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Mlwich Post Office

Remember, we still have a Post Office in Milwich under new ownership, but this is always under review so please make sure you use it. The page giving details of the Post Office services has been updated and can be seen here.

Banking services for most major banks can be done here in Milwich. Very useful as banks like HSBC and NatWest have closed in Stone. For more information give Caroline a call, phone number on the information page 

If you wish to hire the Village Hall – Please contact Sharon on 07805 569014 for rates and booking. Email sharonlhodson@gmail.com

Rod, Ruth and Simon are starting a takeaway food service from Friday 29th May.

The following news has come from Caroline at the Post Office:

Its’ still business as usual at the Post Office apart from ….. I have had a hand sanitiser dispenser station installed just inside the door for everybody to use. It’s looking brilliant, – I even managed to get it made in Post Office colours. As you can gather I’m very excited about it and I hope everyone find it easy to use. It is just inside the first door, you simply place a hand under the tap and the sensor will automatically dispense the correct amount, so leave your hand underneath until it stops!

Well done Caroline on a great initiative.

In line with national guidance issued in response to the Covid-19 pandemic, dental practices in Staffordshire are currently closed for routine “face to face” dental appointments.

People seeking help with dental problems should not visit local dental practices in person but instead contact their usual practice by phone, between the hours of 9am -5pm, Monday to Friday, for information for advice on alternative arrangements in place.  Outside normal hours or if a patient does not have a dentist, they should contact NHS 111. 

All local practices are offering telephone or video-link consultations and can prescribe pain killers and antibiotics if needed. The practices will triage patients and be able to directly refer those in need of urgent face to face treatment to an Urgent Dental Care site where they can be seen. 

People seeking help should not visit A&E departments or GP surgeries for dental care.

There are currently five operational urgent dental centres (UDCs) across Staffordshire for patients who are showing no Covid-19 symptoms. More local sites will be opened in the future according to demand.  

For safety, a separate site is operational in Staffordshire that is designated for patients who are possible or confirmed COVID-19 patients, including patients with symptoms, or those living in their household. 

There are also a further three specialist sites operational across Staffordshire that will treat shielded patients.  The Community Dental Service are continuing to provide urgent care to many of the shielded patients already using their service.

No patient walk in services are permitted as we must reduce the risk to the dental profession. 

It is very important for their own safety that patients are clear about whether they have a temperature, are symptomatic, self-isolating or in a vulnerable or shielded group.

We will continue to monitor activity going to these UDCs and should further centres be required due to patient need, this will be addressed by NHS England and NHS Improvement. 

If you have any local intelligence of this process not being followed please contact the dental team via ENGLAND.dentalcontractswm@nhs.net whom can investigate and resolve any issues.


Dear supporters,

Neighbourhood Watch’s May 2020 eNewsletter is published.  Click here to read it.

This month’s edition looks at how neighbours are supporting their communities across England and Wales – from setting up a Calling Tree to providing shopping to the elderly, vulnerable or self-isolating. It highlights how Neighbourhood Watch groups, who supported communities through the recent flooding, are proving invaluable during COVID-19. Using local knowledge and a community resilience structure they are well-placed to call residents to action: organising food shopping; collecting medication; and ensuring the most vulnerable are safe and connected.

Neighbourhood Watch Week is fast approaching on the 7th – 13th June. The newsletter explains how we have rethought this years’ theme to recognise and celebrate all acts of kindness and neighbourliness, no matter how large or small they are.

“We have seen communities come together during times of need. Resilience and compassion, when needed and offered, are what makes communities special”
Cheryl Spruce, Head of Membership and Engagement at Neighbourhood Watch Network

We encourage you to share your stories with us on what your Neighbourhood Watch group or local community has been doing in response to COVID-19. To do this, please visit this page.

If you have a further few minutes to spare and have not already done so, please consider completing our survey (click here)  which aims to find out how the lockdown caused by COVID-19 has affected our use of, and trust in, technology. The survey closes this Thursday, 28th May.

Many thanks and keep well,

Central Support Team, NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH NETWORK

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Deborah Waller (NWN, Multi Scheme Administrator, England and Wales)

Sandon Village Stores

Sandon Village Stores is an ideal place to buy household essentials during (and after) the current crisis. It is our closest convenience store, just a couple of miles down the road.

Liann took over the shop shortly before the crisis took hold and is now open 7 days a week to serve the local community so make sure you support her in her new venture!

Full details of opening hours etc. can be found on the website or by clicking here

Good Luck Liann.

Both the March and April Parish Council meetings were cancelled due to the current Covid-19 crisis.

Notes from these meetings for information only (no legal status) can be found on the Minutes page of the website.

Stay Home, Stay Safe!

Coronavirus-related scams

·      The county council has reiterated its advice for residents to remain vigilant following a rise in the number of coronavirus-related scams in the county.  

·      Communities are also being urged to look out for signs of neighbours being targeted by doorstep criminals. Some common scams include: 

·      Online and email scams – mail scams that trick people into opening malicious attachments, placing people at risk of identity theft. Some emails lure people to click on attachments offering information about local people affected by COVID19. 

·      Fake online resources – such as false Coronavirus Maps which when clicked on infect computers with malware.

·      Telephone scams – There is an increasing risk that telephone scams will rise, including criminals claiming to be from a bank, mortgage lender or utility company.

·      Doorstep crime – Criminals targeting older people on their doorstep and offering to do their shopping. Thieves take the money and do not return.

·      Doorstep cleansing services that offer to clean drives and doorways to kill bacteria and help prevent the spread of the virus.

·      Refund scams – companies offering fake holiday refunds for individuals who have been forced to cancel their trips. People seeking refunds should also be wary of fake websites set up to claim holiday refunds.

·      Counterfeit goods – fake sanitisers, face masks and Covid19 swabbing kits sold online and door-to-door. These products can often be dangerous and unsafe.

·      Donation scams – there have been reports of thieves extorting money from consumers by claiming they are collecting donations for a COVID-19 ‘vaccine’.

·      People should report any scams to the Citizens Advice Consumer Helpline: on 0808 223 1133 or at the website https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/

Thank you #StayHomeSaveLives | #coronavirus