Coronavirus – Village Information and Resources


Helplines

We have set up helpline numbers which you can call if you need help. All numbers are available between 8am and 6pm. Call if you need help or just a chat if you’re isolated and feeling lonely.

– 07465 405533 (Sammie Millard-Jones)

– 07999 708937 (John Harrison)

– 07395 932428 (Brian Lenthall)

– 07519 096009 (David Bradbeer)

– 07385 792954 (Jane Sanders)

 

Residents can also contact the village email address – corfeparishclerk@live.com

The account is being monitored constantly, so get in touch if you need anything.

 

There is a Corfe Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/corfesomerset/

 

There is also a Facebook community group that has been set up for the coronavirus crisis. It is for people to share ideas and seek out help. It is part of a network of local groups in this part of Somerset on which administrators are sharing information.

The location is: https://www.facebook.com/groups/194175518541603/

It is a closed group. No password is needed to access the page. People just apply to join and the next available administrator approves them.

There is a dedicated Somerset county Covid-19 webpage

https://www.somerset.gov.uk/coronavirus/

 

If you are not on the general Corfe mailing list at present, then register at:

https://www.corfevillagesomerset.org.uk/join-the-mailing-list/

 

Volunteers

There is a group of volunteers to cover all parts of the village who can help with shopping. If you call the helplines, you’ll be directed to a volunteer to help you.

Please let us know if you would like to volunteer.

If you want to volunteer further afield go to: https://www.corona-helpers.co.uk

 

Coronavirus Testing Centre

There is a drive–through coronavirus testing facility at Taunton Racecourse. Anyone experiencing a new, continuous cough, a high temperature, or a loss of or change in their normal sense of smell or taste, should book a test at www.nhs.uk/coronavirus or by calling 119 to find out if they currently have coronavirus.

 

Village Hall and The Queen’s Acre

For now, Queen’s Acre, and its associated play area, remain closed to the public and the gate is still locked. We are currently carrying out some essential repair and maintenance on the play equipment. Hopefully, the facilities will be open soon. We thank you for your understanding in our efforts to help enforce social distancing.

 

The White Hart

Message from Steph at the White Hart…
The pub will not be reopening on the 4th July.
They have essential repairs starting on the 6th.
They hope to open around the 17th.

 

Other Local Food/ Groceries

There is a community shop at the Queens Arms in Pitminsterselling most of the basics.

The shop is open from 11am-2pm and 5pm-7pm.

If you need anything out of these times please ring the bell at the front.

Please be patient

Their phone number is 01823 421529.

The Lamb and Flag in Blagdon is offering a similar service

They say prices are fluctuating all the time and they will try to keep an updated price list at the pub. While they will aim to keep some items in stock it is likely you will need to order these things 24 hours in advance. To do this please phone the pub directly with your requests. They are trying to avoid handling cash as much as possible so please can you pay over the phone when you order or by contactless when you collect.

The Lamb and Flag will also be re-opening for takeaways on 7 May.

The phone number is 01823 421823

 

Fresh Fish

Frank the Fish Man will only come to Corfe if there is enough demand and people contact him first.

If he does come, he will park at the Village Hall.

He accepts payment by BACS (and cash).

For the latest info, look at his Facebook page: www.facebook.com/Frank-Houlding-Fresh-Fish-1646188468937800

 

Thai Food

Fon, the lady who runs the Thai food evenings, is still able to offer food for freezers for £5 with free delivery to Corfe. Minimum order £10.

She has listed seven menu choices: Red Curry Chicken or Veg with Rice; Green curry Chicken or Veg with Rice; Pad ka Pow mince Beef with Rice; Massaman Chicken or Beef with Potatoes; Egg fried rice with Chicken or Veg; Tom yum Chicken Veg no rice; Pad Thai Chicken.

Pre order now until 10am tomorrow (for tomorrow afternoon delivery).

Payment is online or over the phone.

