Vaccination roll-out update 17.01.21

I have some positive news about the vaccination roll-out for Rural Rother.

Heathfield Surgeries

Those residents using the Heathfield Surgeries are being vaccinated at the Meads Medical Centre in Uckfield – moves are ongoing to try and get a more local centre.
Click on the link below to see details.

Heathfield and surrounds vaccination update 17.01.21

Battle Surgeries

Those residents using the Battle Surgeries will be vaccinated at Etchingham Village Hall.  I understand this goes live on Monday 18.01.21.
Click on the link below to see details.

Battle and surrounds vaccination update 17.01.21

The notification of a vaccination appointment appears to be via phone, I know some residents using the Heathfield Surgery have been contacted and vaccinated already.  So keep your phones close to you.
I’ll keep you updated as I get more information.

Irene – Parish Clerk

 

 

Vaccination roll-out – Volunteers needed

The NHS are looking for volunteers to help with the vaccination roll-out.
The positions are for Stewards and Coordinators for the Stewards.
Click on the links below to see details and contact information.

Details for volunteer stewards to help with vaccination roll-out

Details for volunteer coordinators to help with vaccination roll-out

Coronavirus vaccination update (11.01.20)

Not a lot of new information, but discussions ongoing to open up two more centres for rural Rother (that’s us!), it looks likely that we will go to Uckfield until these are opened.
I’ll keep you up to date with any more information I get.

Click on this link to see updated vaccination information from ESCC

Irene – Parish Clerk

Coronavirus Vaccination Information

I’ve had some information from our MP Huw Merriman and Sussex NHS about Coronavirus vaccinations.
It looks as those residents who have GPs in Battle will be vaccinated at Etchingham and those whose GPs are in Heathfield will be vaccinated in Uckfield.  Huw is presently trying to get the Heathfield GP people vaccinated nearer to home.
We all have to wait for the telephone call/text from our GP/Sussex NHS and be patient.
Click on the links below to see the information.

Click here for Information from Huw Merriman MP

Click here for information from Sussex NHS

FAQs about Vaccinations from Sussex NHS

Local coronavirus information

Due to the rapidly changing situation and amounts of information coming down from everyone – I thought it might be helpful to list below links with good safe local information.  These are:

An information flyer for those wishing to contact the Citizens Advice Bureau – please click on link below.

Click here for information from your local Citizens Advice Bureau

Coronavirus information from East Sussex County Council – please click on the link below.

https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/UKESCC/bulletins/2a3a803

Coronavirus information from Rother District Council – please click on the link below

https://us7.campaign-archive.com/?e=__test_email__&u=d1a5cc81c226a941ecd31d19f&id=c755921943

Hope you find the information helpful – please contact me at –clerk@dallington.org.uk– if I can do anything else.

Irene – Parish Clerk

 

 

Coronavirus update 8 (10.05.20)

Here we are again and expecting some further news about the lockdown today, it’s been nearly 7 weeks now.  I’m listing below the usual information for anyone who has just subscribed to the email posts alerts system and if it is possible, can you let anyone not able to access this website have the important information.

Safe sites for coronavirus information

Click on this link for safe coronavirus information from the NHS

Click on this link for dental advice during the coronavirus emergency from the NHS

Click on this link for coronavirus information from GOV.UK

Community Hubs

There is some safe and very useful information on the East Sussex Community Hubs page – click on the link below.

Click on this link for information from ESCC Community Hubs page

Shopping/Prescriptions

Click on the link below for major supermarkets details on opening/delivery details during this emergency.

Click on this link for major supermarket information

Boots, Robertsbridge – for prescriptions please contact David Todd from Robertsbridge and Salehurst Helping Hands at davidtodd@hotmail.com or on 07726 592 739 and he will organise delivery of your prescription to you.

Local shops – best to ring first to find out their open hours and if they can deliver.

