CoronaVirus - Previous Updates
Update 16th May 2020
Date of the next village meeting
We have set the date for the next village meeting for Thursday 4th June at 7pm. It is more than likely that we will do this online as per the last two meeting. More details and agenda to follow in due course.
Wasn’t it a wonderful day! Didn’t the village look great! Thank you to everybody who helped make it so lovely.
VE Day photos
The many excellent photographs of the residents of Berwick St James and their homes, taken by James Whatley are now on the village website for viewing. Click this link to go directly to the page on the website where the pictures can be found. All of them are high quality photographs, and can be copied and downloaded directly from the website by right-clicking the required photo and following the displayed instructions. If you have any problems copying the pictures you want, please get in touch with Neil MacDougall (01722 792761) who will do it for you. A selection of other photos taken on VE Day by many of the residents will soon be available for viewing on this website. If you haven’t already done so, please send any that you took on the day to him (firstname.lastname@example.org) for inclusion on this site. A big thank you to both James such excellent photos and to Neil MacDougall for sorting them out on the website.
Christian Lange is in the process of putting together a book of these photographs that will be professionally printed. We hope to have example ready within a week or so and which will be circulated. If there is enough interest we can order up more copies. More details to follow in due course.
Tonight's (Friday) Pubquiz ..(Sorry a bit late, maybe join in next week.)
The regular Friday night virtual pub quiz remains popular. Do join in if you have not had a chance yet. You are welcome to make up a team with friends and family outside the village should you wish. Just send them the link above below. Doors open at 6.45pm with a 7pm start. Please send your team name and members to Hayley on 07774926567 via whatsapp. Here is the Webex link to the virtual pub room - https://christian-923.my.webex.com/join/christian | 629 868 105
Fund raising (ok not fund raiding!) for the village – Lottery?
We are going to find it very difficult to do any fund raising for the village this year. It was suggested at the village meeting that we could have a village lottery similar to that held in Stapleford where about £3000 is raised each year. I have attached a copy of the rules that are used in Stapleford. The Lottery would be run to raised funds for the Church, reading and community Fund. In order to make this work we would need a good proportion of the village to be involved. Please could you let us know if you would be interested or if you have any ideas on the subject.
Christian Lange & Sarah Humphreys
Update 4th May 2020
VE75 celebrations for Berwick
It was good to have so many people at virtual village meeting on Thursday. At the meeting it was agreed that it would be fun to have a street party to celebrate the 75th Anniversary of VE Day on Friday 8th. We obviously need to adhere to the social distancing guidelines but we should still be able to feel like we are celebrating together. The suggested plan is as follows:
- People to have a picnic or BBQ on their front garden, driveways or outside their front door starting from about 12.00
- Some people may like to come a little closer to the High Street if it ca be done safely.
- Let's have fun and decorate our houses. The attached pack has templates to make bunting etc.
- Chris will set up a sound system for the village playing WW2 music (let him know if it gets on your nerves!)
- Play some old games in family groups as suggested in the pack
Do have a look through the attached ‘party pack’ produced by Wiltshire Council. It has some good templates to make bunting, posters etc and also ideas for games that would have been played in 1945.
Whilst we plan to inform people who do not access to E mail about this party, please do contact your neighbours to ensure that they are aware of what is being planned.
Village Photo Millennium Book
Back in 1999 Dick Last kindly took photographs of people standing outside their houses and created the ‘Millennium Book’ . This has been scanned and can now be found on the village website on the following link: https://www.hugofox.com/community/berwick-st-james-parish-10192/the-millenium-book/
It is very interesting to see look at and you can see that several families have moved from one house to another.
It has been suggested that this VE 75 Day would be an ideal opportunity to record the village’s celebrations for posterity. Because the original Millennium Book was created over a number of days, it will not possible to exactly replicate it in a single morning in quite the same way. As far as is possible however, it is intended to make a photographic record of current residents of Berwick St James on Friday.
To that end, James Whatley will be making his way through the village from north to south starting at 11.00am to photograph residents and their decorated houses. Obviously not everyone celebrating will be outside their houses from that time, so James may be knocking on doors to ask families or individuals to stand in front of their house so that he can photograph them at an appropriate distance.
We totally understand that some people may not wish to have their photographs taken in this way. Please could you contact us to let us know if you would prefer not to be included and we will pass this information on to James.
