Coronavirus And Support In The Community
The Coronavirus situation is changing with new information being made available on a frequent basis. There is a lot of help and support available from a variety of sources within the parish and below you will find details of this and the latest information available. We will continue to update this page on a regular basis.
Bisley Community Group of local volunteers, organised through the George Stores, offers support to anyone in isolation who needs food, medicine, or other help our volunteers can provide. The group can be contacted through any of the Bisley Ward Parish Councillors:
There will be no more Eastcombe, Bussage and Brownshill newsletters until further notice. Any subs due will be collected at delivery of the first issue for the year.
An Eastcombe Good Neighbours group is being set up by the Eastcombe Village Group with support from the Parish Council. The aim of the group is to provide the vulnerable and those who are self-isolating within the village with help and support. Our volunteers could offer to undertake practical actions like delivering shopping (from Eastcombe Stores), collecting prescriptions or possibly just being prepared to ring up people who are isolated and who would like a friendly chat.
If you would consider becoming a volunteer to help provide that support please email and let us know your name, address in the village and your landline telephone contact number. It is our hope that we get enough volunteers to be able to assign pairs to a particular street or area of the village.
Community Coronavirus Support - If you are self-isolating or have been advised to remain at home, there is a growing network of people in the community willing and able to help out as needed. Also a veg box delivery scheme has been organised with the Stancombe Farm Shop. Please contact one of the co-ordinators below, who can in turn find someone to help with your shopping / prescription collection / chat etc etc.
Bonfire smoke may cause particular problems for people with underlying health conditions such as asthma, bronchitis and heart conditions. We all now know that Covid-19 is a respiratory disease. During the pandemic, more people than normal are at home, working, caring for their family and/or self-isolating. People in your area may already be suffering breathing difficulties due to the virus.
People with underlying health conditions have been advised to self-isolate in their homes for 12 weeks. They need to go into their gardens for fresh air and they need to be able to open their windows for ventilation; they have nowhere else to go.
Breathing difficulties could be worsened due to bonfire smoke inhalation and place a further burden on the NHS. Therefore, during these difficult times we would ask all residents to cooperate in protecting everyone's health by not lighting bonfires during the Government's lockdown period.
We understand that you may be tempted to dispose of additional garden waste by having a bonfire. As the lockdown throws up new challenges for us all, we ask everyone to be a good neighbour and to not burn any of this waste.
Thank you for your cooperation in doing all you can to protect the health of your family and that of your neighbours, many of whom may be more vulnerable to the effects of bonfire smoke than ever before and who are presently restricted to their homes.
Any garden waste can be composted or it can simply wait - store it for now until the current emergency is over and do not burn it.