BOWERCHALKE & BROAD CHALKE COVID 19 SUPPORT NETWORK

The Bowerchalke and Broad Chalke COVID Support Network leads and co-ordinate the villages efforts to support and the vulnerable and self-isolating during the COVID 19 pandemic. There is a network of area co-ordinators across the two villages. If you have any questions or queries please contact John Nicholas for Bowerchalke bowerchalke.parish.council@gmail.com or Nicki and Nigel Tinkler nandnt@btinternet.com

In these tabs you will find information about ‘local’ issues.

Please Read ‘Local Support’ before contacting support coordinators.

 Photographic Competition ‘Your Life in Lockdown’

The gallery is open here

BISHOPSTONE, BOWERCHALKE AND BROAD CHALKE VIRTUAL FLOWER AND HORTICULTURAL SHOW

Classes 

  1. Garden in a grow bag
  2. Garden in the most unusual container
  3. Garden in a bucket (children under 10 years only)
  4. Best herbaceous boarder (photos must be from 2020 only!)
  5. If you cannot make it to a garden centre or you don’t have green fingers decorate your wheelie bin instead!

Classes 1 to 3 can be flowers, herbs, vegetables or all three

This is open to all residents in Bishopstone, Bowerchalke and Broad Chalke and is completely free.

Send all of your photos to to here  in the week commencing ‪25th July for viewing on August 1st.

If you are unable to take a photo we can arrange someone to come round and photograph for you.

We hope as many of you as possible will be able to display your containers and buckets outside of your houses so we can produce a map which people can follow to walk or cycle around to admire them.

Grow a GIANT Sunflower!

 

To see the full poster click here.

At 15th May the tallest sunflower was 52 cm !

 

 

Build a Scarecrow.

Your amazing Scarecrows can still be found in the galleries below.

Visit Original Gallery.

The Fry Gallery

NHS test and trace: how it works

The NHS test and trace service:
  • ensures that anyone who develops symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) can quickly be tested to find out if they have the virus, and also includes targeted asymptomatic testing of NHS and social care staff and care home residents
  • helps trace close recent contacts of anyone who tests positive for coronavirus and, if necessary, notifies them that they must self-isolate at home to help stop the spread of the virus

This service has been introduced to help return life more to normal, in a way that is safe and protects our NHS and social care. It will allow us to trace the spread of the virus and isolate new infections and play a vital role giving us early warning if the virus is increasing again, locally or nationally.

Get more information here

Coronavirus regional testing site opening in Salisbury

A drive-through coronavirus testing facility is to open at the Beehive Park and Ride in Salisbury, as part of the government’s UK-wide drive to increase testing.
Anyone experiencing a new, continuous cough, a high temperature, or a loss of or change in their normal sense of smell or taste, can book an appointment on the NHS website or by calling 119 to be tested for whether they currently have coronavirus.
The testing centre is being operated in partnership with Mitie and staff from Boots in Salisbury who have volunteered to run this COVID-19 testing station, which will start testing essential workers and people with symptoms of coronavirus on Saturday, 30 May.

Household Recycling Centers

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SP5 post codes can only access the recycling centres on:

Thurs 4 June 5:30pm to 7:30 pm
Sat 6 June 9:30am to 7:30 pm

Expect queues and take proof of address with you.

 

Please read these new guidelines about how to use the CVS:

To ensure we comply with social distancing Government Guidelines, only 2 customers will be allowed in the shop at any one time.  A volunteer will manage the entrance, please respect their directions.
At payment, you will be asked to keep 2 metres away from the till by standing within the marked area.
We will continue to operate a delivery service for those who are Vulnerable, Self Isolating or Shielding.
Please help us to help others and respect the above.

Collection and delivery of prescription medication for those self-isolating.

This is being run by the well-established Chalke Valley LINK Service. If you have prescription medication which you need collected and delivered to you, please contact the LINK on 01722 780800 and they will explain the procedure to you. If you are vulnerable you do not need to make unnecessary journeys to the surgery. Please ask the Link to collect your medication for you.  Consider whether using the Link rather than a friend, family member or neighbour may help to reduce queues at Sixpenny Handley Surgery and minimise journeys.

If you have made an arrangement for the Link to collect your medication and then you don’t need them to do it, please remember to cancel.

Deliveries from Chalke Valley Stores.

If you require groceries delivered, please contact 01722 780998 with your order they will explain how payment can be made and arrange delivery.

The Queens Head is providing a takeaway delivery service for the vulnerable and self-isolating.

This will operate in Broad Chalke, Bowerchalke, Fifield Bavant. The delivery service will operate between Wed to Sun Please check the Queens Head website queensheadbroadchalke.co.uk for details about the menu and how and when to order.

Do you have a NHS hearing aid?