Village Fund Raising Quiz
Nicky Street has kindly offered to put together a VE Quiz for the village. There will be a small entry fee which will be donated to an NHS charity. Details to follow.
Recording of village meeting
As mention in the online village meeting, the meeting is recorded so that those who could not be there can see what was said. Here is the link to enable you to access the recording:
The password is: JgT6sQ2T
Do not hesitate to contact either Christian or Sarah should you have any questions or suggestions for the party or photos.
Update 17th April 2020
Please find attached the minutes of the last village meeting which was held online on 26th March. The next village meeting will be held on Thursday 30th April at 7pm. As with the last meeting, it will be held online using the same link or telephone number as before – Details will be sent out with the agenda. Please do let us know if you would like anything in particular on the agenda.
Regular village newsletter
Hayley Burrey has kindly started to put together regular village newsletters. The first of these is attached to this E mail. These have already been printed off and delivered to those who do not have access to E mails. Do send Hayley any suggestions or requests for anything to be included in future editions.
Farm shop bread orders
The farm shop have advised us that would prefer it if people simply listed their shopping requests on an E mail rather than completing the form as this saves on paper. Please continue use the form as a guide as to what is available.
The bread options have changed and we have attached the new options for you. Neil has kindly revised the ordering form which is also attached but please just provide a list of what you would like on an E mail and use the form as a guide.
Virtual Pub quiz
Our next virtual pub quiz will be held tonight at 7pm. Here is the webex link that we use for it: https://christian-923.my.webex.com/join/christian | 629 868 105
Please send your team names and members to Hayley via whatsapp before the start of the quiz. Her number is 0777492567
LEAVING COLLECTION FOR GILES AND CATHY
The following message has been received from Barbara & Tricia
A very big thank you to all those who contributed to the leaving collection for Cathy and Giles and for taking the time to complete the message cards which have been compiled into a book for them to keep.
Due to the current circumstances, we are unable to have a formal presentation so, Barbara and I decided that we would just give Cathy and Giles the money collected so that they could buy something themselves to remember us by. So, together with the book of messages, we gave the collection to Cathy and Giles last week.
With very many thanks again to all concerned.
Barbara and Tricia“
The following request has been received from Wiltshire council
With the current nice weather, we know that members of the community will be getting out in the garden and will be tempted to have a bonfire.
Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service are asking people consider the need whether they need to start bonfires at all during this period as any the smoke can cause distress to neighbours, especially when they can’t see the cause, and it’s all too easy for such fires to get out of control.
Related call-outs pull the Fire Service away from vital work to support our communities and means firefighters are potentially exposing themselves to coronavirus. If members of the public decide to have a fire they are advised to site them well away from buildings, fences, trees and garden structures, stay in attendance at all times with a garden hose to hand in case the fire starts to accelerate, and to be considerate to those nearby.
Christian Lange & Sarah Humphreys
Update 5th April 2020 (From Sally Hiscock)
As you are aware the pandemic is hopefully approaching peak levels in London but is beginning to flood our way . The South West remains the area which has lowest recorded cases of Covid 19 but it is likely that the number of cases with grow rapidly over the next few weeks in line with what has happened in London.
It is wonderful to see everyone so committed to social distancing but we must keep it up and even tighten it up .
Marilyn in the Farm shop has been working tirelessly to keep us fed but we must look after her.
Please do not visit the shop if you can at all avoid it.
Email your shopping list or phone the shopping hot line if you cannot complete the attached electronic Order form.
Please E mail orders to: farmshopC19@berwickstjames.org.uk These go to Christian whom prints them off for Marilyn to save here time. Carolyn MacDougall has kindly offered to complete order forms over the phone if anybody is struggling with sending forms via the E mail address. The telephone number is 01722 792 761.
Marilyn would also prefer people to reduce the number of times they phone her in the shop so she can concentrate on her stirling work. Please either E mail or phone Carolyn as mentioned above.
To protect her from exhaustion she has decided to close the shop on Tuesdays and Fridays to concentrate on filling her orders .
Please remember if you do visit the shop or collect an order wash your hand before you go and on your return home.
Even when it is delivered, it would be good practice where possible to sponge off shopping
The Council bins are due to be collected this week ..... we hope . Remember to wear gloves when bringing the bins in .Wash the handles and top of the bin with soapy water then wash your gloves !
Let’s all keep well and continue to look after each other but especially those working in the shop .
Update 3rd April 2020
I hope that you are all keeping well. Here is another update.
