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In Case You Think It Is All Over !

posted 12 Jul 2020, 03:41 by M Bain   [ updated 12 Jul 2020, 03:41 ]

Latest Government & Herefordshire Coronavirus Information

posted 27 Jun 2020, 04:16 by M Bain   [ updated 27 Jun 2020, 04:18 ]

Discretionary Grant For Businesses - Covid 19 Support

posted 17 Jun 2020, 03:02 by M Bain   [ updated 17 Jun 2020, 07:53 ]

16th June 2020 

Dear Herefordshire Business 

 LAUNCH OF DISCRETIONARY GRANT SCHEME AND ONGOING COVID-19 SUPPORT 

 I hope that you, your families, and your employees continue to be safe and in good health.  All of us at the council do understand that these are incredibly difficult times both financially and socially.

 Many of you will be aware that the government has now introduced an additional discretionary grants fund that will help provide assistance to some of the businesses that have not had access to other support schemes.

 This discretionary grants fund is managed by the council and will award grants reflecting the size of business, level of fixed property costs and scale of impact experienced.  The amount of funding the council has received is limited at £3.2m, consequently the scheme eligibility criteria is limited initially to those categories of businesses that are specified in central government guidance.

 Businesses eligible to receive this new funding must be a small or micro business, a charity, or social enterprises with a turnover of not more than £10.2m and fewer than 50 staff.  Applicants must also be either:

·         a small businesses in shared offices or other flexible workspaces;

·         market traders with fixed building costs who do not have their own business rates assessment;

·         bed & breakfasts which pay council tax instead of business rates or;

·         charity properties in receipt of charitable business rates relief. 

Further details, the full eligibility criteria for businesses and how to apply can be found on the Herefordshire Council website at: https://www.herefordshire.gov.uk/info/200250/coronavirus/906/herefordshire_coronavirus_discretionary_grant_fund

This scheme is now open and completed applications must be received by midnight on the 28th June 2020.

In distributing this funding we are trying to help as many businesses as possible, while continuing to press government for further funding to support the local economy and help us build back better.  If there is funding remaining in the scheme after the first round we will open the scheme more widely as we recognise that there are still other businesses who have slipped through the cracks of the various central government support.

Other support the council continues to give to businesses includes £52.4m paid out to more than 4,500 businesses in the county (up until 31 May 2020) in government grant funding.

I would like to reiterate that the all the information on the government schemes can be found via the Marches Growth Hub website https://www.marchesgrowthhub.co.uk/advice-and-support/coronavirus-information-for-businesses/

For information regarding local support available from the council, including the roll out of business grants and advice, please visit the council website at https://www.herefordshire.gov.uk/coronavirus.  Both these sites are updated regularly and should provide the latest national and local information.

We know that the ongoing situation is placing a considerable level of stress on many impacted businesses and their employees and we recognise that there may be a need to access mental health and wellbeing advice.  Please visit https://www.wisherefordshire.org/mentalhealth for details of the local advice and services.

Additionally there is still a need to adhere to the latest government public health advice, and we would encourage every employer currently still operational to make themselves familiar with this.  Here is a link to the public heath guidance: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/coronavirus-covid-19-list-of-guidance

 We are aware that the nature of the situation and the balance between reopening your business and protecting both you and your employees is an additional stress and complication.  We also recognise that there is still considerable uncertainty for many businesses in terms of when you may be allowed to reopen and what measures you will have to put in place.

 The council are doing our best to help preserve good businesses and assist hard working families.  Wherever possible we will attempt to give you information and guidance that can assist your business.  Our collective future economic success may well depend on how we all react over the next few months.  I continue to wish that you and your families remain in good health and your business remains resilient.

 Kind regards,

  Cllr Dr Ellie Chowns

Cabinet Member- Environment, Economy & Skills  

Coronovirus Battle Group Report 30 May 2020

posted 19 Apr 2020, 03:28 by M Bain   [ updated 31 May 2020, 02:15 ]

 

Another month comes to an end as the light at the end of the tunnel is beginning to shine. It is encouraging to learn that some of us will be able to meet with others and visit the shops before too long. However, I am sure we all agree that we need to be cautious to avoid increasing the infection rate.

The fact remains that many of our friends and neighbours will need to “shield” for some time yet. The Battle Group will be available as long as a single person needs a bit of help to keep going.

Compared to the busy months of March and April, May has been rather quiet. However, the group has completed 11 shopping trips and collected 9 prescriptions. We were pleased that Ledbury Community Action felt able to call on our team of volunteers on a couple of occasions. The Battle Group is ready and able to help whatever the need. We are happy to help find solutions, not necessarily just shopping and prescription collection.

Do remember that there are books and puzzles available to borrow. They can be found near the main entrance of the Memorial Hall.

Please do not hesitate to contact the group. We really are keen to help.

Stay safe

Another month comes to an end as the light at the end of the tunnel is beginning to shine. It is encouraging to learn that some of us will be able to meet with others and visit the shops before too long. However, I am sure we all agree that we need to be cautious to avoid increasing the infection rate.

The fact remains that many of our friends and neighbours will need to “shield” for some time yet. The Battle Group will be available as long as a single person needs a bit of help to keep going.

Compared to the busy months of March and April, May has been rather quiet. However, the group has completed 11 shopping trips and collected 9 prescriptions. We were pleased that Ledbury Community Action felt able to call on our team of volunteers on a couple of occasions. The Battle Group is ready and able to help whatever the need. We are happy to help find solutions, not necessarily just shopping and prescription collection.

Do remember that there are books and puzzles available to borrow. They can be found near the main entrance of the Memorial Hall.

