INFORMATION AND UPDATES IN RELATION TO COVID-19 AND ALDBOURNE – Updated July 2020

Where to get help in Aldbourne 
Whilst restrictions on meeting others have been relaxed, volunteers are still available and ready to help anyone in Aldbourne. It does not matter if you are still self isolating, have to self isolate due to becoming unwell, or because the track and trace system has advised you to do so. Please contact Joanna Hobart (hobartjc@btinternet.com or 07774 577736), who 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/tennis court 
The Claridge Close, Goddards Lane and Whitley Field play areas and the tennis court are now open between 9.00 am and 9.00 pm 7 days a week.. Please follow the guidance posted at all these sites. Particularly those on social distancing and cleaning your hands.

Public Toilets – In The Square 
The public toilets are now open between 9.00 am and 5.00 pm 7 days a week. Please follow the guidance posted at this site. Particularly those on social distancing and cleaning your hands.

Sports Field and Palmer’s Field 
The sports field and Palmer’s Fields remain open for use (the gym equipment is also available for use again). Please follow the guidance posted at this site/equipment. Particularly those on social distancing and cleaning your hands. BBQs AND CAMPING ARE NOT PERMITTED in either of these areas. 

Food & grocery shopping in Aldbourne
The Post Office Store and Co-op continue to provide groceries and other items to the whole village.  The PO stores can deliver (to those isolating), or arrange for order/collection (for you or others on your behalf).  Payments can be made using their voucher scheme.  Please call them on 540255 for more information.  The Crown & The Blue Boar are now open again. The Post Office Cafe continues to offer a takeaway service and Time at the Forge is looking into offering a takeaway service. Please click on the links for each site to find details on what is available and their opening hours.

Medication
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. For those people whose medications do not normally go to the PO Stores and who have now received a letter saying they should not go out, or who are self isolating, please let the pharmacy know at the time of ordering, or contact Joanna Hobart (hobartjc@btinternet.com or 07774 577736) who will arrange their collection and delivery to you.  Please only order what you need, as you need it.  There is no need to stockpile medication. 

Support from Wiltshire Council: Help is also available directly from Wiltshire Council via their Wellbeing Hub. They can offer support for anyone self isolating or shielding.

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.

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 540698 or Chris McGowan 541362

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

Food donations: Whilst the church is closed a basket has been left in the porch for food collections.  It will be accessible for you to leave items there during day light hours.  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 (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  (includes details on financial help for individuals and business)

Ramsbury & Wanborough Surgery 

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

NHS UK

Public Health England

GOV.UK