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Bidford-on-Avon Parish Council

Bidford-on-Avon Parish Council

Covid-19 Response

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BIDFORD LIBRARY RE-OPENING PLANS

We are hoping to re-open the Library for limited periods from Tuesday 6 October, subject to the prevailing Covid conditions at the time.

We plan to open at the following times:

  • Tuesdays from 12.30 to 2.30pm
  • Saturdays from 10.00am to 12.00 noon

A limited service by appointment only is currently available at Alcester, Stratford, Leamington and Warwick libraries.

Fines for overdue books will not be applied during the period of closure.

BIDFORD BANDING TOGETHER OUT OF LOCKDOWN

Elisabeth Uggerløse is the Parish Clerk for Bidford-on-Avon Parish Council, and has seen how the village has coped with the severe challenges of the COVID-19 crisis.

She explains how the village’s strong sense of community shone through during lockdown, and how Bidford is carefully reopening and welcoming business once again.

"Like all sorts of villages and small towns, the people and businesses of Bidford found it difficult during the coronavirus pandemic. Many of our shops and businesses had to shut completely, while some had to operate either a limited service or at reduced capacity. Despite these challenges, what was amazing during lockdown was the incredible community spirit the village showed in helping its most vulnerable residents.

"We have an aging population in Bidford, meaning there are plenty of people here who were at much greater risk if they were to become infected with COVID-19.

"As many people will have no doubt experienced, getting a convenient time slot for a grocery delivery was extremely difficult when the lockdown was at its peak. So, it was wonderful to see how many volunteers from Bidford stepped up to solve this problem for those who needed the most help. They took grocery orders from vulnerable residents, went to Budgens to pick up their shopping, and delivered it to their door while obeying social distancing. Over the course of 18 weeks, the town’s volunteers made around 2,500 deliveries, which is testament to the community spirit of Bidford.

"Additionally, one of the village’s pubs, The Frog, would offer a takeaway service on Tuesdays and gave meals away for free to vulnerable residents too. Bidford’s businesses have also lent each other a helping hand through the Bidford-on-Avon Business Forum on Facebook – an example of social media playing a positive role.

"As a parish council, we will do as much as we can to help our many organisations in Bidford, such as our sports clubs and voluntary groups. A high number of these organisations would have made a lot of their money in the spring and early summer when everything was closed. Now, things are cautiously starting to reopen in Bidford. A fair number of people are still a little bit nervous about coming out again and spending their money, but we would encourage people to do so if they feel confident enough.

"It’s not just our shops and pubs either. We are hoping to open our playgrounds again very soon, and an outdoor theatre performance from a local amateur dramatics group will be coming to Big Meadow.

"The high street was struggling a little bit before Covid-19 hit us, but this crisis has shown us how important it is to support one another. Now things are slowly starting to get back to normal, it is time for Bidford’s residents and its visitors to support the village even more by shopping locally while taking care at the same time. It’s not going to be easy, but the village banded together during lockdown, so Bidford needs to band together again as it comes out of it."

Photo shows Elisabeth Uggerlose in the centre of Bidford-on-Avon

Also see: Coventry and Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnership website

PLAY AREAS ARE TO BE RE-OPENED

The Parish Council is hoping to open Play Areas this weekend (Sat 1 August).

Signage is being installed on all play areas with guidance on how to use the area safely during Covid-19. You can read this below:

PLAY AREAS ARE CURRENTLY CLOSED

Please note that all Play Areas are currently closed and should not be used.

The Parish Council is working hard with the National Association of Local Councils to obtain clarification of the guidelines so it can re-open the Play Areas in a Covid-19 safe manner.

BIDFORD COMMUNITY DELIVERY SERVICE ENDS

After 18 weeks, the Bidford Community Delivery Service has come to an end, coinciding with the change over from Warner’s Budgens to the Co-op.

The Parish Council would like to thank the wonderful and dedicated volunteers that ensured 2,500 deliveries could be made through this period: food and essentials as well as medicines Have been delivered to vulnerable residents throughout – and always with a big smile!

