Coronavirus Covid-19

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For this update and all previous Parish Council Coronavirus updates please see the dedicated Coronavirus page on the Parish Council website WsM Covid-19 webpage

 

Updates issued by Sue Reece (870618) and Mick Fletcher (870531) on behalf of the parish council:

Tuesday 14th April

There are no new announcements from the government to report today though it is widely expected that Ministers will announce a further three weeks of ‘lockdown’ within the next three days. As we prepare for the possibility of another prolonged period of social distancing we thought that many people would welcome sight of a letter from our former vicar, the Reverend Paula, who is now working in the very different environment of St Pauls Cathedral in the heart of London. It is attached… Paula_msg

Best wishes

Sue Reece (870618) Mick Fletcher (870531) on behalf of the parish council

Coronavirus Community Support

For this update and all previous Parish Council Coronavirus updates please see the dedicated Coronavirus page on the Parish Council website WsM Covid-19 webpage

Updates issued by Sue Reece (870618) and Mick Fletcher (870531) on behalf of the parish council.

Monday 13th April

We are pleased to announce a new shopping service today, designed to help anyone in the village who needs to self-isolate.  Details are set out on the attached sheet. Shopping for Westbury Residents by Volunteers 2

We have added the contact details of this service to our summary of helplines. We have also added contact details for a new help line, jointly run by the County and District Councils across Somerset, which gives a single point of contact for queries about any local authority services.  Please replace the previous summary with the one attached. Helpline Summary 3

Cathy Hancock has asked us to pass on thanks to everyone who has donated T shirts and pipe cleaners to help make face masks:  the mask makers are now well supplied.  Cathy’s team has now made 100 masks and are sending a batch to Weston for people being shielded there. If anyone in the village is being shielded, or helping someone who is, and needs a washable, reusable mask for themselves or for their carers please let Cathy know (cottagefarm@hotmail.com ) . Each mask comes sealed in an individual bag with full instructions concerning its care and use.

Best wishes

Sue Reece (870618)  Mick Fletcher (870531)  on behalf of the parish council

 

Coronavirus Community Support

For this update and all previous Parish Council Coronavirus updates please see the dedicated Coronavirus page on the Parish Council website

WsM Covid-19 webpage

Updates issued by Sue Reece (870618) and Mick Fletcher (870531) on behalf of the parish council.

Two items in this update, Easter messages from the Parish Council, and St Lawrence’s Church:

WestburyPC_Easter_thankyou

Coronavirus Community Support

For this update and all previous Parish Council Coronavirus updates please see the dedicated Coronavirus page on the Parish Council website

WsM Covid-19 webpage

Updates issued by Sue Reece (870618) and Mick Fletcher (870531) on behalf of the parish council.

Two items in this update:

The April PEW is available on the St Lawrence’s Church page on the village website –  April PEW

And a message from the Parish Council Chair…

Friday 10 April 2020

Dear All,

After last week’s message, I am very glad to be able to tell you that the local resident with suspected Covid 19 is now out of hospital and we hope is on the road to full recovery. Thank you to everyone for your concerned thoughts and prayers. We are proving to be a very resilient community, but we have a way to go yet.

Recently an increasing number of people are approaching us with reports of behaviour that appears to them to be flouting government guidelines on social distancing. Examples include people taking exercise more than once a day, people being out when ‘supposed’ to be self-isolating, family members moving into the village from outside, cyclists and joggers giving insufficient space to pedestrians, people driving on what appear to be non-essential journeys, extended family groups meeting socially.

The emergency team’s role is to inform, not to enforce and while we can reiterate what the guidelines say we do not want to preach.  People are overwhelmingly being responsible and do not want to be lectured so this is our last word on the subject.

 

  1. The guidance from Avon and Somerset Police which was circulated previously, is available on the village website. This makes it clear that the police do not want people to check up and report on their neighbours. Furthermore, things are not always what they seem, and we should give our neighbours the benefit of the doubt, particularly if they are adhering to the spirit, if not the letter of the guidance.

 

  1. We would ask those who are knowingly acting outside the guidelines to consider that they are not only posing a health risk to themselves as well as others, but are also in danger of undermining the social solidarity that until now has served this community so well. As this lockdown continues the stress that people are under will inevitably increase and we must all take every step not to exacerbate the situation by giving any extra cause for concern.

