HPC – Lockdown Post 5

Volunteers needed.

Devon has opened two mass vaccination centres at Westpoint in Exeter and at Home Park in Plymouth. Volunteers are needed to help out at the vaccination centres to manage patient flow and give people directions and offer support. People over the age of 69 will not be accepted.
The volunteering itself is flexible – shifts are four hours long and there is no minimum commitment.

Volunteers can choose their shifts and work more than one shift in a row if they want to.

The times of the shifts are 8.00am to 12 noon, 12 noon to 4.00pm and 4.00pm to 8.00pm, seven days per week.

To register, fill in a simple application form online. https://ourplymouth.co.uk/volunteer-opportunity/covid-19-vaccination-program-volunteers-needed/

Mental Wellbeing: A guide by the NHS
Being stuck inside away from loved ones is tough.(can be tough being stuck inside with loved ones...) We wanted to share some helpful tips from the professionals, and hope you find the attached NHS guide to be helpful.


Holbeton Parish Council. National Lockdown Post 2. 06/01.

The Parish Council is committed to keeping the play park open during lock down. However this is dependent on users acting safely and responsibly to limit the spread of the virus. The advice is taken from the government guidelines for play parks. If we receive complaints about the guidelines not being followed we will have no option but to close the park to protect the wider community particularly our most vulnerable members.

Holbeton Play Park. Lockdown guidelines 06/01.

  • Only 6 people ( includes adults and children)are permitted in the play park at the same time.
  • These can be from separate households but social distancing must be observed between separate households.
  • If the play park is busy only one parent/carer is allowed in with a child.
  • Please queue observing social distancing along the left hand side of the path.
  • If there is a queue please exit via the community orchard.
  • If there is a queue please be considerate and limit the time you stay.
  • Only ONE child is allowed on each piece of equipment at a time. Swings can both be used as they have a 2 meter distance.
  • No eating or drinking in the playground. This would be a high risk for transmission.
  • Parents/Carers: You will need to clean the equipment before your child uses it. Use hand sanitiser or wipes (anti-viral or a soapy cloth) to clean your children’s hands before and after use.
  • During lock down  children cannot use the park unless they are supervised. This is because they re unlikely to maintain social distancing without adult supervision.
  • Do not touch your face. Remember to cough or sneeze into a tissue (use an arm if a tissue is not available).
  • Take tissues and wipes home or put them into the bin provided outside the village hall. Sanitise your hands after doing this.
  • Remind children not to put their mouths on equipment or their hands in their mouths.
  • It is recommended that children’s clothes should be washed when they get home.
  • Families with clinically vulnerable members: Do NOT use the equipment without first cleaning it.
  • Anyone child or adult with covid symptoms MUST NOT use this playpark and should follow national advice on isolating themselves.

Holbeton Parish Council. National Lockdown . Post 1. 05/01.

The new lockdown commenced at midnight on 04/01. Requirements will be legally binding.

The following information is in summary. More detail is available on the government website -link attached.

What we can and can't do.

* we are required to stay at home.

* we can leave home for exercise once a day. This can be with one other person from another household  if you are exercising alone, but not sharing a car to get there. The two of you need to maintain a 2 meter distance ( or one meter plus with a mask) and be in a public space, not a garden. Households and bubbles can exercise together but not with anyone else.

* we can only drive to somewhere to exercise if we are unable to exercise from our home and should remain within our village. ( for us I would interpret this to mean parish but am happy to be corrected!)

* We should work from home wherever possible.

*we cannot go on holiday or visit/ stay at  second homes.

Reasons to leave home include:

  • Work or volunteering where it is "unreasonable" to work from home. This includes work in someone else's home, such as that carried out by social workers, nannies, cleaners and tradespeople
  • medical appointments and emergencies
  • Shopping for essentials such as food and medicine
  • Communal religious worship
  • There is a complete list of reasons including animal welfare, attending a garage available on the link below.

People identified as being clinically extremely vulnerable must begin shielding, and like last time, they will receive a letter from the government or their GP in coming days with further guidance.

