Archive for March, 2020

Extremely-vulnerable residents in Staffordshire are being urged to register for help if they need it.

An estimated 20,000 extremely-vulnerable residents in Staffordshire, such as those who have had organ transplants or some cancers, have received letters this week from the NHS telling them not to leave home for at least 12 weeks and still stay at least two metres away from other people within the home. 

Those who feel they don’t have access to support from family, friends, or the community during that isolation should contact the NHS to make sure they receive help.

Alan White, Deputy Leader of Staffordshire County Council and cabinet member for Health, Care and Wellbeing, said: “Staffordshire County Council’s priority remains to keep the vulnerable adults and children in our communities safe in the coming weeks and people’s lives depend on following the right advice.

“Many of the extremely-vulnerable in Staffordshire will have someone able to help them by collecting shopping and medicines, but some won’t have and it’s essential they follow the advice in the letter and contact the NHS online or by phone.”

Further details of who the extremely-vulnerable are and what they need to do are available on the Department of Health website here. If someone is not online, hasn’t received a letter and thinks they have an underlying health condition which makes them extremely-vulnerable, they should contact their GP.

As well as the extremely-vulnerable there are another 150,000 Staffordshire residents who are also more liable to complications from coronavirus due to older age or other underlying health conditions. They are being urged to stay at home and minimise direct contact with family and friends. 

To help tackle the growing crisis council staff will be deployed to new roles to ensure support for front line care services is maintained – and more than 650 have already signed up.

The authority is also promoting its Coronavirus Kindness campaign – offering ideas how communities can organise at a grassroots level to do practical things such as collect medicines, connect safely with people living alone and support existing local voluntary groups.

More information is available at www.staffordshire.gov.uk/coronaviruskindness .

Alan White added: “We are all working together for the common good and the response of Staffordshire residents has been fantastic.

“But remember it’s essential we to follow the advice on hand washing and social distancing.”

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As all our Churches are closed, here is a list of Radio and Television Worship:

Television and Radio Worship

Monday – Friday:

9.45am: Radio 4 (LW only) Daily Service (also online)


3.30pm: Radio 3 Choral Evensong

8.45pm: Radio 4 Lent Talks


8.30am: Radio Stoke In Praise of God

8.10am: Radio 4 Sunday Worship

11.30am:  BBC1 Sunday Worship

2.30pm: Radio Stoke In Praise of God (repeat)

1.15pm: BBC1 Songs of Praise 

3pm: Radio 3 Choral Evensong (repeat of previous Wednesday).

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Covid-19 Crime Prevention advice

As the elderly and vulnerable self-isolate, they can be at an increased risk of falling victim to scammers.
Theres been reports in the UK of people offering a shopping service for isolated people where they take payment in advance and then never return with the goods.
Please be vigilant to this and only give money to people you know and trust such as family and close friends.
To report fraud or to find more prevention tips visit www.actionfraud.police.uk  or call 0300 123 2040.

Take care and keep safe.

Message Sent By
Lydia Hooley (Police, Officer, Staffordshire)

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It would be useful for the Parish Council to know who, in the vulnerable group (over 70 years old for example), is isolating at home so that we can compile a list. Please phone one of your councillors (Malcolm Calhaem for Fradswell on 01889 270297) or (Brian Boughey for Milwich on 01889 502757) to give your details. Similarly if anybody not needing to isolate is willing to help out those vulnerable groups, with for example shopping or just a phone call now and then, please also give us your details.

Please share this with people not on the internet.

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Milwich Post Office

The latest announcement on business closures excludes Post Offices and banks. Therefore Milwich Post Office is not affected.

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Please take note

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Milwich Post Office during the crisis

Message from Caroline:

Milwich Post Office is open as usual.

If you find it difficult to come to me in normal opening hours or if you are worried about queuing (J) I am happy to see you outside normal hours but can we do it by appointment so that I am prepared for you. Please call me on the Post Office number 01889 502381, if I can’t answer – leave a message & I will call you back. Please be aware that the final collection time will remain the same so out of hours post etc will go in my next working day collection.

Any changes to the opening hours will be advised here and I will also put a notice on the gate so you don’t have to make the trek to the house.

There are some disruptions to the postal service, please use this link to check on the current coronavirus advice https://www.postoffice.co.uk/coronavirus or give me a call & I will try to help.

Take care & stay safe.


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