Due to the Coronavirus and in line with current Government advice, our regular hearing aid maintenance drop in clinics for patients of Salisbury hospital are suspended for the time being.

However, we are continuing to provide support by:

  • posting out batteries
  • giving information on how to clean, maintain and get the best from your hearing aids
  • giving information on managing hearing loss

If you need help with your hearing aid, please contact our Community Support Officer:
Telephone: 01722 580014    Mobile 07570 670 643
Email: gillian.drayson@hearingloss.org.uk
Or contact our free Information Line:
Telephone: 0808 808 0123 Textphone 0808 808 9000
information@hearingloss.org.uk

FACE COVERINGS – the new modern etiquette

The latest Government advice says that people should aim to wear a face covering in enclosed spaces where social distancing is not always possible and you come into contact with people you don’t normally meet. For example, in shops and on public transport.

Cloth face coverings can help to reduce the risk of transmission and are intended to prevent the wearer inadvertently transmitting the disease to others. They do not protect the wearer.
There is a thought that wearing a cloth face covering in shops or when collecting food from the pub might be the new modern etiquette. It is about you trying to protect those providing you with a service.
When using face coverings wearer should wash their hands thoroughly before putting the covering on and wash their hands again when taking it off. Face coverings should not be worn by children under 2 years of age.
Chalke Valley Stores has a stock of gorgeous cloth face coverings for sale at £7.50 with £1.50 from each sale going to the NHS. They are available in 3 sizes.

 
 
Domestic Abuse Advice:

New domestic abuse out of hours helpline
Victims of domestic abuse or those worried that someone may be suffering in silence can now access to an out of hours helpline.
This joint initiative with Swindon Domestic Abuse Support Service will ensure people can get access to help and support at any time day or night.
The helpline number is 01793 610 610

If you would like more information, or need help now, please visit  this link where you will find good advice and help line numbers. Additional information can also be found   here

Mental Health and Wellbeing: Information can be found here

Here are a few local and national initiatives and organisations that can help:

Action for Happiness monthly coping calendar to help you through the current crisis.

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.
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.

Emergency Dental Clinic in Salisbury

This service can now be accessed via 111

Children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing

For parents and carers supporting a child or young person, there’s updated guidance on ways to help look after children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing during COVID-19. This also includes supporting those with additional needs and disabilities.
The guidance is also available in an easy read version for people with learning disabilities.
Please follow this link.

Booklet to help families prepare for return to school

We have created a short guide with some tips to help families prepare as early years settings and schools welcome more children back through their doors.
The government has said early years settings, primary school reception, Year 1, 2 and 6 can return from 1 June. Secondary school years 10 and 12 will have some face-to-face contact from 15 June.

The booklet has some helpful tips for families including:

  • Talk about the positives of going back to school
  • Talk about all the things you have done during the lockdown period
  • Think about ways for them to connect with their friends before going back
  • For younger children explain when this is going to happen i.e. there are so many sleeps before going back
  • Encourage open discussion
  • Start to encourage the number of times your children wash their hands and practise maintaining social distancing
  • Share school information with them to help them prepare for the changes
  • Put a routine in place in the run up to going back get your child to talk to you about what the routine will look like

You can visit the government page here
The booklet can be downloaded directly in .pdf format here
You can view the booklet on this site here.

Age UK advice on spotting scams and fraudsters

Unfortunately, scammers often prey on people in difficult situations.
Age UK have produced a valuable web page full of information for older people on how to spot scams and fraudsters who target them during this outbreak. Please do share it with anyone helping older people.
The information on this page covers how to keep money and information safe from scams, as well as guidance on what to do if you are worried that someone you know is being scammed. Click here.

Staying safe and #CyberAware online

The coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak has impacted everyone’s daily lives. More people are working from home, looking after children and spending time online. Now more than ever, it is important for everyone to know how to stay connected, stay safe online, check the facts and remember to take a break.

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport has shared guidance for staying safe online. This includes advice for parents and carers.

The National Cyber Security Centre has also launched a #CyberAware campaign to share the UK government’s advice on how to stay secure online during coronavirus. There’s some great advice on how to keep yourself, families and communities safe online.

Keeping Fit For Everyone

Wiltshire Council have produced an exercise guide for everyone! A collection of nationally recognized organisations have provided links to exercise regimes suitable for the older person and those with disabilities as well as younger adults and children. You can find the guide here.

Wiltshire Library Service

ebooks  and magazines are available via this service

A graphical display showing the distribution of infection rates and deaths by Health Authority and County .Get your reality check here

Money Matters

 

In these tabs you will find help with financial  issues.

