Stalbridge Supermarket Dike & Son has resumed its normal opening hours of 8am to 8pm Monday to Saturday and 10am to 4pm on Sunday. Dikes facebook page says "Be assured we are still deep cleaning throughout the store, including trolleys, and don't forget to make sure you keep a safe distance from other other shoppers and members of our team, thank you very much".
They have also announced their lunchtime hot meals service for this week. Details below...
Stalbridge has a new gardening facebook group called Stalbridge Garden Photos. "Share your garden with the group, add a flower a day, enjoy the creations that others have made" To join the group, click on the button below to visit their Facebook page.
Dorset remains closed this bank holiday weekend!
With the national lockdown still in place, it’s really important that you continue to stay at home this weekend. Coronavirus is still a threat to everyone – anyone can get it and anyone can spread it.
We’re asking Dorset residents to take their daily exercise from home. Use local roads, paths and open spaces and please don’t travel to your favourite parks, beaches or beauty spots. The majority of car parks will be closed and Dorset Police will be checking that people are travelling for essential reasons only.
We’re also asking people who live outside of Dorset not to visit the county until a later date when restrictions are lifted.
Thank you for staying at home so far – it really has made a huge difference. All of your favourite places in Dorset will still be here when restrictions are eased, so please keep it up.
Stay at home this weekend!
The Stalbridge British Legion is inviting people of all generations and communities to take part in the activities on 8th May and pay tribute to the service and sacrifice of the entire Second World War generation. As society faces some of the most challenging times since of the Second World War, it is now more important than ever to unite in recognition of service to the nation, just as communities did 75 years ago.
Royal British Legion Schedule
Two Minute Silence
The Legion is calling on people to join in a national moment of reflection and Remembrance at 11am on Friday 8th May and pause for a Two Minute Silence, not only in recognition of the service and sacrifice of the Second World War generation, but also to reflect on the devastating impact Covid-19 has had on so many lives across the world.
People are invited to take part in the Silence in whatever way they feel appropriate be that standing at their window, stepping outside their home, whilst remaining distanced from others, or taking the opportunity for a quiet moment of reflection. To build momentum towards this important moment, please share this with your communities and encourage everyone to come together in Remembrance at 11am.
The Royal British Legion Livestream
Following the Silence the Legion is hosting a VE Day livestream, sharing stories and memories from those who served and sacrificed during the Second World War. The Legion is inviting people to grab a cup of tea and join us for the livestream as we bring the World War Two generation together with today's generation to chat about their experiences.
Hosted by TV presenter Sonali Shah, the programme will feature contributions from social historian Julie Summers and cook and influencer Melissa Helmsley. The stream will be live from 11.15am on the Legion's website rbl.org.uk/veday75.
VE Day 75: The People's Celebration BBC ONE: 20:00 - 21:10
To mark the 75th anniversary of VE day, in these unprecedented times, the BBC in partnership with The Royal British Legion will honour and celebrate the World War Two Generation with an evening of memories and music. Featuring some of those who remember this historic day, together with Britain's favourite performers who will entertain us with popular songs of the era. In a fitting finale at 9.00 pm we will see the nation unite for a very special rendition of "We'll Meet Again" as we all give thanks to our veterans and remember our loved ones.
'We'll Meet Again' Singalong
Lyrics available on The Royal British Legion website here - VE singalong
VE Day 75 Learning Pack
Designed for 7-14 year olds the learning pack includes first-hand accounts from the Second World War generation, veteran interviews and a range of activities to allow families to explore and commemorate VE Day 75 together. People can follow the activity on social media using #VEDay75 and #VEDay75Live during the livestream.
We'll meet again
Don't know where
Don't know when
But I know we'll meet again
Some sunny day
Keep smiling through
Just like you always do
'Till the blue skies chase
Those dark clouds far away
And I will just say hello
To the folks that you know
Tell them you won't be long
They'll be happy to know
That, as I saw you go
You were singing this song
We'll meet again
Don't know where
Don't know when
But I know we'll meet again
Some sunny day
And I will just say hello
To the folks that you know
Tell them you won't be long
They'll be happy to know
That, as I saw you go
You were singing this song
We'll meet again
Don't know where
Don't know when
But I know we'll meet again
Some sunny day
Dorset Digital Hotline – Can we help you? Many people in your local community are likely to be relying on digital online services and applications more than ever before. For some this will be a first and they need to learn from scratch and for others there are new digital hurdles to overcome almost on a daily basis just to get every day jobs done such as shopping or ordering prescriptions.