Click on this link for details of all food shops operating in Rother during this emergency

  1. Bee and Bear Baker – home delivery of brownies, muffins etc.
    www.beeandbearbakery .co.uk
  2. Browns Farm Shop, only delivery or collection – not open for browsing – orders@browns-farmshop.co.uk  or phone on 01580 880502/07532 267002
  3. Busters Farm Shop – deliveries meat/veg/dairy/bread on Tuesday to Saturday 9-6 on Sundays 10-2.  Phone on 01580 882020.
  4. Culverwells – local country store and delivery available for Calor Gas.  Pay over the phone and collect from gate.  info@culverwells.co.uk.
    Phone – 01580 880567.
  5. Great Park Farm Catsfield – deliveries £3.50, veg box £15.00 and all other farm shop produce.  www.greatparkfarm.co.uk or phone on 01424 772531.
  6. One Stop – call about shopping you need and who will be collecting it for you.  They get it ready for your nominated person to pay for and collect.  Only contactless payments (no cash) – phone on 01580 880319.
  7. Robertsbridge Village Store – Post Office open Mon-Sat 9-5, shop open for delivery/collection Mon-Sat 8.30-6pm.  Telephone to place your order on 01580 880540 or 880714.

Thank you

The people who are working to keep our lives going are too many to mention – but my sincere thanks to all of them.  I would like particularly to mention the “Dallington Volunteers,” when the lockdown started I asked the Dallington community if there were any out there who would collection prescriptions/do a bit of shopping etc., – I have called on them several times and they have always stepped up to the plate – THANK YOU.

Dallington Parish Council Business

Like all District/Town/Parish Councils, we are dealing only with essential business.  Any planning applications that come in will be dealt with on my delegated authority and no meeting will be held – all new planning applications will be posted on this website.
We hope to have an Extraordinary Council Meeting in late-June/early-July to approve and sign off the Annual Governance and Accountability Return 2019-20 (AGAR).  If this is possible, the date and agenda will be posted on this website and we will maintain strict social distancing.

The Adventures of Alfie

I had no choice but to get my very amateur dog grooming kit out and have a go!  He literally couldn’t see out of his eyes.  I looked at all the videos on-line, obviously professional groomers and perfectly behaved dogs – yeah right.  He was pretty good actually, didn’t like it much, but I managed to get rid of the Denis Healy eyebrows.  The end result was pretty disastrous – a bald spot on his head, very spiky all over and I didn’t dare touch his “undercarriage, also made a terrible job of his tail, I got carried away and just kept cutting.  My eldest granddaughter saw the result and her only comment, after the face palm, was “what have you done Nana, his tail looks just like a bog brush.”  Thankfully his groomer phoned last Monday and RDC have told the licenced dog groomers they can open again if they observe strict social distancing.  I took him there on Tuesday and she was very understanding, “it will grow again.”  His beautiful powder-puff tail has gone and we will have to wait for that to come back.  I don’t know how she gets him so white – when she bathes him he looks as if she’s done it with Ariel Bio on a boil-wash, when I try to bath him, he still looks very grubby.  However, he’s still the happy, precious, little soul he always was and much perkier now he’s got rid of all that fur.

I was without broadband for nearly two weeks recently, it came back last Sunday.  A long story, but Sky were pretty good considering all of them are working from home.  Apart from an outage in East Sussex, there was a problem with my MAC address (that’s a unique number assigned to a network interface controller(?)).  They sorted it out as soon as they could and I’m up and running again.  It got me to thinking – what did I do before the Internet?  I was obviously younger, had young children (2) and was never bored.  I suppose what you don’t know, you don’t miss.  I more than missed it, it has become my main access to information – I get up in the morning (still in dressing gown), brush teeth, go downstairs, make a cup of tea, fire up the iPad and look at the papers.  Without it, I have to look at BBC News – which at the moment seems to be a lot of people singing Vera Lynn songs.

So we will have to wait until later when Boris lets us know the next steps out of lockdown – why do they insist on calling it a roadmap?  Surely it is just a plan.  I’ll keep in touch, look after yourselves.

Irene (Parish Clerk)

 

 

Cornavirus update 7 (10.04.20)

We still have no end in sight and just have to carry on with our new “normal,” but we have glorious weather and there is a soft greening on our trees and hedgerows.