You will never be forgotten!

BIG MEADOW PARKING FOR VEHICLES FROM 4 JULY

Vehicles may park on the Big Meadow from Sat 4 July, but with certain changes to ensure it remains as safe as possible.

These are the various notices that will be posted around the site:

ST JOSEPH THE WORKER CATHOLIC CHURCH

We eagerly anticipate re-opening for our first Mass which will be celebrated on Saturday 11 July at 5.30pm and Sunday 12 July at 11.00am.

We can seat 36 people with 1 metre plus safe distancing.

If you would like to attend weekend Mass it is essential that you email or phone Fr Garry and he will let you know if a place is available. If not, you will be top of the list for the following weekend. Please indicate if you are a doctor, nurse or carer and you will be given priority.

Email: father.garry@gmail.com
Phone: 01789 773291

Please do not come to church if you, or anyone from your household, is showing symptoms of Covid-19.

Please note that there will be no kneeling: please either stand or sit. Although hand sanitiser will be provided at the entrance, you are encouraged to bring your own to use prior to taking Holy Communion and at any other time you think necessary.

The church is open for private prayer on Thursday 9 and Friday 10 July from 10.00 to 11.00am.

From Thursday 16 July there will be weekday Mass each Thursday and Friday at 10.00am. There is no need to book for these Masses.

We look forward to welcoming you back.

COVID-19 ADVICE FROM WARWICKSHIRE CC

SPORT ENGLAND: STAY IN, WORK OUT

Tips, advice and guidance on how to keep or get active in and around your home. Join the Movement and use #StayInWorkOut to share how you're getting active during this time.

PARISH COUNCIL STATEMENT ON THE BIG MEADOW: 12 MAY 2020

The Parish Council has carefully considered the implications of the Prime Minister’s statement made on Sunday evening and has come to the conclusion that, in essence, nothing has really changed.

Although people are now able to exercise more than once a day and are able to travel to a place of beauty to do so, it must still be with members of your household (yes, it is aware that it can meet with one other person not of the household) but it must continue to keep social distancing at all times. So 'Stay Alert, Control the Virus, Save Lives' still requires the Parish Council to ensure it minimises the risk of the virus spreading and continue to protect its local community.

The Parish Council is aware that these are tough measure: Councillors live in the village so they are also bearing the consequences but it must be done for the good of oneself and of others.

Therefore, the Big Meadow will continue to have pedestrian access only: this has been decided after consultation with the local police who agree it is the only way it can minimise the risk of too many people visiting at once.

The Big Meadow is a 26 acre of grassed area with a central path: this makes it difficult to ensure social distancing. Also, the new guidelines still mean that play areas and outdoor gym equipment should not be used or any other area with surfaces, such as the picnic tables. Likewise, the toilets will continue to be closed as social distancing is difficult and all surfaces would have to be sanitised after each use. Furthermore, the closed car park is a reminder to all that things are not normal at present and to act accordingly.

Please rest assured the Parish Council constantly reviews the situation but the safety and well being of its residents is paramount. The Big Meadow is open for exercise albeit not for parking.

CHILDREN AND FAMILY SUPPORT

Would you or someone you know benefit from parenting and behaviour management advice and support at this difficult time?

The family support line operates Monday to Friday from 9.00am to 4.00pm on 01926 412412.
Support is available regarding all aspects of parenting and family life.

Read more in the poster below.

CORONAVIRUS TESTING TO PROTECT THE MOST VULNERABLE

On Wednesday 29 March the the Government announced the further expansion of access to coronavirus testing to help protect the most vulnerable.

Anyone in England with coronavirus symptoms, who either has to leave home to go to work or is aged 65 and over, will now also be able to get tested.

Tests are available across the country. They can be booked immediately.

People can register at the testing portal using the link below.

WARWICKSHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL SUPPORT FOR ISOLATED, VULNERABLE RESIDENTS

If you are isolated without support from family, friends or neighbours, we are here to help. We can help you with emotional, financial and practical support available in Warwickshire.

