INFORMATION AND UPDATES IN RELATION TO COVID-19 AND ALDBOURNE – Updated 5 January 2021

A national lockdown was announced yesterday (04 January 2021). You must not leave or be outside of your home except where you have a ‘reasonable excuse’. This will be put in law. The police can take action
against you if you leave home without a ‘reasonable excuse’, and issue you with a fine (Fixed Penalty Notice). Anyone who is clinically extremely vulnerable are being asked to shield once more.

A ‘reasonable excuse’ includes:
● Work – you can only leave home for work purposes where it is unreasonable for you to do your job from home, including but not limited to people who work within critical national infrastructure, construction or manufacturing that require in-person attendance
● Volunteering – you can also leave home to provide voluntary or charitable services.
● Essential activities – you can leave home to buy things at shops or obtain services. You may also leave your home to do these things on behalf of a disabled or vulnerable person or someone self-isolating.
● Education and childcare – You can only leave home for education, registered childcare, and supervised activities for children where they are eligible to attend. Access to education and children’s activities for school-aged pupils is restricted. People can continue existing arrangements for contact between parents and children where they live apart. This includes childcare bubbles .

Where to get help in Aldbourne 
Volunteers are still available and ready to help anyone in Aldbourne, either now or at any time in the future. It does not matter if you are clinically vulnerable and shielding, have to self isolate due to becoming unwell, or are self isolating because the track and trace system has advised you to do so. They can help with food and other deliverers, prescription collection, ‘check in’ phone calls, accessing the Swindon Food Collective, dog walking, and anything else you may need help with.

Please contact Joanna Hobart (email hobartjc@btinternet.com or telephone 540418 or 07774 577736), or email the parish clerk on aldbournepc@yahoo.co.uk and they will arrange for a volunteer to help you.  Please pass this information on to anyone you know who does not have access to the internet.

Play areas
The Claridge Close, Goddards Lane and Whitley Field play areas all remain open between 9.00 am and 5.00 pm 7 days a week. Please follow the current guidance on the number of people allowed to meet together. Maintain social distancing at all times and clean your hands.

Tennis Court
The tennis court has had to be closed once again.

Public Toilets – In The Square 
The public toilets remain open between 9.00 am and 5.00 pm 7 days a week. Please follow the current guidance on the wearing of masks, social distancing and cleaning your hands.

Sports Field and Palmer’s Field 
The sports field and Palmer’s Fields remain open for daily exercise. Please follow the current guidance on the number of people allowed to meet up. Maintain social distancing at all times and clean your hands. BBQs AND CAMPING ARE NOT PERMITTED in either of these areas. 

Shop local
The Crown and PO Café offer take away services. The Co-op has daily chilled deliveries. The PO Stores takes orders for bread, fresh fruit & veg boxes from Fisher of Newbury, and meat from Sumblers in Marlborough.

Ramsbury Surgery
The surgery is now carrying out COVID-19 vaccinations. You will be contacted as soon as they (or alternate venue) are ready to offer you the vaccination. PLEASE DO NOT CALL THE SURGERY TO ASK ABOUT VACCINATIONS.

Prescriptions can be ordered and collected from the Ramsbury Surgery as normal.   Pharmacy orders can take up to 5 days to be fulfilled during busy periods. Please only order what you need, as you need it.  There is no need to stockpile medication. 

Support from Wiltshire Council: Help for the clinically vulnerable and others needing support is still available directly from Wiltshire Council via their Wellbeing Hub. Please telephone 0300 003 4576.

Food banks:   The closest hub is the Swindon Food Collective  The Trussell Trust also have locations within about 15/20 miles, which you can find by using the search option on their home page. The Devizes hub does have a collection point in Marlborough. Link to Devizes hub website.

Financial Help in Aldbourne: Small grants are available via the Goldsmith Fund to Aldbourne residents who may be experiencing financial hardship who have specified need – this could be related to health conditions, childcare or other situations.  You may apply for yourself or on behalf of someone else. All requests will be treated confidentially.  For further information please contact St Michael’s Church Wardens: Krystyna Hagerty telephone 540698 or Chris McGowan telephone 541362

Other sources of financial help & advice: Citizens Advice Bureau website link Turn2Us website link  Martin Lewis – Money Saving Expert website link

Food donations: Donations can be left in basket in the porch of the church, or there is also a basket in the Post Office Stores.  Any food donated will go towards helping those in the local area who are struggling financially due to lack of work or illness due to COVID-19.  You can also donate financially directly to The Trussell Trust or Swindon Food Bank. 

Aldbourne Parish Council Facebook page link (You do not need to have a Facebook login to view this page)  We are regularly sharing information from agencies and village businesses on our page.

TRUSTED INFORMATION SOURCES AND PLACES TO GET FINANCE ADVICE (It is important to get information from official channels to ensure that what you read is correct and true)
Wiltshire Council website link  (includes details on financial help for individuals and business)

Ramsbury & Wanborough Surgery website link 

Wiltshire Tree House website link (grief support for children and young people) 

NHS UK website link

Public Health England website link

GOV.UK website link