April 2020 Newsletter

Dear Residents,

I would firstly like to thank everyone in our community who has volunteered to help their neighbours during these difficult days and weeks. Even popping to the shops and collecting medicines (not that this is an easy task) as this can be a life line for those who are self-isolating. Everyone in the village should have received a leaflet through their door from those who are able to offer help. Thanks to Lynda and Jo, please contact them if you wish to join the Stroud WhatApp group. Everyone has really come together (in a virtual way) which is great to see that we are all still communicating.

We at the Parish Council can signpost people to organisations that offer specialised support for example, Age Concern or Samaritans. Hampshire County Council, East Hampshire District Council and Community First, together with Agencies Working Together have a network of charities that can provide food boxes from the local food banks, arrange transport to hospital appointments, assisting domestic abuse victims, offer counselling for those who are struggling with anxiety or other mental health issues to name just a few. The information can be found in our Community Information Box in Ramsdean Road, on our website www.stroud-pc.gov.uk, on East Hants DC website www.easthants.gov.uk or the Community First website www.CFirst.org.uk. Also shared on the Parish Council’s and District Councils social media pages. Please see below for further advice that is available:

East Hampshire District Council

East Hampshire District Council has joined forces with Hampshire County Council, voluntary groups and other district and boroughs across the county to set up the Coronavirus Hampshire Helpline.

The line can be used by residents who do not have support from families, friends or their local community, and who need urgent assistance with essential food or household supplies, collection of medication, or who are at risk of loneliness.

The number – 0333 370 4000 – will be manned seven days a week, from 9am-5pm.

Anyone willing to volunteer for the community effort can also do so through www.volunteerwessex.org.

A new local community website for coronavirus support which was very kindly built by Malcolm, website co-ordinator of Liss Mens Shed. Malcolm has worked tirelessly over the last couple of weeks to put this website together and would very much appreciate some help to promote it to our local communities. The website covers Liss, Petersfield and the surrounding areas. Malcolm would also welcome suggestions of any other services or information that’s not included (particularly for the wellness section), please use the ‘suggestions’ tab on the website to send through your ideas. 

https://www.pfresourcehub.org.uk 

Hampshire Macmillan Citizens Advice Service

Our Service is operating during the current Covid-19 pandemic as normally as we can. We are unable to see clients face to face but can take referrals and give advice by phone or email on benefits/grants/blue badges/housing and more for those affected by cancer who are living in or being treated in Hampshire.

We can be contacted Monday – Friday on: 0344 847 7727 Extended times: 9am – 4pm Email:[email protected]

Age Concern

Age Concern Petersfield have a fantastic set up with Churchers College who are cooking us two course meals for us to deliver on Tuesdays and Thursdays. The price is £4 per meal, and we are providing these on a trust basis with recipients settling up once this is all over. We have a team of volunteer drivers delivering the meals in throwaway containers.

At the moment this is covering our existing lunch club clients, and others that we are in contact with. But Churchers have the kitchen facilities to expand.

Therefore if you know of anyone in your community that would really benefit from having a meal delivered once or twice a week then please let me know. I’d like to keep this to the most vulnerable at this time so that we can manage deliveries, drivers etc.

[Bedales have set up a similar Frozen meal delivery service for £2 please contact [email protected] T. 01730 268615 or [email protected] for further details]           

Petersfield Community Radio

Petersfield Community Radio updates the local community each morning with a daily report.

Petersfield Town Council are working with Petersfield residents who have volunteered to help during the coronavirus crisis. They have set up the Petersfield Coronvirus Help Network see below for further information:

So thank you for staying at home and following social distancing guidance. Some of our local farmers are now lambing so please stick to the footpaths and quietly pass the sheep when you are out exercising. Please note that the Playground is closed but will reopen once the lockdown is lifted.

Please speak to a local councillor or email Cllr Michelle Snow: [email protected] or Mrs Liz Foulston the Parish Clerk: [email protected] for help or advice.

Thank you and Stay safe.