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During the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic we have links to key official websites on our Links page >>

We will feature the latest support news for Saltford in our online Newsletter (below).


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COVID-19 NEWS

NHS 'high-risk/shielded' list

Inspiration during lockdown

Gov't Info. Service on WhatsApp

UK LOCKDOWN

Walking (& reading) in Saltford

ASSISTANCE IN SALTFORD

Saltford Food Bank's current wants (updated 31.03.20)

Preparing the local response

COVID-19 advice

OTHER NEWS

2020 Big Garden Birdwatch results: House Sparrow remains top

Wombles: Group litter picks cancelled until further notice

Help the EA design enhanced flood warnings

B&NES & the Climate Emergency - update

How to easily report dog fouling

Is there hope for our planet? 29 Mar, Corston


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Current VOLUNTEER assistance sought by SEG >>




COVID-19 NEWS


COVID-19 - NHS 'high-risk/shielded' list

The Government has written to most of the 1.5m people on the NHS 'high-risk/shielded' list. If you should be on this list, or if you know of a resident, friend or neighbour who should be, and haven't received a letter by today (31st March) please visit the gov.uk website using this link: coronavirus extremely vulnerable for more information and to register.

NOTE: If you need to know about the assistance available in Saltford see our news story COVID-19 - ASSISTANCE IN SALTFORD.

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COVID-19 - Inspiration during lockdown

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Since the commencement of lockdown during the pandemic on 23rd March, SEG's Chairman has been posting on social media a daily quote to help others stay positive and think through the implications for a better world thereafter as we reset our lifestyles and our place in society.

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You can see these from the following link: philharding.net/c19.

NOTE: If you need to know about the assistance available in Saltford see our news story COVID-19 - ASSISTANCE IN SALTFORD.

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COVID-19 - Government Information Service on WhatsApp

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A new free to use service that aims to provide official, trustworthy and timely information and advice about Coronavirus (COVID-19), and will further reduce the burden on NHS services, was launched by HMG on 25 March.

This will help combat the spread of Coronavirus misinformation in the UK, as well as helping ensure people stay home, protect the NHS and save lives.

The GOV.UK Coronavirus Information Service is an automated 'chatbot' service which will allow the British public to get answers to the most common questions about coronavirus direct from government.

The service will provide information on topics such as coronavirus prevention and symptoms, the latest number of cases in the UK, advice on staying at home, travel advice and myth busting.

The service will also allow the government to send messages to all opted-in users if required.

To use the free GOV.UK Coronavirus Information Service on WhatsApp, simply add 07860 064422 in your phone contacts and then message the word 'hi' in a WhatsApp message to get started.

A set of menu options is then presented which the user can choose from and then be sent relevant guidance from GOV.UK pages as well as links to GOV.UK for further information.

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The GOV.UK announcement of this service is here: gov.uk/...whatsapp.

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COVID-19 - UK LOCKDOWN

The text of PM's full address to the nation on 23rd March is here: PM address (gov.uk) >>

The PM's address said:

"...people will only be allowed to leave their home for the following very limited purposes:

  • shopping for basic necessities, as infrequently as possible
  • one form of exercise a day - for example a run, walk, or cycle - alone or with members of your household;
  • any medical need, to provide care or to help a vulnerable person; and
  • travelling to and from work, but only where this is absolutely necessary and cannot be done from home.

That's all - these are the only reasons you should leave your home."
- PM Boris Johnson, 23.3.2020

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COVID-19 - walking (& reading) in Saltford

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Saltford residents walking for exercise whilst keeping a very important 2-metre isolation distance from others might like some ideas for where to walk. Check out SEG's 8 history walking guides on the 'History of Saltford' section of our website: Walks of Saltford - you can learn about Saltford's fascinating past while you walk!

Whilst stuck at home and in need of some interesting online reading material for a break from pandemic news, why not browse around our 'History of Saltford' Online Museum - it is full of interesting facts and images from Saltford's illustrious past.

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COVID-19 - ASSISTANCE IN SALTFORD

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We shall update this as assistance etc. develops.

Key community leaders/representatives* are liaising to deliver Saltford's response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation via a contact hub that has been set up.

Help for self-isolating Saltford residents can be provided by local volunteers with picking up shopping, posting mail, a friendly phone call, walking the dog, delivering urgent medical supplies, meal distribution, etc.

This support can be accessed from the contact hub telephone number 01225--632216 or email help@saltfordhub.org.

If you can help deliver this service please ring the same number or use the email address to volunteer.

You can download the information leaflet that is being delivered to every household in Saltford here (click on link):-

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(From leaflet's front page)

It is the kindness and mutual support that we give to each other that helps us get through challenging times.

*This includes representatives of Saltford Parish Council, Saltford Community Association, Saltford Primary School, St Mary's Church, the Saltford Day Centre, Saltford Community Post Office and Library, Day Lewis Pharmacy, Saltford Food Bank, Clarkson's Independent Funeral Directors as well as the B&NES Saltford Ward Councillors.

During the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic we have links to key official websites on our Links page >>. This includes a link to the B&NES Council web page with updates on their services as affected by the pandemic.

