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ESCCRG UPDATE - September 2020

posted 25 Sept 2020, 10:22 by Chris Hoare   [ updated 25 Sept 2020, 13:04 ]

SCC Covid-19 bulletin 01/07/2020

posted 1 Jul 2020, 09:23 by Earl Soham Web Admin

The Suffolk County Council Covid-19 Bulletin for 1 July can be seen here.

Covid Testing Facility to Open in Framlingham

posted 29 Jun 2020, 05:03 by Chris Hoare   [ updated 29 Jun 2020, 05:56 ]

The following message has been received from Suffolk County Council.

Framlingham Sports & Fitness Centre (car park), operated by Framlingham College has been approved as a suitable location for a Covid-19 Mobile Testing Unit and that testing will begin at the site from Thursday 2nd July. The units offer drive-through testing and are operated by small military teams on behalf of DHSC.

It is anticipated that a unit will be scheduled to operate in Framlingham twice weekly. This will normally be on Thursdays and Sundays between 10:00 and 15:00 hours on each day, although the final schedule is only confirmed to us 48 hours in advance.

We do not currently know over what period this will be in operation, however the College has advised that the site should be available until at least September should we need to continue to use it.

Further information can be obtained on this Suffolk County Council web link : https://www.suffolk.gov.uk/coronavirus-covid-19/covid-19-testing-in-suffolk/ which is regularly updated and has all the latest information on who can get tested, where the test units will be located and how to book at test.

Letter from Dr Poulter MP dated 19th June 2020

posted 20 Jun 2020, 01:28 by Chris Hoare

Dr Dan Poulter MP has written to residents with advice on health and finance and other matters of local importance.  A copy of his letter can be seen here.

Update for Residents 26 May 20

posted 27 May 2020, 09:13 by Earl Soham Web Admin   [ updated 27 May 2020, 09:14 ]

Going for a walk or Run? Please think of others and keep your distance.

posted 26 May 2020, 05:35 by Earl Soham Web Admin

When out for a walk, you should maintain a distance of at least 2 metres from anyone you meet.  This can be difficult on narrow paths, so STAY ALERT and look well ahead for anyone coming towards you, especially when approaching a narrow section; if necessary wait until the way ahead is clear before entering it.  If two people meet unexpectedly on a narrow section of path, the safest and most polite way to handle the situation, is  for both of you to stop 2m apart and agree which side of the path you will each take.  One person should then step as far to the side as possible and stand sideways facing away from the path, allowing the other person to pass behind them, facing away as they do so.

Please remember that some people may be more concerned about contracting the virus than you are, so you should consider their need for social distancing, treat each other with respect and be aware that some of these people may be in self-isolation because of illness or other vulnerabilities.  Please be particularly careful when out running; do not press on regardless.  If necessary adjust your pace to avoid passing others too closely and look away from them when you do pass them.   If the path ahead is narrow and occupied, pause to one side and either rest, stretch or run on the spot until the way ahead is clear.

Finally, if you are particularly concerned about maintaining your isolation try to avoid using narrow paths where you may find a close encounter unavoidable.

Letter from Dr Dan Poulter MP - 15th May 2020

posted 18 May 2020, 10:23 by Chris Hoare

Dr Dan Poulter MP has written to residents with advice on health and finance and other matters of local importance.  A copy of his letter can be seen here.

UPDATE FOR RESIDENTS 28 APRIL 2020

posted 28 Apr 2020, 08:39 by Chris Hoare   [ updated 28 Apr 2020, 10:38 by Earl Soham Web Admin ]

Earl Soham Community   

Corona Response Group                                                earlsohamhelp@gmail.com 

Update for Residents

28 april 2020



What’s happening in Suffolk and further afield…

The Earl Soham Community Corona Response Group continues to work very closely with East Suffolk Council and Community Action Suffolk. This allows us to receive updates from East Suffolk and Suffolk County Council and to keep residents briefed with local and national changes, a number of which are included in our newsletter.

‘Home, But Not Alone’: In addition to support available locally from The Earl Soham Community Corona Response Group, support is also available via the ‘Home, But Not Alone’ phoneline (0800 876 6926). Calls are answered and cases managed by staff at each district, borough or county council depending on the type of enquiry. Wherever possible the caller is then linked to local groups and businesses, who are working in communities, such as The Earl Soham Community Corona Response Group. The ‘Home, But Not Alone’ phoneline is for vulnerable people and not for general Coronavirus enquiries.

