C-19 Updates from Bleasby Support Group
For those of you who do not use social media, this page contains daily updates that are published on the Bleasby Village Facebook by the Bleasby C-19 Support Group.
There is also a page containing information published by Bleasby Parish Council - click here
We will endeavour to update each morning before noon.
Should you wish to see the Bleasby Village Facebook page directly, click here
Update 30th September
There has been an increase in the number of C-19 cases recorded in the Lowdham, Bleasby and Gunthorpe area: https://www.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=47574f7a6e454dc6a42c5f6912ed7076
Update 10th August 2020
Last week, you will have picked up that there has been a rise in COVID cases in Newark. From today until Wednesday, there is a Mobile Testing Station based at the lorry park behind Castle House, to allow people with symptoms to be tested quickly and easily without having to travel to testing centres which are currently based some distance away.
- Testing is available from Monday 10 August to Wednesday 12 August
- Book by phoning 119 or by visiting https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/
We want to push this message out as far and widely as possible, encouraging people to get tested in Newark if they have symptoms, across the three days. We are heavily promoting the testing facility on Council social media channels but would greatly appreciate your help in sharing this information on any other online groups you might be part of, and with your friends and family.
Click here for our Facebook post which you will be able to share.
Thank you for your support.
Update 21st April
Gonalston Farm Shop are now operating a Call and Collect Service, for the vulnerable, aged and self- isolating. Between 9am and 4pm Monday to Friday and 9am to midday Saturday, call 0115 966 5666, select Option 4. Please have your list prepared in advance. You will then place your order and select a preferred collection date - ideally this is a minimum for collection the next day. Once your shopping has been picked, the GFS team will call you back for payment, and arrange a specific collection slot. If you are connected to the answerphone, please leave your name and telephone number and one of the team will call you back as soon as they are free. Gonalston Farm Shop Shop: 0115 966 5666 firstname.lastname@example.org www.gonalstonfarmshop.co.uk
Maxey's Farm Shop - Home Delivery. Some Bleasby residents have been using this service: After lots of requests due to Covid-19 (Coronavirus), we will now be offering home delivery. It will be a 'no-contact' delivery with a phone call when we arrive, and leave your order on your doorstep. To place your order please ring the shop on 01636 814566 or 07496091002. Alternatively you can email
Here at the shop we have a Deli Counter with a huge selection of cheese, Butchers Counter with locally sourced meat, Bread, Home Made Cakes, Giftware and lots more!
Farnsfield Veg Shop: Ignore the message on their website; they WILL deliver to Bleasby this Friday or any Tuesday or Friday going forward. Family Veg Box or Fruit Box from £12.50. Lots of other items on their website too! You can also contact them via email at email@example.com. http://www.vegboxes.online/…
Lydia Milward: I have just launched a new company called VegBasket we have fruit, veg, Lancaster butchers meat and Ugly Bread Bakery pizza boxes available all with free delivery in our own refrigerated vans. Please follow my page and share the post below to enter our competition. You can order by midnight tonight for our first delivery run this Wednesday (this can be done through our website www.vegbasket.co.uk or by phone 01636831222)!! All your support for my start up is greatly appreciated, thank you!!!
Update 19th April
From Morrison's - Vulnerable and Shielding Customers: Please share with any of your neighbours that would benefit from this service. We received details from the Government of the 35,000 clinically vulnerable and shielding customers we’re most concerned need help now. For some people getting a home delivery slot is prioritised, where possible. For those who aren’t familiar with online technology we’ve set up a call centre that customers can phone and place an order from a list of 46 items that their local store Community Champion will deliver to them at home the next day, where they can pay by contactless payment to minimise contact. We’ve heard from many customers that having a chat with someone is sometimes as important as the order they’re placing and we’re happy we can bring some cheer to their day. number is 0345 611 6111 and select option 5.
Update 18th April
Just in case you thought the updates had stopped, there has been nothing significant to add during the last week.
