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News………..

Ramsbury won the Wiltshire Large Village

Best Kept Village 2021

Well done to everyone for keeping the village clean and tidy-let’s keep it up

The Lord Lieutenant Mrs Sarah Troughton unveils the standard

On Sunday September 26th Anne Henshaw, Chairman Wilts CRPE, Sarah Troughton Lord Lieutenant of Wiltshire and President Wilts CPRE, Sir Charles Hobhouse, High Sheriff of Wiltshire and Mike Hill CEO of Hills who sponsor the event attended a presentation ceremony in the Square

Ria and Kyla Black receive a plaque
Members of the presentation party
Beautiful celebration cake made by BecsBeeCakes
Town Crier John Barker announcing the proceedings
Elaine and Shirley from Ramsbury Post Office are congratulated for their help during the pandemic and presented with bouquets from Made in Ramsbury

Photos by clive@hiddenpixelphotography.com

The audit of accounts for Ramsbury & Axford Parish Council for the year ended 31 March 2021 has been completed and the accounts have

been published.

The Annual Governance & Accountability Return is available for inspection by any local government elector of the area of Ramsbury &

Axford Parish Council on application to:

Carol Standage RFO/CLERK Parish Council Office Memorial Hall High Street Ramsbury SN8 2QF 01672 520045 10-12.30 Mondays or by appointment

 Copies will be provided to any person on payment of £1.00 for each copy of the Annual Governance & Accountability Return.

The Annual Governance Statement, Annual accounting Statement and Auditor’s report can be found on the Parish Council Accounts page

TO PROTECT RESIDENTS AND STAFF PLEASE CONTINUE TO WEAR A MASK IN VILLAGE SHOPS AND OBSERVE SOCIAL DISTANCING EVEN OUTSIDE. THIS VIRUS IS DEADLY AND TRANSMITS VERY READILY.

Local hospitality venues now open

Ramsbury British Legion open for tea/coffee cake sandwiches Mon-Sat 10am -2.00 Sun 10am-4 pm

The Bell contact 01672 520230 for details

Crown and Anchor lunch and dinner contact 01672 520335 for details

Phoenix wood fired pizza every Thursday in the Memorial Hall car park 16.45-20.30 contact 07990 872585 07941 803194 for details

Farr’s fish and chips Memorial Hall car park Wednesdays 16.30-20.30 07394 523623 for details

The Library is now open Monday 2-4 Wed 10-12 and Sat 10-12. The library needs volunteers in order to stay open. If you think you could help contact Jane Hunt, Volunteer Coordinator for Wiltshire Libraries on 01225 713792 jane.hunt@wiltshire.gov.uk

Hills Stores Charity Shop now open as usual 10-12.30 Tues Wed Thurs Sat morning 2-4.30 Tues Thurs afternoons

LINK can organise lifts for medical appointments, shopping, collect prescriptions etc. Ring 520111 for details

No 48 bus service is operating as usual

The Post Office will deliver essentials to vulnerable and isolating residents in Ramsbury & Axford Please ring 520229 for details

The allotment site is closed to all but plot holders

Play areas are open

Ring Sheila Glass 07979327505/520409 if you need help with shopping, prescriptions etc.

The Recreation Centre is open for sensible socially distanced exercise, tennis, bowls,football,cricket etc. please contact relevant clubs for details

IT IS NOT A DOG EXERCISE AREA(EVEN IF YOU PICK UP) PLEASE ACT RESPONSIBLY THE GRASS IS A RECREATION AREA

Please take care to avoid passing infection-if you have any symptoms -fever, cough, headache loss of taste or smell, isolate yourself for 14 days. Elderly people and those with medical conditions-diabetes, COPD, asthma, heart disease, immunocompromise are more at risk from serious complications so take particular care around these groups. Wash hands regularly if you have been out or use hand sanitiser and avoid touching your face with unwashed hands.

If you have vulnerable neighbours who you think may need help and you are well you could print off a note and use to make contact without risking infection.Deliveries of shopping etc should be done with no contact. If the person/s being helped are ill defer taking payment until the quarantine period (14 days) has passed and there are no longer symptoms. Telephone contact, especially for those who live alone, can help to alleviate loneliness and help pass the time.

