Coronavirus Covid-19

Coronavirus Community Support – Update 03.08.2020

 

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/

The main item tonight concerns the village hall.  We are grateful to everyone who took the trouble to complete the short survey we sent out and are giving a brief summary of responses below.

Westbury village hall user survey

There has been a good response to the village hall survey and a full analysis will be given to organisers of events that use the hall to help them plan whether and how to go ahead come the autumn.  We are providing a short summary of responses below as well as reminding everyone that if you haven’t filled in the short survey form there is still time to do it – simply click on this link https://forms.gle/mMTUVYqucta3p5BP8

The summary is based on 77 responses to the survey, roughly two thirds of which were from women and 80% from those aged 65+. This probably reflects the pattern of use of the hall.  The table below compares attendance in 2019 with what individuals currently think they might do from September 2020 and expresses it as a percentage change.  For example of the 55 people who said they had previously attended a film night in the village hall just under 20% said they would not attend in autumn 2020.

Responses %  change
Film night 62 -18
Westbury Society 51 -12
Gardening club 25 0
plays/puppets 34 -35
meals 47 -29
sport 7 7
art club 13 -6
wi 17 -8
pc 36 -14

The survey also asked about attitudes to wearing masks and distancing and the answers are summarised in the chart here.  At the moment however it seems that both distancing measures and the wearing of masks will be compulsory in the early autumn.

 

Promoting walking and cycling

Mendip District Council has adopted an ambitious new policy aimed at promoting walking and cycling to work.  As a first step it is seeking to discuss with parish councils which routes might be a priority for development taking into account such factors as local demand for off road routes and the potential impact on road traffic.  Westbury to Wells has been identified as a potential route.  You can find out more here and if you are interested in the development of walking and cycling routes more generally you may want to look at the Strawberry Line page on the village website  Please let your parish councillors know your views on this topic.

Supporting local businesses

This is a reminder that the village pub will be participating in the ‘Eat out to help out’ scheme during the month of August. Details were posted recently on the news page of the village website.

One resident has recently set up as a gym and fitness instructor providing one to one personal training, based in Westbury. For details please contact Fraser Henderson  07495013955 @fhenderson.personaltraining.com

VJ Day

This is advance notice that arrangements are being planned for a commemoration of VJ day on 15th August.  Please hold the date and look out for more details in next week’s update.

 

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

Coronavirus Community Support – update 31.07.2020

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/

Another scam to watch out for.

We still aim to reduce our updates to once per week but felt it important to alert villagers to another possible scam – this time not online but door-to-door.   A local resident has sent the following message and another confirmed that they had the same experience, so please be careful.

“Just thought I would make you aware and maybe worth letting others know. We had a visit today from a young lad who said he was on the “Prisoner reform scheme” and had come from Middlesbrough. He was nice enough, but I’ve looked it up and this is a scam with police in Wales and Manchester reporting that it is linked with reports of burglary in the following days so it appears they may be using it as a way of looking at properties to target. It may be worth everyone being a bit more vigilant the next few days and making sure things are locked away and keeping an eye out. “

Village Hall Survey.

Since we are emailing it gives us the opportunity to remind people about the village hall survey. Organisers of village events have to make difficult decisions about whether to cancel events that would normally take place in the village hall and really need your feedback to help them decide what to do.  It takes less than a minute to complete the survey by clicking on the link below.  Please help our hall and our voluntary organisations by giving them your thoughts.

https://forms.gle/mMTUVYqucta3p5BP8

 

Letter in Wells Journal

Finally, we spotted a nice letter in the Wells Journal this week from Bob Dolby.  If you take the Journal do look out for it.

 

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

Coronavirus Community Support – Update 27.07.2020

 

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/

Re-opening the Village Hall

We have received the following message from the Village Hall Management Committee about reopening the hall and would urge everyone to complete the short survey they are conducting in order to help village organisations plan ahead.

Use of Westbury Village Hall

We need to plan carefully how the village hall might be brought back into use for a range of activities from September.  It is clear that we will need to put in place social distancing arrangements that will reduce the capacity of the hall, and there will be extra costs associated with enhanced cleaning.  The most important unknown however is whether those who have traditionally used the hall will feel that it is safe enough to return. We are therefore conducting a short survey to gauge opinion on the matter in order to help organisers plan what to do.