Other than........you may have seen a few scarecrows appear around the village along with the odd colourfully decorated pallet......well, along with Bleasby in Bloom there is now a Scarecrow Trail whereby you are invited to get creative and put your very own "Scary" on display. The colourful pallets compliment what has happened in some other villages by means of saying another thank you to our NHS staff and all those others involved with providing essential care during these times. If you can't get out to see the displays, you can see day to day additions on the Bleasby Village Facebook page and there is a dedicated page for photos that has been added to the website - click here
Update 10th April
- HELP REQUIRED: There was a post from a Nurse in Mansfield called Size Allum who made a plea for visors, protective glasses and disposable car seat covers Do we have anyone in our community or friends that can use their business or turn their hand to help some of our Nurses? If so, please contact Nicola Bennett or visit Bleasby Facebook page for direct contact with nurse involved. There is also a plea from another NHS worker for material (buttons / fabric) to make headbands with buttons to fix to goggles so that face masks can be attached (rather than being strapped round your ears for 12 hours) - again, please see FB page or contact Nicola.
- Nottinghamshire Police and Newark and Sherwood District Council ask residents to not burn garden waste or other materials during lockdown: see link
- Please see the new flyer (pdf attachment below) from the NHS about vulnerable patients and volunteering
- Bleasby in Bloom is still happening this year - this is a great way to get our fantastic community involved in a project, whilst following all Government guidelines. It doesn't have to be plants and flowers, it can be crafts or artwork. Get your children involved, be creative, have fun. see more information click here
Update 7th April
A MESSAGE FROM REV PHIL: Zoom worship….The church is closed but the Church is open!
You are welcome to join virtual worship via the wonders of zoom in the Benefice of West Trent. Why not give it a go? See the note at the bottom about how to be invited.
This week we are leading up to the Christian climax of the year, Easter Sunday….
Wednesday 6.45 for 7.00pm a short, traditional ‘end of day’ prayer/reflection time called ‘compline’. Short, quiet, no sermon….Every week, same time during the C-19 closure.
This Thursday only … 6.45 for 7.00pm Maundy Thursday. A ’Tenebrae’ act of worship. Includes readings and quiet reflection time with symbolic candles…atmospheric (we hope) and poignant.
Good Friday Virtual Walk….we have materials to read and reflect on Jesus journey to the Cross for Good Friday, replacing our usual 6 Churches walk for Good Friday. Reading material emailed on request. Group discussion via zoom at 5pm.
Easter Sunday 10 for 10.30. Virtual Holy Communion. 30 minute act of worship with virtual communion, homily… Attendance recently over 50… (People, not necessarily age, families have been coming to!)
How does it work?
You need to be invited to ‘join the meeting’ (worship) by email. This is to ensure security and intention to join.
Please send an email, text or call me (The Revd Phil White Phil_07@btinternet.com, 077 200 100 66), just say ‘yes to zoom’.
If you don’t have zoom then download it (zoom.us) to your desktop or the app to your device (tablet, smartphone). When the email invitation arrives click on the link and ensure video and internet audio are both on. Call me if you want a trial run first.
Some things have been recorded (eg short sermons - homilies) to our website www.beneficeofwesttrent.org
Feel free to visit it.
Last but not least, however you spend the time, our prayers and best wishes to you on this strangest of Easter weekends ….
Unfortunately, due to the current situation, it is extremely unlikely that the VE Day, Open Gardens/Bleasby in Bloom events will go ahead. However, we thought it would be nice for residents to still do the Bleasby in Bloom side of things - it really brightened up the streets last year and could be a lovely way for residents to bring a bit of sunshine to the Village over the next month or so by putting flowers / plants at the front of their house. Bleasby have just set up a great new Gardening Club on Facebook which offers all kinds of tips and advice on how to get the most from your garden. Get your children involved, get pots painted, seeds planted, vegetables sown and lets use this time at home to bring some colour and happiness to our community.
Please let The Bleasby C-19 Support Group know and let your neighbours know that there are a team of us just waiting to help. I saw so many people in the vulnerable category struggling to do their shopping the other day.
Update 4th April
Recycling and garden waste collections: From N&DCC: We are pleased to confirm that recycling (silver bin) collections will resume, district wide, on Monday 13 April. Residents simply need to revert back to their calendar and place their bins out on the normal collection day. As the routes have changed, we cannot guarantee that your bin will be emptied at its usual time so please place your bin out by 6.00 am.
