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Welcome to the Frome Valley
Thank you for visiting the Frome Valley Parish Council website. We hope that it gives you the information you need or clear guidance as to where it may be found. The first thing to note is that Frome Valley Parish Council is the lowest level of English local government for the area with the higher levels being West Dorset District Council and Dorset County Council. Go to our Useful Links page for connections to the websites for these higher local government authorities plus associated Rural Services. On the same page you will also find links to Public Services (e.g. Police, Ambulance, Fire, etc). In addition will find links to the websites for Local Villages. Also please note that Frome Valley Parish Council is not involved in the arrangements associated with the parish churches. The churches within the locality are run by their respective Parochial Church Councils within the overall management of the Melbury Team of Ministers and Lay members. So again please go to our Useful Links page for links to the website for the Melbury Team and another website giving information on Historic Dorset Churches that includes information on the churches within the Council area.
Please go to the appropriate page by clicking on the blue text below or selecting the relevant tab in the Menu line above to view the information available. By placing your cursor over the menu tabs you will find that some have sub-pages giving additional information. In the About Us page there is information on the area administered and the Council organisation. The What's New page contains notices and information the Council feels would be of immediate interest to residents. As required by government legislation, the Minutes of Council Meetings, the statutory Financial Information plus the Pecuniary Interests of the Councillors are also available on this website. In addition the Consultations/Events page contains links to current local government or public services on-line consultations and/or training and similar events notified to the Council that residents may wish to access. These and others not notified to the Council may also be accessed on the Higher Authorities and Public Services websites accessed via the Useful Links page.
**All physical Parish Council meetings cancelled until further notice**
**Details of remote meetings can be found by clicking on 'Minutes/Agenda' tab, then Agenda**
FROME VALLEY PARISH COUNCIL
COVID – 19
We understand people’s concern regarding the spread of coronavirus. Although most people who catch coronavirus will most likely experience a mild illness, it can be severe for those older people and those who have underlying health conditions.
We know that our communities have responded to those who need help and would like to thank all those who have prepared and delivered the ‘help’ leaflets and offered their services to collect shopping, medication, dog walking, etc. for those who are unable to.
Cattistock, including Sandhills and Frome St Quintin have initiated a leaflet drop detailing what help is available and contact information.
Chilfrome and Chalmington, due to the size of their community will be ensuring that residents receive the help they need by checking on each other.
We can all play our part to prevent the spread of coronavirus and to help protect the more vulnerable members of our communities.
The Government, NHS and other public bodies are continually updating and advising us on what action to take regarding the Corona Virus and further information can found through, but not exclusive to:
Citizens Advice Bureau
Live updates are also given by the Government at approx. 5pm on BBC as well as coverage on local and national news.
The NHS advises the following:
How to avoid catching and spreading coronavirus (social distancing)
Everyone should do what they can to stop coronavirus spreading.
It is particularly important for people who:
are 70 or over
have a long-term condition
have a weakened immune system
wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds
always wash your hands when you get home or into work
use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
put used tissues in the bin immediately and wash your hands afterwards
avoid close contact with people who have symptoms of coronavirus
only travel on public transport if you need to
work from home, if you can
avoid social activities, such as going to pubs, restaurants, theatres and cinemas
avoid events with large groups of people
use phone, online services, or apps to contact your GP
do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean
do not have visitors to your home, including friends and family
Stay at home if you have coronavirus symptoms (self-isolating)
Stay at home if you have either:
a high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital.
Use the 111 online coronavirus service to find out what to do.
Only call 111 if you cannot get help online.
Mental Health and Wellbeing
Self-isolating and social distancing can cause loneliness, and we want to make sure that people have someone they can have a chat with if they are unsure about things.
This is especially important for those on their own who may feel isolated and cut off from the community, so we encourage people to call those who are on their own and may not have available family support just for a chat.
During these difficult times, it is important that we look after our mental health and wellbeing. The following website provides information on services available.
We will get through this, but in the meantime look after each other and stay safe.
Frome Valley Parish Council
Your Parish Councillors are:
Cattistock and Sandhills – Ben Sennett, Merrily Harpur, Georgina Browning and Rachael Kilby
Chilfrome – Ian Mitchell and Simon Tosswill
Chalmington – Walter Lashbrook
Frome St Quintin – Sophie Stovin and Sara Palmer