Freephone: 0800 876 6926; Staffed 9am to 5pm everyday

Personalised Support for NHS Staff of all Faiths: The Church of England in Suffolk have set up a phoneline to support NHS staff of all faiths. NHS staff can call 01472 563 563 to speak to a vicar or minister with a background and training in chaplaincy, healthcare or community engagement. Please visit www.cofesuffolk.org/bishops/nhs-support for more information.

Local Walks: Getting outside currently requires a different set of rules and some thoughtful planning. Going outside once a day for exercise can enhance our health and happiness. Spring is a great time to enjoy nature and you can still do so, as long as you follow the latest government advice. Stay local, exercise alone or with members of your household and always stay at least two metres away from others. Green spaces such as urban parks can still be used, and footpaths along with other rights of way in rural areas remain open. Think about where to go and avoid unnecessary travel. Stay clear of popular spots where there may be lots of people or where social distancing could be difficult, such as passing through a rural farmstead or taking a narrow path. Use the Ordnance Survey Greenspace Map to discover less-popular open spaces near you. Create your own circular route using OS Maps from your door using less-used paths and open access land. Choose low-risk activities that you are familiar with to avoid an increased burden on emergency services and continue to abide by the Countryside Code. Take note of local notices and follow signs, leave gates and property as you find them and stick to the path unless wider access is available and always keep dogs under control. When out and about practice good hygiene: gates, stiles and traffic buttons are touched regularly so carry hand sanitiser with you when you don’t have access to soap and water, refrain from touching your face and always wash your hands as soon as you get home. Provided you, or someone in your household, are not displaying symptoms of COVID-19, it is safe to go outside once a day for exercise. More information at: https://getoutside.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/guides/covid-19-update/

Get Outside Inside: To keep you busy during these challenging times, Ordnance Survey have brought the outside INSIDE, with an extensive selection of educational, entertaining and inspiring activities, articles and videos. Head over to the #GetOutsideInside Hub to stay connected with the outdoors. https://getoutside.ordnancesurvey.co.uk

Construction in Framlingham: Building sites in Framlingham are expected to begin working again this week. Framlingham Town Council are planning to liaise with site foremen to minimise the risk of infection with builders using local shops and facilities.

Kanopy App allows you to play 10 classic and indie films or documentaries per calendar month using your PC, mobile device or TV service for free with your library card. You can also view unlimited courses. Once you press ‘play’ on a standard film, you have three days to watch it as many times as you like without using up additional credits.

PressReader App allows you to read or download full digital editions of key newspaper and magazine titles from around the world using your library card.

Bins: A reminder that on bin collection days everyone is encouraged to thoroughly wash their hands after putting the bin out and getting back inside again. Also, everyone is asked to wash their bin handle and lids before and after collections to help minimise the spread of any germs. Please make sure your bins are out before 6am on Tuesdays.

Having a Declutter: Whilst being at home proves an ideal time for a declutter, residents are reminded to please store decluttered items at home and not to leave unwanted items beside clothing, textile and other bring banks.

The Coop: At the time of printing, the East of England Coop supermarket is not part of the national scheme accepting Free School Meals vouchers. Attempts are being made across the UK, including by The Earl Soham Corona Response Group, to urge the Coop to engage in the scheme. In the meantime, we encourage any household in receipt of free school meals, needing supermarket vouchers to please contact earlsohamhelp@gmail.com for confidential support.

Local Businesses Update

The Crown Hotel, Framlingham, is providing a ‘meals on wheels’ service, delivered by Hour Community. Email frammealsonwheels@gmail.com or call 01728 440 511 for more information, or search The Crown Framlingham on Facebook for their latest menu offer.

R&S Hardware, Wickham Market is open in the mornings. 62 High Street, 01728 747394

The Post Offices in Framlingham and Wickham Market are closing at 1pm weekdays.

The Kingfishers Community Kitchen is no longer offering food delivery service.


Updates from our group

Earl Soham Foodbank:

Once again, we extend our immense gratitude to the generosity of our village for the donations of food, time and money that enable our Foodbank and volunteer group to support residents in the village.

