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“CORONA VIRUS: LET’S BEAT IT IN BURITON”

Created: 17 March. Updated on 21 March, 22 March, 26 March, 30 March, 3 April, 9 April, 12 April, 15 April, 18 April, 23 April, 1 May, 7 May, 10 May, 20 May, 28 May, 4 June, 12 June, 22 June, 1 July, 11 July, 19 July, 29 July, 6 August, 12 August, 3 September, 16 September, 23 September, 10 October, 21 October, 3 November, 10 November

Government has confirmed that until Wednesday 2 December, everyone must stay at home (except for a small number of specific purposes). Details of the latest restrictions are available here and there is information from the Police at the end of this page.    

Please try to make sure that friends and neighbours who may not have access to the internet are always aware of the latest information – and check to see if they need any help, or simply a chat.

The Parish Council, St Mary’s church, the Five Bells and the Neighbourcare service have liaised and can summarise the following information:

Food and supplies: the Five Bells usually has the following in stock and, subject to that, can supply: Fresh or longlife milk, Free range eggs, Bake at home large baguettes, Orange juice, Pineapple Juice, Tomato Juice, Hartridges Squash (orange, blackcurrant and lime), Vegetables (potatoes, carrots, broccoli), Frozen meals (Pies, Cottage Pies, Fish Pies, Crumbles), Puddings (ready to heat), Homemade cakes, Beer and Wine, Hawthornes Gin and a range of soft drinks and mixers. It may also be possible for the pub to obtain meat from Morgans but the delivery day cannot be guaranteed. Phone Fran on 01730 263584 or email frances_vesey@btconnect.com

Prescriptions: For anyone needing help with repeat prescriptions during the lockdown period this service has been used by some people in the parish and seems well reviewed: https://www.pharmacy2u.co.uk/ppc?gclid=EAIaIQobChMIkPWPgorr7AIVi4BQBh0P5g2uEAAYASAAEgJFSPD_BwE&gclsrc=aw.ds

Thursday night’s Quiz: we’re trying an on-line (Zoom) Quiz on 12th November (6.30pm) which, if all goes well, will be repeated during the winter months. Questions provided by Martin Wright and delivered by Abigail McKern from a cosy fireside setting. This event is primarily for a bit of fun and some social interaction – although cheating is discouraged!  Here is the link to the ‘meeting’ https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87583138571?pwd=UUhVZndMUkdQLzRLdjVRaWtTVVlBUT09 (Meeting ID: 875 8313 8571; Passcode: 740536 – in case needed)

Midweek hot lunch service: In addition to the regular evening takeaway meals, the Five Bells is now offering a hot lunch service (12 - 2pm on Wednesdays and Thursdays). Smaller portions of a hot lunch and puddings are available – so please let friends and neighbours know. Contact Fran via 01730 263584 or email frances_vesey@btconnect.com. Ales and other drinks are also available from the front door from 4pm but cannot be consumed on site and must be pre-ordered by email or a phone call. If anyone needs any other catering during lockdown, please let Fran know as help can probably be provided: 01730 263584

The village hall, playground and skate park area are all following new Government Regulations: the hall is open for a small number of specific uses; the playground can stay open but all users should follow social distancing requirements; but outdoor sports facilities (including tennis courts and skate parks) have to close. Signage has been installed on the skate ramp area to make this clear, reiterated elsewhere on the community website

The Post Office will continue to open during the lockdown period – in the Seward Room on Fridays 9.30-11.30: please follow the signage, wear a mask, use the hand sanitiser and note that only one person can be served (and one waiting by the Seward Room door) at a time. It will be Post Office only (no tea/coffee) and the toilets will not be available

St Mary’s church is open during the day on Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays for people to go in and pray privately. Please follow the COVID rules, use hand sanitiser and wear a mask. People are not allowed to gather together in the church building for services but the 10am Sunday services are accessible via zoom and all are welcome to join. Details and the link can be found on the church website: https://www.stmarysburiton.church/

With most parishioners able to obtain shopping, this latest lockdown period presents a different scenario from the first one. Supermarkets have also made improvements to the services they offer. The normal (pre-Covid) Neighbourcare service remains available and help can be obtained by contacting Kim (01730 262252) or Peter (01730 269034). There’ll be more news about Neighbourcare in due course.

