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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.