1 April 2020 NHS Nightingale Hospital Request - Looking for something to keep the kids occupied?
We are sorry to report that the hospital fb account was hacked & this is a hoax. Please do not send pictures .. . maybe try Bournemouth Hospital, local surgeries & shops or pop in your own window for passers by to enjoy.
NHS Nightingale would like to decorate its new wards with bright & beautiful drawings by children.
Why not draw some colourful, cheerful pictures with the kids today? Please note drawings need to be A4 so that they can be laminated for infection control purposes.
If you can laminate them before sending to your regional hub PLEASE do! This saves a lot of work for those who are giving up time to do this.
Feel free to draw as many as you like there are no restrictions on sharing the love! Also if you’d like to write a message of hope or get well wishes please feel free to and always wash or gel hands after handling post etc.
Send your finished creations to:
Rainbows for Nightingale, 59 Sutherland Grove, London, SW18 5QP
Bournemouth Hospital would also welcome pictures being sent to brighten the wards.
Please post your pics in the comments to give inspiration to others
1 April 2020 PE with Joe Wicks
Not only is it a fun activity to do in the morning, it is good for your mental health. But in just over a week he has raised £80k for the NHS through advertising.
If you haven't already … why not join in the fitness fun at 9am and help raise more vital funds for the NHS at this critical time
1 April 2020 Newflash - new Ferndown Community Coronavirus Support Facebook Group has been set up
This group covers all of Ferndown and West Parley so if you are on facebook, pop over and like their page to keep up to date.
As of 9am this morning, a phone line is open to enable those not on social media to also benefit.
Tel: 01202 936121.
If you can offer support or are in need of support, please do contact the helpline as there is amazing community spirit to ensure basic needs are being met.
Please bear in mind, these are ordinary people, doing extraordinary things in extraordinary times.
There are several reports of a scam TV Licensing email that is circulating at present.
The email advises the recipient that they need to renew their TV Licence, which can be done quickly online by clicking a link in the email.
If you receive an email purporting to be from TV Licensing or any other unsolicited email that you suspect to be a scam, please follow the Action Fraud advice as follows:
Do not click on any links in the scam email.
Do not reply to the email or contact the senders in any way.
If you have clicked on a link in the email, do not supply any information on the website that may open.
Do not open any attachments that arrive with the email.
Visit the Action Fraud website where there is information on how to forward on your scam mail. When you send an email you are doing so over the open internet, which we cannot guarantee the security of. Therefore please do not send personal information, such as your address or bank account details, when emailing Action Fraud.
If you think you may have compromised the safety of your bank details and/or have lost money due to fraudulent misuse of your cards, you should immediately contact your bank.
Councils have been asked to comment on the rural bus service consultation, however would we encourage residents to let us know their views by end April.
We need to understand whether the service (or lack of) in West Parley is sufficient, which particular routes are most needed and possible case studies with onward journey eg public transport links if going to Southampton hospital.
Historically the Parish Council has produced an all house newsletter in the spring and autumn to keep residents informed of events and actions of the Council. Given the current pandemic, the Council have chosen to delay the newsletter. The team of volunteers going door to door contravenes the Government guidelines for permitted daily activities and the risk of infection is too great.
The Parish Council plan to issue the next newsletter in the Autumn, if everything has reverted back to normal, and then it will be reduced to once a year, being sent annually in April. April is the end of the Council year and so can summarise the year’s activities to residents.
30 March 2020 Bonfires - Please Consider Your Neighbours and Be Safe
After what was a long wet winter we have now seen an upturn in the weather and there has been very little rain over the last few weeks, so gardens, open spaces and heathland is drying up rapidly. At this time of year it is usual to see an increase in wildfires.
Dorset and Wilts Fire and Rescue (DWFRS) are therefore asking the public not to undertake prescribed or controlled burns unless it is absolutely necessary. For information and advice, please see the DWFRS website.
Many people will now be spending more time tidying up their gardens, but with the closure of council tips and the suspension of garden waste collection services, there may be a temptation to have bonfire instead. Bonfires can very quickly get out of control and DWFRS has seen an increase in calls as a result.
Not only that, bonfires can cause a nuisance to neighbours, especially for those who are at present unable to go outside of the perimeters of their property, so the only opportunity they have for fresh air is within the confines of their garden, so please consider your neighbours and whether it is really necessary to have a bonfire.
30 March 2020 Action Fraud Have Received Reports of Covid19 Related Scams
Action Fraud have received reports of #COVID19 related scams. The majority relate to the online sale of protective items such as facemasks and other items in short supply due to the outbreak, that don't exist. See the latest Action Fraud news
30 March 2020 Important new rubbish and recycling guidance for all Dorset residents
As Dorset Council’s waste services begin to feel the pressure from coronavirus (COVID-19) employee absence and the need to introduce new safety measures to protect our workforce, we are asking residents to help us by changing the way they deal with their bins, litter and recycling.