We wanted everyone in your local community to know that there is a new free telephone hotline set up in response to the COVID-19 lockdown, to provide support for people with IT and digital problems of all kinds. The hotline has received more than 50 calls in the first three weeks.
Here is a selection of some of the support the digital advisers can provide – no problem too small!
• helping families with digital applications for home schooling
• providing help to get online for home shopping
• support for all digital NHS services and e-Consult
• setting up video calls such as Skype and Facetime to keep in contact with friends and family
• support to use all digital appliances and solve problems
• using digital to exercise at home and keep fit
An example of how the Dorset Digital Hotline can make a difference to people’s lives is expressed by one of our digital advisers...
Andy Hargreaves a digital adviser said: “One lady I helped this week uses her iPad to keep in touch with her family via Facetime. She told me that she couldn’t hear her family speaking to her clearly on her calls because the sound on the iPad was distorted. I helped her to correct the problem over the phone and soon it was working properly. She said to me that if she wasn’t in isolation she would come over and give me a hug because the iPad was her lifeline now to the outside world.”
The Dorset Digital Hotline is run by a group of volunteers mostly made up of retired IT professionals and some Dorset Council staff. The team are extremely versatile and experienced and can offer a wide range of support to anyone including assistance to vulnerable people in your community.
Please pass this information on through your own channels to community groups, friends and family.
We look forward to hearing from you!
Telephone: 01305 221000 (Select Option 2).
Monday to Friday 10.00 am to 12 noon (except Bank Holidays) or leave a message.
Here is some great advice from J Day Engineering on how to look after your car during the lockdown..."To all of our customers and friends of J DAY Engineering,
We want to keep people updated with our decisions and how they might challenge our customers, particularly now that green shoots are possibly emerging. We have decided that we will continue the full lockdown as we feel this benefits the locality the most in the long term. It is not an easy decision and we are aware of the frustration it causes us and our customers alike.
In the meantime, the government has granted MOT tests a six-month extension to the expiry so there is no need to panic to get it done.
We have also listed a few helpful and practical things that can be done by you at home, during these extended periods of non-use of your vehicle.
If you want to keep your vehicle roadworthy for essential journeys, or are concerned about the impact of not driving it at all for a while, I am going to give you some maintenance tips to see you safely through the coronavirus crisis we are all facing.
Unless you’re driving for one of the essential purposes outlined by the government – including essential work, food shopping or medical reasons – you should avoid driving at all for the time being.
For many of us that means our vehicles will parked for long periods of time. A vehicle that is left unused can develop problems that will prevent it working properly when you come to need it. There are sensible measures you can take to ensure your vehicle remains both safe and legal.
A vehicle's brake discs can begin to corrode if not driven for long periods. This could eventually lead to the brakes seizing to prevent this from happening, I would suggest driving your vehicle up and down your road once a week. This will also help prevent your tyres from developing flat spots. If possible, avoid using the handbrake and leave your vehicle in gear, which prevents it from moving. However, caution must be taken if you are parked on a slope.
It’s also important to keep your battery maintained, and you can do this by simply just running your vehicle for about 15-20 minutes once a week. This will give the battery time to increase its charge.
While the vehicle is running, turn the air conditioning on. This will help maintain the seals in the air conditioning system and reduce the chance of mould developing in your vehicle’s air circulation system. Most importantly never ever leave your vehicle unattended when it’s switched on.
Vehicles with MOT’s due from 30 March 2020 have been given a six-month extension however, drivers are still expected to keep their vehicles in a safe and roadworthy condition. If you need to drive for essential reasons check the following.
We all want to return to normal as soon as possible but it must be done safely and responsibly without undoing all the good that has been achieved by lockdown to this point.
We cannot wait to help you on the other side of this crisis.
Thank you for taking the time to read this and hope it has helped even a little.
You can still email us at any time. You will receive an automated response but we are monitoring and working through these as fast as we can.
J DAY Engineering
[Click on the button below to email the team at JDay Engineering]
Some answers from the government on questions raised about the Covid 19 pandemic.
1. When am I allowed to leave the house?
You should only leave the house for very limited purposes:
2. Can I go to the dentist, my GP or another medical appointment?
You can leave home for medical appointments.