If you have problems with shopping or obtaining supplies ring 07979327505/520409 or 520045 parishcouncil@ramsbury.org or candsglass@btinternet.com and we may be able to help.

Volunteers from the Parish Council have planted up tubs at the village entrances.

      Latest Wiltshire COVID-19 cases

The number of cases in Wiltshire has decreased this week, with 1,709 confirmed positive cases in the last seven days. The rate of cases per 100,000 in Wiltshire has decreased from 414.4 to 339, which is slightly below the current case rate in England of 347.8.

Please keep washing your hands regularly or sanitising them, and consider meeting others outside or open doors and windows when indoors with others. Also, please get your first and second dose of the vaccine, or your booster, when offered, continue to choose to wear face coverings when out and about and on public transport, and if you have COVID symptoms, please book a test and self-isolate immediately.

Please see the latest information from the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) on PCR tests which has been shared today.
#WiltshireTogether       COVID-19 vaccine available to 12-15 year-olds

One dose is being offered to children aged 12 to 15 to give them the best protection against COVID-19. This includes children who turn 12 on the date of vaccination. School immunisation teams will visit your child’s school to give the vaccine. All children will be observed for 15 minutes after having the vaccination. This is in the unlikely event they have a serious reaction to the vaccine.   More information about the COVID-19 vaccination for 12-15 year-olds       You report it, we sort it with MyWilts
 
Have you downloaded our reporting app MyWilts? If not, what are you waiting for?

You can report a number of issues at your fingertips, without having to call us or visit one of our hubs. These include: Abandoned vehicles Weather emergencies Fly tipping Overflowing litter bins Graffiti and more   Download MyWilts on the App Store   Download MyWilts on Google Play   Visit MyWilts on our website       Tell us your favourite book
 
As part of Wiltshire Year of Reading, we are producing our very own ‘Wiltshire Top 100 Books’ to encourage adults and children to try reading different books.

We’ll compile a five book list, four for different school age groups and one for grown-ups.   Put forward your suggestions now       Last chance to have your say on our Climate Strategy consultation  
The consultation on our Climate Strategy and Our Natural Environment Plan, the Green-Blue Infrastructure Strategy, ends on Sunday (17 October), so please take the time to have your say before it’s too late.

The Climate Strategy will shape the next five years of our efforts to reduce our carbon emissions as we aim to become carbon neutral by 2030, so it’s really important that you let us know your views.

Please also tell your friends, colleagues and communities, and share our posts on social media to help spread the word.   Find out more and have your say now       Childcare during October half-term holidays We’ve worked with local childminders and activity providers to create a childcare and activity directory to help you find childcare during the October half-term school holidays.

The directory includes details of the activities they are offering, including charges, accessibility and location, to help you plan how to keep your children busy during the October half-term holiday.   Download the directory now     Keep up-to-date with improvement works

Contractors working on our behalf are carrying out road resurfacing and associated works in a number of towns across Wiltshire.

You can also see the full list of all roadworks taking place in the county by visiting the One Network map and typing ‘Wiltshire’ into the search box.     Share Share  


 

      Stop the spread this winter

The flu virus kills almost 11,000 people and hospitalises tens of thousands more in England in an average year. It’s more important than ever to get your flu jab this year.    Find out if you’re eligible for a free flu vaccine now       New simplified travel system now in place
 
The UK’s new travel system has come into force with countries and territories categorised as either red or the rest of the world.

It also means that if you’re fully vaccinated and returning from over 50 countries and territories not on the red list, you can do so without needing to complete a pre-departure test (PDT), a day 8 test or enter a 10-day self-isolation period.   Full details on the new travel system       Is your child starting school next September?

The window to apply for your child to go to primary or secondary school in September 2022, is now open.

The quickest and easiest way to do this is by applying online.

The deadline to apply for a primary school place is 15 January 2022.
The deadline to apply for a secondary school place is 31 October 2021.   More information about applying for a primary and secondary school place       Last chance to sign up for Black History Month online conference

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It’s World Mental Health Day this Sunday (10 October).

