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Unfortunately, due to the current coronavirus pandemic, it has been decided that the annual Parish Council Christmas buffet will not take place this year. Hopefully, normal proceedings can resume in 2021!
Parish Council Meetings - Update
The Local Authorities and Police and Crime Panels (Coronavirus) (Flexibility of Local Authority and Police and Crime Panel Meetings) (England and Wales) Regulations 2020 that came into force on 4 April 2020 removed the requirement for Parish Councils to hold an Annual Meeting this year and allows for Council meetings to take place remotely via teleconference or video conference and provided Councils with the flexibility to cancel meetings, alter frequency of meetings and hold meetings at any time and on any day. Members of the public can attend remotely.
Meetings for the remainder of the year will be rescheduled. Agendas and Minutes will be published on the website as usual. Notice for the meeting will be published on the website at least 3 full working days before the meeting and Members of the Public can request to join the meeting by emailing the Clerk on Clerk@Doddinghurst-pc.gov.uk
A Finance & Resources Committee meeting will be held on Thursday 19th November at 19:00, online.
- F&R Agenda. (Agenda will only be available one week before the meeting.)
- Calendar of all Parish Council 2020 meetings.
Doddinghurst Well-Being Hub
As we enter the second lock down the Doddinghurst Support Group are keen to remind villagers that they are there to help residents They have also launched a Brand New Doddinghurst Wellbeing Hub on Facebook. They hope it will "let us continue to develop our sense of community whilst looking after the well-being of us all, by us supporting one another and working together. It will be for anyone in the village who needs help with wellbeing for any reason. For example, you may need advice about children struggling to understand this pandemic, you may be struggling with loneliness and would like to make contact with someone, or your family may be struggling financially and you don’t know where to turn. Our aim is to help you either with our own resources or by pointing you to someone who can."
The Hub can be located at facebook.com/groups/doddinghurstwellbeinghub.
However, if you are not online (or Facebook), do not despair! They will make sure they giving information out to individuals, on village notice boards, through community volunteers, via the schools and church, and in The Link as well.
And you can also call too. Contact numbers for the team are:
- Lisa 07725 648164
- Hayley 07970 519042
- Jane 07813 216952
- Rev’d Ann 01277 821366
Call for Covid Vaccine Volunteers
The NIHR is the NHS's research partner - funded by the Department of Health and Social Care - and they are asking people to sign up to the registry, which is an important weapon in the fight against COVID-19. The short link to the registry is here: nhs.uk/researchcontact
It takes five minutes to sign up and by doing so, there is no obligation to take part in vaccine studies.
Your help is really important to the organisation. If they can get 50 people from every parish council catchment in the UK (assuming there are 9,000 parish councils) that will mean 450,000 sign-ups overall.
Here is their website, if you wanted to read about the latest research developments: www.nihr.ac.uk
COVID UPDATE FROM ESSEX COUNTY COUNCIL
To ALL Essex Residents, In a move to slow the current rates of infection across our county, from Saturday, Essex will be placed into the high level of restrictions (tier 2 on the new COVID system).
What does this mean? No household mixing indoors – this includes at home or in hospitality venues Different households can meet outdoors in public spaces but must stick to the 'Rule of six' 10pm curfews will remain in place for all pubs and restaurant.
Remember hands, face and space Reduce travel where you can If we act now, we can stop the spread and protect our loved ones as we head into the winter months.
Detailed information on the new guidelines is available here: www.essex.gov.uk/coronavirus #StaySafeEssex Please be advised, the Government’s decision applies to the Essex County Council area and NOT the #Southend and #Thurrock Council areas.
Brentwood CVS want to make people aware of an individual hardship fund which is actively seeking applications from people who are experiencing financial difficulties.
New Bus Operator - Number 61
Change of Operator Service 61 BRENTWOOD - BLACKMORE From Tuesday 1st September 2020 Please note that from the above date, this service will be operated by Vectare Ltd, with a slightly revised timetable and some journeys have been renumbered 61 / 61A and 61C For a copy of the timetable please visit www.traveline.info/se. For more information contact: Essex County Council – 0345 603 7631
Doddinghurst Children's Play Area Re-opens
Doddinghurst Parish Council have carried out a Risk Assessment and all the necessary equipment inspections and the play area was opened on the 23rd July 2020.
Brentwood Borough Council Recycling Changes
Brentwood Borough Council is making changes to household recycling collections from Monday 3rd August.
More and more people are doing their bit for the planet and Brentwood Borough Council is keen to do its bit by helping residents reduce their single use plastic waste and recycle more. Together we can make a difference.
The new scheme will see the end of the traditional orange recycling bags and remove 3.5 million single use orange plastic sacks from the waste stream per year.
Each household will be allocated two new reusable recycling sacks which are being delivered to the door together with a collection calendar explaining the changes.
Residents are being asked to use a large blue sack for paper and cardboard and a white sack for cans and plastics. Both sacks will be emptied and returned to the property so they can be re-used again and again.
- Brentwood Borough Council’s current recycle rate is 45% for the year 2019-20
- The changes will make the recycling service more cost effective and efficient, generating a potential saving of £100,000
- There are no changes to garden waste, food waste, glass or black sack collections.
- The introduction of the scheme had previously been postponed due to COVID-19.
- Deliveries are taking place in line with Government guidelines including the use of gloves and maintaining social distancing. When received, residents may wish to wipe the sacks and their handles and wash their hands for 20 seconds afterwards.
Please find information from Brentwood Council that they have asked us to circulate with helpful information on what the Community Support Network is currently doing to assist communities.
- Brentwood Community News Update July 2020, https://cdn.website-editor.net/0124bbcb92324016a2666f065357cc8d/files/uploaded/Brentwood%2520CVS%2520July%25202%25202020.pdf
- Brentwood Community News Volume 3 - Covid 19
- Brentwood Community Support Information
- Community Support Network Meeting Minutes 21/04/2020
- Community Support Network Meeting Minutes 14/04/2020
- Community Booklet Covid 19
- Community Support Dashboard
- Brentwood Covid 19 Referral Process Map
- Safety - Planning guide for victims of domestic abuse
- Caring for someone with dementia
- Beware of Scammers for Community Groups
- Beware of Scammers Individuals
Following the government guidelines, the Parish Council officers are working from home as much as possible, and therefore the office will not be opened during the normal times.
For information on who to contact if you need any help or support during this time, please click here.
The 61 bus is operating again as a Dart service on a reduced timetable.
Annual Audit 2019-20
The Parish Council's annual audit has been signed off by the Parish Council, Internal Auditor, and by the External Auditor. This data has been published in the Financial Reports section of the website.
Doddinghurst Village Hall
Doddinghurst Village Hall has its own newly designed web page to make booking easier. Please find the web address listed under our links section above.
Do you live or work in Doddinghurst? Would you like to get more involved and make a difference. Then why not join the Parish Council? We have a vacancy for a Parish Councillor. Contact the Parish Clerk for more information on 01277 824245 or email email@example.com
Allotment Plots Available to Lease
Are you interested in getting out into the fresh air and growing your own vegetables. We have Full and Half Plots available. Full pots are £60 per year and Half £30 per year. Please contact Clarrie Tremain in the office or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
This is a crime that is on the increase. A hotline has been set up to report fly tipping and if it is witnessed make a note of the date and time and if possible the registration number of the vehicle plus, if it can be done safely, a photo. These are all a real help in getting the perpetrators prosecuted. The Environment Agency hotline is 0800 807060 and is 24/7
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