New planter installations

In July 2020 the Parish Council made a successful application to Chichester District Council for funds to install some Corten planters in the village. The planters have been selected to be consistent with the materials used by the SDNPA across the National Park, to enhance the appearance of the village and also to encourage motorists to reduce their speed. Plants have been selected to be low maintenance, provide year round interest and colour.

The installation of 7 planters begins today, Monday 8th November and will last until Wednesday this week. We expect minimal disruption but please be aware of the work taking place on the corner of Wheelbarrow Castle and Easebourne Lane, the Hollist Lane/Dodsley Lane junction and the entrance to Riverbank surgery.

 

New planter installations2021-11-08T08:39:14+00:00

Tomorrow, Saturday 11th and it’s Green Volunteer time!

The Midhurst Green Volunteers are back in the village tomorrow, Saturday 11th September, meeting from 8am at the corner of Dodsley Grove and Dodsley Lane, near the entrance to the Rotherfield Sports ground. The task will be to cut back the summers growth along High Path. The session is usually finished by 10.30.

Last week the lack of volunteers from the village was again disappointing, so sadly this could be the last time the volunteers tackle High Path. If as a village we can’t generate more help for them then we will need to rely on the annual cut from CDC. At times this might make the path quite difficult to use.

If you can spare a few hours to help ensure your village carries on looking it’s best, please come along and join in. All equipment is provided, just bring your own gloves!

For more information please visit www.midhurstgreenvolunteers.org.uk or email our parish clerk.

Tomorrow, Saturday 11th and it’s Green Volunteer time!2021-09-10T14:56:03+01:00

The Green Volunteers are in town again!

The Midhurst Green Volunteers are back in the village tomorrow, Saturday 4th September, meeting from 8am at the corner of Hollist Lane near Canada Grove and working on the footpath that starts at the top of Upperfield. If you join a little later then please go straight to the footpath! The session is usually finished by 10.30.

Last week the lack of volunteers from the village was really disappointing and it’s meant that unless we up our game and join in with this amazing group then we are unlikely to see as many, if any, sessions in Easebourne after the current schedule ends in December.

This would be a massive blow to the appearance of the village, as the volunteers keep areas including High Path, Easebourne Lane, Dodsley Lane, Wheelbarrow Castle and many more areas in-between looking as smart as possible. This is all work that would not be carried out by Chichester District Council as funding and staff cuts do not allow.

If you can spare a few hours to help ensure your village carries on looking it’s best, please come along and join in. All equipment is provided, just bring your own gloves!

For more information please visit www.midhurstgreenvolunteers.org.uk or email our parish clerk.

 

 

The Green Volunteers are in town again!2021-09-03T16:45:57+01:00

Picnic in the Park Bank Holiday Monday 30th August

There’s now just a week to go before this years Picnic in the Park and the weather forecast looks promising!

The event will take place on Bank Holiday Monday, 30th August, from 12.30pm until 4.30pm. There will be live music in The Roundhouse, Ice-creams, refreshments from the Scouts, a Dog Show, a school PTA stall, a tombola and more! All village residents are welcome, just come along with your picnic and enjoy!

There will be parking available on the day but the car park nearest the Park will be closed.

Picnic in the Park Bank Holiday Monday 30th August2021-08-23T10:59:51+01:00

Picnic in the Park 30th August – save the date!

With most Lockdown restrictions now lifted, the Parish Council are going full steam ahead for this years Picnic in the Park!

The event will take place on Bank Holiday Monday, 30th August, from 12.30pm until 4.30pm. There will be live music in The Roundhouse, Ice-creams, refreshments from the Scouts, a Dog Show and more! All residents are welcome, just come along with your picnic and enjoy!

We’re just finalising a few more details, so watch this space for news nearer the day, but for now, save the date!

Picnic in the Park 30th August – save the date!2021-07-19T10:58:01+01:00

Latest Information Regarding Covid-19 from Chichester District Council

Headlines

  • There will be a four week pause at step 3, until 19 July.
  • Relevant regulations will be extended until the end of Sunday 18 July.
  • The data will be continuously reviewed and assessed against the four tests.
  • An announcement on proceeding with this new date will happen no later than 12 July.
  • If the data is better than expected in a couple of weeks, the Government may be in a position to move to step 4 earlier than 19 July.

