Timsbury Parish Council will be responding to local needs with local actions and following Government and B&NES Council guidance.
We are coordinating activities and help in the community and it is hoped that residents will be taking what action they need to protect themselves and especially anyone they know who could be vulnerable to the infection or isolated.
SOCIAL DISTANCING MEANS Essential contact only
🔴 You can NOT visit inside other people’s houses.
🔴 You can NOT meet with friends for children to have play dates or for you to do exercise.
🔴 You can NOT allow your children to go out to hang around with friends.
🟢 You can as a house unit go for a walk as long as you do not meet others.
🟢 You can go to the supermarket for essentials, keeping hands clean and distancing from others.
🟢 You can go to work if needed staying a safe distance away.
UPDATE 25th March
Local Timsbury News
St Mary’s surgery is offering phone appointments before seeing patients in person 01761 470880.
Timsbury Pharmacy is open with single entrance policy IF you are not self-isolating. The delivery service is boosted with ID checked, trained extra colleagues. Anyone who is NOT self isolating can pick up prescriptions for friends and family as long as they do not show symptoms of Covid-19 as they will not be allowed in.
Phone the Pharmacy for requesting a delivery 01761 470476 or email email@example.com
Home delivery services and takeaways of groceries and more by local businesses.
Newspaper delivery – McColls in Radstock have taken this over and sending to a paperboy in Timsbury who will deliver to your house. Then you pay McColls on account. Phone McColl’s on 01761 434299. Or you can set up an account through this site.
The Timsbury newsletter you can pick up at the Coop and Health & More. It will not be delivered to all houses. Some of the content is out of date. We will tell everyone when we know the next one will be.
The Play Area and Tennis Court in the recreation field are now closed to avoid infection through the equipment and to avoid close contact and infection.
St Marys school is closed and providing childcare and lunch support for children of Government designated key-worker parents.
The Hub Library is closed until further notice, but if you are a member you can still download FREE books and magazines onto reader devices such as a kindle – see B&NES Libraries West service – you will need your PIN.
Food shops, the pharmacy and the doctors will always remain open, as will the post offices in other villages.
The Parish Council will continue to operate remotely as best it can making decisions that support the village in any way it can within its resources. The Parish Council has decided to continue to support its staff and some of its contractors in principle and to ensure the long-term viability.
Generally, it is hoped that residents will help others with practical matters and support, as long as they carry out the protection measures and self-isolation as required. This is a great village – we can do it!
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Conygre Hall Closure by The Conygre Trust
Taking account of the Government’s latest advice to avoid unnecessary social contact and to avoid gathering in groups, the Conygre Trust has agreed to close the Conygre Hall for bookings from Monday March 23rd until at least the end of May when the position will be reviewed. The Snooker Club will remain open and the Football and Cricket Clubs will make their own decisions.
Organisations and groups with bookings during that period will be informed, all fees will be returned and there will be no cancellation charges.
The Hall will be made available for meetings or events necessary to assist with efforts to alleviate the effects of the virus outbreak.
Anyone with queries relating to the Hall is asked to contact:
Peter Buchanan (chairman) at firstname.lastname@example.org or 01761 471818
David Collett (secretary) at email@example.com or 0761 479661
Mat Bramley (treasurer) at firstname.lastname@example.org or 01761 479591
Many activities and businesses in the village will depend on the availability of staff and volunteers to remain open.
See also Timsbury Rocks facebook page
Government Advice Summary
If anyone has coronavirus symptoms of either or both:
- a high temperature – you feel hot to touch on your chest or back
- a new, continuous cough – you’ve started coughing repeatedly
stay at home for 14 days if anyone in your housheld, or 7 days if you live alone,
Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital.
You do not need to contact 111 to tell them that you are staying at home.
Use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service if:
- you feel you cannot cope with your symptoms at home
- your condition gets worse
- your symptoms do not get better after 7 days
Only call 111 if you cannot get help online
Only patients in hospital will now be tested for the virus
How coronavirus is spread
- Because it’s a new illness, we do not know exactly how it spreads.
- Similar viruses are spread in cough droplets.
- It’s very unlikely it spreads through things like packages of food.
You are most infectious in the early phase of the symptoms.
How to avoid catching or spreading coronavirus
- wash your hands with soap and water often for at least 20 secs.
- always wash your hands when you get home, to work etc.
- use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
- cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve in your elbow (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
- put used tissues in the bin immediately and wash your hands afterwards
- try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell – 1metre is a good distance
- do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean
Public Health England guidance for those staying at home
If you have symptoms of the virus – a new continuous cough or a temperature of 37.8C (100F) or more the advice states that for 7 days:
- Not to go to work, school, or public areas, use public transport or taxis – or even for a walk
- Those with even mild symptoms of infection should if possible stay at least two metres away from other people in their homes, and should sleep alone
- Those with confirmed or suspected cases should use a separate bathroom if you have one.
Treatment for coronavirus
- There is currently no specific treatment for coronavirus.
- Antibiotics do not help, as they do not work against viruses.
- Treatment aims to relieve the symptoms while your body fights the illness. You’ll need to stay in isolation until you recover.