Please remember the new more transmissible ( basically it is more infectious) variant is active in Devon. This means it is essential that we all adhere to the guidelines to reduce the number of people infected. Please follow the hands, space, face  advice.


What is the Parish Council doing?

The play park will remain open for this lock down but users will need to follow more stringent guidelines. These will be posted separately and placed at the entrance.

The sports field at Battisborough Cross will remain open for exercise as per the  guidelines above. Dogs are not to be exercised on the field.

The Reading Rooms will be closed.

The Community Orchard will remain open, please use appropriately and respect social distancing.

The bike track will be closed. This is because it is less used in winter but also in our small way to reduce the pressure on A&E from accidents.

For those who are shielding and need support whether that be prescription collection, shopping, travel to essential appointments such as vaccinations or even just a regular phone call for a chat please contact Cllr Andrew Hollett 830361 and he will liaise with Cllr Timlin Brown who is our volunteer coordinator.

We are aware from our experience over the past 11 months that those who follow the rules become understandably upset by those who do not and often contact a Councillor.

As stated in a previous post as a Parish Council we have no power to enforce these regulations but  we are more than happy to continue listening to people's concerns and advise you as to the best way to proceed.

Concerns about people flouting regulations can be easily reported on the Devon and Cornwall Police website. https://www.devon-cornwall.police.uk/contact/ Please do not use the 999 service , this is for life threatening emergencies. Please be very sure your concerns are accurate and be aware people can have visitors if they live alone and are part of a support bubble.

Concerns about businesses not adhering to the regulations can be reported to environmental health.  https://apps.southhams.gov.uk/webreportit  Select Other from the drop down list or telephone 01803 861234. Emergency and out of hours 01803 867034.

SHDC – Grants for Businesses which were Ordered to Close

Businesses in the South Hams and West Devon which were ordered to close when the national restrictions began on 5 November 2020, can now apply for a grant of either £1,334, £2,000, or £3,000 depending on the rateable value of the business.

From today (Monday 16 November) businesses can apply for the grant through the councils' websites – www.southhams.gov.uk

Applications will be processed on a first come first served basis and the first payments will reach bank accounts from Wednesday 25 November.

At the beginning of the current national restrictions, central government announced that there would be further support for businesses who could not trade.  This grant is called the Local Restrictions Support Grant (LRSG) and is aimed at those businesses which were told that they must close because of the threat posed by COVID-19.

Businesses  from the hospitality industry, including pubs, restaurants, and holiday accommodation are included in the list of those eligible for the grant. Those which provide personal care, such as hairdressers, beauty salons, and many businesses in the leisure industry such as gyms, swimming pools, and soft play centres are also on the list.

If a business (included in the list) is substantially closed but still able to offer some click and collect or take-away service, it is  still eligible for this business support grant.A full list of all the businesses that were instructed to close, and those on the exemption list can be found on the Government's business advice pages: www.gov.uk/government/publications/further-businesses-and-premises-to-close/closing-certain-businesses-and-venues-in-england

Once approved the grant will provide those eligible businesses with a rolling 28-day grant, lasting as long as the national restrictions apply.

Cllr Judy Pearce, Leader of South Hams District Council said: “In a matter of days we have made all necessary arrangements for you to be able to apply for this grant. All businesses in the South Hams are really important to us and we know how hard this pandemic has affected you. Our aim now is to get this money to you as quickly as possible.”

The amount of Local Restrictions Support Grant (LRSG) awarded to you will depend on the rateable value of your business premises:
To be eligible for this current Local Restrictions Support Grant (LRSG), there are four conditions with which your business must comply:

  1. Occupy and be liable for business rates on a property that appears in the Local Rating List on 4 November 2020
  2. Have been trading on 4 November 2020
  3. Have been open as usual on 4 November 2020 and providing in-person services to customers from their premises; and
  4. Mandated to close from 5 November 2020 to visiting members of the public for a consecutive period of no less than 28 days as a result of regulations made under the Public Health (Control of Disease) Act 1994.

