Message from Tilshead Parish Council regarding Novel Coronavirus

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Tilshead Parish Council Meeting Minutes, 28th April 2020

Tilshead Parish Council Meeting Minutes, 11th February 2020

Tilshead Parish Council Annual General Meeting Minutes, 12th May 2020

Tilshead Parish Council Meeting Minutes, 12th May 2020

Please see below minutes from the May 2020 Parish Council Meeting.

If you have any comments regarding these minutes please contact the Parish Council directly. Their contact details are in the Tilshead Newsletter. The next and future meetings are in the calendar.

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Tilshead Parish Council Annual General Meeting and Monthly Meeting (via Zoom)

Access to Healthcare during COVID-19

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Don’t delay seeking medical help because of coronavirus

People living in Wiltshire are being advised not to let worries about coronavirus stop them asking for medical help for themselves or their children if they become ill, have a serious accident or have a concern about their health. 

They are also being warned that not seeking medical help for symptoms that could be the early warning signs of serious conditions such as cancer could be putting lives at risk.

The warning comes as new data shows a considerable drop in the number of people coming forward to ask their GP for help and advice during the coronavirus outbreak.

Recent statistics show that, in Bath alone, the total number of weekly referrals from GPs to the Royal United Hospital have fallen from around 2,000 at the beginning of March to 300 at the end of April.

In Swindon, the average number of patients being sent by their GP to the Great Western Hospital for further investigations into symptoms that suggest cancer each week has dropped by more than 200 to 80.

Dr Ruth Grabham, Medical Director at BaNES, Swindon and Wiltshire CCG, said the statistics made for worrying reading because the drop in numbers  “is not because people are not experiencing symptoms.”

“While it may seem that coronavirus has put a stop to most aspects of everyday life, the one thing it hasn’t stopped is what’s going on inside our bodies,” she says. “Now more than ever, we need to pay attention to anything that isn’t normal and seek help early on.

“For example, if you notice blood when going to the toilet, or if you’ve found a lump that wasn’t there previously, or if you’ve just noticed something odd that is causing you to worry, you need to speak to your GP.

“Should the symptom be the early warning sign of something serious like cancer, that delay in seeking help could have serious implications for how successful possible treatments may be.”

Although GP practices across the region have adopted new ways of working, such as establishing isolated clinics for potential coronavirus patients, the practices themselves are still open to offer care, treatment, advice and peace-of-mind.

The same also goes for emergency departments at the three hospitals in Bath, Swindon and Salisbury, all of which continue to be open 24 hours a day for people with a genuine and life-threatening health concern.

Additionally, all healthcare facilities in the region, as well as those elsewhere in the country, have put in place stringent infection control measures to ensure that the risk of contracting coronavirus while visiting a hospital or GP surgery remains low.


Dom Hall


Communications & Engagement Specialist – Strategic Projects
NHS Bath and North East Somerset, Swindon and Wiltshire Clinical Commissioning Group
M: 07500 121720  |E:dom.hall@nhs.net
W: www.bswccg.nhs.uk 

Parish Council Meeting (via Zoom), 28th April 2020

Message from the Parish Clerk, Gill Tatum

Hello everyone,

Please find details of the first virtual Parish Council Meeting which will take place on Tuesday 28th April 2020 starting at 7pm.

As you can imagine the Parish Council are trying to carry on with our usual business under unusual circumstances.  The virtual meeting has the facility for parishioners to join us via zoom and as normal there will be the slot for 3 minutes each for questions from you.

If anyone wants to take part please contact me before 12 noon on the 28th April.  You will need access to a computer, ipad or smart phone (but there is no cost or software needed) or email or ring me with any questions and I can raise them on your behalf.

Thanks and stay safe

Gillian Tatum , Parish Clerk

Email: tilshead.pc.clerk@gmail.com

Tel:     07979 866387

2020-04-28 Agenda

Chargeable Garden Waste Collection Service Renewal Process

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COVID-19 Community Groups Newsletter

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17 April 2020

This newsletter is for community groups that are coordinating efforts to support those in self isolation and people in need, with tailored information, advice, hints and tips.

Wiltshire Council support

The Wiltshire Wellbeing Hub

We have set up a dedicated hub to support the most vulnerable residents during the ongoing COVID-19 situation. The hub is available to anyone who is struggling during this difficult time, such as people who are shielding or self-isolating and don’t have a support network around them or know where to get help.

