GCC’s Six-Step Action Plan – Covid-19

GCC’s  six-step action plan is now in place across the county, as local action continues to slow the spread of Covid-19. The measures will support the Government’s new three-tier system, announced last week.

Whilst, thankfully, cases of Covid  remain lower than many other parts of the country – they are rising. The six steps for Gloucestershire will focus on protecting our most vulnerable residents, increasing enforcement action and, importantly, a call to us all to work together, and for each other, by following the public health guidance put in place to keep us safe. This is especially important as we head into the Winter months, where demand for health and social care services is at its highest.

An infographic outlining the measures can be found here.

We know everyone has already been working hard to keep to the guidance, but it is more important that ever that we don’t give up. Visit www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/covid19 for information, advice and help.

Gloucestershire Day

Celebrate our county and its unsung heroes on Gloucestershire Day

A special day is being organised to publicly thank the people who have gone above and beyond their normal duty in Gloucestershire during the Covid-19 pandemic.

‘Gloucestershire Day’ will also be an opportunity to celebrate the spirit and strength of our communities and to nominate someone who lives or works in the county who has helped you during the crisis.

It will be held on Monday 21 September to coincide with World Appreciation Day and there are plans to make it an annual event.

To celebrate the county and its response and recovery from Covid-19, we want to promote everything that is great about Gloucestershire – the districts, businesses, areas of interest and hidden treasures that make it such a wonderful place to live and work.

Ways to mark the day include:

  • Posting photos of your favourite place or county view on social media with the hashtag #GlosDay
  • Displaying the Gloucestershire flag in windows – there’s printable one to colour in on the GCC website
  • Adding a frame to your Facebook profile photo – search GlosDay on frames to find it (available now)
  • Using one of the GlosDay filters on Instagram (available on 21 September)

We are asking people to be as creative as they like to show what makes Gloucestershire special to them – whether it’s making, creating or painting something – and to share it with us.

Additionally, we are asking young songwriters across the county to write a song which will become this year’s Gloucestershire Day theme song. Tracks can be submitted as a video on social media with the hashtags #GlosDay #GlosSong, or by emailing an mp3 to communications@gloucestershire.gov.uk with the subject line “GlosSong submission”.

To nominate a Covid-19 Community Hero:

  • Send us a photo of the person (with their permission) and say how they have helped you. Please include your name and the area where you live.
  • To do this, you can either send us a direct message on social media using the hashtags #thisis and #gloscommunity or email the photo and a line of text to communications@gloucestershire.gov.uk and we’ll do the rest. Please include ‘Glosday nomination’ in the subject line.

Cllr Mark Hawthorne, leader of Gloucestershire County Council, said: “Our communities have really come together during Covid-19, showing incredible spirit and resolve to help each other through this crisis.

“We thought a Gloucestershire Day would be a fantastic way to publicly thank our unsung heroes who have provided support to others, as well as promote everything that is great about our amazing county.

“You can get involved however you like – through social media, by painting or designing something or putting a Gloucestershire flag in your window, it’s up to you. We hope everyone will join in the celebrations for this special day.”


Issued by – Communications team, Gloucestershire County Council, 01452 427554, communications@gloucestershire.gov.uk

Gloucestershire’s community help hub

At times like this we all need to support each other to cope with the changes to our lifestyles we will have to make in order to delay the spread of Covid-19. This hub is a collaboration between all local councils, police and health services. Please only tell us you need help when you need it rather than if you might need it at some point in the future.

Can you offer help?

I can offer help I need helpSomeone I know needs help My business can help

Please note this is not a channel for emergencies or social care advice.  Information, advice and support about adult social care can be found here.

Please do not register that you need help:

  • If you are already receiving assistance
  • If you have enough help for the next 2 weeks
  • to request non-essential items

Become an NHS volunteer responder

If you need help there might already be a group you can get in touch with, check on Your Circle

Your Circle – information about community groups and revised service offers

We know that there is already a lot of great community support happening across the county and in many areas neighbours are organising themselves locally to offer their help to those who need it. 

We are conscious that not everyone has these local connections so we have created this community help hub to match local people who need help, with others who can provide the help they need. 

Please let us know what you or your business can do to help, or if you or someone you know needs help using the forms above.
If you are unable to use the online forms we have a phone line available, please call 01452 583519This is a priority telephone line for people who  need help or are volunteering, please do not use it for reporting other issues.

The lines are open;

  • Monday – Friday 8am – 8pm
  • Saturday – Sunday 9am – 4pm

We will pass on the information to the relevant district or borough council to connect people who can help each other, or if appropriate refer individuals to an existing service.

Remember to follow the national advice and guidance about Covid-19 which can be found at www.nhs.uk

Help us to share details of this community help hub on social media using #gloscommunity

Information on schools and key workers

Leigh Parish Council Community Emergency Planning Information -Vulnerable Person List

We are surrounded by news relating to the Coronavirus and trying to sift thorough it all is not an easy task. The Coronavirus is a type of virus. As a group, coronaviruses are common across the World. Generally, Coronavirus can cause more severe symptoms in people with weakened immune systems, older people and those with long term conditions including diabetes, cancer and chronic lung disease. 