Earl Soham Community Food Share: We are trialling a new idea from Friday 1st May 2020. The Foodbank donation box is now the Earl Soham Community Food Share. Anyone living in Earl Soham is welcome to take what they need from the box. Items in the box will change depending upon donations and the needs of the village. The Earl Soham Community Corona Response Group, who run the Foodbank, will do its best to ensure that there is a regular supply of tinned and dried goods, household products etc. The box is currently under the shelter in the Earl Soham Primary School’s Early Years fenced area. It is clearly marked with the Earl Soham Foodbank logo. Our new flyer is at the bottom of this update with key details. The Earl Soham Foodbank will continue to provide support with emergency food parcels for vulnerable households. These provide a household with supplies to provide healthy meals for around 5 days. We will also continue to provide support for households in receipt of free school meal vouchers, who need supermarket vouchers. To get help, contact your zone leader, Susie Nicholass or earlsohamhelp@gmail.com. All contact is confidential, with regard for safeguarding.

Donations: In order to sustain this support for our village we need your donations. We continue to welcome donations of food, household and hygiene products. Food must be tinned or dried and must be processed, for example: tinned meat (spam or corned beef), tinned fish (tuna), baked beans, tinned soup, tinned vegetables, tinned fruit, tinned rice pudding; dried food such as pasta, rice, breakfast cereals, sugar, biscuits. We are also collecting household and hygiene products including toilet roll, washing up liquid, washing detergent, cleaning cloths, antibacterial spray, dog food, cat food, hand wash, wet wipes and soap. The Earl Soham Parish Council are safeguarding all funds for the Volunteer group. We have been asked to share the information for making a direct donation using online banking.

Earl Soham Parish Council Barclays Bank
Sort code. 20-98-07 Account. 70340650
Ref COVID 19



Competition Time: We are calling on all budding artists, poets and authors to share their skills, brighten up the Village and offer some entertainment as their entries will be published on the village website. We are asking you to share a piece of art, a poem or a short story on the theme of ‘Together’. There’s a small prize for all entries, please email them to earlsohamhelp@gmail.com or leave them in the ‘Lego’ pattern box next to the Earl Soham Village Share Scheme box; the deadline for entries is Monday 25th May 2020. When dropping off your entry, you might wish to drop off a can, or a packet in the share box at the same time if you’re able to.

                                                                                                   
                                            

Update for Residents 15 April 2020

posted 15 Apr 2020, 10:57 by Earl Soham Web Admin   [ updated 15 Apr 2020, 11:11 ]

Earl Soham Community

Corona Response Group

Update for Residents

15 april 2020

What’s happening in suffolk and further afield…

The Earl Soham Community Corona Response Group continues to work very closely with East Suffolk Council and Community Action Suffolk. This allows us to receive updates from East Suffolk and Suffolk County Council and to keep residents briefed with local and national changes, a number of which are included in our newsletter.

Update from Dr Daniel Poulter, MP: Our Member of Parliament for Central Suffolk and North Ipswich, Dr Daniel Poulter has written to residents and asked that we share the letter with you. In his letter he clarifies that he has been given leave by the government to return to work on the frontline as a doctor, but remains in touch with his office on a regular basis, advising and liaising on constituency matters. Please visit his website: www.drdanielpoulter.com/coronavirus-advice for more information and email with urgent concerns: daniel.poulter.mp@parliament.uk A copy of the letter can be found at here.


Support for local businesses: Find more support about how the government can support businesses at

https://eastsuffolkmeansbusiness.co.uk/business-support/resources/covid-19/   East Suffolk Council is now processing the payment of grants for local businesses provided by the government in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. Eligible businesses are asked to complete a straightforward online form which will capture the data required by central government and allow the Council to make payment to each eligible business as soon as possible: https://www.eastsuffolk.gov.uk/news/council-encourages-businesses-to-apply-for-funding/


Suffolk Archives: Suffolk Archives are looking to build a brand new collection covering ‘life in lockdown’. Find out how to get involved; www.suffolkarchives.co.uk/life-in-lockdown/


Scammers and cold callers: Suffolk Constabulary is reminding people to stay alert to criminals looking to continue to exploit the vulnerable during the coronavirus outbreak. https://www.eastsuffolk.gov.uk/news/stay-alert-to-covid19-scams/ If you think you’ve been a victim of a scam, contact your bank immediately and report it to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or via www.actionfraud.police.uk   Only use Earl Soham Corona Response Group Volunteers who have already been identified to you, or family, friends and neighbours who are known to you for support. If in doubt about the identity of a new volunteer, please contact your Zone Leader or email earlsohamhelp@gmail.com


Fake Covid19 testing kits: Suffolk Trading Standards have become aware that individuals on social media are claiming to sell fake coronavirus (COVID-19) home testing kits. If you spot posts claiming to sell these items, report them to the MHRA Yellow Card Scheme https://yellowcard.mhra.gov.uk/


Care Act 2014 Easement: On 31 March 2020 Government brought into force regulations that provide Local Authorities with discretionary powers to streamline assessments, reviews and care planning, and to prioritise the urgent and acute care and support needs of those most vulnerable during the critical period of the COVID-19 pandemic. These measures are temporary and only to be used when necessary, based on the Council’s judgement of its ability to meet the needs of local people in a Care Act compliant way. Across Suffolk they are currently operating under flexibilities within the Care Act. If, and when, a decision is made to operate under the Care Act Easements this will be undertaken with a measured and appropriate approach.