Residents should also continue to put their critical waste (green/black bin) out for collection on their normal day by 6.00am.
Please note that no additional side waste will be collected.
Has anyone got an adults bunny costume (not a Donny Darko one or a Bunny girl one!)? Thinking it might be nice to do a village walk/wave at the children over Easter? Children inside the house, bunny outside, may even be able to leave some chocolate eggs...The elderly in the village may like it too and we could include Nursing Home. Hope you don't all think I'm mad like my husband does. Please contact Nicola on 07402 449863
The Bramley Newspaper comes to you a little differently this month and under extremely difficult circumstances for everyone. In light of the COVID- 19 restrictions and after careful consideration we didn’t feel it was safe or sensible to put our delivery team of young people and adults onto the streets going door to door to deliver this month’s paper. Instead we have worked with local businesses, councils and community and village groups to set up a new network of safe collection and delivery points. Many have gone beyond the call of duty to help us and we really appreciate their support with this. You can collect The Bramley from St Mary's Church, the Paper Box on Main Street or The Waggon.
Updates 2nd April
Newark Urgent Care Centre suspends overnight opening due to Coronavirus pressures: As part of Sherwood Forest Hospitals’ NHS FT response to Covid-19, the Urgent Care Centre at Newark Hospital will be temporarily closed between 10pm and 9am from Monday 6 April. Please see the press release attached below for more detail.
Clap for support workers and NHS again tonight at 8pm
The Bleasby C-19 Support Group have received a couple of phone calls from Newark and Sherwood District Council from Bleasby residents enquiring how to get prescriptions and food picked up/collected. As you know, we put leaflets through every house in Goverton, Gibsmere and Bleasby. The details were also printed in Bleasby News, were sent out via email, published on the website and on this page. We are therefore surprised that some residents have not got the information. Please therefore can we ask that if you have a neighbour that you believe could be affected by not being able to go out or may be self isolating, that they have details of the contact names and numbers to call.
From Newark & Sherwood District Council - please can you share with any of your neighbours that do not have access to the internet.
Police advice is ‘Not Sure? Don’t Open The Door’
• let strangers into your home without checking their identity
• be pressured into purchasing items or services at the door
• give your bank card to anyone at the door, or give your PIN over the telephone – especially relevant at this time, with genuine volunteer services are calling at homes with aid.
Secure your home
• always lock your doors and windows even when you are at home, this incudes sheds and garages especially if connected to your property
• keep leys in a safe place out of sight and away from your letterbox
• don’t leave valuables such as handbags, wallets, phones, tablets in view of doors and windows
Updates 1st April
Local Free Range Eggs with delivery for those in isolation or vulnerable! We are a Free Range egg farm producing eggs for the supermarkets based just outside Southwell. We are aware that there is still a dearth of eggs in the supermarkets so wanted to make people aware that we have an egg table that sells eggs at the farm gate.
For those unable to get out, we would like to offer the service of home delivery to any resident of Southwell/Upton who is now in isolation or vulnerable. We can deliver eggs to your door for £1/box (6 eggs) and can supply trays for £5/tray. If you would like us to deliver, please text either 07816 854319 or 07813 714766 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
The egg table can be found at Hockerwood Park, Hockerwood Lane, Southwell NG25 0PZ under the car port by the farmhouse. There is an honesty box but to avoid over handling of money, try and bring exact money if possible.
Some common FURLOUGH misconceptions from Cllr Tim Styles:
1. You have to pay back the 80% the government pays you when on furlough. INCORRECT - the government won't ask for it back (unless you break the rules by continuing to work and then it's probably your employer who will have to pay).
2. Anybody can be furloughed without gaining their permission. INCORRECT - you need a clause in your employment contract for 'lay off'. If you don't have one your employer should negotiate with you.
3. No holiday during furlough. INCORRECT - you DO accrue holiday as normal during furlough. If you take holiday during furlough your holiday pay should be paid at your 'normal salary'.
5. You can't be sacked during furlough. INCORRECT - you can be made redundant or dismissed for a disciplinary offence during furlough.
