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Notice of Closure of Play Areas in Tuckers Park and Oakwood Park – Faringdon

Due to the recent government guidelines regarding COVID-19,

Faringdon Town Council has taken the decision to close the play areas in Tuckers Park and Oakwood Park until further notice.

Please note that the open spaces will remain open to allow daily exercises as advised by the Government.

We thank you for understanding and helping us to keep our families safe. 

Faringdon Town Council

OCC Library Network Closure- Faringdon

Following a leadership team review of our library network this morning given the latest government announcements yesterday evening, the decision has been made to close the network of libraries within the County to the general public. This will come into effect from 1300 hrs onwards today. The decision has been taken in line with the latest guidelines from the Prime Minister which is aimed at slowing down the spread of the coronavirus and social distancing.

The library network will play a key part in our planned response for community resilience and possible hubs and it may be that in the coming weeks, they can be reopened and play an important part in the community support and recovery phase. We will of course keep you updated in due course.

The libraries may be open to our OCC colleagues as a base of work if needed and the appropriate measures will be strictly implemented to ensure their safety.  

Within the County Council we have liaised with our corporate communications team and the appropriate comms will be cascaded as soon as possible this afternoon to the public.

As ever, the situation is fast moving and I appreciate how much email traffic you must all be receiving, I hope this update is helpful.

Judith Heathcoat

Deputy Leader to the Council,

Cabinet Member for Community Safety

Oxfordshire County Council

Cllr. Faringdon Division (Buckland with Gainfield, Littleworth, Faringdon, Eaton Hastings, Buscot, Coleshill, Gt Coxwell, Lt Coxwell)

ROYAL MAIL – COVID19

At Royal Mail, we are actively monitoring the rapidly evolving Coronavirus situation. The postal service is a key part of the UK’s infrastructure. The delivery of parcels and letters is a key way of keeping the country together and helping many people who may not have the option to leave their homes.

We will continue providing the best delivery service for you and protect the health of our people, and our customers. We have already made a series of adjustments to our parcel handling procedures. We are keeping our ways of working under review. We will keep you informed.

Finding out more information

We understand that having the right information is very important during this time. So, we’ve made it easy for you to find out up to date information on our website:

Question & Answer section for all our customers

Steps we are taking to protect our staff

International delivery updates and UK delivery updates


Please look after yourself in your homes and at work, and know that Royal Mail will keep delivering.

Rico Back
Group CEO, Royal Mail Group

Town Council Venues – COVID 19

Following recent Government advice, we regret to announce that all Faringdon Town Council venues will close to the public with immediate effect. (The only exception to this will be for blood donation sessions organised by the National Health Service Blood and Transplant team.)

This will be reviewed on 30th April 2020 and weekly, on Thursdays , thereafter.

This includes: The Corn Exchange, The Pump House and The Old Town Hall

Our first priority is to protect the safety of our hirers, residents and staff.

Emails have been sent to all hirers but please note: You may wish to postpone your event until later in the year. In this case, any payments already made will be credited against the re-arranged date.

However, if you would prefer to cancel your booking, you will be entitled to a full refund of any payments which have already been made.

To avoid unnecessary contact, we have also closed our office and information centre to the public.

Email:
sally@faringdontowncouncil.gov.uk
marzia@faringdontowncouncil.gov.uk
tic@faringdontowncouncil.gov.uk

If you need to speak to someone you can call the following:

Town Clerk
07711 424484

Deputy Town Clerk
07809 458935

Venues Caretaker
07759 169326

Citizens Advice
Face to face sessions have been cancelled. If you need help Please call: 0300 330 9042

FOOD BANK
Operating as normal Mon and Wed 10am to 12pm
Please call:
07548 535855 – number is only accessed during operating hours

Council Office – COVID – 19

Unfortunately, following government advice to avoid unnecessary contact, we have closed our office to the public.

Email:

sally@faringdontowncouncil.gov.uk

marzia@faringdontowncouncil.gov.uk

tic@faringdontowncouncil.gov.uk

If you need to speak to someone you can call the following:

Town Clerk

07711 424484

Deputy Town Clerk

07809 458935

Venues Caretaker

07759 169326

Citizens Advice

Face to face sessions have been cancelled. If you need help Please call: 0300 330 9042

FOOD BANK

Operating as normal Mon and Wed 10am to 12pm

Please call:

07548 535855 – number is only accessed during operating hours

Coronavirus (COVID-19) information

The following websites are very useful sources of information, which have been put together by government for the general public:

Public Health England website – updated daily :

 www.gov.uk/coronavirus

Public Health England have guidance on the symptoms of COVID-19 and what to do on their website:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance/stay-at-home-guidance-for-people-with-confirmed-or-possible-coronavirus-covid-19-infection

NHS 111 Coronavirus service has an online questionnaire that helps people to identify if they need to self-isolate :

https://111.nhs.uk/covid-19

NHS information on how you can self-isolate, if required:

 https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/self-isolation-advice/

VOWHDC have created a dedicated section on their website to provide the latest information on their current response to the situation, but also announce any changes to service delivery:

http://www.whitehorsedc.gov.uk/news-events/coronavirus-covid-19-information

You may be interested to hear that AGE Concern Oxfordshire has today set up a new helpline to advise anyone worried about the Corona Virus.  You can find out more by visiting their website:

https://www.ageuk.org.uk/oxfordshire/about-us/news/coronavirus/ 

Faringdon Community Bus – News

Service amendment during the Covid 19 Pandemic

Please note that from Monday 23rd March the service will only run on Tuesday‘s and Friday’s  from 9.00 AM in the Market Square until 11.00 AM with a final service at 11.15 am to deliver home anyone who is still in the  Market Square . The routes will be as normal including via Swan Lane. This will continue until the Pandemic is over or the Government advise a  complete lockdown when the service will be suspended completely

 All Trips are for the moment cancelled.

For further information please telephone Simon Coe on either 01367 240744 or 07736 177905

Daily Home Exercise – Helping wellbeing in times of isolation

Exercise is crucial to good health, so whilst you are isolating yourselves at home, use the opportunity to develop a daily exercise routine. 

Doctors from the Great Western Hospital developed 3 simple exercise regimes and they are sharing these now as a starting point for your home exercises. There is something for everyone.

Level 1 -2 minutes sitting exercises :

video link

sitting exercises

Level 2  – 10 minutes simple standing and walking exercises :

progressive-resistance-exercise

Level 3  – 20 minutes progressive resistance exercise –

Walkway exercises

These exercises have been tried and tested on patients of all ages and abilities. People felt better, healthier, and stronger.

Now is the best time to create your own exercise habit.

FOOD BANK

Faringdon Food Bank
The food bank is open as normal on Monday and Wednesday 10am to 12pm in the Pump House. The building is locked so you need to call ahead. 07548 535855. Please leave a message or text – this number is monitored during opening hours only.
The food bank is a referral service you can be referred by: Faringdon Churches, Sovereign Housing, GP, Social Services, Citizens Advice, The Place or Wastage Independent Advice Service.