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24th March 2020

Dear Resident,

In line with government advice all sports and play facilities provided by the Parish Council are closed until further notice.

No access is permitted to the tennis court or astro turf, the outdoor gym, bmx track, skate park or children's play park at Longmeadow.  Football nets may not be used and the playing fields, may be used only for exercise either alone or with members of your own household.  Anybody holding a key who wishes to return it and claim their deposit should contact the Clerk.  Refunds will be arranged by BACS transfer to avoid the need for personal contact.

The community woodlands and other open spaces are open for exercise in line with government advice but please respect the space and needs of others and avoid spending extended periods of time in them.

Keep safe and stay home where possible.

Thank you for your cooperation at this difficult time.


24th March 2020

The Beeches Medical Practice

Dear Patients,

As you are all aware the current COVID-19 poses one of the greatest challenges that society has faced in recent times, we will all have to make changes to our daily lives over the coming weeks, to ensure that we work together to protect the most vulnerable members of society.

Our priority is to provide the safest care possible for all of our patients and also our staff. We have therefore been forced to make a number of changes to the service we provide. With immediate effect we are asking all patients, well or unwell, NOT to attend either Bayston Hill or Dorrington Surgery unless they have a pre-booked appointment that has been arranged via the telephone. All patients MUST telephone reception first; you will be offered either a telephone triage appointment or given appropriate advice and guidance. You will no longer be able to access the buildings.  During this current period of emergency measures many of our procedures put in place will be subject to short notice changes in line with Public Health England.

We would like to remind patients that there is absolutely no need to order your prescriptions earlier than usual, or to order more than you need and stockpile. Patients should continue to order their prescriptions as normal, when they are due.

We understand that many of our patients are anxious and need reassurance in these difficult times, we are here to help. We kindly ask for your patience, we are both overwhelmed with demand and will also suffer staff shortages as our employees self-isolate.   

We would like to thank you for your continued support

The Beeches Medical Practice




23rd March 2020

The Parish Council is listening carefully to Government advice and is planning how best to support the community to stay safe and well during the outbreak of Coronavirus.  This is a very worrying time and some people will find themselves isolated and with no-one available to support them.  As infection levels spread, health and social care services will be stretched and we will need to rely on good neighbours to help each other stay healthy. 


At the time of writing the country is in the Delay stage and people are being encouraged to self-isolate if they have been to an affected area and experience any new symptoms of coronavirus.  Please remember not to visit your GP surgery if you have mild symptoms of coronavirus but if you cannot manage your symptoms at home you should phone the NHS on 111. 


By the time you read this Government advice may well have changed and you are urged to keep up to date with the latest guidance on https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/


The Parish Council would like to encourage residents to do whatever they safely can to be good neighbours and support people who are self-isolating.   Volunteers are reminded of the importance of keeping themselves and their neighbours safe and to leave shopping at the door rather than entering the house.  If your neighbour is happy to give you their phone number they may appreciate a regular phone call or chat over the garden fence to reduce loneliness. 


The Parish Council recognises that there may be some residents who find themselves without any support from friends or family.  If you should find yourself in this situation you can contact the Parish Council on 07458 095619 between 9 – 10am, Monday to Friday and we will try to signpost you to somebody who can help.


DISRUPTION TO COUNCIL SERVICES – (COVID-19) – The Parish Council manages many of the sports and leisure facilities in the village.  We are already being advised that grassroots football has been suspended and anticipate further cancelations to sporting activities.  As the Parish Office is closing we will not be issuing keys or floodlight tokens until further notice.  We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause our regular users.


The Bayston Hill / Lyth Hill 10K may need to be postponed until 5 July but this will be confirmed by email to all registered participants.


The Council will maintain its regular safety checks and emptying of litter bins for as long as possible but it may be necessary to close some Council facilities to protect the public and our staff.  The Clerk will work from home for the foreseeable future and contact details will be posted on the website and on the Council door.  You can still contact the Clerk by email.


ANNUAL PARISH MEETING – Nominations are still open for the annual Community Awards and nomination forms may be downloaded from the Council website.  Certificates will be presented at the Annual Parish Meeting as usual however the meeting will be delayed until Government advice suggests it is safe to hold public gatherings.  The new date will be advertised through this page and on our website as soon as the situation improves.


FRIENDS OF BAYSTON HILL LIBRARY – The Library Friends have been busy for weeks, planting, potting and pricking out all kinds of plants for their sale on Saturday 16 May.  Different plants will feature this year as well as old favourites. There will be pots of ‘cut flowers for your house’ specialities and our local expert will be there on the day, so if you don’t know your herbaceous from your hellebore, come for advice.  Hopefully we will have some cake too!


We are very grateful for the recent gift of metal shelving from an old plastic greenhouse.  It is just what we needed, so thank you Mrs D for your kindness.


We are mindful of the possibility that this event may need to be cancelled or postponed and if necessary we will post a notice on the noticeboard outside the library and on Facebook but if we can go ahead safely, we will try to do so.


PARISH COUNCIL MEETINGS - All Council meetings have been cancelled until further notice and the Parish Office closed to visitors with effect from 17 March 2020. 

18th March 2020

Due to the coronavirus all meetings of the Parish Council have been suspended until further notice.  There is a lot of information about Council activities on this site but additional information may be obtained by contacting the Clerk, Caroline Higgins.  The Clerk may be contacted by email on clerk@baystonhillparishcouncil.org.uk or by phone on 07458 095619. 

The Annual Council Meeting and Annual Parish Meetings will be rescheduled as soon as it is safe to hold public gatherings.

18th March 2020

In light of Government advice, the Parish Office will be closed to visitors for the duration of the coronavirus emergency.  During this time the Clerk will be working remotely and can be contacted by email or phone using 07458 095619.  All scheduled meetings of the Council have been cancelled until further notice but Council staff will do their best to maintain services for as long as it is safe to do so.

Whilst the office is closed the Council will be unable to accept any cash payments or issue keys or floodlight tokens for existing bookings.  If you have a booking arranged in the next few weeks please contact the Clerk to discuss whether it will be possible to reschedule. It may be necessary to close certain facilities in which case a refund will be arranged.  No new bookings will be accepted before the end of May.

The Council will prioritise keeping our outdoor facilities safe and clean and residents are encouraged to make full use of our wonderful public spaces for fresh air and exercise.  

The Council's response to the Covid-19 outbreak is set out in the April Villager article (below)


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