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Crime prevention for businesses

Useful advice from the police if your business is closed during the Covid-19 outbreak

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Info for visitors

Visitors - please don’t come to Elford at present, as the government’s instructions are to stay at home. The Walled Garden, picnic area and playground are now closed. The Parish Council have also been notified of problems with dogs running loose on farmers fields and dog poop being left on the sports pitches, so please exercise your pets near home.
Thank you for your cooperation and we will see you again when the social distancing rules have been relaxed.

Advice from District and County Councils

Lichfield District Council has created a coronavirus section on its website that has more information about community support, business support, service updates and public health information. Go to www.lichfielddc.gov.uk/coronavirus to find out more.

A Just Giving appeal has been launched to raise funds to support people and communities across the district that have been affected by COVID-19 (coronavirus).

Lichfield District Council has been overwhelmed with the community response to the COVID-19 crisis. Lots of people are joining in the volunteering effort and have been offering to help their neighbours and community members who are self-isolating.

Many more have asked how they can help. In response, the council has set up a Just Giving page to raise money to help community groups across Lichfield District to support local people most in need.

It is now even more important to offer support, as many voluntary and community groups who help vulnerable people are no longer able to continue with their invaluable work, which has placed strains on the voluntary and community sector across the district.

The Lichfield coronavirus relief fund will help voluntary and community groups to continue supporting vulnerable members of the community. This could include delivering meals to people who might not be able to prepare them themselves, providing befriending services, and developing online support.

As this appeal is for the district of Lichfield, every penny raised will be spent locally, supporting organisations that make a huge difference to the lives of some of the district’s most vulnerable residents.

To donate, please visit www.justgiving.com/campaign/lichfieldcoronavirus.

Businesses may find Lichfield's website useful and please also see the attached summary of help that is available files/downloads/government-support-for-businesses-coronavirus-covid-19.pdf

Staffordshire County Council is also issuing bulletins to explain how it is helping residents https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/UKSTAFFORDSHIRECC/bulletins/282a981

 

Grants for businesses affected by the crisis

Council calls out to businesses that may be eligible for a grant

Having received its first payment of grant money from the government, Lichfield District Council is asking businesses that may be eligible for an emergency grant to contact them, if they haven’t received a letter or an email from the council yet.

The council has written to the 1,560 businesses that it believes are eligible for either a small business grant of £10,000 or a retail, hospitality and leisure business grant of up to £25,000.

Local businesses that could be eligible for either of the grants are encouraged to email economicdevelopment@lichfielddc.gov.uk.

To find out more, including the full eligibility criteria for the grants and information about other support that is available to businesses, please visit www.lichfielddc.gov.uk/supportingbusiness.

 

Latest information on closures

Due to the Coronavirus outbreak the playground has been closed.

The Coffee Shop will be closed until further notice and we think the Post Office has closed for the time being. The taxi service will not run after 20th March. The Walled Garden has also closed until further notice.

The Best Kept Village Community Competition and Great British Spring Clean have been postponed.

Most regular events at the Village Hall have also been cancelled.

Trial scheme to help vulnerable people

Central England Co-op and Lichfield District Council launch first of its kind scheme to get food and essentials to vulnerable people

 

Central England Co-op has teamed up with Lichfield District Council to trial a ground-breaking project aimed at getting vital food and essentials to vulnerable members of the local community.

 

The retailer, which has two stores and its head office in the city, will link up with council workers to create a community hub at its Boley Park Food Store.

 

Lichfield District Council will identify vulnerable community members, gather orders and pass them onto the store. Central England Co-op colleagues will then create a package and take payment from the customer over the phone before the local authority delivers the goods.

 

This scheme is the first of its kind in the country and, if successful, could lead to the creation of similar projects based out of Central England Co-op community hub stores across the 16 counties it trades in and even farther afield on a national scale.

 

Debbie Robinson, Chief Executive of Central England Co-op, said: “Co-operation is key to our communities coming together during this uncertain time and this is why we have linked up with Lichfield District Council to launch this pioneering scheme during this uncertain time.

 

“This unique project will see the council contact vulnerable people in the community and work with us to deliver food and essentials to them.

 

“This is a great example of communities and organisations coming together at a time of need and creating a solution that will make a difference.

 

“We have no doubt that this will be a success and have further plans in place to rapidly roll out this out across other locations to make sure we support as many people as we can.”

 

Councillor Ashley Yeates, Lichfield District Council’s Cabinet Member for Community and Housing, said: “We’re really pleased to be part of this trial and look forward to helping our residents who are most in need.

 

“As we have limited capacity, we are prioritising this service for our residents across the district who are self-isolating and have no one who can help them with their shopping and essential items.

 

“This is a great example of local government and the private sector coming together in difficult times to offer innovative solutions to support the local community.”

 

Councillor Doug Pullen, Leader of Lichfield District Council, said: “I am proud of all those playing a part in this new scheme and, after participating in a training session remotely, I will be joining council officers in phoning residents who may be at risk to see if we can help them. This is a huge group effort and it’s all hands on deck to help our residents in this time of need.”

 

The council will not be asking for any payment information when they make the initial call. To find out more, visit www.lichfielddc.gov.uk/coronavirushelp.

 

To make sure the council, in partnership with Central England Co-op, can help as many vulnerable people as possible, it is asking for residents who are self-isolating due to COVID-19 symptoms and do not have any outside help, to call them to access the emergency shopping service and other support. The number to call is 0333 220 3088, which is available from 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday.

 

 

 

Worried about Coronavirus? Help is here!

Please see below for how you can find support at this difficult time 

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Appeal to Dog Walkers

Please clean up after your pets on the footpaths around the village and on the Sportsfield.

Chiildren need a clean place to run around and play when they go out for exercise.

Pick up the poop to keep public areas safe and clean for everyone!

Village Voice March - April 2020

Elford Corona Task Force

Are you worried about Corona Virus, do you need someone to chat to, or someone to go out to the shops for you, walk your dog or maybe pick up a prescription?  If the answer is yes to any of these then we have a team of volunteers who can help.  Just contact either Irene on 07870201323, Becky on 07447450254 or Clare on 07891785820.

 

Elford Walled Gardens

Closed until further notice due to the COVID-19 crisis.

 

Village Post Office

Closed until further notice due to the COVID-19 crisis.

 

Best Kept Village 2020                                                                                                                                                             

Postponed until further notice.

 

Taxi service

Will not run after 20th March until further notice.

 

Coffee Shop

Currently suspended due to COVID-19.  We will announce when we are able to reopen.

 

Playground

The playground and fitness equipment should not be used until further notice, to keep everyone safe and well.
When exercising on the field and other public areas please stay at least 2 metres apart from those who are not part of your household.

 

St Peter’s Church

We currently have a vacancy for a Church Warden at St Peter's, Elford. Anyone interested in the role please contact the Parochial Church Council or anyone at the church.

 

 

Ursula Middlemore 07970099141