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COVID-19 Healthy life Style

A Healthy Lifestyle Guide aimed at older people whilst social distancing is in place can be downloaded using the link

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Wiltshire Council

Household recycling centres to reopen with postcode entry system

All of Wiltshire’s household recycling centres (HRCs), bar Stanton St Quintin, will reopen on Monday 18 May with an easy to use postcode entry system to help limit the number of people on-site at any time and ensure social distancing.

Stanton St Quintin HRC will remain closed because parking spaces on-site have been significantly reduced and because of the already difficult traffic management issues at the site. This will be kept under review and in the meantime, people should use the Purton, Melksham or Lower Compton sites.

People should only visit HRCs on the days that correspond to the first part of their postcode. For example, if your postcode starts in BA12, you can only visit the sites on Monday 18 May, Wednesday 20 May etc – see table below.

You can visit any Wiltshire site you choose, so while you are limited by the days you can attend, you can attend any Wiltshire household recycling centre on these days – though please be sure to check the latest opening times before you set off, as many sites will need to operate very differently to previous arrangements. You may be asked to provide proof of address in order to use the household recycling centre, so please bring it with you.

To keep staff and residents safe, there are a significant number of changes in place to ensure social distancing can be maintained at all HRCs, including:

  • Visitors must keep at least two metres from others at all times.
  • One person per car.
  • No entry for trailers or large vans over 3.5 tonnes.
  • Vehicles allowed on-site on a ‘one in, one out’ basis.
  • No pedestrian access.
  • HRCs cannot accept soil, rubble, plasterboard, textiles or asbestos during this initial reopening phase.
  • Don’t bring recyclable materials that can be collected through the council’s kerbside recycling collection service.
  • See attached file for Post Code dates

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Tennis Ball

Winterslow Village Hall Tennis Court – Announcement May 2020

The most recent Government guidance for England has relaxed measures related to the playing of tennis. On a clarification of this advice,

the Village Hall Executive Committee and the Tennis sub-
Committee has agreed to re-open the Hall Tennis court with effect from Wednesday 13th May.

The Government has laid down certain restrictions, which if breached, will lead to penalties ranging from
a starting point of £100, rising to a maximum of £3600. Therefore, all players must agree to, and adhere
to, strict rules of play which are as follows:
Singles can only be played between members of the same household (living together not
visiting) or between two individuals from different households. If from different households,
please maintain a safe distance and use opposite sides of the tennis court when changing ends.
Doubles can only be played providing all are members of the same household.
A disinfection regime will be in place and must be followed for padlock, gate handle, net handles,
net measuring point and distancing must be responsibly applied.
The use of the court will be restricted to Members of the Club only.
Non-members wishing to play will need to contact Sandra Cassells on 01980 862785 or email
sandycassells@btinternet.
The previous open booking and key arrangement remains suspended and will not be available
unless the Government removes all remaining restrictions.
All players will be required to confirm, in writing, their acceptance and understanding of the rules,
their adherence to them, and their agreement to accept any fines imposed by authorised official
bodies (e.g. Police) in the event of personal non-compliance or deliberate breach of these
conditions.
The Village Hall committees reserve the right to reclose the court in the event of a reversal or change in
Government policy, or in the event of any persistent breach of the rules.
We are pleased these limited relaxations will enable vital exercise and enjoyment of Tennis to resume.
Please do ensure rules are followed.

The Village Hall Executive Committee and Tennis Club sub-Committee

Community

Firsdown Parish Council May 2020 Meeting Cancelled

 

“In the light of the current COVID-19 situation, Firsdown Parish Council will not be meeting in May, but of course, will keep the matter under review. It will comply with all prevailing Government guidelines. However, the Parish Council is still working, and the Chairman, Councillors, and Clerk can still be contacted in the normal way should any resident have any issues or concerns they wish to raise.”

NHS England

NHS BATH AND NORTH EAST SOMERSET CCG (Don’t delay seeking medical help because of coronavirus)

People living in Wiltshire are being advised not to let worries about coronavirus stop them asking for medical help for themselves or their children if they become ill, have a serious accident or have a concern about their health.