Please see the next news story re. Saltford Food Bank's current food needs (wants).

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COVID-19 - Saltford Food Bank's current wants (updated 31.03.20)

Supplies are needed at the Saltford Food Bank. Donations of longer life products would be appreciated, especially items on the following list:

Fruit juice
Tinned tomatoes
Tinned peas and carrots
Tinned rice pudding
Tinned potatoes
Beans with sausages
Rice Sponge puddings
Coffee
Toilet rolls
Sugar

Saltford donation points are:

Saltford Hall - inside external door (Wedmore Road BS31 3BY)
The Rectory (porch), Beech Rd (not St Mary's Church or the Church Hall which are now closed)
Tesco Express (Bath Road)
Waitrose and Tesco in Keynsham also have Food Bank donation bins.

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COVID-19 - preparing the local response

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Key community representatives met on Tuesday 17th March to discuss Saltford's response to the COVID-19 situation. A leaflet detailing a single point of contact for any resident requiring help - and for residents to use to volunteer their help - will be circulated online shortly. Printed copies of the leaflet will be delivered to each residence as well as other locations in the village ASAP.

Those present at the meeting included representatives of Saltford Parish Council, Saltford Community Association, Saltford Primary School, St Mary's Church, the Saltford Day Centre, Saltford Community Library & Post Office, Day Lewis Pharmacy, Saltford Food Bank, Clarkson's Independent Funeral Directors and SEG as well as the B&NES Saltford Ward Councillors.

Do share the information above with friends and neighbours, especially those who may not be online, so that they are aware of this co-ordinated response and know to look out for the leaflet.

Thank you.

During the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic we have links to key official websites on our Links page >>

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COVID-19 advice

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Rather than duplicating official advice and guidance, which is subject to constant change as the UK's response to the pandemic develops, SEG shall provide helpful links with our news articles on Coronavirus (COVID-19).

Key members of the Saltford community have arranged to meet in week commencing 16th March to plan how to support residents, especially those who are more vulnerable, during the COVID-19 pandemic. Any outcomes, actions and information will be shared by Saltford Parish Council (SPC). The meeting will be chaired by SPC Chair Cllr Chris Warren.

Useful links (during the pandemic these are listed also on our Links page):-

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OTHER NEWS


2020 Big Garden Birdwatch results: House Sparrow remains top

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The results for the 2020 Big Garden Birdwatch held on the weekend of 25/27 January are out. Do they match what was in your garden? The top ten most commonly observed birds across the UK were (change on 2019 position in brackets):-

   1. House Sparrow (=)
   2. Starling (=)
   3. Blue Tit (=)
   4. Wood Pigeon (+1)
   5. Blackbird (-1)
   6. Goldfinch (=)
   7. Great Tit (=)
   8. Robin (=)
   9. Long-tailed Tit (+ joined top 10)
   10. Magpie (=)

While House Sparrows and Starlings may be the UK's most commonly sighted birds, a closer look at Big Garden Birdwatch data shows that numbers have in fact dropped dramatically since the Birdwatch began in 1979. House Sparrows are down 53%, while Starlings are down 80%. It's a pattern echoed by two more garden favourites, with Blackbirds and Robins down 46% and 32% respectively.

The reasons behind these declines are complex and continue to be investigated, but fewer green spaces, pollution and a changing climate are just some of the challenges faced by garden birds.

More information on the results of the 2020 Birdwatch can be found on the RSPB website. You can also find more information on social media using the hashtag #BigGardenBirdWatch.

Why not take the opportunity during the Covid-19 Lockdown to take a closer interest in the birds that visit your garden and when taking your daily exercise, the birdlife of Saltford?

April 2020

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Wombles: Group litter picks cancelled until further notice

Keep Britain Tidy has advised Saltford Wombles that in light of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis they are suspending the Great British Spring Clean until September. As such, we are taking their advice on group litter picks and cancelling all Saltford Wombles group litter picks until further notice.

We can, of course, still carry on with our individual litter picking whilst we are out and about walking the dog or getting our allowed daily dose of fresh air, should we wish to, making sure to keep a safe distance from people met along the way! If anyone would like to borrow equipment in order to do this, please contact Barbara at saltfordwombles@gmail.com and Barbara will arrange for it to be dropped off to you, or you can collect from her.

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Help the EA design enhanced flood warnings

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River Avon flooding the highway at Mead Lane, 17 February 2020.

The Environment Agency is collecting information via a 2-5 minute online survey on citizen needs for enhanced flood warning services so that responses can help them shape its design.

The online survey can be found from this link: EA online flood survey. The link also allows you to sign up for free Flood Warnings by the EA.

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B&NES & the Climate Emergency - update

B&NES Council has issued a detailed update to Councillors on its action plans to help the area become carbon neutral by 2030.

It highlights the Council's focus on three priorities:

  • to make buildings more energy efficient and to have zero carbon new build;
  • a shift to mass transport, walking and cycling; and
  • rapid and large-scale increase in renewable energy.

This would see large-scale challenges such as retrofitting 65,000 homes to make them more energy efficient, large-scale tree planting, the installation of renewable energy technology and introducing low traffic neighbourhoods as well as shift in the way people travel around the area.