We appreciate that many people may still be undecided about what they will feel like doing from September onwards, and may indeed change their minds, but we cannot wait until then to start to plan – films and speakers have to be booked and events and activities advertised.  It would be very helpful therefore if as many people as possible could give us their current best assessment of how they might behave over the early autumn.  You can do so by clicking on the link below which will take you to a very short survey. It will only take a matter of minutes to complete (unless of course they wish to add lengthy comments which is possible and which we would welcome)

This notice is being widely circulated in Westbury via the regular Monday updates from the Parish Council.  Event organisers however should feel free to forward a copy to anyone from outside the village who has traditionally been involved in their activities, and to use their normal distribution lists to encourage the largest possible response.

https://forms.gle/mMTUVYqucta3p5BP8

Westbury Village Hall Management Committee

Letter from the Parish Council Chair

The regular letter from the chair of the Parish Council, Sue Isherwood, is here.

 

Eat out to help out

The Westbury Inn will be taking advantage of the ‘Eat out to help out’ scheme announced by the chancellor which is intended to encourage people to get back in the habit of eating in pubs and restaurants.  A £10.00 discount will be available on a special range of meals on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays during August starting on Monday 3rd.  Watch out for details of the offer which will be posted on the village website.

 

Rewilding Westbury

The Parish Council has recently received two documents connected to the theme of rewilding or creating nature recovery networks.  Mendip District Council has provided a link to some interesting maps showing where it proposes to create wildflower areas by changing its grass cutting regime.  One of them is in Westbury.  At about the same time the Parish Council received a report from the Wildlife Trusts giving examples of actions that local communities around the country are taking to reverse insect decline; interestingly one of the examples quoted is in Priddy.

 

Short Drove is safe again.

Those who have been avoiding Short Drove because of reports (or experience) of angry bees nearby can now include this route in their walks once more – the bees have been removed.

 

Changes to local services

Still with a green theme Somerset Waste partnership is proposing changes to recycling services which will come into effect from October.  A greater range of items will be collected in the household recycling bins meaning that residual waste will only be collected once every three weeks.  The library service will be opening its new  ‘order and collect’ service in Wells from today (27th July)

 

Poem of the Week

Finally, our poem of the week, posted separately, is from Chris Harris, inspired by the appearance of a comet in our skies.

 

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

Coronavirus Community Support – Update 24.07.2020

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/

 

Beware of scams

Although we still plan to reduce our regular updates to once per week our attention has been drawn to a very plausible scam that has been reported to us by two people in the village in recent days and we felt it best to alert everyone promptly. One villager emailed us with the following summary of a conversation she had had this week

 

‘Good afternoon I’m calling from the NHS track and trace service. According to our system, you are likely to have been in close proximity to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. This means that you now need to self-isolate for 7 days and take a COVID-19 test.’


‘OK. Can you tell me who that person was?’


‘I’m not able to tell you that. That is confidential information.’


‘Right. Um… so ….’


‘But you do need to be tested within the next 72 hours. So can I just get the best mailing address so that we can send a kit to you?’


‘Ok (gives address)’


I just need to take a payment card so that we can finalize this and send the kit to you.’


‘Sorry – a payment card? I thought this was all free?’


‘No – I’m afraid not. There is a one-off fee of £50 for the kit and test results. Could you read off the long card number for me, please, when you’re ready.’


‘No – that’s not right. This is part of the NHS so there’s no charge.’


‘I’m afraid there is. Can you give me the card number please – this is very important, and there are penalties for not complying.’

 

At this point our neighbour sensibly put the phone down.

 

A full description of how the test and trace system works is here but the essential messages are

The NHS Test and Trace service will not:

  • ask for bank details or payments
  • ask for details of any other accounts, such as social media
  • ask you to set up a password or PIN number over the phone
  • ask you to call a premium rate number, such as those starting 09 or 087

Another current scam suggests that you can get a tax rebate for work clothing.  This is a copy of a plausible email that has been widely circulated but is intended to get the unwary to give away important information and possibly cash. Have nothing to do with it.

 

Wearing face masks in shops

Since we are emailing everyone we thought it worth also putting out a brief reminder that it is now compulsory to wear a face mask in a shop as well as on public transport – unless you have a medical reason not to – and this of course applies to Westbury Community Shop.  A light hearted poster describing the correct way to use a mask is here

 

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

 

 

Coronavirus Community Support – Update 20.07.2020

Coronavirus Community Support  –  Update 20.07.2020

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/

 

So what are the rules now?