6. You can't be furloughed and still work for somebody else. INCORRECT - If you have two jobs and you're furloughed for one you can continue as normal for the other. What you can't do is work for the same employer who furloughed you.
Carriages Café is now offering, every Wednesday, to deliver a three-course meal to your door. Meals cost £2.50 or are free of charge to those in need. You can order your meal by calling the café on 01636 676129, your food will then be delivered safely to your door between 3pm and 5pm. All deliveries will adhere to social distancing guidelines. To support this initiative two members of Newark & Sherwood District Council staff are working alongside the café every Wednesday. Council Deputy Leader Keith Girling said: “At this unprecedented time there are many Newark and Sherwood residents that need help and support. Providing food to residents is one service the Council is organising. If anyone feels they need any support then they should get in touch with Nottinghamshire County Council immediately by calling their helpline on 0300 500 8080. “If anyone would like to order a meal for next Wednesday, please get in touch with Carriages on 01636 676129. We are extremely grateful to Carriages for their ongoing support and for adapting their Community Café to continue supporting their existing and new customers.”
Updates 29th March
- Morrisons update: On Sundays we will open at 9am for our very hard working NHS workers to shop. We will open at 9.30am for all other customers to shop normally.Therefore, during the period of the Covid-19 outbreak, the Sunday browsing hour is suspended, as you can shop normally from 9.30am each Sunday.
- Click here to see video messages of thanks from some of the NHS heroes keeping your county healthy after the Clap for Our Carers tribute on Thursday night
- There is a lot of interest in growing your own fruit and vegetables at the moment and what better time to think about doing this. We have set up a Facebook Group to compliment our other village pages and would love keen gardeners to join and give us all your wonderful tips and advice on how to get the most from your garden space. Click here for Facebook link or keep an eye on updates as more information to follow for those who are not using Facebook.
- Message from N&SDC regarding bin collections: It is with deep regret that, with effect from Monday 30th March, collections of recycling (silver bin) and garden (brown bin) waste will temporarily cease across Newark and Sherwood. This is to ensure that collections of the critical waste (green/black bin) and medical waste can be prioritised at this challenging time. We apologise sincerely for the inconvenience this will inevitably cause. The reduction of any service for residents is unfortunate but unavoidable in this instance due to the necessary social distancing measures for waste crews. Our cabins are just over two metres wide and normally seat three operatives when driving between rounds. In order for our staff to keep a safe distance from each other and help to reduce the spread of Coronavirus (Covid-19), it has been necessary to reorganise our operating model. There has also been a notable increase in recent weeks of soiled tissues being placed in recycling bins which contaminates the whole bin. In the current climate, this is putting our staff and other residents at increased potential health risk. By temporarily suspending collections of recycling and garden waste, NSDC can adhere to social distancing measures for its staff, help to keep them and residents safe, and still maintain the critical waste (green/black bin) collections. Waste crews are already going above and beyond in their duties and we all want to keep them as safe as possible. Temporarily, people should place their recycling waste in with their critical waste (green/black bin). Any residents who have subscribed to the garden waste collection service by 1st April 2020, will receive a reduced rate if they choose to continue with this service in 2021-22.We remain firmly committed to recycling efforts and to our Cleaner, Safer and Greener policy but, in theses unprecedented times, this action has been unavoidable. We will of course keep our operating model under review in line with social distancing measures and continue to explore alternative solutions where feasible. We will provide updates regularly and will take every measure we can to clear any backlogs of waste when the current advice is relaxed. Residents should continue to put their critical waste (green/black bin) out for collection on their normal days by 6.00am.We thank you for your cooperation.
- Boots Chemist are offering a free delivery service for NHS prescriptions - click here for more information
- Southwell Garden Centre and Reg Taylors are now offering home delivery service - visit their website for more information
- National NHS Volunteering: GoodSAM is the platform powering the on boarding and deployment of the Volunteers for the NHS and RVS during the Coronavirus crisis. The Government aim to recruit 1.4 million Volunteers and you can now sign up to help. https://www.goodsamapp.org
Updates 27th March 2020
- There are lots of helpful links on the Southwell Scoop Facebook page for those of you who use Facebook: click here
- If you are interested in volunteering for the NHS click here for more info
- The Parish Council have spoken to to Paul Wood, head if the Carp Syndicate at Jubilee Ponds. He has confirmed that all fusng had stopped for the foreseeable future owing to the Covid19 crisis.