Lower priority services such as bin deliveries and garden waste collections have now either been suspended or are on the verge of being halted. Therefore, due to these reduced staffing levels, we are now implementing the next stage of our plan to keep essential collections going.
30 March 2020 Dorset Council suspends charges in their car parks to support key workers and residents
Dorset Council has taken the decision to suspend parking charges in its car parks across the county during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
Following calls from the general public and Dorset’s elected members, the Council will no longer require payment for the use of any of its car parks that remain open at this time while public health measures are in place.
However, on-street parking charges and restrictions will remain in place in order to keep roads clear and traffic moving.
27 March 2020 Dorset Council Message – Garden Waste Collection
After today (27 March), our Garden Waste kerbside bin collection service will be suspended until further notice.
This is to enable us to deploy crews to cover coronavirus-related staff absence in higher priority collections, such as rubbish, recycling and food waste.
Please keep hold of your garden waste until services return to normal. Thank you for your patience and understanding.
27 March 2020 Dorset Council – Countryside teams (verge Cutting)
Some people have seen verge cutting work still happening and have asked if it's essential at this time. Most of our countryside teams are still out and working, but keeping 2 metres from each other, regularly washing hands, and wiping down machines.
As a result of the closure of country parks, some colleagues are now being trained up to help with waste collection, to provide cover over coming weeks.
HUGE THANKS to these colleagues for helping keep essential services going during this time.
27 March 2020 Dorset Council – Community Volunteering Response
You may have seen the overwhelming number of people volunteering across the country during the coronavirus outbreak, we are proud to say this includes many of our own Dorset residents!
It is with regret that we must inform residents that the Annual Parish Meeting for West Parley has been cancelled in line with HM Government restrictions placed on gatherings in an attempt to flatten the curve of the spread of the Corona Virus. All Town and Parish Councils have been instructed to cancel ALL meetings until further notice and this includes their Annual Parish Meeting.
Usually, Councillors provide a summary of the Council year and sometimes a speaker is invited to present on specific relevant topics. We had scheduled for a member of the Stour Valley Parks team to attend for this year’s event.
We hope you understand why we have had to take these measures to comply with Government restrictions.
24 March 2020 Important update - gym and play area closed until further notice
Following the Prime Minister's announcement last night ... the play area & gym are now CLOSED until further notice.
As it is not fenced, signs have been put up ... please DO NOT use the facility.
Currently the recreation ground, playing fields & woodland remain open but we urge groups, to stop. The prime minister is giving powers to the police to disperse gatherings. This will be enforced.
23 March 2020 Volunteering and getting support during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak
Vulnerable people Age UK (North, South and West Dorset) are the nominated full Dorset Council area organisation coordinating requests for help with issues relating to loneliness and isolation, or support in accessing items such as food, respite for carers or prescription collection with a huge team of DBS checked staff and volunteers able to assist in all non-direct care requirements. This will include temporary respite for carers who need a wellbeing break or to do essential shopping for their own families. They will also be working with our Adult Social Care teams to support low risk hospital discharge patients settle back into their communities.
Citizen’s Advice Citizens Advice are continuing to provide free, independent and confidential advice and information to residents experiencing hardship in anyway. They have a full range of employees and volunteers who are operating their service from home so are not currently adversely affected by self-isolation. They will continue to offer a full range of advice including help with:
Benefits entitlement and claims
Debt management and budgeting
Employment advice, including Statutory Sick Pay and rights when laid off work
To ease the predicted increased demand for local food banks, Dorset Council have connected with all foodbanks in the Dorset Council area and given an initial support payment of £1000. Work is also underway to ensure they are able to access all the resources they require and to ensure they all will take electronic vouchers to make the ease of getting this food out to our most vulnerable residents as soon as possible. Find your nearest food bank.
Cllr Peter Wharf, Deputy Leader for Dorset Council, has sent a letter to all of Dorset’s major supermarkets asking them to give priority support to:
smaller care home providers finding it difficult to access the supplies that they need to the point that they are now running low on some items;
vulnerable older people and families where children have special health needs and who are self-isolating and are struggling to access food and essential household items;
young carers who need support with shopping;
supporting their local foodbanks with resources;
and accessing supermarkets at the designated “protected times” may not be possible for those older people living rurally and reliant on public transport.
Work is also in progress with Age UK (North, South and West Dorset) and local providers to see how those who are rurally isolated and may not be able to access shops and foodbanks can receive packages.