The government is implementing a phased reduction in the lockdown restrictions so we are reissuing a link to the latest guidance, updated on the 17th July.  There is a lot in this document, and we recommend you read it.  For those short of time however the headlines are

 

  • from the 24th July (next Friday) we will need to wear face coverings in shops & supermarkets as well as public transport
  • from 25th July sports facilities including dance studios, indoor gyms and swimming pools will reopen
  • from 1st August more venues will open and indoor performances to live audiences will be allowed
  • from 1st September it is expected that all school and nurseries should be open for all pupils

 

Note however that the social distancing rules remain in place and the government is only thinking about relaxing them, if possible, in November.

 

What is the impact on Westbury?

These rules impact upon local services and we have messages in relation to the

  • Community Shop   The shop will be implementing the rules on wearing face masks while shopping but also taking other measures to help keep customers safe. A full  update from the shop is here
  • Westbury Inn  The pub is looking at the arrangements for the ‘Eat out to help out’ scheme and hopes to announce plans shortly.  Meanwhile they are keen to tell people they have fresh lobster this weekend.
  • Westbury Church. Because of the pandemic the Friends of Westbury Church have had to cancel fundraising events and are unable to finance necessary repairs and improvements to the Church fabric.  A summary of what they do, what they would like to do and how you could help is here.

 

Spending time safely.

Although there are still many things we cannot do there is much that we can still enjoy. Things to consider include

  • Walk in the countryside, perhaps guided by one of the Westbury Walks you can get from the shop.  We have been warned however about some aggressive bees at the end of Short Drove. If you are concerned about getting stung perhaps avoid this route for a while.
  • Make facemasks.  Cathy Hancock would be interested to hear from anyone who would like to help make facemasks for distribution to local institutions and via the village shop. Email her at cottagefarm@hotmail.com
  • Record butterflies. If you have been following Peter Bright’s butterfly of the week postings you might want to take part in the Big Butterfly Count which runs until the 9th August. You can find all his butterfly posts (and more besides)  on the Westbury Wildlife pages of the village website.
  • Count glow worms.  A reminder that although we cannot have a convivial evening before and after the count we will still be out and about counting.  Anyone wanting to take part should contact Peter Bright (870640)  Details are here.
  • Read poetry, particularly our own Covid related poems which you can now find all together here.   Tonight’s addition to our collection – Masks –  has been contributed by some of the younger members of our community.

 

 

 

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

Coronavirus community support Update 13.07.2020

 

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/

 

A message from the Chair of the Parish Council

 

This week’s letter from the Chair of the Parish Council, Sue Isherwood is here.

 

More facilities reopen

 

This week we can advise of more steps to reopen facilities with the safety measures in place that we are learning to expect.  Those using the shop, the pub and the hairdressing salon say they have felt reassured by the arrangements the organisers have made to keep people safe and can recommend them to others.  Today there is further news from the Church

 

Church News
We have now put all the protective features in place for regularly opening the Church for services.
A register will be kept of all visitors and this will be destroyed after 21 days
For the next three months the building will be open as follows :-

Every Wednesday 4.00 pm – 6.00 pm for private prayer

Sunday 12th July 11.00  am Morning Prayer  led by congregation
Sunday 19th 11.00 am Morning Prayer led by congregation
Sunday 26th 11.00 am Holy Communion led by Rev. David Wilcox

August 2nd 11.00 am Morning Service led by Richard Brown
9th 11.00 am Holy Communion celebrating St Lawrence Day led by Rev. Sue Rose
16 th 11.00 am Morning Prayer
23rd  11.00 am Holy Communion led by Rev David Wilcox
30th 11.00 am Morning Prayer

September 6th  11.00 am Morning Service led by Richard Brown
13th 11.00 am Holy Communion led by Rev Steve Lynas
20th 11.00 am Morning Prayer
27th 11.00 am Holy Communion led by Rev David Wilcox
We will then review the situation.
If you have any questions please contact Linda Mogford 01749 870 817
Somerset Library Service

Somerset Library Service has sent us a flyer about the phased reopening of libraries across the county.

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The key thing to look out for is the new ‘order and collect service’ whereby users will be able to order up to ten books or DVDs etc at a time. The service is needed because it will not be possible to browse the shelves as before.  Order and collect is currently only running in the larger centres such as Taunton and Bridgwater but all libraries, including Wells, should have this service by the end of August.

 

Scams and fake cures

Several people have alerted us to telephone and email scams that are going around.  The advice in relation to all of them is to never give out personal details in response to an unsolicited call and be very careful if asked to click or press a number to find out more.  If a call claiming to be from a bank or credit card company sounds plausible ring off and contact the organisation by other means.  They will always understand your need to be careful.

