Timing From today, I am delaying circulating this newsletter until later in the day on Friday, hoping to be able to include the latest information from County and District councils, which tends to emerge towards the end of the working week.
Coronavirus update Here are a number of new Gov.UK alerts, which I am including as the country moves into the next phase:
Local Covid Alert Levels - what you need to know Local COVID alert levels or tiers (or local lockdowns) have been much in the news this week. The Government has set out information for local authorities, residents and workers about what to do and how to manage the outbreak in their area. To find out the covid alert level in any area, go to the Government website: https://www.gov.uk/find-coronavirus-local-restrictions
The Flamingo Cafe will be doing takeaway with seating outside. It's not too early to start your Christmas shopping with many craft stalls plus the usual pies, olives, honey, and meat. Some stalls will be inside where face coverings will need to be worn. Look forward to seeing you all.
St. Mary's Church will have a stall at The Farmers' Market this Sunday. Our usual plea is for jams and pickles etc which will be gratefully received on the day or beforehand by myself or Fenella. Fay Forster
Uffington Apple Juice will be on sale at the church stall at the Farmers' Market - it's selling fast!
Faringdon Food Bank I am collecting donations again for Faringdon Food Bank. They would be very grateful for cleaning products, toiletries, toothbrushes, washing powder, pasta, tinned meat and fish and tinned meals (meat balls, mince, stews etc). They are well stocked for other items. There will be a box at the front door of Benjy's Cottage and I will ask Rose to have a box in the shop.
Bill Mitchell Many people will already be aware that Bill had a fall yesterday and is in hospital. This is to record the very best wishes of the village that he will make a good recovery and will soon be back to his usual self.
Find out how to make your workplace COVID-secure. Restaurants, pubs, bars and takeaway services – Updated guidance on the operation of soft play and indoor play areas (section 2.1) and taking payment in licensed venues (section 2.2). These 14 guides cover a range of different types of work.
Full Body HIIT at the Village Hall Mondays 7:15pm in Thomas Hughes Memorial Hall, £3/class, from 12 October. HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) is a guaranteed way to improve your overall fitness levels. Each 30 minute class consists of easy to follow but challenging bodyweight moves designed to get your blood pumping and your muscles working in overdrive to push your cardiovascular and muscular fitness to the next level! Spaces are limited so booking is recommended! Contact Michelle for more details email@example.com www.michellesoutheyfitness.com
This guide explains the information that employers need to provide to claim for their employees' wages. Change made. Both English and Welsh language versions of the guide have been updated to reflect changes to the scheme from 1 October 2020, and include the final date to submit a claim.
Calculate how much you have to pay your furloughed employees for hours on furlough, how much you can claim for employer NICs and pension contributions and how much you can claim back. Change made. The information call out at the top of the page has been updated with the changes to the scheme. 30 November 2020 is the last day employers can submit or change claims for periods ending on or before 30 October 2020.
Oxford back on amber alert following sharp increase in coronavirus cases Residents are being urged to be extra vigilant to avoid local control measures as Oxford sees a sharp rise in coronavirus cases. The latest figures for the cityshow a doubling of cases to a rate of 43.9 per 100,000 of the population – putting the city on amber alert but edging closer to a red alert level. Oxfordshire as a whole is currently on yellow alert, with cases at 18.1 per 100,000. The cases are across all parts of the city, with the majority among 18-24 year olds and cases per 100,000 are now at their highest level in Oxford since May.
Ansaf Azhar, Oxfordshire County Council's Director for Public Health, said: "We have seen a considerable increase in cases in Oxford. While this mirrors what is happening nationally, we must remember that cases in Oxford have doubled over the past week and the situation can deteriorate further very quickly. If we don't all take this very seriously, we risk seeing tough local restrictions imposed that none of us want."
Parents– are you getting the support you need? Healthwatch Oxfordshire are asking parents in Oxfordshire if they are getting the help and support they need. They want to hear from parents about what support services are working well and where there might be gaps. Healthwatch Oxfordshire would also like to hear the views of organisations which provide support for parents.
Parents and organisations can have their say by completing this short, anonymous online survey.
(A copy will also go on the Parish Council notice board). There may be more updates to follow in the coming months due to the unfamiliar circumstances we are all currently experiencing, and we feel this is the best and quickest way to keep our patients informed.
NHS Test and Trace in the workplace Guidance on NHS Test and Trace for employers, businesses and workers. (Change made: Corrected an error implying that the NHS COVID-19 app is mandatory, which it isn't.)
Having followed closely the recent updates on government guidelines for Covid 19 we feel it is fine to continue with the village walks, dividing ourselves into groups of six as before. Meeting in the car park of THMH @ 9:30, please remember to distance as we gather.
October's Walk will take us out to Fox Cover via Lower Common then uphill to Kingston Lisle. After a short break at the playground in KL returning via the road (for a short distance) before turning on to the footpath in Fawler across the fields to Uffington. Five miles in all. Weather is looking reasonably good for the morning. Hope to see lots of you there.