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

The Village Hall is now open. It has undergone a deep clean and several wall-mounted hand sanitisers have been installed.

Queen’s Acre, and its associated play area, are also open to the public.

Please remember to leave the park as you found it; please put rubbish in the bin or take it home.

 

 

The White Hart

The pub has now re-opened.

Let’s all get behind it to make it a success

 

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. We will be discussing this issue are the next meeting of the Corfe Parish Council, to be held in the Village Hall at 6pm on Tuesday 8 September.

Dog Mess

We have been asked again by a number of parishioners to highlight the ongoing issue of dog mess on the footpaths around Corfe and the private grass verges on the approach to Barton Grange.

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

Thank you for your consideration.

 

Other Usual Information

Exercise tips – PHE Active at Home Booklet