St Helen Without Parish Council Autumn 2020

Coronavirus Crisis

Full details are given on the Government website at https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus

COVID-19 Vaccination Programme update  

Patients are being asked to wait until they are contacted by their GP practice –residents should not call the NHS or their GP practice about COVID-19 vaccination appointments.   However, if you are in any of the following categories you can book online:

It’s being given to:

  • people aged 45 and over
  • people at high risk from coronavirus (clinically extremely vulnerable)
  • people who live or work in care homes
  • health and social care workers
  • people with a condition that puts them at higher risk (clinically vulnerable)
  • people with a learning disability
  • people who are a main carer for someone at high risk from coronavirus

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/coronavirus-vaccine/

A set of FAQs about the vaccine and the vaccination programme is available here. You can also find further information about the vaccine on the www.nhs.uk website.

Roadmap – Spring 2021

The government has published a roadmap setting out the route to lifting lockdown restrictions https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-response-spring-2021

Government has published a four-step roadmap to ease restrictions across England and provide a route back to a more normal way of life. There will be a minimum of five weeks between each step: four weeks for the data to reflect changes in restrictions; followed by seven days’ notice of the restrictions to be eased.

12 April 2021 – Step 2:

Business and activities

Step 2 sees the opening of non-essential retail; personal care premises such as hairdressers and nail salons; and public buildings, including libraries and community centres. Indoor leisure facilities such as gyms will also reopen (but only for use by people on their own or in household groups); as will most outdoor attractions and settings including outdoor hospitality venues, zoos, theme parks, and drive-in cinemas. Self-contained accommodation such as campsites and holiday lets, where indoor facilities are not shared with other households, can also reopen.

Hospitality venues will be allowed to serve people outdoors and there will be no need for customers to order a substantial meal with alcoholic drinks and no curfew, although customers must order, eat and drink while seated (‘table service’). Wider social contact rules will apply in all these settings to prevent indoor mixing between different households.

Events

While funerals can continue with up to 30 mourners, the number of people able to attend weddings, receptions and commemorative events such as wakes will rise to 15.

You should continue to work from home where possible, and overseas travel remains banned, aside for a small number of reasons.

St Helen Without Parish Council is anxious to ensure that none of its residents are without support they may need during this difficult time. We have been overwhelmed by the kindness, concern and desire to help shown by many in our community. Whether online or by way of a leaflet, everyone should have received or have available to them an offer of help. Whether it be to collect shopping, post mail, collect urgent supplies or just a regular friendly phone call. Our thanks go to all who have risen to the challenge. Your efforts will not be forgotten. The best, indeed the only, way we can ensure that nobody in our Parish has to face this worrying time alone is for neighbours to look out for each other. If you are able, please take the time to check that your neighbours are ok. If you are used to social media perhaps you could take the time to relay information to those of your neighbours who might not be so comfortable or confident in its use.

If people are in urgent need of support during the lockdown they should contact the Vale of White Horse District Council Community Hub on 01235 422600 or email communitysupport@southandvale.gov.uk.  

There’s more info at:  whitehorsedc.gov.uk/covid19   

Businesses can find more details of help at South and Vale Business Support websites at svbs.co.uk.  

If you live in Oxford City, you can also phone 01865 24 98 11 between 8:00am and 5:00pm or visit www.oxford.gov.uk/CommunityAssistance

For those residents who are not in a high risk category but still in need of support, there are a number of initiatives taking place across the county. You can visit Oxfordshire All In or Oxford Together for more information on community support near you.

BREXIT TRANSITION FROM 1 JANUARY 2021

The UK’s deal with the EU affects your business, family, and personal circumstances. Use the Government’s Brexit checker to get a personalised list of actions at https://www.gov.uk/transition

Oxfordshire young people’s website

A new information hub was launched on Wednesday 24 March –oxme.info – Oxfordshire County Council’s young people website. This hub has been created to help support 16-18 year olds in Oxfordshire that might be struggling with anxiety, loneliness, or are unsure about what their next steps could be. The aim is to boost their emotional and mental wellbeing.

Sandleigh Road Recreation Ground – Playground and outdoor gym will remain open with COVID-19 safe procedures in place highlighted by Notices and Guidance as well as closure of certain equipment to ensure social distancing.

About the Parish

St Helen Without parish is a civil parish in the Vale of White Horse district of Oxfordshire. It is adjacent to the town of Abingdon-on-Thames. It is a rural parish with the villages of Shippon and Dry Sandford together with the hamlet of Cothill. A large part of the parish consists of an airfield which was formerly RAF Abingdon, part of which is occupied by Dalton Barracks. Shippon has a large number of army quarters associated with Dalton Barracks. It also includes in the south Abingdon Common. According to the 2001 census the parish had a population of 2,623.

A map of the parish is available at http://maps.whitehorsedc.gov.uk/gis/?cat=PAR&ref=SAH