This important day aims to raise awareness of mental health issues around the world and to make people aware of the support available.

If you’re struggling with poor mental health, help is out there.   More information on the support available for mental health issues       Don’t miss your chance to have your say on our Climate Strategy consultation  
The consultation on our Climate Strategy and Our Natural Environment Plan, the Green-Blue Infrastructure Strategy, ends on Sunday 17 October, so please take the time to have your say before it’s too late.

The Climate Strategy will shape the next five years of our efforts to reduce our carbon emissions as we aim to become carbon neutral by 2030, so it’s really important that you let us know your views.

Please also tell your friends, colleagues and communities, and share our posts on social media to help spread the word.   Find out more and have your say now       Help to Grow: grow your business

We have partnered with the University of the West of England to deliver the exciting Help To Grow locally. The programme includes 50 hours of in depth training, 1:1 business mentoring and the opportunity to grow your business, fast.
 
The 12-week programme costs just £750 and is 90% subsidised by the government. Business leaders can take part around their existing work commitments and access learning through a blend of online and face-to-face sessions.
 
Aimed at senior leaders in small and medium businesses, the course covers strategies for growth and innovation, leading high-performance teams and digital adoption, as well as financial management and responsible business practices.   Step through the door to growth today and sign up to this course     Keep up-to-date with improvement works

Contractors working on our behalf are carrying out road resurfacing and associated works in a number of towns across Wiltshire.

You can also see the full list of all roadworks taking place in the county by visiting the One Network map and typing ‘Wiltshire’ into the search box.     Share Share  

 
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The flu virus kills almost 11,000 people and hospitalises tens of thousands more in England in an average year.

It’s more important than ever to get your flu jab this year.    Find out if you’re eligible for a free flu vaccine now       12-15 year-olds can now receive the COVID-19 vaccine and 16-17 year-olds can book online

Children aged 12 to 15 can now receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

Most will get their vaccination at school. Consent will always be sought from parents or carers.

Also, 16 and 17-year-olds can now book their first COVID-19 vaccination appointment online.   More details on the COVID-19 vaccine available to 12-15 year-olds   16-17 year-olds can now book online       Wiltshire leisure centres back under council management
 
We have now brought all leisure centres previously managed by Places Leisure back under our own management.

We will now operate 20 leisure centres across the county and will be providing a consistent service across Wiltshire. Approximately 420 staff and 11,000 members have been transferred to the council.  

We aim to provide a consistent service throughout our leisure centres, which will help to support and improve the physical and mental health and wellbeing of our customers, as well as trying to get more of the community active.   More information on all leisure centres in Wiltshire back under our management      

  Stop smoking this October

Stoptober is back, the major annual event to encourage smokers to quit for 28 days in October, with the aim of stopping smoking permanently.

If you’re a smoker and want to quit, help is available.   More information about Stoptober and the support available       Preparation for Adult Life Guide for children and young people with special educational needs and or disabilities (SEND)
We have been looking at how to improve the information provided to our young people when considering growing up, moving into adult life and making decisions for the future. If you have a family with an SEND child, please look at our Preparation for Adult Life guide which has information on the support available as your child grows up.

Once you have read through the guide please let us know your thoughts by completing the survey. The feedback we have from the survey will help us to we are sharing useful information so people can move on to adult life successfully.     Goals with AFC Bournemouth

Keep fit, improve your health and fitness and lose weight with our free 12-week course in Salisbury.
  The sessions involve exercises suitable for all, run by AFC Bournemouth and a half-hour interactive session with a health improvement coach, covering topics on nutrition, portion sizes, eating out, behaviour change and how to maintain healthy habits for life.

They course gets underway on Friday 22 October at 6:30pm-8pm and runs until Friday 21 January. However, there won’t be sessions on 24 and 31 December.
  If you’re aged 35+ and want more information about the programme and to sign up please contact: Gee Grou gee.grou@afcb.co.uk 07990 336272 or 
Steve Cuss steve.cuss@afcb.co.uk 07973893594     Keep up-to-date with improvement works



 

 
under our management       New dedicated out of hours line for domestic abuse

We are operating a dedicated line from 5pm weekdays and all over the weekend for people who want to report concerns or seek help.

