Julia and our local spotters have been busy producing the July edition of the Lyonshall Country Diary. Click here.
To protect yourself and others, when you leave home you must:
If you are feeling unwell, call 111, get a test and do not leave home for at least 10 days.
Herefordshire Council website offers local information and support available https://www.herefordshire.gov.uk/info/200250/coronavirus
Government announces easing of lockdown measures to be postponed
The Government has today announced that further easing of coronavirus restrictions in England - due to come in this weekend - has been postponed for at least two weeks.
That means venues such as casinos, bowling alleys, and skating rinks must remain closed until 15 August.Indoor performances will also not resume, pilots of larger gatherings in sports venues and conference centres will not take place, and wedding receptions of up to 30 people will not be permitted.
Face coverings will be also be mandatory in more indoor settings, such as cinemas, and people attending places of worship will also be among those required to wear face coverings. Rules for face coverings will become enforceable in law from 8 August.
The guidance for ‘shielding’ patients will change from tomorrow, Saturday 1 August.
The key changes are:
For all the latest guidance on the changes and help available, please visit https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-on-shielding-and-protecting-extremely-vulnerable-persons-from-covid-19
The UK Chief Medical Officers as of 30 July made a statement confirming that the self-isolation period has been extended from 7 to 10 days for those who have coronavirus symptoms or a positive test result.
NHS Test and Trace have this week launched a new campaign to encourage everyone to get a free test as soon as they develop symptoms, alongside a new business plan to expand testing capacity and prepare the nation for winter.
The campaign will encourage people to get a free test as soon as they develop mild symptoms and will make them aware of the need to respond to the service if contacted.
The number of tests given to people without symptoms will increase to 150,000 per day by September, with testing capacity to double to 500,000 with more than 500 testing sites by October.
More information can be found at https://www.gov.uk/government/news/nhs-test-and-trace-launches-campaign-to-encourage-everyone-with-symptoms-to-get-a-free-test
The process has now started of checking everyone’s electoral roll details – the annual canvass. It is all much as before with one major exception. Herefordshire Council are now able by law to use electronic communication via emails and texts. Prior to this it all had to be done on paper. The rationale for this (primarily to save time and money of course) can be found Here
Of course people without email etc will receive paper forms further along the process so it will all be done thoroughly as before but in a more tailored way.
You will receive these communications soon - please complete the form and return it to Herefordshire Council.
Another month with lots of information and sightings from our wildlife spotters. Thanks to all of you who contribute. This time there is an information sheet on Lyonshall bogs and marshes. Click here
A new directory of summer activities has been developed on the WISH website, to help keep children and families active and entertained during the summer holidays, particularly in light of coronavirus
If you have any activities or events taking place during the holidays, we’d love to add them to the WISH events calendar, so we can help more people find what’s on across the county. It’s quick, easy and free to do, simply visit the WISH website.
Alternatively, please contact the WISH Team directly with the relevant details, so they can add them on your behalf. You can contact the team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To see what’s available across Herefordshire this summer, visit www.wisherefordshire.org/summeractivities.
You will find the May Country Diary with Bonus documents of the answers to the Tree Flower and Blossom Quiz and a Bird Lifespan Chart on this link.
Warmer homes Herefordshire Council is working with E.ON to help people across the county improve the heating of their homes by installing free first-time gas central heating systems in around 300 eligible residents’ homes.
The project follows a successful funding bid by the Council to the £150 million Warm Homes Fund, established by National Grid, and administered by community interest company Affordable Warmth Solutions.
Eligible households not connected to mains gas and currently relying on inefficient ways of heating their homes, for example electric storage or panel heaters, could be eligible for the measures, which are part of the Warmer Homes Herefordshire scheme. Subject to eligibility, where there is no existing gas supply to the property, a new gas network connection will also be provided by Affordable Warmth Solutions, usually at no cost. Still funded by Affordable Warmth Solutions, eligible properties (must be without existing central heating, unless the existing system uses solid fuel). Under this rural programme they would be able to support the installation of heating systems– e.g. LPG Gas, or Renewable heating (e.g. heat pumps or biomass systems).
For the full eligibility criteria and to apply, they would encourage any residents to call Keep Herefordshire Warm on 0800 677 1432 or email email@example.com and take a look at: https://keepherefordshirewarm.co.uk/
WISH Herefordshire is a useful source of information, including local food stores / deliveries and virtual exercises and activities to do at home. Work is undertaken to keep this information up to date and relevant. If you know of any changes or additional services please could you ask they register them with WISH. A lot has been added to this site in light of Covid 19 and any help you can give to promote WISH locally, as a community resource, would be greatly appreciated.
Julia Evans and all the contributors have done us proud with an abundance of wildlife sitings and information for the April Country Diary which can be accessed here.
In addition, there is a quiz of tree blossoms and flowers seen in Lyonshall to keep you amused. Click here.