Her phone number is 07510 319802

 

Taunton & Pickeridge Golf Club

For now, our local golf club is offering a food shop, with fruit, veg, and some meat (subject to availability)

They order on a Monday and a Wednesday.

Order and pay over the phone.

The shop is open for collection from 9am-3pm

Make sure to bring your own bag.

The number is 01823 421537

 

Eggs

Barbera Fierek has spare fresh eggs from her backyard hens.

She will leave boxes in the front porch by the logs or refill your own boxes for hygiene.

It’s £1 for six, mixed sizes (like the hens!). Folk can leave a coin in the wooden mailbox on the side of the house.

There are also jam jars for free.

Barbara lives at Winton, on the main road just up from the thatched cottages.

 

 

Online Fraud Prevention

Fraudsters are increasingly targeting individuals and businesses using the pandemic as a manipulation tool to install malware and steal personal information.

On the website, there is an information pack of three documents with advice about ransomware, phishing, working from home, and online fraud. These are the most prevalent attacks that the UK police forces are seeing right now due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The documents include a quick reference guide, a presentation, and a written information document. They advise the reader of the current threats and how to create a stronghold for themselves while working from home or using the internet for personal reasons.

Any feedback or questions can be directed to the email address included in the documents.

https://www.corfevillagesomerset.org.uk/online-fraud-prevention/

 

The latest scam seems to be that scammers have been sending fake texts to individuals threatening a fine for leaving home. The text claims that the UK Government has been tracking your movements and that you left the home on given dates and travelled a specified distance. You are then told that you have to pay a fine, which will increase the longer you take to pay it. THIS IS A SCAM. It uses the name of a civil authority and preys on your worry that it will cost more if you ignore it. Delete the text and never click on any link in a message from someone you don’t know. The BBC Website has more information on this and can be found by following this link below:
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-hereford-worcester-52049616

 

We have also been alerted by a Neighbourhood Watch scheme of a scam email that claims to be from Tesco saying that “You Are Our Winner”. It doesn’t say what you have won, but asks you to click on a link to confirm your identity. Please don’t click on these links as you may download a virus onto your computer. At the very least it will try and get your personal details. The email comes from a company in Kentucky in the United States.

As with any email you get unexpectedly from someone you don’t know, delete this message without clicking on any of the links

 

The Village Bench

Gaynor Lewis has come up with a nice idea – you may have noticed that the bench in front of the church has some cheery flowers & smiley faces to lift our spirits. Perhaps you’d like to add to this or put something up near your house. Looking forward to seeing what happens.

Recreational Amenities for the Village

Corfe has £2,654 of the section 106 funds we were given following the construction of the barns at Newton Court. The money needs to be spent on ‘active outdoor recreation’ by the 6 April 2021. We are still looking for ideas on how to spend the money. The definition of ‘active outdoor recreation’ (as set by the district council) is fairly narrow, but all ideas would be welcome for the council to consider.

 

Medication

The Blackdown Support Network are happy to pick up medicines.

https://www.blackdownsupportgroup.org.uk

 

Community Matters

The latest edition of the local magazine is now out – take a look, it’s packed full of interesting articles.

https://www.corfevillagesomerset.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/Community-Matters-June-2020.pdf

 

Please note this is last time the magazine will be made available to non-subscribers.

Future copies will no longer be put up on the website.

If you wish to subscribe to the magazine, please contact:

mrsgaynorlewis@hotmail.co.uk

 

Corfe Lifts

Having carefully looked at the advice from HMG, Corfelifts service is being suspended for the time being, as we have many drivers and passengers in the vulnerable groups who should not be exposed to any unnecessary risks.

Dog Mess

We have been asked by a number of parishioners to highlight the issue of dog mess given the sharp increase at the entrance to all paths and also along the private grass verges on the approach to Barton Grange.

It is great to see so many new dogs around the village, but would owners please remove up their mess from places where people walk.

Thank you for your consideration.