Safe websites for information

Click on this link for coronavirus information from the NHS

Click on this link for coronavirus information from GOV.UK

Click on this link for coronavirus information from Rother District Council

Click on this link for coronavirus information from East Sussex County Council

Both the Rother District Council and East Sussex County Council websites have Community Support sections.

Doctors

If you need to see or contact your GP during this emergency, please check their website or phone first.  I’ve added links to the surgeries I know about in Battle and Heathfield.

Click on this link for the Martins Oak Surgery (Battle)

Click on this link for the Oldwood Surgery (Battle)

Click on this link for the Heathfield Surgery (Heathfield)

Dentists

Its seems that most dental surgeries are completely closed during this emergency.  There is some information on the NHS website (link below).

Click on this link for advice on dental issues from the NHS

Vets

Like our GPS, vets are only dealing with emergencies, although I understand they are still doing the final jabs for puppies and kittens.  Check their website and phone first.

The Best of Us

It goes without saying that our heartfelt thanks go to all NHS workers and every one of those essential workers who are keeping our lives as normal as possible.  I would also like to say a massive Thank You to those Dalligton residents who have volunteered to pick up essential supplies/prescriptions for those who must not leave their homes.  A resident contacted me about helping our super Postmen by leaving our gates unlatched, this is a great idea – but obviously not if you have small children or pets!

Scams

Be extra vigilant at this time – just put the phone down or delete the email.  There’s some good advice on the Age UK website, the link is below.

Click on this link for how to avoid scammers from Age UK

Shopping

1.  Sainsburys (all Sainsbury shops)
Monday to Saturday 0730-0800 priority for NHS workers (will need ID)
Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays 0800-0900 priority for the elderly, keyworkers and the disabled.
2. Co-op (Heathfield and Battle)
Monday to Friday 0800-0900 priority for keyworkers, the elderly and disabled.
3. Waitrose (Heathfield)
Monday to Saturday 0700-1000, first opening hour is priority for keyworkers, the elderly and disabled.  They are also giving NHS workers priority at the checkouts.
4. Local shops (ring first)
Netherfield Stores and Post Office – 01424 838589
Rushlake Green Village Stores – 01435 830381
The Old Orchard Village Shop – 07969 778985
Zero Heathfield – 07391 490098
Eggs to Apples – 01580 860566
Venison and Lamb meat packs – 07780 707006

The Adventures of Alfie

I’m afraid Alfie is in disgrace.  We went to our field yesterday and as usual he was just trundling around.  He managed to put up a pheasant and I don’t know who was more frightened – the pheasant or Alfie as his natural prey is a small beetle.  I took my eyes off him for a moment, looked around and the Little Grotbag was on his back rolling in fox poo!  I’m not normally precious, but I cannot live with with the smell of fox poo in the house.  So it was straight home and in the shower for him.  He’s nice and clean now, but is beginning to look like a failed attempt at Build a Bear.  We haven’t had the great nail clipping project yet, but it will be very soon.

Alfie with his best Christmas present
THE BEST CHRISTMAS PRESENT EVAH!

Last Christmas my son bought Alfie the biggest dog chew he could find.  Alfie couldn’t believe his eyes when he saw it.  He walked around it for a few minutes and you could almost hear his little doggie brain thinking – “is it really all for me?”  He managed to pick it up, tried to get it through the door to the kitchen and had to work out for about 10 minutes just how to do it.  That hurdle overcome, he then tried to get it up the stairs, all we could hear for most of Christmas morning was the crashing and banging of all the failed attempts.  It is now in three pieces and he still guards it vigorously against the BAD KITTENS!

It’s going to be a very different Easter for all of us, with Christmas, one of the turning points of the year.  I’m not religious, but understand the importance of this time of year to those of all faiths – it is the most important celebration of the Christian year, Passover for those of the Jewish faith and Ramadan starts in late April.  It is so sad that our churches, synagogues, mosques and temples are closed.
I can only wish you all a Happy Easter, staying safe and looking after one another.
Irene (Parish Clerk)

Coronavirus update 6 (02.04.20)

I’ve had a few queries about how you can contact your GP during this emergency and how you can arrange a necessary visit and/or renew prescriptions.
Links to the Martins Oak Surgery, the Oldwood Surgery and the Heathfield and Firs Surgery are below and these will give you full details.