 

In a similar vein we have come across an article highlighting a number of fake cures for COVID that are going around.  It makes for amusing reading.

 

Poem of the week

Finally, as it is Monday we have another poem of the week, written when the supermarkets were finding it difficult to keep fully stocked – Not Daffodils by Chris Harris. We have a good stock of poems from regulars like Chris but would like to encourage others to come forward.  Its always good to have new voices.

 

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

Coronavirus Community Support – Update 06.07.2020

Coronavirus Community Support  –  Update 06.07.2020

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/

Westbury opens up 

Many people will be pleased to hear the message we have received from the Cutting Room hairdressers.

The Cutting Room Hair salon is opened again on Saturday 4th July.  We are taking extra precautions, only 2 customers in the salon at one time, we are cleaning down and disinfecting in between each customer. We are asking customers to wear a face mask for their appointment ( this is not compulsory, just advice) as the staff will be wearing full visors. There will be hand sanitizer on entry and no drinks will be offered.  

We are booked until mid July but are happy to welcome any customers from the village existing or new.  Please do give us a call to book an appointment 01749 870900 or email amanda@westburyhairsalon.co.uk

We have also had the following message from the Westbury Community Shop.

 

The Shop has eased access arrangements to allow customers to come to the Post Office and to be able to see the shelves properly to help with their shopping, whilst still being served by staff and volunteers. Naturally, we hope as the new normality evolves, we will be able to open up more. However, the most important development is that the Shop is reorganising the way it handles customer accounts as this part of the operation moves from the excellent initiatives of the Parish Council at the beginning of lockdown to the control of the Shop itself. If you have an account or feel that you would find having one helpful, look at this letter and form. Finally, the Shop now takes contactless payment by card which all helps you to SHOP LOCAL and STAY SAFE .

The Westbury Inn is now open for meals and drinks as well as continuing to offer the take-away service.  Andy and the team are keen to stress that their aim is not to ‘pack the pub’ but to provide a safe and enjoyable experience for all customers.  This gives an idea of how the layout and signage now reflects the safety measures needed to ensure social distancing.

But the virus is still with us.

 The stay at home message was at least simple. Now that some of the restrictions on where you can go and who you can meet with have been lifted life is a bit more complicated so we are attaching a brief reminder of the basic rules.

Basic hygeine

As venues such as the village hall and pub reopen this is a simple checklist of the arrangements that will be in place to keep people safe.

 

  • Minimise contact with individuals who are unwell: Nobody should attend the premises if they have symptoms or are self-isolating due to symptoms in their household.
  • Clean your hands often: Sanitiser should be provided at entry and exit points, sanitiser and/or running water, soap and paper towels in toilets and kitchens. Hot air hand dryers are not recommended as they distribute droplets.
  • Respiratory hygiene: Everyone needs to be encouraged to avoid touching their mouth, eyes, and nose. Tissues need to be disposed of into a bin, then hands cleaned. A “Catch it, Bin it, Kill it” poster is available (see end for link).
  • Regular cleaning of surfaces that are touched frequently: including door handles, handrails, tabletops, sinks, toilet areas, kitchen surfaces. Ordinary domestic products can be used.
  • Maintain social distancing where possible: Social distancing guidelines currently require at least 2 metres (3 steps) to be maintained between individuals and households. Bookings can be accepted for events where social distancing can be maintained, the number of people each person has contact with is reduced to a small group and/or contacts below 2m are minimised and transitory, but crowded events cannot yet be held. See 2.2 below.

 

Social distancing

Limiting the number of people you are in contact with remains the best way of keeping yourself safe and stopping the spread of the virus. The rules are tricky to remember so here is a brief summary

 

  • you can continue to meet in any outdoor space in a group of up to 6 people from different households
  • single adult households – in other words adults who live alone or with dependent children only – can continue to form an exclusive ‘support bubble’ with one other household
  • you can also meet in a group of 2 households (anyone in your support bubble counts as one household), in any location ‒ public or private, indoors or outdoors. This does not need to be the same household each time

It remains the case ‒ even inside someone’s home ‒ that you should socially distance from anyone not in your household or bubble. Those who have been able to form a support bubble (which is those in single adult households) can continue to have close contact as if they live with the other people in their bubble. This should be exclusive and should not change. This change also does not affect the support you receive from your carers.

