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Berwick St James Parish Home

Update 22 January '21


I have just attended on online Covid 19 update meeting hosted by Wiltshire Council. The present infection rate in Wiltshire is 330 per 100,00 having only reduced slightly from the pre-lockdown figure of 387. It is clear that there have been infections in all villages in our area and Berwick is no exception. Please take all the precautions that you can and behave as if everybody you come in contact with (including yourselves) has the virus. This is the only way to keep us all safe.


Salisbury Hospital is looking for volunteers – Please find attached some information about the various volunteering roles.


At the meeting a number of ideas to keep us entertained during lockdown were discussed and it was agreed that the following would be fun for the village:



In years past in Berwick we used to have a Vegetable League culminating in Pumpkin Day and we thought it might be fun to revive this in a small, simple way. All entrants will be supplied with a Giant Onion plant and a Potato bag at the beginning of the growing season. The onion can be grown anywhere in a pot, tub or in the ground and the bag can be filled with any type of soil or  whatever you think is best. All they require is water, love and your secret winning ingredient to create the heaviest onion and the heaviest crop of potatoes.

For keener gardeners we can have a Runner Bean league, heaviest 3 tomatoes and the largest Sunflower head.

We do need to know the potential number of entrants and so if people could email 

Tillvalley.vegcomp@gmail.com to let me know how many entrants you might have in your household. Perhaps you have a neighbour that doesn’t have internet so perhaps you could reply for them? You can call on 790212.

We do hope that this creates a little Covid friendly fun!

Toby Humphreys


Village  Online Scrabble League

The trial runs have proven this to be great fun. We have resourced a web based platform, which enables 4 people to play a game of scrabble together online. Each game lasts approximately 45 – 60 mins, as the system automatically works out your score and each turn is limited to 2 minutes. If you try and enter a word that does not exist or is mis-spelt, the other players do not see which word you tried to use – as the system rejects it and you miss your turn.

Once we have a full list of who would like to participate; we will compile a schedule for the league, ensure all are comfortable with the online system (with one to one chats and dry runs with Andy) and get ready to socialise whilst paying scrabble. Be prepared for lots of laughter!

If you would like to take part please contact Hayley on hayleyburrey@ntlworld.com or 07774926567 ASAP.


Wine Tasting – round 2!

Back by popular demand…  Bill and Greville have agreed to run another wine tasking evening. They are both in the process of working out the finer details and more details will follow on a separate E mail – Can’t wait!


Village Art Competition

We are launching a village art competition with the theme of ‘Berwick in Winter’. Artists can be creative within their freestyle, materials and technique, using their choice of watercolours, oils, chalk, wax crayons or pencils etc.

Entries are welcome from everybody in the village and will be judged within two age groups. First – Children aged 12 years and under. Second – Anybody aged 12 years and over.

The winning entries will be displayed on the village noticeboards, inside the reading room and the will also be featured as the main picture on our village Facebook page. There will be a prize for the 12 years and under winner! Please send a photo of your entry to hayleyburrey@ntlworld.com. Should you wish to submit the original or have any questions,  please contact Hayley on 07774 926567. Closing date for the competition is February 28th 2021.


Many thanks


Christian & Sarah


URGENT: Call to action – Salisbury District Hospital needs extra volunteers


We are looking for assistance with two volunteer roles as described below.


Ward Buddies

This role supports ward staff to enable them to concentrate on the clinical tasks.  Tasks will include moving equipment, answering the telephones, running errands,  maintaining cleanliness of ward kitchen and general tidying up of patient areas, making patient drinks and delivering food.  Full PPE will be issued as well as volunteer t-shirts.  Enhanced buddy roles with more patient contact such as feeding some patients.  These will require enhanced PPE.  There will be a fast track deployment so most of the training will be on the job.  We’re looking for you to ideally commit to a 2 – 4 hour session once a week every week for the foreseeable future.  Volunteers need to complete a health questionnaire and health risk assessment as part of the recruitment process in order to ensure a suitable match.  Volunteers must be over 17 years of age, fit and able to do a full shift on their feet and feel comfortable working under their own initiative within defined parameters, in an environment that may feel pressured at times.  Free parking at the hospital is available when on shift and/or reasonable travel expenses will be paid. 


Mass vaccination centre volunteer

There is a new mass vaccination centre opening in the City centre from next week and potentially running through to the Summer.  We are looking for volunteers to help marshal to move people through the vaccination hub from beginning to end, keeping orderly queue management and some administrative roles booking people in, etc.  This role requires you to be stood on your feet for potentially long periods of time. We’re looking for you to ideally commit to a 4 hour session once a week for at least a month.  Surgical masks will be worn.  A simple fast track recruitment process will take place including a health risk assessment.  There will be on the job training.  Free parking in Salisbury city centre will be available when on shift.


If you are interested in either or both roles, please email us on sft.volunteering@nhs.net stating which role is of interest, your name and contact details, and for the ward buddy whether you have any previous experience volunteering or working in a hospital or medical environment, which  is not necessary but could be beneficial.


Thank you for considering this and we look forward to hearing from you.


Please stay safe and well.


Best wishes


Jo Jarvis and Monica Wilson


Voluntary Services Team

Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust – Salisbury District Hospital