The new dedicated out of hours line is 01225 775276 and will take over from the Swindon Domestic Abuse Support Service, which has kindly provided additional out of hours telephone support to Wiltshire residents over recent months.   More information on the new out of hours line for domestic abuse     Respiratory illnesses in children on the rise

Young children typically pick up coughs and colds during the cooler months of the year, but the NHS are seeing more children with respiratory illness now.

The main signs and symptoms to look out for are: Laboured/rapid breathing Dehydration (sunken eyes, drowsy or not passed urine in 12 hours) Drowsiness (excessively sleepy)   More information on the signs and symptoms of respiratory illness       Could you change the life of a local child?

We’re asking “empty nesters” and people wanting a change of direction to consider fostering to help provide homes for the numbers of children and young people coming into care.

Fostering is extremely rewarding for both the foster carer and child.   Find out more about fostering       Let’s ‘Step it Up’ this Recycle Week! This Recycle Week (20-26 September), we’re urging Wiltshire communities to keep recycling as much as they can to help fight climate change. The theme for this year’s Recycle Week is ‘Step it Up’, which encourages us to make positive changes to recycle more to reduce carbon emissions. In Wiltshire, the council managed 221,254 tonnes of waste in the financial year 2020-21, of which 42%, or 93,860 tonnes, was recycled, composted or re-used; and 98% of that was managed within the UK.   More information about Recycle Week     Still time to sign up for final Climate Strategy consultation engagement event   The final online engagement event, at 7pm on Thursday 30 September, is an opportunity for you to find out more about the consultation and ask questions, ahead of taking the consultation surveys. Along with the online engagement sessions, we are also holding drop-in sessions in libraries on the following dates: 27 September, 10am to 12 noon, Chippenham Library 7 October, 10am to 12 noon, Trowbridge Library   More information on the climate strategy and sign up for engagement event       Keep up-to-date with improvement works




 
Help the NHS as it prepares for extremely busy weekend

Please only visit your local hospital if absolutely necessary this weekend as all parts of the local health and care system remain under significant pressure.
  
Calling 999 or visiting a hospital emergency department for anything less than a genuine, life-threatening emergency takes already-stretched healthcare workers away from their sickest patients, who are most in need of urgent medical assistance.

Thank you for your support.
Autumn and Winter Plan published

The Government has published its Autumn and Winter COVID-19 Response Plan and we’re asking you to continue to do what you can to protect one another and local health services at a challenging time.
Read the Autumn and Winter plan now
Free home energy efficiency improvements
 
If your household income is under £30,000 a year and you live in a home with a low energy performance rating (EPC D, E, F or G), you may be eligible to apply for up to £10,000 of free energy improvements to your home.
 
These home improvements could include:InsulationSolar panelsDouble glazing (for single glazed homes)A new front door (to replace old wooden doors)
Find out if you’re eligible
Building Bridges programme is available to support you into education or employment 
The programme gives you the confidence and experience you need to be able to progress towards, achieve and sustain ongoing employment.

As part of the programme, a dedicated key worker is assigned to you to develop a personalised plan to help address your barriers and support you every step of the way, at a pace you feel comfortable with.
Find out more about the Building Bridges programme

 
  Government has published its COVID-19 Autumn and Winter Plan

What are the aims of the plan?
The Government has published its autumn and winter COVID-19 response plan and we are asking you to continue to do what you can to protect one another and local health services at this challenging time. Within the plan, the Government states that the country is learning to live with COVID-19, and the main line of defence is now vaccination rather than lockdown. The Government’s plan is to prepare the country for future challenges, while ensuring the NHS does not come under unsustainable pressure. It wants to achieve this by: Building defences through pharmaceutical interventions: vaccines, antivirals and disease modifying therapeutics. Identifying and isolating positive cases to limit transmission: Test, Trace and Isolate. Supporting the NHS and social care: managing pressures and recovering services. Advising people on how to protect themselves and others: clear guidance and communications. Pursuing an international approach: helping to vaccinate the world and managing risks at the border.       Booster vaccines and vaccines for 12-15 year olds

Booster vaccines will be offered to those who received a vaccination in phase 1 of the programme. 12-15 year olds will be offered a first dose and the NHS will work with school immunisation teams to implement this.      