And here are the latest guidelines https://tinyurl.com/ycdh3ylt

You can help by reporting your symptoms

If you want to play a part in helping control the pandemic you could contribute daily records of your health to an app developed by Kings College London who share the data with the NHS.

Help slow the spread of #COVID19 and identify at risk cases sooner by self-reporting your symptoms daily, even if you feel well 🙏. Download the app https://covid.joinzoe.com/

 

Poem of the week
Finally the poem this week is contributed by Peter Bright, stimulated no doubt by the reopening of the Westbury

 

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

Coronavirus Community Support – Update 03.07.2020

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/

 

The coronavirus has not gone away but nationally and locally we are seeing the first steps back towards more normal living arrangements.  In keeping with that trend, we feel we will be able to reduce the frequency of our updates and ease the workload on our ‘Eyes and Ears’ who help deliver them. From next week therefore we will normally only publish on Mondays unless something major or urgent is notified to us.

 

We have further information about easing of the lockdown and returning to ‘not quite normal’ locally.

 

Westbury Church is reopening for services

We have received the following further information from Linda Mogford about reopening Westbury church for services.  (The churches in Easton and Priddy do not yet feel able to resume services.)

 

We will be holding a morning prayer service at 11 am on Sunday 5th July.. There are some who feel unable to join us yet and we fully respect their views and some people may want to wear a mask.
Covid-19 precautions
You should know that we will have both the south and west doors open to keep the building ventilated
Please use social distancing when entering the south door as usual
Your name and phone number will be taken
There are several bottles of sanitiser and wipes at various points in church. Please use them on entering and leaving the building
A collection plate will be near the door as you enter
There will be no singing
Each, socially distanced place has been marked with a white spot and will have an order of service
Please take the order of service with you as you leave and keep it for the next service.
Please leave through the west door and keep 2 metres apart
Please contact me if you have any other questions or concerns
Linda

 

The Playing Fields are reopening

The Playing Fields are reopening but please note that they open from Sunday 5th, not Saturday. There will still be some restrictions and special advice to follow which is set out here

 

Our annual glow worm count will happen (but socially distanced)

It’s glow worm time of year again!!  (From now until the end of August)  Anyone wanting to see them should go out an hour after sunset and look along the sides of the quieter roads on the outskirts of the village.  (Sunset is currently 21.30 so look from 22.30 until 23.30.)  They don’t seem to like street lights which presumably distract the males looking for glowing females and it might help them if people took care to keep their outside lighting to a minimum.

 

Keep safe by wearing high visibility clothing and take a torch for flashing at approaching cars but try to keep it switched off so you can see the glow worms.  If you have not seen one look at the  picture below

 

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Peter Bright would be interested to know when and where you see them and how many.

 

Because of Covid 19 we will not be meeting together for a sociable glow worm counting evening this year but we will be doing our annual census during the week Sunday 26th July to Saturday 1st August.  Peter Bright has allocated maps to the usual suspects but if anyone  else would like to join in please contact him and we will try to attach you (suitably distanced) to a small team of experienced counters.

 

Boots Priory Pharmacy

We have been informed that the Boots Priory pharmacy will not open on Saturdays after the 31st August although the High Street branch will continue to operate as normal.

 

 

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

Coronavirus Community Support – Update 29.06.2020

 

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/

Easing the lockdown – but it isn’t over yet.

Although some restrictions will be removed from July 4th it is clear that the virus has not gone away, and we will still have to live with its consequences.  This week’s message from the chair of the Parish Council reflects that theme and makes it clear that our support arrangements will remain in place as long as they are needed.   Sue Isherwood’s letter is here as is a reminder of the support services we offer.

More local changes.

As restrictions are gradually lifted we intend to keep the village informed about how local organisations are adapting.  Today we have a further announcement from the Church, the Village Hall and our new Community Tree Group.

The Church

We have received the following further information from the Church about reopening.

 

Starting on Wednesday 1st of July we will be opening the Church for private prayer on Wednesdays from 4 – 6 pm and on Sundays from 11 – 1 pm. 

There will be a register to sign plus suitable arrangements for safe visits and we hope that Westbury people will find this helpful.

We are still waiting for guidance on how we might resume services.

 

The Village Hall

The Hall Management Committee have been exploring how to reopen safely, adhering to government guidelines on distancing and enhanced cleaning.   It would be possible to accommodate 30 people if chairs are spaced 1 metre apart but only 20 if 2 metres is felt essential.  They would welcome feedback from potential users on what they feel is essential for them to be able to use the hall while keeping everyone safe.

