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Abdon welcomes visitors for walking and cycling, but please make sure you park in the Village Hall car park and not on the verges or in the passing places. For hundreds of free walks to download and print plus details of all the walking clubs in the country and loads more information visit https://www.walkinginengland.co.uk/shropshire/

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  • 11th January 2021 - Road Closure: Roman Bank Junction To Beambridge Junction. 8am to 4.30pm for 1 day. BT - Pole replacements.
  • Wednesday 25th November - Shropshire Affordable Warmth Network Meeting. With winter well and truly here, it is more important than ever to ensure we are reaching those in cold homes, who need our help. We would therefore like to invite you to our Shropshire Affordable Warmth Network meeting, where you can find out about and discuss the energy advice services and offers available. This will be held on Wednesday 25th November and due to present circumstances, will be an online event. Please see the attached flyer for more details about the event and how to book.
  • 11th November - Shropshire Public Health Nursing Service still here for you - see leaflet attached below.
  • 9th November - Thousands of Residents in Shropshire in Danger of Becoming Diabetic - see press release below.
  • 11th November 2020 - Consultation for New Woodland Creation (Tugford Wood) - see attached below.
  • 6th November - Coronavirus we're help to help. See useful contacts list attached below.
  • 6th November - Update from Community Reassurance Team at Shropshire Council. Good morning, I hope that everyone is well and has managed to process the implications of the new lockdown in England, outlined here. As we know, a lockdown situation can make it even more challenging for vulnerable residents to access basic supplies and the risk of becoming lonely and isolated increases. I wanted to share a short PowerPoint presentation with you, which outlines the support on offer from Shropshire Council and our voluntary and community partners entitled ‘Lockdown Support Information’Shielding Guidance - more evidence is now available about which people are more likely to become very unwell as a consequence of COVID-19 infection. As a result, the UK Chief Medical Officers have instructed that two new conditions be included in the “high risk” criteria: These are: Adult with Down’s syndrome, Adult with kidney impairment (Stage 5 Chronic Kidney Disease), Full guidance associated with this the protection of clinically extremely vulnerable can be found here.  We will continue to cascade relevant information and news to you as the situation develops, however, if you have specific questions concerning the pandemic then please don’t hesitate to contact the Community Reassurance Team via: CommunityReassurance@shropshire.gov.uk 
  • 27th October - Community Reassurance Update from Shropshire Council - attached below.
  • 26th October - Road Closure. B4364 (Ludlow Road) closure for Harpswood near Bridgnorth - bridge works from 26 October for up to four weeks The diversion route is via Ludlow Racecourse. These are URGENT repairs but to reassure you that ALL businesses are open along the B4364 up until the bridge (The Three Horseshoes, The Boyne Arms, The Howard, The Pheasant, The Down Inn).
  • 24th October - Foodbanks, benefits, housing support and more: find all the info on the Shropshire Larder Website. As the recession deepens, more people are losing their jobs and facing hardship. It is vital that people in Shropshire know where to get help. The Shropshire Food Poverty Alliance has created resources for people and organizations in Shropshire to find advice and support: Shropshire Larder (shropshirelarder.org.uk- is the most comprehensive directory of services for people living in Shropshire on a low budget. It has information on how to access a foodbank or community food project, and how to eat well on a budget. It also covers how to get support with benefits, housing, and debt. See poster attached below. 
  • 21st October - For anyone being bothered by telephone or email scams this website operated by National Trading Standards may be helpful: https://www.friendsagainstscams.org.uk/
  • Shropshire Council is reopening the Community Tree Scheme for planting during the coming season (Autumn/Winter 2020-21). Due to the restricted timescale available to us, we are running the scheme a bit differently this year and we will only be able to provide trees in multiples of prearranged bundles of 20, rather than offering applicants total freedom of tree species choices and numbers. Successful applicants must be able to collect their trees directly from either of the two places helping us this year – Prees Heath Forest Nursery in the north of the county or John Holliday (formerly Potters Farm Tree Nursery) at Lower Hayton in the south. Full details of this year’s scheme, how it works and our online application form, can be found at the following webpage: www.shropshire.gov.uk/environment/trees-woodlands-and-hedges/shropshire-council-community-tree-scheme-202021/  Further details with regards to collection will be sent to successful applicants. Note that there is a provisional closing date for the scheme of 14th December 2020. However, applications are processed on a first come first served basis and we may close the scheme earlier if all the available trees are allocated. So if you are interested in planting small areas of woodland or short lengths of hedgerow to enhance the landscape and benefit the wildlife of Shropshire, and would like to receive some free trees to help with that, we look forward to receiving your completed application form soon.
  • Funding and Support from your Community Foundation - The Community Foundation has recently received additional DCMS funding to support local community organisations in Shropshire. You can apply for an emergency grant via our website for projects that are working to support local people affected by the Covid-19 crisis. The aim of the fund is to support organisations with the immediate and unexpected costs the COVID-19 virus has created. Organisations would need to be supporting members of the community. Grants are available to support with the costs of providing a vital service to the community. There are various tiers of grants available up to £10,000, larger grants may be considered but applicants are encouraged to discuss with the programmes team before applying. More information can be found on our website  https://staffsfoundation.org.uk/grants/covid-19-emergency-grants/ Please feel free to contact the Programmes team on 01785 339540 or email office@staffsfoundation.org.uk for more information or to discuss your project.
  • Thursday 8th October 2020 at 7:30pm - Abdon and Heath Parish Council meeting via zoom. See minutes attached below.
  • Corvedale News October 2020 - The Corvedale News will revert to printed copies starting with the October edition. This means that the magazine will no longer be produced electronically. I hope you have enjoyed reading the magazine over the past few months and if you would like to continue with it but are not already a subscriber, please contact your nearest Distributor (see list in September Corvedale News attached below) and request to receive printed copies. Alternatively, send an email to gneden@googlemail.com and I will make arrangements for you. The Annual cost is £7 for this year.
  • Connecting Shropshire Broadband August 2020 Update - Attached below.
  • Digital Skills for Shropshire Citizens - Help to Get Online for Over 65s. Do you feel a little lost using technology? Need help using the internet? Do you feel nervous about using a computer or frustrated about being left behind as everything seems to be online these days? Research shows that there are more people age 65+ in Shropshire who are not online than in other parts of the UK – which means older people are missing out. See the document attached below for more details. For more information about this service, please contact Andrea Miller, Shropshire Council’s Digital Champion Lead on 01743 254834 (available Tues, Weds & Fri) or email andrea.miller@shropshire.gov.uk.
  • Bereavement support for Shropshire residents - call 0345 6789028. A new service has been launched to support people who are experiencing and suffering from bereavement and loss. The offer is open to any Shropshire resident who has been bereaved by either a recent death or previous loss. The Bereavement Support Service is operated by Shropshire Council and community voluntary partners Samaritans, CRUSE, Severn Hospice and Crane Quality Counselling. The service can be accessed through self-referral by calling 0345 678 9028. The Bereavement Support Service is accompanied by the launch of a grief and bereavement during COVID19 booklet which provides a compassionate overview of coping with loss, feelings that may be experienced, supporting others who are grieving and links to help and information.  A secondary booklet provides a practical guide for the process following a death and what has changed due to the pandemic. Digital versions of these resources are available from the Shropshire Council website bereavement page at: https://www.shropshire.gov.uk/bereavement-services/support-and-resources-for-those-recently-bereaved/
  • Free central heating for eligible households:  https://newsroom.shropshire.gov.uk/2020/07/free-central-heating/
  • Electrical - Have you got a small household electrical item that needs repair/testing? If so, Dave Boxold may be able to help. Give him a ring or drop him an email to have a chat in the first instance: Home tel: 01746 712766, Mobile: 07792 708 396, Email: davidjboxold@gmail.com 