GP practices may postpone non-urgent health checks or routine appointments.
You should go to the doctor if there is an essential medical need.
3. Can I walk my dog / look after my horse?
Yes – provided it is alone or with members of your household.
People must stay at home as much as possible to reduce the spread of the virus. But you can also still go outside once a day for a walk, run, cycle. When doing this you must minimise the time you are out of your home and stay at least two metres away from anyone else that isn’t from your household.
4. Should I stay at home or go to work?
You may travel for work purposes, but only where you cannot work from home.
Certain jobs require people to travel to their place of work – for instance if they operate machinery, work in construction or manufacturing, or are delivering front line services such as train and bus drivers.
Employers and employees should discuss their working arrangements, and employers should take every possible step to facilitate their employees working from home, including providing suitable IT and equipment to enable remote working.
5. I’m not a critical worker and I can’t work from home. What should I do?
If you cannot work from home then you can still travel to work. This is consistent with the Chief Medical Officer’s advice.
Critical workers are those who can still take their children to school or childcare. This critical worker definition does not affect whether or not you can travel to work – if you are not a critical worker, you may still travel to work provided you cannot work from home.
Anyone who has symptoms or is in a household where someone has symptoms should not go to work and should self-isolate.
6. How can I find out if my work is essential or not?
The government is not saying only people doing “essential” work can go to work. Anyone who cannot work from home can still go to work.
Separately, there is a list of critical workers who can still take their children to school or childcare. Provision has been prioritised for these workers.
Every worker – whether critical or not – should work from home if they can but may otherwise travel to work.
We have also asked certain businesses where people gather, such as pubs and most shops, to close. Separate guidance has been published on this.
7. Can I see my friends?
We must all stay away from each other to stop spreading the virus, and that means you should not be meeting friends unless you live in the same household.
Instead, you could keep in touch with your friends using phone or video calls.
8. Can I visit elderly relatives?
No, you should not be visiting family members who do not live in your home.
You should keep in touch with them using phone or video calls.
Where your relatives are elderly or vulnerable, you may leave your house to help them, for example by dropping shopping or medication at their door. You can also help them to order online.
9. Can I go out to help a vulnerable person?
You can only provide support to vulnerable people if you fulfil all of the conditions below:
When outside the home, you should stay at least two metres away from others wherever possible.
We have seen an incredible effort across the country already, and we’re hugely grateful to those who support the vulnerable in their communities by volunteering day-to-day.
10. My boss is forcing me to go to work but I’m scared of coronavirus. What should I do?
Employers must make all efforts to help people to work from home where possible, as this will help limit the spread of the virus by reducing the amount of contact between people.
In some circumstances this may be impossible – this would apply to those working for a business or organisation that we have not asked to close and requires them to travel and be at work, such as train or bus drivers, construction workers, restaurant workers handling deliveries or those on the frontline like NHS workers.
For these workers who need to be at work, do not have symptoms or live with anyone who has symptoms, and are not vulnerable people, we have outlined clear guidance for employers to help protect workers.
11. I can’t go to work because I need to look after my child, but my boss is threatening to sack me if I don’t. What should I do?
We would urge employers to take socially responsible decisions and listen to the concerns of their workforce – particularly when they have childcare responsibilities.
Employers and employees should come to an agreement about these arrangements.
If individuals need advice they should approach ACAS where they can get impartial advice about in-work disputes.
12. Can I move house?
Homebuyers and renters should, where possible, delay moving to a new house while measures are in place to fight coronavirus.
If moving is unavoidable for contractual reasons and the parties are unable to reach an agreement to delay, people must follow advice on staying away from others to minimise the spread of the virus.
Read the detailed guidance on moving house during the coronavirus outbreak
13. Can I go to the park?
You can still go to the park for outdoor exercise once a day but only alone or with members of your household, not in groups.
Communal places within parks such as sports courts, playgrounds and outdoor gyms have been closed to protect everyone’s health.
We ask that households use parks responsibly and keep 2 metres apart from others at all times.
Unless you are with members of your household, gatherings of more than two people in parks and other public spaces have been banned. The police have the powers to disperse gatherings and issue fines if necessary.
14. Can I drive to a national park or other green space to walk?
We advise you to stay local and use open spaces near to your home where possible – do not travel unnecessarily.
