COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

INFORMATION AND UPDATES IN RELATION TO COVID-19 AND ALDBOURNE

Where to get help in Aldbourne – Updated 14 April 2020
For the latest advice on who to contact to get help in Aldbourne, how to volunteer and how to help yourself, please click on this link.
  Please pass this information on to anyone you know who does not have access to the internet.  

Food & grocery shopping in Aldbourne
The Post Office Store and Co-op continue to be well stocked and provide groceries and other items to the whole village.  The PO stores are offering delivery (for those isolating), or 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 pub and the PO Cafe are providing take away meals. 

Many supermarkets, including the Co-Op, and also The Post Office, are now providing pre-pay options for those who have others shopping for them.  Please read this article which lists the best ways to make/receive payments in order to protect both yourself and anyone shopping for you. 

Medication
Prescriptions can be ordered and collected from the Ramsbury Surgery as normal.   Due to the increased workload at the pharmacy orders are currently taking a least 5 days to complete.  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 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 Click on the link in blue above for more details of how to contact them and what support they can offer if you are self isolating. 

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. 

26 March 2020 – Closure of play areas/tennis court
The Claridge Close, Goddards Lane and Whitley Field play areas and tennis court are currently closed by H.M Government Order following new rules and guidance on social distancing.  Please do not use the play equipment in these areas, or use them for group games.  The sports field and Palmer’s Fields remain open for daily exercise (the equipment is closed), either individually
or as a family group from the same home, and whilst leaving at least 2 mtrs between yourself and others.

17 March – A notice from the Chair of Aldbourne Parish Council to all villagers

Link to a neighbour ‘I can help’ form.  Should you wish to offer help directly to your neighbours.   There are also phone and tablet apps,  such as one called nextdoor, that people are registering with to keep in touch with their neighbours.  It is up to individuals to decide if they are something they would like to use and thus share personal information with. 

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