What you can and can’t do

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/covid-19-coronavirus-restrictions-what-you-can-and-cannot-do#if-youre-in-an-area-where-the-new-covid-19-variant-is-spreading

Life events

Large events

  • Another phase of events pilots will be run for large events, including to test certification.
  • This will see approximately 10-15 large events (some over multiple days) permitted post-21 June at higher capacities with attendees demonstrating Covid status.
  • The list of events will be published on GOV.UK

Residential visits

  • Guidance will be amended to allow out of school settings (eg Scouts, Girl Guides etc) to organise residential visits in ‘bubbles’ of up to 30 children.
  • This is an increase from the current limit of six or two households, and aligns with the current position for schools.

Vaccinations

  • A first vaccine dose will have been offered to all adults by w/c 19 July.
  • All over-40s who had their first dose by mid-May will be offered their second dose by w/c19 July.

Adult social care

  • Need to isolate after visits out or on an admission will be removed, as will the requirement for residents to isolate for 14 days after visits out (with the exception of overnight stays in hospital, or a visit which is deemed high risk by the care home).
  • Need to isolate following admission from the community will also be removed (subject to criteria specified in the guidance and as long as daily PHE testing protocol continues).
  • All residents can nominate an Essential Care Giver (ECG) for any purpose or care need (rather than only where the purpose or care need cannot easily be provided by care home staff), and permit visits from ECGs during periods of isolation.

Enhanced response

  • Additional support is to be introduced in key areas affected by high levels of the Delta variant, including Cheshire East; Cheshire West and Chester; Liverpool City Region; Warrington; Birmingham; and Blackpool. This follows the introduction of further support in Greater Manchester and Lancashire last week.
  • The support package aims to supress the spread of the Delta variant and break chains of transmission. This approach has been working in parts of London and in Bolton, stopping a rise in the number of cases.
Latest Information Regarding Covid-19 from Chichester District Council2021-06-16T07:22:49+01:00

Update from Chichester District Council

This week has marked a really positive step forward in the journey towards the end of lockdown, with schools and colleges opening their doors again.

It has been wonderful to see children on their way to school in the morning, eager to see their friends again and resume face-to-face teaching. On Monday many pupils were greeted with balloons as they walked into their schools, which was a lovely celebratory touch. As a school governor, I know how hard our schools have been working in preparation for this week, from organising Covid testing to getting lesson plans in place and ensuring that the buildings are safe for everyone.

I know that teachers and support staff will be making their pupils feel really welcome and will be working over and above to help them adjust and get back into the swing of school life after such a long time studying online, away from the classroom. I’d also like to pay tribute to all the parents who have had such a difficult task over the past few months, homeschooling their children while often working from home themselves, and to our teachers for running online lessons and also keeping the children of our key workers safe in school.

It’s also especially heartwarming to know that care home residents are now being allowed to see one regular, nominated visitor indoors. This contact is hugely important for both our elderly care home residents and their families and I hope that it will bring much comfort to all those concerned.

As part of the Step 1 easing, we can now leave our homes and meet outside with one friend not from our household. As the days lengthen this is a very welcome boost, but as the Government explained last month, lifting restrictions is going to be a very gradual process. It depends on us all continuing to play our part as the vaccine programme carries on being rolled out, so I urge everyone – including those of you, like me, who have had your vaccine – to follow the current guidance. As the adverts say, every space made, every weekend spent at home, every virtual call and every window that you open, all help to reduce infection rates.

Although the roadmap to the end of lockdown is in progress, the financial effects of the past year will be with us long term. If you are experiencing financial hardship then I appeal to you to contact us for advice. There is a lot of help available, and we want to reach out to people before their situation worsens and before people slide into debt or are faced with potential homelessness.

There are many different circumstances affecting people: for example you may have been furloughed, or made redundant, or your household may have suffered the loss of one or both incomes. This may have caused you to fall behind with your rent or mortgage for the first time. Or, you may be a landlord with a single property which acts as your retirement pension but you are currently not receiving any income and don’t know what to do. Our benefits team can offer advice and guidance about your options and where to go for further support.

