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Holbeton Parish Council – Annual Parish & Annual Parish Council Meetings 2020

Devon Association of Local Councils have advised that, there is no requirement to hold the Annual Meeting of the Parish Council this year.  This is the meeting which usually takes place in May at the chairman is appointed for the following 12 months.


The current chairman can continue in post until next May next year.  The council can choose to hold its Annual Meeting if it so wishes, and appoint a chairman to preside until the next Annual Meeting in May 2021.

No regulations have been made for the Annual Parish Meeting. Under the current circumstances, it would be impossible to call an Annual Parish Meeting and comply with public health guidance.  Therefore the meeting is cancelled and there is no requirement to reschedule such meeting.


Holbeton Parish Council – Playpark and bike track

Following advice Holbeton Parish Council had to close the playpark and the bike track. The sports field was closed by Devon County Council. This is not because we want to make life difficult for families or because we like upsetting children. It is done because of the risk of cross infection which can occur on gate posts etc. and because of the possibility of injuries that put pressure on the NHS. To see people removing the closed signs and pulling off the tape  and continuing to use these facilities is depressing. Please stop.We are all at risk including you. Battisborough X field remains open. The gate has been removed. Please do not exercise dogs here. Please follow social distancing guidelines regarding numbers of people using the space. If we are told these are not being followed we will have no alternative but to close the field.

Government re food & medication deliveries

If you feel that you should be classed as vulnerable but have not yet heard anything from the

Government re food/medication deliveries. Please use these telephone numbers.


Local Authority Area Advice if unable to register on-line

Please contact the City Council’s Caring for Plymouth Service on

01752 668000 


Exeter, North, East,

South Hams & West Devon


Please contact Devon County Council on

0345 155 1011


Parish Council – Coronavirus (Covid 19) – Post 6.

Some of this is a duplication of previous posts which is to ensure the relevant previous information remains easily accessible.

The government advice on isolating yourself and family if you show symptoms and advice on isolating/shielding is on the link below.

The Government has launched its Coronavirus Information Service on WhatsApp. The free service is an automated ‘chatbot’ that will provide information on coronavirus prevention and symptoms, the latest number of cases in the UK, advice on staying at home, travel advice and myth busting. More information can be found on the Government website.

The link below is the the government advice site for employees with information about entitlements etc. This is clearly evolving quickly but the site should be updated frequently.

The Money Saving Expert is a good source of advice on benefits, potential help for the self employed and salary and rental protection schemes.

Devon County Council and South Hams District Council have advice pages on their websites.

The Citizens Advice Service is continuing to work but only offers advice remotely. You can contact them in the following ways.

Adviceline 03444 111 444 (Monday - Friday 9am - 4pm)

Email: From the ‘Contact us’ page select ‘Email’ and click ‘Use our online form’

WhatsApp 07497 758779

Letter: Citizens Advice, Follaton House, Plymouth Road, Totnes TQ9 5NE

If you have a fever it is recommended that paracetamol is the first line drug to take. Many branded products also contain paracetamol so please check ingredients and do not exceed the recommended daily dose. If you do please seek medical advice.

The Minor Injuries Unit at Totnes has been closed .

The Minor Injuries units at Kingsbridge and the Cumberland Centre in Plymouth remain open. Please use them appropriately.

MIU - Cumberland Centre (Plymouth)
Damerel Close

Tel: (01752) 434390
Opening times: 08:30 - 22:00 (09:00 - 22:00 Thursdays)
Opening days: 7 days per week
X-ray available: 09:00 - 20:45 (7 days)
MIU - South Hams Hospital (Kingsbridge)
Plymouth Road

Tel: (01548) 852349
Opening times: 09:00 - 17:00
Opening days: 7 days per week
X-ray available: 09:00 - 17:00 (Mon-Fri)

If family carers become ill the following organisations may be able to assist:

Care Direct                            0345 155 1007

Social Services                      0345 600 0388

Disability Information Service  0345 155 1005

If you believe that you might need support from the community  please contact Cllr Andrew Hollett, details below. If you have neighbours or friends who may not be accessing this site but you feel they may benefit please ask them to contact Andrew or give permission for you to do so.

If you are willing to be a Community Volunteer to help with the above or be willing to make regular phone contact to someone to ease the isolation please contact Cllr Trudie Timlin Brown also details below.

Cllr Andrew Hollett. Tel. 830361 Email:

Cllr Trudie  Timlin Brown   Tel  830683  Email:

As mentioned in our previous post we are aware that the level of media coverage can make this situation feel overwhelming and frightening leading to anxiety in people. If you are concerned or don't understand some of the terms in the media or advice sites Clr Baumer (Retired Consultant) and Di Baumer ( Retired Public Health Nurse) have kindly offered to give telephone or email advice. They can be contacted as detailed below. This is NOT an alternative to receiving individual advice from your GP or Specialist Medical Care Team. It is part of our broader community response.