Family Loan: A new Family Loan from Wiltshire and Swindon Credit Union (WASCU)

The current crisis has created financial pressures for many in the community. More people are needing to draw on small savings pots or expensive loan options such as payday lenders or even loan sharks. Whilst the announcement of a temporary payment freeze of up to 3 months on some loans and credit cards is welcome, for many, this doesn’t go far enough.
Hardship and financial challenges can have a serious detrimental impact on general mental health and wellbeing, causing stress and anxiety. This perhaps rings even more true for families where mums and dads will do everything in their power to ensure that ‘family comes first’.
The Wiltshire and Swindon Credit Union (WASCU) has just launched a new Family Loan. Designed for parents receiving child benefit, it’s a fair, fast and fixed way of accessing up to £500, using child benefit to repay the loan over 12 months. The scheme is designed to be Fair
it’s easy to qualify with a simple affordability check rather than a credit check Fast – once your child benefit payment is set up, you can access the loan straight away Fixed – the loan has a simple fixed monthly interest rate of 3% (42.6% APR)

To find out more about the Family Loan, WASCU’s range of savings and loans options or for more about how Credit Unions help support the local community, please
visit www.wascu.co.uk or get in touch via email at office@wascu.co.uk and phone on 01793 522216

Council tax and business rates payments can be deferred until June for those who need it

To support people as much as possible during the ongoing COVID-19 situation, we have confirmed that no resident or business in Wiltshire will have to pay council tax or business rates until June 2020 if they are struggling.
Any resident wishing to defer paying their council tax in April and May 2020, instead of the normal scheduled payment break in February and March 2021,
should call 0300 456 0109 or email counciltax@wiltshire.gov.uk to request the deferral these will be taken at face value and there will be no vetting of anyone wishing to defer payments for April and May 2020.

There is now no face to face service to assist people with benefits

People needing assistance with Benefits can call 0300 456 0110 or email benefits@wiltshire.gov.uk. Who will accept documents by email.

Vulnerable people and those Requesting Housing Assistance:

call 01722 434233, Monday to Friday, 9am-5pm; or email homeless@wiltshire.gov.uk

Advice for Businesses

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New Discretionary Grant Scheme opens for applications

We have launched our local Discretionary Grant scheme after receiving over £5.1 million of additional Government funding to support small businesses.
This new fund is aimed at small and micro businesses that can demonstrate they have suffered a significant fall in income due to COVID-19, have ongoing fixed property-related costs and occupy property or shared office space with a rateable value below £51,000.
A one-off grant worth £5,000 will be awarded to eligible businesses to help them cope with the challenges presented by COVID-19. Eligible businesses include:

  • small businesses in shared offices or other flexible workspaces such as mills, units in industrial parks, science parks and incubators which do not have their own business rates assessment
  • regular market traders with fixed building costs such as rent, who do not have their own business rates assessment
  • Bed and Breakfasts which pay Council Tax instead of business rates
  • Charity properties in receipt of charitable business rates relief which would otherwise have received Small Business Rates Relief

Applications must be submitted by 5pm on Monday 22 June 2020 via the online application form. Applications will then be reviewed and assessed with grants being paid from 22 June onwards.

Full guidance: here
To apply: here

NHS Healthy Start scheme

Families on certain benefits can get free vouchers each week to spend on milk, fruit and veg, vitamins and infant formula. You could qualify if you’re on benefits and have children under the age of four, or if you’re pregnant and under 18. Please look here

Small Business Grant Scheme

Please use this link

Retail and Hospitality Grant Scheme

Please use this link

Those businesses with a rateable value of under £15,000 will receive a grant of £10,000

Those businesses with a rateable value of between £15,001 and £51,000 will receive a grant of £25,000

You will have received a letter from us asking you to complete an online grant form. Please provide all the information requested as soon as possible so we can assess and verify the information. We issued our first grants on 2 April 2020 and are working as quickly as possible to issue this funding as we recognise how stressful this time is for businesses.

If your business is currently closed and you cannot collect your letter, you can complete the grant form if you think you are eligible for support.

A dedicated contact centre for COVID-19 business support has been set up and businesses who have queries on the grant process or require further information and advice can email us.

Hopper Williams & Bell Limited have collated business information as well as information for individuates and the self employed.You do not need to be a hwb client to make use of this resauce. Their website can be found here.

 

Martin Lewis at Money Saving Expert

Excellent advice if you are looking for financial help or advice on your rights during these extraordinary times. Start looking here

Citizens Advice Salisbury are offering a financial service. Call them on 0344 411 1444

MONEY ADVICE SERVICE

The Money Advice Service will continue to offer free impartial money advice on:

  • Debt and Lending
  • Housing and mortgages
  • budgeting and money management
  • work and benefits and more

They have included additional information related to COVID-19:

  • Rights to sick pay
  • what benefits you can claim if you are self-employed or not entitled to Statutory Sick Pay (SSP)
  • your bills
  • housing costs
  • moving home
  • information to help you find out what help is available to you based on your circumstances

You can find the information here.