If your earnings have changed because of the pandemic then you can check www.entitledto.co.uk which is a quick and easy benefits calculator which will tell you if you would be eligible to receive any benefits.

If you need help with your mortgage then we can advise you of the different government help available and options around payment holidays which are offered by mortgage and loan providers.

And if you are struggling with the cost of your council tax I encourage you to get in touch with us to discuss your account so that we can try and work out how we can help you.

We know that there are people in our district who may be struggling with the stress of changes to their financial situation, but help is there and I really urge you to contact us before things get more serious, so that we can provide help and advice. You can find out more information at www.chichester.gov.uk/helpwithfinances

As ever thank you for the part you are playing in the fight against Covid-19, each action we take will make a huge difference.

Best wishes,

Councillor Eileen Lintill

Leader, Chichester District Council

Update from Chichester District Council2021-03-09T19:27:30+00:00

Update from West Sussex County Council

Update from West Sussex County Council2021-02-26T19:55:30+00:00

NHS Vaccination Programme update

NHS Vaccination Programme update

As you are aware, we are having regular meetings with our NHS colleagues on the progress of the vaccination programme in the Chichester District. Please find the key points that were covered in this week’s meeting below.

Vaccinations for the over 80s

As of Friday 29 January 2021:

  • 90.4% of the over 80s in the North of the district had received their first dose of the vaccine – which amounts to over 7,500 vaccinations.
  • 75% of the over 80s in the South of the district had received the first dose of the vaccine – which amounts to over 6,600 vaccinations. Excellent progress has been made considering the GP-led centres in the South of the district have only been running for two weeks.

Our NHS colleagues are currently on course to meet the targets set by Government. By the end of the weekend, these figures will have increased significantly because of the appointments that are due to take place over the next few days.

If you are over 80 and have yet to be contacted, do not worry, you will be contacted by your local GP-led vaccination service.

Vaccination deliveries

These occur twice a week at each GP-led vaccination site. This is co-ordinated nationally by NHS England. The sites then determine their opening hours and days. In some cases, although it may appear that a site is only open on certain days further vaccinations may also be taking place in additional clinics. This all depends on the delivery that is sent through.

The good news is that the vast majority of people are turning up for their vaccinations and all sites are also referring to their reserve lists when this doesn’t happen.

Some people have asked why some large sites seem to have unlimited supplies, while others receive smaller amounts. Although it may appear this way, the volume sent to each site is based on their capacity and needs. We have been assured that there are no issues on supplies for the district.

Vaccination sites

Conversations are ongoing about introducing a high volume site in the centre of Chichester. Our NHS colleagues are exploring a number of sites, and the final decision will be agreed with NHS England. They believe that they are very close to resolving this and are hopeful that a decision will be made on this over the next week. If given the go-ahead, they believe that a central site can be opened rapidly.

The NHS has to ensure there are the staff requirements for the site and this is one of most important elements being agreed.

When identifying suitable sites, the NHS has to meet certain criteria. This includes: digital access, flooring, floor space, the potential flow of people in and out of the site, availability of parking, location in terms of traffic building up and space for staff. They also need to consider the volume of vaccinations that can take place at a centre.

National booking system

If you are aged over 70, you may receive a letter from the national booking system inviting you to attend one of the large vaccination sites within 60 miles of your home, or one of the approved pharmacies (in our case, this is in Midhurst).

It’s really important to note that you do not have to accept this invitation, and you can wait for your GP-led vaccination centre to contact you.

This is an extra opportunity to access the vaccine, providing you with the option of accessing your vaccination quicker if you want to. If you decide to ignore the letter, there is no need to worry as you will still be contacted by your local GP-led vaccination centre.

Sheltered housing

Our NHS colleagues have been contacting residents in sheltered accommodation to see if they can travel to one of the GP-led vaccination centres for their vaccination. However, if they can’t manage to get to one of the centres, then one of the NHS roving teams will come out to them directly.

 

 

NHS Vaccination Programme update2021-01-29T17:44:23+00:00