Public Health Dorset are contacting all pharmacies in the Dorset Council Area to give advice on prescription delivery options. Some selected Dorset Council staff have been redeployed to deliver controlled prescriptions.
Cllr Laura Miller, Dorset Council Portfolio Holder for Adult Social Care and Health said: “We have seen an overwhelming response to COVID-19 from our residents, it is great to see our communities coming together during this difficult and uncertain time.
We are working closely with public sector partners and charities across Dorset to ensure the safety of those who are volunteering their time but also to those most vulnerable. It is important that everyone stays safe and well and I would like to ask residents to keep an eye on our social media channels for further updates and to share within their communities.”
You can find more information on how to access support, registering your interest to volunteer and also guidance for those who are currently volunteering on the Dorset Council Co-ordinated Community Response webpage.
19 March 2020 NeighbourCar - Suspension of Service
In the light of the latest Government advice that persons over 70 should not put themselves at risk by venturing out, the NeighbourCar management Committee have concluded that the service should be suspended for the foreseeable future. Therefore normal operations will cease from Friday 20th March. The committee have only taken this decision after careful consideration and regret very much the need to do so. However, they look forward to being able to resurrect West Parley NeighbourCar sometime in the future, when the present crisis is over.
19 March 2020 Covid-19 Pandemic - Cancellation of all meetings
Please be advised that the Parish Council has followed Government advice during this period of Covid-19 pandemic. After the monthly Parish Council meeting on 18th March 2020, in which social distancing was adhered to, the Council has cancelled ALL meetings for the foreseeable future. All Councils are receiving updates from the National Association of Local Councils (NALC) who are working closely with the Government to ensure Councils are given sufficient power and flexibility to continue to operate.
. The key legislative areas relate to the means of carrying out the Annual Parish Council Meeting in May when all Councillors are appointed, the Annual Parish Meeting for the village which much be held between 1st March and 1st June, and the end of year audit to comply with Audit deadlines of 29th June and 30th September. However, the day to day operation is also affected for example, discussion regarding Planning Applications will now take place through email and the Clerk will submit the response.
Many offices have elected for staff to work from home. Our Clerk already works from home, however will not allow members of the public in her house and is likely to experience a period of self-isolation.
You are welcome to continue walking in the Council’s open space (recreation ground, playing fields, car park and woodland) but please take litter home with you to reduce the need for volunteers to empty the bins. All sporting activity has been terminated in line with Government recommendations.
Please be patient with us during these uncertain times and know that we will keeping the ‘show on the road’ even if it is from the safety of our own homes.
27 February 2020 Unusual activity involving a sign written van - please be aware!
We have been informed of unusual activity involving a sign written van, with several male occupants, reversing onto driveways and knocking on doors to see if the occupants are home.
They were witnessed driving off when the occupant appeared. Please be vigilant and keep an eye on more vulnerable neighbours.
24 February 2020 Message from Dorset Council regarding kerbside waste collections
Dorset Council have started changing vehicle types used on some collection rounds in East Dorset in advance of wider round changes that are starting soon
Most people won’t notice a difference, but we will write to you in advance if your bin collection day is changing
Your bins may be emptied by more than one crew at different times on your collection day
Larger vehicles have separate compartments for different waste types, so rest assured your rubbish/recycling/food waste is still being kept separated
Our crews also often use a “service bin” to gather up food waste or glass – this looks like a regular wheelie bin
You may notice vehicles, uniforms and bins start to display the Dorset Council logo, instead of Dorset Waste Partnership
If you suspect one/some of your bins have been missed, please wait until 4pm before reporting to us
13 February 2020 Missed Bin Collection
Due to a vehicle breakdown on Monday, parts of Christchurch Road and Elm Tree Walk did not have their kerbside refuse collected. We have contacted Dorset Waste Partnership (Christchurch) who have confirmed that they intend to collect tomorrow (Thursday 14th).
11 February 2020 West Parley Parish Council's Annual Volunteer Celebration Evening
13 January 2020 Footpath closed due to a fallen tree
Please be advised that due to an obstruction, the footpath leading between Oaklands Walk and the Council's playing fields / recreation ground, has been closed.
A tree has fallen across the path, so anyone deciding to use the path does so at their own risk.
We are in the process of arranging a contractor to remove the tree as soon as possible and we apologise for any inconvenience.
8 January 2020 Notification of Temporary Closure of Fiztpain Road
Residents please note that Fiztpain Road will be temporarily closed for much needed roadworks between 8am and 4pm for the week 25th – 30th March. Residents will be allowed access to their properties, however may have to wait a short time whilst the workmen facilitate this. Obviously this will have a big impact for those attending Parley First School, so please allow additional time to reach your destination .... or perhaps make this an opportunity to cycle or scoot to school instead!