Local Coronavirus Support as at 5th November 2020

Dear All,

Firstly, I hope that everyone is keeping well. The last time I wrote this letter was 10th July. We have entered lockdown again. As before these bulletins will be on www.amberley.org.uk .

 

People who are clinically extremely vulnerable may still need our support. Over the next week I will contact the various self-help groups across our community to see if they are still planning to operate. I have spoken to the individual volunteers in our village and the majority are willing to continue to provide ad hoc support. Member of our pastoral team are available to call people who are struggling with loneliness.

It is likely that the next four weeks will create more hardship. We can respond to this by supporting charities like Marah, Stroud Food Bank and the Long Table.
Marah still need donations of toiletries, instant coffee and white sugar. Please drop any donations at the Rectory under the canopy at the back door.

The church will be open each day as normal for private prayer but with socially distanced seating

There will be two services broadcast this Sunday using Zoom, one at 8 o’clock and one at 10 o’clock. I will also publish an act of worship. If you are interested in these please contact me.

Listed below is an update from Minchlife about local businesses as well as other contact numbers.

Keep safe and keep in touch. Please call me on 873176 if you need help.

Have a good week
Reverend John

 

Fraud

If you think you have been a victim of fraud, please report it to Action Fraud at https://www.actionfraud.police.uk or by calling 0300 123 2040.

Safeguarding guidelines:

'Volunteers to be advised to practice all government advice, so frequent hand-washing, keep a safe distance (leave things on doorstep). They should collect receipts for any purchases and wait for payment before handing over purchases. Those who need help to be advised of receipt/payment structure and that this is a volunteer operation, nothing formal.

Gloucestershire Community help hub

This allows people to post offers of and requests for help. Here is the link
https://www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/gloucestershires-community-help-hub/
For the most vulnerable please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

NHS Responders

www.nhsvolunteerresponders.org.uk or 0808 196 3646 – they will help with shopping and prescriptions for no charge.

Prescriptions

www.boots.com/online/pharmacy - free online service for ordering and delivering your prescriptions You can call them (Boots Minchinhampton - 01453 882146) but it will cost £5 per delivery if you arrange this over the phone. On-line is free.
www.echo.co.uk - free online service for ordering and delivering your prescriptions.
www.pharmacy2u.co.uk - - free online service for ordering and delivering your prescriptions.

LOCAL BUSINESS NEWS:
Please remember these days are difficult for everyone and our local businesses need your support now more than ever.

M & B Stores, Market Square
Open as now and offering deliveries. The staff are glad to help those self-isolating. Contact Brian with your requirements by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phoning 883265.

Opening Hours:
Monday – Friday: 7.30 am – 6.00 pm
Saturday: 7.30 am – 5.00 pm
Sunday: 8.00 am – 3.30 pm

The Crown, High Street
Closing from Thursday with heavy hearts. More information will be published on website. Just been listed in the Good Beer Guide!

Henrys, Market Square
In the midst of planning to ensure that they can continue to serve the community.
It is likely that they will return to a time collection time slot arrangement as in previous lockdown.

The Kitchen, High Street
Will be open 8 am – 4 pm Monday to Saturday. Takeaways on door. Menu will be produced.

L Taylor & Sons, West End
Open with sales from the door as present. Christmas orders can be sent by email to:
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Do include any questions in your emails, they are hopeful this new system will save people the trouble of trying to get through on the phone.

Stafford Cottage Boutique, High Street
Will be closed during lockdown. It is planned to put more accessories and gifts on to their website with free delivery within the Minchinhampton area (check terms and conditions. www.staffordcottage.co.uk. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The Weighbridge, Longfords
Bake at home pies will continue through lockdown as before. Tel: 01453 832520.