 

An update from the Westbury Community Tree Group

Buffy Fletcher writes

The tree group now has a constitution and a committee of 8 to 10 members and are looking forward to developing a strategy to encourage more trees to be planted. We would like to talk to any village landowners who might be prepared to consider planting some whether as replacements for the Ash which are now clearly affected by die-back or as new areas of woodland.  We are intending to hold one or two farm walks in the near future as it becomes easier to meet in groups outdoors and would like to hear from anyone who would be interested in joining us.

 We also hope to establish a tree nursery so that some of the trees we plant are of local stock, so if you are pulling small seedling trees out of your garden ( in mine the squirrels have been planting hazels for me) we would like to have them please! They are all welcome at Old Ditch Farm.

 

So what are the rules now and how to live with them.

With all the changes being announced it’s hard to remember what you can and cannot do.  This guide from Healthy Somerset is a useful source of information on the current state of the regulations and also has lots of helpful advice on how to cope.  https://www.healthysomerset.co.uk/covid-19/

Poem of the week

Finally, since it is a Monday we have our poem of the week, kindly contributed by a former resident of the village Margaret Haslam. Many will remember Margaret’s contributions to ‘Poets and Pints’ in the Village Hall.    ‘Corona Catastrophe’ is well up to her usual standard.

 

 

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

Coronavirus Community Support – Update 26.06.2020

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/

Lockdown easing – local changes.

People will be aware that significant changes in the lockdown arrangements will come into effect on July 4th though the government is keen to stress that the virus has not gone away and their advice on limiting social contacts, maintaining two metres distance wherever possible and washing hands regularly still applies.  For those who want to check through the detail of what we will and will not be allowed to do after that date an updated version of government guidance that incorporates the changes can be accessed here

We will circulate information about how these changes will affect local organisations as and when we receive them.  What we currently know is as follows.

The Church

We have received the following message from the Church

In view of the Government’s latest statement on opening Churches for worship we are waiting details on how this might be done safely. We will then investigate how to open safely here in Westbury. We hope to be able to make a decision next week. 

We hope to publish the PEW magazine again for September. The deadline for copy to the editor will probably be 23rd August.
Please submit your items to
westburysubmendiprep@gmail.com
or advertising to
pewtreasurer@gmail.com and remember private advertisements  by parishioners are free. 

A big thank you to Andrew Sealy and his family for all the work which has been done in the Churchyard in recent weeks. In particular Andrew has refurbished and painted all the seats. They are now standing on tiles to try to stop the legs rotting. Please do enjoy the peace of the churchyard but if you move a seat please replace it on the tiles which are set into the grass beneath each leg. 

The Playing Fields

The Robert Glanvile Playing Field Trust committee are glad to announce that the facility will re-open on Saturday July 4th, in line with government guidelines – further details will follow in Monday’s newsletter.

In addition to this news the committee are pleased to announce the date of the AGM, which will be Tuesday 21st July at 8pm – the AGM will take place via Zoom conferencing software so would anyone wishing to attend please email Guy on guytimson@hotmail.com and he will send the meeting link in reply.

The committee is actively seeking new members (we especially need a secretary) so if anyone is interested in finding out more about getting involved please call Guy on 870285. 

The Westbury Inn

Andy and his team at the Westbury will be delighted to open their doors once again from the 4th July conforming to the guidelines set out by government to keep people safe.  It will be table service whether you call in for a meal or just a drink and to begin with it would be advisable to book as space will be limited.  People will have seen the new outside seating in the front garden but there are also new outside booths at the back, and stringent sanitary precautions in place   e.g. a strict ‘one in: one out’  policy in the toilets, sanitiser dispensers available  etc.

Although the pub is reopening the take-away and home delivery service will continue. An updated menu will be circulated on Monday. 

More scams

Another couple of scams have been brought to our attention by a local resident.  One, purporting to be from HSBC, refers to suspected transactions by a Mrs K Adams; another claiming to be from BT suggests that your service will be suspended unless you supply card details.  Needless to say you should never supply personal financial details in response to an unsolicited phone call or email and if you have the slightest doubts over the authenticity of an enquiry you should hang up or log off.  If worried you can check with whoever you think might have rung you by another route.

Butterflies of the week and month

Finally a double helping for wildlife enthusiasts this week as Peter Bright has posted both butterflies to look out for at the moment and a couple that you have probably missed.  You can find them all here

 

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