Other local news includes:

The Petersfield Foodbank continues to provide bags of food to people in difficulties who are referred by various agencies in the area. It is currently low on the following items: Longlife milk; Jams/spreads; Tinned vegetables; Savoury treats; Small bags of sugar; Cheese biscuits; Noodles/couscous; Household cleaning items; Baby food; Nappies sizes 5,6 and 7; Christmas treats. Goods can be left with Liz Palmer at 6 Kiln Lane (labelled cardboard box in the porch or nearby if locked) or phone 01730 266267 or email Lizz.Palmer2@googlemail.com. Updates about the Foodbank can be found via www.pact.org.uk/FoodBank

Libraries: browsing in libraries is temporarily suspended in line with the restrictions but people can access a digital library and online service. To borrow physical items, use the Ready Reads service and you can also reserve items online. Read more about these and other changes here.

Waste Recycling Centres remain open, following clarity from Government that waste services are essential. All residents wishing to visit any Hampshire HWRC will need to book a slot in advance. Booking slots are available seven days in advance at each of Hampshire’s 24 HWRCs, and can be made online or, for those without internet access, by phone on 02380 179 949, between Monday and Friday 9am to 5:30pm.

Outdoors: Hampshire’s country parks are open to visitors and normal opening hours apply. The Café at the Queen Elizabeth Country Park is providing a takeaway service with outdoor seating available. The National Park Authority and Hampshire County Council are urging people to continue to be sensible and responsible when using countryside spaces and local rights of way – to plan ahead, comply with COVID restrictions that apply, and follow the Countryside code.

For a full update on all County Council operations during the pandemic, there is a Keep Hampshire Safe webpage.

Hampshire Coronavirus Helpline: Anyone who needs help can call the Hampshire Coronavirus Support and Helpline on 0333 370 4000. The helpline is open 9am to 5pm weekdays and to support the national restrictions, will also be open on Saturday 7 – Sunday 8 November and Saturday 14 - Sunday 15 November from 9am to 5pm. For help those who are particularly vulnerable to stay safe during this upcoming period of enhanced national restrictions, further support is available from HCC. Individuals who are classed as clinically extremely vulnerable can access support by: Registering online via www.gov.uk/coronavirus-shielding-support as detailed in the letter from government; Requesting a call from Hampshire County Council via an online request form. Those unable to register online, will receive either a text message, email or letter from the County Council and be asked to confirm their support needs.

Download the NHS COVID-19 App and help save lives: Hampshire residents are being urged to download the NHS COVID-19 app to help control the spread of coronavirus and protect themselves and their loved ones as case numbers rise. Hampshire County Council wants as many people as possible to use it as they continue to support those businesses who are now required by law to display the official NHS QR code posters that people can check-in with using the app. This new app has been launched following positive trials and rigorous testing and is an important new tool to work alongside traditional contact tracing to help reduce the spread of the virus. To find out more visit the NHS website 

Testing for COVID-19: Hampshire residents are being urged to continue coming forward for testing if they have one or more of the three main symptoms of coronavirus. More information is available on the County Council's web pages

Parking penalty scam message: a fake email claiming to be from the HM Courts & Tribunals Service is doing the rounds in an attempt to steal bank details. Not only do the scammers give you a fake fine, but they take it a step further by threatening to take you to court if it’s not paid within their given deadline. Don’t be fooled and report the attempt to Action Fraud (by forwarding it to report@phishing.gov.uk) and / or to the National Cyber Security Centre on report@phishing.gov.uk

Assistant Chief Constable, Maggie Blyth, thanks everyone who has complied with restrictions throughout the year and urges us to carry on doing so. She says: “To the minority who feel that the restrictions do not apply to them, including those organising large gatherings and deliberately holding parties or events that put people at risk, please be aware that we are increasing our levels of enforcement in line with the threat that we are facing to people living in our communities, and to our NHS. We won’t waste time with endless encouragement for those who knowingly or deliberately break the rules. People recklessly ignoring the regulations should expect to receive a fixed penalty notice. It is only right that those who are putting others at risk should face consequences. I would also urge people to please refrain from calling us to ask questions about the new legislation, we need to keep our lines open for emergency calls.” 

Videocalls are still an easy way to stay in touch during social-distancing. There are many videoconferencing platforms available but ‘Zoom’ seems to be very popular. Some guidance notes about using Zoom have kindly been produced for the community by Greg Ford and they can be accessed hereAge UK has also developed some guidance on using video calling which might be helpful for anyone who hasn’t used a video call device before.

More information will be added to this site as / when available.

Please continue to make sure that friends and neighbours who do not have access to the internet are aware of relevant information so that they can also tell others.

And, if you feel that you can offer any help, in any way, no matter how small you can also contact us via info@buriton.info 

Coronavirus still spreads very easily.   Please continue to take precautions: follow all the national measures and wash hands regularly.