more to be called in over the coming days.

We are not safe however until a large proportion of the population have been vaccinated and need to remember the messages around basic hygiene and social distancing. The Secretary of State for Health has urged us to “act as if we have the virus” to minimise the chance of infecting others unwittingly.  This message was underlined to us by a report today from a local resident with personal knowledge of a case (thankfully at some distance from here) where all members of an extended family have tested positive for Covid though none of them have shown any symptoms.

Changing rules about what we can and cannot do may have obscured the basic message – that the best way to stop the virus spreading is simply to stay at home and as far as possible minimise contact with others.  Below are a couple of posters that underline this message and give a little more detail on when you need to self-isolate and for how long. Here is a summary of local helpline numbers for those feeling anxious.

Fake vaccine messages.

We don’t intend to report every scam that we hear of but this one sounded particularly unpleasant so it’s worth ensuring that no-one is taken in.  It purports to be a message from the NHS and looks very convincing; but alarm bells should ring because it asks for bank account details.  The NHS will never ask for your bank details and you should never give them out in response to an unsolicited email.   For more information on this and similar scams check here and if you want to receive regular updates on scams that local people have come across please subscribe to news updates from the Westbury website here.

 

Sue Reece (870618)   Mick Fletcher (870531)   on behalf of the Parish Council

Scams – fake vaccine text message & how to check a phone number

COVID 19 vaccine text

Scammers are taking advantage of the COVD vaccine rollout to send ‘phishing’ texts.

One example of this reads:

‘We have identified that your are eligible to apply for your vaccine’ and then prompts you to click on a link for further information or to ‘apply’ for the vaccine. If you click on the link, it takes you to a very convincing fake NHS website which asks for your bank details.

There are also reports of phone calls which ask for your bank details to pay for the vaccine, which is of course provided free by the NHS.

Remember:

The NHS will never ask for your bank details

Spelling and grammar mistakes are often signs of a scam

See: bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-COVID fraud texts

         devonsomersettradingstandards.gov.uk/ fake-texts-covid-19-vaccine/

Who Called Me?

If you think a phone call or text might be a scam, you can check UK landline and mobile numbers using the Who Called Me? website  https://who-called.co.uk/

The site classifies numbers from Unknown to Dangerous using reports from members of the public.

Here’s an example of what you’ll see when you enter a number https://who-called.co.uk/Number/01512162712