Please do not hesitate to contact the group. We really are keen to help.

Stay safe

Pat Beaumont and Sue Barnes


Beware Coronavirus Scammers and Fraudsters

posted 15 Apr 2020, 08:39 by Wellington Heath Cap   [ updated 15 Apr 2020, 08:39 ]


Please see attached document from Victim Support

Education for young children about Covid-19

posted 28 Mar 2020, 04:06 by M Bain   [ updated 28 Mar 2020, 04:07 ]


Ledbury Safer Neighbourhood Team have provided a workbook for young children to help educate them about the Covid-19 coronavirus.  It is attached below. 

You can download it by clicking on the arrow on the right hand side of the entry.



The Farmers Arms and other local businesses providing a food delivery service.

posted 25 Mar 2020, 03:06 by M Bain   [ updated 15 Apr 2020, 07:46 by Wellington Heath Cap ]

To date 25 March I have been informed about the following businesses who are offering a home delivery service:
  • The Farmers Arms, Grocery Boxes: Wellington Heath, Telephone 01531-634776, free delivery within 5 miles. Please see attached Farmers Arms documents for ordering details and box contents. See farmers arms website to keep up with any changes in services offered: https://www.farmersarmswellingtonheath.co.uk/
  • Gurneys butchers: 12 High St, Ledbury - now open 9 to 1 & then delivering in the afternoon, Telephone: 01531 632526
  • Mark Jenkins, Greengrocer: 29 The Homend, Ledbury HR8 1BN Telephone: 01531-632537
  • Elite Catering: Prepared Frozen Meals: Local catering business based at 2 Frith Cottages, Frith Lane, Beggars Ash. Menu attached below. To order email elitecatering001@hotmail.com or telephone 01531-636028 or use FB Messenger: Elite Catering Ledbury.
  • The Nest, Farm Shop: Little Verzons Farm, Hereford Rd, Telephone 01531 670816 Pop  Up Shop. Collection only unless you are self isolating when there is free delivery within 5 miles at the moment. http://nestledbury.co.uk/pop-up-shop/.  
  • Philip Wathen, Milk etc: Telephone 07743 761440. Delivers every morning except Sunday. Milk. eggs. cream. bottled orange juice. bread, and papers/magazines.
  • Businesses in Ledbury: Too many to list here, please see attached Ledbury Essential Business Directory or if you prefer visit the Ledbury Portal: Ledbury Essential Business Directory
If you know of any others please let me know mikebain3@gmail.com

Also if you live in Wellington Heath and are in need of help don't forget the Wellington Heath Coronavirus Battle Group whose poster is attached below.

Government Guidance Issued 23 March 2019

posted 23 Mar 2020, 14:45 by M Bain   [ updated 23 Mar 2020, 14:46 ]

The full text of the new guidance announced by the Prime Minister today is attached below.

Why it is CRITICAL that we all comply with social distancing advice

posted 23 Mar 2020, 07:58 by M Bain   [ updated 23 Mar 2020, 10:40 ]

Last weekend (21/22 March) the news showed that lots of people are not taking social distancing seriously.

Some younger people may think that the virus won't infect them or it won't be too bad if they catch it. This may be true for most young individuals but they need to consider the other effects of the spread of the virus. The virus may kill their parents or grandparents, it may (probably will, if we don't socially distance) overwhelm the NHS so that the NHS are unable to respond properly to other critical incidents. What will happen if you are in a car accident, you have appendicitis, you break your leg, have a heart attack (it does happen to those under 70) etc etc -  the list goes on an on. 

This "long article" explains why social distancing is critical especially between people from different households (and obviously within households if someone shows symptoms). https://medium.com/@tomaspueyo/coronavirus-the-hammer-and-the-dance-be9337092b56

It is long, with lots of numbers, but it really explains why we all need to keep our distance from each other. Its written from a US perspective but applies to all countries. It draws on work done at Imperial College London which appears to be helping to change more recent UK strategy.

Many vulnerable people live in Wellington Heath so it is up to us all to try to delay the spread of Covid-19 as long as possible so that the health service can cope and there is more time to develop treatments.

So what is social distancing advice at the moment (23 March):
  • Avoid contact with someone who is displaying symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19). These symptoms include high temperature and/or new and continuous cough
  • Avoid non-essential use of public transport when possible
  •  Work from home, where possible. Your employer should support you to do this. Please refer to  Employer Guidance for more information
  •  Avoid large and small gatherings in public spaces, noting that pubs, restaurants, leisure centres and similar venues are currently shut as infections spread easily in closed spaces where people gather together.
  •  If you meet others when you are outdoors (for example, on a walk) ensure that you stay at least 2 meters away.
  •  Avoid gatherings with friends and family. Keep in touch using remote technology such as phone, internet, and social media
  •  Use telephone or online services to contact your GP or other essential services
(Please note this does NOT say that gatherings are OK if you stay 2m apart)




Coronavirus - Help in Wellington Heath

posted 19 Mar 2020, 03:36 by M Bain   [ updated 23 Mar 2020, 10:42 ]

As the Government's strategy to combat and delay the spread of the
Coronavirus starts to take effect, we are aware that some in the village may require more support than others.

In order to do this we feel a co-ordinated approach would be a prudent course of action and to this end Pat Beaumont and Sue Barnes have set up a group (Wellington Heath Coronavirus Battle Group) to offer assistance to those confined by the most recent restrictions.

Please see the attached information, a hard copy of which will be distributed to all households in the coming days.

Take care, and keep safe and healthy,

Mark Beaumont
For and on behalf of 
Wellington Heath Parish Council and 
the Wellington Heath Coronavirus Battle Group

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