We had hoped to keep the number of E mail that we send out to a minimum but have found this challenging to do over recent weeks. This update will include a number of topics.
The Buddy system which was set up a couple of weeks ago seems to be working well. Please do contact either Christian (790 122) or Sarah (0790 212) or Sally (790252) should you need any help or if circumstances change.
Wiltshire Council Welfare Hub
The Wiltshire Wellbeing Hub has been put together by Wiltshire Council and is available to anyone who is struggling during this difficult time, such as people who are shielding or self-isolating and don’t have a support network around them or know where to get help. We hope that Berwick is doing relatively well at supporting itself but understand that people may prefer to contact the council hub instead.
People can get in touch with the hub via email at email@example.com or by calling 0300 003 4576. It’s available from 8am-8pm Monday-Friday and 10am-4pm Saturday and Sunday.
Village Book Club
We are forming a new Berwick Book Club, with the view of connecting residents with a love of literature. Understandably, we cannot meet to review the books over a glass of wine in the Reading Room (at the moment…) However, we will be organising the group review / deliberation to be carried out via a conference phone call or online visual.
The books can either be read or listed to on an audible basis.
If you are interested in joining this group, please do let us know ASAP? We already have 5 people keen to commence and are looking forward to developing this idea.
Please E mail firstname.lastname@example.org
The village Facebook Site “Carry On Berwick” launched last week, now has a healthy 47 members and is filling with new content daily. There is a list of ‘Topics’ (eg: Informative, Village Meeting, Humour, Cultural, etc.. ) which provides easy access to what may interest you most.
We will be taking some extracts from this page to go into the Newsletter – which in turn will be delivered to all residents who are not online. Any contributions you post / share are both valued and appreciated. We have already seen some informative, useful and fun posts – plus village interactions, which are keeping us connected at this challenging time.
For those who have not yet joined – please use the following link to connect:
If anyone needs any help in opening a Facebook Account to join – please do ask us! Looking forward to seeing you on there…..
Village ‘pub’ Quiz
Several people thought that it would be fun to try and do a ‘pub’ type quiz online using a similar system to that used for the village meeting. It could be complete chaos but could also be fun. We may do this on either a Thursday or Friday evening next week. More details to follow but please let us know if you have any ideas how this could be run.
E Mail from Cllr Kevin Daley
Yesterday we received a long and detailed E mail from Kevin Daley, our new councillor, which explains what the council is doing. There is lots of interesting information contained in the E mail including issues relating to council TAX, Rubbish collection, business support etc.. I have attached a copy of this E mail under the name of Covid-19 update.
Thanks to everybody
Apologies for sending out such a long update but thank you for getting to this bit. I must say that I am continually reminded as to how lucky we are to live in such a lovely, friendly and caring village. So many people have come forward to offer help for all sorts of things. Thank you to everybody for everything that you are doing to make it that bit easier to get through these difficult times.
All the best and stay well.
Christian Lange & Sarah Humphreys.
Update 28th March 2020
As we approach the end of our first week of ’social distancing’ and staying at home we seem to be settling into a new routine. I hope that you are keeping as well as could be expected under the circumstances. We live in a fabulous village and there is plenty of help available if you need it.
FARM SHOP Orders
The shop will be closed on Sundays and Mondays. Opening hours are 0900 to 1400
The Farm shop is doing well and on Friday 10 deliveries were made to houses across the village. The order ‘wish-list’ form that I sent out a couple of days ago has proved to be difficult to use. The MacDougalls have kindly redesigned the form and it should be easier to use. It is attached for you (Not on website - ed). I suggest that you enter your Name and address etc into the form and then save it on your computer somewhere. When you then complete your shopping order, save the form giving it another name and E mail the form to the following E mail address farmshopC19@berwickstjames.org.uk
‘Order by’ deadlines and other information for telephone orders can be found on the attached form.
Reeves the Baker have reviewed the way in which bread orders will be taken. Ordering specific items is not possible (a shame as I really wanted cheesy twists!) so the order has been simplified to 4 different option. Please see the attached picture showing the 4 options. Prices can be found on the order form. In order to ensure that the bread arrives in time please give 5 days notice for bread orders.
Village online meeting:
Our first online meeting was very well attended with about 45 people taking part. The meeting was recorded and can be seen on the following link . You will need the following password. eM7u5myQ.