So enjoy the good weather that looks to grace our Easter weekend, but within your own household, in the garden or on your daily exercise around our beautiful village.

Sue Isherwood, Chair of Westbury-sub-Mendip Parish Council

Sueisherwood9@gmail.com  Tel 01749 870457

Coronavirus-Covid 19 -Community Support

For this update and all previous Parish Council Coronavirus updates please see the dedicated Coronavirus page on the Parish Council website

WsM Covid-19 webpage

Updates issued by Sue Reece (870618) and Mick Fletcher (870531) on behalf of the parish council:

Two items in this update:

A number of residents have received a letter via Royal Mail purporting to be from someone in the village, which urges them to join a new neighbourhood group by submitting a code to a web address. It is either mischievous or some sort of scam and our advice is that if you have received it you should have nothing to do with it. If anyone receives a similar letter or email in the future and is unsure of its authenticity please feel free to check with one of us before taking any action that might potentially put you at risk. It is unfortunate that at a time like this there are still people out there simply wishing to cause trouble.

On a lighter note the attached document from Ellie Mains gives some further suggestion for activities to inform and entertain children. It is particularly suitable for parents but grandparents, other relatives and the young at heart generally may find it interesting as well.

Update for families 9 April

Coronavirus-Covid 19 -Community Support

For this update and all previous Parish Council Coronavirus updates please see the dedicated Coronavirus page on the Parish Council website

WsM Covid-19 webpage

Updates issued by Sue Reece (870618) and Mick Fletcher (870531) on behalf of the parish council:

There are no significant changes in government advice to be aware of today; it remains focussed on social distancing; only go out for food, health reasons or work and stay at least two metres away from all others outside your household. We do however have a few items of information that people may find useful or interesting.

Pub take away menu The latest version of the pub take away menu is attached.  2020.4.6 Takeaway Menu PLB version (1)  Those who wish to receive regular alerts as the menu changes should register for
updates from the Homepage.

Face Masks Cathy Hancock is seeking resources for making face masks for use with and by people who are being shielded. She has received requests from two surgeries to provide masks to a specific design and is asking for donations of suitable materials – supplies of old T shirts (ideally clean!), pipe cleaners and iron on, or sew in interfacing. The masks are made as hygienically as possible out of fabrics which have been shown on testing to have 50-60% efficacy against the transmission of virus particles. They can be re-used and washed at 60 degrees C, then hot ironed to sanitise them again. The use of these masks helps save the officially supplied masks for the clinical staff who urgently need them: materials can be left in a plastic box inside her gate at Cottage Farm in the Hollow preferably after being washed at 60 degrees.

Information in emergencies. A recent incident where someone was rushed to hospital in an emergency (not COVID related) underlined the need for individuals, particularly those who live alone, to leave key information accessible for those who may need to help them, whether volunteers or professionals. A suggested list might be :

 If on medication, make sure that someone knows what they are and where they are kept. If that’s not feasible, keep them somewhere relatively obvious, or keep a list including your name, address, date of birth etc., perhaps by the phone.
 It would also be helpful in an emergency for helpers to have next of kin details – tell someone or keep a list by the phone. Ideally someone locally that you trust should also have a set of spare keys or know where they are.
 Keeping a small hospital ready bag handy might not be a bad idea either, plus making sure any mobile phone and charger are somewhere obvious.

Finally a bit of fun for those feeling creative –
Peter Bright is organising an Easter Egg painting competition with a prize donated by the village pub (thanks Andy) Full details are available on the Westbury Parish Council website News Post.
St Cuthbert Out Parish Council is organising a story writing competition with book tokens as prizes. Again, details are available on the Westbury website

Sue Reece (870618) Mick Fletcher (870531) on behalf of the parish council

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For this update and all previous Parish Council Coronavirus updates please see the dedicated Coronavirus page on the Parish Council website

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Sue Reece (870618) Mick Fletcher (870531) on behalf of the parish council:

6 April 2020
Dear All,
We are living in strange times, but as a community we are pulling together in a really strong way and while I am on my daily walks around the village I see people observing the 2 metre safe distance, but still having a smile and a greeting for their neighbours.
However, with the spread of the virus in Somerset lagging a couple of weeks behind the rest of the UK there is an air of unreality about the current situation and it is difficult to remember to remain vigilant. And we now know of one case in the village where someone is seriously ill in hospital with some COVID 19 type symptoms (though as yet no clear diagnosis). The family are strictly adhering to the government guidelines on self-isolation (a further copy of our summary of this guidance is attached to this note  isolation information latest (1) ); they have informed all those with whom they have had recent contact, and these are also self-isolating; and they have alerted near neighbours to help keep them safe.

