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

 

 

 

 

 

Coronavirus update 4 (27.03.20)

How are you all doing – stay safely in contact with each other.
Contact me or one of the other Dallington Councillors for a list of people who have very kindly offered to help out with a bit of shopping, collecting medication and even dog-walking.
Just a word to all our volunteers and the many others who are helping friends and neighbours – you must stay safe, leave shopping etc., at the door and keep at least 2 metres (about 6 feet) away from each other.
Many of you are signed up for email alerts to this website – can you make sure that anyone who is not, signs up or if they do not have an internet connection, is it possible to print out this post or let them have the information by phone.
We are distributing another information flyer, which you should be receiving shortly.
LATEST INFORMATION
These sites are safe for current information
Click here for latest information and advice from the NHS
Click here for the GOV.UK website on coronavirus
Click here for information and advice from Rother District Council

FINANCIAL DIFFICULTIES
Dallington Parish Council cannot be responsible for any information held on the link below, but it it generally thought that there is good and safe information on this site.
Click here for information and advice from Moneyexpert.com

BEWARE OF SCAMS
It’s sickening, but scammers will be trying to make the most of this emergency.  The latest one I’ve heard of is an email saying that Central Government/BBC are extending the time for the over 75s to pay for their television licence and asking that you update your direct debit information.
DO NOT CLICK ON ANYTHING – JUST DELETE ANY EMAIL/TEXT YOU GET THAT EITHER YOU DON’T EXPECT OR LOOKS SUSPICIOUS.

SHOPPING
I’ve had to make some changes to this section as our small local shops – that are doing a great job – have made some changes.  Some are unable to cope with all the demand and deliveries, so ring first before getting in the car.
The supermarkets are unchanged
1.  Sainsburys – Heathfield (applies to all Sainsburys shops)
Monday to Saturday 0730-8000 priority for NHS workers, will need ID.
Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays 0800-0900 priority for the elderly, keyworkers and disabled.
2.  Co-op – Heathfield and Battle
Monday to Friday 0800-0900 priority for keyworks, 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.
LOCAL SHOPS (ring first)
Netherfield Stores and Post Office – 01424 838589
Rushlake Green Village Store – 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
If anyone in your household is self-isolating due to experiencing coronavirus systems – please advise the delivery driver, get them to leave the bags outside your door, don’t use an electronic signature device and wash your hands immediately after putting shopping away – many people are also washing/disinfecting the shopping itself.

THE ADVENTURES OF ALFIE
He’s been having his exercise, sometimes in our field behind our house, but he’s scared of sheep (don’t ask!) so is always a little worried out there.  He’s been to Darwell, which he loves (thinks it’s his private property) and also the Cuckoo Trail in Heathfield.  Everyone being very sensible, smiling and saying “Good Morning,” but keeping a very safe distance away from each other – except the dogs of course.

I went to Sainsburys in Heathfield last Wednesday for the elderly shop.  Got there about 0750 and all us elderly were queuing up outside – I saw quite a few friends there and we were all very sensible and stood 2m from each other.  There were a few people in the shop, the NHS workers, they deserve far more than a clap.  There was serious security outside, a very nice chap, but I wouldn’t have argued with him.  At 0800 they let us in, about 10 at a time.  The shelves weren’t too bad, lots of veg, bread and enough milk, but my expert eye saw that the booze shelves were very empty (this is worrying!).  As one shopper left, another was let in.  It was all very quiet and polite.  I’ll go again next week, unless I can get a slot on-line.

Keep yourselves safe and keep in safe contact with neighbours and friends – that’s the most important thing we can do.

Once again, if your neighbour/friend is not signed up to this website, or does not use the internet – please contact them and let them have this information.

 

 

 

Old School Village Hall (update 24.3.10)

(Posted on behalf of Dallington Old School Village Hall Committee):

During the current epidemic we are following advice from the government, the NHS and Action in Rural Sussex. The Hall  & Billiards Room will remain CLOSED for most activities until further notice. We will of course re-open the Old School as soon as it is safe to do so. 

The only exception may be for some essential staff training for careworkers (a key worker category); if so they will be following strict guidelines on social distancing and handwashing to reduce the spread of infection. If you see lights on in the hall, please do not assume it will be open for any other purposes.

For everyone else, please continue to look after yourselves and follow the advice on social distancing and self isolation.  Irene Marchant, Dallington Parish Clerk, is posting regular updates and links to reliable sources on this website. Irene is also coordinating offers and requests for help with shopping, collecting medicines or anything else, so please do get in touch if you need anything or know of anyone who may need some additional support. Follow the link in the top menu for Corona Virus Information and Advice.

 

Coronavirus update 3 (24.03.20)

Now more than ever we must look after each other and at the same time make sure we are keeping ourselves and our families safe.
HELP AND CONTACT IS AVAILABLE
I have a list of Dallington people who are willing and able to do a bit of shopping, collect medication, etc.  Please do not hesitate to contact me – Irene (Parish Clerk) 01424 838414/email – clerk@dallington.org.uk if you need anything.
Phone your neighbours and friends, chat over the garden fence (keeping a safe distance away from each other, (2m is the recommended safe distance).
If you’ve never tried it before, use the link below to see how you can “video talk” to your family and friends – it’s a BBC website and safe.
Click on this link to see how you can video talk to your family and friends
There will be a fair number of Dallington people who do not look at this website and do not have an internet connection.  If you know of any, can you please make sure they get this information.
Dallington Parish Council are arranging a leaflet drop for every household.