Updates 26th March 2020
- Nottinghamshire police are seeing an increase in Coronavirus scam activity. Please be vigilant and see advice from our Fraud and Cyber Crime Units: click here. If you need any support or are worried, please call one of the numbers circulated by the village team.
- Many folk are getting involved with a daily body work with the help of Joe Wicks - he now has a You Tube session for "seniors" (who ever they might be!?!) click here
- Incase you weren't aware, Co-Op Lowdham is now 1 item of ANY item per person
- Don't forget that The Waggon is offering take away meals and a home delivery service for some basic provisions - let's support our local pub as much as possible. Click here to see menu and shopping options
- An update from Minster Vets. Please also call the village help numbers circulated if your pet needs medication collecting: "We continue to remain open and will strive to keep all of our branches open if this remains legal and possible. We need client support in minimising the risk of spread while continuing to provide care for your pets. We are going to be limiting some of our non essential services from Monday. We will no longer be offering face to face weight clinics or parasite discussions. We will still provide these services but it will be advising clients over the phone to begin with. We will still provide access to our weighing scales for dosing or checks. Our out of hours and weekend services are planning to continue as normal" Please call your local surgery for the latest information.
- Recycling Centre closures:In-line with the Prime Minister’s statement last night, Nottingham CC have taken the decision to close all of our 12 Household Waste and Recycling Centres with immediate effect. All sites are now closed to the public, and will remain closed until the lockdown period is lifted. Please do NOT place any waste you would normally take to a recycling centre in your kerbside bin. Instead, store this safely until we’re able to re-open the centres and continue to recycle domestic waste into your bins as advised.
Updates from Sat 21st & Sunday 22nd March
- SAINSBURY'S: We have therefore decided to allow NHS and social care workers to shop in our supermarkets for half an hour before they open each day. So anyone with NHS ID will be able to shop from 07.30-08.00 every day from Monday to Saturday. We're delighted to be able to offer priority shopping to all the hard-working NHS staff across the country who are working so hard to keep us all safe and well. In addition to this, every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, all our supermarkets will dedicate 08.00-09.00 to serving elderly customers, disabled customers and carers.
- Coop: are supporting vulnerable customers & their carers by offering priority shopping Mon-Sat 8am-9am and Sunday 10am-11am
Updates from Thursday 20th March
- Hard copies of the information you have seen on this page will be distributed this weekend by our amazing bunch of volunteers wanting to get the steps in on their fitbits (thank you!). Please check with your neighbours that they have received and taken note of the support available to them. We don't want anyone saying that they didn't feel they could contact us. We are here to help and support 24 x 7.
- In true community spirit, from tomorrow, the Waggon & Horses at Bleasby will be offering take away meals and drinks for those that need/want it. From Monday, they will also be offering a shopping service with free delivery for the elderly. Menu's and details below. If you know of any elderly residents who may need the take away meal service but do not drive, please ask them to contact one of the numbers below.
- A leaflet with guidelines from the NHS about self isolating will be delivered to your door this weekend along with a flyer about the Bleasby Support Group and the Waggon menu. A copy of the NHS guidelines are attached below.
Updates on 19th March
- In light of the news overnight about avoiding public transport, please be aware of neighbours who do not have a vehicle and will use the bus service to pick up food or medication. If you can offer help, that would be fantastic, if you aren't able to, please contact one of the numbers on the Bleasby website CV19 help page - click here
- We seem to have a mass shortage of paracetamol locally. Alot of people actually need it now, rather than saving it for 'just incase' they fall ill. If anyone has a good supply or sees any in the shops, PLEASE can you let us know and buy some. Sadly, some of our residents are going to need it. thank you.
- With today's news regarding School closures, you may find the below Facebook page of use. I understand from the BBC that they will be showing lots of educational programmes during the day and some that are 'year group'. Click here to link to Facebook page