Regular asymptomatic testing using lateral flow tests will continue to help find cases and break the chains of transmission. It will be particularly focused on those who are not fully vaccinated, those in education, and those in higher-risk settings such as the NHS, social care, and prisons. You can find out more about asymptomatic testing on our website.      
Flu vaccination To help support health services, at an already busy time, a free flu vaccination will be available for more people than normal. It will be available to the previously eligible groups, which includes primary school children, 65 year olds and over, vulnerable groups, and pregnant women. Eligibility for a free flu vaccination this year will also be extended to include secondary school children and 50-64 year olds.       Vaccine certificates Mandatory vaccine‑only certification (or ‘COVID passports’ as they’ve been called) will not be implemented from the end of September where large crowds gather, but this does remain a contingency option.       What can you do to keep yourselves and others safe? Wear a mask in enclosed indoor spaces Wash or sanitise hands regularly Isolate and book a PCR test if you have any COVID-19 symptoms Get the vaccine when offered to you Take regular lateral flow tests to help break transmission Try to stay at home if you’re feeling unwell Let fresh air in if you meet people indoors Download the NHS COVID-19 app     Full plan

We have just provided a brief summary, and we encourage you to take a look at the full plan that can be found online. Our reaction to today’s plan can be found on our website.      




 
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#WiltshireTogether       All care home workers to be vaccinated

From 11 November 2021 the law will require all professions working or visiting care homes to be fully vaccinated.

If you work in a care home or wish to visit one, you must also have received at least your first jab by 16 September 2021.   More information on all care home workers and visitors to be vaccinated     Help the NHS as it prepares for extremely busy weekend

Please only visit your local hospital if absolutely necessary this weekend as all parts of the local health and care system remain under significant pressure.
 
A combination of staff absences and increasing numbers of coronavirus cases, coupled with a huge surge in people wanting same-day urgent and emergency care, has resulted in hospitals and the ambulance service experiencing demands for their services not normally seen outside of the middle of winter.
 
Calling 999 or visiting a hospital emergency department for anything less than a genuine, life-threatening emergency takes already-stretched healthcare workers away from their sickest patients, who are most in need of urgent medical assistance.

Thank you for your support.         Climate change affects us all: Have your say on our Climate Strategy Engagement is underway on our emerging Climate Strategy, which sets out how the council – and Wiltshire as a whole – can tackle climate change over the next five years. We all need to reduce our impact on the climate by cutting carbon dioxide emissions. This means making some changes to the way we all live our lives – and that’s where our Climate Strategy comes in. The engagement runs until 23:59 on Sunday 17 October, and you can comment on the draft strategy document, and attend online and in-person engagement sessions to ask questions and find out more.   More information about the Climate Strategy, sign up for engagement events and take the survey  
 


 


  Consider your healthcare options

Hospitals in the area are incredibly busy at the moment.

Please try and use the right health and care service for your needs, which may be to self-care or to visit a pharmacy. The ambulance service is for people with genuine life-threatening emergencies when 999 should be called immediately.

Thanks for your support.   More information on healthcare options       Climate change affects us all: Have your say on our Climate Strategy Engagement began this week on our emerging Climate Strategy, which sets out how the council – and Wiltshire as a whole – can tackle climate change over the next five years. We all need to reduce our impact on the climate by cutting carbon dioxide emissions. This means making some changes to the way we all live our lives – and that’s where our Climate Strategy comes in. The engagement runs until 23:59 on Sunday 17 October, and you can comment on the draft strategy document, and attend online and in-person engagement sessions to ask questions and find out more.   More information about the Climate Strategy, sign up for engagement events and take the survey  






Thanks as always for your support.       Changes to self-isolation requirements

The law on self-isolation in England has now changed.
Close contacts of positive Covid-19 cases no longer need to self-isolate if you are either: Double jabbed Under 18 Instead you should take a free PCR test. Book a test here
    Visit the Government website       Vaccines available for 16-17 year olds

Vaccinations are now available for 16 and 17 year olds find the nearest walk-in clinic on the Grab a Jab website.