You must also have the following information to hand before you start your application process. We do not want your payment to be delayed so please make sure you send in the correct information:

  • Recent bank account statement showing account number and address
  • Your company number

In addition, the councils are encouraging all businesses to keep following them on social media and to sign up for their business email alerts.

Cllr Judy Pearce added: “These grants are being administered differently from the grants we administered earlier in the year. We will not be writing to you telling you to apply, simply go to our website and begin your application.

“We would also strongly recommend that you sign up for our Business E-Bulletin.  That will ensure that you get information about further grants and business support when we publish it.”

Apply for the grant on the councils’ Business Support Pages


Find out which businesses should be closed under current national restrictions



Holbeton Parish Council. Covid 19 Update. 17/08.

Devon County Council have updated their Coronavirus website and it now includes links to all the relevant data for Devon in an accessible format. The following advice/information is taken from that site.

Devon, so far, is doing well to keep the number of confirmed cases low, even after there’s been easing of lockdown restrictions. That’s largely due to residents, and visitors, sticking to the guidance. There is no sign of any impact from the relaxation of lockdown or increased visitor numbers.

"To protect yourself and others, when you leave home you must:

  • keep washing your hands regularly
  • wear a face covering over your nose and mouth in enclosed spaces
  • stay at least a metre, or better still two, away from people not in your household."

We're still posting the latest national, regional and local updates and developments, but recently we've included links to the available data.

"The data is publicly available from different sources, but we've pulled it together into the one place to give Devon residents and visitors to the county access to the latest information.

Devon County Council is also actively recruiting people to work in the Adult Care sector, particularly people aged 16 - 25 years who would be interested in making it their long term career choice. Details are available on the following link.


Holbeton Parish Council Covid 19 Update 31/05.

The government has recommended further lockdown easing measures from June 1st. Six people from differing households (England only) can meet OUTSIDE maintaining social distancing. This includes gardens. Regular hand washing is required and it is recommended people take their own cups/utensils etc. Visitors should only enter the house if it is the only way to access the garden. Entering the house to use the toilet should be avoided wherever possible (unless it's your house!!). If you do have to use the toilet facilities you should wash your hands before and after doing so. All hard surfaces should be wiped down with an appropriate cleaner before leaving the premises.

It is now a crime to stay at someone else's home overnight, or to hold gatherings of two or more people indoors or more than six people outdoors, under new legislation.

Minimising contact with others is still the best way to prevent transmission. You should also try to avoid seeing people from too many households in quick succession - so that we can avoid the risk of quick transmission from lots of different families and continue to control the virus.

Clinically extremely vulnerable people will be able to go outside with members of their household from Monday, while continuing to follow physical distancing guidelines. Those who live alone can meet outside with one other person from another household while maintaining social distancing. They should not go to the shops etc as before.

The above information is taken from the Prime Minister's statement and press release.

With my public health head on there are some points to consider for our community. This advice is being widely ignored nationally which increases the risk to us all but particularly those in at risk groups ( see previous Post 8 if you are unsure if this applies to you). The contact and trace service is beginning to operate. The criteria are that you will be required to quarantine yourself for 2 weeks if you are identified as having been within one metre of an infected person for a few seconds ( think narrow paths to the beach) or within 2 metres for more than 15 minutes. This gives an indication of how infectious coronavirus is. As stated above minimising contact is the best way to avoid being in this situation. There is also evidence that people are beginning to ignore the isolate advice if they have symptoms , this advice remains as stated in previous posts.

Holbeton Parish Council. Update to Post 8.

On 19/05 the government updated its coronavirus symptom list as follows.

The main symptoms of coronavirus are:
  • a high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
  • a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
  • a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you've noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal


To protect others, do not go to places like a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital if you have any of these symptoms. Stay at home. Everyone over the age of 5 years is now entitled to a coronavirus test ( the swabs are not effective in under 5's). The Stay at Home guidance for people with symptoms is here. You can book a test here.  You need to arrange a test within 3 days of developing symptoms as it needs to be completed by day 5.