Dr H. Baumer Tel.830274 Email:

Di Baumer Tel. 830274 Email:

Many people will have stocked up on staples but be finding fresh produce more difficult. Holbeton Village Stores already delivers milk and will be happy to deliver vegetable boxes/bags. Please discuss with Jack Purkis. 830246 or

To protect the shop staff it is safer to order a delivery. If you go into use the Post Office please follow the guidelines posted on the door  about accessing the premises.

We have been liaising with Ivybridge Food Bank about providing support for those in need. The Parish Council  have been issued with a supply of vouchers.  If you need to access the food bank for food parcels please contact Mark Sims 07771 818358  email:  Mark can also collect parcels for those who are shielding/isolating themselves. Food banks are really struggling as people prioritise themselves. If you are able to donate food  locally it will be much appreciated. Financial donations can be made online to the Trussell Trust.

Prescription Collection Service.

We have some noble volunteers who have agreed to collect prescriptions from those who are isolating or are unable to for other reasons. Cllr Baumer has kindly agreed to support this service.

Bel Dixon 07803608418.mailto: and Laura Kirkland  07815917519 mailto: will collect from Yealm Medical Centre

Sue Howard 01752830644 or 07909 888 739; or Gina Hay 01752 830516 or 07880 720 580;   will collect from Modbury H.C.

For those who have a laptop or mobile phone they can be an invaluable way of maintaining contact with family and friends, locally, nationally or internationally. Many of us have them but are unsure of how to use these features to for example make video calls so we can chat for example with grandchildren. Jack Purkis has kindly offered to help anyone who would like to set up a What's app group on an android mobile phone. Pete Stevens can assist with setting up Skype on laptops, and What's App/Facetime on phones Tel :830780 Email: Andrew Hollett can also offer help in this area if needed. There are  also advice/tutorials on You Tube that are easy to follow.

Being physically active is a really good way to maintain your physical and mental wellbeing as you adjust to the challenges of these difficult times. Whether you’re young or old, a first timer or a gym regular, doing it on your own or with your family, Active Devon has some great ideas for how you can keep active while you're staying at home to protect the NHS and save lives.Visit their #StayInWorkOut page for more information.

Although the libraries are closed books can still be downloaded from Devon County Council library website.

A local resident has suggested Wok Your Way Devon who are delivering asian food to this area once a week. Their facebook page has more information.

Lawsons in Ivybridge has closed but is still taking orders for home delivery (charges apply). They can supply crafting, baking, gardening, DIY equipment.Ivybridge - 01752 892543

Fordbrook Nursery ( the one below Otter) are also still supplying via delivery only. For home delivery Tel. 01752 880315 between 9 and 12 am. Minimum order - £20 Orders under £50 - £5 delivery charge

Devon shows it's Proud to Care

Hundreds of people have stepped up to help support the county’s most vulnerable by applying for roles in health and social care, following the launch of our Proud to Care campaign this week.

The coronavirus outbreak (COVID-19) means there’s an even greater demand for Healthcare Assistants in residential homes, people’s own homes and hospitals in Devon so temporary and permanent workers are needed to fill a variety of shift work.

You don’t necessarily need qualifications or previous work experience. What’s important are your values and attitude towards working with people who need care, and your ability to cope in challenging environments.

Find out more, including how to register, on the Proud To Care website.

If you have other suggestions for activities please share with me via email:

When having shopping delivered it is suggested you wash all packaging with a disinfected cloth before putting it away, other people will have handled it. Run vegetables under the tap before putting away. Stand at least 3 steps away from the person delivering and ideally do not answer the door until the items have been left on the doorstep. Wash your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds after putting items away. Soap and water is more effective than using hand sanitiser.

Many thanks to all the people who have volunteered, it is much appreciated . We are in this for the long haul and you will be needed. Can I also thank my fellow councillors for all they are doing.

We are keen for this information to be circulated as widely as possible so if you can pass the links on or print it off and give to neighbours that would be helpful.

C L Ackroyd

DCC – Covid-19 Update

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Monday 6 April 2020

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We've started the week today by welcoming the first cohort of trainees for the new Healthcare Assistant roles. Welcome all! These positions will provide essential support to health and social care providers. More than 600 people have registered so far, and with more to follow we hope.

We've also taken a decision to increase the amounts we pay to care providers, so that in turn they can pay their care workers significantly more per hour. We think that this will help boost recruitment to the sector, and it should help care providers retain staff once we're beyond coronavirus (COVID-19).

None of us should need reminding, but as the weather looks fine for the early part of the week, it's worth saying: Please, stick to the guidance. Stay home, protect the NHS, save lives.

In this update:

  • Hundreds of people sign up to help care in Devon
  • Help the NHS coordinate its response using the Coronavirus Status Checker
  • Support for vulnerable people who are 'shielding'
  • Care workers see a boost to their salaries
  • Can you help record life on lockdown?
  • Awarding GCSEs, AS levels and A Levels


Hundreds answer the call to help care

blue proud to care campaign graphic Hundreds of people across Devon have answered the call to help care for the county's most vulnerable residents.

It follows our appeal (with the NHS) last week as we launched an urgent campaign to recruit Healthcare Assistants to support social care providers and the NHS during the coronavirus pandemic.