Hope you enjoy this lockdown entertainment. Thanks to Julia and all the spotters, please keep your sitings coming in. The diary appears each month on the Country Diary page.
Leominster Food bank offer support to those who meet the criteria for food parcels.
A short briefing note is attached which explains how someone gets referred and how it works.
Please read the attached document HERE to see how to find out if you qualify.
If you walk the Parish Footpaths for your daily exercise please stick the the public footpaths.
Keep your dog on a lead and pick up it's poop and take it home with you please!!
Please click for the Definitive Footpath Map and just enter your postcode.
Link to letter from Herefordshire Council Chief executive Alistair Neill - HERE
In these difficult times its important to ensure you know who you are lending money from.
The Stop Loan Sharks helpline is available to all and full details can be found by following this LINK
Message for all Parishioners in Lyonshall Parish.
Here to Help!
Thank you to all those who have registered on the website and returned your information slips over the last week, this information is helping to identify possible volunteers and vulnerable people, so if you haven’t sent yours in yet please do to firstname.lastname@example.org or post to the address on the letter.
You should have by now received a letter from Herefordshire Council in response to the Covid 19 outbreak providing simple steps to take and support contact details.
You can call the support line on 01432 260027 or email email@example.com
Over the coming weeks it is important our community looks out of each other, please think about your neighbours or elderly people nearby, give them a quick phone call to check all is well and please offer help if you can.
If you are or know someone in need of help, Cllr Rod Bevan is organising coordinators and volunteers to call on for essential supplies, prescriptions and wellbeing contact.
Contact Rod Bevan firstname.lastname@example.org or Tel 01544340347 between 9am and 5pm.
There are some local business offering home delivery. Here are some but by all means not all. If you know of any others please let us know and we will update the list.
Lyonshall Garden Centre – For your gardening needs – 01544340214
Townsend Farm Shop – https://www.thewhatmeatcompany.co.uk or Call 01544388527
The Steppes – deliveries from the shop - 01544388506
Red Lion for Takeaway - 01544388007
Bells in Almeley – 01544327216 – email – thebellsinnalmeley.com
NHS – Information on Symptoms
Herefordshire Council – Information
Gov.uk – Masses of information for all areas
Please remember there are scam operating on all platforms.
Link to information from Herefordshire Council for Businesses
WISH is a Herefordshire based resource where you can find help and support in the County.
A new section has been added to this website 'Coronavirus Update' which will contain general information relating to the epidemic and more specifically details of the support and help available locally. It has details of the most recent, more strict, restrictions which will have an impact on the lives of everyone and underlines the need to communicate as much as possible and seek help when it is needed.
Please note Lyonshall Playground is CLOSED until further notice.
An open Facebook group 'Lyonshall Herefordshire' has been formed in response to the current need for social distancing and limits on many activities. The intention is to offer support our local community with practical assistance with dog walking, shopping etc. Facebook users just have to search for 'Lyonshall Herefordshire' and apply to join the group.
Herefordshire council’s Economic Development Team delivers a service called the Marches Growth Hub Herefordshire. This online service offers FREE support services for all local businesses. There are a number of government supported initiatives that can potentially help businesses through this unprecedented time of uncertainty.
If you are a business wishing to have further information on Covid-19 then the details of the local support are available on the Marches Growth Hub Website - https://www.marchesgrowthhub.co.uk/advice-and-support/coronavirus-information-for-businesses/ Alternatively if you wish to discuss with a member of the Economic Development team please contact01432 261758 or 01432 383633 or email@example.com
The Country Diary page has all the latest updates including a paper on Lyonshall wetlands. Check it out here.
Many apologies for the lateness of this bulletin. Where does the time go? All the August news available here. The next one will be along soon.
All the latest news on Lyonshall wildlife now available. There is an additional item about the danger to our native oaks in the information section. Click here.
The April update on Lyonshall Country Diary is now available on this link.
All the latest news from the Lyonshall wildlife watchers are available on this link. Thanks to you all.
Sorry the February Country Diary is late. I'm afraid life sometimes intervenes to delay. Follow this link to get the update.
Here is the first Lyonshall Country Diary of 2019. You will see that Julia has been making some interesting comparisons with previous years. Contributions and sightings come in from lots of local watchers. Many thanks to them all and please keep information flowing in. You will find January news and information about Isobel's Oak on this link.
We are already well into 2019 and I hope our many wildlife spotters will continue to send in sightings to Julia. Check out the news for December last year on this link.
If you were wondering what was happening in the great outdoors in Lyonshall, wonder no more. Thanks to our wildlife watchers overseen by Julia Evans there is a month by month update of sightings on our Country Diary page, click here.
Look out for local news here
There will be no more organised events in and around Lyonshall until the lockdown is relaxed but don't forget the display of support for all our key workers by making as much noise as possible every Thursday evening at 8.00pm.
In and around Lyonshall.
30-04-2020 at 8:00 PM
Every Thursday at 8.00pm until further notice.