PPE for the NHS in Suffolk: On 8 April 2020 Suffolk County Council received a PPE delivery from the Local Resilience Forum, which will support ongoing PPE demands across Suffolk. Stock is urgently being sent out to the care sector, Home First, social workers, funeral directors, district and borough councils, police and fire service amongst others. The PPE cell is operating to support all NHS PPE needs and prioritising PPE for service areas with confirmed / suspected cases of COVID-19.


School Travel Applications: Suffolk County Council understand that this is a challenging time for parents but still need parents to opt in for school travel if their child is eligible. If a child is eligible for Suffolk County Council funded School Travel their parents must opt in by 31 May 2020 to receive travel for the start of the 2020/2021 school term. If their child already receives SCC funded travel they still need to opt in every year. To find out more visit www.suffolkonboard.com/optin. Parents should not be applying for a reception age child until they have received their school place offer on the 16 April 2020.


Emergency Funding to Support Farming and Rural Communities: The Prince’s Countryside fund has launched an £100,000 emergency funding to support farming and rural community support groups who are providing assistance during the coronavirus pandemic. To find out more visit; https://www.princescountrysidefund.org.uk/grant-giving-programme/grant-programme.


Coronavirus book for kids: : A free information book which explains the coronavirus to children is now available. The book is illustrated by Gruffalo illustrator Axel Scheffler. For more information or to read the book visit: https://suffolkfamilycarers.org/coronavirus-a-book-for-children/


Digital safety guide for children: The Children’s Commissioner have produced a digital safety and wellbeing kit for parents and a safety guide for children to help ensure they are safe and their wellbeing is looked after while at home during the coronavirus outbreak. The digital safety and wellbeing kit provides useful tips and guidance to help protect children on a range of issues including video calling, how to ensure devices and web browsers are set up and updated correctly and tips regarding best practise with usernames and passwords. For more information and to access the guides visit; https://www.childrenscommissioner.gov.uk/coronavirus/digital-safety-and-wellbeing-kit/


Guides for Adults and Children with Learning Difficulties: Visual guides to support children and adults with learning difficulties understand coronavirus are available for free from ‘Books Beyond Words’. They offer a range of resources to support understanding around bereavement and end of life care. Visit www.booksbeyondwords.co.uk


Bins: A reminder that on bin collection days everyone is encouraged to thoroughly wash their hands after putting the bin out and getting back inside again. Also, everyone is asked to wash their bin handle and lids before and after collections to help minimise the spread of any germs. Please make sure your bins are out before 6am on Tuesdays.


Having a Declutter: Whilst being at home proves an ideal time for a declutter, residents are asked to store decluttered items at home. Do not leave unwanted items beside clothing, textile and other bring banks. East Suffolk Council are continuing to investigate fly-tipping incidents and anyone witnessing possible fly-tipping is asked to report the details via eastsuffolk.gov.uk/fly-tipping


Freegal Music: This is a free music service underwritten by your local, participating public library. A valid library card gives you access to over 15 million songs. Visit www.freegal.com Or download the free app.


Free Audio Books: Visit uLibrary Digital at www.ulibrary.net/register to download and listen to over 500 audiobooks for free on their App, straight from your phone, tablet or PC using your library card.


Art Quiz: Missing a walk through your favourite art gallery? Try this quiz: https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2020/apr/14/the-great-british-art-quiz-set-by-dulwich-picture-gallery-london


Online Chess: Want to play chess online or against a family member or friend? Download the App at www.chess.com


Local Businesses Update


  • The White Horse Inn at Badingham, IP13 8JR are offering takeaways on Thursday / Friday / Saturday from 5pm – 7.30pm. Outside wood fired pizzas and fish and chips. Call 01728 638 280

  • C Jones and Son are selling fruit and veg boxes (plus eggs) from Framlingham Market, collection on Saturdays. Email nataliejones1979@yahoo.com to place an order in advance.