The first group of trainees began their training today, with a three-day fast-track course taught by a team of experienced social workers and health and care professionals. Once trained the new recruits will be deployed to a variety of settings including people’s homes, hospitals and care homes. They will support people with their personal care needs including eating, drinking and washing, which will reduce the pressure on existing health and care staff.

Find out more, including how to register, on the Proud To Care website.

Virtual careers fair

man working on a laptopWe're working hard to help local businesses through the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak and ensure a strong recovery for the local economy.

Businesses should visit the Heart of the South West Growth Hub to find essential information on available support and advice.

A virtual careers fair has also been launched by the Heart of the South West Local Enterprise Partnership and local authorities for all those across the Heart of the South West area who are currently out of work.

Keeping people safe and well

Share your symptoms with the NHS status tracker

lady sat on sofa coughingA new Coronavirus Status Checker that will help the NHS coordinate its response and build up additional data on the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak has been launched.

People with potential coronavirus symptoms are being asked to complete the status checker and answer a short series of questions, which will tell the NHS about their experience.

It is open to anyone in the UK to access on the NHS website and in its initial phase the NHS is particularly keen for anyone who thinks they may be displaying potential coronavirus symptoms, no matter how mild, to complete it. However, it's not a triage or clinical advice tool, and those using the status checker should still visit 111 online for medical advice about their symptoms.

Support for vulnerable people who are 'shielding'

elderly ladies hands in lapThe NHS has identified people who have a high risk of getting severely ill if they catch coronavirus (COVID-19), because of their underlying health conditions.

We've updated the information on our website today about support for this extremely vulnerable group, including how to register on the government website.  If you are in this group, you may have received a letter or text message from the NHS or been contacted by your GP. The government will arrange free weekly delivery of food direct to your house, and you can request other sorts of help available to you locally as well.

Helping pharmacies to help you

medicine bottles in gloved handsPharmacy teams are working around the clock to make sure customers get the medicines they need, but pharmacies are feeling the same pressure as other parts of the healthcare system.

Some pharmacies are having to change the way they work in order to keep customers and staff safe, so please be patient and treat staff with respect as they do their job.

There are no shortages of medicines so please order and buy products as normal and remember, some over-the-counter medicines can be bought elsewhere.  Pharmacies in Devon will be open on Good Friday and Easter Monday but please only visit them if you really need to.


Can you help record life during lockdown?

A young lady talks to an older lady on the phone through a windowThe Beaford Archive is a much-loved record of everyday life in northern Devon, containing over 80,000 of James Ravilious's photographs taken at the end of the last century.

It's been reopened for the first time in 30 years and North Devonians are now being asked to help compile the coronavirus chapter for future generations.

Find out how to take part on the Beaford Archive website.

Help us to keep Devon well informed

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You can also can share this update on social media and in any online groups you're part of by using the 'view it as a webpage' link at the top of the email.

Don't forget you can also find and follow us on Facebook @OfficialDevonCC, Twitter @DevonCC, Instagram @devoncountycouncil or LinkedIn @devon-county-council for regular coronavirus updates, and to join the #WeAreDevon community.

Stay connected - find out what's going on near you

graphic of tablet and wifi connectionWe started this ConnectMe coronavirus update and  coronavirus (COVID-19) pages on our website to bring to you the latest news and information from us and around us to help you during this difficult time. We hope that you find it helpful.

Our other local government colleagues in Devon also have dedicated webpages and produce regular updates about their services during this period that you can receive straight to your computers, tablets and mobiles.

Service updates

Care workers see a boost to their salaries

gloved handsOur Pandemic Response Management Team made a rapid decision on Friday to increase the amounts we pay to care providers, in order to significantly raise the pay to home care workers.

It should see care workers’ salaries – those working under contract to the Council – raised to a minimum of £10 per hour, when many currently are receiving the national minimum wage at £8.72 per hour.

You can read the full story on our Newscentre website.

Trading Standards advice for hospitality sector

Trading standards officers in high vis jacketsEaster is traditionally seen as the start of the holiday season for many businesses, but our Trading Standards team is reminding owners of guest houses, hotels, campsites and restaurants to remain closed this Easter to help reduce the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).

Most businesses are abiding with the new rules, but enforcement action will be taken against those who choose to ignore the government rules.

Holidaymakers are also reminded that visiting the West Country for leisure is not regarded as essential travel and they risk receiving a fine from the police.

Awarding GCSEs, AS levels and A Levels

school tie and prefect badgeSince the Secretary of State for Education announced that the 2020 exam series in England would be cancelled to help fight the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), the Department for Education (DfE) has been working to develop a process which fairly recognises students’ work and makes sure they get their grades in time to progress.

The DfE has written a letter to students who were expecting to take their exams this summer which explains this process and what to expect. They have also published a guidance document for parents, carers, teachers and students with greater detail.

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The latest national advice on coronavirus (COVID-19) is available on the
Government website and NHS website.

You can find local guidance and information about the impacts on our services on the Devon County Council website.

Please note that all of our sites and offices are closed to the public, except for necessary prearranged visits, but you can still contact us if you need to.

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