2020 - Corona Virus and your community

At this time the parish has coordinators in each village coordinating volunteers with those residents needing help. They are John MacAuslan for Wilcot, Victoria Le Suere for Oare and Dawn Wilson for Huish, Draycot and the Stowells.  Do not visit the coordinator’s homes, just be aware that they will be in contact with you or look out on the parish noticeboards for how to get in touch.  Contact cards are also being delivered in some cases.  The other parish councillors are helping out where they can.

If you have symptoms or someone in your household does, do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital. You do not need to call NHS 111 to tell them you are staying at home. If you feel you can’t cope with your symptoms at home, your condition gets worse, or your symptoms do not get better after 7 days, then use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service.

The parish council will be receiving communications from the Unitary Council who receive their communications from central government.  Visit Wiltshire Councils website for their latest news updates.  Here is the short post from Wiltshire Council for March 19th 2020:

Coronavirus is at the forefront of everyone’s minds at the moment and it’s hard to know which sources of information you should keep up to date with.

We will be providing updates on our services on our website and you can also follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

For central government updates follow:
Public Health England
Foreign and Commonwealth Office

Our leader Cllr Philip Whitehead has given an update on what actions we’ve taken so far. He also advises what you can do as a community to support one another: Video Clip here

There is also a community pack from Wiltshire Council you can download:  Download our community toolkit

More locally for those online on Facebook, there is a new Pewsey Community Corona Assistance page that is coordinating volunteers and requests for help across the Pewsey Vale.  They have linked in with local businesses to share resources and try to get information and help to those not online or more remote.

STAY SAFE – Whilst everyone is keen to help each other there is always an unscrupulous element of society who see this as an opportunity for cold calling, fraud and theft.  So please be very careful when visiting the vulnerable and elderly and take precautions if someone you do not know knocks on your door unsolicited.  If you are not sure who they are, call the organiser of any group you might be expecting to visit and confirm their identity.  A few more minutes and a bit of research might save a lot of misery.

Finally, the next meetings relating to the Parish moved to a new date in May.  This meeting may have to be done remotely. Whatever happens, we will keep you informed via this website and the new Parish Noticeboards.

Cllr Dawn Wilson