CORONAVIRUS - 19 Updates
PLAY AREA AND OUTDOOR GYM EQUIPMENT OPEN
The play area and outdoor gym equipment are open for use. The equipment is not disinfected and is used at your own risk.
Please maintain social distancing and practice good hygiene.
Do not use if you or a member of your family has coronavirus symptoms.
Use hand sanitiser before and after use. Wash your hands as soon as possible.
Children should be encouraged not to touch their face.
If area is busy come back at a quieter time.
Do not consume food or drink in the area.
All future WPC meetings at the Village Hall have been cancelled till further notice. Virtual meetings will now run via ZOOM. Please see details on how to attend through the agenda issued on the meeting page.
The COVID-19 virus situation is changing and self-isolation due to age, vulnerability or illness is a reality. The wonderful people of Watchfield have already started coming forward to offer help, if required.
Offers of help:
If you able to help your neighbours – great! Some people may not be receptive to offers of help and their wishes must be respected. Another avenue to register your offers of help is to supply your contact details (name, phone number and your road name so we can match those nearest to you requiring help) to the Parish Council contact below.
To register your offers of help, please contact Sue Nodder on 01793 780329 / 07899 300496 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Requests for help:
Please don't be shy if you would like some help. This could be collecting shopping for you, picking up prescriptions or urgent supplies, or posting mail. This would all be done via doorstep deliveries to minimise contact. If you are in isolation for a prolonged period maybe you would just like someone to talk with on the phone!
To request assistance, please contact Sue Nodder on 01793 780329 / 07899 300496 or email email@example.com
Age UK Oxfordshire are providing advice & information for anyone worried about Coronavirus and have set up a new, free telephone support service including a friendly, regular weekly call to see how people are and offer advice if needed. The number is 01865 411 288 -leave a message and an advisor will call you back ASAP. Please note this is not an emergency medical service, please ring 111 for medical advice and 999 in a medical emergency. More information is on their website https://www.ageuk.org.uk/oxfordshire/about-us/news/coronavirus/
Waste collections are currently running as normal. To help protect the crews and stop the virus spreading we are asking people to follow guidelines from Public Health England about how to dispose of their waste if they suspect they may have the virus. This guidance states:
Personal waste (such as used tissues) and disposable cleaning cloths should be stored securely within disposable rubbish bags. These bags should be placed into another bag, tied securely and kept separate from other waste. This should be put aside for at least 72 hours before being put in your usual external household waste bin. Other household waste can be disposed of as normal.
St Thomas’ Church
Normal church services have been suspended but the church remains open during the day for private contemplation. There is a book at the back of the church to request prayers. This Sunday (22nd March) the Church is asking people to put a light in their windows at 7pm in an act of solidarity. The Rev Norma Fergusson is available on 01793 784338
Events and Outreach Post Office
As expected, all upcoming Watchfield events have been cancelled. These include Bingo, the annual Quiz, Easter Egg Hunt, Village Fete and Open Gardens. Matthew is hoping to keep the outreach Post Office in Watchfield running on Wednesdays between 12:30 and 14:30pm but the associated Community Café will not run.
The official government website with advice in multiple areas can be found here https://www.gov.uk/government/topical-events/coronavirus-covid-19-uk-government-response
Please share with anyone who might need this information. Keep safe!
Watchfield Parish Council
South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse Council - COVID19
South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse district councils are increasing resources to help groups in the community providing support to those most in need as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Due to the ongoing public health risk from the virus, the two councils are also closing their office building and reception in Milton Park to the public and the majority of staff. The building will be closed to the public from 4.30pm on Friday 20 March.
Residents can continue to access information about council services, and make payments, or make an application or a report via the councils’ websites southoxon.gov.uk and whitehorsedc.gov.uk.
The councils’ phone lines will remain open, but anybody that needs to contact council staff is encouraged to go online first or use email as this is likely to be quicker and will help the councils respond to those most in need first, during a difficult time. Anybody with an appointment at the council building from Monday 30 March onwards should contact the relevant team if they haven’t been in touch already. All council meetings scheduled to take place in April have also been postponed.
The two councils are still aiming to provide their important services to the public as much as possible and are protecting the services to residents most in need as a priority.
The councils hope most people shouldn’t notice too much difference as many staff have already been working from home since Monday this week. However, there are some changes to services, which are listed on a dedicated webpage - southoxon.gov.uk/covid19 and whitehorsedc.gov.uk/covid19 which are regularly updated.
Where and when are the meetings?
Normal Parish Council meetings are held in Watchfield Village Hall at 7.30pm on the third Tuesday of the month (except August). Agendas and minutes are displayed on the noticeboards in the Village. Any additional meetings will be advertised on the noticeboards. You are welcome to attend.
At present, there is no Parish Council office.
Meeting Minutes and Agendas
These can be found here - WPC meetings
Register of Interests
Link to Vale of White Horse District Council page for Parish Councils
Who are your councillors?
Chairman: Sue Nodder, 01793 780329, firstname.lastname@example.org
Dawn Griffiths, 01793 784478, email@example.com
Carrie Parker, 01793 784409, firstname.lastname@example.org
Joao Valadas , Joao.email@example.com
Bridget Lyall, Bridget.firstname.lastname@example.org
Stacey Coombs, Stacey.email@example.com
There are two vacancies on the parish council. If you would like further information please contact the clerk or VWHDC elections team, firstname.lastname@example.org
All councillors have signed the Vale of White Horse District Council's Code of Conduct.
Parish Clerk: Claire Arnold
Watchfield Village Hall, Chapel Hill, Watchfield SN6 8TA
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