They are also being warned that not seeking medical help for symptoms that could be the early warning signs of serious conditions such as cancer could be putting lives at risk.

The warning comes as new data shows a considerable drop in the number of people coming forward to ask their GP for help and advice during the coronavirus outbreak.

Recent statistics show that, in Bath alone, the total number of weekly referrals from GPs to the Royal United Hospital have fallen from around 2,000 at the beginning of March to 300 at the end of April.

In Swindon, the average number of patients being sent by their GP to the Great Western Hospital for further investigations into symptoms that suggest cancer each week has dropped by more than 200 to 80.

Dr Ruth Grabham, Medical Director at BaNES, Swindon and Wiltshire CCG, said the statistics made for worrying reading because the drop in numbers  “is not because people are not experiencing symptoms.”

“While it may seem that coronavirus has put a stop to most aspects of everyday life, the one thing it hasn’t stopped is what’s going on inside our bodies,” she says. “Now more than ever, we need to pay attention to anything that isn’t normal and seek help early on.

“For example, if you notice blood when going to the toilet, or if you’ve found a lump that wasn’t there previously, or if you’ve just noticed something odd that is causing you to worry, you need to speak to your GP.

“Should the symptom be the early warning sign of something serious like cancer, that delay in seeking help could have serious implications for how successful possible treatments may be.”

Although GP practices across the region have adopted new ways of working, such as establishing isolated clinics for potential coronavirus patients, the practices themselves are still open to offer care, treatment, advice and peace-of-mind.

The same also goes for emergency departments at the three hospitals in Bath, Swindon and Salisbury, all of which continue to be open 24 hours a day for people with a genuine and life-threatening health concern.

Additionally, all healthcare facilities in the region, as well as those elsewhere in the country, have put in place stringent infection control measures to ensure that the risk of contracting coronavirus while visiting a hospital or GP surgery remains low.

 

Bobby Van

The Wiltshire Bobby Van Trust

During the current lockdown, we would like to notify you of the services still available through The Wiltshire Bobby Van Trust to those over 60 or 18+ with a registered disability.

Our team of Home Security Operators is still securing the homes of victims of house crime and domestic abuse.  Our office team are on hand to give telephone support and advice on a range of home security issues.  Please call 01380 861155 and leave a message, your call will be returned within a few hours during working hours.  Our operators are also delivering Personal Protective Equipment for Wiltshire Police across the County.

Our team of Stay Safe Online volunteers are available to offer telephone advice on a range of issues from improving cybersecurity awareness, to cyber and scam prevention advice and signposting to future advice and resources.  Please call and leave a message on 01380 861191 and someone will get back to you shortly.

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Covid-19 Community Pack

The attached pack is to support you and your community during the ongoing COVID-19 situation.
Within it, you’ll find a list of key contacts, resources, and information in one place,
which we hope you can share with your community to support each other as much as possible during this time.

Contents 

. Health advice
• Useful weblinks
• Useful contact numbers
• Social media advice
• What can you do as a community?
• A template form you may wish to use should any of your community have to self-isolate and require support
• Public Health England materials

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Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19):

Coronavirus (COVID-19) case confirmed in Wiltshire

 

 

As you may well have already seen, the UK Chief Medical Officer has today (5 March 2020) confirmed further cases of COVID-19 infection in the UK, bringing the total number of cases to 115.

Three of these cases are residents from Wiltshire who became infected whilst in Northern Italy. The individual is getting all the necessary support from relevant agencies. Please see attached document for more information

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The Houghton Trail 3rd May 2020

The 2020 annual  Houghton event takes place this year in Houghton, Stockbridge on May 3rd,
Interested parties can register at https://www.houghton-trail-event.org.uk/registration/.
The event normally attracts around 500 entrants with refreshments by Houghton W.I.
The proceeds will be split between All Saint’s Church and the Village Hall Playground.
Please see attached leaflet

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