Bookings are not required, just turn up and receive a 1st dose of vaccine.

There are specific vaccinations clinics listed for this cohort throughout Wiltshire.   Find a walk-in COVID-19 vaccination site       Consider your healthcare options





Thanks as always for your support.       Find a walk-in coronavirus vaccination site   If you’re aged 18 or over, you can get a vaccine from a walk-in COVID-19 vaccination site without an appointment. A small number of walk-in vaccination sites are also now available for people aged 16 and 17. More sites should become available over time. View a guide and more information on COVID-19 vaccination for eligible children and young people.   Find a walk-in COVID-19 vaccination site       All care home workers to be vaccinated

Anyone entering a care home for work or volunteering will need to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by 11 November 2021.
 
This will help to protect those most at risk from the virus.   Full details on the changes to regulations for care home workers     Our statement in response to the situation in Afghanistan   Cllr Richard Clewer, Leader of Wiltshire Council and Cabinet Member for Military Civilian Integration, said: “We are monitoring the difficult and distressing situation in Afghanistan and are awaiting government guidance as the situation unfolds. Here in Wiltshire we have always been ready to help those who need a safe place to stay and we will respond as necessary when guidance is published. This includes offering support to interpreters and those trying to reach a safe haven. We are already looking to provide homes for at least two families and there may be more in due course. “Wiltshire has a strong military presence and we recognise the extraordinary efforts of our service personnel who have served in Afghanistan as part of the UK efforts to bring peace to the region. We know the latest news may be difficult for our local military communities and we are here ready to support them at this time.”       Do you have a 16-year-old? 

HMRC are urging parents to confirm whether their child is staying in full-time education or training beyond 16, in order to continue receiving Child Benefit payments.

If your child is staying in education beyond 16, you need to update HMRC by Tuesday 31 August, or your Child Benefit will be stopped.   Update your child benefit records now       Online content created by our libraries during the pandemic reaches 200,000 views!

In the first lockdown, our libraries moved many of their activities online, and this popular content on the library Facebook pages and the Wiltshire Libraries YouTube channel has now received over 200,000 views.

Since libraries reopened, staff have been continuing to provide online rhyme times, story times, tea and chat sessions, book reviews, author talks and ‘how to’ guides, which can be found at: www.wiltshire.gov.uk/leisure-active-communities.
 
Library teams are also delivering the Summer Reading Challenge in libraries until Saturday 4 September. Children aged 4 to 11-years-old can sign up to the challenge to read six or more books during the holidays and receive rewards along the way. There is limited availability so families are urged to join up while stocks last.   More info on our online library content     The Fulltone Music Festival is coming to Devizes The Fulltone Orchestra, created and lead by Musical Director Anthony Brown, is a 65 strong orchestra of some of the top musicians in the South West. There’s lots of top live music planned on The Green in Devizes, so if live music is your thing, be sure to check out the Fulltone Music Festival taking place on 28 August and 29 August.   More information on the Fulltone Music Festival       Keep up-to-date with improvement works

Contractors working on our behalf are carrying out road resurfacing and associated works in a number of towns across Wiltshire.

You can also see the full list of all roadworks taking place in the county by visiting the One Network map and typing ‘Wiltshire’ into the search box.     

 








    Cabinet approves next steps for Wiltshire Local Plan

The 10 step plan follows a consultation period held between 13 January – 9 March, of which we had more than 3,500 responses from residents.

We are currently on step four, which involves preparing the draft version of the plan. Once this draft is considered by Cabinet, we will carry out a public consultation which will be another chance for you to have your say.

The key elements of the Local Plan focuses are on proposals for the scale and distribution of housing and employment growth across Wiltshire and climate change.   More information on the Wiltshire Local Plan  

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