News Update - March 2020

Coronavirus : Challenging Times

Dear All,

It will come as no surprise to you all to know that work on the Ombersley and Doverdale Neighbourhood Development Plan has currently been suspended given the pandemic we are all facing. More about that at the end of this report, as for now more important issues are our priority.

A message from the Parish Council

We are facing unprecedented challenges with the current pandemic of Coronavirus. As a community we all need to pull together to support each other to get through this. There will be health difficulties, hardship and problems through isolation, but there are things we can each do to help.

We are all in this together

Obviously the Government, County and District councils and support services are working hard to alleviate difficulties and safeguard essential services, but we must all as individuals help one another within this community whilst at the same time safeguarding our own health.

Good Neighbour Network

The Parish Council are liaising with Wychavon, local medical services and local groups to work together to this end and offer support to people who are vulnerable for whatever reason. If anyone is willing and able to volunteer for a ‘Good neighbour network’ to help, please get in touch with your parish councillors either directly or via the help line below. It may be something simple like giving isolated and vulnerable people a telephone call, or it may be collecting/delivering medication, delivering essential food supplies etc. or it could be sharing ideas/experiences to keep people entertained at home.

Please all try and support neighbours and friends both practically, where feasible, but also with morale boosting to help overcome problems with isolation.

More Information

Wychavon have released the attached helpful guidelines: Covid-19: Five steps to look after yourself and others

Worcestershire updates are available at: www.worcestershire.gov.uk/coronavirus and www.wychavon.gov.uk/coronavirus

Small business support information is available at: www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-employers-and-businesses-about-covid-19/covid-19-support-for-businesses

We will also post information on the Parish Council website www.odpc.co.uk

Helpline 01905-621123

Please behave responsibly and follow guidelines and regular bulletins. If you are in need of help, or know of anyone who is in need, please contact your parish councillors on a dedicated help-line, manned by volunteers which has just been set up: (01905) 621123. The line will be open 9am to 5pm daily. Please also visit the new website, facebook and instagram www.allaboutombersley.com where we can keep ourselves informed, share experiences and messages about ways to alleviate boredom etc.

Please share the contents of this e-mail with anyone who may not automatically receive it via TOAD so we can engage with as many as possible in this large and rural parish.

If any local organisations have an e-mail contact list then please forward it so we can reach as many people as we can quickly.

The Neighbourhood Development Plan

Sue CollierReturning to TOAD and the Neighbourhood Development Plan: Progress was dependent upon Wychavon’s final ‘preferred options’ allocation to Ombersley in terms of building site and housing numbers. This decision, I feel, is likely to be delayed given our current circumstances. Our unspent grant for 2019/2020 has been refunded to government sources, and we will prepare to re-apply when a new round of funding becomes available to enable us to complete our plan as and when we can.

With kind regards

Sue Collier
Ombersley & Doverdale Parish Council

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Calling all Volunteers

If you feel that you would like to help, we need volunteers. The Parish Council cannot do this by themselves.  We need help with planning, communications, secretarial support, data analysis, IT and graphic design, and we will need help for manning drop-ins, coffee mornings, leaflet posting, photography and so on.

Everyone welcome!

Contact us

Please get in touch with Councillor Susan Collier, or Councillor Judy Goodman.

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