You can still go to the park for outdoor exercise once a day but only by yourself or within your household, not in groups.
We ask you to keep 2 metres apart from others outside your household at all times when outdoors.
15. Can I exercise more than once a day if I need to due to a significant health condition?
You can leave your home for a medical need. If you (or a person in your care) have a specific health condition that requires you to leave the home to maintain your health - including if that involves travel beyond your local area - then you can do so. This could, for example, include where individuals with learning disabilities or autism require specific exercise in an open space two or three times each day - ideally in line with a care plan agreed with a medical professional.
Even in such cases, in order to reduce the spread of infection and protect those exercising, travel outside of the home should be limited, as close to your local area as possible, and you should remain at least 2 metres apart from anyone who is not a member of your household or a carer at all times.
16. What will happen to me if I break the rules?
We appreciate all the effort people are putting into containing the spread of coronavirus which will help protect our NHS and save lives.
However, if you leave your home or gather in public for any reason other than those specified, the police may:
Stalbridge resident Caressence Roden has produced a series of online meditation videos to help people in these troubled times. "This is a mini-series of guided meditations called 'Meditations for Troubled Times'. They were originally created for my local U3A group but then I felt it might be helpful to allow the wider community to view them too".- Caressence Roden.
Click on the button below to view them on her YouTube channel.
With household recycling centres (HRCs) currently closed due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, Dorset Council is asking people to help them in the fight against fly-tipping. Trips to a household recycling centre are not listed under central government reasons for essential travel, so we have had to temporarily close them. Opening them for any amount of time would contravene public health advice that we, as the local authority, are obligated to comply with.
We are requesting that any waste that would usually need to be taken to an HRC should just be kept to one side until they reopen. However, there will unfortunately always be a handful of selfish and anti-social individuals who will fly-tip waste and use the HRC closures to justify their illegal behaviour, even during this unprecedented crisis.
Early fly-tipping figures from late March and early April have not shown a significant year-on-year increase, but officers are hesitant to read too much into this data as reporting is likely to be impacted by fewer people travelling around the county and spotting fly-tips as they isolate at home.
To help us fight against fly-tipping, the waste service’s Enforcement Team – who are continuing to operate at this time – have asked for residents to note the following: –
Cllr Tony Alford, Dorset Council’s portfolio holder for Customer, Community and Regulatory Services, said:
“Now more than ever, we need people to keep us informed when they spot fly-tips. We want residents to help us by keeping their waste to one side until things get back to normal, and to check who they’re handing their waste to.
We know the temporary closure of household recycling centres is likely to cause a rise in fly-tipping, so we’re keeping a close eye on the situation, reviewing central government guidance and planning every day so we can re-open the HRCs at the earliest opportunity.
But there are no excuses for fly-tipping. It’s unsightly and damaging to the environment. We all have a part to play in stopping this anti-social behaviour and by working together I know we can make a positive impact.
It’s also worth noting that Dorset Police are still out on the roads at this time checking where people are travelling to and may have some questions if they look in a vehicle and find waste that would typically be dropped at an HRC.”
If you see a fly-tip, make a note of where it is, take a picture if you can, and note down any other details. Never touch the waste or confront fly-tippers.
You can report it to us online using the button below or call us on - 01305 221040
For those of you living in Stalbridge with relatives in other parts of Dorset who might be having difficulty getting medicines or groceries delivered Stalbridge Town Council have some useful links and phone numbers to call. Currently displayed on their blog is information about Blandford, Sturminster Newton, Dorchester, Shaftesbury and Weymouth. Click on the link below to access the information.
The Church of St Mary in Stalbridge have a new facebook group..."We have set up a Stalbridge Church page. This is to allow a regular contact with the church even though we can't use the building. It has always been stated the church is the people not the building. If you go to the site and request to be a friend we will all be involved in developing the site as the days progress". - Stuart Waite.
Click on the button below to visit the page
Dorset Council recognises that public rights of way and the cycleway / walking trails in Dorset provide an opportunity for local people to take exercise and get some fresh air in these difficult times. These paths should not be blocked or obstructed and cannot legally be closed to the public.. It is also important to stress that people should not be making special journeys to access them. Travel to exercise is NOT essential travel and people should not be travelling to do their daily exercise. Please see the latest Government guidance on access to green spaces and as always, follow the Countryside Code.
