Coronavirus in Blewbury

April 4, 2020

Here are the main Coronavirus-related news items notified so far; there are more inside the April issue of the Blewbury Bulletin.

THIS WEEK’S ANNOUNCEMENTS

Blewbury Post Office is now open Monday to Friday 9.30am – 11.30am.
Our refurbishment has been postponed, so we will now be OPEN during these hours for the foreseeable future, with the exception of the Easter break (good Friday, Easter Saturday, Sunday & Monday).

OLDER STORIES

• Please stay away from Trim Trail on Tickers Folly Field

Unfortunately there are some visitors still using the Trim Trail equipment at Tickers Folly field. None of the equipment should be used for the foreseeable future. Please be aware that the virus can remain on surfaces and be contagious for many hours.

Please protect yourself and others by not coming into contact with any shared surfaces. This includes, but is not limited to, all community play and fitness equipment.

Should you have any contact, thoroughly wash your hands directly you get home.

Chris Lakeland, Chairman Blewbury Parish Council
Email: BlewburyPCChair@gmail.com

• From the Parish Council:

In the current circumstances, when the vast majority of children in the village are being home schooled and taking exercise breaks in their gardens, the Parish Council asks residents to be considerate and not light bonfires.

• From Sustainable Blewbury:

Our article in the April Bulletin has been superseded by recent Government announcements, so please note that our permaculture orchard garden on Woodway Road is now closed until further notice.

• From the Croquet Club:

Until further notice, Blewbury’s croquet courts should be seen as off-limits for any form of play.

The information we provided to April’s online Bulletin – advising that the courts were still open as long as players took sensible precautions – is now out of date, and has been overtaken by last night’s Government announcements.  We are today closing the courts with immediate effect.

We will review the position as further advice is received, but safety and health concerns must come first.

David Long, BCC Secretary (07484 360169)

BLEWBURY GOOD NEIGHBOURS

If you live in Blewbury and are self-isolating due to COVID-19 we can help with:  Urgent supplies  Picking up shopping  A friendly phone call  Other essential errands • Help (by phone if necessary) with setting up Skype, WhatsApp, Facetime etc – just ask! Please text/call one of the following three phone numbers and a volunteer will arrange to help you: 851777 (Blewbury Post Office), 07825 154842, 07801 932393. If you would like to register as a volunteer, please also call these numbers or visit the Blewbury Good Neighbours page on Facebook. (Please note that the Post Office number will not be in operation during the period when the Post Office is closed for refurbishment, i.e. from Friday 10th April to 2.30pm on Tuesday 28th April.)

PARISH COUNCIL

The April Parish Council meeting (April 8th) and the Annual Parish Meeting (April 22nd) will proceed as required by law, but in a highly restricted form. More details on page 18.

ST MICHAEL’S CHURCH

All weekday and Sunday services are cancelled until further notice, including Palm Sunday, Holy Week and Easter Day. The church will be OPEN every day as usual for private prayer and reflection. More details on pages 10 & 11.

BLEWBURY FLYING SQUAD

Following Government advice on social distancing and non-emergency hospital visits, and taking into account the fact that many of our drivers are themselves members of at-risk groups, the Flying Squad service is regretfully suspended until further notice.

BLEWBURY BRASS BAND SPRING CONCERT

This concert, due to take place on Saturday May 2nd, has been cancelled.

VILLAGE HALL AGM

In view of the current restriction on public gatherings the AGM will be held as soon as possible after the reopening of the Hall following refurbishment, subject to government guidelines prevailing at the time.

DUCK RACE & EGG ROLLING

The Easter Duck Race has been postponed until Sunday September 27th. The annual egg-rolling competition, also scheduled for Easter Sunday, has regretfully been cancelled. More details on page 3.

ARTWEEKS

All physical exhibitions that are part of Oxfordshire Artweeks are cancelled or postponed. More details on page 7.

BELL RINGING

Ringing at St Michael’s has now suspended with immediate effect. Hopefully when ringing is allowed to recommence we will send a powerful message of joy, hope and relief once the crisis has passed.

BULLETIN STOP PRESS SERVICE

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Please note that the Bulletin’s coronavirus coverage does not, and will not, include advice on the virus itself, or on how individuals should respond to it. For the latest, most reliable information on these health-related issues, we recommend tuning in regularly to national and local broadcast news, or visiting the following websites (web addresses shortened for convenience):

Public Health Englandhttps://bit.ly/2WmUEUv

Department of Health and Social Carehttps://bit.ly/2WthCci

Coronavirus (COVID-19): UK Government responsehttps://bit.ly/3aWAV1U

Please note that information on these sites is frequently updated, so should be checked regularly for the latest advice.