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As there are a fair number of Coronavirus  information items coming in, this is now a separate Buckland Newton Coronavirus Information page.  You can use this new page to find new announcements relating to the village.  Please also check the ‘Dates for Your Diary entries below for cancellations or postponement of events - organisers please e-mail Webmaster to let us know of changes, thank you.
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Village Information

Community Connections Volunteer Group

Community Connections  Your neighbourly contact number is 01 300 345 850 Community Connections is your local, up and running, friendly, informal, self help group, for the village - by the village. As we are “self isolating” due to our ‘full house’ of pre existing conditions, we are offering to act as dedicated co-ordinators for all villagers who may need support. And, most importantly, for all those who are kindly offering to help, including our dedicated Parish Councillors who have published their individual phone numbers. But we will need even more going forward. Maybe you could be a helper too? Just by phoning a friend in need, a neighbour or acquaintance or picking something up from the shop? We are definitely all going to need to gear-up for the difficult time ahead, as we all start to understand the true ramifications of this virus. Things are moving very fast now - so use this phone number, in the first instance, for help and advice, and we will do our best to put you in contact with all the right people at the right time. Now is the time for us all to work together, in a focused and co-ordinated way. We need to look out for and support all our friends and neighbours. Please don’t hesitate to give us a call.  Stay well and happy. Chris and Janey Hildred Community Connections Update No.1 (3rd April 2020)

From Buckland Newton Parish Council

If you have to self-isolate and need assistance, please telephone any member of the Parish Council, who will put you in touch with the relevant voluntary groups in the village. Buckland Newton Parish Councillors are: Chair: Nicki Barker 01300 345238 Vice Chair: Jane Collins 01300 345136 Vice Chair: Mark Needham 01300 345293 Councillors: Andy Foot 01300 345511 Chris Osmond 01300 345326 Lin Townsend 01300 345306 John Baker 01300 345386 Sam Sowerby 01300 345721 Roy Godwin 01300 345438 The Old Chapel Stores in Buckland Newton will take telephone orders for collection and/or arrange delivery.  Telephone 01300 345 336. We are here to help you.

Coronavirus Posters

3 Posters are available to download.  These may be useful if you are: Self-isolating Have a weakened immune system, or If someone else is doing your shopping You can download these posters to print out and put in your window or door, or to remind yourself about the precautions to take if someone else is doing your shopping. To download the posters, click on the relevant poster below.  If you are unable to download or print the posters and would like someone to do this for you, please contact the Community Connections group on 01300 345 850.

Recreation Ground Play Area Closed

In accordance with new Government rules, this playground will be closed until further notice. Please do not allow your children to climb over the fence to play on the equipment.  This is for everyone’s safety.  Safety checks on the equipment will not be carried out during this period.

Council and General Information

Changes to NHS Services locally

(2nd April)

Changes to NHS Services in Dorset to help manage COVID-19

Open Letter from Dorset Public Sector Organisations

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Coronavirus Information Site from Dorset Police

Dorset Police have pulled together a section of their website where you can find updates from the Chief Constable, links to relevant public heath websites, updates on the impact to the services offered by Dorset Police as well as a series of frequently asked questions. They have also now included a section with some activities for young people which you may find useful. https://www.dorset.police.uk/coronavirus/

Dorset Council suspends charges in their car parks to support key

workers and residents

(30th March)

Dorset Council has taken the decision to suspend parking charges in its car parks across the county during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Following calls from the general public and Dorset’s elected members, the Council will no longer require payment for the use of any of its car parks that remain open at this time while public health measures are in place. However, on-street parking charges and restrictions will remain in place in order to keep roads clear and traffic moving. The decision to suspend off-street car park charges will help residents to park for free while residential roads are full of vehicles during the current “lockdown”. The aim is to get people not parking in the side roads whilst they are staying indoors, so they can move their cars from the road to the car parks. By encouraging the movement of the cars from the street to these car parks we can provide better access for NHS workers, social carers and volunteers supporting the vulnerable in their communities. It will improve access for emergency and bin collection vehicles and provide options for residents who need to travel to buy essential food and groceries. Beach car parks and those at other tourist spots that have already been closed will remain shut until further notice. Dorset Council will continue to ask people not to drive to these places and/or congregate in groups in order to comply with public health guidance and not spread the virus.

Coronavirus Advice from Neighbourhood Watch

The Neighbourhood Watch organisation has issued some useful advice about protecting the isolated and vulnerable during the current outbreak.  Click here to read this. Coronavirus and cold-caller scams - click for advice from Neighbourhood Watch

Outreach Post Office

The Outreach Post Office in the Village Hall will be closed for the foreseeable future on

account of the Coronavirus outbreak.  No information yet on when it may re-open.

Coronavirus: Important recycling centre and kerbside bins information

Information and advice from Dorset Council.  Please note that all recycling centres and tips are closed from 24th March New Kerbside Bin Collection Arrangements  (30th March)
Because of this we will not be answering the door to visitors. For any deliveries, please ring the doorbell/knock the door and leave outside.  #Dorsetcommunityresponse People in this household are  self-isolating People with weak immune systems  are more likely to catch coronavirus  (COVID-19), and are more likely to suffer  life-threatening complications if they become ill with it.  Because of this we will not be answering the door to visitors. For any deliveries, please ring the doorbell/knock the door and leave outside.  #Dorsetcommunityresponse Someone in this household has a weak  immune system