People can get in touch with the hub via email at wellbeinghub@wiltshire.gov.uk or by calling 0300 003 4576. It’s available from 8am to 8pm Monday to Friday and 10am to 4pm Saturday and Sunday.

Community Group Directory and Volunteer Group Information Pack

We have created a communities group directory and an information pack for volunteer groups to help them support their communities during the ongoing COVID-19 situation. The information pack includes top tips on setting up a volunteer group, advice on supporting those in self-isolation, a range of template forms and useful signposting to other resources. Both are available on the Wiltshire Council website.

Please email Covid-19CommunityDirectory@wiltshire.gov.uk with any amendments, deletions or additions to the community directory.

Online active communities resources

With people stuck at home for the foreseeable future, we’ve compiled a list of resources across a wide range of subjects to try and provide something of interest for everyone.The resources have been broken down into categories: Keep active; Mental Health; Read and rhyme!; Creativity, culture and heritage; Digital learning; Home schooling. View the online resources.

Safeguarding, DBS, and Data Protection advice

We have produced a guide for community groups in Wiltshire who are responding to the COVID-19 pandemic, regarding safeguarding, DBS checks and data protection.

This is to support groups in their work to protect vulnerable people from potentially unscrupulous people and to support volunteers to feel confident the work they are doing is safe and appropriate for all.View the Safeguarding guidance for volunteer groups


Wessex Community Action list of VCSE organisations and Befriending Guidance

Wessex Community Action logo. Supporting Community and Voluntary Activity

Wessex Community Action’s dedicated Covid-19 page for the VCSE organisations in Wiltshire. They will aim to make it as practical and as comprehensive as possible so you have a one stop shop for resources and information. They are working with the councils for voluntary services across the country and sharing resources. They are very grateful to be working with these partners and being able to sharing our resources collectively. At the bottom of their page make sure you are signed up to receive the Wessex Community Action newsletters to keep automatically updated with local and national news.

Befriending Guidance for Covid-19 Groups Supporting Isolated Residents

Many volunteers in your community maybe offering to call isolated residents to reduce their sense of isolation and loneliness. This Befriending Guidance can be used as a template to share with your volunteers.

More on Wessex Community Action


Mental health support and advice

Here are a few local and national initiatives and organisations that can help:Every Mind Matters.The Every Mind Matters website has been updated to reflect how to look after your health and wellbeing during COVID-19 including how to look after your body.NHS mental health and wellbeing advice website. For self-assessment, audio guides and practical tools, if you are experiencing stress, feelings of anxiety or low mood.Mental Health Foundation. Looking after your mental health during the Coronavirus outbreak.MIND. Have an excellent resource for managing your wellbeing at this time.Domestic Abuse supportTurn2me. A lifeline online. There is free access to online support groups, great resources including podcasts on a wide range of subjects.Young Minds. Tips on how to cope with mental health challenges during the current crisis.The Help Hub. Supporting those in isolation.Avon & Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership. Telephone 24/7 response line 0300 3031320.Teen Talk Young Melksham. A hotline for 11 to 25 year olds for the whole of Wiltshire.Re-engage. Charity offering befriending and a listening ear for older people.Wiltshire Treehouse. Are using phone and online support to help those in need, at a time when face to face help is not possible. Kath Brownlee, Bereavement Service Lead says “We anticipate that deaths from the coronavirus will present some unique challenges for families and their children. Social distancing means that saying goodbye to loved ones can be difficult, and some deaths will be sudden and unexpected. We can provide young people with an outlet for their feelings, whilst assisting parents to better understand how to help their grieving child.” 


Richmond Fellowship telephone service for wellbeing support

Richmond Fellowship logo of three figures blue, red and yellow

Richmond Fellowship are now offering telephone advice and support across Bath and North East Somerset, Swindon and Wiltshire to help people struggling with anxiety or other mental health concerns in the current situation.

Please contact them if you want to find out more about the resources available to you on-line or in the community to help you cope during these challenging times.

Please leave a voice message or email using the contact details – clearly stating your full name, your telephone number and a brief summary of your inquiry – and they will get back to you within 24hrs Monday to Friday during office hours. 

Telephone: 01380 724833 

Email: wiltshirereferrals@richmondfellowship.org.uk


Age UK telephone calls for older people

Age UK Wiltshire logo

Are you or someone you know self-isolating and not having regular social contact?   

Age UK are offering ‘reassurance’ social telephone calls to older people from one of their friendly volunteers for a temporary period. If you would like to receive a call or you know someone who would benefit, please get in touch with them.

