Coronavirus Covid-19

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

 

Coronavirus Community Support – Update 23.06.2020

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 restrictions eased.

A further series of changes to the lockdown regime was announced by the Prime Minister this afternoon. The full speech can be accessed here    From the 4th July

  • Two households can meet together at any one time;  e.g. a family can meet one set of grandparents one day and another the next but not together.
  • Pubs and restaurants can open but only for table service.  To help such venues the social distancing rule will be relaxed from 2 metres to one (though 2 is still preferred)
  • Hairdressers can open but not nailbars: cinemas museums and galleries can open but not nightclubs, spas or swimming pools.
  • Live theatre, choirs and concerts can still not perform but outdoor gyms and playgrounds can open.
  • Hotels, camp sites and bed & breakfast accommodation will be allowed to reopen if shared facilities are regularly cleaned
  • Churches and other places of worship can open for prayer and services including weddings with up to 30 guests

We will circulate information on how local businesses and facilities plan to respond to these changes when they have had time to assess the new situation and make their own plans.

The Prime Minister was keen to stress that although restrictions were being eased the virus has not gone away and people need to continue to take every precaution including keeping two metres apart wherever possible.  As he said “There is one certainty: the fewer social contacts you have, the safer you will be.”  He also indicated that should there be a resurgence of cases local or national restrictions might once more be imposed.

 

Thank you from the Playing Fields Committee

In a previous update we set out how the Playing Fields Committee needed to continue spending to keep their facilities in good condition while having lost their major sources of income.   We suggested that joining the 100 Club was one way to support the committee and it appears that many of you have done so.  We are including below a letter of thanks we have received, and a reminder that it is still possible to join.

 

THANK YOU – from ROBERT GLANVILE PLAYING FIELD TRUST

 

A big THANK YOU to everyone who has responded to our appeal to join the 2020-2021 100 club. 

62 people have already joined which is a great result.   In the last month we have been able to pay for repairs to the wind damaged fence and for the RoSPA safety inspection as well as completing regular maintenance. 

Hopefully, we will soon be able to open all the facilities for everyone enjoy. 

It’s not too late to join as the first draw for the new year will be in the middle of July.  If you would like to become a member it is £12 for the year with prizes of £20 and £10 paid each month.   All you need to do is put £12 cash/cheque in an envelope, write PLAYING FIELD 100 CLUB, NAME AND CONTACT DETAILS on the front and hand it in at the village shop.  If you prefer to pay by BACs the playing field contact details are:- 

PAYEE                                   ROBERT GLANVILE PLAYING FIELD TRUST

CAF Bank                                            

Sort Code                             405240

Account Number              00015438            

 

Put your name as the payment reference and email your contact details to Jan Ward at owlshaunt@btinternet.com

 

 

 

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

Coronavirus Community Support – Update 22.06.2020

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/

Future updates.

Having moved to issue our updates on Monday, Wednesday and Friday it seems that the government has decided to make a big announcement on Tuesday; so this week the pattern will be Monday, Tuesday and Friday.  Since things are becoming a bit more stable we are thinking that we might reduce to two updates per week – Tuesday and Friday from next week – unless of course there are important changes that just won’t wait.  If you have thoughts about the frequency and content of the updates do let us know.

Relaxation of shielding rules from 6th July

The government has announced that those people who are shielding will be able to meet up to 6 people from other households out of doors and join a support bubble from the 6th July; and the shielding rules will be paused from the 1st August.  This is part of the roadmap to end the lockdown and we expect to learn more tomorrow.

Recycling sites adopt ‘shop style’ measures

Somerset Waste Partnership has announced further relaxation of the restrictions in place at recycling centres with markings on the ground to help users comply with social distancing as in some shops.  They can now accept a wider range of materials though they still can’t help you lift things out of the car.  Full information about the current position is here

Citizens advice newsletter

Those interested in the work of the Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB) or perhaps wanting to make use of its services may be interested in the newsletter they have just issued describing what they do and how to contact them.  It is here

More scams

One of the items featured in the CAB newsletter is how to protect yourself from scams which seem to be increasingly common.  One local resident has drawn our attention to a suspicious email that has been received by a number of people in the village recently.  He says

Some people have received emails in the last few days from skiparankin@hotmail. This is highly likely to be a phishing email and is certainly not from a trusted source. It should be deleted without being opened.

 

Poem of the week

Finally, being a Monday, we have our poem of the week, this time contributed by Alistair Sage

 

Self-isolation

The problem with self-isolation?

It leads to a sense of frustration.

To reduce this it’s clear

That you might need a beer

Which then causes intoxication.

 

The problem with intoxication?

You cannot absorb information.

To solve this it’s clear

That you need yet more beer

Which in turn leads to self-isolation.

 

The problem with self-isolation….

 

 

 

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

Coronavirus Community Support – Update 17.06.2020

Update 17.06.2020

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/

Can you still remember what you can and can’t do?

As the lockdown goes on and small changes are made it seems increasingly hard to remember what we can and can’t do.  How many people can be in a support bubble for example? Or are the over 70s allowed to visit a zoo?  For anyone wanting to refresh their memory this summary https://tinyurl.com/y83xgs54 put together by NHS and the County Council is a good resource.  For those who want to keep it as simple as possible the message is still ‘wash your hands often and don’t go out unless you really have to’.

Can you still remember what support is available?

The same summary gives a useful reminder of the help that is available from local councils.  Again, there is little that is new but there is a special section on men’s health because it is Men’s Health Week (which happens every year in the week before Father’s Day).  This is particularly relevant this year because men are around twice as likely to die from Covid-19 as women. The resources here https://shop.menshealthforum.org.uk/collections/mens-health-week could be useful in helping deal with underlying problems such as stress and being over-weight.

Butterfly of the week

Peter Bright’s butterfly of the week last Wednesday was the Marbled White and right on cue they have appeared, particularly around Lynchcombe and Cook’s Fields.  This week he focuses on the Skippers – small, large, grizzled etc.  which we can now expect to start appearing around us.

If you want to look back at the butterflies described in earlier posts, or other Westbury Wildlife news please look for the wildlife category on the news page of the village website (or click here https://westburysubmendip-pc.gov.uk/category/community/westbury-society/news-and-information/ )

 

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