Local communities throughout the County rely on rights of way and cycleway / walking trails, however this should not be the cause of unnecessary travel into and around the County – so, if there is a particular problem with people gathering on rights of way or cycleway / walking trails, then the Police should be informed. They have the power to disperse any groups behaving in such a way.
Where rights of way pass close to, or through residential and agricultural properties, it is important that the existing Government advice regarding social distancing and hand washing is followed.
Dorset Council will work with the Police and other agencies to take any further actions necessary in the event of any changes to legislation or Government guidance, however, at this time there are no plans nor legal means to close public rights of way or the cycleway / walking trail networks for COVID-19 related reasons.
Stalbridge Helpers Scheme is here to help out those self-isolating or worried about social distancing who need a food shop, medicine or just a friendly chat...and who live within a 2 mile radius of the town. Have a look at the poster below for more information. These posters will appear in town and leaflets are going out soon from Stalbridge Pharmacy and Dike&Son supermarket in Stalbridge so that people who may not use social media or the internet will get to know about this volunteer service as well.
You are most welcome to download and print or share the poster below.
And if you would like to help out and volunteer yourself then you can find the volunteer form on the Stalbridge Helpers Scheme page on the town council website. Click on the button below to get there.
Support for residents with council tax concerns: We are trying to support those experiencing a negative change in their finances and so if you are experiencing financial hardship and need assistance with paying your Council Tax you should apply for Universal Credit and Council Tax Support by clicking on the following links
Universal Credit - apply for universal credit
Council Tax Support - council tax support
You may feel that your financial circumstances have not changed significantly but still feel concerned. If you would like to extend your payment plan from paying over 10 monthly payments to a 12 monthly payment plan please email the Council Tax Team firstname.lastname@example.org and we will respond to your request.
If you feel you would like to discuss your circumstances further our advisors are pleased to assist you individually offering help and advice, you can contact the team on 01305 211970.
Government have yesterday issued guidance for Local Authorities regarding the new Council Tax, COVID-19 hardship fund 2020-21. We will be able to provide further Council Tax relief via this scheme. There is clear expectation that we will use this fund to firstly support all customers currently in receipt of working age Local Council Tax Support. These customers will have applied to their liability a further reduction of up to £150, where a taxpayers liability following the already calculated council tax support is less than £150, their liability will simply be reduced to nil. Customers do not need to apply for this additional support.
We are working hard to rebill customers once we have received the required system updates which we will run through testing to make sure awards are correct.
Any remaining funds will be allocated to the most in need throughout the financial year and we are working on amendments to existing policy to enable us to correctly administer these funds to support our most vulnerable customers.
Those who should claim Council Tax Support are encouraged to do so.
Vehicle owners are being granted an MOT extension in order to help in the fight against Coronavirus. The government has announced a 6-month suspension on MOT tests. The exemption will apply to cars, motorbikes and vans. To find out about the rules on this please click on one of the buttons below.
With regret we have today closed all Stalbridge Play areas for the immediate future. That includes Jarvis Field, The Pump Track, The Tennis Courts and The Stalbridge Playing Fields Jubilee Play area.
Please also help us to limit the spread of the virus by;
· Taking your litter and dog waste home
· Respecting the closure of playgrounds, pump tracks & sports courts
· Following government guidelines
We encourage everyone to be responsible and stay well apart whilst they are enjoying the fresh air and exercise. Tending allotments is still permitted but please observe strict social distancing.
Thank you for all your support and assistance in keeping our wonderful community safe in these exceptional times.
"We are sure you are looking out for your neighbours and friends who are social distancing and may not be able go shopping or pick up regular medication. To further support the local community we are setting up the Stalbridge Helpers Scheme. If you would like to volunteer to help we would be glad to hear from you. Please fill in the form on our website by clicking on the logo below and we will get back to you as soon as possible, Thank you for your support".
(Stalbridge Town Council)
Graham Carr-Jones of Dorset Council sends us this update to information for Food businesses:-
Enforcement of Government regulations relating to food businesses
Posted on March 25, 2020. We’ve been receiving enquiries on food businesses which are continuing to operate and want to clarify the following:
All restaurants, pubs and café’s should be closed.
But businesses can – and are – looking to diversify into take away and delivery services, and this is being supported by central government and we have produced guidance to Dorset Food businesses on how to do this safely taking account of food hygiene and public health guidance on Covid-19.