Click on this link for the Martins Oak Surgery website

Click on this link for the Oldwood Surgery website

Click on this link for the Heathfield and Firs Surgery website

If you know anyone who does not subscribe to this website and probably uses one of the above surgeries – can you please let them know of the changed arrangements.
Irene – Parish Clerk

 

 

Coronavirus update 5 (01.04.20)

No real end in sight yet – all we can do is to stay safe and look after each other safely.
SAFE WEBSITES FOR INFORMATION
Be careful, lots of very dubious information out there, the following sites are safe
Click on this link for NHS coronavirus information

Click on this link for GOV.UK information on coronavirus

Click on this link for information from Rother District Council during this emergency

FINANCIAL DIFFICULTIES/INFORMATION
Dallington Parish Council cannot be responsible for any information held on this site, but it is generally thought to be a reliable source of financial information, particularly during this emergency.

Click on this link to go to Money Saving Expert

THE BEST OF US
Grateful and sincere thanks to everyone out there who are working endlessly to keep us safe and our lives as normal as they can possibly be – all who work in the NHS, the carers, all the keyworkers, all in the emergency services, the military, all the shop assistants, the food bank volunteers and all those in essential jobs.  You have our heartfelt thanks.

AND THE WORST
They are always out there and scammers will take the opportunity of this emergency to to try to defraud, upset and generally increase the levels of anxiety.  If you get any emails (I’ve had a couple) asking for money, threats, the old “click on this link” request or any email that you feel is not genuine – DELETE!  DELETE!  DELETE! – a safe website for advice is the Police’s Action Fraud site, the link is below

Click on the link below to go to the Police Action Fraud website

SHOPPING
1.  Sainsburys (all Sainsbury shops)
Monday to Saturday 0730-0800 priority for NHS workers (will need ID)
Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays 0800-0900 priority for the elderly, keyworkers and the disabled.
2. Co-op (Heathfield and Battle)
Monday to Friday 0800-0900 priority for keyworkers, the elderly and disabled.
3. Waitrose (Heathfield)
Monday to Saturday 0700-1000, first opening hour is priority for keyworkers, the elderly and disabled.  They are also giving NHS workers priority at the checkouts.
4. Local shops (ring first)
Netherfield Stores and Post Office – 01424 838589
Rushlake Green Village Stores – 01435 830381
The Old Orchard Village Shop – 07969 778985
Zero Heathfield – 07391 490098
Eggs to Apples – 01580 860566
Venison and Lamb meat packs – 07780 707006

CHURCHES TOGETHER IN HEATHFIELD
They have gathered together a big group of volunteers from all the Heathfield churches and are happy to help you if you are self-isolating and can also put you in touch with other local volunteers.  Their numbers are – 01435 863786 and 01435 864646.

DON’T TRY THIS AT HOME!
A young astrophysicist, Dr. Daniel Readon, was trying to invent a device to stop people touching their faces.  He ended up in hospital with magnets stuck up his nose!  Every mother reading this probably rolled her eyes and thought I’ve got one like that – good brain, but no common sense – I know I have.  However, full marks Dr. Daniel for trying.  There’s a link below to the Guardian article.

Click on this link to see the Guardian article about Dr. Daniel Readon

THE ADVENTURES OF ALFIE

Alfie being bored
I’m really bored and want to go out.

He’s very bored and missing his woodland walks as we’ve decided to just exercise him in the field behind our house.  I’ve just looked out of our window and there are no fire-breathing sheep in the adjacent fields – so he should be safe.  We are going to have to bite the bullet soon and clip his nails, not looking forward to it, but will have to be done.

Stay safe all of you, look after yourselves and each other.
Irene – Parish Clerk