The Parish Council is taking steps to be pro-active in the need to collate and disseminate information. It is believed that at some point in the future we will be asked by a Government Department to supply a list of vulnerable people within the Parish. As all the Parish Councillors are very local we can have a good guess at compiling a list of our ‘at greater risk’ parishioners. There is still the chance that we might accidentally miss someone. There are also those that may not wish to be included in this.
If you know of or think someone should be on our list of ‘at greater risk’ please text or email the Parish Clerk. All the information obtained will be kept secure at all times. Ideally a name with contact details (phone, email or both). If, at a later date,  we require more detail at least we can contact those people directly.
The Parish Council has also been advised to encourage people to check on information using the Government websites:

The Coronavirus situation is fast-moving and there is an increasing amount of misinformation online. We should be using government advice to inform decisions and be checking that advice regularly.

·         Public Health England has FAQs that will be updated regularly.

·         This guidance, developed with the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, aims to assist employers and businesses in providing advice to their staff.

·         You may find the advice from ACAS useful in considering any employment-related matters that may impact your local council.

·         For further reading, the Local Government Association has published a very useful list of different government advice source.

Please send your information in asap so that we respond to any Government directive in a speedy manner.

Financial support for flooded homes

The Government has announced it will make financial support available to local councils to allow them to distribute funding to owners of flooded homes.

The Community Recovery Grant allows eligible authorities, like Tewkesbury Borough Council, to receive funding equivalent to £500 per flooded household. Residents whose properties have been severely affected by flooding can apply to the borough council for a £500 grant to help them with their immediate recovery.

The funding has been made available to local authorities where communities have experienced significant impacts as a result of severe weather that has occurred following Storm Ciara and Dennis – this includes those impacted by the 8-18 November 2019 floods.

Tewkesbury Borough Council’s leader, Councillor Rob Bird, said: “This announcement from the Government is welcome news, enabling financial support for residents whose properties have been flooded following the recent storms. I would encourage anyone from Tewkesbury Borough who has had floodwater enter their property to apply for a £500 grant.”

To apply, visit: www.tewkesbury.gov.uk/forms/flooding-community-recovery-grant

For more information on flood support, including any information on Business Recovery Grants that may become available, please visit: https://www.tewkesbury.gov.uk/flood-support-funding

Recycling and waste collections over Christmas

Refuse, recycling, food and garden waste collections will change for some Tewkesbury Borough residents over Christmas and the New Year.

You can see your own collection dates by entering your postcode at tewkesbury.gov.uk/recycling. Alternatively, here’s a reminder of the rescheduled dates:

Usual collection dayRevised collection date
Monday 23 DecemberAll collections as normal
Tuesday 24 DecemberAll collections as normal
Wednesday 25 December·       If you had a refuse collection scheduled, please put your green bin out for collection on Friday 27 December.·       If you had a recycling collection scheduled, please put your blue bin out for collection on Saturday 28 December.! No food waste collections, sorry – please put your bin out on Thursday 2 January.! No garden waste collections, sorry – please put your bin out on Wednesday 8 January.
Thursday 26 DecemberFriday 27 December! No garden waste collections, sorry – please put your bin out on Thursday 9 January.
Friday 27 DecemberSaturday 28 December! No garden waste collections, sorry – please put your bin out on Friday 10 January.
Monday 30 DecemberAll collections as normal
Tuesday 31 DecemberAll collections as normal
Wednesday 1 JanuaryThursday 2 January
Thursday 2 JanuaryFriday 3 January
Friday 3 JanuarySaturday 4 January

Lead member for clean and green environment, Councillor Jim Mason, said: “We see a huge surge in the amount of waste collected from households over Christmas. Of course, it’s better to think carefully and plan ahead in order to reduce waste over the holidays, but for the waste that can’t be reused or passed on, our blue bins and food caddies are there to help you recycle as much of it as possible.”

For tips on how to have a green Christmas, visit tewkesbury.gov.uk/wasteaware.”

Creative Christmas 2019

Over the past ten years this popular village event has raised thousands for charities such as Cobalt Cancer Care, Dementia UK and Riding for the Disabled as well other smaller charities such as Siblings Together and Post Pals.
This years event is bound to be as popular so remember to arrive early before those potential Christmas presents all disappear. Remember all proceeds go direct to the chosen charities.

Wandering Guinea Fowl

I have spent the summer rearing a flock of 16 Guinea Fowl from egg to bird ranging from 3 – 5 months old. They have done their time being in the outdoor runs and now they are enjoying their free range life. Unlike chickens they know no boundaries and are happy to explore. So much so Joan W and I spent nearly 2 hours looking for them the other day! They are friendly and keep together. I will do my best to keep them close to home but should you see them out and about in the village I’d be eternally grateful if you could call me on 07891883132 or give me a shout at Bishops Cottage so I can round them up. Many thanks! Hayley

Village Walk

Village Walk On Sunday 20th October a number of villagers (and their dogs) met at St.Catherine’s Church for a village walk. The route was planned around some regularly, and not so regularly used footpaths and took advantage of a number of fields where the crops had been harvested. Armed with Barry’s hedge trimmer and Chris’ secateurs we cut back brambles, nettles and general undergrowth to make it easier for us and all villagers to navigate these in the future. Thanks to Sue and Barry for the post walk refreshments, Ken Preece for moving his herd from the field. All said we should do it again so watch this space for details of the next walk.