Councillor Sarah Warren, Cabinet Member for Climate Emergency, said:

   "A significant amount of very complex and detailed ground-breaking work has been done since we declared a climate emergency last year."

   "We have been listening and working with partners and have set out three substantial carbon reduction priorities to help us achieve our ambitious 2030 goal. While radical action is needed, it takes time to meet huge challenges such as retrofitting 65,000 homes in order to make them more energy efficient."

   "We are also focusing on a large-scale increase in local renewable energy generation, a major shift to sustainable methods of transport, energy efficiency improvements to most existing buildings and zero carbon new builds. We've also recognised the close interdependency between the climate emergency and nature and so are also committing to address this."

The Council was planning a community led climate emergency event on 9 April; this may now be a virtual (online) event in view of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) crises. It has also invested in:

  • 323k to provide leadership to the whole of Bath and North East Somerset to achieve zero carbon 2030 plus an additional 64k boost in 2020/21;
  • 50k for initial work to mitigate the levels of nitrogen dioxide in the Temple Cloud and Farrington Gurney Air Quality Management areas;
  • 200k to support projects such as low traffic neighbourhoods which prioritise pedestrians and cyclists in residential areas;
  • 150k to deliver cycleways and footpaths across B&NES;
  • 60k to support the council's tree and woodland strategy and tree planting; and
  • 25k for improving guidance to householders on energy efficiency.

Councillors on the Climate Emergency and Sustainability Policy Development & Scrutiny Panel will consider the report when they meet on March 16th.

March 2020

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How to easily report dog fouling

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The recent growing issue of dog fouling in Saltford was discussed at Saltford Parish Council's monthly meeting on 3rd March with the B&NES Council Dog Warden. The Dog Warden confirmed that to issue a Fixed Penalty Notice a witness statement would be required. If residents supply dates and times of dog fouling in a particular area she stated that she would aim to visit and monitor the places stated.

She also advised that to help identify hot spots of dog fouling, so that targeted action might be taken, residents should report fouling at www.fixmystreet.com. Stickers to discourage dog fouling (see image above) to display on lampposts can now be collected from Saltford's Post Office.

FOOTNOTE: The selfish and ignorant practice of discarding dog poo bags in bushes etc. is particularly disturbing and highly dangerous. Horses are attracted to the cereal content of dog poo but the bags can block their gut leading to serious health consequences including death of the horse (or foal).

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Is there hope for our planet? 29 Mar, Corston

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UPDATE: The Church of England has suspended church services during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

A 3-villages service at All Saints Church, Corston has been organised for 29th March (starting at 6pm) to reflect on and discuss our planet's future in the light of the climate and ecological emergencies we face (see poster above). All are welcome to attend.

Rev Kevin Durrant, the main speaker, is the Minister-in-charge at Keynsham Baptist Church. Kevin is reputed to be well-informed about environmental issues locally and nationally.

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More and older news stories from SEG

Our 'Newsletter' archive page features most of our past and recently published news stories (click on image):-

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Current areas of local volunteer assistance sought by SEG

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In addition to volunteer assistance with projects such as Saltford Wombles (tackling litter) and the Fairtrade Group we sometimes have specific roles or posts that need filling.

Here are the current vacancies:-

Website skills wanted!

Our website is a popular resource for our members and others which means that in addition to keeping it relevant we want to make sure it continues to function as it should.

If you live in or near Saltford, care about your local environment and have current knowledge of website design and might be interested in using your IT skills for a bit of IT volunteering to help us behind the scenes please get in touch with our Chairman by email to phil@philharding.net for a no-obligation chat on possible volunteer help.

First published June 2018, updated January 2020

Executive Committee: Want to help steer SEG?

SEG is seeking new Executive Committee members to help steer and develop SEG's future as we address the environmental concerns of our members at the local level. If you think you might like to get involved and join our Executive Committee (enthusiasm is more important than expertise!), please contact our Chairman, Phil Harding, for an informal non-committal chat.

The Executive Committee only meets 4 times a year and its working method is more about sharing ideas and getting things done in a friendly and productive atmosphere than being bogged down with time-consuming administration.

First published February 2018, updated January 2020

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Contact SEG

All general, membership & urgent (e.g. Press) enquiries by email to our Chairman please.

HOW TO JOIN SEG: If you live, work or have a particular interest in Saltford & wish to join our email membership list please send an email to our Chairman. Please include your name, address & contact telephone number in your email application. NOTE: We provide information about membership including personal data protection by SEG on our "About Us page".


CONTACTS:

Chairman & Website Editor*: Phil Harding
phil@philharding.net (07814--720763)

Secretary: Vacant Position

Treasurer:
Andrew Stainer andrew.stainer@btinternet.com

SEG Green Belt Campaign: - contact our Chairman (contact details above)

Saltford Station Campaign: Chris Warren
cherokee1883@live.com

Saltford Fairtrade Group:
saltfordfairtrade@hotmail.co.uk

Saltford Wombles: Barbara Turner
saltfordwombles@gmail.com

Saltford Heritage Centre
Curators: Phil Harding & Andrew Stainer (contact details above).


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