It has been made clear that takeaway services must not allow people to communally sit at the premises to consume the food purchased.
We are awaiting further guidance on the enforcement of this under new emergency Covid powers.
Any members of the public who are concerned that food businesses are not complying should contact the Food Safety team on 01305 251010 or email@example.com
Dorset Councillor Graham Carr-Jones sends us this update on the closure of Lower Road in Stalbridge. - "Access to Springfields and the Hawthorns may be disrupted due to Highways works. I have spoken to the contractors this morning & CJD are looking to complete & re-open the road by Mon/Tues 30th/31st March next week. Your patience is appreciated whilst traffic management is in place".
Dike and Son supermarket and Ring Street Filling Station in Stalbridge have announced revised and reduced shopping hours for immediate future. From Ring Street Filling Station we have the following announcement:
Covid-19 announcement from Ring Street Filling Station.
During these unprecedented times, we have taken the decision to temporarily change our opening hours.
Stay safe! Callum, RSFS
DIKE & SON STALBRIDGE SUPERMARKET BOX SCHEME: Our online delivery/collection slots are fully booked, so we have now launched a Box Scheme that can be ordered by email. If you would like to pre-order a box of groceries for local home delivery or collection from our car park, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with your address and contact details. Boxes come in two sizes, £40 or £60, and will contain the following: milk, bread, butter, cheese, eggs, meat, bacon, cooked meat, potatoes, carrots, green veg, apples, bananas, frozen veg, frozen chips or potatoes, pasta/rice/noodles, cereals, biscuits, squash, crisps and chocolate. We can’t send a list of brands, as it will be availability dependent.
NOTE: There is currently a 10-11 day lead time.
We will confirm receipt of your order by email and let you know roughly when you can expect it. Then, on the day of delivery/collection from the car park we will call you to take payment over the phone. **Please note you can still come into the store to do your shopping. Our new opening hours are 8am-6pm Monday to Saturday, 10am-4pm Sunday.
NEW OPENING HOURS from Wednesday 25 March: To help take the pressure off our team, who really are going the extra mile every day, and just as importantly, to ensure you have a safe visit to the store, we are now opening from 8am to 6pm instead of 8pm on Monday to Saturday. Please see the attached news update. If you have any queries please do message us on facebook or call 01963 362204. Thank you very much indeed for your continued support and kind words, from all the team here in Stalbridge.
Stay at home to stop coronavirus spreading
This is no longer 'Advice'- The government is insisting now that you must follow these rules:
Everyone must stay at home to help stop the spread of coronavirus.
This includes people of all ages – even if you do not have any symptoms or other health conditions.
You can only leave your home:
FULL GUIDANCE FROM THE GOVERNMENT
The single most important action we can all take, in fighting coronavirus, is to stay at home in order to protect the NHS and save lives.
When we reduce our day-to-day contact with other people, we will reduce the spread of the infection. That is why the government is now (23 March 2020) introducing three new measures.
These measures are effective immediately. The Government will look again at these measures in three weeks, and relax them if the evidence shows this is possible.
1. Staying at home
You should only leave the house for one of four reasons:
These measures must be followed by everyone. Separate advice is available for individuals or households who are isolating, and for the most vulnerable who need to be shielded.
If you work in a critical sector outlined in this guidance, or your child has been identified as vulnerable, you can continue to take your children to school. Where parents do not live in the same household, children under 18 can be moved between their parents’ homes
2. Closing non-essential shops and public spaces
Last week, the Government ordered certain businesses - including pubs, cinemas and theatres - to close. The Government is now extending this requirement to a further set of businesses and other venues, including:
all non-essential retail stores - this will include clothing and electronics stores; hair, beauty and nail salons; and outdoor and indoor markets, excluding food markets.
libraries, community centres, and youth centres.
indoor and outdoor leisure facilities such as bowling alleys, arcades and soft play facilities.
communal places within parks, such as playgrounds, sports courts and outdoor gyms.
places of worship, except for funerals attended by immediate families.
hotels, hostels, bed and breakfasts, campsites, caravan parks, and boarding houses for commercial/leisure use (excluding permanent residents and key workers).
More detailed information can be found here, including a full list of those businesses and other venues that must close. Businesses and other venues not on this list may remain open.
3. Stopping public gatherings
To make sure people are staying at home and apart from each other, the Government is also stopping all public gatherings of more than two people.
