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.
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.
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.
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Please contact the City Council’s Caring for Plymouth Service on
Exeter, North, East,
South Hams & West Devon
Please contact Devon County Council on
0345 155 1011
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)
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)
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)
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:
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
Cllr Trudie Timlin Brown Tel 830683 Email: email@example.com
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
Di Baumer Tel. 830274 Email: email@example.com
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 holbetonvillagestores@
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: firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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: email@example.com. 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.https://www.
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.
If you have other suggestions for activities please share with me via email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.