The family have also agreed that the parish council should issue this statement to help stop rumours and encourage adherence to government guidelines on social distancing.

To slow the spread of the disease we need everyone to be similarly responsible. Meanwhile we can only hope and pray that the individual concerned makes a full recovery.

Keep strong and safe.

Sue Isherwood
Chair Westbury-sub-Mendip Parish Council
Tel 01749 870457
e-mail sueisherwood9@gmail.com

Coronavirus Community Support

For this update and all previous Parish Council Coronavirus updates please see the dedicated Coronavirus page on the Parish Council website

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Sue Reece (870618) Mick Fletcher (870531) on behalf of the parish council:

This News Post has briefings on …

The provision of medical services in Somerset and the problem of fake medicines being sold over the internet…. 2020.4.4 Medical update

A briefing note from the police … 2020.4.4 Stakeholder Update police

Coronavirus Community Support

For this update and all previous Parish Council Coronavirus updates please see the dedicated Coronavirus page on the Parish Council website

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Sue Reece (870618) Mick Fletcher (870531) on behalf of the parish council:

Thursday 02/04/2020

Collection and delivery of prescriptions – Prescriptions

Advice on disinfecting any items that come into the house – Disinfect

N.B. anyone who has milk or papers delivered by Durstons Deliveries: the delivery service has been discontinued for at least two weeks; but alternative arrangements could be made via the village shop.

Coronavirus-Covid 19 -Community Support

For this update and all previous Parish Council Coronavirus updates please see the dedicated Coronavirus page on the Parish Council website…

WsM Covid-19 webpage

www.westburysubmendip-pc.gov.uk/parish-council/emergency-plan/coronavirus-covid-19

Sue Reece (870618) Mick Fletcher (870531) on behalf of the parish council:

Wednesday 01/04/2020

This is a relatively short update as there has been no significant change in government advice. It remains focused on the enforcement of social distancing for everybody and self-isolation for anyone who has the symptoms of COVID 19 or has been close to anyone who has. This will continue to be needed for at least another two weeks and more for vulnerable groups.

To help people cope with these restrictions we are doing two things

Keeping the village supplied –
The shop is working hard to maintain a local supply of essential goods so that people don’t need to travel outside the village for shopping, or indeed to leave their homes if they use the shop delivery system. The new ordering arrangements seem to be working well and if the shop receives an order, preferably by email or text (or phone if you have to) before 11.30 we can arrange same day delivery.

Those people who order milk and papers from Durstons Deliveries will know that the delivery service is suspended for at least two weeks because of the need for staff to self-isolate. The shop can supply milk and may be able to deliver papers, though it would probably be in the afternoon. Let us know what you would like using the email westburyshoporders@gmail.com and we will do our best to meet your needs.

The village pub is offering a takeaway service of food and drink and can deliver to your door. The menu changes each week and a copy of this week’s menu is attached. In future we hope to have the current menu available on the village website which is one more reason for registering for updates (go to the home page & scroll down to the bottom right corner.)

2020.3.30 Takeaway Menu PLB version

Keeping the village entertained-
After a week or so of being ‘locked down’ many people will be finding it hard to keep the kids and themselves entertained. We are therefore circulating a list of suggestions for activities that are particularly aimed at children, but adults may also enjoy. Ellie Mains (870262) has produced a list of resources that seem to be both fun and educational and would be grateful to receive further ideas for a future bulletin. In due course we will produce a similar paper for older age groups – if anyone would like to make suggestions for what could be included please contact Sue Isherwood (870457)

Family resources 31.3.2020

Gardening is one of the few outdoor activities left to us and Ellie has also set up a Facebook page where people can exchange ideas, advice and maybe surplus plants. Call or email Ellie at Ellie Mains eleanorsophiemains@gmail.com to get added to the group.

In the same vein Peter Bright has set up a WhatsApp group for people who are interested in local wildlife and would like to share records of sightings and pictures. To be added to the group please email Peter at Peter Bright peterbright60@btinternet.com