 Telephone: 0808 196 2424

Email: enquiries@ageukwiltshire.org.uk


RSPCA help during COVID-19

Photo of man walking dog on a lead, along a track through woodlands.
The RSPCA has produced guidance to make sure people with animals are prepared.

Ensuring pet owners are prepared: 

The RSPCA has produced a poster that can be downloaded and filled in by members of the public who have pets/animals. The aim being they will approach family/friends/neighbours who can care for their pets if they are hospitalised. This poster should be displayed in a visible place, for example on the fridge, etc so that the emergency services can see plans have already been made for the animals. Please do share this with the public in your community to try and help ease the pressure on the Adult Social Care teams in finding boarding spaces for animals. 

Dog walking:

Guidance has been produced on dog walking and we would strongly urge you to share this widely so that dog owners and all dog walkers are aware of it. It sets out sensible measures to ensure dogs can still be exercised with precautions taken for them and people. For example, all walkers should keep dogs on leads at this time – to help ensure social distancing, and avoid owners coming into contact with one another should they have to go and retrieve their dog or in the event of an incident as well as potential veterinary visit. Importantly it outlines information for those wishing to support key workers or those who are self-isolating or shielding by taking their pets out for a walk.More about RSPCA advice for pet owners


Wiltshire Community Foundation lists funding opportunities

Wiltshire Community Foundation has compiled a list of funding opportunities as well as organisations offering support and advice at this challenging time. This list is regularly updated and do let the community fund know if you are aware of any other opportunities.

The Wiltshire Community Foundation have also launched their own Coronavirus Response Grants programme to distribute funds raised through their own appeal and Wiltshire and Swindon’s share of the National Emergencies Trust Coronavirus Appeal fund.Find out more about funding opportunities


Persimmon’s Charitable Foundation funding

Building Futures scheme

Persimmon’s Charitable Foundation has committed to relaunching its Building Futures scheme for 2020. As part of its sponsorship of Team GB, Persimmon will donate more than £1 million to support children in sport, health and education.

They are calling on local groups which support children to apply.

Community Champions Initiative

Persimmon’s Community Champions initiative has run since 2015 and gives away £64,000 every month in single donations up to the value of £1,000. So far over £3.5million has been donated in the UK.

Persimmon has decided that from April 2020 all Community Champions funding will go directly to groups supporting the over 70s.How to apply for Persimmon’s Charitable Foundation funding


Warm and Safe Wiltshire advice service

The Warm and Safe Wiltshire advice service is still busy helping people who are struggling to keep warm and to manage their fuel bills. We know that the current situation is particularly challenging for vulnerable people and that domestic energy costs have risen as households are obliged to stay at home.

A reminder of the work they do:

They help people access fuel vouchers through their energy supplier, various schemes or our project resources. They also act as an advocate in helping people seek postponement of payments and discretionary fuel credit through their suppliers.They help people connect with Foodbanks and food parcel services in their area and sign up for extra support from the government.They support households in a no heat situation by providing new oil filled radiators to eligible households in the short term, and referrals to installers and schemes for heating repair or upgrades in the long term.

 Through close working relationships with organisations in the area, they can refer onto numerous helpful third parties.

 They offer in-depth caseworker support to make homes warmer, save money on fuel bills, seek out grants and discounts and make energy saving improvements to homes.If you have a patient or service user that you feel could do with their support please refer to them.Find out more about Warm and Safe Wiltshire advice


Keeping safe when helping others

The government has published guidance that focuses on how people can help friends, family and neighbours in isolation safely.

This guide is to inform those who are well and not at risk, of the things that they can do to help support their friends and neighbours who need to stay at home because of Coronavirus.More on how to help others safely

Grass Cutting and Grounds Maintenance

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Wiltshire Council have confirmed that non essential grass cutting and maintenance works are suspended due to COVID-19.Important visibility splays for road junctions etc. plus maintenance along footpaths will continue, the latter so that our community can take its hour long exercise.
The Parish Council will therefore, in the interim, seek to undertake some of the grass cutting where appropriate such as outside the village hall to keep our environment looking good (maintaining social distancing and the correct procedures in place).  Also we would like to say a big “Thank You” to those of you who are safely cutting their verges in front of their houses.

Thank you for your patience and understanding with this.

Tilshead Parish Council

Gillian Tatum

Clerk to Tilshead Parish Council