Village Social Media
The village facebook page is becoming popular and is a good place for interesting news and lighthearted stuff. Here is the link : https://bit.ly/CarryOnBerwick
Do let us know if you need any help to open an account.
We also have a Whattsapp group for the village which now has over 50 members. It is being reserved for village support purposes only in order to keep it useful.
Do not hesitate to contact us should you have any questions or need any help.
Christian Lange & Sarah Humphreys
Co-Chairs Berwick St James village meeting.
Update 21st March 2020
It looks like the crisis is going to be with us for quite a long time, so we have been working to put a number of things in place to ensure things go as smoothly as possible. There is a lot to report on but I will try and keep this update as brief as possible. So here goes:
- A C-19 plan has been developed for the village. It is a two page read and explains what we planning to do over the coming few weeks. The can be downloaded using one of the above links. It will continually be updated as things develop. Please do comment if you have suggestions.
- The list of Buddy Groups has been changed to include everybody. This has been circulated by E mail.
- The Boot pub is looking into the possibility of providing take-away meals – details to follow.
- A WhatsApp group is being set up – Please send us your mobile number if you would like to be included – This group is only to be used for coordination purpose and ‘chit-chat' to be avoided.
- A facebook page is being created – this is where fun things can be added and where people can chat etc.
- A weekly newsletter is going to be created for the village – This will be printed off and delivered to those who do not have access to the internet/emails.
- We now have 35 volunteers who are willing to help with a variety of things in the village. Most are now on the Webex video/telephone conferencing system.
- We are looking to coordinate the collection of medication from local pharmacies. More details to follow.
The village meeting will be going ahead online on Thursday 26th March at 7pm online – People will be able to either use their electronic devices to join the meeting or simply phone in. Details to follow.
The Farm shop has proven to be extremely valuable for the village as Marilyn has started to deliver supplies to people in the village. Everybody at the shop is working extremely hard. We need to protect Marilyn and other people working in the shop. If they become ill, we will lose the shop. In order to help please be aware that:
- There should be no more than two people in the shop at any one time.
- Please keep a distance of at least 2 to 3m at all times
- Wash hand before you visit the shop and afterwards
The medical advice is simple – These simple steps may well prevent infections and save lives.
In order to minimise contact with the farm shop staff, it would be helpful if you could phone your order (Tel 01722 790490) or E mail in advance and give plenty of time. The E mail address is email@example.com – E mails may only checked at the end of the day as Marilyn is so busy.
Advice is also being given to volunteers within the Buddy groups who are visiting people who they are supporting:
- Wash your hands well before and after visiting someone
- Maintain a distance of at least 2 meters at ALL times
- Do not enter people’s houses unless absolutely necessary.
Christian Lange - Co Chair - Berwick St James village meeting.
Update 18th March 2020
Please see below a letter which has been prepared by Dr. Sally Hiscock who has been working to formalise ‘Buddy' groups within the village so that we can ensure that everybody within the village have the support they need.
The people coordinating the support for the village are, Sallys Hiscock, Christian lange, Sarah Humphreys, Charlie Street, Bill Hiscocks and Andy Green. We are meeting again online this evening to develop the plans further. We then plan to publish the draft plan and we will be very open to suggestions as to how it can be improved.
We are still hoping to hold the village meeting that was due to take place on 26th March but this will be online or by phone using the Webex system. We hope to be able to set up the system so that it can call landline numbers free of charge for those who want to be part of the meeting. More information on this to follow as we get used to the system.
Here is Sally’s letter:
In light of the Governments advice for anyone over the age of 70 yrs. to self isolate from this weekend for an indefinite period of time we as a community need a plan to support each other .
It is imperative that our residents aged 70 yrs. or above reduce their forays out of the village to a bare minimum to reduce their risk of contacting the illness.
Just to be clear anyone young or old may walk around the village as long as we respect each other’s personal space by a distance of 3 meters. Simply washing your hands after a walk in case you have touched a gate or other hard surface will suffice to keep the virus at bay.
Over the coming weeks we will need to escape from our homes for the sake of our Mental health and we are so lucky to live in Berwick St. James.
With all this in mind we have set up a system of “budding” that is allocating residents to small groups for mutual support. In most cases it has been a simple matter of formalising arrangements between neighbours, which already exist.
Currently the idea is for each small group to supply simple logistical help with shopping and prescription collection for each other. In the next few days and weeks this may be adapted depending on how the situation evolves. No one will be asked to give nursing or personal care to a neighbour.
