Vaccination programme starts
PMG have begun the mass vaccination programme, starting 4th Jan, beginning with the over 75s. Excellent news! Hopefully the start of the control of the virus - BUT - we still need to exercise a lot of care to reduce the spreading of the virus - remember "HANDS--FACE--SPACE", and get as much fresh air into your house as you can stand! We cannot relax yet.
Official infection figures
A friend has just alerted me to this government produced map of infections in areas. It appears to be reasonably up to date (about 1 week old) and is excellent. You can drill down using it to village and town level using postcodes.
IT IS VITAL we all follow the guidance - for simplicity - "HANDS--FACE--SPACE". Keep following the guidance! The latest indications are that we should add our Vitamin D levels to the list AND take the opportunity (difficult as it is in cold weather!) to keep our areas as ventilated as possible to reduce the amount of virus in the air around us.
This is an attempt to offer as much information on what is happening in and around the village as I can. I CAN ONLY PUBLISH WHAT I KNOW! Therefore if anyone has any information that they think will be helpful to all of us, please get in touch using the Contact Form.
PLEASE DO ESTABLISH CONTACT WITH THOSE OLDER FOLK AROUND YOU IN CASE THEY RUN INTO PROBLEMS.
This is a link to the Government information page on the Corona Virus - this is the only reliable information.
Symptom Tracker App
Thoroughly recommended and proving very useful in tracking the symptoms of C19 is the Kings College App. Nothing like the government 'Track and Trace' app, this one does NOT contact you or advise you if you have been in contact with an infected person - it merely asks you to record, DAILY if you can, your symptoms, including no symptoms - it only takes a few seconds. The app requires your geographical location and will provide you with a daily report on infections in the Horsham area and other information. The team behind it is currently researching what is know as 'LONG COVID' - that is where the disease carries on after the intial 3-4 weeks, sometimes for several months, and they are using the reports of the over 4 million users to assist in this research. I do urge you to download the app (Apple OR Android) - search for COVID Symptom Study. You can read about it on their website.
Now that there is a slim chance that the government have actually got the 'Test and Trace' system finally working properly, BEWARE of scam calls. There are lots of examples of people trying to trick you into parting with money or credit card information. If you are called by someone claiming to be part of the Test and Trace' NHS system. PLEASE NOTE the following:-
The caller will NOT tell you with whom you have been in contact - or where.
Any test you are asked to take is FREE - do not part with any money etc for it!
Be very careful how much other information you divulge if asked.
This is from the official government site:-
You'll be contacted by email, text or phone. Text messages will come from the NHS. Calls will come from 0300 0135000. Children under 18 will be contacted by phone wherever possible and asked for their parent or guardian's permission to continue the call.
You'll be asked to sign in to the NHS Test and Trace contact tracing website. If you cannot use this they will call you.
The NHS Test and Trace service will not:-
ask for bank details or payments
ask for details of any other accounts, such as social media
ask you to set up a password or PIN number over the phone
ask you to call a premium rate number, such as those starting 09 or 087
PMG run a free prescription delivery service from the pharmacy in Pulborough. It is working well and reliable.
This is a link to the latest advice from PMG Pulborough.
Horsham District Council have set-up a dedicated Covid-19 Volunteer Support group where people can volunteer to help or inform HDC of any vulnerable person. The details are:
Website or email or telephone 01403 215230
A local group has also formed to offer help. Call 07714 196070 (West Chiltington) or 07734 993225 (Nutbourne). They have over 50 volunteers able to help you if the need arises. If necesary leave a message on their line - all calls are listened to.
Sainsburys are expecting, week commencing 30th March, to be given access to the government's database of vulnerable elderly people with a view to prioritising home delivery slots for them. The criteria for being on this datdbase are quite restrictive, and essentially you need to have a serious condition which could affect you if you contracted the virus. You can register here here to join the government database. If you qualify as a 'vulnerable person' and are a Sainsburys customer you can register with them by ringing 08009534988. You will neeed your Nectar card number and/or your last Sainsburys order number.
Village Hall - shut for all users from 1400 on 18th March
All libraries shut as of August, open for limited browsing and computer access
Latest: 7th May: From WSCC
Reopening of Household Waste Recycling Sites
The County Council has confirmed it has developed a plan, subject to further government guidance, to safely reopen Household Waste Recycling Sites (HWRSs) next week (week commencing 11 May).
If you are thinking of taking a trip to one of the sites there are several things you need to consider.
Before planning your journey you should:
. Consider whether your journey is essential. You should only visit a site if your waste presents a risk of injury or harm to health and cannot be put out with your regular kerbside collection. If it doesn't please safely store your items at home for now.
. Check our opening hours. Sites will be running their usual summer opening days and hours. Not all sites are open every day, so please make sure to check before making a journey - visit West Sussex Recycles for more information.
Before visiting a site please note:
. Only garden waste and general household waste will be accepted. Garden waste means green waste such as grass cuttings and hedge trimmings. General household waste (or "black bag" waste) is the types of items that are collected in your kerbside collection such as food or non-recyclable packaging, and does not include electrical items, textiles, bulky items, furniture or general recycling. General household waste items brought to the sites at this time will be sent to landfill. We hope to be able to accept other items soon.
. Please continue to use your household collections for recycling and general waste where possible, and only visit the site if the journey is essential.
. Only cars will be allowed on site. Trailers and large vehicles such as vans and pickups will not be allowed access at this time
Social distancing measures will be in place when the sites reopen, the number of people visiting at any one time will be restricted
I would caution against rushing back to any of the sites until the situation becomes clearer, since there are said to be restrictions on which vehicles can access, spacing and what can be re-cycled AND there are doubtless going to be huge queues trying to get in.
01403 733144 is the phone number for HDC supporter bin collection service. Once you register the lads will collect the bin from your property should you find yourself unable to move it to the road.
Both Post Offices in the village are very helpfully now offering a delivery service to those who are self-isolating. Please contact them on 01798 813359 for NISA and 01798 813209 for the CHURCH STREET Stores for more information
An email from Sainsburys says they are planning to contact all over-70's registered with them to offer priority for delvery slots. They anticipate an enhanced 'Click-and-Collect' service from 23rd March, probably run in the car park. At present this facility does not appear to be available at Pulborough. See 'Assistance' above.
Dyke Farm shop now open 0900-1700 Monday to Friday but remains fully stocked as usual.
The Village Nurseries have put several helpful things in place and you can read about them here. They cannot be contacted by phone, only by email.
Travel - don't forget your face-mask
Travel on Southern will be affected. Check via the company's website for details and expect possible short-notice changes and cancellations due to staff sickness.
Parish Office now closed.
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