WARNING NOTICE:

Please be aware that in the early hours of Tuesday morning 4th August 2020, there have been two criminal incidences in the village of North Curry, one in the Playing Fields, where a bench was caught on fire and one on the road on Greenway, where several parked cars have been damaged. Please can we all be vigilant and keep alert. Thank you.

5/8/20

Church re-opening

As from 4th July, North Curry Parish Church will be open, with the following conditions:

Opening hours every day are 9-5; entry via Chancel door (West door and South porch will be locked. Chancel only  will be open (nave inaccessible)

Sunday service  Evensong at 6pm in nave (chancel inaccessible to worshippers and other visitors alike).

The PCC asks everyone coming to church to observe social distancing and to use sanitisers available at the entrance. Please observe taped-off areas. Soft furnishings such as cushions and hassocks will not be used. Please avoid touching anything more than absolutely necessary.

North Curry Parish Meeting 10th June 2020

There will be a meeting of the North Curry Parish Council on Wednesday 10th June 2020 starting at 7:30 The full agenda can be seen here.

You are invited to send a comment by email to  parishcouncil@northcurry.com and we will attempt to cover them in the meeting. The meeting will be carried out over the ZOOM video link and will start at 7:30pm. If you wish to join the meeting please email your request to  parishcouncil@northcurry.com.  We will subsequently send you the appropriate link. We are trialling this approach so things may or may not run as expected.  For example, if too many people wish to join, we may not be able to accept all of them.  Or we may just experience some technical or usability issues.

You are reminded of the standard Council Meeting protocol that, while you are welcome to view the proceedings, you may only contribute when invited.

The full minutes of the meeting will be available as usual on the North Curry website.

Somerset Coronavirus Support Helpline launched

Press Release on behalf of all Somerset Local Authorities 6th April 2020

A single phone number is now available for anyone in Somerset who needs Coronavirus-related support from their councils.

The Somerset Coronavirus Support Helpline number, 0300 790 6275, is now live and will make it easier for people to access any local authority help they may need, including emotional support, in the current crisis.

It links together the district and county council contact centres and will be operating seven days a week, 8am to 6pm, making it the one number you need to remember for Coronavirus-related enquiries. The district and county councils’ usual phone numbers will be running as normal alongside the new number for non-Coronavirus related issues.

The new number won’t cover medical advice, for which people will need to continue to use the 111 NHS online service and only ring 111 if they cannot get help online.

Anyone who can’t find help within their own local networks and volunteers can use the new number to get help and advice around:

  • Personal care and support including food and delivery of prescriptions
  • Support for the homeless
  • Emotional support if you’re feeling worried or anxious
  • Transport to medical appointments
  • Waste collection and disposal
  • Financial support

Callers will be asked to describe the support they require and will be connected with others for resolution.

The 0300 790 6275 number is being staffed by the five councils in Somerset and will be available seven days per week 8am – 6pm.

Meanwhile, the five councils in Somerset are getting in touch with people on their database that may be vulnerable to see if they need assistance with anything like supplies of food, help with transport and other support.

If people are interested in volunteering, for example helping people out with shopping or picking up prescriptions, they can go to https://www.corona-helpers.co.uk/ to register.

Stay home and save lives this Easter

Press Release on behalf of all Somerset Local Authorities
Residents and would-be tourists are being urged to stay away from Somerset’s beauty spots and visitor attractions this Easter.
With fine weather forecast and the Easter holidays about to start, it’s essential that the public is not tempted to travel to take advantage of the beautiful Somerset outdoors.
Somerset’s local authorities oversee Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty and other public and open spaces. They’re are working together to manage the impacts of Coronavirus and encouraging everyone to follow Government advice.
Even open spaces can fill-up quickly making social distancing difficult, and the public is being urged to heed the ‘Stay Home, Save Lives’ message.
It advises people to stay local and not to travel for their once-a-day exercise, and when you do you should go out, it should be alone or only with others in your household.
By doing that until the crisis is over, you’ll be limiting the spread of Coronavirus – savings lives and protecting the NHS.
John Turner, Chief Executive of Visit Somerset, said: “This is a difficult message for someone in my position to be giving, but these are difficult times.
“I know it’s disappointing and hugely tough on businesses, but there will be plenty of time to come and visit us and explore our great county. Now is not the time. We have to protect our NHS, our key workers and our county.
“People must listen to the advice from the Government and its medical experts and take every possible step to stop or slow the spread of this virus. Right now, that advice is not to travel and to stay at home unless it’s absolutely necessary.”
The full Government advice can be found here
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-outbreak-faqs-what-youcan-and-cant-do/coronavirus-outbreak-faqs-what-you-can-and-cant-do

Closing non-essential shops and public spaces

The Government has issued the following information on closure of public spaces:
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).

Miss W Baldwin
North Curry Parish Council Clerk