Coronavirus (Covid-19) Help and Information:

  • Corvedale Helping Hands - If you, or anyone you know of, are in need of a 'helping hand' and would like to take advantage of these kind offers of assistance, please feel free to contact any of the people listed in the Corvedale News Helping Hands page attached below.
  • Shropshire Council Helpline 0345 678 9028 - Shropshire Council has set up a dedicated COVID 19 helpline to help those who are vulnerable and in need of assistance, including financial difficulties and food parcels. The Helpline is 0345 678 9028. See flyer attached below for more information.
  • Shropshire Newsroom - all the latest news and advice from Shropshire Council.
  • Latest Government updates about COVID-19, visit www.gov.uk/coronavirus

Medical Help and Advice:

  • NHS: Advice for everyone
  • NHS: Advice for people at higher risk
  • Anyone with coronavirus symptoms who needs medical advice should use the dedicated NHS 111 COVID-19 service online www.111.nhs.uk/COVID-19.
  • Urgent Care Centres at the Princess Royal Hospital in Telford and the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital are temporarily relocating to the Minor Injury Units in Whitchurch and Bridgnorth to form two Urgent Treatment Centres (UTCs). The relocation will happen on Thursday 16 April 2020. See document attached below for full details.

Regular events - cancelled for the time being.:

  • Church Updates - Please see the latest Corvedale News or Corvedale Parishes Facebook page. If you are not on Facebook you can Google Corvedale Parishes and see the postings. 
  • Latest Parish Council minutes click here...
  • Latest Planning Applications  click here...
  • Brown Clee Meditation Group - every Tuesday evening 7pm in Abdon Village Hall. All are welcome at no cost. A leaflet is available from Brown Clee Surgery.
  • Coffee morning - last Saturday each month in Abdon Village Hall 10.30am to 12.30pm, except for December.
  • UFO (Un Finished Objects) craft morning - 2nd Saturday each month at Abdon Village Hall 10.30am to 12.30pm. Bring along your unfinished projects. Join us and learn a new craft skill. Join us and teach your craft skills to someone else. Please supply your own materials. Please make a donation for refreshments. Phone Penny 712530 or Margaret 712296.
  • Church services - second and fourth Sunday of each month at St. Margaret's Church, Abdon. See the St. Margaret's Church page for details.
  • Parish Council meetings - usually the last Thursday in January, April, July and October in Abdon Village Hall. See the Parish Council page for details.
  • Women's Institute - second Wednesday each month at Clee St.Margaret Village Hall. See the Women's Institute Page for details.

Abdon and Heath Parish Council - Marquee for hire.