Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group

Meeting will take place virtually via Zoom on Thursday 28th January 2021 at 6pm.

Any resident wishing to access the meeting please contact the Clerk for details.

Arch Messenger – February 2021

Please see attached copy.

Handyman wanted.

See attached notice for information.

Road Closure Ab Lench to Church Lench.

The road between Ab Lench and Church Lench will be shut for two weeks between 31 Jan to 12 Feb.

These roadworks had previously been planned between 18 Jan and 29 Jan.

Planned road  works across the Lenches over the next three months can be viewed at https://one.network/custom/worcestershire/

Wychavon District Council – COVID -19 Update 07.01.20

Cases have risen rapidly across our district since the end of the second Lockdown at the start of December. Worryingly, the impact of Christmas mixing is still to filter through into the figures.

The expectation is we will continue to see cases rise for the next 7 to 10 days. This will lead to further hospitalisations and inevitably deaths. This will add to the already significant pressure our NHS locally, and nationally, is under.

We cannot stress enough how serious the situation is and we ask you all to continue to play your part in encouraging our residents to stay at home and follow the rules and thank you for your efforts so far.

Infection rates are now reported daily on the Worcestershire County Council website and they are also broken down by local area. We will use this data to target communications in areas where we see cases remaining higher than elsewhere in the district.

Coronavirus dashboard

Our Council Leader Cllr Bradley Thomas has also released a message which you can view here and are again encouraged to share and a video message has been prepared and will be released shortly on social media.

Communications
We are ramping up our communications on social media and signs are being printed to put around our parks and public spaces urging people to stay apart and limit the time they spend outdoors.

The Government has produced the attached poster which briefly explains the rules

Please point people towards www.wychavon.gov.uk/coronavirus for support and advice.

People in need of help
If people need help accessing food or other essentials then please ask them to contact www.worcestershire.gov.uk/here2help. They will then direct them to support locally.

Impact on services
We are keeping our public toilets and playgrounds open in-line with government guidance. We intend to maintain key services, as we have done throughout this pandemic, and have plans in place to redeploy staff to support that ambition if needed.

Parking in all of our car parks is now free until further notice. On-street parking restrictions and time limits in waiting bays remain in place and will be enforced.

We are, for the time being, no longer offering face to face pre-booked appointments in our reception but remain available by email or phone.

Libraries are offering limited services and Household Recycling Centres remain open.

Use of village and community halls
The guidance on the use of village and community halls has been updated. While most must close there are a small number of activities, they can still be used for in a Covid-19 Secure way, this includes hosting blood donation sessions, as polling stations etc.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-for-the-safe-use-of-multi-purpose-community-facilities/covid-19-guidance-for-the-safe-use-of-multi-purpose-community-facilities

Vaccination info
The Covid-19 vaccine has begun to be given to people in this area in accordance with the nationally set priority list.

When they may receive the vaccine, the message is that the NHS will contact people in priority groups when it is their turn to receive the vaccine and they should not contact their GP practice, or local hospital, directly asking for an appointment.

 

A message from Dr.Kathryn Cobain, the Director for Public Health in Worcestershire – please share with your communities

Dear Residents,

I know that the news of a new lockdown for England, will be frustrating and upsetting for many people. Worcestershire has tried very hard to keep Covid-19 cases down, and many of you have made sacrifices to protect yourselves and others. We have all had to make changes to the way we live our lives in recent months, and that included over Christmas, when so many were not able to spend time with loved ones.

But some stark realities remain for us all. Worcestershire’s infection rates are at the highest we have ever seen. In the past 7 days alone, the county has 1,888 positive Covid-19 cases, which is more than all positive cases seen during May, June, July, August and September 2020 combined. I am concerned about this level of spread, and the risk it poses to our health and the lives of our vulnerable and elderly residents. We need to act now to protect one another, prevent the virus spreading further and reduce the demand on our hospitals.

The pandemic continues to dominate our daily lives, cases are rising nationally and we know the new variant of Covid-19 spreads very quickly. Our NHS is also facing considerable pressure on its services. All of these factors have led to the government’s announcement of a new lockdown across England. This means once again, we are facing tough restrictions on our way of life. I know this is hard, but by doing as we are asked, we are saving lives. The restrictions have been brought in to protect every one of us.