Read more on the WCC website at the link below:

COMMUNITY DELIVERY SERVICE

Bidford Parish Council has set up a food delivery support group for residents of Bidford on Avon Parish during the pandemic.

The service will provide deliveries of food and home essentials (eg. cleaning materials) to those in the vulnerable category who are self-isolating and have no other means of receiving food.

IF YOU CAN ORDER FOOD ONLINE PLEASE CONTINUE TO DO SO

The vulnerable are:

  • Those over the age of 70
  • Those with an underlying health condition
  • Those who are self-isolating because they, or a family member, are showing COVD 19 symptoms
  • Pregnant women
  • Those on universal credit or are cash only customers (more on how you can order later on in this notice)

TO ACCESS THIS VOLUNTEER DELIVERY FOOD AND HOME ESSENTIALS SERVICE:

Food Orders

Will be via Budgens (773352) and you can pay them by debit or credit card. If you only have cash a receipt for the cost of the food will be left with the delivered by a Bidford PC volunteer. You will then need to arrange payment to the Parish Council. The credit service will not include the purchase of alcohol or tobacco. Please note that any restrictions imposed by Budgens on the number of items that can be purchased will apply.

Delivery will be to your door but the volunteer will not come inside your home. They will not handle your cash or debit/credit cards.

PLEASE DO NOT PROVIDE YOUR CARD INFORMATION TO ANY VOLUNTEER

Please note that we cannot provide timed delivery slots but will aim to get food to you as soon as we can.

Orders to be placed on Mondays, Wednesday and Thursday before 12.00 noon and will be delivered on the day of order.

YOU CAN STILL ARRANGE DELIVERY OF YOUR PRESCRIPTIONS

Bidford Health Centre Bidford Pharmacy on High Street are both still accepting new people onto their prescription delivery service. This may change and they will refer you to the Parish Council – please contact the Clerk on 07718 628925 or email her at info@bidfordonavon-pc.gov.uk and a volunteer will collect and deliver the prescription.

TEMPORARY CLOSURE OF LIBRARY DUE TO COVID-19 SITUATION

Bidford Community Library will close from 2.00pm on Friday 20 March 2020 until further notice.

It is with regret that the Directors have taken this decision. This is to protect not only the general public, but also our volunteers, many of whom are in 'vulnerable' categories.

We hope that we will be able to re-open at the earliest opportunity and will, of course, keep the local public informed.

Please be assured that fines for overdue books will not be applied during the period of closure.

CORONAVIRUS ADVICE

There is a lot in the media currently about the Coronavirus which originated in China. The disease appears to be spreading rapidly with several confirmed cases in the UK. Government advice is that the risk to individuals in the UK remains low. This is a developing situation, which will continue to be monitored and, should the situation change, the Parish Council will keep you informed.

A range of agencies and organisations are working together through the Warwickshire Local Resilience Forum to ensure arrangements are in place to respond appropriately should cases of Coronavirus occur in the county.

If you think you may have Coronavirus and are worried about symptoms you have, or you have been in contact with someone at risk – telephone your GP or NHS 111. Don't go into your GP surgery. Stay home and follow your medical practitioner's advice. Let anyone you have been in contact know.

Prevention

To reduce the risk of catching the coronavirus all people should:

  • Maintain good hand and personal hygiene. Wash hands regularly with soap and water, or a disinfectant before handling or consuming food.
  • Always carry tissues with you and use them to catch your cough or sneeze. Then bin the tissue, and wash your hands, or use a sanitiser gel.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, mouth and nose with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid sharing personal items.
  • Avoid close contact with anyone with cold or flu-like symptoms, or who appears unwell.

To reduce the risk of passing coronavirus to others, anyone with respiratory symptoms should:

  • Cover the nose and mouth when coughing and sneezing with a tissue or flexed elbow.
  • Use paper tissues only once and dispose of them carefully.

IF IN ANY DOUBT: TELEPHONE YOUR GP OR NHS 111 FOR ADVICE

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