There are only two exceptions to this rule:
where the gathering is of a group of people who live together - this means that a parent can, for example, take their children to the shops if there is no option to leave them at home.
where the gathering is essential for work purposes - but workers should be trying to minimise all meetings and other gatherings in the workplace.
In addition, the Government is stopping social events, including weddings, baptisms and other religious ceremonies. This will exclude funerals, which can be attended by immediate family.
4. Delivering these new measures
These measures will reduce our day to day contact with other people. They are a vital part of our efforts to reduce the rate of transmission of coronavirus.
Every citizen is instructed to comply with these new measures.
The Government will therefore be ensuring the police and other relevant authorities have the powers to enforce them, including through fines and dispersing gatherings where people do not comply.
They will initially last for the three weeks from 23 March, at which point the Government will look at them again and relax them if the evidence shows this is possible.
From Dorset Council- We know that many people in our communities want to help and we want to harness that goodwill - we are going to need it. We are working with public sector partners and charities across Dorset to respond to the impact of the coronavirus outbreak.
I want to help - who do I contact?
If you want to help but are not sure where to start, register with the Dorset Volunteering Centre in the first instance. Click the button below to visit the page and register.
I know someone who needs help - who do I contact?
Age UK (North, South and West Dorset) are coordinating requests for help with issues relating to loneliness and isolation, or support in accessing items such as food, cash or medication.
To request help email: email@example.com call 01305 269444
Each request will be individually assessed and categorised according to the individual’s level of need.
Volunteering - things to think about
Before considering volunteering, ask yourself if you are well enough to volunteer and think about the following:
Try and work as a pair, this will alleviate some concerns about safeguarding and offer protection for yourself and the person you're helping
Always tell someone where you're going and when you anticipate returning
Carry a mobile phone with you
Try to volunteer in daylight hours only
Carry a torch with you if you can’t avoid volunteering in the dark
Stay at least 2 metres (about 3 steps) away at all times - this reduces the risk of potential infection to yourself and the person you're helping
Avoid entering the home of the person you're helping
Don't take credit cards from individuals, and keep any receipts for items purchased on behalf of others
Photograph all receipts and purchases for your records
Don't assume that someone needs help or call at a house unexpectedly - anxieties are high at the moment and people need to follow guidance with regards to opening their front doors, especially if they are self-isolating
Consider dropping a note through the door as a first offer of help (but wash your hands before doing so)
Don't get disheartened if a volunteering role is not found for you immediately - the response to this crisis is growing daily and the volunteering response will grow with it
Only assist with activities which have been risk assessed - if you're asked to carry out a different activity, contact your volunteer coordinator / voluntary group for guidance
Always put yourself in the shoes of the person you're helping, ask how you would like to be treated if the situation was reversed
For your peace of mind and that of people you support, a DBS check may be required for some activity – check with the Volunteer Centre
For more information and links relating to the above topics, please click on the links below
I very much regret that The Stalbridge Community Volunteer Car Scheme (SCVCS) will be unable to provide Drivers for the registered Passengers until further Notice.
There are already a few Booked Journeys for appointments from now until the 15th April next. We hope that we will still be able to meet those prior Bookings, but we will be unable to take on any more Journeys from today and until further notice.
If we have to cancel a prior Booking we will let you know as soon as possible.
In the same way, if those with a prior Booking are notified of a cancellation or other arrangements by their Surgery or Hospital it is important that they let us know immediately.
We hope to be able to resume our normal service when the NHS/Government Guidelines allow.
Quite simply, events are moving very fast and a large proportion of our Drivers have had to withdraw or self-isolate on NHS advice. This is because a lot of them are over 70 years of age, may have families at risk and may have other non-infectious health problems such as Asthma, Respiratory weakness or a compromised Immune system that would make them more susceptible to infection themselves.
Both Mobile phone numbers will remain open and operative, 07512 489 531 for Tony, (Administration and general enquiries or new registrations) and 07746 100 299 for Annie or Helen for back up general information.
We also hope to operate the mobile phones for those registered Members who might have a specific need or just want someone to talk to because they are isolated and lonely – “Phone Buddies”.
The phone numbers above would not be emergency numbers and any medical enquiries should continue to be directed to the Surgery or Hospital or whoever else according to their issued instructions.
(SCVCS Administrator & a Co-ordinator)