Getting prepared now will reduce stress and worry later. Those over 70 yrs. could consider setting up online shopping or contacting Shrewton dairy on 01980 620 065 who will provide fresh milk, bread and other supplies. Berwick Farm shop on 01722 790 490 who are also willing to deliver to Berwick residents for order over £15.00.
This is the first step in the community management of the virus. In the coming weeks we will need to consider how to support those who go into complete isolation, these are likely to be the younger members of the community.
As the situation evolves we may be able to simplify the process e.g. the collecting of prescriptions Some people may like to register with PHARMACY 2 YOU who dispense prescriptions very efficient and do home delivery. Here is the link to their website: https://www.pharmacy2u.co.uk/ Tel 0113 265 0222
The situation is fluid but I am sure the Berwick St James residents will be both capable and adaptable to reduce the enormous impact this virus has imposed on all our lives.
Please see the attachment the list of ‘Berwick Buddies’.
NB – The ‘Berwick Buddies’ list will NOT be placed on the village website but the above letter will.
Update 16 March 2020
Today we saw a significant announcement by the Prime Minister, which has added a sense of urgency to ensuring that volunteers are in place as soon as possible. The volunteers also need to know how the system will work. For this reason a number of coordinators met (online) to develop the plan for the village. In brief, the following was agreed:
- Dr. Sally Hiscocks will be making phone contact with all of those in the village who are not on the E mail system and/or those who may be advised by Government to self isolate. She may follow this up with a face-to-face visit at the door from a distance of at least 2 meters.
- Christian will prepare a written update for people who are not on the email system. These will be hand delivered on Tuesday.
- The Coordinators will meet again online on Wednesday evening to finalise the plan for the village – this will be continually developed as things progress.
- We have started to use an online conference system called Webex. This will be used in the future for meetings etc. People can also call in using their normal landlines. We will start by asking the volunteers to get used to using this system. Christian will offer support where needed.
- Christian will write to the group of volunteers with an update.
People who are self isolating need to be able to exercise and take walks. In order to ensure that they are safe and that they can take walks in confidence it is vital that we all avoid getting too close to people who are out walking. The ‘new normal’ and as a matter of courtesy people need to keep at least 3 or 4 meters away from people who they see out and about walking.
In the mean time you may like to know that the following food suppliers are willing to deliver:
Berwick Farm shop – Tel 01722 790 490
Shrewton Dairy – 01980 620 065
Please do not hesitate to contact us should you have any questions or suggestions as to how we can better support our residents.
Christian Lange – 01722 790 122 or 078 2525 3848
Sarah Humphreys – 01722 790212
E mail – firstname.lastname@example.org
Update 15th March 2020
The Corona Virus is taking us into uncharted territory but what is clear is that we are in for a very challenging time. It is for this reason that our village website has been changed so that local Coronavirus information can be found very easily.
This page will keep you updated as to what we are doing as a village to ensure that we support each other during these difficult times. We will place local documents here but we do not aim to replace sites such as the NHS or Government websites, which provide up to date health and national updates.
One of the best aspects of our British Society is that we work together to support each other in times of crisis and I don’t think this will be an exception. We recently sent out an E-mail asking for a team of volunteers and in just two days we have over 30 people in the village willing to help. This represents about 30% of the village population which is truly outstanding!
Berwick is normally very good at providing help and support to those who need it. During this crisis it is important that we are well organised and that support is coordinated. It is possible that those who normally provide support to others become unable to do so. We want to ensure that everybody who needs help feels confident to ask for it and knows how to do this.
So.. what have we done so far and what are we planning to do?:
- Call for volunteers as mentioned above to help with shopping, walking dogs etc.
- A team of village coordinators are meeting on Wednesday to put together a plan for the village
- Exploring ways to introduce a video-conference system that the whole village can use.
- Started to list documents, which are relevant to us in Berwick or Wiltshire.
Marilyn has already volunteered to say that The Farm Shop will carry out free home deliveries for orders of over £15.00.
Please watch this space for further updates. We aim to have a plan ready by Friday, which will provide the following information:
- What the volunteers will do.
- How will they be tasked and coordinated.
- How people can request help.
- How we will communicate with each other.
- Anything else that we can think of that will help.
Whilst we are awaiting a further update do not hesitate to contact us with any comments or ideas for the village. We can be contacted by clicking on the following link.
Christian Lange & Sarah Humphreys
Co-Chairs Berwick Parish Meetings