Please now stay at home, don’t go out unless you need to, for example to buy food or collect medicines. The Government has set out the clear limitations of the lockdown and I ask you to read the restrictions and follow the rules. You can read a full explanation of all the restrictions on the government’s website; https://www.gov.uk/guidance/national-lockdown-stay-at-home

Once again, Worcestershire County Council’s Here2Help service is available to anyone who needs support or is clinically extremely vulnerable (shielding). If you have no-one to turn to for help, our service can respond and provide help such as collecting medicines and getting shopping. You can reach the service online; https://www.worcestershire.gov.uk/here2help

If you are on the Government’s shielding list, you will be receiving guidance about what to do now. It is key that you socially distance, and you reduce your physical contact with others. The governments webpages are updated regularly and you can read detailed guidance at; https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-on-shielding-and-protecting-extremely-vulnerable-persons-from-covid-19/guidance-on-shielding-and-protecting-extremely-vulnerable-persons-from-covid-19

While we are all at home, please do remember to check on vulnerable or isolated residents. Just a phone call or a text message can provide a vital link to the outside world, and can ensure those who need comfort or help, have someone to turn to.

You will know that a programme of vaccination has begun nationally, and we are already seeing Worcestershire residents receiving the first doses. This process is being co-ordinated by central Government, and following a strict order for administering the doses. Worcestershire County Council is supporting NHS colleagues to ensure the roll-out is progressing. The vaccines are safe, and if you are called forward to receive one, I strongly urge you to do so. In the meantime, please keep following the rules, wear face coverings, wash your hands, keep your distance. These simple measures help reduce the spread of the virus.

We are all in this together. Throughout the pandemic, you have shown your resilience, kindness and compassion for others. We have seen many examples of people supporting one another, lending a hand or going the extra mile. The situation has demonstrated how working together, we are able to support one another and get through. I am asking you to do this once again. The single most important thing you can do for everyone, is to stay home. Please do this for yourself and for others. We all want to protect people who are precious to us, our family and friends. Let’s take care of each other, and work together.

Thank you for doing this. Our actions now will hopefully bring brighter days for us all in 2021.

Best wishes

Dr. Kathryn Cobain

Catherine Hepple

Communications and Engagement Lead

Public Health

Worcestershire County Council

County Hall

Spetchley road

Worcester.

WR5 2NP

If you have a query regarding Coronavirus please refer to Public Health England guidance and/or call NHS 111 which has a dedicated Coronavirus helpline.

https://www.gov.uk/government/topical-events/coronavirus-covid-19-uk-government-response

Worcestershire Community Foundation – Launching Our New Website and Now Open – The Covid-19 Response Fund.

Worcestershire Community Foundation is one of 47 foundations across the UK, providing a voice and funding for the Voluntary and Community Sector.
During 2020, we have raised c £900,000 in funding to support local community organisations across the County to counteract the effects of the Pandemic.
We have given out 150+ grants for a wide spectrum of projects ranging from food provision to mental health services, reaching thousands of disadvantaged local people.
We are currently working with leading local charities to invest in longer-term infrastructure projects addressing mental health, digital provision and BAME communities.

Please visit our new website for full information on our ongoing work in Worcestershire

The Covid-19 Response Fund, in partnership with the National Emergencies Trust (NET) and The Red Cross, was launched in early April 2020 in response to the COVID crisis.

Between April and October, we have distributed £0.6 million in grants to 150+ projects across Worcestershire in the initial ‘response’ phase, supporting thousands of people affected by the pandemic.

Projects funded have ranged from homelessness and foodbanks to volunteer networks and domestic abuse.

A third ‘recovery’ phase is now open supporting both immediate-response projects and longer-term more strategic grant giving. Deadline for this round is 11th January. For more details see the below link to the new website.
https://www.worcscf.org.uk/grants/covid-19-response-fund/

Lenches Directory 20-21

Directory attached.

Play Area reopening.

The Parish Council has decided to reopen the play area from Friday 17th July.

Users will need to wipe down any equipment surfaces they touch and clean their hands before and after use on each piece of equipment

Children who are from different families or bubbles should observe social distancing on shared equipment.

Scientific advice suggests that the COVID-19 virus can survive for up to several days on some hard surfaces. The risks are reduced when outdoors, where surfaces may be subject to UV light and/or rain.

Whilst all possible practical measures have been put in place users do so at their own choice and risk.

Please see attached guidance notice.

Parish Councillor Vacancy

The Parish Council is looking for someone to serve as a Parish Councillor.

  • Are you interested in local current affairs?
  • Do you wish to serve your community?
  • Could you provide a voice for residents?

If you feel like you would like to get involved in making decisions about your local community and make a significant contribution to the area in which you live, then this is the position for you!

There are six parish council meetings per year plus occasional ad-hoc meetings which you will be required to attend.

Applications are invited by anyone registered as a Local Government Elector for the Parish on the Electoral Register who is and has been living in or within a three mile radius of the parish for the whole of the period of the last 12 months.

To be considered application forms must be received by Monday 2nd November 2020.

For further information and an application form please contact: –

Mrs. N. Holland Clerk

Tel: 07835620613

Post: Morton Wood Farmhouse, Morton Wood Lane, Abbots Morton. WR7 4LU.

Email:

Website: https://www.southlenchesparishcouncil.org/