LATEST INFORMATION
The sites below are safe for current information.
Click on this link for latest NHS coronavirus information
Click on this link for latest information on coronavirus from Central Government
Click on this link for latest information on coronavirus on BBC News

BEWARE OF SCAMS
1.  Do not open your door to anyone saying they are from the “health services” and have come to test you for coronavirus.
2.  Immediately delete any email you have concerns about.  Your bank, HMRC etc., will not be contacting you about coronavirus.
3.  Keep all your devices software updated and use decent virus software.
Sometimes I despair how evil some people can be during such a crisis, but then I look at all the offers of help and how communities are looking after each other and feel a lot better.

SHOPPING
We can go out to get essential supplies and medication.  I’ve been doing (with some help from Jim Gray – Dallington Councillor) some investigation into local shops/opening hours/priorities for keyworkers, the elderly and disabled.
1.  Sainsburys – Heathfield (applies to all Sainsburys shops)
Monday to Saturday 0730-800 priority for NHS workers (will need ID).
Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays – 0800-0900 priority for the elderly, keyworkers and 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 priority for keyworkers, the elderly and disabled.  They are also giving NHS workers priority at check-outs.
4.  Netherfield Stores and Post Office – will deliver and are always very helpful.
5.  Rushlake Green Village Store – 01435 830381, email – rgvs@btinternet.com
They will deliver, minimum spend £25.00, no delivery charge, payment by cash on delivery.  They will also bring items outside the shop for you to collect.
6.  The Old Orchard Village Shop – 07969 778985, will deliver, no minimum spend, no delivery charge.  Will also bring items out to the car park for you to collect.
7.  Zero, Heathfield (unpackaged/bulk/refillable food products and household products).  See their Facebook page for more details.  Phone 07391 490098.  You can collect at the shop.
Click on this link to go to the Zero Shop home page
8.  Eggs to Apples – phone 01580 860566 –
click here to go to the Eggs and Apples home page.
I’ve been trying to find sensible information from Jempsons in Battle – I know they are doing priority orders as the other supermarkets, but cannot find any definite information at the moment.
If anyone in your household is self-isolating due to experiencing coronavirus systems – please advise the delivery driver as they will need to take extra precautions.  You are also advised to limit contact with delivery drivers, get them to leave bags outside your door, don’t use an electronic signature device and wash your hands immediately after putting shopping away.
Dallington Parish Council advise that you contact any of the organisations above before actually going there and find out from them what their current policy is – it is possible that this could change rapidly.

THE ADVENTURES OF ALFIE
He’s got a big grin on his face at the moment – he was due for grooming today, but very sensibly his groomer has shut up shop for the duration.  He’s going to look like a miniature Yeti in a few weeks!  Freddie and I will have to wrangle him into the shower or get in with him

HOW ARE YOU ALL FEELING?
It’s a very strange and anxious time for us all.  Things are so quiet, I look out of my windows and there are no lights on in the Swan, we’ve lived opposite the Swan for over thirty years and it’s so strange to see it darkened.  Things are so quiet at night – very nice in a way – but different.  Wonderful night sky and no planes to be seen.  A great website for aircraft nerds is –
Click here for the flightradar23 website
It seems much quieter than normal.
I’ve been an insomniac all my life, just think Miss Haversham in a red, fluffy dressing gown!  I’ve been wandering around the house at 3am (this is quite usual for me), making myself cups of tea, playing with my iPad (thinking seriously about playing Skyrim again).  So what am I doing – knitting socks (I’m an expert), reading (a compulsive one), so thankful for my Kindle and I’ve just re-read all the Polity series by Neal Asher – any other Sci-Fi/Fantasy fans out there?  Maybe I’ll get my embroidery out again (stealth boast again, I’m an expert).
Let me know what you are all doing, hobbies, reading – this could be a great conversation during this emergency.  I can publish them and redact all your contact details.

Look after yourselves and stay safe.
Irene (Parish Clerk)

 

 

 

Coronavirus update (2) corrected (22.03.20)

Sending again, very cleverly all the links went straight to the RDC planning website!  No idea how that happened, must be gremlins in the works.  Links will work correctly now.

I hope you are all keeping well.  I’ve had lots of offers from volunteers  to do shopping/collect medication etc.  I’ve also noticed that friends and neighbours are really looking out for each other.  I’ve compiled a list of volunteers (still coming in) – so if you need any help, please, please contact me – 01424 838414 – clerk@dallington.org.uk
The NHS are sending out information to those most at risk, telling them to totally self-isolate – so our kind volunteers may well be needed soon.
Just a reminder – only take advice from trusted websites/information.  You can trust the links below
Click on this link to see the latest information on coronavirus from the NHS

Click on this link to see the latest information on corona virus from Central Government

Click on this link to see the latest update on coronavirus from BBC News

PARISH COUNCIL BUSINESS
All parish councils are in “limbo” at the moment, but most business will go on.   It is a legal requirement that all parish council meetings are held in public and virtual meetings are illegal.  We are waiting for instructions from the National Association of Local Councils (NALC) and hopefully virtual meetings will be allowed during this emergency.
Planning applications – we have a delegation system for these to be responded to outside of meetings.  I will continue to post all applications on this website, with full links to the particular application on the RDC planning website and ask that if you wish to comment, go straight to the RDC planning website.
General Dallington issues – please continue to contact me via email if you have concerns about enforcement, road conditions, flooding, footpaths etc.

We took Alfie for a walk in Darwell yesterday, we walk Alfie 2 or 3 times a week there, and for the first time in 30 years I had trouble parking the car – it was absolutely packed.  A lovely walk and met a few people dog walking.  Everyone was very sensible, except the dogs who have no idea of personal space!

Alfie
Alfie at about 9 months, looking very scruffy – just before his first grooming!

Alfie at about 9 months old, looking very scruffy – just before his first grooming!

Look after yourselves and keep in touch.
Irene (Parish Clerk)
01424 838414 email – clerk@dallington.org.uk