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

 

2021 Westbury calendars – still a few left

This morning there were just 12 calendars left in the Community Shop.

The 2021 edition features excellent photos of local wildlife taken by members of the village Wildlife WhatsApp group

Remember that 100% of the £7 goes to support the shop.

PS: If you’d like to join the Wildlife WhatsApp group, leave a comment below.

Coronavirus Community Support – Update 05.01.2021

 

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/

Good evening,

 Mick and I were hoping that a third lockdown would not happen, but obviously the new strain of Covid 19 has proved a real problem.

This time may be much more difficult, with dark evenings and colder weather, the worries of rising numbers, and for some the lack of knowledge of when they might be offered their first injection.

Our help lines are still in place, and the shop again will provide a great service as you will see from our update below.

However, if you do feel you need to speak to someone, or need support please contact one of us -any correspondence will be treated in confidence.

Best wishes and stay safe

Sue

 

New Covid-19 Restrictions.

Last night the Prime Minister announced new restrictions in response to the Covid 19 pandemic with immediate effect.  The speech can be read here. The major change for those areas like Somerset moving from tier 4 to tier 5 will be the closure of schools and colleges for all except vulnerable children and the children of key workers. The overriding message is still that people should stay at home unless they have a compelling reason to leave. A full description of the restrictions is available here.

Services in Westbury Church
We have received a message from Linda Mogford about the use of the Church, which is set out below. Although the message was written before the most recent announcement it remains just as relevant.

Since the Prime Minister’s announcement on 30th December I have been considering the position of St Lawrence Church. Having consulted various people, I have decided to close the Church.

Although we have all the prevention requirements in place, we are advised to stay at home and not expose ourselves to unnecessary risk. We need to safeguard our congregation in these difficult times and with an increasing rate of infection in the Somerset, Wells and Mendip area services in Church will be suspended whilst we are in Tier 4. This decision has been taken with a heavy heart but we need to be sensible and to prevent the spread of infection in any way we can. Special arrangements may be made for funerals and burials.


We will continue to send the weekly services via e-mail to those who would like them and there are the services from Wells Cathedral via YouTube as before, plus those from the BBC.


Please be assured we look forward to being able to reinstate services as soon as the current situation improves.

This year we have decided to leave the church flood lights on for a further month as a symbol of hope in these dark days.


Let us hope for a New Year when we can worship together safely and happily
Linda Mogford [ Churchwarden]
lindamogford@uwclub.net

 

The community shop and village helplines

The announcement of a stricter lockdown may have left some people feeling more anxious and some may feel more reluctant to leave home even for legitimate reasons such as shopping.  Please remember that all the village helplines are still in place, the pub is still able to deliver take-aways (the menu here still applies) and it is still possible to order provisions in advance from the village shop and have them delivered. A copy of the poster summarising helplines is here

The Community Shop and Post Office have sent the following message

We remain open as before during ‘lockdown 3’. Customers who are shielding/isolating can email or phone orders to the shop. 

Email: westburyshoporders@gmail.com or Phone: 01749 870296

Orders for fresh produce:

Bread, milk, dairy: before 1 pm for next day. 

Hector’s meat: Before 10 am Wednesday for Thursday. 

Thorners of Somerset: 10 am Tuesday for Thursday.

Seagers: 2 pm Monday/Wednesday for delivery Tuesday/Thursday.  

We will do our best to supply all other groceries (if available) the day after the order is placed. Orders can be collected from the shop or we can arrange delivery if required. 

We would welcome extra volunteer help in the shop with deliveries and back room admin etc during the next few weeks. Please contact the shop if you can help. 

Regards

Penny 

Ken Banwell – Funeral Arrangements.

Many in the village will by now have heard about the death of Ken Banwell and may have been informed by the family about the arrangements for the funeral. Sadly, the current restrictions mean that the service will need to be a much more private affair than would have been normal for someone with such deep and wide local connections as Ken. We are setting out below the full text of government guidance on the conduct of funerals in tier 5 areas and must leave to Mary and Angela the difficult task of determining who can be present in the church or churchyard.

 

Weddings, civil partnership ceremonies and funerals are allowed with strict limits on attendance and must only take place in COVID-19 secure venues or in public outdoor spaces unless in exceptional circumstances.

Funerals can be attended by a maximum of 30 people. Linked religious, belief-based or commemorative events, such as stone settings and ash scatterings can also continue with up to 6 people in attendance. Anyone working is not counted in these limits. Social distancing should be maintained between people who do not live together or share a support bubble.”

Several people have asked whether it might be appropriate to show their respects by standing in silence as the cortege passes. Sadly, the regulations for Tiers 4 and 5 are clear that everyone should stay at home unless they have a specific reason not to be.  They state

If you live in Tier 4 [ or above] you must not leave or be outside of your home or garden except where you have a ‘reasonable excuse’

Unfortunately, the list of ‘reasonable excuses’, which can be accessed here, does not include such demonstrations of respect.  Instead, it is suggested that people might donate on-line to Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance or the British Heart Foundation.

Answers to the Xmas Quiz

The answers to the fiendish Xmas Quiz are here  Congratulations to anyone who got over 50%.

 

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

 

 

 

Coronavirus Community Support – Update 30.12.2020

 

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/

 

Covid-19 Restrictions.

Somerset, along with most of the country, has now been placed in tier 4, the highest level of alert; it applies from one minute past midnight tonight.  The latest press release announcing these changes and explaining why the decision was taken is here.

In tier 4 the overall message is ‘stay at home if you possibly can’.

“In a Tier 4 area, you ….cannot leave or be outside of the place you are living unless you have a reasonable excuse. You cannot meet other people indoors, including over the Christmas and New Year period, unless you live with them, or they are part of your support bubble. Outdoors, you can only meet one person from another household [and only if you are on your own]”.

Reasonable excuses for leaving home include

  • Work, paid or voluntary
  • To obtain medicines or food (including take-aways)
  • Education
  • Individual exercise
  • Medical appointments

The full details of the tier 4 restrictions can be found here.

NHS vaccine scam

We don’t plan to report on every new scam that appears but Andrew Buchanan has alerted us to one that appears rather convincing and builds on the relief we are all feeling at the availability of effective vaccines.   Please look at the details here

https://conversation.which.co.uk/scams/scam-nhs-covid-vaccine-text-message/

and be very cautious about any unsolicited message that asks for personal or financial details.

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