  • The Suffolk Plant Centre in Wickham Market will deliver what they can to you, grow bags, plants, seeds: https://suffolkplantcentre.co.uk/

  • The Greyhound, Pettistree is making meals to finish at home and is supplying fruitboxes. Call 01728 746451

  • R&S Hardware, Wickham Market is open in the mornings. 62 High Street, 01728 747394

  • The Post Offices in Framlingham and Wickham Market are closing at 1pm weekdays.


Updates from our group


Earl Soham Foodbank: The coronavirus is unprecedented in our lifetimes and affects our community in untold ways, impacting on our health, our wellbeing and our economy. The Earl Soham Foodbank is a resource for everyone in our village and we hope that, thanks to your generous donations, will be able to provide much more than food delivery.

The Foodbank plan to set up a ‘Share Shed’ similar to the successful system established in Framlingham outside the Library. This will allow village residents 24 hour discreet access to both make donations and access urgent supplies of food and hygiene products. If a resident knows of a local company that can deliver us a tool shed or garden store, or someone is able to donate one in excellent quality (it needs to store food and to lock) then please email earlsohamhelp@gmail.com

What can the Earl Soham Foodbank do?

  • We provide Food Parcels with supplies to provide healthy meals for at least 5 days (plus where required hygiene products);

  • We provide supermarket vouchers (max. £30) if you are awaiting Universal Credit or awaiting business grants;

  • We provide practical aid with hot meals delivered to your home from the Kingfishers Community Kitchen;

  • We provide ‘incidental items’ such as toilet roll, hand wash, washing detergent;

  • We offer support with homeschooling, through advice from education consultants and with practical resources;

  • We offer signposting with applying for Universal Credit;

  • We offer advice with cooking on a budget.

Please contact either your zone leader, Susie Nicholass or earlsohamhelp@gmail.com if you would like support. All contact is confidential, with regard for safeguarding guidelines.

In order to sustain this support for our village we need your donations.


Donations: We are very grateful to have received a number of generous donations of both food and money from residents in the past couple of weeks. Thank you. We continue to welcome donations of food, household and hygiene products. Food must be tinned or dried food and must be processed to enable a safe storage process, for example: tinned meat (spam or corned beef), tinned fish (tuna), baked beans, tinned soup, tinned vegetables, tinned fruit, tinned rice pudding; dried food such as pasta, rice, breakfast cereals, sugar, biscuits. We are also collecting household and hygiene products including toilet roll, washing up liquid, washing detergent, cleaning cloths, antibacterial spray, dog food, cat food, hand wash, wet wipes and soap.

We assure you that monetary funds are being used to support vulnerable households and we have plans in place that will ensure funds will remain in our village in the future. The Earl Soham Parish Council are safeguarding the funds for the Volunteer group. We have been asked to share the information for making a direct donation using online banking.

Earl Soham Parish Council Barclays Bank

Sort code.  20-98-07 Account.    70340650

Ref COVID 19

If a cheque is easier, make it payable to Earl Soham Parish Council and leave in the black box at the side of Causeway Cottage (home of Lizzy Swan - one of the Volunteer Group Coordinators) or if you are isolating, please ask a Volunteer to collect. If you would like to make an anonymous donation, Venetia Lebus, the group Fundraiser is collecting donations in the black box at the front of The Elms. We are very grateful both to Venetia for organising our Easter Quiz and to the residents who have both enjoyed participating last weekend and for their donations. Answers will be sent out this week. We look forward to letting you know about our next event to raise funds and spirits in Earl Soham! If you have any ideas for events or fundraising, please do contact Venetia, at vblebus@gmail.com or as ever, please do email us at earlsohamhelp@gmail.com


Applying for Universal Credit: In the fortnight to 30th March almost one million new claims were made for Universal Credit in the UK. We have published a brief guide to signpost residents to advice and guidance on the process. This can be found on the www.earlsoham.org website. Please email earlsohamhelp@gmail.com for a copy. Huge thanks to Colin Melhuish, Zone 9 Leader, for this.


Please don’t forget that we are here to help all of the village and no task is too small. We can support with gardening, shopping, errands in town such as taking parcels to the Post Office or collecting prescriptions if you are self-isolating. We are also here for a chat if you’re feeling lonely. Do, please, get in touch if we can help.


earlsohamhelp@gmail.com





Update for Residents 4 April

posted 5 Apr 2020, 12:08 by Earl Soham Web Admin   [ updated 5 Apr 2020, 12:37 ]

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