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PLEASE NOTE: THE PARISH COUNCIL'S CHILDREN'S PLAY AREAS AND MUGA PITCH ARE CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE FOLLOWING HM GOVERNMENT'S INSTRUCTIONS ON MONDAY 23RD MARCH 2020.  PLEASE REFRAIN FROM USING THE EQUIPMENT AND FOLLOW THE RESTRICTIONS IMPOSED

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There has been a recent spate of frauds relating to property rental.  Click the link to read more.

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Click for further information on the Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner virtual meeting scheduled for 19th May.

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If anyone finds themselves having to perform CPR/Defibrillation in an out of hospital setting during the current climate, please take a look at this video on the following link: https://www.resus.org.uk/media/statements/resuscitation-council-uk-statements-on-covid-19-coronavirus-cpr-and-resuscitation/covid-community/

Further advice includes:

  • Wear Gloves 
  • As shown a towel or similar to place over nose mouth  
  • When we carry out chest compressions air is released through the nose and mouth in droplet form, thus possible spread of infection, in this case Covid -19 
  • Remember we are trained as first aiders 
  • Check Danger, make sure area is safe to proceed
  • Do not check air way or breathing 
  • Shake shoulders in normal manner
  • Ask are you alright ! 
  • No response call 999 inform the service of what is taking place and the patient may have Covid 19 follow instruction

This information has been provided by AJS First Aid Training Services.

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If local bus services in your area have reduced as a result of the current situation, please contact your local Community Transport scheme to find out if there are additional dial a ride services which may make your journey possible.  Please remember to check Operator’s websites for details of the running of services in your area as they will be subject to change during this time.

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For fire safety information, please click HERE.

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The Braintree & Witham weekly markets will only be open to traders that offer essential food and groceries until further notice, following the latest Government guidelines.

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Please help us raise awareness of the dangers of loan sharks and signpost people to support services by sharing the items attached and below.

The England Illegal Money Lending Team (IMLT) recognise that this period may be one of increased financial pressure for many people.

The Team is fully committed to ensuring that illegal money lenders (loan sharks) do not take advantage and profit from other people’s hardship.  

The Stop Loan Sharks helpline service (0300 555 2222) remains open and fully operational during the COVID-19 pandemic. We encourage not only victims but friends, family members and the wider community to come forward if they suspect someone is suffering at the hands of loan sharks. A victim of a loan shark should contact the team for help. Visit the website here for more info and support: http://bit.ly/2vyzQyg

Anyone who is feeling harassed or threatened by an illegal money lender can find out more about the different ways the team can help here: http://bit.ly/2Q0Yej9

Loan sharks are not your friends – these criminals are highly manipulative and want you under their control. Find out how to get help if you or someone you know is a victim of illegal money lending here http://bit.ly/2Q0Yej9

You can check if a company is authorised to lend money at www.loansmart.org.uk

These links may also be useful:

Citizens Advice: Coronavirus and what it means for you

Money Advice: Coronavirus and what it means for you

Stepchange – Coronavirus and your finances

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The Rural Community Council of Essex, with support from Essex County Council, has just launched an online public consultation survey.  The survey is open for responses until Monday 30th March. It contains questions on a broad range of issues relevant to life in rural Essex today, as well as a specific section for businesses. 

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On Sunday 17th May the residents of mid Essex are being invited to dust off their walking boots and join Farleigh Hospice for the charity’s annual Walk for Life 2020!  Walkers can choose between two scenic routes taking in the peaceful towpaths of the Chelmer and Blackwater Navigation: a leisurely 12km ramble from Paper Mill Lock, or a more challenging 24km from Heybridge Basin. Dogs are also welcome to join in the fun!  There is a £20 registration fee for adults and £8 for under 18s (under 16s must be accompanied by an adult). All walkers will receive a t-shirt, walker number and a medal. To register visit www.farleighhospice.org/walk or call Farleigh Hospice Events team on 01245 457354.

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Please see letter from local MP Priti Patel in relation to the future of the HP railway station.

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Message from Joby Humm, Leisure, Health and Heritage Manager, Braintree District Council

Are you interested in becoming more active? From walking to rugby, bowls to gymnastics and everything in between - the Active Essex Activity Finder is for you. Find the activity you want that is nearest to your home or place of work. Go to: https://sportsuite.activeessex.org/activity-finder .  If your activity or club is not listed please complete your details here - click on “sign up here":  https://www.activeessex.org/activity-finder/   

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Thank you to everyone who voted in the Referendum; the result can be viewed here.  The Plan will now be made by Braintree District Council on 16th December 2019 at Full Council.   It will become part of BDC's development plan and will be considered by BDC and the Parish Council for planning applications in the Parish.

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